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December 9, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Letter: Relay for Life invites you to participate in Bluffton event

On Friday June 21, 2013, the American Cancer Society will be holding its annual
Relay For Life of Bluffton. Since 1985, Relay For Life has grown from one man
- Dr. Gordy Klatt, who walked, jogged and ran around a track for 24 hours raising
money for his local American Cancer Society unit - to a movement to eliminate
cancer that now takes place in more than 5,200 communities in the United States
and in 20 other countries around the world.


Letter: Kasich's new taxes are the largest middle-class tax increase in Ohio's history

Icon viewers:

Last night, as I sat in Lima and listened to Governor John Kasich during the State of the State speech, I was amazed at how dishonest he was concerning his state budget's impact on working Ohioans.


Letter: Sign petition to save small post offices

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Stop the Postmaster General and the U.S. Postal Service from closing any more small-town post offices. We believe the financial crisis in the postal service is manufactured, and Americans are suffering because of it. Americans need and want their rural post offices.

That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Postmaster General, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:


Letter: Staggering stats about human sex trafficking during Super Bowl

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In this article by Huffington Post blogger Eleanor Goldberg, she gives some staggering statistics about human sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.

My question is this: Who are the men who are doing the raping? If there were 10,000 women hired to be raped in 2010 and one 12 year old was forced to be raped 20-50 times in one night, that's a lot of men paying (or not) to commit rape.


Letter: Allen County rape crisis response to Steubenville Incident


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Crime Victim Services (CVS) would like to respond to the incident that occurred in Steubenville by presenting information about rape and what is being done on a local level that will help keep our children safe from similar incidences that can occur. 


Letter: Thanks to all my customers

Letter of thanks to
Greg’s Pharmacy

To the residents of Bluffton and the surrounding communities, I would like to say "thank you" for you loyalty, trust and patronage.

You’re loyalty and support has been the cornerstone to the success of Greg’s Pharmacy.

There comes a time when all good things must end and this is the time for me. I have decided to sell the pharmacy. The official sale will take place on Dec. 31, 2012. 


Merry Christmas Santa, from Kelsey Michelle Kinn

Santa shared Kelsey's letter with the Icon.  He thanks her for keeping it real.  Kelsey said:

Dear Santa,

I would like a pair of clogging shoes. NOT tap shoes!!! (from you).  


Kyler Kinn's letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

I want a psp Vita for Christmas.  I've been a good boy all year.




Letters: More notes to Santa

The Icon received several letters written from youngsters at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center during the Cookie Walk on Saturday. The Center forwarded these to the Icon.


Santa shares Karson Hauenstein's letter

Santa kindly offered Karson's letter to the Icon.  Karson said:

Dear Santa,

How was your summer? Ho Ho Ho! I've been very good this year.  Here are some things I want for Christmas, an air hogs fly crane, a tablet and a new webkins guinea pig.

your friend, 

Karson Hauenstein