Each November we celebrate National Hospice Care Month. This year, as we reflect on this important care through the lens of COVID-19, the compassionate care provided by Hospice of the Red River Valley’s staff is more meaningful than ever. Some of the most vulnerable community members entrust…

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Partisan politics in our country and state is becoming increasingly hostile, divisive, and now, even dangerous. Consider a recent situation involving the state Legislature.

I don’t know how many times you have had to quarantine for 14 days due to a potential exposure to COVID, but I am on my second quarantine for the fall. It puts a hitch in my giddy-up because I am a people person, isolation drives me crazy! Now with Minnesota’s “Dial Back” many of us are hous…

Following the blue blazes along the North Country Trail (NCT) can lead you to some unexpected places. One of the most memorable destinations that I have found was the “Mighty Mac” — the Mackinac Bridge — that connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The catch is that the bridge i…

If you’re like me, you’re not a member of the Greatest Generation, and I’m writing this for you. So, please read on:

May you find this true story as thought provoking as I. It was told to me by a friend.

With the Pentagon’s announcement that U.S. forces in Afghanistan will be cut in half — to 2,500 — by inauguration day, after 19 years, it appears the end to America’s longest war may be in sight.

During Thanksgiving, many of us take time out to reflect and look at what we are thankful for. I am no different. But this year has been rough on all of us both physically, mentally, emotionally and for some, financially. The pandemic has had our community and individuals focusing on the neg…

Ice fishing season appears to be just around the corner!  Are you ready?  Here are some things to consider when preparing for the coming hard water season.



We are all aware of the bad news with the number of COVID-19 cases rising in our communities. We understand parents are balancing work and distance learning. We are trying to keep loved ones safe, children engaged in their education and continue to provide for our families. These are stressf…

As yet another wave of the pandemic wreaks havoc on our nation’s health and economy, a great way to support each locally is to shop small and shop safe. Small Business Saturday is a movement started by American Express in 2010, just after the Great Recession, which encourages holiday shopper…

Have you heard of Small Business Saturday (SBS)? If not that’s OK but it is related to its siblings, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year. According to americanexpress.com, SBS is N…

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Remember in March when the coronavirus hit, and I wrote in the space about how nice it was that the prevention measures weren’t being politicized, and that we were coming together as a nation on this issue?

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Fergus Falls retiree Steve Johnson, FFHS Class of 1972, played in six different bands between 1966 and 1989, and then ran a mobile disc jockey service called Steve’s Audio Plus for 22 years, until 2012.

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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When you think of Thanksgiving, what if the first thing that comes to mind?  Not Pilgrims, not giving thanks to God for all his provision.  No, let’s be honest here. The first thing that comes to mind is food! And delectable food at that.  

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When I drive to Fergus Falls, I scan the huge wheat, soybean and cornfields and marvel at the large farm machinery that does the work in our modern times. Old farm boys like me remember a different time, when workhorses did the heavy pulling. In 1918 there were 26.7 million workhorses in Ame…

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A little girl with a curl and a braid or two Ms. Charlie did have. Refined as thine singing sweet music into the souls of many she would become. Now, may her story be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

In case you are not aware of it, the time allowed for public input regarding the proposed Glacial Edge Trail Extension is almost over.  You only have a short time left to chime in with your opinion of this trail plan which will connect Fergus Falls to the Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Tr…

For about 45 of the 50 years of my life, I have lived in a community that voted in a landslide for Donald Trump in the last two elections.

Roger Bjorklund, a 1966 graduate of Fergus Falls High School who played baseball in this community, enjoyed attending college baseball games as a resident of Southern California.

It wasn’t a complete surprise, however, given the amount of red on the Minnesota election results map you could have been surprised. I received some criticism for our Wednesday headline, “Biden Elected 46th President.” Why? Because he hasn’t officially won.

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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…

It’s coming, it happens every year whether we are ready or not. Soon the holiday season will be upon us. I don’t know about you, but for me the Over the River Holiday Festival is what catapults me into the spirit of Christmas. My favorite event is the fireworks, but I find myself anticipatin…

In the next several weeks, President-elect Joe Biden will be preoccupied with creating a 100-day action agenda.  It might be called "Operation Renewal." Here are my top-10 choices, in no particular order.

There have been many forecasts and projections this year, especially about the impact that mask wearing would have on the pandemic. What’s been missing, however, is any subsequent evaluation of these projections. Let’s try to do that here, starting with Gov. Tim Walz.

A little girl with a curl and a braid or two Ms. Charlie did have. Refined as thine singing sweet music into the souls of many she would become. Now, may her story be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

Veterans of all ages live in and around Fergus Falls. How does a man or woman become a veteran? Simply put a person becomes a veteran after they have served on active duty in the military, as a weekend warrior in the Reserves or the National Guard and have been separated, discharged or retired.

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The members of American Legion Auxiliary Adamson Norman Unit 30 of Fergus Falls, would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States armed forces.

Last week I wrote a lengthy article on adoption in observation of November being adoption awareness month. While I fully expected my own knowledge and understanding of the process to grow substantially, I wasn’t quite prepared for the responses I received from those gracious enough to speak …

Donald Trump may end up losing the 2020 election in the Electoral College, but he won the campaign that ended on Nov. 3.

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.”

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, Nov. 11 beca…

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, most people know that as the day we honor all veterans of military service. Some know it as a day we do not have school or mail service. Veterans Day as we presently know it started in 1954 but its roots are much deeper. World War I fighting ceased when an…

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.

Guy Snoeckx, an exchange student from Belgium to Fergus Falls High School in 1964-65, now finds himself locked down in his home country due to COVID-19.

I am writing this on Sunday (so obviously I don’t know who won any election), but I can say that I am very happy that by the time this hits print this year’s election will be over.

I visited Steve Berg and Linda Quistad-Berg at their home on a beautiful autumn afternoon. I had heard them play before, but this was something special. I learned how they use their musical talents to help groups raise money. Linda explained how it all started 10 years ago at their winter ho…

There are two things every farmer I know appreciates, harvesting a good crop and making a profit while doing it. While we are at the whims of nature for the quality and quantity of the crops, profitability is where we must have a say. Without profitability, family farms cannot repay their lo…

I’ve been nibbling on a book for the past year. My friend and I decided to read aloud “The Confessions of St. Augustine.” She lives in Michigan and I in Minnesota, and so a phone call book club seemed to be a way to connect. I came across a few nuggets I’d like to share.

Of the presidents in the modern era, many have been dealt a difficult hand by history, but perhaps none more so than Donald Trump.

Last week my column was about getting out to vote and how important that is. This week I am letting everyone know to watch the Daily Journal website for election night results. We are deploying a data wrapper that will enable us to report in a simple to read graph election night results for …

I watched the debates between the commissioner candidates for Districts 1, 3 and 5 on the Fergus Falls Daily Journal YouTube channel, and hope you have checked them out as well. I definitely saw differences between the candidates which made me believe that we have good choices whether you wa…

Halloween is looking different this year with several inches of snow on the ground and November temperatures in the air. Add COVID to the mix and this Halloween will be one for the record books, but I doubt it will be because it was fun. On the other hand, when we struggle to find balance tr…

In today’s technology-driven society, it is easy to turn to a cellphone, video game or computer screen at the first hint of boredom. No one wants to be bored, right? Being bored isn’t fun, so what is the point in allowing boredom? 

American politics have become criminalized. A steady drum beat of words and deeds — from “lock her up” chants, to prosecutions of President Trump’s associates, to Trump pushing for Joe Biden’s indictment -- has eroded the bright line between politics and the criminal law.

Sid Hartman, several years before his passing, finally came around in his support of women’s athletics. For many years the Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist operated in the old boys club, almost adhering to the saying of “no girls allowed.”

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 …