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Garness Church roots go back to farm in Norway


Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Monday, 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 missing from this gathering of horses and riders. It was my father, Sylvan Nelson, who always went from rider to rider with a big smile, shaking hands and making everyone feel welcome.

That day Star, my fathers horse, would be led riderless by, my nephew, Nathan OConnor on a tribute ride. Joining them on horseback were six members of the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) who solemnly took their pallbearer positions behind the wagon carrying my fathers casket. Family and friends followed the wagon tracks from the village of Newburg the nearly two miles to the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel. This was Sylvans final journey to Garness.

Garness Church named after Garns, 1868
In early 1868, the "Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church of Newburg" was organized. It was built on land owned and donated by my fathers Great-Great Grandparents, Bjrn and Sidsel Garns, later to become known as the "Garness Church." The church was completed in 1869 at a cost of about $1,023.

The Garness Church sits high on top of a hill catching inclement weather. On July 25, 1901 the original church was struck by lightning and burned. A new brick church was completed the following year for over $5,000. Norway pines planted around the cemetery still stand there today.

The early Sunday worship services were in Norwegian and lasted longer than an hour. Separate seating was a custom for many years, with the women and smaller children on one side of the church and the boys with their fathers on the other.

The Garness Church altar, altar rail and pulpit were made in 1902 by L.A. Lund of Mabel at a cost of $130. The altar painting was by H.N. Gausta who came to Harmony from Norway at age thirteen. He studied and taught art at Luther College as well as studied in Europe. Gaustas paintings are found in churches all over the northwest.

Prior to building the Garness Church, the early Norwegian Pastors traveled by foot and by horse to serve the settlement. The following history was taken from the cornerstone of the Garness Trinity Church: Pastor Ulrik Vilhelm Koren, from Washington Prairie Church near Decorah, was the first Pastor serving from 1854-185 .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

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New Homes Remodeling Additions
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Our Gift Shop

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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Brad & Kim Fromm of Eagan, MN are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Aaron John, born on December 17, 2001. He weighed 8 pounds 4 oz. and was 22 inches long.

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College/School News

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Megan Thorson, a Luther College junior from Harmony, has recently been named floor representative of Larsen Hall for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Angela Goldsmith, a 2001 graduate of Fillmore Central High School is on the Deans List at Mi ..... 
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