Only three more days before the benefit for Hal Nelson is held. At this time, Hal is expected to arrive in Rutland Friday afternoon. He has been gone since last October when his home exploded and he spent several months in the Hennepin County Burn Unit in Minneapolis. Watch for the news coverage this weekend. On Saturday, August 29, there will be a free-will pork dinner, a silent and live auction and a raffle. We expect a crowd of over 500 so Rutland will be a busy place. The Hall doors open at 4 p.m. and the silent auction will be held from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. More than 100 items have already been donated and more is anticipated. Items include golf outings at The Springs, Mary Kay baskets, fishing items, framed photos and prints (including limited edition USPS collections – Giants, Baseball, Mickey Mouse) and more. Some of the items for the live auction (starting at 7 p.m.) include We Fest 2010 passes (2), handmade quilts, Terry Redlin collectibles, guns, fishing gear ($150 cooler full), farm chemical application, Bret Favre (Green Bay) USPS framed print/stamps. There is also a raffle for a television and grill and other prizes. Don’t miss the fun and excitement to benefit Hal Nelson. The event is sponsored by the Rutland Park Board and Rutland residents.
As many of you know, Hal Nelson has been in the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Burn Unit since last October. Many well-wishers have visited his caring bridge site to keep in touch with him. Today’s Fargo Forum features an article about the “Rock” and if you missed it follow this link to read the full article — and don’t miss hearing his voice at the Forum site in their ‘Related Content’ link.
Check out the Minneapolis WCCO-TV news broadcast from Friday, February 27, that covered Hal’s story.
Members of the Horizon Steering Committee and some of the Action Plan Committee Chairs met in November to discuss how to allocate the $8500.00 remaining that was received through the Horizons Program. The group reviewed the community suggestions received (see earlier post for list) and determined that several of them met the goals and vision established at the beginning of the Horizons process. The group allocated $2,000 to Emergency Services to cover a portion of the cost for the new pump for the fire truck; $1,500 toward the City Hall renovation/remodeling (primarily for the furnace); $1,000 for the Recreation Program; and $1,500 to the Advertising Committee to fund a “welcome sign” at the two-mile corner. The group kept $2,500 in reserve to be utilized for future needs that are identified and that meet the vision and goals.
As many of you have already heard, Hal Nelson of Rutland was seriously injured Saturday, October 18, when his house exploded. If you missed the broadcast you can view it at WDAY-TV which shows what little is left of his home. You can link to Hal’s CaringBridge site to keep updated on his steps to recovery or to post your words and thoughts for Hal and his family.
A benefit fund has been established for Hal to help him with the costs that will be incurred on his road to recovery. Donations can be sent to any Sargent County Bank (link for address) with a memo area notation “Hal Nelson Benefit.” Cash donations are being accepted in a donation jar at the Rutland General Store as well for the Fund.
The Rutland-Cayuga Fire District annual Barbeque Supper will be this Saturday, July 19, 7-9 p.m. in Rutland City Hall. This is the time for everyone to come out and support the crew. Adults $10, 15 and under $5, Preschool is Free Will. They will also have their annual drawing for door prizes. We did buy tickets already which includes the drawings. Last year when we walked into the Hall for the dinner my name was drawn for a First Aid kit. (I’ve already won two or three fire extinguishers!). I’m waiting to see who wins this year (and I’m hoping they spread the prizes around).