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Below Zero: Cold weather hacks for staying warm

Winter is here, and it is here to stay!  Some of you are clapping with joy, and some of you have already gone into hibernation. As much as I love my winter hobbies, I go to extreme measures to try and stay warm. Otherwise I get a little cranky. More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

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Attracting, surrounding yourself with the right people

I have found one of the most essential aspects in life is who you surround yourself with. Lord knows the only thing keeping me from spiraling into insanity is the friends I have cheering me on through this crazy life. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

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Fighting the battle with—and finding freedom from—PTSD

In my short twenty years, I have known many people who have a story to share, a story of a traumatic event. It seems as though nobody really leaves this world unscathed or without experiencing pain. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

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Lake Kabetogama lends itself to fall exploration

As soon as Labor Day weekend comes and goes, so ends fishing and boating for most people. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered fall fishing. That is actually when fishing is the best in my opinion. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

The full circle? My 50 years of partridge hunting experiences

I’ve been hunting partridge longer than I can remember literally. I was born into a family of partridge hunters in April of 1957. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:43 PM

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Time for the Lion to be more physically active. It will help shake off any lingering Leonine lethargy and restore your energy levels, so you’ll be prepared for what lies ahead.   More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:43 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Resist that occasional lapse into Leonine laziness that sometimes overtakes the Big Cat. Don’t cut corners. Do the job right at this time, or you might have to redo it later.   More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

My journey with breast cancer October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My mom was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at age 68. I was 38 and started getting mammograms at that point, even though the recommend age is 40.  I went in for my annual mammogram in October of 2015 and a spot was detected. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:16 PM

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“The Wheel” winner Soderling aims to mentor next generation

There is not a doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be sitting here today writing this article for the Hometown Focus if it wasn’t for the mentors I have had in my life along the way. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Just one of those days: Mastering the art of imperfection

There are some days where you feel simply incompetent. The days where it seems we just can’t do anything right and our hair is almost as messy as our lives around us. Sound familiar? The other day was just like that. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) An apparently solid-gold opportunity beckons the Lion. But check to see if all that dazzle isn’t just a sprinkling of surface glitter. Check it out before making a commitment.   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:55 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time for ambitious Leos or Leonas to shift from planning their next move to actually doing it. Your communication skills help persuade others to join you.   More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Trying to make an impression on some people runs into a bit of a snag at first, but it all works out. An old and almost forgotten personal matter once again needs attention.   More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Royalness needs time away from the limelight to catch up on things, from tidying your desk to making those calls you’ve put off. You’re back in the center of things by the weekend.   More...

Posted 8/31/2017 10:28 PM

Your Legal Rights

Beware of Internet escrow scams

Buying and selling items online has become more common in recent years. Annually, people post millions of items for sale on online classified websites, and exchange billions of dollars via online payment services to purchase them. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 10:51 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) A colleague might try to goad you into saying or doing the wrong thing. It’s best to ignore the troublemaker, even if he or she riles your royal self. Your supporters stand with you.   More...

Posted 8/17/2017 10:52 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might think you’re not getting the royal treatment you deserve. But be careful not to become a royal pain by complaining about it. Be patient and allow things to work out. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 09:03 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) The success of a recent project should do a lot to boost your self-confidence. You might want to start now to check out ways to make that long-deferred bigger and bolder move.   More...

Posted 8/3/2017 09:27 PM

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Reflections from a weekend of unplanned happenings

Tonight I am reflecting on the weekend and thinking about how sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to step out of the everyday, go with the flow, and just enjoy life moment to moment. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 10:13 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed.   More...

Posted 7/13/2017 10:25 PM

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LEO (July 23 August 22) A workplace change could lead to that promotion you’ve been hoping for. But you’ll have to face some tough competition before the Lion can claim his or her share of the goodies.   More...

Posted 7/6/2017 10:11 PM

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When summer rolls around: Celebrating midsummer or “juhannus”

Is it just me, or does it almost seem like a miracle each year when summer finally rolls around? Here in Minnesota, it is not a secret that our winters are dark, harsh, and long. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 10:46 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some snags could cause delays in those plans you’re eager to see put into operation. But be patient. The Clever Cat  will soon have good reason to celebrate a job well done.   More...

Posted 6/15/2017 10:51 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your interest in a co-worker’s project could lead to a profitable experience for you both. But before you agree to anything, be sure to get all your legal I’s dotted and T’s crossed.   More...

Posted 6/8/2017 10:10 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) While a few details involving upcoming decisions still need your attention, you fun-loving Felines can begin to spend more time enjoying your lively social life again.   More...

Posted 6/1/2017 10:08 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Ignore a co-worker’s questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause.   More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But don’t fall into a prolonged catnap yet. There’s still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax.   More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your energy levels are high, allowing you to complete those unfinished tasks before you take on a new project. A social invitation could come from an unlikely source.   More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Expectations of a higher-than-usual deer harvest

State wildlife chief addresses upcoming season and future challenges

When Minnesota’s deer season ends Sunday, Dec. 31, it is quite likely the harvest will be in the 200,000 range.  More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat’s co-workers might not be doing enough to help get that project finished. Your roars might stir things up, but gentle purrr-suasion will prove to be more effective.   More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

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Conquering fear in a world that seems full of it

In this day and age, there seems to be so much to fear. Every time you turn on the news, there is tragedy. Nowhere seems safe anymore, not even our own backyard. It is the kind of fear that stops you dead in your tracks. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:43 PM

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Living fossils: Wrangling big sturgeon on the Rainy River

The prehistoric sturgeon is Minnesota’s largest species of fish. They are considered living fossils and can live to over 100 years. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

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Called to South Africa: Anna led to volunteer in orphanage

“The truth is I saw myself in those little faces. I looked at them and felt this love that I knew was unimaginable and knew that this is the way God sees me. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:16 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might want to take a break from your busy schedule to restore your energy levels. Use this less-hectic time to also reassess your plans and make needed changes.   More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:16 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) A widening distance between you and that special person needs to be handled with honesty and sensitivity. Don’t let jealousy create an even greater gap between you two.   More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Fresh air and simple fare: It just doesn’t get any better

It was the week before opening day of the 2017 partridge season and time to stock the wanigan box for upcoming fall picnics. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

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It’s already shack season

Can you believe it’s already September? The days are quickly getting shorter and the temperatures are growing colder. Most mornings already call for the heat on in the car on my way to work. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

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Hello! My name is Chloe and I am a full-time barista by day and blogger by night! I can be found curled up in a blanket (because I am always cold) with a good book or watching Netflix. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 10:56 PM

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Five stages of grief after losing “The Big One”

“Fishing is unforgiving.”  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 10:28 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Now that you’re back enjoying the spotlight again, you should feel reenergized and ready to take on the challenge of bringing those big, bold plans of yours to completion.   More...

Posted 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

Whitewater rafting: See the river, feel the river, ride the river

ST. LOUIS RIVER – Guests are guaranteed to get wet when they participate in one of the newer outdoor attractions the Duluth area has to offer, rallying on to become the outdoor capital of the Midwest.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 10:52 PM

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A family tradition to treasure

WRITER’S NOTE : In my last The Long Line article, I wrote about being berry, berry crazy for blueberries. This week I thought I would share a family blueberry story from my 20 year-old daughter’s perspective as a followup to mine. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 10:52 PM

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Berry, berry crazy

July is National Blueberry Month. I adore blueberries, and I adore picking them even more. It is safe to say that blueberry picking ranks number two on my favorite Minnesota pastimes. Fishing is of course the first. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 09:27 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) A more stable situation begins, allowing you to feel more secure about making important decisions. Meanwhile, be sure to meet your project deadline so you can move on to other things.   More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed.   More...

Posted 7/20/2017 10:13 PM

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Goat yoga: Newest fitness trend is not a stretch

You have goat to be kidding! Goat yoga rule #1. Must be willing to share your yoga mat with furry baby goats. “Goat yoga?” you may ask. Yes! It’s really a thing, and it is not yoga for goats! More...

Posted 7/6/2017 10:11 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your social life is picking up, and you’ll soon be mingling with old friends and making new ones. But ‘twixt the fun times, stay on top of changing workplace conditions.   More...

Posted 6/29/2017 11:08 PM

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Heed that keen Leonine instinct. It’s trying to tell you to delay making a decision until you’re sure there are no hidden problems that could cause trouble later on.   More...

Posted 6/22/2017 10:47 PM

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My grandma’s legacy of wanderlust and adventure

My grandmother Helen Nelson Walker took her last breath on the evening of May 28, 2017, an hour after I said goodbye to her for the last time. She was 102. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 10:09 PM

So much to see and do on the Iron Range this summer

IRON RANGE – Summer’s just beginning and the travel season is upon us, starting with weddings and graduations and transitioning into family reunions and vacations by mid-June. More...

Posted 6/1/2017 10:07 PM

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