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Ellendale Days adds attractions

By MELANIE PILTINGSRUD
Contributing Writer

The Ellendale Days “old fashioned country town celebration,” coming up June 22-25, promises to be fresh and new this year, with 30-35 craft vendors on Main Street. welcoming both residents and visitors to the community with a variety of items to peruse and sell. And brand new this year is a history tour by the Ellendale Heritage Society, and a guest appearance by some of the past Raiders’ homecoming kings and queens during the parade.

On the History Tour, starting at noon Saturday, a flatbed trailer will carry spectators from the east side of Ellendale near the Cooleyville town sign to various historical sites as an MC gives the history of the area. The trailer will ride by Gus’ Station and the old Ellendale Creamery, which was in business in the 1800s and 1900s. From there, the trailer will pass the railroad track where there used to be a livestock building. Lonny Misgen will give the details on that business. Next, Rollie and Cheryl Johnson will share the history of the Ellington farm. Spectators will then head for the Norby farm, passed the Chuckwagon Drive-In, and passed the Doc Ertel home, where the former country Doctor resided, across the street were Groth Furniture, which became Thompson Furniture. Next to that was the Aronson Garage, concerning which Mary Groth and Roth Aronson will tell of past events. The trailer will then head to 3rd Street and down to the Busho Garage, where several of the Busho descendants will relate its history.

 

The 24th Annual Lutheran Night at the Twins is set for Tuesday, Aug. 8 as the Twins host the Milwaukee Brewers.

Price of $45 per person (paid in advance, no refunds), includes a coach bus leaving from behind Slumberland in Albert Lea at 4 p.m., home plate view tickets, four persons on the field to lead singing the National Anthem, deal or no deal prizes on the bus, coupons for all, your name on the scoreboard if your birthday is Aug. 8, and the bus parked nearby. A $5 refund will be given if the bus is full — 57 tickets per bus.

For reservations call Bob or Genie Hanson at 507-373-8655 or Wayne or Barb Indrelie at 507-826-3267.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Waldorf Community Center Wednesday, June 14 from 1-7 p.m. Call Bev at 239-2461 for an appointment or sign up at redcrossblood.org, sponsor code Waldorf.

 

David Landau will perform his kids’ rock star songs, incorporating humor and storytelling with his music at area public libraries in June.

Landau was voted 2016 Children's Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Association.

The schedule:

• Wednesday, June 21 @ 2 p.m., Janesville Public Library

• Thursday, June 22 @ 10 a.m., Waseca Public Library

• Thursday, June 22 @ 2 p.m., New Richland Public Library

• Thursday, June 22 @ 4 p.m., Waldorf Public Library

The 6th Annual FCA Night at Waseca Braves baseball game is Friday, June 16 at Tink Larson Field vs. Stewartville.

“Celebrity” first pitch (Barry Dufault) at 7:25 p.m. Admission is free for students and only $2 for adults IF wearing FCA apparel (shirt, cap, etc.).

During the game there will be contests, prizes and fun for all ages!

The 2017 Braves roster includes Lucas Hagel, Max Kaplan, Jake Walter, Erik Balfe, Zak Kruger, Scott Hanson, Tink Larson, Carter Klinger, Hank Hagen, Alex White, Brad Dushaw, Jimmy Loonan, Ryan Wangen, Brandon Sutlief, Jack Paczkowski, Erik Simmons, Eric Maas, Bryce Bellin, Kelvin Nelson, Cameron Madsen, Dan Cromer, Cody Ulfers, Kyle Waugh, Colby Sylvester and Blake Nelson.