Karen Speidel is the News-Monitor Media Managing Editor

Polka Fest roared into Hankinson with a two-day music festival. Friday and Saturday were about polka music, polka dancing, polka talking — and yes, that’s a thing as polka-fest goers have their own language.

1st THING:

Polka Fest more than the music

Hankinson was awash with music and color Friday and Saturday as the community hosted its 6th annual Polka Fest. People came from across the country to attend this kind of festival. Walking through the parking lots was a testament to that fact as plates from Washington, California and North Carolina were found on cars, trucks and RVs. Polka Fest likely won’t result in a mass exodus of people opting to move here so they can be closer to this ageless music, but it does give the community a chance to show off what makes it special — part of which is resident’s ability to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Practically every service organization, Commercial Club member and business is represented in some fashion during the two-day music festival. It’s fun, upbeat and you get to meet some of the most positive people on this planet. Thank you to those who came to Hankinson this weekend. Go polka!

2nd THING:

Burger Night supports community

The Lidgerwood Community Club has been busy the past few years after forming a club meant to give back to this wonderful city. Wednesday people came to the Pool Park for Burger Night, a bi-annual fundraiser in which the Community Club raises money for its service projects. Part of it goes so events like Heritage Day and Santa Day stay free. Funds from past Burger Nights also purchased five garbage cans and four picnic tables — all heavy duty — for the park. That creates more opportunities for the citizenry served by this Community Club.

3rd THING:

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