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November 7, 2014
Estherville News

Thumbs up to Leon Hansen's neighbors who helped his bring in his crops so he could go to Dallas, Texas to be with his daughter, Angie Sparr, while she had her cancer treatment a couple weeks ago. Helping were Jim Anderson, Gary Smith and Lance Krumweide. Angie's lymphoma started with flu-like symptoms.

"I'm still there at heart," said Angie, 47, thinking of everyone back home.

Thumbs up to the 765 people who took the Fright Hike Halloween night on the Whitetail Ridge interpretive trail at Fort Defiance State Park. That was 165 over last year's total. A huge thanks also has to go to the many volunteers who helped make the hike a success.

Thumbs up to everyone who voted Tuesday. There was enormous interest in this year's election, and the people have spoken. A big thumbs up has to also go to the candidates who ran. Your interest in our political system is what keeps it going.

Thumbs up to Cody Alesch and five of his wrestlers who helped move voting equipment at the Emmet County Auditor's Office Monday morning. Iowa Lakes Community College students an athletes are always willing to pitch in and help the community.

Thumbs up to Sarah Uthoff who is giving a program on Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Estherville Public Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. Uthoff will share her presentation which tells the story of a general overview of Laura's life. It features slides taken at all the Laura sites and is good for any age group.

The program is free and open to the public. Fans of the "Little House" stories young and old are sure to enjoy this tribute.

Thumbs up to Laurie Olson, Molly Struve and Julie Clark for their work in planning the Warrior Race next May 2 at Fort Defiance State Park. It takes a lot of work to plan such an event, but it's a great way to bring people into the area to enjoy the park and its many features.

Thumbs up and welcome to new Bomgaars manager Lisa Metcalf and assistant manager Scott Arnold and new Verizon manager Ami Smith whom the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Wednesday.

Thumbs up to the area state cross country runners for their efforts at the state meet-especially state medalists Lee Christensen of Estherville Lincoln Central, who placed eighth in Class 2A, and Riley Bauer of North Union, who placed sixth in Class 1A.



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