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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Karen Huntsberger
discovered her father’s World War II journal, letters and flag years after his death. His writings told her about his
experiences as a medic, something he never discussed.

Stopping By: War Correspondence

Through letters home, woman gets to know the soldier in her father.

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Bryce, 6, Mason, 9, and Eliza, 5, share the Smark family passion for go-kart racing. Mason is one of the fastest drivers in regional series; Bryce began racing this year and Eliza will start soon.

Stopping By: Kart Kids

When he was 9 years old, Paul Smark rode BMX bikes around his neighborhood in Portland. In Canby, his future wife, Jennifer, was riding and showing horses. Their 9-year-old son, Mason, went in a different ...

Starla Pointer/News-Register##Longtime front desk volunteer Ed Kaleta chats with Ann Lane, director of the McMinnville Senior Center. “I have the gift of gab,” Kaleta said.

Stopping By : A friendly reception

If you’ve ever visited the McMinnville Senior Center on a Monday or Tuesday morning, Ed Kaleta already knows your name. If you are making your first visit, he’ll welcome you warmly and file ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Marianne Mills was one of the first female athletic directors at a large Oregon high school. Perry Stubberfield, her predecessor at Mac High, helped her learn the importance of networking, she said.

Stopping By: A Sporting Life

Marianne Mills will be inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

At Gilman’s Point, a milestone on the climb, Frank Gabriel poses for photos with another
climber, their guides and porters. The Tanzanian support
crew was friendly and knowledgeable, he said.

Stopping By: One heck of a trek

At 2:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Frank Gabriel stood on top of the world. After walking for eight days, up and down “insanely steep” terrain that often required him to crawl over boulders, ...

Tim Roberts at Linfield

Tim Roberts first came to McMinnville as a Linfield College student in the mid-1960s. He lived in Hewitt Hall. He first studied education, then shifted to the sciences, figuring that would help him get ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retiring dentist Tim Roberts and his daughter, dentist Amy Wark, in the office where they ve worked together for 12 years. Wark is taking over her dad s practice.

Stopping By: All Smiles

Retiring dentist says improving patients' lives has made for a rewarding career

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A quilter herself, Anita Sommerfeld looks over some of the donated quilts CASA volunteers may give to the children with whom they work. A CASA’s job is to advocate
for what’s best for the kids involved in a court case.

Speaking up for kids

While attorneys, judges and social workers debate and argue about the adults involved in court cases, a special set of volunteers looks out for the best interests of the children. “It’s very ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bonnie Leith, who will turn 100 on March 19, enjoys watching “Jeopardy” and
doing word search puzzles — especially if she has some chocolate-covered peanuts to snack on.

Looking at 100 years

Stopping By: McMinnville’s Bonnie Leith reflects on a good, long life.

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Tichenor’s career with the Army took him to bases around the world. He brought back this kimono after serving in Japan.

Cal Tichenor and the My Lai court martial

For Carroll “Cal” Tichenor, who retired from a military career as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps colonel, and from a subsequent civilian career as a Yamhill County Circuit Court judge, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retired judge Cal Tichenor with his dogs, labradoodle Jesse and basset hound Mercy.

Justice and faith - Cal Tichenor’s many courtroom roles

Carroll “Cal” Tichenor has the upright posture of a career Army officer. The logic of an attorney. The fairness and compassion of a judge. The “quack, quack” ringtone of an Oregon ...

Submitted photoMcMinnville High science teacher Jared Larson standing on arctic tundra during the fellowship program trip.

Cold science

Jared Larson saw his first wild polar bears during a trip to the Arctic in 2012 — big males hunting for food and mothers shepherding their babies away from potential danger. One moved within a few ...

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterKory Knutz stands next to an eight-column Corinthian hearse used in the 1800s.

History buff

Kory Knutz studies Yamhill County’s past to learn how events and practices shaped what we do and say today

Rockne Roll/News-RegisterLucy Sepeda feeds a piece of wedding cake to Jesse Perez following the ceremony.

Pair tie the knot at care center

Care home residents find true love in Sheridan.

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