Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Friday flowers recipients II November 6, 2009

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IT’S TIME FOR FRIDAY FLOWERS, a new Minnesota Prairie Roots feature focusing on recognition, celebration and encouragement.

Each Friday, selected individuals, businesses and/or organizations will receive virtual flowers. These are intended to recognize those who deserve recognition, celebrate with those who are celebrating and encourage those who need encouragement.

So, with that said, this week’s virtual Friday flowers go to:

Roses in St. Cloud

This week's Friday flowers come from the Virginia Clemens Rose Garden in St. Cloud, where I photographed these beautiful roses this past summer.

Burkhartzmeyer Shoes, a third-generation family shoe store celebrating 60 years in downtown Faribault. This is one of those old-fashioned style shoe stores with great customer service. Best of all, Burkhartzmeyer Shoes employees still tie white cotton string around boxed purchases. A sucker is optional. For more information, go to http://burkhartzmeyershoes.com.

Brad and Patty Holter, grieving the loss of their son, Curtis, who died Sept. 30 after he was struck by a truck while biking across a Faribault street. He would have turned 13 on Nov. 4. The Holters celebrated Curtis’ birthday by going to his favorite restaurant, an Italian place at the Southdale Center in Edina. They also met family members at Calvary Cemetery with a chocolate cake and joined hands surrounding Curtis’ grave. Patty says the family “attempted to sing Happy Birthday…….the tears did overtake the words.” Brad and Patty, may you always find comfort in cherished memories of the son you loved. Check out my Oct. 24 post about Curtis, “God gave us tears for a reason,” and this website, http://curtisholter.org.

My niece, Lindsey, who is taking her Graduate Record Exam today, one of her last requirements before applying to graduate school for physical therapy. Lindsey, we need compassionate individuals like you to care for us aging baby boomers. Best wishes on your GRE from your parents and me.

The Faribault Rotary Club, which brought Rachel’s Challenge to Faribault this week. Rachel’s Challenge shares the story of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. The program brings messages of hope and inspiration that includes five challenges. Among those: To start a chain reaction of love, kindness and compassion in your family and community. Visit http://rachelschallenge.org.

My Aunt Marilyn, who each Halloween sends me a greeting card from Annie Mary Twente. See my Nov. 4 post, “Annie Mary Twente sends Halloween greetings.” I enjoy this annual tradition that always makes me smile.

Mike, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Nov. 4. He is among the kindest and most caring individuals I know. Mike is quick to listen, slow to judge, willing to help and always supportive. So if you’re in Faribault, stop at Erickson Furniture and wish Mike a belated “Happy 50th!”

That’s it for this week’s Friday flowers recipients. If you know of an individual, business or organization deserving of virtual flowers, submit a request to me for consideration via email or via a comment. Deadline submission is Wednesday of each week. One nominee per week, please.

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