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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The Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 8 Office in Willmar on Tuesday officially opened the recently completed U-turn, no-left-turn intersection at Business 71, Kandiyohi County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast near the Health and Human Services Building. While the modifications to the intersection are new, some people have already formed an opinion about the changes, which they shared on the Tribune's Facebook page when asked what they think of the setup. "The first crash will likely happen today.
First-year carpentry students from Ridgewater College spent Tuesday framing at the latest house being built by Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota.
WILLMAR -- Tiffany Koltes of Eden Prairie was liberated from her engagement ring July 4 while swimming in Green Lake. She didn't notice the ring, worth several thousand dollars, was missing until later so finding it in a lake as big as Green seemed unlikely. Later that day when Todd Paffrath heard about the lost ring from Koltes' fiancé, Willmar native Jesse Hodapp, the jeweler knew who to call -- Larry Sagedahl. Sagedahl has an underwater metal detector.
As the heat rose Monday on the grounds of the Willmar Civic Center, a group of eight boys were busy completing a list of pre-ride checks on motorbikes. Ranging in age from 12 to their mid-teens, the youth are some of the members of Team 180, a program run by Youth for Christ that uses the bikes to help young people improve their lives. The program's national sponsors are Honda and the National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM).
To say that Colorado kicked our butts would be a gross understatement. That's what happened to my friend Bob Hines and I when we rode in the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. We'd been planning for months for the weeklong ride that looped through the southwestern portion of the state and into New Mexico. During the six days of actual riding -- we'd get a day off in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
As Michele Steffen wraps up her watercolor technique classes today at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar, she hopes the fifth-graders she's worked with will take away more than new painting skills. She wants them to know how big a role art plays in their lives. "Behind many things, there's an artist," she said. "Sometimes it's closer to home than you think." Steffen, an artist in residence Tuesday through today at Kennedy, demonstrated how to gently apply colors to a paper.
It took some coaxing, but 3-year-old Addysen Hamstad smiled for photos Thursday at Cost Cutters. It was a day she had looked forward to for a long time, her mother, Jami Hamstad of Pennock, said. Addysen was donating her hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that collects hair to be used for hair prosthetics for disadvantaged children with medical hair loss.