Almost all of us have suffered a broken heart at some time in our lives. It might have been the end of a teenage crush or the betrayal by a cl…

If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow.

As it does every winter, Long Lake freezes and becomes Stillwater’s largest park. A few things are different this year … there are more dogs a…

The snow has a hopeful sheen this January morning. Whether it is the extra splash of Bailey’s in my coffee mug or just my good fortune to find…

It is good to remember that we living here today are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. What is the St. Croix Valley was j…

When you live in Minnesota and have a job teaching people how to keep water clean, folks often assume you know how to fish. After all, fishing…

If you didn’t get out and enjoy the winter, it’s time. Only the die-hards wait until it is negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit to start to enjoy winter.

We finally paid the price for our warm fall with a Christmas blizzard and -7 Fahrenheit temperatures. With 60 mile an hour winds it was diffic…

The true measure of a successful early pioneer community was if it had a first-class hotel. Stillwater has a rich history of hotels, starting …

So many people I know are saying good riddance to 2020. I get it. This pandemic has been a bad dream for many, and it has been a nightmare for…

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Time’s up! Hands up everyone! Put down your spatula, or tape dispenser, or canister of aerosol flocking spray and step away from your To-Do List.

If a tree falls in the forest with nobody there to hear it, does the crash still shake the land beneath and wake the sleeping bears?

It is the time of the year that most of us are looking for promises. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted an “X” in the sky. Was it marking the sp…

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We have a supervised herd of goats grazing in the parkland next to Long Lake. This area is infested with invasive species including Buckthorn …

As we wait for the real signs of winter to arrive, it has been fun to watch nature. Driving near sunset by the Lake Elmo Airport last week, I …

Like you, I do not like inaccurate or biased reporting. For more than 30 years, objectivity and truthful reporting have been the underpinnings…

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We’re in the season of in between, both literally and metaphorically. The leaves have fallen, but the snow has not.

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We’re all exhausted by Gov. Tim Walz’s use of executive power to keep us all “safe.” Since September, he’s used that privilege nearly one doze…

It was almost as if Mother Nature looked into the future, realized how difficult the winter would be for her most pesky children (that’s us) a…

When studying history we have all learned about the “blue laws” that dictated life in the Victorian age. Many, if not all, of these laws have …

Enter town from the south on Main Street and you’ll see a sign proclaiming Stillwater a “GreenStep City.” It’s been true since 2018 when we jo…

Suffering election lassitude, we headed south for a country drive. In Goodhue County we found a potential breeding ground for COVID … enormous…

Certain things are omnipresent this fall – the election, the virus, charts filled with data points, Zoom meetings and ever-changing school options.

If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow.

As it does every winter, Long Lake freezes and becomes Stillwater’s largest park. A few things are different this year … there are more dogs a…

The snow has a hopeful sheen this January morning. Whether it is the extra splash of Bailey’s in my coffee mug or just my good fortune to find…

It is good to remember that we living here today are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. What is the St. Croix Valley was j…

When you live in Minnesota and have a job teaching people how to keep water clean, folks often assume you know how to fish. After all, fishing…

If you didn’t get out and enjoy the winter, it’s time. Only the die-hards wait until it is negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit to start to enjoy winter.

We finally paid the price for our warm fall with a Christmas blizzard and -7 Fahrenheit temperatures. With 60 mile an hour winds it was diffic…

The true measure of a successful early pioneer community was if it had a first-class hotel. Stillwater has a rich history of hotels, starting …

So many people I know are saying good riddance to 2020. I get it. This pandemic has been a bad dream for many, and it has been a nightmare for…

  • Updated

Time’s up! Hands up everyone! Put down your spatula, or tape dispenser, or canister of aerosol flocking spray and step away from your To-Do List.

If a tree falls in the forest with nobody there to hear it, does the crash still shake the land beneath and wake the sleeping bears?

It is the time of the year that most of us are looking for promises. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted an “X” in the sky. Was it marking the sp…

  • Updated

We have a supervised herd of goats grazing in the parkland next to Long Lake. This area is infested with invasive species including Buckthorn …

As we wait for the real signs of winter to arrive, it has been fun to watch nature. Driving near sunset by the Lake Elmo Airport last week, I …

Like you, I do not like inaccurate or biased reporting. For more than 30 years, objectivity and truthful reporting have been the underpinnings…

  • Updated

Our balmy days provided an opportunity to visit the two local airports and watch the planes from the safety of the car. At the Lake Elmo Airpo…

  • Updated

We’re in the season of in between, both literally and metaphorically. The leaves have fallen, but the snow has not.

Last April, I spotted a turkey on the railroad tracks. It looked as though it was trying to find the quickest way out of town. Perhaps it felt…

  • Updated

We’re all exhausted by Gov. Tim Walz’s use of executive power to keep us all “safe.” Since September, he’s used that privilege nearly one doze…

It was almost as if Mother Nature looked into the future, realized how difficult the winter would be for her most pesky children (that’s us) a…

  • Updated

During the 1918 pandemic more than 10,000 Minnesotans died, the majority in the October-January time frame.

When studying history we have all learned about the “blue laws” that dictated life in the Victorian age. Many, if not all, of these laws have …

Enter town from the south on Main Street and you’ll see a sign proclaiming Stillwater a “GreenStep City.” It’s been true since 2018 when we jo…

Suffering election lassitude, we headed south for a country drive. In Goodhue County we found a potential breeding ground for COVID … enormous…

Certain things are omnipresent this fall – the election, the virus, charts filled with data points, Zoom meetings and ever-changing school options.

As Stillwater’s population increased during the early 20th century, new, modern schools were needed to be constructed. In 1938 several older s…


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It is good to remember that we living here today are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. What is the St. Croix Valley was j…

When you live in Minnesota and have a job teaching people how to keep water clean, folks often assume you know how to fish. After all, fishing…

If you didn’t get out and enjoy the winter, it’s time. Only the die-hards wait until it is negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit to start to enjoy winter.

We finally paid the price for our warm fall with a Christmas blizzard and -7 Fahrenheit temperatures. With 60 mile an hour winds it was diffic…

The true measure of a successful early pioneer community was if it had a first-class hotel. Stillwater has a rich history of hotels, starting …

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So many people I know are saying good riddance to 2020. I get it. This pandemic has been a bad dream for many, and it has been a nightmare for…

  • Updated

Time’s up! Hands up everyone! Put down your spatula, or tape dispenser, or canister of aerosol flocking spray and step away from your To-Do List.

If a tree falls in the forest with nobody there to hear it, does the crash still shake the land beneath and wake the sleeping bears?

It is the time of the year that most of us are looking for promises. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted an “X” in the sky. Was it marking the sp…

  • Updated

We have a supervised herd of goats grazing in the parkland next to Long Lake. This area is infested with invasive species including Buckthorn …

As we wait for the real signs of winter to arrive, it has been fun to watch nature. Driving near sunset by the Lake Elmo Airport last week, I …

Like you, I do not like inaccurate or biased reporting. For more than 30 years, objectivity and truthful reporting have been the underpinnings…

  • Updated

Our balmy days provided an opportunity to visit the two local airports and watch the planes from the safety of the car. At the Lake Elmo Airpo…

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