Smiles are common on Let’s Go Fishing boats. The non-profit organization has helped thousands of people get out on the water over the last 14 years Contributed photo

Reeling in good health

July 28, 2016
LGF seeing first hand the benefits of a boat ride
Smiles are common on Let’s Go Fishing boats. The non-profit organization has helped thousands of people get out on the water over the last 14 years Contributed photo
Studies have ...
Peter Lodoen painting Grant Wood’s 1930 portrait called American Gothic. Photo by Bill Vossler

Artist has colorful résumé

July 28, 2016
Peter Lodoen painting Grant Wood’s 1930 portrait called American Gothic. Photo by Bill Vossler
What do you call a man whose portraits of Pope John Paul II grace postage stamps of the African nation of Botswana, was a member of ...
Chaplain Lee Casey waterskis on Whipple Lake near Baxter in mid-July. Casey is blind, but that has not stopped him from doing many of the activities he enjoyed before losing his vision on his 17th birthday. Contributed photo

Blind chaplain thankful, lives each day to its fullest

July 27, 2016
Chaplain Lee Casey waterskis on Whipple Lake near Baxter in mid-July. Casey is blind, but that has not stopped him from doing many of the activities he enjoyed before losing his vision on his 17th birthday. Contributed photo
It’s hard ...
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Berlinger a ‘go-getter’ at age 95

July 1, 2016
Mary Berlinger works on her garden in Clinton. Berlinger turns 95 this year but continues to remain very active. Photo by Carol Stender
Mary Berlinger is excited about her 95th birthday.  She’ll celebrate with family in July, but before the ...
Burchard School as it is today, fully restored and awaiting its fourth move. Contributed photo

Country school on the move… again

July 1, 2016
Occasionally, a country school building will be moved.
Mark Schwanebeck recently gifted a country school house which has been in his family for three generations. The building will be moved from Tyler to Balaton.
Contributed photo
In August 1879 the ...
Deb Thorpe uses a drill on a bench she is making. Thorpe has been making all sorts of things out of wood over the last few years after her husband, Duane, passed away.   	         Photo by Scott Thoma

Shop is still open

July 1, 2016
Hutchinson woman takes over tools after husband passes away
Deb Thorpe uses a drill on a bench she is making. Thorpe has been making all sorts of things out of wood over the last few years after her husband, Duane,
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Tom Scharnoski at work on a stone structure. Contributed photo

WPA’s impact very visible in most area cities

July 1, 2016
Pine Grove Park in Little Falls has a heart (above), club, spade and diamond hidden in its rocks. It was built in 1932. Photo by Nancy Leasman
If you drive around some of the counties of Central Minnesota with an ...
A group of active and retired pilots and their families gather during the warmer months at the Lucky ‘Leven hangar belonging to Dennis and Kathy Kahlhamer at the Little Falls Airport. People of all ages come to talk planes over a potluck meal.   Photo by Jennie Zeitler

Flying friends

July 1, 2016
Group meets regularly at the Little Falls/Morrison Co. Airport Although there are few things that are as much fun for a pilot as being up in the air “living the dream,” there is one that comes close – gathering with ...
Lee and Carol Roisum have moved back to the farm homesteaded by his great-grandparents near Sunburg. The two enjoyed musical careers which allowed them to travel the world. Photo by Arlene Quam

Opera singer returns to his Sunburg roots

July 1, 2016
Lee and Carol Roisum have moved back to the farm homesteaded by his great-grandparents near Sunburg. The two enjoyed musical careers which allowed them to travel the world. Photo by Arlene Quam
The old saying goes, “You can take the ...
Levi Benjamin, son of current Buffalo Rotary President Emily Benjamin plays the drums at the playground at Sturges Park in Buffalo at a Rotary picnic last summer. The drums are one of the 11 instruments along the trail.  Contributed photo

A musical walk

July 1, 2016
Rotary Club adds unique Music Trail to city of Buffalo
Levi Benjamin, son of current Buffalo Rotary President Emily Benjamin plays the drums at the playground at Sturges Park in Buffalo at a Rotary picnic last summer. The drums are
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Mary Inwards, of rural Parkers Prairie, in front of a wall of photos of some of the foster children she has cared for over the years.   Inwards was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Child Foster Care award by the Minnesota Social Service Association. She continues to be a foster parent, now in her 80s. Photo by Jan King

Foster mom honored for helping hundreds

July 1, 2016
‘There are so many children who need our help’
Mary Inwards, of rural Parkers Prairie, in front of a wall of photos of some of the foster children she has cared for over the years. Inwards was recently awarded the
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A member of the South Haven Fire Department uses a driptorch to set fields on fire near South Haven.  Photo by Karen Flaten

Inside a prescribed burn

June 1, 2016
A member of the South Haven Fire Department uses a driptorch to set fields on fire near South Haven. Photo by Karen Flaten
On a beautiful spring evening in late May, the South Haven Fire Department drove their engines, tankers, ...
Wes Thompson of Montevideo works on a John Deere tractor in his shop. Thompson has been building and collecting farm toys since his 
dad died in 1982. Thompson wanted a hobby, something 
his dad did not have in his 
retirement years. Photo by Scott Thoma

Tinkering with toys

June 1, 2016
Monte man started building and collecting farm toys in ‘82
Wes Thompson of Montevideo works on a John Deere tractor in his shop. Thompson has been building and collecting farm toys since his
dad died in 1982. Thompson wanted a
...