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12/5/2012 11:51:00 AM
Folk music funding falls short
If you're looking for a place to donate some year-end dollars, the Prairie Wind Folk Music and Bluegrass Association definitely would be a worthwhile possibility.
Bruce Boldt heads up the organization that brings a variety of folk music artists to the Windom area throughout the year. The concerts are held at the Carson Meeting House in Delft.
Unfortunately, he just learned that the association didn't receive full funding for the new year and is $1,873 short.
"This is very devasting to our budget, yet very easily made up," Boldt wrote in an e-mail Monday.
The difference, he says, can be covered through tax-deductible donations. Prairie Wind Folk Music and Bluegrass Association is a fully credited 501-C3, so your donation to the association's budget shortfall is tax deductable.
"Several small donations could make this up, yet I know that someone out there could cover this. Either way I'd be very grateful for any help you could give," Boldt writes.
The organization's next show is Jan. 12, featuring David Olney, and Boldt says he needs to know where he stands before the end of the year, allowing him to know what cuts to make and how deep.
"Admittedly, I don't have any pictures of cute kittens to pull at your heart strings, only scruffy old folk singers whose only beauty is in their hearts and the songs they write," Boldt writes.
If you would like to help, make your check out to: Prairie Wind Folk Music and mail it to: Prairie Windom Folk Music, 1345 8th Ave., Windom, MN 56101.
Adds Boldt: "Please don't let us go over our own fiscal cliff."
Enjoyable concert
The holiday concert season is upon us and that's OK with me.
Monday night I snapped photos of the first- and second-grade concert at the Windom Area Middle High School Gold Gym. You'll be seeing photos from that concert as well as Tuesday night's third-grade concert in a future issue of the Citizen.
Monday's concert was, to say the least, enjoyable. There is such enthusiasm and excitement for singing among those first- and second-graders. They sing with gusto and volume and offer facial expressions that only that age can give.
They are kids being kids.
One of the final songs the two grades sang together was "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." I don't know if there's a more appropriate Christmas song for that age group. I don't know about anyone else, but it put me in the Christmas spirit.
Hats off to Katie Lessmeier, elementary music director, for a super job preparing students for the concert.
There's one more holiday concert on tap next week. The WAMHS vocal music department, grades 7-12, will present their Sounds of the Season concert Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m.
If you enjoy holiday music, don't miss it. It is one of the best concerts the school presents each year.
For more details on the concert, see the story on page 6.
Hottel in the news
Several years ago, I wrote a story about Lars Hottel, the son of former Windom residents Mark and Lita Hottel, who battled a meth addiction.
Lars shared his story of how he got his life in order through Teen Challenge.
Sometimes that's the last we hear of these stories and we don't learn what happens to them after the story.
Well, last week, Lars surfaced again in the news and in a very positive way. He and Rochester Police Officer Travis Riggott received Rochester Police Department lifesaving awards at the department's recent awards ceremony.
According to a story by Kay Fate of the Rochester Post-Bulletin, Hottel heard noises outside his home in Rochester on Oct. 25. When he went outside, he discovered that his neighbor children had been locked out of their home and were throwing rocks at the windows of the home to try to get their mother's attention.
Not finding an open window, Hottel got into the locked service door of the home's garage where he was engulfed in smoke and exhaust. He found the children's mother in the car in the garage with the engine running.
Hottel opened the garage door, backed out the vehicle and pulled the woman from the car.
Officer Riggott arrived and hooked up the woman to a defibrillator and began administering CPR. After several minutes, the woman began responding.
A tip of the hat to Lars for his lifesaving help.

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