Bonnie Leraas talks about a local historical figure at a cemetery walk a few years ago. Leraas and her assisstant dressed in clothes from days gone by.	  				           Photo contributed by Steve and Linda Ray.

Stories from the stones

May 27, 2016
Cemetery walks can bring local history to life
Bonnie Leraas talks about a local historical figure at a cemetery walk a few years ago. Leraas and her assisstant dressed in clothes from days gone by. Photo contributed by Steve and
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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

May 25, 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
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Jim Pessek sits next to a display board with the history of the Stewart Red Owl store and an artist’s conception of what the renovated interior of the vacant building could look like once renovation is completed. 			         Photo by Steve Palmer

Will Red Owl fly again?

May 25, 2016
Stewart man leads effort to convert city’s old grocery store building into community center
The original Red Owl Agency food store in Stewart being renovated by volunteers interested in restoring the vacant building into a community center, museum and small
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Sharon Sorenson and Mike Lamb are volunteers with Central Minnesota Job Transitions Group, a St. Cloud-based group that helps people who have been laid off, fired or are looking for a new job. Photo by Frank Lee

Group helps people get back to work

May 25, 2016
Central Minnesota Job Transitions Group meets each Wednesday It’s not easy being laid off, fired or in between jobs, but a volunteer group based in St. Cloud can help those looking for a new job by providing them with support ...
Mike Trekell holds a case with a variety of arrowheads and knives that are worth thousands of dollars and are presently being sold at auction. Note the largest one, a ceremonial blade.  Photo by Bill Vossler

A lifelong arrowhead hunt

May 25, 2016
Sartell man has grand collection of arrowheads, artifacts
Mike Trekell holds a case with a variety of arrowheads and knives that are worth thousands of dollars and are presently being sold at auction. Note the largest one, a ceremonial blade.
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Some of the girls from the Becker family dance on St. Patrick’s Day at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. The group is called Slewfoot. Photo by Jean Paschke

Musical family performs throughout central Minnesota

May 1, 2016
The nine members of the Slewfoot Family Band unpack their van, which is getting smaller and smaller, according to oldest sibling Jordon, and haul their equipment into the dining room of Pine Villa Care Center, Melrose. It’s a St. Patrick’s ...
Ron Mackedanz with a Nam buddie’s daughter (Sarah Orlando) at the wall in 2005. They were placing placards at the wall marking the guys from his unit who were killed in Nam. Photo contributed.

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall coming to Willmar in July

May 1, 2016
Ron Mackedanz with a Nam buddie’s daughter (Sarah Orlando) at the wall in 2005. They were placing placards at the wall marking the guys from his unit who were killed in Nam. Photo contributed.
The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall brings ...
Leon Barickman

Leon’s Last Letter

May 1, 2016
Family received last letter on day they were informed their son had died
Leon Barickman
Leon Barickman was a 20-year-old Marine lance corporal when he was killed in Vietnam on July 27, 1969.  He and his family always enjoyed time ...
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Trip of a lifetime

May 1, 2016
A young man’s eye-opening journey to India, Nepal
Four friends who met in Dublin (L to R) Marcos, Gaurav, Rebekka, and Dustin. Contributed photo
One might not expect a small-town Minnesota boy to become a world traveler, but Dustin Bardon, ...
Little Falls Friends volunteer, Mark Gilbert, fishing on the Mississippi River with St. Cloud State students from Saudi Arabia.  										     Photo by Lois Hokanson

Sharing cultures, changing perceptions

May 1, 2016
Little Falls Friends try to show international students what life is really like in Minnesota, America
Little Falls Friends volunteer, Mark Gilbert, fishing on the Mississippi River with St. Cloud State students from Saudi Arabia. Photo by Lois Hokanson
Would ...
Dick Kimmel plays the mandolin for his dog Corbett who is featured on the cover of his recently released CD, Corbett On the Couch. Photo by Steve Palmer

Mixing biology and bluegrass

May 1, 2016
New Ulm Ph.D. has combined passion of wildlife, music
Dick Kimmel plays the mandolin for his dog Corbett who is featured on the cover of his recently released CD, Corbett On the Couch. Photo by Steve Palmer
Talking with bluegrass ...
Tom, Deb, and Dick, in their yard.  Contributed photo

Losing Tom

May 1, 2016
Siblings talk about their brother’s death in Vietnam
Tom Bradley’s basic training graduation at Fort Campbell 1968. Contributed photo
Tom Bradley wasn’t a high school all-star or president of his class. He played baseball with his younger brother in the ...