Black Plague invades tomato gardens

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It’s as if the Black Plague had come again to do its ghastly work. “Why are they dying?” many are asking. “What’s killing them?” They mean, thank goodness, what’s killing tomatoes – not people. One neighbor down the street had a prolific tomato garden, starting to blush from pink to bright-red, when in just a few days the hundreds of

Oxford comma an English dilemma

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With back-to-school comes textbooks, worksheets and writing reports, language-arts classes go over the parts of speech, and English rules are reviewed over and over. Though this is one of my favorite subjects, I am always reminded of some of the more obscure or debated traditions in our language. My favorite of these debates is the serial comma – the Oxford

Why are some TV reporters like turkeys?

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Question: Why are some TV reporters like turkeys? Answer: Because they don’t know enough to come in out of the rain. How many times during hurricanes have we heard and seen TV reporters warning viewers constantly they must evacuate their homes as windy-watery doom approaches. And then, as the hurricanes come ashore, as the doom approaches, there they stand like

Great job with peaceful protest, Rocori students

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The other day, I heard about a news story I was hardly expecting. Rocori High School had staged a successful protest against a potential ban for flags on student cars. The debate over symbols had come here to central Minnesota. Taking all of the circumstances involved and what we’ve seen around the country, the students at Rocori did a fantastic

Press has freedom, responsibility

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With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, increasing political polarization seems to be tearing the nation apart at the seams. Opinion polls show strong opinions for and against our commander in chief, and we’ve seen many actions that have divided public opinion. But another large gap has begun to emerge – distrust of the media.

We won’t surrender confederate flag

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There is a prized possession – a “Southern Cross” confederate flag – stored in the Minnesota Historical Society. Why should a symbol of the old slave-owning South be a “prized possession?” It is because it was captured 154 years ago by a Minnesota soldier during the battle of Gettysburg. The three-day bloodbath near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. was a turning point in

LEGO equal lifetime of fun

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Often when thinking back to when I was younger, I like to reminisce about some of the things I used to like to do. I can remember playing touch football or soccer on the elementary school fields and trying to get as high in the air as possible with a swing. I remember the first books that really got me