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Most of us are able to relate to wars involving the United States. Most recently, we have been closely following the war in Afghanistan. We have also followed the war in Iraq, the Vietnam war, the Korean War and World War II. Many of us are not familiar with the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. What [...]

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The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 42nd season, Saturday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 30. The festival is held on grounds just south of Shakopee. I did not visit my first Renaissance Festival until my early years of marriage when Judy and I took Troy and Tammi for some different kind of entertainment. It [...]

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One doesn’t have to be an avid sports enthusiast to get caught up in the hype for the Summer Olympics.  As a sports follower, the Summer Olympics has always been one of my super favorite sporting events. It’s the world element of competition that causes one to cheer for their home country.   The 2012 [...]

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In about three weeks many of us will be paying tribute to the 13 persons killed and 145 persons injured when the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed during the rush hour on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.  The I-35W Mississippi River bridge (officially known as Bridge 9340) was an eight-lane, steel truss arch bridge that carried Interstate [...]

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Growing up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota, I was always aware that June was a special month. It is called June Dairy Month. It is a special month designed to celebrate the dairy industry’s contributions to our American society. Learn more about Dairy Month and find out who the candidates are for 2012 [...]

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It seems like summer came way early to us with the beautiful spring weather we began enjoying in February. The state’s greenery came early and has been enjoyed by many and will continue to be part of our summer plans as we head to some of Minnesota’s 73 state parks. State parks officially open on [...]

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