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 ...

Wedding trip, retraced

October 1, 2018
Sisters take same train ride mom took to marry their dad 75 years ago  It was 75 years ago when Lavonne Olson graduated from Windom High School in 1943 and rode a train out to California at the age of ...

‘I need to fix my brain’

October 1, 2018
Osakis family shares their Alzheimer’s story If you have a brain, you should be concerned about Alzheimer’s. Because it’s a disease of the brain, it causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms can vary, but sometimes the first problem ...

A music-filled life

October 1, 2018
“I had a great aunt years ago who had a saying…people ask me how I’m doing and I say ‘I’m still kicking but I’m not raising much dust.’”
Berge Johnson, of Spicer, plays a violin, one of the many instruments
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A new focus on life

October 1, 2018
After Judy Regan’s death in 2014, Bruce Regan, of St. Cloud, grieved deeply for his wife of 57 years. So much so that he stayed at home and didn’t do much else.
Bruce at the Grand Canyon, one of the
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An escape to America, and a much better life

October 1, 2018
Can you imagine as a young girl running for your life and hiding in cellars hoping the soldiers wouldn’t find you? That’s what happened to a woman in this area, who only agreed to tell her story if she could ...

Entire class of ‘58 still living

October 1, 2018
Karen Kuhnau, of Miltona, pages through a booklet from a previous reunion of the Ringsted (Iowa) class of 1958. Karen and the rest of her class are preparing for their 60th reunion. Photo by Nancy Leasman
Two members of Iowa ...

Serving in retirement

October 1, 2018
Although John and Marianne Sundblad retired from farming near Cokato six years ago, they haven’t given up sowing. But it’s no longer crops they sow, it’s good works. In 2014, the Sundblads joined The Sower Ministry, a non-profit Christian organization. ...

Amazing Grace

October 1, 2018
Photograph still inspires 100 years after creation
Eric Enstrom. Contributed photo
We see it everywhere—in  homes, museums, official buildings, restaurants, churches, billboards, advertisements, and the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. It has been spotted in Europe, Afghanistan and Costa Rica. ...

Catching, sharing fish memorabilia

September 1, 2018
Little Falls fishing museum is a man’s dream, fulfilled Al Baert, of Sartell, once had a dream of becoming a really big time collector of fishing memorabilia.  He never could have known that his dream would turn into something much ...

A sculpted legacy

September 1, 2018
Browerville woman travels across the country to discover, admire artwork of her great uncle Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich traveled to Browerville in 1987 to meet with state Rep. Rick Kreuger, Browerville’s mayor Steve Wiersgalla, and 86-year-old Joseph Kiselewski. The visit’s ...

The start of Herberger’s

September 1, 2018
Closing regional chain began in small Minnesota downtown in 1889
The Herberger’s store in Osakis was the start of the franchise retail store. This photo shows some of the display methods used by the Herberger boys when they first opened
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From dream to reality

September 1, 2018
Alexandria teacher started assembling community orchestra 10 years ago Ten years ago Brad Lambrecht had a “pipe dream” about starting a community orchestra that could offer symphonic music for all to enjoy, right in the middle of Minnesota in the ...

The mysterious death of Frida Herness

September 1, 2018
Community members shine light on Maynard girl who died night before 18th birthday
Frida’s grave at Wang Lutheran Cemetery. Photo by Scott Thoma
Positioned in the ninth row of the Wang Lutheran Church Cemetery in Wang Township four miles southeast ...