As part of DigElog ROCORI’s extended coverage of the 2nd annual Old Glory Run, we had a chance to catch up with John Swanson, one of the inspirations for the Old Glory Run. Swanson, a 10-year military veteran lost his leg in combat. Humble by nature, he often tries to avoid the spotlight but at the same time understands the importance of sharing his story. Like so many other veterans, he appreciates the efforts of people like Curt and Pam Karls that go the extra mile to help reintegrate returning soldiers back into society.
In this story, Swanson discusses how life has changed for him since the last time we saw him. He also shares how the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) has helped with his medical issues over the past year. For those that are not familiar with the Old Glory Run, all proceeds from the event are donated to the Minnesota Chapter of the D.A.V. This is a must see story, and as the 4th of July approaches it is a great reminder of the sacrifices that others make for our freedom.
While it will be tough to top last year's event, the Karls as well as the other organizers of the Old Glory Run will do their best to do so. "We are truly excited to offer this event to those who support our troops and especially to all of the men and women in uniform - past and present. The Old Glory Run raised $16,000 in 2009 and $14,000 in 2008, which was donated to our local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. Our goal for the 3rd annual Old Glory Run is to raise $25,000to help offset costs for a new van for the DAV. This van is used to provide free transportation for area veterans for medical appointments."
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Here is a quick look at the 4th Annual Soup and Chili Bowl hosted by the Cold Spring Jaycees. The event will be held at the Cold Spring Brewery Distribution Center. Stay tuned next week for a full preview of this years event. In the mean time, check out last years coverage from the 3rd Annual Soup and Chili Bowl.
The third annual Jaycees Soup and Chili Bowl was held on Saturday January 24, 2009 at the Cold Spring Brewing Distribution Center. Over 1800 people came through the doors on the blistery evening, and those who attended got a chance to sample some of Minnesota’s best soups and chilis. Profits from the event will go toward the ROCORI Trail project. Those who attended contributed over $500 in cash as well as donations totaling to over 1,200 pounds of food for our local food shelf. Altogether the event was an astounding success. Hats off to the Jaycees and all that helped to make this event possible. See you next year at the 4th annual Soup and Chili Bowl.
2009 Soup and Chili Bowl Photo Montage
Here's a combination of over 100 photos that the staff at DigElog put together in a music photo montage of the event. Special thanks to Deb and Brian Eisenschenk for sharing these pictures with us.
The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) Marching Saints are from three small farming communities in Western Minnesota. The towns have consolidated to form one high school which enrolls 192 students in grades 9-12. About half of these students participate in the grades 7-12 band program. The summer of 2007 the KMS Marching Saints traveled to Chicago and they hope to travel to New York in 2009. The KMS Marching Saints have a very strong and active music booster group. The communities of Kerhoven, Murdock and Sunburg support our marching band program in so many ways and we thank them because without this great community effort, the band would not exist.
As we show you another one of the many festival stories we’ve covered
this summer, none may be as unique as this story. At the annual Sauk
Rapids Food Fest, DigElog Sauk Rapids had a chance to catch up with
Minnesota strong man, Danny King. King competes in the 175 lb strong
man division, but don’t be fooled by his “low” weight. Some of the
lighter participants at this competition can lift over twice their own
body weight! Watch this exclusive interview and see all the highlights
from this event.
This is the first in a series of special videos featuring highlights of the 2008 Sauk Rapids River Days Parade and Festival. Our first parade feature includes a performance by none other than our own Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School Marching Storm under the direction of Heidi Martinson and Danell Dalton. The 75 member band performs Go. Go. Go... Joseph, a selection from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Stay tuned for all the bands and parade highlights here on DigElogSAUKRAPIDS.
The second annual Ducky Race was held as a part of the Sauk Rapids River Days festival on Saturday, June 28th, 2008. Participants adopted Duckys for $5 each and the top 8 ducks crossing the finish line along with the very last duck received monetary winnings. The first place winner, Jack Machula from Buffalo won $1000. The 8 remaining winners won $250 each for a total of $3000 in prize money. The race was held in the Mississippi river starting just below the Bridge Of Hope.
The Ducky Race culminated another fantastic 3 day event for Sauk Rapids beginning with the Pageant on Thursday evening, followed by the parade Friday and Food Fest on Saturday. Stay tuned to DigElogSAUKRAPIDS for more Sauk Rapids River Days exclusive coverage of these events.
Over 700 runners participated last Saturday in the first annual "OLD GLORY RUN" held in Cold Spring, Minnesota. The run was organized as a "Salute To Those Who Serve". Local veterans were recognized for the contribution they continue to make in the fight for freedom around the world. The goal was
to line the race route with "flag-waving" Americans cheering on the
runners...especially the soldiers and veterans who were running. This story captures the opening ceremony and the beginning of the 5K race.
ANNOUNCING FREE "THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION!" PROGRAM TUESDAY EVE, May 6th, 7-9pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 1000 Red River Avenue (CR-2 & Greystone), Cold Spring, MN 56320, (320) 685-7656 or (320) 685-3596, http://www.peacelutherancoldspring.com/
The presentation, given by Rev. Michael Dowd, is based on his recently published book of the same title, which has been ENDORSED BY 5 NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING SCIENTISTS and dozens of other luminaries across the religious and philosophical spectrum: http://ThankGodforEvolution.com/nobel