Woman of the Month

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 to improve her community. “It’s about […]

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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 to volunteering. As the part-time chairperson in […]

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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 Musel of Paynesville has […]

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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 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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