Puzzle fanatic

October 1, 2017
St. Cloud man has fun, finds online following with unique puzzle blog It is no puzzle how Joe Young, of St. Cloud, got interested in puzzles. “When I was young, we were interested in family games. Word games like Probe, ...

Hutch native hiked Pacific Crest Trail

October 1, 2017
Gabriel Albers at the start of the Pacific Crest Trail going from Mexico to Canada. A total of 2,650 miles. Photo contributed by Gabriel Albers.
It was a life-changing experience for Gabriel Albers, a 21-year old native from Hutchinson, to ...

History, function of Morrison Co. dams

October 1, 2017
On warm summer evenings in Morrison County people are often drawn to the Mississippi River and its dams. 
Early stages of the dam construction on the east side of the bridge in Little Falls in 1887. Photo compliments of the
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A baseball life

October 1, 2017
New Ulm man wore multiple hats working for the Milwaukee Braves in the 1950s Ask any fan of major league baseball and they’ll probably agree that October is a favorite part of the season with all the excitement of playoffs ...

Spicer man living life at full speed

October 1, 2017
Co-founder of area ski team stays active at age 93 After playing a round of golf and then going to the YMCA in Willmar for a workout, Leland Juhl apologizes for being “a little out of breath” while conversing over ...

Finding the right health care plan

October 1, 2017
Legacy Benefits Consultants offer health care options from multiple carriers
Legacy Benefits Consultant CEO Tim Jopp, right, speaks with a customer in his office about the various health care options at his new office in Waconia. Photo by Scott Thoma
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Exploring mysterious, isolated Cuba

October 1, 2017
Melrose groups explore country, learn about our neighbors
A group photo of one of the two Melrose groups to visit Cuba in June. The group visited landmarks and learned about the food, culture and history of the country. Contributed photo
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Working together to identify, treat those suffering from PAD

October 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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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 ...

‘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 ...

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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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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