‘I got my chance’

June 1, 2020
St. Cloud man recalls tryout for the Twins Lon Enerson was excited to learn he’d made the Minnesota Twins’ baseball team second day tryout. “I could hardly sleep the night before. Everything I had worked for and dreamed of was ...

Family’s deadly day in the Dakota Conflict

June 1, 2020
Had Evan Jones not made the correct snap decision during the Dakota War of 1862, his great grandson Dennis Miller would not be here today to share his story. While perusing through extensive family journals and other materials, Dennis, who ...

Playing with dolls

June 1, 2020
Women of all ages enjoy displaying, collecting dolls of all shapes, sizes Dolls are not just toys for little girls. There are many Minnesota women who collect dolls, form clubs with other doll collectors and attend doll shows. They look ...

An ‘unbelievable’ car reunion

June 1, 2020
Fargo man reunited with car after 45 years Roger Monson is a car guy. He’s a member of the Valley Vintage Car Club in Fargo-Moorhead. He understands that every car, like every person, has a story.  There’s one car story ...

Park built by ideas, passionate volunteers

June 1, 2020
God’s Acres offers both recreation and reflection Marlys Baumann calls God’s Acres a diamond in the rough. The 30-acre park is located in central Otter Tail County north of Battle Lake by the village of Amor. It is adjacent to ...

‘Best day of my week’

June 1, 2020
Choir brings caregivers, volunteers and those with memory loss together On a Thursday morning at 10 a.m., the Singing Hills Chorus meets for choir practice. Musical director Kristen Ziemke leads the warmup, which starts after a liberal social time that ...

‘He knew he wasn’t coming home’

May 29, 2020
It has been a half century since U.S. troops battled the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army in South Vietnam, but the memory of fallen servicemen remains alive with family members. One such family is that of Larry ...

Tracing family’s military history

May 29, 2020
When Christoph Lasamann came to America in about 1840, he had had enough of war. He planned for his son to never experience what he had experienced following Napolean’s campaign to engage and defeat the Russians. However, Christoph’s son, Charles, ...

Appleton’s citywide tribute

May 29, 2020
Community honors fallen soldiers at every corner During World War II, the community of Appleton saw 29 of its service men fall in battle; an inordinate number for a town of just under 2,000 people nestled within the prairie of ...

Travel the world? ‘I’m in’

May 1, 2020
Vining man has seen some interesting things in interesting places Before being a snowbird was popular, Jim Myrvold of Vining was traveling back and forth from Minnesota to Tucson, Arizona. It began when he was a young child and started ...

Pelican Pete dons face mask

May 1, 2020
It’s not uncommon to see rural residents wearing face masks as everyone strives to slow the spread of COVID-19, but travelers passing through Pelican Rapids are doing a double take. The community has one of the largest face masks on ...

Jan. 2, 1965 in the Chartreuse Mountains

May 1, 2020
Early morning January 2, 1965, I woke up in a guest room in a stone cottage just outside the stone walls of Grand Chartreuse monastery, located in the Chartreuse Mountains outside of Grenoble in southeastern France. Growing up in Brainerd, ...

Barn art

May 1, 2020
Albany man has a love for cupolas Richard Mayers suffers for his art.  “I am afflicted with the love of barn cupolas,” the 75-year-old Albany man said. “My neck is all cricked trying to spot new ones.” But more than ...

Stories of hope during challenging times

May 1, 2020
As a caretaker, I realize how fortunate I am to be able to care for my mother at home, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following stories highlight a handful of the people in the area who have stories ...

A tribute to mom: My mother’s love

May 1, 2020
I don’t know if I look or am much like my mother, Cecilia Moonen Salzl, but I would like to be remembered like this memory I have of her. When I was about nine years old, in 1952, I had ...

Serving up food and faith in the Dominican

May 1, 2020
Couple finds passion in helping less fortunate children in Puerto Plata When Debi Capes first heard about the mission her church was planning in the Dominican Republic, she was moved.  The church’s teachings promote giving through missions, and she had ...

Communities rise up to help make masks

May 1, 2020
Medical providers in Staples and Alexandria reached out to their communities for help with the COVID-19 crisis in March and the two communities responded in a big way. “The project got started at Lakewood Health System (LHS) by a task ...