The Morrison County Record Covering community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the Morrison County, Minnesota. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:50:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vogtlin / Winscher Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:30:40 +0000

Wed - Vogtlin-WinsherPeggy Vogtlin and Curt Winscher were married Aug. 30, 2014, at the Alice Winscher Farm (Alices Attic) near Royalton, with ordained-minister Sandy Shore officiating at the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Alan and Lyla Vogtlin and Roy and Karen Winscher.
Attending as matron of honor was Billie Warzecha. Bridesmaids were Joanie Vogtlin, Becky Przybilla, Kaila Current, Sarah Plumski and Jenny Gall.
Grooms attendants were Spud Winscher, best man; Jamie Bauer, Jeff Winscher, Eric Hegna, Sub Warczecha and Matt Przybilla.
The reception, dinner and dance were held at Alices Atic.
The couple is at home near Buckman. They are planning a European cruise this spring.
The groom is employed with his family at Winscher Family Farms and the bride is a 2008 graduate of St. Cloud Technical College as a LPN and is employed at the Pierz Villa.

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Jury finds Alderman Crowder not guilty on all three counts Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:14:45 +0000 Tuesday, after five hours of deliberation, six jurors found Alderman Brian-Paul K. Crowder, not guilty of fifth degree assault, disorderly conduct and damage to property. The charges stemmed from an altercation with Charlie Sprandel, May 24, in the Oakland Cemetery.

The trial started yesterday (September 22). Sprandel and Crowder testified yesterday, as did Little Falls Police Officer David Stevenson and Little Falls Police Captain Kyle Johnson, as well as Brad Bellamy, a caretaker at the cemetery.

No witnesses were called this morning, but the court heard closing arguments from Morrison County Assistant Attorney Todd Kosovich and defense attorney Jeff Skonseng.

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Sales and Hanson named Swanville King and Queen Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:00:21 +0000 Swanville-queen-and-kingSwanville High School announced Jordan Sales, left, son of Bruce and Chris Sales, and Danica Hanson, daughter of Dan Hanson and Evelyn Hopko, were crowned as homecoming king and queen Sunday, Sept. 21. They will preside over weeklong activities including: Monday, the dress up day is “Would you still be my friend if I dressed like this?” On Tuesday, the dress up day is Rodeo or Rodéo. Tuesday evening varsity volleyball will battle at Osakis. Wednesday is class color day. The classes will spend the afternoon competing in homecoming Olympics. This has become a tradition where classes compete against each other in relay races and other quirky events to determine a champion. Thursday is generation day. Seniors will dress as senior citizens, juniors will dress as middle aged, sophomores will dress as college students, freshmen will dress as a pre-teenager and junior high will dress as infants or toddlers. Thursday evening Swanville will host the Long Prairie Grey Eagle Thunder for volleyball. Friday, everyone will show their school spirit for spirit day. The homecoming football game is in Upsala at 3:30 p.m., with the USA football team hosting the Royalton Royals. The homecoming dance will be in the Swanville High School commons area Friday evening, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. with Redneck Radio as the deejay.


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Kleinjan / Pooler Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:31:03 +0000 Kleinjan / Pooler

Tom and Brenda Hudinsky of Rockford, MN are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra Kleinjan, to Matthew Pooler, son of Craig and Jackie Pooler of Little Falls.

Cass is employed as an Executive Administrative Assistant at TCF in Wayzata, and is also pursuing a degree in Accounting at St.Catherine University in St.Paul.

Matt is employed by MNDOT as a Senior Engineer in Bridge Design.

An October wedding is planned.

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Sofia Muyres Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:30:58 +0000 Sofia   Muyres

Loving Mother

Sofia Muyres, age 95, of Hillman, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Foley Nursing Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, Brennyville. The Rev. Leo Moenkedick will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Foley Funeral Home in Foley and one hour prior to the service at the church. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Sofia Muyres was born June 24, 1919 in Alberta Township, Benton Co. to Frank and Theresa (Wojciak) Stolarczyk. She married Arnold N. Muyres on September 25, 1940 at St. Elizabeths Catholic Church. She grew up in Granite Ledge Township, Benton County. The couple lived and farmed for many years in Lakin Township, Morrison County. Sofia lived on this farm for 74 years. During World War II, she worked in Minneapolis making torpedo parts. Afterward she worked for Fingerhut in St. Cloud for more than 20 years before retiring at age 65. Sofia was an active member of St. Elizabeths Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers, both in quilting and bazaar work for many years. Sofia made over a thousand sun dresses from donated materials for the St. Cloud Diocese Support Missions in Central American and Africa. She enjoyed baking, quilting, sewing and tending to her flowers.
She is survived by her sons and daughters, Keith (Julene) of St. Cloud, Celeste Muyres-Lehn of Albertville, Blaine of Minneapolis and Candice (Charles) Stuber of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Laura (Marc) Macke, Daniel (Josie) Muyres and Jeffery (Jenny) Bouma and six great-grandchildren, Joe and Kate Macke, Madeline and Lydia Muyres, Morgen and Landen Bouma; sisters-in-law, Dolores Stolarczyk of Minneapolis, Beata (Pete) Gohl of Pierz and brother-in-law, Hubert Muyres of Modesto, CA. She also leaves many loving relatives, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold, Nov. 14, 1987; sisters, Rosalia (George) Prebish, Theresa (Felix) Rhoda, Delphine (Max) Fenna and Regina (William) Hoffman; brothers, Louis (Lillian), Aloise (Katherine) and John; sisters-in-law, Phala Muyres and Rosemary Fussy; brother-in-law, Roman Fussy; son-in-law, Jerry Lehn and one great-grandchild, Megan Ann Muyres.

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Absentee voting ‘without excuse’ under way across Minnesota Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:49:34 +0000 By Nathan Sommer, Murphy News

Absentee voting has officially opened across the state for the Nov. 4 general election, and for the first time, registered voters are not required to provide a reason for voting early.

According to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, voters have the option to vote prior to Nov. 3 in person at their local election office or online, where they can submit a request to have their ballot mailed to them. Voters also have the choice to download their ballot at home and submit it via mail, email, fax or personal delivery.

“We all have busy schedules that can make it a challenge to get to the polling place on Election Day,” said Ritchie. “Now there is a clear path for eligible voters to use an absentee ballot to cast their ballot early and on their own schedule.”

In order to request a ballot online, voters must visit This website serves as the online hub of voter tools for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and is intended to allow registered voters to apply for their absentee ballots efficiently without having to print or scan documents and then return them via mail, fax or email.

Once a request has been submitted, voters can track the status of their absentee ballot on the “Absentee & Mail Ballot Lookup” section of the Secretary of State’s website ( Here they can find out if and when their ballot has been mailed to them and if their completed ballot has been received and accepted by their local or county elections office.

Registered absentee voters have until Monday, Nov. 3 to vote in person at their local polling place. This will also be the day that those who requested to vote early by mail will receive their ballot.

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of the State says 8,023 eligible voters have been successfully registered to vote or have updated their information since the online voting tool was introduced at in September 2013 and that 598 additional absentee ballot requests are currently being processed.

The pre-registration deadline for the general election is Oct. 14. Eligible voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote online at to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Residents with additional questions can contact their city hall, their county elections office, or visit

Nathan Sommer is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota.


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Pierz announces homecoming candidates Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:41:47 +0000 Pierz-Homecoming-Queen-and-King-candidatesPierz Healy High School announced its candidates for homecoming 2014. They include (from left): Theresa Stuckmayer, Basil Harrington, Zaryn Fleischhacker, Robbie Skiba, Kendra Fischer, Ethan Lochner, Beth Oldakowski, Kyle Becker, Sarah Detschman and Daniel Poegel. Coronation will take place Monday, Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the MAC at Pierz Healy High. The queen and king will preside over weeklong festivities including dress up days: Monday – ‘Merica Monday; Tuesday – Tacky Tourist Tuesday; Wednesday – Way Back When Wednesday; Thursday – Color Wars; and Friday – Spirit Day. A pepfest is planned for 12:45 p.m. in the PAC Thursday. The homecoming football game with the theme “Have Fearz … We’re Pierz!!” takes place Friday night vs. Eden Valley Watkins, at 7 p.m. A dance follows the game until midnight.

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Bowlus/Opole/Rice/North Prairie Area Auction • Saturday, October 4th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:26:30 +0000 Real Estate & Personal Property Auction • 9:30 a.m.

W of Royalton 3-1/2 miles on CR 26, then 1-1/2 miles S on CR 26, then 1-1/2 miles S on CR 25, then 1/2 mile W on CR 21, then 1/2 mile S on 140th Ave.

Mitchell-Przybilla Auction Co.

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Swanville/Long Lake Area Auction • Sunday, September 28th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:12:21 +0000 Real Estate & Personal Property Auction • 12:30 p.m.

3/4 miles SW of Swanville on Hwy. 28, then 3.5 miles W on CR 104, then 300 ft. W on Enchanted Loop

Mid-American Auction Co.

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Sauk Rapids Area Auction • Sunday, September 28th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:08:19 +0000 Estate Auction • 12 Noon

5579 Golden Spike Rd, Sauk Rapids. 5.5 miles NE of Sauk Rpaids on Golden Spike Rd or 4.5 miles W of Foley on CR 4 to Popple Creek then 2 miles SW on Golden Spike Rd

Meagher Auctioneers

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Hillman Area Auction • Sunday, September 28th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:05:02 +0000 Ranch Estate Auction • 10:00 a.m.

13762 Sage Road, Hillman

Reinhardt Auctions

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Consignment Auction • Sunday, September 28th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:02:32 +0000 Daggett Brook Auction • 10:00 a.m.

from Jct. 25 & 18 in Brainerd 11 miles S on 25, then 2 miles E on CR 2, then 2-1/2 miles S on CR 23 or 9-1/2 miles N of Lastrup on CR 23

Schubert Auctioneers

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Motley/Pillager Area Auction • Saturday, September 27th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:59:30 +0000 Real Estate, Farm Equipment, Hay & Misc. Auction • 10:00 a.m.

4 miles N of Motley on Hwy 64, then 5 miles W on CR34, then 1 mile S on 49th Ave SW and 4/10 mile E on 116th St SW #04749

Mid-American Auction Co.

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Merrifield Area Auction • Saturday, September 27th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:55:23 +0000 Business Sell-Out Auction • 10:00 a.m.

21978 CR 3, Merrifield, from E Brainerd follow CR 3 to Merrifield, from Crosslake S on CR3 to Merrifield

Mohs Auctions

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Willmar/Blomkest Area Auction • Thursday, September 25th Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000 Farm Retirement Auction • 10:00 a.m.

11 miles S of Willmar on Hwy 71 or from Int of Hwy 71 & 47 approx 2 miles N on Hwy 71, then 1 mile W on CR 80, then 1/4 mile N on 15th St

Henslin Auctions

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George P. Wetzel, Sr. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:38:06 +0000 George P.   Wetzel, Sr.

Honorable Judge

The Honorable Judge George P. Wetzel, Sr., age 93, of Little Falls, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Fr. Joe Herzing officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, and 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 all at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls.
Judge George P. Wetzel, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late Earl and Frances (Fortier) Wetzel. George was born March 3, 1921, in Little Falls. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Minnesota. During law school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as our country entered World War II. He fought bravely in the Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the famous flag raising on Mt. Suribachi. After the war, he returned to the University of Minnesota and completed law school. He practiced law in Little Falls with his uncle Charles Fortier, and for a short time in Wadena. In 1950, George joined the FBI and worked in Tennessee, New York City and Alaska. He returned to Little Falls in 1954 and resumed the practice of law. He served two terms in the Minnesota State Legislature representing Morrison County from 1956 to 1960. In 1971, George was appointed to the bench as Probate Judge for Morrison County. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Morrison County Judge and later, 7th District Judge. He served on the bench until his retirement in 1987. For several years after, he worked as a part-time judge filling vacancies across the 7th Judicial District.
Throughout his life, George was an avid sports fan and duck hunter. Most of all, he loved time spent with his family.
George is survived by his wife, Erna Mae (Meyer) Wetzel; his five children, Denise (Alan) Langworthy, George P. Wetzel, Jr., Michel (Jodi) Wetzel, Sr., Valerie (Anthony) Kula and Antoinette Toni Wetzel; and his eight loving grandchildren, Michel Wetzel, Jr., Joseph Kula, Paige Wetzel, Shannon Tracy, Molly Kula, Holly Brown, Elizabeth Kula, and Thomas Kula.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Frances (Fortier) Wetzel, Sr.; and two brothers, John Wetzel, Sr. and Dr. Earl Wetzel, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Flyer Athletic Boosters (FAB).

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Patricia Pat A. Meierhofer Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:38:01 +0000 Patricia Pat A.   Meierhofer

Patricia Pat A. Meierhofer, age 78, of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Little Falls with Fr. Jeremy Ploof officiating.
Visitation will continue at the funeral home Monday, Sept. 22 from 10.m. 11 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls
Patricia Pat Ann Zwilling was born Oct. 21, 1935, in Little Falls, the daughter of Charles and Lidwina (Goblirsch) Zwilling. She grew up in Swanville and graduated from Swanville High School with the Class of 1952. Following her schooling, Pat worked in Minneapolis for four years. She returned to Little Falls and worked at the Broadway Clinic for five years. She met and was united in marriage to Wilfred Wil Meierhofer, Nov. 24, 1960. The couple moved to Browerville, then to Wadena where Pat worked various jobs and then to Staples where she worked for three years at the Staples Vo-Tech School. Pat and Wil moved back to Little Falls and worked in the real estate business for 10 years. Wil died Nov. 10, 1990, and Pat continued living in Little Falls. She worked for St. Marys Catholic Parish from 1986 to 1994. In 1994, she moved to St. Stephen, where she worked for St. Stephens Parish retiring in 2002. Following her retirement, Pat moved to Sartell for several years and in 2009 moved back to Little Falls where she resided at the time of her death. Pat enjoyed spending winters in Laguna Vista, Texas, needlework, quilting and playing cards, especially, bridge. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Little Falls and the Christian Mothers.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Lisa (Tom) Hanowski of Little Falls, Gregg Meierhofer of Brainerd, Jim (Robyn Young) Meierhofer of Little Falls and Kristi (Chad) Swisher of Plymouth; grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica, Mark and Michael Hanowski, Andrew Meierhofer, Rachel, Cole and Jenna Swisher and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lidwina Zwilling; and her husband, Wil.

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Lisa D. Gerads Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:37:43 +0000 Lisa D.   Gerads

Lisa D. Gerads, 45, a resident of Opole, passed away Sept. 18, 2014.

The Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in St. Stephen. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. There will be a visitation from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday and again after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Stephen Parish Hall. St. Stephen parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the parish hall.
Lisa was born Aug. 21, 1969, in St. Cloud to Kenneth and Marie (Aronson) Roering. She grew up in the Holdingford area. She married Randy Gerads, June 4, 1988, in St. Marys Catholic Church in Holdingford. The couple farmed together near Opole. Lisa enjoyed being outdoors in her garden, camping and fishing. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children. She was a member of the St. Stephen Catholic Church.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Randy Gerads of Opole; her mother, Marie Roering of Holdingford; her children, Justin, Ben and Lexi, all at home; and her brothers and sisters, Joan (Clint) Nelson of Foley, John Roering of Albany, Cindy (Wayne) Norberg of Royalton, Eugene Roering of Opole, Jim Roering of Elmdale, Jenny (Jason) Zwilling of Sauk Rapids, Judy (Robby) Schiffler of Albany, Josh Roering of Bowlus and Becky (Jeremiah) Smith of Albany.
Lisa is preceded in death by her grandparents; and her father, Kenneth.

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Upsala crowns Westrich and George as homecoming queen and king Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:24:23 +0000 Upsala-homecoming-king-and-queenDuring homecoming coronation Sunday, Sept. 21, Upsala chose Brooke Westrich, left, and Chris George to preside over week-long homecoming festivities. Activities for the week include a tennis match in Long Prairie against Melrose Monday, as well as a volleyball match in Holdingford. Tuesday, Jam the Gym night will be held when the volleyball team takes on Royalton at home. Thursday, the volleyball team travels to West Central and the tennis team matches up against Pierz in Long Prairie. Friday is “Spirit Day” with the Dollars for Scholars Walk-a-thon, a pepfest with a game competition — culminating in the homecoming football game slated for a 3:30 p.m. start time in Upsala against Royalton.

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Day for Living Bread Pantry food distribution in Ramey is Sept. 27 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:34:53 +0000 The food distribution through Living Bread Pantry at the Grub and Pub Store in Ramey, will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Working much like Ruby’s Pantry food distribution, people play $15 for a basket of food. Those who attend are asked to bring their own baskets to carry the wide variety of food offered.

For more information, call (320) 355-2666 or (320) 355-2550.

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