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.