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The cruelty of bullfighting has somewhat diminished my long-time enthusiasm for Ernest Hemingway's works. Last week, while re-reading for the umpteenth time Hemingway's Collected Stories, I began to read The Undefeated, a story about bullfighting, but I could not finish it. The unspeakably cruel details of bullfighting made me almost physically sick. In that story, there is a long, gory description of picadors in action (men on horses that goad the bull into a tormenting frenzy by poking it with long lances).
What if you essentially had to learn how to eat all over again? This became one woman's reality after being diagnosed with celiac disease. Geannie Klimek of Alexandria was enjoying life as a recent retiree until November of 2009 when she was experiencing unbearable stomach pains, headaches and weight loss with no clear explanation why. She had experienced these minor symptoms for quite some time but never thought anything of it. Her husband, Ron, became worried enough to call the clinic for answers. The clinic recommended setting up an endoscopy appointment.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is famous for deciding major issues near the end of each year's session. Expect 2013 to be no different. So far, Governor Mark Dayton has signed just one major bill into law, and eight minor ones, out of 3,172 that the 201 lawmakers have introduced.
1913, 100 years ago: Another Booster meeting was advertised by the Commercial Club of Alexandria. Several speakers occupied time at Browns Opera, following which lunch was served at the Commercial Clubrooms over Hanson's Furniture Store. Mr. Briebler, president of the club, said the object of this meeting is to get together with the country people and work for the good of the county and the city of Alexandria. County Commissioner Theo Walstad of Lund and Fred Peterson and Peter Engstrom of Ida were among those who attended. John Nelson of Garfield and Chas.
He never held public office or commanded an army, yet countless rulers, kings and despots have feared His influence ever since His life and death. He never wrote a book or discovered new lands, yet His name is revered through centuries of history. He was not born into an elite or royal family and did not amass a great fortune. Yet, He is regarded by many as the richest of all. He never led a militant uprising and was not considered someone likely to change the world during His earthly lifetime. Yet, His mark on history is greater than anyone before or since.
The first day of spring has come and gone. The snow is deep outside my window, but the sun is shining brightly, and the soft drip of melting snow whispers, "Spring is on the way!" When the frost leaves the ground, the early perennials will begin to grow. Dianthus (sweet Williams and pinks), iris and Oriental poppies begin to push their way through the soil, eager to greet the new spring. For the gardener, early spring means planning, seed starting and waiting.
ST. PAUL - Advocates could not prevent Minnesota's first wolf hunting season, but they now are asking state lawmakers to put a stop to the hunt for at least five years. "My concern is for the survival of the wolf," bill sponsor Senator Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, said.
Dave Larson was hunting coyotes with his two hounds January 23 south of Osakis when the dogs picked up the tracks of a mountain lion. There'd been reports of a cat in the area since November, and a buddy of Larson's, who also hunts with hounds, had treed the lion earlier in January. The tracks Larson encountered late that cold January morning appeared to be at least 12 hours old, but his two hounds only went about a quarter-mile before they jumped the cat bedded down in some grass and treed it 50 yards later. Mountain lions, also commonly referred to as cougars, are protected in Minnesota a