12 Cruisers drove  in for the April meeting

Randy opened  the meeting.

The secretary’s minutes approved as read.
Tony reported $762.11 in our account.

Dues are now payable for 2014 at $10 per family.

Ron Shodeen spoke about the car shows and cruises in Havasu, AZ where he winters.  We spoke about new vehicles we are working on.

Send one or two pics of one or two of your vehicles to Wanda via email.  Include information about the vehicle, too.  We will begin to post pics and a bit of info about each on our website and Facebook page.

We discussed tshirts.  There are just a few left.  Buy now.  Randy has them.


Geringhoff is open Monday – Friday during business hours only so it would be difficult to tour.  They will be having an  open house but again during business hours.

No report yet on Blanchard Dam or Rotomolding

Itasca Park entry fee is $3 per car if in a group of 10.  We could coordinate with Ken who is camping there one weekend.  Otherwise the fee is $5 per car.  We would need to leave very early to drive there and tour and get back.  This trip is on the back burner for now.

Muscle Car Mafia’s driving show will be a larger cruise on June 7.  They plan to gather about noon in St. Joe and drive to Farming, New Munich Long Prairie and back to St. Joe.  It is a multi club cruise.  If they do decide to charge it will go to charity.  If we go as a group they would like to know.  Anyone from our club can go.  They will probably leave from American Bar and Grill.

If we go to see the robotics dairy farm, it is best to go now in the summer when it is warm.  We could go on Saturday.

Verd Pepin’s collection of cars and tractors is stored in sheds. He knows the collection well and could tell a story for most of the vehicles too.  We will try to schedule this for a Saturday in June.

Dean and Jeanne Peterson will go on a mission trip to Jamaica to an  orphanage for boys.  They will take model kits for cars and will build a track when they get there.  The cost is $6 per car plus materials for a track and shipping.  He is looking for sponsors.  Any extra money will be used at the orphanage for a playground.    MSC to donate $100 to Dean for these expenses.


Sunday May 18 is the annual Willmar car show.

We still are waiting for drier weather to schedule the road clean-up.  Watch for an email.  That clean-up will be our next meeting.



March 9, 2014

11 members attended
Jason opened in prayer.  The minutes were read and approved.  Tony submitted the Treasurer’s report.  $682.11 is the balance.


MSC to have officers remain same:  Randy Pepin – Craig Erickson cochairs, Tony Smieja treasurer, Wanda Erickson secretary, Jason Malisheske coordinator of meeting events and cruises

Introductions of those attending and the cars they are working on and own were done.

Review of 4 ‘cruises’
Ditch clean up
Car show – 52 vehicles, positive reviews

Geringhoff  – makes gears (Jason would arrange)
Tour of a robotic dairy farm (Randy would arrange – Gretsch farm)
Muscle Car Mafia in St. Joe is planning a car tour with multiple clubs
Rotomolding in Swanville – tour of facility (Ken would arrange)
Municipal power company in Alexandria (Jason would plan)
Blanchard dam (Ken would arrange)
Itasca (Craig could arrange)
Verd Pepin collection (Randy would arrange)

Jason will talk to Geringhoff, Randy to Cory Wruck, Ken to those at Blanchard dam and Rotomolding.

Road cleanup will be held as soon as it is dry in Apri/May.  It usually takes about 45 minutes and would be held on a weekday evening.

Heritage Days is scheduled for Aug. 9-10.  We will plan the car show as it gets closer to the date.

Dean Peterson is traveling to Jamiaca and will take model car kits for kids he will be working with.  He has sponsors for the kits.  Would the club like to donate to cover the cost of some kits?  We will ask the Peterson’s about the cost and decide at the next meeting.

Members viewed movies Jason took at a street drag in Duluth.

Meeting was adjourned about 8:30 p.m.

Next meeting April 6 at 7 p.m. at Community Covenant  Main Street in Upsala


Looks like SPRING, Cruisers!  Let’s plan for summer cruises.  First meeting of 2014 Sunday March 9 at 7 p.m. at Community Covenant fellowship hall.

Wanda Erickson
still secretary
but looking for a replacement :D


Hi all!!

Community Cruisers will be touring the car collection of Roy Bernick, located in Waite Park.  We will cruise from the church parking lot leaving at 3 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 22.   Plan on having supper in St. Cloud with us!  Bring a friend!

DON’T forget the Adopt-A-Highway cleaning on Thursday Sept. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. meeting first at the church.  

And we’ll have fun fun fun till…….



Hi Cruisers!!!

Plan on cleaning our Adopt-A-Highway stretch on Thursday September 19 at 6:30 p.m.   We will meet at Community Covenant Church parking lot and go from there!!!!

Plans are even now being made to visit the Bernick’s car collection!  Stay tuned for updates on this



Members of the car show committee met on July 22 at Pepin’s.  In attendance were  Craig Erickson, Wanda Erickson, Tony Smieja, Jude Herbes, Mike Peterson,  Julian Herbes,  and Randy Pepin.

Tony reported we have 14 paid memberships.

Heritage Days  on August 10   we will host the 7th annual carshow.  The parade starts at 10 a.m. The car show at will begin at 11, and votes will be in at 2, with the awards given at 2:30 p.m.

PLAN TO HELP Friday nite August 9 to set up  at 6:30 p.m. in the city park.  The show area will be marked  (20′ per car and 9′ wide) and caution tape strung.  

Trophy plaques will be awarded in the following categories:

64 and older stock  A       1st and 2nd
65 and newer stock   B          1st and 2nd
64 and older custom  C             1st and 2nd
65 and newer custom  D          1st and 2nd
People’s Choice
9 total
Entry fee  will remain at $5.00.

The following people have volunteered for these tasks and may need help:

Door prizes – Mike Peterson, Ken Berge
Erect banner on volleyball poles – Randy Pepin
Tables – Mike Peterson(2)
Canopy – Tony Smieja, Jude Herbes
Caution tape – Craig Erickson
Clipboards, sharpies – Wanda Erickson
Music – Randy Pepin
Truck in parade – Jason Malisheske, Tony Smieja
Posters hung around town – Wanda Erickson
Trophies – Craig and Wanda Erickson
Paint and marker – Julian Herbes

Parking –  the day of the show, we will need at least 4people
Registration – Wanda Erickson and 3 more to help at least

If you would like to help with any of these areas, do not hesitate to let us know!!!!

Please spread the word about our car show!!!  We have a lot of fun at this event and invite any and all vehicles to attend.  


Time for a SUMMER CRUISE!!!!  Sunday June 30   Leave Community Covenant Church parking lot at 4:30 p.m.   Supper somewhere along the way ……

Plan ahead for the cruise to Wells Concrete in Albany where we will tour the plant with Cruisers member Mel Larson and a guide from Wells.  Saturday July 13   Leave church parking lot at 9:30 a.m.   Lunch provided so please sign up ahead by calling church at 320.573.2672  or signing up at church.  All are welcome to come with.

 See you there!!!


Hi all!!


Looks like we may not see snow for a bit so Jason Malisheske asks that Road Cleanup be set for Monday May 20 at 6:30 p.m.  We will meet at church and fan out from there!  See you all on May 20!

Wanda Erickson, secretary



Saturday May 4, 2013

11 a.m. – 1:30  p.m.   (come when you can)  

Meal provided for car show participants at 11 a.m.

Cars will be parked on top of the hill as one enters Camp.

Dads and Lads event at Camp Lebanon  

    Living Life on All Cylinders!

    1205 Acorn Rd, Burtrum

    (320) 573-2125

Tell others to come and bring a friend!


March 24, 2013


Even after two full weeks of basketball, a fair crowd turned out to discuss upcoming Cruisers plans.

Pastor opened in prayer.  Minutes read and approved.  Tony was not present for a budget report.


We discussed new projects and reported on progress of cars.



Jason has set up the Columbia Gear tour for Saturday April 20.  We will meet in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to be there at 9.  Rollie Johnson arranged for the tour.

Wells Concrete tour is set, we just have to pick a Saturday.  They will serve us lunch.  The tour is about 2 hours so we will leave the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m.  A date in June will be looked at.  20-25 places are available.

Roy Bernick will arrange a tour of his car collection.  We talked about a Sunday afternoon cruise.  The collection has 50 restored cars, approximately.  We talked about having it as a cruise destination over the 125th anniversary weekend on July 20-21.



We talked about ideas for charitable events.  Pastor suggested tying donation collection at the car show on Heritage Days.  Ideas include food shelf, habitat for humanity, public library for their 25th anniversary this year, robotics team at school, any projects the city might have.  We will continue to discuss this.



Road clean up is scheduled for April/May

Cruises will coincide with the tours mentioned above

Car show is August 10


We shared car stories and discussed upcoming auctions we had heard about that had cars on the bill.