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3 posts from March 2012


In Greg's memory

If you're a Greg Sellnow fan, you know the tragic news. To honor him, we'll keep this blog going on, though we'll close the commenting. There's a lot of great writing here, as you probably know, from one of the best writers we've ever published.

Here's a selection of the news stories, columns and letters that were published after Greg's passing on March 10. -- Jay Furst

Longtime columnist, editorial page editor Sellnow dies, March 11 (online)

Obituary, March 12

First impressions aren't always right, Tracy McCray, Talk of the Town, March 12

"Open mind, listening ears defined Greg Sellnow," Eric Atherton, March 12

"A night to remember a fallen friend," Jay Furst, Furst Draft, March 14

"Life is fleeting, so hold your friends close," Randy Chapman, Publisher's Pick, March 14

"All aboard the 'Crazy Train,'" Jennifer Koski, Jen's World, March 14

"Acknowledge your feelings of loss," Jeff Hansel, Pulse on Health, March 19

"Quality of life depends on the quality of the natural world around us," Greg Munson, Nature Nut, March 17

"Columnist Sellnow was a point man in Austin, too," letter to the editor, March 15

"Our world lost a great person in Greg Sellnow, letter to the editor, March 16


Franken steals my hotdish cook-off idea

Franken photoWell, not really. Actually, I could be accused of stealing the idea from him. Doesn't matter, there's nothing unique or exclusive about a good ol' hotdish cookoff contest. The more the merrier.

Sen. Al Franken last year proposed a Minnesota hotdish contest "as a way to bring the delegation together at the start of the new session to celebrate Minnesota before tackling the issues facing the state."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar won last year's contest with her "Taconite Tater Tot Hot Dish." First District Congressman Tim Walz came in second with his "Chicken Mushroom Wild Rice Hot Dish."

This year, Franken and 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaak tied for the top prize.

Last summer, as you might recall, I hosted an "Ultimate Minnesota Hotdish" contest among Post-Bulletin readers. I got more than 100 entries, which were judged by a panel of real life "church ladies" and others at my church, Mt. Olive Lutheran in Rochester. The overall champion was Lynne Olson of rural Pine Island, who won with her "Chicken Artichoke Hotdish." Yes, a dish with the exotic artichoke won a Minnesota cooking contest.

You can find a rundown of this year's Minnesota congressional cooking contest, complete with recipes, compliments of Sen. Franken, here. 

Here — back by popular demand — is Lynne Olson winning recipe:

2 cups bow tie pasta, cooked as directed
2 cups cooked cubed chicken
1 14-oz. can of water packed artichoke hearts. Rinsed, drained and chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Crushed croutons for topping

Bake in a greased casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.



Racist comment about stabbing coverage?

I always get myself in trouble when I suggest that there might be even a hint of racism in Rochester. But I'm continually amazed when I go into our letters to the editor in-box and see comments like this one, left for us Thursday night about a story on the recent stabbing.

"I was surprised that the people involved in the stabbing were of dark complexion!!"

I asked the author for clarification on what she meant and received no response.