‘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 ...

May Reader Photo Gallery

May 1, 2018
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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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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 ...

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.
Mary Lou Salzl from
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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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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 ...

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 ...

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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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 ...

Artist brings life to city’s sidewalks

May 1, 2018
Until last fall, Aaron McCune hadn’t touched a piece of chalk since the fourth grade. Now, the 35-year-old’s artwork has everyone in Fergus Falls looking down at the sidewalks for his chalk art creations.
Aaron McCune, of Fergus Falls, draws
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BOOMER’S JOURNAL: Broom on the back porch

May 1, 2018
The old kitchen broom stood by the screen door on the back porch…tired and worn out. It had graduated to that perch when the new kitchen broom arrived in the spring. The tired, old broom, its life seemingly over as ...

April Reader Photo Gallery

April 1, 2018
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