There are no buildings in the area quite like the Stearns County Courthouse, which was erected nearly 100 years ago. Photo by Frank Lee

A ticking landmark

December 1, 2016
Story behind the Stearns County Courthouse clock and dome
The historic terra cotta dome sits atop the Stearns County Courthouse building, which was completed in 1922 in downtown St. Cloud at a cost of $850,000. The dome features four clock
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The only known photo of the Arnold children and some of their cousins fishing at a family picnic in Diamond Bluff, Wis., a month before the accident. Contributed photo

A family tragedy, 92 years later

December 1, 2016
Auto-train wreck near Eagle Lake resulted in largest single-family funeral in state history
The gravestone of John and Sarah Arnold, with two grave markers to the right for their six children killed.
Photo by Scott Thoma
On a somber Sunday ...
Jason Jaspersen, of New Ulm, was commissioned by the Wanda Gag Monument Committee to capture the likeness and essence of the literary figure who called New Ulm home during her childhood years. Jaspersen is pictured with four renderings of the sculpture in his New Ulm stuido. The sculpture was set to be unveiled on Nov. 25  Contributed photo

New Ulm sculptor brings local legend to life

December 1, 2016
Artist finishes sculpture to honor artist, writer Wanda Gag If you can imagine, perhaps one of Wanda Gag’s curious cats from her book Millions of Cats still lives in the backyard art studio of Jason Jaspersen when his pet Tudy ...
Members of the Central Minnesota Woodcarvers Association (standing, L to R),  Al Gerads, Brenda Lodermeier, Ken Ramler, Mike Lodermeier, (seated L to R), Curt Hutchens, Ron Lorenz, worked on this project which raised over $800 for Quiet Oaks Hospice. Contributed photo

Carving for causes

December 1, 2016
CMWA meets monthly to carve at Whitney, recognized for efforts with ‘Rock On Award’ One hundred and sixty nine. That’s how many comfort crosses were carved. It was the summer when Pam Witte’s mother became ill, and a parishioner from ...
Sue and Van Gooch by their zero-energy home on Echo Lake near Alexandria. The home cost about 30 percent more to build than a typical home, but they are getting that money by in energy savings.  Photo by Carol Stender

A ‘zero-energy’ home

December 1, 2016
Van and Sue Gooch’s retirement home on Echo Lake southwest of Alexandria is a dream come true for the Farwell couple. “We wanted a home we could live in for awhile,” said Van, “and we wanted a place that would ...
Lloyd Burger next to one of the buses used at Long Prairie Schools. Burger retired after driving a bus route for 50 years. Photo by Jason Brown, Long Prairie Leader

A 50-year bus route

December 1, 2016
Lloyd Burger and his wife, Bev, at their home in Long Prairie. Lloyd recently turned in his keys after a 50-year stint as a Long Prairie bus driver. Photo by Nancy Leasman
“I miss the kids the most,” Lloyd Burger, ...
Restored Abraham Lincoln statue at rededication and unveiling ceremony. Photo by Cathy Nelson

Lincoln statue restored

December 1, 2016
The mayor of St. Cloud recites the Gettysburg Address following a performance by Lincoln Elementary school children. Photo by Cathy Nelson
A restored Abraham Lincoln statue now stands proudly in downtown St. Cloud. A few years ago, the 98-year-old statue ...
Chief Warrant Officer Paul Sailer in an OH-58 Kiowa at Castle Airfield, Vietnam, 1971. Photo contributed by Paul Sailer

We’re hit!

October 31, 2016
Wadena man’s account of a helicopter mission in South Vietnam
Chief Warrant Officer Paul Sailer in an OH-58 Kiowa at Castle Airfield, Vietnam, 1971. Photo contributed by Paul Sailer
“We’re hit! We’re hit! Crash! Crash!” screamed the Navy aircraft commander ...
Commander Dave Schulte stands next to Eagle Lake’s American Legion intergenerational military mural painted on the exterior wall of its building by artists, veterans and volunteers.

‘It helped brighten up the town’

October 31, 2016
Veterans assist in painting mural on Eagle Lake Legion building The main road going through Eagle Lake is looking very patriotic these days now that a multigenerational mural featuring four soldiers has been painted with the help of veterans on ...
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Clark has fingerprints all over Melrose

October 31, 2016
Fire destroyed several downtown businesses built by ‘Father of Melrose’
Edwin Clark, left, stands in front of his bank, built in 1887. Other unidentified people are businessmen occupying the various stores on the block. Contributed photo
In September, a fire ...
Members of the Milaca Korean War Last Man’s Club get together each year at the Milaca American Legion banquet room. This photo was taken in 2013. The group includes (front, L to R) Harold Hassing, Gene Eggen, Charles Yetzer, Louis Smith, Robert Beaver, (back L to R) Ralph Sagerstrom, Kenneth Edgren, Ernie DeBoer, Bob Becker, Leroy Ekberg, Bill Lindholm, Lyle Helmen, Henry Michael, Sid Santema, Arnold Eggert and George Besser. Contributed photo

‘Last Man Club’ meets annually in Milaca

October 31, 2016
Members of the Milaca Korean War Last Man’s Club get together each year at the Milaca American Legion banquet room. This photo was taken in 2013. The group includes (front, L to R) Harold Hassing, Gene Eggen, Charles Yetzer, Louis
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Alwood Dokken with a casting pattern made by his father, Noel Dokken, who invented the Dokken Box a  self-unloading wagon, especially handy for silage.  The Dokken Box was produced in Benson at Dokken Machine Works.  Photo by Arlene Quam

Inventive mind behind the Dokken Box

October 31, 2016
Not all factory workers are treated by the boss’s wife to egg coffee and homemade cakes, cookies and other sweets for their morning and afternoon lunch, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. breaks.  But so it was for the maximum of ...
Some celebrities are mixed into the mural including Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson.  Photo by  Jean Paschke

Mural mixes celebrities with local residents

October 31, 2016
A colorful celebration of life covers the walls.  Recognizable faces from the community join with eight famous entertainers and sports figures to dance, drink, play cards, read the racing results, and otherwise enjoy themselves. Gentle dogs sleep under tables or ...