Help celebrate Hometown Pride

Every community has people and groups that contribute a great deal

In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. These folks — whose selfless contributions make life better for others in their hometowns — sometimes go unacknowledged. That’s unfortunate because many of the people who work without much fanfare to enhance the lives of others truly are accomplishing exceptional results. Similarly, there are organizations that have that type of impact.

That’s one of the reasons that each year The Messenger publishes a magazine supplement called Hometown Pride. The goal is to recognize some of the individuals and organizations that help enrich life in north central Iowa. It is also hoped that these tales will inspire others to find ways by which they too can improve the quality of life in the communities they call home.

The 2018 incarnation of this celebration of some of the most outstanding people and groups in our part of the state is included with today’s newspaper.

Each year, our news staff solicits suggestions from people throughout the region regarding individuals whose lives make a real difference to their neighbors and whose stories warrant telling. We also focus on organizations that have a similar impact. Learning more about these extraordinary people and organizations is a highlight of the year for many Messenger writers. It’s a chance to tell about some of the good things that transpire in a world with all too many sad events.

Hometown Pride 2018 includes many fascinating portraits. The individuals and organizations featured this year are a diverse group.

The people singled out are varied. Their stories are far from uniform. So too are the organizations. There is, however, a common theme. Each of the Hometown Pride honorees has found a way to put their special talents at the service of others.

The Messenger applauds these superb individuals and organizations. They are enormous assets not only to their respective hometowns, but to our region as a whole.

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