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Lately, I have found more time to myself than I am particularly used to. With the summer months, my children have ventured outdoors with their friends to build forts, have water gun fights or ride bike. My wife has taken up a summer job and is out of the house a little bit more than usual. T…

Looking at last week’s release of a Pentagon task force’s UFO report, I think many things and thoughts still remain in the dark. For some, the report was an exciting step toward proving that something is out there but the report does not contain any proof of aliens.

Last week, I made a decision to not write my weekly column. Writing a weekly column for over four years has left me somewhat creatively spent. There have even been occasions that I have had a column run during my week off.

On Sunday, I celebrated 12 years of marriage to my wife, Claire. We spent it like most couples who have been married for over a decade with kids, driving back from St. Paul after visiting family and trying to escape high temperatures from the early summer heat wave.

Well, it is that time of year again. The time of year that we as Minnesotans attempt to get in 12 months of fun outside in about 3 1/2 months. It is time to enjoy the sunlight and sunshine that makes this area one of the best to live in.

My nerves were  a wreck last week and for good reason. With a football game coming up, I knew that my defensive coordinator and close friend was not going to be at the game.  My defensive line coach, a first-year coach, was going to call the plays and you could tell that he was both nervous …

Last week, I spent almost the entire week in Las Vegas. I went there with several other people from Otter Tail County to participate in the USBC Open, a national bowling tournament held annually. The trip is usually relaxing and it is nice to see different cities and bowl on more challenging lanes.

Where are my sandals? I was trying to figure this out last Friday morning as I began to pack for my upcoming vacation. I looked in the most obvious spots in the house, and it should have been easy because I hadn’t broke them out since last summer. After exhausting myself for a good 20 minute…

On Thursday, I was scrolling through my phone while waiting for an appointment with my financial advisor and I came across something that was not only shocking, but made me giddy as a rival sports fan — NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay and demanded a trade.

For football fans, Thursday starts one of the most exciting days before teams put the pads back on and head out on the gridiron — the NFL draft. I usually try to stay away from sports during my columns, focusing more on personal stories or things I believe are interesting, but this time I am…

I assume that, like myself, at one point in your lives you’ve made plans down to the most minute detail. Deciding exactly where you will stop at what time. You may have even known what meal you were going to order and how long it would take to eat said meal. Well, I am attempting to do that …

I guess spring has finally decided to poke its head out and stick around. I know that as soon as I say this or this goes to print, a snowstorm the likes that has never been seen will hit the Midwest with all the fury of a right hand from Mike Tyson in his prime. We will be buried in snow up …

Nervous. That is how I felt Saturday afternoon as I entered the bowling alley in Wadena. Carry a bowling ball in my one hand and optimism in the other, I was anxious to get in the door and take a look at the lanes. 

Well, I have been getting up at 4 a.m. almost every day for the past month. It is weird but a switch turned on inside me that will not allow me to sleep past 5 a.m. The crazy thing is I actually find myself waking up at 3:56 a.m. or sometime like that and beating my 4 a.m. alarm.

When this hits print, expect to see a bunch of green in public. No, I am not talking about the stimulus that should be sent out to most of our bank accounts, I am talking about St. Patrick’s Day.

So a lot has been happening in my life the last three weeks, and to tell you the truth — I am spent. I have had a few large disappointments (if that is what you want to call them) hit me recently and it has been very difficult to psychologically prepare myself each day. I feel like I am in a…

A few days ago, I had one of those moments that make you stop in your tracks and take a look at yourself. I was being interviewed for a TV broadcast and was discussing the football team I coach, what it is like to coach in the COVID-era and how I thought the season was going to go. I was tal…

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So recently, I had noticed what was going on with the Gamestop stock. I couldn’t believe what was happening on Wall Street (although I wasn’t opposed to it), hedge fund managers were losing their sleeves on the deal. Millions and, sometimes, billions of dollars were lost because of a group o…

Thinking about column ideas, reporter Brian Hansel suggested something very interesting — why don’t I write my column from the viewpoint of my dog. I sat and gave this a few thoughts and decided that I would do a day in the life of my dog.

In trying to figure out what to write for this week’s column, I asked several members of my inner circle (like I really have one of these ... ). First, I asked my co-workers, then my wife, then I even asked someone on Facebook who I know. You wanna know what I came up with ... nothing. Zilch…

As much as I don’t want to reflect on it, the last four years and what happened on Jan. 6 has left us looking at our country in a different light. I believe that many of us were concerned before the breach of the Capitol and even more were concerned afterward. 2020 has been a hard year and 2…

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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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…

Well, 2020 is nearly over. The year has brought many challenges to people across the globe including a pandemic that has altered our way of life. The change has been dramatic for many, inconvenient for others and deadly for some.

Well, Christmas is just around the corner. Pretty soon everyone will be getting ready to celebrate with presents, food and cheer. Even with as rough as this year has been, I still see plenty of my family and friends getting excited for the holidays.

As the holiday of Christmas nears (nine more days!), I am looking forward to seeing the faces of my wife and children as they get to open their presents. The year has been really rough with quarantines, masks and the whole nine yards. Optimism grows in our household as things have gone back …

I usually don’t try to give COVID-19 much thought in my column (maybe a knowing glance) as several stories that our reporters have been working on since March acknowledge the issues that the pandemic presents. Issues with how health care operates, the impact of the pandemic on businesses, in…

On Sunday, my family finally welcomed its first furry member — Oreo — into our family. The black Labrador retriever is 5 months old and is everything we thought we would get from this type of dog. He is fun, energetic, loving, well-disciplined and hasn’t barked (yet).

During Thanksgiving, many of us take time out to reflect and look at what we are thankful for. I am no different. But this year has been rough on all of us both physically, mentally, emotionally and for some, financially. The pandemic has had our community and individuals focusing on the neg…

I am writing this on Sunday (so obviously I don’t know who won any election), but I can say that I am very happy that by the time this hits print this year’s election will be over.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The idea of dressing up as a superhero, monster, celebrity or anything else you can think of has always excited me. As much as I want to show up to work looking like Chewbacca on a regular basis, it would be greatly frowned upon and I might have to t…

The music hits, the lights start flashing and in sprints your favorite professional wrestler to take down the heels. He or she jumps into the rings and starts throwing haymakers and clotheslines and soon the ring is cleared and they stand victorious. In the 1980s, professional wrestling was …

Today was a rough day for my daughter. One that may seem meaningless in the future, but was the world to her today — she lost her bow.I know that this seems silly to bring up in a column, but it got me to thinking, what are some of the things that I lost in childhood that seemed important at…

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Debate season is upon us. Last night presidential nominees Donald Trump and Joe Biden took the stage for the first time to discuss policies and sling mud. I undoubtedly believe that Trump/Biden won the debate (the actual winner is based on whatever political party you side with).

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…

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.

As a child born in the 1980s, I remember the days of turning on MTV or VH1 and watching the latest music videos of artists in the mainstream. Certain videos would help new artists breakthrough and become memorable, while established musicians had another creative outlet. The videos usually w…

Last week I was sitting on the couch with my son when he asked me a question. “Dad, who is your grandma’s mom?” “Well, that would be your Great-great-grandma Johnson,” I replied. “Who was her mom?” “Umm ... I think her maiden name was Reger? But I don’t really know.” “Look it up on your phone Dad.”

Since moving into our new location at 125 N. Union Ave., I have had an issue with our entrance — well, more about the exit from said door. As I take the spiral staircase down to the back parking lot, I get a sense of something amiss. Something that I feel is there, but when I focus closer it…

As someone who is competitive, I hate losing.  Especially, when I am on the football field. The harder you practice, the more you prepare, the better your team is, when things don’t bounce your way and you come up on the short end of the stick, it can be demoralizing.

It seems that life is moving somewhat back to normal. Businesses are reopening, restaurants are allowing people inside, gyms are letting people work out again and even the movie theater has plans to reopen.

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.

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…

Sometimes we need to retreat to a place that is unfamiliar to us, reconnecting with a lifestyle our ancestors lived daily. Back to a more simple time without the majority of electronics and more peace and quiet. It was time to travel back into the woods.

Last week, I discussed missing baseball. The thought of not seeing America’s national pasttime has left me looking for a filler in my sports life. I really want to watch the Minnesota Twins take the field and compete against their rivals in the American League Central.

Well, if you haven’t already done it this weekend may have been the first time that you broke out your shorts for the summer as you enjoyed a three-day weekend. While it wasn’t the best Memorial Day weekend weather-wise, many (I assume) enjoyed a day grilling, hanging out outdoors, visiting …

First off, I want to apologize to readers if you showed up here looking for a column from reporter Johanna Armstrong. I have commandeered her column this week (she will be back next week) to talk about a TV show that I have gotten great enjoyment out of the last two years — “Rick and Morty.”

Have you ever thought about what you would want a child or someone in the future to learn about a specific item that creates a foundation for concerning knowledge or opinions? This came to mind after I entered my home for lunch and noticed my son and daughter listening to “The Sound of Silen…

I am tired of the stay-at-home order. But unlike many of the folks on social media, my reasons are less to do with going out to my favorite restaurant, watching a movie at a theater or having a coffee date with friends. The reason I am sick of the order is because of one person — my mom.

Lately, due to the pandemic, my family has been having a family movie night each Saturday. This is something that we had talked about doing when our kids hit this age range and we could enjoy being together. We have made our way through several recent Disney live-action movies including “Ala…

I am used to hearing a song sung in my household when my children struggle to wait for dessert, a gift or going to an event — “patience is a virtue.”

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Two weeks ago I finally received an award for a season of hardwork and dedication — my Northern Elite Football League Championship ring.

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The sound of shattering glass rings through an area. The riffs of an undeniably familiar rock song follows and a bald man in jeans comes out cursing, spewing beer and looking like a tough SOB. It’s wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin strutting down to the ring. He grabs the mic and begi…

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Last week I was driving home from work. This was during lunchtime and I was looking to see what my wife and kids were up to. About halfway home, I notice a van parked on ahead with a man running out with bagged lunches to deliver to the house. I knew that this was someone from the school bri…

Saturday was the first day where I began social distancing myself. Because many of the things that I enjoy doing where canceled, rescheduled or weren’t really worth the risk, I found myself at home with 12-plus hours to fill.

Many that know me, know I am a big Notre Dame Fighting Irish football fan. I am man enough to admit that I cried during the movie “Rudy” and I have made a couple of trips to South Bend, Indiana to visit the campus. I am such an Irish fan that when I had a chance to meet former Minnesota Supr…

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the days. You wake up in the morning with a bit of bad news, a half hour later more bad news, two hours later more bad news and another five hours later more bad news? Well, this past Sunday was one of those days for me.

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I love my kids. I know that is what parents say but the one thing that really excites me about my kids is that they don’t frown upon older things. This came into play last week as I came home and discovered my wife and children watching “Family Matters,” or as the kids refer to it — Urkel. 

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