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The first ice-fishing trip

I went ice-fishing for the first time of the season a few days ago. It was a good trip even though the fish chose not to participate as much as we would have liked. We were on a lake in central Minnesota: The ice was about 15 inches thick. Anglers had been driving on it for several days. ...

Cold enough for you?

So, is it cold enough for you?  I must have heard that at least a dozen times over the past few days. And to answer — yes, yes it is cold enough for me. More than enough. In some parts of the Midwest, it was colder than the temperatures at the North and South Pole. We reached ...

Clickety, clack ̶ a sound of the past

Pop quiz: What once highly popular machine has disappeared from American homes, schools and offices? Time’s up! How about the typewriter? Think about it ̶ how many typewriters have you seen lately? I’ll bet the average middle schooler today doesn’t know what a typewriter ...

Teen lounge spotlight

Kendall Young Library has a Teen Lounge program every Tuesday and Wednesday after school from 3:30-5:30 in the meeting room. It is open to 6th-12th graders and all are very welcome to come. Teen Lounge is a place for teens to relax after school, do homework, eat snacks, play games, and hang ...

Be versatile for more ice-fishing success

Across the ice-belt there are several species of fish that anglers have the opportunity to catch from under the ice. Walleyes, northern pike, perch, crappies and other types of panfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass and even catfish can be caught by ice-anglers. The thing is, our ...

Traditions and family memories

Traditions and family memories are right at the top of my mind in these days before Christmas. Most of my extended family are scattered to many different locations around the country — Delaware, Missouri, California and Oregon. We don't have the large family celebrations I remember from my ...