Trapping gophers

May 1, 2015
Minnesota, aptly named “the Gopher State,” clearly had its start in Grant County where most pocket gophers resided during my childhood and teen years. My father’s idea of paying for a post-secondary education had everything to do with gophers and ...

The great haircut

April 1, 2015
Between the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railroads in downtown Hinckley was Main Street. It was where many railroaderes and passengers did a lot of business, especially through the first half of the 20th century. This was where the railroaders’ ...

Country Gardens: What’s new for planting?

April 1, 2015
This is the time of year that gardeners are getting anxious to be in the dirt. Gardeners can look forward to some exciting products. Check your local garden center for some of these newbies. Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower is one that ...

Boomer’s Journal: We were ‘groovy’

April 1, 2015
The designers of the fashion industry had a heyday in the mid-’60s and on through to the disco age. As we look back at old photos, we may wonder, “What were we thinking?” Yet, at the time, we looked pretty ...

Country Views: Train travel has surely changed since the ’70s

April 1, 2015
I read recently that a party travelling from St. Paul to Moorhead during the winter of 1870 – ’71 was able to travel by train from St. Paul to Benson. Benson was the end of the rail line that winter, ...

In Your Garden: Spring do’s and don’ts

April 1, 2015
The yard looks like heck, leaves all over it, treasures the dog fetched home and a few of its poop piles. If it is bugging you, grab a good book pull the drapes and chill. Unless you can either sit ...

Eagles live stream returns to DNR site

April 1, 2015
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the bald eagle has made a powerful comeback since the pesticide DDT was banned in the early 1970s. Minnesota has more bald eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states. The ...

Time Passages: State parks special part of Minnesota’s treasure

April 1, 2015
As hardy Minnesotans, we’ve collectively endured another long winter, which by most accounts was relatively tame this season and certainly far less severe than the previous year. That’s why I admit it didn’t bother me at all that the East ...

Featured Pet: Cody

March 1, 2015
Friendly little Cody was born on Jan. 9 and he only weighs 2 pounds. He and his littermates were born after their mom was rescued. Cody likes playing and would do well with children over 5 years old. He is ...

Boomer’s Journal: Beat, mash, crush, pulverize

March 1, 2015
As I reached for my egg beater the other day it suddenly dawned on me. Most of my kitchen gadgets allow me to relieve any stress and/or aggression I might have, simply by preparing a meal. Seriously, just think about ...

Featured Pet: Claire

March 1, 2015
A little about Claire Small, two year old Claire has a unique coat. A friendly cat who likes love and attention. She was picked up off the streets and next in line to be euthanized. Luckily, now Claire is ...

My Perspective: Now is your chance to honor a fallen hero

March 1, 2015
It was about a year ago that we launched our campaign to debut our two new special sections, “Heroes Remembered” (to honor fallen soldiers) and “Heroes Honored” (to honor veterans).
Soldiers and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA)