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The Last Windrow

January 20, 2018
The stock zoomed to the stratosphere. My broker suggested that I take out my original principle and play with the rest. "Are you kidding me?" I said. "You must be nuts to suggest that I pull any money out of this deal. Let 'er ride!"   Photograph shows stock brokers working at the New York Stock Exchange, September 26, 1963. By Thomas J. O'Halloran, photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Last Windrow: Riding the stock market
January 20, 2018 - 7:00am
January 13, 2018
I feel a bit dated when I think back to my childhood when the first telephone was hung on our farmhouse wall. The whole family gathered around to hear my mother talk to her mother thirty miles away. It was a magical moment. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
The Last Windrow: Times and technology have changed
January 13, 2018 - 10:00am
January 6, 2018
With all the creature comforts afforded to our modern lifestyle, it is a bit refreshing to be slapped in the face by a windchill that will freeze an egg on the sidewalk in seconds. There was a time in the past when modern day comforts did not exist and everything in the house was either close to freezing or frozen. PinenadLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Arctic memories from years ago
January 6, 2018 - 7:30am
December 30, 2017
The Last Windrow: Recalling past New Year's Eves
December 30, 2017 - 7:30am
December 23, 2017
The little tree grew very special, somehow.

All her friends and relatives were bound to see,

Her very own "special" Christmas tree!

And none of the other trees could compare,

To the attention that ugly little tree did share.

Pineandlakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: 'The Ugliest Little Christmas Tree'
December 23, 2017 - 10:00am
December 16, 2017
I was in the TV audience when the Purple People Eaters trotted onto the field to face the anemic Kansas City Chiefs, way back there in 1969. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Beware, we've been here before with Vikings
December 16, 2017 - 7:30am
December 9, 2017
The Last Windrow: The story of Clausey Sands
December 9, 2017 - 6:30am
December 2, 2017
Now, in opposition to the big-box Black Friday promotions, we have Shop Small Saturday. In an effort to keep small businesses afloat, someone came up with the idea of turning the attention of the over-saturated consumer to spend a little cash at a local mom and pop business. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Here's a good idea: Shop small
December 2, 2017 - 8:00am
November 23, 2017
Grabbed the Model 1897 Winchester 12 gauge pump shotgun and a handful of #5 shot shells. Heard rooster pheasants cackling along the heavily weeded creek bottom. Accompanied by our rat terrier, Mitsy. She loves to hunt with me. PineandLakes.com Illustration.
The Last Windrow: A Thanksgiving Day on the farm
November 23, 2017 - 8:00am
November 18, 2017
One of the activities I detested was having to go back to the cornfield to pick up the ears of corn that the one row Woods Brothers picker left on the ground. I was of the opinion that if that corn were left in the field, the pheasants and other wildlife would have an easier winter. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Warm fall weather wasn't always welcome
November 18, 2017 - 8:30am
November 11, 2017
Deer hunting equipment and clothing have undergone extreme changes from those early days. Blaze clothing has replaced the old red wool worn by earlier generations. I have a wonderful heavy, red wool coat that once was worn by some hunter. It hangs in our closet only to be worn to town on occasion. PineandLakes.com Illustratino
The Last Windrow: Deer hunting has changed since 1970
November 11, 2017 - 6:30am
November 4, 2017
I picked this place to live because I have room to maneuver. I like the idea of driving to work in the morning and having only one, maybe no vehicles in front or behind me. If there were 50,000 employees all trying to get to work at all hours of the day, how would that go? PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Too small for Amazon
November 4, 2017 - 11:00am
October 28, 2017
My wife has filled our downstairs larder with hundreds of pints and quarts of dill pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, tomatoes, sweet pickles, pickled string beans, pickled peppers and canned peaches. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Fruitful summer comes to close
October 28, 2017 - 10:00am
October 21, 2017
Last Windrow: A special trek into the woods
October 21, 2017 - 4:30am
October 13, 2017
In 2014, the Brainerd Dispatch staff was challenged to eat lutefisk by the staff of the Bemidji Pioneer (another Forum Communications newspaper) or donate money to charity. These are a couple of the adventurous Dispatch employees who gave it a try - and their reactions. Brainerd Dispatch file photo.
The Last Windrow: No more wisecracks about lutefisk
October 13, 2017 - 6:00am
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