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I HAD NEVER heard of Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum in Fountain City, Wis. On Sunday, July 28, our daughter Stephanie and son-in-law, Chuck, took us to this museum on Eagle Bluff in Fountain City. This is the 26th season this museum has been open for the public by Elmer and Bernadette Duellman.

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I received positive feedback on my column earlier this summer on bad news, so I am expanding on the topic. 

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WE JUST CELEBRATED the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon, an amazing, remarkable achievement and a downright difficult-to-understand feat.

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Every year when my birthday (July 29) rolls around, I find myself checking my inbox more often. I scroll through my emails to see what deals I can snag just because I am one year older. 

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An old adage suggests that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

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Like most people, I don’t like bad news.

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Last month marked a year since I brought home Zadie, my 10-year-old orange tabby cat. Until I adopted her, I had always considered myself to be exclusively a dog person, especially as I grew up with my family’s sweet and rambunctious West Highland Terriers. In the years since leaving home, I…

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As many of you know, the snow storm in April 2018 caused the roof to collapse at the Press Publications building on Bloom Avenue. It has been a challenge for both the process of rebuilding, as well as the insurance claim. My last update was on Jan. 15, indicating that the steel bar joists we…

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OVER TIME SIGNIFICANT names in retailing have become history. Growing up in White Bear Lake, we often made trips to Montgomery Wards in the Midway, which was also known as a very strong catalog store, as was Sears in Minneapolis.

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Another school year wraps up this week, and families will stumble into the new routines of the first few days of summer break. For many, the first few weeks of summer break are filled with various camps and activities – so many that it becomes a full-time job for parents to drive them around…

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What does it mean to be a team player? The phrase is used often enough that it must have some tangible roots. I personally believe that our early, formative experiences on teams, as well as the dynamics within our families can play a role in how we work on projects that require a collaborati…

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DALE KURSCHNER WRITES an editor’s note in a past issue of Twin Cities Business to make the point of why Minnesota is the best place to live.

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My all-time favorite children’s author is the late Bill Peet. He wrote great books with memorable themes like “Zella, Zack and Zodiac,” and “Chester the Worldly Pig,” and was one of Walt Disney’s top illustrators/writers. His name is credited on the immortal movie “Dumbo,” among other Disney…

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THERE ARE MANY signs that it’s spring in Minnesota. Cooler temperatures linger and snowbirds are making their way home from the south. May 15 is their due date, especially if they are golfers. Speaking of golf, I thought it was remarkable for Tiger Woods to take honors and another green jack…

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The beaver lodge on Stocking Lake where my grandparents had a home in Park Rapids was huge. The lodge was the size of a small dump truck partially submerged in the water. As a kid, my grandparents let me take out the 12-foot aluminum boat to go fishing – early on it was a rowboat with oars, …

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While waiting in line for an ice cream cone at a local establishment the other day, the server handed a cone to a young adult who took it without saying “thank you.” I noticed because it is so unusual for someone in that type of interaction to simply walk away without any acknowledgement or …

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I still remember when one of my childhood friends made a big announcement: she no longer believed Santa Claus was real but she still believed in the Easter Bunny. 

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When I got a nice card in the mail thanking me for my work, it hit me that I have been at Press Publications for three years. The time has sure flown by. 

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Have you had any calls that show up on caller ID as a local number but when you answer, it’s a recording trying to sell a car warranty or help with pain? This trend is called ‘spoofing’ when they use a local prefix on the caller ID so that you pick up. Even if you’re on the “do not call” lis…

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On the drive over to Bethel College to attend a presentation by photojournalist John Moore, I prepared myself to be humbled. I have great appreciation for the talent, sacrifice and perseverance needed to establish a career and national reputation in any endeavor and more specifically — photo…

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Winter has always been my least favorite season. I moved to Minnesota nearly a decade ago but have yet to adapt to the bitterly cold months that comprise so much of our year, and February, in my humble opinion, is the worst of all. By the time it arrives, the novelty of the new year has fade…

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Minnesota is the only state in the nation with a divided Legislature — the House is majority DFL and the Senate is majority Republican. Why? Do Minnesotans desire some balance? 

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Old Man Winter has bedazzled our homes with spectacular icicles. As we drive through neighborhoods, it’s fun to look for the biggest and longest shapes forming as icicles. Some are crystal clear and others are brown and ugly.  However, throughout our neighborhoods, homes are under stress wit…

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Snow cancellations are getting out of control, snowballing down a slippery slope of flakiness. 

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Last Sunday, Press Publications hosted its 34th Annual Wedding Show. 

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Once again we have a Minnesotan who has put their name in for the nomination for president. On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her run. Over the past few years I have attended a few functions where Sen. Klobuchar was the keynote speaker. This will be an interesting race. A Democrat, Sen…

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Minnesota and Wisconsin were rocked by temperatures in the minus 20s last week. Wind chills were even colder, making it dangerous for anyone to be outside for more than a couple of minutes. Schools in the area were closed for four days. The meteorologists reported it was the coldest temperat…

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JANUARY 2019 IS almost over and the federal government politicians are still acting childish.  They have lost their way in negotiations and have forgotten about the citizens they represent.

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With our schools closed for Martin Luther King Day, what did kids or families do to remember his legacy? This national holiday is to celebrate life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader who helped to end racial segregation and advanced racial equality in the 1950s…

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