Ice Skating in Central Mn

Want to go ice skating ? You won't find a better skating rink than the one in Holdingford. Lots of ice and plenty of close free parking. The City maintence Dept. did a good job creating and upkeeping this rink. Come and enjoy !!



Holdingford Area Family Picnic

Holdingford Area Family Picnic, A REAL FREE LUNCH- all people in Holdingford, Opole, St. Wendel, St. Anna Welcome.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm
at the Veteran's Park

Motorcycle Ride Benefit 9-12-09

Looking for some fun this fall here you go !!

Lots of fun !!


Overview Holdingford Daze Car Show

A overview of the Holdingford Daze Car Show on Main Street.



Holdingford Daze Classic Car Show

Something new this year was the Holdingford Daze Classic Car Show on Friday evening. It drew over 140 entrants and was greatly enjoyed by all !



Mn Central Railroad Club HO Scale Model Train Display

Part of Holdingford Daze this year was the "Mn Central Railroad Club" HO Scale Model Train Display. They spent many months creating the individual modules and this was the first time it was shown all together. They did a great job! This video courteous of Lee Odden


HOLDINGFOR DAZE 2009 JULY 10-11, 2009

HOLDINGFOR DAZE 2009 JULY 10-11, 2009

6:00-8:00 pm Mn Central Railroad Club HO Scale Model Train Display—City Center
6:00-10:00 pm Classic/Antique Car Show (on Main Street)
7:00-11:00 pm “Walk of Hope” Cancer Walk—Football Field or High School Gym
7:00 pm Announce city Father & Mother—St. Mary’s Church Basement
7:00 pm 500 Card Tournament—St. Mary’s Church Basement
7:00 pm Texas Hold’em Tournament—TK’s Restaurant & Lounge

8:00 am Co-ed Sand Volleyball Tournament-Veterans Park
8:00 am (7:30 Registration) 5K Walk/Run—St. Mary’s Parking Lot
8:00 am (7:30 Registration) 1K Walk/Run---St, Mary’s Parking Lot
8:30-9:30 am Drop off Baked goods for Baking Contest (judging 9:30-11:30)
9:30 am Mn Central Railroad Club HO Scale Model Train Display—City Center
10:00 am Miniature Tractor Pull
11:45 am Kiddie Parade
12:00 pm Large Parade
1:00 pm Pie Eating Contest
1:30 pm Quilt Auction
2:00 pm Cake Walk in American Legion
2:30 pm Hula Hoop Contest
2:30 pm Bingo at American Legion
3:00 pm Adult ATV & Lawnmower Tractor Pull
3:00 pm Bouja Bash---Tasting Contest
4:00 pm Polka Mass—St. Hedwig’s by Soldier Shrine-(Bring a chair)
5:00 pm Picnic Supper-St. Hedwig’s Church Basement
6:00-8:00 pm Square Dancing at American Legion
8:30 pm – 12:30 am Street Dance---Rambling Roads
9:00 pm Pot-O-Gold Drawing
10:00 pm Fireworks

*Softball Tournaments will be going all weekend.
*Inflatable games will run from 9:00-11:30 am and 1:00-6:00 pm.. Socks are required when entering the game.
*Mechanical bull running from 2:00-6:00 pm and 8:00 pm until Midnight.
*Crafters and Food Booths.
*Medallion Hunt the week leading up to Holdingford Daze. Clues on the Holdingford City website
*Youth only Volleyball Games from 2-4:00 pm and 6:00 pm till dusk at St. Mary’s Church grounds.
Contact Gloria @320-746-2766 for youth volleyball.
*FFA will sponsor a petting zoo.
*New this year: Co-ed Sand Volleyball Tournaments at the Veterans Memorial Park. Come try out our new courts.
Contact Robbie at 320-249-4617 to enter your team.

Forms for the parades, 5K walk/run, and crafters can be picked up at area businesses or on the city website .



Wooden Train for Holdingford Playground

In 2009 Holdingford is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the first train arriving in town.  To honor this event the Holdingford Lions and several local businesses have pooled their efforts and have built a wooden train.  The size of each car is approximately 4' wide 6' tall and 8' long.

In four nights of work the group has changed a big pile of wood into a four car train.  The cars include a locomotive, a coal car, a tanker and a caboose.  Some finish work is still needed but the train will be ready to be in the Holdingford Dayz parade July 11th.  After the parade it will be set up in for kids to play in and on it.  A decision about whether it will be set up at Veteran's Park or the Trailhead Park is still under discussion.

The organizations sharing in the cost and effort include Headly Hardware, Scegura Insurance Agency, St. Rosa Lumber, Ron Schmidt Northwestern Mutual and the Holdingford Lions.  Special thanks go to Berkon Outdoors for the use of their shop and tools to complete the work.

Lion Mike Higgins sanding the coal car.

Lion Val Pilarski working on the caboose.
Photos by Joe Christensen
For more information contact Joe Christensen 746 2619 or Al Leinen at St. Rosa Lumber


Al Leinen, Holdingford Lion receives Melvin Jones Award

Holdingford Lions Club • April 3, 2009 At the March 9 Holdingford Lions Club meeting, Lion Al Leinen was presented with the Melvin Jones Award. This award is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International and is given for dedication to the Lion’s motto “We Serve.”

Leinen has served the Holdingford Lions Club in many ways since joining in 1975. He has been president (in 1983-4, 1990-1 and 2008-9), vice president (1981-3, 1988-90, 2005-8), secretary (1980-1 and 1984-5) and treasurer (1994-98). He also was co-chair of the very successful covered bridge project.

Congratulations Al ! well deserved
The community gives you and all the other Holdingford Lions & Lioness's a BIG THANKS ! for all the work your clubs has done in Holdingford.


Mayor's Report For March, 2009

We have a guest post from Mayor Ernie Schmit his Report For March, 2009

We have received notice of our 2009 tax capacity rates from the County. Our rate went up this year from last year. Last year our rate was 69.038 percent, this year it increased to 70.502 percent. No, we did not raise the tax levy. Because of the present economic climate, the majority of the property in Holdingford went down in value. This causes the tax capacity rate to go up to collect the amount of taxes the City of Holdingford levied. By the way this levy amount has not changed since 2002. Even with the tax rate going up, the majority of property owners should not see an increase to the City portion of their property taxes.

As I wrote in January, the City of Holdingford has been trying to qualify for some of the economic stimulus money the federal government is providing to stimulate the economy, to repair some of the problems we have been having with our water distribution system. Good News! We have been given preliminary approval for a grant and loan package to replace all of the 1930s water and sewer lines in the city (with the exception of Main Street) as well as updating some of the equipment in the waste water treatment plant. Our engineering firm estimates this to be an approximate $4,019,000 project with $1,455,970 paid by grant and the remainder with a low interest loan. These are very rough estimates; we will have a better idea of true costs once the design engineering has been done which will take most of this year to complete. If all goes as planned, we will be calling for bids in early 2010 and start digging in April of 2010, and have the project completed in the fall of 2010. We will keep you informed as the project progresses.

We have received a letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce asking us to set up a complete count committee for the 2010 census. The idea of this committee is to help inform the public of the need to fill out the census accurately and send it in. Local Government Aid and project grant formula’s use population figures and mean incomes to determine the amount of dollars a city receives for the following ten years. We know of cities that did not get an accurate count in 2000 and consequently have lost thousands of dollars in State and Federal aid. So it’s very important we get an accurate count in 2010. I’m looking for some individuals or an organization who would like to get this count committee going and run with it. I have the information and would be willing to help you get started. Please call me at 746-2966 office or 746-2603 home or email me at mayor.eschmit@holdingfordmn.us Don’t make me beg!

We are going to remodel the bathrooms in the Municipal Liquor Store. We have approximately $30,000 of lottery profits saved up to do this much needed project. We hope to start in April and finish as fast as possible so as to not inconvenience the store patrons for too long. We will have portapotties set up while the project is in process.

The hydraulic pump in the snow plow truck gave up and died of old age. The cost of repair was a little better than $3500. I would like to publicly thank Holding Township for the one day use of their truck, while ours was being repaired, Thank-You!

We have been notified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that the City of Holdingford has been awarded the Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Facility Operational Award for the period of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008. Good job Jerry and Jeremy!

The Municipal Liquor Store will host a 500 card tournament Saturday evening March 14, with the band Corridor playing afterwards and the Fire Department will have its annual breakfast Sunday, March 15.

Kathy O’Hara who is in charge of reservations for the City Community Center is now also in charge of renting the Veteran’s Park shelter. She can be reached at (320) 293-6687 to set up reservations or answer any questions about renting either of these facilities.

The City Clerks office will be closed March 18-20, and I will not be in my office Monday, March 30.

Respectfully Submitted by Mayor Ernie Schmit


Riding the Rail to Holdingford

Is the theme for
Holdingford Days which will be July 10-11 2009. More details coming.


Resurrected Artists Dinner Theatre

Hey a plug for our local community theatre group

The Resurrected Artists Presents: RUMORS
Directed by Linda Zwak written by Neil Simon

Dinner Theatre at The Landing in St. Anna
Friday, Feb., 27 th Saturday, Feb., 28 th {Saturday sold out)
Friday, March 6 th Saturday, March 7 th {Saturday sold out)
Friday, March 13 th Saturday, March 14 th { Saturday sold out)

Reservations Required
[All Dinner Theatre tickets are $22 in advance, Non-Refundable]
Dinner Served at 6:00 pm-- Performance at 8:00 pm

MENU SELECTIONS: 10 oz Ribeye~ Broiled Torsk Grilled Chicken Breast ~ Deep Fried Cod ~ Shrimp Alfredo

Sunday Matinee, March 15 th, 2:00 pm

{ No reservation required}
{ Regular Sunday Buffet available starting at 11:00 am }

For Reservation, please call 320-845--4666
{ Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French }


New in 2009

Signs of the times. Not having posted since November. I have been very very busy !. The company I work for TopRank Marketing is doing well. So that is a good thing. Here are a few things that are going on.
NOW if you need information in regards to Questions or Renting

the City Hall, the Park Shelter, camping, park bathrooms Call 293-6687
The Garden Club is hoping to get a sprinkler system to help with the watering chores. That will allow them to expand their already beautiful gardens by the Lake Wobegon Trail.
The Holdingford Area Historical Society is moving ahead with plans of getting School House #88 moved into town some time this year.

The Lion's Club & HSHS are in final planing stage for the historical plaques that will be put up on the new Lion''s Wobegon trail entrance.
Lion's International did a very nice article on our covered bridge project.

Keep your chin up and have a good year !