City work session on missing middle housing set for Thursday

The city of McMinnville Planning Commission will host a work session this Thursday on ensuring the city complies with rules set out in HB 2001, the state’s “missing middle housing bill” ...

Farewell parade for outgoing Habitat exec

McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity will host a COVID-safe parade for its executive director, Mary Stern, who is leaving the nonprofit to move closer to her family in New Jersey.  Stern has lived ...

Debbie Brockett

McMinnville hires new school superintendent

Debbie Brockett, now a 'region superintendent' at the fifth-largest school district in the U.S., will become a next leader of the McMinnville School District. School board members unanimously approved ...

Beverly Cleary

Cleary, 'Girl from Yamhill' children's author dies

Beloved children's author Beverly Cleary, who was born in McMinnville and spent several years of her childhood in Yamhill, died Friday, March 25, in Carmel, California. She was 104 and would have turned ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Tynan Pierce is helping to start a seed library in McMinnville. The program’s first projects include sending carrot seeds to 1,500 elementary school students in the McMinnville School District and distributing seeds at the Friends of the McMinnville Library book sale.

Sowing the seeds of community

Polly Blum grew up on a farm growing berries for Smucker’s jelly, which started her on a path to becoming a master gardener. She tends to her boysenberries, raspberries, apples, plums and more and ...

Transgender leader to give Linfield talk

Linfield University is planning activities for International Transgender Day of Visibility, including a live-streamed talk by Trystan Reese, a transgender leader, educator and speaker who became widely ...

Eggs support child abuse prevention

Juliette’s House and Linfield University students are selling Easter eggs as a way of raising funds for child abuse prevention. The “Egg My Yard” fundrasiser offers candy filled eggs ...

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Janice Patrice Bleck and Martin Bleck, pictured here during a 2016 Winter Wednesday Supper Series event, recently sold Subterra - A Wine Cellar Restaurant to new owners and have retired to the Oregon coast. The Blecks operated the restaurant, along with a catering company, for more than a decade in Newberg.

Along the street: Owners of Subterra retire, close catering company

After more than 36 years in the food business, Janice Patrice Bleck and her husband, Martin Bleck, have sold their Newberg restaurant, Subterra, and closed their Rogue Gourmet Catering company. They ...

Emails to chamber added to meeting documents, frustrating city councilor

At the beginning of the Tuesday McMinnville council meeting, Council President Remy Drabkin, filling in for Mayor Scott Hill, briefly mentioned an email had been added to the council packet Tuesday. The ...

School board meets Monday to discuss superintendent hiring

McMinnville School Board members will meet Monday evening to consider hiring a new superintendent. The board narrowed the list to one finalist, with whom it has been negotiating a contract since March ...

McMinnville man killed in Highway 47 crash; three injured

A McMinnville man was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 47, north of Yamhill, in the Cove Orchard area. The Oregon State Police identified ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Landscape painter Erin Hanson shows off how her open impressionistic style captures blooms at the Woodburn Tulip Festival. Her brush strokes never overlap.

Stopping by: 'Endless paintings'

Driving from her new home in Amity to her studio in McMinnville, landscape artist Erin Hanson notices daffodils and oaks, green fields and hills, moody sky and rainbows. “I see 10 or 12 ...

Adaptive egg hunt planned April 3

Families with special-needs children can attend the annual Adaptive Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3. The free event is open to children with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. ...

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The Grandhaven Elementary PTA put up a sign welcoming students back to classrooms as hybrid education started Monday.

Teachers, students excited to return to the classroom

As elementary students settled into their classrooms for the first time in a year, teacher Erik Svec noticed a fourth-grader who seemed much more eager to apply himself than he had during distance learning. From ...

Mac school board chooses a finalist, starts negotiations

After 15 hours of in-person interviews and discussion last week, the McMinnville School Board narrowed its search for a new superintendent to one finalist. Board members are negotiating with the finalist ...

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