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July 6, 2020

6/4/2020 1:03:00 PM
Cheers and Jeers

Virus aside, there is plenty to smile about for farmers, gardeners and almost anyone with an outdoor job as the June edition of Cheers & Jeers rolls off the presses.
The beautiful spring weather has helped farmers finish planting on time and timely rains have even given the crop an early nudge. However, we all know about the downside of this spring, the difficulties faced by businesses and employees hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our hearts go out to all of you.
Cheers go out to the Class of 2020, which unfortunately endured an unforgettable spring and graduation.
Nothing about the seniors' final months was normal. They not only lost spring activities, sports, awards ceremonies and graduations, they lost valuable opportunities to share those final few months with classmates they've known for most of their lives.
At the same time, we were extremely impressed with the actions of seniors who were involved in area graduations and graduation parades. These events were marked by smiles, friendly waves and, most notably, a heaping measure of maturity.
There are countless aspects of this historic year we would rather forget. The resourceful and impressive Class of 2020 is not one of them.
Cheers go out to the leaders of Prime Pork who have not only navigated the rough waters of COVID-19, but also managed to work in a merger and major expansion in the process.
As a community, we were already blessed with a founder, in Glen Taylor, and company that built its reputation and mission around the word "excellence." Now we learn that Prime Pork has merged with HyLife, a Canadian pork processing company which was named one of the 50 best-managed companies in Canada.
We also were delighted to learn that by mid-June the newly-merged firm will increase processing by 10%, add a second shift and expand employment by 35%.
Jeers go out to the area residents who continue to dominate local police by damaging vehicles, homes, fences and more.
Last week alone, there were a half-dozen cases of such damage in the Citizen's page 2 police report. One case involved a series of scratches on a parked 2009 Mazda, plus a broken out window on a nearby 2005 Dodge van.
Our police have important work to do, sometimes lifesaving work. Reports like these - senseless vandalism - could pull officers aside at a time when they are needed most.
Cheers go out to the Storden American Legion, which recently donated $5,000 to the Storden First Responders.
Those funds allowed the organization to purchase important equipment, such as a new stretcher and training mannequin. It was among multiple groups that benefitted from the Legion's $29,000 in donations. We tip our hat to the Legion a major supporter of the First Responders for decades.
- Rahn Larson

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