EDEN VALLEY, MN - Helen Grothe would often pray for her husband to stop abusing her. In the 1980's, her and her husband were in a tragic car accident that killed him and left her with a broken leg. Over thirty years later, Grothe channels the pain she physically and emotionally felt from her traumas to share her story with others.
SPICER, MN - Steve Friedlein, left, and Cameron Kalkbrenner of Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center test out the new kicksleds together Jan. 9.
WILLMAR, MN - Students wait on a tractor trailer for the grand march to commence before their prom May 4 at Willmar Senior High School.
WILLMAR, MN - Addie Diederich, 5, goes down the slide at the Village Children’s Museum Jan. 22. The museum, located on Lakeland Drive, is set to open this Monday.
WILLMAR, MN - Ben Leal, from left, and Russell Flores, employees of Turbo Turf, stand on cherry pickers as they remove zip ties from Christmas lights to begin dismantling the "Celebrate the Light of the World" display at the Chad and Angie Koosman property in rural Willmar. Crews began working at 8 a.m. Jan. 8.
ROSENDALE, MN - Firefighters work together to use a hose to help distinguish a fire at a house on 194th Avenue in Rosendale May 7.
WILLMAR, MN - Kosar and her family members carry suitcases out of their apartment in Willmar to leave for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Mar. 4. Eight of Kosar’s siblings and her two parents are flying back to stay in Garissa, a city in Kenya, for several years while she and her sister Ismahan Kosar stay in Willmar. The Kosar’s traveled back to Kenya to allow the children to familiarize themselves with the family’s culture.
ITHACA, NY - Ithaca College student Saif Malik holds an image of his deceased father that he keeps in his wallet. Malik's father died when he was ten years old. "Everything I do is for him," he said.