Apple crisp, apple pie, gallon bags of frozen apples ready for cooking, baked apples and apple butter.  Apple season is soon upon us in Minnesota.  Because of the warmer weather, we have a week or two to go before apples are ready to pick.  Last year, our neighbor gave us a bushel of apples …

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The Fergus Falls City Council recently approved a technology upgrade for the Bigwood Event Center at a staggering cost of $327,606. I have no doubt that the existing equipment is out of date and clearly past its useful life span. I am also positive that the upgrade will enable Fergus Falls t…

Some day history books will report on the COVID epidemic. The human suffering — over 600,000 dead in our country — will be accurately depicted as an overwhelming, tragic event, bringing grief and sorrow to millions.  There will also be a chapter on the heroic efforts of health care professio…

Nancy Van Dyken, whose hometown is Fergus Falls, is a psychologist and author. She has some life skills for us when things aren’t going well.

Apple crisp, apple pie, gallon bags of frozen apples ready for cooking, baked apples and apple butter.  Apple season is soon upon us in Minnesota.  Because of the warmer weather, we have a week or two to go before apples are ready to pick.  Last year, our neighbor gave us a bushel of apples …

We are beginning to get a clear picture of Biden’s socialism. Not like Sweden’s, for sure, but one of total economic and military disaster. One which utilizes a “plandemic” to generate massive panic in order to create “emergency” mandates which shut down businesses and livelihoods, churches …

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The Canadian wildfires were burning and the result was not mist or fog, but smoke. “I can’t even go for a walk!” I complained.

This continues to be a “money pit” (since inception) and now it is most important the silent majority of Fergus Falls finally stands up and voice their opinion on this failure. If I recall this was initially voted down by the locals” some 20 years ago. As in the past, this council believes i…

Despite what the calendar says, in this part of the country, summer ends after Labor Day weekend comes to a close. There may be some wonderful, hot weather in the following days; but the glorious sunshine-filled days are fewer and farther between and the mornings hold the crisp, cool air of …

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

To the members of the City Council,

Many of us had to get creative during COVID-19 when it came to hosting get-togethers, having meetings and celebrating life events. One industry that had to get particularly creative was the wedding industry. Large celebrations with 100 plus guest lists were unrealistic and even dangerous for…

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Ah, it’s the first week of school in Fergus Falls as well as in most schools in greater Minnesota.  I travelled to my grandson’s school yesterday to pick him up from marching band practice and memories washed over me like the waters of central dam.  

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The story of Gus Comstock never grows old, at least for me and Otter Tail County Historical Society Executive Director Chris Schuelke.

Do you ever think about the influences that made you the person you are today? I’ve been wondering about that after a conversation with Bonnie Albers, who lives in Fergus Falls and has her degree is theater arts from Northwestern University. Bonnie was raised as a military child, and I asked…

It’s awfully quiet. The midnight mooing has ceased as the window remains open allowing minimal movement of cool air.

There is no serious doubt or debate: anthropogenic (human-effected) activities are driving more hurricanes than ever, more intense killer heat waves than ever in recorded meteorological history, more rising seas, more forest fires, more flooding, and more saltwater encroachment into formerly…

This past month the Texas State Legislature set back women’s freedom by 50 years, having enacting a very bad totalitarian—fascist—law that promotes bounty hunting on anyone associated with any abortion. I hope that a history/government professor in your General Ed’s at Harvard made you more …

Being in the media industry, you learn quickly to let things roll off your back. After all, everyone’s a critic, right? There are a few things, though, that I still shake my head about after the fact. Most of it is centered around our technological society and the use of social media to be l…

This weekend is Labor Day weekend.  Traditionally our family gets together for some kind of camping.  For years, we rendezvoused in Sioux Falls for the Life Light Festival where we paid money to camp in a farmer’s field and listened to contemporary Christian bands.  One year, when our eldest…

Per news reports, one unvaccinated teacher in California took her mask off briefly to read in a socially distanced classroom.

In the early 1700s, Isaac Newton — one of the greatest scientists the world has ever seen — destroyed a large chunk of his fortune by succumbing to the feverish financial bubble that had taken hold in Great Britain. Reflecting afterward, Newton said that he could “calculate the motions of th…

Thank you to Ingebrigtsen and Rasmusson for supporting police officers and public safety efforts during (the) legislative session.

Here at the Daily Journal we are wanting your photos and it is very easy to get them to us by submitting them through our website  aor NABUR site (nabur.fergusfallsjournal.com).

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Many psychologists say that watching baseball on TV, or in person at town baseball games, is a nice diversion for three or so hours from all the troubles in the world.

Have you ever experienced something that you thought made you a candidate for the worst mother/father/parent of the year?   I received a call from my daughter telling me about such an event.

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I sat with my mother on the porch of our farmhouse — she in her rocking chair and I on the weathered, wooden steps. She was reading her Bible, and I was clutching my slingshot, waiting for a sparrow to perch on the rim of the rain-barrel. It was August 1944, the deadliest year of WWII. I was…

Politicians, by and large, tend to have oversized personalities.  The higher the office, the more that personality will shine through.  The first politician I saw in person was Hubert Humphry in a crowded train station.  It seemed, to my childhood eyes, that there was something like stage li…

Each year when I see school supplies hitting the shelves in mass quantities, I have to steer my cart down each aisle to see what’s out there and if there is anything that might make my life a little more organized or colorful. 

On Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed for our country. I, like many, watched as we were attacked in a coordinated and fanatical strike meant to demonstrate that we were not safe at home. We were able to be hurt. We were vulnerable. At the time, I highly doubt that most Americans could identi…

On the morning of Aug. 13 my husband packed up our car while I filled up a large bucket with hydrangeas and large hosta leaves from our gardens. We stopped at Market Flowers, housed near the Minneapolis Farmers Market, to pick up additional bags of flowers I’d ordered, baby’s breath, and euc…

The M State football team has started training.  Training at the college level includes more than just muscle building and fieldwork.  They have meetings of all kinds before they even start on the field.  Because the team gathers before school is open and the cafeteria is closed, their coach…

Recently our community received the terrible news that 11-year-old Mason Weston passed away from injuries sustained from being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend, Reggie Bethel. 

Minnesota’s hands-free cellphone law just had its second anniversary on Aug. 1, and it’s safe to say the novelty has worn off and people could be getting complacent. Drivers might be slipping back into old habits, risking their own lives and those of their fellow motorists.

I’ve blabbered sporadically about packing and moving over the course of the past few months; so why not continue the trend and move onto the whole unpacking process? If you haven’t guessed, that is where we are at — unpacking. We aren’t at the beginning and we certainly aren’t at the end! We…

No matter what we look like, what age we are, or where we call home, we all have a shared belief that our children are our future. Every child has a right to a strong start in life, and part of what makes their futures bright is high quality early care and education. Yet, as a parent and a p…

Watching the news, speaking with my patients, and even just listening to random strangers converse, I’m saddened by what I’m hearing. My perspective is different than most. You see, I grew up in the southwestern region of Nigeria, Emure-Ekiti kingdom where my family, the Adumori royal dynast…

Does the media in general make coverage of severe winter weather seem worse than it is? I really can’t objectively answer that question for obvious reasons. Having covered weather and news events in the Fergus Falls area for almost 10 years, I have lost count of the number of severe winter-w…

A few days ago I shared with area newspaper representatives that, from my perspective, it’s refreshing to cover county government.

Since when did school districts start taking medical advice from politicians?  School districts are entrusted with the safety of their district’s children. Yet, when Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health, and American Academy of Pediatrics, e…

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In 2008 I graduated from the University of North Dakota with an undergraduate degree in theatre arts and a beautiful Norwegian girlfriend. So, naturally, I followed my Norwegian girlfriend home to Bergen, Norway. We settled and started our life together, and if there is one thing I’ve learne…

It is obvious, the Bigwood Event Center has proven itself a “failure” during 20 years of professional management while connected to a premier hotel and during better economic times. So, how can the Fergus Falls City Council in good conscience and fiscal responsibility vote to do this again?

On July 9, the White House released an ambitious executive order to increase competition in many sectors of the American economy.  I, like many other agricultural producers, was quite happy to see agriculture as one of the sectors put under a microscope.

Question: In reference to the Interstate, is it true that 1 of 5 miles is straight so airplanes can land on there if needed?

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In “The Hero’s Journey,” Joseph Campbell writes about a young person leaving home and venturing into the unknown to face the challenges of total independence. No more mom and dad around for guidance and comfort. You are on your own. 

Biden is failing in his first constitutional duty — to defend the United States from foreign invasion. We Americans no longer decide who comes into our national home and whom we shall adopt as new citizens… We defend the borders of scores of nations; we cannot, or Biden will not, defend our own.

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I heard the kids arguing … again. Oftentimes, I let them hash it out and they generally come to a conclusion on their own and move about their day. Lately, the arguments have lasted longer, been louder and have required more parental involvement. 

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Hiroshima was “a military base.” The U.S. atomic bombings “ended the war,” and they “prevented an invasion and saved lives.” Our government’s tests of atomic weapons on people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 76 years ago were rationalized using these myths which transformed indiscriminate destruct…

With harvest right around the corner this is a good time to remind everyone about farm safety. Even if you are not a farmer you need to be careful as tractors and farm-truck traffic will be coming very soon. The number one thing to know is that anything can happen at any time.  According to …

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