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Volume 11, Number 8

The Sun Covering New Sharon, Fremont and all of Mahaska County

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Speech Shines at State Contest On Saturday, February 8, twenty five North Mahaska Speech students traveled to Linn-Mar High School for State Large Group Contest. Speech instructor Lindsay Miller commented, “All of the groups had great performances.” The Ensemble Acting group performing “Student Counselor” earned an overall Division “I” rating. The Short Film group’s performance of “A Brave New World” earned Division “I” ratings from all three of their judges, which is the highest set of ratings a group can receive.

The next event for Speech students will be Individual District Contest on Saturday, March 1 at Tri-County. Pictured above (front to back, left to right): Jordan Ferguson, Rachel Sherburne, Mackenzie Fuller, Bailey Upton, Michaela Heys, Megyn Walston, and Sam Edmundson; Jenna Carrico, Paige Miller, Andrea Loving, Tressa Watts, Alex Schultz, Jacob Dahm, and Chase Koehler; Carly Ehret, Melissa Knoot, Tyler Foster, and John Ruby; Mason Foster, Coleton Davis, and Gabe Hammen [photo submitted].

N.M. Students Host Farm and Home Show The North Mahaska FFA and its Adult Advisory Committee is hosting the 25th Annual Farm and Home Show on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. It will be held in the North Mahaska High School just south of New Sharon on Hwy. 63. Area farm and home businesses will be showcased in the high

Touch of Spring Fever By Shelly Spaur, Contributing Writer As it continues to snow outside and Oskaloosa continues to have many days with below zero temperatures, Iowa greenhouses are beginning to fire up for spring planting season. Beginning February 1, 2014, Stam Greenhouse officially opened for the season. Early season hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stam’s carries all of the basics of many greenhouses, including, perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. They also offer vegetable plants including heirloom tomatoes, seeds, berry bushes and fruit trees. Garden tools, garden art, pottery and more round-out their offerings to those who garden for food or fun. What sets Stam’s Greenhouse apart from many other greenhouses is the classes they offer to both the beginner and experienced gardener. Stam’s offers a fun Fairy Garden class to those of all ages. Class dates coming up are February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. All classes begin at 10 a.m. Fairy Garden classes are a great way to spend a Saturday morning with the kids. Preregistration is encouraged by calling the greenhouse at 641672-1437. Private classes are also available. Please call to set up an appointment. Stam’s also carries Bonsai and offers classes on the art of Bonsai. Class dates for the Bonsai class will be announced soon. Please watch for the upcoming dates for Bonsai classes as well as other specialized gardening classes and April Fairy Garden classes on their website www.stamgreenhouse. com.

school gymnasium and a free lunch will be provided to all that attend the event. The FFA Chapter will also have an Agriculture Olympics competition for all ages and Hawkeye Peddle Pull will be at the event for anyone wanting to compete in the peddle pull. The N.M. FFA hopes to see you on February 22 for their 25th Annual Farm and Home Show.

Murder and Mayhem in Fremont as The Moss Manor took the Stage The Moss Manor Cast: (Front) Shannon Bethune, Paul Horn, Martha Scharff and Sharon Van Ringelestein; (Second Row - Seated) Ryan Keep, Jeanene Calhoun, Judy Glancy, Bill Ward, Janice West, Donnie Zook Sr., Marge Holliman; (Third Row - Standing) Mindy Archer, Dollie Horn, Michelle Rupprecht, Hal Edmundson, Christina Kime, Sandy Eckley, Missy Parmentier; (Fourth Row - Standing) R.D. Keep, Ron Rupprecht, Mark Hansen, Jon Herr, Scott Bethune, and Aaron Rouw. More photos and full story on Page 2 of this week’s Sun.

Recently Local Lawmakers Discuss School Funding Rules By Ken Allsup, Contributing Writer The debate on funding schools for the 2015-16 school year has taken hold in the coffee shops and legislative halls of Iowa. A proposed 6% increase was passed by the Iowa Senate this past week on a party line vote, while the House looks to take up the issue. State Aid, or what was once called Allowable Growth, has a deadline every year of February 13th. During Eggs & Issues on Saturday, some local’s expressed concern that the deadline wasn’t going to be met. “The issue is, we can decide now and follow the rule,” said Rep. Larry Sheets (R) about the deadline he says Republicans have tried to change, “or do we wait until we actually know something about what our revenues are going to be. It would be real easy to satisfy the rule by just saying, OK, it’s zero.” “It’s clear we’re not going to be able to afford 6%” Sheets said of the Senate bill. “That’s a number that’s very far off.” During the week, Republican members of the house did tackle the deadline issue by introducing HF2194. “This bill modifies the requirements for enacting the state percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth under Code section 257.8.” “Current law requires the state percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth to be established by statute within 30 days of the submission of the governor’s budget in the year preceding the base year. The bill

requires the statute establishing the state percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth for a budget year beginning July 1 of an odd-numbered calendar year to be enacted within 30 days of the submission of the governor’s budget in that odd-numbered calendar year. The bill requires the statute establishing the state percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth for a budget year beginning July 1 of an even-numbered calendar year to be enacted during the regular legislative session preceding the base year.” Senator Ken Rozenboom (R) is in the minority in the Senate, which passed the 6% state aid measure for the 2015-16 school year. I asked Rozenboom how the Senate came to 6% for their bill. “In my view, it’s an election year statement to try to make us (Republicans) look like we’re not supporting education.” Several times a year, the State’s Revenue Estimating Conference reviews the projected income, but those projections were last done in December and are not yet available to lawmakers. “I don’t think it’s based on anything in reality,” Rozenboom said of the proposed increase.” “If you look back the past 12 years, there’s never been an increase over 4%, and in that same 12 year period, we’ve failed to fund that, our promise, 6 of those years.” Republican’s point towards the 2009 10% across-the-board cut as a prime example of how the

FFA members pictured: L to R Brandt Fleener, Cole Poe, Mason VanDonselaar, Milan DeJong, Reece Strasser, Elizabeth Moore, Kaden Shaw [photo submitted].

NM FFA Attends 2014 Beef Expo Livestock Judging Respectfully submitted by Michaela Heys FFA Chapter Reporter This past weekend seven North Mahaska FFA members competed in the Beef Expo Youth Livestock Judging Competition in Des Moines. The students that attended were Brandt Fleener, Cole Poe, Mason VanDonselaar, Reece Strasser, Kaden Shaw, Milan DeJong and Elizabeth Moore.

The students judged ten different cattle classes and preformed three sets of oral reasons. The top livestock judger for the North Mahaska FFA chapter was, Milan DeJong he scored 486 out of 500. The team consisting of Cole Poe, Elizabeth Moore, Mason VanDonselaar and Brandt Fleener placed 31st out of 50 teams. The team consisting of Milan

DeJong, Reece Strasser and Kaden Shaw placed 41st out of 50 teams. The Beef Expo is held every year at the Iowa State Fair grounds to promote the cattle industry and highlight breeders and quality livestock. The Beef Expo also provides a great learning environment for students to learn more about the quality livestock produced in the mid-west.

future is hard to forecast. During that time, the state unexpectedly experienced decreased revenues as a result of the “Great Recession”. “How much sense does it make to make a promise we’re going to do this,” Rozenboom said of what he says would be an unkept promise. “It’s not fair to education, or

anybody, to promise something we can’t produce.” So, for now, school boards and superintendents wait. They have nearly a year before that uncertainty would set into panic, as they are aware of this current budget year’s amount and are in the process of certifying their budgets for the 2014-15 school year.

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On Tuesday, February 4, the North Mahaska elementary students enjoyed an assembly called, “Amazing World of Animals.” The presenter discussed the relationship between humans, pets, and wild animals and what can be done to help promote the 3 C’s; compassion, conservation, and coexistence with animals. The students also had a chance to hold and pet the animals during the presentation [photos submitted].

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The Iowa State Fair, Tractor Supply Co. and WHO News Radio 1040 are searching for six farm families to recognize with the Way We Live Award at the 2014 Fair, August 7-17. These families must exemplify farm values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming. To enter, submit an entry form along with a 500-1500 word essay describing how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family’s life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family’s commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair website: http://www.iowastatefair. org/competition/the-way-we-liveaward/. All entries must be postmarked or e-mailed to ebrewer@ by Thursday, May 1. Nominated families should show dedication to animal agriculture in their daily lives and in the lives of their family members. Winners receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair admission tickets, parking, Fair food tickets and recognition during the Fair in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. Eligible families must be residents of Iowa whose farming operation is centered on animal agriculture and may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Send entries to: The Way We Live Award, Iowa State Fair, PO Box 57130, Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003, or e-mail all materials to ebrewer@ For questions about the award, contact Emily Brewer at 515.262.3111 x244 or ebrewer@ “Nothing Compares” to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. For more information, call 800/545FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair. org.

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Don Zook, Ryan Keep, Jeanene Calhoun, Shannon Bethune and Martha Scharff discuss selling Moss Manor [photo by Kathy Street].

The Moss Trap on Fremont’s Stage By Kathy Street, Contributing Writer It was a restless night at Moss Manor, as guests roamed, “brilliant” ideas were tossed around, and suspicions abounded on stage in Fremont, Iowa. The Fremont Lions Community Theater presented The Moss Trap February 6-9. As the evening began at the inn, guests were checking in with owner, Mrs. Moss. Everyone seemed to be vying for the chance to buy the inn, but Mrs. Moss just couldn’t make up her mind – did she really want to sell? Making Mrs. Moss more nervous and indecisive, there was an escaped murderer on the loose, Dr. Charles Hoarse, who she had helped convict several years before. Police inspectors arrived to keep an eye on the inn. Meanwhile, many meandered all night long, including ladies from the local preservation society, a well-to-do couple, and a hillbilly-threesome claiming to be relatives (one, a shotgun-carrying sleepwalker). Guests continued to arrive after hours, among who were a hippy (who seemed to have dropped dead in a chair in the lobby), and a mysterious woman (who resembled a man that had snuck in earlier in a black and white striped jumpsuit). The cast of this production were: Mrs. Moss (Martha Scharff), Shamus (R.D. Keep), Rhett (Don Zook), Donna Quakenbush (Janice West), Phyllis Upton (Sharon Van Ringelestein), Colonel G.I. Barfly (Mark Hansen), T.P. Charmin

Colonel (Mark Hansen) talks to his escaped-convict friend (Bill Ward) who has replaced his jail attire [photo by Kathy Street]. III (Shannon Bethune), Happy Charmin (Jeanene Calhoun), Marty Harty (Ryan Keep), Manny Shownbaum (Hal Edmundson), Boom-Boom O’Reilly (Christina Kime), Holski (Aaron Rouw), Holmes (Jon Herr), “Cousin” Nellen Voyd (Dollie Horn), Jud Voyd (Ron Rupprecht), Myrtle Mae Voyd (Judy Glancy), Pat Pending (Sandy Eckley), Dr. Charley Hoarse (Bill Ward),

Watson (Michelle Rupprecht), Hafawitz (Missy Parmentier), Health Inspector (Paul Horn), and Guest of the Inn (Marge Holliman) Attendees could have all got by in life, without seeing Bill Ward dressed as a woman, but no one can deny the laughter that broke out, as his voice went to a higher octave. This play was directed by Scott Bethune and Mindy Archer.

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North Mahaska Menus Thursday, February 20 B: Breakfast Burrito, Applesauce, Milk L: Goulash/Meat Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Seasoned Green Beans, Lettuce/Apple/Raisin Salad, Bread Stick, Pears, 1/2 Apple, Milk Friday, February 21 B: Breakfast Cookie, Pears, Milk  L: Weiner Wink, Tator Tots, Baked Beans, Mixed Veggies, Rice/ Raisins, Fruit Salad, Pineapple, Milk Monday, February 24 B: Egg Patty, Toast, Juice, Milk  L: Nacho/Beef/Cheese, Salsa, Chili Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Seasoned Corn, Applesauce, 1/2 Orange, Milk Tuesday, February 25 B: Cereal, Toast, Applesauce, Milk  L: Chili/Crackers, Baby Carrots/

Broccoli/Cauliflower w/ Ranch, Peaches, 100% Orange Pineapple Juice, Cinnamon Roll, Milk Wednesday, February 26 B: Cinnamon Roll, Peaches, Milk L: Chili Dog or Plain Hot Dog, Potato Wedges, Tomato/Cucumber Salad, Seasoned Carrots, Mandarin Oranges, Banana, Milk Thursday, February 27 B: Little Smokies, Toast, Banana, Milk  L: Oven Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Broccoli/Ranch, Hot Roll, Pears, Fruit Cocktail, Milk Friday, February 28 B: Hash Brown Casserole, Toast, Fruit Cocktail, Milk  L: Cheeseburger on Whole Grain Bun, Baked Onion Rings, Sliced Tomatoes, Broccoli Salad, 1/2 Apple, Pineapple, Milk

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★ This spot is reserved for your club, organization, governmental, board, reunion — meeting time. Let The Sun share the vital details of how the entire community can get involved or attend a meeting for your club, organization, governmental, board or reunion. Submit the vitals: who, what, when, where, and why to The Sun at, or fax at 641637-4032 weekly before 5 p.m. on Friday. ★ National FFA Week is Februrary 15-22 with a special recognition section in the 20th Sun. Call today to support North Mahaska and EddyvilleBlakesburg FFA. ★ Candidate nomination papers for the June 3, 2014 Primary are available at the Mahaska County Auditor’s Office and on line elections for five county seats. The filing period begins Monday, March 3. The last day to file nomination papers is Wednesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. in the Mahaska County Auditor’s Office. ★ Regular City of New Sharon council meetings are the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. ★ Mahaska Co. Board of Supervisors meetings are monthly, the first and third Monday in the conference room, Mahaska Co. Courthouse at 9 a.m.

Monday, February 24 Breakfast -- Cereal, Toast, Cheese, Fruit, Milk Lunch -- Tater Tot Cass., California Blend, Applesauce, Butter Sand. Tuesday, February 25 Breakfast -- Egg, Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch -- Chicken Patty/Bun, Baked Potato, Spinach, Apricots Wednesday, February 26 Breakfast -- Rice, Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch -- Pork Patty/Bun, Baked Beans, Fr. Fries, Strawberries Thursday, February 27 Breakfast -- Sausage, Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch -- Corn Dog, Sw. Potato Fr., Mand. Oranges, Peas, Butter Sand. Friday, February 28 Breakfast -- Cereal, Toast, Peanut Butter, Fruit, Juice, Milk Lunch -- Italian Pasta Bake, Lima Beans, Lettuce, Banana, Bread Stick

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The students at North Mahaska will be celebrating National FFA Week from February 17 through the 21st. Each day of the week, everyone is welcome to participate in the dress up days. The days included are: Monday: Boot and Hat Day (wear your favorite boots and hat), Tuesday: Flannel Day: (dress in flannel)  Wednesday: Official FFA Dress-be an FFA Member, wear Official FFA Dress Thursday: Farmer Day (Dress like a Farmer) Friday: FFA T-shirt Day (wear any FFA T-shirt).

By: Paige Miller Drip, drip, drip. Victoria heard the sound, the dripping was getting closer and closer as she and her boyfriend, Trevor, got closer to the abandoned house at the end of Lincoln Street. She had heard rumors about this house, but she never thought that she would actually be venturing inside it. It was known around town as The Bartland House. About 40 years ago, Mr. Bartland lived in the house with his family. One day something in his mind went off, and he brutally murdered his wife and three children. When they found the bodies, they were dismembered but arranged neatly as if their limbs were still attached. Mr. Bartland left a note by the bodies that read, “You will never find me - Him.” Nobody knows where Mr. Bartland went, and things quieted down after the murders happened. Now the house stands at the end of Lincoln Street, windows that always look as if they were made of a dark liquid. Its paint was peeling in heavy chunks and it sat at a slant. Whenever somebody

walked past it, you could hear a faint dripping as if someone had left the faucet running. Victoria and Trevor were dared by their group of friends to go inside the house. Trevor seemed very eager about going into the house, but Victoria was a little leery. Once they reached the house, the dripping seemed to be louder than ever. Trevor laid a slightly quivering hand on the rusting doorknob and pushed open the weather-beaten door; it smelled of rot and decay. They stumbled over the threshold, and into the large entryway. To the left was the kitchen, and to the right was the gloomy living room. Upstairs is where the murders took place, so of course Trevor wanted to go up there first.! “Go up there if you want, but I’m staying right here,” Victoria stammered. So, Trevor ventured up the creaking wooden staircase. Once Trevor was out of sight, Victoria felt as if the house was caving in. The dripping had stopped, and the air suddenly got thick and heavy. All of a sudden the dripping started

again. She had never heard anything like it ever before. Everything stopped. Silence. A sharp, shrill scream bled through the house, and Victoria’s heart started beating in a vicious fashion. She started up the stairs into the pitch black upper portion of the house. “Trevor?” she squeaked. She heard breathing. Was it Trevor? It was coming from the first door on the left, which was cracked the slightest bit open. She slowly pushed open the door. She walked into the moonlight soaked room. Nothing was there. Drip, drip, drip. Red goo seemed to be dripping from the walls on the opposite side of the room. She got closer to examine the substance when the door slammed shut behind her. When she turned, there, in the middle of the floor was the dismembered body of Trevor McGlaukins. Victoria didn’t scream, she just stared. Her skin pale and cold as ice. There was a note in Trevor’s separated hand. It read, “You’re next, beautiful - Him.” Darkness...

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Plot Sequence Story: a story that contains all the elements of fiction: exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution By: Jakob Bortell Personal log number one of Eric Friedman, year 2045 April 7, 02:30. I am starting these logs to record my experiences in the interior of the moon. My spacecraft crashed on a routine supply run to our moon base here. The rockets main landing booster stage failed due to a malfunction of the central computer. It is very rare for it to happen, but it happened to me. So now I have to wait for NASA to find me. I have already sent out distress signals to Earth, so hopefully they will come for me before I freeze to death or run out of oxygen. Personal log number two of Eric Friedman, year 2045 April 7, 04:45. I have started to explore the cavern that I wrecked into. It is very dark and deep, and from what I have observed, there is no hope of rescuing myself. The cavern is very extensive with many tunnels, and it is easy to get lost, so I am staying close to the ship. Personal log number three of Eric Friedman, year 2045 April 7, 06:20. I have started to venture farther and farther down into the tunnel system. It is mostly very dark. Sometimes there is light coming from the cracks in the tunnels. In those areas where there is light it is usually very warm. I think that I might investigate that while I am waiting. Personal log number four of Eric Friedman, year 2045 April 7, 09:45. I have started experiencing hallucinations in the tunnel systems. Every once in awhile I think I hear a scuffling noise around a corner, or I see a shadow from the light. This may be due to the long hours I have been in this dark place. I have also gotten my self lost in the middle of the hallucinations and fear I will not be able to find my way back. Personal log number five of Eric Friedman, year 2045 day and time unknown. I have lost track of the long hours I have been wandering. The device I use to tell time has run out of solar energy in the dark, so the only way I know the time is by my level of exhaustion. I will not give up looking for my space ship,

but the only navigation tool I have left to use is the direction gravity is pulling me. I have not had a piece of food since I crashed, and I am now officially out of my emergency water packets. The noises I keep hearing keep getting louder and closer.
Either I am hallucinating more frequently and hysterically, or the noises are real. I am becoming very scared. Personal log number six of Eric Friedman, year 2045, date and time unknown. My only guess for the time would be somewhere around six days after I crashed. I have given up all hope for rescue. I have no idea where the ship is, and every time I think I am getting close, I find myself more and more lost. The light from the cracks of the tunnels is fading, and the temperature lowering with it. The sounds are so close and often now, I almost feel as though I could reach out and touch something in front of me, but I must control my emotions and hallucinations if I have any chance of getting back to the ship. Personal log number seven of Eric Friedman, year 2045, date and time unknown. It is so cold. I have lost all feeling in the toes and my fingers. The pain is only bearable because I know now that there is no chance for me. The hallucina-

tions keep becoming worse, and I keep feeling something touching my back. Sometimes I can hear a clicking noise along with the scuffling of something else. I will take this time in case I do not make another log to say that I love my wife. If anyone finds this please return it to her and to NASA. I do not think anyone will find my body here, though. Personal log Eric Friedman! I have not hallucinated the sounds here! I was attacked by one of the mysterious life forms I had been hearing! I managed to escape but am running for my life now! I do not know where I am going, but I do not want to be captured alive by that thing. I do not want to find out what it would do to me. Ah! They are everywhere! There is life down here NASA! I don’t want to die! Please someone help me, I-. . . Personal log of Eric Friedman, year 2076 September 27. This is Chief Marshal Charles Jones. I have recovered this device and have listened to its recordings. This device was recovered by a mining group last week and was sent to this office. We have not found this man’s body but will look in hopes of finding the different sources of light and life forms he logged. This will be the last thing recorded on this device. Gods rest Friedman’s soul.

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Agri Power Row 1--Tucker Black, Katie Larkin, Rachel Maloy, Paige Shafer, Blaire Moore, Emma Haselhuhn, Zac Harris, Tayler Jones, and Advisor Pat Powers; Row 2--Cody Rupprecht, Aaron Gordon, Brandon Plate, Abby Boyer, Maison Breuklander; Row 3--Ashley Pilcher, Austin Lorenz, Victor Weiland, Hunter Kelderman, Daniel Larkin, Annie Larkin, Cayla Glosser, Savannah Wilz, Katelyn Herr; Row 4--Matthew Glosser, Jake Taylor, Clay Lathen, Lane Judy, Logan Street, Evan Heinle, Clint Borger, Triston Roe; Row 5--Ethan Jensen, Jake Boyer, Bridget DeWitt, Madison Hughes, Maisie Hughes, Jason Pilcher; Row 6--TJ Sinnif, Austin Angle, James Colley, Gage Berryman, Brianna VerSteegh, Marina Rupprecht; Row 7--Clayton Snakenberg, CD Brinegar, Claire Jager, Haegen Boyer; Row 8--Dillon Howard, KJ McCrea, Sam Zimmerman, Tayte Lindemeir, Lane Morrison, Madyson Blackburn, Raychael Tilley, Morgan Wells.

Ag ri-Power FFA National FFA Week Feb. 16-22 — Reviewing Agri-Power’s Past year By Kathy Street, Contributing Writer Agri-Power FFA, from Eddyville-BlakesburgFremont has had another full year. Awards for this past year include: Crowned Supreme FFA Chapter for the third straight year at the Iowa State Fair; 5th Overall Supreme Ag Mech Chapter Supreme Breeding Beef Chapter, Supreme Farm Crops Chapter, and Supreme Meat Goat Chapter at the Iowa State Fair; Harlie Jo Boyer -State Champion FFA Proficiency in the area of Small Animal Production and State Finalist for Star in Agri-Business; Qualified for State Soil Judging by placing 5th at Southeast District and 14th at State; Tucker Black qualified for State Ag Sales CDE (Career Development Event)-Gold Rating; Conduct of Meetings team-Advanced to StateGold Rating-Taylor Jones, Conner Glosser, Annie Larkin, Daniel Larkin, Maisie Hughes, Logan Street, and Clay Lathen; Secretary’s Book-Amanda RatliffQualified for State-Silver Rating; Ag Sales Team earned 5th overall-Gold Rating-Tucker Black, Megan

Black, Zach Harris, Anna Haselhuhn; Horse Judging Team-5th overall at State-Champion Reasons and Questions Team-Gold Rating-Ashley Pilcher, Katie Larkin, Lane Judy; Middle School Horse Judging State Champion Team-Gold Rating-TJ Sinnif, Austin Angle, CD Brinegar This active group of youth remains visible yearround with many various activities. They conducted the Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition before one of the home football games, had fun hosting a Free Throw Shooting Competition, participated in a Trap Shoot Competition, provided a Farm Safety Day for district elementary students, had fun with their parents at both a Mom’s Night Out and Dad’s Night Out, hosted a Turkey Dinner in November, cooked Rocket Burgers at the home games, helped make possible a Prospect Market Hog Show, held an Ice Cream Social. In addition, many exhibited at the county fair and have ongoing projects. Agri-Power FFA remains a strong example of hard work in the community.

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Mahaska Co. FFA Salute

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2013-2014 North Mahaska FFA Chapter is pictured above (f ront to back, left to right): Front: Dakota Hudnut (Sentinel), Austin Lanphier (President), Tyler Foster (Treasure), Michaela Heys (Reporter), Megyn Walston (Vice-President), Maddie Weller (Parliamentarian) and Jennifer Richards (Secretary); Second Row: Kaden Shaw, Carly Ehret, Paige Miller, Elizabeth Moore, Mahailey Blanke and Bailee Fogle; Third Row: Bret Doty, Skyler Meyer, Lucas Anderson, Gabby Ferguson, Trent Wanders and Keira Blanke; Fourth Row: Branden Tyrrel, Cole Scanlon, Tyler Strasser, Ben Sherburne and Colter Lanphier; Fifth Row: Kevin Spoelstra, Derek Litwiller, Ryan VanDonselaar, Cole Spoelstra and Shaun Clark; Sixth Row: Cole Poe, Reece Strasser, Mason VanDonselaar and Andrew Goemaat [photo submit ted].

North Ma haska FFA A Year Review for North Mahaska FFA

as broiler chickens. Austin Lanphier also showed broiler chickens.

students learned more about the FFA Organization and the oppor-

of school FFA members were Allie Ferguson and Cierra Hudnut.

attended National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky to con-

In August the North Mahaska FFA chapter was busy exhibit-

the State Livestock Judging Career Development Events. The FFA

national finalist compete in Career Development Events but they also

during the first week of school.

Team. The students that attended National FFA Convention were

By FFA Teacher Aylssa Foster

ing livestock at the State Fair. Three in school students exhibited livestock and two out of school students also exhibited livestock. Dakota Hudnut showed his Dorset and Hampshire sheep as well

Megyn Walston exhibited in the market sheep division. The two out

Allie showed in the FFA swine show and Cierra showed her horse

in the FFA Horse Show. Four FFA members also participated in

Chapter also hosted an Ice Cream Social for all chapter members September was just as busy as August with more livestock

S alu te Loc al FFA

Latta, Harris, Hanon & Penningroth, LLP M4iconcrete MHP Hospice Services, Keokuk County Misc. on Main New Sharon United Methodist Church Northwestern Mutual Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Member FDIC/EHL Schroeder Alignment & Towing Scooter’s Pub & Grub Sigourney Body Shop, Inc. Sigourney Care Center/ Windsor Place Assisted Living Sigourney Shoe Repair Sigourney Turbo Wash Sloan Mohr Monument Co. STI/Sigourney NAPA Strobel’s, Inc. The Lumber Company The SUN True Value/Kay’s Furniture UI Health Care, Sigourney US Bank, Member FDIC Van Dee Bins, Deep River Vittetoe, Inc. W.C. Gretter & Sons, Inc. Wayne (Pappy) Davis Trucking White State Bank, Member FDIC





start of the Soil Judging Career Development



Mahaska FFA members partici-

pated in the Quad County Soil

Judging competition as well as the District Soil Judging competition in Muscatine.

tunities that are available within the organization. Seven members clude the month of October.

While in Louisville, Kentucky students not only were able to see

attended the general sessions put on by the National FFA Officer Elizabeth Moore, Jennifer Richards, Kaden Shaw, Kevin Spolestra,

Megyn Walston, and Maddie Weller. The students started the month

of November by touring a tobacco farm, Huber Orchard Farm and Schimpf’s Confectionary, a family run candy factory while attend-

ing National FFA Convention. Once back in New Sharon the FFA chapter worked hard to host a Fall Showcase, an event to highlight all of the accomplishments that occurred throughout the fall within the FFA Chapter.

During the month of December, the FFA chapter reached out

In the month of October, the

to the Community by hosting a Blood Drive for FFA members and

give back to the community. The

collected for the local community. Students also delivered their FFA

FFA chapter worked outside to students participated in several clean up days for the North

the community. During this blood drive, over 45 units of blood were fruit that they sold to customers.

January started off with the preparation of Supervised Agricultural




Experience Records Books and Iowa FFA Degree Applications. Five




FFA Degree. During the month of January the students are practic-

where students helped to mainthe

for other students to use. The

FFA chapter also participated in

Adopt a Highway program where

students completed the application process to receive their Iowa

ing for contest on February 17. The students have also started to work on planning for this springs land lab and FFA Greenhouse.

February has been great so far for the North Mahaska FFA

they picked up trash along Hwy.

Chapter. The students have continued to practice for Career

the road. The chapters freshman

will be held at the high school on February 22 from 10:00 am

63 to improve the aesthetics of

attended Greenhand Fire Up at Mid-Prairie High School where

Development Events and plan for the Farm and Home Show that until 2:00pm. You can look forward to more news about the North Mahaska FFA Chapter in the months to come.

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Just Sayin’ February 13, 2014 Recently I was perusing through entertaining information on Facebook, when I came across this post from a recent North Mahaska graduate, Kaylee Burgett. She is in her 2nd year of college and her major happens to be psychology, which might be apparent by her words of wisdom. With her permission, I have copied her comments exactly how she shared them (notice her excellent English skills...which is becoming harder to find in our youth - and some adults, too). I know how I feel about our children’s future, but it was refreshing to read an opinion of someone her age. And here are the words of Miss Kaylee Burgett: “In today’s society, we are pushing our children and young adults to study, focus, and dedicate all of their attention on education, rather than pushing them to discover who they are, what it means to be alive, and to enjoy their youth. We’re pushing our youth into the world without giving them the slightest idea of what they’re even getting into, with little-to-no financial stability, and we expect them to know exactly what it is they want to do for the REST OF THEIR LIVES around the ages of 16-19... There is something wrong if a person is able to fully define a scholastic term with passionate depth, and is then unable to reciprocate the same passion and depth when describing themselves. There is something wrong if an 18 year-old has more debt on their shoulders than what they’ve even earned in their lifetimes, and only in their first year of undergraduate school. There is definitely something wrong with parents and educators if they are pushing their children to break their backs in school, but fail to educate them on how important it is to be happy, travel the world, be aware, experience life, to have empathy, and most importantly, to take things slowly and be young. We have such a short amount of time to be youthful, but we have our whole lives to be adults. Value that time; Do not value education over happiness, don’t fret if you have no idea what you want to do in the future (focus on the NOW), but always be sure to make your own choices based on your dreams, your joy, and your well being. Also, screw money. That’s not important, either. Success is not weighed out by how much “money” a person makes... Moral lessons: Remember that we are human beings, not robots, value your personal happiness over education (don’t let education define you), be wholesome, discover who you are, value the well being of others, don’t be a pushy parent, money is a silly con-

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by Ralphi Munson

cept, and don’t rush into something you’re not ready for.” Makes you think, doesn’t it? We all have our viewpoints of college. I actually enjoy hearing the thoughts of various age groups on this topic. Out of all of the responses I’ve heard from students and parents, not once have I ever heard them mention they just want to be happy. Wouldn’t it be nice to adjust our attitude to make that a priority? We need to re-define our measure of success. It shouldn’t be based on possessions, degrees, titles, or status. What if we considered successful people as the ones who are positive, hard working, appreciative, compassionate, selfless, giving, and plain ole happy? Maybe we should concentrate on instilling those qualities in our children. By all means, stress the importance of doing their best in school, but don’t pressure them to feel they have to concentrate on their future career when they probably don’t even know what that is just yet. Let our kids experience life before demanding they have to be an adult. You might be surprised at how things turn out if you let them set their own goals, dream their own dreams, and take life as it day at a time. There is a fine line between encouragement and demanding. Choose which side of that line you want to be on. I encourage you all to find happiness in your life. February 20, 2014 I had an interesting conversation with a lady I respect last week. It went something like this: Lady: “I just fell in the alley by City Hall. They need to do something about that.” Me: “With all the melting and re-freeze, what are they supposed to do?” Lady: “I don’t know. They could put salt on it. Or pave it so it’s straight with the sidewalk.” (She had been walking on the shoveled business sidewalks and slipped where the alley intersects them) Me: “Well, our taxes would go up to pay for that pavement and there are streets that need fixed and should be more of a priority than an alley.” Lady: “Then they should have maybe shoveled the snow in the alley along the sidewalk path.” Me: “We only have 2 city workers that are very busy trying to plow snow, do their regular job duties, and are now working on water main breaks trying to restore the liquid gold to houses that are without right now. And since they are the city’s alleys, that means they also belong to you. So how about if you go and shovel them. After all, you 1 1/15/14 4:13 PM Page 1

are a taxpayer and we can’t justify paying another city worker’s wages for the couple of months out of the year that we would like to have our alleyways totally cleared off.” Lady: “Well, since you put it that way, I guess it makes sense. I better go home and shovel my own sidewalks now. Have a good day.” The point of this’s winter in Iowa, people! We should all know by now what hazards await us when it’s snowy, icy, and cold. And the other hidden message in this story is how people have become to think they are not responsible for their own actions anymore and are always looking for someone to blame. Now don’t get me wrong. Everyone should make an attempt to the do the best they can to provide a clear path for others to walk on. But you can’t expect them to maintain their property 24/7. So go to McGriff’s and buy some Yak-Tracks and walk with caution at all times. People are going to fall and vehicles are going to go off in ditches or get involved in fender benders. It’s all part of winter and it happens every year. It is up to us, the people, to take precautionary measures to try to avoid these situations. I have talked to a few friends who had unfortunate mishaps and I love their attitudes. Those that fell were more worried about who saw them, and rightfully so. You know how it feels to suddenly have your feet go out from under you and you’re just sure you performed an Olympic worthy rating when you land flat on your derriere. Now driving is another story. You want to go slow because it will hurt less if you happen to hit a bad spot and have a minor wreck. But then there’s always that idiot behind you that thinks it’s a beautiful summer’s day and rides your bumper, causing you anxiety and rage. You try not to look in your rear view mirror, but for some reason you tend to be drawn to keeping your eye on the jerk and secretly hoping they pass you and end up in the ditch...and you won’t stop to help. A couple of people shared their experience of this actually happening to them and we couldn’t help but be happy about it. Isn’t that almost mean? Oh well. Seriously though, just drive with caution and respect. If you are going to turn ahead, engage your blinker plenty of time in advance to give those behind you a chance to slow down accordingly, don’t tailgate, give snowplows room to do their job, and in case you feel confident in your driving skills and four wheel drive truck so you think you have the right to drive like you own the road, please keep in mind that the other operators out there might not feel the same arrogance so back off and remember that they have the same right to that road as you. (don’t you wish you could send this message to a few people who tend to violate these simple requests?) I have heard a few citizens complain about various places they have been to that had a few bad patches of slick spots. And I couldn’t help but wonder if those same gripers have their own residences totally free of frozen precipitation. Do they realize that you can’t continue to plow a parking lot during open business hours when cars fill the spots? Do they grasp the concept that the wind can continue to blow snow over areas that have previously been cleared off? Do they understand that snow can melt, which causes it to turn to water, which will turn to ice when the sun and the temperatures go down? Do they think about what all it would take to keep every property they go to free of anything that might hamper their effortless visit? Back to the beginning story of the lady that I was talking to. She did say she never considered suing anyone over her mishap. That was refreshing to hear in

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Bunker Hill & Beyond If you could feel my frustration in my words then you will know that I had computer freeze up this morning and I saw warnings and etc. that I have never saw before. If I was packing this computer will be in computer cemetery by now. So good for Anger management. Grr! So if this is to late and this gets printed at a later date you now know the reason why! Then one of the first things I read was where a father and step mother forced a five year little girl to drink two bottles of soda. The large ones. She was taken to ER where she died as her little body could not handle that much and her brain exploded in her head. I then got sick to my stomach thinking of the suffering she went through. RL said it was on the news. She is with the Angels today! What stupidly! This has been another week of walking with help as still fighting Sciatic. Been to Physical Therapy and had blood work this week, RL to Dentist and well I think all my friends know what I am talking about. Eye surgeries, strokes, new glasses and then heart problems. What were they talking about when they talked about the Golden Years, takes a lot of gold to keep going or I think it could be fool’s Gold. Period! Camden was home for the weekend from School and was over when it was time for supper, and lunch. We love to have him and have some jobs for him to do always. Karol stopped by Thursday evening on her way home from DSM. She will be working in the field for Comfort House and going out to homes. I hope she will soon have better weather to make calls. Always good to have her stop by. Sunday evening we attended the Valentine Banquet at Hope Church. A good crowd was present and the meal was catered by a couple from Brooklyn. Beautiful decorations of pink hearts and lighted candles were on the tables. After church that morning they opened the doors to the new part of the church so we could see the new progress. A lot to do a lot done. Birthday wishes to February birthday’s and a special one to sister Barb on the 15th. Our grandson Ryan on the 15th. Roy and Dianne James 50 years on the 14th. On channel 11 they were talking about a Spring Valley farmer from Minnesota who has under his farm 45 caves and 40 miles of them he has explored. They are privately owned and he was showing them to the crew filming the piece. There was snow covering the above ground and winter was in full force in Minnesota, who knew what was underground. Wickham’s and us rode a lot of cycle in our day and we went through some caves near the Iowa, Minnesota border and that was enough for me. We also went to Carlsbad cavern in New Mexico. That was something too! I like the sunshine! Notice the days are longer but it sure still is colder than the last few winters. Soon it will be spring! this day and age. She said she was just looking for a solution to the problem. After discussing the aforementioned options, she came to the conclusion that it was up to her to be more cautious and prepared. Finally! Somebody that gets it! And that is why I respect her. I hope you are a respectable citizen, too. We have a few more weeks of winter weather ahead. Be careful out there.

Lower Grove News by Rosemary Schmidt

February 13, 2014 A LITTLE CHRISTIAN HUMOUR 1. The Sunday school teacher was describing how Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, “My Mommy looked back once while she was driving” he announced triumphantly, “And she turned into a telephone pole!” 2. A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?” A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up.” 3. A Sunday school teacher asked, ‘Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the ark?” “No,” replied Johnny. “How could he, with just two worms.” 4. A pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night. “Yes, sir.” The boy replied. “And do you say your prayers every morning?” “No, sir”, replied the boy. “I ain’t scared in the daytime”. 5. Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away. “Johnny, please wait until we say our prayer,” said his mother. “I don’t need to,” the boy replied. “Of course you do.” His mother insisted. “We always say a prayer before eating at our house.” “That’s our house.” Johnny explained. “But this is Grandma’s house and she knows how to cook!” February 20, 2014 Yippee! It is snowing again, a nice quiet layer is falling on the ground on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014. We had such a wonderful heat wave yesterday, so now my acceptance of the weather has improved. Gives one hope that spring will come after having a day of 40 degrees warmth. Yesterday, I called up my sister-in-law, Norma Conover and we decided to go to Des Moines to shop or should I say just to look around. We ended up not purchasing anything except our lunch. Not that we didn’t plan on buying something, but it just didn’t happen. I was looking for a certain piece of furniture, at Homemakers, and the only one they had remaining was damaged. We ate lunch at Red Lobster which is one of our favorite places to eat. I ordered oven baked flounder, salad and a baked potato. Norma always likes the shrimp scampi. My good friend, Jan Wilson who lives in Des Moines joined us for lunch. She is such fun and our lunch was quite lengthy, but we didn’t have any schedule to meet so ‘what the heck’. After lunch we went to Younkers in Valley West Mall to look at clothes, but we just didn’t see anything that ‘said’ we needed to buy it. We stopped at the big Walmart in Clive to see the microwaves. I need to buy a new microwave and there were so many kinds that I was confused on what to buy. Have to think that one over a little while (but, not too long cause a microwave seems to be essential in this day and age). By that time we were getting tired and in need of something to refresh us. We started home and thought we would stop somewhere and get some ice cream and something to drink. Every time we seen somewhere to pull off at, we seemed to be on the wrong side of the street

and it was not an option to do so at the time with the heavy traffic. Then we decided to stop in Prairie City at Goldie’s. We each had something to drink and then we did out ‘crazy’ thing. By this time at 4 p.m. we were both hungry again. We like a turtle sundae and a chili hot dog to share. Everyone makes fun of us about this combination, but we like it. So, when we are together, we do what we want! We two old ladies were enjoying our food and giggling like a couple of teenagers (gonna have to be careful or they will haul us away). It was a good day just to get out of the house after this cold winter. Wednesday I took some friends to Ottumwa to shop, Charlene De Kock, Darlene Kool, Sally Bruinekool and my neighbor Wilma Van’t Sant. We were all ‘itching’ to visit and just have an ‘outing’. Charlene knew about a little ‘boutique’ in Eddyville, so that was our first stop. We arrived a little bit early so I told them we would take a tour of Eddyville! We saw the library, post office, a restaurant, and the park with a log cabin. Saw a cute old house with gingerbread trim. Then there was a man with a beard walking down the street towards us. As we got closer we noticed that the beard had a rubber band around it holding the beard ‘to a peak’. Something we had never seen before (a new style) everyone to his own thing, I say! We had a good laugh about that. While driving around, I was driving very slowly and a dog (pit bull) came out of a yard walked right in front of us for several blocks like he was leading the way. He finally veered off to the left like he knew just where he was going. We laughed about the dog being our tour guide in Eddyville. The boutique opened up so we ended our tour. It is a unique little shop with cute things to buy like purses, scarves, decorations, jewelry, and crafty items. The Christmas décor was on sale and several of us took advantage of that. I was impressed with the uniqueness of the items as I had not seen anything like many of them before. She had cute ways of showing things and I loved just looking at the various displays. On to Ottumwa and we took care of the important business first…eating. We went to Riverside Restaurant and enjoyed a time of eating and visiting. Sally tried one of their Rib eye steak sandwiches and said it was outstanding. She ‘woofed’ down the ‘whole thing’. Eating with friends seems to make life a whole lot more enjoyable. Living alone makes one appreciate the company of others. We spent a good amount of time shopping at Herbergers, but they were busy putting things out for spring and the stuff that was left had been picked over as they have been having sales. Went on to the big Walmart and purchased a few things. Then we headed for home and the general consensus was that the little boutique in Eddyville had been the highlight of our day. Last Saturday a bunch of guys came to cut wood for Kalvin and Carrie and me. This winter has been ‘brutal’ and the wood supply was giving out. Those cutting wood, spitting, hauling and stacking the wood were: Kalvin and Karl Schmidt, Jeremiah Carter, Virgil Terpstra, Kenny Hoksbergen, Rod Sarver and Terry Blom. Shirley Hoksbergen joined me in the kitchen to fix dinner for these hungry ‘loggers’. Next issue I will put in my recipe for meat loaf again as I have had more requests for that.

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Mahaska Co. Society News

Tales of the Ancient Sportman


by Burdell Hensley

City News

How disgusting! I was planning on getting my February round of golf in this week and now they are putting out winter storm watches again. I wish someone would put a choke hold on that ground hog and bring him into submission. I do think that Friday’s high is predicted to be 50 degrees. I can handle that, but the course may be a little sloppy. I was just sure it was spring when one of the ladies at the bank reported that she had seen a flock of robins on the way to work. You know that it is said that a robin must wash its feet in snow twice before it can be spring. Shucks, these birds can wash their feet in snow every day. I haven’t seen any robins around my place, but I do have a big red cardinal that sings to me every morning. He is telling me that this is the year of the cardinal. Sorry Cub fans, it is wait until next year time already. It is tournament time and that means a busy time for the Ancient Sportsman. Last week I was in Pella Tuesday for the PellaNorwalk games, Thursday I was at Twin Cedars for the regional game between the Twin Cedars girls and HLV, Friday I was in Grinnell for the Grinnell-Pella Christian games and Saturday I was in Fairfield for the wrestling district tourney. It was a good week and I was thrilled to see old friends and former students along the way. I was covering the Knoxville wrestlers at Fairfield Saturday and Kieren Robuck won the title at 138 to advance to state. I found in my interview with him that his grandpa was one of my students at Twin Cedars and Jim Nichols was there at the meet. That was neat. I was able to renew some old memories at Grinnell Friday night. It was their “Coaches vs Cancer” game and at halftime of the girls game they had a six-on-six game featuring some of the stars from yesteryear. Some of them can still shoot the ball but their two dribbles don’t take them very far now. Thanks for the memories ladies. The State Wrestling Tournament is this weekend and several area wrestlers will be on the mat. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont leads the way by qualifying six champions and one runner-up out of the district at Pleasantville. Winning titles for the Rockets were Cody Brown (132), Jeren Glosser (138), Blake Marolf (145), Tucker Black (152), Tyler Foubert (160)

and Hunter Johnston (195). Dillion Pigsley qualified as a runner-up at 170. Sigourney-Keota will send Bryce Brown as a champion at 285 and Nathan Fritz (138), Lane Boender (145) and Tucker Fowler (220) were all runners up. In Class 3-A Oskaloosa sent Mason Wisse as a champion at 182 and Drew Sams (106), Skylar DeJong (120) and Drea Lamb (195) as runners up. For Pella Levi Azinger was the champion at 132 and Chase Petty was the runner up at 126. A few of our area girl’s basketball teams advanced through the first round of regional tournaments. North Mahaska destroyed MoultonUdell 57-10. The Warhawks now face Belle Plaine in one of those third time around deals. Sigourney beat Cedar Valley Christian 58-41 and now will face New London. Keota beat Lone Tree 61-51 and will now face Winfield-Mt. Union. The boys tournaments begin this week in classes 1-A and 2-A. Looks like I will cover the Pella Christian-Cardinal game at Albia Monday and then it is back to girl’s games Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m not sure where I will be going. I probably will not make it to the wrestling tourney in Des Moines this week as the basketball tourneys continue. The wrestling tourney at Wells Fargo is a tough job for an old sports writer. It is sometimes very difficult to get where you need to be. I have tried to watch the Olympics a little this week and all I can say is that a person has to be nuts to compete in some of those events. I can’t even imagine going down a hill at over 80 mph on a pair of slats. Then I watched those guys go down that ice chute on a little bitty sled at unreal speeds. I will pass on that, thank you. Snowboarders are Komikazie pilots. I’m glad they didn’t have those things when I was a kid, because I wouldn’t have lived this long. It is time once more to look back at our yesterdays. 75 years ago: Feb. 14, 1939The Eddyville boys upset New Sharon 37-34 to allow Cedar to claim the Chiquaqua Valley title. Chuck Wilcox drained 19 points for the Eddies while Max Thompson led the Bulldogs with 17. The two teams played to a 40-40 tie in the girls game and a dispute arose about overtime. NS coach Blackie Wells felt that overtime was not a part of the league rules and that his

team should be the champions by percentage points. The Eddyville officials felt that overtime must be used. The conference secretary was summoned and he arrived at midnight. Finally at 1:00 a.m. the game was declared a no contest and it was rescheduled for a neutral site. Feb. 14- Williamsburg nosed out Sigourney 25-23 in a battle of county champions. Kleinschmidt led Sigourney with seven points while Doherty led Williamsburg with 10. Feb. 18- Cedar upset highly favored Tracy 19-16 in the sectional opener. Marceline Barnard led Cedar with seven points. 50 years ago: Feb. 13, 1964Sigourney sent six wrestlers and Pekin two through the first round of the Class B sectional at Morning Sun. Advancing for Sigourney were; Tom Brown, Jim Wareham, Jerry Golebrowski, Rob Wilkening, Mike Hart and Clifford McMillian. Rex Dickens and Ray Hoskins advanced for Pekin. Feb. 17- North Mahaska’s Arlene Glendening and Carol Bartlett were named to the DMRC First All-Conference team. Bob Knoot was on the boy’s first team. Feb. 17- Prairie City slips past North Mahaska 46-44 despite the strong defensive effort of Sandy Terpstra, Carol Bartlett and Shirley Bandstra. Feb. 18Brooklyn surprises North Mahaska 58-57 in the sectional opener. Bob Knoot led NM with 14 points and Bruce Palmer added 13. Feb. 18Ottumwa Walsh clips Fremont in boy’s sectional play 61-38. Bill Reese led the Cats with 13 points and Mel McKie added 11. Feb. 18Tri-County fell to Harmony 72-53 in sectional action. Bob Bender led T-C with 15 points. 25 years ago: Feb. 13, 1989North Mahaska sends six wrestlers to the district tourney. Advancing for the Warhawks were; Jason Sanders (112), Todd Sampson (125), Doug Readshaw (130), Blair DeJong (160), Ben Conover (189) and Kelly Mick (275). Feb. 14- Lynnville-Sully sidelines North Mahaska 49-45. Heather Seitsinger led NM with 26 points and Dara Roush led the defense with nine rebounds. Feb. 16- Keota upset No. 19 Tri-County, but details were not legible. Feb. 16- Angie Latcham’s basket with eight seconds left gave Hedrick a 74-72 win over Sigourney. Tonya Webb fired in 38 points for the Foxettes. Have a great week and take the opportunity to boost your favorite team or individual.

Parson to Person: by Rev. Kevin Glesener

by Mollie Loving February 20, 2014

Recent birthdays were Nancy






Higgins on Feb. 16th, and Matthew Weghorst on Feb. 17th.

Karen and Alva Calvert are back

home after visiting Brian, Monica, Owen, Rob, and Ava Lillis in Austin, Minn.

North Mahaska had a two-hour

delay last week on Feb. 10th and

11th due to the extreme cold. NM

was closed on Feb. 17th. Freezing rain fell first overnight, and then changed to snow.

The windows

on the east side of my house were coated with ice when I got up. couldn’t even see out.


Before the North Mahaska bas-

ketball game at English Valleys last week Bruce and I visited my dad and Aunt Saralee at South English.

My aunt was roasting a turkey that day and asked us to come eat an early supper with them.


going to the game we were treated to turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and

a cherry dessert. Everything was delicious! Much better than eating a hot dog at the game! The NM

girls defeated EV 37 – 36. The NM boys defeated EV 61 – 46.

The Barnes City scrapbookers

and card makers got together last

Saturday at Jen Henry’s house. Joining Jen were Phyllis Rauch, Lareta Sanders, Doris Freeborn, Linda Hamilton, Sonya Schultz,

and Jen Grove. Linda’s grandson,

Jacob, joined the group for lunch. They ate cheeseburger chowder,

breadsticks, meats and cheeses,

crackers, and chips. Also several

Pampered Chef recipes were made for everyone to enjoy.

The fire department will have

their monthly training on Feb. 20th at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall.






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The Art of Forgiveness

Relationships will thrive, people feel safe to express themselves fully. There is greater creativity, innovation, and risk taking to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. When grace is offered it increases joy, trust, satisfaction, and folks work harder. Employees who have a more positive attitude when dealing with customers will see greater customer satisfaction, potentially increasing profitability. How do you forgive? Ultimately forgiveness means to give up blame, faultfinding, grudges, and your right to get even. Forgiveness does not diminish accountability nor minimizes the offense, but gives permission to move on, be free of baggage, and history. Forgiveness creates an environment which allows people to learn, grow, and contribute. It may begin with “I am sorry,” or “I forgive you,” “please forgive me?” It may mean offering support and coaching when a mistake is made. Forgiveness is an art and a process, not something usually accomplished over night or in a day. It is something that has to be worked at over time. Relationships and events often do not turn out the way we plan. That’s life. Nevertheless an attitude of forgiveness liberates from the past. That new beginning may be the spark to greater output and a fulfilling climate at work. For Christians there is no more powerful witness at work then to forgive an offense or hurt caused by a co-worker or a boss. We of all people know what it is to be forgiven, we are called to then to embody the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Want to make a difference at work, help others see the light of Christ? Be a gracious, forgiving person.

of that! Someone else in our house came down with a skin problem— one day about two weeks ago I noticed our big 12-pound man cat, Manolo, had a bit of a gray rough piece of skin on his nose which every day got a little bigger. We quickly took him to the vet who examined it and determined it to be a contagious fungus, so both Manolo and Leafy were on medicine for eight days. Now I just should say here, that Manolo and Leafy were extremely happy with this verdict, as their daily dose of medicine was mashed up in a helping of tuna— that special kitty-loved treat. Oh! Such happy kitties!! After three days they were immune and so the deep house cleaning began as people are also susceptible to the fungus. I bet I washed 10 loads that first day—rugs, all the bedding, couch throws. And the next day was dusting, vaccuming, scrubbing— the whole nine yards. Man, I was tired by the end of the day, but our house was clean, smelled clean, and looked clean. Not that it was stinky before, but you know what I mean. We have run out of wood again with all this cold weather and so grateful to have a good natural gas furnace, as both it and the wood stove have had to run just to stay warm around here. Boy, this spring, we are going to have to get around and do a lot more caulking, etc, of places that cold air likes to seep through. People say that even with new houses, the cold gets in there, too. I honestly do

not remember a winter this cold since I was a kid in the ‘50’s. Do you? The dulcimer girls came over Tuesday afternoon of this week (as I write this on Thursday, Feb. 13) and we had a bangup time catching up and just chatting. And lots of laughing. One girl came in at our 2:30 appointed time and said, “I was ready to come at 1!” I think some of us are suffering from cabin fever. We had fresh ground coffee from Fayetteville—‘Mountain Bird’ from Nic, our grandson, for my Christmas present. We drank out of assorted Royal Albert china cups, my favorite maker. They are exceptionally beautiful with many pretty patterns and still very affordable. Everything tastes better in a pretty china cup. Say yes. (that’s an inside joke) Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so I hope all of you with your assorted sweeties, sweethearts, wives & husbands, have a great time together. We hope to take in the annual Valentine Banquet at our church on Saturday night. The committee has been gearing up for this for some time and we can look forward to a delectable menu and then a program with a couple who go around speaking on love and marriage. Ha! This reminds me, I read in Good Housekeeping the other day that couples who frequently kissed on the lips were happier together. Hmmmm, sounds like a plan. Take care and have a good week, y’all!

In the mid1980’s Dr. B r e n d a n O ’ R e g a n brought some of Northern I r e l a n d ’ s Protestants and Catholics together to try and reconcile the two communities. Many of whom had family members killed in the conflict and vowed never to forgive the people on the other side. But after a week of dialogue and discussion participants came away maybe not being best friends but able to forgive what happened and move on. Dr. O’Regan’s conclusion, “if some people in Ireland found a way to reconcile 800 years of oppression and hatred then surely there is hope for the rest of us.” Forgiveness is very powerful and healing, but is one of the most misunderstood qualities in our culture. It is even more difficult to apply at work. But according to Michael Stone, Director of Mastery of Management International, forgiving others in our places of work is part of good leadership, management, and makes good business sense. Stone says the costs of not forgiving someone we work with are enormous. When individuals feel they are not forgiven, or cannot forgive themselves there can be covering up, secrecy, score keeping, undelivered communication, unfulfilled expectations, resentments, avoiding people and situations, and a “when in doubt play it safe attitude.” Team members will become more invisible, possibly leaving the organization thus increasing turnover of valuable and skilled employees. Un-forgiveness, he says leads to loss of energy, time, and resources. The benefits of forgiveness are many Stone suggests.

Country Girl’s Corner by Sheryl Carter

February Frolics

That title is kind of a misnomer, as this won’t be too frolic-y, still, I know I haven’t kept you up in the loop for some time, so thought this week might be a good opportunity to do that. We spent a good part of January just being sick! No kidding! I, who rarely ever get a cold and we never get the flu— thankfully—came down with a beaner of a cold about halfway through the month that began with a sore throat. That’s always the high sign. I started right out taking Echinacea and hot tea and the next day added throat tea (Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals—really does help a sore throat) and Roxilla—a homeopathic remedy for sore throats. This all worked and my throat got better, but whoops, woke up a couple days later with the nasty cold. I am sure it would have been worse had I not dosed myself up good with every healthy remedy I could think of. So I limped through the days, keeping the laundry, dishes, etc, done up, but resting a good deal in my recliner in the living room with the tv on, a warm blanket over me, and a kitty—Leafy—keeping me warm in my lap. Manolo is not much of a lap sitter. He prefers to sit in a chair and have you come to him. I/we missed all kinds of things during this time; our church soup supper, Wednesday evening Bible study, the Republican Caucus uptown, a special coffee time for Loren in Pella, etc. We

did make it to Pella for groceries one day—I looked like something the cat drug in and then drug out again—no makeup—flat hair, I figured, hey, I don’t even feel like trying. Then as we rounded a street corner, I was saying, “I sure wish we could see Gaylor and Dorothy…” and there they were in their car right beside us ready to make the turn!! We said, “…meet you at Hy-Vee for coffee!” And we did. It was so good to see them and chat and the coffee was good, too. And just last week we were down to Knoxville to Lawrence and Norma’s for a wonderful chili lunch and Gaylor and Dorothy were there as well. It is just so good to be with these precious brothers and sisters. By the end of last month, I was finally feeling better and then Loren came down with it, although his cold was more of a runny nose, and thankfully, no bad cough. After awhile, you just wish someone would bop you on the head with a rubber mallet so you could be unconscious for awhile without coughing, etc. Miserable stuff. One night I made baked potatoes in our little toaster oven, fried up some delicious bacon (there is a reason why folks flock to the big winter bacon deal at the fairgrounds in DM) and made a cabbage salad. It was so good. For some reason, vegetable salads taste especially good to me when I am under the weather—but so does soup and hot tea. Anyway, I shredded part of a nice cabbage, chopped up a little onion, diced up an apple, added some celery seed, sea

salt and cracked black pepper and then made a little dressing of rice vinegar, honey, and a bit of water. Oh, it was so good and just hit the spot. I could hardly stop eating it to enjoy the potato and bacon. February dawned and the deadline for the book contest The Write Place in Pella was running again was coming near. I told them trying to get a manuscript ready over the holidays was quite challenging even though the contest had begun October 15. Back then we were probably still doing up that big crop of apples. So with the several-weeks-long illness, I surely did not make the deadline, even though I was churning out several pages at a time whenever I did sit down to write. I was disappointed as the winning entry of this contest receives a free book contract and for a self-published writer, that is nothing to sneeze at. I read recently that with the difficult time people have in even attempting to get their works to any of the publishing houses, more and more are turning to self-publishing. Even though I am better, I still have been having some lay-around mornings, and even days, where I can’t seem to get off the ground. It’s called hibernation!!!!!! I am not kidding. I think I ought to take JanuaryFebruary off every year. We have had stuff cancelled due to snow and bad roads and hey, I never minded a bit. I could probably stay home here for a month and find something to do every single day—creative stuff, work

stuff—plenty, plenty to fill up my time. Also during this time I discovered the nasty RASH (this requires capital letters as this is the worst rash you have ever seen (except for psoriasis—I am sure that is equally awful)—and it itches tremendously horribly bad) that I have been dealing with the past eleven months is called Grover’s skin disease. Don’t ask me how I got it, but I do, and it is awful stuff. This past month it is finally calming down some, but I have done everything I can think of to stop the itch and heal the skin on the back of my neck and top of the shoulders. My doctor did a punch biopsy a few months ago giving us the verdict. Don’t ever get it!! It is relatively rare, but I found a skin forum online about Grover’s and the people on there are suffers just like me. Some have had it for years (just say no!) but most seem to deal with it for six to 18 months and then it’s gone. I am so praying that will happen with me! And the thing is, doctors really don’t know what causes it or what to do beyond steroids (which has its’ own set of side-effects) to heal the dreadful stuff. So you have to be very creative and do your own thing. Thankfully, the folks on the skin forum have plenty of ideas that have worked for them and I started using them immediately and immediately began to see some relief. B complex, garlic capsules and oil pulling. Look it up. Right away I saw a difference, but this stuff is stubborn—it gets better then it comes back. But enough

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Mahaska Co. Obituaries & Churches

Church Directory ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Scott Collier Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kingdom Kids (PreK-6th) Unleash Youth (7th-12th) Connection Groups Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) 10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Fremont United Methodist Church

Baptist Church of Fremont Pastors: Otto and Ruth Hayes Sunday School, 9 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.


Pastor Ronald C. Bupp Sunday Praise Service, 8 a.m. Traditional/Blended Worship, 9 a.m. Children’s Sunday School, 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday Stories/Games/Music: 6-7 p.m.

METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Roger White 641-673-5986

Barnes City United Methodist Church Pastor Michelle Williamson Worship, 4:30 p.m., Sunday Cedar Christian Reformed Church Pastor Josh Van Engen 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship Cedar United Methodist Church Pastor Ronald C. Bupp Worship - 10:30 a.m., Sunday Children’s Sunday School During Worship Service Fremont Nazerene Church Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Services 6 p.m.


Vault & Monument Co. Hwy. 63 North, Montezuma (across from Casey’s)

641-623-2158 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or By Appointment

Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. LOWER GROVE CHURCH Pastor Cornie Van Wyngarden Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship, 6 p.m. New Sharon FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Lead Pastor Rick Thompson Associate Pastor Chris Sampson Sunday Sunday School (all ages) 9 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m. UFC (Students), 6 p.m. Wednesday Gems/Cadets, 6:10-8 p.m. New Sharon FRIENDS CHURCH Marlene Smith, Pastor 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Monday, 7 p.m. - Prayer Meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Believer’s Hour of Power

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PEORIA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 10 miles west of New Sharon Worship, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m.

~ Strom ~

Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:35 a.m. SEARSBORO COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Don Job Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship, 11 a.m. TAINTOR COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Mike Murrell 641-891-8128 Sunday Worship, 9 a.m. Coffee Time, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Thursday Young Peoples, 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome WEST LIBERTY CHURCH OF CHRIST 7 miles west of Montezuma on Diamond Trail Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Evening, 6 p.m. Fourth Friday Night April to October Singing and Fellowship, 7 p.m.

The Sun Church Directory Updates:

Joyce Strom, 81 of New Sharon passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Funeral services were Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in New Sharon. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery in New Sharon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the MHP Hospice Serenity House. Friends may sign the online guestbook at Holland-Coble Funeral Home of New Sharon is in charge of arrangements. Joyce Teresa Strom, daughter

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Jennie Willemsen, 97½ of Oskaloosa and formerly of New Sharon passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in New Sharon. Burial will be held in the Friends Cemetery in New Sharon. Memorial contributions may be made to Iowa Hospice. Friends may sign the online guestbook at Holland-Coble Funeral Home of New Sharon is in charge of arrangements. Jennie Willemsen, daughter of John and Christina (Terlouw) Meppelink, was born on July 17, 1916 near Killduff. She graduated from the Sudlow Country School near Killduff. On June 1, 1938, Jennie was united in marriage to Henry Willemsen. To this union five children were born, Bruce, Dolores “Dee”, Wayne, Verna and Allen.

Jennie and Henry farmed and raised their family in the Taintor area, moving to New Sharon in 1978 following retirement. Jennie was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family was the light of her life, and she truly enjoyed spending time with them. Jennie was an excellent cook and an avid reader. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, playing the organ and most of all her family. Jennie’s faith was very important to her, and she attended church while her health allowed. She also enjoyed sharing her love of music at local nursing homes. Her memory will be cherished by her four children, Dolores “Dee” Willemsen of Windsor Heights, IA, Wayne (Jane) Willemsen of Walnut Creek, Cali., Verna (Gary) Conry of University Park and Allen Willemsen of New Sharon; her daughterin-law, Margaret Willemsen of Oelwein; her five grandchildren, Christina (Kino Ruth) Willemsen, Jeffrey (Mary Fitzpatrick) Willemsen, Angie (Chris) Jedlicka, Matthew (Jaclynn) Willemsen and Colin (Jessica Ivry) Willemsen; her eight great grandchildren, Andrew Jedlicka, Noah Jedlicka, Emmerson Jedlicka, Addelynn Jedlicka, Haley Willemsen, Rebecca Willemsen, Connor Willemsen and Jennifer Willemsen and several nieces, nephews and friends. Jennie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Christina Meppelink; her husband, Henry Willemsen; her eldest son, Bruce Willemsen and seven siblings, John Meppelink, Johanna Vande Krol, Lena Meppelink, Marie Barsness, Susie Meppelink, Stella Meppelink and a brother in infancy.

es, Ariel, MaKenzie, Elizabeth and Natalie LaRue; two uncles, Dale (& Cathy) LaRue of New Sharon, Larry (& Cathy) LaRue of Virginia Beach, Virginia; several cousins and friends from all over the world. Russell was preceded in death by his brother, Scott LaRue; his grandparents, Roy and Lucille Van Heukelom and Howard and Harriett

LaRue. A memorial service was held Monday, February 3, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with Reverend Mark Doll officiating. Burial of the urn will be at a later date. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Mahaska Hospice.

~ LaRue ~

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Russell Wayne LaRue, 48, of Sri Lanka and formerly of New Sharon, died from complications with pneumonia on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Central Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was born September 21, 1965, in Greenville, S.C. the son of Charles and Joan Van Heukelom LaRue. He graduated from North Mahaska High School with the class of 1984. Shortly after graduation Russell’s entrepreneurial spirit took him all over the world. He first moved to Chicago and from there he lived in England, Spain, Dubai, U.A.E. and lastly in Sri Lanka. His family includes his parents Charles and Joan LaRue of New Sharon; his brother, Jeff (& Robin) LaRue of New Sharon; his sister, Jennifer LaRue of Oskaloosa; four niec-

of Frank and Helen (Dockendorf) Kachelhoffer, was born on October 15, 1932 in Joliet, Ill. She graduated from Joliet Township Central High School with the class of 1950. She worked at Standard Oil Company in Lockport, Ill. On November 11, 1953, Joyce was united in marriage to Floyd Strom in Joliet, Ill. To this union two children were born, Mike and Teresa. Floyd and Joyce moved to New Sharon in 1987 after retirement. Joyce enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and baking. She was a member of the Prairie Knolls Country Club and Red Hat Society. Her memory is honored by, her son Michael (Sandra) Strom of Joliet, Ill; her sister-in-law, Alice Hudson of New Sharon; three grandchildren, Eric (Nadia) Strom of Morris, Ill, Joshua Strom of Cody, Wyo. and Jacob Strom of Worth, Ill; three great grandchildren, Eric Strom Jr., Isabella Strom and Harlow Strom; one brother, Donald (Doris) Kachelhoffer of Land O’ Lakes, Wis. and several nieces, nephews and friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen Kachelhoffer; her husband, Floyd Strom on August 10, 2010; her daughter, Teresa Strom Keto; two brothers, Frank Kachelhoffer Jr. and Patrick Kachelhoffer and one sister, Helen Worland.

~ Willemsen ~

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New Sharon Harvest Community Church 2083 Hwy. 102 Richard Smith, Pastor Phone: 641-891-5060 Sunday School, 8:45 a.m. Fellowship, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m.

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Mahaska Co. Classifieds & Legals

New Sharon City Council NEW SHARON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING February 5, 2014 The New Sharon City Council met in regular session at City Hall, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. with Mayor Dustin Hite presiding and the following members answering roll call: Kenneth Ward, Jenell Steel, Larry Applegate and Keri Lamberson present. Others in attendance were Lisa Munn, Kevin Lamberson, Carl Elscher, Jim Holz, Larry Johnson and Stan Munn Jr. Roll Call answered by: Ayes: Ward, Applegate, Lamberson, Steel. Absent: Jeff Foster. It was moved by Applegate and seconded by Ward to approve the following consent agenda items: 1. 01/15/14 minutes 2. 2/05/14 Agenda 3. Pending Bills for February 5,2014 AYES: Ward, Lamberson, Steel, Applegate. NAYS: None. ABSTENTIONS: None. Public Comments: None Requests from the Community: A. Glen Davis was on the agenda to discuss conditions at Prairie Village but was not in attendance so no discussion was held. B. Carl Elschire and Jim Holz from MSA was here to discuss some grants that are available for studies. They will forward us a proposal for their fee to help with these grants and projects. Public Hearings: None Resolutions/Motions: A. Motion was made by Applegate and seconded by Ward for the fire department to purchase 10 sets of new gear in the amount of $5000.00 for our share. AYES: Steel, Ward, Applegate, Lamberson. NAYES: None. ABSTENTIONS: None B. Motion was made by Lamberson and seconded by Steel to set the date of March 5th for the public hearing to adopt the 2014-2015 city budget. AYES: Ward, Steel, Applegate, Lamberson. NAYES: None. ABSTENTIONS: None. C. Motion was made by Applegate and seconded by Lamberson to approve building permit to build a new home on East Water St.for Larry Johnson and set public hearing for Feb.

19th. AYES: Lamberson, Steel, Ward, Applegate. NAYES: none. ABSTENTIONS: none. D. Motion was made by Lamberson and seconded by Applegate to continue with current FED pending lawsuit for Lemke Prairie Village Lot 19. AYES: Ward, Applegate, Steel, Lamberson. NAYES: none. ABSTENTIONS: none. Ordinances: None Department Reports: a. Water Report b. Sewer Report c. Street Report d. Police Report e. Cemetary Report f. City Clerk Report 1. Motion was made by Lamberson and seconded by Ward that all water bills will be paid within a month of date due or will be disconnected. Past payment arrangements will be given 2 months to pay old balance in full. AYES: Lamberson, Steel, Ward, Applegate. NAYES: none. ABSTENTIONS: None. g. City Attorney Report h. Fire Department Report 1. Motion was made by Steel and seconded by Applegate to move forward with the addition to the fire station as long as okay with property owners. AYES: Ward, Lamberson, Applegate, Steel. NAYES: none. ABSTENTIONS: none. 10. Departmental Requests: 1. Motion was made by Lamberson and seconded by Ward to send the Prairie Village lease agreement to Misty White for her to revise as she sees needed. AYES: Applegate, Ward, Lamberson, Steel. NAYES: none. ABSTENTIONS: none 11. City council Information 12. Mayor Information: Adjournment: There being no further business to discuss, it was moved by Steel and seconded by Lamberson to adjourn at 7:07 p.m. All in favor, whereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved. Lisa Munn, City Clerk Dustin D. Hite, Mayor N8

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Mahaska Co. Sports

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Warhawks Dominate Eagles to Advance to Second Round

Submitted via NM Coaching Staff February 6, 2014 North Mahaska 43, L-S 50 After bad weather postponed our game for Tuesday night the Warhawks traveled to Sully to take on the Hawks on Thursday. The first half we were there but not playing to win and ended up down 17 to 28 at half. We made some adjustments over the break and came out with a different attitude and started to make a game of it. Our defense picked up midway through the third quarter and we started to get some things to work on the offensive end. It was fun to watch the girls dig in and respond well to what we wanted them to do. We were disappointed in our play against them the first time and had something to prove to ourselves at this meeting. We still had to fight every possession and worked to limit their possessions and continued to push them out on the perimeter. We came up short at the end but gave it our best effort and I was proud of the girls. Stats for the game: Julia Groenenboom: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 6 assists; Michaela Heys: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Shaina Spears: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Maggie Ferguson: 4 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals; Bailey Upton: 3 points, 1 assist; Rachel Sherburne: 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 assist. February 7, 2014 North Mahaska 27, IV 58 Friday night found the Warhawks on the road again to the SICL leading team, Iowa Valley. We won the battle on our home court earlier in the year and the Tigers were looking for revenge for that loss and it was all Iowa Valley that night. The Tigers cinched top place in the conference with the win. We did not have a good night. We didn’t take shots. We had some good looks and didn’t pull the trigger. We can’t compete in games if we don’t attempt to take shots when we have the opportunity. We also were moving like we were in cement. Those two items don’t spell success against an athletic team like Iowa Valley. Look at this as another notch on the learning curve and go on to the next battle. We have to continue to play hungry and with a sense of urgency. Stats for the game: Michaela Heys: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Julia Groenenboom: 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Rachel Sherburne: 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Samantha Edmundson: 3 points; Bailey Upton: 3 points; Maggie Ferguson: 2 points, 2 assists. February 11, 2014 North Mahaska 37, EV 36 The final game of the regular season saw the Warhawks travelling to North English to take on the English Valley Bears in their new gymnasium. It is a very nice facility and provides a great atmosphere to play in. The girls were ready to play. Both teams have some high quality players and they all stepped up to the challenge that night. We controlled the tempo throughout the first half and most of the third quarter but let them back in with a pair of three’s late in the third quarter. We stayed the course and had some key shots that brought us to the top at the end. We are starting to see some

Rockets’ Cody Brown and Coach Brett Little celebrate after Brow n’s first place finish at Districts last S aturday [photo by Jamie Ma x well].

Rockets Blast-Off for State Wrestling players step up for the team. They need to; the girls know we need a third scorer on the team. This is important as they all become more consistent in their play. The one dimensional athlete is gone in the game of girls’ basketball. You have to be a defender as well as a scorer at the high school level. If we can keep getting these results it will be fun to watch us grow as we prepare to enter the post season. Stats for the game: Michaela Heys: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals; Julia Groenenboom: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 assists; Bailey Upton: 9 points, 1 rebound; Samantha Edmundson: 3 points, 1 rebound; Shaina Spears: 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot; Maggie Ferguson: 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. First Round-Post Season February 13, 2014 North Mahaska 57 Moulton-Udell 10 First round of the post season saw the Warhawks hosting Moulton-Udell. The Warhawk girls were really focused on playing hard and bringing their best game to the court. We have switched some things up on our philosophy about defense. Every team is different and each team has its own weapons. We try to limit their touches, especially on their offensive end. We started

fast and never stopped. The girls got it going from the start which is what we needed and everyone on the roster got to see time on the court before the game was over. This is good to see especially during tournament play. Stats for the game: Michaela Heys: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Julia Groenenboom: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 9 assists; Rachel Sherburne: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists; Bailey Upton: 6 points, 1 rebound; Shaina Spears: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 blocked shot; Megyn Walston: 2 points; Samantha Edmundson: 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals. Editor’s Note: photos submitted without identification.

Above-left: Blake Marol f EBF pinned Jaeden Sokolosk i CM in 1 minute 20 seconds; Marol f went on to place first for the trip to State. Above-right: Dillon Pigsl ey EBF pinned Col ton Massengale BGM in 3 minutes 50 seconds at Districts. Left: Tyler Foubert EBF was all smiles after his 4 to 3 win over Caden Doll LS [photos by Jamie Ma x well].

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