Slightly cooler temps and less humidity will be appreciated

The state of Minnesota did see some relief from the drought with some rain that fell late last week. Sauk Centre picked up 2.23 inches of rain late Friday into early Saturday. Meanwhile, Elbow Lake reported 2.00 inches of rain. Other spots include: Brainerd 1.57 inches, Motley 1.57 inches, Garrison 1.33 inches, Litte Falls 1.19…

Choose a better perspective

By Sandy Holthaus Have you ever had a day when you felt overwhelmed by everything? Too much on the to-do list? Drained by lack of self-care? If you say no, I feel you are either a saint or a fibber as I’m not one to call anyone a liar. We recently had a month-long remodel…

Perspective

By Jill Pertler: Slices of Life The older I get, the more I realize life isn’t always easy. Quite often it is far from easy. It is hard. Or it can be. So much is about perspective, yet sometimes we are so immersed in the chaos and disparity of life that we don’t give perspective…

Possible change in our weather pattern early next week

Mark Anthony Meteorologist The highest temperatures on Sunday were found across northern Minnesota. Cook, Orr, Roseau, and International Falls all hit a warm 90 degrees. Most of the rest of the region, across west central, central, and northern Minnesota all were “cooler” with highs in the low- to mid-80s. We continued to experience hazy conditions…

Confessions of a potluck failure

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” The term “potluck” was coined more than 500 years ago, putting a label on the concept of a communal meal where each guest brings a dish to share. The idea was that, if everyone brought a little something, there’d be a little something for everyone. The practice caught on and…

Caring for trees in dry weather

By Matt Russell, Extension Forestry Specialist As of July 1, 2021, approximately 80% of Minnesota is experiencing at least a moderate drought. Severe drought conditions are prevalent in several western and southern Minnesota counties. Coupled with the month of June 2021 being the second hottest on record in Minnesota, trees are facing difficult conditions to…

Minnesota enters drought warning phase

DNR and partners are implementing next drought response steps With 52 percent of Minnesota now experiencing severe drought and 4 percent in extreme drought, the state has entered the drought warning phase. With this designation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others are taking additional steps. Current drought information, including details on areas…

Above-average temps and little precipitation makes a drought

Mark Anthony Meteorologist The United States Drought Monitor was updated most recently late last week, and it shows that almost all of Greater Minnesota is dealing with a severe drought. A few spots in western Minnesota, such as Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Grant, Otter Tail, Traverse, and Wilkin are dealing with a moderate drought. The…

North to Alaska

I recently made my first trip to Alaska. I will say right now that it will not be my last. I loved it! We started in Anchorage visiting my cousin Justin and his family. Justin moved to Alaska about 30 years ago and never looked back. His wife Evelyn is from there and they are…

Week two, the ‘we’ of compassion

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Merriam Webster definition: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Previously, I’ve postulated an idea related to the vastness of life’s purpose – an idea so wide- reaching it can be summed up in seven words. Can a mere seven words help us establish a…