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Coloring in a Saturday morning

Good Sam’s Color Jams run, walk route spends time along lake trail


THE VARIOUS COLOR powders used are 100% safe – and washable.


AN EXAMPLE OF the fire pit Good Sam Color Jam fundraiser monies will purchase – perfect for an evening campfire – and s’mores!

Walkers and runners, along with color station workers, colored in this Saturday morning (September 9) as the third-annual Good Sam Color Jam took to the course – with much of the route on the Mountain Lake Trail along the shores of Mountain Lake

The Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Lake hosted the 2017 event to raise funds for their facility. All funds raised will go towards a fire pit – perfect for an evening campfire – and mmm! –  s’mores!

Gettin’ colorful

The 2-Mile Walk and 3-Mile Fun Run were not timed events; held only as a way for participants of all ages and abilities to come out, have fun and get colorful – all for a good cause. Both the walk and run were led by 2017 Miss Mountain Lake Jae Faber on bicycle. There were be six color stations along the route. Both activities began and ended at The Good Samaritan Society-Mountain Lake.

Good Jam Color Jam sponsors included Mountain Lake Family Fitness, Mountain Lake Area Foundation, Mountain Lake Fire & Rescue, United Prairie Bank, Fulda Area Credit Union, Bargen Inc., GWRA (Gold Wing Riders Association) Minnesota Chapter C, Progressive Chiropractic, Observer/Advocate, Jubilee Peacemeals, Our Hometown Café, Triumph State Bank-Darfur Office and Hy-Vee-Windom.

Below is a photo gallery from the colorful morning event held under a beautiful blue Minnesota sky:


AND – THEY’RE OFF – with an explosion of color powders sent skyward. Leading the way on her bicycle is 2017 Miss Mountain Lake Jae Faber. Aside from the walkers and runners, Village residents took part, including a couple women from the Village (Evelyn Ray and Lillian Langland) riding on the rickshaw bike (purchased with last year’s Color Jam funds), powered by Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Lake-The Village’s Activity Director Cindy Quiring, and Village resident Willard Ratzlaff motoring with his scooter.


GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY of Mountain Lake-The Village Social Worker Shella Franz, front, points the way to go, pulling along grandson Graydon Franz. Behind are Cassy Loewen, currently a certified nursing assistant at the Good Samaritan of Mountain Lake-The Village, heading out with her son, Torsten Loewen and daughter, Brianna Loewen. Host for the event was Gary Hildebrandt, back right.


THIS YOUNG MAN is at the front of the pack of 5K runners, and enjoys a water spray and blast of orange color powder from Mountain Lake Fire Department firefighter Mark Pankratz, right, at the organization’s Orange color Station. Pankratz is the maintenance manager for the Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Lake-The Village.


KENNEDY SCHROEDER APPROACHES the powder pushers (Mark Pankratz, left and Pat Oja and Taylor Nesmoe, right), with no fear. Pankratz, Oja and Nesmoe are all Mountain Lake firefighters.


BONNIE JUNKER RECEIVES a color blast from firefighters Mark Pankratz, left and Taylor Nesmoe, right. Meanwhile, Bonnie’s dad, Richard Green, at back, skirts around the firefighters’ “sprinkler system.”


NOAH HOLMBERG, LEFT and Braxton Tollefson, right, finesse their way through the orange powder gauntlet.


BRIGITTE JUNKER, LEFT, running side-by-side with Janessa Peters, right, power their way through the Orange Color Station. Peters is currently a Certified Nursing Assistant at The Village.Gunner Junker, back left, makes his way along the route clad in his own powder-colorful Color Jam T-shirt. Mountain Lake firefighters at left include, front-to-back, Mark Pankratz, Pat Oja and Taylor Nesmoe.


THESE TWO-MILE Walkers are on the backside of the course, just past the Pink Color Station of Mountain Lake Fitness and the Mountain Lake Area Foundation.
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