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LETTER: Kudos to Kloucek

To the Editor: We would like to acknowledge Frank Kloucek for his help in securing our new railroad crossing west of Lesterville and for helping us keep our post office in town. We understand he also worked to get new crossings east of Kaylor, we...

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To the Editor:

We would like to acknowledge Frank Kloucek for his help in securing our new railroad crossing west of Lesterville and for helping us keep our post office in town. We understand he also worked to get new crossings east of Kaylor, west of the Tripp School in Tripp and repair of the crossing northwest of the Dakota Plains Elevator north of Tripp and many others over the years.

Frank has worked hard to try to help many people in our area. Frank, with the help of Leonard and Mildred Cimpl and the Tabor Chamber, organized and promoted the Annual Czech Days in Pierre Celebration for 22 years. He took busloads of people to our state Capitol for the governor's inaugurations and carloads promoting Delmont Kuchen Festival and Twin rivers Old Iron Show, Scotland Kuchen Feier, Freeman Schmeckfest, Wagner Labor Day, Tyndall Hot Dog Day and others in the state Capitol.

He even served 100 kolaches in the Capitol during the 100th anniversary of our state. Frank has helped many small towns by doing the original "Capitol for a Day" program. Starting in the mid-1980s Frank took community leaders from Delmont, Menno, Tripp, Scotland and other communities to Pierre to meet with governors, state water board, economic development, tourism, transportation department, Game Fish & Parks and agriculture on issues concerning rebuilding area lakes and dams, state highway intersection safety lights, reflectorized rail cars, unsafe rail crossings, and even helped bring a bus load of people up to testify before the legislature for elderly nutrition programs.

Even though Frank is not in office, he is still working to get a truck bypass at Yankton, saving the four lanes in Bon Homme county, keeping tax spenders in line and rural economic development that keeps the profits in rural areas (small business, beginning farmer programs) and more.

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Frank Kloucek has shown us time and time again that by working together good things can and do happen.

Filmore and Darlene Mutschelknaus

Lesterville

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