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Antique Car Run presents history on wheels

Beautifully restored early-1900s automobiles rolled into Buffalo for a lunch stop at the high school, where people could get an up-close look at the Antique Car Run vehicles.  They drove by Buffalo Lake on the way into town.  The annual event begins in New London and ends in New Brighton.  (Photos by Ed DuBois)

Nick Guida approved as BHS assistant principal

Nick Guida

During a special school board meeting prior to the board workshop on Monday, Aug. 14, the board approved the appointment of Nick Guida as a Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal.  Guida replaces Katie Gohl, who accepted an assistant principal position at Buffalo Community Middle School.

According to a school district news release, Guida has worked in the district for the last 20 years.  He got his start as the Montrose Elementary School physical education teacher in 1997.  In November 1998, he moved to the high school and never left.  While at BHS, he taught physical education classes for 13 years.  He was also a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) as an Administrative Assistant, where he worked to implement the AVID program, assisted the activities office with scheduling, led the student Impact Leader group, and much more.  During the last two years, he has served as the interim BHS Activities Director while current director Tom Bauman served in a BHS construction management position.

One reason Guida stood out from the other applicants was not just because of his years of service at BHS, but also because of his Bison Pride.  Members of the interview team said they could sense his passion for BHS students and staff.  They described him as compassionate, relationship-focused, approachable, and a fun guy with a good sense of humor.

"I'm extremely excited to have Mr. Guida join our BHS team in a new role," states BHS Principal Mark Mischke. "He has already made a lasting impact on the students and staff at BHS in his previous educational roles.  He is passionate about making sure every student feels valued and supported at BHS, and he'll do whatever it takes to accomplish this goal.  He will be a great educational leader and will make our team better."

Guida shares, "It's hard to believe that two decades have passed working in BHM schools!  I've enjoyed every step of the journey and am extremely humbled for the opportunity to servant lead as an assistant principal at Buffalo High School.  I may be biased, but it is my belief that the students, staff and administration have created one of the top high school settings in the State of Minnesota.  There are so many opportunities at BHS for kids to grow into something they never thought possible.  I'm honored to be a part of that process and look forward to working hard in doing what's best for kids!"

In 1997, Guida graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. with his teaching degree.  He later earned his principal licensure from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2017.

Guida began at BHS in his new role on Aug. 15, 2017.

St. Michael Veterans Memorial project gets underway

An S-shaped granite wall has been installed at the site of the Veterans Memorial being established in St. Michael. 
(Photo courtesy of Dave Dayon)

The community of St. Michael is erecting a Veterans Memorial to honor and pay tribute to the Veterans who have served and are serving our country.  The Memorial will be located in St. Michael at the east end of the one-way street on Central Ave. E. next to Dunn Brothers Coffee.

American Legion Post 567, which represents the St. Michael, Albertville, Hanover, and surrounding area, is heading up the project.  David Dayon is the project Chairman.

The City of St. Michael provided the property for the Veterans Memorial.  The project will be funded entirely by donations.

The Memorial will be a granite monument consisting of an S-shaped granite wall with opposing curves.  One of the curves will face eastbound traffic, and the other curve will face westbound traffic.  The granite face will have bronze service emblems recognizing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard/Merchant Marine.

Two areas will have pavers recognizing gifts of $250 or more.  These pavers can have the names of veterans and the names of businesses and individuals that have contributed to the cost of the project.

The granite was installed during the last week of July, with additional work to be completed soon.

The project is not yet fully funded.  Those interested in helping with the project can go the City of St. Michael website,, and print a donation form.

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Montrose resident dies after vehicle incident

A 64-year-old Montrose resident, Robert M. Rohland, died on Monday, Aug. 7 at the North Memorial Health Hospital, according to a report from the Henepin County Medical Examiner.  He died two days after an incident at his home involving a vehicle.

The medical examiner's report stated Rohland was a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at his address, 146 Garner Circle.  He was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital, where he died of complications of multiple blunt force injuries.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office reported a passerby called 911 on Aug. 5 at 4:46 p.m. to report a possible medical situation at 146 Garner Circle in Montrose.  A man was lying in the driveway and appeared to be in medical distress.  Montrose Fire, Ridgeview Ambulance and a sheriff's deputy responded.  Montrose Fire arrived and began treating Rohland.  He was complaining of abdominal pain.  There was no reported cause for the pain at the time.

On Aug. 7, the Hennepin County Medical Examiners contacted the Sheriff's Office, advising that Rohland had passed away.  His injuries were consistent with being run over by a vehicle.

Upon investigation, it was found that on Aug. 5, Rohland had just returned from the grocery store with his wife.  After assisting his wife into the residence, Rohland returned to the vehicle, which was parked in the driveway in front of the garage, to get the groceries.  A short time later, the passerby saw Rohland lying in the driveway and called 911.

Rohland's vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Avenger, was stopped down at the end of the driveway, partially in the road, with the driver's door open.  The shift lever for Rohland's vehicle was found to be in the neutral position.  It was discovered that upon returning from the grocery store, Rohland had complained to his wife that the trunk release switch would not work on the vehicle.

"It should be noted that the Dodge Avenger manual indicates that the shift lever must be in PARK for the switch to operate," the Sheriff's Office reported.  "It should also be noted that there is a slight downhill grade from Rohland's garage to the street."

It appears that Rohland may have been accidentally run over by his own vehicle, which caused his fatal injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

According to an obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rohland was removed from life support and he passed away peacefully on Aug. 7.

He was the son of the late William S. Rohland and the late Ruby H. Michael.  Among survivors are his wife of 20 years, Rebecca JoAnn Rohland; his sister, Kristel Adair (Michael); and brother, Timothy Rohland (Michelle).

In his early years, Rohland was a computer programmer, taught electronics at Brown College, took classes in pharmaceutical research at U of M, and earned a Master's in Geographical Information Systems, the obituary states.  He was a devoted "dad" to his cats and parrot.  He had a love for his church and Jesus, for his animals, classical music, and cooking.  He had a tender heart and loved sharing his vast knowledge.

A celebration of Robert's life was scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cokato, with visitation at 10 a.m. and interment of ashes to follow the service.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Robert's memory to a charity of your choice or to Robert's widow.

Five candidates file for school board election

Chev of DelanoAltogether, five people have filed to be candidates in the Nov. 7 Buffalo Hanover Montrose School Board Election.  They include: MaryCathleen Fenske, Ken Ogden, Amanda Reineck, Bob Sansevere, and Stan Vander Kooi.

Those who wanted to be candidates on the Nov. 7 ballot had until Aug. 15 to file.

Three seats are open for the election.  Those who currently hold the three positions are Ogden, Sansevere and Vander Kooi.

The filing period began Aug. 1.


Source of E. coli not found in Maresh children case

An investigation regarding the E. coli infection that claimed the life Kallan Maresh, 3, of Maple Lake and nearly killed her 5-year-old brother, Kade, has not been able to determine the source of the infection.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Health said tests ruled out a petting zoo the children had visited.  Investigators also looked at food the children ate and contact with other people and animals.

The children suffered from a kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome after becoming ill on July 9.  Kallan died a week later.  Kade has been recovering.

No other cases have been reported with the same strain of E. coli that harmed the Maresh children.


Gathering around the table

Retired guys come from many backgrounds but have much in common
when sharing their enjoyment of playing pool

By Ed DuBois

A group of friends who play pool each day at the Buffalo Community Center are all old enough to remember when just about every town had a pool hall.  Maybe they like reliving those days, but a more likely reason they keep showing up is because they like each other's company.

Del Jensen, who is 100 years old, has been coming to play pool about 5 years.  He has been playing pool since he was 18.

He likes to stay active.  He often plays a round of golf before coming to the community center to play pool.

Del came to Buffalo from Crystal.  He said he owned a machine shop in Minneapolis from about 1962 to 1982.

He had served in the Army until the end of World War II.  He then worked in the mechanical division at General Mills about 20 years.  When the division was closed, he started his own business.


Good way to pass the time

"I didn't know anyone when I came to Buffalo.  I came here (to the community center) for amusement.  It's a good way to pass the time," Del said.

Usually, about seven or eight guys show up to play pool.

Bob Lord, who is 82 years old, came to Buffalo from Waseca in 2010.  He said his folks had lived above a pool hall for a while many years ago.  He was the owner of a beauty salon 47 years before retiring.

Jim Bunich, 74, has been coming to play pool about 10 years.  He was a heavy equipment mechanic before he retired from that occupation.  Lately, he has been working part-time as a stocker at the Menard's store.  He comes and plays pool about two or three times a week.

"It nice to come here with the others.  They are good people," he said.


Morning pool fizzled out

Frank Korbel, 89, said morning pool gatherings fizzled out, and now everyone comes in after lunch.

Jim commented, "I was with my great-grandchildren this morning.  Then I went to see the chiropractor, and then I came down here."

Frank came to Buffalo in 1964.  He worked at Honeywell in Golden Valley 38 years.  For many years, he and his wife enjoyed fixing up about six different houses.

Archie Mjelde, 92, is in his third year playing pool at the community center.  He lives in the nearby Woodmere Apartments Building.

Pointing to the other pool players, he said, "I saw them come here all the time and decided to come over."

He moved to Buffalo from the North Shore.  His son lives here.  Archie mentioned he worked at Reserve Mining 30 years.  He was a resident of Silver Bay 50 years.

Asked about his pool game, he said, "I can hold my own with these guys."


One player passed away in June

Del and Ken Ostman, 72, are generally considered the most skilled players.  Ken, who owns Ken's RV Rental in Hanover, has been coming to play pool about 10 years or more ... or about as long as Frank has been coming, Ken said.

Another longtime group member, Murl Keller, passed away last June.  He was 95 years old.  He was known as "kind of a jokester and a really nice guy."  His obituary mentioned he loved to play pool, both at home and at the community center.  Services for Murl took place at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.


Enjoy pool and each other

Some of the other pool players at the community center include: Roger Fricke, 79, who has been playing about 8 years; Russ Adams, 72, who played in Monticello a while and came back to Buffalo; and Kevin Spike, 62, who has "played a couple of years off and on."

They come from many different backgrounds and occupations, but they all have the same reasons to show up consistently.  They enjoy playing pool, and they enjoy each other's company.

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