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J I IIIEM[I~ ...... t-, t ,11_ ! Thursday, October 8, 2009 ews * Kimball MN Gertrude Hanson, 78 Gertrude Hanson of Watkins died peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Hilltop Care Center in Wat- kins. She was 78. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Rev. John Brunner and Rev. Richard Gross concele- brating. Interment was in the par- ish cemetery. Gertrude "Gert" H. Han- son was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Hamel, Minn. to Martin and Ger- trude (Croymans) VanLith. Gert was married to Kenneth Hanson June 20, 1951, at St. Peter's Cath- olic Church in Delano. Kenneth died March 22, 2009. Gert was :~i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ = After the harvest, let the wine-making begin By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Millner Heritage Winery, just south of Kimball, opened its doors, officially this May. But they've been busy making and bottling wine for several years already. In the past month, thanks to an overabundance of volunteers, the winery's nine acres were harves- ted more quickly than planned. Each variety must be harvested at once, stemmed and crushed, then piped into separate vats to begin the fermenting process. Sometimes the skins are left on for Inside the stemmer/crusher, grapes are moved into a lower chamber where rubber paddles pluck the grapes from the stems. Front cov- er: a broader view of the stemmer/crushing machine with vintner Jon Ebeling of Maple Lake; 11 grand- of grapes come in from other Min- tents of this vat will be run through children and five step-grandchil- nesota growers. The Millners' nine a press, removing the skins and dren; 11 great-grandchildren and acres ofvineyardhost a wide range seeds. Then back to the vat for three step-great-grandchildren; ofnorthernvarietiesofgrapes, but about six to seven months of con- brothers Leonard (and Mickey)do not produce the 20 tons or more trolled aging before it is bottled. VanLith of Loretto, Lambert (and of grapes they use each year to Most of this year's harvest will Liz) VanLith of Delano, and sis- make wine. be made into the Millners' estab- oxygen for a few days, a process called carbonic maceration where the grapes nearly crush them- selves, exploding with flavor. In a couple of weeks, the con- zles. She also enjoyed embroider- ing and was a seamstress, making wedding and bridesmaids dresses for her daughters. She especially ter Irene (and Harvey) Wandersee The grapes delivered that daylished varieties of wine, several of of Luverne; special aunt Louise were Frontenac, the first vari- which have won prizes. But Jon Folk ofMilbank, S.D.; brothers-in- ety introduced by the Univer-is always thinking of new things, law and sisters-in-law, and many sity of Minnesota. These grapes new twists on established myth- these flavors in the wine, there's nothing quite like authentic oak- barrel aging. He may try making ice wine this year, too, depending on the grow- ers. For ice wine, the grapes must freeze on the vine several times. The frozen grapes are pressed, releasing the grape essense, not the frozen water crystals. The result is a more intense flavor, but about half the volume of wine. Millner's Heritage Winery will be open through December, then again in March. They open at 11 a.m. Thursdays through Sun- enjoyed spending time and play- ing games with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Ken- neth; brothers Frederick, Corne- lius, Martin, and Arthur VanLith; and sisters Martha Wandersee and Ostmark Lutheran ELCA annual Fall Bazaar The Ostmark Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA will hold their of the Lake Union Cemetery Asso- annual Fall Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. ciation will be held at 7:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, There Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at the Lake will be morning coffee, noon Union CovenantChurch. lunch, bake sale, crafts, quilts, veg- pizza, beverages, and a variety of ball Area Ministerial Association, MinisterialAssociation fun activities - Karaoke, Bounce which includes the pastors of St. Dave Milz, Treasurer 'N Box (boxing with huge, inflat- Anne's Church, Kimball Church etables and plants for sale. Supple- mental funds will be provided by Annual turkey On Sunday, Oct. 11, you will be 3 and under eating free. Con- chased household items, jams and Thrivent Chapter #31309. able to eat a grilled pork chop din- tact a member of St. John's for an jellies for your winter toast, wood dinner in net, bid on a whole room full of advanced ticket and you will save for your stove or fireplace and silent auction items and then bid $.50 a ticket, even smoked turkey and pie for Correction: Kingston on items at the live auction. Eating is always'fun, but there is your Thanksgiving dinner? Auxiliary meeting The Johnson Kelly American St. Johns Lutheran Church is more! The silent auction begins at The afternoon will end with a The regular Auxiliary meetingLegion Post 483 and the Kingston sponsoring a pork chop dinner11 a.m. and will close at 1 p.m. All live auction that willbegin at 1:15. fortheFrederickA. MetcalfLegion Lions will hold their annual tur- featuring a 10-ounce grilled pork activities are at Willow Creek Park Youwillbeabletobidonfurniture, is Thursday, Oct. 8. There will be a key dinner Sunday, Oct. 18 from chop, baked potato, vegetable, Shelter. Christmas is less than 80 antique furniture, a quilt, tractor potluck supper at 6"30 p.m. before 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kingston bread and dessert Sunday, Oct. days away and this will give you chains; just to name a few of the the 7:30 p.m. meeting. Community Center. 11, at Willow Creek Park Shelter an opportunity to do some early items thatwillbe available. Sorry for the inconvenience, in Kimball. Dinner will be served shopping or pamper yourself with Funds from this event will be Public relations chairman, Cindy May St. John's FUNdraiser October 11 nieces and nephews, were stemmed and crushed, and ods. days, closing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Music was provided by Kathy the slushy mess of juice and skins For one thing, the winery put- 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 6 p.m. Pauls. Casket bearers were Kyle and fruit was piped through 4- or chased its first two barrels, one Sunday. They have live entertain- Neu, Kurtis Neu, Mike Paumen, 5-inch hoses into a vat. Jon added of Minnesota oak, and the other ment from 2-5 Sundays. Check Jim Dockendorf, Aaron Dock- a half-barrel of Frontenac grapes a mixture of French and Appala- their events schedule on-line at endorf and Jordan Dockendorf. that had been fermenting without chian oak. While Jon can mimic . Arrangements were by the Ertl FuneralHome, Watkins. Fifth Quarter Community Youth Event All seventh- through 12-graders able gloves), Sumo Wrestling of Christ, Kimball United Method- from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ticket personal-care items, a dinner out, used to complete the education prices are $8 for adults, $4.50 for theme baskets, and much more. wingofthenewSt.John'sLutheran children under 10, with children How about handmade and pur- Church in Greeley Edition. Lake Union Cemetery Assoc. meets The annual business meeting in our community are invited to a (wearing huge, padded suits), a ist Church, Lake Union Covenant special Fifth Quarter Event Friday, Rock Wall, and more. There is no Church, and St. John's Lutheran Oct. 9, both before and after the cost for the event, which will be Church. Generous grants to sup- Kimball Area High School foot- held at the Kimball United Myth- port this event were provided by ball game. From 5:30 until game- odist Church, across the street the Kimball Fire & Rescue Squad time, and after the game until 11 from the high school. The event and the State Bank of Kimball. p.m,, the youth are invited to enjoy has been planned by the Kim- KimballArea View obituaries, guestboolcs and videos on,line Kimball (320) 398-5055 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches. Kimball Area Emergency I Food Shel J Inc. St. Anne's Church .in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 Now offering including mass 3 times/mo. RESPITE CARE Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LPN/RN services available 24 hours per day He tage House of Kimball" Catholic Church in Watkins and a member of the Watkins Senior Cit- izens. In her earlier years, Gert was an avid golfer, bowler and pitched in a fast-pitch softball league. She enjoyed traveling, woodworking, dancing, playing cards and puz- DorothyAdickes. oxygen, and other factors to elicit Gert is survived by her chil- incredible flavors from these oth- employed at many jobs, including dren Darlene (and Bruce) Way of erwise commonplace fruits. He's driving a gravel truck, cooking at K Kimball, Keith (and Deb) Han- been making wine commercially & K/Billy Bones Restaurant, inte- son of Rice, Beverly (and Den- since 2004, but he's been around it riordecoratinganddeliveringbus- nis) Neu of Eden Valley, Duane all his life thanks to his father Don ses all over the U.S. and Canada (and Sandy) Hanson of Waite who started the winery. for Transit Tec in Luxemburg. She Park, Mary (and Ron) Dockendorf Last Tuesday I paid a visit to was a member of the St. Anthony of Watkins, Jeannie (and Brad) the winery to see two shipments ~~ a couple of weeks, imparting their flavors and color. Sometimes the :::': :: grapes are pressed first, and only the juice is put in the vats. :: :: :~ Vintner Jon Millner is a master at blending the grapes, and con- trolling the temperature, sugar, Millner, wife Annamaria, and another Minnesota grower all load grapes into the machine. A pile of stems can be seen in the foreground, eject- ed by the machine in the process. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.