Friendly visitors

February 1, 2017
Volunteers help those with special needs remain socially and creatively active in the community Dignity. Safety. Hope.
Lutheran Social Services client, Patty, front, shares a laugh in her residence in Mankato with, from left, Shannon Butler, Guardianship Options supervisor; Sandy
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Life behind the bench

February 1, 2017
Instilling hope a crucial part of the legal process, says district court judge
Sally Robertson, of Wadena, has been a district court judge since 1996. Robertson’s current term expires in 2023, but she will retire before then. Contributed photo
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Giving back to nature

February 1, 2017
Volunteering at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge a perfect fit for Elk River couple
Snowshoeing is one of the activities available for park goers at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman. The park is one of the state’s hidden treasures.
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Renville woman celebrated 100 years

February 1, 2017
Lots of family, friends and residents helped Josie Vinar celebrate her 100th birthday at a party on Dec. 17, 2016 at Meadows on Main of Renville.
Josie Vinar as a young country school teacher. Contributed photo
Josie was born in ...

Growing stronger, healthier together

February 1, 2017
Nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Sacred Heart Community Center becomes the gathering place for a group of  8 to 12 women who gather for an hour-long exercise program known as Bone Builders. The regimen ...

Fill ‘er up!

February 1, 2017
Morris man’s collection fuels memories of America’s first filling stations Wally Kill, of Morris, seems to have all the makings to start his own gas station.
Wally Kill, of Morris, could open his own gas station. He has it all
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Easing the stress of hair loss

February 1, 2017
Wigs for Women offers cancer patients a way to receive affordable wigs “A cancer diagnosis is devastating. You can’t think straight. You live in the ‘now.’ You’re at your most vulnerable.” Robin Ott, of St. Cloud, shared some of the ...

‘Nothing is wasted here’

February 1, 2017
Walnut Grove woman finds true contentment living off the land on restored farm
Sunny Ruthchild, of Walnut Grove, walks through her orchard every day to make sure the trees are healthy.
Photo by Eric Posz
There’s little activity on Merryweather ...

A creative household

January 1, 2017
Couple happily designs, builds and thread-crochets through their retirement years
Wally and Sharon Lutz with some of the items they recently designed and made in their Montevideo home. Photo by Scott Thoma
“We each like to do our own thing,” ...

Mora’s Swedish roots

January 1, 2017
City has largest Dala Horse in the United States
Mora is home to the largest Dala Horse in the United States. It’s 25 feet high and weighs 3,000 pounds. Photo by Cathy Nelson
Travelers who drive north of the Twin ...

Sharing art in unique ways

January 1, 2017
Minneapolis artist spreads joy through her murals There are a few murals around Minneapolis, but Tammy Ortegon’s paintings have a personality to them that makes them quite inviting and unique. When you first meet the artist, you just know she ...