Fundraiser Walleye Dinner

2008 Pelican Lake Association of St.Anna
5th Annual Fundraiser Walleye Dinner

On Friday February 8, The Landing

Serving from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Takeouts also available
(Fish or Chicken Breast Dinner will be served this year and we have a childs menu of chicken nuggets or fish )
Tickets are $12.00 in Advance or $14.00 at the Door
Gets your tickets early at The Landing or call 356-7700
Throughout the evening there will be
Meat Raffles - Silent Auction –Drawings Games to win Prizes
Please come and join us for an evening of Fun for the Family
Pelican Lake Association of St.Anna Is a Non Profit 501C 3 Volunteer Organization



Fire Department recieves Federal grant

The Fire Department received a $65,000 federal grant last month.

The grant will help the department buy digital radios, a laptop computer and projector. The computer and projector will be used to give presentations to the community. The digital radios are used to communicate easily with other agencies.
The department also purchased 270 smoke detectors. Firefighters went door to door to talk to residents and check their smoke detectors, they gave out batteries to those that needed them if a smoke detector wasn't working and gave out the smoke detectors to those who didn't have them.


Tree Lighting Canceled

Due to the weather the Tree Lighting for tonite 12-1-07 is canceled.


Tree Lighting-Santa Breakfast HO-HO-HO

HO-HO-HO We are all getting ready to go full swing into the Christmas season. The garland and lights are going up.
Saturday December 1st at 5:45 pm The Petals to Pedals Garden Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. It will be held by the water fountain area. HOT CHOCOLATE AND CIDER with treats will be served. Come sing carols with the high school choir and Mayor Schmit !!
Sunday December 2d H. Women of Today are hosting their annual Super Santa Breakfast at the City Center. Serving 9:00am to 12:30pm . Pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, cheesy potatoes, donuts, milk, juice and coffee. $6 for adults, $3.50 children 4-10 and children 3 and under free. SANTA WILL BE THERE to hand out goodie bags.


New Business in Town

We have a new business in town to welcome! It's Everything Signs located over at 470 Industrial Drive. Need a sign check out their web site as they do lot of different kinds of signs , t-shirts also.


Music teacher to Sing In Washington, D.C.

More good Holdingford educator news. Mike Guenin long time elementary music teacher is has been invited to go to Washington, D.C., this weekend to sing at the reunion of the Vietnam Security Police Association, he will sing the song "Before You Go" at the reunion of The 13-year-old organization's reunion which is coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial. Mr. Guenin will fly in Friday and sing at a banquet on Saturday — the same day he turns 58. He will leave Sunday to be back in time for school Monday. Guenin, who did not serve in Vietnam, noted that some Vietnam veterans have had difficult lives because of the war and since returning. It's the least I can do is go sing for them," Guenin said. Good for you Mike ! There was a article in the Stearns County Enterprise and the St.Cloud Times also.



16th Annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards: Kathleen Carlson and Milissa Walz Honored

Eighteen school districts in Central Minnesota were represented at the 16th Annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards and Recognition Ceremony, Kathleen Carlson and Milissa Walz from Holdingford Schools were two of the honorees. The Annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Awards recognizes achievements by educators and administers. Thank a teacher when you see one. They deserve it !



Be sure to vote YES to support our schools



Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

I am breaking one of my house rules, kind of talking about Christmas now, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and there is all the buzz about the Christmas Season. But- I have just been informed the community tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Petals To Pedals Garden Club like last year, will be Saturday December 1 st at 5:30 or when church gets out a little later. So this is a heads up to plan on coming down for hot chocolate,cider, song and of course Christmas lights.


Local Catholic Churches Website

The Five area Catholic Churches in and about Holdingford have a new website It is very nicely done with lots of good information. There is also a link to it from the city website under Directory for Business - Organizations



Exit 153 Reviewed

Our little blog here got reviewed by a administrator over at Bloggeries. I thought it was kind of cool.


New Roof On City Hall

This is one of those we didn't want to do it projects. The city hall has been having issues with leaks in the roof for a while. The question was to do it piecemeal or do it right. We did it right.


Holdingford in New Books

This the year for books being published that the people in Holdingford area can relate to. First the "Minnesota 13" book by Elaine Davis, then there is the "Bowlus Centennial"pictural history by Louis Titel, et. al. and now Garrison Keillor has a new book out "Pontoon" about the folks of Lake Wobegon, and of course Holdingford is mentioned.


Chicken and Ham Dinner

The Holdingford Area Knights of Columbus, St. Isidore Council 9307,
is sponsoring a chicken and ham dinner on Sunday, October 7, 2007,
at the Pelican Lake Ballroom, 1 mile west of St. Anna,
with serving from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.
Take-out meals available.
All proceeds are used only for charitable activities of the Council.



Area Family Picnic

Holdingford Area Family Picnic
City Park

Sunday-Sept.9 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Free =Hog Roast Games Music
All Welcome



Hazardous Waste Pickup

The Stearns County Household Hazardous Waste Truck Pickup will be in Holdingford, September 5th 9 a.m.-1 p.m. At St. Mary's Church, in Holdingford. Residents can properly dispose of unsafe or nuisance products, including paints, cleaners, fuels, automotive chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, solvents and more. It's Free. Call 656-3613 for more information.


New Emergency Siren

Hear The Siren

There is a new (to us) emergency siren on the south end of town. I hope we don't have to listen to it except on the first Wednesday of the month when it is tested. Click above to hear a siren similar in sound.



The New Water Fountain

I have been slow in posting this photo of the new fountain at the Lake Wobegon trail. It has been up and running for a while. A very nice addition. I wrote about it here . A big thanks goes out to Wedel's Electric of Albany for donating their labor to this project.


Holdingford Express Region 8C Champion

The Holdingford Express is the Region 8C Champion.
Jeff Swenson, their 29-year-old catcher, was named most valuable player of the Region 8C tournament. Elliott says "It's a testimony to how well he hit and how well he caught as the Express made their way back to the state tournament". Read the whole story in Tom Elliott's St Cloud Times Column.
Holdingford plays the Watkins Clippers at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norwood.
Pat at the "Power House" is organizing a bus trip to the game Saturday, check with him for details. Cost is reported to be $15 for the bus, which will leave at 9:00 a.m. They will be staying for the St Stephens's game which is right after.


New Skateboarding Park

Here is another cool project. Andrew Piasecki's dream has come to reality. He wanted to build a skate board park for the City of Holdingford as a Eagle Scout project. He worked through the local H.I.P. committee. Which if you remember got started with training and a grant from the Initiative Foundation. He raised funds from a number of local businesses and organizations including the American Legion, Lions Club, Sno Flyers Club, The Hair Salon, Two Rivers Enterprise donated steel and developer Tim Berscheid has donated a half pipe. The other pieces of equipment include a grind rail, grind box, quarter pipe and launch ramp, that were built by Andrew and friends. It all sits on top of a 30’ x 50’ concrete slab. Good job Andrew! I know the young folks around here will put this to good use.


Lioness New Park Project

The Holdingford Lioness Club has recently taken on the job of renewing the playground equipment at the Legion Memorial Park. Scraping it down to the metal priming and putting a fresh coat of brightly colored paint. The results look great ! Our hats off for a excellent job ! Oh, and the money for the paint was donated by the Holdingford Snow-Flyers Club. A big thanks to them also.


Francis Schroden in the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America

From the St. Cloud Times. Francis Schroden, son of Tom and Renee Schroden of Holdingford, recently represented Alexandria Technical College while participating in the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America in New York.
Schroden received recognition as a finalist in Web application team.
Good job Francis !


Prohibition Days In Holdingford

It's an occasion when a book is written that has a lot to do with Holdingford. Elaine Davis who is the great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Albany, Joseph Schwinghammer. Has written a wonderful book about prohibition in this area, with a lot of information about Holdingford. I found it fun to read. You can buy a copy at The Corner Pizza & Antiques. Read more at Holdingford, Minnesota-historical or go to her web site Wet' Wild Prohibition Days



Keaton Guston Wins Awards

From the St. Cloud Times today in in Tom Elliott's sports column he reports that Keaton Gustin, Holdingford High School graduate, who finished his freshman year at Ridgewater Community College, recently earned a boatload of honors after helping the Warriors earn a Junior College World Series berth.
*He was named the Minnesota Community College Player of the Year,
*was a first-team NJCAA All-American,
* the NCJAA Region XIII player of the year
* the MCCC Southern Division player of the year.
He finished the 2007 season with a. 403 average, nine home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 51 RBI.
He also earned KLTF-AM Victory League offensive player of the week honors after helping The Holdingford Express knock off Avon and St. Stephen on its way to the Region 8C Tournament.
What a year for this young man! Congratulations Keaton


Fireworks Display

If you did not see the fireworks display that was one of the events at Holdingford Daze 2007. Here is some of it A very nice display enjoyed by all.



More Holdingford Daze

A nice article in the St. Cloud Times today about Holdingford Daze . It was a beautiful day and turn out of people. They should have stayed for the polka mass, and the fireman's porkchop dinner, it was good as always... The street dance was packed with people, listening and dancing to the music of the band "Keystones". The fireworks were spectular !! Many folks who have grown up and moved away come back to visit old friends.

Holdingford Daze Parade 2007

I'll be posting some more on the Holdingford Daze but in case you missed the parade, here is a slide show of it. With a few slides of the Holdingford Historical Society float getting ready in line.


Medallion Has Been Found

The Medallion was found this morning by some youngsters. It's worth $200 to them, they will be given their prize at the hula hoop contest Saturday. I understand a lot of people were up early the last few days looking for it. Good times.


Holdingford Daze Activites

Holdingford Daze Activites activites are starting . The main attractions this Friday and Saturday. The Medallion Hunt starts today. Go to the city site and click on Medallion Clues for the daily clues. Also you will find there links for entrance forms and activity page of times for events.


Motorcycles On A Run

Most of my posts about bikes have related to the pedaling kind on The Lake Wobegon Trail. The town was a rest stop today for more than 250 motorcycles a run on a warm summer afternoon. There are some beautiful roads for riding around central Minnesota. These folks had a wonderful day for riding.


Lake Wobegon Water Fountain

The Petals To Pedals Garden Club keeps working hard to make the city garden on The Lake Wobegon Trail, more beautiful and unique. The latest additions. A cedar fence section, was put up by the county as a background to a row of arborvitae bushes. The center piece is this neat concrete water fountain. I have to give them credit they did a lot of research to find a cool fountain for a reasonable price. They found it at 'Pam's Butterfly' a concrete ornament Co. by Cushing. They were able to try it out and it works great. The electricity will be in next week. Of course this is a work in progress, more landscaping is to be done. Benches and more gardens are on the list.


Lunch Ladies in Movie

An award-winning documentary by Brooklyn filmmaker Paul La Blanc, called “Millions (A Lottery Story),” tracks six lottery winners to see how instant wealth affected their daily lives. Two of the lottery winners are from New York , lost all their money. His example of the opposite end of spending are some of our 16 Holdingford Lunch Ladies. Who won the Powerball in 2003. The article says "Though the money has made the lives of these rural women more comfortable, it’s clear that what brings them satisfaction is their families and their routines". Read the whole story here.
The documentary won the “Best Brooklyn Filmmaker”, it has been an official selection at more than 30 international film festivals and has been picked up for limited distribution in theaters for later this year.


Surreys on Lake Wobegon Trail

Holdingford Helping Hands has a neat new service for folks. They have purchased three, four wheel Surrey bicycles. Two standard SURREYS that are designed for three adults and two small children and one SURREY LIMOUSINE designed for six adults and two small children. The public can rent these out at $10 and hour for the standard surrey and $15 an hour for the Limo. They will be available Friday and Sunday, noon to 8:00p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Seniors (60) in the area who are registered with Helping Hands, will be able to use the surreys free of charge on Mondays and Wednesdays. Reservations must be made a week in advance, and if requested, Helping Hands will provide a volunteer to pedal the surrey. To reserve a surrey call Helping Hands 746-9960.


36th annual Holdingford Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament

The 36th annual Holdingford Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament will be held July 13-15 the weekend of Holdingford Daze. It will be a good time, get your team signed up NOW!
Entry fee for the 16-team tournament is $100, with trophies and cash for first, second, third and consolation champion.

For more information, contact Cyril Ebnet.



A Grocery Store in Holdingford

Would you like to see a grocery store again in Holdingford ? The Economic Development Committee from 'HIP' is taking a marketing survey to see if there would be support for a grocery store in Holdingford. Please, pick one up at the businesses in town or city hall or go to the link print it out and return it to Holdingford City Hall by Tuesday morning June 12., 2007 SURVEY LINK


Caramel Roll Ride Announcement !

Hey folks it's geting close but if you have not registered yet for the Caramel Roll ride coming up Saturday the 9th, I just found out the Lake Wobegon Trail Association and Minnesota Trails.com have offered to give a donation of $15 for every registrant for the Caramel Roll ride that writes "covered bridge" on their registration form. The money going to the Holdingford Lions for the covered bridge project. You can can register on line at lakewobegontrails.com


Lake Wobegon Trail and Soo Line Recreational Trail Connection

The Morrison County web site posted on 5/31/ that the Soo Line Recreational Trail ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday June 5 at 8:30 am at the Bowlus Pavillion. The St. Cloud Times 6/3 says the ceremony is at 10:00 a. m. on Tuesday. I'd come early and enjoy the open house of the Bowlus Community Center.
At any rate now one can ride from Holdingford on the Lake Wobegon Trail north endure the name change and continue on the Soo Recreational Trail to the Mississippi River. Cool. Happy riding


Lake Wobegon Trail

I have noticed the Lake Wobegon Trail is being well used. This morning I went down to get the mail there was a group of about 20 bikers getting ready for a ride.
Organized events coming up you might want to check out are the
Saturday, June 9 Carmel Roll
Sunday July 8 The 27th Annual Tour of Saints
Saturday July 14 The 5th Annual Lake Wobegon Trail Bike Ride
Also check out this article about the Albany to Holdingford Trail at Minnesota Trails



Party Time At The Power House

Pat and the gang over at the "Holdingford Municipal Liquor Store" [if you are offical] "Muni' [for the older folks] and even older [ The Power House] anyway they are revving things up for the summer.
*****He's having a tailgate party before the NASCAR Nextel race, Saturday, May 19th, serving hamburgers outside.
**** Then on May 25 th they are having a big outdoor music event with the band 'Pie Hole' Who bill themselves as "the best kept party band secret in the Granite City"


Blue Bunny Ice Cream Man

A summer treat is coming this summer. The clinging bell of a ice cream truck. A Blue Bunny ice cream distributor, has recieved city council permission, to sell ice cream in town. He will be coming around one day a week, between 4 and 6 pm, on Mondays . Its a real flashback, I haven't seen one of these in years, have you ?


Helping Hands Recieves Grant

In The St. Cloud Times today:
The CentraCare Health Foundation awarded nine grants to improve health in Central Minnesota.
The foundation’s $376,570 in grants support projects that promote health education, research and services for residents in the 13-county area.
Holdingford Helping Hands, Helping Hand Outreach to Elders, $10,150, to engage older adults in the process of making healthy choices and being physically active. That's pretty cool guys, that should help a lot with your programs.


Holdingford Express Baseball

The Holdingford Express Baseball Team has a really neat website, with all kinds of information on the team, including a calendar of upcoming games and a countdown to Holdingford Daze when there will be a 2 day baseball tournament as part of the Holdingford Daze festivities. Get out and support the team !


Track legend Chet Blascziek

There was a really nice article on retired phy-ed teacher Chet Blascziek , by Times assistant sports editor Tom Elliott, in the St. Cloud Times about his tenure at Holdingford High School, he is beginning the 39th year of involvement in the athletic program. In Blascziek’s 38 years as head coach, Holdingford won 33 conference titles. The Huskers took second the five times they didn’t win either the Great River Conference, or from 1979 to today, the Central Minnesota Conference titles. Under Blascziek, there have been six state individual champions and 60 athletes who competed in the state meet. That's a very impressive record !


New Scepaniak Industrial Park

Here is Wm. Scepaniak, Inc. located at the Scepaniak Industrial Park on the south end of town. According to the USGS , for a number of years they have been listed as one of the largest Principal Construction Sand and Gravel Producers in Minnesota and United States. You can't see their 'parking lot' of equipment here but it is extensive.


Outstanding Science Teacher

Jason Moyer-Schmit , son of Ernie and Lois Schmit, is a Junior High School science teacher at Twentynine Palms,California. This spring was chosen to join other teachers and college professors from across the country at the California State University Desert Research Station in Zzyzx where they'll help NASA scientists conduct research in an environment the space agency considers similar to the Moon and Mars.
Pretty cool.


Caramel Roll Ride scheduled

submitted by Megan Huls
Please join us for a sweet roll along a sweet trail! The Lake Wobegon Trail Association and the Stearns County Park Department will be cosponsoring the Caramel Roll Bike Ride with caramel rolls, fruit, juice, and coffee available to boost your energy along the way. The ride will be held on Saturday, June 9, with registration at the St. Joseph trailhead center from 9 to 10 a.m. Preregistration can be done on the Lake Wobegon Trail Association
Order a tshirt as ride memorabilia. From St. Joseph, participants can peddle their way on to Avon's Cabin Cafe, Albany's shelter near city hall, and Holdingford's TK's Restaurant and Lounge with refreshments available at each stop. Shuttle buses will be available in each town. Bring your mom, son, best friend, and great aunt to this sweet event. And don't forget your helmet. Come bike where the women are strong, the men good looking, and the children above average! For more information call (320) 2556172 or e m a i I Megan.Huls@co.stearns.mn.us.


New Business Berkon Industries

Berkon Industries, is a new business in town, located at 470 Industrial Dr, in the Scepaniak Industrial Park in Holdingford. They manufacture and sell;
Alum. Frame Docks, Dock Accessories, Fish Houses, Game Cameras, All Cedar Docks, Fish House Trailers, RV/Fish House Parts.


Local Man Does Well

I liked this story in the Star Tribune today
By Jenna Ross, Star Tribune April 10, 2007
"Google the phrase "online marketing," and the search engine will give you 355 million options. The first is a Wikipedia entry. The second is Lee Odden. "Online Marketing Blog," his link reads. "A marketing blog about the intersection of new media PR, blog and search marketing with posts by Lee Odden of TopRank Online Marketing." read the whole story
Do you have stories about folks around here that have gone on to do well ? Let me know about them.

Holdingford man Receives MOTSEA Teacher of the Year award

From Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association
The Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association held its 40th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31, 2007 at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud. On Friday Joe Christensen, Holdingford, was named MDTSEA!s 2007 Teacher of the Year. Christensen has taught driver education for over 35 years. From 1972 until 1993 he taught driver education at Holdingford High School. He also taught mathematics and computer science at HHS from 1970 to 1993. Between 1984 and 1988 he worked on driver education projects at St. Cloud State including creations of computer programs entitled "Computer Assisted Driver Education." For several years he assisted in student teacher supervision at SCSU.
In 1993 he became a member of the traffic safety staff at St. Cloud State University. During his time at SCSU he did over 450 presentations about driving under the influence in high schools across the State of Minnesota. For five years he taught driver education at SCSU's demonstration program at Princeton High School. Christensen also assisted in the development of curriculum units about decision making, traffic mix, sleep and driving under the influence. He taught teacher preparation classes for SCSU and Hamline. With the end of grant money in 2003 he retired from SCSU. During 2003-5 he served as coordinator of the Towards Zero Deaths program in Princeton.
Currently Christensen is teaching part time for the driver education program at Princeton, serving as MDTSEA:s workshop and conference coordinator, as webmaster and as a member of the legislative committee. He also teaches mathematics part time at the Minnesota School of Business in Waite Park. Christensen is secretary of the Holdingford Lions Club, board chair of the HelpingHands Outreach to Elders program, co-chair of the Holdingford, Economic Development Task Force, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of Education Minnesota-Retired and a member of NEA-Retired.


It must be spring , even if we are expecting another snowstorm. Because the City of Holdingford's SPRING CLEANUP has been set for Saturday JUNE 16th 8:am to 12:00 pm. This is a service provided by the City of Holdingford , for the residents of the City . It will be located by the lake Wobegon Trail Head as usual. Also some items may be disposed of for no charge and for some there is a nominal fee to cover the cost charged by the refuse company. Those prices are yet to be set.


Second Grade Podcasters

With the help of Mrs. Disher, Mrs. Auer's Holdingford second graders are podcasting weather reports. Check it out Here
They presented their Podcasting project at the TIES Conference in Minneapolis on December 4, 2006 Podcasting is a popular way of presenting content on a subject that can be heard at any time on the net. Kind of a personal radio station. You can subcribe so when new podcasts are made you are aware of them.
Another new way of podcasting combines photos as well. Voicethread is a free service that allows you create scrapbooks or photo albums along with voice commentary.


Rare Art Form of Internal Plastic Carving

"Holdingford man carves artwork into cribbage boards" was the title of the
nice article in the St Cloud Times Citizen News today on Norb Kollodge's internal plastic carving of cribbage boards. If you have never seen Norb's work, these are beautiful works of art! He uses a high speed Foredom Drill with special bits that kind of look like drill bits except they come to a point. With the work mostly done from one entrance hole for each flower. With little to no allowance for error. This is a rare art form, not many people go through the effort to learn.


Rep. Dan Severson Town Hall Meeting

Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, announced he will have a town hall meeting On Saturday April 7, in Holdingford at TK’s Restaurant on main Street from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Calling with Skype

This is off my normal topics it is to cool not to pass on. I really don't mean for this to sound like a commerical but, If you haven't hear of Skype it is a basicly free internet phone service. If the person you want to talk to also has Skype installed, you can talk for free. Case in point, my eldest son is speaking at The Search Engine Marketing Conference in Australia I was sitting back in the lounge chair this morning, talking to him tomorrow (Australia is 16 hours ahead of us ). Anyway we talked for a half a hour, for no cost. Very neat ! The was sound very good quality. If the person you want to talk to doesn't have Skype or computer you can call their landline. My next call will be to Uncle Ben in England, who doesn't have a computer. It will cost 00.021 cents a minute.


Angela Krych Breaks Swimming Record

U of M Mankato,records fell at NCAA Championships, at Buffalo, N.Y. with freshman Angela Krych from Holdingford, earning All-American honors. She swam to a ninth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a school-record time of :58.53 Krych advanced to the finals by swimming to a U of M Mankato school-record :58.61 in the prelims.more


Softball League Organizational Meeting

The Holdingford Softball League will have an organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Holdingford American Legion.

Teams in the women's, men's and co-rec leagues must have a representative at the meeting. An opening remains for one women's team. For more information, contact Cyril Ebnet at 746-2338.


Historical Society has Been Started

We now have a historical society started. It is called the "Holdingford Area Historical Society" . Everyone in the group wanted to be inclusive of the area around Holdingford as well as the City as the history of the area is all bound together, especially with Arban, St. Anna, Opole and South Elmdale. With that said all are welcome to become involved. For more information on joining, Bev Eichten at the Corner Pizza is the Membership Chair.


Fireman's Breakfast

A reminder that the 15th Annual Holdingford Fire and Rescue Breakfast is next Sunday March 11, at the civic center. Serving from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. cost $6 perplate- $3 ages 6 to 12 yrs -under 5 yrs of age free. Support our local firefighters !


More Snow

Like everyone else in Minnesota, last nite we got a lot of snow . My guess here we got about 14.5 inches. I plowed out the driveway last nite and again this morning. Like always the maintenance crew was up early and did a great job of opening up the streets.


Holdingford A Peaceful City

Janelle P. Kendall, Stearns County Attorney, recently came to the City Council and gave her annual report on Holdingford Prosecution Cases her office handled for the last year.
If you break it down.
2006 - 34 misdemeanors
no proof/no insurance-4
no dl/das/dac/dar-6
false info to police-2
violation no contact order-1
possession of drugs/para.-1
open bottle-1
seat belt-2
fail to transfer title-1
criminal damage to property-1
2006 - 3 Gross Misdemeanors
gross misd. dui/dwi-2
gross misd. driving after cancellation-1
If you look at these violations, I think you would agree Holdingford is a pretty safe place to live.



More Good Holdingford Education News

Elementary teacher, Char Swedziak has been asked to help advise the Scholastic book company about is products. Superintendent Haas was quoted to say "She is one of 25 teachers around the nation who will make suggestions to the company that publishes children’s books." Read the article in the St. Cloud Times.
Hey, that is pretty cool!


Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Pam Schoon long time Holdingford High School English Teacher has been selected with 129 other Minnesota teachers to vie to become the next Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Teachers are selected by their school peers to represent their school and that is narrowed down to the 130 group. The competition is sponsored by Education Minnesota with the winner being announced in May. This is the second honor Ms. Schoon has received lately. She was also honored by Resource and the Center for Academic Excellence. Congratulations Pam !

The Bridge Now

With all the interest in the covered bridge. I thought a photo of how it looks now would be in order. And here is a link to a photo of the proposed bridge


Holdingford Daze

YIECKS ! I hate it when I am given incorrect information!

The correct dates for ‘Holdingford Daze’ will start Friday July 13th with “The Walk of Hope” and the other events July 14th. More information will be forth coming.



More on The Covered Bridge

A week ago I posted that our covered bridge project is moving ahead.
In the online edition of the St. Cloud Times today. They reported the Stearns County board gave its approval today for the project. County parks director Chuck Wocken was quoted as saying “I’ve always thought Holdingford does things just a little bit prettier than a lot of communities,” and that “They’re never satisfied with just the chassis and the wheel. They want a little more style.” He went on to say The county will be responsible for maintaining and repairing the bridge, although it’s expected to require little maintenance.
I'm sure the citizens of Holdingford appreciate support of the Stearns County board and the positive comments by Mr. Wocken.


Resurrected Artists Community Theatre

The 25th year of Resurrected Artists Community Theatre at ' The Landing ' is coming up quick. This year’s play will be “Bull in a China Shop”. It is the story of six mature ladies who go to great lengths to attract the attention of a younger man. The proceeds from the first weekend will be given to a cancer awareness charity that has not been determined at this time.
Play dates have been set for February 23rd & 24th, March 2nd, 3rd, 9th 10th, and the Sunday matinee on the 11th.
Contact ' The Landing' for reservations 320-845-4666


News Release from Helping Hands

News Release :
Helping Hands Outreach to Elders was informed that they have fully complied with all standards of the Minnesota Charities Review Council. They are now listed at the CRC web site at www.smartgivers.org The statement from the Council read: “Congratulations, the Council has determined that Helping Hands Outreach to Elders meets all standards. Your commitment to accountability as an area of best practice for your organization was like music to our ears. We really appreciate the work you did to meet the standards. It speaks well of your organization’s dedication to the people that you serve that you would take the time to address accountability issues.” A small percentage of small nonprofits like Helping Hands Outreach to Elders receive this recognition and can use the seal of approval.
Way to go ! You can check out the review here


Holdingford Daze

It has been announced that ‘Holdingford Daze’ will start Friday July 13th with “The Walk of Hope” and the other events July 14th. More information will be forth coming.



Holdingford's Covered Bridge

Joe Christenson with Covered Bridge Model he built. The bridge when built will be 164 feet long making it the longest covered bridge in Minnesota and the longest cover bike bridge in the world.
The bridge as previously noted is a project of the Holdingford Lions Club. The plan is to build it in 2008.

Buying Groceries Online

Driving some distance for groceries out here can be a problem sometimes. Whether just getting there or having the time. Were you aware you can buy your groceries online and have them delivered to Holdingford ? The cost of doing so is about what it costs me for gas to get to St. Cloud. You can order them in the morning and get them that afternoon. It is a option to think about Coborns provides this service. I know of some people that have used it, for their busy schedule it works for them.Tags:


New Holdingford Area Historical Society

The Holdingford Area Historical Society is being formed. For anyone interested. They meet on the first Monday of the month at the Corner Pizza & Antiques. The next meeting is Feburary 5th at 7:00 pm. Tim Glines, Manager of Outreach Services, for The Minnesota Historical Society will be the guest.


Holdingford Teachers Honored

Two Holdingford teachers were recognized for their accomplishments by Resource and the Center for Academic
Excellence at the 28th Annual Customer Appreciation Awards Ceremony recently.
Roger Holm for being Academic Coach of the Year and is a Knowledge Bowl Coach and serves on the Resource
Knowledge Bowl Advisory Committee.
Pam Schoon for Teacher Achievement. Pam is a member of the Resource Gifted/Talented Network
These award winners received an award and a $1,000 check from the WEM
Foundation founded by Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillian. The award
winners were nominated by students, students’ parents, community members,
education officials and colleagues.