Published 9:00 am Saturday, February 29, 2020

Duplicate Bridge

Nine teams played duplicate bridge at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18  and at noon Feb. 19 at the Senior Center in Austin.

Players come from Mason City, Northwood, Blue Earth, Rose Creek, Albert Lea and Austin.  Winners on Tuesday were Larry Crowe and Bill Momsen, first; Judy Bungum and Dave Solomonson, second; Sue Mann and Gail Nelson, third; and Gail and Ray Schmidt, fourth.

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Wednesday winners were Vandy Newman and Ron Peters, first; Bonnie Fritz and Loren Cleland, second; Dave Ring and Rick Stroup, third; and Gail and Ray Schmidt, fourth.

There is always room for more players, according to a press release, and people are encouraged to bring a partner to join the competition or call 507-437-2750 if a partner is needed.


Wells Historical Society

President Carmen Meyer called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were Joan Stern, Kathy Ayers, Dave Meyer, Ryan Feist, Jim Stern, C.J. Holl and Betsy Hermanson.

The secretary’s report was approved on a motion by Jim Stern, seconded by Ayers. The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by Feist, seconded by Jim Stern.

Bills to pay were approved on a motion by Dave Meyer, seconded by Jim Stern.

Feist led a discussion on the need for more members, especially younger members. He will approach Jaycees, Joan Stern will put something on Facebook, and Holl mentioned putting something on the city of Wells site. The museum report showed a record 1,137 visitors in 2019.

Mention was made that more volunteers are needed to work.

The historical society has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for the design phase of the lunchroom project. The plan is to have that finished by the end of

May and then apply for a larger grant from the MNHS.

Two Depot items are on hold until better weather; they include the gutter repair and landscape rock for the west side.

Carmen Meyere has taken several banners to J&J Upholstery in Blue Earth for repair.

“To Those Who Came Before” is selling well; there are fewer than 60 books left.

Members are waiting to hear from Dave Paal on the postcard project.

Membership in the Wells Area Chamber of Commerce remains on hold.

Wells Historical Society was approved for the Amazon Smile program. If anyone orders something through the Amazon Smile program, they can designate the Wells Depot Museum to receive a charitable donation on a portion of their purchase price.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Wells Depot Museum; special events are being planned, including a possible repeat performance of the Red Bull Band. If it can be worked out, they will play in conjunction with the United South Central High School band.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Wells Depot Museum.