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Highland Prairie celebrates 150th anniversary


Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Editor’s note: The following is a two part feature on sister churches Elstad and Highland Prairie. These two Lutheran churches are among the oldest in Minnesota as well as having some of the earliest Lutheran congregations of Norwegian heritage in the state. Both share a minister and rotate early and late Sunday morning service times and also Lenten services. They will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary this year and putting on separate events at both churches.

Sometime in the early 1850’s Norwegian immigrants settled on a high prairie land near present day Bratsberg (rural Rushford). A small community was established, and the area was named Highland Prairie. Most of the immigrants had come from settlements in Wisconsin, so a congregation was formed in short order, and they began meeting in each other’s homes. Highland Prairie’s first minister was Reverend Vilhelm Koren (originally from Norway) who was the pastor for most of Southeastern Minnesota and Northern Iowa at that time. Many pastors succeeded Reverend Koren and, like him, were either from Norway, ordained in Norway or part of the Norwegian Synod. Services in Norwegian were still held well into the 1900s.Highland Prairie was officially recognized as a church in 1861. The first building that was erected on church land was a parsonage in the late 1850s. The first church was built in 1865, but the interior was left unfinished because of a lack of funds. As the years went by however, the parishioner’s monetary issues improved which caused the church and its surrounding acreage to improve as well. In 1888 a windmill was constructed. In 1890 they added on to the parsonage, and in 1900 they built a barn. The first church was replaced by a larger one in 1896. It was able to seat 500 people, and also had a pipe organ. The current parsonage was built in 1916. A very interesting part of the Highland Prairie church is its park. Land was donated to the church and also purchased by the church to create the park in 1921. “Highland Prairie Lutheran Church has a unique feature in its magnificently beautiful church yard,” says the current pastor, Wade Davick. “I don’t know what the acreage might be, but in addition to the church building itself, it includes the cemetery, an outdoor amphitheater, band shell, parsonage, outdoor dining pavilion, ball field, historic pioneer house, and acres of lawn and trees. It’s as beautiful a rural .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Noisy trucks, speeding vehicles top concerns

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Nancy and Dave Huisenga came forward Monday, March 15 at the Lanesboro City Council meeting to share their concerns about semis parked on Highway 16 between Kenilworth and Sheridan streets. Not only concerned about the noise caused by the refrigerati ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Funding for sesquicentennial’s “Coming Home” approved

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Preston council members addressed a multitude of routine business items Monday evening. Richard Petsch and Marc Sather of the Preston Historical Society described plans to put together a book for Preston’s upcoming 150 year anniversary. The book woul ..... 
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Planning Commission tightens up “adult use” ordinance

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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“It’s required by federal law to permit these businesses,” stated Fillmore County Zoning Officer Norm Craig as the commission asked why they had to even consider such permits.

Adopted in March of 1998, the purpose of the ordina ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Who pays for extra meters?

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Harmony’s council members thought they had covered all the issues when they redid their meter policy several months ago. It was their intent that the changes reflected fairness both to single dwelling property owners, multi dwelling units, and the ci ..... 
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Commentary: Europe questions Bush strategy on terror

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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I was in Europe when the bombings in Madrid took place on Thursday, March 11.

In fact, my daughter and I had taken a train from Amsterdam to the town of Haarlem and then on to the coast at Zandvoort that day. It was cold and cl ..... 
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Moose trial begins March 22

Fri, Mar 19th, 2004
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Jury selection in the Floyd Moose trial begins in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 22. According to County Administrator Jim Attwood, thirty prospective jurors have been called for Monday, with ten additional jurors available for Tuesd ..... 
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Class of 74 takes reunion to new heights

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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Class reunions, for many, conjure up images of boring hotel ballroom dinners where spouses are dragged along kicking and screaming. That’s definitely not the case for Spring Valley High School’s Class of 1974. Eight members of this close-knit class a ..... 
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Commissioners take a stand

Fri, Mar 12th, 2004
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For the third time the courthouse construction project has had a leaky roof. This time it happened just days before the (already rescheduled) department office shuffle was to commence. On Friday, March 5th, driving rains in the early morning hours fo ..... 
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