Pope County Expo returns on April 6

March 1, 2019
Thousands are expected for the 9th annual Pope County Expo, one of the largest free events in the area. The Expo will take place on Saturday, April 6  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minnewaska Area High School ...

Country Views: When unemployment hit 70%

June 1, 2018
Seventy percent unemployment is not something I can imagine. I’ve been reading some histories of the Civilian Conservation Corps. They say that unemployment on Minnesota’s Iron Range ran that high in the early 1930s when the government started the CCC ...

March Reader Photo Gallery

March 1, 2018

Program offers ‘life-altering’ mental health resources

January 1, 2018
Residents of central Minnesota facing mental health challenges should know that help is one quick phone call away, thanks to a project that began in 1995. The CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) serves adults with serious and persistent mental ...

Help is on the way

November 1, 2017
Farm Rescue brings relief to farmers in desperate need Nic Hendrickx of Elizabeth often works in the background of many Farm Rescue operations, but late this summer, he was on the front lines.
Nic Hendrickx of Elizabeth is usually in

A roadmap to Medicare

October 1, 2017
Breitenfeldt Group offers guidance, support, reviews at no charge “It’s so confusing! There are so many companies and choices available in today’s Medicare marketplace.” This is the phrase most often heard when meeting with members, said Dennis Breitenfeldt, V.P. of ...

Finding the right health care plan

October 1, 2017
Legacy Benefits Consultants offer health care options from multiple carriers
Legacy Benefits Consultant CEO Tim Jopp, right, speaks with a customer in his office about the various health care options at his new office in Waconia. Photo by Scott Thoma

Photo Gallery: September Photos

September 1, 2017

Living better with St. Cloud Orthopedics

September 1, 2017
Care fueled by technology, dedication, results Lon Linke had enjoyed an active lifestyle from a young age, even landing a career riding horses, and water skiing regularly for leisure. The inevitable wear and tear took a toll on his everyday ...

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,” ...

Photo Gallery: June Photos

June 1, 2017

Forty years promoting the arts

June 1, 2017
On the surface it seems unlikely that two storytellers, a wood carver and a zombie crawl enthusiast would have much in common, but they do have a special bond: Each has applied for and received a Lakes Region Arts Council ...

When tobacco was a Minnesota cash crop

April 1, 2017
When you think of crop farming in Meeker County, you envision corn stalks, oats, barley, soybeans and wheat fields. But one thing that may surprise you is quite a few farmers in Meeker County grew tobacco. In fact, in 1931 ...

Mora’s Swedish roots

January 1, 2017
City has largest Dala Horse in the United States
Mora is home to the largest Dala Horse in the United States. It’s 25 feet high and weighs 3,000 pounds. Photo by Cathy Nelson
Travelers who drive north of the Twin ...

‘Memory cafe’ offers place to connect, socialize

September 29, 2016
Cafe designed for those suffering from memory loss Here is the idea – form a memory cafe so people with dementia can meet and visit with each other over a cup of coffee and goodies.
Renita Thonvold (left) and Kathy

Making every day matter

September 1, 2016
Knute Nelson Hospice care focuses on quality of life, support for patient and family Don Carlson, of Alexandria, learned he had pulmonary fibrosis in 2011. He was in his 70s. The disease scars and damages lung tissue and makes it ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Official member of the GOC

June 1, 2016
Open the scrapbook of your mind and look back to your childhood. Do you remember the first organization or club you joined as a child? Perhaps it was the Brownies, Cub Scouts or 4-H? I became a Brownie and then ...