Past Events - 2008 - Ice Harvest

    Waseca Co. Historical Society
    Ice Harvest 2008
    WCHS Executive Co-Directors: Sheila Morris and Joan Mooney
    Support staff: Vanessa Zimprich and Pauline Fenelon
    Special thanks:Tesches Automotive Center, Associated Building Mart, Sleigh and Cutter Festival and the City of Waseca.

    Tim Graf, Burnsville, MN . Tim has been with us from the start. He has made the trip from the cities every year . His family was in the ice harvesting business in Worthington Minnesota, so he comes to us trained and ready to go! Tim will greet visitors and explain the process of ice harvesting. Tim also can be seen at the Three Rivers Park District Ice Harvest.

    Scott Roemhildt, Janesville, MN. Scott along with Jeff Huelsnitz from Farm America joined forces with the Waseca County Historical Society and program coordinator Joan Mooney to pull together the historical reenactment of ice harvesting. Scott will be running the new logging camp site this year. Scott and wife Amy have their own production company called Akorn Creations that specialize in photography and interactive learning programs.

    Amy Roemhildt will be teaching visitors about ice scoring,the first step in the harvesting process.

    Scott and Farm AmericaĆ­s Jeff Huelsnitz and Steve Melcher built the ice house for storing the ice. Supplies for the house were donated by Associated Lumber Mart of Waseca. Transporting the Ice House is Tesches Automotive Center.

    Jeff Huelsnitz, Waseca, MN is another key player in the ice harvest. Jeff brought in wagons and sleds needed to hitch the horses and mules to as well as saws, ice tongs and whatever else we needed from FarmAmerica. He also staffed the ice cutting station and built the icehouse. Jeff is site manager at FarmAmerica Agricultural Interpretive Center.

    John Pribble,Waseca, MN has returned every year to assist with the ice cutting.

    Also helping this year are Mert Schwarz, Monique Snyder and Ken Borgmann, Jolene Gundermann, Larry Born, Bob Busse and Jeff Parkinen, Darv Tollefson and STS Crew. Hauling sawdust for the ice house and wood is Marita Wadd. The Wadds also donated the oak wood for the fire. Joel Groebner is stationed at the first ever warming fire. Joel provided the wood and used his day off from his Park Director post at Rice Lake State Park to keep all the fingers and toes warm and toasty! Joel will also talk about ice safety and winter preparedness.

    Kristin Shirley, Morristown, MN. Kristin brings her Islandic Horses bred specifically to work on ice! Special Ice Tolt demonstrations will be held at 10:20 AM. and 12:00 noon. Joining Kristin on the ice are Ed Byron, Aubrey Wood, Kevin and Maggie Draeger and Nick Cook.

    Harlan Gekeler, Waseca. MN. Harlan came back again to entertain visitors with his wonderful horses and wagon. Harlan is a dedicated horseman who raises Belgians south of Waseca where he and his wife Ginny reside. Harlan is also a member of the Waseca County Sheriff Posse.

    Mark Wegner of Faribault joins us this year with his beautiful team of horses and wagon. You can see Harlan and Mark again in the Sleigh and Cutter Parade on Saturday.

    The Waseca County Historical Society would like to acknowledge the following businesses and organizations for their donations and support for the Ice Harvest 2008.
    Tesches Automotive Services-Ice House transport.
    Sportsmans Stop- Jay Nicolin Ice Saw donation
    Associated Lumber- all of the building materials for the icehouse.
    Mark Bartelt , Jolene Gunderman, Joe Moen, and the City of Waseca for equipment, clearing and setting up the site.
    Waseca Sheriffs Posse members - Harlan Gekeler, Mert Schwarz, Jolene Gundermann. .
    Waseca Sleigh and Cutter Committee - Ken Borgmann, Monike Snyder and Chad Borgmann- site assistance.
    FarmAmerica- Jeff Huelsnitz Building the ice house and hauling equipment and demonstrations.
    Akorn Creations- Scott and Amy Roemhildt-Logging Camp Ice harvesting and scoring, tools and knowhow.
    Woods Icelandic Horses-Kristen Shirley
    Tim Graf- Ice Harvest Expert
    Harlan Gekeler, and Mark Wegner,Horse teams and wagons.

    Thank you to the following school Administration, Teachers ,Students and Parents for participating in this event:
    NRHEG: Principal Paul Sparby, 5th. grade teachers Duane Ferber Mrs. Economy, Mrs. Engel from Ellendale and students.
    Waseca Central Intermediate School: Principal Patrick Glynn, 6th grade teachers. .
    Team Academy Charter School: Principal Jody Allen Crowe and Ron Alger and 6th grade students