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Weather forecasting is not a perfect science. Today it’s all about complicated mathematical expressions as part of a process called numerical forecasting. Meteorologists use barometric pressure, Doppler radar that monitors the movement of fronts, instruments attached to ships, airplanes, buo…

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Happy Lent to you. We are on the countdown to Easter and the arrival of spring. After the recent cold snap, I am more than ready for spring.

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There have been advertisements running in the The Sun and Country Messenger over the last few weeks featuring Mr. Rogers with the headline ‘Make America Kind Again’ and now with Abraham Lincoln with the line ‘Make America Honest Again.’ 

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AS I LOOK back over the years, friendships have meant a lot to me. I have learned from people, I gain encouragement, and when a level of trust is reached I can share my sorrows and victories.

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A couple weeks of very cold weather left us with a short memory. Remember the mild winter we had going until a week into February. One Arctic Plunge and we remembered what a real winter was like. It was like a punch in the stomach when it hit 20 below with a cold that penetrates clothing and…

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“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.” — Leviticus 19:18 King James version.

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I recently found a great podcast that I just can’t walk away from. I’m finding myself listening to it whenever I have free time. It’s interesting, educational, related to the outdoors and an answer to many questions we’ve all wondered about. If you own a dog you’ll love it. It’s called “Hunt…

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The grass is always greener in Montana. 

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A couple weeks ago I received an email asking if I could create a recipe that doesn’t have chocolate in it for a Valentines’ Day treat? Their sweetheart doesn’t like chocolate. 

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What are the keys to a successful Super Bowl Sunday? Some people might have more, but I only have three: 

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Regular readers of my column know I’m a fan of movies from the 1930s and 40s. One of my favorites is “The Thin Man,” made in 1934, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, the married couple that solves murder mysteries.

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Mr. Johnson, your description of the insurrection, violence and killings while storming the nation’s capital - all omitted one critical fact: the false “stolen election” narrative emanated directly from the Trump administration’s own falsehoods using social media (Twitter) as a primary tool …

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Looking out my window I can see about a half dozen birdfeeders. That doesn’t count the ones on the other sides of the house. I know I’m not alone with this activity. You probably feed birds and enjoy watching them as much as I do, but getting paid to watch them and count them would be a drea…

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We are near the end of January and the wheels of the federal and state governments are again turning. Lawmakers are deciding the best way to tackle the issues of the day: getting the economy moving, dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus, fixing roads, addressing climate change, systemi…

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Stories about fish that got away are an atrocious cliché, but for some reason I feel obligated to tell this one. 

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Despite a global pandemic, residents throughout Eastern Twin Cities Area Team shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

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Wonder where winter went? This past weekend was flirting with below zero temperatures but although it hit minus 4 on January 21 and it may have dipped to minus 1 on the 22nd that’s the end of negative numbers for January. In my book, harsh winters end January 31. What happens in February is …

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As we begin a new year, most folks are looking forward to the future. Children look forward to adulthood (spoiler alert: it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be), adults look forward to success and eventually leisure time.

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It takes me a while after Christmas to want to bake any kind of cookie. Sticks of carrots and celery my new snack favs until I’ve forgotten the number of calories I consumed over the holidays. 

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The extended hoarfrost we have just seemingly ended is unprecedented in my lifetime of 70 years. The extent and longevity and beauty have been extraordinary. Every morning was a postcard morning and it was warm compared to what January’s are normally like. The best day was the second day whe…

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Let me say this first. I don’t know if the following will happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit, if it does. 

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By this time next week, we will know the two football teams that are headed to the Super Bowl. This is the time of year every professional football fan lives for as the best of the best teams match up to play for the title.

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Last week’s column was putting 2020 to bed so it makes sense that this week’s column will be looking ahead to 2021. Staying away from politics but still aware of the Corona virus I’ve already witnessed an increase of ice fishing pressure on area lakes which is simply a fun way to practice so…

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We recently purchased a Nintendo Switch and the decision was made this weekend to finally tap into the online benefits it offers. 

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Well, we are just about half way through January, the darkest and most depressing month of the year, in my opinion.

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Looking back and looking ahead is what we do this time of year. I’m keeping this positive because we all have to deal with the negatives that have rang a loud bell that is echoing around the world this very moment. With that said I’m heading out on the ice January 1 to fish with my brother, …

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Jon McCorckle is The Fish Whisperer; when Jon talk’s people listen.  Here are his words of wisdom from 72 years of Corky always catching the first, the most and the biggest for the New Year!