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West Fork variety show The 10th Annual West Fork Community Variety Show will be Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Rockwell Gym at 2 p.m. Calling all acts! Do you have a talent (or lack thereof) to share? We are looking for more community acts for the upcoming show! Play an instrument? We’d love to have you play in the Community Band! Please contact Julie Novotney at julie.novotney@ or 822-3499 if you are preparing an act for the show or would be willing to play in the band.

Clear Lake senior dance schedule Join your friends on the dance floor at the Clear Lake Senior Center, 105 S. Fourth St., for February’s dances. Dance will be held on Feb. 6 and Feb. 20. Char’s Band will perform at the first, and the Clark Family Band at the other. Cost is $3. Dances are held from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Winter Festival at Lime Creek February 1 A Winter Festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-4 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Beat the winter blahs with an adventure-packed afternoon at Lime Creek! Scheduled activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoe hikes, winter scavenger hunt, survival activity, bird feeder building, crafts, and more. Participants can enjoy marshmallows and hot dog roasted over a campfire. A limited number of skis and snowshoes will be available for participants that do not have their own equipment. Instruction will be provided for beginners. If snow is lacking, skiing and snowshoeing will be replaced with winter hikes and a GPS activity. This event is free for Lime Creek Nature Center members and $3 for non-members over 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required – call 423-5309 to register or for more information.

Owl festival trip available The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center are sponsoring a motor coach trip to the International Festival of Owls in Houston, Minn., on Saturday, March 8. The festival features internationally-known speakers, live owls, and a variety of owl programs and activities for children and adults. For more information on the festival visit their website at www.festivalofowls. com/. The trip will depart from the Lime Creek Nature Center parking lot at 7 a.m. with a stop at the Houston Nature Center at 9:30 a.m.; and then on to the festival from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; returning to Mason City at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost for the trip is $30 for adults (18 and over) and $15 for youth (17 and under), which covers transportation and entrance fee to the festival. Lunch and dinner is not included in the fee. To register for this trip, or for more information, please call the Lime Creek Nature Center at 641-423-5309. Registration is required by Friday, Feb. 21.

Community Calendar Monday, February 3 City of Swaledale Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall 4-H Leader Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m. CG County Extension Office, Mason City Tuesday, February 4 Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors meeting, 9 a.m. Low Income Tax Preparation, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CG Extension Office, Mason City Wednesday, February 5 Rockwell City Council meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall Thursday, February 6 Understanding Grief & Loss Support Group, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hospice of North Iowa, Conference Room, 232 2nd St., NE, Mason City

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Dietz enters state senate race By Nick Pedley Former Hampton Mayor Shawn Dietz is hoping past experience with local politics will help catapult him to the Iowa Senate in November. Dietz, 31, announced his candidacy for Iowa Senate District 27 on Jan. 21 at the Franklin County Republican Caucus. He said he was motivated to run after he was approached by a handful of citizens, and has since started laying the foundation for his campaign. Dietz said he plans to ramp up efforts to familiarize himself with district voters in the coming months. “We’ll have a fairly aggressive campaign. We’re going to try to touch as many people as possible,� he said. “It’s going to be an old fashioned, get to know people type of approach.� Dietz said his platform will emphasize evaluating Iowa’s tax code and looking at ways to improve it. He feels the number of tax brackets should be reduced, and also supports the implementation of a simpler flat tax rate. “I really do think that’d be beneficial for both families and for businesses,� he said. Dietz emphasized he was against abortion, and believes there should be a legal statute that defines life at conception in Iowa. Additionally, he feels county and local governments should be granted more power to make decisions on issues that affect them directly instead of being told what to do from Des Moines. “The more decision-making we can get out of Washington’s hands to Des Moines, and then from Des Moines to Hampton, the better,� he said. Dietz, who served one term as Hampton’s mayor from 201213, pointed towards a lack of senate leadership in Des Moines

Shawn Dietz threw his hat into the Iowa Senate District 27 race last week. Tim Junker of Butler County is another Republican seeking the party's nomination. (Submitted photo courtesy of Shawn Dietz) as one of the biggest hurdles he’d face if elected. “We have a senate majority that doesn’t like to bring up votes that the house passes, and I think that’s unfortunate because I think it’s based solely on partisan politics,� he explained. “It really bothers me that some of these bills don’t even get to see the light of day.� Dietz joins Butler County resident Tim Junker in the race for the Republican nomination. If Dietz wins the Republican primary in June, he’ll move on to face his Democratic competitor in the November election. Amanda Ragan, D – Mason City, currently holds the District 27 seat but hasn’t announced a re-election campaign yet. Dietz said handling procedural obligations prior to his candidacy announcement has been time consuming. He’s set up a website, filed papers with the

state, formed an election committee, and familiarized himself with campaign regulations. However, most of his attention has focused on money. “When I was running for mayor, I specifically tried not to raise money,� he said. “Now I find myself in the opposite situation knowing this is going to costs thousands of dollars.� The road ahead might be long and winding, but Dietz said he was ready to hit the campaign trail hard. He felt his familiarity with the district would help him relate to citizens and understand the issues that affect them. He grew up in Dumont and graduated from Hampton, where he now makes his home with his wife, Alexis, and three children. “Our campaign is focused on life, liberty and happiness,� he said. “I think anyone that knows me wouldn’t be surprised by that.�

Swaledale participates in water protection program By Travis Fischer The Swaledale City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, January 14 at city hall. Brent Beste of the Iowa Rural Water Association informed the council that they are conducting a wellhead protection program in Swaledale, at no cost to the city, to protect the town’s water source. The survey will

examine the mechanics how Swaledale’s water supply could be impacted in the event of a toxic spill and suggest preventive measures. On the subject of water, the council compared bids for a new well pump, but decided to table the decision until February to obtain a bid from Knorr Electric. Heartland asphalt will be at the February meeting to

Now until April 6, 2014, farmers can nominate a local public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of up to $25,000. Administrators of nominated school districts may then submit grant applications through April 21. This year, the number of eligible counties has expanded to 1,289 across 39 states. In 2013, the following Iowa school districts received a total of $165,000 to enhance math and science curriculums: • Alburnett Comm. School District ($10,000)

• Boyden-Hull Comm. School District ($25,000) • CAL Community School District ($10,000) • Forest City Comm. School District ($10,000) • Moulton-Udell Comm. School District ($10,000) • Newell-Fonda Comm. School District ($10,000) • Riceville Comm. School District ($10,000) • Schaller-Crestland Community School District ($10,000) • Springville Comm. School District ($10,000)

West Fork looks at 201415 calendar options By Travis Fischer The West Fork Community School Board met for their regular meeting on Monday, January 20 in Rockwell. At the meeting, the board looked over two options for the 2014-15 school year. “The major differences between the calendar is that one has a March Spring Break that coincides with the Spring Break for NIACC,� said Superintendent Darrin Strike. “The other calendar did not have us taking a spring break at that time and added on to the Easter holiday.� The first calendar would end the school year sometime in May, depending on snow days. The second would be scheduled to end on the Friday before Memorial Day. Both calendars begin the school year on Wednesday, August 20. In personnel matters, the board approved a contract for Maci Robeoltman as Assistant Varsity Softball Coach and Joe Perez as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach. The board

also accepted the resignation of part-time para educator Brenda Heidkross. In other business, the board approved the purchase of a Torro Lawn Mower from Floyd and Leonard for $13,058. The board also discussed options for updating the sound system in the Rockwell campus gym. After examining quotes from M&D Sound and RW Sound, the board moved to approve M&D Sound’s bid of $16,161.48. In the superintendent’s report, Superintendent Darrin Strike noted that Ken Wind of Bergland and Cram is coming up with a plan to improve the weight room and parking area of the Sheffield campus. Strike also reported that the district will need to buy a new set of lockers for the Sheffield campus preschool hallway to meet the fire code. The cost for 40 new lockers will be $6,386.64. The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 17 in Rockwell.

Absentee ballots ready for Rockwell election Absentee ballots are now available for the Feb. 11 Rockwell special city election. An eligible and registered voter may vote an absentee ballot in person at the office of the county auditor, or may submit a written request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to the voter. Written requests for absentee ballots should be addressed to: Cerro Gordo County Auditor 220 N Washington Ave Mason City IA 50401. A written request must include the voter’s name, date of birth, registration address, signature, and the name of the election (Rockwell special city

election) or date of the election (Feb. 11, 2014). Requests should be mailed soon enough to allow the voted absentee ballot to be received back in the office of the county auditor by Election Day. Regular courthouse hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a voter may cast an absentee ballot in person on any regular business day prior to Election Day. Persons with questions about absentee voting, voter registration, or the Rockwell special city election may contact the office of the county auditor at (641) 421-3041, or visit the Cerro Gordo County website at www.

discuss options for finishing the street project that was not completed in 2013. Council appointments were made, with John Bonner named Mayor Pro Tem, Marjorie Swenson serving on the landfill board, and Blaine Wilson on the E911 board. Finally, the council approved a 3% raise for the public works director and city clerk for the new budget.

• Washington Community School District ($10,000) • West Lyon Community School District ($25,000) • Western Dubuque Comm. School District ($25,000) Across the US, school districts are working to incorporate common core state standards and hands-on learning opportunities into their math and science curriculum. These new opportunities are designed to provide real world experiences that help grow the next generation by preparing them for success in college and in their careers. Now in its third year, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is once again gearing up to help rural school districts by investing over $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural communities. “We believe that growing the next generation begins with a strong foundation in math and science,â€? said

Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “This opportunity for success begins in the classroom.� The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program is part of a broad commitment by the

a $25,000 grant will compete against schools that are located in the same state or designated region. Winners will be announced in August 2014. Monsanto Fund grants will be judged based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 30 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications. Advisory – Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer Council members Monsanto Fund to partner with were selected based on their farmers to support rural com- passion for agriculture and edumunities. America’s Farmers cation, as well as experience in Grow Rural Education launched rural school districts. in 2012 after a successful pilot In 2013, more than 73,000 in Minnesota and Illinois. The farmers demonstrated their supprogram has since helped more port for education by nominating than 400 school districts im- 3,851 school districts, resulting prove math and science educa- in $2.3 million in grants to 181 tion across 39 states. recipients. This year, the number School districts that apply for of eligible counties has expanda $10,000 grant compete against ed from 1,271 to 1,289. other school districts in the same For more information about USDA-appointed Crop Report- the America’s Farmers Grow ing District (CRD). CRDs with Rural Education program and five or fewer eligible school dis- to view the official rules, a list tricts will compete against each of eligible states, counties and other for a single $10,000 grant. CRDs, visit www.GrowRuralSchool districts that apply for


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Clifford Merle Poland, 90, from Rockwell, IA., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at his home in Sun City, Arizona. Funeral services were held at the Rockwell United MethodClifford Poland ist Church at 10:30 AM, Saturday, Jan. 25, with Pastor John Scherb officiating along with Rev. Robert Dodge, Pastor of the Britt United Methodist Church, and Rev. Bill Poland, assistant to the Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 24 at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell. Interment was at the Alexander Cemetery, Alexander, Iowa. Clifford was born to Walter and Hilda (Thompson) Poland on March 1, 1923 in Gladbrook, and baptized into the United Brethren Church. He graduated from Gladbrook High 1923-2014 School and attended NorthwestServices: ern University in Illinois where he 10:30, Saturday, Jan. 25 was trained as a Navy radioman. He Rockwell United Methodist served in the Navy on an LST ship in Church the Pacific during WWII as a radioman and was honorably discharged in 1946. Clifford returned to the M & St. L Railroad as a telegrapher/agent serving several communities during his 40 years. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Bell from Alexander, IA on June 23, 1946 at the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home due to the unexpected fire in the local Methodist church. He served his community as Commander of the Rockwell American Legion, charter member of the Rockwell Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club receiving a 50 year Membership Award from the International President of the Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Club, Treasurer of the Rockwell/Swaledale school board, and served in several capacities at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell being an Iowa Conference Delegate, and helping to build and finance the Alexander and Rockwell, IA Methodist churches. He also delivered â&#x20AC;&#x153;meals on wheelsâ&#x20AC;? serving the Rockwell community, he enjoyed working the telegraph in the depot at the Franklin County Fair for many years and taught fellow telegraphers working at the M & St. L Railroad. Clifford enjoyed gardening, fishing trips to Canada, touring throughout the US and Canada, working in his wood shop and he especially enjoyed his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 67 years, 2 sons, Greg (Lori) of Surprise, AZ and Merle (Karen) of Cedar Falls, IA; 5 grandchildren,: Jenelle Klesel (Dennis) of Naperville, IL, Chris Poland (Annie) of Ames, IA, Michael Poland of Louisville, KY, Kate Poland of Honolulu, HI and Drew Poland of Cedar Falls, IA, and 2 step-grandsons: Jeff McDonald of Scottsdale, AZ and Chris McDonald of Huntington Beach, CA. 5 great-grandchildren: Brenna, Emily and Grace Klesel, and Jamie and Evan Poland. 2 step great-grandsons: Michael Riddell and Christopher McDonald, Jr. Sisters in-law: Luverne Bell, Inez Ginapp, Lavonne Card, Arlene DeFoor and Dell Poland. Brother in-law: Dallas Card and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hilda, father and mother in-law Lewis and Dora Bell, brothers, Lloyd, Richard and Lawrence; 5 brothers in-law: Glen Neal, Eldon Bell, Kenet Ginapp, Willie Pals, and Irving DeFoor ; 2 sisters in-law: Erma Neal, and Alma Pals and nieces , and nephews.

Richard (Rich) A. Stadtlander, 62, of Meservey, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Richard Stadtlander am, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the First Reformed Church in Meservey with Rev. Rodney Meester presiding. Burial took place at the Meservey Cemetery, Meservey, Iowa. Visitation was held Tuesday at Retz Funeral Home, Meservey. Rich was born June 28, 1951, in Hampton, Iowa, a son of Louis and Gertrude (Smit) Stadtlander. Rich graduated from Meservey-Thornton Community School with the class of 1969. He was baptized and confirmed at the First Reformed Church in Meservey and was still a member. For many 1951-2014 years he was employed by the Chapin Services: Elevator in Chapin. He was presently 10:30, Wednesday, Jan. 29 employed by Sukup Manufacturing in First Reformed Church, Sheffield. Meservey Rich was a avid Green Bay PackArrangements by: ers fan and also enjoyed watching the Retz Funeral Home Iowa Hawkeyes. His family meant the Meservey, Iowa most to him especially his two grandsons, Zander and Josiah. Rich is survived by his son: Josh (Kristina Robbins), Clear Lake: daughter: Rebecca (Billy McLemore), Meservey; grandsons: Zander and Josiah McLemore, Meservey; brother Larry (Connie) Stadtlander, Thornton; sister: Shirley (Marty) Proctor, Thornton; sister: Beverly Stadtlander, Meservey; brother Dean (Renae) Stadtlander, Clear Lake; sister: Brenda (John) Bracklein, Oklahoma City; nephews: Matt (Janet) Proctor, Swaledale, Tyler Stadtlander, Clear Lake; Alex Stadtlander, Clear Lake; nieces: Amy (Chad) Slagle, Bancroft; Brittany Bracklein, Morgantown, West Virginia; Chelsea (Landon) Miles, Oklahoma City; great niece and nephews: Jordan & Spencer Proctor, Tate Slagle, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Gertrude Stadtlander, maternal grandparents: Dick and Bessie Smit; paternal grandparents: Carl and Grace Stadtlander; great nephew: Zak Slagle; and several other family members and friends.


Iowa Pipeline Association training in Clarion MidAmerican Energy Company is participating in several educational training meetings throughout Iowa to help prepare emergency responders and public officials on pipeline safety and damage prevention tactics. The 2014 Pipeline Awareness and Education Meetings are hosted by the Iowa Pipeline Association and are free to the public. All emergency responders and public officials are encouraged to attend. During the meetings, the Iowa Pipeline Association will conduct interactive scenarios, allowing at-

tendees to practice and apply their emergency response knowledge to specific incidents, such as leak recognition, hazard awareness, damage prevention and basic pipeline safety strategies. Events will be held from January through March, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A free dinner will be provided at each event. Those interested can register for any one of the meetings at The meeting in Clarion is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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Hampton Hoedown set for Feb. 3 Submitted by Keri Rojas Cold weather delayed the January Old Time Country Music Hoedown, so it was held on the Jan. 13 instead of the Jan. 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I probably acted like a kid in a candy store,â&#x20AC;? said Hoedown organizer Don Wrolson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I was feeling jam-deprived with the cold weather forcing other area jams to reschedule too. So the Hampton Hoedown was exactly what I needed.â&#x20AC;? The Hoedown celebrated its first year anniversary in January. Audience members surprised the musicians by playing them â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthdayâ&#x20AC;? on kazoos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that was a first,â&#x20AC;? said Wrolson. Even though the January Hoedown was held a week later than usual, 20 musicians and 83 audience members attended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We even had a couple of first-time musicians,â&#x20AC;? noted Wrolson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I was happy about that.â&#x20AC;? Held the first Monday of each month at the historic Windsor Theatre in downtown Hampton, the next

Hoedown is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 3, weather permitting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iowa winters can be so unpredictable, so if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any question about road conditions, be sure to check our Facebook page, www., or listen to the radio for cancellation notices,â&#x20AC;? said Wrolson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all want to get together and make music, but safety has to be our first concern.â&#x20AC;? Admission to the Hoedown is free. All donations benefit the Windsor Theatre. The Theatre has ongoing preservation, equipment, and improvement needs. Hoedown donations were used to purchase a new sound system for use during all live events. The organizer and all musicians donate their time and talent. Find the Windsor Theatre at 103 N. Federal, downtown Hampton. Doors open for musicians at 5 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m.. The concession stand is open. Admission is by freewill offering. Contact Don Wrolson at 641-425-0909 for more information.

County Extension Council elects officers The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Cerro Gordo County Council elected four officers during the organizational meeting Jan. 15, 2014. The nine-member council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law. Dean Weber, Rockwell, Iowa, is the newly-elected chairperson. Dean will preside at all meetings of the Extension Council and will have authority to call special meetings and carry out duties performed and exercised by a chairperson of a board of directors of a corporation. Sterling Young, Clear Lake, was elected vice chairperson. Renee Frelund, Mason City, was elected secretary; and has the responsibility of keeping the minutes of all Extension Council meetings and signing required papers for the Council. The Council elected William Cody, Mason City, to the treasurer position. The treasurer receives, deposits, has charge of all of the funds of the Extension Council, and pays

and disburses funds. The treasurer ensures an accurate record of receipts and disbursements and submits reports to the Extension Council. The Council is the county governing body of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The Council hires county staff, manages the county Extension budget of approximately $280, 000, and helps determine programming. In partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Council provides educational opportunities that bring university resources to the needs of the county and region. Local Extension programs include 4-H, Master Gardeners and numerous horticulture, agriculture, and family, health and well-being programs. The Cerro Gordo County Extension office is located at 2023 S. Federal Ave. in Mason City. To learn more about ISU Extension and Outreach in Cerro Gordo County, visit

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Kirkwood Comm. College Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List Kirkwood Community College has released its Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List for the Fall 2013 Semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college. Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction were: Nichole Simmons, Liberal Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AA, Sheffield.

ISU Fall Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List More than 6,900 Iowa State University undergraduates have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2013 fall semester Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List. Students named to the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work. Sheffield: Evan M. Dye, Computer Engineering; Slater Kane Johansen, Aerospace Engineering; Tanner Reed Johansen, Business Economics; Madison Leduc, Biochemistry; Rebecca Edna Schnabel, Agricultural Business; Maia Alexandra Zewert, Journalism and Mass Communication. Thornton: Hailey Kae Duff, Finance;

West Fork announces parent/teacher conference schedule School Conferences for kindergarten through high school will be 4-8 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 6, from 3-7 p.m. Elementary students in both the Rockwell and Sheffield buildings will have scheduled conference times with their teachers. Middle school teachers will be in the new gym and parents can meet with them as they become available. High school teachers will be available in their rooms for conferences. Shared teachers will split their time between the Rockwell and Sheffield campuses. Mrs. Otten, Mrs. Payton, Mrs. Gappa, Mr. Spurgin, Mr. Kudej: 4-5:40 p.m. Monday, and 3-7 p.m. Thursday, at Sheffield; 6-8 p.m. Monday in Rockwell. Mr. Curtis, Mrs. Scholl: 4-5:40 p.m. Monday, and 3-7 p.m. Thursday in Rockwell; 6-8 p.m. Monday in Sheffield. Mrs. McLennan will be in Sheffield 4-6 p.m. Monday and 3-7 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Elling will available on Monday and Mrs. Trewin on Thursday. Preschool students on both campuses will have conferences the week of Feb. 24. School will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 6 and there will be no school on Friday, Feb. 7. School conferences are an important source of communication between the teachers, students and parents/guardians. They provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and administrators, to ask questions and to hear about how each child interacts in the classroom. It is an opportunity to gain valuable feedback about the development of individual students. Most importantly, it sends a powerful message about how much parents and educators care about the education of each student. Even if it is only for five or 10 minutes, the time parents take to spend with teachers can have an enormous impact on their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude toward learning and success in the classroom, such as increased school attendance and higher academic performance. We encourage you to make every effort to attend the conferences. West Fork School calendar notices: Monday, Feb. 3, parent teacher conferences, 4-8p.m., 2 p.m dismissal. Thursday, Feb. 6, parent teacher conferences, 3-7 p.m., 2 p.m. dismissal. Friday, Feb. 7, no school. Wednesday, Feb. 12, professional development, 2 p.m. dismissal. Monday, Feb. 17, school in session, snow make-up day. Wednesday, Feb. 26, professional development, 2 p.m. dismissal.

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SERVPRO earns fifth consecutive year on Top 10 list Entrepreneur magazine recently announced its annual Franchise 500 rankings, naming SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, to its Top 10 list for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the rankings, SERVPRO earned the No. 7 spot overall and the top spot in its own industry for the 11th consecutive year. According to Entrepreneur, the Franchise 500 selection process is driven by â&#x20AC;&#x153;objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation, with some of the most important factors being financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honor and a privilege

to be a part of the SERVPRO Brand in the Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Hancock, Franklin and Butler county area,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas Teggatz, owner of SERVPRO of Cerro Gordo,Floyd, Hancock, Franklin and Butler counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a leading cleaning and restoration brand in America, we have a responsibility to serve each and every customer with excellence.â&#x20AC;? SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies. From small one room home disasters, to large commercial facilities, or statewide storm re-

sponse situations, SERVPRO helps make property damage like it never even happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, every SERVPRO franchisee is an individual small business owner who lives and works in the community he or she serves,â&#x20AC;? said Teggatz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the unexpected happens, local home and business owners know that they can turn to us to help them put their lives back on track as quickly and painlessly as possible. As this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entrepreneur rankings demonstrate again, this is both a responsibility and a privilege that each SERVPRO franchisee takes very seriously.â&#x20AC;?

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Oh Nintendo, whatever are we going to do with you. To say this has been an interesting year for the Big N would be an understatement. Everybody may be going on about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playstation thisâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xbox that,â&#x20AC;? but other than maybe Microsoftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete inability to generate press, Nintendo has had the most compelling story of the last year. Consider, for instance, the fact that the best selling videogame console of 2013 was not the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One. It was the Nintendo 3DS. Coming off of an underwhelming launch in 2012, it looked like Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longstanding dominance in the handheld market was coming to an end. The system sold so poorly that Nintendo had to impose a price cut. It looked like there was no room left for a dedicated handheld gaming device in a world of smart phones and tablet computers. But then 2013 happened and Nintendo reminded the world how they became the king of gaming companies in the first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Mario 3D Land,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,â&#x20AC;? and, most importantly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pokemon X and Y.â&#x20AC;? With one smash hit after the other, the 3DS went from being an underdog to a powerhouse in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, the same canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be

said for the Wii U. Which is a shame, since the Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest home console system has finally started to come into its own as well. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you how many times in the last six months Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been asked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which next-gen system would you get?â&#x20AC;? Clearly, the implication is that I would have a preference between the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, but I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Gun-to-my-head, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably go with the PlayStation 4, but if I had $500 of disposable income I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend it on anything from Sony or Microsoft. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get a Wii U. Like the 3DS, the Wii U is slowly building up a library of fantastic games that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play anywhere else. For me, Nintendo is one new Zelda announcement away from sealing the deal. The problem is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m apparently the rare exception. Wii U sales have been abysmal and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no chance that the system will see the same resurgence that the 3DS had this year. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid the damage has been done. You can largely blame it on Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s astoundingly poor marketing. Many of those hundreds of thousands of people that bought the Nintendo Wii back in 2006 still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that the Wii U is a new system. Say what you will about Microsoft and the Xbox One, at least the public knows what it is.

Launching a full year ahead of the competition did them no favors either. While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure somebody at Nintendo thought it would be great to have a twelve month head start on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, all they really did was ensure that their already underpowered system would be seen as old and obsolete compared to their primary competition. And that seems to be the center of Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem. What Nintendo thinks is a good idea has little resemblance to reality. In a recent financial release, it was revealed that Nintendo has revised their 2013-14 sales estimate for the Wii U from 9 million units down to 2.8 million. That means somebody at Nintendo actually thought that the Wii U would sell more than three times the amount it actually did. And gave that prediction number to Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investors. The disassociation with reality is staggering. Even the 3DS, which has been performing outstandingly, failed to hit Nintendoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictions by nearly half a million units. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what Nintendo can do to fix this. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late to introduce a new console to the market and while many, myself included, have called on Nintendo to get out of the hardware business all together, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a realistic option. At this point, Nintendo will simply have to ride out this generation and keep the damage to a minimum. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not even fighting for third place anymore. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fighting for survival. There are a handful of things Nintendo could do to help get them through, but they all depend on the company treating the market the way it is and not the way they want it to be.

Iowa State University Extension volunteers offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. To have your tax return prepared you need to bring the following information with you: â&#x20AC;˘ Proof of identification â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Picture

ID â&#x20AC;˘ Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or â&#x20AC;˘ Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents â&#x20AC;˘ Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return â&#x20AC;˘ Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099Misc from all employers â&#x20AC;˘ Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) â&#x20AC;˘ A copy of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal and

Ragan helps approve bipartisan tax exemption for military pensions State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City today helped pass a bipartisan measure which will exempt Iowa state taxes on military pensions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exempting military retired pay from Iowa income taxes is a modest way to recognize and honor their contributions to the safety and security we as Americans enjoy today. I hope it will encourage more of them to move to Iowa, and more Iowa soldiers to return to Iowa when they return,â&#x20AC;? said Ragan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When retired military personnel do settle in Iowa,

they bring a world of experience, trained capabilities, and duty and honor to the problems and opportunities Iowans face. Military retirees are steeped in leadership and mission accomplishment in their cores. These are traits we need to encourage be brought to bear on the challenges we face in our state.â&#x20AC;? Ragan said Senate File 303 will exempt all military retirement pay from Iowa individual income tax. This will apply to all Iowa residents receiving a pension for service in the Armed Forces, the

History of the Brewery The North Central Iowa Genealogical Society will sponsor History of the Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 8. The program will take place at 1:30 p.m. at The Manor. The old Brewery is a wellknown landmark near the Lime Creek Nature Center. Volunteers and staff have been researching the history of the Brewery and recovering various artifacts on the site. This program will examine various facts and stories

about this landmark and will include a display of artifacts found there. Todd Von Ehwegen is the Conservation Education Manager for the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board. He is responsible for administrating the environmental education program for the agency and has been with the Conservation Board for 23 years. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 Larch St., Thornton Phone 998-2632 Home 998-2631 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Feb. 2 9 a.m. Worship 10-10:45 Sunday School SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 810 First St., Meservey Phone 358-6277/Pars. 358-6107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Feb. 2 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Wednesday, Feb. 5 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

state returns if available â&#x20AC;˘ Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check â&#x20AC;˘ Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare providerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax identifying number (the providerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social Security Number or the providerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate â&#x20AC;˘ To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. For more information or to make an appointment at the location nearest you, call 641-530-3308 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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, Feb. 2 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 404 Maple St., Thornton Phone 998-2004/Pars. 358-6107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Feb. 2 9 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday School Wednesday, Feb. 5 5:45 p.m. Confirmation Class 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

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, Jan. 30 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline Sunday, Feb. 2 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Junior Choir 6 p.m. Bible Study TBD RCYF Wednesday, Feb. 5 7 p.m. RCYF 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

Reserve or National Guard. It applies retroactively to Jan. 1, for tax years beginning on or after that date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is legislation Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on for the last two years as a member of the Senate Veterans Committee,â&#x20AC;? said Ragan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that it has passed the Iowa Senate with Democratic and Republican support, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping the Iowa House will quickly approve it and send it to Governor Branstad for his signature.â&#x20AC;?


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8QGHUWKH*ROGHQ'RPH7RR By State Representative Linda Upmeyer House District 54 (515) 281-4618

3 ways to strengthen Iowa’s middle class The United States created the strongest economy in the world by building a large middle class. Unfortunately, it has become more difficult since the Great Recession for lower- and middle-income Iowans to climb the ladder to prosperity. Though the worst of the recession is over, many of our families, friends and neighbors continue to struggle. It’s hard to believe that right here in America’s heartland; one in eight Iowa families regularly went hungry last year. This session, we can take steps to turn that trend around and strengthen Iowa’s economy by: 1. Ensuring that free, high-quality preschool is a reality for all four year olds. Investing in children is the smartest investment we can make. 2. Making our state’s tax system fairer. Middle-class Iowans shouldn’t have to fork over an ever increasing portion of their hard-earned wages while the wealthy pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes. 3. Expanding affordable workforce training at our community colleges so that Iowans can get the skills local businesses need to grow and expand. Iowans turn to our outstanding community colleges to take their high school equivalency exam, learn basic skills, train for jobs and earn industryrecognized certificates in welding, health care, computers and other areas. While we’ve wisely agreed to freeze tuition at our state universities for the second straight year, we need to extend similar support to Iowa’s community colleges. Higher community college tuition would be a setback for Iowans training for job openings and for the local businesses in need of skilled workers. Business leaders say improving worker training is the most important thing we can do to keep Iowa’s economy growing. Middle-skill jobs are on the rise, making up about 56 percent of Iowa positions. However, only about a third of Iowa workers qualify for them, according to a report on Middle-Skill Jobs in Iowa. Middle-skill jobs encompass a wide range of occupations, from computer specialists and radiation therapists to carpenters and machinists— positions that require some education beyond high school but not a four-year degree. Last year with bipartisan support, we expanded a successful skills training effort to every community college in the state. I will work with the Governor to ensure Iowans can take advantage of these new opportunities to train for better-paying jobs. Affordable tuition for those willing to study hard and work hard is a smart approach to strengthening Iowa’s middle class and keeping our workforce competitive. To contact Senator Ragan during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise she can be reached at home at 641-424-0874. E-mail her at

Serena Golwitzer of Forest City traveled to the Iowa Statehouse on Wednesday, January 22, to participate in Veterans Day on the Hill. Golwizter is a “Puppy Raiser” with the Puppy Jake Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans by providing them with highly trained service dogs. While at the Capitol, Golwitzer talked with State Senator Amanda Ragan, a member of the Senate Veterans Committee, about her hopes that Larry the Service Dog (left) will be helping an American veteran soon. (Submitted photo)

Clear Lake Area Christian Women’s Connection All area women are invited to a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Community Room at City Hall, 511 1st Avenue North, Clear Lake. Price of the lunch is $8, all-inclusive. Special Feature will be “The Healing Nature of Essential Oils”. The program will be “From Pieces to Perfection”, presented by Joy Miller

of Amana. Joy will share her story from an Iowa farm to Johannesburg, So. Africa and back. Joy’s story includes recovery from rejection and ends in victory. Reservations and cancellations can be made by calling 641-357-5755 or 641-923-3305 no later than Saturday evening, Feb 1.

We had a short, but productive second week at the Capitol. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Legislature did not convene on Monday, and on Tuesday, legislators remained in their districts in order to attend their local precinct caucuses. To some, this year’s caucuses may not seem as exciting as a presidential year, but in fact, this year’s election is perhaps even more important to Iowans’ daily lives. This November, voters will go to the polls to elect our Governor, the entire Executive Branch, and determine the composition of the State Legislature. The results of this election will impact the level of government involvement in your day-to-day life, how the state budget is managed, and perhaps most importantly, how much money will remain in your pocketbook. In the meantime, have no doubt, throughout this session each of these areas will remain at the forefront of our minds. As I mentioned last week, we are currently in the process of conducting a line-by-line review of the Governor’s budget proposal. Our highest priority is to ensure that taxpayers’ dollars are spent wisely, and we will work closely with the Governor to accomplish this. Throughout the budget process, we will be looking through the same lens we have used for the past three years- a lens that has produced great

Special blood drive scheduled for local hospitals LifeServe Blood Center and Three Eagles Communications have joined forces to host a special blood drive on Friday, Jan. 31, to support local hospital patients. The Blood Donors Rock blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Southbridge Mall, located at 100 South Federal Avenue in Mason City. There are no appointments necessary for this blood drive and all donors will receive a free t-shirt. The need for blood is constant; however, the need is often greater during the winter months. Be a hero at the Blood Donors Rock blood drive and give a life-saving gift to a child or adult in their critical time of need. Celebrate the last day of Blood Donor Month and help boost the local blood supply with LifeServe Blood Center and Three Eagles Communications.

and antimicrobial resistance. Galen Erickson will have a presentation on using fiber for cattle or ethanol and there will be an update on ISU beef research provided locally. “As part of a cooperative agreement between Iowa State Extension and UNL Extension that provides sharing of livestock educational resources and programs, and through available technology, the roundtables also will

For more information, please call 800.287.4903 or visit our website The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center. As one of the fifteenth-largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit

Confinement site manure applicator workshop to be held in Cerro Gordo County Confinement site manure applicators and those interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend the two-hour workshop offered by Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach on Feb. 17, 7-9 p.m. at Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach, 2023 S. Federal Ave., Mason City. The workshop is offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements. “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend

Beef feedlot roundtable sessions offered at five locations Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska are teaming up to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at five Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Iowa State Extension beef program specialist Russ Euken said the feedlot roundtable sessions are offered annually in Nebraska for feedlot operators and interested agribusiness people. The $10 fee covers proceedings, meeting costs and refreshments, and is payable at the door. However, you’re asked to pre-register no later than Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the location you will attend to ensure adequate materials and refreshments. Dee Griffin from the UNL vet education center in Clay Center will discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s policy on eliminating use of antimicrobials for growth promotion and feed efficiency. This presentation is prerecorded for the program. Also Dustin Loy with the Vet Diagnostic Lab at UNL will discuss BRD

savings for Iowa taxpayers. During the previous administration and with different control in the House, state spending grew by 11% in the first year and 17% after two. By year three, the state was borrowing nearly $800 million and by the time we gained control in the House, taxpayers were facing a $900 million budget shortfall. Today, I’m happy to report our budget reserves remain full and the ending balance is projected to be $928 million. Let me remind you, however, it only takes one undisciplined budget to destroy the progress that has been made. We are committed to sticking to our budgeting principles that have worked so well since coming into the majority: We will not spend more than we take in; We will not use one-time revenue for ongoing expenses; We will not intentionally underfund programs simply to fix the problem down the road; and We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers. With the rather uncommon bitter cold temperatures and strong wind, I hope you are staying relatively warm and traveling safe. As always, I’d love to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to contact me at 515-2814618 or linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa. gov with the issues you care about.

be offered via Internet connection for Iowans in selected locations,” he said. “The speakers and subject matter are sure to draw interest from our state’s beef community. More information, including a registration form, is available on the Iowa Beef Center website ( For more information please contact the Hancock County Extension Office or Russ Euken at 641-923-2856.

two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period, or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Angela Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension program specialist and coordi-nator of the manure applicator certification program. ISU Extension and Outreach county offices have a complete list of workshop dates and locations or view a list online at http://www. The workshops serve as initial certification for those applicators not currently certified, recertification for those renewing licenses, and continuing education for those applicators in their second or third year of their license. Due to uniform certification deadlines, applicators are encouraged to attend workshops prior to March 1 to avoid being assessed a late fee of $12.50. Those unable to attend one of the workshops need to schedule time with their ISU Extension and Outreach county office to watch the training DVD. Due to scheduling conflicts, many extension offices no longer will accept walk-in appointments to watch these DVDs, but do offer scheduled dates and times to provide this training. Those who can’t attend training during one of the scheduled reshow dates at their county extension office will be charged a $10 fee to view the training at their convenience. If attending the work-shops or watching the twohour training DVD is not possible, confinement site manure applicators may contact their local DNR field office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam to meet certification requirements. For more information about the Manure Applicator Certification Program visit http://www.agronext.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

West Fork High School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll A Honor Roll – 2nd Quarter 9th Grade: Teya Adams, Rukshad Daver, Alyssa Eberling, Travis Fekkers, Cole Hall, Jacob Hansen, Megan Jones, Madison Patten, Maddison Shupe, Seamus Sullivan, Claire Thomas, Alyssa Thompson, Erika Wogen. 10th Grade: Chadd Blanchard, Jacy Guerrero, Taylor Nuehring, Maya Rowe, Melanie VanHorn. 11th Grade: , Hiina Domae, Drew Engebretson, Siera Jeffrey, Lucas Klang, Madelynn Nelson, Aspen Olsen, Taylor Rooney, Micayla Schulz, Celeste Staudt, Laura Thorson. 12th Grade: Florencia Frias, Zach Greimann, Tori Hurley, Anne Jorgensen, Allison Novotney, Colton Rowe. nd

B Honor Roll – 2 Quarter 9th Grade: Justin Andersen, Brandon Baker, Lexi Bray, Sarah Dusold, Brandon Emhoff, Clay Emhoff, Casey Fraser, Kaitlyn Liekweg, Carter Otero, Erika Perkins, Devin Ridgeway, Madisyn Ries. 10th Grade: Sheyenne Allen, Nicholas Crooks, Jakob Gustin, Sam Hafermann, Alex Jirak, Jacob Kuhlemeier, Brittany O’Donnell, Tyson Pillard, Logan Plagge, Jordan Proctor, Dakota Reason, Kailey Uhde, Kalynn Washington, Cailey Weaver. 11th Grade: Jacee Arbegast, Collin Arndt, Britta Becker, Keagan Fessler, Donnica Keeling, Ahna Larson, Courtney Larson, Chey Liekweg, Taryn Meyer, Autin Neff, Hunter O’Donnell, Nicole Rich, Mitchell Robeoltman, Teryn Schlichting, Madison Shreckengost, Sydney Shreckengost, Evan Sprung, Brittany Starr, Dalton Streblow, Michaela Sullivan, Peyton Twedt. 12th Grade: Mackenzie DeGraw, Taylor Graney, Luke Gustin, Katlyn Hill, Courtney Lowe, Ethan Meints, Johnathon Ohrt, Dustin Rader, Andrea Reed , Courtney Smidt, Ryan Snow, Ashley Stevens, Markus Wogen. A Honor Roll - 1st Semester 9th Grade: Teya Adams, Rukshad Daver, Alyssa Eberling,

Travis Fekkers, Cole Hall, Jacob Hansen, Megan Jones, Madison Patten, Erika Perkins, Maddison Shupe, Seamus Sullivan, Claire Thomas, Alyssa Thompson, Erika Wogen. 10th Grade: Chadd Blanchard, Jacy Guerrero, Taylor Nuehring, Maya Rowe, Melanie VanHorn. 11th Grade: Drew Engebretson, Brooke Irwin, Siera Jeffrey, Lucas Klang, Madelynn Nelson, Aspen Olsen, Taylor Rooney, Micayla Schulz, Celeste Staudt, Michaela Sullivan, Laura Thorson, Peyton Twedt. 12th Grade: Florencia Frias, Zach Greimann, Tori Hurley, Anne Jorgensen, Allison Novotney , Colton Rowe. B Honor Roll – 1st Semester 9 th Grade: Justin Andersen, Lexi Bray, Sarah Dusold, Brandon Emhoff, Clay Emhoff, Jayden Engebretson, Casey Fraser, Kaitlyn Liekweg, Devin Ridgeway, Madisyn Rie. 10th Grade: Sheyenne Allen, Jakob Gustin, Alex Jirak, Alex Meints, Hannah Meints, Tyson Pillard, Logan Plagge, Jordan Proctor, Dakota Reason, Kalynn Washington. 11th Grade: Jacee Arbegast, Collin Arndt, Britta Becker, Blake Braun, Hiina Domae, Keagan Fessler, Autumn Haag, Donnica Keeling, Ahna Larson, Courtney Larson, Chey Liekweg, Hailey Lock, Taryn Meyer, Austin Neff, Hunter O’Donnell, Nicole Rich, Mitchell Robeoltman, Teryn Schlichting, Madison Shreckengost, Sydney Shreckengost, Katelyn Snyder, Evan Sprung, Brittany Starr, Dalton Streblow. 12th Grade: Sam Amsbaugh, Hayley Baker, Caleb Crooks, Josi Fjone, Keegan Ginapp, Taylor Graney, Cody Grant, Luke Gustin, Spencer Halloran, Amber Hanig, Katlyn Hill, Amanda Julsen, Taylor Logan, Courtney Lowe, Ethan Meints, Hunter Myers, Kelsey Nierengarten, Johnathon Ohrt, Dustin Rader, Andrea Reed, Collin Schoning, Courtney Smidt, Ryan Snow, Ashley Stevens, Tanner Tuttle, Markus Wogen.

FAFSA assistance program expands across Iowa College-bound Iowa students will find themselves with options when it comes to seeking out financial aid assistance this winter. Students and parents needing help with financial aid forms will find more options closer to home, due to the expansion of Iowa College Goal Sunday program to 54 locations in 38 communities throughout the state. Volunteers for Iowa College Goal Sunday will help students and their families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of a national program that helps students qualify for federal financial aid. The FAFSA, which is a free form available in paper and electronic formats from the U.S. Department of Education, is the first step in the qualification process. “This program is great for anyone who has questions or wants free help with the FAFSA,” said Jennifer Coffman, state coordinator of the 2014 Iowa College Goal Sunday. “It’s especially helpful for students who are low-income or are the first generation of their families to attend college, or both.” In 2014, Iowa College Goal Sunday will hold events over a twomonth period. Beginning in February events will run through March 31 in Ames, Calmar, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Clarinda,

Clinton, Council Bluffs, Creston, Davenport, Denison, Des Moines, Dubuque, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Keokuk, Lamoni, Marshalltown, Mason City, Monticello, Muscatine, Ottumwa, Perry, Sheldon, Sioux City, Storm Lake, Waterloo, Waverly and West Burlington. There is no cost for FAFSA assistance received at an Iowa College Goal Sunday location. The Iowa College Goal Sunday planning committee has secured specific dates for each site and is beginning its recruitment of volunteers to assist families at each event. “The success of the College Goal Sunday program is due, in large part, to the volunteers. In 2013, we had professionals from college financial aid offices, local banking institutions, and state and private education organizations represented in our volunteers,” said Coffman. “Their knowledge and expertise made all the difference for the more than 700 families that received assistance and we’ll look to them again this year.” For more information, please visit the Iowa College Goal Sunday website, Details are also available from the Iowa College Access Network by calling (877) 272-4692 or e-mailing


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

5HSRUWLQJIURPWKH&HUUR*RUGR&RXQW\&RXUWKRXVH Marriage License John Field, 47, Garner to Jody Dow, 47, Rockford. District Court The court handled 10 probation revocations, one parole revocation, and one case of contempt. Dana Eggers, 41, Lakota, pled guilty on January 21 to Driving While Barred Habitual Offender. Eggers was placed on two years probation in lieu of two years in prison, fined $625 plus 35% surcharge, and $278 in costs. Jeffery Eliason, 50, Mason City, pled guilty on January 15 to Consumption/Intoxication 3rd or Subsequent Offense. Eliason was sentenced to 90 days in jail, fined $625 plus 35% surcharge, and $136 in costs. Steven Dethlefs, 56, Mason City, pled guilty on January 17 to Driving While Barred Habitual Offender. Dethlefs was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $625 plus 35% surcharge, and $166 in costs. Jacob Johnson, 24, Northwood, pled guilty on January 15 to Theft in the Third Degree, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Leaving the Scene of an Injury or Accident. Johnson was placed on four years probation, sentenced to three years in jail (all but 41 days suspended), fined $1,360 ($625 suspended) plus 35% surcharge, and $160 in costs. Johnson also pled guilty to OWI First Offense and was sentenced to two days in jail and fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge and $146 in costs. Lindsey Lowman, 26, Clear Lake, pled received a deferred judgment on January 21 to Forgery. Lowman was placed on three years probation, fined $750, $125 Law Enforcement Surcharge, and $180 in costs. An additional count of Forgery was dismissed. David Wesley, 41, Mason City, pled guilty on January 21 to Domestic Abuse Assault. Wesley was sen-

tenced to five years in prison, fined $750 plus 35% surcharge (suspended), $125 Law Enforcement Surcharge, and $238 in costs. Davis also pled guilty to Controlled Substance Violation and was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined $1000 (suspended). Two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Third or Subsequent Offense and an additional count of Controlled Substance Violation was dismissed. Rick Mannesmith, 49, Mason City, pled guilty on January 15 to Theft in the Second Degree. Mannesmith was placed on three years probation in lieu of five years in prison, fined $750 plus 35% surcharge, and $161 in costs. Bradley Watts, 48, Clear Lake, pled guilty to OWI First Offense. Watts was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1250 plus 35% surcharge, and $170 in costs. Jamie Rasmusson, 31, Mason City, received a deferred judgment on January 21 to OWI First Offense. Rasmusson was placed on twelve months probation, ordered to pay a $1,250 civil penalty, and $140 in costs. Carly Ouverson, 18, Fertile, received a deferred judgment on January 21 to OWI First Offense. Ouverson was placed on one year probation, ordered to pay a $1,250 civil penalty, and $100 in costs. Jason Hackett, 44, Plymouth, pled guilty on January 17 to OWI First Offense. Hackett was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $314 in costs. Audrey Haag, 44, Clear Lake, pled guilty on January 15 to OWI First Offense. Haag was sentenced to thirty days in jail (all but three days suspended), fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $110 in costs. Michael Murray, 29, Fenton, pled guilty on January 16 to OWI Second Offense. Murray was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,850 plus 35% surcharge, and $110 in costs. Ryan Marquardt, 34, Mason City,

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received a deferred judgment on January 21 to OWI First Offense. Marquardt was placed on one year probation, ordered to pay a $625 civil penalty, and $100 in costs. Small Claims 1st Call Bail Bonds vs. Richard Latham, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 17 in the amount of $1,565 with 2.13% interest from January 17. H&R Accounts vs. Travis Weibke, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 21 in the amount of $2,757.80 with 2.13% interest from January 21. H&R Accounts vs. Samantha Williams, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 21 in the amount of $905.20 with 2.13% interest from January 21. H&R Accounts vs. Rose Ziegler, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 21 in the amount of $1,603.97 with 2.13% interest from January 21. Capital One Bank vs. Jack Larsen, Clear Lake. Case dismissed with prejudice on January 15. Capital One Bank vs. Kathleen Nutt, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 16 in the amount of $2,306.94 with 2.13% interest from January 16. Portfolio Recovery Associates vs. Chad Angell, Plymouth. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 17 in the amount of $1,168.49 with 2.13% interest from January 15. Fullerton Funeral Home vs. Alesha Hjelmgren, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 15 in the amount of $4,497.18 with 2.13% interest from January 15. Superior Parking Lot Striping vs. Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 17 in the amount of $390 with 2.13% interest from January 17. Capital One Bank vs. Beau Stringer, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 16 in the amount of $1,925.81 with 2.13% in-

terest from January 16. Property Transfer DQC: Thomas Swartwood to Christi Stefan; Highlands, The BLK 14 Lot 6 MC; 3014-380. DWD: Kelli Taylor to TSKS LLC; Richards & Burdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Add Lot 20, Lot 21 CL Exc Part of Lots Personal property in the AMT of 15,900.00 exempt from revenue stamps; $159,900 and $229.60; 2014-378. DWD: Garry and Diane Miller to Kelli Taylor; Richards & Burdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Add Lot 20, Lot 21 CL Exc Part of Lots Fulfillment of Cont B10 P1791; $150,000 and $239.20; 2014-377. DWD: Michael Behne to Carol Behne; 15-97-19 NW NE, SE NW, NW SW, SW NE W 1/2 of SW 1/4 (Containing 80 Acres) Exc Land Lying W of HWY; Exc Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? in SE NW as Desc & Depicted in Survey B91 P3060; Exc Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;? in part of SE1/4 NW1/4 &1/4 NE1/4 as Desc & Depicted in Survey B12 P5358 1/2 Interest; Oakwood Park Blk 23 Lot 6 1/2 Interest; 2014-375. DWD: Russell and Victora Anderson to Scott Torkelson; 26-94-22 NW NW Part of (Containing 4.28 Acres); $307,000 and $490.40; 2014-373. DWDJ: Debra, Thomas, and Mitch Anthony to Steven and Wendy Degnan; Venice Harbor 4th add Lot 4 VT; $411,500 and $657.60; 2014359. DCD: Thomas and Murray McMurray Executor and John McMurray Estate to Ann Balderson, Thomas and Murray McMurray, Caroline Cueno, and Sarah Smith; Sirrineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Add Blk 3 Lot 3 CL; 3014-345. DWDJ: David and Linda Stine to Daniel and Carla Burke; Lakeview Add Blk 3 Lot 2 MC: $194,000 and $309.60; 2014-327. DWD: Loancare and FNF Servicing Inc to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Parker, Horace G., & James Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Add Blk 2 Lot 6 MC; 2014-326. DWD: Sky Ventures LLC and BFI Ventures LLC to MUY Properties

MC LTD; 08-96-20 NE SW Parcel 1: 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Strip Desc as N 533â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of E 824â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exc E 814â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & Exc N 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;; Parcel 2: 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Strip Desc as N 533â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of E 814â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exc E 754â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & Exc N 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;; $858,834 and $1,373.60; 2014-321. DWD: Capital Refuge LLC to Sky Ventures LLC; 08-96-20 NE SW Parcel 1: 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Strip Desc as N 533â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of E 824â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exc E 814â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exc N 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & A 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Strip Des as N 533â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of E 814â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exc E 754â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exc N 120â&#x20AC;&#x2122;; $1,086,178 and $1,737.60; 2014-318. DWD: Mason City DST, Mason City Exchange LLC Trustee, and Inland Private Capital Corporation to Store Master Funding V LLC; 04-9620 NE NW, SE NW, SW NW Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;? in part of NE NW, SE NW, SW NW Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;? in part of NE NW SE NW as desc in survey B03 P3240 & Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? in Part of SW NW SE NW as desc in survey B03 P3239; $10,144,198.67 and $16,230.40; 2014-312. DWD: Premier Iowa LLC to CSCJ Family Limited Partnership; Cottages, 1st Sub Blk 1 Lot 1 MC Part of; $3,200,000 and $5,119.20; 2014-310. DWD: Dorothy Gerdes to Judith Coe, Lois Kruggel, and Ronald Gerdes; 02-95-22 SW SE Part of (Containing 2.14 Acres); 2014-306. DAJT: Gaye and Theodore Kehm to Gaye Kehm; 9-96-20 Plat of Lots 1 thru 5 SW 1/4 NE1/4 Lot 3, Lot 4; 2014-292. DAFF: Robert Kopriva to Robert and Jennifer Kobpriva, Terry and Reina Jones, and JRM Investments LLC; Adams, C.M., Sub part of Lot 66 in S1/2 3-96-20 Lot 6, Lot 7 CL S 3 Rods in Width of Lot 6 & N 1 Rod in Width of Lot 7 Cont B04 P10338 Deed B08 P4184; 2014-290. Michael Brackel and Juanita Brackel Life Estate to Michael Brackel; 15-96-19 NE SE, SE SE 2 Parcels in (E 1/2 SE Containing 35.75 Acres & SE SE Containing 35.75 Acres); 2014-286. DWD: Jason and Tammy Skinner to Roni Wyborny; Venice Har-

bor 4th Add Lot 3 VT; $685,000 and $1,095.20; 2014-285. DWDJ: Robert and Judy Burkhardt to Jack and Renee Beardsley; Harbourage Condominium Bldg N Unit 23 CL; $100,000 and $159.20; 2014-284. DWDJ: Mary and Randal Rodriguez to Joe and Julie Sanchez; Hoytâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st Add Lot 93 MC; $33,000 and $52; 2014-282. DAD: Plaza Pharmacy Inc to BIG Acceptance LLC; Clear Lake (Original Town), Sub. Of Lots 1 thru 4 Blk. 11 Lot 2 CL SWLY 1/3 Contract Rec B00 P9648; 2014-277. DAFF: Bradley Price to Bradley Price, Brian Hedges, Brian Hedges Life Estate, Michelle Hedges, MIT Lending, Washington Mutual Home Loans Inc, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc, Cerro Gordo County, Brian Hedges Estate, Mary Nath Executrix, Federal National Mortgage Association, Chase Manhatten Mortgage Corporation, Washington Mutual Bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Mary Ree, Michelle Lollar, JP Morgan Chase Bank Successor, and Brian Hedges Conservator; Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, R.S., & W.H. Dickirsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sub NE/4 24-96-22 Betwee B1 & 14 Sirrine, L25 Sirrine Sub 1 & 4 BLK 3 Lot 17, Blk 3 Lot 18, Blk 3 Lot 19, Blk 3 Lot 20, Blk 3 Lot 21, Blk 3 Lot 22, Blk 3 Lot 23, Blk 3 Lot 24 CL Deed B98 P1318, Deed B98 P3777, MTG B01 P5415, Assn B02 P3443, Assn B03 P15215, Deed B03 P16004, Deed B04 P48, Deed B04 P10380, & Deed B13 P757; 2014-276. DWD: Larry Elwood Construction Inc to Kellar Inc; Fairways Condominium Bldg Unit 2049, Bldg Unit 2057 Augusta MC; $45,000 and $71.20; 2014-271. MCON: Clear Lake Strip Mall LLC and Larson Holdings Company LLC to LJ Kramer LLC; Richards & Burdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Add Lot 9, Lot 10, Lot 8 CL Portion of Lots 8, 9 & 10; $1,495,000; 2014-325.





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The Pioneer Enterprise

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bigger than the game: H-D, West Fork girls battle it out in Coaches vs. Cancer By Kristi Nixon Win or lose, both Hampton-Dumont and West Fork girls basketball teams won big against cancer. Playing before the biggest crowd of the season, the No. 11-ranked Bulldogs pulled away against the Warhawks, who made it closer at the end on a 6-0 run in an eventual 62-47 H-D win in the fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. “Just a great cause, you know?”

H-D coach Chad Johnson said. “I think everybody if you look back has been touched by cancer whether it was somebody in your family or somebody you know, so I think it is an outstanding cause. Hopefully, more people do this.” The Bulldogs started to pull away in the second half after a single-digit advantage through much of the first half. Saturday’s win over the War-

hawks ended a two-game skid for Johnson’s team. “We definitely needed this win,” Johnson said. “The kids played hard and I thought we played hard last night against Clear Lake and just fell short. Tonight, they finished it – played good defense. “We had a great crowd – both teams did – West Fork and us. It was a rowdy crowd and they got after it; to help raise money for cancer is un-

believable.” Three Bulldogs scored in double figures led by Jordan Prantner’s 16 points to counter West Fork’s gamehigh 21 points from Courtney Larson. H-D’s Kennedy Wohlford added a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 of the Bulldogs’ 13 blocked shots. This was back-to-back losses in as many nights for coach Rodney

Huber’s squad – both against rated teams. “We’ve been out of sync for a week or two now, but I’m not really sure – I can’t put my thumb on it,” Huber said. “We’ve lost four games this season to all ranked teams; it’s not time to hit the panic button but tonight was not good on the offensive end. We did not execute like we have done this season. The big thing

is to get our practice and hopefully get it in Monday.” But Huber admitted the night was a success when it came to battling cancer. “That’s an ultimate thing: the game is secondary to that stuff, obviously,” Huber said. “It’s hard to swallow a loss, but it’s been a cool night.”

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West Fork (10-4, 6-2) – Taylor Logan 0-3 0-2 0; Courtney Larson 9-15 2-4 21; Cailey Weaver 0-3 1-2 1; Mickee Guritz 2-8 1-5 5; Kelsey Nierengarten 3-9 0-0 6; Madison Shreckengost 2-8 0-0 4; Anne Jorgenson 1-6 2-2 4; Sydney Shreckengost 1-7 1-2 4; Kaitlyn Liekweg 1-4 0-0 2; Kalynn Washington 0-1 0-0 0; Madison Shupe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-64 7-17 47. H-D (12-4, 8-4) – Mallory Wohlford 0-0 0-0 0; Lexi Sorenson 4-7 0-1 9; Jessica Speake 4-9 2-4 13; Cassy Miller 0-1 0-0 0; Shelby Tidman 0-1 0-0 0; Jordan Prantner 5-10 2-2 16; Paige Wragge 1-1 3-4 5; Nadilee Eiklenborg 0-3 0-0 0; Kennedy Wohlford 5-13 5-8 15; Payton Miller 0-0 0-0 0; Brooklyn Plagge 2-2 0-0 4; Maddie Mason 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 12-19 62. Three-point goals – WF 2-15 (Larson 1-2, S. Shreckengost 1-3, Guritz 0-1, Logan 0-2, Liekweg 0-3); H-D 8-15 (Prantner 4-5, Speake 3-6, Sorenson 1-3, Eiklenborg 0-1). Rebounds – WF 30, 16 off., 14 def. (Larson 9, Nierengarten 7, M. Shreckengost 5, S. Shreckengost 3, Weaver 2, Guritz 2, Jorgenson 2); H-D 45, 12 off., 33 def. (Wohlford 13, Wragge 11, Sorenson 8, Plagge 4, Prantner 4, Speake 3, Tidman 2). Assists – WF 2 (Larson 2); H-D 18 (Speake 8, Prantner 5, M. Wohlford, Sorenson, Wragge, Plagge, Mason). Steals – WF 13 (Larson 7, M. Shreckengost 3, Logan 2, Jorgenson); H-D 9 (Sorenson 3, Prantner 2, Speake, K. Wohlford, P. Miller, Mason). Blocks – WF, None; H-D 13 (K. Wohlford 10, M. Wohlford, Speake, Tidman). Fouls – WF 19, H-D 15. Fouled out – WF, S. Shreckengost.

Courtney Larson, left, of West Fork drives around Hampton-Dumont's Jessica Speake during Saturday's Coaches vs. Cancer game at Hampton. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Sydney Shreckengost (33) of West Fork is fouled on the way to the basket by Hampton-Dumont's Kennedy Wohlford during Saturday's Coaches vs. Cancer game at Hampton. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Hustle for the cause: West Fork, H-D go all out in area contest things that we really struggled in the Parker Claypool scored 11 points to a neat opportunity,” Schnoes said. By Kristi Nixon “What our basketball players (both Area schools Hampton-Dumont second half to get some looks against lead the Bulldogs. “In the second half we switched to boys and girls) do is we shoot free and No. 6 West Fork did its part in their zones. The looks that we got we showing a huge crowd hustle as the didn’t finish on. They got stops de- a zone and I thought we were a little throws – a simple way to raise monbit more aggressive and were able to ey and a good way to work on free Warhawks pulled away in the sec- fensively. “We made shots and rebounding push them out a little bit further than throws. It’s a nice way to do that. ond half in the boys end of a basket“It’s a nice community involveball doubleheader that went toward (late in the first half). There hasn’t they wanted to be,” Schnoes said. “I been any game this year that we thought Sam Amsbaugh’s rebound- ment to get two towns close by that Coaches vs. Cancer. West Fork started out strong, but haven’t been able to compete in if ing was key in the third quarter. It play each other cause there is a lot of the Bulldogs pulled to within three in we don’t make shots and rebound the was really one-and-done for them relation and friends that work togethin the third quarter on shot attempts. er. It’s nice to get together for a good the closing moments of the first half, ball.” Sam Amsbaugh had a double- Sam did a nice job on the boards and cause. I think that’s really special.” only to see the Warhawks pull away d o u b l e the guys did a nice job of moving Walton added, “Just the event in in the second half. w i t h 1 6 their feet and got a few turnovers, so itself, it’s fun to see all the people “We started points and that was the key.” come out and kids so involved and out really strong finished Both coaches said the fifth annual know that it’s something more im– we pushed the with 11 re- event for Coaches vs. Cancer was a portant than us. It’s a big deal.” ball up the floor and then the press Just the event in itself, it’s bounds for great success. “I think it is just fantastic – just was effective fun to see all the people West Fork. early to get some come out and kids so inquick scores and I thought Hampvolved and know that it’s ton did a nice something more important job of adjusting,” than us. It’s a big deal. West Fork coach Frank Schnoes - Heath Walton, H-D Coach said. “We started picking up with what I thought were some silly fouls we weren’t moving our feet like we needed to and started running a halfcourt defense. “I thought Hampton did a nice job of looking for the open guys and working for their shots. Against their zone, we weren’t patient enough; we didn’t move the ball around enough to get their zone to shift and move out of position, so we basically had one or two passes and shoot it or throw it inside so they could. We need a lot more action than that.” Plain and simple, H-D coach Heath Walton said the difference between keeping it close and falling behind later was his team’s ability to hit shots and rebound. “We missed a bunch of shots,” West Fork's Sam Amsbaugh, right, fights for a loose ball on the floor with Hampton-Dumont's Cole Miller in the Walton said. “It was one of those second quarter of Saturday's Coaches vs. Cancer game at Hampton (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Warhawks swoop back into it: West Fork rebounds from first loss By Kristi Nixon After falling for the first time in the regular season in more than a year, the West Fork boys basketball team wasted no time in dispatching Nashua-Plainfield on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Sam Amsbaugh was 9-of-10 from the field in leading the Warhawks

with 23 points in the 76-58 victory over the Huskies. He led a trio in double-digit scoring as Spencer Halloran added 18 and Hunter Myers chipped in with 10. The Warhawks got out to a quick start and led 41-24 at the half and didn’t let up on the gas.

Amsbaugh added seven rebounds and Myers had a solid line again with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. West Fork, which was a perfect 15-of-15 from the free throw line, has sole possession of the Corn Bowl Conference with 11-1, 7-0 record.

West Fork 76, Nashua-Plainfield 58 Nashua-Plainfield (5-8, 2-5) – Zach Bond 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Klingman 4-12 4-5 12; Philip Lines 3-5 1-4 8; Spencer White 4-9 5-6 17; Seth Harrington 7-14 0-0 19; Brody Schmidt 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-41 10-15 58. West Fork (11-1, 7-0) – Austin Neff 2-4 2-2 6; Hunter Myers 5-9 0-0 10; Spencer Halloran 6-12 6-6 18; Sam Amsbaugh 9-10 5-5 23; Drew Engebretson 2-8 2-2 7; Markus Wogen 1-1 0-0 2; Evan Sprung 3-5 0-0 6; Jacob Kuhlmeier 2-2 0-0 76. Totals 30-51 15-15 76. Nash-Plainfield12 12 15 19 West Fork 19 22 19 16


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Three point goals – N-P 10-25 (Harrington 5-11, White 4-9, Lines 1-3, Klingman 0-2); WF 1-9 (Engebretson 1-6, Neff 0-1, Halloran 0-1, Sprung 0-1). Rebounds – N-P 21, 9 off., 12 def. (Klingman 5, Lines 5, Harrington 3, Schmidt 3, Team 3, White 2); West Fork 27, 12 off. 15 def. (Amsbaugh 7, Myers 5, Sprung 5, Halloran 4, Neff 2, Engebretson 2, Kuhlmeier 2). Assists – N-P 10 (Lines 3, White 3, Klingman 2, Harrington 2); WF 12 (Myers 4, Halloran 2, Engebretson 2, Amsbaugh, Kuhlmeier). Steals – N-P 7 (Klingman 2, White 2, Harrington 2, Schmidt); WF 15 (Engebretson 4, Myers 3, Amsbaugh 2, Halloran 2, Wogen). Blocks – N-P, None; WF 1 (Amsbaugh). Total fouls – N-P 15, WF 15. Fouled out – None.

Spencer Halloran of West Fork (15) rises up for a shot during the fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer game Saturday at Hampton. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Habitat for Humanity seeking applicants Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa (HFHNCI) has scheduled two information meetings open to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 12 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. at the Habitat office, 517 1st St. NW, Mason City. Interested participants will learn about the Habitat for Humanity program and how to apply for a new home to be built in the near future. HFHNCI is looking for families interested in becoming homeowners in Mason City, Clear Lake or Hampton. Applications for these opportunities will be available at the informational meeting or by contacting the Habitat office. Families chosen to

partner with Habitat should be willing to demonstrate their ability to make low monthly payments, even if they not able to obtain traditional financing through a bank. Interested families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be considered for these current homeownership opportunities. Families purchase energy efficient homes at a discount through a 0 percent interest-free loan from Habitat for Humanity. Each family approved for a Habitat home must meet the following three requirements: (1) they must have a need for housing, (2) be willing to partner with Habitat by

helping to build their home and support Habitat’s efforts in other ways, and (3) have the ability to make low monthly payments. The homes are built primarily by volunteers, allowing Habitat to offer the homes at a large discount to the qualified families. To reserve a space at one of the upcoming application information meetings, inquire about volunteering, or to make a donation to support Habitat’s efforts, please call Habitat for Humanity NCI at (641) 424-8978 or visit the website at


The Pioneer Enterprise

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sixth-ranked Warhawks down Butler Friday, Jan. 24 By Kristi Nixon West Fork, ranked sixth in Class 2A, got out to a big lead early and didn’t back off in an 85-51 victory over North Butler on Friday, Jan. 24. Spencer Halloran scored 14 of 20 points against the Bearcats as the Warhawks pushed the tempo against the Bearcats. He was joined by three others who scored cored in double digits, led by Hunter Myers’ 21. “Wee knew we had the advantagee on the fast break a little bit,”” Halloran said. “They are a good team in the halfcourt, so we knew we had to push.” Both h teams hadn’t practiced in two days because of weather cancellations. lations. “Considering onsidering neither one of us had practiced since Tuesday, ay, I thought both teams played well,” West Fork coach Frank Schnoes said. loran added, “We were kind Halloran ggish early because we of sluggish hadn’t practiced in the past couple of days – neither have o their credit – but both they, to teams were a little slow coming outt we knew at halftime we had to speed up the pace a little bit and d put some points on the board. “ North rth Butler coach Dave Brownn was pleased with the Bearcats ats efforts against West Fork (12-1, 12-1, 8-0 Corn Bowl). “What hat I told the guys before thee game: four quarters of great at effort – play as hard ass you can,” Brown said. “Whatever Whatever the score it is what it is. The whole game we played hard. The kids had ad a lot of effort – in the firstt half, shots were falling forr us. Fortunately, we kept it pretty close by halftime there. ere. “In the second half, they poured d it on in the second half, they are a talented team. Regardless, the kids played hard for four quarters.” Shaylon ylon Lahr had 12 of his team-high m-high 18 points in the firstt half. However, wever, the Warhawks’ fast pace ce got to North Butler. “I was trying to decide whether er to play some 1-3-1

early or not – it’s been pretty effective for us at times, but North Butler looked good in the first half – hit some nice open looks,” Schnoes said. “I thought we defended fairly well, they hit some threes that kept them in the ball game. “They did some things – collapsing down on the post guys and thankfully we got their post guys into some foul trouble and that really was a factor in the second half and we were able to run out with our press. We gad some nice steals and turnovers and able to convert.” North Butler ’s point guard Reid Lammers went out late in the third quarter with a knee injury as the Warhawks were pulling away. “He has some ice on it,” Brown said of Lammers. “It’s a little sore, but he’ll be fine. I don’t think it’s too serious. He twisted the knee and a guy landed on it – he said the kneecap might have moved a little bit one direction.”

By Kristi Nixon No. 11 (Class 2A) North Butler withstood a faced-paced a physical West Fork team Friday to remain undefeated in the Corn Bowl and continue its hold on top of the conference standings. The Bearcats used a rebounding edge and defense to hold off the Warhawks, 47-35, at home. “That was a big game for us in the conference, if we lost that one, we’d be tied in the conference, but we got through it,” North Butler coach Jeff Lindell said. “The biggest issue was West Fork was trying to speed our tempo up and I just couldn’t get the girls to relax, calm down and take their time because when we did move the basketball we had good looks and scored. “They are a good team, really scrappy, and in excellent conditioning shape. They did what we thought they would do is speed us up and tonight we got pretty lucky – they shot poor from the field and the free throw line. But, defensively, I thought we did a great job in stopping most of their drives.” The free throw line was West Fork’s worst enemy, particularly in the fourth quarter. The Warhawks were 7-of-18 from the line in the last eight minutes and were 11-of-26 overall. North Butler also owned a 40-22 rebounding advantage against West Fork with Emily Dolan taking advantage of her size for a game-high 12 boards. “Our conference is a little bit bigger, but West Fork lost their big girl, Lindsey Peterson, so I’m just a couple inches taller than everybody else and we boxed out well tonight,” Dolan said. “That’s what we needed to do.” Lindell added, “Our advantage is size inside. Emily Dolan did a great job tonight, she had to have 10 or bet-

Courtney Larson of West Fork (11) avoids the trap by North Butler's Lisa Feldman (32) and Marisa Speedy (22) during Friday's Corn Bowl Conference game at Greene. (Photo by Kristi Nixon) ter rebounds. We got into some foul trouble which hurt our rotation and Jenny (Rottler) got hit in the mouth. It was kind of a battle of attrition tonight – we hadn’t had practiced for two days – so it was kind of winging it. Anyway, we made it through and battled hard. It was an ugly night offensively, but we made it a win.” Madison Shreckengost finished with 13 points and Courtney Larson added 11 for West Fork. Channing Wunsch finished with 13

Kelsey Nierengarten of West Fork turns after snaring a rebound against North Butler on Friday, Jan. 24. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

points before fouling out while Lisa Feldman scored 10 in the Bearcats’ victory. “We could have played better, but a win’s a win, you know?” Dolan said. “And that was against a good, tough team that we knew we had to beat because they were closest to us in conference. “We still have five or six games left, I’m not saying anything right now, but I have a good feeling about this.”

North Butler 47, West Fork 35 West Fork (10-4, 6-2) – Taylor Logan 0-4 0-0 0; Courtney Larson 4-9 3-4 11; Cailey Weaver 0-5 0-2 0; Mickee Guritz 0-2 3-4 3; Kelsey Nierengarten 0-2 0-0 0; Madison Shreckengost 4-11 1-6 13; Anne Jorgenson 0-0 0-0 0; Sydney Shreckengost 1-8 4-10 6; Kaitlyn Liekweg 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 10-44 11-26 35. North Butler (11-1, 8-0) – Jenny Rottler 0-7 0-0 0; Katelyn Shultz 0-0 0-0 0; Marisa Speedy 3-8 0-0 7; Kenzie Siemens 1-6 2-2 4; Lisa Feldman 3-11 3-4 10; Emily Dolan 3-10 3-3 9; Channing Wunsch 4-8 5-7 13; Haley Landers 1-4 2-3 4. Totals 15-54 15-19 47. West Fork North Butler

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Three point goals – WF 4-14 (M. Shreckengost 4-9, Logan 0-1, S. Shreckengost 0-2, Liekweg 0-2); NB 2-13 (Speedy 1-3, Feldman 1-4, Siemens 0-3, Rottler 0-3). Rebounds – WF 22, 9 off., 13 def. (Larson 6, M. Shreckengost 5, Guritz 3, S. Shreckengost 3, Nierengarten 2, Logan, Weaver, Jorgenson); NB 40, 15 off. 25 def. (Dolan 12, Siemens 8, Speedy 5, Feldman 5, Wunsch 4, Team 3, Rottler 2, Landers). Assists – WF 2 (Larson 2), NB 12 (Dolan 4, Siemens 3, Rottler 2, Feldman 2, Wunsch). Steals – WF 12 (Logan 3, S. Shreckengost 3, Larson 2, M. Shreckengost 2, Guritz, Liekweg); NB 11 (Siemens 2, Wunsch 2, Landers 2, Rottler, Shultz, Speedy, Feldman, Dolan). Blocks – WF None; NB 3 (Dolan 3). Total fouls – WF 14, NB 19. Fouled out – NB, Wunsch.

West Fork's Sam Amsbaugh (21) skies over North Butler's Gavin Scroggin during the opening tip between the two Corn Bowl Conference opponents on Friday, Jan. 24. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Madison Shreckengost of West Fork comes down with a rebound against North Butler on Friday, Jan. 24 at Greene (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Warhawks 11th at tough Bearcat Invite on Saturday By Kristi Nixon Missing one of its top wrestlers due to illness, the West Fork wrestling team brought up the rear in the highly-competitive Bearcat Invitational Saturday at Greene hosted by North Butler. West Branch, with four Class 1A ranked wrestlers, won the meet with 145 points, edging Wapsie Valley (143). The Warhawks scored 31 points with a pair of fourth place finishes and a sixth. According to head coach Jared Arbegast, 120-pounder Jacob Hansen was home sick, leaving a spot open on the West Fork roster. West Fork, however, did get Jarel Arbegast back at 138 pounds, only to see him default for fourth place after winning his opening match. Tyson Pillard took fourth and Tanner Shreckengost finished sixth for the only place winners for the Warhawks.

West Fork's Jarel Arbegast, right, earns back points against Luke Asche of South Hardin-BCLUW in the Bearcat Invitational Saturday at Greene. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

2014 Bearcat Invitational Team Scoring 1. West Branch 145; 2. Wapsie Valley 143; 3. Nashua-Plainfield 132; 4. Clarksville 131; 5. North Butler 125; 6. Lake Mills 119; 7. Belmond-Klemme 107.5; 8. South HardinBCLUW 99; 9. Rockford 37; 11. West Fork 31. Championship finals 106 – Alan Peters (NB) dec. Will Portis (Rock) 3-1, OT; 113 – Isaac Masters (N-P) pinned Micah Dorow (SH) 3:57; 120 – Dalton Nelson (NB) major dec. Zach Andrews (B-K) 12-1; 126 – Carter Carew (WB) dec. Bryce Ackerman (WV) 6-2; 132 – Cole Brandt (WV) dec. Tanner Heaberlin (B-K) 5-2; 138 – Ethan Kleitsch (WV) pinned Chase Capper (Clark) 3:18; 145 – Caleb Wedeking (NB) dec. Brady Schmidt (LM) 4-2; 152 – Noah Irons (LM) pinned Cody Nelson 0:18; 160 – Casey Pence (WB) major dec. Slade Sifuentes (LM) 12-4; 170 – Tyler Lutes (SH) major dec. Justin Roth (WB) 17-3; 182 – Jason Fisher (N-P) pinned Collin Kuhlemeier (Rock) 0:27; 195 – Matt Negen (Clark) dec. Tyler Larson (N-P) 6-4; 220 – Mason Lovrien (Clark) dec. Drew Finnegan (WB) 10-5; 285 – Luke Worden (B-K) pinned Skyler Popham (Clark) 5:02.

Evan Sprung (33) of West Fork turns after a rebound against North Butler's Todd Dolan during Friday's Corn Bowl Conference game at Greene. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

West Fork results – 138, Third, Luke Asche (BCLUW-SH) won by def. over Jarel Arbegast; 182, Third, Tanner Walker (Postville) pinned Tyson Pillard 3:28; 220, Max Hughes (Postville) pinned Tanner Shreckengost 5:54.

Warhawks keep pace in Corn Bowl By Kristi Nixon West Fork continued its dominance of Corn Bowl competition with a 58-48 home victory over NashuaPlainfield on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Warhawks were only a game

behind Corn Bowl leader North Butler with a road game at the Bearcats looming. Madison Shreckengost led West Fork with 17 points. Courtney Larson added 12 points,

five assists and steals and four rebounds in another solid night for the Warhawk junior. Leading the team in rebounds was Sydney Shreckengost with six to go with her 11 points and give steals.

West Fork 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the Corn Bowl, faced Riceville at home on Tuesday before playing host to Northwood-Kensett this Friday.

West Fork 58, Nashua-Plainfield 48 Nashua-Plainfield (2-10, 0-8) – Sarah McMichael 2-3 0-0 6; Kennedy Haut 0-0 2-2 2; Aubry Bienemann 0-0 0-0 0; Cherith Winters 0-6 0-2 0; Mckala Liddle 1-1 2-2 5; Kayla Dietz 3-8 5-6 11; Dallas Weiss 3-11 10-14 16; Marissa Janssen 1-2 0-0 2; Jordan Scribner 1-3 0-1 2; Jamie Baldwin 2-2 0-0 4; Abby Lumley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-36 19-27 48. West Fork (10-2, 6-1) – Taylor Logan 1-3 1-2 4; Courtney Larson 3-7 0-6 12; Cailey Weaver 1-1 0-4 6; Kelsey Nierengarten 0-1 2-6 2; Madison Shreckengost 7-15 2-6 17, Anne Jorg; Kalynn Washington 0-0 0-0 0; Madison Shupe 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 18-44 20-46 58. Nash-Plainfield14 9 12 13 West Fork 14 13 20 11


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Three point goals – N-P 3-7 (McMichael 2-2, Liddle 1-1, Winters 0-2, Scribner 0-2); WF 2-7 (M. Shreckengost 1-3, S. Shreckengost 1-3, Logan 0-1). Rebounds – N-P 37, 12 off., 25 def. (Dietz 13, Weiss 8, Baldwin 4, Winters 3, Scribner 3, Haut 2, Liddle 2, Janssen 2); WF 27, 14 off. 13 def. (S. Shreckengost 6, Nierengarten 5, Larson 4, Weaver 3, Liekweg 3, Logan 2, Jorgenson 2, M. Shreckengost 2). Assists – N-P 8 (Scribner 5, Weiss 2, McMichael); WF 12 (Larson 5, S. Shreckengost 3, Logan, Weaver, Nierengarten, M. Shreckengost). Steals – N-P 7 (Haut 3, McMichael, Winters, Liddle, Weiss); WF 24 (Larson 5, Logan 5, S. Shreckengost 5, Jorgensen 4, M. Shreckengost 3, Weaver, Nierengarten). Blocks – N-P 1 (Dietz); WF, None. Total fouls –N-P 28, WF 21. Fouled out – N-P, Haut, Scribner; WF, Nierengarten.

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