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Year In Review 2012 - A Look Back As Reported By The ... Fulda Free Press -2

December 25, 2012

Part 2
July 4, 2012

Jeanne Koopman will be a Chairperson for the Murray County Relay for Life this year. Jeanie was diagnosed with cancer in 1999.

Volunteers have been busy refurbishing the Fulda pool. It’s anticipated re-opening is the end of July.

The Fulda City Council voted 3 to 2 to have a two-man street department.

Renovation are complete at the Caboose thanks to Chuck Lursen.

Pink Ladies donate money to add furniture to Maple Lawn Nursing Home’s patio.

Kaitlyn Kramer and Jake Killoran announce their engagement. The couple is planning an August 25, 2012 wedding date.

Marissa Kunerth and Suzanne Pagel attend the Greenhand Leadership Camp held at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, Minnesota.



July 11, 2012

The Fulda School Board held a special 6 am meeting on July 3 to accept the written resignations from Chairman Dayton Westra and Board Member Tim Hermeling.

Newly appointed School Board Chairperson Linda Lund welcomed new Board Member Don Tiesler who will fill one of the vacancies.

Shetek boating accident claims life of Perry Altermatt of Lamberton on Sunday, July 8th.

Pat and Doreen Haberman of Brewster Fresh Produce share the success of their high-tunnel greenhouse.

The Family Dentistry building received a facelift this last week. According to Dr. R. George Brockway, DDS the office technology and equipment has all been updated as well.

Blair Miller and Laura Kramer announce their engagement. The couple is planning an August 4th wedding.

Sadie Groenewold and Craig Correll announce their engagement. The couple is planning an August 18th wedding.

Tim Haberman and Amanda Talsma announce their engagement. A September 22nd wedding day will be held in Chandler.

The Murray County Board of Commissioners hears from Blandin participants on a county beautification project which would include planting native grasses and flowers in highway ditches.

Dean Ross donates 10 inches of his hair to Locks of Love.



July 18, 2012

Fulda residents have noticed a yellow tinge to their water over the past few weeks. According to Butch Huerkamp, Fulda Public Works Superintendent, a saturation of Organic Iron has been found in the water in the new well that lies along Minnesota State Highway 59. The well has been shut down and the City is awaiting word from the chemical companies as how to reduce the iron content.

A new directional antenna has been installed on the tower that was built last summer on Florence Avenue and 21st Street which will improve the broadcasting signals coming into and going out of Fulda in emergency situations.

The Fulda Raider Marching Band has returned from Alberta, Canada where they participated in the Calgary Stampede Parade.

A group of 20 high school students and 4 adults from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church traveled to Mt. Cross, near Santa Cruz, California, where they spent 7 days working on various mission projects.

The National FCCLA Conference was held in Orlando, Florida with several Fulda members attending.



July 25, 2012

Murray County Commissioner candidates include Tim Strenge, Dave Thiner, and Roger Zins.

The Murray County REAL VIP Farm tour was held on Friday at the home of Mary Fran and Ray Busch near Fulda.

The new feed mill being raised near Magnolia by New Vision Cooperative is nearing completion. A crew has been working 24/7 to pour the cement continuously.

Avoca Postmaster Mary Galles retires from her duties after 34 years of service to the community.



August 1, 2012

Gail Gruis has turned her stained glass hobby in a business called Gail’s Glass Creations which is operated out of her home.

The Fulda School Board discusses the sharing of Superintendent Luther Onken’s duties with the Murray County Central School District at their retreat this passed weekend.

Noah Salentiny recently returned home from a week at the Long Lake Conservation Camp near Palisades, Minnesota which was sponsored by the Murray County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Fulda Citizens of Tomorrow include Peysen Zins, Brooklyn and Payton Harvey, Sophia, Gabriel, Levi, Simon and Keegan Spittle and Eillie and Mia Kramer.

Daniel Philp and Katrina Kramer announce their engagement. The happy couple is planning a September 8th wedding in Fulda.

Travis Carrol has been named the new boys basketball coach at Marshall High School.



August 8, 2012

The Fulda City Council has been discussing selling the old senior citizens building to Keith Evers.

Father Andrew Vogel is serving the Tri-Parish of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Fulda, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Currie and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Westbrook.

Diane Zemler is remembered upon her death as one of Fulda’s business women. She and her husband, Fred, owned and operated the Fulda Café for nineteen years.

Chase, the K-9 officer, retires from the Nobles County Sheriffs Department.

Irv Larson to show his antique gas engines at the Murray County Fair.

Bailey and Nolan Onken share the projects they plan to show at the Nobles County Fair.

Citizens of Tomorrow include Carson Sykora, Destiny, Cameron, Keylee, and Felicity Steinle, Caleb and Aiden Appel, and Zachary and Wyatt Kirchner.

Buddy Walk for Downs Syndrome to be held in Adrian.

Maple Lawn Golden Oldies Golf Classic to be held on August 21st.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to dedicate stained glass windows on August 12th.



August 15, 2012

Jordyn Larson will be competing in the Miss Teen Minnesota Pageant in November in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Pastor Huisman will be serving as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fulda.

Erica Drealan tours Russia, Germany and Switzerland.

Fulda School Board approves superintendent services agreement with Murray County Central.

2012 Cowpie Open held at the Glen Gunderman farm this past weekend.

Fulda Citizens of Tomorrow include Trae Ahlers, Kaitlyn and Hailey VandenBosch, Braelyn and Maddox Boogerd, and Tyler and Garret Reith.

Kelsey Moe and Phillip Uttech announce their engagement. The couple is planning a September 15th wedding day at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN.

The County Commissioners are talking about moving the Slayton Sale Barn out to the fairgrounds where it is hoped it will be restored.

The Murray County Relay was held on Saturday at the Murray County Fairgrounds.

Included in this issue is a section saluting agriculture.



August 22, 2012

Commissioner race results show Dave Thiner and Roger Zins defeating Tim Strenge. Thiner and Zins will be put on the ballot in November.

History buff, Ryan Heath, Rochester, MN, makes a trip to Fulda to view old train photos at the Fulda Depot.

Earl Halverson donates over 2,000 books to the Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Roger Schwab found an unexpected treasure on his storage shed as he began removing the paint for restoration: a historical work of art tied to Hubbard Milling, home of Mother Hubbard Flour, Mankato, MN.

Anita Beeck and Jimmy McNab are engaged to be married. The couple is planning an October 7th wedding.

Fulda Citizens of Tomorrow include Dominic and Keegan Lee, Trae and Josie Deuschle, Samuel Goedtke, and Brooklyne and Danica Bergman.

Austin Blesi attends Viking training camp and is able to meet Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder.



August 29, 2012

Maple Lawn Golden Oldies Golf Classic enjoyed by Maple Lawn Nursing Home residents.

Fulda High School welcomes new teachers; Kelsey Carlson - Ag Instructor and Jessica Laleman - Science teacher.

Julie Bell to serve as Food Service Director for the Fulda Public Schools.

Brenda Puffer began her duties as the nutritionist at St. Paul’s Lutheran School on Monday.

Bryce Bunkers and Theresa Dendinger announce their engagement. The couple plans a September 15th wedding day.

Christopher Webb and Alicia Peterson announce their engagement. Alicia and Chris plan to be married on September 29 in Slayton.

Citizens of Tomorrow include Gavin and Hayden Bell, Aiden Pospisil, Aiden and Alleigh Lorenzen and Ethan Fitzgerald.

Fulda Raider volleyball team opens season with loss to Worthington.

Trooper Kathy retires after 33 years of service.

Shop with a Cop program comes to Fulda with Police Chief Paul Kenney, along with the Salvation Army, assisting students with school supplies.



September 5, 2012

Students enjoyed racing to the door of the elementary school as the first day of school commenced for the Fulda School District.

Filing for the position of Mayor of Fulda is Jan Wehking, filing for City Council is Chad Ouellette and Jim Troje.

The Highway 59 construction project north of Slayton is progressing well. The road is open from the Garvin corner to TH 14. The project is scheduled for completion by mid October.

Clarine Uttech is celebrating her 85th birthday with on open house celebration.

Adam Ave-Lallemant and Kristi Kuhl announce their engagement. A December 15th wedding is being planned.

Citizens of Tomorrow include Tyler, Mason and Brie Kirchner, Abel Fenske, Raegan and Roewan Graber and Emma and Olivia Wehking.

The Murray County Board of Commissioners turned down the offer to purchase the sale barn in Slayton.

The 20th Annual Slayton Women of Today's Autumn Boutique event will be held this weekend.



September 12, 2012

The Fulda City Council sold the old senior building to Kevin Evers for $250 plus $1.

Fulda High School Homecoming candidates include Carmen Olsem, Brittney Hermeling, Laura Williams, Amanda Schumacher, Mallory Pagel, Todd Peterson, Nathan Getting, Kole Kramer, John Getting and Trevor Ruesch.

District 505 School Board candidates are Tom Klein, Phil Kramer, Linda Lund, Christy Milbrath and Don Tiesler.

Windstorm causes damage in the area on Tuesday evening. Many trees were twisted or topped off.

Fulda School Board raised the preliminary levy to 3.41%.

Diane Ellens has accepted the position of Early Childhood Family Education Coordinator while Sherri Boehnke will work as Parent Educator for the Fulda School District.

The 7th Annual Heroes Behind the Badges event to help the community blood bank was held in Worthington.

Fulda Citizens of Tomorrow include David McBride, Jonathan Danneman, Brianna Wildfeuer and Grace Ouellette.

Murray County Board of Commissioners set preliminary levy at 5.25 percent.

Tessa and Trent Kramer earn ribbons at State Fair.



September 19, 2012

Prairie Star Ministries recently welcomed Intern Amy Swenson who will work with church members in the five-point parish.

Trevor Ruesch and Mallory Pagel were crowned Homecoming Royalty at the Fulda High School.

St. Paul's Lutheran School installed new playground equipment thanks to money raised by the Parent-Teacher League.

Kelsey Heppler speaks to Legion Post #318 Auxiliary members on her Girls State experience.

Citizens of Tomorrow include Mackenzie Meyeraan, Rylan and Carson Klein, and Anthony Paplow.

A special section celebrating Homecoming Week is included in this edition.



September 26, 2012

GuidePoint Pharmacy to open a telepharmacy in Fulda in the G.W. Schwarz building.

The newest of several wind farms in the southwestern Minnesota area is presently being erected in the Reading-Wilmont area of Nobles County. The turbines will be the tallest in Minnesota.

The FACS class has been learning about the value of service learning.

Pepfest fun had at Fulda High School during Homecoming week.

Murray County Board of Commissioners accepted a donation from the Agriculture Society to help with the cattle barn at the fairgrounds.



October 3, 2012

Mel Faltinson crafted a replica of a bundle wagon out of an old screen door and mules made from sheet metal. He plans to take the replica to his Arizona home to use as a Christmas decoration.

Bernice Webb, Alma Brown and Florence Isder among the residents who will display their artwork during the Timeless Tribute Art Show to be held on October 24th at Maple Lawn Nursing Home.

A legislative forum will be held at Maple Lawn Senior Care Campus with the focus being on senior care. The forum will feature six candidates who are running for the Minnesota House or Senate this year.

Fulda Memorial Library expansion marks its ten-year anniversary.

Over 1,000 students visited Murray County Fairgrounds for the annual Environmental Fair.

Steve Altman has retired as route driver for the Brewster post office.

The Murray County Board of Commissioners discusses tourism in Minnesota.



October 10, 2012

TSC of Worthington has donated eight to ten thousand dollars worth of hardware, tools, supplies, storage containers and tool chests to the Fulda Public Schools.

Marv Zylstra and Keith R. Stubbe vie for County Commissioner District 1 seat.

Natalie Krohn, a 9 year old girl who passed away in an accident last week, has touched lives across the nation as her photo donned the hood of the #30 car driven by David Stremme in the NASCAR race this past Sunday.

Mark Sandhurst, Ricki Ommen and John Beeck retire from the Fulda Volunteer Fire Department with a combined 75 years of service to the community.

Fanny Sandhurst celebrates her 80th birthday on October 17th.

Twenty Fulda teachers presented WalMart Teacher Appreciation Gift Cards. The gift cards are to be used by the teachers to purchase much needed items for the classrooms.

October is National Anti-bullying Awareness month.

Emery Porth, infant daughter of Greg and Megan Porth is finally home after being hospitalized since birth. A benefit is set for October 28th.



October 17, 2012

A Legislative Open Forum will be held on Tuesday featuring candidates Alan Oberloh, Bill Weber, Joe Schomacker and Eugene Short.

Chemists from Hawkins, Inc., Minneapolis, MN came to Fulda to test and treat the water supply due to a noted discoloration coming from faucets in residential homes. It was determined that the water had a high level of iron and manganese.

Firefighters go to area schools to teach students about fire safety during Fire Saftey Week.

Abby Oakland ran in the Medtronics Twin Cities Marathon held on October 6th.

Sassy Saturday scheduled for Saturday at Worthington local businesses.

Fulda Girl Scouts participate in Centennial Day of Service by raking the lawns of senior citizens.

Izzie and Larry Koster will celebrate their 50th wedding anniverary with a card shower.

The Seven Project visited Fulda High School speaking about anti-violence/bullying, respect and self-esteem.

St. Paul’s Lutheran School students took a trip to Pat’s Grove in Cottonwood County as part of a history lesson.

Fulda volleyball squad honors seniors Kelsey Zins, Mallory Pagel, Amanda Schumacher, Brittney Hermeling, and Rachel Cheadle.

Hwy. 59 project north of Slayton to be completed in two weeks - weather permitting.

Included in this edition is a special section saluting Pork month.



October 24, 2012

William (Bill) Sauer retires as Murray County Commissioner for District 5 after 20 years of service.

Candidates at the Legislative Forum held at Mapleview Estates addressed long term health care.

Jonas Gandner of Neu Boernen, Germany is spending this year as a student at the Fulda High School while living with the Mike and Lisa Peterson family.

Prairie Agency is a new business in Fulda located in a portion of the Aanenson Realty and Auction Company office building on St. Paul Ave. Josh Miller, agent, will be available for all your insurance needs.

Second annual food drive for the Fulda Food Shelf to be held on Saturday.

Kindness Retreat inspires character in fifth graders from around the area.

Murray County Board of Commissioners refinance Sunrise Terrace for lower interest rate.



October 31, 2012

Fulda FFA members, Kirsten Pagel and John Salentiny, received their American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention on October 27th.

Sue Zins is honored as the Minnesota Dietary manger of the Year.

Mapleview Estates drew a large crowd for their Timeless Treasures Art show which featured craft projects from residents of Mapleview Estates, Maplewood Courts and Maple Lawn Nursing Home.

A legislative forum held on October 23rd had candidates addressing questions from the audience.

New Vision Coop and Land-O-Lakes Foundation make donations to local food shelves.

Fulda’s Holiday Craft Bazaar to be held November 17th.

St. Paul’s Lutheran School students participate in 2012 Americanism Fall Contest.

Fulda students to present The Wizard of Oz the first weekend of December.

The Fulda Raider volleyball team had their season come to an end at the hands of Murray County Central in the opening round of volleyball payoffs.

Sample General Election Ballots appear in this edition.

Murray County Commissioners heard from a large crowd on Ditch #3 - its condition and cleaning it up.



November 7, 2012

Dundee Senior Citizens organization disbands with thirty-two years of history behind them - effective November 14, 2012.

Fulda Fire Department to provide protection for Dundee in future. The City of Dundee will pay $1,000 per year and $350 per fire call.

The Government class at Fulda High School held a mock election on Thursday giving students a taste of future elections.

Trenton Wahl is welcomed to the family as the fifth generation which includes Great-great-grandma Norma Miller, Great-grandma Judy Kirlin, Grandma Glenda Beeck and Mom Ashley Daye Wahl.

Five generations of Luttermans include Danielle Bonestroo with Sawyer, Gen Lutterman, Jenny Altena and Marsha Van Roekel.

Halloween costume contest held at the Fulda High School.

Austin Blesi shoots his first deer during opening weekend - a 6 point buck.

Included in this edition is a special section honoring American Education Week.



November 14, 2012

Local Veterans honored with program hosted by the Fulda FCCLA.

Georgia Pearson shares her experiences as an exchange student at the Fulda High School.

Arvin and Leona Dierks share stories of planting corn on Mud Lake in 1959.

2012 local election results reported in this issue.

Four generations of Wahls celebrated with family photo - Trenton Wahl, Grandpa Virgil Wahl, Dad Derek Wahl and and Great-grandpa Rodney Wahl.

Dale and Elizabeth Brock celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

All Conference players announced: football - Trevor Ruesch and Zach Holt; honorable mention - Todd Peterson and John Getting; volleyball - Rachel Cheadle and Brittney Hermeling.

Several deer hunters report good hunting.

Murray County Commissioners approve 5-year county roads and bridges improvement plan.



November 21, 2012

Coaches Colby Pack and Greg Slaathaug have arranged a Parkinson’s fundraiser as a tribute to Coach Harvey Carroll.

Fulda City Council approves hirees and election results.

Liz Hardekopf and Deann Ossefoot have retired from their positions on the Board of Directors for the Fulda Food Shelf.

Paralympian Aaron Cross spoke to students about his bicycle accident in 1991 and the goals he set for himself as a result.

Iona’s VFW Auxiliary celebrates 65 years of service.

The Raider girls played well at Red Rock Jamboree last Saturday.

The Fulda School District reveues and expenditure budget is in this issue.

Included in this issue is a supplement about with Christmas.



November 28, 2012

Wizard of Oz to be presented this weekend by Fulda youth under the direction of Micheal Peterson, Linda Lund, Sherry Isder, Heidi Appel and Roxanne Kenney.

Arlan Swanson received the prestigious “Member of the Year” award from the state-wide association of older adult service professionals.

Viktor Toth is attending school in Fulda as an exchange student. He is from Kolarovo, Slovakia.

The Red Cross Blood Mobile is scheduled for Monday at the Fulda Community/Legion Hall.

The Fulda Raider boys will open their season with a game against Adrian this Friday.

Raider girls dominate Lakeview winning by 26 points.

FFA holds Chapter Degree Night.

FCCLA members, Marissa Kunerth and Maddie Kaufman to atend 2012 Teen Distracted Driving Summit.

Christina Wietzema to serve as judge for Cottonwood and Murray County.

Coach Harvey Caroll shares his story of living with Parkinson’s disease.



December 5, 2012

Fulda City Council approves fire protection for the City of Dundee.

Pilot test to be done on Fulda water treatment plant.

Santa visited children in Fulda this past weekend.

Kim Hiscox presented Superintendent Luther Onken with a book called Why Johnny Can’t Come Home for the school library.

Working with Children class held a Cultural Tour for the fourth grade students of Fulda Elementary School.

Pink Ladies held a Christmas party at Maple Lawn Nursing Home complete with Mrs. Claus.

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart held at the Fulda Elementary School.

The Fulda High School’s presentation of the Wizard of Oz had a great turnout.

The High School Choral Department held its Christmas concert.

Andy Oakland helps seal a victory for the Fulda Raiders against Adrian.



December 12, 2012

The first snow of the season fell on Friday leaving a thin layer of white fluff. By Sunday local residents were treated to an all out blizzard as winds reached 40 mile an hour and temps dropped to 19 below wind chill. There were several accidents in the area.

Meet exchange student Natalie Seemann.

Kent Wilkening is President of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association.

What is in a number? Today’s date - 12/12/12.

Brand New Day Tour tells the real life story of the decisions Todd Becker made that ultimately ended his life.

Fulda FFA Hunger Games begin.

Fulda Elementary School students presented their Christmas concert.

Fulda/MCC Warriors wrestle at Jackson and St. James.

Raider girls defeat MCC and RRC; boys fall to Wabasso.



December 19, 2012

Thousands raised for National Parkinsons Foundation Minnesota through Coaches vs Parkinsons event. Harvey Carroll honored at event.

Henry Magnus retired from Murray County Fair Board.

Santa visited with children at Brenda’s Gas and Grocery in Dundee over the weekend.

Thirteen were arrested for drug - related crimes in Fulda in a one week period.

Gary Busch presented a Citation for meritorious Service for his work with the Fulda American Legion Post 318.

Three Fulda FFA members were awarded Blue Jackets for the essays they wrote to the Minnesota FFA Foundation. those receiving jackets were Taylor Schettler, Cody Froderman and Austin Blesi.

Hunger games held at the Fulda High School sponsored by the Fulda FFA.

Fulda Raider boys win one of three games on the week; defeating RRC and falling short in the games against the Rebels and Cardinals.

The girls basketball team continues its winning ways with three wins on the week defeating Ellsworth, SWMC and Luverne.

The Fulda/MCC Warrior wrestlers traveled to Redwood Falls for tournament.

Barb Bakalyar and Sarah Pohlman traveled to New York to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy as they volunteered with the American Red Cross.

Included in this issue is a special section with letters to Santa and photos of children whispering in Santa’s ear...”All I want for Christmas is....”



December 26, 2012

Year in Review 2012 - A Look Back as reported by the Fulda Free Press appears in this edition.

A National Year in Review wrap is shared by staff writer Carol Schreiber.

Irma Schwantes, writer of Souveris retires as a columnist for the Fulda Free Press.

Virginia Anderson receives a Christmas Card from Martina Goldbach who lives near Fulda, Germany. The two have remained friends for many years after visiting each other’s towns in the past. Martina also sent a write-up about Fulda, Minnesota which appeared in a paper in Germany. It was writen by Micheal Mott and was complete with a photo of the Fulda Depot.

A Cornfield Christmas was presented by members of Prairie Star Ministries at First Lutheran Church in Dundee in celebration of the Holiday season.

The Raider girls lost by 2 points to George Little Rock after getting into foul trouble. The boys defeated George Little Rock in a close game.

The Fulda MCC Warriors took on Luverne and WWG in a triangular on Thursday.



A message to our readers: we wish you a very Happy New Year that is filled with precious time to spend enjoying family and friends, good health, and prosperity. Thank you for your continued readership!



Jerry & the staff at the Fulda Free Press


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