What are the odds?

By Sandy Holthaus My daughter Zoe and her partner Quiller are visiting us from New Zealand this month. It’s fun to see them both and catch up on their travel stories. Quiller is from Prince Edward Isl…

Boldly shining our light

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Those of us in small community newspapers find ourselves doing a lot of cheer-leading. We’re great at highlighting the local 4-H Club and Scouting projects, local fundraisi…

Disturbing realities

Jean Matua “From the Heart” One of the most horrifying news stories this month – for me and other journalists personally – has been the violent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in …

Drive 55

Sandy Holthaus Next week I will have a banner birthday “55.” Everywhere I saw the signs that this was coming, literally. I live very near Highway 55; most speed limit signs are 55 and now I am receivi…

Say cheese for cream cheese!

In Northern Minnesota it snowed today. Fall didn’t just fall, it crashed! Sometimes the season sneaks up on us … a pretty leaf here or there. A tree full of yellow leaves that wasn’t there yesterday. …

A happy place defined

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” We all need a happy place, or at the very least can benefit from one – or a dozen, take your pick. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one happy place. Go ahead; gra…

Blueberry is my favorite color

Sandy Holthaus I love the color blue. Not light blue or teal but a true deep, dark cobalt blue. A blueberry blue. Recently I visited my parents in Schroeder at the height of blueberry season. I have n…

Third time is a charm

Sandy Holthaus We just had our third of the annual Field to Feast Community Dinners. This is such a labor of love! I cannot begin to express the overall feeling of this event. Never did I imagine what…