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This year’s Profile is special — well, they all are but this one is more so — because it comes out on the 100th anniversary of the Daily News. This year we spent some time with a couple of people whose jobs don’t necessarily put them in the spotlight, and with some local clubs and programs that deserve the spotlight for their involvement in our community. We also look at exactly how crazy the pet-pampering fad has become and the slow but steady decline of the three-sport high school athlete. And of course, we’ll feature our Unsung Heroes and the 2014 Citizen of the Year, the Rev. Father Henry Doyle. This publication is a direct result of the teamwork by the staff of the Faribault Daily News and you — the story ideas and expertise you provide us, the nominations you provide of residents who do good community work and the support through advertising in our publications. We hope you enjoy the 23rd edition of Profile. It’s a keepsake for you that offers a glimpse of just a few of the many reasons why we love Faribault.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Advertising Index/Table of Contents Citizen of the Year Unsung Heroes The Final Resting Place Performing ‘His Work’ 5 Days, 5 Deals Diamond In The Rough Testing Limits Pampered Pets A New Legacy A Vital Role ‘It’s A Social Thing’ New Home In Rice County

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The Rev. Father Henry Doyle joyfully praises Jesus during a service at St. Lucas Care Center. (Jaci Smith/Daily News)

Past Citizens of the Year 1993 — Irene Purdie 1994 — Helen Hoffman 1995 — Charlie Champlin 1996 — Fran and JoAnn Miller 1997 — Bill Korff 1998 — Keith Shaffer 1999 — Lynn Erickson 2000 — Donn Johnson 2001 — Barb Handahl and Donna Crowl 2002 — Gerry Heyer 2003 — Gary Kindseth Richard Carlander, Lifetime Achievement Award 2004 — James Wolf 2005 — Dan Burns 2006 — Todd Markman 2007 — Milo Larson 2008 — Matt Drevlow 2009 — Dr. George Wagner 2010 — Ron Goettsch 2011 — Nick Stoneman 2012 — Chuck and Paul Mooty 2013 — Chad Wolff 2014 — Henry Doyle Profile 2014 | Page 4

Henry Doyle is the Faribault Daily News’ 2014 Citizen of the Year By JACI SMITH

Henry Doyle was going to be a teacher. It was in his blood. His grandmother taught. His mothers and his sisters were all in education. That he didn’t is part of the reason he is the Daily News‘ 2014 Citizen of the Year.

The seeds of service

Henry Doyle felt a tug his whole life, but he could never really put his finger on what it meant. His grandmother — “Nana” — who was perhaps the greatest influence on his life, would pick him up from school. Invariably, the walk home would include a visit to someone who needed a kind word, support or perhaps a friendly meal.

Henry learned early the value of serving others, particularly the elderly and infirm, and by the time he was working two paper routes, he knew who all the older folks were on the routes. They got a pass on paying if they didn’t have the money — Henry would cover for them out of his own pay — and they could always count on the paper being right where they could reach it. When Henry began to drive, the first thing he did was to establish a routine of taking a neighbor shopping one Friday a month. But there was that tug, that persistent something in the back of his mind. At 11, he figured it out. “I felt the pull to be a priest,” said Doyle, who was raised Catholic. “But I knew I couldn’t be a priest because I wasn’t perfect.”

So, he didn’t listen.

The reluctant educator

Instead, off Henry went to Colorado College, where he majored in history. Throughout his college career, with the exception of the year he spent studying in Germany, he remained dedicated to attending church every Sunday. Sometimes Catholic, sometimes Protestant, Henry dabbled in a little bit of everything when it came to faith. Then he graduated college and looked for a teaching job, which his mother was excited for him to have — a career, stability, income. Instead, Henry opted for two years in the Peace Corps in one of the most needy places on earth — Ethiopia.

profile 2014 citizen of the year “I heard about the Peace Corps and once I learned more about it, I knew it was right for me,” he said. Then he came home — to teach, right, Henry?, his mother hoped — and decided to go into banking. Two years later, it wasn’t working. The puzzle pieces weren’t fitting, and then there was that nagging in the back of his mind, not unlike that itch in the middle of your back that you just can’t quite reach. Must be teaching, Henry figured, so back to college he went, this time to get his master’s degree in teaching. That lasted mere months — until Henry was assigned to practice teach — and eventually he withdrew. Back to banking. Henry was 27.

Time to listen

But a couple other critical things were happening in Henry’s life about this time. He settled on a religion — “I really felt at home in the Episcopal church, and if I wanted to, I could still get married,” he said. But it came after a period of time where he questioned the existence of God. It was only long discussions with a neighbor about the nature of faith that convinced Henry he needed God as much as God needed him. From there he became heavily involved in a local parish, serving as an acolyte, doing the readings during service and going to Bible study. He joined the Altar Guild. “And there was this tugging, this inner voice that was pushing me, but I didn’t tell anyone about it,” he said. Then one day, two different friends who didn’t know God, but really knew Henry, called him to say “we think you should be a priest.” And when he went to talk to his parish priest about it, the priest wasn’t surprised. Nor was anyone who knew him. Eventually, Henry landed at Nashotah House Seminary in Delafield, Wisconsin, a couple

years behind another seminarian, James Zotalis. Zotalis served for two decades as the head of the Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour. “My first impression of him was that he was really weird,” Zotalis said. “He would take notes in class, then re-copy all the notes and give them to his classmates.” When Zotalis left the seminary to become the chaplain at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Henry took over his job as the house mailman. A couple years later, while sitting in the library, a fellow seminarian mentioned that Zotalis was leaving his post at Shattuck. This time, Henry listened to his inner voice, which told him to apply. “You know, we’d talk about ending up as the parish priest of St. Stephen in the Swamps, but even more than that, I knew that leading a parish wasn’t really what I wanted,” Doyle said. He called Zotalis, who put in a good word for him, and shortly thereafter Henry was on the road on his way to an interview. By the time he was driving back to Delafied, he’d decided that if offered, he’d take the job.

Faribault becomes home

Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He’s part of the Faribault Area Chaplains for Emergency Services. He’s graced the stage of the Paradise Center for the Arts as a part of the Merlin Players, and has served Meals on Wheels for over 10 years. He makes certain to visit one particular woman last so that he can pop her meal in the microwave for her to warm it up and serve it with that beatific smile of his. Father Henry presides over religious services at the city’s nursing homes on a rotating basis, and there are at least a couple residents who he personally stops in to see for a few minutes at least once a week. He has one woman, whose now about 102 or 103 he thinks, who still lives in her home, that he makes sure to stop in an see almost daily. He has been what one woman called a “Prayer Warrior” for many who have sought his support. For years, if you shopped at Nelson’s around 3 p.m. on Mondays, you could count on seeing Father Henry there — not because he necessarily needed anything, but because of his commitment to being seen in the community and to add his strong thread to its fabric of support. He has performed countless marriages, mostly of former Shattuck students, but some not, and of all denominations. He’s done the same for funerals.

And of course, there are the cards, nearly 3,000 of them a year. Father Henry’s now-famous tradition of sending piles and piles of birthday, thank you and holiday cards began with his chaplaincy at Shattuck, when while taking some of his boys into town for shopping, he made his boys all buy Mother’s Day cards for their moms. “I gave a card to someone once and they later told me, ‘yours is the only card I got today’,” Father Henry said. “I always remember that and that’s why it’s important to me to send them.” He hand addresses and puts a short message in each one, working one week in advance, every night, seven nights a week. Soon, and for the first time in more than two and a half decades, Father Henry will leave the campus setting for good when he retires to the home he bought at Cardinal Pointe cooperative. His biggest worry is how he’s going to feed himself — Father Henry has never had to cook. He’ll have a little more time to reflect on a career that almost never came to be. A career so perfect for Henry it was almost as though God planned it himself. Reach Managing Editor Jaci Smith at 333-3134, or follow her at @FDNJaciSmith

That was 25 years ago. Henry moved into a dorm room and that’s where he’s lived ever since, on campus, where he can be the most influential and where he can do the most good. His position on campus changed in 2011, when he was moved to the Alumni office, but his involvement with the students on campus and in the community in general hasn’t wavered. These days, he’s house father to a small dorm of 14 boys, and also to a small Episcopal parish in Albert Lea. He serves in the local ministerial and prison ministry associations, and has been on the boards of the Red Cross, the The Rev. Father Henry Doyle on campus at Shattuck-St. Faribault Area Food Shelf, and Mary’s. (Jaci Smith/Daily News)

In his own words After I talked with Father Henry for an hour and a half one Tuesday afternoon, I opened up my email the next morning to find he had sent me more thoughts, some quite poignant. I am sharing them here, verbatim, as it shows a lifetime spent still thinking about his life’s work. “For me, it is essential and helpful to belong to and participate actively in a faith community, for by doing so, I grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord. It is quite important how I live, how I express, in word and action, the Gospel. In other words, do I walk the talk? “When I travel, I often pack far more than I need. Once I became upset with a fellow passenger for moving some pieces of my carry-on luggage in the overhead compartment. [This incident occurred long before the airlines had fees and restrictions. I had checked in two pieces of luggage.] The man was making better use of the space, of which I had taken too much. We exchanged heated words (no profanity!). (Thank goodness, he could not identify me as a priest from my dress). After he put his stuff there and closed the compartment, we found ourselves seated across from each other. I felt badly about how I had behaved. After the plane was in the air, the flight attendant walked down the aisle. When she reached ours, I asked her for a piece of plain paper. She replied in the affirmative and brought it to me. I wrote a note of apology and then handed it to the man with whom I had had the confrontation. Why had I apologized to someone I might never have seen again? I had been in the wrong; I needed to make things right with my neighbor, a fellow companion on this earthly journey. “My relationship with God and the people of God is of utmost importance. The people of God are folk like and unlike me; believers and non-believers in the one God. “Once I knowingly administered the Body of Christ to a Jewish boy. His peers had told him to join the line coming to communion. As he stood before me, I said to him, “The Body of Christ,” as I put the wafer in the palm of his hand. The next day, I talked with him; I explained the purpose and meaning of the Sacrament of Holy Communion/ Holy Eucharist. I let him know that I did not want him to do anything contrary to his belief and practices. He listened; he participated in aspects of the chapel services. Interestingly, years later, I joined him and his wife in marriage. “At the end of the mass, there is a dismissal. One of the forms says, ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.’ I take the liberty of adding a few words to it. That is, I enthusiastically say, ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another.’ ‘One another’ means any creature of God.” — Jaci Smith

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Our Unsung Heroes are just that: People who quietly go about a life of service to others, expecting no payment in return. We are grateful for their contributions, for they make Faribault the wonderful community that it is. Arlene Nickerson At 87, Arlene Nickerson has been an avid volunteer her entire life. Since retiring from teaching third grade at Faribault Lutheran School in the 80s, she has volunteered for many organizations in Faribault. She is president of Golden Kiwanis, is a Senior Companion, helps out Ruth’s House, and is a member of Ladies Aid at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morristown. Nickerson also served for many years as an election judge, and volunteered at or supported the Faribault Senior Center, Faribault Art Center, Faribault Area Hospice, Prison Fellowship at the Correctional Center, River

Bend Nature Center, the Faribault Learning Center and the Grandparent program at Jefferson Elementary School. She was Mrs. Claus once for the community center and was involved in the Sudanese Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, teaching English and helping individuals to obtain citizenship. “She is committed to her family and to education, wrote Katherine Grace Anderson, who nominated Nickerson. “She especially desires that all people have the ability to read. She has been, and is, an inspiration and example of life long community service.”

Peter Van Sluis Peter van Sluis is someone who is a definite asset to the community of Faribault. He is accepting of everyone regardless of their nationality, color of their skin, religion or culture. Van Sluis has been active in Big Brother Big Sisters for many years. He enjoys the friendship with his 9-year-old Little, making sure he provides a positive attitude and devotes time each week to share special outings, crafts, movies and sometimes homework. He has aslo been a volunteer with the Moyer Foundation, which provides skills and a way of healing for children who have lost a love one and need to learn how to grieve and heal. He is a yearly volunteer the Moyer Foundation Camp Erin, which is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement weekend long camp, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Van Sluis is also a board member for the Faribault Diversity Coalition, formerly Somali Community Services. They provide educational outreach, community resources and basic services for recent refugee and immigrant arrivals to the city of Faribault. “Peter has given his time and efforts to provide technology for the center and works closely with the elders within the Somali community to provide essential skills that allow paths for economic stability and self reliance,” wrote his wife, Virginia Van Sluis, in nominating him. Profile 2014 | Page 6

Until last month, Van Sluis also spearheaded the International Festival Faribault, in its 10th year, held in August to promote awareness and acceptance of the diverse cultures within Faribault. Elks Lodge 1166 in Faribault voted Van Sluis Officer of the Year for 2014. “Peter is truly a person who gives back to his community in hopes of making it a better place for everyone,” Virginia wrote.

Maynard Abraham Everyone knows Maynard Abraham as evidenced by the number of nominations we received for him. And no m atte r where you see him, he’s always ready with a happy smile and a willing attitude. Abraham can be seen regularly at Fareway, helping customers and working hard to keep the store clean and tidy. He also can be found several times a week at Bloom Floral, helping out as needed. Abraham also empties and cleans the garbage cans at the Heritage Days Festival each year. “Maynard is not an unsung hero for what he does as much as for who he is,” writes his sister, Stacy Knutson. “If you meet Maynard, whether he knows your name or not, he will always consider you his friend and he’ll go out of his way to carry on a cheerful and uplifting conversation with you. Maynard’s positive spirit makes Faribault a better place to live.” Besides his sister, Abraham was also nominated by Cheryl Steinberg and John Pentecost.

Glenn Holman Glenn Holman has a slightly different name around River Bend Nature Center. “We call him ‘Saint Glenn’ because of the extraordinary amount of volunteering he does at River Bend,” writes Executive Director Ben Van Gundy. Holman has taken on nearly every task imaginable at River Bend, from working with RBNC’s naturalists to teach children about nature to grooming trails in winter and maintaining them in summer. That includes taking care of downed trees on his own with a chain saw. He has also tried his hand at making maple syrup for the nature center’s annual fun run. In 2013, he was appointed to the District One Hospital Board and is now part of the ongoing effort to ensure our hospital retains its hometown services as it becomes part of the Allina Health System. Holman is also a passionate cyclist who has volunteered his time and experience to improving biking in the community through the Bicycle Friendly Faribault group. “Glenn is a one man army and super nice guy. I don’t know what we do with out him,” Van Gundy said. “I consider him an invaluable volunteer to the community through his work at River Bend and other organizations.”

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Heidi Ernste Rice

Anna Kincade

No pun intended, Heidi Ernste Rice is the founder of the Earnest Effort project. Every year since 2010, around Christmas time, Ernste Rice asks for nominations for families who could use a little help with getting Christmas presents for their kids. “I am just a little worker elf,” she told the Daily News back in 2012. “The real people who drive the Christmas wish project are the people who donate, they are the Santas.” The first year of the program Ernste Rice adopted one family. In 2012 she took on three, sorting through piles of nominations and scrupulously checking the background of each of the families with whom she planned to work. Most of the work and word was spread through Facebook. She’s had about 100 donors give $5,000 worth of necessities, gift cards and toys for 10 local families. “She has helped numerous people in the years she has done this project,” wrote Amy Ernste Caron, who sent in the nomination.

Anna Kincade is around 92 years young, and the amount of time that she dedicates to IRIS is “unreal,” writes Diana Sundwall, executive director of the organization Infants Remembered in Silence. Kincade has volunteered with IRIS for over 15 years where she has knit or crocheted approximately 1,000 blankets and caps for infant and young children who have died. Ranging from simple to ornate, tiny to crib-sized, the blankets and hats are hand-knit or crocheted for a child to be wrapped in, buried in, or saved as keepsake. Kincade has also made many Prayer Shawls for IRIS to give to grieving families or a sick infant in intensive care and she provide these items at no cost. But it is not just her work with IRIS that makes her an Unsung Hero. Kincade has been a dedicated volunteer with Faribault Prayer Shawl Ministry. Golden K Kiwanis Club, where she has held many different of“Anna has touched the lives of thousands of people that she will fices and worked on many projects. Kincade is also a member never know,” Sundwall wrote in her nomination. “She brought a of Divine Mercy Catholic Church where she is involved in the sense of peace and great comfort to grieving families.”

Kelly Landsverk

Donna Strohkirch “At 71, I didn’t think I’d be starting a food kitchen,” Donna Strohkirch told the Daily News. But that is exactly what she did. Strohkirch and her family started Full Belly Inc., in August of 2013 using local food shelf resources, donations and out-of-pocket expense. She serves free hot meals to anyone who wants one in the Faribault community three days a week at the Cathedral. Strohkirch moved to Faribault from Alaska and within a year was certified as a kitchen manager, and she enlisted the help of her 12 local family members ranging from 6 to 32. Since then Strohkirch has networked to get the help of local grocery stores and other businesses. “She is a loving, caring person who is an angel in every way,” wrote Jeri Lien, who nominated Strohkirch.

Kelly devotes her life to making the lives of others easier, writes her sister, Kim Bossman. From the work that Landsverk has done in the community it is easy to see where her sister draws that conclusion. Landsverk is heavily involved in the 4th Avenue United Methodist church, stepping up when the choir needed a director, and co-chairing the popular Lenten Soup Lunches held each year in the church’s basement. Those weekly lunches serves hundreds in our community. Since losing her daughter to a drunk driver, Landsverk has also been a big part of the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter, helping to raise money for the Walk Like MADD team, serving on panels addressing the issue and organizing an annual walk in her daughter Brittney’s name called, “Fit for Britt,” that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Marge Morris also nominated Landsverk and wrote that “Kelly has a gift that she shares with many; her ability to put words together to form a beautiful poem, a tribute, a special ‘candy bar’ card, a gift to all who have been on the receiving end.”

Sue Feyereisn

Feyereisn is a Faribault native and former teacher in our school district who is also a gifted musician, mentor and volunteer, writes Carole Hanson. Feyereisn has selflessly donated her time and talents to the Faribault Education Association, Art Boosters, Camp Courage, the Faribault Municipal Band, Christian Women’s Ministries and the Red Cross. Feyereisn oversaw a Red Cross project wherein more than 830 personal care items were collected to send to victims of natural disasters. And etc, etc, etc, wrote Hanson. “We are so blessed to have her each week at the Community Cafe Tuesday night meals to play piano and sing with the occasional “Sing A-longs” that happen. Sue is an angel to her mother and mother-in-law, and an inspiration to all of us,” Hanson wrote. From those of us lucky enough to have experienced your gracious and loving manner — Our heartfelt thank you.

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Adrian Gillen stands next to the place where he and Jeanne, his wife of 58 years, will be laid to rest at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Faribault. Gillen has been digging graves since 1948 and has been caretaker at St. Lawrence since 1988. (Camey Thibodeau/Daily News)

the final resting place Man has been digging thousands of graves over span of 6 decades


on the flying trapeze Oh, 1940 to 1992 — Gravedigger When you dig my grave Little Mikey Carson ‘67 to ‘75 could you make it shallow He rode his bike like the devil until the day he died So that I can feel the rain When he grows up he wants to be Mr. Vertigo

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Grave digger — “Gravedigger” by the Dave Matthews Band It was 1948 when Adrian Gillen began digging graves in Faribault at St. Lawrence Cemetery. As he and his brothers walked past the graveyard on their way home from St. Lawrence grade

school, the school/church janitor, who also served as the cemetery caretaker, paused for a moment from digging a grave as he said, “Hey boys, I could sure use some help!”

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profile 2014 grave digging CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 More than 60 years later, 85-yearold Adrian continues to dig graves in and around Faribault. Adrian and his brother Ed dug graves until 1970, when a local man whose sons helped him took over until 1978. “In the winter of 1978, my cousin, Barney Ludwig, dropped dead while playing cards in Millersburg,” Adrian said. “He was 51. His wife called and asked me to dig his grave because the man who was doing it had back trouble and was unable to dig graves in the winter. If it wasn’t dug, Barney would have to be stored in the vault for winter.” At that point, a priest at St. Lawrence asked Adrian to come back on as gravedigger at St. Lawrence Cemetery. He accepted and began digging again until 2002 when he had both knees replaced simultaneously and could no longer jump on the shovel. Adrian said he has dug thousands of graves over the years — including his parents’. “When Dad died in 1981, Mom

asked me to dig his grave, so I did,” Adrian said. “Then Mom died in 1985 so I dug her grave, too.” Adrian recalls the first time he dug a grave for a girl his age, the daughter of local baker, whom he knew — something that really struck him. “I remember thinking, ‘How could she die? She’s our age’,” Adrian said. Since then, he has buried an average of 40 to 50 people per year in St. Lawrence Cemetery, except from 1970 to 1978 and when he served in the Army from 1954 to 1956. In 1988, his responsibilities grew when he accepted a job as St. Lawrence caretaker. “Jim Kohl came to me and said they needed someone to run the cemetery because the current caretaker had moved to Mankato abruptly,” said

Adrian. “I told him I knew nothing about running a cemetery, but I would help out for six weeks. That was 26 years ago.” Over the past 66 years, Adrian has worked for three generations of undertakers at Boldt Funeral Home and Parker-Kohl Funeral Home, both in Faribault. He worked for Edgar Boldt, then son David and now David’s son Scott. At Parker-Kohl, he worked first for Ed Kohl, then son James and he now works for James’ sons, John and Steve. Last year, Adrian toured the 38 cemeteries in the area to document where he has buried people. “When I made that circle, I drove about 100 miles and ran out of film and had to buy more,” he said. Despite the old saying, graves are not

six feet deep. A standard grave is 3 feet wide, 8 feet long and 5 feet deep. However, some people specify that they’re to be buried six feet deep, Adrian said. “In the olden days, cowboys used to be buried with their boots on 6 feet under to prevent grave robbery,” said owner of Boldt Funeral Home Scott Boldt. “Graves are 3 feet from the bottom to the top of the vault, then 2 feet on top of vault to the top of the soil. Graves nowadays are mostly dug with machines, but they do have to do a portion by hand.” When graves were dug entirely by hand more than 50 years ago, it took two to three hours in the summer and five to six hours in the winter to dig one grave. That made for quite a long day with morn-

“It gives the family closure to see me at the funeral. I figure it’s part of my job to be there.” Adrian Gillen, gravedigger of 66 years and St. Lawrence caretaker

ing farm and afternoon chores on the farm he and his nine siblings grew up on a mile north of St. Lawrence, Adrian said. Not only does Adrian dig graves, but he occasionally fulfills a request to disinter people and relocate their remains. He smiled as he related one such request from a woman who wanted her brother’s body moved. “The man never married and asked to be buried next to two spinsters, but when his sister found out, she said he wasn’t supposed to be buried there and wanted him moved next to his aunt,” he said. He also recalls the disinterment of an infant in recent years whose mother died a short time later. “At her husband’s request, we stored his wife in the crypt until spring when the baby could be exhumed and laid to rest with the mother.” When the widow of a friend or relative asks Adrian if he dug her husband’s grave, he says, “Yes, we just decorated his living room today.” Reach reporter Camey Thibodeau at 333-3128. Follow her on @ CameyThibodeau.

A recently filled grave at St. Lawrence Cemetery, where gravedigger and caretaker Adrian Gillen has dug countless graves since 1948. (Camey Thibodeau/Daily News) Profile 2014 | Page 10

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Performing ‘His work’

Many Faribault natives have taken part in mission trips; Ammans spent 13 years as missionaries

By Molly Larsen

Faribault’s founder, Jean-Baptiste Faribault, grew up a devout Roman Catholic. In 1840, out of a fondness for that religious upbringing, he converted a Faribault home into a chapel to be used by Father Lucien Galtier. And just like that Minnesota had its first resident missionary. Fast-forward 174 years and Faribault is still home to many who have traveled to share their faith and to help out in areas that are not as fortunate. Marcy Irby, who is a member at First English Lutheran Church, is one of those. “We are so lucky to live in the U.S., people don’t realize how lucky we are. There are so many people who need help,” she said. Irby, who has taken several mission trips, visited a companion congregation church in Tanzania in 2012. Support had previously been raised to be used for health and education, as well as sharing the gospel.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 In 2005, 10 days after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Irby traveled with her church to help locals deal with the aftermath. That everything included a welcoming ear. “People needed to talk and tell their story,” she said. Our Saviors Lutheran Church pastor Wal Reat is the one doing the talking when he travels to South Sudan to spread the gospel. Nearly every year Reat will travel to his home country of Africa to preach and lead Bible teachings. According to Reat, before his travels, South Sudan did not have the Lutheran church. “They like it and are excited. They are very welcoming,” he said. Similar to Reat, dentist Ted Erickson, and Dr. Thomas Howell, took their careers with them to serve on mission trips. Erickson has traveled to Bolivia multiple times and Guatemala, to visit sister parishes of Divine Mercy Catholic Church. While he relayed that he came in contact with a lot of pain and poverty, the trips were both interesting and rewarding. “It’s always rewarding. Of course, you can’t solve all the problems, but it makes you feel good,” he said. Howell took part in Interfaith Ser-

vice to Latin America, sojourning to Nicaragua on two separate occasions. Howell visited hospitals and he also took part in prayer, fellowship and faithbased sharing. “I always wanted to do something to give back,” he said. “There is so much opportunity in the U.S. it makes us feel responsible to share with others.” Howell also brought his children with him on his second trip. Which he described as being an eye-opening experience for a 13-year-old. “People everywhere kind of want the same things, but at the same time, you see some of the problems they face. They are very staggering and eye-opening problems,” he explained. “I applaud people who do this extensively,” said Howell. And extensively is just what Lois and Ivan Amman did. Ivan, who is a retired ordained Lutheran pastor and his wife Lois, along with their four children, spent a total of 13 years as missionaries in New Guinea, starting in 1956. “Missionary work was my first love. I had thought about going overseas while in high school,” said Ivan. The couple lived in what was a primitive New Guinea for seven years while Ivan had watch over 13 New Guinean pastors. “I would meet with the elders and pastors weekly and go over the sermon

New Guniean seminary students and missionary pastors. (Submitted photo) Profile 2014 | Page 12

Senior Flierl Seminary, Logaweng, New Guinea. (Submitted photo)

with them,” Ivan said. The congregations Ivan helped to guide spanned 400 square miles. “It was a lot of footwork, lots of hiking through the backend (jungle),” he explained. Lois gave birth to the couple’s four children during their first stint in New Guinea.

“It was a good place to raise children; they had fun with the native kids,” Lois said. After that first term, the Ammans came back to Minnesota for one year on furlough. “It was kind of a culture shock to come back, so many things had changed in the seven years we were

away,” Lois said. She remembers the children asking her and Ivan when they were going home. That home being New Guinea. And they went back, because they wanted to. “No one forced us to go back,” Ivan said. This time, Ivan was instructing pastors-to-be at Senior Flieral Seminary in Logaweng, New Guinea. While they made lifelong friendships and were able to do the work they were passionate about, it was not without a few bumps (and bites) along the way. Disease and sickness were rampant and Lois said every member of the family had malaria, and Ivan came down with the mysterious Srub Typhus fever. The water wasn’t clean and was full of amoebas, meaning dysentery was common. Twenty-eight languages were spoken in New Guinea, too. “There were lots of things to be afraid of,” Lois said. However, the Ammans were not afraid. “The Lord always helped. I was never afraid, it was His work,” Lois said. Molly Larsen covers the regional education and the city of Faribault beats for the Daily News. Reach her at 333-3132. Follow her on Twitter @ ReporterMolly.


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How one reporter spent a week seeking out the best outside-the-box meals in town



hen it comes to food, options are infinite. There are grocery stores that have just about everything you would ever want, and everyone has their favorite fast-food stops and restaurants on the tip of their tongue when last-minute dinner plays are needed. But it goes beyond that. Every city, every town has unique deals, trendy hot spots and that place not many people know about, but those who swear by it. This was my job for a week in early April, when I decided — or, was assigned to, I guess you could say — to investigate these places. Here’s what I came up with: five great deals in five days that fill you up, taste good and don’t crush your paycheck. But the trick is these places aren’t your most well-known restaurants in town, because that would be too easy. Think outside the box and these places might be what you get. It’s probably the first and last time I’ll ever get paid to take my dinner break, but it was worth it. This list of places to stop goes beyond where I went, too — I had several options — so make sure you are looking for good deals out there.

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White Sands Dog Park Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser. (Photos by Josh Berhow/Daily News)

Sunday, April 6 White Sands Dog Park Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser, Faribault American Legion ($8) They say it’s important to start your day with breakfast, so I started my week of deal-searching with breakfast. It was a buffet, so that was nice, but one plate of what they were serving — scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage and a giant cinnamon roll — was enough to fill me up. There was a bonus, too, since the placemats were mind-churning doggie crossword puzzles. Another bonus — I felt pretty good about myself after donating to all those pooches. This specific fundraiser isn’t one you can go to every week, but it’s just one of the many breakfast fundraisers going on in Faribault every weekend. There’s always something you can find between youth sports clubs or other organizations trying to raise money.

Tuesday, April 8 Uncle B’s Last Chance BBQ Shack ($9 including tip) Food trucks flourish in bigger cities during the summer, but there’s also a pretty good one in Faribault. I stopped at Uncle B’s in the Ace Hardware parking lot for dinner, figuring it would be a good place to try and since it was so close to the Daily News office. It might have been one of the best decisions I have made in the last year of my life. I went with the Boss Hot Dog, which might be the best invention ever. It’s a jumbo hot dog — think back to a Dome Dog you would get at the Metrodome — with cheese, pulled pork, bacon bits and coleslaw lathered on top. I topped the whole thing off with barbecue sauce. Just putting this thing in the passenger seat of my car as I drove to my apartment made me feel like Fred Flintstone when the weight of the rack of ribs tips over his car. I had to eat it with a fork since there was no way to pick this monstrosity up, but it was just my first of what will be many trips back there. The truck will be located in Central Park starting in May.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Wednesday, April 9 Dinner at the Faribault Eagles Club, ($3.50) This was probably the biggest surprise I saw throughout the week. I saw in the paper that the Eagles Club offers tacos on Wednesday nights, so I decided to give it a try. When I got there turns out it was hamburgers and brats — which it will serve all summer — and that was just as good. The price was even better. My burger cost $1, the brat was $1.50 and a choice of salad — I went with coleslaw — was $1. For less than $4 I had the perfect summer meal — which you can eat there on the patio during the summer as well. I also brought down the average age of those in the building to 65 with my brief appearance.


Faribault Eagles Club dinner. (Photos by Josh Berhow/Daily News)

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Friday, April 11 Community Lenten Soup Luncheon, Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault ($7) This is one that I had to go to, especially since several people in my office rave about the soup, the desserts, the whole package. The church offers it during lunch hours for six weeks of the year during lent, and I got there just in time for the last one. It’s all-you-can-eat homemade soup with bread, crackers and a piece of dessert for a good price. There are several soup and dessert options as well. I went with the turkey noodle and some sort of lemony cake. I also had a great conversation with the older gentleman next to me, who was quite pleasant and good at small talk. The place was packed, so come early in the future (which you will have to do come next year, but it’s worth the wait).


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s he sits in his office chair on a Thursday in early April, Paul Peanasky mentions the other people who have played pivotal roles in the success of the Faribault Parks and Recreation Department long before he gives himself any credit. No surprise there. That gracious, staff-first attitude was written all over Peanasky’s email response to an interview request for this story: “Just as an FYI, I will be mentioning my staff as they are the ones who make our department what it is. It is not what I have done but what the citizens have asked for and we (the department) were able to do for them. …” It’s also no surprise to hear that teamwork and communication are the characteristics that Peanasky, Faribault’s Buckham Center Director and parks and recreation director, has employed to successfully

profile 2014 paul peanasky run the department and oversee his responsibili- on the board for 16 years.” ties for the last 16 years. His role, he says, is that of Part of Peanasky’s success as a leader comes figurehead who keeps things running and groups from hiring the right people and allowing them working together, and that of staff leader who en- to do their jobs, said Jeff Jarvis, the department’s enrichment coordinator and editor of the sures his department has a similar vision. “I think I just work well with Buckham Bulletin, the city’s quara lot of different groups,” said terly publication. Peanasky, in a rare moment “He’s not a micro-manager “He’s not a microwhen he talks about himby any means,” said Jarvis, self. “And I think that’s worked in the parks manager by any means. who’s something that the entire and rec department for 15 His management (parks and rec) staff now years. “His management does as well, too. We style permits us to take a style permits us to work with all the groups good idea and run with — big or small.” it.” take a good idea He’s got a full plate. Take a spin through and run with it.” Peanasky also oversees Faribault and you’re likethe Buckham Memoly to see the major projJeff Jarvis, the department’s rial Library and the city’s ects that Faribault Parks enrichment coordinator and Rec has had a hand in building maintenance, and under Peanasky’s leadership. he splits the supervision of the city’s IT staff person with the city Not long after he arrived in 1998, administrator. He also works with the Washington Recreation Center, many local boards, groups and organizations. which now houses a small gymnasium and “He is a man of many hats, but he keeps a very four classrooms, was acquired and renovated. In balanced life and he deals with everything with a 1999, the Faribault Community Center, which great sense of humor,” said Lola Brand, who has holds racquetball courts, a fitness center, a pool been on Faribault’s Park and Recreation Advisory and gym space and is the site of the city’s enrichBoard for about as long as Peanasky’s been in ment programs, was remodeled. Faribault. “He’s such a pleasure to work with. I really, really appreciate it, and that’s why I’ve been STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 21

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 The list of large-scale projects also includes the Faribault Family Aquatic Center, which opened its doors in 2002; the Faribault Soccer Complex, which opened in 2009; the Armed Forces Reserve Center, which opened in 2010. The White Sands Trail Head Facility, the concession building at North Alexander Park’s softball complex, the disc golf course in Wapacuta Park — the list goes on (While the parks and rec department has played a hands-on role

in these projects, so have other groups and organizations, as well as the city of Faribault). “Every project we’ve done makes you feel good about having accomplished every one of these,” he said, “and again, it comes back to the staff, because I don’t do it by myself. It’s the staff that are doing all of that.” In addition, 12 parks have been acquired and about 3.2 miles of trail has been added during Peanasky’s tenure. Playground equipment has

been replaced in 14 parks. The department also has built “tons and tons” of programming through the years, Peanasky said. Born in Wisconsin and raised in South Dakota, Peanasky began his 30-year career in parks and rec as an aquatic supervisor in South Dakota and Iowa. He received an accounting degree from the University of South Dakota — where he also was a college swimmer — and began working for Aberdeen’s department in 1983. He moved to Ames, Iowa, in 1992 and worked there until

arriving in Faribault in 1998. Now, after 16 years at the helm, Peanasky hopes the department has made a lasting impact in Faribault. Brand knows Peanasky has. “If you were to ask me how he could improve, I don’t have anything to say,” she said. “He’s one of the people who … is quiet but does so much for the city of Faribault, and I don’t think enough people recognize his value to the city,” Brand added. “He’s one of those diamonds in the rough. He’s amazing.”

PAUL PEANASKY AT A GLANCE Age: 53 Born: Greendale, Wis. Raised: Vermillion, S.D. Lives: Faribault Roles: Directs Faribault Parks and Recreation … oversees library, information technology and building maintenance in Faribault … works with numerous boards, groups and organizations. Experience: Been in parks and recreation since 1983 ... worked for the Aberdeen Park and Rec Department from 1983 to 1992 ... worked in Ames, Iowa from 1992-1998 ... moved to Faribault in 1998 ... has been city’s parks and rec director for 16 years.

Paul Peanasky, Faribault’s parks and recreation director, poses for a photo in his office in early April. Peanasky has run the department, and filled in in other areas, for 16 years. (Miles Trump/Daily News)

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Faribault’s Cecilia Hake is one of 36 three-sport athletes at Faribault High School. (Miles Trump/Daily News)

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PROFILE 2014 3-SPORT ATHLETES program history when she won the 100-yard backstroke at the Class A Girls Swimming and Diving Champigetting hurt,” Hake said. onships in Minneapolis. She doesn’t Last November, Hake became the regret sitting out basketball for a year. team’s first state champion in 24 years “It was the best decision to go and the second state titleholder in with,” said Hake, who will swim at

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 “I think we just realized that if I want to win next year, that I need to focus on swimming and swim every day and not do basketball and risk


physically so that they are over-trained, we love it,” said Mika Elovaara, SSM’s director of girls soccer and a proponent for multi-sport athletes. You can find specialization at work at ShattuckTim Carter, the director of boys soccer, said he St. Mary’s. Teams compete up to ten months per would encourage children below the age of 12 to year, traveling the country – and even overseas – play multiple sports because of its benefits, but to play against some of the toughest competition he can see why some older athletes who have a at the high school level. passion for a particular sport stick with one. He’s But that doesn’t mean the multi-sport athlete OK with that, he said. His U18 DA Maroon soccer doesn’t hold any value at SSM. team doesn’t have any multi-sport high school The girls who play in the COE soccer athletes. program make up the majority of the SSM girls “It used to be that you didn’t have a sport basketball team. SSM’s teams practice in the that went for 10 months out of the year,” morning, which allows for other extracurriculars Carter said. “… And now sport has advanced in the afternoons. and there are opportunities to play your sport “When the basketball practice is in the longer. And I think a lot of it goes toward their afternoon, as long as it doesn’t burden them passion.”

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k hasn’t become a major issue, he said. “In a high school like Faribault, . we’re kind of in the middle as far s as (high school) sizes,” Hubert said. I “With the number of sports that , we have, having 23 different sports e at the high school level, we really d need kids who want to be multipleh sport athletes. We need kids who - are two- and three-sport athletes if o we’re going to have a chance to be e successful.” e That’s why Hubert, who also is e the coach of the girls swimming and u diving team, encourages his swimt mers and divers at their end-of-theyear banquet to stay active, and in 6 some cases that means competing 7 in another sport. - Hubert also noted that athletic l scholarships are not as abundant as n the public may think. Many coaches, , in fact, are looking for multiples sport athletes, he said. - “(Playing multiple sports) doesn’t n make them worse at any particular t sport, to be quite honest,” Hubert

said. “If they’re an athlete, they’re going to be successful no matter what. They don’t have to focus on just one sport all the time.” Both FHS and Bethlehem Academy recognize threesport athletes each year. Those who have competed in three sports for all four years at FHS are honored. It’s an Clark accolade that has been given out less through the years, though, Hubert said. At BA, Athletic Director Ed Friesen recognizes seniors who have lettered in three varsity sports each year. He started the award in 1993 to promote and encourage underclassmen to join three sports, he said. Most years he’s handed the award to three to six seniors, but the past couple of years, eight to 10 seniors have earned it. BA, which has an MSHSL-adjusted enrollment of 193, has a total of 29 athletes — eight seniors, three

juniors, seven sophomores and 11 freshmen — who are in three sports this school year. That’s more now than, say, in the 1990s, Friesen said. “Last year’s graduating class, they were a very sports-interested class,” Friesen said. “This year’s seniors are very much a sports-oriented class, and so you’ve got a lot of kids from those two classes who are doing three sports.” Friesen said he sees a pattern of attrition at BA: Fewer upperclassmen, for a variety of reasons, tend to compete in multiple sports than freshmen and sophomores. He’s also seen more interest in football since the surging success of BA’s program, which played in the Class A Prep Bowl in 2012 and made it back to state in 2013. Pete Clark is one of the three BA juniors enrolled in three sports (football, basketball and baseball).

For Clark, it’s a family affair: Clark’s older brother, Adam, played the same three sports at BA before graduating in 2013. His two younger brothers also are involved in three sports. “It influenced me a lot, it gave me motivation,” Clark said. “Always looking up to your older siblings, you want to be just like them.” While three-sport athletes have their own set of challenges — juggling schoolwork and other extracurriculars, finding time to work a part-time job, being stretched too thin, etc. — Clark has found certain life lessons through his time in athletics. “A lot of what we learn about in sports is (about) being responsible,” Clark said. “It helps with your responsibility, and it helps with your respect of the game and of yourself, and of other people, too.”

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Pampered pets Boarding, grooming, day care services become more popular for pet owners By CAMEY THIBODEAU

More than 9 out of 10 people consider their pets family members and treat them as such, spending more than ever before for pet day care, pet sitters, spa treatments, pet walkers, Halloween costumes and more, according to David Garlie, a Northfield veterinarian of 49 years, said animals aren’t taken for granted as much as they used to be. “[Today] Dogs have been elevated to the position of a child with some people. That is somewhat of a change. People with money put a lot of money into their pets. There’s an elevated level of care and people take their pets more personally.” Business has steadily increased for those who cater to pets, thanks to the elevated status they enjoy nowadays. One of those businesses is Camp Canine Kennels, which offers boarding, day care and grooming. Nine years ago, Jessica Stricker took over the business where she worked in high school. “The previous owners were going to let it close and I couldn’t allow that,” said Stricker. She was working as a high school English teacher Profile 2013 II_Layout 1 4/29/14 at10:29 AM which Page she 1 continued to do for four years after buying the the time, business. It finally got to be too much when she and her husband were An employee at Camp Canine Kennels in Faribault hugs a mastiff during play time. (Camey Thibodeau/Daily News) expecting their first baby.

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profile 2014 catering to pet owners “I gave up a master’s degree in English to run dogs at Camp Canine Kennels,” said Stricker, adda dog kennel and I don’t regret anything. I really ing that dogs are just like toddlers. “They play and do love what I do every day,” she said. play and play and find joy in the simplest things.” The full- and part-time staff at Camp Canine Over the past nine years, Stricker has seen an uptick in pampering services like teeth brushing. Kennels has grown from two to 14 since Stricker Day care services have really took over nine years ago. taken off, especially in the They’re able to accommoBy the Numbers past 12 months, when they date 40 to 50 dogs and are 61 billion: Number of dollars launched the Camp Canine busiest in boarding when Kennels Facebook page. kids are out of school. Americans spent on pets in “The Facebook page has “The most remarkable 2011 thing is what people are made a huge difference, 500: Number of dollars the bringing in lots of customwilling to do for their pets average household spent on ers who were unaware of the and how much they’re willtheir pets in 2011 ing to spend,” Stricker said. business before,” Stricker 62: Percent of homes with a said. “We post pictures of Although there are a pet in 2012 the dogs playing and people number of things to which 77: Percent of Americans love it. They don’t hesitate the pampered pet trend who give their pets birthday to message or email me, but could be attributed, owner presents they’re less likely to call to of Paddington’s Feed and Sources: and check on their dog. I didn’t Seed Deb White said one think it would make as big reason is the biggest pet an impact as it did.” food recall in history in Stricker also uses Facebook to post grooming 2007 that killed several pets and sparked a pictures online to drum up business. class action lawsuit. One benefit Stricker’s business has is that her “After the big pet food recall, I think people sister is a veterinarian who owns Heartland Ani- finally got fed up and took more control over their mal, something owners find reassuring. pets,” White said. “The recall was an eye-opener Stricker is building a new facility east of Farib- and people now expect companies to be more ault that will feature a cage-free den where dogs forthcoming and responsible.” can hang out on couches and watch Animal White hosts “Tailfeathers and Furs,” a radio Planet, relax in a private suite with a full-size show that airs at 7:20 a.m. on Fridays on KDHL. bed, TV and couch, or enjoy a freshly baked treat from the on-site bakery. Reach reporter Camey Thibodeau at 333-3128. “We meet the physical and emotional needs of Follow her on @CameyThibodeau.


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a new legacy Coaches work to make Shattuck-St. Mary’s newest Center of Excellence program thrive in the Midwest By JOSH BERHOW •

Sarah Butler (left) and Mike Higdon stand outside the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Center of Excellence Golf Program’s indoor practice facility at The Legacy Golf Club. The 5,600 square-foot facility gives a home to the golfers, who come to Faribault to grow their games under Higdon and Butler. (Josh Berhow/Daily News)


nside the newest building at The Legacy Golf Course, which hasn’t even been completed for a year yet, Shane Hoben is seated in front of a laptop in a small office with the door shut, talking to a sports psychologist based out of the Twin Cities. Outside, not more than 100 yards from him, Nathan Zhao is rattling off shots on the driving range. His teammates, Carter Haskins, Parker Reddig and Grant O’Donnell, aren’t far away, making their way through the course and trying to get as many holes in as they can before they have to head back to campus. In about an hour the boys will ship out and the girls will take their place, whether it be on the course or in the new decked-out Profile 2014 | Page 28

indoor facility that sits off the ninth green. Shattuck-St. Mary’s newest Center of Excellence program, which is just finishing Year 3, is in full swing. After six golfers were in the program’s inaugural year in 2011-12, 10 came in last year. This year’s program has 13 golfers and Mike Higdon, the program’s director, is expecting between 15 and 18 next season, which will be the school’s first full year in its new 5,600 square-foot facility that opened at the end of 2013. “Obviously the group has gotten bigger,” said SSM junior Nathan Zhao, one of the Original Six members who grew up in Guam but now lives in Orange County, Calif. “It’s obviously

grown and we are being seen out there in the golfing world. The new facility is a plus for us, too. It’s almost like college golf in a high school world.” Finding golfers who want to leave home, move to a boarding school and work on their golf games has its challenges (although the new indoor facility has helped), but people have started to take notice of the Sabres, which can make the whole recruiting process easier. Perhaps the best tool is the leaderboard at various tournaments the school plays in throughout the year, which plasters the school’s location, in the snowy Midwest where golf academies are harder to find, next to each SSM golfer.

profile 2014 SSM golf “They’ll say, ‘What the heck is going on in Faribault, Minnesota?’’ Higdon said. Besides its new indoor building — which features a 2,000 square-foot sand-based green made out of synthetic turf, a swinging- and putting-analysis room, locker rooms, offices and a team room — the Sabres also received a new coach this year in Sarah Butler, who was a touring professional from 2007-10 and now works alongside Higdon as his assistant. While Minnesota can’t offer year-round golf, SSM’s program does provide golfers with a low student-to-teacher ratio, which Higdon said he had always strived for and is important in development. He said it also makes SSM stand out among other programs.

“A big piece of the puzzle is us having that relationship with the kids, with the families and helping the kids move to college,” Higdon said. “To help them in that overall piece of developing is really what I envisioned this program being.” With another coach on staff, SSM has been able to expand in tournament play as well. In late April, the Sabres attended two different tournaments, one in Winnetka, Ill., and another in Marion, Ill., where one coach traveled with each group. The program competes in about seven to nine tournaments a year at different levels, ranging from FCWT, MAGJT and AGJA.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 And even after only two full years, the program is already starting to see some of its alum take off at the next level. Two 2013 graduates, Sidney Brickey and Jake Curwin, landed Division I scholarships and have played big roles on the Northern Illinois University women’s and men’s teams, respectively, as freshmen. Additionally, Zhao played well enough last summer to earn an exemption into the Junior PGA Championship, where he tied for 30th. Zhao also played in the Puerto Rico Open in January, an AJGA tournament which are more selective on who gets invited. “Of course you want 15 to 20 kids to play Division I golf, but that might not be all of their goals,” Butler said. “They might want to play Division III and be a doctor. If we could help them improve their game to the best they can play and succeed and be happy and enjoy what they are doing, to me that is successful.”


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Shattuck-St. Mary’s COE golfer Shane Hoben hits a shot into the net as the JC video software tracks his swing during an indoor practice session in the winter. (Josh Berhow/Daily News)


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The new indoor practice facility has locker rooms for both the boys and girls. (Photos by Josh Berhow/ Daily News)

But there’s still work to be done. Besides increasing numbers and getting more of the top golfers around to come to Faribault, Higdon and Butler hope to add more practice equipment in the indoor facility, and heated hitting bays for the range, which would allow golfers to swing outside and see ball flight no matter the weather or season, might come as early as next year. Both coaches have talked about the importance of not only helping golfers reach their highest potential and helping them accomplish their goals at the next level, but about the uniqueness of their program where success can be measured in several different ways. Like how one time a golfer new to the program shaved nearly 40 strokes off his previous best, and how he’s since become driven to get better. At the same time they find as much satisfaction when a more established golfer plays well at a national tournament. “They are different things, but both are so gratifying at the same time,” Higdon said. “With golf being an individual sport, everyone has their own goals of what they want to achieve out of this program. It’s kind of cool we have that opportunity.” SSM junior Sophie Hill sends a putt toward the cup during practice.

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Faribault public school paraprofessionals keep the wheels of education turning By CRISTETA BOARINI

A lot of roles in a school district are pretty self-explanatory. Teachers teach, custodians take care of the grounds and facilities, principals lead their schools. But there are dozens of other roles at Faribault Public Schools filled by a class of worker called paraprofessional. These workers cover everything from early childhood care to nursing to librarian duties to supplemental learning and special needs. Like oil in a machine, paraprofessionals help the school district run more smoothly.


A Lincoln Elementary paraprofessional works with a student. This paraprofessional retired after 36 years of work for the school district. (Daily News file photo)

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Terry Ronayne, principal of Roosevelt Elementary, explains the responsibilities of paraprofessionals in the first- and second-grade classrooms to the Faribault Public Schools Board of Education. (Daily News file photo)

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 “They play a vital role in our schools and are part of the overall puzzle,” said Terry Ronayne, principal of Roosevelt Elementary School. Nicole Yochum, human resources director for FPS, said the school district employs about 120 paraprofessionals, or paras as they are sometimes called. The paras fill 15 different jobs spread out among eight different categories. Each role is important, she said, and fills a specific need. “We have instructional paras that assist in our kindergarten, health and English Language Learner classrooms. We have specialists who work in our media centers and assist with our visually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing students. There are our cultural liaisons who act as a bridge for communication between the school and parents. They cover a lot of territory,”

Yochum said. Yochum and Ronayne both pointed out that while paras don’t teach new material to students, their supplemental assistance is imperative to kids in need. “The most significant benefit paras provide is support,” Yochum said. But the roles and numbers of paraprofessionals has been changing in the school district over the years. In the past, instructional paras assisted teachers in second and third grade classrooms as well as kindergarten, but funding concerns meant the school had to cut back. “And when that happens, the workloads grow for teachers,” Ronayne said. “A lot of what the paras do are keeping students on task, working on behavior and staying focused and organized. They reinforce.”

When the school district was plan- the special education paras. Each spening for its 2013-2014 school year, and cial education student is assigned to a funding for art and music were cut, paraprofessional who monitors and recess time for the elementary schools works with the specific needs of the was expanded, requiring more para- student. professionals to “If they need be on hand for “A lot of what the paras s u p p o r t , t h e y safety and secuwill get support,” r it y p u r p o s e s , do are keeping students Ronayne said of Ronayne said. But on task, working on the special educanext school year, tion students. behavior and staying art and music will To make up be back, meaning focused and organized. in areas where paraprofessional the extra hours for They reinforce.” paraprofessionsupport may have als will be cut out been before, but Terry Ronayne, principal of can no longer be again. Roosevelt Elementary School “There is never funded, the school a time when a studistrict has called dent is out of eye-, arm- or earshot,” upon dozens of volunteers to help, Ronayne said. “We had to make sure such as parent volunteers and the fossafety and security wasn’t compro- ter grandparents programs. mised.” “The financial challenges are not goOne paraprofessional role that is ing away,” Ronayne said. “We continue not as affected by budget issues are to be efficient and do more with less.”

Being a paraprofessional, like many of the roles within the school district, is a labor of love. Paraprofessional for Reoosevelt’s Media Center Ardith Krogh has worked at libraries within the school district for 31 years. She has seen her job change from mostly shelving books and reading stories to also proctoring tests and cataloging in a computer system. “It’s gotten to be a much bigger job,” Krogh reflected. “It definitely has changed. I can definitely see technology being more and more integrated over the coming years.” Krogh will retire after this school year ends. And although she had seen so much change and had to adjust to many different duties, the thing she said she will remember most are the students. “The kids, they’re just wonderful. Paras you talk to will all say that they love their jobs,” Krogh said.

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‘IT’S A SOCIAL THING’ Local clubs gather interest from all over the county, region By MOLLY LARSEN •

A variety of clubs in Faribault tailored to specific hobbies all have one thing in common: Socialization. Here are just three of the many in the area.

The Faribault Rifle and Pistol Club is home to approximately 300 members from all over Rice County and the area. (Photo courtesy of

FARIBAULT RIFLE AND PISTOL The Faribault Rifle and Pistol Club has also been a source of comradeship in town. And, they’ve been standing strong since the 1930s, according to club co-secretary and treasurer, Nancy Zimmer. With approximately 300 members to date, leagues and competitions and a 600-yard-shooting range in Kilkenny, the club draws its members from all over Rice County and beyond. The club hosts safety classes and training and has also presented the Faribault Rifle and Pistol

Club gun show every November for the past 30 years. Zimmer said that one of the elements that draws so many members in are the many range options offered. “People like it because they like shooting and it’s a good place to be, nice facilities, and a good safety record,” she said. And, of course, a chance to mingle with fellow marksmen all interested in the same thing.


Faribault Rifle and Pistol Club: New member dues are $85 after which they drop to $60 annually. New members also new two sponsors (current club members) and must go through a range orientation. The range is only open to members and members must be at least 21 years of age. To join FRPC, a membership to the National Rifle Association (NRA) is required. Range includes: a 50 yard general purpose bowl with covered firing points, four pistol “fingers” from 10 — 25 yards and a 600 yard high power rifle range. All of which may be used at the same time. Deer, turkeys, pheasants, geese, ducks, coyotes, fox, and more are often encountered in the rural setting. Of course, there is no hunting at the range. 17324 Lake Av, Kilkenny, 334-9630 Page 37 | Profile 2014

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Vintage snowmobiles are just part of the annual Cannon Lake shoot out hosted by Faribo Sno-go snowmobile club. (Submitted photo)

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 Faribault Archery Club: Eighteen and over individual memberships are $38, family memberships are $54, individual youth (15-college student) are $27 and a junior membership for those 14 and under is $16. Indoor shooting: Commercial Exhibits Building, Rice County Fairgrounds, 1814 2nd Ave NW Outdoor shooting: Ahlman’s Gun Shop 9525 W 230th St., Morristown Profile 2014 | Page 38

FARIBAULT ARCHERY The Faribault Archery Club is quickly becoming another great place for kids and adults alike to gather. So great, in fact, they’re running out of room. “We’re growing out of our britches,” said Club President Dave Volk. This is far from a bad thing, though. The club has nearly 200 members, according to Volk. Apart from the growing kids’ leagues and competitions, there are also target and animal leagues for adults. It’s not just Faribault locals, either. The club is bringing in beginning and skilled (and those in between) archers from seven counties. “We host people from all over the place, word gets out and it continues to get bigger.” Volk said. “Anyone is welcome to try.” Every Saturday morning, kids 17 and under are welcome to come to the range and take aim for free. Instruction is offered at this time. “It’s a good program,” Volk said. “It’s pretty fun to watch when the young kids start hitting the target.”

One thousand kids signed in this year, of course there are repeats, but Volk explained that they may need to start a registration process, due to the wild amount of interest. No doubt Katniss Everdeen, the iconic, bow-shooting, teenage heroine of the “The Hunger Games” series might have something to do with the growing popularity of the sport. Volk agreed that “The Hunger Games” has played a role in the growing adoration of the sport, but he also explained that it’s a pretty economical sport. “You can retrieve the arrows and shoot them again,” he said. Another perk for the kids: sugary treats. “There’s a free doughnut (for everyone) every Saturday, so that’s a motivator, too, “ said Volk. Volk also recognized that the archery club provides a good space for bow enthusiasts to get-together with friends. Shooting a bow, the chance to connect with friends, both old and new, and a doughnut — sounds like a Saturday morning that can’t be beat.

profile 2014 hobby lovers FARIBAULT SNO-GO “It’s a social thing,’ said Jerry Cruikshank, long-time member and trail administrator of Faribault’s Sno-Go snowmobiling club. “We try do to family gatherings; we have our own clubhouse, and hold different functions in the winter, summer, and fall,” he said. “Camaraderie is the main benefit,” Club president Dale Drentlaw said of the 96-family club. Drentlaw said that members of Sno-go still hold events and get together whether there is snow to ride on or not. The Sno-go club isn’t just vital to those who like to shred through the snow in Faribault and Rice County either, it’s vital to the entire Minnesota snowmobiling population. Accroding the Cruikshank, there are 25,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Minnesota and 90 percent are groomed and cared for

by local clubs like Sno-Go. Rice County is home to 110 miles of groomed trails. “It’s the membership that supports the trails,” Drentlaw said. “It all goes back to the members that formed the club; they are such strong supporters,” Drentlaw said. “We’ve just never lost that core support.” The trail system was started in 1984, by Cruikshank himself. “We’re just part of the program and we all need somewhere to ride; we can’t just go out there free-styling,” said Cruikshank. Sno-go has been an integral part of the Faribault community since 1967. It’s Sno-Go that hosts the always popular Cannon Lake Shootout every winter. People from all over the Midwest pour into Faribault for the event, which showcases a plethora of sleds — from antiques to heavily modified — competing for prizes such as the oldest, best restored and of course, the fastest.

More Information Faribo Sno-Go Club: Annual individual and family club dues are $35 annually. This includes the Sno-Go membership and Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MNUSA) membership. Several benefits of membership include: annual club trip to a “snowmobiler’s haven,” youth rider training, discounts at local snowmobile dealerships, and playing a part in the maintenance of the state’s trails.

Even the youngsters get to compete at the Cannon Lake Shoot out, hosted every year by the Faribo Sno-go club. The event serves as the club’s main fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

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South Sudanese women sing and pray for peace during a Christmas Day rally in Faribault. There is a strong, but small Sudanese population in the community. (Daily News file photo)

new home in rice county Sudanese immigrants make their home in Faribault, surrounding areas

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Khat wears markings proudly on his forehead that identify his heritage. He is from Sudan, from an area now in the country of South Sudan, and is ethnically Nuer. Khat lives in Faribault. Rice County’s Sudanese are in no way a homogenous group. Just James Khat is a tall man with a big smile. For 18 years, Khat lived in refugee camps, and immigrated to Minnesota in 2000. In like the land they hail from, the Sudanese are a people of vibrant 2011, Khat graduated from St. Cloud State University, majoring in diversity. In Rice County, there are Sudanese who are pastors, activists, accountants, therapists, laborers and more. They are Christian international relations.

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and Muslim, and although they may all come from nations with “Sudan” in the name, they have a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Dinka, Nuer, Luo, Shilluk are just a few of the dozen groups that make up the Sudanese, some of whom live in Rice County.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 40 Unknown numbers According to 2006-2010 data from the American Community Survey put out by the U.S. Census, Rice County has 85 Sudanese — with a margin of error of 92. Statewide, the data estimates anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 Sudanese live in the whole state. But at a local level, Khat, who is the secretary for the Minnesota South Sudan Task Force, estimate the figures to be much higher. In southern Minnesota alone, he said the Sudanese population is closer to 9,000, with statewide populations over 15,000. “The low number doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Sometimes, with immigrant populations, selfreporting on things like census data is very low,” said Andi Egbert, a senior research analyst with the State Demographer’s Office. In the case of Rice County, Egbert said, the margin of error can be so high because perhaps just one person reported themselves as Sudanese when surveyed. By blowing up the estimation to a county-wide scale, the numbers become skewed. Data on the state’s Sudanese is also hard to

find, Egbert said. There are few studies that exam- while also seeking “pull factors” like jobs and high ine populations by country of origin or ancestry quality of life. from recent years. But, there are hints that the Pal Ruea, a Sudanese Lonsdale resident, said Sudanese within the state are growing in number, Rice County and southern Minnesota have a lot of Egbert said. those pull factors. Sudanese come “There are good to the area looking for work, and “If we look at Department of Health Data from 2006-2010, jobs so that you can often find it in manufacturing and 418 babies were born to Sudanese food processing, like at the Jenniemothers. The population grows support a family. If O Turkey Store in Faribault. are good things here,” from births, this is just one piece you can’t get a job, Ruea“There of the puzzle,” Egbert said. said. “There are good jobs there is support from so that you can support a famPull and push factors ily. If you can’t get a job, there is Another piece of the puzzle the government. You support from the government. is immigration. Since the 1970s, can go to school and You can go to school and educate Minnesota has been a destination yourself.” educate yourself.” for refugees and asylees seeking But finding work is hard. Ruea a better life from their home has a degree in accounting, but Pal Ruea, a Sudanese countries. has not been able to find a job in Lonsdale resident “We have a long history and his field. Instead he has opened ethic in Minnesota of refugee rehis own business doing taxes — settlement. About 85 percent of our foreign-born a business that has grown every year. Khat has population are refugees,” Egbert said. held jobs in social work and with after-school Egbert said populations like the Hmong, So- programs, but a lack of funding stopped his promali, Cambodian, and other refugee communities grams short. Ruea admitted that the push factors are bigger who have come to Minnesota are looking to get away from “push factors” like war and famine, than the pull factors for most Sudanese. Violence

has ravaged Sudan for more than 50 years, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions. Minnesota first saw Sudanese immigrants arrive in 1993, with Rice County’s first Sudanese immigrant primarily settling in the area in 2003. Khat and Ruea said most Sudanese living in the U.S. still have family living in their homeland or in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. In 2011, the people in the southern part of Sudan voted to secede from Sudan, and formed South Sudan. But by late 2013, violence surged again dividing along the lines of those who support the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit of Dinka heritage, and those supporting his former vice president, Riek Machar of Nuer heritage. “The violence has turned very bad,” Khat said of the recent conflict. “Worse than before. It doesn’t make any sense.” Coming from a war-torn area with vastly different customs than the U.S. is the hardest part for Sudanese immigrants, Khat and Ruea said. They have to adjust not only to the new land, but a new language, a new people, and a totally new way of life.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 Culture Shock “It’s a challenge,” Khat said about adjusting to American life. “People come here and they have culture shock. Everything is so different — the clothes, the language, the schools. It’s hard to learn to communicate.” Khat said Sudanese parents with children in the school system have

trouble because they don’t know how to help their kids with homework, while navigating government systems like immigration, social services, and healthcare can be confusing. According to American Community Survey Data, 26 percent of the Minnesota Sudanese community do not have a high school diploma.

“Mostly, we live just in our community,” Ruea said. “We just keep separated, but that does not mean we’re not learning the American way.” Ruea explained his community’s desire to preserve their customs and culture. “We do our own dancing, we keep the way we sing and play music with drums. The women teach their daughters how to braid hair and to

cook, how we wear our decoration. We want to keep these things,” Ruea said. Ruea related a time when a man asked him why he had markings on his forehead, pointing out they seem strange. Ruea in turn pointed to the man’s tattoos. “I said to him, do those make you happy? And he said yes. So I said to him, it is the same with me. These markings

make me happy,” Ruea said. “Our cultures are different, but it does not mean one is better.” But generally, the feelings with the rest of the Rice County community are amicable. Ruea said the young people are better at mingling with the community, “Minnesota is good. The weather, we get used to it. The people, the jobs, the health, it’s all good,” Khat said.

South Sudanese Nuer came together in Faribault on Christmas Day to mourn and pray to stop the killing of innocent people in South Sudan.(Daily News file photo) Profile 2014 | Page 42


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