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Graettinger Tour of Homes

December 2, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Once again it is that time of year for the Graettinger Women's Club Tour of Homes, held December 1 from 1-4 pm. The ladies have been hosting this event for 10 years and just when you think all the great homes have been shown, they find 5 more.

This year will be no exception as the gals have found new or newly updated homes for the Tour.

Three of the houses are homes to young families and the holiday decorating which includes the chil- dren's rooms are just magical.

Chris and Cassie Olesen have opened their home to the tour. Chris is a teacher at GTRA and Cassie is a nurse at Abben Cancer Center.

They have two sweet little girls, Adaline and Vivian. The family has lived in the home since 2016. It had been the home of Viola and Alvin Petersen for 50 years and when the couple moved in they wanted to modernize.

They have redone every room except the cabinets in the kitchen. The rooms have all been repaint- ed to update the home along with new carpet.

They also widened a doorway so if you knew the home before it may look different to you now. The house is a great "starter home" for the couple. Cassie says "it's small but sweet and cozy."

Cassie had already started to dec- orate when this interview was held and was looking very Christmasy. Chris usually likes to hold off until a little later but this year she won out, she "likes it to last as long as possible."

The decorating style was described as "simple, with lots of lights." Nativities are a big part of their holiday decor so be sure not to miss them.

A new addition for Christmas this year is their advent calendar which is

also a nativity. The girls even have one that they can "play" with to learn the Christ- mas story.

The girls also each have their own tree decorated with ornaments they pick out or ones grand- parents have given them. And of course Chris has his Iowa tree.

Wade and Melissa Whitacre have lived in their house since June, but the home was built in the seven- ties. Wade is the grounds keeper at Hillcrest and Melissa works at Lakes Regional Health Care. They have two boys, Kyson and Landon.

This home was on the Tour a number of years ago but was remodeled by the Matheason's, the previous owners, since then. The remodeling added a huge family area and a more open floor plan.

The Whitacre's have also done some updating with new carpet- ing and a new, unique cedar vanity in the bathroom. The guys will want to make sure to see the new bar Wade installed in the basement, and Kyson may want to show you his tree in his room.

Melissa says her decorating style is traditional but her collection of snowmen should be fun to see.

Steve Stroud has lived in this home about 3 years. The home was built in 1998 and Steve bought it from Irvin Dalen.

Steve has done some updating to the home by add- ing laminate flooring and new carpeting along with painting. The home is a 3 bedroom, two bathroom home and Steve is planning more updating.

He has also done some landscaping to the outside of the home. A big as- set for this home is the country view, as it is on the outside of town.

Steve says, "I also have great neighbors." Steve has two daughters

Allison and Amanda along with 5 grandchildren.

He is happily retired and enjoys cooking, which though not part of the tour, be sure to ask him about as its very interesting.

This home will have minimal Christmas decorating as Steve has a tradition to put up his tree with grandchildren, which is great.

Be sure ask about the dining room table, which has been handed down through the generations since the 1880's.

A different type of home for the Tour of Homes is the Graettinger Economic Development home.

It will be opened that day just for the fun of viewing another home in Graettinger.

It is a 2 bathroom, 3 bedroom 1500 square foot home with double garage. It was finished in 2016, being a project the Development and ILCC students collaborated on.

The home is made of energy panels and has an open floor plan with lots of cabinets.

The last home for you to visit will be the home of Chris and Jodie Subbert. Jodie is a teacher and Chris is a game warden. The Subbert's have lived in their home for 2 years.

The home was built in 1997. They have four children, Presely, Ryker, Carver and Lake.

The couple have done some major remodeling as what once was a garage is now a bedroom and big, bathroom. They have completed new flooring throughout and remodeled the kitchen. This home as very high ceilings but still a welcoming feel.

If you really haven't gotten into the Christmas mood before coming to the Tour of Homes this is the home to get you there. The home was already decorated with more Christ- mas then this reporter even has and it wasn't completed yet.

The home will have 6 decorated Christmas trees and every where you look is Christmas. Having 4 children, Christmas is a big deal and the kids are just as excited, each having a tree in their room.

So make sure to plan to be in Graettinger on December 1 from 1-4 to have a fun afternoon touring homes and getting in the Christmas spirit.

Tickets, maps and refreshments are available at the Senior Center in downtown Graettinger.



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