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Final joint powers agreement with the Zumbrota Fire Board approved

By Tara Chapa

ZUMBROTA – A final joint powers agreement with the Zumbrota Fire Board was approved at the Zumbrota City Council meeting on December 5. Per the contract, member contributions were calculated from these percentages: 30% on building value, 20% on land value, 31.36% on population, and 18.64% on area. Zumbrota is responsible for 49%, Minneola Township 17.10%, Pine Island Township 7.84%, Roscoe Township 10.72%, and Zumbrota Township 15.34%.

The numbers should remain in effect for three years from execution of the agreement unless otherwise agreed to by all of the members. After the third year, the formula may be renegotiated and recalculated. The contract states “in the case of an annexation or other major change in territory boundaries, the members will recalculate the formula for the next budget year.”

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Korsten is retiring as chairperson of Christmas Tour of Homes


Evie Korsten is retiring as chairperson of the Zumbrota’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes, a role she has held since the event began in 2000. At the 14th annual tour on December 7, Korsten was among the hosts at Dr. Stacy and Mark Johnson’s home. Coincidentally, Korsten worked part-time as a receptionist at the home when it was owned by Dr. Oliver E.H. Larson. She worked there for 6-1/2 years beginning in 1977.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Evie Korsten has announced that after fourteen years of serving as chairperson of the Zumbrota Area Historical Society’s (ZAHS) Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, she is retiring from the role. She has served as the chairperson of the very successful event, a main fundraiser for ZAHS, since its beginning. 

ZAHS, having completed its Articles of Incorporation in August 1999, was a relatively new organization when it organized and hosted its first Tour of Homes in December 2000. Korsten said the idea came about at the suggestion of Rachelle Splittstoesser, who wrote the suggestion on the back of her membership card. Splitts-toesser, along with husband, Scott, owned the Barteau House Bed and Breakfast at the time, an 1895 Victorian Queen Anne style home. 

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Huge turnout for "His Neighbor Phil" auditions


Director Scott Thompson is with several of his cast members from “One Song,” filmed in Excelsior in October. From left to right: Scott Thompson, a local cast member, Daniel Roebuck, Barbara Eden, Mike Farrell, a local cast member, and Sally Kellerman.

ZUMBROTA – More than 60 people came to Zumbrota’s State Theatre to audition for a role in the upcoming independent feature film, “His Neighbor Phil,” on December 3. After nearly eight hours of interviewing potential cast members and tasking them with various improvisational scenarios, writer/producer/director Scott Thompson said he left feeling “incredibly energized!” Attendance was twice as large as anticipated and many people waited patiently for hours to get their opportunity to appear in a film alongside nationally recognized professional actors.

Now that Thompson has met the local pool of talent he can complete his script based on the unique personalities and locations that Zumbrota has to offer. The resulting film will be custom-made for Zumbrota—showcasing the “only Zumbrota in the world.” He expects to notify local cast members of their selection within four to six weeks. Filming is expected to take place over 15 days in March/April 2014.

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"Count Me In" puppets visit ZM Primary School


The puppet Sally (assisted by Charlotte Green) explains that you can’t catch cerebral palsy to her friend Carmen (assisted by Lynn Dennis) during the “Count Me In” program at ZM Primary School on November 26. Julie Gottesleben, right, is a volunteer with the program.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Zumbrota-Mazeppa Primary School students (grades K-2) were visited Tuesday, November 26, by members of the “Count Me In” puppet show. Three presentations were given, lasting approximately 50 minutes each and focusing on helping students gain a better understanding of disabilities such as blindness, deafness/difficulty hearing, and cerebral palsy. The second grade show had an additional puppet with Down Syndrome. Each show was specifically modified for the age level of the viewers.

Tanya Cordes, a special education teacher at ZM Primary School, said the puppet show was invited to the school because there are current students at the school with disabilities that most other students have not experienced. Cordes said, “I thought the best way for us to share these new disabilities was through a puppet show.  I heard that the show through PACER was a great program for kids.”  

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Zumbrota has many holiday activities and shopping options

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – A variety of shopping experiences, entertainment options and holiday festivities are available in Zumbrota to fill your calendar in December. Minimal travel is needed to experience the Christmas events offered by local businesses and organizations. 

The Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School choir concert will provide a wonderful way to spend an evening Thursday, December 5. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ZMHS auditorium. 

There is a full day of activity on Saturday, December 7. Zumbrota’s businesses have been working on the details for “Christmas in Zumbrota” with sales and events. An open house will be held at the Zumbrota Telephone Company at 411 Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day with Santa visiting between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mrs. Claus is also expected to be shopping and visiting downtown, making stops at Phenomenal Woman and Phenomenally Yours. 

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Ladies Auxiliary requests addresses to send holiday greetings to military personnel


Several of the 2013-14 officers of the Ladies Auxiliary #5727 gather together after the November meeting. From left to right: Treasurer Barbara Aunan, Historian Darla Vieths, President Bunny Ronningen, Secretary Pat Redfield, and Chaplain and Patriotic Instructor Karen Nelson. Not pictured are Senior Vice-President Jean Halling and Junior Vice-President Carolyn Morken. There are 87 members of the Ladies Auxiliary #5727. Aunan reminds members that yearly dues are payable in December.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – With the holidays quickly approaching, the members of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 5727 are preparing to send holiday greeting cards to military personnel. To reach as many as possible, they are seeking the community’s assistance to obtain current addresses of men and women serving in the military. 

Keeping in touch with the military is just one of the many projects of the Ladies Auxiliary. Contact Pat Redfield, Auxiliary secretary and the chairperson of Veterans and Family Support at 732-5716 with names and addresses of members of the military with Zumbrota area connections as soon as possible. 

History of the Auxiliary

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Zumbrota Christmas Tour of Homes is December 7

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota Area Historical Society is hosting its 14th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday afternoon, December 7, from 12:30-4 p.m. Four homes are featured and will be decorated for the holidays. This year there will be two newer homes along with two older homes on the tour. The History Museum (55 East 3rd Street) will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for house tour attendees to see a special Christmas display of colored glassware of the Depression era and have refreshments.

The four homes on the tour are Bob and Stacy Epps, 1220 Main Street South; Dr. Stacy and Mark Johnson, 118 East 4th Street; Curtis and Julie Schrimpf, 300 Sugarloaf Parkway; and Bruce and Tammy Goodman, 1021 West 2nd Street.

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ZM is hosting two Amity teachers this school year


Amity Program teachers at Zumbrota-Mazeppa School for the 2013-14 year are in front of a painted mural in a primary school hallway in Zumbrota. Willian Mora is from Colombia and working with students in the high school. Gema Bejarano is from Spain and working with primary and elementary classes. ZM School has participated with the Amity Institute’s Cultural Exchange Program since 2000.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools has been participating in the Amity Ins-titute’s Cultural Exchange Program since 2000. Again this year, two Amity teachers arrived in Zumbrota just prior to the beginning of the current school year and have settled into their roles and the community. They are Willian Mora of Colombia and  Gema Bejarano of Spain. Over the years, integration funding dollars from the state and the ZM Education Foundation have provided the financial support to bring the interns from other countries to ZM classrooms. 

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Turkey Trot to benefit Zumbrota Area Food Shelf

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – There is good news and not so good news about the fourth annual Turkey Trot. Each of the previous years has seen growth, both in the numbers of participants and the money raised for the Zumbrota Area Food Shelf. That is the good news. Unfortunately, the needs of the food shelf have also continued to grow. The Turkey Trot will be held at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 28, at the Covered Bridge. 

Since its beginning in 2010, participation in the Turkey Trot has increased from 10 people to 47 in 2011, with another substantial increase to 80 registered walkers, runners, bikers, trikers, and strollers last year. Laurie Brengman, one of the event’s organizers, has set a goal of 100 participants this year and of beating last year’s record amount of monetary donations of $665 and 314 pounds of food that was collected.

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Zumbrota film auditions scheduled for December

ZUMBROTA – My Town Pictures is holding open auditions for a major independent film to be produced in Zumbrota this coming spring.  Auditions will be Tuesday, December 3, from 4-9 p.m. at the State Theatre, 96 East 4th Street.  The film, “His Neighbor Phil,” is an emotional comedy/drama with a spotlight on Alzheimer’s disease.  

While acting experience is helpful, no experience is required for auditioning. Writer/producer/director Scott Thompson will conduct auditions in an improv format to keep the process lighthearted and fun. Anyone age 18 and older can try out for a role in the film.  Some roles will be very significant and will include major scenes with national cast members.   

My Town Pictures is the producer of the recent film “One Song,” which was filmed in Excelsior last month.

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