Letters Thank you, Vermillion

To the editor:

Our middle daughter, Robin, graduated on Dec. 15 from the USD School of Business. We are very proud of her, but it is clear to us that the wider community of Vermillion played a large role in her accomplishments and we want to say thank you. We came to Vermillion when she was in the fifth grade and made the decision to stay when she entered high school. We appreciate the fine education she received from the Vermillion School District and The University of South Dakota. We also appreciate the support and guidance she has received from the United Church of Christ, Congregational, especially the Family Quest Group that has provided her extended family.

However, the businesses of Vermillion deserve special recognition. Robin has worked at several local jobs, community, city and university, since she was 14. She has learned how to be a reliable employee and to provide service with a smile. Our local employers do a wonderful job of giving our young people that important first experience and instilling that famous midwest work ethic along with the self confidence that comes from earning that jingle in their jeans.

Robin is very fortunate to have received an excellent position with a large investment firm in Minneapolis. She had an extra edge because of her education, work, record and glowing recommendations. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, Vermillion, you have validated our decision to remain here and together we have raised another fine one!

Sandy and Ross Dickenson


Salvation Army grateful for donation

Dear friends:

On behalf of the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, rescuers, volunteers and families, we wish to thank you for your generous donation of $500.

Your gift and prayers will help the countless victims of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center disaster.

God bless you for your kindness and generosity that remind us all that we are not alone!


Major George Polarek

Incident Commander

The Salvation Army

New York, NY

Editor's note: This letter was written to the Vermillion School District who wished to share it with our readers.

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