Ufdah, she is such a hussy!  She has been shamelessly hanging around the warehouse for the past couple weeks.  The efforts to keep her away have been futile.  She was repeatedly admonished that she had no business there, but she totally ignored the rebuke and waited patiently for men to ente…

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With a majority in both the House and Senate and control of the Oval Office, Democratic leaders are excited about the prospect of making significant changes. One good example of this is the House Democrats’ “Lower Drug Costs Now Act.”

I stood in the machine shed breathing in the scent of Grandpa. Grandpa’s been long gone for many a year now, and the fact is we own nothing but the memories of him. Strong, deep and meaningful the gift of memory remains as they surge each time the scent of machinery oil wafts in the air.

Did you really think that electing Joe Biden would mean major reductions in military spending and the shift of Pentagon resources to spending on social well-being, as progressives have long advocated? 

In the late afternoon of June 6, 2020, a severe thunderstorm ripped through Otter Tail County. A bolt of lightening struck the bell cupola of  Bethel Lutheran Church located about 11 miles south of Battle Lake. Coincidentally, lightening from that same storm also struck a large cottonwood tr…

“Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him.

At the turn of the 21st century America was a unipolar global power. A decade after winning the Cold War we were an economic, political and military hegemon. 

Third base is where the hot corner is located. Any spot on the baseball field can be littered with hard-hit baseballs off the bat, but third base is where those baseballs end up the fastest.

A few weeks ago on Wednesday, May 19 we launched the second year of the Daily Journal and the city of Fergus Falls “Yard of the Week” program. Each week through Sept. 29, The Daily Journal, along with the city of Fergus Falls and other community minded sponsors will be honoring a community m…

Question: As a father of three young children, one of whom enjoys riding on tractors more than anything else in the world, I was curious what the laws are regarding passengers on farm tractors (over the road). Many newer tractors have a second seat with a seat belt in the cab. Is there a cer…

In September of 2020, the commissioners were continuing to move along on the Perham to Pelican Trail – Highway 34 portion, coming out of Perham.  I inquired of my friends along the route, and they said there had been no communication with the county since their Zoom meeting with the district…



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. 

Our eldest grandson spent the past week with us.  We enjoyed his visit, spending lots of time biking, talking, card playing and eating copious amounts of ice cream.  He learned how to do speed stacking and displayed his skill at cubing with a close friend of mine.  While his visit was deligh…

On Sunday, I celebrated 12 years of marriage to my wife, Claire. We spent it like most couples who have been married for over a decade with kids, driving back from St. Paul after visiting family and trying to escape high temperatures from the early summer heat wave.

As bad as last summer was for nearly all business and personal endeavors, it looks like this summer is set to be a complete turn of fortune for our country and the lakes region. Frankly, we have earned the right to have our lives and livelihoods back. To kick up our heels a bit. And what a w…

As usual, the Fergus Falls YMCA offers many options for their members including locational. There are options for participating in exercise classes in the Y building and virtually at home or any place in the world with an internet connection.

I stood in the machine shed breathing in the scent of Grandpa. Grandpa’s been long gone for many a year now, and the fact is we own nothing but the memories of him. Strong, deep and meaningful the gift of memory remains as they surge each time the scent of machinery oil wafts in the air.

Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there, Joe Biden belatedly turned to the issue of voting rights, to explain why he is having such difficulty winning passage of the party’s priority legislation.

As adults, we often complain about our collective children that they are lazy and entitled, and that they will not be able to fend for themselves, much less run the country.

The last few days have been sweltering hot with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s.  One only has to walk outside briefly to quickly find out how hot it is. This is the time of year that we profess to never complain about winter again and then in the winter we decide to never complain a…

Many Fergus Falls area fans remember the first year of the Minnesota Twins, in 1961. The franchise was previously located in Washington, D.C.

This past weekend we traveled to Forrest City, Iowa, for a family camping event.  My granddaughter  joined us for the last leg of the trip because her family was not able to attend.  Upon arriving, we headed into town to the A&W drive-in for a bite to eat.  Aubrey had never heard of the …

Summer is construction season in Minnesota, but it is more than orange pylons and detours on the roadways. We have a number of local projects important to economic development and infrastructure that are moving forward, too.

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! 

During this challenging past year, it is highly likely that your pets were the happiest members of your household.  Extra attention, treats, walks and cuddles made our furry friends feel loved and pet adoptions were on the rise.  However, as more of us turn to our prepandemic routines, work …

Having recently spent part of my day with fourth- and fifth- graders out at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, a quote from Henry David Thoreau seems like an appropriate beginning to this column, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  I listened as students recited thei…

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Two weeks ago, we spent three days hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) north of Duluth. We camped at Gooseberry Falls with trail buddies from North Dakota. Unofficially, the SHT has been a part of the North Country Trail (NCT) for many years. Finally, two years ago, Congress passed leg…

There’s nothing more important than a teacher. I’m a teacher. Touching the lives and inspiring children … well … there is simply nothing more important.

The Fergus Falls City Council will be acting on the Downtown and Riverfront balcony and Riverbank enhancement and stabilization project - Phase 1 at the June 2 council meeting.

Question: I noticed on the mud flaps of a rear semi-trailer that the left flap said “passing side” and the right flap said “suicide.” Do you know what that is all about?

I am an unlicensed private investigator. I have been investigating the CIA for the past 20 years. I have uncovered the fact the CIA was behind the murder of president John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. On the anniversary of Kennedy’s death, a reporter asked former Minnesota governor Jesse Ven…

When I go to Fergus Falls heading west on County Highway 1, I always notice the restored antique cars in Duke Duklet’s yard. One day I decided to pull into his driveway for a closer look. Duke was home and came up to my car to greet me. He’s a friendly guy and energetic at age 75.

Well, it is that time of year again. The time of year that we as Minnesotans attempt to get in 12 months of fun outside in about 3 1/2 months. It is time to enjoy the sunlight and sunshine that makes this area one of the best to live in.

June is a great month for those of us who love to fish!  Fish of all species are often still roaming the shallows now and at least some, if not many, are usually in a biting mood.  In fact, one of my all-time favorite fishing patterns involves largemouth bass in and around shallow water cove…

One of the most impressive things I have observed about Fergus Falls since moving here is the incredible array of U.S. flags displayed on 10 different occasions during the summer and fall months including Veterans Day in November. The tradition started in 2002 in Veterans Memorial Park and h…

I have read it on social media sites. I have heard it from conservative media. I have heard it from students who clearly have Trumpist parents. I have seen it in the memes, “Don’t blame me, I voted for Trump.” And I have, of course, heard it from Trump himself.

Monday evening, May 24, there was a meeting at Playtime Sports Bar and Ballroom outside of Perham, focused on protecting our county citizens against encroachment of our Second Amendment rights.  It was sponsored by OTC Conservative Coalition (find them on Facebook), and the meeting was well …

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…

The 2021 legislative session ended May 17 with the Legislature failing to finish its work on the state budget; however, the governor and legislative leaders agreed to a high-level budget framework before adjournment.

I love this time of year. It is my slam dunk, all time favorite season even though it only lasts a few weeks.  Beginning with the silent budding of the leaves, through the explosion of vibrant pink, purple and contrasting white blossoming trees, and on to the fullness of all the greenery, th…

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries crews will begin their annual spring electrofishing assessments.  What is electrofishing and how does it work?  Electrofishing is a fish sampling method that DNR fisheries biologists use to collect data on largemouth bass populations.  …

My nerves were  a wreck last week and for good reason. With a football game coming up, I knew that my defensive coordinator and close friend was not going to be at the game.  My defensive line coach, a first-year coach, was going to call the plays and you could tell that he was both nervous …

Each spring our country funds its priorities for the coming year. This annual process gives us the opportunity for renewal as we address our critical needs. This year, for the second year in a row, the process is disrupted by the continuation of a global pandemic that has resulted in the los…

When he took the floor of the Senate to reject the Democrats’ Jan. 6 Commission, Mitch McConnell may have salvaged his party’s chances to recapture the House in 2022.

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! 

My neighborhood recently was informed that our street will be redone. In addition to the property taxes I already pay, I will have to pay several thousands of dollars in assessments.

Last weekend’s fishing opener was a blast and not just because the weather was nice. The nice weather was a huge plus for sure as over the years I have become a fair weather angler. Usually the fishing opener is like a box of chocolates as you are never sure what you are going to get (Forres…

Centenarian Harley Oyloe recalls the many players who came to Fergus Falls from around the United States to play for the town team Red Sox in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They not only were great athletes, but also were gifted individuals who had fulfilling careers.

“The president reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attack,” The Guardian has informed us, as conflict flares once more in the Middle East. But, oh the humanity! Good guy Joe also “encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the p…

When you have a big problem, focusing resources to solve it a bit at a time can make sense. Drunk driving – and its resulting crashes, injuries and deaths – is a problem all over the state of Minnesota. And although law enforcement in each of our 87 counties is working hard to eliminate it, …

Last week I went to one of my favorite restaurants to meet friends for breakfast.  I missed the memo that said they couldn’t come.  Has that ever happened to you?   Since I am a firm believer in the silver lining of any gray cloud, I decided to order eggs and greens with avocado on the side.…

In the November election of Germany, 1932, the National Socialist lost 2 million votes and 24 seats in the Reichstag, but they still carried a third of the electorate; one more than 11.7 million Germans believed Adolf Hitler was fit to govern. In an effort to evoke unity, the weak and ailing…

We’ve all seen it by now. If not, take note. Farm home, down-home, lake home, your home, my home or any picture worth looking at has it. The final signature of a good picture from bedroom, to couch, to front porches has this item. It is a throw, a soft blanket, tossed neatly and gently onto …