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Do you have a stubborn streak? What is the thing that you will do, no matter the obstacle, that is so important to your character and well-being that you plan for it, make time for it, spend money and energy to get it, defy the odds and make it happen?

The complexity of nature is sometimes hard to understand and even harder to justify or feel good about, especially when seen through the human lens. I was reminded of this the other day while filming a family of American redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla) that is nesting on my property.

How confident are you feeling? Before the pandemic, the answer to this question might have been different than it is today. Our lives are getting back to normal, but many people are realizing they do not want the same life as they had before. Perhaps saying no to obligations was difficult, m…

The key to escaping a dangerous situation is to find a pathway of possibility through peril, summon up enough courage, and move swiftly in that direction. It takes faith and strength to push through fears. Sometimes we make it, and sometimes we find ourselves further in the proverbial pit.

During COVID-19, sentences like “Everything is OK!” “Look on the bright side!” and the infamous “Everything happens for a reason,” have been more prominent. Especially since we have been unable to see people in person, these messages have swarmed social media and have increased how much we h…

The 2021 Legislative Session convened in the midst of a global pandemic that has affected and disrupted the daily lives of people in every corner of our state. Many Minnesotans were unable to work and earn a steady paycheck, childcare became even more scarce, and stability was difficult to find.

The most fascinating stories to me are the ones that tell me about what inspired or influenced them to become the people they did. I just recently picked up the book "In My Own Words," a story about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. As I read that book, it made me think about the people and e…

The vaccine rollout is showing light at the end of the COVID tunnel. The 567,000 COVID deaths to date have irreparably altered the plans and dreams of innumerous families. Nothing can minimize that or magically wash away the pain and suffering. I see a rich tapestry of events and happenings …

At Prior Lake-Savage Area schools we transitioned our secondary students back to in-person learning on April 15 so now all students, E-12, have the opportunity to be back learning in our schools. We also continue to provide distance learning for families who choose that model.

A tuft of chives is suddenly thriving in the backyard garden along with crocus and the onset of daffodils. The snow, dare I say, is all but gone, lingering only in deeply shaded nooks. Spring seems to have arrived, though I hesitate to say it loudly. It is Minnesota, after all, and snow is n…

On the gate at the road of the family farm my father had crafted a sign from old wood that read “Consider the Lilies.” As a young adult who frequently visited the homestead, I assumed the sign’s intent was to inform all who drove through to not drive over the ditch lilies that anchored the gate.

When people tell me what they believe about themselves or circumstances in their life, I never doubt them. I have learned that whatever they believe is the absolute truth to them, knowing that if they think they can do something, they do. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. If you do n…

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