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The value of going the extra mile

A dinner date two weeks ago with Stormy Lee reminded me the value of going the extra mile.

Stormy and I don’t get out much these days, so we try to take advantage when the opportunity arises for a dinner, movie or social outing.

Two Fridays ago, we gambled on a small Mexican restaurant in Afton called El Ranchito.

I’d heard good reviews — and knowing Stormy’s love for Casa De Oro in Creston and other Mexican restaurants — we decided to make the 10-minute commute to Afton.

The gamble paid off.

Stormy’s fish tacos were perfectly seasoned with fresh vegetables and sour cream. My steak enchilada ritos — sliced in half for easier handling — had layers and layers of flavor.

The atmosphere and food were great, but where the owners — Alex Mandujano and Roger Lopez — and staff go the extra mile is with their friendly service. Mandujano comes out and talks one-on-one with almost every group that orders at the restaurant.

One by one, these owners are rightfully gaining business in the Afton and surrounding areas. They’ve earned my support.

Now, that doesn’t mean that’s the only restaurant in southwest Iowa we support or will be supporting in the future. So restaurant owners, please don’t call me in outrage about this column. Stormy Lee and I are equal-opportunity consumers.

I have one other going-the-extra-mile example. Recently, we needed a home inspection done, and we had a rather aggressive timeline for its completion. Dave Moore of Secured Residential Inspections LLC in Creston came to the rescue, fitting our inspection in on a Sunday afternoon.

What these two businesses reminded me was going the extra mile really makes the person on the receiving end feel good. Give it some thought. What could you do to go the extra mile in your personal or professional life?

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Tonight, I will have full coverage on the Creston city election.

I’ll be going to the polling locations around 7 p.m. to take photos. Polls close at 8 p.m. today. At that time, I’ll head to the Union County Courthouse to collect absentee voting information. You can track voting totals by following me on Twitter, @k_wilson85.

There are four open Creston City Council seats in tonight’s city election, including one contested race for councilperson at-large.

Candidates in that contested race are Kevin Downey, Gary Lybarger, Paul Vandevender and Courtney Wilson. Meanwhile, running unopposed are Randy White (Ward 1), Ann Levine (Ward 3) and Dave Koets (Ward 5). Also, John Kawa (Park and Recreation Board) is running unopposed.

As they come in, I will post voting totals on Twitter from each precinct and report the winner in each race when they are determined. See www.crestonnews.com later this evening for complete results.

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