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Remembering 9/11: Death, Daft Ideas and a Tree

These days, September 11th is mostly remembered as the date of the 9/11 attacks. But that’s not the only ‘on this day in history’ incident from my country’s history. The Halve Maen, for example, a Dutch East India Company vlieboot, … Continue reading

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Olympic Games Tokyo, Stearns County Fair Sauk Centre

The 2020 Summer Olympics and Stearns County Fair are both in progress this weekend. One is an annual agricultural and commerce show, the other is half of a four-year Olympiad; but they’re not entirely different. The COVID-19 pandemic shut both … Continue reading

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Drought, Air Quality Alert: Living in the Upper Midwest

CANADA BURNS AS SMOKE SHROUDS MINNESOTA!!! Well, no. Not really. Although that’d make a dandy headline. On the other hand, maybe it’s too obviously overblown. Maybe there’s a fine line between headlines that grab attention without inspiring thought and those … Continue reading

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Alabaster Cities, Fireworks, a Condo Disaster and Tears

Patriotism comes in many flavors: cheesy, sour, salty: and that’s enough ‘flavor.’ Maybe too much. My country’s Independence Day celebration, our Fourth of July, started me thinking about patriotism. Also screwball notions, drought and Florida’s pancaked condo. But mostly, the … Continue reading

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