His very own Field of Dreams

July 1, 2014
In the hit 1989 Hollywood movie: Field of Dreams, actor Kevin Costner heard a ghostly whisper through the rows of an Iowa cornfield: “If you build it, they will come.” Although Bob Dolan didn’t hear any voices, he followed his ...

Life as an early county ag agent

July 1, 2014
A century ago on November 1, 1912, my father, Alfred Carlsted, began his work as Swift County’s first County Agricultural Agent. The young farmer from Dassel, Minnesota, who had recently graduated from the School of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, was ...

Spreading sunshine

July 1, 2014
It was on Nov. 9, 1910, when a group of seven women who lived on Bear Lake north of Hutchinson started an organization with the goal of spreading sunshine and cheer to all in need. These seven women were Mrs. ...

Back in the saddle

July 1, 2014
Atwater woman decides to ride a horse… at age 101 She’s back in the saddle again! Apparently, you’re never too old to ride a horse. Just ask Loisa Rhode, a 101-year-old resident of Sunnyview, a senior living facility in Atwater. ...

‘Country boy’ shares artistic flair on canvas

July 1, 2014
A visitor entering Merle Higley’s apartment will immediately notice a table full of acrylic paints and an assortment of brushes. Original “Merle Higley” paintings are hanging on his walls and more are stacked and ready to be delivered to various ...

Food for the starving

July 1, 2014
Hundreds of people will come together in Morris on Aug. 26-27 with a common goal… to prepare thousands of meals for children who are in desperate need of nourishment. Morris area churches are hosting the 7th annual “Feed My Starving ...

A passion for baking

July 1, 2014
While working as a marriage and family therapist, Linnea Dietrich said that her personal mission statement was, “Provide hope and healing for people through therapy.” Now retired, her mission is to “Create space for people to experience ‘le joie de ...

A roller coaster life

July 1, 2014
Fergus man reflects on his days as a carnival worker Dale Brown, of Fergus Falls, has a few cherished autographs he has gathered from his travels throughout his life. He met Johnny Cash in Nashville in 1977.  He met one ...

Brainerd honors Hassler with library at CLC

July 1, 2014
In 1971 a young teacher named Jon Hassler joined the English faculty of Melrose High School.  He rented a room from Clara Schulzetenberg, a widow. His entry into the world of academia was not spectacular. “I taught English for a ...

Doris Group heads to Red Wing for ‘Doris Day’

July 1, 2014
If your name is Doris, you have something in common with all the women pictured below. The Doris Club held their annual get together in Red Wing this year. They have been coming together each year since 1995. Doris Gruber ...