St. Adalbert fish fry draws hundreds each week

PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Dennis Schenk surveys the multitude of raffle prizes available at the St. Adalbert fish fry. Volunteer Shary Walkush handles the sale of the tickets.

There is no shortage of places to go for fish on a Friday night during Lent. But for good food, good company and good service, St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Rosholt really delivers.

Theresa Glodowski manages the operation, which serves about 500 to 600 dinners each Friday night. About 140 of those are takeout orders.

“It’s a big hit with the locals, but we’ve also had guests from Minnesota, New York and California,” Glodowski said.

Dinner includes cod, shrimp or a combination, with a choice of baked potato, french fries or potato salad.

The number of volunteers fluctuates, but on Friday there were about 10 kitchen workers and roughly 10 others either taking orders, selling beverages or raffle tickets, or delivering food hot out of the fryers.

It’s a smooth operation. They’ve been doing the dinners since 1996, and everyone is friendly — whether they are working or enjoying the camaraderie during the meal.

Dale Balkam, who is Grand Knight of the Polonia Knights of Columbus, uses his time serving meals to promote that organization as well.

“I think it’s a good thing to volunteer,” he said, “and I like to let others know KC members are involved in many projects.”

The money raised helps support the parish and its parochial school, located just across the road.

Parishioner Dennis Schenk likes the food and the company.

“I enjoy the opportunity to visit over a good meal,” he said.

The St. Adalbert congregation consists of about 300 families. But parishioners from three other nearby churches — St. Mary in Torun, Sacred Heart in Polonia and St. Mary in Custer — support each other, and many of them come for the fish fry.

”I love to come because I know just about everybody, and they do a wonderful job,” said Virginia Groshek, a member of Sacred Heart.