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I’ve written about ghosts before but I watched “The Mothman Prophecies” (2002) so now I’m thinking about cryptids. You probably know about some of the more common cryptids like Bigfoot, the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster, but there’s a whole world of legendary creatures out there like the Mo…

Petunia, as we all know, hates bugs of any stripe. Last week she went into a panic when she got bites in the house on her ankles. Bugs in her house, horrors!  She promptly grabbed the phone to call a pest control service. They have a pulsating green light that attracts the fleas telling you …

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This Friday jazz violinist Christian Howes will be performing a free virtual concert for A Center for the Arts (AC4TA). Howes will be performing a set specially tailored for a Fergus Falls audience from a theater in Ohio, though anyone nationwide can tune in to watch for free. “Fergus Falls …

Right now, some of our flower gardens are driving the Martha types a bit up the wall. They see flowered out perennials, plats with downy mildew, leaves going brown and the garden full of windblown leaves. They can hardly wait for a hard frost to cut the whole mess down. Then there is the lai…

Gardening keeps you young, but gardeners do get older. Petunia has an aunt who is still gardening at 90. While 90 is the new 70, it is still not 30. Since Aunt Dotty wanted to continue gardening, Petunia and Bunkey decided to make gardening easier for her.

I’ve been reading “V for Vendetta” this month and almost finished with it. It’s something I probably should have read a long time ago but I’m glad I finally got to it because it’s much better than I was expecting.

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Lauren Nikohl, a singer/songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, is releasing a new single this month, Oct. 16, titled “Grateful for this Day” that she hopes will lift the spirits of listeners during these difficult times.

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Minnesota artist Jodi Reeb is starting her residency with Springboard for the Arts this week through their Hinge Arts residency program. While the residency traditionally takes place in Fergus Falls, COVID-19 has forced most artists to participate remotely. Artist meet and greets are now tak…

Now is the time to plant flowering bulbs for a burst of color early next spring. Those bright colors are so welcome after a long colorless winter. Tulips have a pointed end. That’s up. With some of the minor bulbs, it’s hard to tell which way to plant them. If you can’t tell, plant them on t…



A few weeks ago I mentioned I was getting through some of Oscar Wilde’s works and since then I’ve finished his plays, “Salome,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” “A Woman of No Importance” and “An Ideal Husband.” With the exception of “Salome,” I’ve found almost all…

I recently started watching this TV show on Apple TV+ that my friend recommended called “Ted Lasso.” It follows the eponymous character, Lasso, an American college football coach who is recruited to coach a Premier League soccer team in England, despite having never coached soccer before.

Bunkey is not a bit “lawn proud.” He likes to see white clovers popping up in the grass. It not only feeds the bees but adds nitrogen to the soil. The dandelions not so much. He leaves them for the early spring pollinators for food but two plants he will not tolerate are creeping Charlie and…

I’m through my Kafka phase now and have started a brief Oscar Wilde phase because I was interested in reading his play “Salome” so I borrowed a collection of his plays and writings from the library. I’ve been interested in Wilde since high school although I’d never previously read anything o…

Gardens are full of semi-ripened vegetables and many flower gardens are in full fall color and now the temperatures are going crazy; 80 one day and 50 the next. It makes Bunkey think of all the things that must be done before it freezes.

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The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in locating Joshua Sundblad a 44-year-old missing from rural Erhard since Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Please call the Sheriff's Office at 218-998-8555.

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Although some people think the era of the mixtape is over, I disagree. Of course, nobody is sitting around listening to the radio waiting for a particular song to come on so they can record it, and I think audio streaming on Spotify and YouTube has cut down somewhat on the music pirating peo…

If you have a yard full of dandelions or creeping Charlie that you have been spraying all summer, you know that they are still laughing at you.  There is a good reason for this.  In the summer, while herbicides may damage a few leaves, it doesn’t kill the stinkers.  Some herbicides are syste…

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) has announced their fiscal year 2021 LRAC Artist Cohort, featuring six local, emerging artists across various disciplines. The cohort offers professional development for artists looking to better market their work as well as learn more about the business side …

I saw recently that “The Three-Body Problem” by Chinese author Liu Cixin, one of the most popular science-fiction novels in China, is being adapted into a series by Netflix. Unfortunately, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the disgraced showrunners of the severely disappointing “Game of Thrones”…

Catnip is a mint and you know what mints do? They attempt to take over the world. There are two good things about catmint. It makes some cats “drunk” and gives their owners the giggles to watch them in that condition. The second good thing is that it is a great mosquito deterrent. Just crush…

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We see the needs around us. We know they exist. But will you be the one to step toward the needs? Will you do your part to create change in our world? 

Bright Eyes released their first album since 2011 on Friday, Aug. 21, titled “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was.” I fell in love with Bright Eyes in the 8th grade when a classmate of mine said she thought I’d like their music and burned me some of their CDs. I spent all of high sch…

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Bunkey’s garden produced several odd growths this summer.  One was a stinkhorn.  Petunia made this discovery.  She had been picking flowers and noticed a revolting smell coming from the flowerbed.  She told Bunkey that there was something dead in the garden.  

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A Center for the Arts has partnered with the Kinkead Entertainment Agency to give people an opportunity to watch a live, online performance by comedian Yakov Smirnoff from the comfort of their homes on Saturday, Aug. 29.

About the only thing Petunia knows about boxelder bugs is that they want to share the house with her and she hates bugs, all kinds of bugs, with a passion. They seem to pick out her house to swarm to every fall.

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A Center for the Arts is hosting its third outdoor concert this summer on Saturday, Aug. 22 with all-female country group Farewell Angelina. They will have two performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Grey Duck Grill behind the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls.

Although COVID-19 has resulted in a number of changes to Springboard for the Arts’ usual programming, the nonprofit has started to regain its footing. While the pandemic came in the middle of the winter/spring 2020 Hinge Arts residencies, interrupting the remaining three artists, Springboard…

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One good thing about being at home these days is that I have been trying out new creations for my husband to try in my “Quarantine Kitchen.”

I’ve talked before about how I like video games and books so today I’m going to write about a specific genre of video games that combines those two interests: the visual novel (VN). It isn’t a genre that has really caught on in the West, aside from Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead” which is…

Mark Twain said, “God must have loved beetles, cause he made so many of them.” Gardeners know just what he meant as they have to deal with a bunch of them.

I recently started watching “The Umbrella Academy,” a TV show based off the comic book of the same name written by “My Chemical Romance” frontman Gerard Way. I finished the first season and am halfway through the second season, which was just released on July 31. It’s a superhero show like “…

This is the season for wasps, especially if you are feeding either hummingbirds or orioles. They love grape jelly and will attempt to drink from a humming bird feeder. So, is it a wasp, a yellow jacket or a hornet? Actually, they are all of the some family Vespidae if you really needed to kn…

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The ongoing pandemic has inspired a creative new way of teaching studio art courses at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. M State art instructor John Cox is taking four of his art courses totally online for the fall, but with a twist:

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I’ve written before about how I think horror is a wonderful way to explore topics that people generally feel uncomfortable with, in such a way that there’s enough distance to not directly state the problem. I was talking to a friend recently about what his art is to him and he said he felt i…

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) is now accepting nominations for its board of directors. LRAC is west-central Minnesota’s largest public funder for the arts, providing access to arts opportunities and programming to aspiring and professional artists in the area. The board is made up of two r…

Join the crowd! Bunkey noticed a patch of browning grass in June but didn’t think much about it. That is until the patch started to get bigger and seemed headed toward his garden. By that time the crows were busy digging for lunch during the day and the skunks at night. Now what?

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is taking its 2020 concert series outdoors for Music in the Park at the NYM Sculpture Park / The Barn on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.  

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Artists are among one of the most impacted groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic as concerts and theater performances are canceled, museums and galleries closed and residencies are postponed or canceled. While many artist aid funds have popped up locally and nationally, including the…

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One of the joys of living in Minnesota is the enjoyment of all four seasons. For many, including our family, summer means the bounty of our backyard garden. The Schierer garden is full of spinach, lettuce and tomatoes. We enjoy mint, basil and beets. Tessa is a tremendous gardener, and typic…

We’re past the four-month mark as far as the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in Minnesota and I understand the itch to return to normalcy, but the numbers just aren’t supporting that move right now. I had plans to visit my friend in New York next weekend but Minnesota was added to New York’s trav…

Did you know that your plants can tell time? Sure you do. You know that you plant some vegetables in early spring when the soil is warmer. If you have flower gardens, you know that you will have daffodils in early spring but your mums won’t bloom till late August or early September.

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Dandelions aren’t native to North America. Why the heck would our ancestors dig this stinker up and transplant it here where, more often it is a noxious weed? The darn thing crowds out grass. The flat leaves shade out any seedlings that even attempt to sprout.  Not only that, deer won’t eat …

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Arts Mentorship Program scholarships. Each year, students apply for the program and 14 applicants are chosen to receive a $600 scholarship that will go toward a one-on-one mentorship with a professional artist or t…