Legacy Stories

A picture is worth a thousand words!  We have all heard this phrase, right?

Well a story might just resonate an idea and stir a future gifting plan.  The following are stories from our immediate rural area of people and families that have chosen to implement an idea and start a story that we hope will provide insight and motivation for a future gifts.  Enjoy!

It Can Be Done

THE MARTIN & WINIFRED EHLERS STUDENT LOAN FUND In 1937, Martin Ehlers moved to Redwood Falls, MN.  Martin started the Ehlers Department Store in 1938 with the motto “It can be done”, as his driving force.  Through hard work and dedication, Martin eventually owned 21 department stores in 21 different towns.  Each store had approximately…
Jean Ogle

Teacher keeps teaching after her death

Jean Ogle was a bit of a local legend in Redwood Falls.  You would see her in the Main Street Cotton Shop at a very advanced age, still sharp as a tack and still quilting.   She made beautiful quilts, true works of art.  Jean taught quilting and other arts into the middle of her 90th…
PAC Photo - Estebo

It all started with a life insurance policy

When Orrin Estebo’s wife Nancy passed away after a battle with cancer, he discovered she had a $100,000 life insurance policy through her job as a teacher.  Nancy Estebo was a dedicated, special education teacher for the Redwood Area School District.   Orrin knew how much her students meant to her and decided to donate the…
Mike and Jodi Pieschel

The Importance of Giving Back

Mike Pieschel, a banker in Springfield and his wife Jodi established the Pieschel Family Foundation in 1995 by contributing $1,000,000 to the Minnesota Family Foundation to serve as a permanent endowment to benefit their community and favorite charities. Annual grants from this endowment are expected to be $50,000 to $60,000 and are intended to enhance…

Looking After the Needs of Others

Vernon and Leoma Jenniges, owners of the Jenniges Transfer trucking business, established an educational trust in 1990 with $425,000 that was meant to benefit Springfield area students in post high school endeavors. Vernon and Leoma did not have any children of their own but as a result of their gift will end up educating a…

Forever Humble

Irene Schneider was a quiet, reserved person who lived a simple, frugal life in Springfield who made it a habit to share her generosity throughout the community. Miss Schneider had a special place in her heart for the Springfield Area Community Center and provided a number of gifts over her lifetime. She contributed to the…

All That We Have is Not Ours

Helen Fleischmann was a teacher who grew up in Springfield but lived most of her life in other places but always regarded Springfield as her home. Miss Fleischmann returned home to care for her mother and upon her passing kept the family home and lived there in retirement. Helen shared her gifts, totaling more than…

The Importance of a Good Education

Donald Reiner was a crop and dairy farmer who did not have any children of his own, but did adopt two boys, nor did he graduate from high school, but he realized the importance of a good education. Mr. Reiner died in 2008 and in his passing established the Donald Reiner Educational Trust with a…
Henry and Elsie Roiger

Benefitting Generations to Come

Henry and Elsie Roiger were conservative, happy, hard-working farmers who lived a simple life. They lived through the Great Economic Depression and learned to economize. The accumulation of wealth was not their focus, but by tending to their business of farming and leading a frugal life they were able to bequest $1 million to the…