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By: Renee Richardson on March 7, 2012 - 1:15am - Add new comment

I'm not sure I really want to know what the tom cat in the kitchen is thinking. It might be better to assume he's pretty happy with a pat on the head or the crunchy food in his dish. But there are times when he looks off in the distance that I'm sure he's pondering his place in the universe. And maybe he is.
Joyce Leake of Animal University hosts seminars on animal communication. She'll be in Brainerd March 9-11 at Spirit Horse Center. Her workshops are designed to teach people the basics and the complexities of animal communication.

By: Renee Richardson on February 17, 2012 - 12:59am - Add new comment

Lakes area moviegoers are getting an early look at preliminary plans for a renovated Movies 10 in Baxter, complete with new name — Lakeland Theatre.
The plans for the 12-screen movie complex with stadium seating and two additional auditoriums added to the existing Movies 10 theater were recently presented to the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission and will move on for review by the city council. Check out Biz Buzz for more details on the theater renovations.

By: Renee Richardson on January 16, 2012 - 6:14pm - Add new comment

Movies are just better on the big screen. That’s if the person next to you isn’t checking their smartphone every 5 minutes (they better be a brain
surgeon waiting for a call to the ER). For some reason they don’t think lighting up a dark room disturbs anyone around them. Seriously? How did
people make it through a 90-minute movie before mobile phones? Must have been a tougher breed of cat in the old days. They were willing to be
off-line to actually munch some overly priced popcorn and focus on a film. That’s why the theater can beat the comfort of the living room. It has your

By: Renee Richardson on December 8, 2011 - 3:53pm - Add new comment

What would winter be without days on the ice with blades on your feet? Well, it wouldn't seem like Minnesota. Chilly temperatures made for good ice making Thursday but a warming trend expected this weekend could threaten plans for skating just yet.

By: Renee Richardson on November 23, 2011 - 10:53pm - Add new comment

The holiday season, as it's evolved, is often a stressful time of year. That's not a news flash to anyone. Expectations for perfect family gatherings, getting the perfect gift, making the perfect memory, even being on the perfect behavior — are all hard to reach.
But Thanksgiving is different.
No presents to buy. No lofty expectations. No real pressure.
Well no pressure except for the cook (thanks Mom and my sister) or the dude grilling the turkey (my brother-in-law).
At it's best, it's family around the table to share a meal.

By: Renee Richardson on November 17, 2011 - 5:50pm - Add new comment

For moviegoers the recently announced renovations to the Movies 10 in Baxter are coming at a good time but they may be measured by what’s happening about 60 miles to the south.
The Parkwood 18 movie theater in Waite Park is in the middle of a major renovation that will change the movie-going experience.
The Marcus Theatres cinema reports it is renovating every square inch of the place. Major changes are the addition of a restaurant — the Zaffiro’s Pizzeria and Bar.

By: Renee Richardson on October 31, 2011 - 5:04pm - Add new comment

There's nothing better than a good ghost story on Halloween. And in Ironton, the ghost provides a daily photo opportunity — as long as the sun is shining and in the right position in the sky. For the ghost hunter, it's a haunting opportunity.

By: Renee Richardson on July 20, 2011 - 6:47pm - Add new comment

Weather is always a great topic. Like porridge — whether it's too hot, too cold or just right — it's on everyone's lips. 

The recent heat wave across the nation and in the lakes area is unusual for its unrelenting duration. And this week will make anyone a believer that it's not the heat, it's the humidity. Holy cats, even the shade provided little, albeit slightly welcome, relief. And without a decent breeze, it was SSS time — sweating standing still. 

Difficult days especially for those who make their livelihoods working outside. 

By: Renee Richardson on December 22, 2010 - 7:04pm - Add new comment

Thanks to Gene, the neighborhood snow angel, the sidewalks on my block are clear and I'm able to get in and out of my driveway even after the plow goes by and dumps what I'm sure is the accumulated snow from several blocks.

Sometimes I'm convinced the snowplow driver waits until I've already cleared a path just to make sure I'm out there again with shovel in hand. But that driver doesn't know I've got a secret weapon. It's Gene.

By: Renee Richardson on December 20, 2010 - 5:24pm - Add new comment

If there is a break in the clouds tonight the show in the night sky will be worth a trip outside and a good reason to stay up. The longest night of the winter is matching up with a lunar eclipse as the Earth blocks the sun's rays. As the Earth's shadow is cast on the moon, the lunar body is expected to change from gray to orange or deep red as indirect sunlight passes through the Earth's atmosphere. NASA said the eclipse will last 72 minutes beginning about 12:32 a.m. With the winter solstice marking the shortest day and longest night, the moon will be high in the night sky.