5 years ago

Frazee-Vergas Forum

October 9, 2018

After reading how a historical quilt returned to Frazee, the husband of one of the original quilt makers offered to make a shadow box for the city to display the artifact. Amber Bender, who owns Bender Realty in Frazee, shared she was scanning the paper before digging into articles that caught her interest when a picture made her stop. She explained on page three of the Frazee-Vergas Forum (Oct. 2 issue) there was a familiar face holding a quilt. “Then I looked down and saw the name, it was Grandma (Gladys) Mindermann,” Bender said.

A love story: 70 years in the making—Some days start as planned and end altering the course of one’s life forever. Such was the case for Alfred Bachmann when he walked into the Height of Land Dance Club in 1946. That morning he’d spent hunting and the afternoon taking docks off the lake. The evening plan to meet with friends and see a band unfolded as expected. But as Alfred stood at the side of the dance floor examining faces in the room the entrance door opened and everything changed. “I saw Marion walk in the night club with her brother around 10 p.m.,” Alfred recalled. “Some time later I had the nerve to ask her to dance. Two years later she agreed.”

25 years ago

Frazee Forum

October 9, 1998

The oldest business in Frazee will close its doors by the end of 1998. However, current hopes are another business will carry some of the Co-op’s products. “We won’t go into next year as Frazee Co-op Farm Service Association,” said the Co-op board’s president, Terry Hockett, Frazee. Hockett presided over a special stockholders meeting last Thursday night which addressed the Co-op’s financial condition and decided its future. The 28 voting patrons at the meeting voted anonymously, 25-3, to close the Co-op by Dec. 31. A 10 percent quorum was required. Out of 156 voting stockholders, the meeting attendance represented 18 percent.

Minges to purchase Baer building—Chuck and Brenda Minge of Rose Lake signed a purchase agreement Monday with Jerry and Lorna Arenson of Frazee. The Minges plan to close on or before Nov. 1. The Minges plan to operate two or three small businesses—retail and/or manufacturing—from the location at the corner of Lake Street and Main Avenue. At this point, the Minges are still brainstorming about the possibilities for the site, which includes main floor square footage plus aparemtns in the upper level. Earlier this year, the Minges purchased the Palace Cafe. Should the Baer Building purchase go through, the Minges will own about a one-half block stretch along Main Avenue.

50 years ago

Frazee Forum

October 11, 1973

Miss Vicki Kangas, a senior, was crowned Frazee high School Homecoming Queen Friday morning. Vicki is the daughter of Mrs. Allen Korpi of Osage. She received her crown from 1972 queen Jody Schermerhorn. The 1973 Homecoming Pageant theme was “Make Me Smile.” As a happy ending to Homecoming the Hornet football team did “Tromp the Trojans” as they defeated Barnesville 20-0 Friday night.

Strong wings and heavy rain buffeted the Frazee area Tuesday, causing heavy damage on two neighboring farms about four miles southeast of here in Gorman township, Otter Tail county. A large 40×120 ft. Hay barn and lean-to was leveled on the Warren Fuchs farm when the high winds struck that area about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Visibility was near zero for minutes as heavy rain was driven by strong winds. Warren said a pony in the hay barn escaped with only minor injury. At the same time a two-car garage on the Geo. Mindermann farm was torn from its cement foundation and ripped apart. It was located only about 30 feet from the Mindermann home. No vehicles were in the garage at this time. The strong winds also flattened or damaged scores of acres of corn silage in fields on the Mindermann, Fuchs and other farms in Gorman township. Reports of heavy rains Monday night and Tuesday varied from two to four inches in different areas. It was also reported that several trees were uprooted at the Orville Carlisle property on the west side of Rose Lake. Damage by winds to some farms and lake cabins all occurred in the West McDonald Lake area in Otter Tail County.