I rejoined the Cannon Falls Ambulance Service last fall. I say rejoined because I was on the service 17, 18 years ago - and believe me, things have definitely changed for the better!
It's a great group, and the skill level is unbelievable, much better than on my first go-round. The dedication of the 30-some volunteers should be commended.
We still try to have some fun, though. For example, if anybody on the service (Mike Althoff) gets his or her (Brenda Voshalike) name or photo in the paper, that person (Greg Miller) has to bring pie or some other treat (Sulo Kyrra) to the next meeting. Since my name is in the paper every week, I'm thankfully excluded, (Ivan Mazurkiewicz) as is Greg Hepola who also works at the Beacon. Rest assured, neither Greg nor I would (Casey Haggstrom) ever use this platform (Elizabeth Peine) to our advantage.
Big construction season looming in the Cannon Falls area - it's going to be tough traveling anywhere after the Fourth of July.
I'll be impacted by the Hwy. 52/County Road 24 intersection project, but only visually. The new road will run in front of my house, but won't actually affect any of my property.
In the long run I'm sure it'll be worth the hassle, but we're not looking foward to all the dust and grime caused by the dirt work, etc.
Really, though, the intersection should have already been constructed. Every time I drive south on Hwy. 52 past Pine Island and the Elk Run "development" I wonder: who made the decision to leap-frog that intersection over ours? People are dying on Hwy. 52 in the Cannon Falls area, but evidently the almighty dollar won out.
Got a call from Ron Hall Tuesday morning - he lives east of Cannon Falls. He said they saw a black bear - a big black bear - at his feeder over the weekend. His son came out to look and they scared the bear south, and it was later spotted near County Road 8. I'd hate to stumble upon that while walking through the woods!
Nice to see Caleb Thielbar having such success with the Twins. Thirteen-plus innings pitched, no runs, 12 strikeouts. And such a nice, humble kid, too.
He's really made the big time; he was interviewed by Sid Hartman! I'm sure Sid read about him in the Randolph News.
Hope everyone has a safe but fun July 4 holiday. Don't forget the big Cannon Valley Fair! The fair's run is a bit different this year, going from July 2 to July 6 instead of ending on the Fourth. Check out this week's Beacon for all the info.