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Showy Slippers

Showy Lady's Slippers bloom Monday in the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Named Minnesota's state flower in 1902, the orchid is a sure sign of the first days of summer. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)...

Showy Lady Slippers bloom Monday in the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Named Minnesota's state flower in 1902, the orchid is a sure sign of the first days of summer. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Showy Lady Slippers bloom Monday in the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Named Minnesota's state flower in 1902, the orchid is a sure sign of the first days of summer. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)

Showy Lady's Slippers bloom Monday in the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Named Minnesota's state flower in 1902, the orchid is a sure sign of the first days of summer. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)

I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.
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