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The Wide Angle: It’s OK everybody, the raspberries are blooming

I was beginning to have a moment of crisis the other day. The raspberries were late. One of the neatest things about owning our house ... Read more

Our opinion: Getting back to normal means taking the recommended steps

Decisions on the wearing of masks made by the Austin City Council and Gov. Tim Walz this past week have been met with both support ... Read more

Holly Johnson: Getting the word out on the history of the Hormel Historic Home

I sometimes feel like I repeat myself over and over when it comes to promoting the Hormel Historic Home. I was recently contacted by a ... Read more

Peggy Keener: Glorious and bountiful bat scat

Never in the deepest recesses of my mind did I ever dream I would one day write a column about guano. Yes, you heard me. ... Read more

Letter: Why take more time to make mask decision

I am confused.  The swimming pool in Austin was closed because maybe someone might get the China Virus.  The fireworks in Austin were cancelled because ... Read more

Honor John Lewis and pass voting-rights bill

Star Tribune A 65-foot mural in Atlanta reflects the larger-than-life legacy of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the civil-rights icon who died of pancreatic cancer on ... Read more

Guest commentary: Adopting electric vehicle standards would have a negative impact

By Elaine Hansen President Austin Area Chamber  of Commerce We are now over halfway through 2020, and what a year it has been. I do ... Read more

Al Batt: Days go by too quickly

Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I told my wife I wanted to be cremated. It’s good to talk about those kinds of things. No, ... Read more

Ask a Trooper: Rules for wearing earplugs or headphones while driving

By Troy Christianson Question: Is it legal to wear earplugs or headphones driving a vehicle in Minnesota? Does the decibel rating matter? Answer: State statute ... Read more

Letter: This is how we fight back

Being of Irish descent, St. Paddy’s is always a Day I look forward to. But this year, Paddy’s was very different. I did manage to ... Read more

Our opinion: Small towns have stories to tell

Saturday’s story on Hayfield baseball student managers Madi Lubbert and Taylor Burt represents everything that’s great about small towns. Two girls with a fondness for ... Read more

Holly Johnson: Enhancing and enjoying our natural waterways

My husband and I recently canoed a portion of Turtle Creek. I’ve already mentioned once that we like to take drives on gravel, so for ... Read more

LIFE: Free virtual program opportunities are available

We may be practicing social distancing for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to connect with each other and hang out! ... Read more

Nelson: City parks for sale? Not so fast

There was some conversation at the most recent park board meeting regarding possible sale of some underused public properties. Admittedly, there was even some mention ... Read more

Annie Lane: Missing father after father-in-law’s passing

Dear Annie: Unfortunately, after years of declining health, my wife’s father passed away this year. The reason that I’m writing is that, since my father-in-law’s ... Read more

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