Miracles. While many equate them with acts of Jesus that we have read about in the Bible, there are those who are fortunate to witness them first hand. Just ask Bob and April Jacobson. Their lives were turned upside down in an instant when their son, Hunter, was critically injured in a motorbike accident on December 2 of last year.
Riding with a friend in Naples at a designated riding area at the time and outfitted in full, top-ofthe-line riding gear, Hunter was preparing for an upcoming race in Kalispell. While no one witnessed the accident, they do know that Hunter went off of a jump and did not land well.
He was transported to Kootenai Medical Center where he was diagnosed with critical head trauma, a ruptured spleen, 11 broken ribs, a broken collar bone, broken scapula and a collapsed lung. After the medical team at Kootenai Medical Center removed his spleen, Hunter was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.
Rick Anderson is an avid re-user and recycler. When my brother and I were very young, I remember my dad taking us on walks to nearby construction sites where we would pick up soda and beer cans leftover from the workers. After a couple months we had several large trash bags full, which we loaded up and took to the recycling center. To my young amazement, we were given money for these old cans and our first lesson about the rewards of work were born as my dad split the earnings between the two of us to open our first savings accounts. As we grew, we would look forward to Saturday garage sales with Dad where we would find all kinds of fun stuff for pennies on the dollar. I learned to ski in several $2 to $3 pairs of boots, caught baseballs behind the plate with a $.25 catcher’s mitt and still carry around a cooler we’ve had in the family for more than 25 years. My dad, Rick, continues his conquest of finding great deals while keeping items of value out of the landfill and is most interested today in one main item—bikes.
Rick’s Bike Sale most likely got started when it was clear my brother and I wouldn’t be sticking around Minnesota for college.
EUREKA! It’s the audible exclamation for discovery. It represents the sudden, unexpected realization of the solution to a problem. The Eureka Institute in Sandpoint, Idaho, is aptly named. Committed to sponsoring life-long learning and community service opportunities, this organization is focused on helping residents of the Sandpoint area. The Eureka Institute is a nonprofit organization that began in 2011. Its purpose is to sponsor experiential and educational programming for all ages. In an effort to reach young people, including at-risk youth, the Eureka Institute has developed its Construction Basics Initiative. Through this program, the Eureka Institute helps young people explore new skills, expand their knowledge by learning valuable trades and enjoy the benefits of accomplishing something good in and for their community.
Steve Holt has been the director for the Construction Basics Initiative. He is a semiretired builder, and he has acknowledged for years that more vocational training opportunities are needed to help young people prepare for future careers.