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Johnston's research provides insight on ISIS and terrorism


Patrick Johnston, formerly of Mazeppa and now with the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, has recently provided commentary for several national media sources on the latest developments involving the terrorist organization ISIS.

By Marilyn Anderson

PITTSBURGH, PA – For the past month, daily media sources have provided the latest on the crisis in and around Iraq as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has stepped up its offensive, seizing control of several major cities in the region. Information  regarding the organization, its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the associated terrorism, is often sought. Mazeppa native Patrick Johnston, a political scientist for the RAND Corporation, has been quoted or interviewed as a source for this information for  several publications and programs including National Public Radio, NBCnews.com, and the Los Angeles Times. 

Interest and research

Wed
25
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Story of a steeple


The familiar steeple of Lands Lutheran Church shows signs of wear, again, in 2014.

By Heidi Magnuson

ZUMBROTA – Heading west out of Zumbrota on Highway 60 Boulevard, travelers encounter the stately steeple of Lands Lutheran Church. Drawing closer, the scene grows less appealing, as layers of peeling paint and worn cedar shingles come into view. It’s hard to see a church icon fall into such disrepair. Why was the steeple let go? More importantly, what plans, if any, are in place to renovate it?

Built and completed in 1912 as part of the Norwegian Lutheran congregation’s second church building, the 90-foot steeple first pointed heavenward the same year the Titanic sank, Woodrow Wilson beat both William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt for the U.S. Presidency, and Julia Gordon Lowe brought together 18 girls to hold the first-ever Girl Scout meeting. Mail addressed to the church bore a first-class postage stamp costing two cents. 

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Encounters following D-Day Invasion turn into friendship decades later


Dolph Bezoier arrived on Normandy Beach on June 7, 1944 and remained in the area until late August. In August, 1944, he met and conversed several times with 10-year-old twins he reconnected with during visits to the area beginning in 1989 (the time of the above photo). From left to right are Bezoier, Ghislaine d’Argenton, her sister Luciane, and her twin brother Joël.

By Marilyn Anderson 

ZUMBROTA – June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the landing of Allied troops on Normandy Beach in France. The surviving soldiers and family members of the Allied Forces remember the operation that began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe. The anniversary was also remembered by a French woman, as she recalled her first meeting with a young American soldier. 

That soldier, Staff Sergeant Dolph Bezoier of Minneapolis (now of Zumbrota), had given candy to the woman and her twin brother at Grandcamp, France, in August, 1944. In late May 2014, Bezoier, now 90 years old, and his wife Ursula received a card from Ghislaine d’Argenton sending her thoughts “to Minnesota for the seventieth anniversary of D-Day.” Ghislaine was the girl Bezoier first met at Grandcamp seven decades ago.

First time at Normandy

Wed
18
Jun
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After nearly 60 years on Zumbrota's Main Street, Lois Lerfald still has no plans to retire


Lois Lerfald has only had four employers while working nearly 60 years on Zumbrota’s Main Street. Steve Matthees at Matthees’ Midtown Shell has been her employer since July 2007. The business, located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main and Fifth Streets in downtown Zumbrota, is the same location where she began working for Robert Seely at Zumbrota Motors on October 8, 1954.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Not many people can say they are working in the same town where they began their career nearly six decades ago. Even fewer can say they have worked on the same street or are working at the same location where they started. Though Lois Lerfald had two short absences during her long career, you will find her working 25 hours a week at Matthees Midtown Shell and Food Mart at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets in Zumbrota – the same site where she started working on October 8, 1954.

Lerfald (maiden name Lange) was raised on a farm by Racine and graduated from Stewartville High School on June 4, 1954. By that time she was already dating her future husband, Clinton Lerfald of Zumbrota. The couple met at a dance in Racine. 

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Community Band Festival is June 22

ZUMBROTA – The Zumbrota Community Band will host its biannual Community Band Festival in conjunction with the Covered Bridge Festival on Sunday, June 22, at the East Park band shell (between 6th and 7th streets on East Avenue), beginning at noon.  The concerts are free to the public.  The festival is partially funded by a grant from the Zumbrota Community Trust. 

Four metro bands will be returning for repeat performances this year. Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band entertained audiences here in 2006, 2008, and 2010.  True to their name, the group plays a varied repertoire.  Their philosophy is that playing in an instrumental music ensemble should be a rewarding lifelong experience.  Their roster includes 80 members ranging in age from the teens to the eighties. 

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11
Jun
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Street maintenance planned in Mazeppa

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – At the June 4 Mazeppa City Council meeting, City Administrator Duane Hofschulte said Fahrner Asphalt will be doing street chip and crack sealing work this summer. Summit, South, Birch, Cedar, 2nd, and Oak Streets will be worked on. The project cost is estimated at $68,000. 

The city looked into correcting the corner of Oak Street and old Betcher Road. Last year the road was damaged when a resident bladed the gravel road without permission. It trying address the issue of widening of the road, underground telephone lines were detected just under the surface. The road cannot be dug up because if the fiberoptic lines are damaged, it could be costly. Prior to the road being damaged, sod was preventing erosion on the boulevard. Now that the sod is gone Public Works Director Larry Zielsdorf will look into obtaining a fast-growing ground cover to prevent further erosion. 

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11
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Clemenson is Zumbrota's new police officer


Shannon Clemenson recently became a full-time patrol officer with the Zumbrota Police Department.

By Marilyn Anderson

ZUMBROTA – Since being hired May 15 by the Zumbrota City Council for the open full-time Zumbrota Police Department (ZPD) officer position, Shannon Clemenson has been busy visiting the businesses and meeting the people of the town. The open position was the result of the recent retirement of long time officer Eugene Leifeld.

Clemenson is not a newcomer to Zumbrota or to police work. The former Shannon Harvey of Mazeppa, Clemenson graduated in 2004 from Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School. Though she initially pursued a nursing degree at Winona State University, “it didn’t click like I wanted.” With a college friend’s law enforcement classes interesting Clemenson, she also recalled her future job ranked “among my top six during Ms. Hawbaker’s high school career class.” Clemenson graduated from WSU in 2008 with bachelor of science degrees in criminal justice and corrections. 

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04
Jun
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The D-Day invasion was 70 years ago


Arnold Lohman, a 1935 Zumbrota High School graduate, was among those from Zumbrota who died during World War II. He was killed in December of 1944 and is buried in France.

By Wayne Anderson

It was 70 years ago on June 6, 1944, that D-Day took place and really turned the tide of World War II in Europe. It is hard to conceive the large scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of Nazi domination.

Operation Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before and since that date. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 planes, and over 150,000 soldiers. After about two years of careful planning and endless training for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: the boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first soldiers entered the water carrying about eighty pounds of gear. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature that would offer them protection. There was much small-arms fire and artillery and they found themselves in a type of living hell.

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Music in the Park series begins June 10

ZUMBROTA – Les Field’s Turkey River All-Stars will lead off the summer Tuesday Music in the Park series on Tuesday, June 10 in East Park, starting at 7 p.m.

It will be the first of eight weekly concerts featuring a variety of musical performers including old time, jazz, big band, and classical guitar along with the Dixieland sounds of the All-Stars.

New this summer  is the Farmers Market, which will be set up in East Park from 4-8 p.m. each Tuesday, giving concert-goers the opportunity to purchase a variety of items including fresh produce, plants, flowers, Firebrick breads, meat, and pizza baked on location.

The complete summer concert schedule is as follows:

• June 10 – Les Field’s Turkey River All-Stars 

• June 17 – 2 O’Clock Jump 

• June 24 – The Polka Dots

• July 1 – Zumbrota Community Band 

• July 8 – CBB Jazz Group 

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Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival is June 19-22

ZUMBROTA – Mark your calendar for the weekend of June 19 -22 for the 2014 Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival. 

Start off the fun Thursday evening downtown on Main Street with Rock the Block, sponsored by the Zumbrota Business Group. Sidewalks will be buzzing with sales, food vendors, and entertainment.

Then on Friday you can take your family out for supper at the old fashioned Car-Hop at the United Redeemer Church parking lot (560 3rd St W).  The Zumbrota Area Arts Council  is hosting Family Movie Night at the historic State Theatre (96 4th St E) with a 7 p.m. screening of Up.  Those of us who are old enough can head on down to the VFW (25 1st St E) for its Friday night free street dance featuring “The Fields.”  

Saturday is full of activities, starting with the annual Covered Bridge 5K Fun Run, a fundraiser to help support the Goodhue Pioneer Trail.

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