Sign located at the lake north of town, tells the story of the new lake.  Photo Josh Stoesz

City celebrates its heritage with a heaping bowl of borscht

February 1, 2017
The city of Mountain Lake has an interesting history, and that history really shines through at a unique community event each year. While other cities and towns come together for meatballs, fish or pancakes, the people in Mountain Lake come ...
John Pfeiffer caught his dad, Otto, feeding a stray cat that had stopped by the window in Andover.

Photo Gallery: February Photos

February 1, 2017
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Dr. Holly Eischens examines the ears of Harry Hughes, of Osakis, during a recent appointment. Hughes had been experiencing a gradual hearing loss over the years. Dr. Eischens fitted Hughes with a new pair of hearing aids, and he is now hearing far better than he has in many years. Photo by Jim Palmer

Hearing restored

February 1, 2017
Dr. Holly Eischens can diagnose, provide treatment options for those with hearing loss Harry Hughes, of Osakis, has been slowly losing his hearing over the years. “It was a gradual loss so I didn’t really realize how bad it had ...
The Mill Pond View Apartments in Pelican Rapids, is one of the Schuett Companies properties.   Contributed photo

‘Compassion and care every day’

February 1, 2017
Helping seniors live at home, wherever their home might be “In 1967, I sat on the floor of a nursing home in Kalona, Iowa,” said Tom Schuett. “I was five years old. There was a metal chair and an old ...
Lutheran Social Services client, Patty, front, shares a laugh in her residence in Mankato with, from left, Shannon Butler, Guardianship Options supervisor; Sandy Birkholz, friendly volunteer visitor and Sally Brigance, volunteer coordinator, Guardianship Options.

Friendly visitors

February 1, 2017
Volunteers help those with special needs remain socially and creatively active in the community Dignity. Safety. Hope.
Lutheran Social Services client, Patty, front, shares a laugh in her residence in Mankato with, from left, Shannon Butler, Guardianship Options supervisor; Sandy
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Sally Robertson, of Wadena, has been a district court judge since 1996. Robertson’s current term expires in 2023, but she will retire before then.    Contributed photo

Life behind the bench

February 1, 2017
Instilling hope a crucial part of the legal process, says district court judge
Sally Robertson, of Wadena, has been a district court judge since 1996. Robertson’s current term expires in 2023, but she will retire before then. Contributed photo
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Snowshoeing is one of the activities available for park goers at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman. The park is one of the state’s hidden treasures. The refuge also has a large volunteer program, with more than 600 volunteers. 						     Photo by Mary “Karlie” Carlson

Giving back to nature

February 1, 2017
Volunteering at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge a perfect fit for Elk River couple
Snowshoeing is one of the activities available for park goers at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman. The park is one of the state’s hidden treasures.
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Curtis Weinrich and Corinne Dwyer look over some of the books published by North Star Press. The press has been publishing books for nearly 50 years.  Photo by Scott Thoma

Publishing books that matter

February 1, 2017
North Star Press helps potential authors bring their stories to life Many times a compelling idea for a book gets locked up in our mind and rarely gets a chance to escape because of the uncertainty of which path to ...
Josie Vinar at her 100th birthday party in 
December (right) as well as a photo of her 
as a young country school teacher (left). Contributed photo

Renville woman celebrated 100 years

February 1, 2017
Lots of family, friends and residents helped Josie Vinar celebrate her 100th birthday at a party on Dec. 17, 2016 at Meadows on Main of Renville.
Josie Vinar as a young country school teacher. Contributed photo
Josie was born in ...
These women decided to make their own “Bone Builders” exercise program in Sacred Heart, at the urging of Adris Kjersten. They meet nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Sacred Heart Community Center. Contributed photo

Growing stronger, healthier together

February 1, 2017
Nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Sacred Heart Community Center becomes the gathering place for a group of  8 to 12 women who gather for an hour-long exercise program known as Bone Builders. The regimen ...
Wally Kill, of Morris, could open his own gas station. He has it all at his farm place, from gas pumps to air hoses to oil containers and more. All he needs is the fuel. But it’s all part of his vintage gas station memorabilia collection which includes the roughly 50 gas pumps he’s restored.				   Photo by Carol Stender

Fill ‘er up!

February 1, 2017
Morris man’s collection fuels memories of America’s first filling stations Wally Kill, of Morris, seems to have all the makings to start his own gas station.
Wally Kill, of Morris, could open his own gas station. He has it all
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Robin Ott and Suzy Vaught at a recent benefit. Ott shaved her head in support of others who have lost their hair during cancer treatments. Contributed photo

Easing the stress of hair loss

February 1, 2017
Wigs for Women offers cancer patients a way to receive affordable wigs “A cancer diagnosis is devastating. You can’t think straight. You live in the ‘now.’ You’re at your most vulnerable.” Robin Ott, of St. Cloud, shared some of the ...
Barred owl on Tim’s land. Photo by Jan King

Country Views: Who Cooks for You?

February 1, 2017
We’ve lived in this patch of woods for the last 30 years. Because the forest comes right up to our doorstep, we are often visited and entertained by our wild neighbors. Our most unusual visitor was a fisher, who we ...