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By Rich Glennie

05/01/2019 - 10:14am
I had just sat in front of the TV set for over four hours recently watching the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup playoffs. I can’t help it. I’m hooked on hockey. It was 0-0 game after regulation time, and time was winding down in the first overtime period. Then it happened. My son, Andrew, came in from outside, grabbed a Kleenex from in front of the TV and bang … a goal was scored! I...
04/03/2019 - 10:14am
When was the last time you saw kids playing marbles outside? It’s been quite awhile I suspect. In the 1950s, playing marbles was a staple of life once the snows melted and the dirt streets in International Falls dried up a bit. Often, that was late April or May at the earliest. It wasn’t really playing with marbles so much as shooting marbles. It...
02/27/2019 - 11:05am
I thought it was a simple solution for a simple problem. Make a narrow path in the deep snow on Knight Avenue, south of the railroad tracks, so people can more easily walk to the City Center/library on 12th Street. It was a simple request, but negative reaction from city staff was swift. First the problem: Anyone living north of the railroad...
02/20/2019 - 11:21am
I’m confused. Recently, one of Minnesota’s premier winter events, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, cancelled parts of this year’s celebration because of . . . winter. Cold weather to be specific. Umm. Aren’t we supposed to celebrate winter at a winter carnival? Minnesotans take perverse pleasure in being more miserable than anyone else during the...
12/05/2018 - 12:46pm
There is an old newspaper adage: Don’t write an opinion piece when you’re angry. You may regret it later. I’ve purposely followed that advice in recent weeks. But no longer. I’m still angry. After reading about the recent 3-3 votes by the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board over renewing contracts for Superintendent Chris Sonju and Business Manager...
10/17/2018 - 11:05am
Nothing says welcome to Minnesota than looking at a torn up street in front of your house … amid snowflakes! The gallows humor of Minnesotans claims there are only two seasons in this state — construction and winter. Sunday, it was a combination of the two looking out my front room window. Even the neighborhood squirrels seem a bit confused. As I...
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