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January 23, 2015
Estherville News

Thumbs up to Armstrong City Council representatives for coming to the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to try to iron out a dispatching agreement. Alan Madden said it best when he said both sides are going to have to give a little in order to make things work.

We hope they do, and that Armstrong and the county can put this issue behind them and work together constructively for the good of everyone.

Thumbs up to everyone working on the Defiance Run planned for Saturday, May 2 at Fort Defiance State Park. Julie Clark has been a real spark plug for the event, bringing together a lot of people who want to see the event happen. A huge pat on the back also has to go to the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce for taking on the event. And of course, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources should be lauded for allowing the run to happen. The Friends of Fort Defiance, of course, are extremely proud to see the park host the event.

This is an excellent example of what can happen when various groups of people get together and work toward a common goal.

Thumbs up to all the high-school musicians - local and outside the area - who participated in the jazz band festival Wednesday and Thursday at Iowa Lakes Community College. Jazz is a difficult music form to master, and these young musicians are mastering it wonderfully.

And of course the festival could never happen without the college and Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth and their student volunteers who work to be accommodating.

We should recognize the college support staff for helping this event work - everyone for custodial staff who worked extra hard preparing the event and cleaning up later, cafeteria staff who made a special meal of tacos for the high-school students, a sure hit, and Iowa Lakes instructors and students who were willing to move around their classes to accommodate the high-school musicians.

Thumbs up to Emmet County naturalist Jenna Pollock on a great presentation Friday afternoon at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society. Jenna always is one of those "above and beyond" people who truly loves what she does - and it shows.

Thumbs up to Isaac Gerdes, administrator at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society, for his dedicated service at the center. Isaac treated the residents as he would his own grandparents, and the results of the caring attitude he and the Good Sam staff is evident on the faces of the residents.



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