This Week in the Corridor
In absence, will we see people more clearly?
There is a sort of indecency in seeking blessings amid a tragedy such as COVID-19. If we say that a piece of our lives is somehow improved, are we belittling the anguish of the thousands struggling for breath, the tens of thousands who have watched a love one die?

Yet I can’t help but give thanks for a change that seems to be working in my heart. I sensed it earlier this week when I dropped off my car for an oil change at a local dealership. It was comforting to see the two women behind the counter. They were the same women who have taken my keys and jotted down my name for the past five years, but on this morning their presence was an affirmation that normal is out there, that life is progressing. I was happy they were OK.

Walking from the dealership to my office, I passed a grinning fellow who warned me not to jaywalk across the highway. “Even though,” he said, “there isn’t any traffic.”

There was traffic, though. When a semi hammered past, spraying water nearly to the sidewalk, I wanted to be mad, but then I thought of an image I’d seen on a news site of folks lined up in some unknown town to hand free lunches to long-haul drivers. My first reaction had been an old one: cynicism. Why do we insist on elevating the routine to heroic during a crisis? Probably just some company seeking publicity.

Then my spirit shifted and it occurred to me, those truckers are heroes, aren’t they? And not only in this period of unique danger. They deliver the food that sustains my family, the fuel that powers my car. I am completely dependent upon them, yet I don’t know that I’ve ever offered thanks to or for them.

Grocery clerks are heroes, too. So are cops and firefighters, accountants and road crews, pastors and teachers. Anyone who extends a helping hand each day is heroic in his or her own way.

There was a song that made the rounds of Christian radio a few years ago. A prayer of sorts, it asks for eyes like God’s to see the value and the need of the people passing us on the street.

If there is to be a gift for me in this time of forced separation, perhaps it is that the scales will finally drop from my eyes and I will learn to see the divine worth of others—at the car shop, on the sidewalk, and especially in my own home. 

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This Week in the Corridor
U.S. Census Update

Iowa is in 3rd place: We have all been watching Self-Response Mapper as the 2020 Census results began coming in. The latest results show Nebraska leading, followed by Wisconsin, with Iowa in 3 rd place. You can monitor your city and county to check your progress. We are of course shooting for 1 st place, so your involvement can make the difference in reaching that goal.
Spurgin to open new pharmacy
Andy Spurgin and business partner Josh Borer partnered with a group of local investors to bring a community-owned pharmacy to Estherville. Estherville Pharmacy will offer medication synchronization, rural and in-town deliver, vaccination services, Medicare Part D counseling, and other services.

Read more about Estherville Pharmacy.
Board of Directors
Thank you to these individuals committed to economic development in our region by being a part of the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Brad Beck
Beck Engineering, Inc., Dickinson County
"The Corridor provides value by fostering positive partnerships necessary to advance our region. These partnerships attract and retain existing businesses, promote entrepreneurship, attract top talent to the area, and promote the region to potential new residents and businesses. I'm most excited about the entrepreneurial initiatives the Corridor is leading. I believe between Brian Dalziel's efforts and the continued success of the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute, we are a leader in the state with our entrepreneurship program."
Mike Wodtke
GKN-Armstrong Wheels, Emmet County
"The Corridor offers many things to the region from community development initiatives to training for area businesses and their employees. The biggest challenge that I see the four-county region facing, at least in the short term, is the effect of the ag market. We are a rural area that depends greatly on the success of our local farmers. I am excited about the opportunities that the latest campaign initiatives will be able to deliver to the region. Proper funding for the Corridor brings with it many exciting, new and improved initiatives."
Investor Spotlight
Each week we want to feature and thank the businesses and individuals that have committed to economic development and growth in our communities. To learn more about these investors and others, visit our  Business Directory!
Sector: Cities & Counties
Description: Everly has the unique advantage of being located in Clay County in Northwest Iowa and retains the country charm of a rural community. The quality of life in Everly is exemplified by caring residents, wonderful recreational areas, and terrific neighborhoods.
City of Lake Park
Sector: Cities & Counties
Description: Located in Dickinson County in Northwest Iowa and situated around Silver Lake, Lake Park is a friendly community with a top-notch school system and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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