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Finding something to cheer about

By Staff | Jan 16, 2015

Here is a another round of our “cheers and jeers” column, giving credit where credit is due.

Cheers to the two Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce honorees. Both are very well deserved.

Bruce Ankeny is receiving the Community Service Award and Winnebago Manufacturing has been named the Business of the Year in Blue Earth. Both will be honored at the Chamber’s annual banquet and meeting set for this coming Friday.

Ankeny, as well as his father, Wayne, have been strong supporters of the Blue Earth community for many, many years.

Winnebago Manufacturing is a well-run, family-owned manufacturing company located in Blue Earth’s West Industrial Park. They have been expanding, have loyal employees, and make some very different and interesting products.

We hope you enjoy reading about the two honorees in special feature stories in this week’s Faribault County Register.

Congratulations to both of them.

Jeers to the cowardly terrorists who murdered 12 employees at the Charlie Hepdo newspaper in France. It was truly a gutless and ruthless mass murder against unarmed people. But cheers to the people of France and the rest of the world, who united in a response to this act of terrorism.

Instead of striking fear into the people, the killings gave people a resolve to not let it affect their lives.

And, instead of not printing the newspaper, or just printing their usual 50,000 copies, the remaining staff at Charlie Hepdo printed five million copies that are being distributed worldwide.

I’d say the terrorists failed to accomplish what they intended to happen. They didn’t stop the press. In fact, they made it stronger.

Cheers to all of our newly elected officials who are now being sworn in and taking their seats on City Councils, School Boards and the like.

We are always happy to see so many people willing to serve on local boards for little pay and not much thanks. It is often not the most glamorous of jobs.

Cheers to everyone involved in the wonderful Blue Earth Area Mentors organization. BEAM matches up volunteer adults who serve as mentors to youth who, for one reason or another, need an adult to talk to, get some guidance from, and have some fun with.

January has been declared Mentoring Month in Blue Earth, and we salute this group for the work they do with the youth of the community.

I am sure they can always use another volunteer, or an extra donation or two.

Jeers to neighbors who cannot get along. Whether it is neighboring countries, next door apartments or adjoining property owners, it is too bad when they cannot be friends.

Especially when their grievances have to be aired in a public meeting.

Please, let’s all try to get along. Let’s practice being neighborly.

‘Nuff said.

Cheers to the Blue Earth City Council for stepping up and working on getting an abandoned, unsafe and hazardous building demolished.

Even though they don’t own it.

The council is trying hard to facilitate getting the structure torn down before it collapses, possibly causing damage to adjoining buildings, or even injury to persons nearby.

The county owns the building, only because they got it for non-payment of taxes. And, the county is willing to pay for half the cost of demolition.

Well they should, since they are the actual owners.

The next step is to try and figure out what to do with one more empty lot in the downtown Blue Earth area. That should be on the “to-do list” for 2015.

And, likewise a cheer goes out to Winnebago City Council for taking a similar proactive step and getting rid of a downtown structure before it becomes an eyesore and falls down on its own.

One last cheer. It goes out to all those folks who get up so very early in the morning, when it is cold and snowy, and plow our streets and highways before many of us have even gotten our eyes open or made that first cup of coffee..

They do an amazing job and seem to be fast and efficient.

Maybe too efficient. I seem to never be able to call in to work and say I will be late because my street isn’t plowed.

But, I guess that is a small price to pay for having the snow plowed so fast.