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February 6, 2015
Estherville News

Thumbs up to Melony Renze of Estherville for her three years of solid leadership as coordinator of the YMCA Kinship program. Melony has provided consistency and steadiness to the program.

Thumbs up to Valerie and Mike Grems of Dyno Tech Dynamometer as they're growing into their new location at 122 S. 18th St. The Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were visibly impressed when they visited Dyno Tech Wednesday.

Thumbs up to Kiley Miller, Iowa Lakes Corridor president and CEO, on his visit to the Estherville Rotary Thursday. Miller gives enthusiasm to his position - always a plus when it comes to economic development.

Thumbs up to Elaine Quastad and Kelsey White who opened Q Custom Designs and The Style Loft in the former Racine's building at 614 Central Ave. Thursday. Elaine and Kelsey have faith in Estherville and it paid off with lots of people shopping on the first day the business opened.

Thumbs up to WindTest as it moved into its North American headquarters at the Iowa Lakes Community College Sustainable Energy Resources and Technologies (S.E.R.T.) building this week. The company will test components for wind turbines in the Estherville area, making it a perfect fit for the S.E.R.T. building. WindTest has also already employed a student in the college Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program.

Thumbs up to Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong as it holds its pork loin supper and silent auction 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday. The supper includes pork loin and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, pie, roll and beverages. Guests will also be able to bid on silent auction items. Proceeds will go toward future building and equipment repair and replacement and to the church general fund.

Thumbs up to our local, home grown businesses who have shown the grit, guts and determination to stay in business despite a long economic downtorn and sagging commodity prices. Business closings in Estherville over the past year have been largely OUT-OF-STATE businesses and RETIREMENTS. The businesses that started here and are still going are going strong. SO BUY LOCAL!



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