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Sixth-annual Good Samaritan Bowl is in the record books


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MISTY KARSCHNIK, RIGHT, offers her knee as a perch from which event emcee, Tim Flaata, left, can hurl his bowling ball down the alley. Karschnik is Office Manager/Resource Development at Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake, as well as St. James.

The sixth-annual Good Samaritan Bowl, hosted by the Good Samaritan Societies of Mountain Lake and St. James, is now in the record books. Bowlers were able to meet the $15,000 goal – plus have a lot of fun in the process.

The bowling event was held afternoons and evenings, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, at Madelia Lanes in Madelia.

The fundraiser was held to raise monies that will be split 50/50 between the Good Samaritan Societies in Mountain Lake and St. James, with monies raised designated toward resident room furnishings at each facility.

The primary sponsor for Good Samaritan Bowl was Buhler Construction Company of Butterfield.

The list of major sponsors included First National Bank of St. James, Downs Food Group of Mankato, Bargen Incorporated of Mountain Lake, Pioneer Bank of St. James, Armour Eckrich of St. James and the Odin Craft Mill of Odin.

SETTING UP FOR an extended knee bowling roll are Pastor Ben Perkins of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake (“The Chair”), right, along with his wife, Dulsey Perkins (“The Sittee Bowler”), left.

KDOM radio of Windom was noted as the event’s major media sponsor.

Lane sponsors were Triumph State Bank-Butterfield, Nu-Way, Prairie Rehab, Wells Federal Bank, Rognlie Nursery, Birkholz Law, Tri-County Implement and BKC Contruction.

The list of alley sponsors included Peterson Thrifty White Drug and Gifts of Mountain Lake, Balzer Manufacturing of Mountain Lake, Odin State Bank of Odin, Midway Farm Equipment of Mountain Lake, T & K Transport of Mountain Lake, Observer/Advocate, Nickel Construction, Harder & Ness Agencies and Sunde Olson Kircher and Zender Attorneys of St. James.

Military families had the opportunity to bowl during this event at no cost on Saturday evening, thanks to local donors.

Returning as emcee was former Good Samaritan Society-St. James Maintenance Supervisor Tim Flaata.

Raised for the two facilities over the course of the two days of bowling was $15,000+.

Raffle Prize Winners

BLIND BOWLING CHALLENGE. Nik Strom, left, guides his wife, Jackie Strom, right, as she sets to (hopefully) send her bowling ball right down the middle of the alley.

+ Six We-Fest tickets (KDOM Radio) – Mary Soucek of St. James.

+ Two Throback Collapsible Patio Chairs and PartySide Table (Ceedair Wood Products) – Beth Smith of Mt. Lake.

+ Four Winstock tickets (KDOM Radio) – Smith Appliance of Windom.

+ 1/2 Processed Hog from KBQ Pork of Mountain Lake – Lauralynn Baarson of Ormsby.

+ 1/2 Processed Hog from KBQ of Mountain Lake – Richard Conrad of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

+ 18V Battery-Operated Drill (Overson Lumber of St. James) – Terese Hall of Butterfield.

+  Stihl Gas-Powered Trimmer FS38 (Fleet/Farm of St. James) – Rodney Hayes of St. James.

+ Cordless Screwdriver Kid and Impact Drill/Drive Set from Lampert lumber of Windom – Eric Lutterman of Illinois.

+ $100 Casey’s Gift Card (Casey’s) – Lori Hansen of St. James.

+  $100 “The Matchless Gift” Certificate (The Matchless Gift of Mountain Lake) – Eileen Adrian of Mountain Lake.

$100 Cash (Marilyn Pederson of Mountain Lake) – Cory Conrad of Otsego.

Bowlers-Only Prize Winners

ONLY A MAINTENANCE man would come up with a bowling game dare that combines bowling with one hand – while balancing a roll of toilet paper on a plunger with the other. Hunter Quiring, though, makes the test look easy.

+  Gold Bracelet (Gem Den of St. James) – Jocy Anderson of St. James.

+  Pool Pass (Super 8 Motel of St. James) – Ben Perkins of Mountain Lake.

+  One-Month Membership to Anytime Fitness (Anytime Fitness of St. James.) – Nik Strom of Mountain Lake.

+ Moose Mountain and Nickelodeon Universe Tickets (KDOM Radio) – Jackie Strom of Mountain Lake.

+ American Flag (VFW of St. James) – Ted Janzen of Mountain Lake.

Following is a photo gallery from over the course of the two days of the event. All photos are courtesy of Good Samaritan Bowl:


The primary sponsor for Good Samaritan Bowl was Buhler Construction Company of Butterfield. Representing the company were these bowlers. Front, from left, Emily Stoesz, Karen Buhler and Travis Elg. Back, from left, Jordan Stoesz, Phil Buhler and Alison Elg.


GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY-Mountain Lake Administrator Anne Reese fronts the rest of her team. Back, from left, Dena Gress, Good Samaritan Society-St. James Administrator; Matt Muraski (Dena’s fiancé) and Dave Reese (Anne’s husband).


A LARGE CONTINGENT represented the St. Olaf-Zion Crusaders, bowling for one of the event’s major sponsors, the Odin Craft Mill.


BOWLING CONTESTS ARE “right down their alley.” From left, Mark Pankratz (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Maintenance Supervisor), Jill Pankratz, Taylor Nesmoe and Alyssa Nesmoe (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Administrative Assistant).


GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY-Mountain Lake Activities Director Cindy Quiring, front right, had a cadre of family members rolling at the Good Sam Bowl. Also in front are Laura Romsdahl, left and Taylor Quiring, center. At back, from left, Heath Quiring, Hunter Quiring and Leland Johnson.


THIS IS HOW these Castle Drive neighbors roll. The team trio included, from left, Noah Fredericksen, Heather Fredericksen (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Nursing Care Staff) and Ted Janzen.


THIS QUARTET SPORTED matching 2017 Good Samaritan Bowl T-shirts (unlike the photobombing Tim Flaata at back). Front, from left, Colette Johnson (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Dietary Director), Maria Carter (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Nursing/Physical Therapy Care Staff), Buster Carter and Amber Hughes.


LAUNDRY/HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR at Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Jessica Peterson, center, is surrounded by her team – her children. Left, Emery Peterson, and at right, Mikiah Peterson, front and Hunter Peterson, back. (And, once again, there is the Flaata photobomber!)


BROTHERS BONDING OVER bowling. Gary Friesen, left, with his brother, Vern Friesen, right.


WHIPPING IT DOWN the alley during chain bowling.



BETWEEN THE KNEES bowling by a team composed of an aunt, uncle – and their two nieces. From left, Victoria Hofmann (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Dietary Department Aide), Ken Harder, Christina Hofmann and Diane Harder (Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake Nursing Department).



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