Alexandria’s grand hotel era

July 1, 2017
“This place has been here for a long time…a little bit of prairie held loosely in the fingers of sparkling blue lakes clothed in gloves of the dark green foliage of oaks and other trees that grew along the shores,” ...

Rolling across the U.S.

July 1, 2017
Mankato bowler has competed in national tournaments for five decades
John Lamm holds his bowling ball before rolling a few frames at the Wow Zone alley in Mankato. He’s knocked down over 83,000 pins in 50 years of bowling at
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A different way to walk

July 1, 2017
Nordic walking has long list of health benefits, including some relief for those with Parkinson’s 
Linda Lemke (white shorts) became a nordic walking instructor and began teaching introductory classes, leading weekly walking groups and presenting nordic walking to businesses in
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Independent, sharp at 105

July 1, 2017
Lila Strand at her country home. Photo by Scott Thoma
When Lila Strand was married in 1936, she and her late husband, Henry, moved to a farmstead in West Central Minnesota. Now, 81 years later, she still resides in that ...

Preserving graffiti

June 1, 2017
Historic Hutchinson, with the help of McLeod County Historic Partnership Director Monica Wehler, is on a mission to preserve the graffiti history of the Great Northern Railroad depot in Hutchinson. Historic Hutchinson was formed in 1999 and has been saving ...

Hector woman celebrated 80th Mother’s Day

June 1, 2017
She was first ‘Victory Girl,’ has 210 descendants (and counting) Faye Victory (Schiebel) Hauer, 98, could be entered into many record books. A couple to note are her middle name of Victory and also the number of descendants she currently ...

Love for leather

June 1, 2017
Dan Markell holds a little cylinder case he made while in the U.S. Army. It was the first thing he made from leather. Photo by Scott Thoma
Green Valley man started leather crafting while in the service Looking for something ...

Modern-day blacksmith

June 1, 2017
Garvin man demonstrates lost art form at museum
Ron Boje pounds some hot metal over an anvil. Photo by Scott Thoma
A plume of smoke from the cigar clenched between Ron Boje’s teeth circles his head like a wreath as ...

Pastor’s art has been enjoyed worldwide

June 1, 2017
The Rev. Jerome Tupa’s colorful paintings attract an appreciative crowd, often enthralled by his self-described “sensual” creations that reflect a passionate artist.
Rev. Jerome Tupa, pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, talks about his life-long passion of painting during
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Rise and fall of Pan Motor Co.

June 1, 2017
The Pan Model A automobile was produced in 1918. It was deemed “a motor car that will appeal to both the masses and the classes.” Image contributed from Bill Vossler Collection
Either a saint or a sinner. That’s how Samuel ...

An angelic new hobby

June 1, 2017
Long Prairie woman learns to play harp in retirement Susan Kroll, after a lifetime of providing health care around the world and delivering more babies than even she could count, has taken up playing the harp. Forget any connotations about ...