Fall begins with fluctuating temps

Mark Anthony Meteorologist We welcomed in fall on Tuesday morning at 8:31 a.m. This time of the year, of course, is a transition time from summer to what will eventually become another Minnesota winter. In case you are wondering, the Farmer’s Almanac says that it will be cold and snowy this upcoming winter across the…

Our cooler temps bring leaf color changes

Mark Anthony Meteorologist Despite temperatures in the 70s and 80s across the state of Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday,  the leaves on the trees are starting to change. The annual fall color finder is now being updated weekly from the DNR. Across parts of Northern Minnesota the leaves are at 10% to 25% of their…

Fear

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Fear is in the air. It is in every breath we take. It fills our lungs. It dictates our actions. We dodge an invisible enemy, knowing it is out there, but never sure quite where or when…

What was ‘normal’ anyway?

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Like nearly everyone, I am tired of the words “unprecedented” and “new normal.” We hear them so many times every day, in so many contexts, that they may have lost their meaning. First of all, I am not convinced that what we’re experiencing this year is truly unprecedented. We have…

Temps below average, best chance of rain arrives Sunday

Mark Anthony Meteorologist The break from the heat and humidity has been very welcomed across the region. High temperatures over the weekend were very comfortable, and it felt a bit like autumn at times. On Saturday, high temperatures reached only into the 60s in northeastern Minnesota. Grand Marais had a high of just 63 degrees.…

Social media ‘sniper’ attacks are bad for all

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Social media can be great for connecting with old classmates, family in various parts of the country, remembering birthdays, and even to share conversations with strangers around the world. But there’s a dark – and very hurtful – side of social media as well. People feel free to write horrid…

Let’s come together

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” I’ve never paid much attention to politics – until recently. When I was first eligible to vote at age 18 and even 19, I was too busy having fun. My teenage brain didn’t perceive politics as fun. So I didn’t vote. (Embarrassed to admit that now, but I try to…

We simply must show support

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Depending on how much time you spend watching the news or social media, we are all drowning in thoughts and words and deeds that would separate us far more than unite us. And this will only get worse in the days and weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election.…

Expect 50s and 60s with possible spotty showers

Mark Anthony Meteorologist With many students back in the classroom, and school back in session, it seems like the weather has followed the calendar. Temperatures certainly started their cooldown on Monday for Labor Day. Highs were generally in the mid-60s across the area. We will continue to see those cooler-than-average temperatures through this weekend. Expect…

Piling it on in 2020

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” The year 2020: Wow, in hindsight, who could have seen this coming? I thought we’d been through it all. A pandemic. The lockdown. The economy suffering because of the lockdown and pandemic. Family members losing jobs. My youngest son missing out on his last semester of high school. Virtual graduation.…

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