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January 13, Saturday: MCHA monthly meeting; Minnesota City City Hall, 149 Mill Street;
9: 30 a.m.

January 25, Thursday: Minnesota City Community Readers; Minnesota City City Hall, 149 Mill Street; Selection: Eric Metaxas: Amazing Grace;
6:30 p.m.

“Go Green!”
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Annual Caroling Event Entertains a Participating Audience

Persons who attended the annual caroling event at the historical First Baptist Church on December 9 were again actively entertained and entertaining. Rebecca O’Grady Weiss directed audience attention and involvement to the several performances. This year’s round which serves as a unifying vocal rehearsal was “People Look East—the time is near of the crowning of the year.” David Eckert directed audience and players in an amusing enactment of family
activities in preparation for Christmas. These included visits to local stores and assembly of Christmas décor. Accompanying audience for carols interspersed in the skit were Steve Schuh (violin) and Ed Maus (accordion).

Additional performers and participants
to whom MCHA extends a profound
thank you are Callen Benter, Hannah
Benter, Scott Jensen, Kate O’Grady,
James O’Grady, Samuel O’Grady,
Vanessa Butenhoff, Michael Butenhoff,
Brandon Butenhoff and Melanie
Butenhoff, Brian Ebbinger, Jean Gardner,
James O’Grady, Marvin O’Grady, the
Maus Family and all the behind the
scenes persons unknown to us including
the many who provided delicious
refreshments. AND to those who attend
and make this a real community gathering, THANK YOU.

To facilitate work of MCHA personnel, all newsletter readers are asked to consider January as the due date for membership. Suggested donation remains $15.00 per household. All other donations are appreciated. Fees are used largely for postage and printing costs. Please send to MCHA, Box 21. Thank you. Readers should not be concerned about any makeup monies.

MCHA Expresses Sympathy

To the family and friends of Bernetta "Red" Kouba ,90, of Winona, who died on November 30, 2017. MCHA persons know her as the sister of Marianne Mastenbrook (dec. 2015).

Former Resident, Will Krageschmidt, Ends Band Participation

Attendees at the 2012 annual caroling event sponsored by MCHA will remember performer Will Krageschmidt whose family lived in Minnesota City at the time. Will introduced the Bon Hiver “good winter theme” of the year’s event. With other students, Will formed a musical group called “Driftwood Bones.” A recent Winona Daily News issue (Dec. 16) carried a story on the ending of the band. Krageschmidt specialized in guitar and vocals. He is a student at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa where he has contributed to musical groups.

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck….?

Since our childhoods, many have recited this puzzler—with the obscure answer of “as much wood as a wood chuck could chuck.” Many have never considered the animal they rhyme about or perhaps only on February 2, when the myth is again promulgated that if the groundhog sees its shadow there will be six more weeks of winter.

Although called the “groundhog,” many Midwesterners know them as woodchucks. Reported in the 2018 Farmer’s Almanac, population of the animal is larger than when Europeans came to America. Woodchuck is believed to be
from a Native American name for the animal meaning the digger.

Being called a “groundhog” probably came because the animal spends time in the ground with “burrows with several entries that may be five feet deep and more than forty feet long.” K. Kirsch, author of the Almanac article has included much factual, interesting material in her article “The Shadowy Story of Groundhogs.” (pp.180-185).

Participate in the Wonderment
(right) Barred owl seen along Levee Road West beyond Verchota Landing (O’Grady photo)
Barred Owls are large, stocky owls with rounded heads, no ear tufts, and medium length, rounded tails. They are mottled brown and white overall, with dark brown, almost black, eyes. The underparts are mostly marked with vertical brown bars on a white background, while the upper breast is crossed with horizontal brown bars. The wings and tail are barred brown and white. Barred Owls roost quietly in forest trees during the day, though they can occasionally be heard calling in daylight hours. At night they hunt small animals, especially rodents, and give an instantly recognizable “Who cooks for you?” call. Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. They nest in tree cavities. In the Northwest, Barred Owls have moved into old-growth coniferous forest, where they compete with the threatened Spotted Owl. (From The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Minnesota City Boat Harbor a Local Cold “Hot Spot”

Numbers of ice fishing
enthusiasts surprised driving
observers in the area during
the warmer winter
experienced here. These
included fishers at McNally
Landing, Verchota Landing,
and various spots along the Prairie Island Dike Road all the way to
the Minnesota City Boat Club on Harbor Drive. On Tuesday, December 19, with temperatures above normal, several persons were trying their luck, or as they would probably prefer, their skill.

The Boat Club was chartered in 1951 as a private boat club and licensed as a marina. One writer (source unknown, notes available in the archives) lists Boat club members as hunters and fishermen from local areas, Rochester and Twin Cities. “According to the club president, members’ boathouse improvements or alterations are strictly watched over and anyone breaking the club’s or other agencies rules is quickly and efficiently censured…Waterfowl hunting begins in the fall. Good ice fishing brings a high turnout of fishermen in the late winter.” There are several websites for the club including
and the MCHA website www.minnesotacity.org.

PUBLICATION NOTE:, There will be no February Newsletter. Watch for Association (10th) and Community Readers (22nd) meeting notices in the local papers. Happy Valentines Day.
Local Business, Flags and Poles International, Shifts Ownership to Lewiston Location

Recent correspondence with Joann Ziegeweid, Minnesota City resident,
has included discussion of the changing trajectory of her present
personal and business interests. Now 84 years old, Joann has been a
busy worker for many years, starting at the George, Brehmer and
McMahon law offices following her childhood on the farm. Since
then, she and her husband Lyle (deceased in 2016) owned other
businesses, including Flags and Poles Int’l, which in January is being
sold to Joel and Jodi Hennessy, who are moving the business to
Lewiston. Joann’s business had been located at 209 East Third, but
much of the business was conducted through their website, selling
especially to veteran’s groups, federal and state agencies, corporations,
businesses and individuals. The website describes the products related
to the vexillogical industry—the scientific and scholarly study of flags—
for those of us who didn’t know! Many area persons have valued Joann’s contributions to Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund (GBDRF) and other local groups and wish her continued good.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Anne Bradstreet
Anne Dudley Bradstreet, born in England in 1612, is an Ancestor of the Burley family, early Minnesota City settlers.

She came to America at seventeen. She and her husband were significant figures in the Puritan settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Company. Her poetry covered religious, political, and historical topics as well as family focused ones. This perhaps provoked her sentiment “I am obnoxious to each carping tongue Who says my hand a needle better fits. A poet’s pen all soon I should thus wrong, for such despite they cast on female wits, if what I do prove well, it won’t advance. They’ll say it stol’n or else it was by chance. (referenced by Burley family member Pamela Stansfield Aune in her 2007 presentation on the Burley Family).

Friends Share Family Culinary Treat Information

In the Winona Post Cookbook issue (12/03/2017) Janet Seabern submitted a recipe of her mother’s, (Zrada Hill) called Zrada’s Apple Cake. Janet’s accompanying note reads: “My mom lived in South Dakota and had an apple tree. She made this recipe frequently for Ladies Aid. She got the recipe from a Native American woman; it’s over 100 years old.” (P.11)

Susan Althoff submitted her mother’s recipe for Orange Mandarin Sherbet Salad. She wrote: “My mother (Eleanore Whetstone) made this for us many times. It is a refreshing fruit salad.” (P.6)

Anyone who wishes to donate to or be a member of the Association is invited to send $15.00 to:

MCHA, P.O. Box 21,
Minnesota City, MN 55959

All monies will be used to support
Association goals.

MCHA invites readers to submit
dates for the newsletter of family reunions, milestone birthdays, and other events about which readers wish to share information.
Check www.minnesotacity.org
Submit information to mgogrady@embarqmail.com