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12 Roller derby
Roller derby is making a resurgence in several Minnesota communities. If you haven’t seen these women play, you might be surprised at what you see.
16 Spring migration
The Lake Wobegon Regional Trail in central Minnesota attracts a wide variety of colorful birds. See what spring brings to the trail in this final installment of a four-part series.
On the cover
Photo of an Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) Nester, earliest sighting-May 10, identified along 13 sections. Photo by Russ Russ Ergen/Bird Lovers Nature Photography. See page 16..
6 Glory Days
A history lesson
7 Moments in time:
Caution: Potty humor ahead
Actually, the word “humor” might be overselling it a bit. I was schoolmarm-serious when I first went online, pulled up a browser and typed this into the Google search bar: “Wiping your butt.
8 Meet your neighbors
Granite Falls’ salty history
EVER SINCE 1922, folks in the Granite Falls area have looked forward to a salty summer ritual. The Granite Falls Popcorn Stand located on the corner of Prentice Street and Seventh Avenue has been in continuous operation— on the same corner — for 80
Remembering the St. Cloud Orphan Home
MY FATHER, LEONARD Koska, was born in Avon, Minn. on March 10, 1923. His parents were James and Martha (Klescz) Koska. He and his four brothers were able to live with their parents until the morning of Nov. 30, 1926.
That morning, Martha was starting a fire in a stove and the kerosene can exploded, severely burning her and the children. James was at work at the peg factory in Avon.
Pass the peas, please! GROWING PEAS IN your garden is easier than you think. Peas have been around for centuries. The old -fashioned English pea is the most common.Other edible pea pods include the snow pea and the sugar snap pea. You can also eat pea vines; those are the tender shoot tips harvested and steamed or sautéed. Peas also can be dried for soups. They are a most versatile vegetable with many ways to prepare them.
28 Back in the day
Mississippi River Crossing
Universities are known for traditions. Long ago students would swallow gold fish, see how many folks they could cram into a phone booth or Volkswagen Beatle, or steal the neighboring school's mascots and hold it hostage.
But over the years many of these traditions have ended for one reason or another. At St. Cloud State University, a unique tradition is remembered by some who are old enough to have been around to witness it.
30 What’s in your boathouse?
1939 Chris Craft
Heggen is one of Minnesota’s renowned boat restorers. He saw this boat during the summer of 1990 upside down on a trailer in a storage area at the Vermilion Dam Lodge on Lake Vermillion.
31 Crossword puzzle
32 Picture this.
This photo was taken along a remote back road in Becker County, in the northern lake country. In mid-to-late spring, the yellow lady slippers bloom about two or three weeks prior to the white/pink variety, which is the official Minnesota state flower. They are the northernmost growing orchids. The soil conditions for them to grow are very unique and virtually impossible to duplicate in a man-made setting, and thus they are only seen in the wild and cannot be successfully transplanted. In fact, lady slippers are protected — it is against the law to pick or dig them up on public land in parks and along roads. They are a rare and beautiful wonder of the northern Minnesota spring and early summer, and their existence is threatened with the increasing loss of proper habitat.
Frank Kundrat has been an avid photographer of nature and other wonders of life about as long as he has been a member of the legal profession, since 1976. He currently is a Minnesota state district court judge chambered in St. Cloud, but on occasion presides in court in the land of lakes and lady slippers in north central and north west Minnesota. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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May 4 | Waseca
Springtime at the Farm — Farmamerica will be alive
with baby animals, garden planting, games and activities
galore. Food and refreshments will be available.
May 17-19 | Preston
Trout Days — Fishing contests, chicken barbecue, garage
sales, pancake breakfast, parade, street dance, firemen’s beer
tent, car show, family-fun activities, golf tournament and food vendors.
May 23-27 | Zimmerman
Wild West Days — Talent contest, live music at several
businesses, softball tourney, soap box derby, and the always
popular Wild West Days Parade at noon Saturday.
May 31-June 2 | Luverne
Buffalo Days — Cruise-in, rock-and-roll street dance, parade, waffle
feed, arts in the park with 110 vendors, entertainment, buffalo chip
throwing contest, 5K & 10K run, hoe-down and Dutch oven dinner.
June 20-22 | Pipestone
Watertower Festival — Street dance, arts and craft show, parade,
kids inflatables, youth baseball tournament, car show and more.
June 14-16 | Little Falls
Dam Festival — Family event focusing on the Mississippi River.
Entertainment, living history, live demonstrations, fine arts, food,
parade, fireworks, children and family games.
June 20-23 | Howard Lake
Good Neighbors Day — Sports and bean bag tournaments, Grande Day
Parade, turtle races, street dances, fireworks, fishing contest, 5K run,
pork chop dinner, waterball, kiddie carnival, live music and craft fair.
June 27-30 | Springfield
Riverside Days — Pork chop feed, bean bag tournament, parade,
sporting events and tournaments, carnival, dances and queen contest.
June 28-30 | Akeley
Paul Bunyan Days — Our 65th Annual Festival. Fish fry, lumberjack art
show, pie social, Little Miss Pageant, Paul Bunyan Look Alike Contest,
dancing and more.
June 28-30 | Lake City
Water Ski Days — Waterskiing on Lake Pepin, parade, beer tent, street
dance, family activities, carnival, bands and entertainment.
June 29-30 | Mantorville
Old Tyme Days — Living history displays, art show, street corner
music, antique tractor pull and vintage tractor show, costuming events,
children’s activities, melodramas, and more.
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