Derrick Knutson

I didn’t know Phyllis Lindberg very long — I met her probably about a year and a half ago — but during the time I knew her, I learned she was a bright, engaging woman who was passionate about her community. Phyllis, 93, died Feb. 26. She lived in North Branch almost her entire life, [...]

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You do that double Japan followed by a cork and a pretzel on the next jump, American slopestyle skier guy. Yeah, I don’t really know what that means, either. I had to look those terms up online. They’re apparently the names of some of the tricks skiers are performing in the new slopestyle event at [...]

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Editor’s note: This column is not an advertisement for Chipotle. But heck, if you’re hungry after reading it, go get yourself a big ol’ burrito. About two weeks ago, after participating in a hunger-inducing volleyball tournament in the south metro, I stopped at a Chipotle restaurant in Blaine to pick up one of my favorite [...]

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I once heard someone say he was going to take up smoking cigarettes as his New Year’s resolution so he had the following year’s resolution covered: quit smoking cigarettes. Now that’s planning ahead. Granted, starting a bad habit as a New Year’s resolution probably isn’t the greatest idea, but I have to give this fellow [...]

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I met a man last week who was so humble about the extraordinary gift he gave that it made me remember what the spirit of the holiday season is really about: loving one another. Kevin Noyes, a 1985 graduate of North Branch Area High School, gave his kidney last year to Marlin Ness, a retired [...]

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You know, sometimes a simple act of kindness can really brighten a person’s day. My coworker Jon and I were the recipients of an anonymous act of kindness recently when we went out for lunch Friday. I had just finished the last bites of my chicken wrap and he was just about to eat the [...]

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