First grade students meet Johnny Appleseed

A barefoot man dressed in a plaid shirt and blue jeans surprised first-graders at St. Francis Elementary School Sept. 28. With a metal pan on his head and carrying bags of red and green apple slices, the children knew right away it was Johnny Appleseed and cheered when he came into their classrooms. The students […]

Children’s Water Festival: learning conservation, hands on

Sue Humble, administrative assistant for the Chisago County Soil and Water Conservation District, asked a question to one of the students attending the Children’s Water Festival at Ojiketa Regional Park in Chisago City Sept. 24: “What have you learned today?” The girl smiled, and with a grin said, “Water is wet.” She was correct in […]

From accidental pilot to air aficionado

Paul Rignell Long-time Columbus resident and airplane enthusiast Dave Sampson never thought much about flying during his youth. He was 20 and already earning some solid cash as a young adult entrepreneur before buying his first J-3 Cub plane. Flying soon became a passion, however, and in his middle age, he began a new career […]

Opinion: Volunteer gardener plants ‘seeds of happiness’

By Bob Ramsey British philosopher Francis Bacon said, “God Almighty first planned a garden.” And indeed it is the purest form of human pleasure. Linda Mel agrees. Mel is a local volunteer gardener who devotes her summers to creating oases within an oasis. A few years ago, she “adopted” two small flower garden plots in […]

Girls Scouts’ mural depicts past, present, future of Coon Rapids’ Riverwind

Since they were little girls, Junior Girl Scouts Gabbie Martinson, Nora Matson, Kylee Zeran, Layla Comstock and Aubriena Lorge have come to Riverwind Community Center in Coon Rapids. They’ve played on the grassy fields behind the building. They’ve had meetings, planned excursions and worked on projects inside. And now, they are adding a wall-sized mural […]