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Financial Conversations with Fitz #86 - What Are You Thankful for this Thanksgiving - 11/23/2010

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Well, North Iowa dodged the ice so far this morning.   Kossuth has all ready had it snow early.   We didn’t have any left on the ground after last weekend.   Looks like the DOW will open down this morning.    Still trying to figure what the Irish and Europe are going to do.   Grain markets should open higher this morning.   Look for plenty of volatility before the Thanksgiving break.    

Dad always wanted to be done picking by Thanksgiving…….Then the cows could glean the cornstalks before it snowed.   We certainly did that this year.   It has been a very traumatic for many of North Iowan in one way or another.   So, we can ask ourselves what are we thankful for.   Let’s not forget our local elevators……   I think we can be thankful for the harvest and the distribution.   Corn and beans are at good prices.   Quite a few of our local troops are starting to head to the middle East.  Lets keep the troops and their families in  our thoughts on Thursday.  Don’t forget the collection boxes thru out the area for supplies for the troops.   Our box has a few things in it in our lobby.   Hopefully you are dropping off at other sites, like schools and churches.   We still have a couple of weeks, but let’s not forget it.   Lots of crazy things in the news lately……But at least we hear it thru our media and can voice our opinions.    Our schools have budget problems but they still put out a great product with our young people.   We can go to school whether we are wealthy or don’t have money.    Another neat thing that we take for granted is our many local churches that you attend without fear of questioning.    Our church bulletin reminded our parishioners to remember the Immanuel Lutheran church feed for Thursday.   Our neighbors in North Iowa proved many different times and ways this year just how great they are.     Our industries have had their ups and downs the last two years, but a few people are being called back to work in some instances.   We do have help for those laid off that has been extended.   It does help ever so little.   We have clinics in the counties to help us with our medical needs…..Some challenges with the flue again this year, but plenty of supply for your shot.…. Our financial institution is doing well serving our local needs along with good connections to many of the national programs if you need them.   You can still stop in and see the president if you want to……Allan is always available for a financial question or just a friendly family hello and talk.   Even see Ed once in a while….amazing he still calls everyone by name.

So as you get together with friends and families this week, take time to remember the good things we enjoy in North Iowa!!!!!!!

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