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Long Prairie woman has written about 50 unpublished novels, 50 children’s stories Erma Irene Long, of Long Prairie, remembers the first “grown up” book she read. She was 13. It was 1940. A friend of the family, her namesake, Irene, ...

A 50-year bus route

December 1, 2016
“I miss the kids the most,” Lloyd Burger, of Long Prairie, said this fall, retiring after 50 years of making the wheels on the bus go round and round. That may be some kind of record but Lloyd isn’t the ...

Skiing with great-grandpa

February 1, 2016
Retired Long Prairie dairy farmer John Kroll likes to see the various generations of his family ski together. John, who is 88, takes particular pride in being able to ski with his great-grandchildren. “Brennan and Margaret are pretty good skiers,” ...

Hats Off Coffee, Long Prairie

November 1, 2015
A coffee shop with a little extra flavor Owning a coffee shop that has become the hub of the community, as well as a meeting spot for those up and down Highway 71,wasn’t part of Daiv Freeman’s business plan. At ...

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 ...