Mayor Pete Pedersen: Volunteer spirit flourishing in Milaca

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon about the need for the leadership of the community to work together to promote our great town. This past week I was able to see two examples of how some young people in Milaca, and their coaches, are working to make this happen.
This past week the Milaca wrestling team earned their way to the state tournaments in St. Paul. Although the team was unable to fight their way to victory, they brought home something just as important as a trophy. They were able to experience the joy of working as team toward a common goal. This is a lesson those young men will be able to carry with them into adulthood and into their community. I am confident that the hard work and dedication they have toward their sport will help them become the leaders we will need to carry on the growth of community in the future.
I was also pleased to learn of the Milaca girls swim team’s hard work in supporting the Minnesota Special Olympics by participating in the 2014 School Polar Plunge. Our girls were able to raise over $4,100 dollars for this terrific organization. Not only did they raise a tremendous amount of money for a worthy cause, they were also respected representatives of our community. They had such great school and community spirit that they were the winners of the costume contest, and they were recognized for cheering on other students from Minnesota schools.
This was also a wonderful event for our swim team because all the girls got to go to booths and learn about volunteering and what Special Olympics is all about. I have heard that the president of Special Olympics gave a very special thank you to the Milaca girls swim team for wanting to come to this event and make a difference.
Community leaders, as well as the greater Milaca community, should be proud of our young people and their coaches for being such great representatives of our community and for showing leadership while representing our town. We should all take a cue from them and find ways that we can be a help to those around us. Every day is a new chance to volunteer and be a leader in our great city.

Pete Pederson
Mayor, Milaca