With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take a few moments to reflect on what we’re most grateful for about life up north in Grand Rapids! Here’s our list of what we’re giving thanks for in 2018:
Our Northern Spirit of Service
Two fantastic residents of Grand Rapids, Judy Peterson and Jerry Kleven, each received the 2018 Itasca County Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award! Judy not only dedicates her own time to serving others at such places as Itasca Hospice, Ruby’s Pantry, Open Door Coat Rack, but she also helps coordinate over 200 volunteers in the area. Judy’s work ensures that anyone and everyone in need of a helping hand will find one!
Even at 91 years old, Jerry’s passion and enthusiasm for community service in the Grand Rapids area never wavers. He’s involved with the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, Zion Lutheran Church, and Itasca County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Grand Rapids Area Food Shelf. Furthermore, he served on the steering committee for the Grand Itasca Foundation’s “Close-to-Home” capital campaign, which successfully raised over $2 million for new healthcare facilities in Grand Rapids.
We are so grateful for amazing volunteers like Judy and Jerry, as well as for all those who give their time in service to our community!
Our Picture-Perfect Surroundings
In a world where all kinds of technologies constantly demand our attention, we’re grateful to live in a place where the peace and serenity of nature lies just outside our doors. From taking a stroll through the 200 acres of parks and open spaces within Grand Rapids, to day trips to Chippewa National Forest, there are all kinds of opportunities to take some time to unwind in the great outdoors.
And of course, as northerners, cold, winter weather doesn’t stop us from getting outside — in fact, it just provides more ways to enjoy some fresh air! Fresh snowfall means it’s the perfect time to strap on your skis; with hundreds of miles of cross-country trails and the fantastic slopes of Mt Itasca, Grand Rapids is a skier’s paradise. Younger folks can have hours of fun tubing down Mt Itasca, making it a perfect family trip whether you’re a Grand Rapids resident or making a visit.
Our Delicious Dining
Of course, we can’t forget one of the best things about the holiday season: the food! After hiking, skiing, and tubing your way through the winter scenery, you’re sure to work up an appetite. We’re thankful to have so many delicious options right here in Grand Rapids to tantalize your taste buds! A walleye dinner from Florio’s Grill and Tavern will definitely fill anyone’s belly, and a Southwestern Bowl from Bixby’s is a perfect way to warm up after a winter day outdoors.
Looking to cook up a delicious dish of your own at home? Stop by Red Willow or Lake Lover Vintage for unique, locally crafted kitchenware and gourmet honeys, jams, wild rice, and more. Or maybe your vacation plans involve catching dinner yourself! Grand Rapids is often called the “Ice Fisherman’s Paradise” for a reason — with so many nearby lakes, all boasting top-notch ice fishing, you’re sure to bring home a big one.
These are just a few of the reasons why we’re so grateful to live here in Northern Minnesota. What are you thankful for this year?