Random Christmas Acts

Experiencing joy during this holiday season through random acts of Christmas.

Random Acts of Christmas   Sometimes in life the most profound connections happen unexpectedly. When Josh went to work for MCI Carpet One on a cold Thursday morning, he expected that he would have a somewhat ordinary day. That was not the case.   The night before Josh had a dream about his grandfather who had passed away. When he … Read More

Meet Gordon & Dolores

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Meet Gordon & Dolores   Military service was a part of both Gordon and Dolores’ lives.   Gordon and his younger brother, Dennis, grew up seven miles south of Sabin, Minnesota. Their family farmed so they were no strangers to hard work. During war time farmers were needed at home, so his Dad never served in the military but both … Read More

New Artist, Meet Brandon Sweeney

My name is Brandon Sweeney, for years I have been traveling and photographing Minnesota and the western United States. All my prints are available with custom framing options or print only options. Most prints are available in larger or smaller sizes, email me for framing options, custom sizes, and pricing. I have more for images for sale than what is … Read More

Meet Jake!

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Meet Jake –   His story is one of grit and determination. He has worked hard his entire life and has overcome many obstacles. Yet, he maintains an attitude of gratitude and lifelong service to others.   Jake was born in Grand Rapids but later moved to Duluth where he graduated from high school. His siblings included two brothers and … Read More

Autumn: A poem written from ‘Remember When’

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Autumn: A poem written from ‘Remember When’ Leaves turning colors Falling to the ground Raking, piling, jumping And throwing them all around Scurrying like the squirrels To finish the fall chores Anticipating the cold With closed windows and doors Gathering the last from the garden Putting it to rest Canning fruits and vegetables Preparing all the best Silos filling, air … Read More

Congrats Becky!

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Earlier this month Becky Eckstrand, Director of Social Services, received the Minnesota Nursing Home Social Work Association Annual Service Award.   Becky lives in Sartell with her husband Corey, their two kids and dog Bella. She chose to major in social work when she realized it was the first class she really enjoyed at Saint Cloud State University and she … Read More

New Artist at the Canal Street Art Gallery

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TONY WENZEL RANDALL, MINNESOTA 320-749-2428   e-mail:  chief@brainerd.net   Tony Wenzel was born and raised on a family farm near Randall, Minnesota on the 10th of September 1942 and just celebrated his 74th birthday.  Tony comes from a large family of which there were 12 children,…8 boys and 4 girls.   There was much work to do on this family farm … Read More

From Injury to Healing

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By: Katie Bailey, Marketing Intern As a former CNA staff in the Good Shepherd nursing home, I thought I knew everything about the services this campus provides. Turns out, I only knew a small portion of the vast services offered. In an effort to familiarize myself, I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Brenda Breitbach, Director of Rehabilitation, … Read More

Meet Bob & Lois

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Meet Bob and Lois Bob and Lois are the sweetest couple and their story is one of endearing and enduring love. Born in Wellpinit, Washington, Bob grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation the third oldest of seven brothers. He acquired the nickname “Chick” and according to his mother, he was named after a wrestler named Bob Robert Chick, but … Read More

Meet Judy!

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Meet Judy Judy was born and raised in North Minneapolis. She and her two siblings, Bernadette and Ginger, had a difficult home life. They loved, cared for and supported each other growing up and their situation forged a very tight bond between them. Judy attended Ascension parochial school through 8th grade and then graduated from North High School. She met … Read More