Protecting America

January 1, 2020
Man kept close eye on aimed missiles hidden on the SD prairie Dave Strutz, of St. Cloud, was not keen about having to possibly shoot his co-worker in the Launch Control Facility (LCF) capsule 60 feet below the South Dakota ...

A life woven into textiles

January 1, 2020
After years of teaching, she now lends textile talents to BECHS From writing detailed descriptions of vintage purses and shoes for the local historical society to making aprons from old table runners, Grace Keir, 81,  has kept busy since retiring ...

Woods & Water: Gift of the pileated

January 1, 2020
The first gift of the pileated woodpecker was offered to me one morning as I was seeking alone time from Easter visitors. I sneaked out and parked my van next to a slough to write, and see wildlife. Opening the ...

January Reader Photo Gallery

January 1, 2020
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Twirling since the 1980s

January 1, 2020
Square dancing groups attract members of all ages, all skill levels The Jolly Twirlers, a Willmar area square dancing club, has been providing a social activity for people of all ages for more than 30 years. They have had dancers ...

Fiddling around

January 1, 2020
Erhard man learned to play instrument later in life  It was certainly not encouragement that led Dennis Bauman to take up the fiddle at age 60, but instead was a plain love of an instrument and willingness to learn it, ...

Called to serve… in retirement

January 1, 2020
Clotho woman is a pastor to three congregations When Kali Christensen of rural Eagle Bend retired from her position as a Child Protective Services social worker at Todd County Health and Human Services, she knew she would stay busy.  She ...

My Perspective: Growth in ‘19… looking forward to ‘20

January 1, 2020
I would like to wish each and everyone reading this a happy new year. Like most businesses, this is the time of year when I take a quick look back at the last year and focus on what is coming ...

Things I Have Learned: Our trips through the weeds

January 1, 2020
Today’s Wisdom: “Most of our unhappiness and emotional struggles are caused by the lies we tell ourselves… until we identify our lies and replace them with the truth, emotional well-being is impossible.” -Chris Thurman Many years ago, when our youngest ...

Full steam ahead

January 1, 2020
Champlin lawyer grew up in steam family You might say that Anne Wetter Zimmerman of Champlin has a lifetime membership in the steam traction engine club, as she truly grew up with steam. “I got involved because my father, Leander ...

Volunteering in the frigid backwoods

January 1, 2020
Richmond woman volunteers at annual sled dog race In January, visitors are welcome to observe and enjoy the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which begins in Duluth and runs along the north shore of Lake Superior. There are two ...

Teaching the Word through puppets

December 3, 2019
Dawson man reflects on his years as a pastor, ventriloquist About to turn 91 years old in late December, Bruce Rodrick now resides in an assisted living facility in Dawson with several companions that have traveled nationwide with him during ...

Keep close eye on diabetes, eye disease

December 1, 2019
Answers by Mitchell Gossman, MD, an ophthalmologist at Eye Associates of Central Minnesota, located in St. Cloud Question: What are the big concerns when it comes to diabetes and eye disease? Patients with diabetes need to be seen at least ...

December Reader Photo Gallery

December 1, 2019
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Finding joy in joyrides

December 1, 2019
Mom, caregiver son celebrate time together by going on adventures Joy as defined in the dictionary is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” The definition of joyride is “a ride taken for pleasure (as in a car or aircraft).” ...

The gift of giving

December 1, 2019
Grandma Roers makes homemade gifts for every member of her family Handmade gifts are the only kind of gifts Geneva Roers, of Alexandria, gives her family. And with four adult children, three step-children, seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and ...

My Perspective: Could your story truly impact others?

December 1, 2019
When people think of the Senior Perspective, one thing that likely comes to  mind is usually our articles. We have had a wide variety of stories. Some are historical. Some are heart warming. Some are informative. And some are just ...