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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor— There are so many things you can’t tell children about being a mother, not even your daughters. And especially I think not your sons. I know they wouldn’t believe you anyway. You say to your daughters, “you’ll understand when you are a mother yourself,” but you might as well be talking [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor It was wonderful having such a warm winter here in EC Minnesota. We missed all the bad storms, but still managed one snow day for the fun it brought to kids who got to skip school and an editor who couldn’t get out of her driveway. My kids and I used [...]

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I work seven days a week. And that’s Ok, most of the time. My work has been my life for the past 27 years. I’ve covered county board meetings, planning commission meetings, city council, school board, and solid waste commission meetings. I’ve covered accidents, celebrations, special events and school activities. I’ve even done sports. I’ve [...]

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I’m waiting. From time to time, a dear friend sends me an email with a prayer, an uplifting message, or some encouragement in one way or another. However, there is always a catch. And I’m not good at catches. “Send it to 10 people,” or “send it back to me” and there’s the promise of [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor— The heart and soul of a community lies in its volunteers. In the Post Review readership area alone, thousands and thousands of hours of volunteer work are provided each year. You don’t think you have anything to offer? Well that just isn’t true. You are needed. You are needed by youth [...]

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By MaryHelen Swanson, editor When we think of immigrants in the late 1800s, we think of people who came to this country to work the fields, clear the land and use their brawn to craft a life in a vast wilderness. We usually don’t think of them as poets. But last week, I learned about [...]

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