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First Person (Donald King)

City: Manlius.

Family: Wife Valerie, sons — Jacob and his wife, Kristen, and my other son, John.

Pets: Two farm dogs, Runner and Oreo.

Occupation: Owner of Michlig Grain.

What is the last song you listened to: “Springsteen” by Eric Church.

What is the last book you read: “Lead For God’s Sake” by Todd Gongwer.

What is the last TV show you watched: “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars.”

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have just one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: My wife cooking me a T-bone steak, spaghetti and meat balls, and Brussels sprouts.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be: A TV to keep up with sports.

What is your favorite local restaurant: Z Best in Sheffield.

If someone handed you a million dollars, how would you spend it: Take care of my family, than take the rest and put toward the projects and charities that make a difference in Bureau County.

People would be surprised to know that you: I help coach high school baseball and love to fish in the Green River.

What is your favorite thing about the city you live in: Being a business owner, I reach more than my city, so I am going to answer this about Bureau County. It’s the people. We are truly blessed with a lot of great hard-working people that make a difference everyday in today’s world. You couldn’t find a better place to live.

If you could change one thing about your town, what would it be: This is true in Manlius and of all small Midwest towns. We need more leaders; we need leaders that help their neighbors, work for the underprivileged, and do what is right. We need leaders that work to bring new jobs to the area, and we need more leaders that believe in the people. If we all can work together, great things can happen.

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