Derrick Knutson

There I was on Sunday, sitting on a tarp in the middle of our backyard, scooping up landscaping rocks by the handful and placing them in a 5-gallon bucket. I never thought I’d be one of those people doing seemingly nutty things for his dog, but that mindset went by the wayside when I realized [...]

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It’s interesting what Google fills in when you start typing a phrase into the website’s search bar. The other day I began with this: “Why do squirrels,” and Google filled in “hate me?” Google, and other search engines like it, offer a list of popular matches when people start to search for information. Apparently a [...]

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When I saw a big, red blob on the television weather radar in western Minnesota late Monday, indicating heavy rain, I felt like clapping and cheering at the television. My excitement about the precipitation was stifled Tuesday morning, however, as I checked online to find it didn’t rain at all in the North Branch area [...]

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Unlike some people, I actually enjoy moving the lawn. I worked for a lawn care business for three years during high school, and every time I smell freshly cut grass it reminds me of the years of my youth. The side effect of working for a lawn care business is that I want every blade [...]

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I’ve been fishing out of my 8-foot-long kayak for years without much trouble. Even when it’s gotten windy, I’ve been able to turn it into the waves and slice my way through the water back to shore. I’d like to say it was a harsh, whitecap-wave-inducing storm that caused my streak of staying above the [...]

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A few weeks ago we had our backyard seeded; some landscaping guys came in, spread the seed and drug the area with a grader pulled behind a four-wheeler. Some might think it boring to watch grass grow, but I was actually quite excited for the prospect of watching new sprouts of grass propagate the lawn [...]

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