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City government candidates hold public forum By ClAE GoATEr The Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce held a candidate’s forum on Oct. 22, where candidates running for city offices introduced themselves to the community and answered questions. Kendall Johnson, incumbent for Ward 2, was not able to attend the forum, but did give written answers to the questions that had been prepared ahead of time. At the top of the schedule, the candidates were given time to introduce themselves and outline their goals. Kevin Cahalan, city council candidate for Ward Four, noted that he was a lifelong Eagle Grove resident. Cahalan said that his primary goal was to improve communication between the city, the school, and Kevin CahaLan the chamber of commerce. “My goals are to try and improve the communication between the city council, the school, and the chamber of commerce. I see a need for that, because my wife does work for the chamber and my kids go to school, and I know that sometimes the boards don’t work all together,” Cahalan said. “That would be my biggest area of concentration, getting all three boards working together. “ Cahalan said that there are three main questions he would ask as a city councilman are: “Is it fiscally responsible?” “Is it good for future generations?” and “Is it good for our current residents?” Mayoral candidate and AtLarge councilman Tony Axtell said that improved com munication was one of his biggest goals as well. Tony axTeLL “One of the

Halloween photo op By kiM DEMory

Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas - bring your cameras and your little ghosts goblins, princesses and vampires to 422 SE 2nd Street in Eagle Grove this Friday, Nov. 1, during Eagle Grove’s annual Beggar’s Night. John Harkema will have 20 inflatables on display and invites you to stop by and take advantage of his display for your perfect Halloween photo opportunity. Bring your own camera and take as many pictures as you like. Harkema said he adds to his display every year. He enjoys doing it for his own grandchildren, as well as all the children of Eagle Grove.

biggest things I’ve been concerned with, and what got me onto the council, is communication. We’ve got to communicate,” Axtell said. “We can’t just assume that somebody knows what somebody else is thinking.“ Axtell also said that cleaning up the town was a priority of his, because having an attractive-looking town helps bring in new industry. “We’ve got to have a nice, clean town. In order for us to achieve the goal of industry, we’ve got to make the town nicer and we’ve got to have pride in the town and what we do,” Axtell said. Axtell, a former army sergeant, has owned Axtell Construction for 17 years. He says that his background in construction and his mechanical knowledge are useful in city government. Kendall Johnson, who works at Olson’s Plumbing and Heating, said that nuisance properties were his main concern. “We need to enforce the codes that are already on the books about nuisance KendaLL johnson properties. Repeat violators will have to be held responsible and are subject to the consequences in the codebook. Penalties will have to increase in order to discourage repeat violators.” Ward Four incumbent Wally Lorenzen also pointed to nuisance properties as a main concern. “We’ve still got a lot of places out there we need to come down on … we’re pushing for harder codes on nuisance waLLy Lorenzen abatement,” Lorenzen said. Lorenzen also said that street work and cooperation between the city, the school, and the parks department were top priorities of his. Lorenzen has lived in Eagle Grove for 43 years, and he works at Lyle’s Ford in town. Lorenzen has been on the council for eight years. “I’ve still got a lot of goals I’d like to achieve, that we’ve gotten started these last four years,” Lorenzen said. “I want to keep going and working on them, to make the town better and stronger for Eagle Grove and all the residents.” Todd Swalin, a newcomer running unopposed for an At-Large seat, said that he has lived in Eagle Grove his entire life, besides the four years he spent going to college at ISU. Swalin says that he’s always been Todd swaLin interested in politics, and that’s why he’s running for the council. “I’m running for city council

because it’s always been something I wanted to do, or something that I thought I would do eventually,” Swalin said. “Well, if it’s something I’d like to do eventually, why not now? … I don’t have as much experience as some of the other people, but I do have quite a bit of background in government. I got a political science minor in college.” Mayoral incumbent Darrell Determann said that he feels that his two-year term as mayor has been successful, and that he wants to continue. Determann taught school for 37 years, and was principal darreLL deTerMann at the ClarionGoldfield High School. He says that working as principal has given him experience with negotiations, budgeting, and management. “I am not a micromanager. I don’t believe in micromanagement. I believe in hiring good people and letting them do their jobs, “ Determann said. Determann said that his first goal is fiscal management. “I don’t know if you keep up with the newspapers, but cities not too far from Eagle Grove are in big trouble. Their borrowing capacity is gone. We need to keep an eye on our finances,” Determann said. “Fiscally, we’re in pretty good shape. We’re not in the hole.” Public safety was another of Determann’s main goals, saying that he wants to have the best police department in Wright County. He also said that attracting new businesses, focusing on our infrastructure, finishing the DD94 project, and developing our downtown area were high on his list of priorities. Mayoral Candidate and Ward One representative Sandy McGrath said that one of her goals is to begin televising council meetings again. She also said that completing the DD94 project, prioritizing city spending, and using the city’s boards more often were things sandy MCgraTh she wanted to work towards. “We have appointed boards … they’re good people on those boards, and we’ve appointed people on those boards. We need to allow them to make their decisions and do the best they can,” McGrath said. McGrath is another lifelong Eagle Grove resident. McGrath has been on the council for 10 years, acting as mayor pro tem for the last two. McGrath has been a county nurse for eight years and is also the county environmental health officer and the county’s bioemergency coordinator. McGrath says that her background gives her experience with policies, procedures, emergency management, and grant writing. Continued on Page 3

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What’s InsIde Illusionist visits Eagle Grove Elementary and RBMS Page 3 Time flies when you’re having fun Page 5 2013 - 2014 Wright Warriors 4-H club officers Page 5 EGHS Musical this weekend Page 5 Talking ghosts with the Wright County Paranormal Society Page 7 Pollard Family Dentistry welcomes intern Page 8 Prepare for the worst, hope for the best - Wright County’s Bio Preparedness Team offers advice Page 9

On to State Senior Tiffany Christensen will represent Eagle Grove for the fourth year in a row, and third time individually, at this Saturday’s Class 1A State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Golf Course just north of Fort Dodge. She went with the team her freshman year, taking 60th individually. After taking fourth in 2011, she finished third a year ago and now sets her sights on the gold medal this time around. She brings a 15:09.13 winning time from the qualifying meet at Eagle Grove, and will run at 2 p.m. with the awards ceremony set for 3 p.m. Photo by Mitch Jones

Wright County Public Health under new leadership By kiM DEMory When Linda Klehm started as the administrator for Wright County Public Health Department, there were two nurses and one secretary. Now, 29 years later, they employ 48. Back then, the only services offered were public health and home health care. Today, they’ve added such programs as WIC (Women, Infants, and

Children), Hospice, immunizations, HOPES, Environmental Health, Bio Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Investigation, and Home Care Aids, serving over 200 people on any given day. “We serve a lot of people in this county,” Klehm commented, adding that in 2012 alone, they did 24,000 home visits. “(Public Health) has Continued on Page 3

Grassley internships available Page 12 EGHS students have array of activities to choose from Page 13 Boys Cross Country Salute Page 15 Colorful scarecrows Page 16

BRIEFLY Chamber Halloween Walk Friday, Nov. 1 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EG Memorial Library and Downtown Eagle Grove _______________________ EG Beggars Night Friday, Nov. 1 5:30 p.m. start City of Eagle Grove _______________________ Holiday Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 2 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ICCC East Campus 2031 Quail Ave. _______________________ Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 3 2 a.m.

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Tiffini Mericle (left) will be replacing Linda Klehm (right) as the new administrator at Wright County Public Health.

Photo by Kim Demory

_______________________ Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 5 Noon - 8 p.m. Memorial Hall - Eagle Grove Legion Hall - Goldfield Woostock City Hall - Woolstock _______________________ Annual Veterans’ Day Program Monday, Nov. 11 12:30 p.m. Reception 1:30 p.m. Program RBMS Auditorium Free and open to the public _______________________ Middle School Band Concert Thursday, Nov. 14 7 p.m. RBMS Auditorium Free and open to the public _______________________

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The cast will make you “Smile” In the Eagle Grove High School Musical “Smile,” the girls in this scene are roused out of bed to come and do an interview with the judges of a beauty pageant. You won’t want to miss this presentation, a musical by Hamlisch and Ashman, the writers of “Little Shop of Horrors,” coming up this Saturday and Sunday in the Robert Blue Middle School auditorium. Look for more details on page 5. Photo by Kim Demory

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Wright County Public Health under new leadership Continued from Page 1 changed a lot...and we’re thrilled to have a lot of wonderful staff to meet all the needs out there.” When she began in 1984, Klehm was only supposed to work part-time. Within two weeks, her job turned full-time That same year, Public Health received their Medicare certification. Over the years, she was also a part of helping public health start the Wellness Coalition for Wright County. “What’s great about this job is there’s change all the time,” Klehm said. “I love the public health agency and serving people.” Klehm is only the fifth administrator at Wright County Public Health, but soon they will be welcoming their sixth, as Klehm prepares to retire at the end of the year. Following in her footsteps will be Tiffini Mericle. “We’re thrilled to have her,” Klehm said of her predecessor. Mericle is no stranger to the Public Health Department, having worked there for 12 years, working with high risk maternal health, the HOPES program, and Guy/ Girl/Teen Talk. However, when the Director of Nursing position opened at the hospital in Clarion, she saw it as a chance to gain more experience, as well as get back into

the hospital scene which she had been missing. Over the course of her 12 years at (now) Iowa Specialty Hospital, Mericle worked her way up to Chief Nursing Officer and also went back to school to gain her masters in both nursing and health care administration. “I’ve always had a passion for home health and serving their needs...I never dreamt that Linda’s job would come open (at Wright County Public Health),” Mericle said. “It’s a dream come true.” “We’re thrilled to have Tiffini back,” Klehm said. “She’s very positive and a wonderful person. She believes that every job is equally important.” “We all make a difference,” Mericle said. “My goal is to continue Linda’s legacy...and to make sure everyone is successful in their job.” Mericle is thankful to have a couple months to work side-by-side with Klehm, getting a first-hand look at what has made her both her and Public Health successful for nearly three decades. Klehm is set to retire on December 31. “I’m retiring to be able to enjoy my grand kids and do some traveling,” Klehm said. “My goal is to continue Linda’s legacy,” added Mericle

Do you believe in magic? Robin Calles-Garcia assisted illusionist David Corn during an assembly held for elementary and middle school students in Eagle Grove recently. The kids especially enjoyed the finale when Corn made his wife disappear. Photo provided



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Kevin Cahalan, Todd Swalin, Tony Axtell, Darrell Determann, Wally Lorenzen, and Sandra McGrath (pictured left to right) were onhand Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, to answer questions during a public forum held in conjunction with the upcoming Eagle Grove city council/mayor election. All candidates were given the same amount of time to respond to each of the questions asked. Photo by Kim Demory

City government candidates hold public forum Continued from Page 1 “I’m hoping to continue with the betterment of Eagle Grove. This has always been my home. This will always be my home. I’m very happy with where I am,“ McGrath said. After introductions and goals, the candidates were asked if they supported the library levy. All of the candidates in attendance said they did. Then, the candidates were asked about the biggest challenges to economic development in Eagle Grove. McGrath said that the city needs money and a workforce if they are going to attract new business. “The biggest challenges would be money, dollars,” McGrath Said. “Also, logistically, we need the workforce behind it …. I think this idea with Iowa Central and the academy will make Eagle Grove more appealing, since we’re going to steer more towards vocational … We need to grasp what our deficits are, and find out where our barriers are.” Determann said that he believes that the county is biased against Eagle Grove when it comes to economic development. “I feel that if a good business comes to Wright County, Clarion gets the first look,” Determann said. “Economic development, I’m not saying it’s a bad deal. I’m just saying that it has to be fair and done right.” Axtell said that one of the biggest challenges to economic development is lack of land for expansion. “We really don’t have any place to go if a business comes. We used to have an industrial park, but that was sold to a farmer,” said Axtell. “We need to situate so we can bring businesses in. “ Swalin said that our city’s appearance might be a challenge to economic development. “People who come in and look at the town might see some negative things, like some of our bad housing … a lot of (unattractive things),”

Swalin said. Cahalan said that Eagle Grove’s position in Wright County makes it difficult to attract businesses. “Eagle Grove, Belmond, and Clarion are all of similar size. We’re unlike any other county in that way. It is hard to attract businesses,” Cahalan said. “We do have a strong CDC in Eagle Grove … any businesses that have come are because of them.” The candidates were then asked if they supported using the armory for a career academy. Every candidate said that having a career academy would benefit the city. The candidates were also asked if they supported public meeting laws, and they all did. Next, the candidates were asked if they had dealt with conflict of interest in the past, and how they would handle possible conflicts of interest. McGrath said that, while she does have family that works for the city, she’s always abstained from voting when any potential conflict could be brought up. “Anytime that raises and salaries are up for a vote, I abstain. I’ve never voted to hire one of my family members. Once you are in that seat as a public official, your ethics have to be intact whenever that comes up,” McGrath said. “I feel like there’s no conflict whatsoever.” Lorenzen, Axtell, and Determann all said that they haven’t had any issues with conflict of interest in the past. “I’m just an employee. Whenever the city purchases any vehicles from my employer, I abstain from voting,” said Lorenzen. “I don’t have any conflict with salary, or if the city would ever have to negotiate with the Wright County Supervisors, I have no conflict in that area, either.” “One of my biggest advantages is that I’ve only lived here for a little over ten years. I had to make some tough decisions, and I didn’t have to worry about anybody’s background

or anything,” Determann said. “As a contractor, there have been a couple times where there’s been items that come up for bid, and I bid them. They’re sealed bids, so it’s up to whoever opens the envelopes to see who gets it,” Axtell said. “ Swalin said that his father had been working for the city for a long time, and that he would not show his father any favoritism. Cahalan said that he would not do anything dishonorable or unethical if he was elected councilman. Next, the candidates were asked what issue facing the city that they don’t have an answer for. Cahalan said that he needs more information on the DD94 project, and that he does not have an answer for that issue yet. McGrath said that she doesn’t know what the tax rate will be, which makes budgeting speculative. Lorenzen said that street repair and the DD94 project were issues he didn’t have all the answers for. Determann said that the city budget is very confusing, and that he relies on Finance Officer Susan Meier to understand the budget. Axtell said that there are many issues that he doesn’t have the answer for, and he relies on research to help guide him. Swalin said that, as a first year candidate, there are a lot of issues that he doesn’t understand totally, but he said that he is a quick learner and a good researcher. The final question of the night regarded Tax Increment Financing, and the benefits and pitfalls of using it to finance projects. Candidates were asked to explain what TIF funding is, and how it can help or hurt a city. “It’s a form of financing that helps develop areas,” said McGrath. “You have to have a specific district. You then take your urban taxes to help develop with hopes that it … will then increase the value, which will then increase the tax base, which then pays back. You have to

be careful that you use that in areas where it will pay itself back, and not to use it in nontaxable areas or overuse it. It can be hurtful.” Determann went on to say that tax increment financing can hurt school districts. “One of the disadvantages to tax increment financing is on property taxes, where it could hurt the school district,” Determann said. Cahalan reiterated that tax increment financing can be used to develop cities, but that cities have to be careful how they use TIF. “You can’t use tax increment financing for something that’s not going to pay those taxes back. If you improve something that is paying property taxes, eventually over time that property tax will increase and you’ll have more tax revenue,” Cahalan said. Lorenzen, Axtell, and Swalin said that they don’t really understand TIF funding.


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Marriage Licenses Jess O. Toliver, 40, of Eagle Grove, and Tiffini C. Mericle, 43, of Goldfield. Oct. 25, 2013 Death Certificates Donna L. Miller, 82, of Eagle Grove. Oct. 14, 2013 Birth Certificates Female, Serenity T. Collins born Sept. 21, 2013, to Danielle N. Pettey of Cerro Gordo County. Male, Ayden Cortez born Sept. 26, 2013, to Gabriela Rodarte Zamago of Hamilton County. Female, Isabella Ferrer Martinez born Sept. 27, 2013, to Patricia Martinez and Hector Ferrer Manuel of Wright County. Male, Cristofer A. Toledo born Sept. 29, 2013, to Ma Elena Jiminez of Wright County. Property Transfers QUIT – Shelby Lynne Tait Staley and Shelby Lynne Staley Tain to Theresa L. Staley, City of Eagle Grove, First Railway Addition, Block 44, Lot 9, as desc. 10-04-13 WD – Mary Greif and Gordon Greif to Mary Greif and Gordon Greif, City of Eagle Grove, Original Addition, Block 25, Lots 6 and 7, as desc. 10-04-13 WD – John A. Suhumskie, Teresa F. Suhumskie, and Terri F. Suhumskie to John A. Suhumskie and Teresa F. Suhumskie, City of Goldfield, Trotter’s Second Addition, Lot 8, as desc. 10-04-13 COD – Lorene Grandgeorge Executor, Estate of Richard L. Grandgeorge, and Richard L. Grandgeorge to Lorene O. Grandgeorge, 27-9026, as desc. 10-07-13 WD – Lyle R. Cameron and Maureen E. Cameron to Lyle R. Cameron, Maureen E. Cameron and Lee R. Cameron, City of Goldfield, Original Addition, Block 20, Lots 1 and 2, as desc. 10-07-13 COD – Shirley J. Krieger Executor to Estate of Lorene F. Krieger, Lorene F. Krieger and Shirley J. Krieger, City of Clarion, Tyrrell’s Addition, Block 14, Lot 8, as desc. 10-07-13 COD – Connie Eckhoff Executor, Estate of Jerome J. Payer, and Jerome J. Payer to Patrick W. Conlon and Kimberly L. Conlon, City of Belmond, First Addition, Bloc 26, Lot 3, as desc. 10-07-13 WD – Patrick W. Conlon and Kimberly L. Conlon to Airgead LLC, City of Belmond, First Addition, Block 26, Lot 3, as desc. 10-07-13 WD – Sandra J. McLaughlin, Sandra J. Roberts and Joseph W. McLaughlin to David D. Obrecht, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 13, Lots 5 and 6, as desc. 1007-13 COD – John Edward Akers, Dow Linda Akers, Estate of Hilda L. Ak-

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ers, and Hilda L. Akers, to Joyce Davis, Linda Dow, Van Overmeer Janet Living Trust, John Edward Akers, Renee Hepperlin, Stephen Borleske, John Borleske, and Janet Van Overmeer Living Trust, City of Dows, Liberty Park Addtion, Block 3, Lots 9 and 10, as desc. 10-08-13 WD – Laura J. Jordan to Dustin D. Gangstead and Mikaela Gangstead, 4-91-26, as desc. 10-09-13 WD – Romona Duran to Mayra Howard, City of Rowan, Original Addition, Block 8, Lots 14 and 15, as desc. 10-09-13 WD – Belson LLC to MT Shearing LLC, 24-93-24, as desc. 10-0913 WD – Jennifer Jo Tenold to Steven Robert Tenold, City of Belmond, Kirkendall Addition, Block 2, Lot 10, as desc. 10-10-13 WD – Richard E. Bordwell and Janet E. Bordwell to Iowa Department of Transportation and State of Iowa, 36-93-24, as desc. 10-10-13 REC – Roger A. Anderson and Julie K. Anderson to Nunez V. Eduardo, City of Clarion, Railroad Addition, Block 6, Lots 3 and 4, as desc. 10-10-13 WD – Albert J. Kollachs to Kyle L. Braun and Jodi E. Braun, 19-9323, as desc. 10-11-13 WD – Airell R. Clark, Joan M. , and Airel Clark to Airell R. Clark and Joan M. Clark, 34-93-24 and 2193-24, as desc. 10-11-13 QUIT – Jimmie Johnson and Colleen A. Johnson to Brian T. Marker and Colleen K. Marker, City of Clarion, Sturgeon’s Addition, Block 9, Lot 2, as desc. 10-11-13 WD – Lorraine M. Klemensen, Richard E. Klemensen, Nancy Emdia, Kristine A. Mraz, Dennis Mraz, Terry L. Klemensen, and Catherine Dentinger to Douglas J. Schnell, City of Clarion, Schoolview Addition, Block 5, Lot 1, as desc. 10-1113 WD – Scott A. Watson and Toni Watson to Daniel M. Gabrielson and Lyndi S. Gabrielson, 16-92-24, as desc. 10-14-13 WD – James D. Sellers and Joan D. Sellers to Angela Sue Harrah, City of Clarion, Schoolview Addition, Block 4, Lots 6 and 7, as desc. 10-15-13 Angela Sue Cramer and Angela Sue Harrah to Daniel Patrick Staudt, City of Clarion, Schoolview Addition, Block 4, Lots 6 and 7, as desc. 10-15-13 COD – Terry J. Hilpipre Executor, Doris Lou Hilpipre, Estate of Doris Lou Hilpipre, and Anita J. Hilpipre Executor to Terry J. Hipipre, 18-9024, as desc. 10-15-13 COD – Terry J. Hilpipre Executor, Doris Lou Hilpipre, Estate of Doris Lou Hilpipre, and Anita J. Hilpipre Executor to Gregory M. Hilpipre, Brianne Hilpipre, and Garrett P. Hilpipre, 18-90-24, as desc. 10-15-13

WD – Anthony A. Willard, Amy M. Willard, and Amy M. Flickinger to Rachel R. Freeman, 28-91-26, as desc. 10-16-13 WD – Wayne Robert Stevens and Joyce A. Stevens, to Joyce A. Stevens Trustee, Stevens Joyce A. Revocable Trust, and Joyce A. Stevens Revocable Trust, 21-91-24, as desc. 10-16-13 WD – Wayne Robert Stevens and Joyce A. Stevens to Wayne Robert Stevens Trustee, Stevens Wayne Robert Revocable Trust, and Wayne Robert Stevens Revocable Trust, City of Clarion, Tyrrell’s Addition, Block 5, Lots 2 and 3, as desc. 1016-13 Clerk of Court Failure to secure child: Claudia S. Leiva Deras of Storm Lake, $100; No valid drivers license: Humberto Largo of Clarion, $200; Jason A. Hall of Belmond, $300; Fail to maintain safety belts: Daniel P. Hennigar of Clarion, $50; Speeding 55 or under zone (1 thru 5 over): Betty A. Warner of Springdale, Mont., $20; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Dannielle N. McKenna of Ankeny, $40; Alicia C. Cobb of Fort Dodge, $40; Levi O. Quayle of Forest City, $40; Speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over): Jade W. Wagner of Hampton, $40; Unsafe approach to certain stationary vehicles - no injury/d: David M. Kapaun of Hopkins, Minn., $100; Failure to prove security against liability: Thomas L. Kofron Jr. of Garner, $375; Operation without registration: Kristine R. Matton of Klemme, $50; Driving while license denied, susp, cancelled or revoked: Christopher Hernandez of Eagle Grove, $250; Civil Court Maxyield Cooperative, 313 Third Ave. NE, West Bend, vs. Brian Worden and Jonel L. Worden, 1541 Hwy 69, Belmond. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 22 in the amount of $17,049.20 plus interest at a rate of 18 percent per annum from Aug. 2 and court costs. Hauge Associates, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD, vs. Bobbi J. Miller and Edward J. Miller, 711 6th Street NE, Belmond. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 23 in the amount of $12,877.01 plus $1,316.14 in pre-judgment interest plus interest thereafter at the statutory rate and court costs. Small Claims Kinseth Plbg and Htg Inc., 148 East Main, Belmond vs. Ryan C. Gardalen, 1221 S. Main, Clarion. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 24 in the amount of $113.61 plus interest at a rate of 2.12 percent per annum from Aug. 6 and court costs.

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— Eagle Grove Police Department — Kelly O. Amonson, 3043 Hancock Ave., Woolstock vs. Jimmy Morris, 509 N. Cadwell, Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 21 by default in the amount of $1,012.25 plus interest at a rate of 2.12 percent per annum from Aug. 19 and court costs. The CBE Group, Inc., Cedar Falls, vs. Eddie T. Shufford, 415 N. Iowa, Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 24 in the amount of $2,523.43 plus interest at a rate of 2.12 percent per annum from Sept. 11 and court costs. Rev Auto, 520 Central Ave E., Clarion, vs. Scott Peterson, 304 4th Ave. SW, Belmond. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 24 by default in the amount of $2,023.98 plus interest at the rate of 2.12 percent per annum from Sept. 24 and court costs. Hauge Associates, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD, vs. Cassidy Gill, 521 NW 2nd Street, Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff Oct. 18 in the amount of $1,595.51 plus interest at a rate of 2.12 percent per annum from Oct. 11 and court costs. District Court State of Iowa vs. Joesph M. Nelson, 717 NW 3rd Street, Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty Oct. 24 to disorderly conduct – fighting or violent behavior and was fined $100 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Sept. 28 investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Todd J. Kepler, 311 N. Cadwell, Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty Oct. 24 to disorderly conduct – fighting or violent behavior and was fined $100 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Sept. 28 investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. Sheriff’s Department *Any criminal charge is merely an accusation and any defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Oct. 17 – 5:22 p.m. – Samuel P. Huisinga of Clarion was driving a 2000 Buick LaSabre owned by Henry J. Huisinga of Clarion on Calhoun Avenue. Samuel was transported to Iowa Specialty Hospital – Clarion by the Renwick Ambulance Service where he was treated and released. Damages to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000. No charges were listed in the report. Oct. 19 – Mary Gates reported that a white Dodge Ram pickup backed into her vehicle while parked in the Bomgaars parking lot. The pickup left the scene. Gates reported the children in the vehicle at the time it was struck were uninjured and there was minimal damage. Oct. 13 – 3:30 a.m. – Joel A. Ellis of Eagle Grove was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer owned by Pamela R. Ellis of Goldfield westbound on 270th Street. The driver reported that he lost control on the gravel and went into the ditch and overturned. Damages were estimated at $5,000. Ellis was cited for fail to maintain control. Oct. 20 – Jill Baumeister of Rowan reported a possible theft. During the investigation it was found to be a civil matter.

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Friday 10/18/13 9:00 AM Gave a citation for possessing tobacco as a minor. 1:28 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 2:04 PM Assisted on an ambulance call. 2:21 PM Investigated a suspicious person on Commercial Avenue. He was waiting for a friend. 3:49 PM Cited Homer Martz for driving while suspended. 5:26 PM Cited Susie Charlson for driving without insurance. 8:57 PM Received a barking dog complaint. The owner had already taken care of it by the time the officer arrived on the scene. 9:33 PM Received a report that gunshots had been fired on the northeast side of town. The officer talked to people nearby, who said that they had seen fireworks coming from Fishpond Park. 10:15 PM Gave a warning for driving without a plate light. Saturday 10/19/13 12:19 AM Received a complaint from a woman saying that she was being harassed over the phone. The officer called the person who had been making the phone calls. The person said that his phone was broken, and had been calling people at random. 1:16 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 2:50 AM Checked doors downtown. 8:00 AM Responded to an alarm at Security Savings Bank. A teller had hit the wrong button inside. 9:23 AM Located an Oldsmobile that had been stolen last week, and returned it to its owner. 10:15 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 5:38 PM Attempted to serve papers. 5:44 PM Served papers. 5:51 PM Served papers. Sunday 10/20/13 6:30 PM Assisted on an ambulance call. 7:25 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 9:13 PM Pushed a pile of brush off the road by the railroad yard. 9:18 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 9:59 PM Assisted on an ambulance call. 10:26 PM Received a complaint from a man saying his car had been broken into. Monday 10/21/13 8:00 AM Intervened in a fight between two females at the school. 5:51 PM Received a call saying that her son had been bit by a dog. Dorlan Olson and John Gates were cited for having a dog at large. 8:28 PM Ran radar in Goldfield. 9:06 PM Gave a warning for driving with a headlight out.

Jennifer’s Produce Tidbits

Welcome back to Produce Tidbits.This week I would like to talk about something that every family uses a lot of and that is potatoes. Potatoes were believed to be cultivated around 3000 B.C. by the Inca Indians of Peru. The Inca’s used potatoes for many purposes other than just eating them. They used them for healing broken bones, as a measurement of time (how long it took to grow them), and they also ate them in combination with other things to help prevent digestion problems. North America first received potatoes in 1621 when Captain Nathaniel Butler sent chests of potatoes to the Governor of Jamestown, Virginia, Francis Wyatt. The average person eats about 126 pounds of potatoes a year. That seems like a lot of potatoes, but when you consider that potatoes are the fourth largest crop in the world after corn, rice, and wheat, maybe it really isn’t. The United States produced over 47.5 billion pounds of potatoes in 1998 alone. The first “Idaho” or “Russet Burbank” potato was developed in 1871 by a man named Luther Burbank. During the Alaskan Gold Rush, potatoes were worth their weight in gold because of their vitamin C value. Miners actually traded their gold for potatoes. Idaho is considered the “Land of Famous Potatoes,” and in 2002 became that states official State vegetable. One of my favorite fall homemade soups is potato. I load it up with plenty of potatoes and onions. It always tastes good on a cold fall or winter day. Give it a try! Don’t forget to check out the great selection of potatoes we have in our Fareway Produce Department, where we are ALWAYS BEST AT FRESH! Have a wonderful week and until next time, good-bye!

9:14 PM Served papers. 11:04 PM Checked doors on Country Lane Shoppes. 11:11 PM Checked doors on Broadway. Found an open door at Torkelson Construction, contacted the keyholder. 11:25 PM Received a report of a theft. Tuesday 10/22/13 1:38 AM Assisted on an ambulance call. 4:59 AM Assisted on an ambulance call. 9:30 AM Received a complaint about a car parked on the sidewalk. The car’s owner agreed to move it. 1:20 PM Responded to car fire on S. Park St. 2:56 PM Received a complaint that a man was waving down traffic on Highway 17. The officer picked the man up and gave him a ride. 6:41 PM Received a report of a break-in and theft. 8:02 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 11:45 PM Gave a warning for speeding Wednesday 10/22/13 1:32 AM Checked doors on Broadway. The door to Torkelson Construction was open again. 4:20 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 5:02 AM Assisted on an ambulance call. 8:36 AM Assisted on an ambulance call. 9:31 AM Patrolled the high school. 6:20 PM Received a complaint that a baby had been left home alone. The officer investigated the matter, and the mother was with her child. 7:29 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 7:55 PM Performed bar checks. 11:25 PM Patrolled Goldfield. Thursday 10/23/13 12:14 AM Performed door checks on Broadway. The door to Torkelson Construction was open again. 3:10 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 4:37 PM Ran radar on Hwy. 3 in Goldfield. 5:50 PM Responded to an accident on the 1300 block of Broadway. 7:31 PM Served papers. 8:59 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 9:50 PM Responded to a fight at the laundromat. Arrested Gale Manning for second degree criminal mischief. Friday 10/24/13 3:00 AM Issued a parking citation. 3:13 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 4:01 AM Issued a parking warning. 4:57 AM Investigated a loud bang out at the Eaglewood Apartments. Someone had set off some fireworks.

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Beta Sigma Phi gathers together All three groups of Beta Sigma Phi held their Fall Ritual Monday, Oct. 21, at the Eagle Grove Golf Course. As part of the program, each member brought two cans of food for the Food Pantry. After a meal, members played games of Bingo with the caller, Pat Manues. Since Beta Sigma Phi is a service organization, they do many projects throughout the year as well as fundraising for their annual scholarship. Photo submitted

Christine and Ryan Nielsen of Humboldt are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Brynlie Mae Nielsen, on October 22, 2013 at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces. She joins a brother, Carter, 5, and a sister, Brielle, 19 months old. Grandparents are Marvin and Ramona Nielsen of Renwick, and Brenda and David Yackle of Eagle Grove. Great-grandparents are Dona Gene Mills of Renwick, John and Janet Mills of Sioux Rapids, and Mert Yackle of Estherville.

P.E.O. Chapter EJ meeting held

P.E.O. Chapter EJ met at the home of Pat Moser on October 22, 2013. President Roianne Gearhart called the meeting to order. Final plans were made for the silent auction to be held at the November meeting. Fern Larsen introduced Jane Harlan Nichols, who gave the program about her work with therapy dogs helping children. Lunch was served by the hostess.


homEtowN Attending the Class of 1943 reunion was (front row, L to R): Russ Martin, Calene Ziska Smith, Joyce Anderson Griffith, Darlene State Borel; (back row, L to R): Raynard Southard, Francis Rohrer, Herman Heimstra, Luella Blackman Brotherton (California), Gerene Dougherty Smith, and Newt Draheim. Photo submitted

Time flies when you are having fun In The Fall of 1930, 23 little girls and 20 little boys tearfully were torn from their mothers arms to start Kindergarten in the old grade school building. At that time, there were no preschools. The fall of 1940, 36 rural students joined the freshman class. On the evening of May 20, 1943, 73 bewildered bodies skipped across the stage to grasp their coveted high school diplomas from Supt. C. J. Christiansen. It was in the middle of WWII and a few young men were already in military service. Several years later, the school board gave each an Honorary Diploma. Two classmates were killed in action, and one a German War Prisoner. One sophomore died in a hunting accident. It was the

first class in Clarion High School history to graduate wearing Caps and Gowns, and the last to have the Mantel Ceremony. One week before graduation, the Class presented an entertaining Variety Show before an estimated crowd of fifteen hundred. In 1939 and 1940, several classmates were in the high school band that received a First and a Second, respectively, in the National marching Band contest in Minneapolis and St. Paul. During the senior year, the Class President was elected Governor of the high school. It was the second and last of such elections. During the past 70 years, the members paid annual dues of $5 and received a “Class Action” news

booklet. For the construction of the Public Library addition, the Class gave $1,000. A contribution was made for the recent band uniforms. Every summer coffees were held on the second Tuesday of June, July, and August. The “National” Reunion was always on the third Saturday in September; however, the 70th this year was held on September 14. This past summer, classmates were saddened by five classmates’ deaths, all within six weeks. The Archives of the Clarion Public Library has one volume of a continuing Class History and one volume of pictures. For the Finale, the remaining two classmates will fraternally toast the Great GHS Class of 1943!

The Eagle Grove High School Music Department is excited to bring you the musical, “Smile” this weekend. Pictured at top, Jacob Nett portrays Big Bob Freelander, one of the big wigs with the beauty pageant. Pictured directly above, contestants work hard to learn the choreography for the upcoming pageant. Tickets to the show are available at Christ Furniture, Eagle Pharmacy, and from any high school choir member. The Saturday, Nov. 2 performance begins at 7 p.m. Sunday’s matinee starts at 3 p.m. Photos by Kim Demory

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The Wright Warriors 4H Club has begun it’s 2014 year and new officers have been chosen to represent the club-left to right Leslie Cooper-Vice President, Olivia Flummerfelt-Treasurer, Rachel Clagett-Historian, Hannah Demory-Reporter, Dani Koester-President and Heather Wilson-Secretary. Many activities have been planned for a fun and eventful year and these six 4Her’s will be very busy with their duties. Photo submitted

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Eagle Grove Pastor Mike Agnew 448-4701 DIAL-A-DEVOTION: 448-3355 SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Fellowship WEDNESDAY: 5:30 p.m. Junior High S.L.A.M. youth group 6:15 p.m. S.L.A.M Meal 6:45 p.m. reCharge Worship Service 7:30 p.m. Senior High S.L.A.M. youth group 7:30 p.m. Praise Band Practice THURSDAY: 6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Practice

GOLDFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Christina M. Perkins Goldfield, Ph: 515-825-3754 THURSDAY: 9-11:30 a.m. Pastor at Goldfield 11:30 a.m. Soup and Scripture 6-8 p.m. Support/Recovery Group at Crossroads SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 5:30-7 p.m. CHAOS MONDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Goldfield TUESDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Renwick WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Renwick

GOLDFIELD UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Rev. Sara Hill, Pastor 220 E. Oak St. Goldfield, Ph: 515-825-3581 THURSDAY: 9:15 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in and meeting. New members always welcome! 6:30 p.m. Support and Recovery— Crossroads SUNDAY: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m. Choir practice, East basement 10:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women Thank Offering Worship Service. Communion. 11:30 a.m. Fellowship coffee 3 p.m. Presbytery meeting, First

Presbyterian Church, Conrad 6 p.m. Liberty Pathfinders 4-H Club meeting, East room MONDAY: 10 a.m. Cluster E Pastor meeting, Hampton WEDNESDAY: 9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women meeting, Rose room. Hostesses: Jane Whyte and Kim McCollough. Devotions: Jane Whyte. 2 p.m. After-School Story-Time with Renee from the Eagle Grove Library, East room 6:30 p.m. Friendship Circle meeting, Rose room. Hostess: Carol Helmke. Devotions: Jayne Schipull. Lesson: Diane Kraft FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Dr. Fran Pettigrew Eagle Grove, Ph: 448-4612 SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m. Bible Study HOLMES BAPTIST CHURCH 2137 Hancock Ave. Holmes, Iowa Zach Fischer, Pastor SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 6 p.m. Evening Service WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. Souled Out - Youth Group EAGLE GROVE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (CONGREGATIONAL) Ph: 448-3584 Everyone is Welcome! Building fully Accessible to the Disabled Pastor Jim Cunningham SATURDAY: 5 p.m. New Hope Lutheran Church SUNDAY: Daylight Savings Time Ends 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 11:30 a.m. Fellowship TUESDAY: Election Day

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Talking ghosts with the Wright County Paranormal Society

by clae goater The Halloween season is upon us, as you can tell from all the jack o’ lanterns, plastic skeletons, and felt witches that have popped up around the county. The Halloween festival marks the end of harvest, a transitional period between the “life” of spring and the “death” of winter. Many cultures have seen this as a time for remembering the dead, or a time where spirits and fairies have added power in our world. You might not believe in ghosts or spirits, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of people do. According to Mistee Biese, founder of the Wright County Paranormal Society, they get three to four calls a week asking for help with paranormal occurrences, and they regularly have to turn down applications to join the group. “You’d be surprised how many residents and business owners call us. We get calls from Sioux City, Rockwell City, Webster City. We get calls from all over,” Biese said. “I think more people believe in it than you think,” said Susan Haines, Mistee’s mother and fellow paranormal investigator. Biese and Haines say that they’ve been connected to paranormal since Biese was a child. Haines says that scratches used to appear up Beise’s arms from out of nowhere. They recounted one time when Biese spoke in tongues while asleep as a child. In one house they lived in, she ran into the apparition of a little girl, smelled unusual odors, and they felt strange electrical tingles through their bodies. She ended up leaving the house and abandoning a garage full of their belongings, sensing that that the spirit was angry at them. Later, they found out that a little girl had been murdered in that house sometime in the 40’s. Even now, Beise says that her current home has several spirits residing there, including the mischievous “General Ray.” “My house isn’t demonic. They’re very friendly. They like to play pranks like throwing vents across the room, trying to get your attention,” Beise said. “We had to take all of our light bulbs out of our basement, because we didn’t have a switch- we had to screw the light bulbs in. We had to take them out because we’d come home from work and all the lights would be on in the basement. “ Beise and Haines may be believers in paranormal phenomenon, but they say that they don’t go into an investigation hoping for ghosts. They say that a person’s preconceived notions can get in the way of an investigation. Instead, they say they try to keep an open mind and collect whatever evidence they can, working to either debunk or prove claims of spiritual activity. Beise and Haines say that they look for photographic evidence on DVR recorders, either or orbs or apparitions. They also look for auditory evidence, and listen for direct responses to questions. For this they use voice recorders and a “ghost box,” a piece of equipment that rapidly scans through high wave frequencies. Beise estimates that about 35 percent of their investigations uncover some type of

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50 years ago The Goldfield Flora-ettes win the Junior Achievement Award, the top honor, at the annual meeting of the Federated Gardens Club of Iowa. A Simmons Beautyrest mattress costs $79.50 at Gambles. Seven Eagle Grove youths who had defaced traffic signs, buildings, and school busses with paint are sentenced to work two half-days for the city street department, and are fined $2.85 each. The youths pled guilty to malicious injury to buildings and defacing traffic signs in the mayor’s court, before Mayor A.H. Wesselink. 25 years ago Gene Erb, a noted writer for the Des Moines Register, visits

the United Church of Christ to talk about world hunger. Erb had travelled to Ethiopia, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Egypt, and South Korea to research the issue. The Gold-Eagle Co-op announces that they will be demolishing 10 damaged grain bins. The Wright County Supervisors discuss the county’s need for microfilm equipment. Steve Umthun is added as a director at Brenton Bank and Trust Company. Eagle Grove artist Daniel Smith’s paintings are put on display at the Blanden Art Museum in Fort Dodge. 10 years ago Mayor Myron Amdahl donates $50 to Eagle’s Wings Childcare to smash a pie in the face of

City Administrator Ryan Heir, at the childcare center’s annual Halloween celebration. Senator Stewart Iverson holds a question and answer session with the Wright County Supervisors. 5 years ago Dave Haaseman and Ross Sharp announce that Sparboe Farms plans on expanding its Eagle Grove and Vincent sites, at a cost of over $7 million. Isaac Clair joins Pollard Family Dentistry as a student dentist. Sara Robinson, a Goldfield resident who had worked at the Eagle Pharmacy since 2002, passes her Pharmacy Technician Certification Boards to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Susan Haines and Mistee Biese are a mother/daughter paranormal investigation team in Wright County. Photo by Clae Goater paranormal activity. Beise and Haines say that, in their experience, spirits seem to be more active during storms, when there is more energy to draw off of. Haines says that she thinks spirits are more active during the cold season. Beise says that there is no time of day when spirits are more active, but that we are more apt to notice them in the evenings when we’re not as busy. The paranormal group goes out on a call about every other month these days. Beise said that people have a wide range of reactions to the paranormal. “Some have dealt with what they believe are spirits in their house for years, and they have accepted it. Others are scared, and when we show up they start crying and getting emotional. We try to comfort them as much as they can,” Beise said. “We try to either debunk what’s happening or get them evidence of what’s happening. That way, they can maybe relate to it a little bit … A lot of people will just call me and talk to me, because they think they’re going nuts.” Beise and Haines say that when they work with ghosts, they do their best to understand them and be compassionate. If you’re dealing with a ghost in your own home, they suggest reasoning with it. “First, I’d say talk to it. Say ‘I’m not here to hurt you. I understand that you’re here, but I live here now and I want you to respect my boundaries.’ Just talk to them and say ‘I don’t like what you’re doing to me. Don’t do that,’” Beise said. “If they are there, at least you’re acknowledging them. I can imagine if I was on the other side, and I could see people in my home that I didn’t know, and nobody ever talked to me …Wouldn’t you get frustrated? I think if people just acknowledged them, it would help,” said Haines. The Wright County Paranormal Group has had run-ins with groups who are more confrontational with spirits. Once, at a meeting among several Iowa paranormal groups, a

medium began provoking some force that Haines suspects was demonic. “The medium got on the floor, and said ‘Choke me! Choke me!’ Then she started getting choked, and started screaming at the ghost and cussing him out. Well, you asked him to do that!” Haines said. “What she was doing was not what we believe in doing. We don’t provoke. There’s signs that we watch for. We could literally hear them calling our names. Then all of a sudden we got sleepy and tired, and that’s how demonic possession works. I told my group ‘Let’s go.’ … We try to stay away from the demonology stuff.” “We’re not into the sideshow part of it. We either want to debunk it or try to figure out what it is,” Beise said. Beise and Haines said that it’s important not to provoke spirits, because they can cling to objects and people. Haines warned against the use of Ouiji boards, because they tend to provoke spirits. The paranormal group takes care to avoid provoking spirits, and they go out of their way to perform blessings before they do an investigation. Besides investigating the unexplained, the Wright County Paranormal Society is also very involved with the community. They helped decorate the haunted house in Belmond this year, and they do regular community service projects. “(This year) we gathered hundreds of items of clothing and household goods,” Beise said. “We have a day that we set up where people from nearby counties were able to come and take what they wanted, no questions asked. We served a free breakfast and lunch.” So, if you’re laying in bed tonight, and you catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye, this the advice Beise and Haines have for you: don’t assume one way or the other. Keep an open mind. And, if you get really interested, you can always contact the Wright County Paranormal Society through their Facebook page, and see if they can make heads or tails of it.

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Rotary Senior Living South had that experience on Friday afternoon, October 11. It was a busy place with other people enjoying lunch or an afternoon piece of pie. Because of the number of people eating, we sat at different tables as we enjoyed our pie and coffee. Next it was time for the residents to look around and see the many items besides apples that were for sale. The Apple Orchard Cafe serves many mouth-wartering treats. The creamy Scarecrow Soup rates at the top of the list. Classic sandwiches, salads, warm freshly baked pies, turnovers, or dumplings are also enjoyed. Lunches are served from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with desserts and pastries being served throughout the day. Another favorite place to explore is the Apple Attic. There you will find a variety of trendy design decor and other accessories. Autumn decor items in rich brown and orange tones are there to buy. If you are looking for beautiful new art, cute

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The Back Forty venue, built in 2012 and 2013, has a play area with all sorts of new games and activities. The Mountain, Farm Tile Slide, Jumping Pillow, New Animal area, Cow Trains, and Pedal Karts are just a few of the items that will bring fun and laughter to the children. The Back Forty is now serving Apple Cider Slushies! A popcorn machine and new rope maze has been added. Our trip to the orchard provided the residents a chance to get out in the public and see what foods and decor are popular right now. If you are looking for a great place to bring your kids, the Community Orchard, opened since 1952, rates at the top. Children can ride to the pumpkin patch and select the perfect one to take home. The Orchard will be open until Christmas; different prices of Gift Boxes can also be sent to family and friends. For a fun day, this orchard is a great place to visit. Website used for this article: http://www.communityorchard. com


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NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR WRIGHT COUNTY PROBATE NO. 02991 ESPR016355 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DARLENE R. DERSCHEID, DECEASED TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF DARLENE R. DERSCHEID, DECEASED, WHO DIED ON OR ABOUT THE 20TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2013: You are hereby notified that on the 16th day of October, 2013, the Last Will and Testament of DARLENE R. DERSCHEID, deceased, bearing a date of April 2, 2002, was admitted to probate in the above-named court, and that DOUGLAS DERSCHEID was appointed Executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the Will must be brought in the District Court of said County within four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the Will, whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate must file them with the clerk of the above-named court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the latter to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of the mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 17th day of October, 2013. Douglas Derscheid 9529 Thornwood Circle Lincoln, NE 68512 Robert Malloy 503 N Main, PO Box 128 Goldfield, IA 50542 Attorney for Executor Date of second publication: 31st day of October, 2013. Wk.43,44




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SUPERVISORS October 21, 2013 Stan Watne called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen, Helgevold, and Watne. Minutes of the October 14, 2013, regular meeting were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. Adam Clemons, Wright County Engineer, presented the plans for Bridge #26 on C70. This bridge will be paid for out of TIF funds. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Rasmussen, to approve plans for Project LFM-75-7X-99, Bridge #26 in Woolstock Township, Section 35 on C70. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to receive the Second Judicial Annual Report and placed on file in the auditor’s office. Motion carried. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to receive the quarterly revenue report from the Wright County Sheriff, Recorder, and Auditor. Motion carried. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Rasmussen to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Stan Watne, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Wk.44


NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT WRIGHT COUNTY PROBATE NO. ESPR016359 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT K. KASTLER, DECEASED TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF ROBERT K. KASTLER, DECEASED, WHO DIED ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 3, 2013: You are hereby notified that on the 16th day of October, 2013, the last will and testament of ROBERT K. KASTLER, deceased, bearing date of the 10th day of April, 2006, was admitted to probate in the above-named court, and that Marilyn J. Kastler was appointed executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of said county within the latter to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will, whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above-

named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the latter to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 16th day of October, 2013. Marilyn J. Kastler 100 E. Clara Woolstock, IA 50599 Gary J. Groves, ICIS PIN No: AT 0003045 Attorney for Executor 805 Des Moines St. Webster City, IA 50595 Date of second publication: 31st day of October, 2013. Wk.43,44

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Practice makes perfect Dr. James Pollard mentor’s another dental student

Alyson Siegrist is excited to be interning under the leadership of Dr. James Pollard at Pollard Family Dentistry in Eagle Grove. Siegrist will graduate from dental school in June of 2014. by Kim demory Alyson Siegrist, the new dental intern at Pollard Family Dentistry in Eagle Grove, said she didn’t always want to be a dentist. In fact, it wasn’t until the start of her senior year in undergrad that she finally decided. While she was considering many different fields in the medical profession, Siegrist said it was jobshadowing a family friend who is a dentist that really helped her make up her mind. “This is what I want to do,” she said after completing the shadowing experience. Siegrist, originally from Wesley, is in the final stages of her education through the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa. As part of the curriculum, dental students are required to do extra murals, also known as internships. Siegrist was especially thrilled to not only get the timing of the internship she

requested, but the location/dentist as well. Since the second week in October, she has been working with Pollard in the Eagle Grove, Spirit Lake, and Ames offices. “It’s been awesome having the experience in private practice,” Siegrist said. “I’ve learned a lot from Dr. Pollard. He’s been a great mentor and I’ve really enjoyed having him as my instructor.” Siegrist will graduate in June of 2014. From there, she hopes to go into private practice work, perhaps in the Twin Cities area as part of her undergrad schooling was completed there. After that, the option of moving back closer to home is always an option. While Siegrist enjoys the variety of general dentistry right now, she also said that specializing in the future might also be an option. Siegrist’s time at Pollard Family Dentistry will be complete in early November.


Eagle Grove Community School Minutes of Special Meeting and Work Session EAGLE GROVE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT EAGLE GROVE, IOWA 50533 MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING AND WORK SESSION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 The Board of Education of the Eagle Grove Community School District held a special meeting and work session on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 6 P.M., in the Board Meeting Room at the Emerson Building, 325 North Commercial, Eagle Grove, Iowa, with the following agenda. The meeting was called to order by President Jon Rowen. Board members present were Directors Crail, Halverson, and Schope. Superintendent Toliver was also present. Director Manues and Secretary Pohlman were absent. APPROVE AGENDA: Motion by Director Crail, seconded by Director Schope, to approve agenda. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Schope. Nays: None. SECOND READING TO REVIEW/AMEND VARIOUS BOARD POLICIES: Motion by Director Halverson, seconded by Director Schope, to update various policies (102, 500’s, and 600’s). The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Schope. Nays: None. WORK SESSION TO ESTABLISH AND DISCUSS PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES AND GOALS FOR SUPERINTENDENT FOR 2013-2014 Motion to ADJOURN by Director Halverson, seconded by Director Crail. Handouts and presentation material given to the Board at this Board meeting/workshop are on file in the Board Secretary’s office, 448-4749, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Jon Rowen, Board President Teresa Pohlman, Board Secretary Wk.44

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SUPERVISORS October 14, 2013 Stan Watne called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen, Helgevold, and Watne. Minutes of the October 7, 2013, regular meeting were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to approve the abatement order #1101 for Kent Rutherford on a missed homestead credit. Motion carried unanimously. Al Mathison, Belmond City Mayor, came to discuss with the Board the tornado cleanup which will be scheduled for October 26, 2013. Bruce Lindner with Wright County Conservation was contacted concerning help with some equipment for hauling. Lindner will work with Belmond to line up equipment. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Stan Watne, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Wk.44

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— Prepare for the worst, hope for the best — by KIm DEmORy Sandy McGrath and Brad Berg of Wright County Health Department/ Environmental Health Service/Bio Emergency Preparedness say the best advice they can give is to always be prepared for an emergency. While they encourage families to be ready to help themselves in an emergency (like having several days “stash” of food, water, medical supplies, diapers, etc.), these two work diligently as part of the BioEmergency Preparedness team to make sure the entire county is set up to help as well should disaster strike - whether that be a tornado, flooding, infectious disease outbreak, or a school bus full of kids who encounter crop spraying fumes. According to McGrath, Wright County has a multihazard plan developed and maintained at quarterly meetings of the Wright County Coalition for Preparedness. The partners involved include Iowa Specialty Hospital of Clarion and Belmond, the Emergency Management team, and the Environmental Health Team (McGrath and Berg). This coalition also reaches out to local businesses, city administration, police and fire departments, the sheriff’s department, and the ambulance services to ensure complete preparedness. “Our purpose is to know our partners and be prepared,” said McGrath. “If a disaster happens, it’s a lot easier if you know the people (personally) who you have to contact,” added Berg. Bio Preparedness also works closely with Homeland Security, Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Environmental Health, the Center

of Acute Disease (CADE), the Center for Disease Operations and Response (CDOR), the Iowa DNR, the state hygiene lab, and the Center for Disease Control. As members of the preparedness team, McGrath (nine years) and Berg (11 years) are both oncall responders 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any hazard. Additionally, they are both trained for incident command, National incident command, and Homeland Security exercise planning. Since the variety of scenarios for disaster is great, plans are ever changing and adapting. This also means that scenarios must be run from time-to-time - like the one done roughly 10 years ago in Clarion where they simulated a small pox outbreak. All earlier listed partners were involved in handling the “disaster.” It is planned to have another such county-wide scenario take place sometime in 2014. Training for McGrath and Berg has also included sessions on the flooding in Cedar Rapids, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sioux City plane crash to mention a few. “Wright County plans are multihazard,” said McGrath. When it comes to safety, there can never be too much training, too many scenarios, or too much preparation. That is why McGrath and Berg strongly suggest all Wright County residents sign up for the county’s emergency alert system - Code Red. It’s easy to do and it’s free. Simply log on to the county website at, then click in the left panel for the Code Red Sign Up link. The rest is as simple as inputting your information. This Code Red system allows your phone to be called or texted when bad weather threatens, a local Amber

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Brad Berg and Sandy McGrath, Bio Emergency Preparedness team, encourages you to prepare now for winter and other hazards. Photo by Kim Demory Alert is issued, or volunteers are needed in times of emergency like the Clarion flooding. In fact, it is also the communication component that was used during a recent water main break in Eagle Grove. “More than 900 people were notified about a water boil in a single phone call,” said McGrath. The two go on to say that now is an especially good time to sign up for Code Red with winter weather on the way. Whether you subscribe to Code Red or not, they do encourage you to at least prepare your winter survival kit now. In your car, it is smart to carry things like a blanket, extra gloves, candles, water, peanut butter and crackers, and a flashlight. Should you get stranded in a snowstorm, these things could help you survive.

It is also smart to have an emergency power outage kit packed for your home. Make sure flashlights are in working order. Have non perishable food to eat. Have extra water on hand. Pack a tote with bandages, extra glasses, pet care supplies, medical supplies, etc. Berg added that planning for a power outage is especially important for individuals on oxygen. You should always have extra tanks. Of course, should an extended power outage occur in the winter, the Bio Emergency team would notify Wright County residents. Winter preparedness also include washing your hands frequently and getting a flu shot, McGrath reminded. “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best,” Berg said.

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It’s not quite clear who was having more fun, the students or the staff at Eagle Grove Elementary. On Friday, Oct. 25, the kids got to take decorated sacks around to each classroom and collect delicious treats. They included popcorn, cereal, marshmallows, chocolate, and more. The event was held in conjunction with PBIS goals that were set at the beginning of the school year. Pictured above receiving his treat is Braylon Kling. Photo by Kim Demory

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How to contact your Elected Officials Eagle Grove City Council Mayor Darrell Determann (2014) 603-6614 Sandra McGrath (Ward 1 - Dec. 31, 2015) 851-0016 Kendall Johnson (Ward 2 - Dec. 31, 2015) 293-9036 Dennis Vandewater (Ward 3 - Dec. 31, 2015) 448-4140 Wally Lorenzen (Ward 4 - Dec. 31, 2014) 851-0338 Tony Axtell (At Large - Dec. 31, 2015) 448-4402 Josh Schild (At Large - Dec. 31, 2014) 515-571-1703

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Eagle Grove Elementary associate Alyssa Pedersen enjoyed handing out snacks to the students on Friday, Oct. 25. The treat collection was held as a PBIS reward for students who had met behavior goals during the first quarter of school. As you can see, Josephine Zigrang was ready to get her scoopful of tasty cereal in Kat Porter’s room. Photo by Kim Demory

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Senator Chuck Grassley Des Moines 721 Federal Building 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 288-1145 Fax: (515) 288-5097 contact.cfm Senator Tom Harkin 731 Hart Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-3254 Fax: 202-224-9369 Congressman Steve King 1131 Longworth Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4426 Fax: 202-225-3193

I want to simply say thank you. This is my second year as head coach of the boys cross country program and I am so thankful for this opportunity. The support that the community shows towards this program is outstanding. I am a strong believer that success develops not only from work ethic, but pride as well. The group of young men on this team has been great. Eagle Grove has a standing tradition in the ranks of cross country and it’s great to be a part of that tradition. We are headed to the state meet and I believe it is because of the combination of dedication, strong work ethics, pride in the program, and of the support received from the school and community. Thank you for the continuous support and I look forward to the years to come coaching this great program. Aaron Schmidt Eagle Grove Boys’ Cross Country Coach

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Please support the Library Levy with your vote on November 5. The levy is 27 cents per thousand and is included on the ballot. Funds raised by the Library Levy may only be spent for library enhancements and may not be diverted to any other portion of the city’s budget. The funds raised by the passage of the levy will enable the Eagle Grove Memorial Library to maintain their written, audio, and video collections for all ages. It will enable us to increase the number of items available in large print for those who require large type in order to read. Each of our collections will be enhanced for our readers and listeners. Additional databases for patron use will be made available either within the library, from your home, or on your mobile device. Those databases will provide books, both audio and e-books; magazines, and interactive books for young children as well as other possible additions. Steady funding will also allow for timely technology upgrades and enhancements to both the public and staff computers and other equipment. Additional programming for both children and adults would also be possible. The levy is equivalent to approximately the cost of one book. Please support your library with your vote for the library levy. Your vote of confidence is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Jan Grandgeorge, Director Eagle Grove Memorial Library

To all property owners/taxpayers: LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Recently, the State of Iowa has passed new legislation concerning all Commercial, Industrial and Railroad property. This new legislation is an effort to reduce taxes by granting one credit for each property unit* for those that sign up and meet the qualifications **. This credit must be applied for by January 15, 2014 and will affect the taxes that are due in September 2014. The credit amount will be determined by the Department of Revenue and will depend on how many applications are approved. The credit amount is based on the assessed value and the levy rate for each parcel. The State of Iowa has set aside $50,000,000.00 for the first year and will increase over the next two years to $125,000,000.00. Once you have signed up for the Business Tax Credit, it will continue until the property is sold. The new owners would have to reapply for the credit. After January 15, 2014, the sign up deadline is March 15, 2015 for the following years. Please stop by the office by January 15th, 2014 to sign up for this credit or to determine if your property would qualify. Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm Monday thru Friday. Sincerely, Shari Plagge, ICA Wright County Assessor *A unit means contiguous parcels all of which are located within the same county, same classification and are owned by the same person, operated by that person for a common use and purpose. **The following property types do not qualify for the credit: Section 42 housing, mobile home park, manufactured home community, land-leased community, assisted living facility, or property primarily used for human habitation containing 3 or more separate dwelling units (IE: apartment buildings or house conversions).


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oversight of the organization under general supervision of the Board. For specific job duties please contact the Chamber of Commerce. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who exhibits the following qualities: * Positive attitude * Strong organizational and management skills, attention to detail * Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills * Strong teamwork and relationship management skills Computer Skills: QuickBooks and payroll, Facebook & Website management, Microsoft Office To apply submit your resume to: Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce PO BOX 2 121 N Iowa Eagle Grove, IA 50533

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To work 30 hours per week in Wright County Outreach Office located in Eagle Grove, IA. Requirements include excellent office and communications skills, data entry and computer skills, organizational skills and understanding of and interest in needs of low-income families. For application and job description, visit our website at www. or contact our HR Department, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc., 101 Robins Street, Graettinger, Iowa 51342 or call (712) 859-3885. Position is open until filled. E.O.E. 44-45


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Wright County Secondary Road Department has an opening for a full-time road maintenance employee at the Eagle Grove Maintenance Facility. Primary job classification is Patrol Operator. Application form and job description is available at the Wright County Engineer’s Office, 416 5th Ave SW, PO Box 269, Clarion, IA 50525. Telephone 515-532-3597 or at, click on “Employment” and then “Application Form.” Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 4 p.m. Wright County is an equal opportunity employer.


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Business Property Tax Commercial property tax credits available Credit implementation The Iowa Department of Revenue announces implementation of the new Business Property Tax Credit. The Business Property Tax Credit is one of the components of the largest tax cut in Iowa history signed into law by Governor Branstad on June 12, 2013. 2013 Iowa Acts Senate File 295 provides a Business Property Tax Credit for certain commercial, industrial, and railroad properties. The credit does not apply to residential or agriculturally classified property. One credit is available for each qualified property unit. A property unit consists of contiguous parcels of the same classification that are owned by the same person and operated by that person for a common use and purpose. Applications for credit against 2013 property tax assessments must be received by the county or city assessor by January 15, 2014. The actual amount of credit each property unit will receive depends in part upon the total value of all property units and the average consolidated rates in each unit. The credit calculation is designed to spend ninety-eight percent of the amount appropriated by the Legislature to the Business Property Tax Credit Fund. For the first year of the credit $50 million was appropriated to the Fund. The Legislative Services Agency has estimated that the maximum first year credit amount will be approximately $523. Since Senate File 295 was signed into law, the Department has been working closely with local government officials to develop the tax credit process, starting with the taxpayer’s application all the way through the actual adjustments to taxpayers’ property tax statements. The Department has created a page on its website devoted exclusively to 2013 commercial property tax reform. On this web page taxpayers can access and print a copy of the Business Property Tax Credit Application Form and view answers to questions that have been asked (Q and As). The Department is in the final stages of rule development, but cautions that rules cannot possibly address every scenario that might be encountered in administering the credit. “We encourage people to visit our website and view the Q and As,” said Julie Roisen, the Department’s Property Tax Division Administrator. “If their questions aren’t already answered there, they can submit them to us online. We will add the new Q and As to the body of information we are accumulating.” The Department updates the Q and As weekly. For more information on the Business Property Tax Credit, including the application form, visit the Department’s website at locgov/13PTReform.html. Additionally, you can sign up for the Department’s Property Tax Reform eList at The mission of the Iowa Department of Revenue is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.

Wright County Adult Health Clinics Thurs., July 19 - Blood Pressure Screening and Foot Clinic from 8:30-11 a.m., at the Belmond Community apartments. Mon., Nov. 25 - Blood Pressure Screening and Foot Clinic from 11 a.m.-Noon, at the Dows Senior Center. Adult Health Clinics are available to any person in Wright County, ages 50 or older. We will trim nails at foot clinics, but you need to bring your

own clippers and files. The suggested donation for foot care is $10. Partial assessments include blood sugars, blood counts, urine tests, screenings, and education. Wellness lab profiles are available for a fee. Please come to the clinic fasting if you would like lab work. Anyone desiring information regarding Senior Health Clinics may call Kathy Nicholls at 515-532-3461.

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At the Oct. 28 meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors, County Assessor Shari Plagge came before the board to discuss the state’s new business property tax credit. The credit is available to some commercial, industrial, and railroad property owners. The credits will affect the taxes that will be due in September of 2014. The Legislative Services Agency estimates that the maximum credit amount for the first year will be $523. The credit amount will be determined by the Department of Revenue and will depend on how many applications are approved. Iowa has set aside $50,000,000 for the first year of the business tax credit. That figure will increase to $125,000,000 over the next two years. “It’s specifically trying to target small businesses,” said Plagge. The Assessor’s Office sent out letters to commercial property owners in Wright County last week, letting them know that the credit is available. Property owners looking to take advantage of the credit will have to go to the Assessor’s Office and apply. “We have proactively sent out letters to all the commercial property owners to let them know about the credit,” said Plagge. “Instead of sending out the forms, we want to them to actually come in, because there are some commercial properties that will not qualify for the credit.” Applications for credit against 2013 property tax assessments have to be in to the County Assessor by Jan. 15, 2014. Plagge pointed out that the business tax credit is distinct from the five percent commercial tax rollback. “There’s going to be a five percent commercial rollback for all commercial properties, not just the ones that sign up for the business tax credit. That is not something you have to sign up for,” Plagge said. Plagge also discussed new legislation regarding the assessment of agricultural land. In July, the state passed a new rule regarding the definition of non-cropped lands. The rule clarifies what qualifies for non-crop status and the reduced assessments that come with it. “Cropped lands are anything that’s being farmed, anything that is in (the Conservation Reserve Program), (and) small grass waterways that are manmade that could be cropped. Things like that,” Plagge said. “Non-crop would be, for right now, building sites, cattle yards, timber, rivers and streams, (and) anything that is in a permanent easement.” Wright County will be implementing the new law for January 1,2014, so property owners will not have to file an interim application for a reassessment with

the Assessor’s Office. “The Wright County Assessor’s office has been preparing for this new legislation since it passed in the Spring and we are ready to fully implement it,” Plagge said. “So interim applications will not be necessary.” Also at the Oct. 28 meeting, the board voted to withdraw from County Case Management Services (CCMS) effective July 1. County Social Services Director Brad Leckrone said that the decision to withdraw stems from changes to Medicaid. “CCMS … they assist counties in creating and maintaining case management services in their county. They were started back in the 80’s when case management started and they’ve gone up to this day. They have a per-client fee that fluctuates from year to year. For our program, it’s about $8,000 a year,” Leckrone said. “The problem is that Medicaid has capped indirect costs … and one of the indirect costs that they’ve put in there is County Case Management Services.” Leckrone went on to say that Medicaid is also looking to rewrite or dispose of their current system of accrediting case management programs. Rather than be accredited through a state commission, Medicaid is looking to push for programs to be accredited through national programs as a cost-saving measure. “What you would have to do as a program is go to national accrediting body and have them accredit you,” Leckrone said. ”You would pay for that as a program, and the state could eliminate those (employees) that they are using right now to accredit programs. “ Lecrkone said that the decision to withdraw from CCMS makes sense as County Social Services moves to a different accreditation model. “We should move to a more nationally-accredited model, which will cost us about the same as County Case Management is costing us, but it would be more relevant to our current circumstance,” Leckrone said. ”CCMS would become insignificant. “ In other county news: -The board approved a $300 per month lease with Community Family Resources for the space they use in the Wright County Professional Building. -The board approved a fireworks permit for Delwin Barkema. -The board voted to approve Ashley Hanson as the county’s HIPAA compliance officer. The county contracted him on an asneeded basis, at an hourly rate based on his current rate at the Iowa Specialty Hospital. -Supervisor Rick Rasmussen said that there was a very good turnout at the tornado cleanup in Belmond.


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Grassley Internships available, applications due Nov. 15 Sen. Chuck Grassley said that spring internships for collegeage Iowans are available, and applications are due Nov. 15. Internships are available in Grassley’s Washington, D.C., office as well as his offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City, and Waterloo. The spring session will run from Jan. 13 to May 23. Interns will be placed in one of three departments: administrative, legislative, or communications. An internship allows for a wide range of learning experience and exposure for students on Capitol Hill. Grassley said he encourages young Iowans who are interested in learning more about the government to apply.

“Interning in a congressional office is a good way for college students and new graduates to learn more about the legislative branch of the federal government while gaining valuable experience. Internships in my offices are available to students in all areas of study,” he said. Application forms are available on Grassley’s website and in Grassley’s offices in Iowa. Due to security-related delays in postal mail delivery to U.S. Senate office buildings, internship applications should be emailed to intern_ applications@grassley.senate. gov or faxed to 202-224-5136. For additional information, email intern_ or call 202-224-3744.

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Lions Club District Governor visits Eagle Grove In last weeks “Eagle,” there was an article about the Lions Leader Dog program in Iowa. It featured the District Governor from the north central area of the state, which includes Eagle Grove. On Tuesday, October 22, Lion District 9NC Governor Gary Schriver made an “official visit” to the Eagle Grove Lions Club meeting. As you may recall, Gary is legally blind and makes his way around with the aid of his wife, Elaine, and his guide dog, Logan. Governor Gary spoke, in part, of the Leader Dog program and had Logan demonstrate some of the unique abilities such dogs possess. In addition to the District Governor, Lions State Leader Dog Coordinator for the Leader Dog puppy program was on hand. Carol Ann Kirkbride brought with her JO JO, a Golden Retriever “puppy in training” from the Rockwell City Correctional Facility. The Leader Dog program is one of several sight-related programs initiated by Lions and supported by local Lions clubs in Iowa. Other programs include KidSight eye screening, and financial support for local children to attend Camp Hertko Hollow for diabetic kids.

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EGHS students have array of activities to choose from bY LES HOUSER Part 1 of 2 Since 1980, October has been designated as National High School Activities Month and was created by the National Federation of State High School Associations. It is meant to increase public awareness of the values and needs of interscholastic activity programs. What started as a weekly observance was quickly changed into an entire month of promoting the values inherent in all high school activities, from sports to the fine arts. The Federation feels that these are comprehensive programs, available in nearly every community in the nation, that address society’s most current concerns by: Finding and nurturing the best effort of each participant; Encouraging students to stay in school; Demanding respect for fair play and appreciation for the equitable application of procedures, rules and regulations; Providing healthy lifestyle instruction; Challenging racism, sexism and classism through active pursuit of teamwork and school spirit. The Eagle feels that, since we do cover sports quite extensively and the student-athletes involved as such, it might be nice to feature the extracurricular programs and activities offered through the fine arts program and other areas along with some of the students thoughts about being involved in that particular activity. All of them were contacted, and the ones that responded are included here. Others available, but not featured, include FFA (Angie Charlson) and Choir and Musicals (Sandy Muzzey). The Drill Team, more commonly known as the “Golden Stars”, are celebrating their 20th year of providing great entertainment at several events throughout the year. The award-winning group has proven to be very popular with both students and fans, and the competition among students is always intense for spots on the team each year. Ann Sampson is the current advisor/director of the group. “I started the program back in 1993 with 12 dancers,” said Sampson. “Over the years, we’ve seen as many as 17 on the team or as few as six. It has consistently been an average of 14 Golden Stars dancers.” Sampson said the group has done several community projects; including helping the Jaycees with their food stand at the fair. They’ve

helped sort cans, held dance clinics for kindergarten to eighth graders, hosted a dance competition each November and a show each spring. “We’ve worked many times at concession stands, and danced at Summerfest and the Wright County Fair,” said Sampson. She feels that the benefits of involvement for the girls are many. “They learn to set both personal and team goals,” said Sampson. “They also learn that they always have to work hard as a team to achieve those goals and to always believe in themselves.” A part of this story was also going to involve several current students comments on being involved in these various activities. Sampson decided to take that one step farther; with a good idea of asking her former student dancers what they gained that helps them now in their careers beyond high school. “The Dancers Prayer that Ann read to the team every year meant a lot to me,” said Alyssa Johnson. “This was read to me for seven years of my dancing career, both high school and college, and it always let me know how blessed I was to have amazing coaches and teammates who shared the same passion to perform and dance from the heart as I did.” “I gained trust, like trusting my teammates to work as hard as I did,” said Brooke Pedersen. “I came on that team not knowing anything, but with serious dedication and passion I can’t explain the feeling it gave me to know that my teammates and coach believed in me.” “I remember Visualize, Project and Keep your chin up,” said Ashley (Kist) Peterson. “Those are all things important in dance and for the rest of your life. I would give anything to be able to do it all over again!” “The Golden Stars were about so much more than dance,” said Amanda (Stephas) DeLancey. “It was about finding something you are passionate about and going for it, giving it all to get what you want! Every single person on the team is equally as important, and sometimes you need to pull someone up to get the whole team to achieve the success that you want. The hard work and dedication that our amazing coach instilled in us helped me personally to set my goals and reach for the things I’m passionate about.” “I never wanted anything so bad, and worked so hard at something at that point in my life,

as when I wanted to get my splits down,” said Jennifer (Christ) Schild. “It took a lot of hard work and time, but I finally got them down and was so proud. I never regretted the hard work I put into something I only got to do for a couple of days because I still did it! You’ll never regret hard work. The ‘You are only as strong as your weakest link’ quote follows you through the rest of your life, especially in your career.” “Nothing is given to you, if you want it then have a plan and go for it!” said Melia (McCart) Hansen. “One minute of performance time equals 100 minutes of prep time. I think for me, eldest alum, being part of building the dance team really helped me feel like I could accomplish big things. We started out petite but powerful, and most everything in my life has started that way! Dedication, patience and hard work should equal your goals no matter what they are. Drill team and my experiences with Ann and the team at the time were a huge part of who I am today. It’s scary to think what my high school career would have been like without Eagle Grove Drill Team!” “You never know where you will go in life, but I do know that Ann has made me a better person in all aspects,” said Ashley (Knutson) Bailey. “She truly shapes lives and gives you opportunities long after your high school days are over!” “Always remember to be kind to people,” said Lesa Dencklau. “You never know how people are connected. You may gain or lose an opportunity because of the only thing that precedes you…your reputation!” “Ann taught me how to carry myself on and off the dance floor with integrity, confidence and faith in those around me,” said Mollie McGrath. “Those are three things that have turned out to be beneficial for me every single day of my life. She also taught me that if you’re going to take criticism negatively, that you will never make it in this world. To take criticism genuinely can make you a better person.” Future business Leaders of America (FbLA) Chapter 1058 at EGHS has the distinction of being the longest running chapter in Iowa. Beginning in 1954, Eagle Grove’s chapter has provided students with opportunities to learn about the business world, explore future employment, and network with

These students represent some of several extra curricular activities offered at Eagle Grove High School. Pictured are: Front, from left; Anna Nett, Hannah Hanson, Eva Baez, Thutam Nguyen. Back, from left; Katie Mork, Derek Hammitt, Tyler Vorrie, Michael Spencer. Photo by Les Houser

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other students around the state and the entire United States and to give back to the local community through service projects. According to advisor Kyle Teeselink, State and National conferences are a big part of FBLA. “Having attended the State Fall Conference in Des Moines, student members are currently preparing to head to Dallas, Texas from November 7-9 for the National Fall Leadership Conference,” said Teeselink. “In March, the State Spring Conference in Coralville will bring opportunities to compete in categories such as website design, business plan and job interview. Students that excel at the state level are eligible to compete at the FBLA Summer Conference being held this year in Nashville, Tennessee.” Teeselink spotlighted one of the more active members of the chapter, Derek Hammitt, to illustrate the types of projects members can find in the community. “Derek has been a part of FBLA for all four years of high school,” said Teeselink. “He leads other student members for one day each month at the group home in Eagle Grove for bingo. With the help of one of the home’s residents, Derek calls out the numbers while other student members assist the residents fill out their cards. FBLA members build friendships and provide gifts for the residents to help brighten their day.” Another project for Derek is being involved in the Halloween Dance to raise money for March of Dimes, which is a charity partner with FBLA that researches premature births and helps care for premature infants. “Community service helps FBLA student members learn the value of helping others and improves lives in Eagle Grove and beyond,” said Teeselink. “Being involved provides me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and be a better businessman and better leader,” said senior member Hammitt. FCCLA (Family, Community and Career Leaders of America) has been going for eight years, with Lisa Tapper the advisor for that entire time. Student membership has been on a steady increase over that time, with 15 students involved this year. “We stay pretty busy, with serving the Security Savings Bank customer appreciation dinner, community service activities, Homecoming cake decorating contest (for charity), Elves for the Elderly and Peer Education activities as just a few of the things we do during the year,” said Tapper. They also do competitive presentations, participate in Legislative Day at the Capital, Fall Leadership, State Conference and District Workshop among others. Tapper feels her students gained great life skills by being involved in FCCLA. “They learn self esteem, leadership and organizational skills, and have social opportunities to build confidence and group cohesion,” said Tapper. “Most of all they have fun!” “It’s a great experience, and allows me to do community service,” said junior member Katie Mork. “You also can make lifelong friends.” “It’s a great way to help people you don’t know, and get involved in the community here and meet people from other communities around Eagle Grove,” said junior member Hannah Hanson. Part 2 of this story in next week’s Eagle will focus on the Instrumental Music program, Spanish Club, Student Council and Speech, along with giving high school principal Jeff Siebersma’s views on the value of offering these to the students.

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MON., NOV. 4: Second Round State Football Play-Offs TUES., NOV. 5: ELECTION DAY 6 p.m. Volleyball Banquet FRI., NOV. 8: Quarterfinal Round State Football Play-Offs SAT., NOV. 9: 8 a.m. Youth Basketball

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Heather has been contributing good minutes to the Eagle volleyball team this year, and had 5 digs and one kill in their regional match at Pocahontas. She also went 9 of 11 with an ace from the serve line. The junior is the daughter of Duane and Molly Wilson.



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Dylan has been a bright spot defensively for the Eagle varsity football team this fall, leading in total tackles with over 80 for the season including a handful as solo tackles. The junior is the son of Fernando and Lora Huse.


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Eagle Grove’s season ends with 48-7 loss to St. Edmond By Les Houser A very tough season for the Eagle Grove varsity football team came to an end last Friday night on their home turf, as they finished another 0-9 campaign with a 48-7 loss to the undefeated St. Edmond Gaels. “Football is a pretty simple game,” said head coach Kelly Williamson. “The Gaels are a good team, disciplined and well coached. But we also make everyone look better.” It didn’t take long for St. Edmond to establish themselves in this game, pouncing on all opportunities and hitting on all cylinders to take a 34-0 lead after just one quarter. Things were a bit more even from there, with the Eagles able to finally score their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter in avoiding the shutout. The purple and gold were able to get as deep as the Gael 45-yard line in the first half, only to turn the ball over on downs. After having little success mounting a drive in the third quarter, they finally found a rhythm and started moving the chains in the fourth. That drive started on their 46, with Julian Calderon busting loose for a nine-yard run followed by a Devon Omvig toss to Zach Ploeger covering five more yards for a fresh set of downs. Following runs by both Omvig and Josh Morris for 18 total yards, Omvig lofted another pass to Ploeger for 12 yards, which took the ball to the Gaels 10. Following two incomplete passes, Omvig hooked up with Ploeger again for a 10-yard touchdown with just seconds left in the game. The Omvig PAT was good. “The fact that we could hold this team together, through the hurricane of a season that we’ve had, says a lot about the character of our seniors,”

said Williamson. “Our kids were battling and hustling right to the very end. I’m proud of these young men. This is the group we can point to in the future and say that this is how we handled it.” The Eagles had 222 total net yards, which included 154 net rushing yards, along with 12 first downs on a total of 63 offensive plays. They led in time of possession, 27:34 to 20:26 for the Gaels, and converted on three of 12 third-down attempts and one of five fourth-down attempts. Miguel Pacheco had 76 yards on 14 carries, Omvig 47 yards on 16 attempts and Morris 28 yards on eight carries. Calderon had 10 yards and Brandon Stuhr three yards. Omvig was 7 of 16 for 68 yards with one touchdown pass and two picks. Ploeger caught all seven balls. Graeham Schope kicked three times for a 35-yard average, and punted twice for a 17-yard average. Schope returned two kicks for 19 yards and Morris one for 10. Morris, Jake Wilde, Ploeger, Derek Hammitt, Tyler Vorrie, Dylan Thielen, Clayton Foster and Kolten McCutcheon all played their final game in an Eagles uniform. “Thanks to them for the effort they’ve given us, and I wish to thank senior manager Steph Martin,” said Williamson. “She loves football and has been a blessing to our team. Thanks also to our coaching staff and their families. Myself, and the entire staff, wish to congratulate coaches Schmidt and Herrington, Tiffany and the boy’s varsity team on an outstanding season and wish them best of luck at state. And finally to our fans, thanks from all of us for sticking with the team through all of this. You have made the difficult journey just a bit easier to bear.”

REady fOR ThE Snap The Eagle offense is set in their pre-snap stance as quarterback Devon Omvig calls the signals. The team gave a good effort in their final game, racking up 222 total yards, but were simply overwhelmed by a strong Gael team. Eight seniors played their final football game for the Eagles. Photo by Les Houser


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Eagle team going back to State cross country First time since 2007 team By Les Houser Under long-time head coach Jerry Becker, the Eagle cross country team has an impressive history of representing the school at state. Becker took 26 teams to the big stage, and now coach Aaron Schmidt gets to enjoy taking his first team to add to that list. Utilizing the familiarity of their home course, the Eagles finished third behind champ West Fork and runnerup Bishop Garrigan to earn a team berth at Lakeside near Fort Dodge this Saturday. The Warhawks finished with 64 points, The Bears had 113 and the Eagles 130. There were 20 teams in Class 1A. “I knew we had a chance, but there were some talented teams so I was not wanting to be over confident,” said coach Schmidt. “It all worked out, and it showed what we wanted from the very beginning. We felt it was a realistic goal for us, based on times dropped from the previous year. We shocked a few people, and maybe silenced some doubters.”

On TO STaTE! The Eagle Grove varsity boys cross country team gathered for group pictures after placing third at the class 1A district cross country meet last Thursday evening at the Eagle Grove Country Club. See more color pictures on page 15.

Noah Stephas has continued to come on strong in the later part of the season, and took a fourth place finish to actually qualify individually. His time was 16:54.72. The rest of the runners included Carter Asche in 12th at 17:30.42, Austin Weland in 21st at 18:02.49. Brett Maier in 49th at 19:06.18, Jacob Wesselink in 55th at 19:22.41 and Ben Thompson in 68th at 19:49.86. “What a great effort by Stephas, and all of them,” said Schmidt. “He’s gone from 17:13 to 16:54. We’ve talked already about setting individual goals at state. These guys have more in them. We’ll prepare as best we can for the challenges coming up this Saturday. I also wish to thank the crew at the Eagle Grove Country Club for all their cooperation during the season. We can’t ask for a better course to run for this time of the year.” The Class 1A race starts at 2:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony for both 1A boys and girls starting at 3 p.m.

Lady Eagles fourth at 1A qualifier on home course Christensen returns to state, team just misses going by 19 points By Les Houser Unlike other sports, in cross country the team with the lowest point total is the winner based on cumulative finishes of their runners. Last Tuesday on their home course, the Lady Eagles were not quite low enough to send the entire team but will at least be represented at state by someone with a good chance of taking first place in Class 1A. When all the numbers were in, South Hamilton was first with 69 followed by North Iowa at 99 and Mason City Newman at 116. All three of those teams will advance to Fort Dodge. The Lady Eagles were fourth, out of 15 teams, at 134. Tiffany Christensen makes a return trip in the quest for her first state gold, crossing the finish line first in 15:09.13. Other finishers were Jana Willard in 13th at 17:33.40, Sami Simons in 26th at 18:13.20, Alix Rethman in 46th at 18:46.77, Sam Helmke in 48th at 18:53.41, Aja Bell in 65th at 19:41.22 and Dru Boatner in 77th at 20:59.35. The team’s average time was 17:43.19.

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Lady Eagles bow out of regional volleyball, lose 3-0 to pocahontas Crail has 3 aces, Pickering 16 digs By Les Houser On what turned out to be their final volleyball match of the season, the Eagle Grove varsity played well and led at several times in the match but still fell in three sets to Pocahontas Area last Tuesday on the Maidens home floor. The Lady Eagles did not leave Pocahontas however without giving a good accounting for themselves and gave it all they had in a solid effort. “I thought early that it might be our night,” said head coach Jim McLaughlin. “We came out with energy and enthusiasm. We kept it close in set one until the 10-point mark and then stalled out. They went up 19-10, but we came back to end it at 25-16. We were up 11-10 in the second set, then the Maidens went on a run to go ahead 19-11 before we came back to finish at 25-18. We were up in the third 13-10 before they closed it out at 25-13.” The team served at just over 85 percent for the night, with Daisah

Shivers at 6 of 6 with an ace serve. Megan Crail was 11 of 12 with three aces, Maci Pickering 7 of 8 with one ace and Tori Axtell 3 of 4. Heather Wilson was 9 of 11 with an ace and Sam Kruckenberg 5 of 7 with an ace. Crail and Shivers each had five assists as setters, with Bailey Boyer and Mallory Hammitt each getting one assist. Crail, Hammitt and Kruckenberg all finished with three kills apiece, while Leslie Cooper managed two spikes for points. Brianna Allen, Dani Koester, Pickering and Wilson all added one apiece. The team totaled 52 digs, with Pickering leading the way with 16 saves of the ball. Axtell, Crail and Kruckenberg were all equally busy in the back row with eight digs each. Shivers had six, Wilson five and Koester one. “We couldn’t get any strong consistency with our hitting,” said McLaughlin. “We were putting it over easy and then they beat us

with their hitters. Kruckenberg was getting the ball in play. We weren’t embarrassed. We played head to head with them except for those three runs they made.” McLaughlin then paid tribute to his lone senior Megan Crail, while also looking a bit ahead to next year. “Megan did a nice job this year,” said the head coach. “We moved her into a setter position, then eventually all the way around. She never complained but did what was needed. She’s a quiet leader that will be missed. Our freshmen on up got a lot of playing time, so they’ll be ready for next year. All of them improved, and they now know their roles. I think we’ve turned the corner on our skills level. It took a little more time early to work on their individual skill development, more than we normally would, but I hope it will pay off next year. They’ve got to continue to work in the off-season to get better and more competitive.”


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From left: Carter Asche, Ben Thompson, Head Coach: Aaron Schmidt, Jacob Wesselink, Auston Weland, Noah Stephas, Brett Maier and Colton Pickering.


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The 2013 Eagle Grove Boys Cross Country team continued a rich tradition that began 32 years ago as they placed third at the class 1A district cross country meet. The Eagles will make their 27th state appearance in school history, running in the IHSAA state cross country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, November, 2 at 2:30 p.m.

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The cutest scarecrow in the field Emma Lalor (pictured at left) created this colorful scarecrow in Mrs. Gerhard’s second grade class recently. She said that if she were a scarecrow, she would be a rainbow scarecrow, wear a dress, and go Trick-or-Treating for candy, among other great ideas. Photo by Kim Demory

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Scarecrow Eagle Grove Elementary students in second grade enjoyed decorating and writing stories about scarecrows this fall. Connor Christopher (whose scarecrow is pictured at right) said if he were a scarecrow, he would have a robot friend and a pitchfork. Photo by Kim Demory

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If Drake were a scarecrow, he would tell funny jokes, and his skin would change to rainbow colors when it rained. Photo by Kim Demory


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