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Honor Flight fundraiser set for Friday

Submitted Photo Sideline features Paul Larson on bass guitar (from left), Bill Shoup on guitar, Cindy Anderson on keyboards and Ken Clark on drums.

WORTHINGTON -- When people finish work Friday afternoon, they'll have a chance to honor Americans who served their country while enjoying the outdoors and the start of a holiday weekend.

Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota will host a fundraiser Friday at Centennial Park, with a beer garden scheduled to open at 4 and a food stand at 5 p.m. The locally based band Sideline is slated to perform from 6 to 10 p.m.; beer and food will be available until 11 p.m.

"We had approached Sideline member Paul Larson and asked him if they'd be interested in doing a fundraiser sometime this summer," said Mike Kuhle, an Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota Committee member. "We finally settled on a date, and Sideline was very gracious. It's just a big, big thing for them to be donating their time."

JBS has donated pork for the event, and all food and drink (besides beer) will be available for free-will donations.

"We'll make money off the food donations and also off the beer," Kuhle said. "This is a great kickoff to the Fourth of July weekend, and we're going to honor our World War II veterans."

Money raised from Friday's fundraiser will help pay for a second Honor Flight -- the first took place April 30-May 1 -- to Washington, D.C. The next flight is scheduled for Oct. 1-2.

"About 110 veterans go on this flight," Kuhle said, "and there are another 52 guardians, and the guardians pay for themselves."

"There's also a medical team that goes along ... and I believe the total cost is in the $130,000, $140,000 range. Veterans don't pay a dime."

Kuhle noted that Rock County plans to have its own fundraiser in Luverne sometime in August, with a different band set to perform.

"We just thought we'd do one here in Worthington as a way to raise some funds," he said. "Nobles County has been generous in supporting this fundraising over the last seven months."

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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