By Kerry Drager Correspondent Youth Pastor Josh Hodgson of the Community Covenant Church has taken on the role to inspire youth in the Upsala area. His mission is to guide them to follow their interests and goals while staying true to their love in God and learning what it takes to be a good leader. [...]

Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

By Beth Berlin University of Minnesota Extension It was a bit of a tough year for tomatoes. The early part of the growing season was quite wet. Although this meant gardeners didn’t have to take time to water, the rain was in excess at some points and created conditions that caused problems for tomatoes. Blossom-End [...]

By Emily Wilmes University of Minnesota Extension All cattle producers know what a nuisance flies can be to their animals in the summer. These flies bring with them all sorts of potential problems, including pinkeye. Pinkeye is a painful disease caused by the bacteria moraxella bovis, and can cause reductions in weaning weights of as [...]

Eddie James Klaphake Eddie James Klaphake was born to Ashley and Jon Klaphake of Melrose, August 16, 2014, at 11:16 p.m. at Centra-Care Health Systems, Melrose. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20.75 inches long. Eddie is welcomed home by big brother Jack, up in heaven and big sister Faith, 2 years old. [...]

Irene Dreher, 87 of Clarissa, passed away Tuesday, August 19 at the Bethany Home in Alexandria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014; 12:00 p.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Clarissa, burial will be at the parish cemetery at a later date. Friends may call one hour prior [...]

24 red or yellow cherry tomatoes 1/2 c. dry-curd cottage cheese 1/4 c. minced spinach 1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil 2 tsp. snipped chives Slice off very tops of tomatoes. Use a small spoon to remove insides; discard. Turn tomatoes upside down to drain while you prepare filling. In small bowl mix cottage cheese, spinach, [...]

Pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pies 4 c. peaches, peeled and sliced 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 c. butter 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 2 Tbsp. flour Divide pastry in half. On floured surface, roll out a 13-inch circle of crust. Place in 9-inch pie plate. Arrange peaches in pie pan. Sprinkle with lemon juice. [...]

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