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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…

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…

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.

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…