May 13, 2011
The use of synthetic drugs has become a widespread party habit of teenagers and young adults. These synthetic drugs are mainly experimental chemicals that are not made for human consumption. With their widespread use, it is imperative that we understand what they are and what we can do to prevent the use of them.
May 5, 2011
Dealing with death as daily routine, funeral director and mortician Doug Penning reveals the reality of life and the processes following death at an annual Fawcett Junker Funeral Home tour to local students
The sign read “Private: Keep Out.” Doug Penning pried the sliding doors apart as the pungent smell of disinfectant poured from the room, tingling the students’ nostrils. A few stood at the front, next to a towel covered in scalpels, tweezers and surgical scissors. Others kept their distance from the steel embalming table draped in a neon orange sheet.
Usually, it would be just Penning and a corpse in the room, with an...
April 25, 2011
Every year about this time I make beekeeping resolutions for the coming season. After listening to Marla Spivak's talks at both Saint Mary's and Winona State, and reading Randy Oliver's series of articles in the American Bee Journal, I have decided to recast my apicultural practices somewhat. I would really like to be totally natural in my approach but I must recognize that my bees forage in an un-natural world.
April 14, 2011
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration banned five of the most common chemicals used to make “K2”, Spice, Red X Dawn, and a variety of other synthetic marijuana
“One of my friends couldn’t function for like 30 seconds; like she couldn’t talk,” said Laura, 22, about a designer drug most commonly known as K2.
February 3, 2011
The guitar-building and repair program at Southeast Tech teaches students how to turn a hobby into something they can make a living doing
At first glance, it’s a regular woodworking class.
The Red Wing classroom is filled with men from a range of ages hunched over work stations, sanding and hammering, occasionally lifting heads to get new opinions on their work. Clouds of wood dust settle around their desks and on each other as the smell of glue and other chemicals rise into the air.
January 14, 2011
Winona area residents learned how to create their own healthy, probiotic drinks during a Bluff Country Co-op workshop
December 19, 2010
Last week marked the anniversary of my ex-lovers arrival into the world. I spoke with him recently. He told me about another girl.
We’ve been formally separated far longer than my heart knows. You see, I measure time by the ticks of my heart, which keeps no countable beat but rather is swayed by a variant of significant happenings. For this, I’m quite detached from the calculations of standard time; I can’t state when we ceased our relationship...
April 22, 2010
What looks like a beautiful, well-manicured lawn to humans seems like a pad of cement to the insects who need natural wildlife to survive
There are many ways that Americans define success and I think it’s time we revaluate some of them. One of the most common definitions of success is to have a large McMansion on a green expanse of well manicured, weed-free grass with perfect placed flower pots planted with ivy, red geraniums and spikes. I admit, when I see a place like that I feel a sense of calm and organization. It seems to clear my cluttered mind. How about the cement...
March 21, 2010
One of the reasons Jefferson put so much stock in the farmer as the guarantor of a healthy democracy was his belief that farming encouraged the farmer to be as intelligent as possible. A farmer had to pay close attention to the peculiarities of the land—where the soil was most fertile, where the vagaries of topography made one field less flood-prone in the spring, let’s say, or where the slope of a hill shielded an orchard and...