Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cheap beer, genuine friends, and great times

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A few days ago, The Enterprise Journal posted an archive from 1975 announcing the grand opening of The Slaughter House tavern on the outskirts of St. Ansgar. Unfortunately, I was too young to...

If we did things like we did in 1965…

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...newspapers would probably look very different than they do. And I probably wouldn't love my job as much as I do. The amount of support we have gotten here...

Penned up with pets

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Our dogs are getting fat.  They are probably thinking the same thing about me!  If anyone is benefitting from this global quarantine, it has to be the pet population. By the time we are...

Reminiscing road trips

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Our family is always on the move. We knew that before, but the last month has really made me realize how much we are usually away from home. Lots of times, it’s...

Some helpful (and not so helpful) hints for staying connected

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What do the following groups of words have in common?  Zoom, Google Meet, Facetime group video.  The answer is that until 3 weeks ago I didn’t know how to use any of these virtual...

MCRHC Adjusts to COVID-19 Outbreak

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First cases of the virus reported in Mitchell County by Jon Koster With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now in Mitchell County, there's no denying the virus is on our doorstep. Projections from MercyOne estimate...

The dos and don’ts of self-isolation

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Here’s a poem that I’ve heard my dad repeat many times, and it was apparently a favorite of my grandfather’s.  "Twas an evening in November,  As I very well remember, I was strolling down the...

Crying by yourself on the crapper

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I normally spend a lot of time in the bathroom at home. Most guys probably know what I’m talking about. You would think that everyone would leave you alone in there.  But people,...

Igniting the panic: Is the media to blame?

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As the coronavirus first started to spread in the United States, platforms like Facebook and Twitter were littered with complaints that the epidemic was being blown out of proportion by the media.  And...

Snowmobiling

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We got a snowmobile for Christmas. It’s actually for the kids, but I’ve put a few hours on it too. It’s about the smallest model you can find these days (other than the...