Ten years ago this week we used this space to call our collective Hardin County community together to rally around Eldora. On Aug. 9, 2009 a hail storm packing wind speeds of more than 70 mph, and hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled our county seat. It shattered windows, ripped holes in siding, dented cars and injured about a dozen people. Its destruction of trees forever changed the landscape of Eldora and nearby Pine Lake State Park.

Taking the long view, it’s easy to say Eldora has come back. The downtown is beautiful, thanks to a streetscape project and landscaping at the courthouse. Many homes and businesses got new windows, siding and roofs. New trees have taken root.

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