By Jennifer Kotila
DASSEL, MN Dale Grochow has been selected as the 2013 grand marshal of the Red Rooster Days parade which takes place Saturday at 3 p.m.
“I’m honored there’s a lot of people within the community who have done a lot of volunteering over the years. It’s an honor to be thought of in that capacity,” Grochow said.
Grochow, who works in maintenance at The Village Ranch in Cokato, has lived in Dassel his entire life, and began volunteering for the Red Rooster Days committee when he was just 18 years old.
He became co-chairperson of the committee when he was 21 with Chris Hansen, and they were co-chairs until about three to four years ago.
He and his wife, Shelly, who grew up in Cokato and made the “big move west to Dassel” after marrying Grochow, were part of the Red Rooster Days ambassadors committee for 15 years.
“I grew up in Dassel a couple of houses away from the ballpark area, it’s the only place I know,” Grochow said.
His volunteerism really stems from when he was a child and would hear the fire alarm sound and follow the trucks to watch where they went.
Eventually, Grochow became a member of the Dassel Volunteer Fire Department, and has been for 24 years. He was also chief for 19 years.
“My dad, too,” Grochow added about his volunteerism. “He always saw it as important to be involved.”
The Grochows both volunteer a lot of time at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, working in the Sunday school office, teaching Sunday school, playing clarinet, and working on the library committee.
With baseball being one of Grochow’s passions, he has also been involved with the Dassel-Cokato Baseball Association throughout the years.
“I’ve always felt it was important to get people involved of all age groups to volunteer for different things,” Grochow said. “What you put into it is what you get out of it.”