6/27/2013 3:36:00 PM Two very important people in my life are now in a bettter place; bird identified
Mark your calendars, Karl Oskar Days is just around the corner. Thankfully it is after the Fourth of July which will hopefully translate into large attendance numbers. Karl Oskar Days will begin on July 10 ad run thru July 14. Remember first and foremost, if you have a Karl Oskar Days button, you will receive discounts in many events, be entered to win a cash prize and help fund Karl Oskar Days. Buttons can be purchased at businesses all around Lindstrom. If you look in this edition of the Press, you will see plenty of ads for various events. I truly hope you make it out this year.
You may have noticed a few huge adirondack style chairs around the area. This is just the beginning of something really cool. Local businesses have purchased smaller versions and painted them however they chose. The chairs will be part of a program called “Life is Great on Highway 8”. Remember the painted Charlie Brown characters in St. Paul? People flocked to see these characters painted all sorts of ways. That is what the hopes are for the chairs. What a great idea. Please see the article on page 1.
If there is one thing people in our area will never be accused of, its not knowing nature. Whenever we run a photo of an animal and ask what it is, we receive hundreds of phone calls and emails. Last week was no exception. We ran a photo of a bird that we were unsure of and we literally received 140 phone calls. Not to slight anyone, because Linda Goodroad was the first to call, we shall give her credit. She told us the bird was an infant Rose-breasted Grosbeak that will change color as it ages.
Sadly this week I am again writing about the passing of some community greats. Pete Nelson and Wayne Breeden have left us for greener pastures. Pete, as many of you know, was a politician that included stints as Lindstrom's Mayor and a Minnesota House Representative. Many of you whom have moved here in the last 10 years or so might not know that Pete ran Community Market (in the building for Deutschland Meats). Community Market was a small town grocery store with a deli and world famous meat market. Pete and his father Howard won many many awards for their cuts and recipes. If you have ever had their smoked cheddarwurst, you know it is one of the greatest experiences your mouth has ever had. I had the opportunity to work for Pete during my high school career. Pete was always considerate of high school kids and tried to accommodate their busy schedules as best he could. Pete was a great guy. One of my memories of Pete was when I was in 9th grade. I had made the varsity team (somehow) and was struggling with my bat. Pete took me on several occasions to the field and proceeded to pitch to me while his two boys shagged the hit balls. That was Pete. If you have hockey players in your family, Pete Nelson is definitely a name you have heard. Pete was instrumental, along with Bob Wilson, for building the hockey program in Chisago Lakes. It was Pete who championed for a new arena and eventually got one built. They brought the hockey program from a run down outdoor rink that all teams had to fight for ice time, to a beautiful arena that stands today. Pete left his mark everywhere in this community. My heart goes out to his family Debbie, Chad and Brian.
It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to Wayne Breeden. Many of you do not know Wayne. He is from Taylors Falls and was actively involved with the Lions Club. Wayne used to run the Chisago House Restaurant, and if ever asked about it, would talk for an hour about how he turned it around. When my dad passed away, there were several people that reached out to me (us). Wayne was one of those people. He instantly became my second father. He would call or stop in for no reason but to check on me, ask about the family and tell a joke or two. Once in a while I would ask him after about 40 minutes of shooting the breeze, if he was here for a certain purpose. He would answer that he was checking on his kid. I apologize, but I am having a hard time with this one. Wayne was one of the good guys. You know when you look into your father’s eyes and see comfort and security? That's what I saw when I looked at Wayne. Obviously there is a purpose for Wayne to move on, but the selfish side of me doesn't get it. My prayers go out to the Breedens, Wayne will be missed. Really missed.