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Benedictine St. Gertrude’s would like to publicly thank the Minnesota National Guard for the support they provided to our facility through the Minnesota Hospital Decompression Program. The National Guard members became an integral part of our care team, providing our patients and residents 2…

Winter can be a challenging time for wildlife, especially when deep snow blankets the land and the wind blows bitterly cold. Birds fluff up their feathers and search high and low for anything to eat. Squirrels are extra plump and fuzzy and dig down through the snow in hopes of finding a forg…

Yet another white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) mating season is behind us now. This year I spent a truckload of time in the woods following several large bucks who were actively searching for mates. I was able to capture a pile of images of the most interesting mating behavior.

On a sunny Saturday morning last month, Rennie Gathier showed a group of volunteers how to use a special gel to keep the roots of young saplings hydrated for the trip to the Saint Paul homes where they would be planted. By the end of that weekend volunteers from Saint Paul’s Unity Unitarian …

I am always drawn to unique animals. You know, the kind of critters that are different from all others such as the Virginia opossum, which is the only marsupial in America. Or the osprey, a fish-eating raptor that is the only raptor to dive feet first into the water, often completely submerg…

I saw Alton Brown on tour last week at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It might seem odd that a guy who hosts a show on the Food Network and serves as a guest judge on cooking shows would go on tour, but everything about Alton Brown is odd, in a good way.

Autumn is Americans’ favorite time of the year, according to a survey by market research firm YouGov. It found that 40% say fall is their favorite, followed by 27% for summer, 19% for spring, 10% for winter, and 4% who can’t decide.

A friend recently told me a story of an electrician he knew who was doing some work in a residential home. While he worked in the basement, the mother told her teenage son to carry some rock salt bags downstairs and put them in the water softener. The son did exactly what his mom told him. H…

On Tuesday, Sept. 21 the Scott County Board of Commissioners approved a maximum levy increase of 3.99% for property taxes payable in 2022. While all five commissioners voted to approve this maximum levy amount, in watching the board meeting it was obvious that commissioners were looking for …

When it comes to confusing common names for animals, I think the American elk has got to be near the top of the confusing list. This came to light last week when I was in northern Montana to film and photograph elk. I ran into a guy from Europe who was also looking to capture images of elk, …

In August, when fall sports kicked into high gear, we had several student athletes contact us for their fundraising. Although the people who stopped by to raise money don’t call themselves team ambassadors, that’s essentially what they are. They’re knocking on doors, promoting their sports t…

When I went to my hometown last weekend to visit my parents, I brought back a box full of pictures. There are several hundred photos in the box, spanning a timeframe from my great-grandparents through my own kids. Most of the pictures are of my parents, eights siblings, and me growing up in …

Every now and then I get an opportunity to work with a species that I don’t have much hands-on experience with. These are often rare or endangered species or a species that is difficult to access and lives in areas that makes it hard to get close to.

I am no stranger to traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to see, study and document some of nature's most wonderful events. For over 35 years I have traveled to see the epic migration of sandhill cranes in Nebraska, stunning flocks of snow geese in North Dakota and remarkable monarc…

If you are in or around Shakopee and are looking for hikes to go on, there are plenty of options. Whether it’s a hike completely in nature on grass paths or a nice gentle walk between town parks, Shakopee has you covered. A few of the best hiking spots in Shakopee are the hike from Memorial …

A friend recently shared a meme that said when guys reach a certain age, they either become obsessed with World War II history or get into smoking various meats. I found it amusing because I’ve reached that certain age, and although I don’t smoke meat, I have started making charcuterie. And …

No matter where you live in the seven-county metro area, if you drive a car, you will eventually get stuck in traffic on Interstate 494. It is one of the region’s most vibrant, growing areas with the Mall of America, the airport, hotels, businesses — even IKEA. Trucking and freight associati…

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