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If you love calibrachoa, the flowers that look like little petunias, you’ll be over the moon with this year’s selections. The Million Bells Cabaret line has one called “Good Night Kiss.” This is very dark, bright pink with a white ray center. Another is from the Minifamous line, Neo Double O…

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Lake Region Arts Council is once again offering regional high school students in grades 9-11 the opportunity to study an area of the arts (music, dance, literary arts, theater, visual art, architecture, media arts, costume design, etc.) with a professional artist this summer, 2020! The LRAC …

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Lainey Jennen was born October 22, 2019, to Matt and Erica Jennen of Fergus Falls. She weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces and was 22 inches long. 

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Tytus Delbert Tumberg was born November 21, 2019, to Tyler and Manda Tumberg of Fergus Falls. He was 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and 21.25 inches long.

Falcon Gott lived in Canada before moving to Moorhead in high school and the transition was more than just one of place: He rekindled his love of skating and discovered a new love for filmmaking. “We had the idea to use a camera and so we thought it’d just be very interesting to document us …

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Some new aspiring artists have taken up space on the walls of A Center for the Arts with the unofficially titled gallery “Women That Create,” organized by AC4TA gallery curator Kris Warhol and local artist Phena Keil. “Women That Create” showcases eight artists from the area, including five …

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Visitors to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may have got a glimpse of some familiar art in a Terminal 2 display case near gate H10. Wesley Fawcett Creigh, a former Springboard for the Arts Hinge Arts artist in residence who spent six weeks in Otter Tail County last year and wh…

Gardeners are always improving their gardens, or at least rearranging them.  New plants get their hearts racing. “I just have to have that new whatever.” Do be a bit skeptical about new perennials. Remember “Endless Summer.” It was a spectacular failure anyplace north of Minneapolis. That be…



The 1900s were the era of farmers and avid home gardeners. New plant varieties were major innovations and the innovator was Luther Burbank. He developed more than 800 varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, many that we still plant.  For many of this time, the development of the Santa R…

Hideo Kojima’s newest game, “Death Stranding,” is set in a post-apocalyptic world where an extremely bizarre set of circumstances leads to a completely disconnected society. It is completely antithetical to our world today-- a globalized world where we can talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime; …

St. Paul-based artist Ryan Evans is in Fergus Falls for three weeks as a part of the Springboard for the Arts Hinge Arts residency. On Saturday, Nov. 9 and 16 he’ll be hosting “moment music” participatory music sessions, open to the community, at the Springboard downtown Fergus Falls offices…

Two summers ago, the deer were using Bunkey’s yard as a delicatessen. They ate his hostas to the soil line, ambled through the vegetable garden lunching on lettuce and later corn, nibbled on a few trees and just generally drove the poor man nuts. He tried every spray, human hair, predator sc…

The Will Rogers Medallion Awards is pleased to announce that Otter Tail County author Candace Simar won the gold medal for her novel “Escape to Fort Abercrombie” (Five Star Publishing). Simar attended the awards ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 26 where the final winners were announced…

The garden is getting ready for winter. Unfortunately, so are many of the pathogens that cause plant disease. These stinkers are fungi, bacteria, virus and nematodes. Bacteria, viruses and some fungi will spend the winter happily cuddled up in live tissue like perennial stems or inside dormant leaf buds where we can’t get at them. […]

If you get the Minneapolis Star Tribune and read the Oct. 2 birding article by Jim Williams, you can skip the rest of this article and go directly to the comics. Williams has a theory as to why almost 1/3 of our birds have disappeared in the last 30 years. He says it is because […]

Shelby Stans and Max Thalmann, of Clitherall, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Alice Rose Thalmann. Alice was delivered by Dr. Jaimie Deraney, at Perham Health on August 28, 2019, at 2:44 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long. Alice is welcomed home by a sibling, […]

Andrew Turpening is a passionate drummer who challenges himself to learn a variety of instruments and takes the art of percussion seriously, elevating it from rhythm support in a song to the main instrument. Although he began learning the drums at age 12, he didn’t turn his focus to his current forte, Latin music, until […]

The Minnesota-grown hit show “Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy” will perform at A Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of its first-ever Minnesota tour. “Triple Espresso” has delivered laughs to more than 2 million people in six countries — including in multiple Minnesota cities — and has performed […]

The new Pelican Rapids High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium is hosting a concert on Wednesday, Oct. 30 featuring Allen Edwards, a Missouri-based vocalist who performs nationally and internationally. All proceeds from the show go to the Pelican Rapids Fine Arts Auditorium Music Department which is raising funds for audio equipment and a grand piano. Edwards […]

The Sutter Brothers, a poetry and music duo. The brothers are both artists but award winners separately.  Bart and Ross Sutter both see the world artistically — Bart through words writing poetry and books.  Ross through music by writing music, singing,  and playing instruments to educate and entertain.  Brothers they are and third-generation Nordics who […]

Madalyn Pezalla and Brady McClaflin announce their engagement. Parents are Susan and Jon Pezalla, Moorhead, and Darryl and Dana McClaflin, Fergus Falls. Madalyn is a graduate of Moorhead High School and Concordia College, Moorhead.  Madalyn  is employed with the Fargo Public Schools as a marketing and communications assistant. Brady is a graduate of Fergus Falls […]

This month I’ve written about my favorite horror movies, books, stories and video games, so for my last October column just before Halloween, I’ll list my top 10 horror TV shows. I know I’m missing some, including a lot that I liked as a kid including “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters” and “Invader Zim,” but those are […]

The Evansville Art Center, 111 Main Street, Evansville, presents Greg Lehrke, Terry Kennedy & Arlyn Swenson in a 1st Friday Concert – Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Lehrke amazes audiences with his concertina whenever he plays. Lehrke also makes a point of playing for care centers, senior centers, and Jingle Bells. He has invited Kennedy […]

Auditions for the 71st Annual Jingle Bells Telethon will be at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 3-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 from 3-6 pm. Check our website at jinglebellsalexandria.org or call (320) 335-2488 for further information.

Murderous mayhem takes the stage in the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Theatre Department’s upcoming production of the “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” In this John Bishop comedy, backers of a Broadway show gather in a New York mansion for an audition but, while everyone is trapped by a blizzard, the bodies start […]

According to Jeff Hahn, Extension entomologist i.e. bug identifier, there are essentially no dangerous spiders native to Minnesota. There is always an exception however. There is a northern widow spider found only in the southeast corner of the state.  Even with this information several spiders show up in the Extension office every summer for identification. […]

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday because it combines a lot of my favorite things: spooky movies, autumn weather and lots of candy. Growing up in Texas, my elementary school would let kids come to school in costume and the younger grades had a costume parade around the playground that the older students would […]

A gardening friend of Petunia’s moved from Minnesota to southern Indianapolis. Last week she planted 80 daffodils in her heavy clay soil. Then she remembered that bone meal is a good fertilizer for bulbs, so she went to her local nursery for some. She mentioned her struggle to plant bulbs in clay as she was […]

Column: In Conservation: By Kathy Diekman My years as zoo director at the Chahinkapa Zoo are more than a job choice.  It is a lifestyle.  One that I am fortunate to experience as each day is full and different than the day before.  As a zoologist I am blessed to be able to work with […]

Abigail Schnure is the newest Hinge Arts artist in residency at Springboard for the Arts and she’s bringing with her lots of unconventional ideas and challenging traditional notions of what art is supposed to look like. Schnure considers herself a “conceptual weaver” and while she started college believing that fashion was her calling, textiles quickly […]

So far this month I’ve written about my favorite horror movies and horror stories, but I’d be remiss to not also write about my favorite horror games. By “horror games” I mean video games, but there are some good tabletop horror games as well. There’s something about games that get me more immersed than a […]

Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson and Jonathon Frugé make up the 3 Redneck Tenors and will be coming to Fergus Falls on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. as the second concert in A Center for the Arts’ concert series. You may be familiar with them from the second season of “America’s Got Talent” where they […]

Printmaking is one of the oldest forms of art there is, beginning with the Sumerians in 3000 B.C. who would engrave designs and writing on stone cylinders and then roll them on soft clay tablets, a kind of early printing press. Throughout the following millennia, a number of printmaking techniques were developed all around the […]

The public is cordially invited to a night of amazing live music, testimonies and more.   Katy Dahl and Ryan Jones will be in concert at Zion-Sarpsborg Lutheran Church in Dalton on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.             Dahl is a singer, songwriter and worship leader in the Twin Cities.  […]

J. Ryan Stradal is a writer from Hastings, whose novels weave in parts of Minnesota with heartland food and drinks and lots of heart. His newest novel, “The Lager Queen of Minnesota,” follows two estranged Minnesota sisters and one of their granddaughters as they try to navigate life and their relationships with plenty of pie […]

Last week I talked about my favorite scary movies, but of course I love horror in all mediums so this week I’ll talk about my favorite creepy books and stories. While I typically read lots of books in an authors repertoire if I’m especially fond of them, I’ve limited myself to only one book by […]

Column: Humane Society: By Kristi Lasuch Did you know the Humane Society of Otter Tail County, located at 1933 W. Fir Ave. in Fergus Falls, serves animals far beyond the city borders? We accept calls and strays from the public and work with law enforcement agencies in the 63 townships of Otter Tail County, the […]

There are still more fall chores to be done before freeze-up. After you have harvested all your garden vegetables, remove all the vines, stalks and weeds.  You can leave leafy plants. Just till them in. The reason for this meticulous cleaning up is to prevent disease problems next spring. Many disease-causing organisms can survive the […]

Petunia has ophidiophobia. That’s a fancy way of saying she’s afraid of snakes. Unfortunately for her, there are several garter snakes that live in Bunkey’s stone retaining wall.  These little fellows only get about a foot long and are totally harmless. They are called garter snakes for their distinctive markings; a pattern of stripes.  These […]

Robert Uehlin, based in Portland, Oregon, started out as a standard filmmaker, viewing filmmaking as a tool. Today, he sees filmmaking as an art form and has dedicated himself to a particular type of film genre called screendance. “Screendance is a dance that’s made to be seen on a screen,” Uehlin says. “Sometimes called a […]

Curtis Thompson grew up in Fergus Falls, graduating from Fergus Falls High School in 1965 and for many years has dedicated himself to philosophy and divinity, writing books like “God and Nature,” “Between Hegel and Kierkegaard,” “God and Nature” and “Expecting and Exposing God: Biblical Theology for a Late Modern Age.” He was president of […]

October starts this Tuesday and, like many people, I plan to participate in “31 Nights of Halloween,” where you watch a horror movie every night in October (though some people do “13 Nights,” for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween). I love horror movies, my college senior thesis was an analysis on Chinese horror […]

A Center for the Arts is presenting Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., a hilarious and raucous show by Minnesotan self-taught pianists Ted Manderfeld and David Charles Eichholz. For over 17 years the duo has been performing their dueling piano show across North America with a performance Manderfeld describes as a […]

The Cultural Center in New York Mills invites you to the Feelin’ Alright Woodstock 50th celebration concert on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center. There are many “tribute” shows out there – Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Elvis, etc. But there is nothing like feeling alright! This show is not […]

I came across a chart this week that someone made of their job search endeavors. They kept track of how many jobs they applied to, how many jobs they heard back from, how many interviews they had and finally how many offers they got. They applied to 593 jobs and ended up getting 11 interviews […]

September is the perfect time of the year to improve your lawn. You can lay sod now and know it will survive the winter. Reseed any bare spots making sure they are damp until they are well sprouted. This is the perfect time to kill Charlie and dandelions. Be sure to read the label of […]

It’s that spooky time of year where ghouls, vampires and witches roam. Join us for a kid-friendly “Trunk-r-Treat” in the “old flour mill” parking lot behind Service Food! Participate by bringing your decorated vehicle to display while you hand out treats to kids! Or participate by bringing your kids to gather treats from trunks! Test […]

Geneva Eschweiler brought music wherever she went and Fergus Falls owes much of its musical programming to her. Eschweiler passed away earlier this year but her impact will continue to be felt for years to come. Two memorial concert services are planned to celebrate Eschweiler’s life, one on Friday, Sept. 27 at First Unitarian Society […]

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is pleased to present Chris Koza in concert on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Koza and his bandmates have toured internationally, bringing sound rich in Minnesota music culture far beyond its telltale border. Weaving together the threads of folk, rock ’n’ roll, pop […]

Phena Keil began making art in 2004 using found objects from a friend’s thrift store. “I needed a hobby to fill my time due to getting disability, and I had nothing else to fill my time,” she says. “I had a friend that worked at a thrift store in Wadena, the thrift store was too […]

Quebec-based folk band La Vent du Nord is coming to A Center for the Arts (AC4TA) on Sept. 21 with their repertoire of traditional Quebecois music and original numbers. The group formed in 2002 and since then has held more than 2,000 shows across four continents. AC4TA executive director Michael Burgraff is especially excited about […]

You might have noticed that the two main stories in the Lifestyle section this week focus on the journeys of two women and how they’ve overcome physical and mental setbacks with art. Their stories are strikingly similar: they were both struck with something that had them bedridden and, to pass the time, they picked up […]