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.
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.