Marlene and Ralph Kramer were crowned 2014 Valentines Day Queen and King at St. Anthony Manor during their Valentine’s Day celebration Thursday, Feb. 13. The couple has been married 59 years and live on Clear Lake near Watkins. They farmed 40 years outside Watkins, and they have three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. “And we’re still together,” quipped Marlene. “I’m going to keep him. He’s a good man!” she quickly added. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
The Church of Our Lady Manannah will have a sausage and pancake supper from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6-12, and children 5 and younger are free. There will also be Cash Bingo.
Nick Keller to Ride the Valentine 500 and the Second Annual Ride for Cancer
Though he is not looking to beat the total miles ridden in a 60-day period, Nick Keller will once again be taking on the challenge to ride 500 miles in a single day. That day is Valentine’s Day and has been dubbed the “Valentine 500”. A group of volunteers joins Nick to face the challenge of riding their sleds at least 500 miles that day in honor of those who have succumbed or are battling the disease. The event is sponsored by the Keller Family Community Foundation, a non-profit organization, spear-headed by Keller family members, which was founded when Nick first attempted and then broke the world record for snowmobiling the most miles in a 60-day period. Nick will be riding the Valentine 500 on Feb. 13, 2014, in Michigan, as the trails afford him the best opportunity to ride the full 500 miles. Nick and his riders are accepting pledges of donations to the Foundation for this ride. The Keller Family Community Fund is a 501-3c status organization.
The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 26. The menu is omelets, Knaus sausage, pancakes, hash browns, coffee cake, juice, milk, and coffee. Gluten-free options are available.
Cost for adults is $7, for children is $5, and kids younger than 5 eat for free.
This January marks the 13th annual National Mentoring Month, and Thursday, Jan. 16, has been nationally proclaimed “Thank a Mentor Day.” Mentoring programs throughout the state are celebrating the difference mentors can make in the lives of young people with the message Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.
In Central Minnesota, more than 200 Foster Grandparents are a part of this effort, serving in schools, Head Starts, and other local non-profits. The senior volunteers of the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program provide meaningful, supportive relationships for children with special needs that enrich the lives of all involved. In 2013, these Foster Grandparents invested more than 155,000 hours into the children of our local communities.