12 Days of Story City
12 drummers drumming
a drum roll please for new R-S School Superintendent Matt Patton and a special welcome to his family – or as we like to say in Story City - VELKOMEN
11 pipers piping
to three of our legal eagles – Bob Huffer who recently retired and served for many years on the Municipal Electric Board; Tom Wynia who has served for many years on the Economic Development Corp board; and to long-time city attorney Fred Larson who has served many years on the Story County Legal Aid Society board
10 lords a leaping
congratulations to Coach Hill and the R-S baseball team for its second consecutive trip to the state baseball tournament. And how about young author and Story City resident S.V. Duke who just released her new children’s book appropriately named The Skunk River Tales: Mystery in the Park.
9 ladies dancing
early in the morning working out at a fitness class, or running mid-day on the treadmill, or in the evening kids shooting hoops in the rec gym or adults walking on the track; here’s to a great partnership with MGMC at the Story City Community Health Center – and especially to Shelly Nibe who opens the Rec Center on those dark and cold winter mornings.
8 maids a milking
a special thank you to our city employees who plow the snow, keep us safe, make sure we have clean water, places to play and picnic, plenty of books to read, take a reservation at the Fairview Lodge or answer any question you might have.
7 swans a swimming
in a soon to be new swimming pool. Thanks to Rodney Bunn, Casey Kahl, Jody Larson, Patty Rathmaker, Mary Sirna, and Trent Whipple who worked with us on the design of the new pool. And to the voters who approved the bond issue with 66% voting in favor.
6 geese a laying
golden globe movies for Todd Thorson who owns and operates the Historic Story Theatre and Grand Opera House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest continually operating theater in the Midwest – at 101 years, but who’s counting.
5 golden rings
for Mayor Jensen and Council Members Dwayne Fiihr, Valaree Muhlenburg, Dave Sporleder, Matt Triggs, and Becky Watson who work hard representing the community.
4 calling birds
they come from all 50 states and 11 countries to take a ride on the Antique Carousel – 18,000 plus rides this past year – and thanks to the many volunteers who help keep this unique attraction going round and round.
3 French hens
three straight wins – and climbing. A toast to volunteer firefighters Ryan Peterson, Brian Watson, and Trent Whipple who for the third straight year won the American Lung Associations Fight for Air Climb! And to all the volunteer firefighters led by Chief Lysle MacDonald
2 turtle doves
a special Thank You to Dave and Carol Ann Morris who for many years have been involved in many things and in many ways; doing good things to help many people.
And a partridge in a pear tree
to my favorite tree – the Christmas Tree – what other tree has presents under it? Not the Ash. Here is to the 100th anniversary of the first Christmas tree being placed at the intersection of Broad and Pennsylvania. It is a symbol of community, and peace, and joy, and hope! A special Thank You to the Electric Department for putting it up and all the decorations.
Here’s to a bright 2015 and a fond farewell to 2014. Here’s to the wonderful things to come and our memories from before.
Mark A. Jackson