Thumbs up to everyone who had a safe Fourth of July weekend. Being careful and using good judgment is a great way to have fun and avoid tragedy.
Thumbs up to the Emmet County Wellness Coalition for braving the mosquitos for a tour of the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail at Fort Defiance State Park Wednesday. Despite high-voltage mosquito electrocution devices and clouds of insect repellent, the skeeters made their presence known. Despite that, everyone got a good idea of all the features the trail offers.
Thumbs down to mosquitos. Here's hoping you catch a ride on the closest log floating downriver to Missouri or wherever you came from.
Thumbs up to everyone who participated in the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce golf outing at Estherville Golf Course Thursday. The golf course was pretty much skeeter free. Big thanks also have to go to the golf outing sponsors.
Thumbs up to everyone who attended the Downtown Market Thursday night in Library Square. This is really a unique opportunity to get out and see some of the local crafts and sample some of the wonderful home-baked goods. Tip: If you're planning a family outing or picnic, this is a great place to stock up on goodies. And if you're looking for a special handcrafted gift with a lot of meaning in it for that special person during Christmas, you just might find it at the market.
Thumbs up to Merry Helm who will sign her book, Prairie Boys at War Vol. II 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Estherville VFW. Helm is largely responsible during the course of her research of unearthing the fact that Ed Boucher of Estherville was awarded the Silver Star but never received it. Through Helm's efforts, along with Emmet County Veteran's Service Officer Deb Tietje, Boucher received the medal he so greatly deserved.
Thumbs up to the Estherville Kiwanis Club, which celebrated 75 years in Estherville this week. The local service club has been a staple of the community, using its fundraiser to support children and the Estherville area. From the annual scholarships it gives to graduating seniors at Estherville Lincoln Central?High School, to sponsoring Boy Scouts and, most recently, adopting Lincoln Park, the club is one of the many reasons it's great to live in a small-town.