Lyle and Theresa Hoaglund sit on the porch of their Old Log Cabin with some of Theresa’s painted works. Photo by Melanie Dobson
By Ruth Hanson
Theresa and Lyle Hoaglund rode in a black BMW convertible that belonged to their oldest son, Kirk, on a balmy September 9 afternoon.
They were the grand marshals of the Marigold Days parade and they were enjoying themselves.
"The grand marshals are chosen by the Marigold Days committee," Theresa explained. "I had surgery last summer and Lyle was in bad health, so we missed a lot of meetings. That's when we were chosen - and it was fun."
Most of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren sat clustered together, watching the parade that afternoon, screaming and hollering and waving their hands.
The Hoaglunds' experience in running their own business began when Theresa opened a ceramic shop on Main Street in Dodge Center, where they lived. She taught classes there. One of her students asked her if she would be interested in starting a shop in Mantorville. One thing led to another until four women became partners, starting a gift shop in Mantorville. They sold crafts that they made themselves.
"We had a lot of fun," she said. "We enjoyed it. That building is now a costume shop."
From there they moved the shop to the present Chocolate Shop, but she kept her eye on the building that is now the Mantorville Art Guild. When it came up for sale, she bought it. That was 20 years ago.
"We were doing really well," she said. "We ended up with just me and Joanne Bennerotte. I sold out Riverside Gifts a year and a half ago, but I still own the building. There are 40 plus artists who are part of the Mantorville Art Guild, which rents the building. They live all over southern Minnesota. The Art Guild is going strong."
With Riverside Gifts closed, Theresa said that her heart is in the Art Guild.
She calls herself a "decorative artist" and explained that she paints on ironing boards, sleds, chairs, tables and "found objects - anything I find that looks interesting."
Lyle said that he and Theresa have been active in the Mantorville Chamber of Commerce throughout Theresa's time in business there.
He retired from Xcel Energy in 1997. The shop in Dodge Center had been closed and he had been transferred to Winona in 1990. That meant commuting for his wife. When he retired they built the house near Berne where they live now.
They became members of the Mantorville Restoration Association and are still members of the Marigold Days Committee after many years.
"I drive a Kasson-Mantorville school bus now and I kind of like that," he said.
He ran Center Auto Sales in Dodge Center for 10 years and was active in both towns. It kept him busy.
The Hoaglunds have six children - Kirk, Chris, Brenda, Becky, Keith and Kim. They have 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, with two on the way.
"They all live within an hour and a half drive," Theresa said. "We are very fortunate."
She added that she plans to become more active in the Art Guild now that she has sold her business.
"I'm going to enjoy having more time to paint in my studio at home," she said. "Lyle and I love Mantorville. We will always be active here."