Zimmerman got the last laugh

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Be sure to save your receipts

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They say you get what you pay for. Not these days you don’t. Nowadays you can spend an arm and a leg and still end up with a piece of junk. Recent examples: one telephone, three phone batteries, two coffee makers, a CD player, a baker’s dozen of kitchen utensils – to name just some. Good thing I keep receipts.

Why wait for February? Appreciate history year-round

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Feb. 1 marked the start of Black History Month – a time when the world pauses to reflect on the struggles, triumphs and contributions of African-Americans. It is a time when students learn a little more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Mary McLeod Bethune. It is a great time of discovery and reverence. Yes,