A road ‘from pine to palm’

February 1, 2019
My family connection to the Jefferson Highway project  If you have never heard of or read any of the articles about the Jefferson Highway you have missed a very important part of the roadway history of our country. As with ...

February Reader Photo Gallery

February 1, 2019
Some early birds, waiting for warmer weather. Sent in by St. Cloud resident James Wolter.
A glimpse of activity from the Reconciliation Ceremony in Mankato. From Sue Peterson who recently moved to Alexandria.
Shirley Saathoff, of Alexandria, took a picture
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Things I Have Learned: What are we saving the china for?

February 1, 2019
Today’s Wisdom: Good attitudes are like fine china. They are nice to have but pointless unless used. Travis Hedrick My wife and I recently went garage saleing. At one stop we found a beautiful set of fine china dishes. There ...

Evolving campus life

February 1, 2019
As SCSU celebrates 150 years, history department examines changes to student life on campus 
Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) turns 150 years old in 2019 (it was founded in 1869).  Like all universities, SCSU has had to change with the ...

Popular landmark oasis capped

February 1, 2019
Dickinson Spring served the area for nearly a century  Drivers cruising by a spot along Highway 55 near Buffalo these days can’t tell from the looks of it that for nearly a century a popular roadside well there supplied passersby ...

Is your farm truly protected?

February 1, 2019
A lot goes into owning and operating a successful farm. No matter the size, there are risks – some more substantial than others. It’s important farmers ask themselves how their operation might be at risk. If Mother Nature strikes or ...

Lending a helping nose

February 1, 2019
Bob and Sandie Bruins, of Silver Lake, saw a need for more search-and-rescue dogs and the volunteers to work with them. They decided to form a nonprofit organization called Minnesota Canine Search, Rescue and Tracking. The Bruins and their two ...

Making an impression, and history

February 1, 2019
Edith Kelly, of Alexandria, didn’t think so much about becoming “the first woman” Douglas County commissioner when she ran, door-knocked, and was elected to office in 1974. “Honestly? I thought I could do as good a job as anyone. So ...

Just a Kid at Heart: Battling age — shear power

February 1, 2019
When did it all change? To my generation “spam” was an inexpensive sandwich meat; now it’s unwanted e-mails. To my generation a “curser” was someone who had a limited vocabulary; now it’s a little arrow that moves around on my ...

From Where I Sit: My funny valentine

February 1, 2019
Back in the 1950s, my grade school classmates at Glenwood, Minnesota. would spend several days in February constructing memorable valentine boxes crafted from toss-away shoe boxes. On our flip top wooden desks, our little fingers would smear Elmer’s glue or ...

It’s ice harvest season

February 1, 2019
Friends have been cutting ice, building castles since ‘87 One by one, the mammoth blocks of crystal-clear ice slide off the conveyor of an antiquated ice harvesting machine and are pushed to the side of Green Lake in Spicer using ...

Life is a Daring Adventure: Today is the day

February 1, 2019
Moorhead woman celebrated 80th birthday free falling from 10,000 feet  Joanne Reitan, of Moorhead, woke up early on May 20, 2018, seven days before her 80th birthday and said, “Today is the day. I’m going to jump.” 
Joanne Reitan with
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Boomer’s Journal: The yard light

February 1, 2019
I have always taken electricity for granted. When mom and dad would reminisce about the old days of the kerosene lantern, I could only imagine. The Rural Electrification Administration was created in 1935 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the ...

Farm boy and his toys

January 1, 2019
Eagle Bend man has enormous toy tractor collection Years ago, a vintage toy tractor caught Marvin Hernwall’s eye one Christmas. His life hasn’t been the same since. 
Pat and Marvin Hernwall’s John Deere tractor is similar to those Marvin’s father
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Life is a daring adventure

January 1, 2019
Have you or someone you know had a daring adventure? Tell us your story “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding ...

January Reader Photo Gallery

January 1, 2019
Lou Ann Marks talked her husband into getting his vintage pickup out of the garage to snap a Christmas photo in Alexandria.
This owl was looking for squirrels from Twila Moshier’s tree in Sisseton, S.D., last year.
It can snow
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Boomer’s Journal: A night of cards

January 1, 2019
The long, cold winter months usually meant some welcome nights of the only card game mom and dad played: whist.* Card parties were my folk’s way of enjoying an evening with friends…Eddie and Ione, Sanford and Valerie, Clifford and Eleanor, ...