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home : columns : columns August 16, 2017

4/19/2017 2:49:00 PM
Excellent reminder
Hats off to the many people who were involved in the Shattered Dreams presentation to Windom Area High School students last week. I know there was not only a lot of work in putting this program together, but a lot of volunteer hours by many people that went into it.
The mock crash scene in the corner of the WAHS west parking lot was a sobering reminder of the perils of not only drinking and driving, but also distracted driving.
I can recall only covering one accident scene in which there was a fatality. I arrived on the scene long enough after the arrival of first responders that the victim was already covered.
I would not be a good one to access how realistic this mock scene was. Others who have been involved in an accident with deaths or severe injuries could make a better judgment. I can only attest to what I felt and, while one knows that this is not real, there was a part of me that was shaken, especially when the North Memorial helicopter flew in.
More importantly, I watched the faces of students in the stands. There was not a face in the crowd that rolled their eyes, laughed or so much as smirked. These faces were sober and some were experiencing for the first time the dire consequences of what happens when drinking or distractions are mixed with driving.
Without a doubt, this mock crash and the aftermath of it makes an impact.
Equally moving was the memorial program the day after. Any time there's a casket in the front of a gym or auditorium, one gets a queasy feeling. Students were respectful throughout the entire program and especially attentive during the addresses by Windom's own Kristi Bottin and Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, a survivor and a first-responder to separate distracted driving incidents.
There was a point during Thursday's memorial service that students involved in Wednesday's crash scene stood and spoke to their peers. They challenged them to pledge not to drink and drive, or to get into a vehicle with a drunk driver, and asked them to stand if they accept the pledge.
The entire gym stood.
However, I would like to see students go a step further. Should any of those students who stood be caught in a potential drunk driver situation with another schoolmate who accepted the pledge on Thursday, hold them accountable. Step up and do the unpopular thing and say, "Hey, didn't you stand that day and say you wouldn't get behind the wheel drunk or get into a vehicle with a drunk driver?"
Put some positive peer pressure on a fellow classmate that, perhaps, could save their life. Chances are very good that if one friend stands against a potentially deadly situation, another is likely to join and if two stand together, the initially unpopular decision becomes the right decision.
Programs, such as Shattered Dreams, are not only excellent reminders of the results of drunk or distracted driving, they are essential.
Again, a big thank you goes out to all who were involved in the two-day program that comes right before the most deadly time of the year for America's teenagers - prom, graduation, summer. Let's make all three occasions safe, sober and undistracted.
Revival to return
The cat is out of the bag. The Windom Revival is returning.
Dewey Moede phoned me recently to tell me that it has been confirmed with BARC that the Windom Revival, which was here in August, will be coming back again in November.
Mark your calendars now - Nov. 10 and 11, the BARC Auditorium.
Dewey said it's a "God-thing." Why? Dewey said that when his people at For God's Glory Alone Ministries pegged Nov. 10 and 11 for the revival in Windom, it was the first time the dates had really been discussed.
When Dewey called Greg Warner at BARC to see if they could secure the Auditorium for those dates, Greg said he already had those dates in mind. And when he went to look at his calendar, not only had he not written anything down, but the dates were wide open.
Dewey knows that coming back to his hometown of Windom to lead this revival is God working behind the scenes.
If you didn't attend the last revival, make sure you mark your calendars now for this one. I believe there were people a little apprehensive about what the revival was all about. Now they've seen the revival and how uplifting it is.
So, here's a vote that we "Fill the BARC for Jesus" on Nov. 10 and 11.
Plan on it!

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