The great 20th annual Hospice Charity Dinner and Auction is over! After several months of selling, decorating, menu planning, quilt making, program planning and the beautiful interior of the Blue Mound Catering Building was turned into a special “Hollywood Style” night complete with a bright red runner out to the street for guests to enter on! The large room was transformed into a “swanky” Hollywood night club with black and white table decorations and silhouettes on the walls. Each place was reserved so there was no rushing to get the best seat. Decorating committee was Dawn Christians, Deb Kroon, Denise Gorter and Joni Aggen. A splendid job of decorating! There were many tables loaded with silent auction items and 26 live auction items that were conducted by jovial and popular Keith Elbers and Arlyn Zylstra who donated their auctioneering services. After a delicious meal of grilled rib eye steak and roasted baby potatoes and grilled vegetables, the meal ended with chocolate torte and coffee. Dr. Richard Morgan had opening remarks about Hospice and the wonderful care his mom and dad received there. MC was Nate Golla from the Farm Store. Prayer was offered by Pastor Dan Kaik, Chaplain and awards were presented to 1. a Hospice Volunteer 2. a Hospice team member and 3. a Friend of Hospice. The live auction was so much fun with the two auctioneers! Our area was thrilled when Eileen Hokeness won the trip for two to Hollywood, CA! That trip is good until the end of 2013. Eileen was thrilled, excited and shaking like a leaf! Congratulations Eileen! The live auction took in around $25,000 (more or less) and all monies go to the Hospice organization. It will be a few days before all receipts are added up and processed. Thank you to all the Adrian contributors and workers, we Hospice volunteers are so grateful to all of you. Mary Alice Lutmer is known for her homemade caramel rolls so she makes a dozen or more every month for a year. Her rolls hit $1,100 for the year and for Hospice. Great rolls and a great lady! Dan and Monica Dingmann donated a “why-not cruise on Lake Shetek?” and that went for $525. Lawn care from the Luverne farm store went for $1,500. A mystery money tree from Main Street Financial Servicees went for $500 and a Blue Mound framed photograph taken by Greg Hoogeveen went for $725. A canvas photograph of Luverne’s 1938 Main Street went for $825. That was donated by Hartquist Funeral Home. A Bluestem group dinner for six brought $900! That was donated by the Nu Alpha Sorority of Luverne. A hot air balloon ride for one hour over Brandon Valley went for $700. That item as donated in memory of Tony Scheidt by Pat Scheidt, Luverne and Denny and Linda Hohn of Adrian. These are just some of the live auction items that were donated. It was a long but delightful evening for a very worthy charity!
The Boston Marathon results for the first fifteen men runners listed five Americans and ten from other countries! The first fifteen women runners listed four Americans and eleven runners from other countries. Also listed in the Argus Leader of 4-16-13 was one man Peter Janiszeski of Luverne and one women, Amy Feit of Luverne! I’m sure most of us were glued to the TV’s to watch in horror, the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I ask my readers to pause and say prayers for those killed and for so many wounded. Thank you!
Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Wilmont is celebrating a 6 pm mass in church on Friday, April 26th followed by “Family Fun Night Fundraiser” in Marion Hall. Volunteers and donations are appreciated. Everyone from the area is invited for faith, fellowship and fun!
Whitney Cox, daughter of Cindy and Alan Cox, spent a short weekend in Adrian. Whitney received an internship at Avera/McKennon Hospital in Sioux Falls for this coming summer. She will be working in the Pediatrics Unit. Whitney will be a senior at South Dakota University in Brookings this fall.
Miss Erica Thier, daughter of Ron and Kelli Thier, was guest of honor at a bridal shower Saturday morning, April 20th at St. Adrian Education Building. The tables were decorated in the brides chosen colors of teal and purple. Erica introduced the head table and then led the way for the many guests to a beautiful and delicious brunch. Erica received many lovely and useful gifts. Erica is the bride-to-be of Holden Van Wyhe from the Hills, MN area. The couple will be married this summer. Congratulations Erica and Holden!
Our sympathy to dear friend Shirley Vaselaar who fell off a ladder last week and ended up with back surgery. I’m sure she would love to have some cards. Send to her at 700 Kentucky Ave., Adrian 56110 and her family will deliver them.
Talked to Boycie Bullerman last Friday, April 19th at the bank and he was “tickled pink” to finally have electricity at home! He and Marlene had a generator but had to use it sparingly since April 8th. That is 11 days! But those two can cope with anything! I would be beating my head on the floor!
The Healthcare Care Volunteer Appreciation Banquet was held on Monday, April 15th at the Blue Mound Banquet Center. This annual dinner is sponsored by Luverne/Sanford in appreciation for the many volunteers in the area. The volunteers are from the following organizations connected with Sanford/Luverne: front desk greeters, gift shop, valet parkers, surgery receptionists, radiology receptionists, emergency greeter, food service, drivers, lifeline installers, hospice, pink ladies, healing garden volunteers and CMN volunteers. The banquet was German inspired. We had pork sandwiches, sauerkraut, German potato salad, calico beans and German chocolate cake. Our entertainment was our own Audrey Brake from St. Kilian who played songs on her accordion! She had many that we sang along with. Volunteer of the Year was Audrey Janson introduced by Sue Sanbulte who is the Service Excellent and Volunteer Coordinator. Joyce Eickhoff led us in prayer dressed in German attire, in fact most of the servers were dressed in German clothes. Closing remarks were made by our own Tammy Loosbrock. Kay Cox and her guest Vida Konz were among the hundreds of guests. Each guest received a gift when leaving. A delightful evening among friends!
Thanks to Leon Bullerman who filled my car with gas on a cold, windy and rainy evening! I so appreciate that kind gesture. Thanks Leon!
I drove by my good neighbor Ron Honermann’s home Sunday noon and saw a “cleaning up crew” at work taking care of Roy and Karen's beautiful young trees that were damaged. Helping were brothers Tim and Judy Honermann and Chick and Peanut and of course wife Karen. Roy helped as much as he could. Roy and Karen have a huge lot that runs to the creek and that will take some time to clean up. Thank God for families!
Thank you John Faber for your words of praise and thanks to the Adrian Public Utilities Board and our City Employees for all the work they did for the City of Adrian. Your words on page 5 of the Nobles County Review of April 17th said it all!
Thanks to the Nobles County Review for the great pictures and story about the ice storm and the cleaning up which will take some time.
I decided not to write about the tragedy in Boston. We have seen and heard enough. Please pray for the many who are suffering from loss and injuries. Thank you!
Submitted by Kay Cox:
Heavens Very Special Child
by Edna Massimilla
A meeting was held quite far from earth, “It’s time again for another birth.” Said the Angels to the Lord above, “This special child will need much love.” His progress may seem very slow, Accomplishments he may not show’; And he’ll require extra care From the folks he meets down there, He may not run or laugh or play. His thoughts may seem quite far away. In many ways he won’t adapt, And he’ll be known as handicapped. So let’s be careful where he’s sent; We want his life to be content. Please, Lord, find the Parents who Will do a special job for You. They will not realize it right away. The leading role they’re asked to play. But with this child sent from above Comes stronger faith and richer love. And soon they’ll know the privilege given In caring for this gift from heaven. Their precious charge, so meek and mild Is Heaven’s Very Special Child.
Tony & Marcia Kunkel spent last week in Box Elder, SD babysitting Eric's son Reese while Mom was at guards. While there they also got to go to Jessie's in Spearfish to celebrate Roman's first birthday.
Celine Klein returned home Sunday evening after a very busy week with members of her family. After her granddaughter Ambers wedding on Friday evening in Luverne, the family gathered at Celine’s home for Easter supper on Saturday, April 13th. Celine accompanied her son Duane and Chris Klein back to Rollingstone, MN and spent a week there. On April 19th Duane’s daughter Kimberly and Josh Schommere had an 8 lb. baby boy who they named Graham. What a joyful time for the family! Connie Hesse brought Celine home Sunday and then went to teach at the Worthington School System on Monday morning. It was a good week!
Thank you to the Adrian Funeral Home for furnishing free coffee for the “coffee sippers” at Subway last Thursday.
On Saturday, April 20th the family of Roberta Ling Martin, celebrated the memorial of Roberta’s life. After a three year struggle with brain cancer, Roberta went home to be with her Lord. Pastor John Stewart had a wonderful service about the fountain of life that Roberta reminded him of. He mentioned the last time he prayed with her and talked about what was to come, she could no longer speak, but pointed her finger to heaven. All through this journey she always said it’s going to be OK. Through this three year battle her loving husband Bruce and son Thomas cared for her in their home. She was the niece of Etta Schroeder of Adrian.