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If the shoe fits — paint it: Sisters create custom shoe company in Bemidji
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DNR invites public input on Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
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October 14, 2014
Art Lee: Doing what’s needed: Change, be it in ’44 or ’14
Ahhh, October, the month when anything like __________________ (fill in the blank) can change almost overnight. There are lots of old saws that go along with the word Change: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” “The only thing for sure in this life is change.”...
October 14, 2014 - 12:10am
September 8, 2014
Art Lee: The demolition of ‘a fine old lady’ — a historical landmark gone (alas?)
The bold front page picture in the Aug. 8 Pioneer showing the destruction of Sanford Hall on the BSU campus immediately suggested a number of questions to curious readers, starting with a big why? Why Knock it Down? Who decided it should be demolished? And What’s Going In its...
September 8, 2014 - 10:22pm
August 12, 2014
Art Lee: Debs once a nationally known famous/infamous(?) politician
The tiny community of Debs remains unheralded for most of each year but that changes every 4th-of-July when it is no longer anonymous. Then Debs makes the newspapers and local TV all because of its special Parade. The little community gains notoriety and unknown folks ask the obvious...
August 12, 2014 - 12:06am
June 9, 2014
Art Lee: ‘Huh? Whajasay? Talk louder so we can understand you!’
Back in high school my older brother enjoyed telling this particular joke: “So there were these three elderly British gentleman riding together on a train heading for London. As the train slowed down while going through a small city, the first one looked out the window and said...
June 9, 2014 - 11:41pm
May 12, 2014
Art Lee: Takes a little getting used to. . .
We recently joined the Great Migration of southern Snowbirds returning to their northern homes. The change is part nostalgia (“Ah, Home Sweet Home”) and part economic (Yikes! These seasonal monthly rents are outrageous!”). So once the high monthly rental payments expire on...
May 12, 2014 - 11:25pm
April 8, 2014
Art Lee: Life’s ‘tee-jus’ (ain’t it?) — Anyway, prevent pain any way
There are lots of things you sort of know about but seldom think about until someone puts those topics to you in a different way and makes you think about them. The University has a program of classes just for seniors but the class leaders are not called teachers; they’re “presenters....
April 8, 2014 - 12:55am
March 10, 2014
Art Lee: Snowbirds talk snow to southern disbelievers
“Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.” — Mark Twain The Tucson Chamber of Commerce calls us “Winter Residents” and welcomes us here — providing we spend a lot of money. The locals call us “Snowbirds” and regard us as temp-Northern-flat-landers...
March 10, 2014 - 10:38pm
January 13, 2014
Art Lee: A cautionary story out of the past?
Even now, many years later, there’s someone you remember, and with that person still comes a degree of wonder along with the hope of what-might-have-been. The topic reminds one of a “should-da—would-da-could-da” situation — at which time nothing would be done. It’s tale...
January 13, 2014 - 11:30pm
December 9, 2013
Art Lee: A tale in rhyme from a past Christmas time (with apologies to Edgar Allen Poe)
Once upon a midnight dreary While we pondered weak and weary Wrapping this year’s Christmas toys Suddenly there came a rapping As if someone were gently tapping Tapping on our bedroom door. “Twas the kids! and nothing more. Said two small voices (there are no more) “Whad-ja...
December 9, 2013 - 11:01pm
November 12, 2013
Art Lee: Skogfjorden village not just for young people
Bemidji’s Concordia Language Villages, located some 12 miles northeast of Bemidji on Turtle River Lake, are owned and run by Concordia College of Moorhead and are now celebrating their 50th year. The villages have attracted thousands of students from literally all over the...
November 12, 2013 - 4:00pm
October 8, 2013
Art Lee: Want to learn a second language? No need. . .
The decision to learn a second language depends mainly on two factors: 1.) Need and 2.)Obtainable help, and often the two go together but No. 1 comes first. If there is no need, why bother? These two factors are normally applied to all new immigrants arriving in America at any...
October 8, 2013 - 12:54am
September 9, 2013
Art Lee: 'So, did you go out to eat last night?'
"Food food food. Eat eat eat. That's all our age-group seems to talk about or think about. It's gotten to the point when beginning conversations with friends seem to include questions about going out to eat." The above opinion came from an out-of-state woman who was attending a weeklong...
September 9, 2013 - 11:03pm
Art Lee: No hocus pocus: A focus on focus groups
Among the stranger phrases popping up regularly is focus group, and for many readers the term often brings forth a line something to the effect of “What in the world is that?” Apparently it’s a group of people who must focus on something. Well, maybe. But what? And so what? An...
July 9, 2013 - 12:38am
June 11, 2013
Art Lee: Desperate ‘entertainment’ for bored children
Even at the time, it was bizarre behavior for what bored kids would do for entertainment. Their junior high school year was barely over, and yet two weeks later, they were already bored, lamenting their being stuck in their tiny town — they named it “Boresville” — on this...
June 11, 2013 - 12:31am
May 13, 2013
Snowbirds, a.k.a. winter residents, flock to Southern states for the winter months and then come spring, like robins, fly back to their Northern nests. Wherever these travelers go in the South, they are strangers to the locals and each sometimes regards the other as, well, “different,”...
May 13, 2013 - 10:42pm