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LOGO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
LOGO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:17 AM
I was all set and ready to complete a column today that I’d started on another topic – but then this time-sensitive material came out in a press release from the National Park Service (NPS). If you’re 62 and – even if you don’t know when you might ever visit a national park unit – it will save you significant money to get a lifetime senior pass NOW.
  • Third LutherCountry Exhibit equally impressive
    The third exhibit in the Motherland of the Reformation with which we were so impressed was housed in the Wartburg Castle situated right outside the town of Eisenach, Germany. The first of the exhibits, “The Luther Effect,” traced the impact of the Reformation around the world. The second, “Luther: 95 Treasures, 95 People” was in Wittenburg, the town where he lived for most of his adult life. This third one, titled “Luther and the Germans,” centered on the impact of Luther on Germany itself.

  • Changes looming for National Park Service’s Senior Pass
    I was all set and ready to complete a column today that I’d started on another topic – but then this time-sensitive material came out in a press release from the National Park Service (NPS). If you’re 62 and – even if you don’t know when you might ever visit a national park unit – it will save you significant money to get a lifetime senior pass NOW.

  • Great county fair, then its off to baseball tourney
    Last week I was busy with the Winona County Fair in St. Charles. Always a fun fair to go to…lots of energy there and a good population base. When I do my “radio thing,” Cindy Timm is always one of my guests. She’s the CEO/president of the Winona County Fair Board. She really puts a lot of time into the fair, and it shows. You always see her “out and about” at the fair, and seems to have a genuine concern for the welfare of the fair.

  • Red-headed woodpecker brings blessings  
    Our yard has a certain wildness. It’s an uninhibited landscape. Such a yard and dead limbs make our place the occasional nesting site for red-headed woodpeckers. Our rural neighborhood is blessed by the presence of these lovely birds each year.

  • Journey vs. Destination: Changes looming for National Park Service’s Senior Pass
    I was all set and ready to complete a column today that I’d started on another topic – but then this time-sensitive material came out in a press release from the National Park Service (NPS). If you’re 62 and – even if you don’t know when you might ever visit a national park unit – it will save you significant money to get a lifetime senior pass NOW.
  • Who needs Fitbit when natural  step motivator is by your side?
    I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • In our recent journey through Germany’s Luther Country, we found the second of the three major displays in Wittenburg. We had so enjoyed the first one in Berlin that we were determined to see all three of them.

  • Quality time is spent watching birds spending quality time
    At home, I listened to a saucy blue jay. I’ve discovered that describing a bird’s song or call is akin to describing a wine. I watched as a father oriole fed a begging baby. The fledgling and the females are less adorned in colorful feathers than a male Baltimore oriole. I spent quality time watching birds spending quality time.

  • Immerse yourself in wildflowers at Iron Horse Prairie
    After looking at some summer destinations in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains the past few weeks, I figure it’s time to check out an easy day trip to a place you’ve likely never heard of near Hayfield.

  • ‘Song from Somewhere Else’ is familiar story with beautiful spin
    There’s a kid in your class who’s just plain weird.

  • Most alumni of ’93 state softball team still living in area
    If anybody is going to complain about the weather, don’t do it to me. I love the hot weather. I’d rather be hot than cold any day! I’ll be doing my complaining sometime around mid-January.

  • Our towns may be ‘cool’ even if their community newspapers aren’t
    A list of “the 15 coolest towns in Minnesota you’ve probably never heard of” created quite a bit of excitement among area residents recently because three local communities were named. Spring Valley came in at No. 7, Chatfield was 12th and Rushford was 13th.

  • This morning I met a biker who was just leaving town after what was obviously a weekend of biking for him and his family. He was wearing a serious-looking arm cast. I told him that I hoped his arm injury was not a result of biking, and he said that yes, unfortunately it was.

  • Watch out for traffic heading to total solar eclipse
    We’re back with more on the total solar eclipse this week. Unless you’ve been living under a log, you’ve certainly heard of the “once-in-a-lifetime” total solar eclipse that will travel across the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 21.

  • Players from southern states dominate college baseball
    I had a lot of fun with this week’s article, starting with the NCAA baseball tournament.

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