Time Passages: The birthdays of presidents

February 16, 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 ...

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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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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

New museum opens in Dawson

February 1, 2018
Community project fueled by local hunter
Dennis and Ruby Anderson and their daughter, Cheryl, in the Safari Room at the Dawson Bank Museum. Contributed photo
Hard to believe that a BB gun purchased by Dennis and Ruby Anderson for their ...

A love for learning

February 1, 2018
St. Cloud man attends college classes partly to ‘make up for the screwing around’ he did in his younger years
Bruce Rowan reading one of the assigned books at the library. Photo by Bill Vossler
When Bruce Rowen, of St. ...

Uplifting art

January 1, 2018
Melrose woman makes bowls from charred pews; gives back to church
Gail Schlicht shapes a piece of wood in her shop in Melrose. Schlicht took some charred pews from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and made bowls from the
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Feathers are his canvas

January 1, 2018
Self-taught Waseca artist makes unique creations Little did Dean Dykema, of Waseca, know that picking up a wing feather from a goose would result in him painting on feathers. “It started out one day when I was out walking my ...

Program offers ‘life-altering’ mental health resources

January 1, 2018
Residents of central Minnesota facing mental health challenges should know that help is one quick phone call away, thanks to a project that began in 1995. The CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) serves adults with serious and persistent mental ...

In the trenches

January 1, 2018
Cottonwood man recounts his brutal days in Korea
Denis Matthys (on left) rests with fellow soldier, Jesse Martinez, in front of the bunker, which is attached to trenches. Contributed photo
Six days after Denis Matthys graduated from high school in ...

A century of stories

January 1, 2018
Elsa Young is a storyteller with a sense of humor, has a great memory, is a gifted mother who went through some very tough times and  is a dedicated worker. And she will be 102 next month. Elsa was born ...

A life story, penned in his final days

January 1, 2018
Gordon Ekberg, of Herman, always wanted to write a book. 
Gordon and Gay Ekberg, pictured in the summer of 2016. The two raised five children and would have been married 45 years on Dec. 23. Gordon finished the book about
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Cherished gifts received by WW I soldiers

December 1, 2017
It was a rough Christmas for Thomas Bass in 1917: The Kentucky man, who’d enlisted in the Army in August of that year,  was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. It was World War I, and Bass said he wanted to ...

A gift from Springfield

December 1, 2017
Community has been offering free Christmas pageant for 32 years When Crystal and Nick Dauer portrayed Mary and Joseph in the annual Springfield Live Nativity Pageant, the experience changed the way they now look at Christmas.
Nick and Crystal Dauer
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Trip to Vietnam brings big change in perception

December 1, 2017
Having served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, Jerry Goedderz, of Royalton, had decades-long ideas and opinions about the country based on his experiences and those of his peers. He never anticipated traveling back to Vietnam and having ...