Sarah Weihert

Sarah Weihert

It’s that time of year again for the Town and Country Day showcase edition of the Lake Mills Leader. We are so excited for you to see the stories we’ve included in this free paper today going out to 7,200 homes and businesses in the city.

Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and catch up with your weekly dose of Lake Mills news including a feature story on a 2007 Lake Mills High School graduate, Samantha Draeger.

The accomplished 30-year-old has recently launched a new fitness studio I’ve had the pleasure of joining. She teaches barre, yoga and cardio classes and plans to hold numerous special events and workshops in the future.

For those of you who don’t know Samantha and I graduated from high school the same year and it’s been a pleasure to catch up with her and learn who she has become as a woman since I last spoke with her. She is really a gem and Lake Mills is lucky to have her.

This week’s paper also includes the first of our “We Shall Not Forget” stories for the year about Michael Cradler. All of the stories in the series we write this year will be included in a publication in November, but we will present them in the paper for you as well. Cradler tells us the story of how his military career led him to meeting the love of his life.

I would be remis if I didn’t mention our lead story this week. You all know him as the guy who waves along Tyranena Park Road but read our feature today on Don Imig and get to know another side to him.

If you are not already a subscriber, please take a look at the stories we’ve presented for you this week and consider supporting your local newspaper. We live in the community and we tell the stories of our community. See the subscription special on page A12. We appreciate and value each and every one of our subscribers. Thank you!

I want to leave you with one other thought this week, between meetings, photo opps and other work and personal commitments last week I had the pleasure of reconnecting with my old friends. We meet once every three months at a different restaurant or bar around the area to eat, laugh and catch up. We talk about serious topics, light topics and really pour our hearts out to each other. It’s important to have a group like this who you can connect with. This is your weekly reminder to get out and connect with someone today. Be nice, be friendly or just smile. You never know what someone is going through, why they gave you bad customer service or why they aren’t smiling. You just never know where your next friendship might be.

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