Sue Austreng

Last weekend, as we celebrated the day set aside to honor our moms, I was reminded of a child’s eye view of motherhood, something that was shared with me by a woman I met a few years ago, while working on a story about a teacher-in-waiting, fresh off her student teacher assignment.

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As co-workers share anecdotes about babies’ firsts and seek advice about parenting their little ones, as one anticipates the birth of her twins and we celebrate another new mom with a baby shower, I’m entering a curious new chapter in the mysterious story of the parent-child connection.

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Calls of “Hei og velkommen” fill my dreams these days as Scandinavian heritage beckons a visit – if not with a trip to my forefathers’ Norwegian farm town, at least with the making of lefse, a tasty Norwegian comfort food.

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The season’s winter wonderland is upon us. OK, so we’ve only got a thin blanket of snow on the ground so far, but you know more is coming soon. And with it, adventure and activity that only the winter season can provide.

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Nearly 15,000 young soccer players on nearly 1,000 different teams from around the globe competed in the Schwan’s USA Cup soccer tournament in Blaine last month.

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