by Caleb Sebora
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Luella Prehn has lived in or near Lester Prairie all her life, has watched the town grow, and has seen many changes come to the place she calls home.
There are many things a person can expect while living in a small town seeing familiar faces, hearing familiar names. But, there is one thing that Luella did not expect while living in Lester Prairie to be named Prairie Days honorary senior citizen.
Luella was born in 1918, about a mile and a half south of Lester Prairie, and grew up on a farm.
Formerly a Kruschke, Luella married Harold Prehn (now deceased) in 1936. The couple had three sons together: Glennard, Virgil, and Ralph, and lived south of Lester Prairie, near Plato. As time has gone on, Luella’s family has grown to include eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
In 1958, Luella and her family moved to into the City of Lester Prairie.
Prior to moving to town, Luella worked at the local bakery for Roland and Ella Zuehl, but when she made the move into Lester Prairie, she bought the bakery with her sister and son-in-law.
Luella also worked for Ron and Janet Stibal in the grocery store, was a cook at the public school for several years, and later cleaned homes (21 different places) before retiring.
Luella now enjoys coffee every morning at the Prairie Market in Lester Prairie with several others.
When asked about what she thought about being chosen as the honorary senior citizen for the Prairie Days parade, Luella, said “Oh, I think they could have found somebody better.”
“Oh, no they couldn’t have, Luella,” said one of her daily coffee companions, chiming in.
And the others who were sitting around her agreed. “If we were to take a vote here on who deserves it the most, you would win,”