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  • Crisis centers have still have a 988 number

    Published on May 19, 2022 at 12:44pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Ask A Trooper Sgt. Jesse Grabow Question: I recently heard something about a new phone number “988” for people dealing with a mental health crisis. With all these three digit numbers, 911, 411, 511, can you talk about that? Answer: 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide… Read More

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Published on May 19, 2022 at 12:43pm EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Garver’s Movie Review Bob Garver After “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” I was a little apprehensive about the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploring more of the Multiverse. Sure, seeing guest stars from two other universes was great and all, but I was (and still am) worried that the MCU will use the Multiverse as an excuse to do… Read More

  • All you need to know about apple trees

    Published on May 12, 2022 at 10:39am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    The Prairie Spy Alan “Lindy” Linda Should you want an apple tree to survive, you must: Select an apple tree correct for this  growing zone; support it with posts and ties to keep the wind from shaking the soil loose around the roots; protect it from mice and rabbits by using metal screen around the lower trunk;… Read More

  • What to do if you’re ever in a car accident

    Published on May 12, 2022 at 10:39am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Ask A Trooper Sgt. Jesse Grabow Question: My daughter just got in a crash recently. Nobody got hurt but it got us talking on how important it is to know what to do after something like this. Can you write about that? Answer: The first and most important thing to do after you’ve been involved in a crash… Read More

  • The importance of public safety

    Published on May 12, 2022 at 10:38am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor,  In recent weeks, Senate Republicans have passed a number of bills that focus on the issues legislators have been hearing about in their districts.  One concern I hear about frequently is public safety and supporting law enforcement.  Folks in our northern communities see what’s going on in the cities—a drastic increase in violent crimes coupled… Read More

  • Valley View Road maintenance is a problem for local drivers

    Published on May 5, 2022 at 10:49am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, I am writing regarding the problems we are encountering with the maintenance of Valley View Road and the lack of supervision by Burlington Township. There are over 20 property owners in this development paying taxes to Becker County and Burlington Township and this one-mile stretch of road is in terrible condition. It is… Read More

  • Hell has officially frozen over, I think

    Published on May 5, 2022 at 10:48am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    The Prairie Spy Alan “Lindy” Linda Rainbowe and I were looking out the window the other day, watching it snow when it’s almost May, remarking that it would likely only be summer if and when Hell freezes over. As we were talking about whether or not it would or would not, I was reminded of the following, which… Read More

  • Old wives’ tales make for some  good stories

    Published on May 5, 2022 at 10:48am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Publisher’s Perspective Chad Koenen As a parent I have something I need to get off my chest—I sometimes lie to my children. It’s not always intentional.  After all, it’s my job to pass on the lessons I learned as a child, even if the theories have been proven to be false.  You see, some little white… Read More

  • Accepting the loss of a loved one is a difficult challenge

    Published on May 5, 2022 at 10:47am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Father Baumgartner Here is a thought from last week’s homily:  To continue with the image – God has made us like colored pencils, to be the color of beauty in the world. Where there is haltered, we color the world with love; injury, pardon; doubt, faith; despair, hope; light, darkness. I have been aware lately of… Read More

  • Distracted driving determines decidedly deadly destinations

    Published on May 5, 2022 at 10:47am EDT chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Ask A Trooper Sgt. Jesse Grabow Question: I spend a fair amount of time on the road and I see a lot of driver’s on their cell phones. What are you guys doing about it? Answer: Right now, to help change dangerous driving behaviors, law enforcement agencies statewide are participating in a distracted driving enforcement campaign April 1… Read More

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