Richard “Blackie” Blackwelder will be at a book signing on July 17 at the YMC Museum.

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Hey Everyone,  Welcome to July.  It is hard to believe but we are halfway through another year.   The museum has been busy with visitors from all over the United States and Canada.  We are also busy with events – of which another is coming up on Thursday July 17 at 6:30 p.m when Richard Blackwelder will be at the museum to talk about his book "Behind the Thin Blue Line."   
Blackwelder is a retired Yellow Medicine County deputy sheriff.  In his book he talks about his life on the force and all the experiences he had while serving.  
 "Imagine this is the blue line that divides a square, the top is the good in society and people, the bottom is the evil and bad in society.  " And the blue line is us between them, protecting the good from evil.  That is the thin blue line," says Blackwelder, adding:  " A lot of people come up and ask me about all the stories I have had on the force and I start rattling some off.  Consequently, I decided to put all my stories into words and published this book.”  
Blackwelder says in his Prologue that "Life Enforcement was not a career, it was a life style.  It was a profession I loved and was willing to give my life for.  Although I loved being a Law Enforcement officer, I loved my family even more.  If it wasn't for my wife and three sons, I wouldn't have lasted the thirty-four years.  I thank them for giving me a purpose in life.  I don't want my family to remember me as a Law Enforcement Officer; but a husband, father, and grandfather.   My father once told me, "If you ever see someone who can't defend themselves, you should help them."  Therefore, I have devoted myself to helping the public and I am so glad I made this my life profession.”   
We invite all of you to come to The Yellow Medicine County Museum on Thursday July 17 to hear what stories Blackwelder has to tell.  He will also hold a book signing after his presentation.   The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.    
Also,  on Tuesday August 12 the Kingery Family will perform at the museum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  They sing folk, bluegrass, and country music.  Look for more info on this event  in my August column.   Call 320-564-4479 for questions.