Bowlus

Dean Fesette has seen a lot from the seat of his bike. At 73 years old, he will finish circumnavigating the United States this summer. But his path, and that of 10 other cyclists making a cross, led to a new experience over the weekend: a part in the Bowlus Fun Day parade, July 6. […]

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On Sunday, July 6, hundreds will flock to Bowlus for Bowlus Fun Day. The all-day event, sponsored by both the Bowlus Fire and Rescue and the Bowlus First Response teams, will have something for everyone. A 5-K walk-run kicks the celebration off at 8:30 a.m. at the City Park, followed by a 1K fun walk/run. […]

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District 59 eighth grade Class of 1963 gathers   by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer The strongest memories of the District 59 eighth grade Class of 1963 were the games they played before school and at recess. All five class members gathered at the one-room school one mile north and one mile west of Bowlus, Nov. 8. “We […]

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Cancer benefit April 21 in St. Anna  by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer  Although John Binsfeld was born in the Navy town of Groton, Conn., his parents never lost their connection to the area of Central Minnesota where they were born. When Binsfeld was 14, his dad retired from the Navy and the family returned to […]

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Students from Thailand and Norway make themselves at home in Bowlus  by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer  For the fourth year, Tom and Joan Fussy have welcomed exchange students into their home and into their hearts. The newest members of their worldwide family are Nantanut “Song” Kittiekkachai from Bangkok, Thailand and Synne Titlestad from Bergen, Norway. […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Sandy Larsen, Bowlus, was cleaning out some old stuff in her basement. She came across the suitcase where her husband, Denny, keeps articles from his time in Vietnam. “What do you want to keep from all this and what can I throw?” she asked him. Larsen said he wanted to go […]

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Petersens work on farm equipment, other unique projects by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Even though the forge has been gone for two decades, Daniel, Dennis and Melvin Petersen continue a metal-working tradition at Petersen’s Modern Blacksmith begun by their father’s uncle, Mark Petersen. Mark built a log blacksmith shop in 1915, five miles south of […]

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Moonshining part of many local family experiences By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@mcrecord.com    Punky Benusa of Bowlus has held on to the still used by a family friend who was a moonshiner during the Prohibition years of 1920 – 1933. In 1981, shortly before he died, Benusa’s friend came to him with the still and proceeded […]

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By Liz Verley, Staff Writer  Bowlus, population 238, is often described as a quiet town located just off County Road 26, five miles west of Royalton. It is also the only town which is located next to the Soo Line Trail which welcomes bikers, walkers and rollerbladers in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter. Sunday, […]

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