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Many of our conversations today reference articles printed in magazines, newspapers or online articles for evidence to support our intellectual positions. We look to the media to make sense of events we don’t witness ourselves and provide us with meaningful information. The debate over what …

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Keeping our vegetable and flower beds weed-free has always been one of the golden rules of gardening. However, the definition of ‘weed’ has shifted over the centuries. For instance, creeping charlie was considered a desirable ground cover in Europe, so early settlers to America brought it wi…

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Say hello to the robber fly, a member of the Alisade family; he certainly is not cute. If you come across one in your garden, you will be tempted to run for your life, or at least feel your heart skip a beat. The robber fly is one of the less celebrated members of the predatory insect commun…

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This is the fourth in a series of monthly columns by local water experts. These columns on local rivers and land use are a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Upper Mississippi River Region and other environmental groups in Anoka County. To learn more about the League of Women V…

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This is a first. For 66 years, I’ve approached “back to school” as a student, parent, grandparent and educator. Like most readers, I’ve felt excitement and fear. But nothing like this. None of us in this country have ever faced anything like COVID-19. So for several weeks, I’ve talked with v…

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I stumbled upon something that caught my attention while scrolling through my time-killing bad habit of social media. On Snapchat, Poosh.com, a site I follow, addressed “doomscrolling.” 

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What better memories than a warm kitchen belonging to a bustling grandmother holding a cookie sheet in her hand, filled with doughy blobs and melted chocolate? Or perhaps frying fish, fresh caught that afternoon and filleted by the skilled hands of a grandfather? Or those special holidays wh…

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It’s that time of year again. School districts are preparing to reopen their doors, in some capacity or another, parents are making back-to-school shopping lists — presumably with hand sanitizer and masks included — and kids are counting down how many weeks or days they have until summer bre…

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Panfish are the most sought-after fish in America and the best time to be fishing for them in the Upper Midwest is July and August. Water temperatures are nice and warm and panfish go on a feeding binge that will last until the water starts to cool down in September.

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Which species comes to mind when you think about bees? I bet it is either a bumblebee or a honeybee. However, those species make up less than 2% of Minnesota’s native bees. If we are being technical, honeybees are not truly native to this continent. The Minnesota DNR did a biological survey …

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James W. Groat was the great-grandson of John Groat, who immigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1700s, eventually settling in upstate New York. Born in 1824, James married Rebecca and the family came west, settling in Anoka in 1854.