We at the Motor Mill Foundation wish to thank our friends and supporters for their enthusiastic response to our gala. It is because of you the “Friends of the Motor Mill” that the bridge is once more in place at the historic Motor Mill Site.
The replacement of the bridge was a constant reminder from Clayton County residents who used Galaxy Road for years as a shortcut to the Elkader county seat from the southwest when Grandview was still a gravel road.
The new bridge is constructed with certain mechanical and design improvements to the original bridge, plus the steel is of a chemistry that will form a rust coating so it will never need paint or require regular maintenance.
The design also will accommodate the road graders, heaviest fire trucks and tallest ambulances currently in use.
Memorial Day will soon be here. Memorial Day is not a day of mourning – it’s a day of celebration. We in the Western World sometimes take for granted the lifestyle we have – the democracy, the freedom. But we need to take the time on Memorial Day to remember why we have this freedom and who was responsible for giving it to us.
Memorial Day is typically celebrated through observances such as church services, parades, decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, and getting together with family and friends to enjoy the freedom our comrades in arms have secured for us.
American Legion Auxiliary members of West Union Unit 15 understand the sacrifices the United States armed forces have made to preserve freedom and honor past and current American service members. As a sign of their appreciation, Auxiliary members each wear a red memorial poppy on Memorial Day weekend.
On Earth Day we can celebrate one local success story and work together to ensure a second.
First, Lora Friest, director of the Northeast Iowa Resource, Conservation and Development, in a recent presentation showed how careful data collection, analysis, and remediation work in the Upper Iowa Watershed tributaries over the past 13 years has begun to decrease pollution. Friest noted that the previous 20-year water-testing efforts documented a steady increase in nutrient levels prior to the RC&D stepping in to help.
Since its inception in 1970, the Earth Day phenomenon has led to enormous growth in understanding of the consequences we face if we do not take care of our natural resources. It has led to more action to protect our planet’s land, water, air, wildlife, and us as human beings.
Here in America and around the world, environmental concerns are becoming a primary focus. Lawmakers and business leaders, consumers and producers, families and individuals, teachers and students… everyone has a vested interest in preserving the earth, so we should set aside a day to remind us how important our natural resources are to us.
When I’ve asked the Iowa farmers and ranchers what they know about Earth Day, the humble and honest reply I usually get is, “Every day is Earth Day.” Where asphalt and pavement turn to gravel and dirt, you will find rural men and women greeting each day to work the ground. The soil. The earth.
I catch myself saying this to my kids all the time. Sometimes it feels as though life is one big treadmill. We find ourselves hurrying and hurrying but never reaching our destination. Our culture would tell us we can have it all, do it all, and we deserve it all. In an attempt to strive to attain what our culture deems necessary, we struggle and strive to “hurry up,” draining ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually in the process.
The symptoms of this busy lifestyle result in us rushing around frantically even as we complain about our pace, speeding up our activities and multitasking. We become irritable and crabby and impatient with those around us. This life, however, is not the life God has called us to.
Thank you for the $3. I have done the Easter Coloring Contest for as long as I can remember, and have gotten an allowance from it, I have been saving it all up for something special, so I will try to keep doing the contest to get something.
The state’s budget experts, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC), held their quarterly meeting and increased their estimate for revenue growth from $6.517 billion to $6.637 billion for the state’s current fiscal year, 2013. Citing Iowa’s growing economy, the new estimate has revenues growing by 5.2 percent, or $325 million more than last year.