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May 10: Oakland Cemetery Work Day; 8:00 a.m.
May 10: MCHA Minnesota City Day Planning at Archives;140 Mill Street, Mn. City; 9:30 a.m.
May 17: Minnesota City Day, 162nd Anniversary of Founding (See Page 1, 2 and 4)
May 22: Minnesota City Community Readers; 115 Iowa Street, Minnesota City School Building; 6:30 p.m.; Selection: Shakespeare’s Hamlet
May 22: Open Book Shelf; 6:30-8:00 p.m.; Minnesota City School Building, 115 Iowa Street
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Sat., May 17, 2014 Minnesota City Day Focuses on Food, Family History and Founders’ Contributions : Waffles, Quilts, Genealogy, Railroads, and Founders’ Photos
GBDRF (Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund) has again organized the food event for Minnesota City Day with their sponsorship, together with the Minnesota City First Responders, of the Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast. The breakfast will again be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Hall from 8:30-11:30. Tickets can be purchased from anyone on the GBDRF Board, Mn. City First Responders, or at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for age 4-12, and 3 and under are free. First Responders, existing in Minnesota City from around the mid 1980s, according to Kelvin Penrod, includes individuals who receive extensive pre-service training with 160 hours of training for certification. These individuals respond to emergencies of all kinds—health, accident, fire and others. First responders are often associated with Fire Departments, as is the case in Minnesota City, but operate independently in villages without fire departments, as is the case in Stockton.
(left) One section of the Minnesota City Heritage Quilt.
The women of St. Paul’s Parish Quilting Group will display their quilts in the church hall during the Waffle Breakfast. The quilts will be for sale. According to Riverway student interviews in 2002, notable Minnesota City quilters are Clare Denzer, Judith Hohensee and Jackie Denzer. When Judy Hohensee’s mother, Irene Merchlewitz, died this past spring, her quilting at St. Paul’s was listed as one of her pastimes. These women have quilted from thirty five to fifty five years. The women told students that they enjoyed visiting with each other while quilting, giving quilts to the poor, to persons who have had fires or floods, seeing the finished quilts, and the
anticipation of not knowing what the quilts will look like when completed. The women enjoy working with the material, the beauty of the quilts and the time with friends. MCHA remains impressed with the Heritage Quilt constructed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Minnesota City. This quilt will be displayed on May 17, and squares will again be available for persons to submit portraits or handwork representing their own homes for use in a second Heritage Quilt. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 – See Minnesota City Day
MCHA Extends Gratitude to St. Paul’s Parish for use of the Hall and for participation in the Minnesota City Day events. Thank you!