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Kim Ostgaard snuggles two of the three week old yellow lab puppies.

Fox TV News spotlights
dog breeder's gift

By Kyleen Olson

 

Kim Ostgaard, owner of Vikings Silver Labs of rural Tracy, wants to “pay it forward” for others. She decided that in 2015 she wants to donate six puppies, two to children with disabilities, two to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), one will go to an adult with disabilities and one will become a service dog.

Her recent donation of a three-week-old yellow lab, to be trained as an alert dog for an autistic five-year-old with diabetes, was featured on Fox News Television out of the Twin Cities Sunday.

While watching her friend, who suffered from PTSD, Ostgaard decided to breed his dog to donate to service members suffering from the disease.

“His dog saved his life,” Ostgaard said to the Headlight-Herald.

Unfortunately, the breeding didn’t take, but that didn’t stop her heart and goal.

Ostgaard posted on her Facebook page (Vikings Silver Labs) that she was accepting nominations for the donated puppies. She received 15 to 20 requests, but five-year-old Gavin Lein of Zimmerman stood out. His mother, Andrea, wrote to Ostgaard and told her about Gavin’s type 1 diabetes and autism.

“It’s really tough, “ the mother told Fox 9 News. “I usually get at least one phone call from his school a day telling me there’s something wrong with him.”

Gavin’s life will improve tremendously having an alert dog by his side, Lein feels.

 

For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.


Chamber banquet planned Saturday

The David Malmberg Show will cap the annual Chamber banquet Saturday.

“America’s grouchiest farmer” Leonard Cribble,  the lovable Simon Spencer, and the “totally clueless” Lars Gunderson  will be among the cast of characters entertaining at the Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Saturday, Jan. 24, at The Caboose.

Leonard, Lars, and Simon are part of the event’s keynote entertainment, “The David Malmberg Show.”  The ventriloquist is billed as a “veritable cornucopia of entertainment, ” with comedy, voice-tossing, story-telling, and music as part of the act.

The banquet begins with a 5 p.m. social hour, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and a 7 p.m. program. “Tracy, Your Super Community” is the banquet theme.

Awards that will be announced include Outstanding Citizen, Boss of the Year, Distinguished Farmer of the Year, and Chamber volunteer of the year.

Advance tickets are $20, or $25 at the door.  Tickets can be bought at Minnwest Bank, Tracy Food Pride, Lights & Beyond, Summit Place, or the Chamber office.

The event is open to both Chamber members and non-Chamber members.