Woman of the Month

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 physical and emotional struggles that the [...]

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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 how [...]

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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 something that is part of her daily life. Alvina Rudnicki grew [...]

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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 Hospital, she started working in Sauk Centre one [...]

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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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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 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 Mary Reuter of Sauk Centre has been married to Ken Reuter for 45 years, gave birth to six children and is now delighting in 16 grandchidren.  Although there are many meaningful moments in all those family events, Reuter looks back at another landmark moment that influenced the direction [...]

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