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RIP Supervisor Friese
My colleague and friend Kurt Friese passed away last week. I am still in a bit of shock as I write this, so please bear with me.
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to Kim, Devon, Taylor and everyone who loved Kurt.
It is interesting… many people assume Kurt and I were old friends. Prior to 2012, I barely knew him. We had only spoken a few times.
In 2014, we chatted about his interest in running for supervisor. When Kurt finally decided to run for supervisor in 2016, I wasn’t completely sure what to think. He was clearly smart and articulate, but was he the real deal?
He was. Kurt Friese was the real deal. He walked the talk. The more time we spent together, the more I liked him and the more I respected him. We were not old friends, but we had become good friends.
I am very, very sad. Kurt left a mark on me. I know he left a mark on many others. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.
National Adoption Month
November has been named National Adoption Month and Nov. 20, National Adoption Day.
The need out there is tremendous. In Johnson County alone, there are between 100 and 150 kids in foster care every day. There are nowhere near enough foster and adoptive homes to meet the need.
As many of you know, Melissa and I are the parents of three adopted children. We also served as foster parents to 50-plus children, stopping last year.
It has been a life full of tragedies and triumphs. It has not always been easy, but it has been indescribably fulfilling. Along with marrying my wife, it is the best decision I ever made.
If you or someone you know is interested in foster care and/or adoption, please let me know. I am always happy to speak with prospective parents.
Happy Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Thanks to all the men and women who have served our country. I appreciate your service, and wish you peace.
Veterans For Peace Chapter No. 161 is sponsoring an Armistice Day observance to be held on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Clinton Street entrance to Old Capitol, Iowa City.
Gather at 10:45 a.m. Bells will be rung at 11 a.m., as they were rung around the world at the end of World War I in 1918 and on each Nov. 11 for decades thereafter.
Armistice Day is a day to promote peace and to remember the victims of war, both veterans and civilians. The event will feature Veterans for Peace from throughout the state of Iowa. A free lunch will follow at Old Brick. The event is free, and the public is welcome.