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Joanna Yunker stops to smell the flowers in the Wilder Museum’s prairie flower plot.

Laura's pilgrims come
from across country

By Seth Schmidt


Visitors at the Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove were lined up three and four deep waiting to purchase newfound treasurers late Saturday afternoon.

Four pages of the museum’s guest registry were filled with names from 20 states, plus four foreign countries: the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Peru, and the United Kingdom.  A steady stream of tourists filed through museum exhibits and buildings, often snapping photos of the prairie blooms inside the boardwalk.

Near the museum entrance, it was a rare visitor who didn’t pause for a photo in the covered wagon, or enjoy a moment of silliness by sticking their faces into an array of wooden Ingalls family cutouts.

Elea Patrin of Minneapolis was one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder fans in Walnut Grove Saturday.

“It’s always been my dream to come here,” she said.  Patrin grew up in Florida as a fan of both the Wilder books and the “Little House on the Prairie” television series.  After attending old-time activities at City Park, and touring the museum, Patrin planned to visit the Ingalls family dugout site before attending the pageant that night.

Nine-year-old Joanna Yunker of Maple Grove was one of many young girls in Walnut Grove Saturday attired ankle-length, cotton peasant dresses. A matching blue bonnet covered her braided tresses.

“I just like her,” Joanna said, of her interest in Laura.  Yes, Joanna said, she has read many of Wilder’s “Little House” books.


For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.

Toys for Tots volunteers Amy Engesser and Tam Schons put up information about Saturday’s event on the Tracy Chamber of Commerce’s coming events billboard last week.

Hundreds to ride for Toys-for-Tots

Hundreds of cyclists are expected for the 38th annual Toys for Tots motorcycle fun run Saturday.

Registration will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Roaring Lyons Clubhouse in Amiret.    Each individual in the ride will bring a toy to drop off at the Hitching Post in Marshall. Cyclists will then proceed on two different routes before ending up at the Caboose in Tracy at 5:30 p.m.   A $15 fee includes a burger bar and the band, “Project Sunday,” at the Caboose.

Toys for Tots donations will go to:

• Heart to Heart, Marshall.

• Golden K Kiwanis, Pipestone.

• Murray County Christmas Project, Slayton.

• Share the Spirit, Redwood County.

• Lincoln County Christmas Baskets & Toys, Ivanhoe.

For more information, people can call Tam Schons at 507-626-0675 or Pam Cooreman 507-626-0572.

The fun run will be held “rain or shine.”