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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • TROY COLUMN — Those who are away from home

  • When you have a moment as you gather with family over the holidays remember those who have put things like Christmas on hold for a while and offer words of thanks for what they do.
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  • Being away from home is not fun, especially during the holidays. Yet, there are myriad people who willingly take on roles as soldiers, missionaries, teachers, employees and others who live on the other side of the world and have no chance to get home for Christmas.
    When you have a moment as you gather with family over the holidays remember those who have put things like Christmas on hold for a while and offer words of thanks for what they do.
    While you are at it, I would encourage you to send a message to someone you know who might be away from loved ones this holiday season. A card, care package or some of those great holiday treats would surely be a great treat for them.
    They need to know there are people who appreciate the efforts they are making to make a difference in the lives of others.
    Thank you to all of you.
    The Lucan fire tragedy really hit home for the Krause family. My children were classmates in Milroy for a while with the Thoofts, and I am pretty sure Bernadette was actually working as a para there for a while.
    You all know I can be an emotional kind of guy at times, and, quite honestly, this tragedy has really hit me hard.
    I know my feelings pale in comparison with those who are much closer to the losses that have been experienced.
    I can’t fathom the kind of emotions Matt and his family are experiencing right now.
    I want to encourage you to find a way to help them out however you can. If you have a special event you are doing on their behalf, just let me know.
    I am more than willing to help get the word out to as many people as is possible.
    Also, if someone could let me know personally where the Thoofts are staying the Krause family has something it wants to give them. You can call me at the Gazette or send me an e-mail.
    It is hard to write things like this, because the last thing I want to do is have people think I am trying to promote the newspaper or myself. That has never been my intent. This is not about us.
    Remember to keep the Thoofts in your prayers.
    I also want to encourage you to keep Neal Hansen and his family in your prayers. From what I have heard Neal has a long road ahead of him, and he is going to need a lot of encouragement and support from his community. I have never met Neal, but I have a picture I took of him with his baby last January during the Donkey basketball event at the Milroy school. For me, it’s one of those pictures where you can just tell he is proud about being a dad. Be sure to keep Neal and his family in your thoughts.
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    I am sad to know Mike Moser and his family are going to be leaving at the end of the month.
    While I am definitely excited for their new venture, just knowing this family is not going to be part of the community is a loss for all of us.
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