It takes a village to put on a benefit. We would like to thank our Resurrection Lutheran Church family, our friends and neighbors and our family. We would also like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who made financial and silent auction donations, the church for letting us have the benefit there, the many volunteers who work the benefit and the committee for the hundreds of hours they put in to make this possible. A special thank you to Cori Hilsgen writing an awesome article about Riley in the Newsleader. Most of all, to all who attended the benefit that made this a success!
~ The Riley Petron Family
Central Minnesota Credit Union recently donated $600 to the Stearns County Parks Department in appreciation for their work in the upkeep and maintenance of the Wobegon Trail.
“The Wobegon Trail is an amazing resource for the communities here in Central Minnesota,” said Peter Shulzetenberg, a human resources representative with CMCU. “We understand the importance of that and in the spirit of wellness, we wanted to say thank you.”
According to Pete Theismann, a member of the Stearns County Parks Department, the idea for the trail came from the Albany Jaycees. They went out and raised $150,000 in local match money and challenged Stearns County to build and operate the trail. The trail was built in stages, is open year-round, and is now 54 miles long in Stearns County. It’s used by hikers, bicyclers, snowmobilers, walkers and joggers. Last year a trail counting project estimated there are 311,000 trail users between April and October. The Lake Wobegon trail connects to the Soo Line and Central Lakes trails thus providing more than 120 miles of continuous paved trails and multiple opportunities to stop for ice cream. The next planned phase of the trail is from St. Joseph to Waite Park.
The money donated was raised from CMCU’s second annual 5K run which was held in Melrose on Aug. 11. A portion of the route utilized for the event took place on the Wobegon Trail. More than 150 people participated in the event which continues to grow in participation each year.
St. Cloud State University has entered the Guinness World Records for the most people howling.
The official record states the Department of Campus Involvement at SCSU is “officially amazing” having achieved the record with 296 participants. Previously, no record existed for the most people howling. A minimum of 250 participants was required for consideration.
The 296 students and community members gathered on Atwood Mall for the Husky Howl on April 26 to set the record. Guinness approved the record Aug. 19 after examining videos, photos and witness statements for verification.
“As our students know, there’s no pride like St. Cloud State pride anywhere else in the world,” said Lindsey Rogers, marketing coordinator for the Department of Campus Involvement. “And we have the record to prove it.”
This is the university’s first Guinness World Record, however previous record-setting attempts have taken place. According to Guinness World Records, 60,000 applications for record attempts are received each year, but only a few are approved and even fewer are successful.
The department will receive its official Guinness World Records certificate within the next couple of weeks. It is not yet known if the record will be included in the print edition of the Guinness World Records book.