Centennial Dinner Menu

Other contributing vendors Bridge Street Candle Company, Crookston Floral, Lavonne Forsberg, Lundin Shop, Montague's Flower Shop, RBJ's Restaurant, UMC Horticulture Club, and Widman's Candy Shop.

Two Fools Vineyard

Wine for the centennial social and dinner is the work of Two Fools Vineyard in Plummer, MN that is owned and operated by LeRoy and Carol Stumpf. They started their vineyard as a hobby with a love of the land and a few grape vines. That hobby has turned into a passion for growing grapes and making wine at their small farm vineyard and winery. They have put their faith in some of the best grape varieties developed by the University of Minnesota and legendary grape breeder, Elmer Swenson. Two Fools Vineyard is Minnesota’s northern-most vineyard. Visit their Web site at

Heartland Ingredients L.L.C.

Provider pasta for the centennial dinner. The group consists of a group of mid-western farmers with a desire to reach out to the consumer with great tasting, good-for-you ingredients and products. They have developed ingredients and products that offer those, on a gluten-free diet, additional benefits of nutrition and taste in a convenient format that is easy to incorporate into your existing meal selection. Heartland Ingredients L.L.C. has linked the capabilities of farmers with the needs of customers to present the kinds of products that will bring a truly enjoyable dining experience. Visit the Heartland Ingredients L.L.C. Web site at

Neil’s Quality Meats

One of the pasta sauces is made from Italian sausage from Neil’s Quality Meats in McIntosh, MN. Started in 1971, Neil’s has been in business for 35 years, and they are experts at making Scandinavian specialty foods and wild game sausages along with providing a full retail meat market and specialty store. Neil’s Quality Meats is owned and operated by Neil and Carol Bursheim. Their son, Bob follows in both his grandfather’s and his father’s footsteps as he works along side his parents in the store. Contact Neil’s Quality Meats at 218-563-4945.

FaVer's Catering

The bison served at the centennial dinner came from FaVer's Catering, a division of Sand Hill River Bison, independently owned and operated by Faye and Verdell Olson of Fertile, MN.  One of their goals is to educate the public about the delicious and nutritious advantage of bison. To learn more about FaVer’s Catering and Sand Hill River Bison, please visit They also travel with their mobile food unit to fairs and other special events. Learn more about FaVer’s Catering at

Noreen Thomas

Noreen Thomas , with her husband, Lee, farms 1,200 certified organic acres with rotations of soybeans, popcorn, wheat, barley, blue corn, alfalfa and a large community garden with a wide array of heirloom vegetables dating back as far as the 1700s. A diverse grower Noreen and Lee take care to use the best and most environmentally sound production methods. No herbicides or pesticides are used on their farm; rather, they utilize plantings to attract insects and rotations to break pest cycles for the greatest benefit. Noreen was awarded the 2004 Siehl Prize for her extraordinary contribution to agriculture and alleviation of world hunger. The breads for the centennial dinner are the work of Noreen and her Clay County 4-H Club members and Noreen has helped secure the local foods for the centennial dinner.

Native Harvest

Native Harvest produces and sells a selection of traditional foods, including wild rice, hominy, maple syrup, and jellies. Most of these foods are grown and harvested locally, and then are processed on site. Native Harvest is part of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Their mission is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage. The coffee and wild rice for the centennial dinner are from Native Harvest. They are located near Ogema, MN. Contact them toll-free at (888)274-8318 or visit their Web site located at

RBJ's Restaurant

RBJ's Restaurant has been serving Crookston and the surrounding communities since 1981. Originally operated by Roger Bernald Johnson (for whom RBJ's was named), the restaurant is now owned and operated by Kim Johnson Samuelson, Roger's daughter. RBJ’s provided the jam for the centennial dinner. RBJ’s makes Rhubarb-Strawberry Spreadable Fruit (jam), Chokecherry Jelly, Elderberry Syrup, Whipped Amaretto Honey and more! You can find out more about RBJ’s by visiting

Spokely Farms

Spokely Farms was established in 1871 as one of the first settlers in the Climax/Nielsville Minnesota area. They are currently the fifth generation who continues to farm and provided the potatoes for the centennial dinner. Potato production is an important part of this operation and their red table and seed potatoes are shipped across the United States and Canada. Lonnie Spokely is a 2003 graduate of UMC and is their sales representative along with partners Rodney and Francis.

Bridge Street Candle Company

The Bridge Street Candle Company/On the Right Track Gift Gallery, owned and operated by Robert and Joyce Johnson of Crookston, made the special maroon candles used in the table decorations at the centennial dinner. The maroon tapers, like all Bridge Street candles, are hand poured and they can be made in any color or scent. The gift shop carries many locally made items. The shop is open 1-6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. You may contact them during store hours at (218)-281-4068 or (218) 289-4161. The Bridge Street Candle Company/On the Right Track Gift Gallery is located at 1111 8th Street in Crookston.

UMC Horticulture Club

The floral arrangements on the tables for the centennial dinner are the work of the UMC Horticulture Club. The club is composed of students who have an interest in plants. The club has bi-weekly plant sales to sell houseplants that are propagated by the horticulture students and specialty crops such as Poinsettias, Chrysanthemums, Cinerarias, Gerbera Daisies, Easter Lilies, and Hibiscus are grown solely by the horticulture students. The club actively makes flower arrangements for other clubs and activities on campus such as for Torch and Shield, Ag Arama, Sno Daze, and Homecoming. To learn more about horticulture at UMC, visit

Lundin Shop

Clocks handcrafted in a variety of woods by the Lundin Shop, owned by woodworking artisan Marv Lundin of Thief River Falls, were gifts for the platform guests participating in the inaugural ceremony. The clocks were laser engraved to commemorate the inauguration. Lundin, a native of Warren, MN, spent 45 years in the newspaper business and was editor at The Times in Thief River Falls for 37 of those years. He was named the Conservation Communicator of the Year in 1979 an award given by the Minnesota Wildlife Conservation Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. Following his retirement in 1999, Lundin took up woodworking in earnest. Lundin also made a clock for the Minnesota Room in the Student Center at UMC. It graces the restored mantel from the original Dining Hall built as part of the Northwest School of Agriculture.

Widman’s Candy Shop

Widmanís Candy Shop has locations in Crookston, MN, Grand Forks, ND, and Fargo, ND. Widmanís in Crookston opened in 1911 and is owned and operated by George and Lois Widman. They carry on the Widman tradition of handmade quality candy that began with Georgeís grandfather, a candy maker. Georgeís father, George H. Widman, along with his mother and brother, run the Grand Forks store while his sister, Carol Widman Kennedy owns and operates the Fargo location. They have covered many locally grown foods in their famous chocolate including potato chips, wheat nuts, soybeans, and sunflower seeds. They are responsible for the special centennial chocolates bearing the UMC centennial logo, which were part of the gift given to everyone attending the inauguration ceremony. To contact Widmanís Candy in Crookston, please call 281-1487 or in Grand Forks at 701-775-3480.

LaVonne Forsberg

Watercolor artist LaVonne Forsberg is a native of Goodridge, Minnesota, and currently lives in Thief River Falls. In 2001, she was commissioned by the State of Minnesota to paint the Old Mill for the Minnesota State Park entrance permit. Forsberg has also been a member’s choice award winner at Artists of Minnesota. Since 1979, her work has focused on watercolor, but she has worked in many mediums including stained glass. In 2005, Forsberg was commissioned to paint three watercolors to hang in the Kiehle Building. The paintings are of the Student Center, Kiehle Building, and the Peterson Gazebo and were featured on the note cards given to guests at today’s inaugural ceremony. Forsberg’s artwork has been shown in Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Montague’s Flower Shop

Montague’s Flower Shop in Crookston provided the floral arrangements for the inaugural ceremony. Owned and operated by Stephanie Paverud, Montague’s is a f ull service flower shop offering fresh flowers for all occasions, silk and dried pieces and a large selection of green and blooming plants. Contact Montague’s by calling (218)281-4419 or 800-866-4419.

Crookston Floral

The balloon arch located in Bede Ballroom was designed by Crookston Floral. They offer fresh and silk flowers for weddings and other occasions, floral tributes, and art gallery items including Terry Redlin art and gift items. Crookston Floral is owned and operated Brian and Lisa Schumacher. Brian is a 1988 graduate of UMC. Contact Crookston Floral at (218)281-3549 or 800-568-6906.