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January 15, 2018
Cristen Clark
Giant chocolate chip cookies and the lessons kids learn on the farm
January 15, 2018 - 8:54am
January 8, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Ben Leal, from left, and Russell Flores, employees of Turbo Turf, stand on cherry pickers Monday as they remove zip ties from Christmas lights to begin dismantling the "Celebrate the Light of the World" display at the Chad and Angie Koosman property in rural Willmar. Crews began working at 8 a.m. Monday and expect to finish removing the lights within the week.
Lights out: Koosmans' final holiday display raises $156,780
January 8, 2018 - 9:57pm
January 2, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune file photo

Chad Koosman programs the lights to change with music for the "Celebrate the Light of the World" festival.
Willmar Fests to take over Christmas light show from Koosmans
January 2, 2018 - 8:34pm
December 26, 2017
Jennifer Gammell and her son Bryce Lee Garcia, 16, shop for Legos at a Target on Thanksgiving Day in Torrance, Calif., Nov. 23, 2017. More than 174 million Americans shopped from Thursday through Monday, the National Retail Federation said Tuesday, about 10 million more than it had forecast. (Carlos Gonzalez/The New York Times) Copyright 2017 New York Times
Retailers see biggest increase in holiday sales since 2011, report says
December 26, 2017 - 4:37pm
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Ellie Bowen, dressed as Mary, is part of the live nativity presented Christmas morning in a barn at Dale and Debbie Tonsfeldt’s farm in Svea. The service was presented by Svea Lutheran Church.
Christmas in the Barn
December 26, 2017 - 6:40am
December 25, 2017
Ralph Henkensiefken of Brainerd, Minn., receives a gift Tuesday, Dec. 19, from volunteers Becky Stock and Ted Anderson. Henkensiefken was nominated for Be a Santa to a Senior, a program encouraging community members to purchase gifts for deserving seniors during the holidays. Steve Kohls / Forum News Serviceplay button
Smiles from Santa: Brainerd-area seniors receive a Christmas surprise
December 25, 2017 - 8:00am
December 24, 2017
"Smarty," an Elf on the Shelf belonging to an Ohio family, has garnered a celebrity-like following on social media for the elaborate scenarios in which he greets each Yuletide morning. MUST CREDIT: Pickleheadsoup.blogspot.com
Elf on the Shelf
December 24, 2017 - 11:14am
Empty stockings hung on a fireplace on Christmas Eve. Stock image
The evolution of Christmas stockings
December 24, 2017 - 8:45am
December 23, 2017
Rebuilding for Christmas: Wrights are grateful for their family this season
December 23, 2017 - 9:52pm
December 22, 2017
Elderly couple's festive explanation for having $336,000 worth of marijuana: 'Christmas'
December 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
An anonymous donor gave everyone in church $100 - and 100 good deeds were the result
December 22, 2017 - 6:06am
December 21, 2017
Santa Tom greets visitors during a holiday celebration at Cloverdale School. Myers works for the U.S. Defense Department by day. Washington Post photo by Jahi Chikwendiu
Changes in retail habits mean mall Santas have to get creative
December 21, 2017 - 2:53pm
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'It's a Wonderful Life' is a holiday classic. The FBI thought it was communist propaganda.
December 21, 2017 - 9:06am
December 20, 2017
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5 Christmas gifts for dog lovers
December 20, 2017 - 4:22pm
Smarty sits on a tree with a six-pack of beer. Pickleheadsoup.blogspot.com
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas toy for kids, or a mind game for adults?
December 20, 2017 - 1:44pm
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