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Mommy Musings: The Sands Of Time

A colleague and I were recently having a conversation about how quick time passes, even at a weekly paper. I had just completed covering the birthday of Vera Piccetti who celebrated her 107th birthday. As I took the ceremonial photo of her with her cake I joked that she was my job security. After all, I'd been covering this event since she hit the triple digits in 2003.

January 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Universal Healthcare

I'm going to offer an unpopular opinion for a town as conservative as Oakdale.

January 13, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Safe And Secure, Or Just Exposed?

A recent conversation in the office brought to light that someone had actually seen me in an "anatomically correct" mode at the airport without my knowledge. You see, I was somehow randomly selected to step into this high-tech glass booth at the Las Vegas airport a couple months ago.

January 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns

Mommy Musings – Life and Birthdays

I'm a December baby. For those who follow astrology, a Capricorn to be more precise.

January 06, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Getting Back On Track

Here's hoping you made it through the holidays safe and sound and only a few pounds heavier.

January 06, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Out With The Old?

The New Year, fast approaching, obviously calls for a column on the subject. But what's the big deal? At least Christmas brought feasting, drinking and partying; food and warmth and merriment in the middle of winter for pagans and celebration of a savior for Christians.

December 30, 2009 | John Branch | Local Columns

Mommy Musings – Keeping Up With …

For those of you not yet hit by the recession and still running the race of keeping up with the Jones' - well, good for you. Personally, I find myself busy these days trying to keep up with the fat man in the red suit - that's right, Santa.

December 23, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Spirit of Christmas

Miles away in a different time zone, where snow buries the yards and Old Man Winter takes up residence for a wintry season, the true spirit of Christmas blossomed in the bosoms of total strangers to the benefit of those close to me - my sister, nephew and brother-in-law.

December 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Share The Wealth

Have you started the Christmas shopping yet? Or are you one of the ultra efficient types that has everything purchased, wrapped, tagged and ready to go?

December 16, 2009 | | Local Columns

Mommy Musings - Soccer Mom? … TBD

It's been less than one month since Oakdale Youth Soccer League wrapped up its 2009 Season. My two-year-old is still running around with pink pom-poms asking, "Today soccer practice?" as her five-year-old brother sits in his room admiring his first trophy.

December 10, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns

Wedding Belle Blues

As some of you may have noticed in my previous column, I slipped in a piece of personal information without too much fanfare. That is, that I am engaged. I'm not one to really share too much of my personal life in my columns because at work I'm about business.

December 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns

Boost The Local Economy

Black Friday has come and gone but it is still a little too early to tell if it can be classified as a success.

December 02, 2009 | | Local Columns

Marg-Ins - Who Hit Fast Forward?

The saying around here has been pretty much the same from everyone. What?! How did it become December?

December 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Stuff ‘n Nonsense - Time To Be Thankful…

It goes without saying that we should always count our blessings but it's a sad fact that many of us are remiss in our appreciation for those most important in our lives or the advantages we benefit from on a daily basis until a certain time of year duly reminds us.

November 25, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns

Counting Our Blessings

Now is as good a time as any - actually, probably the best since it's tradition - to take stock of your situation and offer thanks.

November 25, 2009 | | Local Columns

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Senior Citizens Joining ‘Nomadic’ Workforce


March 21, 2018 | | Local Columns

New Medicare Cards Are Coming

Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud.

March 21, 2018 | | Local Columns

America Needs A Good Story

Americans are waiting and hoping. We're hoping for something and we aren't exactly for sure what we are hoping for. Internally it's ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local Columns

Take A Number

Never let it be said that a trip to the DMV isn't entertaining.

March 06, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

What Do You Say To Your Children?


February 28, 2018 | | Local Columns

Billy Graham: Shaking His Hand

I never had the opportunity to shake hands with Billy Graham.

February 27, 2018 | | Local Columns

What Do You Say To Your Children?


February 27, 2018 | | Local Columns


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