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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • No. 5

One Dollar

Bill introduced to block Zip Rail funding

ZM students are named
to State Honors Choir

By Alicia Hunt-Welch
ST. PAUL — A bill to block
funding for the proposed highspeed Zip Rail from Rochester to
the Twin Cities was introduced in
the Minnesota House of Representatives on January 8. The bill
was authored by State Representative Pat Garofalo of Farmington
and co-authored by Representative Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa.
Both have publicly stated that the
Zip Rail project would be a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars and would significantly disrupt commerce and daily life in
the rural counties in the proposed
rail’s path.
The Rochester-Twin Cities Rail
Corridor Project, referred to as Zip
Rail, is in the planning stages. The
100-mile path between Rochester

and the Twin Cities could include
areas in the counties of Olmsted,
Goodhue, Dodge, Rice, Dakota,
Ramsey and Hennepin. The train
would travel about 180 miles per
hour to provide a 45-minute ride
between St. Paul and Rochester.
No other midway stops are being
considered at this time, creating
no benefit to the rural counties in
its path. Early estimates slate the
project cost to be in the $2-4 billion range.
Two routes are being considered at this time: one near Highway 52 and the other south near
Highway 56 and then east along
Highway 14. Regardless of the
route selected, significant amounts
of agricultural land and rural life
would be affected. For safety, any
roads intersecting the train’s path

would either need to be closed,
diverted to another road, or altered by use of overpass or underpass. The track would be enclosed
to prevent anything from crossing the train’s path.
Recently the project’s scoping
document was released at The project is
in the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Study phase. This phase is
expected to be completed in the
fall of 2015.
On July 31, 2014 over two hundred people attended a Zip Rail
public meeting in Kenyon, and a
majority voiced opposition to the
Despite heavy opposition from
citizens throughout Goodhue and
Dakota Counties, Olmsted County

continues to pursue the project and
is seeking $7.5 million in funds
from the state for planning purposes. Drazkowski said he firmly
believes taxpayer funds should not
be used for this project.
Upcoming meetings

The group “Citizens Concerned
About Rail Line” will meet in Red
Wing on February 5 at Hiawatha
Home Care, 4920 Moundview
Drive, from 5-7 p.m. CCARL
meets at this location on the first
Thursday of each month.
Senator Matt Schmit will meet
with local constituents on February 7 to hear ideas and concerns
on a variety of topics. He will be
at Bridget’s Café in Zumbrota at 1
p.m. and at Papa’s Kenyon Family Restaurant in Kenyon at 3 p.m.

ZUMBROTA – Three Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School students of Susan
Peterson were selected into the Minnesota American Choral Directors
Association State Honor Choirs. They are, from left to right, Ben Knowlton,
Anna Schueler, and Haley Ellingson. Ellingson will sing in the 9-10
Women’s Honor Choir, and Schueler and Knowlton will sing in the 9-10
Mixed Honor Choir. Guest conductor of the women’s choir is Shelly
Winemiller of the Bella Voce Choir in Rochester. Guest conductor mixed
years and is excited to have his Hunzelman has experience when Dennstedt plan on keeping their
choir is Matthew Mehaffey, associate professor of music at the University By Audra DePestel
of Minnesota. The choirs will rehearse on Thursday, February 12, with
PINE ISLAND – The Pine Is- friends performing at the big event. it comes to the world of business. current positions. Hunzelman said
a concert at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, land Sports Bar and Liquor Store
Hunzelman had approached After graduating from high school, he is relying on the current expein conjunction with the Minnesota Music Educators Conference.

PI Sports Bar celebration Feb. 6

Debra Alexander is
the new Zumbrota
By Tawny Michels

Alexander became postmaster at
the Zumbrota Post Office on January 10, replacing Kerry Stragey.
Alexander was the postmaster in
Minocqua, Wisconsin, for twenty
years, and she also held a position
as supervisor of nearly sixty employees in Illinois for five years
prior to that. In total, she has been
working for the US Postal Service for 29 years.
Alexander is originally from
northeastern Wisconsin, but has
moved around somewhat with her
job. She currently lives in Zumbrota with her husband, Jerry, and
together they have have three children, seven grandchildren, and
have been married for 43 years.
“My mother-in-law and sisterin-law were in the postal service –
big history all on the in-law side –
and it got me interested and I love
customer service, so that is how I
got involved with the postal service,” Alexander said. She then
explained that she started working as a clerk and worked her way
up to becoming postmaster.
When asked what brought her
to Zumbrota, Alexander explained
that the postal service is going
through a re-organization and her
office in Wisconsin was
downsizing. She wanted to stay
employed so she put in applica-

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Williams to buy the sports bar on
a couple of occasions over the past
three or four years, but Williams
wasn’t ready to sell yet. Williams
purchased the business in 2006,
and during that time he remodeled the basement to make it usable for private parties and events
and updated some of the furnishings and added electronic cash
registers. Hunzelman said that
when Williams presented the opportunity to purchase the business
in the fall of 2014, he said yes and
got going on the paper work.
Originally from Des Moines,
Iowa, Hunzelman moved to Pine
Island twelve years ago, where he
lives with his significant other of
20 years, Martha Dennstedt, and
their five-year-old daughter, Abby.

he went to Mankato State University and graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in business. While in college, he worked for 3M promoting products. It was during that
time he found his niche. After college, Hunzelman worked at several jobs in the promotional industry in Chicago and Dallas. In
2005, he started working as a
multiline representative for DMH
Marketing and Sales. The new job
gave him and Martha the opportunity to move back to the Midwest, where they both have family ties.
The couple chose Pine Island
because it offered a place to live
between Rochester and the Twin
Cities, making it convenient for
their jobs. Both Hunzelman and

rienced staff of twelve and the
management skills of longtime
manager Mary Rudlund, who has
been there for the past nine years.
Dennstedt will help out behind the
scenes with operations and events.
She has experience when it comes
to the inner workings of the PI
Sports Bar and Liquor Store, as
she worked there for a couple of
years before their daughter was
As of now, no other major
changes are planned, other than to
include more sports-oriented
events and specials consistent with
the “sports bar” idea. “I also want
to do fun promotions, celebrate
holidays and happenings, and try
to have a band once a month,”
Hunzelman said.

$3,189 raised for Disabled American Veterans
New Zumbrota Postmaster Debra

tions at a number of offices. Three
offices in Minnesota interviewed
her and all offered her the position, but she chose Zumbrota. “I
don’t really know why, it just
sounded so sing-song – like to me,
Zumbrota, Minnesota!” she said.
Throughout her career,
Alexander has received numerous
awards including three Benjamin
Awards for customer and community service and two Growth
Awards for Revenue Generation.
After she gets settled into the
everyday office functions she hopes
to become more involved in the
community. In the past, she has
conducted tours of the post office
for elementary school kids, 4-H
groups, Girl/Boy Scout groups,
and even the elderly. She hopes to
offer those services in Zumbrota
After learning of the Covered
Bridge Festival she voiced her
desire for the post office to be
involved this year. Her plan includes a contest of communitydesigned pictorial cancellations
with the community voting for the
winners. As a community service, the postal service offers pictorial cancellations to commemorate local events celebrated in communities throughout the nation.
The post office would then offer
the pictorial cancellations for a
special price during the Covered
Bridge Festival.

By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – Support our
Troops Pine Island held a Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
fundraiser at the Pine Island Sports
Bar on Saturday, January 24. A
total of $3,189 was raised for the
Minnesota DAV group.
There was a silent auction, raffle
drawings thoughout the night,
event t-shirts and coolie sales, food
from Borgy Boyz, and entertainment by DJ Nose. Co-event hosts
Linda Zimmerman and Dan Rose
were pleased with the fundraiser

and the amount of support from
many volunteers, the community,
and area businesses. New owner
of the Pine Island Sports Bar Dave
Hunzelman, Martha Dennstedt,
and manager Mary Rudlong supported and helped make the
fundraiser a success. Zimmerman
said it meant a lot to have members from the Korean War Veterans group attend and donate $200
to the cause.
The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the Minnesota DAV is a
membership group made up of

Support Our Troops Pine Island held a Disabled American Veterans
(DAV) fundraiser at the Pine Island Sports Bar on Saturday, January 24.
Hosts and volunteers are gathered with Korean War veterans (KWV),
from left to right, front row: Marie Rose, Wendy Lohmann, Dan Rose,



women and men who have been
disabled in our nation’s defense.
They are dedicated to one clear
mission – to better the lives of
Minnesota’s disabled veterans and
their families. DAV provides free,
professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned
through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government. DAV represents the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed

spouses, and their orphans before
Congress, the White House, and
the judicial branch, as well as state
and local government. They also
extend DAV’s mission of hope
into the communities where these
veterans and their families live
through a network of state-level
departments and local chapters,
and they provide a structure through
which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their
fellow veterans through a variety
of volunteer programs.

Mary Kollasch, Joann Kolterman, Linda Zimmerman, and Brian Stephan;
back row: Cyril Kubista (KWV), Chuck Larsen (KWV), Shelly Shelstad
(KWV), Christina Glamm, Don Lloyd (KWV commander), Gary Russell
(KWV), and Eric Jacobson.




is under new ownership. Dave
Hunzelman of Pine Island purchased the 107 South Main Street
business on January 14 from Steve
Williams. Hunzelman will hold a
grand opening “Under New Management” celebration with food,
fun, prizes, and music on Friday,
February 6, starting at 4 p.m.
Lottery play day will be from 46 p.m. and Bud Promo from 5-7
p.m. At 9 p.m. the newly formed
band “Wasted Weekend” will make
its debut, playing a variety of pop,
rock, blues, and country. The band
consists of Pine Island musicians
Jen and Barry Hauschulz and Chris
Wagner, as well as Rochester
members Jon Lohmann, and Aaron
Mayer. Hunzelman has known
most of the band members for many

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Public schools in the news
By Jan David Fisher

Several items of interest have
occurred in the news the last few
weeks. The first and most important issue is in California. The
second is known across the USA
and is a problem (or non-problem) without a (political) solution.
The third issue is local and will be
interesting to watch develop.
California allows parents to opt
out of having their children receive childhood immunizations.
About 20 years ago, an English
doctor wrote a paper supposedly
following children who had been
given their shots, and a relatively
high percentage then developed
various disabilities. It turned out
that he was paid to falsify his data,
and his paper’s conclusions were
also false. Since his exposure, over
1,000 children (across the English
speaking world) have died from
these diseases. The doctor has
probably lost his license but has
never been called to face his lie
and the deaths he caused. Even
though the shots are safe many
parents are scared and don’t want

their children to get them. California allows the parents for any
or no reason to refuse the shots.
Another fact to consider is that
when 98+% are protected, then
effectively all children is protected.
This is known as “herd protection.” In one school in California,
the percentage is below 94%. The
last and most interesting fact is a
family whose son at age 2 was
diagnosed with Leukemia. He went
through two or more years of chemotherapy and is now in remission at age six. He is looking
forward to going to school (you
guessed it – his school is the 94%
one). The son’s immunization
system is too weak to allow him
to get the shots. Some of the other
students may also have medical
reasons for not getting the shots.
The father approached the school
board with the request that those
children without the shots not be
allow to attend his son’s school.
He did make an exception for others with medical reasons. His final comment was to the parents:
“If your child gets the measles
and dies, it is on you. If you allow
your sick child to come to school
and he infects my son who dies,
his death is on you.” (Think wrongful death lawsuits.)
Several studies have shown the
correlation of family income to

student performance. What we
tend to forget is that correlation is
not causation. These studies tend
to show a reason for failure and
don’t really answer the question
of student performance. If, in fact,
the correlation does actually become causality, how do we fix it?
The Democrats will tell you that
welfare programs will solve this
problem. They are wrong. Welfare programs have been place for
over fifty years. Income redistribution doesn’t work. It doesn’t
give a boost to the family. What it
does do is it locks the family into
the welfare program. It destroys
any incentive to succeed. The success of the student is still dependent on the ability and attitude of
the teachers. While this is my
opinion and it is based on watching and listening to both students
and teachers, I believe that teachers are the main driving force for
student performance. Further, the
attitude of the teacher is the most
important factor.
The local problem is the new
building to be built in Pine Island.
Somehow the school district is finding some difficulty in getting proper
licenses and permits from the city.
It could be just the normal paper
processing or it could be deliberate attempts to slow the project
down and/or cause it to fail. Keep
an eye on this one! Until next week.

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 Senior Center; Zumbrota area, Zumbrota Towers.
February 5-11
Thursday: Roast pork, mashed
potatoes, baked squash, mixed
green salad, banana fruit cup
Friday: Soup, crackers, sandwich, barley Waldorf salad, strawberry phoo phoo
Monday: Chicken breast in
sauce, sweet potatoes, beets, pudding
Tuesday: Swiss steak, baked
potatoes, dilled carrots, blushing
Wednesday: Cold plate, fresh
fruit, cheesy batter bun, ice box
Others,” Thursday February 26,
If you have questions, call 356noon, Dr. McBeath
Coffee with a Cop: Gail
Weinholzer from AAA – Seniors Seasons Hospice
need to understand mind and body
Coffee and Conversation Group,
changes and how they affect driving ability, hearing, vision, cog- Wednesday, February 11, 9-10 a.m.
nitive ability, flexibility (reaction A group for anyone who has extime) and medications, Wednes- perienced the death of a loved one.
Pet Loss Group, Wednesday,
day February 25, 9:30 a.m.
AARP Tax Preparation – February 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. A
Wednesday, February 11, 9 a.m. - group for those who have lost a
4 p.m. Call PIAHS for appoint- pet through death.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
ment, space is limited.
For more information or if you Group, Thursday, February 12,
are in need of assistance, please 6:30-8 p.m. A group for those who
contact our office (507-356-2999, have lost a baby through miscarM-Th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Check us riage, stillbirth, at the time of birth,
or within the first month of birth.
out and like us on Facebook.
All groups are held at the Center for Grief Education and Support, Seasons Hospice, 1696
Greenview Dr. SW. Registration
University of Wisconsin – River Falls is required two days prior to the
RIVER FALLS, WI – Area stu- date of the event. For details: 507dents named to the dean’s list for the 285-1930 or shbp@seasonshos
fall semester are, from Goodhue:

Pine Island Area Home Services
serves the Pine Island and Oronoco
areas and provides the following
services and events during the
month of January. Unless otherwise noted, all occur at the Pine
Island Senior Center located at 109
3rd St. SW. Services are available
to adults 65 and older.
Shopping Trips: Walmart trips
scheduled on Thursday, February
4, noon and Tuesday, February
17, 11 a.m., lunch with limited
seating/ reservation required.
Foot Care Clinic: By appointment only at the City Centre on
Thursday, February 19. In-home
services are available for those who
have difficulty leaving home.
Exercise Classes: Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Class in-

corporates gentle strength and
balance training, stretching and
fun. You can join this ongoing
class at any time and exercises
start at your ability. Weights are
provided for optional use.
Aerobics Exercise Classes: Fridays from 10:00–10:45 a.m.
Blood Pressure Clinics: 11 a.m.,
second and fourth Tuesdays at City
Center in Pine Island, 11 a.m. on
first Wednesday at Pine Island
Senior Center. There will be no
blood pressure checks at Oronoco
Community Center until April.
Unable to leave home? Call PIAHS
to schedule an in-home blood pressure check.
Upcoming events

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Nicole Hinsch, Ryan Kassen, Brianna
Ryan, Michaela Schrimpf, and Erica
Tipcke; from Oronoco: Sullivan Mann;
from Pine Island: Tanner Borgschatz,
Zachary Knutson, and Kamyn Peterson-Rucker; from Wanamingo: Lisa
Ecker; and from Zumbrota: Nicole
Forss and Nikki Stehr.
Ridgewater College
WILLMAR – Quinlan Kehren of
Goodhue and Adam Burdick of Zumbrota were named to the dean’s list
for the fall semester.
Iowa Lakes Community College
and Cody Block of Pine Island were
named to the dean’s list for the fall
University of Wisconsin –
Stevens Point
Liffrig of Oronoco earned Honors
recognition (GPA from 3.5-3.74) for
the fall semester.
Minnesota State University –

Warneke of Zumbrota was named
to the dean’s list for the fall semester.
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, WI – Named to
the dean’s list for the fall semester were Mikayla Tipcke of
Goodhue, and Danielle Brushaber
and Emily Laska of Oronoco.
Vermilion Community College

ELY – Brady Reub of Pine Island earned Highest Honors (GPA
3.75 or higher) and Elizabeth
Klapperich of Zumbrota earned
Honors (GPA 3.0-3.49) for the fall
Wartburg College

WAVERLY, IA – Named to the
dean’s list for the fall semester
were Benjamin Bogard and Brenna
Lien of Oronoco, Adeline Angst
of Pine Island, and Colton Thoreson
of Zumbrota.
Texas State University

Gutzmer of Pine Island was named
to the fall semester dean’s list.

Community Reading
Zumbrota Public Library and
Van Horn Public Library in Pine
Island are partnering their annual
community reading programs under the common theme of “Immigration: Yesterday and Today.”
On Sunday, February 8, at 2 p.m.
LeeAnn Cragen of the Family
History Center in Rochester will
give a presentation on the basics
of geneaology research at the Pine
Island History Center.

Olmsted County Parks
Oxbow Park – Build a Blue Bird
Box, Saturday, February 7, 1 p.m.
The program begins with a short
video on the natural history of the
Eastern Bluebird. Bring a hammer, because afterward you’ll start
building your own nest box. Only
20 boxes are available so call 7752451 to reserve one soon. Ages 5
and up.
Questions about Chester Woods,
call Celeste Lewis at 507-2872624. Questions about Oxbow
Park, call Clarissa Josselyn at 507775-2451.

Belle Creek Watershed
District Meeting

does not have a book you want, tact us through our website
that book can be there in two days. or by
calling 507-398-5326, 507-9934860 or 507-356-4778 to schedHistorical Society
The Goodhue Area Historical ule your visit. Beginning in March
Society is closed for the season, 2015 the Pine Island Area History
but anyone who wishes to arrange Center will be open the first Suna visit can call Ardis Henrichs, day of each month from 1:00-3:30
651-923-4629; Marie Strusz, 651- p.m. and on all Monday
923-4302; Ray McNamara, 651- mornings from 8-11 a.m.
923-5117; or Roy Buck, 651-9234388. The museum will reopen
with regular hours next spring. Visit
good for information.



Historical Society
The Mazeppa Area Historical
Society Museum is closed for the
season. For inquiries, contact Helen
Reiland, 507-250-6021; Jim Siems,
507-843-2201; or Diane Gilsdorf,
507-843-4013, or visit www.maz

American Legion
Legion Post 588 and the
Mazeppa Veterans Honor Guard
meet Wednesday, February 11, at
7 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, at
the Mazeppa American Legion.

Area History Center

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 memorabilia, 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 (7327049).

The Oronoco Area History Center is open to visitors in the City
Building every second Saturday
from 10 a.m.-noon. Contact us at Zumbrota Towers Events
February 5-11
OAHC, 54 Blakely Ct. NW or
Thursday: 10:15 a.m. Exercise
call 507-367-4320. You may also
Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Potluck;
visit our web page at oronocoarea
Monday: 1:30 p.m. Cribbage;
Blood Pressure Clinic
Tuesday: 10:15 a.m. Exercise
The clinic will be held at 12:30
Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. Cards;
p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, Euchre
at the Oronoco Community Center.

Tops Meeting

Zumbrota Tops #563 meets every Monday night at Our Saviour’s
Lutheran Church. Weigh-in time
Tops #1280
is changed to 5:30 p.m. and meetPI Tops #1280 meets every ing time to 6 p.m. Everyone welMonday night at St. Paul Luth- come. Questions call 732-7459 or
eran Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15 732-4766.
and meeting time is 6 p.m. Everyone welcome. Questions call 356- Community Band Practice
4799 or 356-4700.
The Zumbrota Community Band
practices on Monday nights at 7:30
p.m. in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Moms in Prayer
Pine Island Moms in Prayer meet High School music room. VolunMonday mornings from 8-9 a.m. teer musicians are welcome.
in the library of the Good News
E-Free Church, 208 North Main State Theatre
(across from Kwik Trip). Enter
The Comedy Hypnosis Show
side door of the church and go by Danzig the Hypnotist, Friday,
downstairs. Call 259-8012 or 356- February 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets avail4800 for more information.
able at 507-732-7616.
Dan Chouinard and Prudence
Caregiver Support Group Johnson present “Minnesota in the
Flappers, Miners, &
The group meets Monday, Feb- 1920s:
Saturday, Februruary 9, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul ary 7. Tickets available
at 507Lutheran Church. Respite is avail- 732-7616.
able upon request. Call Pine IsState Theatre is at 96 East
land Area Home Services at 356- 4thThe
in Zumbrota. For infor2999 for more information.
mation visit call 507272-1129.


Blood Pressure Clinic

The clinic will be held Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m. at the
The Belle Creek Watershed Pine Island City Centre.
District regular meeting is at 1
p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, at Toastmasters Meeting
The Pine Island Toastmasters
the Goodhue Soil and Water Conmeet at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at St.
servation District office.
Paul Lutheran Church. They do
not meet on holiday weekends:
Christmas, New Year’s, Easter,
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor
Community Library
Day or Thanksgiving.
The Goodhue School Library,
in conjunction with SELCO and History Center
Goodhue County, is open to the
The Pine Island Area History
public Mondays and Wednesdays Center will be open by appointfrom 3:30-7:30 p.m. The library ment only during the months of
is equipped with inter-library loan January and February. Please conservice, which means if the library


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. During closed hours you can learn
more about the library at http://

The Prayer Flag Show, through
Feb. 13.
Watercolors in Process, Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 25, 6:30-9 p.m.
Beekeeping 101, Thurs., Feb.
5, 6:30-9 p.m.
Fun with Fused Glass, Fri., Feb.
6, 7-9 p.m.
Stained Glass: Valentine’s Photo
Frame Plus Pendants, Sat., Feb.
7, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Yoga, Tues., Feb. 10, 6:30-7:30
For more information go to
www. or
call 507-732-7616. Crossings is
at 320 E Ave.


CHURCH, Belvidere Town Hall, 2
miles north of Bellechester on County
2, Pastor Aaron Witmer, 651-9234240. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday
School; 11 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Hymn
Sing every fourth Sunday.
ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC, Bellechester, Father Paul Kubista. Sunday
mornings: 8:30 a.m. Mass. Tuesday
mornings: 8 a.m. Mass.

Goodhue, Father Paul Kubista. Mass
times: Monday and Wednesday, 8
a.m. at Holy Trinity; Tuesday and
Thursday, 8 a.m. at St. Mary; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. At Holy Trinity; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. St. Mary and 10:30
a.m. St. Columbkill.
651-923-4695, Pastor Regina Hassanally. Secretary hours: Monday and
Thursday: 5:15-8:15 p.m.; Tuesday
and Wednesday: 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 4: 6:30 p.m. Confirmation class. Sun., Feb. 8: 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Worship
with communion and Sunday School
children sing. Tues., Feb. 10: 9 a.m.
Women’s Bible study.
WELS, 702 Third Ave., Goodhue,
Randall L. Kuznicki, Pastor. Wed.,
Feb. 4: 8:30 a.m. Quilting and Bible
study; 3:45 p.m. Confirmation class.
Sun., Feb. 8: 8:15 a.m. Worship with
communion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday
School; Bible study. Tues., Feb. 10:
1-4 p.m. Pastor’s office hours; 7:30
p.m. Church council and committees

Mazeppa, Alan Horn, Pastor. 8436211, home; 843-5302 work. Bible
class every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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, 8-11
a.m. Sundays: 8:45 a.m. Bible study;
Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship.
Website: www.gracelutheranoronoco
.come. Follow us on facebook.
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. Sun., Feb.
8: 9 a.m. Worship with guest preacher.
Tues., Feb. 10: 7 p.m. Readers of
OZ meet. Wed., Feb. 11: 4-6 p.m.
Food shelf open; 6:30 p.m. Session

CHURCH, Pine Island, Tim Graham,
Pastor, 507-356-4306, www.corner, ASL Interpretation available. Sun., 9:30 a.m. Sunday School;
10:30 a.m. Worship; 6 p.m. Worship
(most Sundays) Wed., 7 p.m. Prayer
service; Cornerstone Club. Sun., Feb.
8: Ephesians 1:1-10.
CHURCH, 208 North Main, Pine Island, Chris Paulson, Pastor, (507)
356-4834. Sundays: 9:15 a.m. Sunday 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, 3568622, email: dashpole@bevcomm.
net, Rev. Dan Ashpole, Pastor. Sundays: 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; Saturday 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.; Confessions 8 a.m. Office Hours Tuesday-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,
Pastors David Beckstrom, and Kip
A. Groettum, Associate Pastor. Email:
saint; Web site: Wed., Feb. 4:
1:30 p.m. Lydia circle; 3:30 p.m. 7-8
grade confirmation; 6 p.m. Adult ed
class; Transition survey interviews;
7 p.m. Chancel choir; VBS meeting;
8 p.m. Praise team. Thurs., Feb. 5:
5:30 p.m. Website meeting. Sat., Feb.
7: 5:30 p.m. Worship and potluck.
Sun., Feb. 8: 8:15 a.m. Worship; 9:30
a.m. Adult forum; Fellowship; Sunday School; Handbells; 10:30 a.m.
Worship; Sunday School; 2 p.m. Cannon River Conference Assembly.
Mon., Feb. 9: Newsletter deadline;
6 p.m. Transition survey interviews.
Tues., Feb. 10: 8:30 a.m. Quilting;
Staff meeting; 1:30 p.m. Bible study;
6:30 p.m. Stewardship meeting. Wed.,
Feb. 11: 9 a.m. Study group; 3:30
p.m. 7-8 grade confirmation; 6 p.m.
Adult ed class; Transition survey interviews; 7 p.m. Chancel choir; 8 p.m.
Praise team.
North, PO Box 8, Pine Island, Carolyn Westlake, Pastor; Office hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.;
Web address:; email:

Pastor Patrick McBride, 507-8243019. New Life Church meets at 10
a.m. at 525 Beverly Street, Wanamingo. 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 507-8242155;
Sun., Feb. 8: 9 a.m. Sunday School;
Worship with installation of board and
council members followed by coffee
fellowship; 2 p.m. Cannon River conference caucus at Our Savior’s in
Faribault. Mon., Feb. 9: 8:30 a.m.
Quilting. Tues., Feb. 10: 8:30 a.m.
First call group; 9:30 a.m. Circle
hosted by Mary Jane Shelstad. Wed.,
Feb. 11: 2 p.m. Circle hosted by
Marie Schaefer; 2 p.m. Heritage Hill
communion; 4:30 p.m. Confirmation;
6:30 p.m. Endowment; 7 p.m. Boards
meet; 8 p.m. Planning council.
Wanamingo, MN 55983, Christopher
Culuris, Pastor. Office hours Thursdays 1-3 p.m., 507-824-2410. Sun.,
Feb. 8: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School;
10:30 a.m. Worship followed by annual meeting; 2 p.m. Conference
caucus at Our Savior’s in Faribault.
Tues., Feb. 10: 8:30 a.m. First call
group in Rochester; 7 p.m. Prayer
shawl meeting. Wed., Feb. 11: 4:30
p.m. Confirmation at Trinity; Noon
Newsletter deadline.

and School, WELS, 223 East 5th
Street, Zumbrota, Office 732-5421.
Wayne Schoch, Pastor, 732-4089;
School, Daniel Kell, Principal, 7325367. Wed., Feb. 4: 10 a.m. Chapel;
10:30 a.m. Bible study; 3:15 p.m.
Junior choir; 3:30 p.m. Confirmation
class; 6 p.m. Bell choir; Power hour.
Sun., Feb. 8: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship with communion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Bible study.
Mon., Feb. 9: 7 p.m. Bible study.
Tues., Feb. 10: 6 p.m. Youth discipleship board; 7 p.m. Outreach
board. Wed., Feb. 11: 10 a.m. Chapel;
10:30 a.m. Bible study; 1 p.m. Nursing Home communion; 3:15 p.m.
Junior choir; 3:30 p.m. Confirmation
class; 6 p.m. Bell choir; Power hour.
worship services: 81 West 5th Street,
Zumbrota, 507-732-7438, www.fwc Sunday: 9:30 a.m- Corinthians.
Wednesdays 7 p.m. Interactive Bible
studies, prayer, and counseling.

Rev. Lisa Johnson. Secretary’s office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 8: 10 a.m.
Worship; 11 a.m. Annual meeting
followed with potluck. Tues., Feb.
10: 7 p.m. Readers of OZ meet.
a Wesleyan church, 179 W. 3rd St.,
Zumbrota, lighthousecommunityzum, Janet Fischer, Pastor.
Office: 732-5074. Sun., Feb. 8: 10:45
a.m. Worship; Jeremiah 9:23-24.
290 South Main Street, Zumbrota.
507-398-2604. Pastor Gary Basinski. Service times: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Eric Westlake and Tim Banks, Pastors, 1549 East Avenue, Zumbrota,
732-5449, church office. Website: Office hours: Tues.,
Wed., and Fri., 8 a.m.-noon. Wed.,
Feb. 4: 9 a.m. Women’s Bible study;
12:45 p.m. Early release; 6 p.m. Youth
group; 7 p.m. Bible study. Thurs.,
Feb. 5: 1 p.m. Women’s Bible study.
Sat., Feb. 7: 7 a.m. Men’s prayer
breakfast; 7-12 grade youth group
open gym. Sun., Feb. 8: 8:30 a.m.
Prayer time; 9 a.m. Sunday School;
10:15 a.m. Worship. Wed., Feb. 11:
9 a.m. Women’s Bible study; 3:30
p.m. Junior youth group; WINGS; 6
p.m. Youth group; 7 p.m. Bible study.
St. South, Zumbrota, 732-5324, email Pastor Father
Randal Kasel, pastor. Office hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and
1-5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. http:/
/ Mass Schedule: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday 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,
Rev. Dick Jorgensen and Youth Director Cindy Wilson. Wed., Feb. 4:

Wanamingo, MN

Martin Horn, Pastor. Wed., Feb. 4:
3:15 p.m. Overcomers; 5 p.m. 2nd
year confirmation at Hauge; 6:15 p.m.
1st year confirmation at Hauge; 6:30
p.m. Choir at Hauge; 7:30 p.m. Bible
study and prayer at Hauge. Fri., Feb.
6: 9 a.m. Women’s prayer. Sun., Feb.
8: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School; 5:45 p.m. Youth group.
Mon., Feb. 9: 1:30 p.m. Hannah circle
at Jessie Otterness; 6:30 p.m. Deacons meeting; 7;30 p.m. Church council meeting. Wed., Feb. 11: 3:15 p.m.
Overcomers; 5 p.m. 2nd year confirmation at Hauge; 6:15 p.m. 1st year
confirmation; 6:30 p.m. Choir; 7:30
p.m. Bible study and prayer.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, Nerstrand, Don Kloster pastor, (507) 3342822. Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15
a.m. Coffee hour; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School; Confirmation class.
CHURCHES, Rural Goodhue, County
4 Blvd., Pastor Justin Gosch. Grace:
Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15
Sunday School. Communion on the
second and last Sunday of each
month. St. John’s: Sundays: 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship.
Communion on the second and last
Sunday of each month. St. John’s:
Martin Horn, Pastor. Wed., Feb. 4:

John Betcher 1964-2015

MAZEPPA – John Betcher, 50,
of Mazeppa, died Wednesday,
January 28, 2015, following a
motor vehicle accident in Goodhue
John August Betcher was born
September 29, 1964, at Saint John’s
Hospital in Red Wing. He was
baptized and confirmed at Grace
Evangelical Lutheran Church,
where he was a lifetime
member. He attended school in
Zumbrota and graduated in
1982. He continued his education
at Rochester Community and Technical College and went to work
for Sommerfield Construction. He
worked at Zumbrota Sales Barn
and Schwann’s along with farming since the age of fifteen. He
currently worked for the postal
service as a letter carrier in the
communities of Akeley and
Nevis. He had previously worked
in the Pine Island Post Office.
On August 25, 1990, he married Julie Marie Liebenow at Peace
United Church of Christ in
Rochester. The couple divorced

Hay Creek (LCMS), 24686 Old Church
Road. Pastor Lowell Sorenson, 651388-4577. Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday
School; Bible class; 9:45 a.m. Fellowship time; 10 a.m. Worship.
LANDS LUTHERAN, 16640 Highway.
60 Blvd., Zumbrota, MN 55992-5105.
Zumbrota. Text study; 7 p.m. Spiritual guidance. Wed., Feb. 4: 7:15
a.m. Youth Bible study at Bridget’s;
9 a.m. Coffee and conversation; 6:15
p.m. Confirmation; Worship with communion; 7 p.m. Youth group. Thurs.,
Feb. 5: 7 p.m. Praise practice. Sat.,
Feb. 7: 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible study;
8 a.m. Stewardship meeting. Sun.,
Feb. 8: 7:30 a.m. Praise practice;
8:30 a.m. Praise worship; 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School; 9:45 a.m. Visitation
team meets 10:30 a.m. Worship; 7
p.m. Peer ministry at Ashley’s. Tues.,
Feb. 10: 11 a.m. Text study. Wed.,
Feb. 11: 7:15 a.m. Youth Bible study
at Bridget’s; 9 a.m. Coffee and conversation; 6:15 p.m. Confirmation;
Worship; 7 p.m. Youth group.
County 50 Blvd. Wed., Feb. 4: 9:30
a.m. Women’s Bible study; 7:30 p.m.
Adult choir practice. Sun., Feb. 8:
9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m.
Worship with communion.
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. Sun., Feb. 8: 10:30 a.m.
Worship followed by potluck and
annual voters’ meeting and ladies’
aid at parish hall. Tues., Feb. 10: 14 p.m. Pastor’s office hours.
ST. PETER LUTHERAN, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Belvidere, 28961 365th St., Goodhue,
MN 55027-8515, Dr. Scott T. Fiege,
Pastor. Sun., Feb. 8: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship.
STORDAHL LUTHERAN, ELCA, Rural Zumbrota. Church: (507) 732-5711,
Kathy Lowery, Pastor, Home 507271-5711. Wed., Feb. 4: 6:30 p.m.
Church council. Sun., Feb. 8: 9 a.m.
Confirmation; 10:30 a.m. Worship.
Tues., Feb. 10: 11 a.m. Text study.
9 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009.
Church: 507-263-5544; Pastor David
Hurtt, Interim. Wed., Feb. 4: 6 a.m.
Men’s Bible study; 6:15 p.m. Affirmation/mentor night; 7:30 p.m. Praise
and worship. Sun., Feb. 8: 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School; Youth forum; 10:30
a.m. Praise and worship. Wed., Feb.
11: 1 p.m. WELCA Bible study at
Twin Rivers.
LCMC 34289 County 24 Blvd., Cannon Falls, Curtis Fox, Pastor, 507663-9060; Linda Flom, Visitation Minister, 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.

Leslie Long 1929-2015

in 2006. John loved his family very
much. He also loved his cows,
dogs, and other animals. Some of
his favorite hobbies were fishing,
hunting, and playing cards. He
always dreamed of having a cabin
in the woods where he could do
anything he wanted.
John is survived by his parents,
John E. and Adeline Betcher of
Mazeppa; sons, Craig August
Betcher of Caledonia, and Blake
John Paul Betcher of Winona; a
daughter, Macey Marie Betcher
of Plainview; siblings, Jim Betcher,
Lori (Mark) Holland, and Josh
(Sara) Betcher; former wife, Julie
Liebenow of Plainview; in-laws,
Pam and Dan Kitzman, Tim and
Gloria Liebenow, Scott and Amy
Bethke, and Chad and Ann
Liebenow; nieces and nephews,
Jason, Andrew, Kelli, Hallie, and
Brooke Betcher, Jared, Justin, and
Jenna Liebenow, and Amanda
Bethke; along with the entire multitude of friends that have known
John throughout his many years.
He was preceded in death by
paternal grandparents, Evelyn and
Lauren Betcher; maternal grandparents, Malinda “Lorraine” and
Emil Sommerfield; and his former
father-in-law, Paul Liebenow.
The funeral was held Tuesday,
February 3, at Grace Evangelical
Lutheran Church, rural Goodhue,
with The Reverend Justin Gosch
presiding. Burial followed in the
church cemetery. Online tributes
are may be written at
Rest in peace with the Lord who
will love and protect you forever,

RED WING – Leslie Robert Long,
86, of Red Wing and formerly of
Elmwood, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Red
Wing Health Center.
He was born January 15, 1929 in
Des Moines, Iowa, to Earl and Vera
(née Ferguson) Long. He attended
school in Des Moines, and in 1946
he moved to Mazeppa to live on his
parents’ new farm. In 1949, he joined
the U. S. Army. He served for four
years in Korea in the 68 AAA Gun
Battalion. In 1950, he married Gloria
Grossback and the couple had one
son, Robert. Gloria passed away in
1957. On June 5, 1959, he married
Elaine Johnson at St. John’s in
Minneola. Following his honorable
discharge he worked numerous jobs
including road construction, truck
driving, heavy equipment operator
and agricultural sales, but most of
his life he farmed. He was a lifelong, active WELS member. Leslie
was involved in many veterans’ organizations. He was the founder and
commander of DAV Pierce County,
Commander of AMVETs, a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, 40 and 8’s and
residents and staff. She retired in AMVETs. He began and organized

Lorraine Skovbroten 1927-2015

Seeds of Hope

B&N Construction


3:15 p.m. Overcomers; 5 p.m. 2nd
year confirmation; 6:15 p.m. 1st year
confirmation; 6:30 p.m. Choir; 7:30
p.m. Bible study and prayer. Sun.,
Feb. 8: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School;
10:45 a.m. Worship; 5:45 p.m. Youth
group at Emmanuel. Mon., Feb. 9:
9:30 a.m. Rachel circle at PaPa’s
Restaurant. Tues., Feb. 10: 6:30 p.m.
Deacons meeting; 7:15 p.m. Church
council meeting. Wed., Feb. 11: 3:15
p.m. Overcomers; 5 p.m. 2nd year
confirmation; 6:15 p.m. 1st year confirmation at Emmanuel; 6:30 p.m.
Choir at Emmanuel.


UCC, 455 East Avenue, Zumbrota;

A doctor arrived at a mountain cabin to deliver a baby. They had no electricity, so the
doctor said, "Hold the lantern over your wife."
The baby arrived. Then another; and the
father ran out of the house.
"Come back with the light," said the doctor.
No, sir," answered the father. "The light's
attracting them."
The light does attract, and wherever you find
the Lord's light, you'll find the Lord's people. It
draws man closer to the Lord and closer to all
who are the Lord's.
The Bible says, "If we walk in the light, as He
is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanseth us from all sin."

7:15 a.m. CBC; 8 a.m. Ruth circle;
5:30 p.m. Jubilee bells practice; 6:45
p.m. Confirmation class; 7 p.m. Choir
rehearsal. Thurs., Feb. 5: 8 a.m. WIC.
Sun., Feb. 8: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:15 a.m. PACE; Sunday School;
4:30 p.m. Social ministry meals. Mon.,
Feb. 9-Wed., Feb. 11: Visit Care
Center. Wed., Feb. 11: 7:15 a.m.
CBC; 5:30 p.m. Jubilee bells practice; 6 p.m. WELCA meeting; 6:45
p.m. Confirmation class; 7 p.m. Choir
rehearsal; Property management.

ZUMBROTA – Lorraine A.
Skovbroten, 87, of Zumbrota, died
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the
Zumbrota Health Services.
Lorraine Adele Grimm was born
on August 31, 1927, in Zumbrota,
to Adolf “Ade” and Lillian (nee
Lexvold) Grimm. She grew up in
Zumbrota and graduated from
Zumbrota High School in 1945.
On November 26, 1948, she married Orvin E. Skovbroten at Lands
Lutheran Church. They lived in
several communities before making Zumbrota their home. For the
first twenty years of their marriage Lorraine was a homemaker.
In 1969, she started working as a
cook for the Zumbrota Nursing
Home. Lorraine baked the pies and
cookies that were enjoyed by the

1992 after twenty-three years at
the nursing home.
Lorraine enjoyed embroidering
and sewing, gardening and canning, raising animals and pets,
crossword puzzles and spending
time with her family, especially
fishing with them at the lake.
Lorraine was a member of Lands
Lutheran Church, where she was
active as a Sunday school teacher,
in its circles and the ladies aid.
Lorraine is survived by her husband, Orvin; children, Paul (Linda)
Skovbroten of Rochester, Ann
(Jerry) Born of Red Wing, Kristine
Whipple of Zumbrota and Kathy
Skovbroten of Zumbrota; grandchildren, Shawna (Chad) Peterson, Carrie Born, Jenny Born, Sara
(Todd) Winkels, Angela Whipple,
Jeminda Whipple, and Jared
(Nicole) Skovbroten; great-grandchildren, Taylor Winkels, Grant
Peterson, Olivia Peterson, Morgan Winkels, Kalie Evers and
Ciarra Beaudion; sisters, Mary
Hermann of Zumbrota, Jane (Babe)
Post of Rochester and Alice (Ken)
Lother of Zumbrota; nieces and
Lorraine was preceded in death
by her parents, Ade and Lillian
Grimm; niece, Brenda (Post) Miller
and brother-in-law, Dennis
A funeral service was on Friday, January 30, at Lands Lutheran
Church with Pastor David Krinke
officiating. Burial was in Zumbrota Cemetery. In lieu of flowers
memorials are preferred.

numerous reunions for the 68 AAA
Gun Battalion. He also served on
the Elmwood school board for six
years and held offices in St. Peter’s
Lutheran Church in Elmwood.
Les enjoyed fishing and hunting,
playing cards and Bingo. He was a
skilled gardener and did his own
canning. Les loved to travel and
visited 28 states with his battalion
reunions. Most of all, Les loved his
family and enjoyed spending time
talking with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine;
sons Robert (Deb) of Johnson City,
Sommerfield) of Mazeppa; daughters, Beverly Long of Plum City,
Wisconsin, and JoAnn (Patrick)
Hilleshiem of Goodhue; grandchildren, Xena Long of Johnson City,
Tennessee, Amber Hilleshiem of
Goodhue, Lee (Tami) Hilleshiem
of Pine Island, Leslie (Amanda)
Hilleshiem of Zumbrota, Bradley
Hilleshiem of West Concord and
Alicia Hilleshiem of Big Horn, Wyoming; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty Grossback of Mazeppa,
Marjorie Friese of Des Moines, Iowa,
Leonard (Shirley) of Bluff City,
Tennessee, and Larry (Linda) of
Cordon, Iowa; in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and many
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Gloria; grandson, Zachary
Long; five siblings; and his parents.
A funeral service was on Thursday, January 29, at St. John’s
Lutheran Church in Red Wing with
Rev. Martin Wagner officiating.
Burial will take place at a later date.
Military honors were provided by
the Leo C. Peterson American Legion, Post 54. Online condolences
may be left for the family at

Helen Larsen 1920-2015

Larsen, 94, died at home in Minneapolis on January 23, 2015.
Helen Louise Solberg was born
October 1, 1920, in Mankato, and
grew up in Elk Mound, Wisconsin. Helen graduated from Elk
Mound High School in 1938, and
graduated from Eau Claire
Teacher’s College in 1942. She
married Alton Larsen, from Knapp,
Wisconsin, in 1945.
Helen and Alton lived in Washington, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, eventually settling in Ostrander
in 1954. During these years, Helen
was a stay-at-home mother,
Lutheran minister’s wife, and substitute teacher. In 1964, the family moved to Zumbrota, where
Helen continued to be very active
in the church, raised her children,
and taught grade school for 16
years. In 1984, Helen and Alton

retired to Old Frontenac. In 2007,
they moved to Minneapolis.
Helen was preceded in death by
her parents, Cornie (Sorenson) and
Carl Solberg; brothers and their
spouses, Basil (Esther), James
(Jini); sister Donna; sister-in-law
and her spouse, Dorothy (Orville);
daughter Kari; son Eric; and husband Alton. She is survived by
her children, Trygve (Helen),
Kristin (John Besser), and Karla
(Ken Bearman); sister-in-law
Myrna Larsen; brother-in-law
James (Mary) Larsen; loving
nieces, nephews, cousins; “adopted
families” Ohaks and Phernettons,
and many dear family friends.
Helen was a teacher, artist, family
historian, the consummate
preacher’s wife, and quite the
mom. Her mission in life, whether
in the classroom, at church, on the
elevator, in the grocery store, in
her home, anywhere: to be inclusive, to make sure everyone counts,
to welcome others into her space,
and to love unconditionally.
A memorial service will be held
at 2 p.m. on February 22 at Walker
Place Chapel, 3701 Bryant Ave
S, Minneapolis. A graveside service and fellowship will be held
later this year at Lands Lutheran
Church, Zumbrota. Memorials may
be directed to the churches Helen
and Alton served, Park Nicollet
Hospice, or donor’s choice.


Area Sports
Goodhue rolls over Zumbrota-Mazeppa
By Faye Haugen
GOODHUE – Ranked fifth in
Class A, the Goodhue girls basketball team rolled to an easy home
win over Zumbrota-Mazeppa,
Tuesday, 68-36.
The Wildcats forced 24 Cougar
turnovers, with many resulting in
easy layup baskets. Goodhue also
showed their three-points shooting skills as they hit nine treys
with Michelle Hadler leading the
way with three.
Goodhue roared to a 36-18 lead
by the break and they outscored
ZM 32-18 over the final 18 minutes.
Goodhue had eight players in
the scoring column led by Sydney
Lodermeier with 20 points. Shelby
Hinsch added 11.
News-Record photos by Faye Haugen
Lyndsey Quam came off the
Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Savannah Bleess shadows Goodhue’s Sydney Lodermeier in Friday’s game in Goodhue. bench to net 11 points to lead ZM
in scoring.
Goodhue hit 15 of 22 free throws
compared to ZM’s 2 of 8.
Goodhue 68 - Zumbrota-Mazeppa 36
By Faye Haugen
G - Shelby Hinsch 11, Taylor Larson 9, Sydney
GOODHUE – In a key HVL
Lodermeier 20, McKenzie Ryan 4, Megan Ryan
Blue Division contest, Goodhue
2, Maddy Miller 7, Michelle Hadler 9, Rachel Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Miranda Mollenhauer battles teammate Alyssa
rallied to hand Kenyon-WanaWatson 6
Quam for the rebound in Tuesday’s game in Goodhue.
ZM - Lyndsey Quam 11, Natalie Majerus 4,
mingo their second loss in HVL
Alyssa Quam 9, Briana Albers 1, Laura Drackley Free throws: G - 15 of 22 for 68%; ZM - 2 of Ryan (1), Sydney Lodermeier (2), Michelle
girls basketball action. KW leads
5, Miranda Mollenhauer 4, Lauren Miller 2
8 for 25%; Field goals: G - 22 of 54 for 40%; Hadler (3), Taylor Larson (1), Shelby Hinsch
the Blue Division with a 10-2
Scoring by halves
ZM - 14 of 40 for 35%; Rebounds: G - 18; ZM (1); ZM - Lyndsey Quam (3), Alyssa Quam (3)
record. Hayfield is in second place
18 = 36
- 13 Turnovers: G - 8; ZM - 24; Threeat 9-3, with Goodhue sporting an
32 = 68
pointers: G - Maddy Miller (1), McKenzie
8-3 conference record.
Kenyon-Wanamingo was a 6647 winner over Goodhue in their
first meeting in Kenyon on December 19.
The Cats got off to a 9-1 start in
Friday’s game when Sydney Lodermeier hit a pair of threes, followed by a Shelby Hinsch trey.
But the Knights battled back to
knot the score at 22-22 and then
they took a 28-25 lead into the
locker room at the break.
Kenyon-Wanamingo increased
their lead to six points early in the
second half, but another three by
Lodermeier made it a one-point
game with 13 minutes to play. After
a KW timeout, the Cats came back
with a trapping half-court defense
that turned the game around.
Goodhue tied the game at 37 with
12:32 to play, and then the two
News-Record photos by Faye Haugen
teams battled it out with the lead
Goodhue’s Taylor Larson has her shot blocked by Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Lauren Miller in the opening half of
Tuesday’s game in Goodhue.
changing hands a number of times.
Brittney Flom, who battled foul
trouble all evening, put the Knights
up 47-46 with a three with 7:10 on
the clock, but Goodhue would not Goodhue’s Megan Ryan spins away from Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Mara By Faye Haugen
the game which led to many easy ZM - Alyssa Quam 13, Laura Drackley 4,
be denied, and they took a 51-47 Quam in Friday’s game in Goodhue.
ZUMBROTA – A low scoring baskets for the Vikings. The Cou- Lauren Miller 6, Miranda Mollenhauer 4, Lyndsey
lead less than two minutes later.
first half cost the Zumbrotawere also 0 of 1 at the free Quam 3, Rachel Mensink 2, Natalie Majerus 4,
KW got as close as 54-53 when was that Goodhue got 13 points G - Shelby Hinsch 18, Taylor Larson 8, Sydney Mazeppa girls basketball team on gars
line, while the Vikings hit Tara MatuskaScoring
by halves
Mara Quam hit a pair of free throws from their bench players while KW Lodermeier 25, Maddy Miller 1, Michelle Hadler Friday night at Hayfield.
12 of 22 free throws.
8, Rachel Watson 4, Haley Lexvold 2
23 = 39
with 4:18 to play, but the Cats got zero.
ZM tallied just 16 points in the
Alyssa Quam was the only ZM Hayfield
KW - Megan Quam 8, Emily Ashland 8, Mara
outscored the Knights 12-2 the rest
One highlight for the Knights Quam 19, Savannah Bleess 11, Brittney Flom first half, and Hayfield took a com- player to hit double figures. No Free throws: ZM - 0 of 1 for 0%; H28- 12= of6322
of the way for a 66-55 win.
was senior Megan Quam netting 7
manding 35-16 lead into the locker other ZM player scored more than for 55%; Field goals: ZM - 17 of 41 for 41%; H
Lodermeier scored a game-high her 1,000 career points three and
Scoring by halves
- 23 of 64 for 35%; Rebounds: ZM - 29; H - 31;
room at the break. The Cougars six points.
27 = 55
25 points to lead Goodhue in scor- a half minutes into the contest. Kenyon-Wanamingo
Turnovers: ZM - 33; H - 11; Three-pointers:
did play better in the second half,
41 = 66
ZM - Lyndsey Quam (1), Alyssa Quam (3), Tara
ing. Shelby Hinsch added 18.
The game was stopped and she Goodhue
but it was not nearly enough to
on Friday and Rochester Lour- Matuska (1); H - 0
Mara Quam led KW with 19 was presented the game ball by Free throws: G - 16 of 29 for 55%; KW - 13 of make up for the first 18 minutes land
des on Tuesday.
24 for 54%; Three-pointers: G - Sydney
points with Savannah Bleess add- Knight coach Brent Lurken. She Lodermeier
(4), Michelle Hadler (2), Shelby of play. ZM had 33 turnovers in Zumbrota-Mazeppa 39 - Hayfield 63
ing 11.
ended the game with eight points. Hinsch (2); KW - Mara Quam (1), Brittney Flom
A big difference in the contest Goodhue 66 - Kenyon-Wanamingo 55 (1)

Goodhue rallies for a win over KW

Poor offensive first half costs ZM

Pine Island splits in HVL play
By Faye Haugen
PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island girls basketball team earned
a split in HVL Blue Division play
last week. The Panthers fell to Hayfield, but beat Triton.
Pine Island will travel to Zumbrota on Friday, and to Chatfield
on Saturday.
Hayfield came into Pine Island
on Tuesday in second place in the
Blue Division standings. They left
the same way after a 69-43 win
over the Panthers.
“We were down by 10 at halftime, but Hayfield opened up the
second half with a 12-2 run to separate us for good. Hayfield really
attacked the rim well in the second half and scored in transition,”
pointed out Coach Scott Miller.
“It was a fun game. Our team played
hard and did a better job of taking
care of the ball.”

Noelle Langworthy led the Pan- much and put Triton to the line
thers with 11 points.
too often. We led by five at the
Pine Island 43 - Hayfield 69
half, but we opened the second
PI - Summer Cavallaro 7, Emilie Rucker 7, half on a 6-0 run and used that to
Kaitlyn Champa 4, Noelle Langworthy 11, Emilee
Fredrickson 3, Amanda Troester 2, Madi Owen gain some confidence. We were
more aggressive attacking the bas7, Haley Bauman 2
ket and shot 21 free throws in the
Scoring by halves
34 = 69
second half.”
Pine Island
18 = 43
Summer Cavallaro netted 15
Free throws: PI - 7 of 15 for 47%; H - 13 of 23
to lead PI in scoring.
for 57%; Three-pointers: PI - Noelle Langworthy
“I thought all of our guards
(2), Kaitlyn Champa (1), Emilee Fredrickson
looked to get to the rim more of(1); H - 6
ten during the second half. SumTriton
The Panthers traveled to Dodge mer, Emilie Rucker, Madi Owen,
Center on Friday and earned a 49- Kaitlyn Champa and Amanda Troester all worked extremely hard
26 win over Triton.
“We needed to come away with to gather rebounds for our team
a road win tonight, and we played tonight which made a big differwell enough to get that done,” said ence,” remarked Coach Miller.
Coach Miller. “The first half was Pine Island 49 - Triton 26
- Summer Cavallaro 15, Autumn Pin 2,
a little slow as there wasn’t a lot of PI
Noelle Langworthy 4, Madi Owen 8, Kaitlyn
rhythm to the game. We did get Champa 7, Emilie Rucker 1, Josselyn Lindahl
some good looks at the basket in 2, Haley Bauman 1, Emilee Fredrickson 7,
the first half, but we fouled too Leah Anderton 2

DC girls open tournament play
By Faye Haugen
KASSON – The Dodge County
girls hockey team got no love from
the Section 1AA seeding committee as the Wildcats were seeded
fourth. Lakeville North (20-3,
ranked sixth) earned the top seed
followed by Lakeville South (194), ranked ninth), Rochester John
Marshall (19-2, ranked 16) and
Dodge County (18-5, ranked 13th).
Dodge County will open play on
Wednesday when they host Farmington (13-11-1) in Kasson at 7
p.m. Semifinals will be played on
Saturday at the higher seeded team.
The Wildcats earned an 8-0 win
at Owatonna on Tuesday with
Brede Postier leading the way.
Postier scored three times in the
victory. Katie Robinson scored a
pair of goals and assisted on two
others. Molly Shelton scored twice,
once on a power play. Bella Wagner had one goal and three assists.
Dana Rasmussen had five assists,
Magdalyn Wicks had two assists
and Elly Strunk and Hollywood
Hermanson each had one assist.
Gabby Suhr made six stops in
goal for DC, who took 37 shots on
the Husky goal keeper.

Dodge County 8 - Owatonna 0
Dodge County
2 6 0 = 8
0 0 0 = 0
First Period
DC: Goal by Katie Robinson; assists by
Magdalyn Wick and Dana Rasmussen
DC: Goal by Bella Wagner; assists by Elly
Strunk and Dana Rasmussen
Second Period
DC: Goal by Brede Postier; assists by Katie
Robinson and Dana Rasmussen
DC: Power play goal by Molly Shelton;
assists by Bella Wagner and Dana
DC: Goal by Katie Robinson; assists by Bella
Wagner and Dana Rasmussen
DC: Goal by Brede Postier; assists by Dana
Rasmussen and Bella Wagner
DC: Goal by Brede Postier; assists by Molly
Shelton and Magdalyn Wick
DC: Goal by Molly Shelton; assists by
Hollywood Hermanson and Katie Robinson
DC shots on goal: 37
DC saves: Gabby Suhr, 6

Eden Prairie
The Wildcats closed out regular season play on Saturday when
they lost 2-1 to second-ranked Class
AA Eden Prairie.
DC took the lead in the second
period on a goal by Jacie Hoehn
off an assist by Dana Rasmussen.
Eden Prairie knotted the score at
1-1 by the end of the second period, and they got their game winner in the third period.
Gabby Suhr made 22 saves in

goal for the Wildcats. The Cats
put 22 shots on goal.
Dodge County 1 - Eden Prairie 2
Dodge County
0 1 0 = 1
Eden Prairie
0 1 1 = 2
Second Period
DC: Goal by Jacie Hoehn; assist by Dana
EP: Goal by Rachel Werdin; assists by Angie
Heppelmann and Ashley Astor
Third Period
EP: Goal by Kate Rydland; assists by Charly
Dahlquist and Isabelle Brosseau
DC shots on goal: 22
DC saves: Gabby Suhr, 22

By Faye Haugen
PINE ISLAND – As the Pine
Island gymnastics team eyes the
end of the regular season, they
had a very busy week with three
meets. The Panthers fell to LaCrescent and Stewartville in Southeast Gymnastics Conference action and they also took part in the
Breck Invitational.
Pine Island will wrap up regular season action on Friday at home
when they host Caledonia at 6:30
The Panthers came up short at
Stewartville in a dual meet, Tuesday, 127.65-128.20.
“Monday we traveled to Stewartville for a make-up meet. The
team scored their second highest
team score of the season, but lost
by half at point, “ said Coach Chris
Templeton/ “Brynn Olson had a
good meet, scoring personal best
on vault, floor and all around. Brittney Arndt also had a good meet,
scoring personal best, on vault and
bars. We had to count four falls on
beam. If we stay on, we win.”
Olson placed first in the vault
and on the floor. She was second
all around and on the bars. Arendt
was first on the bar and third on
the floor and all around.
The Panthers fell 125.20-128.28
at LaCrescent, Tuesday.
“Brittney Arndt’s knee is bothering her, so she could only do
two events. Robin Talbot’s back
is causing her issues, limiting her

2015 Section 1AA Girls Hockey Tournament
1. Lakeville South

Wednesday, February 4
at Lakevlille

8. Rochester Mayo
4. Dodge County
Wednesday, February 4
at Kasson, 7 p.m.

5. Farmington
2. Lakeville North

Saturday,February 7 at
higher seed
Thursday, February 12
at Owatonna, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 4
at Lakeville

7. Owatonna
Saturday,February 7 at
3. Rochester John Marsall higher seed
Wednesday, February 4
at Rochester

6. Rochester Century

Pine Island 125.20- LaCrescent 128.28
Brynn Olson
9.05 (1)
8.275 (2)
Bailey Kuball
Rachel Schutz
Brittney Arndt
Cora Heiden
Rachel Talbot
Megan Leland
Pine Island totals

7.825 (2)
7.725 (3)

9.15 (1)

34.125 (2)
30.45 (3)

Pine Island 127.65 - Stewartville 128.20
Brynn Olson
9.275 (1) 7.925 (2) 8.475 (2)
Bailey Kuball
Rachel Schutz
Brittney Arndt
9.975 (1) 7.05
Cora Heiden
Megan Leland
Pine Island totals

8.90 (2)
8.55 (3)

34.575 (1)
32.125 (3)

to only one event. With the injuries, our score of 125.2 wasn’t
that bad,” pointed out Coach
Templeton. “Both Cora Heiden
and Bailey Kuball had personal
bests on vault and Brynn Olson
got one on bars and floor, scoring a 9.15. We did get two nice
beam routines from Bailey and
Megan Leland as well, good for
second and third place.”
Placing for the Panthers were
Brynn Olson, first in the vault,
and all around and second on
the bars, beam and floor, and Brittney Arndt, first on the bars and
third on the floor and all around.

Breck Invitational
“Three away meets in six days
is a lot and the girls looked a
little tired today. We counted falls
on every event, We had to count
eight falls towards our team score.
The team score of 122.2 is the
lowest since the second meet of
the season,” lamented Coach
Templeton. “The one bright spot
was Brittney Arndt’s personal
best score of 8.65 on vault. The
team is looking forward to four
days of practice next week. We
need some time to work on skills
and clean up routines,” he added.

DC boys record dips to 5-14
By Faye Haugen
KASSON – In their only game
of the week, the Dodge County
boys hockey team suffered a 4-2
loss to Windom on Saturday in
The Wildcats are closing in on
the end of their regular season.
DC will host North Branch in
Kasson at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Triton, Blooming Prairie, Pine Island
and Zumbrota Mazeppa students,
staff and residents get into the game
for free. Show your student ID,
staff ID or driver’s license showing your address.
DC will play at LaCrescent on
February 12 and close out the season at Minnehaha Academy on
February 14.
Windom took a 1-0 lead in the
opening period of Saturday’s game,
and they upped their lead to 2-0
early in the second period before

Kylo Courteau scored on a shorthanded goal off an assist by Colin
The Eagles added two more goals
in the third period to go up 4-1.
Austin Lewis scored the Wildcats
last goal.
Joey Biwer made 21 stops in
goal. DC had 18 shots on goal.
Dodge County 2 - Windom 4
1 1 2 = 4
Dodge County
0 1 1 = 2
First Period
W: Goal by Devin Neilsen
Second Period
W: Goal by Ryley Espenson; assist by Jesse
DC: Short-handed goal by Kylo Courteau; assist
by Colin Sherden
Third Period
W: Power play goal by Devin Neilsen; assist by
Isaac Paulson
W: Power play goal by Jack Mellstrom
DC: Goal by Austin Lewis
DC shots on goal: 18
Saves: Joey Biwer 21


Area Sports
Pine Island wins a pair of games
By Faye Haugen
PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island boys basketball team evened
their overall record to 11-11 and
HVL mark to 7-7 with a pair of
wins over Hayfield and Triton last
The Panthers will try to improve
on that mark this week when they
play three straight home games,
hosting Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Friday, Bethlehem Academy at 3 p.m.
on Saturday and Medford on Monday.
Pine Islands squeaked out a 7271 win at Hayfield on Tuesday
“We started the game hot, making our first six three point shot

attempts and jumped out to a 4029 halftime lead. Matt Smith led
the way scoring 13 points in the
first half,” said Coach Jim McNamara. “Hayfield did come back
to take a one point lead with 35
seconds left, but Broc Finstuen
made a jumper in the lane to get
the lead back and the win.”
Finstuen netted 25 points followed by Mitchel Acker with 13,
Smith with 13 and Luke Thornton
with 11.
The Panthers earned a 72-61 win
at home over Triton on Friday
evening. PI dominated both halves
of play, leading 32-25 at the half,
and they outscored the Cobras 40-

36 over the last 18 minutes of play.
Broc Finstuen led the Panthers
with 25 points with Matt Kukson
adding 14 points.
“We had a great shooting night,
ending the game shooting 61%
from the field. Broc had an outstanding second half. Matt also
played well missing only one shot
on the night on his way to scoring
14,” remarked Coach McNamara.
Pine Island 72 - Triton 61
PI - Ben Farrell 6, Luke Thornton 8, Matt
Kukson 14, Broc Finstuen 25. Mitchel Acker 6,
Matt Lien 7, Bryce Hinrichsen 3
Scoring by halves
36 = 61
Pine Island
40 = 72
Free throws: PI - 20 of 32 for 63%; T - 7 of 11
for 64%; Three-pointers: PI - 0; T - 6

Goodhue cruises to an easy win at ZM
By Faye Haugen
GOODHUE – Coach Matt Halverson got a good look at all of his
Goodhue players in Tuesday’s 6039 win at Zumbrota on Tuesday.
The Wildcat boys basketball
coach was able to go to his reserves early and often in the win
over Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
In a low scoring half, the WildKenyon-Wanamingo’s Calvin Steberg gets caught between Goodhue’s Tyler Schumacher and Ben Opsahl in
cats led 26-13 at the break. Both
Friday’s game in Goodhue.
offenses picked up their pace in
the second half of play, but
Goodhue still held a 34-26 scoring edge for the 21-point win over
the Cougars.
Eight players scored for
Goodhue with Tyler Schumacher
netting 13 points and Riley AuBy Faye Haugen
gustine 11.
GOODHUE – Kenyon-WanaJacob Forrey paced Zumbrotamingo got off to a blazing start in
netting a game-high 15
their HVL Blue Division game at
Goodhue on Friday evening takGoodhue 60 - Zumbrota-Mazeppa 39
ing an 8-0 lead early in the conG - Jacob McNamara 9, Sam McNamara 4,
test. But the Wildcats did not panic
Tyler Schumacher 13, Calvin Peterson 4, Riley
as they went to work with their
Augustine 11, Jacob Pasch 9, Ben Opsahl 5,
Ryan Alpers 5
game plan of moving the ball
ZM - Jacob Forrey 15, Jerrell Guider 3, Zach
around for a good shot. It worked,
Sanborn 6, Noah Erickson 2, Isaiah Stueber 3,
as the Cats earned a 56-44 win
Alex Nelson 4, Alex Guse 6
over the Knights.
Scoring by halves
Goodhue recovered from their
34 = 60
slow start to take a 21-16 lead by
26 = 39
Free throws: G - 12 of 15 for 80%; ZM - 6 of
the half. The Wildcats also held a
9 for 67%; Field goals: G - 20 of 42 for 47%;
35-28 scoring edge over the secZM - 14 of 37 for 37%; Rebounds: G - 30; ZM
ond half of play.
- 14; Turnovers: G - 12; ZM - 15; ThreeJacob McNamara led Goodhue
pointers: G - Jacob Pasch (3), Tyler Schumacher
in scoring with 14 points with Ri(3), Ben Opsahl (1), Riley Augustine (1); ZM Jacob Forrey (3), Jerrell Guider (1), Isaiah Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Alex Nelson cannot get a hand up in time to stop
ley Augustine adding 10.
Goodhue’s Ryan Alper’s shot in Tuesday’s game in Zumbrota.
Stueber (1)
Connor Sviggum paced the
Knights in scoring with 14 points,
hitting four treys. In all, the Knights
hit 10 threes to Goodhue’s three.
KW had one of their better shooting nights of the season, hitting
47% (16 of 34) from the field. But
Goodhue hit 17-22 free throws
compared to KW’s 2 of 5.

Goodhue recovers from a slow
start to win by 12 over KW

Goodhue 56 - Kenyon-Wanamingo 44
G - Jacob McNamara 14, Tyler Schumacher 9,
Calvin Peterson 6, Riley Augustine 10, Jacob
Pasch 6, Sam McNamara 7, Ryan Alpers 2,
Sam Kyllo 2
KW - Calvin Steberg 4, Gavin Roosen 6, Ethan
Benda 5, Eddie Matul 8, Devyn Stordahl 3, Eric
Hokanson 4, Connor Sviggum 14
Scoring by halves
28 = 44
35 = 56
Free throws: G - 17 of 22 for 77%; KW - 2 of
5 for 40%; Field goals: G - 18 of 44 for 40%;
KW - 16 of 34 for 47%; Rebounds: G - 24; KW
- 15; Turnovers: G - 9; KW - 15; Threepointers: G - Sam McNamara (1), Tyler
Schumacher (2); KW - Gavin Roosen (2),
Ethan Benda (1), Eddie Matul (2), Eric Hokanson
(1), Connor Sviggum (4)

Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Connor Sviggum drives past Goodhue’s Tyler
Schumacher to score two of his 14 points in Friday’s HVL game in

News-Record photos by Faye Haugen

Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Nathan Debner keeps the ball away from Goodhue’s Tyler Schumacher and Jacob
Pasch in Tuesday’s game in Zumbrota.

Getting into the groove
By Ed Stern
Volleyball Commissioner
GOODHUE – Week two
found all of the teams looking
more like mid-season, championship ready teams in Goodhue’s
women’s volleyball. There wasn’t
nearly as much crying and blaming your least favorite teammate
for losing the serve and the point.
Stacy’s managed to hang onto
first place, despite picking up their
first loss of the season. Dani’s
won five of six to make committee members comment and predict who will win the playoff

already. (Come on, committee!
Don’t turn this league into hype
central like the NFL does for the
Super Bowl. We are better than
This week’s Woman of the
Week is Stacy Thuman. She
single-handedly won both games
for her team as she served 41 of
43 good serves, and added 32
set assists. All this while directing traffic during several serious
volleys that could have easily
landed on Channel 10 or ESPN
as highlight videos.
“I have always been a com-


With Goodhue’s Ryan Alpers and Calvin Peterson closing in, Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Gavin Roosen gets off a
pass to a teammate in Friday’s game at Goodhue.

Goodhue ups record to 15-5
By Faye Haugen
GOODHUE – Goodhue ran their
boys basketball record to 15-5
overall with a 42-40 win over
Dover-Eyota in Goodhue, Thursday. It was the Cats’ssixth straight
Goodhue led just 26-25 at the
half, and it remained a very close
game. Tied 40-40, sophomore Jacob McNamara was fouled as he
took a last second shot from behind the three-point arc. McNamara
hit two of the three free throws to
put the Cats up 42-40. DE was
unable to get off a shot, Goodhue

pulled out the non-conference vic- Kellogg on Tuesday. The Cats will
close out regular season play at
Tyler Schumacher was the only Hayfield on Friday, February 13.
Goodhue player in double figures Goodhue 42 - Dover-Eyota 40
with 13 points. Jacob Pasch added G - Jacob McNamara 6, Tyler Schumacher 13,
nine points. Both teams shot well Calvin Peterson 4, Riley Augustine 6, Jacob
from the field with Goodhue hit- Pasch 9, Ben Opsahl 4
ting 15 of 36 for 41% and DE 17 Dover-Eyota Scoring by halves
15 = 40
of 36 for 47%. Both teams hit four Goodhue
16 = 42
treys, but it was at the free throw Free throws: G - 8 of 11 for 72%; DE - 2 of 8
line the game was decided with for 25%; Field goals: G - 15 of 36 for 41%; DE
Goodhue sinking 8 of 11 free - 17 of 36 for 47%; Rebounds: G - 16; DE - 19;
G - 14; DE - 19; Three-pointers:
throws to the Eagles’ two of eight. Turnovers:
G - Jacob Pasch (2), Tyler Schumacher (2); DE
Goodhue will play at Randolph - 4
on Thursday,and Dodge Center
on Friday and host Wabasha-

Wednesday, February 6
Section 1AA girls hockey quarterfinals at higher seed, 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 5
Goodhue boys basketball at Randolph, 6 p.m.
Goodhue wrestling at Dodge Center with St. Clair, 5 p.m.
Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestling at Pine Island with Lake City, 5 p.m.
Pine Island wrestling, Lake City and Kenyon-Wanamingo at Pine Island, 5 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa wrestling at Stewartville with Byron, 5 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys basketball, Hayfield at Zumbrota, 6 p.m.
Friday, February 6
Goodhue boys basketball at Dodge Center, 6 p.m.
Goodhue girls baseball, Triton at Goodhue, 6 p.m.
Goodhue wrestling, Pine Island and Zumbrota-Mazeppa at Goodhue, 6 p.m.
Kenyon-Wanamingo girls basketball, Hayfield at Kenyon, 6 p.m.
Pine Island girls basketball at Zumbrota, 6 p.m.
Pine Island boys basketball, Zumbrota-Mazeppa at Pine Island, 6 p.m.
Pine Island gymnastics, Caledonia at Pine Island, 6 p.m.
Pine Island wrestling at Goodhue with Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 5 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls basketball, Pine Island at Zumbrota, 6 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys basketball at Pine Island, 6 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa wrestling at Goodhue with Pine Island, 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 7
Section 1AA girls hockey semifinals at higher seed
Section 1A dance meet at Eyota, noon
Pine Island girls basketball at Chatfield, 6 p.m.
Pine Island boys basketball, Bethlehem Academy at Pine Island, 3 p.m.
Monday, February 9
Kenyon-Wanamingo boys basketball, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown at Kenyon, 6 p.m.
Kenyon-Wanamingo girls basketball at Waterville, 6 p.m.
Pine Island boys basketball, Medford at Pine Island, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10
Goodhue girls basketball at Wabasha, 6 p.m.
Goodhue boys basketball, Wabasha-Kellogg at Goodhue, 6 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys basketball at Rochester Lourdes, 6 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls basketball, Lourdes at Zumbrota, 6 p.m.

plete player. The only reason I
haven’t won the Woman of the
Year honors is because I don’t
suck up to the committee, like
so many others do. When I do
win it, it will be from my skills,
and maybe my team helping me.”
Goodhue Volleyball
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vs. 5 Groth Implement; MJB Farms 3 vs.
4 Hinrichs Plumbing & Pump
Top team game: Eberhart Construction
Top team series: Eberhart Construction
Top bowler game: Shelby Deno 225
Top bowler series: Shelby Deno 601
Harvest League
Bye 0 vs. 3 Prigge’s Flooring; Friedrichs
3 vs. 1 PI Pool & Pins; Schaefer’s Heating
2 vs. 2 Jim’s Barbershop
Top team game: Friedrichs 1045
Top team series: Friedrichs 3016
Top bowler game: Rick Koehler 256
Top bowler series: Rick Koehler 645
Commercial League
Ellefson Trucking 4 vs. 3 Terry Buck
Construction; Kiffmeyer Motorsports 4
vs. 3 Maple Island; Nelson Family Services
7 vs. 0 Bye; Stu’s Proshop 0 vs. 7 Bluff
Valley Campground
Top team game: Bluff Valley Campground
Top team series: Bluff Valley Campground
Top bowler game: Jeff Kiffmeyer 257
Top bowler series: Bob Archer 615


Goodhue splits in four dual meets
By Faye Haugen
GOODHUE – The Goodhue
wrestling team fell in a non-conference dual to Plainview-ElginMillville to open the week and
they placed second in the Armstrong duals, winning two of the
three matches they wrestled.
The Wildcats will be busy as
they head into the last week of the
regular season. Goodhue will
wrestle in Dodge Center on Thursday at 5 p.m., with St. Clair also
included in the dual. In a make-up
dual from January 8, the Wildcats
will host Zumbrota-Mazeppa and
Pine Island on Friday beginning
at 5 p.m. The Section 1A dual meet
will begin on Thursday, February
12 at the higher seed.
Goodhue came up short 49-23
on Thursday in Plainview. Three
forfeits hurt the Wildcats’ chances.
Goodhue got pins from Logan
Breuer, Charles Dahling and Jordan Ronningen. Major decisions

went to Joel Gadient and Kelby trailed 30-0, as Mounds View won
O’Reilly. Bailey O’Reilly won by the first five weights. Kelby
O’Reilly got Goodhue on the board
Goodhue 23
with a decision at 138, followed
Plainview-Elgin-Millville 49
by a fall from Bailee O’Reilly at
106 - Goodhue forfeited to Reed DeFrang; 160, a Logan Breuer fall at 170, a
113 - John Altendorf was pinned by Joe Stucky,
1:40; 120 - Joel Breuer was pinned by Dustin Charles Dahling fall at 182, a Ryan
Dittrich, 1:12; 126 - Joel Gadient won 11-0 Schoenfelder decision at 220 and
over Carter Marx; 132 - Kaleb Stern was a major decision by Jordan Ronpinned by Chase DeFrang, 47 seconds; 138 - ningen at 285.
Kelby O’Reilly won 10-2 over Joe Miller; 145 No individual statistics were
Kaleb O’Reilly lost 11-0 to Ryan Kottschade; available in the Fridley and Maple
152 - Bailee O’Reilly won 2-1 over Brenton
Ring; 160 - Logan Breuer pinned Frankie Grove duals.
Wingert, 5:11; 170 - Charles Dahling pinned
Brady Norton, 1:22; 182 - Goodhue forfeited
to Logan Graves; 195 - Ryan Schoenfelder
lost 6-0 to Bradley Schultz; 220 - Goodhue
forfeited to Isaac Breuer; 285 - Jordan Ronningen
pinned Logan Lammers, 2:29

Armstrong Duals
Goodhue won two of three duals at the Armstrong Duals on
Thursday. The Wildcats defeated
Fridley, 55-13 and Maple Grove,
42-18, before falling to Mounds
View, 45-34.
Three forfeits cost the Cats a
win over Mounds View. Goodhue

Goodhue 34 - Mounds View 45
106 - John Altendorf pinned Brendan Dunagan,
3:35; 113 - Joel Breuer was pinned by Sam
Bobick, 1:33; 120 - Brayden Hinsch was
pinned by Tanner Day; 126 - Goodhue forfeited
to Seth McDougall; 132 - Mason Huemann
was pinned by Karl Keeler, 5:44; 138 - Kelby
O’Reilly won 4-3 over Sam McGinnty; 145 Kaleb O’Reilly lost 3-1 to Jack Graham; 152 Casey Ryan was pinned by Calvin Ciganik,
3:55; 160 - Bailee O’Reilly pinned Benji Keillor;
170 - Logan Breuer pinned Troy Ito, 3:55;
182 - Charles Dahling pinned Andrew Bjorkland,
1:27; 195 - Goodhue forfeited to Alec Edget;
220 - Ryan Schoenfelder won 8-3 over James
Hahn; 285 - Jordan Ronningen won 13-1 over
Johnny Terault

News-Record photos by Faye Haugen

Trying to avoid a pin, a Medford wrestler pushes Pine Island’s Connor Swarthout away in the opening match
at 138 pounds in Pine Island, Saturday.

Two Panthers place first in PI tournament
By Faye Haugen
PINE ISLAND – Pine Island
dropped an HVL double dual
against the top two teams in the
HVL standings on Thursday.
The Panthers came up short
against both Kasson-Mantorville
and Stewartville in HVL action.
The Panthers will close out the
regular season this week with a
pair of HVL double dual meets.
PI will travel to Lake City on Thursday for duals with the Tigers and
Kenyon-Wanamingo beginning at
5 p.m. In a make-up dual from
January 8, the Panthers will face
Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Goodhue
in Goodhue on Friday beginning
at 5 p.m. The Section 1A dual meet
will begin on Thursday, February
12 at the higher seed.
The Panthers gave up 24 points
in forfeits to Stewartville in a 4327 loss. Noah Bauer, Isaac Haman and Alex Aarsvold all won
with pins for PI. Panther decisions
were scored by Matt Riley, Noah
Koenig and Colton Pike.

News-Record photos by Faye Haugen

Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Luke Rechtzigel and Cannon Falls’s Nathan Melhouse go head-to-head as both work to
gain control at 195 pounds in Thursday’s match in Kenyon. Rechtzigel earned a 3-2 decision.

Pine Island 27 - Stewartville 43
106 - PI forfeited to Joey Thompson; 113 Noah Bauer pinned Tyler Laures, 2:52; 120
- PI forfeited to Tanner Prohaska; 126 - PI
forfeited to Eric Sistad; 132 - Isaac Haman
pinned Hunter Johnson, 3:49; 138 - Connor
Swarthout lost 9-0 to Alex Higgins; 145 Trevor Turner lost 4-0 to Bradey Keefe; 152 Matt Riley won 8-2 over Ethan Meyer ; 160 Noah Koenig won 2-1 over Troy Bailey; 170 PI forfeited to Jamie Gehling; 182 - PI forfeited
to Shane Curtis; 195 - Colton Pike won 6-5
over Travis Capelle; 220 - PI forfeited to Adam
Gehling; 285 - Alex Aarsvold pinned Kyle Lypkie, Referee Paul Fishbaugher is ready to slap the mat as Pine Island’s Evan
37 seconds
Goplen applies the pressure for a fall in the opening match at 120

In their other dual on Thursday,
the Panthers lost 55-18 to HVL
leading Kasson-Mantorville. No
individual statistics were available.
Pine Island
The Panthers hosted a seven team
round-robin individual tournament


on Saturday with Burnsville, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro/MableCanton, Medford, Rochester Mayo,
Waseca and Zumbrota-Mazeppa
taking part. Placing for the Panthers were Noah Bauer, first at
113 pounds, Isaac Haman, first at

KW wins big over Cannon Falls

By Faye Haugen
KENYON – In their only action of the week the Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestling team crushed
Cannon Falls 60-12 in Kenyon,
The Knights will wrap up regular season action on Thursday in a
double dual at Lake City beginning at 5 p.m. Pine Island will
also take part in the dual. The Sec132 pounds, Connor Swarthout, tion 1A dual meet will begin on
second at 138 pounds. Trevor Thursday, February 12 at the higher
Turner, second at 145 pounds, Alex
Aarsvold, second at 285 pounds
and Evan Goplen, third at 120

Pins and forfeits dominated
Thursday’s match as the Bombers gave up 30 points in forfeits to
Clay Burow, Ted Androli, Bailey
Paquin, Drew Sathrum and Kaya
Lindell. Ethan Cota, Tyler Ryan,
Dylan Craig and Seth Donkers all
earned pins for the Knights, and
Jared Clawiter and Luke Rechtzigel both won by decision.
Kenyon-Wanamingo 60
Cannon Falls 12

106 - Ethan Cota pinned Erwin Strelow, 32
seconds; 113 - Tyler Ryan pinned Peter Fitterer,
1:15; 120 - Jared Clawiter won 3-1 over Gavin
Gates; 126 - Bradley Kish lost 17-3 to Paul
Fitterer; 132 - Peyton Hilke lost by technical
fall to Ryan Epps, 25-10; 138 - Dylan Craig
pinned Cole Zimmerman, 3:55; 145 - Jaeden
Sokoloski lost 7-1 to Hayden Strain; 152 - Clay
Burow won by forfeit; 160 - Ted Androli won by
forfeit; 170 - Bailey Paquin won by forfeit;
182 - Drew Sathrum won by forfeit; 195 Luke Rechtzigel won 3-2 over Nathan Melhouse;
220 - Kaya Lindell won by forfeit; 285 - Seth
Donkers pinned Mason Stevens

ZM whips Lake City in HVL dual
By Faye Haugen
ZUMBROTA – The ZumbrotaMazeppa wrestling team made easy
work of their HVL dual at Lake
City on Friday. ZM won the meet
55-9 over the Tigers.
The Cougars got falls from Spencer DeFrang, Joey Majerus, Maverick Jackson, Seth Tupper and
Connor Hegseth. Dillon Downes
won by forfeit. A major decision
went to Jacob Bennett, and threepoint decisions went to Hayden
Stensland, Sam Nordquist, Caden
Steffen, Noah Prodzinski and Evan
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 55 - Lake City 9
106 - Spencer DeFrang pinned Josh Allen;
113 - Hayden Stensland won 1-0 over Jeremy
Keller; 120 - Sam Nordquist won 7-1 over
Brendan Allen; 126 - Joey Majerus pinned
Luke Meincke; 132 - Maverick Jackson pinned
Carl Kozlowski; 138 - Jacob Bennett won 154 over Matt Wooding; 145 - Freedom Hunt lost
5-2 to Andrew Schmidt 152 - Nick Vath was
pinned by Shane Siewert; 160 - Caden Steffen
won 6-0 over Derek Bremer; 170 - Dillon
Downes won by forfeit; 182 - Noah Prodzinski
won 3-2 over Ryan Hanson; 195 - Seth Tupper
pinned Peter Tazin; 220 - Connor Hegseth
pinned Jake Siewert; 285 - Evan Block won 54 over Michael Valkos

Pine Island
The Cougars sent four wrestlers
to the Pine Island Round Robin
Tournament on Saturday. Seth
Tupper placed first at 195 pounds,
Evan Block tied for first at 220
pounds, Freedom Hunt was second at 152 pounds and Hayden
Voxland placed third at 145

Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Dylan Craig applies pressure as he pins Cannon Falls’s Cole Zimmerman in the second
period at 138 pounds in Thursday’s meet in Kenyon.


Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Evan Block works on the arm of a Burnsville
wrestler at the Pine Island Invitational on Saturday. Block tied for first
place in the tournament at 220 pounds.

Teams taking part included
Burnsville, Fillmore Central/
Lanesboro/Mable-Canton, Medford, Pine Island, Rochester Mayo
and Waseca.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa will travel
to Stewartville on Thursday for
an HVL double dual that includes

Fri., February 6
Sat., February 7
Mon., February 9

Byron at 5 p.m. In make-up dual
from January 8, ZM will travel to
Goodhue on Friday for another
HVL double dual that includes Pine
Island, beginning at 5 p.m. The
Section 1A dual meet will begin
on Thursday, February 12 at the
higher seed.


Ethan Cota, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Mark Buringa, St. Charles
Spencer DeFrang
Hayden Stensland, ZM
Tyler Ryan, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Maleek Hussein, Chatfield
Noah Bauer, Pine Island
Jared Goldsmith, Chatfield
Joey Majerus, Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Jared Clawiter, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Bradley Kish, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Joel Gadient, Goodhue
Jacy Ball, St. Charles
Jake Mandt, Chatfield
Maverick Jackson, ZM
Mason Huemann, Goodhue
Isaac Haman, Pine Island

30 1
25 1
24 4


29 1
28 1
26 3
20 10
21 2
18 4


Kelby O’Reilly Goodhue
Connor Swarthout, Pine Island
Dylan Craig, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Jacob Bennett, ZM
Hank Friedrichs, Chatfield
Lane Heim, St. Charles
Andrew Schmidt, Lake City
Kaleb O’Reilly, Goodhue
Trevor Turner, Pine Island
Hayden Voxland, Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Keaton Schaefer, Dover-Eyota
Ryan Meeker, Chatfield
Freedom Hunt, ZM
Mason Stevenson, KW
Bailee O’Reilly Goodhue
Ted Androli, KW
Shane Siewert, Lake City
Caden Steffen, ZM
Logan Breuer, Goodhue









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Drew Sathrum, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Devin Manzy, Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Bailey Paquin, KW
Dillon Downes, ZM
Nick Richards, Dover-Eyota
Charles Dahling, Goodhue
Jacob Bleess, Chatfield
Luke Rechtzigel, KW
Michael Noll, Lake City
Noah Prodzinski, ZM
Randy Henderson, Triton
Ian Morrison, Chatfield
Evan Block, ZM
Tanner Welsh, Dover-Eyota
Seth Donkers, KW
Adam Vacura, Triton
Jordan Ronningen, Goodhue
Seth Tupper, Zumbrota-Mazeppa

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Pine Island

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • No. 5

Goodhue County Extension tours northern Minnesota
By Jan Fredrickson, Mary Jo
McNamara, and Sandy O’Neill
The Goodhue County Extension
Fall tour was held September 30
through October 2. Our first stop
was downtown Minneapolis to tour
the Guthrie Theater. We started at
the observation lobby area overlooking the neighboring Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge,
and close by buildings.
We received the history of the
theater and were ushered to view
the signature thrust and proscenium
stages. Then it was on to see the
expansive scene shop, where the
sets are built and painted. We
walked through an area where
costumes and wigs were being
If we attend a performance, we
will now know the hard work behind the scenes.
Back on the bus we headed to
Tobies, in Hinckley, for lunch.
Grand Rapids was our next stop
where we visited the Judy Garland Museum. The gallery housed
many memorabilia items pertaining to the Wizard of Oz film. The
original carriage from the movie
was of particular interest. Frances
Gumm (Judy Garland) was born
in Grand Rapids in 1922 but left
the area in 1926. She signed her
MGM contract in 1935 at the age
of 13. Her only visit back to the
area was at age 15. A long hallway with photos led to the white
framed family home. It was restored in 1996 to its original appearance in 1925. A festival each
year draws many people to the
area. The museum has other interesting exhibits and a children’s
discovery center.
On Wednesday, October 1, the
first stop of the day was the Minnesota Discovery Center in
The Discovery Center is a nonprofit institution and the state’s
largest museum complex outside
the Twin Cities area.
Comprised of a museum, research center, and park encompassing 660 acres the Minnesota
Discovery Center tells the story
of the Iron Range. “The Land, The
Mines, The People and the Work”
is exhibited. The center highlights
the story of the predominantly European immigrants who migrated

The Goodhue County Extension Tour officers and tour committee are, from left to right, seated: Ruth Baldus
of Kenyon, Virginia Sabin of Wanamingo, Elnor Bollum of Goodhue; standing: Sandy O’Neill of Goodhue, Pat
Irrthum of Wanamingo, Jan Fredrickson of Zumbrota, Mary Jo McNamara of Goodhue, Sharon Rechtzigel of
Kenyon, and Connie Flom of Kenyon.

Dianne Wright of Wanamingo, left, and Joan Quiggle of Goodhue admire
a replica “Dorothy” dress at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids.

to the region at the turn of the 20th
Century to find work in the developing iron ore industry.
The museum is a 33,000 square
foot facility that houses artifacts,
examines mining methods, explores regional geology, and host
traveling exhibits that help illuminate the spirit of the Iron Range
pioneers and their descendants.
We boarded the vintage trolley
for an hour journey to the past to
an old authentic mining location.
The views were spectacular. We
arrived at the Northwoods Cabin
and Homestead, which sets the
stage of early pioneers on the Iron
Range. Those who lived there were
often single men who often worked
in the logging camps during the
winter months.
After lunch at Valentini’s Italian Supper Club in Chisholm we
had a guided tour of Hibbing. In
1919 people started leaving and
moving the town of Hibbing be-

cause of the ore beneath the town.
The Hibbing High School, referred to as “The Castle in the
Wilderness,” was built by the mining companies between 1920-1923
at a cost of almost $4 million. The
school has many impressive treasures inside, ranging from the 18foot-wide solid marble front entrance steps to the chandeliers in
the auditorium made with Czechoslovakian glass crystals.
The Greyhound Corporation
began in Hibbing. It started out as
Mesala Motors, Inc. They started
with hupmobiles” in 1910 that held
seven people and sometimes more
with people hanging on the outside of the vehicle. The first buses
were so sleek they called them
“greyhounds.” Their Greyhound
Express Service delivers packages
sometimes the same day.
Our next stop was the Paulucci
Space Theatre. There we saw the
“Forces of Nature” show in an I-

Dian Johnson of Hastings, left, and Rita Molitor of Cannon Falls show off their log-sawing skills at the Forest
History Center.

Max type theatre, making us feel
like we were in a volcano, in a
tornado, and saw the destruction
of an earthquake.
That evening we had a great
meal and some of us danced to a
great country western band.
Ready to start our last day of
the trip we headed to the Itasca
County Historical Society in Grand
Rapids. Exhibits included memorabilia from area schools, hockey,
trapping, American Indians and
various other subject matter. A
genealogy research area was available for those interested. The basement houses many donated items
yet to be catalogued.
We left on a short city tour and
stopped at the Central School. After
restoration it now houses several
Last we headed out of town to
the Forest History Center. After a
short walk to the logging camp,
we visited various buildings used
by the loggers. These included the
blacksmith, saw sharpener,
campstore and bunkhouse. The
barn housed large work horses used
in their demonstrations to our
group. We enjoyed a lumberjack

The Kenyon-Wanamingo Red team finished in first place in Tier AA at the Junior High Knowledge Bowl
Regional Competition on January 22. With their trophy and medals are, from left to right: Coach Darin
Walling, Alec Nesseth, Amber Olson, Celia Woock, Daniel Benrud, Kurt Breimhurst, and Sierra Belcher.

coordinator Rosario Mollo, finished in ninth in Tier AA.
The Minnesota Service Cooperative Knowledge Bowl competitions are interdisciplinary academic contests for students. Teams
from eighteen area school districts
participated in 2014-15 season.
Round robin competitions were
held in October, November, and
December. The competitions consist of one written round (60 questions) and four oral rounds (45
questions/round). Questions are
related to secondary educational
learning and require students to
use recall, problem solving, and
critical thinking skills. Teams consist of six students with all six
competing in the written round
and five competing in each oral
Sub-regional competitions were
held January 8-9 at the Southeast
Service Cooperative. The Tier AA
teams were from Chatfield, Do-

ver-Eyota, Kasson-Mantorville,
Kenyon-Wanamingo, Pine Island,
Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Red
Wing, and Winona. The Tier A
teams were from Caledonia,
Fillmore Central, Goodhue, Houston, Kingsland, Lanesboro, MabelCanton, Rushford-Peterson,
Southland, and Spring Grove. The
top twelve teams from each tier
advanced to Regionals.
Members of the KW Red team
were (grade level in parentheses)
Sierra Belcher (6), Daniel Benrud
(7), Kurt Breimhurst (9), Alec
Nesseth (8), Amber Olson (8), and
Celia Woock (8). KW Black consisted of Derik Baumgartner (9),
Joe Gould (9), Kendra Kispert (6),
Keegan McCorkell (9), Rachel
Nesseth (5) and Noah Stevenson
(9). Members of the Pine Island
team were Noah Gorman, Talia
Mentjes, David Barsness, Emma
Ann Oberg, and Elijah Kellner.

meal served in the cook shack. As was educational. We all learned
we finished the tour, rain showers about the hardy group of immibegan.
grants to that part of the state.
Our visit to northern Minnesota
The 2015 tour will be in Door

Chocolate Fountain

KW team takes first at
Knowledge Bowl Regionals
By Alicia Hunt-Welch and
Audra DePestel
ROCHESTER – Of the fiftytwo teams competing in the 201415 southeast division of the Junior High Knowledge Bowl, the
Kenyon-Wanamingo Red team
finished the season in first place
in Tier AA. The team led the way
with 109.5 points at Regionals
January 21-22 at the South Central Cooperative in Rochester.
Kasson-Mantorville 1 finished in
second with 101.0 points and
Chatfield 1 in third with 100.5.
First through third place in Tier A
were, respectively, Houston 1,
Kingsland 1, Rushford-Peterson
1. Regionals are the last event of
the JHKB season.
The KW Black team finished in
fifth place with 92.5 points. Both
KW teams are coached by Darin
Walling. A Pine Island team,
coached by gifted and talented

Bev Hawkinson of Red Wing checks out one of the uniforms at the Itasca
Historical Society in Grand Rapids.

Sunday, February 15
9:15 a.m.

Morning service to follow at 10:30 a.m.
Chocolate fountain with
a variety of dippables
including strawberries,
other fruits, and a
variety of snacks
that dip well.
A breakfast of
fresh waffles and
sausage will
Cornerstone Baptist Church
also be served.
857 Rolling View Lane SE, Pine Island


Pine Island

Texas Hold-Em raises $2,840 for PI Post Prom
By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island Post Prom Committee held
its seventh annual Texas HoldEm Tournament Fundraiser at Pine
Island Pool and Pins on Sunday,
January 25. Eighty-nine tickets
were sold, which raised $1,640.
In addition to that amount, another
$200 was raised through the sales
of discount coupon books for the
Texas Road House Restaurant in
Rochester, and the Oronoco Fire
Department donated $1,000.
All the proceeds will go to benefit Pine Island School’s Post Prom
Party, which will take place after
the May 2 prom at the YMCA in
Rochester. Post prom provides a
fun, safe, chemical-free all night
lock-in for Pine Island seniors,
juniors, and their guests.
The tournament began with a
“bounty” that was placed on previous year’s winners worth ten

dollars each. Participants placing
first through third received a trophy and a monetary prize of $100,
$60, and $40, respectively. Random drawings for prizes took place
throughout the tournament which
included one grand prize raffle.
Over $2,200 in prizes were given
away. Winning the four-day/threenight stay for two at Gold Mine
Resort in Orr was Matt Fredrickson
of Oronoco. Event organizers were
Steve Pleschourt and Shawn and
Lori Shelstad. Pine Island Post
Prom committee members also
assisted during the event.
As the tournament neared its
end, seven players were left competing for first place. Lady luck
played her hand in this year’s tournament as two out of the three
final players were women. The
game ended with Carol Kroll of
Oronoco winning first place, Lorri

Rennie of Pine Island second place,
and Dean Sorum of Pine Island
third. Best hand went to Pat Kruse
who won $138 with a hand of four
Jacks and a Queen.
Though the numbers were down
from last year, Pleschourt said he
was still happy with the overall
success of the event, giving the
majority of the credit to Shawn
and Lori Shelstad for all their extra help and experience in overseeing the tournament.
The Post Prom Committee is
still accepting monetary donations
and any other contribution including gift certificates, merchandise,
services, or anything that would
be appropriate for teenagers (ages
17-18). Contributions can be
mailed to: Pine Island Post Prom,
P.O. Box 772, Pine Island, MN
55963 or contact Nicole Lien at

Pine Island graduate is
Kay Jacobs Award recipient
CANNON FALLS – Beth Giese,
Superintendent of Cannon Falls
Schools and a graduate of Pine
Island High School, has been
named the Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award recipient by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). The award
recognizes excellent leadership and
involvement with MASA and other
educational organizations by an
administrator with ten or less years
of administrative experience.
Giese will be honored for her
leadership, concern for students
and active involvement in professional and community affairs at a
statewide recognition ceremony
to be held at the MASA/MASE
Spring Conference, March 12-13,
at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. She will
also participate in the National
Conference in San Diego, California.
Giese has served as Cannon Falls
Area Schools superintendent since
2011. She leads one of the few
districts in Minnesota that continues to operate on a zero voterapproved referendum. She has led

Beth Giese

the district through budget reductions of close to a million dollars,
all while balancing this with numerous grants and alternate funding sources. In spite of these reductions, new opportunities for
students were also created including alternative learning program-

ming, technology initiatives, addition of the World’s Best
Workforce, early childhood literacy programming, anti-bullying
efforts through safe and supportive schools, and a WeTC partnership.
In a letter of support Caledonia
Superintendent Ben Barton
wrote,“Beth exemplifies all of the
qualities associated with the Kay
E. Jacobs Award. She is responsible, flexible, dependable, an effective communicator, and an excellent leader. I feel I can speak
for my colleagues across southeast Minnesota in saying that Beth
deserves to be honored for her
contributions as a superintendent
and leader.”
As an advocate for adequate and
equitable school funding, Giese
has worked diligently with legislators to expand school board authority to access additional operating funds. “Since becoming superintendent I have fought to educate the public on the inequity in
education. No one will ever convince me that the funding for our
students in rural Minnesota should

The top finishers in the Pine Island Post Prom Texas Hold-Em Tournament on January 25 are, from left to
right: Dean Sorum, third place; Carol Kroll, first place; and Lorri Rennie, second place. Benefits from the
tournament go to fund the 2015 Pine Island Post Prom event.

Jeff Allhiser presents a $1,000 check from the Oronoco Fire Department Pat Kruse shows off his winnings
to Pine Island High School senior Ben Haller for the post prom event. for having the best hand of four
Jacks and a Queen.

be less than metro schools.”
Giese graduated from Pine Island High School and served 12
years in the United States Army
Reserve. She holds an Ed.S degree and master’s degree in education from Saint Mary’s University in Winona. Her bachelor’s
degree from the University of
Nebraska is in elementary and
special education. Giese is an active member in MASA, vice chair
of Region 1 superintendents, a
member of multiple committees,

and is active in local civic organizations. “I know without my early
education at Pine Island High
School, I would not be where I am
today, doing what I love!”
The Memorial Award was established in 1983 in honor of Kay
E. Jacobs, an outstanding young
administrator of many achievements who died in a car accident
in 1979. At the time of her death,
Jacobs was the assistant superintendent for the Mahtomedi Schools
and had just been nominated,
through a national screening pro-

cess, for membership in the 38th
Annual Superintendents’ Work
Conference at Teachers’ College,
Columbia University. This was a
distinct honor, because only fortyfive outstanding chief school officers from school systems throughout the United States had been
invited to participate. The Memorial Award recognizes administrators who have demonstrated the
attributes of leadership and involvement early in their careers as Kay
Jacobs did.

PIFD officers agree to serve
during appointment process
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
PINE ISLAND – On January
20, the Pine Island City Council
tabled appointing a fire chief and
a deputy fire chief until the next
city council meeting on February
20. The 2014 fire department officers agreed to continue to serve
until new officers are appointed.
The current officers are Jon
Eickhoff (fire chief), Shawn

Hoffman (deputy chief), Ben
Hermann (first assistant chief), Rob
Pocklington (second assistant
chief), and Bryan Baker (third assistant chief).
The officers nominated by the
fire department members for 2015
are Patrick Pike (fire chief), Shawn
Hoffman (deputy chief), Tony
Klennert (first assistant chief), and
Bryan Baker (second assistant
On January 28, Pine Island students, from left to right, Gabe Northrop (Exemplary honors), Logan Mentjes, Jonah Sundt (Exemplary), Caleb
Kittleson, Madeline Hansen, and Max Campeau (Exemplary) stopped by gifted and talented coordinator Rosario Mollo’s classroom to pick up their
prizes and certificates from the Zumbro Education District Creative Writing Contest.

Pine Island United Fund
reaches $25,000 goal
PINE ISLAND – The 2014 Pine
Island United Fund reached its goal
of raising $25,000 for local organizations and charities. All des-

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This means each group will
receive between $500 and $2,800.
Donations will help pay for a great
variety of services and programs
in the area.
The 2015 drive will take place
in November. Current members
of the Pine Island United Fund
Board are President Glen Hemann,
Vice President Chad Horkey, Secretary Barb Arel, Treasurer Donna
Nielsen, public relations Mary
Bakeberg, and organization management Jan Sween. Please contact any officer if you would like
to be a member of the board.

By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – Five Pine Island students received “Exemplary” honors in the annual Zumbro
Education District Creative Writing Contest. Middle school students awarded were Gabe
Northrop, Max Campeau, and
Madeline Hansen. High School

students awarded were: Patrick
Bogard, and Sara Albertelli.
Seventeen Pine Island students
participated in the contest. Along
with those already mentioned were
Logan Mentjes, Jonah Sundt,
Williamson, Caleb Kittleson,
Rachel Applen, Emily Kellner,

Taylor Schroder, Bailey Trogstad,
Christopher Williamson, Andrew
Bogard, and Emily Cote.
Exemplary winners received a
framed certificate and a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. All
participants received a writing
journal and a pen. Approximately
300 students from seven different

school districts turned in compositions
The Creative Writing Contest
is open to students in grades 5-12.
Students can enter the prose or
poetry division in the grades 5-6,
6-7, or 7-8 category. Top papers
(80% and above) are organized
into a booklet and each participant receives a copy.


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Members of the Pine Island High School student council accepted first place in the ABC 6 News Students Care Competition on behalf of the high
school student body. From left to right are U.S. Marine Corps Reserves representatives Jim Luetke and Richard Johnson, ABC anchor James
Wilcox, Tristan Akason, Chris Frick, Jimmy Kroll, Lindsey Cobb, and ABC anchor Rachel Wick.

PIHS takes first in ABC 6 News competition
By Audra DePestel
PINE ISLAND – Pine Island
High School students took first
place in the ABC 6 News Students Care Competition. The students collected and donated 733
toys to their recent Toys for Tots
campaign. That’s more than any

of the other schools that participated in the competition which
included second-place winner
Southland High School and thirdplace winner Hayfield High
School. Austin High School, IH
Holton Intermediate School –
Austin, and Albert Lea Senior High
also received certificates of rec-

ognition for participating in the
ABC anchors James Wilcox and
Rachel Wick honored the high
school students on January 27
during an assembly in the maroon
gym with a framed certificate and
the engraved Traveling Trophy
(which stays at the winning school

until the start of the next competition in November). Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserves also congratulated the
students on a job well done and on
their many years of generous donations to Toys for Tots. This was
the first year PIHS competed in
the competition.


Pine Island

Chad Peterson joins Kalass Agency

By Audra DePestel

January Panther Lunch Award winners
PINE ISLAND – January Panther Lunch Award winners at Pine Island Elementary School, from left to right,
Patrick Allan, Olivia Cordes, and Opal Healey, are treated to a special lunch on Friday, January 30. Each
month teachers nominate one student from their grade level to receive the award. The awards go to students
who have been role models for respectful behavior. Students have lunch with the principal at a special
decorated table in the cafeteria and receive a small prize. Parents are e-mailed a letter of congratulations
and a picture of the lunch.

By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA – With more than
a dozen years experience, insurance agent Chad Peterson joined
the Kalass Agency, January 5.
Peterson is looking forward to
settling in at the agency and meeting customers.
A native of the Wanamingo area
who has lived in Zumbrota for
approximately 15 years, Peterson
is happy about the short commute
to work. He worked at C.O. Brown
Insurance Agency in Rochester as
an agent for twelve years before
working at Security State Bank in
Wanamingo during the past year.
Peterson and his wife, Nicole (a
Zumbrota native) have three daughters.
Peterson finds insurance to be a
“good business to be in that is
busy with some something different every day.” He cites examples
of working with customers to address their coverage needs or claims
issues. As someone who has always loved sports, the competitiveness of the insurance business

With more than a dozen years of
experience, insurance agent Chad
Peterson joined the Kalass Agency
January 5.

was also a compelling reason for
Peterson when he chose the career.
A wide variety of insurance
coverage and companies are of-

fered through Kalass Agency.
Auto-Owners Insurance, Grinnell
Mutual, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, Hay Creek Mutual, and EMC
Insurance Companies are some of
the companies the agency works
with to provide life, home, auto,
health, and business insurance to
its clients. Peterson has considerable commercial and trucking insurance experience. He anticipates
he will continue to focus on those
areas, as well as home and auto
Insurance agent Brett Boelter
became owner of Kalass Agency
in 2001. Other employees include
insurance agent Sara Markham,
and customer service representatives Becky Arendt and Gary
Kalass Agency is located at 242
South Main Street in downtown
Zumbrota. Hours are 8 a.m. - noon
and 1-5 p.m., Monday through
Thursday; and 8 a.m. - noon and
1-3 p.m. on Friday. The office
phone number is (507) 732-7614
or 1-800-450-7614.

Mother, New Girl
Song: anything by Brad Paisley
If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? A puppy! After a college education, of course...
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: I plan to
attend Winona State in the fall,
get a bachelor’s degree in social
work, and figure the rest out from
there. I just want my life to make
the world a little better, and I hope
to be happy in whatever I choose
Name: Kendra Euler
Parents: Theresa Euler and to do!
Tracy Euler
Siblings: Erica, Nick, Nicole,
Jon, and Dakota
High school activities: Art
Scream and varsity gymnastics
Favorite class or subject: Art
and FACTS classes
Best high school memory:
Winning sprit week during homecoming
Hobbies: Watching Netflix,
sleeping, and spending time with
my friends
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead: Josh
Hutcherson, Jennifer Aniston, and
Betty White.
Name: D.J. Titus
Parents: Paul and Jody Titus
Book: The Fault in Our Stars
Siblings: Reagan (15) and Shane
by John Green
Movie: Pitch Perfect
TV show: New Girl
High school activities: BaseSong: Best Day of My Life by ball, soccer, National Honor SoAmerica Authors
ciety, band, jazz band, pep band,
If you won the lottery, what Family Career Community Leadwould one of your first purchases
be? A plane ticket to any location ers of America, and Fellowship of
Christian Athletes
around the world.
Favorite class or subject: CalDescribe yourself in one word:
culus and science classes
Best high school memory: All
College/career plans: Attend
the University of Minnesota – of the Homecoming weeks
Mankato and live happily ever after
Hobbies: Playing sports, playing settlers with my friends, going to my cabin, fishing,
waterskiing, tubing, and swimming.
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead: Derek
Jeter and my Grandpa Carlson
Movie: When the Game Stands
Tall and The Sandlot
TV show: SportsCenter and The
Song: Leave the Night On by
Sam Hunt
Name: Lauren Rupprecht
Parents: Kim and Jan Rupprecht
Siblings: Erin (16) and Zac (31)
High school activities: Orchestra, choir, cross country, Knowledge Bowl, FCCLA, Culture Club,
Art Scream, wrestling statistics,
Prom Committee, Panther Crew,
National Honors Society
Favorite class or subject: Orchestra or painting
Best high school memory: Joining cross country
Hobbies: Running, watching
Netflix, spending time with my
amazing friends, working at Panera
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead: Anne
Frank, Henry David Thoreau, W.
H. Auden
Book: If I Stay by Gayle Forman,
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper
Movie: The Breakfast Club
TV show: How I Met Your

If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? Tickets to go on a cross-country
trip stopping to see every Major
League Baseball stadium.
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: Attend
Winona State to major in athletic
training, then go onto medical
school, and become a sports mediZUMBROTA – Respect Optimism Acceptance Responsibility (ROAR) recipients for the first quarter were
cine doctor.
honored at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School on Wednesday, January 28. From left to right are (grade level in

ZM recognizes ROAR award recipients

parentheses) Blake Lerum (12), Ryan Archer (11), Brenna Kreps (11), Miranda Mollenhauer (10), Madisen
Enger (9), Rheis Jensen (9), Nick Binondo (10), Ben Burns (7), Kallie Alders (8), and Jakalyn Arendt (7). Not
pictured: Jonathon Quenzer (8) and Caitlyn Heitman (12).


Name: Abigail Gushulak
Parents: Nikki and Andy
Siblings: Tessa
High school activities: Panther
Crew leader, soccer, track
Favorite class or subject: All
my art classes!
Best high school memory: Playing Powder Puff Ultimate Frisbee
and dodgeball every year for homecoming.
Hobbies: Playing soccer, fishing, drawing, hunting, and spending time with my friends.
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead: Betty
Movie: The Pirates of the Caribbean series
TV show: American Horror
If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? A house with a lot of land on
Rainy Lake, so I can fish, swim,
and hunt as I please.
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: Haven’t
committed anywhere yet, but planning to become a nurse. Very excited for my future!

Deadline for contest entry
of DC trip is February 16
ZUMBROTA – Goodhue
County Cooperative Electric will
be sponsoring an area youth on an
all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC from June 13-18.
During the trip the winner will
join hundreds of young people from
across the country to tour the
nation’s capital. They will spend
a day on Capital Hill observing
the House and Senate in session
and visit members of congress in
their offices.
The contest is open to students
who are sophomores, juniors or
seniors in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa,
Kenyon-Wanamingo, Pine Island,
Lake City, Goodhue, Red Wing

and Cannon Falls schools. The student does not have to be a member
of Goodhue County Cooperative
Electric. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting in
To enter the competition, an
application form may be obtained
from Goodhue County Cooperative Electric, 1410 Northstar Drive,
Zumbrota, MN 55992 or also online at Click on
the Other Resources tab and then
Youth Tour.
The completed application must
be returned by February 16. For
more information, contact the office at 800-927-6864 or 507-7325117.

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TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Song: Disconnected by 5SOS
If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? Not a new car because I love
my 1978 Delta ‘88. Probably meet
and greet passes to meet 5SOS
with my squad.
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: Attend
Winona State University for mass
communications, possibly with a
focus in public relations

Name: Holly Parker
Parents: Scott and Robin Parker
Siblings: Travis and Taylor
High school activities:
Cheerleading, dance team, golf
Favorite class or subject: Psychology
Best high school memory:
Winning third place at State for
dance team
Hobbies: Dance, spending time
with my family and friends
Movie: Titanic
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Song: I love all music – hard to
Name: Emily Smith
If you won the lottery, what
Parents: Jeff and Lisa Smith
would one of your first purchases
Siblings: Jacob Ugland, 19
be? A nice house for my future
High school activities: Band,
College/career plans: Attend National Honor Society, SADD,
Winona State University – Roch- student council, senior class committee, track, cross country, theester and major in nursing.
ater, mentors
Favorite class or subject: Advanced biology with Ms. Heitmann
Best high school memory: First
semester junior year at Conserve
School, senior year Homecoming
Hobbies: Listening to music,
watching movies, working at the
Zumbrota Pool and Bridget’s cafe,
being with friends and family
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead? Ellen
DeGeneres, John Muir, Wangari
Book: Into the Wild by Jon
Movie: Any Disney movie
Name: Olivia Gadient
TV Show: The Voice
Parents: Tim and Roberta
Song: Uptown Funk
If you won the lottery, what
Siblings: Molly, Amy, Gena
would one of your first purchases
High school activities: Dance
be? College, then travel the world
team, National Honor Society, student council, SADD, yearbook, and help the needy
Describe yourself in one word:
Senior Class Committee, CloseAmbitious
College/career plans: Attend
Favorite class or subject: AdValparaiso
University, travel, get
vanced biology with Ms. Heitmann
Best high school memory: married, and live a long, happy
Going to State for dance team in life
both jazz and kick, sophomore year
Hobbies: Listening to music,
Summertime Fun
watching movies, spending time
Table Rental
with family and friends, dancing
Special Events • Reunions • Graduations
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead? The Weddings • Festivals • Business Functions
band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS)
26697 520th St.,
Book: Paper Towns by John
Pine Island
Movie: The Lion King

Name: Celeste Bergum
Parents: Chere Bergum and
Dave Jenson
Siblings:Chayse, 13; Colte, 11
High school activities: Choir
Favorite class or subject: Art
Best high school memory:
Hobbies: Horses, photography
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead? Nina
Book: The Hunger Games
Movie: The Hobbit trilogy
Song: Anything country
If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? Go to Norway for a vacation
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: Equine
science at River Falls

Name: Haley Nelson
Parents: Paula Siems and Todd
Siblings: Jacob (16) and Kayla
High school activities: Choir
Favorite class or subject: Any
class with Raasch
Best high school memory: The
choir trip to Omaha, Nebraska,
sophomore year
Hobbies: Hanging with friends,
drawing, and reading
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead? To
meet the guys from Celtic Thunder
Book: Don’t Die, My Love
Movie: The Hobbit trilogy and
the Lord of the Rings trilogy
TV Show: Psych, Melissa &
Song: Anything classic country or any song by Celtic Thunder
If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? A trip to Ireland with some
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: Rochester Community and Technical
College for graphic design.



Zumbrota-Mazeppa considers a pre-Labor Day school start
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
MAZEPPA – On January 26,
the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School
Board discussed submitting a flexible learning waiver request to start
school before Labor Day for the
2015-16 year. Applications for
flexible learning year programs
must be submitted to the Commissioner of Education by April
Superintendent Tony Simons
said one reason to start school early
is the increased learning and instruction time students would have
prior to testing. An early start would
require a memorandum of understanding with teachers, paraprofessionals, and others. The calendar could still have 173 to 175
student days. School could end
The process of applying for a
flexible learning year requires setting strict academic goals, three
formal meetings with the community stakeholders with sign-in
sheets, and agreement from any
affected bargaining unit. Of the
staff who were polled at Meet and
Confer, the majority wanted to stay
with the start after Labor Day.
The board decided not to pur-

sue a start before Labor Day for
2015-16. James Wendt said that it
would be good to do if the cooperative members of the Goodhue
County Education District all
agreed to make the change.
Galapagos Islands trip

Biology teacher Angela
Heitmann presented information
about the high school science trip
to the Galapagos Islands that is in
the planning stage for June 2016.
She projected that six to eight students would take the trip, which
requires one adult leader for six
students. She said students eligible
for the trip must complete Biology 10, 11, and 12.
Pine Island students took this
trip. Their teacher Megan Schimek,
Heitmann reported, said the trip
was amazing.
Education First offers this educational trip, “Charting the
Galapagos Islands,” for students.
It includes activities for scientific
study and knowledge, as well as
learning experiences about South
American culture and history.
The cost for one student is $3,665
or sixteen monthly installments
of $224. The cost covers roundtrip airfare, hotels with private

bathrooms, breakfast and dinner
daily, a full-time tour director, and
daily tours, activities, and entrances
to attractions. The cost for an adult
is $4,030.
The school board approved the
trip to allow students the opportunity to begin fundraising. Heitman
will investigate any options for
students to earn college credit for
the trip.
Other business

Superintendent Simons reported
that the district has had no contacts to date to purchase the 201415 vocational department construction project house. Last year the
home was sold before it was completed.
The board reviewed the following policies: #205 Open Meetings
and Closed Meetings, #206 Public Participation in School Board
Meetings/Complaints about Persons at School Board Meetings
and Data Privacy Considerations,
#208 Development, Adoption, and
Implementation of Policies, #406
Public and Private Personnel Data,
#410 Family and Medical Leave,
#413 Harassment and Violence,
#419 Tobacco-Free Environment,
#421 Gifts to Employees and

School Board Members, #501
School Weapons Policy, #506 Student Discipline, #524 Internet
Acceptable Use and Safety, #526
Hazing Prohibition, #601 School
District Curriculum and Instruction Goals, #603 Curriculum Development, #613 Graduation Requirements, #709 Student Transportation Safety, #806 Crisis Man-

MS/HS principal’s report

double credits for Advanced Placement classes. This change would
start with a class of incoming freshmen. Eighteen students enrolled
in the online medical terminology class to earn four college credits.
Simons agreed, saying, “When
kids walk out the door for PSEO
(post-secondary enrollment option), your dollars go with them.”
Nolte reported that twenty students will give input at the superintendent search community meeting.

By Tawny Michels
ZUMBROTA - Early Childhood
Family Education (ECFE) will be
hosting its 13th annual Family Expo
on Saturday, February 7. The free
event, designed for children ages
newborn to five years of age and
their families, will be held from
9-11 a.m. in the ZumbrotaMazeppa High School gymnasium.
The morning will be filled with
fun early childhood activities such
as an inflatable bounce house and
slide, face painting, glitter tattoos,
balloon artists and a variety of
children’s craft activities. The
Ridiculous Puppet Company will
be performing two fifteen minute
puppet shows, which is new this
year. Attendees will be entered
into drawings for prizes in two
age categories: 0-2 years of age
and 3-5 years of age. There will
also be an opportunity for adults
to win prizes. New this year is
Discovery Toys, which will have
Simons reported that the gen- educational toys available on diseral fund balance is improving. play and for sale.
The increase could total $1.8 milSeveral early childhood relion over the school year. The
improvement is from increased
state aid, referendum dollars, and
increased enrollment. He said,
“These are certainly good signs
for the general fund.”

Elementary principal’s report

Primary/Elementary School
Principal Quinn Rasmussen
thanked parents for their help in
making the school holiday activities a success. Families were included in the holiday activities at
the school.
He reported that the Monday
morning K-2 meetings with students will continue, as a community building activity. All say the
Pledge of Allegiance together, talk
about behavior, and work on learning their school song.
The woodshop class recently
made a “buddy bench” for the K2 building. The bench is a place
for students to go to find a buddy
to play with at recess. The children are learning about the new
Rasmussen reported that the twoday OLPAs (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment practice tests)
began on January 26. ZM students will take one day of math
testing and two days of reading
testing online. The test results can
be analyzed to identify individual
student needs and areas requiring
more instruction from teachers.

Middle/High School Principal
Nolte reported that he is looking
at the curriculum for more options
to offer college credit and at what
qualifies for college credits for the Superintendent’s report
Superintendent Simons reported
students. The high school is also
considering using weighting, not that January K-12 enrollment totaled 1,139. This is 35 more students than at this time last year. It
is about a $200,000 increase in
Drivers: Local-Home Daily state aid to the district. Simons
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School resource officer

The board discussed having a
school resource officer (SRO) in
the middle and high school building. Patrick Callahan, the new chief
of police, will be contacted. Simons
provided information about funding the position.
The City of Zumbrota might help
with the costs, but the school district must make a formal request
to the city. There is a possibility
that 25% of the cost could be paid
by the city and 25% through a
grant from Goodhue County.
Simons said there is $47,000
saved in the Safe Schools Fund
that could be used to cover about
half the costs of a SRO, if the
board decided to use the funds.
Another alternative is for ZM
to request to purchase SRO hours
from Pine Island and KenyonWanamingo. The school could then
request an officer for the 2015-16
The school board unanimously
approved requesting SRO hours
from Pine Island and KenyonWanamingo, and requesting a SRO
for next year.
Other business

Chair Peter Hinrichs updated the
board on the search for a superintendent. Community meetings will
be held in Zumbrota and Mazeppa
on January 28. Groups will meet
with the consultants from School
Exec Connect. The survey online
is available on the school webpage
to get residents’ input. Information from the community will be
presented at the work session on
February 9.
The school board approved two
resolutions to add adaptive bowling for students with cognitive and
physical disabilities. Currently,
students have not expressed interest in adaptive bowling, but in
time teams will develop.

Two vehicles stolen from
Zumbrota residence
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
ZUMBROTA – A break-in resulted in two vehicles being stolen from a residence in Zumbrota
on January 21. The incident was
reported to the Goodhue County
Sheriff’s Office at 5:41 a.m.
The property owners of 46175
190th Ave in Pine Island Town-


ship, just outside city limits southeast of Zumbrota, reported that
someone had entered the residence
sometime during the overnight
hours. Keys to two vehicles and
an iPad and iPad devices were taken
from the home. Two vehicles, a
2010 Cadillac and a 1999 Dodge,
were stolen from an unattached
garage. An unknown pickup, that
was burned, was left on the property. The pickup had been reported
stolen from Rochester.
The complainant’s Cadillac was
recovered south of the residence
and had also been burned. The
loss was valued at $32,210.

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• Monday, February 9 – School
board work session, 7 p.m., ZMHS
Media Center
• Friday, February 13 – No
school/teacher work day
• Monday, February 16 – Holiday/no school
• Monday, February 23 – Regular school board meeting , 7 p.m.,
ZMHS media center

ECFE Expo is February 7

ZM High School discusses ACT
testing location for junior class
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
MAZEPPA – At the ZumbrotaMazeppa School Board meeting
on January 26, Principal Jeff Nolte
presented the options for a location for the entire junior class to
take the ACT on April 28. This
year all eleventh grade students in
Minnesota must take the ACT.
Nolte said there are stringent
requirements for the testing location. There must be no traffic distractions; bells for passing must
be turned off; and students are
accompanied by a proctor if they
must leave the test room.
Grades 9, 10, and 12 could have
a no contact day – the high school
would be cleared of all students
other than grade 11. Options for
these other students would include
scheduling class trips that day, or
an on-line learning trial could be
performed with grade 9, 10, and
12 students not attending school.
The school board discussed
moving the ACT test to a different location in the community.
Superintendent Tony Simons said,
“I think the students would be more
comfortable testing in their own
school where they are every day.
Every student must take the test,
not just college bound students.”
After more discussion, Simons
said, “I don’t think we can minimize the importance of this test
for our kids, or our district.” The
test results will be compared statewide. The board will continue this
discussion at the work session on
February 9.

agement, and #807 Health and
Important dates in February:
• Wednesday, February 4 – PLC
Inservice (early release for students)
• Saturday, February 7 – School
board session with legislators at
Wood Lake Meeting Center in

sources will be available throughout the Expo for families to access and obtain information. Officer Shannon Clemenson, from
the Zumbrota Police Department,
will be available with a special
presentation on how to correctly
install a car seat, and Zumbrota
Public Library, Cougar Care/Bright
Beginnings, and Goodhue Public
Health will have representatives
at the morning’s event. Also available with information will be
Margo Anderson, ZM ECFE and
preschool teacher; Rene Arendt,
Goodhue County Education District social worker from the Birth
To Three Program; Alicia Zorn,
ZM preschool teacher; Amanda
Boyum and Heather Decker, ZM
kindergarten teachers; and Karina
Ceja, Head Start teacher.
ECFE is a program that provides parent and child education
to families with children ages newborn to five years old. In addition
to one-time events such as the Expo,
there are also a variety of activities and weekly classes to select

from. ECFE is now being housed
in the new ZM Early Learning
Center that is adjacent to the Zumbrota Care Center on the corner of
Mill Street and West 5th Street in
Zumbrota. The new facility has
bright, spacious preschool and
ECFE classrooms and a large motor
indoor playroom. Class listings and
enrollment information can be
found in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Community Education brochure
that was recently mailed to homes.
Sign-up can also be found online
at: or by calling the Community Education
office at 732-4244.
Staff overseeing the day’s activities include Anne Pflaum,
ECFE parent educator, who can
be reached at 651-269-6461, Margo
Anderson, ECFE and preschool
teacher; Jen Burfeind, ZM Community Education Director; and
Renee Reinardy, ZM Community
Education assistant.

ZM ISD 2805

7:00 P.M.
Mazeppa, ran into the trailer porZUMBROTA,
tion as it was backing into the driveI. Call Work Session to Order (Action)
way. Betcher was pronounced dead
II. School Exec Connect
at the scene. Riihl was uninjured.
a. A consultant will be in attendance
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s to discuss the superintendent search
Office was assisted at the scene and profile development
by the Goodhue Fire Department/
III. ACT Testing Discussion
IV. Closed session will be called for
First Responders, Goodhue Police Department, Zumbrota Am- personnel issue, if needed
V. Adjourn (Action)
bulance, the State Patrol, and the

Fatal accident in
Goodhue Township
On January 28 at approximately
6 p.m. a commercial tractor-trailer
driven by Heath Riihl, 40, of New
Prague, was facing north in the
northbound lane and backing across
the southbound lane into a residence to make a delivery on County
Road 4 in Goodhue Township,
about mile north of County Road
9. A southbound pickup driven
by John A. Betcher, 50, of Coroner’s Office.


Community development
annual report for 2014 is in
By Tawny Michels
ZUMBROTA – Every year,
according to the bylaws of the
Economic Development Authority (EDA), a community development report must be completed
for the city of Zumbrota. The annual report was presented to city
council members at their meeting
on Thursday, January 22, for approval and comments.
The Zumbrota EDA was created June 2, 1988 and operates
under the authority of the city council as the chief economic development agency for the city. There
are ten members. Current members are Dale Hinderaker, president and city council liaison; Rich
Meyerhofer, vice-president;
Willard Eberhart, treasurer; Richard Bauer, city council liaison;
Neil Jensen, executive director
(city administrator); Dan King,
secretary (community development director); Brenda Lerum, and
Betty Jo Grothe, who was appointed in March of 2014 following David Grimsrud’s resignation
in January.
Dan King addressed the council on January 22 saying that there
was “significant business activity
in 2014” for Zumbrota. He then
spoke about the four significant
commercial building permits issues in 2014, with a total valuation of $370,606. The businesses
that received the building permits
included Bridges of Zumbrota Care
Center ($312,000), O’Brien
Blading ($14,856), Agri-Tech Industrial ($29,000), and a permit
for the installation of a 20 kilowatt solar energy system on agricultural land ($12,000). The other
commercial permits included reroofing projects at the former Evergreen Bowling Alley, which has
been purchased by Zumbrota Bearing and Gear to expand their business, and Concast.
New business and building purchases also occurred in 2014.
Gerken’s Feed and Seed purchased
the former Wedge Lumber building and opened their Farm and
Garden Store. Bela Va Boutique
moved from the former Bakery
Barn to a location downtown. Also
new to the downtown area is Luya
Shoes and Other Fine Things. The
total revenue for building permits
in 2014 came in at $2,952,372 with
the bulk of that coming from twelve
new single-family building per-

mits ($2,035,606).
Aside from all the expansions
and revenue coming into the city,
the EDA reported that there are a
number of outstanding loans to
the city. The EDA administers a
local Revolving Loan Fund (RLF),
which had a year-end balance of
$154,625.81. Due to the outstanding loans, at the end of the year
the EDA was owed $185,569.79.
The loans that have yet to be repaid to the EDA/RLF include
Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District, Main Street Laundromat,
Crossings at Carnegie, and Custom Iron.
The EDA passed five resolutions in 2014. They included: support for a MN Department of
Employment and Economic Development Small Cities Development Program grant application
(Res. 14-01), allocating $50,000
to Zumbrota Area Arts Council
for State Theatre improvements
(Res. 14-02); support for a Minnesota Legacy Program grant application for a Pioneer Trailhead
facility and Visitor Center (Res.
14-03); support for bonding requests on behalf of the Goodhue
Pioneer Trail (Res. 14-04); and
decertifying Fairview tax increment financing (TIF) district (Res.
The EDA assisted in community-wide activities that support
tourism, community involvement,
and promotion of the town. These
included $800 towards the “Rock
the Block” event, hosting an American Independent Business Association (AMIBA) workshop along
with Bank of Zumbrota, with each
chipping in $600 a piece, Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, and the Southerm Minnesota
Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for
a Community Growth Initiative
project to help promote the region
as a whole, along with numerous
communities around the Rochester area.
At one point during the meeting council member Tina Hostager
addressed the rest of the council
to ask, “How can we be proactive
in boosting commercial and residential development in Zumbrota?” This prompted discussion
with Mayor Rich Bauer explaining that this is “always a balancing act.” City Administrator Neil
Jensen responded, “Zumbrota is
one of the few small towns around

here that has a fairly full downtown area with a variety of businesses to offer residents.” Bauer
also said that it is not the city
council’s job to actively advertise
the city. Rather, the city of Zumbrota, its low cost of living compared to other areas, what the city
has to offer, the sense of community, and low taxes should speak
for themselves.
Despite this, the EDA promotes
the community to prospective
business and visitors as well. They
boast that Zumbrota is located
along TH 52 and TH 58, home to
Minnesota’s only remaining original Covered Bridge and trailhead
to the Goodhue Pioneer Recreational Trail. Thus, Zumbrota offers numerous opportunities for
visitors seeking a short day-trip
outing or a vacation destination.
The EDA also sponsors a community brochure highlighting
many of these features and listing
the businesses that offer meals,
lodging, entertainment, shopping,
etc. In addition, advertising and
promotional sponsorships have
space in the publication “Explore
Minnesota” which showcases
Zumbrota’s community and events.
King concluded with a report
of the action plan for 2015. The
report lists five main focus areas
for the city of Zumbrota as the
Goodhue Pioneer Trail, housing,
redevelopment opportunities, commercial/industrial development,
and communication/awareness
For anyone interested in voicing opinions and suggestions or
wanting to stay informed on EDA
decisions for the city, they meet
on the third Wednesday of every
month at 7 a.m. at Zumbrota City

"The Power That Made
The Body, Heals The Body"

Troy Higley, D.C.
Palmer Graduate

404 Main St., Zumbrota


December 15
6:50 a.m. – An officer responded
to a business alarm.
10:14 a.m. – The Veterans Administration asked for an officer to do a
welfare check on a patient.
7:22 p.m. – A male was arrested
for domestic assault.
December 16
7:37 a.m. – An officer unlocked a
10:06 a.m. – An officer responded
to a medical assist with a female feeling dizzy and weak, possibly due to
high blood pressure.
10:24 a.m. – A male reported a
credit card fraud on his deceased
mother’s account.
12:17 p.m. – Zumbrota-Mazeppa
High School reported finding some
suspicious pills at the school.
December 17
7:42 a.m. – A dog was found and
returned to its owner.
8:55 a.m. – A female reported a
burglary of her garage. Homemade
treats including cookies, cupcakes,
caramel corn were taken. She was

home when the theft occurred.
8:57 a.m. – An officer unlocked a
11:01 a.m. – Custom Iron reported
screwdriver marks on a door. Nothing was missing.
4:26 p.m. – An officer stopped a
vehicle. The subject was arrested for
driving after revocation and transported to Pine Island.
6:07 p.m. – A phone message was
received of finding a cat. The officer
called back and left a message stating
that the police department does not
collect cats.
7:48 p.m. – An officer stood by
while a business closed for the night.
December 18

for no proof of insurance.
6:50 p.m. – A female reported
that while she was in a grocery
store a male in a vehicle was on
his computer. She felt that he was
trying to hack into her remote key
system to break into her car.
7:52 p.m. – An officer stood by
while a business was closing.

officer and ambulance for a male
who had a bite to eat and a cocktail and was then sitting in the
booth drooling. The male was extremely intoxicated and was transported to a hospital.
9:13 p.m. – A female was dizzy,
throwing up, dehydrated, and weak.
She was transported to Red Wing.

December 19

12:47 p.m. – SuperAmerica reported a gas drive-off.
1:11 p.m. – A two vehicle accident was reported and was blocking traffic.
5:13 p.m. – An officer assisted
with a civil stand by.
9:06 p.m. – A male reported
that he was having severe pain in
the back of his legs.

December 22
7:28 a.m. – An officer watched
school crosswalks.
10:14 a.m. – A male reported that a
plastic shed had been stolen.
11:12 a.m. – A male reported that
he was unable to get a hold of his
2:20 p.m. – $25 in gas was collected from a church fund.
2:28 p.m. – A male reported that
his stepdaughter had moved back in
and would not contribute around the
3:16 p.m. – An officer unlocked a
7:24 p.m. – A male needed to give
his wife some child care money and
needed an officer.
8:46 p.m. – The police department
received information regarding the
location of a female who had a warrant. She was arrested on a body only
December 23

December 20
9:52 a.m. – A male reported that
someone was attempting to kick in
the door to his apartment.
2:09 p.m. – An officer assisted with
a funeral escort
7:58 p.m. – An officer stood by
while a store was closing for the
10:40 p.m. – A female reported
that someone had pried her car window open and her purse and lunch
bag were stolen.
11:23 p.m. – A female called 911
screaming an address and stated that
her brother was being beat up. Another party at the residence was ar7:15 a.m. – A minor accident
rested for 911 interference and as- was reported by Grover Auto with
no injuries.
December 21
2:11 p.m. – SuperAmerica re-

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8:49 p.m. – A male requested
an officer stand by while he retrived
his property.
11:20 p.m. – A male was lying
on the sidewalk.
11:42 p.m. – A female requested
to speak to an officer regarding

3:31 a.m. – A female reported
that a male had texted her stating
that he was in the woods with a
chain and a knife.
10:12 a.m. – A driver sped off
after being approached. He was
located by South St. Paul police
and was arrested on a felony complaint warrant. An officer met St.
1:15 a.m. – A female reported
Paul police in Cannon Falls.
11:35 a.m. – An officer sat in an that someone was banging on her
interview with Social Services re- daughter’s window.
2:43 a.m. – A driver was argarding an abuse.
1:17 p.m. – A driver was cited rested for 4th degree DWI.
4:58 p.m. – Wally’s Covered
Bridge Restaurant requested an

From Our Files

ported a male had forgotten his
wallet on the counter.
4:51 p.m. – A driver was warned
for not having lights on.
5 p.m. – Bank of Zumbrota reported an audible burglar alarm at
the employee entrance.


ZUMBROTA – Crossings
brings Robby Vee & his Rock-nRoll Caravan, featuring Strings &
Things violin players, to the State
Theatre for a concert full of love
songs and rock-n-roll. “True Love
Ways: A Valentine’s Day Concert with Robby Vee,” is Saturday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Combine the concert with a dinner at Bridget’s Café and receive
a free glass of wine with dinner.
“True Love Ways,” is hosted
by second generation rocker & Canadian Rockabilly Hall of Famer
Vee, “The Prince Of Twang.” Vee
was born Robert Velline and named
after his father Bobby Vee. He
has been performing his unique
style of rock-n-roll music for years
on stages across the globe.
Couples wishing to enjoy a
Valentine’s Day dinner before the
concert can call Bridget’s Café
for reservations beginning at 5 p.m.,
and given every half hour after
that. Dinner will feature walleye,
chicken or steak, and children’s
prices also will be available.
Having been on tour with the
legends and architects of rock-nroll, he has learned from, and shared
credits and stages with, James
Burton, Carl Perkins, Albert Lee,
Little Richard, the Everly Broth-


20 Years Ago
February 8, 1995

Cafe, the occasion being the birthday anniversaries of Mr. Bakko
Jill and Jennifer Froyum per- and Mrs. Cardinal, which occurred
formed at the Eagles Cancer Tele- January 25 and 29, respectively.
70 Years Ago
thon on January 29 in Rochester.

ous illness of the latter’s mother,
Mrs. E.W. Drake. *** E.O.
Underdahl of Minneapolis visited
last Thursday with friends in
Wanamingo. *** Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn Hoven and sons were visiFebruary 8, 1945
40 Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vandiver left tors Sunday afternoon and evening
February 6, 1975
A heavy snowfall didn’t stop Monday morning for Rocheport, at the Lars Hjermstad home.
friends of Bill Hermann and John Missouri, called there by the seriDeere from turning out for Farming Frontier Days at Hermann
Implement last Tuesday. *** Laura
Perrett was elected president of
the Wanamingo Historical Society on January 20. *** Mr. and
Mrs. LuVerne Johnson and Gayle
were Sunday dinner guests at the
home of Mrs. Ruth Fletcher in

50 Years Ago
February 4, 1965
Mrs. Melvin Greseth observed
her birthday anniversary on Friday with a group of ladies at her
home. *** Mr. and Mrs. Alf
Hjermstad were Sunday dinner
guests at the Edward Dinger home
in Elmwood, Wisconsin. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Oscar Bakko entertained
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cardinal and
family of Minneapolis and Mr.
and Mrs. Gary Bakko and Twila
at a dinner Sunday at the Edgewood

Robby Vee Band to
perform love songs
for Valentine’s Day

WANAMINGO, 1975 – In three day-long classes held in January, seven
fledging artists learned about Norwegian rosemaling. Seated, from left
to right, are Minda Hjortaas, Betty Henderson, Sandy Glestad, Sharon
Swenson, and Laura Perrett; standing are Rachel Myran, Monie Redfield,
and instructor Ruth Tongen of Rochester.

20 Years Ago
February 8, 1995
Corinne Schwartau of the Belle
Creek Peppy Peppers 4-H Club
was named the February Junior
Leader of the Month by the Red
Wing Noon Time Kiwanis. She is
the daughter of Chuck and Carol
Schwartau of Goodhue. *** Student of the Week is Brent Diercks,
sophomore son of Gary and Phyllis
Diercks. *** Corey Ryan, third
grade son of Paul and Vicky Ryan,
was named honorable mention for
his essay in the Tobacco Free DDay writing contest that he entered last November.

40 Years Ago
February 6, 1975

California, is spending a week with
his mother, Mrs. Minnie Peper of
Bellechester. *** Otto Drenckhahn
will retire from the Goodhue Post
Office on Saturday, after serving
in that position since his appointment by Harry S Truman in 1947.

60 Years Ago
February 3, 1955
BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Pirius (Florence Bergren) of Red
Wing, a son, on January 29; Mr.
and Mrs. Marvin Holst, a son, on
January 31. *** Mr. and Mrs. Pete
Perotti were Sunday night visitors at the Art Buck home. ***
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Diercks
were callers at the Peter Allers
home Sunday evening.

70 Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Majerus,
February 8, 1945
Melissa, and Marc of Rochester
were Saturday company of Mrs.
A telegram from the war deMonica Majerus.
partment yesterday announced the
death of Private Joe Redding, son
50 Years Ago
of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Redding
February 4, 1965
BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. Lyle of Bellechester. He had arrived in
Dankers of Wanamingo, a son, on France a short time ago. *** Mr.
February 1; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon and Mrs. Leroy Thiemann of Red
Mills, a daughter, on January 25; Wing spent the week at the Jacob
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ryan, a Theimann home. *** Kenneth
daughter, Janet Leigh, on January Weindorf was home from Dr. M.L.
27. *** Harold Peper of Lafayette, College, New Ulm, visiting his
folks over the weekend.

January 20, Lori and Stuart Weis
entertained her parents, Gordon
Sara Stafford has been named and Pat Anderson, in honor of Pat’s
to the fall semeseter dean’s list at birthday.
Bethany Lutheran College in
40 Years Ago
Mankato. She is the daughter of
February 6, 1975
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stafford. ***
Wes Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Matthew Hausken has been named Kenneth Cook, has been named
to the fall semester dean’s list at Pine Island High School’s Betty
Augsburg College. He is the son Crocker Family Leader of Tomorof Reverend Terje and Barb row. *** Richard Heimberg was
Hausken. *** The Pine Island Li- the overall winner in the Cub Scout
ons Club recently honored Andy Pinewood Derby on January 27.
Moon as Student of the Month.
Second place was Kevin Nelson
30 Years Ago
and third was Carl Vettel. ***
January 30, 1985
Donnie Hofstad spent the weekTwylla Geise has been named end with his sister and brother-inStudent of the Month, represent- law, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Petering the vocational agriculture de- son, at Zumbrota.
partment. *** BORN TO: Dr. and
50 Years Ago
Mrs. Joel Swan, a daughter, Anna
February 4, 1965
Louise, on January 27. *** On
Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Parkin of
Rochester were luncheon guests

GOODHUE 1975 – Nancy Gerdes
has been named Goodhue High
School 1975 Betty Crocker Family
Leader of Tomorrow.


20 Years Ago
February 8, 1995

ers, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric
Clapton, Dion, The Righteous
Brothers, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Dick Clark and his ‘Caravan
of Stars Rock ‘N’ Roll Show,’ and
many more.
Vee is known for combining
elements of his vast repertoire and
telling stories that bridge the generation gap from the roots of rockn-roll to the new sounds of Americana music of today. As an entertainer with six studio records to
his name, countless guest artist
credits, and a history of extensive
touring, Vee has captured the attention of audiences and respected
industry professionals both nationally and internationally.
Claude Hall, radio-TV editor of
Billboard Magazine writes, “If this
guy had been around during the
era of Elvis, he would have given
Elvis a run for his money.”
Vee is currently touring to audiences worldwide with his “Rockn-Roll Caravan Show,” featuring
the Strings & Things violin section. The Caravan Show pays tribute to the golden era of rock n’ roll
with a tip of the hat to his father
Bobby Vee and music legend
Buddy Holly. This featured segment pays tribute to his father’s
legacy that includes video, stories
and top charting hits such as “Take
Good Care of My Baby,” “The
Night Has a Thousand Eyes,”
“Rubber Ball,” “Devil or Angel,”
“Run To Him,” “Come Back When
You Grow-up Girl,” “Love You
More Then I Can Say,” and others.
To reserve tickets, visit,
stop in to Crossings at 320 East
Avenue in Zumbrota or call 507732-7616. For dinner reservations,
call Bridget’s Café at 507-7324646.

of Mrs. Edwin Deveney on
Wednesday. *** Mr. and Mrs.
Donn Feigal, Kari and Peter, attended the production of “My Fair
Lady” in Minneapolis on Friday.
*** Mr. and Mrs. Paul Askegaard
and daughter, of Hopkins, were
weekend houseguests of Mrs. Earl

10 Years Ago
January 26, 2005

For 16 years, Dorothy Lohmann was a volunteer in Zumbrota’s
Hospice program. The local program ceased with the closing of
the Zumbrota Hospital in April of
2003. Dorothy is now a member
of the Fairview Red Wing Hospice volunteer group. *** Tomine
60 Years Ago
Erredge, a Luther sophomore from
February 3, 1955
Zumbrota, is a College CompleBartley Miller observed his 94th tion Challenge Grant recipient of
birthday at the home of his son $1,100.
20 Years Ago
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
January 25, 1995
William Miller, on Saturday. ***
Roberta Lee, Dr. PH RN, a proEmil and George Quall were Saturday night supper guests at the fessor at the University of Texas
Gilman Hofstad home. *** Mrs. Medical Branch at the Galveston
School of Nursing and School of
Earl Hayward and son Roger were Public Health, was recently inin Rochester on Saturday. The ducted as a Fellow in the prestiformer received her discharge at gious American Academy of Nursthe Mayo Clinic.
ing. Dr. Lee is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Merlin Lee of Zumbrota.
*** On Friday, students in Mrs.
Gabrielson’s secondgrade class at
Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary
School had a visitor. John Marvin
came to talk to the class about his
work as a police officer with the
Rochester Police Department.

40 Years Ago
January 23, 1975

weekend with Mrs. Betty Zielsdorf.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berg and
and Tammy returned home Saturday night after vacationing in the
South for three and one-half weeks.
*** Mrs. Einar Lomen is showing
her spinning skills to the children
of the Rocking Horse Academy
in Red Wing this week. *** Dr.
and Mrs. David Maas and family
visited with his parents Mr. and
Mrs. Vern Maas from Friday
through Monday. *** Mr. and Mrs.
Keith Krier and family of Wanamingo were Sunday visitors with
his parents Mr. and Mrs. Norbert
Krier. *** Mr. and Mrs. Donald
Thompson and family of St. Paul
were Sunday dinner guests at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Thompson. *** Mr. and Mrs. Mike
Utecht visited and spent the evening
with Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Klingsporn in Pine Island on Saturday. *** Mr. and Mrs. Alvin
Nordvold recently returned from
a three week vacation in and around
Orlando and St. Petersburg,
Florida. *** Mr. and Mrs. Steve
Zielsdorf of St. Paul spent the

50 Years Ago
January 21, 1965
Mrs. Mike Ryan and Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred Perry and children
were Sunday evening dinner guests
of Mrs. Annette Nei in Goodhue.
*** Mrs. Myrtle Mickelson, Carol
and Ronnie, and Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Nygren and children were
Sunday afternoon visitors at the
Oswald Torkelson home in rural
Wanamingo. *** Mr. and Mrs.
Emil Miller helped their grandson, Mike Myran celebrate his 10th
birthday on Sunday night. Other
relatives at the Richard Myran
home were the Joe Rude family.
*** Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Knutson
of LeSueur, were Sunday afternoon visitors and supper guests at
her parents Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Brunner. *** Mr. and Mrs. Robert Post, Sr. left yesterday by train
from Red Wing for Chicago where
she is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Franklin
Lee. *** The curtains will be drawn
for about a month on the Hiebel
Barber Shop while Jack and his
wife are vacationing in Florida.

30 Years Ago
January 23, 1985
Dr. and Mrs. Keith Wold, Dr.
and Mrs. John Wilkinson, Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Hoganson and Pastor
and Mrs. Wayne Radke attended
the ordination service for Nancy
Monke on Sunday at Our Savior’s
Lutheran Church in Faribault. ***
Dr. and Mrs. Roger Madison, Brett
and Brian left by plane Saturday
for Orlando, Florida. Dr. Madison attended the Eastern States
Veterinary Convention. The family visited Disney World, Sea
World and the Kennedy Space
Center during their stay. *** Four
tables of 500 were played at the
Zumbrota Senior Citizens card
PINE ISLAND, 1985 – Diamond Press, a printing division of the Pine Island Record, Mazeppa Journal, party on Tuesday evening. WinWanamingo Progress, and Goodhue County Tribune recently moved its offices to Pine Island and is now ners of prizes were Elaine Friedrich, ZUMBROTA, 1975 – From left to right, Mrs. Barbara Boraas, Dr. Robert
located in the former Chevrolet Garage on Main Street. From left to right are Steve Campbell, Linda Idella Guenther, Aanard Hinrichs, Thompson, and Mrs. Jan Befort will staff the Zumbrota Health Facility.
Dr. Thomas Harman will join the trio at a later date.
Campbell, Sue Glamm, and Lynn Glamm, the proprietors of Glamm-Campbell and Diamond Press.
and Ed Guenther.



$15,000 from Ohnstad among
many donations made to KW School
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Ohnstad was a teacher with the
Kenyon-Wanamingo School District many years ago. She recently
presented the district with a $15,000
donation to be used toward educational materials for students.
Principal Matt Ryan said he had
the pleasure of spending some time
with Ohnstad and discovered that
they both taught in the same classroom in Wanamingo. Ryan said
the elementary building would use
a portion of the funds to purchase
a technology cart with more devices for students to use.

The KW Education Foundation
donated $120.90 in books for students.
In December, the board accepted
a $10,000 donation from the
Wanamingo Community Fund for
the new softball field. The KW
Education Foundation made three
donations: $1,300 for an iMac
computer for the elementary school
music program, $1,200 for a tuba
for the middle/high school band,
and $120.60 in First Books for
students in grades PreK-4. The
KW Girls Basketball Boosters
donated $294.20 for a girls uniform storage cabinet. The Molitor
Other donations
Brothers Farm donated $200 to
Also in January, Arlyn and the KW FFA program. The Class
Mardelle Johnson donated $1,500 of 2012 donated $120, and the KW
for a scholarship fund in memory Baseball and Softball Boosters each
of Donald and Laurie Johnson.

Finalists in the Goodhue Spelling Bee on January 29 are, from left to right, Colin Warren, second place; Chris
Poncelet, first; and Conor O’Reilly, third.

Poncelet wins Spelling Bee
GOODHUE – The Goodhue
District Spelling Bee was held
Thursday, January 29, at 1:15 p.m.
It took six rounds to reduce the
field of sixteen participants to two.
Those finalists, Chris Poncelet and
Colin Warren, settled the match
when Poncelet correctly spelled
“veracity” and “gung ho.” 73 total words were used in the competition.
As first place winner, Poncelet,
the eighth grade son of Pete and
Regina Poncelet, gets to select four

books at the book fair. Second place
winner Warren, eighth grade son
of Scott and Kathy Warren, gets
to select three books. Third place
winner Conor O’Reilly, seventh
grade son of Cliff and Nikki
O’Reilly, gets to select two.
All participants received a coupon for a free pizza from the Country Station.
The other thirteen competitors
Grade 5 – Darby Miller, Claire

Grade 6 – Kathryn Evans, Kelby
Heitman, Richard Husband,
Nayela Jimenez Parra
Grade 7 – Becca Alpers, Levi
Anderson, Christian Chavez,
Makaya King, Sam Opsahl
Grade 8 – Carter Danielson,
Carson Benda
Poncelet will be representing
Goodhue at the Regional Spelling Bee in Rochester at the Southeast Service Cooperative Conference Center on Tuesday, February 10 at 1 p.m.

Senator Schmit reports
to Goodhue City Council
By R.D. Aaland
GOODHUE – State Senator
Matt Schmit reported to the council on Wednesday, January 28, on
the legislative accomplishments
for the past year. He was proud of
how the state has turned a $3 billion budget problem into a $1.2
billion surplus. He said most of
the state has experienced an economic recovery, although rural
Minnesota has been lagging.
One of Schmit’s personal goals
is to see the the state and local
governments have a smooth, working relationship. In the past year
much of the emphasis was on tax
cuts and education; this year the
legislature will focus on rural housing and transportation. He was
proud of the fact that the Mayo
Clinic will be adding 30,000 new
In a question and answer session, the senator was asked to
clarify the “50-foot buffer
strip.” Governor Mark Dayton has
said he wants a minimum 50-foot
buffer strip protecting every stream,
drainage ditch, and river in the

state. He said his proposal would
create 125,000 acres of habitat for
pheasants, pollinator insects, and
other wildlife, as well as reduce
runoff. Schmit could offer little
additional information at this time,
as the governor has not given more
details to the legislature. Schmit
did say that there would be a bill
purposing a gas tax hike and he
will support it. He said, “The roads
in Minnesota are in bad shape.”
Safety concern

Mayor Kerry Bien said he had
talked to Mitzi Bjork, the owner
of the building formerly known
as Doc Sawyer’s, about a broken
window. There has been a concern that if the wind would blow
that a piece of glass from the window might harm someone on the
Bjork said that she had contacted
a glass company and it would be
fixed. The council gave her until
March 1 to accomplish this.
Volksfest requests

Alex Dicke, representing the

Goodhue Jaycees, requested and
was granted a liquor license for
Volksfest, June 12-13. He also
requested permission to set up the
stage on that Thursday evening
rather than Friday morning. The
council tabled this request, so they
could talk to businesses that might
be affected. Dicke said that they
are well on their way to having
two great nights of music lined up
for the festival.
Other business

The engineer’s report by Andy
Brandel was brief. The contractor is making progress on the bath
house and the Third Street project
is on hold until spring, when the
final paving will be done and drainage issues handled. He also reported that a culvert to extend
Broadway would cost approximately $150,000.
The council voted to change its
meeting starting time to 6:45
p.m. The council still plans to meet
at 5 p.m. during Lent.
The next meeting will be at 6:45
p.m. on Wednesday, February 11.

KW approves committee assignments
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO – At the January 26 Kenyon-Wanamingo
School Board meeting, board
members Doug Kyllo, Debb
Paquin, Karla Bauer, Jeremy
Lerfald, Jennifer Smith, and
Marilyn Syverson discussed committee assignments. Greg Dotson
was absent from the meeting. After lengthy discussions, board committee appointments were approved as follows:
Administrative Committee –
Bauer, Syverson, Dotson
Building and Grounds – Paquin,
Dotson, Kyllo
Certified/Non-Certified Negotiations – Bauer, Kyllo, Lerfald
Community Education – Paquin,
Smith, Syverson
District Advisory/Curriculum –
Bauer, Syverson, Smith
Goodhue County Education
District – Bauer, alternate Kyllo
KW Education Foundation –

Finance – Syverson, Smith,
School Policy – Bauer, Paquin,
Wasioja Education Technology
Cooperative – Syverson, Dotson
Technology – Bauer, Lerfald
The following committees will
be assigned representatives as
needed when business arises: Ag
Advisory Council, Food Service,
Minnesota State High School
League/Coaching Evaluations,
Transportation, and Wellness
KW Athletic Hall of Fame

Principal Matt Ryan gave an
overview of the new KW Athletic
Hall of Fame and efforts of the
committee to establish it. Members of the committee are Activities Director Randy Hockinson,
retired coach Steve Alger, current
coach Jen Nerison, former athlete
Todd Greseth, and school administrator Matt Ryan.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch
KENYON – At the January 26
Kenyon-Wanamingo School
Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff
Evert said Gary Kuphal and Bruce
Klaehn have submitted an
overview of the services they will
provide in the search for a new
superintendent, and a contract with
them was signed. A timelines was
set for the search, and legal
responsibilities of the board
regarding data privacy were
Kuphal and Klaehn recommended the district use AppliTrack
Recruiting, an online application
program. The Southeast Service
Cooperative, an agency the district is associated with, has the
program available for $800. A
motion by Marilyn Syverson, seconded by Debb Paquin, to approve

LEGO robotics team presents to school board


Business Manager Dan
Schroeder reported that the school
is still organizing its finances. The
revised budget for 2014-15 will
be ready to present at the February board meeting, and the 201516 preliminary budget will be available in June.

Superintendent Mike Redmond
reported that the community education department is responsible
for persons or groups using school
district facilities, services, and
equipment. To follow the guidelines established by the state auditor, anyone using these facilities “may be charged and an invoice of charges will be sent to
the user. Users of school district
facilities, services, and equipment
belong to one of the categories
“Category 1: School district
groups, school district sponsored
groups, and school district affiliated groups. No fees will be
“Category 2: Local groups that
are public, civic, and/or service
organizations; non-profits; political
organizations; private clubs such
as traveling sports teams and

Community education guidelines

booster clubs; for-profit organizations; commercial businesses;
and religious organizations,
etc. Fees will be charged and proof
of liability naming Goodhue Public Schools as an additional insured is required.”
High school principal’s report

High School Principal Mike
Harvey reported a change for students who are failing in a class
and field trips. A failing student
now may go on the trip with the
permission of the classroom
teacher. Harvey also requested that
the seventh and eighth grade classes
be returned to quarterly grading
instead of semesters.
The Professional Learning Community (PLC) leadership/structure
has a focus to discuss the four
“essential questions of learning”:
1. Academic – Meet with two
bigger groups. All core teachers
together (math, English, social

Ms. Jodie Alpers explains the LEGO robotics program at the January 26 Goodhue School Board meeting
while members of the Goodhue Gladiators team look on. From left to right are Emily Doerhoefer, Alex Nelson,
Anika Schafer, and Kam Zetah.

Categories for induction include
athlete, coach, administrator/athletic director, and booster/supporter. Nomination forms are on
the school website under the “Athletics” tab or can be obtained from
the school office. Forms must be
received by April 1 for consideration this year.
Names will be announced at
Homecoming, with an induction
ceremony the following night.
Ryan said, “We’re really excited
about this and looking forward to
this fall and nominations coming
Other business

The KW Community Education
policy was presented to the board
for review. Director Kris Kincaid
said a new budget committee was
established. They will be reviewing programs and fees.
Superintendent Jeff Evert said
the district goals need to be revamped to adopt policies.

Update given on KW School
superintendent search
the cost of obtaining the program
carried 6-0.
A special meeting to gather input
for the superintendent search was
held Tuesday, February 3, at the
middle/high school in Kenyon.

Lane change requests were approved for Jan Strand and Darin
Walling from a master’s to a
MA+10; and Tanya Short from a
bachelor’s to BA+10. All were
effective January 15.

Sick leave bank approved

Administrative reports

A request that a sick leave bank
for use in emergency situations
was approved. Staff members could
donate their sick leave time to the
bank. It would be stored until drawn
on by a staff member who runs
out of sick leave in an emergency
The teachers’ Education Association union agreed with the concept. Jennifer Smith made a motion to approve a sick leave bank
creation with Evert to administer
detail and for the Policy Committee to develop language for its use.
The motion, seconded by Doug
Kyllo, carried unanimously.

Interim principal for 7-12, Jeff
Pesta, said he surveyed staff to
hear their most important priorities to complete before the end of
the school year. This information
will determine his focus during
the next four months. Thirty-four
students from KW participated in
the FCCLA regional meeting and,
of those, 28 advanced to state competition. Seven to eight high school
students planned to attend a field
trip to Mayo Clinic on January
K-6 Principal Matt Ryan said
Krista Swanson’s kindergarten
class completed their letter people
curriculum. In honor of this the
students made paper bag vests featuring a letter and decorated with
the help of their families. A parade was then held in the elementary school hallways.
Fourth-graders Skyped with
members of the high school band
in preparation for their concert.
Fifth-graders had their annual trip
to Welch Village for skiing. A K6 staff in-service day was held on
January 26. Ryan said highlights
of the first six months of the year
included the Title I monitoring visit
last winter that resulted in tightened up and more positive procedures being put in place. The fifth
and sixth grade combination class
that was created this year had a
smooth transition and positive feedback was received from staff, parents, and students. Ryan said the
new staff members hired this year
have been a good fit and are bringing great new ideas forward.
Student representative on the
board Ellyn Beulke welcomed
interim principal Pesta. Snow
Week has been renamed “Sweets
Week” this year.
The next regular school board
meeting is Monday, February 23,
at 7 p.m. in Kenyon.

Google Summit

By R.D. Aaland
GOODHUE – Four members
of the Lego robotics team put on a
display for the Goodhue School
Board members at the Monday,
January 26, meeting. Ms. Jodie
Alpers said that the first year of
robotics was a great success. The
team went to Eagan where they
participated with 28 other teams
and finished third, taking home
the Judges Award. There were
twelve students who were part of
the team known as the Goodhue

donated $60, toward the softball
and baseball records board.
Principal Ryan said several
church groups donated outerwear
for students, and Taher Food Service supported families in the district by donating Thanksgiving
meal kits to many families in need.
The KW third-graders collected
and delivered donations to the
Kenyon Food Shelf in December.
The school and food shelf are collaborating to provide food backpacks to students from families in
need of additional food support.
Ryan said the district is fortunate to have such generous support from the KW communities.
Superintendent Jeff Evert agreed.
All donations were accept with
gratitude by the KW School Board.

The staff development committee requested to send five teachers to the Google Summit in Grand
Forks, North Dakota, March 2022. The cost per staff member to
attend is $655. Evert noted that no
lodging reimbursement was requested and staff plan to carpool
to the summit. Total cost to the
district would be $3,275. A motion by Smith, seconded by Bauer,
to approve the request carried.

studies, science) and specialists
(music, family and consumer science, shop, art).
2. Behavior – Meeting as a large
group to discuss behavior/students.
3. Curriculum – Small subject
groups (science, math, music,
English, career readiness, social
Personnel changes
Heidi Hanson was hired as an
4. Data – Look at data around
quarter breaks/semester time and English teacher on January 16. Her
prorated annual salary for the year
ways to help students improve.
will be $20,304 based on a
Elementary principal’s report
Principal Mark Opsahl said, bachelor’s degree +30, step IV.
Retired teacher Sonia Tatge had
“We are in the process of investigating our math needs by looking been serving as a long-term subat our data. From there, we will be stitute English teacher. With
exploring our current math pro- Hanson hired, Tatge will serve as
gram along with other curriculums. a mentor from January 19 through
By April, the math team will come June 1. She will be paid $300 for
to the district site team to explain the assignment.
Jeff Pesta was hired on January
our process and will be delivering
our recommendation to this dis- 5 as an interim principal for grades
trict committee. The past two 7-12. His prorated annual salary
weeks our students took StarMath, for the year will be $48,754.50
StarReading, Aimsweb, Math based on Step IV of the princiFacts Assessments. These assess- pals’ master agreement.
ments are conducted three times a
year (fall, winter, spring) to mea- High School for twenty years. She
sure individual and grade level was a custodial worker and the
progress. For those students who person in charge of the laundry
fall short of the education district for the athletic teams.
benchmarks, we intervene with Other business
specific instruction and monitor
The school board approved:
these students and our instruction
• A trip to Washington D.C. in
on a weekly basis.”
November for the ninth grade
Opsahl also said that it has be• The first reading of wording
come apparent that the fourth grade changes to several policies
is in need of more keyboarding,
Goodhue became the third memso they will start this in the third ber to join in an adapted bowling
team with Cannon Falls and ZumRyan and Mann retire
brota-Mazeppa schools. Practice
The board accepted the retire- begins on March 2 at Nybo’s in
ment of Cynthia Ryan, who has Red Wing. The season ends with
been a paraprofessional for thirty- a state tournament on May 15.
three years. They also accepted the
The board also got a look at the
resignation of Mary Rose Mann, purposed school calendar for the
who has been a fixture at Goodhue 2015-16 school year.

on dairy farm near Goodhue.
We will be transitioning to
Robotic milking in early March.
Farm experience and computer
skills a plus. Possible housing
available in exchange for labor.

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