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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Volume 89 – Number 35
Grundy County receives welcome news from FEMA
Two damaged bridges north of Wellsburg to be repaired
By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register GRUNDY CENTER — Grundy County received welcome news for its efforts to recover from flash flooding in the northern part of the county earlier this year, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week added the county to its most recent major disaster declaration for the area. County Engineer Gary Mauer said the declaration is important because it allows the county to apply for funds that will help it repair infrastructure damaged in June 24 floods that hit the South Beaver Creek area extremely hard. Bridges on both G Avenue and H Avenue between 140th and 150th Streets have been closed since the storm and are slated for replacement, though Mauer said it could be next year before that happens. The FEMA declaration allows Grundy County to apply for repair funding. Approved projects receive 75 percent funding from the federal government and 10 percent funding from the state, with the county required to pick up the remaining 15 percent. The flooding, which also caused extensive damage to a bridge on Highway T-19 north of Wellsburg, left approximately $1.1 million in damage to infrastructure. The T-19 bridge has already been repaired and was reopened earlier this month. Grundy County was left out of the initial disaster declaration for the storm due to a snafu in getting the required application paperwork to FEMA. Last week Grundy and Audubon Counties were added to the declaration, which now encompasses 12 Iowa counties, including Butler and Benton Counties. The declaration is the second for Grundy County this year. Earlier a declaration was issued for storms that raked the entire county and much of Iowa in late May and early June. That storm left more than $900,000 in infrastructure damage. One bridge, on H Avenue between 320th and 330th Streets (just west of Conrad) remains closed due to damage from that storm. Mauer said the County still has approximately 2,500 cubic yards of corn stalks left in ditches from the storms that it needs to remove, mostly in the southwest part of the county. Once removed, the stalks can either be spread over fields at a rate of one ton per acre or taken to a landfill. Mauer said the Hardin County landfill is able to accept the debris. The engineer added that it is not essential that the stalks be removed, as they deteriorate over time. He reported no complaints about the stalks and said it would be at least mid-fall before his crews would have time to get to them. Supervisors also approved law enforcement contracts between the County Sheriff’s Department and eight local municipalities. The contracts stipulate the number of officers living in each community as well as a minimum number of service hours per month. Contracts range from Reinbeck’s $109,736 agreement that requires two officers to live in town and 250 or more hours of service per month to the $2,438 agreements with Beaman, Holland, Morrison and Stout that have no officers required to live in town and no minimum hours of service. Contracts with Conrad and Dike call for one officer living in the community and 150 minimum service hours while the contract with Wellsburg calls for one officer living in town and a minimum of 85 service hours. Grundy Center does not have a formal law enforcement agreement with the county, as it has its own police department. Sheriff Rick Penning said the contracts are normally approved earlier in the year than this, but were delayed because of negotiations with at least one community. He said the City of Dike had asked for a “hold harmless” agreement in its contract, potentially removing the city from liability in the case of a lawsuit in which both it and the sheriff’s department were named. Penning said his department held firm not to include this provision and that the city signed the agreement as it has been written in past years. Supervisors approved a request from the Grundy Center Chamber of Commerce to use the County Courthouse grounds for Thursday’s Taste of Grundy Center, though not without discussion about whether alcohol would be sold at the event. Supervisors said they were OK if alcohol was provided in free sample sizes, but would not be in favor of allowing alcohol sales on the grounds. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD: • Presented a 25-year service award to county maintenance employee Jerry Sharp; • Received the 2013 Annual Report from Shiloh Township; • Authorized Chairman Ross to sign an engagement letter with the office of State Auditor; • Authorized Chairman Ross to sign a letter of allowance for a military property tax exemption.
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National program puts focus on Holland farm By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register HOLLAND — Farmers are forever searching for the formula to pull more corn or beans out of their fields at harvest time. For a Holland farmer, that search has made him part of a national program searching for the magical 300 bushel per acre mark. The Mosaic Company brought its Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour to Holland last Friday, where local farmer Dale Launstein opened his operation to media. The farm is one of six being visited in 10 days by Mosaic as part of its Pursuit of 300 program. "I think this is a good chance to educate and to get people to understand what we're trying to do and how we're trying to do it," Launstein said. "We don't have the 1950s look of agriculture anymore with the barn and a few cows, a few pigs, a few chickens. We're in the new face of agriculture — 21st century farming, modern agriculture. It gives me a chance to tell our story and allow you guys to see what we're doing and why." Mosaic spokesperson Mara Ryan said the Road to Higher Yields tour culminates a year-long cycle that began at last year's Farm Progress Show. She said the tour is opening a window to each of the farms located in six Midwest states. "We're trying to catalog differences and similarities and share those on our Web site so people can better understand what the (Pursuit of 300) program is about," she said. A key component of the program is placing each operator with an agronomist whom they can bounce ideas off of. Launstein began working with Dr. Kyle Freeman last fall and said the relationship his proven to be mutually beneficial. "We actually grow a lot of waxy corn and he didn't know a lot about
Dale Launstein talks to reporters about practices in a field near Holland as part of the Mosaic Company’s Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour. (John Jensen/The Grundy Register photo) that so he let us do what we normally do," Launstein said. "He wanted to get a baseline of what we do. He was curious." The Launstein farm is also unique in that it is a heavily corn-on-corn operation as opposed to the traditional corn-soybean rotation. "In recent years corn-on-corn has become more popular just from an economic standpoint," Freeman
said. "Doing economics, even taking a little bit of a hit on the second-year corn was still a better proposition on their operation than it was to grow soybeans." He added that many farmers are shifting to a rotation that might have two years of corn followed by a single year of soybeans. "The beans are still in the rotation, but trying to get more years of
corn in," he said. One of the things Freeman convinced Launstein to do this year that he hasn't done in the past is use starter fertilizer. "We went to that and he talked about seeding and different recommendations to get more uniform planting," Launstein said. "We See LAUNSTEIN page 2
Murra, Knaack say timing right for school expansion Part one of a two-part series. As Grundy Center Community School District voters prepare to go to the polls Sept. 10 and decide whether or not to pass a bond issue that will allow the District to add on to both its Elementary and Secondary buildings, many questions have been raised. This week’s story explores the Grundy Center Community School District’s proposed construction project at a basic level and how it is likely to affect taxpayers. It also explores what kind of questions have been asked of School Board members and administrators. Part two of the series, which will be printed in next week’s paper, explores the project in greater depth including why there is a need for additional space in the district, what will be done with the Upper Elementary building and, finally, what the District will do if the bond issue fails. By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register GRUNDY CENTER — Grundy Center Community School District voters will go to the polls Sept. 10 to decide the fate of a $7.663 million project that would add space at both the Elementary and Secondary buildings. An addition to the west side of the Elementary building would add classroom space for preschool,
before- and after-school programs as well as specials such as AEA and Talented and Gifted. The Secondary building would see expansion on both the south and west sides, with an additional gymnasium, new band room and fine arts storage and a new plaza area outside Spartan Stadium. The need for expansion comes as the district faces increasing enrollment. Each class level currently at the elementary school has expanded from two to three sections on the past four years, with class sizes as much as 20 students larger at the elementary than those currently in the high school. Superintendent Cassi Murra said there is no indication that the increased enrollment will stop any time soon. The district is also in a strong position financially, according to Murra, making this a good time for the project. “We have done several wonderful projects over the last 10 years,” she said. “They have done a fantastic job of maintaining and improving what we currently have. Some of the things we have been spending money on we have wrapped up.” Murra said the District receives slightly less than $1 million per year in Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and statewide sales tax funds. That money can be used
for facilities, maintenance and equipment needs, all of which the District has addressed in recent years. “We usually reserve 30 percent for our emergency fund, then we go ahead and figure out how to spend the rest of that whether it’s on new busses, buying computers, replacing carpet …,” she said. “All of those maintenance projects that really are just an upkeep to our current facilities are really wrapping up and we just don’t see a need (for major projects) in even the next 10 years, and so the funding from PPEL and sales tax will be able to help fund the new construction projects.” Though the project could possibly be completed without purchasing voter-authorized bonds, that is not a direction Murra said the district is comfortable going. “If you commit all of the funding streams that you’re expecting and an emergency comes up, or a disaster, or the state comes up with a new mandate, you can run yourself too tight and then you can’t make the decisions for new programming that you want to make,” she said. A perfect example of that came up five years ago in Parkersburg when Aplington-Parkersburg High School was destroyed by a tornado. In order to rebuild its school, A-P was forced to either use PPEL and sales
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tax funds and begin reconstruction immediately or wait at least months for voters to approve a bond issue. It chose to use funds on hand for its construction. The School Board will decide annually how much, if any, property tax would be used to make payments on the bonds. The maximum tax a home valued at $100,000 would currently see is $131 per year, a number Murra said is more likely to drop over time than go up. “According to our financial planners, that this is maximum because over the 20-year time valuations tend to rise and more houses are built in the area,” she said. “You spread the cost of the loan over more individuals and property, so each person’s amount generally goes down over time. So we’re very comfortable and our financial people are very comfortable saying this is the maximum amount.” Murra added that the $131 tax per $100,000 valuation is a “worst case scenario.” “(The bond issue) is permission to implement a property tax to pay for this project if the Board chooses to do that,” she said. “If the School Board wanted to pay the entire loan with property taxes and someone had a house that was assessed at See BOND ISSUE page 2
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From page 1 $100,000 value, the maximum they would pay in a year is $131 — that’s really the message we’re trying to get people to understand is that ‘here’s the maximum in a worst-case scenario.’” Another thing to remember, Knaack said, is that the rollback on residential property makes only a certain percentage of it taxable. And the tax would be based on a property’s assessed value, not its market value. That can be a huge difference, particularly in the case of agricultural land which might have a current market value many times higher than its assessed value. Knaack said the goal is to keep the burden on tax payers as low as possible, though she was not ready to say there would be no tax increase if voters pass the bond issue. “I hesitate to say that because people sometimes only hear certain
From page 1 ended up getting a lot better." His hope for the program is to see some immediate yield improvement. "It looks good," he said. "What I'm hoping is we gain 10-20 bushels over what we've done historically. This field's been running 225. If I can get 235 out of this portion (I would be happy)."
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things,” she said. Murra, Knaack and other School Board members and administrators have been hosting forums to explain the proposed project. Knaack said she has been surprised how few questions she has received. “It’s interesting that I have had to encourage them as far as ‘What questions do you have?’” she said. “As Board members we’re seeking that input. That’s why we invited the community to assist with the planning process in determining what our needs are. If people have questions, if they have feedback, if they have comments, we want to know that.” Murra said, aside from the financial questions, other questions she has received have revolved around need as well as enrollment projections and the future of the Upper Elementary building.
Launstein said he has never been afraid to be progressive in his operation. Several years ago he purchased his own tile plow and began putting his own tile in rather than hiring somebody to do it. He and his agronomist, Nick Griffieon, also regularly take classes to see what they can learn that will make the operation more productive.
By ROB MAHARRY Mid-America Publishing GRUNDY CENTER — Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Waterloo) may have made his name as a trial lawyer in Waterloo, but his upbringing in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa, played a central role during his campaign speech at Johnny Ray’s in Grundy Center on Aug. 20. The four-term representative of Iowa’s first congressional district is the presumptive Democratic nominee to run for the U.S. Senate seat of Tom Harkin (D-Cumming), who will step down after nearly 30 years as a senator. A host of lesser-known Republicans are vying for the nomination to face Braley in the 2014 general election. “I got my first job delivering papers for the Des Moines Tribune in third grade, and I’ve been working ever since,” he told the small crowd of about 15 supporters. “You name it, I’ve probably done it.” Without the social safety net, which has factored prominently into recent debt ceiling debates, Braley said his family might not have been able to survive. His mother had been staying at home to raise Braley and his three siblings when his father fell 30 feet from a grain elevator and was seriously injured. His mother then returned to school and got a fouryear teaching degree, and even at 83 years old she still serves as a substitute teacher in the BGM School District. Braley said the opportunities that he has been granted have influenced his policy priorities that focus on strengthening and growing the middle class. He currently serves as the chairman of the House Populist Caucus, a group of 27 representatives that is “devoted to economic issues of interest to the middle class, from the promotion of fair trade to the creation of well-paying jobs.”
The controversial Citizens United ruling of 2010, which allowed for the creation of Super PACs that can spend unlimited amounts of money without disclosing their donors, has created a political environment that makes early campaigning essential to a candidate’s chance of winning. Braley said the Koch Brothers, the libertarian billionaire siblings who spent millions during the 2012 election cycle, have already launched ads against him. “It’s easy to see why they wouldn’t want somebody like me serving in the United States Senate,” he said. “They oppose the farm bill, they oppose renewable energy and how it has transformed Iowa’s economy and they oppose eliminating things like pre-existing conditions that allow the parents of my two year old nephew with liver cancer to continue to look for new jobs without having to worry about how they’re going to pay for it.” The latter part of Braley’s quote was a reference to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” The Republican Senate candidates in the race have teed off on Braley’s support for the controversial bill that has yet to be fully implemented, but he remains confident that it will have a positive effect on Iowans. The congressman said that many of the criticisms of the law are based on misperceptions and that some of the small business owners who have complained about having to cover more workers don’t even meet the 50 employee threshold that requires businesses to provide health insurance. President Obama recently delayed the employer mandate until 2015, a move that provided ammunition to Republican critics of the bill who were already suspicious of how it could work. Braley added that the current
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Obituaries Sandra D. Heerkes
Sandra D. Heerkes, 69, of Dike, passed away on August 17, 2013, at the Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. A funeral service was held on August 27 at the Dike United Methodist Church in Dike. Visitationwas held August 26 at the church. Burial was held privately at the Elmwood Cemetery in Dike. Online condolences may be made at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com. Sandy was born on April 15, 1944, in Buffalo Center, the daughter of Howard and Ora (Anderson) Hofbauer. She graduated from the Ventura High School with the class of 1962. On August 3, 1963, Sandy was united in marriage to Vernon Heerkes in Ventura. The couple welcomed four children and raised their family in the Dike Area. She was a member of the Dike United Methodist Church and was very active in the church and served on several of the church committees. She also enjoyed getting together with her Thursday morning coffee group. Sandy liked puzzles, Scrabble, reading and cooking and baking with her grandchildren. Sandy and Vernon were blessed with being able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on August 3 of this year. What brought Sandy the most joy in her life was her family and especially her grandchildren. They were her number one priority and they will forever love and miss her. Sandy is survived by her husband of 50 years Vernon of Dike; children Chris (Rhonda) Heerkes of Dike, Mike (Karen) Heerkes of Dike, Rob (fiancée Sara Joslin) Heerkes of Dike and Bethany (Russ) Larson of Reinbeck; grandchildren Krue Heerkes of Dike, Karson (Kyle) Roose of Allison, Bailey and Noah Heerkes of LaPorte City and Hannah and Olivia Heerkes of Dike; great-granddaughter, Macy Roose of Allison; sister Mary (Bill) Brown of Wellsburg.
Lillian “Polly” Price
Lillian “Polly” Price, 97, of Waterloo, formerly of Grundy Center, died at Friendship Village Retirement Center on August 20, 2013, of natural causes. Memorial services were held Thursday at the Friendship Village Chapel in Waterloo with inurnment in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Locke Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army, NE Iowa Food Bank, MAP International 4700 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525, or Friendship Village Auxiliary. Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com She was born August 30, 1915, on the Sam Mooty farm outside Morrison, the daughter of Robert E. and Clara L. Paddock Kaufman. Polly married Maurice Eugene Foster January 2, 1943, in Ames. He died on April 8, 1946. She then married John "LeRoy" Price August 21, 1948, in Grundy Center. He died November 4, 1993. She graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1933, attended Iowa State University and received a BA in Home Economics from Iowa State Teachers College in 1949. Polly taught country school in rural Grundy counties for six years. In 1955 she worked for the Clarke County Extension Office as a Home Economist. Later she transferred to the Grundy County Extension Office and served several counties. She retired from the Grundy County Ext. Office in 1976. After moving to Friendship Village in 2003, she became a member of the Scottish Heritage Club. Polly is survived by her daughter, Maurine (Jerry) Huang of Carmichael, California; stepson, Don (Helen) Price of Eldora; foster daughter, Linda (Larry) Coffman of Seaford, Del.; brother, Arthur (Marjorie) Kaufman of Waukesha, Wis.; grandchildren, Doug (Denise) Price, Carol (Walter) Spurling, David (Frieda) Price, Evan Price, Lynn (Dustin) Farnum, Mark Huang, and Dorothy Huang; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and five nephews.
Dennis Craig passed away August 23, 2013, at his home in Carlisle. Funeral services will be held at 10 am., Wednesday, August 28, at Peterson Funeral Home in Carlisle with burial to follow in the Middle River Cemetery. Visitation was held August 27 at Peterson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.petersonfuneralservice.com. Dennis was born on February 22, 1949, to John and Bernice Plaehn Craig in Waterloo. Denny moved to the Carlisle area 40 years ago where he and Lynn raised their three children. Prior to moving to Carlisle, he worked for Massey Ferguson. He has worked for Bartholomew Farms for the past 40 years. Denny was the true American farmer and absolutely loved his job, he was up before the break of dawn every day ready to take on the new day and get to work. It was a very rare moment to not see Denny fixing something. He was absolutely amazing at what he did and could truly fix anything, he was always so kind to always help others any chance he could get. He passed his love of farming onto both of his boys where they will continue in his legacy. In his free time he loved, hunting, hot air ballooning with his family, watching old John Wayne movies and playing with his grandkids whom he loved dearly. Denny was a big baby – he weighed almost 11 ½ pound at birth! As a child Denny was his father’s shadow on the farm. Farming was his love from day one. Denny didn’t really like chocolate and his mom always had to make a cherry cake for his birthday. Growing up in high school Denny loved playing football and driving cars. He enjoyed working on and attending stock car races. Among his classmates Denny was nicknamed “Buwana” which means big and strong. Denny had big hands and had one of the largest class rings ever. Dennis is survived by his wife, Lynn of Carlisle; sons, Bill of Carlisle and Brad (Amy) of Carlisle; daughter, Michelle Craig of Carlisle; mothe,r Bernice Craig of Dike; sister, Jean (Jim )Loger of Dike; grandchildre,n Ariel, Madison, Ashlynn, Colton and Chase. Dennis was preceded in death by his father, John; and a brother, Bob.
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Statewide examinations for the positions of deputy assessor and assessor have been scheduled for October. The examination for deputy assessor will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 while the examination for assessor will be held Saturday, Oct. 19. Both exams will be held in the fourth-floor conference room at the Hoover State Office Building in Des Moines. Under Iowa law, a person wishing to become eligible for appointment as an assessor or deputy assessor must successfully complete an examination and be certified by the Director of the Department of Revenue. Local officials can appoint only those persons certified by the Director of Revenue. Applications for the examinations may be obtained from city and county assessors, county auditors or from the Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division. The examinations are given approximately every six months.
Fredsville Church to present ‘Once Upon a Parable’
CEDAR FALLS — Come hear the word of God through music, dance and drama as Fredsville Church presents the musical “Once Upon A Parable.” More than 20 people will present several famous parables in an entertaining and uplifting style that is great for all ages. Performances will be held during special worship services on Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Fredsville Church sanctuary. The offering collected at the evening service will go to the Dike food bank. The service will be approximately 70 minutes long. Fredsville Church is located between Dike and Cedar Falls at 32756 150th Street. The church is online at www.fredsvillelutheran. org. For more information call 319989-2065 or e-mail: fredsville@ fredsvillelutheran.org.
Taste of Grundy KIC group to kick Center set off at American for Aug. 29 CENTER — Music, Lutheran Church food,GRUNDY fun and the Farmer’s Market
GRUNDY CENTER — American Lutheran Church in Grundy Center will kick off its Kids in Christ (K.I.C.) group Wednesday, Sept. 4 beginning at 5 p.m. with soccer, volleyball, badminton and basketball games. Usual meeting nights are Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Evenings include a meal, worship and classes. The group is open to students in preschool through 12th grade. This year’s mission project is mosquito nets to prevent malaria.
are part of the second Taste of Grundy Center event in downtown Grundy Center, set for Thursday, Aug. 29. The Grundy Center Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Taste of Grundy Center to welcome community members back to a new school year with a business expo, food tasting fair and live entertainment on the gazebo. Live music by the Dennis Wayne Gang begins at 5:30 p.m., with local restaurants and caterers set up to give members of the public a ‘taste’
Absentee ballots available for September 10 school elections All voters in the AGWSR, BCLUW, Dike-New Hartford, and Grundy Center School Districts must request their absentee ballots through the Grundy County Election Office, even if they live outside of Grundy County. To vote early by absentee ballot in person, voters may stop at the Grundy County Auditor’s Office on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse during normal business hours Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The deadline to vote by absentee ballot at the Auditor’s Office is September 10 at 11 a.m. With appropriate identification, Grundy County eligible electors who are not currently registered to vote may register at the same time they are casting an absentee ballot in person. To vote early by mail, absentee ballot request forms are available on the Grundy County website, www. grundycounty.org, under the heading “Where do I ….?” Click on “Vote Absentee” to download an applica-
tion form to request an absentee ballot. The completed forms should be mailed to the Grundy County Auditor, 706 G Ave., Grundy Center, IA 50638-1496. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is September 6. Voted absentee ballots returned by hand may be delivered to the Grundy County Auditor’s Office at the Courthouse until 8 p.m. on September 10. Absentee ballots may not be turned in at the polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter would then vote at the polls. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by September 9 and received before 8 a.m. on September 13. Polls will be open at noon and close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, September 10. If you have any questions, contact the Grundy County Auditor’s Office at 319-824-3122.
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of their products. The Chamber of Commerce will also be introducing new school district faculty members, introducing its board of directors and officers as part of the Chamber annual meeting, and announcing the winner of the downtown planter box design competition, held throughout the spring and summer months. All events are free and open to the public.
Grundy Area Cardiac Support Group to meet
GRUNDY CENTER — Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) will host the Grundy Area Cardiac Support Group on Monday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Education Room. Please use Entrance No. 33 on the west side of the hospital. Kristi Barnett, GCMH Social Worker, will present and answer questions on the “Better Choices Better Health Program,” a skill building workshop for people with one or more chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis. The Grundy Area Cardiac Support Group will meet quarterly on the first Monday of the month. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Brandy Tripp, RN, BSN, Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator, at (319) 8245097.
Local Sheriff’s Department to participate in upcoming sTEP
GRUNDY COUNTY — The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office
will participate in a project with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) which is promoting traffic safety in Grundy County. Sheriff’s deputies conducted a seatbelt survey this past week and a seatbelt usage rate of 94 percent was recorded for front seat occupants. The weeks of Aug. 26 through Sept. 8 will be the Iowa ‘Special Traffic Enforcement Program’ (sTEP). Grundy County officers will be looking specifically for seat belt and child restraint violations, along with excessive speed, stop sign violations and alcohol/drug usage. The Sheriff noted the above period includes the Labor Day Holiday weekend, which is the last major summer holiday and therefore he urges everyone to drive with care. The sTEP (special Traffic Enforcement Programs) are funded by a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.
Registration underway for City-Wide Sale
GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Community Preschool and Childcare Center is currently organizing a two-day city-wide garage sale to be held on Sept. 20 and and 21. Please call the Center at 319825-3565 by Sept. 11 to register. Registration fees will cover advertising handouts, fliers, yard signs, posters and press releases in numerous area newspapers. Registered garage sales will also be included on the sale map. Each sale will be allowed a brief listing of items, sale hours, sale hosts and street address. Each sale will also be assigned a number which will be promoted on the yard signs.
Grundy Family YMCA Notes The YMCA will provide an Open Gym on all Professional Development Early Dismissal Days for fifth- through 12th-grade students from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Fifth through 12th-grade students will be able to use the high school gym for basketball and other games until 3:15, providing students with a space to be active with their friends and have fun on early dismissal days. The gym will be supervised by YMCA staff and volunteers. This program is free. YMCA Fall Session 1 programs
begin the week of Sept. 9. View our complete program guide at www. blackhawkymca.org under the Grundy Center tab. Call 825-6210 with questions. New YMCA Sunday Fitness Center Hours (starting Sept. 1) — 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Register your children now for Before and After School Care at the Grundy FamilyYMCA. Care is offered Monday-Friday 6:30 to 8 a.m. (Before Care) and 3 to 6 p.m. (After Care) This program is designed to keep children safe, help working families, and improve academic achievement. School’s breakfast can be purchased in the mornings and snacks will included for after school. Scholarships are available.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Grundy OPINION Register
Letters to the editor
A look back through The Grundy Register
•Compiled by Lisa Kanagy•
10 Years Ago This Week - 2003 •West Nile Virus detected in several birds collected in Dike. •Grundy Family YMCA kicks off it’s first membership drive. The ‘Y’ Creed-’Strong Kids • Strong Families • Strong Communities’ •A local 7th grader is the winner of the IA. State Education Assoc. with her ‘Draw-Matic’ decal •Jerry Sharp received a 15 year service award from Grundy County Secondary Roads Dept. •A letter of news is printed about serviceman Derick Haman’s time while he is in Iraq, reported by Charles Haman. •Center Theater-Freaky Friday 25 Years Ago This Week - 1988 •’Save the Theater’ fund drive goes over the top of their goal by ~$2,300. Thanks to all the volunteers and contributors. Now go see a movie @ Center Theater! •Farm Bureau of Grundy County picks its first woman president, Betty Juchems •The four new teachers for Grundy Center schools are Rick Schupbach, Doran Johnson, Joan Breckler and Dennis Dirks • R e v. Wa y n e D e Yo u n g , missionary to the troubled island nation of Haiti, will present a slide show about his work there at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Wellsburg on Sept. 1 •Iowa fans can now show True Colors..on their license plates around the first of the year. •Labor Day motorists to find higher gas prices compared to last year, with reg. $1.00 & in 1987 reg. being 94¢ •It is stated that the Grundy Center and Reinbeck rivalry’s first game was played in 1920 with Reinbeck Rams winning 12-0 and in 1987 Spartans beat the Rebels 42-12 •Center Theater’The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking’ 50 Years Ago This Week - 1963 •Big Red, the Brahma Bull, that has roamed freely across Grundy and Hardin counties for 20 days, was finally captured on Tuesday morning. It took three tranquilizertipped darts to subdue the 1,700# bull •Dutch Elm disease, the dreaded killer of stately shade trees, has been detected for the first time in Grundy Center •Dike Watermelon Days that were held last Saturday was enjoyed by those who attended, although it was damp and chilly. The train rides were a hit with the children •Gov. Harold Hughes will attend the IA. Mechanical Corn Picking Contest in Grundy Center on Tuesday, October 15 •Center Theater-’To Kill A Mockingbird’ with Gregory Peck •Pork & Beans 6 cans for $1.00 75 Years Ago This Week - 1938 •All of Grundy’s unpaved streets will be resurfaced this fall. There are about 30 blocks that were graveled about five years ago •Several Grundy 4-H boys won at the Iowa State Fair with their pigs and calves •Dike school opens Monday with enrollment of 244 • F r i d a y w a s t h e 6 4 th anniversary of L.B. DeSeelhorst initiation in the Odd Fellows Lodge at Grundy Center. He has been an active member at this same lodge since August 22, 1874, the longest of any Odd Fellows member •60 are enrolled in the Grundy Golf Tournament •Theater feature-’The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ •Graham Crackers 2# box 19¢
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Beyond Pink thanks Dike bank for its support
One of the interesting parts of this business I’ve been involved in throughout my adult life is the ebb and flow of work. Every business has its busier times and its slower times, but that seems truly magnified in the news business. January is slow, February hectic, March slower, April hectic, May very hectic, etc. And it is a huge relief when one of those times is in the rear view mirror. By now you have most likely seen that this week’s paper features our Prep Preview: Fall Sports edition. Of all the sections we do throughout the year, including our recently-released fair edition, the two sports previews are the sections that take me away from the regular routine more than anything else. And the fact that the fall sports preview falls immediately after our fair section (and somewhat during it) makes August about as pedal-to-theBy JOHN JENSEN metal as it comes. The work is fun — I enjoy going out to meet the coaches and kids — but it does take me away from my regular stuff here a lot more than anything else I do. Several years ago, while still working as a full time sports editor, I began to deem my semiannual week or so that I take preseason photos my Fall Tour and Winter Tour. It’s a fun way to describe what I’m doing and was particularly relevant when we covered nearly a dozen schools in Oelwein — getting to everyone in that short a period while also getting the regular office work done was a major challenge. Here it’s a different kind of challenge in that we don’t cover as many schools, but part of what we do involves coordinating among four different newspapers. One thing you may notice about the sports preview is that there are a few schools we don’t normally cover in there. This is a joint section along with our sister papers in Allison, Clarksville and Conrad. Adding BCLUW is a natural match to our usual Grundy Center-based schools (GC, AGWSR, Dike-New Hartford and Gladbrook-Reinbeck), though the addition of Clarksville and North Butler might seem a little out of place. In truth, those schools aren’t all that far away and are similar sized to the ones in our area, so I’m a little surprised that our local schools don’t play them more in non-conference play. It’s always been my hope to add Aplington-Parkersburg to the mix and fill the gap between the Butler schools and Grundy schools, and there’s always a chance that will happen. Being that this is a jointly-produced section, part of the challenge of producing it is getting everybody on the same page of the playbook. My biggest role is in coordinating and assembling the section with pieces supplied by the various properties, though I also do a little writing. All told four different people write stories for the section and three different people take photos. One name you’ll see in the sports sections that you might not be as familiar with is Kristi Nixon, our sports editor in Hampton who also does sports for the Allison-based Butler County Tribune-Journal and the Clarksville Star. Kristi is one of only a couple of full time Mid-America Publishing who does sports full time and, like me, has a background as a daily newspaper sports writer. I truly feel blessed in Grundy Center that we have a talented and dedicated part time person in Patti Rust, whom I am comfortable sending to literally any event. Something to note in the North Iowa Cedar League this year is a new league member. Waterloo Columbus Catholic becomes the eighth member of the NICL’s East Division this year, replacing NU High (which closed a year and one-half ago). Columbus comes in as the second-largest school in the NICL, but truly had no other place to go after becoming one of the smallest schools in the WaMaC, its home for as long as I can remember. Columbus will be competitive in the league in a lot of sports and certainly fits the league’s geographic profile. Its best sports are tennis and soccer, both of which it has won several state championships in. It will also be competitive in boys’ golf, volleyball, basketball and baseball. This is the first of two straight years of change in the NICL. South Tama will leave the league next year and all indications are that it will be replaced by Sumner-Fredericksburg, which is currently one of the two largest schools
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in the Upper Iowa Conference. S-F, too, will be a great addition to the league, replacing a South Tama school that I never felt fit well because of its size. South Tama is returning to the WaMaC, a conference it left less than 10 years ago. S-F is in the far eastern half of the conference, and the league has yet to determine which East Division school will move into South Tama’s spot in the West. High school football schedules are nearly identical to last year’s because this is the second year of the two-year district cycle. Most teams play the same teams in the same order they played last year, except if you hosted somebody last year you play them at home this year and vice-versa. Two exceptions to that rule involve Grundy Center and BCLUW. Instead of being off the third week of the season, the Spartans play at South Hardin this year. Also, BCLUW played a Week Zero game against East Marshall last week instead of being off. Both those changes are because South Hardin didn’t play varsity football last year. GC wasn’t able to schedule a replacement game and had a pair of bye weeks instead of its usual one, while BCLUW met East Marshall a different week last year because both teams had a scheduled bye due to South Hardin having dropped its program. • • • I don’t like heat. I never have, probably never will and have a hard time understanding why anyone would. On the other hand, I have a bit of a hard time understanding how cowardly we have become toward heat. Take a look at the national weather map, preferably one that shows watches and warnings like the one at noaa.gov. Notice something? The only places that are warning us about the heat are in the upper Midwest. Now look at the weather in … say … St. Louis. There’s no excessive heat warning there, so it must be cooler, right? Wrong! It’s supposed to be 96 degrees there today and only (I say only … insert laugh track here) 91 here. So what’s the difference? We’re wimps! All kidding aside, the only thing worse than heat in the middle of the summer is heat at the end of the summer. Just when we were supposed to be through this stuff and cooling down, Mother Nature reminds us that the calendar doesn’t turn to fall until Sept. 22. • • • The Grundy Register is in the process of launching a new Web site and with it a number of new online features. The site was a long time coming and something we’ve been talking about for a few years. The new site has a much more modern look and is something I look forward to working with. I must admit that I’ve been more than a little resistant to online journalism over the years. Newspapers slit their own throats when Websites first started popping up by offering everything in the paper free of charge. So instead of selling our product and directing our readers to our advertisers, we were actually directing you away from them. And once people stopped subscribing there was no getting them back. As much as my stance on newspaper Web sites hasn’t changed, I do realize that there is a place for online reporting as a supplement to the print product. One thing I plan to start working on is adding regular video coverage to our site. At least once per week, beginning within the next few weeks, certain stories will show up with a note in the paper directing you to the Web site for video from the event. We’ll also be stepping up our Facebook and Twitter presence, neither of which I have done a good job of keeping up with. What you won’t find, however, is the entire paper in a free online format, nor will you see complete stories there. What’s there will supplement what is in the newspaper. We’ll be writing more about the site in coming weeks. To see the new site, visit www.thegrundyregister.com.
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On behalf of the Beyond Pink TEAM( BPT) , I would like to thank the State Bank and Trust Company (SBTC) for designating the BPT as a recipient of their recent "Cookin' for a Cause" event and the Dike community for their support of this event. A total of $1186 was raised (including a match from SBTC), which will assist Cedar Valley breast cancer survivors going through treatment, financial assistance for insurance deductibles, medications, housing assistance in the form of transportation , rent / mortgage payments and utilities. The Beyond Pink TEAM , a nonprofit organization of entirely volunteers, has been in the community for 25 years and goes beyond "pink" trinkets. BPT provides support through three different support groups, educates survivors and the community about the latest updates in breast cancer research, provides financial assistance to breast cancer survivors going through treatments and advocates for research to end breast cancer by 2020. For many years BPT members have attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) in Washington DC , followed by Lobby Day. We have a great relationship with both Iowa Senators and all four Representatives. The NBCC goal is to now shift the conversation from awareness and screening to prevention and saving lives - Ending Breast Cancer by 2020. For ways you can join these efforts and learn more about the Beyond Pink TEAM , please visit our website at http://www.beyondpinkteam.org/ . Thank you all for making a difference in the lives of others. Jacque Bakker BPT member and breast cancer survivor
Voters need more information on bond issue
The votes in the Grundy Center School District deserve more information prior to the September 10 vote on the bond referendum. Two items: 1. What was the original dollar amount that was voted on for the current elementary facility, versus the final total expenditure after the project was completed? 2. A specific, complete and honest answer needs to be provided as to why the former lower elementary building was demolished and the much inferior upper elementary building was allowed to remain when the current elementary school was built. The long-term voters of this district have good memories. None of what happened in the past is the fault of superintendent Cassi Murra, or of many others involved in the current endeavor, but the poor decisions and short-sightedness of the last go around must not be repeated. It simply will not be tolerated by already financially strapped voters. However, using the almost unheard of tactic of full and open honesty, along with an explanation of what went on that led to the construction of the current elementary school, will likely be seen as a favorable effort. Voters also need to know if there is any premeditated connection between this and the tactics being used by the County Assessor's Office; attempting to enter private homes in an obvious effort to claim increases in property values so taxes can be raised. There is no question that parents with current or future students would like to see at least some of the proposed facility improvements, but they are not the only residents in this district. Anyone with their eyes open can see the industrial decline in Grundy Center, the decline in retail business downtown, the paring down to a single new car dealership when there used to be four, and the significant downward trend in farm commodity prices. A bond referendum at this time will need to make overwhelming good sense. Jack Cherry
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Grundy SOCIAL EVENTS Register Calendar of events Grundy Community Center Thursday August 29 Friday August 30
To celebrate 55th anniversary Meinard and Bonnie Koop will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary Sunday, September 1 with an Open House from 4 to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church event facility in New Hartford. The honored couple were married June, 20, 1958 at the Congregational Church in Parkersburg. The couple are retired from farming. They have
three children, Lori Koop Dorman (Joel) of Pella, and Lisa Schmitz (Greg) and Steve Koop (Angie) of New Hartford. There are twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated their anniversary with a trip to England, Ireland, France, Monaco and Germany.
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To celebrate 60th anniversary
Bill and Sandra Sloan will mark their 60th wedding anniversary on August 30, 2013. A trip is planned for a later celebration.
Friday, August 30 — Sausage, Sweet Potato Tots, Sauerkraut Salad, Hot Dog Bun, Strawberry Shortcake, Mustard Tuesday, September 3 — Honey Mustard Chicken, Mixed Beans, Spinach, Multi Grain Bread/Margarine, Fresh Fruit Wednesday, September 4 — Hamburger Steak with Gravy, Whipped Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Multi Grain Bread/Margarine, Fresh Banana Thursday, September 5 — Herbed Pork Loin, Sweet Potato Casserole, Capri Vegetables, Wheat Bread/Margarine, Tropical Fruit Each meal includes milk. All meals must be ordered by 9 a.m. the day before receiving a meal. For more information, to reserve a place or order a meal, call the Grundy Center Senior Center at (319) 824-3843.
News from Ivester
To celebrate 90th birthday
Francis Babinat will be celebrating his 90th birthday on September 2nd. To help him celebrate the occation, cards may be sent to Francis at 201 East J Ave., Grundy Center, IA50638.
Schippers to celebrate 70 years
John J. and Trena Schipper will celebrate their 70th anniversary on September 3, 2013. They have one son, Irwin Schipper, three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A card shower is being planned. Cards can be mailed to 511 Parriott St., Aplington, IA 50604.
Monday September 2
Wednesday, August 28 All are invited to meet at Ivester Church Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Guest Leader will be Pastor Mark Flory-Steury from Illinois to discuss our ideas for the work of the church in the future. Camp Pine Lake The Church of the Brethren Camp, Camp Pine Lake, invites the general public to enjoy a Music Fest from 1 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 31. Several groups will share music, as well as guest musician, singersongwriter Garrison Doles. Food will be available. Other highlights include children's crafts, storytelling, a musical petting zoo for children, a silent auction, square-dancing, and pie. The event is free. Any freewill donations will benefit the Camp Pine Lake scholarship fund. Sunday, September 1 There will be no services held at the Ivester Church on September 1. We will meet at Camp Pine Lake for services beginning at 10:20 a.m. No potluck will be held, but food is available at the camp at noon on Sunday. All ages camp will conclude on the morning of September 2. Cabins are available.
~ Open to the Public ~ Adults - $7 ~ Kids 10 & Under - $5
• Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wilts Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m., Legion Room • Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.,Wilts Room Exercise, 9 a.m., Legion Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m, Legion Room
Monday September 2
• Grundy Comm. Center – Closed for Labor Day
Tuesday September 3
• Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wilts Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m., Legion Room
Wednesday September 4
• Grundy Comm. Center – No Walking Exercise, 9 a.m., Legion Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m. Legion Room Amvets, Legion Room
Thursday September 5
• Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 12 noon, Wilts Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m., Legion Room REC Annual Meeting, 7 p.m., Wilts Room
is now taking applications for the 2013 Grant Awards Applications must be filed with the undersigned no later than September 13, 2013. For Application forms, please contact: Heronimus, Schmidt & Allen 630 G Avenue, P.O. Box 365 Grundy Center, IA 50638 319-824-6951
From The Kitchen of Tim Frisch
Tim’s Cajun Rice Bake has always been popular whether he brought it to a pot luck, card club or any get-together over the past ten years. “I always bring a few copies of the recipe with me,” he said. “I know someone will ask me for it.” He got the recipe from a friend he works with who is from Louisiana. While he says the prep work of cutting the vegetables is time-consuming, the end product looks great and is well worth the effort.
2 lbs. Italian sausage (I prefer hot) 1 cup celery 1 cup onion 1 each yellow, green and red pepper 2 Clove garlic 2 can Campbell’s golden cream of mushroom soup 2 can Campbell’s cream of chicken soup 2 cup uncooked rice (not minute rice) Salt and pepper to taste (Optional items I have added) Canned mushrooms 2 cans of Rotel
Peel and eat shrimp stirred into dish with 15 minutes baking time left Dice the vegetables and then brown the sausage in a large frying pan. Drain grease from sausage and add the vegetables and garlic to the sausage and sauté. Add soups, rice and mix well Pour into an sprayed or oiled baking dish, cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour. I use an oversized baking dish as this amount will exceed a standard 9-by-13-inch pan.
Center Theatre’s Reel-to-Reel At the Center Theatre on Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m. will be the action/comedy/sequel Red 2, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. This movie is rated PG-13 for language and violence, running approximately 120 minutes in length. At 7:30 will be the adventure/adaptation The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman and Jessica Biel. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence, running approximately 120 minutes in length. THERE WILL BE NO WEEKEND MATINEES THIS WEEK. In Red 2, the high-octane actioncomedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and
outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world - and stay alive in the process. Based on the celebrated comic book series, The Wolverine is an epic action-adventure that takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. For the most up-to-date movie information, please check out our new website at www.grundycentertheatre.com. If you are interested in gift certificates to the Center Theatre, they may be purchased at GNB bank locations during the day or at the Center Theatre during evening business hours.
Grundy County REC to hold annual meeting September 5
The 77th Annual Meeting of the members of the Grundy County Rural Electric Cooperative will be held at the Grundy Center Community Center in Grundy Center at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 to take action upon the following matters. 1. The reports of officers, directors and committees. 2. The election of three directors of the Cooperative for a term of three years each. 3. All other business which may legally come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournment thereof. In connection with the election of directors scheduled for this meeting,
the following members were nominated for directors by the Committee on Nominations appointed by the Board of Directors of the Cooperative pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation. Distrist 1: *Kevin Pruisner, Kendall Tjpekes. District 5: Ben Espenscheid. District 7: *Jason Paper. *Denotes Incumbents. There were no nominations by petition. You are urged to attend the meeting, hear the reports of the officers, vote for directors and transact such other business as may come before the meeting.
Jeralyn’s School of Dance
State Fair Blue Ribbon
Zac Osgood is pictured with the planter he showed at the Iowa State Fair last week. Osgood's planter received a blue ribbon at the Fair. (Courtesy photo)
Branstad, Reynolds announce local county chairs
Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ campaign committee – the Governor Branstad Committee – has announced the initial organization of its county chairs across the state. The organization includes co-chairs in every county. Grundy County chairs include: Amanda Andersen, Brian Andersen, Lisa Andersen, Marcia Dudden, Roger Dudden, Jan Launstein, Ray Launstein and Tom Shafer.
A name was misspelled in the Grundy Center Class of 1953 reunion picture printed in the Aug. 22 Grundy Register. Janice Henry Trepp's name was spelled incorrectly. The Register apologizes for this error.
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To retire from Viking Pump
Kay Ash is saying goodbye from Viking Pump after 39 years. Help him celebrate his retirement on September 21 from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Golf & Country Club, 32078 Highway 14 in Parkersburg.
Football Season Is Here Classes Offered:
Registration & Dance Wear / Shoe Day
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7:30 The Wolverine Rated PG-13, 120 minutes
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7:30 p.m. Fri. thru Wed. 1:30 p.m. Sunday
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Thursday, August 29, 2013 Volume 89 – Number 35
The Grundy Register
"A HIDDEN TREASURE"
GCMH open house to feature free health, safety information GRUNDY CENTER – Take a peek inside a Lifeflight Helicopter and ambulance. Safely dispose of your expired medications at the Drug Take Back booth. Take advantage of free child safety seat inspections. Enjoy refreshments, balloons, and face painting, all at the Thursday, Sept. 5 Community Open House sponsored by Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) and UnityPoint Clinic – Grundy Center Family Medicine. New hospital CEO Brian Kellar and UnityPoint Clinic providers Dr. Ryan Arnevik, Becky Frisch PA-C, and Mike Knutsen, PA-C, will be greeting the public while a variety of health resources are on display in the hospital and clinic parking lot, beginning at 4:30 until 7 p.m. • Free Blood Pressure checks • HeartAware risk assessment information • Build a Better Breakfast, from the hospital’s registered dietitians • Safe Sitter, new certified Babysitting course • Up-to-date Vaccination guidelines
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• Drug Take Back – expired and unused prescription and over-thecounter medication may be brought to the Open House for safe disposal, supervised by a hospital pharmacist • Car Safety Seat Inspections, sponsored by Tri County Head Start’s Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (at Entrance #1) • Information on important health screenings • Through My Grandma’s Eyes – activity to acquaint youngsters with the physical aspects of aging • free Face Painting, by Make It Up Face Painting • Balloons, refreshments, and prizes The public is invited to the Community Open House event, which will be held in the south side parking lot of GCMH and UnityPoint Clinic – Grundy Center Family Medicine, 201 East J Avenue in Grundy Center. For more information, visit the hospital’s website, www.grundycountyhospital.org or contact Keely Harken, Community Outreach Manager.
Florence Nederhoff to celebrate 90th
Florence Nederhoff of Wellsburg will be celebrating her 90th birthday on September 5, 2013.
AGWSR school activities
Friday, Aug. 30: 2 p.m., Holiday Dismissal; 7 p.m., FB at Ackley Tuesday, Sept. 3: 4:30 p.m., CC at Mason City; 5:30 p.m., HS VB at Grundy Center; 6 p.m., JV FB at Ackley Thursday, Sept. 4: 5 p.m., FR FB at State Center; 6 p.m., HS VB at Ackley.
AGWSR school lunch menu
BREAKFAST (Breakfast includes milk & juice) Fri., Aug. 30: Cereal & Toast Mon., Sept. 2: No School Tues., Sept. 3: Breakfast Program Wed., Sept. 4 Pancakes & Sausage Thurs., Sept. 5: Omelet & Toast LUNCH (Lunch includes salad bar & milk) Fri., Aug. 30: Beefburger, Broccoli, Orange Smiles Mon., Sept. 2: No School Tues., Sept. 3: Popcorn Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Bread & Butter, Fruit Wed., Sept. 4:Spaghetti w/Meat Cheese Sauce, Garlic Bread, Coleslaw, Pineapple Thurs., Sept. 5: Hot Dog, Potatoes, Fresh Fruit, Rice Krispie Bar
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Church Worship Services
American Lutheran Church Luther Thoresen Pastor 319-824-3557 8:45 a.m. Worship Service www.alcgc.org Bethany Presbyterian Church Tom & Jean Bower, Pastors 319-824-5471 10:00 a.m. Worship Service First Baptist Church 319-824-3324 www.firstbaptistgrundycenter.com 9:15 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Service 6:30 p.m. Evening Service First Presbyterian Church Rev. Mike Campbell, Pastor Rev. Sheryl Campbell, Parish Associate 319-824-3152 9:00 a.m. Worship Service United Methodist Church Phil Dicks, Pastor 319-825-5408 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:15 a.m. Adult Study at AP 10:15 a.m. Pastor led Bible Study in FH Orchard Hill Church (Center Theatre) 319-824-3039 9:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Worship Service Orchard Hill - Lincoln Center Jesse Henkle, Host Pastor 319-824-6178 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
Colfax Center Presbyterian Eric Duble, Interim Pastor 319-824-5231 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday School Pleasant Valley Reformed Church Rev. Rick Vollema 319-346-1090 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Discussion Group
East Friesland Presbyterian Lynn Arends, Supply Pastor 641-847-2896 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Faith Presbyterian Church 641-847-3188 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
First Christian Reformed Thomas Vos, Pastor 641-869-3305 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 7:00 p.m. Evening Worship Pleasant Valley United Methodist Dot Geersema, Pastor 641-869-3637 8:45 a.m. Morning Worship Reformed Church 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Evening Bible Study St. John Lutheran Church 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 9:45 Sunday School & Bible Class St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran 641-869-3992 8:15 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service St. Peter’s Country Church Rev. Michael McLane, Pastor 563-581-2866 8 a.m. Morning Worship United Reformed Church Matthew Nuiver, Pastor 641-869-3633 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday School 7 p.m. Evening Worship Steamboat Rock Baptist Church Harrison Lippert, Pastor Bryce Roskens, Associate Pastor 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Contemporary Service
United Methodist Church Dan Ridnouer, Pastor 319-989-2535 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship Service Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Mark Decker, Pastor 319-988-3967 9 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School Fredsville Lutheran Church Rev. Lisa Dietrich, Pastor 319-989-2065 8:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
Liberty Baptist Church (GARBC) Dennis Sanders, Pastor 319-989-2141 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship 6 p.m. Evening Praise Service
United Methodist Church 641-366-2142 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
Alice Church of God James Snare, Pastor 641-623-5641 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service First Presbyterian Church Kerry Carson, Pastor 641-366-2342 8:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Fellowship United Methodist Church Jennifer Daniel, Pastor 641-366-2325 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship
Holy Family Catholic Parish Rev. David Kucera 319-345-2006 Mass: 5:30 p.m., Sat. - Parkersburg 9:30 a.m., Sunday - Reinbeck Salem Church of Lincoln Rev. Barb Muhs, Pastor 641-473-2450 9:25 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Bethel Reformed Church 319-347-6219 9 a.m. Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday School Ivester Church of the Brethren Co-Pastors Katie & Parker Thompson 641-858-3879 9:30 a.m. Christian Education 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Noon potluck Reformed Church of Stout David VanderLeest, Pastor 319-346-1487 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Time 10:45 Sunday School
Rainsbarger Daze Special Event
The Steamboat Rock Historical Society will be transporting everyone back to an event in Steamboat’s history during this year’s Rainsbarger Daze Celebration on Saturday August 31. Join us as we relive the February 16, 1931, robbery of the Farmers Savings Bank which is now our museum! “Shortly after 3 p.m. on that day in history, Kenneth Eldred of Iowa Falls entered the bank. Whipping out a revolver, he ordered Cashier Elda Christians and his assistant Jim Holmes to “stick ‘em up!” The two immediately complied.” Join the Steamboat Rock Historical Society on Saturday August 31, during Rainsbarger Daze at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm as Dennis Holmes, grandson of Jim Holmes recounts the robbery as it happened in 1931. The story is exciting and yet funny as the would be robbers were soon caught when their car could not make it up the steep hills near Hardin City. The robbers were arrested and brought to justice. After Dennis finishes his story telling some local antique car enthusiasts will re-enact the robbery in slap-stick fashion including a Keystone Cops car chase down Market Street. This is an event you won’t want to miss, and will be fun for young and old alike as you learn some of our local history and have a laugh or two along the way. In addition to these programs our museum will be open from 9:00 to 4:00, with special activities for everyone. Gerd Rochlitzer will be on hand to take pictures with his antique tintype camera and put them on wanted posters in commemoration of Rainsbarger Daze or the 1931 bank robbery. He will be printing the posters on an antique press. These working antiques are very interesting to see in operation. Be sure and plan to spend part of your day at the Steamboat Rock Historical Society! Ghost Town Bus Tour III
On September 14, our Historical Society will present the third Hardin County Ghost Town Bus Tour. This year we are very fortunate to be partnering with the Ackley Heritage Center in presenting the tour. The begins with a short locally produced video presentation that gives an overview of the history that will be presented on the three hour tour. After viewing the video, riders will board tour buses to visit the actual location of four ghost towns within the county. At each location those on the tour leave the bus where actors and storytellers dressed in period costumes portray individuals from history and tell of events that happened to them or took place in their town. Riders then return to the bus and travel to the next town. Along the way bus tour guides will point out items such as old railroad beds, private cemeteries and other landmarks that are woven into the story. Our bus tour will tell a story that connects four Hardin County ghost towns, Hazel Green, Abbott, Bunjerville (Cleves) and Robertson. With the exception of Hazel Green, these were all towns spawned by the railroad stretching across Hardin County. Within the story of these towns lies a greater story of the first East Friesland, German settlers to come to Iowa in 1853. German immigrants were the second largest immigrant group (behind the British Isles) to settle in Iowa. Immigrants from Germany settled in every Iowa county. No other immigrant group was that widely spread across the state. By 1920 half of all Iowa farmers were of German descent. By the end of the 1860s and the beginning or the 1870s the Ostfriesen Colony that started in 1853-54, began to blossom. They expanded south, east and north in such great numbers that they extended in the south to Beaman, in the north far past Bristow, a distance of 40 miles; and in an easterly direction from Hardin
City to New Hartford, likewise a distance of 40 miles. Consequently these Colonies formed the largest East Friesen Settlement in America. Our tour will conclude at the Ackley Heritage Center’s Prairie Settlement where our travelers can spend time on their own enjoying the many displays in the carefully preserved 1800s home, band, carriage house, country school and beautiful prairie gardens. This is a special treasure that will make our tour particularly memorable. Here riders will also be given an opportunity to visit with historians and researchers including representatives from the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America, and Dennis Holmes, railroad enthusiast with broad knowledge of the Iowa Central Railroad and the M&St.L railway. These people will answer questions and tell of ongoing research. The Steamboat Rock Pride and Betterment will be serving a pancake, scrambled egg and sausage breakfast at the Cougar Sports Bar, on the morning of the tour beginning at 7:00 am until they run out of food. They will be accepting donations to cover costs and raise funds for their ongoing projects that serve Steamboat Rock. Busses leave every 30 minutes from the Steamboat Rock Historical Society. Tickets and reservations need be purchased in advance. Tickets are now on sale for the September 14th Hardin County Ghost Town Bus Tour at Green Belt Bank and Trust, Hardin County Savings Bank, Ackley State Bank, and Peoples Savings Bank as well as the Steamboat Rock Library, Steamboat Rock Historical Society and the Ackley Heritage Center. To contact us or for more information about the this special tour, please visit our website: www. steamboat-rock-historical-society. com
Swords into Plowshares & Guns into Guitars Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist who turns guns into musical instruments, making everything from guitars to flutes out of confiscated weapons. Since it is virtually impossible to legally purchase a firearm in Mexico, almost all of Mexico’s illegal weapons have come from “straw buyers” in the United States which are then smuggled into Mexico. Reyes puts the gun violence in Mexico into context by comparing it with the United States, noting that while the mass shootings which happen roughly once a month in the United States are a tragedy, they are a daily occurrence in Mexico. Indeed, at the height of the “drug wars” which continue to afflict Mexico, Ciudad Juarez (a city of roughly 1.3 million people) was averaging about 10 gun deaths per day. Reyes came to prominence for a project in 2008 in which he melted down over 1500 guns and made shovels from them, which were then used to plant trees. Perhaps the upshot of his work, and his art, is that we should be investing more ininstruments of agriculture and music and less in instruments of death. - Christopher Simon
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Grundy Center, D-NH academic decathletes kick off season with dinner
GRUNDY CENTER — Students and parents from the Grundy Center and Dike New Hartford school districts kicked off the 2013-2014 Academic Decathlon year with a potluck last Thursday. Nearly 100 people attended and enjoyed plenty of good food, listened to an informative and entertaining guest speaker and witnessed the unveiling of this year’s Academic Decathlon t- shirt. The meal started at 6:30. After eating and socializing, attendees listened to a presentation by Dr. Daniel Walther, chair of the history department at Wartburg College. This year’s decathlon topic is World War I, so Dr. Walther’s presentation was entitled, “The Great War and Why It Still Matters Today.” Among the subjects touched on were the Armenian Genocide, parallels between World War I and the current U.S. involvement in the Middle East, and the importance of studying history. Dr. Walther walked among the audience during his lecture, frequently asking questions. After the presentation, the audi-
ence got a look at this year’s Academic Decathlon t-shirt. In keeping with this year’s theme, the shirt features the team mascot in a WWI vintage gas mask and infantry helmet. The mascot drawing was done by DNH junior decathlete Nikki Weissenfluh. The t-shirt layout and additional artwork were provided by GC alumnus Nathan Schleuder (2001), a graphic artist currently living in Lafayette, Ind. For the second consecutive year, Grundy Center and Dike-New Hartford will be sharing the Academic Decathlon program. Participants will study art, economics, literature, mathematics, music, science and social science in addition to preparing a speech, sitting for an interview and writing an essay based on this year’s topic. The decathletes are coached by GCCS librarian Don Osterhaus. This year he will be assisted by Renee Gingery a high school language arts teacher at Dike-New Hartford. Decathletes are hoping to earn a seventeenth consecutive berth at the state competition in March, and a
Dr. Daniel Walther, chair of the history department at Wartburg College, speaks to Grundy Center and Dike-New Hartford Academic Decathlon students about "The Great War and Why It Still Matters Today." World War I (also known as The Great War) is the topic for this year's Academic Decathlon. (John Jensen/The Grundy Register photo). shot at a state championship. Congratulations and good luck to this year’s decathletes.
The Scheels Bowshoot - New Location but same great time By KEVIN WILLIAMS Grundy County Conservation Director There was a new location for this year’s bowshoot. The Black Hawk Creek Wildlife Area north of Morrison was the place. But everything else that makes the bowshoot a success was the same. The same great shooters of all shapes, sizes, sexes, and ages showed up to test their archery skills on August 17 and 18. What were the days like? Near PERFECT! They started off cool and this year mosquito free! If you’ve been involved in planning events – especially outdoor events, then you know that you worry about the weather. You worry about publicity. You worry about turnout. You worry. Add to that the worry that comes with changing locations for that event. And the headaches that had occurred with the scramble to have everything ready after the spring flooding that wrecked havoc with the course. A course that had been laid out only last fall. Well, all the worry paid off. I don’t know if it actually paid off but it ended in a super event with the course, location, and event receiving multiple compliments. The day started early for Conservation Board staff. The registration area needed to be ready for the shooters that would be arriving for the 7:30 AM registration. Only they began to arrive shortly after 7a.m. As I said, there were shooters of all shapes and sizes. That’s one of the things that I like about the event. You can participate and enjoy the shoot whether you are sporting thousands of dollars of equipment or the $50 bow you bought from your uncle years ago. The course included shots in prairie and woodland conditions. The targets were many and varied. From the comments, the archers enjoyed
Shooters of all ages enjoyed the Scheels 3D Bowshoot on Aug 17 & 18 near Morrison. Photo courtesy Kevin Williams themselves and found the course challenging and more importantly fun. Out of a total 400 points, the results were: Men’s Open 1st 390, Jason Geodken, Oelwein, ($50 Scheels gift card) 2nd 376, Dan Yoder, Webster City, 3rd 373, Kody Nielsen, Earlham Men’s Bowhunter 1st 371, Al Snyder, Elk Run, ($50 Scheels gift card) 2nd 367, Matt Welsh, Redfield 3rd 364, Michael Smith, Newton Men’s Traditional 1st 319, Don Stangeland, Stanhope, $50 Scheels gift card) 2nd 247, Tom Murphy, Marshalltown 3rd 238, Dayne Watson, Reinbeck Women 1st 382, Amber Ralston, Oelwein, ($50 Scheels gift card)
2nd 345, Sara Weissenfluh, Hudson 3rd 314, Christine Farley, Reinbeck Youth 1st 360, Zach Snyder , Elk Run, ($25 Scheels gift card) 2nd 360, Kevin Rewoldt, Reinbeck, 3rd 257, Braeden Farmer, Cedar Falls,IA Orange Dot Challenge Winner - Darren Gerdts, Marshalltown A more complete list of winners can be found by going to www.grundycounty.org. Scheels representatives were present to demo bows and answer questions. And Scheels generously provided the prizes for each of the categories and the orange dot challenge. They also funded several new targets for this year’s event. Don’t let another year go by. If you haven’t yet attended this event, plan to be at next year’s event.
Thursday, August 29 5 pm Cross country at marshalltown No school PK -4 grade 12-7 Dike and NH PT conferences Friday, August 30 7 pm Football in Grundy Center Saturday, August 31 9 am VB 9-10 grade tourn in Dike Sunday, September 1 Local church services Monday, September 2 No school Labor Day Tuesday, September 3 6 pm JV football at Grundy Center MAP Testing begins 6 pm JH meet the players night Wednesday, September 4 Free
DCBA Meeting September 9 Couple Married in Cedar Falls
Larry Gregory and Jean Jasper, both of Cedar Falls, IA. Were married on July 19, 2013, 6p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Waterloo, IA. Officiating: Father Tom McDermott and Bishop Steve Ullestad. Parents: Edward and Leta Holtz, Leta is deceased. Clifford and Evelyn Gregory, both deceased. Walking bride down the aisle: Seth Wolkenhauer, grandson of bride, of Lincoln, NE. and Sean Hauge, grandson of bride, of Plymouth, MN. Personal Attendant: Rachel Snider, granddaughter of bride, of Fishers, IN. Flower girls: Lauren Snider, granddaughter of bride, of Fishers, IN. and Nicole Hauge, granddaughter of bride, of Plymouth, MN. Readers: Maren Kelly, granddaughter of groom, of East Peoria, IL., Kayla Dowell, granddaughter of groom, of Cedar Falls, IA., Hannah Wolkenhauer, granddaughter of bride, of Lincoln, NE. Ushers: Connor Kelly, grandson of groom, of East Peoria, IL., Mitchell Dowell, grandson of groom, of Cedar Falls, IA. Bride’s employment-Retired from Cedar Falls Utilities, Cedar Fall, IA. Groom’s employment-Larry Gregory Insurance Agency, Cedar Falls, IA. Home address: 219 Cordoba Ave., Cedar Falls, IA.
1) Treasurer’s Report 2) Watermelon Days 2013 a. Inflatables(7 this year) b. Belt Sander Races c. Kids Tractor Pull d. Stage Entertainment i. Is this something we want to continue? e. Fireworks i. Do we want to do in 2014? ii. If yes, how do we want to raise money? iii. Date/location this year and future(Friday/Saturday, Golf Course/Lake) 3) Watermelon Days 2014 a. Date b. Location(Downtown, School, City Park) c. Thorp Inflatables(Yes or No) d. Need to see if any groups want to add events i. Ideas:(Dunk Tank, Wii tournament, ??) 4)mHoliday Razzle Dazzle Event a. Date/Time b. Horse and Carriage c. Christmas Tree d. Street Closures e. Vendors f. Postcard(Printing, Design, Postage) g. Santa h. Any activities to add 5) Sandwich Day-April 6, 2013 a. Select Date(Spring 2014?-Need to reserve city hall) b. Need to let city know for putting on city bills 6) Senior Awards Night in May a. Pass to booster club or keep with our 7 awards 7) Other business 8) Next Meeting Date:
Dike native named Teacher of the Year
Gene Fischer, a former Dike resident and Dike High School graduate of 1970, was recently awarded the Golden Apple award for York, Neb. public schools. Fischer received his undergraduate degree in early childhood education from UNI and master's degree in special education at Kearney College (now University of Nebraska Kearney). He has started his 35th year of teaching special education in the York public schools. He had previously worked at Waterloo Head Start. The Golden Apple award is given at the beginning of the school term to the District's teacher of the year. Fischer is a resident of Fairmont, Neb., where he is active in the community and a public address announcer for area athletic events. He also writes an op-ed column for the York News-Times. Gene is married to Kathy Boyes and step-father to three and grandfather to five.
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Volume 89 – Number 29
Dates for Dike
Birthdays Thursday, August 29: Sandy Hemmen, Doris Saathoff Friday, August 30: Karl Dietl, Amy Campbell, Michelle Reinicke Saturday, August 31: Dale Danielsen, Sara Nielsen Monday, September 2: Karen Heerkes, Doris Roberts Tuesday, September 3: Miki Zmolek, Joan Lotts, Sarah Amling, Breen Greer Wednesday, September 4: Pat Cannegieter, Billie Weber Dall
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