Woman of the Month
By Kerry Drager Correspondent The Belgrade Bakery has been serving warm, handmade pastries for 51 years. This family-owned and operated business is a favorite spot for many citizens of this community. Part of the draw to keep customers coming back for another jelly-filled Bismark is the warm laughte...Read More
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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Living in smaller communities sometimes limits the opportunities for young women to find a career that match their individual needs. Kimberly Parker of Osakis grew up on her family’s large dairy farm. She had watched her mother care for the well-being and health of he...Read More
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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Making a difference in a small town is Toni Tebben’s drive. A resident of Long Prairie since 1980, Tebben wouldn’t want to live in any other town. She recently retired from CentraCare Long Prairie as the site coordinator and is spending her retirement finding ways t...Read More
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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Volunteers are a valuable resource to society. If it weren’t for volunteers, many of the accomplishments communities achieve would not be possible. Susan Iverson of Albany is a member of the Albany Chamber of Commerce and has dedicated her free time away from family t...Read More
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By Kerry Drager Correspondent  Rural Minnesotans understand the importance of community. When an individual is sick or in trouble, friends and neighbors will do what is needed to ensure people are taken care of. It is perhaps one of the greatest assets of being a member of a rural community. Linda ...Read More
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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Aging is an important part of life that in many ways is enjoyable. From retirement to a growing family, there are endless reasons to smile about becoming a senior, but growing older does come with some challenges. Denise Rieland of Sauk Centre has identified the physica...Read More
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By Kerry Drager Correspondent Becky Hillig of Long Prairie doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. In fact, she grew up elbows deep in motor oil and a tire gauge in her hand. Originally from Swanville, Hillig worked with her father while he owned a gas station there. Her time at the shop taught her ...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com February is American Heart Month, focusing on heart health — something Alvina Van Drehle is familiar with after a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 1997. While the diagnosis has had a minimal impact on her, it is nonetheless somet...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Darlene Schoenberg, the Peach Woman of the Month for January, grew up on a farm near Lake Henry. She began nursing while still in high school, as a nursing assistant in Paynesville. After graduating from nursing school at the St. Cloud Hospit...Read More
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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-pro...Read More
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