Protecting America

January 1, 2020
Man kept close eye on aimed missiles hidden on the SD prairie Dave Strutz, of St. Cloud, was not keen about having to possibly shoot his co-worker in the Launch Control Facility (LCF) capsule 60 feet below the South Dakota ...

A life woven into textiles

January 1, 2020
After years of teaching, she now lends textile talents to BECHS From writing detailed descriptions of vintage purses and shoes for the local historical society to making aprons from old table runners, Grace Keir, 81,  has kept busy since retiring ...

Twirling since the 1980s

January 1, 2020
Square dancing groups attract members of all ages, all skill levels The Jolly Twirlers, a Willmar area square dancing club, has been providing a social activity for people of all ages for more than 30 years. They have had dancers ...

Fiddling around

January 1, 2020
Erhard man learned to play instrument later in life  It was certainly not encouragement that led Dennis Bauman to take up the fiddle at age 60, but instead was a plain love of an instrument and willingness to learn it, ...

Called to serve… in retirement

January 1, 2020
Clotho woman is a pastor to three congregations When Kali Christensen of rural Eagle Bend retired from her position as a Child Protective Services social worker at Todd County Health and Human Services, she knew she would stay busy.  She ...

Things I Have Learned: Our trips through the weeds

January 1, 2020
Today’s Wisdom: “Most of our unhappiness and emotional struggles are caused by the lies we tell ourselves… until we identify our lies and replace them with the truth, emotional well-being is impossible.” -Chris Thurman Many years ago, when our youngest ...

Full steam ahead

January 1, 2020
Champlin lawyer grew up in steam family You might say that Anne Wetter Zimmerman of Champlin has a lifetime membership in the steam traction engine club, as she truly grew up with steam. “I got involved because my father, Leander ...

Volunteering in the frigid backwoods

January 1, 2020
Richmond woman volunteers at annual sled dog race In January, visitors are welcome to observe and enjoy the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which begins in Duluth and runs along the north shore of Lake Superior. There are two ...

Teaching the Word through puppets

December 3, 2019
Dawson man reflects on his years as a pastor, ventriloquist About to turn 91 years old in late December, Bruce Rodrick now resides in an assisted living facility in Dawson with several companions that have traveled nationwide with him during ...

Finding joy in joyrides

December 1, 2019
Mom, caregiver son celebrate time together by going on adventures Joy as defined in the dictionary is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” The definition of joyride is “a ride taken for pleasure (as in a car or aircraft).” ...

The gift of giving

December 1, 2019
Grandma Roers makes homemade gifts for every member of her family Handmade gifts are the only kind of gifts Geneva Roers, of Alexandria, gives her family. And with four adult children, three step-children, seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and ...

Sculptor finds inspiration in 1931 discovery

December 1, 2019
Pelican Rapids artist Marcella Rose never met the subject of her “Spirit Rising” bronze sculpture. Meeting her was, in fact, impossible since the central character of the artwork, a young Native American maiden, lived more than 10,000 years ago. But ...

A cherished family Christmas tradition

December 1, 2019
It’s the holiday season. The calendar is filling up and the to-do list is growing, but many of us will try to slow down, if only briefly, so we can spend some time and create memories with those we love. ...

Sending Christmas cheer… in a shoebox

December 1, 2019
Long Prairie woman leads OCC shoebox drive Blanche Tirk, of Long Prairie, has acquired several nicknames—“Energizer Bunny,” “Totally Awesome Blanche” and probably the most descriptive one, “Crazy Shoebox Lady.” At 78, she is happy to be called names that emphasize ...

Volunteering at 100

December 1, 2019
St. Peter woman, who will reach century mark this month, donates 20 hours a week Gale Kreykes, whose 100th birthday is on Dec. 3, credits her longevity to three thing… genetics, keeping busy and healthy habits. “I had an aunt ...

Ask the Expert: How do reverse mortgage loans work?

December 1, 2019
Answers by Sharon Johnson, Reverse Mortgage Specialist at Northwestern Bank in Dilworth What is a reverse mortgage loan? Reverse mortgage is a borrowing option available to homeowners 62 and up that allows you to use the equity in your home ...

Friend of the orioles

December 1, 2019
Richville man busy making, distributing feeders As one travels down to the end of Hackberry Point Road is the home of Dick and Bonnie Swanson. They built on the peninsula property that Bonnie’s grandparents homesteaded back in 1897. The land ...