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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:19 AM
The first order of business for today, Thursday, April 20, is to get this article written. Secondly, I plan on being at the National Letter of Intent signing for Noah Carlson this afternoon in Rushford. In case you forgot, he’s going to be attending the University of Michigan on a track scholarship. I have more on his track performances later in the article. I also plan on being at the signing for Haley Polin in Lanesboro on Thursday, May 4. She’s going to be attending Viterbo University on a basketball scholarship. The signing for Haley is going to present a bit of a problem, as it is at 9 a.m. in the morning and I’m usually writing at 9. Guess I’m going to have to get it done early, or ask for an extension from Melissa, my editor. Hmmmm.
  • Need to cull file seems to be never-ending job
    Sometimes, the only thing to do is just clean it out. Whether it is a cabinet in the kitchen or bathroom, or a file in the desk drawer, sanity requires getting it sorted, rearranged, or (gasp!) tossed out. Lately I’ve been making progress in that direction, by cleaning out the pantry, rearranging my closets and drawers, and sending bags of what was formerly “good stuff” to the thrift stores. 
  • I’m not a groupie, but I’m surely a fan
    I was recently sitting in a coffee house, listening to some great music with friends, when it suddenly occurred to me that I might be becoming a “groupie.” I even asked a friend sitting near me if we were groupies or just devoted fans. She laughed and told me to look up the definition of a “groupie.”
  • ‘I Can!’ programs teach outdoor skills
    Maybe your daughter or son has been begging you to go camping – in a tent. Maybe you know little – OK, absolutely nothing if you’re brutally honest – about tent camping. You might be willing to try it and would love to spend outdoors time with your kid or kids. But still the fear of a total disaster keeps you at home, or in a best-case scenario, taking lots of day trips.
  • Local athletes signing letters of intent for college careers
    The first order of business for today, Thursday, April 20, is to get this article written. Secondly, I plan on being at the National Letter of Intent signing for Noah Carlson this afternoon in Rushford. In case you forgot, he’s going to be attending the University of Michigan on a track scholarship. I have more on his track performances later in the article. I also plan on being at the signing for Haley Polin in Lanesboro on Thursday, May 4. She’s going to be attending Viterbo University on a basketball scholarship. The signing for Haley is going to present a bit of a problem, as it is at 9 a.m. in the morning and I’m usually writing at 9. Guess I’m going to have to get it done early, or ask for an extension from Melissa, my editor. Hmmmm.
  • No matter how old you are, you never get tired of hearing your birth story.
  • Suicide bomber squirrel gets revenge on irate citizen
    Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr., who represents Chicago’s 21st Ward, was biking on a trail when a squirrel jumped in front of him, got caught in the spokes of his bicycle and sent Brookins flying over the handlebars. Brookins was hospitalized for four days after suffering a fractured skull, a broken nose and the loss of several teeth. The squirrel perished. The incident seemed more than coincidental — coming just a month after Brookins had raged against the city’s aggressive squirrels during a city council meeting, lambasting them for eating their way through Chicago’s trash cans.
  • Just showing up is powerful
    The pages of our newspapers often feature community leaders, star athletes, outstanding students, political figures and accomplished business people. However, they also often feature people who just show up to help.
  • An interesting article in the big city newspaper this week reported the results of a new study: dancing is good for our brains. It proclaimed “Learning a social dance may help improve memory, processing speed in aging brain” (Star Tribune, May 9 2017 “Dancing on the Brain” by Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times.) Aha, I thought. Just what I need.
  • Trip planning’s a breeze at website for federal locations
    It’s never too early to start thinking about fun summer activities and vacation. Where will you go? When? Wouldn’t it be sweet if there happened to be just one website with all kinds of planning help?
  • Two local athletes prepare to sign letters of intent
    It’s hard to believe I’m halfway through the second year of writing the WEB column. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. This is really a neat voice for me. I try to cover our seven Reader-area schools and at the same time I get to write about my kids and how they’re doing, my grandkids and what’s happening with them. I also get to take a look at the Minnesota sports scene and the national sports scene, if it is important.
  • Early birds search for food on a lovely day
    I cranked open a window of the house and inhaled the joy of the day.
  • Sending a card more important than one thinks
    It was a hunt this week to find just the right card. I wanted something that would be really appropriate; after all, I had been in the same situation at one time and know what it is like: a neighbor is struggling with what are potentially terminal health issues, and is in and out of the hospital. 
  • Avoid tick-borne illness and Lyme disease
    Spring is here. Our weather for the most part continues to be nicer and nicer. We’re getting outside, aren’t we? Oh. My. Yes!
  • Local news is filled with student, athlete honors
    This week’s article is going to have a little spring sports, but I am going to rely mostly on the happenings I found in our local papers and a bit of my travels over the past couple of weeks. There will also be a brief look at the recently-completed “final fours” of men’s and women’s basketball. Actually it doesn’t have any results from spring sports, cause I ran out of room. Will concentrate on games, matches and meets next week. There are odds and ends, bits and pieces, everything here but my Master’s thesis.
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