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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 ...

A class from the past

MARSHALL Country schools and log cabins, often thought of as symbols of the distant past, were at the forefront this week in Marshall during a week-long youth pioneer camp. The Lyon County Museum hosted the program, designed for children in the upper elementary grades. It began Monday ...

Reaching new heights

CANBY The wild blue yonder is by no means a limit for Canby High School teenagers who decide to study aviation and drone technology. The school’s aviation class, which has a 10-year history, includes the opportunity for students to obtain a pilot’s license. A second course, focused on ...

An Australian trek

MARSHALL A group of Rotary International members from the Land Down Under spent much of the past week exploring a large part of southwest Minnesota. As part of a two-month tour of North America, the Australian club members made a stop-over in Marshall from Tuesday afternoon until Thursday ...

‘Could I have this dance?’

LAKE BENTON Every year on Memorial Day weekend, Larry Olsen’s farm buildings next to U.S. Highway 14 are transformed into a world class dance party filled with the traditions of music, fellowship and enjoyment. Olsen, who at heart is both a farmer and a musician, opens up his farm site to ...

Celebrating cycling

MARSHALL A sunny May afternoon was the perfect time to hit the trail — or at least it was easy to draw that conclusion from the number of bikes parked outside the Marshall Area YMCA. The line of kids waiting to take their turn on a bicycle safety course outlined with orange traffic cones ...

Tobacco in all its bygone glamour

MARSHALL Even though tobacco no longer has the universal popularity it enjoyed for many centuries, tobacco artifacts from the past remain popular with museums and collectors. Items from Mark Schwanebeck’s tobacco products collection are being showcased this spring in the Heritage Room on ...

‘Their chance to shine’­

MARSHALL Marshall High School senior Rachel Thomsen, wearing a blue and gold dance outfit, knelt down at a far corner of the basketball court inside the Southwest Minnesota State University PE gym. As the music to “Jealous of the Angels” blared throughout the gym, the large crowd ...

Planes, drones and copters

MARSHALL Wearing an Academy of Model Aeronautics cap, John Gullickson intently looked straight ahead, his fingers resting on the controls. “There it goes again, I really did a number on that one,” Gullickson said. His airplane just crashed, but it will be OK. The airplane was flying on a ...