7/9/2021 2:44:00 PM A homegrown Karl Oskar Days Grand Marshal
This weekend’s 2021 Karl Oskar Days Parade will be led by Grand Marshal David Waldoch. His many years of public service in local government and general civic activity locally, are the outgrowth of Waldoch’s philosophy that life is to be lived beyond being a bystander.
The Press found Waldoch n the sprawling yard of his Lindstrom home cleaning the weed-tangled tines of a rototiller. His wife Mary steps outside to affirm that he has indeed put on a clean shirt for a photo. Assured that he’s presentable, Mary requests a mention in this story of their twin grandchildren, age 9. Free spirits with their opinions and storytelling, they keep David and Mary endlessly entertained. “I never have to offer them a penny for their thoughts,” she quips.
Mary will ride in the lead parade car with David, come Saturday July 10. From their almost 47-year marriage there’s four grandchildren total, and three grown children. Wadoch is a 1968 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School and part of a large family whose generational farmstead, between Center City and Shafer, is still occupied by a relative.
The Grand Marshal finishes with his garden equipment and takes a seat in the shade just long enough to hit a few biographical bullet points. Then, it’s off to pick ripe blueberries in his thriving garden while the reporter carries the container.
Now that Waldoch’s retired from holding office and politics; he has some free hours to devote to his love of horticulture.
A couple dozen peony varieties and nine types of cosmos flowers he started from seed, are just one outward sign of the innate curiosity that has driven this Grand Marshal’s community involvement. This trait made him a valuable city council and planning commissioner member for the City of Lindstrom ( even if meetings went long some times.)
Waldoch is the tireless details guy who understands how things fit together. He also can be found volunteering at the Chisago Lakes food shelf a few days each week.
The Karl Oskar Parade will step off at 6 p.m. from near Lions Park, and go north a block on Broadway. The parade turns onto Newell and heads west across Olinda Trail. At Maple Street /Pleasant Avenue the route goes south to Sylvan and then turns east again continuing back to Broadway.