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By 1849, Renz had moved west to Minnesota. He bought property in Carver County and St. Paul, was a landlord and even owned a brewery for a short time before it burned down. He eventually became a public servant and worked as the treasurer of St. Paul and Ramsey County. It is Nancy’s love of genealogy that fuels her volunteerism at the History Center but she is quick to acknowledge the other volunteers there who share

A gravestone of Thompson’s ancestors, John and Mary Scott. The children died just 10 days apart.

her passion for history and the importance of preserving it. Bonnie Armstrong, Teresa Berg, Darlyne Dano, Alice Kraemer, Gladys Schmidt and Suzy Wallin, share Thompson’s enthusiasm but more importantly they’ve become good friends. Many of the women’s family surnames may be familiar. Their own roots run deep in Nisswa, with ancestors who settled in the area in the late 1800s. On any given Tuesday, the women can be found working together: gleaning newspapers, clipping articles, scanning photos and archiving the history of the Nisswa area. “Our work is ongoing,” Nancy says. “Yesterday is history in 10 years.”

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Volunteers at the Nisswa History Center: Back L-R: Darlyne Dano, Teresa Berg. Front L-R: Nancy Thompson and Gladys Schmidt. Not pictured: Bonnie Armstrong, Alice Kraemer and Suzy Wallin.

Melody Banks

Melody Banks is a graphic artist and writer. She lives in Nisswa, Minnesota with her husband Ron.

SUMMER 2012 | her voice

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Her Voice - Summer 2012  

• Sandy’s Country Roots - Here’s a nursery east of Brainerd whose owner re-creates her “country roots.” • Reliving History, One Bead At A Ti...

Her Voice - Summer 2012  

• Sandy’s Country Roots - Here’s a nursery east of Brainerd whose owner re-creates her “country roots.” • Reliving History, One Bead At A Ti...

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