As we look back on the past year the Covid-19 pandemic continues to grip the nation and the world as it has since 2020.

The impact can be felt in almost all facets of life including in our personal lives, social activities, mental health, health care, education, agriculture, manufacturing, restaurants, sporting events, and more.

Hospitals in Minnesota are pushed to the brink as almost all beds are full. This threatens the expedient care we need and expect, according to the major care providers.

We have all heard many stories from friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones. Many businesses and organizations have fallen to market forces and had to close their doors or adjust to a new normal, repeatedly.

Others organizations are having trouble getting raw materials, inventory, and or labor to accomplish even the most basic functions.

Political and racial tensions are runing high due to our developing connected 24/7 communication channels.

The new year marks an opportunity to move on, for better or worse from a very challenging 2021. Elisha and I and our daughters Nikki, Jenny, & Katie wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022.

Dan Gustafson