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January 30, 2015
Estherville News

Thumbs up to Roy Homann who bequeathed over $1 million to area charities in his estate. Mr. Homann's legacy will live on for a long time to come in the hearts of the people he's helped.

Thumbs up to North Union High School students who made a J-Term presentation Monday night. Talking in front of a group is never easy, but these young people did a great job. Presenting were Rebecca Boyer, Kristian Peterson, Jesica Morris and Aaron Swalve.

Thumbs up to both Estherville Lincoln Central and North Union for participating in the 2015 Show/Jazz Choir Festival Tuesday and Wednesday at Iowa Lakes Community College. The talent we have in our local schools is absolutely incredible, and the students and their teachers deserve a big hand. A big thumbs up also has to go to Iowa Lakes Community College professors Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth and their student volunteers for making the show a success.

Thumbs up to Patsi Nystrom for her 14 years of service to the free clinic in Estherville. Patsi has made the 50-mile (each way) drive every month to give of herself and her talents. She has impacted many in a wonderful way. Thumbs up as well to all the clinic volunteers who are making a huge difference in people's lifes.

Thumbs up to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens for an excellent presentation at Monday's Rotary meeting. Sheriff Martens talked about programs the department has in place to protect and serve rural residents. Not every county can say it has such a program, and Sheriff Martens and his department should be congratulated for going above and beyond to help rural Emmet County residents.

Thumbs up to Brent Baskerville, new Estherville Good Samaritan Society administrator, who met the public at an open house Friday morning. Brent replaces Isaac Gerdes who has served Good Sam residents faithfully and diligently during his tenure. Welcome to Estherville, Brent, and good luck, Isaac, on your new position!

Thumbs up to Estherville Noon Kiwanis, Estherville North Stars Nights Kiwanis, Estherville Aktion Club and Estherville Builders Club as they help celebrate the centennial of International Kiwanis founded on Jan. 21, 1915. The local groups plan service projects to celebrate the centennial throughout the year.



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