Time Passages: Citizens fought back against James-Younger Gang

September 30, 2014
If there ever was a story about frontier citizens in Minnesota who took justice into their own hands and were successful fighting back against the notorious James-Younger outlaw gang it had to have occurred during the month of September 1876 ...

My Perspective: One step in front of the other… for 60 miles

September 2, 2014
Walking is a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise. For my wife, Karna, walking has also been for something bigger this summer. Karna joined about 750 walkers in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. The walk is ...

In Your Garden: It’s not always bees

September 2, 2014
University Of Minnesota Entomologist Marla Spivak was recently in Edinburg, Scotland, speaking about bee pollination. She noted that more than 1/3 of the world’s crop production is dependent on bee pollination with an estimated market value of between $18 and ...

Country Gardens: Easy care succulents

September 2, 2014
Succulents are booming in popularity for two simple reasons: They are beautiful and nearly indestructible. That is why I recommend them for beginning gardeners and those who forget about watering indoors. This is my favorite type of plant to grow ...

In Your Garden: Fall color

September 2, 2014
Did your Autumn Splendor maple turn out to be an autumn flop? As much as they were touted as the best new thing for fall color, they turned out to be only minimally hardy here in the frozen north. Just ...

From Where I Sit: Queens of summer

July 30, 2014
Tell me, girls, doesn’t every woman want to be a queen? It’s part of a female’s natural psyche.  We want to be queen of something, somewhere, at some time in our life. We covet those sparkly, though rather tacky, rhinestone ...

In Your Garden: An exotic replacement tree

July 30, 2014
Bunkey will have to replace a box elder tree next spring. As with most of its kind, it has been a fall pain in the backside. It is a female, thus attracts the box elder bugs that plaster the south ...

Things I Have Learned: Cool epitaphs

July 30, 2014
A somewhat  random and reckless look at life from a fairly old guy Today’s wisdom: May your life bear witness to what your epitaph professes. I am a connoisseur of graveyards. I enjoy a leisurely stroll among the markers, finding ...

Time Passages: Quiet heroine of Fort Ridgely

July 30, 2014
When you read about the historical accounts of the two attacks that happened at Fort Ridgely (Nicollet County) 152 years ago this month on Aug. 20 and 22 during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, you naturally focus on the ...

Country Gardens: Bugs in the garden

July 30, 2014
Here are some pests that have been recently spotted around the area, and Jeffrey Hahn, a University of Minnesota Extension entomologist, explains what to do about them. These will probably show up in your garden year after year, so it ...