Opinions

  • Don’t let summer pass too quickly!

    Published on July 1, 2024 at 12:24pm CDT

    From Where I Sit By Pat Spilseth, Columnist “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”  ~William Shakespeare In the depths of an icy snowy winter I love to imagine summer in Minnesota. I see kids playing on a sandy beach, throwing balls for their pet dogs to retrieve and return, hopefully, building sand castles, splashing in… Read More

  • What is the official bird of the United States of America?

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 12:04pm CDT

    Publisher’s Perspective By Tim Douglass, Publisher of the Pope County Tribune What’s the official Bird of the United States? If you guessed the Bald Eagle, you’d be wrong. The United States does not have an official bird. That’s why U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced bipartisan… Read More

  • Letters to the Editor

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 12:01pm CDT

    Simply not logical… From Jim Thoreen, Glenwood Some aspects of life simply cannot be explained logically:    • Why the Dakotas are North and South and not East and West.    • Why men sweat and women perspire.    • Why Louis DeJoy remains U.S. Postmaster General.

  • Winter Wood

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 12:00pm CDT

    Minnewaska Musings By Paul Gremmels It is difficult to think about winter in the month of June. But, I’ve been burning wood to help heat the homes I’ve lived in since I was a kid. Over forty years of cutting, splitting, stacking and burning wood. And if you burn wood, you have to think about it… Read More

  • A recent Kingston Trio concert was a way to travel back in time

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 12:00pm CDT

    Stoneage Ramblings By John R. Stone Sometimes it is fun to try to travel back in time and we did that recently with attendance at the Kingston Trio concert at the Paramount in St. Cloud. In the late 1950s and early 60s the Kingston Trio was the hottest group around. They were a folk group that… Read More

  • A journal with no final entry

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 11:59am CDT

    The Outdoors By Scott Rall, Outdoors Columnist I find it quite unbelievable that some folks can recall facts and figures from 40 years ago. I can remember the snow storm of 1976 like it was yesterday. Names and faces appear to often be chiseled in granite. I can only wonder if those same facts and figures… Read More

  • Emerald Ash Borer found in Pope County

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 11:59am CDT

    Growing Green By Robin Trott, Extension Educator The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) in Pope County for the first time. There are now 52 counties in the state, including Pope, with EAB. A county ag inspector noticed several declining ash trees with woodpecker holes on a landowner’s property in Glenwood… Read More

  • Ireland

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 11:58am CDT

    View From a Prairie Home by Hege Hernfindahl, Columnist Why Ireland, you might say. Why would you want to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary there? Why not here, in Minnesota, where your family lives and you have lived for most of your married life? Or Norway, the country of your wedding and early married bliss? The answer… Read More

  • Vacation at home

    Published on June 24, 2024 at 11:58am CDT

    From Where I Sit By Pat Spilseth, Columnist Minnesotans often take a summer vacation up to the lake or drive out to South Dakota to see the Black Hills and the presidents on Mount Rushmore or fly to Disneyland with the kids. Parents in Minnesota are largely education minded and hesitate to take their kids out of… Read More

  • Just how many Independent voters are there?

    Published on June 17, 2024 at 12:13pm CDT

    Publisher’s Perspective By Tim Douglass, Publisher of the Pope County Tribune In modern times, most of us have viewed politics in the U.S. through the lens of the two-party structure–Democrats and Republicans. Is that still accurate?  Do independents suddenly play a much bigger role in deciding who wins a presidential election? Increasingly, the national media, pollsters, pundits… Read More

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