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Anyone can garden. It’s part of our very being. It’s how we survive. And it’s not difficult. All you need is the desire, a sunny spot, good soil and a water source. If you can grow a tomato in a pot and get it to fruit, you can garden.

Due to the lingering pandemic, related  restrictions, and a desire to keep members and performers safe, the Fergus Falls Concert  Association has made the difficult decision to postpone all concerts scheduled for this February,  March, and April 2021.  

Musician Aaron Simmons, whose debut album, “Third St SW” peaked at No. 5 on iTunes, is performing live for the first time since Oct. on Sat. Jan. 16 at Perham’s 1894. “I’m so excited that my first organized show of 2021 will be in Perham. I grew up spending my summers on Big Pine Lake, but I…

Adulting is hard. I’d venture a guess that most adults would tend to agree with me. Almost two decades in, I have adjusted to this whole “being an adult” thing, but it doesn’t mean that the difficulties that accompany adulthood don’t continue to take their toll. The stresses that come with w…

In April 2020, A Center for the Arts (AC4TA) kicked off their inaugural virtual concert. Their roster of virtual concerts and performances was launched in response to gathering restrictions put into place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the announcement of lesser restrictions, AC4TA wi…

Shrub breeders are working to develop new hydrangeas. You would think that having about 1,000 species of the pretty shrub would be enough, not for these guys. They are always looking for a bigger, smaller, more floriferous, stronger, hardier, etc. plant to tempt gardeners to plant more hydra…

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Legal protection for the work of artists, writers and others with creative outputs is sometimes overlooked, especially in small communities. Springboard for the Arts has teamed up with legal personnel out of the Twin Cities to help bridge the gap, offering free clinics in which members of th…

I started at the Daily Journal in March of 2018. At the time, I was working at a Caribou Coffee in St. Cloud after returning from three years teaching English in Shanghai. I’d just finished a master’s degree in public communication with a focus on journalism innovation from Syracuse Universi…

If you have called the Extension office about organic fertilizers, you were probably told to use corn gluten meal (CGM). The next question is invariable “what the heck is that and where do I get it?”  This article should answer all your questions.



This is the time of year kids buy a poinsettia as a moneymaker at school and bring it home to mom. Even if she hates the darn thing, she will be gracious and thankful. If she is like Petunia, she will “forget” to water it, or put it on the table in the dark where it will get the coldest draf…

At the end of the year, I like to look back at the books I read. I didn’t get through as many as I had hoped to in 2020, but, like many others, I suffered from an inability to focus this year. Still, I got through six books and four comics.

Fall music concerts are a tradition at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, but they’ll have a nontraditional look this month as the college’s fine arts department responds to the ongoing pandemic and takes its performances online.

In the middle of the winter when the snow is chest deep to your 6-foot-tall son, you probably don’t want to haul your kitchen scraps out to your compost pile. Here’s an easy solution, compost in the kitchen.  Your first thought is probably “ick!” Stink and bugs. Not if you do it right. 

Are handmade gifts trite? I’m crocheting some scarves as gifts for a couple of family friends and I was wondering about the stereotype of receiving knitted socks for Christmas. I, personally, love handmade gifts, and I also love making handmade gifts. I understand why some people might balk …

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Linda Mellon and Wendy Erlandson have been performing at A Center for the Arts since 1984 and not even a pandemic will stop them. They’ll be performing alongside David Stoddard this Friday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a live virtual performance of their traditional Christmas show, this year tit…

I recently watched the movie “Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau” because a couple of years ago, after reading the book, I watched the 1996 movie “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and was absolutely stunned with how wild it was. I then heard that the production …

Bunkey likes squash and has grown many varieties of this squash, but he really hit an all-time high this summer. Since there are only two of them, he likes smaller types so he planted “Celebration.” It is described as an orange/gold acorn fruit with red ribs. They are about 1 ½ pounds each a…

We can’t be out in the garden planting flowers now but that doesn’t mean we can’t have flowers in the house. Fresh flowers are a great holiday gift, even if you have to give them to yourself. There are a few tips to keep your bouquet fresh. Start by buying the most long-lasting blooms. Carna…

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On Mon. Nov. 30, Kaddatz Galleries and the Fergus Falls Public Library hosted a grant-funded, Charles Beck influenced landscape painting class. The class was hosted online and participants were socially distanced throughout the library or from the safety of their own homes. Participants inte…

Dear Santa … it’s been a pretty crazy year so me and my shelter friends have a really long list of wishes. We think everyone, except for a few squirrels, would agree that we are very good dogs and cats. First and foremost, we wish for the humans to treat the animals of the world with kindnes…

If you love lilacs but your yard is too small for a regular one, growers have developed several smaller varieties. New for this year are “New Age White” and “New Age Lavender” by Bloomables. They are described as being compact and well behaved (they don’t grab you as you walk by). They are r…

For lots of reasons, this is probably an unusual Thanksgiving for all of us. It can be difficult, in the middle of a pandemic where 22 million Americans lost their jobs, 32% missed a rent or mortgage payment and more than 260,000 have lost their lives, to remember what we have to be thankful…

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Get in the holiday spirit this weekend with “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” the virtual concert tour from Minnesota locals Tonic Sol-fa and Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience. They’ve partnered with A Center for the Arts (AC4TA) to bring their holiday show digitally, especially for a Fergus Fal…

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Abby Thompson is the newest artist in residence at Springboard for the Arts’ Hinge Arts program. Thompson, who graduated from Hamline University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in digital media ethics and cinema, will be spending about two weeks completing a distanced residency focused on exp…

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a fact that few people are probably aware of. It was first proclaimed such in 1990 by President George W. Bush in a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month and successive proclamations have been i…

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The New York Mills (NYM) Regional Cultural Center (RCC) is proud to announce its annual “Artist Bazaar” Nov. 18-21, to bring unique, handmade gifts to area communities and to honor local artists and the cheer of the holiday season! This event will be held in the main floor gallery of the RCC.

There is nothing like a green plant to make a house “homey.’ But you say, “I kill plants.”  Guess what? There are a group of plants that almost anyone can grow. They are called succulents — think hen and chicks that are a mainstay in many gardens.

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I had a dream Wednesday night that I took my temperature and I had a fever, and the thermometer I used was connected to the internet and sent my information to the authorities, who showed up at my house and took me in for COVID-19 testing and monitoring. When I told my friend about this drea…

The Fergus Falls Public Library’s fall reading challenge is “Read Around the World.”   

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From the year that brought you “Six Months of March,” welcome to “Tuesday, Part 4.” At this point, anybody keeping an eye on me might reasonably assume my favorite website is the Google search page for “election map.”

Have you ever had a plant pop up in your garden or flower bed and said to yourself, what the heck is that? Well now there is an app for that. The latest Northern Gardener magazine brought together a list of the apps that are most useful for us northern gardeners.

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Don and Liz Husfeldt are celebrating 60 years of marriage. They were married on November 5, 1960 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Ottertail. Happy Anniversary!! We love you, from your family.

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Sean Connery, the Scottish actor whose five-decade long movie career was dominated by the role of James Bond, has died at the age of 90, according to the producers of the James Bond series.

Usually I spend October talking about horror movies, books and TV shows that I like, but this weekend I want to talk about some of my own personal horror stories. This year, just a few nights ago (the night of Oct. 28) I had two sleep paralysis episodes, one right after the other.

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Petunia likes to have an evergreen arrangement in the entry to the house. She also likes tabletop arrangements with fresh greens. She usually goes to a class at a greenhouse to be sure her work looks professional. This year, because of COVID there will be no class, so she is on her own. The …

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.

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.