There is a feeling among many in our rural communities today that something is missing. Not in a physical sense, not in an economic sense, but in the very fabric of what gives life meaning. And what is missing, they feel, is leading to our growing division, anger, and incivility toward one another.In recent years, social media has fragmented society into tribes that see each … [Read more...] about Spirituality Essential To Community Health
As Minnesota legislators look to the start of the 2022 session Jan. 31, they face a divisive battle on what to do with a projected record $7.7 billion surplus. If future revenue projections are on target, that surplus could grow in the remaining 19 months of the current two-year state budget. It represents an unexpected turnaround from the pessimistic budget planning that … [Read more...] about State Surplus: Help Rural Minnesota Help Itself
It’s a slow-motion disaster, but one that is already having an impact on our lives. It will prove far more disastrous for our children, grandchildren, and generations long into the future. You wonder what they will think of us. Environmental stewardship is among the Blandin Foundation’s nine dimensions of a healthy community. “The community supports the … [Read more...] about What Kind Of World Are We Leaving Our Children?
Last August driving down Third Street in Morris, a car pulled out from the curb, putting a deep crease in the side of my nearly new 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup. I was devastated to see the damage, but the male driver assured me he had insurance and provided a Morris police officer and me with his insurance papers. The Morris Police then did a review of the accident which … [Read more...] about Letter: Don’t Drive Without Liability Insurance
I want to wish Chris Melberg, of Morris Floral, good luck in his new location, which is behind Twisted Ivy Boutique (same building.) I also want to thank Chris for his hard work, for his awesome bouquets, many of which my husband, Robbie Baum, purchased as surprises for me “for no real reason than ‘just because’.” I also want to thank you to Chris for his donations of … [Read more...] about Letter: Thanks Chris Melberg! And Good Luck!
Through its years of working with rural communities, the Blandin Foundation has identified the Nine Common Dimensions of a Healthy Community. A community is a complete and rewarding place to live if it is meeting the needs of its residents in these essential areas: - Spirituality and wellness - Inclusion - Recreational and artistic opportunity - Economic … [Read more...] about Do We Have A Healthy Community?
At the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, President Biden boasted about America’s earnest intent ”to lead the world by example” in putting the brakes on the increasing climate catastrophe. Biden promised, as leader of the world’s third-largest coal consumer, “We’re going to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by well over a gigaton by 2030.” That promise rang hollow when the … [Read more...] about Letter: Exposing The Walls That Block Climate Solutions
Despite the fact that we are being reminded about Christmas every day, Thanksgiving Day comes first. I have so much to be thankful for and I bet everyone out there can also find a reason or two to be thankful. At our home there have been a lot of health issues but we are still plugging along and for that, I am very thankful. I am also thankful for the Covid-19 vaccine … [Read more...] about A time to be thankful
For the last few months we have been hearing that a new group is needed to take on the Prairie Pioneer Days celebration in Morris. The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce took it on temporarily and is now ready to pass it to another group or organization. However, they are getting very little response to the request. I can remember when the first Prairie Pioneer Days were held. … [Read more...] about Step Up To Retain Prairie Pioneer Days
November is here and in my house that means one thing - deer season. There may be a few preparations weeks in ad-vance but this week, a lot of talk and work is put into getting ready for the hunt. We get out the totes of hunting clothes, find our boots and gloves, and stock up on food for sandwiches and meals. Every year my husband and I think about no longer hunting, … [Read more...] about The Bonds That Build Through Hunting