Unique houses for birds, creative art for people

Plymouth man puts his own twist on birdhouses Inside Dan Arnold’s bitterly cold shop on the shores of Mooney Lake in Plymouth, sits a bucket of stained glass scraps awaiting his next creation. “That’s a birdhouse,” he said, of the scraps his artist friend gave him. The idea is still in the conception phase, and […]

Music program wins national recognition

The council chambers at Elk River City Hall were more lively than usual for the Nov. 28 regular meeting of the Elk River Area School Board. What was scheduled to be a performance in the lobby area as community members filed in for the meeting turned into a full-fledged performance at the front of the […]

With specialized chorus, people with dementia keep singing

They say the music is the last thing to go. So, a collection of Alzheimer’s patients are still singing, thanks to a groundbreaking program called the Giving Voice Chorus, which brings together people from across the metro for music therapy while promoting a better public understanding of the disease. “It took me about a year […]

Richfield resident makes history in DNR stamp contest

The artwork of a Richfield artist has become a symbol of sorts for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife painter Timothy Turenne has won four of five categories for the department’s 2017 stamp contest, a feat he said no one had ever accomplished. The DNR’s winners each year get the honor of having their […]

Book asks what peace means to us

John Noltner of Bloomington speaks about his new book, “A Peace of My Mind: American Stories,” during a release party in September. (Submitted photo) It was a simple question, and one that intrigued John Noltner of Bloomington. He’s been asking the question for more than five years, and the answers have kept him busy. “What […]