A one-year observance and picnic is planned to honor former Verso paper mill employees and staff at about 10:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 in Sartell.
The celebration will happen in Veterans Park immediately following the traditional public Memorial Day ceremony. The regular event will start at 9 a.m.
There is a need for 30-45 volunteers to make the event happen.
The Verso observance is meant for anybody who ever worked at the Verso plant, which exploded on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. After the observance, people will move across the street to Watab Park for a meal, a silent auction and other activities.
Featured speakers will be Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and the Rev. Tim Baltes of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. The event’s organizer, Dennis Molitor, noted it’s difficult to reach many Verso employees due to the fact many names of people are no longer in phone books because they have cell phones.
For more information, call Molitor at 320-252-7055 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.