A very good story in the Daily Globe featured the challenges faced by the Wilmont community as they strive to keep their Main Street alive. The Wilmont Liquor store and bar closed as of January 1st and residents are determined to keep the community owned cafe/bowling alley, Wilmont Family Recreation Center, open. Members of the WFRC board, Rick Penning, Leonard Hieronimus, Mary Weidert, Lee Smith, Mark Slater, Becky Remackel and Donna Scholtes oversee the operation of the cafe and are constantly looking for ways to promote the business and keep the doors open. The cafe also provides the senior dining program, which is a much-needed service in small towns. Hopefully the monthly fundraising suppers will continue to draw good crowds and keep this main street business afloat! Mary Weidert encourages the younger citizens to step forward and take over some of the leadership in this New Year. Let's hope for the best for our neighbors in Wilmont!
Christmas guests in the Marv & Pearl Wieneke home were: Kevin & Vickie Vianene and Mackenzie & Jaydah of Cottage Grove; Keith & Terri Vollink and Mason & Emery of Doon, IA; and Wendy & John Graff of Sioux Falls, SD.
Dave & Deb Lutmer and Cody and Will and McCall Heitkamp spent Christmas Day in the home of Vicki Dew in Willmar. The Lutmer’s chatted briefly with Eugene & Rocky Voss and Adam & Scott of Adrian as they, too, stopped for a break in Granite Falls enroute to their Christmas destination of Olivia, MN.
John Stoffel, son of Veryl & Avis Stoffel, has taken over the reins as Public Works Supervisor for the City of Luverne. John has been with the city for 23 years. He enjoys his job and the variety of work that has to be done. Congratulations, John!
Gathering at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne to celebrate a late Christmas with Earl Erdman were his wife Joyce Erdman, their grandson Jeremy Groenewold and great granddaughter Jaycee, his friend Shasta, and her boys all from Yale, SD.
Thanks to Justin Ahlers, the City Public Works Supervisor and the Lismore Booster Club for getting the ice skating pond ready. It’s time for “kids” of all ages to dig out their skates and enjoy a spin around on the ice.
Deb Lutmer attended the wedding of Lisa Cahoy & Dennis Ouderkirk at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead on Saturday afternoon. The church was beautiful with it's red & white poinsettias and abundant Christmas greenery. There were eight priests/concelebrants present for the ceremony. An interesting tidbit in the worship guide stated that the ring bearer's pillow is a family heirloom. It was made by the bride’s grandmother for her own wedding in 1919 and has been utilized for all family weddings since that time.