The wisdom of sheep

April 1, 2018
My family owns a small farm, nestled amid the hills, trees and lakes of west central Minnesota. On this farm we raise/support/enable a motley assortment of livestock. We began this farming enterprise years ago with a small flock of purebred ...

Loving life in their mid-90s

April 1, 2018
While aging brings about some changes and limitations, two Franciscan sisters in Little Falls demonstrate every day that life is interesting and enjoyable. Sister Annella Biniek, age 94, and Sister Lillian Kroll, age 95, show a definite “joie de vivre” ...

Hunting buddies survive, grow stronger after brutal airboat accident

April 1, 2018
This photo of the five guys was taken about one year after an airboat accident that seriously injured four of the five guys . Pictured are (L to R) Isaac Schiffler, Jesse Koob, Travis McCrory, Nick Gugisberg and Jason Meulebroeck.
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Sleepy Eye couple share woodcarving hobby

April 1, 2018
He carves, she paints Some hobbies reveal an undeveloped talent. Which explains how Charles and Delores Menk, of Sleepy Eye, have carved out and hand painted a collection of more than 100 Santa Claus figures and a number of other ...

Teaching kids values, respect through bedtime stories

April 1, 2018
Reuben Streich didn’t hear many bedtime stories when he was a boy. Once in a while, his mom would read a Bible story to him and his brothers and sisters before they nodded off. The story about the Good Samaritan ...

Comfrey…20 years after the twister

April 1, 2018
After activating the civil defense siren after a tornado had been spotted heading toward Comfrey 20 years ago, Dave Schiller had few precious seconds to find safety. “It was only about one minute after I blew the siren that the ...

New London’s version of Grumpy Old Men?

April 1, 2018
Most people remember the movie Grumpy Old Men. Well, New London has a handful of men in their 90s who, at first glance, may seem a little grumpy, but really aren’t. The scene takes place in a restaurant in downtown ...

Baking to help kids

March 1, 2018
Relatives team up to bake goods to help children in Chile Somewhere, 5,500 miles away in the South American city of Rancagua, Chile, there is a youth attending a Bible camp today because someone in Minnesota is eating a Swedish ...

Hot on the trail

March 1, 2018
Leroy Aho tracks through all kinds of weather and ground. In this photo, Leroy shows his tracking stick, which, he said, “never lies.” Photo by Bill Vossler
Babbitt man has been a ‘mantracker’ for 20 years If you ...

Retired librarians tell all

March 1, 2018
Thousands of library patrons across Central Minnesota count themselves as acquaintances, and very often friends, of Sharon Quale and Linda Mueller. Sharon, who lives in Eagle Bend, worked in the Long Prairie and Eagle Bend libraries for 25 years. Linda, ...

A steam-powered wedding gift

March 1, 2018
After 55 years, tractor and marriage still working
Lyle and Bonnie Osten with an Allis-Chalmers from Lyle’s tractor collection. When they were married, Lyle gave Bonnie a 1930 Minneapolis tractor as a wedding gift. Photo by Bill Vossler
When Lyle ...

Wadena man to be inducted into boxing hall of fame

February 1, 2018
Bob Tubandt is headed for one of the biggest honors of his long boxing career. The 73-year-old Wadena man will be inducted into the Golden Gloves Boxing Hall of Fame in May at the national tournament in Omaha, Neb. Tubandt ...

Helping animals, around the clock

February 1, 2018
Karla Dixon, of Annandale, works at a veterinary clinic in town. She is often the first person you see when you walk in or the first person who answers the phone. Her outgoing personality endears her to the many clients ...

Our recipe: respect, trust, humor

February 1, 2018
Hutchinson couple celebrates 71 years of marriage If you could sum up 71 years of marriage, John and June Lyman, of Hutchinson probably would choose three words. Respect. Trust. Humor.
June Lyman and husband John enjoy time together in their
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Making a difference… every day

February 1, 2018
It would be impossible to count the number of lives that have been impacted by Patsy Magelssen, of Waite Park, over the years. Her life of service to others comes out of a heartfelt desire to make a difference. At ...

Mother, daughter take ‘terrifying’ journey together

February 1, 2018
Wendy Erlandson loves to sing.
Wendy Erlandson and her mom, Myrna Hanson, were both diagnosed with cancer within a few days of each other in 2006. The two went to chemotherapy together and lost their hair together. They are now
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Time Passages: The birthdays of presidents

February 1, 2018
Later this month we’ll observe President’s Day, which is generally associated with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln since their birthdays are so close together on Feb. 12 and 22 respectively. So, I thought it would be interesting to look back ...