By Jennifer Gallus
This is the 31st year of Good Neighbor Days and of buttons created for the event.
Many past buttons feature a theme or highlight a significant anniversary or attribute of the city such as the 1996 button that celebrates 100 years of the Howard Lake Fire Department, and the 1978 button that highlights 25 years of royalty.
The button for 2000 had a picture of the city hall on it to highlight the formation of the Howard Lake Historical Society and to celebrate the city hall.
The 2002 button featured the new water tower, and the 2005 button boasted 100 years of the library.
The rectangular and square buttons were introduced in 1999 by Marilyn Ringold. The idea was inspired by a button the Ringolds received when their daughter Julie was in the Minneapolis Aquatennial the previous year.
Marilyn thought the rectangular shape was so unique that she introduced that new style the following year.
“Because I like to be different. Everyone has a round button,” Marilyn laughed.
Marilyn works with Greg Birkholz on the design and production of the buttons.
Where to buy a button
Good Neighbor Days buttons have been distributed to Howard Lake businesses and are on sale for $5 each.
The button enables free admission to the Orphans game during Good Neighbor Days, allows the button holder a reduced price for the kick-off banquet, supports the annual neighborly event, and entitles the buyer to five free raffle tickets for the cash drawing Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m.
The following businesses have buttons for sale: Bergie’s Pizza and Grill, Codger’s Cove Campground, Emmy’s Salon, Grandpa Ittel’s Meats, Howard Lake Drug, Howard Lake Municipal Liquor Store, Howard Lake Greens, Joe’s Sport Shop, Old Town Gallery, Security State Bank, Donna’s Shape & Style, Snap Fitness, Stellar Health Center, and Sunni’s Grille.