“In August 2015, I retired after 40-some years of working,” says Gary Merritt, 68, of Rosemount. “I didn’t have a plan for retirement, no hobbies. I puttered around the house, but I didn’t have much to do. “So I got to sitting around, not doing much. My wife taught piano in the house, so she was tied up for much of the day. I sort of drifted into drinking more than I really should — a lot for me, anyway.”“Our youngest son took his own life,” says Merritt, a father of four.
Mike Hurley stands on the front porch of his home on Oakdale Avenue in West St. Paul, looking out onto the horizon just like his father did before him, and his grandfather did before them, and his great-great-grandfather before all of them. The Hurley family’s roots in this community date back to 19th-century homesteader days. But now, 165 years after it was built, the Hurleys have put the “Hurley house” up for sale. “It’s difficult,” says Hurley. “I still ask myself: ‘Should we do this?
are all at a dog party! P.D. Eastman was writing about dogs in a tree in that famous picture book “Go, Dog! Go,” but we thought the passage was a perfect way to describe the fun of an off-leash dog park, too. After all, why should only humans get to experience the joy of a perfect fall day — the crispness in the air, the crackle of the leaves, the warmth of that fading sun? Here, we give you a few options to choose from among local dog parks.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".