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Pioneer Enterprise Serving Cerro Gordo County and the communities of Rockwell, Swaledale, Meservey, Thornton & Dougherty

Vol. 122 No. 43 • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Sacred Heart Turkey Dinner

Sacred Heart Parish in Rockwell will be serving their Annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 27. The buffet style dinner, including turkey, dressing and all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for adults is $9, children 12 and under $6, and preschoolers may dine for free. Take outs are available for $9, and there will be delivery service for shut-ins only.

Sheffield Craft Show, Nov. 2

Whether you’re looking for hostess gifts or stocking stuffers, you’re sure to find unique gifts during Sheffield’s 10th Annual Craft & Holiday Show on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school gym. More than 30 vendors different will be offering their wares, from customized West Fork clothing to homemade jams and one-of-a-kind seasonal decorations. Consultants will also be in attendance from Beauti-Control, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Wildtree and Tastefully Simple and Scentsy – just to name a few. “The Sheffield Craft and Holiday Show is a primary fund-raiser for West Fork Girl Scouts from kindergarten through high school seniors,” says Nancy Retz, West Fork Girl Scouts Service Unit Leader. “Funds raised help offset costs for the West Fork troops, including Girl Scout day camp. Not only is this craft show great event, but it’s benefiting a worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you there!”

27th annual Halloween Hike

The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center Foundation are sponsoring their 27th annual Halloween Hike on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. The theme is “Home is where the habitat is!” Groups of hikers will be led through the trails of Lime Creek on a 40-minute hike, encountering various creatures along the way. The hike will not be scary, but will be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. A majority of the hike will be held on the hard-surface Easy Access Trail, but the final segment will occur on a trail inaccessible to wheelchairs. Refreshments will be served following the hike. Children up to 10-years-old are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and are welcome to participate in a costume contest that will be held in conjunction with the hike. Reservations are required. Members of the Lime Creek Nature Center can make reservations starting Monday, October 21, at 8 a.m. Non-member registrations will be taken starting Tuesday, October 22, at 8 a.m. Call (641) 423-5309 to make reservations or for more information. Registration will be limited to a maximum of 10 people per caller. Every six children at the hike must be accompanied by at least one adult. The cost is $3.00 per person for all ages. Registrants will be required to pay for unannounced no-shows.

Swaledale library level Nov. 5

Submitted by Heather Jones, Library Director Residents of Swaledale will be asked to consider a measure on the Nov. 5, 2013, ballot that would dedicate levy funds to the daily operations of the library in the city of Swaledale. A library levy could provide an increase in hours, additional learning opportunities, increased programming, more current materials and so much more. This simple vote (only 27 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value) is a great way to support your local library in a huge way!

Community Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 24 Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Pesticide Applicator Training. 9-11:30 a.m. CG Extension Office, Mason City. Fall Master Gardener Class – House Plants, 6:30 9:30 p.m., CG Co. Extension Office. Saturday, Oct. 26 The Swaledale Federated Garden Club is staging a small standard Fall flower show at the Swaledale Town Hall. The public is invited to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be served. There is no admission charge. 4-H Intermediate Council Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, CG Co. Extension Office. Monday, Oct. 28 A free Senior Health Clinic will be held at First Congregational Church, 205 W. 10th Ave. N., Clear Lake. Call CG Dept. of Health, 641-421-9316 or toll-free 1-888-2642581, ext. 9316 for appointment. Cerro Gordo County Extension Council Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., CG Co. Extension Office. Tuesday, Oct. 29 Fall Master Gardener Class – Fruits. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at CG Extension Office, Mason City. Wednesday, Oct. 30 A free Senior Health Clinic will be held at Mason City Senior Activity Center, 326 4th St. NE, Mason City. Call CG Dept. of Health, 641-421-9316 or tollfree 1-888-264-2581, ext. 9316 for appointment.

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Harvest season inching along throughout region By Nick Pedley Local elevators throughout the area are reporting decent yield numbers on both corn and soybeans despite early skepticism about this year’s harvest. Farmers were hampered by rainy weather last week, which somewhat delayed progress on the region’s soybeans. However, local offi-cials estimated that 50 per-cent of beans were harvested, while others pegged the number at 80 percent. All reported the corn crop was only 10-15 percent finished. “We think it’s going to be a drug out harvest, but we’ll just keep plugging along,” said Chuck Schafer, manager at North Iowa Cooperative in Thornton. “Our farmers are saying it’s slightly better than they expected.” Schafer explained that an extremely wet spring forced numerous farmers to plant their fields much later into the season than normal. Many soybeans were planted in June, but some didn’t get planted at all. He said the poor start led to uncertainty when farmers hit the fields earlier this month. “Some yields have been all over the place, which we were expecting. But the ma-jority of beans have landed in that 45-50 bushel [per acre] range,” he said. Employees at Five Star Cooperative in Rockwell and AgVantage FS in Coulter said soybean yields were on par with Schafer’s estimate. Corn has just started to come in, but early

numbers have indicated average yields between 170-180 bushelsper-acre. “It’s going well, but the weather’s been not so good,” said Margaret Nuehring, manager location manager at Five Star’s Rockwell eleva-tor. “Considering the late planting season, I think peo-ple are happy with what they’ve been getting.” The duration of this year’s harvest season remains to be seen, but it pales in compari-son to 2012. Extreme drought forced combines to hit the fields much earlier than nor-mal throughout much of the state. Schafer said nearly all of the fields around Thornton were finished by Oct. 15 last year, so 2013 already prom-ises to outlast that harvest by weeks. “We expect to be getting beans in for a while and corn is really going to start picking up here,” said Schafer. “Hopefully, the clouds stay away and we finish October strong.” Rockwell area farmer Lar-ry Johnson said he was com-pletely finished with soy-beans, and was just getting started on corn. His beans drew yields slightly below the region’s average and came in at the mid-30 to mid-40 bushelper-acre range. Despite the spotty soybean numbers, he expected a good corn crop that far exceeds last year’s drought-riddled harvest. “Some of it got drowned from the rain this spring, but I think we’ll get between 170 and 190 [bushels-per-acre],” Johnson said. “It’s a little wetter than we’d like

Top: Marv Johnson was busy harvesting this soybean field south of Rockwell on Oct. 9. Beans are slowly moving towards the finish line after bad weather delayed harvest somewhat last week. Left: The corn harvest is just getting started for many farmers throughout the area. Only 10-15 percent of fields had been picked as of last weekend, according to most elevator officials. Right: Area elevator officials said most soybean yields have averaged between 45-50 bushels-per-acre. (Photos by Nick Pedley) to see, but there’s not much we can do about that with the cool and damp weather we’ve been having.” Johnson expected to be finished with corn in a week and a half, but that estimate was ahead of many

Thornton candidates answer questions

Compiled by Nick Pedley Editor’s note: This is Part I of the Pioneer Enterprise’s two-part election special. Candidates for the Thornton city council and mayor’s office were mailed a questionnaire at the beginning of the month regarding their background, campaign and platform. Mayoral candidate Brian Crowell and city council hopeful Randall Bohman returned the survey, while a questionnaire to city council candidate Shelby Steenhard went unawswered. All three men are running uncontested on the Nov. 5 ballot. The questions were listed as follows: 1. Provide information on your background—how long you’ve lived in the community, family, current job, etc. 2. Have you ever held elected office or been involved with any type of committee or board? 3. In your opinion, what are the main issues facing the community? 4. What attributes or skills do you bring to the council/mayor’s office? 5. Are there any projects you’d like to see completed or started by the city? 6. Why are you running? 7. Is there anything else you’d like to add? The Pioneer Enterprise edited for spelling errors and grammatical mistakes only. The following is each city candidate’s response to the questionnaire. Unanswered questions are denoted with the letters “N/A.” Next week’s newspaper will include the responses from Rockwell’s 10 city council candidates and two mayoral contenders.

Geneva native named new president of NIACC By Jeff Forward A former resident of Geneva has been named the new president of NIACC. Dr. Steven Schulz, who grew up in Geneva, east of Hampton in Franklin County, was chosen to lead the North Iowa Area Community College on Thursday Oct. 17 by the NIACC Board of Trustees. “We are so pleased to have Dr. Schulz as our incoming president,” said NIACC Board of Trustees President Toni Noah. “This is a very important day for the college.” Schulz, 1979 a graduate of Ackley-Geneva High School and son of former junior high principal Dwight “Bud” Schulz, moved away from Geneva after high school and is now returning to his roots with the job in Mason City. “The location is really nice to reconnect with old friends and relatives,” Schulz said. “I came home in summers, but for all effective purposes, I left Geneva in 1983.” Schulz has a wife, Cathie, and two daughters – Lindsey

and Caitlyn. “I am so excited for this next step, Schulz said after being named president. “From the beginning, this just felt like a perfect choice for me and my family.” Schulz comes to NIACC as the new president from his current job as provost at the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus. He will begin work at NIACC on Dec. 1, replacing outgoing president Dr. Debra Derr. Schulz has a lengthy background in education administration, including holding a Master’s Degree in secondary education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Iowa State. He is a 1983 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly. The new NIACC president said he was drawn to the profession of educational leadership after working with numerous superintendents during his career who motivated him through their own leadership practices. “I worked with several superintendents and I watched their ability to shape the direction of an organization,” Schulz said. “It’s an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of students. “ Schulz worked for many years in secondary education,

holding various positions including principal of a seventh through 12th grade school in Plainfield; working as middle school principal in the Carroll Community School District for nine years; and also was superintendent of the Carroll district from 2000-2004. Schulz began his college career as a parttime provost at DMACC before moving to the full-time provost position. “I finished up my Ph.D. at Iowa State with the idea that one day, I’d like to be a college president,” Schulz said. “I’ve been actively seeking a president position. I’ve just been looking for this opportunity. The NIACC job seemed to be a good fit.”

predic-tions throughout the area. “It’s going pretty good. Probably around 80 percent of beans are in here,” Coulter AgVantage Branch Manager Doug Anders said last Friday. “If the weather stays OK, I think we’ll be pretty much finished with those by the middle of next week.” This summer’s damp growing

Brian Crowell

1. I have lived in Thornton with my wife, Amanda, and stepdaughter, Alyssa Thompson, for about 6 1/2 years. I am currently employed as a salesman by United Beverage, LLC. 2. I am currently holding a seat on the Thornton city council, which I have held for four years. I have also held a position on the Pleasant Valley Golf Board, and am currently an active member of the Thornton Fire Department. 3. I think the biggest issue we face in the community is a need for economic growth. I would like to see new business in the town. We have a lot of great tools within the community already in place: our close proximity to I-35, the golf course, the bank, and the main street businesses to name a few. Although it will not be easy to obtain new business within town, we will need to make sure moving forward when we do find the new venture it is for the right reasons. 4. I am currently on the council, which will make for an easy transition, and through my professional career I have always held positions of a business/money management type, which leads to fiscal responsibility. 5. We are currently in the process of getting our lagoon project underway, which will be a big project for the community. I also foresee us needing future updates to our storm sewer mains and roadways. 6. I have felt welcome here from Day 1 of moving here. The community we live in is such a remarkable community with all the right tools, which made my decision to run an easy one. 7. N/A

conditions means that most of the corn will have to be commercially dried, but all three managers agreed the area’s crops could have been much worse con-sidering the adverse circum-stances. “Every year is different, you never know what you’re going to get,” said Schafer.

Randall Bohman

1. I began teaching and coaching at Meservey-Thornton in the fall of 1981 and have lived in Thornton since the fall of 1986. I am proud to call this community as home. I am single, originally from Alexander and work at First Security Bank & Trust. 2. I have never held a public office but have served on numerous committees while serving as an educator, coach and employee of a financial institution. 3. The main issues facing Thornton are addressing our infrastructure needs, enforcing existing ordinances, encouraging residents and businesses to consider relocating to Thornton, and positively promoting our assets. 4. I am organized, able to view issues with a common sense approach, a good communicator, financially literate and want to see Thornton thrive as a community. 5. We need to promote our community assets; friendly, caring residents, golf course, parks, fire department and EMT’s, businesses, churches. I would like to see more new homes built while cleaning up some of the homes/properties in need of rehabilitation. I would also to take advantage of I-35 as a way to promote Thornton’s proximity to Mason City and Clear Lake. 6. I recently had an issue that the council assisted me in finding a solution. That inspired me to submit my candidacy papers and start giving back to the community that has been so good to me the past 27 years. Together, we can accomplish great things for Thornton. 7. N/A

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Zoning change OK’d at Rockwell council meeting By Nick Pedley A property in Rockwell was rezoned to accommodate the future construction of a new storage shed at the Oct. 16 meeting of the city council. No complaints or concerns about the proposal were received from residents who live near the property located at the corner of Maple Street East and 4th Street North. Gary Weiner plans to buy the vacant lot across from Dugan’s Super Market and build a 60-by-100-foot shed in the near future. “There were a few people here who didn’t have any problems with it,” said Public Works Director Jay Siefken. The group unanimously approved the measure and effectively rezoned the property from residential to general business. Height restrictions and residential set-back stipulations for the proposed shed were also set. Weiner said the building will be used as a shop and storage facility, but its design will include plans to house a business in the future. “It’s not going to be just a storage shed, it’ll be attractive,” said Weiner. The council moved on to the rest of their agenda when the zoning hearing closed after only four minutes of discussion. Councilman David Laudner brought up the city’s statute on vicious dogs and cats. Code currently dictates that a vicious animal be removed from city limits following an attack without provocation, but Laudner felt the wording was somewhat vague. “What if somebody comes on to the property and the dog is just protecting what’s his like the owner trained him to do?” Laudner asked. “Is that provocation? Are we going to tell someone they have to get rid of a dog because it was protecting its house?” Police Chief Rick Whitney said he’s never took that into consideration when dealing with animal bites in the past. In the most recent case, a bite occurred at the edge of a homeowner’s property. “My opinion is that if you have a

dog that’s bit someone, it’s going to do it again,” Whitney said. Councilman Adam Wedmore felt the code was written vaguely enough for a judge to take different circumstances into consideration when ruling on a bite case. Laudner agreed, and the code was left alone. “Ultimately, I guess, they’ll have the chance to go before the court and plead their case,” said Laudner. Councilman Mike Flatness brought up the city’s water rates after vicious animal discussion concluded. He thought it was the right time to decide whether or not to raise prices or keep them at their current level since the group was reviewing that portion of code. Sentiment amongst the council was staunchly against any changes. City Clerk Lorna Weier said a recent survey revealed Rockwell’s rates were on par with communities comprable to its population, and the water account was financially healthy. “As long as there’s no deficits showing, there’s no need to raise more money,” said Mayor Steve Karabatsos. Laudner agreed, and said rates should remain at their current levels. “If the new council comes in, looks at it and wants to increase it, I say we leave that up to them,” he said. “But I’m not going to vote in favor of a raise because I’m against that type of thing anyway.” No action was taken and water rates were left alone. Other business The council wanted to remind residents that leaf burning is allowed in town, just not on the city’s roads or asphalt. Additionally, leaves and grass clippings aren’t allowed at the dump. Any questions about what’s allowed and what isn’t should be directed at the clerk’s office. Laudner gave a report from the pool board’s most recent meeting. Memberships dropped signifcantly this year, and the group attributed it to a cold start to the summer and the aquatic center’s “newness” factor wearing off. To boost membership purchases, the pool is selling family passes for 2014 at a cost of $150 and singleperson passes at $75 before Jan. 1. The cost is $10 less than the price of a normal membership. The council’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

Track resurfacing hits a road bump at West Fork By Nick Pedley Plans to resurface West Fork’s high school track were delayed recently when it was discovered more work was needed than originally expected. Superintendent Darrin Strike informed the Board of Education that tiling is needed around the inside of the track to correct ongoing drainage issues before any resurfacing work starts. The board decided to move forward with plans to replace the track’s old rock surface with asphalt at their September meeting because it was outdated and prone to flooding. However, the new tiling development put those plans on hold until further notice. “This project was moving along nicely, but then it hit some rough water,” said Strike. “I really don’t think we’ll be able to get the tile installed this fall because everybody is booked this time of the year.” Once completed, the new asphalt surface will provide West Fork athletes an adequate practice facility for track and field. The high school no longer hosts a meet each spring, but the junior high does. The board shied away from an all-weather surface due to the high price tag and lack of necessity. An all-weather surface would run upwards of $300,000, Strike said in September, but the asphalt is only estimated to cost the district between $50,000-$55,000.

The third speaker for the afternoon is Shane Ellis presenting on the outlook for beef and pork. Shane will also be discussing how the livestock industry may respond to current production costs and future demand. What will lower grain prices and a recovering global economy mean for the future of the meat industry? The Mason City seminar will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at the 4-H Learning Center at the North Iowa Fairgrounds, 3700 Fourth St. SW, Mason City. Registration will be from 12:30-1 p.m. and the program will wrap-up by 4 p.m. The registration fee is $20 per person. Please register by November 11. Other locations are available at info/meetings.html

ter schools, and if those kids score higher on tests, it’s going to start changing,” Tuttle said. “I remember when they started giving kids iPads and I thought we were years away from that at West Fork. But, look – we have iPads.” After further discussion, the board agreed to have MidAmerican Energy conduct a review detailing cost-effective options for cooling the district’s buildings. The survey will come at no cost and will provide the board with data for future decisions. “I believe it’s coming quicker than we think,” said Tuttle, about year-round school. Other business Strike reported that the district’s three-year-old pre-K through 12th grade enrollment was 731 for the 2013-14 school year. Last year’s number was 750. The Rockwell building houses 346 students this year, and the Sheffield facility has 385 students. Strike also noted that the district has seen an increase in open enrollment into the district and a decrease of students open enrolling out. The board approved the hiring of Abbee Gappa as an assistant on the girls’ varsity basketball team and Lindsy Mayland as a para-educator at the Sheffield campus. The board’s next meeting will be Nov. 18, at 5 p.m., in Sheffield.

Gooch presented Distinguished Service Award

Article submitted Charlene G. Gooch, PhD, MFT, presented a seminar, “Strategies for Support and Self Care: Lessons Learned About Resilience and Trauma Following Boston’s Recent Tragedy [Patriot’s Day Marathon Bombing],” on Oct. 16th, in Scottsdale, Ariz., as a part of the IAEAPE Annual Conference 2013: “Building Resilience: Approaches to Moving Through Trauma in the Workplace,” Oct. 14-16th, held at the Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Conference Center. This Conference is attended by Employee Assistance professional counselors who staff internal Faculty/Staff/Employee Assistance Programs in education (universities, colleges, El-Hi). About 50 EA pro-

2013 Pro-Ag Meeting Nov. 14

The annual Pro-Ag Outlook meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14. The first presenter will be Kelvin Leibold, Area Farm Management Specialist. Kelvin will discuss how using “short dated new-crop options” can be used to manage risk. Kelvin will also discuss the updates to the Corn Suitability Rating system. Managing price risk and yield risk is critical as profit margins narrow. Dr. Chad Hart will discuss the market outlook for corn and soybeans. The U.S. has seen huge swings in the estimated production for this year’s crops, and increasing inventory is impacting prices. High prices have encouraged increased production around the globe. You won’t want to miss the information on the supply and demand for corn and soybeans in the coming months along with the impacts on prices.

The board tabled any action on the track and felt the project would most likely resume in the spring. “I think it’s going to be a bigger project than we though,” said board member Jim Tuttle. The board shifted discussion to potential cooling systems at the district’s two buildings. Scorching temperatures at the start of the school year forced five-straight early outs in August, and some West Fork patrons questioned the lack of climate control in Sheffield and Rockwell. Both Strike and the board felt pursuing the installation of air conditioning units wasn’t financially viable at the present time. Additionally, the five dismissals were extremely rare compared to past years. “The millions of dollars that saving five days a year is going cost doesn’t cut it, in my opinion,” said board member Rob Heimbuch. However, future developments may force West Fork’s hand down the road. Strike said the probability that Iowa’s schools switch to a year-round class schedule is building momentum. If such a change were to occur, air conditioning would become a necessity during the summer months. The board agreed, and many felt year-round classes were almost inevitable. “Don’t think it’s not going to happen, because they’re doing it in char-

Mason City Pro-Ag Meeting Thursday, November 14 4-H Learning Center at North Iowa Fairgrounds Registration: 12:30-1:00 p.m. $20 per person Seminar Presenters: Kelvin Leibold Dr. Chad Hart Shane Ellis

fessionals attended the 3-day meeting which included a Keynote Address, “EA Professionals Building Resiliency Through Transformative Leadership,” by Matthew Bennett, MBA, MA, of Denver, Colo., eight member presentations, business meeting, banquet, and networking. Charlene was this year’s Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Dr. Gooch was presented the IAEAPE Distinguished Service Award 2012-2013 at Tuesday’s Business Meeting and Luncheon. Charlene served as Director of three university offices: Iowa State University EAO (1990-96); American U F/SAP in Washington, DC (199697); and Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., (2001-2003); She was President of IAEAPE (International Association of Employee Assistance Programs in Education) 1996-1998, has served on many conference and steering committees, has presented at many conferences, and is currently a Consultant to EAP’s in higher

education, as well as a mentor to new EA counselors. EAP’s provide confidential, free assessment, referral, followup, counseling and consultation to employees and their family members. They often provide training and strategic planning services for employee groups, administrators, and institutional leadership. EA Counselors are professional, licensed, family therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and educators; some are certified in EAP work. Dr. Gooch is a family therapist and educator, and has worked with several universities and colleges, EAP companies and their clients, and state departments as consultant to governance and management, counseling clinician, and presenter/ trainer. She is a graduate of Rockwell-Swaledale school system, currently residing in the Greater Boston, Mass., area.

10th Annual CRAFT & HOLIDAY SHOW Saturday, Nov. 2 • 9 am-3pm

at the High School Gymnasium, Sheffield 30+ Vendors, including consultants from: • Beauti-Control • Tupperware • Pampered Chef • Wildtree • Tastefully Simple • Sentsy, and more! Something for everyone: Hostess gifts, Stocking stuffers • West Fork Clothing • Homemade Jams • Seasonal Decorations • One-of-a-kind items and gifts! Funds raised support West Fork Girl Scouts

Enjoy Sunday Dinner At The

CHIT CHAT CAFE 320 Main Street THORNTON, IA. Call 641-998-2754 for reservations

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Coffee & Bake Sale Sat. Nov. 2 8-10:30 a.m. Featuring Homemade Noodles and Donut Holes!

NEW LYRIC THEATRE—BELMOND, IA Showing October 25 - 31

Gravity (in 3D)

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

Fri. & Sat. 7:30 only, no late show; Sun.-Thurs. 7:30 pm

RATED: PG-13 Ticket Prices (every night) Adults - $2.00 15 & Under - $1.00

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A lesson not learned The 16-day government shutdown came an anti-climatic end last Wednesday when House Republicans conceded their inevitable defeat and gave up on attempts to defund Obamacare. The lackluster finish averted financial default and raised the debt ceiling so the government could keep paying its bills. The budget solution, which passed first by a large margin in the Senate and later in the House, funded the government through Jan. 15 and raised the debt limit through Feb. 7. Though we can breath easy now, Americans shouldn’t get too cozy. It would appear we’re headed towards yet another showdown just a few weeks after we ring in the New Year. Finger pointing and sidestepping blame has become the standard procedure in Washington D.C. following disasters like the shutdown. No one wants belly up and take credit for failing to do the job they were elected to do. However, it’s hard to look past the GOP’s persistent interparty squabbling as the source for all of this wheel spinning in our nation’s capitol. Numerous news outlets highlighted the turmoil among House Republicans during the budget battle, and it seems there were two fights going on at the same time. Republicans wrestled with the Democrats over the budget, while far-rightwing conservatives duked it out against moderates within their own party about just how deep they wanted to cut. As made obvious by Wednesday’s events, all of it was moot. It seems pointless to gripe about continued stalemate in Washington. There appears to be very little leadership within the Republican Party, and that’s been made obvious by the lack of cohesive direction during the budget battles these last couple of

Submitted by Linda Dunning • Programs for adults The library staff would like input from adults in the community and surrounding area about programs for adults. Any ideas or suggestions about programs we can offer would be appreciated. We would like to offer more activities for adults and young adults. Please call us at (641)822-3268 or email at rkwlpl@ with your ideas. Thank you for the helping us with this project. • Book clubs Inquiring Minds read the book “Finding Jack” by Gareth Crocker. This book was a historical fictional story about the military dogs that served in the Vietnam War. All members like the book and would recommend it as a good read. October selection is “The Kommandant’s Girl” by Pam Jenoff. The discussion will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7p.m., at the library.

Pedley’s Ponderings Nick Pedley is the regional news editor and a reporter for the Hampton Chronicle, The Sheffield Press, and Pioneer Enterprise.

years. Negotiating effective policy is impossible when neither side wants to pull up a chair to the table, and that’s even more difficult when one side can’t even decide on what it wants to pursue. President Barack Obama pointed out after the shutdown ended that Congress has fallen in to a habit of governing by crisis. That observation is certainly true, as numerous deadlines on financial measures, bills and other issues have flown past with no solution in sight. We saw it with the sequester and we’ve seen it with many other things like the farm bill and immigration reform. Finding a middle ground has proven to be as difficult as landing a man on Mars. The unwavering political strife in Congress has made the next few months all the more troubling. It’s obvious “governing” by shutdown was a failure for House Republicans, as they gained next to nothing from the 16-day lockout. However, many GOP legislators were quoted as saying they planned to continue where they left off when the winter budget and debt ceiling battles heat up again. This tactic would once again take the United States backwards by stalling constructive progress on extremely pertinent budget issues that promise to continue into the foreseeable future. It’s ludicrous to think Democrats and Republicans will ever see eyeto-eye on every issue – that’s just not

how things work. However, it’d be nice if the GOP would convalesce around more centralized goals instead of bickering amongst themselves about which direction they’d like to take. The shutdown created economic turmoil and threatened to affect international markets if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised. Republican legislators should take note the political desires of a few aren’t worth creating widespread trouble for many. It’s obvious our nation’s spending habits need to be cut back and our budget trimmed, but the GOP should take a logical approach when heading into future showdowns. After all, it took us a while to get into this financial hole and it will take us while to get out. Presenting less confrontational and aggressive proposals to the Democrat-held Senate will create a better potential for success than the slash-and-gash attempts of recent memory. The shutdown failed, and learning from this extremely reckless style of governing is key if Republicans want to achieve their goals down the road.

Jitterbugs read the book “Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business” by Dolly Parton. This was a biography about a very interesting country music star. Dolly is a great story-teller which made for a great book. All members liked the book and would recommend it. October selection is, “It Happens Every Spring” by Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer. The discussion will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcome to both groups. • Trick-or-treat The Storytime kids will be trickor-treating at the local businesses and the Nursing Home on Tuesday, Oct. 29. All preschool age children are welcome to come. We will meet at the Stop N Shop at 9:15 a.m., and walk around to the other businesses. At 10:30 a.m., we will have a story and trick-or-treating at the Nursing Home. Call Linda at the library at

822-3268 with any questions. Kids and adults can wear costumes. • Kids programs After-school program for all ages is held every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. There are crafts, stories and a lot of fun. Storytime programs for preschoolers is held every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. We had a great time making crafts and reading stories.



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ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 Larch St., Thornton Phone 998-2632 Home 998-2631 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Oct. 27 9 a.m. Worship Wednesday, Oct. 30 3:30-4:30 p.m. Confirmation SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 810 First St., Meservey Phone 358-6277/Pars. 3586107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Oct. 27 9:15-10:15 Sunday School 9:45-10:15 Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Wednesday, Oct. 30 2:30 p.m. Bible Study at Parsonage 4:30 p.m. Confirmation Class HOLY NAME CHURCH 507 1st Ave NW, Rockford Phone 822-4950 Fr. Walter Brunkan Saturdays 5 p.m. Mass SACRED HEART CHURCH 305 Elm St., E., Rockwell Phone 822-4950 Fr. Rodney Allers Sundays 8 a.m. Mass RICHLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH 300 Elm St., Thornton Phone 998-2642 Pastor David H. Locklair Sundays 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 10:30 a.m. Worship

Proceedings: Meservey

MESERVEY CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS Monday, October 14, 2013—7:00 PM Meservey City Hall The Meservey City Council met at the regular meeting on Monday, October 14, 2013, at 7:00 PM, at the Meservey City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Miller. Present: Brown, Brunstein, Dickman, Lauen. Absent: White With no additions to the agenda, Todd Lauen made a motion to approve the agenda as presented, with a second from Bonnie Brunstein. Motion carried. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read. Payment of the bills was approved in a motion by Joey Dickman and seconded by Todd Lauen. Motion carried with all ayes. The September 30, 2013, Treasurer’s Report was presented for review. A motion was made by Bonnie Brunstein to approve the report as presented. The motion was seconded by Scott Brown. Motion carried with all ayes. Bonnie Brunstein made the motion to observe Halloween Trick or Treat night on October 31, 2013, from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Todd Lauen seconded the motion. Motion carried. Joey Dickman, Meservey representative for the Landfill of North Iowa, reviewed proposed changes to the 28E Agreement with the Landfill. He reported that a resolution will be forthcoming for the City of Meservey to endorse. These are not major changes but ones that needed to be clarified. The city snowplow is in need of a minor repair. Mayor Miller volunteered to contact a repair service. Todd Lauen made a motion to table the purchase of new water meters until the November meeting. Joey Dickman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all ayes. Scott Brown made a motion to adjourn, with a second from Bonnie Brunstein. Motion carried.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 121 2nd St., N., Rockwell Phone 822-4919 Pastor Ken Livingston Sundays 8:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Coffee Time 10 a.m. Sunday School ST. PETER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) 502 2nd St., S., Rockwell Phone 822-3101 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Oct. 27 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Wednesday, Oct. 30 3:30-4:30 p.m. Confirmation FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 404 Maple St., Thornton Phone 998-2004/Pars. 3586107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Oct. 27 9 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sun. Sch. Wednesday, Oct. 30 2:30 p.m. Bible Study at Parsonage 5:45 p.m. Confirmation FIRST REFORMED CHURCH 620 2nd St., Meservey Phone 358-6151 Rev. Rodney Meester Sundays 9:30 a.m. Worship UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 303 Monroe St., Rockwell Phone 822-4833 Rev. John P. Scherb Sundays 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:25 a.m. Worship

Meeting adjourned. Dixie Revland, City Clerk/Treasurer Receipts for September 2013: General $6,874.41, Road $1,814.42, Water $2,768.85, Sewer $2,974.84 September 2013 Bills: Cerro Gordo Co. Treasurer -Drainage fee $16.00 October 2013 Bills: Bell Sanitation 1,380.00 Cerro Gordo County Treasurer -Sewer 3,024.84 City Utilities 1,243.49 Fred Suntken 1,200.00 Fred Suntken-mileage 120.00 Dixie Revland 600.00 118.94 True Value Dixie Revland-Exp 3 months 125.00 AgSource Labs 22.00 Miller and Miller 60.00 IPERS-Library 171.00 IPERS-City 267.84 111.76 Mid America Publication Meservey Public Library 2,375.00 Hawkins, Inc. -Chlorine Pump and supplies 1,408.57 Treasurer-State of Iowa-sales tax 345.00 Treasurer-State of Iowa-WH 150.00 Hach, Co-water 188.55 United States Treasury-City 1,180.95 United States Treasury-Library 466.38 IA Workforce Dev.-City 6.15 IA Workforce Dev.-Library 36.58 Postmaster-Stamps 46.00 Iowa DNR-Water Supply Fee 66.00 Electronic Specialties-FD 914.00 Jaspersen Insurance (2006 Ford F150-Insurance) 171.00 Peachtree Business Products-Sign 60.00 Lauen & Son Construction 190.00 $16,049.05 Published in the Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

HANFORD COMMUNITY CHURCH 12411 Spruce Ave, Mason City Phone 423-7376 641-822-4657 Pastor Scott Sokol Sundays 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sun. Worship ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH 1001 9th Ave. S. Clear Lake Phone 357-3214 Msgr. Lilip Saturdays 4 p.m. Mass Sundays 9 a.m. Mass ZION REFORMED CHURCH 2029B Jonquil Ave. Sheffi eld Phone 579-6186 The Rev. Arthur Zewert Thursday, Oct. 24 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline Sunday, Oct. 27 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School, HS Catechism 11 a.m. Jr. Choir Tuesday, Oct. 29 9 a.m. Sewing Group 6:30 p.m. WOZ Planning Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30 7 p.m. 3-8 Catechism SWALEDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Main St., Swaledale Phone 995-2252 The Rev. John P. Scherb Sundays 8:10 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School


CITY OF THORNTON October 14, 2013, 7:00 A.M., City Hall The Thornton City Council met in special session on the above date and time to accept a bid for demolition of 216 S 1st Street. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Joy Baker with the following council members present: Betty Jensen, Michael Younge and Larry Stadtlander. Absent: Barry Groh and Brian Crowell. Also present: Tom Janeka. Lauen-Son Construction Co. and Lambertson Excavating, Inc. submitted bids. Both contractors approved presenting the same bid amounts that were presented at the March 2013 Council meeting. The bid amounts were Lauen - $7,995, price may vary due to amount of loads to the landfill and Lambertson - $8,000.00. The Mayor made mention that due to other commitments; Lambertson would not be able to start the project until Christmas if the weather continues to be dry. The County has agreed to split the cost of demolition with the City, 50/50. Stadtlander made a motion to accept LauenSon Construction Co. bid with demolition to be completed within 30 days after the County agrees to move forward with the project. Younge seconded, motion carried. Mayor Baker expressed concerns of how the City may handle the Main Street sidewalk repairs. It was agreed to have Janeka mark the sidewalk sections that may be a “tripping” hazard to pedestrians and then bring its attention to the owners. The plan is to rent a concrete planer to make the sidewalks more even and to share the labor and rental expenses with owners. Younge made a motion to adjourn. Stadtlander seconded, motion carried. Michelle Duff Thornton City Clerk Published in the Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013


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Reporting from the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse MARRIAGE LICENSE Stephanie Kruse, 26, Mason City, to Jared Patterson, 30, Mason City. Tiffany Dow, 28, Mason City, to Matthew Perry, 30, Mason City. Heather Funk, 26, Mason City, to Travis Jacobs, 35, Mason City. Megan Murphy, 29, Mason City, to Gary Slocum, 26, Mason City Kasey Reich, 21, Mason City, to Cory Demaris, 22, Mason City. Kyle Prahm, 22, Mason City, to Rachel McEniry, 23, Mason City Clay Kalvig, 25, Belmond, and Lyndsey Hurst, 22, Belmond. Austin Maginnis, 24, St. Louis Park, Minn., to Ashley Lickteig, 22, St. Louis Park, Minn. Nicoletta Neddermeyer, 28, Minneapolis, to Gregory Thompson, 27, Minneapolis. Charles Alexander, 43, Nashville, to Ronald Snitker, 42, Nashville Jessica Cook, 25, Manly, to William Mraz, 25, Manly. CIVIL COURT The court handled two child support matters. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for WAMU Series 2007-HE1 Trust vs. Monique Pinheiro, Capital One Bank NA and State of Iowa. Case dismissed without prejudice on October 11. DISTRICT COURT The court handled four probation revocations. April Dahl, Ottosen, pled guilty on October 15 to Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card Greater Than $1,000. Dahl was placed on two years probation and assessed a $125 L.E.I. surcharge, $132 in attorney fees and $294.38 in court costs Peggy O’Connell, Rake, pled guilty on October 14 to Third Degree Theft. O’Connell was sentenced to six days in jail and assessed a $125 L.E.I. surcharge, $102 in attorney fees and $202 in court costs. Joshua Joyce, Mason City, pled guilty on October 14 to Fourth Degree Theft. Joyce was placed on one-year probation and assessed a $315 fine, $110.35 surcharge, $150 in attorney fees, $125 L.E.I. surcharge and $311 in court costs. Amador Ramos, Mason City, pled guilty on October 14 to a Controlled Substance Violation. Ramos was placed on five years probation and assessed a $125 L.E.I. surcharge, $240 in attorney fees, $10 D.A.R.E. and $531 in court costs. William Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., received a deferred judgment on October 13 for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Smith was placed on one-year probation and assessed a $125 L.E.I. surcharge, $315 civil penalty and $140 in court costs. Jacob Austin, Mason City, pled guilty on October 14 to Possession of a Controlled Substance. Austin was sentenced to 10 days in jail and assessed a $125 L.E.I. surcharge and $131 in court costs. Brandon Maas, Albuquerque, N.M., received a deferred judgment on October 14 for Failure to Affix Tax Stamp. Maas was placed on three years probation and assessed a $750 civil penalty, $125 L.E.I. surcharge, $204 in attorney fees and $384 in court costs. Kelley Quinn, Conrad, pled guilty on October 14 to Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense. Quinn was sentenced to seven days in jail and assessed a $1,250 fine, 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. and $150 in court costs. Chad Jacobson, Clear Lake, pled guilty on October 9 to Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense. Jacobson was ordered to participate in a weekend OWI program and assessed a $1,250 fine, 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. and $110 in court costs. Murtaza Ahmed, Mason City, pled guilty on October 14 to Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense. Ahmed was placed on two years probation, sentenced to seven days in jail and assessed a $1,875 fine, 35 percent surcharge, $144 in attorney fees, $10 D.A.R.E. and $294 in court costs. Kraig Morel, Mason City, pled guilty on October 14 to Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense. Morel was sentenced to seven days in jail and assessed a $1,250 fine, 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. and $110 in court costs.

Ryan Sloth, Ames, pled guilty on October 10 to Operating a Motor Boat/Sail Boat While Intoxicated, First Offense. Sloth was sentence to two days in jail and assessed a $1,000 fine, 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. and $110 in court costs. Tammi Holt, Mason City, pled guilty on October 11 to Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense. Holt was ordered to complete a twoday OWI alternative program and assessed a $1,250 fine, 35 percent surcharge, $48 in attorney fees, $10 D.A.R.E. and $158 in court costs. Brandon Quario, Allison, received a deferred judgment on October 9 for Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense. Quario was placed on one-year probation and assessed a $1,250 civil penalty and $100 in court costs. Robert Williamson, Iowa Falls, received a deferred judgment on October 14 to Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense. Williamson was placed on one-year probation and assessed a $1,250 civil penalty and $100 in court costs. SMALL CLAIMS H&R Accounts, Inc. vs. Shelby True. Case dismissed without prejudice on October 10. H&R Accounts, Inc. vs. Brenda Pierce. Judgment for the plaintiff on October 11 in the amount of $1,917 with 2.13 percent interest from October 10. Ted Christensen vs. Mark Fridely. Judgment for the plaintiff on October 11 in the amount of $1,034 with 2.13 percent interest from October 11. PROPERTY TRANSFER DWDJ: Jane Trainer Trustee, Revocable Trust to Brandon and Summer Kellar; The Highlands Blk 10 Lot 13 MC; $62,000 and $98.40; 2013-7371. DQCJ: Delbert Arndt to David and Gerlinde Hogan; Dougherty (Original Town) Blk 9 Lot 3 DO; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7367. DWDJ: Jamie and Nancy Zanios to Richard and Barbara Thomas; A.T. Parker’s Plat of Lot 1 & 2 of Lot 1 SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 10-96-20 Lot 1 Lot 2 W 10 Links of L 2 & Parcel of Land Lying Between S Line of Lots & N Bank of Willow Creek; $245,000 and $391.20; 2013-7365. DWDJ: Christopher and Brooke Holahan to Bradley and Julie Nelson; Harbourage Condominium Bldg F3 Unit 28B CL; $118,900 and $189.60; 2013-7363. DWDJ: Thomas Brazina to James and Jean Harrenstein; Oakwood Park Blk 23 Lot 9; $272,500 and $435.20; 2013-7362. DCDJ: Vince Murphy Executor and Dennis Nelson Estate to Donald and Maureen Gettner; 12-96-20 Auditor’s Plat of NE 1/4 SW 1/4 & NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Lot 13 Part of; $106,000 and $168.80; 2013-7361. DQC: JP Morgan Chase Bank and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. to Michelle Hedges; R.S. Young’s & W.H. Dickirson’s Sub NE/4 24-96-22 Between B1 & 14 Sirrine, L25 Sirrine Sub 1 & 4 Blk 3 Lot 17 Blk 3 Lot 19 Blk 3 Lot 20 Blk 3 Lot 21 Blk 3 Lot 22 Blk 3 Lot 23 Blk 3 Lot 24; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7357. DWD: Mark and Lori Alitz, Royce and Jean Schultz and Albert Herrera to Kevin Kunzman; H.E. Francisco’s 2nd Add Blk 11 Lot 1 MC; $102,000 and $162.40; 20137352. DSD: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Cerro Gordo County, Christopher and Nicole McMurray, MBNA America Bank, State of Iowa, Worldwide Asset Purchasing LLC and Kinseth Plumbing & Heating LLC to Wells Fargo Bank; K.H. Kaus’ 1st Add Blk 5 Lot 5 Blk 5 Lot 4 MV S 1/2 of Lot 4; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7335. DQC: Bank of America and Brian Sayer Attorney in Fact to Nationstar Mortgage LLC; Stone Pillar 12th Sub Lot 9 MC; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7334. DSD: Cerro Gordo County, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Jay Teepe, Lindzey Greenwood, Danielle Walter and Iowa Department of Human Services to Wells Fargo Bank; St. Francis Park Blk 2 Lot 11 Blk 2 Lot 12 MC Lot 12 & E 4’ of Lot 11 Exc Portions as Desc

& Depicted in Survey B09 P4328; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7333. DSD: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Cerro Gordo County and Jacob and Holly Rinnels to Bank of America; Stone Pillar 12th Sub Lot 9 MC; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7332. DQC: JCF Properties LLC to Joshua and Cassandra Flo; Fairview Add Blk 1 Lot Lot 13 MC; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7330. DWD: Ronald and Margaret Hansen to Margaret Hansen Trustee, Revocable Trust; Sandpiper Condominium Bldg E Unit 101 CL; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7329. DWDJ: Austin Svejda to Michael and Kimberly Svejda; College Add Blk 11 Lot 14 MC; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7328. DAJT: David and Sharon Kurns to David Kurns; Anchor Inn Condominium Bldg Unit 4 CL; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7327. DWD: Darwin and Carol Brenden to Sidney and Wendy Niccum Trustee and Niccum Family Revocable Trust; Lakeview Meadows Sub Lot 24 CL; $90,000 and $143.20; 2013-7326. DWDJ: David and Kristin Escher to David and Linda Stine; Lakeview Add Blk 2 Lot 35 MC; $283,500 and $452.80; 2013-7309. DWDJ: John and Wanda Busch to Donald and Diana Kellar; Pine Hill Acres 3rd Add Blk 1 Lot 5 MC; $36,000 and $56.80; 2013-7307. DWDJ: Steven and Julie Bothwell to Steven and Gay Jensen; Briarstone Lake Condominium Bldg B Unit 18 Bldg B Unit 20 Bldg Garage 4 Unit Garage 13 MC; $145,000 and $231.20; 2013-7306. DWD: Midfirst Bank to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Gunner Anderson’s 1st Add Lot 1 MC W 85’, 15-96-20 NE SW A Tract In; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7304. DWD: Bernard Brennan to Douglas Hall; 25-94-19 Auditor’s Plat of E1/2 SE1/4 SW1/4 Lot 1 Lot 2; $18,500 and $28.80; 2013-7303. DWD: Matthew and Heidi Hepperly to Jill Hill; Midland Heights 1st Add Lot 544 Lot 545 MC E 1/2 L 544; $118,000 and $188.00; 2013-7301. DWD: Shechem LLC to White Star Investments LLC; Railroad Add MC Blk 37 Lot 21 Blk 37 Lot 22 MC Exc N50’ of Lots, Paul Felt’s Plat of Mason City Blk 44 Lot 5 MC; $285,000 and $455.20; 20137289. DWD: Euphrates LLC to White Star Investments LLC; S.W. Smith’s Sub of Lots 9-13 in Lot 7 in Sub of NE/4 SE/4 4-96-20 Lot 3 MC, C.H. Day’s Sub NW/4 SW/4 & N/2 SW/4 SW/4 in S/2 3-96-20 Lot 24 Lot 25 MC E 78.0’ of Lot 24 & E 78.0’ of N 1/2 of Lot 25; $175,000 and $279.20; 2013-7288. DWD: Ahmed and Muniba Nisar to Eupharates LLC; Browne’s Add Blk 62 Lot 1 Blk 62 Lot 8 Blk 62 Lot 9 Blk 62 Lot 10 Blk 62 Lot 2 Blk 62 Lot 7 MC Part of Lots 2 7 & 10 & 16 1/2’ of Vacated Alley & Exc Part of Lot 10 & Part of Vacated Alley As Desc & Depicted in Survey B91 P4181; $300,000 and $83.20; 2013-7285. DWD: Joseph Bass to Cheryl Trappe; Fairview Add Blk 3 Lot 12 MC; $52,500 and $83.20; 20137275. DWD: Community National Bank to Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company; Paul Felt’s Plat of Mason City Blk 26 MC W 165’ of S 190’; $770,000 and $1,231.20; 20137273. DQC: Richard and Michele King to Richard and Michele King Trustee, King Living Trust; Wildwood Add Blk 2 Lot 4 MC; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7264. DWDJ: Larry and Christine Nothwehr Trustee, Nothwehr Living Trust to Michael Mier and Julie Valencia; Fox Meadows Sub Blk 1 Lot 10 MC; $412,000 and $658.40; 2013-7256. DWDJ: Jason Stock to Randi and Chelsi Thomas; Midland Heights Lot 186 MC; $93,000 and $148.00; 2013-7253. DWDJ: Loren and Margaret McLaughlin to Pamela Klukow and Michael McEniry; Hoyt’s 1st Add Lot 79 MC; $57,000 and $90.40; 2013-7251. DWD: Michael and Lana Thoma to Jeffery and Christie Thoma; Long Beach Blk 1 Lot 29 CL 1/3 Interest; $133,333.33 and $212.80; 20137249.

DCT: Michael and Lori Williams to Lori Williams; Law’s 2nd Add Blk 5 Lot 5 MC; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7248. DCT: Matthew and Jami Hepperly to Matthew Hepperly; Midland Heights 1st Add Lot 545 Lot 555 MC E 1/2 of Lot 544; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7247. DWDJ: Larry and Lynne Berding to Bradley and Bobbie Calicchia; 2-96-20 Sub of Lot 4 S 1/2 NE 1/4 & SE 1/4 Lot 1 Exc W 160’; $168,000 and $268; 2013-7243. DAFF: Ronald Rohn to Ronald Rohn, Roger and Cynthia Crawford Trustee, Living Trust, Ronald and Elizabeth Rohn Life Estate, Estate; 24-94-20 SW SW NW SW W 1/2 of NW SW; $0.00 and $0.00; 20137242. DWDJ: Edward and Laura Henrich to Edward and Laura Henrich; Fox Meadows 2nd Sub Lot 3 Lot 4 Lot 5 Lot 6 MC N 25’ Lot 3 & Part of Lot 6 Desc as Parcel A Desc in Survey B97 P5611; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7226. DWD: Joseph and Rosemarie Hussey to Rosemarie Hussey Trustee, Revocable Trust; John Baker’s Sub of Middle 1/3 of Lot 1 21-96-22 Lot 8 Exc S20’; $0.00 and $0.00; 2013-7225. DWDJ: Eric and Cynthia Noah to James and Rebecca Kranz; Harbourage Condominium Bldg M-1 Unit 28 CL; $160,000 and $255.20; 2013-7220. MCON: Chilly Palmer LLC and Craig Ceilley to Punch Investors LLC; Venice Harbor 4th Add Lot 11 VT; $75,000 and $119.20.

Public Notice

NOTICE: The Rockwell Board of Adjustment will meet at City Hall at 6:00 p.m. on October 30th to discuss a yard variance for the property located at 203 Walnut Street, Legally described as Lot 28 of Piersols, D.H., 2nd Subdivision. Jay Siefken City Superintendent Published in the Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Public Notice

NOTICE OF SATELLITE ABSENTEE VOTING STATIONS PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the qualified electors of Cerro Gordo County that in preparation for the November 5, 2013 Regular City Election, satellite absentee voting stations will be open on the following dates and times and at the locations listed below: Wednesday, October 30th Thursday, October 31st 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mercy Medical Center North Iowa Mercy Medical Center North Iowa East Campus Hospital East Campus Hospital 2nd floor Cancer Center Auditorium 2nd floor Cancer Center Auditorium 1000 4th St SW 1000 4th St SW Mason City IA 50401 Mason City IA 50401 Friday, November 1st Friday, November 1st 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kentucky Ridge Assisted Living Apple Valley Assisted Living Chapel Activity Area 405 27th Ave S 2060 S Kentucky Ave Clear Lake IA 50428 Mason City IA 50401 Ballots for all precincts and cities in Cerro Gordo County will be available at the satellite absentee voting station. Voter registration forms will be available for new registrations in Cerro Gordo County, and changes in the registration records of people who are currently registered within the County may be made at any time. This Notice of Satellite Absentee Voting Stations is given by order of the Cerro Gordo County Commissioner of Elections. Kenneth W. Kline, Cerro Gordo County Auditor and County Commissioner of Elections Published in The Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Proceedings: Rockwell

CITY OF ROCKWELL COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS UNAPPROVED MINUTES October 16, 2013 Mayor Karabatsos called to order the regular meeting of the Rockwell City Council at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Council members present were Wedmore, Flatness, Laudner and Nielsen. Also present were Nick Pedley, Larry Wentz, Gary Weiner, Jay Siefken and Chief Whitney. With no additions Mayor Karabatsos stated the agenda stands as presented. With no additions or corrections Mayor Karabatsos stated the minutes of the previous meeting stand approved as presented. Wedmore moved to approve the Library Report as presented. Motion seconded by Flatness, carried unanimously. Wedmore moved to approve the application for the Trees Please grant program with Mid American Energy. Motion seconded by Flatness, carried unanimously. Following review, Laudner moved to approve the Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2013 by Resolution 2013-6. Motion seconded by Nielsen, carried unanimously. At 7:05 p.m. Mayor Karabatsos opened the public hearing to change the zoning from Residential to General Business at the property legally described at: Lots 7 & 8 of Block 8 of Rockwell (Original Town). Siefken reported that the Planning and Zoning Board has met and recommends the Council approve the request with the residential setbacks and height restrictions remaining the same. Flatness asked for more information on the building. Weiner noted that at this time they plan to put up a 60 by 100 foot shop-storage building facing the East. Flatness moved to accept by Resolution2013-7 the Planning and Zoning Boards recommendation to change the zoning on said lots with the restrictions in place. Motion seconded by Laudner, carried unanimously. Mayor Karabatsos closed the public hearing at 7:09 p.m. Council reviewed the next section of the City

Code. Council discussed the vicious dog code, yard waste and utility billing. Flatness asked about the city refuse site. Siefken noted that city residents are allowed to take tree branches, clean concrete and fill dirt to the refuse site. Council also reminded residents that they can burn leaves and yard waste, but not on the asphalt streets. Council agreed to keep the utility billing the same as it has been at this time. Wedmore presented a draft of the Emergency Operations Plan for Rockwell. Council felt that Wedmore did a fine job of writing this to fit for Rockwell and will approve the final when ready. Mayor Karabatsos noted it should be added to the City Code with Mayor duties to review this plan annually also. Launder gave a report from the pool board meeting. Laudner, on behalf of the board, thanked Siefken for winterizing the pool. Laudner noted they will have a special early price to purchase memberships prior to January 2014 at a ten dollar savings. Laudner noted they are still looking for a pool manager for the upcoming season. Laudner moved to continue with the employee health insurance package and contributions the same as the past year. Motion seconded by Wedmore, carried unanimously. Mayor Karabatsos will contact Wedeking to have the policy continued. Flatness noted the windows on the maintenance building need replacing. Council agreed to go ahead and have them replaced. Wedmore noted the painting done on the building looks good. Flatness asked if the plow is ready. Siefken noted that the plow is ready and sand and salt are ordered. With no further business, Nielsen moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Wedmore, carried unanimously. Steve Karabatsos, Mayor Lorna Weier, City Clerk Published in the Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

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By Rebecca Peter The inmates of the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF) are there for a variety of crimes. The Leader Dog Program at the prison gives inmates an opportunity to â&#x20AC;&#x153;give backâ&#x20AC;? to society. The program trains dogs for the visually impaired. James McKinney, acting warden at Fort Dodge, introduced the program at the facility in Rockwell City in 2001. McKinney started the Leader Dog program at Fort Dodge in 2010. According to Brenda Birchard, Coordinator of FDCF Leader Dog Program, there are currently 66 â&#x20AC;&#x153;handlersâ&#x20AC;? at the Fort Dodge facility. Leroy Seiler and Mark Greiman, formerly of Garner, are two of the puppy handlers at Fort Dodge. Seiler has been incarcerated since 1980. Mark Greiman since 1999. Birchard noted, the number of assigned â&#x20AC;&#x153;handlersâ&#x20AC;? ď&#x192;&#x;uctuates with the number of puppies ready for training and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sponsorsâ&#x20AC;? for those puppies. (A â&#x20AC;&#x153;sponsorshipâ&#x20AC;? costs $500). Dogs used in the program are purebred or a mix of one of the three accepted breeds: Labrador retriever, German shepherd or Golden retriever. They enter the Fort Dodge facility at approximately 12 weeks of age to begin training as guides for the blind. The dog handlers under go training for the program as well. Any of the inmates at FDCF are allowed to attend the training classes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but for one of these men to be assign a puppy, that man must hold and retain the highest behavioral level that this institution expects from them,â&#x20AC;? Birchard said. The dogs and their handlers are together for a year. The dogs are taught a series of basic commands (sit, lay, stay, leave it, etc.). Afterwards the dogs â&#x20AC;&#x153;graduateâ&#x20AC;? to even more intensive training at the Leader Dog Campus in Michigan before they are ready for a career as a dog for the visually impaired. Lynn Smith and Jim Arnold, Garner Lions Club members, are puppy â&#x20AC;&#x153;sponsors.â&#x20AC;? The Leader Dog program is supported by the Iowa Lions Club organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I found out [Seiler] was a part of the Leader Dog program, I wrote him a letter and started communicating,â&#x20AC;? said Smith. Eventually Smith visited Seiler at the prison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had his dog with him, because when they train the dogs theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with them 24/7.â&#x20AC;? Smith attended his ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puppy Daysâ&#x20AC;? last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program is put on by the inmates,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so impressed with the whole program I decided to sponsor a dog. I got to name a dog. His name is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Garnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife, Kathy, was a little skeptical about me communicating with someone in prison - much less going to see them.â&#x20AC;? he continued. Smith got Kathy to go to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Puppy Days event at Fort Dodge, on Aug. 23. Kathy Smith became an enthusiastic sponsor - only this time, she wanted to pick the name for the dog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Lynn said, this is something that gets infectious,â&#x20AC;? Jim Arnold stated. Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement began two years ago when he was a trustee for the Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was fortunate enough to be assigned as the contact for the Leader Dog program in the prison,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the most eye-opening event Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had in my life. I saw we were actually getting something back

from people who are serving time, that will carry on and beneď&#x192;&#x17E;t a lot of lives.â&#x20AC;? Occasionally a dog just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out as a leader dog. Those dogs are given a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;career changeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (perhaps as a helper dog for a disabled person) and still lead useful lives, Arnold said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extremely proud to support the program,â&#x20AC;? he said. Another Garner club, the Garner Modern Homemakers, sponsors a Labrador retriever named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Linnsu.â&#x20AC;? Greater independence District Lions Governor Gary Schriver of Mason City, can personally attest to thoroughness of the training for dogs. Legally blind for 30 years, Schriverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog is Logan, an eight-year-old Labrador. Leader dogs are an alternative to using a white cane, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a very independent person. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to sit around and wait for people to take me places I need to go or having to ask someone where I have to go.â&#x20AC;? At ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst skeptical, Schriver applied for and received a dog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing that ever happened to me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are taught to get the blind person to where he needs to go, in the most safe manner possible.â&#x20AC;? The dog is also trained to evaluate the situation when he gets to the corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He will basically watch the trafď&#x192;&#x17E;c for me,â&#x20AC;? Schriver said. Shown how to get to a place just once, Logan will take Gary there - to the grocery store, to the mall or even to a speciď&#x192;&#x17E;c store in the mall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can go any place now with this dog and be conď&#x192;&#x17E;dent of where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;?Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really amazing.â&#x20AC;? Because of the Leader Dog Program, it cost Schriver nothing to acquire Logan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I had to buy this dog, it would cost about $40,000.â&#x20AC;? Benefits to inmates The beneď&#x192;&#x17E;ts of the Leader Dog Program to the visually impaired are obvious. But what about for the inmates at Fort Dodge? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel there are a plethora of beneď&#x192;&#x17E;ts for these men, but also for those in the community,â&#x20AC;? said Brenda Birchard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some [inmates] have lost a sense of self assurance, but went on to nurture another living creature that went on to guide a visually impaired person, has re-instilled self-conď&#x192;&#x17E;dence into that person that hopefully will enable that person to reenter our community with a positive mindset, making it safer for all who come across their paths. Birchard has witnessed inmates who upon either receiving a puppy for the ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst time or saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodbyeâ&#x20AC;? to one, exhibit publically, emotions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;that their court records would testify directly opposite to!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All in all, I feel these precious creatures heal the mind sets of these men more than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever know,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe while the puppies are residing with us, they are inadvertently guiding these possibly psychologically impaired handlersâ&#x20AC;Śbut upon reentry they will now adhere to the standards that society expects from them - all thanks to a furry four-legged creature.â&#x20AC;? More information about the

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By Kristi Nixon SHEFFIELD – Clarksville head coach Heather Peterson has seen second-ranked (Class 1A) Janesville and No. 7 (1A) Tripoli this season. But the most impressive hitter she has seen thus far? West Fork’s Lindsey Peterson (no relation). “West Fork isn’t any better than any team we’ve seen,” coach Peterson said. “But their No. 5 (Lindsey Peterson) is the best hitter we’ve seen out of Tripoli and Janesville – all the teams we’ve played – she’s by far the best hitter and I don’t think we were ready for that.” And the Warhawks’ senior outside hitter put down 15 of her team’s 21 kills in a 25-10, 25-7 win over the Indians and West Fork went on to defeat Belmond-Klemme in a home triangular, 25-21, 25-10, in which she had 21 of the team’s 33 kills. “She’s definitely what makes up the team,” coach Peterson said. “We did have a block up on her, so that was good. I told them, ‘you put a block up on her, she’ll shut down.’ She didn’t, though.” Belmond-Klemme completed the triangular with a 25-22, 25-17 win over Clarksville. “I thought we came out strong after the weekend,” West Fork coach Abbie Gappa said. “We came back and looked promising after playing highly-ranked teams at Hampton at times. But, there were a lot of times where, I don’t know…I definitely thought we could show improvement and I thought we could have done a lot better against Belmond. “We need to start looking at other guns instead of just relying on just one or two so that it helps to see what else we can do. I think tonight we looked at other options beside Lindsey, which is what we need to.” Peyton Perkins and Ahna Larson combined to distribute 26 assists to eight different hitters for the Warhawks in the win over B-K. Clarksville, too, played better against the Broncos, particularly in the first set, but still came up short in ending its regular season. The Indians combined for seven ace serves against B-K, three by Hannah Green and two in a row by Isabella Vance in the second set that pulled them to within 13-8. “We played better against Belmond-Klemme,” coach Peterson said. “We just have little mistakes of not finishing the good plays – we’ll have a great dig or a great serve and then we come back with a hitting error or a blocking error or another

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TUESDAY, Oct. 29 breakfast

Breakfast Sandwich or WG Cereal, WG Toast

West Fork’s Siera Jeffrey concentrates on a serve during the team’s home triangular on Monday, Oct. 14. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle) missed serve. That’s something we’ll West Fork 2, Clarksville 0 work on in the off-season for sure. (25-10, 25-7) Attacks – Clark 16 (Brittney Litterer 6, “It’s tough to end the regular Makayla Holub 2, Tayler Maiers 2, Emily season that way and now we have Mennenga 2, Maddie Poppe 2, Hannah Tripoli (in the 1A regional opener) Thompson, Maddie Poppe); WF 56 (Lindsey Peterson 31, Courtney Larson and it’s go-to-work time. We have 8, Kelsey Nierengarten 5, Britta Becker 2, practice in front of us and plenty of Ahna Larson 2, Kaitlyn Liekweg, Courtney Lowe). Kills – Clark 2 (Litterer, Poppe). time to recoup after today and then WF 21 (Peterson 15, Nierengarten 2, A. we’re back at it.” Larson 2, C. Larson, Liekweg). Assists – Clark 2 (Madison Bloker, Hannah Faust). West Fork opened at NashuaWF 21 (Peyton Perkins 9, A. Larson 7, Plainfield, also on Tuesday. Jacy Guerrero 3, Becker, Peterson). “Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Digs – Clark 6 (Mennenga 3, Hannah Green, Litterer, Vance). WF 22 (A. Larson regionals,” Gappa said. 6, Liekweg 5, Peterson 3, C. Larson West Fork 2, Belmond-Klemme 0 (25-21, 25-10) Attacks – B-K 51 (Jackee Meyer 14, Mackenzie Tenold 11, Hailey Barrus 8, Brianna High 8, Taylor Walrod 5, Rebecca Soma 4, Josie Trager); WF 43 (Lindsey Peterson 25, Courtney Larson 7, Peyton Perkins 6, Kelsey Nierengarten 5, Ahna Larson 2, Kaitlyn Liekweg 2, Lexi Bray, Siera Jeffrey). Kills – B-K 16 (Meyer 6, Tenold 5, Barrus 2, Soma 2, Trager). WF 33 (Peterson 21, Nierengarten 4, C. Larson 3, Bray, A. Larson, Liekweg). Assists – B-K 12 (Walrod 11, Ashley Friedow). WF 30 (Perkins 15, A. Larson 11, Liekweg 2, Jacy Guerrero, C. Larson). Digs – B-K 7 (Lexie Hartmann 2, Tenold 2, Brenna Barkema, Barrus, Soma). WF 28 (Peterson 7, A. Larson 6, C. Larson 6, Liekweg 4, Madison Patton 2, Guerrero, Perkins). Serving – B-K, Walrod 9-9, ace; Barrus 4-4, ace; Olivia Kuhlers 3-3; Hartmann 3-3; Tenold 3-3; Friedow 3-4, ace; Natalee Dippel 0-1. WF, Jeffrey 9-9, ace; Perkins 5-5; C. Larson 13-14, 3 aces; Peterson 8-9, 2 aces; A. Larson 3-4; Liekweg 6-8, 2 aces.

By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register DIKE – West Fork saw its slim playoff hopes go down in a barrage of Dike-New Hartford points Friday, suffering the most lopsided loss in program history, 85-6 at Dike-New Hartford Friday. The Warhawks (2-6 overall, 1-4 in Class 1A, District 3) wrap up their season Friday at home against Hudson. Dike-New Hartford, which is ranked No. 3 by the Associated Press, clinches the district title and heads into the final week of the regular season undefeated. The Warhawks struggled in every aspect of the game, finishing with just 154 yards of total offense while surrendering 342 yards. They also allowed 142 punt-return yards, all in the first quarter. Dike-New Hartford averaged 10.5 yards per offensive play and also scored on three punt returns. Compounding matters for West Fork was the loss of quarterback Spencer Halloran to an apparent leg injury in the second quarter. Junior Collin Arndt saw his first extensive playing time in Halloran’s absence, throwing for 66 yards and rushing for the team’s only touchdown. Dike-New Hartford senior Gabe Eiklenborg returned a pair of first-quarter punts for touchdowns, sandwiching Ben Cuvelier’s oneyard scoring run at the end of a fiveplay, 50-yard drive. The Wolverines added four second-quarter touchdowns to lead 49-0 at halftime, and their starters needed just two plays to score on the first series of the second half in their final action of the game. Four different Wolverine reserves scored in the game’s final 19 minutes, all under running-clock rules, to account for the final margin.

3, Madison Patton 2, Nierengarten 2). Blocks – Clark 2 (Faust, Thompson). WF, None. Serving – Clark, Mennenga 5-5; Thompson 4-4; Bridget Ross 2-2; Bloker 2-2; Green 2-3; Vance 0-2. WF, Jeffrey 10-10, ace; Guerrero 2-2; Peterson 8-9, 5 aces; Liekweg 6-7; C. Larson 12-14, 3 aces; Perkins 2-3, ace; A. Larson 2-3.

Belmond-Klemme 2, Clarksville 0 (25-22, 25-17)

Kills – Clark 9 (Tayler Maiers 4, Kennedy Becker 3, Brittney Litterer 2). B-K 23 (Jackee Meyer 10, Hailey Barrus 5, Mackenzie Tenold 5, Brianna High 2, Taylor Walrod). Assists – Clark 8 (Madison Bloker 5, Bridget Ross 3). B-K 17 (Ashley Friedow 9, Walrod 8). Digs – Clark 9 (Emily Mennenga 4, Hannah Green 3, Bloker, Isabella Vance). B-K 11 (Lexie Hartmann 4, Olivia Kuhlers 3, Barrus 3, Kacie Schumann). Blocks – Clark, None. B-K 5 (Tenold 2, Walrod 2, Soma). Serving – Clark, Emily Mennenga 8-8; Hannah Thompson 4-4; Madison Bloker 5-6, ace; Bridget Ross 5-6, ace; Isabella Vance 4-5, 2 aces; Hannah Green 5-8, 3 aces. B-K, Kuhlers 14-14, 2 aces; Brenna Barkema 2-2; Hartmann 9-10, Friedow 6-7, ace; Barrus 2-3, ace; Walrod 2-4, ace; Tenold 6-9, 2 aces.

Dominating the Corn Bowl:

West Fork 0 0 0 6 -- 0 Dike-New Hartford 21 28 23 13 -- 85

Scoring Summary

First quarter DNH – Gabe Eiklenborg 64 punt return (Byron Fritch kick) 7-0 DNH – Ben Cuvelier 1 run (Fritch kick) 14-0 DNH – Eiklenborg 31 punt return (Fritch kick) 21-0 Second quarter DNH – Levi Lynch 5 run (Fritch kick) 28-0 DNH – Eiklenborg 10 run (Fritch kick) 35-0 DNH – Fritch 2 pass from Carson Parker (Fritch kick) 42-0 DNH – Cuvelier 35 run (Fritch kick) 49-0 Third quarter DNH – Lynch 55 run (Fritch kick) 56-0 DNH – Safety 58-0 DNH – Connor McCleeary 35 run (Fritch kick) 65-0 DNH – DJ Ackerson 14 run (Fritch kick) 72-0 Fourth Quarter WF – Collin Arndt 2 run (Run failed) 6-72 DNH – Connor Neuroth 69 kickoff return (Kick failed) 78-6 DNH – Blaine Becker 1 run (Zach Nicholson kick) 85-6

Team totals DNH First downs Rushes-yards 342 Pass yards Comp-Att-Int Total offense Punts-Avg. Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards

WF 7 25-31

16 34-

123 12-28154 7-25.6 4-1 3-22

78 16-6-0 420 0-0 0-0 1-15


Rushing – West Fork: Tyson Pillard 6-66; Collin Arndt 12-7, 1 TD; Reese Halloran 1-(minus 2); Spencer Halloran 4-(minus 12); Jordan Greimann 1-(minus 24). Dike-New Hartford: Levi Lynch 8-122, 2 TDs; Ben Cuvelier 6-68, 2 TDs; Blaine Becker 12-62, 1 TD; Connor McCleeary 1-35, 1 TD; DJ Ackerson 2-18, 1 TD; Gabe Eiklenborg 2-16, 1 TD; Calvin Wildeboer 1-11; Connor Ragsdale 2-10. Passing – West Fork: Arndt 7-of-13 for 66 yards; S. Halloran 5-of-15 for 57 yards, 1 int. Dike-New Hartford: Carson Parker 6-of-6 for 78 yards, 1 TD. Receiving – West Fork: R. Halloran 6-31; Jacob Eliason 3-16; Evan Sprung 2-43; S. Halloran 1-33. Dike-New Hartford: Byron Fritch 3-10, 1 TD; Eiklenborg 1-34; Preston Wheat 1-21; Cuvelier 1-13.

Left: Spencer Halloran of West Fork looks to pass in last Friday’s game against Dike-New Hartford. (John Jensen photo)

West Fork volleyball .500 in final regular-season tournament

GARNER – Wrapping up regular season play on Saturday, Oct. 21, the West Fork volleyball team defeated West Hancock and North Iowa but fell to Rockford and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura to go to 15-11 overall entering regional play. Lindsey Peterson finished with 58 kills and 32 digs on the day for the Warhawks while Siera Jeffrey was perfect on 41 serves with a pair of aces. Coach Abbee Gappa’s squad won 21-6, 21-16 against West Hancock and handed North Iowa 21-13, 21-5 loss but lost in three to Rockford, 21-23, 2119, 9-15 and in two against the host school 21-14, 21-15. The Warhawks opened regional play on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Corn Bowl Conference opponent Nashua.

Above: Tyson Pillard of West Fork is pursued by Dike-New Hartford’s Preston Wheat as he carries the ball last Friday night. (John Jensen photo)

West Fork teams sweep conference cross country titles

MANLY – Both West Fork cross country teams placed the majority of its teams in the top-10 to earn the Corn Bowl Conference crowns on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Pioneer Town & Country Club in Manly. The third-ranked Warhawk boys team was completely dominant with all five of their scoring runners placing in the top seven, led by Peyton Twedt’s individual title in a time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds for 32 team points – 12 ahead of runnerup North Butler, ranked ninth in 1A. Twedt was followed by Jacob Hansen, who was third at 17:21 and Drew Engebretson’s fourth-place finish in 18:09. Rounding out team scoring were Colton Rowe (sixth) and Austin Steil (seventh). Finishing runner-up for North Butler was Caleb Wedeking (17:16). The Bearcats had three in the top 10, including Jerod Ballhagen (fifth) and Gavin Scroggin (10th). Meanwhile, Maya Rowe’s runner-up finish in 17:22 to North Butler’s Isabel Derdzinski at 17:16 paced the Warhawk girls with 32 team points to out-distance secondplace Nashua-Plainfield (62). North Butler was third in the team race (67). Also scoring in the top-10 for coach Mark Twedt’s girls squad were Madison Schreckengost, fourth; Taylor Nuehring, fifth and Sydney Schreckengost, eighth. The Bearcat girls scored another top 10 finish from Lisa Feldman, 10th overall. It was a good tune-up for the joint state-qualifying meet at Eagle Grove on Thursday, Oct. 24 where all of the 1A Corn Bowl teams plus several others will compete for a chance to run at Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2. West Fork and North Butler are the highest-ranked boys teams who will compete for a spot at the state meet with Eagle Grove right behind the Bearcats at 10th. The top three teams plus top 10 individuals qualify. Top-15 teams among the girls teams at the meet will be South Hamilton, Mason City Newman and North Iowa. Corn Bowl Conference Meet at Manly Boys Team Scoring 1. West Fork 32; 2. North Butler 44; 3. Central Springs 71; 4. Nashua-Plainfield 102; 5. Rockford 127. Top 10 individuals – 1. Peyton Twedt (WF) 16:56.00; 2. Caleb Wedeking 17:16; 3. Jacob Hansen (WF) 17:21; 4. Drew Engebretson (WF) 18:09; 5. Jarod Ballhagen (NB) 18:16; 6. Colton Rowe (WF) 18:19; 7. Austin Steil (WF) 18:22; 8. Zack Bond (N-P) 18:35; 9. Jesse Marino (CS) 18:42; 10. Gavin Scroggin (NB) 18:46. Girls Team Scoring 1. West Fork 32; 2. NashuaPlainfield 62; 3. North Butler 67; 4. Central Springs 85; 5. Rockford 109. Top 10 individuals – 1. Isabel Derdzinski (NB) 17:16; 2. Maya Rowe (WF) 17:22; 3. Lauren Franke (CS) 17:52; 4. Madison Schreckengost (WF) 17:57; 5. Taylor Nuehring (WF) 18:04; 6. Amy Fullerton (Rock) 18:05; 7. Kalley Matzen (CS) 18:10; 8. Sydney Shreckengost (WF) 18:14; 9. Annette Lantow (N-P) 18:18; 10. Lisa Feldman (NB) 18:21.


Beefburger, Corn, Sweet Potato Fries, Peaches

H-D girls, boys bring up rear in conference races


2 p.m. Dismissal School Conf. 4-8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30 breakfast

Oatmeal, WG Toast or WG Cereal, WG Toast lunch

Chicken Wrap, Asian Stir Fry, Rice, Pears; HS: Sun Chips schedule

FFA National Convention, thru 11/2

THURSDAY, Oct. 31 breakfast

WG Pancake on a Stick or WG Cereal, WG Toast lunch

Taco Salad, Tortilla Chips, Apples; Elem: Cinnamon Puffs; HS: Cinnamon Rolls, Refried Beans

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 breakfast

TBA or WG Cereal, WG Toast lunch


Kaitlyn Liekweg (4) of West Fork hits past the block of Clarksville’s Tayler Maiers during a the home triangular on Monday, Oct. 14. (Kristi Nixon/ Hampton Chronicle)

EAGLE GROVE – HamptonDumont’s girls and boys cross country teams both finished in the final spot of the North Central Conference team races held Tuesday at Eagle Grove. While Tiffany Christensen was the individual champion for the third time in her career, Humboldt won the team title in the girls race with 35 points. The Bulldogs scored 240 points for 10th. They were led by Jordan Prantner’s 24th place finish, crossing the line in 17 minutes, 59 seconds. She was the only H-D runner to finish among the top 30 for either girls or boys teams.

Algona was paced by Bo Hjelle’s individual championship to another team title, scoring 32 team points. H-D boys scored 260 points for ninth out of nine complete teams at the meet. North Central Conference Varsity Girls Team Scoring 1. Humboldt 35; 2. Algona 74; 3. Iowa Falls-Alden 103; 4. Webster City 106; 5. Clarion-Goldfield 155; 6. Bishop Garrigan 156; 7. Eagle Grove 170; 8. Clear Lake 175; 9. St. Edmond 181; 10. Hampton-Dumont 140. Top 10 – 1. Tiffany Christensen (EG) 15:16; 2. Sam Larson (Humb) 15:23; 3. Tangy Wiseman (Alg) 15:55; 4. Maddie Kampen (Humb)

16:16; 5. Sophia Luu (Humb) 16:28; 6. Bethany Lippert (IF-A) 16:30; 7. Jessica Lippert (IF-A) 16:35; 8. Carissa Pityer (Alg) 16:43; 9. Kate Curran (Humb) 16:47; 10. Morgan Van Zante (Alg) 16:59. Varsity Boys Team Scoring 1. Algona 32; 2. Clear Lake 71; 3. St. Edmond 82; 4. Humboldt 121; 5. Eagle Grove 141; 6. Webster City 149; 7. Bishop Garrigan 151; 8. Iowa Falls-Alden 160; 9. HamptonDumont 240. Top 10 – 1. Bo Hjelle (Alg) 16:36; 2. Antonio DiMarco (CL) 17:00; 3. Noah Stephas (EG) 17:05; 4. Pete Hollinger (Alg) 17:09; 5. Jake Miller (Humb) 17:25; 6. Casey McEvoy (FDSE) 17:28; 7. Mason Altman (Alg) 17:28; 8. Tony Kollash (Alg Garrigan) 17:29; 9. Loren Shellabarger (Alg) 17:30; 10. Jake Iverson (CL) 17:31.