Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.26.2012

July 25, 2012

Today: Amelia Ousley, Back from South Africa, (Blumhoeffer)

Birthdays: Linday Willgohs (7/22) and Lynne Young (7/28)

Next Week: CRWP Trout Stream Project with Beth Kallestad (Holden)

Last Week:

I’m no lawyer, but after hearing Michelle Lasswell’s classification, I have to think there is something actionable here, ranging from entrapment to at least a bait and switch. I mean really. She goes to a job interview and comes home with a husband. Talk about an impulse buy. But with Brad’s Clooneyesque good looks, anything is possible.

But first the prequel. Michelle grew up in Silver Lake, Minn., a bucolic farming community of 700 people. Her mother and three older brothers moved there to be near family after her father died at a young age. MIchelle graduated with a class of 42, went on to the College of St Benedict’s and after a two-year break to Drake Law School.

Michelle met her husband and now law partner Brad Frago when she interviewed for a law clerk position in Renville County.  Eighteen months later they were married. They now live in Northfield with their two children Christopher, 10, and Lauren, 7. They both do Family Law, involving divorce, custody disputes and spousal support, using a collaborative law model. Both are mediators as well as lawyers.

Michelle has served on the Hope Center board of directors and is involved in the PTO at Sibley Elementary School.  She was introduced to Rotary through our student exchange program and joined two years ago..


David Halsor, a product of DeForest, Wis., graduated from St. Olaf College in 1955 and 37 years later returned when he retired from Northwest Airlines. He and his wife, also an Ole, built a house here and between airline friends and their involvement at St. John’s Lutheran Church made a smooth transition into the community.

David joined Rotary in 2002. He is currently the registrar for the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium and encourages everyone to consider taking a course this fall.

Literacy Moment: President Jane invited us to read “While the Locust Slept” by Peter Razor. She met the Native American author recently quite by chance. She learned of his background growing up in the Owatonna orphanage and found his book a compelling read. The episode reminded her of the critical role literacy plays in bringing people together and fostering understanding.

Guests: Philipp Kulawik (Estenson), Michael Gunderson (Covey), Rachel Amerman (Amerman), Patsy Ophaug (Ophaug) and Mary Schmelzer (Madigan) and Esau Sopepa from Vaitupu, Tuvalu, a nephew to Vicki and Lee Dilley by virtue of Esau’s grandparents adopting Lee and Vicki in 1980 when they were serving in Tuvalu as Peace Corps volunteers.

Scholarship Enhancement: Judy Brown-Wescott


— If you have an interest in joining the Rotary Responders, see John Ehresmann.

— Nancy Amerman invited members to contribute art to the upcoming KEY Community Art Sale. It will be held  Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. They will pickup anything you have to donate.

— The exciting conclusion to that cliff hanger Rotary Planning Retreat, will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. It is open to all members.

— The Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour T-shirt design is done. Dale Ness unveiled this year’s stylish lemon yellow shirt. They are not yet in production, so those who would like to be a sponsor can still commit and have their logo printed on the back. If you want to be a sponsor, contact Dale or Roberto Zayas.