Monthly Archives: July 2002

Auditions for Tom Sawyer slated in Upsala

Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of Tom Sawyer will be held Monday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at Upsala Area Schools. Up to 75 local children are needed to play the roles of Tom Sawyer, Becky … Continue reading

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Freedhem Store celebrates 100th anniversary

(Pictured is James Morrow, left, as he stopped by the Freedhem Store to pick up some dog food, Owner Paul Nieman, Jr., who works at the store on Sunday mornings, was on hand to greet his customer. Staff photo by … Continue reading

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Freedhem Store celebrates 100th anniversary

(Pictured on a recent Sunday morning Ardell Tembruell, Jr., left, Willis Swanson, Jim Colombe and Carmen Hebler were visitors to the store. Staff photo by Liz Verley)In a paper written 1995 for her DECA class, employee Tina Kuchinski said, “We … Continue reading

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Freedhem Store celebrates 100th anniversary

(Pictured is Freedhem Store owner Paul Nieman, Jr., waiting on customer Cliff Jelinski. Staff photo by Liz Verley) Founded in 1902, Freedhem is located 10 miles from Pierz and 12 miles from Little Falls. It is divided by CSAH 45 … Continue reading

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Freedhem Store celebrates 100th anniversary

Built in 1902 by Oscar and Alfred Swanson the Freedhem Store will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Aug. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. The store, now owned by Cecilia and Paul Nieman, Jr. has been the center point of … Continue reading

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Belle Prairie Church to celebrate 150 years

(Pictured: Holy Family Church in Belle Prairie today. Staff photo by Joyce Moran) Shimek then recalled going to Midnight Mass on Christmas eve in a sled pulled by horses. “We were kept warm by an old horse-hide we called Mag, … Continue reading

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Belle Prairie Church to celebrate 150 years

(Pictured: Holy Family Church in Belle Prairie as it appeared in about 1903. Submitted photo) Another, still-standing result of the coming of the French Canadian immigrants is the church they helped found. It was in 1852 that Father Francis Xavier … Continue reading

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Belle Prairie Church to celebrate 150 years

Back in the mid-1800s, after hearing from fur traders and lumberjacks about the fertile land in Belle Prairie, MN, many French Canadians from the Quebec area chose to try their luck on the American frontier. The results of their decision … Continue reading

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First Lindbergh Environmental Award remembered

This coming weekend will mark the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s return to his boyhood home of Little Falls. Ten years ago, Joy Johnson, who also grew up in Little Falls, received the first-ever Lindbergh Environmental Award. Johnson, who was … Continue reading

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West Nile virus in four Minnesota horses

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has announced that West Nile virus has been confirmed in four Minnesota horses through testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, IA. The West Nile infections—Minnesota’s … Continue reading

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