Last Friday I took on the task of inviting Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to the EasyStand facility here in Morton. He was scheduled to be at St. Mary’s school in Bird Island, Minnesota fulfilling a promise to the young woman who sang for his inauguration. I must admit that I didn’t feel that I would be able to even get close to Governor Dayton but it turned out to be an eventful day.
He came into the gym, and McKaia Ryberg, the student who sang at his inauguration (and later sang for President Obama) sang the national anthem. She was amazing! Then the kids sang a few numbers. Very fun! Senator Gary Kubly was even in attendance and being a Lutheran minister, with a great sense of humor, he commented that until now he didn’t think Catholics knew how to sing. Governor Dayton then got up and had some nice things to say to the kids. They presented him with a St Mary’s t-shirt, which he quickly put on before heading out to see the school.
I thought that would be the last I would see of him, but the school was small. I ended up bumping into him in the hallway and handed him one of our brochures. “We’re a small company in Morton, Minnesota. Only four hundred people live in this town; we have forty employees and we sell to forty countries.” I said quickly. “That’s impressive!” he said as he took the brochure and put it in his pocket. “I would enjoy stopping at your facility sometime.”
Well I got a lot of nice pictures and I did what I set out to do, invite Governor Dayton to visit EasyStand. Later, my kindergarten grandson, Maverick, gave me a full tour of the school. It was a great day!