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Met on Main Street: Marcia Placil

Marcia Placil smiles while standing in the rain on the day we met.

By Nick Longworth

Sometimes all you need to do to get you through life is laugh a little and grab an omellette.

After a surprising number of people I originally approached were either in a hurry - or simply didn’t want to talk to me - I finally met Marcia Placil outside the Schwarzwald Restaurant on Main Street. It was raining a little, but she assured me that she wouldn’t melt.

A widow now after saying goodbye to her husband James in 1995, they were looking for hunting and fishing land in 1971 when they first found the area.

They both liked to fish and hunt, but that was “many moons ago” she assured me. She still likes to fish, but she hasn’t hunted in some time now.

A survivor of Lymphoma cancer, this year she is now a decade removed from the disease. Her friend, Robin, taught her how to make jewelry, which she sells and gives the proceeds to the Leukemia Society. She also raises funds via her team team “Faith, Hope and Courage” every year for the Rod Carew-led “Light the Night” walk at Target Field every September.

September is national blood cancer month, but she said you would never know it due to the lack of funding spent on advertising.

She also said we “need the rain” that began to come down harder, and that she also needed an omellete – which is exactly what would end our conversation, with her allowing me only enough time to get a quick photo.

A self-described “people person,” it was clear that Marcia had stories that would take hours - if not days - to fully hear, let alone write. The ten minutes on the sidewalk would only be a brief snapshot, albeit an interesting one nonetheless.

She said that we’re put on this earth to help people, and that humor can get you through any disease known to man.

I will have to remember that.

Until next time, have a great week. Maybe soon it’s you I will meet!

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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