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In 1976 the remaining eight children of Engebret & Elise Jorgenson gathered the clan together on the family farm in southwest Minnesota. That marked the beginning of what has become a bi-annual “happening”.


June 21 - 23, 2013

Good Earth Village
25303 Old Town Drive | Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975
(507) 346-2494 | info@GoodEarthVillage.org | www.GoodEarthVillage.org

Good Earth Village is located 6 miles east of Spring Valley, MN on County Road 8.
Once in Spring Valley: Turn left onto Farmer St. just past the Good Earth Village road sign. Follow Farmer St. out of town (it becomes Cty. Rd. 8) for about six miles. The Good Earth Village entrance is on the right hand side of the road.

Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/tnGSv

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President for the 2013 Reunion

The Honorable Crystal Darsow

Past President - Susan Billows

2013 Reunion Officers

  • Vice President - Rachel Wendt Nash

  • Secretary - Terry Nordal

  • Treasure - Jillian Kjer

  • Games Coordinator - Nicholas and David Jorgenson

  • Parade Coordinator - Kristie

  • The 2013 Family Contacts for this reunion are:

    • Barb Lewis - Harlan Clan
    • Ruth Nordal - Obert Clan
    • Eric Jorgenson - Robert & Kenneth Clan
    • Allen Jorgenson - Roger Clan
    • Crystal Darsow - Herbert Clan
    • Sue Billow - Harriet Clan
It would help us a lot if the Clan Contacts would let us know as soon as possible those in their families that plan to attend. 

The Reunion News - 2013 Family Reunion  June 21 - 23, 2013

We will be gathering at:
    Good Earth Village
    25303 Old Town Drive
    Spring Valley MN  55975
Spring Valley has a motel that we have reserved a block of rooms at:
    Spring Valley Inn & Suites
    745 N Broadway
    Spring Valley MN 55975
    Phone:  507-346-7788
                    507-346-7245 Fax

To all the Jorgenson Clan,

Hope all of you had a great holiday season.

We are getting so excited for the reunion this year, so many fun things to do, to see, and catch up on what everyone has been up to for the last 2 years.  

For those of you who did not come last reunion, you will love this site.  We had it to ourselves last year and I think we will have again, by ourselves.  Beautiful grounds, jungle gym for the small kids, fire pits and a pavilion with tables. A lot of trees for shade,   spacious meeting room in case it rains. 

I will be having attachments with this email, so please check out everything.

Jorgenson 2013 reunion:

Where:  Good Earth Village

25303 Old Town Drive

Spring Valley, mn 55975

A map will be mailed out later.

Date:  June 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2013.

The main meeting area is the Log lodge.  It is 

Wheel chair assessable, refridg, dishwasher, coffee maker. A lot of seating and tables, along with a huge fireplace, and a piano for our use.  Has 2 handicap rooms main floor and down stairs is the other sleeping rooms.  As with last reunion we want people to bring treats to share if you are able.

For on site lodging there are:

  • The Log lodge, per room $180.00 for the weekend.
  • Rooms 1 to 6 (4 person per room): 2 singles beds, 1 bunk bed.
  • Room 7 ( 6 person per room): 2 single beds, 2 bunk beds. 
  • Room 8/9(handicap rooms main floor,4 per room): 1 double bed, and 1 bunk bed

Towels and linens and blankets are supplied.  Has full bathroom in each.



Per cabin cost are $60.00 for the weekend.  This can be very inexpensive if you room with a lot of people.

Or a whole family can stayed in one of the cabins.

  1. Sleeps 18 people, bunk bed style
  2. Sleeps 18 people, bunk bed style
  3. Sleeps 10 people bunk bed style
  4. Sleeps 10 people bunk bed style

No air conditioning in them.  They do have very good air circulation in them and fans were supplied last time.

Must bring your own bedding and towels.

Very clean bathrooms and showers in separate building right next door.

Tenting and RV’s (front of the log lodge) 

Cost for each camp site is $30.00 for the weekend. There are three electrical hook ups, no water hook up.   There are very nice bathroom and showers inside the log lodge for campers to use.

We have room blocked off for the reunion again at.

    Spring Valley Inn & Suites
    745 N Broadway
    Spring Valley MN 55975
    Phone:  507-346-7788
                    507-346-7245 Fax

Rates: $173.60 Friday/Saturday  this includes tax.

20 rooms blocked under “Jorgenson reunion”

Rachel has 20 rooms blocked.  Each room has 2 beds. Most of the rooms are on the main level, a few on the 2nd floor. Please make your reservation by may 15th.  If the rooms are not filled they will be released.

There are hotels and motels by the Rochester airport, also. There are about 45 min’s away from Spring Valley.

Rochester has a small airport people could fly into if they need to or the Mpls/St. Paul airport.

Now getting to the one of the most important areas:


The building that we have our meals is a short walk from the log lodge.  For the people who did not come last reunion you will be very  please to hear the food was fantastic!  Everyone was impressed and got their fill of wonderful food.  

Again if you have dietary needs let Rachel and I know ASAP.  We will work on this before you come.

The food rates this reunion are:

  • Adults for the weekend is  $26.00
  • Children 6 to 12 for the weekend is $13.00
  • Children 5 and under free


What we need from you:

We are needing the money for the food from everyone. Who ever is staying at the on site lodging, we are also needing that money as well.  

When: May 1st.  

Make the checks out to :“Jillian Kjer”, please put on the memo line  “Jorgenson reunion”.

Please give the name and ages of who is attending.

Let us know if you want one of the rooms the log lodges or camping or bunk houses.

Email Jillian for her address on where to send your money and if you have any questions please email Jillian at reunionofficers@jorgensonclan.net

So for an example:

Example #1

  • Herb and Jean
  • Food for the weekend       $   52.00
  • Log lodge handicap room $ 180.00
  • Total                            $ 232.00  will be sent

Example #2

  • Todd 
  • Food for the weekend    $26.00
  • Camping on site          $30.00
  • Total                               $56.00 will be sent

Example # 3

  • 2 Parents food              $52.00
  • 2 Kids ages 5 to 12 food  $ 26.00
  • Log lodge room 3             $180.00
  • Total                              $258.00 will be sent


Please remember first come first serve for reserving the log lodge rooms and cabins and camp sites.

All receipts for expenses will need to be turned into Jillian and myself no later that Friday night!

There will be some small expenses to be added to the above amounts such as calendars,  games supplies, speaker system, pop…..

Jillian and I will let everyone know what is due in the afternoon of Saturday.   So please bring cash or check  for the remainder balance.  So there will not be any lag time on Sunday.

Updating information:  Check your email for a link to a spreadsheet we want you to fill out for us.  We are planning to do something special.   Let us know if you have any  problems getting to this site.  Please, it won’t take much of your time.  

Please email me or Rachel or Jillian if you have any questions.


2013 Reunion Officers



Friday:  people can start showing up at 4 pm.  People can get in their room at the log  lodge, and in the bunk houses, and the camp sites also.  Everyone is on their own for your food Friday night.

The horseshoes pits will be prepared for Saturday.


We will have a small get together and one group game, disperse and or get around the fire pit area for the evening.




Breakfast: is at 830am till 930am.

Parade:  The new and improved parade will be organized by Kristie Jorgenson, our official parade Marshall. 

Pictures:   We will be starting with the family's that are most complete. 

Horseshoe contest, golf, lutefisk search, cribbage and kids crafts:    The horseshoe contest will be modified so we can all more group games and activities.

Lunch: noon to 1pm

We will finish the Horseshoe contest and other games.

2 or 3 Group games: This year David and Nic Jorgenson will be in charge of the group games.

All during the day we need to pick up after ourselves, please.


Dinner:  530pm to 630pm  

1 Group game: David and Nic Jorgenson

Family meeting after dinner.

Reading the last minutes of the last reunion. 



Donnie’s Skit 

Voting in new members

Stools for the new babies


Voting in new officers

New business

Picking the next reunion.


Any clean up that needs to be done.



  • 8 or 830 am  church
  • Brunch 10-11am
  • Cleaning up grounds, rooms, camping and fire pit area,
  • Leave it like we found it, or even better.



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