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 ...

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 ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: The magic of holiday traditions

December 1, 2019
It’s become a tradition for the retail world that by October, Christmas décor is seen in many stores, including holiday music in the background. I chuckled at a cute cartoon of the Thanksgiving turkey scolding Santa by saying, “November is ...

Magical Medora Christmas returns

December 1, 2019
A Magical Medora Christmas is returning for its fifth year. Six popular and experienced performers from Medora’s Burning Hills Amphitheater are coming together to present the family-style holiday extravaganza. The show will be offered 30 times in 23 communities, covering ...

Family and frosting

December 1, 2018
‘Granny’ and ‘the girls’ build special tradition With the holidays around the corner, you might be thinking of digging out your apron, a favorite recipe and spending some time in the kitchen. A cookie baking party is one way of ...

Northern Days Gone By: Oh, you shouldn’t have

December 1, 2018
When Christmas Eve was upon us our family gathered to celebrate with a meal. We exchanged gifts before eating.  Often, as  the gifts were exchanged, someone would exclaim, “Oh, you shouldn’t have.” This troubles me even now as I think ...

A Magical Medora Christmas returns

November 1, 2018
Those who have attended the shows in Medora, North Dakota, understand the “magic of Medora.” For the last few years, that magic has been brought on the road in the form of A Magical Medora Christmas, a traveling Christmas ...

Gallery: Living Navitity brings out hundreds in Arlington

January 7, 2013
The Christian Community Task Force in Arlington had another successful Drive By Living Nativity in Arlington last month as part of the Arli Dazzle celebration.
Dozens and dozens of volunteers chipped in to make the Living Nativity a big event. ...

Home for the Holidays

December 28, 2012
The Lawson family, of Fergus Falls, got a special Christmas present this holiday season that was too big to wrap and didn’t fit under the Christmas tree.
Dan, his wife, Christine, and their three children, Isaiah, Isabelle and Benjamin, got ...

Swanville man takes Christmas decor to a whole new level

November 28, 2012
    After making 17 trips to England, it’s not too surprising that lifelong Swanville resident Lowell Drager is influenced by that country when it comes to decorating his home. It’s never more true than when he’s decorating for Christmas.
His living ...