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Small token of thanks: Corral provides lunch for law enforcement officers

Alexandria police officers Tony Golden (left) and Kevin Guenther enjoy their rib dinner courtesy of the Corral Saloon and Eatery. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 1 / 2
The Alexandria Police Department was treated to a rib lunch from the Corral Saloon and Eatery on Friday as a thank you during National Police Week. Dishing up their food were officers (from left) Darcie Zirbes, Jon Dahlheimer and Tony Golden. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 2

Sue Hawkinson knows a little bit about what law enforcement officers go through day in and day out, since she has two brothers who are now retired from the force. Because of that, she wanted to thank all law enforcement personnel during National Police Week, which was May 12-18.

As owner of Corral Saloon and Eatery in Nelson, Hawkinson thanked them by delivering lunch Friday to the Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Jail and the Carlos Police Department. She also had an employee deliver lunch to the Osakis Police Department. The lunch included BBQ ribs, potato salad and coleslaw.

While enjoying his lunch, Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels shared a story about holding interviews last week with police officer candidates. He asked them why they wanted to work in the Alexandria area, to which he said many praised the community and how it pulls together to show its support for the police department.

"Your efforts today reaffirm what they were saying," the chief told Hawkinson. "We have a great community and we can feel the support, especially today."

Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said he was stunned to see the meal that the Corral put together for the sheriff's office.

"We are so fortunate to live in and serve a community that supports their local law enforcement the way our community does," said Wolbersen. "And as always, their ribs were fantastic."

Working in the jail is not an easy job, said Douglas County Jail Administrator Jackie Notch, and her employees are often out of the public eye and don't get the recognition for the jobs they do.

"For someone to thank us with a great meal that was personally delivered by the owner of the business really means a lot to us," Notch said.

For Hawkinson, it was a small token for the work law enforcement officers do all day, every day.

"It was nice for us to be able to do this for them," she said. "We wanted to do this in celebration of police week for all law enforcement officers."

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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