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Home Town Connections

By Staff | Mar 15, 2012

When you leave Emmetsburg do you often meet people from “home”? It goes to show that we live in a very small world, with connections everywhere we go.

Our residents and our readers are spread far and wide and we are thankful to those who like to share with us. Here are a couple of small world connections:

David Naugle graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1988. He is a professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. He is also the national science advisor for the Sage-Grouse Initiative.

Here’s the small world connection: David recently hired Joshua White of Emmetsburg for a Partners Position. Joshua is the son of Dave and Christy White and the grandson of Doris White. He is working out of Mountain Home, Idaho.

Sage-Grouse Initiative facts: launched in 2012 by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); conserves sage-grouse and other wildlife through sustainable ranching; and, uses science to achieve the greatest biological benefits.

The Partner Positions will work closely with private landowners who have volunteered to participate in the Sage-Grouse Initiative. They can accelerate Farm Bill conservation programs in areas of high sage-grouse abundance by helping ranchers develop custom plans with practical conservation measures and habitat improvements.

It’s interesting that two Emmetsburg men are now working together. David Naugle is the son of Barb and Burdel Naugle of Emmetsburg.

If you find yourself at the Arabian Horse Gallery in Lexington, KY, you will find a familiar name. Kolten Long of Cylinder is being featured at Kentucky Horse Park. According to his Grandma Denise, some time ago Kolten wrote a story about his beloved Arabian, Rebel, and sent it to the Arabian Horse Registry in Colorado. A picture was also submitted to the Association, which was included in Modern Arabian Horse, October/November 2009 edition. By coincidence, that picture appeared in the magazine featuring Patrick Swayze and his Arabian.

Denise writes:?”We (the grandparents) were contacted to see if they could use Kolten’s story and asked for additional pictures to be featured in the newly built Arabian Horse Gallery. In the summer of 2010 the gallery was opened to the public. This was also the first year that the World Equestrian Games were to be held on U.S. soil. The Arabian Gallery has to be passed through to reach other exhibits. Kolten is now featured in one of the testimonial flipbooks with a shorter version of his story. This is a permanent display. There is also a digital picture display of over 100 photos where he is featured.”

Kolten and his Grandpa Terry traveled to Kentucky in the Spring of 2011 to see his accomplishments. Here is what it says in the flipbook, beside pictures of Kolten and Rebel: “I have a horse named Rebel. He is an Arabian gelding and is 25 years old. He has been in the family for 23 years. I ride him on trail rides and in play days. Rebel and I have even been camping together. When we go camping I ride the trails with him. Together we make sure that neither of us hit any trees or branches. I have a lot of fun with him. I love my horse Rebel. Rebel will go wherever I asked him to.” Kolten lost his horse friend, Rebel, due to age. Rebel was 28 years old and passed away in May 2010. Kolten and Rebel had been together since Kolten was barely a year old.

No matter where we go, there are reminders of home. This weekend we will see many residents and former residents on the streets of Emmetsburg during the St. Patrick’s weekend celebration. It’s good to be “home,” and great to welcome others to our homes and community.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy family and friends, and festivities, including the parade.