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Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Editorís note: Charlene Oates of Lime Springs wrote the following essay about her mother, Leila Tienter of Spring Valley. Leilaís children thought the Journalís readers might enjoy the sentiments conveyed in the story.

Momís Apron Covered it All


Websterís dictionary defines apron as a piece of cloth worn over the front part of the body to protect oneís clothes. I have no idea when Mom started wearing an apron, but it has been a part of her daily attire for as long as I can remember. Initially, it probably was to protect her dress, but it served many other purposes.

When she dresses in the morning, an apron always goes over her dress. She ties it behind her back in an effortless gesture. It is not a frilly little thing that barely covers her front side. It is more the Mother Hubbard style that has a bib on top, goes over the shoulders, and wraps 3/4 of the way around her. All of Momís aprons are homemade. They are usually a floral print depicting her love of flowers. There is a pocket for her handkerchief and any other treasures that she may find during the day. On the bib there is a safety pin or two because you never know when you may need one. There are everyday aprons, and there are good aprons to be slipped on over her Sunday dress when putting dinner on the table after church.

As a child, I remember Mom securing the corners of her apron and instantly transforming it into a basket. It could then carry fruits and vegetables from the garden or eggs from the hen house. When a mother cat decided not to care for her kittens it was Momís duty to put them in her apron basket, carry them to the house, and nurture them herself.

If a child were to fall and skin a knee, the handkerchief in her pocket would wipe the blood from the knee, and the apron would wipe tears from our eyes. The apron was also a dust rag, a potholder, a shield for a timid child, and much more.

On Mondays, there would be Momís aprons proudly displayed on the clothesline. They would be washed, starched, and ironed meticulously. If there was a hole it would be neatly mended. She wanted her uniform in tip-top shape! It was always a sad day when one of her aprons made itís way to the rag bag, but it was still serving a purpose. It would appear to wipe up a spill, or perhaps it would end up in a rag rug.

A piece of cloth to protect oneís clothes seems like an understatement. Our family has many more definiti .....
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Henry Ulring

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Henry Ulring, 93, of Chatfield, retired manager of the Chatfield Creamery, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he had resided since August 1998.

He was born March 14, 1907, in Webster, MN. On Sept. ..... 
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Ronald Wayne Kiehne

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Ronald Wayne Kiehne, 64, of rural Harmony, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, due to a farm accident.

Mr. Kiehne was born on November 10, 1936 at the family farm, the son of Ethel and Emil Kiehne. He graduated from Harmony High School in 1955. H ..... 
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Jerry Hahn

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Jerry Hahn, 54, of Spring Valley, a farmer, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born August 15, 1946, in Austin. On August 3, 1974, he married Barbara Feuerhak at the Assembly of God Church in Spring V ..... 
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Erna Boelter

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Erna Martha Boelter, 105, of Preston, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Center in Preston.

Erna M. Friemann was born November 9, 1895 in Spring Valley the daughter of Otto Fredrick and Augusta (Nass) Friemann. Erna attend ..... 
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Wally Solberg

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Wally Solberg, 57, of Lanesboro, died of a heart attack Friday, December 29, 2000, in an ambulance en route to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born May 27, 1943, in Peterson and married Sandra Chiglo on January 7, 1963, in Luverne, ..... 
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Gaynol Louise Meyer

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Gaynol Louise Meyer, 92, of Spring Valley died Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at the Ostrander Nursing Home where she had resided for approximately two and a half years.

Born October 17, 1908, in Fairfield, Illinois to Jacob Fred Bauer and Mart ..... 
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D. J. Prochaska

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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D. J. Prochaska, 62, a 35-year partner of Erickson-Prochaska, Inc., a prominent Cresco real estate and auction business, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, of natural causes at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco.

Born November 1 ..... 
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Roger D. Link

Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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Roger Link, 57, of Belvidere, IL, formerly of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at his home.

He was born August 8, 1943, in Lime Springs, IA, to Alvin and Frances (Westphal) Link. He attended Spring Valley schools. He married ..... 
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