This is what the Herb Society calls herbs. These are multi-tasking plants. They are grown for cooking, fragrance, medicine, crafts, landscaping, wildlife, and beauty. Herbs can be great ground covers. Just remember, the label groundcover means they cover the ground. In other words, they can …

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

The summer months are a coveted time for many when it comes to planning a wedding. I would imagine now that societal restrictions have been lessened and weddings can return to their former glory, there are hoards of couples who previously had to postpone itching to get their ceremony on the books. 

  • Updated

Underwood woman, Nancy XiáoRong Valentine, was chosen to participate in Springboard for the Arts’ “Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Future” program, supported by the Blandin Foundation which selected a handful of artists across rural Minnesota, giving precedence to people of color, the disab…

Bunkey used to have a war against ants, that is, until he did a little reading about them. He wanted to know how to get rid of them then found out how beneficial they actually are.

I keep seeing social media posts about Disney’s “Cruella,” the newest feature in the live-action, villain-focused movies based on the cartoons of my youth. I haven’t seen it yet, but I certainly want to! 

featured
  • Updated

Currently participating in Springboard for the Arts’ Homecoming Hinge Residency is Ranae Hanson, who spent her early childhood in Wheaton. 

When my son was a toddler, his dad and I parted ways and began our journey into the world of co-parenting. With his approval, I am sharing our experiences with you all. 

Purple is Bunkey’s favorite color so when he saw a package of purple beans on the seed display, he just had to try them. Last year he had a beautiful crop of purple beans. He was quite disappointed when they turned green when cooked. This year he has decided to plant every purple vegetable h…



Printmaker Michael Weatherly concluded his “Behind the Door” exhibit at Kaddatz Studios with a private showing for residents and staff of the Matthew House, a local halfway house listed in the drug treatment directory.

Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, Inc (AC4TA) relies heavily on Fergus Falls and the surrounding communities and region for finances. AC4TA owns its building and is responsible for all the bills and upkeep for a 100-year-old building, which is in excess of $100,000 annually. 

Every gardener has weeds. We fight the same darn things every growing season. There are several reasons for this problem. This article may give you some hints as to why you can’t get rid of some weeds easily.

  • Updated

What would you do with a day if you had zero plans or commitments? I think the whole point of having no plans is to actually have no plans, but I am really bad at that! I just can’t help myself, on the rare occasion that I have a day with no plans, I still make a plan! 

Springboard for the Arts’ newest Hinge artist in residency is a sculptor and media artist from North Braddock, Pennsylvania. Lindsey Peck Scherloum’s overarching aim is to gather perspectives through storytelling by offering opportunities to make the world a better place through stories of o…

Libraries have an innate ability to be about everything. The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system truly accommodates every topic, even those that are, as of yet, undiscovered.  Consider that this classification system, developed in about 1872, accommodates subjects such as computers, in…

I am not a plant person. I have successfully kept one plant alive in my entire life, and I’m still not sure how I did it. I ended up giving it away eventually, but we had a few good years together before we went our separate ways. I have since killed a bonsai tree, cacti, air plants, and a w…

Now is an important time to examine roses for dead canes. It could be from winter kill or a canker killing fungus. There are many different fungi that can cause canker on roses. Many take advantage of damage to canes to enter the plant tissue resulting in infections. Any plant that has been …

I was first introduced to May Day as a young elementary school student. We arrived home to find two overflowing bags of Brach’s bulk candies at our front door. Very confused at the random, unknown candy delivery, my mom explained to my brother and I that we had received May baskets. 

Bunkey has been staring out his living room window all winter. There is a bare spot that is really bugging him. It needs a shade tree; maybe two so he can hang a hammock between them, eventually. He’s in luck if he wants to get a bare root tree. Early spring is the only time they are availab…

  • Updated

Crystal Amy Music recorded her first EP in Nashville, Tennessee, in December 2020, just eight months after she began writing music. Her EP, titled “Initial Disclosures” drops on May 7. 

Butterflies need four things: food, water, mud and poop. Let’s start with food. Most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers. They prefer a flat flower using it as a landing pad. They will also go to plants with a lot of small flowers arranged in spikes or clusters, and the “powder puff” typ…

Last week, I was offered a trishaw ride. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t exactly know what to expect from the experience! 

  • Updated

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is now featuring in its gallery photographs by Jamie Robertson of Wadena.  “Leaf River Inscapes; views from the Minnesota interior” is a series of photographs that find the beauty in an ordinary place and create a link between the artist and the na…

Do you rotate your crops? Crop rotation breaks the cycle of many plant diseases that live in soil by replacing the vegetable that sustains them with one that doesn’t. It also improves soil health and fertility. Leave three years, if possible between planting the same vegetable family in the …

I don’t often talk about my parents (who are the best, by the way), but I am going to take a moment or two to talk about a part of my childhood that seems to generate questions from time to time. 

This is the time of year most gardeners anticipate — the day garden centers open. The smell alone sends gardeners slightly bonkers. You will see them smelling open bags of soil while running their fingers through it to test the structure. Control yourself! It is very tempting to fill a cart …

Being teased with summer temperatures then slammed with the tail end of dreary winter weather is pretty much normal for this part of Minnesota. I don’t even try to fool myself into thinking there won’t be snow in April. There always is — every single year. In fact, I was recently told to “sh…

The Evansville Art Center is hosting Poetry Night at 111 Main St. in Evansville to celebrate National Poetry Month at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. All poets are welcome to come and read their poetry. You can also come and read poetry by your favorite authors. Or you can just come and listen to …

Can houseplants really make your environment healthier? Come explore the health benefits of indoor gardening, indestructible plants you can add to your indoor environment, and some easy care tips to keep your plants thriving. Bring your questions and ideas, and let’s talk plants! Wed. April …

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center invites you to visit their current gallery show featuring wonderful art by talented local high school students.  “Rising Stars” is sponsored by the New York Mills Lions Club and is on display for a short time only, now through Saturday April 17.

Bunkey is always looking for an easier or different way to kill weeds. The internet always seems to have products that claim to have weed-controlling properties. Some of them do work but may have side effects. You don’t want to have to call the Extension office wailing that all your grass is…

Sometimes I feel like a perma-student. Don’t get me wrong, learning is a wonderful thing and something I strive to continue to do forever, but wow, have I spent a ridiculous amount of money on tuition so I can learn! I currently possess two associate’s degrees in business management and heal…

Did you know that when you buy an apple tree you are really getting two trees? You are getting two genetically different apple trees grafted together.  The part that produces the apple is called the “scion.” Haralson and Honeycrisp are examples of scion cultivar names. It has been grafted on…

When I was a kid, candy wasn’t a regular thing in our house. When special events rolled around where candy was involved, it was a special thing. Easter was one of those times. We each got our very own basket filled with a healthy combination of candy and a few other random things, like sidew…

  • Updated

Springboard for the Arts’ current Hinge Arts Residency introduces Hassaan Mirza,  a poet, writer, and soon-to-be graduate of the master’s program in fiction at Vanderbilt University. During his residency, which spans from March 18 through April 3, Mirza is drafting a new short story inspired…

There was an article in the Star Tribune and a shorter one in the Daily Journal about the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) finding neonics in the spleens of our native whitetail deer. The spleen acts to clear the blood of parasites, damaged cells and any toxic or foreign substances. Thi…

I have a serious love/hate relationship with spring cleaning. For the most part, my home stays fairly clean … until hockey season rolls around! Two of the kids and my husband all play hockey. We are running to practices, games, and tournaments constantly for a good five months or so. Oftenti…

A few warm days doesn’t make spring, but it sure makes gardeners want to get their  hands dirty. Now is the time to plan your garden, remembering the mistakes you made last year.

“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes.” - Author Unknown

  • Updated

This March, innovative Finnish folk ensemble Kardemimmit will spend a week virtually visiting New York Mills and Menahga as part of Folkefest, a program of Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest.

It’s springtime and that means mating season for a whole host of critters.  It also means the shelter will see a steady stream of kittens coming through our doors, looking for a chance at finding a forever home.  In rural areas of this country, the need for education is great among homeowner…

When someone you love dearly dies here on Earth, they are gone. But they are not gone. They are here. They are everywhere. And if you perceive very carefully, if you truly pay attention, they are right beside you, every step of the way.

I have written a fair number of articles on authors and their work, as of late. One thing I find interesting is that all of these authors are producing self-help, study materials or nonfiction. While I can certainly appreciate their material and their work, it makes me wonder: Where are the …