Author: LindaLee

Midday Matinee – The God(s) of War

Mars, in Roman times was the god of war. The Romans were a very militaristic people. We could learn from them. The Greek god of war was Ares. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Mars for the Romans and Ares from the Greek were the gods of war. The moons of the planet Mars are Phobos and Diemos. They are Greek names. But they were also the names of two of Mars’ children. Phobos means panic or fear. Think phobias. Diemos means terror or...

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A Small Town Thinking Big

Last week I wrote about small towns and whether they were stuck or moving on. Casey, Illinois is definitely moving on.(More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Most of Casey’s big stuff is in the Guinness Book of World Records. For a town of 3,000 they are on the rebound. This idea may be taken but this video does show what thinking big can accomplish. +++++ Credit: Adobe Stock Images. Standard...

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Dear Representative Emmer (MN06)

My letter to my congressman, Tom Emmer.(More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Dear Congressman Emmer; I checked your website and google for any statements you might have made about the President’s news conference where he gave cover and support to white supremacists, the KKK, Nazis and the collection of alt right groups in Charlottesville. You seem to be strangely silent on this topic. As a proud American, a Democrat, a mother and grandmother, I’d like to know which side of history you are on....

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Dairy Farming and Immigrants

Dairy is part of globalization and trade. The implications for the industry and its immigrant employees is a huge unknown. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. The dairy industry in Wisconsin is a $43 Billion a year business. Wisconsin is #2 for milk and #1 for cheese produced. Immigrant labor accounts for 51 percent of all dairy labor, and dairies that employ immigrant labor produce 79 percent of the U.S. milk supply. Rural New York dairy farmers are in the same predicament. The first...

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Small Towns: Stuck or on the Move?

Small towns in rural Minnesota are hurting and thriving. What makes the difference? (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Driving from Minneapolis St. Paul up to Ely in the Iron Range, many signs for small or medium size towns advertise with reasons to stop and visit them and take a small detour from the freeway. Hinkley, MN has a casino, Tobie’s restaurant famous for its carmel rolls, the Hinkley fire museum (on the link it says the fire of 1894 but on the freeway...

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