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May 23, 2014
Estherville News

Thumbs up to Don and Carolyn Brown for hosting a great neighborhood gathering when they had chainsaw sculptors Bess and Tracy Coy carve two owls on a dead maple tree in their back yard last weekend. The sculpture joins four others in the Browns' yard, as well as a carved wooden bench. As a member of the Estherville Federated Garden Club, Carolyn has been instrumental in starting the Yard of the Month award. The Browns' yard certainly deserve that award - or perhaps more appropriately for having the best private or public art gallery in Estherville - and outdoors, at that.

Thumbs up to Estherville Lincoln Central, North Union and Graettinger-Terril graduates who are embarking on a new adventure in their lives after last Sunday's commencement exercises. We at the Estherville News always find ourselves somewhat stretched to cover three graduations at the same time, but we never tire of seeing the joy and anticipation of graduates and their families.

Thumbs up to Estherville Lincoln Central administrators on their new positions. Andy Umthun, alternative high-school director, head football coach and strength-and conditioning coordinator, is taking a new position as activities director and high-school dean of students while principal Frank Christenson is taking the position of alternative high-school/curriculum director and Brad Leonard, assistant principal and activities director, is taking Christenson's position as high-school principal. They will be joined by David McCaulley who will take the position of middle-school principal.

Thumbs up to the District Technology Team for the work it put into a pilot study to determine which device it will recommend for one-to-one technology. The committee recommended Chromebooks, the favored device of students who tested out three devices.

Thumbs up to Tug Helmers who shouldered most of the work in surfacing the Spring Creek trailhead Tuesday for the Friends of Fort Defiance. Helmers and the Friends group have made a huge difference in the park amenities and features, thanks to a fruitful relationship with the Iowa DNR.

Bob Grems of the Regional Wellness Center and Norm Johnson of Bedell Family YMCA filled the ELC Board of Education in on after-school programing Monday. Thumbs up to all parties - including the Estherville Public Library and area churches - who have helped provide educational and activities programming for students getting out of school early every Wednesday.



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