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Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:06 AM

The muted light during the eclipse of the sun about a week ago was still bright enough to shine on the spiraling prices at the gas pumps. This wasn’t the eclipse that awed millions when the moon’s shadow covered the sun, lowering the level of light in Minnesota during the early afternoon on Aug. 21. Instead, this was about two weeks later when the sunshine was muted by wildfire smoke drifting in from southwest Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The smoke, which came in several waves, muted the direct sunlight, created some gorgeous sunsets, but also triggering air quality alerts in parts of Minnesota.

  • The muted light during the eclipse of the sun about a week ago was still bright enough to shine on the spiraling prices at the gas pumps. This wasn’t the eclipse that awed millions when the moon’s shadow covered the sun, lowering the level of light in Minnesota during the early afternoon on Aug. 21. Instead, this was about two weeks later when the sunshine was muted by wildfire smoke drifting in from southwest Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The smoke, which came in several waves, muted the direct sunlight, created some gorgeous sunsets, but also triggering air quality alerts in parts of Minnesota.

  • My family and I enjoyed another fun year at the Ag Days events this year. The parade was a highlight for the grandchildren. Along with an abundance of candy, they received stuffed animals, miscellaneous toys, and something very special and educational: a representation of an 11- to 12-week fetus.
  • Mayberry was a fictional community made famous by “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s. Although it represented an idealized version of rural life, it resonated with many people and had some legitimacy as a portrayal of a real community. Life has changed drastically in the ensuing 50 years, so much so that people would just laugh if anyone pretended Mayberry depicted a basis for reality today.

  • Letter: Plastic fetus not appropriate for 3-year-old’s parade candy bag
    Please find attached a picture of an item that was PLACED into the candy bucket of a 3-year-old girl at some point at the beginning of the Ag Days parade.
  • Ten years ago the Rushford area received torrential rain, estimated to be up to 17 inches in spots, that flooded the community. The average rainfall for an entire year in our area is 34 inches.

    The remnant of Hurricane Harvey dumped as much as three feet of rain on southeastern Texas last weekend with 15 to 20 inches more expected as of Monday. Houston is more tropical than Rushford, but still averages just a third more inches of rain per year, meaning the expected total rainfall from this storm will approach the 50 inches of rain Houston gets in an entire year on average. That would break the Texas state rainfall record and make it one of the most extreme rain events in U.S. history.

  • Just read the article by Mary Jo Dathe concerning the merger of the Spring Valley Vikings and Huns Lutheran churches.  After a merger meeting, I remember the good Lutheran Germans walking around and muttering something about, “Why don’t those stubborn Norwegians want to do it the right way, the German way?”  And I heard the Lutheran Norwegians walking around and muttering, “Why don’t the stubborn Germans want to do it the right way, the Norwegian way?”  Our merger proved that the Huns and Vikings can get along.
  • The death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, sparked a national dialogue on race, free speech and violence in the weeks following the white supremacist rally. Much of the debate ending up focusing on President Donald Trump’s varying comments on the tragedy.
  • I would personally like to thank supporters of Brave Community Theatre. Whether it was by acting, volunteering, being in the audience, financial or material donations, sponsorship, discounts or encouraging family or friends to be a part of theatre, it is because of YOU that we celebrate our 45th year!
  • In Minnesota, we understand the importance of a free press. It’s hard to forget in our state – Minnesotans are among the most engaged citizens in the country. Last year we again ranked first in the nation in voter turnout. Minnesotans volunteer at the second highest rate in the country. And we usually look to our local newspapers as the first stop for the information we need.
  • We are emphasizing the importance of your community newspaper by subtraction — a front page devoid of news — this week as part of a statewide “whiteout” campaign in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, of which we are members. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder of all that you would lose if your local newspaper ceased to exist.
  • One of the childhood books I most remember is “The Little Engine That Could.” I know I read many books as a child, including Dr. Seuss and even the “Dick and Jane” books in school. However the “Little Engine” book just stands above the rest.
  • It was during my sophomore year (before the Christmas vacation) sitting in Mr. Reps’ geometry class in ‘54 and that he taught us how to bisect an angle with a straight edge and a compass. During my two weeks of Christmas vacation, I was figuring out a way to trisect an angle. I found it. Back in Mr. Reps’ class, in January, I announced that I had found a way to trisect an angle. One classmate went to the chalkboard and the rest of the class followed my instructions at their desks.
  • We may not have the bodies of water that make up the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but water is still important in our region of Minnesota, which features bluffs, springs, caves and many streams. These unique geographic features, including sinkholes and disappearing rivers, components of karst geology, also create challenges to keep our water clean.
  • I would like to respond to the open forum letter and statements that Mike Holzer recently had in the Spring Valley Tribune in regards to the Wykoff City Council.  I do not believe that he gave a true picture of what is actually happening and yes I, too, was at that meeting.
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