Karla (Kunstleben) Van Wienen of Bowlus was 9 years old when she learned how to crochet, hand stitch and embroider. It was a skill she learned from her mom, Diane Kunstleben and her grandma, Juletta Kunstleben.
Although they had been together for more than seven years, the proposal from Andrew Moser came as a surprise, said his fiancé, Kelsey Kampsen. Both live in Cold Spring, but Moser is originally from Paynesville and Kampsen from Belgrade.
Building relationships. That is what Tammy Cebulla, principal at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Elementary School in Long Prairie is all about.
Sister Elise Saggau with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls remembers it well. She lived through the great renewal that Pope John XXIII initiated in 1962 when he decided to bring the Catholic Church into the modern era.
Suicide. Depression. Mental illness. What does it feel like? That’s the question Photographer Barb Kellogg of Avon asked several men and women who daily fight that battle against different mental illnesses.
“Make Things Happen” a sign hanging on Sara Hoffner’s office wall said. That about sums up Hoffner’s day, and her attitude toward life.
There are two things fourth grade students, Brayden Loven, Dalton Leyendecker, Shelby Barber and Ronelle Hasse, at Swanville Elementary School agree on. It was fun to figure out how to build a car with only a few items and the most challenging part was to figure out what the straw was su…
Stearns County Snowmobile Association is hosting its annual cancer fundraiser Feb. 1-2. Funds will again go to the Keller Family Community Foundation (KFCF) Gas Card program that supports individuals seeking cancer treatment in area hospitals.
Valerie Sunder was a fan of the TV show, “Miami Ink,” when she was in high school, and Ami James was her favorite tattooer.
“The sky’s the limit,” said Paynesville High School’s Land Transportation Program (LTP) instructor, Mike Guenther, when he refers to the future possibilities for his unusual hands-on newly expanded auto mechanics program.
For the last 16 years, the American Lutheran Church (ALC) in Long Prairie has hosted “Meals, Mugs and Mittens” — a Christmas Day meal program.
Operation Kandy Kane is a local program that supplies Christmas food and gifts to veterans, and their families. Founder of the program, Julie Peterson, saw the need for extra help for veterans in December and Operation Kandy Kane was born three years ago.
Commodity prices are fluctuating, the weather is not cooperating and it’s too wet to do anything outside. Another day has been wasted.
Clara and Dave Rooney had a dream 40 years ago: to own a little pub and restaurant in the tiny town of Padua, Minnesota, in rural Stearns County.
After persevering through various challenges, Jill Zasadny and Joan Wingert are excited to have finished the Star-Gazer Sky Cabin near Upsala.
They call it the “Forgotten War.” But the sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Korean War still lingers in many hearts. That is something several Korean War era veterans had a taste of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, when they were honored in Swanville.
Two weeks before their field trip to Hiltner Farm’s Vintage Village, third graders at Sauk Centre Public School studied about pioneer life with their teachers Gretchen Gehl, Beth Beste, and Andelee Leukam.
Hailey Gruber, a 16-year-old girl from Richmond, remarkably was the youngest competitor and one of only two females in the World Ploughing Competition held Sept. 1-2, in Kirchentellinsfurt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
If you are considering a new building or remodeling project within the city of Sauk Centre, you will cross paths with the city planner/zoning administrator. Sarah Morton’s office is located on the upper floor at City Hall, in an office which has giant Sauk Centre maps on the walls.
When Jeff Lucas of Brunswick, Ga. attended Long Prairie High School in Minnesota in the mid-1980s, he wasn’t the only one who had heard the rumor about the school’s pool. It is something he recalls from time to time when he visits his relatives in the area.
Working with farmers in Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties. That’s the best part of her job as a livestock extension educator with the University of Minnesota Extension, said Emily Wilmes of Cold Spring.
Robert M. Dudley is living a dual life. On one hand his name appears as the author of eight books focusing on famous and forgotten cold cases in Central Minnesota and Central Wisconsin, ranging back to cases as far back as the 1940s.
A remodeling adventure like no other. That’s the journey Walt “Wally” and Stacey Michels of Sauk Centre have been on for the last year and two months.
Leo Kill admits he is obsessed with hunting. The 1975 graduate of Sauk Centre High School began hunting deer and pheasants at a tender age, and over the years expanded into exotic hunts around the world.
Loren Pundsack never wonders what to do in his spare time. The Melrose business owner knows very well that his time, along with any spare cash, will be dedicated to his latest vehicle restoration project.
Little Mouse. That’s what Crystal Halbersma, 19, of Browerville named her calf seven years ago. It was her grey mouse-like colored fur that inspired the name, Halbersma said.
Taylor Hecht, 16, Paynesville High School junior, has garnered a handful of ribbons this year, topped by the coveted purple ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair.
The hardest part for Connie Nelson, 67, of Grey Eagle is not to take her job with her home. But as a domestic violence and sexual assault program coordinator with Hands of Hope in Long Prairie it’s hard not to think about the victims she works with.
If there is something to be done at Pine Haven and Pine Villa in Melrose, you can be sure Mary Ann Wensman is on it. She has been volunteering there for decades.
Mud and water. That’s what visitors to the football field in Swanville could expect to step in from time to time.
“My goal is to be number one,” said Glenn Zimmel, who came within one cone of becoming the Minnesota Bus Roadeo champion of 2018 at the 31st annual event held in Duluth, July 13-14.
Since it was built in 1948, the Burtrum Liquor Store in Burtrum has seen many owners over the years. Owner Virginia Axel, 75, hopes it will find a new one soon.
Century Farm status was bestowed upon Gary and Corrine Lieser, rural Spring Hill, at 2018 Stearns County Fair ceremonies conducted by Lois Wesbur.