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Winthrop News Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 Page by Lynda Sabo Leon and his wife Terry Thorson will celebrate their 15th anniversary of Thorson' s Bakery in Gibbon sometime in mid- September; they are planning a week-long open house, daily spe- cials on many bakery items and drawings for several in-house products. Because some vacation time will be taken before school starts, they decided to hold their open house in September to allow more time to plan the celebration. The Thorson's have four chil- dren, Elijah, Zachary, Jackie and Abby. Leon and Terry purchased the bakery from Marsh Bushard on March 5, 1988 and opened the doors for business on March 11. They made a run to St. Cloud for supplies and Leon said on their return home, the vehicle they drove was weighted down with bakery supplies. They had a lot of support from the community. A group of investors interested in keeping a bakery in town invested in Thorson's Bakery. Thorson painstakingly repaid each of the investors and also the community by offering quality bakery prod- ucts. "The hardest thing for me was ~adjusting to getting up at midnight to go to work," Thorson said about the early days when he first became owner of the bakery. When they first started, the Thorsons lived in Courtland and they each had a 40-minute drive before they stepped foot in the bakery. Both said it was much bet- ter when they moved into Gibbon and didn't have to deal with com- mute time. There have been trials along the way. One of the first was on November 26, 1989, when Thorson turned the gas ovens on, not realizing that the safety switch didn't shut off when the pilot light went off, and pumped 1 1/2 hours of gas into the oven. Thorson said he checked the oven and heard this tremendous howling roar and he thought to himself, "oh-oh," and took off run- ning. Not fast enough though _ because he was knocked off his feet to the floor. The window in the front of the building blew out across the street. His hair was singed; he had third degree burns and was kept in the hospital for 24-hours for observation because of smoke inhalation. He said, "I remember brushing the fire out of my hair." Thorson is pleased that he has only needed to be closed for 30 days when he broke his leg on January 17, 2002, in a snowmobile accident. The communities help was greatly appreciated. He said there no money coming in and very little financial resources while the bakery was closed. Thorson said, "Some people and organizations donated money to keep our family fed." Other than that time, the bak- ery has only been closed when the family takes a vacation or when a snowstorm closes down all the businesses. A boss one time told him, "Don't try to impress everybody; there will always be someone : i Leon and Terry Thorson of Gibbon, have owned Thorsons Bakery for 15 years and are planning a week- unhappy." But that has been a challenge lbr Thorson who said he worries everyday that he sell a quality product. "Owning our own business has been the hardest and most chal- lenging job I've ever had in my life," Thorson said. Terry piped in adding that being a husband and wife team and working together can also be a bit of a challenge. Thorson said his wife will be the first to know when things at the bakery are not going well. About a half year ago, Thorson felt that the quality of flour he received to make white bread was not up to grade. Terry was the first to know of his frustration. He said the flour contained low protein and he couldn't get decent gluten. When he kneaded the bread dough, there was no sub- Open House Wedding Dance honoring Linda Fischer & , ..:+ Cory Hanson long Anniversary Open House celebration in September. They look forward to seeing everyone. Photo by Ly.~a Sabo stance to it. He experimented in various ways to get it to work but the bread was not quality bread and he felt he lost customers due to the poor quality of the flour. Now he said the flour quality has improved and he is again putting out a quality white bread product and he hopes to build up his white bread sales. He said when he gets to work at 1:30 a.m., sometimes he will hear a knock on the window and someone wants to talk. "In this town there is someone driving by or looking in his window all the time." Terry said one day she had an out-of-town customer who sam- pled every product, white, wheat, rye, cottage breads, rolls, sweet rolls and cookies. She bought a large assortment of bakery items It I PSA Kennels Dog Boarding & Grooming 1-507-359-7691 Saturday, Aug. 23 or 1-888-803-0570 7:30 p.m. Ill i and Exercised II at Gibbon II Temperature Ii Sportsrhan Club II C"trU d" Ii .... Parents: Sylvester & LaVon Fischer of Laf. and Frank and Delores Hanson of Fairfax IIIIIIIIII IIII I I I et,zj nt and detaile of weddir in W'mtha Now Convenient (orm are available at our office at 110 North Carver W !ding.oazaaane m vrin d at no charge bat there a f3 charge a mmVan ing photog I II I II I IIII I II I August # p.m. to Midnight Winthrop VFW Meal Served 5-8 p.m. Music 8 p.m. to MMnight by "LOCAL MOTION" that day. Thorson said that he uses many of Bushard's recipes and feels that Marsh had some of the best recipes that he uses. Thorson has enlisted Bushard's help around Christmas time to make fruit cakes. Thorson said there are getting to be fewer "scratch bakeries" because the industry is going in the direction of "bake-off" items which are freezer items that the baker throws into the oven to bake. The Thorsons make deliveries to businesses, funerals and the homebound. They appreciate their clientele and are happy doing what they do. They look forward to greeting everyone and want every- one to watch the newspapers for their open house in September. Schmidt Family Garage Sale 708 N. Brown St. Winthrop August 22, 23 & 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Clothing sizes S-Plus; I yr. old Maytag Refidg.; Toro Lawn Mower; Microwave; Roll-a-way Bed; Floor Lamp; Ariens Garden Tractor w/new motor, snowblower, 42" deck, cab; Plus Much More. \ Managing your money isn't easy, but making sure you have the right checking account can only make it easier. Your checking plan should not only fit your lifestyle. It should reward you as you build your finances. Aaults Tickets: $I0.00 12 ana finder: $5.00 For : / ttw:J tLL ,.v M. .ox 054, ord, MN 55334 5oy--a y-agsa II IIII I [ I I IIIIIIII I I II II A Rnancial Services Company FREE CHECKING RELATIONSHIP CHECKING LIFESTYLE' CHECKING OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGE MASTERMONEYr~ CARD ONLINE BANKING ' B~LL PAY 24-HR. PHONE BANKING Winthrop 122 E. Second St. 507,647.5356 by Ruth Klossner With school beginning in less than two weeks from the date of the meeting, August Lafayette the 12 Charter School board meeting addressed a number of matters per- mining to the new school year. Key among them was the approval of four new teachers. Approved were Matt Whittaker, 80 percent time teacher at the Lafayette site; Chris Gordon, first through eighth grade teacher at Star- land; Tally Clobes pan-time at Star- land; and Kayla Helget, 60 percent time phy ed. In another matter pertaining to personnel, the board approved Rick Davis as custodian for 25 hours per week (2:00-7:00 p.m.) for 44 weeks. After considering several options, the board voted to have Computer Bay as the school's tech- nology service provider for the 2003-04 school year. Lead teacher Sheila Howk reported that LCS teacher Sarah McGuire is one of a dozen elemen- tary teachers named to the MN Aca- demic Standard Committee for sci- ence. That group will prepare new standards for statewide use. To more efficiently transport stu- dents to LCS, the board approved a contract with Trailblazer Transit to transport a total of seven students from Hutchinson to Brownton and from Green Isle to Gaylord. The school will extend its bus route to Brownton and Gaylord. The board approved a lease agreement with Starland for class- room use for 2003-04. In annual reorganizational busi- ness, the board approved Citizens Bank Minnesota as the school's des- ignated depository and the Lafayette Nicollet Ledger as the designated newspaper. By moving things around over the summer, the school now has six full-size classrooms. The kitchen has been converted to a computer lab, freeing up the upstairs room for classroom use. Consequently, the board approved increasing the build- ing capacity to 102 students. Each classroom has a capacity of 17. Some school activities may have to be adjusted over the first half of this school year as work continues on the school's addition/remodeling. The old gym has been filled to the height of the rest of the school, with a concrete floor poured. It will con- tinue to be used as the gym until the new building is ready. At that time, the old gym will be converted into classrooms. Some site work has been done for the new addition, with the build- ing expected to arrive about mid- September. Plans are to have outside work done by mid-October, with inside work to be completed during the fall and winter months. The school could have partial occup~Y around the first of the year. LCS classes for the school year officially begin a.m. Monday, August 25, students expected at the site. Teacher workshops held this week. The LCS school calenda consist of a quarter (nine school, with one- off before the start of the next ter. The calendar will be slightly around the holidays. A new introduction at the sd~ will be multi-age homerooms. "We've had an awesome with parents and teachers,' teacher Sheila Howk "Now we're excited to home rooms that will bringI same rapport to and dents." For 20 minutes each day, rooms consisting of 12 or dents of mixed through eighth grade---will Character education, learning serving projects for the and assemblies will be done home room. 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