Ivan Raconteur Column – 03/06/20

The Literally Public Relations Blog announced this week that the future of audiobooks is artificial intelligence (AI). This piqued my interest, because I listen to audiobooks nearly every day. I started this when days spent in front of a computer screen or editing copy changed reading at the end of the day from the pleasant experience it had always been […]

Mark Ollig Column – 03/06/20

Yes, ET, as in extraterrestrial intelligence. Nearly 60 years ago, a serious attempt to detect interstellar radio transmissions sent by intelligent beings living on planets orbiting stars other than our own began. It was called Project Ozma. Astronomers believe the Milky Way galaxy (where we live) contains 200 billion stars. Two years ago, astronomers learned the Milky Way is a […]

Designation change approved for Cokato’s Akerlund Photography Studio

COKATO, MN – The August “Gust” Akerlund Photography Studio in Cokato is now a nationally significant National Register of Historic Places site, a distinction only 4 percent of Minnesota’s National Register sites can boast. This change was approved in January by the National Register, along with other updates to the Akerlund Studio’s original, 1977 National Register of Historic Places form. […]

Cub Scouts celebrate 70 years

DELANO, MN – It was March 1, 1950, when Delano Cub Scout Pack 273 met for the first time. More than 150 people gathered Sunday at the Delano Intermediate School to commemorate that date. “It spanned generations,” said Cubmaster Rob Gruba, who organized the event as one of five projects required by the Wood Badge leadership training program in which […]

DC students attend Dorian Band Festival at Luther College

Nicole Peterson Dassel-Cokato High School students Anders Peterson and Nicholas Little were nominated and accepted for participation in the 2020 Dorian Band Festival, at Luther College in Decorah, IA. The festival took place March 1 and 2. Anders earned placement in the Noble Band playing alto saxophone, while Nicholas earned a spot in the Sperati Band playing trumpet. Both students […]

Zander and Erdal lead smooth transition at Munson Lakes Nutrition

Nancy Dashwood Staff Writer HOWARD LAKE, MN – It’s the end of an era at Munson Lakes Nutrition, based in Howard Lake. Longtime General Manager John Zander has retired. Before he goes, however, he is showing the ropes to Scott Erdal, the newly-hired general manager. Zooming into a career Zander owes his career, in part, to a motorcycle. In March […]

HLWW and DC schools partner for annual symposium

Nancy Dashwood Staff Writer HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School (HLWW) and Dassel-Cokato High School (DC) are partnering for a third annual community symposium. The event will take place Thursday, March 12 at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Parents, community members, and interested others are encouraged to attend. The community symposium will begin at 5:15 […]

Creating memories that last a lifetime

Linda Euerle Correspondent LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Residents of Lester Prairie may have noticed changes at 27 Juniper Street, and may have met Laurie Ford of Laurie’s Shutter Flutter Photography and Art, as she has been spending a lot of time at the location. Ford has been working the last two years to renovate what has become her new photography […]