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Mabel H. Topness


Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Mabel H. Topness, 94, of Preston, formerly of Rochester, died March 21, 2002 at Preston Good Samaritan Center.

Mabel Henrietta Gilbertson was born Jan. 30, 1908, in Lanesboro and attended an area country school. On Dec. 4, 1929, she married Paul Stanley Topness in Lanesboro. They farmed in the Lanesboro area. Mrs. Topness lived in Rochester from 1957 until entering Preston Good Samaritan Center in 1996. Her husband died Jan. 31, 1982. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker, a part-time groomer at K-9 Kennels in Rochester and an avid vegetable gardener.

Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn (Charles) Larson of Lanesboro and Vivian (Gerald) Mathison of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, two brothers and a sister.

The funeral for Mabel H. Topness was March 25, 2002 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Linda Helberg officiating. Burial will be in Grandvieww Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Vine Funeral Home in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
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Gladys A. Elden

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Gladys A. Elden , 88, of Preston Good Samaritan Center, formerly of Lanesboro, died March 22, 2002 at the care center.

She was born July 7, 1913, in Lanesboro, graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1931 and lived in Lanesboro all her life ..... 
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Evelyn E. Spelhaug

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Evelyn E. Spelhaug, 90, a homemaker, died March 29, 2002 at Chosen Valley Care Center where she lived since Nov. 7, 2001.

She was born April 16, 1911, in rural Fountain, Minn. She married Alver Spelhaug on May 10, 1932, in Lanesboro, Minn. S ..... 
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Ann Courtney Amunrud

Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Ann Courtney Amunrud, age 85, of Rochester, Minnesota, former longtime Canton resident, died suddenly March 30, 2002 at Rochester Health Care where she had resided for the past three years.

Ann was born June 30, 1916 in Fort Atkinson, Iowa t ..... 
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Astri, my Astri where art thou?

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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A primer for searching Fillmore County genealogy records for pioneer ancestorsBy Deb Nelson GourleyMarch 18, 2002

Imagine a class called Genealogy 101: Fillmore County Pioneers. You are only given the following information ..... 
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Garns wheel still spinning after 200 years

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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February 4, 2002

Inheriting a 200-year-old Garns family spinning wheel from my Grandmother, Stella (Brdsgrd) Nelson, was exhilarating. Having myself been an avid handspinner for years, I could visualize what the assembled spinning wheel would ..... 
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Garness Church roots go back to farm in Norway

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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December 31, 2001

The familiar sounds I grew up with, the unloading of the horses, the snorting and pawing, and the cinching of the saddles were all heard that cold blustery day, January 14, 1996. However, someone very important to me was missin ..... 
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"You are a Hjrnevik, but who are you?"

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Delivering tragic immigrant news about the 1862 Sioux Uprising 114 years laterBy Deb Nelson GourleyNovember 12, 2001

When I found the Hjrnevik farm near Evanger i Voss, in the Bergan area of Norway in 1976, I felt like I w ..... 
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Astri Herbransdatter 1812

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Tracing the history of a Norwegian trunk"By Deb Nelson GourleyOctober 22, 2001

The wagon was fully loaded for the burn pile out in the woods, when I spotted the old painted trunk on the flatbed. I was a second grader at the ..... 
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