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…

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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. 

Judging someone can be extremely hard. As a coach, I had to look at a bunch of young men and decide if, where and how they can contribute to our football team this past weekend. Only having a brief discussion with each of them, I had to make a decision based on only numbers.

Well, in just 12 shorts days we will have the culmination of the 2019-20 NFL season. Super Bowl LIV will take place in Miami as the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Should be a great game with two young quarterbacks, explosive offense and punishing defense.

Well another new year is upon us. Already we have seen an abundance of headlines that have left a lot of us questioning whether 2020 will be better than 2019. It has been worrisome to say the least.

I just got done shoveling. The weather was a crisp zero degrees. I did not have a winter hat on and I also did not wear winterized pants (don’t tell my mom...). After the hour of shoveling I got back to work and realized that my face and ears burned a little bit.

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As I slide around the corner into my alley, I realize that one of the best and worst things about winter is driving. While the fun may be acting like you are in a car chase, hitting a turn, car sliding as you perfectly make it onto a street or pretending you are taking the Millennium Falcon …

Thanksgiving is usually a time for everyone to get together with their families, have a nice meal, watch some football and have a conversation about how they are going to do this exact thing again a month from now, but only with the added element of gifts. (I actually enjoy spending time wit…

As the temperature  continues to dip, as it does this time of year in Minnesota, I have found myself trying to regain the warm embrace of the sun. Despite having a “true Minnesotan” exterior, I really do dislike the winter. I don’t like having to warm up my car, shovel snow, wear boots and g…

Lately, there has been something on my mind — or should I say my face. The last few weeks I had been rocking a marginally sufficient beard. As someone who has been known to have a bit of a babyface, I decided to grow out my facial hair to see if I looked more mature. […]

For a lot of young football fans, the opportunity to compete on a professional football field is a dream of theirs. Who doesn’t remember going in the backyard setting up a scenario: A minute left, playing for your favorite team in the Super Bowl, down by five. You drop back looking for your receivers, but […]

In 2000, I walked on the levee field as a freshman football player. After playing the last two years in junior high, I was looking to leave a good impression with the coaches and show my passion for the game. Back then, the freshmen football team only practiced in the afternoon during two-a-days. Our head […]

Now that it’s the time of the year that scary movies, with pumpkins and falling leaves everywhere, a discussion went about the newsroom about watching 31 horror movies during the 31 days of October. The interesting thing wasn’t that some of us were going to attempt to do the feat, but what some of the […]

As a parent, don’t you sit back and wonder where time goes? It’s almost as if you are moving at regular speed and someone has hit fast forward on this portion of your life. I had one of these moments on Wednesday as my son celebrated his seventh birthday. He is 7. Seven years old. […]

While working this past week without our excellent graphic designer (she went on vacation to Hawaii…lucky), I decided to brighten up some people’s day by posting a funny picture of myself on Facebook. A former graphic designer at the paper superimposed my face on a famous painter (you may know the guy, he enjoys painting […]

Man, the last few weeks have been a constant surge of different projects and events that have seen me pulled every which way but loose. Life hasn’t been the easiest but I have managed and I am entering the final stage on my way to the end boss (video game reference). I hope to have […]

Can you believe that we are already in the second week of September? I sure can’t. As I sit here typing my column, I realized that there may not be anymore sunny, warm days the rest of the year. It continues to rain, I’m depressed about it and all I could think about is how […]

Recently in the news, there has been a lot of talk about contract holdouts in the National Football League. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon both were on “sabbatical” from their respective teams as they sought more “financial security” before the new season began. On Wednesday, Elliott […]

Recently I had to make a purchase. I can’t really say what I bought as it would be a giveaway to where this person works and I really don’t want to do that to a business. But after reflecting on the sales approach by the business’ salesperson, I don’t think that I will be shopping […]

So recently I sat down with my wife and a lawyer and drafted a will. Nothing too crazy or anything, but with two kids we thought that it would be a good idea to get some of our affairs in order. This way we are sure that our belongings and such get to the right […]

This past week I became a champion. As the offensive coordinator and line coach for the Fargo Invaders football team, we captured the Northern Elite Football League Championship. This moment was special for many reasons, one of which was the change midway through the season to have me call plays. After coaching over a decade […]

Last Friday I got to sit in the stands and watch my son compete in the Fergus Falls Parks & Recreation’s Big Friday tournament in T-ball. This was a stressful time for me (while my son seemed pretty content to give it his all) and I hoped for the best for my son. Man, I […]

My anxiety was high and I was very nervous. I was on a date with my wife and there was something that I had to get off my chest. It may have been one of the hardest things I have had to do in a while (which is saying a lot), but when I looked […]

As I left the paper tonight, I inhaled a big breath, hopped into my car and went to grab some dinner. The smell was the remnants of a fresh summer rain. The crisp, wet (if you can smell wetness) air was a nice change of pace to the humid, stuffy cloud that I had been […]

Well it only took 15 years, but we finally did it. Last weekend, the Fergus Falls Class of 2004 got together at the Eagles for our first reunion. With a class that graduated over 200 people, I was interested in seeing what old what’s his name is doing and how much each of us have […]

Recently, I had the opportunity to get all dressed up and experience one of the most amazing restaurants the state has to offer — Manny’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis. My wife and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary by traveling down to Minneapolis recently to enjoy a day in the city. As a sports and food fan, […]

Have you ever thought about having a superpower? Most of us would think of being one of the Avengers with some sort of neat ability. Maybe you could turn things into liquid, walk through walls or regenerate at an alarming rate. These would be all cool things to have super powers. I possess a power […]

Last week, we ran into an issue at football practice. We were short a few guys due to work and injury so I stepped in to play offensive guard during our team session. You want to know what — I think I still could play! In the beginning, a defensive lineman on our team did […]

Something that has been hammered home for me in sports over the years is the idea of overcoming adversity. A teammate goes down with an injury, a detour cuts into your pregame prep or your opponent moves your game time up to where it is nearly impossible to be at 100% are just a few […]