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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | May 31, 2008

To the EDN:

I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG “Thank You” to all the people who supported our first Skate Estherville fundraiser May 22 during Chuck Wagon Day.

The turnout that we had was awesome. Just with our bake sale of bars and other goodies we raised a little over $97 and close to five sheets of signatures supporting Estherville with a skate park.

This is a wonderful start in making Skate Estherville a reality. Special thanks to all the moms and grandma who donated their goodies – Lisa Loftis, Kim Steffes, Kim Radig and Marian Origer. This was a HUGE success! We have a long road ahead of us, but with the continued support of everyone, WE CAN DO THIS!

Monday, June 2 will be our next Skate Estherville meeting at the Farm Bureau building at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to join us, please feel free to – the more involvement we have – the better the outcome. Also watch for us during Sweet Corn Daze. Come out and check us out.

Niki Origer

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | May 31, 2008

To the EDN:

I would like to thank Larry Lamack for confirming my position, that I am the only Democratic candidate who can bring the departments together. His letter of May 30 is exactly what we have been dealing with over the last 16 years. His article is one-sided, self-serving, and once again contains half-truths of the issues that he has with myself and the Estherville Police Department. There are justifiable explanations for all of his complaints, including the proper handling of confidential information and state laws concerning budget deadlines. Mr. Lamack’s previous letters to the editor have been of the same self-serving nature and have been rebutted, for example, Doug Hansen’s rebuttal of Lamack’s letter to the editor in August of 2006 in regard to the sheriff’s self-serving statements which did not contain the whole truth regarding prosecution issues.

My campaign for sheriff is based upon my ethical and moral beliefs, not to impose or force myself onto people by going door-to-door. I have only placed signs where people have asked for them as I do not believe in putting people in uncomfortable situations by asking to put signs on their property.

In the end, the issue is not Lamack’s complaints about the Estherville Police Department, me, or Gene Haukoos. The issue is that Mike Martens has pledged to continue the policies and procedures that are currently in place and not working.

Don’t base your vote solely on my statements or Lamack’s statements; ask a member of a fire department, ambulance service, city government, law enforcement officers, emergency management, or a highway patrolman, whether the policies or procedures currently in place are best for Emmet County.

Brent Shatto

Estherville