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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:01 PM
The 53-year-old Clarion Inn in Rochester abruptly shut its doors Friday, the same day hotel officials made the announcement to employees it was closing. The hotel, part of a chain that owns Holiday Inn, plans to put a new Candlewood Inn on the same property by the end of the year.

  • The 53-year-old Clarion Inn in Rochester abruptly shut its doors Friday, the same day hotel officials made the announcement to employees it was closing. The hotel, part of a chain that owns Holiday Inn, plans to put a new Candlewood Inn on the same property by the end of the year.

  • Given the number of times I talk about food in this column, I think you can safely assume that it’s a pretty big deal around the Hansen house. It’s not just the canning, gardening, and other preserving we do that makes this an important topic, however, even though those are the things I usually talk about. Getting to eat food is also a big deal for my siblings and me. You’ll probably never meet a group of individuals more concerned about what we’ll have for breakfast, even though there’s a 110 percent chance it will be toast just like always.

  • This past weekend, I was a little surprised to wake up in the morning, not to the usual noise of kids stomping around upstairs, but to someone hammering in the living room.

  • This early in the legislative session, the easier bills tend to move forward through the Minnesota legislative process. Among those are a buffer bill that corrects a controversy, a fireworks bill that is surprisingly controversial and a fantasy sports bill that should be more controversial.

  • When you think about the things my family has to do, I bet sharing isn’t on the top of your list. But with 15 of us, sharing gets to be pretty darn important. I wouldn’t go so far as to say we share everything, but we do share many things. 

  • A man, although never identified, made the news earlier this spring when he tried to be a good Samaritan to a 9-year-old boy who lost his dog. The reason he made the news, though, is because the initial fear was that he was up to something no good.

  • I was very excited to realize that this week marks one year since I wrote my first article for this column. It’s a little hard to believe it’s been that long already — I can still remember the day I first approached Dave Phillips about starting this column, and it certainly feels like that was only a few months ago, not 12! I’ve been saving newspaper clippings of all my articles, however, and I’ve checked them to be sure. Too Hick to be Square is having its first anniversary, and I couldn’t be happier.

  • Last week’s column about the health of residents in Fillmore and Houston counties noted that the results don’t follow trends in other rural counties of Minnesota. One reason could be that we aren’t as rural as we think.

  • Last year I wrote a “signs of fall” article, and now that spring has arrived, I thought it only fair that I do the same for this season. Of course, the things I associate with spring are likely quite different from what you’d think of — but that’s what makes this Too Hick to be Square.
  • Fillmore and Houston counties continue to defy the trends when it comes to the health of local residents. A recent survey of national county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed Houston County is ranked fifth in Minnesota and Fillmore County ninth in the state in health outcomes.

  • “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

  • Rural Minnesota is losing a community hub — the local grocery store — in many towns. Between 2000 and 2013, Greater Minnesota lost 14 percent of its grocery stores. In southeastern Minnesota, the decline was 12 percent.

  • Too Hick to be Square: What's in the Clan's garden?
    The snow is gone. The grass is getting green again. Spring has come.

  • The mythical town of Lake Wobegon created by Garrison Keillor is “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” In many ways, Minnesota holds up to those impossible standards as the state regularly tops, or places high in, surveys measuring such conditions as health, education, voter turnout and, recently, the economy.

  • Home schooling is as big a part of the Clan experience as are canning, gardening, beekeeping, and the other activities we do. In fact, it’s a much bigger part, because if we didn’t home school, we probably wouldn’t be able to do all those other things. Home schooling is one of the biggest things that makes the Clan what it is.

Down to Three

The Republican Party has seen two candidates drop out of the race this week leaving only Donald Trump, while on the Democratic side Bernie Sanders has declared that he will stay in the race until the final primary. Do you think Sanders should concede to Hillary Clinton?


 

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