Quarterly Newsletter

Moose Lake Area Historical Society


Click here to view the Annual Meeting which took place Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nominating Committee for 2015 Election

October 21, 2014

The Nominating Committee consists of:

Vice President – Steve Olson

Secretary – Marge Renn

Appointed Members:

Lou Hall

Karen Gretsfeld

June Mackey

The Committee met on September 18, 2014 and nominates the following:

President: Steve Olson

Vice President: Dean Paulson

Directors: currently completing their term and eligible and willing to run for a second 3 year term.

Ed Johnson Joanne Jungers

Director to finish the last two years of Curt Frohrip’s term.

Clayton Ohlin

The election will take place at the Annual Meeting on January 20, 2015.

Anyone interested in running for any of these positions can talk to the Nominating Committee and/or Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

Respectfully submitted:

Marge Renn, secretary



Moose Lake Depot & Fires of 1918 Museum

October 21, 2014

Following a Chili Supper, 45 people signed in for the Quarterly Meeting.   

The meeting was called to order by President, Ross Anderson, at 6:45pm.

Secretary’s Report – The minutes for the July Quarterly Meeting have been distributed. Ray Pesavent moved and Steve Olson seconded that the Minutes be approved. Passed.

Treasurer’s Report – (See attached for further details)

The report shows a balance as of October 1st in the Regular Checking Account of $16,383.68; the General Fund shows $11,527.81 and the Building Fund shows $4,854.59.  The report will be filed for review.

President’s Report – (See attached for information not contained in the Minutes)

Executive Director Report –

(See attached report for information not contained in the Minutes)

Welcome to our new employee, Ray Pesavent, and a Big Thank You to Marlene Berube for her years of service to us both as an employee and a volunteer.

Did you notice the Depot when you came in? It was power washed, scraped and primed; then painted by the crew from CIP. It looks great!

We also have obtained an old Baptismal Fond from the First Methodist Church. It was for sale online and we obtained it for $68.00. It’s a great addition to our Church Room in the Depot.

Membership Forms are available here if you are interested in joining for 2015.

Nominating Committee –

(See Report attached for Nominations for the Annual Meeting)

New Business –

We will need six committees to serve one month at a time to take care of activities happening in the Community Room. We need volunteers to be on these committees (Not only Board Members). Six people with keys to the building (Joe, Natalie & Ross) will head the committees. We need about 4 more people for each committee. The following people volunteered to help on the committees: Ed Johnson, Karen Johnson, Sandy Lourey, June Mackey, Clayton Ohlin, Diane Olson and Margie Renn.

We are in need of more volunteers to help throughout the coming year.

Please call Ross at 485-4159 if you are willing to help or have any questions. 

MLAHS Quarterly Meeting

October 21, 2014

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The Christmas Open House is coming up soon. Friday, November 28 from 9 – 3pm and Saturday, November 29 from 9 – 1pm. We are in need of all kinds of baked goods and craft items. Please donate. We also need help decorating Christmas trees etc. It’s great fun! Come join us beginning Monday, November 10 at 10am.

Joe Mogen moved and June Mackey seconded that the meeting be adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55pm.


Please turn in Volunteer Hours to Marge on a regular basis. With the end of the year coming, it’s very important to get all of our hours reported. It really helps when we are requesting grants.

The next Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10am at the Museum.

The next Membership Meeting will be the Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:45pm, at the Fires of 1918 Museum.

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Margie Renn, secretary

Following the Meeting, Dale “Pete” Peterson gave an interesting presentation on the History of the $OO LINE.

Moose Lake Area Historical Society

Executive Director’s Report

October 21, 2014

It’s been a very busy summer. We have had 1350 people sign the Guest Book in the Depot and another 550 for events in the Community Room. Remember, not every one signs in so our numbers are probably about 200 more for the year.  The proceeds for the Gift Shop were over $7,000.00 which is a record in sales. Some of the increase was due to the sale of the Laker T Shirts. There are still about 10 left if you are interested. We officially closed for the season on October 12 but have had a few people stop in anyway.  If we are able we do accommodate them with at least a tour of the Museum.  Again, thanks to all of the volunteers who make this possible; we couldn’t do this without you.

The New Year is approaching quickly and it’s time for a new Membership Drive. If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining MLAHS, please let us know.  Our membership for 2014 is somewhere around 220, let’s try for 230 for 2015.

We need someone to check our web site on a regular basis. We have had reports of incorrect information about events that should not have happened.  If you are willing to do it, we will do our part of keeping you up to date about events.

Last spring, we printed the 1910 census and the 1920 census is ready to print. This should be an interesting comparison to see the changes after the fires.

Yesterday the Executive Board (minus Ross) met with Pat Oman, City Administrator, and Mayor Ted Shaw to review the lease agreement between MLAHS, the Masonic Lodge and the City of Moose Lake.  This agreement was first written in 2003, reviewed in 2008 and needs to be updated to be more pertinent to what is occurring.  The City has been paying for our heat and lights for years and recently has been helping with some of the expenses of getting our heating and cooling systems working properly.  The revisions to the agreement will be done soon and then our Board, the Masons and the City Council will need to give their approval.  Most of the changes were very minor, just clarifying some statements and updating where indicated.

The Christmas Open House will be on November 28 & 29 this year.  The Committee met this morning and has started the planning.  The decorating will start on November 12. We will be sending out an email prior to that date as we will need your help.  It’s fun with good fellowship and there’s always coffee and goodies for a break.  We are also looking for anyone who may have a special collection they would be willing to share for displays.  You can have them back in plenty of time to use them at home.

We have not had very many rentals this fall but I am starting to get some more calls. Hopefully we will have lots of events scheduled for the holiday season.

The Pot Luck Dinner on September 16 was well attended by about 50 people. The Raffle for the utility shed/playhouse was won by Joan Schoat of Kettle River.  She intends to use it as a play house for her granddaughters.

Donations – Artifacts:

Vicki Paulson – pictures of Moose Lake probably taken in the 60’s or 70’s

Ron Eastman – Laker letter sweater with many patches in excellent condition

Michy Wells – complete spice rack, large flour canister

Randy Sarvella – Soo Line Railroad water can

Spencer Skelton – 8×10 colored picture of the Depot

Roland Westman – 2 books, one a Bible that belonged to Tillie Olson-fire survivor from    Kettle River, one book has scorch marks and burned pages

Wendy Higgens – Hair Crimper that belonged to her grandmother, Dorothy Skelton Johnson


In memory of Charles Lofgren

Maryls Schmidt and Peggy Hanson                  

In memory of Lois Romanoski

Corky & June Mackey

Wayne & Karen Peterson

In memory of Margaret Lippo

Wayne & Karen Peterson

In memory of Dorothy Kalm

Ross Anderson

Natalie Frohrip

Bill & Lou Hall

Elaine Zwickey

In memory of Aina Jokimaki

Walter Johnson

In memory of Curt Frohrip

Lyle & Patti Almquist

Maryls Schmidt

Henry & Karen Gretsfeld

Mel & Sally Sundby

Pat Martinson

Grace Mapes

Kris Lyons

Jim & Donna Eckman

Bruce & Judy Nielsen

Ross Anderson

Morrie & Betty Coughlin

Mercy Foundation

Scot & Michelle Hultberg

Ron & Marge Renn

Corky & June Mackey

Wayne & Karen Peterson

Steven & Beth Blondo

Monetary Donations:

Ron Hillstrom

Jean Vanderport

Respectfully Submitted: Natalie Frohrip, Executive Director