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Polka legend in 70th year

May 1, 2015
Eighteen-year-old Florian Chmielewski played his first gig in 1945, at a Sturgeon Lake neighbor’s wedding dance.  He had been playing the accordion for all of three months and knew six songs, including My Happiness, Johann Pa Schnippen (you know this ...
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Photo Gallery: May

May 1, 2015
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Clownin’ around together

May 1, 2015
Doug Bengston aka Happy Face the Clown, and wife Sharla, aka Candy Kisses, have been clowning around for years and intend to keep doing so as long as possible. The clowning couple lives in Wood Lake, Minn. and have brought ...
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Buried local history

May 1, 2015
Cemetery sheds light on colorful characters of the past When my daughters were in elementary school, they recalled that when their school bus passed by the Fairview Cemetery in Willmar, some of the children would go through a ritual each ...
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Upholding a 152-year tradition

May 1, 2015
Fritsche nears 50 years as member of New Ulm Battery History is about stories, both great and sad. It’s about real people, places and events from another time. For John Fritsche, 75, of New Ulm, his connection to history for ...
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Retiring librarian has watched libraries evolve

May 1, 2015
“The present belief is that, for most people, the profit of reading is not easily separable from its pleasure.” This statement by the Rev. W.C.A. Waller in a lecture arranged by the Little Falls Shakespearian Ethics Club in 1902 could ...
Leland Provencher, located in the back row and the only one wearing glasses, with his Ranger crew after they rescued 511 American and Allied prisoners from a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines.

The great POW rescue

May 1, 2015
Leland Provencher, located in the back row and the only one wearing glasses, with his Ranger crew after they rescued 511 American and Allied prisoners from a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines.
It was 70 years ago when 511 ...
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Compassion, courage and a true leader

May 1, 2015
New Ulm native earned Medal of Honor From the boy who grew up on a farm near New Ulm to the jungles of the Philippines in WWII, Willibald Bianchi’s sense of duty, ability to lead, courage and compassion for others ...
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Blasted on a pile of rubble

May 1, 2015
Clark Peterson, of Hinckley, has had 20 years to think about an event that changed the course of his life. On April 19, 1995, Clark survived the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Now ...
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Growing old together

May 1, 2015
Browns Valley couple reaches milestone anniversary Sylvester and Sally Homan are celebrating the diamond jubilee of wedding anniversaries this year. The Browns Valley couple has been married for 75 years. Their romance started at the Red Star Cafe in Fairfax ...
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Group working to protect, serve those who came before us

May 1, 2015
When the Civil War came to an end 150 years ago many of our Minnesota veteran-heroes did not come home. The war, fought between 1861 to 1865 for the survival of the Union, or independence for the Confederacy, took far ...
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Living life with passion

May 1, 2015
Just because we retire from our job, doesn’t mean we have to stop doing all the other things we’ve grown to love.
Lee Morgan certainly hasn’t. The 72-year-old former CEO from Ohio is living the life of someone half his ...