Ladies honor Milaca mom, Arnelda Otten, with annual trip
At 96 years old, (almost 97, she points out) Arnelda Otten has seen it all.
“I graduated high school here in Milaca the year everything went kaputs,” she said.
After coming of age in 1930 during the dawn of the Great Depression, she went on to raise 10 girls and three boys in the Milaca area. All these life experiences haven’t stopped Otten and her daughters from exploring what more this world can offer, however.
The Otten women have carried on a Mother’s Day tradition of travel, companionship and adventure for nearly 25 years. Otten, along with her girls Janice Hallin, Carol Mueller, Joan Beckrich, Sharon Wolfe, Diane Sproessig, Nancy Fradette, Cathy Gaffer, Mary Owens, Norma Bruflodt and Ruth Struffert come together each Mother’s Day after much planning and anticipation for their yearly trip. See more in Lesley Toth’s Mille Lacs County Times story.