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,” ...

Photo Gallery: June Photos

June 1, 2017
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Forty years promoting the arts

June 1, 2017
On the surface it seems unlikely that two storytellers, a wood carver and a zombie crawl enthusiast would have much in common, but they do have a special bond: Each has applied for and received a Lakes Region Arts Council ...

When tobacco was a Minnesota cash crop

April 1, 2017
When you think of crop farming in Meeker County, you envision corn stalks, oats, barley, soybeans and wheat fields. But one thing that may surprise you is quite a few farmers in Meeker County grew tobacco. In fact, in 1931 ...

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
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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
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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 ...