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 ...

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 ...

Sculptor finds inspiration in 1931 discovery

December 1, 2019
Pelican Rapids artist Marcella Rose never met the subject of her “Spirit Rising” bronze sculpture. Meeting her was, in fact, impossible since the central character of the artwork, a young Native American maiden, lived more than 10,000 years ago. But ...

A cherished family Christmas tradition

December 1, 2019
It’s the holiday season. The calendar is filling up and the to-do list is growing, but many of us will try to slow down, if only briefly, so we can spend some time and create memories with those we love. ...

Sending Christmas cheer… in a shoebox

December 1, 2019
Long Prairie woman leads OCC shoebox drive Blanche Tirk, of Long Prairie, has acquired several nicknames—“Energizer Bunny,” “Totally Awesome Blanche” and probably the most descriptive one, “Crazy Shoebox Lady.” At 78, she is happy to be called names that emphasize ...

Volunteering at 100

December 1, 2019
St. Peter woman, who will reach century mark this month, donates 20 hours a week Gale Kreykes, whose 100th birthday is on Dec. 3, credits her longevity to three thing… genetics, keeping busy and healthy habits. “I had an aunt ...

Ask the Expert: How do reverse mortgage loans work?

December 1, 2019
Answers by Sharon Johnson, Reverse Mortgage Specialist at Northwestern Bank in Dilworth What is a reverse mortgage loan? Reverse mortgage is a borrowing option available to homeowners 62 and up that allows you to use the equity in your home ...

Friend of the orioles

December 1, 2019
Richville man busy making, distributing feeders As one travels down to the end of Hackberry Point Road is the home of Dick and Bonnie Swanson. They built on the peninsula property that Bonnie’s grandparents homesteaded back in 1897. The land ...

Wreaths pay respect to fallen soldiers

December 1, 2019
As an event that began in 2006 with a half dozen friends and only five wreaths, the organization, “Wreaths for the Fallen” has “grown exponentially every year,” according to one of the founders, John Thomas. Each year on the second ...

A life well traveled

November 1, 2019
Pelican Rapids woman returns home after working, exploring around the globe Kathy Evenson, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., (formerly of Berlin, Germany) has had an acute case of wanderlust, though she might not admit it. Her curiosity and love of travel ...

Opening doors to better living

November 1, 2019
Jerry Peterson, 87, of Cold Spring likes to travel. He also likes to promote positivity and offer inspiration for good health and good living whenever he has a chance. All these elements came together when Peterson decided to self-publish a ...

Building a successful retirement plan

November 1, 2019
Woitalla has a passion for helping people reach their retirement goals Having the retirement that you want does not happen by itself. A strong plan with safeguards to protect that plan can help you retire comfortably and on time. Tara ...

‘You don’t have to live with pain’

November 1, 2019
Heartland Orthopedic Specialists works to return patients to healthy, active lifestyle without limits Living in constant pain while trying to pursue an active daily lifestyle can be a grind. Heartland Orthopedic Specialists has been helping patients with musculoskeletal (bone and ...

‘What about a club?’

November 1, 2019
Hutchinson woman formed club for young adults with special needs using a different approach Mona Hjerpe worked as a special education teacher for years, and considered herself well-versed in the options available for individuals with special needs.  But when her ...

Finding true joy in quilting

November 1, 2019
Willmar woman quilts everyday, was featured in recent show “Smitty” Luschen of Willmar loves to make creative and beautiful quilts. She learned how to sew in fourth grade and has been sewing ever since. She made her own clothes through ...

‘It was chaotic’

November 1, 2019
Carlos man lost vision in one eye, earned Silver Star while serving in Vietnam Kerry Nelson of rural Carlos, Minn. had a vision for his life before he was drafted into the United States military in 1965, just as U.S. ...