Monday, March 24, 2008 By Aaron Brown
Virginia's Mayor's Ball tradition revived; set for April 11
By JIM ROMSAAS
Mesabi Daily News
VIRGINIA — After a 14-year absence, the Mayor’s Ball in Virginia is making a comeback.
Organizers believe the formal ball, set for April 11 at the Coates Plaza Hotel, will be the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and benefit a community organization at the same time.The proceeds from the ball will benefit the Virginia All Community Reunion.
Mayor Steve Peterson said many people had a hand in starting up the ball again, including Sandy Wallin, Shelly Lindberg and Andi Ringsred. Most importantly, former Mayor Elder Metsa also suggested the event should be started up again because it had not been held since he left office more than 14 years ago.
“I had four Mayor’s Balls,’’ Metsa said in a telephone interview. “I was glad to see (Mayor) Steve (Peterson) renew having a Mayor’s Ball.’’
Holding a ball was good for three reasons, Metsa said. First, it was a chance for people to dress up and have a fun evening; second, it is a great way to raise funds for a charity or community organization; and third, it is generally good for the morale of the city.
“It was a lot of fun,’’ Metsa said. “It’s good for the town.’’