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This year has been a very difficult year for a lot of people. Every day the headlines talk about different groups that are pitted against each other. There are so many negative things going on currently that it’s seems hard to find something positive. I want to share how this Thanksgiving helped me find the things in my life I am thankful for. I will share a few of mine, and why I am thankful for them, especially this year.

I am truly thankful for everyone in my family. They have always been there for me, and I know that I can always count on their love and support whenever I need it. I am thankful for my amazing fiancé Kristi, and I am looking forward to our life together. She has given me so much kindness, love, and true optimism for the future. I am thankful to everyone who reads these stories and the support it gives me every week when I write them. I know it seems like I say this a lot in my stories, but I have found when it comes to letting the people in your life know just how much their friendship and support means to you, there is no such thing as too much. I have found it’s easy for me to find the negative, but it’s worth spending the time for me to find the positive, especially in times like these.

Now for this week’s story, I would like to do something a little different. I would like all of you to think about your Thanksgiving this year. Then please share the biggest thing it made you thankful for. Even if you don’t share it on social media, I encourage you to share it with the people that made you thankful for it. Thanks for reading.

Next week: The Countdown

P.S. I am also thankful the guys at basketball haven’t filed assault charges. At least not yet.

I am Thankful For…

Posted by on November 27, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

I am Thankful For… This year has been a very difficult year for a lot of people. Every day the headlines talk about different groups that are pitted against each other. There are so many negative things going on currently that it’s seems hard to find something positive. I want to share how this Thanksgiving helped me find the things in my life I am thankful for. I will share a few of mine, and why I am thankful for them, especially this year. I am truly thankful for everyone in my family. They have always been there for me, and I know that I...

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Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Posted by on November 20, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving 2021 It is hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is here already. This year has seemed to go by so quickly. As I look back, there are many things that have happened this year for me to be thankful for. So, for this week’s story, I would like to highlight a few of them. My new job I am grateful for the board of the Far West Equipment Dealers Association for hiring me as their dealer development consultant. My first task was to drive around to the dealers who are members in the states they represent. I get to talk with...

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Dealer Association Conventions

Posted by on November 13, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Dealer Association Conventions I truly enjoy this time of year when the Equipment Dealer Associations hold their annual conventions. Of course, last year, due to the Covid Apocalypse they were all cancelled. For the last several years I have always attended the North Dakota EDA convention. I will never forget the first time I attended their convention. I was sitting alone at a table when the CEO Matthew Larsgaard came over and invited me to sit at their table. I am so grateful for the friendship I have with Matthew and the entire staff. They...

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Fundraiser Recognition List

Posted by on November 6, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Fundraiser Recognition List As promised I want to give recognition and a big thank you to everyone that raised funds to help so many cancer patients and their families this month. Sheandi Richins – Ashley Curry – LoRita Kahn/Gandolfo’s – Patty Elzinga (My amazing sister!) Texas Roadhouse – Terri Garcia & NRF – Watersprings School – Pick Me Up Drinks I also want to thank the business’s that donated raffle prizes. Firehouse Grill – Johnny Carino’s – Black Bear Diner – Kneaders – Abracadabra’s – Perkins – Texas...

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Happy Halloween 2021

Posted by on October 30, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Halloween 2021 What is your favorite Halloween memory? I have a lot of fond memories, especially taking Justin and Ryan around to Trick-or-Treat. I also enjoyed dressing up like a cowboy and handed out trick-or-treat candy from my saddle bags. If there is one that stands out the most, it would have to be when I was a senior in High School. I am aware there are some of you that already know this story, so you may be excused for the next few minutes while I tell it to the rest of the class. To tell this story properly, let’s identify what...

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It’s Been a Busy Two Weeks!

Posted by on October 23, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

It’s Been a Busy Two Weeks! I have so many people to thank for the fundraisers they are doing this month for the Foundation. I will provide a complete list at the end of the month, but for this week I need to mention a few and the immediate impact they have had in our community. I will start with Sheandi Richins and the Zumba fundraiser she had on October 9th. She had a smaller turnout this year than she did last year, but everyone still had a great time. They even convinced me to join in although I’m not sure you can call what I was doing...

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I Love My Community

Posted by on October 9, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

I Love My Community I would like to thank all the individuals, groups, and companies that are doing fundraisers for the Foundation this month. This week’s story is a follow up to a story I posted on July 31st about a couple I met at a Chukars game. In my original story, I wrote about this couple asking if the Foundation helped patients that were going to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Utah, instead of Teton Cancer Institute. I gave them some funds we had raised from the last Chukars game and sent them some gas cards in the mail later. When I...

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Run for the Cure 2021

Posted by on October 2, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Run for the Cure 2021 It was another fantastic event yesterday at Freeman Park. I first need to thank Doug and Cheyenne Swanson, and Cody and Salem Thomas for all the hard work they put into this event.  They do so many great events like this throughout the year to help our community and I am honored to be part of this event with them. The event starts at 9:00 and Salem told me people usually start showing up around 8:00. So, in order to stay true to what I refer to as “Max Wilker Time,” Kristi and I arrived a little after 7:00. It was a...

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Good to be Home

Posted by on September 26, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Good to be Home Before I start with how happy I am to be home, let me give you an update on the Salt Lake Express situation. In the spirit of trying to work out a solution in an amicable manner, I sent a letter to Jacob Price who is the owner of Salt Lake Express. I asked that he contact me so I could explain my side of the situation and to see if we could reach an agreement that would be acceptable to both sides. He replied saying that he has removed himself from the day-to-day operations, but he said that although he is unaware of the...

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Tales From the Road Part Two

Posted by on September 18, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Tales From the Road Part Two Well boys and girls, if you’re reading this it means I made it safely home from my road trip. If I remember correctly, we left off with my vehicle situation in Utah. From there, everything went very well. I spent the weekend in Evanston as I started my visits with dealers in Wyoming. I met with some very nice dealer members, and they were glad that the association had hired someone for this position. A few of them remembered me from some of the annual conventions. That is one of the things I like most about this...

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