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McGregor, Minn.• October 28, 2014
 

MCGREGOR, Minn.—Zach Sroka shared with his family recently that he was “halfway famous.” That’s because he is the official winner of the Local Catch fishing contest sponsored by Willeys Sport Shop & Spirits and the Voyageur Press.

The crappie he caught this summer on Big Sandy Lake while fishing with his father, Brian, earned him $200 and the title of being “halfway famous.”

Zach shared some of his secrets that he enjoys fishing crappies, which is the fish that won him the $200. “I like fishing with my dad (Brian) and my brother (Ben) comes along,” said Zach. “We catch crappies in the boat on Big ...

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Evelyn and Harold Duoos trying out their new Buccaneer motor on Lake Minnewawa in 1940.
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A cozy tradition on Lake Minnewawa
Jim Hawley • Contributing writer,
October 21, 2014
 

MCGREGOR, Minn.—Out on Sheshebe Point stands a cabin that was acquired in 1924, and retains its rustic charm almost 100 years later.

John Braaten and Brita Alsaker came to the United States separately as young adults from Norway. They met at a Norwegian picnic in Minneapolis, were married in 1913, settled in south Minneapolis and raised a family of four girls. John operated a tailor shop while Brita stayed at home to raise their children.

On a tip from a dairy deliveryman, whose parents owned a resort with cabins in northern Minnesota, the Braatens decided to visit the resort, “Shady Rest.” Daughter, Evelyn recalled in her memoir that the resort was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wallace.

About a year later, in 1924, John and Brita acquired a cabin about a mile from the resort. Evelyn remembered it as a “bare bones” cabin. “Nothing finished in the interior, no electricity, so kerosene lamps and a wood stove were our sources of energy. We had a hand pump a few feet from the back door and of course ‘a path to the bath.’”

Evelyn was the third of the four girls. She recalled the daylong trip to the lake in their Model T. The family ...

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"Every day is a gift
Jim Hawley • Contributing writer,
October 14, 2014
 

So spoke four-year breast cancer survivor, Barb Schouweiler. Barb graciously sat down over coffee to share her experience as part of the Voyageur Press’ October observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Barb was born in St. Paul, raised in Oakdale, moved to Colorado, and returned to Minnesota about a year and a-half ago. Her mom and step-dad retired to the McGregor area in the late ’90s, and when her step-dad passed away, with three children now on their own, Barb decided to move to be with her mom, Darlene. These geographic journeys, though, pale in comparison to the one she began in the summer of 2010.

Barb’s maternal grandmother passed away from breast cancer when Darlene was eight years old, so there was a hereditary health risk. Darlene, though, has been blessed with good health. Barb had a baseline mammogram at age 35 and, aware of her risk profile, regular examinations after that which were clean. Breast cancer was “nothing we really thought of,” said Barb.

In that summer of 2010, Barb heard those words you don’t want to hear after her regular check-up – “We would like you to come back for more images.” Those additional images resulted in the call for an ultrasound, which showed markings clear “even to my (Barb’s) untrained eye.” Next came a core needle biopsy. “It sounded like a nail gun,” Barb recalled. The diagnosis ...

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