Honorary Grand Marshall Mike Henkenius 

We have a special grand marshals for our annual parade. We salute a man who worked tirelessly for the good of Battle Lake – Mike Henkenius – who passed away in March of this year. Our grand marshals to celebrate his community contributions are his wife, Chris, their daughter Betsy, and their grandchildren Will and Annie. Our thanks to these family members for joining us today, and to Mike for his vision and dedication that included such projects as Battle Lake economic development, the Tri-City group of Battle Lake, Henning and Ottertail, and partial ownership and revamping of The Battle Lake Inn and Suites. He worked long hours for Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. He thought having a Child Care Center in town would entice families to move here, work here, go to school here, so that became his most recent and perhaps largest quest. The Child Care Center will be a reality because of his diligence.

His time on earth was cut way too short, but his influence on our community will continue. Thank you, Mike Henkenius, for all you have done for Battle Lake.




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