Ivan Raconteur Column – 06/16/17

With Fathers Day approaching this weekend, I have been thinking about my dad, and fathers in general. It’s been more than 30 years since my dad cashed in his chips back in 1984, which means he has been gone more years than he was around during my lifetime. He seemed rather old at the time, but he was just 57, […]

Mark Ollig Column – 06/16/17

The next time you see a dragonfly hovering in the air, look closely; it might have advanced technology attached to its back. Creating artificial robotic flying insects or “micro-aerial drones” for completing secret covert airborne operations has proven to be a challenging endeavor. One alternative is attaching technology onto (and into) a living insect that already has the quick, agile, […]

Delano’s Trees Patrol is seven Eagle Scouts strong

DELANO, MN – Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts. Using that math, Delano’s Trees Patrol would be fortunate to have one Eagle Scout, but they aimed for 100 percent, and they hit it when Nick Harper became the seventh Scout in the patrol to earn the Eagle Scout rank. During a June 10 Court of Honor ceremony, […]

Good Neighbor Days features something fun for everyone

Nan Royce Staff Writer HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake’s 40th annual Good Neighbor Days offers plenty to do Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, June 25. Thursday thrills The festival kicks off Thursday, June 22. A few entertaining options for the day include: • Good Neighbor Days kickoff “Townie Block Party” near the fire station from 6 to 9 p.m. […]


DELANO, MN – Granite Ridge Apartments, proposed for 265 River Street, moved closer to fruition Monday evening, as the Delano City Council showed its support by adopting four resolutions regarding the proposal after conducting a public hearing. While no residents spoke at the public hearing, it was noted that about 20 people had attended a neighborhood meeting regarding the project, […]

LP to require zoning permits for sheds and fences

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council approved an ordinance change during Tuesday’s meeting to require zoning permits for items including fences under 7 feet in height and one-story accessory structures less than 200 square feet that do not require building permits. Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz said the city has experienced numerous issues of people not following setback […]

Local youth group stakes flocks for missions

COKATO, MN – When looking out the window first thing in the morning, the sight of 30 sheep in one’s yard is probably the last thing viewers expect to see. That sight is becoming more common in Dassel-Cokato and the surrounding area, however, as residents are getting “sheeped” by the youth of First Baptist Church in Cokato as a fundraiser […]

Winsted council votes to pave airport runway

WINSTED, MN – With three people in favor, one opposed, and one abstaining, Winsted City Council members decided to pave the airport runway at a special meeting June 8. The vote was the culmination of years of discussion, planning, and deliberation, and one the council did not take lightly. “This has been a very, very difficult struggle for me,” said […]

Family confirms body recovered from Crow River is that of Dassel teen

DASSEL, MN – Family members have confirmed that the body recovered from the Crow River June 8 is that of Levi Wuollet, 18, of Dassel. A message posted June 9 on the YouCaring page set up for the family states: “We found our dear beloved son and brother Levi last evening at approx 5:30 p.m. While our hearts are broken […]