Thumbs up to the Estherville News as it begins anew. Thanks to the predecessors who have served the Estherville community over the years-Estherville Daily News, Vindicator and Republican, Estherville Democrat, Estherville Enterprise, Emmet County Republican, Northern Vindicator and Estherville News.
Thumbs up to the Wallingford Centennial Committee and everyone who has a part in help the community celebrate its 100th birthday next weekend. The town of 197 (2010 census) and the surrounding residents are figuratively rolling out the red carpet for any and all who will help them celebrate-current residents, former residents and neighboring communities. Look in today's special Wallingford Centennial section to see all the events and don't miss the parade at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Thumbs up to the Estherville Sweet Corn Days committees and all the residents who helped put on another fine celebration. The event celebrates its 16th birthday this weekend and has become a time for class reunions, family reunions and other gatherings. We look for Estherville Sweet Corn Days to continue to provide family-friendly fun and entertainment for years to come.
Thumbs up to the Estherville Lincoln Central Softball Team for its third straight trip to the state tournament. We haven't properly congratulated them for their hard work and effort yet and it's never too late to say, "Good job." It is said that some fans were skeptical about how the team would perform this season. But we knew the potential and ability were there. Thanks players, coaches and trainers for all your hard work to make the 2013 season a memorable one.
Thumbs up to the First Christian Church for celebrating 125 years in Estherville. As you can see on Page 9A of this first Estherville News, the church has served the community well. Former pastors have been returning to Estherville throughout 2013 to help commemorate the quasquicentennial event.
Thumbs down to anyone who drinks and drives during Sweet Corn Days weekend. We want everyone to stay safe.