Thumbs up to the fine citizens of Ringsted for a rousing Danish welcome to more than 20,000 cyclists on the Tuesday leg of RAGBRAI. The Danes went all out, making such fine delicacies as rollepose sandwiches, aebleskiver, vinnebrod and kringla. If the word wasn't out about Ringsted Danish hospitality, it sure is now.
Thumbs up to the Black Knights Car Club which held its pre-cruise cruise Wednesday night in preparation for the third annual Cruise The Lakes Sunday, Aug. 17. Registration will be 9 a.m. to noon with the cruise starting at noon. It will be a big weekend for the Knights, with a classic car show the day before on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Okoboji Classic Car Museum on Highway 86 in West Okoboji. The car show will have 30 classes with registration from 9-11 a.m. and awards at 4 p.m.
Registration is just $10 for either the car show or the Cruise the Lakes. Museum tours are $10 a person and Black Knights early bird T-shirts are $10 and $20 the day of the cruise. Check www.blackknightscarclub.net or www/okobojiclassiccars.com for updated information on all weekend events.
Thumbs up to young readers who received awards Thursday night at the Estherville Public Library at the culmination of the summer reading program. While any summer reading program is a good idea, studies show that kids who read through the summer maintain and often advance their reading skills while kids who don't read during the summer can lose what they learned during the school year.
Thumbs up to Dave Grussing for hosting Doughnuts with Dave 10 a.m. today at Estherville Public Library. Grussing is inviting everyone to come to meet the Democratic candidate for Iowa 7th District House of Representatives. Grussing will offer his plan on revitalizing rural Iowa through job creation and educational reform.
Thumbs up to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens and his deputies for a firm but gentle approach in handling open container offenders during the RAGBRAI Tuesday in Ringsted. "Please either finish it or dump it out," Martens asked one woman. She finished it - very quickly.
Thumbs up to Emmet County Fair Queen Rebecca Boyer and Fair Princess Lisa Boyer, who were crowned Thursday evening. Both girls will represent the county well.