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When I moved back to my home state of Minnesota after living out East for 57 years, my city friends wondered if I’d get bored. I recently had a phone call from an Eastern friend. He asked, “So what’s it like living out there in the sticks?” I’m sure you’ve heard the label East and West Coast…

Recently, I have been struggling to stay asleep. I go to bed early or late and get the same result —three hours of rest before I wake up tossing and turning. If I am lucky, I am able to find a new position to sleep in and I am back to sleep for another few hours. If not (like Friday), I atte…

“There is no… sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests.”

For such a time as this we are born … your time, my time, his time … our time. For a purpose and a plan we are created and Tato was no exception. Orest, who is married to my first cousin, continues telling the story of his father, Tato. It is with permission that I continue.

It seems recently there have been more emergency vehicles coming down Lincoln Avenue trying to get to their destinations as quickly as they can. That’s not a bad thing. The bad part is that it appears some motorists are not aware of what to do when an emergency vehicle is approaching. Just l…

I’m through my Kafka phase now and have started a brief Oscar Wilde phase because I was interested in reading his play “Salome” so I borrowed a collection of his plays and writings from the library. I’ve been interested in Wilde since high school although I’d never previously read anything o…

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I bet you didn’t know I, Joel Myhre, used to be a kicker in the Canadian Football League. I played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1989 to 1992. We actually won the CFL championship in 1991. I set the CFL record by making 32 consecutive field goals that year.



The first TV presidential debate took place 60 years ago, on Sept. 26, 1960. Participating were the Democratic candidate, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, and Vice President Richard Nixon, a California native.

Gardens are full of semi-ripened vegetables and many flower gardens are in full fall color and now the temperatures are going crazy; 80 one day and 50 the next. It makes Bunkey think of all the things that must be done before it freezes.

Congratulations Dave and Bonnie Jennen on being awarded the Young Eagles Leadership Award. I am well aware of this award and you have certainly earned every aspect of this recognition. Having grown up myself at Einar Michelson Field, Fergus Falls (KFFM), and belonging to the Civil Air Patrol…

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging is a topic a lot of farmers and ranchers have been talking about the past couple of years. RFID tagging will impact all cattle producers regardless of what aspect of the industry you are in, including rodeo stock.

When was the last time you attended a child’s birthday party?  When I listen to my kids talk about birthday parties for the grandkids, I think to myself, “that sounds expensive.”  Trips to Chuck E. Cheese, a bowling party for 10 kids,  bounce houses, renting the YMCA, and dinner out and a mo…

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While the 2020 presidential race will have its share of debates, locally, Daily Journal Media and KBRF will be teaming up to host three debates at the Fergus Falls City Council Chambers beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8.

My Instagram account is connected to the National Parks account. Amazing pictures scroll by exalting the majesty of the natural wonders in the USA. Adventures await me if only I dare travel during the pandemic. Then the images of the Arches National Park click by. Photos of natural sandstone…

Time and respect. Many don’t realize the correlation between the two. One is classified as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements, while the other the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, pre…

When U.S. cities erupted after the death of George Floyd, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was in the vanguard of the protests, renaming a section of downtown Black Lives Matter Plaza, and painting the name in letters on the street so huge they could be seen from space.

When I ponder the likelihood of looming electoral chaos — uncounted votes, a defeated president who won’t leave office, the possible termination of American democracy (coming soon!) — I can’t avoid putting it into a larger context:

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For such a time as this we are born…your time, my time, his time…our time. For a purpose and a plan we are created, and Tato was no exception. Orest, who is married to my first cousin, continues telling the story of his father, Tato. It is with permission that I continue.

A crankbait is a lure that gets more play in my boat starting in September and continuing into late fall.  In fact, as the water cools and the weeds start to die, a crankbait is often my “go-to” largemouth bass bait for putting both numbers and larger-sized bass in the boat!

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Although some people think the era of the mixtape is over, I disagree. Of course, nobody is sitting around listening to the radio waiting for a particular song to come on so they can record it, and I think audio streaming on Spotify and YouTube has cut down somewhat on the music pirating peo…

It has always struck me that public education is a vocation marked by saying “hi” and “goodbye”  that is unlike other professions.  Children are loved, nurtured and challenged.  We have the privilege of witnessing the transformation take place as they grow and mature into young adults.  Watc…

Sixty years ago the Fergus Falls Red Sox town baseball team had to wait more than a week to play in the state Class B title game. That’s because rain fell day after day, after Labor Day, at the state tournament baseball field in Springfield, west of Mankato.

School has started and it’s that time of year again for my annual column about smart state rankings and being safe around schools and school buses.

If you have a yard full of dandelions or creeping Charlie that you have been spraying all summer, you know that they are still laughing at you.  There is a good reason for this.  In the summer, while herbicides may damage a few leaves, it doesn’t kill the stinkers.  Some herbicides are syste…

Apple crisp, apple pie, gallon bags of frozen apples ready for cooking, baked apples and apple butter.  It’s apple season in Minnesota.  Last week our neighbor gave us a bushel of apples and my kitchen was full of the red fruit.  I declared Wednesday as apple processing day at the Wilken res…

The Line 3 replacement project across northern Minnesota has been hindered again. After six years of scrutinization and three separate approvals of the project by regulators or the Public Utility Commission (PUC), the Department of Commerce (guided by Gov. Tim Walz) has issued its second att…

Usually when I write a column, I try to find something that is really interesting to talk with you, the readers, about, other times I try to give you a good laugh and a few times give you a personal look into my life. This column is a little bit of the first and some of the third.

In northeast Syria last week, a U.S. military vehicle collided with a Russian armored vehicle, injuring four American soldiers.

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Joseph Campbell has written extensively about “The Hero’s Journey,” that moment in a young person’s life, when the bonds of parenthood are released and the young adult is free to explore the world, and make independent choices. Maleah Hull, a 2020 graduate of Battle Lake High School (BLHS), …

Recently, Tami Boyer wrote a letter to the editor about the Black Lives Matter movement. In the editorial she wrote “Haven’t the Democrats and the mainstream media had enough of the rioting, burning, looting and killing yet?”

I have been accused of being a “single issue voter,” and that is not an insult to me. The person I vote for must be a person of conviction, who will not hesitate to stand up for what is right. This November, I’ll be voting for Jordan Rasmusson for state representative because of his strong s…

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This is a true story about a man named Tato. I share it with permission from Tato’s son, Orest. Orest is married to my first cousin, and as his story captured my attention, I asked permission to retell it. He responded.

Longtime football fans of the Fergus Falls Otters and Pelican Rapids Vikings recall the Labor Day classics between the Otters and Vikings in the years following World War II, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.

I saw recently that “The Three-Body Problem” by Chinese author Liu Cixin, one of the most popular science-fiction novels in China, is being adapted into a series by Netflix. Unfortunately, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the disgraced showrunners of the severely disappointing “Game of Thrones”…

Catnip is a mint and you know what mints do? They attempt to take over the world. There are two good things about catmint. It makes some cats “drunk” and gives their owners the giggles to watch them in that condition. The second good thing is that it is a great mosquito deterrent. Just crush…

Unprecedented levels of loneliness and isolation have swept through our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially affecting seniors, the most vulnerable to this persistent virus.

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We see the needs around us. We know they exist. But will you be the one to step toward the needs? Will you do your part to create change in our world? 

The death of Chadwick Boseman on Friday, Aug. 28 was a shock for those not in the know and fans of the Marvel Universe. A rising star in Hollywood, Boseman will be remembered most for his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in “Black Panther.”

We would like to thank individuals of the Fergus Falls, Underwood and surrounding communities for all of the support we have received for our son, Emory. Our St. Paul church went above and beyond for Emory and our family. 

I originally published a column similar to this last year, however, with the current crisis and political situation I feel it might be worth updating and republishing it given the fact we have had major stimulus packages at play during the pandemic and may see another one very soon.