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By Staff | Oct 10, 2014

Thumbs up to US Senate candidate Joni Ernst and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for visiting Estherville last Saturday and Rep. Steve King for visiting Friday. Emmet County voters should particularly take seriously those candidates who care enough about us to come visit us personally. If they’re going to visit us now, they’re more likely to listen to us later when they’re in office.

Thumbs up to the Armstrong City Council on approving a location for the Freedom Rock. While everyone agrees the rock is a good idea, the only disagreement was where to put it. And that’s simply the American democratic process in action.

Thumbs up to Dr. Richard Lepird of Estherville who’s planning another season of donating his services to LIGA International, also known as the Flying Doctors of Mercy. Lepird and other medical professionals not only donate their time but help pay for transportation to Mexico where they help make people’s lives better.

Thumbs up to the Friends of Fort Defiance and Professor Gary Phillips’ environmental studies students at Iowa Lakes Community College for their work in the park this week, getting rid of invasive species. These are the types of projects that will help improve the park for many years to come.

Thumbs up to Iowa Lakes Community College Students on a great coffee house Tuesday night. They put on a wonderful performance and the audience appreciated it greatly.

Thumbs up to the 1,300-plus Emmet County residents taking part in the Healthiest State Walk Wednesday. That’s a good percentage of the people of Emmet County.

Thumbs up to Dan Lutat of Iowa Lakes Community College for giving Rotarians a tour of the Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies building Thursday. This is indeed an impressive facility that will help not just Iowa Lakes but our entire region become a sustainable energy leader.

Thumbs up to Emmet County Naturalist Jenna Pollock and the Emmet County Water Trails Association for putting on the fall leaf paddle 1-4 p.m. today. The group meets at the Emmet County Nature Center.

Thumbs up to firefighters who took time out of their week to teach kids about fire safety