7/3/2014 11:42:00 AM Karl Oskar Days is next week, we are looking for a champion of the community
Don’t look now, but Karl Oskar Days begins next week. That’s right, the granddaddy of celebrations here begins a week from today. In this edition of the Press, you will find three pages packed with events taking place from July 9-13. As always, Karl Oskar Days begins Wednesday. Be the lucky finder of the snuff box and get some cold hard cash. Clues are posted at the Press, Wally Carlson’s BP, Lindstrom Foods and the Antique Mall.
Also on Wednesday, the Ambassador coronation will take place. This year it will be held at Lions Park. We have 14 girls entered this year, so it should be a great time. Thursday there is a free walking tour of downtown Lindstrom and a cribbage tournament. Friday things pick up. The craft/art fair begins at Memorial Park at 4 p.m. along with a bouncey park, down at Beach Park. Lindstrom Liquor is hosting a craft beer dabbler at 5. At 8 p.m. I would like to invite you to the dedication of the third and final statue on the west plaza. Ian Dudley has created another masterpiece, I hope you can make it. Friday will also have a family movie and fireworks both at Beach Park.
Saturday begins with a golf tournament, and the most popular 5k in the county - the Lindstrom Loppet. I am not going to list all of the Saturday and Sunday activities because there are so many, but be sure to make it to Lindstrom for the Grande Day Parade at 6 p.m. A street dance will follow that features the Tim Sigler Band.
Sunday there is a Beach Bash held at - you guessed it - Beach Park. Finally Karl Oskar Days will close at 2 p.m. with the Kiddie Parade that runs down Newell Avenue to Beach Park.
I urge you to cut out the Karl Oskar Days pages and keep for reference so you can plan your schedules accordingly. Thanks so much to the folks that make up the Karl Oskar Days committee and a massive Thank You to all of the businesses who help support it.
Beginning today, Gustaf’s Galleries will be holding their once in a lifetime tent sale. Mary Ann has cleaned out her enormous basement below Gustaf’s and found thousands of treasures. These treasures are all new and in beautiful condition. She has graciously decided to sell them to you and me for a massive 50 to 75 percent off. You will not believe your eyes when you visit her tent sale. It runs July 2 to 13, I would hurry to get the best deals.
The Chisago County Press is looking for a community advertising representative. Yes, I know they are normally called sales associates, but in this case the position is much more than just making a sale or two. We are looking for a community minded individual who loves to meet people, likes making decisions on the fly, is creative, and is honest.
The one thing that I have come to learn over the years here at the Press is in order to sell anything (ads or cars) you have to have the community's best interest at heart. Here at the Press, we are not your typical newspaper. We pride ourselves on wanting local businesses to succeed. When they succeed, we succeed. If we are not helping each and every business, then quite frankly, we are not doing our job. That is why we are looking for that special person who loves independence, loves to sell, but most importantly, loves this area. This is a great place to work with wonderful employees. If you think you could do the job, but are worried because you have never sold advertising before, don't be. Some of the best advertising people in the world came from different careers. How do you know, you could be the next great one. I highly urge you to send your resume to PO Box 748, Lindstrom, MN 55045 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting you.
The baseball team I help coach and that my son plays on had a scheduled "Get away" tournament last weekend. There is always a bit of excitement when we get to stay somewhere else and play teams we have never played before. LaCrosse, WI was a our destination this year. It was a perfect choice. Far enough to play new teams, yet close enough to be home at a reasonable time Sunday night.
We got there Friday evening, checked in and immediately noticed something odd. Our bathroom had a pool of water on the floor. Thinking a maid had maybe freshened up before we checked in, we threw a towel down and dried the water. It wasn't five minutes and the pool of water was back. We also noticed that our carpet was damp. Kind of like when you shampoo your carpet and then walk on it. The hotel we stayed at was on an island in the Mississippi. The Mississippi is above flood stage right now, so the water table was pushing water up through the concrete into our room. Here we go.
Saturday we spent nine hours playing baseball in scorching heat with 200 gnats circling your head at any given moment. The boys were spent. So were the parents. We joked all day, how good it was going to feel in our rooms where we all set our air conditioners to "sub-arctic" cold. We just made it into the hotel when the winds kicked up and the rain came down in sheets. Close call. We were not in our rooms for maybe 90 seconds when the lights blinked on and off. We chuckled when they came back on. Then they went off, this time for maybe 30 seconds. When they came back on... the fire alarms went off. Then the lights went off...for good. People were scurrying around in the halls wondering if it was a fire, a tornado or a tsunami. The fire alarms went off after four minutes. The power was still off. We decided to make the best of it and wander down to the front desk. When we got there, a man in a fireman's coat wearing pajama pants was whispering nervously to the front desk girl. There were people everywhere. It was chaos. If you ever have a chance to travel with me, take me up on it. Every time (and I mean every time) it is an adventure.