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The bison turned quickly, ready to charge. The two feet of snow didn’t slow its powerful hooves, but rather kicked up a rooster-tail of shiny ice crystals into the cold winter air, highlighting the bison’s efforts.

The bison turned quickly, ready to charge. The two feet of snow didn’t slow its powerful hooves, but rather kicked up a rooster-tail of shiny ice crystals into the cold winter air, highlighting the bison’s efforts.

Last week my wife and I went to see the Sistine Chapel exbibit at the Mall of America. I’ve never been to Vatican City to visit the pope’s official residence in person, although I’m familiar with the incredible artwork. Seeing the images replicated larger than life at the mall exhibit was a …

I enjoy watching most sports, especially football. During college bowl game season and now as we head into Super Bowl Sunday, a variety of storylines dominate talk radio and sports news. Oftentimes what I find personally inspiring or motivating is not necessarily what’s grabbing the headlines.

Someone I know from high school told me she had a 37-year friendship end in November because of politics. It got me wondering how common this is, so I did some poking around on the internet. Turns out, there’s a seemingly endless number of stories about people ending friendships, family rela…

My parents bought me a JCPenny clock radio as a birthday present when I was a teenager. I’ve been using it almost daily ever since. It’s officially named an AM/FM Clock Radio Cassette Player. The radio offers two alarms, which I’ve grown accustomed to using so I can have one alarm for workda…

One thing we should be able to expect from our government, or any other entity for that matter, is a general sense of fairness. When one person, group, or industry is treated differently from others, it causes resentment. Plus it’s just bad policy. Unfortunately, that’s what we’ve seen since…

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…

Have you ever received a Christmas present you didn’t like, but lied and said you did? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 2,000 people found that only 15% respond honestly about getting a gift they don’t like. The top reason people fib, not surprisingly, is to avoid hurting someone’…

I still get excited at Christmas time. I enjoy decorating the tree, shopping for presents, and listening to Christmas music. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is seeing so many decorative lights on houses and in yard displays. In a year that hit us hard with one challenge after …

'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 …

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…

Recently I posted a picture of my grandmother on my Facebook page. The picture is about 20 years old. It shows her with four of her grandkids and her first four great-grandkids. She passed away not long after the picture was taken, making it the last picture I have of her.

To say that Shakopee teachers have been repeatedly let down on pretty much every front over the last several years would be an understatement. We know many of them felt intimated and bullied during Rod Thompson’s reign. Then their union negotiated measly pay raises because there supposedly w…

Next Friday, Nov. 13 is internationally recognized as World Kindness Day. It doesn’t mean there’s only one day out of the year when we should be kind to others, but rather a day to make a concerted effort to be nice and remind ourselves of how we should act throughout the year.

I really find that some of the most amazing animals on the face of the earth are the insects. I recently spent some time capturing a few incredible images of just one of these amazing animals, the praying mantis, often just called mantid.

Several friends recommended that I watch the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.” It shows, through interviews with Silicon Valley tech leaders, documentary investigation, and a narrative drama, how social media manipulates users to stay logged on longer and sign in more often. For inst…

The O’Loughlin farm in Shakopee is doing something we could all use right now—providing a free and creative way to make us smile. O’Loughlin family members painted engaging pictures on gigantic hay bales, then displayed the bales along Valley View Road for people to see and take pictures with.

Hospital stays can be depressing and lonely, so having a visitor is often a welcome pick-me-up. A regular visitor with a well-earned reputation for cheering up patients is Cody — a 10-year-old mixed breed dog. Cody has a brindle color and his adoption paperwork says lab/retriever, but he wei…

The popular saying that nice guys finish last appears to be wrong, according to a couple of recent studies. One was by the University of California, Berkeley. The college asked 450 students who were studying for an undergrad degree or an MBA at three universities questions about their person…

Despite a summer that saw the cancellation of popular events like the Minnesota State Ffair, Rhythm on the Rails, and many sporting events, along with the closure of venues like the SandVenture Aquatic Park, movie theaters, and Valleyfair, the last three months have still flown by. What this…

Art Coles is a football guy. He played inside linebacker for Minneapolis North in high school, coaches youth football for Shakopee, and is a board member of the Shakopee Youth Football Association. I got to know him several years ago when I was serving my last term on the youth football boar…

I spend most days sitting on my porch writing or editing stories. Almost every day, I see FedEx and UPS drivers roll through our block to deliver packages to my neighbors. Some days, our mail lady also gets out of her vehicle to carry a large package to a doorstep. What impresses me is that …

There’s a lot to like about Shakopee. We have a lively downtown with retail, restaurants, and other businesses. Southbridge offers additional stores, dining and entertainment opportunities, and more grocery shopping. We have several parks, a few lakes, more than 80 miles of trails, and are b…

One of the few foods everyone in my house likes, if not craves, is doughnuts. We each have our own preference for where to buy them and our favorite types, but we agree they’re part of an ideal breakfast. We’ve been known to spend a morning in pursuit of the perfect doughnut. Sometimes it ta…

I see a lot of incredibly stupid comments on social media and also hear them in person on occasion. It made me wonder if people are becoming less intelligent or if people have always been this ignorant, they just now have more avenues to showcase their stupidity because of the internet and m…

For the first time, I feel a lot of anxiety about our country. It’s because of recent events. I suspect that most people, regardless of their political views, have seen, read, or experienced events that left them shaking their head if not sick to their stomach. I worry that we’ve become so b…

Nature has so many different ways to accomplish just one task — reproduction. At this time of year, it seems that everywhere I look I see baby birds. It’s a blizzard of baby birds being fed by their parents. From a small backyard pond to the large expansive lakes and wetlands to suburban bac…