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The group doesn't solicit money or funds, it's main focus is to use a network of resources and vol- unteers to fulfill Bucket List wishes. "It's been amazing," Ruether said last week as he sat in the Pearl Lake Lodge talking about what has transpired with the movement in less than six months. "So many people want to join the Bucket Brigade. The response has been overwhelming." Once the group learns of some- one who has a Bucket List wish, folks in the Bucket Brigade who are able to help, step forward. Ruether said the group has fulfilled about a dozen requests so far, whether it is taking someone for an airplane ride to having a photographer take family pictures. "Our goal is to do whatever we can do," he said. Ruether said that his desire to help others may have been spawned by the passing of his father this past May. Or, it may have been all the neg- ative news that is reported today. By seeing the generosity of the volunteers who have joined the Bucket Brigade, Ruether said his faith in people has been restored. "America is still strong. I think that's way cool. This network of people just melts you." Ruether said complete strang- ers have stepped forward to help. "People I've never met want to help. We have people chomping at the bit to help. I've had people in other states asking if they can help or if there is a chapter in their state they can join." So far, the group has only the local chapter, but in the future - who knows, Ruether said. Ruether said he wants to hear from folks who have a Bucket List request. About 900 post cards have been printed and distributed out- lining the group's mission - "to use our network of resources and volunteers to fulfill simple Bucket List wishes for terminally ill adults in Minnesota." Anyone who would like to join the Bucket Brigade can e-mail If you would like to nominate the Bucket List of a loved one, you can visit the website at www.mybucket Ruether said each list "tells a story." Sullivan's list, for example, also included petting a tiger or a bear, something she got to experience the same weekend as she stayed at Ruether's cabin. It just so hap- pened that a daughter of a friend of Ruether's worked at the Duluth Zoo. She heard of Sullivan's list and made it happen. A TV station was at the zoo working on another story and when they heard of Sullivan's request and the Bucket List organi- zation, they did a news story. Several stories have appeared in newspapers and on television about the movement. Ruether said that publicity is needed to get the word out about the group's want- ing requests. "Get us your lists," Ruether said. "If we can take someone's mind off of having cancer for a day or part of a day, it's all been worth it." list. So he called the reporter who wrote the story and offered his cabin for her use. The reporter called the woman Michalene Sul- livan of Hillman, and told her of Ruether's offer. Regular 6" Sub Gatqe I,I,C 55 on 398-2200 Santa greeted children and their parents after the Watkins Theatre Group's performance of"Disorder in the Court" Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. 00V-W Seni'or Dinin Dec. 23-27 Please call at least one day in advance. Meals may be picked up. Monday: Hamburger, oven-brown potatoes, corn, bun/margarine, apri- cots, milk. Tuesday-Dining Site Closed for Christ- mas Wednesday-Dining Site Closed for Christmas Thursday: Italian meat sauce, spaghetti noodles, lettuce/dressing, green beans, gar- lic bread/margarine, ice cream, milk. Friday: Hot beef sandwich, mashed pota- toes/gravy, stewed tomatoes, bread / marga- rine, peaches, milk. Suggested donation for those 60 or older is $3.85, under 60 is $6.55. Eden Valley diners are served at the Civic Center (attached to the city offices building), and should reserve a meal by calling Mary Lou Newcomb at (320) 453-8375. Watkins din- ers are served at St. Anthony Manor, and should call Peggi Gohman at (320) 764-5615 for reservation by 1 p.m. the day before your meal. Both sites serve at 11:30 a.m. Mon- day through Friday. This service is through Lutheran Social Service, funded in part by a contract from the Area Agency on Aging with funding from the Federal Older Americans Act through the Minnesota Board on Aging. Kimball-Senior Dinin Dec. 23-27 Monday: Baked pork chop, whipped potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, peach slices, pudding. Tuesday: porcupine meatballs in tomato sauce, corn, pear slices, wheat bread, cinna- mon bread pudding. Wednesday-Merry Christmas Dining Site closed Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, sweet pota- toes, wheat bread, fresh fruit, ice cream. Friday-Bingo: Lemon-pepper fish,.au gra- tin potatoes, beets, wheat bread, chocolate chip cake. Euchre anytime there are enough players 1% milk is served with every meal. Menu is subject to change. Suggested contribution for persons 60+ and volunteers is $3.50, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $7. REMINDER: When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us. The coffee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Rosalea Hoeft at (320) 398-2211 ext. 13, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gift dining booklets are avail- able at the Senior Dining Site and the Har- vest Bank in Kimball. Partially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Council of Aging as part of the Older Americans Act and administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Need Extra Cash For Holidat Shopping? 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