Derrick Knutson

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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My guess is that at least half of you reading this column, maybe more, are on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Myspace — that’s still a thing, right? — or some other social media site. I’m not exactly sure when these sites became bombarded with overt narcissism — maybe shortly after cellphones started having a feature that [...]

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There comes a time in every child’s life when they still want 40 pounds of candy stuffed into an oversized pillowcase on Halloween night, but they don’t want mom and dad chaperoning them around a few neighborhoods to bring home the haul. I was about 11 or 12 when I decided I was too cool [...]

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