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Looking back at the biggest news stories of the year Christmas Tree Pick-Up The City of Sheffield will be doing Christmas Tree Pick-Up until Janu ary 15. Please call City Hall at 641-892-4718, to let them know you have a tree to be picked up. Please put trees out at the curb. No decorations or bags.

Community Fellowship Coffee First United Methodist Church will be hosting a Community Fellowship Coffee on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:30 a.m. Coffe and cinnamon rolls will be served at the church in Sheffield.

Community Calendar Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 Foot Clinic, 9:00-11:00, Franklin County Public Health, 641456-5820 Immunization Clinic, 2:304:00, Franklin County Public Health, 641-456-5820 Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Foot Clinic, 8:30-10:00, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Ackley, 641456-5820 Blood Pressure, 8:30-9:30, Franklin County Public Health, Walk-in Retired Sukup Employee Coffee, 7-9 a.m. at Sheffield Inn Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 Blood Pressure, 8:00-9:00, Hardeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Walk-in Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 AA meets at Zion St. John at 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 Blood Pressure & Med. Mins, 10:00-11:00, Hampton Senior Center, Walk-in Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 Foot Clinic, 8:30-10:00, Sheffield EMS, 641-456-5820 Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 Blood Pressure, 8:30-9:30, Franklin County Public Health, Walk-in Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 The Sheffield American Legion Harlo Ray Massee Post 277 meets the second Tuesday of each Month. AA meets at Zion St. John at 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Foot Clinic, 1:00-3:00, Hampton Senior Center, 641-456-5191 Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 Foot Clinic, 9:00-11:00, Franklin County Public Health, 641456-5820 456 5820

Compiled by Nick Pedley Tornadoes, a heated election and an untimely spring snowstorm were but a few of the top stories that graced the front pages of The Sheffield Press in 2013. Some of those events had a larger community-wide impact than others, but all left a lasting impression on Sheffield and the greater Franklin

County area last year. What follows are the Top 13 stories of 2013 compiled by the Press news staff. Some of the stories arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet finished, and they will no doubt continue creating headlines in 2014 and beyond. However, they all played an integral role in making 2013 the memorable year that it was.

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Election

Sheffield residents had plenty to choose from when they headed to the polls for the Nov. 5 city election â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 40 percent of voters turned out to cast their ballot for three mayoral candidates and three declared council hopefuls. Nick Wilson easily outpaced his competition by 116 votes to claim the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat. Sheri Bogue finished second with 99 votes, while former mayor Dennis Kingery wound up in third with 25 votes. The race for the two open council positions proved just as interesting. Newcomers Mike McKee and J.C. McCaslin won with 164 and 161 votes, respectively, Nick Wilson while former councilman and write-in candidate Sean Cameron missed out on another term after finishing with 96 votes. Write-ins Karl Sorenson, 71 votes, and James Hagarty, 62 votes, finished fourth and fifth, and candidate Shirley Meints finished last with 43. That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the end of it, however. Wilson was forced to vacate the remaining time left on his council seat so he could assume mayoral duties Jan. 1. His position will be filled by appointment at the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s January meeting.

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Madisyn Harper Local teen Madisyn Harper captured the attention of locals after successfully recovering from a heart transplant during the spring and summer of 2013. Harper received a new heart on March 20 and made an early return to her rural Sheffield home after only 83 recuperating days in Rochester, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just glad to be home,â&#x20AC;? said Harperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Kaci, in the June 13 edition of the Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been hard being away from everybody for so long.â&#x20AC;? Harper was greeted with a surprise when she returned in early June. A group of volunteers from the charity My Happy Place completely revamped her

room and added new floors, a bed and other amenities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My old room was a lot more messier. I like everything about this one,â&#x20AC;? she said after she checked out her new digs. Harper has since returned to school at West Fork High School, where she is a freshman. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotten reacquainted to everyday school life, and even joined the dance team this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone there has been very accommodating, which has been just great,â&#x20AC;? said her father, Glen, on June 10. 13 in 13 to page 4

Coaches vs. Cancer 2014 set for Jan. 25 By Heather Holm and Sheri Bogue Plans are underway for the 5th Annual Coaches vs Cancer, a full day of basketball between HamptonDumont and West Fork teams will take place on Saturday January 25. The high school boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; teams will play the first game at 12 p.m., at the Hampton-Dumont High School. Several fun activities are being planned throughout the day, so please watch the papers and listen to the radio for those details as they become finalized. Right now we are taking orders for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coaches vs Cancer T-shirts. The shirts this year are orange with black print. cost is $15.00 for youth small â&#x20AC;&#x201C; adult XL, larger shirts are also available with an additional cost. Please return order forms to Heather Holm at 1010 4th

Street SE, Hampton, Iowa, 50441 no later than December 31. All shirts must be ordered in advance as a very limited supply will be available on game day. Order forms are available on the school web sites, in Hampton at First Bank Hampton and the high school; in Sheffield at the high school, United Bank & Trust, Duganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Supermarket and the Sheffield Library, in Rockwell at the middle school, First Security Bank & Trust and Duganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Supermarket; and in Thornton at First Security Bank & Trust and Chit Chat CafĂŠ. This year we are looking for sponsors to help offset the cost of the T-shirts, this will allow us to donate more money to the Coaches vs Cancer and the fight against this terrible disease. Our theme

this year is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finish The Fightâ&#x20AC;?. If you would be interested in sponsoring

the t-shirts please contact Heather Holm at 641-4568065 or Sheri Bogue at

641-892-4260 for more details. We hope to see you at the basketball game to

support our teams and the Coaches vs Cancer.

Old Time Country Hoedown, Jan. 6

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The next Hampton Old Time Country Hoedown will be held at the historic Windsor Theatre in downtown Hampton on Monday, Jan. 6, from 6-9 p.m. It will mark the one-year anniversary of this wonderful event. We are very excited with the success of this live music open jam and the positive comments we have received from both players and audience members. We have gathered a variety of musicians from 30 towns and three states and audience members from 69 towns and eight states in our first year.

This free will event has raised $3,400 for the Windsor Theatre and continues to bring a crowd to downtown Hampton on the first Monday of each month. Please join us for our first anniversary. This event is free but a free will basket with all proceeds going to the Windsor is accepted. Concession stand is open. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been to the hoedown please give it a try and if you have, bring a friend and join us again. Anyone wishing to perform or just enjoy those nice theater seats and listen is welcome.

West Fork FFA held a community dinner at the Sheffield Inn to raise funds or the 2014 Spirit of West Fork Program on Dec. 18. The FFA members served a spaghetti meal to over 100 community members who came out to support the cause. The dinner was a free will offering and helped raise over $500 for the Spirit of West Fork initiative. The Spirit of West Fork is a program in which community groups, members and West Fork Staff help raise funds to purchase gifts and dinner around the Christmas season. Overall the FFA members thought that dinner was a success and would like to thank all who attended to enjoy a good meal and help out a great cause! (Submitted photo and write-up courtesy of Bret Spurgin, West Fork FFA advisor)


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January 2, 1963 Tomatoes are ready to be harvested at the Central Telephone Co. exchange office in Sheffield. Local company serviceman, Don Sindt, has three large tomatoes ready for use, and several others with good growth. The plants are in pots at the exchange building. California and Florida with their annual winter freezes have nothing on Sheffield. Major and Mrs. Dean Esslinger and two children of Camp Pendleton, Calif., arrived on Thursday for a holidays visit in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Atkinson, and with his mother, Mrs. E. E. Esslinger. They left today, Thursday, by plane on their return trip home. Herman T. Jurgens of Latimer, completed 33 years as Second District Supervisor in Franklin county, on Tuesday. The transfer to the new Second District Supervisor Peter E. Ryken of rural Latimer will be made on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the organization meeting of the board. Mr. Ryken was elected Second District Supervisor in November, 1962, his three-year term of office to begin in 1964. Mr. Jurgens has had an illustrious career as a member of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to 11 consecutive three-year terms for one of the longest tenures of elective office in Franklin county. He has served in public office a total of 52 years, previously on the school board and in township offices as clerk and trustee. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Nolte and Vicki were Monday, Dec. 30, visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hummel Jr. at Allison. Sgt. Donald M. Bonjour returned to Fort Riley, Kans., Saturday after spending five days with his wife and family in the Harold Gretillat home. Atty. and Mrs. Carl D. Foster at-

tended a coffee Sunday evening, Dec. 29, in the home of Judge and Mrs. Harvey Uhlenhopp at Hampton. The occasion was in honor of Franklin county attorneys. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanders were Christmas evening and overnight guests, Dec. 24, in the home of her parents, Mt. and Mrs. Otto Brunsvold at Northwood. Christmas afternoon they were guests in the home of Mr. Sandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sanders at Albert Lea, Minn. Christmas night they were visitors in the home of Mr. Sandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother, Mrs. Florence Sanders at Mason City. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Beyer and Dennis and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hartman were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Elsie Neve and son, Alan and Mrs. Anne Beyer. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Kammrad and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kammrad and family and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kammrad all of Sheffield, were entertained at a Christmas dinner Wednesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Kammrad at Chapin. Mr. and Mrs. John Dahlke and two sone of Minneapolis, Minn., were Christmas day visitors with his mother, Mrs. Gretchen Dahlke, and other relatives and friends in this vicinity. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lutcavish and sons were hosts at a Christmas day dinner in their home. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Culver and Mike of Boone; Mrs. James Lutcavish of Mason City; Art Culver, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Blanchard and Berleen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Berndt and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kammrad, Dick and Don, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kammrad and Allen. Santa arrived about 3:30, Thanks to Mr. Baker. January 5, 1983 Three Sheffield people have been

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selected to serve on the Franklin County petit juror panel for the months of January, February and March, 1984, according to a copy of the venire received from Clerk of Court, Helen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dea. They will be called as needed for jury trial cases during the three months period. Selection was made in the office of the Clerk of Court. Summoned to serve on the petit jury from Sheffield are: Diane Bernel Blades, Jane Ann Eckhoff and Marguerite Susan Tidman. Others named from this area of the county are: Richland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sharon Lee Haver, Laverne Frederick Steenhard. West Fork â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dale Robert Heitland, Evelyn M. Wickwire. Twelve Grand Jurors for 1984 have been chosen at the courthouse at Hampton, Helen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dea, county clerk of district court, reports. Among those chosen was William Loeffelhardt, Jr. of Sheffield. Zion United Methodist Church of Sheffield has held its annual meeting and named its 1984 officers and committees. They are as follows: Recording Secretary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs. Douglas Rust. Treasurer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs. Fred Schoning. Financial Secretary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Douglas Davolt. President of Board of Trustees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fred Schoning. Board Members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brewster Rust, Vernon Davolt, Bill Butterworth, Mrs. Ed Schwierjohann, Mrs. Ray Rube, Fred Behrens. Pastor-Parish Relations Committee -- Chairman, Mrs. Harold Culver; Mrs. Vernon Davolt, Mrs. Brewster Rust, Harold Culver, Bill Butterworth, Larry Gretillat, Fred Schoning. Committee on Finance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chairman, Fred Schoning; Douglas Davolt, Jack Eno, Bill Butterworth, Harold Culver, Mrs. Ed Schwierjohann. Committee on Education â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs. William Butterworth, Mrs. Larry Gretillat, Mrs. Vernon Davolt, Mrs. Brewster Rust. Memorial Committee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs. Ray Knapp, Mrs. Robert Jewell, Mrs. Helen Knapp. Communion Stewards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Oltmann, Mr. and Mrs. Brewster Rust, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Schwierjohann. Committee on Music â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs. Adam Just, Mrs. William Butterworth, Mrs. Douglas Davolt. Committee on Historical Records â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs. Vernon Davolt, Mrs. Paul Knopf. Audit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Irene Markwardt, Mrs. Jack Eno. Mr. and Mrs. John Loken and Todd of Wichita, Kans., spent the holidays in the parental Rex Levitt home. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Stock and son, Neal, spent the holidays in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith at Denver, Colo. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Zimmerman and Angela were guests in the home of her sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Lang, at Marshalltown on Sunday, Jan. 1, for a post-Christmas dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clark and two children were guests over the holidays in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Clark, and other family members at Weaverville, Calif., from Dec. 20-28. They made the trip by plane. Mr. and Mrs. David Levitt, Lisa and Jennifer, hosted a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange on Christmas Day. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. John Loken and Todd of Wichita, Kans.; Mark Symens, Mrs. Ann Emhoff, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Levitt, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Laskowski, Don Sindt. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Pinneke hosted a family get-together on Christmas day. Attending were Miss Jean Schaefer of San Antonio, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. Duane Liekweg and family of Williamsburg; Mr. and Mrs.

John Knipfel of Ackley; Mr. and Mrs. Ken Schaefer and Lori, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Schaefer. January 6, 1994 Monday Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s League standings at Sheffield Lanes as of Dec. 20 are as follows: Sheffield Lanes, Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge 1, Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge 2, United Bank & Trust Co., Yelland Insurance, Iowa Drainage, Sheffield Auto Body. High Team Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sheffield Lanes, 2,599; Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge 2, 2,578; Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge 1, 2,533. High Team Game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge 2, 904; Sheffield Lanes, 878; Dieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge 1, 869. High Individual Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dan Hubka, 640; DelRay McKee, 612; Bill Kezar, 573. High Individual Game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dan Hubka, 228; Bill Kezar, 214; Don Hall, 213. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Buss, Kimberley, Kristie, Karol and Gregg Buss of Mint Springs, Virginia, spent several days with his mother, Leona Buss, over the Christmas holidays. An Oehlert family gathering was held Saturday evening, Dec. 25, in the home of Vernon and Dorothy (Oehlert) Davolt. Attending the family gathering were Douglas, Susan and Elizabeth Davolt of Sheffield; Terry and Janice Christensen, Tracie and David of Grimes; David and Judith Dannen of Chapin; Robert Ames and Brad Ames of rural Swaledale; Harold and Dorothy Oehlert of Sheffield; Terri Pals, Chase and Logan of rural Mason City. Due to illness, Marlis Ames, Logan and Mick Pals, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend. Dub Bridge was played and a soup lunch ended the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rumelhart, Amber, Matthew and April of Mainville, Ohio, were guests of Debo-

Death Notice

Ednabelle Smith, 96, of Sheffield, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, at the First United Methodist Church, Sheffield, with Pastor Sandy Gobeli presiding. Interment wil be at the West Fork Cemetery. Visitation, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Retz Funeral Home, Sheffield.

The Sheffield Press rahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Koenigsberg, Dec. 27 through the 30th. Tuesday they all enjoyed their post-Christmas celebration with Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Koenigsberg, Bethany, Allison and Kevin beginning with a noon dinner in the Harley Koenigsberg residence at Sheffield. Bill and Gretchen Hemm of rural Sheffield and Chris Hemm of

JANUARY 2, 2014 Sheffield, Iowa Hampton drove to Duluth, Minn., on Christmas Day. They were house guests of their daughter and sister, Rachelle, and Bryan Anderson and sons, returning home Dec. 28. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Koenigsberg were New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day supper and evening visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Koenigsberg, rural Thornton.

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Old Year reflections Not a lot happens on the news front during the final week of the year. People leave the area to visit family for Christmas, school is out, and there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any meetings scheduled. An early print deadline scrunches time even further, so stories often become few and far between. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a few opportunities to fill some space, however. As you can see in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition, we opted to go the reminiscent route and reflect on the 13 biggest stories of 2013. You may disagree with the rankings or think certain stories should be replaced with others, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty comprehensive list of events that made the year memorable. 2013 was indeed interesting. Some stories were harder to swallow than others, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the nature of the beast â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably going to be some bad news that follows. Compiling the list wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as easy as one might think. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a few stories you toil over. Maybe it should go in, maybe it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t; maybe it should be higher on the list, maybe it should be lower. In any case, this is the list that we came up with. As I put it together and looked back on all the old editions that comprised 2013, I got to thinking

about my first six months on the job. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been interesting to say the least, but the stories have no doubt helped me improve as a journalist and evolve as a writer. My most memorable moment thus far came during my second week on the job. I was coming back from doing the Cerro Gordo County courthouse news in Mason City and was just northeast of Chapin on Highway 65. It was rather stormy towards the west, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think much of it. After all, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve endured many summer thunderstorms in Iowa, so why would this one be any different? I was getting sick of hearing those annoying radio weather warnings screech out of my speakers so I shut it off. I looked to my right, and to my surprise saw a tornado tearing through the countryside far off in the distance. Luckily, I had my camera with me. I pulled over, got out and started firing away. I got back into my car and headed west to get a better view. I went through Chapin and could see the storm was still five-plus miles away. The twister had gone back up, but the storm wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finished. I gradually crept closer and closer as rain pelted my windshield. Another tornado dropped down three miles away from me. I rolled down my window, stuck my cam-

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era as close to it as I could and drove down a gravel road shooting photos along the way. I remember worrying about going in the ditch, but that soon changed. I figured I had enough, so I turned around and headed for safer territory. However, as I took one last fleeting glance at the storm I saw two twisters starting to form. I remember trying to calm down, but I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk myself out of turning around to get a few more shots of these unique dualing tornadoes. I had enough after that. The storm had gotten within less than a mile of me, and I could see dirt swirling in the field next to me. I turned around for good, trembling like a leaf and terrified. That June 12 storm was a very special opportunity. Not often do

There will be a change of faces when the new year begins in 2014. Ron Schissel will be leaving as a council person while Nikki Nagel takes over the seat. Incumbent Lynn Nagel was unopposed for the mayor position and Amy Noss was reelected to the council unopposed. â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Denny and Laura Campbell ventured to Vegas earlier this month to visit their daughter, Angie, their son-in-law, Sean and especially their 2 1/2 month old grandson, Reed. The proud grandparents are pleased to report â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reed is growing like a weed! He is over 14 lbs. now and over 24 in. long. And absolutely adorable!â&#x20AC;? Also while there, they enjoyed spending time with Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends - Alma, Linda, Ursalynne and her daughter, Natalie (who is a 3 1/2 year old cutie pie!). On Saturday, everyone had fun at Natalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer game. Temps were perfect - mid 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - no jacket required. After the game, it was girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; day out so of course, lunch and lots of shopping was on the agenda. Fun! Sunday began by attending church with Angie and her family,

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then out for some coffee and breakfast. Laura then went to a soiree at Almaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house for a fine feast of food and some card playing. The evening rounded out nicely with a delicious dinner and wonderful conversation at Silverado Steakhouse with Angie, Sean and Reed (who behaved like a little gentleman). Great family time! It was a trip to remember that went by much too quickly. So looking forward to the next one! *** Dougherty town hall was filled with laughter and holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 7. Family and friends enjoyed a night of food, and fellowship courtesy of Joe and Kim Staudt of Dougherty and Donna and Bill Devereux of Hampton. ***

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you get to see such a spectacle during the day, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so very thankful that I had my camera. You just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a bad photo of a tornado â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially two at the same time. Events like that are what make my job worth it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been asked on more than a few occassions about what I like to cover most. Honestly, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no good answer. Each and every story presents its own unique challenges, no matter how small or large they may appear. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the future has in store for 2014, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to find out. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be both good news and bad, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the give and take of journalism â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something fresh every day.

Well . . . it would appear that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made it (or about to) through the two holidays with no problems. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday morning and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no time for problems to occur at this point this week! It will be a great feeling to be back on a normal schedule (including the anxiety attacks, etc.!) next week. And to get back to printing on the presses the way it should be. Anyway . . . we hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! Home . . . itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a great holiday there, too. Actually I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there much until after Christmas. Tuesday afternoon when the paper was finished and in the mail, I finished up other items that needed to be taken care of here at work and headed home to load the car, get cleaned up, and head for Altoona. I had the option of getting there early enough to go to church . . . but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t materialize. I got there right after the young ones returned from church and we had supper. Then a little TV and Little Lid wanted to open some gifts. OK! Gift wrapping flying everywhere! Everyone seemed to be happy with their gifts . . . as was I! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve definitely reached the age where I would rather give than receive. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong . . . I appreciate everything I received. But I sometimes wonder if I deserve it! Anyway . . . it was bedtime. Lidia wanted to know if she could sleep with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Papa.â&#x20AC;? It was OK with me . . . but it only lasted for about five minutes before she was ready to head to her own bedroom! Jeez . . . I bathed just before I left home! Christmas morning up and I hear the pitter-patter of little feet and my name being called to come see what Santa brought! What? No dog to help wake me up? That done, a Christmas movie, and off to Nicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home for dinner. Mid-afternoon and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to head north. Home . . . unloaded the car . . . cleaned up again . . . and headed for friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house for the evening. It was a great Christmas . . . only could have been better had Grandma Lidia been there! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m betting she was! Back to work Thursday and Friday. Woke up Saturday morning with the flu. Wonderful!. Better by afternoon . . . then it recurred again Saturday evening. And into midmorning Sunday. I felt somewhat better . . . and managed some supper. By now (Monday a.m.) I feel fine. I look like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through the war . . . but part of that is just normal! Plans for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. None at the moment. The weatherman may determine that. A week from today all will be back to normal . . . whatever that is! Be good, Kids! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Showtime!

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June Tornadoes Much of Franklin County was spared considerable damage despite the onslaught of six tornadoes that nailed the area during the afternoon of June 12. The Wright County town of Belmond was hit the hardest by the first tornado of the day. An EF3 ripped through the north side of town at around 4:20 p.m., and destroyed businesses and damaged residences as it headed towards Franklin County. The twister picked up shortly after it left Belmond, but the storm was by no means done. It would drop five more tornadoes ranging in size from EF0 to EF2 before dissipating near Beeds Lake. At one point, two twisters were on the ground at one time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in law enforcement since 1977, and before yesterday I had only ever seen two funnel clouds, never a touchdown,â&#x20AC;? Franklin County

Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier said on June 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesterday, I saw eight. They were most likely the same one touching down multiple times, but it was a lot.â&#x20AC;? The storm substantially damaged two homes, left minor damage at 14 residences and completely destroyed 14 out buildings during its 45-minute path through Wright and Franklin counties. Franklin County, along with 46 other Iowa counties, eventually received a Presidential Major Disaster Designation in July that stemmed from the storm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a tornado is not lucky, but we were very lucky that no one was hurt,â&#x20AC;? said former Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil after the storm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of things were very favorable for Franklin County that day.â&#x20AC;?

Six local fire departments responded to a blaze that completely destroyed two shop buildings at the Mark and Susan Rother farm west of Sheffield Dec. 7. The fire was spotted around 8:30 a.m. and took around six hours to completely extinguish. Departments from Latimer, Sheffield, Coulter, Thornton, Swaledale and Meservey were eventually called in to help fight the flames and supply water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were talking, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a while since we had one this big,â&#x20AC;? Sheffield Assistant Fire Chief Calvin Primus said in the Dec. 12 edition of the Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get water on there fast enough. It was kind of in the middle of everyone. There was no easy access to it.â&#x20AC;? Frigid temperatures caused another added hurdle for firefighters. Water eventually turned to ice, which created rather slippery conditions. No injuries were reported following the incident. Electrical malfunction is the suspected cause, but officials werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely certain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as we make sure the cementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get everything pushed off and start building it back up again,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Rother.

5HSRUWLQJIURPWKH)UDQNOLQ&RXQW\&RXUWKRXVH FRANKLIN SHERIFF Friday, December 13: â&#x20AC;˘ 9:53 p.m.: Deputies received a report of a vehicle driving a white GMC truck all over the road and down to 25 miles per hour, as the subject attempts to pass, the vehicle speeds up. Deputies found the vehicle and spoke to the driver. Driver advised he just purchased the truck and was driving slow home. Saturday, December 14: â&#x20AC;˘ 2:15 p.m.: Deputies were advised of a deer lying partially in the roadway in the 1000 block of Highway 65. â&#x20AC;˘ 9:15 p.m.: Deputies were advised of a subject leaving their checkbook at Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Sheffield. Sheffield officer advised he would contact owner and get checkbook returned to owner. Sunday, December 15: â&#x20AC;˘ 8:07 a.m.: Deputies assisted the Hampton Police with a call. â&#x20AC;˘ 6:37 p.m.: Deputies received a report of a vehicle nearly running a vehicle off the roadway east on 105th St. â&#x20AC;˘ 8:24 p.m.: Deputies were advised of a subject hitting a deer in the 900 block of Highway 65. â&#x20AC;˘ 9:40 p.m.: Deputies received a report of finding a vehicle in the ditch west of Raven on 105th St. Subjects were fine and have help on the way. â&#x20AC;˘ 11:42 p.m.; Deputies took a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 57 one mile west of Ackley. Ackley officers checked on the vehicle, however, no one was around the vehicle. Monday, December 16: â&#x20AC;˘ 6 a.m.: Deputies were advised of a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of 180th St. and Mallard

Ave. Hampton Police assisted the subject by giving her a ride home. â&#x20AC;˘ 7:49 a.m.: Subject reported putting her vehicle in the south ditch west of Wren Ave on 210th St. Deputy responded. â&#x20AC;˘ 1:28 p.m.: Deputies assisted the Hampton Police with a call near the intersection of Highways 3 and 65. â&#x20AC;˘ 2:35 p.m.: Deputies assisted the Hampton Police with a call. â&#x20AC;˘ 4:46 p.m.: Deputies were advised by a subject who has a dumpster in the 400 block of Thompson St., Sheffield, that someone has been putting their trash in the dumpster. Sheffield Police would check into the matter. Tuesday, December 17: â&#x20AC;˘ 7:47 a.m.: Deputies were advised of a vehicle that has been in the parking lot at Mortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Water since last Saturday. â&#x20AC;˘ 1:30 p.m.: Deputies were advised on an injured deer in the ditch between 60th and 70th Street on the west side of Franklin Ave. â&#x20AC;˘ 2:02 p.m.: Deputies received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 65 north of 220th St. Deputy gave the subject a ride to Hampton. â&#x20AC;˘ 4:33 p.m.: Deputies were advised of a vehicle being left in the 100 block of 130th St., Dows, since early in the morning. Deputy put a tow tag on the vehicle. Wednesday, December 18: â&#x20AC;˘ 7:56 a.m.: Deputies transported a prisoner to the Hardin County Jail, Eldora. â&#x20AC;˘ 8:38 a.m.: Deputies assisted medical personnel in the 100 block of S. Van Kirk, Latimer. West Franklin EMS responded. â&#x20AC;˘ 9:14 a.m.: Deputies transported a prisoner to the Hardin County

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Jail, Eldora. â&#x20AC;˘ 7:42 p.m.: Deputies received a report of a 9-1-1 hang-up call in the 1500 block of Highway 65. Deputies responded. Thursday, December 19: â&#x20AC;˘ 6:06 p.m.: Deputies were called to the Geneva Methodist Church for a civil dispute. â&#x20AC;˘ 11:31 p.m.: Dispatchers received a report of an accident on I-35 northbound near the 171 mile marker. The Iowa State Patrol took the report. Friday, December 20: â&#x20AC;˘ 7:44 a.m.: Deputies assisted medical personnel in the 1700 block of Highway 65. Franklin General Hospital responded. Iowa State Patrol Wednesday, December 4: â&#x20AC;˘ 5:52 p.m.: Troopers investigat-

ed a two vehicle accident on County Road C-13 roughly 1,239 feet west of Jonquil Ave. According to the report on file, Lisa A. Cook, 45, Thornton, was westbound on C13 in a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. James Freidrich Harle, 74, Kanawha, was eastbound on C-13 in a 2002 Ford F150. Cook reportedly lost control on the icy roadway and she attempted, unsuccessfully, to correct the slide, crossed the centerline, turned around to face east, and in front of Harle where Harleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truck struck the rear of Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand Caravan. The Grand Caravan then left the roadway to the right coming to rest in the south ditch, upright, and facing south. The F150 came to rest in the middle of the road, upright, and facing south. Cook, two passengers in her vehicle, Ste-

ven Michael Cook, and Michael John Foell, along with Harle were all taken to Mercy North Iowa by Franklin General EMS. Damages were estimated at $6,000 to the Grand Caravan and $6,000 to the F-150. Cook was cited for failure to maintain control and Harle was cited for failure to wear a seat belt. Monday, December 2: â&#x20AC;˘ 12:50 p.m.: Carol Jean Christensen, 84, Popejoy, was traveling westbound in a 1997 Buick LeSabre on 40th Street near Grouse Avenue when she blacked out, lost control of the vehicle, and rolled the car into the south ditch. Troopers were assisted by Iowa DOT Enforcement officers, Alden First Responders, and Franklin General Hospital. Christensen was taken to Franklin General Hospital by FGH ambulance.

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JANUARY 2, 2014 Sheffield, Iowa

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Top 3 stories of 2013

West Fork brings home seconds By Kristi Nixon

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West Fork was projected to have its final finish as a team at third, surprising everyone but themselves.

West Fork boys cross country team earns No. 2 West Fork boys basketball team finishes state runner-up finish. Maybe the folks at West Fork Nation knew that the War- state runner-up. hawk boys team would be good this season before it started, but those who rate squads didn’t. Coach Mark Twedt’s team, led by his son, Peyton, were unrated until the Warhawks started to take off, winning all of but a few of their meets. Peyton Twedt was unbeaten going into the state meet and led with about a half-mile to go before finishing behind the individual and team’s favorite, Kyle Kehoe of Denver. Also placing in the top 10 was freshman Jacob Hansen, to earn an individual medal. Even going into the state championships,

The Warhawks were one of the favorites from the start of the season. With a physical presence in the middle in Payton Plagge that had experience from the 2011 state title game, coach Frank Schnoes’ team just missed a repeat of that finish when Sheldon’s defense held the Warhawks to just 36 points in the title game for their only loss of the season to end at 26-1. Plagge was voted to the all-tournament team for the second time in his career.

The West Fork boys basketball team poses with the runner-up banner right after the state championship game it played against Sheldon on Friday, March 8, 2013. (File photo)

No. 3

Lindsey Peterson accident sends her to Mayo Clinic, ends her basketball career. The West Fork all-state volleyball player had an unfortunate freak accident in the locker room before the Warhawks were to play Riceville on Dec. 17. She slipped and fell from the bench she was standing on while taking photos with her teammates, hit her face on an edge of the bench and had to be taken to Mayo in order to have 100 stitches and three plates put in her face and ended her season with the Warhawks this season. The story drew more attention online than any other sports-wise this past year. Lindey Peterson

The West Fork boys cross country team holds up its runner-up banner after the state meet at Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2. They are, from left: Jacob Hansen, Peyton Twedt, Drew Engebretson, Markus Wogen, Kyle Schulz, Colton Rowe Austin Steil and coach Mark Twedt. Front is Justin Anderson. (File photo)

Warhawk Boys Basketball Coaches

West Fork Boys Basketball Coaches, left to right: Assistant Coach Randy Bohman, Head Coach Frank Schnoes, Assistant coach Dave O’Connor.

Warhawk Junior Varsity Girls Basketball

Members of the West Fork junior varsity girls basketball team for the 2013-2014 season are: (front row, left to right) Maddison Shupe, Florencia Frias, Brittany O’Donnell, Kaitlyn Liekweg, Sara Dusold. (back row) Coach Brian Wogen, Cailey Weaver, Kalynn Washington, Sam Hafermann, Coach Abbee Gappa, Alexis Bray, Taryn Meyer, and Coach Rodney Huber. (JZ Press photo)

Warhask JJV Boys Basketball

Front row, left to right: Josh Stevens, Brett Barkema, Travis Fekkers, Rylan Fleshner, Christian Ames. Back row, left to right: Coach Randy Bohman, Dawson Zeitler, Noah Sparks, Cole Hall, Jake Nierengarten. Absent: Jayden Engebretson.

Warhawk JV Boys Basketball

Front row, left to right: Kyle Schulz, Peyton Twedt, Cody Wegner, Jacob Eliason, Reece Halloran, Tyson Pillard, Collin Arndt. Back Row, left to right: Logan Plagge, Alec Connelly, Gunnar Myers, Mitchell Robeoltman, Collin Jones-Smeby, Deven Heitland, Coach Dave O’Connor.

Warhawk Junior High Wrestling

Members of the West Fork junior high wrestling squad for the 2013-2014 season are: (front row, left to right) Joseph Bonjour, Treven Timmerman, Spencer Proctor, (back row) Coach Lance Thompson, Michael Fjone, Jordan Clark, and Alex Bender. (JZ Press photo)


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Ethan Kazmerzak

The disappearance of Hampton man Ethan Kazmerzak, 22, has captivated both local residents and people from throughout the state since he went missing during the early hours of Sept. 15. Kazmerzak was well-known throughout the community for his involvement with local plays and other programs at the Windsor Theatre. His disappearance sparked a week-long, multi-pronged search on Sept. 16 that included aerial patrols, foot and vehicle searches, and a dive team scouring gravel pits where Kazmerzak was last seen. The searches yielded no new clues, and eventually leads began to dry up. Many tips on Kazmerzak’s potential whereabouts and clues regarding his disappearance have gone nowhere. Neither he nor his silver Volkswagen Jetta have been seen since Sept. 14, when Kazmerzak was reported visiting various bars throughout the area with friends. A $20,000 reward for information on Kazmerzak’s whereabouts or clues leading to his safe return expired in early December. Local law enforcement officials received a handful of tips, including some from two psychics, but nothing panned out. A volunteer search and rescue team from Wisconsin brought elaborate sonar equipment to investigate the ponds north of Hampton again in late November. They returned in December after they discovered two potential leads following a review of the data, but the images in question turned out to be rocks.

JANUARY 2, 2014 Sheffield, Iowa

Bogue’s eligibility upheld

Mayoral candidate Sheri Bogue came under fire in late September after an objection was filed against her candidacy that claimed she wasn’t a resident of Sheffield. A special hearing was called on Sept. 30 to officially determine Bogue’s status on the Nov. 5 ballot. Bogue admitted she stayed at another residence outside Sheffield city limits three to four nights each week, but stayed at her long-time residence at 214 E. Gilman St. every other evening. “If you go down to that house, 95 percent of the things belong to me. Dishes, furniture, appliance, clothes – everything,” Bogue said at the hearing. “How is that not my home? Just because I don’t sleep there five nights a week? It’s still my home.” After presenting voter registration and mail evidence proving her residency, a three-member panel comprised of Mayor Jim Saylor, Councilman Kenny Berding and City Clerk Amanda Dannen upheld her eligibility on the November ballot. Bouge wound up losing the election, but was happy she was allowed to run. “I’m excited to move forward,” she said following the meeting. “Now it’s in the hands of the voters, which is all I ever wanted.

Devlin Obregon

Area residents mourned the death of Devlin Obregon, 7, following a Nov. 1 accident near the Five Star Co-op on Main Street in Swaledale. Obregon was playing in the street with friends when the accident occurred. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, a grain truck driven by Robert Quinlan of Rockwell struck Obregon when the youngster was running alongside the vehicle trying to get the driver to honk the horn. Obregon was in the truck’s blind spot, and Quinlan was unaware the boy was so close when he made the turn. “Everyone’s going to want answers about why this seven-yearold in Swaledale died after getting hit by a grain truck, but that’s why they call them accidents,” said Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals. “It’s just a terrible situation to even be in.” No charges were filed following the accident. The Rockwell-Swaledale EMTs, Swaledale Fire Department, Mercy Air Life, Iowa State Patrol and Mason City Fire Medics assisted the police at the scene. Obregon was a second grader at West Fork Elementary. He enjoyed sports, playing with his siblings and many other activities. “Our district has been saddened by this event,” West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike said in the Nov. 7 edition of the Press. “It’s something that’s never happened in my seven years here. It’s one of those things that once it happens, it’s one too many.”

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Beeds Lake pollution

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May blizzard

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Car accident leads to marijuana discovery Police discovered four pounds of marijuana Aug. 25 after a New Jersey vehicle blew through the intersection of Grand Street and South Lincoln Street in Sheffield and crashed into a garage. Christian Bruno, Berkeley Heights, N.J., and Fabrice Emogene, also of New Jersey, were arrested after police found a duffle bag filled with weed during their on-scene investigation. The car had flipped on its top after it struck the garage located at Mary Peter’s residence, consequently destroying part of the building’s side and a nearby fence. Emogene was seen scrambling to remove the bag following the accident, and also tried to store it in a neighboring garage. “He was digging through the car and was hanging half in, half out. The other one was just kind of stand-

ing there,” Peters said following the accident. Police estimated Bruno was traveling between 40-50 mph when he went through the stop. Subsequent investigation led officials to drop drug charges against Bruno, but they kept charges of suspicion of possession with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia on Emogene. Police believed the pair had gotten lost on their way back to New Jersey from California. Franklin County Sheriff Officer Adam Blau thought the sun hindered Bruno’s visibility and led to the accident. “The moral of the story is don’t roll your vehicle while you’re trying to transport drugs,” Blau said after the accident.

An unexpected blizzard in early May caused headaches throughout the region as classes were cancelled and crop planting ground to a halt after the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area. Classes at West Fork were cancelled for two-straight days, which pushed the district’s summer dismissal date into June. The snow was extremely heavy, and area maintenance crews struggled to remove it in the wake of the storm. “I probably tipped over every garbage can it town,” said Rockwell Public Works Director Jay Siefken after the blizzard. “I couldn’t help it.” Area farmers saw lasting impacts from the uncharacteristically late storm. The planting season was delayed, some crops were destroyed, and some farmers saw their yields suffer in the fall. “It’s completely different from a year ago,” said North Iowa Cooperative agronomist Mark Bausch after the storm. “We’ve barely got a good start on doing what we need to do for farmers. It’s frustrating.”

Officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources laid out a long list of problems creating annual pollution issues in Beeds Lake at a Aug. 29 meeting at Maynes Grove. Solutions to the issues would be hard to implement due to the lake’s large watershed and proximity to farmland. High levels of phosphorus has led to unsafe blue-green algae blooms each summer, which can be dangerous to both humans and animals. E.coli bacteria has also made the lake risky periodically throughout the warmer months. “You don’t want to get that on your skin,” Graham said of blue-green algae at the meeting. “You don’t want to injest it. The algae last summer was probably the worst you’re going to see it.” Chemical runoff from fields and livestock waste are two of the biggest culprits leading to the high phosphorus levels. DNR officials said responsible farming practices could help lower pollution, but the size of the lake’s watershed would make improvements difficult. Any dredging project would have little longterm effect on the lake’s water quality, so state funding for such a project would be unlikely, they said.

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Ridge Stone gets new ownership

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Hot temps hinder school year’s start

Extreme heat and humidity forced five-straight early outs at West Fork as temperatures inside the district’s two buildings baked both students and faculty Aug. 26-30. Neither the Rockwell nor Sheffield campus has air conditioning. Temperatures neared 100 degrees in the second floor at Rockwell, while condensation from humidity made some students and staff slip in the hallways at Sheffield. The five-straight early outs were unheard of for West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike, who said students worked diligently through the adverse conditions that week. “Students become lethargic when it gets this hot, and we’ve experienced some nausea,” Strike said in the Sept. 5 edition of the Press. “But we’ve been very productive in the classroom because people come prepared. So when it becomes unbearable, they’re done.” Middle school athletic practices were cancelled, and high school teams had the option of holding practice before school or after 7 p.m. Electric fans were a dominant fixture in classrooms and hallways throughout both buildings, but they helped very little. The brick buildings held heat like an oven throughout the week as the sun beat down on the outside. “Yesterday when I was alone, it was just unbearable, but of course once you get 20 more people in here it’s even worse,” said high school English teacher Stacey Ubben

Sheffield’s Ridge Stone Golf Club opened up in the spring after new ownership revamped course despite doubts of closure earlier in the year. A group headed by Dean Capesius bought Ridge Stone from Jim and Diana Blood after the couple announced the course wouldn’t open in 2013. Others involved in the partnership were John Latham and Steve Sukup. Capesius said the new ownership wanted to emphasize a family-friendly atmosphere at Ridge Stone. “Golf courses just used to be able to open the doors and people just walk right in. We need to make sure peoples’ money they are spending is worth the investment,” Capesius said in the April 11 edition of the Press. The course opened in early April to a welcoming crowd of local golfers. Capesius planned a revamped tournament schedule and few other changes to stir new excitement at Ridge Stone. “We’ve already seen that 20mile radius for people to come in and be a part of this for a lot less wait,” he said.

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A surprising upset in Director District 1 highlighted an other wise mundane West Fork Board of Education election on Sept. 10. Roger Witte, Rockwell, came out on top in District 1 by 78-62 margin over Kevin Zeitler, who was the lone candidate on the ballot. According to Witte, he ran no concerted phone or direct mail campaign, and said news of his write-in candidacy spread through word-of-mouth prior to the election. “I just want to do what’s best for the kids. I think that’s the best goal for anyone on the school board,” he said following his victory. “You’re not only looking out for the future of your own kids, but everyone else’s as well.” Witte replaced outgoing board member Mary Ingham who didn’t seek re-election. Ingham was a member of the original board of education when the West Fork district was formed in 2011. Incumbent board members Mary Schlichting and Jim Tuttle won their uncontested races in addition to Witte’s victory. All three members’ terms expire in 2017. Though not unheard of, Witte’s write-in win was indeed a surprise. “It can be [rare], especially since there was a candidate on the ballot,” said Cerro Gordo County Deputy Auditor Tracie Siemers. “Typically when we have a write-in winner, it’s when there’s nobody else running.”


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Many Thanks to the Sheffield Merchants and K & H Oil Company for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheffield Bucksâ&#x20AC;? and gasoline that we won at the Christmas Party. We appreciate it very much! Elmer and Mardel Weber

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EVENT Saturday, Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Homemade Cinnamon Rolls United Methodist Church, Sheffield

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