Christians to observe National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be marked on Thursday, May 7, as it is on the first Thursday in May every year. This year, in the age of social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Rohse: Our ranch animals had minds of their own

­­Animals provided much of our fun on the ranch in Eastern Oregon. I had a dog as a pet before we moved to the ranch, but with ranch life we added cattle, horses, chickens, turkeys, pigs, ...

Image: Oregon Historical Society ## T. Edgenton Hogg as he appeared in 1862, sporting his Confederate Navy uniform.

Offbeat Oregon: ‘Colonel’ Hogg’s war record? Robbery on the high seas

Corvallis/Toledo railroad tycoon T. Edgenton Hogg (pronounced “Hoag”) was always somewhat reticent about his past. Especially the Civil War part. To some extent, that was understandable. “Colonel” ...

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Pam Johnson, who joined the Dayton School District in 1995, plans to retire from her job as food service director at the end of the school year. She enjoys making sure youngsters have nutritious meals

Stopping by: Feeding the need

  Food service director makes sure Dayton kids have nutritious meals Pam Johnson has eaten lunch at school every day for the past 25 years. The meals are good, she said, and she's not just ...

Rohse: Seeking a few new signs of the times

In these days of coronavirus, we are not smiling enough. We are laughing less. Now we are advised that we may be subject to quarantine fatigue. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

Carlson: Is this a good time to adopt?

My inbox for the last month or so has had plenty of articles from dog experts weighing in on whether this is, or is not, a perfect time to adopt a pet. Newspaper articles go on about how many of us are ...

Savvy Senior: Medicare boosts telehealth coverage during pandemic

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Savvy Senior Jim Miller is a longtime advocate for senior issues and regular contributor to the NBC "Today Show."Send your questions to Jim at Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Mike Paull poses for a portrait in his front yard, which is decorated with sculptures and other decorative items. Paull has been a carpenter, a treatment plant operator and a coffee shop owner; he will always be a writer of poetry and prose.

Stopping By: ‘Spinning yarns and telling stories’

Mike Paull is a storyteller through and through, whether his tales originated in the form of bedtime fables for his granddaughter, Carlie, anecdotes he tells his friends and fellow American Legion ...

Rohse: What’s it like to be 100? Let me tell you

This column is particularly directed to those of you who, in the not too distant future, will have a centennial birthday. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, ...

Image: Britt Studios ## Ed Schieffelin in 1880, when he posed for a series of portraits in his prospecting outfit — including Sharps rifle, rock hammer, Smith & Wesson revolver and canteen.

Offbeat Oregon: Famous prospector’s death sparked ‘lost mine’ legends

They found the grizzled prospector’s body slumped over a sample of ore on the floor of the rude log cabin he’d been staying in, deep in the wilderness of southern Oregon, late in the spring ...

Carlson: Ways to pass the time with Poochie

  I am writing this five days after Gov. Kate Brown ordered all of us to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy.” And I wholeheartedly support her, knowing this is critically important, and ...

Rohse: Amid plagues, humans persevere

Our world has had some fearful enemies: cholera, malaria, bubonic plague, influenza, measles, yellow fever, infantile paralysis and, especially, smallpox, which has killed some 300 to 500 million people ...

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Elaine Rohse on the North Fork of the John Day River in Grant County in 2007. Rohse often writes about her childhood in Eastern Oregon in her News-Register column, “Rohse Colored Glasses.”

Stopping By: At 100, still writing, still ‘happy as can be’

Even in hard times, newspaper columnist looks through ‘Rohse Colored Glasses’ News-Register columnist Elaine Dahl Rohse celebrated her April 12 birthday in an odd way. Instead of ...

From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. Hello, community readers. We are absolutely saddened to not have our library doors opened right now. We miss all ...

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McMinnville High School teacher Matt Brisbin will be asking his students to write poems and essays as part of “distance learning” during this spring’s school closures. He’ll set an example by continuing his own writing as he teaches over the Internet.

Stopping by: Teacher, writer sets example for students

Language arts teacher Matt Brisbin doesn’t simply require his students to write. He sets an example for them, composing everything from essays to poems. “It’s important ...

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