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Celebrating the press means thanking the people

Next week is a special time of year for the journalism industry, as publications across North America celebrate National Newspaper Week. It’s one of those field-specific holidays, one that passes quietly each year as newsrooms across the country continue their work. The annual celebration is one that urges recognition of the role newspapers play in society, one of being watchdogs, […]


Ready to sing

If you enjoy singing, then you’ll want to take part in Mercer County’s premier chorale experience this year. The first practice for the Knife River Chorale is coming up Oct. 5 at the Hazen Elementary School music room. Rehearsals run every Thursday from now into the start of December, from 7 to 9 p.m. There aren’t any auditions or anything, […]

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Right choice on public hearing

This year, the Mercer County Commission made the right choice when it came to scheduling a public hearing for their 2024 budget. Unlike recent years, the commission’s official public hearing was not held in October on the eve (sometimes literally) of the deadline for budget approval, but earlier than the middle of September (Sept. 12, last Tuesday). It’s true that, […]


Family trip to Hazen

For all the times I make return trips to Osakis or elsewhere in Minnesota, it’s nice once in a while to have family coming this way to Hazen. Some of you may be familiar now with my cousin Nick and his wife Kati, as well as their dog Kaiser, who returned to Hazen last week to do some sharptail hunting […]

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It takes a village

While leadership, charisma and a willingness to explore new ideas and try new things is important, there is something even more essential for the success of a major festival: teamwork. In Hazen, we are lucky to have a Chamber of Commerce that is thriving and growing, and that is willing to take the time to invest back in its members, […]


Focuses of faith

While it’s not often a main subject in my articles, my faith is a fundamental part of who I am. It’s also something that stirs a lot of passion and interest in me when real, in-depth discussions are being held about it. In fact, one of the things I bemoan is how often it seems like Christianity is being brought […]

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Never forget

This Monday is the 20th anniversary of one of the most memorable and horrific days in American history. Even as the furor continues over the current administration’s withdrawal procedure in Afghanistan, we should all pause to really remember what brought us there in the first place. I was only in 3rd grade when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place. I […]


Last 90 degree getaway

Well, I would think that would be the last 90 degree weekend of the year, but with this year’s weather, who knows? In any case, Labor Day Weekend was a good weekend to get to the lake and recreate a little bit. I wasn’t at Lake Sakakawea, but at Little Lake Osakis, getting (for the first time since June) a […]


Community newspapers need community support

Decisions. We make a lot of decisions in an average week. We make a lot of decisions each day; some are easy decisions taking no thought process and just happen. Others are harder because they affect more than what is right in front of you and their effects can last a lifetime. In these past months, we have been faced […]


An end to the fun

Well, it’s getting to be that time of year when all the fun gets sucked right out of life. Now, you might think I’m commenting about the end of summer vacation and the start of the school year. But that’s not true, contrary to my teenage attempts to feign sleep as long as possible until the reality of an 8:25 […]

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