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Looking for a Father's Day Gift? How About $50 from Patch?

Tell us why your dad is the greatest father in Dakota County; we'll honor one entry with a $50 gift certificate to Buzz Coffee & Cafe or Fischerville Coffee House.

He brought you into this world. He provided invaluable advice you rely on to this day. He was there for you at times of crisis, and as you grew older, he helped you wrestle with life's tough questions.

Sound like your dad? Want him to know how much you appreciate all his efforts on your behalf? Patch is here to help.

Tell us in the comments below this story why your dad rocks, or send an email to scott.fagerstrom@patch.com, and he just might win the $50 gift card we're giving away to a special dad in one of our Dakota County Patches.

You have until 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, to tell us why your dad is the greatest father in Dakota County. You can also upload your favorite photographs of dad.

We'll announce the winner just after noon on Father's Day so you can let him know the $50 gift certificate (to either in Burnsville or in Mendota Heights) is his. More important, he'll be able to read your story here on Patch.

Since we know that the special dad in your life just might be your guardian, grandfather, husband or even yourself, don’t be shy about entering. 

So get ready to show Dad why he’s so awesome, by sharing his (or your) story on Patch!

The legal stuff:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, simply post your comment or photo, or email us telling us why your dad is the greatest.
  • All entries must be received by noon Friday, June 15, Central Time.
  • You may enter once.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Prize: A $50 gift certificate to either The Buzz Coffee & Cafe in Burnsville or Fischerville Coffee House in Mendota Heights.
  • Click here for complete Official Rules.
Janine Iamunno June 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I love this! It kind of makes me want to force my dad to move to Dakota County so I can nominate him!
linda June 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I didn’t grown up close to my father, in fact, I never really knew him until my mid-40’s. It’s just life’s circumstances that dictated that – and as they say, it can either make you bitter or better. Well, it did make me bitter for an extended period of my life, until my life circumstances changed and I suddenly realized I needed my father. Our reunion was not one that was forced, rather it was easy because I needed him, and he had wanted me back in his life for a very long time. I learned a lot from my father, although it wasn’t the typical things a young girl would learn from her father. What I learned from my father, and not until later in life, is that although people make mistakes in life and have deep regret, they can change and become a better person. I learned that every person deserves a second chance and should not be cut out and shamed from other people’s live’s. These are important tools in life, because as I see my sibling continue to cut him out of her life, and therefore teaching her children – the next generation this learned behavior, they’re not learning life’s real lessons about forgiveness, compassion and kindness. Moral superiority can make one a weaker person, rather than a stronger, softer and more loving being. This is what my father has taught me and I’m thankful for that. I love you, my dear father.
amy irene June 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I love my Dad more than words can say. He's the most patient, loving man a daughter could ask for. He worked forty plus years at the same full time job, plus many part time jobs to support his wife (fifty years next week!), six children and mother-in-law. I never heard him complain once. He's a very special man and I'm lucky to have him in my life. I love Gerry as much as Gerry loves coffee! :)
Scott Fagerstrom June 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Amy, congratulations! You're the winner of our Father's Day gift certificate. Thanks for responding!

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