Plowing through life

March 1, 2019
Greenwald farmer has more than 50 plowing trophies “This is the seed,” said Bernie Nietfeld. He was referring to a photograph of himself and three other local farmers who competed in a 1954 Stearns County plowing contest. It is an ...

Art as a teaching tool

March 1, 2019
Fergus artist illustrates book used to connect kids, families in Chad with the Genesis creation story Camels and donkeys seem a natural fit for a Garden of Eden scene, but Fergus Falls artist and illustrator Sara Ronnevik added a unique ...

‘This is something I can do’

March 1, 2019
Verndale woman has sewn 5,000 dresses… and counting
Joyce Wold makes dresses from donated pillowcases and donates them to little girls in less fortunate areas of the world. Contributed photo
Joyce Wold, of rural Verndale, sews with a song in ...

Singing sweethearts

March 1, 2019
John and Gail Carpenter, known as The Singing Sweethearts, have been singing together for more than 50 years with opera companies, with symphonies and in concert. After moving from Colorado Springs to Mankato in August 2016 to be near their ...

‘We rely on brotherhood, and the good Lord’

March 1, 2019
Part Three: Amish Family & Brotherhood The Amish could be described as believing strongly in God, the Bible, Jesus, family, and community, or brotherhood, much of which has already been delineated in the previous two articles in Sr. Perspective on ...

Toothpick treasures

March 1, 2019
Tucked into a warm neighborhood near Minnehaha Falls and Lake Nokomis, a California man has found his calling in Minneapolis. For Greg Kelly, artistic self-expression translates into wood – and lots of toothpicks.
Greg Kelly and his model of U.S.

A mail-order dream house

March 1, 2019
Berger Jergenson’s dream was to own a big white house on a hill. In the 1880s, this young Norwegian caught the “fever” to move to America, land of opportunity, telling everyone that he would leave the homeland, buy a farm ...

My days as a deputy

March 1, 2019
‘I could tell stories all day long of the things I saw’ As a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy for 30 years, George Couleur assisted in some of the most memorable and historic events in the county’s history.
George Couleur displays

Life is a Daring Adventure: Never a dull moment

February 28, 2019
Pelican Rapids woman always up for a new adventure
After a successful fishing adventure in Alaska, Iris was able to can 100 pints of salmon in one summer. Contributed photo
As the daughter of teachers from  Eau Claire, Wis., Iris ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.” 
Joanne Reitan with

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