Finding true joy in quilting

November 1, 2019
Willmar woman quilts everyday, was featured in recent show “Smitty” Luschen of Willmar loves to make creative and beautiful quilts. She learned how to sew in fourth grade and has been sewing ever since. She made her own clothes through ...

Ask the Expert: Communicating with a hearing impairment

April 1, 2019
Answers by Kristen Dargay, Au.D., CCC-A, clinical audiologist Question: What is the best way to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired? Communication with a person who has hearing loss can be challenging for both parties. Even when hearing aids ...

‘Mrs. C’ has strong MN ties

April 1, 2019
Actress Marion Ross grew up in Waconia, Willmar and Albert Lea  Few people realize that longtime actress Marion Ross enjoyed many Happy Days while growing up in several Minnesota communities. In a recent interview with Ross, who retired from acting ...

Ask the Expert: Why is it important to treat hearing loss?

January 1, 2019
Answers provided by Kristen Dargay, Au.D., of Janning ENT of Willmar
Kristen Dargay, Au.D, Janning ENT. Contributed photo
What does your health reveal about your hearing? Hearing loss usually develops over time, making it difficult to notice in many cases. ...

It takes a village

March 1, 2018
Parents, volunteers come together to form children’s museum While the weather outside is frightful, being inside The Village can be so delightful. Citing a need for a community indoor playground and cultural learning center to combat the harsh winters, three ...

Satisfying customers, one page at a time

May 1, 2017
Lakeside Press specializes in book printing and publishing A lot of people aspire to become an author. But it’s the fear of the unknown that holds them back once they put their idea down on paper. Lakeside Press, of Willmar, ...

Skyward bound

April 1, 2017
Willmar woman was one of state’s first female pilots If your name is engraved on a plaque alongside the likes of Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and Sally Ride, you know you are in elite company. But Mary Jane ...

Birds of a different feather

December 1, 2016
After crossbreeding his turkeys for many years, Willmar man finds perfect ‘chocolate turkey’ blend Kornell Erickson, of Willmar, had been working on perfecting a chocolate turkey for several years until he got the results he wanted. But this isn’t the ...

Making every day count

December 1, 2016
Rice Hospice uses a variety of methods to make the final days comfortable Make each day count because tomorrow is never promised to anyone. That’s why the goal of Rice Hospice in Willmar is to make those final days of ...

‘Pie lady’ keeps on baking

September 29, 2016
Sacred Heart woman makes thousands of pies each year For some, pie might be an occasional sweet treat or strictly a holiday tradition, like pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. That certainly is not the case for Sonja Siemieniewski, of Sacred Heart, ...

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall coming to Willmar in July

May 1, 2016
The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall brings out many emotions for Vietnam veterans such as Ron “Mack” Mackedanz who currently lives in Kandiyohi, Minn. The emotions include sadness, bitterness, grief and heavy-heartedness. Mack has been to the wall in Washington, D.C., ...

A journey of faith

December 1, 2015
Three young men carried a cross from Willmar to Duluth, and made life-lasting memories along the way It was an amazing undertaking, not only for the three men making the faith journey but for the people they encountered along the ...

‘This place is just perfect for us’

April 1, 2015
Independence Place offers independent living in a senior housing cooperative  Wayne and Delores Hebrink enjoyed the investment of owning their own home. But as they advanced in age, it was getting harder and harder to maintain the yard work. And ...

Pet of the Week: Harley

September 30, 2013
This weeks featured pet is Harley, an adult male Basset Hound, available for adoption at Ridgewater Paws & Claws in Willmar, MN. A little about Harley
A 40 pound male Basset Hound Mix, Harley is an easy going, lazy good ...

Working to empower, educate voters

September 30, 2013
The issues the Willmar Area League of Women Voters study and talk about are decided at the grass-roots level, according to Suzanne Napgezek of Willmar, and Claire Juhnke, of rural Willmar, who is co-president of the league with Andrea Carruthers. ...

Pet of the week: Sandy

September 30, 2013
This weeks featured pet is a senior, female German Shepard, available for adoption at Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar, MN. A little about Sandy
Sandy is always smiling and always wanting to make sure your face is clean by ...