■ My soon to be a teenager son, Connor, starts his first sport Monday, March 17. He will be a member of the Cannon Falls track team and couldn't be more excited! His bumpa Ray used to run track and I was a tracker also so I guess it is in his blood. As proud parents, Chris and I start a new chapter in our lives as sports mom and dad. Good luck to all the "spring" athletes, I look forward to watching the track meets and ball games.-Melissa R.
■ A former CF athlete has done well at Lake City this year. He is Reid Lundell, son of Jodi and Darin Lundell. Reid is a senior on the Lake City basketball team and had a good year on the court. In a playoff loss to Caledonia, he scored 17 points. Jodi and Darin are both CFHS grads. - Dick D.
■Oh, what a pretty sight it was. Monday morning, 10 a.m., and the water was running alongside the curb at our office! Our winter is almost over, but be careful driving around town because of the height of snow at corners. You can't see over the snow piles and there might be a car coming. - Dick D.
■ All of this melting snow has resulted in a giant lake in our driveway. If some colder weather comes, we'll have a nice skating pond. Our three little girls used to love to skate there when the weather cooperated. I miss those days.-Val H.
■ St. Joseph's in Miesville is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, March 18 from 2 to 7. For appointments, call 651-437-1614 or 651-437-7973. - Ken H.
■ St. Joseph's in Miesville is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on Sunday, March 16 from 11:30 to 3. Plenty of potatoes, soda bread and green beer. The late priest, Fr. Mike O'Connor, a Cannon Falls/Goodhue area native and one of many Irish descendants in the area, got this going and Dan Greil has done a nice job keeping it up. I will never forget the elderly Fr. O'Connor lifting my newborn twins, one in each hand, high above the marble altar as he talked about the miracle of life during a Sunday Mass. - Ken H.
■ Fewer and fewer people are involved in production agriculture every year, but agriculture and its associated businesses remain in many ways the lifeblood of Minnesota. Irrigation has been huge in this area to help turn sandy ground into productive farmland that has stabilized things for farmers and attracted jobs and commercial growth from the bean, pea and sweet corn canners (many processing plants in southeatern Minnesota), the high-tech seed corn industry (Syngenta, Monsanto, Remington have local plants) and the potato industry (many of which are processed in Minnesota). Many of the drilling and irrigation equipment jobs and businesses are local as well. I'm hearing of more and more pressure on irrigated agriculture from non-farmers at the State legislature and from the DNR. I hope that any actions taken are firmly based in fact and not some "vision" of what is "sustainable" agriculture and "natural" trout streams. - Ken H.
■ The Chamber of Commerce and the Beacon are working together on a new version of the Discover Cannon Falls magazine. We advertising folks - Dave Templin and myself - are in the process of contacting potential advertisers who would want to be part of the magazine. The size and design are totally different for 2014. It will be a handy smaller size, fitting well into a purse or pocket. Visitors to Cannon Falls, new residents and anyone who needs a guide to what our wonderful town has to offer will enjoy the vibrant, full-color publication. Please call the Beacon, ask for Dave or Betsy, if you want to learn more about advertising in this newest edition of Discover Cannon Falls. - Betsy F.
■ I think I know what happened to the missing jet airliner, alien abduction.-Cal F.
■ From 20 below to 50 above in a week, gotta love Minnesota.-Cal F.
■ Happy St. Urho's Day to all my wine loving Finns out there! - Greg H.