Dinner auction coming soon

NORTHROP – Would you like to attend a football game between the Vikings and the Packers?

Does an afternoon cruising Fairmont’s lakes sound appealing, or would you enjoy riding in a Fairmont fire truck during the Interlaken Heritage Days parade?

All these items will be awarded to the highest bidder at the annual “Oh! What a Knight!” dinner auction March 22 at Martin Luther High School in Northrop.

“I come from Green Bay,” said Paul Steinhaus, principal at Martin Luther.

He explained that the Packers organization offers sets of four “family tickets” for the team’s away games He has a set of these tickets for the Vikings vs. Packers game and donated two for the auction. The seats are located directly behind the Green Bay bench.

The winning bidder and a guest will accompany Steinhaus and his wife to the game. The date of the game has not been set yet, he said.

The parade ride includes three people, at least 5 years of age, who will join Doug Borchardt, fire chief, and Roger Carlson, firefighter, in the cab of the fire truck during the Interlaken Heritage Days procession.

The winning bidder of the lakes cruise can bring three guests to join Greg and Lori Schock for an afternoon on a pontoon, with grilling at the Chain of Lakes Yacht Club.

Steinhaus said the dinner auction event is “standard for most parochial schools.” It’s the items on the auction that distinguish each event.

Several trips will be going on the auction block. A theater basket will include a gift certificate for the Chanhassen Dinner Theater and a one-night stay at the Chanhassen Inn. A two-night stay, including weekends, at the Woodland Trails bed and breakfast near Hinckley features canoeing, hiking or hiking the trails.

If you want to stay closer to home, a Madelia get-away package includes a vintage suitcase, a one-night hotel stay and dinner for two.

“Last year, home-crafted beer brought in almost $1,000,” Steinhaus said.

This year’s auction also will feature home-crafted beers and wines.

Homemade foods remain popular with bidders. This year’s menu includes cookies, ice cream, soup, decorated cake, candies and even an authentic Nigerian meal for six. A “best of Minnesota” supper for eight includes a Minnesota wine, fresh sweet corn, new potatoes and other fresh garden produce.

Sports fans can bid on autographed photos of Vikings Jared Allen and Jerome Simpson and a Minnesota Lynx T-shirt signed by Lindsey Whalen.

Donated art projects include one of the most unique pieces on the auction – a wall-hanging made from an old piano soundboard. Birdhouse gourds resembling Canadian geese and a metal cowboy, as well as handmade quilts also will be sold.

Students in Martin Luther’s art class and Terri Linsey, art instructor, combined talents to pain four unique Adirondack chairs that will be on the auction block.

Numerous other items will be for sale, and a full listing can be viewed at www.martinlutherhs.com

Tickets for the dinner auction are $20 and should be purchased by March 17 by calling (507) 436-5249. Doors open at 5 p.m., with hors d’oeuevres, with dinner and a silent and live auction beginning at 6 p.m.

Valet parking is offered.