Opera house still stands, thanks to community

September 1, 2017
In a small town like Lake Benton, there isn’t always a lot to do. That’s why it was paramount that the town save the 122-year-old Lake Benton Opera House from being razed 47 years ago.
Lake Benton Opera House president
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Working together to identify, treat those suffering from PAD

September 1, 2017
Initiative brings awareness, resources to rural Minnesota
Nurse Amber Keyes checked a patient’s blood pressure in both the arms and the legs, one of the initial tests in diagnosing PAD. Contributed photo
If you are 65 or older and have ...

A meticulous hobby

September 1, 2017
Willmar man creates counted cross-stitch works of art From operating heavy machinery to embroidery work is quite a change in pace for Chuck Bredeson, of Willmar. And it’s not just regular embroidery work, it’s counted cross-stitch work.
Chuck Bredeson, 79,
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‘That’s my Mama!’

September 1, 2017
Bernadette Farnam of Hutchinson (left) and her mom, Helen (right). Contributed photos
My mother was a kind woman with big dreams. She loved to sing light opera and longed to record songs for children. What I know of her early ...

A ride of a lifetime

September 1, 2017
St. Cloud man rode motorcycle in 48 states over 18 days; raised funds and awareness for vets Michael Spaude has traveled to more states than most can name and was given a hero’s welcome upon his return from his 18-day ...

Man and his trusty ‘hunting’ dog give back

September 1, 2017
Duo finds, sells lost golf balls, gives proceeds to Humane Society
Davos, his owner Al Cooper and friend Dustene Barrett with a cooler full of golf balls Davos has found which they sell and donate the proceeds to the Humane
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Fergus man turns scraps, junk into art

September 1, 2017
He started repurposing items out of necessity
Paul Sander is the ultimate recycler. He uses wood that normally would be thrown away by a local woodshop, pieces it together with items he finds and, taa daa, he creates art. The
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When Humphrey was V.P.

August 1, 2017
Family, housekeeper reminisce about life at Waverly household
Left to right, Hubert’s grandson Jordan, Hubert’s son Bob, and the Humphrey longtime housekeeper Irene Woitalla standing around the bust of Hubert H. Humphrey in Railroad Park in Waverly. Photo by Scott
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My dad’s trucking company

August 1, 2017
George Heerdt standing in front of one of his trucks. Contributed photo
My dad, George Heerdt, grew up on a farm three miles southwest of Hector. In the 1940s, he worked on the family farm and also drove truck for ...

Inventing the Bobcat

August 1, 2017
Fergus Falls man and his brother invented the popular machine
Cy Keller, of Fergus Falls, 95, invented the Bobcat, along with his brother, Louis. Cy is pictured at his home, in front of some miniature Bobcats. Photo by Carol Stender
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A league of her own

August 1, 2017
Woman was pro baseball player, bowler; named one of state’s best athletes Her baseball glove resides in the National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. So does her name, as a peer of the elite membership of superb baseball players. ...

Evening shadows

August 1, 2017
Evening shadows in hushed silence creep as the lake before me quickly awakens to the magic spell of the coming night. Water laps along the shoreline as neighboring boats head for home. I peacefully rock in my chair on our ...

Sharing bears, spreading joy

August 1, 2017
If teddy bears can offer companionship, comfort and joy then Maxine Rickard, of Arlington, has been making life’s experiences memorable and sometimes more bearable. For nearly 30 years, Maxine, age 90, has assembled and sewn together over 300 teddy bears ...

Piano man

August 1, 2017
Henning man has been bringing player pianos back to life for about 30 years
Some player pianos like this one light up while playing songs. Photos by Jessica Sly
Luke Larson walked through the cluttered garage of his Henning lake ...

Soaring once again

August 1, 2017
Eagles continue to flourish in Minnesota
A Raptor Center volunteer holds one of the “ambassador birds.’” These birds help educate about 150,000 people per year through educational programming both on site and at off-site locations. Photo contributed by The Raptor
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Adjusting, thriving in retirement

August 1, 2017
“She’s busier now than when she was teaching!” said Kyle Knudson, describing his mother, Mardi, who had recently retired. His description of a woman who runs marathons, volunteers, and maintains a schedule that many don’t keep up even in their ...

Burning love for Elvis

August 1, 2017
Elvis tribute artists, fans remember music legend, 40 years after his death You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time….    Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go…..  Well, it’s one for the money, two ...