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A celebration in Arbor Vitae celebrates the life of a well known resident
An Oktoberfest event in Arbor Vitae not only celebrated German culture, but it also remembered a person who left a lasting impact on the community.

This Oktoberfest celebrated the life of Michael Doud.

Brian Nerdahl, a friend of Michael Doud celebrates the life of his friend.

"I think the event shows the family that the town appreciated everything that he has done and it didn't go unnoticed," said Nerdahl

Nerdahl says this event honors his fallen friend.

"What I see it as is a payback and tribute to Mike," said Nerdahl. "Mike took a lot of free time and volunteered at many projects in the community, and his latest he ran for office in the town of Woodruff and was able to get a position on the town board."

Doud was a Vietnam veteran and his friends described him as a renaissance man for all his work in the community.

"But if there was anything anybody needed he would lend a helping hand, no matter what it would be, help somebody out remodel a kitchen, help somebody out fix something in the backyard or donate his time," said Nerdahl.

Gary Simmons, the Vice president of the Dr. Kate Museum says that the event not only celebrates his life but the impact that he left on the community.

"We're celebrating Mikes' Sense of humor, he was a wonderful person, he was altruistic to the Nth degree, he more for people in our community than people will realize," said Simmons.

All of the money raised at the event will go towards the cost of the medical bills.

Story By: Zackery White

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