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April 2012

Sandhill Cranes On The Mahnomen Trail

April 30, 2012 Photography Adventures
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Getting that once in a lifetime wildlife Kodak moment photo, isn’t as easy as it seems. For some reason I just don’t think the phrase, “Can you just sit still while I adjust my camera,” is something they understand, or even care about. I drive-by Sandhill Cranes all of the time, but as soon as […]

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Peek-A-Boo! I See You Little Deer

April 25, 2012 Hiking
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Hiking the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is something that I thoroughly enjoy; being in the outdoors is a passion for me. I always bring my camera with a telephoto lens, thinking that someday I’ll get that “Ansel Adams” wildlife photo or scenery shot. Hiking the trail this week I spotted two deer grazing in a […]

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Inspiring Story: Girl With No Hands Wins National Penmanship Award

April 25, 2012 Inspiring Stories
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This is an inspiring story of a 7 year old first grader born with no hands was able to a national writing award. My daughter was born with only one hand, so I know all to well what challenges this little girl has overcome, let alone with no hands. Her dad Tom quoted in the […]

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How A Teacher Inspired Me

April 21, 2012 Woodworking
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Have you ever wondered when, or even how you came about a certain liking for something? I have a real penchant for building things, and to be more specific, making arts and crafts furniture in my wood shop. I became fascinated with woodworking in junior high school. My teacher, Mr. Woods (no kidding), was awesome; […]

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Mahnomen Trail-Sherburne County,MN

April 19, 2012 Hiking
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The Mahnomen Trail in Sherburne County, MN had been closed earlier this spring, and was just recently re-opened. They cleared some, well a lot, of the oaks along the trail. The goal is to try and restore it back to the “Oak Savanna” that it once was. Oak wilt has really taken it’s toll on […]

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2nd Place Prairie Division Toastmasters Speech Contest

April 16, 2012 Personal Development
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Well, I gave it my best shot, but I came up a little short and placed second in the Toastmasters Prairie Division contest I competed in Saturday. The gentleman that took first really had an AWESOME speech! I think Toastmasters is one the greatest self-development opportunities available. They offer some of the best training for […]

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