Wendy Larson and family rode in the parade with a photo of Paul on the side during the recent Boxelder Bug Days Parade.
FROM MY FRONT WINDOW
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
Oh how Mayor Paul Larson loved Boxelder Bug Days.
He’s gone — but his memory lived on last weekend during the annual celebration.
His family was named Grand Marshals of the Boxelder Bug Parade and Saturday night Chairman Scott Josephson paid homage to the man who loved Bug Days.
“Mom can’t speak right now,” said Jesse Larson as his mom looked out. They were given an award by the Bug Committee, in honor of Paul.
Josephson said of Larson, “When a small town loses a community member, we all feel it at some level. There is even a song that states, Everyone dies famous in a small town.”
He said Larson’s death “leaves a void that is hard to fill.”
“His death took from our community a mayor who served his community for 20 plus years. That in itself left a leadership void that needed to be filled to conduct the business of our city.”
He called Larson, “More than just our mayor.” Josephson said, “Paul had a special style of leadership and talented vision for community that is unusual in any city, let alone small town Minnesota.”
It was particularly touching when he said Paul was, “Minneotan through and through,” and he talked about how Paul loved the town and was proud of the team’s athletic accomplishments last year.
“Even at the dome he was ill and probably shouldn’t have been there, but wouldn’t have missed that for anything — after all, it was the Minneota Vikings.
Paul Larson particularly loved Bug Days and many times had a unique float in tghe event, including his, “Flamingo,” his “secret service entourage” and last year’s, “No frills government —no candy — budget cuts.”
“He had a sense of humor,” said Josephson, but also realized the important of small-town, big-spirit community life.”
As Josephson said, “Minneota lost a special and talented friend, family member and community servant.”
Paul’s name was included on shirts endorsing Boxelder Bug Days.
It was a fitting honor to a great man.
Congratulations Bug Committee
What an event you put on, Bug Committee. Scott Josephson and everyone on the committee and all those who helped need to be thanked for this great event.
It wasn’t easy because at the last minute Boxelder Bug Days had to be moved to accomodate the road construction in town.
Yet, it went off practically without a hitch and everyone seemed to find the events.
The completion of Jefferson Street helped alot with the carnival and other events being held there.
It’s amazing such a small town has so many talented people and is able to put on such an extensive presentation.
All the musical talent and other events make it a very special time in Minneota.
Plan B was a good one
Some folks told me, “I like plan B,” meaning the move to the alley behind Bubba’s and Cj’s, etc., was a good move.
It provided a chance for everyone to be together and most events were close enough to draw the whole thing together.
Josephson also got a lot of comments about keeping the event in this area.
“We’ll be considering that. We got a lot of favorable comments,” he said.
The committee will be looking at the entire effort.
Thanks again committee. It was GREAT!
LAUGH A LITTLE: After tucking their three-year old child in bed one night, his parents heard sobbing coming from his room. Rushing back in, they found him crying hysterically. He managed to tell them that he had swallowed a penny, and he was sure he was going to die. No amount of talking was helping. His father, in an attempt to calm him down, palmed a penny from his pocket and pretended to pull it from the boys’ ear. The boy was delighted. In a flash, he snatched it from his father’s hand, swallowed it, and then cheerfully demanded, “Do it again, Dad!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “You can only succeed greatly, if you’re not afraid to fail greatly.”
Ole Pappy failed a few times so he knew what that was about. But he always got up and dusted himself off and went again. I admired him for that.