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Hitting the target

July 27, 2013 For his debut book, Shale Nelson pictured the Twin Cities in the near future — around 2050 or so. Nelson, a Hendricks native who now lives in St. more »»

Pool school

July 20, 2013 In the land of 10,000 lakes, it is important that everyone knows basic water safety and the fundamentals of keeping afloat. more »»

A group effort in Granite Falls

July 20, 2013 For a relatively young organization, the Granite Falls Area Community Theater has made great strides. And now it will be putting on a beloved musical next week. more »»

It’s one big theater family

July 20, 2013 LAKE BENTON — Every summer, the musical at the Lake Benton Opera House draws performers from several surrounding communities, and this year, people from even as far away as Tracy, Minneota, Marshall... more »»

Eyes on the pies

July 13, 2013 COTTONWOOD On a recent Thursday morning, the Rev. Jack Nordick had the items necessary to make his prize-winning apple pie — from the apples to the utensils to his “secret” ingredien. more »»

On the world stage

July 13, 2013 In 2010, Scott Veenhuis started singing lead in a “just for fun” a cappella group — Kordal Kombat — after an impromptu audition. more »»

No better time to come home

July 6, 2013 Editor's Note: This is the third of a series of stories focusing on area cities celebrating 125th anniversaries this summer COTTONWOOD — There’s 125 years of history to celebrate in Cottonwood this... more »»

Making art accessible

July 6, 2013 Six years ago, New London artists Andrew Nordin and Lisa Bergh turned their house into an art exhibition space. The couple’s work will be on display through Aug. more »»

Celebrating Ruthton

June 29, 2013 Born and raised in Ruthton, Tami Nelson remembers the fun times of her childhood attending the annual Fourth of July celebration in Ruthton. more »»

Sojourn to Russia

June 29, 2013 Getting a Fulbright Scholar grant is extremely competitive, and Dr. Richard Shrubb was happy to represent Minnesota. more »»

The lore of letterpress

June 29, 2013 Andy Kahmann of Montevideo doesn’t see himself as an artist but more of a craftsman. more »»


June 22, 2013 Rope is one of mankind’s oldest tools. Though it does not preserve as well as stone and bone tools, evidence of rope use has been found dating back at least 15,000 years. more »»

A ‘Marsco’ world

June 22, 2013 MARSHALL — For several years, Southwest Minnesota State University English professor James Zarzana has been hard at work creating a new world — a world “where science has been co-opted to support a... more »»

New Canby Arts Council to kick off music series

June 22, 2013 There was a feeling to have more arts and culture in Canby, said City Administrator Nicholas Johnson, so the city decided to take some action. more »»

Boys State: The tradition continues

June 15, 2013 American Legion Boys State has been known to be a life-changing program, and although there is no way to know exactly how many young men’s lives have been altered and improved during the past six... more »»

Looking for the beauty in things

June 15, 2013 Matt Pierson of Tracy said he “doesn’t know how to handle himself without a camera.” Pierson’s photography will be on display through the end of the month at the Daily Grind in downtown Marshall. more »»

Russell's roots

June 8, 2013 Editor's note: This is the first of a periodic 3-part series on cities celebrating quasquicentennials this summer RUSSELL — When Gary Erdmann came to the Russell area more than 35 years ago, he... more »»

‘A good way to serve the Lord’

June 8, 2013 MARSHALL — When Travis Lorenz of Marshall went on his first mission trip, he was supposed to work on plumbing for his designated projec. more »»

The most fun you can have running

June 1, 2013 The second annual Rad Run at Garvin Park on June 8 is coming up fast, and when it comes, it’s sure to separate the prepared from the unprepared. more »»

Trying out a new technique

June 1, 2013 MARSHALL — Even with 24 hours in a day, artist Sima Amid Wewetzer said she’s “28 hours a day busy. more »»



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