Lingering summer 80s falling to autumnal 60s with chances of rain

Summer weather has been holding on despite the calendar showing us that it is now fall. On Sunday, Canby and Madison both hit a very warm 91 degrees. Appleton and Marshall both hit 90 degrees. Many other locations from Benson, Montevideo, and Morris all topped out at 88 degrees. It was cooler in Alexandria, Elbow…

Burnt Chili

By Sandy Holthaus I read this story the other day from my Facebook friend Tom Palen. He is an excellent writer who lives on the North Shore in Silver Bay. You should check out his posts every Wednesday for his invaluable insights. I am sharing Burnt Chili with you with his permission. My mom LaVonne…

Comfortable temps in the upper 60s as fall enters in

Mark Anthony Meteorologist We had a hot day on Sunday. Alexandria, Brainerd, Little Falls, and Long Prairie hit 88 degrees at 3 p.m. on Sunday. However, Glenwood, Litchfield, Hutchinson, New Ulm, Minneapolis, and Montevideo all hit 90 degrees. Even northern Minnesota was hot as highs were generally in the low- to mid-80s on Sunday. All…

Judgment

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” We make instant judgments about so many things, dozens, even hundreds of times each day – what we approve of and like but, more often, what we disapprove of and dislike. These can be time-honored judgments – things we’ve lived with for years, if not a lifetime. I’m not sure…

Thoughts on open immigration

I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to keep the Tri-County area informed regarding news, sports, and happenings in our area. No longer having children in school and not as many connections of old, it is nice to see pictures and hear stories of our small-town happenings. We have many…

Possible showers and low 80s

By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist Most of the region had a beautiful weekend to get out and check out some of the “subtle” fall colors start to turn this year. I know the Minnesota DNR is suggesting that, because of the drought for much of this summer, the fall colors on the trees will be duller…

Watkins seeks resolution to trailer park blight

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At the Sept. 9 regular Watkins City Council meeting, a neighbor expressed concern about several abandoned trailers in the Watkins Trailer Park. Not only are there 10 non-livable trailers there, but another was brought in a year ago that is now falling apart. Nothing has been done to remedy the…

Lessons from 9/11

Jean Matua “From the Heart” There were several documentaries and specials on TV this past weekend commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The series by National Geographic was particularly moving, combining footage before, during and after the attacks with present-day interviews of those -people involved. The videos are available…

Temps in the mid 70s with chances of spotty showers

Mark Anthony Meteorologist We had a pretty decent weekend to close out summer for many of you. The Labor Day weekend is always thought of as the wind-down of summer as the kids head back to school, and we see the temperatures getting cooler and the daylight hours growing shorter. Highs over the long weekend…

A call to action: The future is today

Today, we are at the crossroads. On one hand, we have the growing threats of climate change which threatens us with fires, droughts, and violent weather. On the other hand, we have government that is increasingly being captured by special interests which – as a result of the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens…