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.
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.
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.
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.
Identifying girls and women in the news. Do you see the difference? 1963, 50 years ago: Mrs. John Stone was elected president of the Newcomers' Club meeting held at the Legion Clubroom. Mrs. Dale Ellison was chosen vice president; Mrs. Richard Pederson, secretary and Mrs. Ronald Steen, treasurer. The newest Newcomer, Mrs. Kenneth Herrington, received the gift from Engstrom's. Outgoing members include Mmes.
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
Now is the time to start pruning your fruit trees. Pruning your trees while they are in dormancy reduces the possibility of fire blight in crabapples, apples and pears, as well as minimizing canker diseases in cherries and plums. A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of your most important tools. Cuts up to three-fourth inches in diameter may be made with them.
Editor's note: Marge Van Gorp, a long-time writer of the history column, has decided to give someone else a turn. The newspaper thanks Marge for all of her outstanding work over the years. Rachel Barduson is the new history columnist. She was born and raised in Douglas County and has a degree in education from the University of Minnesota Mankato.