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8/14/2013 1:07:00 PM
Windom man in music video
There was a time I regularly watched music videos.
Not so much any more.
But there is one video you may want to check out when you get a chance. The music video features country star Miranda Lambert singing "All Kinds of Kinds."
Again, I'm not up on music videos these days, but as I understand it, Lambert has made two or three different videos of the same song. If that is the case with "All Kinds of Kinds," you'll want to watch the video that is created by "vevo." It has the "vevo" logo in the corner of the video.
If you're not sure, just go to www.youtube.com and search for "Miranda Lambert, All Kinds of Kinds, vevo" and check it out.
There's a Windom man in the video.
Yes, Wayne King of Windom makes a cameo appearance in the Lambert video - for all of about two seconds.
At about the 2:48 mark of the video you'll see a man with a long gray beard holding a white board sign with the words "EASY GOING KIND" written on it.
That's Wayne.
How did Wayne wind up in a country music video?
It seems Wayne and his wife, Judy, were at the Grand Falls Casino, west of Larchwood, Iowa, for their 40th wedding anniversary in late June. Lambert happened to be performing a concert there that night.
Although the Kings didn't stay for the concert, a filming crew apparently was trying to collect clips for her new video "All Kinds of Kinds." Wayne was one of the people asked to describe himself in one word. He said "easy-going" and it was written on the white board.
The film crew then shot a short video clip of Wayne holding the sign and low-and-behold, Wayne was one of the "All Kinds of Kinds" selected.
The video features Lambert singing the song with clips of people holding a white board sign using one word - or a two-word phrase, in Wayne's case - describing themselves.
Of course, it also has Lambert singing the song live in concert.
I'm willing to bet Wayne never expected to be a music video icon. But he is now, at least in his hometown.
Get on the Bus
As you know, the annual "Get on the Bus" event, which takes in donations of school supplies for Winfair and Windom Area Middle High School, didn't happen at this year's Night to Unite in Windom.
That doesn't mean it's not happening. It's just being done a little differently.
Windom Women of Today is still doing the fund-raiser, but there won't be a bus to which donors may bring school supplies. Instead, people may leave donations of school supplies in boxes at Loopy's, Shopko Hometown, Hy-Vee or the Windom Chamber office.
School supplies, including pencils, colored pencils, pens, crayons, glue, rulers, notebooks and other types of supplies - for students in kindergarten through 12th grade - are welcome.
These supplies will be distributed to schools to help Windom teachers and staff, who otherwise would purchase these things out of their own pockets.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, simply write a check to "Windom Area Schools," and mail it to: Windom Women of Today, P.O. Box 222, Windom, MN 56101. They will bring the check to the school and the school will cash it for school supplies.
Windomite shines in Europe
Mindy Muller was quite the athlete when she was in Windom. She excelled in volleyball, cross country, gymnastics and track before graduating in 2002.
Well, she's still putting her athletic prowess to work, but in a little different way.
Muller, 29, now Mindy Shupe, and the daughter of Wayne and Monica Muller of rural Windom, is a firefighter with the Lawrence Fire Department in Fisher, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis.
Muller and her husband, Brad, traveled to Ireland where Mindy competed in the Police/Firefighter Olympics. Mindy not only competed but was a standout for Team USA.
According to her proud aunt, Janel Eichstadt, Mindy competed in three events on Aug. 7, placing first in two of them and second in the other, the ladder competition. Mindy said on Facebook that the "European ladders kicked my butt!"
Don't ask me what's different about European ladders, but apparently they are exceptionally tough, to erect and/or scale.
Janel adds that Mindy trained for a long time in preparation for this opportunity and, obviously, that preparation paid off.

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