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Fountain woman celebrates 95th birthday


Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Features

Alvira Klockeman of Fountain, Minn. celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this month surrounded by family and close friends. Alvira was born on December 6, 1917, to parents Edward and Barbara Klug in Caledonia, Minn., as one of thirteen children born to the Klugs. Being the seventh child of thirteen, Alvira states that she “was supposed to be the seventh son but she fooled them.” Alvira was raised with seven brothers and five sisters making for quite a large family.

After marrying Forrest Klockeman in Caledonia in 1945, the couple moved to Wykoff, Minn. After living in Wykoff a few years, the Klockemans made their home in Fountain, Minn. in 1950. Alvira and Forrest raised six children, four boys and two girls of their own, but Alvira tended to be a “second mom” to many, always giving her time and attention to children in Fountain. Forrest Klockeman passed away in 1994.

Alvira has always kept busy being involved in many organizations over the years including being a cub scout leader, among others. When the church in Fountain closed, Alvira Klockeman was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Bishop for her 50 years of service to the church. Alvira is still an active member in the Legion Auxiliary, card club, and senior citizen study club. Alvira also has a talent for crocheting beautiful doilies and other items. Reading is another favorite pastime for Alvira.

When asked about her childhood, Alvira said, “In this day and age things are so much easier than they used to be.” She explained that her Mother used to collect rain water and heat it on the stove to put in the washing machine to wash clothes. Alvira stated that back then, “Wash day was on Monday and it took all day.”

After trying to get her secrets of longevity, Alvira said “clean-living” and staying busy have helped her reach the age of 95. As for her plans for the future Alvira said, “I live from day to day and hope I’m around the next day,” which are words of wisdom for all of us. Mrs. Klockeman said, “I don’t feel like I’m that old,” which is probably what keeps her so busy.

The Klockeman family and close friends celebrated Alvira’s 95th birthday with her at the Branding Iron in Preston, Minn. with a total of 38 people attending. Alvira’s family includes her six children, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her only surviving sibling is Winefred, who lives in Preston, Minn .....
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Letter about Ag Alliance Debate

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As I was reading the coverage of the SE Minnesota Ag Alliance debate, I read that Ken Tschumper made the claim that “there are over 200 farmers in Fillmore County alone that receive over $1 million in direct farm payments, and one ..... 
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Fifteen years of lutefisk and meatballs

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Faith & Worship

By Barb Jeffers Fountain Lutheran Church held its 15th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This year’s dinner was overwhelmingly successful. Being one of the first dinners of its kind in th ..... 
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Letter about Kingsley’s article

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Andrew Kingsley hit the nail on the head. It was refreshing to read someone saying it like it is. “We the people” as the preamble states, have been lulled into complacency. The thought of standing for something has been made to l ..... 
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Letter about Fountain

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Only in Fountain: I frequently travel with my family between Dubuque and the Twin Cities and we love to stop at Fountain and ride bikes and play at the playground. When we left our new helmets at the playground on a recent Saturday w ..... 
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Engagement-Laganiere ~ Jeffers

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Fountain All

Barb Laganiere and Brian Jeffers, both of Fountain, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Barb is the daughter of the late Kenneth and Shirley Wangen of Lanesboro, Minn. Brian is the son of Richard and Camille Jeffers of Ch ..... 
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Minnesota Pork Ambassador Winslow attends MAAI

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain attended the 17th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) in Red Wing and southeastern Minnesota. The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encour ..... 
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Loren A. Reinhardt

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Loren A. Reinhardt, 85, of Fountain, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester of natural causes. Loren was born March 22, 1927, to Conrad and Josephine (Oleson) Reinhardt in Chandler, N.D. He graduated from Spring Valley Hi ..... 
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Merle H. Vande Zande

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Merle H. Vande Zande, 67, of Fountain, Minn. died on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Bluff Siding, Wis. Merle was born on December 23, 1944, in Preston, Minn. to Harold and Della (Frazer) Vande Zande. He was raised in rural Fountain, Minn. and att ..... 
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