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The expansion of a people

Miriam Orr

On Saturday I found myself in downtown Buffalo, at Hayes Public House, right across the street from Buffalo Lake and Sturges Park. I’ve lived in Wright County for about five years now, and I can’t say I’d ever visited HPH in all that time.

Granted, I’ve spent most of time in Cokato, so that might be why.

So anyway, on Saturday HPH was celebrating five years of business in Buffalo, along with its neighbor, Abundant Kitchen. For me, festivities began at 9:30 a.m., where VIP’s gathered at the pub; all-access wristbands shining in all their glory, as the lively bunch swung wide their doors and ushered us inside.

After pouring a chilled glass of the pub’s newest brew, “Revenge of the Dallaham,” a simple toast followed – one that celebrated five years of hard work, establishment, accomplishment, and unity – and down went a myriad of glasses as a jibing cheer of applause, jest, and agreement rang out.

Participating in the “Parade of the Pint” and marching across downtown behind a group of locals (most, if not all, wearing kilts I might add!) made me pause for a second and look around to what a wonderful community this city truly offers.

We in Wright County are blessed to have a county seat like Buffalo – a sparkling gem, the city offers a great deal of promise to the area we are fortunate to call home. It almost is like an escapism effect, even for people who live here – whether you’re waltzing around downtown Buffalo with a pint of locally-brewed ale or taking a stroll around the lake, it borders on feeling like you’re a tourist right in your own back yard; as if this is a place with new places to discover, more people to meet, and an abundance of experiences to be had.

I spent a lot of my growing-up years moving around quite a bit, though I’d say I was primarily raised up north, in Kanabec County. My parents grew up there, and to say we had a strong grasp of the community would be an understatement – we knew everyone and anyone.

However, the community I grew up with didn’t have the same “feel” as Buffalo. Sure, you could say hi to people as they walked by, but, there wasn’t as much bristling energy in the air like there is here. My old community felt just like that – old. While everyone knew everyone else, they also knew everyone’s history, and many times it wasn’t always the truthful bits that came into the air.

Needless to say, when we moved to the western plains of the state, we were in for a surprise! Here there are small cities, but there are also bustling cities like Buffalo and Monticello that provide not only places of industry, but housing for the smaller communities; all which are not that far from the metro. More and more each day, Buffalo evolves into a type of suburb outside of the metro, while maintaining the down-home, country feel.

People complain about little things like dog parks and government buildings, but these are the stuff of progress! We live in a wonderful community that is safe and expanding its horizons; we should be thrilled that Buffalo and other cities around it are expanding and teaming with people who want in, with businesses that want to set down roots. What’s more, we have a government in place that is very conscious of cost and the taxation of its citizens – how many communities can that be said of?

Pray for your leadership here in this community – pray that they are wise; not just wise to your side of the fence, but wise in the sense of local government and what is best for the area. Scripture tells us in 2 Chronicles that if we humble ourselves and pray, and seek the Lord’s face, he will hear us from heaven – what city official wouldn’t want you praying that for them? I know quite a few city employees personally, and I know for a fact they would be honored and beyond grateful that you would seek the Lord’s will for not only them, but the community of which they serve.

Sure, being at HPH on Saturday made me stop and think about our community; it made me think about what side of its progress I wanted to be on – did I want to stand in the way of expansion and progress? Or, did I want to educate myself as my position and duty as a media representative demands; to know what was going on in a way that supports not only the progress our city is making, but helps others understand also?

For the expansion of a people to be prosperous and withstanding, it is necessary for change to grow them. That change is on the horizon of our great County – at many levels, not just here in Buffalo. Our expansion is upon us, and progress is within grasp.

What side of it will you be on?

 


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