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Donna Mae Bradt — Rochester
Lorraine G. Stensrud — Rochester
Donna Mae Bradt, 71, of Rochester, died Saturday, April 6,
2013, at MSOCS in Rochester, where she had lived since February of 2011.
Donna was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Rochester,
to Louis and Mary (Stokes) Bradt.
She enjoyed music, dancing, Special Olympics and ABC (Abilities Unlimited).
She is survived by one brother, John “Jack”
(Darlene) Bradt of Chatfield; and two sisters,
Marjane Luedtke of Chatfield, and Beverly Forrey of Sun City West, Ariz.; and three sistersin-law, Dorothy Bradt, Joan Sime, and Colleen
Bradt all of Chatfield.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents,
three brothers, Lawrence, James and Richard,
and one sister, Rosemary.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April
10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield, with Father
Patrick Arens officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to
the service at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310.
Lorraine G. Stensrud, 90, of Rochester, passed away peacefully
Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital after battling
cancer for 25 years.
Lorraine was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Hebron,
N.D., to John and Augusta Giesler. In 1927, her
family moved to West Concord. She graduated
from West Concord High School and Rochester Junior College. On Sept. 15, 1946, Lorraine
married Herbert Stensrud. She was employed
by C.O. Brown Agency from 1952 to 1967, by
Olmsted County from 1968 to 1987.
Lorraine was a member of Zumbro Lutheran
Church, Widowed Persons, and the Senior CitiStensrud
zens Center. She enjoyed traveling, camping,
boating, bridge, genealogy and the Minnesota
She is survived by one daughter, Judy Blomgren of Rochester;
two grandchildren, Cindy Blomgren of Chaska, and Tammy
Blomgren of Montgomery; four great-grandchildren; and one
sister, Alma (Harold) Vangness of Kenyon.
Lorraine is preceded in death by her husband, four sisters and
two brothers.
A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12,
in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester.
A private family service will be held. Interment will be in
Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.
Macken Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences are welcome at
Notices of death
Marie Bolster, 76, of Zumbrota, died Monday at her home in
Zumbrota. Mahn Family Funeral Home ‑ Larson Chapel, Zumbrota.
Earl H. Buss, 92, of Plymouth, formerly of Claremont, died
Sunday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and
Christine Buss. Memorial services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at
First Presbyterian Church in Claremont. Michaelson Funeral Home,
Eugene E. Campbell, 80, died Monday in Spring Park. Ranfranz
and Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester.
Jean Chandler, 85, of Marshall died Sunday at Avera
Morningside Heights in Marshall. She is the mother of Jamie
(Rick) Kiefer of Zumbrota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11
a.m. Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall.
Rehkamp ‑ Horvath Funeral Home, Marshall.
Alice T. Moan Chase, 87, died Sunday in Rochester. Ranfranz
and Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester.
Gilbert L. Ferguson, Sr., 94, of Austin, died Thursday at
Owatonna Care Center in Owatonna. A memorial service will be
1 p.m. Friday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin. Clasen-Jordan
Mortuary, Austin.
Annie Louise “Lucy” Fuller, died Feb. 27, 2013 in Hayfield.
A celebration of life will be May 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the First
Presbyterian Church in Hayfield. Czaplewski Funeral Homes,
Geneva E. Girardin, 94, of Preston, died Monday at the
Harmony Community Healthcare. Thauwald Funeral Home,
Phyllis A. Hanson, 87, of Austin, died April 2, 2013, at the Good
Samaritan Care Center in Albert Lea. Funeral services will be 10:30
a.m. Saturday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin. Clasen-Jordan
Mortuary, Austin.
Curtis “Curt” E. Holst, 68, of Lake City, died Tuesday at St.
Elizabeth Health Care Center in Wabasha. Schleicher Funeral
Homes, Lake City Chapel, Lake City.
Betty M. Jorgenson, 88, of rural Kasson, died today at the
Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral
Homes, Rochester.
Frances A. Larson, 88, of Austin, died Sunday at St. Mark’s
Lutheran Home in Austin. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Olaf
Lutheran Church in Austin. Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.
Duane McKenna, 84, of Rochester, formerly of Kenosha, Wis.,
died Sunday. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bruch
Funeral Home in Kenosha. Bruch Funeral Home, Kenosha.
Manuel Mendoza, Sr., 72, died Thursday at Saint Marys
Hospital in Rochester.
Harriet M. Peterson, 91, of Austin, died Sunday at Prairie
Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. A graveside memorial
service will be 12 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Worlein Funeral Home, Austin.
Earl H. Buss — Plymouth
Earl H. Buss, 92, of Plymouth, formerly of Claremont, died
peacefully at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel
and Christine Buss Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Earl was born Oct. 31, 1920, in Rockville, Neb., to Rutherford
and Millie (Hanisch) Buss. There, he was raised and attended
school, graduating from Rockville High School. His father died
in 1940, and in 1941 Earl, along with his mother, brothers, Allen
and Donald, moved to Claremont. He farmed for many years
with his brother, Warren near Claremont. Earl was united in
marriage to Bernice Dufva on Dec. 9, 1953, at First Covenant
Church in St. Paul. In 1966, he founded the Buss Oil Company
from which he retired in 1987. In 1996, the couple moved to
He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Sharing life’s
moments with them was important to Earl. He also enjoyed
gardening, fishing, playing cards especially cribbage and bridge.
He was a member of the Zurah Shrine Club and was active in
the First Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and on
the church council. He also served on the Claremont Improvement Board.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Buss of Plymouth; his son,
Daniel Buss, M.D. (Christine) of Minneapolis; and his grandchildren, Cooper, Mackenzie, Charles, Albert, Edward, and William
Buss all of Minneapolis; two brothers, Allen (Betty) Buss of
Claremont, and Birchard Buss of Owatonna; a sister-in-law, Ila
Buss of Owatonna; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Eleanor; two
brothers, Warren Buss and Donald Buss; two sisters-in-law, Warren’s wife, Dorothy Buss and Birchard’s wife, Marie Buss.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m.
at First Presbyterian Church in Claremont, with the Rev. Dr.
Joe Jones officiating. Interment will be in the Claremont Street
Cemetery in rural Claremont.
Memorials are preferred to First Presbyterian Church in
Arrangements by Michaelson Funeral Home, 1930 Austin
Road, Owatonna, MN 55060. 507-451-7943.
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DFLer eyes pro sports gear tax for Vikings stadium
By Patrick Condon
Associated Press
to be a little problem in getting
the financing quite right at
ST. PAUL — A leading House least in the early stages,” she
Democrat proposed Monday to said.
When lawmakers passed
add the state sales tax to team
the stadium bill last year, they
jerseys and other pro sports
authorized new electronic
merchandise to help cover
gambling in bars and resthe state’s share of the new
taurants and ear-marked tax
Vikings stadium.
The proposal from Rep. Ann revenue from those pull-tab
and bingo games to pay off staLenczewski, of Bloomington,
also extends the state sales tax dium construction bonds. But
in the months since the games
to the purchase of box seats
and luxury suites at pro sports were introduced, tax revenue
has fallen far short of initial
venues. Lenczewski, chairprojections.
woman of the House Taxes
On Monday, Minnesota
Committee, said she’s respondPublic Radio News reported
ing to concerns about large
that the daily sales per gamshortfalls in taxes collected
from electronic gambling
bling machine in March were
that were supposed to be the
just $87. The revenue estimates
primary funding source for the attached to the stadium bill
state’s roughly one-third share counted on sales of $225 per
of the $975 million, downtown day. Those games “may flourMinneapolis stadium.
ish at a later stage, but it’s
easier to fix something at the
“We’re seeing there seems
beginning than to wait until
it’s a bigger problem,” Lenczewski said.
The first stadium bonds are
supposed to be sold in August.
If the gambling tax revenue
and several small-scale backup
plans don’t raise enough to
make bond payments, then the
money to do so would have to
come from the state’s general
A growing chorus of
lawmakers has suggested
revisiting the stadium financing plan during the current
session to avoid a raid of the
general fund. An October
groundbreaking is planned for
the stadium that’s supposed
to open in time for the 2016
football season.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that while he continues to
view concerns about gambling
revenue as overblown, he’s not
opposed to discussing a backup
“I don’t want to see this
project fail. It shouldn’t fail,”
Dayton said.
Lenczewski’s proposal to
tax pro sports memorabilia
and stadium box seats is not a
new one, and was frequently
suggested throughout the long
years of discussion at the Capitol about funding for a new
Vikings stadium. In addition to
jersey, T-shirts and other clothing, Lenczewski’s bill would
also apply the state sales tax
to trading cards, photographs,
equipment with pro team logos
and other “one-of-a-kind items
related to sports figures, teams
or events.”
Lenczewski said she’d hold
a hearing on her proposal
Wednesday in the House Taxes
Big parties in Duluth area now need recycling bins
Associated Press
DULUTH — Throwing a big
party in Duluth? Don’t forget
the recycling containers.
Just about every event in the
Duluth area with 100 or more
guests now is required to have
recycling bins available under
a new ordinance recently
enacted by the Western Lake
Superior Sanitary District,
which is expanding recycling
to non-traditional locations.
The law applies to any function at a community hall, park
or business. It even applies at
homes if there is a business
involved, such as a caterer, the
Duluth News Tribune reported
“It’s aimed at the bigger
commercial events, but it applies to all of them with 100
people or more,” said Karen
Anderson, WLSSD community
relations director. “Some of
them already offer recycling.
But a surprising number still
do not.”
The change is part of the
district’s ongoing efforts to re-
Play ball!
duce the amount of recyclable
materials — food, yard waste,
cans, bottles, paper, cardboard
and more — that ends up in the
garbage stream and then buried in a Superior, Wis., landfill.
The district took a closer
look at the refuse it processes
in late 2011 to see just how
much recyclable material was
getting trashed. Officials found
lots of food waste that could be
composted, tons of paper that
should be recycled and even
But it was the number of
plastic bottles and aluminum
cans that stunned the survey
crew. They estimated that 18
million pop and beer cans
and another 19 million plastic
bottles are being trashed each
year in the Duluth area.
“Now we’re forming our
policy to deal with those crazy
numbers,” Anderson said.
Other efforts to improve
bottle-and-can recycling are
focused on apartment complexes, gas stations and convenience stores.
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It was a big day when Dr. Charlie Mayo
threw the first pitch (upper) to open Mayo
Field in 1928. He and his brother, Will,
donated the land that brought the national
pastime to Rochester. When we think of the
ballpark today (right), the Honkers come to mind. But they are only
the most recent of many who have used this venue. It’s hosted
chautauquas, zoo animals, former football and baseball teams, and
concerts, to name a few.
Next week: Not just a “run of the mill” merchant
Lens on History is a weekly photo feature by Cindy Scott, a volunteer
at the History Center of Olmsted County. Thanks to the HCOC Research
Center and Archive for this photo.
Hayfield School Board member
resigns for ‘personal reasons’
By Brett Boese
[email protected]
HAYFIELD — The chairman of the Hayfield School
Board has resigned due to
“personal reasons.”
Len Oelkers, who had
served on the school board
for 10 years, submitted his
resignation to Hayfield
Superintendent Ron Evjen
last month. The paperwork
was officially received and
processed Monday night, during the board’s first meeting
since Oelkers submitted his
Evjen declined to speculate
on the reasons behind Oelkers resignation.
Kathy Hegna Zelinske was
selected Monday night as the
new chair with “zero” discussion, according to Evjen.
Zelinske has served 12 years
on the school board and her
current term is scheduled to
expire in 2016. She previously
held the title of clerk, a role
Brenda Becker will now fill.
The new council member,
who will be added by appointment, will serve through the
rest of Oelkers’ term, which
ends in December 2014.
Boy ticketed after tossing rock off overpass
By Kay Fate
[email protected]
A 12-year-old has been cited
for damage to property after
he allegedly threw a rock
from a pedestrian overpass,
striking a car driving below.
The incident was reported
about 1:20 p.m. Friday, when
a man called Rochester police
to say he’d been northbound
on U.S. 52 when a hard object
bounced off the hood of his
car and hit the windshield.
The windshield did not break.
The man braked hard, the
report says, and saw three
kids on the pedestrian bridge
that crossed the highway. He
was able to give a description
of the juveniles. An officer
in the area saw them and
stopped them shortly after.
The 12-year-old allegedly
admitted to throwing a small
rock off the bridge, which hit
the car. The boy was also in
possession of marijuana, the
report says.
Fire spurs evacuation at Byron plant
By Kay Fate
[email protected]
BYRON — A printing business in Byron was evacuated
briefly Monday after a fire
broke out in the plant, officials said.
The fire started on a paper
grinder at Schmidt Printing,
then spread to a paper baler,
the report says. Employees were evacuated while
firefighters extinguished
the blaze, then were able to
return to work, said Olmsted
County Sheriff Sgt. Tom
There was no damage estimate available.
Students will spruce up Winona
Post-Bulletin staff
WINONA — Students from
Winona State University,
Saint Mary’s University and
Southeast Technical College,
all in Winona, will take part
in Spruce Up Winona from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. April 18.
The annual cleanup began
in 2006 as part of the inauguration of former Winona
State president Judith Ramaley. This time, WSU students
will dedicate the event in
honor of the new president,
Scott Olson.