MVL to recognize supporters

NEW ULM Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School (MVL) will recognize three individuals for their dedication to Christian education at the annual Spirit of MVL recognition event, 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov.16, at the New Ulm Golf Club.

Those being recognized are Dennis Jaspersen, Paul Holzhueter and Lloyd Schauer. All three have shown their support for MVL in a multitude of ways.

Dennis Jaspersen and his wife Hilda have been involved with MVL almost since its beginning. They sent their three children Dan, Jason and Amanda to MVL. Jaspersen can still be seen in the MVL rooms and hallways often. His belief in Christian education and the mission of MVL is reflected in his continuing efforts to remain involved and engaged in MVL on multiple levels.

In 1981-1987, Jaspersen drove the MVL school bus. He holds the record for the only bus driver to ever flip a school bus. Around that same time, when members of the MVL Association wanted to start a thrift store to support the financial needs of MVL, Jaspersen became the first chairman of the board of the Treasure Haus. In 2011, MVL recognized the $1 million provided by the Treasure Haus for busing and transportation costs for MVL students.

As his children entered MVL for their high school years, his involvement broadened to include Booster Club Board member, and MVL track coach. His children graduated and moved on to adult lives, but Jaspersen is still encouraging the members of the MVL track teams as assistant track coach. He says that he started to “help his son in track and forgot to leave.” Each year, he opens the Jaspersen home on Lake Hanska to members of the track team and their families for the end of the season gathering. The past two falls has done the same for the MVL international students and their host families. This day enables them to put the “Minnesota lake” experience in their scrapbooks of “things to remember” while attending MVL.

Jaspersen has worked as a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans financial associate for 32 years. He has lent his time and construction skills to the various MVL building expansions and remodeling projects, in addition to serving on various MVL committees, including Transportation and Finance. Currently he is a member of the MVL Public Relations Committee.

Lloyd Schauer, by his own definition, is a brick and mortar guy. He served in the Navy during the Cold War. During the Cuban missile crisis he was deployed off the coast of Japan in 24/7 surveillance. His tour of duty in the Navy positioned him for a job at 3M upon discharge. His natural mechanical interest and skills provided him the hands-on experience to eventually become part of the engineering group at 3M.

Over the years Schauer has used his organizational and engineering skills to benefit Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. He served two terms on the MVL Board. After six years on the board, Lloyd worked with the MVL Board of Trustees, serving as the Building Committee chair. As such he was involved in many facilities decisions and served as the contractor representative during the construction of two additions to the school building. He has high praise for the good volunteers he was privileged to work with during these projects.

He and his wife JoAnn live in New Ulm. Four Schauer children are alumni of MVL. Paul (1985), John (1988) and David (1992) are all engineers. Beth Schauer Henrichsen (1996) is a nurse. Schauer appreciates the quality education his children received under a Christ-centered concern for Christian culture. He has a strong commitment to Christian education.

Schauer continues to serve MVL in the background as a member of the Treasure Haus Board. He lends his skills to making board decisions, but is especially focused on the maintenance of the facilities of the Treasure Haus. His commitment to Christian education is demonstrated in his volunteering many hours to the new MLC Early Childhood Training Center.

Paul Holzhueter has balanced his business travel and employment with Hubbard Milling Co., Mankato, as Vice President of Pet Foods, and Vice President of Business Development with MOM Brands, Malt-O-Meal, Lakeville, with committee and service to many organizations, including MVL. He served six years on the MVL Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Committee. He was known as being thought provoking and well-spoken, whose keen business mind and experiences were considered valuable and well respected by his fellow MVL Board members.

Holzhueter and his wife, Val, have three adult sons: Grant, Greg and Galen. All three attended MVL where they excelled as students and athletes. The Holzhueters belong to St. Mark’s congregation in West Mankato where Paul is an active member. He has served in nearly every capacity in the church, as President of St. Mark’s Board of Christian Education and recently organized the Risen Savior Board of Christian Education. Holzhueter also serves on the WELS Synodical Council as President of the Finance Committee.

Holzhueter enjoys sports and believes sports participation helps develop valuable life skills. He has demonstrated this belief in serving as a coach and leader in the Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association; owner and general manager of the Kato Cubs baseball team; member of the Martin Luther College baseball coaching staff; MAYFA (Mankato Area Youth Football Association) coach; MVL football statistician; member of the MLC football coaching staff; youth traveling basketball coach; MVL assistant basketball coach; and, most recently, assistant coach for the MLC women’s basketball team.

Holzhueter’s faith-filled attitude is not only an example to his family, but to all of the various community members he is involved with. He is a true example of someone who spends time where his heart is. He loves his Lord, his church, Christian schools, family and sports. Involvement with all is time well spent.

If you would like to attend this event, please call Mae Tacke, MVL Development Assistant, 507-233-8662, or email

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