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Half century of service celebrated


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The township officers standing are from left to right: Supervisor Donald Ruen, supervisor Loren Berge, supervisor Robert Knutson, clerk Chris Gudmundson. Holding the cake: Treasurer Philip Abrahamson. Photo by Karen Reisner

Phil Abrahamson won re-election for another term after a half century of service as Holt Township’s treasurer on March 10. Abrahamson expected to once again take his oath of office, but was surprised by a gathering of friends, a beautiful cake, and gifts to honor his 50 year milestone.

Board chairman Loren Berge, supervisors Robert Knutson and Don Ruen, and clerk Chris Gudmundson, all of rural Lanesboro, joined with him, his family, and friends in the celebration.

Abrahamson took his first oath of office in March of 1965 at age 25. He took on the office of treasurer after his father, Arnold, retired after decades of service in the same position.

Phil and his wife, Ruth, own and operate Sunnyslope Angus, their registered black Angus cattle farming operation. Registered Angus cattle have been bred and raised on this farm, dotting its slopes, since 1898. Over the years the family has grown as has the farming operation. Corn, hay, oats, and barley are raised on about 750 acres which includes some rented land. A little over half of the acreage is in crop production, while the remainder is in pasture and building sites. The Abrahamsons will host their annual open house at the farm on Sunday, May 31. On Monday, June 1, their 38th Annual Registered Angus Sale will be held at the Lanesboro Sales Commission featuring Angus breeding stock.

Phil and Ruth have two daughters. Julie and her husband, Keith Ekstrom, farm in partnership with her parents and have three children. Jess works as a news anchor for KTTC in Rochester. She and her husband, Jason Rebhahn, have one child.

Abrahamson reminisced about huge changes that have occurred over the decades for the township. In 1965 the township had no liability insurance and a bounty was paid on rattlesnakes, a species which is now protected. Today there is training for township officers to keep them updated on legislative process and informed of their responsibilities. In the beginning there wasn’t any training or schooling.

The most recent challenge was the flood of 2013, which hit Holt Township hard. Abrahamson commented that being on the board has been an “interesting and enjoyable experience.” The board members are good people to work with. He added that low turnout for the annual meeting suggests everything is peaceful and calm in the township.
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Music legend Jonathan Edwards will play at the St. Mane Theatre

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro, Minn. – Music legend Jonathan Edwards will perform at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception for all concert attendees following the show, held upstairs in the newly renovated studio space ..... 
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Letter about Karen Reisner...

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, On Tuesday, March 31, Fillmore County will be electing a new County Commissioner for District 1. District 1 includes residents of Chatfield City and Township, Jordan Township, Wykoff Township, Fillmore Township, Spring Valley Towns ..... 
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From Lanesboro with love

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Kim Viker This is the story of a Morgan horse and her incredible journey from Lanesboro to Norway. My husband and I have a small farm outside of Lanesboro and raise Angus cattle and Morgan horses, our farm name is Genetic Resources. There a ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company Presents MARY’S WEDDING

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone production of the 2014 Apprentice Company, Mary’s Wedding playing March 19 through March 29. From Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte, Mary’s Wedding tells th ..... 
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Marion Glenna

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Marion J. Glenna, age 91, of Mabel, formerly of rural Lanesboro, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Marion was born January, 5, 1924 in Winneshiek County, Iowa near Burr Oak to Russell and Florence (Serfling) ..... 
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Gloria M. Ruen

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Gloria M. Ruen of Lanesboro peacefully went to meet her savior at Green Lea Manor in Mabel. Gloria was born June 22, 1938 in Rushford to Clifford and Dora Rustad. Gloria was baptized and confirmed at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church. It was here i ..... 
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Water rates a major concern for Lanesboro residents

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

It was a crowded house Monday evening as several Lanesboro residents and business owners came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting to voice concerns over the new water rates. The state recently mandated Lanesboro do something to reduce the radiu ..... 
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Lanesboro EDA to work with school board

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Don Bell from the Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) attended the school board meeting on February 19. Bell talked about the efforts of the EDA, the Chamber, the city council, and the school board to come up with ways to recruit families ..... 
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