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May 22, 2006, Herald Journal

Dassel Cokato brings in a crowd


This weekend was quite an eventful one for the Dassel-Cokato area. It began with almost 500 women packing in to First Baptist Church to hear an inspirational speech from Deb Mayer, then finishing with a packed Performing Arts Center for Lorie Line.

Both of these events were spectacular and brought in large crowds from within, as well as outside, the community.

I think the Performing Arts Center is a great addition to the community and will help it expand and grow, making Dassel-Cokato prominent on the map (at least the map of Minnesota).

Lorie Line rocked the stage which I thought was impossible for a pianist. I was quickly proven wrong as her Fab Five came on stage.

Everyone on stage were so energetic which made the two-hour concert quite entertaining.

She played everything from sweet ‘40s pop standards to the fun Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me.”

She definitely has a fun group including the “hot” drummer who formerly played with Prince.

Deb Mayer (see article) brought so many women together in one place. I give Lynda Korhonen props for organization.

I knew Mayer would bring an audience, but I had no idea I’d have to park a mile away from the church!

What was even more amazing was that the church only seated 400 but miraculously fit the 500 who attended.

Mayer’s story touched all who attended. You know a speaker’s good when she has the audience crying within the first five minutes.

She was definitely an inspiration and a pillar of strength. It’s hard to imagine losing one child much less three at the same time.

What was even more amazing was the fact that this has brought her and her family closer to God instead of backing them away.

Her three daughters shared an amazing faith. But what I got most from her talk was that this life is just the beginning. This is the time to prepare ourselves for eternity, to make ourselves right with the Lord.

Mayer’s daughters had done this. They weren’t perfect, she made clear, but they knew their God.

She told a story of a young boy her daughter had went to school with. He was “different” than the other kids and was often made fun of because he had panic attacks.

One day, he was scheduled to take a test but he didn’t have a pencil, so he panicked.

Many of the kids just walked by him and laughed, but Mayer’s daughter gave him her pencil and explained it would be OK.

Kindness is as easy as giving someone a pencil!

I hope there will continue to be speakers and programs such as these within the community. It brings people together and teaches things that otherwise couldn’t be taught.

It’s nice to know one doesn’t have to travel to Minneapolis to find something worthwhile to do. It’s right here in our own backyard.

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