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Gray Matters: Small town salute

Monday, July 28, 2008

As some of you may know, Marcus has its own Blog site set up by Bob Reed, retired professor and writer, who lives in Florida. There have been some differing opinions expressed in several recent postings. Some folks regard them as finding fault; while others consider them constructive criticism. In my case, they just started me thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of living in this, or any, small town. I've decided, no matter how you look at it, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Then I began listing some of those positives, and I would encourage you to do the same for your own community. Local names and businesses will differ, but I'll bet most of us will reach similar conclusions. I am sure I have missed some in my hurried list, so please forgive the oversights, for none is intentional.

I will start with Jeff's Foods. Jeff and Barb Mittlestadt and their remarkable crew work tirelessly to provide for our needs. We'd be lost without this veritable treasure! Next door is Marcus Hardware. Wurths developed it, and the present owner continues giving us a fine source for gifts and household necessities. Too, that's where Tete Hogue practices the almost forgotten art of watch-repair. We really appreciate all he does.

Then there is Mike Knutson, the barber. Only he can tell us how many former residents return for a cut, whenever possible, simply because they've failed to find anyone, even in major cities, who does as good a job. Down the street, at Hy-Vee Drug, Jeff Waldner and Gina Rassel take meticulous care of our prescription needs.

Farmers State Bank, where I have done business forever, provides caring, accurate service for all its customers, and I'm told the two newer banks are equally reliable. Then there are the insurance agencies. Smiths do a wonderful job, and I just couldn't function if John Carey weren't there to offer advice and expertise regarding all of those complicated matters. Next I think of Grandma's Gardens. We can trust LuAnn and Brian Miller and their competent staff to get floral greetings to the ends of the earth, if need be, while all of our gifting and planting needs here at home are similarly tended. There's a great selection of hair stylists here in town. Dawn Roberts happens to be my current choice, but each of the others has her devoted clientele.

Marcus Lumber is in a class by itself. Customers from miles around come there. They have everything needed for the building trades--top-quality advice, workmanship, expertise and materials. How fortunate can we get? Roders service my car. Pat Bunt's or Todd Ames' body shops are there to smooth out any "dings" that come my way. All of us love to eat at Christine's, JB's, the Pizza Ranch or Marcus Junction. Mmm! I'm getting hungry just thinking about those places.

I hope my quite incomplete list helps you see how the pluses outweigh the minuses, and how thankful we are for them. I also hope your list, wherever you live, will increase your love and appreciation for your own special corner of the world.

We should all be ever grateful to our Gracious Creator who has provided so abundantly for us small-town folks!