Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.
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LAKE LILLIAN -- As supper time approached Tuesday, so did 27 bicyclists ready to join area residents for a meal, some conversation and a chance to rest. The cyclists had pedaled 89 miles from Minneapolis, but that was a just a little more riding than a typical day for the group of mostly college students. They have been riding their bikes most days since they left Baltimore in late May with a goal of covering the more than 4,000 miles to Seattle in 70 days. Lake Lillian's visitors are one of three teams riding in the 11th annual 4K for Cancer, a program created to involve young adults in un
WILLMAR -- Motorists driving over Willmar's First Street Bridge have been dealing with two fewer lanes to use since Monday. That situation could continue for several more days because of maintenance by city and state workers. "The city doesn't have a bridge crew," said T.J. Melcher, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation District 8, based in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Mayors, public works directors and people who just like riding their bikes met Monday with state officials to discuss what could be done to improve cycling in Minnesota. About 30 people attended the Statewide Bicycle Planning Study public meeting at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building. There state transportation department officials and consultants led the group through a series of activities to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by efforts to improve cycling opportunities throughout the state. "What changes can we begin to make today?" aske
Sable, a chocolate Labrador, was unconscious as veterinarian technician Brie Dorcy shaved her belly.
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WILLMAR -- Hand washing is something children learn at an early age. How good a job they do was the reason for Germ City's visit Monday to Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. A state Department of Health program, Germ City consists of a light-tight canvas enclosure illuminated only with black lights, GlitterBug Potion and the guidance of Germ City intern Amanda Krentz. Before entering Germ City, kindergarten-, first- and second-grade students rubbed the potion, a liquid that glows under black light, which represented germs, on their hands. Then they headed for nearby bathrooms to wash th
Every innovation has its advantages and disadvantages. The online library th-at allows Willmar Public Library patrons to check out electronic books for their Kindle e-readers and other digital devices automatically returns the book when it's due, adult services library assistant Samantha TerBeest said. "The bad thing is there's no renew option," she explained. TerBeest held a class Monday about checking out the library's 458 electronic books. The collection consists of mostly new titles like "The Help" -- which currently has 40 people waiting to check it out.
Indiana's supposed to be flat. Right? I thought it was. And I lived there for more than three years. Boy was my memory off. My friend Bob Hines and I discovered how much the Hoosier state's countryside rolls by spending six days bicycling through southern Indiana. We signed up for the Touring Ride in Rural Indiana September Escape. During the tour 135 cyclists rode as much as 400 miles from Sept. 11 to 16, stayed at three state parks and visited dozens of small towns and sites of interest. We also climbed and rolled down countless hills.