Communities rally to support local youth

By Brenda Erdahl

It wasn’t an ordinary baseball game that drew a crowd to rival any playoff tournament Tuesday, May 8, when the Maple Lake Irish faced off against the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers at Irish Stadium.

Though seemingly at odds on the ball field, the two communities were in fact, rallying together to support local youth and ball player Logan Weninger after a near fatal ATV accident in Maple Lake.

heads, a 222-pound pig was roasted and consumed by the crowd, along with 400 hot dogs, a large ham and 30 pizzas donated by Paul and Marilyn Fobbe.

“It was a great day,” said Heather Haney, one of the event organizers. “I told Winnie (Logan’s dad) that this is why we live in a small town.”

In addition to the food, which guests contributed a free-will offering to enjoy, a silent auction and a 50/50 split the pot raised money for the family’s medical bills. According to Haney there were 32 silent auction items up for bid “which is super impressive since we didn’t ask anyone to donate,” she said. “We just put it out on social media and the Messenger that we would be having a silent auction, and the items started rolling in.”

Volunteers also sold bracelets made by his classmates that pro- claimed, “Stronger Than You Think” and had Logan’s name and number on it.

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