Writing since ’40

May 1, 2018
Long Prairie woman has written about 50 unpublished novels, 50 children’s stories
Erma Long, of Long Prairie, 91, has been writing and doodling for nearly her entire life. She is pictured with one of her books. Photo by Nancy Leasman
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May Reader Photo Gallery

May 1, 2018
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Cherished letters full of hope, pain

May 1, 2018
In just four months, Dick Bakker went from managing a grain elevator in Renville, Minnesota, to deadly combat in the Argonne Forest. He wrote 32 descriptive and gut-wrenching letters home during his tour of duty. The letters provide a unique ...

ASK THE EXPERT: Is a standby generator right for me?

May 1, 2018
Question: What is a standby generator and what are the benefits of having one? Answer by Mike Gimbel, Director of Residential Operations, Ellingson Plumbing, Heating, A/C & Electrical A standby generator is a unit installed on your property that is ...

Ten children in WWII, one in Korean War

May 1, 2018
If Annie Sammons’ grown children had all marched off to war at the same time, there would have been enough to form their own unit.
Annie Sammons had 15 children; 11 fought in wars.
Instead, they left the nest one ...

Experienced eye care in a new clinic

May 1, 2018
Eyes are such a precious organ; it’s paramount that we take very good care of them. And it only makes sense that we prefer someone experienced to work on them.
Dr. Andrea Joplin and Dr. Mitch Gossman of Eye Associates
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Passion for gardening grew into perfect job

May 1, 2018
Mary Lou Salzl, of Albany, is excited about putting in 90,000 plants in her garden this spring–“the garden” being the world-renowned Clemens Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, where she has worked for the past 23 years.
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‘Service with a smile’ at Stockmen’s

May 1, 2018
Former accountants Tracy Droessler and Jim Ducker have gone from accruals to annuals, and from ledgers to lilies, as second-year owners of Stockmen’s Greenhouse and Landscaping in Litchfield.
The team at Stockmen’s Greenhouse and Landscaping in Litchfield includes: Front (L
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‘Good citizen’ circus helped the war effort

May 1, 2018
We lived in Vermillion, South Dakota, in the summer of 1942. That summer my father was in the service as a Navy SeaBee and my mother, a nurse, was in Minneapolis taking classes at the University of Minnesota. As a ...

New details uncovered in Dawson bank robbery

May 1, 2018
Bandits got away with approximately $2,600 in cash and gold 88 years ago
Thomas Holden (Left) escaped from Leavenworth Penitentiary two months before his alleged involvement in the Dawson bank robbery. Joe Cretzker (Right) was allegedly one of the men
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Willmar man stays positive despite PLS diagnosis

May 1, 2018
Matthew Jensen, who grew up in New London, but now lives in Willmar and works part-time at a business in Spicer, has a debilitating disease that has now put him in a wheelchair. “It’s called primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), and ...

My Perspective: My very own ‘Giving Tree’

May 1, 2018
When I was young, one of my favorite books was The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. It still ranks up there as one of my top five children’s books. It was different than all the other books I was ...

Take it off, keep it off… naturally

May 1, 2018
Program promotes healthy shopping, healthy eating, sustainable weight loss The percentage of people in the United States that are considered obese is staggering. Obesity often leads to serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. ...

‘Life is what you make it’

May 1, 2018
Community educator has been teaching since ‘63
Joanne Flom makes a variety of items to give away and to sell at craft shows in Brainerd. Photo by Jennie Zeitler
Seeing how community education classes have kept people active and involved ...

No eating, drinking since ‘95

May 1, 2018
Litchfield woman has paralyzed stomach, can no longer have food or drink through her mouth
Rosie Hartwig-Benson showcases her baking skills in the kitchen of her home. She often bakes for others or uses the smells to provide temporary relief
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Independence at any age

May 1, 2018
Looking for a new place to live? Want to maintain your independence? Hoping to find a community that offers variety of amenities and fun activities without a long and pricey contract? Looking for quality, security, comfort and maintenance-free living? Then ...

Remembering the Scheels

May 1, 2018
After being assigned to write a story about a 90-year-old man who had no idea what the term “elderly” meant, I had no idea what to expect. When I pulled into the driveway at his home, I figured it out ...