My life before I enlisted

May 1, 2017
I grew up on the west side of Lake Carlos outside of Alexandria, moving there from Minneapolis in 1950 when I was 8 years old and ultimately became the oldest sibling of six, three brothers and two sisters. Because my ...

The ‘Fairfax Four’

May 1, 2017
Legion Post named after WWI fallen soldiers
Charles Buehler is buried in France. No photo available
The last “No Man’s Land” battles during the final three months of WWI claimed the lives of thousands of men on both sides including ...

A humble hero

May 1, 2017
WWII pilot endured brutal conditions as POW The rolling prairie south of Starbuck, Minn., harbors picturesque farmsteads nestled in amongst ancient hills and glacial till. Joanna Campbell and her husband, Jay, live on one of these secluded sites. My recent ...

A colorful life — lived in the dark

May 1, 2017
Maple Grove woman has been blind since 1960
Carol Alperin, of Maple Grove, has been blind since she was 12. That hasn’t stopped her from living a full life. Above, she poses with some of her current knitting projects. Photo

Poor, poor Anna

May 1, 2017
Poor, poor, poor Anna, born in 1877, was the poorest and most unlucky local person I ever met. During the old days many family house parties took place with accordion and fiddle music, dancing and whatever else goes on, in ...

If these walls could talk

May 1, 2017
Roosevelt Hall has rich 80+ year history in Barrett Over the past 80-plus years, Barrett’s Roosevelt Hall has been the site for graduations and basketball games. It’s where bowling teams competed and high school youth earned money setting pins for ...

A memorable flight

May 1, 2017
Aviation legend put Little Falls on the map 90 years ago
Charles Lindbergh and “Spirit of St. Louis,” the plane used used to fly across the Atlantic Ocean 90 years ago. Photo contributed by Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.
This ...

Baseball park hopper

May 1, 2017
Morgan man has visited all 30 major league parks Attending a major league baseball game for the first time, with a stadium engulfed in a myriad of sights, sounds and smells, is generally an unforgettable experience. Now imagine the experience ...

Celebrating Norwegian way of life

May 1, 2017
Royalton couple has immersed themselves in Norwegian culture
Patricia Fernelius at her home in Royalton. She honors Norwegian heritage in a variety of ways, including clothes, wall hangings and celebrations including Syttende Mai. Photo by Jennie Zeitler
Norwegian Constitution Day, ...

‘It was a nightmare’

May 1, 2017
Sister remembers a brother lost in Vietnam
Tony Quitmeyer of Parkers Prairie, in 1967, before leaving for Vietnam
Contributed photo
Tony Quitmeyer grew up in Parkers Prairie, Minn., and graduated with the class of 1966 from Parkers Prairie High School. ...

Thanking veterans with a unique fishing experience

May 1, 2017
‘Veterans on the Water’ established by Vietnam vet Steve Gillaspie, 68, of Arlington, is a decorated U.S. Army Ranger Vietnam combat veteran.
Veterans on the Water founder Steve Gillapsie, of Arlington, shows some of the many photos of fishing trips