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Family feels support from Ottertail residents

Published 10:55am Monday, April 29, 2013

If Rhonda Menze wondered if she and her six children would be alone after losing their husband and father, Saturday’s gathering certainly indicated otherwise.

Nearly 500 gathered at the Ottertail Community Center Saturday — more than the town’s population of 451 — for a day of carnival games, food and fun to raise money for the Menze family.

Adam Menze was killed in a plane crash on Feb. 20 near Parkers Prairie.

Menze said that the immediate support of the community has helped the family look forward in the time of their loss.

“I hope they remember all the people. It’s important for our family to remember their dad, but it’s stuff like this that they remember with him,” Menze said. “When we get home at the end of the day, I tell them God works through means. This is how God does it, through generosity and people who care.”

According to Lori Field, one of the many organizers who put together the event, every business in town donated to the cause, from money to tables.

The idea to have a fun day for kids came from the Menzes’ love for their children, and with so many families out to show their support, that message carried through.

“Everything about the Menzes, Adam and Rhonda especially, is family,” Field said. “It’s bittersweet because you want everyone to enjoy the day and to have fun, but we are here because of a tragedy. But you do have to celebrate. The whole family has been touched by this.”

The money from the day’s silent auction, carnival games, bake sale, free will donations and dinners will be given to Rhonda Menze for the children’s care.

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