All good things must come to an end

To the editor:

It’s my last year of Christmas lights. It was my 34th year. All good things have to come to an end is true. I’ll be 90 March 2. What a goodbye farewell and record crowds of people for the first time people and other people who have been coming for all these years. When channel TV station 13 filmed it, it was released all over the state, most of them wanted to thank me and say goodbye and some of them with tears. I know because I’m out on my west deck greeting people for endless hours to greet them to say goodbye. What really bothers the parents who have been bringing their children for years, what are they going to tell them next year why no lights and no Santa here, and that old man on the hill never to be seen again. I’m limited on words for printing this letter. I don’t want to leave an important thing out and that is the three wisemen who have been coming here for years to help keeping things going after they helped build everything it is today. Their names, Mike Goodell, Tim Green and Don Stowell. At least they didn’t have to come across a desert to get here. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither my display. I will be gone soon but not the memories of those who came here in all kinds of weather. Sometimes 10 to 20 below for a few moments. A few years ago I was on Facebook and my display was rated number 8 in the world for the best arrangement of displays, not the largest. Remember I am located 2,476 miles south of the North Pole.

Merlin Fort

Dakota City