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"An 80 mph wind ripped through our farmstead near Larimore, North Dakota, toppling trees, some of which landed in inopportune places."
I just returned from my 30th year or so of selling at the annual Grand Rapids Swap Meet. Each time I ask myself, “What am I doing here?” Why do the hundreds of dealers at the swap meet do it?
You may have read the stories, browsed through all the pictures or even heard from the champions. But what you didn’t see was the behind-the-scenes work that went into our coverage. I’m here to brag about the folks who made it happen.
"Despite attempts by people like Winona LaDuke to try to confuse, mislead or misrepresent, reality is something that thankfully cannot be ignored," says Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer.

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"Much of the trouble with religion is that we’ve convinced ourselves that we can know an infinite God, a God who created the entire universe that is billions of years old and which still reveals mysteries to us that we cannot solve. And in our hubris, we believe we can also know all of the answers about faith, especially about who is right and, more importantly, who is wrong."
"Travel again. Carve out time with your loved ones. Go see a corner of America you have yet to visit. Adventure awaits … and the work is still here when you come home."
How can we balance the right to hide our identity with the potential harms of anonymity?
Listening sessions are underway for a new farm bill. What needs to be there and what doesn't?
The Justice Program’s annual report on sex crimes against people with intellectual disabilities shows that this population’s sexual assault rate is seven times higher than the rate of people without disabilities. Sexual assault of the intellectually disabled is an epidemic.
"While there are a great many serious things we need to manage in this earthly life, God does want us to enjoy life too! It is, after all, why he made joy and laughter and the lighter moments that help us celebrate a good life."

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"There’s a pretty good argument to be made that Enbridge incentivized arresting people, including creating some new legal theories of theft. A half-dozen people were charged with felony theft for locking themselves to construction equipment, depriving Enbridge of its use. Hubbard County dismissed those charges."
Purchasing Chamber Bucks ensures that your dollars are spent locally — whether you take advantage of the Bonus Bucks program with a gift to yourself or you give an e-gift card to a friend or family — the dollars stay in our Bemidji economy.
The past two years, as the number of coyotes in our neighborhood has decreased, there has been a commensurate increase in the rabbits.

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