Ron Jacobsen, general manager of our wastewater treatment plant, has resigned to take position elsewhere. Ron replaced Jack Loynachan and continued the upgrading of the treatment facility. Remember, those darn DNR regulations are necessary but very $$$$$$. The State requires a level 2 operators permit; Ron had a level 3 operators permit. Good luck to Ron in his future endeavors – we will miss him.

A couple of blogs ago, I talked about allowing “golf-type carts” on certain city streets and asked for your opinion. We received some, more positive than negative.

Wednesday, I was invited to a meeting with Senator Grassley at the Winterset business Expand It. They are under new ownership and are going to show off their wares to the senator. My pitch: enough for the big boys – how about a little help to us little guys?

What an unusual year for the flower baskets. At this time of year, they look good but are only a shell because of all the dead foliage under the “pretty”. No dead foliage yet, but it will happen and then they’ll go downhill real fast. They really look awesome now. No, they won’t make it to CB Festival. And by the way, someone tried to “borrow” one a few weeks ago. This pretty much destroyed the basket but gave up and left it – grrrrrr!

The community received a very nice letter from one of the RAGBRAI participants from Washington D.C., formally of Iowa City. They were complimentary of the way the community looked and the way the RAGBRAI overnight was organized. Doesn’t surprise me!

School will be starting soon. There will be children that do not have the advantages some of us have, through no fault of their own. Please consider giving to any organization that will help them with the needed school supplies that will give them the advantages they need to help them learn.

“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.”                    —Paul Ryan

“We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.”               —Paul Bloom

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