How much fun it was to be a part of the audience privileged to view the Friday night Spring Review of the Music General. The young dancers put their hearts and souls (of their feet that is) into a magical performance. Tornstrom Auditorium held a "full house" and rocked to melodies that matched each dance routine. From the littlest babes to the gorgeous mature dancers, exquisite costumes, masterful choreography, remarkable staging, and truly outstanding dancing. The entire evening was sheer delight.
Thank you Music General.
San Mateo, Calif.
Woodland Good Samaritan Village would like to express a special thank you to the groups that helped make our Flag Day celebration a successful event: VFW Post 1647 and American Legion color guard, Senator Paul Koering, Mayor James Wallin, Kris Hasskamp for her music, Ladies of First Lutheran Church, volunteers, and friends and family that attended. It really proved patriotism is alive and well in Brainerd, Minn. The helicopter fly-over was very impressive to the delight of everyone.
Residents and staff of Woodland Good Samaritan Village
Good road work
Now that the second phase of Highway 371, South of Brainerd, is complete, we would like to say a special thank you to the construction crew that did such a great job.
Especially to Doug, Mathiowetz Construction Company Boss and to Kevin, from Bauerly Brothers Construction. These fellows were so great. They worked with us, directing our campers into our park, making sure that we weren't blocked on a Friday, telling us when to move our sign and checking each week with us, to make sure we had no problems with anything.
They were so easy to work with, so professional and yet caring. Our thanks to you guys for a job well done. The Highway is beautiful!
Don and Mayva Kottke
Crow Wing Lake Campground
Kinship Partners enjoyed a wonderful evening in Nisswa last week, thanks to the Nisswa Area Historical Society. We toured Pioneer Village and most of the kids agreed that the German homestead was the "neatest," with ringing the schoolhouse bell a close second. A special thank you to society members Judy Anderson and Dick Carlson for being our guides to the past. We also wish to thank the Northern Food King IGA in Pequot Lakes for donating hot dogs, buns, and watermelon for our picnic. Their support of our program is truly appreciated.
Thanks from the camp
It truly is amazing the depth of one person's generosity, along with the meaning and purpose it can bring to one's life. Especially in the life of a person with developmental disabilities.
For the last two years Mike Boen and his staff at BL Broadcasting (WJJY, B93.3, COOL 103.5 along with new additions of The Power Loon and KFAN) have hosted a golf outing to benefit Confidence Learning Center and Camp Confidence much to the delight of our campers. The first year was a success with the addition of a roast for the one and only Hugh Phillips upon his retirement from the air waves. The second year saw cooler weather but we are right on track for great third year. We look forward to a continued working relationship with all of the stations, and Mike Boen.
Due to this invaluable contribution more than 150 campers have been able to experience the waters of Sylvan Lake through boating, tubing, fishing as if they didn't have care in the world. We wouldn't be able to provide this type of activity without the continued support of Mike Boen and BL Broadcasting.
From all of us here at Camp, a large thank you is the least we can do.
Marketing & Special Events Director
Confidence Learning Center
Bike is found
Thanks to the wonderful news item, composed by Jodi Tweed and printed in the Brainerd Dispatch our 3-wheel bike was found/recovered. Also, thanks to two of our Pequot Lakes neighbors and thanks to the helpful person that helped us get it out of the woods.
Joe and Hilde Zwack
Special thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who donated to and volunteered at Bracken Pohl's benefit, May 22nd.
Your tremendous generosity and kindness has blessed our family and we appreciate everyone who has helped us! Thank you!!
Extra special thanks to Wendy Lane and Pat Bednar for organizing and arranging the benefit!! You ladies are wonderful!! THANK YOU!!
The Bracken Pohl Family
Pillager is a small, quiet town west of Brainerd. It is a rather typical small American town. One wouldn't think much more than that. That is, until you go to the Memorial Day service there.
I have served as the band director for Pillager school, which affords me the opportunity to be part of the Memorial Day services. I get calls from the local Legion Post or the VFW, or the Ladies' Auxiliary every April or May, and every time the band students who can come gather on Memorial Day morning and play a few hymns.
But, this story isn't about the music. The people who plan and operate the service do a wonderful, dignified and just all-out classy job.
This year's program is a great example of what I mean. There are the usual patriotic moments when the flag is presented, the Pledge of Allegiance said, and the Star Spangled Banner sung. Bill Wrooliee, past president of the Purple Heart Organization, was the speaker. The band played a few tunes.
But at Pillager this year, there were special moments that made it stand out for me. A woman, Audrey Gaalswyk, read the story of the song "Taps", and then her nephew Mark sing the words. A Native-American woman, Rose Bud, played "Amazing Grace" on her Native-American flute. A student, Kim Thomas, sang "America". The benediction from Rev. Frank Davis was delivered first in chanted Hebrew and then spoken again in English. It was an impressive program. It included people of all ages, ideas, and cultures.
I am time and time again proud to be associated with the people at Pillager who present this service. I take my hat off to those who do the legwork; the Marshall family, Avis Lee, Dale Fyhr, Mike Long, the Gaalswyk families, the Richmonds, and so many more.
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