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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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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College couple lived in trailer village

November 1, 2018
Detroit Lakes couple lived in a community of trailers at Gustavus Adolphus College
Duane and Annabelle Erickson with their daughter, LeAnn, inside the travel trailer they lived in for two and a half years while Duane was attending college at
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Double Duty

November 1, 2018
Paratrooper, POW served in WWII, Korean conflict At the age 94, Elvin “Speed” Homan, of the Glencoe area, has a vivid memory of serving his country in the military during World War II and the Korean conflict. He served eight ...

‘Trash lady’ walks (and cleans) 4 miles a day

November 1, 2018
There are a couple of obvious reasons why someone would walk four miles a day: for exercise and because of a love for the outdoors. Doris Hennen admitted those are the main reasons she has walked four miles a day ...

Judy Garland: I’m a ‘plain American girl from Grand Rapids, Minnesota’

November 1, 2018
Somewhere in the Midwest was a land called Oz. A little girl in a blue-checked dress danced her way there from another land called Kansas. But the little girl, whom the whole world knows as Judy Garland, really came from ...