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The American crow is a crafty forager.
AL BATT/BLUFF COUNTRY READER The American crow is a crafty forager.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:36 AM
A synchronized flying team flew overhead while I was in Rochester, a city known for its Canada geese. The geese were doing their morning commute.
  • It’s always interesting when traveling to familiar places to note what has changed. For us here in Thailand, the biggest change is that we are not staying at our friends’ guesthouse. We are back at the condo where we stayed for a few years before that guesthouse was completed.
  • I’m gladly setting myself up to fail
    It is that time of year again when I set myself up to fail - and this year, I’m gladly doing so.
  • Coaching changes not a surprise at University of Minnesota
    The headline in the local daily paper read, “Claeys out at Minnesota.” Are you surprised? So who’s next? The University of Minnesota has certainly had its share of controversies over the past few years. We definitely need to get something fixed, cause everybody matters.
  • Free ‘Science Sundays’ coming to Lanesboro
    You’ve probably already heard about Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. It will be on view in the events hall at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro – along with numerous other water-related activities – now through Sunday, Feb. 19.
  • Birds enjoy feast before doing what normal birds do
    A synchronized flying team flew overhead while I was in Rochester, a city known for its Canada geese. The geese were doing their morning commute.
  • Survey shows teens healthy, but what about data on smartphones?
    Minnesota students seem to be doing quite well according to an ongoing survey, but one has to wonder if it isn’t time to include a seemingly harmless practice — use of mobile devices — into the list of questions answered by teens every three years.

  • Thought-provoking stories shown just once a year on TV
    My wife and I continued a New Year’s tradition this year — a marathon, not of running, but of watching “Twilight Zone” episodes. However, since we have become so familiar with the show’s episodes, which first aired from 1959 to 1964, in recent years we don’t actually watch many of the shows repeated during the annual New Year’s marathon.
  • Get the glitches out early when traveling
    It did seem too good to be true. We had three out of four bags packed and weighed a full two days before our departure to Bangkok. The only things to be added to the last bag were the hanging clothes: I try to keep them on hangers as long as possible so the folds don’t become permanent and need to be ironed out. We had errands run, last-minute calls made, and all was well. We were even up early for the 4:30 a.m. departure from home to the airport. And, for a change, I wasn’t going to do late mailings from the Los Angeles airport.
  • Looking forward  to better things  to come in 2017
    Social media has erupted this week with posts about how terrible 2016 has been. 
  • Area teams have busy holiday season on the courts
    It’s 12:22 p.m. and I’m finally ready to write my WEB column. It seems like it takes me about five hours just to gather all my material. Not that I’m complaining; I love collecting information. The problem I have is getting rid of it after I finish my article, or putting it someplace when I can just add to it the next week, and save some copying. Oh well, here we go. Don’t have much time to write this, so I hope I don’t make a lot of mistakes. 
  • Paddle the Root, Mississippi Rivers this summer
    If you are experienced at canoeing or kayaking, there’s big news in our greater neighborhood for the summer of 2017.
  • Sometimes, you just have to laugh.
  • Ringing the bells inspires stories to tell
    Bryan Willmert of Albert Lea and I were talking in a supermarket, when Bryan spotted a dime on the floor. Bryan is a tall guy. It was a long way to the floor. Bryan said he should have tossed a dollar bill to the floor to make the trip worthwhile. I’m a tall guy, too, so I understood his comment. Bryan tossed the coin into the Salvation Army kettle.
  • It’s getting easier to feel old, enjoy the benefits
    Recently I was browsing a newly-arrived catalogue and a T-shirt for sale caught my eye. It read “I thought growing old would take longer.” I laughed and thought to myself that I did too.
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