Enough already. We have to stop this avalanche of positive news before it's too late ... before we're inundated with "newbies" who want to live and/or do business in perhaps the greatest rural community in the Midwest. If word continues to spread, it could ruin everything.

What on God's green Earth am I ranting about? Stay with me for a few paragraphs.

It's long been known, by residents and visitors alike, that Decorah/Winneshiek County is one of the best places to live in America. Not too big and not too small, it offers just about everything a person or family could want.

From a top-notch educational system, to majestic, scenic limestone bluffs that stand guard over the beautiful, meandering Upper Iowa River, to a state-of-the-art liberal arts college and outstanding community college, world-renowned medical care, endless recreational opportunities (including the brand new, paved Trout Run Trail), an incomparable park system, a safe, secure lifestyle, a well-educated, intelligent populace and an overall diversity that is second to none, Decorah is the envy of many -- and rightfully so.

Long-time residents of this unique corner of America have been aware of their good fortune for decades, if not centuries, and reveled in the fact Decorah has remained one of the best-kept secrets in the United States.

I'll never forget the time I told my parents, while living in Chicago, I wanted to attend Luther College, located in the Northeast corner of Iowa. They absorbed what I was telling them but had a rather blank, glazed-over expression that seemed to say, "What in the world are you talking about? Luther College? Iowa? What's wrong with you?"

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