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					June 2011




            PVA President Bill
             Lawson visits the
             Minneapoilis SCI
            Center during PVA
             Awareness Month
Continuing to Serve
Minnesota Paralyzed
Veterans of America
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                                   he Minnesota Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America is a non-profit organization.
                                   Our funding is primarily received from donations. The Paralyzed Veterans of America is
                               the name of our parent organization, and is chartered by the Congress of the United States
One Veterans Drive              of America. All members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, have sustained a spinal
SCI-238                          injury or disease. If you have any questions, or you would like to make a donation to our
Minneapolis, MN 55417             organization, please write to the address or call the numbers listed on this page
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday:                                 Any and all articles that appear in this newsletter, is the opinion of the author of
                                         said article, and not necessarily those of its members, Board of Directors, or that
                                    of this organization. Any advertising that appears in this newsletter, is paid for by
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 Phone: 612-467-2263                 the business or organization that placed the advertisement. The Minnesota Paralyzed
 Toll Free: 1-800-663-6782            Veterans of America, by printing said advertisements, does not endorse and shall not
 Fax: 612-726-9472                    be held liable for any claims of any kind against said business or organization.
 Email: mnpva@qwestoffice.net
Executive Director
Richard F. Jost
                                        T   he Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America’s newsletter will be published
                                            9 times per year. The editor and/or assistant may edit all articles for content,
                                       grammar, clarity and punctuation.
Phone: 612-467-1651
Email: rfjostmnpva@qwestoffice.net      — Richard F. Jost, Editor.
Officers
President Thomas R. Fjerstad, PRP
Vice-President Russ Osborne
Secretary Eric Webster
Treasurer John Christensen
                                                The Minnesota                          Table of Contents
Past President Charlie Wittwer                  PVA Chapter is                           Volume 18, Issue 6
Board of Directors                         actively seeking new                          Northern Highlights
Leo Dondlinger – Todd Kemery
Tom Fjerstad – Dave Langsdale             members, if you know                           Rollx 14
Bill Frisby – Dave Hallis                    of a Veteran with a                         Cummings Mobility 3
Ken Klein
                                           spinal cord injury or                         Executive Director’s Report 4
National Director
Thomas R. Fjerstad, PRP                     disease, please have                         Dj’s Logic 4

National Service Offices                    the Veteran contact                          Sports Director’s Report 5
Jason Stephenson – 612-629-7022              the Minnesota PVA                           Magic Wheels 5
   Senior Benefits Advocate SCI-141
                                               Chapter office at                         President’s Report 6
Jim Arndt – 612-629-7021
Vocational Rehab. Program SCI-139            612-467-2263 or                             National Service Officers Report 6

One Veterans Drive                        1-800-663-6782 and                             Kempf 7
Minneapolis, MN 55417                       we will give him or                          2011 Upcoming Election 8
Tami Anderson – NSO III
Federal Building Room 194B
                                           her the Membership                            Membership Report 8

St. Paul, MN 55111                              Application to                           Mobility Days 9
612-970-5668
1-800-795-3609
                                                complete. The                            July Calendar and Schedule 10

FTS 612-970-5668                       membership application                            SCI Staff Corner 11

Northern Highlights Staff             is also on our website at                          Bowling Tournament 11
Editor Richard F. Jost
Circulation Dianna Way
                                            mnpva.org                                    Picnic Time 12
                                                                                         Oakdale Parade 13
Northern Highlights                  Front Cover Photos: Top Left: Tom Frazier         Twins Tickets 13
Advertising Rates                      (Shakopee Chevrolet) and National PVA
Please call the office for rates.                                                      Rollx 5
                                     President Bill Lawson Bottom Right: Chris
                                    Moosey (Sam’s Club), National PVA President        Fishing Schedule 15
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Executive Directors Report - Ric Jost

 For National Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month National PVA President Bill Lawson and Communication Director
 Mark Daley’s visit to the Minneapolis SCI Center on April 26, 2011 was productive. They were given a tour of the SCI Center by
 Gail Miller and several other SCI staff; physical therapy had arranged for someone to be in the pool so they could see that and then
 they visited the Computer Room with Beau Bedore, MA, CCS, SLP, (Speech Pathologist) and they were very impressed with the new
 technology that is available to our veterans. Bo and Dave Langsdale (MNPVA Board Member) have developed a 9 minute training
 video to demonstrate how a voice activated computer system in the home can lead to further independence. During lunch in the
 multi - purpose room in the SCI Center, President Lawson shared some information about Paralyzed Veterans of America Month and
 also handed out awards to 2 of our sponsors Chris Moosey of Sam’s Club and Tom Frazier of Shakopee Chevrolet. After lunch we met
 with Minneapolis VA Medical Center Director Steve Klienglass and his team, last but not least, we met with Dr. Goldish and the SCI
 Team. The plan was to take them to a Twins Game but it was rained out so went to plan B and headed to a restaurant in Minneapolis
 and on the way back to the hotel one of Bill’s comments in the van was “it is 9:30 P.M. and we are still talking shop”. All in all it was
 a great day and both Bill and Mark were on a plane early Wednesday morning headed for Chicago. I would like to thank Mr. John Way
 for driving the MNPVA van both days, Jason Stephenson (PVA Senior Benefits Advocate) for driving us to the restaurant also to Mr.
 Kleinglass and his team and to the entire SCI team for giving their time during the president’s visit.
 We still have room in our newsletter for business card ads, so if you know of any business card ad out there related to PVA, please let
 us know or have them contact the office; email is preferred at mnpva@qwestoffice.net
 For those of you that have not been to the Minneapolis VA Health Care Systems SCI Center in the last few weeks, the construction
 for the gazebo and the sports court has started. I will also be a part of the committee for the new parking lot ramp that project is
 scheduled to beguin in the spring of 2012, so I will keep you posted on that as time goes on. The MNPVA Chapter is honored to be
 included in several of the VA Medical Center’s major projects.
 On Saturday June 21st, John Christensen and I went to Cold Springs, Minnesota for the “Old Glory Run” a very patriotic 5K race.
 It was a cold rainy day but we both finished the race and it was fun. When you ride with John these days, it is pay your entry fee,
 look him in the eye at the start line and the next thing I see his back disappearing in the rain and fog with only the police car’s
 flashing lights in front of him. I don’t know what is going on these days but the police cars always use to be behind me with their
 lights flashing, oh well, another story, another day. This was a great event for Veterans. There were 1400 runners registered and 1000
 showed up for the race. The funds they raised will be used to purchase a van for the St. Cloud VA Hospital. There were the usual
 serious racers and many people just having fun. The St. Cloud VA van brought some Veterans down for the race and those Veterans
 had volunteers that helped push them through the race. Even a distance of 3.1 mile is tough for the VA Hospital chairs they were
 in, but everyone finished the race. The finish line was great, there were many people cheering you all the way in and Veterans, wore
 red bin numbers to race under and at the finish line you were given a medallion thanking you for your service. What was fantastic
 was seeing the family groups running together and seeing the group of kids who were introduced to the veterans. John and I took the
 MNPVA Chapter van and trailer up for the race which was a great public relations event for the chapter. This is a great race and I
 would encourage as many of you that are able to attend next year. A special thank you to John Swanson and his family for helping us
 stay dry all day. For more information on next year’s event you can go to the following web site: www.theoldgloryrun.com



     Dj’s * L*ogic
 Do your feet sometimes act as if they have a mind of their own? You know, where they
 decide the when, where & why to start kicking, as well as the number & intensity of the
 spasms; often at just the wrong time? Maybe the doctor has prescribed a medicine and/
 or referred you to a therapist for stretching, or maybe a prostatic device to address this
 annoying problem. If so, you might want to give this a try. Simply attach a piece of
 industrial-strength Velcro (available in OT), one side to the bottom of your shoe & the other
 to where you will want the shoe to “rest”. Careful though, use only as much as necessary.
 Davie Langsdale

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Sport’s Director’s Report - Todd Kemery

Happy Sprummer PVA Fans!
That’s a warm weather term that merges our short Minnesota spring into our equally short summer. It’s warm weather time again and to
help celebrate our fast and furious summer, we have a wide range of events for you to consider.
Our Veteran’s softball team has once again started a new season and there is an open invitation to practice with or join the team. This is
an ongoing open door policy for anyone interested in getting started playing wheelchair softball. The team is able to provide extra equip-
ment if needed. Practice is at Brooklyn Park on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to dark and game days will be every other Thursday
at 6:00 p.m. to dark starting May 26th. Call the office for more team contact information and directions.
I am pleased with the amount of Veterans participating in the Veterans games this year. We have eighteen athletes registered for the
games in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. For those of you who would like to experience a little of the excitement the games generate, we will
be hosting the second annual Mini Game here at the SCI/D center July 13th. There will be events ranging from handcycling to obstacle
course for power chairs and manual chairs. Our athletes will be available to help demonstrate and help those who want to try their hand
at a little competition. For our athletes, we have established practice times for you to come to the SCI/D center and get ready for your
events. You have already received a letter with times and dates. Please call the office if you haven’t received anything.
Fishing at Mill Lacs has begun. Our first trip netted a fish which was promptly released to help keep the obviously low population num-
bers from declining any further. However, a great time was had by all and the on board feast was better than ever. There is plenty of room
for future launches for you and your family to enjoy. Our next fishing trip is June 8th and 22nd. Please call and get your name on our list
so we can plan for food accordingly.
Operation Liberty is offering our members a special Evening of Sailing, Wednesday July 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wayzata Com-
munity Sailing Center is hosting a picnic dinner and an evening of sailing. Check out our website for all the details including a registra-
tion form that must be completed by July 10, 2011.
Lastly, I want to let you all know that I had three takers in my invitation to tandem skydive. So, the four of us will be jumping with an
outfit from Le Sueur, Minnesota. There is still room for more, let me know and we will add your name to the list.



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    President’s Report - Thomas R. Fjerstad, PRP

    April was PVA Awareness Month and one of the highlights for the chapter was a visit from PVA National President Bill Lawson.
    President Lawson visited the chapter on April 26th. He was able to tour our SCI Center, the newest SCI Center in the country and
    was very impressed with the facility. We had planned on a Twins game that evening but unfortunately it was rained out. Many of our
    members had the opportunity to speak with President Lawson and I’d like to thank him for making Minnesota one of the stops on his
    nationwide tour.
    Current projects at the chapter include the artwork selection for the SCI Center and the beefing up of our Hospital Liaison program. If
    you have a photo in your collection that you think is noteworthy in respect to Minnesota PVA history or the history of spinal cord injury
    medicine please send a copy to the chapter office to be included in our selection process. Passage of a resolution at the PVA Annual
    Convention last summer is breathing new life into the hospital Liaison program by bringing uniformity in program operation amongst
    PVA’s chapters. PVA’s Healthcare Monitoring and Advocacy Training will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in mid-October.
    I hope to see everyone at the chapter picnic on Friday June 24th where you’ll be able to see construction in progress on our new fully
    accessible picnic gazebo and sports court.



    National Service Officer’s Report - Tami Anderson

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    (Information ascertained from the Department of Veterans Affairs website)

    Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) provides mortgage life insurance to severely disabled veterans and service
    members. It is designed to pay off home mortgages of disabled veterans and service members in the event of their death.

    Veterans and service members who have received Specially Adapted Housing Grant from the VA are eligible for VMLI.
    This is a grant to help a disabled veteran or service member build or modify a home to accommodate his or her disabili-
    ties. To receive the Specially Adapted Housing Grant; a veteran or service member must be service connected for the
    loss, or loss of use of both lower extremities, such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or
    a wheelchair or blindness in both eyes, having only light perception, plus the anatomical loss or loss of use of one lower
    extremity or the loss or loss of use of one lower extremity together with residuals of organic disease or injury which so
    affect the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or a
    wheelchair. The loss of use of one lower extremity together with the loss of use of one upper extremity which so affect the
    functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or a wheelchair
    per 38 CFR 3.809(b)(1)(2)(3)(4).

    VMLI provides up to $90,000 mortgage life insurance payable to the mortgage holder, (i.e., a bank or mortgage lender),
    in the event of the veterans or service members death. The amount of coverage will equal the balance of the mortgage,
    not to exceed $90,000. VMLI is decreasing term insurance which reduces as the amount of the mortgage reduced. There
    is no loan or cash values and pays no dividends. Coverage automatically terminates when the mortgage is paid off. If a
    mortgage is disposed of through sale of the property, VMLI may be obtained on the mortgage of another home.

    Veterans and service members who receive a grant for the purchase of Specially Adapted Housing are advised by Loan
    Guaranty personnel at their interview of their eligibility for life insurance to cover the unpaid mortgage on their home.

    To view a premium, go to the premium calculator available at http://www.insurance.va.gov. If you have additional
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 2011 Upcoming Election
                                ALL MINNESOTA PVA MEMBERS
 The Minnesota PVA Chapter elections for Officers and Board of Directors are fast approaching. Nominations for candi-
 dates for all officer positions and two (2) Board of Directors positions will be taken from June 15, 2011, to July 15, 2011.
 The following positions are up for re-election:

 	   •	   President	
 	   •	   Vice-President	
 	   •	   Secretary	
 	   •	   Treasurer	
 	   •	   Two	(2)	Board	of	Director	positions

 We would like everyone to take a moment to give serious thought to who would fit into these positions, when submitting
 your list of candidates. All candidates must be voting members of the Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America Chapter
 and before taking office with MNPVA; they must become certified by the National PVA before your name is placed on
 the ballot in August. Officers are elected for a one (1) year term and Board members are elected for a three (3) year term
 and all elected officials should be available for the following commitments during their time of service:

 	   •	   Attend	monthly	Board	Meetings	–	half	day	commitment	plus	travel	time
 	   •	   Serve	on	Committees	–	a	minimum	of	two	committers	per	board	member	which	requires	additional	time
 	   •	   Attend	Chapter	Functions	–	annual	picnic,	annual	banquet	and	any	other	function	requested	by	the	president	
 	   •	   The	passion	and	desire	to	assist	this	chapter	and	this	Nation’s	Veterans

 When submitting your nominations for candidates you must follow these guidelines:
 	 •	 Nominations	must	be	in	writing
 	 •	 You	must	include	your	name	when	submitting	your	choice	of	candidates
 	 •	 You	must	be	a	voting	member	of	this	chapter
 	 •	 You	must	specify	what	position	you	want	each	individual	to	be	considered	for	when	submitting	your	nominations

 Please mail in your choice for candidates to the MNPVA office at the following address:
                Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America
                Attention: Secretary Eric Webster
                1Veterans Drive, SCI-238
                Minneapolis, MN 55417

 We need persons who are willing to contribute time and effort to the well-being of the chapter.

 Respectfully submitted,
 Eric Webster, Chapter Secretary


                                                                           Membership Report
                                                                                    Dave Hallis
                                                                           Current Membership is at 331
                                                                             Service Connected = 145
                                                                           Non Service Connected = 186


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           June and July Schedule of Events
 June 14      Flag Day                                         July 4          Independence Day –
 June 19      Father’s Day                                                     Holiday Office Closed
 June 21      Summer Begins                                    July 5          Holiday – Office Closed
 June 21      BOD Meeting                                      July 5          Bingo Veteran’s Home – 7:00 p.m.
 June 22      Fishing from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at           July 6          UVLC Meeting – 9:30 a.m.
              Mille Lacs Lake in Isle, Minnesota at            July 13         Fishing from 5:00 P.M to 9:00 P.M.at Mille
              Scenic Bay Resort; please call the MNPVA                         Lacs Lake in Isle, Minnesota at Scenic
              office if you plan on attending so we have                       Bay Resort, please call the MNPVA office
              enough food for everyone.                                        if you plan on attending so we have enough
 June 23      Oakdale Parade – MNPVA Chapter will be                           food for everyone
              the Grand Marshall                               July 19         BOD Meeting
 June 24      MNPVA Annual Picnic                              July 27         Armistice Day

 Hospital Visitation: Monday through Friday
 Bowling South: Thursday mornings starting at 11:00 a.m. at Eden Prairie Bowling Lanes
 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

                   Please call the MNPVA office if you plan on attending any of the above activities at
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                       612-467-2263 or 1-800-663-6782 or via email at mnpva@qwestoffice.net
SCI Staff Corner
Lucy Furlong, RN, BSN, CRRN, Management of Information and
Outcomes Coordinator, Minneapolis Spinal Cord Injury
and Disorder Center
Outcomes and the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Outcome (SCIDO) Database

Many veterans receiving care in Minneapolis at the Spinal Cord Injury    and Disorder Center (SCI/D) have heard the terms
“outcome data” and “SCIDO” since the center opened in February of 2009. What do these terms mean? How do they
                                                                                Admissions  to  Mpls  SCI/D  Center  Since  Feb  
relate to someone who actually has a spinal cord injury or disorder? This article is to explain why this initiative to follow
                                                                                        2009  by  Injury  Category  
outcome data is so important to those living with a spinal cord injury or disorder, and for those working with patients who
                                                                          120  

have a spinal cord injury or disorder.                                    100  


Most people want to know about outcomes when they sustain an injury or80  disorder. Examples of questions related to
                                                                       60  
outcome data are: How much function will I gain back? How long will I be in the hospital? How does this hospital’s
                                                                       40  
rehabilitation program compare to others? How much equipment and help will I need to go on living my life as I want it?
                                                                       20  

What types of conditions and health problems can I expect? In general, what is to be expected now that I have a spinal
                                                                        0  
                                                                             ALS   High  Tetra   Low  Tetra   Para   ASIA  D   Other   MS  
cord injury or disorder?                                                            (C1-­‐C4)     (C5-­‐C8)  
                                                                                                                                              

Outcome data is the measurement, recording, analyzing and
                                                                                                                                                       Model SCI System FIM Gain (Stover 1995)
comparisons that tell veterans, their families, health care                               FIM  GAINS:                                                  VA SCSC FIM Gain
professionals, and other stakeholders what can be expected and                            (Functional Independence
                                                                                                                                                       Mpls SCI Center FIM Gains
                                                                                          measures)
anticipated. Some examples of outcome data that is collected in the
Minneapolis SCI/D center are: the level and cause of the injury, the                       45                                                             41.5                     41.2
                                                                                                                                                                                                   35        35.9

length of stay for rehabilitation patients, life satisfaction, functional                                                        27.8
                                                                                           30                                                                             24.75                                              23.41
improvements, and how patients fare after discharge. Outcome data                                                                               20.4


is also collected on annual evaluation patients. Outcome data helps                        15
                                                                                                        12.4           13.5

                                                                                                                                        23.3
                                                                                                                                                                29.2
                                                                                                                                                                                          27.1                    25.4


compare the Minneapolis SCI/D program to other programs so it                                                   17.5

                                                                                            0
can be determined what is done well and what needs improvement.                                            High                    Low                   Paraplegia                 ASIA  D                Mean  of  all  
                                                                                                        Tetraplegia            Tetraplegia                                                                   injury  
The VA has the largest Spinal Cord System of Care in the world,                                                                                                                                            categories  

and healthcare systems everywhere stand to learn quite a bit about
                                                                                                               Admissions  to  Mpls  SCI/D  Center  Since  Feb                                                                                  
spinal cord injuries and disorders by the outcome data gathered from                                                   2009  by  Injury  Category  
veterans.                                                                                  120  


The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Outcomes (SCIDO) database                              100  

                                                                                            80  
is a computer program that was produced to specifically follow the                          60  
veterans that have spinal cord injuries and disorders. It was written                       40  

with the recommendations of the World Health Organization in                                20  

mind. The SCIDO program will help the VA nationally and locally                              0  
                                                                                                          ALS           High  Tetra       Low  Tetra             Para             ASIA  D               Other             MS  
be more consistent and effective in storing, retrieving and analyzing                                                    (C1-­‐C4)         (C5-­‐C8)  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
the outcome data that is gathered. The Hub (Minneapolis) has a
                                                                                                         90%  Discharged  to  Community!     1995)
Management of Information and Outcomes Coordinator that is a                                                            Model SCI System FIM Gain (Stover

resource to both the Hub and the Spoke sites in VISN 23 on how to
                                                                                                FIM  GAINS:  
                                                                                                Discharge  to  Community     VA SCSC FIM Gain
                                                                                                                                  Discharge  to  InsTtuTons  
                                                                                                                                                               Mpls SCI Center FIM Gains
enter information into SCIDO. The SCIDO program is currently being
rolled out one SCI/D center at a time, and Minneapolis is hopeful to                               45                                                             41.5
                                                                                                                                                  10%  
                                                                                                                                                                                            41.2

have the program before 2011 is over.                                                                                                                                                                      35         35.9

                                                                                                                                         27.8
                                                                                                   30                                                                             24.75                                              23.41
 It is very important in moving forward to achieve excellence in the                                                                                    20.4


treatment and rehabilitation of veterans with spinal cord injuries and
                                                                                                                                                       90%  
                                                                                                               12.4           13.5                                                               27.1                    25.4
                                                                                                   15                                           23.3
                                                                                                                                                                       29.2

disorders. The advancements that have been made with outcome data                                                      17.5

                                                                                                    0
collection and the ability to analyze this data with the SCIDO program                                             High                     Low                  Paraplegia                   ASIA  D               Mean  of  all  
will be key components to advance this initiative.                                                              Tetraplegia             Tetraplegia                                                                   injury  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    categories  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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MNPVA Chapter 2nd Annual Bowling Tournament
The Minnesota PVA Chapter held its second annual bowling tournament on Thursday April 28, 2011, at Brunswick Zone
XL Bowling in Blaine, Minnesota between the two bowling teams from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Wyoming, Minnesota.
Even though it was a cold wet day, 12 bowlers and 13 volunteers attended the event. The bowlers were anxious to get
started for the friendly rivalry between the two teams.

John Christensen had the highest score for manual bowling and Russ Osborne had the highest score for ramp bowling;
everyone had a great time competing and visiting with their fellow bowlers.

A luncheon was served after everybody finished bowling. After lunch a drawing was held for 3 prizes. The prize drawing
winners were as follows: first prize – Jan Langsdale, second prize – Dale Haugen and third prize – Scott Armstrong.

All in all it was a fantastic day and everyone had a great time. The two teams are already practicing for the bowling
tournament next year.




                       IT’S PICNIC TIME
        Who:            All MNPVA Members and their guests            This picnic is for you the members and guests
        What:           Annual Summer Picnic                          and we really would like to see all of you there.
        When:           Friday June 24, 2011                          This is a great opportunity to visit with old
        Where:          Minneapolis VA Medical Center                 friends and make new ones. We especially
                        Behind the Building                           welcome our new members to join us and meet
                        (Same place as last year)                     other MNPVA members.
        Time:           11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
        Location:       Minneapolis VA Medical Center                 NOTE!!! Please call the MNPVA
                        1 Veterans Drive                              office at 612-467-2263 or
                        Minneapolis, MN                               1-800-663-6782 or via email at
        We will start serving food at 11:30 A.M.!!                    mnpva@qwestoffice.net if you will
                                                                      be attending the picnic so we will
                                                                      know how much food to order.

                                                                      You must call the MNPVA office by
                                                                      June 10, 2011 at the latest to
                                                                      reserve a spot.

                                   Members Volunteers and Guests are invited to this event only

12
 OAKDALE PARADE NOTICE
Oakdale Summer Fest Grand Parade has asked the Minnesota PVA Chapter to be the Grand Marshal for
the parade this year. We have accepted the invitation and will be driving the Minnesota PVA Chapter
van and pulling the MNPVA trailer behind it plus Minnesota PVA representatives will follow the van.
Below is some information if you wish to watch the parade and for parking area to park your vehicle
while you watch the parade:
Who:            MNPVA members and guests
What:           Oakdale Summer Fest Grand Parade
Where:          Oakdale, Minnesota
When:           Thursday June 23, 2011
Time:           6:30 P.M.
Parade Route:
Begins east of Century Avenue and travels down 15th Street and turns
north unto Hadley Avenue and ends at the second entrance to the city hall parking lot
Spectator Parking
Spectators may park along most of the residential roads as well as on the boulevard along Hadley
Avenue just south of 15th Street; this is a highly attended parade and it is best to arrive early to get a
good parking spot. If you have any questions, please call the MNPVA Chapter office at 612-467-2263
or 1-800-663-6782
                              Hope to see you at the parade!!



                                                      Twins Tickets
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                                                                10             2           6            6
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                                                                16             7          18           20
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                                                                18            15          20           22
     The Minnesota PVA Chapter has                              19            16          21           26
     purchased season tickets for the                           27            17          22           27
                                                                28            18          23           28
     Minnesota Twins games for the
                                                                29            29          24
     2011 season. If you are interested                                       20          25
     in attending a game, please choose                                       21          26
                                                                              22          27
     a date from the schedule.
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                                                                              24


   Please call the MNPVA Chapter office for one of the dates that you and one guest would like to attend a
                   Twins game at the Target Stadium at 612-467-2263 or 1-800-663-6782.
   NOTE!! The chapter will NOT pay for any food or beverages purchased or any parking fees.
                                       Todd Kemery – Sports Director
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MNPVA 2011 FISHING SCHEDULE
               Date                        Time
       Wednesday June 22, 2011      1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
       Wednesday July 13, 2011      5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Wednesday August 17, 2011     5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
     Wednesday September 7, 2011    1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


We have scheduled Wednesday as the day for the fishing
trips this year and we hope it will work for all of you
anglers. Please call the MNPVA office for each fishing trip
you plan on attending at 612-467-2263 or 1-800-663-
6782 or via email at mnpva@qwestoffice.net so we will
know how much food to buy for everyone.
NOTE!!         We will schedule the MNPVA van for the
fishing trips this summer for those of you that would like to
go fishing but do not want to drive. You will have to call the
office by Monday at the latest of the week that a fishing trip
is scheduled so we can make arrangements.


           We wish all of you anglers a great fishing season!!


                           July Birthdays
              July 1                             July 19                July 25
        Charles D. Frafjord                    Robert Huber        Jesse J. Gonzales
                                                                  Robert J. Mickelson
               July 2                            July 20
          Curtis L. Schultz                  Thomas J. Moran      William J. Schiebler
                                                Pius Volk              Gary Yanta
            July 7
        Thomas B. Boland                         July 21               July 27
                                          Charles J. Evancevich   Earnest B. Erickson
              July 12                                               David J. Hallis
         Arnold E. Johnson                       July 22
                                             Daniel J. McCoy           July 28
           July 16                            David Stopke         Scott T. Buchan
     Raymond H. Sandstrom
                                                July 24                 July 29
             July 17                      Robert S. Armstrong        Jack Maypark
        Gerald C. Dunlap                    John T. Longley
       William M. Furlong                                              July 31
       Glenn D Mittelsteadt                                       John G. Schnieder
                                                                   Justin E.Theien


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