September 25, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.
For those of you who don’t remember or maybe have moved here recently, Nick is a great kid from Chisago City who lost his life serving as a Navy Seal. Nick was brought back to Chisago Lakes to be laid to rest with a procession greeted by locals standing along the road for miles and miles. Words do not begin to explain the heartfelt love and respect that was shown for Nick that day.
A group spearheaded by a friend (he wants the focus to be on Nick) joined forces with many community members and state representatives to get an absolutely stunning memorial built in Moberg Park in Chisago City. The wall is aptly called Extortion 17 Memorial and contains the details of the company’s mission and Nick. There were so many people who took time out of their beautiful Sunday afternoon to come honor Nick. It just goes to show how great a job Nick’s parents did. To raise a kid like Nick who was so young and touched that many lives is inspiring. Please stop by and enjoy the new memorial.
Last week, in this spot, I wrote about the running back’s issues from the Minnesota Vikings. I was expressing how he deserves to be forgiven and I gave my stance on child abuse. I wrote that there is a shred of me that is okay with child abuse. Are you kidding me? Of course there is not.
It was supposed to read “there isn’t a single shred of me that is okay with child abuse”. I apologize if I confused any of you or offended. But I hope if you know from reading my column from week to week, how much kids mean to me. What a putz.
I would like to invite you and your family to the Chisago Lakes Wildcat football game on Friday. The team is undefeated this season and is up against a tough opponent St. Michael. There is a brat feed prior to the game which supports the Gridiron Club (football program). The feed begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m. The weather is supposed to be great, so grab your green and gold gear and head to the field.
On October 6, the very popular country singer Rockie Lynne will be performing at the Chisago Lakes Performing Arts Center. Lynne’s concert will support the troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait. You are asked to please bring items to be donated to our troops. Items are pretty simple but mean alot to the men and women overseas. You are asked to donate white socks, energy bars, protein bars, peanut butter jars, baby wipes, magazines, books, beef jerky, individual powdered drink mixes, nuts in-the-shell, puzzle books, word searches, packaged cookies, coffeee, candy, snacks, licorice, canned food ready to eat (chili, sardines, beef stew, canned meats), personal care itemslike tooth brushes, floss, deodorant, shampoo, body wash.
Rockie Lynne gave a concert for the kids at Lakeside a year ago or so, he really knows how to put on a show. Make sure you get there a little early, it is going to fill up quickly. The show Oct 6 at the PAC begins at 7 p.m.
The good folks at United Methodist Church in Lindstrom have a really neat program taking place. They have been collecting medical equipment to be loaned to those who are unable to afford it otherwise. I have been in the store room, they have tons of equipment in great shape. If you or someone you know is in need of some medical equipment, please call 651-257-4306.
There is another chance for you to help the less fortunate in our backyard. The saints that run the Kids Outerwear Fair at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom need us, They are conducting their annual coat drive. They are looking for gently used childrens coats of all sizes.
In a few weeks, these coats along with other winter clothing will be available for our friends and neighbors who are down on their luck. The clothig is given away at no cost.
I have been at the outerwear fair every year, and you will never see people as appreciative as these folks. The economy knows no boundaries. Any one of us could easily be down on our luck ad in need of assistance. Let’s help our neighbors, next time it could be them helping us.