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.
Marion Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days for

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.
Cindy Furr, of Bird Island, uses colored paint markers on the Plexiglas wall with her grandson Dominick at

Satisfying customers, one page at a time

May 1, 2017
Lakeside Press specializes in book printing and publishing
The Lakeside Press family. From left, Linda Lopez (graphic designer), Tim Peterson (pressman), Avery Peterson (Tim and Laura’s daughter), Laura Peterson (general manager/graphic artist/marketing analyst), Mark Peterson (editor/production manager) and Marie Peterson

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.
Heritage sweetgrass and chocolate

Making every day count

December 1, 2016
Rice Hospice uses a variety of methods to make the final days comfortable
Having pets visit hospice patients has been invaluable. Contributed photo
Make each day count because tomorrow is never promised to anyone. That’s why the goal of Rice ...

‘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
Ron Mackedanz with a Nam buddie’s daughter (Sarah Orlando) at the wall in 2005. They were placing placards at the wall marking the guys from his unit who were killed in Nam. Photo contributed.
The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall brings ...

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
Chris Alle with the cross on his back. Alle and two friends made the journey from Willmar to Duluth carrying cross. They met

‘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 ...