A Blonde’s Perspective: Case of the missing ring…solved

February 28, 2015
Another blonde blunder has been added to my ever-growing list. Rings have been a fashion statement for me for over 40 years. During the late 1960s and ‘70s, I wore rings on nearly every finger, which began while working in ...

Community comes together, opens library

February 26, 2015
It all started in 2006, according to Terry Mooney.  That was when Terry’s mother-in-law, Helen Mooney, decided to talk with the editor of The Maple Lake Messenger, Theresa Andrus, to suggest that a community library be started.  According to Terry, ...

The man behind the famous ‘Act’

February 25, 2015
The Andrew Volstead house, now over 150 years old, still stands in the center of Granite Falls. The front porch faces east, where the Minnesota River can be seen meandering to the south. The wood-structured home features a two-story stairwell ...

Marshall artist discovered talents as teenager in Iran

February 25, 2015
Abstract transitionalist, Sima Amid Wewetzer, of Marshall, received her first art award at the tender age of 13 while she was living in her home country’s capital city, Tehran, Iran. It all began with a school project when she painted ...

Volunteerism has no age limit

February 25, 2015
Wheaton woman continues to stay as active as ever in her community at age 91 There’s nothing retiring about Doris L. Rixe’s retirement years. The 91-year-old Wheaton woman is an active volunteer in her community and church with no plans ...

A fort built for safety, but never needed

February 25, 2015
It was built with the best of intentions, but Fort Juelson saw little, if any, use. The sod structure, constructed by Otter Tail County settlers in 1876, brought hope and thoughts of safety during a period of Indian attacks and ...

Coming full circle

February 25, 2015
Sue Stine, of rural Browerville, just might have a record in the number of years she has been a volunteer. From Indianapolis, to far off Kenya, to rural Minnesota, Sue has always volunteered. Sue was only 5 years old when ...

Retired pastor finds new voice as author

February 24, 2015
Richard Gist has been many things in life: a foreign language specialist in the Air Force, an auto mechanic, a pipeline welder, a husband, a father and a minister. But there’s one thing that the 80-year-old doesn’t plan to do ...

‘Wow, what a ride’

February 1, 2015
MacLeran has lived an adventurous, trail-blazing life      “There are winds of destiny that blow when we least expect them. Sometimes they gust with the fury of a hurricane, sometimes they barely fan one’s cheek. But the winds cannot be denied, ...

Writer inspired by her rural upbringing

February 1, 2015
A frequently heard admonition for writers is to write what you know. Cheryl Weibye Wilke was influenced by her rural roots and small town upbringing in Eagle Bend and really does write what she knows. She has found success in ...

National art exhibit comes to Morris

February 1, 2015
The Embroiderers’ Guild of America* (EGA) is bringing 70 of the finest pieces of needlework from all over the nation to the Stevens County Historical Society and Museum (SCHS). “Come, and expect to be surprised,” said Society Executive Director Randee ...

Therapeutic power of horses

February 1, 2015
Riding therapy program founded in 2008, looking to expand to benefit more Horse lovers of all ages poured into the valley just west of Granite Falls to attend the annual Cowboy Christmas, held at a ranch in December. The ranch ...