Spicer man’s adventure-packed life

December 1, 2017
From hunting big game in Alaska to shivering in a fox hole in South Korea, to an airplane crash, Vern Thorstad, of Spicer, has had quite a life. Vern, 87, grew up on a farm in North Dakota, and never ...

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 ...

‘I love to work’

December 1, 2017
New Ulm man has run his own business since 1947
Arnie Schweiss stands with some life-sized fiberglass horses that are part of his front yard collection of various animal statues and other displays that watch drivers go past on North
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Cookbooks are Going Fast

December 1, 2017
The newest Senior Perspective cookbook, “More Lifelong Favorites, Vol. 15” is available still at several
locations throughout Minnesota. Get yours today! Cookbook Advice:  Some locations may sell out quickly. Calling ahead might be a  good idea. Be sure to thank ...

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 ...

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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A calling, a diagnosis and a miracle

December 1, 2017
Farm boy from St. Nicholas handed a medical ‘death sentence,’ then unlikely cure during ordination
Stang’s ordination to the Diaconate at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in 1990 after his cancer diagnosis.
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Farming was in his blood at a ...

Growing up with Johnny

November 1, 2017
Cold Spring man got to know late night legend  when Carson was a teen
Ken Raschke of Cold Spring knew Johnny Carson before Carson was famous. They both lived in Norfolk, Neb., and Johnny and Ken’s older brother were good
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Aerial Warfare

November 1, 2017
Tracy man was pilot for 35 missions in WWII Being an impressionable young man about to serve his country in World War II, Dick Donaldson bought into the propaganda of war as much as anyone.
Dick Donaldson, of Tracy, holds
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Behind the scenes of the Vietnam War

November 1, 2017
When I was growing up on a farm near Evansville, I heard stories from three of my uncles about being in WWII. The military intrigued me, especially being in the Air Force. And in 1968, about a month after graduating ...

WWII vet ‘very proud to serve’

November 1, 2017
Kenneth Gausman, of Cokato, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and is one of about 558,000 soldiers from that war still with us today (about 4 percent of those who fought).
Kenneth Gausman of Cokato served in the U.S.
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I love this town

November 1, 2017
Glotzbah has passion for promoting hometown, heritage
George Glotzbach
wears his Bavarian vest and hat as he proudly holds the German-American Friendship Award given to him by the German ambassador and the Telly trophy he received for the best production
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Help is on the way

November 1, 2017
Farm Rescue brings relief to farmers in desperate need Nic Hendrickx of Elizabeth often works in the background of many Farm Rescue operations, but late this summer, he was on the front lines.
Nic Hendrickx of Elizabeth is usually in
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One-man band

November 1, 2017
If Ron Larsen were to introduce the three men playing instruments in his band for a group of senior citizens, it would have to be “me,” “myself” and “I.”
Ron Larsen, a native of Walnut Grove and current resident of
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The ‘Forgotten War’ he will never forget

November 1, 2017
Nearly 65 years after 36,914 young U.S. soldiers would die while serving their country fighting in the Korean War from 1950-1953, the often called “Forgotten War” is again front and center with nuclear bomb threats and tensions running high between ...

A life shaped by dust bowl, Depression and WWII

November 1, 2017
For many years, World War II veterans didn’t talk about the war. You might have heard a few stories at the American Legion Club or in local cafes over coffee, but what happened at war seemed to stay at war. ...

Foster grandparent: ‘Helping the kids feels good’

November 1, 2017
Grandma Helen Bartle answered an ad in her local newspaper in 1997 and became a foster grandparent, working with countless students to develop their skills with the heart of a “grandma.” Now in her 21st year, she was the very ...