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Observations: Baby manatees don’t care about the price of gas

Baby manatee snouts. I’m not sure I can imagine anything more cool than seeing baby manatee snouts popping up in the water around my boat. The recent warm weather has…

Observations: Let’s not race to mediocrity

By Mitch Traphagen On a beautiful spring day in 1975, Reuben Svingen stood in his classroom at Worthington Junior High School, held up a silver coin and said, “There is…

Exporting dreams

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Years ago a friend invited me to spend a weekend at his cabin in the north woods of Minnesota. Northern Minnesota is stunningly beautiful — peace…

A change in perspective

It is amazing how the passage of time can change perspective. I once read a generalization that said if you aren’t a liberal while young, you have no heart and…

A change in perspective

I expected a small town renaissance to take place during the recession but instead I found a lot of snow and ice. Although it is beautiful for a while, that…

Proven wrong

Shadow Marie at home in the Little Harbor Village Marina in Ruskin. By MITCH TRAPHAGEN A few years ago during the peak of the housing bubble, I whined and complained…

Not enough rose coloring in my glasses

  By MITCH TRAPHAGEN As time has passed, I’ve become a firm believer in the adage that discretion is the better part of valor. Upon hearing of the tragedy in…

Do you want the bad news or the good news?

Mitch Traphagen Photo Sammy the dog has been pretty happy since puppyhood. He doesn’t spend a lot of time reading news websites but is always happy to get a cookie,…

Observations: Better than ever

By Mitch Traphagen   These guys didn’t risk their lives and wealth on a nation of whiners. Americans are still a strong and proud people and from the adversity of…

Observations: Cheers to our new souls!

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net December 31, 2001, was a turning point for making the New Year’s holiday one of my favorites. It was all due to making a human connection with…