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Friday, October 16, 2015 Edition 10

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Focusing on Todays Rural Environment

A tale of two shacks

Schober,
Imdiekes find
solace in the
woods
By DIANE LEUKAM
Staff Writer

ELROSA In the beautiful setting of woods on a warm fall


day, a bright blue sky above yellow leaves rustling gently in the
breeze, one can almost feel the presence of John Schober. He
lived most of his adult life in solitude in a shack under those
trees.
Rollie Imdieke of rural Elrosa remembers Schober well and
can tell the tale of not one, but two shacks on a special piece of
land known to many in the area simply as the woods.
To him, theres no better place to be.
Im lucky I get to mow the lawn. It gives me an excuse
to come out here, said Imdieke, who along with his siblings
lays claim to a portion of the 600-some acres of woodland. Lake
George sits on the west side of the property, and according to
Imdieke, You wont see a more beautiful sunset anywhere.
SHACKS
continued on page 6

Kevin
Schumacher
has been
following his
hunting dogs
for 35 years

PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

Rollie and Kim Imdieke of Elrosa stand near the shore of Lake George, which abuts the land known
in the area as the woods. Above, left, this shack was built in 2003 by the Imdieke family, and is used for
family gatherings, as well as for hunting in the fall.

A man and his dog

By BRYAN ZOLLMAN
Staff Writer

He is your friend, your partner, your


defender, your dog. You are his life, his
love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful
and true, to the last beat of his heart. You
owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

- Unknown Author
Kevin Schumacher has two rules when
hunting pheasants. 1) Always follow your
dog. 2) See rule No. 1.
Some say hunting is less about shooting birds than it is finding peace, serenity,
and friendships amongst the prairie grass
and cornfields of the Midwest. Such is true
for Schumacher, a retired educator and
coach who has been hunting ever since he
got his first bird dog 35 years ago.
I had a college friend from Bemidji
who had a litter of Springer Spaniels, he
said. Thats when I started to learn what
pheasant hunting was all about.

SCHUMACHER
continued on page 4

PHOTO SUBMITTED
Kevin Schumacher of Sauk Centre, gun and dog in tow, walks the fields of Montana with Kodiak. Schumacher makes the
annual trip to Montana every year with friends. Kodiak is his fourth hunting dog.

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - Country Acres Page 3

Editors note: this column was published in the cy, Rose would have been concerned with the events
Oct. 30, 2014 issue of the Sauk Centre Herald. It is taking place.
reprinted here with minor additions to supplement I feel that Rose was just a lost soul, sad about
your Halloween experience in the country!
leaving her family and having them split up.
Early one September morning in 1994, I was in She was not our only ghost.
the garage getting my coveralls on to go milk
During those years, Amy remembers an old
cows. Suddenly, I heard a commotion. Melisman would often be standing next to the bed
sa, my oldest daughter who was 14 at the time,
in her room. He was seen numerous times by
was flying down the steps from upstairs in our
others as well, though I never saw him. He
old two-story farm house, screaming theres
was thought to be the kids great-grandpa.
something wrong with Shanna! Shanna was
Fast forward a bit to the spring of 2000. One
almost 6, a cute little dark-haired girl with a
morning I heard a woman crying in the house,
big smile that charmed everyone she encounand knew it was Rose. It was such a sad
tered.
sound, I was moved to get down on my knees
We ran up to her room and she was con- by Diane and ask God to please just take this poor lost
vulsing, unaware and gray. Amy, 12, who Leukam woman home to be with Him. A couple weeks
shared the bedroom with her, was completelater, the house burned. Im still not sure how
ly traumatized. We called 911 and waited for what to interpret that.
seemed like an eternity for the ambulance to come.
After the fire, my former sister-in-law, who had
Thankfully, she came to by the time they got grown up in the house, came out, and the first thing
there. We found out later it was a grand mal seizure, she asked me was, Is the ghost gone?
something wed never experienced. She had one I didnt know what to say, but days later, a group
more about a year later, but never after that, and noth- of guys were standing in the house (which hadnt
ing ever came up on any tests.
completely burned to the ground, though it later had
Ill never forget that event, and neither will Me- to be destroyed). Suddenly, they heard Rose crying.
lissa, though she has additional memories of the One of the young men said, Oh thats just the water
morning. When she heard Amy screaming in the next pipes. When he was told there was no water to the
room, she ran in to see what was wrong. In order to house, he turned white as a sheet.
get into the room, she had to go around a woman Coincidentally, back in 1917, the night before the
that was standing in the hall. She was wearing a long Minettes were to move onto the farm, the house that
nightgown and had her hair up in a bun.
was there burned to the ground. The Minettes then
That woman was more than likely the ghost of built the house where the men stood in 2000, listenMrs. Rose Minette, who during the winter sometime ing to Rose cry.
between 1922-24, passed away in that house after That summer, a new house was built on the same
giving birth to a little girl, Rose Ann. Her husband, spot, and I only remember one time feeling a presEdward, placed baby Rose in bed between two sib- ence there. The story goes that after Id moved out,
lings to keep her warm. She survived, but from what the dad of the family living there kept hearing people
I hear, the family really didnt. The kids were split running around the house. Hed get mad at his kids,
up and raised by other people. Eventually, baby Rose because they were supposed to be sleeping. After rebecame Sister Mary Rose and ended up in Califor- alizing they were indeed sleeping, he found himself
nia. She passed away on Aug. 5, 2013. One of her inquiring about ghosts. My guess is he wasnt happy
brothers, James, became Father and then Monsignor with the answers.
Minette. He passed away in 2004.
The reality is I could tell you many more stories
Anyway, on the morning of Shannas emergen- about encounters that happened on the farm and in

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wide awake and under the influence of nothing have
experienced. Generally, those encounters have been
quite neutral and nothing to be afraid of. But perhaps
you have stories of your own you could tell.
Halloween seems like a time for ghost stories. To
me, its just more proof that theres another dimension to life than the things we normally see.
Spooooooky!

PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM

The farmhouse during a painting project in the early


1980s. It was home to at least one ghost, who made herself known on numerous occasions, including after the
house burned in 2000.

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Great Fall Deals

SCHUMACHER continued from front

AT THE GREENWALD FARM CENTER


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CIH 8920, FWA, 5300 hrs .........................$65,000


CIH 8930, 2 WD, 1800 hrs ........................$84,000
CIH 7230 Magnum, FWA, 3200 hrs ..........$76,000
CIH 7140, 2 WD, 9000 hrs. .......................$36,500
CIH 7130, 2 WD ........................................$42,000
CIH 5240 Maxxum, FWA, 6500 hrs. ..........$39,500
CIH 5130 Maxxum, FWA, 7800 hrs., nice .$36,500

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IH 5488, FWA ............................................$36,000


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IH 1566 w/cab & AC, new motor, nice ......$17,000
IH 1256, nice.............................................$17,500
IH 766 w/cab.............................................$10,500
IH 656, gas .................................................$6,500

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Now on his fourth dog, and hundreds


of birds later, Schumacher, who lives in rural Sauk Centre, is still an avid pheasant
hunter. And the one constant through all
those years has been a friendly companion
by his side. He remembers those early days
of hunting with his first dog, Mindy.
She was named after the Mork and
Mindy television show, which was hot at
the time, he said. It became an addiction
watching that dog run around.
Early on in his teaching career in Sauk
Centre, Schumacher would spend his fall
and early winter weekends with Mindy,
traipsing along the countryside in search
of the ever-elusive rooster. They formed a
strong bond, as most hunters and their dogs
do.
Springers are good little friends,
said Schumacher. She was pretty neat to
have.
Mindy was a flusher and Schumacher
got tired of trying to keep up and running
with a gun in his hand, so after Mindy had
passed, he opted to purchase a German
Wirehaired Pointer.
Its a tougher dog, he said. Its
a pointer and will retrieve on water, ice,
nothing affects it. Those dogs are incredible hunters.
When he purchased the German-bred
dog, his hunting picked up a notch. By this
time, he was more serious and started going on trips to Montana for their opener.
He would return home to Minnesota for
the state opener and then head to Iowa with
friends for the opener down there.
He named his second dog Grizzly.
That dog was incredible, he said.
We were in Medicine Lake when she was
only a year and a half old and she stuck
her nose into a porcupine. We were in the
middle of nowhere so there wasnt a vet
anywhere around. We pulled out what we
could, but there were still a lot of quills in
her. The next morning that dog pointed and
retrieved nine roosters in 90 minutes.
The next day they brought her to the
vet who pulled out 10 more quills.
Grizzly got older and Schumacher
bought another German Wirehaired Pointer and named it Polar.
Same breed, same kennel, he said.
That dog was an all around great retriever and family dog. The family really loved
her.
Having two dogs at a time was a lot
of fun for Schumacher, and made hunting
easy.
They could point those birds and
hold them, he said. Id just walk up there
and knew they would get up.
Kodiak came after Grizzly and Polar
(all his dogs are named after bears, with
the exception of Mindy), another German
Wirehaired, but from a different breeder
and kennel. Still, the dog has been a great
hunter and a companion for the past 12

years.
Shes getting old, but shes still running hard and jumping, said Schumacher.
Shes a good pointer, just not as intense as
the others.
Schumacher said the quality of hunting dogs is more nature than nurture, but
said every dog is different. As a former
science teacher, he believes more in the
breeding than the training, although training is a big part of developing a good hunting companion.
For training, Schumacher has used
Richard Walters, who has written books on
the subject, and Chad Heinz of Little Falls,
who he says is an up-and-comer in the dog
training business.
Schumacher remembers when Grizzly
was just a puppy and would sit outside in
the backyard and point at the chickadees
on the bird feeder.
Her genetics were incredible, he
said. You bring dogs like her into the field
and they make you look good. They make
you look like you have been training dogs
all your life.
In addition to being great hunting
companions, all four of Schumachers dogs
have been great family pets. Which makes
it tough when they need to be put down.
Its tough, said Schumacher. Its
about the memories. Theyve been there
all the time, whether hunting or swimming
with the kids in the lake.
When getting a hunting dog, Schumacher says it has to be a good family dog
first and a good hunting dog second. Fortunately for him and his family, he struck
gold with all four. With Kodiak 12 years
old, Schumacher is at that point where he
doesnt know if he will get another dog.
With his children grown, he and his wife of
34 years, Deb, travel more, making it difficult to keep a dog.
Its easier when you have kids, he
said.
When Kodiak goes, it will be another
difficult moment for the Schumacher family, especially for Kevin, who has spent the
most time with her working the fields of
Montana, Minnesota and Iowa. She will be
buried on the family property, close to the
other dogs that have come and gone, yet
provided lasting memories.
The coolest thing about hunting
pheasants is being out there in a monster
field, just yourself and your dog, he said.
The peace you feel is really neat. You never know what is going to happen or what
the dog is going to find. Maybe you shoot
a bird, maybe you dont. Maybe you see
some wildlife. Theres all kinds of things
that can happen in the field. And you can
walk for miles.
For Schumacher, the memories are
thick, and always will be a man, his
dog, and lots of great times.

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Ron was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2002,


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built in 2003, using wood taken from the property.
Ron passed away the following year, having lived
long enough to see his dream come to fruition.
The hunting shack is not big, but its big enough.
The main floor is a dining area with adjoining bunk
beds, along with a loft as another sleeping area. On
the wall below the loft is a sign carved into a crosscut
of a log that reads Imdieke Deer Camp, Est. 2003.
A crackling wood stove blows heat into the space,
providing comfort on cold fall and winter days.
Electricity is provided by a generator and water is
supplied from an old-fashioned hand pump outside.
And when the time comes, there is a log outhouse a
stones throw away from the shack.
The woods became a part of the Imdieke family
heritage through Bob Imdieke, who along with his
wife, Mary Ann, raised 13 children near Elrosa. Bob
loved the woods since he moved to the area with his
parents, Herman and Gertrude. The family had been
living in Meire Grove early on. When their priest told
them the land was cheap farther north near Bluffton,
they and several other families moved. They did
fine until the Great Depression, when the dry, rocky
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A monument in the woods near Elrosa marks the spot


where John Schomer lived in solitude for most of his
life.

back to the Elrosa area but the woods tugged at Bobs


heart, reminding him of his home in earlier years. As
an adult he purchased small parcels whenever the opportunity arose. Now his children and grandchildren
carry on that legacy.
Though the acreage is considered valuable for
recreational purposes today, that wasnt always the
case. In the early 1900s, it was first plotted out in
five-acre pieces that were used by area landowners as
sources of wood, whether for building, fence posts or
firewood. The trees are primarily ash, bass and maple
with some scattered white and red oak, as well as a
stand of quaking aspen. Many oaks that once stood
strong died in 1988, when a perfect storm of tent caterpillars, oak weevil and drought proved too much.
The Imdiekes hunting shack wasnt the first one
on the property. Long before they built theirs, John
Schobers shack stood just 30-some feet away. In his
younger days, Schobers beloved wife passed away
unexpectedly. Broken-hearted and alone, he retreated into the woods, where he stayed until he was an
old man. His shack was just that 8- by 10-foot, with
tin siding over cement board. Never intended to be
lived in, it was originally built for two men that were
trapping mink during the winter of 1938. Not far
from the shack, Schober had a garden and a tobacco
patch. He lived off the land, but didnt own it.
His living off the land is made evident in a story
that Rollie re-tells. At one time, Schober invited a
friend over for a dinner of raccoon. After their meal
was finished, Schober asked the friend how it tasted
and he said it was good. Schober asked him if he
knew what it was and he said of course, it was raccoon. Schober said no, he couldnt find any raccoon,
, it was skunk.
s Obviously, it wasnt the first time hed eaten
. skunk, Rollie said.
d On a similar note, some of Rollies earliest
memories are of going out to the woods and hunting
. squirrels and other animals with his dad. When asked
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n We ate them, he said. Squirrel is pretty good.
t Today, family photos along with photos of
Schober adorn a memory wall inside the Imdieke
, hunting shack. One shows Schober inside his shack
. along with two of Bob Imdiekes young sons, Tim
s and Todd, and Tims friend, Mark Weller. Fastened
. to the frame are pieces of shingles from his home,
a now long gone.
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Over eight miles of trails meander through various


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2004 on the spot where Schobers shack once stood


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around a style he commonly saw there. Tim passed
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For John Schober, the woods was a place to retreat to and work through his pain the best he could.
Walking through the beautiful trails, or sitting on the
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The woods holds a special place in the Imdiekes
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I just like the fact that its a beautiful, peaceful
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OSAKIS Technology, automation, running water and instant meals


are part of everyday life for many
people, but Jerry Hiltner lives his life
a little differently.
I keep it old fashioned, Hiltner
said. I like it that way.
When Hiltner isnt busy making
lunches at Holy Family School in
Sauk Centre, he lives a simple lifestyle using minimal electricity and no
plumbing on his farm near Osakis.
That lifestyle began when Hiltner
moved into the house 23 years ago.
It started out as a summer home
but eventually my family and I stayed
here because we liked it so much,
Hiltner said. We were the first outsiders to live in this house since the
original family left.
However, this house was unlike
any house he found in town. Although
it had electricity and the indoor
plumbing was installed, the plumbing
was not hooked up.
Water hasnt run through these
pipes in over 100 years, Hiltner said.
But that didnt faze Hiltner who
had been collecting antiques since
he was 14 years old and selling them
since he was 18.
The old lifestyle came natural to
me with the antiques being a big part
of my younger life, Hiltner said. I
actually didnt want the electricity.
Instead of hooking up the plumbing, Hiltner embraced it as an opportunity.

It was never a conscious decision to live like this, Hiltner said. I


just got more and more into it.
Now, with the exception of
electricity in the house, Hiltner has
stepped back in time in his day-to-day
life.
With no plumbing hooked up,
Hiltner pumps water from the cistern
for every-day use. He fetches drinking water from outside and brings it in
with pails.
Since there is no running water to
take a shower, Hiltner heats the cistern water in the old wood-burning
cook stove, puts it in the tub and takes
a sponge bath once or twice a day.
People used to do it all the time
until they got plumbing, Hiltner said.
I even have two different size antique portable tubs for my grandchildren when they visit.
The bathrooms in the house dont
have regular toilets, but rather a seat
with a pail or an invalid chair with a
pan that are emptied daily.
Its like an outhouse but inside,
Hiltner said.
Instead of a sink to wash his
hands in the bathroom, Hiltner uses a
bowl and pitcher with water to wash
his hands.

To keep up with his old-fashioned lifestyle, Hiltner even shaves
using shaving soap in a bowl, a brush
and an old safety razor.
When it comes to cooking, all
of Hiltners meals are cooked on the
old wood-burning stove with antique
dishes.
His meals dont consist of boxed

Friday, October 16, 2015 - Country Acres Page 9


macaroni and cheese or frozen pizzas,
but rather meals including homemade
noodles, breads or sauerkraut.
All of my meals are made from
scratch, Hiltner said.
Hiltner even renders his own lard
and makes his own butter.
I milk one or two cows by hand
and use the milk to make butter with
an antique butter churn, wood butter
bowl and paddle and butter molds,
he said.
Despite the availability of electricity, Hiltner puts his meals together
manually.
I dont use the fancy gadgets or
electric mixers to make my food,
Hiltner said. Im old school that
way.
The food that needs to be kept
cool is stored in a 1919 refrigerator
run off of electricity or an old icebox
in the pantry away from the heat of
the wood cooking stove in the kitchen.
I make my own ice for the ice
box and store it in an insulated ice
house with sawdust outside, Hiltner
said.
Laundry is also done the old-fashioned way in the washhouse. Hiltner
takes heated water from the stove and
pours it in his 1897 washing machine,
which is serrated inside and requires
Hiltner to use his arm and legs to agitate the water. He hangs his clothes
outside to dry and irons his clothes
with an old sad iron.
Im not interested in using anything automated, Hiltner said. It
works well on lace curtains or barn
jeans.
But during the winter months,
Hiltner uses the antique washing machine in the basement and hangs the
clothes in the kitchen or basement to
dry.
I have a line that runs the width
of the kitchen and hang things in there
where its warm, Hiltner said.

Although he does have a gas furnace to heat the house during the winter, Hiltner doesnt rely on that very
often despite the sub zero temperatures outside. The old wood-burning
cook stove and a wood furnace serve
as the heat sources for the house.
I actually use the gas furnace
very little, Hiltner said. With both
the stove and wood furnace running
and the thermostat set low, the gas
furnace hardly kicks in.
Each year, Hiltner chops enough
wood to fill one of his smaller buildings.

Hiltner manually agitates his 1897


washing machine in the washhouse.
Hiltner uses this washing machine to do
his laundry.

The old general store and post office, along with the hardware store, are two buildings Hiltner has moved onto his farm near
Osakis. These two buildings hold antiques Hiltner sells during most of the year.

Last year, I used three-quarters


of the wood in that building over the
whole winter, he said. It takes a lot
of wood to heat the house and cook.
Hiltner even uses an antique bed
warmer to warm his sheets before bed
when its cold out.
It works slick, Hiltner said.
Even with electricity in the house,
Hiltner prefers lighting the house with
his kerosene lamps, especially during
the wintertime.
His old-fashioned lifestyle extends beyond the house and into the
barn, where he hand milks his one or
two cows and uses the old manure
carrier on a rail.
I used to only have kerosene
lamps in there for lighting, but my son
insisted we put electricity in there five
years ago, Hiltner said.
Hiltner embraces his lifestyle no
matter what time of year it is, but for
him, the summers are the best.
Thats when I can really dig
into the old-fashioned lifestyle since
I dont work off the place during
that time, he said. I have plenty of
chores with my hobby farm to keep
me busy.
Besides living a simple lifestyle,
Hiltner also opens up several old
buildings he has brought onto his
place including an old school house
he restored to its former glory for
tours, along with his grandparents
house, the old general store and post
office from West Union, a hardware
store and a gypsy wagon he sells
antiques out of seven days a week
during the summer and on weekends
in the spring and fall.
He even opens his place up for
tours by appointment where he provides a homemade meal or snack to
the group. He also provides school
field trips.
Ive had over 3,000 students visit my farm. The schools tie it in with
their Laura Ingalls Wilder lessons,
Hiltner said. Ive had people from
all over the country come here. Its so
fun.
But no matter how busy he gets
with the tours and antique shop, Hiltner just enjoys living the old-fashioned lifestyle.
I enjoy it, Hiltner said. I take
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VWhat things do most people forget to do when they prep their tractors or
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Staff Writer

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holdup and a gunfight at the rural
Spring Hill ranch of Dan and Terri
Winter?
You bet your cowboy belt buckle.
But this time it wasnt during one
of the many Wild West events the Winters have held on their ranch, east of
Spring Hill.
It was one scene shot for the feature film Ice House (aka Red Ice).
And to top it off, Dan and Terri
were extras in the Sept. 25 day-long
filming. In a scene, Dan was one of
the two cowboys on horses, which was
right up his alley, who rode their horses down a wooded trail that intersected
with a trail the stagecoach was on to
stage a holdup. Terri was a passenger
in the stagecoach being held up.
They used our horses, our dogs,
our longhorn steers, our props and our
clothes, Dan said as he sat atop his
horse, Bud, during a break in filming as
director Steve Elbert talked with him
and Phil Watson, fellow cowboy, who
was petting Olivia, the horse he was
riding.
Members of the crew were busy
with their jobs, including two camera-

PHOTOS BY CAROL MOORMAN

Just like a scene out of a western, a stagecoach holdup was held utilizing wooded trails on Dan and Terri Winters rural Spring
Hill ranch. Dan, on a horse at right, was one of the cowboys in a holdup. The other cowboy was Phil Watson. Terri was inside
the stagecoach and in this photo is standing behind the other passenger, Randy Reynolds, both with their hands up. On the
stagecoach are Doug Taylor (left) and Randy Ehleringer.

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person. Inside a trailer on site, Elbert
could view scenes shot on a computer.
The main scene we shot was the
stagecoach holdup. We also shot two
short scenes in Dan and Terris ghost
town a wide shot of the stagecoach
moving across a hill as well as two
cowboys on horseback riding through
a ravine, Elbert said.
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Elbert was thrilled to
learn about the Winters ranch,
thanks to a family member
who has horses and knew the
Winters had done western
events at their ranch. Elbert
gave Dan a call and arranged a
time to meet him at the ranch.
I was so amazed that Dan
and Terri had nearly everything we needed to shoot an old
western scene horses, longhorn cattle, wardrobe, props
and guns, said Elbert, adding,
This was truly a dream come
true for this scene.
Dan said Elbert liked their
stagecoach, but it didnt have
original wheels, and Dan knew
of someone who had an authentic stagecoach, his friend
Doug Taylor, of Nisswa.
I told Steve, Hang on,
and I called up Doug and said
to him, You wanna be in a
movie? and he said, Hell,
ya, Dan said.
Doug brought his stagecoach and four horses to Dan
and Terris for the shoot.
Doug and his animal
wrangler, Cody, were great to
work with, Elbert said.
An added plus was that
Doug worked as a stuntman
for years in Los Angeles.
In one of our scenes, he is
shot and falls off of the stagecoach, Elbert said.
A short trailer for Ice
House, including the western

During a break in filming, director Steve Elbert discusses a scene with Phil Watson (left) and Dan
Winter.

scene, can be scene seen on


the website (www.newcenturypictures.com), go to projects, click on the Ice House
movie poster.
The director
Elbert has been interested
in film production since his
high school days in Willmar,
where he graduated from in
1976. He shot his first short
film back then.
He is a graduate of the
two-year photography program at what was then called
Willmar Vo-Tech School.
Thanks to Duke Thiele
and Kevin Grotham, my two
instructors there, I learned
many rules for composing a

shoot and how much lighting


can create a feel and mood
within the photo, said Elbert, adding A friend of mine,
Mike Hollermann, (from Melrose) and I were in the same
photography program at Willmar.
Elbert studied Television
and Film Production at Hennepin Technical College.
So many of the things I
learned in my still-photography studies apply to the motion picture world, Elbert
said.
Since then, movie-making
has been his hobby, while he
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has been producing and directing videos and executive
producing, producing and directing live events. He started
in the television industry as a
videographer/editor. In 2003,
Elbert formed New Century
Pictures.
My passion for the movie industry is very strong,
and after over three decades
at Ameriprise, last week my
plans to retire from corporate
America were announced.
This will give me more time
to focus on the producing and
directing of movies and highend documentaries, he said.

He recently wrote, produced and directed an hourlong film called Not A Word
Was Spoken and will be submitting it into film festivals.
Ice House is his first feature-length movie.
Travis Milloy, formerly from Brainerd, wrote Ice
House. Milloy, who has lived
in Los Angeles for years,
worked for Warner Brothers as
a writer.
Since leaving Warner
Brothers, he continued his career as a very successful independent screenplay writer. He
wrote a sci-fi thriller called
Pandorum starring Dennis
Quaid and Scott Foster. Recently, he sold two scripts to
major studios. Nicolas Cage
will star in one of the films,
titled Exit 147, Elbert said.
Travis and I are discussing
future projects. I am really
excited to work with Travis
again as he is an amazing story
teller.
Elbert is the co-producer, director and editor of Ice
House. He explains lower
budget feature films are a team
effort with those involved
wearing many hats.
As a director, I am primarily working with the direction of shots and talent. As the
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producer, I work on the budget and the


logistics of the film. Some days I help
with makeup, props, crafts services, set
decoration and wardrobe, he said. I
am also editing Ice House and absolutely love and enjoy the whole editing
process.
He said he has been blessed with
so many externally talented people on
the making of Ice House. Everyone
on the crew has been so willing to jump
in and help wherever help is needed to
make each and every scene work in
harmony with the next scene and overall movie.
The three main Ice House actors are Roger Wayne from New York,
Greg Berman from Minneapolis and
Tabby DeLaRosby from Minneapolis.
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York production industry. Greg was in

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TV series Chicago PD. In addition to
acting, Tabby is also a model and has
been featured in many local and national ad campaigns, Elbert said.
Extras for filming of the western
scenes, along with the Winters, included Phil Watson and daughter Sammie
from Chicago and Randy Ehleringer
and Randy Reynolds, both from Rochester.
Elbert said working in the production industry over 30 years has given
him the opportunity to work with some
of the best production people in Minnesota and the industry.
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amazing technical and creative people,
as well as many wonderful actors and
actresses because of our strong theatrical community, he said. I have developed many friendships within the
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All of the exteriors of the actual
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Before choosing the Spring Hill
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potential areas to shoot scenes.
I wanted a hill that we could get
a wide shot of a stagecoach crossing,
and he had that. I needed an area with
two paths that intersected for the stagecoach holdup, and he had that. We
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and he had that. Finally we needed an
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a ravine, and he had that, Elbert said.
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short scenes in Dan and Terris ghost
town: a wide shot of the stagecoach
moving across a hill as well as two
cowboys on horseback riding through
a ravine, said Elbert.
They spent the day, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., filming.
Elbert estimates around 90 seconds
will be used in the western TV portion

of the movie.
His goal is to have a Minneapolis
premiere of the movie the first quarter
of 2016.
Well be talking with several distribution companies once the film is
done, he said.

The experience
The Winters cant wait to see the
finished product, and they look forward to attending the premiere.
We had the Wild West show
out here but never had a movie made
here, Dan said.
Elbert and his wife, Linda, enjoyed
the hospitality of the Winters as they
were invited to spend the night, which
turned into two nights, in a trailer on
the ranch, instead of returning home
to Maple Grove. Both evenings ended
around a campfire, visiting and telling
stories.
The biggest plus of all was that
Dan and Terri were so welcoming and
wonderful to work with. They made
the crew, talent and me feel right at
home, Elbert said.
Dan has a new appreciation for
what actors and actresses go through,
especially when shooting so many
takes for one scene.
The stagecoach scene took eight
takes.
In another scene, There was a
part where I had to draw my gun. I had
to do it five times and my finger was
getting weaker and weaker, said Dan,
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Cherished memories from years past

Baileys, Farmalls
go hand-in-hand

Tractor connection

Sauk Centre. Harry and his wife, Esther, were making a move, along with
their only child, 13-year-old daughter,
Gloria.
At the same time, Jim Bailey, son
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By DIANE LEUKAM
up near West Union. The Bailey boys
Staff Writer
started working on the farm at a young
age. When they turned 6, Jim and his
WESTPORT In the fall of 1948, two older brothers got up early to help
Harry Tripp and a hired hand took turns with milking, which was done by hand
driving an F20 Farmall tractor from at the time. By the time they were 12,
southern Minnesota to a farm west of they were driving their F12 Farmall,
though Jim said with two older brothers, he didnt get to drive as much as
they did.
When Jim and Gloria met years
later, they already had something in
common: Farmall tractors.
I guess what you grow up with is
what you drive. Jim and my dad agreed
on that, Gloria said. At one point, Glorias parents even ran an International
dealership in Bellingham, Minn.
Jim and Gloria married in 1954,
and dairy farmed near Westport.
Through the years, they bought mostly red, though they also had pieces
of equipment from other lines. They
had numerous Farmall tractors, and
over time, Jim began collecting them,
though he wasnt afraid to sell them either.
Id sell some once in a while
when Id get too much money in
PHOTO BY DIANE LEUKAM
Jim and Gloria Bailey of Westport have them, said Jim, smiling.
enjoyed collecting Farmall tractors over Hes enjoyed all the tractors, but
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Jim Bailey waves from his favorite tractor, a Super H Farmall, during one of many
parades in the central Minnesota area.

admits one holds a special place in his


heart.
Ive got some pretty good ones. I
would have to say my favorite is the
Super H Farmall that we started farming with. It was three years old when
we bought it, he said.
In 2000, they were ready to retire
from farming, and at their auction sold
seven tractors, including a Case, four
Internationals and two Farmalls. They
kept many of the Farmalls. They have a
collage of photos from the day of their
auction.
The sale was held on March 11,
and they were lucky to have a nice day,
with no snow or wind.
About the auction, Jim said,
Youre apprehensive about it, but we
had good auctioneers, Al Wessel and
Kevin Winter, and things went well.
You hated to see some of the stuff
go, Gloria said.
The Baileys had sold their farm,
but their involvement with Farmalls
was far from over. Jim continued to
collect, and is a member of the Pioneer
Power Club out of Alexandria, participating in parades with the group. For
the last 15 years, the couple has also
kept busy with tractor pulls and tractorcades. Jim does the driving, but Gloria
has been by his side throughout.
Oh we went to lots of tractor
pulls. We traveled all over, she said.
They pulled in Sauk Centre, Glenwood, Alexandria, and as far away as
Madison, Minn., for the state pull.
Jim has collected many trophies
for his efforts in tractor pulls, though
he would like to have gotten more
firsts.
I could never win with the Super
H. I pulled against the Gamradts and
theyd always beat me, he said with a
chuckle.
Tractorcades are still a fun part of
the summer for the Baileys. Every year
they have at least one event, usually a
fundraiser for some organization. One
of Jims favorites was this past June,
when 31 tractors were driven from a
starting point at the Ten Mile Tavern
in Westport to Padua and then back
by a different route. It was organized

by MBC Drainage and the Sauk Centre FFA to benefit the Eagles Healing
Nest in Sauk Centre.
The Baileys have also collected
toy tractors over the years, many replicating the actual tractors in the shed
outside. Or maybe it would be more
accurate to say they were given as gifts
from their five children, Debbie, Jim
Jr., Carla, Greg and Lori.
They even threw in a John Deere
to be funny, Jim said.
The Bailey family color also
spilled into life beyond tractors. Snowmobiling was a favorite family activity while the kids were growing up and
perhaps coincidentally, the sleds were
red, as seen in an old photo of Jim, Jr.
and Greg as young boys sitting on their
Herters and Moto-Ski snowmobiles.
For her part, Gloria had other interests in addition to farming and tractors. As a young girl in high school,
she worked at the telephone company
in Sauk Centre from 4-8 p.m. every
weekday and every other weekend.
I worked in the days when you
had to say, number please? she said.
She continued to work there until
after their second baby was born, at
which time she stayed home to work
on the farm. At age 50, when their
children were all gone from home, she
went to tech school for home health
and worked in that field part-time for
20 years. Her collections are of smaller
items than her husbands: forest green
glassware, vases, teacups and spoons.
The house the couple lives in was
moved onto the property from another farm they had purchased and lived
on, a half mile down the road. Though
they sold the farm in 2000, they still
own 17 acres, and thought rather than
have the house torn down, theyd take
it with them. Also on the property sits a
machine shed that houses their current
collection of Farmall tractors.
Jim Bailey, Jr. runs the home farm,
and Jim and Gloria still own a portion
of 400 acres. Jim enjoys helping him
out by doing the tillage.
You can take the boy off the farm
but you cant take the farm out of the
boy, Gloria said to sum it up.

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Fall harvest underway

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Jim Weller combines corn Oct. 9 near Elrosa. Weller said the corn was around 19 percent moisture and was
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By LIZ VOS
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Beth Sauer, Kelly Koziol and Vicky
Neff first visited the property of what
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knew it needed to be theirs.
Our dad discovered the property
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He saw it as a great opportunity to enjoy and protect nature.
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Lake.
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perfect place for scrapbooking, Vicky
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plenty of natural light.


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Acres Retreat.
We bought it in December of
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January of 2010, Kelly said.
The approximate year between
the purchase and opening to the public
was spent meticulously renovating the
home and learning about its past.
Most of what we have heard
about the property is hearsay, Mary
Beth said. People have told us lots of
stories over the years.
The sisters were told that a man
named Fred Wachler and his wife
built the home in 1978. Wachler was
a wealthy businessman in the glass
industry. He and his wife never had
children but built the home to entertain
friends and business contacts, giving
them an escape to enjoy and unwind.
They had plenty of parties and
invited all sorts of people to come out
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after his wife passed away, Fred developed dementia. Eventually, the property went up for sale when he went
into the nursing home before passing
WHISPERING ACRES
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WHISPERING ACRES continued from page 19


away.
room from the kitchen.
Despite not knowing exactly who Each of the bedrooms got a fresh
the Wachlers were or what sort of life coat of paint and all new furniture
they led at the property, the sisters have while the master bathroom underwent
been respectful to the nostalgia of the a full renovation. The warm and invithome and now carry on its supposed ing spaces offer incredible views of the
original purpose of providing a fun and tree-encompassed yard.
relaxing getaway for others.
On the lower level, an open layout
We cater mainly to groups of offers space for several tables which
women and while most come to en- are used for crafting. The windows
joy group crafting weekends, there are beckon the sunlight and a lower-level
groups that just come to relax and en- patio is easily accessible to catch fresh
joy each other, Kelly said.
air.
During the renovation process, There are plenty of extra spaces
the sisters trusted the knowhow of ex- around the home where comfortable
perts to help them through the project, couches and cozy chairs offer a spot to
moving brainstorming sessions and gather as a group or to sit alone to read
unexpected problems into the beautiful a book or take a rest from the excitespace now available to guests.
ment of the getaway.
We worked with as many local While the retreat is available for
contractors as we could and tried doing most of the year for groups to scrapas much of the work ourselves as pos- book, quilt or just relax, it is closed
sible, Mary Beth said. It was pretty from Memorial Day to Labor Day
interesting to see the process. We each when the sisters and their families utihad our specific talents to bring to it.
lize the property as a retreat of their
Through the year-long renovation, own.
the sisters replaced flooring, tore down Its really nice to have it available
walls, painted, pulled down an array of to us. We grew up in the country and
1970s wallpaper, repaired water dam- all of us still have a part of us that loves
age, turned an old-disheveled pool into being in the country, Mary Beth said.
a backyard patio and did a complete When we first came here, it just gave
renovation in the kitchen.
us this peaceful, warm feeling. It was
It was very closed off originally, perfect.
Kelly said of the entryway and kitchen The sisters not only love the proparea. We took out the low ceiling and erty to enjoy themselves, but also have
a full wall, which opened this whole been grateful to have it to introduce
space up. We also reconfigured the ap- their own children to life in the counpliances and made it more accessible. try.
The kitchen now serves as a cen- We all get together as a family
terpiece to the main floor of the home, three times in the summer to be here,
which also includes a sitting room with Kelly said. Having all seven grandplenty of natural light and a cozy fire- children and our parents together is
place. A second fireplace reaches up to awesome. We spend a lot of time at the
the vaulted ceiling on the opposite end lake and just enjoy being here.
of the main floor in the entertainment The Whispering Acres Retreat
room. A comfortable and spacious din- project put the three sisters in the poing space separates the entertainment sition to achieve one large goal as a

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The kitchen of the home underwent a complete renovation, which included


rearranging the layout and removing a wall to make the space open and functional.

team and it continues to give them an


opportunity to see each other often,
since they all travel from their homes
near the Twin Cities on a weekly basis
to clean and prepare the home for the
next guests.
It is nice that we can get together
as often as we do, Vicky said. Not
only to see each other, but also our parents, who live near St. Anna.
Our parents are amazing, Mary
Beth said. They watched our kids for
us while we went through the renovation, supported our plan in every way
possible and continue to care for this
project and this property. This really is
a family venture.
The sisters point out that their dad,
who is the local on-call maintenance
person for guests, has dedicated his
time to putting the property through a
reforestation process, ridding the land

of buckthorn and other weeds and replacing them with a multitude of oak
trees, black cherry trees and native
plants. He also created a pollination
garden on the property.
His goal is to eventually put it
into a land easement, which would preserve it forever, Mary Beth said. He
wants to create a haven here.
While the future plan is for preservation, the sisters and their many
guests are already preserving their
memories of the retreat.
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closer and more open and honest with
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for ethylene glycol poisoning. The first
stage begins within 30 minutes to 12
hours after exposure and is dominated by
neurologic symptoms. It looks like alcohol intoxication depression, stumbling
gait, drooling and seizures with increased
drinking and urination. If you were to
check your pets temperature it would
be low below 100 degrees. The second
stage is the cardiac stage and occurs 12
to 24 hours after exposure. Your pet will
seem to be improving because the above
symptoms will be resolving but on the inside they are getting sicker. If you were to
check their heart rate and breathing they
would both be very rapid. The third stage
begins 12 to 24 hours after exposure for
cats and 36 to 72 hours after exposure for
dogs and is the acute kidney failure stage.
At this point, chances of survival are slim.
Pets will be severely depressed and not
eating. They may have horrible-smelling
breath, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.
The most important information that
will lead to quick, effective treatment is
knowledge of possible exposure. There
are specific ethylene glycol bedside tests
that can be run, but some clinics dont
have them. They are only accurate in a
small window of time after exposure be-

cause the body absorbs and breaks down


ethylene glycol quickly. More advanced
diagnostic labs have better tests but the
turnaround time from submitting a sample to getting a result can be too long to
be used for decisions regarding treatment.
A vet can determine if ethylene glycol is
the cause of your pets illness by doing
blood tests for kidney function and acidity and a urinalysis to check for characteristic crystals that will form often within
three hours (cats) to six hours (dogs) of
exposure.
If you see your pet consume antifreeze, induce vomiting and take them to
your veterinarian immediately. Treatment
for antifreeze poisoning must be started
quickly within hours after exposure
to be effective. There are two treatments.
One is a drug called fomepizole (Antizol)
which slows the breakdown of the ethylene glycol into the toxic metabolites
which cause the damage and the other
is ethanol. Both are given intravenously.
The veterinarian may perform additional
decontamination measures such as washing out the stomach contents or administering activated charcoal orally to slow
absorption of the toxin. Intravenous fluids
and medications to combat changes in the
blood and kidneys may be started. Your
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several days.
The best way to avoid this nightmare
is to prevent exposure to this toxin. There
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glycol and are formulated to have a bad
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harmless. Keep all products with ethylene glycol tightly sealed and stored out
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4 cups (16 ounces) Italian cheese
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3 cups fresh baby spinach
1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 jar (15 ounces) Alfredo sauce

1 1/2 cups 2% milk


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1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, cheese blend, spinach, tomatoes, Alfredo sauce, milk and pesto. Drain pasta and add to chicken mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to two greased
8 inch square baking dishes. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and oil; sprinkle over both casseroles.

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Taco-Filled Pasta Shells


2 pounds ground beef
2 envelopes taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese,
cubed
24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1/4 cups butter, melted
Additional ingredients (for each
casserole):

1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar
cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey
Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
3 green onions

In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in
taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for
five minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Transfer to a bowl; cool. Chill
for one hour.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Gently toss with butter.
Fill each shell with about 3 tablespoons of meat mixture. Place 12 shells in a
freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to three months.

To prepare remaining shells, spoon salsa into a greased 9 inch square baking
dish. Top with stuffed shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for
30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheeses and chips. Bake 15 minutes longer
or until heated through. Serve with sour cream and onions.
To use frozen shells: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours (shells will be
partially frozen). Spoon salsa into a greased 9 inch square baking dish; top with
shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Sprinkle
with cheese and chips; proceed as directed. Yield: two casseroles, six servings
each.

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because you can freeze the extra for another time.

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Chocolate Carrot Cake


3 cups finely shredded carrots
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


3 Tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. egg substitute,
divided
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese,
softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar until crumbly, about two minutes. Beat in 1/4 cup egg substitute, lemon peel and vanilla. Combine the flour,
baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with
buttermilk. Pour into a 9 inch springform pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with berries. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until
fluffy. Beat in remaining egg substitute. Pour over berries. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully
run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Sprinkle with
confectioners sugar. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: eight servings.

This is my favorite breakfast/brunch recipe to make because it uses fresh
raspberries and the kids love it.
Source: Taste of Home

Line two 9 inch round baking pans with waxed paper; grease the paper and set
aside. In a large bowl, beat the carrots, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended.
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into carrot mixture until blended.
Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a
toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before
removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat
in the confectioners sugar, cocoa and vanilla until smooth. Place bottom layer on
a serving plate; top with half of the frosting. Repeat with remaining cake layer.
Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips.
Yield: 12-16 servings.

This is my favorite, moist cake to make for special occasions.

Egg and Sausage Strata

Broccoli Shrimp Pasta Toss


2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil

12 slices white bread, crusts removed,


cubed
1 1/2 pounds bulk pork sausage
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 jar (2 ounces) chopped pimientos,
drained

2 cups fresh broccoli florets


1/4 tsp. salt
8 ounces uncooked medium shrimp,
peel and deveined
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large nonstick skillet, saute


onion and garlic in butter and oil until tender. Add broccoli and salt; cook and
stir over medium-high heat for eight minutes. Add shrimp; cook and stir 2-3
minutes longer or until shrimp turns pink and broccoli is tender. Drain pasta;
transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the broccoli mixture; toss gently. Sprinkle
with Parmesan cheese.

Yield: four servings.

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so when the kids are in school during the day, I can have this for lunch and send
some with my husband, Pete.

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