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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UPPER SIOUX AGENCY -- Ask most people much older than 30 if they want to go geocaching and their confused expressions will show how much they know about the techno-treasure hunts. Anyone who wants to find out about geocaching or geocachers who want to test their skills in a new setting are invited to a challenge at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, about eight miles from Granite Falls. The event begins at the park's main picnic area near the visitor center. People who have hand-held Global Positioning System units may bring them.
WILLMAR -- The national poverty rate dropped three-tenths of a percent from 2005 to 2006, according to the Census Bureau. The bureau reported Tuesday that the rate dropped from 12.6 percent in 2005 to 12.3 percent last year. A 0.3 percent decrease in the rate would mean that hundreds of thousands of people moved out of poverty, but is that what those numbers really mean? The Associated Press stories on the statistical shift explain that the government defines poverty differently depending on people's circumstances.
WILLMAR -- National Football League alumni help kick off this year's United Way fundraising campaign in Willmar. Former Minnesota Vikings players Matt Blair, Ted Brown, Joey Browner, Doug Sutherland and Stu Voigt will attend the Taste of Kandiyohi from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Kandi Mall in Willmar, said Stacey Roberts, executive director of the United Way of Kandiyohi County. The players will help serve food from the 16 area restaurants participating in the event. "BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) is a major sponsor," Roberts said.
WILLMAR -- In late 1995, Bennett Office Technologies went online as the area's first commercial Internet service provider. "Back then, we thought dial-up was the cat's meow," said Russ Bennett, owner of what was then called Bennett Office Products. Dial-up service allows users to access the Internet over telephone lines using a modem connected to their computer. As demand for Internet access grew, Bennett extended his service from Willmar to such communities as Olivia, Litchfield, Belgrade, Brooten and Prinsburg. At its height, Bennett's service had 5,000 dial-up customers, he recalled dur
WILLMAR -- Lines began forming Monday outside Apple and AT&T Wireless stores throughout the country. Macintosh computer fanatics and technology enthusiasts of various stripes are waiting until 6 p.m. today when Apple's iPhone will go on sale. For those three or four people who haven't heard of it, the iPhone is a cell phone that is also an iPod digital music and video player and an Internet device offering Web browsing and e-mail. Instead of being covered with buttons like most cell phones, the iPhone has a clear front that can all be screen for some functions.