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By Staff | Jan 16, 2015

Thumbs up to the chili cookoff winners at the Estherville VFW last Saturday. They include first place, Jim and Rae Jean Tindal; second, Leslie Reiter and Amy Burmeister; and third, Stacie Stoliker. This is always a great event and everyone always has lots of fun.

Thumbs up to Emmet County RSVP volunteers for their great volunteerism in the last quarter of 2014 and good luck on your volunteer plans for 2015. This group always goes far above and beyond what could ever be expected of them.

Thumbs up to the Armstrong City Council for moving forward on lagoon improvements. More and more, smaller communities face the same requirements and regulations as larger cities, and Armstrong has done a great job of keeping up.

Thumbs up to the Emmet and Palo Alto supervisors on a very productive joint meeting this past Tuesday in Graettinger. The supervisors cut through a lot of red tape and laid the groundwork for the possible interim sharing of services of Emmet County engineer Walter Davis-Oeth. Walter has stepped up and grown into his job quickly and has shown judgment and maturity rare for someone his age. There is no doubt that the Palo Alto supervisors would not have asked Walter to share his services if they did not think he was up to the test.

Thumbs up to Emmet County Wellness Coalition members who covered an aggressive agenda of health initiatives on Wednesday. A special thumbs up has to go to Bob Grems, Regional Wellness Center director, and Jen Hough, Avera Holy Family Hospital community relations manager, for their work in putting together the Lifestyle Challenge again this year. The Challenge is just one of their duties, and it’s a big job in itself.

Thumbs up to Jim and Elaine Prust who received the Citizen of the Year award at Thursday night’s Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. It was an award they well deserved.

Thumbs up to Carz Central, named 2014 Business of the Year, also at Thursday night’s Chamber annual banquet.

Thumbs up to North Union teachers, administration and students for a great J-Term. The students did their capstone presentations Friday night, and they were impressive. With its J-Term in its second year and having one-on-one technology for a few years now, North Union continues to shine as an educational leader and innovator.