Christmas in Zumbro Falls Winners

Medallion WinnersMedallion Winners

  • Larry & Deb Wielhem

Christmas Lighting Contest

  • Tom Anderson
  • Fern Axelson
  • Rick Kolar
  • Dana Oelkers
  • Stacy Sexton

Vintage Sled Show Winners

  • Original Category
    • 1st Place – Melony Wald
    • 2nd Place – Greg Poncelet
    • 3rd Place – Rick Plenge
  • Restored Category
    • 1st Place – Greg Gerenentz
    • 2nd Place – Greg Gerenentz
    • 3rd Place – Greg Poncelet
  • Race Category
    • 1st Place – Brent King
    • 2nd Place – Greg Gerenentz
    • 3rd Place – Greg Gerenentz
  • Mini Category
    • 1st Place – Anna Lowrie
    • 2nd Place – Tasha Miller
  • People’s Choice Winner – Phil Snider

Christmas in Zumbro Falls 2019

Join us on December 6 & 7 – FUN FOR EVERYONE

  • Craft Sale Friday 1-7PM & Saturday 9AM-3PM at the VFW
  • The Rustic Hinge Checkout the schedule on Facebook
  • Burr Oak Bed & Breakfast Open House Saturday from 12PM-4PM; Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Provided
  • Vintage Sled Show Saturday – Registration begins at 10AM; Show 11AM-3PM
  • Chili Feed Saturday 11AM -1:30PM at City Hall
  • Wreath & Swag Event Saturday 10AM-12PM at Zumbro Falls Fire Hall
  • Santa Claus Join us at the VFW on Saturday at 4PM – Includes Candy Bag and Caricatures
  • Medallion Hunt Begins on Wednesday December 4th; $200 Cash Prize; Clues will be posted daily at the City Hall; Event Sponsored by Zumbro Falls Vet Clinic
  • Zumbro Falls Hats & Christmas Ornaments For Sale Get them at Rod’s Service Station or the Neptune Bar
  • Lighting Contest Five best displays of lights within the city limits will each be awarded $100 dollars; Sponsored by the City of Zumbro Falls; Turn Your Lights On and Enjoy the Holidays

Buckwild Bar & Grill
FRI: 6PM – Bingo ZFFD
8PM TO Close – DJ
Ugly Sweater Contest
SAT: Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies
Poke the Tree for Prizes
8PM TO Close – DJ

Neptune Bar and Grill
FRI: 6PM – Meat Raffle & Lottery Give Away
7:30PM – Pool Tourney & Christmas Trivia
SAT: 1PM – Bar Bingo, Christmas Trivia, Open Juke Box, & Bus Rides to the Lights

Rod’s Service Station
SAT: 10-12PM – Enjoy Cookies & Coffee
Sign Up for Door Prize

Delila’s Cafe & Catering
FRI & SAT: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Special
Daily Sign-Ups for $25 Gift Certificate Drawing

The Local Pizzeria
Fundraiser 4:30-7PM at the VFW partnering with South Troy Church Youth Group – Check out the Pizza Deals!

The Salsa Guy
Christmas Stocking Contest – Homemade or Bought/Embellished. Fill if you can, donated to Ronald McDonald House. Refreshments and Goodies Served.

Please donate to your local Zumbro Valley Food Shelf. Drop off sites located throughout town.

Download the Christmas in Zumbro Falls 2019 flier.

Merry Christmas!

There’s A Big Void in Zumbro Falls

There’s A Big Void in Zumbro Falls
A Tribute to Dan Preble
By Dori Klein

The city of Zumbro Falls was shocked the week of October 7 with the sudden death of a pillar of the community, Dan Preble. Disbelief ran rampant and there were no words that could be found to describe the deep sense of loss that was being felt.

Dan was friendly, gregarious and had a bigger than life persona. He seemed to enjoy life and people in turn seemed to enjoy his company. According to his obituary he liked to fish, snowmobile and go on ranger rides. He was friendly and seemed to be ready to have a good time at a moment’s notice.

But he had a serious side to him too. He was the Chief of the Zumbro Falls Fire Department and he tackled his job with integrity and professionalism. He would readily know the numbers and the answers to the questions at the annual Fire Department meeting that was held with the townships. And if, by some slight chance he didn’t know the answer he sought out someone who did. He had a “take charge” attitude, but he was also able to look at different options, give others a chance or give them credit for a job well done. It was evident that members of the fire department had complete and utmost respect for him.

As a reporter for the Mazeppa-Zumbro Falls Messenger he was often the “go to” guy that I called for information about the fire department. He was a great resource. He returned my calls promptly, provided me with the information I needed and was also helpful in explaining things I didn’t understand. And though I called him many times, there are three things that he did and/or said that stand out to me.

One was his leadership during the 2010 flood. With him in charge, the fire department took on the unsurmountable task of trying to save many of the buildings as the flood waters rose, and when that proved futile, of getting people to safety. All the while, I might add, while his own home was flooding.

The second memory that stands out for me is when the fire department took part in a fundraising event for former fireman, Scott Deobald. At that time Deobald was going through cancer treatments and had lost all of his hair. Several firefighters raised about $4,000 and had their heads shaved in front of Scooter’s Bar. Last in line was Dan. Once his hair was shaved the chants began, “shave the mustache.” He was pretty reluctant to let his “signature” mustache go, but all of a sudden he seized the moment and raised another $200 before having it shaved off. Yup, he was always game to helping out his comrades whenever he could.

According to assistant fire chief, Bruce Heitmann, Dan had been a fireman for over 30 years and he had been chief for the last eight.

The third memory I have of him also relates to the flood. I interviewed him and his wife Kelly as they reflected on the one year anniversary of the flood. During the interview Dan stated that he felt as if he had “let his family down” during the flood. As a result, they made the decision to demolish their home and move up on top of the hill in Zumbro Falls. For him, he said, it was a way to “keep Kelly safe.” From his comment it was evident to me that he truly was a family-first man.

Yes, I think we can all agree that the passing of Dan Preble has left a void – not only for his family, but for the Zumbro Falls Fire Department and the entire community of Zumbro Falls. Sincere sympathy is extended to Kelly and his family, to members of the Zumbro Falls Fire Department, and to the many friends he leaves behind.

Rest in Peace Dan Preble. You’ve earned it.