Melvin “Smitty” Lorentson, age 87, of Clara City, & formerly of Maynard, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at Clara City Assisted Living. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11AM at Maynard Lutheran Church in Maynard with burial following in the church cemetery.
Clarence Melvin “Smitty” Lorentson was born on May 10, 1936, in Beardsley, MN, son of Clarence & Myrtle (Olson) Lorentson Sr. When he was only 4 years old, the family moved to Maynard where his Dad opened a blacksmith shop.
Smitty joined his Dad at the blacksmith shop in Maynard & continued even after his Dad died. His job brought much variety. Smitty provided different pieces of iron work around Maynard & he did a lot of welding for Thorstad Construction & other businesses through the years.
Smitty was a member of the Maynard American Legion, volunteered on the Maynard Fire Department even served as fire chief.
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VIDEO: A local artist received a grant to create two community focused murals in Rochester.
Artist Cassandra Buck earned a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and partnered with the Lowertown Neighborhood board to organize a community mural painting to help create her artwork.
The painting lasted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Silver Lake Fire Station. Participants painted the mural on the station’s garage door. Residents and passersby also stopped in throughout the day to contribute.
“It’s been delightful to have people stop by that we didn’t expect. we’ve had all age groups from ten all the way to grandparents. And we’ve also had a lot of people driving past honking and saying, ‘wow that looks really great,’ or walking by and saying, ‘wow we love what you guys are doing the colors look really awesome’,” Lowertown Neighborhood Board member & Communications Committe Chair Laura Zastrow said.
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