Rockne Roll/News-Register##From left, Janice Logan, Elaine Mitchell, Beth Murphy, Becky Souders and Marsha Restorff assemble the layers of a quilt on a frame at the McMinnville Senior Center.

Quilting for a cause

Every Tuesday for three hours, a group of women gather in a room in the McMinnville Senior Center to put together quilts for people who need a little more warmth in their lives. Even the quilters can’t ...

Image: Smithsonian Institution##One of the millions of “wanted” posters printed and distributed across the country during the four years in which the DeAutremont Brothers were on the lam.

Offbeat Oregon: Bungled train robbery-murder solved, CSI-style

University of California Professor Edward O. Heinrich had helped the Southern Pacific out with a few minor robbery investigations before. Now, in late autumn of 1923, SP had a big one on its hands. ...

Out at Perrydale: Great blue heron happily feasts in field and stream

I was certain I had a copy of Henry William Williamson’s “Tarka the Otter” in my library, or perhaps his “Salar the Salmon.” But I couldn’t find either. I know I had ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##DeJong enjoys her life in McMinnville. She’ll celebrate her 100th birthday with friends and family at a party in her honor on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Stopping By: 'Transplant,' artist, matriarch

LaWanda (Fredricks) DeJong calls herself “a transplant,” because she came to McMinnville from the Dakotas. But she’s been around here longer than the most area residents — almost ...

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Savvy Senior: Tax help for those who help parents

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Are caregiving expenses tax deductible? I provide a lot of financial support to my elderly mother and would like to find out if I can write any of it off on my taxes. Supporting Son Savvy ...

Greens & Beans: Aim for healthy eating, but cut yourself some slack

Food should always be both delicious and good for you. That's my guiding principle in the kitchen, but it's not one I manage to live up to at all times, with all meals. Maybe it's just feeling tired after ...

Rohse: Born before her time

If Emma Baker Galloway, an early day Yamhill County activist, had been born a century later in more modern times, she perhaps could have challenged Hillary Clinton as a female politico. Emma was a go-getter. ...

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Our monthly bread

Monica Schalock had never made croissants before she joined a baking group in McMinnville, and now she knows why. It’s not easy. It had value as a learning experience, though. “Now I know ...

Image: Smithsonian Institute##Unidentified officials pose with the wreckage of the mail car blown up by the DeAutremont Brothers in a bungled attempt to rob it on Oct. 11, 1923.

Offbeat Oregon: Last 'great' train robbery was a brutal fiasco

Few people realize it, but modern forensic detective work — the kind showcased on the “CSI” series on television — was born in southern Oregon, back in October 1923. Before ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Lou Ann Goodrich looks through her portfolio of finished pieces, which usually start with photos of wildlife. Goodrich is an animal lover who is concerned about the environment.

Stopping By: Reality, with an artist's touch

DUNDEE — Artist Lou Ann Goodrich works hard to get just the right photographs, often going into the field to capture images of wild animals behaving naturally. But the photographs are only the beginning ...

Carlson: Diabetic service dogs save lives

I have written many columns about service dogs over the years, but I never get tired of the topic, and I hope you don’t either. The genesis of this column was a conversation I had with a friend ...

Rohse: Pack up your troubles

Worrying, for most of us, is an almost daily inevitability. So what’s to worry about today? If we don’t have something to worry about, dream something up. Some of our favorites: relationships, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Patton Middle School teacher Michelle Brantner helps Opal Primozich, Julia Crain, Ukiah Halloran-Steiner and Olivia Bennett complete electrical circuits during a science program for girls at the McMinnville Public Library. The program was part of a series of classes supported by a grant from Soroptimist International of McMinnville.

Age of discovery

Kassandra Matthew, 12, wants to be a scientist when she grows up. “I want to be a genetic engineer because I am interested in genetics, and I am interested in engineering so ... genetic engineering!” ...

Offbeat Oregon: ‘Oregon System’ showed the nation how to fight corruption

As the year 1896 drew to a close, something like a revolution was brewing in the state of Oregon. It was becoming increasingly clear that out-of-state interests were wielding a lot of power in the Beaver ...

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Linfield College visiting scholar Lily Lin shows off a traditional Chinese dress in her classroom on campus. Lin teaches language and Chinese culture classes.

Holiday Traditions: Fifteen days of festivities

For Lily Lin — known as Xiaoli Lin when she’s home in China — the New Year’s holiday is the major celebration of the year. Christmas is observed by many people in China, particularly ...

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