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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Butch and Sandy Roelike, who live south of Elrosa,  have missed hosting a foreign exchange student only one year out of the past 11. After agreeing to help out a host family whose work took them out of town, the Roelikes discovered how much they enjoyed the experience when [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It was Jim Korblick who first started carving designs in wood after taking a class in the late 1990s. But one night in about 2001, he asked his wife, Grace, to go along with him to a Parkers Prairie Woodcarvers Club meeting. “That was my downfall,” she said. She [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The guitar sitting close to Paul Jensen’s glass studio workbench hints at the years spent playing for a rock band. Those years gave way to glass crafting in the 1990s. Jensen has never taken an art class. But he so enjoyed drawing as he was growing up that he [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Nicki Vogt, December Woman of the Month, is a busy wife, mom and city of Sauk Centre administrative assistant. She is active in the PTA at Sauk Centre Elementary and serves on the board of directors of Punkins and Monkeys Preschool, a non-profit co-op. “My kids are my world [...]

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Mark Anfinson looking to provide hoops, life mentoring through new venture with Wolves and Lynx By PATRICK SLACK Staff Writer Mark Anfinson shouldn’t have had to look for silver linings. After finally being cleared of a heart condition that had prevented him from playing basketball in school because of liability issues, the 1988 Little Falls [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com In an age of advanced technology, when a person can find a quickly-processed wool sweater at any big-box department store or online, it might seem obsolete to produce a wool sweater the old-fashioned way — right from the sheep. But the skills of “yesteryear” necessary for making a sweater [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Jim and Betty Loomis of Paynesville spent years teaching — Betty in the elementary grades for a few years and Jim teaching math and science in high school and later in middle school. He also coached and spent many years as athletic director, retiring in 1986. They bought the [...]

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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It would be easy and understandable for Michael Mills of Freeport to be lost in despair and hopelessness. But Mills, who was injured in Iraq in 2005, has pushed through physical and emotional pain to find his purpose in helping others. Mills is a native of Idaho, just [...]

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