Another big bazaar for Polo Polo-Orient 10-9-13

Posted October 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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Another big bazaar for Polo

Saturday, Sept. 28 Mass at St. Liborius included before and after special recognitions. Father Murtha welcomed Wolfgang and Renate Stueken from the diocese of Paderborn in Germany, who were visiting in Polo especially for Bazaar weekend. After mass long time members of the Polo KC Council were acknowledged. Both events have pictures and stories.

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, Polo’s annual parish bazaar held up to its tradition of drawing friends from near and far to one of the state’s smaller rural communities in central South Dakota. Members of St. Liborius Parish were all involved working in the kitchen, the hall or this years organized parking before the day was ended with the trap shoot on the Legion grounds.

The roast beef and turkey meal was served to 536 people before they could find plenty of attractions around the hall by visiting the Country Store, Baked Goods, Fish Pond and various games, as well as the basket raffles and long-time favorite, playing Bingo.

As it is with all area fall suppers, everyone goes home a winner after a tasty home cooked meal and great visiting opportunities that are part of the fall events hosted by our local churches.

Some however take home extra prizes. This year’s winners of the main raffle were Jerry Fanning-$300, Cindy Martinmaas $200 and Kristen Hargens $100. The quilt was won by Diane Wooster of Fairbanks, AK; quilt rack to Joyce Wieseler and the lace doilie to Kristen Hargens. The children’s raffles were won by Jimmy Lammers-John Deere Tractor, Nick Schlechter-Toy Implement, Bailey Brueggeman-Blonde Doll and Madelyn Siaenga-Brunette Doll.

The winners of the 13 baskets were Terri Patterson, Rapid City; Joan Bertsch, Miller; Jane Thomas, Rapid City; Aleah Schlechter, Polo; Jessica Glodrey, Aberdeen; Marietta Wieseler, Polo; Rick Martinmaas, Polo; Marlene Brueggeman, Miller; Ann Marie Naber Miller-two baskets; Deb Clement Faulkton; and Sharon Wieseler, Polo-two baskets.

Among the special Bingo prizes were a shirt, fleece blanket and bag brought from Paderborn, Germany by the weekend’s honored guests, Wolfgang and Renate Stueken, won by Terri Patterson, Rapid City.


The rains came and they kept coming the end of the week as the amounts totaled 2.30 around Polo, 2.40 east of Polo, a couple of inches south and west of Polo. Orient reports were also in the 1.90 to two inch, give or take a little measurements. Whatever it came with persistence and “nippy” temperatures but the sun is shining again this Monday morning. Farmers are trying to get their beans and corn cutting done so the rain was not really on their order list; however, moisture has been needed so they will wait till it is dry enough to get rolling in the fields again.

Joyce Wieseler drove to Pierre Wednesday, Sept. 18 for her 1961 nursing class reunion of 52 years ago, 1961. Seven members of the class from 52 years ago attended. They met at the Ramkota to spend time visiting, remembering past memories and catching up on their families.

Delila Coyle, Jim and Arleen Schick, Miller and Crystal Kopecky, Faulkton flew to Phoenix to help their brother Jason celebrate his 40th birthday and his wife’s birthday the weekend of September 29. They were joined by their brother Avery from Toronto, Canada for the special events including attending the baseball game between the Arizona Diamond Backs and the Washington Nationals. The highlight was being there to watch their nephew Caden’s baseball game and niece Reagan’s volleyball game.

The Northeast SD Community Action Corporation hosted a two-day training and informational meeting in Chamberlain September 24-25 for their staff and board members. Representing this area was JoAnn Schaefers, a board member since 1974, who accompanied Janine Fagerland and Katie Rasmus from Sisseton.

The funeral for Sally (Marcella Schaefers) Bushfield, from Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Miller, was held at St. Ann’s Church in Miller Monday, Sept. 30. Father Chester Murtha celebrated the Mass attended by her husband Harlan (Huck) and five children, Bob and Suzanne, S.D. and Ariz.; Debbie and Skip Windemiller, New Hampshire; Sherry and Tom Assmus, Colorado; Jannie and Curt Liedtke, Sturgis; and Lynn and Jeff Marso, California; their children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Her sister Kay Martinmaas was unable to attend.

All the Bushfield families were among the crowd attending the Polo Bazaar and visiting where their mother attended mass and St. Liborius school graduating with the second class from Polo (Fairview then) High School in 1939. Jack Schaefers and Carole Stoecker, Tolstoy, joined the Bushfield families Sunday evening for supper in Miller, while JoAnn was hosting the Stuekens from Germany, who were guests at the Polo Bed and Breakfast.

Catholic Daughter meeting

Court Our Lady of Fatima met Tuesday morning, Oct. 1 in Polo to discuss plans for the beginning of the new CDA year. Reports were read before the plans were reviewed for the “1903 Society Meal” was discussed. Cheryl Schaefers, state membership chairman had accompanied DD JoAnn Schaefers to the Redfield CDA meeting, where it was decided to serve the meal from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Zell Hall. Homemade pies and jelly will be furnished by members of the Redfield-Zell court and Orient-Polo court. This year nationwide observances are being celebrated in recognition of the 110-year history of Catholic Daughters since it was begun in 1903 in Utica, New York.

Reports were also read of the cheer cards that have been sent to hospitalized or sick members and new mothers.

KC meeting

The Knights of Columbus met on Thursday evening, Oct. 3 in Mary’s Room in Polo to discuss plans for their new year. They also heard the report from their recent successful September blood drive, District Deputy and discussed their upcoming gun raffle, which will produce a winner in January. Joe Keller and KC Insurance Field Agent Matt Weller from Redfield have attended recent council meetings.

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AFTER MONTHS OF E-MAILS, the day arrived for Wolfgang and Renate Stueken to arrive from Paderborn, Germany Saturday, Sept. 28 for their visit to the St. Liborius parish and to attend the bazaar. The Stuikens flew from Duesseldorf, Germany to Chicago to Minneapolis September 27, before their drive to Polo. They have been eagerly planning their visit to America from the St. Liborius Diocese in Paderborn, where many of Polo’s original settlers came from. They first became aware of the St. Liborius history from the 1973 book written for an English term paper by Colleen Schaefers Leer for Mr. Wermers. The Stueken’s home is in the diocese of Paderborn in Germany and they are familiar with the names of many of the cities where the early settlers originated. The Stuekens had communicated with Maria Hueser from Germany, who has visited Polo’s Hardes relatives.