‘You feel like you are part of the family’

December 1, 2018
Organization helps those with disabilities connect or reconnect with outdoors Kevin Finneman had recently graduated from high school when he and his friend decided to go to the Twin Cities to check out the nightlife. It was 1974, and “we ...

Thanking veterans with a unique fishing experience

May 1, 2017
‘Veterans on the Water’ established by Vietnam vet Steve Gillaspie, 68, of Arlington, is a decorated U.S. Army Ranger Vietnam combat veteran.
Veterans on the Water founder Steve Gillapsie, of Arlington, shows some of the many photos of fishing trips

Friendly visitors

February 1, 2017
Volunteers help those with special needs remain socially and creatively active in the community Dignity. Safety. Hope.
Lutheran Social Services client, Patty, front, shares a laugh in her residence in Mankato with, from left, Shannon Butler, Guardianship Options supervisor; Sandy

Special hunt thrilling for participants, volunteers

December 29, 2015
They have limited abilities and that qualifies them to participate in the limited deer hunt at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.
Hunters and their helpers. The hunters include Craig Vorhees, Aaron Cross, of St. Cloud, Jeremy Carlson, of Svea,

Volunteers thanked in unique way

June 29, 2015
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he doesn’t just make his presence known at Christmastime. In fact, he “paid it forward” to three Lake Region Healthcare volunteers in March.
Instead of getting a bill for their lunch, volunteers

Community comes together, opens library

April 1, 2015
It all started in 2006, according to Terry Mooney.  That was when Terry’s mother-in-law, Helen Mooney, decided to talk with the editor of The Maple Lake Messenger, Theresa Andrus, to suggest that a community library be started.  According to Terry, ...

Therapeutic power of horses

February 1, 2015
Riding therapy program founded in 2008, looking to expand to benefit more Horse lovers of all ages poured into the valley just west of Granite Falls to attend the annual Cowboy Christmas, held at a ranch in December. The ranch ...