Award-Winning Sportscaster to Speak in Owatonna
A longtime Owatonna business will celebrate a milestone anniversary by hosting a veteran Twin Cities broadcaster in May. Brick-Meger Funeral Home will recognize its 125th anniversary with an open house Thursday, May 5, highlighted by a speech by KSTP-TV sportscaster Joe Schmit.
A news release from the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism's Tuesday Talk e-newsletter states the funeral home, "Founded in 1897, the original location was on Cedar Avenue in downtown Owatonna. This location served as both a funeral home and furniture store. Around the turn of the century, funeral directors were also cabinetmakers." Undertakers frequently constructed the caskets.
The business moved to its current location at 1603 Austin Road in 1964. "Bill Brick ran the business until 1988," according to Tuesday Talk. "James Postlewaite assumed ownership at the time and operated it until the present owner, Glen A. Meger took over in 2000."
The open house on Thursday, May 5 will include pork burgers grilled by the Steele County Pork Producers from 11 am to 1 pm. Schmit will speak at 1 pm. Learn more about Brick-Meger and Medford Funeral Homes on their website www.megercares.com.
Schmit's biography page on the KSTP-TV website indicates Schmit supports youth programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters. He appeared in Owatonna in May 2019 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at a youth fundraising event.
Schmit joined KSTP-TV in 1985 and has won many Emmy Awards. He is also an author and spoke about his battle with cancer during his previous visit to Owatonna. He was diagnosed with MALT lymphoma which is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma.