Great hospitality

Ron and Judy Marten
Marlin and Linda Marten

Dear editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to let the town of Fort Frances know what great hospitality and kindness we were shown in our time of need.
While returning from a fishing vacation at Ten Mile Lake Resort, travelling along Highway 502, the tire blew on our boat trailer. My husband and I were stranded on the side of the road for five hours while his brother and wife drove into Fort Frances to buy new parts.
They found a store and brought back the parts, but unfortunately they were the wrong size.
While waiting on the road, a gracious couple stopped and tried to help us out. They were kind enough to leave us their cell phone number if we needed help when our brother returned.
Thank you, Ron, for going out of your way to help strangers.
My husband’s brother returned without any luck of obtaining a part, however he did find a helpful young man who drove a tow truck to haul the boat and trailer to the Super 8 Motel.
The staff at the Super 8 have the most outstanding people we have ever met during all of our travels. They all went out of their way to accommodate us in our time of need.
In the morning, my brother-in-law explained our situation and the desk clerk arranged for us to have a late check-out. Then while talking with Gina from the housekeeping staff, she said she had friend who knew all about what we needed and he would be willing to help.
She called Richard Cunningham and he was there within the hour to help us. Gina went up and above the call of duty as she lent us her truck so Richard could drive my husband and brother-in-law into International Falls to obtain the proper parts we needed.
Richard helped us for the next four hours to change both hubs on the trailer.
These acts of kindness are a true example of “paying forward.” In these troubled times, when you hear about all the acts of violence, it is a rare occasion of being able to tell of so many caring and giving people.
A few days later, Richard followed up with a call to us to make sure that we made it home safely.
Thank you to Ron and his wife, the tow truck driver, the staff at the Super 8, Gina and Richard—your generosity will never be forgotten.
If you ever get a chance to visit Wisconsin, you will have a place to stay in Tomah and Beaver Dam.
We are all truly grateful.
Marlin and Linda Marten
Tomah, Wis. and
Ron and Judy Marten
Beaver Dam, Wis.