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Paul's Pix

Paul Biedscheid -Paul started playing bells in 1997 with the Junior Gospbells at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and then played with the Gospbells choir.  He joined River Bend Bells in 2015. Paul is a Group Leader at the Navitor Midwest Warehouse. In his free time he likes to hunt, fish, play softball, and spend time with his family. Paul also plays Base Ball with the Mankato Baltic’s as a volunteer for the Blue Earth County Historical Society.


Matt BrandMatt returned to Minnesota after a four year hiatus in Illinois, and now lives in Mankato with his wife and two kids. Matt is a recovering civil engineer spending time with his kids while they are not in school. When not spending time with his family, Matt enjoys woodworking, photography, and the outdoors. Matt also rings with the handbell choir at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mankato.

Matt Brand
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Alicia Corbett - Alicia Corbett grew up in North
Mankato and first rang bells
at BAUMC. She studied music
education at Concordia College in
Moorhead and upon graduation
started working in Blue Earth as the
grade 5-12 orchestra director. Alicia,
her husband Jon, and their children Kaylee and Aaron
live in Mankato. She enjoys spending time with family
and friends, biking, sewing and hiking.


Hunter Ellis –Hunter currently works as an assistant title clerk at a local new car dealership and teaches private applied clarinet.  He has been ringing bells with Centenary United Methodist Church for the past four  years where he also serves as it's Assistant Conductor.  Outside of bells Hunter currently performs with the Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble.


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Marge JensenRecently moved with her husband, Bill, to North Mankato (next door to their daughter).  They also have two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. They lived in Brookings, SD for 35 years where Margie was a Nursing Home Administrator and Bill taught Chemistry at SDSU.  Margie rang bells at First United Methodist Church in Brookings for 16 years and has been ringing at Centenary UMC since 2003.  She joined RBB in 2004.  Margie enjoys tennis, line dancing, reading, and gardening, in addition to handbells.
Ron Larson – Ron’s hobbies include cooking, traveling, and music. Ron sings in the church vocal choir and has rung handbells for 30 years. Currently serving on the RBB board as Treasurer. Ron also sings with the Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus, of which he has been a member for over 35 years.  Ron is also the River Bend Bells webmaster.




Martha LindbergMartha works with computers and teaches oboe part-time.  She also directs the handbell choir at Centenary United Methodist Church. She & her husband, John, have three children & three grandchildren.

Sue Moore –Sue retired after 35 years in education and has once again retired after ten years as a semi-retired educator. She and husband Denny collect, study, and sell bells as members of the American Bell Association. They travel to bell collector gatherings throughout the US and spend winters in the Southwest.



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Holly Nevills –Holly works as a Registered Nurse at the Mankato Hospital.  In her spare time she plays the flute in the Mankato Community Orchestra and Mankato Area Community Band.  She also enjoys playing the violin with the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Holly has been ringing bells since 2008 with the Bethlehem Gospbells, and also helps organize and teach the Jr. Gospbells.  She and her husband Kevin have a teenage daughter, Sophia, and a teenage dog that keep them very busy!

Ellen Petersen

Ellen has been a Bell Choir Director at Christ the King Lutheran Church for twenty plus years.  She and her husband, John, have two daughters and five grandchildren!  She also enjoys Mah Jongg, Bridge and counted cross-stitch!




Jane Sletta –Jane has been active in the music program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for over 50 years, having recently retired as the handbell choir director after 25 years.  She is a retired Executive Director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and continues to be an advocate of the arts.  She is a home economist and a former Blue Earth County extension educator and has worked as a catering consultant and a retail sales associate, currently employed by Graif Clothing.  Jane has 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-laws, 3 granddaughters and 1 granddog (named Gretta Sletta!).

Stacey Sonnek - Stacey has been a bell ringer at Christ the King Lutheran Church since 1996. She began ringing bells while in junior high school, though did take a couple of hiatuses while going to college & graduate school. Stacey is the Clinical Program Manager for the MN Sex Offender Program in St. Peter & Moose Lake. She enjoys working in her flower beds, photography, reading, & attending her son's football & baseball games. Stacey is the River Bend Bells Board President.


Ann Stewart -Retired from NSP/Excel Energy and continues to fill her calendar with variety of activities in community & at church, home projects, crafts and taking care of lawn & flowers.  She has been a bell ringer since 1990 at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Ann is blessed with 3 adult step-children, 17 grandkids and ‘still counting’ great-grandkids. She serves as the media coordinator for River Bend Bells.
Jenny Weckwerth - Jenny has lived in or around Mankato for her whole life. She rang in the Youth Handbell choir at BAUMC in junior high and high school. She attended Minnesota State University Mankato and received a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. Jenny, her husband Leon and children Charlotte and Parker live in Mankato. Jenny is a Quality Engineer for a local company, Coloplast. Along with ringing in her church choir at Christ the King, she also enjoys exercising, cooking, painting and spending time with family and friends.

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