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There Will Be Fireworks


The fourth weekend in June is the traditional weekend for Gemboree, a festival of fun and patriotic tribute in Paullina. COVID-19 has brought into question all community events such as this. The Paullina council voted in favor of holding the event at is June 1 regular meeting, but several events have occurred in the interim to bring that back into question. The council readdressed the question at its regular meeting on June 15. The council approved a resolution to be written clearly withdrawing all support and sponsorship of the Gemboree and will accept no liability. The resolution is to require the signature of at least one chamber officer. Gemboree will not be approved by the council without acceptance of these terms by the chamber.

Organizers are also required by Council to submit a hazard mitigation plan, i.e. the actions they are taking in an effort to reduce, limit and help stop the spread of COVID-19. The city attorney, according to state guidelines will assess the mitigation plan for adherence to the Governor's Proclamation. Guidance for these actions were released by County EMAs last week.

The case count in O'Brien County since June 1 has increased in dramatic fashion rising from around 20 to 66 at press time and includes 1 death attributed to the virus.

Events in question are the parade, games in the park, a band and rib cookoff. The wine tasting has been cancelled. There will be fireworks over Paullina Lake. Social distancing, even staying in your vehicles is highly recommended to attend this activity.

The drawing for the JD Gator will also be held – under any circumstances. A winner of the gator will be named Saturday June 27.


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