Rena Bagne (left), 107, and her 105-year-old sister, Edna Paasche, live at the Northridge Residence in Ortonville. The two moved with their parents and five siblings from Canada to a farm near Starbuck. Through their struggles and triumphs, they learned the importance of a positive attitude and how to be thrifty. Contributed photo

Centenarian sisters enjoy life together

August 27, 2015
Rena Bagne (left), 107, and her 105-year-old sister, Edna Paasche, live at the Northridge Residence in Ortonville. The two moved with their parents and five siblings from Canada to a farm near Starbuck. Through their struggles and triumphs, they learned
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It’s been nearly seven years that Duane Wachholz, Nisswa, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He’s pictured with his daughter, Bailey (left), and his wife, Pam. Both women serve on the Planning Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and they also speak to various groups about the disease. Contributed photo

Standing up to Alzheimer’s

August 27, 2015
Group formed in Brainerd to raise money to fight disease
It’s been nearly seven years that Duane Wachholz, Nisswa, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He’s pictured with his daughter, Bailey (left), and his wife, Pam. Both women serve on the Planning
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Tina Torkelson (right), also known as Ann Edwards, and Lena Olsen (left), also known as Annette Watkin, having fun at the fair after one of their many shows. The dynamic duo will put on their last show on Aug. 30. Contributed photo

‘Incredible ride’ coming to an end

August 27, 2015
Tina & Lena celebrate with free party for the public
Tina Torkelson (right), also known as Ann Edwards, and Lena Olsen (left), also known as Annette Watkin, having fun at the fair after one of their many shows. The dynamic
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Brain injury survivors Sharon Gieseke, left, director of Minnesota Brain Injury Force Inc., and Sandy Lund, right, share a moment with Gieseke’s family dog, Rufus, also a brain injury survivor after someone shot him in the head with a gun four years ago. Photo by Steve Palmer

Brain booster

August 27, 2015
New Ulm woman dedicated to helping brain injury survivors
Brain injury survivors Sharon Gieseke, left, director of Minnesota Brain Injury Force Inc., and Sandy Lund, right, share a moment with Gieseke’s family dog, Rufus, also a brain injury survivor after
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Exercise is a good way to help prevent falls.

Staying active likely to result in fewer falls

August 26, 2015
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries.
Exercise is a good way to help prevent falls.
Some people ...
Sally Selinski Surma worked for two years at shipyards in Portland, Oreg. during World War II, making her a “Rosie the Riveter.” She is a member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

Real-life ‘Rosie’ in Royalton

August 25, 2015
Sally’s t-shirt has “Rosie the Riveter” on it, a cultural icon which now represents the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during WWII. Photo taken by Jennie Zeitler.
With the numbers of military veterans of World War II ...
Barn quilts like this one can be found throughout eastern Iowa.
Photo by Karen Flaten

Beyond the Amana Colonies

August 2, 2015
Barn quilts and Grant Wood in eastern Iowa
Barn quilts like this one can be found throughout eastern Iowa.
Photo by Karen Flaten
When my husband and I chose to visit the Amana Colonies to celebrate a recent anniversary, we ...
Steve Borgerding at the first hole of the new disc golf course in Melrose. Photo by Jean Paschke

Melrose man brings disc golf to his city

August 2, 2015
When Steve Borgerding was the Melrose Scoutmaster, a post he held for 21 years, he was always on the lookout for something new and entertaining his troop could do.  He was first introduced to disc golf at Camp Stearns near ...
Lloyd Paulson, of Moorhead, is offering up to $1 million for a new swimming pool in Parkers Prairie, a town he grew up in back in the 1930s.  Contributed photo from Wadena Pioneer Journal

Giving back to his hometown

August 2, 2015
Moorhead man pledges $1 million for new pool project in Parkers By Anna Erickson, Wadena Pioneer Journal Story reprinted with permission from the Wadena Pioneer Journal
Lloyd Paulson, of Moorhead, is offering up to $1 million for a new swimming
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Gary and Brent Wolters pose for a photo inside Marlins Park as part of a 30-ballpark odyssey proposed by the teen when he was 6 years old.
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Grand slam memories

August 2, 2015
Dad, son watch game at every MLB ballpark
Gary Wolters, of Sartell, looks at his son Brent at Minnesota Twins game at the Metrodome before making a goal to attend a game at 30 different MLB ballparks. Contributed photo
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Musical friends bring joy to residents

August 2, 2015
True friendship is like a finely tuned instrument, the different elements and strengths combining to make beautiful music.  Steve Bourassa of Brainerd and Marlene Kort of Pillager have that effortless style of friendship, much of it based on a shared ...
The “terracotta warriors” are nearly 6 feet tall with details from head to toe. They were all buried next to the emporer’s tomb. The warriors were discovered in 1974. Contributed photo

A trip of a lifetime

August 2, 2015
Princeton man, son viewed historic ‘Terracotta Warriors’
The “terracotta warriors” are nearly 6 feet tall with details from head to toe. They were all buried next to the emporer’s tomb. The warriors were discovered in 1974. Contributed photo
It’s been ...