Thumbs up to Armstrong Community Center Board members who have selflessly donated their time to serve on the board. New board members are needed. Any Armstrong-area residents who would like to serve may call Connie Thackery at Armstrong City Hall at 864-3535.
Thumbs up to Emmet County Wellness Coalition members for promoting health and wellness in the county. Coalition members met Wednesday at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative which itself deserves thanks for providing a room for Coalition meetings. A special thanks should go to the Regional Wellness Center and Avera Holy Family Hospital for again sponsoring the Lifestyle Challenge this year.
Thumbs up to the chili chefs who are competing in the chili cookoff 1-3 p.m. today at the Estherville VFW. Good chili making is an art, and these folks are all Rembrandts and Picassos, in our book.
Thumbs up to Emmet County Volunteer Network members who are meeting 10:30 a.m. Monday in Room 74 at Iowa Lakes Community College. If you have an organization that would like to provide volunteers, or that would like volunteers. contact volunteeremmetcounty.com.
Thumbs up to the Friends of Fort Defiance for continuing to plan trails in the park. The next Friends meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sanborn Room at the Estherville Public Library. If you would like to belong to the Friends, memberships for both individuals and families are $10. Checks may be sent to: Friends of Fort Defiance, P.O. Box 314, Estherville, IA 51334.
Thumbs up to Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce members, staff and the Business Person of the Year and Citizen of the year who will be announced at the Chamber annual banquet Thursday night at the Estherville Elks Lodge.
Thumbs up to Mother Nature for finally giving a respite from the cold weather we've been having over the past week. There were some trying days, when it was so cold there were school cancellations. However, it appears we're getting back to normal - if not above normal - for this time of year.