"Children need to be connected with nature again. So that is what we are creating — a time and space for children to just be surrounded by nature." Kristen Peterson FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR For more information,, visit /www.facebook.com/ButterflyHillNaturePreschool or /www.alexumc.org/ButterflyHillNaturePreschool. To donate, call (320)-763-4624 or send donations to Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool, Inc. at 2210 6th Ave. E, Alexandria, MN 56308.
Lyle Sanstead of Evansville has never been much of a carpenter and he has no art background. Nonetheless, 13 years ago he became something he never thought he would - an intarsia artist. "I had no inkling at all that I would ever do anything like this, but I love it," Lyle said. He was first introduced to intarsia by his brothers-in-law who are avid intarsia artists.
"You really need a passion to do what we do. It's almost an obsession to improve," noted Muriel Krusemark of Hoffman. But passion was what was needed to wake up the sleepy town of Hoffman. In the past five years, because of efforts by Krusemark and the community, Hoffman now boasts numerous new businesses, including a health care clinic, hardware store and an improved softball field.
Camping has been a time honored tradition for many, especially in Minnesota where the forests are extensive and the lakes are in abundance, and this is no different for Ansis Vilcins who has been camping here since the 1950s. But what makes Vilcins different is that he still sleeps in his own tent, even at the age of 99. "He was sleeping on the ground until he was 90, and then we moved him to a cot," said one of his two daughters, Ausma Reul.
Deep fried foods, gleaming tractors and colorful attractions - the Douglas County Fair is back with numerous new attractions to captivate any age. The fair will run for four days, August 16-19. "As always, the grandstand events are a big highlight," noted Dale Buchholz, Douglas County Agricultural Association secretary.
I've always had this thing about chocolate. To me, it has always been absolutely perfect. No matter what was happening in my life or how bad things were, there was never anything wrong with chocolate. But after finding an old chocolate bar in my room and biting into it expecting a smooth rich substance to envelop my mouth, I found instead, a hard, grainy board and I realized that not even chocolate lasts. But if chocolate doesn't last forever, then does anything? I've always held onto the fleeting hope that I would never have to leave, but, like chocolate, my days are quickly counting dow
While farming is one of the leading industries in the Midwest, Max and Lyla Radil do more than just farm - they give back. And on August 9, they were commended for their efforts by being honored as the University of Minnesota's 2012 Farm Family of the Year at Farmfest. "Mother Nature gives us so many things, and we just want to give back to the community," Lyla said. "But we are so shocked about receiving this honor.
More than 90 balls rained down on the green of hole 9 during the 2012 Resorter's closest to the pin contest on Tuesday night. The 30 or so participants, many of whom wore no shoes, were each given three balls to hit from 125 yards out.
Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, which accounts for 795,000 victims each year. While anyone can have a stroke, some factors can increase the risk, such as smoking, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, ethnicity, and family history of strokes.
In the past 92 years, 16 presidents have been through office, more than three major wars have taken place, and a Great Depression crippled the nation. While some people only read about these life changing events, 92-year-old Hulda Rossum of Brandon has lived them. "I guess I've lived so long by just eating right and not smoking or drinking, but I am so thankful that even at my age I have no aches or pains," she said. Hulda lives in Brandon with her husband, Charlie. "I thank God every day that I can be here with him now. His mind is fading every day," she said.