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King of the (Prehistoric) Seas–Mosasaur

I’ve been dragging my heels with these prehistoric creature posts, but with “Jurassic World” just around the corner, I decided to get off my buns and post about one of my all time favorites: mosasaurs. Shamu’s got NOTHING on this sh*t! Mosasaurs ruled the oceans of the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era of Earth’s history, biting sharks in half while T-Rex was doing the same with anatosaurs. ...

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USDA funds that could cover broadband adoption and/or infrastructure

The USDA recently announced a new focus on region and its impact on funding through the USDA. It seems like this is an example of policy imitating life – at least broadband related life. ...

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Hand-twisted cattail rush-Throwback

Throw-back Thursdays–These photos of me weaving hand-twisted cattail rush seats were taken in 1982, when I already had about six years weaving... [[ Click here to read more... ...

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

Congrats! GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded 29 grants totaling $321,245 to support rural Minnesota communi ...

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Warblers arriving daily

Nashville Warbler Another of the Wood-warblers to arrive early is the Nashville Warbler. We have tons of these in the Crane Lake area that arrive here on their breeding grounds to raise their family. ...

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Nobles County Broadband 2014 Update: 60 percent broadband coverage

I’m working on a County-by-County look at the State of Broadband in MN. My hope is to feature a county a day (in alphabetical order). In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. ... More from Blandin on Broadband

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7 Mistakes People Make When Decluttering

You know the drill.  Keep, sell, toss.  Only keep what you truly love or find to be useful.  Ask yourself if your stuff sparks joy.   All of these mantras to help you declutter, and yet we still struggle with getting rid of our excess stuff.  7 Mistakes People Make When Decluttering Everyone is decluttering. ...

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Hummingbirds arrived northern Minnesota

The hummingbirds arrived in northern Minnesota over the weekend! I spotted my first tiny little one at the feeders on Saturday, May 16, 2015. I... [[ Click here to read more... ...

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Insure Your Good Health

​Good health means taking care of your body, mind and spirit.Insure Your Good HealthGood health means taking care of your body, mind and spirit.Ampli ...

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5 Things You Can Do To Free Up Some Cash

Sometimes it feels like my budget is a partially deflated balloon. If I squeeze a little bit in one area so that I can save, the expenses just pop back out on the other side. ...

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Healthy Choices

The choices you make about nutrition and fitness every day have a huge impact on your health. Choose wisely!Healthy ChoicesThe choices you make about nutrition and fitness every day have a huge impact on your health. ...

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Insure Your Good Health

​Good health means taking care of your body, mind and spirit.Insure Your Good HealthGood health means taking care of your body, mind and spirit.Ampli ... More from Explore Chiropractic

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5 Fun Ways to Play with Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk is a thrifty way to have fun outdoors. You can make your own chalk or make chalk paint. Kids think it is a lot of fun to make things like chalk that they could buy in a store. ... More from Northern Cheapskate

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Mike Meyer Signs creates Wicker Woman sign 1991

Today’s post is a Throwback Thursday— Mike Meyer Signs of Mazeppa, MN circa 1991, putting up my sign for my wicker studio in Zumbro... [[ Click here to read more... ... More from Weavin' Wicker Woman Blog

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More early Warbler migrants

Pine Warbler The little jewels of the forest are coming back up north in droves now. Another early migrant is the Pine Warbler. This morning I heard them calling at Handberg’s Marina. ...

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The Lyric Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its Second Annual “Volkswalk.”

Just what is "Volkswalking"?Volkswalking comes from the German term"Volksmarch" that literally means "a people's walk." It's a noncompetitive outdoor walk, usually 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) through a scenic, historic, or interesting area over a predetermined route. ...

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Another early migrant

Black & White Warbler The Black & White Warbler makes an early come back. I have a friend that affectionately calls this bird the “Zebra Bird”, I like that! They were previously called a Black and White Creeper because of their behavior. ... More from Crane Lake Nature Blog

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santa scarecrow

In the autumn of last year, I had removed the sundress and hat from my "scarecrow" during the garden's end-of-season putting to bed process. The wind and snow over the winter had toppled the simple board framework that formed a vertical "body" and perpendicular "arms" reminiscent of an old-fashioned telephone pole.  (See left side of photo.) Mentioning to Dick that I needed to set it upright again to ready it for its summer attire, he apparently tucked the thought away to retrieve later. ...

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Celebrating 10 Years of Art, Events and Plays at the Edge

When you do something special for 10 years that some thought might never happen, how do you celebrate? If it was an art gallery and theatre for the performing arts you might start with planning the next 10 years, then celebrate for a whole year with even more art, music, plays, classic movies, and fun. ...

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We Put the Fear of Death in People

This is from Ed Brayton’s blog, “Dispatches From the Culture Wars.”  I found it sort of interesting. Dispatches from the Culture Wars   ...

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