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Boone Mackenzie Buchholz was born November 26, 2019, in Fergus Falls to Bekka and Derrick Bucholz. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was greeted at home by brother, Jude.

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If you plan to give your sweetie roses for Valentine’s Day, here are some buying tips for you.  Look for roses where the few outermost petals are loosening and beginning to unfurl.  Tight buds may not open.  If there are several loose opening petals, vase life will be shorter.  Fully open bl…

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Artist Nancy XiaoRong Valentine is showcasing her art series “Endless Scroll” at the Waage Gallery at M State Fergus Falls, serendipitously opening on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and running until Feb. 28. The show features Valentine’s characteristic ink on rice paper paintings of the female f…

Friday was Valentine’s Day and while I don’t usually enjoy romance as a standalone genre, I can appreciate a good love story. I’ve put together some of my favorites here, a mix of books and movies, that I would recommend looking into if you’re looking for something to set the mood, although …

If you have been gardening for a while, you probably like to start your own plants. It’s a way to get just the plants you want and when you want them. Often, plants are shipped to stores are too early or they don’t have the variety you like the best. Gardeners can be a bit nuts when it comes…

Mia Harriet Ebensteiner, daughter of Mark and Niki Ebensteiner of Becker, was born Monday, January 13, 2020.

Buck Arthur Torgusson, son of Maggie and Maitland Torgusson of Fergus Falls, was born Monday, December 30, 2019.



Samantha Christie and Phillip Bakken were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moorhead, on Oct. 25, 2019. 

Nova Julia Genevieve Berg, daughter of Bethany Terveer and Colin Berg, was born Saturday, January 25, 2020.

This Thursday at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest I won first place in the Dave Pyle New Journalist Award among all daily newspapers in Minnesota. It’s a very exciting award to win, especially considering I’ve only been writing professionally for a little less tha…

Petunia got a poinsettia at a Christmas party. She dislikes them. “They smell funny and take up too much room”.  Since she is a neat freak, their tendency to drop leaves if they aren’t happy, really gets to her. She asked before regifting it to neighbor Gorge. “I swear”, she tells people, “I…

“Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion” by Ingrid Newkirk & Gene Stone

Samantha Christie and Phillip Bakken, together with their parents, Jim and Louise Christie of Hibbing, and Gaylon and Julie Bakken of Fergus Falls, announce their engagement.  

The book “American Dirt” took over my Twitter timeline earlier this week following a dinner honoring the book and its author featured tasteless and offensive centerpieces, which the author praised. Written by Jeanine Cummins and released Jan. 21, the book follows a Mexican woman named Lydia …

If you are looking for a few different trees or shrubs for your estate, here are some that are Zone 3 to 4 hardy and a bit different. All attract pollinators to their blooms, a positive for gardeners.

Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls is offering three courses this winter and spring for local artists looking to pick up business skills that will help them be more productive and less stressed. “With it being the new year, 2020, I think it’s really important for artists and creatives …

Some life events over the past few weeks have got me thinking about what it means to be a good person. A lot of people look to religion to determine their moral compass and that usually includes no stealing, lying, killing, adultery and filial piety, among other things that sometimes gets ov…

The nationally recognized Concordia Band from Concordia College, Moorhead, announces its annual domestic tour Feb. 2-9. The band will perform a joint concert with the Fergus Falls High School wind ensemble, conducted by Scott Kummrow, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Kennedy Secondary School, 60…

Taco John’s values the gift of time, friends and family, so the Mexican quick-service restaurant made a change that is bigger, bolder, better, for its team.

Grab your snowshoes or use a pair on hand, and come see the park in winter. On Saturday, Jan. 18, join Glendalough State Park’s park manager for a family friendly adventure on snowshoes. Meet at the Sunset Lake trailhead parking lot at 12:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and expect to snowshoe …

It’s Minnesota, what do you expect? That heavy wet snow is normal, but it can raise heck with your trees.  Do not bat the snow off evergreen branches.  Instead, lift the branch gently and bounce it up and down.  If the tree is small, grab the trunk and give it a good shake.  This works for d…

April Schauff, of Perham, is happy to announce the birth of her daughter, Zoey Lynn Schauff. Zoey was delivered by Dr. Jaimie Deraney, OB/GYN, and Tonya Diggins, midwife, CNP, at Perham Health on November 6, 2019, at 7:37 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 9.3 ounces and was 19 inches long. 

Ashley Ames and David Bartlette, of Battle Lake, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Destyn Ray Bartlette. Destyn was delivered by Dr. Jaimie Deraney, OB/GYN, at Perham Health on January 5, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. 

Matthew and Trinity Meech were married at Bethel Church, Fergus Falls, on August 17, 2019. 

Twin Cities-based ballet company James Sewell Ballet is coming to Fergus Falls on Saturday, Jan. 18 with their 30th anniversary Retrospective Tour at A Center for the Arts (AC4TA). They’ll also be offering a dance class that’s free and open to any dancers in the community (preferably who hav…

My birthday is this Sunday, Jan. 12 and I’ll be turning 29. It’s not quite a milestone birthday, that’ll be 2021, but my best friend and I are already thinking about what we’d like to do for that. That being said, it is the first birthday I’m celebrating as a professional journalist, so I’d …

The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department and GreenCorps member Brittney Kakac are teaming up to fight food waste in Otter Tail County by sponsoring screenings of the 2017 documentary, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” at public libraries across Otter Tail County. Anthony Bourdain narrate…

The Cultural Center in New York Mills’ current gallery show features the artwork of two talented artists from Fergus Falls, Naomi Schliesman and Nancy Valentine.  The “Side By Side” closing reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and is free to attend and open to all.

The Leif Erikson Winter Season ‘Film Festival’ begins at 2 pm Sunday, January 12, at the Battle Lake School’s  Broberg Auditorium.  ‘PRETTY MUCH 100% SCANDINAVIAN’, Saga No. 1 and No. 2 will be shown beginning at 2 p.m.  The series of four sagas, or videos,  are a lighthearted exploration of…

The Fergus Falls Area Chapter of Dollars for Scholars is now accepting scholarship applications. All applications are done online through the website: ffdollarsforscholars.org.  Click on the students and parents button, create an account and get started! The area chapter has well over 65 sch…

The Fergus Falls Public Library recently received a new digital piano. The piano is a gift from Marcus Olson of Barrett. When asked where the idea of donating a piano came from, Olson stated, “I didn't get the idea of introducing an actual piano to the library until I saw the Anna M. Heilmai…

One good thing about the 21st century is how easy it is now to keep in touch with people and meet new people online. My generation was the first to have internet access as children, so talking to people online is like second nature to me. I found my job online, I applied to college online, i…

The community is invited to enjoy the work of nine regional artists at the Lake Region Arts Council Consortium Exhibit from Jan. 6-Feb. 6 in the Charles Beck Gallery on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

If you got one of these little trees decorated for Christmas, you probably want to know how to care for it.  To start with, its not really a pine.  Pines only grow in cold climates like ours.  The Norfolk is native to Australia, not known for below-0 temps.  Norfolks belong to the Araucaria …

Looking back at newspapers from the start of the decade, it’s surprising to see that not much has changed over the last 10 years. On Jan. 3, 2011, The Daily Journal ran “Joe Heller’s Perspective on 2009” in the Lifestyles section, a collection of 10 editorial cartoons reflecting on the headl…

I don’t usually set New Year’s resolutions for myself because I usually set self-improvement goals throughout the year. My own personal tradition is to reflect back on the books I read throughout the year, I started keeping track when I graduated college in 2013, and post recommendations on …

The Fergus Falls Downtown Riverfront Council (FFDRC) is pleased to award a donation to the Humane Society of Otter Tail County. This years’ Over the River Holiday Festival included a new addition – Deck the Paws Pet Parade sponsored by our local Canine Acres Pet Resort. The first annual even…

Deer are four-legged athletes. They can sprint up to 30 mph, have the capacity to jump 10 feet straight up, and a knack for bounding 30 feet from launch to landing. They can eat 4 to 6 pounds of plant material every day. It seems like most of that is from our gardens and trees.  In the mid-9…

Gary and Linne Salvevold celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Dec. 13 (above). The couple was married in 1969 (below).

Ella Jean Mortenson was born Dec. 3, 2019, to parents Christopher and Melissa Mortenson. She was 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches long.

Beau Robert Briese and Mya Ann Briese were born Oct. 30, 2019, to parents Logan and Ava Briese. Beau weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long, while Mya was 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

This season has a number of great television shows on air including “The Mandalorian,” “Mr. Robot,” “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials” with a new season of “The Expanse” starting yesterday (Friday, Dec. 13) and new fantasy show “The Witcher” starting Dec. 20. I’ve been closely following “Mr…

Chris Schuelke arrived in Otter Tail County in February of 1989, driving a 1976 Pinto from Whitewater, Wisconsin, with his young family to start a new job as curator of the Otter Tail County Historical Society (OTCHS). On Thursday, Dec. 13, the OTCHS board honored Schuelke at the final board…