Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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The colors are very vibrant in Crosslake this fall. This small northern Minnesota city is a vacation haven for many. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
Want a dream vacation spot in the north woods? Judy and I had the opportunity recently to take a three-day vacation in the north woods of Crosslake and adjoining chains of lakes. Our reason for going north was to pay a visit to Judy's brother Curt and his family. Curt is a retired Minnesota State...
As a person whose name returns more than 365 million results on Google, it’s safe to say that I am not the only Johnnie Phillips you might run into in this lifetime. I’ve always wanted a name that is impossible to forget; one that has some serious style to it. Covering sports in Steele County, I’ve...
It’s a real gut-punch to newspapers that’s sucking the life out of rural Minnesota. Well, at least in some parts of the state. A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine, Reed Anfinson, a very well-respected publisher in western Minnesota, wrote about the gutting of rural newspapers. Anfinson owns...
With the fall season in full swing and high school athletes back to competing in front of packed crowds, sports look and feel somewhat normal around here. In Steele County, masks are not required in schools or at athletic events. But that’s not the case everywhere. Rochester, Austin, Northfield and...
Guess what? Vikki Wacek met an old friend on a cruise around Lake Minnetonka. The friend just seemed to resemble Elvis Presley (Chris Olson). Elvis joined the Bev's Tours cruise. Four couples from Blooming Prairie enjoyed the cruise: Vikki and Joe Wacek, Dawn and Dwayne Gross, Linda and Nolan Christianson and Judy and Howard Lestrud. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
Music will never die and if your favorite music artist did die, it is likely he or she will be kept alive by many tribute artists who follow in the wings. The music industry was stunned when Elvis Presley died at an early age. His songs and legend status grew as tribute artists/impersonators hit...
As I drove along the North Shore last week and stopped at Gooseberry Falls, I was quickly reminded of Minnesota’s natural beauty. In addition to taking photographs, I’ve also started collecting something to savor the memories. Many years ago, I began a shot glass collection. It’s simple. Every time...
As we progress through another season of fall sports, I think it’s due time to address a long-standing controversy in the sports world: Sports betting. Whether you listen to, watch or attend a game, there is seemingly always somebody or something trying to get your interest to make a wager. Whether...
Brother Dave Lestrud of Loveland, Colo., is shown by a bean stalk (actually a Mexican sunflower) that he has grown on his home located on a par 3 golf course. (Staff Photo by Howard Lestrud)
It's a moment that brings tears to your eyes. The tearful moment is about two of my nieces who have responded beyond the call of duty to care for their loved ones. Just recently, Judy and I traveled to Loveland, Colo., to visit my brother Dave, who had been widowed in April of 2020. He is now...
Some newspapers are their own worst enemies. It’s no secret that many newspapers have been struggling to stay afloat in recent years, even well before this global-wide pandemic threw a monkey wrench into the business models of many. Most of them are daily newspapers or those that come out multiple...
About nine months ago, I began a new fitness journey that has literally been beating me into shape. In January, I began taking classes in mixed martial arts (MMM). This combat sport utilizes practices of many different martial arts, including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai, to...

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Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917
507-583-4431

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