Mary Lee Hagert

Mon
10
Jun

One chapter closes and a new one begins

“At Dusk,

“We all must choose,

“To watch shadows lengthen,

“Or to let our faces reflect Sunset.”

—Helen Sue Isely

 

Mon
22
Apr

Finding unexpected spring fun in Columbia


photos courtesy of Mary Lee Hagert/Review The South Carolina statehouse in downtown Columbia withstood the Union army cannon fire during the Civil War and still has visible damage from the bombardment by Sherman’s troops. Loblolly pines and cypress trees tower over the swamp boardwalk at Congaree National Park.

Late winter is definitely not a fun time in Minnesota. That was especially true this year when even the hardiest Paul Bunyan-types among us were crying for mercy. 

Sun
23
Dec

Sprucing up the front step on a shoestring budget

It was early November when I stumbled upon a dazzling display of blinking lights and Christmas trees decorated in this year’s hottest colors.

Fri
12
Oct

Connecting the dots, all these years later


Mary Lee Hagert

Traumatic memories still reverberate, even when one doesn’t realize it

 

Mon
18
Jun

Mortality and life’s afterglow


Mary Lee Hagert

A death in the family and the feeling of grief that comes with it always bring one’s own mortality into focus, even though we try to blur it as we go about living.

Sun
11
Mar

A day when I was in the grip of terror


Mary Lee Hagert

When I first heard the news of a mass shooting at a school on Feb. 14, I felt a familiar sense of unease. “Please,” I thought, “don’t let it be at the universities where my sons are students.”

Mon
19
Feb

The Winter Olympics: Always a wild ride, from the comfort of inside


Mary Lee Hagert

This week I heard a TV announcer comment that the Summer Olympics are far more popular than their winter counterpart.  

Mon
29
Jan

Sax-Zim Bog: an unlikely frozen ‘hot spot’


Mary Lee Hagert photo • Evening grosbeaks flock to Mary Lou’s feeding station before noon most days in Sax-Zim Bog. There’s even a photographer’s blind on the property for up-close looks at the colorful birds.

Rare birds converge on this ‘Arctic Riveria’ each winter

 

Mon
20
Nov

A career suggestion that changed everything


On a warm afternoon a couple years ago, executive editor Mary Lee Hagert slipped out of the newsroom to enjoy the autumn bloom in front of the Lillie Suburban Newspapers building.

Girls high school basketball was a big deal in Iowa back in the ‘60s. 

There were girls teams only in small towns; the big towns and cities had no sports programs for girls. 

Fri
06
Oct

This love affair never lost its spark


Donald Hagert has had a lifelong affection for tooling around in vehicles of all kinds, from family sedans, to classic cars to pickup trucks. Mary Lee Hagert/Review

Do you remember the first time you got behind the wheel of a car and put the key in the ignition?

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