The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 13, 2014

Spring softens steeled nerves

Harsh winter makes spring nuances more enjoyable


Thousands of robins that have been migrating through in recent days having a feeding frenzy on dried berries clinging to trees. They're dysentery-producing berries that lead to vehicles splattered bumper-to-bumper, the driver only a blur behind the smeary windshield. A small price to pay for the spring cacophony of birds.

Out at Seven Mile Creek County Park, the wild ground plums, pussytoes and trout lilies are already strong and green, emerging from the brown-leafed floor.

I doubt those in Dallas or Phoenix are feeling the same lift of spirits these days as their brown, cool winter gives way to a brown, warm spring.

There is another benefit to the winter past. In the years ahead, as kids or grandkids complain of a cold winter, we can annoy them with our eye-rolling stories of that winter of '13-'14.

Tim Krohn can be contacted at or 344-6383.

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