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Friendly service: A contagious smile on Stacey Horsman’s face is a first impression many patrons recognize when they enter Stacey’s Prairie River Retreat. Stacey took over ownership of the establishment this fall, successfully leaving smiles on many of her customers.
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Voyageur Press.• January 27, 2015
 

SHAMROCK TOWNSHIP, Minn.— Owning a bar and restaurant is something Stacey Horsman has always wanted to do. Here dream came true this fall when she took over the Prairie River Retreat located 12.5 miles north of McGregor on Lake Avenue.

Stacey shared that she is extremely thankful that previous owners, Phil and Mary Ann Bodway helped make this possible. “I am very grateful, even in the tough times like this winter!” shared Stacey. “Before I purchased the bar, I was bartending for Phil and Mary Ann as well as a few other places.”

Stacey feels that the effort she showed while working for the Bodways was important. “I wasn’t afraid of the hard work it would take to run a bar/restaurant,” Stacey added.

Currently, the restaurant has a new menu and it has taken off quite well. “Our #1 seller from the new menu is definitely the Shaved Prime Rib sandwich and the Prime Rib Dinner,” Stacey reported. “The Prime Rib is the special on Friday nights.”

Other popular menu items include a Pepperoni Deluxe Pizza and Tater Tot Nachos that have really taken off. “We have several new items on this menu. Some are more popular than ...

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Technology in the classroom: Cromwell students Samantha Hansen, Matthew Holm, Justice Bauer, Brooke Swartout and Wyatt Susa engage in a Spanish lesson using the TelePresence classroom.
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Voyageur Press.• January 20, 2015
 

CROMWELL, Minn.— Cromwell-Wright School Superintendent Dr. Ron Bratlie recently shared the success of the new technology the school is enjoying. A group of Cromwell students are currently taking two hours of Spanish in a TelePresence Classroom. This technology creates the illusion that students miles apart are in the same classroom.

“This innovative system enables eye-to-eye contact between the students and the teacher,” shared Mr. Bratlie. “Through the use of multiple video cameras and screens, everyone sees one another at the same time. The cameras are voice-activated allowing the teacher to immediately see who is speaking.”

Bratlie shared that the teacher is in complete control of the classroom. “However, we do have an adult monitor in the classroom at this time as we test this new experience.”

Bratlie went on to share that TelePresence came to Northeast Minnesota in 2012. “The Itasca Area Schools Collaborative, using a $1 million federal grant helped pay for the distance-learning initiative,” he said. “Deer River, Remer and ...

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Small repair: Patrick Carr fixes the coil on his 1980 Chrysler Sno Rabbit. Patrick shared that this sled was originally designed for military use. “The military decided that they did not want them when they didn’t work well in deep snow,” said Patrick.
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Voyageur Press.• January 13, 2015
 

BIG SANDY LAKE— The annual Big Sandy Lake Vintage Snowmobile Run was held on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Over 100 vintage snowmobile riders registered at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort in the morning and then set out to visit a number of establishments located around the lake.

Local participant, Glen DeMenge, on his 1977 Ski Doo 440 TNT, won the Best Original Sled vote and donated his $100 back to BSL Vintage Run coordinator Shannon Schminkey.

Glen shared that the sled was originally owned by his friend and neighbor Gordon Manchester who passed away on September 17 this past year. Glen still recalls Gordy working at the old Train Depot in McGregor. “He was a very kind man and we have so many fond memories of him.”

Glen not only drove Gordy’s sled, but sported his old snowmobile suit, helmet and goggles as well.

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