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May 23, 2014

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When the Adrian High School class of 2014 graduated Friday, May 16th they had many great things going for them! First, the weather was great - the crowd was large and the speakers were impressive and it was only one hour long! There were 45 students who marched in to the band playing Fanfare and Processional. Mr. Graff, our Superintendent gave a welcome and acknowledgement. Salutatorian Marissa Veld spoke and then Valedictorian, Bailey Grussing speech was, “It’s Okay”. The topic “Roots” was by three top students, Dillon John, Nicole Slater and Jaden Balster. Class advisor Jason Olson gave a tender, powerful speech that caused many tears from the large crowd, and received a standing ovation from the graduating class and then from everyone in the audience. Well done Mr. Olson! The 45 members were were certified and received their diploma's. It was over in one hour and the graduates could stand outside in the sun and greet family and friends. Goodbye class of 2014 from Adrian High School . We shall miss you!

Please pray for Kathy (Roemeling) Haken who is a patient in the Sunset Hospice in Worthington. Kathy is the daughter of the late John and Ole Roemeling.

I made a point to stop and visit with dear Loretta Spartz who is now at home in the Adrian Care Center. Loretta has a lovely cheerful room on the west side where the sun comes in to brighten her room. Her family is faithful about visiting her and Loretta tells me she is getting great care.

Ardella Brunk is also a patient in the Adrian Care Center. She will be there and getting therapy until her shoulder and arm mends. A card to Ardella would be very welcome! At one time Ardella was a great employee at the Nursing Home. She still has her warm loving smile! Get well soon Ardella!

Punky Dorn is out and about after her total hip replacement! She had surgery on May 5th and Joe and her seven children took turns staying and helping her recover. She had coffee at Subway on May 15th. It was so good to see her smiling face!

Three sets of proud grandparents in Adrian were so happy their three graduates of South Dakota State University in Brookings received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing! Ashley Thier, granddaughter to Virgil and Alice Cook; Whitney Cox, granddaughter of Eileen Hokeness and Kay Cox and Adam Weber grandson of Paula Goedken. Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude! All three received their four year diplomas in the field of Nursing. I know there were others from this area, but I do not know who, as there were over 1,200 graduating Saturday, May 10th at Frost Arena in Brookings.

Lorie Weiss was proud grandma as grandsons Brett Nowotny, son of Kevin and Connie Nowotny, was among the graduates at Brookings and Tanner Loosbrock, son of Chad and Michelle Loos-brock, graduated from Vermillon on the same day. Tanner is also grandson of Pat Loosbrock, St. Kilian.

Vera Loonan will be 95 on June 4, 2014. Cards may be sent to her at PO Box 135, Lismore, MN, 56155.

Jordan Dingmann, son of Dan and Monica was guest of honor at his home after graduation exercises at the Adrian High School gym last Friday, May 16th. The Dingmann’s had a huge tent put up next to their large garage. The tent also had some kind of a heater so their guests could be comfortable as they feasted on delicious food. Jordan had many medals, pictures, jackets, and T-Shirts on display from the sports he was involved with. Our very best wishes to Jordan and the other 45 graduates of 2014.

The 50 year plus Catholic Daughters of Court Santa Maria #247 were honored last Thursday, May 15th in the CCD Building. The 50 year members were each given a lovely fresh flower and all were treated to a delicious afternoon lunch. Co-chairpersons for this event were Alice Cook, Cindy Bullerman, Dee Buss and Rosie Heitkamp. The head table had a large beautiful lace tablecloth with a gold stripped satin underskirt. The lace cloth is a family heirloom last used by Gen Honermann, mother of Alice and Dee. What a treasure! Thank you ladies for a lovely afternoon.

It was so good to see and greet former Adrianite, Diane Lynch, who came from Mankato with a friend to attend Jordan Dingmann’s graduation party. Diane was greeting old friends everywhere. She is such a lovely and loyal great friend to everyone.

What a pleasure it was Sunday to pick up the Argus Leader and read about the life of one of my favorite people, Jim Woster! Not that I really know him that well, but my late husband Tom Cox got to know him from taking cattle and sheep to the Sioux Falls stockyard for many years.

Jim Woster made a quick trip over to Adrian in May of 1993 to pay his respect to our family at the wake for Tom at the Dingmann Funeral Home. He greeted my five children with a statement “Good man that Dad of yours.” Then shaking my hand he said “Good man - I got go”. He was always in a hurry, but accomplished so much in the 40 years he was associated with the stockmarket. Jim is now an agriculture journalist, volunteer emcee and former owner of Olson - Frankman Livestock Marketing Service. He gets up early and visits the sick in the hospital every day! With one phone call he can raise lots of dollars. Now his sights are fixed on making the old stockyard into a museum and a park so visitors can see what a stockmarket was. He is on many boards to make Sioux Falls a better place. Good Luck Jim Woster!

Thanks to the nice couple who helped me off the bleachers at graduation! They are from the Fuerstenberg family!

On Saturday, May 17th, the Night Light Circle and Youth Group of the First United Methodist Church of Worthington, MN, traveled to the Ronald McDonald House on Lake Ave, (near the Sanford Children’s Hospital) in Sioux Falls, SD.

They brought food and prepared the supper meal. They were delighted to meet three mothers whose premature babies were doing well. One had twins, and two had Triplets! The young women were happy to show off pictures, from their phones and tell us about the families back home. It was a rewarding experience and one they plan to do again. Two of the members are from Adrian, Karen Lawrence and Nan Hoffenkamp.

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