December Photo Gallery

December 1, 2015
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Photo Gallery: October

October 1, 2015
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Bringing back the wild, wild west

August 2, 2015
The Wild West holds a special place in American history, as it does at the Dan and Teri Winter ranch near Spring Hill. They love the Old West and have captured its essence on their 75-acre ranch, which they’ve named ...

Country Views: Train travel has surely changed since the ’70s

April 1, 2015
I read recently that a party travelling from St. Paul to Moorhead during the winter of 1870 – ’71 was able to travel by train from St. Paul to Benson. Benson was the end of the rail line that winter, ...

Eagles live stream returns to DNR site

April 1, 2015
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the bald eagle has made a powerful comeback since the pesticide DDT was banned in the early 1970s. Minnesota has more bald eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states. The ...

Photo Gallery: February Photos

February 1, 2015
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Revisiting, honoring the country school

February 1, 2015
Sibley County group completes special homework assignment If a country school teacher was grading a newly published book: Remembering Country Schools of Sibley County, Minnesota, she probably would write an “A+” in her report card to recognize the effort, determination ...

A year-long market

December 31, 2014
Online venture designed to connect local producers with local consumers. “Know your farmer. Know your food,” said Joe Luetmer, one of the organizers of a newly launched online farmers market, Local Harvest Market Co. (www.localharvestmarket.co). Local Harvest Market ...

What Does a Judge Do?

March 27, 2014
“What do you do as a judge?”  I’ve been asked this question on numerous occasions.  The answer is “many different things.” I serve as a District Court Judge.  My position is also commonly referred to as a “trial court judge.”   ...

A historic harvest

January 30, 2014
Prisoners from WWII employed at Olivia seed company
Italian POWs with American foreman, George Taylor in the middle. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Steinbeisser
Some of the Italian, German and Japanese prisoners (called Axis) who were captured by the allies during ...

Much more than ‘just a nursing home’

September 30, 2013
“Quality care, caring people.” It is a motto that staff, administrators, board members and volunteers strive for and believe in at Mother of Mercy Campus of Care in Albany. “We are all working on our mission to provide the best ...

MNsure Opens Consumer Contact Center

August 29, 2013
Minnesota-based call center will be one source for consumers seeking answers about health coverage through the MNsure insurance marketplace ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure’s Executive Director, April Todd-Malmlov, today announced the opening of MNsure’s customer Contact Center, which will provide support for ...

Falls Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 22

August 29, 2013
Minnesota joins national observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 22 Governor Mark Dayton has declared Sept. 22 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Minnesota, making Minnesota among 47 states joining the national Falls Free® Initiative to raise awareness of ...

‘Dad’ of Minnesota 4-H

July 31, 2013
Country boy T.A. Erickson’s impact felt 100+ years later
T.A. “Dad” Erickson, the son of Swedish immigrants, was a teacher and later superintendent of schools for Douglas County. He also developed a school fair idea that flourished in outstate Minnesota.
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Pet of the Week: Peanut

July 31, 2013
This weeks featured pet is Peanut a tabby – brown/domestic short hair mix cat available for adoption at the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter of McLeod County in Hutchinson, MN. A little about Peanut
It’s no surprise that all of ...

The Quiet Third Branch of Government

May 1, 2013
How much do you know about our court system? Many often pass by the courthouse in their town, yet know little about what goes on inside unless they’ve been sued, summoned to a criminal case, or called to serve on ...

Simplified application launched for SNAP program

April 1, 2013
To increase seniors’ access to nutritious foods, the Minnesota Department of Human Services today announced the launch of a new one-page application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Minnesotans age 60 and older. At the end of 2012, ...