Enjoyed community chorus performance


From Edward and Joan Laarman, Niagara, Wis.:

In 2015, we moved from a university town — Iowa City, Iowa — to Niagara. As expected, we have enjoyed living in a small town, surrounded by the beauty and recreational opportunities of the north woods. However, we also knew that we would miss some of the advantages of a larger city, especially the musical offerings of the University of Iowa.

What a delight, then, it was to discover the rich musical talent in this area! Much of that talent was on display again this past week as the Dickinson County Community Chorus presented “Sounds of Christmas 2018.” It was a wonderful program that included sacred and secular numbers, solos and ensembles as well as many choral pieces, and a wide variety of musical styles, all with excellent musical accompaniment. The Children’s Chorus was great, and it was exciting to see the children contributing so eagerly. The Kingsford High School auditorium was packed on both nights, and it was clear the audience relished the cultural and spiritual feast we were served.

All the participants put in a huge amount of time and energy to offer this concert to our community. We want to thank the conductors, singers, musicians, announcer, and all the many people behind the scenes who contributed to the event. Special thanks to Principal Conductor Crystal Hogan. We are deeply grateful to, and for, the Dickinson County Community Chorus. What a gift to our community.

Good deeds, good service at Greenway Book Store


From Kathy Thede, Florence, Wis.:

I recently went to Greenway Book Store in Iron Mountain. Jane Wilson was there. I asked her if she could help me pick out some books for my 14-year-old niece, who had just had open heart surgery and was home recuperating. She asked how my niece was doing. “Well,” I said.

We picked out some reading and fun activity books, I set the stack of books on the counter. People came into the store and Jane went to help them while I kept browsing. When I went to the counter, there was another hardcover book I had only thought about getting on the stack of books. I thought, “Yes, get the book, it’s a good one.”

Jane rang up the purchases and when I went to pay, she cleared the till and said, “There’s no charge today.”

She knew what it was like with family and medical problems. She wrote out a nice card and with the books, put it in a nice tote bag, and said, “I hope your niece gets well soon.”

I wasn’t surprised, because I had been to the store before and Jane and her daughter have always been nice, also helpful.

Greenway Book Store has much more than books — there are reading areas, cards and craft items, and if you can’t find a book, they will try to get it for you.

I hope people will check out this book store.

Church says thanks to all who came to corn maze


From Judy Gardepy, Norway:

Living Hope Community Bible Church in Norway would like to thank everyone who came to our second annual corn maze and pumpkin patch event. We would especially like to thank those who donated to Destiny Rescue, a Christian non-profit organization that rescues children from human trafficking. Because of your generosity, $1,501.41 was raised and sent to Destiny Rescue. Thank you and God bless you.