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Duxbury Fire Department Seeks Volunteers

Duxbury News
Glen Williamson

I know, it’s been while since I’ve written this column.  I’ve been doing my best adjusting to my new world without Toni.  It feels like I’ve been reborn.  Everything looks, smells and feels different. 

Yes, I’ve had deaths in my family.  Both my mother and father are gone, and I grieve and missed them.  But there is nothing like losing someone that had  been a friend to me since age 12; someone that I’ve grown up with for 48 years.   It hurts like hell, and some days, I’m just immobilized with grief and anguish.  Some days, she just pops into my mind, and I just start to sob. 

To distract me, I find myself on Facebook a lot more than I’ve had; my friends either call text or email me.  One friend has been a constant companion, staying with me often to make sure that I don’t go into an abyss.   Overall though, mentally and physically, I think I’m faring well.

Enough about me.  This great “metropolis” officially named Wilma Township, better known as Duxbury is doing well.  The township has just sworn in Stefanie Rahn, as their new Deputy Clerk.  She’ll take the duty of Paul Raymond, Township Clerk, if he’s unavailable for whatever reason.

Old School Arts Center (OSAC), just had a Presidential Stew Dinner at the Sandstone Golf Course.  It was well attended by many residents, including Reese Frederickson, County Attorney along with his family.  Lots of pies were auctions off.

According to Paul Raymond, Zion Markville last Sunday, had a beautiful transfiguration with three baptisms.  According to Raymond, Nia, Zadie and Ember, the children of Chantelle Emmons and Ryan Nieman were baptized.  Afterwards, the family treated the church attendees to dinner at Fishbowl in Danbury.

To prepare for the Primary Presidential Election, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 10 am to 8 pm, Wilma Township will be testing the voting machine, Sunday, March 1 at 3pm.  Because of Minnesota state law, this testing is open to the public.

Also, just a reminder to vote Tuesday, March 10, Wilma Township will have an election for one Supervisor and Clerk.  Voting will be from 10 am to 8 pm.  This will be followed by the Annual Town Meeting.  The main reason for the Annual Town Meeting is for the residents/voters to vote on the town levy – the tax rate that residents pay for local services, like roads and bridges.  Many other things can happen at this annual meeting, including voting to authorize the Town Board to spend money on town celebration, recognition of service, like volunteers or a retiring board member.  So, this is your time to come out, meet your neighbors and help the town run smoothly.

Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers to join the department.  Training will be provided to qualified individuals.  If interested, drop me an email and I’ll get the details to you.

Well, it’s almost 40 degrees outside now.  Hopefully, we’ll have an early spring and all this snow will be gone soon.

On behalf of Toni Williamson, thanks for reading.


Duxbury News, December 14, 2018

Here she comes, blazing across the living room, moving so fast she leaves a trail of fire!  Her hubby says slow down, you’re gonna get a ticket!  No that’s not me (except for Glen’s threat of a speeding ticket).  Thank you for the phone calls, cards and well wishes.  They are most appreciated!

I am moving well as possible and am already glad I finally had the hip replacement done!  Thank you to the staff at Mora Hospital.  I had a great group of professionals from the surgery to recovering to “wheeling” me out the door.  Thanks guys!

Wilma Town Board Meeting, back row: Pat Story and Alden Shute; middle: Patrice Winfield, Treasurer; Supervisors from left to right: Gary Vink, Michael McCullen and Glen Williamson; on stage: Angie Anderson; Photographer, Paul Raymond, Clerk.

Wilma Township held its Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, December 5.  Many items were covered.  Alden Shute attended the Culvert Workshop on November 8th, which covered the design and installations, their effect on fisheries and more.  The meeting also discussed road repair, town hall upgrades and more.

With the Holidays upon us, there will be a Community Christmas Party at the Markville Town Hall on Saturday December 15th.  It will be a potluck luncheon at 12pm. They are going to have a Christmas tree outside that will be lit.  Everyone is invited to bring an ornament to hang on the tree and these will be saved to use again next year & so on.

Cher’s Flower Basket will have a Mandala Rock Painting Class on Saturday, December 15th. What is a mandala?  According to Dr Internet, The mandala represents an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Each object in the palace has significance, representing an aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of a guiding principle. The mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to assist with healing. Stop in or call Cheri’s Flower Basket to sign up! They are located at 322 Commercial Ave N in Sandstone or 320-245-2443 Limited to 10 people and it fills up fast so let them know if you can make it!! Be sure to give them a like on Facebook!

A working session has been scheduled regarding the County-wide Zoning Ordinance for Monday December 17th, at 6:30pm in the Courthouse Board Room at 635 Northridge Dr NW, Pine City for townships participating in the drafting of the proposed ordinance.  If you have any questions, contact them at 320-591-1400.

Winter is here, so surround yourself in the warm love of family and friends. Nothing warms you like a hug so spread them around!

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading.

Duxbury News, November 23, 2018

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store for Thanksgiving Day but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy said “No, ma’am. They’re dead.”

Glen Williamson and Paul Raymond at MN Association of Township Annual Educational Conference in Duluth, MN

The Minnesota Association of Townships held its annual meeting on Thursday to Saturday (November 15-17, 2018) at the DECC in Duluth Minnesota. Wilma Township representatives Paul Raymond, Clerk and Glen Williamson, Chairperson attended this annual event.  The theme for this year was Powering Our Future, Energy to Build on in Your Township.

Two Creeks Clothing Optional Campground, donation, minnesota
Toni and Glen Williamson giving donation to Pathways Food Bank on behalf of Two Creeks Campground

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday meal.  It is the true (in my book) prelude to Christmas/Holiday Season. Two Creeks Campground, here in Wilma Township, thanks to the generosity of our campers, donated funds for the food shelf.  Two Creeks Campground matched their contributions and $2,300 was given last Thursday, November 15 to the Family Pathways Food Bank in Sandstone. Plus, throughout the season an additional 570 pounds of food was also donated.  Thank you to Two Creeks Campground for helping make many families’ holiday season thankful and happier.

By the time you’re reading this, I should be recuperating from my hip surgery.  However, I am hoping to feel well to still cook for thanksgiving.

This is a time for being thankful (everyday should be) but the warmth of the season gives sentimental feelings.  Thinking about being thankful for your family, health, friends and love. 

Thanks for reading!