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10/10/2013 2:19:00 PM
Ojiketa Art Blitz this weekend; this is your chance to thank our firemen

The Ojiketa Art Blitz takes place this weekend. The event is free and the first 75 guests will receive a free gift bag. You will see some amazing art from local artist including sculptures, paintings, hand carved wood, and even graffiti art. It is a wonderful time and I guarantee you will have fun. Swing and a Miss will be performing between 1 p.m. and 3. The blitz begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3.

Now that the temps have dropped a little, it is a great time for picking apples. Jim and Judy at Pleasant Valley Orchard are in full apple mode right now. They have some of the best apples you will ever taste. It's the closest thing to candy without actually eating candy. Next week marks an important week in not only our community but in communities around the nation. Next week we salute men and women who keep our communities safe from fires and other disasters. It is National Fire Prevention Week all of next week.

It's our time to say thanks to these men and women who literally risk their lives for our safety. These people who get paid next to nothing, have regular jobs like you and I, and still find time to serve on their departments. Center City and Lindstrom will be holding their open houses this Saturday if you would like to stop in and say thanks. Each department will have fun events for kids along with some great safety tips for your home. You are encouraged to bring your smoke alarms in to get tested for free. Chisago City will not be holding an open house, instead they will be visiting the local schools.

This allows them to meet and greet the kids up close. The kids really love to climb on the fire trucks and put on gear (Haven't we all wanted to be a fireman?) I had the opportunity to take photos at the Highway 8 grand re-opening in Lindstrom on Saturday. There was a great turnout. The ribbon cutting took place next to Virga Chiropractic, in the drizzle. Despite the cruddy weather, everyone seemed to be in great spirits. I understand there is/was a lot of opposition to the split pairs, heck I was even in that boat for some time. But, as time went by, and you see what the final picture will look like, it's not bad.

In fact, I think it is rather inviting. I am not dumb (depends who you ask), I know that the whole process was tough on businesses (this one included). I think we all have come out of it. I thank you the reader and the community for supporting all of us during these trying times. This community never ceases to amaze me. Like I wrote a while back, change was happening with or without us, we might as well embrace it and figure out how to make this a community that is a destination. We have the assets, we need desire to do something with them.

A few people have asked me why I don’t write about the government shutdown. After much thought, I have come to this conclusion...it stinks. Over the last month or so, we have been having a toe to toe, nose to nose battle with our eldest child. Luckily, the subject is not grades, but it is a topic that seems to raise my blood pressure whenever it arises. Cell phones. It seems that every kid that attend middle school now carries a smartphone. “Nobody” carries a regular cell phone and if they did, they would be made fun of. I am not sure about you, but if you have priced smartphones out lately, you know they run about $60 to $100 dollars a month. For a middle school student?

I didn’t have a pager (those little devices that vibrated and told you a number to call) until I was 29-years-old. We ended up caving in and since have ordered the phone for him. He has vowed to work every dollar of his monthly bill off. We shall see about that. I envision within four months we will be the proud owners of a $215 paper weight.

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