Minnesota

In “Dante’s Inferno,” the first part of the “Divine Comedy” written by Dante Alighieri in the early 1300s, the ninth ring of hell, in the author’s imagination, is frigid and encased in ice. I know he’s not credited with discovering the New World, but I think Dante must have left Italy sometime during his life [...]

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The recent cold in Minnesota and across the nation, according to weather forecasters, was the result of a “polar vortex.” The polar vortex is circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the northern pole in a counterclockwise direction — a polar low-pressure system, according to online information from meteorologist Brandon Miller. These winds tend [...]

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As “A Christmas Story” does for some folks, storyteller Pati Kachel did for guests in search of a fun Christmas tale or two at a Rush City bed-and-breakfast on Sunday afternoon. Kachel shared a variety of Christmas memories from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, a simpler time with tales of her fun-loving Grandma Bert, flamboyant [...]

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Chad Lewis has heard his share of haunted dares in his time as a paranormal researcher. In fact, he’s traveled the world to destinations such as Transylvania and Puerto Rico to take a few himself. Yet there are more than enough dares and haunted places to go around right here in small town Minnesota that [...]

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By Judge Stephen Halsey— Your ex parte motion for relief pendente lite is improperly brought and must be dismissed sua sponte but without prejudice.” Huh? Twenty words, six in Latin, completely incomprehensible legalese to all but Latin-speaking lawyers and judges.  Surveys have shown that a significant percentage of citizens who have appeared in court, whether [...]

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Some people in Minnesota and other states where marijuana is illegal might buy a bag anyway, light up and think, “What’s the harm? It’s legal in Colorado and Washington, and marijuana laws in California are pretty lax. It should be legal here.” Others see marijuana as an addictive, potentially destructive drug that should be banned [...]

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