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More than 400 enjoy Thanksgiving meal at Immaculate Conception

Pictured with Bernard Meinier (center) are Chuck Mehls, a veteran himself (left), and Ronda Bierbrauer (right), chairperson for the community Thanksgiving dinner at Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Hundreds filled the hall at Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond for the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

For the last 17 years, Ronda Bierbrauer has been leading, helping prepare and organizing the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond.

This event fed more than 400, including those who came to the church basement to share a meal and those who were delivered meals to their home.  

No one is turned away. No chairs were left empty.

In all, there were 20 turkeys cooked prepared, 250 pounds of potatoes peeled and cooked, many squash chopped and cooked, 48 dozen buns served and more than 100 pies baked and consumed by those who attended. All this was pulled together and carried out by 225 volunteers.

An honored guest, Bernard Meinier, Born Sept. 4, 1918, and a 97-year-old World War II veteran, came to dine at the New Richmond church. He grew up in St Paul, Minn., before moving east of New Richmond where he owned 40 acres.

His career was as a crop duster and working for Northwest in the electrical shop. In the war, he was a fighter pilot who flew 90 bombing and strafing missions over southern Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. Hew was discharged on Victory in Europe (VE) Day.  

Thank you to all our American veterans for their service to our country.

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