June 9, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.

Congratulations to the class of 2011, if you have not renewed, please do so this week

Congratulations to the class of 2011, if you have not renewed, please do so this week
Congratulations to the class of 2011, if you have not renewed, please do so this week

I had the pleasure of attending the Chisago Lakes Senior High graduation on Friday night. What a great ceremony they put on for their seniors. Principal Dave Ertl gave a nice speech to begin the night.

The two senior speakers for the night were Claire Habel and Morgan Johnson. They were outstanding. Their speeches were touching, comical, and inspiring. I was very impressed with the composure that both girls had in their speeches.

A few minutes later Ms. Hoffmann, the Foreign Language Speaker gave an unbelievable speech. The speech was about how students should not take the normal route in life, instead they should blaze their own trail. Ms. Hoffmann has battled cancer recently and is hugely popular in the high school. Before she began speaking, she removed her robe and displayed her pink and black t-shirt. The students had worn similar t-shirts during the year to show their support of Ms. Hoffmann, so when she removed the robe the students went bonkers.

In the end, 288 kids have now begun the next chapter in their life. We wish them nothing but the best in whichever road they choose.

I know that there are still a ton of graduation parties planned, so please be careful.  Make sure your grads have a safe plan.

If you are one of the few who have yet to send in your subscription renewal, I have some bad news. On Monday, we will be stopping all unpaid subscriptions. If you would like to continue your subscription, just give us a call. We will take your payment and get you up and running that day. Call us here at 651-257-5115 and we will be more than happy to help you.

Now that school is out, how does a little family entertainment sound? If you are s subscriber and refer a new subscriber to the Press, you are entitled to free tickets to either the Saint Paul Saints or a historic train ride in the St. Croix river valley. I have done both, and trust me folks, they are a great time.

All you need to do is have the new subscriber mention your name when they subscribe and we will get your tickets to you. We have already given out 13 sets of tickets for baseball or the train ride.

In November of 2008, the voters of Minnesota approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Basically the state voted for a .375 percent increase on sales tax. The extra funds raised would be used to protect, enhance and restore wetlands, forests, fish and game, lakes rivers and streams, and our groundwater.

These funds are allowing for a major land addition to the wildlife area named in Honor of the late State Senator Janet Johnson. Look for a nice story about the addition of land and the landowning family that initiated the wildlife area idea, in next week's edition of the Press.

Unless you have been out of town for the last seven months (to which I say "Lucky"), you have noticed the shiny new NAPBCO building between Arby's and Lindstrom Foods.

NAPBCO is being displaced with the eventual split pairs construction set to begin in a year or so. Luckily, the city of Lindstrom found them a nice, visible piece of land within the city limits. Don and Brian Dreckman have built a beautiful new building that is now open for business.

It is going to be odd looking out my window at the Press and not seeing Don or Brian arriving at the old building at the crack of dawn. It is going to be really odd when the building that has been a part of Lindstrom for as long as I can remember, no longer stands. The say that progress is impossible without change, so I guess we will chalk this up to progress. I will miss my neighbor, but I wish them nothing but the best.

Stop by their new building and let them show you around. It is beautiful and I am positive they will have a great auto parts business future in their new spot.

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