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See page 10 for Halloween snapshots! The Woodbine Twiner The Official Newspaper of Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa to Remember clock move your our. back one h $1.00 November 3, 2010 Volume 132, Issue 45 Bexten Benefit While Hilde Bexten battles stage four cancer, her community rallies for her recovery. NIKKI DAVIS Editor Hilde Bexten, 54 of Woodbine, didn’t feel well last fall. Just a soar throat, she thought. Perhaps even residual effects of a prior thyroid surgery. So to the doctor she went. And she was treated. And treated. And treated. “Christy’s (Alegent Health Clinic, Woodbine, nurse practitioner) always been so good to me,” Hilde said. “But she just couldn’t figure out the scratchy throat and swollen gland.” The first thought was sinus trouble. Allergy medications and antibiotics were attempted. But, by winter, things weren’t looking better. Hilde noticed her speech was becoming slurred on top of the sore throat. Then, she noticed something strange. “One morning I looked in my throat in the mirror,” she began, bewilderment still on her face as she recounted the story. “And I stick my tongue out and it veers to the left. It just wouldn’t go straight and it looks like a big lump in my throat and it scares me.” That’s when Hilde decided it was time to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist. She went the Monday after Easter of this year. The specialist, Hilde recalled, couldn’t see in her throat. So a biopsy was scheduled for that Friday. The news was about as bad as it could be. “They told me cancer,” she said. “Stage four. And you know, there is no stage five. I didn’t know where to go from there.” But Hilde wasn’t going to wait. She received a referral from a nurse at UNMC for whom she had provided day care services for, and acted upon it. That’s how she found Dr. Bill Lydiatt. And got an appointment scheduled for the following Tuesday. “It was unheard of,” she said. “Getting in that quickly. Dr. Lydiatt is world wide known and wrote several books on head and neck cancers. It is hard to get in.” But she did get in. And Hilde began treatment for the stage four throat cancer on May 4. It was not an easy regiment for the 22-year long Woodbine daycare provider. “Dr. Lydiatt had me going to all sorts of different ways. To oncologists, for radiation, chemo, dental checkups, speech pathologists …” Hilde trailed off. The radiation and chemotherapy was 35 days with only weekends off. It was seven, consecutive weeks, five days at a time. And slowly, the side effects began to show. “They said it and the doctors told me, but I didn’t believe them,” Hilde said, smiling a little. “They said, ‘You’ll need this,’ and I said, ‘It’s not going to happen.’ But it happened to me.” They told her she was going through the worst radiation possible plus the chemo. The radiation was potent. According to her doctors, it was supposed to be the most effective – but came with the worst side effects. “Going through it is like going to hell and back,” she admitted. “And I still have trouble See BEXTEN Page 6 WCS offering Veteran’s Day program Nov. 11 NIKKI DAVIS Editor Woodbine Community School is gearing up for their annual Veteran’s Day celebration to be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 in the old high school gymnasium. The program includes WCS kindergarten through 12th grade students and is open to the public. The Veteran’s Day program will open with the American Legion presenting the Colors, followed by the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. This year’s speaker will feature 1997 Woodbine High School graduate Jason King. King joined the Iowa Army National Guard (based in Denison) in February of 1997. He was deployed to Kuwait in 2001 to support Operation Desert Spring. In 2003 he attended Officer Candidate School in Camp Dodge, being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Between 2004 and 2007, he participated in Rear Detachment Operations to support the 1-168th Infantry Battalion out of Council Bluffs and the 1133rd Infantry Battalion in Waterloo, as a training officer. By 2007, he was named a First Lieutenant and was deployed to Afghanistan as an Embedded Tactical Trainer, supporting and training the Afghan National Army. CPT King is now serving his country as a Rear Detachment Officer in Charge of the 1168th Infantry Battalion, supporting Task Force 168, managing the 10 garrisons belonging to the battalion and providing command guidance of the soldiers on the Rear Detachment while residing in Council Bluffs, with his 5-year-old daughter, Lileigh. Local veterans are also honored during the annual event, and WCS officials encourage area veterans to attend a lunch in their honor following the program. If planning on attending, the school asks veterans to contact Cindy Dickinson in the elementary See SCHOOL Page 6 SHORT HCHPH had ‘Fall’ into the Loess Hills active 2009 Grassley meeting with Woodbine Kiwanis Club Senator Grassley will meet with the Kiwanis Club of Woodbine at 7 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Golden Age Center. The public is welcome to attend. Doughnuts and coffee will be served for a free will offering. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the Harrison County Food Pantry. Methodist Church chicken and biscuit dinner Nov. 3 The Woodbine United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken and biscuit dinner from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church. Free will offering. Take out available, please call 647-2304. See SHORT TAKES Page 6 “Overall, the H1N1 response in Harrison County was a success.” ~ HCHPH Director Nicole Carritt MARY DARLING For The Twiner Dealing with the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak was a hectic time for Harrison County Home and Public Health last year, director Nicole Carritt reported at the Sept. 23 Board of Supervisors meeting. The office coordinated all of the vaccine ordering, shipping, allocations and inventory for Harrison County, with a total of 3,800 doses of H1N1 received. The agency provided 2,136 of these doses to the public through mass public vaccination clinics with the remaining 1,664 doses distributed to the four Alegent Health clinics, Community Memorial Hospital and the Burgess Dunlap clinic. The See HCHPH Page 6 SWAIN REALTY Woodbine, Iowa A fall drive in the Loess Hills brings out the natural beauty of the area. This photo taken at the Preparation Park scenic overlook shows the changing of the colors on display. The Preparation Canyon Unit of the Loess Hills State Forest, a total of 3,994 acres, is located north of the town of Pisgah. The overlook, constructed in 1997, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the forest and the Missouri River Bottomlands. Photo: Mary Darling MARY DARLING For The Twiner The fall season displays the Loess Hills in all its colorful splendor. The Loess Hills is unique as they were formed by strong winds causing silt to be left behind and accumulate into bluffs. In western Iowa, the bluffs are now covered by prairie and forest, with some areas privately owned and farmed. Located within the Loess Hills area you will find Preparation Canyon State Park, a NEW LISTING: Commercial Property 3169 Hwy 30, Woodbine. Includes 15 unit Storage Bldg., Office or Retail space with 2 entrances, Hwy 30, frontage, 2 acres. Randy Pryor 712-644-7610 344-acre site still relatively untouched. Picnic tables and a shelter provide a stopping place for hikers and family picnics. Camping is restricted to hike-in camping only at designated sites. The Loess Hills State Forest, in Harrison and Monona Counties, is comprised of four units with a total of 10,600 acres. • The Little Sioux Unit, 3,017 acres, can be found between the towns of Little Sioux and Pisgah; • The Preparation Canyon Unit, 3,216 See HILLS Page 6 Motivated Seller NEW LISTING TAKES 712-647-2741 644-7610 Randy Pryor, Broker NEW LISTING 1001 Park St., Woodbine Roger Barry, Asso. Broker 647-2323 809 Lincolnway Woodbine 2 BR on main floor, 1.75 bath 215 E. 6th St., Logan Leroy Burbridge, Asso.Broker 592-0085 1.5 story home on corner 201 Ely - Woodbine finished basement. Windows, sid2 BR, 1 Bath, rental investCindy Pryor 647-2741 lot, 3-4 BR, 1.5 bath, front Agent: Leroy Burbridge ment type property. ing and roof good condition. Hi and back porches, wood Bill Hutcheson 592-2330 Interior updated, appli712-592-0085 Eff. Htg & Cool Priced to sell @ floors, .............$69,500.00 Jerry Baldwin 269-2336 ances included, new roof NEW PRICE $78,500 Cindy Pryor 712-647-8899 $37,500 Tony Smith 592-9817 Agent -Jerry Baldwion 269-2336 $105,000 Denise Baldwin 269-2337 Check out our website for more listings and interior photos.

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