French connection

April 1, 2019
Old suitcase held clues for woman’s family history Family stories are powerful motivators. For Judy Breiter, of Long Prairie, the stories were accompanied by a mysterious suitcase full of letters and photographs. And they took her all the way to ...

Writing since ’40

May 1, 2018
Long Prairie woman has written about 50 unpublished novels, 50 children’s stories
Erma Long, of Long Prairie, 91, has been writing and doodling for nearly her entire life. She is pictured with one of her books. Photo by Nancy Leasman

A 50-year bus route

December 1, 2016
Lloyd Burger and his wife, Bev, at their home in Long Prairie. Lloyd recently turned in his keys after a 50-year stint as a Long Prairie bus driver. Photo by Nancy Leasman
“I miss the kids the most,” Lloyd Burger, ...

Skiing with great-grandpa

February 1, 2016
John Kroll, 88, of Long Prairie, and his great-grandchildren, Brennan and Margaret Murtha, skiing together through maple trees, with maple sap buckets hanging on the trees. Contributed photo
Retired Long Prairie dairy farmer John Kroll likes to see the various ...

Hats Off Coffee, Long Prairie

November 1, 2015
A coffee shop with a little extra flavor
Hats are everyday wear for Daiv Freeman and Rosalie Talley at Hats Off Coffee in Long Prairie.
Photo by Nancy Leasman
Owning a coffee shop that has become the hub of the ...

Hungry? Take a trip to ‘Eat Street’

November 1, 2015
Long Prairie’s Central Avenue is central Minnesota’s “Eat Street.” Within less than four blocks are four restaurants, a coffee shop, an ethnic bakery, a burger and beer pub, and a Mexican grocery that serves up treats such as Mexican sodas ...

A prickly hobby

June 1, 2015
As a teenager, Daiv Freeman, who grew up between Long Prairie and Sauk Centre, planted a cactus garden on family land. After high school he moved to southern California and spent a blissful dozen years growing cactus there. The climate ...

Living on the edge: monitoring prairie-forest dynamics

August 29, 2013
Steve and Nancy Potter live on 80 idyllic acres just west of Long Prairie. They came to the area to live at Camphill Village, a 500-acre biodynamic farm comprised of a community of people, some with special needs, who live ...