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Sand Creek Chatter – 12-12-2012

Martin Tandberg has news to share, his oldest granddaughter, Adrienne married to John Marino had a baby girl on October 5, 2012. Adrienne is the daughter of Brian and Ann Tandberg of Sand Creek. Martin’s younger granddaughter, Sarah, married to Raymond French of Eagan, MN had a baby girl on Nov. 12, 2012 Sarah is the daughter of Cindy and Al Shaughnessy in New Prague, MN.

Tessa, Abigail and Melvin Gustum performed on their violins at a recital in Eau Claire at the Bethesda Lutheran church on Saturday afternoon Dec. 1.

Pastor Robert L. Koepp’s wife, Julie’s mother, June Jenson had surgery in Rochester last week and the surgery went well, so they were traveling home at the end of the past week to Reynolds, North Dakota, for further recovery.

Jerry and Sandy Timm recently returned from a long weekend visit to Los Angeles. Son Eric and partner Tim arranged tours of the space vehicle The Endeavor and the Cleopatra exhibit on the USC campus. They also attended a 70th birthday party for Sandy’s college roommate from UW-Madison days. They had not seen Pat, who is about to retire from 30 years with Seeing Dogs for the Blind, for fifteen years. Some great eating at unusual restaurants and relaxing around the pool made for an enjoyable trip.

Jean Hanson and Judy Gronning attended the Christmas concert at U.S.A. Kids Day Care in Eau Claire on Monday evening, Dec. 3 where Jean’s granddaughter, Lexi Hanson is enrolled. That same week on Thursday evening of Dec. 6, Joshua Hanson took part in a program at the Day Care where Jean and Judy attended for him as well.

On Tuesday December 4, Doug and Becky Westholm and family traveled to River Falls to attend the New Music Ensemble concert at UW-River Falls Abbott Concert Hall. On Thursday, the Westholm’s again made the trip to River Falls to attend the UWRF Percussion Ensemble concert. Derek Westholm, a sophomore at UWRF, is a percussionist in both ensembles.

Carol Gustum, Steve Gustum, and the Tom Gustum family attended the 80th birthday for Wanda West’s husband, Don, held in Ridgeland on Dec. 8. The Gustum children provided a musical program for the event.

Sam Follendorf, Willie and Christie Schmoke, Cory and John Schneider and boys, Carol Redmann, Pastor George and Jacqui Schweitzer and Maureen Scott all enjoyed supper at the home of Glenn and Margie Anderson before attending the New Auburn Community Choir concert at New Hope Lutheran church on Saturday evening, Dec. 8.

On Friday, Dec. 7, Doug and Becky Westholm, Brandon, Benjamin and Danielle attended a dinner and holiday swing dance at the recently renovated Union Depot in St. Paul, MN. Swing dance instruction was provided by UW River Falls faculty and dinner was a Greek-themed buffet from a local restaurant. Music for the dance was part of the Radd Jazz Concert Series provided by the UW River Falls Jazz Ensemble. Derek Westholm is the percussion section leader for the ensemble. Also enjoying the evening with the Westholms was Doug’s cousin, Judi Blomberg of Eden Prairie, MN.

Lois Aasen attended her Aunt Julia Hoff’ 80th birthday party in Wheeler on Dec. 8.

In honor of Ray Gilberts’ 92nd birthday on Dec. 8, guests were: Judy and John Hovre from Austin, Texas, Lynn and Teresa Gilberts, Joyce and Bill Barten, Jennifer and Joe Carlson, Andrew and David, Kari and Matt Bergeson, Alex and Brady, Julie Eckert and granddaughter, Isabel, Snort Gilberts, Tony and Ruth Barten and son, Jake, Duane and Patsy Suckow.

Among those traveling on a bus trip to Lakeville, MN to attend the Lundstrom’s Country Christmas Celebration on Dec. 8 were Ingman and Mary Ellen Ralph and Tom and Caryl Schoen.

Carol Anderson has returned to Sand Creek from a two-week trip to the Slovak Republic where she attended two stuzkovas (graduation parties) held by the two classes graduating this next May from the school where she taught for the past four years. She taught English conversation at a Lutheran bi-lingual high school to the students at the high school level in the city of Liptovsky Mikulas. The E.L.C.A. has missionary volunteers in four schools in Slovakia as well as one in Poland and has 18 people working in these positions. Carol also spent six weeks in Mikelas from August to October helping with the orientation of the New American lectors for her school.