By Jennifer Gallus
HOWARD LAKE, MN - For the first time ever, the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s royal family participated in Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor Days grande day parade.
Their presence was a direct result of Howard Lake’s own Jeff Amland’s role as this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival’s West Wind representative.
Amland was asked to pick some individuals in Howard Lake who could be knighted by the Winter Carnival’s Realm of Boreas while they were in town for the parade.
“Mike Main and Steve Berg were the first two men I thought of,” Amland said. Additionally, Dennis Entinger was added to the list in short order.
“They were picked because of what they’ve done for the community,” Amland explained.
Amland also wrote “knighting poems” for King Boreas to read while performing the honor.
Mike Main was the first one to receive the surprise honor after the parade. He had just begun his shift in the burger stand when he was suddenly surrounded by the Realm of Boreas.
“We were swamped right at the moment,” Main said. “We had to shut down, but I think everyone got a kick out of it, especially seeing me on my knees.”
In fact, before a pillow was given to Main to kneel on, he had actually kneeled on some pickles that were laying on the ground.
Main admits that he does a lot of volunteering for the community and the Lions Club including playing the Easter Bunny, Santa, and coaching football, baseball, and hockey, but “only because I want to,” he added.
“I guess I like to interact with people,” Main said. “The Lions motto is ‘We Serve,’ I guess I took it to heart but it’s my family that has allowed me to do it.”
A picture of Main being knighted was in last week’s Herald Journal on page 8A.
Next up was tracking down Steve Berg. He was nowhere to be found after the parade, but his children got a hold of him and told him to go out to the high school.
“I said ‘Are you kidding me?’” Steve’s wife Trudy Berg said. “We had a 12-pound turkey on the barbecue and a houseful.”
The Bergs were having a party, but agreed to run out to the high school not knowing why.
The couple was very surprised when it was announced that Steve was to be knighted.
“That was pretty cool,” Trudy said.
Berg was a volunteer firefighter for 30 years, the emcee for the queen’s coronation for 25 years, and is the current Wright County Emergency Management Coordinator.
During the queen’s coronation was Dennis Entinger’s turn. Entinger is the worship and administration minister at the Howard Lake Christian Church.
He was nominated for his volunteer work with the schools, and in particular the theater and arts programs. Entinger was unavailable for comment before this article was sent to press.
Along with medals that were pinned on the men that day, a knighting certificate will be mailed to each of them that will include the poems that Amland wrote.
History of the knighting ceremony
“These ceremonies have been around for almost 50 years,” according to the St. Paul Winter Carnival. “Every year, each Krewe knights literally hundreds of lucky individuals. Special people are singled out by Vulcanus Rex and his Krewe on which to bestow this unique privilege. A knighting ceremony consists of a ‘title’ being bestowed, and a certificate being presented. The title and the memory of this event are forever. The titles that are given to the individuals are usually thought up by the Krewe members.”