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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…

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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…

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Laura Korynta starts her self-introduction by saying, “I came to art in a really unconventional way.” Korynta went to school at St. Cloud State University for linguistics and teaching ESL before becoming a teacher. She loved art as a child, but it took awhile for her to re-embrace her passio…

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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…

On behalf of the Humane Society of Otter Tail County (HSOTC) staff, volunteers and board of directors, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported our shelter animals this past year. The HSOTC is an independent, nonprofit organization, not affiliated with any national animal rescue org…



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The Veterans Home celebrated their annual pheasant dinner Friday, Dec. 6 and were treated to a special performance by members of the M State band. Six band members, led by band director Jim Iverson, performed a number of holiday favorites as veterans, volunteers and donors enjoyed their lunch.

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Once again, I find myself digging in my recipe box and pulling one out only to make myself giggle. As I review the recipe, I find a note attached from my dad’s cousin. It read, “My daughter-in-law, Sue, made the delicious caramel chocolate oatmeal bars for mother’s funeral. Hope you enjoy ma…

Medora’s hit Christmas show is returning to Henning for a fourth year! A Magical Medora Christmas 2019 brings an all-new family-friendly holiday show to Henning School on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

I recently taught myself how to crochet. A couple of things inspired me to learn, like coverage I’ve done of Torri Hanna’s Tangles to Treasures coupled with many of my friends being really into it when I was in high school, but seeing some crocheted bags at the Holiday Art and Artisan Market…

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…

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 …

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. 

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 …

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 […]