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Enough of pings; let’s have some news

Enough of pings; let’s have some news

              If I hear the word “ping” one more time, I’m going to do one of three things: Smash my TV set. Wear tight ear plugs 24 hours a day. [...]

Why read ‘moldy’ old Sinclair Lewis?

Why read ‘moldy’ old Sinclair Lewis?

Why should anyone in this new century want to read anything by Sinclair Lewis? “Isn’t he that moldy old author from Sauk Centre who wrote a bunch of stuff about a small Minnesota town in the [...]

Locavores find droolworthy non-Franken foods

Locavores find droolworthy non-Franken foods

Hey, just chillax! OK, so I’m one of the illiterati; just call me a noob. If I were a screenager, I’d be textspeaking twittering, and I’d turn into a blooming infomaniac just like all you young [...]

My life’s become nothing but numbers

My life’s become nothing but numbers

As we all must do, I had my annual physical recently. As a part of that examination, blood work is done. My doctor tells me almost everything that might be going on in my body can [...]

After March 31, what then?

After March 31, what then?

Let’s see now if I have this straight. About four million people have signed up for Obamacare, but no one seems to know how many have actually paid. The original goal by March 31 was eight [...]

After March 31, it’ll get better

After March 31, it’ll get better

In his column attacking ObamaCare on this page, guest writer Ron Scarbro asks, in his headline, “After March 31, what then?” [...]

Iditarod champs have local ties

Iditarod champs have local ties

Few people know the famed Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race has connections to St. Joseph and St. Cloud. One of the most arduous, dangerous races in the world, the Iditarod is a 1,200-mile trek from Anchorage to [...]

How can olive oil be ‘extra virgin?’

How can olive oil be ‘extra virgin?’

What the heck is “Extra Virgin Olive Oil?” I’ve often wondered that. Every time a TV cook used that phrase, I would chuckle. How can any oil (or person, for that matter) be an “extra” virgin? [...]

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