Monday, December 11, 2017

Thrivent Financial Office in Brandon MN

Stop in for a short tour of the Thrivent Financial office in Brandon MN.  This is an office located in the remodeled Ostlund Hardware building.  The address is 104 Central Avenue Ste. 102 which is between Scoop and Grind and Amber Lund Massage/Wellness Center.  Carol Juul and Stephanie Wagner will be glad to let you see what they have done with this space. 

 Sidewalk view of beautiful new offices. 


Carol Juul and Stephanie Wagner at the front reception desk. 

Cozy reception area. 

Conference room

High tech conference room. 

Carol Juul in her office. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WOW! Look at the progress in the Brandon Auditorium

Check out the work being done on the gym walls.  There have been many full days and late nights getting this work done.  It is absolutely beautiful and we can not wait for you to see it.  Thank you once again to everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible. 

Christmas Coffee at Brandon History Center

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Millerville school buses from the past.

Photo courtesy of Rose Bitzan

Millerville school bus driven by Wm Danelke in the early 1940s.
Photo  courtesy of Juliana Pomeranz

Millerville school bus from 1949 - 1957 driven by Leo Hopfner owner.
Photo courtesy of Terry Ness.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Brandon Auditorium Gym Walls

Look at the transformation. All of this work has been done in a little bit more than one week.  The painting is the only thing left to be done.   Thanks to everyone who has helped to make these repairs possible.  It is great to see what a community can do when we all pull together.   

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Open House Brandon Auditorium November 15, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House at the Brandon Auditorium or helped us in any way. It was a huge success.  Special thanks go to Bob Piotrowski for his wonderful music and the Beautiful and Talented Johari Tribe Dancers.  The entertainment was enjoyed by all. 

 Everyone got enough to eat.

This dance looked a little bit dangerous. 

 Music by Bob Piotrowski was enjoyed by all.

 There was a great crowd. 

 The Beautiful and Talented Johari Tribe Dancers supplied great entertainment.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Historic Brandon Auditorium

This unique building was constructed in our hometown as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project during the Great Depression and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  Folks from all over the country stop and ask for a tour of this unusual structure.  They want to know about its construction and the history that goes with it.  They marvel at the wood carvings that were created especially for this building, there are no others like it anywhere.  The huge mural is also a one of a kind work of art.  Its artist has other work displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Philadelphia.  Many community members and even some of our relatives, gave their field rocks, time and sweat working on its construction.  If only the walls could talk about everything they have seen in the past 80 years.  For 21 years all of the Brandon High School graduations were held in this place.  Can you even believe that the Silver Streak Basketball Team played the Harlem Globetrotters here?  Through the years, young people of all ages came from miles around to dance, watch movies and roller skate.  Sixteen big name bands held dances inside these walls on a regular basis.  We can all personally remember the wonderful events that we have attended here.  We can all be very proud to have this well used treasure in our town.  It is up to each of us to try to help preserve this special building in any way that we can so that many others may also enjoy it in the future.

  Brandon History Center

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Brandon Auditorium Kitchen Countdown

The Brandon Auditorium Kitchen Countdown is on.   Do you think that it will be finished in time for the November 15th Open House?  Keep your fingers crossed.  What is your bet?