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The Cultural Center in New York Mills has announced the 2020 Great American Think-Off question: Which is more important: to win or to play by the rules? This is the 28th annual Think-Off topic--a classic philosophical quandary meant to inspire thinkers from all walks of life. Winning and playing by...
In January 2020, the United States is expected to experience one birth every eight seconds and one death every 11 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 34 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration...
It used to be that you could tell how the local sports teams did by the mood of the biggest sports fan at your work the next day. It isn’t always healthy for us sports fans to live or die with our athletic teams, but sometimes we just can’t help it. So as I write this, the Minnesota Vikings just...
I’m not too serious about making New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps it’s due to a checkered history of keeping past resolutions. But I admit there is logic in reflecting on the last year and thinking about the year to come. It’s ingrained not only in our personal lives, but in our work culture, too....
Have you read a newspaper lately? Was it your local newspaper? Was it in print or online? I’m fortunate to have a daily, regional newspaper delivered to my door every day. I also have two neighboring community newspapers delivered weekly. Why do I spend this money? It is my connection to my...
From Minnesota DNR press release   The Department of Natural Resources issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state. The rule is a temporary, emergency action to reduce further spread of chronic wasting disease and protect...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Do you know what the bedrock of any town is, rural or urban? Community.  In this age of technology, it is very easy to isolate yourself. You can be listening to a podcast on your phone while you are emailing for work and playing a...
Harry Potter, the Bible, Washington Irving and Roger Whitaker have a lot to say about Christmas.  See if you can guess which of those four sources the 100 quotes below came from. The result will show you how intertwined are the ancient and modern when it comes to Christmas, and that different...
1. A choir of small voices chanted forth an old Christmas carol 2. It matters not what someone is born 3. Do not be afraid, I bring you good news 4. things we lose have a way of coming back to us 5. chestnuts to roast in the coals of a fire 6. no need to fear his voice 7. lights were distributed in...
From bluezones.com   Holidays are a time to celebrate. While it may be stressful to bake that extra batch of cookies for the bake sale, cart the family around to the neighbors’ holiday parties, and find the perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything, those who celebrate something...

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