Skyward and Forward

For those looking skyward on May 6th, a military transport plane with a fighter jet on either wing flew over several hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area in a salute to the brave healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic. The mission was called

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Messages in Chalk

Walking may be the rediscovered pastime during the COVID pandemic. Some appear tentative at best, as if they’re on a slippery surface. Others cut a brisk pace

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Good Shines Through

The Coronavirus and COVID-19 were mostly unknown terms as the world ushered in a new decade just a few weeks ago. They are now at the forefront, impacting the world’s health, way of life, and economy. Throughout the mostly bad news, there are shining examples of good deeds, done by average people,

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The Week That Was

A year’s worth of news was packed into the week of March 8-14. Microscopic virus. Bull Market. Bear Market. Market correction. Circuit breaker stock trading stoppages. Federal Reserve rate cuts. Big Oil. Falling Oil. Peacetime state of emergency declaration. National state of emergency. Panic buying.

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Size Matters

With little fanfare, the 2020 census got underway on January 21st in a tiny community along the Bering Sea called Toksook Bay, Alaska. It is so remote that the census bureau director from Washington, D.C. was late to his own ceremonial kick-off event. Lizzie Chimiugak Nenguryarr, a 90-year old elder in Toksook Bay, was the first person counted, leading up to the estimated 334 million people across America participating in the census.

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Name on the Front of the Jersey

Memories fade, but calendars do not lie. It’s been 40-years since the U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Russian team to claim the gold medals during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The victory is forever known as the Miracle on Ice.

Correction. The U.S. team did beat the Soviets, but didn’t claim gold until a victory over Finland two days later. That’s the faded memory part. A lesser known fact is this – a loss to the Finns meant the U.S. would not earn any medals – gold, silver, or bronze. And worse, the Russians would claim the gold.

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Life Lesson: I Got This

About a year ago, most of the world was introduced to Amy Bockerstette. Some were lucky enough to know her before a magical moment on a golf course. As part of a pre-tournament practice round, she played the so-called loudest hole in golf, the par-3 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale course with Gary Woodland

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New Year Ideals Include An Underdog

Following the turkey and football and Cyber Monday and office parties and gift wrapping, the march to the end of the year begins. Hello 2020. And those New Year Resolutions? Oh My.

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Make an Impact: Shop Small

In 2010, financial services giant American Express launched a promotion aimed at small business vitality along Main Streets, U.S.A. It’s called Small Business Saturday® (SBS) and occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, meaning it’s sandwiched between mega-shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. SBS encourages consumers to ‘shop small’ in their respective home towns.

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College Student Overcomes Donut Barrier

Entrepreneurship is a tangled road filled with barriers as college student Jayson Gonzalez recently discovered. In a classic Little Guy versus Big Corporation, Gonzalez found himself crossways with the donut-maker, Krispy Kreme.

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Farming’s New Anthem: She-I-O

They say farming gets in one’s blood and there’s no leaving. A farmer in his mid- to late 70s may ask, “What does that 58-year old kid up the road know about farming?”

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Young Trio Provide Inspiration, Hope

A bold claim suggests America’s youth has never had so many opportunities. An expanded claim says the same for the youth around the globe. Opportunities run the gamut, from technology to education, and from mobility to part- and full-time jobs. Our youth may be living in the best of times.

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A New Tapestry

According to Wiki, the word tapestry is Old French used as a noun to refer to textile fabrics formed by weaving colored threads to create pictures or designs. Sometimes tapestries were used to portray a series of events or stories. A more modern use of the term links it to cultures, races, and customs, along the lines of ‘the world is a tapestry of individual uniqueness all woven together’.

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The New Buzz: Livability

St. Croix’s economic development guy remains a fast talker but feels slightly older with another birthday on the calendar. Many changes have been witnessed in a long career that predates laptops, personal computers, fax machines, cell phones, but not electricity. A denial was made about knowing Abraham Lincoln, even though Abe was rumored to have a nasty jump hook on the basketball court.

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R-E-A-D Ethel Johnson’s Legacy

Ethel is not a common name, even though St. Croix’s fast-talking economic development guy claims it was his maternal grandmother’s name and the middle name of one of his sisters. Internet sources say Ethel is Old English, meaning noble and strength, or noble maiden, old counsel, or sage.

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The Talk

Dads and sons usually have matter-of-fact relationships. If the kid gets tackled too hard, a dad may suggest shaking it off before the lad returns to the huddle. It’s matter-of-fact, and sometimes it’s just the facts.

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It’s School Supply Time

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is the world’s largest retail trade association. NRF’s 2019 survey of back-to-school shopping was released on July 15th and includes some eye-opening figures. A billion dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to, but NRF forecasts total spending on school supplies at $80.7 billion. That’s enough to put a serious dent in mom’s handbag or dad’s money clip.

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The Home Run Trot

For a kid growing up in southern Minnesota hoping he had the right stuff to become a fast-talking economic development guy, baseball’s all-star game signaled the beginning of the end to summer. Farewell summer, we hardly knew ye, meaning a rural school with grades K-12 all under one roof would soon spring back to life.

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