Making an impression, and history

February 1, 2019
Edith Kelly, of Alexandria, didn’t think so much about becoming “the first woman” Douglas County commissioner when she ran, door-knocked, and was elected to office in 1974. “Honestly? I thought I could do as good a job as anyone. So ...

Evolving campus life

February 1, 2019
As SCSU celebrates 150 years, history department examines changes to student life on campus 
Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) turns 150 years old in 2019 (it was founded in 1869).  Like all universities, SCSU has had to change with the ...

Popular landmark oasis capped

February 1, 2019
Dickinson Spring served the area for nearly a century  Drivers cruising by a spot along Highway 55 near Buffalo these days can’t tell from the looks of it that for nearly a century a popular roadside well there supplied passersby ...

Lending a helping nose

February 1, 2019
Bob and Sandie Bruins, of Silver Lake, saw a need for more search-and-rescue dogs and the volunteers to work with them. They decided to form a nonprofit organization called Minnesota Canine Search, Rescue and Tracking. The Bruins and their two ...

A road ‘from pine to palm’

February 1, 2019
My family connection to the Jefferson Highway project  If you have never heard of or read any of the articles about the Jefferson Highway you have missed a very important part of the roadway history of our country. As with ...

It’s ice harvest season

February 1, 2019
Friends have been cutting ice, building castles since ‘87 One by one, the mammoth blocks of crystal-clear ice slide off the conveyor of an antiquated ice harvesting machine and are pushed to the side of Green Lake in Spicer using ...

Life is a Daring Adventure: Today is the day

February 1, 2019
Moorhead woman celebrated 80th birthday free falling from 10,000 feet  Joanne Reitan, of Moorhead, woke up early on May 20, 2018, seven days before her 80th birthday and said, “Today is the day. I’m going to jump.” 
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Farm boy and his toys

January 1, 2019
Eagle Bend man has enormous toy tractor collection Years ago, a vintage toy tractor caught Marvin Hernwall’s eye one Christmas. His life hasn’t been the same since. 
Pat and Marvin Hernwall’s John Deere tractor is similar to those Marvin’s father
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Life is a daring adventure

January 1, 2019
Have you or someone you know had a daring adventure? Tell us your story “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding ...

Making smart New Year’s resolutions

January 1, 2019
One January Frank smiled smugly in the office of psychologist Dr. Peter Wish. Frank said he’d made a new year’s resolution. “This year I’m going to make a million dollars,” he said. When Dr. Wish, director of the New England ...

What the Amish believe, what they teach

January 1, 2019
Part Two: Religion and Education Though some non-Amish question the Amish belief in Christianity, any discussion with the Lambright family in Mora proves those doubts false. Menno Lambright said, “We depend on the blood of Jesus Christ for our salvation,” ...

Stroke turns mom’s life upside down

December 1, 2018
Life for Melissa Hansen of New London is a bit different today than just a year ago. A year ago, a brain bleed stroke stole so much of her life. Melissa said she was super busy getting ready for her ...

WWII vet served in Women’s Army Corps

December 1, 2018
‘We women did everything the men did’ Still tall and slim at age 100, Mildred Helen Freeouf Brodt welcomed this reporter to her rural Fairmont home by providing a succinct four-page summary of her century of activities. Including Mildred’s education, ...

Fun on the ice

December 1, 2018
Fergus Falls skating rinks have a long, rich tradition While Carolyn Englehart doesn’t remember the year, the Fergus Falls native does recall her excitement when she opened one particular Christmas present: She got ice skates! Those skates were well used ...

‘You feel like you are part of the family’

December 1, 2018
Organization helps those with disabilities connect or reconnect with outdoors Kevin Finneman had recently graduated from high school when he and his friend decided to go to the Twin Cities to check out the nightlife. It was 1974, and “we ...

Big man on campus

December 1, 2018
Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, a young man from a small school walked through the doors at Cooke Hall on the University of Minnesota campus and looked out at an enormous gymnasium filled with people. That young man, now ...

Joe’s toys

December 1, 2018
Alexandria man has been making toys for several years Joe Steinhagen’s toys come in all sizes, from a few inches long to 4 feet long to 20 feet or so, weighing from a couple of ounces to dozens of pounds ...