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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Every day is different for Mike Kahlert at Great Bear Taxidermy west of Long Prairie. One day he could be stitching on a lion and the next he could be doing a white-tailed deer trophy. “You never know what will be here,” he said. “We get stuff from […]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Paynesville business owner Kay McDaniel is the newest Dairyland Peach Woman of the Month. She is part of the Paynesville Event Planning (PEP) Committee, a group of downtown business owners who pool their efforts, creativity and funds to promote Paynesville. In addition to being the owner of BlessingWell Gallery […]

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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Joyce LaVoie first became fascinated with treehouses after reading an article by treehouse designer and builder Peter Nelson that was in Smithsonian magazine in 1997. “That was my first spark of interest,” she said. “From that moment on, I read and saved everything I read about treehouses. I […]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Todd County’s annual History Day was brought to life during a presentation by Col. Lowell Kruse, Camp Ripley director of logistics and a Civil War re-enactor. Kruse travelled to Gettysburg in June to take part in a 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. He recounted the events […]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Earl Luedtke was born on the farm where he now lives, acreage purchased by his parents in 1913. His parents, Robert and Anna Daumke Luedtke, arrived on Oct. 8 of that year with their first child, two-month-old Edwin. Earl was born in 1932, the youngest of seven. He grew […]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Jenny Mayers is a Melrose native who got a taste of living somewhere else for a short time — and decided life was much better in Melrose. Now, she spends her working life travelling around Minnesota and the United States for her marketing position, but at the end of […]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Minnesota is a far cry from Texas or New York, but it’s home to Jason and Maria Kohnhorst, owners of Northland Woolens. They live in Alexandria and commute a short seven miles to their business north of Nelson. Maria had travelled a lot, moving from Texas to New York […]

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