Northern Days Gone By: Oh, you shouldn’t have

December 1, 2018
When Christmas Eve was upon us our family gathered to celebrate with a meal. We exchanged gifts before eating.  Often, as  the gifts were exchanged, someone would exclaim, “Oh, you shouldn’t have.” This troubles me even now as I think ...

Joe’s toys

December 1, 2018
Alexandria man has been making toys for several years Joe Steinhagen’s toys come in all sizes, from a few inches long to 4 feet long to 20 feet or so, weighing from a couple of ounces to dozens of pounds ...

Helping people hear better since ‘74

December 1, 2018
Wales Hearing Center has special hearing event Dec. 3-7 Forty-four years ago, Sgt. Gregory Wales was discharged from the United States Air Force and returned to Minnesota with his wife and three children.
The Alexandria office of Wales Hearing Center
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December Reader Photo Gallery

December 1, 2018
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My Perspective: Special letters from a class to a veteran

December 1, 2018
Our newspaper reaches a lot of people. And because it reaches so many, there are a lot of interesting connections that are made. I know of at least two weddings that have happened because of Sr. Perspective, and there are ...

WWII vet served in Women’s Army Corps

December 1, 2018
‘We women did everything the men did’ Still tall and slim at age 100, Mildred Helen Freeouf Brodt welcomed this reporter to her rural Fairmont home by providing a succinct four-page summary of her century of activities. Including Mildred’s education, ...

Stroke turns mom’s life upside down

December 1, 2018
Life for Melissa Hansen of New London is a bit different today than just a year ago. A year ago, a brain bleed stroke stole so much of her life. Melissa said she was super busy getting ready for her ...

Big man on campus

December 1, 2018
Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, a young man from a small school walked through the doors at Cooke Hall on the University of Minnesota campus and looked out at an enormous gymnasium filled with people. That young man, now ...

Ask the Expert: What to know about provider networks

December 1, 2018
Answers provided by Keith Asmussen, Medicare Product Manager at UCare. Do provider networks differ from plan to plan? Yes. Provider networks can vary from one health care company to another, and also from plan to plan within the same company. ...

‘You feel like you are part of the family’

December 1, 2018
Organization helps those with disabilities connect or reconnect with outdoors Kevin Finneman had recently graduated from high school when he and his friend decided to go to the Twin Cities to check out the nightlife. It was 1974, and “we ...

Fun on the ice

December 1, 2018
Fergus Falls skating rinks have a long, rich tradition While Carolyn Englehart doesn’t remember the year, the Fergus Falls native does recall her excitement when she opened one particular Christmas present: She got ice skates! Those skates were well used ...

Helping people age in place… at home

December 1, 2018
One of the most difficult things about aging for some people is leaving the home they love. Prairie River Home Care realizes how hard that time is for seniors and is assisting them as much as possible to remain where ...

Boomer’s Journal: The milkman cometh

December 1, 2018
Picture it. A 17-year-old, 185-pound farm boy at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, 1962. The milkman cometh.
Truman Hanson, in his younger years. Contributed photo
Truman Hanson, a kid who graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1963, had his ...

Family and frosting

December 1, 2018
‘Granny’ and ‘the girls’ build special tradition
The cookie decorating crew in 2017 included (standing L to R) Amy Brix, Holly Brandt, Heidi Korb, Alison Karasch, Tara Hayward, (front L to R) Becky Dillon and Jean Shepherd. Contributed photo
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Updated Cookbook Locations

November 1, 2018
A few new locations that have cookbooks available have been added to this list. The newest Senior Perspective cookbook, “More Lifelong Favorites, Vol. 16” will be available at hundreds of stores throughout  Minnesota by early November. Books expected to be ...

‘We’re people like everyone else’

November 1, 2018
Part One: Amish History & Culture Though a trio of articles about the Amish will attempt to delineate different parts of the Amish life-history, culture, religion, education, family, and brotherhood–none of these aspects stand alone, and can’t be truly separated, ...

Country Views: Polish sub named Orzl

November 1, 2018
There was a grisly righteousness served when the Polish submarine Orzl, under British command, torpedoed and sank the German troop ship Rio de Janeiro off the Norwegian coast on April 8, 1940, at the dawn of Germany’s invasion of Norway. ...