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Ingo Nehls, a native of Germany, came to the U.S. to learn to fly helicopters, then started an aerial tour business. He runs Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly.

Holiday Traditions: Toy planes from the 'Christmas Man'

If Santa wanted to scope out the rooftops and chimneys of Yamhill County, he’d do well to call helicopter pilot Ingo Nehls. Nehls, who owns Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly, specializes in leading ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Connie Foster sews a garland for her outdoor Christmas tree, which will be on display during the Soroptimists’ annual holiday home tour. She also made a tablecloth and quilts for the event.

In the spirit of Christmas, friendship

Connie Foster’s McMinnville home is filled with spirit this season. The spirit of giving. The spirit of friendship. The spirit of Christmas. “Every room reminds me of new friends,” ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Kim and Nick Walton of Flag & Wire Coffee, pictured at their shop in the Granary District in McMinnville.

Stopping By: Running a good race

Coffee is more than a beverage to Nick and Kim Walton, proprietors of Flag & Wire Coffee house, roastery and distributorship in McMinnville’s Granary District.  It’s a way to bring ...

Submitted photo##During his visit to Washington, D.C., memorials, McMinnville’s Ken Vronman holds a photo of himself from his Coast Guard days in the Korean War era. His ship sailed waters off Korea, predicting the weather.

Stopping By: A moving experience for a veteran

McMinnville’s Ken Vronman usually goes steelhead fishing in the fall. This year, though, he’s put his rod aside and taken a different sort of trip — a very special one to see the memorials ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bob and Sarah Marquis say they have loved their 35 years in Carlton. They moved to town when he became minister at the Carlton Assembly of God Church, from which they recently retired.

Stopping By: Guided by faith

Bob Marquis set out to be an educator and a coach. He loved young people almost as much as he loved sports, and found the perfect job in Stanfield, a small town near Hermiston. He could teach junior high ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Though he’s now retired, Vern Hinshaw visits Parkway Natural Foods several times a week for lunch and conversation. His daughter, Kathy, runs the store.

Stopping By: A wholesome life

89-year-old Vern Hinshaw has been nourished by faith, family and good food

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Jim Smith works in his McMinnville home studio, surrounded by his realistic pen-and-ink drawings and paintings. He taught himself to draw as a way to relieve stress.

Stopping By: Keeping it real

Jim Smith’s art echoes some of his many experiences and activities.  The cowboys and horses in his paintings are reminiscent of his youth on a cattle ranch at Selma, in Southern Oregon, and ...

News-Register file photo##Ellen Brittan managed Carlton Winemakers’ Studio for six years, in addition to serving on the boards of several state and local organizations, including the Oregon Wine Board and Visit McMinnville. She is now director of Linfield College’s wine studies program.

Stopping By: Grapes and gown

Ellen Brittan has long been fascinated with European culture — the foods, the wine and the languages in particular. It led her to major in French and Spanish language and literature in college, and ...

Rockne Roll/News-Register##Tanya Brauckman stores supplies and inventory in her “soap studio.” In addition to offering her products locally, she ships soaps to Dubai, where a partner sells them in an open-air market.

Stopping By: Clean living

Carlton soapmaker sticks to natural ingredients for her sudsy creations

Marcus Larson/News-Register##In the studio at his McMinnville home, Ralph Kraft uses a soldering iron to fuse together colored glass sections of a pig. Once the solder cools, the portrait is like one piece, he said.

Stopping By: Breaking into art

Piece by tiny piece, Ralph Kraft builds pigs and peacocks, roses and roosters, dancers and dragsters. He creates pictures of people and places as well, all rendered realistically and intricately in colored ...

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An ex-smoker herself, Janice Primozich is passionate about helping others quit the habit. She taught smoking cessation programs for Kaiser Permanente for many years and now volunteers to teach classes for the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation.

Quitter. Winner.

Health educator Janice Primozich has a great deal of empathy for the students in her smoking cessation classes, as she knows how much suffering can accompany trying to quit. But she also knows how wonderful ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Dan Hilbert designed his necktie and his furniture, as well as many unique clocks. This one, featuring various shades of orange, won a blue ribbon at Sheridan Days one year. It’s called “Clockwork Orange.”

Stopping By: Making time

Dan Hilbert deals in hands and faces, bevelled edges and beading, pendulums and precision movements. He makes time. Or, at least, designs devices that help us keep track of it.  “I want to ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Stefanie Van Dyke prepares for the arrival of her first class at Newby Elementary School, where she herself went to grade school. Van Dyke joined the McMinnville district this year.

Stopping By: New at Newby once more

By STARLA POINTER<br/>Of the News-Register When Stefanie Van Dyke was touring Newby Elementary School in August, preparing for her job as a kindergarten teacher there, she spotted a giant tiger ...

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Teddi Beard, manager of the wood products division, applauds for clients who are being honored at the MV Advancements picnic. Beard, who is retiring in September after 38 years with MV, said her favorite part of the job is seeing clients learn work and social skills so they can become more independent.

Stopping By: Helping others become independent

Teddi Beard retiring from rewarding 38-year career teaching vocational skills The first time Teddi Beard visited Mid-Valley Workshop’s wood products plant near Amity, she saw the executive director ...

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