Mary Baumgarten, of Buffalo Lake, fits a girl in Kabul with a hearing aid. Contributed photo

Helping kids hear in Kabul

July 2, 2015
Mary Baumgarten, of Buffalo Lake, fits a girl in Kabul with a hearing aid. Contributed photo
Mary Baumgarten, who lives in Buffalo Lake and is the executive director of Food for Kidz in Stewart, had a heart-warming experience in October ...
Liz Hagen, of Appleton, said her son James loved these puppies and could not understand why they couldn’t keep them all. This was from May 1976 and James, who is still a dog lover, was 5 years old at the time.

Photo Gallery: July

June 29, 2015
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Lois Hultberg, who hopes to substitute at each one of the branches of the Great River Regional Library system, is pictured at the Royalton Library. Her life is busy with a rich variety of activities, and Lois takes her smile everywhere as an unofficial “smile-a-lyzer.” Contributed photo

Leaving a lasting mark

June 29, 2015
Monticello woman worked with children in Ecuador for close to 40 years
Lois Hultberg, who hopes to substitute at each one of the branches of the Great River Regional Library system, is pictured at the Royalton Library. Her life is
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Most cochlear implants are behind the ear, with a coil that is attached to a magnet that has been surgically implanted in the skin behind the ear. Contributed photo

A loud and clear solution

June 29, 2015
Appleton man is advocate for cochlear implants
Craig Johnson of Appleton was deaf in one ear with some hearing loss in the other. He received a cochlear implant in 2006. Contributed photo
A recipient of cochlear implants, Craig Johnson, of ...
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Helping butterflies spread their wings

June 29, 2015
MaryAnn Oakland, of Clarkfield, has introduced thousands of Monarch butterflies in the wild over the years. Her love for butterflies dates back to her childhood. Photo by Ida Kesteloot
Being a good friend, doing a good deed when the opportunity ...
Actress Julianne Moore and film crew members presented Sandy Oltz with a birthday cake on set for her 50th birthday.  Photo contributed by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Coping, living with early onset Alzheimer’s

June 29, 2015
Actress Julianne Moore and film crew members presented Sandy Oltz with a birthday cake on set for her 50th birthday. Photo contributed by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sandy Oltz never intended to be in the national spotlight, but she never thought ...
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Pickleball!

June 29, 2015
Popularity of low-impact, good-exercise sport growing in Mankato area
A pickleball court is much smaller than a tennis court but still gives participants a good workout. Contributed photo
  On a Mankato pickleball court there’s a man whose passion for the ...
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Volunteers thanked in unique way

June 29, 2015
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he doesn’t just make his presence known at Christmastime. In fact, he “paid it forward” to three Lake Region Healthcare volunteers in March.
Instead of getting a bill for their lunch, volunteers
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Power people

June 29, 2015
In 1995, three men living in and around Willmar came up with the idea to form a West Central Antique Power Collectors Club after attending shows that piqued their interest. Twenty years later, the group’s popularity had expanded to nearly ...
The Kobs family has had an annual reunion each year since 1956. The reunion was formed after a death in the family brought everyone together in the mid-1950s. This photo shows some of the games they play at the reunion. Contributed photo

Sixty-year tradition

June 29, 2015
Family has held reunion each year since 1956
The Kobs family has had an annual reunion each year since 1956. The reunion was formed after a death in the family brought everyone together in the mid-1950s. This photo shows some
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Flying over obstacles

June 1, 2015
Color blindness doesn’t ground Princeton man’s dream of flying
Chad Rygwall on the day he got his pilot’s license with the Cessna two-seater. Contributed photo
To fly… to soar over the treetops, looking down at lakes and streams, roofs and ...
The royal ceremony included (R to L). Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonia, Sweden’s King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe and His Royal Highness  Prince Henrik, Norway’s Crown Prince Haaken and wife Matte Marit.     Contributed photo

Celebrating Norway’s bicentennial (in Norway)

June 1, 2015
Milan man is descendant of constitution signer
Joel Lund, of Milan, is a descendant of one of the original signers of the Norwegian constitution. Photo by Arlene Quam
Some years, Joel Lund represents the Lions Club by driving his one-owner ...