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Message from our Mayor

April 6, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Here it is April 1 and time to write another article.  It seems like I just wrote the one for March.  March flew by so fast this year maybe because the weather was so nice for what usually is our worst month.  We spent very little on snow removal which leaves the city more money for street repairs. Flowers have been up and blooming for 10 days, the birds are singing and how many times have we had to mow grass in March.  I hope I don’t jinks us bragging on all the good weather and we end up with an April snowstorm.  When Jo and I walk on the bike trail, I have to slow down just to take in everything.  Ray Landt reports that there is a great horned owl and a screech owl that he sees there. Last week there was a mountain lion sighted at Monty Eggers.  This was naturally the talk of the area.  It was reported that Craig had shot and killed the mountain lion.  This is wrong as Craig is no Davy Crockett and he did not even see the big cat. The water tower has started to go up this past week.  It will progress fast depending on the weather and should be up in about 4 to 6 weeks. This last Saturday it was great to see how small town Iowa comes together when one of our own needs help.  When 15 year old Noah Ohrt was diagnosed with cancer everyone was shocked and we all wanted to help the family in any way we could.  The GR students jumped in and got the ball rolling selling wrist bands.   They sold 1200 in the first two days.  They also had other projects to raise money for a friend and a fellow student in need.  The Uptown Lounge hosted the first big event for Noah by donating the profits from a very successful Friday nights business.  Then last Saturday, with the help of lots of volunteers, there was a free will dinner and both a silent and live auction.  With the help of Hometown Foods, close to 500 people were fed and there were over 200 items donated to the two auctions. I’m not going to try listing any of the donors or the items donated because there were so many great things and every one of them was greatly appreciated along with all the help in making the event a great success.  The live auction was probably one of the most enjoyable sales that I have had the privilege of doing.  The people that stayed around to buy items was tremendous and you all did a great job of making all the donated items bring extra good prices – although I can’t help but wonder what Don H. is going to do with his Victoria’s Secret purchase. This coming together for family in need is what makes living in Gladbrook and small town America such a great place to live.  It makes me very proud to live here and be able to be called your mayor.  If you didn’t get a chance to make a donation to Noah, you can do it at Great Western Bank here in town.  Please keep Noah and his family in your prayers. Keith Sash, Mayor  


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