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And So The Summer Begins

By Staff | May 26, 2016

Memorial Day signals the unofficial beginning of summer. This is a time when children get out of school, except this year they have a few “snow days” to make up. Students will be out of school for the three-day holiday weekend and then back to the classroom for another few days.

Summer temperatures — and humidity — and allergens — have arrived on time. We are finally seeing daytime and night time temps that agree with gardening and growing pretty things outdoors. It’s that old 50-degree night thing.

Boaters are getting their docks and crafts into the waters of Five Island Lake. There have been a few boaters out and about, but the majority of them have been fishing. Soon we’ll see all types of water craft on the lake.

This weekend we celebrate! We can celebrate Memorial Day and we can celebrate at the Wild Rose.

Here’s a bit of history: Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

Many of you have attended Memorial Day services and heard John A. Logan’s Order of the Day for the first Memorial Day.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

Wild Rose Casino &?Resort in Emmetsburg is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this weekend. Phil Vassar will be making a repeat performance on the outdoor stage Saturday night. He performed at the Grand Opening ten years ago and also at the Fifth Anniversary, in addition to Rose Fest. In the past ten years the casino has provided a lot of fun indoors and out.

The most fun of all is watching the growth in Palo Alto County due to grant funds from Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation. Over the years we have seen big grants and small grants for community projects. Two new fire stations (Cylinder and West Bend is underway) are among the largest projects. Five Island Trail is probably the “longest” project and still going. For those who have not attended Grant Awards Night, it’s a thrill to hear the cheers go up when a project gets funded. Thank you, Wild Rose, for making that happen. We look forward to many more years of progress in Palo Alto County.