Minneopa Cemetery

Historic Minneopa Cemetery

Since 1855

Oldest Continuously Operating Cemetery in Blue Earth County

Board Minutes for September 23, 2005

Meeting held at U.S. Bank 10:00 A.M.

President Stan Edwards called the meeting to order. All were present except Lyle Seppman and John Peterson. The minutes were read by Sally Peterson and approved as read. Dean Otto gave the treasurers report and the CD's were present. Ruth Otto questioned why total assets were down and gross profit was higher. Dean thought he knew why but will double check. The report was approved as read.

Old Business

Roads signs for the cemetery. Ruth doesn’t think there is a need because people have to call for location anyway. Sally thinks it would be easier to direct people especially on the east side. We could attach them to the fence on the east side. Ruth will work on this and also work on a numbered map. Gordy Herbst and Jerry Neilsen gave report on 150th year celebration. The turnout was great and it was good publicity for the cemetery. It would be nice if we could do it every 2-4 years. We will reuse the banners.

New Business

Jerry Neilsen reported that almost ever cemetery is charging more for grave spaces and opening and closing. We decided to keep our prices the same but to put together a more professional looking price list including a note about winter burial being an extra charge. Ruth will check into getting someone to do this for us. We discussed needing to add a provision for “second right of internment”. This would be an additional charge for cremains to be buried over regular burial. Other cemeteries are doing this now. A motion was made, seconded and passed to add this to our price list. The motion reads as follows: “A second right of internment for cremation over a conventional burial may be purchased for one half the current price of a grave space”. A motion was made, 2nd and carried to pay Ruth Otto for her time spent going over the plat map and records. Motion to adjourn and reconvene at the cemetery at 2:00 P.M. was 2nd and carried.

Minneopa Cemetery Meeting September 23, 2005 2:00 P.M.

President Stan Edwards called meeting to order. All were present except Lyle Seppman.

New Business

An election was held to replace board members whose terms were up. Ruth Otto was elected for a one-year term ending in 2006. Stan Edwards was elected for a two-year term ending in 2007. Lyle Seppman, Jerry Neilsen, John Peterson and John Rush were elected to serve a three-year term ending in 2008. A motion was made, 2nd and carried to keep the slate of officers the same.

  • Stan Edwards – President
  • John Croswell – Vice President
  • Sally Peterson – Secretary
  • Dean Otto – Treasurer

We discussed the removal of the remaining stumps on the east side of the cemetery. John Rush will check into this and report to Jerry. A motion to adjourn was made. 2nd and carried.

Respectfully submitted by Sally Peterson