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Santa’s little helpers

By Staff | Oct 14, 2008

The industrious Estherville elves including from left Dusty Embree, Lyle Hevern and Kim Olson are donating their time and talent to the Santa House construction. The 16-by-8 structure will be ready for Santa’s arrival on Thursday, Dec. 4.

A special unit of Estherville Elves are hard at work because Santa’s elves are all tied up in the mass production of toys at the North Pole.

The local helpers are working diligently every spare moment they have to make sure the new Santa Claus house is ready for his initial arrival on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Dusty Embree, director of the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce, noted chamber members said it was time for Estherville to have a holiday house for Santa to greet his little friends.

The 16-by-8 structure will include a porch and six pine-tree shuttered windows. It will feature all the seasonal amenities-heat, lights and a cozy fireplace!

“Now we’re looking for a rug and a big chair for Santa!” she said.

John Clark happily hammers away with the Chamber elves. EDN photos by Mary Ann Menendez

Along with Embree and Kim Olson of the chamber office, the two head elves are Steve Danielson and John Clark.

“Steve came up with the roof line idea, and Kim and I chose the Bavarian theme. Steve and John have completed most of the work since the middle of September.”

Also lending a hand as elves and holding hammers, shingles and siding are Phil Embree, Darin Olson, John Wittneben, Lyle Hevern and Dave Seylar.

A portion of the tourism dollars are being used for this holiday construction project which will hopefully attract potential shoppers and their children/grandchildren from the surrounding area.

Santa’s house will be front and center in downtown Estherville on Dec. 4 for Snow Globes and Tuba Christmas.

Tuba players from Estherville and the surrounding area will come together to create sounds of the Christmas season at the Estherville Fall Hall and Library Square.

“It’s been fun building Santa’s house. We thought it was important to have one again,” said Embree. “We really needed a place for kids to come see and visit with Santa.”

Be sure to read the Estherville Daily News for detailed information on when Santa Claus is coming to town!