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 ...

‘Memory cafe’ offers place to connect, socialize

September 29, 2016
Cafe designed for those suffering from memory loss Here is the idea – form a memory cafe so people with dementia can meet and visit with each other over a cup of coffee and goodies.
Renita Thonvold (left) and Kathy

Making every day matter

September 1, 2016
Knute Nelson Hospice care focuses on quality of life, support for patient and family Don Carlson, of Alexandria, learned he had pulmonary fibrosis in 2011. He was in his 70s. The disease scars and damages lung tissue and makes it ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Official member of the GOC

June 1, 2016
Open the scrapbook of your mind and look back to your childhood. Do you remember the first organization or club you joined as a child? Perhaps it was the Brownies, Cub Scouts or 4-H? I became a Brownie and then ...

Photo Gallery: May Photos

May 1, 2016

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 ...

Classroom Memories: Reliving a ‘skunk-tastrophy’

February 1, 2016
It’s not often that a student can reconnect with a teacher sixty-plus years after spending time in their classroom and still have the teacher remember them!  But that is the case with my elementary school teacher, LaVerna Noland.  Back during ...

From Where I Sit: Before TV consumed lives

December 29, 2015
So much for those well-meaning New Year’s resolutions. It’s too cold outdoors to be cross-country skiing or take the dog for a brisk walk. Buddy, my beagle pal, dashes in and out in record time for his potty breaks.   I ...

December Photo Gallery

December 1, 2015

Photo Gallery: October

October 1, 2015

Bringing back the wild, wild west

August 2, 2015
The Wild West holds a special place in American history, as it does at the Dan and Teri Winter ranch near Spring Hill. They love the Old West and have captured its essence on their 75-acre ranch, which they’ve named ...