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Legion Riders

This year’s annual American Legion Riders Summer Ride was a tremendous success! On behalf of the Montevideo American Legion Riders Post 59, I would like to thank the following parties:

•The Montevideo, Clara City, Litchfield, Paynesville and Willmar Police Departments;

•The Fire Departments of Montevideo, Clara City and Litchfield;

•The Chippewa, Stearns, Meeker and Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Departments;

•The Montevideo, Spicer, Paynesville, Litchfield and Willmar American Legion Posts and their staff;

•The Montevideo American Legion Auxiliary;

•The 85 participants and riders.

•The generous sponsors who donated both financially and with gifts for door prizes. (To be mentioned by name in a separate recognition.)

All funds collected will be given to the national ALR Scholarship Program which provides scholarships to children of veterans so they may pursue their post high school education.  This event is a ‘team’ effort and this year’s ‘team’ was a cut above!

—Everett H. Bain



Gene and Betty Mielke share their American-News with me at Friendship Village, a retirement community in Bloomington. In the last issue, the story of Sharon Day caught my eye as there were two items of special interest to me.

  One was the interest in the Minnesota River, and the other was Wegdahl, a community in which I lived when I was quite young.

  My grandparents Hans and Anna Wig are buried in the old Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, which is on the bluff above the house in which we lived. I return to Monte every year to check on the graves, and last year while there we stayed in one of the cabins at the Wegdahl Park.

  While there, we met a man canoeing the Minnesota. It turns out it was “Waterway Jay” Gustafson, who was canoeing all 34 waterways in Minnesota to raise water quality awareness in our state. This has been a concern of mine, too, so the discussion turned to the Rum River in Mille Lacs County.

  I taught school in Milaca and we lived there for 46 years. During the “fuel crises” of the 70s I bought a wood lot on the Rum River and cut wood for the wood stoves I had. During that time, the state was looking for a canoe campground on the Rum. As a result of that interest, there is now a Wig Canoe Campground on the Rum River north of Milaca.

  Jay said that he had camped there. I have a CURE the Minnesota River T-shirt which I won in a drawing at a Retired Teachers Convention in Granite Falls.

  I have many memories of our treasured Minnesota River. (Incidentally we were locked out of our cabin in our pajamas, but that’s another story.)

—Bob Wig