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Chamber meal measured in love

The Estherville Chamber, Excel, EAPG dinner features facades, finances, and figures and finally the love of community

October 10, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

How do you measure a year in the life of a community?

In facades. The Excel Estherville organization has given out 44 facade grants since the program started.

In housing grants: ten grants to build homes in Estherville came to a $100,000 estimate in the community.

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In anniversaries: Excel Estherville will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

In new businesses: the county gave seven "Grow with Us" grants to develop new businesses.

In parks: Veterans Memorial Park sprang from an idea by former Emmet County Emergency Services Coordinator Terry Reekers, who died in March.

The Veterans Memorial Park volunteers, collectively, were named Citizens of the Year by the Estherville Chamber. Lexie Ruter, Chamber Director, read a note from the nominators that said they had never worked with a more passionate and committed group of people.

Commitment also showed in the business of the year, KILR Radio. The station celebrated its 50th year of service to Estherville. Co-owner Roger Jacobson showed his love for the station employees and the community as he read a statement about the tough times that greeted him in the first few years of owning the station. His advice to young people, "If you have a dream, pursue it, and hold on when tough times come, because persistence is the only way to overcome those times." Jacobson acknowledged the radio station staff as the force that keeps the station going.

Dan and Sandy Breyfogle were honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year. The community member who nominated them said their dream of running a business in the building Dan's father owned for many years as Breyfogle's Radio was inspiring. Dan Breyfogle thanked the community, saying, "We haven't lived in Estherville since 1969, but when we drive over from Mason City, we feel so welcomed here."

The dinner at the golf course included comfort foods of homemade sweets, soups, and sandwiches.

Ruter also celebrates five years as Chamber Director this year.



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