by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A trip to South Sudan in 2012 has forged a deep connection to Africa for a Nowthen couple and revitalized their retirement years in the process. Dennis and Lynda Blake initially traveled to South Sudan in 2012. Dennis has returned to Africa three times since then and they both will [...]
Hear a Dutch Holocaust survivor’s story of courage in “Conversations with Corrie,” a one-woman dramatization presented by storyteller Pati Kachel. Dressed in costume and with Dutch accent, Kachel will portray Corrie ten Boom, who, with her Christian family, helped hundreds of Jewish people during the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War II. The performance [...]
by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Area farmers markets are in full swing. “This is definitely the height of the season in terms of variety and quantity,” said Minnesota Grown spokesman Paul Hugunin, of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Sweet corn, tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, carrots and peppers are available at many farmers markets, [...]
by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer If you live in Nowthen, you probably know Orval and Joanne Leistico. For almost 60 years, they have been at every (or nearly every) fish fry, pancake breakfast, Heritage Festival and happening in town. Orval Leistico is the quiet guy with the farmer’s roughened hands and missing finger. He once [...]
Rutz Jason and Kristin Rutz of Nowthen announce the birth of their daughter, Eva Kimberly, Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Mercy Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Andrew and Linda Peterson of Coon Rapids and Ron Rutz of St. Cloud.
by Joni Astrup Associate editor They rise early to bake up a storm, and by afternoon the women from Laestadian Lutheran Church of Elk River are ready to hit the local farmers markets. They will be selling their fresh baked goods, including a popular Finnish coffee bread called pulla, at the Nowthen and the Elk [...]
by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Last year, Mark Claessens’ investment partner purchased a property on Nowthen Boulevard. Claessens, Elk River, is a realtor and no stranger to home improvements. He offered to help gussy up the place before it hit the market. So last fall, he found himself in Nowthen attacking a hedge with pruning [...]