It is with intentionality I introduce you to Jennie Denney who is living “Theology in the Trenches.” It is with permission that I share this at a time when the skill of listening is more important than ever. If you’d like to read more, please visit her at jenniedenney.com/.

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Otter Tail County is going to miss having Bud Nornes in the state Legislature.  Not only did he take our values to St. Paul, he went to bat for us when the government made life difficult.  State government needs all the common sense it can get and Bud has it.

The passing of 1963 Fergus Falls High School graduate Chuck Beck on May 23 in Bend, Oregon, has led to several accolades from his classmates and relatives.

I’ve never really enjoyed the Fourth of July as a holiday entirely because I’ve always been afraid of fireworks, which actually makes it difficult to enjoy lots of holidays (in Venezuela people set fireworks off for Christmas and New Year’s, in China people set off fireworks for every holida…

Clearly, we are at a phase with the coronavirus that reminds me of those times when I decide to eat too many onions.

I am just like many of you.  I don’t trust everything the government does.  But is the census an invasion of privacy?  Less so than a Google search, in my opinion.  If you look up my name on Google, you can find all sorts of information on me, going back more than 20 years.  You can see me i…

“If you’re lucky enough to live in Fergus Falls, you’re lucky enough!” I had the opportunity to live there for 15 years and Fergus Falls is a beautiful place to live … people look out/care for one another. Let’s extend that attitude to this (#@&#) pandemic. I think we feel like it won’t …

When I make a new acquaintance, I want to know about their history and beliefs. Perhaps it’s my background in directing plays and asking my actors to delve deeply into the backgrounds, the habits, the motivations of the characters they are portraying. One thing’s for sure: We can learn so mu…

Some things never change. When I was a kid and was feeling lethargic, crabby, and my face was either pale or flushed, my mom would grab the thermometer, stick it under my tongue and wait for the results. If I had a fever, she would declare me sick and send me to bed, or more likely to the co…



Last Saturday, my family and I went swimming at Pebble Lake. We were having a great time and there were a bunch of different people enjoying the sun, fun and water.

Munching on peanut butter toast and sipping from a cup of warm milk, I finally knew the answer to the question that had been cycling round my circle of family and friends.

An Asian designer virus enters the United States into the American West in dribbles; then from Europe like a bomb, it saturates the world hub of New York, killing tens of thousands of people who would most certainly have voted out the current president, who seems to have played the traitor o…

Some polls now have Joe Biden running ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points and sweeping the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This vindicates the strategy Biden’s advisers have adopted:

Gasoline prices fell dramatically this spring, one of the few bright spots for consumers this year. The oil feud between Russia and Saudi Arabia that began March 8, led to a 34% drop in domestic oil prices. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is the other driving factor. Around the globe, peopl…

After about a year of being single, I’ve decided to dip a toe back into the dating pool. It’s a really weird time to do so with a pandemic going on, and honestly probably not a good idea, but three months of quarantine has exacerbated an already pervasive feeling of alone-ness. I won’t say l…

On June 15 the Fergus Falls City Council heard a joint statement in support of human rights from the Fergus Falls Police Department and the Human Rights Commission. The goal of both organizations was recognition of our shared humanity and basic rights inherent to all. 

With the tumultuous times in our state, as your state senator I felt compelled to respond to the information that is reported by the main street media. Some of the reporting is informative and even helpful during the COVID-19 time frame. However, after the horrible incident that happened in …

In light of current political discourse, upcoming elections and the continuing COVID-19 crisis I have chosen to rerun this column that published back in February 2020 regarding the Daily Journal’s Opinion page. Now more than ever the newspaper’s role in a community is an important one in ter…

George, Bunkey’s neighbor, has a swampy area in the back of his yard. It is too wet to mow so it always looks messy and George doesn’t do messy. He decided that this year he was going to beautify that area one way or the other. He started in the library researching flowering plants that grow…

Scholarship funds are available from the Fergus Area College Foundation (FACF) for students planning to attend the Fergus Falls campus of M State this fall. The application deadline for those scholarships is July 15; please make sure you take the time to apply. And if you know of students at…

As a longtime resident of Fergus Falls, I have seen some in the community propose a lot of new stuff over the years. A water park, a hotel and restaurant complex at the RTC and the amphitheater behind city hall are a few that come to mind.

It all started with a Mother’s Day gift. My daughter has mugs custom printed with pictures of family for gifts. Last year she sent me a beautiful 12 ounce mug with pictures of the grandkids. The mug said Happy Mother’s Day Grandma Sue, 2019. I loved the mug and had it on display on my china …

Wow, can you believe that we are almost through the month of June? I sure can’t and I wish that the recent month could continue. So, I have hit that early summer drought in regards of things to discuss, so here is a cornucopia of thoughts I have had recently.

Although the sun just finished setting on the 2019-20 school year, due to the level of uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused in many facets of our lives, people are wondering what will happen with school this fall.  We have been discussing various possible scenarios while awaiting guidance fr…

How curious that the Republican Party of OTC sees fit to make a list of political points against our governor, lieutenant governor and the city of Minneapolis but neglects to mention the seminal action taken by a policeman killing a Black man that precipitated the events.

Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for seven hours at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii with the chief architect of China’s foreign policy, Yang Jiechi.

I was able to submit a completed draft of my novel’s manuscript to a publisher Wednesday night (actually 2 a.m. Thursday morning) for the first time. I’m fully expecting a rejection because that’s how these things often go but it feels good for my work to be in a position to be sent out.

Have you ever heard of a movement called “Drive Away CA Cars?” It’s an information campaign sponsored by the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association. According to the website driveawaycacars.org they are a trade organization representing the new car dealers of Minnesota.

I know many people just wish the protests would remain peaceful. I wish it too, if peaceful protests did anything.

I was interested to read the account of the recent City Council meeting where the council unanimously approved a motion regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which would “specifically avoid any reference to anything from the U.N.” As a former U.N. official whose work cen…

It seems that every gardener wants to plant tomatoes. You can find them in pots, hanging from porches, in raised beds and of course, in regular gardens. Unfortunately, tomatoes can have all sorts of problems. Some you can either prevent or fix; weather isn’t one of them.

What happens when a state governor does away with the checks-and-balances system? 

Last Friday night, my husband, Eric, and I had the privilege of serving delicious deep fried walleye to hungry friends and neighbors at Elk’s Point on Wall Lake. The club has a dining room and bar on the east side of the lake that serves not only club members, but the community of Fergus Fal…

Newly painted in huge yellow letters on 16th Street, just north of the White House, is the slogan: “Defund the Police.”

While chatting with one of my besties, she spoke tentatively, “They’re trying to find a solution and it’s all coming too fast, so I’m not sure anything is working!”

Let’s pretend that you and I are driving around with a guy we’ll call Snapper. You mention that your nephew is in New York studying ballet dancing, and Snapper asks, “Is he gay?” I tell you about my Jewish friend who is a lawyer, and Snapper says, “Be careful — he’s only interested in your m…

Well, I am sitting at my desk at the new location of the Daily Journal on 125 N. Union Ave., and wondering what to think of the new space. Although we knew that we would be moving here for quite some time (even got sneak previews and were able to plan our spaces) it still seems unusual to be…

What did you do this past week to learn more about the situation America has found itself in and educate yourself about racial injustice in the United States? It might feel like you know enough because you watch the news or scroll through social media, but take a look at your bookshelf, at t…

As many of the travel restrictions are being lifted from the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be increasing traffic needs from many who are tired of being cooped up, want to get out of the house, go on vacations and just have fun again. With this in mind, here are a few suggestions to keep trav…

With the flash and sparkle of evening fireworks, the 2019-20 school year officially came to a close. The commencement of the Fergus Falls Class of 2020 marked a rite of passage into adulthood. We sent the graduates out into the world having proclaimed them ready to take on all of life’s joys…

I try to be careful not to do a double take when I see a dark-skinned person here in Otter Tail County. I could be wrong, but this seems to be the most vanilla part of Minnesota—blond hair, blue eyes, creamy skin, Norwegian pride.

One of the things I have seen a lot of on social media is the idea that white people need to acknowledge the privileges they have been given simply because they are white.

When I was in grade school, what we now call elementary school, I had a friend named Olivia. What a wonderful name. If your name is as common as Susan, you will obviously love an uncommon name like Olivia. She was cute, popular and knew how to dance. Livy, as we called her, had long brown ha…

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." — Sinclair Lewis

Here I am again Lord, avoiding my time with you. I know it’s not always like this but today is one of those days. 

In his statement to The Atlantic magazine, former Defense Secretary General James Mattis says of the events of the last 10 days that have shaken the nation as it has not been shaken since 1968: