Pinochle Scores for December 8th are: 1st Row Ron Van Horsen and Mike Metz, 2nd Dean Von Holtum and Al Oertli, 3rd Pat Strassberg and Craig John, 4th Eric Palaschak and Joe Scheidt
Scores for December 16th: 1st Tom Klein and Matthew Erlandson, 2nd Bruce Olson and Franny Lonneman, 3rd Don and Robin Erlandson, 4th Eric Palaschak and Joe Scheidt. Thanks to whoever drops the scores off. Just remember I need them by Sunday evening!
Speaking of Big Orv’s, I was so amazed to see the new brown siding on the north side of his building, that I went in to congratulate him on Friday and he said it had been done just the day before on Thursday! He said Randy and Shawn Berning did the work. A nice improvement!
On Monday, December 13th the Adrian School District presented their annual “A Christmas Concert” at the Middle gym at 7:00 p.m. It was a lovely evening with a full house enjoying the High School Jazz Band playing several great numbers before 7:00 p.m. The Middle School Choir, Dragon Fever Choir, Middle School Band, Small Choir Ensemble, High School Choir and High School Band and then the finale was the Combined High School Band and Choir! It was great! Thumbs up to Linda Kingery, Director of Choirs and Danielle Miller, Director of Bands! They are doing a great job!! I must compliment the Middle School. Band and the Middle School Choir for their attention and good manners while on the bleachers. They gave respect to all the music students who were performing. While I’m on the subject of music I must report of how much the Senior Citizens enjoyed having the High School Jazz Band play for them last Tuesday at the Slade Hotel Meal Site. It is not easy to drag all their instruments and equipment down those outside steps. They played for almost half an hour. They introduced themselves and got plenty of applause. The Seniors had invited them to share their noon meal which they all enjoyed, even some going back for seconds! They each received a small gift also. Gen Kiefer was the substitute hostess in place of Mary Lund who had taken some time off due to the death of her husband. Gen said each one of the Jazz members thanked her and each one gave her a hug! She was overjoyed at their response. A good bunch of “kids” with a good teacher! After they left the Senior Center they went to the Nursing Home and put on another Christmas show!
Congratulations to Meredith Vaselaar for the great article about our Fire Department coming to the rescue of the many stranded motorists who spent a day and night in Adrian! After some calls, the City hall was open, cots set up with pillows and blankets. Orv Green from Big Orv’s offered transportation, food from Keiths Grocery Store and even a change of clothes! Eight dogs were also taken care of! It was a gracious act that our firemen did for the strangers, but that is not a new duty. The firemen help in floods and all kinds of disasters. Thank you Adrian Firemen! What would we do without you?
The honors just keep coming for our Adrian Football Team! In the Worthington Daily Globe of December 18th shows the picture of the “2010 All-Area captain, Britton Stratton,” Luverne. also named 2010 all area offense are: Brock Bullerman, Senior and son of Delbert and Michelle; Justin Wolf, Senior and son of Allen and Jody; and the 2010 All-Area defense are Andrew Lonneman, son of Kevin and Nancy; and Dru Strand, son of Randy and Lisa. Incidentally, Britton Stratton is the Grandson of Jim and Gail Rust of Magnolia and a Great Nephew of Kay Cox! A great young man!
Kay Cox, me, was privileged to attend the Memorial Services for former Luverne resident Maryanna Manfred, age 90, who passed away at the Avera McKennan Hospital. Her Memorial Services were held Saturday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. at Dow Rummel Village chapel in Sioux Falls. Maryanna was a resident of Dow Rummel for a short time. Maryanna was married to the well known author and novelist the late Frederick Manfred for 33 years. The quartz-rock home that Frederick built is now the Interperative Center for the Blue Mound State Park. Maryanna is survived by two daughters Freya (Manfred) Pope and Marya Manfred and one son Fred Manfred, Jr., and two grandsons. They all had a part in the service. Fred Jr. is confined to a wheelchair due to complication of kidney failure. There was a time of sharing stones - a loved one or a friend went forward, picked up a stone, told a memory of Maryanna and dropped the stone in a glass Chalice bowl of water. There were many short memories shared. It was a lovely service for a lovely, gracious, well-read lady who lived her 90 years none stop except to gaze and work with nature and her loved ones. She will be missed!
Must tell my readers about a great bunch of young basketball players that I watched on last Friday, December 18th when Adrian’s “B” team played and lost drastically to Minneota! These young men, in grades 8 and 9 played against young men in the 10th and 11th grades and four of them were 6’ and over! Do you know they have a 1st year coach, a 1st year assistant coach who gave them all a pat on the back when they sat down. These young men never gave up, they ran hard, played hard and lost by a huge score! I hope I’m still alive when they become the Varsity because I know they will not quit! Hats off to a great team and their coaches!
I never write about our great wrestlers because I don’t go to their matches! Why? Because I get so worked up and nervous that I have to cover my eyes! But I am determined to go to one home match and maybe it will get better, with my advanced age!
Quote from one of my daily books. It is by A.F. wells.
“Take Christ out of Christmas, and December becomes the bleakest and most colorless month of the year.”
Have you got an extra card that you can send to a young Adrian soldier who has been sent to Afganistan? His address is: LCPL Polzine, Kasey A.
3/9 HLS Co (CED)
FPO AE 09510-3001
Kasey is the son of Steve and Cheryl Polzine of Rushmore. Please take a few minutes and write him a note.
Our deepest sympathy to the families of Carl Wieneke of Lismore, and Daryl Roetzel of Mitchell, who is a son-in-law of Regina Honermann. May God bless these dear people.
Our deepest sympathy also to the family of Regina Honermann Regina passed away at Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls on Monday. A special lady who will be missed. Blessed be her memory.
Thanks to Kathy (Willy) Berning for coming to my rescue last Saturday afternoon! A large friendly black Lab tried to make friends with me by jumping around while I was frantically crossing the street to get to the Post Office. Kathy saw me and ran to help. A man, neither of us knew, held the dog in the entry way while Kathy got me safely in my car. Thanks so much to two great helper! Merry Christmas!
Congratulations to Natalie Cook on her great honor! Natalie represented Adrian and the State of Minnesota at the 32nd Annual Western International Band Clinic! The event was held in Seattle, Washingtons. Natalie’s parents, Ben and Karen Cook accompanied their daughter on the trip. We are so proud of you Natalie and all your talent!
Tony & Marcia Kunkel hosted the Brunk Christmas gathering on Friday Dec. 17th at their home. Those attending were Ardelle Brunk, Bruce & Mary Brunk, Scott, Michelle, Makayla & Kaitlyn Brunk, Jill & Joey Roush, James, Jessie & Brooklynn Jeffery and Eric & Carrie Kunkel.
On Sat. Dec. 18th the Kunkel's got together for the annual Kunkel Christmas in Luverne. They started the afternoon bowling at the Luverne Lanes, then went to Mike & Cindy's for food and fellowship. Those attending were Rider & Kim Kunkel, Austin & Tilly Scarset, Tony & Marcia Kunkel, Jessie, James & Brooklynn Jeffery, Eric & Carrie Kunkel, Jon & Amy Molberg, Tim, Judy & Tanna Honermann & Dusty & Trista Henning. Unfortunately, illness kept the Bob Kunkel families at home, and the Kopplow family was attending ball games with their kids.