A passion for plants

April 1, 2020
Long Prairie Master Gardener has been digging in the dirt, helping others for 25 years When Betty Martin of rural Long Prairie became a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener 25 years ago, answering gardeners’ questions was one of the ...

Just a Kid at Heart: The nature of love…it’s a heart act to follow

February 1, 2020
The two swans in the photo below remind us that love is in the air. Nature has a magical way of bringing people together. Forty-seven years ago, Deb and I were married under a large white pine in Itasca State ...

Woods & Water: Gift of the pileated

January 1, 2020
The first gift of the pileated woodpecker was offered to me one morning as I was seeking alone time from Easter visitors. I sneaked out and parked my van next to a slough to write, and see wildlife. Opening the ...

A garden honoring a special mom

June 1, 2019
Researchers continue to find a link between nature and healing. The outdoors is said to bring relief to a variety of symptoms, reduce stress and improve a person’s overall sense of well-being and hopefulness. Patricia Buschette, of Renville, had this ...

A new focus on life

October 1, 2018
After Judy Regan’s death in 2014, Bruce Regan, of St. Cloud, grieved deeply for his wife of 57 years. So much so that he stayed at home and didn’t do much else. “Until one day my therapist said I should ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Squirrels and turkeys and bears, oh my

September 1, 2018
Living at the lake during our retirement years is just another day in paradise. We share paradise with critters of all shapes and sizes. We invaded their territory and now we have to get used to sharing the lakes and ...