Little things can make a big difference

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, Opinion0 Comments

Have you ever heard the expression, “Appreciate the little things?” No doubt it’s something you have heard a friend or loved one say when encouraging you to take a break from a rigorous schedule, or they might have said it as a gentle reminder. Well, I never really understood the true meaning of that saying until recently. Little things have

Planning a trip to Mayo? Please be careful

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

Please beware of the intersection of Hwy. 52 and County Road 9, which is 30 miles north of Rochester and nine miles south of Cannon Falls. “Why?” you may ask. “Why worry about an intersection in faraway Goodhue County?” The answer is because, especially at my age, I am aware of numerous friends and acquaintances in the central Minnesota area

Editor’s response to those readers who call us negative

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

I understand a few of you are – once again – upset by my columns and editorials. So I am too negative, you say? Too vitriolic? What about the negative, vitriolic slash-and-burn tactics of the extreme right-wingers and Tea Party wackos who have been attacking our president and virtually every Democrat in this country? Do you also take issue with

Zimmerman got the last laugh

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

Bob Zimmerman got the last laugh I’ve always wanted to interview Bob Dylan, but since that’s not in the cards, Margy Hughes is the next best thing. Hughes lives in St. Joseph and taught physical education at the College of St. Benedict for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Hibbing High School Student Council and gave

You can’t herd cats when they’re too smart

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

Now I know what the phrase “herding cats” means. Literally. “Herding cats” is defined as “something virtually impossible to do.” Yes. Like catching the homeless cats in my backyard. Last summer, a little girl, selling stuff for school, knocked on my door and saw cats in the window. “Oh! You have two cats,” she said with that sweet, breathless excitement

Pre-existing condition? Check out PCIP

Dennis DalmanColumn0 Comments

If you’ve ever had a bout with cancer, as I have, you know how virtually impossible it is to find an insurance plan that is even remotely affordable, unless you’re rolling in dough. And who is these days? About a year ago, I had a cancerous growth removed from one of my vocal cords. I was lucky. It was early-stage.

The next step is fighting disease in the developing world

Janelle Von PinnonColumn0 Comments

Eric G. Bing Guest writer One of the world’s largest foreign aid organizations recently announced it will be forced to make substantial program cuts this year. For hundreds of thousands of people, the consequences could be lethal. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced late last  year it had failed to raise the minimum $13 billion needed

Empty nest = empty house + empty pockets x children

Janelle Von PinnonColumn0 Comments

I never understood algebra before, but I am learning fast. Our oldest son just got his first apartment, and he furnished it with everything we owned. If I have the math right, it means we are one more son away from an empty nest and bankruptcy. I’ve come to the conclusion the only difference between a burglar and a child