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After a complicated pregnancy, on Jan. 9, 2017, James and Raigan Thornton, as well as their three school-aged children, welcomed twin baby girls into their family. But the girls arrived too early — 10 weeks early, in fact. In the year that followed, 264 days were spent with either one or bot…

Twenty-five years ago, Tammy Smith, RN, ONC, started her career as an RN at FirstLight Health System, quickly advancing to the night shift supervisor. Her desire for lifelong learning drove her to back to school for her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and more recently earning a certification …


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This season the Ogilvie Lions boys basketball team has improved on recent seasons’ win-loss records. Through learning basketball skills and life lessons, the team expects to end on a high note and prepare for future seasons.



There is an old story of how a farmer tried to teach his son how to plow a straight furrow. After the horse had been hitched up and everything was ready, he told the boy to keep an eye on some object at the other end of the field and aim straight for it.

This was my favorite year covering the Vasaloppet races. Spirits were high, downtown was bright and happy, the Vasa Radio Show was particularly hilarious. Everything was perfect. Well, almost.