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Area communities to host Memorial Day programs

WORTHINGTON: A Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Chautauqua Park, with visits at 8:30 a.m. to Garden of Memories; 9:30 a.m. to Worthington Cemetery; and 10 a.m. to Freedom Veterans Memorial Park.

WORTHINGTON: A Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Chautauqua Park, with visits at 8:30 a.m. to Garden of Memories; 9:30 a.m. to Worthington Cemetery; and 10 a.m. to Freedom Veterans Memorial Park.

ADRIAN: Memorial Day services will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Adrian Cemetery and 10 a.m. Monday at St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery. Msgr. Rick Colletti will be the speaker. Refreshments at the Legion Hall, hosted by Post 32 Auxiliary, will follow.

AVOCA: The Avoca Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Avoca Community Hall. Speaker will be Pastor John Stenen. Lunch will follow the program.

BREWSTER: Brewster Legion Post 464 will host a Memorial Day program at 9 a.m. Monday. James Mertens, 2nd District Treasurer from Redwood Falls, will be the featured speaker. Boy Scouts will present a flag-folding ceremony. Services will take place in the city park following the program, and coffee and rolls will be served afterward in the Legion Hall.

CHANDLER: A Memorial Day service will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Chandler Community Center.

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CURRIE: A Memorial Day program will begin at 11:15 a.m. Monday at Currie Fire Hall. Visits will also be made to the following Currie area cemeteries: Willow Lake Church Cemetery (9 a.m.); End-O-Line Park Memorial (9:30 a.m.); and Cavalry IHM (10 a.m.). Lunch will be served at noon at the fire hall.  

DOVRAY: A Memorial Day service will begin at 9 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

DUNDEE: Legionnaires will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the American Legion hall. A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Kinbrae Cemetery. Rolls and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. in the First Lutheran Church fellowship hall. The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m.in the fellowship hall. Speaker will be Mike Loosbrock, Ret. Navy. Graveside services will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic and First Lutheran cemeteries.

EDGERTON: A Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at Edgerton Cemetery. The program will include speaker Irwin Van Leeuwen. Elsie VerHuy will sing the National Anthem, and Brian Busker will read the Gettysburg Address. Placing of wreaths and a tribute to the unknown soldier will be performed by Boy Scouts. “Taps” will be performed by Hannah Nerem and Summer Schaap. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the Southwest Christian gymnasium.

ELLSWORTH: A Memorial Day service hosted by the American Legion and Auxiliary will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Ellsworth School Gym. Pastor Paul Snyder will be the speaker. Refreshments will be served following the service.

FULDA: The Fulda VFW and American Legion Color Guard will conduct military services at all cemeteries beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and proceed to the lake for services, then to Fulda High School for a 10 a.m. program. Lunch will be served in the high school cafeteria following the program.

HARDWICK: The Hardwick American Legion Post 478 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hardwick Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker is Adam Fodness, South Dakota Air National Guard, Airman 3rd Class. Readings are by Knute and Gunnar Oldre, with special music by Madilyn Oye. In case of rain, the event will be in the Hardwick Legion Hall.

HERON LAKE: The Herbert K. Kellum Post 224 Honor Guard will begin its Memorial Day observance at 8 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. They will be at Lakeside Cemetery at 8:15 a.m. A Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Heron Lake Community Center. Speaker will be Lisa (Wagner) Williams. Refreshments will be served following the program.

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HOLLAND: A Memorial Day program will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Holland Cemetery. Speaker will be Pastor Chris Schaefer. There will be a rifle salute by the Honor Guard and music by the Pipestone Area Schools Senior High Band. Lunch, coffee and refreshments will be served at the Holland Senior Center following the program.

IONA: Memorial Day services will take place at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Badger Lake Cemetery and approximately 9:45 a.m. Monday at St. Columba Cemetery.

JACKSON: A Mass will be at 7 a.m. Monday at the Good Shepherd Cemetery. A Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:15 a.m at Main Street, with parade lineup starting at 9 a.m. at the Jackson American Legion Hall. The parade will start at the Legion Hall and continue to Sherman Street, march one block to Main Street and follow to State Street.

JEFFERS: A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Red Rock Central Elementary School gymnasium. Featured speaker will be Pastor Wes Johnson. A military salute will take place at Jeffers Cemetery following the program, and there will be a potluck dinner at Jeffers Senior Center.  

JASPER: A Memorial Day program will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church. There will be music by the Jasper Blowhards, a reading by Megan Hunstad-Miller and an address by Shirley Miller. A Quarry Lions Luncheon will follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jasper Memorial Hall.

LAKE PARK, Iowa: The Lake Park American Legion Post 371 and auxiliary will host its annual Memorial Day Program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Harris-Lake Park Middle School/High School Auditorium in Lake Park. Tessa Ihnen and Brandon Bunkers will speak as the Citizenship Awards winners, and the featured speaker is Doris Welle. The Freedom Rock/Veterans Memorial newly engraved pavers will be dedicated, and a wreath will be placed to honor those listed on the pavers at the Memorial. Ceremonies will later move to the Silver Lake Cemetery (weather permitting), where dedication of new flags for the Avenue of Flags and the salute to the fallen will be presented by the Lake Park American Legion Post 371 Firing Squad.

LAKE WILSON/WOODSTOCK: The American Legion Herbert Holtke Post No. 285 will pay tribute Monday at the following times: 9 a.m. Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery (7.5 miles north of Lake Wilson); 9:15 a.m. Lutheran Cemetery (4 miles north of Lake Wilson); 9:45 a.m. St. Martin’s Cemetery, Woodstock; 10 a.m. Woodstock Cemetery, Diamond Corner; 10:30 Hillside Cemetery, Lake Wilson. A Memorial Day Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall in Lake Wilson. Cindy Brunk, Ret. Navy, will be the speaker, and Larry Henderson will give the Memorial Day address. A picnic dinner will follow.

LAKEFIELD: A Memorial Day commemoration is planned at the Lakefield Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Kathy Brandt of Lakefield United Methodist Church will offer a prayer, and the Lakefield VFW and Lakefield American Legion auxiliaries will oversee the laying of the wreath. Following the event, American Legion Post 4 of Lakefield will host a community potluck dinner.

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LISMORE: The Lismore American Legion and Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lismore Legion, followed by military services at St. Anthony, Lismore and St. Anthony West cemeteries. A community potluck will follow at the Legion Hall. All are welcome.

LUVERNE: Luverne American Legion Post 123 and Rock County VFW Post 2757 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery. Guest speaker is three-time state speech medal recipient Dylan Thorson, who was a Boys State candidate in 2016 and is a 2017 graduate of Luverne High School. Music will be provided by the Luverne High School Band. A potluck will follow the program at the American Legion Post home.

The Minnesota Veterans Home will host a Memorial Day program at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the dining hall. Guest speaker is Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne. Musical selections will be by the Veterans Home Choir.

A candlelight vigil will be at dusk Sunday at the Rock County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse square in Luverne. In case of rain, the event will move to the St. Catherine Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the Herreid Military Museum.

MELVIN, Iowa: The American Legion Post 470 of Melvin will host a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Baker Cemetery, two miles east and two miles north of Melvin. Guest speaker will be LTC. Kathryn Vander Veen USAF Ret. A reading will be given by auxiliary president Pauline McDougall.

MOUNTAIN LAKE: A Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Mountain Lake Public High School Auditorium. Speaker will be Mark Coney of Hardwick, Second District American Legion Commander.

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa: The Ocheyedan American Legion will host a Memorial Day program at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery. Guest speaker is Tony Lee Stoecker, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Master Chief Petty Officer (retired). The Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Band will perform, and the Legion will dedicate two American flags for its Avenue of Flags during the ceremony.

OKABENA: Sievert-Peterson Post 608 will host its Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall. Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg will be the featured speaker. The Honor Guard will visit area cemeteries prior to the program. It will be at Grace Lutheran Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., Old Rost Cemetery at 8:50 a.m., St. Paul’s Cemetery at 9:15 a.m. and St. John’s Cemetery at 9:40 a.m.

PIPESTONE: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Pipestone Cemetery. Emcee will be Dan Wildermuth, USN Seabees 74-79 and a Pipestone County commissioner. Keynote speaker will be Harvey Noble. Music will be provided by the Pipestone Area Schoolsx Junior High Band.  

ROUND LAKE: The Round Lake American Legion Post 461 and Auxiliary will sponsor a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Round Lake Legion Post Home. Speaker will be former Nobles County Commissioner Marv Zylstra. The Legion honor roll will be presented by Ned A. Jones, and the Auxiliary honor roll presented by Sharon Meyer. The program will conclude at Round Lake Cemetery, and a light lunch will follow at the post home.

SLAYTON: American Legion Erwin March Post #64 and VFW Post #6322 will host a Memorial Day program. At 8:45 a.m., a Rifle Salute will take place at the Murray County Memorial. Coffee will be served from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Murray County Central School Gym. At 10:45, the Memorial Day program will begin - it includes live music and the honoring of those who have served.

STORDEN: A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Storden Baptist Church. Speaker will be Ryan Hill. A military salute in Storden City Park will follow, and there will be a potluck dinner at Storden American Legion Hall.

WESTBROOK: The Westbrook American Legion and VFW will provide the following activities on Monday: 9 a.m. ceremony at Rosehill Cemetery, rural Westbrook; 9:15 a.m, ceremony at Mennonite Cemetery, rural Westbrook; 10:30 a.m., program at Westbrook-Walnut Grove with musical selections by high school students and veterans singers along with speaker Wayne Kelm, a Westbrook native. There will be a short ceremony at the Westbrook Cemetery Veterans’ Memorial following the program.

WILMONT: Wilmont VFW Post 2603 will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday at 8:30 a.m. at Reading Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. in St. Kilian Cemetery and 10:30 in Wilmont Cemetery, followed by refreshments and lunch at the post home. In case of inclement weather, there will be a 10:30 a.m. gathering at the post home for indoor services and lunch. Two hamburger bundles and a lap quilt will be raffled.  

WINDOM: The Memorial Day program starts at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery. Pastor Mike McInnis of First United Methodist Church will provide a keynote address at the program. Windom Area Schools Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt will emcee the program with participation of Windom American Legion Post 206 Commander Fred Meyer and Legion Auxiliary Member Jean Hoppe.

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