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(Editor’s note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.) by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Ten years ago this fall, Jody Schwab got a phone call that rocked her world. It was her doctor, telling her that she had breast cancer. “When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ that’s like that moment you’ll never, ever forget,” Schwab said. “The [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Three horses named Hope, Gallant and Jojo have found a happy ending to their sad stories. The three are rescue horses that were trained by women from Nowthen. They all competed last weekend in the Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse in St. Paul, which was put on by the [...]

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Area farmers markets will continue to operate into the fall season. Here’s a rundown: •Elk River Farmers Market: 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 2 in downtown Elk River at Park Plaza on Main. •Nowthen Farmers Market: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 25 at the corner of Viking Boulevard and Nowthen Boulevard. [...]

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Click here to read about Jojo, one of the horses in the Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse Click here to read more about the Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse by Joni Astrup Associate Editor In January 2013, North Dakota authorities investigating a complaint of underfed horses found 96 dead horses and mules and seized another [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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