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    Nature's Symphony

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 7, 2014

    Boy, was it noisy in the backyard and woods this morning as I walked with my dog. The birds were in full chorus. I closed my eyes and heard cheeps, calls and trills of robins, woodpeckers, cardinals, chickadees, crows, geese and sand hill cranes. And there were a few 'songs' I did not recognize. No matter. It was a true symphony of spring that I thoroughly enjoyed! And we know the wildlife and some other critters are on the move more now, too, after that last blast of snow on…

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    I'm Dreaming Of A Windy Spring

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     by Paula Mohr
     on February 11, 2014

    We're a hardy bunch, those of us who reside in the North Star State. We deal with things like brittle temps and mosquito clouds. Well, sorta. I have to admit that I am getting a bit tired of these sub-zero temperatures. I heard the other night on the news that as of Feb. 5, the mercury dipped to zero or colder 38 times thus far this winter in the Twin Cities. That's the most at or below zero readings since the winter of 1995-96. The report went on to compare the winter of…

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    Never Enough Hugs

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     by Paula Mohr
     on January 7, 2014

    It was bedtime for the little boy. As he lay in bed, his mom followed their usual routine of saying prayers, reading a book and singing a song. Then it was time for "Twenty Questions." The little boy asked more "how" and "why" questions than a seasoned journalist. Q&A usually took a few minutes. That night, he asked: "Momma, where's Jesus?" "Well," said his mom, "Jesus is everywhere." The little boy looked at his mom with…

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    A Salute to 4-H

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     by Paula Mohr
     on October 8, 2013

    This week, Oct. 6-12, is National 4-H Week. Knowing that takes me back some four decades when I worked on a window display in the Fostoria, Michigan, variety store, along with a couple of other 4-Hers. National 4-H Week was approaching and we were asked to design and decorate a window in the store. The theme had something to do with rockets and blasting off into the future, if I recall. We made cardboard cut-outs of a rocket ship and other items, and covered them in aluminum foil or…

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    Cooler Temps Bring Out The Baker

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     by Paula Mohr
     on September 24, 2013

    Cooler temperatures signal that little voice inside my head, telling me it's time to preheat the oven and make some cookies. Or, a pie. Or, some sort of dessert. That's what happened to me last week. Out of the blue one evening, I was measuring flour, sugar and other ingredients to make oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries. My husband was doing some work in the basement, heard the mixer running and came up to confirm what he thought I might be doing. Before descending again, he…

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    Farm Visits Always Welcome

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     by Paula Mohr
     on July 5, 2013

    The best part of my job is the chance to get out of the office and visit a farm. I thoroughly enjoy the people, the landscape, the aromas. And with June Dairy Month, I savor an added advantage: Eating ice cream and cheese, and tossing back a cold glass of milk. Last Saturday, my friend Deb accompanied me to Autumnwood Farm, south of Forest Lake. The weather was beautiful for our short road trip to the farm’s open house. Farm open house workers were ready for the throngs of…

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    Decadent Indulgence With New State Fair Foods

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     by Paula Mohr
     on June 28, 2013

    The annual list of new foods at the Minnesota State Fair was released the other day and like usual, I am already anticipating various stops and noshing my way across the fairgrounds. From Aug. 22 - Labor Day, Sept. 2, fair visitors will have the opportunity to sample 47 new foods at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Cheese curds, dairy shakes and Sweet Martha's Cookies are family favorites. So I will have to pace myself during the two or three visits I'll be making. Overall…

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    Making Time to Celebrate

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     by Paula Mohr
     on June 14, 2013

    We are at the beginning of a busy summer and the cool, wet weather has not been cooperating. We have one high school graduation and one wedding on our calendars. That's all. And I like to garden and have things done on time. That's the "farmer" in me. However, my planting window came and went about a month ago and I still have bare ground in the garden. It's going to stay that way unless I get some steeply discounted vegetable plants at a local nursery. And…

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    Thank You, School Bus Drivers!

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     by Paula Mohr
     on May 31, 2013

    I intentionally watched our senior get on the bus during her last few days of school. She is our youngest and the last one to ride. When she was done with school on Wednesday, another chapter in our lives came to a close. We no longer will have a school bus stop at our house to pick up a student. For nearly a decade, bus drivers that I remember—Jan, Bob, Bill, Bobbi and others—have safely driven our children to elementary, middle and high schools in the Anoka district. When I…

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    'Feedin' A Nation' With Social Media

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 1, 2013

    I'm on the Internet fairly regularly, mostly for my job. I am the recipient of a lot of interesting emails. I blog and I post on my own Facebook page. I might twitter occasionally, too. Recently, I received a post on Facebook featured a You Tube video that was a parody on the Beach Boys' song "Good Vibrations" that's entitled "Feedin' A Nation." The words of the song are re-written to highlight dairy farming. It's a Midwest Dairy Video. I…

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