The person we all should meet

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You’ve just moved in to town and befriended the kind soul who takes you under her wing (or his wing, as the case may be) and introduces you to the town. Conversations are peppered with, “You know who you should meet…?” And, of course, you don’t because you haven’t met them yet. But she knows why they’re on the special list of people with stories to tell and wisdom to share.

Who would be on your list in your community? Maybe it’s the people who won’t quit, the one who picked you up, delivered the bad news tenderly, served when called, changed a career and charged ahead, worked beyond the call of duty, did the things that have to be done cheerfully, or one who is simply overdue for recognition.

This fall and winter, NewsCut plans to meet the people you think we should meet. Maybe it’s someone with a special talent or someone who enriched your life and inspired you to speak their name often.

I’m moving in to your community, introduce me to the person I should meet.

Here’s how.

  • Captain Bob Deck

    Bob Collins you should meet my best buddy Klaus Treisselmann because he is an average Minnesotan who has done some extraordinary stuff; for instance he has sailed to Greenland twice on a wooden boat called the Sheila Yeates which sank on the second trip. He is a Honda employee in Duluth by day and a sailor of unique abilities in his spare time.

  • susan brenning

    Bob Collins you should meet Mick Jackson in Duluth, MN. A talented musician, he has a lot to say about life and what is important. Grieving father of a daughter who died of breast cancer, vibrant father to an adopted son with cerebral palsy, middle aged guy who lost his job to the economy yet remains optimistic and caring.

  • tome E Jandric

    Hello Bob Collins,

    You should meet Michael Peter Paul Powers. I’ve written a brief overview of Mike’s life.

    Mike grew up Catholic in St Paul on a busy street in St Mark’s Parish. Mike played sports as a young man and got the nick name “animal’ because of his size. He struggled early in school mostly because he was born in December and his mother chose to put him in with his year. Mike continued on in High School sports as did his name.

    After high school he had scholarship offers for college teams but quickly learned that college life wasn’t for him. He turned to odd jobs. Mike shed his nickname because he felt that the image of animal didn’t quite suit him anymore. He was a big, nice, gentle soul.

    Mike turned 18 during the Vietnam war. A friend of Mike’s in grade school moved to Australia due to the fact that his father died and his mother couldn’t afford to live in the US with 12 children. So half of them went to Australia with their mother. (Which is a whole other story.)

    In 1972 Mike stayed in touch with his overseas friend and they decided to meet in India. Mike started in Europe and traveled through Pakistan, Afghanistan, and SE Asia. They met and Mike returned to Australia and got work in the mines.

    This voyage was his first trip around the world. When Mike returned to the US some 15 months later, He chose a nursing aid job and later became a nurse.

    We shared a few houses in our 20’s. I talked him into returning to Australia with me for fun and employment in 1980. We took about 6 months getting there through the south pacific and various other locations.

    We headed for Perth to visit his old friend and we both found work in different mining cities. After six months our visas were up so I went to New Zealand for a year and he stayed in Australia. Mike’s decision to stay meant that if, and when he left he could never return due to the fact that he overstayed his visa.

    When I returned to Australia we met up on The east coast. We lived together shortly and I left due to my visa termination. Mike still wasn’t sure he wanted to leave so he stayed.

    Mike had just started dating this woman when her old boyfriend got jealous and turned him in to the immigration department. Mike and his girlfriend, Leslie, decided to marry so they could play out their love affair. She was born in Canada and her father was Dutch Indonesian. She ran a restaurant where they met in Townsville.

    Some 15 years later he and his wife decided to pull roots and their 3 children and move to Mn. Mike studied Oracle computers in Australia for free because at the time Australian citizens could go to school for free.

    He returned, got a job in the IT business and raised their family. He went back to visit Australia and Leslie’s family a few times and took different routes each time. I think he would have circled the globe a few times by now.

    He and his wife decided to return to Melbourne Australia for an IT job, which originally was going to be for 9 months. The job got constantly extended, so they ended up living there for three years. They returned for “good” but only after a few return trips.

    While he was there he took a bicycling trip in Tasmania with his 15 year old son for a few months as well.

    Mike and Leslie were slowly finding out that one of them would have to be half way around the world from their respective families.

    They returned and set up another life in there old home in St Anthony Park, Mn. Mike is in the IT business still and his wife Leslie makes granola and sells it at the farmer’s markets and in some well known stores. Two of their children have discounts to go to Canadian schools because of their mother is a Canadian citizen. Two of them are in Toronto attending the U there.

    Leslie returns twice a year to visit her family and Mike returns on occasion. Their daughter returned to Australia last year for an internship in Townsville for the summer.

    Two years ago Mike had some corrective heart surgery and due to this has become an avid biker. Last year he and a friend toured France and the Normandy coast on bikes. Mike wants to retire and bike around different parts of the world.

    I’ve known Mike since 1970. We’ve travelled, lived, and shared lots of adventures. He’s a solid man with heaps of integrity and speaks his mind. He commands respect and strikes up conversations with anyone. He is involved with his community and his son’s school. He’s the type of guy that will give anybody a chance and would be pivotal for someone if they wanted to be included in some group or another. Mike is a local but doesn’t seem to have the cloistered, MN “ice” attitude that some Minnesotans have developed

    He’s definitely someone you should meet. He’s engaging, successful, a loyal family man, been around the world and is very open minded.

    Tom E Jandric