What A Weekend!
“It’s pretty amazing when you think about it,” said Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad on Friday afternoon as he welcomed visitors to the Palo Alto County Sesquicentennial.
“It’s time for all of us to be amazed, amazed to have a new ccasino, one of the first cellosic ethanol plants on the entire planet,” Schad said as he listed some of the accomplishments of Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County over the past few years before a huge crowd in Soper Park, on the south shore of Five Island Lake.
As Palo Alto County residents, former residents, familiy members and friends descended upon the community for the 150th birthday of the county, Schad talked about the growth Emmetsburg had experienced in the past few short years.
Schad highlighted the dredging project for Five Island Lakes, the efforts of the Palo Alto County Gaming Committee to attract a casino and becoming the home to the Wild Rose Casino and Resort.
Also highlightd was the establishment of AGP’s soybean processing facility and the POET Biorefining facility, which will be enlarging to become the first celluosic ethanal production plant int he United States, and one of the first in the nation.
“There was a time, not too long ago, when people thought Emmetsburg would shrink, shrivel and revert to Iowa Prairie,” Schad said. “All these predictions had one thing in common – none of them happened. So, its really time to be amazed. It’s time to stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy the fruits of all our labors.”
“We all deserve a moment of satisfaction for a job well-done,” Mayor Schad told the crowd.
“But then again, we need to get to work,” Schad said. “While we have accomplished much, we have a long way to go. We need more jobs, more opportunites – the key to all this is more people.”
Schad continued, “Those of you visiting here to day are part of this solution. We would welcome back any of you who want to live among us. If you have ever entertained the idea about moving back to Emmetsburg and the area, now is the time to do so. “