A frighteningly good time


The sixth annual Support Our Troops Haunted House was featured in a recent issue of ThisWeek Newspapers. A staple in the Farmington community, this event is usually held at a local farm owned by the Beyl family. This year, however, to accommodate more attendees, the event was held at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington to raise funds for local military personnel. More than 80 volunteers dressed in costumes and manned 21 scare stations. Tripling attendance from last year's event, the more than 900 visitors to the event were encouraged to write notes and postcards to military service members who are currently deployed.

Proceeds from the event will go toward postage fees to send care packages, memorials and cards to active-duty military service members.

One new feature of the event, the "Wall of Heroes", an action plan of Farmington's Warrior to Citizen workgroup, garnered much focus. The wall displayed photos and bios of 50 local military service men and women. The Warrior to CItizen group also distributed pamphlets about the Farmington arm of the larger Warrior to Citizen Campaign, an initiative of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

To learn more about Farmington's Warrior to Citizen workgroup, or to volunteer to help with future action plans in Farmington, please contact Annette Kuyper at

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs