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Marcus Larson/News-Register##Ray Mabey spins around with the men’s lightweight stone as he shows students the proper technique.

Stopping By: Strength and traditioning

Most people have seen a photo or video of the caber toss, a staple event of Scottish Highland Games. Burly men and women in kilts heft tree trunks stripped of branches, walk forward, then toss them so ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Longtime Dayton resident Wayne Beckwith talks about his love for working with mules. He’ll show them off Saturday at Farm Fest, an annual plowing competition at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center.

Stopping By: Stubborn fascination

Mules combine the best characteristics of a donkey and a horse, according to Wayne Beckwith, who breeds and uses mules for agricultural work, trail riding and packing. Like their horse mothers, ...

Rockne Roll / News-Register##Lydia Dolence has been dancing since she was 5 and now choreographs stage musicals, as well as performing in them.

Stopping by: Making moves

Lydia Dolence first tap danced when she was 5.  Her teacher, longtime West Valley dance school owner Beverly Williams, noticed her potential and assigned her a solo version of “On the ...

Submitted photo##Body painter Natalie Fletcher used makeup-like paint to create the illusion that scenery can be viewed through a man’s chest.

Stopping By: 'A canvas with personality'

You may not notice Natalie Fletcher's art at first. It blends into the background. So completely, in fact, that at first glance the background is all you think you see. Look again and you'll ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Wisconsin native Ron Jalling had never seen the ocean before he shipped out with the Navy. He grew to love watching the waves.

Stopping By: Young sailor finds oceans of adventure

The first time Ron Jalling saw the Pacific, he was on a troop ship, sailing out of San Francisco Bay on his way to the Philippines. The young Navy sailor grew up in Wisconsin, far from either coast. But ...

Rohse: The rise and fall of a McMinnville rival

More than a century ago, McMinnvillans were worried. It appeared that a new town, a few miles up the road between McMinnville and Lafayette, was becoming a rival and had the potential of outsizing our ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bruce and Esther Huffman on the patio of their “magnificent mini mansion on the meadow.” They love living in McMinnville, where they met and fell in love.

Stopping By: Huffmans are happy in faith, marriage and song

Whether it's raining or snowing, whether it's a calm day or the wind is blowing, whether it's a gray afternoon or a stormy night, Bruce Huffman sees nothing but blue skies. "Blue skies, smiling at me," ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##The entrance to the seventh-annual Father Daughter Ball at Ken Wright Cellars was decorated in this year’s theme, “Under Water.”

Stopping By: Just for dads and daughters

Dads twirled their daughters on the dance floor, shared plates of food and posed for photos with them, lifted them into a horse-drawn carriage, stood by as they had their nails painted — ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Willamette Valley Medical Center’s lead chaplain, Hailey O’Keif, in the hospital’s chapel. She said she offers comfort to people of all faiths and those who aren’t religious; the chapel is open to everyone, as well.

Called to offer comfort

Just around the corner from Chaplain Hailey O'Keif's office is Willamette Valley Medical Center's chapel, an intimate room designed to be a sanctuary for those who want to pray, as well as those ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Gail Lee, pictured here in her McMinnville home with some of the many awards she’s won as an agronomist, extension agent and educator.

Stopping By: Journey of rediscovery

For some, the trip of a lifetime might involve tropical beaches and palm trees. For others, it might be a cruise down the Danube, a climb up the Great Wall or an expedition into the Amazon jungle. For ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lance Morrison paints in a freestanding studio near his Yamhill home. Above, he’s seen with some of his atmospheric paintings of hummingbirds.

Stopping By: In the details

YAMHILL — When his daughter, Haley, turned 16, Lance Morrison decided to capture her essence in a painting. He’s a professional artist, after all, so it’s what he does best. Almost ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Ed Doughty taste tests a serving of gyudon, which he just prepared at his food cart. He loves cooking and enjoys working for himself.

Stopping By: Driven by flavor and faith

Ed Doughty said he likes to serve God by serving others — in particular, by making sure they are fed. That's the main reason he opened his own food cart a few months ago. "Sharing God's love is ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Luis Vidart, who lives near Yamhill, built a traditional Basque herders’ wagon using 90 percent recycled wood. Pulled by horses, the wagon features a sleeping platform, storage area and stove for heating and cooking — especially favorites such as lamb stew, he said. Vidart came to the U.S. from Spain at 18 to work as a sheepherder, then moved to Oregon as a logger.

Stopping By: Basque to basics

Luis Vidart was born in a pretty stone house in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains. White with green trim, the 300-year-old house featured 3-foot-thick stone walls and high windows, designed to take ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Fred Hisaw, now 90, sat for this portrait when he was 7 years old. The artist’s father read “Huckleberry Finn” aloud to the boy so he’d sit still.

Stopping By: Successful by degrees

Before he retired from teaching at Oregon State University, biology professor Frederick Hisaw often joked with his students.  Here he was, teaching them college courses, he would say, and ...

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