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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 29, 2010

As winds raged and floodwaters rose on homes in south Wallingford, it was local heroes who came to the rescue Friday night.

The Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department evacuated south Walliingford as fears grew that floodwaters would reach electric panels and possibly start fires. So starting at midnight, firefighters gave up a night’s sleep and evacuated residents, not resting until people were safely moved from their homes.

Once the decision was made to allow them to return, it was Alliant Energy’s time to have heroes of its own. Two employees volunteered to take a boat on the Des Moines River to help repair a severed power line. With the line down on both sides of the river, that was the only way it could be done.

Someone once said that such acts show uncommon valor by common people. But that’s what happened.

We are indeed lucky to have such selfless people in our midst, community members who answer the call when they’re needed. Without them, life would be far different.

Congratulations Jenny!

Speaking of heroes, Jenny Nitchals, Estherville Lincoln Central High School business teacher, was honored with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Chairman’s Award at the Corridor annual meeting Monday in Estherville.

The Chairman’s Award is a big deal. It’s given just once a year to the one individual who is determined to have advanced the Corridor’s economic development efforts in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.

Nitchals was recognized for her efforts as a liaison in bringing business students to Corridor business education activities – in short, making their education far more real and meaningful than it would be just in the classroom.

The Corridor should also be recognized for honoring an educator with this year’s Chairman’s Award. It shows that the Corridor is well aware of the role that business education plays in economic development.

Hopefully, we’ll see even more collaboration between business and industry and our fine area educational institutions in the four-county Corridor region.

And, as Spencer Hospital administrator Bill Bumgarner, also former administrator at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville, observed, when one county in the region benefits, all benefit.

That’s a great message from a great business leader.