It's called paying it forward for veteran sports writer
LeMar Nelson, former Blooming Prairie educator and current sports writer, has invested a lifetime in this southern Minnesota community.
Because of health reasons, Nelson and his family made a decision to move him closer to his family in Minneapolis.
This move resulted in his home being sold and a garage sale held last weekend to distribute some of Nelson's possessions to interested buyers.
A close friend of Nelson's, Per Kvalsten, volunteered to help move some of the heavier furniture from the basement to an upper level. "LeMar is like a grandpa to me," says Kvalsten. He asked a friend, David Boyd of Blooming Prairie, to help. He also posted a Facebook message asking for assistance.
Kvalsten was overwhelmed by the response. The entire Blossom football team volunteered to pay it forward to Nelson. Twenty-seven football players helped bring up some of the heavy stuff from the basement.
It took them 11 minutes to empty the basement.
"Glad to do it," offered one of the Blossom players.
Coach Chad Gimbel arrived shortly after the players had finished their act of being neighborly.
Nelson has covered Blooming Prairie sports for more than 27 years. His byline on Blooming Prairie sports can still be found in the Steele County Times.
"I've always tried to help LeMar when he has asked for help," Kvalsten said. "I put out a request and no pun intended, it Blossomed from there," he said. "I was just hoping to get a few people to help," he added.
Kvalsten met Nelson in 2008 when he was interning at the Times newspaper. "LeMar is a caring and generous man," Kvalsten remarked. "If he had his wishes, he would still be living in Blooming Prairie," he believes.
Nelson has joined his Richfield apartment building choir. The choir sings during special occasions.
Someone listening to the choir told Nelson that he had a good voice. "That's the only thing about me that hasn't broken down," said Nelson.