Opinion

Remedy for winter ‘blahs’   Recently I played trivia in a local bar with three recently retired friends. I still work.  All three remarked about how nice it was to be able to get out of the house and have something to look forward to. One admitted that the highlight of her day was watching Jeopardy...
I find the most nerve-wracking driving to be during that period of low light in early morning or early evening, the time when it is neither truly dark nor daylight. There is not sufficient natural light, and headlights are less effective. Twilight is one name for it, though we most often associate...
From the National Institute of Mental Health   Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not considered as a separate disorder. It is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific...
o Take time to laugh. Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check out cute videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety. o Go off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with...
Staples native Chad Walthall passed a coaching milestone Jan. 10, 2020; recording his 200th college coaching victory at Minnesota State University Moorhead. With four Dragons scoring in double figures, the men’s basketball team took an overtime win against Bemidji State Jan. 10.   Walthall is one...
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...

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