There was a time when I would walk past the shelves filled with cozy mystery paperbacks and balk at titles such as “The Rocky Road to Ruin” (an Ice Cream Shop mystery by Meri Allen) or “Dead, Bath, and Beyond” (a Victoria Square mystery by Lorraine Bartlett and Laurie Cass). Don’t get me wro…

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This time of year, some gardeners are suffering from garden fatigue. They are praying for frost so they can stop gardening. Of course, this is not true for the avid gardener. She/he would like at least another two or three months of garden weather to be sure that the new plant /tree/shrub is…

To me, fall evokes hiking in the brisk air then coming inside to cozy up with a good book. As a big mood reader, the books that feel out of place for reading on the beach are just right once cooler weather starts.

By now you should have planted some colorful shrubs, filled in the bare spots in your flower garden with reduced price perennials (they are usually on sale now), and decorated your yard with new shrubs. So what’s next, you ask? Next spring’s flowers. 

Take a look at your yard from the street. Does it look kind of bland? Is the only color the green foundation plants? Can you still see the front door through the bushes around it? Does the picture window look out on the backside of an overgrown conifer? If that’s the case, maybe you need to …

For the past 18 years, the Fergus Falls Public Library has partnered with Fergus Falls Public Schools to offer reading tutoring for students during the summer. Over summer break, national research shows children can lose their learning achievements from the school year in what is commonly re…

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If you try to avoid the heat of a hot summer by gardening in the early morning or just before dusk, you have met one of the scourges of a Minnesota summer — mosquitoes. They are so big this summer they have to file a flight plan. When you come in you feel like you’ve been to the blood bank b…

For only the second time since performing to a sold-out house in the 2017-18 season “I am, He said: A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond” will be returning to A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls at Kirkbride Park, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. The show, starring Matt Vee — nephew of ‘60s pop-star…

Yes, you read that correctly and I did not misspell the word “neighbor.” Please let me explain. NABUR is a new social…

Historically I have been a big fan of countdowns. This was especially true for the kids. Kids love countdowns! In the past, I have had holiday countdowns, vacation countdowns, first or last day of school countdowns … the list goes on and on! 

Our lawns, gardens and woody plants have been “spoiled” by our normal wet spring and moderate temperatures. Minnesota isn’t supposed to be stinking hot for long periods. If we wanted weather like that we would have moved to Arizona. But, it’s here and now we will have to deal with it.

As my family prepares to move to a new home in town, I have been asking the kids what they are most excited about with the move. There are generally a number of things that they list off, but right at the top of the list — air conditioning! 

A healthy organism is active, doing the job it is designed to do and working in concert with the right partners. Soil health means that the organisms in the soil are present and doing the job they are supposed to be doing. The soil in a healthy garden is a very active place.

Emma and Jeff Christenson, of Fergus Falls are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Carol Christenson. 

The public is invited to Zion-Sarpsborg Church in Dalton on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. for the “Mylo Hatzenbuhler” concert. Clyde Bauman, professional musician from Bismarck, North Dakota, created Mylo Hatzenbuhler while a student at Dickinson State College.  Beginning with the idea of a rock…

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Fergus Falls High School graduate, Cindy Johnson, grew up frequenting Victor Lundeen Co. Her book, “Buckle Up Buttercup and Breathe,” now graces the shelves at the local bookseller. “I am beyond excited that my book is available and in stock at Victor Lundeen’s,” exclaimed Johnson. “I really…

As Independence Day celebrations heat up, the Humane Society of Otter Tail County asks community members to be considerate of people and pets that may be highly sensitive to noisy fireworks. While most pet owners understand that fireworks will be used over the Fourth of July weekend, and the…

Gardeners are well aware of what various bugs eat but not necessarily how they do it.  If you want to understand your enemy, you need to know how they eat.  We will be dealing with herbivorous invertebrates.  How’s that for a mouthful?  This excludes some insects like flies that “sponge” the…

My spoiled little dog turned 5 years old on Wednesday. It was a busy day filled with appointments, but you better believe we made time to celebrate his furriness!

When you think of management, do you think of how to control diseases in the vegetable garden? Things like spraying fungicide, pulling out virus infected plants, mulching tomatoes, pulling weeds and cleaning up the garden at the end of the growing season? Well here is some good news. You can…

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 …

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. 

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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! 

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.

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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…

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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! 

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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. 

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