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Learning for the fun of it

MARSHALL GOLD College at Southwest Minnesota State University is a place where learning never gets graded, and where no one expects credit other than possibly a compliment for a job well done. The six-week, twice-a-year program, a longstanding regional outreach component at SMSU, is for ...

A new way to farm

COTTONWOOD In the 1990s Jonathan and Carolyn Olson saw potential in new, organic-based concepts for crop farming. Almost a generation later, they have a track record of finding and sustaining profitable markets. They’ve been built through extensive long-range planning, a process that ...

Reviving the rink

A much anticipated moment is on the horizon at Ghent’s community ice rink. After months of planning and many hours of volunteer labor, Revive the Rink coordinators are looking ahead to putting a seasonal layer of ice on the rink’s new surface. It will mark the start of what’s expected ...

Roger to the rescue

MINNEOTA Two years ago Roger was a lost, confused stray dog on the streets in Worthington looking for food, shelter and companionship. Through the efforts of the Tracy Area Animal Rescue’s volunteers, he was given a new home with Caryn Hetland in Minneota. She happens to work as a special ...

SMSU Mustangs unite

MARSHALL If you think homecoming activities at Southwest Minnesota State University happen at the spur of the moment, well Mike Van Drehle, alumni relations director and executive director of SMSU Alumni Board, is already planning Homecoming 2020. For the record, it will be Oct. 10, ...

Connecting people with SMSU history at alumni gallery

The Alumni Heritage Gallery at the Southwest Minnesota State University Student Center is something to seek out if you want a better idea of what SMSU is all about. It’s almost impossible not to notice, however, for anyone who’s ever spent at least one semester at SMSU in any capacity. ...

‘One dot at a time’

MILROY It’s hard for Southwest Minnesota State alumnus Nicholas Schleif to describe his artwork. There are a lot of influences, he says, “pointillism,” for one since his art is composed of tiny dots. As in pointillism, the resulting picture can be appreciated from afar as well as up ...

On a mission

Stefanie Slegers knows all about dental assisting, and after a 2019 mission trip she knows how much it can make a difference in one of the world’s impoverished countries. Slegers, a dental assistant in Tyler, took part in a week-long mission trip to Guatemala last winter. In that short ...

Icelandic journey to Minneota

MINNEOTA - A major part of the Minneota area’s history is rooted in Iceland, and an entire overview of how Icelanders arrived in the local area was presented as part of the 2019 Boxelder Bug Days celebration. Cathy Josephson shared details of Icelandic immigration with an audience of about ...

The ‘Gift’ of time together

MARSHALL It all started with stories, Marshall resident Alan Schuch said. When his children were younger, he used to make up stories for them before bedtime. “They would give me five minutes to tell a story,” Schuch said. The improvised tales weren’t always winners, he said, “But ...

Elwood’s anvils

Elwood Bakke has never seen an anvil he hasn’t liked, or that he hasn’t thought he could put to plenty of good use. Bakke, a resident of the Lincoln Lane assisted living center in Hendricks at age 96, has a collection of 26 anvils. He began collecting them by chance, and has kept all 26 ...

Runs like a Deere

PORTER Dan Anderson sat in front of the steering wheel on his idling 1950 Ford 8N tractor when he spotted his grandson, Liam Wade. “You want to come on up?” Anderson asked. Seconds later, the 5 year old was on the tractor, his head barely seen over the steering wheel. “It was my ...

One chair, one barber

MARSHALL He starts out his day solving world problems and drinking coffee with the fellows at Mike’s Cafe, but after that he gets to work at the business he’s been in since the 1960s — cutting hair. “I start late and make up for it by quitting early,” Harold Halverson said of his ...

Toolin’ along in Ghent

GHENT Wearing a black cap with “The Beach Boys” written on it, Mylan Ray looked down at his computer and spoke into a mic in front of him. “I played this song earlier today, Maybe you remember. I’m looking for that song title and the artist’s name and the lyrics. The song is ...

A mission of love

They were there on a mission — but the trip that a group of Marshall area residents made to Guatemala this summer was something that also changed their perspectives. “I think we’re all feeling it right now,” Ron Stevens said. But the journey was worth it, added Lauren Mellenthin, ...

A smashing summer

John “JP” Rabaey, Jr. can write quite an essay on “How I Spent My Summer” when he gets back to school in the fall at the University of Dallas. Rabaey, the son of John Sr. and Jennifer Rabaey of Marshall, is spending the summer doing research at the Fermi super-collider near Chicago. ...

Fighting tyranny

MARSHALL When the best known events of World War II in Europe unfolded, LeRoy Bengtson was almost always one of the participants. After he sustained an injury as part of the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion, Bengtson spent several months at a hospital in England before returning to the front ...

Making contact

“X-Ray,” David Landby says in a clear voice into the hand speaker that is connected to a ham radio sitting on a card table. Landby picks up chatter from the radio and responds. “Whiskey zero, whiskey X-ray.” Then some more chatter from the radio. “Copy four. Foxtrot Minnesota. ...

One piece at a time

GREEN VALLEY Anyone who’s ever attempted a jigsaw puzzle knows that it takes plenty of time and patience to achieve the main objective. Dan Labat of Green Valley knows that lengthy process from many hours of step by step assembly. Eventually those hours produce picture perfect results ...

Aerobatics

CANBY Jacquie Warda just needed a little help turning her “one-of-a-kind” red Pitts Special biplane in the direction of the runway at Myers Field municipal airport in Canby. Fellow aerobatic pilot Bob Richards pushed on one of the wings as Warda guided the tail of the plane. Once the ...