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Time for Cheers, Jeers…and Tears

By Staff | Jan 26, 2020

It is time once again for the column which gives out a Cheer to those who deserve it, and a Jeer to those who deserve one of those, as well. And, once again, there will be a couple of Tears, because they are needed.

A great big Cheer goes out to an anonymous donor. No, nobody knows who it is. You probably remember a couple of weeks ago (our Jan. 6 issue, to be exact) where we had a story about the progress being made to build a new county animal shelter in Blue Earth.

The current facility is old, small and inadequate. Plans are in the works to replace it with a larger building. The story explained that the shelter is owned by a Joint Powers Committee made of governmental units, but operated by the Faribault County Humane Society.

The story also reported the humane society has raised $22,000 towards the new building. The Joint Powers group would like to keep the cost of the new facility at under $50,000.

Well, Debby Johnson is one of the main leaders of the both the humane society and the push for a new building. She stopped me at the Lions Club Brunch the other day, and said she had some wonderful news to tell me.

Someone had read the story in the Register, and had been moved to the point of sending in a donation that matched what the humane society had already raised.

That is right. The anonymous bank draft was for $22,000. It came in an envelope with no return address.

So, they don’t know who to thank. But, whoever you are out there, let me tell you that they are extremely grateful, and have been moved to tears by your wonderful gift.

Jeers go out to all those folks who think it is their right to use social media to bash other folks, oftentimes with unfounded and unsubstantiated rumor.

Even in our nice little communities in Faribault County, there are folks who have made some pretty nasty comments about local events and people.

It would be a bad thing even if what they were spreading around was true, but when it is not, well, then it is downright vicious.

Case in point is the story of presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s visit to a farm near Wells.

Sure, it was a big media event choreographed by Bloomberg’s staff, but the family members were just asked to host it, and saw it as a chance to make a statement about the state of the ag industry.

But the online comments about it have been unkind and unnecessary. Unfortunately this is far from being an isolated case.

Cheers go out to those folks helping with the Bucs 4 Hope program and to all of those who support it.

They recently had another fund drive which involved T-shirt sales and wearing those shirts at BEA sporting events, where they also hosted pre-game dinners.

The funds they raise go towards helping local folks who are facing cancer and all the issues that go with it.

Cheers also go out, once again, to those Fabulous Fish Frying Fellows From Frost. This group of men and women get together every once in a while and put on a huge fish fry, which also includes a whole lot of other food.

It is a free will donation event, and all the monies raised go to someone from the Frost area community who needs some help. They are up to the task once again, and have one scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, at Julie’s in Frost. It is a benefit for Deb Oswald as she battles cancer.

Cheers go out to all the Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce award recipients who were honored this past Friday night, Jan. 24.

Business of the Year Award went to DarPro Solutions (Darling Ingredients), Rising Star Award to Twisted Vine Floral and Volunteer of the Year Award to Skip Schimek.

Hearty congratulations to them all.

Cheers also to the Blue Earth Area Triple “A” (athletics, arts and academics) Award recipients, Emma Dahl and Jack Barke. Read the story on page 2 this week, and you will learn what outstanding young people these two students are. And what excellent representatives of our local school.

Kudos to them both.

There are some Tears this time, again.

Two wonderful citizens of Blue Earth and Faribault County passed away recently.

Doug Richards did an incredible job as the Faribault County District Court Judge for many years. He was honest, wise and ran a great courtroom.

Myrna Pirsig was a one of a kind icon at Blue Earth Area Schools for a very long time. The stories about her could fill a book.

Both will be missed by family and friends, and the whole community, as well.