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Irish Vice-Consul To Visit Emmetsburg
St. Pat's O'Round The Loch
Run To Be Held March 14
Twenty Contestants In
1998 Jr. Miss Pageant
St. Pat's Names Grand
Marshall & Honorary Irishman
John McCain Named
Honorary St. Pat's Parade Grand Marshall
Happenings At St. Pat's
Crowned Miss Shamrock 1998
Brian Boru Pipe Band
White Horse Mounted Patrol Highlight St. Pat's Parade
Four Little Ladies Crowned
at 1998 St. Patrick's Junior Miss Pageant
Vice-Consul To Visit Emmetsburg
Fiona Flood, Vice
Consul, Consulate of Ireland in Chicago, will represent the Republic of Ireland in
Emmetsburg on Sunday, March 8. She will attend the Miss Shamrock Pageant that evening.
When it was learned that
visiting Irish Dignitary Paul Connaughton, T.D., would be unable to be in Emmetsburg for
the March 8 pageants, dignitary chairman Art Weiland contacted the Irish Consulate in
Chicago. He was informed that Fiona Flood would be available to represent the Republic of
Ireland that evening, but she is unable to attend the Little Miss Shamrock Pageant in the
Fiona Flood is the first
female Vice Consul to be appointed to the Consulate of Ireland in Chicago. She is a native
of Kells, County Meath, Ireland, and received her education at Dublin City University,
studying languages and international marketing. She taught French, German and Irish in
1991, then for the next two years she was the sales and marketing executive with Mergon
International, Ireland and the Netherlands. In 1994 Ms. Flood joined the Department of
Foreign Affairs. She served as Protocol Officer in Protocol and Cultural Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs, from 1994 to 1996, and joined the Anglo-Irish Division in
1997. She was appointed Vice-Consul, Consulate of Ireland, Chicago, in 1997. Fiona Flood
will arrive in Mason City late Sunday afternoon, March 8, and arrive in Emmetsburg in time
to attend the Miss Shamrock Pageant. Due to her busy schedule getting ready for the
celebration in Chicago, Ms. Flood will leave Emmetsburg early Monday morning.
|St. Pat's O'Round The Loch
Run To Be Held March 14
Iowa Lakes Community College
and the St. Patrick's Association is sponsoring the 18th Annual O'Round the Loch
Scholarship Run. The event will take place Saturday, March 14 in Emmetsburg.
Registration by Friday, Feb. 27
Check-in registration on March
14 will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center
gymnasium. All ages are welcome.
The O'Round the Loch Run will
include three different races: a half marathon (13 miles) which begins 8:30 a.m., a 5K
(3.1 miles), beginning 9:30 a.m., and a Fun Run/Walk (1.5 miles) which will also start at
9:30 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Smith Center.
The O'Round the Loch
Scholarship Run is part of the annual St. Pat's Celebration in Emmetsburg. Events include
a parade and banquet, Saturday, March 14. For more information, contact the St. Pat's
headquarters in Emmetsburg at 712-852-4326.
Source: The Reporter,
page 1, February 24, 1998
|Twenty Contestants In
1998 Jr. Miss Pageant
"colleens" are entered the 1998 Junior Miss Pageant. The pageant will be held 2
p.m., Sunday, March 8 at the Emmetsburg Middle School auditorium. These talented girls
will vie for the titles of Little Miss Shamrock, Little Lassie, and Irish Miss.
The pageant is directed by Jill
Harson and Kathy Hasbrouck and is sponsored by the St. Patrick's association. Judges make
their selections based on a pre-pageant question, talent, appearance and overall
Little Miss Shamrock
Seven youngsters, ages
5-7, are entered in the Little Miss Shamrock contest.
Malorie Jade Girres, 7, will be singing
for her talent. Malorie is the daughter of Doug and Staci Girres of Graettinger.
Janna Jo Hoch, 6, is the daughter of Jim
and Hazel Hoch of Emmetsburg. For her talent, Janna will sing.
Jenny Jo Hoch, 6, will also sing for her
pageant talent. Jenny is also the daughter of Jim and Hazel Hoch.
Brittany Merrill, 7, is the daughter of
Doug and Marje Merrill of Emmetsburg. For her talent, Brittany will sing.
Paige Evans, 7, will be doing a tap
dance routine for the Little Miss Shamrock Pageant. Paige is the daughter of Doug and Sue
Evans of Terril.
Amanda Heinrichs, 5, is the daughter of
Randy and Lisa Heinrichs of Estherville. Amanda's talent will be a dance routine.
Bridget Rouse, Curlew, will sign for her
talent, Bridget, 7, is the daughter of Terry and Pam Rouse.
Eight young ladies, ages
8-11, will compete for the title of 1998 Little Lassie.
Little Lassie contestants are:
A tap dance routine is the talent of
Kelly Bollig, 11, Fenton. Kelly is the daughter of Mark and Teresa Bollig.
April Corley, 8, Emmetsburg, will be
singing as her talent. She is the daughter of Pat and Dawn Corley.
Kayla Helget, 11, Estherville, will be
performing a clog routine during the Little Lassie contest. Kayla is the daughter of Tim
and Diane Helget.
Melissa Hinners, 11, will be singing as
her talent. Melissa is the daughter of Randy and Cheri Hinners of Emmetsburg.
A piano selection will be performed by
Molly Hurley, 9. She is the daughter of Rick and Johnny Hurley, Curlew.
Jaimee Kerber, 8, Emmetsburg, will sing
a song for her talent. Jaimee is the daughter of Jeff and Robin Kerber.
Debbie Kohlhaas, 11, Livermore, also
sing a song. She is the daughter of Mary and Norm Kohlhaas.
Jennifer Noonan, 9, will be singing a
song as her talent. Jennifer is the daughter of Ed and Marilyn Noonan.
Irish Miss contestants range in
age from 12 to 16-years-old. Five young ladies are competing for the title this year.
Heather Clinton, 15, daughter
of Mary Clinton, Algona, will be doing a dance routine as her talent.
Dena Sample, 14, Emmetsburg,
will be performing a clog dance. Dena is the daughter of Dick and Judy Sample.
Ali Bergmann, 15, Graettinger,
will be singing a song as her talent. Ali is the daughter of Gary and Joyce Bergmann.
Danie Patin, 14, Estherville,
will be doing a dance routine as her talent. She is the daughter of Robert and Denise
Storytelling will be the talent
of Deanna Kohlhaas, 14. Deanna is the daughter of Norm and Mary Kohlhaas of Livermore.
Other performances will be
given by 1997 Little Miss Shamrock, Kayloni Moore, Ringsted, doing a humorous speech; 1997
Little Lassie, Beth Thompson, Emmetsburg, who will sing, and 1997 Irish Miss, Sharrey
Fank, Emmetsburg, who will give a humorous reading.
The Irish Dancers, under the
direction of Mary Drew Kohlhass, will also entertain. Dancers are: Sadie Hill,
Melissa Hinners, Molly Hurley, Daniel Kenny, Abbie Lang, Valerie Mattice, Stephanie
Peterson and BrieAnn Reedy.
The public is invited to attend
the 1998 Junior Miss Pageant. There will a $1 admission for all ages.
Source: The Reporter,
page 1, February 24, 1998
|St. Pat's Names Grand
Marshall & Honorary Irishman
Emmetsburg Mayor Norlyn
Stowell has accepted the honor of being Grand Marshall for the 1998 St. Patrick's
Celebration and Lyle Edwards, a Norwegian, has been named 1998 Honorary Irishman.
Stowell was selected Grand Marshall from
nominations submitted by members of the community. The Honorary Irishman is selected by
present and/or past board members of the St. Patrick's Association. Stowell and Edwards
will attend the various functions of the three-day celebration March 13-15 and will be
honored during the St. Patrick's Parade March 14.
Grand Marshall '98
"It was quite a
surprise when they called and asked us to do that," Stowell said. "it will be a
As Mayor of Emmetsburg, Norlyn Stowell
has ridden in the St. Patrick's Parade for ten years. But recent years have seen an
increased involvement in the annual celebration.
"I've become a convert regarding
the St. Patrick's Celebration," Stowell said. "St. Pat's is an opportunity for
this community to capture the advantages of our Irish heritage. The celebration presents a
good chance to get 10,000 people of Irish heritage to stop, rather than 10,000 people to
shop in our community. As we know, tourism represents one-third of Iowa's business."
Stowell is looking to find a niche or a
way to make the Emmetsburg even more positive. "The relationship of Emmetsburg and
Irish Patriot Robert Emmetsburg is a natural if we all work together and make it that
way," he said.
Mayor Stowell is continually looking for
ways to make the Emmetsburg community a little stronger and a little better. Over the
years he has done his share through involvement in city government and volunteering his
time and talents with agencies such as the St. Patrick's Association. When Gerard
Collins was named Irish Dignitary came to Emmetsburg for a longer than usual stay, Norlyn
and Jean Stowell opened their home and their hearts for the community's international
guests. The Collins stayed with the Stowells in their home.
"We have opened our home to the
dignitary and his wife for the past four or five years," Stowell said. "it gave
us an opportunity to invite guests from the community and have them meet our guests in a
relaxed atmosphere. It has really been fun."
That first year that the Stowells were
involved with the visiting dignitary, Mayor Stowell was scheduled to address the high
school government class. He took the visiting dignitary along. The next year, when Jim
Higgins was the dignitary, the visit to the high school expanded to a convocation of all
The Stowells also had an opportunity to
take the community's Iris guests to church services at the Protestant churches. "That
as a great opportunity for our guests to relate to the community in yet another way,
And Mayor Stowell has
traveled to Des Moines with the visiting Irish Dignitary when he addresses the Iowa
Legislature. All of this brings increased exposure to the community of Emmetsburg, Stowell
says, in an effort to make our community stronger.
This year's visiting dignitaries, Paul
and Bernadette Connaughton, will be in Emmetsburg a shorter period of time than past
guests. Norlyn, recovering from recent surgery, and Jean, starting a new job, will
be unable to open their home to the Connaughtons.
Norlyn Stowell is a "little"
Irish (his great grandmother was a McDermott), but he is always an Irishman for the St.
Patrick's Celebration. Norlyn's wife, Jean, is half Irish. Norlyn is associated with
Cottington, Stowell & Stillman Insurance Agency in Emmetsburg.
Lyle Edwards is a
lifetime Palo Alto County resident, worked 19 years for the U.S. Postal Service and is
100-percent Norwegian. But on St. Patrick's Day he, like most other people in
Emmetsburg, is 100-percent Irish.
In the early days of the St. Patrick's
Celebration, McCain and Girard could be found in just about any pub making plans for the
celebration. They were at the bowling alley one night and Edwards was bowling with his
team when he was approached about who would make a good emcee for the first Miss Shamrock
Pageant. Edwards was active with an area barbershop group and knew that Dick Johnson (a
former Emmetsburg resident who had been active with the barbershop group, and then
associated with a Fort Dodge radio station) would be good. He could not only be emcee, but
could provide entertainment as well.
"We had the first Miss Shamrock Pageant at the
theatre downtown," Edwards recalls. "Dick had his own quartet and it came off
pretty good." The first two pageants were held at the theatre before it was moved to
Corrigan Hall when the Jaycees took over and Lyle was in charge of entertainment.
That first year, 1966, Dennis Day (a popular part of
the Jack Benny Show) was scheduled to be in Emmetsburg. At the last minute they got the
message Day was "too sick to attend" and they pulled in Frank Fontain (Crazy
Gugenheim). They had to bring in a band out of Des Moines and Fontain got to Emmetsburg
late, then rehearsed behind closed curtains while the audience waited. It was most
"We had some entertainment that
turned out to be big names, but were just starting out," Edwards recalled. "We
had Lawrence Welk entertainers for a couple of years, then we decided to go with country
groups because they had their own bands and we wouldn't have to hire a band out of Des
Moines. Back then, though, the most we ever paid for entertainment was $4,000 to
Lyle's list of entertainers (not
necessarily in order) included: Joann Castle, Joe Feeney, Myron Floren, Natalie Nevens,
Connie Smith, Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Waggoner, Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, Jean
Shepphard, Hank Thompson, Crystal Gayle, Faron Young, Billy Walker, The Plainsmen, Homer
& Jethro, Stonewall Jackson and LeRoy VanDyke.
Lyle Edwards provides
entertainment of his own. A guitar player, he has played with local folks like Leonard
Johnson and Rosie Argabright, Bill Terry, Dean Potter and Dawayne Kinnetz. Just two years
ago Lyle and a group from Decorah played with Garrison Keillor at Nordicfest. That group
was also asked to play at Iowa's Sesquicentennial Celebration in Des Moines.
As Honorary Irishman, Lyle and his wife, Betty, will
not have to perform. They will enjoy all of the festivities of the weekend celebration.
Edwards quips, "I'm 100-percent Norwegian, except for Betty. But I feel like I'm
Irish, almost all of my friends are Irish."
|John McCain Named
Honorary St. Pat's Parade Grand Marshall
John McCain, the
founder of the St. Patrick's Celebration in Emmetsburg, has been named Honorary Grand
Marshall of the 1998 St. Pat's Parade. "This is the greatest pleasure I've ever had
in my life," McCain said when he was informed of the St. Pat's board decision.
Mick Conlon, chairman of the St. Pat's
board, said, "If it were not for John's idea back in 1961 to have a parade of a few
'Irishmen' down Broadway, St. Pat's would not be what it is today." And it was in
1961 that John McCain decided a few Irishmen should have a parade. He called newspaper
publisher Gib Knudson and asked for his assistance. Then McCain gathered all the Irish
descendants he could, lined then up in front of the statue of Robert Emmet and Knudson
took a photo to kick off the celebration.
"I only had three weeks to get
things organized," McCain recalled. "I ordered green derbys, canes and green
ties for everyone and we had our parade on St. Patrick's Day." From that small
beginning, the idea mushroomed with the assistance of McCain's friend, the late Gary
Girard. The two sat in a local pub and dreamed up ideas galore. "This celebration has
really done a lot for Emmetsburg," McCain said. "We never expected this thing
would get this big, but we knew it had potential. The people of Emmetsburg have kept it
alive." The antics McCain and Girard pulled and the blarney they spread have become
legends over the years. Their canned blarney became so potent they had to develop blarney
repellent. They collaborated on many ideas that put Emmetsburg on the map.
Irishman Michael Grimes
found John McCain and offered his assistance with the celebration. Grimes was working in
Ames, teaching at Iowa State University, and he had friends at WOI radio. "When
Michael came to Emmetsburg the people really liked him," McCain said. "They
liked the Irish brogue and he walked around the town visiting with everyone. He told them
he would be back for St. Patrick's Day."
McCain recalls the year that WOI called
to do an interview right before the parade. "It was bad weather; it was snowing and
there was thunder. But, when I talked on the radio I told them the sun was shining in
Emmetsburg. There was snow 25 miles to the north (Estherville), snow 25 miles to the south
(Pocahontas), snow 25 miles to the cast (Algona) and snow 25 miles to the west (Spencer),
but the Luck of the Irish was making the sunshine in Emmetsburg."
McCain credits Grimes with getting the
first Irish Dignitary to come to Emmetsburg. Noel LeMass was the first distinguished guest
from Ireland and there have been many Irish dignitaries since then. It was also through
the efforts of McCain and Grimes that Emmetsburg was named Sister City of Dublin, Ireland.
And, Grimes was responsible for getting the Blarney Stone to Emmetsburg. The McCain family
has been in contact with Michael Grimes and he may be in Emmetsburg for the 1998
The Irishman, McCain, and the Frenchman,
Girard, were honored as St. Pat's Parade Grand Marshalls in 1982. "That day (in 1982)
when we got off the reviewing stand, I said to Girard, 'I think we've created a monster.'
We never expected this thing would get this big," McCain said.
In 1982, McCain
and Girard said, "It's great to look back after all these year and see it's still
community's Irish 'That as a great
|Happenings At St. Pat's
superintendents, vacationing in the South, are being summoned home, along with laid off
workers, to help fill the many orders arriving at the Blarney Canning Factory. The supply
is diminishing rapidly, creating a crisis at the plant. Emmet Thompson, a former
Emmetsburg resident now living in California, knows first hand the excellent quality of
the blarney. He is expecting his large order to be filled before March 17th.
Gold medals will be awarded to winners
of the various races, following the O'Round the Loch Run, sponsored by Iowa Lakes
Community College. The medals, placed around the necks of the winners, are none other than
our own Robert Emmet commemorative dollars, attached to colorful red, white and blue
ribbons. Money derived from this event will be applied to scholarships from the college.
Entry forms are available at the Headquarters.
The Association has taken another giant
step forward into the hi tech world -- a full page on the internet. Thanks to Kevin Kelly
of Cedar Rapids, you can find us under the St. Pat's, Emmetsburg, heading at:
Lyndon Griffin, while in Emmetsburg for
a brief visit, stopped at the Bed and Breakfast where he was told some pertinent facts
about Robert Emmet. While viewing the statue he was very much impressed with the fine
sculpture and the story of why Emmet's likeness was erected in this small town. Griffin is
an entertainer from Bloomington, Minn., who specializes in Irish Folk Music. He will
appear at the annual banquet on Saturday night, March 14. A portion of his program will be
dedicated to Robert Emmet.
More chairs, where you can sit and relax
at the Headquarters, were donated in memory of Don Kelly. The computer room chairs were a
gift of Tommy Mehan.
Lest we forget! John McCain, whose
brainstorm started this glorious celebration, lies gravely ill. Let us all remember
him in our prayers. [A sad note: Mr. McCain passed away on February 27 and
will be laid to rest on March 3. He was a co-founder of the St. Patrick's
Association and a great promoter of the city of Emmetsburg and its cultural heritage. He
will be remembered.]
|Jennifer Runneberg Crowned Miss Shamrock 1998
Jennifer Jane Runneberg was crowned Miss Shamrock
1998 in Emmetsburg Monday evening. The pageant was originally scheduled for Sunday,
March 8, but was delayed due to winter weather. Six young ladies, representing area
high schools, participated in the Miss Shamrock Pageant. They were judged on stage
presentation in street clothing, performance of talent,and formal wear presentation.
Judging was also based on a personal interview and a question that was answered on
Jennifer Runneberg is a 17-year-old senior at
Laurens-Marathon Community High School. In addition to being crowned Miss Shamrock, she
also received the Miss Congeniality Award, which was voted on by other contestants.
For the talent portion of the pageant, Jennifer did a dramatic reading, a story of death
and resurrection in modern metaphor, called "Julie."
In school, Jennifer is active in speech and drama,
vocal and jazz band, and sports. Following graduation, she plans to attend the University
of Iowa to study business and marketing. As Miss Shamrock she received a $200
scholarship. Jennifer is the daughter of James and Debra Runneberg.
First runner-up was Heather Higgins, the 18-year-old
daughter of Rich and JoAnn Higgins. Heather is a senior at Emmetsburg High School.
For the pageant, Heather sang "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie
"Titanic." She received a $150 scholarship.
Second runner-up was Ellie Nelson, a senior at
Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School. She is the daughter of Al and Linda Grange and
Dave and Shelly Nelson. For the pageant, Ellie sang "The Little Damozel." She
received a $100 scholarship from the St. Patrick's Association.
Additional contestants were Dawnielle Brown,
representing Graettinger Community High School; Amanda Powers, representing
Emmetsburg High School, and Amber Schmidt, representing Laurens-Marathon Community High
Miss Shamrock 1998 will be the guest of honor at a
reception for guests and dignitaries this Friday, March 13, and attend the Ceili Fun Night
that evening. She will ride in the famous St. Patrick's Parade Saturday afternoon and
attend the St. Pat's Banquet that evening. Miss Shamrock will represent the St. Patrick's
Association and Emmetburg throughout the year.
|Brian Boru Pipe Band & White Horse Mounted Patrol
Highlight St. Pat's Parade
The Brian Boru Pipe Band from St. Paul, Minn., will
return to Emmetsburg for the St. Patrick's Parade this Saturday, March 14. It has
been ten years since the pipes and drums have been heard coming down Broadway with the
parade. In 1988 the Brian Boru received the first place Judge's Award.
The appearance of the Brian Boru is being sponsored
by Emmetsburg tavern owners and Celtics Beverage Company. Following the parade they will
visit many businesses in the community and visit with the hundreds that gather in
Emmetsburg to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Another highlight of the parade will be the White
Horse Mounted Patrol, an organization within the Abu Bekr Shrine Temple in Sioux City. The
equestrian unit of beautiful white horses will march in the parade, under the sponsorship
of Kerber Milling and Hawkeye Sow Company, Emmetsburg. [Note add
after publication: Due to inclement weather, the White Horse Mounted Patrol was
unable to participate in the parade.]
Theme of the 1998 St. Patarick's Parade is
"Legends of Ireland." Over 120 units are expected for the 38th Annual Parade.
Pre-parade begins at 1 p.m. and the parade at 1:30 p.m.
|Four Little Ladies Crowned at 1998 St. Patrick's Junior Miss Pageant
It was a standing-room-only
crowd at the 1998 St. Patrick's Junior Miss Pageant this week. The pageant was postponed
from the weekend due to winter weather, but the girls were given a warm reception by the
Little Miss Shamrock is Amanda
Heinrichs, the five year old daughter of Randy and Lisa Heinrichs of Estherville. Her
talent presentation for the pageant was a dance routine to the selection "A Future
Miss America." There were seven little colleens in the Little Miss portion of the
The 1998 Little Lassie is Molly
Hurley. She is the nine-year-old daughter of Rick and Johnny Hurley of Curlew. At the
pageant Molly played a piano solo, "Sea Mist," for the talent portion. There
were five young ladies competing for the crown.
Irish Lassie, 1998, is 11-year-old
Kelly Bollig of Fenton. She is the daughter of Mark and Teresa Bollig. Her talent was a
tap dance to the music "Jail House Rock." There were four girls competing in
The 1998 Irish Miss is Danie Patin of
Estherville. Danie performed a Celtic dance from "Riverdance" to earn the title.
She is the 14-year-old daughter of Bob and Denise Patin. Four young teens performed in
The queens were crowned by Norlyn
Stowell, St. Pat's Parade Grand Marshall and Mayor of Emmetsburg.
Special entertainment was provided
during the evening by the three title holders from the 1997 pageant and by Emmetsburg's