Thumbs up to our area high-school students for an alcohol-fee and accident-free prom weekend last weekend. Estherville Lincoln Central, North Union and Graettinger-Terril students are some great young people who are proving every day that the future is safe in their hands.
Thumbs up to the St. Patrick's Mission Quilters who have been making and giving away quilts since 1996. Over the past 18 years, they have given away 4,454 quilts to people in Estherville, Mankato, Minn. and the Twin Cities.
Thumbs up to Iowa Lakes Community College choral and instrumental students who played to a full house at Tuesday night's coffee house at The Max. A big thumbs up also has to go to students who performed in the music recital at the college 2 p.m. Wednesday. There is a lot of talent coming out of the college music program working under direction of Carol Ayres and Brett Fuelberth.
Thumbs up to the L'ecolela Danse performers who entertained Estherville Good Samaritan Society residents. This is a great community outreach that brightens a lot of people's lives.
Thumbs up to all the junior-high and high-school rodeo contestants coming to Estherville this weekend for the rodeo. Rodeo is a great all-American sport and character builder and these young people are exemplary examples of what's right with today's youth.
Thumbs up to everyone attending the dedication of the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail at Fort Defiance State Park this weekend. A huge thumbs up has to also go to the Emmet County Community Foundation which gave a grant to complete the trail. A tremendous thumbs up also has to go to Iowa Lakes Community College environmental studies professor Gary Phillips who came up with the idea for the project and his students who worked on it as well as the Friends of Fort Defiance, Tug Helmers, Eric Anderson of Valley Contracting, Russ Lair and anyone else who had anything to do with the project. Thank you!
Thumbs up to everyone attending the dance 8 p.m. tonight featuring the Eagle River Band at the Estherville VFW. It's been a long winter, so let's get out and dance! Maybe if there's a great turnout, the dance can be a yearly event for future rodeos.