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Taste of Pine Island is August 21
By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – The third an-
nual Taste of Pine Island will be
held Thursday, August 21, from
5-9 p.m. outdoors at Pine Haven
Care Center. Tickets can be pur-
chased at Pine Haven Care Cen-
ter, Pine Island Area Home Ser-
vices, Pine Island Bank, Better
Brew Coffeehouse, and Thrivent
Financial. Tickets for a children’s
meal will be available at the door.
The event is hosted by Zumbro-
Cannon Valley Community of
Thrivent Financial.
Taste of Pine Island is a family-
friendly, multi-generation social
gathering that benefits and pro-
motes two very important organi-
zations in the Pine Island; Pine
Haven Care Center, which is cel-
ebrating its 50th anniversary this
year, and Pine Island Area Home
Services (PIAHS), which has been
serving the community for over
ten years. All proceeds from the
event are divided equally between
these two organizations. With
Taste of Pine Island funds, Pine
Haven was able to purchase a new
snack cart, upgrade some tech-
nology, and enhance activities and
entertainment. PIAHS added Wi-
Fi throughout its building, remod-
eled a meeting room, and aided in
the area of transportation.
Appetizers, a full meal, refresh-
ments, and spirits from local es-
tablishments will be served at Taste
of Pine Island. Bounce castles will
be available for kids. A variety of
musical talent will entertain, start-
ing with Jukebox Cruise at 5 p.m.,
followed by the Ray Sands Combo
at 6 p.m., Pine Island Dixieland
Band at 7 p.m., and LP and the
45’s at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction
with an assortment of gifts and
goodies will be held.
Businesses can get on the Do-
nor Board, which will have four
Olympic levels – Bronze at $100,
Silver at $250, Gold at $500, and
Platinum at $1,000. Donors will
be publicly thanked and listed in
the Zumbro Shopper.
Items for the auction are wel-
come and any monetary donations
are appreciated. For more infor-
mation contact the Pine Island
Thrivent office at 507-356-4009.
The last two Taste of Pine Is-
land events raised over $20,000
each. This year the event commit-
tee is hoping to raise $25,000.
Volunteers play a big role in the
success of the event by donating
their time and talents. Once again
the Lions Club, the Pine Island
High School football team, and
the Pine Island Fire Department
will assist organizers and other
volunteers from the community
with the event.
Oronoco Gold Rush Days
wins international acclaim
By Karen Snyder
ORONOCO – Downtown
Oronoco Gold Rush Days’ hat is
sporting another feather, and this
plume is international. TheCulture
Trip.com, a website that covers
the best of art, food, culture and
travel around the world (even
Antarctica), has named Gold Rush
one of “Minnesota’s 10 Unmiss-
able Events and Festivals in Sum-
mer 2014.”
CultureTrip, which claims
450,000 website visitors per month
and another 150,000 to its
Facebook page, says Oronoco’s
“tiny population of 800 swells
during the festival to accommo-
date more than 50,000 antique buffs
looking for bargains. Visitors will
find everything from 18th century
muskets and farm wagons to glass-
ware and embroidery.”
Four years ago, Country Living
Magazine gave kudos to Gold Rush
as a Top 12 Midwestern Antique
Recently, Dale Walksler, cura-
tor of Wheels Through Time Mu-
seum, host of Velocity TV’s
“What’s in the Barn?,” and seeker
of vintage motorcycles and cars,
announced he’ll bring a film crew
to Gold Rush 2014. The plan is
that filming will take place Friday
afternoon, Aug. 15.
August 15-17 are the dates for
the 42nd annual Gold Rush Days.
Hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday
and Saturday, August 15-16; and
7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, August
17. Admission is free.
Several hundred dealers will
offer an antiques and vintage goods
gamut, from sturdy machinery to
dainty objects. Shoppers will find
re-purposed items, too, and hand-
made soap, handcrafted jewelry,
dried flowers, etc.
Music and fashion show
Friday will feature entertainment
at the fire station stage. The music
duo Seeing Double – Lynn
Bockenhauer and Mary Abbott
who look like twins but aren’t even
related – will perform from 1-3
As part of their act, they’ll pro-
vide musical backup for a vintage
fashion show presented by Sue
Whitney of Junkmarket Style.
(You’ll find Seeing Double on
Facebook and Sue Whitney at
Throughout the weekend, mu-
sicians, many from Rochester’s
Thursdays on First and 3rd, will
entertain visitors.
Gold Rush is getting ready to
feed hungry shoppers. Typical fair
fare will abound – doughnuts,
funnel cakes, onion rings, brats,
tacos, corn dogs, kettle corn pizza
and more. New this year are straw-
berries and cream and Chocolaterie
Stam gelato.
And that, says Gold Rush coor-
dinator Carol Olson, isn’t all. “We
always want to focus on our own
fire department and VFW who, at
the crack of dawn, are cooking up
pancakes, sausage and eggs and
plenty of hot, steaming coffee,”
she said.
Later those busy chefs switch
to a lunch menu. “You are always
guaranteed a good meal at Gold
Rush,” Olson said.
The beginnings
Established in 1972, Gold Rush
had a sunny startup. All 38 ven-
dors, antiques dealers from the area,
sold out and had to return home to
get more merchandise. The next
year, twice as many dealers, well-
stocked, came to the show.
Through the decades Gold Rush
continued to grow. It’s a popular
tradition with a worthy twist: “We
are the only event of this stature
that is non-profit and depends ex-
clusively on volunteers,” Olson
explained. All after-expenses pro-
ceeds are donated to local chari-
ties, organizations and projects.
For more information and up-
dates visit goldrushmn.com and
Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush
Days on Facebook.
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO – Representing
agricultural achievement in diverse
farming operations, 74 families
from throughout Minnesota were
honored by the University of Min-
nesota as 2014 Farm Families of
the Year. In Goodhue County, the
John Irrthum family of rural
Wanamingo was selected for this
honor. Upon being informed of
the award John’s response was,
“Wow! Really?”
In 1969, John’s parents, Walter
and Pat Irrthum, moved to a farm
in Minneola Township. John grew
up milking Ayrshires and Holsteins
there. Along with his wife Linda,
their sons Marcus and Clint, and
his mother Pat, John continues the
family dairy farming tradition.
Today John, Linda, Marcus,
Clint and Pat play key roles in the
success of the family farm. John
oversees and tends to milking cows
and crop production. Linda keeps
the family fed, tends to the gar-
den, helps to run errands, picks up
parts, and pays the bills. Marcus
is responsible for farm chores and
Clint assists with milking cows,
unloading hay, feeding calves,
picking field rocks, and walking
the fence. The family matriarch,
Pat, tends to the farm’s bookkeep-
ing needs, and also runs errands
as needed.
The Irrthum family is well-
known for their quality dairy live-
stock and has received several
accolades. In March the family
was honored with the Minnesota
Purebred Dairy Cattle Association
2014 Distinguished Breeder
Goodhue County Commissioner
Dan Rechtzigel nominated the
Irrthums for the Farm Family
honor. “The Irrthums have been
model farmers and active in our
community for many years,” he
said. “Their involvement in 4-H
and FFA have helped to strengthen
and grow those two excellent or-
ganizations. They willingly vol-
unteer to take on any project that
needs help, whether it is for school,
community, or county. It is a multi-
generational farm, and the entire
family serves as advocates of fam-
ily farming.”
Over the years the Irrthums have
been supportive of agricultural
education and active in the com-
munity. John serves as a 4-H leader,
FFA dairy judging coach, and as
president of the Minnesota Ayr-
shire Breeders, in addition to serv-
ing on the Goodhue County DHIA
board, volunteering in a variety
of ways at the county fair. Linda
also assists with 4-H activities, in
addition to volunteering with Meals
on Wheels in Northfield and be-
ing active in a book club. Marcus
and Clint have been active in 4-H
and FFA activities most of their
lives and are involved in the Min-
nesota Junior Holstein Associa-
tion. Recent Kenyon-Wanamingo
High School graduate Marcus has
also been active in football, bas-
ketball, speech, winter musicals,
National Honor Society, and the
Knights of Columbus. KW stu-
dent Clint stays active in football,
baseball, basketball, and National
Honor Society. Pat helps to coor-
dinate the County Extension Home
Study Program and has made sev-
eral agricultural trips throughout
the country. She is also involved
in the Red Hats women’s group,
Rose Circle, and Bunco group.
The farm families were chosen
by local University of Minnesota
Extension committees based on
their demonstrated commitment
to enhancing and supporting agri-
culture. Bev Durgan, dean of the
Extension office, said, “The farm
families receiving this year’s hon-
ors exemplify what makes Min-
nesota agriculture strong. They
bring innovation, science, and hard
work to farming. They care greatly
about the land and animals and
delivering quality products to con-
sumers worldwide.” All farm fami-
lies were recognized on August 7
at Minnesota Farmfest near Red-
wood Falls.
A complete list of 2014 Farm
Families is available at
Zip Rail public comment period
extended to August 22
In response to public interest,
the Minnesota Department of
Transportation extended the com-
ment period on a plan for passen-
ger rail service between the Twin
Cities and Rochester to August
22. MnDOT is preparing a Tier I
Environmental Impact Statement
in cooperation with the Federal
Railroad Administration and the
Olmsted County Regional Rail-
road Authority to evaluate pas-
senger rail alternatives for the
Rochester-Twin Cities Rail Cor-
ridor Investment Plan, also known
as the Zip Rail. The impact state-
ment is in compliance with the
National Environmental Policy Act
of 1969.
As part of the Tier I EIS, an
Environmental Scoping Booklet
and Draft Scoping Decision Docu-
ment were prepared and are avail-
able for public review and com-
ment. The Scoping Booklet de-
scribes the purpose of and need
for development of high-speed
passenger rail service between
Rochester and the Twin Cities and
also provides information on al-
ternatives that will be carried into
the Tier 1 EIS.
The Zip Rail study area includes
an approximately 100-mile corri-
dor between Rochester and the
Twin Cities. The area includes
Dakota, Dodge, Goodhue,
Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey and
Rice counties and various end
points in the Twin Cities and Roch-
ester area. Currently, there is not a
continuous existing railroad con-
nection between the Twin Cities
and Rochester, so many of the
potential corridors would create
new transportation routes.
The Scoping Booklet and Draft
Scoping Decision Document are
available for public review on the
project website at www.
goziprail.org, or by hard copy at
local government offices and li-
braries throughout the corridor. A
list of locations to view a hard
copy is listed on the project website.
Comments on the Scoping Book-
let and Draft Scoping Decision
Document will be accepted through
Aug. 22, 2014, and may be sub-
mitted on the project website, via
email, voicemail, or U.S. mail:
Email: info@goziprail.org
Voicemail: 651-366-3195
U.S. Mail:
Minnesota Department of Trans-
Passenger Rail Office
ATTN: Zip Rail
395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS
St. Paul, MN 55155
For more information, visit the
project website at www.goziprail.
To request a document in an
alternative format, call 651-366-
4718 or email your request to
SEMA offers rewards for
stolen John Deere Gators
WANAMINGO – Over the
course of 2014, eight John Deere
Gators have been stolen from
SEMA Equipment locations in
Wanamingo, LeRoy, and
Northfield. SEMA is offering a
$4,000 reward per unit for infor-
mation leading to the recovery of
these units.
Serial numbers for all stolen units
are listed below.
Stolen from LeRoy on August
1M0825GEJEM083136 – 825i
1M0825GECEM086541 – 825i
1M0825GSHEM081710 – 825i
Stolen from Northfield in early
Stolen from Wanamingo on June
1M0825GECDM063811 - 825i
Contact Terry Mikulecky at 507-
649-0320 with information.
Newspaper Online:
Shopper Online:
Section A of Two Sections Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • No. 33 One Dollar
Pioneer Day
at Chapel
Hill / 1B
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Serving the Highway 52 Golden Corridor from Hader to Oronoco
The John Irrthum family of Wanamingo, representing Goodhue County, was one of 74 families in Minnesota
chosen as 2014 Farm Families of the Year by the University of Minnesota. In front, from left to right, are Pat
and Linda (married to John); in back are Clint, John, and Marcus.
Irrthums are a Farm Family of the Year
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Urges your attendance at meeting
To the Editor:
On August 8, I received a flyer
that had been shared at the August
7, 2014, Zumbrota City Council
It states in part, “An Open House/
Public Meeting will be held Au-
gust 18, 2014, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM,
in the Goodhue Co. Justice Cen-
ter, Jury Assembly Room, Red
Wing, MN, to provide an oppor-
tunity for the public to learn more
about proposed Solar Energy Sys-
tem Regulations (SES) to be con-
sidered by the Goodhue County
Planning Advisory Commission.”
Further, “Goodhue County does
not currently recognize solar en-
ergy projects as an allowed use in
any of the County’s Zoning Dis-
tricts. Goodhue County’s Land
Use Management Dept. Staff are
currently assisting the County’s
Planning Commission to develop
regulations for solar energy projects
that would be subject to local gov-
ernment regulations within the rural
areas of the County.”
Lastly, “Following a presenta-
tion by Land Use Management
Staff to provide an overview of
the proposed SES regulations,
questions and comments will be
received from those present at the
Open House/Public Meeting.”
Please mark your calendars and
plan to attend and bring your ques-
tions and comments. The county
needs input from the citizens of
Goodhue County. Make your voice
Barbara Stussy
Ziplock this boondoggle!
To the Editor:
At the risk of having my clinic
number mysteriously disappear, I
think it’s time to state what I be-
lieve most of us feel: Rochester
and the Mayo Clinic are not char-
ity cases that need subsidies (es-
sentially IOUs from our grand-
children) to support our expen-
sive toys and we are perfectly fine
with not being Europe.
According to Google Maps, if a
person was to drive at the speed
limit, it would take 84 minutes to
drive from downtown Rochester
to the MSP International Airport.
Assuming that your vehicle gets
25 mpg, this trip would cost you
approximately $11.23 in fuel costs.
For those who wish to find an al-
ternative path between those two
spots, you could take one of the
locally owned shuttle companies
for as low as $27.00; take a lo-
cally-owned bus service for as low
as $25.00; catch a shuttle flight
from Rochester’s own airport to
MSP for often little or no extra
expense or forgo MSP altogether
and fly directly into or out of
Rochester’s airport. There are even
several locally-owned companies
that offer luxury limousine ser-
vice to MSP, and ride-share internet
postings for those who are really
looking for the most environmen-
tally friendly way to traverse that
distance. In short, you have plenty
of easy options to accomplish this
Despite this fact, we appear to
be “zipping” along towards spend-
ing hundreds of millions (perhaps
several billion) of dollars towards
providing yet another option. This
new option, which would not of-
fer any cost advantage (proposed
initial ticket prices would be $27
to $30 each way), would literally
divide every community and land-
owner it encounters between Roch-
ester and MSP. This divide would
not consist of a simple railroad
arm that would stop travel across
the tracks while a train passes – it
would be a permanent 24/7/365
restriction of crossing the tracks –
whether by car, foot, tractor, am-
bulance or fire truck. Only spe-
cific high volume roads would be
allowed to intersect its path – ei-
ther via bridge over it or by el-
evating the track above the road.
For those who live within blocks
of the proposed downtown zip-
station, and happen to have a need
to travel at an exact time that the
zip rail would be leaving the sta-
tion (which would be no more than
10 times per day – likely less) –
this new option would save you
25 to 30 minutes on your trip. For
those who don’t live within walk-
ing distance of the downtown sta-
tion, or who have to catch a flight
that doesn’t exactly match the Zip
Rail departure schedule, it would
actually take you more time to
make this trip when you consider
your transportation time to the
Despite the fact that this is bound
to be a costly albatross that will
need public subsidies ad infini-
tum, the Zip Rail project seems to
be moving forward at breakneck
speed. It is important to under-
stand that this is not a commuter
train. It is not going to stop at
multiple points and provide an
environ-mentally friendly or re-
laxing way to go shopping, travel
to work or go up to the Twin Cit-
ies for a ballgame. This is a one-
trick pony and a very expensive
nag at that – Point A (Rochester)
to Point B (Minneapolis – although
St.Paul is also mentioned – strictly
just to garner support at the Capi-
Hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars of our tax dollars are being
spent to put on the dog and pony
shows required to pretend that this
process has been well thought out.
If you would like to see common
sense prevail, I urge you at this
time to contact your elected offi-
cials and let them know that you
do not support hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars being spent to pro-
vide favors for some big wigs at
the expense of the rest of the state.
None of us need this and very few
of us want it. Start with your lo-
cal city council or county board
and work your way up to your
State Representative and State
Senators. This train has literally
left the tracks and it’s going to
take a whole lot of “I will not vote
for anybody who supports this” to
stop it. If you sit on your hands
while this goes forward, your
grandchildren will pay for your
As an Oronoco Township Su-
pervisor, I can tell you that our
township board voted unanimously
to oppose the Zip Rail project
moving forward – even if it did
take the alternate Highway 56 route
instead of running parallel to High-
way 52. What’s right is right, and
Zip Rail is wrong for Minnesota
taxpayers and landowners.
Mark Thein
Oronoco Township
By Jan David Fisher
Questions about Star Wars
(the story, not the weapon)
George Lucas had a fun idea
several years before the first Star
Wars movie was made. It was one
of those ideas that you think about,
maybe outline a bit, and then put
everything back into a folder for a
while. Finally, one day the idea
became “The Big Idea” and George
started to make it happen. Parts of
the movie were tongue-in-cheek,
both remembering the science-fic-
tion movies of the forties and us-
ing the movie to do some political
satire. He didn’t expect much from
the movie. It was done as a fun
joke. As far as George was con-
cerned, the joke was on him!
The movie was the number one
hit. He then got serious and pro-
duced the other five movies with
an informal promise to make nine
movies in the series. Here are my
observations, my questions, and
my answers. You are welcome to
make your own questions and an-
1. The Jedi were the good guys,
right? Or were they? What did
they do wrong?
Answer: The Jedi Order looked
for and took babies from their fami-
lies to train as future Jedi. This
may have been a poke at German
and Russian education.
2. Were the Sith the bad guys?
Answer: Depends on your point
of view. The Sith may have been
the ultimate political satire. They
wanted order and predictability
with the government making the
decisions for everyone.
3. The Senate, with a history
and reputation of being corrupt,
ruled the Galactic Republic. Are
comparisons to our world’s vari-
ous governments valid?
Answere: I believe this is the
easy political satire because all
governments at some time or an-
other have slipped into corruption.
This one may be too easy.
4. Who is telling the story of
the six movies?
Answer: R2-D2 with some help
from C-3PO. Think about this
answer. The two droids are in all
six of the movies. They are the
continuing thread.
5. Why are some of the ma-
chines called droids and others
called robots?
Answer: “Droid” is short for
“android,” which is a machine-
human combination. A robot is
all machine and may be controlled
from a central point (but not al-
ways). Recently, a writer made a
slight slip-up. A droid and a hu-
man were talking and the human
asked the droid how it could stay
so focused. Its answer was be-
cause of its positronic brain. (The
positronic brain was a writing in-
vention of Isaac Asimov in his
Robot novels as well as the laws
of robotics.)
What are your thoughts, ques-
tions, and answers about the Star
Wars story? Until next week.
By Melissa
Fair memories
Another year of cheese curds,
barbeque pork sandwiches,
grandstand activities, and of course,
critters galore, has come and gone.
The dusty feet, sweaty hairlines,
leaky wallets, and the lovely odor
of animal manure are but fond
memories to be filed away until
next August comes ‘round. For
most local folks, the Goodhue
County Fair is a special place to
eat, socialize, and see what the
neighbors have won for their garden
produce, livestock, crafts, and other
skills. Kids especially find the fair
fascinating and are very adroit at
pestering parents into multiple
visits to the animal barns and
carnival rides.
Many years ago, our kids were
just at that age where they just
couldn’t get enough of the fair.
The older cousins came down from
the Cities for a visit and all begged
to head right on out. With the
cousins in charge, off they went
for an hour or two of unbridled
fun. At the time, I was working
the DNR Forestry booth in one of
the buildings, and the kids checked
in off and on, excited about their
many adventures. It was all well
and good until the end of the night
as we were preparing to pack it in.
Somehow, the oldest cousin had
figured they had just enough money
left between them to make a special
purchase. Being animal lovers, they
figured they would all commence
to become farmers and brought
four baby chicks to the vehicle.
The 4-H petting zoo had been
selling them for 50 cents a pop,
but now was closed for the night.
Kids being kids, the cousins
assumed their parents would be
fine keeping chickens at home in
the Cities. Of course, Uncle Mike
vetoed that crazy idea and so the
“flock“ of extremely cute, but very
noisy, peeps was ours.
Immediately we built a makeshift
coop, bought some supplies, and
started one of the most wonderful
chapters in our lives. Peaches,
Speedy, Gonzo, and Little Red Hen
taught the kids many important
life lessons, including
responsibility and (after a fox paid
a visit and took mom and dad’s
chicks) the uncomfortable fact that
sometimes one creature must die
for another to survive. More than
anything, however, the chicks
provided hours of cheap (cheep?!)
entertainment. Speedy lived up to
her name and was the first to lay
an egg. Her deep yellow double
yolkers were much appreciated at
the breakfast table. Much to the
kids’ delight, Peaches took to
perching on bicycle handlebars and
hung on for dear life as the kids
rode around the farm. It took just
a few fair chicks to introduce us to
the fascinating world of poultry,
and we’ve enjoyed it ever since.
Currently, the dozen or so laying
hens keep the family, friends, and
our pigs happy with their beautiful,
tasty eggs. The meat birds we grew
last year are stocked in the freezer
and yield the best soup and
casseroles ever. Aah…the fair. We
can’t wait until next year!
Cell 507-208-6000
Peter McWaters
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Zumbrota, MN
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Mazeppa, MN 55956
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University of St. Thomas
ST. PAUL – Graduates earning
degrees in the spring were Bridget
Koenen of Pine Island, MSW,
social work advanced standing;
Elizabeth Boehmke of Pine Island,
MA, early childhood special edu-
cation; and Jessica Hoeper of Zum-
brota, MSW, social work advanced
St. Norbert College
DE PERE, WI – Michelle Pon-
celet of Goodhue graduated summa
cum laude with a bachelor of arts
degree on May 18. She was a gradu-
ate of the honors program.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
MADISON, WI – Graduates on
May 17 included Brian Herms-
meier of Oronoco, bachelor of
science in chemistry and philoso-
phy; Parker Erickson of
Wanamingo, farm and industry
short course one year certificate;
and Monica Nigon of Zumbrota,
bachelor of arts in journalism.
Nicole, Adam, and Lillian Flom
of Kenyon are proud to announce
the new addition to their family,
Nathan Curtis, born July 21, 2014.
He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces,
and was 21-1/4 inches long.
He is also welcomed by his
grandparents, Todd and Brenda
Lerum of Zumbrota, Bob and
Tracey Flom of Nerstrand; and
great-grandparents Jim and Nyola
Benitt, Sharon Erickson, and Tom
and Donita Lerum; and great-great
grandparents, Verona Holst, and
Homer and Florence Schwingle.
Community Calendar
Senior Dining
Reservations are required by
calling 24 hours ahead at each of
the nutrition sites.
In the Pine Island area, meals
are served at the Pine Island Se-
nior Center; Zumbrota area, Zum-
brota Towers.
August 14-20
Thursday: Chicken a la king,
biscuit, peas, cranberry bog salad,
ice cream
Friday: Pork roast, mashed
potatoes, green beans, fruited cole-
slaw, raisin rice pudding, salad
alt: grilled chicken
Monday: Taco casserole, Mexi-
can corn, peaches, peanut butter
cookies, salad alt: taco
Tuesday: Chicken enchilada,
tomato/cuke salad, pineapple,
strawberry shortcake
Wednesday: Baked fish (alt:
beef patty), hash browns au gra-
tin, spinach/lemon or vinegar,
wheat dinner roll, walnut dream
If you have questions, call 356-
Red Wing Tea Party
The Red Wing Tea Party will
hold its monthly meeting on Mon-
day, August 18, at the American
Legion in Red Wing. There will
be speakers on local issues and
lively discussion. Social hour be-
gins at 6 p.m. and the meeting
starts at 7 p.m. All are welcome to
this free event, and don’t miss our
door prize! The Red Wing Tea
Party believes in free markets, fiscal
responsibility, and limited gov-
Cannon Valley Trail
Brenda Owens and Lee Mesigner
of “In Tandem” will be playing
their guitars on Saturday, August
16, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Weather
permitting at the Welch site.
Seasons Hospice
Conversations for Living and
Dying Well, Sunday, August 17,
1-3 p.m. An opportunity to ex-
plore beliefs and feelings about
mortality, dying, and death.
Coffee and Conversation, Thurs-
day, August 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. A
group for anyone who has experi-
enced the death of a loved one.
Newly Bereaved Group, Thurs-
day, August 21, noon - 2 p.m. A
group for anyone who has experi-
enced the death of a loved one
within the last four months.
All groups are held at the Cen-
ter for Grief Education and Sup-
port, Seasons Hospice, 1696
Greenview Dr. SW. Registration
is required two days prior to the
date of the event. For details: 507-
285-1930 or shbp@seasonshos
County Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Goodhue
County Board of Commissioners
is on Tuesday, August 19, at 11:30
a.m. at the Government Center in
Red Wing. The HHS Board will
meet before that meeting at 10:30
Olmsted County Parks
Oxbow Park – All About Por-
cupines, Saturday, August 16, 10
a.m. Enjoy the morning at Zollman
Zoo learning about our fascinat-
ing porcupines.
Chester Woods Park – Camp-
fire Cooking, Saturday, August 16,
3 p.m. Meet at picnic shelter 1 for
a fun demonstration of campfire
Questions about Chester Woods,
call Celeste Lewis at 507-287-
2624. Questions about Oxbow
Park, call Clarissa Josselyn at 507-
Community Library
The Goodhue School Library,
in conjunction with SELCO and
Goodhue County, is open to the
public Wednesday mornings from
9 a.m. - noon and Wednesday eve-
nings from 4-7 p.m. Story hour
for preschoolers is from 10-10:45
a.m. Action 100 conferencing can
be done during the morning hours.
The library is equipped with in-
ter-library loan service, which
means if the library does not have
a book you want, that book can be
there in two days.
Historical Society
The Goodhue Area Historical
Society is open Thursdays and
Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through
August 31. If you want to arrange
a visit in the meantime call Ardis
Henrichs, 651-923-4629; Marie
Strusz, 651-923-4302; Ray Mc-
Namara, 651-923-5117; or Roy
Buck, 651-923-4388. Visit good
hueareahistory.org for information
about the historical society.
Community Blood Drive
An upcoming blood donation
opportunity will be on Wednes-
day, August 13, from 1-7 p.m. at
the Goodhue Lions Community
Center, 105 Broadway. The Ameri-
can Red Cross encourages all eli-
gible blood donors to make an
appointment to donate blood soon
to help prevent a shortage. 16-year-
olds are eligible to donate with a
signed American Red Cross con-
sent form. For appointments call
Carol at 923-4342 or Shirley at
Area History Center
The Oronoco Area History Cen-
ter is open to visitors in the City
Building every second Saturday
from 10 a.m.-noon. Contact us at
OAHC, 54 Blakely Ct. NW or
call 507-367-4320. You may also
visit our web page at oronocoarea
Tops #1280
PI Tops #1280 meets every
Monday night at St. Paul Luth-
eran Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15
and meeting time is 6 p.m. Every-
one welcome. Questions call 356-
8596 or 356-8990.
Pine Island City Council
The council will meet Tuesday,
August 19, at 7 p.m. on the second
floor of city hall.
Senior Citizens Meeting
The Senior Citizens meet on
Wednesday, August 20, at noon
at the handicapped accessible Se-
nior Center for social activities
following the noon meal. All com-
munity seniors 55 and over are
Toastmasters Meeting
The Pine Island Toastmasters
meet at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at St.
Paul Lutheran Church. They do
not meet on holiday weekends:
Christmas, New Year’s, Easter,
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor
Day or Thanksgiving.
History Center
The Pine Island Area History
Center is located at 314 North Main
Street. Open hours are Sunday from
1-3:30 p.m. and Mondays from 8-
11 a.m. or by appointment. To
contact the History Center please
call 507-356-2802 or 507-398-
5326 or visit www.pineisland
VFW/Honor Guard
The VFW and Honor Guard will
meet on Tuesday, August 19, at 7
and 7:30 p.m., respectively, at the
Wanamingo Community Center.
Zumbrota Towers Events
July 31
Thursday: 10:15 a.m. Exercise
The Zumbrota Public Library
is at 100 West Ave., Zumbrota,
507-732-5211. Hours are Mon.,
12-8; Tues. 10-6; Wed., Thurs.,
12-8; Fri., 10-5; and Sat., 9-3. Dur-
ing closed hours you can learn
more about the library at http://
VFW Auxiliary
The Auxiliary meets Monday,
August 18, at 6 p.m. at the Stary-
Yerka VFW Post 5727.
History Center
The Zumbrota History Center
has a photo stand displaying over
50 photographs of early Zumbrota
scenes. They have been enlarged
to 8 x 10 for easier viewing. New
photos are being added all the time.
Also on display are military memo-
rabilia, including Civil War items,
different models of telephones,
Zumbrota telephone books dating
back to the 1900s, and items of
Zumbrota advertising. Museum
hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Other hours by appointment (732-
65-50 Meeting Cancelled
The 65-50 Club meeting sched-
uled for August 14 has been can-
Blood Donation Opportunity
An upcoming blood donation
opportunity will be on Tuesday,
August 19, from 1-7 p.m. at the
Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727 in
Zumbrota. Blood donations often
decline during the summer months,
particularly around the summer
holidays. The American Red Cross
continues to have an urgent need
for blood donors of all blood types
to give before Labor Day. Donors
with types O negative, B nega-
tive, and A negative are especially
needed. To learn more or to make
an appointment, visit
redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-
Tops Meeting
Zumbrota Tops #563 meets ev-
ery Monday night at Our Saviour’s
Lutheran Church. Weigh-in time
is changed to 5:30 p.m. and meet-
ing time to 6 p.m. Everyone wel-
come. Questions call 732-7459 or
Community Band Practice
The Zumbrota Community Band
practices on Monday nights at 7:30
p.m. in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa
High School music room. Volun-
teer musicians are welcome.
State Theatre
Z-Theatre’s “The Circus of Ter-
ror,” Friday and Saturday, August
15-16, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday,
August 17, 2 p.m.
Classic Car Cruise-In and cult
classic film “Deuce of Spades”
(PG-13), Saturday, August 23.
Cruise-In begins at 5 p.m.; the film
at 7 p.m. Food, fun, and prizes!
The State Theatre is at 96 East
4th Street in Zumbrota. For infor-
mation visit zaac.org.or call 507-
Bobby Marines, James David
Smit exhibit, through August 16.
Pinebox featuring Jesse Smith
concert, Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
Reading (and Writing) Minds:
Creating Believable Characters
with Jacqueline West, Sat., Aug.
16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
For more information go to
www. crossingsatcarnegie.com or
call 507-732-7616. Crossings is
at 320 E Ave.
Tax Law Changes
For Farmers!
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
The following information was
reported by the Goodhue County
Sheriff’s Office.
July 18
11:49 a.m. – A deputy was asked
to check on the welfare of a per-
son on 3rd Ave who was not an-
swering his phone. The deputy
made contact with the person who
was fine.
6:01 p.m. – An accident was
reported on 3rd Ave. No injuries
were reported. Minor damage re-
sulted. Personal information was
July 19
1:32 a.m. – A 911 call was re-
ceived from near Railroad St and
2nd Ave with only heavy breath-
ing on the line. On callback a male
would not answer questions and
said he didn’t want to talk to any-
one anymore.
11:09 a.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near 408th St and Cty
1 in Wanamingo Township.
11:32 a.m. – A deputy assisted
the state patrol with a traffic stop
near Hwy 60 and 162nd Ave in
Minneola Township.
6:34 p.m. – A driving complaint
was reported near Cty 12 and Hwy
57 in Cherry Grove Township. A
deputy was unable to locate the
1:04 p.m. – A deputy checked
on the welfare of a person on High
Ave. Everything was fine. The
subject had issues with the phone.
9:41 p.m. – A fawn was hit by a
vehicle near Hwy 60 and 135th
Ave in Minneola Township.
July 20
7:49 a.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Cty 30 and Cty 1
in Wanamingo Township.
6:58 p.m. – Medical help was
requested on Hill Cr.
July 21
6:47 a.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Hwy 52 and Cty
50 in Minneola Township.
7:04 a.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Hader.
2:33 p.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Hwy 60 and Cty 1
in Cherry Grove Township.
4:05 p.m. – Verizon Wireless
reported someone was using their
tower near the 11600 block of 460th
St in Wanamingo Township as a
burning site. Extra patrol was re-
5:56 p.m. – A fire alarm was
activated at Hometown Wine and
Spirits. It was a false alarm.
July 22
1:38 p.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Hader.
2:53 p.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Hwy 52 and 145th
Ave Way in Minneola Township.
July 23
6:47 a.m. – Medical help was
requested on 5th St E.
12:58 p.m. – A trailer was re-
ported taken from the 41300 block
of Hwy 57 in Wanamingo Town-
ship sometime over the winter.
Loss was valued at $3,200.
4:08 p.m. – Revland Alignment
reported receiving a bad check.
They were advised of the worth-
less check program.
4:49-5:41 p.m. – Three speed-
ing tickets were issued near Hwy
60 and Cty 1 in Cherry Grove
8:31 p.m. – Two dogs were on
the side of the road near Hwy 52
and Cty 50 in Minneola Town-
ship. The owner arrived and took
the dogs.
July 24
8:01 a.m. – A citation for no
driver’s license in possession was
issued near Cty 12 and Hwy 57 in
Cherry Grove Township.
11:20 a.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near Hader.
9:54 p.m. – A deputy checked
on the welfare of a person on 2nd
St W who could not be reached by
phone. The person was fine. A cat
had unhooked the phone.
4:21 p.m. – A domestic inci-
dent was reported on the 51600
block of Hwy 57 in Roscoe Town-
ship. No violence occurred. A
person was taken to the detox unit.
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CHURCH, Belvidere Town Hall, 2
miles north of Bellechester on County
2, Pastor Aaron Witmer, 651-923-
4240. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday
School; 11 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Hymn
Sing every fourth Sunday.
ester, Father Paul Kubista. Sunday
mornings: 8:30 a.m. Mass. Tuesday
mornings: 8 a.m. Mass.
Goodhue, Father Paul Kubista. Sat-
urdays: 5:30 p.m. Mass. Monday,
Wednesday, Friday: 7:45 a.m. Mass.
651-923-4695, Pastor Regina Has-
sanally. Sun., Aug. 17: 9:30 a.m.
Worship with communion.
WELS, 702 Third Ave., Goodhue,
Randall L. Kuznicki, Pastor. Thurs.,
Aug. 14: 7 p.m. Family movie night
at church. Sun., Aug. 17: 8:15 a.m.
Worship. Mon., Aug. 19: 7 a.m. Men’s
Bible study at church. Tues., Aug.
19: 1-4 p.m. Pastor’s office hours.
Mazeppa, Alan Horn, Pastor. 843-
6211, home; 843-5302 work. Bible
class every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 17: 9:30 a.m. Worship.
Mon., Aug. 18: 7 p.m. Worship.
Mazeppa. Weekends-Masses: Sun.:
10 a.m., Mazeppa, Fr. Joe Fogal.
David Neil, Pastor. Church: 843-4962;
home: 732-4291. Every Sunday: 9:30
a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m.
Avenue NE, Oronoco: 507-367-4329,
Pastor Ben Kempfert 507-367-4426.
Office hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-
noon. Sundays: 9:30 a.m. Worship.
ORONOCO, 40 3rd Street SW., Rev.
Lisa Johnson office hours Mondays
1-4 p.m.; Office hours: Tuesdays and
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed., Aug.
13: 5-7 p.m. Food shelf open; 6:30
p.m. Session meeting. Thurs., Aug.
14: 9:15 a.m. Food shelf delivery and
restocking. Sun., Aug. 17: 9 a.m.
CHURCH, Pine Island, Tim Graham,
Pastor, 507-356-4306, www.corner
stonepi.org, ASL Interpretation avail-
able. Cornerstone Kids meet every
Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Prayer meet-
ing is Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
CHURCH, 208 North Main, Pine Is-
land, Chris Paulson, Pastor, (507)
356-4834. Sundays: 9:15 a.m. Sun-
day School for children and adults;
10:30 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Youth
Group for grades 7-12. Wednesdays:
6 p.m. AWANA for grades K-6; 7:30
p.m. Bible study for all ages.
520 So. Main St., Pine Island, 356-
8622, email: dashpole@bevcomm.
net, Rev. Dan Ashpole, Pastor. Sun-
days: 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible class and
Children’s Sunday School; 10:30 a.m.
Street SW, Pine Island, 356-4280,
Father Randal Kasel, Pastor; Satur-
day Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday Mass
10:30 a.m.; Confessions 4:15 p.m.
Saturday; Daily Mass Wednesday
8:30 a.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.; Con-
fessions 8 a.m. Office Hours Tues-
day-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5
p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
3rd St. S.W., Box 708, Pine Island,
Kip A. Groettum, Associate Pastor.
Email: saintpaulpi@yahoo.com; Web
site: www.saintpaulpi.org. Wed., Aug.
13-Thurs., Aug. 15: 6:30 p.m. VBS.
Sat., Aug. 16: 5:30 p.m. Worship
with communion. Sun., Aug. 17: 8:15
and 10 a.m. Worship with commun-
ion; 9:30 a.m. Fellowship. Tues., Aug.
19: 9 a.m. Staff meeting; 1:30 p.m.
Bible study. Wed., Aug. 20: 7 p.m.
Church council.
North, PO Box 8, Pine Island, Caro-
lyn Westlake, Pastor; Office hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.;
Web address: www.piumc.org; email:
Pastor Patrick McBride, 507-824-
3019. New Life Church meets at 10
a.m. at 525 Beverly Street, Wana-
mingo. Free nursery for infants
through age three; Sunday School
for all ages beginning at 9 a.m. Small
Group Bible Studies Sunday evenings
at 7 p.m.
Christopher Culuris, Pastor 507-824-
2155. Wed., Aug. 13: 2 p.m. Circle
hosted by Shirley Lund; 6 p.m. Rev.
Ann Marie Klavano mission work pre-
sentation; 6:30 p.m. Endowment com-
mittee; 7 p.m. Boards meet; 8 p.m.
Planning council. Thurs., Aug. 14:
Newsletter deadline; 2 p.m. Circle at
Heritage Hill hosted by Esther
Johnson. Sat., Aug. 15: 9 a.m. Bible
study at Holden. Sun., Aug. 17: 9
a.m. Joint worship with communion
followed by coffee fellowship at Wana-
mingo Lutheran. Wed., Aug. 20: 9
a.m. Volunteers help with newslet-
ter; 5 p.m. Pizza at Berne.
Wanamingo, MN 55983, Christopher
Culuris, Pastor. Office hours Thurs-
days 1-3 p.m., 507-824-2410. Wed.,
Aug. 13: 6 p.m. Missionary Pastor
Ann Klavano speaks at Trinity. Thurs.,
Aug. 14: 1:30 p.m. WELCA luncheon
at Area 57 with Bible study; 6:30
p.m. Council meeting. Fri., Aug. 15:
9 a.m. Bible study at Holden. Sun.,
Aug. 17; 9 a.m. Joint worship with
communion followed by coffee. Wed.,
Aug. 20: 5 p.m. Pizza at Berne.
and School, WELS, 223 East 5th
Street, Zumbrota, Office 732-5421.
Wayne Schoch, Pastor, 732-4089;
School, Daniel Kell, Principal, 732-
5367. Wed., Aug. 13: 1 p.m. Nurs-
ing Home communion.
worship services: 81 West 5th Street,
Zumbrota, 507-732-7438, www.fwc
1.org. Sunday: 9:30 a.m.; Eccle-
siastes, Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible
School classes and seminars
UCC, 455 East Avenue, Zumbrota;
Rev. Lisa Johnson. Secr-etary’s of-
fice hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 16: 8
a.m.Habitat for Humanity work day
at Red Wing. Sun., Aug. 17: 11 a.m.
Worship. Tues., Aug. 19: 6:30 p.m.
Council meeting.
a Wesleyan church, 179 W. 3rd St.,
Zumbrota, lighthousecommunityzum
@yahoo.com, Janet Fischer, Pastor.
Office: 732-5074. Sun., Aug. 17:
10:45 a.m. Worship; 1 Samuel 8:1-
290 South Main Street, Zumbrota.
507-398-2604. Pastor Gary Basin-
ski. Service times: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Eric Westlake and Tim Banks, Pas-
tors, 1549 East Avenue, Zumbrota,
732-5449, church office. Website:
oslczumbrota.org. Office hours: Tues.,
Wed., and Fri., 8 a.m.-noon. Wed.,
Aug. 13: 12:30 p.m. Junior youth
group go to Oxbow Park; 6 p.m. Youth
group; 7 p.m. Bible study. Thurs.,
Aug. 14: 7 p.m. Adult backyard fel-
lowship. Sat., Aug. 16: 7 a.m. Men’s
prayer breakfast. Sun., Aug. 17: 8:30
a.m. Prayer time; 9 a.m. Worship.
Wed., Aug. 20: 6 p.m. Youth group;
7 p.m. Bible study.
St. South, Zumbrota, 732-5324, email
stpauls@hcinet.net Pastor Father
Randal Kasel, pastor. Hours: Tues-
day, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday 7:30-11:30
a.m. http://stpaulzm.com. Mass
Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.; Tues-
day and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Mass
at the nursing home is the second
Tuesday of the month at 9:15 a.m.
560 W. 3rd St., Zumbrota, 732-7303,
Susan Vikstrom, pastor; Cindy Wil-
son Youth director. Outdoor worship;
9:30 a.m. Indoor worship. Wed., Aug.
13: 7 p.m. Property management.
Thurs., Aug. 14: 9 a.m. WELCA brunch
at Linda Pahl’s; 5:45 p.m. Finance
meeting; 6:30 p.m. Church council.
Sun., Aug. 17: 8 a.m. Outdoor wor-
ship; 9:30 a.m. Indoor worship with
baptism of Jeffrey Pederson.
Martin Horn, Pastor. Wed., Aug. 13:
7:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer.
Thurs., Aug. 14: 1:30 p.m. Rachel
circle at Phyllis Forss’. Sun., Aug.
17: 10:45 a.m. Worship; 3 p.m. Young
adults Bible study; 5:45 p.m. Youth
group. Wed., Aug. 20: 7:30 p.m. Bible
study and prayer at Hauge.
strand, Don Kloster pastor, (507) 334-
2822. Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15
a.m. Coffee hour; 10:30 a.m. Sun-
day School; Confirmation class.
CHURCHES, Rural Goodhue, County
4 Blvd., Pastor Justin Gosch. Grace:
Sundays: 10 a.m. Worship. Commun-
ion is held on second and last Sun-
day of each month. St. John’s: Sun-
days: 8:30 a.m. Worship. Commun-
ion is held on the second and last
Sunday of each month. St. John’s:
Summer worship will be at 8:30 a.m.
Grace: Summer worship will be at
10 a.m. Communion is held on the
second and last Sunday of the month.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Worship with com-
munion every Wednesday before the
second and last Sunday.
Martin Horn, Pastoral. Wed., Aug.
13: 7:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer
at Emmanuel. Sun., Aug. 17: 9 a.m.
Worship; 3 p.m. Young adults Bible
study at Emmanuel; 5:45 p.m. Youth
group at Emmanuel. Mon., Aug. 18:
7 p.m. Dorcas circle at Lucy Boyum’s.
Wed., Aug. 20: 7:30 p.m. Bible study
and prayer.
Hay Creek (LCMS), 24686 Old Church
Road. Pastor Lowell Sorenson, 651-
388-4577. Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday
School; Bible class; 9:45 a.m. Fel-
lowship time; 10 a.m. Worship.
LANDS LUTHERAN, 16640 Highway.
60 Blvd., Zumbrota, MN 55992-5105.
Zumbrota. Text study; 7 p.m. Spiri-
tual guidance. Wed., Aug. 13: 9 a.m.
Coffee and conversation; 7 p.m. Youth
County 50 Blvd. Wed., Aug. 13: 6:30
p.m. Pastoral board meeting; 7:30
p.m. Planning council meeting. Sun.,
Aug. 17: 9:30 a.m. Worship with cof-
fee following; August scrip card or-
ders are due in the office.
36483 County. 47 Blvd., Belle Creek,
Father Paul Kubista. Sundays: 10:30
a.m. Mass.
Valley, Alan Horn, Pastor. 843-6211,
home; 843-5302 work. Bible Class
is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in
Minneola Township, County Road 7,
rural Zumbrota, Randall Kuznicki,
Pastor. Mon., Aug. 18: 7 a.m. Men’s
Bible study at St. Peter’s. Tues., Aug.
19: 1-4 p.m. Pastor’s office hours.
eran Church Missouri Synod, Bel-
videre, 28961 365th St., Goodhue,
MN 55027-8515, Dr. Scott T. Fiege,
Pastor. Sun., Aug. 17: 10:30 a.m.
Worship with communion.
ral Zumbrota. Church: (507) 732-5711,
Kathy Lowery, Pastor, Home 507-
271-5711. Sun., Aug. 17: 9:30 a.m.
Worship with communion; 10:30 a.m.
Coffee fellowship. Tues., Aug. 19:
11 a.m. Text study.
9 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009.
Church: 507-263-5544; Pastor David
Hurtt, Interim. Wed., Aug. 13: 6 a.m.
Men’s Bible study. Sun., Aug. 17:
9:30 a.m. Communion worship. Mon.,
Aug. 18: 6:30 p.m. Council. Wed.,
Aug. 20: 6 a.m. Men’s Bible study.
LCMC 34289 County 24 Blvd., Can-
non Falls, Curtis Fox, Pastor, 507-
663-9060; Linda Flom, Visitation Min-
ister, 263-5613. Sundays 9 a.m.
Worship. Thursdays 9:30 a.m. Bible
study; 7 p.m. Blue grass jam.
CHRIST, 23148 County Highway 24,
West Concord (Berne), 507/527-2622.
Rev. Victor Jortack, Pastor.
Jill Mathews 1946-2014
Jill Mathews, 67, formerly of
Pine Island, passed away on Au-
gust 2, 2014 at her home in Ari-
zona with her family.
She was born December 14,
1946, in Rochester to Nora (Keane)
and Al Jasperson. She graduated
from Pine Island High School,
married Bob Mathews in 1968,
and raised two children.
She is survived by her husband
Bob; sons, Bill (Shawn) Mathews
of Maple Grove and Dan (Nikki)
Mathews of Port Washington,
Wisconsin; sister Jacki Jasperson
of St. Louis, Missouri; brother,
Jay (Cindy) Jasperson of St.
Charles; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by
her parents and a sister, Jane
Rolland Weis 1926-2014
PINE ISLAND – Rolland D.
Weis, age 88, of Pine Island, died
Monday, August 4, 2014, at Pine
Haven Care Center in Pine Island
where he had resided since De-
cember of 2012.
Rolland Duane Weis was born
July 24, 1926, in Milton Town-
ship, Dodge County, to Walter and
Celia (Brandli) Weis. Growing up
he lived on numerous farms in
Dodge and Goodhue Counties and
attended country schools. He
farmed with his parents and his
brother Francis for several years.
On September 8, 1950 he married
Donna Peterson at the Pine Island
United Methodist Church. The
couple dairy farmed in Milton
Township, Dodge County, where
they raised six sons. The couple
moved to Pine Island in 1989, and
he continued to help his sons farm
for as long as his health
allowed. His wife, Donna, died on
Dec. 13, 1997. Rolland was a
member of the Pine Island United
Methodist Church where he was
active in the Church Council, the
Men’s Club, and other commit-
tees. He was a member of the Odd
Fellows Lodge #84 for 66 years.
He was an active leader in 4-H,
and the FFA (former Future Farm-
ers of America). He also partici-
pated with the Senior Citizens sing-
ing group, “Pine Ears.” In 1985
Rolland was named the “Farmer
of the Year” by the Dodge County
Soil and Water Conservation Dis-
trict. He enjoyed working with his
horses, and he participated with
the Friendship Wagon Train for
over 20 years. The wagon train
raised money for children and
adults with developmental disabili-
ties to attend Camp Winnebago
near Caledonia. He also enjoyed
fishing, camping with his grand-
children, and square dancing. He
thoroughly enjoyed visiting with
his grandchildren and great-grand-
Survivors include six sons, Don
(Mary), Stuart (Lori), Dean
(Delana), Carl (Rhonda), Neal
(Denise), and Brian (Shirley), all
of Pine Island; grandchildren,
Tricia (Matt) Sheehan, Erin (John)
Ellingsberg, Genna (Frank) Vanek,
Christopher (Ann) Weis, Angie
(Eric) Alberts, Jeremy (Angie)
Weis, Lezli (Kyle) Kuster, Matt
Weis, Shannan Quam, Andrea
(Salvador) Carranza, Kirsten
(Nate) Heeren, Bryant Weis, Ann
(Jesse) Frericks, Brad (Danielle)
Weis, and Kodey Weis; twenty-
nine great-grandchildren, with a
great-grandchild due this Novem-
ber; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Weis,
Carol Schroeder, and Ann Stafford;
brother-in-law, Henry
Schroeder;several nieces and neph-
ews; and special friend, Bette
Rolland was preceded in death
by his wife; his parents; and broth-
ers Caryl, Francis, and Wilford.
The funeral service was on Sat-
urday, August 9, at the Pine Is-
land United Methodist Church with
the Reverend Rick Ormsby
officiating. Burial was in the Pine
Island Cemetery. Friends may
share a memory at www.mahn
Tom Mitchell 1945-2014
WANAMINGO – Thomas Jerry
“Tom” Mitchell, age 69 of
Wanamingo, died peacefully at his
home on Monday, August 4, 2014.
He was born on February 19,
1945 in Clear Springs, Florida, to
Charles “Alcus” and Lena Mae
(Nobles) Mitchell. He grew up,
one of eight children, in the Florida
area. Tom made his way up north
where he met and married Bar-
bara “Jeannie” Kishketog on July
1, 1974 in Milwaukee, Wiscon-
sin. There they had two children,
Vicki and Tommy, before even-
tually moving and raising their
family in the Spring Valley
area. They later divorced.
Tom was a long-time diesel
mechanic working for various
trucking companies throughout the
area. He was very talented in his
line of work and was proud of his
accomplishments in rebuilding
diesel transmissions. He enjoyed
watching NASCAR, NFL, ESPN
and spending time with his chil-
dren and grandchildren, who all
were his pride and joy.
Tom is survived by his daugh-
ter, Vicki, and her fiancé, Jaime
Ruiz of Chatfield; son, Tommy of
Wanamingo; six grandchildren,
Samantha, Kasey, Tommy, Salma,
Creena and Decota; great-grand-
daughter, Lyla; three sisters, Lillian
Jones of Molino, Florida, Myrtle
Womack of Monroeville, Ala-
bama, and Mildred (Charlie) Long
of Melbourne, Florida; brother,
James (Frances) Mitchell of Win-
ter Haven, Florida; and many nieces
and nephews.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; and three brothers,
Edward, Fred, and Jimmy.
A private memorial service will
be held at a later date. Online con-
dolences may be directed to
Stewart Eayrs 1922-2014
Franklin Eayrs of West Concord
passed away peacefully on Au-
gust 3, 2014, at the Minneapolis
Veterans Home surrounded by
Stewart was born on Septem-
ber 18, 1922 to Curtis and Catherine
(Schmidt) Eayrs. He grew up in
Concord Township, Dodge
County, with his parents and sib-
lings, Donald, Doris, Lucille and
He married Ruth Marlene Egger
on June 18, 1950. They farmed in
Concord Township, Dodge
County, where he resided for over
60 years until his declining health
and his wife’s battle with breast
cancer required Stewart’s move
to the Minneapolis Veterans Home
on March 1, 2012. Stewart was a
World War II veteran, a Vietnam
Veteran. He was a devoted hus-
band and father, marine engineer,
builder and farmer who loved his
family and his country.
His surviving family include his
sons Michael (Mary Jo) Eayrs of
Green Bay, Wisconsin; Neil (Fran)
Eayrs of Carterville, Illiniois;
Douglas (Sonja) Eayrs of Maple
Grove; and his daughters Martha
Eayrs of Two Harbors and
Catherine Eayrs of Rochester.
Stewart’s grandchildren include
Christaan Eayrs, Akami Marik,
Matthew (Lindsey) Eayrs, Rebekah
(Paul) Cavanagh, Bret Eayrs, Eliza-
beth Eayrs, Brian (Elizabeth)
Eayrs. Kathleen Eayrs, and
Annemarie Eayrs. Great-grand-
children include Evan Marik,
Ashlyn Cook, Evelyn Cavanagh,
and Mary Eayrs.
Stewart is also survived by sis-
ters-in-law Virginia (Carl) Durst
and Donna (Robert) Egger, both
of Pine Island; eleven nephews
and three nieces. Stewart was pre-
ceded in death by his wife Ruth;
his parents; brothers, Donald
(Edith) Eayrs of Olympia, Wash-
ington, and Willis (Mimi) Eayrs
of Seattle, Washington; sisters,
Doris (Wallace) Thomforde of
Zumbrota and Lucille Eayrs who
died as a young child; and son,
John Eayrs of Minnetonka.
Stewart grew up in Dodge
County during the Great Depres-
sion and served in the Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCCs) in
Goodhue County before World
War II. After the attack on Pearl
Harbor, he enlisted in the US Na-
val Reserves and was assigned to
the US Merchant Marine in 1942
with training at Santa Catalina Is-
land, California. During World War
II, he served as an assistant engi-
neer aboard several US Liberty
Ships transporting military cargo
to all theaters of US military op-
erations including the European,
Mediterranean, Pacific and China-
Burma-India from 1942 to 1946.
Stewart also received a Vietnam
service bar serving on a US vessel
transporting military cargo to
Southeast Asia during the Viet-
nam War. Following their mar-
riage, Stewart and Ruth operated
a family farm in Dodge County
for many years. Stewart also op-
erated a building contractor busi-
ness for several years, building
Quonset sheds in southern Min-
nesota, northern Iowa and west-
ern Wisconsin. In 1956, he returned
to his engineering career as an
assistant engineer with US ship-
ping companies transporting iron
ore, grain and other cargo on the
Great Lakes until his retirement
in 1981.
Stewart was a lifelong member
of Zwingli United Church of Christ
(Berne Church) and loved his Swiss
heritage. He was a member of the
American Maritime Officers
Union, the Merchant Marine Vet-
erans Association, the American
Legion, the CCC Veterans Asso-
ciation and the Concord Cemetery
Association. Stewart will be re-
membered as a kind and gentle
man who traveled the world on
ships and loved his family and
A memorial service for Stewart
was held on Friday, August 8, at
the Zwingli United Church of
Christ (Berne) in West Concord.
Stewart donated his body to the
Mayo Clinic for medical research.
His remains will be interred at the
Concord Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial gifts are preferred to
the Zwingli United Church of
Christ or the Minneapolis Veter-
ans Home at 5101 Minnehaha Av-
enue S., Minneapolis, MN 55417-
Donald Oimoen 1927-2014
ZUMBROTA – Donald D.
Oimoen, 87, of Zumbrota, died
on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at
his home in Zumbrota.
Donald David Oimoen was born
on August 9, 1927, in Mount Horeb,
Wisconsin, to Oscar and Lillian
(nee Spaanem) Oimoen. He grew
up in rural Mount Horeb, attended
country school and graduated from
Mount Horeb High School in 1945.
On August 20, 1945, he entered
the U.S. Navy. He served during
World War II and was honorably
discharged on August 10, 1946.
After his honorable discharge, he
attended the University of Wis-
consin. In 1950 he graduated from
the University of Wisconsin with
a degree in dairy science. On June
23, 1951, he married Joyce Ander-
son at Mount Horeb Lutheran
Church. They lived in Rochester,
Indiana, Sullivan, Illinois, and
Mitchell, South Dakota, before
settling in Zumbrota in 1969. Don
worked as a supervisor at Mid-
America Dairy until his retirement
on August 31, 1992. Don was a
member of United Redeemer
Lutheran Church and Stary-Yerka
VFW Post #5727. Don loved to
read, tinker in the yard and gar-
den, feed and watch the birds, travel
to see family, especially his grand-
children, and was a Minnesota
Twins and Vikings fan. Don was
known for being a cheese con-
Donald is survived by his wife
of 63 years, Joyce; sons, Steve
(LeeAnne) Oimoen of Libertyville,
Illinois, and Bruce (Elaine) Oimoen
of Clear Lake, Iowa; daughter,
Patricia (Todd) Kalass of
Kingwood, Texas; grandsons,
Michael Oimoen, Erik Kalass, and
Joe Ehrecke; granddaughters,
Julianne Oimoen, Angela Oimoen,
Haley Kalass and Robin Esclusa;
great-grandson, Victor Esclusa;
and sister, Verda McFarlane of
Prairie Du Fac, Wisconsin.
Donald was preceded in death
by his parents; brother, Arthur
Oimoen; and sisters, Ruby Oimoen
and Eleanore Oimoen.
A memorial service will be held
on Thursday, August 14, at 2 p.m.
at United Redeemer Lutheran
Church in Zumbrota with Pastor
Susan Vikstrom officiating. Burial
will be in Zumbrota Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Thursday for
one hour prior to the service at the
In lieu of flowers, memorials
are preferred to United Redeemer
Lutheran Church or Red Wing
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• • • • • • • •
From Our Files
20 Years Ago
August 10, 1994
Monica Haggerty received a
bachelor of science degree in physi-
cal education-fitness at the 85th
annual spring commencement cer-
emonies at the University of Wis-
consin – LaCrosse. She is the
daughter of Ken and Mary
Haggerty of rural Goodhue.
40 Years Ago
August 15, 1974
An open house celebrating the
50th wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur Reese Sr. will be
on Sunday, August 25. *** Mrs.
W.N. Majerus, Mrs. Lloyd
Majerus, and Mrs. Monica Majerus
attended the funeral of Mr. Anton
Jansen of Rochester at St. John’s
50 Years Ago
August 13, 1964
Barbara Meyers, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Leo Meyers, of White
Bear Lake, is spending this week
with Chris Campbell as her
houseguest. *** Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Safe of California, and Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Befort and daughter
Elizabeth of California, were call-
ers in the Fred Rusch home Mon-
day evening. *** Mr. and Mrs.
Peter Nibbe were Sunday dinner
guests in the Chas. Augustine home
at Lake City.
60 Years Ago
August 12, 1954
Sunday evening, Mr. and Mrs.
Geo. W. Diercks called on the
latter’s brother, Henry Oelkers, at
Pine Island. *** Weekend
houseguests of the Charles Wood
family were Dr. and Mrs. Richard
Pette of Minneapolis. *** Mr. and
Mrs. Silas Buck and children vis-
ited the Kenneth Buck family at
Zumbrota on Sunday night.
70 Years Ago
August 10, 1944
BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
tin Stream, a son, on Friday; Mr.
and Mrs. Jeraul Berg, a daughter,
last Friday. *** Lois Lohman is
visiting a few days this week with
Mary Ann Elias in Pine Island.
*** Mrs. Peter Prigge of Zum-
brota visited at the Leo Redding
home Monday afternoon.
GOODHUE 1964 – Gloria Schinnert,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy
Schinnert, will graduate from
Swedish Hospital School of Nursing
in Minneapolis on August 14.
20 Years Ago
August 10, 1994
Amy Amundson, daughter of
Tim and Robin Amundson of
Wanamingo, has been named to
the fourth quarter White Trojan
Honor Roll at the Minnesota State
Academy for the Deaf in Faribault.
*** Verna and Art Berg were hon-
ored on the occasion of their 50th
wedding anniversary on Sunday.
40 Years Ago
August 15, 1974
Local firemen responded to three
calls last week. On August 6, the
hay at the Bud Kyllo farm had
become combustible. On August
7, the West Concord Fire Depart-
ment requested assistance at the
Dale Shaske farm where a barn
and pig pen burned to the ground.
That same day, a pickup burned
inside one of the buildings at Farm
Builders. *** Mrs. Glenn Hagen
of Cannon Falls visited on Mon-
day evening at the Willard Ramstad
50 Years Ago
August 13, 1964
Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Chrislock
of Minneapolis were Monday call-
ers at the home of Mrs. Nora
Hegseth. *** Mr. and Mrs. P.H.
Hilling were Sunday dinner guests
at the Don Hilling home at Hopkins.
*** Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kempner
and family of South St. Paul vis-
ited Sunday at the Andrew
Quamme home.
70 Years Ago
August 17, 1944
Mrs. Yvonne Rasmussen of
Minneapolis was a weekend visi-
tor at the home of her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Lewis Rasmussen. ***
Miss Constance Lundin of
Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was a week-
end guest at the home of Rev. and
Mrs. H.M. Johnson. *** Mrs.
Jerold Grove returned home
Wednesday from St. John’s Hos-
pital in Red Wing.
WANAMINGO, 1912 – Members of the 1911-12 Wanamingo baseball team are, from left to right, front row:
Martin Swee and Johnny Fredrickson; middle row: Nels Fredrickson, Selmer Flom, Tom Syverson, Emil
Rosvold, and Joe Romness; and back row: Julius Ayers, Ed Hanson, and Eimar Lund.
20 Years Ago
August 10, 1994
Natasha Bjugan, daughter of
Britt and Beverly Bjugan, is the
Library Kid of the Week.
30 Years Ago
August 15, 1984
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sample will
observe their 40th wedding anni-
versary with an open house on
August 26. *** Ted and Alice
Steege helped their great-grand-
daughter Alice Conover celebrate
her second birthday in St. Peter
last week. *** Katie Helgen of
Fridley spent last week with her
grandparents, Donn and Anna Mae
Feigal, of Oronoco.
40 Years Ago
August 15, 1974
Doris Streiff received first place
in the following divisions at the
Goodhue County Fair: crocheted
bedspread, patchwork placemats,
barbecue apron, embroidered dish
towels, homemade and handy item
made by women, dill pickles, on-
ion pickles, sauerkraut, catsup, and
hamburger sauce.
50 Years Ago
August 13, 1964
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Evarts will
be honored on their 50th wedding
anniversary on August 16. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Verne West and Mark
and Earl West were Sunday din-
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John
Johnson at Rochester. *** Mrs.
Margaret Hayward of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, has been a guest since
Tuesday at the Mr. and Mrs. M.W.
Hayward home and with other
60 Years Ago
August 12, 1954
BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. George
Gay (Joyce Benson) of Kellogg,
twins, a boy and a girl, on August
5. *** Mr. and Mrs. Milton Cady,
a daughter, on August 10. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Durst have moved
into the A.W. Parkin apartment
vacated by Mr. and Mrs. A.
PINE ISLAND, 1984 – Terry Krahn, left, and John Raskob of the Pine
Island NSP office show off the cake they served at the open house
commemorating the opening of the new office and NSP’s 75th anniversary.
10 Years Ago
August 11, 2004
Sue Zeigler opens realty office
at 411 South Main. *** Pellicci
Ace Hardware, located at 90 East
3rd Street has been named one of
the “best of the best” Ace Hard-
ware stores in the country for its
high standards and achievements
in the retailing practices.
20 Years Ago
August 3, 1994
On June 21 Alton and Laura
Nelson and Margaret Hinz all of
Zumbrota, attended the Stuvstad/
Juveli family reunion in Numedal,
which is located in Southern Nor-
way. Pennie Estabrooks of Red
Wing also went on the trip. ***
Michael Stumm of Larson Trac-
tor & Equipment, Inc. in Zum-
brota, attended a training session
in Racine, Wisconsin. *** Patrick
Stiller of Zumbrota received dean’s
list honors for the spring quarter
at Rasmussen College in Eagan.
30 Years Ago
August 8, 1984
Last Tuesday Mrs. Claude Kline
of Pine Haven Nursing Home
joined her four daughters, Mrs.
Clyde Mark, Mrs. Wendell Wood,
Mrs. Garth Evarts and Mrs. Harold
Kuehn for a dinner at the Aviary
Restaurant in Rochester. *** Mrs.
Clara Loken of Kenyon, Mrs. Es-
ther Korsten, Alfred Hugstad and
Gordon and Selma Monson, all of
Zumbrota, attended the wedding
of Carrie Monson and Scott France
on Saturday at First Lutheran
Church in Duluth. *** Alton and
Laura Nelson called on Fran and
Don Anderson, who live near
Hacensack on Wednesday. Don
is a former shop teacher in Zum-
brota. *** Michelle Bjorgaard has
been given the chancellor’s award
for academic excellence during the
second semester at the University
of Wisconsin-Stout. *** Dan Stiller
recently graduated from the com-
puter operations and programming
class at Red Wing Vocational-
Technical Institute in Red Wing.
40 Years Ago
August 8, 1974
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Nordvold
have returned to their Zumbrota
home after spending several weeks
at the home of her sister, Mrs. Selma
Anderson, in Thief River Falls.
*** Mr. and Mrs. Howard Cox of
Casper, Wyoming, were dinner
guests Sunday evening at the Alton
Nelson home and also called on
the Ray Nelsons and Mrs. A.W.
Nelson. *** Dr. and Mrs. Wayne
Chapin of Lena, Illinois, Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Klein of Rockford,
Illinois, and Pfc. Gary Chapin of
Fort Lewis, Washington, were
Saturday overnight guests at the
Cleon Chapin home. *** Mr. and
Mrs. Clyde HInrichs and daugh-
ters, Sue, Kathy and Missy, en-
joyed a week’s vacation in the
northern part of the state. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Obert Loken and daugh-
ters, Mary, Barb and Jessie, at-
tended the wedding of Sue
Halvorson and Gregory Olson
Saturday evenings at Our Saviour’s
Evangelicl Lutheran Church in
Cannon Falls
50 Years Ago
August 6, 1964
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Evart
and children spent Sunday in
Glenwood, Wisconsin, with Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Abely. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Wallace Thomford, Mr.
and Mrs. George Delva and Mrs.
Jim Befort attended the National
High School Rodeo in Kasson
Sunday. *** Miss Helen Haugen,
who is attending summer school
in Winona, spent the weekend at
the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Orrin Haugen. ***Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Ripley and children
spent time vacationing at Agency
Bay on Leech Lake. *** Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Hoven spent from
Friday until Tuesday with Dr. and
Mrs. Martin Flom at their cottage
on Pelican Lake. *** Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Cordes and Miss Audrey
Cordes of Minneapolis spent Sat-
urday and Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs. Pearlner Thompson. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Stuart Olson and chil-
dren enjoyed a vacation at Peli-
can Lake last week.
ZUMBROTA, 1964 – One of the new
faculty members at Zumbrota
Schools this year is Mr. Donald
Lochner of Sleepy Eye. Lochner will
teach elementary music and junior
high general music and chorus.
ZumbrotaCoveredBridge.com Go to
By Peter Grimsrud
gressman John Kline visited
Goodhue County Cooperative
Electric on Thursday, August 7 to
present a copy of the Cooperative
and Small Employer Charity Pen-
sion Flexibility Act. Doug
Fingerson, General Manager, re-
ceived the framed copy. Fingerson
said Kline’s efforts on the bill are
appreciated and will provide sta-
bility to their pension plans and
bring cooperatives and non-prof-
its in line with a 2006 bill that
provided major pension protec-
tion for large single employers.
Kline visited with some employ-
ees and board members before the
formal presentation. Energy issues
were discussed first. Kline said
that so much power is driven by
coal that America is losing jobs
because of the Obama
administration’s stand on the Key-
stone Pipeline and coal. Traditional
big unions are splitting with the
Democratic Party in coal states as
Representative John Kline visits
Goodhue County Cooperative Electric
Goodhue County Cooperative Electric General Manager Doug Fingerson,
left, receives a copy of the Cooperative and Small Employer Charity
Pension Flexibility Act from U.S. Congressman John Kline.
the EPA pushes a “green” agenda.
If the Keystone pipeline is not used
in America, Canada will ship its
product west to China where they
have lower standards.
Kline said the situation in
Ukraine is hampered by Europe’s
need for Russian energy resources.
He added that NATO has atro-
phied too much to be effective to
stop Russian aggression because
it has relied on the United States
too much.
Kline was asked why congress
and the president seem unable to
move forward even in recent times
of crisis. He said that it has been
difficult with a divided congress,
but pointed out some situations in
which they worked together such
as the natural disasters of Katrina
and Sandy, and the Veterans Ad-
ministration situation. He ex-
pressed disappointment over the
Mexican border immigration situ-
ation because he thought they had
some agreement, but the president
has back-pedaled since and the
situation is no longer acute.
Kline said the situation in con-
gress is hostile and frustrating for
Republicans. U.S. Senate Major-
ity Leader and Democrat from Ne-
vada, Harry Reid, has held up 350
bills that were passed in the house
since January 2013, while Texas
Democrat Sheila Jackson alone has
amended more bills than all Re-
publicans combined.
Pinebox will play
blues, folk, and
soul at Crossings
ZUMBROTA – Pinebox, fea-
turing Jesse Smith, plays covers
and original music that’s a mix of
blues, folk and soul, with heavy
improvisation and on-the-spot
changes. Smith sings and plays
slide guitar at Crossings on Fri-
day, August 15, at 8 p.m.
Audiences can expect to hear
the less-than-well-known music
of Van Morrison, The Blues Broth-
ers, and Taj Mahal, as well as a
nice mix of recognizable tunes from
the Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn,
and Eric Clapton.
Whether he is playing Dobro
with mandolinist Joe VanRyn or
lighting it up with the electric trio
Cosmic, Smith feels right at home.
Musically, his first big venture was
with the band, Fat Rudy. A very
popular group that cut several CD’s
together, Fat Rudy based its sound
in that irresistible rhythm of funk
and blues. Decorated with a soul-
ful saxophone and Smith’s guitar
wizardry and vocal talents, Fat
Rudy was a favorite for many a
listener and dancer at the turn of
the century.
Smith, an art teacher with the
Rochester School District, always
manages to find an original way
to interpret the songs of popular
artists. Whether turning Dylan’s
“Tangled Up In Blue” into a funk
tune with a dead-on groove or John
Denver’s “Sunshine On My Shoul-
ders” into a blues tune, he never
fails to find his own sound. Of
course, that’s all the more true when
he turns to his own music.
To reserve tickets, visit
call 507-732-7616 or stop in to
Crossings at 320 East Avenue in
• • • • • • • •
Area Sports
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
The 28th annual Mazeppa Men’s Golf Invitational was held Saturday at the Zumbrota Golf Club. The top three
teams were, from left, front row: first place, Todd Lexvold, Troy Poncelet, Phil Olson and Derek Liffrig;
second row: second place, Jeremiah Flotterud, Jerry Liffrig, Ken Lother and Greg Henn; back row: third
place, Dick Weber, Roger Olson, Roger Archer and Mike Horsman.
28th annual Mazeppa Men’s Invitational held
Hole 10: Longest drive: Derek Liffrig
Hole 11: Closest to the pin from the tee
box: Ross Matthees
Hole 15: Closest to the Doctor from the
tee box: Jesse Schnieders
Hole 17: Longest putt: Brian Wichmann
Three golfers, Dick Weber,
Roger Hofschulte and Keith Jones
have taken part in all 28 years
of the tournament. Complete re-
sults from the 28th annual
Mazeppa Men’s Invitational are
as follows:
1. 59 - Todd Lexvold, Phil Olson, Derek Liffrig, Troy Poncelet
2. 60 - Jeremiah Flotterud, Jerry Liffrig, Greg Henn, Ken Lother
3. 62 - Roger Archer, Roger Olson, Mike Horsman, Dick Weber
4. 62 - Paul Stimets, Brian Wichmann, Matt Liffrig, Bob Reiland
5. 62 - Fred Liffrig, Joe Liffrig, Jamie Warner, Keith Matthees
6. 63 - Kevin Regnier, Joe Sand, Tim Sanborn, Todd Liffrig
7. 64 - Darik Rude, Tim Krohn, Dustin Avery, Jon Liffrig
8. 64 - Dana Ellefson, Dave Younger, Ryan Liffrig, Toby Hatlevig
9. 64 - Mark Young, Lynn Urban, Jay Erickson, Bob Hoefs
9. 64 - Jim Brusehaver, Bob Archer, Jason Thuman, Joe Benda
9. 64 - Ozzie Sand, Paul Radke, Mike Tabor, Arlen Olson
9. 64 - Ben Sand, Jason Irish, Mark Arendt, Rich Sorenson
9. 64 - Terry Buck, Gary Lee, Kent Friedrich, Randy Hayward
9 . 64 - Ross Matthees, Keith Olson, Casey Irish, Tom Sand
15. 65 - Jeff Magnuson, Roger Hofschulte, Lowell Olson, Todd Cordes
16. 66 - Matt Webster, Jon Sand, Jeff Hoefs, JJ Webster
16. 66 - Tim McAthie, Dan Thoreson, Bill Arendt, Travis Liffrig
18. 67 - Ed Martens, Steve Sawyer, John Gruhlke, Dan Fogarty
18. 67 - Dale Olson, Dean Regnier, Steve LaDue, Keith Jones
By Faye Haugen
ZUMBROTA – The 26th an-
nual Mazeppa Men’s Golf Invi-
tational drew a total of 80 golf-
ers from the area and as far away
as Indiana, Illinois, California,
Florida, Arkansas and Bellech-
ester to the Zumbrota Golf Club,
Saturday. The annual best-shot,
18-hole tournament is a favorite
with those who play, with a num-
ber of different games for golf-
ers of all abilities. Cookie and
Roger Hofschulte again did a
wonderful job of managing the
The winning foursome of
Todd Lexvold, Phil Olson, Derek
Liffrig and Troy Poncelet, shot
a 10-under par score of 59 to
claim first place. One stroke back
of the first place team was the
squad of Jeremiah Flotterud, Jerry
Liffrig, Greg Henn and Ken
Lother who placed second with
a score of 60.
Three teams tied for third place
with scores of 62. A tie-breaker
was used with Roger Archer,
Roger Olson, Mike Horsman and
Dick Weber laying claim to third.
Contests were held on a num-
ber holes with the following re-
Hole 1: Closet to the pin coming in from
the ninth fairway: last place team
Hole 2: Closest to the Doctor from the
tee box: Roger Hofschulte
Hole 3: Longest putt: Mark Young
Hole 7: Closest to the pin from the tee
box: Casey Irish
Hole 9: Closest to the pin on the second
shot: Jamie Warner
Jason Rossow and Michelle Steele win
championship titles at Pine Island Golf Course
By Faye Haugen
Island Golf Course held their
annual club championship the
first weekend in August with
Jason Rossow winning the men’s
title and Kim Steele the women’s
Rossow fired a 26-hole total
of 157 to place first. Steele scored
a 180 to win her title.
Craig Welch, with a 170, won
the Men’s First Flight title. Fred
Majerus, with a 191, was the
men’s Second Flight champion.
Drew Lohmeyer won the junior
champion title.
In a one-day, 18-hole tourna-
ment, Ken Lee won the Men’s
Senior title with an 84.
Jason Rossow, Pine Island Golf
Course club champion
Michelle Steele, Pine Island Golf
Course women’s champion
Craig Welch, Pine Island Golf Course
first flight champion
Ken Lee, Pine Island Golf Course
senior men’s champion
Fred Majerus, Pine Island Golf
Course second flight champion
“Fore the Love of Pete” golf
tournament raises $8,000 for
ZM High School scholarships
Among the younger teams participating at the sixth annual “Fore the Love of Pete” golf tournament was this
group, from left to right: Noah Erickson, Cody Hinrichs (2014 scholarship recipient), Isaac Leonard, Hunter
Prodzinski (2014 scholarship recipient), Josh Stanton, Charlie Stehr, Devon Holtegaard, and Decker Starr.
The event raised $8,000 for the Peter Sand Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Members of this group of experienced golfers are, from left to right: Shirley Buck, Larry Carlson, John
Reuter, Kathy Erickson, Richard Grinsley, Shi Olson, Roland Carlson, and Arlyn Olson.
Peter Sand is at his 2005 Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School graduation
with his brothers Ryan Gunhus, left, and Pat Sand. Peter died unexpectedly
at the age of 21 on August 5, 2008. A golf tournament was established
the following summer as a fundraiser for ZMHS scholarships.
With a perfect 9-0 regular season record, Leo’s Sports Bar/ Berg’s Towing/Jasperson Properties won their
fifth straight Zumbro Volley Women’s Softball League title in 2014. In the ZVWSL tournament held August 2,
The team placed fourth, finishing the season with an 11-2 record. Members of the team are, from left, front
row: Becky Nixon, Tiffany Kiffmeyer and Terri Liffrig; back row: Chris Heitman, Monica Granrud, Kari Olson,
Molly Ryan, Nicole Peterson, Kelsi Jasperson and Liz Mehrkens. Missing from the photo are Melanie Bartsch
and Jen Voxland.
By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA – On Saturday,
July 19, the sixth annual “Fore the
Love of Pete” Golf Tournament
was held at the Zumbrota Golf
Club. Proceeds from the day’s
event go toward the Peter Sand
Memorial Scholarship Fund. Since
2009, over $25,000 in scholarships
has been awarded to 51 graduat-
ing seniors from Zumbrota-
Mazeppa High School. This year’s
event netted $8,000.
Peter Sand died unexpectedly
at the age of 21 on August 5, 2008.
The son of Dick and Cindy Sand,
Peter grew up in Zumbrota and
was a 2005 ZMHS graduate. He
was active in high school sports,
including golf. At the time of his
death, he was attending Minne-
sota State University – Mankato
with plans to become a counselor
and coach.
Community effort
Following Peter’s death, Ben
Sand (Peter’s cousin), asked Dick
and Cindy if they were interested
in a golf tournament being orga-
nized in Pete’s name. It was de-
cided to do it as a fundraiser for
scholarships. The goal was to en-
sure that every student who ap-
plies for a scholarship at ZM re-
ceives some sort of financial aid.
“We want to make sure no one
walks away empty-handed on
Awards Night,” Cindy said.
A quote from Ben on the tour-
nament flyers summarizes the rea-
son behind the annual gathering:
“This is a chance to cherish our
time together and to remember our
beloved Pete.”
Four members of the graduat-
ing class of 2009 were the first
recipients of the Peter Sand Me-
morial Scholarship. Four more
scholarships were awarded in 2010;
ten in 2011; nine in 2012; eight in
2013; and sixteen in 2014. All
awards were for $500.
The committee overseeing the
tournament and fund also include
Dick’s sister – Joan Sand, and
Cindy’s and Dick’s son – Patrick
Sand. But there are an additional
25 volunteers who help every year,
before, during and after the event.
“It is truly a community effort to
help kids go to college. All the
kids have sent us a thank-you,”
said Cindy.
Golf and more
The four-person big cup best
shot tournament is traditionally
held each year in July, the Satur-
day after Mazeppa Daze. The 2015
tournament date is planned for July
The tournament has always filled
with a minimum of 152 golfers.
This year 176 golfers participated.
Dick and Cindy didn’t play, but
they oversee the tournament and
enjoy watching everyone partici-
pate. “A lot of people just come to
watch and enjoy being together,”
Dick said. Some family and friends,
including Pete’s friends, have
learned to golf just to play in the
tournament. Participants come
from several states for the annual
event. Some of the scholarship
recipients have also participated.
The day also includes several spe-
cial events such as putting chal-
lenges, longest drive contests, a
hole-in-one contest, food, and door
To bolster fundraising this year,
special raffle drawings were held.
The Wichmann (Randi and Aaron)
and Lowrie (Justin and Kari) fami-
lies donated a diamond pendant
that was won by Nancy Fee. Golf-
ing packages at the Zumbrota Golf
Club were won by Noah Erickson
and Angela Heitmann. A gift cer-
tificate to Gunner’s Grill was won
by Sandy Friedrich.
See next week’s Zumbro Shop-
per for a note of appreciation to
tournament participants, volun-
teers, and sponsors.
Peter Sand Memorial Fund
If interested in donating to the
Peter Sand Memorial Scholarship
Fund, or if you have questions or
are interested in volunteering, call
Cindy or Dick Sand at 507-732-
Leo’s Sports Bar/Berg’s Towing/Jasperson Properties
win Zumbro Valley Women’s Softball League title
2014 Zumbrota Tigers Baseball Statistics
Eric Swiggum 100 32 51 35 32 14 1 4 3 16 2 .790 .537 .510
Noah Grove 41 8 18 4 18 0 0 0 1 7 0 .439 .452 .439
AJ Yusten 106 45 46 18 33 11 1 1 20 13 4 .585 .549 .434
Cody Lodermeier 89 21 37 35 25 9 0 3 10 13 4 .618 .475 .416
Zach VanOstrand 111 27 38 13 33 4 1 0 7 20 10 .396 .387 .342
Sean Wingfield 72 11 24 21 20 4 0 0 14 5 0 .389 .484 .333
Justin Cole 51 6 16 8 15 0 1 0 5 14 5 .353 .379 .314
Josh Shirley 68 11 20 17 20 0 0 0 9 3 5 .294 .383 .294
Jacob Ugland 41 5 12 12 10 2 0 0 5 6 1 .341 .388 .293
Chase Steffen 55 12 15 12 13 2 0 0 6 12 1 .309 .349 .273
Alex VanOstrand 72 11 17 11 15 1 0 1 7 19 2 .292 .313 .236
Kevin Niebuhr 30 6 7 6 3 1 1 2 1 12 1 .533 .281 .233
Drew Paukert 56 4 12 8 12 0 0 0 1 12 0 .214 .241 .214
Charlie Meyer 14 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 0 .143 .250 .143
Grady Stehr 10 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 .100 .100 .100
Jon Yusten 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .143 .000
Nick Liffrig 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
totals 957 209 324 201 260 48 5 11 96 171 39 .434 .416 .339
Key: AB-at bat; R-runs; H – hits; RBI-runs batted in; 1B - singles; 2B-doubles 3B - triples; HR-home runs: BB-base
on balls; K-strikeouts; SB-stolen bases; SLG% - slugging percentage; OBA-on base average; AVG-batting average;
Pitching W L S ERA IP K H R ER HB BB
Noah Grove 6 4 0 2.14 63 56 48 23 5 3 24
AJ Yusten 3 3 1 3.25 71 67 69 37 26 8 28
Zach VanOstrand 0 2 1 5.90 6.1 2 10 6 4 0 5
Cody Lodermeier 3 3 0 6.32 47 39 57 42 33 7 29
Alex VanOstrand 0 0 0 9.00 1 2 2 3 1 1 2
Kevin Niebuhr 2 0 0 9,2 17.6713 28 21 19 1 0
Charlie Meyer 0 1 0 10.0 9 13 14 10 10 1 9
Eric Swiggum 0 0 0 27.0 2 5 1 6 6 0 9
totals 14 13 2 4.71 218 196 229 148 114 21 116
Key G – W-wins; L-losses; S-saves; ERA-earned runs allowed; IP-innings pitched; K-strikeouts; H-hits; R - runs; ER-
earned runs; HB-Hit batters; BB-base on balls;
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Section B of NEWS-RECORD Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • No. 33
Wanamingo Pine Island
By R.D. Aaland
GOODHUE – Saturday, August
9, 2014, marked the second an-
nual Pioneer Day open house at
Chapel Hill Church. Captain
Randall Kuznicki of the Minne-
sota Third Volunteer Infantry,
Company C – Civil War Living
Historian and a few of his soldiers
were on hand to read a list of Civil
War veterans buried in the St. Paul
Episcopal Cemetery. They also
held a three-gun salute for all de-
ceased veterans. Near their en-
campment were several demon-
strations on looms, spinning
wheels, an old Singer sewing ma-
chine, and a blacksmith demon-
The cemetery is the resting place
for at least seven Civil War sol-
diers and many other former Belle
Creek area residents. Saturday was
chosen by Orland Chandler to ac-
commodate a Chandler family
reunion, with members coming
from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Min-
nesota. Food was provided by the
Lil Fox Wagon with a menu that
included buffalo burgers. The day
ended with a hymn sing at 4 p.m.
led by Susan Sands.
Chandler/Chapel Hill history
Reverend Samuel Poole
Chandler’s ancestors came to
America between 1625 and 1633.
Samuel attended Baldwin College
in Maine around 1850. He was
trained to be a teacher of men in
the faith and sent to the
Pioneer Day held at Chapel Hill Church
Pioneer Day visitors were able to see the new stained glass window that has been installed over the altar of
Chapel Hill Church.
Britney Jarvis works the loom under the guidance of Malena Kelm
during Pioneer Day.
Captain Randall Kuznicki shows off a display of Civil War weapons that
he has collected.
west. During the 1850s, he worked
with the Christ Church in Red
Wing. Samuel was a traveling
minister to churches in
Wanamingo, Cherry Grove, Hader,
Belle Creek, and Kenyon. There
is also evidence that he visited
families in Wisconsin. He was also
on the first elected county board.
In the summer of 1855, Samuel
started to build a home in the Belle
Creek area for his wife, Martha,
and their six children. That win-
ter, Martha died. It was then that a
former college friend, who lived
now in Red Wing, wrote him a
letter of introduction to a widow
named Betsy, who also had six
children. The two were married
and had eight more children.
In 1858, a post office was es-
tablished in Belle Creek. Samuel
was the first postmaster and re-
tained that position for many
years. There was no hotel in Belle
Creek, so Chandler opened his
house for the accommodation of
travelers, especially farmers from
the western part of the county who
had no other place to stop on their
way to Red Wing with their wheat.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was
built in 1860s, mainly through the
exertions of the Reverend S. P.
Chandler, who was pastor of the
parish until his death in 1888.
Samuel’s descendant Orland Chan-
dler now owns the church.
The Chandler family is now try-
ing to find money, help, and time
to restore the site to its original
In 1859, the Chandlers, with the
support of neighbors, built the first
school in the Belle Creek area. The
old school was in such poor con-
dition that Orland was forced to
tear it down.
When Orland first saw the church
site, he could barely see the roof
of the church due to trees and
brush. With the help of a chain
saw and many hours of labor,
Orland and his sons cleared the
area around the church, the school
building was moved up the hill,
and they found a cemetery with at
least ninety burial spots.
Cement mason Dale Thorpe of
Zumbrota finished restoring the
foundation. Earlier, Donald
Benrud and his helpers built four-
teen replica pews to match an origi-
nal pew from the church that had
been located in Red Wing. The
church’s roof has been re-shingled
and the windows are boarded
up. Orland claims to have “bat-
proofed” the church and he re-
placed the stained glass window
behind the altar.
To preserve this site for future
generations, Orland listed the prop-
erty with the National Trust for
Historical Preservation. He envi-
sions this to become a place where
those with a troubled heart can
come for peace – a place to be
alone and to worship without re-
strictions as one would deem fit.
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Wanamingo holds Night to Unite
WANAMINGO – On August 5, an estimated two hundred people joined law enforcement and local firefighters/
first responders at the Wanamingo Fire Station for Night to Unite, formerly known as National Night Out. The
children above, from left to right, Mirrah Wells, Aleigha Owen, Macy Schaefer, Colter Hegge (in the hat),
Evan Huettl (in back), and Kurch Hegge, enjoyed meeting Goodhue County Sheriff’s Posse members Dennis
Peterson, left, 10-year-old horse Tootsie, Mike Growette, and Goodhue County Deputy Josh Hanson. Peterson
has been a member of the posse since 1996, and Growette joined in 2012. Also participating in Night to Unite
were Deputy Matt Hoekstra and his partner Ransom, presenting a K9 demonstration. They are one of three
K9 patrol teams with the GCSO. Members of the Wanamingo Fire Department prepared and served food for
guests. GCSO Patrol Commander Kris Johnson and WFD Chief Scott Goodman provided information for
parents and children, and oversaw drawings for event prizes. Night to Unite is held on the first Tuesday in
By April Bailey
Adult Leader
Boy Scout Troop 69 from Pine
Island sent a crew of eight to Sea
Base in the Florida Keys July 6-
14 to participate in a High Adven-
ture Sailing trip. Five of the eight
scouts had just returned from a
High Adventure Backpacking trip
at Philmont in New Mexico just
three days prior, hiking 78 miles
in ten days.
The crew lived on board a 41-
foot sailboat with the captain for
six days and nights as they sailed
and snorkeled around the Florida
Keys. The weather was very co-
operative and the seas were mostly
Pine Island Scouts sail in the Florida Keys
calm, providing us with breath-
taking views of the coral reefs and
all the sea life in crystal clear
waters. They saw assorted parrot
fish, lobsters, yellow snapper,
barracuda, and sting rays! They
even got to explore the San Pedro
shipwreck. The temperature never
dipped below 80, keeping the water
very comfortable to swim in, and
everyone very appreciative of the
sea breeze. The sunrises and sun-
sets over the water were beauti-
The troop’s last day at Sea Base
included a luau with a limbo con-
test, skits, and great food. They
took an extra day and followed
US Highway 1 over the Seven Mile
Bridge to Key West, Florida, to
visit the southernmost point in the
continental United States.
This trip brought first experi-
ences to everyone and multiple
firsts to several: first trip on an
airplane, first trip to Florida, first
trip to the Florida Keys, first time
in an ocean, first time on a sail-
boat, first time eating alligator (very
good), first time snorkeling, first
time to Key West. The scouts are
eager to start planning their next
High Adventure trip at Northern
Tier, located in northern Minne-
Pine Island Boy Scout Troop 76 visits Florida’s southernmost point of the continental United States. From left
to right are Chris Farrell, Peter Beach, Isaac Beach, Keagan Bailey, Peter Sanders, and Ryan Fohrman. Adult
Leader April Bailey was taking the photo.
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• • • • • • • •
Mother Nature cooperates for the Goodhue County Fair
By Faye Haugen
ZUMBROTA – Last week
when Goodhue County Fair sec-
retary Carol Schumann heard the
weather forecast for the week of
August 5-10. She was worried.
There was a lot of rainy weather
predicted for the week of the
153rd Goodhue County Fair.
But Mother Nature smiled and
a nearly perfect week of weather
greeted the many people who
attended the fair in Zumbrota. “I
do not think we could have asked
for nicer weather,” said
Schumann of temperatures in the
low 80s with a breeze blowing
each day. “It rained on Monday
when the 4-H’ers were bringing
in exhibits and we were setting
up. But it wasn’t enough to even
hamper our efforts.”
The carnival midway stood
empty last year when the con-
tracted carnival failed to show
up in 2013. Merriam’s Midway
Shows provided a number of rides
for young children and older teens
along with games and food this
year, and the fair board was very
pleased with what they offered.
“It went really well. We
haven’t finalized things for next
year, but we hope to have them
back. They are still riding this
afternoon and after today, we’ll
know how well they did,” re-
marked Schumann on Sunday af-
The 2013 Goodhue County
Fair had record setting grand-
stand attendance and Schumann
noted that this year’s grandstand
events which included two car
demolition derbies, a concert by
local musicians Lost Highway,
a truck and tractor pull, and a
lawn tractor demo derby, were
also very well attended.
“We had a strong gate each
evening, so I know we had a lot
of people on the grounds mill-
ing about and enjoying supper.
Tuesday’s lawn tractor demo was
free, but it brought people to the
fairgrounds. The Goodhue Jay-
cees did a great job of organiz-
ing and running the event,” said
Schumann, adding, “The Zum-
brota Fire Department was in
charge of the beer garden and I
think they did very well. They
were kind of a last minute choice
to run things so they didn’t have
a lot of time to be able to set up
and gets bands to play. If they
do it again next year, they will
have more time to plan on enter-
Schumann noted that the
Goodhue County 4-H program
is going strong with a number of
4-H members advancing to the
Minnesota State Fair. “We have
one of the top 4-H programs in
the state. The kids from Goodhue
County always do well with their
State Fair exhibits.” The 4-H live-
stock barns were full with beef
cattle, hogs, goats and dairy cattle.
The 4-H sheep show was smaller
this year.
Many great comments were
heard about the many free enter-
tainment options available on the
fair-grounds including the
chainsaw artist, Doug Ohman, and
his pioneer photography and Civil
War programs, puppetry work-
shops, magician Tom Anderson,
pottery demonstrations and the
wooden bowl turner.
Plans are already under way
for the 154th Goodhue County
Fair. Dates for the 2015 fair have
yet to be decided since Labor
Day falls on September 7 next
Morgyn Schaefer of Wanamingo and Megan Mattson of Kenyon are
tossed around on one of the larger rides at the Goodhue County Fair
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
midway on Wednesday. Merriam Midway Shows offered a number of
rides and games at the 153rd fair in Zumbrota.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Emily and Alayna Klingsporn find cheap entertainment jumping up and
down on the bleachers by the dairy barn at the Goodhue County Fair on
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Even though he lost his front wheel, Trevor Huneke finds out that by
shifting his weight to the back wheels he still could be competitive in
Tuesday’s lawn mower demo derby, knocking out a number of other
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Christine Moore checks one tired chicken in for the 4-H poultry show
that was held Tuesday evening.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Liselle Veiseth gives her mom Casey a satisfied look as her merry-go-
round ride comes to an end on Wednesday at the Goodhue County Fair.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Rabbit and owner Braeden Gillis share a look during 4-H novice showmanship
at Friday’s Goodhue County Fair. Both were at the end of a long line of
competitors and the rabbit liked the taste of Braeden’s shirt.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Kolton Edstrom helps take a sheep back to the barns during the 4-H
sheep show on Wednesday. It is hard to tell who was leading whom.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Austin Bartholome works with his calf during the 30th annual Goodhue
County Junior Holstein show on Wednesday morning at the Goodhue
County Fair.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
While unloading goats from her truck, Kirby Haugen gets a kiss from
one of her goats on Tuesday at the Goodhue County Fair.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Kira Quam’s barrow gets a little frisky when it enters the show arena
during Thursday’s 4-H swine show at the Goodhue County Fair.
Fair baking contest winners
By Faye Haugen
ZUMBROTA – Three baking
contests were held during the
Goodhue County Fair with the
following results:
Adult chocolate dessert
There were 12 entries in the
adult chocolate dessert baking
contest with the top five placings
winning gift certificates from the
sponsor of the contest, Hub Food
Center in Zumbrota.
Each entry had to be made
from scratch and a minimum of
a quarter cup of cocoa must have
been used.
Placing were: 1. Beth Wind-
horst of Cannon Falls; 2. Carol
Meyer, Zumbrota; 3. Jennifer
Baer, Lake City; 4. Jo Lyn
Grenfell, Bellechester; 5. Yvonne
Raasch, Goodhue.
Fruit pie
Six area residents entered the
fruit pie contest sponsored by
Bridget’s Cafe in Zumbrota.
Requirements included a
homemade flour crust using lard
or butter and any fruit or fruit
Yvonne Raasch of Goodhue
took first place honors with her
peach-apple pie. She was fol-
lowed by Ken Magnuson of Zum-
brota with a blueberry-peach pie.
Third place was won by Jadyn
Knutson of Zumbrota with her
French apple pie. All earned gift
certificates to Bridget’s Cafe.
Raasch’s winning recipe will
be featured at Bridget’s Cafe on
Wednesdays during the month
of September.
Cheesecake and coffee cake
Entries in the annual Goodhue
County Dairy Association’s
Cheesecake and Coffee Cake
Contest were down this summer
at the Goodhue County Fair.
There were just two entries in
each of the three categories that
required bakers to use at least
two dairy products in the entry.
Gloria Vang of Zumbrota was
first in the cheesecake contest
followed by Ann Buck of
Marlys McNamara of
Goodhue placed first in the fruit
coffee cake contest followed by
Natalie Benrud of Goodhue.
Peggy Ring of Lake City won
the butter coffee cake contest with
Gloria Vang placing second.
Winners earned cash prizes for
their entries.
• • • • • • • •
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Chandler and Erin Lohman share a moment just before showing his calf at the Junior Holstein Show at the
Goodhue County Fair on Wednesday. Four-year-old Chandler was in the novice class.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Noah Gilbertson is concentrates hard on getting his foam sticker just
right on his book marker at the activity tent on Wednesday during Day
Care Day at the Goodhue County Fair.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
There is not much left of Brian Leonard’s car to compete with in the first heat of Saturday’s demolition derby.
Leonard placed third in his heat with Alex Peine placing first and Dan Simmer second.
With an eye on where he is supposed to be in the show lineup, Nate
Altendorf tugs on his cow to get her moving in Wednesday’s Goodhue
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
County Junior Holstein Show at the Goodhue County Fair.
News-Record photo by Tawny Michels
Lost Highway members, from left, Trent Baarspul, Tim Paulson, Jesse Charles, and Aaron Seevers, rock the
stage at the Goodhue County Fair on Friday.
Both the sheep and Carson Dillon take a tumble during mutton busting
at the Goodhue County Fair on Sunday. Over 40 children from the area
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
took part in the sheep riding contest. The rider with the longest time
was the winner. Both sheep and boy survived this fall.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Placing in the chocolate dessert contest on Wednesday evening are,
from left, first place, Beth Windhorst; second place, Carol Meyer;
fourth place, Jo Lyn Grenfell.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Goodhue County Junior Fair Board member Matt Kruger goes for a ride during the donkey baseball game that
was held Sunday afternoon in the horse arena. Three three-inning baseball games were played with Goodhue
County 4-H members the winners over the junior fair board and the team from Anderson Veterinary Services.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Julie Benrud-Lohman cuts up the
winning fruit coffee cake for fair
attendees to sample during Friday’s
coffee cake contest.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Goodhue County Fair executive
officer Jim Foss pitches the ball to
the Goodhue County Junior Fair
Board members taking part in the
donkey baseball game. Foss refused
to bat and ride one of the donkeys.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Bridget Rostad helps son Brad get his grand champion ribbons arranged
after Brad’s dairy cow placed first in 4-H competition on Friday at the
Goodhue County Fair.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Sophia Poquette has a talk with her rabbit as she waits for the judge
during novice showmanship at Friday’s 4-H rabbit show at the Goodhue
County Fair.
It was a nearly perfect week for the Goodhue County Fair
• • • • • • • •
June 26
12:28 a.m. – An officer checked an
unoccupied vehicle.
8:18 a.m. – A vehicle was parked on
a street blocking a fire hydrant. The
curb was not painted yellow.
10:01 a.m. – Zumbrota Ford reported
that its pop machine was broken into
overnight. An unknown number of bills
and a bill tray were taken.
12:03 p.m. – A driver was warned for
having a passenger side brakelight out.
5:20 p.m. – A dog was found that had
a 2013 city tag on it.
7:41 p.m. – A traffic stop was made.
11:36 p.m. – A driver was arrested
on a Fillmore County warrant for 5th
degree drugs and no proof of insurance.
June 27
11:26 a.m. – A driver was warned for
not yielding to a pedestrian in a cross-
walk with another vehicle stopped. A
utility truck was in the area working and
was blocking the driver’s view.
6:23 p.m. – A two-vehicle crash oc-
curred between a semi and a car. The
driver of the car was conscious, how-
ever, complaining of head and knee pain.
6:47 p.m. – A complaint was made of
a vehicle with out of state plates trying
to avoid cones, was tailgating, speeding
and nearly hit a semi. The driver was
very intoxicated and drove his vehicle
into the ditch.
10:18 p.m. – A report was made of
four tires slashed on two different ve-
11:18 p.m. – A female was out of
control and was transported to Roches-
June 28
9:39 p.m. – A female requested a
welfare check.
June 29
12:43 a.m. – A female requested an
officer to remove an intoxicated party.
2:08 a.m. – An officer brought a in-
toxicated female home.
5:49 p.m. – A male reported that a
vehicle was driving southbound in the
northbound lane of Highway 52. The
vehicle was found parked, facing the
wrong way in the inside lane blocking
traffic. The driver had left the vehicle
and later returned and was arrested by
the State Patrol for DWI.
9:33 p.m. – A female requested an
officer to remove a destructive person
from her home.
10:04 p.m. – A report was made of a
large number of cattle in the road. They
were all returned to the owner.
June 30
10:22 p.m. – A male requested extra
patrol around a building. Someone had
been knocking on the doors.
10:24 p.m. – Hub Food Center re-
ported a skateboarder on top of their
2:14 p.m. – A male reported that his
credit card had been stolen.
July 1
1:52 a.m. – A female was having
chest and back pain.
3:45 a.m. – Two vehicles were occu-
pied in the Zumbrota Ford lot. A person
who works there and was dropping off a
car to leave for the airport.
1:41 p.m. – A male was concerned
about a new renter that was selling drugs
from the house.
5:17 p.m. – A male reported that a
box of checks and wallet were missing
and he believed they were taken while
he was sleeping. The items were later
found in the apartment.
8:22 p.m. – A male who was having
chest pains was at the ambulance ga-
rage. He was transported to Rochester.
July 2
9:08 a.m. – Zumbrota City Hall was
notified that a fire hydrant had been
knocked over by a lawn mower.
9:50 a.m. – A semi had pulled out of
a driveway and the trailer came off and
was blocking the lane.
11:10 a.m. – A male reported that
his blue mountain bike was taken from
11:14 a.m. – A report was made of a
red mountain bike that was left at the
end of a driveway.
12:18 p.m. – A driver was warned for
2:07 p.m. – A male who had post-op
hernia surgery was vomiting and in a lot
of pain.
3:04 p.m. – A male was having a
5:15 p.m. – A report was made of a
trailer being parked on the street too
long. An officer spoke with the owners
who stated it was just parked there since
Monday. The owners were aware of the
seven-day rule.
8:06 p.m. – A driver was warned for
speeding, expired tabs, and plate cover.
10:51 p.m. – A male reported that
his girlfriend was going crazy.
July 3
9:08 a.m. – A driver was warned for
speeding and no proof of insurance.
1:46 p.m. – A female reported that
her son was missing $700 of his gradu-
ation money.
6:54 p.m. – Casey’s north reported a
gas drive-off.
7:22 p.m. – A driver on a motorcycle
was having issues at a busy intersec-
tion. The officer provided lights and the
motorcycle was moved to a parking lot.
7:32 p.m. – A report was made of a
dog loose by the ambulance garage.
9:13 p.m. – An officer unlocked a
9:40 p.m. – A female reported that
fireworks were being set off.
July 4
1:35 a.m. – An officer assisted a
deputy with a breath test.
10 a.m. – A report was made that two
bikes were taken from a front yard.
10:06 a.m. – A male reported finding
a syringe in the street. The syringe tested
positive for meth and was disposed of.
12:16 p.m. – A male came into a
store and asked for the clerk to call an
ambulance. He was having chest pains
and vomiting blood.
12:27 p.m. – A male reported that
his vehicle had been stolen. It was later
2:04 p.m. – A report was made that
two sheds next to the softball fields were
broken into.
2:07 p.m. – A report was made that a
porta-potty next to the varsity baseball
field was tipped over.
5:10 p.m. – A driver was cited for no
Minnesota drivers license.
11:58 p.m. – A small dog was found
and was injured. It appeared the dog
was rolled under a vehicle.
Goodhue County Farm Bureau
holds event with Grover Auto
ZUMBROTA – Dave Froyum of Wanamingo, with his cooler, was one of
the door prize winners at Grover Auto in Zumbrota, July 24 through 26,
for the General Motors $500 Private Offer event hosted by the Goodhue
Farm Bureau Federation. Those attending were able to learn about the
private offer discount, Goodhue County Farm Bureau, what Grover Auto
has to offer for vehicles and service and register for door prizes. The
General Motors Private Offer is for eligible Farm Bureau members to
receive a $500 private offer on each qualifying 2013, 2014, and 2015
model year Chevrolet, GMC, or Buick vehicle they purchase or lease.
See dealer for complete details. “This event allows Goodhue County
Farm Bureau to work with agricultural businesses within the county to
develop partnerships. The staff at Grover Auto are very supportive of
this membership benefit,” said Craig Nord, a Goodhue County Farm
Bureau Board of Director.
Stussy speaks out against
Zip Rail at city council meeting
By Tawny Michels
ZUMBROTA – During the pub-
lic comment portion of the Au-
gust 7 Zumbrota City Council
meeting, resident Barb Stussy
spoke out against the proposed Zip
Rail project and mentioned the lack
of proper notice to newspapers and
the public about the Zip Rail meet-
ing and awareness of the issues.
Stussy was concerned about area
taxpayers, the speeds at which the
trains will run (150-180 mph), and
that eminent domain can be used
to confiscate land for this new line
if it is approved. Her concern for
taxpayers comes from the fact that
if the line runs along Highway 52
on the west side of Zumbrota, it
will not stop in town, so commut-
ers would benefit from the line
only if they travel to Rochester to
Stussy pleaded with the coun-
cil to voice its opposition to this
project and to think of the greater
good of those in the community.
The councilors did not say
whether they would voice their
opinions either way.
Although previously reported
that comments would only be ac-
cepted for consideration until
August 6, it was mentioned that
the date has been extended to
August 22. Stussy encouraged
those in attendance at the meeting
to voice their comments as well.
Other business
Councilors continued to discuss
the street repairs that need to be
done in Zumbrota and the best
plan of action to get that accom-
plished effectively. Mayer Rich
Bauer suggested that “maybe it
would be beneficial to wait until
the economy gets better so it’s
more cost-effective for the city.”
The council approved a request
to close off East Avenue on the
400 and 300 blocks to provide
parking for the cars in the “Clas-
sic Car Cruise-In and Movie” event
on Saturday, August 23. Space will
be left between the 400 and 300
blocks to allow traffic through the
At the request of City Adminis-
trator Neil Jensen, the council
approved the bid from M&M Lawn
and Leisure for the Pro-Turn 260
mower priced at $7,024.01.
Zumbrota Community Trust
announces 2014 granting dates
ZUMBROTA—Thanks to the
legacy left by a former Zumbrotan,
Robert Langsdorf, funding is once
again available for community
grants. The Zumbrota Community
Trust (ZCT) is seeking applicants
for these grants, which are funded
by this year’s distribution from
Langsdorf’s gift.
Applications must be submit-
ted by September 15, and forms
are available now at Zumbrota City
Hall, the Zumbrota Public Library,
or Rockne Law Office. Grant ap-
plications may also be downloaded
from the City of Zumbrota website,
www.ci.zum brota.mn.us (click on
Zumbrota Info).
Among the granting guidelines
1. Grant recipients will be lim-
ited to the area defined by the
Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Dis-
trict and the four contiguous Zum-
brota townships.
2. Projects from tax exempt or-
ganizations will generally be pref-
erable; however, individuals may
receive grants if the projects are
considered to be beneficial to the
community served and are within
IRS guidelines and Section 12 of
the ZCT by-laws. Requests for
grants to cover salaries and/or
general operating expenses are
After the September 15 dead-
line, the ZCT’s gifting committee
will meet and consider each ap-
plicant on the basis of funds avail-
able and the extent to which the
proposed projects meet a general
community need. The ZCT Board
of Trustees will meet in October
for the final decision. Grants will
be awarded in November. Appli-
cants should note that receiving a
grant for a given year does not
necessarily mean that the recipi-
ent will be awarded a grant in fu-
ture years.
If you have questions about ap-
plying for a grant, feel free to con-
tact one of the gifting committee
members: Rex Wiederanders,
Nancy Menth, Evie Korsten, Karen
Brooks, or Sue Wedge.
The Zumbrota Community Trust
is a community foundation whose
purpose is to build charitable re-
sources that will improve the qual-
ity of life in the greater Zumbrota
community. For information on
how to make a tax-exempt gift of
any size, please contact any of the
board members listed below, or
write to the Trust at Box 226, Zum-
brota, MN 55992.
Currently serving on the volun-
teer board are: Paul Rockne, chair;
Dave Dahlen, vice chair; Coleen
Johnston, secretary; Dave
Zimmerman, treasurer; and Karen
Brooks, Gary Grover, Evie
Korsten, Karolin Lex, Nancy
Menth , Dan Nietz, Wayne Radke,
Lori Rauen, Anne Solberg, Sue
Wedge, and Rex Wiederanders.
Global Family Chiropractic
celebrates 15 years
By Tawny Michels
ZUMBROTA – Global Family
Chiropractic is celebrating its 15th
anniversary of serving Zumbrota
and the surrounding area. In honor
of this occasion, there will be
customer appreciation features the
week of August 18-22, including
specials for new patients, drawings
for prizes, food, and beverages.
The mission of Global Family
Chiropractic is to provide the
highest quality of chiropractic care
for families and individuals who
desire optimum health naturally
for life and to reestablish normal
structural spinal alignment, thus
removing nerve interference
caused by misaligned vertebrae
(subluxations) and restoring
optimal body function.
Dr. Troy Higley graduated from
Palmer Chiropractic College in
June 1999. He opened the clinic
on August 9, 1999. While the
practice has always been at its
present location, the practice has
expanded over the years and now
occupies the entire lower level of
the Fourth on Main building.
Higley is a fellow of the
International Chiropractic
Association (ICA) and is also the
regional Assemblyman for State
of Minnesota.
Higley said, “I believe that
chiropractic stands by itself.
Nothing else is needed to be
coupled with the adjustment for
chiropractic to work.”
Global Family Chiropractic
mainly focuses on spinal
misalignments and their effect on
other areas of the body, rather than
just the symptoms. Dr. Higley aims
to relieve various secondary
conditions for individuals (i.e.
indigestion, headaches) by
addressing the patient’s primary
condition of abnormal spinal
structure. He said his approach is
particularly successful at
minimizing the potential of
childhood ailments.
Global Family Chiropractic uses
technology that is capable of
reading sensitivity of temperature
along the spine. This allows Higley
to detect if a vertebrae is
misaligned, which in turn obstructs
the impulses coming from the brain
to the body which may cause
Global Family Chiropractic is
located at 404 South Main, Suite
1. Office hours are Monday, 8 a.m.
- noon and 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 8
a.m. – noon and 1:30-5 p.m.;
Wednesday, 8 a.m. - noon and 3-
6 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. - noon
and afternoon by appointment only;
Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 3-5
p.m.; Saturday, 8:30-9:15 a.m.;
Sunday, closed. Call for
appointments at 507-732-4200.
Mazeppa 2013 city audit completed
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
MAZEPPA – Certified Public
Accountant Tom Cummings
presented the audit of city finances
to the Mazeppa City Council on
August 6. Cummings said, “Your
budget process really does work,”
and added that there were no sur-
prises found in audit itself. Delin-
quent taxes were down so the city
received property taxes in a timely
fashion. About $20,000 more in
property taxes were taken in than
the year prior.
Compared to other
municipalities of similar size,
Cummings said Mazeppa operates
on less. The 2013 audit was
approved as presented. A brief
summary of the audit is listed
below. A complete copy is
available for review at city hall.
City revenue in 2013 totaled
$497,743. About 53% of this
income came from property taxes,
with other revenue sources being
Local Government Aid, fees, fines,
and interest earnings. Cummings
said the city is in line with the
state’s recommendation to have
enough set aside to cover six
months of budgeted expenses.
Expenses breakdown: category
cost and percentage of total
Governmental: $191,130 (33%)
Public safety: $126,061 (21%)
Public works: $181,204 (30%)
Cultural and recreation: $44,921
Economic development:
$10,582 (2%)
Interest and fiscal charges:
$41,787 (7%)
Cummings said the five-year
total cost of governmental type
expenses has gone down. Much
of this due to the part-time phase-
out retirement of City
Administrator Duane Hofschulte.
Cummings said the debt services
funds are working fine, and that
water and sewer funds have
significant reserves. These
business-types accounts have
revenues generated from fees paid
for services.
Sewer expenses: $140,105
Sewer revenues: $142,988
Water expenses: $64,390
Water revenues: $80,420
Liquor store expenses totaled
$353,919 and income totaled
$375,626. Cummings said the
liquor store seems to be functioning
okay. However, he did suggest
changes in the accounting practices
in this area. The liquor store
manager frequently uses cash
transactions. In high volumes this
can create bookkeeping confusion.
The city’s outstanding debt for
general obligation bonds (financing
improvement projects and public
facilities) totaled $994,000 at the
end of the year.
Preliminary budget for 2015
Administrator Duane Hofschulte
presented a preliminary 2015
budget to the council members for
their review. The final budget will
be approved prior to the end of
By Peter Grimsrud
O’Toole, Cato Institute Senior
Fellow, addressed the subject of
high-speed rail on Friday, August
8, before a full audience under the
Goodhue County Fair Activities
Tent. The Cato Institute is a liber-
tarian think tank headquartered in
Washington, D.C. O’Toole stud-
ies urban growth, land-use, and
Republican Representative
Steve Drazkowski was among
those who persuaded O’Toole to
share his knowledge and experi-
ence regarding the costs and prac-
tical uses of the proposed Minne-
apolis-Rochester Ziprail.
O’Toole said that the only mod-
ern high-speed rail line to ever be
successful was in Japan fifty years
ago. The reason for the success
was twofold. First, 70% of the
Japanese customers were already
using slow-speed rail for travel
and switched to the high-speed
alternative. Second, the line was
between Osaka and Tokyo, which
had a population density of 40
million people (now 60 million).
He said the European countries
are suffering from an expensive
high-speed rail network that only
a small fraction of travelers use.
For example, Spain just shut down
a train that cost $20,000 a day to
maintain for nine passengers. And
it was much more costly to build.
The only place in America where
he could see high-speed rail pos-
sibly working is in the densely
populated Boston-New York-
Washington corridor. Amtrak’s
Acela runs that route and claims
to make a profit if you don’t count
capital costs, maintenance costs,
and shift operating costs to other
High-speed rail must be built to
precise specifications and routed
over, under, or around roads, mak-
ing it is an extremely expensive to
build and maintain. And it still
doesn’t deliver passengers to their
final destination.
When President Dwight
Eisenhower built the United States
Interstate Highway System, it was
a pay-as-you-go program paid for
100% by taxes on gas, tires, trucks,
and autos. It was expensive to cir-
cumvent America’s roads and
countryside, but O’Toole said that
it was a great success because it
made the preferred mode of trans-
portation more efficient and inte-
grated with existing roads, allow-
ing customers to reach their many
and varied destinations easily. It
created an economic boon that rail
could never capture because rail
only goes from point A to point B.
President Barack Obama asked
Randal O’Toole
congress to include $8 billion in
the stimulus package for high-
speed rail without a single mem-
ber asking how much it would cost
and how it would be financed. The
money is available only for shovel-
ready projects that have completed
environmental impact studies.
O’Toole said that some states are
racing to have the studies done in
order to benefit at other Ameri-
cans’ expense.
O’Toole offered an example of
the possible costs in California’s
Central Valley, a lightly populated
O’Toole addresses costs vs. benefits
of Ziprail at Goodhue County Fair
flat stretch between San Francisco
and Los Angeles, estimated to be
$66.6 million per mile for 114
miles. The easiest stretch to con-
struct between the two cities would
cost $7.6 billion. He projects that
it would cost $6-$7 billion to build
a line from Minneapolis to Roch-
O’Toole provided sample air-
fares in Great Britain from cities
80 to 106 miles apart ranging in
cost from $24 to $53. He con-
tends that with competition and
deregulation, smaller airlines could
provide travel options at a far su-
perior price to high-speed rail be-
cause of the maintenance and in-
frastructure costs. He said that rail
is a thing of the past and that it is
less energy-efficient than auto and
air travel.
O’Toole insists that the future
has just begun with cars that have
self-driving capabilities. He said
that by 2030 we will put our chil-
dren in cars and the car will safely
drive them to their destination. Or
even pick us up with a simple cell
phone call. He said that GPS is
accurate to one-half inch, but con-
ceded that snow is still a problem.
Near the conclusion, he repeated
that high-speed rail doesn’t make
sense when you consider the small
benefit at everyone else’s expense.
He said rail doesn’t relieve traffic
congestion because it doesn’t go
where people want to go.
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Pine Island
PI School Board will vote on
ZED expansion on August 18
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
PINE ISLAND – On August 7,
the Pine Island School Board re-
viewed the proposal and options
to expand the Zumbro Education
District (ZED) K-12 facilities. The
board will make a decision on the
ZED expansion on August 18.
Chair John Champa said to board
members, “Go through all of the
information because this is a big
responsibility of the board.”
The ZED board plans to decide
on the expansion on August 21.
All seven member districts of ZED
must approve the expansion. Each
was asked to choose from one of
three options to address space is-
sues and future growth. The only
way to fund the project is for each
school board to approve a lease
levy for twenty years. The options
the member districts are consid-
ering are:
Option #1 – ZED would acquire
twelve acres and build a new 47,194
square foot building for the ALC
and Transition 2 Success programs.
The cost with $843,000 of financ-
ing would total $12,190,000. The
levy would increase Pine Island
taxes $14 for a $100,000 MV (mar-
ket value) residential property; $66
for 40 agricultural/homestead acres
with an estimated MV of $300,000;
and $105 for 40 agricultural/non-
homestead acres with an estimated
MV of $200,000.
Option #2 – ZED would acquire
twelve acres and build a new 54,744
square foot building for the ALC,
Transition 2 Success programs,
and district office. The current
office building would be sold for
$500,000. The cost of the new
building with $920,000 of financ-
ing would total $13,400,000. The
levy would increase Pine Island
taxes $15 for a $100,000 MV resi-
dential property; $73 for 40 agri-
cultural/homestead acres with an
estimated MV of $300,000; and
$116 for 40 agricultural/non-home-
stead acres with an estimated MV
of $200,000.
Option #3 – ZED would acquire
fifteen acres, sell the office build-
ing for $500,000, and build a new
64,744 square foot building for
all of the K-12 programs and staff.
The cost with $1,055,000 of fi-
nancing would total $15,880,000.
The levy would increase Pine Is-
land taxes $18 for a $100,000 MV
residential property; $87 for 40
agricultural/homestead acres with
an estimated MV of $300,000; and
$138 for 40 agricultural/non-home-
stead acres with an estimated MV
of $200,000.
In 2013-14 the numbers of stu-
dents attending the ZED Area
Learning Center and South Cam-
pus were 21 from Blooming Prai-
rie, 74 from Byron, 18 from
Hayfield, 50 from Kasson-
Mantorville, 22 from Pine Island,
29 from Stewartville, and 60 from
Triton. The districts are coopera-
tively funding ZED based on stu-
dent numbers and use.
By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – The ninth an-
nual Pine Island Lions Antique
Tractor Drive will be on Sunday,
August 17. Tractors will be on
display at the Island Classic Cruise-
In Car Show during a special trac-
tor night on Saturday, August 16.
The drive will begin on Sunday
with a parade through Pine Haven
Care Center’s parking lot at 8:30
a.m. and then continue onto Main
Street as they head out of town on
County 11 to their first stop in
Mazeppa for a morning break. Then
the tractor drive will make its way
toward Zumbrota for lunch at the
Goodhue County Fairgrounds. The
public is invited to attend the lunch
break where food will be avail-
able for purchase by the Pine Is-
land Lions Club at 11 a.m. After
lunch the drivers will head back
to Stordahl Church for an after-
noon break. Finally, the drivers
will make their way back to Pine
Pine Island musicians
to perform at Berne
Wood-Fired Pizza
The Dovetailers – Brandon and
Heather Sampson
Jenny Green
BERNE – For two straight
weeks, talented musicians from
Pine Island will take center stage
at Berne Wood-Fired Pizza. To-
night, August 13, the Dovetailers,
consisting of Brandon and Heather
Sampson, will return for the third
year. Traditionally, this night has
brought with it many locals to enjoy
their down home music while eat-
ing wood-fired pizza. Brandon
Sampson, known for his down-
to-earth songs about growing up
in Lyle while singing with Six Mile
Grove, continues singing with an
Americana flair with his wife
Heather to create a vocal blend
that is sure to please listeners.
August 20 will bring a new face,
but local name, to the stage in the
Jenny Green band. Jenny Green is
an old soul who began her jour-
ney into music at the age of 10. By
the age of 18, she received The
National School Orchestra Award
for her violin solos. Green’s mu-
sic is a blend of modern country
with classic roots with edge.
Both groups perform at 6:30 p.m.
Pizza orders are taken from 5-8
p.m. For more information or di-
rections on Berne Wood-Fired
Pizza, find them on Facebook.
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
The following information was
provided by the Goodhue County
Sheriff’s Office.
July 17
10:51 a.m. – A deputy was asked
to provide a squad car escort for a
funeral from St. Paul Lutheran
11:34 a.m. – A dog with a red
collar was found on North Pine
Dr NE. The owner was located
and the dog was returned home.
5:21 p.m. – Medical help was
requested on 3rd St NW.
5:55 p.m. – A purple Chevy had
been parked for two weeks in the
same place. A deputy contacted
the registered owner. The disabled
vehicle would be moved the next
7:12 p.m. – A deputy checked
on the welfare of an individual on
1st Ave SW. The situation appeared
July 18
1:37 a.m. – Medical help was
requested on 3rd St NW.
3:33 a.m. – Medical help was
requested on 3rd St NW.
8:35 a.m. – Harassing text mes-
sages were reported on the 17400
block of 511th St in Roscoe Town-
ship. Those involved were spo-
ken to.
8:45 a.m. – Harassing text and
phone messages were reported on
the 17400 block of 511th St in
Roscoe Township. A deputy spoke
to all involved.
3:11 p.m. – A deputy was asked
to check on the welfare of a pos-
sible suicidal person near 5th St
SE. The subject was in a vehicle
and stopped. The subject was given
3:50 p.m. – Mischief was re-
ported at the school.
6:35 p.m. – A speeding ticket
was issued near 460th St and 195th
Ave in Pine Island Township.
7:07 p.m. – A deputy checked
on the welfare of a person on 6th
St SW. Everything was fine.
9:01 p.m. – A citation for a stop
sign violation was issued on 1st St
11:09 p.m. – A deputy was asked
to remove an unwanted person from
the 15500 block of 485th St in
Roscoe Township. The subject left
upon the deputy’s request.
July 19
12:17 a.m. – Three vehicles were
parked in a field drive near Cty 11
and 170th Ave in Roscoe Town-
ship. Two squads were meeting
for an exchange. The complaint
was advised.
11:07 a.m. – Family complaints
were reported on 9th St SW.
11:15 a.m. – Two dogs were
loose on Interior Dr NE. The owner
was advised that the dogs need to
be registered with the city and
cannot run unattended.
11:44 a.m. – A deputy was asked
to check on four children riding
bikes in the middle of the road
near 4th St SW. A deputy checked
and found no children.
10:49 p.m. – A fireworks com-
plaint was reported near Spruce
Ct NE. The fireworks were legal.
The deputy told them to keep them
July 20
12:40 a.m. – A person on Main
St S left his garage door open to
air out the garage. A neighbor con-
tacted to the owner to say people
were in the garage. No one was on
the property when a deputy ar-
rived. Neighbors had friends over
and they were advised to keep the
noise down.
4:55 a.m. – A male entered a
residence on Lillie Ln SE without
permission. He was located in
Olmsted County and brought back
to the scene to give a statement.
The male was then dropped off at
a friend’s house.
8:21 a.m. – A complaint about a
vehicle speeding and the driver
wearing earphones was reported
near Hwy 52 and Cty 11. A deputy
assisted the state patrol with the
Land O’ Lakes helps PI students
get a “Running Start for School”
Land O’ Lakes plant manager Bill Taylor along with staff members, from left to right, Julie Ware, Sara Benda,
Melissa Hessenius, and Linnea Weiser, hold up some of the backpack supplies that will be distributed to
eligible students at Pine Island Public School on August 14. Not pictured are representatives from United
Way of Olmsted County, Erin Reidelbach and Renee Schaefer, who also helped organize the “Running Start
for School” project in Pine Island.
By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – Land O’ Lakes
employees gathered at the Pine
Island American Legion on August
7 to help fill close to 200 backpacks
with school supplies that will be
donated to eligible students who
have already been selected by Pine
Island Public School system. Land
O’Lakes teamed up with “Running
Start for School,” sponsored by
United Way of Olmsted County,
to help students in need start the
school year with all their supplies.
The backpacks will be
distributed at the school on
Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m.
This is the first year Pine Island
was able to be a distribution
location thanks to the support of
Land O’ Lakes who raised funds
to help purchase the supplies
needed for the program. Melissa
Hessenius, spokesperson for Land
O’ Lakes, said they were looking
for community projects to get
involved in when she decided to
contact United Way of Olmsted
County, which led to their
participation in the “Running Start
for School” program. Prior to Land
O’ Lakes’ collaboration with the
program, eligible Pine Island
students had to go to Rochester to
get their donated supplies.
This is the 14th year United Way
of Olmsted County has sponsored
“Running Start for School.” Last
school year, United Way, along
with other drive and drop site
partners and volunteers, helped
4,259 Olmsted County students
get school supplies. They said that
the 2014-15 school year, more than
8,000 students in the county may
not be able to afford supplies.
Nearly 30 organizations have
already signed up to serve as drive
and drop sites for the program this
year. Drive and drop site partners
are organizations that host a
backpack and school supply drive
and/or provide a public drop site
for community members to donate
backpacks and school supplies. For
more information contact the
United Way of Olmsted County
at 507-287-2000.
Pine Island AAA Foundation supports
Wi-Fi on student activity buses
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
PINE ISLAND – At the Pine
Island School Board meeting on
August 7, Superintendent Tammy
Berg-Beniak reported that the
Academics, Arts, and Athletics
(AAA) Foundation supports
adding Wi-Fi on three buses used
to transport students to activities.
She said that AAA will help with
the expense of the hardware if the
district will support the other costs.
The costs are not finalized for
installation on the buses.
With Wi-Fi access on the buses,
students will be able to work on
and keep up with classwork during
transportation to and from events.
With the increase in technology
in the classrooms and one-to-one
technology program, many parents
have expressed an interest in the
students having bus internet access
to complete assignments.
PreK-4 update
The school board reviewed
changes in the basic design of the
new PreK-4 building. The exterior
materials and colors are selected,
and large planters were added
outside the main entry with a ledge
for students to sit on and wait for
John Champa presented realistic
computer-generated models of the
exterior and interior design of the
building. Some details that were
selected through input from visits
to other districts and the Pine Island
advisory committees were added.
For example, glass showcases were
added in the hall outside the media
center to open the space. Inside,
high windows into the hall will
allow for shelving inside for media
center materials, but will not
eliminate light.
In the commons area, the
kitchens can be completely hidden
by lowering doors. The ceiling
declines from 10’ at the windows
(for light) to 9’to control noise.
The sections of the schools will
be color-coded neighborhoods.
Tentatively, the construction of
the foundation of the building could
begin in late September or October
2014. The school board plans to
have some form of visual progress
reports posted for the public once
construction begins.
PreK-4 principal’s report
Principal Cindy Hansen reported
that kindergarten enrollment is
currently projected at 87. There
are four sections of kindergarten.
The district goal for class size is
17-22 children. She requested that
the school board consider adding
a fifth section. The board approved
adding a section and posting a
teaching position. Hansen hopes
to have a candidate interviewed
for the board to approve by August
18. She said parents want to know
who their child’s teacher will be
this fall.
The PreK-8 staff are busy
working on a transition to separate
the elementary and middle school
Positive Behavioral Interventions
and Supports (PBIS) program and
the handbooks for parents. The
handbooks will be available online
and in paper copies.
The High Student Achievement
(HSA) and Advisory Committees
are working together to meet the
requirements of the World’s Best
Workplace document that must be
submitted to the state by October
1. The district must form a
committee to implement grad-
uation standards and a committee
for comprehensive continuous
improvement. These must include
professionals and members of the
district who do not have children
in school. Hansen said that
individuals have committed to
serve on the committees. For now
these committees will be combined
with the HSA Committee to form
the Advisory Committee. The full
committee will meet in September
and March. The original HSA will
meet monthly and collect student
data and stakeholder feedback to
present to the full Advisory
Local optional revenue
Finance Director Todd Netzke
explained the local optional
revenue (LOR) equity program to
the board. In August, all Minnesota
school boards have an opportunity
to levy up to $424 operating dollars
on the referendum market value
tax base.
Pine Island has $414.40 of
operating levy. The school board
approved levying an additional
$9.60/pupil. Netzke said this will
bring about $10,000 in additional
funds into the school.
In districts where the RMV is
less than $510,000/pupil the state
will pay some of the levy. The
lower the RMV/pupil, the more
state equalization aid is paid to
the district. This benefits small
and rural school districts.
Other business
Netzke reported that the budget
is not completely reconciled for
2013-14. Currently, the district is
$479,000 under budget. There have
been decreases in payments to
others with the new ALC and in
secondary enrollment outside the
district. About $60,000 of the pilot
teacher evaluation grant has not
been used. There was about a
$111,000 reduction in spending
for supplies.
The school board approved
policies for chemical use and abuse,
complaints, crisis management,
employee student relationships,
internet use, staff development,
and student medication admin-
istration on school-sponsored field
Superintendent Berg-Beniak
reported that Pine Island was
recently recognized for innovation
in technology.
The board approved hiring Sarah
Garcia as a high school counselor.
Peter Johnson was hired to
supervise the weight training room.
The board approved re-assigning
Kelli (Rasmussen) Williams to
technology and Jennifer Slowinski
to teach fourth grade.
Pine Island 2014 fall
athletic coaches approved
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
PINE ISLAND – On August 7,
the Pine Island School Board
approved this list of fall athletic
coaches that was recommended
by Activity Director Craig
Cross country
Head coach – Amy Northrop
Assistant – Alan Dewey
Junior high – Dan Gibbons
Head coach – John Stapleton
Assistant – Don McPhail
Assistant – Rob Warneke
Junior varsity – Tony Brown
C-team – Robert Mainhardt
Eighth grade – Josh Pederson
Eighth grade volunteer assistant
– Jay Strande
Seventh grade – Jason Klusmann
Seventh grade volunteer
assistant – Jeremy Andrist
Girls soccer
Head coach – Doug Weincouff
Associate assistant – Chris Dick
Junior varsity – Jen Wernau
Associate JV assistant – Adam
Junior high – Steve Pleschourt
Associate junior high assistant
– Rachel Pleschourt
Boys soccer
Head coach – Peter Wiggins
Junior varsity – Itamar Marques
Junior high – Leonardo Barbosa
Associate assistant for all levels
– Chris Cain
Head coach – Jimmi Waldo
Junior varsity – To be determined
C-team – Liz Klein
Eighth grade – Mark Aarsvold
Seventh grade – Anita Hunskor
Fall weight program
Peter Johnson
6:10 p.m. – A deputy attended
to civil matters on 5th St SW.
7:08 p.m. – A juvenile was driv-
ing a four-wheeler recklessly on
Prairie View Dr NE. A deputy was
unable to find the ATV.
7:59 p.m. – A deputy was told
people were climbing on construc-
tion equipment near Cty 11 and
Frontage Rd. The male said he
was looking around with his child
and climbing on equipment. They
were advised to stay off the con-
struction equipment.
Pine Island
wins lottery
PINE ISLAND – Levi Floren
of Pine Island won $7,777 by play-
ing the Lottery’s 777 Sevens
scratch game. Floren claimed the
prize on July 31. The winning ticket
was purchased at Casey’s Gen-
eral Store, 1125 Main St. in Can-
non Falls.
Antique Tractor Drive is August 17
Island by way of County 11 through
Roscoe and go through town at
about 3 p.m.
The registration fee is $10 which
includes refreshments for morn-
ing and afternoon breaks. For in-
formation about registration forms
and a copy of the driver rules con-
tact 356-4009 or stop by Thrivent
Financial in Pine Island.
Search is on for
Mrs. Goodhue County
Applications are being accepted
for the title of Mrs. Goodhue
County. Mrs. Goodhue County will
have the honor of representing her
county at the Mrs. Minnesota pag-
eant, which will be held at Ritsche
Auditorium, March 14, 2015 in
St. Cloud.
The woman chosen as Mrs.
Goodhue County will become an
ambassador from the Goodhue
County area and will receive the
official title and sash.
The woman chosen as Mrs.
Minnesota will receive a prize
package worth $7,000 and the
chance to represent Minnesota at
the 2015 Mrs. International Pag-
eant in July.
The American Heart Asso-
ciation’s “Go Red for Women” is
the official charity of the Mrs.
Minnesota pageant . To learn more
visit www.goredforwomen.org
The reigning 2014 Mrs. Min-
nesota is Kimberly Stommes of
St. Cloud. Traveling all across the
state, Stommes speaks on her plat-
form “Driving out Diabetes.”
Competitions in the pageant are:
personal interview, aerobic wear
and evening gown. There are no
talent or swimsuit competitions.
Married women living in
Goodhue County interested in
applying should write for a bio-
Mrs. Minnesota
International Pageant
P.O. Box 240537
Apple Valley, MN 55124-0537
Or an online application can be
filled out on the website: www.
For information call: (952)432-
6758 fax: (952)953-3896 or email:
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KW School non-certified staff
receives slight increase
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO – At the July
28 Kenyon-Wanamingo School
Board meeting, the negotiations
committee presented the agreement
with the non-certified employees
and salaried staff. Contract nego-
tiations stipulate:
• No increase to non-certified
staff for the 2013-14.
• Add 1% to the 2013 non-certi-
fied salary school for 2015.
• Give 1% increase to non-cer-
tified staff for 2014-15.
• Carryover of one unused per-
sonal leave day to the next year.
The agreement with non-certi-
fied staff was approved.
The district settled contract ne-
gotiations with teacher back in
Personnel changes
Middle school English teacher
Adam Kuehnel resigned his posi-
tion July 15. Kuehnel accepted a
position elsewhere. He had been
with the district since 2009. This
position has been posted and ad-
ministration will be interviewing
potential candidates soon.
Elementary school media cen-
ter educational assistant Cindy
Baumgartner also resigned her
position, effective July 15.
Benjamin Heath was employed
as a 1.0 FTE English teacher for
grades 9-12, the position resigned
by Scott Soden. Heath’s employ-
ment will begin August 25 and his
annual salary will be $36,807 based
on a bachelor’s degree, step 6.
Heath will also serve as the speech
team advisor at a rate of $2,011
and senior high student council
advisor at a rate of $2,011.
Demian Jackman was hired as
a .5 FTE elementary art teacher,
the position resigned by Matt
Addington. Jackman’s employ-
ment will be effective August 25
and his annual salary will be
$20,954.50 based on a master’s
degree, step 3.
Laura McAnally was employed
as teacher for the summer school
program from July 7-25. She was
paid $26 per hour for the position.
Angela Eggert, Theresa
Jacobson, and Margaret Lerfald
were hired as temporary mainte-
nance workers for the summer.
Each is being paid a rate of $12.10
per hour.
Lake City Schools joins GCED
The Lake City school district
approached the Goodhue County
Education District about joining
the consortium to meet special
education needs. Lake City has
decided to join KW, Zumbrota-
Mazeppa, Goodhue, Cannon Falls,
and Red Wing in the GCED. With
a new GCED building being con-
structed in Red Wing to consoli-
date all the special education ser-
vices at one site, Lake City will
also help fund the new building
with the other participating dis-
tricts; helping to lower the cost
for all. The amended joint powers
agreement that includes Lake City
was approved.
The next regular school board
meeting is on Monday, August 25,
at 7 p.m. in the media center con-
ference room in Kenyon.
Wanamingo commercial
expansion projects move forward
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO – Two public
meetings involving commercial
expansion projects were held on
July 28. The hearing on the devel-
opment of Cenex 4 Addition in
the Industrial Park was first on the
agenda. No public objections were
offered to this project, and a mo-
tion by Danny Benson to approve
the final plat for Cenex 4 Addi-
tion carried. The second hearing
was on a Tax Increment Financ-
ing (TIF) plan for Maple Island to
purchase 19.62 acres of agricul-
tural land near their current facil-
ity for expansion. With no major
objections, this project is also set
to move forward.
Maple Island expansion
Tammy Omdal, senior vice
president and manager of
Northland Strategies Public Fi-
nance, estimated the Maple Island
building expansion would bring
an additional $700,000 in tax in-
crement revenues to the city. Maple
Island is requesting TIF assistance
for the land acquisition from
Burbank Foods, the company
owning the land. The TIF would
be set up in the amount of the land
sale purchase, estimated at about
$443,000, but could be lower;
Maple Island would pay that money
back to the city in incremental
payments over the term of the
agreement. The increase in mar-
ket value from the expansion was
estimated at $1,930,792.
Greg Johnson, president of
Maple Island, said their current
facility is cramped for warehouse
space and they are looking to break
ground on a new 35,000 square
foot expansion to their existing
facility in a couple weeks, with
hopes that the new storage facil-
ity would be in use by February.
The company intends to use the
additional land to serve as a drive-
way/parking lot. Company repre-
sentatives estimate six years will
be needed on the TIF program,
not the standard nine years. Sev-
eral jobs have already been added
in preparation for the expansion,
mostly full-time long-term employ-
ment positions.
Omdal said the terms in the TIF
agreement state the company is
required to add 15 jobs with a pay
of at least $18 per hour for the
financial assistance being provided.
City Administrator Michael
Boulton said there is very little
risk for the city or the taxpayers in
this TIF program or expansion
The city council mentioned a
letter received from the Jason Raths
family, who live next to Maple
Island. It was noted that Raths had
concerns regarding access to the
north of his property. Councilor
Jamie Majerus wanted to be sure
Raths’s concerns were addressed.
Greg said with the additional stor-
age and parking lot, there should
be fewer stationary or parked trucks
on Main Street or in the front of
the property. Greg also said Maple
Island is considerate of neighbors
and happy to address their con-
cerns and work with them. He of-
fered to provide direct contact
numbers in the event concerns arise.
Raths was present, and no addi-
tional concerns were voiced dur-
ing the meeting.
Following the public hearing, a
motion by Majerus to establish
TIF district 3-1, the development
program and the financing plan
carried. The council then focused
on the contract for private devel-
opment and awarding the sale of
land for issuance of the TIF bond
note. The bond will not be issued
until proof of land sale cost is sub-
mitted to the city. A motion by
Benson to authorize the develop-
ment agreement with Maple Is-
land and for TIF note issuance
Burbank Food, Inc. requested
re-zoning of the land (wanted by
Maple Island) be changed from
R-A residential agricultural to I-1
Industrial. I-1 would be in kind to
the zone type of the grain eleva-
tor, and is therefore appropriate.
A motion by Larry VanDeWalker
to approve the zoning change car-
Cooperatives’ cooperation builds solar farm
$1.5 million project can create electricity for almost 60 houses
By Karen Snyder
ORONOCO – Mission – south-
east Minnesota’s first commercial
solar energy production site – ac-
complished. “Credit cooperation
among cooperatives,” said Jim
Krueger, president and CEO of
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative
Services, Albert Lea.
The ribbon-cutting for the two-
acre, 1,880-panel field took place
August 6 at the project’s site just
north of People’s Energy Coop-
erative in Oronoco.
Representatives from each of
the cooperating co-ops (named
Minnesota Three LLC), which
include People’s Energy, Freeborn-
Mower, and Tri-County Electric
of Rushford, spoke at the ceremony,
as did officials from Dairyland
Power Cooperative, La Crosse,
Wisconsin. Dairyland will buy all
the energy the solar array makes.
The facility can produce 682,000
kilowatt hours a year, enough to
power nearly 60 houses. Of the
project’s approximately $1.5 mil-
lion price tag, $385,000 came from
a grant from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture.
“This is a great experiment,”
said Jack Korman, vice chairman
of the Freeborn-Mower Co-op
board. “We’ll learn from the ad-
vantages and learn how to miti-
gate the disadvantages.”
“It’s a solar farm and our crop
is solar energy,” said Bill Berg,
president and CEO of Dairyland
Power Cooperative. “I think we’ll
have a great yield in the future.”
“There has been a tremendous
interest in solar in the last couple
of years,” said Ken Scheevel, gov-
ernment relations represen-tative
for Dairyland. “Panel prices are
down. Financial incentives are up.”
“Two years ago this couldn’t
have been built,” Krueger said.
“It would have been too expen-
Renewable energy’s expense
and practicality don’t matter to
Minnesota’s Next Generation
Energy Act of 2007. “We are man-
dated,” Krueger said. “The state
requires using a certain amount of
renewable energy.” By 2025,
twenty-five percent of electricity
must come from renewable
Dairyland’s use of renewable
energy started in the 1950s with
hydro-power. In the 1990s, the
utility added wind power. “We
haven’t used solar ‘til now be-
cause of the cost,” Berg said, “but
now that costs are down, I think
solar will play a big role in the
Solar panels only look fragile
The new solar energy array west
of U.S. 52 in Oronoco consists of
1,880 panels, products of
SolarWorld (solarworld-usa.com).
Each panel measures 68 inches
by 39 inches and weighs 50 to 55
Though the panels look like
glass, and as breakable, don’t be-
lieve it, said Steve Peters, presi-
dent of Dragonfly Solar (dragon-
fly-solar.com), the company that
built the solar farm. In reality, those
panels excel in ruggedness.
If you want to see how
SolarWorld tests them and how
they withstand the rigors, he rec-
ommends this video: https://
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Goodhue County Sheriff’s
Posse salutes LaVerne Reese
Goodhue County Sheriff’s Posse members stopped by the Seminary Nursing Home in Red Wing to honor
former posse member and Goodhue area farmer LaVerne Reese. In front, from left to right are LaVerne Reese
and Herman Von Knobelsdorf; in back are Jean Von Knobelsdorf, Cal Fulton, and Nellie Fulton.
By R.D. Aaland
RED WING – The Goodhue
County Sheriff’s Posse made a
special appearance at the Semi-
nary Nursing Home in Red Wing
on August 3 to honor 86-year-old
resident LaVerne Reese. The posse
was organized in 1967 as a volun-
teer organization whose primary
purpose is to maintain peace, or-
der and law in our communities.
Reese is the last surviving charter
member of the posse.
On this occasion he found him-
self surrounded by family and
friends from Goodhue County and
many from the Twin Cities
area. Reese was a farmer in the
Goodhue area for many years, but
his real love was horses, of which
he always had a few. His daugh-
ter said, “He was a farmer, but in
his heart he was a cowboy for-
The sheriff’s posse became
popular in 1976 when they escorted
the Bicentennial Wagon Train
through Goodhue County. Reese
was right there to help. The orga-
nization now has around 20 to 30
active members who ride and train
their own horses for many county
functions. The mounted deputies
and their horses provide many
unique services for the Goodhue
County Sheriff’s Office and the
communities they serve. They pro-
vide an additional law enforce-
ment presence at fairs, shows, city
and county events, as well as per-
form in parades all through the
From the backs of their horses
these officers can cover more dis-
tance than an officer can on foot,
and the added visibility on horse-
back is also a significant advan-
tage. Horses are able to easily navi-
gate tough terrain that would be
difficult to cross by vehicle or on
foot. This makes the mounted posse
a huge benefit during search and
rescue operations. Horses, by their
size alone, provide a formidable
presence of the law without any
open show of force. Horses are
also huge crowd pleasers and at-
tract the positive attention of both
children and adults.
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s
Posse is a volunteer organization
which requires a very large time
commitment. Posse members pro-
vide their own horse, tack, truck
and trailer, and they are outfitted
with uniforms and other equip-
ment needed for their work paid
for by funds they raise during
events. They participate in four to
six parades throughout the year,
and regularly patrol at many loca-
tions throughout the county. The
members of the posse are also on
an emergency call-out status with
the sheriff’s office and can be ac-
tivated any time the sheriff is in
need of their services.
Chet Ross brings his mule to greet
LaVerne Reese as Cal Fulton
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7:30 P.M.
I. Call the Meeting to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Pledge of Allegiance
IV. Comments by visitors **
V. Consider changes to the agenda
VI. Reports
1. Business Manager’s report
2. Superintendent Report
3. Principal’s reports
VII. Old Business
1. Consideration to approve second
reading of policies #504, #902, #906
VIII. New Business
A. Approve consent agenda items as
1. Minutes of regular board meeting
on July 21 , 2014
2. Approval of bills payable for the
month of July/August 2014.
3. Approval of hires
4. Approval of resignations
B. Consideration to approve cross
country team fundraiser
C. Consideration to approve choir
Take a Vet Fishing Day was August 2
Some of those participating in the second annual Take a Vet Fishing Day are, from left to right, Wes Voltz, Derald Mitchell, Larry VanDeWalker,
Cooper Utley, Mike Utley, Jerry Seims, Leroy Goranson, Mike Nord, and Daren Mitchell.
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
LAKE CITY – The second an-
nual Take a Vet Fishing Day was
held at Hok Si La Park near Lake
City on Saturday, August 2. The
event was sponsored by the Wall-
eye Searchers of Rochester, the
Mazeppa Fire Relief Association,
the Mazeppa Lions Club, the
Mazeppa Jaycees, the Zumbrota
VFW, and Leo’s Sports Bar. Plan-
ning committee members Derald
Mitchell, Daren Mitchell, and Mike
Utley held many meetings with
veterans and spent several hours
planning the event.
The day started with guitarist
Cooper Utley playing the Star
Spangled Banner. Veterans from
Zumbrota, Mazeppa, and Lake City
were teamed up with Walleye
Searchers volunteers to head out
fishing on Lake Pepin. Thirty-
seven vets boarded 28 boats.
Event organizer Derald Mitchell
said, “From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., lots
of fish were caught. Lots of wall-
eyes were filleted and sent home
with the vets.” A lunch was served
by Leo’s Sports Bar of Mazeppa.
D. Consideration to approve increas-
ing the operating referendum authority
to a total of $724 per pupil by using a
combination of existing referendum au-
thority, board approved authority, and
Local Optional revenue
E. Consideration to approve the reso-
lution for board approved levy
F. Consideration to approve the Re-
strictive Procedure Plan for the 2014-
2015 school year
G. Consideration to approve to ap-
prove the first reading of policies
IX. Reports
A. Board/Committee reports
B. Upcoming Meetings
X. Adjournment
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