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In Siouxland, politics is not for the faint of heart

11 Sep

Earlier this year I visited the city of Royal, Iowa, towards the eastern edge of Siouxland to meet a woman who in her 80’s decided to run for the position of mayor in her town of roughly 400 people in 2012. Florence “Fluff” Ihry won that election.  An active community member her entire life, Ihry explained that she was reluctant, even when asked by a number of people to run for mayor and to continue to help her community in a way she never expected. A two year term, Ihry is again running for the position of mayor at the age of 85.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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