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City of Porter to Spray for Mosquitoes

Because of the high mosquito population this year and the continued risk of West Nile and other mosquito carried illnesses, the City of Porter has contracted with All-State Mosquito Spraying to help control the pests within the city.


Spraying will take place on Tuesday, July 15 beginning at 8:00 PM. If the weather is not suitable for spraying, a backup date of Thursday, July 17 at 8:00 PM has been set. The vehicles used for spraying will cover all streets and alleys within Porter. Extra focus will also be put on the city park and tree lines where mosquitoes are most concentrated.


During spraying, it is advised for humans and small pets to be kept indoors. The spray is a safe compound for animals and humans, but direct contact with the spray cloud is not recommended. Depending on humidity levels, the spray will be completely dry in 20 to 60 minutes after application.


The treatment is guaranteed to be effective for the first 30 days and should last up to 60 to 90 days.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact a member of the city council.


Long-time Porter Resident Elvina Syltie Passes Away

Elvina Syltie, age 94, of Porter, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby. Funeral service will be held 10:30 am on July 19th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter with Rev. Ellen Munter officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 pm on Friday at Birk Funeral Home in Canby with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Porter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church, Sanford Canby Hospice or donorís choice.


Elvina was born January 11, 1920 in Albert Lea, MN, the daughter of Otto & Martha (Davidson) Bergerson. She was baptized and confirmed at Lime Creek Lutheran Church, Emmons, MN. Elvina was raised on a farm in Freeborn County. She graduated from Emmons High School and then attended the University of Minnesota. While she was in college, she worked for her room and board. After one year of college, she moved to Ivanhoe, MN and worked as an Extension Agent for Lincoln County. While living in Ivanhoe, she met Hans Syltie and they were married June 8, 1941 at Lime Creek Lutheran Church. After their wedding, they made their home on a farm near Porter and remained there for 38 years before moving into Porter upon their retirement.


Besides raising her children and helping on the farm, Elvina was very active in various organizations and activities. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church where she served in church offices, WELCA offices, Sunday School teacher and a confirmant mentor. She also loved to volunteer her time at the nursing home, church, 4-H and school. Elvina was a Lincoln County Horticultural member, Extension member and Sons of Norway member. When she had time, she loved vegetable & flower gardening and straw crafts.


Elvina is survived by her children, Karen (Harlo) Peterson of Naples, FL, Anita (Eff) Embree of Bloomington, IL, Ellen (Bill) Spurlock of Lakeville, MN and Harvey (Paula) Syltie of Porter, MN; six grandchildren, Sara Spurlock, Lisa (Phil) Canfield, Edward Embree, Annalea Embree, Michael (Kelsey) Syltie & Lindsey Syltie; two great grandchildren, Adam & Kylie Asleson and many nieces & nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband (1983); brother, Lester Bergerson (1999); sister, Orla Christianson (2005) and brother, Marvin Bergerson (2013).

Blessed be her memory.


Full Obituary and Online Condolences (through Birk Funeral Home)



Porter Post Office to Remain Open Under Revised Office Hours

Based on feedback provided by 75 Porter citizens, the US Postal Service will be keeping the Porter Post Office open, but with much shorter window hours than in the past. Citizens indicated that under the 2 hour per day window hour schedule, that 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM would be the ideal time for the Post Office window to be open Monday through Friday and 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday. The Post Office Lobby will continue to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patrons to pick up mail from PO Boxes and deposit outgoing mail in the building.


Concerns were expressed about the pick-up time for outgoing mail in our area. Under the Post Office's new schedule, all mail leaving Porter and much of the surrounding area, departs at approximately 1:00 PM daily. If a letter or parcel needs to go out on a specific day, it is advised that you take it directly to the Post Office by 1:00 PM that day to ensure that it goes out on the truck. Letters picked up by route carries cannot be guaranteed to make it to the Post Office by the mail departure time and will likely go out with the following day's mail.


Postal Service representatives also clarified concerns about how the Porter Post Office receives credit for the mail that is handled and stamps sold. Only mail received in the Porter Post Office and Delivered to the Porter Post Office's PO Boxes is credited to the Porter Post Office. Mail delivered street-side by route drivers is credited to the Canby Post Office. For stamp sales, the current route driver has been bringing stamp purchases to the Porter Post Office for fulfillment when picked up within the City of Porter. All stamps sold in the Porter Post Office, either through the window or via PO Box are credited to the Porter Post Office, this is also the case for any stamp orders addressed to the Porter Post Office from anywhere. It was also pointed out that stamps purchased online and delivered to an address in the 56280 zip code are now credited to the Porter Post Office as well.


Porter Community Hall Shadow Boxes Complete

New shadow boxes have been built in the Porter Community Hall and will be used to display memorabilia from Porter's past. If you have any items you wish to donate to the city to have displayed, please contact any city council member. Original or high-quality newspaper articles will be accepted.


Porter Community Hall Information

Check out the new area of our website with information about the Porter Community Hall. www.portermn.org/porterhall


Porter Event Photos

Do you have photos of Harvest Festival, the Porter Auction or other events? Email them to josh@portermn.org with caption descriptions and they will get posted to the Porter Website!


Keeping The Community Informed Has Never Been Easier

Now it is even easier to pass the word about events in Porter and the surrounding area. Simply fill out the information form at the bottom of the all new Community Events and Calendar Page and submit your event. Your submission will be validated and posted to the calendar promptly!

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