I want to top off my column this week with some remembrances of the building of Brooktree Golf Course from OHS grad Curt Bartsch, the son of the milkman Harold and Edith Bartsch. Curt and his brother, Noel, have fond memories of learning and playing golf at Brooktree. Curt wrote me regarding…

I don’t know how your family does family reunions, but my husband’s family does them par excellence. Every three years, these kinfolk, a fraternity of sorts, get together for a weekend. There are games, conversations, food, activities, a time of worship, topped off with more conversations an…

OWATONNA — St. John Lutheran Church, 1301 Lincoln Avenue, will award $30,000.00 in scholarships and/or grants for the coming academic year. Of this amount $1,000.00 came from the Steele County Scholarship Fund which is sponsored by Leona and (the late) LeRoy Stockwell and $29,000.00 came fro…

Summer vacations mean relaxation and a break from daily life. It also means increased outdoor activity and, for an alarming number of families, increased injury. Common summer pastimes such as sport and recreational vehicles, barbecuing, bicycling, playgrounds, swimming and amusement parks c…


GLENWOOD — A boy, Riley James McMahon, was born to John and Jordan McMahon on July 8, 2018 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, Minnesota. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

ALBERT LEA — A girl, Collins Kay Piepho, was born on May 30, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Rodney and Tricia Kuster Piepho. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

APPLEVALLEY — A girl, Keira Margery Kelling, was born on May 5, 2018 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota to Craig and Maria Kelling. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

ROCHESTER — Twin girls, Vivian Rose and Greta Elaine Gergen were born on April 23, 2018 at Olmstead Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota to Lincoln and Melissa (Kaffine) Gergen. Vivian weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces and Greta weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

OWATONNA — A girl, Madison Lynn Peterson, was born on May 5, 2018 at the Owatonna Hospital to Michelle Zvorak and Matt Peterson. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.



OWATONNA — Robert and Dianne Hanenberger will celebrate their 50th anniversary at Lansing Corners Supper Club in Austin, Minnesota from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

KENYON — Derald and Sandra Telschow were married on June 8, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenyon, Minnesota.