July 4th - Garrison fireworks

After the conclusion of the Garrison City Council meeting June 9, the Commercial Club met and decided to hold the annual Fourth of July fireworks.

The decision was unanimous, said Garrison Mayor Loren Larson.

“Certainly, it’s important to commemorate the day,” Larson said. “It’s promoting the community. We’re expecting there will probably be a lot of people.

“I don’t think there’s going to be many other fireworks displays around,” he added.

Right now, there about $7,000 committed to the fireworks display. The cost of the display is expected to be $10,000.

“We’re just hoping that donations will come in,” Larson said.

Larson said that they will be stressing safe attendance of the fireworks, in terms of social distancing and the potential use of masks.

Donations for the fireworks can be sent to the Garrison Commercial Club, P.O. Box 123, Garrison, MN, 56450. There is also a GoFundMe page, available by searching “Commercial Club Fireworks.”

During the council meeting, it was also asked if the Christmas decoration snowflakes could get taken down before the fireworks. Larson said that he was waiting for Mille Lacs Energy to have a boom truck available due to shutdowns related to COVID-19.

“Maybe we should just leave ‘em up early for next year,” Larson said.

In other action from the council meeting:

• Garrison Fire Chief Bruce Breun reported that there were 15 department calls in May. Two were grass fires, one was a structure fire and the rest were medical calls.

Larson and council member Bill Stimac commented on the low number of grass fires.

“It’s been very dry and windy,” Stimac said, to which Breun replied that Garrison had been very lucky.

• The council approved a resolution acknowledging Deerwood Bank for a $100 donation to help with costs due to COVID-19. It was the second donation by the bank in as many months.

• The council also approved a service contract with The Office Shop for $211.20 for copies.

• A pawn shop license renewal was approved for Mille Lacs Pawn.

• The council approved a $250 donation to the Initiative Foundation, which helps entrepreneurs, addresses workforce shortages and increase access to child care.

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