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5/15/2014 4:06:00 PM
Make a difference in our community; If you have not renewed, please do so

By now, most of you have sent in your blue renewal cards. I thank you for renewing your subscription to the County Press. For those of you who have not, fear not, there is still time to renew. We won’t be cutting off those of you who have not paid for another week or so. So, if you have not sent your subscription renewal in, I would encourage you to do so in the next week please. Thank you for reading! Have you ever heard of a wonderful group of people that call themselves A Brush With Kindness? We have run a few stories on the group in the past. ABWK is a non-profit group of faith-based (non-denomination) community members that help the less fortunate out by assisting with fixing up their homes. I assisted on a project last summer, and these folks so inspired me that I joined the group. Since then, I have really come to see what angels they are. Their only concern is to help community members that are down on their luck, feel better about their homes, whether it be a new roof, new siding, windows, railings etc.

So why am I writing about this group? Because we are looking for you. We are looking for volunteers to assist in our mission week in June. We are also constantly looking for residents that would benefit from A Brush with Kindness. If you would like to volunteer, you can do so on the website http://ecmabwk.org. You will find more information about our group and also volunteer application forms. Trust me folks, these people are wonderful people and would absolutely love to have you involved. It will be one of the most satisfying things you have ever done. This weekend is a big one. That's right, our traveling baseball team plays in its first tournament.... I am kidding. The really are playing in their first tournament, but what I am referring to is the city-wide clean up days. This is your chance to clear the clutter, the mess, the recycling from your home. It should be called neighborhood beautification weekend.

Shafer, Chisago City and Lindstrom are all hosting their annual clean-up days on Saturday, May 17. Chisago City and Lindstrom merged a few years back to streamline the big day. Residents from both areas and surrounding areas are encouraged to bring their waste to Liberty Lane in Chisago City beginning at 8 a.m. Basically anything except hazardous household waste is accepted. Shafer is holding their clean-up day on Saturday also. You are encouraged to bring your unwanted items, thus saving you a trip to the dump. Both cities will gladly accept your electronic devices and appliances. There is a small fee for most items. In Shafer, you are encouraged to bring your gently used clothing and household items including decent furniture. These items will be donated to the homeless shelter and Chisago County Friends of the Homeless. Chisago City will also be accepting these items as well. This is your chance to really do a deep clean and do some good all at the same time. On that note, I would like to thank everyone for their recent donations to the homeless shelter.

I believe that I have over a car load this time. We had a gentleman who goes by the name Boots, who donated his recently deceased wife's entire wardrobe. Thank you so much Boots! Trust me, these items that you readers donate are appreciated far more than we could ever grasp, and I for one am so grateful for your generosity. Thank you again. Remember last week when I wrote about doing something that was unexpected for someone? I wrote how great of a feeling it gave you to expect nothing in return. Well this week I was on the receiving end. On Tuesday, I was laying the paper out when someone told me there were a bunch of people in the Press front yard. I walked up expecting to see the token Swedish tour bus that makes its presence about six times a year. I was shocked to see 20 plus local high school students. What made it better was they were cleaning, trimming and raking the bushes in our front yard. I grabbed a camera and headed out to thank them. Jeff Lindeman, who teaches Horticulture at the High School has his class up cleaning the Memorial Park across the street. They had some time to kill so they headed to the Press when they were done. Wow. Very unexpected. Very, very appreciated. Thank you to Mr. Lindeman and his students.

Thank you to those who have applied for the sales position here at the Press. We will continue to collect resumes for another week or so, before we begin our interviewing process. If you are a fearless sales person who loves to interact with clients face to face, we would love to hear from you. The position is not limited to desk work, rather it is a chance to get out and meet potential advertisers. Must be independent and willing to figure out what a customer truly wants. If this sounds like you, by all means, send us your resume to: Sales Position, PO Box 748, Lindstrom MN 55045 or email to chisago@citlink.net.

If you have been lucky enough to get out on the local lakes fishing this year, congratulations. If you have caught anything worth noting, we would love to see it. I love fishing, and would love to print a photo of your big catch. Obviously your photo has to have a fish of size in it and please tell us which Chisago County lake you caught it on (just the lake not the exact spot). Email to chisago@citlink.net

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