Krog rides bicycle to Class of ‘72 reunion

August 3, 2012

LBHS Class of 1972 graduate Monte Krog rode his bicycle from Seattle, Wash. to Lake Benton for his 40-year class reunion held this past weekend. Krog took several weeks off to make the trek in the heat to celebrate with his Bobcat classmates.

By Dan Kuss

Monte Krog rode his bicycle from Seattle, Lake Ben­ton for the 40-year LBHS Class of 1972 reunion held this past weekend.

Krog left on June 21 pedaling his way over the Rocky Moun­tains, through several large states and arrived in Lake Ben­ton on Tuesday, July 24.

“I’ve been an avid cyclist for 38 years since I began riding cross country back in college,” said Krog. “I read an article 30 years ago about a friend of mine who rode cross country for his re­union and it’s been on the back of my mind and on my bucket list all these years.”

Krog mentioned the idea to his boss to see if it was possible to get that much time off of work as he is a CT technologist at a hos­pital in Seattle, Wash.and per­forms CAT scans for a living.

When Krog visited Lake Ben­ton to attend a memorial service for his uncle not long ago, he talked to a few of his classmates who said they would definitely be having a 40th class reunion.

He began making further plans and as the time grew near, cleared it with his boss and planned his route through the Adventure Cycling Association of which he is a member.

“I almost cancelled when my friend had a stroke two days be­fore I left,” Krog said. “My wife said this is exactly why I should go because I may not get the chance 10 years from now.”

Krog’s 22-year-old son Tor rode with him for the first 12 days of the trip but as a recent college graduate, had to leave to start his new job.

“I treasured the time spent with my son those two weeks and feel very lucky we had this opportunity since he’s been away at school in California for the past four years,” said Krog. “He was pretty miserable and sore the first week but pretty much ended up kicking my butt the second week.” The plan was for Tor to fly back to Silicon Valley in the bay area  from Hel­ena, Mont. but they hadn’t made arrangements for shipping his bike.

“We stopped for a rest at a gas station as we neared Helena and a guy came up to chat with us,” said Krog. “People are friendly when you’re on the road and it turned out this guy was a member of the same bik­ing outfit as me and he took us in for a few days and helped with logistics to ship the bike, making it easy for us.”

“We’ve stayed in touch ever since.”

Krog began east of the Columbia River near Port­land, Ore. and followed the Lewis and Clark Trail using maps from Adven­ture Cycling but rerouted south in North Dakota due to lack of availability of hotels or campgrounds because of the oil boom going on there.

“The hard part was try­ing to carry enough water to last me until the next stop since there were many miles with nothing in between but a few ranches off in the distance and no shade,” said Krog. “Every so many miles I would force myself to drink, try­ing to convince my body that water tasted good in the 105-degree heat.”

Krog camped in city parks and campgrounds for two straight weeks but occasionally stayed in hotels or with friends for air conditioning and a cool night‘s rest.

“My brother Kevin in Spearfish, S.D. helped me locate people that would help out by giving me a cool basement to sleep in or other places to stay along the way,” said Krog. “I ran into headwind prob­lems inMontanawhich made it hard to ride and slowed me down and it was too hot to sleep in a tent in South Dakota, so those rooms really helped out.”

“I would call Kevin and tell him where I thought I would end up for the day and he got on the internet or made phone calls and it always seemed to work out.”

Krog said he usually cooks on cross country trips but found it easier on this trip to buy sandwich­es at convenience stores or eat in restaurants or bars so he wouldn’t have to carry food.

“I carried water, grapes, bananas for potassium and a jar of peanut but­ter so I could buy bread and make sandwiches, but found Cenex gas stations were great for sandwiches, cold drinks and ice cream,” Krog said. “I have made cross country trips before but I lost more weight than I planned on this one due to the heat.”

Krog said it was com­fortable riding and only saw rain west of the Rocky Mountains, but had to hide behind some big round bales of hay when he en­countered thunder and lightning on the plains as they were the tallest things out there.

Krog said he only had two flat tires early in the trip and got a great tan, slathering on sunscreen before he set out every day.

“There were days at 105 degrees that I thought about whether this was the right thing to do, but I pushed through that day and kept going,” said Krog. “All I really had to worry about was where I would stay and where I would get water.”

Krog’s progress each day depended upon the wind as he would struggle to make 40 miles in six hours one day and the next he would travel 100 miles with a tailwind.

His last leg fromBrook­ings,S.D.took four hours bucking a headwind.

“I’m thankful for my cousin Brian and his wife Pat who are nice enough to put me up and let me re­cover since I arrived a few days early,” said Krog. “I’m enjoying it now and look­ing forward to our class reunion.”

Special event planned at Lincoln County Fair

August 3, 2012

By Dan Kuss

Tarena Gackstetter of The Ridge restaurant wanted to give something back to 4-H and de­cided to hold an Eggstravaganza for Lincoln County with an om­elet feast on Sunday, Aug. 5, the last day of the fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Lake Benton.

Gackstetter will give a portion of the proceeds to Lincoln Coun­ty 4-H groups and offer a free omelet to third place winners at the Lincoln County Fair who bring in their ribbons.

“I grew up in 4-H for six years in Montana and wanted to do something forLincolnCounty4-H,” said Gackstetter. “It was a great experience for me and though I won the prized pig award every year, I took several first, second and third places throughout the years and want the third place recipients to feel like winners.”

Gackstetter rented the Ameri­can Legion Hall to accommodate a large amount of people and will move The Ridge to the American Legion for the day.

“I offered the other res­taurants in town the op­portunity to join me to show Lake Benton and Lincoln County that our businesses could come together for one common goal and work together to share the prosper­ity while doing something good for 4-H,” Gackstetter said. “I felt that this Egg­stravaganza would go a long way to show com­munity support, unity and solidarity, though at this point I haven’t heard back whether the other estab­lishments will be available on Sunday.”

“I had made up my mind to do this, so I’m just go­ing for it and hope it works out for the others to be a part of it.”

Gackstetter will pres­ent her homemade-from-scratch omelets cooked in a skillet with real butter and no brown on them, but will also serve pancakes and sausage for the kids.

The fluffy omelets made with special ingredients are a meal in itself but will be served with home fries, toast and a choice of cof­fee, milk or juice.

The omelet menu con­sists of cheese, ham and cheese, Western, Spanish and a House Special with everything, but will also be made to order.

“I used to serve over 80 omelets a day at my other restaurant so I’m looking forward to making them again,” said Gackstetter. “I make each one individu­ally, standing over them and folding the egg and cook the fresh ingredients separately so each retains its natural flavor.”

“That’s how I adopted my motto, ‘Food so good you’ll think we stole your grandma.’”

Gackstetter invites ev­eryone to stop by the Lake Benton American Legion for a delicious omelet meal on their way to or coming home from the Lincoln County Fair to help sup­port our local 4-H clubs.

“Seussical” opens at the Lake Benton Opera House

August 3, 2012


Megan Clarke as the Cat in the Hat is pictured above, left, with the Whos, who were injured as they were tossed about by Vlad Vladikoff in “Seussical,” playing now at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Dan Kuss

“Seussical” opened at the Lake Benton Opera House on Thurs­day, July 26 and will continue to run for six more shows from Wednesday, Aug. 1 through Sun­day, Aug. 5.

Shows on Aug. 1 through Aug. 4 are at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Senior Day is Sat­urday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. with dis­counts for senior citizens.

The two-act show, directed by Mark Wilmes and accompanied by Jeanine Fricke, stars Megan Clarke as the Cat in the Hat, Alan Riedel as Horton and Samantha Fleet as Jojo.

Dr. Seuss believed in helping a friend, in not giving up and in keeping a promise. He believed in the value and dignity of oth­ers, in working to preserve the fragile sweetness of the natural world and he believed that peace is the ultimate ideal among na­tions and in every heart.

Dr. Seuss also believed in the pure power of imagination of which all of these serious con­cerns will be found at the heart of “Seussical.”

Wilmes creatively uses visual and sound effects such as a slow motion chase and clever ver­biage portrayed by the talented local actors who also sing har­moniously which lights up the show.

Fehl Family Farm celebrates 100 years

July 27, 2012


As part of the Fehl Family Century Farm celebration, the clan took a hayride to visit the Stoltz family cemetery, which is located on the farm grounds where Ida (Stoltz) Fehl was born and raised just two miles south of the Fehl farmstead.

By Dan Kuss

The Morris and Irene Fehl fam­ily celebrated the Century Farm mark with a large gathering at the farmstead located in Dram­men Township west of Lake Benton on Saturday, July 21.

All 10 Fehl children, Steven, Gary, Richard, Randal, Sherry, Jeffery, Teresa, Thomas, Jeanette and Jerry, as well as grandchil­dren, great-grandchildren, rela­tives and friends were on hand for the celebration.

“We were afraid it was going to be too hot today, but with the cloud cover and a little breeze it worked out perfectly,” said Tere­sa Bunkers, daughter of the Fe­hls who coordinated the event. “We catered some of the food, but I felt like I had to make the pies while my daughter Dannica made the cookies.”

“My mom Irene made the tapi­oca Jell-O salad which is a Fehl holiday tradition. The recipe was passed down from my Grandma Ida Fehl.”

The Fehls celebrated 100 years on the farm with food, cold beverages, homemade pie, cook­ies and candy, beach balls and games for the kids and had many photos and albums on display of the farm and the family since day one. Although Morris is the only living member left in his family, he had nieces and nephews from each of his siblings in attendance.

Family members trav­eled fromWashington,Ar­izona,Florida,Nebraska,Iowa,Michigan and Wis­consin to be with the fam­ily for the Century Farm celebration.

Bunkers’ son Drew em­ceed a program which in­cluded many humorous stories about each family member growing up from the oldest to the youngest and included songs from the era to accompany each story played on a boom box.

Bunkers read a short story from a script then played an excerpt of a song ranging from Man­fred Mann and Chicago to the Grass Roots.

“Since they didn’t have a wedding dance 40 years ago, I’d like to invite Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fehl to have that dance right now,” said Bunkers. “Please clear a spot on the dance floor.”

The couple danced a slow dance on the patio to smiles and tears from all in attendance.

Bunkers then played some old-time music which Morris Fehl and granddaughter Brittany Bunkers enthusiastically danced to.

Each family member then introduced them­selves and their family members and told a little about their lives today.

“John and Marla Speak­man graciously helped serve lunch at the celebra­tion,” said Teresa Bunkers. “Many thanks go out to them for making our day more enjoyable.”

The entire clan then took a hayride to the country­side family cemetery of Ida Fehl’s family and though she was not buried there, her parents and siblings are just two miles south of the Fehl farm.

The Stoltz family ceme­tery is located on the farm ground where Ida (Stoltz) Fehl was born and raised.

George and Ida Fehl es­tablished the family farm in 1912 and farmed the land for 40 years before retiring and moving intoLakeBentonin 1951.

Morris, the youngest of five children born to George and Ida Fehl, went to school in Lake Benton until 1944 when he stayed home to help his father, who was ill, on the farm. Fehl later obtained his GED diploma in 1971.

Fehl took over farming operations on the home place, which has been in the family since 1910, when his father retired and still farms part-time with his son Richard.

“I’d like to thank every­one for coming,” said Fehl. “It’s always nice to get the whole family together on the farm again.”

At nightfall the men en­joyed cigars while a few games of horseshoes were played in the shed.

“The festivities ended with a footrace between Great-grandpa Morris and several of his great-grand­children,” said Bunkers. “Reportedly, 83-year-old Great-grandpa won the race.”

Kjergaard Sports annual demo shoot reaches record numbers

July 27, 2012

Teddy Johnson nailed all of the clay birds with the Browning shotgun he tried out at Kjergaard’s demo shoot last Saturday.

By Dan Kuss

Kjergaard Sports of Lake Ben­ton held their annual demo shoot on Saturday, July 21 and catered to the most gun enthusiasts ever in the eight years of the event’s existence.

Over 1,200 people from around the five-state area made the trip to check out, learn about and try out the latest in firearms technology.

“It’s the biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” said Steve Kjergaard, proprietor of Kjergaard Sports. “It usually doesn’t get going un­til 10:30 or so but it took off this year the minute we opened the doors at 9 a.m. and didn’t let up until the end of the day.”

Kjergaard said it was nice that it misted in the morning and stayed cloudy until around 1 p.m. making the weather more bearable for visitors.

About 12 different representa­tives, some handling more than one product line displayed about 40 different lines of guns and hunting paraphernalia.

“We’re well satisfied, it’s the best one ever,” said Kjergaard. “We put a lot of work into this the week before and my son Cody asked why we don’t just do it every other year.”

“This just goes to show that people look forward to this and actually depend on us. The Browning and other reps say this is the biggest and best one in the three-state area.”

Kenny Nielsen and Teddy Johnson waited under the cano­py by the rifle range with a huge 50 caliber bullet for a turn on the big gun.

When called by the attendant, Nielsen stepped up, put on the ear protection provided, sighted in his target, and “BOOM.”

“It’s not so much a big kick as it is the force of the whole thing,” said Nielsen. “That gun is like 150 degrees with the black paint and was too hot to hold for very long.”

Carrie Jucht fromRenner,S.D.was test firing a pistol at the handgun range. Jucht is a 1981 graduate ofLakeBentonHigh Schooland they come back for the demo shoot every year.

Kelli, Kayla and Cory Berger were trap shooting and hitting the clays regularly.

“I’ve been through a few shells in my day, which aren’t many, but I’ve been through a lot of shells,” said Cory Berger. “I used to be on the 4-H Shooting Team but I’m too old now, which is kind of sad. I love guns.”

Don Thomas of Tyler who plays for the Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats said he wished he would have brought his girlfriend out so she could shoot with him.

Kaiden Ellefson of Daw­son who works for Troy Johnson and High Prairie Sporting Clays in Canby had been busy sending clay targets since the day began.

“I’m not sure exactly what you call it,” said Ellef­son. “They say “PULL” and we let ‘er go.”

Teddy Johnson offered a few pointers to a young trap shooter who finally hit the rest of his targets.

Adam Reckoff was on the lower level of the por­table tower sending clay birds in the air.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 12 and we’ve taken this trailer all over,” said Reckoff. “My dad has worked for Steve for many years.”

Nearby there were por­table duck blinds set up with retractable roofs complete with a doggie door and ramp for quick access to the birds and a NutriSource Pet Food tent selling super premium dog food.

“We had at least a doz­en people outside for the safety aspect and another 10 or 12 inside selling and answering questions,” said Kjergaard. “We also had quite a bit of family, my kids and their spouses helping all over, greeting and directing parking to make it easier for everyone and the AcuSport guys that sell the ammo also helped keep an eye on things.”

LincolnCounty4-H Shooting Sports sold burg­ers, hot dogs and other concessions to provide vis­iting customers with food, beverages and to raise money for their sport.

“We sold over 100 guns on Saturday and we were very fortunate that people came back out when we were open on Sunday and we sold another 20 guns or so,” said Kjergaard. “We get a lot of follow-up busi­ness from this demo shoot as people get a chance to try guns out now and a lot of people come back to buy them just before hunt­ing season.”

“It helps that the reps bring out the newest guns from the factory for people to test fire because if I did that I’d be selling a used gun.”

Kjergaard said they went through over 3,200 clay targets and spent about .15 to .20 cents per clay bird.

Relay For Life held in Ivanhoe

July 27, 2012


Honorary Relay For Life Chair Gary Serie, center, cuts the ribbon at the start of the 2012 Lincoln County Relay For Life event held Friday, July 20 in Ivanhoe.

IVANHOE — The park in Ivan­hoe was packed with partici­pants for the 2012 Relay For Life event.

Seven teams from around the Lincoln County area raised money for cancer research dur­ing the event that kicked off at 5 p.m. Friday, July 20 and went into the early morning of Satur­day, July 21.

Cancer survivors were recog­nized during the opening cer­emonies for the Relay with a group photo and a walk around the track.

During the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Lincoln County Relay For Life, a photo was taken of the cancer survivors that were in attendance at the event.

Survivors of all ages were on hand during the event along with family, friends and neigh­bors working to raise money for cancer research.

Each of the seven teams on hand made a special tent where they sold food and other items to help raise money throughout the evening.

Mayor, trustees to sell municipal bar

July 19, 2012

By Dan Kuss

Mayor Mike Carpenter told the city council he has met with Legal Counsel Mike Cable, Ex­ecutive Director Heather Ulrich-Glynn and Bar Committee per­son Al Lindemann and said they have a bid proposal packet near completion to sell the Lake Ben­ton Municipal Bar and off-sale liquor store.

A classified ad will be posted with the Valley Journal covering Lake Benton, Tyler and Hen­dricks in Lincoln County on July 25 and Aug. 1 in addition to ad­vertising in the Marshall Inde­pendent and the Brookings Reg­ister.

Anyone interested in propos­ing a bid can see Ulrich-Glynn to view the packet at the city office after noon on Tuesday, July 24.

The council set a bid proposal opening date of Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in a closed meeting and hopes for a full council to be present.

Lindemann is an over the road trucker and said it is possible he could be 1,000 miles away at the time.

Carpenter updated the coun­cil on the library project saying the pre-construction meetings have been held with USDA Rural Development dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, setting August as a start time and December as completion date. Rural Development suggested accepting bids from Thompson Electric for the electric and (Vern) Paschke and Lang for the heating and cooling of the building. Both are Lake Benton companies.

Carpenter said the city did a better job of saving money by going this route and the council approved pending certification of no taxes paid by the city.

A concerned citizen had a few water, sewer and gutter drainage questions during the open forum at the beginning of the meet­ing which Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper addressed.

The council will fol­low up on a few property cleanups within the city and has received one letter saying the property owner will work with the city, hadn’t received a response from another and will chat again with a third.

The council will sched­ule dates for budget meet­ings at the first meeting in August.

Trustee Carl Burk up­dated the council on the status of administrative tickets and said the city is reviewing specific or­dinances to see what the city can and cannot do as it doesn’t want to get in trouble with the state sub-ordinances.

Minimum fines were set at $300 while maximum fines were set at $1,000 and the committee should know more by the next meeting.

Draper said the rock for the seal coating will be left on the streets until the weather cools down a bit as the oil could leak through creating more of a mess.

Draper also said MnDOT has a problem with a pole by the slough at Highways 14 and 75 in the Xcel En­ergy – Otter Tail Power transmission line upgrade.

The city must sign off on an approach that goes nowhere and the council approved the clerk and mayor to sign after legal counsel approves.

The council has also met with legal counsel on the legal description of the land Kenny Nielsen inquired to purchase and Carpenter said it makes good sense to advertise the sale of the land to pro­tect the city.

City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw presented de­ferred loan payments for the rehabilitation grant for a total of $17,191 and the council approved payment when funds have reached the bank account.

The special meeting for Cottage Streethas been posted in the Valley Jour­nal and will be held on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

The next meeting of the Lake Benton City Council is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Office/Heritage Cen­ter.

Winship and Fricke’s doll houses

July 19, 2012

Jeanine Fricke and LeAnn Winship are pictured with two of their doll houses on display at First Security Bank. The mother and daughter duo enlisted the help of their husbands Dan and Miles to form On 2nd Thought as they create doll houses and all of the miniature household accessories from recycled or repurposed materials.

By Dan Kuss

LeAnn Winship and her daugh­ter Jeanine Fricke’s unique doll houses made almost exclusively from recycled and repurposed materials have been on display for the past several weeks at First Security Bank in Lake Ben­ton.

Winship and Fricke were look­ing for something to do during the cold Minnesota winters and since both have made doll furni­ture before, enlisted the help of their husbands, Miles Winship and Dan Fricke to form “On 2nd Thought” to try it on a larger scale.

“It all actually started in my childhood a long time ago when my mom made me a doll house complete with accessories,” said LeAnn Winship. “We built four doll houses when my girls were little and I began making small scale furniture and accessories for them to play with.”

Dan Fricke now builds the 30 inch tall by 30 inch long, 14 inch deep houses with an open faced front and includes tiny electric lights in each of the rooms while Miles Winship cuts the pieces for the furniture that LeAnn and Jeanine fashion and cover.

Winship and Fricke then de­sign and construct every modern household accessory imaginable from discarded material.

A close up of the living room in one of Winship and Fricke’s doll houses features a fireplace, TV and a piano in addition to all of the miniature household accessories the pair make exclusively from recycled or repurposed materials.

“We made some furniture for our grandkids and decided it would be a fun family project to do when mom and dad moved back near us,” said Jeanine Fricke. “Mom was looking at her asthma vials one day and asked if we could use them for anything.”

“We make the kitchen blender, a vacuum cleaner, coffee maker and canis­ters with real food in them out of the vials and lamp stands out of old broken golf tees.”

Winship said it takes her a whole morning to make a fireplace out of an emp­ty soap box and almost a whole day to make a sofa using plastic mesh as a base.

“Mom makes the sofa, chairs, ottomans and big­ger pieces while I work on the smaller, little piec­es and the pianos,” said Fricke. ”Out of one used lipstick tube we make an umbrella stand, a lamp base and a wastebasket complete with garbage.”

“Hot glue drippings which we later paint after they dry make excellent grapes in a bowl and ham­burgers and eggs for the frying pan.”

Toilets are made with little wooden flower pots while plastic vials make excellent toilet paper hold­ers, fireplace tools and fau­cets while sinks are made from the little jelly con­tainers that accompany toast at a restaurant.

“We used to make curio cabinets from plastic spic­es jars but they are mostly glass now,” said Winship. “The only glass we use is the mirrors for the safety of the kids.”

“We have to make things durable so the kids can play with it, though they still have to use care.”

Ceiling fan blades are made from Popsicle sticks and old watches make great Grandfather Clocks.

Samples of wallpaper cover the walls in each room while rugs are made out of shelf liners.

“The more we do the better things get,” said Fricke. “If we make some­thing and it falls apart, we just try again maybe using a different type of glue un­til it sticks.”

The Winships and Fric­kes have four such doll houses including a Victo­rian model with windows that is very intricate in de­tail.

“We have learned not to do siding out of pop­sicle sticks like we did on the Victorian as it is ex­tremely time-consuming, like building a miniature house, cutting in around the windows,” said Win­ship. “No two items are ex­actly alike and everything is very intricate and cre­ative in detail.”

“We use real food in containers and simulate everything in a household including quilts, plants, beds, dressers, doilies and everything else using mainly repurposed mate­rials.”

The doll houses and ac­cessories will be on display for a while longer at First Security Bank and will also be on display at the Lake Benton Craft Sale this fall, King of Trials, Highway 75 Flea Market in September in addition to other craft shows inTyler, Hendricks and Lake Benton.

The houses and acces­sories are available for purchase and can be seen on the On 2nd Thought Facebook page or www. web­site.

For more information or to place an order contact Jeanine Fricke at 507-828- 1285 or email jayfay@itc­

“We have accessories for all seasons of the year and items can be pur­chased separately or with a house,” said Fricke. “We almost took out a house for sale, new construction, fully furnished ad in the newspaper for a nominal price, but didn’t because we didn’t want to confuse anybody.”

Serie honorary Relay for Life chair

July 19, 2012

Honorary Relay Chairman for 2012 Gary Serie is pictured above.

Gary Serie has been chosen this year’s Relay for Life of Lin­coln County Honorary Chair­man. Gary and his wife Shirl own and manage Lake Benton Hard­ware/NAPA Auto Parts in Lake Benton.

Gary was diagnosed with can­cer on Friday, April 13, 1984 fol­lowing several months of doc­toring with a family doctor for lower back pain. “They thought I had kidney infections,” recalls Serie. “I think I drank about ten gallons of cranberry juice during this time.”

The doctors performed an ul­trasound and found a mass in his abdomen, luckily not in any vital organs. “To make me more ner­vous, when I had surgery at the Methodist Hospital in Minneap­olis my doctor was Dr. “Gamble”.

A biopsy of the tumor showed cancer but the tumor was not re­moved. “To hear you have cancer is devastating; but they also told me that it was the type that is 95% curable.”

His treatment plan consisted of four chemotherapy treat­ments. “I went into the hospital on Monday and would start get­ting chemo until Friday through intravenous feeding,” said Se­rie. “Then on Friday night they would give me a drug that made me sick for 4-5 hours.” He would then return home on Saturday, only to go back to the hospital in a month for the next treatment. “The treatments would run me down and it would take a month to get strong enough for the next one.”

When asked about what one goes through when a cancer di­agnosis is made, Serie stated, “When you have cancer your life just goes into a tail spin. If it hadn’t been for my wife, Shirl, I never would have made it through the ordeal. She kept me going as well as taking care of our two boys, ages 5 and 10 at the time, as well as keeping our business going when I was too sick to be there. She was my “rock” and still is today.”

In regards to the rest of his family, Serie says they were all very supportive in his recover process, both in taking care of the store and for lodging during his treatments in the Cities. “Our boys were just great as they did what they could and understood to the best they could that we were in a fight with a bad disease.” To make things even more stressful, Serie’s father passed away suddenly in between his second and third treatments.

Serie also credits his church and the rest of the community with his re­covery efforts, “They were very supportive and of­fered to help in any way they could. Without them it would have been a lot more difficult.”

“Cancer makes you look at life differently,” Serie said emotionally. “You think about what is impor­tant and change your pri­orities and how you look at life. Relay is a wonder­ful thing as it helps bring people together to work for a common cause – to beat cancer.”

Serie will be speaking at this Friday evening’s event. He has been very active on the committee for the Re­lay for many years, head­ing up the Logistics Com­mittee.

The Relay for Life of Lincoln County will be held Friday, July 20 at Gil­son Field in Ivanhoe. This will be the final year in Ivanhoe as next year’s Re­lay returns toTyler. This year’s event schedule can be found elsewhere in this issue.

2012 Lincoln County Relay For Life July 20 in Ivanhoe

July 13, 2012

In 1985, one man who want­ed to make a difference in the fight against cancer ran 83 miles in 24 hours. Now 3.5 mil­lion Americans, follow in his footsteps by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Relayers fromLincolnCountywill demon­strate how their commitment to end cancer brings hope and healing at the 2012 Relay For Life event on July 20 at Gilson Field in Ivanhoe.

Organizers of the Relay For Life of Lincoln County explain that the event is held every year as a way to celebrate loved ones who have battled cancer, remember those lost and to come together to fight back against the disease.

“Being a part of Relay For Life means showing the world that there is hope after can­cer. We are here tonight to showLincolnCountythat this is what hope looks like,” says Relay For Life volunteer chair Carrie Johnson.

The Relay For Life event of Lincoln County benefits the American Cancer Society in the local community. Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support criti­cal cancer research and community education pro­grams designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

This year’s event will kick off at 5 p.m. on July 20 with a pork supper that will last until 7 p.m. At­tendees will be able to pur­chase luminarias to honor loved ones, stop in at the Smart Shop, the Advocacy Booth and the silent auc­tion. Cancer survivor sign-in runs from 5-6 p.m., with team photos and cancer survivor photos to follow, beginning at 6 p.m.

The entertainment will commence at 5:45 p.m. with acts including areaVacation Bible School stu­dents, members of the cast of “Seussical,” showing this summer at the Lake Ben­ton Opera House, and The Trio (Kristy Gifford/Marty Rost/Chris Clarke).

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m., in­cluding the singing of the National Anthem by the Lincoln HI Choir. The cer­emony will conclude with introduction of survivors and the Victory Lap for Survivors.

The inspiring Luminaria Lighting Ceremony will be­gin at dusk. The silent auc­tion will close at 10 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events, see the ad else­where in this newspaper.

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