Meet The Board

Lyle Barthel

Born and raised here is St. Michael and formerly Frankfort township. 4th generation of Barthel. He grew up on the family farm south of St. Michael on County Road 19. He enlisted in the US NAVY after high school, served for 5 years on active duty, and is a Vietnam Veteran. He retired after 38 years with Federal Cartridge Company in Anoka. He and his wife Dottie have a blended family with 5 children. Lyle is also a member of the St. Michael American Legion Post 567 for over 30 years. For the last fourteen years he has been the Service Officer for the post.


Sheldon Barthel, President, Membership Director

Sheldon has served on the St. Michael Catholic Church Parish Council as vice-chairman and Trustee. He is also a past Grand Knight of the Wright-Hennepin Council Knights of Columbus, former District Deputy, served on the Minnesota State Council of the Knights of Columbus as Program Director and State Officer, and has served as a Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly in this area.

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Stephen Samuel Barthel, Vice-President, Accredited Genealogist Emeritus, Website Editor

A genealogist since 1967, Stephen is a presenter at historical and genealogical seminars and conventions throughout the  nation. He is a recipient of the Wigilia Award, the highest award given by the Polish Genealogical Society of America. From 1981 to 2004 he worked as a Reference Consultant for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He  is the son of Norbert and Cecelia (Gnitka) Barthel and resides with his wife and two sons in St. Cloud.


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John Jaeb

John's great-grandfather, Michael Jaeb, arrived in St. Michael in 1861. His grandfather, also named John, was the village blacksmith and founded a gas station later operated by John’s parents Allen and Helen. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, John and his wife Patti have four children: Sarah, Allen, Michael and Gregory.

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Wayne Kessler

Wayne is a fourth generation resident of Frankfort Township and St. Michael. Besides being a dairy farmer, Wayne served on the Frankfort Town Board from 1970 to 1982, including eleven years as chairman. He served as a St. Michael City Council member from 1995 to 1999 and as Mayor from 2000 to 2005.


Dan Lenz

Dan and his wife Theresa (Kremer) are both lifelong residents of St. Michael, whose families have a long farming history in St. Michael. Theresa's family farm was located three miles west of town and Dan's family farm was located at the sight of the current CashWise Liquors. Dan recalls many a farmyard ballgame being interrupted by the centerfielder calling out "CAR", while he played his postion in the middle of Hwy 241.

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Lisa (Zachmann) Marx, Treasurer

A life-long resident of St. Michael, Lisa has always had an interest in history. In addition to her involvement in the historical society; she has also been instrumental in the St. Michael Historic Church Preservation Committee. Lisa hopes the efforts of the society will allow future generations to have a rich history to share and enjoy.

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John Robeck

John was born and raised on the family farm on Iffert Ave. "the Robeck Road", rural St. Michael. He is the son of Math B. and Adeline Schumacher Robeck.  He attended St. Michael Parochial schools, being a member of the first graduating class of St. Michael Catholic High School, class of '54. John and his wife Carmen raised four children, Carol, Susie, Andy and Julie.

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Crystal (Lehn) Sayen, Secretary, Webmaster & Media Specialist

Crystal was raised on the Lehn family homestead in rural St. Michael and is the daughter of Gary & Gloria Lehn. Her love for history started after finding old photos, at a very young age. She works as a freelance photographer. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Concordia University. She resides in St. Michael with her husband Erik, their 3 children and 3 dogs.

Brendan Sage

Brendan Sage has lived in Saint Michael his whole life growing up on the south end of town just off County Road 19.  Brendan has been an historical society member since 2010 taking a strong interest in local history.  A student at St. Michael-Albertville High School, Brendan also works in retail and is planning on attending the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with potential majors/minors in Statistics, Actuarial Science or Accounting.  In addition to the Historical Society, Brendan participates in Cross Country, Track and Field, Student Ambassadors, Fellowship for Christian Athletes, One Act Play (Tech Crew), National Honor Society and the local summer mileage club.
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Dick Swanson

Dick moved to the Bebee Lake area in 1967 when he bought 2 lake access lots next to each other. He moved a house on one lot and sold the other. He is active in Bebee Lake association operations. He has been interested in the history of St. Michael since he's been here and will do his best as a board member. 

Earl Vetsch

Earl, the son of William and Antonia (Wey) Vetsch was born on a farm in rural Frankfort Township near Pelican Lake. He and his wife Joan raised their six children in St. Michael. Earl worked as a carpenter in the Twin Cities for over thirty years and retired in 1997.

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Harry Welter

A life-long resident of St. Michael Harry spent thirty years in implement and appliance sales. He was a member of the St. Michael Fire Department for 23 years and a member of the St. Michael Lions for forty years, serving four terms as its president. He was a member of the St. Michael City Council for 14 years and served four years as mayor.

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Harvey Zahler

Harvey was born and raised on the Zahler homestead established in St. Michael in 1857. Harvey and his wife Betty raised their five children there as well. Harvey has also served on the boards of the St. Joseph’s Society, St. Michael Foundation and he served two terms on the St. Michael City Council.

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Robert "Bob" Zahler, Newsletter Publisher, Past President, Curator of Collection

The son of Harvey and Betty Zahler, Bob was raised on the family homestead. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and the University of St. Thomas. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at St. Michael-Albertville High School and has recently published a book on St. Michael entitled Faith, Family and Farming: A History of St. Michael, Minnesota

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News & Events

Our next meeting will take place on Monday, March 12th, at 7:00 PM in the Library Conference Room at St. Michael City Center, 11800 Town Center Drive. 

Ken Zylla signed and numbered prints depicting a Central Avenue street scene in St. Michael, circa 1960, are still available. Call 763-497-4205 or email for further information and/or an Order Form. Prints are also available for purchase online. Simply go to the "Store" tab above.

Order Forms and flyers describing the Print "St. Michael, USA" can also be picked up at St. Michael City Hall. We regret to inform all that the Artist's Proofs are sold out.  





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St. Michael Historical Society
11800 Town Center Drive
St. Michael, MN 55376