‘It was chaotic’

November 1, 2019
Carlos man lost vision in one eye, earned Silver Star while serving in Vietnam Kerry Nelson of rural Carlos, Minn. had a vision for his life before he was drafted into the United States military in 1965, just as U.S. ...

‘I saw a lot of blood’

November 1, 2019
WWII vet recalls his days in the South Pacific Ruben Hoglund, of Willmar, slowly rolled up the shirt sleeve covering his left arm, revealing a long scar running lengthways from his elbow and extending nearly to his armpit. “That’s where ...

Honoring POW, MIA for 33 years

November 1, 2019
There is a group of Vietnam war veterans called Wat-Kim-Valley POW MIA Flag Barriers who have been marching in town parades for more than 33 years to pay tribute to war-time POWs and MIAs. “We’ve been marching since 1986,” said ...

‘You don’t have to live with pain’

November 1, 2019
Heartland Orthopedic Specialists works to return patients to healthy, active lifestyle without limits Living in constant pain while trying to pursue an active daily lifestyle can be a grind. Heartland Orthopedic Specialists has been helping patients with musculoskeletal (bone and ...

Building a successful retirement plan

November 1, 2019
Woitalla has a passion for helping people reach their retirement goals Having the retirement that you want does not happen by itself. A strong plan with safeguards to protect that plan can help you retire comfortably and on time. Tara ...

Sculptor finds inspiration in 1931 roadside discovery

November 1, 2019
Pelican Rapids artist Marcella Rose never met the subject of her “Spirit Rising” bronze sculpture. Meeting her was, in fact, impossible since the central character of the artwork, a young Native American maiden, lived more than 10,000 years ago. But ...

Opening doors to better living

November 1, 2019
Jerry Peterson, 87, of Cold Spring likes to travel. He also likes to promote positivity and offer inspiration for good health and good living whenever he has a chance. All these elements came together when Peterson decided to self-publish a ...

Finding true joy in quilting

November 1, 2019
Willmar woman quilts everyday, was featured in recent show “Smitty” Luschen of Willmar loves to make creative and beautiful quilts. She learned how to sew in fourth grade and has been sewing ever since. She made her own clothes through ...

‘What about a club?’

November 1, 2019
Hutchinson woman formed club for young adults with special needs using a different approach Mona Hjerpe worked as a special education teacher for years, and considered herself well-versed in the options available for individuals with special needs.  But when her ...

A life well traveled

November 1, 2019
Pelican Rapids woman returns home after working, exploring around the globe Kathy Evenson, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., (formerly of Berlin, Germany) has had an acute case of wanderlust, though she might not admit it. Her curiosity and love of travel ...

Overcoming the odds

November 1, 2019
Willmar woman, 76, has won several swim medals after recovering from near fatal accident It’s remarkable that Sandra Pierce of Willmar is still winning medals in swimming competitions at age 76, but what’s even more remarkable is that she returned ...

Seed library takes root in Little Falls

November 1, 2019
Library goers to the St. Clare Library in Little Falls can come out clutching books to aid their intellectual growth… or packets of vegetable or flower seeds, to grow in their gardens. People are generally overjoyed when they find out ...

A ricing legend

November 1, 2019
Miltona man has been harvesting wild rice for 50 seasons Like many of the grain harvesting operations of Minnesota, the wild rice harvest has wrapped up for another year. For Dick Wilkin of rural Miltona, Minn., this is his 50th ...

Proud to be a Finn

November 1, 2019
Sebeka woman, 91, celebrates her heritage with new book. Anni (Korpi) Putikka has always been at home on the farm. She milked her first cow at the age of eight years old in her childhood home of Teuva, Finland. Eighty ...

‘You see you make a difference’

October 1, 2019
Foster grandparent program can make big impact on kids, volunteers Many of us grew up with our grandparents living nearby or even in the same house. Today’s young families often live several states away from grandparents, and contact is limited ...

Coast to coast bike ride, inspired by his son

October 1, 2019
When Charlie Manzoni decided it was time to kick it up a notch in his charitable work with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF), he did it with gusto. Not only was his work for a great cause, but he ...

Life is a Daring Adventure: ‘Not another place like it on earth’

October 1, 2019
Book research, curiosity led man to Egypt David Johnson of Moorhead has always been fascinated by young people who rose to power at an early age, remained in power and accomplished great things. He has spent his retirement researching and ...