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March 27, 2014
Column: Slipping all the way to the ER
It is not generally my first thought to go to a doctor when I am feeling unwell. Nor my second. Nor, if I’m being totally honest, any single- or low double digit number. I just don’t go. Ever. Maybe I’m convinced of my body’s own miraculous healing abilities. I grew up reading...
March 27, 2014 - 11:37am
March 20, 2014
Nathan's column: Let me talk to my manager
There are a lot of important skills you should have when you’re preparing to buy a new car. You should know how to do some research. You should be able to negotiate. And, obviously, if you’re going to test drive a car with a manual transmission you should probably have at least...
March 20, 2014 - 1:14pm
March 8, 2014
Michelle's column: Feeling cooped up by the cold
I really hope the predictions of warmer weather this weekend are going to become a reality. I don’t think my little dog can stand anymore of this super cold stuff. Rissa, my little collie/rat terrier mix, has had about enough of staying indoors. And frankly, she’s driving me...
March 8, 2014 - 7:48am
March 6, 2014
Nathan's column: You win, winter; now go away
There has been no shortage of complaining about this winter we are currently experiencing. This winter that, it sometimes feels, will linger on into spring, elbow its way past summer and make itself comfortable on a bed of fall leaves right up to the point it laps itself like that...
March 6, 2014 - 10:58am
February 27, 2014
Nathan's column: It was a gold-medal celebration
For 17 days this month some of the greatest athletes in the world gathered in Sochi, Russia to showcase their athletic abilities. To come together in the spirit of friendly competition and push to the very limits a human being’s ability to balance on slippery surfaces. The winter...
February 27, 2014 - 1:17pm
February 21, 2014
Michelle's column: A handy reminder why she does what she does
I was a little surprised, two weeks ago, when I got an email asking me to speak in front of a Farmington High School desktop publishing class. I got the email from FHS teacher Mark Toutge. I’ve known him for years, but this was the first time I’d been asked to come into a classroom...
February 21, 2014 - 7:53am
February 20, 2014
Nathan's column: What news columnist are you?
Thanks to the Internet, I now know that if I were an Avenger, I would be the Incredible Hulk, that buff green beast with the big biceps, puny vocabulary and serious anger management issues. It makes sense, I guess. Anybody who knows me will tell you about my hair-trigger temper and...
February 20, 2014 - 11:51am
February 6, 2014
Nathan's column: Nevermind the evil laughter
Bit by bit, room by room, environmental inconvenience by environmental inconvenience, I have begun to exert my control over the weather patterns in my home. It didn’t used to be like this. For most of the six years I’ve owned my house I’ve mostly been happy to take things as...
February 6, 2014 - 12:57pm
January 30, 2014
Nathan's column: Let me be serious for a minute
I like to make jokes. If you've read this column, you probably know that. Or maybe you didn’t realize I've been making jokes all this time and instead have been checking back each week for trenchant political commentary. If that's the case,I I’m pretty curious about your political...
January 30, 2014 - 1:33pm
January 16, 2014
Nathan's column: Ill prepared for the road ahead
By the time this issue of the Independent Town Pages reaches mailboxes I will be somewhere west of Nebraska and east of San Francisco. I’m taking a road trip to deliver my dad’s car to California so he and my step-mom will have it available to them when they spend three months...
January 16, 2014 - 2:48pm
January 9, 2014
Nathan's column: Going crazy from the cold
Minnesota residents kind of lost their collective minds this week as the result of some colder than usual weather. Governor Mark Dayton canceled school statewide Monday, making him a hero to thousands of Minnesotans who are too young to vote for him. Rainbow stores closed their doors...
January 9, 2014 - 2:31pm
December 24, 2013
Michelle's column: Gingerbread and the gift of time
I took last Thursday off from work. I had to. I had something very important to do. I had to go help make gingerbread houses. My brother and his wife have 5-year-old twins who are in kindergarten in Hastings. One boy, one girl. Everything is exciting and busy when those two are...
December 24, 2013 - 8:35am
Nathan's column: The quirks of an aging auto
Maybe the most annoying sign the holiday season is upon us each year is the return of commercials from luxury auto makers suggesting that a high-priced car is an entirely reasonable gift for the person you love. Or at least the person you most want to appreciate you for your bank...
December 24, 2013 - 8:02am
December 5, 2013
Student column: It’s a shopper’s dream
Black Friday shopping: some people love it, and some hate it. For those of you that love it, I’m with you 100 percent. It’s a girls dream to walk into a store and see those glorious signs announcing “Buy one get one free” or “Buy one get one half off.” Being a crazed...
December 5, 2013 - 2:42pm
Nathan's column: After a while, it grows on you
November came to an end on Saturday, and as it departed so did a lot of questionable facial hair. That any of it remained is a testament to just how many men are able to convince themselves that they look good with a beard. It also suggests some people aren’t clear on what, exactly,...
December 5, 2013 - 2:34pm