Winter’s Great Weight Becomes Spring’s Great Wait 

How do Minnesotans know spring has arrived? The calendar says there’s more daylight than darkness. That’s about it, except maybe the first barge passing through Lake Pepin. Everyone has already gone through the seed catalogs and mostly decided on what the year’s plantings will be. But that doesn’t mean it is truly spring yet. Meteorological … Continue reading "Winter’s Great Weight Becomes Spring’s Great Wait "

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Red Wing’s Churches . . . What’s Their Future?

“Why does Red Wing have so many churches?” I’m often asked that question by visitors. “What do you mean?” I ask in reply, even though I’m pretty sure I know exactly what they mean. They are always referring to the many churches in Red Wing’s central corridor, along or near the one-way sections of East … Continue reading "Red Wing’s Churches . . . What’s Their Future?"

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Our View of Work Shifts to a New Reality 

We can’t know everything. That’s why the world has professionals that provide services we need in areas we know little about. It’s an endless list that includes carpenters, electricians, doctors, waiters, farmers, cashiers, butchers and nuclear plant operators. They provide a needed service to make a living and it’s likely how we make (or made) … Continue reading "Our View of Work Shifts to a New Reality "

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Mom’s Recipes Stirred Up Some Fine Dining 

If cookbooks and recipe cards marked with stains and notes are indicators of a good cook, my mother Bea must have been one of the best. Cooking and baking was a large part of what defined her. She didn’t have the most cookbooks. I know she had a version of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. Doesn’t everyone … Continue reading "Mom’s Recipes Stirred Up Some Fine Dining "

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