Friday, November 28, 2014

Fillmore County Odego Class Update

Odegeo Class Visits History & Tourism Sites

FILLMORE COUNTY - The “Odegeo. . .Leadership for Fillmore County” class visited museums and historical sites for their October History and Tourism session on October 21th. 
     The class began their day at the Rialto ll Theatre where Brandy VanDeWalle talked to the group about the Three Kinds of Leadership Styles and using the styles that fits the group you are working.
   Pat Mau told the group how the theater is run by volunteers with just one paid part-time staff.  The group then learned about the historic theater building and was able to hear about and see the new digital program used for showing movies and the new seats that have been installed.
            The next stop was the Strang Museum.  Janet Lentfer told some interesting stories of the items housed in the Museum. The group went to Bubba’s Café and enjoyed break provided by Waddell & Reed Investments. 
            The group traveled to the Maple Grove Barn near Tobias where Bob and LaDean Endorf took the group on a tour of the historic Maple Grove Sales Pavilion and Farrowing Barn that was built in 1912.
            The next stop was the three World War ll Memorials north of Milligan. Shirley Brunkow met the group and told interesting stories of finding information on the soldiers that were killed in the crashes while training at Fairmont Army Airfield during  World War ll.
             Melvin and Arlene Vavra, Janet Fong and Mark Vavra were our guides at the Ceski Bratri Cemetery and Pioneer Chapel west of Milligan.  They explained the history of the chapel and cemetery to the early pioneers and the people of the area.  Several of the class members witched for graves.
            The next stop was lunch in Geneva at the VFW. The lunch was provided by “Walter Insurance and Real Estate”.
    The group traveled  to the Historical Maker on Hwy 6 where Doug Rung talked about the World War ll soldiers getting off the train and being trucked to the Fairmont Airbase. He also stated this entrance is the road to take to enter the front gate to the Airbase. Most people think the entrance off Highway 81 is the main entrance, but that is actually the back entrance. The group then proceeded to the Airbase where Doug talked about where the buildings were located during the training for the young pilots and told stories from the time that the base was active.
            The group traveled to the Fillmore County Museum were Linda Bristol, Doug Rung and Shirley Trauger gave the members a tour of the two facilities. The Fairmont Creamery Building/Ashby Building and the McClellam Drug Store.
            The last stop of the day was at Meriwether Park at the home of Bob and Joan Ackland. Bob Ackland gave the members history of Meriwether and Lewis and the naming of the park. .The members also enjoyed break sponsored by the ‘Geneva Casey’s”.  
   Persons interested in learning more about the Odegeo. . . Leadership for Fillmore County should contact the Fillmore County Development Corporation at 759-4910 or email


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