Derrick Knutson

All right, I know this is the third column in five weeks about our dog, but he is truly entertaining. Well, I guess this column isn’t so much about our nearly 4-month-old corgi, Russell, as it is about the whole “dog owner culture” in general. Before last weekend, Russell had only met a few other [...]

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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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As I’m writing this column, there’s an 8-week-old sleeping on the linoleum in our kitchen. I should probably specify that it’s an 8-week-old dog so people don’t think we have a newborn that we just leave on the kitchen floor. His name is Russell, and he’s a corgi. Right now, he kind of looks like [...]

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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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