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October 27, 2018
Steve Haseltine, second from left, and his family created the set from the movie "Up," for their part in First Lutheran's Trunk or Treat last year. (Contributed)
Trick or Treat times 2,000: Area Halloween happenings
October 27, 2018 - 8:30am
October 13, 2018
October 13, 2018 - 11:41am
August 3, 2018
Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool director Kristen Peterson (far left) and her students (clockwise from her left) Ariana Pajari, Aria Ries, Aasta Richards, Ingrid Richards, Elsie Anderson, Addison Jurchenko and Laney Steidl decorate a cape Tuesday for volunteer Ken Ryan. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Beloved volunteer earns his cape: Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool Remembers Ken Ryan
August 3, 2018 - 6:12pm
June 1, 2018
Diana Rogers (left) of Elbow Lake and Joy Carter of Alexandria learn how to interpret genetic results during DNA Day at the Douglas County Historical Society. The two are consultants at the Alexandria Minnesota Family History Center. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
DNA testing unearths secrets
June 1, 2018 - 12:16pm
May 18, 2018
A photo of Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky is held by his children, Abby Hlinsky and Dominic Hlinsky, while Beaver's dog, Ollie, stands by them. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
May 18, 2018 - 6:40am
May 11, 2018
Joyce Williams (right) passed on her love on the lakes area to her daughter, Katie Williams. The mother-daughter duo live in the Twin Cities metro area, but in the summer months, spend as many weekends as they can at the family cabin on Lake Darling. (Contributed)
Weekends at the lake: Mom passes down her love for lake
May 11, 2018 - 6:14am
May 4, 2018
Madi Knoblauch of Glenwood and her horse, Harv, are the subjects of a children's book written by Knoblauch's mother, Jennifer Anderson. (Contributed)
When Madi met Harv: A story of a girl and her love of horses
May 4, 2018 - 11:01am
April 12, 2018
Jennifer Yttrie (left), an Education for All Squid School instructor, watches as 15-year-old Alexis Katterhagen, who has non-verbal autism, picks up an iPad during her swim lesson. The iPad, with its waterproof case, is dropped to the bottom of the pool and Alexis, who at one time would not dunk under the water, will now go underwater to retrieve the device. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Education for all: 'Squid School' provides swim lessons for all ages and all needs
April 12, 2018 - 6:32am
March 15, 2018
Two sisters from Ukraine, Anastasiia and Viktoriia, ages 8 and 9, will be traveling to Minnesota this summer to stay with the Morrissey family through the organization Courageous Families. (Contributed)
Seeking Courageous Families: Local couple spreads mission of hosting children from Ukraine
March 15, 2018 - 12:06pm
March 7, 2018
Kendra Sieve, 12, takes a ride down the luge built by her dad, Danny Sieve, in their backyard. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press) 
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Going to extremes: Dad builds luge for backyard fun
March 7, 2018 - 6:30am
February 22, 2018
Candlelight ski event becomes hike
February 22, 2018 - 4:29pm
February 14, 2018
JP (left) and Allison (left center) Lundsetter with Allison’s parents, Chris (right center) and Keith (right). (Photo by Amber Lee Caldwell)
Tears and joy: Couple rushes wedding so ill father can walk daughter down the aisle
February 14, 2018 - 9:25am
January 20, 2018
January 20, 2018 - 7:57am