— Late afternoon sunlight reflected off of a vibrant field of flowers — both big and small — at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday evening as owner Mary Solbreken held her final field-to-vase workshop of the summer season.
Solbreken, who opened the flower farm in 2011, said the workshop has been a staple event for most of the time she has been operating her business.
"People like the experience of going out and doing something new with their friends," she said. "Flowers bring happiness and it's a fun event."
Attendees first take an in-depth tour led by Solbreken, who shows which flowers are ripe for cutting. For this final workshop, however, she explained that anything on the expansive flower farm was available for attendees' vases.
Inside, she showed her students, a group of 15 enthusiastic women, the ins-and-outs of flower placement and how to properly build a vase full of flowers to have proper texture and dimension from eye level.
After nearly 30 minutes of instruction, Solbreken cut the flower fanatics loose on her farm so they could go out and cut the flowers of their choosing to construct their very own vase.
Although Wednesday marked the final class of the summer, Solbreken said she holds a number of other fun events, such as Harvest Fest on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on classes and events can be found on her website,
With its number of residents and name’s meaning in American English slang, a town like Nimrod — population 69 — is bound to get noticed by anyone who sees a sign for the town on a northwestern Minnesota highway. And while the curiously named rural Wadena County town tends to keep on the quieter side, its streets will teem with people this Labor Day weekend during its annual “Jubilee Days” celebration.
The Kandiyohi County Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 1, due to an annual conference commissioners will be attending on the board’s regular meeting day. The County Board will also be holding its annual Truth-in-Taxation hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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Members of the EDC's Joint Powers Board and local leaders recently aired their frustrations with private entities and the government when it comes to making sure broadband is available to all households from border to border in Kandiyohi County.