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Bulletin letters to the editor: Food shelf nutrition, Holiday Train, election thanks

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Remember nutritious foods when donating to food shelves

As a society, we have been taught to appreciate what we have, the meals we eat, the health and nutrition that these meals provide and give when we have excess. Society is also taught to cherish the times when we can indulge in less nutritious and necessary food items, such as desserts.

When considering meal sites and homeless shelters that provide meals, the people who take part in eating there may find it hard to appreciate these things when there is a barrier to gaining healthy meals. There is a food justice issue in the fact that healthy meals are not available to all, but there is also a large issue in the idea that sweets are a luxury because this ideology plays out at meal sites. Even if something small is donated to these sites, it helps cut costs for meal programs and provides someone food that might otherwise go without. Donations are brought in when people have excess or when someone feels compelled to contribute. The concern is that when people are giving to feel like they are contributing, they are not considering the effects the products have on the clients that are being fed.

Doughnuts and pastries seem to be the most commonly donated items, whether they are given by bakeries or individuals. People who donate food may think that giving items such as desserts and pastries are a treat for those who cannot normally indulge. This thought process seems to be nice, although if we think about this critically, these items are the least beneficial to clients. If people really want to donate and help these clients, they would think of the nutrients that this population may be lacking on a daily basis if they are solely eating from these sites. Those who are willing to donate should give items that are nutritious and will contribute to a healthy diet.

Allyssa Van Guilder

Cottage Grove

Van Guilder has volunteered at food shelves and with the Ramsey County Healthy Meals Coalition

Appreciates strong showing of support in election

I want to thank the citizens of Cottage Grove for your recent vote of confidence in my re-election to mayor of Cottage Grove. The strong showing of support was truly amazing and beyond words. I have a deep sense of love, pride and passion for our community, and being your mayor these past four years has been a very rewarding experience. I also want to thank you for the many messages of encouragement, support, letters to the editor, donations and the many sign locations showing your support during my recent campaign.

You are what makes Cottage Grove a great place to live, work and play. I am proud to be your mayor and call Cottage Grove my home.

I will continue to be a strong advocate for the amenities that you have asked for in Cottage Grove. Whether it's more shopping options, restaurants, new businesses or expansion of existing businesses in our Business Park, or different types of housing options, I will continue to work hard to increase our options right here at home. Though the park and aquatic facility referendum questions did not pass, we will continue to find ways to fund and improve the amenities around our parks and open space system. We have excellent police and fire personnel and a fantastic public works team who truly care about our community and its well-being. We will continue to look for new ways to improve our infrastructure and technology within our community to enhance our quality of life.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me either through a phone call at 651-459-4734 or email me at myronbailey@aol.com.

Thank you again for your support. I look forward to a very exciting and prosperous four years in Cottage Grove.

Myron Bailey

Cottage Grove mayor

It is an honor to continue serving

I'd like to thank everyone for their support on Election Day, as well as those who volunteered on my behalf, or allowed me to put a sign in your yard. It is an honor to continue serving as your state representative, and your encouragement is truly appreciated.

As usual, the Minnesota Legislature will have many challenges to face in the next two years, and I look forward to working on your behalf in the Minnesota House. Please contact me at any time if you have a legislative question or concern. You can send an email to me at rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn or call me at 651-437-2597.

Denny McNamara

R-Hastings

McNamara was re-elected in House District 54B

Holiday Train pancake breakfast a huge success

The Holiday Train Pancake Breakfast was an overwhelming success. The breakfast was held at St. Rita's Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 11. We raised $2,522 for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. In addition to the pancake breakfast, we also sold the blueberry and cranberry walnut holiday bread loaves, Santa boots and the commemorative Holiday Train calendars.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a pancake breakfast ticket or donated to this worthy cause. A very special thank you to Phil Wagner, who coordinated the breakfast, along with the Men's Clubs of St. Rita's, Zion, All Saints and St. Luke's churches. What a great partnership.

Every person who purchased a pancake breakfast ticket was eligible to win a ride on the Holiday Train. The names of the two winners of the Holiday Train ride were announced at the breakfast, and they are Carol Reilly and Terry Vikla. Congratulations and enjoy your memorable train ride.

We would also like to thank the Dakota-Washington County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for being a major sponsor for this pancake breakfast.

Watch for further Holiday Train announcements.

Mary Slusser and the Holiday Train Committee

Cottage Grove

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