With a formal signing ceremony Monday night, Armstrong-Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral school districts ensured their continued health and vitality in a whole-grade sharing agreement that should carry the districts through the next several decades.
It was not accomplished easily. Not everyone always agreed. And, no, not everyone got his or her way. No one does when the right thing happens.
It was a good for everyone, though. With similar-sized schools, students and staff share a similar educational culture - a culture that values a close working relationship between staff, pride in school and community and caring for students.
Superintendents Mike Landstrum of North Kossuth, Art Pixler of Sentral and Randy Collins of Armstrong-Ringsted worked many, many hours doing what many thought could not be done.
Also sharing in the official ceremony Monday night were board presidents Jim Boyer of A-R, Ron Dacken of Sentral and Jeannie Kinney of North Kossuth.
There were also the board members of all three boards - all of whom spent many nights, sometimes sleepless - doing the right thing. And that was to provide quality education for students.
Parents of students and taxpayers can rest assured that you have some great board members performing a great service.
Even if you don't agree with everything they do, thank them.
They deserve it.
Patrons of the Fine Arts banquet a success
Cindy (Schlei) Shadrick may have been the headliner, but the real stars of the ELC Patrons of the Fine Arts were the volunteers who helped put on a fine banquet and auction Saturday night at the Estherville Elks Lodge.
Thanks too to those who attended and bid on the auction items.
And thanks to the show choir, jazz band, art students and quiz bowl participants who provided a great night of entertainment.
Black Knights party down
The Black Knights Car Club and community members had a great time Saturday night too at their first-ever winter party.
There were games, karaoke and car talk galore. It was a great way to introduce more community members to the club and just a whole lot of fun for everyone.
Great idea, Black Knights. And here's looking forward to next year.