Mitch Traphagen

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Could a text message save your life?

Early this month, tornadoes struck a major metropolitan area with no loss of life. Forecasting helped but some also credit text messages for saving lives.
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Officials dedicate a Tampa Bay jewel

Dedication of 20-year Cockroach Bay restoration was held on April 20....
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Observations: What are we doing here?

The longer I live the more questions I have....
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Taking big breaths of life

With a simple goal, two lives are changed for the better...
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If you see this guitar, Tom Petty would like to talk to you

Tom Petty's iconic guitar stolen; he gets it back....
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Observations: Looking ahead from behind

Glancing back, I can see what has brought me to where I am today....
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From a tragic incident in Florida, a peaceful rally in Minnesota

By Mitch Traphagen WORTHINGTON, MINN - A Florida woman who recently moved to a rural community in Minnesota felt compelled to speak out against what she ...
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Andi's Big Day

Stray animals are a heartbreaking and unnecessary problem in South Hillsborough....
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Observations: Just say 'Moo!'

Who is more valuable, the CEO or the flight attendant?...
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SCC artist speaks volumes with her brush

One-woman exhibit runs through April 29 in SCC....
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Observations: Coming around again

Who knew things are coming around again?...
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Author info
image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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