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8/22/2013 2:23:00 PM
Something big happening in town, get up, get out, and do something

There is something very new and exciting opening in Lindstrom. Many of you have watched as the large building was being erected over the winter and wondered what is was. It is the St. Croix Regional Medical Center Lindstrom Clinic. SCRMC has opened a state of the art clinic that will house such services as: general family medicine, anticoagulation testing, diabetic management, women's health, ObGYN along with nurse midwife, sports medicine, concussion testing, physical therapy, message, fitness and wellness and X-ray and lab testing.

The good folks at SCRMC would like to cordially invite you to their grand opening this Saturday. Come and see this beautiful new building that we have seen come to life over the last nine months. There will be tours, a health fair, refreshments and a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD. We are very excited to have them in our neighborhood. I hope you can come out and say welcome. Who knows? You might be driving home with a new Kindle. Thanks a million to Primo Technology in Chisago City. On Tuesday, we had our main computer decide it was no longer going to work. It was dead. A call to Primo brought a technician out who “wasn’t making any promises” that we would get any info off the hard drive. Long story short, they were able to retrieve everything and saved us. This paper would not be in your hands if it wasn’t for them.

I do not like to steal ideas or columns from other people. I desperately try to either come up with my own ideas or at least change them around so they are not completely plagiarized. Today however, I am going to break that rule. I was recently asked to write a small column for the Chisago Lakes Chamber for their monthly newsletter. I sit on the board so once or twice a year I get to write about what is going on in our business community. This is what I wrote, I hope I do not get sued over it. Where has the Summer gone? Our area has had some real turmoil this year. We have lost some great leaders in our community. These people were friends, family, church members, business people, and just plain good people. These folks have played major parts in creating the fabric that is Chisago Lakes. They, along with hundreds of others, have worked so hard over the years to make our area special and different from other areas. They will be missed. You may be asking "Why is he reminiscing about people that have passed away?" and I get it.

But what I am trying to get at by pointing out just how important these people were is that they should serve as role models for us. See, the time when people used to take pride in their community, I mean real pride, seems to have faded considerably over the past few decades. We all are guilty of being too busy, myself included. But do you think for a second that folks like Sherwin Johnson, and Cheryl Kennedy and Pete Nelson didn't have just as much stuff going on in their lives as you and I do. Yet as busy as they were, they still found time in their lives to get out in the community. They worked hard to build a community that people could be proud of, a community that people wanted to visit, a community that people wanted to live in.

A community. This is not meant to be negative or shameful, this is meant to possibly, maybe, hopefully light a spark in our bellies. If we can re-ignite the fire that these folks had, and translate that into 2013, guess what? Our area can once again become "That" place again. We need to start taking pride in our community. We need to start taking pride in our businesses. We need to start caring about the community. We need to start having a vison. We need to START. I urge you to get up and do something. Do something for the community, your business, the area, just do something. We can become a destination once again, if we get up and do something.

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