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REMEMBER "OUR GANG" IN THE MOVIES back in the 1930s? You see them pictured here in an earlier-day photo, courtesy of a reader-friend on the internet. The group was also called "The Little Rascals." In case you have forgotten who is who, here is some info about each one, with photo of each listed below. Editor's note: The follow- ing article, reprinted from the May 2009 Mazeppa-Zumbro Falls Messenger, written by Dori Klein, features 1985 OHS graduate Tim Redepenning and his wife Lisa. Tim grew up in Odessa and Ortonville and is the son of Joyce and Dan Nelson of Ortonville and the late Franklin Redepenning. During these uncertain times with th6 economy and job losses looming for many people, Tim and Lisa Redepenning have already conquered their job changes and the effects have been extremely positive for them. Several years ago the Redepennings, of rural Mazeppa, each had long com- mutes to their places of employment. They each had positions where they were "on call" almost all the time too. But the loss of those jobs gave them the opportunity to focus on other interests and now their lives are gong down a different path. They have each established separate business enterprises under the same name- Simply Homemade. Lisa started her own business three years ago when she was unemployed. She bought a book on how to make soaps at a garage sale and made soap, candles and jam, and sold her wares attending about 30 arts and craft shows per year. She no longer makes and sells soap, nor does she attend so many shows. Instead, she has new product lines and provides them to about 50 stores across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her products include making soy candles out of a byprod- uct of soybeans and making lotion from goats' milk. In addition, she does custom labeling for stores and has exclusive rights to make candles using Red Wing mini crocks. Tim on the other hand found new employment too, and because of that, he was able to focus on making cus- tom-made furniture. Making furni- ture has been a hobby of his since high school and he began taking his furniture to arts and craft shows in 2003. "It started selling so I just kept making it," said Tim. The type of furniture Tim makes is unique. It is mission style, often made out of recycled/reclaimed wood and although he does make ome general products, the majority of his furniture is custom made for people. As Tim and Lisa added, "it is the answer to the 'if it were just ' customers." When making custom furniture, Tim typically does a drawing, as well as a price quote. Depending on the piece, it takes him about four to six weeks to complete a project. His busiest time of the year is in the fall. About 50 percent of Tim's products are sold wholesale and 50 percent are sold on the retail market. He takes a display to selected art type shows in the Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Anthony Park area and also has furni- ture on display in the Mississippi. Home Furnishings and Twin Cities Green Store in the Twin Cities. Although most of his sales are from "word of mouth," he also obtains cus- tomers from his website and sells and ships furniture throughout the United States. In connection with his and Lisa's business, Tim has been working on another goal having a show room so that he can display his furniture and Lisa's products on their farm. And it is now almost complete. He has par- titioned his work area and is putting. the finishing touches on the show-. room. For the Redepennings, career moves have brought about positive changes in their lives. According to Tim, prior careers have also allowed them to bring honed skills into their business. He credits Lisa's "technical geek background" and said that those, skills give her the ability to design brochures and catalogs and also do the website. Each are more focused on, making their businesses successful, while at the same time they are incor- porating their success and former skills into one business-Simply : Homemade. The Redepennings have lived in the area for about 11 years. They have one daughter, nine-month old ,Riley. ALFALFA was Carl Switzer shot to death at age 31. BUCKWHEAT was William Thomas, died at age 49 of a heart attack. Many never knew that Buckwheat was a man[ STYMIE, known as Mathew Bear, led a life of crime and drugs, died of a stroke at age 55. MICKEY DANIELS died of liver disease at age 55. BUTCH currently lives in California. FROGGY, not pictured, was William Robert Laughline, killed ina motor scooter accident at age 16. CHUBBY (not pictured) was 300-pound Norman Chaney, died at age 22 following an operation. BREEZY BRISBANE, known as Kendall McCormas, committed suicide at age 64. PETE THE PUP was poisoned by an unknown assailant. WHEEZER, known as Robert Hutchins, was killed in an airplane accident at age 19. DARLA HOOD, the leading lady and only girl in the gang, contracted hepatitis and died at age 47. SCOTTY BECKETT died at age 38 following a brutal beating. SPANKY, known as Robert Blake, was accused of murdering his wife. ! i~ :~,'~!'" anep ~:~m~ ~ ~::~"~- ~ ~~~"i:~~%:. SIMPLY HOMEMADE is the name for both Lisa's and -tim's businesses. They are shown above with their daughter Riley in Tim's recently remodeled workshop. (photo by Dori Klein) A BIG FISH FOR A LITTLE GIRL. Hayley Larson caught this 3.2 lb. northern while Tishing with the Big Stone Walleye Club and Let's Go Fishing anglers last weekend. A health plan. An account. A tax-saving idea. Whether you need a health plan for yourself, your family or your company, controlling costs is important, but so is having good coverage. 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