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Dancers 'square up' for fellow dancer

Adeline Sherbrooke, Noble Grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lakeside Lodge, Detroit Lakes, presents a check for $1,000 to Pete Keller, who lost his home to a fire in January. Also picture are IOOF members Don Lawyer and Hank and Carol Reitan. (Submitted photo)

Pete Keller lost everything in a trailer house fire in rural Audubon on Jan. 11. He is the club president for the Lake Park Country Twirlers, and all his friends wanted to help him re-establish a home.

The IOOF Hall in Detroit Lakes vibrated with the music and movement of 90 dancers and spectators from as far away as the Twin Cities.

Attendees contributed over $2,400, the Detroit Lakes IOOF Lakeside Lodge added $1,000, and the Becker County chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans approved supplemental funding up to $1,000 to the cause. Seven callers and cuers donated their time, including square dance callers Larry Johansen (also emcee) of Underwood, Mark Helfter and Roger McNeil of Fargo, Richard Miller of Battle Lake and Royce Nelson of Bagley. Bernadette McNeil of Fargo and Donna Stone of Sebeka cued the round dances. Dancers and IOOF members Bob and Dorothy Hoover and Jim and Sherry Zweerink were unable to attend.

Pete expressed gratitude to all, saying he "didn't realize how mice people could be."

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