A league of her own

August 1, 2017
Woman was pro baseball player, bowler; named one of state’s best athletes Her baseball glove resides in the National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. So does her name, as a peer of the elite membership of superb baseball players. ...

Evening shadows

August 1, 2017
Evening shadows in hushed silence creep as the lake before me quickly awakens to the magic spell of the coming night. Water laps along the shoreline as neighboring boats head for home. I peacefully rock in my chair on our ...

Sharing bears, spreading joy

August 1, 2017
If teddy bears can offer companionship, comfort and joy then Maxine Rickard, of Arlington, has been making life’s experiences memorable and sometimes more bearable. For nearly 30 years, Maxine, age 90, has assembled and sewn together over 300 teddy bears ...

Piano man

August 1, 2017
Henning man has been bringing player pianos back to life for about 30 years
Some player pianos like this one light up while playing songs. Photos by Jessica Sly
Luke Larson walked through the cluttered garage of his Henning lake ...

Soaring once again

August 1, 2017
Eagles continue to flourish in Minnesota
A Raptor Center volunteer holds one of the “ambassador birds.’” These birds help educate about 150,000 people per year through educational programming both on site and at off-site locations. Photo contributed by The Raptor
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Adjusting, thriving in retirement

August 1, 2017
“She’s busier now than when she was teaching!” said Kyle Knudson, describing his mother, Mardi, who had recently retired. His description of a woman who runs marathons, volunteers, and maintains a schedule that many don’t keep up even in their ...

Burning love for Elvis

August 1, 2017
Elvis tribute artists, fans remember music legend, 40 years after his death You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time….    Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go…..  Well, it’s one for the money, two ...

Old school memories revisited

July 1, 2017
St. Cloud man reconnects with one-room schoolhouse teacher after 65 years
LaVerna (Noland) Birkland, who taught in old School District #67 near Willmar, and one of her students, Bob Erickson, of St. Cloud. The two are standing by a tree
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Alexandria’s grand hotel era

July 1, 2017
“This place has been here for a long time…a little bit of prairie held loosely in the fingers of sparkling blue lakes clothed in gloves of the dark green foliage of oaks and other trees that grew along the shores,” ...

Rolling across the U.S.

July 1, 2017
Mankato bowler has competed in national tournaments for five decades
John Lamm holds his bowling ball before rolling a few frames at the Wow Zone alley in Mankato. He’s knocked down over 83,000 pins in 50 years of bowling at
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A different way to walk

July 1, 2017
Nordic walking has long list of health benefits, including some relief for those with Parkinson’s 
Linda Lemke (white shorts) became a nordic walking instructor and began teaching introductory classes, leading weekly walking groups and presenting nordic walking to businesses in
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Independent, sharp at 105

July 1, 2017
Lila Strand at her country home. Photo by Scott Thoma
When Lila Strand was married in 1936, she and her late husband, Henry, moved to a farmstead in West Central Minnesota. Now, 81 years later, she still resides in that ...

Preserving graffiti

June 1, 2017
Historic Hutchinson, with the help of McLeod County Historic Partnership Director Monica Wehler, is on a mission to preserve the graffiti history of the Great Northern Railroad depot in Hutchinson. Historic Hutchinson was formed in 1999 and has been saving ...

Hector woman celebrated 80th Mother’s Day

June 1, 2017
She was first ‘Victory Girl,’ has 210 descendants (and counting) Faye Victory (Schiebel) Hauer, 98, could be entered into many record books. A couple to note are her middle name of Victory and also the number of descendants she currently ...

Love for leather

June 1, 2017
Dan Markell holds a little cylinder case he made while in the U.S. Army. It was the first thing he made from leather. Photo by Scott Thoma
Green Valley man started leather crafting while in the service Looking for something ...

Modern-day blacksmith

June 1, 2017
Garvin man demonstrates lost art form at museum
Ron Boje pounds some hot metal over an anvil. Photo by Scott Thoma
A plume of smoke from the cigar clenched between Ron Boje’s teeth circles his head like a wreath as ...

Pastor’s art has been enjoyed worldwide

June 1, 2017
The Rev. Jerome Tupa’s colorful paintings attract an appreciative crowd, often enthralled by his self-described “sensual” creations that reflect a passionate artist.
Rev. Jerome Tupa, pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, talks about his life-long passion of painting during
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