Collecting equipment, both big and small

February 27, 2020
Collector inherited some of his construction models from his grandfather When Brian Mathiowetz was a boy, he was not allowed to play with the model construction equipment his grandfather, Martin Mathiowetz, kept in a locked cabinet. Brian’s grandfather had begun ...

Talamore now open for residents

February 1, 2020
‘We want it to be a comfortable place for the residents to live and enjoy’ Talamore Senior Living, a modern facility that opened on Feb. 1 in St. Cloud, is designed to “enrich the rhythms of our resident’s lives by ...

The strongest kind of love

February 1, 2020
Christmas is behind us. A new year has begun and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. A day to celebrate hearts a flutter, reward our love with candy, flowers and maybe even jewelry. No gifts of socks or underwear on this ...

Reflecting on the last 100 years

February 1, 2020
One question Eugene “Gene” Nelson of Little Falls has been asked steadily is what his secret is to living a long life. After all, he just turned 100 on Nov. 9, 2019. “I don’t know. Be with people and be ...

A grand hike

February 1, 2020
Glenwood trio hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon It’s estimated that over 6 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year, but only one percent of them ever travel to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Three ...

Becoming Honest Abe

February 1, 2020
Teacher fulfills lifelong interest in Abraham Lincoln as costumed interpreter Bryce Stenzel points out that at age 52, he’s the age Abraham Lincoln was when he ran for president in 1860. Bryce has no intention of running for the office ...

Ask the Expert: What is a retinal detachment?

February 1, 2020
Answers by Mitchell Gossman, MD, an ophthalmologist at Eye Associates of Central Minnesota, located in St. Cloud What is a retinal detachment? First some background of how the eye works. The eye is much like a camera. Light enters the ...

‘Whirly Girls’ having fun together since the ‘50s

February 1, 2020
Our story begins in grade school as most friendships do. We shared birthdays and slumber parties with not much slumbering.  Around 1953 or so, our country schools were closing and the country kids came to town.  Suddenly, we had a ...

Tracing my dad’s steps, his musical legacy

February 1, 2020
Man’s mission to find dad’s old dance halls Put on your dancing shoes. Many people wore dancing shoes. The shoes didn’t have to be special in a “Sunday best” way. They just had to be different. Dancers didn’t use the ...

Melting masterpieces

February 1, 2020
New Brighton brothers gain attention for making unique snow sculptures, raising money for clean water  After building snowmen and snow forts outside for years, what was the next thing to build? For the trio of Bartz brothers of New Brighton, ...

High school sweethearts reconnect 59 years later

February 1, 2020
For Ellwyn and Micki Nohr of Fargo, it all started around 1950. The two both played clarinet and first met in the high school band room in Stanley, North Dakota, a small town between Williston and Minot. After seeing each ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...