Porter Memory Book
Funeral Arrangements for Porter Resident Bruce Byers
Byers, age 51, of Porter, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in
A memorial service will be on Monday, Feb. 23, at Birk Funeral Home in
Canby at 5 p.m. A remembrance will be held at 6 p.m.. For online
condolences, please visit our website at www.birkfuneralhome.com.
Bruce Robert Byers was born on Feb. 27, 1957, to Robert and Audrey (Engquist)
Byers in Watertown, S.D. He graduated from Windom High School and
attended Worthington Community College.
On Nov. 11, 1978, he was united in marriage to Linda Hecht in Windom.
To this union they were blessed with two children, Brenten and Michelle.
He previously held the position of President at the State Bank of Taunton.
He was on the Canby Hospital Board and was a volunteer firefighter.
Bruce was a very creative person. He enjoyed writing, fishing, golfing,
baseball, and softball. He enjoyed listening to classic rock music.
His friends were very important to him and his work was his life in which he
helped many people. He loved his two dogs, Thelma and Lucky, but most
of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Bruce is survived by his wife Linda Byers of Porter; son Brenten (Beth
Olson) Byers of Mankato; daughter Michelle (AJ Madison) Byers of St Paul,
and their daughter Kaylin; his parents, Robert and Audrey Byers of Windom;
sister Carol (Randy) Schroeder of Morgan, and two nephews Dan Schroeder of
Mankato, and Kyle Schroeder of Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral Services for Porter Resident Doris Jacobson
Service and Funeral Re-Scheduled due to Winter Storm
Visitation: 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday, February 27 at Bethel
Prayer Service: 7:00 PM on
Friday, February 27 at Bethel Lutheran Church
Funeral Services: 1:30 PM on
Saturday, February 28 at Bethel Lutheran Church
an online condolence
Jacobson, age 68, of Porter, MN passed away on Sunday,
February 22, 2009 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD
after suffering from unexpected complications in her home on
Saturday, February 21.
Funeral Services will be
at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Bethel Lutheran
Church in Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation
will be from 3-7 on Friday at Bethel Lutheran Church with a
prayer service at 7 p.m. and continue one hour prior to the
service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in Wergeland
Cemetery, rural Porter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred
to Bethel Lutheran Church Heating Fund.
Doris Marie MacArthur was born December 11,
1940 in Canby, the daughter of Roland & Agnes (Schoephoerster)
MacArthur. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour’s
Lutheran Church in Canby. She attended rural country school and
in 1958, she graduated from Canby High School. After high
school, she attended lab school in Minneapolis and graduated in
1959. On May 31, 1964, she married Jule Jacobson at Our
Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Shortly after their
marriage, she made her home with Jule on a farm north of Porter,
where she resided until her death on Sunday, February 22, 2009
at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 68 years, 2
months, and 11 days.
Doris worked for 38 years as a medical lab
technologist first working for Dr. Pertl, and then at Canby
Community Medical Center and at other area hospitals. Doris also
taught at Pipestone Technical College, teaching new med techs.
She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church for over 40 years
where she was very active in church activities. She was a church
board member, past president of the congregation, taught Sunday
school and confirmation, and she was also involved with the ELCA
board that represented this area of the state. Doris was active
in lay ministry for many years at area churches and was a board
member of Thrivent Financial.
Doris was known for sewing handmade shower
and wedding gifts, as well as making the baptismal blankets for
all baptisms at Bethel, all of which became treasured keepsakes.
She had a strong belief in giving, whether it was giving to
those in need, to the ultimate gift of organ donation. Because
of the gift of her organs, three recipients now have a new
chance at life. Doris was an excellent manager of people and
resources for work and volunteer efforts. Her laugh and sense of
humor will be greatly missed by all. Doris always took time to
notice and talk with others, and had a natural talent for making
others feel special. Above all her greatest joy was her children
She is lovingly remembered by her husband,
Jule of Porter; two daughters, Andrea Jacobson (fiancé, Brad
Weisbond) of Palatine, IL and Janelle (Ben) Meier of Shakopee,
MN; two grandchildren, Cora & Evan Meier; sister, Mildred
(Donald) Schweer of Milbank, SD; two brothers, Charles (Sharon)
MacArthur of Zumbrota, MN and Glenn (Donna) MacArthur of Canby;
two sisters-in-law, Mavis Anderson of Porter and Ardis Julian of
Volga, SD. She will be greatly missed by her dog, Charmyn, and
cat, Bettie Kitty.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two
brothers-in-law, Burnett Jacobson & Donald Anderson; father &
mother-in-law, Berton & Lillian Jacobson.
Blessed be her memory.
Schedule for Bethel
Holy Week services at Bethel
Lutheran Church in Porter will be held at 7:00 PM on Maundy
Thursday, April 9, Good Friday, April 10 and at 7:00 AM on
Easter Sunday, April 12. An Easter Breakfast will be served by
the Bethel Luther League following worship services on Easter
Community Market Day Sale
This year's Market Day Sale
will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
View the Sale
will be accepted up to the morning of the sale.
The City of Porter is looking
at partnering with the City of Canby on their grant project. If
you are interested in more details please attend the city
council meeting on Monday, May 4 at 7:00 PM. If you cannot make
the meeting and would still like more information please contact
Mayor, Don Vershelde.
Porter Resident, Velda
Speight, Passes Away at Age 72
Velda Joyce Speight
(November 27, 1936 - July 11, 2009)
Velda Speight, age
72, of Porter, MN passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2009 at
Sanford Canby Medical Center in Canby, MN after a lengthy
battle with cancer.
Memorial service will be 10:30am on
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at St. Peters Catholic Church in
Canby with Father Craig Timmerman as celebrant. Visitation
will be from 5 to 7pm on Monday, July 13, 2009 at Birk
Funeral Home in Canby. Visitation will resume from 9 to
10:15am at the funeral home on the day of the service.
Burial will follow at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Canby.
For online condolences, please visit our website at
Velda Joyce Speight was born November 27,
1936 in Scott City, Kansas to parents Franklin and Elma
(Rose) Henney. She was an only child. She was united in
marriage to Robert Charles Speight on June 8, 1963 in
LaCrosse, Kansas. To this union they were blessed with two
daughters, Pam and Tonya.
For numerous years Velda worked side by
side with her husband Robert in there business “Speight Tree
Service” doing sod work, moving trees and stump grinding.
Earlier in Velda’s life she was a waitress and she was the
first female police officer in Great Bend, Kansas. Her
husband Robert passed away on March 17, 2008 after battling
Velda enjoyed collecting pigs and
quarters and she fondly admired the color purple. She valued
time spent with friends over a cup of coffee or a game of
bingo but her true love was time spent with her family
especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Velda was involved in the March of Dimes,
American Legion Auxiliary, Yellow Medicine County Fair
Board. She also volunteered her time for pre-school
screening tests. Velda was a member of St. Peters Catholic
Grateful for having shared Velda’s life
are her two daughters, Pam (Lyndon) VanDeVeire of Canby,
Tonya (Brandt) Wynalda of Chartsworth, CA; five
grandchildren, Melisa (Jason) Lick, Jamey and Kari
VanDeVeire, Grace and Gwen Wynalda; three
great-grandchildren, Nathan and Jayden Lick and Ashlynn
She is preceded in death by her husband,
Robert and her parents, Frank and Elma Henney.
Blessed be her memory.
Long-Time Porter Resident, Doris Melrose, Passes Away at the Age
(June 8, 1917 -
July 9, 2009)
Doris Melrose, age 92, of Porter passed
away on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Minneota Manor in
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on
Monday, July 13 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter with
Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Burial will be in Marble
Lutheran Cemetery, rural Canby. Birk Funeral Home of Canby
is in charge of the arrangements.
Please join the family at Doris’ home at
117 Brook Ave N. in Porter for visitation on Sunday from 11
a.m. – 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Just stop in
for coffee and share in the joy of Doris’ life.
A very fine member of the greatest
generation died on Thursday, July 9, 2009. Doris was born
June 8, 1917 in rural Lincoln County, Minnesota to Charlie
G. Olson and Della (Nelson) Olson, the oldest of four
children. She graduated from Canby High School in 1935.
Doris was united in marriage on September 20, 1938 to Arnold
Melrose at St. Stephens Church in Canby, MN.
Doris ran the Porter Café for almost
twenty years, all cooking and baking done from scratch
recipes daily. She gave to the community through various
specific organizations such as serving on the Porter School
Board, serving as an Election Judge, feeding thousands at
each annual Market Day, Quilting with the Porter church
ladies, Ladies Aid at Marble Lutheran Church, checking in on
neighbors that allowed them to stay in their homes longer,
keeping the park free of cans, always doing what was needed
to improve the world around her. Doris lived “green” before
it became the catch phrase of 2009.
She gave us a very rich childhood, yet
each of us knew her differently. She was a very talented and
capable lady, never afraid of hard work, always doing for
others, always using everything as a resource, just ask us!
Gratful for having shared Doris’ life are
her children, Floyd Melrose (Alyce) Volga, South Dakota;
Clayton Melrose, Oakes, North Dakota; DeeDee Kelly (Todd)
Golden Valley, Minnesota; Jim Melrose (Martha) Porter,
Minnesota, Audrey Homuth (Dale) Mounds View, Minnesota and
Harvey Melrose (Phyllis) Canby, Minnesota; her
grandchildren; Melissa Wilson (Kent), Neil Kelly (Jean),
Keith Melrose (Beth), Wendy Melrose, Kenny Melrose (Lisa),
Dan Kelly (Karen), Jennifer Melrose, Carly Homuth, Grady
Homuth, Alicia Anhalt (Josh), Adam Grengs (Jill) and Eric
Grengs; great-grand daughters: Mckenzie, Morgan, Michalyn,
Shaelyn, Sydney, Nora, Hannah, Kyla, Hailey Kathryn and
Hailey Lou; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Caroline
Olson of Foley, Minnesota, sister-in-law, Marie Melrose of
Battle Lake, Minnesota and a brother-in-law Sim Churchfield
of Boise, Idaho.
She is preceded in death by her husband,
Arnold Melrose, and sons, Gordon and Kevin and baby Melrose,
granddaughter, Shauna Stotts, sister, Esther Anderson, and
brother, Clint Olson.
To the community, you made her Porter
Queen – our own Queen Mum, we thank you.
Roger DeVos Family Benefit
will be a benefit on Saturday, July 25 for the family of Roger
DeVos who passed away on July 10, 2009 after a very short battle
with lung cancer. The benefit will be held at the Porter
Community Hall from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be food,
events for the kids and a live auction at 3:00. If you cannot
attend the benefit and would like to help out there is a benefit
fund set up at the State Bank of Taunton.
Vacation Bible School at Bethel Lutheran
Bible School will be held July 27 - 31 at Bethel Lutheran Church
and is completely open to the public. Session will be held
nightly from 6:00 - 8:00 PM with a short program held on Friday
night. All children through grade school are welcome as well as
high school students for volunteer help. Simply bring your
children to Bethel Lutheran Church on Monday, July 7 at 6:00 PM
to enroll them.
Softball Teams Needed for Harvest Festival Tournament
plenty of room for additional teams in the Porter Harvest
Festival Softball Tournament being held August 15 and 16 at
Schoneman Memorial Park in Porter. This is a total-payout
tournament with cash awards to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. To
sign up contact Jeremy Stoks at 507-296-4456 or Adam Stoks at
Porter Harvest Festival
planning for the 2009 Porter Harvest Festival is beginning to
wind down. This year's festival will be August 14, 15,
and 16 and promises to be full of great new events as
well as the return or the classic events that make Harvest
Festival the perfect family event year after year.
Porter Harvest Festival 2009 Main Events Lineup
Porter Trailduster's Horse Fun Show Information
Ice Cream Social Information
Medallion Hunt Information
this site daily starting Monday, August 10 for our 4th Annual
Medallion Hunt Clues! Medallion Hunt Clues can also be heard on
Radio 1400 AM, KMHL of Marshall between 8:00 and 9:00! Only the
Medallion Hunt Clue for the day will be displayed on this site
and heard on the radio, you must check this website or listen to
the radio every day to get the clues, they will not be repeated
or posted the next day.
Rules: The medallion is
hidden on public property and no destructive activities are
required to find it.
If you find it call Becky Noyes: 296-4535 or
Kim Jelen: 296-4606
The Medallion was found at noon on Saturday
on the Porter Auction Grounds directly behind the Bonnie Ehlers
residence in a cow pie.
Medallion Hunt Clues for 2009:
Once again we’ll
have some fun
The Medallion Hunt has just begun
Search the town, there’s hiding
places all around
Just keep looking up and down
Look High – Look Low
You may even spot it
Maybe even use to pot it
I won’t tell you more
Or you’ll find it for sure
It’s like playing hide and seek
If you look you might see it
If you sniff you might smell it
If you search you might feel it
Don’t be afraid of things
Use all your senses
If you’re lucky
It may make you a winner
“Holy Cow” just give it your best try
The time is short
Some call it a “pie”
So be a good sport
It came from a farm outside of town
There were lots of cows walking
Old McDonald had a farm e-i-e-i-o and
hidden in the town was a cow pie – a cow pie here, a cow
here a cow, there a cow, everywhere a cow pie.
The 2nd Annual
Tractor Show was a huge success.
Urgent Travel Advisory - 12/24/2009
of Minnesota and Local Weather Reports have issued a urgent
advisory on this morning. Though roads may look safe to travel
as of the early morning hours, the conditions will deteriorate
in an instant as the core of this very dangerous winter weather
system approaches Southwest Minnesota. SW Minnesota will still
see the brunt of the storm as far as accumulating snow fall is
concerned. Winds will also increase during the morning hours
quickly creating blizzard conditions. Once the main part of the
storm reaches us it is expected that travel even in towns will
turn impossible through mid-day to end of day on Saturday,
December 26. MN DOT advises no travel this morning through the
end of the day Saturday. Though roads do remain open, they may
close at a moments notice to ensure the safety of the public. If
closure gates are shut on roads and you should go around them
you are putting your life in your own hands.
Conditions and Weather Announcements are always available at
clicking the appropriate link directly below the "Porter
Headlines" title bar at the top of this page.
Major Winter Storm to Hit Porter for Christmas
Winter Storm System is predicted to hit the Porter area
beginning Wednesday, December 23 and lasting through Christmas
Day. Anywhere from 8 to 16 inches of snow is being predicted to
fall during the 3 day period with the possibility of Blizzard
conditions. Travel safely this Christmas and check
frequently for weather and road conditions. Weather related
announcements can also be accessed through our homepage. Have a
Safe and Happy Holiday Season.
12/23 Weather Updates from KSFY: South Dakota Governor
declares a State of Emergency December 23 through 26.
South Dakota Travel
Conditions Interstate and Road closures expected as soon as
the evening of December 23.
Porter-Canby Areas of Minnesota can expect more than 16 inches
of snow by Friday morning, with up to 4 additional inches of
accumulation by Saturday morning.
Christmas Eve Services at Bethel Lutheran
public is welcome to celebrate Christmas on December 24 at
Bethel Lutheran Church. The open worship service will begin at
5:30 and open table communion will be served. Weather related
messages will be posted to this website if conditions cause
cancellations or rescheduling of services.
Winter Storm Totals
Winter Storm that shut down the Porter area from December 23
through late December 26 has left the community with 24 inches
of snow. Depth reports from the surrounding area ranged from 15
to 26 inches. The cleanup from the winter storm will likely
continue on Monday and Tuesday as we prepare for the arctic
chill that is now moving down from Canada.
Porter Post Office Now Accessible 24 Hours a Day
added convenience to PO Box renters, the Porter Post Office
Lobby is no open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to allow access
to your mail box whenever it is convenient to you. PO Box
renters have always enjoyed the security of knowing that their
mail is in a safe place during the day and when they may be
unable to pick their mail up for an extended period of time due
to a vacation or business trip from a mailbox outside their
home, and now they have access to their mail whenever they
arrive in town. Theft of mail is a leading cause of identity
theft, think of the information included in your month credit
card statement or bank statements and not to mention when new
offers are sent to you in the mail. Having your mail safely
stored at the post office is just an added step in helping keep
your identity safe. If you are interested in renting a safe and
secure PO Box from the Porter Post Office you can inquire with
the Postmaster during the service windows normal business hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:45 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:45 and Saturday: 9:15 -
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