Porter Memory Book


January 2010

January 25, 2010

State Closes All Highways in Porter Area

MN DOT announced at 3:00 PM on Monday that plows have been ordered off of the highway and all highways in parts of Southwest and West Central Minnesota will be closed due to white-out blizzard conditions and extremely deadly travel conditions. ALL ROADS are closed in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Yellow Medicine, and Kandiyohi (south and west of Willmar).


Anyone caught violating this road closure will be fined up to $1,000 and may be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail. If you violate the road closures you are putting your life in your own hands and if you should need to be rescued you will be responsible for all costs associated with the rescue as well as fines and jail sentences associated with the road closure violation.


Stay up to date on Road Closures at http://511mn.org 

January 29, 2010

The 74th Annual Porter March of Dimes Benefit will be held at the Porter Community Hall on Friday, January 29. Supper will be served at 5:30 and the auction will begin at 7:00 PM. There promises to be great family entertainment for everyone, all for a great cause!

74th Annual Porter March of Dimes Friday

April 2010

Porter Community Auction

The Porter Community Market Day Sale will be held on Saturday, April 17. Consignments are being taken now through the day of the sale but must be received by April 1 for listing on the auction bill.

For more information or to consign items contact John Cornell

Home: 507-223-7220

Cell: 507-531-0577

Deb's Cafe: 507-296-4635


The Search Continues

Search crews have returned to Porter now that the snow has melted away to search for the remains of Brandon Swanson who went missing near Porter nearly two years ago. Search teams are headquartering at the Porter Fire Hall and are searching a nearly 120 square mile area around Porter that they feel Brandon may have walked through after abandoning his car on a township road between Porter and Taunton. Search crews are working with local landowners to obtain permission to search their land and are thankful for the cooperation the Porter community has been providing in their efforts.

June 2010

New Signs for the Yellow Medicine River

The Minnesota Department of Transportation installed signs on Porter's east edge May 27 labeling the Yellow Medicine River that runs on the town's east side. The project is an ongoing effort as the state continues to build awareness of the tributaries to the many tributaries in this part of the state that feed into the Minnesota River. The Yellow Medicine River is a direct tributary to the Minnesota River as the two rivers meet up just south of Granite Falls.


Porter Struck by Severe Storm, Hail, 75 MPH Winds on June 26

Tree on Schoneman HouseA severe storm hit Porter during the afternoon of June 26 leaving behind a large mess. The entire community lost power for several hours as Otter Tail Power Company and the Porter Fire Department searched for trees and branches that were lying across power lines. On Porter's north side a very large tree was blown over and landed atop the Mildred Schoneman residence. On the Northeast corner of town a grain bin was blown over on the Johnson Farm and pushed into the middle of the neighboring field. Nearly a dozen well established trees were uprooted in all on the north side. Crops to the East of Porter have preliminarily been determined a total loss due to large hail accompanying the winds. Flash Flood Warnings have been issued for the area. Total rainfall for the month of June is over 10 inches in Porter.


2010 Harvest Festival: August 20, 21 and 22

Planning is nearly complete for the 2010 Porter Harvest Festival and the events that everyone has come to love will return including the infamous Cow Pie Bingo event! Watch the site for a full listing of events in the near future and we'll see you in Porter August 20, 21 and 22!


July 2010

July 22, 2010

Funeral Arrangements for long time Porter resident Bonita "Bonnie" Ehlers

Bonita Rosamond EhlersBonita “Bonnie” Rosamond Ehlers, age 96, of Porter, MN, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Sanford Canby Medical Center.


Funeral service will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone, MN.

Memorials are preferred to Canby Veterinary Clinic, 211 Fairgrounds St. E., Canby, MN 56220.


Bonita Rosamond Sweet was born January 26, 1914 in Pipestone, MN, the daughter of William & Euphema (Vogt) Sweet. She was the fifth daughter to be born of this union and the last to survive. Bonnie married Louis C. Ehlers on January 29, 1935. They farmed in the area for many years. In 1973, they purchased a house in Porter, MN and she worked at Southwest State University in Marshall, MN until her retirement. She was very musical, and she played a saxophone in school, as well as the organ and piano. She enjoyed all kinds of gardening and definitely had a “green thumb.” She loved animals and there were always pets of various types around the house. Bonnie especially loved to feed the birds and squirrels at her house.


Bonnie is survived by her two daughters, Jackie Kopp of Lakeville, MN and Shirlee Gabbert of Bloomington, MN; three grandchildren, Steve Kopp of Burnsville, MN, Kevin Kopp of Fort Lupton, CO and Gregory Smith of Honolulu, HI.


She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; her husband; and infant brother. Blessed be her memory.

August 2010

Canby Public Schools Part of FLY Consortium

The Canby Public Schools will be a part of a group of nearly 25 other Southwest Minnesota Schools developing what is known as the Flexible Learning Year or FLY for short. What this means for students in Porter is that school will begin on Monday, August 23, two weeks earlier than the traditional day after labor day start. For more information about FLY visit the SW/WC Service Cooperative's FLY Resource Site.


2010 Porter Harvest is Here!

Full Lineup of Events

Porter Harvest FestivalPlanning for the 2010 Harvest Festival is finished! The weather has been hot, hot, hot, but one thing is for sure, there will be lots of cool new events to take in this year. The First Ever Porter Survivors - Couples Edition Competition will be held throughout the entire weekend and organizers Julie VanHyfte and Lori Hauschild have a number of entertaining and competitive events in line. Also in the works are plans for Porter's first 5k Cross Country run being organized by Eric Dybsetter as well as a Car Show being organized by Lance Moeller. See the full lineup of events for contact information and all that will be taking place August 20, 21 and 22. Also, don't forget, the Porter Medallion Hunt will take place beginning August 16 and the clues can be found right here! (Updated 8-10-2010)


Bean Bag Tournament Information


The Porter Harvest Festival Softball Tournament still has room for additional teams. Low entry fees and payouts for 1st through 4th place with full payout and added cash make this a fun yet competitive tournament to participate in. Tournament begins Saturday morning and usually wraps up by 5:00 on Sunday. For more information contact: Jeremy Stoks: 507-296-4456 or Adam Stoks: 507-296-4452.

Porter Harvest Festival 5k Off-Road Race

Pre-Registration is requested, but not required. Please use the following form to pre-register for the race. Registration will also be open the morning of the race starting at 8:00 AM.

Registration form: word format  pdf format


Porter Harvest Festival Medallion Hunt

Watch this site daily starting Monday, August 16 for our 5th Annual Medallion Hunt Clues! Medallion Hunt Clues can also be heard on Radio 1400 AM, KMHL of Marshall between 8:00 and 9:00 and posted at Deb's Cafe! 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. Clues will be posted in the front window of Deb's Cafe Each morning by 7:00 AM and will remain in the window until the next day's clue is posted.


The Medallion has been found by Monica Gray of Porter.

The Medallion was under the teeter-totter in James Schoneman Memorial Park.


We’re all proud to call Porter home,

there are many places you can roam.

Places to gather, places to eat,

places to play, oh, what a treat!


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

Prize: $50.00

Porter Fire Department Open House

The Open House for the Porter Fire Department has been rescheduled for September 12, 2010 from 1:00 - 3:00. Come and see the new fire hall and our new trucks and equipment.

September 2010
September 21, 2010
Porter Basements Fill With Water as Area is Pounded by Fall Storms
It has been an exceptionally wet August and September, a near repeat of last year, in the Porter area. As rainfall totals are now tumbling the 12 inch mark for the month of September residents of Porter are reminded to check sump pumps and basements regularly. Reports of 6 inches to 1 foot of water in some basements on Porter's North side have been received. The levels of the Yellow Medicine River appear to be stabilizing between storms, but the river basin has been near capacity several times throughout the month.

September 23, 2010
Flood Warning Issued for Porter at 5:23 PM on September 23

September 25, 2010
 Funeral Arrangements for long time Porter resident Elfriede Groezinger

Elfriede Hermine GroezingerElfriede Hermine Groezinger, age 93, of Porter, MN passed away Monday, September 20, 2010 at Sanford Canby Medical Center in Canby, MN.


Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Private burial will be in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Porter.


Memorials preferred to Bethel Lutheran Cemetery Fund, Porter, MN.


Elfriede Hermine Groezinger was born to Fridrick and Hermine (Fisher) Hansmann in Hamelm County, Pyrmont Germany on December 28, 1916. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Heinsen Germany. She received her education in Heinsen and then became a Kindergarten Teacher.


On December 21, 1940, she married Carl Sievering in Heinsen. Carl was killed during the war in 1944. Her home was bombed and burned in 1945; she then moved to England in 1949 and taught kindergarten in an orphanage.


In 1952, she moved to Stolzenau Germany and married Byron Groezinger on August 1, 1952. She came to the US later and arrived in Porter on December 10, 1952, where she and Byron made their home. When they first arrived, she worked at the Hardware Store and meat shop in Porter and later from 1966-1975, she worked at the Canby Community Hospital. After retirement, they wintered in Texas for 7 years, where there were many fond memories. Byron passed away in 1984.


She is survived by a sister Lotti and many nieces and nephews in Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands

Blessed be her memory.


Election 2010

Election 2010 will take place on November 2 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The polling place for all residents of Porter and Wergland Township is the Porter Fire Hall.


Election 2010 Results

Voter turn-out was high in Porter with 76 of the 101 pre-registered and 3 walk-in voters taking part in the election. There is was no change in the Porter City Council, and the Sunday Liquor question passed with 67% of the vote. Below are the results from our local election as reported by the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  •  MAYOR (Porter)
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Nonpartisan  DONALD VERSCHELDE  67 89.33
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  8 10.67
  •  COUNCIL MEMBER (Porter) (Elect 2)
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Nonpartisan  KIM JELEN  61 48.03
    Nonpartisan  DARLENE MOELLER  51 40.16
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  15 11.81
  •  CITY TREASURER (Porter)
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Nonpartisan  JUDY VERSCHELDE  69 94.52
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  4 5.48
  • Shall the City Permit Liquor Sales on Sunday?
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Nonpartisan  YES  50 67.57
    Nonpartisan  NO  24 32.43



    Minnesota's Gobernor race is still too close to call as Tome Emmer and Mark Dayton are head to head in the counts. as of 5AM on Wednesday Dayton leads over Emmer by 800 votes with 99% of the state's precincts reporting. District and Statewide winners are indicated in parenthesis with their overall percentage.


    Other State and national election results from Porter:

  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Independence  GLEN R. MENZE  1 1.32
    Republican  LEE BYBERG  23 30.26
    Democratic-Farmer-Labor  COLLIN PETERSON  (winner 55%) 43 56.58
    Independent  GENE WALDORF  9 11.84
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  0 0.00
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Republican  GREGG KULBERG  29 38.67
    Democratic-Farmer-Labor  GARY W. KUBLY  (Winner (57%) 46 61.33
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  0 0.00
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Republican  JAY BACKER  32 43.24
    Democratic-Farmer-Labor  ANDREW FALK (Winner 52%) 42 56.76
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  0 0.00
  • Totals Pct   Graph
    Independence  TOM HORNER AND MULDER  14 18.67
    Republican  TOM EMMER AND MEEKS  30 40.00
    Democratic-Farmer-Labor  MARK DAYTON AND SOLON  27 36.00
    The Resource Party  LINDA S. ENO AND HANSON  2 2.67
    Grassroots Party  CHRIS WRIGHT AND ENGELMANN  1 1.33
    Ecology Democracy Party  KEN PENTEL AND WALLACE  0 0.00
    Write-In  WRITE-IN**  0 0.00



    Porter Development Pancake Supper Fundraiser

    Porter Development will be holding its annual Pancake Supper Fundraiser on Sunday, November 21 from 4:30-7:30 PM. The fundraiser will be held at Deb's Cafe in Porter.

    Adult Price: $6.00     Kids age 3-10: $3.00     Kids under 3: Free

    All you can eat Pancakes, Sausage and beverages will be served


    The event is one of two major fundraisers held each year by the Porter Development Corporation which organized nearly 25 years ago with a mission of building and maintaining a building to be used as a cafe and grocery store. Fundraising efforts go towards maintaining and improving the building and do not support the operation of the business. The fundraiser is also a second chance to pay your annual membership dues if you have not already done so. The suggested 2010 membership is $50.


    Porter Fall Flood of 2010

    Flooding on September 23 left Porterites sandbagging and building temporary levies around the city and pumping water from basements for weeks. Information and photos have been gathered and posted in the Porter History Library. If you have additional photos or information to post send it to: josh@portermn.org


    Porter Harvest Festival 2010

    A recap of Porter Harvest Festival 2010 is available.


    December 11, 2010

    MN DOT Closes ALL Roads in Southwest Minnesota to Travel

    MN DOT Announced that all roads in Southwest Minnesota, including those in the Porter area, are closed to travel. Traveling on closed roads is illegal. Motorists who travel on closed roads may be fined up to $1,000 and/or spend up to 90 days in jail. When MN DOT closes roads it means that travel is not safe for motorists, nor is it safe for rescue workers who will need to rescue stranded motorists. With nearly all businesses closed in Southwest Minnesota MN DOT reminds motorists that their intended destination is most likely closed.


    Bethel Lutheran Church Cancels Sunday Worship and Activities

    Sunday Worship, Sunday School and the Sunday School Christmas Program at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter have been cancelled for December 12. The Sunday School Program has been rescheduled for January 2, 2011.


    Porter Impacted by Strong Winter Storm

    A Blizzard Warning will be in effect until 9:00 PM on Saturday, December 11, 2010. No Travel is advised in the Porter area and the rest of southern Minnesota according to the MN Department of Transportation. Bitter cold and dangerous windchills will follow the blizzard with highs reaching zero degrees on Sunday.




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