This photo of Hotel Sacred Heart was taken in or close to 1914, shortly after the hotel was built. The hotel building is now over 100 years old, is in fairly good condition and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Contributed photo

Working to preserve the ‘Radisson of Renville Co.’

August 1, 2016
This photo of Hotel Sacred Heart was taken in or close to 1914, shortly after the hotel was built. The hotel building is now over 100 years old, is in fairly good condition and is listed on the National Register
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Artist Michael Cimino spray paints the “Dawn” section of the 540-foot long Mankato Flood Wall Mural project featuring the Minnesota River.  The mural was painted during the month of July by five artists that attracted a number of onlookers who stopped to take photos and watch the artists work on the large outdoor canvas.  Photo by Steve Palmer

Flood wall turned to outdoor canvas

August 1, 2016
Artists bring life to Minnesota River flood wall in Mankato
Artist Michael Cimino spray paints the “Dawn” section of the 540-foot long Mankato Flood Wall Mural project featuring the Minnesota River. The mural was painted during the month of July
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A tree by Lake Harriet has regular visits throughout the year. The tree has a tiny door and brass door knocker and is home to the “little guy.” Letters are left for little guy, who writes a reply to each letter.

Legend of ‘little guy’ growing

August 1, 2016
A girl biked up to the tree and placed a note for the “little guy” earlier this summer. Photo by Caryl Hunter
Mysterious figure by Lake Harriet is friend to many Stories often begin in the most unexpected places.  In ...
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

August 1, 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
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Peter Lodoen painting Grant Wood’s 1930 portrait called American Gothic. Photo by Bill Vossler

Artist has colorful résumé

August 1, 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 ...
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

August 1, 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
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Like most gardens, this garden has rows... just rows of buckets. Photo by Nancy Leasman

Holy buckets!

August 1, 2016
Browerville man plants entire vegetable garden in 5-gallon buckets
Ken Hovet, of rural Browerville, stands next to the watering system that supplies his bucket garden.
Photo by Nancy Leasman
Ken Hovet, of rural Browerville, has a bucket list. Rather than ...
Sara Kirkeberg Raugland painted 300 altar paintings during her career which spanned from the late 1800s to 1918 when her husband, Carl, died. She painted the artwork from her Minneapolis studio. Photo by Carol Stender

In search of special family altar paintings

August 1, 2016
Elaine Ask and her husband, Peter, visited Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Barrett for the church’s altar artwork. The painting, created by Elaine’s great-great-aunt, Sara Kirkeberg Raugland, is the 100th Raugland altar picture the couple has documented. Raugland painted 300
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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.
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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 ...