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Sarah Bruihler and Katy Mitlyng show “Castle Wall,” the top selling quilt in the auction. The hand-quilted and pieced quilt was sold for $1,100.

$1,100 quilt? You bet!

By Seth Schmidt


A patchwork of colors turned into a pile of green for Shetek Lutheran Ministries Saturday.

About  $27,000 was raised for Shetek Lutheran Ministries programs, as 202 handcrafted items were sold at the organization’s annual quilt auction.

“Castle Wall” made by the First Lutheran Quilters of Sioux Falls fetched $1,100, to earn the honor of the auction’s top seller.  The 102x102” jewel toned quilt was pieced and hand-quilted. Becky Iverson, Garvin, bought the quilt.  The quilt was also voted the “People’s Choice” award.

A quilt made by an Old Westbrook Lutheran group, “Batik Beauty,”  brought $800.  Dr. Joan Hartman, Marshall, the quilt’s buyer, said she was attracted to the quilt because her great aunt, Audrey Soderling, was involved in putting the quilt together.  The 93x91” quilt was pieced and machine-quilted with scraps left over from past quilt projects.

All told, the quilt auction has over 200 bidders with 148 buyers.

“It’s just so awesome that we have so many wonderful people who dontate quils and quil items for this fundraiser,” said Kathy Peterson of Shetek Lutheran Ministries.

Area churches who contributed hand-crafted items to the auction included Sillerud Lutheran, Balaton; Our Savior’s Lutheran, Dovray;  Highwater Lutheran, Lamberton;  St. Stephen Lutheran, Marshall; First Lutheran, Marshall; Our Savior’s Lutheran, Milroy; Grace Lutheran, Russell;  Peace Lutheran, Ruthton;  Christ Lutheran, Slayton; Bethany Lutheran, Storden; Danebod Lutheran, Tyler; Trinity Lutheran, Walnut Grove; Old Westbrook; Trinity Lutheran, Westbrook.

Area individuals and groups who contributed quilts included Connie Anderson, Tracy; Connie Schwartau, Balaton; Lake Sarah Quilters; Lois Ahlschlager, Balaton; Marlys Buddenhagen, Tracy; Peggy Ludeman, Tracy; Sharon Kosse, Tracy;  Wendy Haney, Tracy; Shetek Camp Quilters; Bev Holland, Slayton. 

John Croatt, Storden; and Donna Gravly, Windom, served as auctioneers.

Quilt auction committee members were Connie Anderson, Sarah Banks, Karla Conrad, Deb Haar, Kristy Henriksen, Bev Holland, Marjorie Schultz, Linda Swan, Carol Wilson, Marcella Chapman.


Balaton Fun Fest sets sail

Fireworks over Lake Yankton, a evening lighten boat parade, a street dance, and a big parade are among the attractions for Balaton’s Fun Fest, Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5.

The 9:30 p.m. boat parade and the 10 p.m. fireworks Friday follow a 5 to 7:30 p.m. Balaton Foundation burger picnic, a 7 p.m. community band performance, and 8 p.m. entertainment from “Screaming Cactus.”  All activities are at Lake Yankton.  Shuttle service will be provided from parking lots at the East Bay Nine.

The grand Fun Fest parade through Balaton begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

For a complete list of Fun Fest activities, see the online schedule at

Currie 4th fest promises
more than fireworks

The Currie Town & Country Club’s traditional Fourth of July celebration promises plenty of food, sporting activities, music, games, and, of course, spectacular fireworks.

The Friday-Saturday, July 3-4 festival begins with a Friday night street dance.  “Hicktown Mafia” begins playing at 9 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m.

The Town & Country Club has their annual picnic and membership drive Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Currie City Park.  Grilled burgers and hot dogs will be served.

The city park will bustle with activities all-day Saturday. Inflatable bounce houses will be set up for the younger set, while volleyball and softball tournaments go on.  A beanbag tourney begins at 1 p.m.  Duck races will take place on the Des Moines River.

A gala fireworks display shoots off from the city park at dusk Saturday.