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By Alice Duschanek-Myers
Island City Council positions ex-
pire in 2014. Randy Bates (four-
year term), Joel Knox (two-year),
and Jerry Vettel (four-year) cur-
rently hold these council seats.
Randy Bates did not file to run for
re-election.Four candidates filed
to run on the ballot. Three for four-
year terms: Jason Johnson, Ken-
neth (Ken) Markham, and Jerry
Vettel. One for a two-year term:
Joel Knox. Mayor Rod Steele filed
for candidacy for mayor and is
running unopposed. Below are
questions and answers with the
candidates. All answers are pub-
lished as they were submitted.
1. Tell us about yourself. (Ex-
ample: How long have you lived
in Pine Island, etc.?) Why do
you want to serve on the Pine
Island City Council?
JOHNSON Hello, my name is Jason
Johnson, and I have lived in Pine Island
for 13 years. I have been married to my
wife, Cara, for 18 years, and we have
two children, Reed (14 yrs) and Aza (10
yrs) who attend Pine Island Schools. As
a member of the Goodhue County Sheriffs
Department, I have become well ac-
quainted with the City of Pine Island and
its members of the community and have
assisted them in various ways over the
years. I have attended many council
meetings during the previous years, and
I have decided that I would like to serve
on the Pine Island City Council to con-
tinue to bring a new perspective and
new voice to the council to represent the
members of Pine Island. I assure you
that I will propose tough but polite ques-
tions to the council that will ensure that
taxpayers money is respected, and I
will not ignore the needs of the commu-
nity in favor of my own agenda.
KNOX I am 37 years old, married
(Deb) and have two sons in elementary
school (Sam and Alex). I have lived in
Pine Island for 10 years. I served as
chair of the Park Board before being
appointed to City Council in January
2014 to fill the vacancy left by Nick
Novak when he moved from the city. I
was part of the Community Planning
Team through December 2013 and par-
ticipated in the School Task Force in the
fall of 2013. The collaborative experi-
ence of working in these groups with a
cross section of the citys residents was
very rewarding. Being elected to serve
on the City Council would allow me the
opportunity to continue to work for Pine
Islands future.
MARKHAM Ive lived in Pine island
all my life, as a home owner and busi-
nessman, and currently work at Land O
Lakes. My wife Tammy and I have raised
3 children, and are fortunate to have
our 5 grandchildren live in Pine Island
as well. In the past I have served on City
Council 7 years and 4 years as mayor.
STEELE My name is Rod steele and
Im running for a 2nd term as Mayor of
Pine Island. My wife Michelle and I moved
to Pine Island in 2002 to faciltate Michelles
drive to her teaching position in northfield.
We are so happy we made this decision.
I am a Real Estate agent with Edina
Realty with an office on Main Street in
Pine Island.
VETTEL Loraine and I moved to
Pine Island in 1962 when I started to
work for IBM in Rochester. I became
involved with city government in 1964
when elected to the city council. I have
served as Mayor and councilman sev-
eral times since. Our three children were
born at the Zumbrota Hospital and were
educated in Pine Island. Since retiring
in 1995 I have been involved in a num-
ber of local projects, starting the Pine
Island Area Historical Society, building
of the first nine hole of the Golf Course,
saving the old creamery and butter fac-
tory buildings and renovating the 2nd
floor of City Hall. I have served on
numerous City boards and committees.
I have maintained the City Hall Tower
Clock for 35 years. I have a serious
interest in Pine Island and would like to
continue to serve the needs of this com-
2. In surveys from the City
and Pine Island EDA, the citi-
zens who responded wanted
improvements in communica-
tion from their city government.
There have been improvements
to keep citizens informed, but
what are your ideas to get resi-
dents input when making deci-
JOHNSON This year the City Coun-
cil has started to stream council meet-
ings on the internet through the city
website. I think this is a great idea for
people who dont make it to the city hall
for the meetings or just want to watch it
in the comfort of their own homes. My
suggestion for getting input for decision
making from the community members
is to develop a link on the citys website
allowing individuals to e-mail their ideas
to the city. The emails can then be
directed to the correct city department,
the Mayor or council members. Also, I
will always be willing to hear ideas or
opinions by use of phone or in person.
KNOX The business of running the
City of Pine Island works best when
everyone has a voice in the conversa-
tion. Residents gather their news and
information in a lot of different ways. I
dont envision one perfect way to com-
municate with every resident. The City
has added to its information delivery
methods and should continue to work
toward offering as many viable methods
as possible. The best way for residents
to be part of the decision making pro-
cess is by participating. Attending a City
Council meeting and voicing your opin-
ion is very powerful. Your Mayor and
Council want you to be engaged and
involved and we invite your input at
every meeting. The Image Committee
meets every other week and the Park
Board is looking for more members right
now. These are just a few examples of
how residents can insert themselves into
the conversation.
MARKHAM I agree that the city has
made improvements in communication
by videotaping council meetings and having
them available on the Citys web site. I
want Pine Islands citizens to know that
I have an open door policy and am
always available to listen to their con-
cerns and input. I think we could take a
lesson from the school board how they
reached out to the community to get
their information out regarding the new
school bond referendum.
STEELE The City has made some
great strides forward in the last two
years, thanks to a well informed and
thoughtful Council. We are constantly
looking for ways to keep our populace
more engaged including video taping
our council meetings for public viewing
through our local cable channel or also
the library. I believe we learned from the
recent successful school referendum that
transparency in the process and involv-
ing the community in the decision mak-
ing process can enable { through said
input) the council to make what they
feel is the correct decisions concerning
our great City.
VETTEL Informing the public is im-
portant and encoded in state laws. All
city meetings are open to the public.
Regular meetings and are held on the
3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.
Special meeting need to be published
ahead of the meeting day. We have a
web site where the agenda is posted
ahead of meeting. The meetings are
Four candidates up for three PI Council seats
Mayor Steele is running unopposed
Jason Johnson Joel Knox
Ken Markham
Rod Steele
Jerry Vettel
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Serving the Highway 52 Golden Corridor from Hader to Oronoco
The new atrium at Zumbrota Health Services features a running river and trees, creating a realistic outdoor
setting for larger gatherings and resident activities.
By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA Thirteen months
after ground-breaking, employees
and residents are excited to use
the areas of the newly constructed
areas of the Mill River addition of
the Zumbrota Care Center at 433
Mill Street. Finishing touches were
being made to the beautiful and
spacious atrium and resident room
less than one week prior to the
First annual Golden Harvest Fine
Dining Event scheduled for Thurs-
day evening, October 23. The
fundraising event will be the
communitys opportunity for
guided tours of the building and
to see it before residents move
into the upper level of the addi-
tion in early November.
Golden Harvest Event
Zumbrota Health Services
(ZHS) Acting Administrator Carol
Simons said the completion of the
addition signifies, a wonderful
opportunity for Zumbrota to have
such a wonderful facility that pro-
vides upgraded private rooms with
the quality of a resident-centered
community we will be offering.
The Golden Harvest Fine Din-
ing Event replaces the summer
golfing fundraiser that has been
held in previous years. The event
provides the chance for ZHS, as a
non-profit, to raise funds for resi-
dents to make their environment
extra special, explained Simons.
All funds raised at the event will
be used to purchase new outdoor
furnishings for the new atrium,
towel warmers for the bathing
suites, an EZ Way stand to be used
for the Restorative Nursing Pro-
gram, and an adjustable height
beauty shop sink. Any additional
funds will go toward the residents
activities and entertainment fund
for special activities throughout
the year.
Dinner will be donated and pre-
pared by the Chefs of Upper Lakes
Food, the corporate vendor for St.
Francis Health Services.
The event on October 23 is from
6-8:30 p.m. Guided tours and din-
ner seating will be conducted
throughout the evening. Call now
for your ticket to HR and Busi-
ness Office Director Kerri Hicks
at 507-732-8401 or email
khicks@sfhs. org. Dinner tickets
will be available up to the event or
the first 200 sold. If unable to at-
tend, donations are appreciated.
Amenities of addition
Some areas of the addition are
already occupied. The new kitchen
has been in use since late August.
ECFE moved into approximately
one-third of the lower level in late
The spacious physical, occupa-
tional, and speech therapy area
also in the lower level is complete
and will be occupied the week of
October 20 by Big Stone Therapy,
the contracted provider to residents
and community members.
The new dining room for resi-
dents and a private dining room,
available for residents to dine with
their friends and family on spe-
cial occasions, are completed and
will be used for the gala.
Final inspection of the new
atrium and resident rooms is ex-
pected to take place the end of
October, with residents moving
in early November. The facility is
currently licensed for 42 residents,
but when the new area opens with
its sixteen spacious, private or split
double rooms, it will be licensed
for 50.
Although the new atrium con-
tinues to carry out the theme of
the existing adjacent facility with
its house front faade, it is much
more spacious with a higher ceil-
ing, a running river, and trees to
make for a realistic outdoor park-
like setting. The increased square
footage offers a larger gathering
place for resident activities.
Simons and Hicks are both ea-
ger to point out items that are rep-
resentative of Zumbrota and its
history, but We dont want to
give it all away. We want people
to come and see for themselves,
said Simons.
Besides the skilled nursing Zum-
brota Care Center, ZHS also in-
cludes an attached assisted living
entity called The Bridges of Zum-
brota. ZHS is a faith based, non-
profit subsidiary wholly owned by
St. Francis Health Services of
Golden Harvest event will
showcase Mill River addition
at Zumbrota Care Center
Meet the Oronoco
candidates October 23
By Karen Snyder
ORONOCO Oronocos may-
oral and council candidates will
introduce themselves and their
viewpoints to voters at Meet the
Candidates Night, 6:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, October 23, at Oronoco Com-
munity Center.
The session will feature a mod-
erated panel discussion with each
candidate answering four ques-
tions. Then during the social hour
that follows, voters may question
the office-seekers on a one-to-one
Contenders in the mayors race
include two-term incumbent
Mayor Kevin McDermott and chal-
lenger Paul Pendergrass.
Vying for a two-year term on
the city council are Ryland
Eichhorst and incumbent Jayne
A pair of unopposed candidates,
Beau Hanenberger and Councilor
Trish Shields, seek two four-year
openings on the council.
Councilor Nathan Hartung,
whose four-year term goes through
December, isnt running for re-
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John Kline seeks re-election
To the Editor:
From the day I was sworn in to
Congress, I have been a strong
voice for the men and women of
Minnesotas 2nd District with an
established record of represent-
ing the views and values of Min-
nesotans while fighting to ensure
a more efficient and effective gov-
Whether leading the fight to
strengthen laws to protect our chil-
dren from predators; ensuring
members of the Minnesota Guard
receive overdue bonus pay they
were promised; or championing a
bipartisan effort to train the un-
employed for new job opportuni-
ties all three of these efforts were
signed into law by President Obama
I am doing everything I can to
deliver for you, your families and
friends, and our communities.
While I have been able to break
through the gridlock in some in-
stances, the challenges facing us
are steep. Too many unemployed
Americans have given up and are
no longer looking for work. Too
many constituents are frustrated
with their federal government and
its insatiable appetite to spend tax-
payer money it doesnt have. Too
many Minnesotans are seeing their
health care costs skyrocket or los-
ing their insurance altogether. And
with mistrust in government seem-
ingly at an all-time high due to
scandalous behavior by the bu-
reaucracy in places like the IRS
and the VA, Minnesotans are
rightly skeptical how their gov-
ernment will combat national se-
curity threats like ISIS and Ebola.
Despite the turbulence our na-
tion endures, I continue to adhere
to the unwavering belief that you
and I are blessed to live in the
greatest nation in the world. That
shining city on the hill the bea-
con of light that provides hope for
everyone, that they, too, can pur-
sue the American dream should
be within each and every Minne-
sotans reach. And I will continue
to fight to that end.
It is with enormous gratitude
that I thank you for the opportu-
nity to serve you. And it is with
humility I ask for your vote and
the opportunity to continue fight-
ing for you, the constituents I
proudly serve.
John Kline
By Jan David Fisher
The next bubble to burst
The next bubble to burst will
put our economy in a bind. We
will just about grind to a halt. It
will be so bad that the president,
the Federal Reserve, the nations
bankers, and anyone else who
thinks they have some control over
the economy will not be able to
restart the process.
The national consumer debt is
$3.19 trillion as of May 2014. This
is mostly credit card debt. But
lets look at the recent security
breaches in the banking and retail
businesses. Their computer sys-
tems have been hacked and their
customer data has been stolen. The
result is that yours and my finances
are at risk If the hackers cant be
stopped, the only way to protect
ourselves is to cancel our credit
cards. Considering the type of
data stolen, our debit cards are
also at risk. Any transaction done
over the internet puts our bank
accounts at further risk, including
direct deposit.
The next bubble is the security
bubble. All of us might cancel our
credit cards and start paying down
our debt. Followed by canceling
our debit cards and direct deposit,
we will return to the era of cash
and maybe some checks. The
economy that is floating on the
sea of $3-5 trillion will start to
vanish and our economy will slow
down. We will enter an era of
living within our means. Individu-
ally such a move would be good
for us, but as a nation, extremely
bad. We will see unemployment
rise, businesses slow down and
fail, and banks collapse.
The only way out is for the se-
curity holes to get plugged and
confidence restored concerning the
security of our data. Or maybe we
will learn to live within our means.
By shrinking our economy we will
reduce our consumption of re-
sources. This may be the best way
to get us out of the climate change
Note that both public and pri-
vate businesses will go down. The
federal government is pretending
to ignore the problem and contin-
ues to borrow money from the in-
ternational market until the lend-
ers wake up and refuse to loan
Ask yourselves, how much con-
fidence do you have that your data
has not yet been stolen? If it has,
how well has the credit card com-
pany protected your accounts? Has
your card company had to reissue
a new card to you? Do you think
the new card is any safer and se-
curer? Or will you clean out your
wallet and go cash only? What do
you plan to do? Until next week.
Supports OHara for sheriff
To the Editor:
I met Scott OHara over 20 years
ago years when we were both Coon
Rapids Police Officers. We quickly
became friends and our common
bond was growing up in smaller
towns than most of the other of-
ficers we worked with. I made
many trips to the farm in Zumbro
Falls with Scotty and quickly found
out why he always wanted to move
back. He often talked to me about
when he retired, he wanted to run
for sheriff. I knew that he would
someday, because its one thing I
learned about Scotty OHara is,
when he says hes going to do
something, hes going to do it.
Even after Scotty left for the St.
Paul Police Department, we re-
mained friends and I wasnt sur-
prised when he moved back to the
family farm to raise his family. I
knew that the hometown values
and morals that were instilled in
him were what he wanted for his
own children as well. To me, that
is the true testament to his belief
and commitment to the commu-
nity in which he was raised. Which
reminds me of another saying
Scotty said often: actions speak
louder than words
I believe Scott OHara is a man
of action and has nothing but the
best interest in serving the com-
munity which served him so well.
That is why I believe Scott OHara
is the best choice for sheriff of
Wabasha County.
Dean Clossey
Supports Drazkowski
To the Editor:
Representative Steve Drazkow-
ski invited me last March to tes-
tify at the Minnesota State Capi-
tol regarding changing/repealing
the Minnesota Gift Tax Law which
had recently been enacted. I ex-
plained the difficulty and expense
of transferring the family farm to
the next generation at the com-
mittee hearing. Two weeks or so
later, the MN Gift Tax Law was
repealed. It is an example like this
that tells me that Steve Drazkowski
needs to continue his work for us
for another term in St. Paul. Vote
for Steve Drazkowski as our rep-
Larry Greden
Richard Meyerhofer
ZM School Board
Paid for by Richard Meyerhofer for School Board.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Su-
perintendent Tony Simons sub-
mitted a letter of resignation on
Monday, October 13. Its the end
of a term that began with the school
rescinding its offer to hire its first
choice and accepting Simons as
its second. Simons was prized by
some school board members, but
not all.
A lasting bond between Simons
and the board never developed, as
was evident by the recent contract
offer. The one-year contract was
a public signal that Simons had
areas in which the school wanted
to see improvement and also of
his job uncertainty.
There was no public outcry of
displeasure with Simons, but with-
out the full support of the board, it
is difficult to manage a team.
Simons chose to be a lame duck
on his terms and resigned.
I dont believe Simons resigna-
tion is a surprise, but it was unex-
pected at this time. His decision
gives both parties more time to
move forward. Simons will sell
his home at a fair market price
and apply for a new job. And the
school board will process their
search for a new superintendent.
Both parties still have a good
reputation to maintain, especially
if they want positive results in their
future searches. I expect that the
balance of this school year will
play out smoothly for themselves,
ZM staff, and students.
A large number of ZM teachers
have retired in recent years. With
the shrinking number of quality
teaching applicants, its important
that our school is a desirable place
to teach. This happens when the
superintendent and school board
work efficiently together.
By Pete Grimsrud
Moving forward from Simons resignation
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Two candidates filed in the race
for Wabasha County Sheriff,
Rodney Bartsh (incumbent) and
Scott OHara. The News-Record
asked the candidates some ques-
tions. Their answers are below.
Personal Profiles
BARTSH Lived in the Plainview area
my whole life. Attended Plainview High
School and Alexandria Technical Col-
lege. Special degrees and licensure:
Associates degree in Law Enforcement.
Employment: Wabasha County Sheriff
for the last 12 years - 26 years in law
enforcement total. Lives in Plainview
Township. Family: Married to Denise for
25 years; and son Brandon, daughter
Ashley, and granddaughter Lucy. Hob-
bies: fish, hunt, anything outdoors, and
learning to play guitar.
OHARA Born and raised in rural
Zumbro Falls. Graduated from Lincoln
High School in Lake City. Married to
Sara, a nurse at Mayo Clinic. Kids go to
school in Lake City. I just retired from
the St. Paul Police force. During my
law enforcement career, along with working
patrol on night shift for over ten years, I
was able to work in a wide variety of
positions and assignments. They included
routinely being shift commander on nights
and evening shifts; working for the Anoka
County Sheriffs office as a bailiff and
jail/transportation deputy; as a School
Resource Officer; an Investigator for the
Coon Rapids Police Department, also
as a school officer in that city; traffic
enforcement officer for the St. Paul Po-
lice; as an A.C.O.P officer working di-
rectly in the low income high rises
throughout St. Paul, along with the vari-
ous town home projects of the St. Paul
Public Housing Authority.
Why did you decide to run in
BARTSH I have great deal of pas-
sion and commitment for the job of
Sheriff that I have been doing for the last
12 years. I have had a lot of support
and many telling me that I need to con-
OHARA Ive recently retired from
the St. Paul Police Dept. after a 27-year
career in public safety/law enforcement
in the Twin Cities. I want to bring that
experience, knowledge and insight to
my home county. My family has lived on
our farm of over 160 years and this is
our home. Throughout my police career
Ive always considered running for Sher-
iff of my home county and now I can
pursue that goal.
Qualities you have that would
be beneficial to serving in this
BARTSH I believe that I am sincere,
compassionate and treat people well.
OHARA I have always been a
strong communicator and have used
this ability as a police office in the metro
area successfully. Law enforcement is
90% communication and 10% action.
Finding the right balance of good deci-
sion making plus good communica-
tion about those decisions is key.
What do you see are the three
areas of greatest concern for
Wabasha County at this time,
or in the near future? What
would you suggest be done to
help resolve these issues?
BARTSH The biggest concern is
keeping up with technology and the price
that comes with it. We often have to do
slow migrations of projects like, for in-
stance, with squad computers. This has
been a 4 year project that should be
completed in 2015. Another area of con-
cern is the availability of narcotics and
keeping up with the new trends. The last
would be keeping employees engaged
and motivated to stay in what has be-
come an often negative environment in
being a government employee. Resolu-
tion: The first issue with costs is to
spread those out and sometimes not
have what other agencies have in newer
technology or other equipment. The second
issue is to stay engaged in our South-
east MN Narcotics Task Force. Will we
wipe out the narcotics trade? No, not
likely. But we cant throw our hands up
and say we are done. We need to con-
tinue in creating more court type treat-
ment programs such as Drug Courts.
Wabasha Countys Substance Abuse Court
has saved the taxpayers in Wabasha a
lot of money. The third issue is not easy
to deal with. Publics perception of gov-
ernment in general is pretty negative. I
will keep reinforcing with our employees
that we need to exceed standards and
be the best we can be and try and to
change some perceptions.
OHARA First, it is my goal to estab-
lish a professional working relationship
with County Commissioners, county staff
and citizens which display fairness, good
judgment and in-
tegrity. Secondly,
I will lead by ex-
ample displaying
openness to ideas
combined with
sound legal judg-
ment showing that
the Sheriffs office
is there to keep
the citizens safe
while protecting
their rights and
property. Thirdly Ill
introduce and pro-
mote training and
policies to keep our
roads safe. Due to
the nature of our
consider what type of people that we
want working for the people. I believe
we have succeeded in that area. Who-
ever is Sheriff in 2015 is going to be the
most blessed Sheriff in the state with
the employees he will have!
OHARA I would set a clear stan-
dard of expected professional behavior
for my staff and then provide the train-
ing, encouragement and direction to make
our office a model of how policing should
be done. When working as a patrol of-
ficer I always tried to follow a rule my
training Sergeant gave me as a rookie,
Be the kind of Police Officer you want
responding to your own 911 call. Its a
good rule to follow and I have never
forgotten that advice.
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
BARTSH I have a passion for this
job and I care deeply for the citizens we
serve. We are not going to be able to fix
or solve every situation, but we are go-
ing to give it our best shot. Some may
disagree with me, but these last couple
of years I am not so sure any Sheriff
should have had to endure. I survived,
and likely am better for it. This job is not
easy. Its not a retirement type of a job
where one can coast along. Its demanding
and it can literally drain every ounce of
energy you have by the end of the day. I
do know that its the personal stories we
get back on the difference we have made
in peoples lives that keeps us going. It
keeps me going because I know I have
more to give.
OHARA These various jobs, along
with the professional contacts and friends
I have made, have provided me with
administrative experience in policing that
will serve the county well if I am elected
Bartsh and OHara will vie
for Wabasha County Sheriff
Rodney Bartsh Scott OHara
sloped, curving roads and limited visibil-
ity we have a statistically high death rate
on our roads. This will be a constant
area of concern and attention. Resolu-
tion: I feel the Sheriffs office can benefit
greatly from my experience and training
acquired during my almost three de-
cades of work in the metropolitan area.
I will clearly state a vision for my office
and then effectively communicate that
vision to all my staff and the public.
Also, training new techniques and best
practices and leading by example are
hugely important.
What is necessary for law en-
forcement to be effective and
BARTSH We have to understand
that people are watching us and are
judging us at all times. We have to
consistently do the right thing at the
right time. There is no room for error.
We also have to be effective communi-
cators and show compassion and em-
pathy for people, especially those who
are struggling.
OHARA The public must feel that
Law Enforcement officials are fair and
unbiased in their approach to the job.
Without that understanding, all decisions
made by the police are constantly ques-
tioned, scrutinized and in many cases
doubted. I have worked in three of the
largest police departments in Minne-
sota and have witnessed the balance of
shifting trust in the police along with
variations in their effectiveness. Again, I
believe stating a clear vision for the
office, followed by dedicated action and
enforcement are the answers.
How would you support and/
or accomplish this as sheriff?
BARTSH The first thing is to be an
example myself. I have to live and be
what I expect my staff to be. After that,
we have to continue to hire based on a
lot more than just scores. We have to
Vote for Roth
To the Editor:
Jean Roth is running for school
board and we think you should
vote for her.
After teaching at Zumbrota-
Mazeppa School for 29 years, she
wants to continue to be involved
in education, this time as your
school board member.
Not only does she have valu-
able experience and formal edu-
cation, she has good common
sense, strong values and a passion
for education.
Jean may not always do what is
popular, but she will always work
hard to do what is right. We should
know. Jean Roth is our mom.
Jill (Roth) Huebert
Brandon Roth
Matt Roth

to add in the future. I like being involved
in our communities and this is a great
way help with our most important resource,
our kids.
2. What do you feel are the
issues facing ZM Public Schools?
How would you address these
HINCHLEY The feel the main issues
facing ZM public schools are keeping a
balanced budget, ensuring manageable
class sizes, offering programs that can
fit the needs of various students, and,
most importantly, educating our children
so they can go out in the world and be
successful in whatever they do. I have
extensive experience with making decisions
in a team-based model from my job at
Mayo Clinic. I have learned how to
listen to both sides, compromise, do the
necessary research, all while being fiscally
responsible. I believe we should make
decisions based on the needs of the
children. I am not afraid to play Devils
Advocate and get people thinking outside
of the box.
MEYERHOFER Like all public schools
in Minnesota, the education and training
of our youth should be foremost in our
minds. It is imperative that we as a
society do our best to offer our future
leaders the tools necessary to compete
in their future job market. We owe it to
our students to offer the most advanced
education possible, using the most modern
and innovative programs available, in
order for them to compete in what has
become not just a local or state issue,
but is really now a global market. At the
same time, we need to be good stewards
of public funds. Public education isnt
cheap and programs, materials, staffing
and equipment come at a cost. Offering
a first rate education while holding the
bottom line is difficult, but doable. As a
district we need to continue to offer
educational programs that challenge our
students and help them obtain the
background to be successful later in
life. We should attempt (or continue) to
partner with outside agencies, local
stakeholders and other local district to
bring the best possible educational product
to our schools.
NILES Looking in from the outside
Id say the students are doing well.
Communication needs to improve. Even
involved parents arent always sure whats
going on in the school, with academics,
sports, or the district budget - busy parents
are at a real disadvantage. Chemical
abuse in the school, growth and constant
regulatory change are other district
challenges. How would I address these
issues? The district needs to be flexible
and thoughtful, and to follow through
with its plans. I am a performance
improvement specialist in Mayos Quality
Department, and my approach is to always
keep the big picture in mind while working
with individuals and teams to get the
best results.
ROSENTHAL A. Funding will always
be an issue for ZM schools because of
our rural district size. I am the most
knowledgeable board member in this
subject area. Financing is more than
receiving money from the state and asking
local voters through referendums; it is
spending wisely, sharing costs with other
districts, and relying on educational coops
to provide services at a better cost than
ZM can do. B. Look at ways to continue
expanding our one to one computer
program for students; sustaining it without
breaking the budget and taxpayers wallets.
I put forth an idea to look at the Best Buy
Educational Technology program; Goodhue
is currently in this program. C. Increase
post secondary college courses and
advance Placement at ZM. I also believe
not every student wants to go to college;
we need to have more support for Vo-
tech, agriculture and medical course
ROTH The primary issues facing
any school district are to provide quality
education to all students and to do so in
a fiscally responsible manner. All other
issues fall under these 2 categories. As
a board member, decisions must reflect
what is best for students and citizens
with a focus on the big picture: making
policy, setting goals, and engaging
WENDT The issues really havent
changed in the last few years. How do
we provide the best possible education
for all of our students with the resources
that we have. Maintaining a highly
professional staff. Keeping our buildings
and grounds in the best shape that we
3. The school district
participates with the Goodhue
County Education District
schools and in organizations that
support improvements in
learning, technology, teaching
methods, and administration.
What do you think is important
to meet the needs of students for
them to be successful in learning?
HINCHLEY I think it is important to
meet the needs of each student. Of my
three children, I have noticed that each
one learns in their own way...and I have
had to tailor the way I help them with
homework based on their needs. We
need to remember that when instituting
new programs or teaching methods. I
think it is wonderful that we have ITV
classes, AP Classes, and that laptops
are being rolled out to various grades.
Not every method works for every child,
so it will be important as we roll out new
programs that we think about how they
will affect every child. Again, keeping
the needs of the children in the forefront
of decisions will be key.
MEYERHOFER Life long learners,
world class education, global ecomomiy
and job market. Answered with question
NILES After moving to Zumbrota I
worked for both the Z-M District and the
Goodhue County Ed District for two years.
I know Z-M has lots of technology and
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
brota-Mazeppa School Board
positions expire in 2014. These
seats are currently held by Brian
Haugen, Stephen Rosenthal, and
James Wendt. The school board
election will be held with the
general election on November 4.
Five candidates filed for the three
positions. They are Becky
Hinchley, Dirk Niles, Stephen
Rosenthal, Jean Roth, and James
Wendt. Rich Meyerhofer is running
as a write-in candidate. Questions
were asked of the candidates.
Below are their answers.
1. Tell us about yourself.
(Example: How long have you
lived in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa
District? Are you involved in
other activities in the
community? ) Why do you want
to serve on the ZM School Board?
HINCHLEY My name is Becky
Hinchley and my husband David and I
have lived in Zumbrota for almost 21
years. We have three children (Abby, a
freshman at ISU, Kaitlyn a sophomore
at ZMHS, and Stanley a 4th grader at
ZMES). I am an operations manager in
the Department of Radiation Oncology
at Mayo Clinic, specifically working with
the Proton Beam Therapy Program. I
have been a religious education teacher
at St. Pauls Church 18 of the last 20
years teaching everything from preschool
to 8th grade. I have been involved with
the ZM Dance Team program for the
past seven years, holding the office of
treasurer for the past few years. Lastly,
I have served on the After Prom Committee
for the last three years, holding the offices
of vice chair and chair and organized
concessions for the last three school
years. I want to serve on the ZM School
board because I believe I can make a
difference. I believe it is important to
have a female on the board who can
bring a fresh perspective to issues at
MEYERHOFER My name is Richard
Meyerhofer and I have been a resident
of the Zumbrota-Mazeppa school district
for 37 years. I was the Zumbrota and
then Zumbrota-Mazeppa band director
for 24 years; principal of the ZM middle
school for 6 years and ZM Superintendent
of Schools for 4 years. I retired from ZM
schools in 2011. I have been a member
of the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Education
Foundation for 8 years. In addition, I
am a member of the EDA Council for the
City of Zumbrota as well as a member of
the Zumbrota Cemetery Association. I
am extremely proud of the Zumbrota-
Mazeppa schools and passionate about
offering a quality education for our students.
I believe my qualifications and past
experience make me an excellent
candidate for the board position. I feel
very confident of my ability to assist the
school district to continue our strong
academic presence while maintaining a
strong fiscal bottom line. Being a school
board member is a huge task, but one I
will eagerly accept.
NILES Our family moved to Zumbrota
five years ago. My wife and I have two
adult daughters and our son is now a
freshman at ZMHS. Im a volunteer EMT
with Zumbrota Ambulance and am serving
my second year on the ambulance board.
Im interested in the school board because
Im passionate about learning - nothing
should be more important to a community
than the education of our youth. In fact,
long before moving to Zumbrota we pulled
our daughter from the district we were
in and open enrolled her elsewhere.
Having children in different districts was
challenging - there was no bus service,
the two districts calendars didnt match,
the educational approach was quite
different - but it was the right thing for
her. She flourished, so we did that until
she graduated five years later. Im willing
to try things, and believe that passion
and perspective will be an asset to the
ROSENTHAL I am 56 years old, Ive
resided in Zumbrota for 14 years. I
work retail selling jewelry at the Apache
Mall. All of my children attended ZM,
oldest going (PSEO) Post Secondary
Educational Opportunity; second
graduating from ZM in 2008, and my
youngest transferred to Pine Island where
my wife Marlee teaches in Special
Education. I am not on any community
activities outside of school board. Since,
I am a very involved school board member,
I sit on some of the busiest committees
and educational cooperatives spending
up to 20 hours a month. Ive served on
the Zumbrota Mazeppa school board
since 2007. This will be my last term; I
believe in term limits. I am a school
board member because I greatly care
about education not just for my children,
but also for all future graduates of the
Zumbrota-Mazeppa school district. Our
future lies in their education.
ROTH I was born and raised in
Wabasha and moved to rural Zumbrota
in 1985. Prior to purchasing a home
built by the Z-M construction class, my
three children were able to be open
enrolled and ultimately graduate from
ZMHS. Since retiring from Z-M after 29
years of teaching there, I would like to
continue to use my professional skills,
experience, and interest by serving this
district as a school board member. I am
passionate about education and motivated
to see all students succeed as well rounded
WENDT I am a Zumbrota graduate,
I have lived in Zumbrota almost 50 years.
My wife Connie and I have two sons,
Tom and Bill who also graduated from
ZM. I also have a grandson in town who
will most likely attend ZM. Besides being
on the ZM school board I am on the ZM
Education foundation board and the
Goodhue County Education District board.
I still think I have some insight and ideas
teachers have now been given some
tech-prep time, but I still wonder if were
being effective with the technology we
have. I believe we need to meet students
where they are, in a safe, respectful
environment, and Z-M has been a leader
with the Positive Behavior Intervention
and Support approach. Class size is
critical - educators need to know their
individual students strengths and
weaknesses to help them be successful
in learning.
ROSENTHAL I support Goodhue
County Education District 100%. I
understand how important special
education is in benefitting our students
who need it, both my wife and son teach
in special education. I am ZMs main
representative for Wasioja Educational
Technical Cooperative WETC). WETC
provides (ITV) Interactive Television and
other technical support to ZM. I was
responsible for bringing modern ITV rooms
to ZM high school. Hundreds of ZM
students have had the chance to take
advance placement (college) and elective
courses that ZM could not afford on it
own. I serve on the Southeast Service
Cooperative (SSC) representing ZM.
Through SSC I support programs that
help ZM with technology, student
programs, courses improving teachers
skills, PBIS and anti-bullying programs.
Students need to feel safe and welcome
in the ZM educational environment.
These cooperatives benefit students,
teachers and the district by saving ZM
money, which saves you taxes.
ROTH In order to meet the needs of
students for them to be successful, needs
should be identified, goals set and a
strategic plan made to meet the goals.
WENDT Our teaching staff,
administrators and district belong to several
different organizations that help with
our needs. GCED provides help with
special ed. Rochester Area Math and
Science (RAMPS) helps in those areas.
WETC provides interactive learning
opportunities with area schools. Many
of the staff also belong to different
organizations that bring insight and new
ideas to our district. We have started to
implement one on one learning with a
variety of devices which we hope to be
able to expand to all grades in the future.
One of our tasks as a board is to help
filter input from all of these various groups
and collectively provide the best that we
4. The ZM School District has
had fairly stable enrollment over
the years. With the options that
are available for students to
attend outside the district and
through online school programs,
how would you promote the
school to the residents and
outside of the district to maintain
enrollment? How would you
provide for increases in
enrollment if there was growth
in the district?
HINCHLEY Its true...there are more
and more options available to parents
and children these days. First of all, we
need to be sure our school is portraying
a positive image....from the leaders to
teachers, students, and parents. That
may mean making some tough decisions
in the future. I personally love seeing all
the positive things on the school
website...the little stories about what
the kids have done in school. The paper
does a great job of covering a lot of
these too, but maybe we need to reach
a little further and show individuals outside
the school district how great we are. We
need to show the families that are
relocating because one parent works in
Rochester and the other in the Twin
Cities that the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School
District is for them! The key will be
expanding social media. If there is a
growth in enrollment, we would have to
do some serious research and look at
our options carefully. We are seeing
other school districts having to build
new schools. If it comes to that, we
need to think carefully and make sure
we plan for the future.
MEYERHOFER Outside programs
do abound, but I truly believe we as a
district offer a huge number of programs
that would stand up to anything offered
Becky Hinchley Rich Meyerhofer Dirk Niles
Stephen Rosenthal Jean Roth James Wendt
Six candidates will vie for three
positions on the ZM School Board
elsewhere. The past boards, staff and
administration of ZM schools has done
a wonderful job keeping our school
programs not only top notch, but also
current. The advance courses, WETC
programs, as well as ZMs advanced
curriculum, certainly offers an array of
options for our students. Past boards
have done a great job improving our
technology and course offerings as well
as supplying programs that challenge
students, all the while gaining new insight
and potential college level credit. We
need to constantly promote our school,
continue to offer advance placement
courses, online offerings, as well as
combine offerings with colleges and
universities. We must keep our curriculum
fresh and up to date, while continuing to
explore more offerings that will keep our
students in our buildings. Offering an
educational experience that will give our
students the education they seek, while
still allowing them a high school experience.
Increased student enrollment as a result
of this promotion would be a great problem
to have and depending on where (grade
configuration) or which class the increase
develops, would need to be handled on
a case by case point.
NILES A significant factor in our
familys decision to move to Zumbrota
was our very favorable impression of
the Z-M District. That impression was
developed through positive news stories,
solid test scores and discussions with
residents and teachers. We need to keep
that up! Administrators and staff must
understand by being effective, responsive
and helpful they play a key role in
maintaining and growing enrollment. Im
confident growth in the district can be
well managed. While temporary space
fixes can work in the short-term, the
district must have at least a ten year
plan for growth.
ROSENTHAL I have first hand
knowledge how PSEO works. A few
years ago there were more than 23
students leaving ZM for PSEO. On the
ZM curriculum committee, I researched
state laws and put forth a plan to enforce
graduations requirements for PESO
students; on that same committee I
presented a plan to keep students at ZM
and take AP courses. My effort on WETC
and SSC has helped keep students at
ZM. ZM loses students over bullying issues;
my efforts on SSC supporting (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Interventions &
Supports, Olweus (anti-bullying) and other
programs have cut bullying at ZM. Students
need to feel safe at ZM. Ill do what is
right for staff and students enabling them
to make ZM a national award winning
school district. Finally, Id look at offering
bus transportation to Rochester students
so they could take advantage of the
award winning education ZM has to offer.
ROTH ZMs strong test scores in
reading, science and math are showcased
not only locally, but statewide. Local
media and technology such as our school
webpage promote academic and
extracurricular activities. We share classes
via interactive TV and our construction
with surrounding districts. We have the
opportunity to promote our district each
time we host or attend an activity. We
need to continue to build on our strengths.
In order to provide for growth, we need
to collaborate with city officials in both
Zumbrota and Mazeppa to establish a
long-range plan for the district that would
allow for the expansion of the communities
along with increasing physical dimensions
of the school to provide for this growth.
WENDT It seems that the years of
declining enrollment are behind us. In
the past few years we have increased by
10 to 20 students a year. This number
is always in flux as we live in a highly
mobile era. We have room for more
students at this time, what the future
bring is just a guess at this time. We
have some of the best test scores in the
area, we have a very well rounded mixture
of course offering ,academic, arts, music
and sports. These are things that parents
and students are looking for.
5. The state legislature made
some improvements in funding
for Minnesota schools. Do you
think schools are properly
funded in smaller, non-metro
districts? Why or why not?
HINCHLEY I honestly would have to
research this more to know the details.
I do know that last year, our school
district and others the same size were
overlooked for additional funding, and it
was unfair. Schools should be given
funding equally on a per student basis,
but I understand there are also a lot
more factors that need to be considered.
If I am elected to school board, this is
definitely one area I want to learn more
about. Regardless, we will need to work
with what we are given and do what we
can to influence legislators to earmark
more money for education.
MEYERHOFER No. I dont believe
smaller non-metro districts are funded
properly. Our school district receives
thousands of dollars LESS per pupil than
many of the larger school districts
throughout the state. I also know that
the funding formula for Minnesota schools
is extremely complex and complicated,
but it would seem that a more fair and
equal process should be able to be
achieved. This of course must be
accompolished by our State Legislature,
but locally we can help educate our
representatives through conversations
and examples of how our district is affected
by current funding. Probably an even
bigger funding problem for school districts
is the numerous unfunded mandates
These are programs school s are required
by law to provide (state and/or federal),
but are NOT funded by state or federal
dollars. These programs are certainly
worthy and needed, but without funding
assistance, paying for these additional
required programs drains dollars needed
in other areas. School districts are often
required to cut or reduce present
successful programs in order to pay for
the mandated requirements.
NILES No, schools are not properly
funded in smaller, non-metro districts.
State funding is biased and we experience
significant inequity compared to metro
districts. The MN Rural Education
Association has helped reduce the disparity
but it still very much exists due to costs
for transportation, special education and
maintenance, to name only a few factors.
ROSENTHAL The funding formula
from the state has over 400 entries in
which a schoolcould receive funds from.
The issue is not just metro vs rural, it is
a Northern rural vs southeastern rural
Minnesota. Northern rural schools get
funding from mining, forestry and other
deals set for them. Years of party politics
have given some outstate schools extra
funding while shorting other school
districts. Ive been one of the leading
board advocates when dealing with funding
and educational issues at state legislature.
I questioned both Democratic and
Republican Representatives on how and
why they stand on issues affecting ZM
school district and our member coops.
ITV rooms are important to education of
our students, yet funding cut during lean
years of the state budget hasnt been
replaced. I question how state/federal
mandates affect our district by writing
editorials on the effects of states funding
to inform our public.
ROTH The legislature has made
huge gains in the last two sessions re-
garding this issue-yet there continues to
be a discrepancy in funding between
school districts. Organizations such as
Minnesota Rural Education Association
and Schools for Educational Equity con-
tinue to address this area. For example,
schools in the Metro and Rochester receive
$2.79/sq. foot for deferred maintenance
while schools in outstate MN receive
.58/sq. foot for deferred maintenance.
The building needs in both area are the
WENDT The Board, District, and
Administration has done a remarkable
job of maintaining through some tough
times. The state has helped more but
with strings attached. The patrons of
this district helped provide for great
education with the passage of
referendums, we thank you for your
support. With that said it would be nice
to receive the same funding as metro
schools, that probably wont happen as
they do have issues that we dont but it
would be nice to get closer.
6. How would you get
residents input when making
HINCHLEY There are many ways to
get input from residents. Unfortunately,
not one method reaches everyone. Sending
out surveys to homes makes sure the
word gets out to everyone, but people
are busy and dont have time to fill out
surveys. I find the best way to get input
is to get out there and ask everyone you
can games, at church, waiting
for your child at the dance studio, etc.
Again, social media could play a part in
this as well. People in our community
want to be heard, and we just need to
give them the chance to voice their
concerns and their solutions. If I get
elected, I hope people feel comfortable
approaching me with concerns or ideas
they have. To me, being on the ZM
School Board is a matter of being an
extension of everyone in the community.
MEYERHOFER I believe school board
members should do their best to gather
as much information from as many sources
as possible, before making major
decisions. Board members are elected
to oversee the entire district and should
keep in mind the effect those decisions
will have on the students, district and
communities. Board members should
work closely with our community partners
as well as communicate with the school
district stakeholders. Whether that is
patrons, parents, students or staff, board
members need to listen, then confer
and finally decide the best course of
action for the district.
NILES I support the schools multi-
focal communication initiatives including
public forums, direct mail, and the website
to keep the community informed, but
more is needed. I would like to see the
district be much more involved in online
social media as a communication vehicle.
Im a proponent of face-to-face
communication and I enjoy attending
school activities, concerts, sports,
exhibitions, etc. In those venues I would
consider wearing a bright colored come
talk with me vest, so residents know
who they could approach with ideas and
feedback. This a communication idea
gleaned from incident management in
the EMS world.
ROSENTHAL Getting input from
residents is only as good as giving output
to residents. Our current board works
hard to get input from our residents. I
support Pete Hinrichs (board member)
writing letters to News Record to inform
the public. I support communicating with
residents on our web page, monthly
newsletter, and instant alert system
which I was part of obtaining for ZM.
That system should have been used to
inform parents during lock down drills,
OCT. 7th. I always respond to all emails
and calls I receive from residents. I
pass out business cards with my contact
info. In one on one conversations I
encourage residents to participate in
the ZM educational system. I ask residents
and their children how things are going
at school. It was students I talked to,
that made me realize the Taher lunch
program was not good for ZM; I led the
efforts to go with Lunch Time Solutions,
our current provider.
ROTH School board meetings are
open to the public with input encouraged.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa school district has
a strong history of providing informational
meetings regarding specific proposals
and changes including referendums,
pairing, major renovations, school board
elections as well as open house and
parent-teacher conferences.
WENDT We have different committees
that patrons can get on. I still prefer the
telephone if you have questions concerns,
ideas call me I still have a land line and
I am listed in the book. Patrons can
always call teacher administrators and
staff with concerns and ideas. This is
our school, every ones in Zumbrota and
Mazeppa , we should proud of it so
speak up if you have thoughts to pass
along. Thanks for your support and votes.
ZM closes out season with a loss
By Faye Haugen
ZUMBROTA With the start
of tournament season, each team
has an 0-0 record. The Zumbrota-
Mazeppa volleyball team is hop-
ing to turn their season around on
Thursday when they open West
Section 1AA play at Stewartville
Area Sports
Panthers gain some momentum
By Faye Haugen
land volleyball team gained some
momentum as they head into post-
season play when they placed fifth
out of 16 teams at the Rochester
Rotary Invitational Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Panthers will
open Section 1AA play on Thurs-
day when they head to third-seeded
Byron for a 7 p.m. game. A win
over the Bears will move Pine Is-
land into the semifinals on Satur-
day at Mayo Civic Arena in Roch-
ester at 11 a.m.
The Panthers had no answer for
Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday
in a 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 loss to
the HVL co-champions.
Noelle Langworthy had 21 set
assists, Stephanie Norte had nine
kills and eight digs. Isabelle So-
rensen had 11 digs and Madie Owen
had five kills.
Pine Island 17 20 16
Kasson-Mantorville 25 25 25
Kills: PI - Stephanie Norte 9, Madi Owen 5
Set assists: PI - Noelle Langworthy 21
Digs: PI - Isabelle Sorensen 11, Stephanie
Norte 8, Amanda Troester 8, Madie Owen 7
Rotary Invitational
The Panthers won three of the
four games they played at the
Rochester Rotary Invitational on
Friday and Saturday at the Na-
tional Volleyball Center in Roch-
Pine Island opened pool play
with a 25-27, 25-23 and 15-8 win
over Rochester John Marshall. PI
then fell 25-15, 25-18 to Glen-
coe-Silver Lake in the pool play
semifinals on Friday.
The Panthers returned on Sat-
urday to post a 22-25, 25-20 and
15-5 win over Northfield to be
seeded into the fifth-place game
where they defeated Cannon Falls,
25-21, 25-21.
No individual statistics were
By Faye Haugen
KENYON You couldnt ask
for anything more for a regular
season finale. Top-ranked Stew-
artville came into Kenyon with a
perfect 10-0 HVL record. Kenyon-
Wanamingo trailed the Tigers 9-
1 with their only loss to Kasson-
Mantorville. A win would give
the Knights a share of their first
HVL title.
KW played flawless ball in their
opening game with Stewartville
knocking the Tigers back on their
heals with a 25-17 win. KW rolled
up a lead of 24-23 in the second
game, but a serving error allowed
the Tigers back in the game and
they took advantage for a 26-24
win. The same thing happened in
the third game. KW roared to a
25-24 lead, but a serving error
denied them a win and gave Stew-
artville the chance to come back
and win 27-25.
With their backs to the wall down
2-1 in games, KW came back. A
6-0 serving run by Mara Quam
and a pair of Megan Quam kills
put the Knights up 15-10 in the
fourth game, and they went on to
win 25-17 and force a fifth and
deciding contest.
The Knights jumped to leads of
5-1 and 12-7 in the final game, but
the Tigers came roaring back to
tie the game at 12-12. But KW
persevered, winning on a Megan
Quam kill, a Stewartville error and
a Tiger net violation for a 15-12
This was the Knights first vic-
tory over the Tigers since 1993
when Coach Nerison was a setter
for that Kenyon squad.
Many players stood out for the
Knights, including: Mara Quam,
19 kills, 29 digs, six ace serves;
Megan Quam, 20 kills, 18 digs,
four blocks; Brittney Flom, six
blocks, and 10 kills; Kasey Dum-
mer, 22 digs; Mia Peterson, 34 set
assists and 15 digs; Siri Quam, 20
set assists and two ace serves.
Stewartville 17 26 27 17 12
KW 25 24 25 25 15
Kills: KW - Mara Quam 19, Megan Quam 20,
Brittney Flom 10, Megan Flom 8, Emily Ashland
Set assists: KW - Mia Peterson 34, Siri Quam
Digs: KW - Kasey Dummer 22, Mara Quam
29, Megan Quam 18, Mia Peterson 15
Blocks: KW - Brittney Flom 6, Megan Flom 4,
Megan Quam 4
Ace serves: KW - Mara Quam 6, Siri Quam 2
The Knights earned a three-game
sweep over New Richland-Hart-
land-Ellendale-Geneva on Mon-
day evening in New Richland, 25-
20, 25-12 and 25-14.
Megan Quam led KW with 12
kills, 11 digs, and two ace serves.
Mara Quam had eight kills, 12
KW shocks top-ranked Stewartville
digs and three ace serves. Mia
Peterson dished out 27 set assists.
The Knights earned the top seed
in the South Section 2AA play-
offs. The Knights (22-5) will host
eighth-seeded Blue Earth Area (1-
22) on Thursday at 7 p.m. A win
will advance KW to the semifi-
nals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Man-
kato East High School in Man-
kato. The South Section 2AA fi-
nals will be played on Thursday,
October 30 at St. Peter.
NRHEG 20 12 14
Kenyon-Wanamingo 25 25 25
Kills: KW - Mara Quam 8, Megan Quam 12,
Brittney Flom 8, Emily Ashland 9
Set assists: KW - Mia Peterson 27, Siri Quam
Digs: KW - Kasey Dummer 11, Mara Quam
12, Megan Quam 11
Ace serves: KW - Mara Quam 3, Megan
Quam 2
at 7 p.m. An upset win over the
top-ranked and top-seeded Tigers
would move Zumbrota-Mazeppa
into the semifinals at Mayo Civic
Arena in Rochester on Saturday
at 10 a.m. A loss will end their
The Cougars fell to 3-19 when
they closed out regular season play
at home against Hayfield. The
Vikings, who have earned points
in the Class A poll, won in three,
25-9, 25-19 and 25-20.
Breana Haag led ZM with eight
kills; Alyssa Quam had six kills;
Bella Wagner had 18 digs; Tara
Matuska had 12 set assists; and
Rachel Mensink had nine set as-
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 9 19 20
Hayfield 25 25 25
Kills: ZM - Alyssa Quam 6, Breana Haag 8
Set assists: ZM - Rachel Mensink 9, Tara
Matuska 12
Digs: ZM - Bella Wagner 18
2014 South Section 2AA Volleyball
Thursday, Oct. 23
7 p.m., Montgomery
4. Tri City United
1. Kenyon-Wanamingo
Thursday, Oct. 23
7 p.m., St. Peter
7. Waseca
2. St. Peter
Thursday, Oct. 23
7 p.m., Waterville
6. Maple River
3. WEM
Thursday, Oct. 23
7 p.m., Kenyon
8. Blue Earth Area
Tuesday, October 28,
6 p.m., Mankato East
Tuesday, October 28,
7:45 p.m., Mankato East
Saturday, November 1
7:45 p.m. Gustavus, St. Peter
ZGC annual
meeting is
November 11
ZUMBROTA The Zumbrota
Golf Club will hold their annual
meeting on Tuesday, November
11 beginning at 6 p.m. in the club
Election of officers, the finan-
cial report and an overview of the
2014 season will be on the agenda.
tournament is
Saturday at ZGC
ZUMBROTA The annual
Zumbrota Golf Club Backwards
Tournament will be held this Sat-
urday beginning at 10 a.m.
This annual event gives golfers
a chance to play the course back-
wards. Sign up as a foursome at
the clubhouse. So far, nine teams
are entered and more are expected
since nice weather is in the fore-
A potluck will be held after golf
is completed. Sign up today by
calling 732-5817.
News-Record photos by Faye Haugen
Kenyon-Wanamingos Brittney Flom uses her long reach to get the ball past a pair of Stewartville blockers in
Tuesdays game in Kenyon.
Kenyon-Wanamingos Emily Ashland slams a kill back to the Stewartville
side of the net in Tuesdays match with the top-ranked Class AA Tigers.
Kenyon-Wanamingo players, from left, Kasey Dummer, Emily Ashland, Mara Quam, Brittney Flom and Mia
Peterson celebrated each and every point they scored in their upset victory over Stewartville in Kenyon,
2013 West Section 1AA Volleyball
Thursday, October 23,
Cannon Falls, 7 p.m.
5. Lourdes
4. Cannon Falls
1. Stewartville
Thursday, October 23,
Kasson, 7 p.m.
7. Triton
2. Kasson-Mantorville
Thursday, October 23,
Byron, 7 p.m.
6. Pine Island
3. Byron
Thursday, October 23,
Stewartville, 7 p.m.
8. Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Saturday, October 25
Mayo Civic Arena
Rochester, 10 a.m.
Saturday, October 25
Mayo Civic Arena
Rochester, 11 a.m.
Thursday, October 30
Mayo Civic Arena
Rochester, 7:30 p.m.
News-Record photos by Faye Haugen
Pine Islands Stephanie Norte makes a block against Northfield in
Saturdays Rotary Invitational Tournament in Rochester.
With hair flying, Pine Islands Ali Woodward get her hit across the net against Northfield on Saturday at the
Rotary Invitational in Rochester.
Saturday, October 25
Mayo Civic Arena
Rochester, 1 p.m.
2. Fillmore Central
3. Wabasha-Kellogg
Saturday, October 25
Mayo Civic Arena
2:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 30
Mayo Civic Arena
Rochester, 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 23,
7 p.m., Mable
1. Mabel-Canton
9. Schaeffer Academy
2014 East Section 1A Volleyball
Thursday, October 23,
7 p.m., Harmony
October 23,
7 p.m., Wabasha
8. Lanesboro
Monday, October 20
4. Goodhue
10. Lewiston-Altura
7. Houston
Monday, October 20
6. Spring Grove
11. Kingsland
Monday, October 20
Thursday, October 23,
7 p.m., Goodhue
12. Hope Lutheran
5. Rushford-Peterson
Monday, October 20
HVL Girls Soccer Conf Over
Final W L T W L T
Kasson-Mantorville 6 0 0 13 4 2
PIZM 5 1 0 9 6 2
Lourdes 3 2 1 8 6 2
Byron 3 3 0 7 6 2
Lake City 2 4 0 4 12 0
Stewartville 1 5 0 2 12 0
Cannon Falls 0 6 0 1 11 1
Area Sports
By Faye Haugen
BYRON The Lourdes girls
and Lake City boys won team titles
at the HVL meet that was run on
Tuesday at Byron.
Pine Island placed third in the
boys standings with 91 points. The
Tigers won the title with 44 points,
followed by Kasson-Mantorville
with 65 points. Zumbrota-
the defending boys HVL champi-
ons, placed fourth with 97 points.
Goodhue came in eighth with 241
Lourdes tallied 42 points to win
the girls title. Pine Island placed
fifth with 101 points, Zumbrota-
placed ninth with 211 points and
Goodhue ran as an incomplete
The Section 1A meet will be
held Thursday at Northern Hills
Golf Course starting at 4 p.m.
The Section 1AA meet will be
run at Brooktree Golf Course in
Owatonna beginning at 4 p.m.
Varsity boys
Jack Williams paced Pine Is-
land, placing eight in 17:56 to earn
his first HVL All Conference hon-
ors. Logan Meurer placed 11th to
earn all conference honors for the
second straight year. Isaiah On-
dler placed 22nd, Garrett Bates,
30th, Jimmy Kroll, 32nd, Jason
Hoerle, 40th, and Evan Goplen
rounded out the team placing 47th.
Three ZMKW runners earned
HVL All Conference medals. Se-
nior Eric Hokanson placed sev-
enth in 17:53, junior Ben Bohn
was 12th and senior Micah Grove
placed 16th. Also running for the
Cougars were, Craig Banks, 29th,
Colton Webster, 45th, Cole Ha-
ferman, 49th and Joey Majerus,
Micah, Eric and Ben have run
extremely well this season. Their
hard work has paid off, said Coach
Brad Smith.
Derek Alpers placed 42nd to
lead Goodhue in 20:10. He was
followed by Ryan Alpers, 52nd,
Ryan Gorman, 53rd, CJ Hahn, 54th,
Kenny Schafer, 55th, and Trevor
Huneke, 56th.
Carl Kozlowski of Lake City
was the medalist in 17:01.
Lake City 44, Kasson-Mantorville 65,
Pine Island 91, Zumbrota-Mazeppa/
Kenyon-Wanamingo 97, Lourdes 117,
Byron 133, Cannon Falls 144, Goodhue
241; incomplete: Stewartville, Hayfield
Medalist - Carl Kozlowski, Lake City, 17:01
7. Eric Hokanson (ZMKW) 17:53; 8. Jack Williams
(PI) 17:56; 11. Logan Meurer (I) 18:06; 12.
Ben Bohn (ZMKW) 18:10; 16. Micah Grove
(ZMKW) 18:28; 22. Isaiah Ondler (PI) 18:50;
29. Craig Banks (ZMKW) 19:16; 30. Garrett
Bates (PI) 19:18; 32. Jimmy Kroll (PI) 19:49;
Lake City and Lourdes win HVL titles
40. Jason Hoerle (PI) 20:01; 42. Derek Alpers
(G) 20:10; 45. Colton Webster (ZMKW) 20:20;
47. Evan Goplen (PI) 20:31; 49. Cole Haferman
(ZMKW) 20:47; 50. Joey Majerus (ZMKW) 20:54;
52. Ryan Alpers (G) 22:22; 53. Ryan Gorman
(G) 22:29; 54. CJ Hahn (G) 23:19; 55. Kenny
Schafer (G) 24:19; 56. Trevor Huneke (G)
Varsity girls
Pine Island had three girls earn
all conference titles. Jocasta Adels-
man placed fourth in 16:13 fol-
lows by Josselyn Lindahl, ninth,
and Alyssa Rauk, 20th. The top
21 runners earn all conference sta-
tus. Ally Noll placed 34th, Taylor
Rasmussen, 36th, Jordyn Braaten,
45th, and Emma Vouk, 54th.
Tianna Beniak led ZMKW plac-
ing 29th in 18:14. She was fol-
lowed by Maddie Patterson, 31st,
Kallie Alders, 49th, Haley Elling-
son, 51st, Sarah Benrud, 59th,
Payton Kruse, 60th and Clara
Flikke, 63rd.
Goodhue had only two runners
in the varsity race. Cassie Voth
led Goodhue, placing 23rd in 17:58
and Madison Schafer placed 37th.
Catherine Degen of Lourdes took
medalist honors with a time of
Lourdes 42, Lake City 60, Byron 78,
Stewartville 98, Pine Island 101, Cannon
Falls 192, Kasson-Mantorville 204,
Hayfield 209, Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-
Wanamingo 211; incomplete Goodhue
Medalist - Catherine Degen, Lourdes , 16:00
4. Jocasta Adelsman (PI) 16:13; 9. Josselyn
Lindahl (PI) 16:28; 20. Alyssa Rauk (PI) 17:42;
23. Cassie Voth (G) 17:58; 29. Tianna Beniak
(ZMKW) 18:14; 31. Maddie Patterson (ZMKW)
18:18; 34. Ally Noll (PI) 18:31; 36. Taylor
Rasmussen (PI) 18:38; 37. Madison Schafer
(G) 18:39; 45. Jordyn Braaten (PI) 19:17; 49.
Kallie Alders (ZMKW) 19:28; 51. Haley Ellingson
(ZMKW) 19:47; 54. Emma Vouk (PI) 20:05;
59. Sarah Benrud (ZMKW) 20:48; 60. Payton
Kruse (ZMKW) 20:56; 63. Clara Flikke (ZMKW)
News-Record photos by Faye Haugen
Goodhues CJ Hahn leads teammates Ryan Gorman, Trevor Huneke and Kenny Schafer on the final lap at the
HVL championships in Byron, Tuesday.
Pine Islands Jocasta Adelsman and Jordyn Lindahl run together on the
first lap at the HVL championships in Byron, Tuesday.
Goodhues Madison Schafer runs the last 400 meters to the finish line
at the HVL Conference cross country meet on Tuesday in Byron.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingos Maddie Patterson, (left) and
Goodhues Cassie Voth (right) sandwich Lake Citys Becca Goertzen on
the first lap of the HVL meet on Tuesday in Byron.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingos Micah Grove races with his
shadow on the last lap at the HVL Conference meet on Tuesday.
Pine Islands Jack Williams ran to a eighth-place finish at the conference
meet to earn all conference honors for the first time.
By Faye Haugen
KENYON After their 56-13
win at Winona last week, the
Kenyon-Wanamingo football team
continued to play well in a 27-20
loss to Lewiston-Altura on
Twice in the first half the Knight
defense answered the call, stop-
ping the Cards on fourth down.
The first stop led to Kenyon-Wana-
mingo taking a 6-0 lead on a 42-
yard run by Luke Rechtzigel.
LA scored early in the second
quarter on a one-yard plunge by
Andrew Knapczyk, but the Knights
took a 12-7 lead to the locker room
when Tanner Warner ran in from
the eight.
The Cards scored the only points
of the fourth quarter on another
one-yard run by Brady Lange. LA
increased their lead to 27-12 early
in the fourth quarter on runs of 51
yards and 10 yards by Knapczyk.
Rechtzigel kept the score close
when he ran the ball in from the
five late in the game. Jake Whipple
ran in the conversion for the 27-
20 final score.
Rechtzigel was 6 of 12 passing
for 71 yards. He also led the Knight
rushing attack with 51 yards on
four carries. Devyn Stordahl had
the longest reception at 20 yards.
The sixth-seeded Knights
opened Section 2AA play on Tues-
day at third-seeded Waterville. A
KW win would move them on to
Saturdays semifinals at second-
seeded Pine Island at 7 p.m. A
loss would end their season.
Kenyon-Wanamingo 20
Lewiston- Altura 27
LA 0 7 7 13 = 27
KW 6 6 0 8 = 2-
First quarter
KW: 42-yard touchdown run by Luke Rechtzigel.
PAT kick blocked. 6-0
Second quarter
LA: One-yard touchdown run by Andrew Knapczyk.
PAT kick by Masyn Christie. 7-6.
KW: Eight-yard touchdown run by Tanner Warner.
Conversion pass failed. 12-7
Third quarter
LA: One-yard touchdown run by Brady Lange.
PAT kick by Masyn Christie. 14-12.
Fourth quarter
LA: 51-yard touchdown run Andrew Knapczyk.
PAT kick by Masyn Christie. 21-12
LA: 10-yard touchdown run by Andrew Knapczyk.
PAT kick blocked. 27-12
KW: Five-yard touchdown run by Luke Rechtzigel.
Conversion run by Jake Whipple. 27-20
Individual statistics
Passing: Luke Rechtzigel 6 of 12 for 71 yards
Rushing:Luke Rechtzigel, 4 carries for 51
Receiving: Devyn Stordahl, one reception for
20 yards
News-Record photo by Faye Haugen
Kenyon-Wanamingo quarterback Luke Rechtzigel (3) follows his blocker
Connor Sviggum for a big gain in the first quarter of Wednesdays game
in Kenyon.
KW gives LA all they can handle
The Kenyon-Wanamingo defense of Luke Votruba (7), Bailey Paquin (65), Seth Donkers (79) and Peyton Hilke
(28) get together to stop the Lewiston-Altura running back in the second quarter of Wednesdays game.
Island League
Owens Locker 19 vs. D&M Dairy 11;
DMC Plumbing 25 vs. Majerus & Tiarks
5; Kittelson Heating & Plumbing 13.5
vs. Oerli & Pleaschourt 16.5; Producers
Hybrids 25 vs. Comstock Farm 5
Top team series: DMC Plumbing 3444
Team game: DMC Plumbing 1199
Top individual series: Steven Pleschourt
Top individual: Jerry and Shannon Morrow
Classic League
Dupont Pioneer 0 vs. 7 Eberhar t
Construction; Bye 0 vs. 7 AR Auto Care;
Hinrich Plumbing & Pump 3 vs. 4 MJB
Farms; Groth Implement 7 vs. 0 Leos
2014 HVL CC
All Conference
Rebecca Houston 12
Hannah Higgins 9
Lauren Nepstad 7
Cannon Falls
Katherine Hoffman 11
Bjorn Pearson 11
Gabe Temple 12
Mark Ostroot 12
Ben Colvin 11
Brennan Gustafson 10
Lake City
Morgan Dammann 11
Taylor Heitman 11
Sidney Renelt 9
Liz Kozlowski 9
Colin Fritz 12
Shane Siewert 12
Tony Klindworth 11
Carl Kozlowski 10
Cole Willers 10
Mitchell Mund 10
Pine Island
Jocasta Adelsman 9
Josselyn Lindahl 9
Jack Williams 10
Logan Meurer 10
Rochester Lourdes
Catherine Degen 12
Ellen Beckman 12
Elizabeth Bauer 11
Erin Leary 10
Anna Braun 8
Lauryn Renier 7
Dakota Streit 12
Chrissy Lofgren 11
Marie Larson 11
James Mathison 12
Eric Hokanson 12
Micah Grove 12
Ben Bohn 11
Top team game: Eberhart Construction
Top team series: Eberhart Construction
Top bowler game: Jerry Morrow 265
Top bowler series: Jerry Morrow 663
By Faye Haugen
GOODHUE The Goodhue
football team played well enough
to win on Wednesday evening, but
they were unable to pull out a vic-
tory over second-ranked Caledonia
in the regular season finale in
Goodhue. The Warriors came into
the game undefeated, averaging
over 38 points a game. The Cat
defense kept the Caledonia offense
in check, allowing just 13 points,
but the Warrior defense was also
up to the task as they held Goodhue
Caledonia wins the Southern
Football Alliance Blue Division
title with an 8-0 record. Rushford-
Peterson was second at 7-1 and
Goodhue finishes in third at 6-2
Caledonia scored on their open-
ing drive when Austin Bauer hit
Collin Lambert with a 36-yard pass.
The other Warrior score came in
the middle of the third quarter on
a three-yard run by Bauer.
Goodhue had their chances, but
three interceptions, two that were
caught in the Warrior end zone,
killed the Cats chances.
We convert on those, and its a
14-13 game, said Coach Tony
Poncelet. Defensively, we held
in check a great offense. Offen-
sively, we struggled at times with
their front four. Those are some
big strong kids, but Ill give our
kids credit. We stuck our noses in
there and battled to the end.
Caledonia shut down Goodhues
rushing game, limiting the Cats to
just 36 yards on the ground. Gar-
rett Huemann, who has rushed for
nearly 900 yards this fall, was held
to just 25 yards on 16 carries. Ja-
cob Pasch threw for 124 yards,
hitting 14 of 30 passes. But he
was picked off three times. Tyler
Schumacher made 10 receptions
for 91 yards.
The Wildcats were seeded third
in the Section 1A playoffs, host-
ing Wabasha-Kellogg on Tuesday
evening. A win would advance
Goodhue to Saturdays semifinals.
If Goodhue and second-seeded
Blooming Prairie win, the game
will be at 7 p.m. at Blooming Prai-
rie. A Goodhue win and BP loss
puts the game in Goodhue.
Goodhue 0 - Caledonia 13
First downs 15 7
by rushing 2 6
by passing 8 1
by penalty 5 0
Rushing plays 28 39
Rushing yards 36 149
Passing attempts 30 6
Passing completions 14 3
passing yards 124 50
interceptions 3 0
touchdowns 0 0
Total offense 160 199
Punts/avg. 4/35 -
Penalties/yds 2/25 11/20
Fumbles/lost 0/0 0/0
Goodhue plays tough but comes up
short to Caledonia in Blue showdown
PI edges DE with a late field goal
By Faye Haugen
EYOTA For the second time
this season, the Pine Island foot-
ball team relied on the leg of their
kicker Mitchell Acker for a win.
The junior kicked a 29-yard field
goal in a 16-13 win over Lewiston-
Altura on October 3. On Wednes-
day, his 31-yard field goal with
16 seconds left to play was the
difference inPIs 36-34 win over
It was a strange game from the
start. DE fumbled the ball on the
third play from scrimmage with
Colton Pike recovering the ball in
the end zone for PIs first score.
Acker kicked the first of three
Mitchell Kukson stopped the
next DE drive when he picked off
a Garrett Studer pass on the PI
three-yard line. But the Panthers
turned that ball over with a fumble
at the two-yard line. DE made the
recovery and they scored on a two-
yard rush by Michael Otomo. DE
made it 14-7 at the end of the first
quarter on a 16-yard pass from
Studer to Luke Franke.
Tristan Akason stopped the next
DE drive with an interception that
Goodhue 0 0 0 0 = 0
Caledonia 6 0 7 0 = 13
First quarter
C: 36-yard touchdown pass from Austin Bauer
to Colton Lambert. PAT kick failed. 6-0
Third quarter
C: Three-yard touchdown run by Austin Bauer.
PAT kick by Alex Goergen. 13-0
Individual statistics
Passing: Jacob Pasch 14 of 30 for 124 yards,
three interceptions
Rushing: Garrett Huemann, 16 carries for 25
yards; Logan Breuer 3/17; Jacob Pasch 8/-6;
Tyler Schumacher 1/0
Receiving: Tyler Schumacher, 10 receptions
for 91 yards; Riley Augustine 2/25; Sam
McNamara 1/5; Garrett Huemann 1/3
the Panthers turned into a 18-yard
rushing TD by Aaron Gillard early
in the second quarter. The Pan-
thers picked off their third pass
when Acker made an interception
on the ensuing Eagle drive. Ben
Farrell found an opening and raced
80 yards to the end zone for a 20-
14 PI lead. DE came right back
with a 27-yard TD pass from Studer
to Ryan Keach for a 21-20 score.
PI regained the lead by the half
when Chris Frick connected with
Farrell for a 15-yard scoring pass
for a 26-21 lead.
The Panthers returned from the
locker room to increase their lead
to 33-21 on a 38-yard TD run by
Farrell in the third quarter, but
DE stayed within reach with an
11-yard scoring pass from Studer
to Keach.
PI put together a long drive that
stalled on the DE three-yard line
when the Eagles stopped the Pan-
thers on fourth and goal early in
the fourth quarter. The Eagles drove
the length of the field to take the
lead on an 18-yard TD pass from
Studer to Joseph Reiss. The con-
version failed with the score 34-
33 with five minutes to play. The
PI offense drove the ball to the
DE eight-yard line, but a penalty
pushed the Panthers back to the
18 with 16 seconds to play. That
is when Acker stepped in to be the
hero with the 31-yard field goal
for a 36-34 victory.
Farrell rushed for 249 yards on
23 carries. Frick was 7 of 17 pass-
ing for 96 yards. Akason made
three receptions for 37 yards.
Second-seeded PI opened Sec-
tion 2AA play on Tuesday, host-
ing LeSueur-Henderson. A win
would advance the Panthers to
Saturdays semifinals at 7 p.m. in
Pine Island.
Pine Island 36 - Dover-Eyota 34
Rushing yards 361 195
Passing attempts 18 18
Passing completions 7 8
passing yards 96 157
touchdowns 1 3
interceptions 0 3
Total offense 457 352
Pine Island 7 19 7 3 = 36
Dover-Eyota 14 7 7 6 = 34
First quarter
PI - Dover-Eyota fumble recovered in the end
zone by Colton Pike. PAT kick by Mitchell
Acker. 7-0
DE - Two-yard touchdown run by Michael Otomo.
PAT kick by Alec Olson. 7-7
News-Record photos by Peter Grimsrud
The Caledonia defensive player closes in on Goodhues Tyler Schumacher in Wednesdays game in Goodhue.
The reception was one of 10 that the Wildcat senior made in the 13-0 loss.
Goodhues Sam McNamara looks for running room in Wednesdays
game against second-ranked Class AA Caledonia in Goodhue.
ZM wins a wild game over Cotter
By Faye Haugen
ZUMBROTA If you left the
Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Cotter
game before the final whistle on
Wednesday, you missed some in-
teresting play. The Cougars pulled
out a 34-29 win over the Ram-
blers but it wasnt because Cotter
didnt try.
Both teams notched a pair of
scores in the opening half. ZM
saw Freedom Hunt run for a one-
yard touchdown and Tucker Lem-
merman crossed the goal line on a
six-yard run for the other. Lem-
merman also ran in a two-point
conversion. Cotter got TD runs of
three yards and five yards from
Colin Duellman. The Cougars did
have the chance to take a lead to
the locker room, moving to the
one-yard line on first down. But
Cotter stopped all four runs to end
ZMs threat.
ZM took their opening drive of
the second half and scored on a
five-yard run by Lemmerman. The
Cougar defense then stopped the
Ramblers on their next drive on
fourth and goal from the two. The
Cougars took over, but on the first
play, Hunt was tackled in the end
zone for a safety. ZM punted and
Cotter took that free kick, scoring
on a 10-yard pass from Josh Frost
to Duellman for a 22-20 lead.
The Cougars regained the lead
with four minutes to play when
Hunt rushed in from the four. ZM
was able to stop the next Cotter
drive on fourth down. Taking over
on their own 32, Maverick Jack-
son broke away for a 68-yard run
to push ZM to a 34-22 lead with
45 seconds to play.
Cotter came right back with some
long passes and they scored on a
three-yard pass from Frost to Mac
Whaley to close to 34-29 with 11
seconds to play. The Ramblers went
with an onside kick, but ZM was
able to cover the ball and run out
the remaining time for the win.
ZM kept the ball on the ground,
with Hunt rushing for 235 yards
on 19 carries. He was just 1 of 3
passing for six yards. Tyler Pon-
celet made 13 tackles and Connor
Hegseth made 11.
ZM opened Section 2AA play
on Tuesday against Gibbon-Fair-
fax-Winthrop. A win would move
the fourth-seeded Cougars to the
semifinals in Norwood Young
America on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 34
Winona Cotter 29
First downs 21 16
by rushing 20 5
by passing 0 9
by penalty 1 1
Rushing plays 58 36
Rushing yards 484 142
Passing attempts 3 27
Passing completions 1 16
passing yards 6 282
interceptions 0 1
touchdowns 0 2
Zumbrota-Mazeppa running back Tucker Lemmerman gets upended in
Wednesdays game with Cotter in Zumbrota.
Total offense 490 428
Punts/avg. 1/33 2/44
Penalties/yds 4/39 8/50
Fumbles/lost 0/0 1/0
Cotter 7 7 8 7 = 29
ZM 0 14 6 14 = 34
First quarter
WC - Three-yard touchdown run by Colin Duellman.
PAT kick by Andrew Tofstad. 7-0
Second quarter
ZM - One-yard touchdown run by Freedom
Hunt. Conversion run failed. 7-6
ZM - Six-yard touchdown run by Tucker
Lemmerman. Conversion run by Tucker
Lemmerman. 14-7
WC - Five-yard touchdown run by Colin Duellman.
PAT kick by Andrew Tofstad. 14-14
Third quarter
ZM - Five-yard touchdown run by Tucker
Lemmerman. Conversion run failed. 20-14
WC - Freedom Hunt tackled in the end zone for
a Cotter safety. 20-16
WC - 10-yard touchdown pass from Josh Front
to Collin Duellman. PAT kick failed. 22-20
Fourth quarter
ZM - Four-yard run by Freedom Hunt. Conversion
run failed. 26-22
ZM - 58-yard run by Maverick Jackson. Conversion
run by Tucker Lemmerman. 34-22
WC - Three-yard touchdown pass from Josh
Front to Mac Whaley. PAT kick failed. 34-29
Individual statistics
Passing: ZM - Freedom Hunt 1 of 3 for 6 yards
Rushing: ZM - Freedom Hunt, 19 rushes for
235 yards; Maverick Jackson 18/160; Tucker
Lemmerman 20/90
Receiving: ZM - Noah Prodzinski, 1 reception
for 6 yards
ZM defensive statistics
Tyler Poncelet 12 1 0 0 0
Connor Hegseth 3 8 0 0 0
Zach Sanborn 6 3 0 0 0
Devin Manzy 6 2 1 0 0
Kevin Nordquist 6 1 0 0 0
Evan Block 4 3 1 0 0
Noah Prodzinski 4 3 0 0 0
Alex Nelson 1 6 0 0 0
Jerrell Guider 4 1 0 1 0
Maverick Jackson 4 0 0 0 0
Freedom Hunt 2 1 0 0 0
Caleb Arendt 1 1 0 0 0
Caden Steffen 1 1 0 0 0
Bailey Berg 0 1 0 0 0
Joey OGorman 0 1 0 0 0
Alex Guse 0 1 0 0 0
Zumbrota-Mazeppas Jerrell Guider knocks Cotter quarterback Josh
Frost out of bounds in the third quarter of Wednesdays game in Zumbrota.

DE - 16-yard touchdown pass from Garrett
Studer to Luke Franke.. PAT kick by Alec Olson.
Second quarter
PI - 18-yard touchdown run by Aaron Gillard.
PAT kick failed. 14-13
PI - 80-yard touchdown run by Ben Farrell. PAT
kick by Mitchell Acker. 20-14
DE - 27-yard touchdown pass from Garrett
Studer to Ryan Keach. PAT kick by Alec Olson.
PI - 15-yard touchdown pass from Chris Frick
to Ben Farrell. Two-point conversion failed. 26-
Third quarter
PI - 38-yard touchdown run by Ben Farrell. PAT
kick by Mitchell Acker. 33-21
DE - 11-yard touchdown pass from Garrett
Studer to Ryan Keach. PAT kick by Alec Olson.
Fourth quarter
DE - 18-yard touchdown run by Joseph Reiss.
Conversion failed. 34-33
PI - 31-yard field goal by Mitchell Acker. 36-34
Individual statistics
Passing: PI - Chris Frick 7 of 17 for 96 yards,
one touchdown; Ben Farrell 0 of 1
Rushing: PI - Ben Farrell 23 carries for 249
yards; Chris Frick 11/61; Tristan Akason 4/
24; Aaron Gillard 5/22; Matt Kukson 1/5
Receiving: PI - Tristan Akason, three receptions
for 37 yards; Bryce Hinrichsen 1/26; Ben
Farrell 1/15; Matt Kukson 1/11; Mitchell Acker
2014 Section 1A Football Playoffs
Tuesday, October 21 at
Faribault, 7 p.m.
5. Southland (5-3)
4. Bethlehem Academy (6-2)
1. Rushford-Peterson (7-1)
Tuesday, October 21 at
Blooming Prairie, 7 p.m.
7. Fillmore Central (2-6)
Tuesday, October 21 at
Goodhue, 7 p.m.
6. Wabasha-Kellogg (3-5)
3. Goodhue (6-2)
Tuesday, October 21 at
Rushford, 7 p.m.
8. Kingsland (0-8)
Saturday, October 25 at
higher seed, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 at
higher seed, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 1
at Rochester Regional Sport Center,
5:30 p.m.
2. Blooming Prairie (8-0)
2014 Section 2AA Football Playoffs
Tuesday, October 21 at
Zumbrota, 7 p.m.
5. GFW (2-6)
4. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (3-5)
1. Norwood Young America (7-1)
Tuesday, October 21 at
Pine Island, 7 p.m.
7. LeSueur-Henderson (1-7)
2. Pine Island (7-1)
Tuesday, October 21 at
Waterville, 7 p.m.
6. Kenyon-Wanamingo (2-6)
3. WEM (6-2)
Tuesday, October 21 at
Norwood, 7 p.m.
8. Medford (0-8)
Saturday, October 25 at
higher seed, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 at
higher seed, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31
at higher seed, 7 p.m.
Southern Football Alliance
Conf Over
Red Division W L W L
Rochester Lourdes 7 0 8 0
Stewartville 6 1 7 1
Plainview-Elgin-Millville 4 3 5 3
Lake City 3 4 4 4
Kasson-Mantorville 3 4 4 4
Byron 2 5 3 5
LaCrescent 2 5 2 8
Cannon Falls 1 6 2 6
White Division W L W L
Triton 7 0 7 1
Pine Island 6 1 7 1
Lewiston-Altura 5 2 5 3
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 3 4 3 5
Dover-Eyota 3 4 3 5
Kenyon-Wanamingo 2 5 2 6
Winona Cotter 1 6 1 7
St. Charles 1 6 1 7
Blue Division W L W L
Caledonia 8 0 8 0
Rushford-Peterson 7 1 7 1
Goodhue 6 2 6 2
Southland 5 3 5 3
Chatfield 4 4 4 4
Wabasha-Kellogg 3 5 3 5
Fillmore Central 2 6 2 6
Hayfield 1 7 1 7
Kingsland 0 8 0 8
HVL Volleyball Conf Over
Kasson-Mantorville 10 1 24 5
Kenyon-Wanamingo 10 1 22 5
Stewartville 10 1 21 4
Byron 7 4 19 10
Cannon Falls 6 5 15 13
Hayfield 5 6 16 10
Goodhue 4 7 14 12
Rochester Lourdes 4 7 11 14
Pine Island 3 8 14 12
Lake City 3 8 7 16
Triton 2 9 10 17
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 2 9 3 19
Listen to KDHL Radio
for High School
Football and Volleyball
Playoff Action
Cannon Falls Coaches Show, 8:45 a.m.
K-W Boys Coaches Show, 10:40 a.m.
K-W Girls Coaches Show, 10:45 a.m.
Goodhue Coaches Show, 11:10 a.m.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa Coaches Show, 11:20 a.m.
Pine Island Coaches Show, 11:25 a.m.

Section B of NEWS-RECORD Wednesday, October 22, 2014 No. 43
Pine Island
Southeast Minnesota Cycling Sisters
make their first visit to Goodhue Pioneer Trail
Ten members of the Southeast Minnesota Cycling Sisters pose in front
of a transport vehicle before heading out on the Goodhue Pioneer Trail
from Covered Bridge Park on a picture-perfect fall day, Wednesday,
October 15. From left to right are Elaine Alcock, Rochester; Sherry
Jester, Rochester; Judy Trousdell, Rochester; Rita Carroll, Wasioja;
Marge McNeilus, Dodge Center; Isy Theobald (sitting on running board),
Rochester; Lynda Ruth (kneeling), Rochester; Jan Offord, Byron; Sam
Cooke (on bike), Chatfield; and Pat Fix, Rochester.
Diana Post of Zumbrota was a
member of the Southeast Minnesota
Cycling Sisters for 15 years before
retiring from the group a few years
ago. She joined ten members of
the group for lunch on October 15
after they had biked the Goodhue
Pioneer Trail, starting and ending
at the Covered Bridge Park.
By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA Ten members
of the of the Southeast Minnesota
Cycling Sisters had a perfect fall
day for their first ride on the
Goodhue Pioneer Trail Wednes-
day, October 15. The group origi-
nated 19 years ago and rides a
variety of trails weekly from late
April to the end of October each
Currently there are 24 Cycling
Sisters on the roster. Marge
McNeilus of Dodge Center, a
member of the group since it be-
gan, said a common interest of
bicycling is what brings them to-
gether, with new members added
by word of mouth. Several towns
are represented in the group in-
cluding Rochester, Chatfield,
Byron, Dodge Center, Lake City,
Frontenac, and Pine Island. There
are no dues or anything like that.
We just get together for the fun of
it, McNeilus said.
But the group is well-organized.
Over the winter, the schedule for
the coming year is planned. Com-
munication is done via email.
Members meet Wednesdays to ride
beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the cool
weather of spring and fall; 8 or 9
a.m. on warmer summer days.
Lunch and fellowship follows.
Attendance varies depending on
location and personal schedules.
A variety of locations and trails
in southeast Minnesota have been
visited by the women including
Mankato, Lanesboro, Hay Creek,
Elgin and Eyota, plus many more.
But they also travel out of state. A
list of ten best trails in the Mid-
west provide destinations in Michi-
gan, South Dakota, Nebraska,
Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin,
with some members riding all the
trails on the list. While members
may drive individually to their
destination when close to home,
for further destinations pickup
trucks that can transport up to five
bicycles and five passengers are
used. Gas expenses are shared.
Long-time Zumbrota member
After completing their ride on
the Goodhue Pioneer Trail, the
women headed to downtown Zum-
brota and a late lunch at Bridgets
Caf. They were met there by
Zumbrotan Diana Post. Post had
been a member for 15 years be-
fore changes in her health no longer
allowed her to continue to bike.
She remains physically active,
though her walking is more lim-
Post had been an avid walker
until switching to biking in the
1970s. She noted how people were
sometimes hesitant to change to
hand brakes and gear shifting. She
recalled how she became involved
with the Cycling Sisters in the
1990s. While trying a new trail by
Kasson, Post happened to meet
McNeilus riding with her grand-
daughter, Jennie. McNeilus invited
Post to join the group that was
regularly meeting on Tuesdays in
those days. However, Tuesday was
Posts golfing day. Jennie sug-
gested, Maybe you could change
the day to Wednesday, Grandma.
The group changed the meeting
day and Post joined. The riding
day has remained Wednesday ever
Several years ago, Post travelled
to Holland to bike. Other mem-
bers of the group have also biked
The Southeast Minnesota Cy-
cling Sisters welcomes new mem-
bers. The current membership in-
cludes women ages 50-80; all ages
are welcome to join. Call Marge
McNeilus at 507-374-6747 or
Elaine Alcock at 507-282-2423
for more information.
Shane Jackson carries on
family business at the Coffee Mill
Shanna Borgstrom and Shane Jackson take a short break from work on
a busy morning at the Coffee Mill. Jackson took over ownership of the
restaurant from his parents, Dean and Carol Jackson, effective October
By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA By saying If
its not broke, dont fix it, Shane
Jackson summed up what custom-
ers can expect as a result of his
taking over as owner of the Cof-
fee Mill Caf. The longtime fam-
ily-owned and operated restaurant
is located at 256 Main Street in
downtown Zumbrota. Shanes
parents, Dean and Carol Jackson,
opened the restaurant, known for
its Friday night walleye special,
homemade pies, soups, and salad
bar, in February 1984. The change
in ownership was effective Octo-
ber 1.
Jackson said that during the past
16 years, he has worked in the
low-voltage industry (phones, data,
television, security) in the Zum-
brota area. However, the new busi-
nessman said he has pretty much
always worked at the restaurant.
He began his working career as a
dishwasher at the age of 12 when
the Coffee Mill first opened. He
worked his way up to cooking when
he was 14, and became a night
cook when he was in high school.
He continued to work, opening
for his parents when they were on
vacation and every other Satur-
day. Recently he said, I waited
tables yesterday. Guess Ive done
about everything here.
Several members of the Jack-
son family work at the restaurant.
Carol continues to work regularly,
coming in the afternoon and
evening and making the home-
made pies. Dean helps out occa-
sionally. You will also find Shanes
sister, Sharla Gerken, busy at work
as well as Shanes longtime sig-
nificant other, Shanna Borgstrom.
Shannas teenage son, Ryan, re-
cently began helping out by wash-
ing dishes.
Jackson does plan a few changes,
including the introduction of sev-
eral new products and recipes in-
volving more fresh items. Ex-
amples include freshly prepared
batter for fish sandwiches, made-
from-scratch biscuit gravy, and
more homemade dinners and lun-
cheon specials.
The popular Friday night wall-
eye special is an example of what
is not changing. That will always
stay, Jackson said. Something else
customers have asked about is
whether the birthday and anniver-
sary clubs the restaurant has of-
fered will continue? The answer
is yes.
One change is that the restau-
rant is closing an hour earlier. New
hours are Monday through Satur-
day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jackson
added that he has taken over his
dads hours of coming in at 4:30
a.m. to start making the fresh din-
ner rolls.
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO Senator Matt
Schmit attended the October 6
Wanamingo City Council meet-
ing to give an update on the latest
legislative session. Following the
update Schmit asked the mayor
and council members if they had
any concerns or needs.
Councilor Jennifer Berquam said
health care insurance for city staff
went up 51% this year, which is a
burden for a small municipality.
Schmit agreed the spike in medi-
cal insurance premiums are a bur-
den for many. He said the issue is
a lack of competition among pro-
viders and insurance companies.
He added that more options in
southeastern Minnesota are ex-
pected to open up; the added com-
petition could ease the problem.
Schmit also suggested they try
creating a MNSure profile to see
if they qualify for some type of
Councilor Jamie Majerus in-
quired about the forecast for Lo-
cal Government Aid (LGA). In
recent years LGA amounts to cit-
ies were cut and in some cases
eliminated, before being restored.
Schmit said he is hoping for more
stability in the support cities re-
ceive from the state. He added that
he would like to see responsible,
predictable growth in LGA and
will work toward that goal, as he
understands the importance.
Councilor Larry VanDeWalker
asked if there was any way Schmit
could help get the speed on High-
way 60 through Wanamingo re-
duced from 55 miles per hour to
45 mph. VanDeWalker said sev-
eral years ago city officials met
with the Minnesota Department
of Transportation (MnDOT) to try
and get the speed reduced. MnDOT
put in different stop signs on High-
way 57 but would not reduce the
speed limit. With the continued
growth of businesses on the south
side of highway 60 and residents
traveling to those businesses, it
continues to be a safety concern
for the city. Schmit suggested con-
tinued communication with
MnDOT to remind them, and if
necessary push them, of the citys
concern with the speed of motor-
ists through Wanamingo.
Mayor Ryan Holmes said the
city feels strongly about having
an interchange at the intersection
of Highways 52 and 57 in Hader.
Holmes said an interchange at that
location is vital for the growth of
the city, as well as for Kasson and
the residents from those commu-
nities who commute to the Twin
Cities on a regular basis. Schmit
said he believed the 52/57 inter-
change was next on the Highway
52 corridor project list. It may take
years before it happens, but it is
on the list.
He asked the council members
their perception of the support for
the Zip Rail project in this area.
The Senator and Wanamingo city
officials had attended the meet-
ing in Kenyon and took away from
it an overall tenor of disapproval
from those in attendance. Holmes
said he has received many com-
ments from people opposed to the
high speed rail project since it does
not have plans to stop in this area.
Holmes said the support might be
different if the rail line stopped in
the area so Goodhue County resi-
dents could use it to ride to Roch-
ester or the Twin Cities. Schmit
said it is important at this time for
concerns regarding the project to
be identified and shared with the
planning commission, elected of-
ficials and those involved in the
Legislative session recap
Schmit said in early 2013 the
state faced a $3 billion budget prob-
lem that encompassed about a $1
billion deficit in the general fund,
$1 billion borrowed from schools,
and another $1 billion in unac-
counted-for inflation. During the
last legislative session, tax cuts
were made, some taxes were elimi-
nated, and revenue was generated.
In the end, an excess in funds was
experienced and the $1.2 billion
budget surplus was allocated in
several ways. Approximately half
was returned to taxpayers. About
one-third of the surplus was de-
voted to capital investment; it was
a bonding year and of all the
projects requesting funds, about
one-third were approved funding.
The remaining surplus dollars were
placed in reserve so the state will
be better prepared in the future in
the event of an economic down-
Schmit said January will be busy,
with the start of a full budget year.
Looking ahead, transportation
funding will need to be addressed
to have adequate funding for roads
and bridge repair and replacement
work. Quality high-speed internet
in rural area is also a priority for
Schmit. A broadband development
grant program will provide grants
and loans to encourage develop-
ment of broadband in unserved
and underserved areas of the state.
Schmit said more than 25% of
Minnesotans do not have access
to reliable and fast internet ser-
vice. He said he sees this issue is
as important as the rural electrifi-
cation act was to rural residents in
the 1930s.
Wanamingo City Council
and Senator Schmit
discuss concerns
RideAbility horse named
Equine of the Year for Region 6
Hannah, of Rideability in Pine Island,
was selected as Equine of the Year
for Region 6. There are eleven
regions in all.
Jeanie Michelizzi of RideAbility,
a therapeutic horse back riding
center located in rural Pine Island,
announces the recognition of one
the RideAbility horses, Hannah,
as Equine of the Year.
Michelizzi said, Hannah was
nominated for this award in the
spring of 2014 and RideAbility
was notified in July of 2014 that
Hannah won in Region 6. Pro-
fessional Association for Thera-
peutic Horsemanship (PATH) In-
ternational chose Hannah for this
prestigious award in Region 6,
which includes Manitoba, Min-
nesota, North Dakota,
Saskatchewan, South Dakota, and
Wisconsin. There are eleven re-
gions total. There are several vol-
unteers from RideAbility who plan
to attend the PATH International
conference and award presenta-
tion in San Diego on Friday, Oc-
tober 31, to receive Hannahs
Hannah was brought to
RideAbility in 2001 as a five-year-
old. She is now 18 years old, hav-
ing faithfully served RideAbilitys
clients for 13 years. Michelizzi
said, The only job she has ever
had involves therapy for people,
and it was obviously the job she
was made for. Hannah is cau-
tious, gentle, aware of her sur-
roundings, and she is able to bond
with the rider in just a few min-
She is chosen first whenever a
new and challenging situation
arises. She can stand patiently at
the mounting block for 20 min-
utes without moving. She can use
the adaptive saddle that is like a
wheelchair on her back or the
therapy pad for close physical
contact. Sometimes clients can be
very afraid and stressed when first
being introduced to horses; Hannah
has demonstrated the ability to calm
them and help bolster their cour-
age enough to be able to ride that
first time and want to do it again!
Her riders almost always go home
saying, Hannah is my horse. It
is a very special gift to have a
horse that will bond so quickly to
each and every rider. Michelizzi
said, RideAbility is very lucky
to have Hannah in the herd be-
cause she will also bond quickly
to every horse handler and volun-
Hannah had her own physical
problems, having been diagnosed
in 2009 with high-ring-bone af-
fecting her right hind leg. This
condition was not genetic and may
have come from a pasture injury.
Hannah was transported to a vet-
erinary hospital in Ames, Iowa
for a special procedure. They were
able to fuse her joint, eventually
relieving all pain, and in less than
six months she was back to her
beloved riders.
As a therapeutic riding facility,
RideAbilitys mission is to serve
families of children or adults with
special needs by providing horse-
back riding and related activities
and creating a fun, therapeutic
environment where everyone is
able (enhancing physical, emo-
tional, spiritual and mental health).
Visit the RideAbility website or
Facebook page for more informa-
Welch Village begins its 50th season
WELCH With winter and
snowmaking just a few weeks
away, Welch Village Ski and
Snowboard Resort is launching its
50th season this month with a cel-
ebration concert on Saturday night,
October 25, outdoors at the base
of the Lookout slope. The concert
will feature two bands, Lost High-
way and special guest Them
Pesky Kids, both local groups.
The concert will initiate a series
of events at Welch Village to en-
courage the return of guests who
have frequented the resort during
the past five decades to share their
photos and stories of family and
friend visits. There will be a fire-
works display at 8:30 p.m.
In addition to the concert, the
resort is offering numerous dis-
counted membership opportuni-
ties online for ten days from Oc-
tober 16-25. The ski swap and
sale is scheduled for Friday, Oct
24 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday
from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. New and
used gear will be available at the
Opening of the new maintenance
building at the resort will be on
Friday, November 21 with a re-
ception and christening of the fa-
cility scheduled from 2-4 p.m.
Invitees to this event will include
Minnesota ski industry, county and
state officials, neighbors and
friends, and the Welch Village
Resort personnel in charge of out-
door operations.
Assuming favorable
snowmaking weather, opening of
the resort for the 2014-15 season
is scheduled for Friday, Novem-
ber 28, the day after Thanksgiv-
ing. A race camp academy will be
introduced that weekend, as the
new performance center at Welch
Village initiates PMTS (Primary
Movement Teaching Systems)
programs for the season. These
programs teach expert ski move-
ments to all ages and ability lev-
els, focusing on balance and par-
allel turns from the beginning.
Welch Village Resort is a licensed
PMTS Direct to Parallel Ski
School, the teaching system de-
veloped by Harold Harb.
In cooperation with three ski
area partners Big Sky in Mon-
tana, Grand Targhee in Wyoming,
and Lutsen Mountain on the north
shore of Minnesota plans are in
motion to offer great opportuni-
ties this season for all Welch Vil-
lage patrons to be advocates of
the joy of winter! More informa-
tion can be found at

George Meyer 1933-2014
Meyer, 81, of Rochester and for-
merly of Mazeppa, died October
14, 2014, in hospice care at Zum-
brota Health Services surrounded
by his family.
George Denis Meyer was born
August 26, 1933, in Hammond to
Louis and Aurelia (Lamb) Meyer.
His mother died in 1940. George
grew up in Mazeppa and gradu-
ated from Mazeppa High School
in 1951. He attended Moler Bar-
ber School in Minneapolis, and
trained at barbershops in Winona
and LaCrescent. George entered
the United States Army on De-
cember 9, 1953, served stateside
during the Korean Conflict, and
was honorably discharged on De-
cember 8, 1955.
George married Lorraine Lynch
on June 28, 1958, in Chatfield. He
barbered in Lewiston, St. Charles,
and Rochester. George and his
family moved to his hometown of
Mazeppa in 1966, where he opened
Georges Barbershop. He later
began working at Mazeppa Pub-
lic Schools in addition to barbering,
doing both for many years until
selling his barbershop in 1981.
George and Lorraine moved to
Rochester in 1981. He began work-
ing at Mayo Clinic, until retiring
in 1995. Lorraine died in 1997.
George married Elinor Stevens in
St. Charles in 1999 and Elinor died
in 2011.
George enjoyed sign painting,
dancing to old time music, watch-
ing dirt track stock car racing, rum-
mage sales, W.C. Fields movies,
and following local and state sports
teams. He liked to build and paint
bird houses, which he donated for
George is survived by sons and
daughters-in-law Tim and Dawn
Meyer of Zumbrota, Mike and
Ayleen Meyer of Mazeppa, and
Pat and Bethany Meyer of Zum-
brota; grandchildren Callie (Tim)
Mutschler of Rochester, Brooke
(Jacob) Cray of Chester, Iowa,
Caleb (Lisa) Meyer of Lakewood,
Washington, and Peter and
Mitchell Meyer of Zumbrota; great-
grandchildren Calvin and Colton
Cray. George is also survived by
Elinors children Tom, Terry
(Janel), Randy (Larae), and Patti
(John Crooks); her seven grand-
children; her seven great-grand-
children. He has two surviving
sisters, Dorthelda Musty of
Chatfield and Helen (Wilfrid)
Liffrig of Pine Island.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, brothers Chester and
Joe, wives, nephew Jim Musty,
and many sisters-in-law and broth-
In accordance with Georges
wishes, there will be no funeral or
memorial service, and his body
was donated to Mayo Medical
An informal celebration of his
life will be held on Saturday, No-
vember 1 at Leos Sports Bar in
Mazeppa from 2-5 p.m. Memori-
als are suggested to Mayo Hos-
pice or the Mazeppa Historical
Alvin Allers 1922-2014
GOODHUE Alvin J. Allers,
92, of Goodhue, passed away
October 14, 2014 at the Seminary
Home. Alvin was born in Goodhue
to Peter and Hilda (Behrens) Allers
on October 3, 1922. He graduated
from Goodhue High School and
Dunwoody Institute of Minneapo-
lis. Alvin then joined the Navy
SeaBees serving from 1943 until
1946. On September 16, 1950, he
married Shirley Hanson. Al owned
Allers Construction and Allers
Hardware. He and Shirley retired
in 1994.
Alvin was involved in many
organizations in Goodhue includ-
ing St. Peters Lutheran Church,
the Evergreen Cemetery Board,
the Goodhue Firemen, and the
Goodhue Commercial Club. He
enjoyed woodworking, bowling,
and hunting and fishing in his early
Alvin is survived by his wife,
Shirley; children, Nancy (Charles)
Larsen of Morristown, Karen
(Randy) Stein of Red Wing, John
(Teresa) Allers of Rochester;
grandchildren, Josh (Melissa)
Larsen of Albertville, Danielle
(Andy) Lawler of London, En-
gland, Emily Allers of Scottsdale,
Arizona, and Molly Larsen of
Northfield; great-grandchildren,
Mira and Kyla Larsen; one brother
Robert (Bev) Allers of Goodhue;
a step-brother, John (Bev) Stueber
of Austin, Texas; and many nieces
and nephews.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; step-mother, Edna
Allers; a sister in infancy; and a
brother-in-law, Stan Hanson.
A memorial service was on
Monday, October 20, at St. Peters
Lutheran Church, with Reverend
Randall Kuznicki officiating.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of
Bob Fox 1943-2014
PINE ISLAND Robert Walter
John Bob Fox, Jr., of Pine Is-
land, died Saturday afternoon fol-
lowing a traffic accident in
Goodhue County.
He was born to Robert Fox and
the Frances (Leier) Fox on Au-
gust 24, 1943, at St. Marys Hospi-
tal in Rochester. Bob graduated
from Pine Island High School in
1961 and received a bachelor of
science degree in biology and
physical education with a minor
in health from Mankato State
University in 1966. In 1983, he
married Rose Ann Bodie
Klingsporn at St. Michaels Catho-
lic Church in Pine Island, and to-
gether they resided in Orange
County, California, before return-
ing to Pine Island in 1990.
Bob was an educator, who taught
science, health, physical educa-
tion and drivers education
throughout southern and central
Minnesota. He served as a coach
for various sports including foot-
ball, basketball and swimming.
And he worked as a salesman for
companies including 3M and the
Gallo Wine Company.
Bob believed in education. He
had an insatiable appetite for
knowledge and enjoyed sharing
that knowledge with others. Bob
loved animals (large and small),
was a careful observer of the en-
vironment, and enjoyed being ac-
tive whether he was running, bik-
ing or swimming. Bob loved his
alma matter and was loyal to his
fraternity and brothers at Tau
Kappa Epsilon, as well as his
friends at Mankato State Univer-
Bob is survived by his wife and
Squeaky II; his sisters, Jacquelyn
Jackie (Don) Schacht of Roch-
ester and Green Valley,
Arizona, and Fran Elaine of Cali-
fornia; his mother by marriage,
Katherine (the late Harold)
Klingsporn of Marshfield, Wis-
consin; his sisters by marriage,
Diane (the late Roger) Toogood
of Rochester and Mary (Dr. David)
Bjarnason of Marshfield, Wiscon-
sin; seven nieces, Linda (Mark)
Carpenter, Denise (Mike) Stehr,
Janice (Terry) Kramer, Wendy
(Brent) Lexvold, Robbin (Chris)
Holtz, Dawn (Douglas) Betti and
Brynja Bjarnason (Hap
Wolfgram); one nephew Kris (Sa-
rah) Bjarnason; and many other
family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his
parents, aunts and uncles, a still-
born brother and his nephew.
The funeral service was on Oc-
tober 18 at St. Michaels Catholic
Church in Pine Island, with Fa-
ther Randal Kasel officiating. In
lieu of flowers, memorials are pre-
ferred to the Paws and Claws Hu-
mane Society in Rochester or a
donors choice.
Amelia Timm 1913-2014
ZUMBROTA Amelia Millie
A. Timm, age 101, of Zumbrota,
died on Sunday, October 12, 2014,
at the Pine Haven Care Center in
Pine Island.
Amelia Augusta King was born
on August 5, 1913, in Wabasha
County, to Albert and Bertha (nee
Rheinhold) King. She attended
country school through the eighth
grade. On March 19, 1932, Amelia
married Walter Timm in Roches-
ter. The couple farmed in the Pine
Island area until 1962, when they
retired and moved into Zumbrota.
Millie also worked at the Roches-
ter Nursing Home for over ten
years. She enjoyed gardening veg-
etables and flowers, knitting, cro-
cheting, needlework, cooking and
baking, and caring for her pets
including dogs, fish, and birds.
Millie was a member of Christ
Lutheran Church.
Millie is survived by her chil-
dren, Albin Bud (Alice) Sr. of
Zumbrota and Harry (Sharon) of
Goodhue; grandchildren, Jerry
(Patti) Timm, Albin (Debbie)
Timm Jr., Cherie (Bruce)
Heydmann, Vickie (fianc Deno)
Timm, Kenny (significant other,
Nicole) Timm, Brian (Judy) Wil-
son, Brenda (Eric) Stelter, Kelly
(Keith) Balfe, and Carla (Mark)
Brunholzl; eleven great-grandchil-
dren; six great-great-grandchil-
dren; sisters, Clarice Chilson of
Faribault and Alvie Horsman of
Kasson; son-in-law, Charles Wil-
son of Northfield; special family
friend, Darrel Meyer; and many
nieces and nephews.
Millie was preceded in death
by her husband Walter who passed
away on April 22, 1987; daugh-
ter, Ruby Wilson; granddaughter,
Judy Timm; great-grandson, Adam
Timm; great-great-grandson, Lin-
coln Timm; five brothers and one
The funeral service was on
Wednesday, October 15, at Christ
Lutheran Church in Zumbrota with
Pastor Wayne Schoch officiating.
The burial was in the United
Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are
preferred to Christ Lutheran
Church or Pine Haven Care Cen-
University of Wisconsin LaCrosse
LA CROSSE, WI Nicole Ryan
of Goodhue was an August gradu-
ate, earning a bachelor of science
degree in exercise and sports sci-
Community Calendar
Senior Dining
Reservations are required by
calling 24 hours ahead at each of
the nutrition sites.
In the Pine Island area, meals
are served at the Pine Island Se-
nior Center; Zumbrota area, Zum-
brota Towers.
October 23-29
Thursday: Hamburger, road-
side potatoes, calico beans, fruit
Friday: Meat lasagna, parslied
carrots, coleslaw, French bread,
fresh fruit
Monday: Hawaiian chicken,
confetti rice, peas, kidney bean
salad, vanilla ice cream
Tuesday: Roast beef, mashed
potatoes, corn, beet pickles, pears
Wednesday: Turkey roast,
baked potato, seven-layer salad,
homemade dinner roll, lemon bar
If you have questions, call 356-
Coin Show
The Southern Minnesota Coin,
Stamp, and Currency Show will
be on Sunday, October 26, from 9
a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Mayo Civic
Center North Exhibit Hall at 30
Civic Center Drive SE, Roches-
ter. There will be 40 tables of US
coins, currency, Canadian coins,
gold, silver, stamps, and more.
Beginning and veteran collectors
welcome. Admission is free. Call
Jerry Swanson at 507-289-5099
for more information.
Seasons Hospice
All groups are held at the Cen-
ter for Grief Education and Sup-
port, Seasons Hospice, 1696
Greenview Dr. SW. Registration
is required two days prior to the
date of the event. For details: 507-
285-1930 or shbp@seasonshos
SWCD Meeting
The next scheduled meeting of
the Goodhue County Soil and
Water Conservation District, Board
of Supervisors will be on Mon-
day, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. at
the Soil Conservation Office in
Olmsted County Parks
Oxbow Park Pumpkin Party,
Saturday, October 25, 2 p.m. Watch
a naturalist place pumpkins in some
of the animal exhibits. The ani-
mals might play with or even eat
their pumpkins! Afterwards, grab
a pumpkin from the Nature Cen-
ter to take home with you.
Questions about Chester Woods,
call Celeste Lewis at 507-287-
2624. Questions about Oxbow
Park, call Clarissa Josselyn at 507-
Community Library
The Goodhue School Library,
in conjunction with SELCO and
Goodhue County, is open to the
public Wednesday mornings from
9 a.m. - noon and Wednesday eve-
nings from 4-7 p.m. Story hour
for preschoolers is from 10-10:45
a.m. Action 100 conferencing can
be done during the morning hours.
The library is equipped with in-
ter-library loan service, which
means if the library does not have
a book you want, that book can be
there in two days.
Historical Society
The Goodhue Area Historical
Society is closed for the season,
but anyone who wishes to arrange
a visit can call Ardis Henrichs,
651-923-4629; Marie Strusz, 651-
923-4302; Ray McNamara, 651-
923-5117; or Roy Buck, 651-923-
4388. The museum will reopen
with regular hours next spring. Visit
good for infor-
Historical Society
The Mazeppa Area Historical
Society is open Saturdays from
noon to 3 p.m. A monthly meet-
ing is held on the second Tuesday
of each month.
Area History Center
The Oronoco Area History Cen-
ter is open to visitors in the City
Building every second Saturday
from 10 a.m.-noon. Contact us at
OAHC, 54 Blakely Ct. NW or
call 507-367-4320. You may also
visit our web page at oronocoarea
Tops #1280
PI Tops #1280 meets every
Monday night at St. Paul Luth-
eran Church. Weigh-in is at 5:15
and meeting time is 6 p.m. Every-
one welcome. Questions call 356-
4799 or 356-4700.
Caregiver Support Group
The group meets Monday, Oc-
tober 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul
Lutheran Church. Respite is avail-
able upon request. Call Pine Is-
land Area Home Services at 356-
2999 for more information.
Blood Pressure Clinic
The clinic will be held on Tues-
day, October 28, at 11 a.m. at the
Pine Island City Centre.
Cancer Support Group
The group meets on Thursday,
October 23, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul
Lutheran Church.
Moms in Prayer
Pine Island Moms in Prayer meet
Monday mornings from 8-9 a.m.
in the library of the Good News
E-Free Church, 208 North Main
(across from Kwik Trip). Enter
side door of the church and go
downstairs. Call 259-8012 or 356-
4800 for more information.
Toastmasters Meeting
The Pine Island Toastmasters
meet at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at St.
Paul Lutheran Church. They do
not meet on holiday weekends:
Christmas, New Years, Easter,
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor
Day or Thanksgiving.
History Center
The Pine Island Area History
Center is located at 314 North Main
Street. Open hours are Sunday from
1-3:30 p.m. and Mondays from 8-
11 a.m. or by appointment. To
contact the History Center please
call 507-356-2802 or 507-398-
5326 or visit www.pineisland
KW School Board Meeting
The next regular Kenyon-
Wanamingo School Board meet-
ing is on Monday, October 27, at
7 p.m. in the middle/high school
media center conference room in
Kenyon. Items on the agenda in-
clude: closed meeting summary,
acceptance of donations, special
meeting to canvass election re-
sults, aid anticipation certificates,
adaptive bowling, superintendent
resignation, superintendent search,
personnel, committee reports and
administrative reports. Anyone
wishing to address the school board
may do so at the beginning of the
Fright Film Fest, Friday, Octo-
ber 24, 7-9:30 p.m. Homemade
horror films, a zombie makeup
station, a toy zombification sta-
tion, and spooky snacks. Call the
library for more information.
Kids Halloween Party, Monday,
October 27, at 6:30 p.m. Kids are
encouraged to come in a costume
and bring the whole family.
The Zumbrota Public Library
is at 100 West Ave., Zumbrota,
507-732-5211. Hours are Mon.,
12-8; Tues. 10-6; Wed., Thurs.,
12-8; Fri., 10-5; and Sat., 9-3. Dur-
ing closed hours you can learn
more about the library at http://
Legion Post 183
American Legion Post 183 meets
Thursday, October 23, at 6 p.m. at
Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727.
VFW Meeting
The VFW meets Thursday,
October 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the
Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727.
History Center
The Zumbrota History Center
has a photo stand displaying over
50 photographs of early Zumbrota
scenes. They have been enlarged
to 8 x 10 for easier viewing. New
photos are being added all the time.
Also on display are military memo-
rabilia, including Civil War items,
different models of telephones,
Zumbrota telephone books dating
back to the 1900s, and items of
Zumbrota advertising. Museum
hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Other hours by appointment (732-
Zumbrota Towers Events
October 23-29
Thursday: 10:15 a.m. Exercise
Tuesday: 10:15 a.m. Exercise
Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. Euchre
Tops Meeting
Zumbrota Tops #563 meets ev-
ery Monday night at Our Saviours
Lutheran Church. Weigh-in time
is changed to 5:30 p.m. and meet-
ing time to 6 p.m. Everyone wel-
come. Questions call 732-7459 or
Lands Collects
for Food Shelf
On Saturday, October 25, jun-
ior and senior high school students
from Lands Lutheran Church will
be knocking on doors and collect-
ing food shelf donations between
7 and 8 p.m. All donations will go
to the Zumbrota Food Shelf.
Community Band Practice
The Zumbrota Community Band
practices on Monday nights at 7:30
p.m. in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa
High School music room. Volun-
teer musicians are welcome.
State Theatre
Zumbrotas very own feature
film, His Neighbor Phil, opens
with a gala fundraiser and show-
ing of the film, Saturday, October
25, 6:30 p.m. Gala tickets avail-
able at 732-7830.
Regular showings:
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. and 7:30
Monday through Friday, Oct.
27-31, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m. and 7:30
Tickets must be purchased at
the door. Doors open one hour
before show time.
The State Theatre is at 96 East
4th Street in Zumbrota. For infor-
mation visit call 507-
Lori Biwer-Stewart and Susan
Solomon exhibit, through Nov. 21.
Reception Fri., Nov. 21, 6-7:30
Rosemaling, Sat., Oct. 24
through Sun., Oct. 26, 9 a.m. - 4
p.m. each day.
Mosaic Madness, Sat., Oct. 25,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 26,
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Yoga, Tues., Oct. 28, 6:30-7:30
For more information go to
www. or
call 507-732-7616. Crossings is
at 320 E Ave.
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Youre never out
By Pastor Gary Basinski
New River Assembly of God
All anyone has to do is turn on
the TV and see that our culture
and society are a complete mess!
Whether it is world peace, a health
scare or even our education sys-
tems in which three million stu-
dents drop out of school every year.
Prayer used to be taught in schools.
Now teens find the truth in rap
lyrics. We have seen over 50 mil-
lion babies be aborted and it just
keeps getting worse. We are see-
ing teenagers killing themselves
over being bullied over the internet.
The question is what are we going
to do? Are you willing to do any-
thing at all?
Did you know that in 1955 Presi-
dent Eisenhower called on the
church and Christians to pray as
the Cold War was taking place?
He did, and now our president says
we are not even a Christian na-
tion. We have a problem and there
is an answer that covers all these
issues. The Bible gives us a story
of hopeless situation just like we
are facing today.
The story is actually one that
gets used all the time; it is the
story of David and Goliath. The
people did not listen to God. They
wanted to live their lives their own
way, and they were about to see
their entire nation taken over be-
cause of it. But God told a man
named Samuel before all this took
place to go anoint David. Thank
God he listened! David was a no-
body, even in his own family. His
own father didnt think much of
him, before or after Samuel came
over for dinner and anointed him. It
goes to show all of us, that God
cares so much more about what is
in our hearts than what people look
We learn in the story that the
Spirit of the Lord was on David.
This was a special anointing. It
was not that David was better;
rather he was chosen by God. God
started to prepare him for this
moment even though he didnt even
know it. In private David killed a
lion and a bear, which was pre-
paring him and showing him that
God was with him and would pro-
tect him. Just before the battle
between David and Goliath, there
was some trash talking and we
learn that David knew that this
was a spiritual issue not a physi-
cal one.
David knew God was on his
side and because of that, he was
going to have victory, not because
of his awesome sling shot! If we
are going to get our nation, mor-
als, families, kids, and health back
it is going to be because we turn
back to God. God anointed David
before he became famous and de-
feated the giant. We have a choice;
what do what we want? God will
hand us over to our desires and
we can keep on seeing the decay
of our society. Or we can repent
and listen and do what God has
called Christians to do from the
very beginning.
Our families, culture, and com-
munities are waiting for people
who are anointed by God to step
up, grab a hold of some giants by
the throat and start slaying them.
Maybe you see yourself as
Davids family saw him, a no-
body. Maybe you have some gi-
ants in your life that you need
gone. Jesus Christ died so that you
do not have to be nobody. You
can have victory over situations
where there seems to be no hope.
Are you willing to let God take
control these issues? I have been
there; I know the hopeless and
lost feeling. God wants to radi-
cally change your life. Will you
let him?
As always if you have any ques-
tions or comments you can email
me at gary.nragz@gmail. com. God
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pastors to write for this column.
Email submissions to news@
Kids of Christ learn about fire safety
ZUMBROTA Students at Kids of Christ at Christ Lutheran School in Zumbrota learned all about fire safety
on October 14. Front row, from left to right, are: Reid Finnesgard, Joe Ottem, Lincoln Toombs, Alivia Sperber,
Bennett Myran, Layla Schran, Brynn Hovel, Mia Moran, Abi Barton, Jacoby Brown and Jake Moran; back
row: fireman Matt Decker, Karlee Scheffler, Oakley Anderson, Landon Decker, Holly Jarrett, Sofia Richter,
Sophia Garcia, Athena Hoernemann, Kate Flaaen, Gabriel OConnor, Peter Klapperich, Jacklyn Tangen,
Jasper Lohmann, and fireman Scott Sorby.
Roast Beef, Pulsa, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Buttered Carrots,Cranberry
Relish, Rolls, Lefse, Fruit Soup, Rommegrot, Bakings
$13.00 Adults $4.00 Children 5-10 years Preschool Free
Handicapped Accessible
Sunday, November 2 3:30-7:30 p.m.
6949 Co. 30 Blvd. (which is northeast of Kenyon)
Holden Lutheran Church
N43-1a, S44-1a
CHURCH, Belvidere Town Hall, 2
miles north of Bellechester on County
2, Pastor Aaron Witmer, 651-923-
4240. Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday
School; 11 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Hymn
Sing every fourth Sunday.
ester, Father Paul Kubista. Sunday
mornings: 8:30 a.m. Mass. Tuesday
mornings: 8 a.m. Mass.
Goodhue, Father Paul Kubista. Sat-
urdays: 5:30 p.m. Mass. Monday,
Wednesday, Friday: 7:45 a.m. Mass.
651-923-4695, Pastor Regina Has-
sanally. Wed., Oct. 22: 6:30 p.m.
Confirmation classes. Sun., Oct. 26:
8:30 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m.
Worship with communion.
WELS, 702 Third Ave., Goodhue,
Randall L. Kuznicki, Pastor. Wed.,
Oct. 22: 8:30 a.m. Quilting and Bible
study at church; 3:45 p.m. Confir-
mation class at church. Thurs., Oct.
23: 12:30 p.m. LWMS Rally at St.
Johns, Minneola Township. Sat., Oct.
25: 9 a.m. Martin Luther College Aux-
iliary at MLC., New Ulm. Sun., Oct.
26: 8:15 am.. Worship with commun-
ion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; Bible
study. Tues., Oct. 28: 1-4 p.m.
Pastors office hours; 4:30 p.m. Jesus
cares worship at the cross at Jordan
Towers, Red Wing.
Mazeppa, Alan Horn, Pastor. 843-
6211, home; 843-5302 work. Bible
class every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 26: 8:30 a.m. Worship;
9:30 a.m. Sunday School.
Mazeppa. Weekends-Masses: Sun.:
10 a.m., Mazeppa, Fr. Joe Fogal.
David Neil, Pastor. Church: 843-4962;
home: 732-4291. Every Sunday: 9:30
a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m.
Avenue NE, Oronoco: 507-367-4329,
Pastor Ben Kempfert 507-367-4426.
Office hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-
noon. Sundays: 8:45 a.m. Bible study;
Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship.
Website: www.gracelutheranoronoco
.com. 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. Wed., Oct.
22: 5-7 p.m. Food shelf open. Sun.,
Oct. 26: 9 a.m. Worship.
CHURCH, Pine Island, Tim Graham,
Pastor, 507-356-4306, www.corner, ASL Interpretation avail-
able. Cornerstone Kids meet every
Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Prayer meet-
ing is Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
CHURCH, 208 North Main, Pine Is-
land, Chris Paulson, Pastor, (507)
356-4834. Sundays: 9:15 a.m. Sun-
day School for children and adults;
10:30 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Youth
Group for grades 7-12. Wednesdays:
6 p.m. AWANA for grades K-6; 7:30
p.m. Bible study for all ages.
520 So. Main St., Pine Island, 356-
8622, email: dashpole@bevcomm.
net, Rev. Dan Ashpole, Pastor. Sun-
days: 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible class and
Childrens Sunday School; 10:30 a.m.
Street SW, Pine Island, 356-4280,
Father Randal Kasel, Pastor; Satur-
day Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday Mass
10:30 a.m.; Confessions 4:15 p.m.
Saturday; Daily Mass Wednesday
8:30 a.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.; Con-
fessions 8 a.m. Office Hours Tues-
day-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5
p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
3rd St. S.W., Box 708, Pine Island,
Pastors David Beckstrom, and Kip
A. Groettum, Associate Pastor. Email:
saint; Web site: Wed., Oct. 22:
3:30 p.m. 7-8 grade confirmation; 6
p.m. Adult ed; 7 p.m. Chancel choir;
8 p.m. Praise team. Thurs., Oct. 23:
7 p.m. Church council. Fri., Oct. 24:
6 p.m. Fright farm for grades 6-12.
Sat., Oct. 25: 8 a.m. Church clean-
up; 5:30 p.m. Worship. Sun., Oct.
26: 8:15 a.m. Worship; 9:30 a.m.
Fellowship; Sunday School; Hand-
bells; 10:30 a.m. Worship with com-
munion; Sunday School. Mon., Oct.
27: Newsletter deadline. Tues., Oct.
28: 8:30 a.m. Quilting; 9 a.m. Staff
meeting; 1:30 p.m. Bible study. Wed.,
Oct. 29: 3:30 p.m. 7-8 grade confir-
mation; 6 p.m. Adult ed; 7 p.m. Chan-
cel choir; 8 p.m. Praise team.
North, PO Box 8, Pine Island, Caro-
lyn Westlake, Pastor; Office hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.;
Web address:; email: Wed., Oct. 22:
9-11:30 a.m. Better Brew hours; 6
p.m. Childrens meal and worship;
6:30 p.m. Confirmation; 7 p.m. Ad-
vanced disciple. Thurs., Oct. 23: 2
p.m. rebekah Lodge; 4 p.m. Disciple;
7 p.m. Filling backpacks at Cross-
winds Church. Sun., Oct. 26: 9 a.m.
Worship; 10:15 a.m. Sunday School.
Mon., Oct. 27: 7 p.m. Council meet-
ing. Tues., Oct. 28: UM clergy lunch.
Wed., Oct. 29: 9-11:30 a.m. Better
Brew hours; 7 p.m. Advanced dis-
Pastor Patrick McBride, 507-824-
3019. New Life Church meets at 10
a.m. at 525 Beverly Street, Wana-
mingo. Free nursery for infants
through age three; Sunday School
for all ages beginning at 9 a.m. Small
Group Bible Studies Sunday evenings
at 7 p.m.
Christopher Culuris, Pastor 507-824-
Wed., Oct. 22: 9 a.m. Volunteers
help with newsletter; 4:30 p.m. Con-
firmation. Thurs., Oct. 23: 9 a.m.
1st call group Nerstrand; 2 p.m.
Women of Trinity birthday party. Sun.,
Oct. 26: 9 a.m Sunday School; Wor-
ship with Sunday School singing;
Confirmation followed by coffee fel-
lowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship at Wana-
mingo Lutheran. Mon., Oct. 27: 8:30
a.m. Quilting. Wed., Oct. 29: 4:30
p.m. Confirmation.
Wanamingo, MN 55983, Christopher
Culuris, Pastor. Office hours Thurs-
days 1-3 p.m., 507-824-2410. Wed.,
Oct. 22: 4:30 p.m. Confirmation at
Trinity. Thurs., Oct. 23: Noon news-
letter deadline; 1st call group, Ner-
strand. Sun., Oct. 26: 9:15 a.m. Sun-
day School; 10:30 a.m. Worship with
confirmation. Wed., Oct. 29: 4:30 p.m.
Confirmation at Trinity.
and School, WELS, 223 East 5th
Street, Zumbrota, Office 732-5421.
Wayne Schoch, Pastor, 732-4089;
School, Daniel Kell, Principal, 732-
5367. Wed., Oct. 22: 10 a.m. Chapel;
10:30 a.m. Bible study; 1 p.m. Nurs-
ing Home service; 3:15 p.m. Junior
choir; 3:30 p.m. Confirmation class;
6 p.m. Bell choir; Power hour; 7 p.m.
Choir. Thurs., Oct. 23: 1 p.m. LWMS
fall rally. Sat., Oct. 25: 9 a.m. MLC
ladies auxiliary meeting. Sun., Oct.
26: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship with
communion; 9:15 a.m. Sunday
School; 9:30 a.m. Bible study. Tues.,
Oct. 27: 7 p.m. Bible study. Tues.,
Oct. 28: 2:15 p.m. Towers Bible study.
Wed., Oct. 29: 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; 7 p.m.
worship services: 81 West 5th Street,
Zumbrota, 507-732-7438, www.fwc Sunday: 9:30 a.m.; Marriage
on the rock (based on scriptures);,
Wednesday 7 p.m., Interactive Bible
studies, prayer, counseling.
UCC, 455 East Avenue, Zumbrota;
Rev. Lisa Johnson. Secr-etarys of-
fice hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26: 11
a.m. Worship.
a Wesleyan church, 179 W. 3rd St.,
Zumbrota, lighthousecommunityzum, Janet Fischer, Pastor.
Office: 732-5074. Thurs., Oct. 23:
6:30 p.m. Bible study at church. Sun.,
Oct. 26: 10:45 a.m. Worship with
communion; Hebrews 9:22.
290 South Main Street, Zumbrota.
507-398-2604. Pastor Gary Basin-
ski. Service times: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Eric Westlake and Tim Banks, Pas-
tors, 1549 East Avenue, Zumbrota,
732-5449, church office. Website: Office hours: Tues.,
Wed., and Fri., 8 a.m.-noon. Wed.,
Oct. 22: 9 a.m. Womens Bible study;
3:30 p.m. Junior Youth group; WINGS;
6 p.m. Youth group; 7 p.m. Bible study.
Sat., Oct. 25: 7 a.m. Mens prayer
breakfast; 7 p.m. Youth group open
gym for grades 7-12. Sun., Oct. 26:
8:30 a.m. Prayer time; 9 a.m. Sun-
day School; 10:15 a.m. Worship and
confirmation. Mon., Oct. 27: 7 p.m.
Moms in prayer. Wed., Oct. 29: 9
a.m. Womens 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: Sun-
day, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Thurs-
day, 8:30 a.m. Mass at the nursing
home is the second Tuesday of the
month at 9:15 a.m.
560 W. 3rd St., Zumbrota, 732-7303,
Susan Vikstrom, pastor; Cindy Wil-
son Youth director. Wed., Oct. 22:
7:15 a.m. CBC; 6:45 p.m. 8-9 grade
confirmation class; 7 p.m. Choir re-
hearsal; 10th grade confirmation prac-
tice and photos. Thurs., Oct. 23: 9
a.m. Quilting; 7 p.m. Food shelf open.
Sun., Oct. 26: 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Worship; 9:15 a.m. PACE; Sunday
School; 1 p.m. Lefse. Tues., Oct. 28:
9 a.m. Lefse. Wed., Oct. 29: 7:15
a.m. CBC; 6:45 p.m. Confirmation
class; 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal.
Martin Horn, Pastor. Wed., Oct. 22:
3:15 p.m. Overcomers; 3rd year con-
firmation at Hauge; 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.
Sun., Oct. 26: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
School; 10:45 a.m. Worship; Noon
Potluck appreciation dinner; 5:45 p.m.
Youth group. Wed., Oct. 29: 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.
strand, Don Kloster pastor, (507) 334-
2822. Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15
a.m. Coffee hour; 10:30 a.m. Sun-
day School; Confirmation class.
CHURCHES, Rural Goodhue, County
4 Blvd., Pastor Justin Gosch. Grace:
Sundays: 9 a.m. Worship; 10:15
Sunday School. Communion on the
second and last Sunday of each
month. Communion on the Wednes-
day before the second and last Sun-
day of the month. St. Johns: Sun-
days: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30
a.m. Worship. Communion on the
second and last Sunday of each
Martin Horn, Pastor. Wed., Oct. 22:
3:15 p.m. Overcomers; 3rd year con-
firmation; 5 p.m. 2nd year confirma-
tion; 6:30 p.m. Choir at Emmanuel;
7:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer at
Emmanuel. Sun., Oct. 26: 9 a.m.
Worship with confirmation; 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School; 5:45 p.m. Youth
group at Emmanuel. Wed., Oct. 29:
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.
Hay Creek (LCMS), 24686 Old Church
Road. Pastor Lowell Sorenson, 651-
388-4577. Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday
School; Bible class; 9:45 a.m. Fel-
lowship time; 10 a.m. Worship.
LANDS LUTHERAN, 16640 Highway.
60 Blvd., Zumbrota, MN 55992-5105.
Zumbrota. Text study; 7 p.m. Spiri-
tual guidance. Wed., Oct. 22: 9 a.m.
Coffee and conversation; 6:15 p.m.
Worship; Confirmation; 7 p.m. Youth
group. Thurs., Oct. 23: Newsletter
deadline; 7:15 p.m. Youth Bible study
at Bridgets. Sat., Oct. 25: 8 a.m.
Doodle Bible study. Sun., Oct. 26:
7:30 a.m. Praise practice; 8:30 a.m.
Praise worship; 9:30 a.m. Sunday
School; 10:30 a.m. Worship. Tues.,
Oct. 28: 11 a.m. Text study. Wed.,
Oct. 29: 9 a.m. Coffee and conver-
sation; 6:15 p.m. Worship; Confir-
mation; 7 p.m. Youth group.
County 50 Blvd. Wed., Oct. 22: 9
a.m.-4 p.m. Office hours; 7:30 p.m.
Womens Bible study at Cheryl Kyllos.
Sun., Oct. 26: 9:15 a.m. Sunday
School; 10:30 a.m. Worship with com-
munion with congregational meeting
following; Potluck honoring Pr. Cata-
lano. Tues., Oct. 28: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Office hours.
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
Mazeppa. Sun., Oct. 26: 10:30 a.m.
Minneola Township, County Road 7,
rural Zumbrota, Randall Kuznicki,
Pastor. Thurs., Oct. 23: 12:30 p.m.
LWMS Rally at St. Johns, Minneola
Township. Sat., Oct. 25: 9 a.m. Martin
Luther College Auxiliary at MLC, New
Ulm. Sun., Oct. 26: 10:30 a.m. Wor-
ship. Tues., Oct. 28: 1-4 p.m. Pastors
office hours; 4:30 p.m. Jesus cares
worship at the cross at Jordan Tow-
ers, Red Wing.
eran Church Missouri Synod, Bel-
videre, 28961 365th St., Goodhue,
MN 55027-8515, Dr. Scott T. Fiege,
Pastor. Sun., Oct. 26: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship.
ral Zumbrota. Church: (507) 732-5711,
Kathy Lowery, Pastor, Home 507-
271-5711. Sun., Oct. 26: 9:30 a.m.
Choir; 10:30 a.m. Worship with con-
firmation and communion. Tues., Oct.
28: 11 a.m. Text study.
9 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009.
Church: 507-263-5544; Pastor David
Hurtt, Interim. Wed., Oct. 22: 6 a.m.
Mens Bible study; 7:30 p.m. Praise
and worship practice. Sun., Oct. 26:
9:15 a.m. Sunday School; Youth fo-
rum; 10:30 a.m. Communion worship
followed by blessing table for Kayla
Kroll and Trevor Henderson; 12:15
p.m. Youth leave for paint ball. Wed.,
Oct., 29: 6 a.m. Mens Bible study;
6:15 p.m. Affirmation class; 7:30 p.m.
Praise and worship practice.
LCMC 34289 County 24 Blvd., Can-
non Falls, Curtis Fox, Pastor, 507-
663-9060; Linda Flom, Visitation Min-
ister, 263-5613. Sundays 9 a.m.
Worship. Thursdays 9:30 a.m. Bible
study; 7 p.m. Blue grass jam.
CHRIST, 23148 County Highway 24,
West Concord (Berne), 507/527-2622.
Rev. Victor Jortack, Pastor.
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Handicapped-accessible swing set installed
ZUMBROTA Zumbrota-Mazeppa Primary School students Emily Tiedemann and Logan Vath play on the new
handicapped-accessible swing set that was installed before the beginning of this school year. Last year, DCD/
EBD teacher Tanya Cordes started the process of raising money for the swing set. Funds were then donated
by the Mazeppa Lions, Mazeppa State Bank, Zumbrota Rotary, ZM PIE Committee, VFW Post 5727, and the
ZM Education Foundation to make the swing set a reality. Logans mother Julie Vath said, One thing you
might know about Logan (who has Down Syndrome) is that his most favorite thing to do is to swing! However,
because of his lower muscle tone he needs to have more support and the swing that was donated provides
just that...and more! It provides him with a release during recess that every other child takes for granted. It
provides him with a calmness in the midst of a busy day. It provides him with a normal in an otherwise
changing world. It provides him the security that some days he needs more than others. The difference this
one item makes in the lives of so many children is significant.
By Alice Duschanek-Myers
ZUMBROTA At the Zum-
brota City Council meeting on
October 16, Mayor Rich Bauer
said the hiring committee recom-
mended Patrick Callahan as the
new Chief of the Zumbrota Police
Depart-ment. The council unani-
mously approved the hiring.
Bauer said that City Adminis-
trator Neil Jensen and Councilor
Brad Drenckhahn had reviewed
Callahans background check with
him. The committee recommended
Callahan start at a Step 4 with 40
hours of PTO. Callahan will start
as Chief of Police on November
Comprehensive and
Strategic Plan presentations
Four consulting firms presented
their Response for Proposals (RFP)
to update the City of Zumbrota
Comprehensive and Strategic
Plans. The council will continue
the discussion of hiring a consult-
ant at the next meeting.
Molly Patterson-Lundgren and
Brian Bourassa presented the pro-
posal for WSB & Associates in
Rochester. Patterson-Lundgren
would be the project manager if
WSB is selected. She was the city
planner in Wabasha for 10 years.
They would promote the concept
of A Zest for Zumbrota in their
plans. They stressed the natural
and cultural assets of the city and
developing a plan to promote all
that already exists, as well as, for
the future. The plan would help
maintain the developed downtown
and look at economic development
opportunities. They would help
set realistic implementation strat-
egies with the comprehensive plan.
The greatest priority was to get
input from the community. Their
approach is very open-ended and
dependent on goals of the com-
munity. They are knowledgeable
regarding Mayo Clinics Destina-
tion Medical Center (DMC) plans.
Kristi Clark presented for Bolton
& Merck, Inc. from Rochester.
They have 325 employees and 15
offices. They are working with
125 cities. 100 of these have a
population of 3000 or less. She
has worked for 22 years in mu-
nicipal planning and long-range
planning. The communitys in-
put was very important to them,
also, in designing goals for the
future. These goals would be used
to designate land use and search
for economic development. They
would study the current resources,
trends, and plans for the future.
Their idea of re-branding Zum-
brota was creating a new logo to
use to promote the city. Some ideas
to help Zumbrota grow were to
develop affordable housing, trans-
portation, and more recreation to
help market the city.
Tina Goodroad presented for
Loucks Associates from the metro
area. She said, The purpose of
comprehensive planning is to pro-
tect public and private investment
over time. Planning is a long-
range vision for use in decision
making and to assure the
communitys future. The input of
the community and what people
care about were very important to
her, as well. Planning is used to
anticipate growth and develop-
ment. Updating the existing plans,
maps, and land use is necessary.
A new plan should honor the past
plan. She recommended some
market research to attract busi-
nesses and residents to the city.
Community input would help cre-
ate a shared vision to develop a
specific action plan for Zumbrota.
Shawn OShea presented for
MSA Professional Services from
Des Moines, Iowa. He said com-
prehensive plans are designed for
20 years but must change in a
shorter time. Community engage-
ment is a priority to MSA. There
would be public meetings and sur-
veys. Input from businesses and
other stakeholders must be in-
cluded. He said, Zumbrota is on
the right track for (Mayo Clinics)
Wanamingo Fire Department
The council approved a permit
for the Wanamingo Fire Depart-
ment to have pull-tabs for chari-
table gambling at the Covered
Bridge Restaurant & Lounge.
Callahan to assume police chief
position November 17
By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA The History
of Scouting in Zumbrota was
presented prior to the annual meet-
ing of the Zumbrota Area Histori-
cal Society (ZAHS) on Monday
evening, October 13. Troop 59
Scoutmaster Jim Huston presented
the history of Boy Scouting, fol-
lowed by Jaycee Nilson, a mem-
ber of the Heritage Committee of
the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and
Wisconsin River Valleys, giving
the overview of Girl Scouting.
Huston has been in Boy Scout-
ing for 25 years and has served as
Troop 59 Scoutmaster since 1999,
while Nilson has been involved
with Girl scouting in the Zum-
brota area for nearly 30 years serv-
ing as a leader and trainer. Huston
gave his presentation first, and lis-
teners could compare the similari-
ties and differences between the
two organizations both nationally
and locally as Nilson followed with
her information.
Beginning of scouting
The Boy Scouts of America
(BSA) was founded in 1910 as
part of an international scouting
movement. Robert Baden-Powell,
a British General founded the scout-
ing movement in England in 1907
based on his work as a Scout trainer
in the Army and the success of his
military training manual, Aids
to Scouting. The manual was
being used by teachers and youth
organizations. BSA also had no-
table predecessors in the United
States: the Woodcraft Indians,
organized by Ernest Thompson
Seton and the Sons of Daniel
Boone, founded by Daniel Carter
Huston pointed out the impor-
tance of an identified London scout
who assisted William Boyce, a
Chicago publisher, when he be-
came lost on a visit to London in
1909. Impressed with the young
scout, Boyce arranged a visit with
Baden-Powell to learn about scout-
ing. Boyce founded scouting in
America on February 8, 1910.
Girl Scouting soon followed,
with Juliette Gordon Low of Sa-
vannah, Georgia organizing Girl
Scouts in 1912 after she met Baden-
Powell the previous year. Upon
her return home, Low, who Nilson
described as a mover and a
shaker, called a cousin, to get
scouting organized for girls.
Though women could not yet vote,
Low believed they should have
the skills to help themselves and
their country.
Scouting in Zumbrota
Huston then detailed the his-
tory of scouting in Zumbrota since
its first troops were being orga-
nized in the early 1920s, after some
organizational attempts began as
early as 1912. Non-profit organi-
zations are needed to formally
sponsor Boy Scout troops. The
Knights of Phythias Lodge was
the first sponsor in 1923.
The 1920s was a time of growth
for scouting both nationally and
locally. In 1925, membership of
adults and boys topped one mil-
lion in America. Cubbing was
begun in the United States in 1930
for younger boys. Locally, the first
two Boy Scouts became Eagle
Scouts in 1927, followed by a third
two years later. Between 1947 and
1952, twelve Eagle Scouts were
added including six in 1950 alone.
However, Boy Scouting died out
in Zumbrota in the 1980s. National
membership also dropped signifi-
cantly after outdoor components
of the program were dropped in
1978. But with outdoor activities
added again and with the efforts
of Jerry Wangen and others lo-
cally, the Boy Scout program in
Zumbrota was revived.
The VFW has been Troop 59s
sponsor since 2010. Troop 59 has
served 1201 boys since its origin.
There have been over 2800 vol-
unteer hours involved in Eagle
projects since 1995, providing
many completed projects and ben-
efits to the community.
Nilson described many of the
uniforms of the first 100 years of
Richard Meyerhofer
ZM School Board
Paid for by Richard Meyerhofer for School Board.
History of scouting presentation given
Jaycee Nilson describe a variety of Girl Scout uniforms during her
presentation on the history of Girl Scouting prior to the Zumbrota Area
Historical Societys annual meeting October 13. Here she shows a
uniform from the 1920s.
Troop 59 Scoutmaster Jim Huston ends his presentation on the history
of Boy Scouting noting he would be remiss if he did not mention the
troops yearly fundraiser, currently underway. He noted that when the
Scouts are selling popcorn and holiday wreaths, they are always to be
dressed in their uniforms.
Girl Scouting including the first
uniforms consisting of a blouse
with tie and bloomers to allow
the girls to play basketball com-
fortably. Girls and leaders wore
the same type of uniform.
While the Eagle award has been
consistent through Boy Scout his-
tory, Nilson noted the Girl Scouts
highest award has had several
names since 1916 when it was the
Golden Eagle of Merit. It has been
Girl Scout Gold Award since the
1980s. Several requirements from
the early days were noted. Rem-
edies for frostbite; how to set a
table properly; how to knit; reviv-
ing a drowning person; and what
to do with a runaway horse, showed
the diversity of skills needed and
reflected the times.
Camping and the outdoors have
always played a large part of Girl
Scouting. Membership in the pro-
gram locally has remained rela-
tively consistent since the first troop
was organized in Zumbrota in 1921.
Several transitions of area coun-
cils have occurred over the de-
cades. Nilson pointed out other
changes have occurred that have
impacted Zumbrota girls posi-
tively, including the building of
program centers at Singing Hills
and Pepin Oak in the 1980s. The
buildings were designed by
Zumbrotan Jim Wedge.
The local troop is currently part
of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota
and Wisconsin River Valleys
which serves 40,000 girls in south-
ern Minnesota and western Wis-
consin. Many local women have
served in leadership roles at the
council level over the years.
Many names were mentioned
by both Huston and Nilson during
their presentation of people in-
volved as leaders or scouts who
were familiar to attendees; some
named were in the audience or
were relatives.
Nilson encourages learning more
about the history of scouting at
other events and venues includ-
ing the North Star Museum of Boy
Scouting and Girl Scouting. The
museum is located in North St.
Paul and contains artifacts, pho-
tographs, publications, films, and
sound recordings related to the
history of both Boy Scouting and
Girl Scouting.
During a brief intermission be-
tween the presentations and the
annual meeting, attendees enjoyed
refreshments and viewed the scout-
ing displays and memorabilia at
the History Center.
ZM FFA to compete in national
Career Development Event
From left to right are Zumbrota-Mazeppa FFA Parliamentary Procedure team members who will compete in
Louisville, Kentucky: Adam Burdick, Emma Flotterud, Hannah Eckblad, Lisa Ecker, Alyssa Stehr, and Caleb
The Zumbrota-Mazeppa FFA
Chapter was recently selected to
compete for national recognition
in an FFA Career Development
Event (CDE) at the 87th National
FFA Convention & Expo in Lou-
isville, Kentucky. The competi-
tion will be held October 29-31.
ZM FFA will vie for national
honors in Parliamentary Procedure.
National support for the Parlia-
mentary Procedure CDE is pro-
vided by TransCanada. FFA mem-
bers who will represent ZM are
Adam Burdick, Alyssa Stehr, Caleb
Hinrichs, Emma Flotterud, Hannah
Eckblad, and Lisa Ecker. The chap-
ter advisor is Jon Yusten.
Parliamentary Procedure is one
of 24 national CDE areas, cover-
ing job skills in everything from
communications to mechanics.
Participants demonstrate their
abilities to conduct orderly and
efficient meetings, present logi-
cal and convincing discussions and
properly record meeting proce-
dures. Each team must take a writ-
ten exam, conduct a 10-minute
demonstration, respond verbally
to parliamentary law questions and
prepare minutes from their dem-
onstrations. CDEs help students
develop the abilities to think criti-
cally, communicate clearly, and
perform effectively in a competi-
tive job market.
The National FFA Organization
provides leadership, personal
growth, and career success train-
ing through agricultural education
to 579,678 student members in
grades seven through 12 who be-
long to one of 7,570 local FFA
chapters throughout the U.S.,
Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Is-
Annual ZAHS meeting reveals growth
in membership, revenue, and activities
By Marilyn Anderson
ZUMBROTA The annual
Zumbrota Area Historical Soci-
ety (ZAHS) meeting held Mon-
day evening, October 13, revealed
good news in a number of areas
for members in attendance. Mem-
bership and revenue both grew
during the past year, and a num-
ber of activities continued to be
sponsored by the Society. ZAHS
President Judy Lang presided over
the meeting.
After a mass mailing was sent
to Zumbrota and the surrounding
area this year, paid memberships
have increased by 30 percent over
the past three-year average. Other
good news was provided by Trea-
surer Garry Hoyme who reviewed
the financial report. An increase
in the balance on hand was ex-
plained to be largely due to mov-
ing investments to a money mar-
ket account in 2012 that has been
profitable, showing an 11 percent
gain the past year.
The December Tour of Homes
and May garage and bake sale re-
main the groups main fundraisers.
Other activities conducted by
ZAHS at the museum included
the February program Remem-
bering the Apron. In March and
April, several scenes for the movie
His Neighbor Phil were filmed
at the museum.
The past year also saw changes
to the organizations newsletter,
and ZAHS is also now on
Facebook. Photos from Zumbrotas
past are periodically posted, some-
times in an effort to seek addi-
tional information about them.
Jon Stee and Judy Lang were
re-elected as board members.
Upcoming events
Glaciers, Explorers, Farms and
Floods: The History of the Zumbro
Watershed will be held at the
History Center on November 20
at 7 p.m. It is a program collabo-
ration of the Zumbrota Public Li-
brary and ZAHS. Kevin Strauss
of the Zumbro Watershed Part-
nership will be the presenter. Ev-
eryone is invited.

Wanamingo bond sale approved for
Industrial Park development project
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO Bond financ-
ing for expansion of Wanamingos
business park was approved at the
October 6 city council meeting.
The council passed a resolution
awarding the sale of $535,000 in
general obligation improvement
bonds to finance the development
of Cenex Addition 4. The expan-
sion project includes the exten-
sion of Third Avenue, improve-
ments to the storm water, sanitary
sewer and water system, concrete
curb and gutter replacement, and
bituminous base for the 3rd Av-
enue extension.
George Eilertson, the citys fi-
nancial advisor from Northland
Securities, said a total of about
$785,000 was needed for the
project. The city qualified for a
state Department of Employment
and Economic Development
(DEED) grant and was awarded
$250,000 to help finance a por-
tion of the infrastructure work for
the project. The additional
$535,000 for the project was se-
cured in bond loan funding.
These unrated bonds carry an
interest rate of about 3.15%, and
payments will be approximately
$45,000 per year for the city. The
bonds have an early call feature
and can be repaid prior to the end
date without penalty. Eilertson said,
Overall, Im pleased with this
financing. A motion by Majerus,
seconded by Berquam, to approve
the sale of $535,000 in debt through
general obligation improvement
bonds carried 5-0. The city is ex-
pected to receive the bond funds
November 3.
Schumacher Excavating payment
With bond funding in place, the
council approved a pay request
from Schumacher Excavating Inc
for work on the Cenex Addition
4. City engineer Brandon Theobald,
with WHKS of Rochester, sub-
mitted the $268,982.05 request for
payment. Theobald said all grad-
ing work, restoration, and seed-
ing had been completed. About
45% of the total work for the busi-
ness park expansion has been com-
pleted. The engineer also said road
work may be started yet this year;
the contractor was originally given
the option to hold off on street
work until 2015.
The next regular council meet-
ing is scheduled for Monday, No-
vember 17, at 7 p.m. in council
Wanamingo Goodhue
Kempfs present scholarship
WINONA Ernie and Patty Kempf of Goodhue attended the 31st annual
scholarship recognition program at Winona State University on Saturday,
September 27. Hollie Sell, of EauClaire, Wisconsin, was the recipient of
the Tammy Kempf Nursing Scholarship. Sell is in her third year of
nursing at Winona State.
Neven Sodd
Goodhue 651-923-4525
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Lions donate dictionaries to third grade
GOODHUE The Goodhue Lions Club visited the elementary school in Goodhue on October 13 and distributed
dictionaries to the third grade. Lion Vaughn Bien presents the dictionaries to Hannah ONeil, Aiden Duncan,
Samuel Jimenez, and Laura Brinkman. Teachers Lonnie Dressen (pictured) and Lori Hart assembled the
students for the distribution of the dictionaries. The dictionary program is an ongoing program sponsored by
the Goodhue Lions Club.
Anderson and McCormick running for
Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Two candidates filed in the race
for Wabasha County Auditor/Trea-
surer, Denise Anderson (incum-
bent) and David McCormick. The
term for this position is four years.
Below are questions that the News-
Record asked the candidates.
McCormick was contacted and
given an opportunity to answer
questions, but declined to provide
them for publication.
Candidate Profiles
ANDERSON I have lived most
of my life in Wabasha County.
Attended: Wabasha Kellogg High
School. I offer nineteen years of
experience in the office of the
Wabasha County Auditor/Trea-
surer which includes three years
as your elected Wabasha County
Auditor/Treasurer. I am certified
by the MN Department of Rev-
enue as Property Tax Adminis-
trator which allows me to be able
to calculate Wabasha County prop-
erty taxes. Also, I am certified by
the Secretary of State as an Elec-
tion Official to administer elec-
tions, teach election judges and
oversee elections in Wabasha
County assuring that all is done
correctly and according to State
of Minnesota Statutes. I am certi-
fied by MN Association of County
Auditors, Treasurers and Finance
Officers as a MN County Trea-
surer which allows her to collect
property taxes. Finally I am certi-
fied by the MN Association of
County Officers in Operation and
Public Administration of Govern-
ment. Currently the Wabasha
County Auditor/ Treasurer. Liv-
ing in Greenfield Township. I have
a lot of family in Minnesota and
Wisconsin. Hobbies: Hiking and
touring small towns. I am an ac-
tive member of the community,
and I give my personal time as a
Mentee for the communitys youths
that need a role model and a friend
to talk to. I support local athletic
teams and fundraisers as well as
church group fundraisers. I also
participate in Ice Cream socials at
St. Elizabeth Nursing Home.
Why did you decide to run in
ANDERSON Like is stated
before I have worked in The Au-
ditor/ Treasurers office for 19 years,
I give my heart and soul to Wabasha
County and it is my passion to
serve in this career.
Qualities you have that would
be beneficial to serving in this
ANDERSON I keep open com-
munication and encourage team-
work with the cities, townships
and Wabasha County. As well as
having a well-established commu-
nication structure with officials
in other Counties and the State of
MN which I can utilize to advan-
tage the constituents in Wabasha
Do you feel there are any con-
cerns facing the Wabasha
County Auditor/Treasurers of-
fice at this time? If so, what can
be done to resolve these issues?
ANDERSON I am currently
in the position and any concerns
are addresses as they occur.
What is necessary for to be
effective and trusted in this po-
sition? How would you support
and/or accomplish this as County
ANDERSON Open line of
communication between Wabasha
County residents and make sure
all County residents are treated
fair and equally. Any concerns or
questions that are brought forward
to me are reviewed and researched
in statues to make sure the office
is following the law.
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
ANDERSON I have been
ready and able since the first day
office. I commit myself to doing
my very best to serve the people
of Wabasha County and keeping
myself well-schooled on latest laws
and statutes to make sure that my
constituents receive all the ben-
efits allowed by law. I have strived
to always be available at any time
to anyone with questions or con-
cerns and may contact her by call-
ing 612-756-2017 or emailing
Denise Anderson
Majerus and Bryant are running for
Goodhue County Commissioner in District 4
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Two candidates filed in the race
for Goodhue County Commiss-
ioner in District 4 for a term of
four years. They are Jim Bryant
(incumbent) and Jason Majerus.
The News-Record asked the can-
didates a few questions.
Candidate Personal Profile
BRYANT I am currently your
Goodhue County Commissioner.
I live in Hay Creek Township with
my wife Connie. We have two
adult children, Danielle and Lucas.
I am the manager of Hay Creek
Mutual Insurance Company. My
wife and I ran a small business for
a few years and I am a retired
Police Officer. My wife and I like
to spend time with our children,
family and friends. We have vol-
unteered for years and have served
on a number committees. I be-
long to a number of organizations,
such as the Goodhue Lions,
Frontenac Sportsman Club and
Sons of American Legion to name
a few. I served for just about 5
years on the Hay Creek Town
Board. We both like to give back
to the community you live and
work in. We both have lived in
Goodhue County our entire life.
We live across the road from my
wifes 3rd generation farm. Gradu-
ated from Red Wing High School.
Attended Alexandria Technical
College; I have an Associated Arts
Degree and have taken a number
of leadership courses. I am the
Manager of Hay Creek Mutual
Insurance Company. I like to spend
time with my wife and children
and family and friends, golf, spend
time at our cabin and watch sport-
ing events.
MAJERUS Lifelong resident
of Goodhue County. Attended
Goodhue Public School and
Gustavus Adolphus College. Bach-
elors degree in Business Admin-
istration. Employment: Majerus
Garage. Living in Belvidere. Fam-
ily: wife, Johanna, four children:
Jacey 9, Morgan 7, Alexsandra
(Lexi) 5 and Samuel 2. Hobbies:
My free time is spent with my
family. I want to teach them how
to enjoy the outdoors and give back
to their community. As a family
we also enjoy going on horse rides,
playing or watching sporting events
and occasional trips to the family
Why did you decide to run in
BRYANT I am seeking re-
election as your County Commis-
sioner. I have been a strong voice
for the citizens of the 4th district
and have always been willing to
listen and help citizens with their
issues, concerns and bring forward
ideas you have.
MAJERUS Looking to the
future for my children was what
ultimately why I made the deci-
sion to run for county commis-
sioner. I work hard to provide
every opportunity for my children
Jim Bryant Jason Majerus
and would like to like the oppor-
tunity to make a better future for
all families in the county.
Qualities you have that would
be beneficial to serving in this
BRYANT I am currently
County Commissioner and I am
seeking re-election because I be-
lieve I am effective in being a prob-
lem solver and someone that people
have been comfortable talking to.
I have been someone who believes
in being honest and not afraid to
ask the tough questions and ex-
pect to get answers to those same
questions. I was encouraged by a
number of people to run again.
MAJERUS I am a proven and
successful business manager/
owner. I have the needed skills to
manage this County well. I know
how to make hard choices. We
need a different outlook and new
ideas to move this county into the
What do you see are the three
areas of greatest concern for
Goodhue County at this time,
or in the near future? What
would you suggest be done to
help resolve these issues?
BRYANT Budget, County
Roads and Highway 52 and they
are all tied together. Our budget
drives what we are able to do as a
County Board. We have worked
hard to try and get the best bang
for dollars we receive from tax-
payers and from other revenue
areas. We are looking at bonding
and planning to bond for the
Countys portion of the new over-
pass at Highway 52 and 9. With
less money for roads from the state
and federal government, we all
need to ask our representatives how
they are going to help build and
maintain our roads. Resolution:
The budget is something we now
work on the whole year. We have
put in place a two-year budget
where we can look at our future
needs and things that we no longer
need to do. We have combined
Public Health and Social Services
under one Department, thus re-
ducing staff. We privatized our
home health care and mental health
programs, reducing staff. Road
are costing more and more we are
looking at bonding for some
projects and working closely with
the state and federal members like
we did on Highway 52 and 9.
Deserve lower Taxes after all it is
your money. As a small business
owner I work hard for my money
and I know that you do to. Good
high paying Jobs. I know too many
people who are trying to support
their families working several part
time jobs. ROADS - the increas-
ing cost of safe roads is a con-
tinual challenge to our county, the
current solution of delaying road
building protects until funding is
available is not the answer. Reso-
lution: Your County taxes have
almost doubled in the past 16 years.
Stopping this constant increase in
spending will require a skilled
business manager who is willing
to make hard choices and who
knows how to create business
growth. As a job creator I know
what it takes to create new jobs. I
will work hard to encourage healthy
business growth drawing high
paying jobs to Goodhue County.
Roads - Improving our infrastruc-
ture is one part of business growth.
Doing the same old thing produces
the same poor results. Careful
budgeting and working with state
and federal officials is just a part
of the solution. As your Commis-
sioner I will work to find new cre-
ative solutions to transportation
How do you plan to be sure
the voices of the constituents in
your district are heard?
BRYANT I have been a strong
voice for District 4 and I would
like to continue to do so. I have
people call me, stop in at work,
email and talk to me when they
see me wherever I may be at. I
appreciate all the questions and
ideas that have been brought for-
ward to me.
MAJERUS I am an active
member of the community and I
work with constituents on a daily
basis through my business. Knock-
ing doors I have heard many com-
plainants about commissioners not
responding to concerns. If you have
a concern I will respond to it per-
sonally I can be reached at 651-
923-5185 or
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
BRYANT I have been your
County Commissioner and we have
accomplished quite a bit. There is
more to do. I was instrumental in
pushing for the overpass at 52 and
9 after too many crashes. After
years of talking we are building
an overpass. We are wrapping up
construction and the State and
Federal governments jumped in
to help fund and build the over-
pass. Those in involved in the fund-
ing were the County, State and
Federal governments. It is not ex-
actly what we wanted, however it
will accomplish the main goal and
that is a safer intersection.
MAJERUS Our county has
been a controversial place the last
few years. It is time for new lead-
ership with fresh Ideas. I have the
needed skills and experience to
lead this County forward. I will
not forget that its your money
and that you deserve to keep more
of it. I need your vote on Novem-
ber 4th.
Operation ADE
training for Home
Study Leaders
The Goodhue County Home
Study November Leader Train-
ing topic is Operation ADE,
presented by the Wanamingo Res-
cue Squad. The squad will teach
the Home Study members how to
use a defibrillator and how to do
The training will be held on
Monday, November 3, at 1:30 p.m.
at the Wanamingo Community
Room, 401 Main St. in
The program is open to the pub-
lic. If there are any questions call
the Goodhue County Extension
Office at 651-385-3100 or 800-
Name: Lexie Kennedy
Parents: Craig and Heidi
Siblings: Walker Kennedy
High school activities: Volley-
ball, softball, band, photography,
and wrestling stats
Favorite class or subject: Band
Best high school memory:
Beating Hayfield and Fillmore
Central in volleyball
Hobbies: Photography, crafts,
hair and make-up, scrapbooking,
hanging out with friends, and play-
ing with my puppy Marley
Person or persons you would
like to meet, living or dead: Casey
Holmes or Jaclyn Hill
Book: Any Nicholas Sparks
Movie: The Notebook
TV show: Reign or The Vam-
pire Diaries
Song: Hips Dont Lie Shakira
If you won the lottery, what
would one of your first purchases
be? New yellow Mercedes Benz
Describe yourself in one word:
College/career plans: Attend
Aveda Beauty Institute and con-
tinue to grow my photography
Drazkowski earns Guardian
of Small Business Award
The states largest small busi-
ness group in terms of entities, the
National Federation of Indepen-
dent Business Minnesota, with
13,000 members statewide, an-
nounced September 30 that State
Representative Steve Drazkowski
(Mazeppa) was awarded the pres-
tigious NFIB Guardian of Small
Business Award.
NFIB gives out the award at
both the federal and state level to
recognize legislators who have
been supportive of small business
on critical issues. To receive the
award legislators had to demon-
strate a supportive voting record
for small business during the 2013-
14 sessions of the Minnesota Leg-
islature. Lawmakers in the House
were scored on ten important votes
for small business.
Representative Drazkowski is
a real friend of small business and
we are happy to announce that he
has earned the NFIB Guardian of
Small Business Award, said Mike
Hickey, State Director.

Wanamingo approves
subdivision of land
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO In prepara-
tion for the sale of a property, the
Wanamingo City Council ap-
proved a minor subdivision request
during its October 6 meeting. Ag
Partners Cooperative and Scott
Nelson filed an application to split
the parcel that the car wash is lo-
cated on adjacent to Cenex. City
Administrator Michael Boulton
said the land was never split or
officially sold when the car wash
was built. The former Farm Coun-
try Coop and Nelson had an agree-
ment in which Nelson paid taxes
and payments to the company.
The city and Maple Island Inc.
entered a wastewater treatment
agreement for the 35,000 square
foot addition to their facility. An
agreement was required by the
Minnesota Pollution Control
Agency. City staff and represen-
tatives of Maple Island were in-
volved in generating the agree-
ment to outline water/sewer rate
fees to be charged. Maple Island
will be responsible for disclosing
any chemicals and/or pH levels
released into the wastewater.
The Minnesota Department of
Transportation (MnDOT) submit-
ted a cooperative snow removal
agreement. The joint agreement
covers the removal of snow from
Highway 57 within Wanamingos
city limits. The city would be re-
sponsible for making sure snow is
cleared from Main Street a dis-
tance of .27 miles from Railway
Street to 5th Street. MnDOT agreed
to pay the city $125 per hour for
snowblower and pay loader/grader
clearing and disposal of snow on
Main Street. A motion to approve
the agreement by Danny Benson
carried unanimously.
The council gave authorization
for delinquent utilities and services
bills from four properties to be
certified with the county auditor/
treasurer to be placed on the
owners property taxes. The
amounts owed to the city ranged
from $50 to $405. The amounts
will be collected with real estate
taxes payable in 2015.
Custodian Pat Flom submitted
her resignation to the city. Boulton
said Flom would like to draw on
retirement funds available. To do
this she needs to have a 30-day
separation from employment to
collect. Flom could then choose
to come to work or stay retired.
She currently works about 10-12
hours a week for the city. A mo-
tion by Jennifer Berquam to ac-
cept the resignation carried 5-0.
Building permits were approved
for Edwin and Theresa Saxton for
re-roofing; Sue Voegele and Sara
and Aaron Quam for a four-sea-
son porch; Gary and Ruth Braget
for re-roofing; Cindy Blauer for a
new mobile home; Richard Blauer
for a new mobile home; and Ryan
Holmes for re-roofing.
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
WANAMINGO Four candi-
dates are running unopposed in
City of Wanamingo elections. Ryan
Holmes, incumbent, is running for
mayor; Todd Kyllo and Jamie
Majerus (incumbent) are running
for four-year terms on the city
council; and Larry VanDeWalker
is running for a two-year special
council seat. Below are questions
and answers with the candidates.
Candidates Personal Profiles
HOLMES My name is Ryan Holmes,
I grew up in Kenyon and graduated from
KW High School. My wife Nicole and I
have been married for 17 years and
have 7 children ranging in age from 16
years old to 2 years old. We have owned
and operated Area 57 CoffeeCafe in
downtown Wanamingo for 11 years. I
am an avid sports lover, especially hockey.
KYLLO I was born and raised in the
Wanamingo area. I lived on a dairy farm
before moving to town. I graduated from
Kenyon-Wanamingo High School and I
have a business degree from the Univer-
sity of St Thomas. My business degree
from St Thomas includes a concentra-
tion in entrepreneurship. The universitys
program included professors with more
real world experience than teaching back-
grounds and it made the classes very
memorable. I still remember and relate
to some of the case studies in those
classes. I currently work in the agronomy
office at Nerstrand Agri Center. Ive lived
in Wanamingo for over 20 years. Fam-
ily: My daughter is a fifth grader this
year. I spend as much time as I can with
my daughter. She plays 4 sports and
enjoys participating in plays at school.
Ive been on the Wanamingo Fire De-
partment for close to ten years. Besides
the work of training and answering calls,
I enjoy taking a truck to neighboring
parades with family and friends. Any-
thing else? Dont hold my cheese head
against me.
MAJERUS I grew up and worked on
the family dairy farm outside of Bellechester
and graduated Z-M high school. I moved
to Wanamingo in 1999 with my (now)
husband Carl. We have 2 children,
Sidney (9) and Aidan (5), and our loving
Golden Retriever, Mich. I currently work
for the Minnesota Judicial Branch as
their Internal Audit Manager, since No-
vember 2011. Attended: Winona State
University. Special degrees/licensure:
Bachelors in Accounting, Certified Pub-
lic Accountant, Certified Fraud Exam-
iner, Certified Internal Auditor. I have
almost 8 years of state service as an
auditor, working for the Office of the
Legislative Auditor (4 yrs) and Depart-
ment of Natural Resources (13 months).
Prior to state service, I worked for Roch-
ester Sand and Gravel as an Accoun-
tant. I enjoy spending time with my hus-
band and two energetic children and
our dog, running and working out,
snowmobiling when there is snow, and
playing volleyball whenever possible. I
currently serve as a City Council mem-
ber in Wanamingo and a volunteer and
mentor for young prospective Account-
ing graduates through the Minnesota
Society of Certified Public Accountants.
VANDEWALKER Originally from
Mazeppa. Attended Mazeppa High School
Class of 70. Attend Winona State and
graduated with BS from Mankato State,
now called Minnesota State University.
Degrees: BS Elementary Education.
Employed by the State of Minnesota
Department of Human Services, Com-
munity Based Services/Minnesota State
Operated Services. Lived in Wanamingo
since 1986. Family: Bride - Sherree,
Jesse & Kelly, Kirby & Ashley, Callie,
Trevor, Colton and Lexi. Cat: Jewel.
Why did you decide to run in
HOLMES I have served on the City
Council for over 10 years and the past
two as Mayor. We have begun some
amazing projects in Wanamingo and I
decided to run for Mayor to see them
through to completion.
KYLLO Ive always been interested
in our local government. I served on the
Wanamingo EDA for a short term, and
Ive worked with the city council and
administrator as well as township boards
on fire department administrative du-
ties. When I was asked to run, I decided
it was time.
MAJERUS I was appointed to be on
city council in Jan 2013 for a 2 year
term. I have learned a great deal about
the community/city I live in during this
time. I like that I am more involved in
the decisions taking place in Wanamingo
and helping ensure we are spending tax-
payers money appropriately and wisely.
VANDEWALKER I believe in limited
terms; everyone should give it a try. I
had not planned on running. No other
applicants, was asked to file and agreed
to run for the 2 year position. I believe
we need at minimum, two members of
the council to be available during the
business week. This will be the last time
I run.
What do you see are the three
areas of greatest concern for the
city at this time, or in the near
future? What would you sug-
gest to resolve these issues?
HOLMES In my opinion, some ar-
eas of concern for the city are attracting
new businesses to the downtown, keep-
ing on top of road maintenance, and
continuing to be responsible with the
taxpayers money. I believe we need to
have more conversations among the
council and EDA on creative solutions to
attract businesses downtown. We must
continue to budget wisely to keep our
streets and alleys in proper working or-
der, and sticking to our budget to en-
sure fiscal responsibility into the future.
KYLLO Ill offer two. My biggest
concern for our city is the continuation
of fiscal responsibility. Responsible does
not always mean cheap. I would also
like to see continued promotion of our
local celebrations. They give us an op-
portunity to meet our neighbors and
form new friendships and partnerships.
Having more local ties bolsters commu-
nity involvement, helps to deter crime
and stimulates local economic support.
These are both broad goals. Fiscally,
each challenge needs to be analyzed
thoughtfully and respectfully to its ben-
efit and burden to the community. To
promote our local events, Ill continue to
volunteer my time to coordinate events
as well as working with local businesses
and clubs to encourage increased par-
MAJERUS 1. The large debt the city
is still in and the high taxes for the
people that live in Wanamingo. We will
continue to work efficiently and diligently
with the city funds and resources, the
debt ratio will decrease and as we are
diligent in paying off the debt, we will be
able to provide tax relief to the resi-
dents. 2. Snow plowing/ removal. Change
the snow removal policy to efficient and
safe decision making process for when
the streets need attention. Ensure staff
are working when needed to plow streets
during peak times to ensure the streets
are safe. And 3. City streets are in need
of maintenance and repair. We will con-
tinue to make small efforts of mainte-
nance as we can until the citys debt
ratio is lower and the city will be able to
afford a better repair plan.
VANDEWALKER No particular
order...Having enough housing options
available for families starting out and for
retirees. Many of our streets are in need
of resurfacing. Downtown businesses
are needed. I am also concerned about
keeping our school here in Wanamingo.
The Highway 60 speed limit and the
Highway 57 Interchange are also con-
cerns. Resolution - Discuss housing need
with citizens and local builders. Keep
doing what we can afford to do for street
maintenance. Encourage people to sup-
port the local businesses. Encourage
parents to learn more about K-W schools
and enroll their children; we have a
great school. Look around the area, you
Marilyn Syverson, left, and Jennifer Smith filed to run for KW School
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Four seats will be on the ballot
for Kenyon-Wanamingo School
Board. Each position is a four-
year term. Only two candidates
have filed, and another announced
his candidacy as a write-in. Be-
low are interviews with the two
individuals who filed for candi-
dacy, Marilyn Syverson (incum-
bent) and Jennifer Smith, and the
write-in candidate, Jeremy Lerfald.
All information is published as it
was submitted.
Personal profiles
LERFALD Originally from Kenyon.
Attended Kenyon-Wanamingo High School
and Alexandria Technical College. De-
gree: Associate of Applied Science in
Criminal Justice. Employed as a Police
Officer with the City of Lakeville. Lives in
Wanamingo Township with his wife Heidi
and their daughters Hailey (6th Grade)
and Amber (2nd Grade). Hobbies: Soft-
ball, Hunting and Fishing.
SMITH Originally from Reedsburg,
WI now living in Kenyon Township. Fam-
ily: married to John Smith, 3 sons; 2 in
elementary school, 1 in middle school.
Attended University Of Wisconsin-River
Falls, University of Minnesota-Saint Marys.
Has a Bachelor of Science in Agricul-
tural Education, Master of Arts in Edu-
cation, Educational Administration K-12
Principal Licensure. Employment:
Watertown-Mayer High School Agricul-
tural Education Instructor-1999-2000,
Hutchinson High School Agricultural
Education Instructor-2000-2007, Riverland
Community College: Farm Business Man-
agement Instructor, 2008-Current. Our
family has been active in many aspects
of the community and education. The
boys all attended KW-Kids Learning Center,
the KW pre-school classes, as well as
various Community Ed and ECFE classes.
The boys are active in the youth soccer,
baseball, and football programs; they
have tried wrestling and basketball ac-
tivities previously. I have been a Den
leader for Kenyon Cub Scout Pack 232
for two years, am a Faith Formation
teacher for St. Michaels church, and
we are active with the Goodhue County
4-H Program and at the County Fair. I
have been a room parent volunteer for
the past 5 years at the Elementary School,
chaperoning many field trips with the
kids. Hobbies: Gardening, fishing, read-
ing, outdoor activities.
SYVERSON I was born in Des Plaines,
Illinois growing up in Lincoln, Illinois. I
have attended Illinois State University,
Medical University of South Carolina and
University of Phoenix. I hold a bachelors
of science in biology, bachelors in nurs-
ing and a masters of nursing. I hold a
registered nurse license from the state
of Minnesota as I am employed at the
Mayo Clinic Rochester. I live in Wanamingo
with my husband Todd and our three
children: Evelyn 14, Anna 8, Derek 6.
Go Knights! I enjoy being a terrible
golfer and northern Minnesota fishing
whenever I get the chance.
Why did you decide to run in
LERFALD I have thought about run-
ning in the past and believe that now is
a good time for me. Kids are our future;
I have two daughters who are enrolled
with K-W schools so I have a vested
interest in providing our students with
an excellent education. I am excited by
some of the challenges that our school
district faces.
SMITH I decided to run for the
school board because I have a back-
ground in education from a variety of
levels, I am passionate about education
for our youth, and I feel that a school
system is vital to keeping our communi-
ties strong. My background has been
developed over the past 14 years in
education and I have an understanding
of the educational systems.
SYVERSON I am running for my
second term for school board because it
is an important job I enjoy very much. I
am proud of Kenyon Wanamingo schools
and it is important that citizens take
seriously the power of education and
what it means for our future. Educating
our children is one of the core roots of
their development. Furthermore, it is
pivotal to have a thriving school system
in communities like Kenyon and
Wanamingo for economic growth. It is
crucial that citizens with vested interest
in education and their community step
up to participate in their local schools.
What do you see are the three
areas of greatest concern for the
school district at this time, or in
the near future? What would
you suggest be done to help re-
solve these issues?
LERFALD 1) Superintendent: I think
this is an exciting time to be hiring a new
superintendent. I think it is important to
find someone with fresh ideas and lead-
ership skills that will help move the school
district in the right direction. 2) Budget:
The budget is always challenging when
we are trying to provide as much as we
can for our school district and still be
held accountable by the tax-payers. 3)
Technology: We need to move forward
with the advancement in technology and
make sure our students have the re-
sources needed to better prepare them
for their future. I think with teamwork
we can accomplish any challenge that
faces us. I think it is important to have
student, parent, teacher and commu-
nity involvement to come up with ideas
and suggestions that will help find a
solution. I would want to meet with school
staff to see what we need to do so they
have the resources needed to provide
our students with a great education.
SMITH The Kenyon-Wanamingo
School District needs to keep operating
efficiently to best serve our students
and attract students to our district. This
is the main goal that I see for our dis-
trict. The School Board, faculty, staff,
and community need to listen to each
other and work together to continue to
have provide a quality education for our
SYVERSON The three greatest ar-
eas of concern for Kenyon Wanamingo
are fiscal management; continued staff
recruitment on all levels; and the race to
keep our students competitive on the
global stage. These issues are not finite
problems with fixes. These are
longstanding concerns that must be
continually managed. I am on the fi-
nance committee currently; it is my view
finance committee members need to do
the research to know the district finances
intimately and be proactive at offering
solutions to immediate spending issues.
I intend to be an active participant in
any possible hiring of administration should
the opportunity present itself.
What qualities do you have
that would be beneficial to serv-
ing in this position?
LERFALD I have common sense
and am able to make decisions whether
they are popular or not. I am a good
listener and open to suggestions from
members of our communities. I am very
thorough and research items before
making any decisions. As a public em-
ployee I have had the opportunity to be
part of employee contract negotiations
as well as the hiring process for person-
nel. As a police officer and former school
resource officer I am able to provide
input on school security issues as needed.
SMITH My ability to listen to others,
communicate effectively, and use cre-
ative thinking will be assets in serving
on the school board.
SYVERSON My qualities include
passion for the challenges this district
faces daily. I am unafraid to speak up
and ask uncomfortable questions; I find
value in the answers even if I disagree.
I advocate for consensus decision mak-
ing l and I enjoy the process of con-
structing a solution that everyone can
live with. I do not mind putting in the
time; its important to attend; be present
and do your homework - no pun in-
tended. I have special interest in mak-
ing sure KW is represented at the state
legislature level while keeping up with
education politics affecting our abilities
to run districts.
In your opinion, how do you
feel the school district has been
running during the last couple
LERFALD I know that the budget
has been tight, there have been cuts
and there are always challenges that
face our schools. I am sure our district
has done the best they can to provide
our children with the best education
possible. In my law enforcement career
I have seen great leaders who challenge
the status quo and have shown there is
always room for improvement.
SMITH As a parent of elementary
students in the district for the past five
years, I have only seen the operating of
the district from the outside. There
have been challenges facing the dis-
trict, which have been handled and dealt
with in the best possible means by those
in charge at the time. I think the com-
munication and cohesiveness of our dis-
trict can be improved in the future.
SYVERSON The past couple of years
the district; board, and administration
worked very smoothly together. All mem-
bers are vested and have much to offer.
The bigger question is what are the pres-
Jeremy Lerfald is running as a write-
in candidate for the KW School
Three candidates running for
four positions on KW School Board
Ryan Holmes Larry VanDeWalker
Todd Kyllo Jamie Majerus
Wanamingo candidates running unopposed
lose your school you lose your heart-
beat. Keep Highway 60 speed limit and
the Highway 57 interchange at Hader
discussions going with MNDOT and lo-
cal, county and state officials.
What qualities do you have
that would be beneficial to serv-
ing in this position?
HOLMES I believe that my experi-
ence on the council along with my daily
interaction with the public put me in the
unique position to be able to resolve
problems as they arise and keep on top
of city issues.
KYLLO I try to see all sides of an
issue, playing devils advocate to dis-
cover challenges, solutions and oppor-
MAJERUS My financial, audit and
fraud investigation experience and back-
As an auditor, I am responsible for
the examination and evaluation of the
adequacy and effectiveness of the
organizations governance, risk manage-
ment, policies and procedures and in-
ternal process as well as the quality of
performance in carrying out assigned
responsibilities to achieve goals and
objectives. I have experience in con-
ducting routine internal, operational, as-
surance, internal control and compli-
ance audits as well as investigation work,
consulting and training experience re-
lated to internal controls, risk assess-
ment and finance.
VANDEWALKER Approachable, good
listener, follow through, results.
How has the city been run-
ning, in your opinion, during the
last couple years?
HOLMES I feel the city is on a good
road due to our city administrator recog-
nizing detrimental issues and having a
strong council willing to make difficult
decisions necessary to put us back on
course. We have had exciting things
happening in our business district and I
feel confident we are on the right path to
continue into the future.
KYLLO There has been many changes,
and I am proud of the way our city has
dealt with the recent challenges, and
continues to strive for a better commu-
MAJERUS We are improving and
we continue to improve. The city is
seeing relief in their financial debt situa-
tion, which is exciting. The city is ex-
panding with projects that are bringing
additional funds and jobs to the commu-
VANDEWALKER Very well, our City
Administrator, Council and employees
have done a great job with communica-
tion, knowing and using resources avail-
able and sticking to the very tight bud-
get. Our past and current Administra-
tion has made some tough choices and
it has paid off; we are steadily climbing
out of debt. I am very proud of the team
we have hired. We have seen growth in
the Industrial Park, Maple Island, and
Ag Partners. We were able to upgrade
the historic water tower....I think we have
contracted an excellent City Engineer in
Brandon Theobald to oversee the projects.
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
HOLMES I am always encouraged
by the amazing citizens of Wanamingo
and their willingness to volunteer and
lend a hand in ensuring our city is at its
best. It is because of these people that I
am inspired to do my part as Mayor to
ensure a bright future for our town.
KYLLO I understand finances, I know
and understand some of the recent his-
tory of our city, and Im not easily swayed
by the opinions of others.
MAJERUS I can be a valuable asset
to the citys decision making.
VANDEWALKER I care about
sures on the district as a whole? How is
KW managing unstable political terrain
that confines the decisions or financial
picture of the district? How can a district
be expected to gain ground under man-
dates without government funding? What
about open enrollment? Common Core?
The districts of southern Minnesota are
told to provide and deliver on all counts
with minimal support or guidance from
their state; its a problem.
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
LERFALD I am not coming in with a
personal agenda. I am open minded
and want our citizens to bring items to
the board to let us know what is and
isnt working. If elected I am here to do
what is best for the district and best for
the interests of all K-W students.
SMITH Citizens should vote for me
on election day because I care about the
future of our students and school dis-
SYVERSON Why you should vote for
me? Let me say two things about the
PEOPLE! 2) We have open seats with no
one running. I would love to see 10
people come on as write-ins (I was a
write in 2010) and make this a race. It is
important and your district needs you.
As for a vote for Syverson; I will some it
up in one sentence. Vote for Syverson
because she has passion for education;
she is proud of and will good job for
Kenyon Wanamingo.

Pine Island
Bob Fox struck,
killed by vehicle
GOODHUE Robert Fox, 71,
of Pine Island was struck and killed
by a semi-tractor on the afternoon
of Saturday, October 11. His car
was parked at the side of the north-
bound lane of Minnesota High-
way 58 at the time of the accident,
and he had been standing in the
middle of the road.
The truck driver was identified
as Robert Niemann, 23, of
Wanamingo. The incident was
reported to the State Patrol at 1:31
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recorded and televised. We get input by
talking with citizens and holding public
input meetings, but only a small fraction
of our citizens partake.
3. How would you promote
the City of Pine Island to the
residents and outside of the city
to encourage healthy growth and
integrate any new growth into
the community? What can be
done to attract businesses to the
JOHNSON We have an opportunity
to take advantage of the positive things
that have recently happened in Pine
Island and capitalize on the addition of
the new elementary school and reno-
vated high school and on the comple-
tion of the frontage road to our Elk Run
development. I think our close proxim-
ity to Rochester and the high visibility
from Hwy 52, along with these additions
to our community is a great asset and
will help attract people and businesses
to our city. We need to encourage resi-
dential development in the area sur-
rounding the new school, promote the
growth of business on north main and
create a citys business-friendly environ-
ment by offering incentives such as prop-
erty tax breaks, discounted fees and
permits for small businesses that con-
sider Pine Island for their location. Along
with the business aspect of our city, I
think we need to explore additions and
improvements to the life and leisure
aspect of our city. I have heard many
compliments about our parks and bike
trail, so I think we should continue to
make improvements to our parks and
recreation options. For example, we
should consider an upgrade of our cur-
rent city park playground equipment,
and we should look into utilizing the
areas around the city park to add more
features such as new tennis courts, bas-
ketball hoops, volleyball nets, a skate-
board park, etc. I think we should also
look into the influence that the addition
of a new swimming pool, along with the
new elementary school, would have on
the potential influx of young families
moving to our community. Finally, I think
we need to have a commuter parking lot
for year round use for Mayo Clinic em-
ployees and other commuters to and
from Pine Island.
KNOX I believe Pine Island is most
attractive to those considering moving
their family or business here when we
show them how strongly we support our
community. I would support a Shop
Local-style campaign focused on en-
couraging Pine Islands residents to buy
more goods and services from Pine Is-
land business owners. A strong sense
of community provides for a safe place
to live, raise a family and invest in your
MARKHAM The city of Pine Island
has taken a big step forward by passing
the new school, which in turn is going to
help grow the city by attracting young
families. However, we are losing our
seniors, who are selling their houses
and moving out of Pine Island because
of the lack of townhouses and senior
housing. We need to encourage devel-
opers to build more townhouses to meet
this need. As the population grows, so
will the business community.
VETTEL To help plan our cities growth,
we have comprehensive development
plans, zoning ordinances and an Eco-
nomic Development Authority to work
with city officials to organize and plan
our growth sites to be beneficial to cur-
rent citizens as well as new ones. We
are working to provide the attributes
that attract new business and residents,
but we also need to keep our tax levy
competitive with our surrounding com-
munities. Street projects and utility im-
provements are on a year by year schedule
to have all completed as soon as fea-
sible. We also need to budget mainte-
nance of all streets so we dont need to
rebuild them prematurely. These to me
are a top priority.
4. How would you prioritize
the communitys goals and
needs? (Examples: swimming
pool, library, street projects,
utility improvements, etc.) What
do you feel is most important
and why?
JOHNSON Street projects and main-
tenance should be a high priority for our
city. Streets are vital to our infrastruc-
ture and livelihood. They provide ac-
cess to our everyday necessities, and
they promote our future growth and
development. Some of the streets in
our city are in sad shape and in desper-
ate need for repair, and once repaired,
we need to maintain them so our infra-
structure does not crumble. Our cur-
rent sewage plant is near capacity and
the City of Oronoco is in need of a
plant. I would propose the Cities of Pine
Island and Oronoco consider meetings
to discuss the options of building a joint
sewage plant in the Elk Run develop-
ment to accommodate the needs of both
cities. The city needs to address the
issue of the existing swimming pool and
the cost to maintain the pool in its cur-
rent condition or possible closing of
the pool by state order. The pool com-
mittee has done a great job putting to-
gether a plan to replace the existing
swimming pool. Now we need to look
into creative ways to fund this
project. Having two children who have
spent many summer hours at the swim-
ming pool, I understand the importance
a swimming pool has to a town. I be-
lieve a new swimming pool, along with
our new elementary school, will attract
new people into our community.
KNOX Our top priorities have to be
streets and utilities. The citys infra-
structure has not received the attention
it deserves and now it is causing us to
delay other needs. I would like for us to
fund the depreciation of our infrastruc-
ture so the money is available when a
street or sewer line comes to the end of
its life span. Borrowing is expensive
and causes spikes in our tax levy. I want
us to have a new pool that meets the
needs of our residents and can be oper-
ated affordably. I want our library to
have the facility it deserves. There is
great community building being done in
that cramped space and an investment
here would pay Pine Island back for
MARKHAM I believe all are impor-
tant and worthy projects. It is important
for the city to continue the street projects
schedule and replace deteriorating wa-
ter and sewer infrastructure. I also sup-
port replacing the City swimming pool,
but this will be decided by the citizens to
be voted on. The city library has served
this community well but has outgrown
its space.
STEELE I would like to take this
opportunity to sincerely thank my Coun-
cil for all the time they have dedicated in
taking our community forward. In my
2nd term as Mayor if elected I would
love to see some plan on how to correct,
or build new our community swimming
pool. The citizens have been loud and
clear on this issue and the council is
doing the research as to the feasibility
and solution, I would also like to thank
the people in Pine Island for placing
confidence in me during my 1st term
and hopefully 2nd . This community has
demonstrated passion when the situa-
tion arises, what a subtle strength to
always depend on as community lead-
ers, thanks for being who you are Pine
Island. You have my pledge to try and
continue to improve our City.
VETTEL I would like to explore a
recreation center for Pine Island. It could
include Library, exercise, swimming,
community rooms, etc. But these are
not break even services. They all need
annual financial support from the city
budget and anything we do will require
citizens approval by holding a referen-
5. To accomplish community
goals would you support increas-
ing local funding revenues or
reducing some of the services
the city provides?
JOHNSON I know the Pine Island
City Council has not raised revenues the
last couple years. But with the addition
of Elk Run, the city has almost doubled
the miles of streets we need to maintain
with the same equipment the city has
had for years and with less staff. We
will also have to maintain the new road
to the new elementary school after its
construction, and this will also add to
the wear and tear on the equipment and
the workload for Public Works
Department. I assure you that I will
consider the necessity of all purchases
by all city departments very carefully
and will be responsible with any spend-
ing of our taxpayer money.
KNOX I have supported our tax levy
increase for next year and will examine
the merits of each future decision on a
case by case, year by year basis. Re-
ducing services should only be consid-
ered after were confident that the ex-
pense side of the citys budget is run-
ning as efficiently as possible. Request-
ing more revenues from our residents
may be necessary, but its important to
know that those dollars are being spent
MARKHAM I would support raising
taxes if the community supported it. I
believe the city will need to continue to
spend taxpayer money wisely, and all
areas of city government may need to
learn to work differently to hold down
costs. Please be sure to get out and
VETTEL There are not many city
services that can be cut. The big ones
are snow plowing, street lighting, law
enforcement, fire protection, EDA, park
and recreation, library and city govern-
ment. Sewer and water funds look like
easy picking, but they are being built up
so we can help pay for the expansion
that will be needed soon. I feel new
community goals will have to be justi-
fied and funded with addition levies ap-
proved by a referendum vote of Pine
Island Citizens. I would appreciate your
vote and look forward to continuing to
serve the City of Pine Island.
September 23
12:21 a.m. A male was balancing
his checkbook in a lot. An officer asked
him to move along.
10:27 a.m. An officer responded to
a lifeline call of a female falling on her
5:05 p.m. An officer responded to a
custom alarm. A family was cleaning an
apartment and accidentally pulled the
September 24
2:09 a.m. A female reported that a
male was causing a disturbance and
had since left. He routinely comes over
uninvited and will smoke marijuana and
do other drugs in a hallway.
8:50 a.m. A male requested an
officer to stand by when a male went to
pick up the rest of his belongings.
11:31 a.m. Zumbrota-Mazeppa High
School reported an incident that hap-
pened yesterday between a male and
female student. The principal talked to
the students parents.
1:05 p.m. An officer responded to a
business alarm
1:47 p.m. A male reported that his
wife had fallen and was unable to get
back up. He believed she was injured
but didnt know.
6:40 p.m. A female returned to a
residence to get her things and a male
wouldnt let her leave to go to a safe
11:09 p.m. A child was having dif-
ficulty breathing.
11:24 p.m. A male reported that a
male was digging through his stuff. He
chased the person down but he got
away in a vehicle. The vehicle was lo-
cated and scrap was found in it.
September 25
12:44 a.m. A report was made of a
crash in the area. There was no crash,
just tractors in the field doing field work.
9:45 a.m. A female requested an
officer to stand by while she removed
property out of a house.
6:08 p.m. A probation violation was
6:30 p.m. A driver was warned for
September 26
3:39 a.m. A male reported that he
was threatened while he was delivering
4:17 p.m. An officer responded to a
female who was throwing up blood.
9:37 p.m. A driver was cited for
exhibition driving. The driver peeled out
of a parking lot at the high school after a
9:59 p.m. A Springer mix was found
and taken to the vet clinic.
September 27
11 a.m. An officer assisted a deputy
with a car fire. An attempt was made to
extinguish the flame with no success.
The fire department arrived and put the
fire out.
12:03 p.m. A mailbox was dam-
2:25 p.m. A male would not let his
children go with their mother and it was
her weekend to have them. They were
turned over to the female when an of-
ficer arrived.
3:18 p.m. A female golfer injured
her back and was not able to get off the
course. An officer assisted with patient
care and moving her to an ambulance.
3:48 p.m. A males wheelchair died
in the middle of the road. An officer
stopped traffic and assisted him across
the street.
6:06 p.m. Rochester State Patrol
reported a vehicle crossing the center
and fog line and going into a median as
it was entering a ramp.
6:41 p.m. Greenway Co-op in
Mazeppa reported an intoxicated male
8:18 p.m. A female reported that a
dog had been barking for an hour.
10:59 p.m. Zumbro Valley Mental
Health reported receiving a call from a
very depressed and anxious female who
said she was thinking about hurting her-
September 28
12:51 a.m. A vehicle was swerving
over the fog line and onto rumble strips.
12:44 a.m. A male was chopping in
a field and the caller said a male was
laying in the field and maybe was run
over by a tractor. He was conscious but
not breathing well and was bleeding
from his head.
7:14 p.m. An officer stopped by a
vehicle that had its flashers on. The
vehicle had a flat tire and the driver
already had someone on the way to
September 29
12:06 p.m. An accident was re-
ported. A female was having neck pain.
The driver of the other vehicle was cited
for failing to yield.
12:50 p.m. A driving complaint
was received.
1:56 p.m. Rochester State Patrol
reported a vehicle going over the fog
and center line on southbound Highway
3:15 p.m. A driver was warned for
excessive acceleration and squealing of
4:25 p.m. An officer assisted a
person with entering his residence. The
person had lost his keys.
5:30 p.m. A female reported a bi-
cycle that had been in her yard for a few
September 30
2:55 p.m. An officer unlocked a
Cell 507-208-6000
Peter McWaters
Your local electrician
Zumbrota, MN
ZM ISD 2805
TRICT NO. 2805
7:00 P.M.
I. Call Meeting to Order (Action)
II. Recite Pledge of Allegiance
III. Adopt Agenda (Action)
IV. Communications
V. Reports
VI. Old Business
a. Special Education Transportation
b. Recap of School Board Work Ses-
c. Bullying Prohibition Policy #514
VII. Patron Input
VIII. New Business
a. Adopt the Consent Agenda (Action)
b. Personnel (Action)
c. 2013-14 School Audit (Action)
d. Assurance of Compliance (Action)
e. Surplus Property (Action)
f. Special Meeting to Canvass Elec-
tion Results (Action)
IX. Board Comments and Reports
X. Pertinent Dates
XI. Future Agenda Items
XII. Adjourn (Action)
Anderson and Felton will compete
for Goodhue County District 2
Brad Anderson Nora Bryson Felton
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Two candidates filed in the race
for Goodhue County Commis-
sioner in District 2, Brad Ander-
son and Nora Bryson Felton. The
term for this position is four years.
Voters will elect one. Below are
questions and answers with the
Personal Profiles
ANDERSON I was born and raised
in Goodhue County. I am the fourth
generation on our farm in Leon Town-
ship. Cannon Falls High School gradu-
ate. My wife Kathy and I have been
married 36 years. We have two adult
children, Ariana and Travis, and four
granddaughters. 2005 Goodhue County
Farm Family of the Year. Hobbies in-
clude golfing, riding motorcycle, playing
cards, and traveling. Employed at Niebur
Implement, Service Manager. Leon Town-
ship Clerk, 12 years; Goodhue County
Board of Adjustment, 9 years; Belle Creek
Watershed Board, 2 years; Cannon Falls
School Board, 6 years; St. Columbkills
Church Council, 3 years. I have attended
conferences for the Minnesota Associa-
tion of Townships which has helped me
develop a deep knowledge of local gov-
FELTON Originally from Alden Min-
nesota. Attended Alden-Conger High
School, University of Minnesota, Koinonia
Institute. Degrees: BS Animal Science,
BS Agricultural Journalism, Minors in
Agricultural Economics and International
Agriculture. I am a wife, mom, home-
maker, farmer, business owner, and jour-
nalist. We own 2,800 acres growing seed,
canning, hay and row crops and have a
50-head Angus Cow/Calf operation, 6
horses, and purebred Hampshire 4-H
hogs. We are part-owners of the Great
Western Industrial Park in Randolph and
Kinnix Group in Bloomington. Journalist
for the Cannon Falls Beacon since 1993;
Secretary of SE MN Irrigators Associa-
tion; Awana Teacher, Tech Booth, and
weekly Bible study at Riverwood Church
in Cannon Falls; Cannon Falls High School
Band Boosters; 4-H volunteer and judge
at several fairs and events at the local,
county and state level; Cannon Falls
Elementary School classroom helper for
9 years and Book Buddy for 4 years;
Field Representative Green Giant Co.
at Glencoe & Montgomery; MN Dept of
Agricultures Ag-In-The-Classroom Board;
serve on the Green Giant Health &
Wellness, Ice Fishing, and Minneapolis
Marathon committees; Glencoe HS For-
eign Exchange Program and After-Prom
Committees; Executive Secretary-Edda
Connel, Attractions Advertising, Met
Center; News Aid StarTribune; MN
Daily Publishing Board; Lab Manager
University of Minnesota Hospital & Clin-
ics, Molecular; Genetics, Dr. B. De
Martinville and Dr. Harry Orr; 4-H Pro-
gram Assist MN Ag Extension Service,
Rice County; Pork Queen/Beef Princess
Freeborn County. Lives in Stanton
Township. Family: husband Doug; chil-
dren Miranda, Bryson, Chad, Chris (Julie),
and Cassy (Travis) Tufty; nine grandchil-
dren and one great-grandchild. Hobbies:
Trail riding on horseback, reading, walk-
ing through the woods, helping Dad with
the hogs, and coffee with friends. I have
been asked about how Id fair in an old-
boys club? My answer - Those days
should be over. If youre still concerned,
check my record. I have spent my entire
life working in non-traditional capaci-
ties as a capable, trusted, and respected
Why did you decide to run in
ANDERSON I have a passion for
public service and an understanding of
local government. I have always encour-
aged citizens to be active participants in
local government because it is where
we as individuals influence decisions
the most.
FELTON County government is the
last bastion of our Republic. Goodhue
County residents, daily dedicating their
lives to improve our communities, are
the real experts. They deserve more
than a 30-day comment periodthey
deserve to be respected, listened to and
their property protected. My husband
and I have been a voice for rural America,
giving back while building a farming
operation to pass on to our children.
Im in this race for them and children
throughout Goodhue County. I want
them to enjoy the freedoms and oppor-
tunities Ive had in a prosperous, strong,
honorable America.
Qualities you have that would
be beneficial to serving in this
ANDERSON Experience, communi-
cation, and collective decision-making
are what set me apart as a candidate. I
have experience in several areas of local
government including Leon Township,
Goodhue County Board of Adjustment,
school board, and Belle Creek water-
shed board. Each of these experiences
has enabled me to develop the skills
needed to be an effective member and
leader in the decision-making process.
These skills will allow me to ensure that
all sides of an issue are discussed with
an open mind and that the decisions are
made with as much input and informa-
tion available on each issue.
FELTON Im a good listener, ana-
lytical, and courageous. I have broad-
based educational and life experiences.
A small business owner, I understand
what it takes to plan, invest, budget,
hire, and comply with regulations. I un-
derstand the need for a strong tax-base
to educate our children and provide jobs
to bring them and their God-given tal-
ents back homeso our communities
can thrive and care for our Veterans and
those who have made our freedoms and
present prosperity possible. Having studied
history and traveled abroad, I have seen
the devastating effects of government
over reach and public apathy.
What do you see are the three
areas of greatest concern for
Goodhue County at this time,
or in the near future? What
would you suggest be done to
help resolve these issues?
ANDERSON The issues that are the
greatest concern is a long range vision
for the county, zoning and roads. My top
goal is to help identify a path for the
future for Goodhue County. The county
board has many decisions to make to
keep the county financially sound, safe
and healthy for the citizens of Goodhue
County. With a vision for the future, it
will help the board make decisions that
will achieve those goals. Zoning - There
will continue to be requests for permits
within Goodhue County that are contro-
versial like, alternative energy, mining,
developments, etc. The recent zoning
changes regarding wind energy and frac
sand demonstrate that zoning can be
influenced by residents and our local
government (county and townships) works
to ensure balance in the approach to
zoning issues. Zoning is an ever chang-
ing process as the economy, peoples
wants and business needs are balanced
within our agricultural based county. Roads
- The cost of maintaining roads and
improving safety (example, adding in-
terchanges on Hwy 52) continually in-
creases while funding is not increasing
at the same rate. Our goal is to balance
needs and funding and find alternative
sources of revenue. The economy of the
county is dependent on well maintained
and safe roads. I will be a strong and
thoughtful commissioner who will en-
sure these issues as well as others are
FELTON When asked to run, folks
were concerned about PRESERVING THEIR
tening to constituents, it appears the
countys top issues fall within those pe-
rimeters. Specifically they include 1)
prioritizing needs to ensure tax revenues
are used prudently, 2) respecting
everyones property rights (maintaining
that balance between our rural values
yet being realistic enough to allow ap-
propriate investment to expand busi-
ness and tax-base), 3) the ZipRail and
the Highway 52 corridor, 4) maintaining
roads and bridges, 5) public/private
partnerships, and 6) wind and solar energy,
frac sand mining, and wisely managing
water resources. I will listen to constitu-
ents, colleagues, and department heads
to prioritize the countys needs. As stew-
ard of your hard-earned tax dollars, Ill
carefully research issues. Combining these
with my educational/life experiences,
Ill pick through the budget; ensuring it
reflects those needs, investing where
needed, making cuts wherever possible.
Ill invigorate the local economy to in-
crease tax-base thereby lowering the tax
bill for property owners and leaving more
money for individual family needs and
business expansion. This will create more,
better paying jobs. Ill continue fighting
against the ZipRail and other projects
intent on taking land and resources,
from our citizens.
How do you plan to be sure
the voices of the constituents in
your district are heard?
ANDERSON I am looking at differ-
ent ways to get input from constituents
such as township meetings, community
group meetings like Rotary, Kiwanis, social
media and email. My experience on the
township board, school board and board
of adjustment for Goodhue County taught
me the importance of hearing from citi-
zens and understanding differing points
of view. This brings about the best solu-
FELTON Communication is funda-
mental to being an effective Commis-
sioner. Ive always maintained a direct,
unfiltered, open-door policy; by phone
(land-line or cell) for foot, email or snail
mail, web-site or on-site. Ive proactively
sought information; meeting Township
Boards and County Department Heads.
Ive attended ZipRail, CapX, and Hwy 52
meetings. I helped arrange Randal OToole
speaking at the Fair. Ive interviewed
Cannon Falls South-end businesses af-
fected by Hwy 52 and met with Lake
Byllesby Association leaders to walk the
overlook trail and hear their concerns.
If elected, Id hold monthly Town Hall
meetings to ensure people have a voice.
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
ANDERSON Citizens of District 2 in
Goodhue County deserve a hardworking,
experienced, vision focused commissioner
who will work to move the entire county
forward. It would be a humbling honor
to represent District 2 in this task. I am
interested in serving the needs of the
citizens and together creating a roadmap
for the future of Goodhue County.
FELTON Goodhue County residents
deserve a Commissioner wholl respect
and listen to them, preserving their voice.
They want their property protected from
Zip Rail and fly-by-night developers. They
want leaders with broad-based educa-
tional/life experiences wholl seek out
information, properly analyze issues and
see the real questions. They want lead-
ers with the courage to speak the truth,
do whats right so the County can live
within its budget. I AM THAT LEADER.
My commitment to you and your family
3:10 p.m. Zumbrota-Mazeppa High
School reported a student who had brought
cigarettes to school. The student was
cited for tobacco possession.
4:18 p.m. An officer stood by while
a female entered a residence.
Caf Accordion Orchestra
forays into cinematic music
ZUMBROTA Dan Newtons
Caf Accordion Orchestra presents
their tribute to music and the mov-
ies, complete with film clips, car-
toons, and live music for a silent
short.Crossings brings in the CAO
to perform Cinema at the State
Theatre on Saturday, November
1, at 7:30 p.m.
Cinema features great songs and
tunes heard in films from the 1920s
to the 21st century, played with
the panache of a French Musette
band. CAO takes songs from film
soundtracks ranging from the Marx
Brothers to Quentin Tarantino and
revises them to evoke a Parisian
sidewalk during that gilded era
between the two world wars.
The heart of the Caf Accor-
dion repertoire is the romantic,
gypsy-influenced valse-musette.
The group complements the mu-
settes with swing, ballads, tangos,
cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias.
CAO is led by Dan Newton on
accordion and vocals, with Eric
Mohring on mandolin, violin and
vocals, Erik Lillestol on bass and
vocals, Robert Bell on guitar and
vocals and Joe Steinger on per-
cussion. CAO has been delight-
ing audiences and dancers alike
since 1995. They have appeared
in New York at the Lincoln
Centers Midsummer Night Swing
series, the International Akkordeon
Festival in Vienna, Austria, and
the Minnesota State Fair, as well
as festivals, theaters and dance halls
across the United States.
To reserve tickets, visit,
call 507-732-7616 or stop in to
Crossings at 320 East Avenue in

From Our Files
10 Years Ago
October 27, 2004
The Pine Island Lions Club Stu-
dent of the Month is Emily Hoel,
daughter of Dena and Tom Hoel.
20 Years Ago
October 19, 1994
Kjell Stenberg of Pine Island is
one of the 89 St. Olaf College
Orchestra members performing
concerts in Minnesota, Nebraska,
Colorado, and Wyoming during
the orchestras ten-day upper
midwest tour, October 14-23.
30 Years Ago
October 24, 1984
Bob Fox and Cliff Edstrom will
vie for the mayoral position in the
upcoming election. Dale Phillipson
and Dianne McMahan are running
for uncontested city council seats.
*** Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Peter-
son of Grygla are spending about
10 days with their daughter and
son-in-law, Pat and Gordon Ander-
son. *** Mrs. Dennis Keane re-
turned last week from a two-week
visit with her sister, Mrs. Bea Parisi,
in Portland, Oregon.
40 Years Ago
October 24, 1974
Eleven-year-old Brian Murray
traveled to Met Stadium and came
home second place winner in Punt,
Pass, and Kick competition. He
lost by four feet, and competed
with 14 other boys in his age group.
*** Mrs. Dennis Kundert and Mrs.
Minnie Quick were Sunday night
supper guests at the Francis Kelly
home. *** Theresa Bradshaw, 14,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas
Bradshaw, took first place in the
Young Decorators category at the
fourth annual Cake Decorating Fair
at Apache Mall, Minneapolis, on
October 19.
50 Years Ago
October 22, 1964
Lyle Berg, 21, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Bennie Berg, has begun ba-
sic training at the Naval Training
Center, Great Lakes, Illinois. ***
Mrs. Will Platt was a Sunday din-
ner guest at the Carl Glarner home
in Berne. *** Mrs. Dennis Kundert
and Linda called on her mother
on Saturday.
60 Years Ago
October 21, 1954
BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. Den-
nis Keane, a son, on October 17;
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Rehling, a
son, on October 11; Mr. and Mrs.
Maurice Streiff, a daughter, on
October 19. *** Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Crow were business visitors in
Rochester on Friday. *** Mr. and
Mrs. Marion Townsend, Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Weckerling, and John
Karlen were business visitors in
Red Wing Monday.
10 Years Ago
October 20, 2004
Two new members of the Zum-
brota Fire Department are Tim
Frank and Brandon Dunbar. ***
Les Bauer of Zumbrota received
the special board award from the
Arc of Minnesota at its conven-
tion in Walker. *** The Mazeppa
High School class of 1964 held
their 40-year reunion at Leos
sports Bar in Mazeppa. *** The
Mazeppa Musketeers and the Zum-
brota Busy Bees 4-H Clubs toured
the Zumbro Lake power dam with
Ken Allen from Rochester Public
Utilities in October. Members who
attended were Scott Flotterud,
David Josselyn, Jenny Josselyn,
Stephanie Josselyn, Emma
Flotterud, Melanie Josselyn, Luke
Baertlein, Matthew Baertelin, Ken
Allen, LeAnna Collette, Mark
Yeakel, Sterling Korstad, John
Yeakel, Betsy Baertlein, Trevor
Friedrich, Eric Yeakel, Patrick
Gadient, Jacob Markson, Kurt
Gadient, Jacob Fredriech and Nick
20 Years Ago
October 12, 1994
This years kindergarten class
has four sets of twins attending.
All of the twins were born in 1989.
Dave and Sharon Mathison had
their twins first. Andrea and Ashley
were born in February; Glen and
Mary Robertsons twins Andrew
and Amanda came in March; in
May Drew and Jake, Scott and
Lori Hinrichs boys were born; and
Kevin and Terri Funk had Jacob
and Josh in September.
30 Years Ago
October 17, 1984
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ebeling and
Vernon attended a supper on Sun-
day at the Elroy Strusz home hon-
oring their grandson, Steven, who
celebrated his 21st birthday. ***
Allison Rajala, granddaughter of
Alton Grimsrud, is editor of the
Minnesota College Republicans
newsletter. She is a senior at St.
Olaf College in Northfield. ***
Peter Thomford recently earned
his Ph.D. at the University of Illi-
nois and has accepted a position
at the University of Arkansas for
medical sciences at Little Rock.
Dr. Thomford is a 1972 graduate
of Zumbrota High School.
40 Years Ago
October 17, 1974
Dean and Kathy Nordby are new
members to our community. The
Nordbys are the new owners of
the former Posts Cash Food Store,
now Nordbys Cash Food Store.
*** Gordon Juveli of Blooming-
ton spent time in Zumbrota visit-
ing friends *** Mr. and Mrs. Glenn
Page and family of Northfield and
Julie Jarvinen of Minneapolis and
Mina Loken were Sunday after-
noon and supper guests at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Jarvinen and
helped Mr. Jarvinen celebrate his
birthday. *** Mrs. August Post
celebrated her 86th birthday with
35 guests from Red Wing,
Mazeppa, Albert Lea and Zum-
brota at her home. *** Brian
Westenberg of Newport called on
David Hinrichs Saturday after-
noon. The boys were schoolmates
in elementary school and remained
friends after the Westenbergs
moved to the St. Paul area.
50 Years Ago
October 15, 1964
Stanley Nerhaugen, Jr. left from
Minneapolis Tuesday for San
Antonio, Texas, to begin basic
training at the Air Force base. ***
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Berg were Sun-
day dinner guests in Rochester at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Berg. *** Saturday visitors at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Norman
Henning were Mr. and Mrs. Lon
Palmer from Los Angeles, Cali-
PINE ISLAND, 1964 Young citizens featured this week are, from left
to right, Brenda Feil, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Feil; Todd
Shelton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Shelton; and Dennis Berg, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jerry Berg.
ZUMBROTA, 1974 Cartoon by Ken Haag.
40 Years Ago
October 17, 1974
The Wanamingo girls basket-
ball team defeated West Concord
52-35 on Tuesday evening. Sue
Buchardt had 22 points and Kris
Hugstad had 20. *** Sunday af-
ternoon visitors at the home of
Mrs. Clifford Flaten were Mr. and
Mrs. Arne Horejsi and Diane, Mr.
and Mrs. Gordon Flaten and fam-
ily, and Selmer Aakre. *** BORN
TO: Mr. and Mrs. Craig Swanson,
a daughter, on October 12; Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Tangen, a son,
on October 3.
50 Years Ago
October 22, 1964
Mr. and Mrs. Thorney Thoreson
and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Blakstad
were visitors at Balsam Lake,
Wisconsin, on Sunday. *** Mr.
and Mrs. Arland Sundry and chil-
dren, Gena and Craig, were din-
ner and supper guests Sunday at
the Donald Solberg home in Hamp-
ton, Iowa. *** Mr. and Mrs. B.C.
Moe were Sunday dinner guests
at the home of their son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Hiltz, at Anoka.
70 Years Ago
October 19, 1944
Miss Phyllis Beckstrom was a
guest of Miss Dorothy Wallaker
over the weekend. *** Mrs. Carl
Ring, John and Mabel, of Minne-
apolis, were weekend visitors at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin
Ring. *** Mr. and Mrs. Ed Biesner
of Faribault and Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Schutte and family of Waseca were
supper guests at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Holt Sunday evening.
WANAMINGO, 1974 Wanamingo High School Homecoming Queen and
King are Kris Hugstad and Mark Edwards.
20 Years Ago
October 19, 1994
Student of the Week at Goodhue
High School is Chad Kruegar, se-
nior son of Chip and Peggy
40 Years Ago
October 17, 1974
For the sixth straight year the
Belle Creek Corn Show Trophy
has been captured by Arvin Hadler.
50 Years Ago
October 22, 1964
Many friends and relatives gath-
ered to celebrate the golden wed-
ding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur Overby on October 11 at
the Masonic Temple in Zumbrota.
*** A housewarming for Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Warren was hosted by
a group of their friends on Sunday
evening. *** Mr. and Mrs. Cyril
Huneke and family of Bellechester
visited in Chatfield at the home of
Don Manahan on Sunday.
60 Years Ago
October 14, 1954
BORN TO: Mr. and Mrs. Arlan
Shelstad, a daughter, on October
2; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ryan, a
son, on October 8; Mr. and Mrs.
Donald Peper, a son, on October
11. *** Mrs. J.L. Campbell and
Jeanette were in Red Wing Satur-
day afternoon. *** Arthur Overby
was a business caller in Winona
Saturday evening.
70 Years Ago
October 19, 1944
BORN TO: Sgt. and Mrs. Alfred
Tomhave, a son, on Thursday; Mr.
and Mrs. Silas Buck, a daughter,
on Sunday; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
Holst, a son, on Saturday. *** Mrs.
Julia Rostad and Peter Rostad were
GOODHUE 1974 Larry Lexvold
will be among 21 individuals in FFA
who will receive the American
Farmer Degree, the highest degree
of achievement that the FFA offers,
at the 47th National Convention in
Kansas City, Missouri, October 15-
fornia. *** Mr. and Mrs. Roland
Zeller and daughter Bonnie of
Minneapolis were Saturday after-
noon visitors at the Norris Fre-
drickson home. *** Roald Mona
and Wayne Thomford enjoyed the
Sunday afternoon game between
the Vikings and the Detroit Ti-
gers. *** Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Nygren and children spent Sun-
day afternoon visiting at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Markson
in Kenyon.
callers Friday evening at the M.S.
Kindseth home. *** Mr. and Mrs.
J.J. Tomhave visited at the R.S.
Johnson home at Ellsworth on
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
Below is an interview with Scott
McNurlin, who is running unop-
posed for Goodhue County Sher-
iff. He was elected sheriff in 2010.
Personal Profile
McNurlin is originally from Red
Wing. Degrees and/or licensure:
Graduate from the Red Wing Cen-
tral High School, Red Wing; As-
sociate in Science Law Enforce-
ment from Inver Hills Commu-
nity College, Inver Hills; Certifi-
cate Human Resources from
Hamline University, St. Paul;
Bachelors Degree Individual-
ized Degree Plan Criminal Jus-
tice & Psychology from Metro-
politan University, St. Paul;
Masters Degree Law Enforce-
ment Leadership, Administration,
and Education from the Univer-
sity of St. Thomas, St. Paul; and
Graduate of the F.B.I. National
Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
McNurlin is currently the Sheriff
of Goodhue County. He lives in
Belle Creek Township. Married
to Eileen; they have a daughter,
Amy Jo. Hobbies include bow
hunting, guitar, Old West enthu-
siast, horseback riding, and mo-
torcycling. McNurlin also serves
as an Adjunct Professor in a Crimi-
nal Justice Program at Minnesota
State Southeast Technical Col-
Why did you decide to run in
I have decided to seek a second
term as Sheriff because I feel we
have more to accomplish as an
organization. For example, we
are in the process of legacy plan-
ning. We are working with Depu-
ties to get them ready for the next
generation of leadership within our
organization. We feel this pro-
cess is vitally important to the fu-
ture of our office and to the people
we serve.
Qualities you have that would
be beneficial to serving in this
I have been fortunate enough to
work my entire career with our
Sheriffs Office. I have worked
in virtually every facet of our of-
fice. That experience has been
invaluable to me as Sheriff. In
addition, throughout my career I
have worked very hard to achieve
the qualifications necessary to be
a Chief Law Enforcement Officer
(CLEO). I believe the qualities of
experience and the right educa-
tion are essential for anyone seek-
ing a top level management posi-
tion in an organization of our size.
What do you see are the three
areas of greatest concern for
Goodhue County at this time,
or in the near future?
Drug abuse & trafficking,
cybercrime, and the prevailing
threat of mass causality events.
What would you suggest be
done to help resolve these issues?
Drug Abuse & Trafficking:
Unfortunately, the scourge of
methamphetamine continues to
rear its ugly head and we are be-
ginning to see the abuse of opiates
in the form of heroin or the abuse
of opiate based pharmaceutical
drugs in Goodhue County. If there
is good news, it can be found in
the fact that methamphetamine use
has somewhat stabilized and we
are seeing fewer new users enter
this market, and the opiate abuse
in our county is at a much lower
level than other communities in
our Southeast Minnesota Drug
Task Force region. I credit that in
part to an active, successful in-
vestigative unit and a strong part-
nership with members of our South-
east Minnesota Drug/Violent
Crime Task Force creating strong
cases against those who bring these
substances into our county. We
will continue aggressive enforce-
ment against drug abuse and drug
Cybercrime: Unfortunately, with
the ever expanding advances in
technology come those who will
use it as a predatory tool.
Cybercrime is on the rise whether
they are scams that come via e-
mail solicitations or foreign and
domestic hackers hacking into a
corporations customer accounts
to steal credit card information.
We have created strategic part-
nerships with groups like TRIAD
(a senior citizens crime preven-
tion group), Neighborhood Watch
Groups, etc., to better educate citi-
zens about the use of technology.
Although arguably advances in
technology can make our lives
better in many ways it can also
make us vulnerable to attacks by
opportunistic predators.
Mass Causality Events: When
I began this job over thirty years
ago, terroristic events only occurred
overseas, kids brought guns to
school but not for the purpose of
mass terror, and the threat of natural
and manmade disasters seemed less
likely than today. Today, we only
need to read the papers to realize
the world is much different, and
we in the law enforcement com-
munity have made several signifi-
cant adaptations to fulfill our
overarching mission of to serve
and protect. Although Goodhue
County is not New York City, we
still have schools and critical in-
frastructure that requires we train
and properly prepare for the like-
lihood that a mass causality event
could occur here. Fortunately, I
am proud to say our Office of
Emergency Management is the best
or one of the best in the state, and
I do not make that claim without
credence. Our Emergency Man-
agement Director Diane Richter-
Biwer and Red Wings Emergency
Management Director Roger Hand
have received several awards, ac-
colades, and recognition from rep-
resentatives at the federal and state
level for how we have performed
in nuclear drills and exercises as-
sociated with the Prairie Island
Nuclear Generating Plant and for
our technologically advanced
Emergency Operation Center. We
are fortunate in the respect that
our association with the nuclear
plant requires us to hold emer-
gency preparedness drills and ex-
ercises regularly which keep us
sharp for handling a variety of
natural and other manmade disas-
ters that could come our way.
Scott McNurlin
McNurlin is running unopposed for Goodhue County Sheriff
What is necessary for law en-
forcement be effective and
trusted? How would you sup-
port and/or accomplish this as
I think the answer is summed
up based in our Mission State-
ment: We at the Goodhue County
Sheriffs Office are dedicated to
working together in a problem
solving relationship with commu-
nities, government agencies, pri-
vate groups, and individuals to fight
crime, reduce fear, maintain peace
and order, and improve the qual-
ity of life for the people of Goodhue
I wrote the above Mission State-
ment over fourteen years ago, and
we have been practicing this phi-
losophy ever since. Our Mission
Statement is grounded in the phi-
losophy of Community Oriented
Policing. We have engaged in
numerous partnerships with our
citizens over the years through
crime prevention programs, our
Citizens Academies, or simply in
cooperative problem solving ef-
forts to accomplish the aforemen-
tioned objectives of fighting crime,
reducing fear, maintaining peace
and order, and improving the lives
of our citizens. Together, I be-
lieve we have made a difference.
Why should citizens vote for
you on Election Day?
Because I have a proven track
record of getting the job done along
with the experience and qualifi-
cations required to do the job. It
has truly been a pleasure serving
the citizens of Goodhue County
through my thirty-one years at the
Sheriffs Office and particularly
these past four years as your Sher-
iff. I look forward to serving you
in the next four years, and I ask
for your vote on November 4th.
Thank you.
Cherry Grove Busy Gophers
The new 4-H year has begun
again for the Cherry Grove Busy
Gophers. At the October 5 meet-
ing we had a big discussion on 4-
H records, which are papers that
we have to write every year on the
projects that we exhibited at the
county fair in August. Then we
acknowledged our new members,
Cody and Anna Ostertag.
After this we discussed switch-
ing the time to 7:15 or 7:30 p.m.
because a few people show up late.
The majority voted against it. Then
we decided that next month we
are going to have a game night
where everyone brings their own
games and we play them. The
meeting ended with the Tudors
serving cookies and milk as a snack.
After the meeting we looked at
the box of old club items that we
talked about last meeting. We found
out that our club was officially
founded on December 9, 1941.
The name was even chosen on this
exact date, which is also consid-
ered the very first meeting.
If you are interested in joining,
our meetings are at 7 p.m. at Dale
Lutheran Church, which is a couple
of miles outside of Wanamingo
on County Road 12.