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Sitting by the lake in the Northwoods of Western Minnesota is one of my ‘Happy Places.’ I love the breezes blowing through the trees and over the water…watching the fish … more
It is hard to believe it was a little more than four years ago I was named executive director of United Way of Bedford County.   It was a good job, and it came along at the right time for me. … more
I was intrigued by a statement Mayor Chad Graham made recently about the property tax increase and pay scale readjustment. “So, when we look at this number and it seems like a great … more
Lynn and I are going to take a vacation together, just the two of us… no children, just Lynn and Doug. We are flying up to North Country, to the land that produces people like me. I am a … more
Have you ever held someone’s hand as they passed from this world?   Friday night my girlfriend of 25 years lost her battle with cancer. She fought hard. She always had a cheerful … more
As you’ve probably noticed in the last month, candidates are out heavily campaigning for county offices, prior to the Aug. 4 General Election.   There’s still time to early vote. … more
School is almost back in session and with it comes after school sports practice and increased physical activity outdoors. This time of year, there’s a higher risk of heat-related illnesses such … more
I worked as an orderly at a nursing home when I was a teenager, and I met a woman there named Minnie. Minnie had a great personality, she was fun-loving, and was a joy to care for. Numerous … more
I ’m not ashamed to say it. I like the Minions. For those not aware of them, and how could you not be since they have been in so many commercials the last couple of months, Minions are … more
Someone once said, “A good day starts with the perfect shoes.” And as a Pastor, I’m the type of person who tries to put myself in everybody else’s shoes. I need to … more
Here we go again.   Just when it looked like the COVID-19 pandemic was behind us, a new variant, B.A. 4/5, has made its appearance.   If you had B.A. 1 experts are saying there is a … more
Psalm 127:3-5 says: “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose … more
They hand you a bag of hamburgers and fries with a smile.   They are nameless faces doing a mostly thankless job.   In a time when so many people don’t want to work, I want to … more
The summer months are officially here. That means hours of children playing in the sun, cookouts with friends and family – and the potential for common summertime injuries. The summer season … more
As we get older it’s nice to stop and reflect on the things that we’ve learned throughout life. If we do that from time to time, we can all come up with a long list of lessons … more
Fireworks. Cookouts. Baseball games. Concerts. Family trips. Like Christmas we sometimes forget what July 4th all is about.   The Fourth of July has been a special day in the founding of our … more
If you were to ask most six year old boys what they wanted to be when they grew up, you would receive answers such as: I want to be an astronaut…I want to be a fireman…I want to be a … more
Dare we consider the state of the United States of America? Mass shootings are becoming an everyday occurrence. Murder rates in general are increasing in many cities. People are being beaten, … more
Bedford County, like many other surrounding areas, has a homeless issue. Is it larger than others?   Regardless, it is still something that has to be dealt with in a proper manner. Given the … more
If you want to improve the quality of life in Shelbyville and Bedford County, you can’t do it sitting in your recliner and watching reruns of old television shows.   You need to get … more
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