Celebrating Norwegian way of life

April 26, 2017
Royalton couple has immersed themselves in Norwegian culture
Patricia Fernelius at her home in Royalton. She honors Norwegian heritage in a variety of ways, including clothes, wall hangings and celebrations including Syttende Mai. Photo by Jennie Zeitler
Norwegian Constitution Day, ...

Historic grounds celebrated

April 1, 2017
Remembering the fur-trading days on the Crow Wing Most of the year only an occasional visitor disturbs the deep silence at the 300-acre Old Wadena Park on the banks of the Crow Wing River north of Staples. That is, no ...

Skyward bound

April 1, 2017
Willmar woman was one of state’s first female pilots If your name is engraved on a plaque alongside the likes of Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and Sally Ride, you know you are in elite company. But Mary Jane ...

Eye on the skies

April 1, 2017
Burtrum woman is plugged into NASA, space travel
Nancy Atkinson stands on the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida with space shuttle Discovery prior to its launch in 2010. Photo courtesy Nancy Atkinson.
Nancy Atkinson’s love with space exploration ...

Intro to farm living

April 1, 2017
Program shows students the basics of agriculture Like a farmer starting out small and eventually expanding into a larger operation, Roger Dale, of Hanley Falls, instigated an elementary agriculture presentation for 20 students in a classroom 27 years ago that ...

When tobacco was a Minnesota cash crop

April 1, 2017
When you think of crop farming in Meeker County, you envision corn stalks, oats, barley, soybeans and wheat fields. But one thing that may surprise you is quite a few farmers in Meeker County grew tobacco. In fact, in 1931 ...

‘I still love driving’

April 1, 2017
Sleepy Eye bus driver’s 40 years behind the wheel To put into perspective how long Karen Stephens has been driving school bus in Sleepy Eye, consider that when she first got behind the wheel, her only daughter was in the ...

A hoops trailblazer

April 1, 2017
Eden Valley native honored for professional career, energetic support of EV-W athletics It’s hard to keep a secret in a small town. Even harder when the secret is discussed at length during a school board meeting, and included in the ...

Life under the big top

April 1, 2017
Aitkin woman looks back at her 19 years in the circus For most children, spending a day at the circus was a big treat. For Sarah Chapman, of Aitkin, the circus was her life. She spent about 19 years under ...

Living a dream, in the ‘wild blue yonder’

March 1, 2017
Dassel man flew in WWII, Korean,Vietnam wars Since he was 12 years old, Ken Skalberg, of Dassel, had a dream to one day fly to “the wild blue yonder.”
Ken Skalberg entered the Army Air Corps in November 1942. He

Wild turkey resurgence continues

March 1, 2017
It was the middle of May 2016, prime turkey-hunting season in Minnesota.  Kevin Roth was sitting in a field across the road from the Sauk River near St. Martin, trying to attract the male “tom” turkeys with his hen call. ...