Dairyland Peach http://dairylandpeach.com Sauk Centre, Minnesota Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:44:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Potatoes with Peas & Cream http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/new-potatoes-with-peas-cream/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/new-potatoes-with-peas-cream/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:56 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18084 24 small new potatoes
1 pkg. frozen green peas
1 c. light (coffee) cream
1 tsp. grated onion

Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain, then shake gently in pan over low heat to dry. Cook peas, drain. Stir in cream and grated onion; heat just to boiling. Spoon potatoes into heated serving dish; pour hot peas and creams over.

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Parsley Potatoes http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/parsley-potatoes/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/parsley-potatoes/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:35 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18082 1/4 c. butter of margarine
4 med. sized cooked potatoes
2 Tbsp. finely cut parsley

Melt butter or margarine and pour over hot potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Roadside Potatoes http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/roadside-potatoes/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/roadside-potatoes/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:14 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18080 2 qts. raw potatoes (Grind with a course blade)
1 chopped green pepper
1 1/2 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1 chopped medium onion

Mix together:
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. oil
Salt and pepper

Put all together in greased casserole and bake one hour in 350° oven.

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Jiffy Scalloped Potatoes http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/jiffy-scalloped-potatoes/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/jiffy-scalloped-potatoes/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:50 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18078 1 can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. minced onion
5 c. sliced, cooked potatoes
2 Tbsp. butter

Stir soup well and blend in milk. Heat to boiling point. Add salt, pepper and onion. Arrange layers of potatoes in greased 1 1/2 quart casserole. Pour on half of the mushroom sauce. Repeat layers. Dot with butter. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes.

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Golden Mashed Potatoes http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/golden-mashed-potatoes/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/golden-mashed-potatoes/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:25 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18076 2 c. salted water
4 med. potatoes, peeled and diced
2 c. peeled, diced carrots
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Salt
Pepper
1/2 to 2/3 cup milk

Bring salted water to a boil. Add diced vegetables. Cover and quickly bring water back to a boil. Reduce heat and gently cook vegetables 10 – 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Mash and beat in butter, salt and pepper to taste. Beat in milk, until mixture is desire consistency. Serve immediately (A good way to get children to eat carrots if they think they do not like them cooked.)

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Crispy Home Fries http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/crispy-home-fries/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/crispy-home-fries/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:02 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18074 4 med. baked potatoes, cut in 1/3 inch slices with skins left on (allow five – eight slices per person)
4 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley or 1 Tbsp. snipped fresh chives or green onions to top (garnish).

In a large heavy skillet, melt butter and oil over medium high heat. Sauté slices of potatoes in one layer, turning slices as they become golden brown. These can be cooked in batches and kept warm, uncovered, in oven on low setting. If slices are kept warm this way, you may need to add more butter while cooking. Sprinkle cooked slices with salt and pepper to taste and add parsley or chives as a garnish. These slices are also delicious with a mixture of sour cream and fresh, snipped chives served on the side for dipping. Serves four, better double the recipe, they will go fast.

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Tuna Stuffed Baked Potatoes (Microwave) http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/tuna-stuffed-baked-potatoes-microwave/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/tuna-stuffed-baked-potatoes-microwave/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:35 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18072 4 med. baking potatoes
1 (6 oz.) can tuna, drained
1 tsp. butter, softened
4 strips bacon
2/3 c. sour cream

Cook bacon on high for two minutes. Crumble and set aside. Scrub and pierce potatoes. Cook on roast/bake or medium for 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Scoop out most of the potato meat, leaving a thin shell. Mash potato meat and stir in butter, tuna and sour cream. Spoon mixture into potato shells. Cook on roast/bake for five minutes.

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Chicken a la King Over Baked Potato http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/chicken-a-la-king-over-baked-potato/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/chicken-a-la-king-over-baked-potato/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:12 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18070 1/4 c. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. chopped green pepper
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 c. diced cooked chicken
2 Tbsp. diced pimento
4 baked potatoes
Dash of salt and pepper to taste

Cook onion and green pepper in margarine until tender. Blend in soup and milk; add chicken, pimiento and salt and pepper. Heat, stirring frequently. Serve over hot baked potatoes.

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MaryAnn Schleppenbach, 83 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/maryann-schleppenbach-83/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/maryann-schleppenbach-83/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:49 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18067 MaryAnn   Schleppenbach, 83

Mary Ann Schleppenbach, 83, went to be with the Lord on October 24th 2014, in Cold Spring, MN.

Mary Ann was born August 31, 1931 in Cold Spring, MN to Lawrence and Katherine Wirtzfeld. She grew up with four brothers and two sisters. Mary Ann graduated from St. Boniface High School. She went on to business college and then worked at Fandels Department Store, which ignited her love of shopping. In 1953, she married Roy Schleppenbach. They moved to San Marcos, TX, where their eldest son, Kevin, was born. In 1955, after moving back to Cold Spring they had four more children, Dale, Duane, Gregg, and Carleen.

Mary Ann was a very active volunteer in the community throughout her life. She was a hard worker and spent many hours cooking, sewing, gardening, and loving her family. She was a great role model for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mary Ann loved to go shopping and garage sale, which heightened her passion for antiques. She was often teased that she knew St. Cloud like the back of her hand. She had a heart of gold and was a very caring, giving person. Mary Ann was a very talented woman, which was evident through her creative sewing and quilting abilities. She spent years with her wallpapering business and creating dessert recipes loaded with vegetables to get her kids to eat healthy.

MaryAnn will always be remembered as a beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Roy, of 61 years and her children and spouses, Kevin (Jeanne) of Apple Valley, Dale (Lori) of St. Joseph, Duane (Peggy) of Glen Mills, PA, Gregg (Paula) of Jacobs Prairie, and Carleen (Bob) of Anchorage, AK; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers Larry and Leon Wirtzfield.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her two sisters; Kathleen Metros and Val Rahm; 2 brothers Al and Don Wirtzfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 28th at 11:00, reception to follow. A visitation, will be held at St. Boniface Church, from 9:00-10:45, prior to the Mass.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

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Genevieve Motzko, 88 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/genevieve-motzko-88/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/genevieve-motzko-88/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:44 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18064 Genevieve   Motzko, 88

Mass of Christian Burial for Genevieve (Kuntz) Motzko, 86 was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Browerville. Interment was held at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery, Browerville

Genevieve (Kuntz) Motzko, 86, of Browerville, MN, passed away peacefully, Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Long Prairie hospital. Genevieve was born March 1, 1928 to Urban and Theresa Kuntz in Devils Lake, ND. She married Clarence Motzko on August 29, 1949 at St Peters church in Browerville, MN.

Genevieve was a loving wife and a devoted mother of eight children. Genevieves motherly love was made of deep devotion. It was endless, unselfish, and enduring. It was patient and forgiving and it never failed or faltered. She inspired a love of music and faith in God in her children.
She enjoyed special gatherings with her family, dancing, baking, decorating cookies, embroidery, growing flowers and playing cards. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members, including her father and mother until they passed away.
Genevieve had an unwavering faith in God and was a member of Christ the King. Throughout her life Genevieve maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith.
Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.
Genevieve is survived by: Six children, Bernadette Motzko, St. Joseph; David Motzko, Browerville; Duane Motzko, Browerville; Benita Motzko, East Grand Forks; Barbara (Frank) Roder, Montevideo; and Donald (Linda) Motzko, Moorhead; Three grandchildren, Jill (John) Rausch, Clearwater; Nicole (Ryan) Gritz, Otsego; Kelli Motzko, Browerville; Two step grandchildren, Katherine Schaffer, Owatonna; Rebecca Schaffer, Fergus Falls; And two great-grandchildren, Grayson and Brelyn Gritz with baby Rausch on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her children Mary and Ann who died in infancy, her parents Urban and Theresa and her brothers Urban and William.
God Bless the memory of Genevieve Motzko.
Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville & Clarissa itenfuneralhome.com

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Josephine Host, 98 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/josephine-host-98/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/josephine-host-98/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:38 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18061 Josephine   Host, 98

Josephine Host, 98, of Long Prairie, passed away on October 21, 2014, at Centra Care Health Nursing Home in Long Prairie.

Funeral services for Josephine will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie with Fr. Omar Gaunchez officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Long Prairie.

Josephine was born November 23, 1915, in rural Long Prairie, the daughter of Anthony & Theresa (Laumeyer) Maerz. She was raised on the family farm; attending a catholic school through the eighth grade. Josephine Maerz and Romaine Host were joined together in holy marriage September 22, 1936 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. God blessed their holy marriage with 2 children: Allan & Darlene. Josephine was a shy and quiet person. Her greatest enjoyment was food; she enjoyed canning it, cooking it, but especially enjoyed watching people find joy in eating what she prepared; in her house food was served with love. Josephine enjoyed dancing, gardening and pets; she was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church all her life.

Josephine is survived by her children: Allan (Mariann) Host & Darlene (Stephen) Bauman; 8 grandchildren: Dennis (Bev) Host, Denise (Paul) Kleinschmidt, Bradley Host, Rodney Host, Kyle Bauman, Kendra (Dave) Leibel, Shantel (Robert) Zimmerman and Darys (Paula) Bauman; 14 great grandchildren; sisters: Sister Leann Maerz OSB, Sister Merle Maerz OSB, and Betty (Bob) Schenk.

Josephine is preceded in death by her parents; husband Romaine, Sister Bernice (Albert) Weinmann.

Arrangements with Iten Funeral Home, Browerville & Clarissa itenfuneralhome.com

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Franklin Jochum, 80 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/franklin-jochum-80/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/franklin-jochum-80/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:33 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18058 Franklin   Jochum, 80

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Franklin Jochum, age 80, who died Thursday at his home. Burial will be in St. Boniface parish cemetery, Cold Spring.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 8:00 p.m. Monday, and Tuesday 9:00 10:30 a.m at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.

Franklin was born in Cold Spring to Frank and Anna (Raden) Jochum. He married Juanita J. Trujillo on July 18, 1964 at St. Boniface, Cold Spring. Franklin served in the U.S. Army. He worked at Cold Spring Granite Company from July 9, 1957 to March 1, 1996. Franklins hobbies were cooking, fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time with family, and grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Last Mans Club Korean War

Survivors include his wife, Juanita; children, Rosita Leen, Tony Jochum, Carmen (Michael) Rucks, Sharon (Chris Huhn) Jochum and Carol (Troy) Lundell; siblings, Jeanette Liestman, Irene White, Marjorie Forsman, Victor (Lyn) Jochum, Virginia (David) Johannes, Theresa Eells, Patty Klang; sister-in-law, Nancy Jochum; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Frank Jochum; siblings, Donald Jochum, MaryAnn Leen; in-laws, Jerry Leen, Bernard Liestman, John Forsman, George White, Gorden Eells and Karl Klang.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

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Clem Jonas, 85 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/clem-jonas-85/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/clem-jonas-85/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:26 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18055 Clem   Jonas, 85

The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Clem Jonas, age 85 of St. Anna, will be 11:00 AM, Monday, October 27 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna.

Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Clem died Friday at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud. There will be a visitation from 4-8:00 PM Sunday and again after 9:30 Monday at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany. Immaculate Conception parish prayers will be at 7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home in Albany.

Clem was born September 18, 1929 in St. Martin to Edward and Theckla (Winter) Jonas. He married Eileen Maritsch on July 10, 1952 in New Munich. The couple farmed in St. Martin for 10 years before moving to St. Anna in the spring of 1963. He owned his own farm, only recently retiring. Eileen died November 14, 2001. Clem is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Clem is survived by his children; Joyce (Jerry) Dobmeier, Freeport; Eldred (Rose Mary) Jonas, Holdingford; Judy (John Sabrowsky) Woitalla, Albany; Kevin (Kristi) Jonas, Avon; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Edmund (Margie) Jonas, Richmond; Arnold Jonas, Cold Spring; and sisters, Sally Douvier, Albany; Darlene Hommerding, Albany and Arlene Winkels, Paynesville.

Clem is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eileen and his sister, Ellen Hommerding.

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Marie Pauly, 97 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/marie-pauly-97/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/marie-pauly-97/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:21 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18052 Marie   Pauly, 97

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 27, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Marie Pauly, age 97, who died Thursday at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond. Entombment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery, Cold Spring.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 8:00 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014, and Monday 9:00 10:30 a.m. at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m., followed by prayers by Catholic United Financial, and St. Boniface Christian Women.

Marie Elizabeth Pauly was born in St. Nicholas, MN to William Johannes and Catherine (Stein) Johannes. She married Raymond Pauly on May 8, 1934 at St. Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas. Marie worked as a homemaker, and a cook at Assumption Nursing Home from 1965 1970. Her hobbies were quilting, crocheting, embroidery, fishing, reading, playing cards, and gardening. Marie was a member of St. Boniface Parish and Christian Mothers, and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include her children, Francis (JoAnn), Bernice Fuchs, Donald (Helen), JoAnn (Dave) Jones, Harold (Eileen), Marlene Kalla, Lloyd, Cletus (Marge), Doris (Jerry) Brinkman, Ralph (Cindy), Carol (Marvin) Hondl, Sandra (Ron) Scholz, Mary (Tim) Van Roy, and Joyce (Darrell) Rogers; daughter-in-law, Mary Currin; siblings, Dorothy Schmitz, Ewald Johannes, Ralph (Betty) Johannes, and Theresa (Jesse) Phillips; sister-in-law, Florence Johannes; 46 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Pauly; children, Marie, Eugene, and Gary; grandchildren, Robert Pauly and Doug Jones; sons-in-law, Ralph Fuchs and Jerry Kalla; siblings, Leonard (Josephine) Johannes, Nicholas (Sally, Lena) Johannes, Ben (Ludwina) Johannes, Delores (Ralph) Steil, and Alois Johannes; brother-in-law, Harold Schmitz; sister-in-law, Leona Johannes.

Arrangements are made with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

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Nancy Jochum, 79 http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/nancy-jochum-79/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/nancy-jochum-79/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:16 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18049 Nancy   Jochum, 79

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Nancy Jochum, age 79, who died Friday at her home. There will be a gathering of friends and relatives following the mass in the parish center.

Nancy was born in Philadelphia, PA to Walter and Vera (Wiest) Nace. She married Donald Jochum on September 10, 1955 in Edina, MN. Nancy was a strong supporter of the blood mobile and leader dogs for the blind. She created and made custom window treatments, and enjoyed quilting, knitting, playing cribbage and cards. Nancy loved spending time with her family and grandsons. She was a member of Cold Spring Home Pride Lions and St. Boniface Parish.

Survivors include her children, Susan (Bill) Mentzel; grandsons, Ben and Andrew Mentzel; siblings, Don (Terri) Nace; in-laws, Jeanette Liestman, Irene White, Marjorie Forsman, Theresa Eells, Patricia Klang, Virginia (David) Johannes and Victor (Lyn) Jochum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; daughter, Sandra; parents, Walter and Vera Nace; sister, Jane Nelson; in-laws, Mary Ann and Jerry Leen, Franklin Jochum, Bernie Liestman, John Forsman, Gordon Eells, George White and Karl Klang.

Memorials preferred. Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

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Shari Weir brings home-made look back to Halloween http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/shari-weir-brings-home-made-look-back-to-halloween/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/shari-weir-brings-home-made-look-back-to-halloween/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=18040 Shari Weir has over 400 costumes to choose from, many of them hand-sewn. The County Line Costumes shop offers customers an affordable opportunity to be something truly original, and possibly prize winning, during any costumed event.

Shari Weir has over 400 costumes to choose from, many of them hand-sewn. The County Line Costumes shop offers customers an affordable opportunity to be something truly original, and possibly prize winning, during any costumed event.

By Kerry Drager
Correspondent

The Halloween costume is a holiday tradition that spans back several generations. Those from yesteryear would often hand sew costumes and many of those were passed down from one child to the next.

Today many purchase their costumes from large store chains — and often cheaply made, highly priced and lacking in character. For those who are looking for a truly unique, high quality costume without the sticker shock, Shari Weir and her County Line Costumes shop has an outfit for any costumed occasion.

Back in 2004, Weir acquired 175 costumes from longtime friend and accomplished seamstress Sandy Boeckermann.

“Growing up, I had to try and create my own costume, but they were never fun. Sandy just had these beautiful costumes, and they were always right on. After seeing what she had, I just really got into them,” said Weir.

For the first four years of business, Weir worked with Boeckermann, who maintained and created new costumes. County Line Costumes was a success and the little rental shop has accumulated approximately 400 costumes in the last 10 years. Boeckermann has since retired from the costuming business, but Weir continues to rent them out from her family’s dairy farm near Sauk Centre.

These handmade costumes ranged from a wide variety of themes including Flintstones, The Wizard of Oz, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Raggedy Ann and Andy and many more. Her biggest rental is for the Flintstones that come as a themed set of six.

“I’ve had them rented out for the third time this month. The Swim Team used them for the homecoming parade. My son used them for Homecoming Dress-up Day. Now they are being rented out for Halloween.”

Her costumes are so well made and original that they have won prizes over the years.

“Every year, my nephew dresses in one of my costumes, and he’s won prizes off my costumes. One of my customers rented my hippy costume and she wore it at an event in Mexico. She won a free hotel stay down there with it.”

Aside from the homemade items, Weir also carries some store bought outfits that she acquired over the years. Many of them were donated to her. She hopes to one day acquire an adult-sized Wizard of Oz set; she currently only carries the theme in children sizes.

Her costumes range from toddler sizes up to a few plus size outfits. Her collection may be more limited than bigger rental places, but she’s close by, is very flexible and is affordable. Children costumes are only $5 a rental and adults are $10. Costumes rented for Halloween may be kept for a week after the holiday. No need to clean them; she will handle the washing.

“One year a couple of ladies rented my medieval dresses for the Renaissance Festival. One of the dresses came back just covered in tomato seeds. I told her not to worry about it, that will be washed away. She must have had a really fun time.”

Halloween is one of her favorite holidays, and she used to put on some hopping parties before things got a little too busy at the farm, and her children became active in after-school events. She is contemplating possibly hosting parties again.

Business has changed over the years, and she rarely rents out her toddler costumes anymore, though she has a wide variety of them. She attempted to downsize this year, but her passion is still in these costumes, and she couldn’t bring herself to do it.

“The kids don’t rent as much anymore because the schools don’t let them dress up. For the Harvest Festival, the kids can dress up like farmers, but the older kids don’t want to do that.”

Adult rentals are still good for her shop. Eventually, she would love to have an opportunity to learn how to sew and create new costumes, but for right now the costume shop will remain her hobby.

“I’ve gotten to the point that I’m just so busy with the farm, and my kids are older now. I take it for what it is.”

Halloween creates an opportunity to express creativity and to become someone different for an evening. County Line Costumes has a classic look and a one-of-a-kind feel that will certainly gather attention at a party. From witches and vampires to pirates and hula girls, there is something for everyone at this little shop of make-believe.

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Matching horses with riders becomes retirement hobby for Eagle Bend’s Drayna http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/matching-horses-with-riders-becomes-retirement-hobby-for-eagle-bends-drayna/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/matching-horses-with-riders-becomes-retirement-hobby-for-eagle-bends-drayna/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:55:25 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17992 Allen Drayna of Eagle Bend has a knack for finding a good horse. Even after retirement, he still loves to ride. He even rides this Norwegian Fjord named Ranger bareback from time to time.

Allen Drayna of Eagle Bend has a knack for finding a good horse. Even after retirement, he still loves to ride. He even rides this Norwegian Fjord named Ranger bareback from time to time.

By Kerry Drager
Correspondent

Allen Drayna of Eagle Bend grew up around horses. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Browerville, Drayna learned to drive draft horses, tilling the land and racking hay.

When his parents weren’t looking, he took the opportunity to ride the great horses, and by the 1980s, he had made the decision that horses would be his full-time family business.

“I don’t sell a lot of high priced, registered horses,” said Drayna. “I like horses with a good temperament,  something that is safe for most anyone to ride.”

Drayna acquires his horses by attending auctions and does so on a fairly regular basis. While his two children were younger, he would go to a sale every weekend. His kids quickly became accustomed to horses and enjoyed the family ventures to the yard.

“I had my daughter on a horse when she was just six weeks old. I have a picture of her holding onto the saddle horn. It has been a family affair. I can remember having a single cab pickup with one of the kids sleeping on the floor and the other one sleeping between us. They even slept in the goose-neck of the horse trailer.”

Selling horses is also all about family. Drayna understands that these animals aren’t just pets; they become an important part of the family. He has a skill of matching horses with the proper owners and rarely makes a mistake in this.

“You try to fit the horse to the rider. If I feel that a horse doesn’t fit that rider, I won’t sell it to them.

“We have always tried to be honest in representing a horse. I will treat people the way I’d want to be treated if I went to their house to buy a horse from them.”

There have been many repeat customers that purchased horses from Drayna for their children and then returned to buy one for their grandchildren years later. His business was successful almost purely by word of mouth, so he worked hard in making sure that he was giving the best service he could, he said. In the end, he said, he was just trying to make sure that the kids that would be riding his ponies were going to be safe.

“I’d have people wanting to buy a young horse so that their kids can grow up with it. I won’t sell them a young horse. I’ll sell them a 12 or 15 year old horse that is broke in and quiet. That horse will teach the kids how to ride.

“I tell people that if you’re buying a horse for your kids, you’re buying an insurance policy that that horse isn’t going to hurt your child.”

Drayna knows a good horse when he sees one. He has dealt with many breeds including Welsh Ponies, Arabians, draft horses and paints, to name just a few. He’s even had a few mules. The color and breed means very little, and many of the best horses he has ever purchased were from the loose pen and were destined for slaughter.

“If I went to a sale and I saw a nice pony, I’d go into the pen and pick up its feet and see how it laid its ears back. If the owner was there, I’d talk to him. I went with my instincts. The first thing I do is look at the eye of the horse. If it has a real soft, kind eye, it will have a good temperament.”

Several horses have been fitted with owners out of Drayna’s pens. His horses are shipped all over the country and even into Canada. In a four month period during the 1980s, Drayna sold 428 horses. He has slowed down over the years, but still managed to sell over 150 horses this year.

Cattle sales also made up a large sum of his income, but when he decided to step away from the cattle industry and enter retirement, he kept up on horses. It was his inspiration to keep going and was simply too much fun to quit.

“I’ve had a blast. With the money, I make some on some and I lose some on some, but it gives me something to do in my retirement. I’m doing something everyday. I’m out there in the morning giving the horses a little grain. Everyone has a name. For me, it’s that I love my animals.”

As a bargain hunter and his love of attending a good auction, he has also established himself with a nice selection of used tack that he will outfit families with when they purchase a horse from him. He understands how difficult it can be to find quality, used tack and the saddle shops can be very expensive. He is always willing to make a deal and get a family into the right gear.

Horses are therapeutic animals that have enlightened the lives of Drayna and countless others to whom he has sold horses. Not only the horses drive his passion. It’s the families and the kids that enter his life. He gets a chance to show them the wonders of horsemanship, knowing that it will change their hearts forever.

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Incumbent sheriff is not frugal http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/incumbent-sheriff-is-not-frugal/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/incumbent-sheriff-is-not-frugal/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:33:01 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17990 To the editor: 

I urge the voters of Stearns County to vote for Mark Bromenschenkel in the upcoming election on Nov. 4. Mark is the leader that Stearns County needs to lead the Sheriff’s Office into the future.

The current sheriff touted at a forum held Oct. 2 at Stearns County Service Center West that he is fiscally responsible and has given the county over $500,000 back each year he has been in office. Even if this were true, that does not mean he is fiscally responsible, that means he pads the budget each year with false figures and the budget needs to be scrutinized better by the county board and county auditor’s office.

The fact of the matter is that last year the sheriff’s office went over budget by $611,795. In reality, he is not giving any money back.

The fact is the money is not his to begin with; it is the county taxpayers. Even with not spending the entire budget, he is still spending over $19 million each year. And yet, he tells his employees he has no money for training or equipment.

Please join me on Nov. 4 in making the right choice — Mark Bromenschenkel for Stearns County sheriff.

Joseph G. Lichy, Sartell

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7th District needs new leader http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/7th-district-needs-new-leader/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/7th-district-needs-new-leader/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:32:25 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17988 To the editor: 

I am taking a moment out of my wonderful Sunday afternoon to write this letter in hopes of making a change. The change I speak of would greatly benefit our area of the world here in Western Minnesota. Our present U.S. congressional candidate has been in office too long. We need a new vision.

I, like many of you, have thought that our present congressman isn’t too bad of a guy. His themes of “Minnesota Common Sense,” have typically matched his voting record.

For me however, the straw that broke the camel’s back was his vote on “cap and trade.” That was a vote that if signed into law would have drastically raised everyone’s energy costs. I know what I paid to heat my house last winter with the propane shortage — I couldn’t imagine having it any higher thanks to their agenda.

The Republican candidate would not have voted for “cap and trade.” I watched how he took action this past year in the state Senate to alleviate some of the drastic price increases from the propane shortage. He’s a leader who understands that heating our homes is a struggle and that our winters are long and harsh.

Join me on Nov. 4 and elect a new leader to represent the 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Because after 24 years of drinking the DC Kool-Aid I think “Common Sense” no longer exists.

Nancy Judd, East of Browerville

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Law officers back Bromenschenkel http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/law-officers-back-bromenschenkel/ http://dairylandpeach.com/2014/10/law-officers-back-bromenschenkel/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:31:57 +0000 http://dairylandpeach.com/?p=17986 To the editor: 

After 20+ years in law enforcement and a second term as county commissioner, the only negative thing printed about Mark Bromenschenkel is that an investigation was dropped when he resigned from the Sartell Police Department. The mayor of Sartell says there was no wrong doing on Mark’s part.

On the other hand, the Local Fraternal Order of Police — Granite Lodge #17 chose to endorse Mark Bromenschenkel for sheriff.  These individuals know Mr. Sanner because they include officers and deputies from sheriff’s offices in Stearns and Benton counties, police departments in Avon, Cold Spring, Kimball, Mille Lacs Tribal, Paynesville, St. Joseph, Waite Park and St. Cloud and the Minnesota State Patrol. Many probably knew Mark while he worked for Sartell, too.

I hope voters compare references from colleagues to the innuendoes from a dropped investigation.  Please trust the officers/deputies and vote for Mark Bromenschenkel for Stearns County sheriff.

Carol Tembreull, St. Cloud

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