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Editorial: A feel-good story

Over the last several days, second-graders across Nobles County have had the opportunity to enjoy free swimming lessons.

"Swimming with Jami Cummings," made possible thanks to funds raised from this year's Deep Freeze Dip event, is a remarkable example of something wonderful coming out of something that was nearly tragic. When Cummings saved a mother-daughter pair from drowning in Lake Okabena last August, it set in motion what has become a community-wide effort involving youths and adults from all walks of life.

The lessons have taken place at the Worthington Area YMCA, and Y executive director Andy Johnson raved Tuesday about what a "feel-good story" the swimmings lessons have proven to be. One example he spoke of was a pledge from a local restaurant to feed a complimentary meal to the hundreds of youths participating in the program. Even after more than $14,000 was raised during the Deep Freeze Dip from within Worthington and the area, the generosity keeps pouring in.

An event to celebrate the swimming program will take place Friday morning at Prairie Elementary, and a story and photos will appear in Saturday's edition. (There are already plenty of photos to see at We salute all who have made "Swimming with Jami Cummings" the feel-good story it truly is.