Hay Days Review
It’s all about the snow!
I want to thank you and the Sno-Barons Snowmobile club for the amazing experience you helped create for my family and me, upon my return home from Afghanistan. To say thanks I wanted to email you with more information about myself and my family. I am a Specialist in the North Dakota Army National Guard; my MOS (job within the guard) is 68W Combat Medic. I served 8 months in Bagram, Afghanistan providing medical care and medical evacuation for NATO forces. I am from Minot, North Dakota and my family (including three aunts and uncles, about seven cousins, a few long time family friends, my brother and my parents) has been going to Haydays for over 17 years.
I was able to come home early from Afghanistan due to the drawdown of US forces. My brother (Tony Connole) and I were able to keep it a secret from my mother (Cathy Connole) and my father (Kim Connole). Since my mother was unable to make it to Haydays this year because she had to take more time off of work to take my father down to Mayo Clinic a few times. My dad was diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphatic leukemia) and was undergoing chemo treatments. He is done with treatments for now and Doctors say he will just need to be monitored. So I was able to fly into Minneapolis to surprise him on Friday since he owns Sports Specialties of Minot and was part of the “swappers” this year. Thanks to my brother and the Sno-Barons Snowmobile Club, we were able to surprise my dad without him knowing that I was coming home!! I am very grateful for Sno-Barons and their generosity and support they showed me and my family during this amazing event!!
Again, thank you for everything!!