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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The first woman inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame was Ebba Hoffman in 1977. Her daughter, Sharon Hoffman Avent, CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company of Hastings, recently duplicated the honor. Avent's grandparents started Smead Manufacturing. When her father died, she said her mother had two options. "She could sell the company, or she could come down here and go to work. She went to work."
FARMINGTON—Eight drum and bugle corps from Minnesota, California, Louisiana, and Iowa performed during the March On! competition held Tuesday, July 31, at Tiger Stadium. "The audience really appreciated the performances," said Jim Tarbox, who served as the announcer for the event. "A lot of people who came are big fans of drum and bugle corps." The groups who performed were seeded by judges prior to the competition, with the best drum and bugle corps placed later in the evening.
Drum and bugle corps from California, Louisiana, Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere will converge on Tiger Stadium in Farmington for the final competition before heading to the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis in August. March On!, the Farmington competition, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. The show will feature the River City Rhythm from Monticello, which has students from Lakeville, Eastview, Rosemount, and the Twin Cities, as well as several other states and countries.
When Dia Her walks the rows of plants on her parcel of land, plucking weeds and commenting on the size of the cucumbers, her face tells a story of pride. She farms a 5-acre plot on the HAFA—Hmong American Farmers Association—near Vermillion and west of Hastings along Highway 52, where she grows beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, peanuts, tomatoes and flowers. "I like to grow everything," Her said, "but I don't have enough time. I try to do it, but it is not possible."
Farming has been a tradition with Hmong Americans since the first refugees left Laos and arrived in the United States after the Vietnam War. "We don't celebrate birthdays," said Pakou Hang, executive director of HAFA, the Hmong American Farmers Association. She said a Hmong person is more apt to say, "I was born in the time of planting corn."
It happens every day. Maybe several times a day. The phone rings, you answer, and a recorded voice tries to sell you a vacation in the Caribbean or a fast track out of debt. Sometimes you answer and no one responds. Either way, you get angry. These marketing calls used to be made by human beings who could make dozens of calls a day. Now they are made by computers with recorded messages, and they are capable of making millions of calls a day. Cheaply. They are robocalls. They are annoying. They waste time and tie up phone lines. In most cases, they are illegal.
WABASHA — The National Eagle Center is launching the summer fishing program June 20 and the celebration of Bald Eagle Days June 22-24. With paid admission, kids 15 and younger can use fishing equipment supplied by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the National Eagle Center to fish on the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge from the public dock at the National Eagle Center every Wednesday until Aug. 29.