Dusty sits on the lap of resident Bonnie Hersom, who calls Dusty “baby boy.”  Hersom  had to give up her cat when she came the live at the center, and Dusty helps fill that void for her. Photo by Ida Kesteloot

Dusty…not your average shih tzu

February 1, 2016
‘He has such a calming effect on everyone’
Dusty sits on the lap of resident Bonnie Hersom, who calls Dusty “baby boy.” Hersom had to give up her cat when she came the live at the center, and Dusty helps
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John Kroll, 88, of Long Prairie, and his great-grandchildren, Brennan and Margaret Murtha, skiing together through maple trees, with maple sap buckets hanging on the trees. Contributed photo

Skiing with great-grandpa

February 1, 2016
John Kroll, 88, of Long Prairie, and his great-grandchildren, Brennan and Margaret Murtha, skiing together through maple trees, with maple sap buckets hanging on the trees. Contributed photo
Retired Long Prairie dairy farmer John Kroll likes to see the various ...
Donald “Duke” Cook with part of the museum collection of regional amateur baseball and major league exhibits plus softball team memorabilia located in a former school building at Leavenworth.

One-man baseball museum a big hit

February 1, 2016
No matter what season of the year, Donald “Duke” Cook’s one-man baseball museum is a home run when it comes to preserving the rich history of the sport for those who have played the game or are fans of regional ...
What the facility will look like once completed.

Ridgewood Villa expands, adds big perks

February 1, 2016
Independent living facility adding 30 new apartments, wellness center and more
Dee Pippert (left), a tenant at Ridgewood Villa in Glenwood has high praise for Ridgewood Villa and Klous (right), who is the director of the independent living facility. Photo
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The scene shortly after the bank robbery on on July 15, 1930, after armed men stormed into the Bank of Willmar and left with bags of money. Photo contributed by Kandiyohi County Historical Museum.

Notorious bank robbers paid visit to Willmar

February 1, 2016
‘Machine Gun’ Kelly among those involved in 1930 heist The day started out like most other days in downtown Willmar: quiet and uneventful. Business owners were arriving at their stores in the morning and exchanging greetings with one another as ...
Jack Pfeifer, of Starbuck, with the snakeskin that his great-great aunt sent from Cuba. Photo by Nancy Leasman

Snakeskin links Cuba and Starbuck

February 1, 2016
Jack Pfeifer, of Starbuck, with the snakeskin that his great-great aunt sent from Cuba. Photo by Nancy Leasman
Jack and Gloria Pfeifer, of Starbuck, have a framed snakeskin hanging over a door in their office. An unusual item of décor, ...
Donna (center) gives a tour of her gardens. Photo by Jean Paschke

Hands in the dirt

February 1, 2016
Retired Albany woman trained to be Master Gardener, has garden featured on PBS show
Donna and Dwight Christen, of Albany, at their farm near Albany. The Christens have filled about six acres of their land with flowers and trees. The
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Ken Schulte, a retired volunteer firefighter with the Sartell Fire Department, came up with the idea to commemorate the former Verso paper mill through art and prints.
Photo by Frank Lee

Saluting the mill

February 1, 2016
Ken Schulte, of Sartell, grew up across the street from the Verso paper mill before a large fire that resulted from a 2012 explosion killed one and injured four others at the mill.
Painting of Verso paper mill commissioned to ...
Steve DeBoer runs without a t-shirt until it gets below freezing. Photo by Thom Woo

44 years and counting

February 1, 2016
Man’s running streak ranks third longest in the U.S.
Steve DeBoer (left) and his good friend Brad Kautz, of Rochester. DeBoer started running at least a mile a day more than 44 years ago. Photo by Thom Woo
Steve DeBoer, ...
Sally Benson, of Princeton, waited on Frank Lloyd Wright at a small café in Dodgeville, Wis., in the 1950s.

Breakfast with a legend

December 29, 2015
Princeton woman served Frank Lloyd Wright weekly at small Wisconsin cafe
Sally Benson, of Princeton, waited on Frank Lloyd Wright at a small café in Dodgeville, Wis., in the 1950s.
When she was a teenager in the early 1950s, Sally ...
Joyce Schumacher and John Hallson, of Dassel, are reliving and telling the history of the “chuckwagon”. John built his own chuckwagon and with the help of Joyce, travels to many states and serves food from their wagon. Photo contributed.

A rolling history lesson… for the ‘whippersnappers’

December 29, 2015
Dassel couple travels, teaches with chuckwagon
Joyce Schumacher and John Hallson, of Dassel, are reliving and telling the history of the “chuckwagon”. John built his own chuckwagon and with the help of Joyce, travels to many states and serves food
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Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Shaw Allen Shaw Band members from the group that started in 1969 include from left: Terry Shaw, Jim Allen and Mike Shaw. (Contributed photo).

Shaw Band reunites

December 29, 2015
Legendary area band first performed in 1969
Hall of Fame musician Mike Shaw, of Hutchinson, has been playing guitar since he was in grade school. For more than 50 years he’s performed with many groups including the popular Shaw Allen
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