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Aug 23rd, 2008

Sixth District Walking Tour — Phase 2 Wrap-Up

After walking down Highway 23 from Foley to St. Cloud and Waite Park yesterday, I will resume the walk today in Waite Park, heading west down Highway 23 to Rockville, Cold Spring, Richmond, and Paynesville (30 miles), for a total of 54 miles yesterday and today.

In Rockville, I will drop in on the annual Rock-Fest festival, whose theme this year is “Cowtacular Days.” Today’s activities include 1K and 5K fun runs, carnival games, food, booths, pony rides, and contests at John Clark School, a parade at 6:30 p.m., a Wild West show, a beer garden, live music, and fireworks to conclude the day.



I ended up spending a whole lot more time at Rockville Rock-Fest than I had planned, talking to folks — including one individual who sold me a ticket to the Rockville Area Sportsman Club’s gun raffle. The club is selling 1,500 tickets for a donation of $10 each. The drawing for the 10 firearms, mostly shotguns, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Rockville Parish Center.

I wanted to get back to Rockville in time for the 6:30 p.m. parade, so I called it a day in Roscoe, about six miles short of reaching Paynesville. I’ll return on Monday to complete the walk.

At St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe, Minn., at the end of the day's Sixth District walk, Aug. 23, 2008.
Kneeling at a monument to life at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe at the end of the day’s walk.

I was at the parade purely as a spectator and did not walk in it, but I saw several other candidates for public office: Minnesota House District 15A incumbent Steve Gottwalt, his DFL challenger Joanne Dorscher, Sixth Congressional District DFL candidate El Tinklenberg, and a Bachmann float sans Bachmann.

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