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The Nortonna Lodge 1-638 of the Sons of Norway will hold their annual Syttende Mai dinner on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 S. Lincoln Ave, Owatonna.

Syttende Mai is Norway’s Constitution Day. The annual celebration dinner will feature torsk, meatballs, potatoes, asparagus, cucumber salad, lingonberries, lefse, and rice creme.

Tickets are available by contacting Phyllis Hegle at 507-429-7325.

For more information on the Nortonna Lodge of the Sons of Norway, contact Nina Zak at 507-213-1919 or Cindy Hokanson at 507-451-9301.

Pivotal corner, Part II

Contributing Writer

(Part Two of two parts.)

The business in this snapshot was full-service for its time 80 years ago: one gravity-feed gas pump and one electric, one kerosene gravity pump (hidden at left), an air hose for tires (center), a can of water for radiators (at right), and an earthen pit for changing oil (covered at right). The all-important out-house was out of sight behind.

You drove in, an attendant arrived with a smile and a question, and you requested a number of gallons or said, “Fill ‘er up with regular.” At 11 cents per gallon of gas, you could sit and watch the windshield get washed, the oil and radiator checked, and maybe a tire kicked for inspection. You’d hand over some money, the attendant went in and came out with your change.

Or the process might be to pay inside and buy a candy bar and/or soda pop for a nickel each, listen to weather talk, endure a joke and repartee, and then be on your way. During the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s you paid less than 20 cents per gallon, average.


The Rose Ensemble, a musical group from St. Paul, will be bringing music from its American Roots concert program to New Richland Care Center on Wednesday, May 3. They will perform at 6 p.m.

The hour-long program will feature music drawn from over 100 years of American history. With Shaker tunes, early Bluegrass, old-time Gospel, and Civil War anthems, there will be a little something for everyone...including the chance to sing along on old favorites! The group includes 8 singers plus instrumentalists playing fiddle, guitar, banjo, accordion, and upright bass. 

For more information on The Rose Ensemble, visit



In honor of The City of New Richland's 140th anniversary,  Farm & City Days will have a fireworks show Friday, July 7.

Stop by City Hall, The Red Leaf, The Willows, Wagner Foods or The State Bank of New Richland with any donations to help cover the cost. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 262 and checks made out to NR Farm & City Days.

The goal is to pay for half and raise donations for half of the cost. Thank you!


The annual Ellendale citywide cleanup has been set for Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7.

There will be two dumpsters available starting on Saturday and continuing until full (do not leave items on the street) in front of the Maintenance building for City Residents only to dispose of items that will not fit in their trash containers.

Please DO NOT dispose of florescent light fixtures or light bulbs, hazardous materials, tires and yard waste (i.e. leaves & branches) in the dumpster.

There will be a separate trailer for the following items: scrap metal, electrical wiring, small appliances, washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers or any other electronics. Please no TVs or computers and/or monitors.