If you had to be out and about in Estherville early Friday morning, you were most likely greeted by clean and well-sanded streets.
And that's a whole lot more than can be said for some other communities that suffered through the latest storm.
City of Estherville street crews have in fact done an excellent job all winter long, keeping up with what seems like a long winter - and it has been.
So the next time you see a member of our street crew, wave. Show the guys you appreciate it.
Early out programs seem to be working
School kids may be getting some snow days this winter, but that's in addition to the Wednesday early outs that ELC students have had for teacher training since the start of this school year.
Fortunately, the community pitched in and helped fill the void. Between the Regional Wellness Center's Energizer Plus program and the Y Kids program, there are lots of opportunities for kids to have some meaningful after-school activities.
A year ago, a lot of people were in panic mode. But after community members put their heads together, they were able to solve a problem before it happened.
And that's a great thing.
Rotary pledges $1,000 to Pack Away Hunger
After hearing a presentation by Jolene Nichols and Sarah Ussery at their meeting last Thursday, the Estherville Rotary Board this Thursday pledged $1,000 to the Pack Away Hunger program that will provide food to children in need over the weekend.
There is probably no topic nearer or dearer to Rotarians' hearts than hungry children. All one has to do is look at a list of the accomplishments of Rotary International - like nearly eradicating polio and putting in wells in underdeveloped countries - to realize how well this program is matched to Rotarians.
If you would like to help, one $15 donation will fill one backpack each week. Donations may be mailed to: Pack Away Hunger, P.O. Box 230, Estherville, IA 51334. Also look at food drop locations around the community, including Blum-Leonard Agency at 418 Central Ave., Iowa Lakes Community College at 300 S. 18th St., Inman Electric/Radio Shack at 15 S. Sixth St. and the Estherville News at 10 N. Seventh St. Also look for other drop locations throughout the community.