By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Rodney Horrmann, 63, a former mayor of Dassel, died Feb. 4 in Olivia.
Horrmann was mayor from Jan. 1, 1995 to Aug. 8, 1995. He owned and operated The Prairie House Restaurant, which is now called Hojies Grill & Smokehouse.
At the time Horrmann was mayor, he served with council members Paul Thomas, June Hagglund, Dave Latt and Ava Flachmeyer.
Although Horrmann was mayor only a few months, several notable events happened to the City of Dassel during his watch. Dassel ordered a new tanker truck for the fire department, for example, according to the 1995 Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch.
Highway 12 and 15 had detours which caused traffic jams and confusion in 1995, so the council made the city’s part-time police officer position into a full-time position.
The council also applied for a grant to finance the construction of a new park, Sellards Park, on the south side of town.
In addition, the council raised water rates from $1 to $1.20 for each 1,000 gallons. This was the first rate increase in a series of rate increases.
The city also contributed to the renovation of the Universal Laboratories building by the Dassel Area Historical Society.
At the last meeting Horrmann was mayor, and before he submitted his resignation, the council approved renovating the Dassel ball park to meet Minnesota Baseball Association standards, so the city could host the state amateur baseball tournament, according to the Enterprise Dispatch.
Horrmann resigned as mayor to move to Bird Island. There, he worked at Jackpot Junction, the Sheep Shedde, and Alco.
Horrmann, who was born in Hutchinson, especially enjoyed bowling, and was proud of his trophies. In 1984, he and his wife, Carol, moved to West St. Paul, where they worked at Diamond Lake Bowling Alley. He always enjoyed telling the story of the time he taught Kirby Puckett to bowl.
Horrmann is survived by his wife, Carol, of Bird Island, his son, Troy, of Plymouth, his daughter, Gwyn Rasmussen of Medina, and his stepdaughter, Cindy Johnson, of Bird Island.
The funeral was last Monday at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church of Olivia.