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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Mar 15, 2008

To the EDN:

Recently we encountered a situation on Tuesday, March 11 regarding skateboarding.

My two sons, along with half a dozen or so kids were skateboarding where the old Jane’s Place was. For some of you who aren’t familiar with that, it is located at 209 S. Sixth St. My oldest was one of three that was issued a ticket, a fine, and who now has to appear in court for skateboarding in a downtown area, and in my opinion, this is utterly ridiculous – these kids need a place to go.

Skateboarding has been an ongoing issue, and several months ago, I was sent to the Estherville City Council, which I attended a meeting expressing my concerns on where our youth can go to skateboard. I then was referred to the Estherville Parks and Recreation office, which again I attended one of their meetings, expressing my same concern.

The outcome that I received was to get other youth, parents and citizens involved and raise money to see what we could do to get these kids a place to go skateboarding without getting told that they can’t be there.

After the incident on Tuesday, I again got told to go to the Estherville City Council and will be attending a meeting this Monday, March 17 at 5 p.m. at the City Council Room located next to the city office. If anyone wishes to attend to voice their concerns and or opinions – you are more than welcome.

Our town promotes that we need to shop locally, and to keep people wanting to come back here, well then we need to do something for our youth that will benefit them, and for them to want to stay out of trouble and want to be in their own town.

Niki Origer