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Betty Bernard


Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Betty Bernard

Betty Bernard died Friday, June 28 at the Ostrander Care Center after a lengthy bout with congestive heart failure. She was born Betty Lou Durfey to Phineas and Lillian Durfey in Merrill, Iowa on September 7, 1925. The family moved to Chatfield, Minn. where Betty graduated from high school in 1943.

In October of that year, she married John W. Bernard, a local farmer, and took up residence on a farm in Pleasant Grove Township. Five children joined them there. John and Betty were solid partners in life and on the farm. They raised their children to be involved in school and community. They themselves led by example becoming active in school, church, and community organizations such as 4-H. Betty’s brother, Frank Durfey, traveled extensively around the world, and through that connection both John and Betty nurtured an appetite for different cultures and instilled the same in their children. They traveled to Africa, Europe and South America to see for themselves some of what they had read. They became active here at home in the American Field Service and the International Farm Youth exchange and hosted a young man from Nepal and another from Paraguay in their home for an extended period of time.

After they moved to a farm in Spring Valley, Minn. they continued their involvement in 4-H and the American Field Service as well as the United Methodist Church there. In 1984, Betty became a widow, but continued the legacy she and her husband had fostered. Far from retiring into widowhood, she continued to be as active as ever, living her conviction that people must be of service to others. Always deeply interested in her family (“family is always first,” she often said), she spent time with each of her children though they had moved to different places in the country. And at Christmas she always provided sumptuous meals when her kids all came home for the holiday. She was always an avid country music fan and wasted no opportunity to visit the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Ushered backstage she met some of the stars she’d listened to for years, like Ricky Skaggs, one of her favorites. Back in Minnesota, she went to as many country music concerts as she could. It was no surprise that when the Cowboy Church came along, she and friends rarely missed a service.

She became a fast friend to people living their last days, visiting them and offering unlimited comfort wherever they were. Participati .....
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Letter about Republicans

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, OK, I’ve had it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. We’ve had the Benghazi non-story wasting our time, much like the endless Republican investigations of the Clinton’s non-crimes in the 1990s. The Tea Party hates to pay taxes but it is ..... 
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LeRoy man pleads not guilty to animal abuse charges

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Court

Wilbur Eugene Schmoll, 80, of LeRoy Minn., has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts misdemeanor Overwork/Maltreat Animals including Torture and Deprive of Food and Shelter. Schmoll has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of Animal Health - Disposal of ..... 
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Monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

March 5, 2013 Pledge of Allegiance The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:10 p.m. by Mayor Pat Nesler. Approval of Consent Agenda Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Jones and unanimously carried to accept t ..... 
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Chong Ok Paulsen

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Chong Ok Paulsen, formerly of Rochester, MN and Ostrander, MN died Friday, March 1, 2013 at her home in Tucson, Arizona. Ok was born in Korea and came to Minnesota after she and Kenneth Paulsen were married on December 30, 1965. Ok worked at the Os ..... 
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Letter about tax rates

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s disturbing to hear that the rich must have low tax rates while old folks must sacrifice part of their earned benefits. Wealthy lobbying groups, our corporate owned media, and our corporate controlled politicians tell us we mus ..... 
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Step into the Wolf’s Den

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Features

The Wolf’s Den of Ostrander, Minn. gives customers a large variety of choices as a combination Saloon/Restaurant/Pizza Place. Whether you choose a beer and burger, or pizza and root beer, your mouth will be watering. Opened in 2004, by Royal a ..... 
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Ostrander City Council

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present. Mayor Schwenn thanked all who ran for council and said congratulations to new Mayor (Pat Nesler) and Coun ..... 
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Ostrander City Council

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present. Mayor Schwenn thanked all who ran for council and said congratulations to new Mayor (Pat Nesler) and Coun ..... 
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