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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Deer hunting with a Chrysler

  • I’ve never been much of a hunter. I have never shot a deer, pheasant or duck, but a few clay pigeons have fallen victim to my “dead eye” over the years.
    So, when I found out my wife had been deer hunting I was a little confused.
    It all started with a flat tire…
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  • I’ve never been much of a hunter. I have never shot a deer, pheasant or duck, but a few clay pigeons have fallen victim to my “dead eye” over the years.
    So, when I found out my wife had been deer hunting I was a little confused.
    It all started with a flat tire…
    A couple of Monday mornings ago I got a call from my better half saying she had a flat tire on our Chrysler minivan.
    She pumped it up, but told me she was not sure how long it would last. So, I came and checked it out. I could hear a slow leak, but it appeared the tire was holding well enough to get it to the tire shop.
    After dropping it off and going to take care of some other business we returned to hear something I am sure has never been spoken by a tire guy before.
    There was a deer antler in my rear passenger side tire.
    Now I will admit I am not the most observant of people, but as I heard that I thought to myself how on earth did I miss an entire deer antler.
    I was handed a piece of a deer antler about an inch long that had poke through the tire and had wedged itself in tight.
    I was amazed the tire did not pop when it hit the tire. I was also amazed my better half did not feel it when she struck the rest of the animal.
    OK, my wife did not hit a deer, but through a freak incident she did run over a part of a deer antler that got stuck in the tire.
    That is the kind of deer hunting story I am going to be able to tell people for years to come.
    Several weeks ago I shared with you the story of Randy and Wanda Wandersee and the work people from this community did to help make over their home to help address health issues that were impeding Randy’s home life. It was a great experience for me to see people like that who were willing to help someone else out in that way.
    The help, however, continues, as many of those same people, and a few others I presume, are putting on a benefit for the Wandersees this weekend to help cover some of their expenses due to Randy’s health.
    That benefit is being held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Redwood Falls American Legion hall.
    As part of the benefit a chili and soup lunch is being served, with a cost fo $5 for a single bowl and $8 for an unlimited bowl.
    Page 2 of 2 - According to information shared by Wanda, Randy is what doctors call a medical mystery, as they can’t specifically pinpoint what ties all of his medical issues together, which leaves the future very uncertain. To help offer some certainty in the life of this family, I want to encourage you to show up Saturday and offer your support for this family which has demonstrated in so many ways a willingness to help others when they are in need.
    In addition to the lunch, a silent auction is being held, and donations are being accepted for the auction. If you want to donate an item, call (507) 430-9544.
    There is also a bake sale and a business boutique going on. This is going to be a good time for people to get a good start on their Christmas shopping.
    A concert by the band Driven is also going on that night at the Legion.
    It sounds like a pretty big event, with plenty to do for all who attend. So take a few moments out of your Saturday and share them with a family from this community who could certainly use a lift.
    Today is a unique day in Minnesota. It is known as Give to the Max Day.
    According to its Web site,  Give to the Max Day is a “collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online.”
    Through its engaging web platform launched in November 2009, this event helps nonprofit organizations of all sizes reach new donors, increases giving through fun and engaging campaigns and significantly reduces overall fundraising costs.
    If you visit the Web site www.giveMN.org you can find ways to help your favorite local charity raise more funds.
    On the site if you click on “donate” you can then type in your zip code and all of the local groups which have signed up are listed for you. From there you can select the organization you would like to donate to.
    I have seen a lot of worthwhile causes, from the Redwood Area School District’s continued effort to raise money for its Carts on Wheels program to funds requested by Dakota Wicohan in Morton. Take the time to take part in Give to the Max Day today.
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