maryhelen swanson

Like the birds on the wire, the young people in our communities are gathering. I hate to see those original twitterers lined up on the power lines as it signals the end of summer and I really hate to see the end of summer, this one especially. It’s been beautiful here in East Central Minnesota. [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor Last Tuesday, the first Tuesday in August, should have been the night to bring neighbors together. Known some years ago as National Night Out, it involved block parties where neighbors held picnics, many right in the street in front of their houses, and got to know each other. It was as [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor As many of you may know, ECM Publishers’ guidelines require that we do not publish letters regarding upcoming elections one week before the election. That is why many fine letters that came in over the weekend are not in the paper today. I commend most of the writers for the civil [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor A year ago the ladies in Rush City celebrated the 90th birthday of the Women’s Club. It would seem that when women get together to work for good causes, they stick together forever. Well, that is as long as there are ladies to stick together. The word auxiliary is often misspelled [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson Nobody is asking “Hot enough for ya?” these days. It obviously is. It’s so hot that one can barely breathe, let alone respond to such an inane question. The extreme heat leads off news stories, is the main event at the coffee shop… why it’s a force that directs pretty much all our [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor I was unable to attend the June 28 North Branch school board work session. Thus upon returning from a week of bliss in the north woods, I spent the last hours of my vacation listening to the podcast of the meeting. While time-consuming, it really is a great way to keep [...]

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