To the EDN:
Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see something that's right in front of all of us.
I moved to Estherville 2 1/2 years ago and want to say what a friendly, giving community we live in. Many local people and businesses give of themselves without asking for anything in return. They see a need and they come together to address it, with their physical, moral and financial support, without seeking gratitude or acknowledgment. Often, they give of themselves in silence.
Estherville is richly blessed to have these people living here. It is what makes this town stand out from others.
Walking through town people acknowledge and greet each other. They smile and say hello whether they know you or not. If you have a question just ask somebody. Chances are they'll have an answer or direct you to somebody else who does.
The local business community is special too. Many of our businesses are still family owned and operated, and that makes a big difference. The phrase "Shop Locally" is broadcast in many communities, but it means something in Estherville, where you're more than just a customer, you're a neighbor and a friend.
Recently I purchased an iron from Ace Hardware. After a little more than a month the light on the digital dial stopped working. When I took it back and explained what was wrong, they apologized and replaced it immediately with no questions asked. I was amazed to say the least. They didn't try to figure out the warranty. They didn't need to send it away to be fixed. They just replaced it. That's the kind of service you get in Estherville where shopping really is a two-way street.
Recently I had foot surgery and was recovering at home. A business in town that gives of themselves and makes donations in silence went out of their way for me. I want to acknowledge their effort and break their silence.
The employees at Bank Plus in Estherville, after finding out about my medical procedure, got together and brought meals to our house for nearly two weeks. Not just a single item, but entire meals such as lasagna, Caesar salad and garlic toast, and meatloaf, au gratin potatoes and banana bread, plus cookies and pies. The list goes on and on. I was speechless. The time, effort and planning they put into this to help us was unbelievable.
After much soul searching to come up with something to show my appreciation, I've come to the conclusion that there's nothing I could do that equals their kindness and friendship. Going out of their way and giving of themselves comes from the heart and nothing compares.
To everyone at Bank Plus I want to say Thank You! You are a perfect example of what makes Estherville a great place to call home.
LouAnn M. Swenson,