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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jul 8, 2008

If you were bored this past weekend, you must have gone somewhere else for the Fourth of July.

Things were popping in our area.

On Friday, July 4, the annual Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Flight Breakfast drew masses to the event that has been a decades-long ritual. Later Friday, the Black Knights Car Club held its monthly cruise-in in Library Square with visitors from several other car clubs attending.

The population of Armstrong possibly grew by about 1,200 percent for the annual Fourth of July parade and related festivities. Viewers said it was the largest crowd they had ever seen.

It was great to see high-school bands turn out for the parade, along with the color guard and many floats with patriotic themes.

On Saturday, a big crowd turned out for the steak supper fundraiser for the Armstrong city pool and ABC Club. Hats off to the Emmet County Cattlemen for putting on a great spread.

On both Friday and Saturday nights, fireworks displays were at the Lakes area, Friday night in Armstrong, and Saturday night at Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg where country legend Lee Greenwood drew a huge applause for his patriotic performance.

Saturday night, 600 friends of Jennifer Howard turned out for another meal prepared by the Emmet County Cattleman with music by Cornerstone. The benefit was to help Jennifer pay for her medical expenses and travel for treatments.

If you were at one of the many other events going on and didn’t get a chance to drop by and help Jennifer, you can still help.

Please send your contribution of any amount to: Jennifer Howard Benefit Fund, c/o Bank Plus, 1202 Central Ave., Estherville, IA 51334.

If you help pay for Armstrong’s swimming pool, send your contribution to: Armstrong Aquatic Center Fund, P.O. Box 229, Armstrong, IA 50514.