Thumbs up to Emmet County Volunteer Network members who met Monday to map out a strategy for providing volunteers to organizations who need them. So far, the Network has been locating organizations who need volunteers. The next phase will be to find volunteers to fill those positions. If you want to help make a difference in the quality of life for others in Emmet County, go online to www.volunteeremmetcounty.com. Or if you need volunteers to help your organization, you can contact the website as well.
Thumbs up to every who votes in our online poll at esthervillenews.net on whether the City of Estherville should loan money to Excel Estherville to restore the former Penney's building on South Sixth Street.
Thumbs down to anyone with computer access who doesn't vote on the online poll.
Thumbs up to the Friends of Fort Defiance and its president, John Wittneben, and vice president, Gary Phillips, elected Tuesday. Both Wittneben and Phillips have served previously as president, so the organization is in good hands.
Thumbs up to the Emmet County Izaak Walton League as it plans its annual gun show Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2 at the Estherville Elks Lodge. This is an entertaining and informative event for gun enthusiasts and a great way to break the winter blahs. If you haven't attended one of the Ikes' gun shows yet, you should.
Thumbs up to winners of the Patriot's Pen essay contest who were recognized Wednesday night at the Estherville VFW Post 3388 Trophy Room. Winners included, first, Clayton Greig; second, Emily Herum; and third, Caroline Rembold. These young people are helping to keep alive the tradition of patriotism that has made America free.
Thumbs up to Dave Seylar, owner of Dave's Brownhouse Kitchens, on being named Business of the Year and Steve Danielson for being named Citizen of the Year at the annual Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Elks Lodge. A huge thumbs up also has to go to the Chamber Board of Directors and staff, executive director Lexie Ruter and assistant Susan Pytleski, for their unswerving devotion to promoting Estherville.
Thumbs down to the blustery winds and cold that wreaked havoc on our area last week. Let's hope spring comes soon.