Joseph J. Wipf

April 14, 2011

Joseph J. Wipf, age 70, of Heartland Colony, Lake Benton, died Tuesday, April 5 at the Pipestone County Medical Center. Funeral services were Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Heartland Colony Church in Lake Benton, with interment in Heartland Colony Cemetery. Visitation was held at his home Thursday evening, April 7. Arrangements were through the Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone.
He is survived by his wife Leah; sons, Joey (Helen), Alvin (Pauline), Mark (Marian) and Jerry (Marlene), all of Heartland Colony; daughters, Kathy (David) Waldner of Millbrook Colony, S.D., Linda (Bob) Hofer of Lakeview Colony, S.D., Mary Wipf of Heartland Colony, and Dalia (Ted) Wipf of Rolland Colony, S.D.; 38 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven brothers; five sisters; nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

“‘Til Beth Do Us Part” opens at Opera House

April 14, 2011

Dorothy Darveaux, Stu Melby and Lisa Miller act out a scene in “’Til Beth Do Us Part” at the Lake Benton Opera House on Sunday, April 10.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com
The Lake Benton Opera House presented its first weekend performances of the spring play “’Til Beth Do Us Part” on April 8, 9 and 10 with shows left to play on April 15, 16 and 17.
The show is a comedy in two acts featuring veteran actors of the opera house.
“It has been fun working with this veteran cast,” said Director Mark Wilmes. “They do their memorization work and come prepared early in the process, giving themselves a couple of weeks to tweak things and make it as funny as possible—and this one is pretty funny.”
The cast kept the audience in stitches with quick witted one-liners and a plot that kept audiences
on the edge of their seats.
“We all have been having a blast working together and performing in ‘Til Beth Do Us Part,” said Lisa Miller of Tyler, who plays a lead role as Suzannah Hayden. “This cast and our director, Mark Wilmes, are so talented, creative and fun that it is a pure joy to be a part of it.”
Miller and Stu Melby of Brookings, S.D., who plays Suzannah’s husband Gibby Hayden, are caught up in a scandal dreamed up by Beth Bailey, Suzannah’s assistant, who helps organize her personal and professional life but takes it a step further by meddling in their marriage in order to secure a position in the company Suzannah is hoping for.
Beth is played by Dorothy Darveaux of Pipestone, and 2011speaks with a southern drawl, keeping the couple organized, but also stirring the pot, eventually squeezing Gibby out of his own home to get closer to his wife and the job they both want.
Hilarity ensues when Margo James, Suzannah’s best friend played by Teresa Schreurs of Tyler, hatches a plan to help Gibby keep his marriage by attempting to oust Beth from their lives by turning Suzannah against her.
They incorporate Margo’s ex-husband Hank Russell, played by John Williams of Brookings, S.D., in the plan to remove Beth from their lives through a bribe.
They find out that Suzannah’s boss from London, Celia Carmichael played by Sandy Hanson of Tyler, cannot make the dinner party they had planned, so Hank plans to impersonate Celia, British accent and all.
Celia changes her mind and shows up anyway, sending each of the cast members into a spin to keep their devious plans a secret.
“This was the funniest script I’ve ever read,” said Miller. “I thank the board for picking such an entertaining play. The Opera House is such a treasure to our community and we are so lucky to have it.”
Audiences have been very interactive with the cast and the forthcoming laughs are genuine.
“When I was watching it opening night, I was laughing as hard as the people who hadn’t seen it before,” said Wilmes. “It is great fun. The audience members have been very complimentary. I suspect word of mouth will get us some nice size crowds for the final weekend.”
Shows will be presented this coming weekend on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Audiences will not want to miss this one.
“I hope the word gets out and people come to enjoy themselves as well as support this fine establishment,” said Miller. “So far, everyone leaving the Opera House has had a big smile on their face and the laughs this play gets warms the casts’ hearts!”
Reservations for “‘Til Beth Do Us Part” tickets can be made by calling 507-368-4620 or by emailing lakebentonoperahouse@gmail.com.

Lake Benton School hosts Supper with the Superintendent

April 14, 2011

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com
On Wednesday, April 6 Lake Benton School Superintendent Loy Woelber hosted a Supper with the Superintendent from 5-7 p.m. at the community center.
Woelber also hosted the same event earlier in the day at noon to meet with Lake Benton senior citizens and others who may not have been able to attend the evening event.
“We want to be available to the public,” said Woelber. “This is to show we aren’t hiding anything and if there are questions, we want to answer them face-to-face.”
Woelber and Principal Ryan Nielsen served barbecues, many varieties of chips and dips, baby carrots, cookies and bottled water to the public while socializing with interested citizens.
Woelber had prepared a community budget cheat sheet and also had copies of the district revenues and expenditures report filed with the Minnesota Department of Education available
for the public.
Woelber’s presentation explained student enrollments and the grades 7-12 partnership
agreement with the Elkton school.
“Lake Benton is the only school in Minnesota with an agreement such as this,” said Woelber. “We are grandfathered in.”
Woelber said there were 15 seniors at the noon event and all were impressed with the geo-thermal solution to heat and air condition the school building.
“I was hoping for a better turnout this evening, even with the short notice and the nice weather”
said Woelber. “It was good, but if one person can say something positive about the school to another and they pass the word to even more people, everyone will be informed of the facts and the rumor mill will remain positive.”
Woelber told the audience about school revenues of $8,500 per student coming from federal, state and local levy funding.
The voter approved referendum, which includes a house, plus garage and one acre of land, brings
in $296,400 from local folks and $68,000 from the state, which is now at $1,554 per student.
Woelber also explained the incoming miscellaneous fees, admissions, borrowing, rent and donations as well.
Woelber went on to explain expenditures. Employees take up generally 68-75 percent of the budget, while tuition to Elkton, S.D. is $5,500 for each Lake Benton student, leaving $2,500 to $3,000 for Lake Benton per student minus transportation and other fees.
The rest of the expenditures include transportation to other at risk schools, building and grounds upkeep, food service, community education (preschool, fitness center and summer recreation
bussing) and extra curricular activities.
An average month in winter for ISD #404 was $69,000 for payroll, $13,000 for benefits and $41,000 toward the operating bill for a total of $123,000.
Woelber explained that the auditor recommends maintaining a three-month unreserved and undesignated fund balance at the school.
“Ours is $576,000,” said Woelber. “Keep in mind this is on paper and not actual cash, as the state still owes us 30 percent from last year.”
Enrollments for K-6 this year is at 97 and next year will be at 107 students with 18 kindergarteners, 18 first graders, 10 second graders, 16 third graders, 17 fourth graders, 15 fifth
graders and 13 sixth graders.
Current staffing is one teacher for every classroom from preschool through sixth grade for a total of eight, one teacher for Title and talented, one music teacher/math reading assistant, one principal/ bus driver/community ed/supervisor, one custodian, one office person two cooks and four paraprofessionals for a total of eight and on special education teacher (SPED) and two SPED specialists for a total of three.
Woelber also mentioned that the school will hold a separate open house to unveil the school History Center, though folks can get a sneak peak at the spring music concert.
”It’s good to get out and meet the public,” said Woelber. “Next year I hope to do this a couple of times during the year.”

Elkton-Lake Benton High School students perform two one-act plays

April 14, 2011

Discussing the apple as a form of art are Brooke Kuehl, Marquette Nelson, Kaitlin Fleet, Kelsey Bloom, Mary Lynn, Courtney Cropper, Abbi Sudtelgte and Kelsie Kinner as they debate proper protocol and ethics as to how to treat the apple and what to call it.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com
Elkton-Lake Benton High School students presented two one-act plays with matinee and evening performances on Thursday, April 7 and an evening performance on Friday, April 8.
The two plays were entitled “Eggheads” and “The Apple” and both were written by playwright
Jimmy Brunelle and directed by John Delle, a student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.
“I was blown away by the quality of the actors here at Elkton-Lake Benton School,” said Delle. “There is a high caliber of students here.”
The first play the students presented was “Eggheads,” which was a comedy for eight to 11 players and ran about 15-20 minutes.
After learning that she is a genius, Gwyneth fears she’ll be labeled an “egghead,” so she tells a friend, who tells a friend, who tells a friend. The rumors keep changing from kid to kid and soon are totally out of control.
The cast of characters includes Brittany Pulscher playing Gwyneth, Courtney Mulder as Amiga, Abbi Sudtelgte as Gabbel, Alex Schwing as Invidous, Kelsey Kinner as Mettle, Brooke Kuehl as Trail, Brittany Clipper as Beat, Courtney Cropper as Brow, Amber Landsman as Boopie, Grace Tjeerdsma as Softy and Richie Mulder as Phil.
Marcus Speakman was the producer for this show while Kaitlin Fleet was stage manager, Jessica Nomeland and Katie Stuefen were in charge of costumes, Haylee Denison and Virginia Gebhart did
hair and makeup, Samantha Grooters and Liz Stuefen did the graphics and set and Austin Krumm ran the lights.
In between shows, Delle incorporated Maxwell Fleet to help him entertain the audience while the crew changed the sets.
Delle had fun with a balloon and made a sword for young Fleet by the time the transition was over.
“I used to perform magic,” said Delle. “I’m happy there was a young kid in the audience to help me
out.”
The curtain for the second play, “The Apple,” opened as Alex Schwing, playing the janitor, walked out and inadvertently placed an apple on an empty pedestal as he cleaned the wing of an art museum.
Schwing kept saying he wanted to be an artist someday and was called away to clean up another area of the museum as nutty patrons came along to think part of his lunch was meant to be a piece of art. Crazy perceptions and noisy and mischievous merrymaking proceed to happen, culminating in acts of censorship and protest against the apple as a form of art.
Some of the actors named the apple Red, while others felt it should not be restricted with a label.
Nicole Schwing played Moocher, who kept walking through saying she needed a pen and at one point went into a nice rendition of fast-talking gibberish.
The rest of the cast included Richie Mulder as Intercom, Brook Kuehl as Sisky, Marquette Nelsen as Ebee, Kaitlin Fleet as Rope, Abbi Sudtelgte as Moonshot, Stephanie Wilkinson as Elvis, Julia Fargen as Peevish, Shelby Thomas as Petula, Jacob Pulscher as Mime, Courtney Mulder as Curly, Kelsey Bloom as Laura, Mary Lynn as Mona and Kelsey Kinner as Cally.
Brittany Clipper was the assistant director while Jessica Weise was the stage manager.
Behind the scenes people for the second play were again Katie Stuefen and Jessica Nomeland with
costumes, Haylee Denison and Virginia Gebhart performing hair and makeup, Liz Stuefen and lights.
Auditions were held the first week of March and the cast and crew have been working really hard five days a week ever since.
“We had a lot of fun,” said Delle. “The Mime was a little nervous about a speaking part, but kept coming up with innovative ways to incorporate his character further into the script, so I gave him free reign.”
Delle also said the school was absolutely unbelievable with their help in the production and he can’t thank them enough. “Mr. Jandahl and Mr. Simons were great, handling details including coordinating the activity bus back to Lake Benton,” said Delle. “Staff and teachers at school were awesome and everyone associated with the school assisted in any way possible.”
Cast members Katie Stuefen, Marquette Nelson, Nicole Schwing, Abbi Sudtelgte and Alex Schwing
were hanging out at the corner of the stage as things wound down and said that the kids in school
were laughing throughout the whole matinee performance presented to them earlier in the day.
All of the students in this year’s play performed in the “Wizard of Oz” production the school put on last year and the majority will be back next year.
“We had three seniors in the cast and three working backstage for a total of six,” said Sudtelgte. “We’ll be out of school and in college next year.”
“We want to thank everyone for coming,” said Stuefen, Nelsen and Nicole Schwing in unison. “It was a lot of work, but we’re going to miss it when it’s over tomorrow night.”

Alice Reynolds

April 7, 2011

Funeral services for Alice Reynolds, 97, of Pipestone were Friday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Verdi. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Alice died Sunday, March 27 at Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone. Hartquist Funeral Home,
Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton provided the arrangements. On-line condolences and registry may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Alice Victoria Reynolds was born May 11, 1913 in Verdi to Charles and Anna (Hansen) Reynolds.
She was baptized and confirmed at Verdi United Methodist Church. She graduated from Verdi
High School in 1931, after which she helped on the farm and took care of her mother and father. In 1977 she and her sister Mabel moved into Verdi. She lived there with her cats and dogs, helping with the Verdi Thursday Church Community Supper until she fell in 2004 and entered Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone. There, on Sunday, March 27, Alice died at the age of 97 years,
10 months and 16 days.
Alice was a lifelong member of Verdi United Methodist Church. She served as the church organist for many years. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and crocheting. She loved animals and always had cats and dogs and, while on the farm, goats, sheep and chickens. She enjoyed visits with friends and family.
You couldn’t get out of her house without a cup of coffee and treats.
Alice is lovingly remembered by numerous cousins and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister Mabel Reynolds.

Joan Lee

April 7, 2011

Joan Lee, age 72, of Mankato stepped peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, March
31 after a two-year struggle with multiple illnesses.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mankato,
with Rev. Paul Nolting officiating.
Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Mankato Mortuary and continued one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Memorials can be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir.
Joan was born March 17, 1939 in Lake Benton to Martin and Marian Mathison.
Growing up in a small town meant making lifelong friends as she made her way through high
school with a small, closeknit group of classmates.
She moved to Mankato in 1957 to attend Mankato State University, pursuing a degree in elementary education and the arts. On Oct. 30, 1959 she married Earl “Bud” Schweim. They raised three children, spending the rest of her life in Mankato.
Over the years, Joan used her talents and creativity working for companies such as Fab ‘n Trim,
Shopko, Brett’s Bridal and, for the past 20 years, Chris Tailor Shop. Her coworkers and customers would say that her warm smile and bubbly personality meant as much to them as the fact that she was an accomplished and gifted seamstress. She won the hearts of many with her quick wit and generosity. She was an astute shopper who always found the bargains, so it was great fun for her to spend the day with her daughter or sister or friends on shopping excursions. She loved theater, enjoying regular visits to the local plays as well as the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Music always
meant a lot to Joan, whether it was listening to her favorite CD, going to concerts or singing in her
church choir. If you were to ask her about her favorite activities, she would no doubt put being with her granddaughters at the top of the list. From wearing silly hats to having tea parties to taking walks at Sibley Park, she never missed the opportunity to spend time with them.
Joan made friends easily and could count people from six months to 96 years in that category. She
made a point to recognize birthdays and other special occasions, truly excited to share in the joys of life with those she loved.
She also had a number of friends over the years that fit in the four-legged, furry category. Anyone who knew Joan knew that she loved cats in particular, as was evidenced by the many cats she befriended in her life as well as her collection of cat memorabilia. She seemed to be drawn to those animals who shared her gentle spirit. Many people have had the privilege of having known Joan, of sharing life with her and she no doubt will be deeply missed. Her family celebrates her life and cherishes the memories she leaves with us.
She is survived by her husband of six years, Wayne Lee; her three children, Lane Schweim, Lori (Mark) Bode and Lee (Pete) Schweim; two granddaughters, Anna and Sarah; a sister, Loralee (Stan) Miller of Minneota; her brother Larry Mathison (Imren) of Idaho, as well as Wayne’s five children
and their families: Dennis Lee, Jan Summerville and Paul Lee, all of North Carolina, Shawn Kurtzahn (Martin) of Ohio and Martin Lee of St. Peter.
She also leaves behind cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Marian Mathison and her husband of almost
40 years, Earl “Bud” Schweim.

Paul Bartz

April 7, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Paul Bartz, age 62, of Tyler will be Wednesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Dionysius Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
On-line condolences, registry and tribute may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Paul Frederick Bartz was born Sept. 26, 1948 to Helmer and Lorraine (Hansen) Bartz in Owatanna.
In early childhood he grew up on farms in Owatanna, Hannibal, Mo., and Austin. While attending high school in Austin he was very active in 4-H, raising pigs and cows. He graduated from Austin High School in 1967. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, attaining a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education.
He was united in marriage to Mary Orlowski on June 16, 1973 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.
Their union was blessed with three children and 37 years of marriage together.
The couple made their home in Tyler, where Paul worked for Highland Vocational Center and Minnesota West as a teacher for adult farm management for many years. He taught modern technology and robotics for Russell-Tyler- Ruthton Schools. He also served many years on the
police force in the communities of Tyler, Lake Benton and Ivanhoe.
In 2010 he was diagnosed with ALS and retired due to declining health. Paul entered Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center on April 1, where he died April 2 at the age of 62 years, six
months and six days.
Paul was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church and taught CCD. He was a member of Tyler Kiwanis, Cub Scouts and was a Firearms Safety Instructor. He was proud of Tyler and Lake Benton and was honored as 2010 Tyler Citizen of the Year and 2010 Grand Marshal of Lake Benton Saddle Horse Days. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, planting trees, part-time farming, model railroads, Christmas lights and decorating, “Oldies” music, playing cards and had a gift in mathematics and speed reading. Above all, he enjoyed the time spent with his family and grandchildren.
Paul is survived by his wife Mary Bartz of Tyler; children: Kyle (and Katie) Bartz and their son John
of Storm Lake, Iowa; Amy Bartz and her daughter Anne of Pipestone, and Cole (and Tabby) Bartz
and their daughter Ella and soon arriving son R.J. of Sioux Falls, S.D.; mother Lorraine Bartz of Austin; siblings: Ralph Bartz of Austin, Lori Bartz of Austin, and Jerry Bartz of Reno, Nev. He was preceded in death by his father Helmer Bartz; maternal grandparents Frederick and Edna Hansen; niece Melissa Peterson, and aunt and uncle, Archie and Evelyn Steen.
Blessed be his memory!
Memorials will be established in Paul’s honor for scholarships and fighting ALS.

“‘Til Beth Do Us Part” opens at Lake Benton Opera House Friday April 8

April 7, 2011

Teresa Schreurs of Tyler, left, and Lisa Miller of Tyler are pictured above rehearsing for “‘Til Beth Do Us Part,” which will be performed at the Lake Benton Opera House April 8-10 and 15-17.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com
The Lake Benton Opera House will be presenting “‘Til Beth Do Us Part,” a two-act comedy, on April 8-10 and April 15-17.
The show will feature a cast of actors and actresses who have previous experience on the Opera
House stage.
Stu Melby of Brookings, S.D. plays Gibby Hayden, husband of Suzannah, played by Lisa Miller of Tyler. Melby last appeared on the opera house stage in “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” in 2010 while Miller last acted on stage in 2003 in “I Ought To Be In Pictures.”
Margo James is Suzannah’s best friend played by Teresa Schreurs of Tyler.
“I hang out over there a lot and give a lot of static to my best friend’s husband Gib,” said Schreurs. “I also have a lot of great lines that really dig into my ex-husband, Hank.”
Schreurs last acted on the Opera House stage in 2009’s “Delval Divas.”
“Of all the shows I’ve done here, this is one of my favorite casts,” said Schreurs. “The talent of these performers make the characters spring to life. We’ve come a very long way in a short time.”
Hank Russell is Margo’s ex-husband and is played by John Williams of Brookings, S.D.
“These people are awesome to work with,” said Williams. “I get pulled into a scheme where I dress up as Suzannah’s boss and wear a dress.”
Williams spent last summer at the Opera House appearing in “Chicago.”
“This is the greatest theatre in the world to do a show in,” said Williams. “The atmosphere here is overwhelming and it makes you perform at your peak.”
Dorothy Darveaux of Pipestone plays Beth Bailey, Suzannah’s assistant who allegedly helps organize her personal and professional life but stirs things up eventually squeezing Gibby out of his own home.
Darveaux made her debut at the Opera House in last spring’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”
“My character is evil, scheming, manipulative and out to break up a marriage
and steal a promotion,” said Darveaux. “As a twist, I’m in cahoots with someone on the inside. The best part of the show is the comedy, but it’s got everything from choreography to romance. I think people will really enjoy this show.”
Suzannah’s boss, Celia Carmichael, is played by Buffalo Ridge Newspapers photo editor, Sandy Hanson of Tyler. Hanson last appeared on stage this past summer, playing every member of the jury in “Chicago.”
The show is directed by Mark Wilmes of Tyler. Wilmes directed the 2010 summer musical, “Chicago,” and last appeared on stage as Jinx in “Forever Plaid” in 2010.
“This is a very new show which just premiered in 2009,” said Wilmes. “We usually do shows from the 60’s, but we’re doing a play this fall by the same author so I read this one and thought it would be perfect for the opera house. It’s a hoot.”
Reservations for tickets can be made by calling 507-368-4620 or by emailing lakebentonoperahouse@gmail.com.

Becky’s Corner Store in Tyler to close in May

April 7, 2011

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com
Becky’s Corner Store, located on Highway 14 in Tyler, will close its doors in mid-May after nearly four years of operation under Becky Brownlee.
The building has been sold to Pluto Legal, which currently has a location on Highway 14.
“We bought a house in Arizona so we will be wintering there,” said Brownlee. “It would have been kind of difficult to run the business and be in Arizona. We found someone who wanted to buy so we gave it a chance.”
Cheryl Vos of Pluto Legal said the company has been looking for a new location as it has grown out of the site on Highway 14 it currently occupies.
“Things have been very good (for Pluto Legal),” said Vos.
Pluto Legal moved into its currently location in July 2009 after moving from Vos’ home office.
Vos said she expects the remodeling will take a few months to complete.
Vos said she has talked with some people who have expressed interest in her current office space but nothing has been set up.
She said she is looking for someone to lease or possibly buy the building.
Brownlee said she has heard from a number of customers since news started to break late last week.
“I’m going to miss the customers,” said Brownlee. “I liked being part of the community like this.”

Blondie’s new cosmetologist

April 7, 2011

Sara Hach joins Dyann McCarthy as Blondie’s new cosmetologist. Hach has many years in the industry and will be working afternoons, evenings and most weekends.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com
Blondie’s has added Sara Hach as an additional cosmetologist to serve customers in Lake Benton.
Hach graduated from the cosmetologist program at Minnesota
West, Pipestone, in 2003 and has been in the business ever since.
Hach worked at Great Clips in Marshall for a few years before opening her own salon called Tangles in Pipestone.
“After a year I sold everything in Pipestone to stay at home with my kids during their early years,” said Hach. “Now that they are growing, I missed working with people and called Dyann so she opened up a space for me.”
Blondie’s has been operating in Lake Benton for the past 22 years and is open Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sometimes working as late as 7 p.m.
“It’s nice to have a break,” said Dyann McCarthy, otherwise known as Blondie. “This frees me up a lot and now I can get out at 3:30 or 4 p.m., depending upon my appointments.”
Hach is taking appointments for hair, manicures and waxing from 3:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. and will be working most weekends as well. She also works on Wednesdays, which keeps the office
open for customers all week long and into the evening hours.
Blondie’s also offers tanning and sells hair and tanning products.
Hach has been married to Forrest for 13 years and they have three children, Abby, age seven, Micah, age four, and Eden, age two. Forrest Hach works for General Electric as a senior field engineer on wind towers.
“I’ve been at Blondie’s for three or four weeks now and have been pretty busy just by word of mouth,” said Hach. “I hope to get even busier in the near future.”
Hach homeschooled her children up until this year though they now attend Lake Benton School. Micah attends preschool on Wednesdays.
“We’ve been blessed that I was able to stay home with the kids without struggling,” said Hach. “I’m happy to get back into the business and Blondie has helped tremendously.”