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Michael Pollock holds Scrumpy, whom he adopted from Homeward Bound Pets. He doesn’t leave home without her — except when he goes to the store, since he won’t leave Scrumpy locked in his truck

Stopping by: A man and his dog

Scrumpy’s companionship makes all the difference in Michael Pollock’s clean life Michael Pollock thought he was a happy man. He had kicked a debilitating, 35-year drug and alcohol ...

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Debbie Lockwood of Sheridan has been taking pictures since she was young. When she received her first digital camera, she said, she “took off,” taking hundreds of shots. She carries a camera everywhere.

Stopping by: She calls the shots

Local photographer’s work will be part of updated antique mall in Lafayette Debbie Lockwood has the right background for art photography. Her father, a minister, “always had a camera wherever ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Harold Washington sits near the MV Advancements building. The nonprofit is one of the organizations he’s helped over many years of quietly contributing to the community.

Stopping by: In good company

Honored for civic work, Harold Washington says he can’t take all the credit   Harold Washington prefers to be known by the company he keeps. “My dad said if you want to be a good person, ...

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Robin Miguel prepares vegetables at the Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas. She said she enjoys the creative challenge afforded by donations from gardeners in the community.

Stopping by: She lives a philosophy of giving

Soup kitchen chef wants everyone to have access to nutritious meals Robin Miguel hitchhiked across the country looking for the meaning of life, and found it: helping others, especially by feeding ...

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Alexis Wilkinson, mustang horse trainer and riding instructor,  pauses during a teaching session at the barn where she trains west of Yamhill. Wilkinson gentled her first wild yearling at age 13, through the Teens & Mustangs program.

Stopping by: Making a difference for horses

Carlton woman has a passion for helping Oregon mustangs   Horses have been at the center of Alexis Wilkinson’s life since she was a baby. As a child, before she’d mastered reading herself, ...

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Stopping By: Writers shaped by McMinnville

McMinnville is a character in new books by two people who grew up in Yamhill County — New York Times reporter and longtime journalist Jim Tankersley, and attorney Mark Cushing, whose practice specializes ...

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The Taylors’ North Kutch building started as a barn, then was made into a machine shop in 1940 by Wilbur Loban, who also built the attached office building. Steve Taylor bought it in 1994 to use for his American Packaging business and an art gallery. It’s been used for winery storage and sales since 2009.

Stopping By: Past, present intersect at historic Carlton address

Young girls’ fingerprints are still visible on the bricks that form the interior walls of Troon Winery tasting room in Carlton. The prints are a clue to the history of this building, and ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register ## Addilyn and Savanna Haney join their mom, Darci, at the family piano in the living room of Westerlook. Darci, who owned MD Haney home décor store in McMinnville, is in the process of decorating the space.

Stopping By: Labor of love

Darci Haney’s dream home came with a huge oven, big enough to bake eight pies at a time. “It’s an amazing thing,” she said of the appliance that’s perfect for an ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## David Spalding examines a rare pink diamond for sale in his store, Timmreck & McNicol Jewelers in McMinnville. He finds unusual and beautiful stones on his semi-annual buying trips to world diamond markets.

Stopping by: Diamonds forever

  A dapper fellow walks into one of the multi-story buildings in the diamond district in Antwerp, Belgium. After handing over his passport to assure dealers he is a legitimate buyer, he runs ...

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Melissa McLaughlin and her son and business partner, Aaron, walk through their inventory of flowering baskets, pointing out the large variety of types and colors. Country Garden Nursery’s baskets are on display all over McMinnville and in cities up and down the West Coast.

Stopping by: 'Message of caring'

Flowers bloom throughout the country thanks to a nursery on the banks of the North Yamhill River. County Garden Nursery, between McMinnville and Carlton, is a family business best known for hanging ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##  Miguel Lozano prepares elotes, a traditional Mexican street food, for customers Johan Veles and Karen Velez.

Stopping By: Entrepreneur is all ears

Update: Miguel Lozano's elote sales are on hold. Miguel, a high school sophomore who already has a food service card, said he was notified that he needs to fill out paperwork, pay $1,415 and take classes ...

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Patti Webb’s favorite Third Street historical building currently houses La Rambla restaurant. She admires the structure’s architectural style.

Stopping by: Building history

Patti Webb loves to sit and drink tea on the wide porch of the home occupied for decades by her parents, the late John and Mary Day. The big white house just north of downtown McMinnville now is ...

Mac school district planning for in-person and distance learning

McMinnville and Lafayette students are expected to return to school in September using a combination of in-person and distance-learning classes or a comprehensive distance program.  Most parents ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Susan Aldrich-Markham locates a patch of milkweed near McMinnville. The plant is important to the survival of the monarch butterfly.

Stopping by: Roadside warrior: protecting native plants

Somewhere a monarch butterfly is fluttering its wings thanks to Susan Aldrich-Markham, whose volunteer efforts have helped the species survive the annual commute from Canada to Mexico. Monarchs lay eggs ...

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