Porter Memory Book


February 2009

Funeral Arrangements for Porter Resident Bruce Byers

Bruce Byers, age 51, of Porter, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in Hendricks.
 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

Visitation, Prayer Service and Funeral Re-Scheduled due to Winter Storm

Visitation: 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday, February 27 at Bethel Lutheran Church

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

Doris Marie JacobsonLeave an online condolence.

Doris 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 and grandchildren.

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.



April 2009  

Easter Services 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 Sunday.


Annual Porter Community Market Day Sale

This year's Market Day Sale will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009. View the Sale Bill. Consignments will be accepted up to the morning of the sale.


Grant Project Discussion

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.

July 2009

Porter Resident, Velda Speight,  Passes Away at Age 72

Velda Joyce Speight
(November 27, 1936 - July 11, 2009)

Velda Joyce Speight

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 www.birkfuneralhome.com


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 cancer.


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 Church.


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 VanDeVeire.


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 of 92

Doris Marie Melrose
(June 8, 1917 - July 9, 2009)

Doris Marie Melrose

Doris Melrose, age 92, of Porter passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Minneota Manor in Minneota, MN.


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

There 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

Vacation 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.



August 2009

Softball Teams Needed for Harvest Festival Tournament

There is 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 507-296-4452.


Porter Harvest Festival

The 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

Omelet Breakfast Information

Bed Race Information

Bean Bag Tournament Information

Porter Trailduster's Horse Fun Show Information

Bethel Ice Cream Social Information


Medallion Hunt Information

Watch 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 around

Start singing

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 pie there,  here a cow, there a cow, everywhere a cow pie.


Tractor Show

The 2nd Annual Tractor Show was a huge success.

December 2009

Urgent Travel Advisory - 12/24/2009

The State 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.


Road Conditions and Weather Announcements are always available at www.portermn.org by 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

A major 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 www.portermn.org 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

The 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

The 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

As an 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 - 10:30.




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