At this time of year, I get a lot of emails and texts from people reporting they are hearing an owl hooting outside their windows at night. While many enjoy the sound, others complain they can’t get to sleep. Either way, the chances are a great horned owl is the culprit. The great horned owl…

The lyrics to a popular Christmas song proclaim “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” For many people that rings true, as do the sayings “All hearts come home for Christmas” and “Home is where the heart is.” But what happens when home is someplace different?

It seems like everyone has a “best books of the year” list. Library Journal selected best books in several categories. The full list is available www.libraryjournal.com, but some of their top choices in the area of crime fiction include:

The great Christmas tree debate continues: fresh or artificial? That is the question. Unfortunately, this year it doesn’t matter if you choose fresh or artificial. Either way you are going to pay more than you did in the past.

Minnesota legislators have been touring the state, getting a first-hand look at important public assets and infrastructure that is wearing out as they prepare to put together a capital bonding bill. As they travel, they hopefully will take notice of the worn out and increasingly unsafe roads…

Last summer, I was dragged into watching a reality show, “The Bachelorette.” My college-aged daughter invited me to join her in this indulgence to promote mother-daughter time. Although I love time with her, I was skeptical about the merits of this particular series. But I agreed and tolerat…

Two weeks ago the Chaska Herald and Chanhassen Villager published an advertisement that encouraged residents of School District 112 to vote no on the referendum questions when going to the polls this week.


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