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Deer are four-legged athletes. They can sprint up to 30 mph, have the capacity to jump 10 feet straight up, and a knack for bounding 30 feet from launch to landing. They can eat 4 to 6 pounds of plant material every day. It seems like most of that is from our gardens and trees.  In the mid-9…

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Recently I prepared a mailing to MSNBC anchors (ever the last bastion against true left), by formatting the following, four-to-the-page on a Microsoft Word document. (Something that would have been much more straightforward on now obsolete Quark Xpress software, not to mention easier):

One of the things that I love about the lakes area is the change of seasons including winter. Don’t get me wrong, I always despise having to winterize the pontoon for the winter and I hate freezing cold days just as bad as anyone (I’m not crazy). However, not all winter days are freezing col…

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Will Robertson, who was newsroom editor at The Daily Journal for half a century, never deviated from his support of Republican presidential candidates from 1912 to 1962.

This season has a number of great television shows on air including “The Mandalorian,” “Mr. Robot,” “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials” with a new season of “The Expanse” starting yesterday (Friday, Dec. 13) and new fantasy show “The Witcher” starting Dec. 20. I’ve been closely following “Mr…

On behalf of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County (HSOTC) staff, volunteers and board of directors, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported our shelter animals this past year. The HSOTC is an independent, nonprofit organization, not affiliated with any national animal rescue org…

I just got done shoveling. The weather was a crisp zero degrees. I did not have a winter hat on and I also did not wear winterized pants (don’t tell my mom...). After the hour of shoveling I got back to work and realized that my face and ears burned a little bit.

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Democrats winced when they heard Joe Biden talking about his hairy legs. “The kids used to come up and reach into the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again,” he said in a video of a 2017 speech that went viral last week, adding “I loved kids jumpin…

The phone rang, “Hello”  I answered. “Hey Mom, I just got a call from my neighbor lady, boy was she mad!”  My daughter went on to explain that her children ages 5, 7 and 9 told the 5-year-old neighbor girl that Santa wasn’t real.  The mother was so angry with this revelation that she forbade…

He, God, chose her, Mary, to bring forth his only begotten son. We know he chose her because he chooses us. “You did not choose me. I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will remain…” (John 15:16).



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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just proposed one of the most ambitious health-care reforms since the Affordable Care Act. She hopes her plan, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, will reduce the “out of control” prices that are “crushing Americans at the pharmacy counter.” 

On one of those cold “stay indoors”type of days, the leader of my writers group emailed several chuckles to brighten the day. I would like to share a few of them with you to help you through this Minnesota winter. Are you ready? Here we go.

You bet I would love to support impeachment! Nothing would delight me more — if it were just bipartisan, which unfortunately it’s not, because I have vowed to oppose it at all costs. This is sure an unfortunate coincidence. I keep asking: Why isn’t there bipartisan support for this? I could …

Hong Kong is in chaos, with no sign that the protesters will yield on their demands. Mass incarceration and indoctrination of Uyghurs and other Chinese Muslims has become so widely publicized, and evidenced, that Chinese leaders no longer try to deny that a roundup has taken place, though th…

Question: I have a 15-year-old son and we just signed him up for driver’s training and I was told that a State Trooper provides a presentation for the parents and new drivers. Can you explain what this presentation consists of and is this mandatory? 

Tuesday, Dec. 3, there was a public levy and budget hearing at the commissioners’ meeting room in Fergus Falls.  I was running late, because the roads were slick, and I thought sure I would be standing in the back of the room for the meeting.  Unfortunately that was not the case, as only eig…

In the short time I have been the publisher of The Daily Journal I have grown very fond of the community we have here in the lakes area. Fergus Falls and area towns are clean, well-kept and of course the people are Minnesota nice, just as I expected they would be. I think it would be great t…

I recently taught myself how to crochet. A couple of things inspired me to learn, like coverage I’ve done of Torri Hanna’s Tangles to Treasures coupled with many of my friends being really into it when I was in high school, but seeing some crocheted bags at the Holiday Art and Artisan Market…

Give the gift of a one year membership with the Fergus Falls YMCA at no cost to you! In the “spirit of the season” anyone, Y member or not, is invited to nominate an individual or a family to receive the gift membership. The demonstration of the four YMCA character values by the individual o…

As I slide around the corner into my alley, I realize that one of the best and worst things about winter is driving. While the fun may be acting like you are in a car chase, hitting a turn, car sliding as you perfectly make it onto a street or pretending you are taking the Millennium Falcon …

While I was walking through the hallway of the school I’m teaching at, a person working on the air conditioning said to me, “I should have gone to college.”

Five dauntless soldiers, outfitted in fatigues, will travel from Fort Snelling to play the national anthem as we light the Christmas tree for the grand finale of the Over the River Festival.

The topic of essential oils has been trending for some time now. It is even made mention of back in biblical times but then, why wouldn’t it be found there? That’s where most important things are found. It actually comes up in the very first book. 

Since Nancy Pelosi became House speaker in 2007, Republicans have spent an incredible amount of time and energy pushing back against her progressive policy proposals. That’s why it’s odd that the GOP’s newest drug pricing bill is a watered-down copy of one of Pelosi’s worst ideas.

My buddy Artie Arndt and I had an interesting phone conversation regarding ice fishing recently.  Artie owns a fish house rental business on Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border, owns the local bait shop, and is the father of Tanner Arndt, one of the top winter and open-water …

It is important for all organizations to periodically reflect on their mission, beliefs, vision and practices. The Fergus Falls Public School District is taking time this year to do just that.  Our goal is to gather feedback on what we do well and on what we need to improve on. The data coll…

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? No arguments, no kitchen disasters, no travel problems, no awkward moments meeting new relatives for the first time?

Storytelling goes back a long, long ways. I’m guessing early humans told stories of hunting  animals they depicted in their cave drawings. Stories add drama to scientific narratives, settings and characters that readers (especially children) can relate to. Jean Craighead George  (July 2, 191…

Just because we are older, why dont’ we have rights anymore? We more than paid our share and they keep saying because we’re older, we don’t have our right minds and we can’t get around like we used to. Yet, there are younger people that could really use the help and can’t get it. 

Question: In light of the fact that most drivers exceed the posted speed limit, especially on interstate freeways, will I get a citation for obstructing traffic if I drive the speed limit?  This is especially a concern in and around the Twin Cities freeways like I-94, etc.

A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Yet all is not well within NATO.

Shopping, gift wrapping, entertaining, decorating … the holidays are filled with fun activities and time with family and friends. Unfortunately they are also filled with lots of garbage. Literally. Paper plates and disposable utensils, paper napkins, plastic shopping bags, wrapping paper you…

As I sit here writing this column on the morning of Friday, Nov. 29 winter weather is on the way.  And with it is snow. It is supposed to snow from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure of how much snow we will actually get but I do know that shoveling snow is strenuous. In fac…

Lloyd Omdahl, a retired University of North Dakota political science instructor, proposes a suspension of political intolerance during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season.

Republican Rick Perry, now alleged to be involved in Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal, has announced that Donald Trump was "chosen by God" to be president. This is an insult to intelligence and spirituality as well as blasphemous.

I know that giving thanks is really hammered home on Thanksgiving, but I do believe it’s something people need to be more mindful of not just during the holidays, but all year round. I also think it’s important to not simply say, “I’m thankful for…” but to find someone to thank, someone who …

Health insurance gives people peace of mind that they can take care of themselves from preventative care to medical crisis. Providing coverage for quality care at an affordable price also is a priority for employers to attract and retain workers in our historically tight labor market and to …

For the second time in my life, I graduated from college in May. Unlike the first time, I managed to obtain my degree in physics education without taking out a student loan.

Thanksgiving is usually a time for everyone to get together with their families, have a nice meal, watch some football and have a conversation about how they are going to do this exact thing again a month from now, but only with the added element of gifts. (I actually enjoy spending time wit…

Across the nation, schools and communities just finished an observance of American Education Week.  American Education Week has been in place for nearly 100 years - dating all the way back to 1921.  It began through conversations between members of the National Education Association and the …

Unfurling across this nation voices rise in unison. In unison they rise as dissention creates tension. Push back comes as iron sharpens iron and when it does…this great nation begins its growing pains through moaning and groaning.

We are visiting family for the holiday, but will have more family here when we return, so I had a few things to do before leaving.  Not the least of which was cleaning the kitchen.  I don’t know how it is at your house, but it seems to me that no matter how I try, the kitchen is always a mes…

Soon you will have the leftover potatoes and gravy devoured. You will be  finishing up your Thanksgiving bird sandwiched between two slices of white bread with Miracle Whip! That lethargic feeling of fullness serves a purpose of reflection.  After all we are too stuffed to do anything else. …

We may be months away from ending the U.S. military draft, once and for all.  After a court ruled that the male-only draft was unconstitutional, a Congress-appointed commission has been studying whether or not to draft women into the U.S. military. They make their report in March, and will l…

Was there linkage between the withholding of U.S. military aid and the U.S. demand for a Ukrainian state investigation of the Bidens?

Gardeners are always improving their gardens, or at least rearranging them.  New plants get their hearts racing. “I just have to have that new whatever.” Do be a bit skeptical about new perennials. Remember “Endless Summer.” It was a spectacular failure anyplace north of Minneapolis. That be…

I saw Joel Myhre’s column yesterday about his experiences teaching this year. I really can’t blame him for feeling frustrated and I have nothing but respect for teachers who make it their lifelong profession. I was a teacher once, too, in a past life, and even have a graduate degree in educa…

I’m not sure where I was or what I was doing at the time, but I do remember having a very clear thought go through my mind that we are really lucky to be living as good as we do. Seriously, despite the cold weather we endure from year to year, we have a lot to be thankful for.

At this time of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank God that our founding fathers made this country a representative republic instead of a democracy!  Where a democracy is governed by all, a republic is where the people elect representatives, who work for the people that elected them.  A rep…

In each of the past three years I’ve partaken of lutefisk on four occasions, usually from late fall through the Christmas season. This year will be no exception.

In a recent issue of The Journal, Harvey MacKay stated that teachers are the unsung heroes behind almost every successful person. He went on to say that a person without an education is like a building without a foundation. How true! Many of my friends point to a teacher somewhere in their h…

I bought them brand new…the pair of slip-on shoes. It was no longer flip-flop weather, so I thought I’d best be prepared. And they looked good!

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. As a provider of hospice and palliative-care services, we are intimately involved in the day-to-day lives of many caregivers, both family and professional, and know the challenges and rewards of their roles.