Ivan Raconteur Column – 08/12/13

On a recent Sunday morning, the two founding members of The Association convened a meeting for the first time in decades. The Association was (and is) a quasi political and fraternal organization that stole its name from the 1960s-era band of the same title. It is an extremely exclusive group. As a matter of fact, my old friend Eric and […]

Jenni Sebora Column – 08/05/13

My youngest daughter participated in a summer youth theater through the Watertown Community Education program. She loves theater, performing the stage and she can’t get enough of it. For five weeks, five days a week for three hours a day, the children put their theatrical creativity to work. The play was an original piece written by the director. The songs […]

Mark Ollig Column – 08/12/13

We know the Internet consists of physical hardware like routers, data servers, computers, and cabling. And of course, this hardware is interconnected and communicates with each other using the programs contained within the software code stored inside databases. Actually, it’s incredible how it all works, when one stops to think about it. And, has it really been 20 years since […]

Pastors’ Column – 08/12/13

Change is a good thing. We’ve all heard those words once or twice in our lives. The problem we sometimes encounter is our nature to be creatures of habit. We do what is familiar for us, whether it’s the television shows that we watch, the diet we eat, the friends we have relationships with, or one of the endless other […]

Surviving and thriving with an incurable disease

DASSEL, MN – “Despite what she has gone through, Rachel has an unbelievable spirit,” said Julie Ardoff of her 5-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disorder known as mitochondrial disease at 18 months of age. Mitochondrial disease occurs when the mitochondria in a person’s cell cannot convert food into life-sustaining energy. For Rachel, this means […]

The McLeod County Fair Aug. 14-18

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The final countdown to the 2013 McLeod County Fair has begun. Several new attractions are planned Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 18, including a “birthday bash” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “new” fairgrounds. “People still call it the new fairgrounds,” fair manager Casey Walters said. Free birthday cake will be served in the south […]

Lake associations and DNR still butting heads over cormorants at Pigeon Lake

MEEKER, WRIGHT, MCLEOD, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and representatives from various lake associations are still butting heads over whether the large population of cormorants at the Pigeon Lake rookery, south of Dassel, are affecting the populations of game fish in area lakes – specifically walleye. Local anglers and lake associations want the DNR and US […]

A lesson in Costa Rican agriculture

Pineapples, coffee, and bananas may not be cash crops in Minnesota, but they are in Costa Rica, and two representatives from DC FFA recently toured the country learning about the growing and harvesting of these tropical staples. Austin Davis, a 2012 Dassel-Cokato graduate, earned the trip when he became a proficiency finalist at the national FFA convention last fall. DC […]

Howard Lake home substantially damaged by fire Tuesday night

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The Rohrbach family escaped without injury when a fire ripped through the upper portion of their residence at 801 Sixth Avenue in Howard Lake Tuesday night, but the structure was severely damaged, according to Fire Chief Tom Diers. Howard Lake Fire Department and Ambulance were called to the residence at about 9 p.m., shortly after storms […]

Geekquinox open in HL – spalon focuses on natural health and beauty

HOWARD LAKE, MN –A Geekquinox is “when a nerd levels up to the next level,” said Cristy Blanchette, owner of the new micro-spalon in Howard Lake that bears that name. Blanchette, a licensed beautician for 20 years, has “leveled up” by entering into a new season of life – owning and operating her own natural health and beauty business focusing […]