Last Thursday (June 15) the Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners 6-2. Cheering from the Target Field grandstands were more than 50 students and family members from Clarkfield Area Charter School. They were guests of the Clarkfield Cans for Kids, which paid for the entire outing, including an air-conditioned bus ride, game tickets, hot dogs and drinks. Those benefits were assured. The sunny weather and the win by the Twins were bonuses which made the outing complete. Cans for Kids is operated by the Clarkfield Lions Club.

Members collected aluminum cans for about a year and a half to raise enough money for the event. The only cost to participants was a restaurant stop on the way home. “We had a beautiful trip,” said Lion George Rysdahl, who organized the event. “We were in a shady section. I felt sorry for another group of kids who sat in center field. They were in the hot sun.” “And the Twins won,” Rysdahl added with pleasure. He is already planning for the future. “Several people said they want to do it again next year,” he reported. To do it again next year, empty aluminum cans will have to pile up much faster in the Cans for Kids collection cage at the corner of 10th Street and 8th Avenue (south of the hardware store by the railroad tracks).

Donors are strongly urged to not to leave any cans in plastic bags. Please empty the bags and dispose of them outside the bin. If enough cans are donated, the baseball trip could be repeated next year. And maybe, just maybe, the Twins will win with a busload of young fans from Clarkfield cheering them on to victory.