Minnesota Starwatch for August 2021

By Deane Morrison, University of Minnesota Jupiter and Saturn are at their best of the year this month, thanks to Earth lapping them in the race around the sun. When Earth laps a planet, the event is called opposition because Earth passes directly between the planet and the sun, making the planet appear opposite the…

Dear Dietitian: Food attitudes

Dear Readers, Have you ever endured the unpleasant experience of someone criticizing or ridiculing your food choices? One day at lunch, the dietitians were enjoying a party and dining on cheesy foods and rich desserts. A coworker passed by and commented, “Maybe you all should take your name tags off, so no one knows that…

Luxemburg Parish Festival, June 25

The Church of St. Wendelin held their parish festival on Sunday, June 25. It was a beautiful, warm day for a festival, and it was a good crowd perhaps especially since the 2020 festival was canceled because of COVID-19. Staff photos by Anton Matua.

Weed of the Month: Vining Milkweeds and Rough Potato

By Christina Basch, MN Department of Agriculture There are more than 2,900 described species in the milkweed family. Minnesota is home to 14 native milkweeds, all of which are herbaceous perennials. In the summer of 2020, a vining milkweed was discovered along the Lake Wobegon Trail by a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist. Though species of…

Discover ‘Missing Pieces’ at Stearns History Museum

Educator discusses lack of equity in St. Cloud’s History Annette Atkins will present “Missing Pieces” at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Stearns History Museum’s Breakfast Club. Atkins, who is the -Stearns County Historian Laureate, recently turned her 2020 walking tour into a presentation. She will highlight area stories about race, racism, and structural…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Locke Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Locke Lake, near Clearwater in Wright County. DNR invasive species specialists followed up on a report from a lake property owner whose children found numerous zebra mussels attached to native mussels. The DNR confirmed more adult zebra mussels in the lake, indicating a reproducing…

Lutheran Social Services Meals Aug. 2-6

Eden Valley meals are delivered to your home by volunteers before noon Monday-Friday. Please order at least one day in advance by calling Mary Lou at (320) 453-4407 to order a meal. Watkins meals can be picked up curbside at St. Anthony Manor before noon Monday-Friday or can be home-delivered by calling Chrissy Elton at…

National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 3

Zion United Methodist Church will host Neighborhoods throughout Minnesota are invited to join over 38 million neighbors across 16 thousand communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie and connections to make our neighborhoods safer, more…

Entrants requested for the McLeod County Fair talent contest

Singers, musicians, comedians, and entertainers of every age are encouraged to put their talents before a live audience by taking part in the 41st annual talent contest at the McLeod County Fair Sunday, Aug. 22. Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each category. This year only, both the first- and second-place winners…

Great Northern Theatre Company back on stage

There are many special things about the “Wizard of Oz” which is this year’s Great Northern Theatre Company’s summer production. The idea of leaving the mundane and the every-day behind to experience something colorful, creative, and fantastical might be one of its most enduring themes. Take Dorothy Gail and her posse as they journey to…