January 2023

Ronald Allen Banken

 Ronald Allen Banken, 48, of Otsego passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 11…

Melvric Peterson

 Melvric Peterson, 27, of Montevideo passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at his home in Montevideo. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 2…

Michael Rosdahl

 Michael Rosdahl of Dawson passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Johnson Memorial Care Center in Dawson at the age of 72. The family will be planning services at a later…

From the Editor’s Desk

If you’re reading this column, then you already know that I survived what I’m about to tell you about. In all of the years I’ve owned my downtown building, my “help” with most projects, repairs, etc, has been my oldest child.

Live Well, Age Wisely:

Prairie Five’s Senior Nutrition/Meals program has provided valuable services throughout our five-county service area for decades. The services include a delicious, well-balanced, affordable meal, of course, but also the opportunity to connect with friends, socialize, and stay upto- date on all the local happenings at our meal sites.

Party held for retirement of Budger’s Dinner House owners

Bill and Lorri Beasley, the owners of the iconic Budger’s Dinner House located in Maynard, recently held a retirement party to celebrate all the years in business after they officially closed the steakhouse’s doors. The decision to close the doors of Budger’s was not one that came easy to the Beasleys, who bought the restaurant from Bill’s father in 1980.

Thunder Hawks defeat Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Friday evening, the Thunder Hawk girls varsity basketball team hosted Morris/Chokio-Alberta for a 66-40 victory. Leaders in the game included Tenley Epema, scoring 21 points with three steals, while Avery Koenen added 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to the team total. Complete scoring from that game follows: Montevideo (11-2) 37 29 — 66 Morris/CA (2-10) 20 20 — 40 Individual Scoring: Teagen Epema 7, Taylor Viessman 4, Tenley Epema 21, Avery Koenen 18, Hailey Dirksen 9, Brooke Lindeman 5 3-pointers: Dirksen 3, Tenley Epema 7, Koenen 1 Rebound leader: Koenen 11, Viessman 6 Assist leaders: Teagan Epema 7, Koenen 6 Steal leaders: Teagan Epema 5, Tenley Epema 3


SUNDAY: Sunday School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Evening 7 p.m. Wednesday: Teens 5 p.m.; Young Explorers 6:30 p.m.

What Does the End Mean?

The end in Christian circles means a new beginning. Some will say what the is just a bunch of nonsense, the end is just that the end. As a Christian, I believe that when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, there was an ending. What ended was my life before acknowledging the gift of redemption through Jesus’ death on the cross for me. My restoration or renewal and new life was and is a journey. This journey is reshaping me. This is not to say that parts of my life were all bad but rather now I have a hope I did not have before choosing a new path. I am a work in progress.

Beyond Reason

Fowl: A Play The year is 1911. Newark, New Jersey.