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

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 ...
Renita Thonvold (left) and Kathy Thonvold (right) are the co-facilitators of the new memory cafe in Willmar called Forget Me Knot. The cafe is located on the second floor of the Willmar Public Library. It is open for those with memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month. Photo by Bev Ahlquist

‘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
Don, Nancy and Marilyn Carlson enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ida in 2015. Knute Nelson Hospice helped Don enjoy his lake home during his last summer. Don passed away earlier this year. Contributed photo

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 ...
Laurie Determan, of Long Prairie, took this picture of her granddaughter honoring our fallen soliders at Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre.

Photo Gallery: May Photos

May 1, 2016
The Porter Jail was built more than 110 years ago.  Photos by Scott Thoma

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 ...
Get your ducks in a row, taken by Connie Okragleski at Long Lake, in Orono.

December Photo Gallery

December 1, 2015
Solei Olsen, beaming with pride at the pumpkin she chose for her Halloween Jack-o-lantern on Oct. 18 last year. Sent in by Solei’s grandmother, Dorothy Olsen, of Mora.

Photo Gallery: October

October 1, 2015
Dan Winter with some of his long-horned friends at the Bog Creek Ranch. He opted to have long horned cattle because that’s the west, they’re cheaper than regular beef cattle, and, he said, nobody wants them except him. “They’re the perfect setting and everybody thinks they’re wild and mean because of the horns. Them are my girls.” Each year,  Dan and his wife, Teri, open their ranch up to visitors to celebrate the Old West.     Photo by Bev Alquist

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 ...

Country Views: Train travel has surely changed since the ’70s

April 1, 2015
I read recently that a party travelling from St. Paul to Moorhead during the winter of 1870 – ’71 was able to travel by train from St. Paul to Benson. Benson was the end of the rail line that winter, ...

Eagles live stream returns to DNR site

April 1, 2015
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the bald eagle has made a powerful comeback since the pesticide DDT was banned in the early 1970s. Minnesota has more bald eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states. The ...