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Reader Opinion: Nice work all

Every year for the past 22 years a group of ladies and gentlemen have been making pasties at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby.

In the chilly air of late September and early October, lots of folks in the Cuyuna area, Aitkin/McGregor, Brainerd/Baxter, and points beyond call in their orders for pasties and if desired, gravy and apple pie squares. In the months prior to September workers collect boxes that would be filled with the finished pasties. Pasties are associated with miners who would carry them to work, and according to some legends, would heat them on their shovels for a warm mid-day meal.

With orders in-hand, the pasty team began their work. One day the team would cut into small cubes select cuts of meat, potatoes, carrots, onions and rutabaga. The next day an assembly line of workers would prepare the dough, insert the ingredients and bake the pasties. Pasty dough was basic, foundational dough which was wrapped around the ingredients, then placed in an oven for an hour to bake. The team worked well to achieve its production goals as each member contributed in a valuable way to the project.

Observing their work table-to-table, and shoulder-to-shoulder, one would see high levels of mutual respect and collaboration. In the world of professional ethics, one would easily see evidence of the following values: reasonableness, responsibility, respect, trust, honesty and integrity.

In addition to the above values often used in the corporate world evaluating professional teams, the pastie workers displayed additional qualities including: generosity, humor (lots of humor), patience, forbearance, determination, consistency, community spirit, cooperation, friendliness, compassion, perseverance, compromise, gentleness, commitment, and gratitude.

The women and men of the pasty project worked carefully and diligently preparing pasties for their audience of young and old patrons. Nice work all.

Leon Schefers