HOWARD LAKE, MN Good Neighbor Days is off to a strong start with Denny Decker, a contributing community member and enthusiastic fisherman, selected as the parade grand marshal.
Graduating from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in 1976, he was an iron worker for 35 years before retiring to quiet employment with the school’s grounds and maintenance crew.
A 32-year marriage with wife, Cindy, brought about a daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Decker often finds himself at the baseball field for his grandchildren’s games.
Currently serving as president, Decker has been a part of the Howard Lake Sportmen’s Club for approximately 29 years. Through this organization, he has taught gun training at Lions Hall on County Road 6, rewarded Cub Scouts for cleaning the lake, and regulated both the summer and winter fishing contests in Howard Lake.
Early this Saturday, June 22, you’ll find him at the fishing contest registration in Lions Park in Howard Lake.
Looking forward to the fireworks over the lake after the Orphan’s game the evening of Friday, June 21, he applauds the people watching them from boats.
Decker appreciates Howard Lake’s setting as a “town on a hill overlooking the lake,” with everything you could need, including a bank and grocery store. It is not uncommon to find him at Joe’s Sports Shop, or announcing at the school’s football or basketball games.
As a loyal Howard Lake resident, Decker recognizes the worth of having a community full of self-starters and members willing to pitch in, adding “nothing will happen without involvement.”
He is grateful for the passionate city council members and respectable mayor, noting times when the city helped the school despite a lack of obligation to do so.
Decker illustrated Good Neighbor Days as a sum of good organizers and volunteers.
Acquainted with the year-round planning that goes into this event-packed weekend, he is grateful to be a part of it.
Having expected to just work at the beer stand, Decker was genuinely surprised to be chosen as the grand marshal.
Come watch this humble man lead the parade this Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.