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St. Thomas News
05/21/19 01:07 PM
2019 May 20 St. Thomas News

There will be Mass on Memorial Day, Thursday 27th, with Father Hessian, at 9:00 a. m. Weather permitting, Father blesses the graves of our Dearly Departed, following Mass. Father Hessian will also say a Mass on Saturday, June 15th, at 5:00 p. m.

Masses at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur are Saturdays at 5:15 p. m., Sundays 8 and 10:30 a. m.

Paul Schwartz graduated with honors, with a degree in Law Enforcement last Wednesday
from Alexandria Tech College. Paul is the son of Mary Schwartz, and one of the Pioneer Power Steam guys.

We are humbled by the crowd who showed up for the Birthday Party Sunday afternoon and for the donations given to the charities chosen. We are so blessed to have family, friends, pool pals, and Bingo buddies, Pioneer Power members, nice neighbors, dedicated KCHK listeners and St. Thomas readers. Our appreciation to the Good Lord for the cool damp and rainy weather. It kept farmers out of the fields. The Roadhaus’s dedicated staff and of course, St. Thomas and Henderson folks. Tom’s sister, Sheila Patterson from Plano, Texas, came the farthest. Many reached deep into their pockets to help the unfortunate.

Our choices, for the Sibley County Cancer Cruise, non-profit, locally based and everybody knows or knew somebody with the dreaded disease. The Smile Network is a Minnesota based, non-profit organization, Henderson has the Ugly Sweater Contest. This provides free life-altering surgeries to children around the world, correcting cleft-palates. I enjoyed visiting, watching folks and hearing our beautiful granddaughters, Katie, Anna, and Madelyn ask “Grandma, will you dance with me?”

Overheard over the music of The Charlie Sticha Band: “Who’s ‘cuttin’ the rug’ with Carolyn Burns? After a glance, “That would be Father Hessian.”
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Henderson RoadHaus
05/16/19 03:55 PM
Freshly baked Strawberry cupcakes ! Available now!
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05/16/19 03:54 PM
Thursday lunch specials !

Cheeseburger w/ onion rings $8.25

Turkey club sandwich w/ seasoned fries $8.35

Soup:
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy cabbage

Royal truffle layer cake ! Available now !
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Henderson RoadHaus
05/15/19 04:28 PM
Wednesday lunch specials !
Tuna melt w / tots $ 8.25
Clubhouse w/ soup $ 9.95
Sunrise burger w/ fries $10.95

Soup:
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy cabbage
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St. Thomas News
05/14/19 01:34 PM

There will be Mass on Memorial Day, May 27th, with Fr. Hessian, at 9:00 a. m. Weather permitting, Father blesses the graves of our Dearly Departed at this time, after Mass.

Fr. Hessian will also say a Mass on Saturday, June 15th, at 5:00 p. m.

Masses at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur are Saturdays at 5:15 p. m., Sundays 8 and 10:30 a. m.

Mark Welter passed away November 29, 2019. Burial took place at in Le Sueur at Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by the Le Sueur Military Guard. Many of Marks efforts showed his love and commitment to increase the awareness of today’s problems. “Unless we learn to live together as brothers and sisters, we die together as fools.” His passion in life was global history and teaching. Mark was a humorously, brilliant speaker, and highly respected by all who knew him. Fran Byrne Tiegs, Darlene Holtz and Ed Burns are classmates of Mark’s.

Jim Koller, the son of George and Mary Jo Koller, passed away May 9. Jim served in the United States Air Force and lived many years in Cotton, Mn. Our sympathies to his family. He graduated from Le Sueur’s “Class of 67” along with John May, Lynn Regan, Tom Doherty, Jim Denzer, John May and Loni Burns.

Fran Tiegs spent several days with old neighbors, Hugo and Helen O’Neill Leider in Duluth, and visited Fred and Jeanne Luskey. They had a grand time.

Declan O’Connell celebrated his 10th birthday on Saturday with friends and family. Happy Birthday Declan!

Many celebrated Mothers Day here in St. Thomas by partying with their families or visiting their graves, and some did both.

Congratulations to Dr. Larry Wolff, a periodontal specialist at Northpark Dental, who was “recently honored by the University of Minnesota for his outstanding career in teaching dental students and serving the University in so many ways, including ten years as chairman of the Department of Developmental and Surgical Services. We are honored to have had him on our staff for over 30 years. He is also the most uniquely friendly, thoughtful, considerate, and positive individual that you would ever hope to meet! Congratulations, Larry!”

MARTHA MAY IS RETIRING! 45 years at Le Sueur’s First Farmers & Merchants Bank.
We wish John and Martha the best in her retirement. Many celebrated on May 17th at the bank with coffee and cake. Libations later. Proud to say, Larry and Martha are this writers first cousins on our St. Thomas Tree.

Bragging Rights: Natalie Elfstrand, granddaughter of Diane Burns and Dale Ruhland, has earned a BBA in marketing from U of M Duluth, and Natalie is our great niece.

Reminder: We are celebrating our birthdays together on May 19th at the Roadhaus Event Center.
Dedicated Readers, Listeners, Friends, Family, Neighbors and Nice folks, Welcome. Charlie Sticha Band will be entertaining. Tom and Loni Graham.
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Henderson RoadHaus
05/09/19 04:09 PM
Thursday lunch specials !

Grilled turkey & swiss w/ tots $8.25

California mushroom & swiss burger w/ seasoned fries $ 10.95
Soup :
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy tomato
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Henderson RoadHaus
05/08/19 04:09 PM
Thursday lunch specials:
Bbq bacon cheeseburger w/ tots $9.95
BLT w/ a cup of soup $ 8.95

Soup:
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy tomato
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05/07/19 01:37 PM



There will be Mass on Memorial Day, May 27th, with Fr. Hessian, at 9:00 a. m. Weather permitting, Father blesses the graves of our Dearly Departed at this time, after Mass.

Fr. Hessian will also say a Mass on Saturday, June 15th, at 5:00 p.m.

Masses at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur are Saturdays at 5:15 p. m., Sundays 8 and 10:30 a. m

Helen Meger passed away in Le Center on May 5th. Robert “Bud” and Helen, well known for owning Hosta Heaven, lived on the farm where The Log Church of Derrynane was located on the Heidelberg side of St. Thomas. Our sympathies to Bud and Helen’s family, especially the Plonski nephews, Greg, Dan and Jim, who grew to adulthood on the Le Sueur side of St. Thomas.

The Retka girls are on the go! Catherine, Julie, Amy, Audrey thoroughly enjoyed the Garth Brooks Show Friday evening at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Audrey also enjoyed the PINK Concert Saturday night with friends at the Fargo Dome in Fargo.

Jim Walker sent news from the New Prague Races on Saturday May 4th. In the half marathon from St. Thomas area was Max Sullivan's son Mickey who placed 12th overall. Also running in the half marathon were Mark Tye, Andy Meger and Father Chris Schofner.  Bob Connelly ran in the 10K. In the 5K, Grady Connelly ran and placed first in his age group, Ryan Connelly placed 3rd. Also running was Dad, Joey Connelly. Jim Walker was the oldest runner entered in the race and he placed 1st in his age group because he was the only one in that age group. LuAnn Walker and Merrisue Walker Minar also ran in the 5K with their Dad. After the race, Jim went out to the lake to help put docks in and then home for a nap. On Sunday, Mary and Jim attended their Great Grandson Jack Rosival's  First Communion at Holy Redeemer.

Cole Vlasak, our grandson, Corey’s son from Eden Prairie, graduated in a commencement program at Concordia College on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Memorial Auditorium in Moorhead, Minnesota. The speaker was great and Irish, Mr. Colum McCann on “Empathy into Action: Understanding the Lives of others”. Cole has finished his internship in Cardiac Rehab. When asked ‘What are you going to do now, Cole?’ Just like his dad, he joked, “Go pro on video games, Grandma.”

He’s not royalty, but he might as well be. Michael and Dorothy Koller are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy! George Michael on May 2 at 5:45 am. He’s 8 pounds and 20 inches long. I stand corrected. Grandma Colleen says, “He is Royalty!”... and Duke Michael and Duchess Dorothy are doing fine.
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Henderson RoadHaus
05/06/19 03:32 PM
Monday lunch specials:

Fish basket w/ tots $8.95

Tuna melt w/ tots $8.95
Soup:
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy potato & bacon
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05/02/19 03:55 PM
Plant orders can still be placed through the weekend! Stop by the library or the Friends of the Library book sale to place an order.
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Henderson RoadHaus
05/02/19 03:49 PM

2 piece broasted chicken w/ fries

White: $9.95
Dark: $8.95

Bbq bacon cheeseburger w/ tots $9.95

Hot Ham & swiss w/ seasoned fries $9.95

Soup:
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy potato & bacon
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Henderson Community Announcements & Events
05/02/19 12:55 AM
2019 Garage Sales


• Fred Wentzlaff Multi-family, 125 N. 8th St. Everything from babies to antiques & everything in between.

• Bender’s True Value Multi-family, 527 West Main shed, Honda Helix, furniture, BowFlex, New Merchandise

• Betty Dupay, 31148 Scenic Byway, household, guy stuff, etc.

• Brenno, 100 N. 8th St. furniture, kids stuff

• Fries Multi-family, 263 MapleRidge Dr. household, kids items

• Roger Pivec, 502 Ridge Road, antiques, collectibles and miscellaneous

• Centennial Lutheran Church, 701 Locust St. Something for everyone, lunch and bake sale

• Doug & Dee Thomas, 32372 Scenic Byway, furniture, glassware & cupboards

• Sally Reinitz, UCC church parking lot, starter plants, vegetables, tomatoes, peppers & bedding flowers

• Jeff Steinborn, 106 N. 5th St. New baby stroller, carseat, CDs, electronics, mini fridge, window ac, space heaters

• Sara Effertz, 613 Beverly Circle, tools, snowblowers, outdoor benches and antiques

• Evelyn Tiegs Estate Sale, 503 Ridge Road, 2011 Ford Truck, furniture, household & antiques

• Norma Segler Multi-family, 1005 Fort Road, baby-adult clothing, furniture, crafts & lots of stuff

• Friends of the Library, 110 S. 6th St. Book sale and plant sale

• Larry Ross, 502 N. 6th St. Classic Car Stuff, household

• Connie Rau Multi-family, 510 N. 7th St. Men’s hunting clothes, boys clothes 4-10, antiques

• Gary Madden Estate Sale, 150 Woodland Drive, antique night stand, makeup stand, curio cabinet

• Ken & Sue Wilson, 325 MapleRidge Drive, portable dog kennels, bedding & tools

• Pat Steckman, 507 Main St. Alley

• Heart of Henderson, 501 Main St, thousands of items, tools & furniture

• Vic Lueders, 412 N. 7th. Wood desk, roasters, outdoor carpet, ladders

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Obituaries
05/01/19 05:13 PM
Carl Henry Bird, age 77 of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Sunday, April 28, 2019. A visitation will be held Friday, May 3, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 833 S. Marschall Rd., Shakopee. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12 Noon with a visitation one-hour prior all at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 12700 Marystown Rd., Shakopee. Carl will be laid to rest at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Arlington. Pastor John Stelljes will preside.
On November 25, 1941, Carl was born at home to parents Henry and Helena (Fries) Bird. From a young age, Carl appreciated the outdoors—he was always hunting, fishing, trapping, and spending time outside.
Carl attended school in Henderson before enlisting in the United States Air Force. During his time at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Carl quickly grew to love the West. He enjoyed prospecting, rock collecting, and exploring the discontinued mine shafts in the desert.
While stationed in Nevada, Carl began corresponding through letters with Sharon Wittenberg. Their friendship turned to love, and they were soon married on June 21, 1963 at Zion Lutheran Church in Winthrop. This union was blessed with 55 years of marriage and a loving family.
After living briefly in Nevada and St. Paul, Carl & Sharon settled in Shakopee. Carl worked odd jobs before starting a 36-year career with Waldorf Paper Mill. He began as a laborer but ended his career as a foreman. Carl was a hard worker and never stayed idle. In his free time, he made homemade wine and salsa that was simply too hot to enjoy. Along with Sharon, he grew a large garden and raised chickens, rabbits, geese, and ducks.
Carl was a family man! He was generous with his time and talents—if there was something to be fixed, he would take care of it. The family enjoyed visiting family in Henderson and Glencoe and traveling, especially going out West on their bi-annual road trip. Whatever they did, Carl was sure to get the family outside. Even in the winter, the family went outdoors for snowmobiling.
Later in life, Carl took the time to take his grandchildren on adventures, especially fishing and family camping trips. He also helped them with school projects and taught his oldest granddaughter to drive. He especially loved being a great-grandpa!
A faithful man, Carl dedicated his time to his church. He assisted at the church smelt fry, pancake breakfasts, and served on the church council. Carl was most honored to help as a Pioneer Leader, taking children on camping trips.
Carl is loved and missed by his daughter, Myra (Chuck) Cappuccino; son, Bradley (Dawn) Bird; grandchildren, Ashley Cappuccino, Alexandra Cappuccino, Ellen Bird, Wyatt Bird, Samuel Bird; great-granddaughter, Alison Kish; siblings, Lois Schauer, Gloria (Roger) Hilgers, Judy (Jim Sr.) Madden, Carol (Ron) Otto; brothers-in-law, Clint Westphal and Dave Mathwig; many other loving relatives and friends.
Carl is reunited in heaven with his wife, Sharon Bird; granddaughter, Jenna Bird; siblings Phyllis Westphal, Milan Bird, Debra Mathwig; brothers-in-law, Dennis Schauer and Wally Oelfke.
Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee.
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St. Thomas News
04/30/19 03:36 PM
2019 April 29 St. Thomas News

Masses at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur are Saturdays at 5:15 p. m., Sundays 8 and 10:30 a. m

Welcome home, Father Roger Hessian.

Many from all over the United States showed up for Le Sueur County’s Pioneer Power Swap Meet this weekend, for the Pancake Sausage Breakfast, to mingle with other fine folks who attended and to find treasures, treasures...treasures. Bruce, Kathy and Aaron Halloran, Jim Walker, Kenny O, Bill Brown, T. C., and Davie, were a few St. Thomas folks seen on Saturday. There were many, many more...

A good crowd celebrated Founder’s Day by attending The Shamrock Division of the Ancient Order Hibernian Mass at Jessenland’s St. Thomas Church and following mass, lively Irish entertainment at the Edgewood Farm. Among the many were Dr. Tim Halloran, Dick O’Connell, Greg and Meghan Graham and Terry and Megan Turek were present to enjoy the evening.

The Le Sueur Sheriff’s office and Le Center Fire Depart assisted with the extrication of Joe Schatz from under his rolled over tractor Wednesday morning. Ambulance and North Air Care assisted in the tragic fatal accident. Joe was united in marriage to Carol O’Connell on February 6th, 1971, here at St. Thomas. Carol is a daughter of Pat and Lorraine’s. Joe had the good sense to marry a St. Thomas girl. Like his Mom and Dad, Joe was a family man, a friendly fellow who thoroughly enjoyed visiting with people, and just like his Dad, we called him “Joe the butcher”. This writer’s favorite place to see Joe and Carol was at their ‘Pork and Dumplings’ stand in New Prague on Dozinky. Our sympathies to Carol and their children; Lonnie and Sue Schatz, Brian and Jamie, and grandchildren, Regan, Amelia, Stuart, Theadore, Thomas, Lexi, and Jadin; Our sympathies also to Joe’s siblings Ty, Tony, Steve, Mary, Annette, John, and Margaret. Joe was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lexington.

“Ollie” Prochaska passed away Friday, April 19th. He was born to Louis and Amelia Prochaska, educated in Montgomery, served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952, and on October 8, 1955 Ollie, also married a St. Thomas girl, Margie Kilduff, here in St. Thomas. Our sympathies to their children; Paula Hoy of Texas, Patty Boe of Plymouth, Terry of Shakopee, Tim of Red Wing and their families. Interment at St. Scholastica Cemetery in Heidelberg with Millitary Honors provided by the Montgomery Honor Guard.

Amie Pianko Fogarty was a St. Thomas girl until she married Dave Fogarty. Amie was born to Henry and Mary Pianko in 1921. She was a career girl in administrative business with many hobbies. She was laid to rest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Our sympathies to family and her many friends.

Richard Meger was born March 8,1930 to Paul and Julia Plonski Meger and passed away April 23, 2019. Richard was united in marriage to Gert Neisen June 30, 1953 at St. John’s in Union Hill for 64 devoted years. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lexington. Our sympathies to their family; Connie and Greg, Maureen and John, Bev and Terry, Rick and Lori, Pete and Barb, Judy and Brett, Joanne and Paul, especially... Chuck, Bill and Lisa of St. Thomas.
Many enjoyed Dale Ruhland’s Surprise 70th Birthday Party at Imminent Brewing in Northfield on the 29th of April. Birthday greetings also to his brother Gary whose day is on May 1st.. And to our dear friend, Peggy Sullivan, one of the classiest ladies we know.


Tom Graham’s birthday is April 13, 1949. Loni's is June 30, 1949. They are celebrating the big 70th on May 19. 3 to 7. Fun. food, drinks and dancing! Music by the Charlie Sticha Band!  Family, friends , and neighbors...Kids welcome! NO GIFTS PLEASE! Inappropriate cards welcome (for Tom only).
Donations accepted for the SMILE NETWORK and the SIBLEY COUNTY CANCER CRUISE.
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Henderson RoadHaus
04/30/19 03:14 PM
Cheeseburger
W/Onion Rings
$8.95

Fish basket
W/Fry's
$8.50

1/2 Chicken salad sandwich
W/cup of soup
$8.95
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04/29/19 03:29 PM

Chicken salad sandwich w/lattice chips $ 8.25

Fish basket w/ fries & a side of mac-n-cheese $ 8.25

Soup:
Chicken wild rice
Sweet chili
Creamy potato
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