Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It is with great sadness that i bring you this obituary of a great great man. I have known him for 35 yrs myself and I must admit I used to be afraid of him but as i got to know him longer it became apparent as to how great of a man and important of a man he was in this community. If you knew Virgil you know what I mean. If you never met Virgil, I am sorry because you missed out. He was at Goulds EVERY time I ever went there. He wore his Service Manager uniform with the patch on the shirt that said "Virgil" and you would never know he owned the place. Whenever I would run into him around town in recent years he would always have a grin and make me laugh. I was always amazed at all the hours he worked, yet he and his wonderful wife Jean had a HUGE garden!
Thank you and rest easy Virgil, you deserve it.
Virgil Michaelis, age 85 of Monticello, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 27, 2015, surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held Friday, December 4, 2015, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service, from 1 PM to 2 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2015, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 2 PM at St. Henry Catholic Church, 1001 East 7th Street, Monticello. Private interment. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
Virgil was born in St. Michael in 1930 and as a young boy lived in St. Louis Park, Maple Lake, and Buffalo. When he was 15, he took a job pumping gasoline at Gould Brothers Chevrolet in Monticello. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and at the end of his enlistment, he returned to Gould Brothers in 1949. Two years later he met the love of his life, Jean Erickson, and after a brief courtship, they married and moved to Monticello in 1951. Virgil’s incredible work ethic paid off and he bought into Gould Brothers as a full partner in 1958. If you drove a car in Wright County between 1951 and 2004, the chances were good that at some point you brought it to Virgil to be serviced or repaired. He was one of only a handful of GM dealership owners in the United States who also held the title of Service Manager. His reputation for good work at fair prices was widely known. He became a pillar of the Monticello community. The Wright County Sherriff’s Department knew him as “Chevy Man” (his CB handle to them), and if he never fixed your car, he might have pulled you out of a ditch or showed up with his bright red tow truck after a fender bender.
Virgil loved the outdoors - snowmobiling, hunting deer, moose, elk and bear, fishing for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake, or fishing for sunfish with his grandchildren and great grandchildren (and then teaching them how to eat their catch). He could tell stories about his hunting and fishing adventures for hours. He also loved gardening and farming and was particularly proud of the tomatoes, onions, cabbage, and radishes from his garden on the river and of the hay and oats he would harvest at his farm in Aitkin County. Most of all he loved his family and was happiest when everyone would gather for holidays and birthdays at his home on the river.
Virgil was preceded in death by his mother Helen; father Elmer; stepfather Harold Scherber; brothers Ronald “Red” and Wallace “Wally”; and son Virgil Joseph “Joe”. He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Jean; daughter Joan Pelto and her husband Mike and their daughter Kathleen and son Christopher and his wife Cyndie and two children Andrew and Lauren; and son John and his wife Linda and their daughter Allison.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2015 Riverfest Information


Mark your calendars for the Block Party! Wed, July 8th from 4:30-9pm located on Walnut St between Cornerstone Cafe and State Farm Insurance. Join us for kids games, family activities, fabulous food, great music and so much more! We hope to see you all there!
Event Description:Kid's Games & Prizes!Minnow Races!Fabulous Food!  Family Activities!Great Music!Beer Tent!Frozen T-Shirt Contest with Prizes!
Location:On Walnut Street just off Broadway next to Cornerstone Cafe 
Date/Time Information:Wednesday, July 8th, 20154:30 pm to 9:00 pm




Opening Celebration at Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park located on School Boulevard – parking available at Little Mountain Elementary

Concession StandCar Show – Cool Car Cruising and DisplayMonticello Royalty CandidatesAirmaxx Trampoline LaunchpadPetting ZooChild ID ClinicCanine DemonstrationHome Depot
Children’s Games
Pony Rides
KRWC Road Show from 5:30-7:30pm
Pie Eating Contest at 7pm
Great River Community Band at 7pm5:30pm – 8:00pm

 Kids Workshop


Annual Community Talent Show7:30pm – 9:30pm
Talent Show held at the Monticello High School Auditorium. Admission is $4 for everyone. Featuring instrumental, vocal, dance, comedy, piano, and drama performed by individuals, groups, senior citizens, adults, and students.

Located between Eastview Elementary and Monticello High School
Sponsored by the City of Monticello


Location: Ellison Park
811 E. River Street, Monticello, MN 55362
Banks of the Mississippi River8:00am – 3:00pm
Fine Arts & Crafts Show with over 65 displays selling handcrafted items and “Taste of Monticello” food and beverage vendors. Held outdoors at Ellison Park along the banks of the Mississippi River. Enjoy local entertainment while you shop, including Monticello Community Band from 1 to 3pm.
Children welcome.  Kids in the Park includes:
Train Rides and games
Face painting by the Monticello Royalty
This event is organized by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce


Riverfest 5K Run/Walk

8:30am Certified course starts and finishes at West Bridge Park at the intersection of River Street and Highway 25 near downtown Monticello. It is a flat, fast, out and back course. Refreshments provided after the race.

5K Registration
$18 online through July 10. Click here to Register Online.
$20 if postmarked by July 6th.  Mailing address is on the form.
$20 Race day registration – starting at 7:15am.
2015 T-Shirts guaranteed to first 300 registered in 5K (register early).  After 300, previous year’s shirts will be given out.

Kids Fun Runs!

No registration required.  Meet at West Bridge Park behind the 5K finish area by 9:10 am and announcements will be made for each Kids Run at that point. Toddler Trot is approximately 250 Meters and Kids Run is approximately 700 Meters. You decide which run is most appropriate for your child.  No age categories or official results.
Dave Wik

2015 Taste of Monticello
Date: July 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
Website: Monticello Chamber
Event Description:
The Taste of Monticello is held outdoors, rain or shine at Ellison Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in Monticello, Minnesota. Paired with the art show, The Taste of Monticello features ten of Monticello Chamber restaurants and caterers serving their favorite dishes on site. We will also have games for kids and entertainment in the Kids in the Park area on the east side of the park. This show is well established and draws a crowd each year of over 5,000 people. A shuttle bus is provided for fair goers for parking ease throughout the area. This is truly one of the nicest shows in mid-Minnesota.

4th Annual Bean Bag Tournament

10:00am – 3:30pm
Located at Ellison Park.
Registration $30 per team. Register in advance or at 9 am on day of tournament.
Two person teams. You can have 1 alternate on your team.
Prize payout: $500 first place team; $200 second place team; $100 third place team.
Click here to register online.
Or contact Jason Kisner: jason@auscodesign.com

2015 Riverfest Street Dance

Date: July 11, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT

Street Dance

Takes place in the Monticello Community Center parking lot. Beer Garden will be on site. Concession Stand with food and beverages available starting at 6:00 pm. No outside food or beverages allowed.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Music with a DJ – spinning tunes from the past through the present.
Monticello High School All-Class Reunion –
Graduates from 1908 to present are invited.

8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Street Dance at the Monticello Community Center featuring The Fabulous Armadillos!



Community Worship Service in Ellison Park9:00am
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and find a spot in the shade. Enjoy the summer weather with this outdoor worship service in Ellison Park. Service will be held at the far west side of the park.

2015 Riverfest - Parade

Date: July 12, 2015

Time: 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Parade RouteThe parade starts on 3rd Street at the Monticello American Legion Club and heads East to Walnut Street. Then it will take a right on Walnut Street and head South until 6th Street. The Parade takes a right on 6th Street and heads West to Minnesota Street where it turns South and ends on 7th Street. The parade will not cross Highway 25. (Parade units will end up near the area where they lined up.)ALL OTHER EVENTS---Following parade are at Ellison ParkThe 2015 Riverfest Parade will feature 3 high school bands plus a new drum line group!Do you have a convertible that can be used in the parade for Monticello Royalty candidates? Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 763.295.2700.


Ellison Park Celebration

2:00pm – 5:30pm

After the parade, head down to Ellison Park for the rest of the festivities!

Two shuttle buses will be provided from parade time until evening.

Chicken Dinner

The Monticello Boy Scouts will be serving the traditional chicken dinner. New this year, the chicken dinner will be catered by Von Hanson’s Meats of Monticello. The food will be served from 2:00pm – 5:30pm.

Tickets are available at the park on Sunday:
Adult meal $7.00
Children 12 and under $5.00
Preschoolers are free with a paid adult

And so much more!

Other concessions include River dogs from Von Hansons’s Meats, snowcones, rootbeer floats, cookies and more.
CentraCare Wellness Van will be at the park.
Live Music by the “Moxie Blues” Band.
Kids games for all ages including carnival games and inflatables.
Bingo Tent – Everyone Welcome!
KRWC AM 1360 Radio Road Show 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Citizen of the Year

Presentation at 4:00pm.

Monticello Royalty Coronation

Presentation at 4:30pm.

Duck Race


Duck Race on the Mississippi River. The drop happens at 3:30 pm on the Hwy 25 bridge. Watch the race from the banks of the river in Ellison Park. Winners announced at 5:00pm.

Cash Prizes totaling up to $10,000 (based on donations received) to include:
1st place – $2,500
2nd – 6th place – $1,000
7th – 29th –  $100
Last duck – $100

Friday, January 1, 2010

Please help raise money to digitize old football game films!!

I have about thirty 16mm films of Monticello Redman football games. 
They are silent and about 15 minutes long. 
I really want to copy them from 16mm film to digital. 
Who would be interested in DVD copies of any of these seasons or games? 
I have already transferred one film to DVD but it cost me $100 to convert the one film. 
Looking for peoples ideas, opinions, and level of interest in helping me pay for getting them copied to DVD. 
I am not looking to profit from this just want to cover the raw costs to do this. 
I may have some more films turn up in this project too. 
I also have access to about 75 more VHS game films from approx 1993 thru approx 200 that i would like to copy to DVDs too. 
I have created a Go Fund Me campaign to help raise the money to have these copied to dvds

1977 Maple Lake
1977 STMA
1977 Delano
1977 Kimball
1977 Rockford

1978 Annandale
1978 DC
1978 HLW
1978 Watertown

1980 STMA
1980 Watertown
1980 Albany
1980 HLW
1980 DC
1980 Delano
1980 Annandale
1980 Rockford
1980 Melrose

1981 Rockford
1981 STMA
1981 Watertown
1981 Delano
1981 Albany
1981 DC
1981 Melrose

1982 Melrose