Ivan Raconteur Column – 05/02/16

This year, Tuesday, Nov. 8 will replace Oct. 31 as the scariest night of the year. Halloween has long been considered the day when frightening things emerge and evil walks the earth. This year, things are different. Tuesday, Nov. 8 – election night – terrifies me. We have already seen the forces of evil at work, and they are no […]

Letter: Borrell, McDonald are proven leaders

From Ben Dye Franklin Township After reading a letter to the editor entitled, “Be An Informed Voter,” I want to do my part to inform the voter. My wife, Susann, and I own three horses that we board away from our seven-acre property. One of our horses is very old and needs special attention, and we wanted to bring him […]

Letter: Dear professor, I deserve a better grade

From Charlie Borrell Waverly DELANO, MN – In a recent letter to the editor, the writer gave me a grade for my performance in office for my first term as your Wright County commissioner. While I was pleased that he gave me a passing grade, I believe the grade would have been much higher if he more closely examined my […]

Mark Ollig Column – 10/31/16

“Does the USA ‘control’ the Internet?” was the title of a column I wrote in 2007. Internet domain names are assigned and maintained by an organization called Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN, begun in 1998, is a not-for-profit organization consisting of people living in countries around the world. Recently, the ICANN governing authority was given complete […]

Pastors’ Column – 10/31/16

John 18:36-37 “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world. . . . For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the […]

Candidates share their stances at forums

DELANO, MN – With the election nearing, the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce invited candidates in area races to participate in forums, including Delano School Board and legislative candidates Tuesday and Delano City Council and District 5 Wright County Commissioner candidates Wednesday. Delano School Board School Board Chair Amy Johnson and Vice Chair Randy Durick joined candidates Alan Briesemeister, Rachel […]

Say ‘hello’ to DC foreign exchange student, Carola He

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – As another year at Dassel-Cokato High School gets underway, the hallways fill once again with the sound of slamming lockers, sneakers squeaking on polished floors, and voices joyously rising in recognition of familiar faces. Among the reuniting student body, however, are some students who are not familiar, or even local to the area. In fact, they […]

Training by fire

DASSEL, MN – The flames were real, but unlike most house fires, the Oct. 24 blaze was planned. The Dassel Fire Department’s training burn took place in an old farmhouse on the property of Jason and Karina Hillmyer about 2 miles south of Dassel. “The house was taken down to provide space to add on to the other house on […]

Delano mom publishes ‘Escape to Niñothia

DELANO, MN – Reading, writing, and kids have been passions for Michelle “MT” Kores for a long time. She has turned those passions into her first children’s novel, “Escape to Niñothia,” which will be published in early November. Kores was born in Wausau, Wis., but spent most of her childhood in Fargo. That was a childhood she enjoyed. “I always […]

Howard Lake introduces Housing Development Incentive Program

HOWARD LAKE, MN – To continue its progression of revitalization, the City of Howard Lake recently created a citywide Housing Development Incentive Program. The program To promote development and construction of single-family homes in Howard Lake, the city will be offering reduced development, assessment, and land fees for individuals, families, and developers. “I think what we’re proposing will actually help […]