Comfrey Day, 2/5/14 27 Jan 14

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Businesses

– The Comfrey School District employs many people in town. They are the Rockets.

– Two of Comfrey’s businesses that are important to the surrounding area are Harvestland Co-Op and Clements Lumber. They play a key economic role in the agriculture and construction industries.

 

Festivals & Events

– Comfrey’s big summer event is called Comfrey Community Days. It features an ice cream social, lots of local entertainment, a tractor pull, raffles, a street dance, softball tournaments, and lots of other fun events. Comfrey Community Days is held in June.

– The various service groups in the Comfrey area, such as the Lions, the Legion, and the Legion Auxiliary, hold numerous pancake feeds throughout the year. Rarely a month goes by when you can’t get some pancakes in the community of Comfrey.

 

People

– The Mayor of Comfrey is Gary Richter.  The population is around 400.

 – The Comfrey School District’s Teacher Of The Year for 2013 was Kristine Sellner. She has been employed by the Comfrey school since 2007, and serves as the Visual Arts and Digital Media Teacher. She is also the District Yearbook Advisor and Website Manager. Sellner previously taught graphic arts at the Cottonwod River Technical Center in Springfield and was an art teacher at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s. She has degrees from Bemidji State University and MSU-Mankato.

– A memorial to a plane crash near Comfrey over 50 years ago was dedicated in July of 2013. A B-47 Bomber crashed in a field 3 miles north of Comfrey in February of 1963 while on a training mission from a Nebraska Air Force base. The memorial to the crash is located in Comfrey, and was made possible through the work of the community’s American Legion post as well as donations from numerous sources. The dedication ceremony in the Comfrey City Park included the Minnesota Patriot Guards, the Civil Air Patrol, color guards from area Legion posts, Air Force dignitaries, and friends and family of the 4 men who lost their lives in the crash.

– Comfrey High School students named their Homecoming Royalty in September of 2013. Crowned Homecoming King was Andrew Richter, and named Homecoming Queen was Brianna Treml.

 

History

– The City of Comfrey was founded in 1899 by the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.

– Comfrey is located, for the most part, in Brown County. There are few homes in Comfrey that are technically located in Cottonwood County.

– Highway 258 runs through Comfrey. The Cottonwood River and Mound Creek Dam are near town.

– The town of Comfrey was founded when the Chicago Northwestern Railroad purchased one-quarter section of land from C-J Holm in 1899. Postman and farmer AW Pederson moved the post office to the new town site to be near the railroad. He named the town “Comfrey” after a plant that grew abundantly in the area.

– Comfrey’s weekly newspaper is the Comfrey Times. It was 1st published in the year 1900.

– The City of Comfrey was devastated by a tornado in March of 1998. Over two thirds of the buildings in town were destroyed, but the community pulled together and rebuilt the town better than ever before.

– A famous Comfrey native is the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Glenn Taylor. SAM 107.3’s Julie Schmitt lives in Comfrey too!