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PRIDE AWARDS The deadline for nominations for the Logan Chamber of Commerce Pride Awards is Jan. 31. Nominations are being taken for business person of the year, volunteer of the year, outstanding teacher and outstanding senior. Forms can be found in various businesses throughout town. THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF LOGAN, HARRISON COUNTY, IOWA THE LOGAN Herald-Observer JANUARY 19, 2011 VOLUME 127, ISSUE 3 SHORT TAKES LEGISLATIVE DAYS The dates for the annual Legislative Days sponsored by the Logan Kiwanis Club and Logan Chamber of Commerce have been set. They include 10 a.m., Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and March 12 in the Logan Community Center. Everyone is urged to attend. COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE Logan’s annual blanket and coat drive for the homeless and local distribution is underway. Blankets, coats of all sizes, mittens, gloves and scarves are being collected. Also, new or near new hats, mittens, gloves and boots (sizes 1-6) are being collected for Lo-Ma students that need them. The collection boxes are located in the Fourth Avenue Mall building. $1.00 Lo-Ma Board approves bus purchase, staff resignation at Jan. 12 meeting Mary Darling Editor A bus purchase and a resignation were among items on the LoganMagnolia School Board agenda Jan. 12. The need for an additional bus was presented by transportation director Angie Clark. She had bids from Hoglund Bus Co. on two different 65-passenger buses. The board approved the purchase of a 2010 International with hydraulic brakes for $74,945. This bus is in stock and can be delivered this month. The resignation of high school history teacher, John Schulte was approved by the board. Schulte has taught at Logan-Magnolia since August of 1990. Gary Altwegg, Ed Gambs, John Espenmiller and Tom Stoner presented a photo sample of a 16-inch by 24-inch bronze plaque they would like to erect under the clock in front of the auditorium naming it the Gene Evans Auditorium. On the plaque it would say, “In recognition of more than 38 years of dedicated service to the Logan-Magnolia Community School District.” Altwegg said some people have wondered why they chose the auditorium since he had more to do Iowa Farmland value up 15.9 percent in 2010 LIBRARY MEETING A “Friend Your Library” meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 26 for anyone interested in supporting and promoting the Logan Public Library. Meet in the lower level meeting room of the library. Mary Darling Editor The annual survey by Iowa State University Extension shows the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa increased 15.9 percent in 2010. According to the survey, the statewide aver- age land value as of Nov. 1 was $5,064 an acre, up $693 per acre from 2009. In Harrison County the survey showed an average value of $5,151 an acre in 2010 compared to $4,326. An increase of 19.06 percent or $825. Monona County also showed an increase from $3,934 in 2009 to $4,676 in 2010. An increase of 18.84 percent. Other area counties and their results included: Crawford: $5,427 (2010) - $4,608 (2009) 17.79 percent increase Shelby: $5,506 (2010) - $4,625 (2009) 19.04 percent increase Pottawattamie: $5,553 (2010) - $4,656 (2009) 19.25 percent increase Mills: $5,121 (2010) $4,288 (2009) 19.43 percent increase Mike Duffy, ISU Economist who conducted the survey said it is important to remember the time span when evalSEE LAND VALUE Page 2 Byways of Excellence to honor four at banquet Feb. 19 CRAFTERS NEEDED Crafters are needed for a craft fair Feb. 26 sponsored by the Logan United Methodist Women. If interested call Harriett at 644-3276 or 644-2592. REPUBLICANS TO MEET The Harrison County Republicans will meet Jan. 20 at Pizza A’mour at 118 Iowa Street in Dunlap. Those wishing to eat should arrive at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will convene at 7 p.m. National committeeman Steve Scheffler will speak. Election of officers will also be held. For more information contact Chair Sheila Murphy at or 712-642-2849. Logan Council narrows down candidates for deputy clerk Editor The Harrison County Crimestoppers will meet at 7 p.m., Jan. 19 in the Logan Public Library meeting room. The meeting is open to the public. As a fundraiser for post-prom, the Lo-Ma junior class has a can collection bin available at the Logan Mini Mart parking lot. SEE BOARD Page 2 Mary Darling CRIMESTOPPERS CAN COLLECTION SITE with the gym. “When we built this school, he did everything in his power to get the auditorium built,” Altwegg said. There would be no cost to the school. The item was not on the agenda, so the board will Velma Oliver Charles Wolford Scott Hinkel Whitey Mensching The Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold its Byways of Excellence banquet Feb. 19 at Shadow Valley Country Club in Woodbine. A tradition since 2004, the event salutes four members of the Harrison County community for their professional and/or personal contributions. Those to be honored this year include: Velma Oliver (Health and Medicine); the late H.E. (Whitey) Mensching (Business); Charlie Wolford (Education and Civic Leadership); and Scott Hinkel (Youth). •Velma Oliver Oliver was born in 1932 in rural Woodbine and attended rural country school until fifth grade. She graduated from Woodbine Public High School. Oliver is married to Bob and is the mother of five children, Bill, Larry, Steve, Atoya and Tanya. She has 15 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Velma took EMT classes through Iowa Western Community College and in 1977 became a member of the Woodbine rescue squad. She later took classes to become an instructor and now teaches emergency medical services and AHA first aid and CPR for IWCC. Oliver enjoys being able to help others and sharing her knowledge. She has always felt though, that she was a mother and grandmother first and responder was just an extra reward to get to help people. Oliver has been a Sunday SEE BYWAYS Page 2 No decision was made at the Jan. 10 council meeting on the candidate for deputy city clerk. “We plan further meetings and to make an offer this week,” said council member Skip Johnson. “We have narrowed the candidates down to three. They are all very good.” The council did approve a motion to offer the new deputy clerk $12 per hour. The council approved the purchase of a 2011 Crown Victoria for the police department. The bid from Woodhouse of $23,282 was approved as was the estimated additional $2,000 needed for equipment such as a strobe package. Smith discussed the police department mobile radio situation. The Federal Communications Commission is requiring land mobile radios to migrate to narrow bandwidths by Jan.1, 2013. Some radios are new enough they can be re-programmed, others will have to be replaced. Smith told the council the radios the police department presently has, can be reprogrammed at approximately $60 per hour. Smith said Harrison County Emergency Management Director Larry Oliver plans to set up a day for all departments in the county and have someone come in and reprogram all at the same time. The city is still investigating other equipment such as well relays and radios for the tower. “I don’t know if we really need hand held radios anymore since the guys have cell phones,” city administrator Nedra Fliehe told the council. “But we do need the ones in the truck and the loader.” The council held a budget work session to close out the meeting. The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 24. CONSIDERING AN AUCTION? 420 E. Erie Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-4099 712-642-4199 fax Lary Clark, Broker/Owner Rod Foutch, Associate Broker/Auctioneer Byron Menke, Associate Broker/Auctioneer Sue Maiwald as Sales Asso. Chris Johnson, Sales Asso. 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