Recent examples of hard work are inspiring

We are reminded by an article in today’s paper and one just a week ago that community doesn’t just happen – it takes sharing, caring and most of all dedication.

Today’s reminder was the story about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Drake Threshing Show Sept. 8 and 9. The show offers something for every ag history buff and engine enthusiast.

“New activities introduced over the years have kept the show fresh for visitors,” Senior Writer Jill Schramm wrote in her story. And that is where the effort comes in; organizers of such long-time events learn that you can’t keep offering the same experiences over and over again, not if you want more than just the most loyal of supporters to come out for your event. Keeping the product fresh is hard to do no matter what you are selling.

“We tried to bring back the history of the threshing. The shows had shown a little bit of decline in attendance because that’s all we concentrated on – until we brought in the truck and tractor pulls,” said Dean Lemer, 22-year board member of the Drake Threshing Association. “We really do have a good turnout for that.”

Success reborn.

This year’s feature is four-wheel drive tractors, and there will be a full-size tractor pull and pickup pull Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m, Schramm reported. Of course, steam-powered and gas-powered tractor threshing remains a main feature both days of the event, she added.

Imagine all of the time and effort that goes into putting on such a show, and then multiply that by 50.


The other reminder also came in a story by Schramm. It was about Marlyn Evenson’s contributions in the medical field in Stanley.

“Retirement has been no different for Evenson, who has been integral to many blood drives, fundraisers and volunteer activities that support the medical community in Stanley,” Schramm said of Evenson, a longtime registered nurse.

At age 80, Evenson was recognized in June with the Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer award at the 2018 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health’s annual conference in Grand Forks. The award acknowledges contributions made by a community volunteer toward the betterment of rural healthcare.

Evenson said she loves being around the nursing home residents and feels so welcomed by medical center staff that she considers the facility to be her second home.

“It’s a good feeling to feel you are a part of it,” she said.

Evenson, 80, graduated from Trinity Nursing School in September 1958. Several months later, she returned to the Stanley area, where she grew up, and for the next 53 years worked for the local hospital, clinic and nursing home. During that time, she served as director of nursing, a position she held at the time she retired in 2011.

That is quite an impressive career. And she still organizes local blood drives, if you can believe it.

We need people like Marilyn Evenson – and the organizers of the Drake Threshing Show, past and present. They enrich our lives.

Thanks for all that you do. Your stories, as told by Jill, are nothing short of inspiring.