‘Max’ crowd attends M.V.P. event

WCCO television and radio personality Mike Max headlined the M.V.P. program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater on Tuesday, Nov. 19. (Gazette staff photo by Stuart Groskreutz)

WCCO television and radio personality Mike Max headlined the M.V.P. program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater on Tuesday, Nov. 19. (Gazette staff photo by Stuart Groskreutz)

WCCO television and radio personality Mike Max shared some of his stories and insights into the Minnesota sports scene and the outdoors as the guest speaker for the M.V.P. (Men.Value.Purpose.) event at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater in Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Following a game dinner and fish fry, Minnesota DNR Director of Parks and Trails Courtland Nelson opened the program with his thoughts on some exciting initiatives taking place in Washington County, including the Brown’s Creek Trail and its eventual tie in to Wisconsin once the historic Stillwater lift bridge becomes a non-motorized trail.

Courtland Nelson of Forest Lake, who is the Director of Parks and Trails for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also spoke to the group.

Courtland Nelson of Forest Lake, who is the Director of Parks and Trails for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also spoke to the group.

The Forest Lake resident also discussed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment and its importance to outdoors funding and the importance of giving youngsters exposure to our coveted natural resources.

Max picked up on that theme and discussed the correlation between the outdoors and spiritual life, though the bulk of his talk centered around stories and lessons learned from a career reporting on a wide variety of athletes and coaches. Bud Grant, John Wooden and Michael Jordan — not to mention his long-time working relationship with Sid Hartman — are among the more influential coaches and athletes he has enjoyed covering through the years.

Discussing his job, Max said he loves being around people with a drive and passion to get better — learning years ago there’s not much in life you can’t overcome with hard work.

The fifth and final M.V.P. event for Season 3 — which is the annual steak and lobster dinner — will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The cost for non-season pass holders is $30 and those interested are encouraged to register in advance to provide an accurate count for organizers. Registration is available on-line at www.trinitylc.org or by calling Julie Jolivette at 651-439-7400, ext. 108.

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