Man on a mission

May 3, 2011
It’s obvious. Greg Meyer’s passion is reaching out and caring for others. It’s also his job as Director of Care and Outreach at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood, a position he has held for 12 years. Greg credits the many ...

Run and Gun

May 3, 2011
Group gives folks a chance to reveal their ‘inner cowboy’ “Run and gun.” Fans of the National Basketball Association tend to hear this phrase on a regular basis. Around here this statement calls attention to the evolving sport of the ...

Art teacher has left her mark on school

May 3, 2011
Melrose art teacher Barbara Dettler-Petermeier recently had a nice compliment from one of her students when he asked her how long she had been drawing.  She told him that drawing and drawing professionally were two different things, but professionally she ...

LCBC quilt auction in 23rd year

May 3, 2011
How many cups of coffee does it take to make a quilt? Attendees of the 23rd annual quilt auction at Luther Crest Bible Camp (LCBC) may find the answer to that question. The quilt auction at the camp near Alexandria ...

‘God has plans for me’

May 3, 2011
Lung cancer has turned her world ‘upside down,’ but she is fighting back hard and educating others along the way. Life was great for Janet Thompson in 2010. She was enjoying her new career as a flight attendant for Northwest ...

County by County

April 30, 2011
College buddies explore state on yearly mystery road trip. Most people plan carefully for vacations and getaways. Three friends, all alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris, get together annually and never plan beyond where they’re going to meet and ...

Swapping motors, and a few fish tales

April 29, 2011
Woody Quiram of Star Lake, Minnesota was pretty happy with the outboard motor swap in Little Falls on April 14. Only an hour-and-a-half into the event and he’d already sold five motors, and bought one. He was watching new arrivals ...

In search of a new life

April 27, 2011
Minnesota man escaped Laos during Vietnam War to avoid being killed …
found new life for he and his family in Glencoe. Bounnorm Thammavongsa, who came to Glencoe from Laos in 1980, fought along side the Americans as a First ...

Honoring a father she never met

April 27, 2011
Phyllis Johnson never met her father. Less than three months before she was born in 1945, Army Staff Sergeant Walter O. Brunko was killed while fighting for his country in France during World War II. The soldier from the Fair ...

Helping grow a foods movement

April 27, 2011
Sunny Ruthcild, 66, lives just a couple miles away from where Laura Ingalls spent her days “On The Banks Of Plum Creek,” near Walnut Grove. Sunny spends most of her waking hours thinking about food – not eating food, or ...

Paved with memories

April 27, 2011
Some veterans gave all. All gave some. And thanks to the driving force of two dedicated Arlington men, the city has a unique memorial to honor and remember those who have served. Arlington’s Veterans Walking Path of Honor in Memorial ...

The Art of Clowning

April 27, 2011
Terrace home to unique Clown Academy. Some enjoy spending their summers gardening. Others enjoy long walks, fishing or maybe a ride in a boat. There is a select group of people in every community that would rather just spend their ...

Raising kids, again

April 27, 2011
More and more grandparents are raising their own grandchildren. “Some grandparents are an ocean apart from their grandchildren. Ours are right under foot,” Donna Foulke said. “And they definitely keep me young.” Foulke didn’t expect to be raising her three ...

Turning in his Scouting handbook

April 27, 2011
Steve Borgerding was playing softball in a Melrose park in 1980 when he saw Scoutmaster John Schofield and his troop taking down a tent.  He walked over and uttered the fateful words, “Need some help?”  Almost 32 years and a ...

Chasing a fallen hometown hero

April 27, 2011
Wadena man pens book about a legend from Hill City, his old stomping grounds. The world of publishing can be as murky as a foggy day in the lakes country. We writers start first with inspiration, connections, and the inescapable ...

Udderly amazing

April 24, 2011
Moo-seum filled with more than 14,000 items. Former WCCO Radio personality Roger Erickson often jokingly referred to the “International Airport” located in the rural hamlet of Bernadotte that has all of about a half dozen houses and one church ...

Annabelle’s BIG birthday

April 24, 2011
Ryberg celebrates 100 with family and friends. Life has been a journey for Annabelle Waldner Ryberg who turned 100 years old this year on March 13. She was born in Kappa, Illinois, lived on a farm near Hector, was a ...