Life has definitely changed recently. What we do and how we do it is no longer our usual routine. While I find myself homebound with more free time then I normally do, I have been looking for meals that I can make ahead of time. 

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Worked your way through last week’s list of fiction selections? Well, if you have, here are a few non-fiction books that you can enjoy while hunkering down.

I’ve had a full week of playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch and it’s been a beacon of sunshine in these gloomy times. For those who haven’t played, you make a character in the game who moves to a deserted island alongside two animal friends. The three of you get set …

Every once in a while, someone will come into the Extension office with a small vial or a piece of Scotch tape with “stuff’ on it. They swear they are getting bitten by something in their house. They describe these mystery insects as having many legs, the ability to change color, and when ca…

As many events and gatherings are being canceled as a result of CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, one area that is being hit hard is the arts. Currently, the CDC recommends canceling community-wide gatherings of more than 250 people, as well as canceling gatherings of more than 10…

It’s been a pretty wild week, hasn’t it? I saw on Twitter the other day someone wrote, “Want to feel old? This morning was TODAY,” and I feel like that has applied every day this week. Somehow we’re still in March. I’ve only been getting about 3-4 hours of sleep before anxiety wakes me up. M…

I do love all kinds of Asian food: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Thai, but I can’t always get my favorites at home. During our current time of social distancing, self-quarantine and take-out only, now is a great time to share my new favorite recipe. 

Last summer, Bunkey dug up all his phlox. He got tired of spraying them for powdery mildew one week just to see it come back the next humid week. He had stopped planting monarda for the same reason, even though he really liked both plants. This spring he can plant both phlox and monarda (bee…

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaddatz Galleries is closed until Saturday, March 21, at which point staff will reassess conditions and decide whether or not to reopen. If it were open, however, you could see Vining-based artist Ruth Hanson’s exhibit, “Watercolor Batiks.”

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A Center for the Arts is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year with a number of wonderful shows both in its Center Series and nonseries shows. This year, the Center Series is featuring nine shows representing four countries including the United States, Italy, Canada and Ireland. Wha…

You might have been hearing the words “social distancing” more and more in the news these days now that the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. You’ll see lots of events being canceled as measures are taken to stop or slow the spread, as well as indivi…

In a perfect world, every senior pet would spend its twilight years surrounded by loving humans. But sadly, senior pets that end up in shelters often don’t get that chance. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide each year (down from 7.2 million in 2…

When the landscape is white, we are especially appreciative of our beautiful green pine trees. Remember, pines are the ones with the long needles. However, like every other tree, pines are susceptible to diseases. Dothistroma needle blight, or red band disease for those of us who don’t speak…

The Viking Library Governing Board will meet on Tuesday March 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the Viking Library System Board meeting room in Fergus Falls.

Recently, my colleague Brian Hansel wrote in his crime report that the control center in Pisgah Dam was calling Otter Tail County dispatch but all they could hear was static. When they tried calling back, the line picked up but, again, all they heard was static. It was a short brief in Thurs…

Garden Day is creeping up on us. It is slated for March 28 at the Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls. Our keynote speaker is Don Kinzler.  This guy can make digging a hole interesting.  His topic is ‘Waking Up Your Landscaping.”  Admission is the same as last year, $30. This gets you a…

The coronavirus is on the minds of many people. While the reported number of cases in the United States remains relatively small, and Minnesota has yet to identify a case, we must anticipate that COVID-19 will reach Minnesota.

Fergus Falls-based fiber artist Victoria Hanna has turned her artwork into activism in her solo show at Lake Region Art Council (LRAC) titled “Talking Points: Climate Change Embroidery.” The show features embroidered representations of climate change including graphs and more abstract repres…

That is what a tree will tell you when you are planting it. Trees and some shrubs that get planted too deep will develop stem girdling roots (SGRs). This is often the main cause of death. Of course long-term drought, extremes in soil PH levels, or chronically water-logged soil will also do a…

The second season of “Altered Carbon” is premiering on Netflix this week and while I haven’t had a chance to catch it yet, I’m excited to get through it all this weekend. I didn’t necessarily think the first season was strong, but there were enough hooks in it to get me interested in seeing …

Daegyn Leslie Drake was born January 9, 2020, in Fergus Falls to Wes and Nikki Drake. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches longs.

Take a day or weekend trip to Alexandria, to take in a professional antiques appraisal show, and to enjoy shopping at one of Minnesota’s finest historic downtowns! Alexandria features numerous antique stores, boutiques and eateries, as well as a winery and even a whiskey distillery!

Now that you have your seeds, you need to know when is the optimum time to start them and what to start them in. Some seeds are so small that the recommendation is to just sprinkle them on top of the soil. For those, fill a sterilized flat with seed starting mix and dribble the seeds across …

Finding apartments is an interesting exercise in patience, frustration and despair. After college, I lived in an apartment in St. Cloud that my boyfriend at the time found, so I didn’t really need to do much of my own searching.

Annual photo club exhibit opening March 6 at 111 Main Street. The photos will be paired with artwork by the Brandon-Evansville eighth-grade art students. This popular exhibit pairing features expert photography combined with the work of art students in our area. Exhibit will continue through…

Quiltfolk travels state by state with a team of writers and photojournalists to uncover spectacular stories. They meet and interview incredible members of our community: shop owners and designers; collectors and superstars; quilt scholars, curators, and everyday quilters. Every issue is a ne…

Boone Mackenzie Buchholz was born November 26, 2019, in Fergus Falls to Bekka and Derrick Bucholz. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was greeted at home by brother, Jude.

If you plan to give your sweetie roses for Valentine’s Day, here are some buying tips for you.  Look for roses where the few outermost petals are loosening and beginning to unfurl.  Tight buds may not open.  If there are several loose opening petals, vase life will be shorter.  Fully open bl…

Artist Nancy XiaoRong Valentine is showcasing her art series “Endless Scroll” at the Waage Gallery at M State Fergus Falls, serendipitously opening on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and running until Feb. 28. The show features Valentine’s characteristic ink on rice paper paintings of the female f…

Friday was Valentine’s Day and while I don’t usually enjoy romance as a standalone genre, I can appreciate a good love story. I’ve put together some of my favorites here, a mix of books and movies, that I would recommend looking into if you’re looking for something to set the mood, although …

If you have been gardening for a while, you probably like to start your own plants. It’s a way to get just the plants you want and when you want them. Often, plants are shipped to stores are too early or they don’t have the variety you like the best. Gardeners can be a bit nuts when it comes…

Mia Harriet Ebensteiner, daughter of Mark and Niki Ebensteiner of Becker, was born Monday, January 13, 2020.

Buck Arthur Torgusson, son of Maggie and Maitland Torgusson of Fergus Falls, was born Monday, December 30, 2019.

Samantha Christie and Phillip Bakken were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moorhead, on Oct. 25, 2019. 

Nova Julia Genevieve Berg, daughter of Bethany Terveer and Colin Berg, was born Saturday, January 25, 2020.

This Thursday at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest I won first place in the Dave Pyle New Journalist Award among all daily newspapers in Minnesota. It’s a very exciting award to win, especially considering I’ve only been writing professionally for a little less tha…

Petunia got a poinsettia at a Christmas party. She dislikes them. “They smell funny and take up too much room”.  Since she is a neat freak, their tendency to drop leaves if they aren’t happy, really gets to her. She asked before regifting it to neighbor Gorge. “I swear”, she tells people, “I…

“Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion” by Ingrid Newkirk & Gene Stone

Samantha Christie and Phillip Bakken, together with their parents, Jim and Louise Christie of Hibbing, and Gaylon and Julie Bakken of Fergus Falls, announce their engagement.  

The book “American Dirt” took over my Twitter timeline earlier this week following a dinner honoring the book and its author featured tasteless and offensive centerpieces, which the author praised. Written by Jeanine Cummins and released Jan. 21, the book follows a Mexican woman named Lydia …

If you are looking for a few different trees or shrubs for your estate, here are some that are Zone 3 to 4 hardy and a bit different. All attract pollinators to their blooms, a positive for gardeners.

Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls is offering three courses this winter and spring for local artists looking to pick up business skills that will help them be more productive and less stressed. “With it being the new year, 2020, I think it’s really important for artists and creatives …

Some life events over the past few weeks have got me thinking about what it means to be a good person. A lot of people look to religion to determine their moral compass and that usually includes no stealing, lying, killing, adultery and filial piety, among other things that sometimes gets ov…