To the editor:  Seems to me that our version of President Putin is much more opaque than the Russian version. When Russia’s version wants to expand his power, he attacks his neighbors. When ours wants to expand his power, he attacks our Constitution, our commonality and our common sense. His commonality with Putin however remains […]

To the editor:  We’ve all heard that “97 percent of scientists” find “global warming” to be caused by human activity. Neither “percent of scientists” nor “global warming” has valid connotation. In regard to the 97 percent claim: John Cook, an Australia-based blogger, and some of his friends reviewed abstracts of peer-reviewed papers published from 1991 […]

Stearns County is kicking off its 2014 photo contest with the theme: “Winter Wonders.” The county wants citizens to send it winter photos. They can be someone enjoying their favorite winter activity, snow and ice-covered landscapes, a cozy fireplace, holiday festivities, cute kids reveling in the snow, a winter celebration, a family activity, animals in […]

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds. The Department of Natural Resources is warning parents to keep an eye on their children as they visit friends and family who live near bodies of water. Last winter season (November to […]

Property owners in Stearns County who need a homestead classification have until Dec. 15, 2014, to file the application. The property tax homestead classification affects the amount of taxes that a property owner will pay in 2015, and may also affect the taxpayer’s eligibility for a property tax refund. A homestead application should be submitted […]

1 pkg. strawberry Kool-Aid 1 pkg. cherry Kool-aid 1 1/2 – 2 c. sugar 3 qts. water 1 – 6 oz. frozen orange juice 1 – 6 oz. can frozen lemon juice Before serving, add one quart ginger ale and stir.

2 lbs. hamburger 2 onions, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. salt 1 large can tomatoes 8 c. water 4 carrots, sliced 6 beef bouillon cubes 2 celery tops, chopped 1 c. uncooked macaroni 1 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes Parmesan cheese Brown hamburger, onions and garlic in large […]

2 lbs. ground beef 3/4 c. chopped onion 2 c. soft bread crumbs 2 eggs 1 c. milk 2 tsp. salt Pepper to taste 1 tsp. poultry seasoning 1 tsp. Worchestershire sauce 2 Tbsp. melted butter 2 c. seasoned mashed potatoes Mix together everything but the potatoes. Pack into loaf pan. Bake in moderate oven […]

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