What the Amish believe, what they teach

January 1, 2019
Part Two: Religion and Education Though some non-Amish question the Amish belief in Christianity, any discussion with the Lambright family in Mora proves those doubts false. Menno Lambright said, “We depend on the blood of Jesus Christ for our salvation,” ...

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
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Making smart New Year’s resolutions

January 1, 2019
One January Frank smiled smugly in the office of psychologist Dr. Peter Wish. Frank said he’d made a new year’s resolution. “This year I’m going to make a million dollars,” he said. When Dr. Wish, director of the New England ...

Life is a daring adventure

January 1, 2019
Have you or someone you know had a daring adventure? Tell us your story “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding ...

Stroke turns mom’s life upside down

December 1, 2018
Life for Melissa Hansen of New London is a bit different today than just a year ago. A year ago, a brain bleed stroke stole so much of her life. Melissa said she was super busy getting ready for her ...

WWII vet served in Women’s Army Corps

December 1, 2018
‘We women did everything the men did’ Still tall and slim at age 100, Mildred Helen Freeouf Brodt welcomed this reporter to her rural Fairmont home by providing a succinct four-page summary of her century of activities. Including Mildred’s education, ...

Fun on the ice

December 1, 2018
Fergus Falls skating rinks have a long, rich tradition While Carolyn Englehart doesn’t remember the year, the Fergus Falls native does recall her excitement when she opened one particular Christmas present: She got ice skates! Those skates were well used ...

‘You feel like you are part of the family’

December 1, 2018
Organization helps those with disabilities connect or reconnect with outdoors Kevin Finneman had recently graduated from high school when he and his friend decided to go to the Twin Cities to check out the nightlife. It was 1974, and “we ...

Big man on campus

December 1, 2018
Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, a young man from a small school walked through the doors at Cooke Hall on the University of Minnesota campus and looked out at an enormous gymnasium filled with people. That young man, now ...

Joe’s toys

December 1, 2018
Alexandria man has been making toys for several years Joe Steinhagen’s toys come in all sizes, from a few inches long to 4 feet long to 20 feet or so, weighing from a couple of ounces to dozens of pounds ...

Family and frosting

December 1, 2018
‘Granny’ and ‘the girls’ build special tradition
The cookie decorating crew in 2017 included (standing L to R) Amy Brix, Holly Brandt, Heidi Korb, Alison Karasch, Tara Hayward, (front L to R) Becky Dillon and Jean Shepherd. Contributed photo
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‘We’re people like everyone else’

November 1, 2018
Part One: Amish History & Culture Though a trio of articles about the Amish will attempt to delineate different parts of the Amish life-history, culture, religion, education, family, and brotherhood–none of these aspects stand alone, and can’t be truly separated, ...

Minnesotans played part in forgotten part of WWII

November 1, 2018
Like many WWII soldiers, some Minnesotans trained in the California desert and boarded planes to the Pacific. During the flight they would learn for the first time that they were going to the North Pacific, the territory of Alaska.
The
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A Friday night tradition in Hutch

November 1, 2018
Rostbergs have led football team since 1970 The last time someone not named Rostberg was coaching high school football at Hutchinson, Neil Armstrong was taking a step on the moon.
Andy Rostberg and his dad, Grady Rostberg, prior to the
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Horseradish ‘party’ in Prinsburg

November 1, 2018
A horseradish party. Sounds unbelievable and just a bit out of the ordinary! But for Sandra and Roger Molenaar, of rural Prinsburg, it’s an annual event.
Sandra and her husband, Roger, enjoy the horseradish on just about everything they eat.
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Pen pals for life

November 1, 2018
Women reconnect in person, were pen pals in the 1950s There is a certain kind of magic in pen pal relationships, and that magic became a real gift when two young, 10-year-old girls from the early-to-mid-1950s reconnected in today’s world. ...

Classmates celebrate 82nd class reunion

November 1, 2018
Reunions are a time for renewing friendships, meeting family members and reminiscing about days gone by. Summer and fall are popular times for families and classmates to get together for reunions.
Delores Rose, left, and Lucile Jordan, got together for
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