Ivan Raconteur Column – 10/04/19

Sometimes, if we are careful, it is possible to find little nuggets of wisdom scattered among the digital detritus on the internet. I found such an item recently. It stated, “Be good to your nieces and nephews. One day you’ll need them to smuggle alcohol into your nursing home.” This strikes me as excellent advice. I can think of a […]

Mark Ollig Column – 10/4/19

You may have heard about quantum computing. There is a lot of excitement about it, and this future generation of computer processing is in the news. A quantum processor was reportedly used to solve a complex calculation proving the predictability of generated numbers. The calculation took 200 seconds to answer. According to Google, the same calculation would take 10,000 years […]

Council approves new playground

DELANO, MN – The City of Delano is working with Landscape Structures and the City of Montrose to replace the playground at Parkview Hills Park. Landscape Structures approached the city asking to donate three new playground structures at the park, allowing the company to demonstrate it to other potential customers. Existing equipment at the park is 15 years old, having […]

New book celebrates history of Dassel’s biggest bash

Nancy Dashwood Staff Writer DASSEL, MN – Dassel’s Red Rooster has lived a long, long time. This summer, the celebration with the largest chicken BBQ in the state hit 60 years old. To commemorate the milestone, longtime Dassel Area Historical Society member Maribel Gilmer, with the assistance of other area experts, compiled “Through the Years,” a book that examines Red Rooster’s […]

FungusAmongus opens season with ‘Relationships: an evening of one-acts’

Nancy Dashwood Staff Writer DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Old and new friends. Love and loss. Old secrets discovered. Words that last a lifetime, and beyond. And yes, humor and heartache. The FungusAmongus Players of Dassel-Cokato will showcase all of those concepts and more, in their season-opening “Relationships: an evening of one-acts,” beginning Friday, Oct. 11 at the Dassel History Center. The […]

Doug Ohman will bring Minnesota cemeteries to life at HL Library

Ivan Raconteur Editor HOWARD LAKE, MN – Old cemeteries may seem scary as Halloween approaches, but a program in Howard Lake may take some of the mystery out of these forgotten places. Minnesota photographer Doug Ohman will present “Hidden in Plain View – Cemeteries of Minnesota” in the community room above the Howard Lake Library from 6 to 7 p.m. […]

Event with James Loewen examining history, sociology

DELANO, MN – “The most important era in US history that you’ve never heard of, and why it’s especially important today.” That will be the theme when author and professor James Loewen visits the Delano Senior Center, 234 Second St. N., at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. “No, I’m not going to tell you what that era is,” Loewen said […]

LP Lions Club seeks new members who want to serve

Ivan Raconteur Editor LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie Lions Club is looking for new members to help the group continue its tradition of service to the community. During the past few years, the group has been focusing on the goal of engaging younger members to supplement its longtime volunteers, including some who have been with the group since […]

Winsted airport project delayed until next year

Ivan Raconteur Editor WINSTED, MN – Wet weather and a delay in receiving funding have resulted in the runway improvement project at the Winsted Municipal Airport being pushed back to 2020, City Administrator Adam Birkholz said during a council work session Oct. 1. He noted that the city received the funds Sept. 23, but this was six or seven weeks […]