Merida is just like any other teenager. She’s a girl trying to find herself and wanting to do so without the help of her loving and protective mother. Sound familiar? We all have a rebellious side. And in the movie, “Brave,” we see just what rebellion can get you. I recently went to see this animated tale set in Scotland
Sometimes I feel sorry for young people who are growing up deprived of the experience of going to an outdoor theater. That was one of the joys of my younger years — going to the “Cloud.” That was the name of the outdoor theater just west of St. Cloud, in Waite Park. Ironically enough, there is now a sprawling complex
Color trends rotate in waves. They are often repetitive. One year it’s all about black-and=white combinations. Another it can be adding shades of pink to add pops of color. Well, if brown is the new black in the fashion world this season, then orange is the color of the summer. Not just any orange, but construction-cone orange. It can be
Judge Ann L. Carrott We frequently see courtroom scenes depicted in the media, whether it is in the movies or television dramas. Sometimes actual courtroom proceedings are broadcast on news programs. However, not all states allow video or audio recordings of courtroom proceedings. Historically in Minnesota, neither cameras nor recording devices have been permitted in courtrooms, except for equipment used
Candi Vlasaty I look like a mad scientist on the verge of a monumental discovery when I create my tie-dye works of art. I spend hours tying elaborate knots in T-shirts as if I were practicing some form of torture. I place the dye meticulously on each shirt in its designated design. Husband Kermit and son Chase give me a
Hunter Dubbin, who is only 7 years old, can’t wait until the Verso paper mill opens again. He has noticed there are less clouds in the sky since the explosion at the mill. Hunter, the son of Al and Linda Dubbin, lives on the outskirts of Holdingford. He is one of the four grandchildren of my good neighbors, Richard and
It is pretty obvious that “Big Labor” suffered a “big defeat” in the recent Wisconsin recall election. It pleased me but I thought I would do some investigation to see if I was justified in my satisfaction with the results. I went to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn who is a union member and how many of
Summertime means different things to different people. For students, it can mean a vacation from school. For teachers, it can mean a vacation from students. Others use summer to travel, to rest and to reflect. In Minnesota, it can be said it means one thing: time for festivals. From June to September, there is no lack of activities for families.