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Flood response volunteers filled thousands of sandbags for the levy wall. Their hard work will be honored as Lumberjack Days Parade Grand Marshals. (Gazette file photo)

Put down the sand bags and put on your walking shoes. The Grand Marshals of the 2019 Lumberjack Days Parade are the Flood Response Volunteers and Community Thread.

“We were really honored when we heard who had been selected as the parade grand marshals,” said Sally Anderson, executive director of Community Thread. “Volunteers are really the unsung heroes in our community.”

While all of the volunteers who participated in the flood response this year are invited to walk in the parade, special acknowledgment will be given to Community Thread’s volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Kmecik, and Stillwater city clerk, Beth Wolf. Kmecik and Wolf will wave to the crowd from the grand marshal vehicle.

Wolf has been an employee of the city for over 19 years, but took over the role as city clerk this past year. When the flood waters began to rise, Wolf was the point person at city hall to work with volunteers.

“I remember some floods in the years when I first started where we were not as organized as we were this year,” Wolf said. “We had a lot of people that wanted to help, but it became a safety issue.”

By working with Community Thread, who started in Stillwater 52 years ago as a volunteer organization, the city used the help of many volunteers and ensured they were safe while working on the flood levy.

“When the flood comes, it comes quick and it becomes like a second job to manage the response,” Wolf said. “I know all the volunteers worked so hard.”

If you volunteered and would like to march in the parade, contact jennifer@communitythreadmn.org by Friday, July 19 to RSVP with the number of people you will be walking with.

“We are going to have the volunteer vests for people to wear,” Wolf said. “We will also have some sandbags stuffed with paper to carry.”

The Lumberjack Days parade will take place at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, July 21 in Stillwater. For more information about the parade route, visit lumberjackdays.com/schedules-events/parade

Contact Alicia Lebens at alicia.lebens@ecm-inc.com

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