Many people know Mary Anne for her work at the local school district for 27 years where she greeted everyone with a smile and a warm welcome. In earlier years, she worked at the Standard Press newspaper office in St. Croix Falls.

Mary Anne has been the Shafer Township for over 10 years where she works hard to support residents in an ethical and trustworthy manner. She volunteers her time during elections and recycling days in the township and she handles numerous township business phone calls at her home every day.

Mary Anne has been a member of First Lutheran Church of Taylors Falls since 1970. Over the years she has been on the church council, sang in the choir, served at funerals, led the call committee, packed Food for Kids, worked on the Together with Friends program and acted as Sunday School superintendent.

Many new neighbors have moved into the “Jericho” area of Taylors Falls in recent years and the Mattsons are the unofficial ambassadors and the go-to people on their “gravel road” neighborhood. Their farm is the hub and gathering place for many visitors. Neighborhood kids stop in to feed the horses and visit “Miss Mary Anne and Farmer Joe” and to get a homemade popcorn ball on Halloween. The Mattsons are now the “old timers” in the neighborhood and many new Taylors Falls residents rely on them as the “welcome wagon” to help them understand the history of Taylors Falls and Shafer Township. Mary Anne loves this area and all it has to offer. She and her husband can’t imagine living anywhere else in the entire world than their farm in Taylors Falls.

Mary Anne values her role as a mother and grandmother. She raised four daughters, Lynn, Janna, Julie and Lisa while she was working full time and also working on the dairy farm alongside her husband, Buddy.

The Lighting Festival Committee would like to congratulate Mary Anne for this well deserved honor as Royal Lady of the Village.

The Royal Lady has been chosen! Announcement coming Nov 22. See her at the Parade, Nov 24.

Each year the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival honors a woman who has made significant contributions to Taylors Falls and has been active in promoting Taylors Falls above and beyond the ordinary. This prestigious Royal Lady of the Village award is presented at the Annual Lighting Festival’s 6 PM parade Friday, November 24 and is announced in the local papers, Facebook and here.


The Royal Lady of the Village is a woman who has made significant contributions to Taylors Falls and has been active in promoting Taylors Falls above and beyond the ordinary. The Royal Lady is chosen from nominations made to the committee and is announced the week of the Lighting Festival.

2011 - Royal Lady Barbara Anderson
Marilyn Rimstead, Royal Lady 1999

2016 Sheila Sandell

2015 Kathy Carlsted

2014 Julie Hildebrand

2013 Sandra Berg

2012 The Taylors Falls Women’s Civic League. Active Members: Edna Curry, Joanne Frank, Cynthia Holmberg, Carol Johnson, Annie Lindgren, Geri Nelson, Jean Sampson, Geri Swenson, Priscilla Wegner and Sister Maria Wilson

2011 Barbara Anderson

2010 Mary Murphy

2009 Maryls Breeden

2008 Jeanette Dahlquist

2007 Barbara Anderson (Barb’s Family Hair Care)

2006 Amanda (Amy) Frischmon

2005 Kirsten Anderson

2004 Carol Nelson

2003 Diane Arnold

2002 Deborah Julik-Heine

2001 Linda Sandman

2000 Mary Linehan

1999 Marilyn Rimstead

1998 Jean Sampson

1997 Helen White

1996 Mary Rivard

1995 Ginny Vogt

1994 Edna Curry

1993 LaVon Hanson

1992 Mary Olson

1991 Maggie (Margaret) Olmschenk

1990 Kay Kuschel

1989 Barbara Young

2011 - Royal Lady Barbara Anderson
2012 - Royal Ladies of The Taylors Falls Women's Civic League
Royal Lady Julie Hildebrand