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Legislative candidates view mental health solutions differently
Speaker demands health insurance action or will ask Dayton to resign
The big chew: Goats deployed to Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park to eat invasive shrubs
Minnesota roundup: Family of 4 found safe, but parents arrested; Biden to make campaign stop in northern Minnesota
Newport City Council rejects TIF vote, new vote set for Nov. 3
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Volleyball: Park sweeps Highland Park to start section tournament
MN state parks to be free on day after Thanksgiving
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Football: Wolfpack rolls at North in regular season finale
Football: Royals upset Raptors in regular season finale
Crowd gathers to support Oktoberfest for Friends in Need Food Shelf
Bailey Nurseries chairman wins conservation award
Banking on Oktoberfest: Oct. 16 fundraiser in Cottage Grove helps Friends in Need Food Shelf's bottom line
Films in Five Festival gets "bigger and better"
Fans flock to Films in Five Festival in Cottage Grove
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Forum Communications Co. editorial endorsement: This time for president, none of the above
Letter to the editor: Lewis not part of establishment
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June 11, 2010
Judy Spooner -- Memories: good times and fears of polio
As we approach the official beginning of summer later this month, I think back to my youth, shortly after the Spanish-American War, a time without air-conditioning. Summers in the '40s and '50s also meant living in the shadow of polio epidemics. My mother closed all the windows...
June 11, 2010 - 8:13am
June 4, 2010
Judy Spooner: A 9-year-old's smile: priceless
Uncle Gary and Aunt Judy are in Chapel Hill, N.C., with niece Karen, her husband, Steve and Emily, 11, and Ryan, who was 9 years old April 17. We're usually here around Ryan's birthday. He didn't mind the delay, however, because he knew he'd have another birthday when we arrived. I...
June 4, 2010 - 8:05am
May 21, 2010
Judy Spooner: Spring heralds the arrival of rhubarb
My mother loved rhubarb. As I was cutting off the leaves of some freshly picked rhubarb -- a gift from daughter Laura's landlady -- I closed my eyes. I was back in mom's kitchen learning how to chop up rhubarb. When chopping up the stalks to make rhubarb crunch, I noted the sound...
May 21, 2010 - 7:00am
May 14, 2010
Judy Spooner: Too many forwards in your inbox?
I'm convinced most people across the country are reading the same e-mail messages every day, and I know who is responsible. There are retired men whose only purpose in life is to recycle stuff they get from other retired guys and forward them to everyone they can think of, even if...
May 14, 2010 - 7:57am
May 7, 2010
Judy Spooner: Yep, we got an 'app' for that
From time to time, I call on my mythical Department of Technical Support to solve problems. I'm happy to announce this week that tech support has added new services. It seems that all of the technology we operate, such as cell phones, has applications that can be added. More are...
May 7, 2010 - 7:00am
April 30, 2010
Judy Spooner: Learn a few 'snappy' comebacks
I'm cleaning out my e-mails this week.
April 30, 2010 - 8:10am
April 23, 2010
Judy Spooner: The Happy Feet team is on the move
I joined the Happy Feet team last week and we are on the move as participants in School District 833's 10K-a-day five-week exercise program. My team members, Mary Nast, Peggy Joswiak, Jennifer Keeling and Tracy Berzinski, work in the Cottage Grove Middle School office to support...
April 23, 2010 - 7:00am
April 16, 2010
Judy Spooner: Creativity can continue with age
Some people believe that only children and artists have creative minds. I can testify that it's not true. Creativity stays with you throughout your life. Daughter Margie will be 40-something in a month. In pondering what to give her for her May 12 birthday, I thought about a gift...
April 16, 2010 - 7:00am
April 9, 2010
Judy Spooner: First warm days drive need to clean
On the first nice day of spring, when I was a lass shortly after the Spanish-American War, my mother would announce that it was time for "spring cleaning." The concept is obscure to the current generation, but it included children participating in washing windows, airing mattresses...
April 9, 2010 - 7:00am
April 2, 2010
Judy Spooner: Mrs. Santa Claus needs a makeover
Santa (and husband) Gary and I just returned from the "Celebrate Santa" convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn., also attended by more than 300 Santas...
April 2, 2010 - 8:09am
March 19, 2010
Judy Spooner: They're all repeating themselves!
I felt trapped recently after being introduced to a man who should be indicted for First Degree English Language Abuse. "To understand the basic fundamentals of the true facts," he said, "you need to connect them together or they cancel out what's important." You might find this...
March 19, 2010 - 7:00am
March 12, 2010
Judy Spooner: Being with sled dogs made winter wonderful
Being a journalist was really fun last week. On March 3, I wanted to photograph the sled dog teams I was writing a story about. I was invited to take pictures of the husky sled dogs that are temporary residents at the home of Jennifer and James Gasperini. It was a lovely late-winter...
March 12, 2010 - 7:00am
March 5, 2010
Judy Spooner: What are you reading?
February is "I Love to Read" month and March is National Reading Month. I love to read every month of the year, so I celebrate it all year long. I didn't hit my first reading snag until I was in high school. In an English class, I had to read, "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Moby...
March 5, 2010 - 8:03am
February 26, 2010
Judy Spooner: Olympic site committee's judgement questionable
There was some shocking weather news at the 2010 Winter Olympics recently. The men's downhill skiing race was canceled because it was snowing. There have been complaints in the opening days about the lack of snow. I thought snow was good for ski racing. That's one of the reasons...
February 26, 2010 - 8:01am
February 19, 2010
Judy Spooner: Family history is in the mail
Most families have stories that are passed down from generation to generation about where their ancestors came from, especially in the United States because we all came from somewhere else. But are those stories true? Now, you can find out. Friend Ruth gave me an unusual Christmas...
February 19, 2010 - 8:20am