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 By Anne Dugan    News    April 3, 2020 

Wrenshall News: Quiz answers and the online teaching feels

Thanks to all for playing Wrenshall trivia this week. I had a videoconference with Dale Wolf and he told me all the answers. I wrote them down while dehydrating apples and now they are either in the...

 By Anne Dugan    People    March 27, 2020

Wrenshall News: Take time out for a Wrenshall trivia puzzler

I figured since most of us are sequestered indoors it might be a good time for some Wrenshall trivia. Since I am “new” to town, having moved here just 20 years ago, I thought I would bring in...

 By Anne Dugan    News    March 13, 2020

Wrenshall News: Signs of spring abound

The famed rodent of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania did not see his shadow this year, prognosticating an early spring for 2020 and right here at the Food Farm we had our first picnic of the year… in the...

 By Anne Dugan    People    March 6, 2020

Wrenshall News: Farmers get energized

Wrenshall had a strong showing this past weekend at the country's largest organic farming conference held in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Rick Dalen and Clara Salveson of Northern Harvest Farm, Jason... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    People    February 14, 2020

Wrenshall celebrates homecoming and reading this month

It’s homecoming week for Wrenshall! Monday kicked off the festivities with a rally featuring a family feud game show with the homecoming court as contestants, as well as a scooter relay race. There...

 By Anne Dugan    News    February 7, 2020

Wrenshall News: Find the light in life in the dead of winter

Minnesota climatology records show that January was the cloudiest on record since recorded observations started in 1963. With the gloomy weather it can be hard to stay motivated. Luckily, our...

 By Anne Dugan    News    January 24, 2020

Wrenshall News: After-school art is popular

The Wrenshall elementary art club is open to students in grades 3-6 and meets once a month for 90 minutes after school in Molly Kidd's art room. She says students ask about the next month's offering...

 By Anne Dugan    People    January 17, 2020

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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and one of the ways I try and honor his legacy is to try something new and push myself to leave my comfort zone. Given the divisive nature of our national...

 By Anne Dugan    News    January 10, 2020

Wrenshall News: Taking on new year with one word

This was the first week of “back to reality” for a lot of us. School is back in session and most folks are back to work. Monday morning was a bit rough and it can be hard to find our way into rout...

 By Anne Dugan    News    December 20, 2019

Wrenshall News: Outdoors awaits during holidays

As I was mailing a package from the Duluth post office this week, the woman behind the counter noticed my address. "Wrenshall has the best burgers around, hands down!" she said. "I worked at that...

 By Anne Dugan    News    December 13, 2019

Wrenshall News: Classrooms benefit from nonprofit help

A reader in Cloquet sent a lovely email about the amazing teachers at Wrenshall school. She is an avid supporter of the nonprofit DonorsChoose (, which makes it easy for people to...

 By Anne Dugan    News    December 6, 2019

Wrenshall News: Busy times are ahead in Wrenshall area

When I was a kid, my family used to hold weekly meetings to check in on how things were going and what was on the calendar coming up for the week ahead. We’d talk about some highlights from the...

 By Anne Dugan    News    November 29, 2019

Wrenshall News: Oh deer; the Wrenshall student tradition

Gratitude can be a funny thing; it's often the case that when you have less of something, you tend to be thankful for it more than when you have it in abundance. Take light, for instance. This time...

 By Anne Dugan    News    November 22, 2019

Wrenshall news: Concert shines light on mental health, suicide

The phrase Wrenshall resident James Sheetz keeps coming back to is "Now, what just happened?" His sister, Diana Sheetz Carlson, died by suicide in 2013. "It's still there, like every once in a while...

 By Anne Dugan    People    November 15, 2019

WRENSHALL NEWS: Raptors Zywicki named coach of the year

Wrenshall coach Jeremy Zywicki was recently named coach of the year for the 9 Man North White district of the Minnesota State High School Football League for his work this year with the new... Full story


Wrenshall News: Art tour allows sense of place

When I moved to Wrenshall after graduate school in New York City I had many friends and colleagues tell me some version of the same thing: “Oh, what a unique thing. Art and farming. How can you...

 By Anne Dugan    People    November 1, 2019

Wrenshall news: Farmers cool their carrots

Dave Hanlon was succinct. "Its just a stupid amount of carrots." That's how Hanlon, from the Food Farm in Wrenshall, describes our record-breaking harvest this fall. In the last two weeks we've... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    News    October 25, 2019

Wrenshall news: Students find magic in a traveling opera

Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon” or, as we now know it, “Cinderella,” first debuted at the National Theater of the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1899. On Monday, it was performed in the Wrenshall...


WRENSHALL NEWS: Harvest moon happenings

The harvest moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, made its appearance last month but, for our farm, the high harvest is happening right now — and the weather hasn’t been kind for...

 By Anne Dugan    People    October 4, 2019

From the Wrens Nest: School building and grounds director makes a difference

Full disclosure: I live with a Wrenshall School board member, Janaki Fisher-Merritt. Most days when he comes home from a late meeting, I brace myself to hear a recap of difficult issues and tough...

 By Anne Dugan    News    September 27, 2019

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Brian DePew said "seeing contemporary art in a barn next to an organic farm in northern Minnesota is not the way I thought I would be ending my evening," DePew, the executive director of the Center fo...


From the Wren's Nest: Make a trip to rural Wrenshall this weekend

"People are always happy when they come here, and if they aren't, they are always happy when they leave". That was Angela Rubish's response when I asked her about her business, the Ru-Ridge corn... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    People    August 2, 2019

From The Wrens Nest: Brickyard Days are upon us

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Brickyard Days is here! The official festivities are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, but there will be reunions and revelry throughout the whole...

 By Anne Dugan    News    July 19, 2019

From the Wren's Nest: Water is the most vital resource in our community

"Come on, Betsy, let's go!" This was the enthusiastic cheer of my 4-year-old last Friday as we set off with his grandma and 50 other area residents on a coach bus tour of the Nemadji Watershed.... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    News    July 12, 2019

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Wrenshall is the land of milk and honey — literally. Two weeks ago we celebrated milk production in Wrenshall with Breakfast on the Farm at the Laveau Dairy, and this week I got to taste fresh...


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