Homegrown Minnesota tractors

August 1, 2018
One of the few remaining C.O.D. tractors is being driven in a parade at Rollag, Minnesota. Bill Vossler Collection
You’ve probably heard of Minneapolis-Moline tractors. Or Twin City tractors, or possibly even Flour City tractors. But how about the Grain ...

Blessed with a musical life

August 1, 2018
St. Peter woman was given a musical gift, and she continues to share it St. Peter residents may not know of the musical prodigy in their midst. That’s because Kay Koehler seldom mentions her many musical talents. She can sing ...

Ask the Expert: Why are my eyes dry, red and irritated?

August 1, 2018
Answers provided by Dr. Mitchell Gossman, M.D., ophthalmologist at Eye Associates of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud What causes the dryness and irritation of the eyes that I experience from time to time? The surface of the eye requires moisture in ...

Surviving the dark side of retirement

August 1, 2018
Retirement is great! For many of us, it is that “golden years” time when golfing, fishing, hobbies, travel, grandchildren, and other fun stuff fills our day. No more job stress, no more hurrying through trying to pack too much work ...

Deep struggles of a Navy SEAL mom, wife

August 1, 2018
How the unpredictable life of a Navy SEAL affected his wife — a Spicer native “Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experience; worst days give you lessons; and the best ...

Like daughter, like mother

August 1, 2018
June, 89, followed daughter, Joyce, into world of pageants and contests Usually, the child follows in the parent’s footsteps, but it’s the other way around for June and Joyce Lacey, of Fergus Falls.
Joyce and her mother, June Lacey, with
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After the fire, a new beginning

July 1, 2018
Congregation rebuilds country church after lightning strike takes out historic place of worship Leading up to a Sunday worship service at Hawk Creek Lutheran Church two years ago, the Sunday school students had been practicing a song all week that ...

A hero’s welcome, 40+ years later

July 1, 2018
Veterans near Swanville tour Vietnam, get a rousing ‘welcome back’ when they returned home
Exiting the “Welcome Home” bus during the recent Swanville Vietnam Vets parade (from left) are Len Sanoski, Neil Hagstrom (waving) and Bob Koetter. They returned from
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Shaping a legacy

July 1, 2018
Statue of golfer at the golf course in Winnebago.
Winnebago artist, 92, has sculptures across the state… and is still sculpting When visitors to the Minnesota State Capitol view a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr., Vice President Hubert H. ...

Guide dog helps man live life to its fullest

July 1, 2018
Real teamwork can do amazing things. When two people work together with the same mindset and the same goals, there isn’t much that they can’t do. In the case of a guide dog and their favorite person, the bond they ...

Saving a landmark

July 1, 2018
Congregation, community team up to save church
Good Shepherd Church in Sauk Centre. Photo by Jean Paschke
On Aug. 13, 1999, the west wall of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Sauk Centre collapsed as it was in ...

Family connections linked back together

July 1, 2018
Connecting the dots on a family’s immigration story This is a story of connections that span an ocean. In Norway there’s Simon Bjørklund and in America there’s his third cousin, Sara Torvik, an Underwood native now living in Maryland. Last ...

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 reel passion

June 1, 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 ...

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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