The late Jon Rosengren, a member of the Fergus Falls High School Class of 1957, has a lasting legacy with the gift of scholarships for FFHS graduates who attend M State, the successor to Fergus Falls Junior College and Fergus Falls Community College.

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As we continue to see more winter weather, it seems now is a good time to give a friendly reminder on school bus safety and the laws pertaining to school buses and their stops. I have chatted with a few residents who have witnessed vehicles ignoring some of the school bus laws recently, incl…

How was your Thanksgiving? For me it marks the beginning of that wild ride we call the holiday or Christmas season, with all its festivities, shopping, to-do lists and excitement. This year we traveled to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her family. They were exci…

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Seems like each year around this time we hear more and more about the importance of shopping local. In my opinion there is a reason for that, especially this year. The reason we hear it resonating is the fact that online shopping has been growing incrementally each year. According to unclad.…

Maybe you’ve heard this quote attributed to Betty Davis: “Getting old ain’t for sissies.” Having turned 85, I certainly acknowledge the truth behind those words. I have shortness of breath and balance issues, so I’m very careful getting around with my cane. I fell and broke both bones in my …

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“There it is!” shouted the youngest from the backseat of the pickup truck as we pulled up to Meadow Farm Foods on Monday.

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Someone had to tell the man, and as I was the only other person present, it had to be me. As he sat upon our kitchen stool, I began.

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It seems, lately, that people are more likely to misconstrue facts, develop a conspiracy theory or slander someone rather than admit that they are wrong. Why? Why is the idea of being wrong so scary for some people? And before this gets “political,” I’ll preface this by saying it goes for “b…

As Congress is busy passing relevant legislation that includes assistance for climate change mitigation such as the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Fergus Falls Citizens’ Climate Lobby is having a busy fall engaging the public in outreach, and encouraging our state and federal legislators to…

A year ago today I woke up being someone’s wife and went to bed a widow. My life changed forever that day. And, I guess it’s been changing ever since.

Anyone who knows me well knows I love decorating for Christmas, and while I try not to hurry Thanksgiving, there are some outdoor tasks that just have to be accomplished early. The Christmas lights have been on my house since October! I know, you think that’s a bit neurotic, but I don’t like…

This is the time of year when lutefisk feeds take place in Fergus Falls and the surrounding area.

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The Otter Tail County Polar Plunge is set for noon on Feb. 5 at Otter Tail Lake. The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota set up by the Otter Tail Lakes Country Association and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. It’s the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics in …

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Winter is coming. Yes, we’ve already had our first snowfall of the season, but it is important to remember to take care of your lawn, protecting it from snow and ice. Here are a few tips to think about, whether for this season or the upcoming years. Trim your grass to the height recommended …

There’s a little white country church just down our driveway and across the gravel road. It takes mere minutes to get there, and although no longer in use, I do enter now and again. I enter in order to gain perspective or perhaps pause in prayer … or sweep the seasonal flies or beetles by th…

“Our wish is to be at peace with you ... if we eat, you shall eat; if we starve, you must starve also,” Chief Sheheke, to Lewis and Clark.

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This past weekend, I attended the European inspired Christkindlmarkt in Fargo, North Dakota. It was filled with festive holiday spirit — music, makers, food, chocolate, drinks and more.

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Some of you may recall that the Daily Journal has created its very own social-media website. It’s called NABUR and it stands for “Neighborhood Alliance for Better Understanding and Respect.” It is for newspaper readers and is exclusive to Wick Communications and the Daily Journal. The purpos…

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Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays each year, kicking off the “holiday season.” For many it’s about family, food and football. Throughout most of my youth, my family would share the holiday with family friends here in Fergus Falls. Whether it was being hosted at our house o…

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It was good news with the recent announcement of renovating the old flour mill southwest of downtown Fergus Falls.

Cycling around are the fashions that be. Who knew one would need to update cupboards as the archways give way to linear. Clean lines are in. The old needs an update … apparently.

Firearms deer season has kept me off of most trails for a couple weeks so I have turned to reading, one of my other favorite pastimes. Looking through my bookshelves I found several books about hiking so I’ll share my thoughts about a few of them.

When I was a child, for quite a few years, I would wake up every morning and the first thing I would do was run out of my room to the telephone (yes, it was a landline folks, they still existed at that time).

I had just turned 79 in August of 2015, when I did an hour of stand-up comedy to raise money for the Valley View Park in Pennsylvania, near where I lived at the time. They were renovating an old outdoor theater and needed contributions. I had retired after 48 years in education, and enjoyed …

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As Thanksgiving draws near, it creates a much-needed opportunity for me to step back from the pressures and demands in my life and recenter on those things most important. My mom was one of the most thankful and selfless people I have ever met and my dad set high expectations and continues t…

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COVID surge in OTC

I recently received a letter from a reader. As I opened the envelope and began to read, I was at once impressed by the neat, even cursive of the writer. My thoughts were, “I can’t write that beautifully on my best day. Not only was her script easy to read, it remained consistent throughout a…

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Have you ever heard of the “Great Resignation?” It’s a term that is playing off the Great Depression and the Great Recession. It refers to the shortage of workers in all industries across the nation including Otter Tail County. Another name for the shortage of workers is the “Big Quit” and i…

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On a class trip to New Orleans to study the War of 1812, a LaGrange College history major’s plea for a day of research at the National World War II Museum led us to learn about some of the greatest unsung heroes of World War II: the submariners and their amazing record of success.

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Drama was combined with historical storytelling about the Revolutionary War the evening of Nov. 3 at the Fergus Falls Public Library.

“Use every man after his desert and who should escape whipping” – Hamlet, Shakespeare. That is, “If you treat every man in the way he deserves, then who would escape a whipping?” Hamlet was chiding Lord Polonius for deciding what the players “deserved” to have. “Use them after your own honou…

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Not everything about the pandemic was so bad. In a previous column I talked about some of the positive “stay at home” lessons we learned and recently I’ve been thinking about another positive outcome from the pandemic, which is the fact that more people gave the great outdoors a chance.

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The hands of the workers at Hogar de Vida reach into the basket of wet laundry just as the little ones begin to wake. Linear it is the line upon which the clothes are hung. The breeze whispers as the sun dries. They work to the tune of the birds for such a time as this.

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I didn’t walk in my high school graduation. I sat in the audience and watched while my classmates crossed the stage.

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We have all heard of cybercrime, however, we don’t always hear of the new tricks or latest fraud tactics deployed by cybercriminals as quickly as we should so I am going to share some information regarding the latest trend.

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Fall is, and always will be, my favorite season of the year. It may be the cooling of the temperature, the turning of the colors in the trees or even the day that is my birthday, to which I turned 25 for the ninth time this year. I can tell you it is certainly because of football and more sp…

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“Three or four thousand years ago the gods began a migration from the lakes, forests, rivers, and mountains into the sky, becoming the imperial overlords of nature rather than its essence.”

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Many of us remember some great days of playing golf during the 1970s at the Pebble Lake Golf Course south of Fergus Falls.

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This week on Friday, my husband Eric and I will pack our bags and head to the cities for the weekend. On Saturday evening our son will be performing in the 204th Army Band’s Veterans Day concert. I believe I have attended every one of these concerts over the past 18 years, except last year w…

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Halloween is over. Hints of sparkly green and red that symbolize the start of the winter holiday (for me, that is Christmas) started hitting store shelves before the jack-o’-lantern’s candles were even extinguished.

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I had this neighbor once. He worked in the North Sea on an oil rig. I couldn’t tell you what he did there, but I do know he worked three weeks on, two weeks off. So for lengthy portions of time, his apartment stood empty. He lived alone, in a small one bedroom, and used smelly wood lacquer o…

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Back on Nov. 8, 1973, an event happened in Drake, North Dakota, high school that was so shocking, it made the New York Times. The article began: “A custodian at Drake’s combination elementary and high school, opened the doors of the furnace beneath the school gym and tossed in 32 paperback c…

Birds flew overhead on a sunny and still morning in late October 1971, at the Great Northern Railroad station north of downtown Fergus Falls.

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Hello Fergus Falls, I am back. After spending the last eight years or so in the Dakotas and looking at countless acres of farmland, I once again call Fergus home. Over the last few years my desire to return to the area started to build, especially when I would visit my parents lake cabin on …

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In light of recent public meeting events and the potential for upcoming explosive allegations or comments at future public meetings, I am writing this column to give readers a clear picture of what may or may not end up in the Daily Journal.

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One of my favorite stores downtown when I was a teen was O’Meara’s. I didn’t always appreciate the business, but it became dear to my heart when I learned they had a wonderful fabric shop in the basement. But I am getting ahead of myself. Here’s the story of O’Meara’s.

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The small Earth-toned rock stood solid amidst the other cobble stones upon the road. This particular day I was looking for heart rocks, but as I bent down to pick one up, my eye caught sight of another little gem. Etched within this small rock was a darkened cross ... making it unmistakable.

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In its most simple form, life is composed of beginnings, middles and endings.Often much of our focus is on the beginning and endings. They are exciting. They are newness and the shredding of the old. They are the adrenaline rush of life.We look forward to our first day on the job. We wait fo…

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I had a taciturn journalism teacher in high school who seemed not to care much for teens. Our final exams were to put together notes — witness interviews, etc., to form a fictitious story. As we worked, the story took shape: Our school was being shot up randomly by my own journalism teacher.…

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The Daily Journal has had a lot of exciting happenings as of late, with more to come soon.

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