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2014 Columns

Facebook settlement is a victory for all of us, 03/31/14

Fever!, 03/24/14

The power of preposterous ideas, 03/17/14

Kids can make a person feel ancient, 03/10/14

The anti-bucket list, 03/03/14

Body parts age at different rates, 02/24/14

People and cameras, 02/17/14

Fishing for independence, 02/10/14

No such thing as a 10-minute job, 02/03/14

The way winter was, 01/27/14

The cakewalk to enlightenment, 01/20/14

Dim bulbs making the rules, 01/13/14

Retirement: a modern fairy tale, 01/06/14

2013 Columns

Accentuate the positive, 12/30/13

Books offer benefits, but only if we read them, 12/23/13

There is still hope for Christmas, 12/16/13

A special letter, 12/09/13

My compliments to the mayor, 12/02/13

Fix-it clinics are a win-win proposition, 11/25/13

One name doesn’t = famous, 11/18/13

Lost: sense, of the common sort, 11/11/13

The morning after the night before, 11/04/13

Bear envy: dreaming of nap magic, 10/28/13

The feasts of autumn, 10/21/13

Technology addiction?, 10/14/13

It’s time for an intervention, 10/07/13

A salute to emergency workers, 09/30/13

Feed people, not the trash can, 09/23/13

A stimulating spray, 09/16/13

Give them enough rope, 09/09/13

Independence works both ways, 09/02/13

Save the tribute; just treat workers right, 08/26/13

Good girls don’t, 08/19/13

The Association rides again, 08/12/13

The talkers and the do-ers, 08/05/13

Shame is extinct, but apathy thrives, 07/29/13

Back to the sauna, 07/22/13

Being a sidekick is a lousy job, 07/15/13

Some still like it hot, 07/08/13

Reuniting with our roots, 07/01/13

Summer reading season, 06/24/13

Another beautiful friendship, 06/17/13

Reduce waste and harvest benefits, 06/10/13

Adaptability will be key for grads, 06/03/13

Small screen escapism, 05/27/13

Shield laws protect more than journalists, 05/20/13

A testing drive, 05/13/13

Actions should have consequences, 05/06/13

A pedaler’s paradise, 04/29/13

Seniors have much to share, 04/22/13

Second thoughts about hermitage, 04/15/13

Big scale bar fights, 04/08/13

A summer of surprises, 04/01/13

Privacy is becoming hard to find, 03/25/13

GRAS or gross?, 03/18/13

Open government requires vigilance, 03/11/13

Fast food of a different breed, 03/04/13

Briers checks out of rat race for good, 02/25/13

Bad behavior or good sports?, 02/18/13

Auto options can drive one batty, 02/11/13

Pressing on into the future, 02/04/13

A legacy worth preserving, 01/28/13

Smoke on the breeze, 01/21/13

A new definition of sweatshop, 01/14/13

Farewell to a champion, 01/07/13

2012 Columns

Downton is a true masterpiece, 12/31/12

Sad lives and tragic consequences, 12/24/12

A host of holiday delights, 12/17/12

Invest in people, 12/10/12

An office with a view, 12/03/12

Simple solutions not allowed, 11/26/12

Black Friday blues, 11/19/12

It’s time to row together, 11/12/12

Another autumn invasion, 11/05/12

Captain Sparrow was right, 10/29/12

The big day is approaching, 10/22/12

All Minnesotans are equal, 10/15/12

Technology is fading into history, 10/08/12

The beginning of baking season, 10/01/12

Why should kids have all the fun?, 09/24/12

A world-class sales pitch, 09/17/12

A lesson in finance, 09/10/12

Stealing more than signs, 09/03/12

The Curmudgeon’s food tree, 08/27/12

Discouraging distracted dining, 08/20/12

The wisdom of the jars, 08/13/12

Going for the gold, 08/06/12

Obsessed with the negative, 07/30/12

Addicted to air conditioning, 07/23/12

Disappearing summer vacation, 07/16/12

Remembering Scotty, 07/09/12

Bring back the spirit of ‘76, 07/02/12

After the rain, 06/25/12

Defending, not condoning, cussing, 06/18/12

The food police are watching, 06/11/12

Time to go back to school?, 06/04/12

Interpreting employment ads, 05/28/12

Lives behind the numbers, 05/21/12

A burden or a blessing?, 05/14/12

Neighborhood watch, old style, 05/07/12

Navigating new relationships, 04/30/12

More contempt for taxpayers, 04/23/12

Due for some driving lessons, 04/16/12

A snapshot in time, 04/09/12

Casting too wide a net, 04/02/12

A magic undo button for life, 03/26/12

Take a chance on new things, 03/19/12

Sunshine alone is not enough, 03/12/12

Provocateurs can open our eyes, 03/05/12

Places can become part of us, 02/27/12

Is small change facing extinction?, 02/20/12

Absolutes are rarely absolute, 02/13/12

Keep Uncle Sam out of my shopping cart, 02/06/12

Reversing the wrong kind of gain, 01/30/12

Obsessed with change, 01/23/12

Big hammer saves the day, 01/16/12

Dead zones could offer sanctuary, 01/09/12

A doc of one’s own, 01/02/12

2011 Columns

What will you put in your letter?, 12/26/11

Christmas is in short supply, 12/19/11

Some things aren’t meant to be, 12/12/11

Creating a not-to-do list, 12/05/11

Time to boot the ‘in’ crowd out, 11/28/11

Many reasons to be thankful, 11/21/11

Gifts that keep on giving, 11/14/11

Not-so-common knowledge, 11/07/11

Lessons learned and damage done, 10/31/11

Beware of the POD people, 10/24/11

Steve Jobs lived for the possible, 10/17/11

Language of the Wild Kingdom, 10/10/11

A piece of the action, 10/03/11

Thanks, but no thanks, 09/26/11

Take a time-out to regroup, 09/19/11

The scourge of September, 09/12/11

Reaping nature’s bounty, 09/05/11

Keystone Kongress follies, 08/29/11

Extreme obsession on the rise, 08/22/11

Not a drop to drink, 08/15/11

A different world, 08/08/11

Towns for sale, 08/01/11

Other people’s moccasins, 07/25/11

Men will be boys, 07/18/11

We need compromise, not blame, 07/11/11

Road hogs are a menace, 07/04/11

Playing chicken with the state, 06/20/11

Dishonesty is not a virtue, 06/13/11

Turnabout: switching roles, 06/06/11

Advice at our fingertips, 05/30/11

Slimmer kids, fatter government, 05/23/11

Liquid investment at work, 05/16/11

Steeped in tradition, 05/09/11

The retrogression of communication, 05/02/11

Trouble in store; or bad manners in a big box, 04/25/11

Some things never change, 04/18/11

The things we used to know, 04/11/11

We can’t put the genie back in the bottle, 04/04/11

Right people, wrong jobs, 03/28/11

Rolling with the changes, 03/21/11

Shining a light on public data, 03/14/11

Cage matches for congress, 03/07/11

We may be luckier than we think, 02/28/11


A calamity in cubeville, 02/21/11

State cuts off barber, 02/14/11

Reverse economic development, 02/07/11

Sitting together isn’t enough, 01/31/11

The weakest link, 01/24/11

A tip of the cap to Mr. Poe, 01/17/11

A sign of the times, 01/10/11

Cold, wet, and crazy, 01/03/11

2010 Columns

The Etch A Sketch of life, 12/27/10

A season of believing, 12/20/10

A solidarity Christmas, 12/13/10

Filling in the blanks, 12/06/10

Using the proper address, 11/29/10

Thermostats up, seats down, 11/22/10

A change is in the air, 11/15/10

We can all learn from Nov. 11, 11/08/10

It will all be over soon, 11/01/10

Wrestling with retirement, 10/25/10

Unraveling the secret code, 10/18/10

Leg of lunkhead, lightly toasted, 10/11/10

Drifting into retirement, 10/04/10

The way we weren’t, 09/27/10

Driving the friendly skies, 09/20/10

Where does the dough go?, 09/13/10

Joe Friday had the right idea, 09/06/10

The wide world of advertising, 08/30/10

Captains put drivers to shame, 08/23/10

Old friends and new beginnings, 08/16/10

Foreclosure scams hurt us all, 08/09/10

Why we report public salaries, 08/02/10

Share hugs, not hate, 07/26/10

Life at a more relaxed pace, 0719/10

The Minnesota mosquito mambo, 07/12/10

Government should do no harm, 07/05/10

Dread in the dentist’s chair, 06/28/10

Living life to the fullest, 06/21/10

Perceptions can be deceiving, 06/14/10

A new life for old books, 06/07/10

A demonstration I’d like to see, 05/31/10

The perils of product testing, 05/24/10

Who is responsible?, 05/17/10

This is not cheap energy, 05/10/10

Saving more than time, 05/03/10

Earthquakes, Iranian style, 04/26/10

Nuclear threat is evolving, 04/19/10

Deception doesn’t pay, 04/12/10

Rich, complex, and delicious, 04/05/10

A psychedelic holiday, 03/29/10

Loud wind and thick fog, 03/22/10

Singin’ in the kitchen, 03/15/10

Too much or not enough?

Some flashing lights aren’t just for decoration, 03/01/10

Never stop moving ahead, 02/22/10

Grant us a limit to grants, 02/15/10

Surviving Valentine’s Day, 02/08/10

The Internet hasn’t made us any smarter, 02/01/10

Joy comes in the morning, 01/25/10

We could use some new ‘top words’ this year, 01/18/10

New standards for candidates, 01/11/10

Cyber-sports injuries on the rise, 01/04/10

Curmudgeon's Corner
Ivan RaconteurIvan Raconteur
Herald Journal Editor

 
2009 Columns

The indiscretions of Tiger, 12/28/09

Enjoying greeting card season, 12/21/09

The devil in the yellow truck, 12/14/09

People who make a difference, 12/07/09

Now is not the time, 11/30/09

A customer-repellent web site, 11/23/09

The Oscar Madison syndrome, 11/16/09

Watching crime is criminal, 11/09/09

A lady’s boudoir exposed, 11/02/09

Big TVs reveal big problem, 10/26/09

The truth about licenses, 10/19/09

Whac-A-Mole foreign policy, 10/12/09

The battle of the boxes, 10/05/09

Characters with character, 09/28/09

Ivan and the nest of evil, 09/21/09

Isolation won’t solve anything, 09/14/09

The income gap is growing, 09/07/09

Voluntary imprisonment?, 08/31/09

We are what we watch, 08/24/09

Shouting is not a solution, 08/17/09

One big dysfunctional family, 08/10/09

Racism still exists, 08/03/09

It’s time for a shake-up, 07/27/09

The call of the open road, 07/20/09

Packaging frustration, 07/13/09

Health food with a twist, 07/06/09

Research we can use, 06/29/09

The worst part of the job, 06/22/09

One thing leads to another, 06/15/09

Ladies are not gentlemen, 06/08/09

Grilling season is back, 06/01/09

Turning tradition to luxury, 05/25/09

Safety versus stupidity, 05/18/09

Vacations then and now, 05/11/09

A toast to momisms, 05/04/09

Taxes are real money, 04/27/09

Cooking for one, 04/20/09

The Iron Man signs off, 04/13/09

It is our sport and religion, 04/06/09

Two guys appliance shopping, 03/30/09

How home sales work, 3/23/09

Keeping public information public, 3/16/09

Dreaming of the greens, 3/9/09

For some, words have meaning, 3/2/09

We’re not out of the jungle yet, 2/23/09

Foxes minding the chicken coop, 2/16/09

Where’s the service?, 2/9/09

Be careful what you wish for, 2/2/09

Complacency can be risky, 1/26/09

Basic phones facing extinction, 1/19/09

New sheriff faces tough job, 1/12/09

Let’s speed up the recount, 1/5/09

2008 Columns

An action plan for the new year, 12/29/08

Local aid could fall victim to the Grinch, 12/22/08

A Christmas confession revealed, 12/15/08

Black Friday just got blacker, 12/08/08

Piracy has lost its romance, 12/01/08

A fitting fix for US automakers, 11/24/08

They walk among us, 11/17/08

A strange sensation of hope, 11/10/08

A clash of generations, 11/03/08

The words aren’t the problem, 10/27/08

I’m glad you asked me that . . . 10/20/08

The new gold rush, 10/13/08

Taxpayers could use a bailout, 10/06/08

The modified Tom Sawyer stratagem, 09/29/08

Savoring the autumn, 09/22/08

We all need a BS filter, 09/15/08

Trading art for sewer repairs, 09/08/08

It’s time to mind our own allotment, 09/01/08

Terror on the wing, 08/25/08

When the fantasy fades, 08/18/08

The bliss of someone else’s cooking, 08/11/08

Montrose residents take note: beware the malcontents, 08/04/08

Bathing with flesh-eating fish, 07/28/08

Fannie and Freddie vs. Joe Taxpayer, 07/21/08

The trouble with cell phones, 07/14/08

Fighting our fear of vacations, 07/07/08

Fireworks worth remembering, 06/30/08

Questionable kids’ cards, 06/23/08

Racism or just plain ignorance?, 06/16/08

Weed out the fossils, 06/09/08

A new career for the curmudgeon, 06/02/08

When private photos go public, 05/26/08

Still rolling along, 05/19/08

Help the ‘can’ts,’ not the ‘won’ts’, 05/12/08

Text message madness, 05/05/08

Corporate welfare is risky business, 04/28/08

Bad apples need behavior modification, 04/21/08

A brief look at unmentionables, 04/14/08

With this ring I me wed, 04/07/08

When life hands you rats, make ratatouille, 03/31/08

Rewriting Aesop’s fables, 03/24/08

Country mice in the big city, 03/17/08

A false sense of security, 03/10/08

Hungry hedgehogs and a moose mystery, 03/03/08

The sweet sound of silence, 02/25/08

The Suckers’ Rights Coalition, 02/18/08

The thin red line, 02/11/08

Catch them doing something right, 02/04/08

Britney and the cream soda, 01/28/08

When will we be ready?, 01/21/08

A spudtacular celebration, 01/14/08

Understanding the punctually-challenged, 01/07/08

2007 Columns

The past offers a key to the future, 12/31/07

Googling oneself goes mainstream, 12/24/07

What goes up doesn’t come down, 12/17/07

Baboons in lab coats urge salt shake-up, 12/10/07

It’s a dog’s life for Lexy, 12/03/07

Don’t wait for second chances, 11/26/07

Things are funnier from a distance, 11/19/07

So many faces, so little time, 11/12/07

Liberty could become victim of war on terror, 11/05/07

PC freaks are scarier than Halloween, 10/29/07

Smart carts and stupid shoppers, 10/22/07

Charitable extortion, 10/15/07

Restroom romance and the gender gap, 10/8/07

Confessions of a financial idiot, 10/1/07

Presenteeism: it’s enough to make one sick, 9/24/07

Jails are not country clubs, 9/17/07

Funky fish and toxic toys, 9/10/07

Literacy is a beginning, not an end, 9/3/07

Scraping by on six figures, 8/27/07

Looking through rose (or purple) glasses, 8/20/07

Trading liberty for conformity, 8/13/07

The compliment trap, 8/6/07

Vermilion State Park deserves support, 7/30/07

The symphony of the north, 7/23/07

Much ado about mooing, 7/16/07

Tax reform, Lady Godiva style, 7/9/07

Life is like a llama show, 7/2/07

Animals on the rampage, 6/25/07

Passport pandemonium, 6/18/07

Elvis at city hall?, 6/11/07

Helpful advice for newlyweds, 6/4/07

Turning morons into millionaires, 5/28/07

Life is a gamble, 5/21/07

Opportunity (not entitlement), 5/14/07

Big cheese becomes big star

Dog bite blues: owners responsible, 4/30/07

The wide weird world of sports, 4/23/07

Deciphering the (dress) code, 4/16/07

Political amnesia, 4/9/07

Eco-chic fashion growing in popularity, 4/2/07

Russ and Carol: leading by example, 3/26/07

Girl Scout cookies under attack, 3/19/07

Beware of the blissfully unaware, 3/12/07

Don’t blame the weather, 3/5/07

What it is, is censorship, 2/26/07

A man’s chair is his castle, 2/19/07

The eagle and the deer head, 2/12/07

A good neighbor, 2/5/07

An accidental tourist, 1/29/07

The blind leading the clueless, 1/22/07

Fun, quick, and easy, 1/15/07

It’s not the cream rising to the top, 1/8/07

Men making scents, 1/1/07

2006 Columns

People are the key, 12/25/06

The joy of shopping, 12/18/06

For some, it is still Christmas, 12/11/06

Books are more than words, 12/4/06

Scarcity brings out the worst, 11/27/06

No tofu turkey, 11/20/06

Government: less is more, 11/13/06

Le cordon blah, 11/6/06

What is a ‘10’?, 10/30/06

The melting pot is full, 10/23/06

Technoinsanity, 10/16/06

The bugs are going to win, 10/9/06

In the land of the backless gowns, 10/2/06

Pope’s words not an excuse for murder, 9/25/06

Croc hunter was a lucky man, 9/18/06

The battle of the accessories, 9/11/06

Labor day musing, 9/4/06

Remind me..., 8/28/06

From appliance to idol, 8/21/06

Let natural selection take its course, 8/14/06

The best (and worst) new words, 8/7/06

When no news is good news, 7/31/06

Roll out the barrels, 7/24/06

Vandalism is not art, 7/10/06

Terrorist plot uncovered, 7/3/06

Rail travel just makes sense, 6/26/06

Keeping Minnesota’s forests, 6/19/06

What’s in a name?, 6/12/06

The cost of comfort, 6/5/06

A flood of electronics, 5/29/06

Experiments in education, 5/22/06

There oughta be a law, 5/15/06

Trade could solve problems, 5/8/06

A simple plan, 5/1/06

Dream or nightmare?, 4/24/06

The natural disorder, 4/17/06

Meeting our lives away, 4/10/06

Illegal and unequal, 4/3/06

The rites of spring, 3/27/06

Technology hangover, 3/20/06

A touch of black and green, 3/13/06

Real estate 101, 2/27/06

Death of an industry, 2/20/06

Black Tuesday, 2/13/06

Open enrollment - who pays?, 2/6/06

Not how Mama used to make it, 1/30/06

Good service is a two-way street, 1/23/06

Green couch, pink china, and white elephants, 1/16/06

Distracted driving not just a teen issue, 1/9/06

Death by conformity, 1/2/06

2005 Columns

The New Year’s curse, 12/26/05

Looking for the magic, 12/19/05

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