When it comes to the history of the Wyoming and Forest Lake area, there aren’t many who know more than Ken Banta did. As a descendant of the pioneer family that put down roots in Wyoming in 1857, Banta took pride in knowing and preserving the past.
Give Gail Hellesvig an idea and a double convection oven and she’ll put both to work.
It’s now more than 150 years since Minnesota Civil War troops made a pivotal charge that helped save the day at the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. But interest in the Civil War and the efforts by the sons of early Minnesotans still remains strong.
As Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines last weekend, most Americans could only watch the devastation unfold from afar and feel for those in the wake of the storm. But for Jeff Krasean, of Forest Lake, the story unfolding on his TV was much more. It was personal.
When Nov. 22 rolls around this year, Ron Weiss will pause and reflect on that dark day in history 50 years ago.