Wyoming, Minn., Mayor Braves Cold Weather for Teen Center
The mayor of Wyoming, Minn., camped out on top of city hall for more than a week to raise money for a teen center, the Star Tribune reported.
Mayor Sheldon Anderson abandoned his tent on top of the Wyoming Municipal Building Sunday after meeting his fundraising goal of $35,000 for the Forest Lake Teen Center.
Anderson had been camping on top of the building since Feb. 2. The National Weather Service said last week correlates with the time frame of Minnesota’s most extreme winter weather, Reuters reported.
While Anderson knew the weather would be bad, he wasn’t expecting the high winds that nearly blew his tent off the roof and continually blew out the pilot lights of his propane heaters.
Anderson climbed down after he received a check for $6,000 that pushed total donations past the fundraising goal. The donor, a Woodbury man, did not wish to be identified, Anderson said.
The Forest Lake Teen Center provides free educational and enrichment after-school programs for middle school students, Reuters reported. Before the fundraiser, the center couldn’t keep up with the $20,000 a year operating costs. Now, the center should be able to stay open for at least another year.
Anderson, who dropped out of high school after the 11th grade, said he just wanted to make sure other kids have the opportunity he didn’t. (Reuters)