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I aim to be at one with nature, but my aim is off target. It’s not my fault, though. It’s nature’s fault. It’s out to get me. Summer is for fun. It’s only nice weather … more
One of the things about writing a column every week is that you have to have life experiences to write about. Decades ago, and in another part of the world, I started out having a lot of opinions. … more
Some discoveries have been made. I don’t like to lose things, but inevitably, it happens to all of us. This is a story in two parts. The first has to do with my pants. The second part is a … more
Slow down people. What’s your hurry? I have a confession. I’m a pretty slow driver. I log a lot of miles each year, and it’s interesting to watch the driving styles of motorists. I … more
To the editor: A sign on a neighborhood lawn spoiled my day today. It read “Joe and the Hoe gotta go.” Cute, flippant, and completely out of place in our town and country. Let's disagree … more
It was an interesting weekend. If anyone would have asked me a few days ago what the odds would be of me doing these things on back to back days, I would have said one in a million. I should … more
I knew the weekend snowfall was going to come before most of you. In fact, I knew about it before many so-called weather experts. A few weeks ago, I attended a high school basketball game. … more
Just one year after school districts were told they would receive “historic” levels of state funding, it was maddening to learn that some local families are going to lose the opportunity … more
Dear Editor: It astounds me how there are so many questionable legal as well as moral issues with building at this site. The biggest of which is the very questionable “bee study” done in … more
Dear Editor: I am writing with a final plea to ask Rachel Development to re-consider developing the former Mississippi Dunes golf course. I have been involved with the hoped-for protection of this … more
To the editor, I am a frequent visitor to Grey Cloud Dunes, along the Mississippi in Cottage Grove. The area formerly known as Mississippi Dunes is on the verge of being destroyed for a housing … more
To the editor, The following includes my comments for the Public Record made at the Jan. 22, 2024, City of Cottage Grove Planning Commission Public Hearing regarding the planned Rachel Development at … more
At a public meeting on Feb. 21, the Cottage Grove City Council and Mayor Bailey voted unanimously to approve a controversial development on the river bluffs at the site of the former golf course … more
When we’re talking about Hall of Fame catchers, we’re really talking about a select group of 10 players who form the (almost) uninterrupted top of every statistical category. These guys … more
To the editor, Thanks to the Editor and Joseph Back for the informative front-page article about the Friends of Grey Cloud Group. It is a shame people have to fight so hard to protect land for … more
“It's good to touch the green, green grass of home” -Tom Jones     The summer of 2023 just may become known as “The Summer with Green Grass”. Our rains have … more
  Andrew G. Heilman, 22, Cottage Grove, was charged in Dakota County District Court Aug.7 with felony criminal damage to property in thefirstdegree with value reduced by more … more
With the temperature dipping into the sixties Monday, it felt a lot like fall sports season, and indeed it was. Fall sports practices got under way in earnest on Monday with hundreds of Cottage … more
Do kids still build forts outdoors to sleep in?  Back in the day, we used to take blankets and cover picnic tables with them as the “base” of our forts and then added things such as … more
This past weekend the Hawks headed into the first important test of their Classic Cannon Valley League schedule with two road games against Class C rivals Red Wing and Cannon Falls.  These games … more
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