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Autumn teaches us a valuable lesson. During summer, all the green trees are beautiful. But there is no time of the year when the trees are more beautiful than when they are different colors. Diversity adds beauty to our world.
– Donald H. Hicks, "Look into the stillnes"  
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  Volume No. 17 Issue No. 9 September 2020  

None Book Review   None Community Calendar   None Community Photos   None Did You Know?  
None Editorial   None FFPD News   None From the Publisher   None Marks Meanderings  
None Monkey Business   None News From D 49   None People on the Plains   None Pet Adoption Corner  
None Pet Care   None Phun Photos   None Prairie Life   None Wildlife Matters  
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Michelle Barrette

  By Michelle Barrette

   As I was jotting down my plan for this column the last week of February, the weather forecasters were warning us that a snow squall was near. I thought I heard snow stall, and that sounded wonderful (enough already). When I heard snow squall, I had to Google it. The squall approaches at a fast pace, is usually brief and not necessarily associated with a snowstorm.
   For drivers, the snow squall is hazardous. The roads might be dry, but in minutes, an intense blast of snow is blinding you and all the drivers around you. Multiple pileups have been attributed to snow squalls. The diagram you see here is from the National Weather Service, with tips for avoiding a crash or wipeout. I’m pretty sure I’ve experienced this weather phenomenon — only it was called a whiteout. Whatever, it’s been big snow forever it seems so let’s call a snow stall and get on with spring!
   And on to business: We are making some changes this year with the newspaper. Soon, you will see a new look. After 17 years, I thought it was time to mix it up a bit so our designer, Dean, has come up with what I think is a cool new masthead, which will be revealed in our April issue. Please let us know what you think.
   We are also once again assessing our layout, our columns and some of the “fun” stuff like Phun Photos, rumors and Monkey Business. We can use your help. We’ve exhausted our coffer of rumors, so we are looking to the community for rumors. The rumors have to be realistic; no more illusive rumors like the one where Peyton Manning had bought some land in Peyton or the ones that keep resurfacing like Taco Bell. The latter is like crying wolf — will anyone believe the rumor if Taco Bell becomes a viable rumor? So, please send us an email, either to me or Marylou.
   Also, we are looking for a Phun Photo from you — it doesn’t have to be an animal (although your dog, cat, horse, wildlife photos are welcome). The photos can be anything related to the areas we cover or your property. Send us a photo of your big, red barn or your funky mailbox. Send us a photo of the yearly moth invasions! We’ll give you credit, of course. Photos should be high resolution JPGs.
   And Monkey Business: This “column” was started because our editor loves monkeys and collects monkeys (not the real kind). Anyway, what would you like to see in Monkey Business, or is it time to say goodbye to MB?
   We value input so please take a minute to send us an email and help us make your paper — well, your paper.
   March 8 is daylight saving time — don’t forget to spring forward!
   Of course, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day — corned beef and cabbage and green beer. Be safe out there!
   “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.” – Old Irish Blessing
   See you in April,
   - Michelle
   CORRECTION: It was just brought to our attention that in January, in the Black Forest News section, Faces of Black Forest (Ann McKeever); the last paragraph was cut off by the photo. So, here is the last paragraph in full: “After 21 years of being cancer free, rather than having six months to live, I still write to my doctor to let him know how I’m doing.”
   We apologize to our readers and Ann.
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