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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.14.2015

May 14, 2015

Today: Carleton’s Master Plan (Does St. Olaf know about this?), Fred Rogers (Madigan)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15)

Next Week: Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

Last Week:

Paul Krause would probably agree with Yogi Berra, who said: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Paul relies more on “turning points” to tell his tale, and, for him, there were many.

Turning point one

Paul grew up surrounded by the stunning scenery of Alberta, Canada. He was born in Lethbridge, home to the highest railway bridge in North America, and raised in Calgary, home to greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede. At an early age, Paul worked the Stampede’s Midway guessing people’s weights. The experience taught him a lot about commerce and perseverance.

Paul went to the University of Calgary where he earned a master’s degree in economics. As a reward for taking care of his brothers and sisters, Paul’s father bought him a Sunbeam Alpine convertible (editor’s note – the very first James Bond car in Dr. No), the ultimate accessory for a young urbane college kid. Needing to look the part, Paul adopted a uniform consisting of a tweet coat, wool hat, scarf, and a pipe. He dropped the pretentious persona after his date dumped her ice cream in his beer. Lesson learned.

Turning Point Two

Canada gave him a four-year fellowship toward a doctorate from any university in the world. Paul wasn’t accepted at the London School of Economics, so he ended up at the University of Minnesota. As a gesture to full disclosure, Paul showed us a picture of him looking something like John Lennon circa 1970, but dressed like Charles Dickens.

Turning Point Three

Paul said he was regularly confused with a Minnesota Viking Hall of Famer by the same name.

Turning Point Four

While living in Minneapolis, economics gave way to folk music. Paul took an interest in the folk music scene and started his own folk group. He didn’t complete his PhD, but did teach at Winona State, Trent University in Ontario, and Brock University in Ontario.

Paul met his first wife, Barbara, at the U of M. They purchased a farm and settled near Red Wing. In 1979, he moved to Northfield to start an instrument repair business, Tudor Music, above Froggy Bottoms and the Hvistendahl Law Office Building. He later moved near the Seitz building and changed the name to Cannon Valley Musical Instrument Repair.

Another Turning Point

Barbara was big into groundhogs for a while, which inspired Paul to write a song about a groundhog. The song earned him an invitation from Susan Stamberg to be interviewed on WCAL. Paul subsequently became an announcer/producer for WCAL, and was once named broadcaster of the year.

Paul was the first director of the Northfield Downtown Development Corp (NDDC) and has been involved in many other capital campaigns and fundraising around town.

He now works as a videographer and documentary film-maker. He and Barbara have five children and five, soon to be six, grandchildren.


John Sinning announced he and his wife have downsized and moved to Village on the Cannon so his kids can’t move back in. Susan, John’s wife, manages the Bag Lady downtown. Son Jacob, a former exchange student, is a junior at Bradley in Peoria, Illinois. His other son is out of college and working.

John is currently the International director on the club board overseeing Youth Exchange, International Projects, the Foundation, and the Global Grant Scholarship. He is also the district country officer for Brazil. He recently started Canine Service Partners with Sam Daly, and they recently received non-profit, tax exempt status.


Lynn Miland (Lorang); Barbara Krause (Krause); Adrian Thomas (KYMN) (Conway); Kathy Jasnoch (Koenig)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jan Stevens. (Kurt Larson requests that someone shake up the tickets every week.)


— All are invited to a graduation party Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at Rick and Kris Estenson’s event center, 10541 Ibson Avenue. The party will serve several functions. We will celebrate graduation with Lydia, Giulia, Philipy and Marcelo; welcome home our outbound students; bid bon voyage to our next group of outbounds; and say “thank you” to our club counselors and host families. Hot dogs, chips, salads, cake and lemonade will be provided

— Peggy Prowe and Charlie Cogan invite you to consider riding in the “Ride to End Polio” in Tucson, Arizona in November. The ride is sponsored by Rotary District 5500. In 2014 the event yielded $7.5 million for the campaign. The goal this year is $10 million To learn more, go to:

— Rick Estenson would like to move some theater seating. He has seats from the old Southgate Cinema that he would be happy to let go of in exchange for a good will donation to either the club or the foundation. He has two sets of two and two sets of three. Contact Rick at if you are interested.

— Exchange students reported back on prom. They had a very good time and were up until 5 am. Lydia said she would be appearing in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

— Russ Halverson reported on the Rotary District Conference which included a country fair for exchange students and many valuable breakout sessions. Russ reminded the club that “change is good.”

— Virginia Kazcmarek said Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will be accepting items for the “Good for Good” sale yet today from 4-6 at the “Old Chamber Office.” Man cave stuff does especially well.

— Jim Holden reminded club members that there is a film festival at the Weitz Center during consecutive weeks in July. There is also a course for $50 to discuss the movies.

Happy News:

Jan Stevens’ 8 year old granddaughter went to the White House and was on CSPAN for 2 minutes. Hannah Puczko has a new granddaughter, and Beth Kallestad said Cannon River Watershed is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Outbound Exchange Students

Beimers, Henry – Norway

Beimers, William – Brazil

Carlson, Samuel -Argentina

Estrada, Gabriella – France

Hahn, Erin – Thailand

Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia

Kelley, Caitlin – Chile

Lunderby, Jack – Brazil

Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe

Martinez, Odalys – Japan

Muir, Mason – Taiwan

Olson, Josiah – Colombia

Regnier, Eli – Brazil

Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil

Scheffert, Jenna – Italy

Seitz, Zoe – Denmark

Washburn Chapman, AhnaCole – South Africa

Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 28 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

June 4 — Chris Kennelly Classification

June 11 — David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)

June 18 — Teresa Jensen, Library Project Update