A ride of a lifetime

September 1, 2017
St. Cloud man rode motorcycle in 48 states over 18 days; raised funds and awareness for vets Michael Spaude has traveled to more states than most can name and was given a hero’s welcome upon his return from his 18-day ...

MOM rehab helps get patients back on their feet

September 1, 2017
As hospital stays get shorter, there’s a greater need for short-term rehabilitation programs for patients needing additional care and therapy, in order to transition back to life at home. Mother of Mercy Senior Living (MOM) in Albany offers rehabilitation services ...

Looking for that extra design edge?

September 1, 2017
Winning Edge Graphics helps businesses stand out with design, products, services
Winning Edge Graphics owner, Robyn Snyder (sitting in boat), posed for a fun photo with the “crew.” Winning Edge helps businesses, organizations and individuals stand out through their unique
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‘That’s my Mama!’

September 1, 2017
Bernadette Farnam of Hutchinson (left) and her mom, Helen (right). Contributed photos
My mother was a kind woman with big dreams. She loved to sing light opera and longed to record songs for children. What I know of her early ...

Time to repair, replace your boiler?

September 1, 2017
Koegel has knowledge, experience to tackle any size boiler job Does your current boiler have you steamed? Wish it was quieter? More efficient? Safer? Looking for someone who is clean, courteous and professional to fix your current system or give ...

Opera house still stands, thanks to community

September 1, 2017
In a small town like Lake Benton, there isn’t always a lot to do. That’s why it was paramount that the town save the 122-year-old Lake Benton Opera House from being razed 47 years ago.
Lake Benton Opera House president
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Man and his trusty ‘hunting’ dog give back

September 1, 2017
Duo finds, sells lost golf balls, gives proceeds to Humane Society
Davos, his owner Al Cooper and friend Dustene Barrett with a cooler full of golf balls Davos has found which they sell and donate the proceeds to the Humane
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Fergus man turns scraps, junk into art

September 1, 2017
He started repurposing items out of necessity
Paul Sander is the ultimate recycler. He uses wood that normally would be thrown away by a local woodshop, pieces it together with items he finds and, taa daa, he creates art. The
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Connecting people, businesses

August 1, 2017
Federated Telephone Coop. has offered communications at the ‘speed of life’ for 65 years
Brad Motz and Shaun Ripley installing services in Big Stone County. Contributed photo
Federated Telephone Cooperative has been connecting people and businesses for over 65 years. ...

When Humphrey was V.P.

August 1, 2017
Family, housekeeper reminisce about life at Waverly household
Left to right, Hubert’s grandson Jordan, Hubert’s son Bob, and the Humphrey longtime housekeeper Irene Woitalla standing around the bust of Hubert H. Humphrey in Railroad Park in Waverly. Photo by Scott
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Northern Days Gone By: Always buy some lemonade, but never drink it

August 1, 2017
We boys in 1953 were broke. Not one of us had an allowance. We did not consider ourselves poor, but we had no discretionary money unless our parents or grandparents gave us a few nickels. The nickels we were given ...

Country Views: Growing Potatoes

August 1, 2017
We planted potatoes in early May. My Irish ancestors may well have planted about the same time of year that we did. They would have planted a variety with the unappealing name of Irish Lumper. But it fit their needs ...

‘Never been happier with my hearing’

August 1, 2017
HearLife of MN has been improving patients’ lives through better hearing for more than 10 years in the Alexandria area. The Hearlife team includes Dr. Tara Brink, Andrea Speckmier, Stacy Wicklund and Angie Yanda. Each plays an important role in ...

BOOMER’S JOURNAL: Locust invasions

August 1, 2017
Each year as the August harvest began and dad reviewed my field duties as a grain wagon driver, I wondered if the great locust invasion of either the late 1800s or the 1930s would recur under my very eyes. Dad ...

My dad’s trucking company

August 1, 2017
George Heerdt standing in front of one of his trucks. Contributed photo
My dad, George Heerdt, grew up on a farm three miles southwest of Hector. In the 1940s, he worked on the family farm and also drove truck for ...

Inventing the Bobcat

August 1, 2017
Fergus Falls man and his brother invented the popular machine
Cy Keller, of Fergus Falls, 95, invented the Bobcat, along with his brother, Louis. Cy is pictured at his home, in front of some miniature Bobcats. Photo by Carol Stender
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