Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retired teacher Tim Duerfeldt practices a foreign language to pass the time while giving blood Thursday at the Dayton Fire Station. It was Duerfeldt’s 172nd donation since 1963. His O-negative blood is considered universal — a quality that makes it especially valuable. “The need is great; the rewards are high,” he said. “Please give blood.”

Drawn to donate

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors. Snow and ice on Northwest roads has forced cancellation of more than 20 blood drives in the last two weeks. That translates ...

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Frank Maynard looks through a book by one of his favorite authors — cowboy poet Baxter Black — in a room featuring furniture Maynard built himself.

Stopping By: Nicer than he claims to be

No one would want to pick a fight with Frank Maynard. He grew up on a farm on Three Mile Lane, where, he said, “Dad used me as a forklift.” And the work developed his muscles. He further ...

News-Register file photo##Sharon Morgan and David Bates were among those honored for  Driving Miss Daisy.

'Producers,' 'Driving Miss Daisy,' top Gallery awards

“Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Producers” topped the list of Gallery Theater award-winning shows for 2016, each receiving both “best play” in its category and several ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register file photo##Joshua Humlie, left, Manuel Humlie and Bethany Blanchard of We Three perform music for the children in the Sue Buel Elementary School library.

Humlies to perform in First Baptist concert series

We Three, the Humlie family band featuring Joshua, Bethany and Manny, will perform Friday, Jan. 20, as part of the McMinnville First Baptist Church sesquicentennial series. The church is celebrating ...

'Calendar Girls' delayed due to weather

Gallery Theater has delayed the opening of “Calendar Girls” because the winter storms have caused the cast and crew to miss rehearsals and production times. The comedy-drama will open Friday, ...

Rohse: Oregon storms for the history books

As 2016 said goodbye with cold nights, snow and black ice, and 2017 welcomed us with bitter chill, sleet and more snow, one wonders if this 2016-17 winter will be one of the “grandaddy” kind. Those ...

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 ...

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