Magnetic North

Vicki with her angora rabbit, Peaches

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Vicki Biggs-Anderson
Vicki lives  on a 100-year-old homestead in Colvill that she and her late husband, Paul moved to from the Twin Cities 23 years ago.
She shares this special place with five cashmere and milk goats,  a dozen-plus laying hens, three talkative geese an assortment of wild and domestic ducks, six angora rabbits, a house cat , a yellow Lab and a rescue retriever/kangaroo and one very spoiled Bourbon Red turkey.
When not feeding, chasing or changing "sheets" for all of the above, Vicki writes, volunteers, knits, wanders the woods, balances rocks and, "when a fit of discipline strikes," dives into her decade of weekly columns for the old News-Herald in search of a book or screenplay or, more like, a sit-com.  Listen at your convenience by subscribing to a podcast.


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End of day Blue

Mysteries can’t be Googled

Welcome back to Magnetic North on Jan. 21, where winter nights are filled with stars and song and mystery.


Many a critter in Vicki's barn!

Nothing nosy about counting noses

Welcome back to Magnetic North  on this fine Jan. 7, where counting noses and beaks every day and every decade is the start and end to my days. Six, one, seven, two, five and 13. Good.


 
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Magnetic North Dec. 31, 2009: Snow and Ice

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where the first decade of the millennium is slip-sliding away on a solid sheet of ice.


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Magnetic North Dec. 23, 2009: Wood burning magic

Welcome back to Magnetic North, a whiter and brighter and softer walking place since our recent snowfall. My kick sled is fired up and ready to go. No more clunky trudges to the mailbox.


 
Vicki longs for a healthy blanket of snow….hauling water to the barn gets easier when she can put her kick sled to use!

Magnetic North Dec.17, 2009: My winter drinking problem :)

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where we stagger toward Christmas week over frozen clods of mud and, alas, no measurable snow.


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Magnetic North Dec.10, 2009: Beware The White Stuff. And Other Christmas Horror Stories

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where that icky white stuff is starting to pile up. No, not snow. We wish!


 
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Magnetic North Nov. 24, 2009: Thanks given for all things

Welcome back to Magnetic North just as many are either coming or going in search of family and feast or both.
 


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Magnetic North Nov. 12, 2009: Good Karma/Bad Karma

Fall. Apples. Hunting. And things that go “bump!” in the night. All combined at our little farm this past month. For good and for not so good.
 

 
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Magnetic North Nov. 4, 2009: Chicken calendars and other fowl weather tales

Welcome back to Magnetic North where the gales of November seem to be giving us a break, at least for the moment. Fifty degrees due this weekend and the cattails around the pond have barely begun to pop.


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Magnetic North Oct. 7, 2009: Harvesting the Wind

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where gatherers like me are having as much fun as the hunters this fall.
The infamous big bad wolf winds of late September robbed us of electricity and phone service for hours and days on end. But they gave more than they took away. At least the way I keep score.