Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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With more than 100,000 skier/snowboarder visits each year, Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area must be doing something right. "People love the beauty and scenic landscape of the Cannon River Valley, which is on the northern edge of southeast Minnesota bluff country," said Peter Zotalis, president and general manager of Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area. With 45 inches average snowfall, and snow-making equipment on every run, Welch Village can keep the runs in good shape. Sixty runs of various difficulties keep skiers of all abilities interested and challenged.
When Roger Nelson purchased land with an artesian well on it, he realized one thing. An artesian well doesn't shut off during the winter. He directed the water to one area, and it formed an ice rink. He decided to experiment and made a little fountain. The next year, "I tried making one a little bit bigger. Then I made two, and then 10, and then 20, and then 30," he explained with a hearty laugh.
It's a carousel, miniature golf, handmade toys, and books all wrapped in a building of fun. It's LARK Toys in Kellogg, Minn. It is a unique retail space that appeals to everyone in the family," said Miranda Gray-Burlingame, co-owner with her husband and her parents. "It's so fun. With Mayo Clinic so close, we meet people from all over the world. We like to see all generations connect with each other and have fun together."
RiverTown Multimedia invites you on a journey, an adventure involving 101 Things To Do in our publication areas. Each week we will select one place or activity and highlight it. We will launch the project the week of Jan. 7, 2019, and span 101 weeks until December 2020.
English is a language that is constantly evolving, and every year, new words are added to the dictionaries. This past year, Merriam-Webster added 850 new words and definitions. Many of these words seem like they have been around for several years. Often they have, because the dictionaries don't want to include words that are merely passing fads. Some examples of recently added words or meanings, with the date of their first known usage, are:
Buying just the right gift for a family member or friend can be a challenge. That may be one reason gift card sales are soaring in the U.S. In 1999, $19 billion in gift cards were sold, according to WalletHub statistics. That number increased to $130 billion by 2015 and is projected to reach $160 billion this year. Though sometimes seen as impersonal, gift cards have entrenched themselves in American society. These statistics seem to hold for Minnesota, as well.
As a young girl in Red Wing, Rachel McNamara was active in diving and gymnastics. She never could have guessed that those sports would help her develop the body control, strength, and determination to take her to the 2018 World Cup ... in roller derby.
A recent federal law makes it easier for consumers to protect their financial security by freezing their accounts with all three major credit agencies for free. Prior to this law coming into effect on Sept. 21, individuals could freeze and unfreeze their accounts, but those actions required paying a fee each time, according to Bruce Carlstrom, president of Lake City Federal Bank.
As students return to the classroom, it's a good time to consider the apps they are using on their smart devices. Some of them can be dangerous, according to local law enforcement officers. "This is a problem nationwide, and it is absolutely a problem in Minnesota," said Ryan Olson, detective with the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force in Hastings.
After 25 years of striving to reintroduce whooping cranes into the eastern section of North America, Operation Migration will cease work at the end of 2018. "This difficult decision to dissolve the organization is heartbreaking for us all, but we have exhausted all possible avenues to avoid this outcome," said Joe Duff, CEO and co-founder of Operation Migration headquartered in Port Perry, Ontario, in a written statement.