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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. Admission is $6 and includes a snack and drink. Preschool and younger are free. LAST CALL: Do you have a talent (or lack thereof) to share? We still have room for community acts in the upcoming show! Play an instrument? Weâ€™d love to have you play in the Community Band! Please contact Julie Novotney at (julie.novotney@westforkschool. org) or 822-3499 if you are preparing an act for the show or would be willing to play in the band!
Old-Fashioned Sing-Along Feb. 9 Feb. 9 provides a great opportunity to beat the winter blues! The Old-Fashioned Sing-Along will begin itâ€™s third year of group singing for all ages. Come and join us for an hour! Glenda Green, Hampton music teacher, will accompany songs led by Dawn Groszkruger of Dumont. Youâ€™ll be greeted and handed a lyric book. Songs begin at 4:00 in Hamptonâ€™s Windsor Theatre. There is no admission charge, concessions are available for purchase and if you care to donate to the theaterâ€™s expenses, a freewill basket is available.
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. â€“ 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.
New regulations delay Thornton lagoon By Travis Fischer The Thornton City Council was forced to table action on the new lagoon project during their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 3. The council was scheduled to pass a resolution that would order bids for the lagoon project, but new EPA regulations coming down the pipeline have put a stop to any action. The city canâ€™t make an order for bids until it is known exactly what the new regulations will require. â€œEverything is on hold until the DNR comes up with some proper wording for us,â€? said city clerk Michelle Duff. â€œThis is a crazy time for them to do this,â€? said council member Berry Groh. West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike visited with the council about setting up a bus stop shelter for students that have to wait for the school bus during unfavorable weather. â€œWe go to school 180 days
a year and for 170 of them itâ€™s not an issue, but on days when itâ€™s rainy or real cold itâ€™d be nice to have something for the kids,â€? said Strike. The mayor and the council agreed that there should be a place out of the elements for the kids to wait, but was reluctant to establish a permanent structure for fear of vandalism or other mischief. The favored solution was opening the outer door of the public library in the mornings, which would allow kids to wait in the entrance lobby. The council agreed to ask the library board their opinion on the matter. In other business, it was noted that the North 8th Street pump house panel is still not working and it will be examined on Tuesday. The council also set a public hearing date for fiscal year 201415 for the next regular meeting on Monday, March 3.
West Fork Large Group Speech students move to state competition The West Fork Speech team competed at the Large Group District Contest on Jan. 25 in Forest City. The group improvisation team Brittany Starr and Briana Carroll received an I rating for their improvisation of â€œA
Night in a Chicken Coop.â€? Their rating allows them to attend the State Speech Contest at Waterloo West on Feb. 8. This is the second year in a row Starr and Carroll have made it to state in this category.
Community Calendar Saturday, February 8, 2014 F-H FSQA, 9-11 a.m., CG County Extension Office, Mason City 4-H Intermediate Council Meeting, 12 noon-3:30 p.m., 4-H Learning Center, No IA Events Center, Mason City Monday, February 10, 2014 Thornton City Council meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall Meservey City Council meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall
Rockwell council seat to be decided once and for all next Tuesday ner resigned from the council and moved away from the area. However, a petition was filed in December calling for a special election, which will decide Laudnerâ€™s successor once and for all. The questions listed on the survey were as follows: 1. Provide information on your backgroundâ€”how long youâ€™ve lived in the community, family, current job, etc. 2. Have you ever held elected office or been involved with any type of committee or board? 3. In your opinion, what are the main issues facing the
community? 4. What attributes or skills do you bring to the council? 5. Are there any projects youâ€™d like to see completed or started by the city? 6. Why are you running? 7. Is there anything else youâ€™d like to add? The Pioneer Enterprise edited for spelling errors and grammatical mistakes only. The following is each city candidateâ€™s response to the questionnaire. Unanswered questions are denoted with the letters â€œN/A.â€?
Lee Gossweiler 1. I have been a lifelong resident of Rockwell with the exception of 14 years, when I was a member of the Marine Corp. I am married with two children and currently work at the Globe Gazette as the building maintenance supervisor. 2. I was elected and am still currently a member of the Rockwell American Legion Post #208 board. I have held this position for eight years. 3. N/A 4. I was a member of the military for over 20 years, and during that time learned to handle many different situations. 5. I would like to see the streets fixed and maintained, and would also like to see more housing development in town to help the town grow. 6. I am running for city council because I would like to help the community betterment. 7. N/A
Mark Waite 1. I am 51 years old and grew up in Mason City. My current employment is Director of Maintenance at the Rockwell Nursing Home where I have been employed for almost 17 years. I am a veteran of the Navy and served four years as a helicopter mechanic. 2. I am Adjunct to Legion Post #208 in Rockwell and also a member of the Rockwell Chamber. 3. Services such as community protection, public works and urban planning should all be considered main issues and need to be addressed with community betterment in mind. I also believe it is the responsibility of local government to promote growth within the community whenever possible. 4. I served two terms as a city councilman in Rockwell, from 2000 to 2008. 5. N/A 6. I have no particular agenda, just a willingness to serve. 7. N/A
Mark Lowe 1. Iâ€™ve lived in Rockwell for 15 years and I have been involved in the community for over 35 years. My wife, Staci, and I have been married for 18 years and we have been together for over 24 years. We have two daughters, Courtney and Hannah. I am employed by Alliant Energy as a control room operator and have been there for six years. Before that I worked at Golden Grain Energy as a shift supervisor. 2. I have served on the board of directors for St. Peter Lutheran Church and I have been involved with the Rockwell Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years. I was also a member of the Rock-
well-Swaledale EMTâ€™s for five years. 3. The big ticket issue for me is what every small town faces, that is, how to stay alive and attract new businesses and people to our community and keep those businesses and individuals that we have. Rockwell is a great community to raise a family in. 4. I am a caring person who is attentive to detail and sees projects through to completion. My experiences have taught me to be a quick thinker and a nonjudgmental individual. 5. I would like to see the bridge replacement project on B-60 by the campgrounds to get underway sometime in the next year to 18 months and I would like to look into the needs of the cityâ€™s sewer and water infrastructure and start securing funding to make updates where needed. 6. I am running to become more involved in the community and to help secure Rockwellâ€™s place on the map for generations to come! 7. Good luck to all my fellow candidates and to those that havenâ€™t been to Rockwell, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Larry Wentz 1. I moved to Rockwell in November 2012. My wife Meagen (Scholl) grew up in Rockwell. We have two daughters Addison, 5, and Lexi, 11 months. I work at Rockwell Cooperative Telephone Association as a Technician. 2. I have held a variety of positions on numerous boards and committees. Most notably, I was on the board of directors for the Bethlehem Area Bowling Association and later elected to the Secretary position from 2000-2004. I also served on a committee from 2010-2012 while working at H&R Block focusing on new franchises. The committee was tasked with creating protocols and procedures for converting independent tax businesses to H&R Block offices. 3. My No. 1 issue is road repairs. The current council has been working diligently towards getting the Madison St. Bridge replaced. They have also contacted the railroad in an effort to repair the two railroad crossings in town. One issue I would like to see revisited is the trash collection in town and how we can modify the policy on excess trash bags by eliminating or modifying the charges for special bags. 4. I have eight years of experience with creating and executing operating budgets. I enjoy talking with people, gathering feedback and turning ideas into policies. 5. I would like to see significant progress made on the sale of lots in the new development. More properties mean more tax dollars which provides more opportunities to make Rockwell better. 6. After visiting Rockwell for the first time six years ago, I decided this is where I want to raise my family. Once I secured employment at Rockwell Telephone, we moved here to fulfill our goal of raising our children in a small town environment. When I learned of the openings on city council, I felt strongly I could make a difference by providing an outsiderâ€™s point of view with a passion towards continuing Rockwellâ€™s success. 7. I support each club, association and business in Rockwell equally. I will assist in any way possible to allow each organization the ability provide goods and services for Rockwell through various fundraising events. I will make myself personally available to the leaders of each group to ensure they get the attention and resources they may require.
Compiled by Nick Pedley Editorâ€™s note: Candidates for the Rockwell City Council eleciton were mailed a questionnaire at the beginning of October regarding their background, campaign and platform. Since all four candidates in the Feb. 11 special election ran in November and returned responses, the Pioneer Enterprise has decided to republish their answsers. The four candidates are vying for former Councilman Dave Laudnerâ€™s seat. Larry Wentz, who placed fourth in the Nov. 5 election, was appointed to the seat after Laud-
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors meeting, 9 a.m. Annual Master Gardener Potluck, 6-8 p.m., 4-H Learning Center, No IA Events Center Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Pesticide Applicator Training, 9-11:45 a.m. at CG County Extension Office Thursday, February 13, 2014 Understanding Grief & Loss Support Group, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hospice of North Iowa, Conference Room, 232 2nd St., NE, Mason City Private Pesticide Training, 6:30-8:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, Manly
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Brittany Starr and Briana Carroll moved on to the State Speech Contest scheduled for Feb. 8. (Submitted Photo)
Coaches vs. Cancer raises over $10,000 By Sheri Bogue On Saturday Jan. 25, Hampton-Dumont and West Fork battled it out on the basketball court and in fundraising. With funds still coming in, at this point we have raised a total of $10,733.77. Prior to the day of basketball both schools did some fundraising, many of the basketball players participated in a free throw contest where they got pledges for how many baskets they made out of 50. Fundraising totals for the two schools were: Hampton-Dumont â€“ Free Throws and Alumni Basketball Tournament for a total of $2,256.50 and West Fork â€“ Free Throws $4,094 and a cake auction â€“ $275 for a total of $4,369. With funds still coming in from the free throws we have not been able to award the traveling trophy at this time. Other fundraising that took place on Saturday during the
event were free throws by spectators during half times, bringing in $73.00, a raffle that brought in $85.50, a silent auction that brought in $443.00, the 46 second bucket run brought in $1,413.53 and orange paper airplanes brought in $123.51. One of the Relay For Life teams, Team Car~diologist had a couple of team members, Diana and Michael Lage, made ribbon sugar cookies as a fundraiser making $145.25. In between the varsity girls and boys games Lenore Theobald spoke about some of the cancer facts for Franklin County, where the money goes that we raise and how more people are survivors than ever in the past. Lenore then along with Sheri Bogue, Franklin County Relay For Life Chair and Dawn Perrott, Co-Chair presented banners from Coaches vs. Cancer to both COACHES to page 4
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Senate hopeful Mark Jacobs on education, economy, and the EPA By Travis Fischer Mid-America Publishingâ€™s Travis Fischer met with Senate hopeful Mark Jacobs on Friday for an interview during a campaign stop in Clarion. Jacobs one of six declared candidates running for the Republican nomination for this yearâ€™s United States Senate election. The winner of the Republican primary, held on June 3, will face Representative Bruce Braley (D) in a contest to replace retiring Senator Tom Harkin. Travis Fischer: â€œHow has the campaign been going?â€? Mark Jacobs: â€œIt is going great. We are off to a great start and it has been an incredible privilege to have a chance to get around and meet some amazing people.â€? TF: â€œCongressional approval ratings are at about 13%, so why would you want to subject yourself to something like this?â€? MJ: (Laughs) â€œYou know, I am no stranger to big problems. Iâ€™ve found over the course of my career in business that Iâ€™ve always tried to run towards problems.â€? â€œI was brought in as CFO for a company by the name of Reliant Energy back in 2002 and when I joined the company it was on the verge of bankruptcy. The company owed over six billion dollars to a very large group of banks. The banks had lost confidence in the leadership of the company and they were poised to come in and take over control.â€? â€œIt turned out to be a great learning experience. I had a couple principles upon which I was not going to negotiate. I wasnâ€™t going to cede control of the company to the banks and I wasnâ€™t going to settle for a short term solution. But I listened to the banks, I worked with them, I built relationships with the people who were there. Ultimately we came up with a better solution for the company, and one that worked out to be pretty good for the banks as well because that group of banks got repaid every penny that we owed them within two years, and in the process we protected thousands of jobs.â€? â€œI learned a lot from that experience about how to help turn around a struggling enterprise and I think a lot of the problems that I experienced
and successfully dealt with at Reliant are similar to the problems that our federal government has today. Which is a loss of confidence in the leadership, our elected officials, and I think thatâ€™s represented in the favorability rating that you mentioned.â€? TF: â€œAs one of six people running for the Republican nomination, what makes you stand out from the crowd?â€? MJ: â€œI think it comes down to leadership and experience. I know what itâ€™s like to inherit a fiscal mess and, more importantly, Iâ€™ve demonstrated in the private sector that I can bring people together to solve problems.â€? â€œAnd I think experience matters. If you have a plumbing problem in your home, you call a plumber. Weâ€™ve got a fiscal mess and today it makes sense for us to send someone to Washington that has experience in dealing with those types of issues.â€? TF: â€œLetâ€™s switch over to education. You were on the KIPP Houston Public School Board. What experience did that give you and what do you think of public schools in Iowa?â€? MJ: â€œIâ€™ve been a big, big believer in education. That is the great equalizer. That is what provides opportunity for people and had made America the great country that it is today. This has always been the land of opportunity where, if you work hard, you can earn a better life and take better care of your family. Education is the key that opens that up.â€? â€œI did serve on the board of the charter school network and that was an organization that was targeting economically disadvantaged children and making sure that they had access to a high quality education.â€? â€œIâ€™ve been involved in education in Iowa at K-12 levels. I started a non-profit organization that focuses on working on improving public education in the state. I worked very closely with Governor Branstad and Speaker Paulson last spring when the legislature was passing the education reform bill.â€? â€œI think, from a federal government stand point, I think thereâ€™s a role for our government to play in supporting our community colleges and vocational schools and the indi-
The Franklin General Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Committee chairperson, Jane Schmitt, announces applications are now being accepted for scholarships for area high school students entering the health care field. Each year, the Auxiliary presents scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted by an accredited school for education in any health care related field. Applications may be obtained from counselors in any of the Franklin County high schools: West Fork, Hampton-Dumont, and CAL Community. All applications must be submitted to the Auxiliary Scholarship Chairperson no later than March 15. Applications can be mailed to: Jane Schmitt, 1460 Olive Ave., Hampton IA 50441.
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viduals that are seeking to gain a new skill so they can get a better job.â€? â€œ81% of the jobs in Iowa require some training beyond high school, yet less than 30% of our young adults are going to go on and get a degree from a four year college, so that leaves roughly half of the population that is in need of some training beyond high school and that is the role that the community colleges play. There are, nation wide, four million jobs today that are unfilled because employers cannot find applicants with the right skills. Thatâ€™s something I hear from employers all over the state.â€? TF: â€œWhat about the large number of graduates with a bachelors degree that are either unemployed or under-employed? Any ideas for them?â€? MJ: â€œWell, I think that the core problem we have in this country today is the lack of good jobs. I think that the community colleges really speak to instances where thereâ€™s jobs where we donâ€™t have the right skills, but as you think about people that have bachelors degrees that have struggledâ€Ś it reminds me of a story when I was in Clinton several weeks ago. I met a woman who said her son had graduated recently from Iowa State and is unable to find a job in his chosen field so heâ€™s been bouncing around from one part-time job to another. So I think thatâ€™s a very real problem we have in this state.â€? â€œBut I think other things we need to do to create better job opportunities is, number one, focus on energy production. We have seen, in the last five years, dramatic increases in employment levels as the shale formations have been more fully developed. Weâ€™ve seen that in Iowa here in the development of the renewable fuels industry. I think we need to continue to develop energy sources here in America, including the renewables. I think that can continue to add thousands and thousands of good jobs.â€? â€œI think the other thing that does is that helps keeps the energy prices low, and that helps drive economic growth in other areas.â€? TF: â€œSpeaking of energy, youâ€™ve obviously had experience with the
Environmental Protection Agency and youâ€™ve suggested introducing an independent third party to review economic impact. Can you tell me more about that idea?â€? MJ: â€œSure. Today each federal agency thatâ€™s passing new regulation, they do their own cost/benefit analysis and I can tell you first hand these are done, in many cases, with a significant amount of bias. In the case of the EPA, when they do their own cost/benefit analysis, itâ€™s the fox guarding the henhouse. I think we need some independents, much as the Congressional Budget Office is a non-partisan group that analyses the financial impact of new legislation, I think we need that same type of independence in assessing cost/benefit analysis of new federal regulations.â€? TF: â€œMoving over to Obamacare, youâ€™ve said that youâ€™d like to offer more transparency and d choices when seeking healthcare. How ow would you go about accomplishing ng that?â€? MJ: â€œWell I think nk one of the fundamental problems ms we have in healthcare is that costs ts continue to escalate, and that is squeezing queezing families. Whether it comes through insurance premiums or co-pay, pay, those costs are rising faster than wage growth so that means for most families amilies is takehome pay is going down wn every year because healthcare costs sts are continuing to take a larger share.â€? are.â€? â€œI think what we need to be doing is we need to be bringing free market principals like price transparency and consumer er choice. When you go to the doctor octor and look at a series of tests ts done, you donâ€™t find out how w much of any of that costs until ntil you check out, and thatâ€™s a little bit like if you go to the he grocery store and not having tems on prices on any of the items the shelves when you put them in your shopping cart, and you only find out what thee price is after youâ€™ve checked out. That, ke any sense.â€? to me, just doesnâ€™t make
Wogen. Thornton: Caleb D Dirksen, Hailey Sue Grell and Hunter Allen Oâ€™Donnell. Local students named to the NIACC Presidentâ€™s List completed a minimum of six hours and earned a 3.25-3.49 term grade point average in the academic semester. Rockwell: Allysa Rae Meyer, Colin Zachary Sido and Macy Jo Sturges. Sheffield: Samuel Robert Amsbaugh, Shanda N Mondt and Austin James Neff. Swaledale: Heidi Christine Van Horn. Thornton: Tyler Gene Johnson and Christine Marie Sandry.
Bullpup Preschool registration Bullpup Preschool registration for the 2014-15 school year will be held on Feb. 18 and Feb. 20 from 4-8 p.m., at Southside Elementary School in Hampton. Families with children who are four years old by Sept. 15 are encouraged to sign up. Please bring a copy of the childâ€™s
TF: â€œAlright, last question. The House of Representatives passed the Farm Bill this week. Have you had a chance to look at it and do you have any thoughts about it?â€? MJ: â€œIâ€™ve looked at some of the key elements and thereâ€™s some things that are problematic to me in the bill but on balance I support doing it. I think we owe it to farmers to provide the long term stability of that. They are out there making significant investment decisions every year and I think we owe it to them to make sure that they understand what the rules of the road are going to be.â€?
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NIACC announces Presidentâ€™s List and Deanâ€™s List Local students named to the NIACC Presidentâ€™s List completed a minimum of six hours and earned a 3.5-4.0 term grade point average in the academic semester. Meservey: Jacob John Fraser. R o c k w e l l : K a r a Ly n n Ditsworth, Keegan Wade Ginapp, Siera Jaid Jeffrey, Anne Marie Jorgensen, Cheyenne Elaine Liekweg, Allison Lee Novotney, Mitchell Lynn Robeoltman and Drew Lynn Wherry. Sheffield: Richardlee John Curtis, Rukshad Sohrab Daver, Diane Sue Dohlman, Taylor Kay Graney, Lori Kay Hellman, Daniel Dennis Jones, Ethan Jacob Meints, Peyton Nicolle Perkins, Zane Alexander Ruger, Tony Luther White and Markus Payton
system, and a lot of it is not just the providers but going upstream to the makers of medical devices and to the pharmaceutical companies.â€? â€œItâ€™s not just the patients care piece of this, itâ€™s when hospitals are procuring tools and devices that they use when providing those services, and the drugs that are provided to them. I think what we need to be doing is having clear cost/quality things so that people can make their decisions.â€?
birth certificate, immunization card, and proof of income. If you have questions, please contact: Northside Elementary at 641456-4481 or the Head Start administration office at 641-494-1891 or 866-836-3124.
Kaplan Fall Deanâ€™s List Kaplan University in Mason City has released its October term Deanâ€™s List. Students named to the Deanâ€™s List achieved a GPA of 3.4-3.95 on a 4.0 scale. Students named to the Presidentâ€™s List achieved a GPA of 3.964.0 on a scale of 4.0. Those on the Presidentâ€™s List are denoted with as asterisk following their name. Jennifer Gauley, Rockwell, 3.85; Shari Vestweber*, Rockwell, 4.0.
Ellie Anderson named to Presidentâ€™s Honor Roll at NSU Ellie Anderson, of Rockwell, has been named to the Presidentâ€™s Honor Roll at Northeastern State University for the fall 2013 semester. Each semester, NSU recognizes students who have achieved superior academic performance by naming them to the presidentâ€™s honor roll. To be eligible for the presidentâ€™s honor roll, students must complete at least 12 hours of undergraduate classes with a 4.0 grade-point average.
Lime Creek Nature Center to host â€œKindernatureâ€? A â€œKindernatureâ€? program has been scheduled at the Lime Creek Nature Center on February 10th from 4-5 p.m. Children ages 3-5 are invited to the center to have fun exploring na-
ture through playing games, making crafts, and eating snacks. The theme for this Kindernature program is camouflage! Children will learn what camouflage is and how animals use it in the wild to sur-
Income Tax Preparation and other accounting needs Dale McBride, CPA Marie Carroll, EA
1610 Grouse Ave. Thornton
vive. Part of the activity will be outside (weather pending). All children must be accompanied by an adult and registration is required. Call 641-423-5309 to register or for more information.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014
8QGHUWKH*ROGHQ'RPH7RR By State Representative Linda Upmeyer House District 54 firstname.lastname@example.org (515) 281-4618
The pace of the legislative session is picking up with the third week under our belt. Committees are hard at work reviewing and discussing proposed legislation. We will soon begin to take up bills on the House floor that have passed out of a committee and I look forward to sending them to the Senate for their consideration. As we move forward this session, we will continue to focus on legislation that benefits ALL Iowans, rather than proposals that pit one group against another. We will work together in a bipartisan manner to pass laws that are in the best interest of our state. Unlike the Presidentâ€™s declaration to circumvent Congress and enact new policies on his own through Executive Order, we will instead concentrate on working across the aisle to find compromise on the important issues facing Iowans. We will continue to look for ways to return unused tax dollars to Iowans and to take less of your money from the beginning. We want to help those who already have too much of their paychecks taken from the government. To that extent, last year we offered a proposal to reform our income tax system which would give Iowans a choice when paying their income taxes. Under our proposal, each person would be able to choose to pay their income taxes under the current system or use a 4.5 percent flat tax with zero deductions. The bill is currently in the Senate and we look forward to further discussion. We will also work to increase educational opportunities for those seeking upward mobility. Over the last three years, the Legislature has increased our investment in Iowaâ€™s community colleges by 22 percent. At a time when employers are expressing their concern about a lack of skilled workforce, Iowaâ€™s community colleges are providing a tremendous level of job training to meet those needs. Conversations surrounding the minimum wage have been taking place at the state and national level. It has been seven years since the last time Iowa raised the minimum wage, and discussion on the issue is reasonable. We need to have these conversations in order to learn how an increase will affect our businesses and communities. No one can deny that an increase in the minimum wage has a jobs penalty. While the extent of the jobs penalty is largely anecdotal, the Employment Policies Institute recently released a study that says Iowa would lose be-
tween 5,229 and 15,687 jobs if the minimum wage went to $10.10 per hour. We will continue to listen to the discussion surrounding this issue, while continuing to consider the impact it could have on our state. In other news, we were honored to receive a visit from Simon Estes this week. In conjunction with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education Day on the Hill, Mr. Estes, along with the organizationâ€™s Executive Director Leon Kuehner and others from across Iowa, spent the day at the Capitol promoting the importance of fine arts in our state. We were blessed to have Mr. Estes begin our day by singing â€œGod Bless Americaâ€? during our opening prayer in the House. Following the prayer,
Investing in student and family success Boosting student achievement is essential for building a high-skill, high-wage economy and strengthening Iowaâ€™s middle class. However, itâ€™ll be hard to reach that goal if the amount our state spends per student continues to fall compared to other states. Iowa now spends $1,500 LESS per student than the national average. In just 12 months, we fell from 31st to 37th in the country when it comes to how much our state spends on each student. Parents, teachers and school administrators want to provide a highquality education, but local school
Opera great and Centerville native Simon Estes sang â€œGod Bless Americaâ€? as the opening prayer at the Iowa House and Senate on Wednesday, January 29. He was accompanied to the Iowa Senate by House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake (left) and State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City (right). (Submitted photo) the House passed House Resolution 103, a resolution celebrating the fine arts in Iowaâ€™s schools and communities. Needless to say, it was wonderful to have Mr. Estes, a true Iowa treasure, grace us with his presence and beautiful voice. Moving forward, as previously mentioned, we are eager to pass legislation that will be helpful to all Iowans. I always appreciate hearing your ideas on how to improve our state. If you have any feedback or would like to raise a concern, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime at linda. email@example.com or 515281-4618. I look forward to hearing from you!
budgets increasingly force them to offer the bare minimum. A 6 percent increase has been proposed in basic school funding. This funding would provide an additional $196 million to buy textbooks, heat classrooms, pay salaries and purchase other day-to-day necessities that keep the school doors open. Best of all, the plan would not increase local property taxes, thanks to a special
$26.2 million state appropriation. This is something we need to vote on soon. State law requires that we decide on basic funding for the 201516 school year within the next couple of weeks. Iâ€™m pushing to meet the February 13 deadline and give local schools the confidence they need to set their budgets. If we want to keep good teachers and small class sizes, we must pay for them, or Iowa risks falling farther behind other states. That is not the way to strengthen Iowaâ€™s middle class. As we look at ways to strengthen Iowaâ€™s middle class, it makes sense that families have access to safe, affordable childcare that allows them to work, train and advance with peace of mind. This is especially important in Iowa, which ranks as one of the top states where both parents work. Fortunately, Iowaâ€™s Child Care Assistance Program helps many low-income working parents pursue training or career advancement by providing help paying for childcare. However, under the current program, a family is no longer eligible for childcare assistance once the household income reaches a certain threshold. Because childcare is expensive, people do the math and sometimes find themselves having to turn down a raise or higher-paying job because theyâ€™ll end up losing money when their childcare assistance is abruptly cut off. For a person making $9 per hour with a young child, more than 41 percent of their paycheck would go to childcare. The cost of childcare ends up being one of the biggest barriers to self-sufficiency and career advancement. Representatives of the United Way and other organizations talked with legislators about how we can improve the program and help more Iowans help themselves. They say the key is to gradually reduce benefits as income increases to ensure that families have sufficient resources to continue paying for high-quality childcare.
As Iâ€™m sure we were all reminded this weekend, everybody loves sports. This weekend we all drew our attention toward football. Soon weâ€™ll be watching the Olympics. We love contests of any kind really. Remember when watching celebrities play poker became huge for a while? Well, e-sports are chugging along that same path. Professional gaming is becoming a real thing. There are people out there that make their living playing â€œStarcraft 2â€? and â€œLeague of Legends.â€? The U.S. Government has even opened up these players to the same kind of visas that more traditional athletes get. E-sports are a bona fide contest. Except in Iowa, where, by law, only â€œvideo machine golf tournament games using a trackball assemblyâ€? are considered bona fide contests. Yes, itâ€™s apparently illegal to have a video game contest with a prize, unless the game is trackball golf. Fortunately State Representative Chris Hagenow has introduced a bill to update the law to reflect modern sensibilities. House File 2072 amends the current law by striking out the golf specific exemption and replacing it with a legalese version of â€œany video game ever.â€? This bill opens up a slew of incredible questions, starting with, â€œWhy does this law exist in the first place?â€? Which state official looked at the emerging video game market and said, â€œPong tournaments? Oh no. Not in the Hawkeye State!â€? And this law singles out video games specifically. Not card games or miniature strategy games. Just video games. So while it was perfectly okay for me to play in Pokemon card game tournaments when I was a kid, playing the Pokemon video game would have been against the law. Is this why my friends and I had to drive to Minnesota to play in the video game contest so many years ago? Iâ€™m sure there must have been some reasoning for it at the time,
Nicole Schulz takes part in Scholarship Celebration Days Central College junior Nicole Schulz presented during Undergraduate Scholarship Celebration Days, held Dec. 5 and 12 at the college. The event provided more than 75 students with the opportunity to showcase their research and projects in a variety of disciplines. Schulzâ€™s presentation was titled â€œThe Relationship between Gender and Personality on Strategic Monitoring Tasks.â€? Schulz, of Sheffield, is majoring in psychol-
ogy. Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics.
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ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 Larch St., Thornton Phone 998-2632 Home 998-2631 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Feb. 9 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. 9 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. 12 2:30 p.m. BStudy @ Parsonage 4:30 p.m. Confirmation Class HOLY NAME CHURCH 507 1st Ave NW, Rockford Phone 822-4950 Fr. Walter Brunkan Saturdays 5 p.m. Mass SACRED HEART CHURCH 305 Elm St., E., Rockwell Phone 822-4950 Fr. Rodney Allers Sundays 8 a.m. Mass RICHLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH 300 Elm St., Thornton Phone 998-2642 Pastor David H. Locklair Sundays 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 10:30 a.m. Worship
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. 9 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. 9 9 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Childrenâ€™s Sunday School Wednesday, Feb. 12 2:30 p.m. BStudy @ Parsonage 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, Feb. 6 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline Sunday, Feb. 9 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Junior Choir 6 p.m. Bible Study 7 p.m. RCYF Monday, Feb. 10 1:30 p.m. Vesper Circle Tuesday, Feb. 5 9 a.m. Sewing Group 7 p.m. Joy Circle Wednesday, Feb. 12 9 a.m. Sunrise Circle 7 p.m. RCYF; Deacons/Elders 8 p.m. Consistory 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
but I canâ€™t for the life of me imagine what kind of thought process went into somebody deciding that video games needed to be specifically legislated against. And then thereâ€™s the golf exemption. How did that sneak in? Did virtual golf have a big lobbying presence in Des Moines? What makes trackball golf okay, but not something else of the time, like trackball bowling? Who comes up with a blanket ban on an entire medium and then decides to single out one wholly unremarkable exception to the rule? And who exactly was supposed to be enforcing this law? Who was even aware of it to enforce it? I participated in a video game contest at Blockbuster where I played a timed game of â€œDonkey Kong Countryâ€? and a â€œNBA Jamâ€? right out in the open. There was no secret speakeasy behind a false wall and we didnâ€™t use code words to get in. In brazen defiance of the law, Blockbuster heavily advertised the event and yet no police offers came to shut down those renegades. Even today, if I were to organize a local video game tournament, what is there to stop me? Other than, of course, lack of local participants. Had I more time this week I would have loved to get in touch with Representative Hagenow to get to the bottom of some of these questions. There must be a fascinating story behind them, starting with how Hagenow even found this law to amend it. Until then, Iâ€™ll just have to cross my fingers and hope the amendment passes through the legislature without incident. Meanwhile, on the net neutrality front, AT&T has just filed a patent for a transfer-based bandwidth allocation system which, in their words, would â€œrestrict the use of a channel in accordance with the type of data being downloaded to the user.â€? In other words, a way for them to decide what you get from the Internet and charge you again for something youâ€™re already paying for. How about we get some legislation against that?
The Pioneer Enterprise
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Iowa Senate investigates discarded Cerro Gordo County ballots By Senate News Services A key state senator last week announced an investigation into evidence that suggests inaccurate information from Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s office resulted in rejection of valid ballots cast by three eligible voters in Cerro Gordo County. Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, Chair of the Senate’s State Government Committee, requested that Schultz appear before a Senate committee to answer questions about why his office distributed inaccurate information to county auditors, how many valid ballots cast by eligible voters in other counties were rejected, and what steps he has taken to ensure that nothing like this happens in future elections. “Iowans are committed to an election system that is secure, efficient and accurate, without disenfranchising any voter. By denying eligible voters the right to have their ballots counted, Secretary of State Matt Schultz has failed that test,” Danielson said. Danielson’s concerns were based on a letter from Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline, a Republican, to Schultz. Based on inaccurate information from the Secretary of State’s office, the ballots of three Cerro Gordo County voters were not counted. “It is inexcusable that ballots cast by eligible voters were not counted because of bad information from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office,” Danielson said. “Secretary of State Schultz needs to explain to all Iowa voters how this happened, how widespread the problem was during the 2012 general election, and what steps he has taken to fix this problem.” Schultz addressed the Senate at a special hearing on Monday. His office has come under scrutiny in recent months after concerted efforts to find voter fraud throughout Iowa proved relatively fruitless. Many lawmakers critized Schultz for wasting taxpayers’ money, however, he defended his office’s actions Monday. “I am glad Senator Danielson finally agrees with me that every vote counts and has called this hearing. It is unfortunate that this committee has not taken voting problems seriously
until now, even though there have been multiple people voting illegally and canceling the legitimate votes of Iowans,” he said. Schultz blamed a miscommunication between state officials as the reason the votes were thrown out. The individuals were previously named to a barred voter list, but they had their rights restored following law
changes during former Governor Tom Vilsack’s administration. Schultz commended the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations for their work on the case, and felt media criticism regarding the situation was unwarranted. “Some members of the media and this body have tried to mislead the public and make accusations about
tematic error, and shirked any blame on the matter. He suggested local enforcement investigate the criminal backgrounds of voters who have had their rights restored after getting barred. Schultz also encouraged the formation of a task force comprised of state and local officials to investigate the solution and gauge its feasibility.
“This problem requires the expertise of law enforcement, and due to the very short amount of time between election day and the day provisional ballots are counted, the Secretary recommends that local county sheriffs be tasked with researching the criminal history of individuals identified as potentials felons,” said a release from Schultz’s office.
Letter from county Auditor Ken Kline to Iowa State Senator Matt Schultz Dear Secretary Schultz: I am writing regarding a problem with non-felons and ex-felons being included on the statewide list of felons. Background In the November 6, 2012 presidential election, eight voters in Cerro Gordo County each had their eligibility to register and vote challenged by the precinct election officials, based on possible matches with persons on the then-current statewide list of felons. In each case, the voter was registering at the polls on Election Day, and in each case the voter cast a provisional ballot. Pursuant to Iowa law, decisions to count or not count provisional ballots are made by the bipartisan absentee and special voters precinct board (absentee board). The absentee board was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 13th, and prior to that meeting I directed Deputy Auditor Tracie Siemers to confirm with your office that each of the eight voters was in fact on the official list of felons. She received such confirmation, and we presented the information to the absentee board along with our recommendation that each of the eight provisional ballots be rejected. The absentee board rejected the ballots, and my office mailed letters to each voter stating the voter’s provisional ballot had been rejected and the voter’s registration cancelled. Subsequently, I met with and presented the information to the Cerro Gordo County Attorney, for consideration by that office of possible violations of law. I also offered my personal opinion since none of the provisional ballots had been counted, that none of the eight voters should be prosecuted. My argument was based on changes in gubernatorial policies regarding restoration of voting rights, which has caused some confusion as to whether a person convicted of a felony may have had his/her voting rights restored. At the same time, I complied with your request to forward the same information to your office, for investigation by a DCI agent. Problem I received an initial phone call in mid-November 2013 from DCI Agent Matt Anderson, and exchanged email messages and participated in additional phone calls over the next several weeks. In all exchanges, Agent Anderson was professional and courteous. He requested copies of information on the above eight voters, along with information on three other voters, all of which we provided. Agent Anderson conducted investigations for each of the voters and forwarded his findings and conclusions to the County Attorney. For each of the eight voters, the County Attorney followed Agent Anderson’s recommendation and declined to prosecute. On December 10th, I received an email message and phone call from Agent Anderson specifically regarding three of the eight voters. In these communications, Agent Anderson stated he found the three voters should not have been on the list of felons. In one case an individual was charged with a felony but not convicted. In a second, the individual had two issues; his first felony conviction was resolved under Governor Vilsack’s executive order, and a second felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor charge. In the third case, the individual’s felony conviction was also resolved under Governor Vilsack’s executive order. I asked Agent Anderson if I could have done a similar investigation to determine the specifics and timing of charges and convictions for an individual. He said it would take someone with his level of access and expertise to find and compile the information. I told Agent Anderson I appreciated the follow-up, and would be sending a letter to each of the three voters with an apology stating the information upon which their ballots were rejected was wrong, and that we have restored the person’s voter registration status for future elections. Subsequently, I confirmed with your office that each of the three voters’ names had also been removed from the list of felons, in order to avoid similar problems in future elections. Personal reaction and request I enjoy my job, and take pride in serving as county auditor in Iowa, where we have a strong history of fair and impartial elections. One thing I dislike intensely is when I have to send a letter to a voter, notifying the voter his or her ballot was rejected. To have rejected a ballot based on an error or incorrect information is troubling, to say the least. Setting aside that reaction, the question is clear: How do we accurately and efficiently prevent a person from voting, when that person’s rights have been taken away, while at the same time doing no harm to any person who has the right to register and vote. I believe there are two administrative approaches, and both should be pursued simultaneously. The first approach is broad and proactive and consists in analyzing how the list of felons is compiled and maintained, and at what point that process failed for each of the three voters whose names were incorrectly included. It is possible there are additional errors among the 46,000 persons listed, and identifying patterns of errors would be the first step in finding and correcting those errors. The second approach is narrow and reactive in nature, and would consist of having the DCI investigate voters who have been identified as felons, after the day of the election, but prior to the meeting of the absentee board. This would allow any necessary specific corrections to be determined and conveyed to the absentee board so that provisional ballots would not be incorrectly rejected. I hope this information is helpful. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Kenneth W. Kline Cerro Gordo County Auditor
Northey encourages farm owners to apply for Century and Heritage programs Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged eligible farm owners to apply for the 2014 Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms. “These awards are an opportunity to recognize the hard work and commitment by these families that is necessary to keep a farm in the same family for 100 or 150 years,” Northey said. “If you consider all the challenges and unexpected obstacles each of them would have had to overcome during their life on the farm, it gives you a greater appreciation of the dedication and perseverance of each of the families being
my office and the DCI investigations,” Schultz said. “Without these investigations these three individuals would still be listed as felons and kept from voting. This is a clear example of how the investigation has improved the administration of our elections in the state of Iowa.” Schultz continued to claim the ballots were thrown out due to sys-
recognized.” Applications are available on the Department’s website at www. IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.” Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@ IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319. Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms Program must submit an application to the Department no later than June 1. The ceremony to recognize the
2014 Century and Heritage Farms is scheduled to be held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The Century Farm program began in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration and 17,851 farms from across the state have received this recognition. The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and 650 farms have been recognized. Last year 365 Century Farms and 67 Heritage Farms were recognized. “Century and Heritage Farm recognitions at the Iowa State Fair are a great celebration of Iowa agriculture and the families that care for the land and produce our food,” Northey said. “I hope eligible families will take the time to apply and then come to the State Fair to be recognized.”
COACHES from front page schools that have space for engraved plates each year with the total amount of money raised; the engraved plates go back to our first Coaches vs. Cancer event. Please look for these to be hung up in each of the schools. Heather Holm, Coaches vs Cancer Chair and Sheri Bogue, Franklin County Relay For Life Chair, would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this event: Hampton-Dumont School District and West Fork School District, Sheffield Pharmacy, Sue Rodemeyer, Thirty One – Kaci Harper, Heather Holm,
Tupperware & Photography – Ashley Hautt, Tupperware – Michelle Hartman, Silpada – Kathy Sheppard, Essential Bodywear – Brenda DeVries and Scott Hoegh – without your support this event would never take place. The winners of the silent auction items were: Nick Schultz, Diana Lage, Andrea Ibarra, Michelle Sackville, Cindy Mollenbeck, Hannah Lokenvitz, Corey Dombrowski, Jessica Place and George Artley. We would also like to thank all the residents of Franklin County
that supported the Franklin County Coaches vs. Cancer event and all the students at both schools for the fundraising that they did. 2014 Relay For Life of Franklin County will be held on Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the West Fork Football field in Sheffield. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, starting a team, joining a team or just want to learn more about us, please contact Sheri Bogue at 641892-4260.
Foster care and adoption sessions in Webster City Iowa KidsNet, the statewide organization that recruits, trains, licenses and supports Iowa’s foster and adoptive families, will hold an information session in Webster City on Thursday, Feb. 20 for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. Foster care is the temporary placement of children with families outside of their own home due to abuse, neglect or other family crisis situations. The goal is for loving families to provide children with a safe, stable and nurturing environment. There is no typical foster family—foster families can be single, married, homeowners or renters and can come from all racial, ethnic and
religious backgrounds. This information session gives attendees a basic overview of the process involved in foster care and adoption and an understanding of the characteristics of children in the child welfare system. There is no obligation to continue in the process by attending. There is a large need for more families to foster teens, children with special needs or behaviors and sibling groups. Iowa also has a need for more African American, Latino and Native American foster and adoptive parents. To inquire online and see future session dates, visit www.iowakidsnet.com. Registrants will receive an
information packet to fill out before attending the session. Iowa KidsNet is a statewide collaboration of agencies that utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents. Iowa KidsNet is a partnership of Iowa social service agencies, including Four Oaks, Children’s Square USA, Family Resources, LSI, Quakerdale and affiliate Youth and Shelter Services. For more information, call 1-800243-0756 or visit www.iowakidsnet. com. Join us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/iowakidsnet or Twitter at @iowakidsnet.
The Pioneer Enterprise
Thursday, February 6, 2014
5HSRUWLQJIURPWKH&HUUR*RUGR&RXQW\&RXUWKRXVH Marriage License Keith Schmitz, 37, Hanlontown to Nellie Chodur, 34, Hanlontown. Megan Binstock, 19, Mason City to Kyle Marvin, 20, Mason City. District Court The court handled eight probation revocations. 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 3rd Degree, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident. Johnson was placed on four years probation in lieu of three years in jail, fined $730 plus 35% surcharge, and $140 in costs. Johnson also pled gu ilty to OWI First Offense and was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $136 in costs. Bradley Watts, 48, Clear Lake, pled guilty on January 15 to OWI First Offense. Watts was sentenced to one week in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $160 in costs. Jamie Rasmusson, 31, Mason City, received a deferred judgment on January 21 to OWI First Offense. Rasmusson was placed on one year 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, 18, 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 $304 in costs. Michael Murray, 28, Fenton, pled guilty on January 16 to OWI 2nd Offense. Murray was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,850 plus 35% surcharge, and $100 in costs. Ryan Marquardt, 34, Mason City, 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 Wiebke, 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 $2,306.93 with 2.13% interest from January 16. Capital One Bank vs. Mary Patch, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 16 in the amount of $627.94 with 2.13% interest from January 16. Portfolio Recovery Assoc vs. Chad Angell, Plymouth. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 17 in the amount of $1,168.49 with 2.13% interest from January 17. Fullerton Funeral Home vs. Alesha Hjelmgren, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 15 in the amount of $1,168.49 with 2.13% interest from January 15. Fullerton Funeral Home vs. Sue Marsh, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on January 15 in the amount of $2,788.08 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 $1,935.81 with 2.13% interest from January 16. Property Transfer DWD: Dean and Tracy Schaefer to Michael Olson; WestHaven Blk 10 Lot 20, Blk 10 Lot 21 MC; $15,500 and $24; 2014-506. DWD: Secretary of Housing & Urban Development to Darell Peckham and Tiffany Mussman; 4-96-20 Sub. Of Pt. Lot 7 NE1/4 & Lots 1 & 2 SE1/4 SE1/4 Lot 11 S 1/2 of W 1/2 of Lot 11; $24,500; 2014-501. DWD: Jeff Junker and Toni and Freg Fliss to Bertha Shaw; Meservey Original Town) Blk 15 Lot 9, Blk 15 Lot 20, Blk 15 Lot 11 MV N 25â€™ of Lot 9 & S 25â€™ of Lot 11; $50,000 and $79.20; 2014-499. DSD: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Cerro Gordo County, Richard Westcott, and State of Iowa to North
Iowa Community Credit Union; Youngâ€™s Sub of Lots 3, 6, 9 & 10 & pt of Lots 1 & 2 in 11-96-20 Blk 12 Lot 13 MC; 2014-495. DQC: Jimmy and Helen Rule to Jimmy Rule Revocable Trust, Jimmy Rule Trustee of the Revocable Trust, Helen Rule Revocable Trust, and Helen Rule Trustee of the Revocable Trust; 24-96-19 NW SW, SW SW Exc Portion of NW1/4 SW1/4 (Containing 17.44 Acres) Conveyed to state of Iowa B96 P10095 & Exc Portion of NW1/4 SW1/4 Lying N of HWY 18 as Desc & Depicted in Survey B05 P8783; 2014-482. DAJT: Jerry and Carolyn Pringle to Jerry Pringle; Bel Air 5th Add Blk 5 Lot 1 MC; 2014-480. DWDJ: James Smith Trustee, James Smith Trust, Katherine Smith Trustee, and Katherine Smith Trust to Michael and Mari Momberg; 1196-22 NE SW Tract of Land in (Containing 11.38 Acres) Exc Parcel â€œCâ€? as Desc & Depicted in Survey B09 P6859; $233,500 and $372.80; 2014473. DWD: Justin Ries to Gerald Ries; Rockwell (Original Town) Blk 22 Lot 5 RW; $80,000 and $127.20; 2014-470. DWD: Ronald and Sheryn Drewelow to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; Midness, Raymond O., Add Lot 3; 2014-468. DWD: Regina and Larry Toresdahl and Stephanie Nelson Attorney in Fact to Barnes and Gerilynn Toresdahl; 34-94-22 SE NE, SW NE Part as Described in Survey Rec B87 P4898; 2014-458. DWDJ: Christopher and Blanca Floy, Stephanie and Mark Nelson, and Stephanie Floy Attorney in Fact to Regina and Larry Toresdahl; 3494-22 SE NE, SW NE Part as Described in Survey Rec B87 P5898; $273,555.10 and $437.60; 2014-457. DWD: Christopher and Blanca Floy and Stephanie Floy Attorney in Fact to BPS Land LLC; 28-94-21 NE SW, SE SW E 40 Acres Exc Parcel â€œAâ€? in E/2 as described in Survey Rec B13 P8649; $442,500 and $707.20; 2014-456. DWD: Mark and Stephanie Nelson, Stephanie Nelson Attorney in Fact, Christopher and Blanca Floy, Regina and Larry Toresdahl to BPS Land LLC; 28-94-21 SE SE, NE SE, SW SE, NW SE; $2,140,000 and $3,423.20; 2014-455. DAFF: Sandy Shonka to Cerro Gordo County; 28-94-21 SE SW, NE SW E 40 Acres Exc Parcel â€œAâ€? in E/2 E/2 as Described in Survey Rec B13 P8649; 2014-453. DWDJ: Leland and Sharon Levenhagen to Leland and Sharon Levenhagen; 13-95-20 SE SE, NE SE; 2014-443. DCD: Maureen Skellenger Administrator and Thomas Skellenger Estate to Rennie and Maureen Skellenger; Railroad Add CL Blk 8 Lot 6 CL; 2014-431. DQC: Dena Peterson to Michael
Gossweiler; Kirtland (Original Town) Blk 2 Lot 10 RW; 2014-430. DWD: Kay and James Leonard to James Leonard Trustee to Kay Leonard Trustee and Kay Leonard Revocable Trust; 21-94-21 SE SE; 18-94-21 NE SW, SE SW; 04-94-22 SE NE, NE SE, SE SE, NW SE E66â€™ of E1/2 SE1/4 & NW1/4 SE1/4 Exc W33â€™; 2014-420. DWDJ: Joshua Inc and Joshua Homes Inc to Jessica Foster and Joshua Kalvig; Pine Brooke Second Subdivision Lot 5 CL; $203,900 and $325.60; 2014-411. DWDJ: Jessica Foster and Joshua Kalvig to Ralph and Patrice Strother; Pilot House Bldg Unit 601 CL; $85,000 and $135.20; 2014-410. DCD: Sandra Brouwer Administrator and Victor Koeningsberg Estate to Russell Hardy; Mumfordâ€™s, J.V., Add Blk 2 Lot 14 MC; $2,000 and $2.40; 2014-409. DQC: Dale Glenn to Mary Hackman; Coeâ€™s 2nd Add Lot 3 VT; 2014408. DAFF: Jacquelyn Arthur to Jacquelyn Arthur, James Borgstrom, Michele Russell, and BD Development Company LC; Cottonwood Village Third Sub Lot 1, Blk Outlot Lot Outlot A-2 MC Exc W 54â€™ 5â€? of Lot 1 B12 P9500; 2014-407. DWDJ: Mark and Jacalyn Fisher to Mark Jacalyn Fisher; 36-9422 NW NW, SW NW W 40 Acres; 2014-402. DWD: Iowa Property Receiver LLC to Kristy Neidlinger; Midland Heights Lot 213 MC Fulfillment of Cont B12 P5379; $3,850 and $5.60; 2014-400. DWD: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Cutting Edge Investments Inc; North End Building Companyâ€™s Add Lot 20 MC; $13,500; 2014-398. DWDJ: Steve and Saundra Karabatsos to Thomas and Sara Karabatsos; Scholorholtz 1st Add Lot 3, Lot 6 RW Part of Lot 6 (Containing 7616 SQ FT); $250,000 and $399.20; 2014-396. DAJT: Kent and Kathleen Juffer to Kent Juffer; Asbury Farm Blk 6 Lot 13, Blk 6 Lot 14 MC SWLY 1/2 of Lot 14; 2014-395. DWD: Dennis and Julie Barkela to First Secretary Bank & Trust Company; E-Z Farms, Inc. North Sub Lot 2 Lot 3 Undivided 1/2 Interest Portion of Lot 2 MTG B98 P8239 Mod of MTG B12 P7526; 2014-393. DWDJ: John and Diane Nelson to John and Diane Nelson; 10-94-22 NE NE, SE NE; 03-94-22 NE SW, NW SW, SE SW, SW SW; 26-9522 NW NE, SW NE E1/2 of W1/2 NE1/4; 2014-388. DWD: Hoyt Tatum to Kramer Investments LLC; 11-96-20 Plat of E1/2 SW1/4 Lot 1 MC Portion of Lot 1 Fulfillment of Cont B03 P13986 Amend to Cont B05 P10052 Assign & QCD Rec B07 P2366; $400,000 and $639.20; 2014-384.
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Two events kick off opportuni- Warhawks take aim at Riceville Conference. Kristi Nixon ties for local food in north Iowa By Coming Sydney Shreckengost scored 15 off of a pair of losses to Local food producers who have come together through the Healthy Harvest of North Iowa network have been laying the groundwork for a new collaborative marketing venture. The project is supported in part by a Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Producer Grant. This project involves approximately a dozen producers helping with planning and offering product. This marketing effort will involve coordinated sale to wholesale accounts and direct to consumer sales using online ordering. The wholesale accounts the producers are in conversation with a couple of food buyers interested in working with a single point of purchase. â€œSweets for the Sweetâ€?, a unique all local Valentineâ€™s Day gift basket , is the first direct to consumer offering featuring. These packages will be distributed at pick up sites in Hampton, Algona and Clear Lake . Details about this all local Valentine package is available at www.northiowafresh.com . Like all 2014 offerings, â€œSweets for the Sweetâ€? will be a package of local producer products built around a monthly theme. The Local Food Fare, is a relationship and education event scheduled for Monday, Feb. 17, with a food buyer/producer Speed Dating event to take place at the 4-H Learning
Center, North Iowa Events Center; from 2-3:30 p.m. and a public open house to take place at the Hotel Park Inn, 7 W. State St. in downtown Mason City. From 5-7:30 pm. Full details are available at the Healthy Harvest of North Iowa website â€“ www. northiowafood.org. The Speed Dating event will allow food buyers to get to know local producers. Restaurant chefs, grocers and other local food buyers are invited to participate to learn more about local food available across North Iowa will. The Meet & Greet Open House invites the general public to meet local producers and learn more about whatâ€™s coming up for the 2014 season. â€œLocal food development in North Iowa is hitting an exciting new level of developments,â€? said Healthy Harvest of North Iowa Coordinator, Jan Libbey. â€œOur goal is to keep growing the opportunities for local food to contribute to health and vitality of our North Iowa communities.â€? To sign up to participate in the Local Food Fare, contact Dawn Kirsch, email@example.com or 515/679-4536 For more information, visit the Healthy Harvest of North Iowa website â€“ www.northiowafood.org, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 515/851-1690.
REAP grant available for land acquisition
Open enrollment deadline for students is March 1
More than $200,000 in grants is available to cost share land acquisitions with private organizations. Applications are available at www. iowareap.com then click on REAP Grants in the left column. Applications are due March 14th by 4:30 pm. The cost-share arrangement entails 75 percent of the acquisition costs coming from Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) and the other 25 percent coming from private contributions. This program provides an excellent opportunity for conservation organizations to help provide additional outdoor recreation opportunities and protect critical habitat. The DNR owns and manages the property that is jointly purchased on behalf of the public. A project review committee made up of three DNR administrators and three representatives of private conservation organizations selects the projects. Recent projects include additions to Pine Lake State Park, Pictured Rocks Wildlife Management Area and the Loess Hills Wildlife Area. REAP is funded from the stateâ€™s Environment First Fund (Iowa gaming receipts) and from the sale of the natural resource license plate.
Iowa parents and guardians have until March 1 to file applications to open enroll their children for the upcoming school year into a school district other than the one in which they live. The March 1 deadline, which is required by state law, applies to students in first through 12th grades. The open enrollment deadline for students entering kindergarten is September 1. Open enrollment is not required for 4-year-old children who are enrolling in the statewide voluntary preschool program. Open enrollment applications must be sent to the school district where the student lives and to the school district where the student wants to transfer. Application forms for the 2014-15 school year can be found in the administrative offices of Iowa school districts or on the Iowa Department of Educationâ€™s website: www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/ options-educational-choice/openenrollment Open enrollment applications filed after the March 1 deadline can be approved under a number of â€œgood-causeâ€? exemptions, including a change in marital status of parents, placement in foster care, adoption, and pervasive harassment. For more information, visit the open enrollment handbook on the Iowa Department of Educationâ€™s website: www.educateiowa.gov/ sites/files/ed/documents/20132014OpenEnrollmentHandbook.pdf
West Fork National Honor Society thanks patrons The National Honor Society would like to thank those that participated in the â€˜Spirit of West Forkâ€™. Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to make this fundraiser a huge success! The â€˜Spirit of West Forkâ€™ was able to provide a Christmas meal and gifts for 30 West Fork families. On Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, the NHS did a bake sale fundraiser. All of the proceeds earned went to Lindsey Peterson and her family to help cover medical expenses. We will also be doing a fundraiser for our janitor Ross Seidelâ€™s newborn son, Ryder. This will be taking place next Monday, Feb. 3, and next Thursday, Feb. 6. We will be having bake sales at school during midday, and during parent teacher conferences there will be donation buckets out. These buckets will be placed near the library in the Sheffield school, and in the middle school office at Rockwell. The money raised will be used to help with the medical expenses for his upcoming heart surgery. Once again, thank you for all of your generous donations and support!
ranked teams, West Fork girlsâ€™ basketball team took out its frustrations on Riceville in a 55-28 win on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Warhawks shot 47 percent from the field in the rout to improve to 11-4 overall, 7-2 in the Corn Bowl
points to lead coach Rodney Huberâ€™s squad while Courtney Larson added 13 points and five assists. Taylor Logan led the way in rebounds (six) and steals (five) as West Fork held a 28-11 halftime advantage and cruised from there.
West Fork 55, Riceville 28 West Fork (11-4, 7-2) â€“ Taylor Logan 2-5 0-0 4; Courtney Larson 5-6 4-8 13; Cailey Weaver 1-2 0-0 2; Mickee Guritz 2-5 0-2 4; Kelsey Nierengarten 2-4 1-2 5; Madison Shreckengost 4-10 0-0 8; Anne Jorgenson 0-1 0-2 0; Sydney Shreckengost 4-8 6-7 15; Kaitlyn Liekweg 1-1 0-0 2; Kalynn Washington 1-1 0-0 2; Madison Shupe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 11-21 55. Riceville 4 7 9 8 West Fork 15 13 12 15 -
Three-point goals â€“ WF 2-8 (Larson 1-2, S. Shreckengost 1-3, Shupe 0-1, M. Shreckengost 0-2). Rebounds â€“ WF 27, 10 off., 17 def. (Logan 6, Larson 5, Nierengarten 4, M. Shreckengost 3, Guritz 3, Weaver 2, Washington 2, S. Shreckengost, Jorgenson). Assists â€“ WF 13 (Larson 5, Liekweg 3, M. Shreckengost 2, Logan, Jorgenson, S. Shreckengost). Steals â€“ WF 14 (Logan 5, Larson 2, Guritz 2, M. Shreckengost 2, Nierengarten, Jorgenson, S. Shreckengost). Blocks â€“ WF, None. Fouls â€“ WF 13, Rice xx. Fouled out â€“ None.
Warhawks earn 2nd dual win By Kristi Nixon West Fork earned its second dual wrestling win during duals against Belmond-Klemme and NorthwoodKensett. The Warhawks edged the Vikings in their first dual of the night, getting a big major decision from Colton Rowe at 132 pounds to clinch it. Jacob Hansen put coach Jared Arbegastâ€™s team in position to win it with a pin over Brandon Severson at 126 pounds that tied the dual at 36 to set up the final.
Rowe then earned a major decision over Keano Batton to pull out the 40-36 victory. In the final dual for the Warhawks, they came close only to fall short against the host school, 42-40. Earning two victories on the night for West Fork were Jarel Arbegast, Tyson Pillard, Hansen and Rowe with Hansen avenging a loss against B-Kâ€™s Zach Andrews after falling to him a week and a half ago in the semifinals of the AGWSR tournament.
West Fork 40 Northwood-Kensett 36 138 â€“ Coleby Bratrud (N-K) won by forfeit; 145 â€“ Jarel Arbegast (WF) pinned Mitchell Athey 4:34; 152 â€“ Dawson Vanryswyk (N-K) dec. Austin Steil 7-1; 160 â€“ Coltan Kessler (WF) pinned Caleb Kliment 1:11; 170 â€“ Matt Ries (WF) pinned Scott Hengestad 1:52; 182 â€“ Dylan Buechele (N-K) dec. James Vestweber 5-2; 195 â€“ Tyson Pillard (WF) pinned Cedric Lamb 5:09; 220 â€“ Casey Dahlby (N-K) pinned Morgan Steenhard 3:11; 285 â€“ Hunter Julson (N-K) pinned Tanner Shreckengost 3:49; 106 â€“ Jalin Davis (N-K) won by forfeit; 113 â€“ Justin Anderson (WF) won by forfeit; 120 â€“ Kail Christianson (N-K) pinned Devlynn Sasse 1:41; 126 â€“ Jacob Hansen (WF) pinned Brandon Severson 0:59; 132 â€“ Colton Rowe (WF) major dec. Keano Batton 11-1.
West Fork's Jacob Hansen, center, holds the 120-pound bracket after becoming the first Warhawk wrestler to earn a conference title on Saturday. He won by decision over North Butler's Dalton Nelson. (Submitted photo)
Hansen wins Corn Bowl title By Kristi Nixon Jacob Hansen became the first West Fork wrestler to win a Corn Bowl Conference title on Saturday, Feb. 1. Hansen took the title with a 6-1 decision against North Butler freshman Dalton Nelson at 120 pounds. It was the second victory for the Warhawk freshman in three meetings
against him. The Warhawks also had four wrestlers finish fourth, including Coltan Kessler (160), James Vestweber (182), Tyson Pillard (195) and Tanner Shreckengost (220). West Fork finished seventh in the eight-team field with 88 points. Central Springs won the team title with 240 points.
Corn Bowl Conference Team Scoring 1. Central Springs 240; 2. Nashua-Plainfield 176; 3. St. Ansgar 165; 4. North Butler 158; 5. Northwood-Kensett 108; 6. Rockford 92; 7. West Fork 88; 8. Riceville 62.
Belmond-Klemme 42 West Fork 40 145 â€“ Jarel Arbegast (WF) won by forfeit; 152 â€“ Colllin Arndt (WF) won by forfeit; 160 â€“ Race Toftey (B-K) pinned Coltan Kessler 1:55; 170 â€“ Nick Raftis (B-K) pinned Matt Ries 1:03; 182 â€“ James Vestweber (WF) won by forfeit; 195 â€“ Tyson Pillard (WF) won by forfeit; 220 â€“ Morgan Steenhard (WF) won by forfeit; 285 â€“ Luke Worden (B-K) won by forfeit; 106 â€“ Nathan Been (B-K) won by forfeit; 113 â€“ Juan Guido (B-K) pinned Justin Anderson 3:12; 120 â€“ Zach Anderson (B-K) pinned Devlynn Sasse 3:29; 126 â€“ Jacob Hansen (WF) major dec. Zach Andrews 13-3; 132 â€“ Tanner Heaberlin (B-K) won by forfeit; 138 â€“ Colton Rowe (WF) pinned Jonny Dugger 1:30.
West Fork Results 113 â€“ Fifth place, Justin Andersen (2-9) rec. a bye. 120 â€“ Championship, Jacob Hansen (23-3) dec. Dalton Nelson (N. Butler) 6-1. 132 â€“ Fifth place, Colton Rowe (12-17) major dec. Ethan Mayer (St. Ansgar) 10-2. 152 â€“ Fifth place, Collin Arndt (4-7) dec. Seth Fox (Riceville) 8-2. 160 â€“ Third place, Coltan Kessler (2-8) was pinned by Caleb Kliment (Northwood-Kensett 1:02. 170 â€“ Fifth place, Matt Ries (6-13) was pinned by Cam Moorehead (Central Springs) 1:02. 182 â€“ Third place, James Vestweber (16-12) was pinned by Dylan Buechele (NorthwoodKensett) 1:06. 195 â€“ Third place, Tyson Pillard (7-4) was pinned by Remington Sliger 4:40. 220 â€“ Third place, Tanner Shreckengost (11-12) was pinned by Casey Dahlby (Northwood-Kensett) 2:56.
Warhawks trounce Riceville Tuesday By Kristi Nixon Third-rated West Fork built an insurmountable halftime lead against Riceville in improving to 14-1 on the season on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Warhawks held a 50-6 advantage against the Wildcats and never looked back in the 74-23 thrashing. Coach Frank Schnoesâ€™ squad was able to substitute freely in using 15 players â€“ nearly all of which contributed in some way to the victory. Austin Neff came off the bench to lead the Warhawks with 12 points, four steals and three assists. He was joined in double-figure scoring by Cody Wegner with 11 points and Spencer Halloran with 10. Jacob Kuhlemeier and Tanner Tuttle each corralled six rebounds to lead the Warhawks on the boards.
West Fork 74, Riceville 23 Riceville (2-13, 1-7) â€“ Logan Shedenhelm 2-8 0-1 5; Zack Lee 0-0 0-0 0; Ryan Shedenhelm 0-5 0-0 0; Dustin Sprung 0-0 0-0 0; Jake Fox 0-0 0-0 0; Colton Reddel 1-3 0-0 2; Josh Krukow 2-7 1-2 5; Nate Miller 0-3 0-2 0; Tyler Howe 0-1 0-0 0; Jeremiah Kelley 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Green 0-1 0-0 0; Tylar Christensen 0-0 0-0 0; Emilio Gomez 5-9 1-1 11. Totals 10-37 2-6 23. West Fork (14-1, 8-0) â€“ 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. Riceville 2 West Fork 35
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Third-ranked Warhawks overwhelm Newman By Kristi Nixon West Fork didn’t panic when it had an early 8-3 deficit against a hard-charging Mason City Newman team. It didn’t need to as the Class 2A third-ranked Warhawks kicked their offense into high gear in an eventual 65-38 victory over the Knights. They combined for 19 assists in distributing the ball around to improve to 16-1 overall. “We always come out knowing we have a chance to beat anybody we play,” West Fork starting guard Drew Engebretson said. “When we were down, we don’t panic, we just keep going along, never stop. We know we have the talent to come back.” Despite the assists numbers, head coach Frank Schnoes couldn’t say he was 100 percent pleased with his team’s passing early against Newman. “We were a bit sloppy at times tonight with people trying to make the perfect pass,” Schnoes said, “trying to fit it into a tight window, sometimes it got through, sometimes it got knocked around a little bit. “Newman played hard, I thought, they put up a battle tonight. It was a good test for us in the first half.” The Warhawks did settle down and got a continuous clock running with 5 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game. Sam Amsbaugh finished with a double-double, scoring 23 points and added 13 rebounds for West Fork. Evan Sprung added 14 points. Meanwhile Engebretson had an overall solid night with six points, four steals, three rebounds and an assist. “I had some opportunities open up for me,” Engebretson said. “I was always looking for the open guy, whoever was open I was going to pass it to.” Schnoes said that Engebretson has come along well in his first year in a starting role. “He’s consistent all of the time.” Schnoes said. “He’s getting stronger, he’s doing a lot better job knowing when to go to the basket or when to dish off. “I thought we did a good job of seeing each other and making that extra pass.” West Fork out-rebounded the Knights 34-28. “We were really strong on the boards tonight,” Schnoes said. “I really thought we did a good job in that area.”
Thursday, February 6, 2014
By Kristi Nixon As good a start as the West Fork girls basketball team had, head coach Rodney Huber was displeased with how his Warhawks faded against winless Mason City Newman. Nevertheless, it was a 15-point victory for West Fork on Saturday in a non-conference tilt, 47-32. The Warhawks used good ball movement to build an 18-2 lead over the Knights and went on to lead 31-5 at the half. “I thought we did as well as we did against St. Ansgar,” Huber said, “but in the second half, defensively, I thought we let up. The ball movement was good the whole game – we got it where we wanted to get it, but I was not real happy in the second half.” Sydney Shreckengost scored 21 to lead West Fork, but she had 14 at the half and didn’t score again after the Warhawks had built a 40-17 lead with 7 minutes, 10 seconds left to go. In the second half, Newman, which is winless this season, outscored the Warhawks 27-16. “Just talking defensively, (we were) reaching, lunging after balls and not playing the type of basketball we were playing in the first half,” Huber said. “In the second half, I don’t know whether we got bored, I don’t know what it was, but going into districts in the last two weeks of the season, we can’t have complacency.” Courtney Larson, who finished with 12 points, added eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Taylor Logan led West Fork with eight of the team’s 24 steals, the majority of which came in the first half.
Courtney Larson of West Fork, right, drives around a Mason City Newman defender during Saturday's non-conference game at Sheffield. (Photo by Kristi Nixon) Above: West Fork's Jacob Kuhlemeier looks for an open man while being double-teamed under the basket against Mason City Newman on Saturday. Below: Drew Engebretson (22) of West Fork puts up a shot in the first half of the Warhawks’ non-conference victory over Mason City Newman on Saturday. (Photos by Kristi Nixon)
West Fork 47, Mason City Newman 32 West Fork (13-4, 9-2) – Taylor Logan 2-5 0-0 5; Courtney Larson 6-9 0-0 12; Cailey Weaver 0-2 0-0 0; Mickee Guritz 0-0 0-0 0, Kelsey Nierengarten 0-1 2-2 2; Madison Shreckengost 0-5 0-0 0, Anne Jorgensen 0-2 2-2 2; Sydney Shreckengost 7-13 7-8 21; Kaitlyn Liekweg 1-5 3-4 5; Kalynn Washington 0-1 0-0 0; Madison Shupe 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 14-16 62. Mason City Newman (0-17) – Tove Conway 2-3 0-0 5; Shay Curley 1-6 1-3 3; Katie Reuter 0-0 0-0 0; Haley Williams 0-0 0-0 0; Carlie Eckenrod 1-1 0-0 3; Kennidy Kemna 1-2 0-0 3; Lonora Gretillat 0-0 0-0 0; Hannah Fischer 5-11 2-3 12; Taylor Hauser 0-1 0-0 0; Holly Bock 3-8 0-0 6; Bridget Morel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-33 6-10 47. MC Newman 2 3 11 16 West Fork 18 13 5 11
West Fork 65, Mason City Newman 38 West Fork (16-1, 10-0) – Zach Greimann 0-2 0-0 0; Dustin Rader 0-1 0-0 0; Austin Neff 1-2 1-2 3; Hunter Myers 2-5 1-2 5; Spencer Halloran 1-4 1-2 3; Sam Amsbaugh 8-14 6-8 23; Drew Engebretson 3-6 1-1 6; Tanner Tuttle 1-3 0-0 2; Markus Wogen 0-0 0-0 0; Evan Sprung 6-7 2-4 14; Ethan Meints 0-0 0-0 0; Collin Schoning 0-0 0-0 0; Jacob Kuhlmeier 4-5 1-3 9. Totals 26-49 12-22 65. MC Newman West Fork
Austin Neff, 10, of West Fork passes off to a teammate before going out of bounds during Saturday's nonconference game against Mason City Newman. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)
Three point goals – WF 1-6 (Amsbaugh 1-2, Greimann 0-1, Neff 0-1, Engebretson 0-2). Rebounds – West Fork 34, 8 off. 26 def. (Amsbaugh 13, Halloran 5, Myers 3, Engebretson 3, Sprung 3, Neff 2, Kuhlmeier 2, Wogen). Assists – WF 19 (Halloran 8, Myers 5, Amsbaugh 2, Kuhlmeier 2, Engebretson). Steals – WF 12 (Engebretson 4, Wogen 2, Kuhlemeier 2, Rader, Neff, Amsbaugh, Sprung). Blocks – WF None. Total fouls – N-P 15, WF 11. Fouled out – None.
West Fork overwhelms St. Ansgar By Kristi Nixon West Fork’s girls basketball team gave St. Ansgar fits in a 59-35 home victory over the Saints on Friday, Jan. 31. After being taken to overtime against the Saints on the road, the
Warhawks left little doubt to the outcome of this game. Courtney Larson led a trio in double-figure scoring with 21 points, adding five steals and assists as well as four rebounds and a block in the victory.
Sydney Shreckengost added 18 points and led the team in rebounding with five while Taylor Logan scored 10 as West Fork improved to 12-4 overall, 9-2 in the Corn Bowl Conference.
West Fork 59, St. Ansgar 35 West Fork (12-4, 9-2) – Taylor Logan 4-6 1-3 10; Courtney Larson 8-12 5-8 21; Mickee Guritz 1-2 0-0 2, Kelsey Nierengartern 0-0 0-0 0; Madison Shreckengost 1-3 0-0 2, Anne Jorgensen 1-3 2-4 4; Sydney Shreckengost 6-15 5-8 18; Kaitlyn Liekweg 1-4 0-0 2; Kalynn Washington 0-1 0-0 0; Madison Shupe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 13-23 59. West Fork St. Ansgar
Three point goals – WF 2-11 (Logan 1-2, S. Shreckengost 1-5 M. Shreckengost 0-2, Liekweg 0-2). Rebounds – WF 24, 9 off. 15 def. (Jorgenson 5, Larson 4, M. Shreckengost 3, S. Shreckengost 3, Logan 2, Nierengarten, Washington 2, Guritz, Liekweg, Shupe). Assists – WF 11 (Larson 5, S. Shreckengost 3, Nierengarten 2, Logan). Steals – WF 15 (Larson 5, S. Shreckengost 4, Logan 2, Jorgenson 2, Guritz, M. Shreckengost). Blocks – WF 1 (Larson). Total fouls – SA NA; WF 15. Fouled out – None.
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West Fork's Taylor Logan, left, and Sydney Shreckengost, right, trap a Mason City Newman ballhandler to force a turnover during the first half of Saturday's non-conference game. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)
Three point goals – MCN 3-8 (Conway 1-1, Eckenrod 1-1, Kemna 1-1, Fischer 0-4); WF 1-9 (Logan 1-2, M. Shreckengost 0-2, Liekweg 0-2, S. Shreckengost 0-3). Rebounds – MCN 28, 10 off., 18 def. (Curley 6, Team 5, Kemna 4, Bock 4, Morel 3, Williams 2, Eckenrod, Fischer, Hauser); WF 20, 7 off. 13 def. (Larson 8, M. Shreckengost 4, Logan 2, Nierengarten 2, Guritz, Washington). Assists – MCN 10 (Curley 4, Eckenrod 2, Morel 2, Kemna, Hauser); WF 11 (Logan 5, Larson 4, M. Shreckengost, Jorgenson). Steals – MCN 11 (Curley 4, Eickenrod 3, Kemna 2, Williams, Bock): WF 24 (Logan 8, Larson 7, Weaver 2, Jorgenson 2, S. Shreckengost 2, Nierengarten). Blocks – MCN 6 (Hauser 2, Bock 2, Kemna, Fischer); WF, None. Total fouls – MCN 18, WF 11. Fouled out – None.
West Fork routs St. Ansgar, 69-29 By Kristi Nixon Three West Fork players finished in double-figure scoring as the thirdranked Warhawks grabbed an early lead and never looked back against St. Ansgar on Friday, Jan. 31. Sam Amsbaugh scored 13 while Evan Sprung and Jacob Kuhlemeier
each added 12 in the victory. Spencer Halloran distributed half of the team’s 16 assists and the Warhawks combined for 13 steals and forced the Saints into numerous turnovers to keep a stronghold on the Corn Bowl Conference lead at 10-0.
Because of weather delays, West Fork will have back-to-back conference games both home and away against Northwood-Kensett this Friday and Saturday. Twice the Warhawks have had games postponed against the Vikings.
West Fork 69, St. Ansgar 29 St. Ansgar (6-11, 4-7) – Blake Patterson 0-2 0-0 0; Bobby Patterson 0-1 2-2 2; Sawyer Dalluge 2-4 0-0 5; Scott Sievert 0-2 0-0 0; Bret Williams 0-2 0-0 0; Kyle Hanson 1-3 0-0 2; Jared Kramer 1-2 0-0 3; Chase McCurdy 4-9 0-0 8; Dustin Heimer 0-0 0-0 0; Clint Huemann 1-2 2-2 4; Connor Gordon 0-1 0-0 0; Austin Rysavy 0-3 1-2 1; Adam Haynes 1-1 0-0 02; Bryce Ubben 1-2 0-0 2; Jacob Hyde 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-35 5-6 29. West Fork (15-1, 10-0) – Zach Greimann 2-2 0-0 4; Dustin Rader 0-0 0-1 0; Austin Neff 3-4 0-0 6; Hunter Myers 1-6 0-0 3; Spencer Halloran 3-6 0-0 6; Sam Amsbaugh 4-4 5-9 13; Drew Engebretson 3-4 0-0 6; Tanner Tuttle 1-1 0-0 2; Markus Wogen 1-1 1-2 3; Evan Sprung 5-8 2-2 12; Cody Wegner 1-2 0-0 2; Deven Heitland 0-1 0-0 0; Kyle Schulz 0-0 0-0 0; Ethan Meints 0-0 0-0 0; Jacob Kuhlmeier 5-7 2-2 12. Totals 29-46 10-16 69. St. Ansgar West Fork
Three point goals – SA 2-8 (Kramer 1-1, Dalluge 1-2, Sievert 0-1, Hanson 0-1, McCurdy 0-1, Williams 0-2); WF 1-7 (Myers 1-4, Neff 0-1, Halloran 0-1, Wegner 0-1). Rebounds – SA 16, 6 off., 10 def. (McCurdy 6, Huemann 3, Haynes 3, Bob. Patterson, Dalluge, Williams, Hanson); West Fork 18, 7 off. 11 def. (Halloran 4, Engebretson 4, Kuhlmeier 3, Amsbaugh 2, Myers, Neff, Tuttle, Wogen, Heitland). Assists – SA 8 (Williams 3, Hanson 3, Dalluge, Rysavy); WF 16 (Halloran 8, Engebretson 2, Amsbaugh 2, Neff, Sprung, Wegner, Kuhlmeier). Steals – SA 4 (Rysavy 2, Williams, Huemann); WF 13 (Neff 2, Myers 2, Amsbaugh 2, Kuhlemeier 2, Engebretson, Halloran, Sprung, Wegner, Schulz). Blocks – SA 3 (Rysavy 3); WF 2 (Amsbaugh, Tuttle). Total fouls – SA 13, WF 9. Fouled out – None.
Published on Feb 5, 2014