Bob Erickson, the St. Cloud outdoorsman and civil engineer who last year arranged to take three veterans from Central Minnesota on a free, eight-day Alaskan tour, has announced a concert series meant to raise funds for another round of trips, this time for five veterans.
Erickson previously said he got the idea because veterans deserved more than they were getting.
Earl Hughes, Alaska’s self-proclaimed ambassador of country music, and two band members have scheduled nine concerts in Central Minnesota, including three public performances in the St. Cloud area.
Hughes is scheduled to perform two-hour concerts starting at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Rollie’s Rednecks & Longnecks, 940 35th Ave NE, Sauk Rapids; 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 Fourth Ave. S, St. Cloud; and 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Discovery Church, 700-18th St. NW, Sauk Rapids.
The cost is $15, $10 for veterans.
Profits raised after the band is paid will help fund Veterans to Alaska, which Erickson will lead. Last year, he financed the trips. This year, he said he’d make up the difference himself. The estimated cost to send five veterans is $12,000.
Applications are expected to be available in late April, with the seven- to eight-day trip likely planned in July. A committee will determine who goes; they’ll consider what veterans have done since their return from service.
For more information, contact Erickson at 251-2253.