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I did spring cleaning Saturday morning.   While I would have rather been doing something outside on this warm April day, like moving my patio furniture outside, ridding my office of old …

A dry raid

A century ago, stories of raids in search of moonshine and stills entered family histories and local folklore. It was the era of Prohibition, and the area gained a reputation for the quantity …

Tales of thieves

“What is the matter with the youth of our land when sin becomes a virtue and crime something to boast about,” asked the author of a front page article in the March 27, 1924, Holdingford …

The joys of spring cleaning

I have an uncle who spends a lot of his time tearing appliances apart and small engines, old motors, lawn and garden equipment and most everything else. He separates the steel from the aluminum, the …

Cute carrot photo role reversal

Sometimes I just have to say yes. That’s what I did Thursday morning waiting to take photos of women dying Easter eggs at the Melrose American Legion.   Nancy Kemper made the cutest …

I thought spring was here, then winter came back and spring will show up again sometime soon — we hope.   When all the snow is finally gone, we will see golf carts out and about. I …

The March 23-26 snowstorm and snowfalls came in the final weeks of a very dry winter. Almost every snowstorm brings up stories about past storms. Research shows snow stories have usually left …

Easter service is a sign of hope

This is Easter weekend — a time for family gatherings, candy giveaways and spring celebrations, often with a large rabbit.   It is one of the biggest weekends of the year for …

Throwing them down

In Division III, the mecca of college wrestling schools is in the upper Midwest region. Like how football is big in the south, say in Alabama or Georgia, and basketball is big in the east, like North …

Stories and reports of explosions, some of them dangerous, were not uncommon in the early 20th century. The use of dynamite in land clearing, increasing uses of steam power, the introduction of …

Basketball deja vu

I sat on bleachers and a chair one recent Saturday, surrounded by family members, watching my great-niece, Skylar, play basketball at Holdingford Public Schools. I walked into gym No. 4 with …

Supporting a Melrose business

There is, according to a storyteller from a few years ago, an image that small towns are the very image of capitalism at its best. Others hold them up as examples of how businesses and …

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