Revisiting, honoring the country school

January 30, 2015
Sibley County group completes special homework assignment If a country school teacher was grading a newly published book: Remembering Country Schools of Sibley County, Minnesota, she probably would write an “A+” in her report card to recognize the effort, determination ...

Ballrooms, bands and a trusty trombone

January 30, 2015
Local community bands, dance bands and ballrooms were pretty popular things in the thirties, forties and fifties, and one person who played in those bands and ballrooms was Milton Klammer, of Buffalo Lake, who just turned 96 in January of ...

Winter’s first snowfall

January 27, 2015
Because of age and physical condition, I confess that I don’t like snow. It hurts my joints and muscles when I have to move it, and its accompanying ice underfoot makes me walk like an old man out of fear ...

Nimble fingers, warm heart

December 31, 2014
Marybeth Potts is one prolific knitter. Recently, the Wheaton woman completed 14 hats, two cowls, six pairs of mittens, one shawl and three baby sweaters over a six-day period. And on the seventh day she shipped it to an Iowa ...

A year-long market

December 31, 2014
Online venture designed to connect local producers with local consumers. “Know your farmer. Know your food,” said Joe Luetmer, one of the organizers of a newly launched online farmers market, Local Harvest Market Co. ( Local Harvest Market ...

A love affair with conifers

December 31, 2014
Nothing is so quintessentially winter in Minnesota as snow on pines. Sharon Quale’s garden, just on the outskirts of Eagle Bend, is a series of picture perfect postcards, especially in winter when a dusting of white punches up the contrast ...

Years no barrier for special trio of friends

December 31, 2014
Teenager, seniors develop bond Faces light up when he walks into the room, and for residents of the home, especially the two men he is there to visit, the day is just a bit brighter, a bit more interesting. The ...

Going ‘where no man has gone before’

December 31, 2014
Teacher turned trekkie led successful Star Trek stamp campaign Bill Kraft has done what few have done, and despite the years it took to accomplish, he never lost faith. The retired English teacher spearheaded a 13-year campaign to have Star ...


December 31, 2014
How life changed for three sailors after an explosion on the USS Enterprise On the morning of Jan. 14, 1969, off the coast of Hawaii, an immense explosion forever changed the lives of the crew aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear-powered ...

Country artist designs, builds unique metal pieces

December 31, 2014
When you step onto the yard of the Arnie Lillo farm for the first time it may be difficult to decide where to look first at the 155 pieces of uniquely crafted metal art creations stationed all over his spacious ...

Have bus will travel

December 31, 2014
South Haven woman has taken more than 20 bus tours since retirement “On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again…” This could be Marilyn Gordon’s traveling song. The retired librarian has always wanted to travel. ...

Retired teacher reaches goal, publishes children’s book

December 31, 2014
With Christmas now in the rearview mirror, some families have started to take down their Christmas tree and remove some holiday lights. For new author Debbie Hoven, of Alexandria, this time of year was the inspiration for her first children’s ...