Porter Memory Book


January 2014

Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Changes at Porter Post Office

The United States Postal Service will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Porter Fire Hall. The purpose of this meeting will be to address proposed changes in service at the Porter Post Office to operate on a 2 hour per day basis rather than the current schedule. The proposed plan would maintain Porter's Saturday window hours at the Post Office. Public input and support is a critical component in the USPS's process and all citizens of Porter are reminded to return the survey distributed by the USPS regarding this matter by January 15.



March 2014

Protect Your Water Mains and Lines From Freezing

The City of Porter is advising residents to run a slow stream of water from a faucet in your home or business to prevent water mains on your property from freezing. As spring approaches, the risk of water mains freezing will actually become greater as the frost lines are driven further into the ground. To date the city has experienced only 1 water main freezing, but neighboring communities and the Lincoln - Pipestone Rural Water System are reporting multiple main freezes. The frost line is currently between 6.5 and 7.5 feet deep, and as deep as 9 feet in some areas according to local rural water systems.


The easiest way to assess the risk of freezing mains is to take the temperature of the cold water coming out of the faucet in your home. After running the water for a couple minutes, take its temperature, if it is below 37 degrees, you are in the danger zone of potential freezing. By running a small stream, about the thickness of a small pen, at all times in your home, enough water will move through your water main to prevent it from freezing.


Property owners are responsible for costs associated with water mains and pipes frozen within their property beyond the city's water shut-off. Citizens concerned about the costs associated with running their water can feel free to contact a member of the City Council.


April City Council Meeting Date Change

The April City Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM. The date and time change is to accommodate the city's Truth in Taxation meeting that will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday April 3.


Public Notice - Truth in Taxation Meeting

The City of Porter will hold its Truth in Taxation meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 3. The meeting will take place in the Fire Hall meeting room.


Porter Post Office to Remain Open Under Revised Office Hours

Based on feedback provided by 75 Porter citizens, the US Postal Service will be keeping the Porter Post Office open, but with much shorter window hours than in the past. Citizens indicated that under the 2 hour per day window hour schedule, that 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM would be the ideal time for the Post Office window to be open Monday through Friday and 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday. The Post Office Lobby will continue to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patrons to pick up mail from PO Boxes and deposit outgoing mail in the building.


Concerns were expressed about the pick-up time for outgoing mail in our area. Under the Post Office's new schedule, all mail leaving Porter and much of the surrounding area, departs at approximately 1:00 PM daily. If a letter or parcel needs to go out on a specific day, it is advised that you take it directly to the Post Office by 1:00 PM that day to ensure that it goes out on the truck. Letters picked up by route carries cannot be guaranteed to make it to the Post Office by the mail departure time and will likely go out with the following day's mail.


Postal Service representatives also clarified concerns about how the Porter Post Office receives credit for the mail that is handled and stamps sold. Only mail received in the Porter Post Office and Delivered to the Porter Post Office's PO Boxes is credited to the Porter Post Office. Mail delivered street-side by route drivers is credited to the Canby Post Office. For stamp sales, the current route driver has been bringing stamp purchases to the Porter Post Office for fulfillment when picked up within the City of Porter. All stamps sold in the Porter Post Office, either through the window or via PO Box are credited to the Porter Post Office, this is also the case for any stamp orders addressed to the Porter Post Office from anywhere. It was also pointed out that stamps purchased online and delivered to an address in the 56280 zip code are now credited to the Porter Post Office as well.

April 2014

Water Main Freezing Threat Ends

Citizens who have been running water in their homes and businesses can now safely stop doing so. Porter Sewer and Water Director, Larry Stoks, reports that the threat of lines freezing from deep frost levels has diminished as the frost is now leaving the ground. Another sure sign that Spring may come yet this year!


Porter Community Market Day Sale

The Annual Porter Community Market Day Sale (aka. The Porter Auction) will be held on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 9:30 AM.

2014 Auction Bill of Sale



May 2014

Porter Harvest Festival Planning Committee to Meet

The Porter Harvest Festival Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM at the park. In case of inclimate weather the meeting will be at the Fire Hall. If you are interested in helping with the planning and coordination of the Porter Harvest Festival events, this is your chance to get involved, anyone interested in helping is urged to attend this meeting!



July 2014

City of Porter to Spray for Mosquitoes

Because of the high mosquito population this year and the continued risk of West Nile and other mosquito carried illnesses, the City of Porter has contracted with All-State Mosquito Spraying to help control the pests within the city.


Spraying will take place on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 8:00 PM. If the weather is not suitable for spraying, a backup date of Thursday, July 17 at 8:00 PM has been set. The vehicles used for spraying will cover all streets and alleys within Porter. Extra focus will also be put on the city park and tree lines where mosquitoes are most concentrated.


During spraying, it is advised for humans and small pets to be kept indoors. The spray is a safe compound for animals and humans, but direct contact with the spray cloud is not recommended. Depending on humidity levels, the spray will be completely dry in 20 to 60 minutes after application.


The treatment is guaranteed to be effective for the first 30 days and should last up to 60 to 90 days.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact a member of the city council.



Long-time Porter Resident Elvina Syltie Passes Away

Elvina Syltie, age 94, of Porter, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby. Funeral service will be held 10:30 am on July 19th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 pm on Friday at Birk Funeral Home in Canby with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Porter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church, Sanford Canby Hospice or donorís choice.


Elvina was born January 11, 1920 in Albert Lea, MN, the daughter of Otto & Martha (Davidson) Bergerson. She was baptized and confirmed at Lime Creek Lutheran Church, Emmons, MN. Elvina was raised on a farm in Freeborn County. She graduated from Emmons High School and then attended the University of Minnesota. While she was in college, she worked for her room and board. After one year of college, she moved to Ivanhoe, MN and worked as an Extension Agent for Lincoln County. While living in Ivanhoe, she met Hans Syltie and they were married June 8, 1941 at Lime Creek Lutheran Church. After their wedding, they made their home on a farm near Porter and remained there for 38 years before moving into Porter upon their retirement.


Besides raising her children and helping on the farm, Elvina was very active in various organizations and activities. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church where she served in church offices, WELCA offices, Sunday School teacher and a confirmant mentor. She also loved to volunteer her time at the nursing home, church, 4-H and school. Elvina was a Lincoln County Horticultural member, Extension member and Sons of Norway member. When she had time, she loved vegetable & flower gardening and straw crafts.


Elvina is survived by her children, Karen (Harlo) Peterson of Naples, FL, Anita (Eff) Embree of Bloomington, IL, Ellen (Bill) Spurlock of Lakeville, MN and Harvey (Paula) Syltie of Porter, MN; six grandchildren, Sara Spurlock, Lisa (Phil) Canfield, Edward Embree, Annalea Embree, Michael (Kelsey) Syltie & Lindsey Syltie; two great grandchildren, Adam & Kylie Asleson and many nieces & nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband (1983); brother, Lester Bergerson (1999); sister, Orla Christianson (2005) and brother, Marvin Bergerson (2013).

Blessed be her memory.


Full Obituary and Online Condolences (through Birk Funeral Home)


August 2014

Mosquito Spraying Notification

The city will be re-spraying for mosquitoes in the City Park, Porter Hall and areas surrounding the downtown parking lot. Spraying will take place on Wednesday, August 13 beginning at 8:00 PM. It is advised for people and pets to stay out of these areas while spraying is performed.



Porter Harvest Festival is This Week!


Porter Harvest Festival will be August 15 - 17



2014 Porter Harvest Festival Events Lineup


Porter 5k Off-Road and 1 mile Stroll and Roll Race Registration


Like Us!!  Porter Harvest Festival Facebook Page!


2014 Medallion Hunt

The medallion was found on the Northeast corner of Park Avenue and Locust Street on Monday. Congratulations to Blake, Natalie, Claire, and Brett  on finding the medallion!



Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report

The City of Porter has released its 2013 Consumer Confidence Report for the city's drinking water system. These reports are permanently filed under the City Government section of this website.


Porter Harvest Festival Recap

The 2014 Porter Harvest festival is in the history books and leaves a lot of great memories behind. Results and pictures from Harvest Festival are being shared on the Porter Harvest Festival Facebook page.


September 2014

September City Council Meeting Date Change

Due to Labor Day, the September meeting of the Porter City Council will be on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 begining at 6:30 PM at the Porter Fire Hall.

Porter Community Cleanup Day is Tuesday, September 23

It's time to clean up our town and homes before harvest and the inevitable winter arrives. Curbside pickup of approved items will be provided in the early morning hours of September 23. Leave items for disposal at the curb the evening of September 22. Recyclable items and appliances may be scheduled for pickup with A to Z Recycling in Porter.


Full Details

November 2014


Change in Time for November 3 Council Meeting

The November 3 Porter City Council Meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.



General Elections are November 4

Residents of Porter and Wergland Township will be able to vote for several local, statewide and federal officials during this year's election. The polling location is: Porter Fire Hall

301 Lone Tree Street

Porter, MN 56280

The polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM


Precinct Information and a Sample Ballot can be found in the City Government section of our website.

Porter Fire Relief Association Bingo Begins November 6

Porter Fire Relief's annual winter-time Bingo will begin on November 6 and be held every other Thursday night at the Cut Loose Lounge starting at 7:00. The Grand-Prize Blackout Jackpot will start at $1,000 this year. Join in the fun at 7:00 on Thursday, November 6!


Local Election Results

Of the 100 registered voters in Porter, 79 cast ballots during the November 4 election for an 79% voter turn out. Here are the hightlights from the local elections where there will be no changes in the makeup of the city council:

Mayor: Donald Verschelde - 69 votes

Council (2 positions): Darlene Moeller - 54 votes

Josh Sumption - 76 votes

Treasurer: Judy Verschelde - 71 votes


View the results for Porter voters in all statewide and local elections


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