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.

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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…

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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

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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 …

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Minnesotans know that we often get a break in the cold in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, our plants don’t know that the warm isn’t here to stay. If they get uncovered and get their noses out in the warm if temporary warmth, they think, “warm, grow.” What, you didn’t know plants think? …

Jasmine Sonmor, president and CEO of Aura Fabricators Inc., of Dalton, is no stranger to hard work. At the age of 13, she began working in her father’s fabrication shop doing yard work and other miscellaneous office administration tasks. As she mastered her tasks, she worked her way up throu…

We all worry about the declining bee population but what about the thousands of other insect species that are also disappearing? From ants to butterflies to wasps and weevils, insect numbers are steadily declining and that’s bad news for any person, animal or bug who likes to eat. For every …

Large-checked buffalo-plaid print has been trending for the last few years and doesn’t appear to be making an exit any time soon. The print first made its debut in 1850 and hasn’t entirely left the market since its introduction. Available in a variety of colors, the print is generally two sh…

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In an effort to support and advance equity in rural communities, Springboard for the Arts invites artists and creatives across Minnesota to propose projects centered on people who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), Native American, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, …

An Evening of Choirs, the Feb. 22 concert featuring the Wayne State College choirs, has been postponed to a later date to be announced. Please remove any reference you may have on your media and contact colleagues to whom you may have shared promotional information. Look for information rega…

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Precision agriculture makes you think of satellites, self-driving tractors, and computers. Now there is something new, a different way to apply fungicide to strawberries using one of the world’s oldest agricultural practices, bee keeping. But you say, that’s not new, but bee vectoring is. 

The Victor Lundeen Company in downtown Fergus Falls announces the publication of a book written by longtime pastor William ‘Bill’ Van Dyken. Van Dyken was called to be the pastor at the Federated Church in 1939 … and continued to serve the church for 35 years, until he retired in 1974. He co…

I am not much of a shopper. Going out to stores to score a great deal isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I will do it from time to time. In fact, I have tried twice recently, the day after Christmas and the day after Valentine’s Day, both attempts were a huge bust! 

What’s the buzz? MySpace. It’s back. Well, kind of. The wildly popular, customizable social media platform of the early 2000s has made a return to the interwebs via a homage site called SpaceHey. 

It seems that the latest thing in gardening is ornamental grass. Bunkey, for one, can’t understand that as he is constantly digging the darn stuff out of his gardens. There are places in the landscape where an ornamental, flowering grass is just the accent you want.  Grasses add movement to …

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Every day, we are surrounded by narrations or recordings that aren’t accompanied by the face of the speaker. These are the voices of the voiceover industry, one that is larger than most may realize.  Radio ads, TV commercials, digital sales letters, live announcements, recorded announcements…

Springboard for the Arts wrapped up 2020 with nine Hinge Artists for the year. The program consisted of three tracks — career development, homecoming and alumni. Springboard provided an overview of the 2020 Hinge Artists and their accomplishments during their residencies. 

The Fergus Falls Public Library, Kaddatz Galleries and the Viking Library System will be hosting an embossed stenciling class taught by artist Jona Brown on Monday, Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom.

Strawberry Shortcake dolls hit the assembly line in 1979; first as a ragdoll, then as a cartoon. Many remember additional toys, which boasted scented hair tucked under floppy, oversized hats. The original Strawberry Shortcake was before my time, but returned to the spotlight when my little s…

This is the seed catalog season. Gardeners find that their mailboxes have a catalog almost every day. There are a few that find an immediate home in the trash. They are from southern addresses or are catalogs that have plants and seeds that are recommended for our zone but aren’t, or that ha…

Even though Petunia doesn’t “do” gardening, she does have a plethora of house plants. Most of them spend a vacation outdoors for the summer under various trees.  She religiously hoses them off before she brings them inside, but every year she must fight various insects that have hitchhiked inside.

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Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful events many encounter within their lifetime. Throw in a global pandemic resulting in travel restrictions and immense socioeconomic impacts and you’re in for quite the ride! Regardless of the circumstances, a wedding is sure to be a memorable oc…

Even though Petunia doesn’t “do” gardening, she does have a plethora of house plants. Most of them spend a vacation outdoors for the summer under various trees.  She religiously hoses them off before she brings them inside, but every year she must fight various insects that have hitchhiked inside.

Petunia decided she didn’t like the look of the mulch Bunkey had surrounded the trees in the yard with.  Whoever had lived in the house before had apparently been addicted to using a weed whip and all the trees had the scars to show it. Some of the smaller trees were so damaged that Bunkey h…

As a nation, we observed Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day on Monday, Jan. 18. Like many, I am repeatedly drawn back to his iconic “I have a dream” speech, in which MLK passionately spoke in favor of civil and economic rights to end racism. MLK was a big supporter of following your dreams. An…

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Gretchen Ronnevik has been a member of the Fergus Falls community since the age of 16, when she attended Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (HLA), where she graduated in the spring of 1999. Ronnevik remained in the area, where she married and is now raising her family, complete with six children, al…

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.