By Ivan Raconteur
The Lester Prairie Business Association is making holiday gift buying easy this year by offering two new items for sale as part of a fund-raising campaign.
“We chose these items because they will both make really good holiday gift ideas,” Business Association President Troy Feltmann said.
The first item is a personalized 9-by-13-inch cake pan that can be engraved with the name of your favorite cook.
The pans come in blue, red, burgundy, and green, and are available in a choice of nine different designs.
In addition to a person’s name, the pans can be ordered with one of three standard messages, or a custom message up to eight total words.
The pans will be engraved by Rite Way Laser Engraving of Lester Prairie.
Orders can be placed by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Arnie or Denise at (320) 395-0142. The pans can also be ordered online at www.herald-journal.com.
The cost is $28 plus tax. Visa or Master Card orders are accepted for an additional $3 handling fee.
To ensure delivery by Christmas, orders must be placed by Sunday, Dec. 16. However, orders will be accepted through the end of December.
Orders can be picked up at Rite Way Mechanical, at the Winsted or Delano Herald Journal office, or at the Enterprise Dispatch office in Cokato. The pans can also be shipped, with shipping cost added to the order.
The Business Association is also selling T-shirts that allow people to show their community pride.
The shirts are gold with maroon lettering.
The shirts are available at Angvall Hardware, and will also be sold at the Lester Prairie holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 9 in the high school gym.
Adult T-shirts cost $12.50, and youth sizes are $10.
Sweatshirts are available by special order, and cost $17.50 for adults and $15 for youth sizes.
Proceeds from the cake pans and the shirts will go toward the purchase of an electronic message center that the Business Association plans to purchase for the downtown park.
“With the new park being planned, the Business Association wants to do its part by installing an electronic message center. All groups and organizations will be able to use it to let residents know what is going on in the community. This is just another tool they can use to promote their events,” Feltmann said.
He added that he hopes people outside of Lester Prairie will purchase cake pans. The Business Association has advertised the program and has sent fliers home with elementary school students.
Feltmann said the Business Association needs to raise $10,000 to $12,000 to purchase the sign.