I did a search of Mike Ciresi online, looking for his official campaign website.  I found that, but I also found a link for  When I clicked the link, I was taken to a Wikipedia page about Mike Ciresi.  Why?  Is this a cheap way of getting another url with your name on it, but without having to create any content?

For those of you not in the know, Mike Ciresi is another Minnesota DFL candidate for the U.S. Senate seat.

Enjoying some cheese with my plankton,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel


Sometimes it’s not the people out front that you have to keep an eye on.  It’s the ones running things behind the scenes.

From the mysterious whirlpool in the lake,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

The Little Falls City Council is considering raising its building permit fees and golf course fees. According to the December 9, 2007, issue of the Morrison County Record:

“As suggested, the fee for building an addition costing up to $500 would be $15. For an addition valued up to $2,000, $15 would be charged for the first $500, followed by a charge of $2 for each additional $100 spent. For a building that cost [sic] between $500,001 and $1 million, the fee would be $2,039.50 for the first $500,000, plus $3 for each additional $1,000 spent.”

Did your brain shut off after reading all those figures? Mine did. Let’s switch back on and I’ll point out a couple of curious things. A minor thing first. Where did the 50 cents come from in the $2,039.50 if all of the fees are round figures?

Second, and even more curious, who can build an addition for $500? You can’t even drop a hammer on your toe for that amount, let alone build an addition. Have you seen the cost of building materials? Even if you do it yourself, you’re not going to get an addition bigger than a doghouse with that amount of money.

Is the City Council using the word “addition” to refer to any sort of remodeling? If that’s the case, then starting permit fees based on a $500 value makes sense, but the Council should change the language so it’s not misleading. If the City Council actually means “addition” when it says “addition,” I’d start a little higher up on the scale for permitting fees – maybe at that $2,000 range. Just a suggestion . . . .

Shaking my scaly head while rubbing my stubbed fin,*

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

*(Yeah, I know. It’s gonna cost me.)

I was entering Coborn’s the other day and my eye caught a small, triangular sign on the door.  It read, “Audio monitoring on these premises.”  Hmmm.  They’re listening to our conversations now?  What are they hoping to discover in the grocery store, or hardware store, or  video store?  Where are those hidden microphones?

Filled with that creeping sensation,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

Living in Royalton, it isn’t easy to find a bottle of Soy Sauce, since Soy Sauce is an insisted upon ingredient for a perfect steak marinade I drove to downtown Little Falls in pursuit of the stated ingredient. When I arrived Parker’s Food Pride’s building was slathered with signs that read “Everything 50% off”.Having heard no rumors of Parker’s closing up shop I assumed that it must be an inventory reduction sale but when I entered the store the shelves were almost bare.

Anyone having information as to whether or not Parker’s is closing please add a comment fill the rest of us in.

Making A Sad Fish Face & Still Looking for Soy,

Brooke Trout 

About a week and a half ago I toured St. Gabe’s new emergency room with my clumsy guppy girl. While we were there I overheard family members talking about a SWAT team of about 13 … a civilian was shot but it wasn’t apparent who the shooter was.

Whatever it was that happened, the person next to us in the brand new E.R…destroyed the hospital room. Broken equipment was in the hall and one nurse told another that the walls were gouged and that the room was destroyed. Since this is mostly overheard information, I made a point of checking last weeks Record and this weeks looking for the whole story on what happened and what the total cost of the damage to the property was but I didn’t find anything.

If I had time I’d make some calls and publish the story myself but I’m booked this week. So, I was wondering, can someone at the Record find out what happened because I’m really curious?

Brooke Trout

Question: How many dead deer photo’s does it take to gag a newspaper?

I did a double-take while reading the intro to an article on identity theft by Terry Lehrke in this week’s Morrison County Record.  The first sentence is as follows:

“It’s sometimes said the best offense is a good defense.”

Say what?  Is it just me, or is this sentence bass-ackward?  Shouldn’t it read, “The best defense is a good offense?”  See, by playing offense, you are prepared so that you don’t have to be defensive.

Shaking the water out of my ears,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

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