Weather Forecast


Column: Thanking all those who volunteer

Normally, March is our snowiest month of the winter. We hadn't had a snowless March since 1860. The month went fast and now we are into April, the month when organizations recognize volunteers at the local, state and national levels. The 2010 theme for honoring volunteers is Celebrating People in Action.

Volunteering lies at the heart of the volunteer with an an appreciation of what one person can contribute to a community, organization, church, school, hospital, neighborhood or a national disaster. These are just a few of the many volunteers that make a difference to so many people. Volunteers come from all age groups. You are never too young or too old to volunteer.

I think of the commitment and training of our volunteer firemen and their families. When that pager goes off, they don't know what or where their training will take them. Every call is a new opportunity. This is in addition to their regular jobs and family demands.

Volunteers come together with a wide diversity of talents. Maybe your talent is baking. You can bake and contribute to a bake sale, potluck or a funeral luncheon. Many homebound volunteers make phone calls, solicit donations for organizations or make calls to a shut-in. With severe cutbacks to our schools, volunteers have stepped into the classrooms, assisting teachers and helping students.

Think of the long list of volunteers who work with youth programs in our community. Or the members of the booster clubs providing extras for our young people in schools.

With the need so great, many volunteers have provided basics in the community to those needing help, assisting the Salvation Army, Community Action Council, American Red Cross, Saver's, Unique Clothing Store, veteran's organizations and civic clubs. The Minnesota Zoo depends on volunteers to make each day a success for their visitors. Yes, the list of opportunities to volunteers is unlimited.

We would like to thank all the dedicated volunteers for their time and talents they so generously and graciously give throughout the year. Every individual in their own way with their special talent makes such a difference in the lives of many people by volunteering in an area they enjoy. Just think of what it would cost taxpayers if we didn't have volunteers.

Slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches

2 lb. pork tenderloin

1 can root beer

1 18-oz. container barbecue sauce

8 hamburger buns

Put pork and root beer in slow cooker. Cook on low for seven hours, Remove pork and pull apart with forks. Add barbecue sauce to root beer and heat for one-half hour on high. Serve on hamburger buns.

Easy onion rings

1 1/2 c. fine dry bread crumbs

6 tbsp. melted butter

1/2 tsp. salt

2 large sweet onions, peeled and cut in quarter-inch slices

2 egg white

Cooking spray

Preheat oven at 450 degrees. Spray baking pan and set aside. Separate slices of onion in rings. Beat egg whites until frothy. Combine breadcrumbs, melted butter and salt in pie pan. Dip onion rings in egg whites and then in crumb mixture. Arrange rings in a single layer on pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until coating is crisp and golden.