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Continued: Tevlin: Community, compassion shine brightly in Waseca

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 28, 2014 - 10:00 PM

“With this most recent [averted] incident in Waseca, I actually didn’t hear any of the ‘why us’ types of comments,” said Meirose. “There were many who gave great thanks and praise that the situation was avoided and nobody was injured or killed as was planned. More than anything what I see is people focusing on the positive and giving praise in these times.”

“When addressing my congregation in those times, I try to set the tone early so that we can find a common path to walk together on toward healing,” Meirose said. “As a pastor, my goal is to do so in biblically informed ways. To love where we can and should love. To serve in the same way. To give support, to listen, and to strengthen the other when they are in their time of need.”

Mayor Roy Srp has served five terms as mayor of Waseca and was a City Council member and county commissioner. He compares how Waseca handles tragedy to the way the country responded to Sept. 11, 2001.

“When something like this happens, the hard times and adversity go away,” said Srp. “The interesting thing is that there is a lot of negativity in some communities. ‘Why don’t we have this or that.’ You don’t see much of that here.”

“How could you not want to live in a community that pulls together like this and soldiers on?” Srp asked. “We’re proud to live here. The sun most generally shines on Waseca.”

jtevlin@startribune.com 612-673-1702

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