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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Feb 29, 2008

On this year’s Estherville Daily News Progress Edition we chose a gear from the Ridley flour mill in which to place photos of people who are making a difference in making Estherville a better place to live.

The gear, now located near the rock garden south of the municipal swimming pool, symbolizes a lot not only about Estherville’s past but also its future.

The gear was once used in the Ridley flour mill located north of the swinging bridge in North Riverside Park on the west bank of the West Fork of the Upper Des Moines. Built sometime between 1861-1870, the flour mill ground wheat and corn for settlers for many miles around. The flour mill, and a sawmill also located on the Upper Des Moines, were really the first industries in Estherville, appropriately named after Esther Ridley, the first white woman to live in Estherville.

We think the gear quite aptly symbolizes what is going on now and in the future in Estherville. Through Excel! Estherville, people are joining forces to make Estherville a better place to live, work, and play.

That same gear that ground flour for the settlers is turning again, maybe not literally, but just as powerfully, as people work together to bring Estherville into a renaissance the likes of which it has never seen. The gears and wheels of progress are turning. Change is happening. And all our lives will be the better for it.

We humbly suggest that same gear as a possible new logo for Excel! Estherville. It symbolizes our community’s past, present, and future.

We hope when you read today’s Progress Edition that you take a moment to reflect upon those who made our community what it is.

They would have been immensely proud of what is happening here today.