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Making a better Creston

It’s been almost two months since I last wrote a column.

It’s been so long people are inquiring as to why I quit writing columns. They want updates on my wife and Harper.

For the record, I haven’t quit writing columns. I only took a break because I was training for some new responsibilities.

I’ve also been asked by some people — I assume because our house was for sale — if Stormy and I are leaving Creston altogether. No, we fully plan to raise Harper and any other children we may have in the Creston School District.

I love Creston and all its imperfections, and am excited to see Harper grow up in this school district. (See photo, right, of her showing support in her Panther gear for homecoming).

I’m excited about the families already in Creston, as well as the young people and families moving back to Creston. I read in last week’s paper Caleb Hoakison and his wife Jill — who recently accepted a position as a physical therapist at Greater Regional Medical Center — are moving to Creston.

I sometimes hear people speak ill of Creston. That irritates me, especially when the criticism comes from people who live here and pay taxes here. Everyone in this community has the opportunity to make it a better place to live.

This is our home. If we don’t take pride in it, who will?

Did you get a chance to read the history of why Mr. Remi Gits established a Gits Manufacturing assembly plant in Creston nearly 70 years ago? Traveling from Colorado to Chicago via train, he was forced to stay overnight in Creston because of a terrible snowstorm.

During his stay, Gits was so overwhelmed by this hospitality and helpfulness of the Creston community, he decided to build an assembly plant here.

That story gives me goosebumps.

That’s the kind of community we must continue to build on a day-to-day basis. If we do, pride will grow and criticism will wither.


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