Derrick Knutson

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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There used to be a time when I didn’t really care much about birds. I acknowledged their existence and got slightly perturbed when they’d tweet incessantly as soon as the sun came up shortly after 5 a.m., waking me up. But now my perception of them has changed. I find enjoyment in watching them flit […]

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Since moving into our first house a couple of months ago, I’ve made a concerted effort to become manlier. I’ve fixed a busted spring on a chair, sanded and re-hung a bathroom door so it no longer rubs when it closes, and I just recently planted a bunch of trees with the help of my […]

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