After years of being involved with the Labor day festivities, the Muellers are being honored this year as the Grand Marshals of the Paul Bunyan Days Parade.

Every year, the Paul Bunyan Days Committee (PBDC) celebrates a select person or couple who have contributed to the event.

This year the PBDC has selected Don and Rita Mueller to be the Grand Marshals. The two are slated to be honored in a float of their own during the Paul Bunyan Days parade on Labor Day.

As per tradition, the Muellers will lead the parade down Main Avenue.

Both Don and Rita had been involved with Paul Bunyan Days for decades before the two retired.

Rita had volunteered through her job at Valley Vista Care Center to work the check-in booth and Don volunteered to collect all the garbage at city park over Labor Day weekend.

“When I first retired the committee was already asking me to be a Grand Marshal but I wanted to wait,” Don said. “This year seemed like a good time.”

Don and Rita both grew up and attended school in St. Maries before moving around the country pursuing various jobs and careers.

Eventually they settled back down in St. Maries to raise a family and Don started his career contracting with the city as a garbage collector. Don has also served on the Benewah County Planning and Zoning Commission as well as worked on the board of the Nazarene Church.

Rita had worked at Valley Vista for most of her career and also volunteered with the Rotary Club and has been proactive with her husband supporting events at their church.

“It is such an honor to have been selected by the committee,” Rita said.

Be sure to catch Don and Rita lead the parade Monday, September 6.

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