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Off the Beaten Path

Nostalgia for the great ‘what if?’

As fair season approaches, I cannot help but to be swept up in nostalgic feelings that come with the smell of funnel cake and manure.

What now seems like a lifetime ago, I was a chubby farm kid. By this time of year I was likely working on the finishing touches for one of my many 4-H projects. Ambition and the excitement of fair competition drove me to push the boundaries and always try something new for my projects. What new idea or concept could I seek out next? Whether it was exploring small engines or planting a garden designed to attract butterflies and bees, the drive to explore something new just would not go away.

It is interesting how we grow over the years, now 16 years later, the world has changed, but this “chubby” farm kid really hasn’t – only his interests. What was once exploration of all things close to the farm has now turned into all things science and technology. What was previously a curiosity about former presidents of the United States and historical events has become a passion for ethics, philosophy and “good politics.” Wonderment and excitement can mature into passion and focus. While dreams are often realized, it is always the allure of “what if?” that proverbial pie in the sky that has been a driving motivator in the innovations and successes of scientists and business people alike. As all persons before me, this is a true story about coming of age.

So dear reader, let’s explore together. This is the beginning of a brand new adventure, that I cannot wait to share with you all. Let’s learn and enjoy this journey together. We will push the boundaries of what is possible, not only of what our news is, but of what we can be, and what our community, Creston, can be.

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