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Gallaway couple shares a love for serving community of Crosslake

This year Scott and Doreen Gallaway will be the grand marshals of an event they both know well — Crosslake Days. The festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 26, and the Gallaways are the guests of honor.

Doreen chaired the event for five years before passing the torch two years ago, but she and Scott still love to watch the flood of people that crowds the streets for the weekend every year in September.

“Her commitment is huge to the town,” Scott said of his wife’s work with the festival.

While Doreen was chair, Scott was at the festival volunteering as well.

“She’s the doer and I’m the helper,” Scott said.

Cindy Myogeto, Crosslake director of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, said Doreen’s involvement in Crosslake Days helped to make the event what it is today.

“Doreen was integral in the last 10 years to the growth of the Crosslake Days event,” Myogeto said. “(The Gallaways) are longtime Crosslake advocates.”

The couple shares a strong history of community involvement in Crosslake. Doreen is a member of the Whitefish Lions. Scott is also a Lions Club member and former president in the Crosslake-Ideal Lions.

Both agree it’s great to live in a place where there are two Lions clubs.

“We’re jazzed to be a part of a community that has so many people who want to serve,” Doreen said.

For the Gallaways, serving is a family affair. Scott said his 8-year-old granddaughter helps with the Crosslake-Ideal Lions fishing contest every year, and has since she was just 3 years old.

“It’s all about giving back,” Scott said.

Scott likes Crosslake because it’s a great place to raise a family. Scott and Doreen have five children and four (soon to be five) grandchildren between the two of them.

“It’s a small town, but it has a big-town feel at times,” Scott said.

He said that while many people in the Twin Cities may not know their neighbors, they make the three-hour drive to Crosslake and barbecue with their up-north neighbors or mow their lawn.

“In that three-hour trip, they shed that big city feel and become a small town person,” he said.

When asked what she loved about Crosslake, Doreen said simply, “Everything.”

She’s lived in Crosslake since 1994, but has a history in Pequot Lakes. Scott moved to the area with his family in 1976.

The two met when Doreen was working at Build All Lumber, owned by Scott’s family. They met on the job, with a little help from Doreen’s daughter and Scott’s step-brother, who went to school together and set up Scott and Doreen. Their first date was to the Crow Wing County Fair. They were married in 1997.

Today, Doreen works at Itasca Leathergoods in Crosslake Town Square, and Scott works for Lake States Lumber out of Aitkin.

The two will be out and about at the festival Sept. 26-28.

“The biggest thrill is to see everyone who wants to come see what we’re all about (as a community),” Doreen said of Crosslake Days.

Doreen said she’s very passionate about the community, and Scott agreed.

“It takes all of us to prosper,” she said.