Highway 14… the road to literary stardom

June 1, 2018
Retired librarian Kathy Baxter likes to point out that U.S. Highway 14 from Mankato to Walnut Grove could be called “the road to literary stardom.” “Mankato’s Maud Hart Lovelace, New Ulm’s Wanda Gag and Walnut Grove’s Laura Ingalls Wilder were ...

Ask the Expert: When does a cataract require surgery?

June 1, 2018
Answers provided by Dr. Mitchell Gossman, M.D., ophthalmologist at Eye Associates of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud
If left untreated, cataracts leave a white appearance on the pupil (as pictured). Most cataracts cannot be seen with the naked eye. Contributed photo
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A volunteer love story

June 1, 2018
By giving more of herself, volunteer is building strong relationships, making big impact on area students
Ruthie “Mimi” Schultz, of Alexandria, interacts with a student in Alexandria between classes. Mimi has been a volunteer in District 206 since 2014, building
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A buried treasure

June 1, 2018
Jar buried as part of school project 80 years ago found 40 years ago… still intact today
When Marian (Schroeder) Pagel, of Marshall, was in country school back in 1938, she and her classmates wrote their names on a piece
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Unique felines

June 1, 2018
Life as a cat breeder Mary Jones, who breeds Selkirk Rex cats in Wisconsin, has been showing and breeding cats since 1969. “It all started with a Siamese cat bought for me as a gift,” she said. “She was an ...

A reel passion

May 29, 2018
How ‘Bobber Anne’ followed her passion to land fishing career When “Bobber Anne” Orth was a girl, she and her family often went fishing on the banks of the Sauk River or in the creek that ran through her family’s ...

Cherished letters full of hope, pain

May 1, 2018
In just four months, Dick Bakker went from managing a grain elevator in Renville, Minnesota, to deadly combat in the Argonne Forest. He wrote 32 descriptive and gut-wrenching letters home during his tour of duty. The letters provide a unique ...

Ten children in WWII, one in Korean War

May 1, 2018
If Annie Sammons’ grown children had all marched off to war at the same time, there would have been enough to form their own unit.
Annie Sammons had 15 children; 11 fought in wars.
Instead, they left the nest one ...

‘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 ...

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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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 ...

‘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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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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