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As much as I enjoy the sunshine

Joe's daughter Carol receiving the American Flag

Joe’s daughter Teri receiving the American Flag

Duxbury News
Toni Williamson
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As much as I enjoy the sunshine, we are gonna need more April showers to get the May flowers.

It seems a bit quieter here in Duxbury as I write this article.  There are things we will have to get used to.  We will no longer see Joe Vink working on his machines.  I almost said tinkering, we all know Joe never tinkered.  We will never again be able to say hello; we will never see his friendly wave and we will never again look into his eyes of wisdom.

Joe’s service at the Danforth Chapel last Wednesday was a beautiful conglomeration of sorrow and celebration.  There was laughter about how he never let anything stop him; such as if a part on one of his machines broke, he would not go out and buy the part, he would make it.  There was a tribute to him by one his grandsons that welled up eyes.  There were stories told about his military service, along with beautiful songs, that made you realize even more, how he’ll be missed.  The service was followed by lunch, where more discussion about this great man continued.

Joe was laid to rest, the following day, Wednesday, April 8 with full military and fire department honors. The Duxbury fire truck blew its horn to give a final tribute followed by a military gun salute.  This was a fantastic tribute to a wonderful soul.

I received a call from Bob Thompson who now lives in Arizona who said he loves to read the Duxbury News.  This 84 years old gentleman remembers coming to Duxbury when he was eight years old.  He said his uncle Grant Thompson was working forestry back then. He and his cousin Irene spent a week in Duxbury at that time and wanted to let everyone know that he has fond memories. Thank you for calling Bob, we need to hear things like that.

Our Clerk, Paul Raymond, Treasurer, Patrice Winfield, Chairman Glen Williamson and myself, Deputy Clerk, attended the Spring Township Short Course, April 3 at the Black Bear Casino in Cloquet, MN.  Information was shared regarding fire department information, CTAS (software for Clerks and Treasurers), maintaining roads, and many other subjects.  These courses are a vital source of information for townships.

On April 6, the Board of Appeal and Equalization met at the Wilma Town Hall.  The Board consists of Mike McCullen, Glen Williamson and Gary Vink, all Supervisors of Wilma Township.  Also present was our town property tax assessor Bob Brewster and County Assessor Kelly Schroeder.  Paul Raymond was the Clerk taking the minutes of the meeting.  The board is there to address and if necessary, alleviate any issues with Wilma Township resident’s non-commercial property taxes for 2016.

The Old School Arts Center has many new classes being offered to enlighten and entertain.  Come learn beginning painting, drawing, garden art, beading, woodworking and more.  For more detailed information, go to  Oldschoolartscenter.org, Oldschoolartscenter on Facebook, contact *protected email*, or call Dave Baker (320)242-3933.

Watch out for those pesky ticks as you turn up that ground in your gardens!

If you have any information or events you would like listed, please call me at 320-245-5194 or email me at ofni.1441093890sweNy1441093890rubxu1441093890D@ino1441093890T1441093890.

Thanks for reading.

Duxbury News is also published in Askov American and Pine County Courier Newspapers.

 

BORDERLINE NEWS – by Bob Brewster

BORDERLINE NEWS – by Bob Brewster

Because many of us out here in the remote northeast section of Pine County are concerned about the ambulance response times, Marty Pearson from Cozy Corner, Wisconsin was invited to speak at the March meeting of the East Pine County Wanderers.  Marty, a supervisor on the Blaine Town Board, explained the contract his township has with North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.  The 23 members and two guests present found his presentation to be very informative.

Fran Levings and Dave Baker provided the cake and door prize.  Dave Drake won the Subway gift certificate.  Peg Coveau was the only birthday person for March.  Since March is women’s history month, Fran gave some anecdotes about the role of women in our country’s history.

The next meeting of the Wanderers will be April 26 in Cloverton.  Potluck at noon, then the business meeting at 1 PM.  The program that follows will be a speaker on produce.  Hope to see you there.

Was that quite the snow this last Sunday

Pine County Township Officer's Meeting, Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pine County Township Officer’s Meeting, Saturday, March 28, 2015

Duxbury News
Toni Williamson
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Wow!! Was that quite the snow this last Sunday.  It came down fast and the sun came to retrieve a wonderful spirit.

While the snow came down in huge flakes this past Sunday, it melted and the sun came out and took the snow away.  It took with them the spirit of Joe Vink, the unofficial patriarch of Duxbury and owner of the famous Duxbury Store.  After a long illness, he said goodbye to Earth and hello to his beloved wife Bev.  He will be missed by his children, family, a host of friends and the many neighbors and others that he touched throughout his many years.  Since I started this article I have had responses from people all over the state, country and overseas that remember the Duxbury Store and the infamous Duxburger.  He and Bev are part of the reason that we are here.  They made us feel welcome, informed us “city folk”,  and were just plain nice people.  Rest well Joe, and give Bev a kiss from all of us.  Condolences to his family.  Joe, the heavens will love your jokes!!!

You probably know by now about the serious fire in Markville at the Erickson home.  Ben Glocke, Jeff Grand Pre and Paul Raymond responded from Duxbury.  We also want to thank the Cloverton, Markville and Sandstone responders (sorry I don’t have all of your names) for their help. This massive fire would have taken longer to extinguished without their help.  We are so sorry for the loss of the Erickson’s pet dog in the fire.

We stopped by the Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department station at Eagle Head last Saturday.  Busy bees   Jeff Grand Pre,  Pat Story and Suzanne Story were hard at work learning to keep us safe.  THANK YOU!!!l

The Pine County Officer’s Association met this last Saturday at the Hinckley VFW.  About 85 local electorates were in attendance, including  but not limited to Jason Rarick, State Representative for District 11B, County Commissioners, Curt Rossow and Stephan Hallan, Sheriff Nelson, Kelly Schroeder, County Land and Zoning Administrator, Reese Fredrickson, County Attorney and township officers from 28 townships in Pine County.

Paul Raymond, our Wilma township Clerk and Katy Overtoom,  Clerk for Chengwantana were also re-elected for three years to the Pine County Township Officer’s Executive Board.  Congratulations Katy and Paul!

Frank Grundmeier, Treasurer for Dell Grove Township and also Chair of the Pine County Township Officer’s Association will be retiring from his elected offices later this year.  One of the board that he’ll be retiring from at the end of June 2015 is his position as Pine County Township Representative to the   East Central Regency Development Commission.   After a  unanimous, uncontested vote Glen Williamson was elected to take his place as the representative for Pine County Townships.  Congratulations Glen!

Just a reminder that Wilma Township Board of Equalization and Review for property taxation will be this coming Monday, at 1pm at the Wilma Town Hall.

If you have any information or events you would like listed, please call me at 320-245-5194 or email me at ofni.1441093890sweNy1441093890rubxu1441093890D@ino1441093890T1441093890.

Thanks for reading.

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