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 By Anne Dugan    Happenings    April 9, 2021 

Wrenshall News: Sunflowers bring light

I don’t know if it was the warmest Easter on record, but it sure felt special to be outside without winter gear last weekend. We celebrated with family outside around the pizza oven and feasted on... Full story

 By Anne Dugan    News    April 2, 2021

Wrenshall news: Dress-up days at school

Homecoming week for Wrenshall is coming up next week and despite the differences in its delivery, it will be full of festivities. There are dress up days throughout the week and, given that some...

 By Anne Dugan    News    March 26, 2021

Wrenshall news: Spring hits its marks

At 4:37 a.m. on March 20, we officially passed into spring with the vernal equinox. We’ve tipped the scales and there is a little more light every day. Our family joined plenty of other folks...

 By Anne Dugan    News    March 12, 2021

Spring in Wrenshall

This month is feeling a lot more like a new year to me than January did. Social media is filled with posts from folks remembering their last public event before lockdown measures swept the country,...

 By Anne Dugan    People    February 19, 2021

A love affair with books

In English, we have the term bookworm to describe someone who is always reading. According to historian Nick Kapur, most every other language has a similar phrase. In Spanish and French there is book...


Wrenshall News: Seeds need acute care

Like many Americans this past Sunday, I celebrated the largest sporting event of the year by eating my fair share of avocado. I realized it might be a fun science project for my kids and me to watch...

 By Anne Dugan    News    February 5, 2021

Winter lock loosens a bit

For me and my neighbors, it feels far too early to think of the promise of spring. But I have appreciated the return of evening light as I walk to the mailbox at 5 p.m. While most phenological...


I'm from Wrenshall and more

As gradeschoolers in Wrenshall made their way back to the classroom this week, the learning theme that my mom came up with is “My Neighborhood.” Our kids created a map of their little slice of...

 By Anne Dugan    People    January 15, 2021

Wrenshall News: Just reaching out can work

When I was young I remember my mom telling me a story about a guy whose car had broken down on a country road with a flat tire. It was late at night and bitter cold. He had helped his wife with a...

 By Anne Dugan    People    December 25, 2020

Wrenshall News: Christmas tea was a big deal

With so many folks missing their regular holiday gatherings this year, James Sheetz wanted to share one of his favorite traditions from his time at Wrenshall School. In the 1960s, home economics...

 By Anne Dugan    People    December 11, 2020

Wrenshall News: Keeping lights on is a balm

With so many holiday traditions upended this year it's fun to be able to hold dearly to the ones we can enjoy safely together. Our family has always loved the lighting displays put out by Wrenshall...

 By Anne Dugan    People    December 4, 2020

Wrenshall News: From Covid worries to Thanksgiving blessings

Like for plenty of other folks around the country, our Thanksgiving looked quite a bit different this year, but we still celebrated our immense blessings around a dinner of poultry and savory spices....

 By Anne Dugan    People    November 27, 2020

Wrenshall News: Love of horror films meets opportunity

The cult horror film "Plan 9 from Outer Space" was Bela Lugosi's last film, and was shot without a script because director Ed Wood didn't really know what it was going to be about. This is the kind...

 By Anne Dugan    People    November 13, 2020

Wrenshall news

In 1914 Emily Dickenson wrote about the feelings that follow suffering. Whatever your political party, this year's election has been painful. This Sunday marks the new moon and it's a wonderful time...

 By Anne Dugan    News    October 30, 2020

Wrenshall news

Halloween is arguably one of the most creative holidays, and this year that spirit (pun intended) will have to go toward figuring out new ways to celebrate. Luckily, Wrenshallites are figuring out...

 By Anne Dugan    News    October 2, 2020

Wrens Nest: Wrenshall news

On a computer screen in Wrenshall last Saturday, the fate of the first champion of the USA Jigsaw Puzzle Association was being decided. The president of the association and Wrenshall resident,...

 By Anne Dugan    News    September 25, 2020

Wrenshall News: Cabbage is king this year

This was a surprisingly difficult growing season for a lot of our crops on the Food Farm. It was dry early in the growing season, then the first real rain we got was full of hail. This fall has...

 By Anne Dugan    News    September 11, 2020

Wrenshall News: Change is in the air this fall

By the time this paper hits your mailbox, we will have had one partial week of school under our belts. We will have either had a hard frost or we will have been given another week of needed growth for...

 By Anne Dugan    People    August 28, 2020

Wrenshall News: We need a tomatillo spirit

I have a small plot on the farm that I use to experiment and play - growing things such as artichoke, eggplant, or tomatillo. That last plant is irrepressible. I started growing tomatillos five years...

 By Anne Dugan    People    August 14, 2020

Wrenshall News: Drive up for some music

Of all of the sectors to be affected by the Covid pandemic, performing arts and special event centers have been some of the hardest hit. That is certainly true of our community treasure - The...

 By Anne Dugan    Happenings    July 17, 2020

Wrenshall News: Progress at the school

For many families, summer is looking a little different this year. Many camps are canceled along with many of the usual structured activities. For me and my 3- and 5-year-olds, this means that news...

 By Anne Dugan    People    July 10, 2020

Wrenshall News: Keep it moving

I remember when I first learned that my smartphone kept track of the number of steps I took every day. I was sort of creeped out that this piece of technology I carry everywhere was keeping such...

 By Anne Dugan    News    July 3, 2020

Wrenshall News: Pick, eat and savor

The Friday morning “Backyard Almanac” segment on Duluth’s public radio station KUMD last week included a recipe for one of my favorite fruits — the strawberry. Wild strawberries, while quite...

 By Anne Dugan    News    June 26, 2020

Brickyard turned 30

This week Don Johnson wrote in with a reminder of a very important Wrenshall anniversary. Here is the story: "It turns out that the 12th of June is the 30-year anniversary of the Brickyard...

 By Anne Dugan    News    June 19, 2020

Wrenshall news: Let the sun breathe in

The first week of June we brought the last of the rutabagas from our root cellar to the Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth. The following week we started the first summer deliveries to our Food Share members...


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