12/12/2013 12:37:00 PM You have a few days left to shop local,
your input is desperately needed
We are very close to Christmas. Is it me, or did the late Thanksgiving throw off everyone's Christmas shopping schedule? Less time to shop means we have to utilize our shopping times as best we can. One way to do that is to shop local. I have heard people say in the past, there is nothing around here except antique shops. I disagree, there are plenty of stores in our community that offer something different than your big box stores. Why would you want something that every person in your neighborhood has anyway? Have we become clones in our present giving? Let's step out of the norm. Let's take an extra 30 minutes to shop locally. You will be surprised at how many different options there are around here. And if all else fails, what is wrong with giving an antique for a present? I love antique stores.
A few weeks back, I wrote a column where I sort of “called out” cities and towns for keeping pride above sustainability. I solicited you the reader and asked for opinions on changes our community needs. I have had quite a few letters, emails and phone calls suggesting some great things. But as my column grows old, people tend to forget about the subject. So I am back. Back to pick your brain. It is my opinion (whatever it’s worth) that our area, meaning from Forest Lake to Taylors Falls, is in need of a makeover. Not necessarily a store front makeover, but a unity makeover. We need to unify. Plain and simple. We need people (outsiders) to know when they take that gradual turn off of Highway 35, that the next 18 miles is a community that is all for one and one for all (sorry about the cheesy movie reference). We need cohesiveness, we need togetherness, we need to be “we”. Do I have the answers? No. Am I going to do anything about it? I am sure going to try. Many people commented on my other column and many have agreed. Since we are (mostly) in agreement, we need to keep the snowball growing. We are in dire need of a few things. We need people of all walks to step forward. We need to organize. We need to begin somewhere. If you have submitted an idea - thank you. If you had thought about it but have yet to - please do so now. You can email me your ideas, thoughts, concerns to email@example.com attn Matt or send to PO Box 748, Lindstrom, MN 55045. Thank you for participating. And thank you for caring.
The winter sports season is upon us. I would encourage you to come out and support our local high school teams. We have some amazing teams this year that are capable of doing some big things. Our girls basketball team is going to be great. Bryanna Fernstrom dropped in 40 points last Friday night. The boys basketball team is going to be much improved. Both hockey teams are expected to have great seasons, and this could be the year for the boys to do some real damage at state. If you have young daughters, why not bring them to a gymnastics meet? My daughter loved going to them. The wrestling team has quite a few wrestlers that went to state last year returning. The boys’ swim team is always good. Finally last but certainly not least-- our skiers always end up at state. Come on out this winter and support the kids. It’s cheap, it’s fun and they are great kids. The winter sports preview is in this Press. If you would like an additional copy, just stop by and pick one up.
The County Press is saying goodbye to a wonderful person. Colleen Kastanek is taking a break from writing to focus more on other aspects of her life. We are indebted to Colleen for all the council coverage she has done for the Press. She is also a wonderful person with a heart of gold. We wish her well and will always leave the door open.
Last week I invited you to come to the Community Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day at First United Methodist. I gave the wrong phone number to reserve a spot or to donate your time, I apologize. Please call Lois Anderson at 651-213-1036.