This week we received in the mail a wonderful old copy of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal dated Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1945. It was sent to us from a gentlemen in Gainesville, Virginia, by the name of W. Travis Hall.  He came across it while cleaning out for a pending move and was loathe to throw …

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A high school classmate of mine wrote on Facebook, “One more day until the traitors take over and lead our country into the (expletive)hole.”

The grandkids were over for supper last night.  I decided to pull up a meal my mom used to make when she was feeding a crowd.  It involved corned beef, cheese, and lots of noodles.  The meal was a huge hit, even mom, daddy and grandpa had large portions.  My surprise was that I found the rec…

The pharmaceutical industry is on a bit of a hot streak. Just last month, both Pfizer and Moderna received FDA approval for their COVID-19 vaccines. Millions of Americans have already received them.

Four hundred lights stretch along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Each represents one thousand people in America who have died of COVID-19. It is only in their absence that we have space to acknowledge the dead--there is not enough space beside the pool for that many people to stan…

Petunia decided she didn’t like the look of the mulch Bunkey had surrounded the trees in the yard with.  Whoever had lived in the house before had apparently been addicted to using a weed whip and all the trees had the scars to show it. Some of the smaller trees were so damaged that Bunkey h…

As a nation, we observed Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day on Monday, Jan. 18. Like many, I am repeatedly drawn back to his iconic “I have a dream” speech, in which MLK passionately spoke in favor of civil and economic rights to end racism. MLK was a big supporter of following your dreams. An…

Election vote tabulations in Otter Tail County (OTC) in November 2020 were secure and free of irregularities, says OTC Auditor-Treasurer Wayne Stein. That’s good news for county residents.

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As of late, I have been inspired by the creative New Year’s resolutions made by others, more so than to make my own. Last year a friend made a resolution to cook 100 new recipes, she exceeded this goal.  What an adventurous and ambitious resolve.  I also assume that it was challenging, rewar…

It has been said, you can lie to others but not to yourself.  This seems, to me, to be a lie.  We Americans have been lying to ourselves for so long only chaos and confusion are left of our national principles.

On Saturday, I got to experience my first pet emergency. Our dog, Oreo, decided that it would be a great idea to get a nose piercing without consulting the family or using a licensed body piercer. 



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When did we lose it? Not the kind of running down the country road screaming at the top of one’s lungs sort of deal. Not the kind of opening the window of your home to declare emotional bankruptcy to the world. No … not that kind of losing it. (Not that I would know about either … ) I’m refe…

Jan. 6 happened. The attempted coup incited by Trump is despicable, grievous, hateful and abhorrent. I watched the horror with sickening fear and disgust. I was further enraged by insurrectionists carrying the American and Confederate flags while they attempted to overthrow a legal election …

I read Mr. Ken Harty’s article in the Jan. 9 newspaper and it made me laugh.

Early season ice fishing often calls for the use of jigging spoons to call in and catch aggressive fish.  As winter progresses, however, fish get more pressured and their metabolism often slows too.  For those reasons, the fish usually get less apt to bite as early winter becomes midseason. …

Anyone can garden. It’s part of our very being. It’s how we survive. And it’s not difficult. All you need is the desire, a sunny spot, good soil and a water source. If you can grow a tomato in a pot and get it to fruit, you can garden.

Last Friday, Jan. 8 Twitter booted President Donald Trump off their platform by permanently banning his account. An action according to politico.com that was quickly followed by Facebook, Instagram and many other social media websites. According to businessinsider.com Twitter stock prices we…

If you’re a Trumpist, it’s not likely you are reading my column anymore. I completely understand. If there’s anything written or spoken that does not fit your views, you simply turn the page, turn the channel or find another website.

Aircraft hijacking incidents between the United States and Cuba were at their height between 1968 and 1972. These incidents were attributed to extortion, flight for political asylum and mental illness.

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“Young man, what have you done for America today?” demanded the congressman while looking at me. I sat nervously at my page desk on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The floor bustled with activity as members of Congress filled the chamber for a roll call vote. 

On Jan. 6, a mob of deluded Americans attacked the United States Capitol.  They were egged on by the president and he was aided in that effort by our democratically elected representative Michelle Fischbach, who just days before had taken the oath to protect the Constitution of the United States .

The pharmaceutical industry is on a bit of a hot streak. Just last month, both Pfizer and Moderna received FDA approval for their COVID-19 vaccines. Millions of Americans have already received them.

When the bright sun retired after a mild winter day, the temperature dropped leaving a glaze on the parking lot. My meeting was over and I started my car to go home. The tires spun as the machine refused to move. I shifted into four-wheel drive, slowly backed out and headed up the hill. Ah, …

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Photography is an ongoing challenge for me. I had photographed dozens of bald eagles in Haines, Alaska, back in the early ’80s, but since moving back to Minnesota, I had not seen one close enough for a good shot. However, 10 days ago I got lucky. Driving home from Fergus Falls on County High…

While I was working on the newspaper Monday, I was reading an obituary (See Page 2) about a woman that was in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. As we like to do for veterans who have passed, we put an American flag with their obituary. I looked to see if the Cadet Nurse Corps  were …

I am reading the final 2021 budget for the city of Fergus Falls. As I review any budget, I start at the top five spending areas for savings. The top budget items for the city are:

Question: Is it true that if you drop a lost driver’s license in a mailbox, the United States Postal Service will mail it to the owner? I’ve heard that you can just put it in the drop box and they will get it to them.

We all need it you know. Stability. That’s what secures all of life. The launching pad is firm and with a firm foundation we may launch. We are able because he is stable. 

On Dec. 21, the YMCA reopened for the second time with some changes in procedures in the interest of health and safety. See the website at fergusfallsymca.org for details. 

The passing of “Jeopardy” game show host Alex Trebek on Nov. 8, 2020, was like losing a member of one’s own family.

Question: My neighbor’s cattle are always out. They don’t take care of their fence and they are getting into my yard. I can deal with that, but my real concern is the highway we live along. I’m worried someone is going to hit a cow and get hurt or something worse. There must be a law about this.

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Last month, healthcare.gov’s open enrollment period concluded. But consumers may still be able to sign up for coverage. People who have lost employer-sponsored insurance, moved or experienced other significant life changes may be eligible for a special enrollment period.

Shrub breeders are working to develop new hydrangeas. You would think that having about 1,000 species of the pretty shrub would be enough, not for these guys. They are always looking for a bigger, smaller, more floriferous, stronger, hardier, etc. plant to tempt gardeners to plant more hydra…

After watching the unbelievable events unfold at the Capitol last Wednesday, I was shocked and in disbelief as to what had occurred and it is not acceptable. Many are blaming President Donald Trump, including myself. Some are saying he did not order the pro-Trump crowd to storm the Capitol. …

On Dec. 21, the YMCA reopened for the second time with some changes in procedures in the interest of health and safety. See the website at fergusfallsymca.org for details. 

I really was hoping I could write about something or someone besides Donald Trump.

When the bright sun retired after a mild winter day, the temperature dropped leaving a glaze on the parking lot. My meeting was over and I started my car to go home. The tires spun as the machine refused to move. I shifted into four-wheel drive, slowly backed out and headed up the hill. Ah, …

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Awhile back, sports reporter Mathew Holding Eagle gave me an idea for a column — paradoxes. At the time, we were just trying to get through the remainder of 2020 and it was heading into Christmas and New Year’s season. I figured that I should provide columns during that time about the holida…

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Winter is here! What kind of shelter are you providing for your outdoor cats? Many believe that having a barn or building is good enough, but is it? While a barn provides protection from wind, rain and snow, it does not provide a small, insulated space that is imperative for survival to an o…

On Jan. 5, Georgia voters cast ballots for their two new Senators and decide on the balance of power in the United States Senate and thus, Congress. 

While walking down the aisles recently of the local bait shop, I couldn’t help but be astonished by all the ice rod models available!  This experience had me thinking back to my ice fishing trips with my Dad and brother as a kid and the ice rods we used. 

With the New Year upon us, I wanted to take the time to share a powerful story that was posted on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s blog. It’s from a crash that one of my co-workers investigated and should leave every one of us something simple and preventable to think about.

I’m shuffling papers upon my desk trying to clear a little clutter. While doing so, I’ve unveiled some sort of vehicle recall and as I reread it, I think the selling point for my ability to ignore it was, “Please note the problem does not affect the safe operations of your vehicle.”

I started at the Daily Journal in March of 2018. At the time, I was working at a Caribou Coffee in St. Cloud after returning from three years teaching English in Shanghai. I’d just finished a master’s degree in public communication with a focus on journalism innovation from Syracuse Universi…

If you have called the Extension office about organic fertilizers, you were probably told to use corn gluten meal (CGM). The next question is invariable “what the heck is that and where do I get it?”  This article should answer all your questions.

Budd Andrews of Pelican Rapids, who turned 100 on Dec. 22, over the years had a long list of hobbies that won him the admiration of relatives and friends.

Happy New Year!  It is the end of December; Christmas is in the rear-view mirror and we are looking forward to 2021.  The latest project for the new year is having some ceiling repair done on our house. The entire downstairs is wrapped in plastic to keep the mess contained, and we, temporari…

I don’t know about you, however, I am definitely ready to say goodbye to 2020. So glad it’s over. Not much good came out of 2020 and it makes we wonder if there was anything actually good about 2020? This is a challenge for most for sure including myself. I’m always up for a challenge so her…

In November of 2019 some of my North Dakota hiking buddies and I decided that it was time to tackle the road walk portion of the North Country Trail from Abercrombie, North Dakota to Fergus Falls, a distance of 39 miles to the little rest area north of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County…

Kevin Livingood, 67, of Fergus Falls, died peacefully, Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Fergus Falls under the care of LB Hospice and nursing staff.

Charles Franklin Douglas, 63, of Foxhome, formerly of Erhard, died Monday, December 28, 2020, at LB Broen Home in Fergus Falls.

Lately, I have been reflecting on what I have in common with extremists.  It turns out that the list is longer than one would think.  I hold their same passions for change, an ability to withstand discomfort — put more bluntly, tolerance for risk of pain that some term masochism — and I shar…