Dairyland Peach http://dairylandpeach.com Sauk Centre, Minnesota Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:22:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Orville Hayes, 87 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/orville-hayes-87/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/orville-hayes-87/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:22:47 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18370 Orville   Hayes, 87

Orville Deane Hayes, 87, of Eagle Bend, passed away on November 20, 2014, at the Centra Care Health System Nursing Home in Long Prairie. Funeral services for Orville were held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Justin Hesterman officiating. Interment was held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Orville was born May 28, 1927, in Germania Township, Todd County, to Justin & Pearl (Schmidt) Hayes. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1950. On May 25, 1968, Orville was united in marriage to Leona Mattheis in Watertown, S.D. Orville was a truck driver for over 30 years for Raymond Motor and Hyman Freightways. In 1972 he purchased a farm in Ward Township; he farmed on weekends and vacations until he was forced to retire due to a truck accident. He was an active member of the VFW in Minneapolis and currently was a member of the VFW in Eagle Bend and the American Legion in Long Prairie. Orville enjoyed hunting, fishing, vacationing in the motorhome with friends, going to the casino and especially playing cards with family and friends and playing with the grandchildren.
Orville is survived by his wife Leona of Eagle Bend; children: Luvone Nelson of Robbinsdale, Connie (Ernie) Ernst of South Haven, Deane (Beth) Hayes of Chaska, Robert (Kathy) Hayes of Greenfield, Alan (Paula) Hayes of Shakopee and John Hayes of Moorhead; 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; siblings: Merlyn Hayes of Tracy, Lloyd (Ione) Hayes of Clarissa, Marlene (John) Scharmann of Victoria, Shirley (Jerry) Hadley of Baldwin, WI, Keith (Ruby) Hayes of Cookesville, TN, Gary (Susan) Hayes of Clarissa; and many nieces and nephews.
Orville is preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Robert Pete Hayes, Melvin Hayes and Vernell Hayes.
Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home Browerville & Clarissa itenfuneralhome.com

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Dolores Kurpius, 72 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/dolores-kurpius-72/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/dolores-kurpius-72/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:22:38 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18367 Dolores   Kurpius, 72

Dolores Kurpius, 72, of Winter Haven, Florida, died November 13, 2014, at Winter Haven Hospital in Florida.
Funeral services for Dolores will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples with Fr. Joe Korf officiating. Friends may begin calling one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at the Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples.

Dolores was born December 14, 1941, to John and Veronica (Sweeny) Kempe in Bertha, MN. She attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and Staples High School. On February 17, 1958, she married Jerry Kurpius. They lived in Staples, Grand Forks, Hibbing, Ely, Kinney, St. Cloud, Clearwater and retired to Winter Haven, Florida.

In her younger years, Dolores was employed at Martin Hughes School in Buhl as a Title One paraprofessional and loved working with children. Our Lady of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Buhl was lucky enough to also have her teach catechism to kids. She liked to ride motorcycle with her husband, Jerry, and they lived on a sailboat for awhile also in Minnesota. Dolores loved to travel, read, crochet, collect owls, and play the computer game Free Cell. She was an active, passionate mom, great cook and a very faithful Christian woman. She was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church in Winter Haven, FL.

After retiring to Florida, Dolores worked in the office at the Lake Bess Clubhouse at the retirement community where she lived. She and Jerry also ran their own carpet shampooing business. She took pride in having a clean and organized house. She enjoyed playing cards and going out to eat with friends.

Dolores loved being a mom, grandma and great-grandma. She adored her grandchildren and was thrilled when the great-grandkids called Grandma K. to visit with her.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Jerry; children Lynell (Tim) Russell of St. Cloud, Darek (Kim) of Buhl; grandchildren Jesse (Laura) Russell, Mathew (Maria) Russell, and Justin Russell; great-grandchildren Taylor, Cody, Hannah and Payten; sisters Mary Heaser, Rose Zetah, Bernie Durbin, Audrey Goligowski and Bonita Hansen. She was preceded in death by her son, Donnie, parents John and Veronica Kempe, sister Virginia Reger and brother, John Kempe, countless nieces and nephews and all her close friends who she considered family in Florida.

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Christmas Care Drive brings holiday cheer to community and families in need http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/christmas-care-drive-brings-holiday-cheer-to-community-and-families-in-need/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/christmas-care-drive-brings-holiday-cheer-to-community-and-families-in-need/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18353 ChristmasCareDrive2014By Kerry Drager

For roughly 15 years community members in Farming and the surrounding areas have sponsored the Christmas Care Drive during the holiday season. The events sponsored by the Christmas Care Drive help generate funds to create care baskets to be donated to needy families and seniors while providing holiday cheer for people of all ages.

The Christmas Care Drive kicks off before Thanksgiving by hosting an evening of Turkey Bowling and a meat raffle at Trappers Pub and Grub in Farming, Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.

Turkey bowling is a game of laughter and perhaps a bit of skill. Participants use a frozen turkey as their bowling ball to knock down the pins. Those who get strikes and pull in the highest scores will get to compete against other top scoring players. Participants are asked to pay $2 per frame or purchase 3 frames for $5.

The Farming baseball team is sponsoring the meat raffle during the bowling event, and The Peanut Gallery will be playing for additional entertainment. Bartenders will offer decorated stockings to the cause for $10 per stocking.

The remaining events this season include a live auction and another meat raffle on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., and pictures with Santa with a food shelf or $5 donation on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from these events will be used towards the Christmas Care Drive.

The Christmas Care Drive uses the funds earned to provide food baskets and items of need for the elderly and struggling families in the area. Last year they donated over 400 baskets to citizens around Avon, Albany, Saint Martin, Richmond, Freeport and Farming.

“Last year we had nine families that we know of for sure. We’ve got as many as six nursing homes and assisted living businesses that we donate to. If they come to us and let us know, we can help them out,” said committee member Tyna Meemken.

The Christmas Care Drive is directed by a committee of individuals that work throughout the year to create the events that provide the funds needed to make the care baskets. Bob and Mary Schaefer, Nancy Stalboerger, Steph Jacobs and Terry and Tyna Meemken have been on the committee for two years. They have added to the events that are offered, including a sharing tree and the pictures with Santa. There are plans of reaching out and helping additional area cities including Cold Spring.

“This is a new committee. We are still in the growing process. At this point, we are trying to get our feet wet. It’ll take a few years to grow to where we want, but we need more support. The more support we have in the local communities, the more we can do. It’s important to show our communities what we can do and how we raise our money, to show them that it all goes back into the community,” said Meemken.

The success of the events is made possible by the donations of not only money, but the time and efforts of many local groups, businesses and individuals. The Lions Club, Jaycees and 4-H Clubs have all played an important part in helping the Christmas Care Drive be a success. Colonel Dan Winter from Springhill donates his time and services for the Christmas Care Drive Auction. The Farming Community Store donates items for events and the care baskets. Jagged Edge Entertainment keeps the spirit alive with music by donating their DJ Services, and Micki J. Photography of New Munich will be providing the pictures with Santa this year.

It is a community effort to ensure that those in need get to experience a happy holiday this year. Their dedication and selflessness is the true meaning of the season.

Come and enjoy the festivities that the Christmas Care Drive is sponsoring while giving to those less fortunate in the community. The good times and warm laughter is well worth the trip to Trappers Pub and Grub of Farming this holiday season.


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Gessells take responsibility for raising your Thanksgiving turkey right http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/gessells-take-responsibility-for-raising-your-thanksgiving-turkey-right/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/gessells-take-responsibility-for-raising-your-thanksgiving-turkey-right/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:50:40 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18349 John and Lynette Gessell have made raising turkeys their life. They are passionate farmers and understand the importance of balance between agriculture and the community.

John and Lynette Gessell have made raising turkeys their life. They are passionate farmers and understand the importance of balance between agriculture and the community.

By Kerry Drager

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the bird. The centerpiece of November’s famous holiday most likely was raised right here in central Minnesota. Swanville is known as the turkey capital of the world, and one area family has helped give the little town that name.

John Gessell Jr. grew up on his father’s turkey farm. When he was just 18 years old, he had already invested in poultry farming and played a part in helping the family farm grow. As a co-owner of GHW Products Inc., John put his efforts into improving the farm while he worked towards expanding the family operation.

“I built (GHW Products Inc.) up to what it is today,” said John.

In 1989, John and his wife Lynette moved to rural Flensburg. By 1995, the Gessell family had eight total turkey barns, four in the Swanville area and an additional four at their Flensburg location.

Raising turkeys is a family affair. The Gessell’s have three children, Samantha, Marissa and Austin. They raised their children on the farm, ensuring that the next generation would take an interest in farming. Today, Samantha and her husband John Paul Cofell are running two of the family’s barns at Badger Creek Farm in Swanville.

“It is a family farm, so if there’s a big job, we’re all helping out. The success of a family farm is your family,” said John.

Family is the very reason John and Lynette have chosen to make turkey farming their life. The burden of feeding a nation lies heavily on the shoulders of farmers, and for the Gessells, it is of utmost importance that the product that is being produced is of the highest quality.

“I want to keep my land in the best condition as possible. I want to be a good steward of the land. I want to put out the best product for people to eat. I would never feed my neighbors something that my family wouldn’t eat. Their family is as important to them as my family is to me,” said John.

Having a strong partnership with Jennie-O, John has the support he needs to ensure that his product is meeting a high standard. With their assistance and the support of his family, he has reached a level of quality that has earned him Jennie-O’s Farm of the Year award for four straight years.

“It’s a 24-hour business caring about the condition of your farm,” said Lynette. “It takes constant attention to the comfort and health of your birds. I see John as really investing his time into his farm. It does matter to him how his farm looks and the comfort of his livestock. In the end, he’s providing a product to families that is the best possible. I see him having his heart in farming, so he does all the extras and he pays attention to the details.”

Caring for the environment and the well-being of the animals goes hand in hand when providing a product that one can be proud of. The Gessells strive to ensure that they are tending to their crops, the water, the air quality and their birds in a way that is both humane and environmentally conscious.

“We are very particular about our birds. From brooding to marketing, we are very aware. We do the best job possible at every different stage of that turkey’s life,” said John.

A healthy and happy bird creates quality. Caring for the land and looking after one’s neighbors ensures a successful future and a stronger community, and farmers are at the center of rural living.

“I don’t always worry about just my family, I also worry about my neighbors because they are very important to me. They each do something that helps out the farming community,” said John.

Aside from turkey farming, John is preparing to take on a new role in his community. John won the recent election for mayor of the City of Flensburg as a write-in on the ballot. This unexpected honor has him gearing up to assist his city while being conscious of the farming community that fuels it.

“I will accept the nomination. I have been on the city council for a number of years. Flensburg was my grandmother Gessell’s hometown. She told me lots of stories about Flensburg. At one point, that was a booming town. I’m going to be for the farmers. I tell people that we’re going to grow up, not out,” said John.

Lynette is also taking strides in becoming a political influence to the farming community. She is a member of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and is interested in pursuing a position on its board. Members of the Association vote for the new board members.

“What’s important to me is agriculture and really striving for ag being viewed favorably. To be looking for a healthy connection between food security and environmental issues, and to have an overall respect for the quality of life for both the farmers and the neighbors. Farmers need to be willing to accept and hear the grievances and engage in discussions,” said Lynette.

The Gessell family has a deeply rooted interest in the health of their community. Thanksgiving would not be the holiday that it is today if it weren’t for the efforts of poultry farmers like John and Lynette, and this is something that the couple is proud of.

“In the end, we have the best quality product so that people can have a nice, memorable Thanksgiving,” said John.

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Not voting may be a ‘no’ vote http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/not-voting-may-be-a-no-vote/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/not-voting-may-be-a-no-vote/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:45:39 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18333 To the editor: 

It was brought to my attention that I, as an election judge, was unable to explain that not voting at all is a no vote. Election judges are supposed to uphold the law and inform voters who may be confused.

The referendum to the state Constitution was voted on last election cycle that would make marriage only between a man and a woman. When polls were taken before the election, a majority of votes were against gay marriage. How can it be possible it passed?

A great example of misleading voters is explained as, “Did you read the fine print?” Most voters were unaware that not voting at all was a no vote (on amendments to the state Constitution).

This was not explained up front on purpose. No notice in red letters in front of the referendum told voters this. Of course, if it was something liberals were concerned about, it would have been.

And so in short terms, if you are undecided or not interested in this topic, you cannot leave this blank and move onto other voting on the ballot or it will be a no vote.

Can you say socialism?

Kevin Hall, Albany

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Grandma had the final say at Thanksgiving dinner http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/grandma-had-the-final-say-at-thanksgiving-dinner/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/grandma-had-the-final-say-at-thanksgiving-dinner/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:45:39 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18331 WestWordsWEBWhen I was a child, my grandparents lived in a big, old house in St. Paul, near the University of Minnesota farm campus.

We visited them many times for holidays, particularly Thanksgiving.

To make extra money, my grandparents took in roomers, mostly students at the university. The students went home for the holidays. Curious grandchildren were told  in no uncertain terms to stay out of their things, so we spent most of our time exploring grandma’s attic.

My grandmother was a woman of her generation, meaning she believed that a woman’s place was in the kitchen. Her kitchen was never without home-made cookies, doughnuts and cake.

At meals, she had a way of reaching across the table and nudging the dishes in my direction as she encouraged me to have a second helping. In fact, she would have been disappointed if I didn’t take more.

On Thanksgiving Day, grandma was in all her glory. I still recall one particular Thanksgiving when she pulled out all of the stops. When the meal was ready, two card tables were set up in the living room for the grandchildren, and the adults all gathered around the dining room table. We had 15 or 16 in attendance.

The turkey was enormous, barely fitting in the oven. Along with it, we had dressing made from scratch and cooked in the bird, mashed potatoes and gravy.

We had scalloped corn. We had green bean casserole. We had glazed carrots. We had candied sweet potatoes, the kind with a crusty brown sugar glaze on them.

We had cranberry sauce. We had fruit salad made with real whipped cream. We had pea and cheese salad. We had a tossed salad.

We had dinner rolls.  We had corn bread. The only item not produced in that kitchen, besides perhaps the cranberry sauce, was lefse, which an aunt brought.

The children were served first in the living room, while the adults gathered at the dining room table.

At grandma’s table the dishes were always passed from right to left. Once the children were served, the dishes began going around and around the table as the adults served themselves.

After the first helping, grandma began nudging dishes, doing her thing:

“Leland, wouldn’t you like to have some more?”

“James, how about some seconds?”

“Daniel, don’t go away hungry.”

And so, her sons would load up their plates again and have another round.

Although the pace slowed, soon enough the second round was gone and grandma then urged her family to have thirds. Finally, everyone had their fill.

Then grandma asked, “Now who would like a piece of pumpkin pie.”

Muffled groans were heard, and then one of her sons said, “Mother, I’d love to, but I just can’t eat one more bite.”

Grandma smiled a little smile, and, after a pause, said, “That’s good, because I didn’t bake any.”


When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.

—Willie Nelson

Many of you will have plenty of food shared with plenty of family and /or plenty of friends this Thanksgiving. If you do, please consider calling someone else you know who may not have plenty of food, family or friends around, and inviting them to share a place at your table.

Tom West is general manager of the Peach. Reach him at (320) 616-1932 or e-mail tom.west@ecm-inc.com.

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John Nalewaja http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/john-nalewaja/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/john-nalewaja/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:36:18 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18362 John    Nalewaja

Dr. John D. Nalewaja of Fargo, ND and Osakis, MN 84 passed away peacefully on November 11, 2014 from prostate bone cancer in San Tan Valley, AZ.
John Dennis Nalewaja was born October 7, 1930 to Anthony and Hattie Nalewaja on a farm near Browerville, MN. After high school, he graduated in Vocational Agriculture from the University of Minnesota, served in the US Army, taught Ag education classes at Boyd, MN for one year, and obtained a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota. He married Donna Lou Speer December 26, 1959. They moved to Fargo in July 1962 and raised four children-Stephen, Susan, Gregory and Anne. Dr. Nalewaja taught classes and conducted research in Weed Science at North Dakota State University until retirement in September 1998.
Dr. Nalewaja was major advisor to 24 Ph.D. and 34 Masters of Science students, major supervisor for 30 visiting scientists from various countries (mainly Poland) and post doctorate research associates. He served as President and in other offices for various regional and national Weed Science Societies. He was chairman and editor for American Standard Testing Method Symposium on Pesticide Formulations and Applications Systems and was a member of the National Pesticide Impact Assessment Program. Dr. Nalewaja was a manuscript reviewer for four professional journals, and reviewer of research programs in various Universities, Morocco and South Africa. Dr. Nalewaja was team leader of a research group visiting Siberia in the Soviet Union, and presented an adjuvant symposium in China.
Dr. Nalewaja had more than 200 publications in various scientific journals and he presented papers by invitation to South Africa, Australia (three times), Belgium, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Spain in addition to those in the USA. He worked with his graduate students, post doctoral scientists, and visiting scientists to study the biology and control of wild oats and develop systems for effective weed control in grain crops which were successfully demonstrated across ND and other states. Dr. Nalewaja discovered and developed methylated seed oils (MSO) as an adjuvant for herbicides now commonly used throughout the world and also determined the chemical basis of salt antagonism of certain herbicides (like Roundup) and how to overcome the antagonism of many herbicides which helped many weed scientists focus in this new area of surfactants and adjuvants.
He received several awards including an Honorary Doctorate from Poznan Agriculture University in Poland, the Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce Distinguished NDSU Professor Award, Honorary Member North Central Weed Science Society, Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America for Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Researcher Awards.
After retirement in 1998, Dr. Nalewaja served as Professor Emeritus at NDSU, continued to review research papers and give presentations on weed control. He and his wife, Donna, enjoyed summers at their cottage on Lake Osakis and at the Nalewaja family farm near Browerville, MN where he grew no-till soybeans and spent winters in Fargo, ND and AZ when not visiting children and grandchildren. John was a talented carpenter crafting kitchen cabinets, picture frames, and furniture.
John D. Nalewaja is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul, Benedict, Leo and Ignatius and sisters Catherine, Anna, Mathilda, Alvina and Philomene. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna, sister Hattie of Maryland, and children Dr. Stephen (Jill) of Miles City, MT, Susan Van Voorhis (Tom) of Champlin, MN, Gregory (Jennifer) of Charlotte, NC and Anne (Steve Ruebke) of Twin Valley, MN and ten grandchildren- Stephanie Franco (Dr. Domingo Franco), Theresa, Robert and Catherine Nalewaja of Miles City, MT, Anthony John and Derek Van Voorhis of Champlin, MN and Noah, Sidney, Landon and Caden of Charlotte, NC and brothers in-law Paul Koller and Richard Burg and sister in-law Donna Speer.
Funeral services are set for Saturday November 22, 2014 and arrangements are through Iten Funeral Home of Browerville, MN (320-594-2242) Interment will be at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery of Browerville, MN. Visitation will be at 10:30am followed by the funeral at noon and burial.
In lieu of flowers, John requested that memorial donations are preferred to the John D. Nalewaja Graduate Student in Weed Science Scholarship Fund at NDSU, Fargo, ND.

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Art show to be at Palmer House Nov. 29-Dec. 5 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/art-show-to-be-at-palmer-house-nov-29-dec-5/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/art-show-to-be-at-palmer-house-nov-29-dec-5/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:30:39 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18358 Michael and Barbara Hoet, art instructors at Camphill Village in Sauk Centre, are hosting an art exhibit at the Historic Palmer House Lobby in Sauk Centre from Saturday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 5. The art show will feature artwork by Camphill residents with special needs.

The instructors will also feature their own artwork.

To open the event, there will be a Camphill Village artists and instructors’ artist reception on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m.

Camphill Village is a life-sharing, residential community of 50 people, including adults with disabilities.

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Beer Basted Steak http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/beer-basted-steak/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/beer-basted-steak/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:24:10 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18347 1 beef top round steak (about 1 1/4” thick)
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. prepared German-style mustard
1 Tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coarsely-ground black pepper
1 c. beer
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bay leaf

Combine brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in saucepan, slowly stir in beer. Add onion and bay leaf; cook slowly 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Place steak in dish or plastic bag, add marinade, turning to cover. Cover dish or tie bag securely and marinate steak in refrigerator overnight, turning at least once. Drain marinade from meat. Grill steak over coals or on broiler rack so surface meat is four to five inches from heat. Broil to rare (25 minutes) or medium (35 minutes) brusing with marinade. Carve in thin slices to serve.

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Salisbury Steaks http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/salisbury-steaks/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/salisbury-steaks/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:23:51 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18345 Combine in bowl:

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 can (2/3 c.) evaporated milk
1/2 c. fine cracker crumbs
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 dry mustard
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper

Mix well. Form into patties. Broil for five to seven minutes on each side. Makes six to eight servings.

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Peanut Butter Steak http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/peanut-butter-steak/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/peanut-butter-steak/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:23:16 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18343 Cut round steak in serving pieces. Pound in flour that is seasoned with salt and pepper. With a knife, spread each piece with a layer of butter, peanut butter and mayonnaise. Place in baking dish. Cover with milk. Bake one hour at 350°.

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Goulash with Peppers http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/goulash-with-peppers/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/goulash-with-peppers/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:22:59 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18341 3 lbs. beef chuck or rump roast cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 slices bacon, cut up
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 onions, chopped
2 – 3 lg. green peppers, cut up
2 – 3 Tbsp. paprika
Flour (optional)
1 tsp. salt

Brown the beef in a little beef fat and transfer to a large kettle. Add 1 cup water and simmer. Sauté the bacon and fry the onions in the bacon fat. Add the onions, bacon and drippings to the beef. Season with paprika, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the meat is tender. Add the peppers for the last half hour of cooking. Thicken the gravy with a little flour paste, if you wish. Serves six.

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Baked Round Steak, Onions & Potatoes http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/baked-round-steak-onions-potatoes/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/baked-round-steak-onions-potatoes/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:22:35 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18339 2 1/2 lb. round steak
2 c. thinly sliced onions
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 lg. tomatoes, peeled and sliced
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. flour
1/3 c. beef broth

Mix the salt, pepper and garlic powder with the flour and pound it into the steak on both sides – a heavy saucer is good for this. Brown the steak quickly on both sides in the hot oil. Put the steak in a casserole and brown the onions in the same skillet, adding a little more oil if needed. Spread the onions over the steak. Bake in a 350° oven for an hour. Add the tomatoes, and broth and bake another 30 to 45 minutes, until the meat is tender. Leave the cover off for the last 20 minutes of cooking. Adjust seasoning and thickness of gravy. Serves six.

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Pepper Steak with Wine http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/pepper-steak-with-wine/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/pepper-steak-with-wine/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:22:11 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18337 2 1/2 to 2 lbs. boneless sirloin steak, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick
1/4 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp beef broth or water
2 Tbsp. coarsely ground pepper
1/4 c. olive oil
1/3 c. white wine
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. brandy

Press the pepper into both sides of the steak. Sprinkle with salt. Heat the butter and oil and sear the steak on both sides. Reduce heat and cook five minutes on each side. Put on a warm platter. Add broth and white wine to the pan juices. When hot, add the heated brandy and ignite. Pour over the steak. Serves six.

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Oven Barbecue Beef http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/oven-barbecue-beef/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/oven-barbecue-beef/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:21:42 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18335 3 1/2 lb. chuck roast
2 Tbsp. shortening
2/3 c. catsup
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. dill weed
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Melt shortening. Brown beef on both sides. Combine all remaining ingredients and pour over beef. Cover. Bake for two hours at 350°. Remove cover, continue to bake for one hour longer or until tender. Baste frequently. Sauce will thicken as liquid evaporates. Spoon sauce over beef when serving.

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Parker Jeffrey Roering http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/parker-jeffrey-roering/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/parker-jeffrey-roering/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:24:06 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18323 Parker Jeffrey Roering

Patrick Jeffrey Roering was born to Stacy Ainali and Jake Roering of Sauk Centre, Nov. 15, 2014, at 1:28 p.m. at Centra-Care Health Systems, Melrose. He weighed 7 pounds,
1 ounce and was 20 inches long.
Grandparents are Jeffrey and Jerri Ainali of Melrose and Paul and Marjorie Roering of Sauk Centre.
Great-grandparents are John and Delores Ainali of Freeport and Darlene Zimmerman of Albany.

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Florence Nielson, 79 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/florence-nielson-79/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/florence-nielson-79/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:24:01 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18320 Florence   Nielson, 79

Florence Nielson, 79, a resident of Alexandria, died October 23, 2014 at the Alexandria Hospital.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 1, at First Luthern Church in Alexandria. Pastor Greg Billberg officiated.
Florence was born October 21, 1935, in Meire Grove to George and Agnes (Hellerman) Klaphake. Florence grew up on a farm in Osakis. After graduating from Osakis High School, she went to work at St. Cloud Hospital til she met her friend Elwood (Woody) Nielson. They married in 1964 and made their home in Alexandria. Elwood died in 1981. They had two children, Brian and Mary, granddaughter Paige.
Florence worked for 3M for 32 years, when she retired. She made many friends, played cards, enjoyed entertaining her family. Everyone was always welcomed at her table for a meal. She had a good sense of humor and a witty personality.
She met her best friend Frank Dykstra and they shared 23 years together until his passing in 2006.
Florence was one of 10 children, seven sisters and three brothers, Alquin (Isabelle) Klaphake, Lake Wales, Florida; Rosie (Henry) Dickhaus of Northfield; Robert (Lilah) Klaphake, Pierz; Dorothy (Ed) Petermeier, Sauk Centre; Janet (Wayne) Becker, Northfield; Elmer (Lorene) Klaphake, Osakis; Veronica Klaphake, Osakis; MaryAnn (Glenn) Bearson, Carlos; Alice (Don) Bartels, Melrose. Many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Elwood, son Brian, sister Veronica, best friend Frank, brother Robert, brother Elmer and her parents.
Arangements were made with Anderson funeral and Cremation Services of Alexandria.

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Adrian (Bub) Holm http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/adrian-bub-holm/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/adrian-bub-holm/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:13:38 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18317 Adrian (Bub)  Holm

An open house to celebrate Bubs 90th birthday, will be held Saturday,
Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to
4 p.m. at Diamond Point, Sauk Centre.
No cards are being sent. Please no gifts.

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Mark Uhlenkamp, 41 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/mark-uhlenkamp-41/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/mark-uhlenkamp-41/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:13:22 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18314 Mark   Uhlenkamp, 41

Mark Uhlenkamp, age 41, of Olivia died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Abbott – Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after a short battle with brain cancer. Mass Of Christian Burial is Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia with Rev. Dennis Labat as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Service in Olivia and continues on Thursday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.

Mark Alan Uhlenkamp was born May 29, 1973 at Browerville, Minnesota to LeRoy and Eileen (Warner) Uhlenkamp. Mark grew up in Clarissa and graduated from Staples High School in 1991. During high school he was an active mass server, played baseball, and was a member of 4-H and FFA. He was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Clarissa. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Crookston with a degree in Agriculture. Mark married Peggy Kruize at United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake in 1995. They moved to Olivia in 1999 and he worked for Golden Oval Eggs and later for McNamara Enterprises. Following that he owned and operated Uhlenkamp Trucking out of Olivia. Mark had a real passion for trucking. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing cards. He was a faithful member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Mark is survived by his wife, Peggy Uhlenkamp of Olivia, his three sons: Trent Uhlenkamp, Mason Uhlenkamp and Kole Uhlenkamp all of Olivia; his parents: LeRoy and Eileen Uhlenkamp of Clarissa; his 5 siblings: LeRoy Jr. (and Kelly) Uhlenkamp of Long Prairie, Laurie (and Travis) Lubitz of Olivia, Edward (and Nancy) Uhlenkamp of Clarissa, Paul Uhlenkamp of Clarissa and Timothy (and Pamela) Uhlenkamp of Green Isle; his mother and father-in-law, Donald and Marlys Kruize of Elbow Lake; his two brothers-in-law: James (and Jen) Kruize of Fargo, ND and Jody Kruize of Barrett; and his 12 nieces and nephews: Berent, Kelsey, Robyn, Bryan, Elena, Mackenzie, Alivia, Oliver, Nathan, Hannah, Kylie and Erin.

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Patrick Thomes, 46 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/patrick-thomes-46/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/11/patrick-thomes-46/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:13:17 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18311

ThomesPatrickWEBPatrick Pat Thomes, age 46


November 23, 1967 November 16, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Patrick Pat Thomes, age 46, who died Sunday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home.

Patrick was born in Paynesville to Richard and Rosalie (Backes) Thomes. He was raised in Richmond, MN and attended ROCORI High School. Pat was a traffic coordinator at T.O. Plastics in Clearwater, MN. He was an avid singer and musician and was a drummer and singer in the bands Scorcher and Shadow Driver. Pat was co-owner of Stretchs Street Park (an indoor skate park) in Waite Park, MN.

Survivors include his mother, Rosalie; brothers, Rick (Susan), Tim (Janet), Scott (Laura); sister, Cindy (Al) Braegelman; sister-in-law, Kelly; nieces and nephews, Amber, Nicholas, Katherine, Michelle, Melissa, Jon, Marie, Tia, Kendra, and great-niece, Kendall.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard (12-29-2009).

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.

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