(Alexandria, MN) The Unity Foundation recently held a luncheon to honor law enforcement in the area.  The Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon featured close to a dozen law enforcement from several local agencies.  It also featured a Navy veteran and Ohio State Trooper for 29 years, Bob Welsh.  Welsh is known for his mesmerizing stories, all in the form of a well-written poem.  Welsh is called "The Storyteller" but he is also a strong advocate for law enforcement personnel.  One of his "stories" was an "Ode to a Trooper."  Each line delivered made you anxious for the next.  His commentary and other stories included such interesting and humorous lines like "I'm drinking from a saucer, cause my cup is overflowed" or "that guy was so tall he could goose hunt with a rake."  Welsh had six key values that he wanted to leave the more than 300 people in attendance with.  

  1. Keep God in your prayers and in your life
  2. Treat others with dignity and respect
  3. Always do your best
  4. Keep your promises
  5. Never quit
  6. Never lose your sense of humor

The luncheon included a brief talk from Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson, an opening prayer by Rev. Peter Reishus and some remarks by Unity Foundation Board Member Mark Deterding.  Both Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen and Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels were among the law enforcements guests at the luncheon.

To listen to the luncheon, go the Unity Foundation's website here.