It has been quite a year as managing editor of the DCI.
In the hour or so it took to pass we covered school boards, city councils and the county board, visited plays and concerts, the Dodge County Fair, Survival Days in West Concord, Festival in the Park in Kasson, a haunted house in Mantorville, and a bunch of activities at Prairie Meadows Senior Living, and witnessed a total solar eclipse that brought us all together in amazement.
We learned about Red and White Holstein dairy cows (they’re big, and they’re popular); and large, colorful 18-wheel trucks (a hugely popular attraction as they visited and rolled on through the area in September).
We saw Godzilla eat Las Vegas at Kasson-Mantorville High, and met so many sweet, down-home folks, including Manny and Delia Guajardo, who are assisting those in need at Sophia’s Closet and Clothing Bank; Chuck and Abby Bradford of Mantorville, who adopted an 8-year-old girl from Poland, to join her Russian-born 10-year-old brother; all those movers and shakers with city government, Chambers of Commerce, the K-M Lions and such; a friendly greeter pooch named Charlie, at Lowell’s Auto Sales in Dodge Center; a competitive, high school kids-operated robot named STEVE, and his robot girlfriend, Stephanie; and a real-life Rosie the Riveter - feisty Helen Leqve of Kasson, who loves to tell her amazing story of life during World War II.
We met some of the world’s smartest and nicest award-winning staff, teachers and kids at the K-M and Triton schools.
We may or may not have pulled the wool over some folks’ eyes by announcing the upcoming filming of a Disney movie in Kasson, and that the city will host a $35 million “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” theme project. We’re big fans of April 1st.
We rolled down the Dump Road, when the construction was finally completed, went up and down “Old Highway 14,” celebrated the opening of new businesses, and made sure to stop at Chocolate Heaven – aka The Chocolate Shoppe in Mantorville.
And we did it all in nice weather, gunky weather, scorching weather, and Frozen Tundra weather (which is still with us here in mid-April, thank you very much).
It’s been a great experience. But now we’re moving on, to try new challenges and see where that will take us.
A piece of us will always be here in small-town, shirt-off-your back country, home to some of the nicest folks around.
Thanks much for having us and putting up with us and watching over us and making us smile. You folks are the best.
WARNING: You may not have seen the last of us. We’re native to the area and kind of embedded, if you will.
So instead of Goodbye, let’s go with “See you around.”
God bless, friends. Here’s to you.