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Nisswa Chamber's "Super Volunteer" Harrison Waidelich, after being a line judge at the Nisswa turtle races, Wednesday June 16. Photo by Sarah Rudlang

Nisswa Chamber has super volunteer

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The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce gained a helpful volunteer when it befriended Harrison Waidelich.

Harrison, the 8-year-old son of Randy and Stacey Waidelich, owners of R.W. Jewelers in Nisswa, spends his time at the Nisswa Turtle Races every Wednesday and volunteers for various tasks around the Nisswa community. The work he does ranges from passing out drinks during Nisswa events, helping other Nisswa businesses, running errands for the chamber and being a line judge for the turtle races.

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It all began with a friendly hello when Harrison would walk through the chamber building on his way to the family store after school. As time went on, the workers there had Harrison run small errands around town; eventually he started asking if there was anything he could do to help.

"He really enjoys volunteering his time and help and won't take anything in return," said Stacey.

Harrison enjoys being a line judge at the turtle races, but takes his work very seriously. Besides being a judge, he makes sure kids are taking care of their turtles. His favorite part about volunteering is seeing how happy and excited the children get about the turtles.

"It's really fun to be a volunteer," said Harrison. "I feel blessed to be a kid in the Nisswa community."

Continuing to volunteer is exactly what Harrison plans to do - that is, until he is old enough to get a job of his own.

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