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 ...
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 ...
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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, ...
The Porter Jail was built more than 110 years ago.  Photos by Scott Thoma

Old Porter ‘hoosegow’ still stands

May 1, 2016
Inside the historic Porter Jail. Photo by Scott Thoma
With a population slightly under 200, Porter isn’t exactly a mecca for sightseers. But tucked away in this modest community 11 miles west of Minneota stands a small brick building, no ...
Gloria Danter, of Glenwood, sits next to the teardrop camper she and her husband Dean used to travel to Alaska a few years ago. The camper looks like a lunchbox compared to the other campers,  but Gloria and Dean say they had plenty of space. Contributed photo

Couple takes big trips… in small camper

May 1, 2016
When they go on vacation, Dean and Gloria Danter, of Glenwood, turn a few heads. That is because they have been traveling in a small “teardrop” camper. The camper was made by Dean, but he didn’t use a kit or ...
Wilbur Orson, of New London, with the RV12 he is building.  Photos by Bev Ahlquist

‘It’s been a lifelong dream’

May 1, 2016
New London man, 74, decides to build an airplane At age 74, Wilbur Orson, of New London, decided it was time he built an airplane. His dad built one in 1928 at age 19, a Heath Parasol that had a ...
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 ...
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 ...
Family photo of the siblings, taken at Calen’s wedding.   Front row (L to R) Barbara Wikman, Alisa Raisanen, Lynelle Kujala, Trina Ojalehto, Rosanne Kumpula, LeAnn Orth, Jonathan Kumpula. Back row--Calen Kumpula, Karla Juusola, Riita Maki, Timothy Kumpula,  Kari Kako, Annette Johnson, Beth Hanson and Jennifer Honkala. Contributed photo

Raising 15

May 1, 2016
Thoughts and memories from a mother of many
Lorene Kumpula, of Cokato, with a picture of their 15 children, who range in age from 29 to 50. Photo by Cathy Nelson
May is here, and Mother’s Day is around the ...
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 ...
A photo of the  Jensen sisters from Osakis Township, Douglas County, was in a box of old letters and photos from Minnesota that a woman in Denmark (Helle) had inherited from her great-aunt. Using clues found in the letters, she contacted the Douglas County Historical Society, trying to find out what happened to the family, her “American cousins.” It was a successful search.  Contributed photo

Following clues, solving mysteries

May 1, 2016
Genealogists offer tips on how to find interesting family stories, family members “Genealogy is about solving mysteries,” explained Barb Johnson, a research volunteer  from Alexandria who has successfully solved many family-tree riddles. Joan Larson of Alexandria, another genealogy enthusiast added, ...
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Running to support his fellow vets

April 27, 2016
John Schreifels isn’t running for his life. The Vietnam veteran is running a 5K on behalf of disabled American veterans who perhaps no longer can do the things that they used to do. The 63-year-old St. Cloud man is training ...