Thumbs up to Mike and Edith Clarken for being named 2013 ELC Education Foundation Champions in Education. It's an award that's very well deserved. Thumbs up to the many sponsors who made the annual banquet last Saturday a success as well as past Champion in Education recipients.
Thumbs up to the youth who participated in the annual fall youth pheasant hunt. A special thanks has to go to Izaak Walton League members, Iowa DNR officers, Emmet County Conservation Board director Eric Anderson and Emmet County Sheriff's deputies for helping out. You all set a great example for the future hunters of tomorrow.
Thumbs up for Estherville in gaining a solid reputation as a literary community with not one but two author readings today - one by author Chad Lewis at the Estherville Public Library at 10:30 and another by Judy Neibergall Heusman at 2 p.m. at the Emmet County Museum. Lewis will talk about his book, The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations, which includes Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville. Neibergall Heusman will talk about her novel, My Heart's Song Began at Home, the story of a German immigrant family separated when the husband enlists with Wisconsin's 33rd Regiment in the Civil War.
Thumbs up to Iowa Lakes Community College music students who are performing in a special coffee house 7 p.m. tonight at the Estherville VFW on alumni weekend.
Thumbs up to our area farmers on producing a great corn and soybean crop this fall. It was a wet, challenging spring and an even more challenging dry summer, but you have proven again that Iowa farmers are the best in the world because they feed the world.
Thumbs up to the area fall sports state qualifiers including Estherville Lincoln Central cross-country runners Lee Evans and Nic Peters, Spirit Lake runners Tanner Goetsch and Dondi Schmidt and the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Spirit Lake football teams.