11/15/2012 9:19:00 AM Highway will take some getting used to; our annual Gift Guide arrives this week
Last week I wrote about the local Veterans hosting a Veterans Day dinner on Sunday. After reading my column, I realized that I completely forgot to talk about our local Veterans. If you have read my column in the past, you know I have a soft spot in my heart for Veterans, especially the ones we have in our community. These men and women have or are currently serving our great country for the sole purpose of making life for you and I worry free and wonderful. Many have given their lives for our freedom. The part that really endears the local Vets to me, is how active they are in our community. These men and women have served our country for years and years, yet they still want to do more for our community. They are everywhere, at every event. They are the most charitable, gracious, and wonderful people I have had the pleasure of being around. We are so lucky to have such a great bunch of Veterans in our area. The next time you see a Veteran, please take the time to stop them and thank them. You don’t have to explain yourself, they will know what you are referring to.
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It seems like every week I am writing about local sports teams making it deep into the playoffs. Well this time it is a couple of girls that have made it to the State Swim and Dive meet. Sam Thomsen has qualified once again for the state diving championships, and Thomi Lee has once again qualified for the state swimming championships. Both events take place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Thursday and it runs until Saturday. I hate to use the term “once again” for either of these amazing girls, but they are so good, that we take them for granted they will make the tournament every year. We have an amazing swim and dive program in Chisago Lakes and that is evident by how many boys and girls make the trip to the state tournament each year. Congratulations to Sam and Thomi!
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The shiny new Highway 8 through Lindstrom is finally complete (as complete as we will see it this year) and we are going to be on a learning curve for a while. What kind of learning curve? Well for instance, as I was chatting in Koehn Auto this week, we were looking out at westbound Highway 8 when a car drives east past the window. This is what we have been accustomed to, so I can totally understand the driver’s confusion. Chuck from Koehn tells me it happens 10 times a day. One thing that I noticed, that is neat about the split pairs is the option to park in front of the business you wish to visit. We used to have to park (depending which way you were headed) on the opposite side of the road and risk our lives crossing two directions of Highway 8. Now if you need to visit Northwoods Roasterie or Renee Lynn Photography for example, you can park in front of the businesses without having to cross the highway.
+ + + + + + + Now that the road is as done as it is going to get for a while, we need to really get out and support our community. There are many businesses along the corridor that have been struggling mightily during this construction. Thank God they have all made it through so far, but we need to band together and make sure these businesses remain in our towns.
+ + + + + + + Speaking of shopping locally, this weekend we have our annual Christmas Gift Guide coming out. You will find the guide inserted with your Search Shopper. What is a gift guide? It is a guide packed with pages of great holiday ideas for gifts and some truly wonderful recipes. The gift guide will feature local businesses that have so much to offer you this holiday season. You can find great deals on absolutely everything in the guide. All of these businesses are eager and willing to help you fill your family’s wishes this Christmas. Also included in the guide is our annual Christmas Coloring Contest. The contest is for three age groups and prizes will be awarded for all three categories. So make sure your kids get to coloring and send in or drop off their entries here at the Press. Deadline for the coloring contest entries is December 17. + + + + + + + First United Methodist has a really great event taking place on Saturday at 10 a.m. They are holding their annual “Children’s Shop Day”. Kids ranging up to 6th grade can shop for new/gently used gifts for mom and dad and grandparents. All items are only $1 and includes free gift wrapping. Parents who bring children will be treated to coffee and cookies while their children shop. First United is located at 30828 Irene Avenue in Lindstrom ( by the Chisago Lakes Middle School).