What feelings do you have about leaving 2020 and starting a new year? If you’re like many people we’ve talked to, you’re glad to leave 2020 behind and you’re looking forward to a fresh start in 2021.
Even after the pandemic began in March, no one could have predicted then just how much our lives would be affected and uprooted by the events of this year in ways unique to each of us. And though there is hopeful news of a vaccine, this winter will still see of the many of the same restricti…
We have experienced a challenging year. Actually a year that has created pain and loss for many and a division in our country we’ve not seen before.
How has 2020 been for you? It’s the end of the year, and what a year it’s been! It reminds us of the opening paragraph by Charles Dickens in his book, "A Tale of Two Cities," “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was…
Winter is a time of plenty for owls. The nights are very long, and the days are painfully short. I was reminded of this the other day while out photographing and filming a wild Barred Owl sleeping in a tree. I spent several hours just observing this magnificent raptor as it dozed in a large …
We are approaching the end of the election from hell. It seems like it has been going on forever, but it really has only been a couple of years since candidates began coming forward.
How will your holiday celebrations be this year? This is the time when people of various faiths have celebrations and re-live memories.
What words come to mind when you think of Christmas Eve? "Jesus’ birth," "Christmas carols," "families together," "gifts exchanged" are some words that you might answer.
I am old enough to remember what it was like before the computer, the internet and email. When we wanted to communicate, we had three options; talk face-to face, talk on your home phone now referred to as your landline, or write a handwritten note and mail it or personally deliver it.
This winter has been a bit strange in the northland where I reside. Not much snow but enough cold temperatures to start freezing the lakes. The small lakes and ponds freeze up tight right away, but the larger lakes have open water near the center or in the deeper areas. While out photographi…
Do you ever play the “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” game? You know, where you second-guess yourself and say, “I coulda, woulda, shoulda ___!" You fill in the blank.
What triggers happen to you during the holidays? The holiday season can be a time of lots of emotion. And during this time, it’s easy to have both negative and positive emotions triggered.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much about how we go about our everyday lives. It has fundamentally impacted how we interact with one another, where we can travel, and how we work.
'Tis the season of the reindeer. After all, it’s hard to not notice them at this time of year. They make appearances in holiday movies, or on holiday greeting cards, and sometimes they are seen in Christmas tree lots as the featured animal. They appear on stage in plays or re-enactments and …
Like many communities, Carver County is not immune from those instances which afford opportunity for criminal activity. We do our best to proactively patrol our neighborhoods to deter criminal activity when not engaged with other duties and calls for service.
Happy Thanksgiving! I know this won’t be a normal Thanksgiving because of COVID. While it might be difficult to gather like we typically do, I hope you get the chance to catch up with your family and friends. Whether you are meeting up virtually or in-person, I hope you stay healthy and safe.
The recent weather rollercoaster has found me stomping around the woods in search of rutting White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). One week I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt and light-weight hiking shoes and the next week I am dressed in four layers and waterproof boots along with a h…
How will you be spending Thanksgiving Day? We’re all facing the threat of COVID-19 and also trying to celebrate Thanksgiving. You might find it hard to be giving thanks this year.
Some say health care workers are on the “front lines” fighting COVID-19. Our physicians, nurses, caregivers, and those supporting clinical operations are working harder than ever due to COVID’s prevalence in our communities.
We’re wondering, how are you doing with all that’s going on in your life? Are you feeling tired? We’re not talking about the tired you feel if you stayed up late or had a restless night. We’re talking about being tired of the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, social and political unrest,…
Today we are asking, “How are you feeling?” Maybe you’ve been feeling the stress that so many people are feeling these days. Just listening to the news causes stress. All we hear is news about COVID, political division and strife, lockdowns, job loss and economic upheaval. It doesn’t help th…
Because of Thanksgiving, in my mind, the month of November and turkeys are linked together. Of course, this is uniquely an American association due to our Thanksgiving holiday.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, along with ASIS International security professionals, urge you to take regular steps to safeguard yoursel…
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