HAPPY TRAILS. Mitzi and Gordon Warling, two well-know Becker residents who have been very active in the Becker American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, will be leaving to take up residence in Texas later this month. (Photo by David Hannula.)
The Becker scene will soon be missing two very familiar faces as Mitzi and Gordon Warling pack their gear and head for pastures green in the next few days. They have been especially active as members of Becker American Legion Post 193 and the Legion Auxiliary, respectively, and involved in a number of other community programs as well.
The thrift store, which operated in the Legion building on Hancock Street for the past five years, took up a great deal of their time, the Warlings said, as it grew from a small flea market operation to encompass all four bays inside the former fire station. Differences of opinion in regard to the operation in recent months played a role in the decision to relocate to Texas, as well as the desire to be near Mitzi’s family and to finally say goodbye to the Minnesota winters.
A dispute over appearances by “The Jammers”, an eclectic group of area musicians that performed on Friday nights at the Legion building, also played a role in their decision to relocate, they said. Audience attendance had dropped off, Mitzi said, and the program they had volunteered to support for many years is now discontinued.
Gordon had been a member of the Honor Guard at the Legion Post, and had been involved in a number of projects there, including the popular power tool drag racing that was the subject of a video presentation by KSTP’s Jason Davis in his “On the Road Again” series. They also handled the set up of the weekly bingo games at the Legion post, and were involved in the distribution of food donations to a number of area organizations.
A Becker resident since 1997, Gordon met Mitzi on a senior chat room site. They married and she came to Becker in 1999, also from Texas. They plan to live in the Seabrook area, which is not far from Houston.
Both have a continuing fondness for the Becker area, they said, and they will be leaving some “very good friends” behind as they make their southern journey later this month.