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  • Dealing with ‘Petty Functionaries’ can be a challenge

    Published on March 11, 2022 at 1:42pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    The Prairie Spy Alan “Lindy” Linda Someone Very close to me just realized that she didn’t have the necessary documents to file an income tax report for someone who passed away earlier last year. Someone called the small-town local post office–not Boatville–and asked if mail with that name had been forwarded. “Well of course not.” She–the person at… Read More

  • Cruise control in the winter, good idea or bad idea?

    Published on March 11, 2022 at 1:42pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Ask A Trooper Sgt. Jesse Grabow Question: I just moved to Minnesota and heard you talking about not using cruise control in the winter, can you please write about this?   Answer: Using cruise control on slippery roads could send you on a winter cruise – straight into the ditch or oncoming traffic!  With dry road conditions, cruise control… Read More

  • Charitable challenge accepted

    Published on March 11, 2022 at 1:41pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    By Father David Baumgartner Frazee Sacred Heart Catholic Church The Here is a thought from last week’s homily: From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. How hard is it to be charitable? I was having a meal with a friend. A thought crossed my mind and I censored it immediately. It was not charitable. It bordered on… Read More

  • Chill Report for March 7

    Published on March 11, 2022 at 1:40pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Chill Fishing Report Cody Hill March has arrived for the Otter Tail County region, and it is bringing us some of the best panfish fishing in the state of Minnesota.  Game fish season closed a week ago and fish houses are in the process of being removed from the lakes, but March also means a few… Read More

  • Chill Report for March 1

    Published on March 1, 2022 at 2:25pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Chill Fishing Report Cody Hill Another weekend of storms and a week of more storms has come and gone and for once the ten-day forecast looks like we might warm up some and stay there (NOT HOLDING MY BREATH).  This past weekend we were scouting for a tournament instead of a traditional customer trip.  The mindset… Read More

  • Pray for the grieving and heavy hearted

    Published on March 1, 2022 at 2:19pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    By Msgr. David  Baumgartner Sacred Heart Catholic Church Here is a thought from last week’s homily: Patience in this scripture (Love is patient) is like the man who is wronged and who has it easily in his power to avenge himself and who yet will not do it. A priest once commented to me that death either heals… Read More

  • Library chair supports new bill

    Published on March 1, 2022 at 2:15pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    To the Editor, I am the chair of the Viking Library System Board of Directors and also serve on the Pelican Rapids Public Library Board. VLS is one of Minnesota’s 12 regional public library systems.  VLS serves the six member counties of Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens and Traverse and 11 member libraries within those counties. The… Read More

  • Encounter with police leads to plumbing tips

    Published on March 1, 2022 at 2:15pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    The Prairie Spy Alan “Lindy” Linda With all the attention police are getting all across the country, perhaps I can kick in some of my experiences. I have Paula with me in my old, souped-up Chevy. It’s 1965. She’s a nurse, just finished a night shift. I had just picked her up after my band gig, and although… Read More

  • Mother Nature needs to lay off, I know I need to get in shape

    Published on March 1, 2022 at 2:14pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Publisher’s Perspective Chad Koenen We all have those people we love to hate—the ones who know your weakness and do everything they can to rub your nose in your shortcomings.  After spending most of my Monday and Tuesday digging out from what seemed to be at least 2 feet of snow, even though the National… Read More

  • Car seat check and re-check

    Published on March 1, 2022 at 2:13pm EST chadkoenen| Author: chadkoenen

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    Ask A Trooper Sgt. Jesse Grabow Question: I am a new parent and I am not sure if I am doing this child car seat thing properly. Is there somewhere I can go to find out if I am doing it right? Thank you. Answer: Congratulations on parenthood! I know the feeling and there will only be more… Read More

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