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February 27, 2015
Estherville News

Thumbs up to Estherville Lincoln Central students who performed at the coffeehouse Monday night at the Estherville Lincoln Central High School cafeteria. The coffeehouse is a great opportunity for kids to show their stuff and for parents to be proud, as they certainly should be. As more people see area young people perform, both in the public schools and at Iowa Lakes Community College, perhaps the dream of a public events center will become a reality.

Thumbs up to Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce members and staff who are meeting on how to bolster Estherville as a retail center. Estherville has a lot going for it - acres and acres of parks, a gorgeous Library Square that would be the envy of any community, great restaurants, unique shops, great events throughout the year and a community college with a wind program and S.E.R.T. Center that many four-year colleges would love to have. We also have a community that comes to the aid of people in need. We also have outstanding medical facilities and housing for our elderly. The next step is to see how we can make it all better.

Thumbs up to the school bus drivers who carry their precious cargos for Estherville Lincoln Central, North Union, Graettinger-Terril and Spirit Lake school districts. Theirs is not an easy job - negotiating inclement weather and less-than-perfect roads and doing so safely and delivering kids to school on time. We ask an awful lot of them. Do you suppose they might appreciate a little basket of goodies around Halloween or Christmas or Easter?

Thumbs up to our lawmakers, Rep. Tedd Gassman and Sen. Dennis Guth, for all the work they're doing this legislative session. To do the job right, it takes a lot of long days and short nights, and both of these gentlemen are doing their jobs very well.

Thumbs up to the North Union FCS students for the great breakfast they made for faculty Wednesday morning - and for staying around after school was canceled to serve it. These students are showing service and dedication at the highest level - and with a smile.

Thumbs up to Michelle Howing, Emmet County victim witness coordinator, who performs God's work every day she goes into the office. Not very many people could do her job and extremely few could do it so well.

Thumbs down to negativism. If we believe we can't do anything to improve our lives, economy and quality of life, we'll merely meet our own expectations.



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