Derrick Knutson

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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This is my new niece, Tessa, who will be about 7 weeks old when this column prints. Doesn’t she look just so relaxed and perfectly festive for the holiday season? Don’t all babies in professional-type photos just look like a person can easily mold them into whatever poses they want? I found out recently that [...]

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As I’m typing this column, occasionally looking down at my keyboard, there’s something that’s starting to become ever more visible on the periphery of my vision. It’s the hair growing on my upper lip. Normally, I don’t let my facial hair get long enough to be visible to myself without a mirror, but I thought [...]

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