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Issue Number 8
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rotary Senior Living crowns royalty for Valentine’s Day
YOU’LL FIND MORE THAN 130 FACES INSIDE THIS WEEKS EAGLE
Rotary Senior Living receives donation Page 1 Boys’ basketball tournament team Page 1 Wright County approves loan for potential purchase of Stronghold Page 2
In memory of Carroll Spangler Carroll Spangler was a resident at Rotary Senior Living for several years. On December 11, 2013, he passed away. Recently, his family honored his memory by donating an Amish-made oak bench to the Rotary Senior Living North building. Spangler’s daughter-in-law, Linda Spangler, said they also donated the bench in appreciation for the good care he received while calling Rotary Senior Living his home. In fact, he felt so at home, Administrator Sam Boeke said it was Spangler who told him the picture of Governor Blue (seen in the photo) ought to be hung in the front entryway where everyone could see it, so that’s where they moved it to. Pictured above, from left: Sam Boeke, Carroll Spangler, Jr., Linda Spangler, Ron Spangler, and Activities Director Rick Raner.
Supervisors Page 2 Jim Kepler and Thelma Kepler were honored to be chosen as the Rotary Senior Living Valentines Day King and Queen of the north building. Photo provided
Lottery winner news in Wright County Page 5 Haiti Medical Mission Trip #4 Page 5
Photo by Kim Demory
Looking for “Gym Rats”
GNC breaks ground in Haiti Page 9
Fifth through 12th grade basketball players wanted BY KIM DEMORY egeagle@goldﬁeldaccess.net The ofﬁcial basketball season is over in Eagle Grove, but for those of you who just can’t get enough of playing the game, or who want to improve their skills, “Gym Rats is calling your name. Mickey Cooper, along with the Eagle Grove Parks and Recreation Department, are looking for students grades ﬁve through 12 who will commit their time on Sundays from 12:30 - 2 p.m., in March and April, to attend open gym at Eagle Grove Elementary. Forty-ﬁve minutes will be spent developing skills, and the other 45 minutes will be game-time. But…you need to sign a commitment letter to attend at least six of the eight sessions (Easter excluded). There is no fee for this program, and it is open to both experienced and novice players. The purpose of this program is not only to increase skill level, but to create more interest in the Eagle Grove basketball program. Volunteer coaches for this event will include, but are not limited to: Mickey Cooper, Smokey Wilburn, Bryan Whaley, Mark Sampson, and Andy Ettinger. Instruction will be divided by age and ability. At the end of the session, if you have participated in the minimum six open gyms, you will receive a one-of-akind “Gym Rats” t-shirt that only graduates of the academy will receive. Parents - you are invited, and encouraged, to attend the open gym as well. See what your child is learning. Offer words of encouragement. Lend a helping hand to the coaches. You’re involvement shows your child you care about what they are interested in. If you are ready to commit to improving your skills and having fun while doing so, you may pick up a registration form at Eagle Pharmacy or at the middle school. Forms may be returned to either location or brought with you to the gym on the ﬁrst day, Sunday, March 2.
National FFA Week Page 13 Meet the new Lions Club members Page 13 Carl Olson and Elizabeth Moklebust were crowned the Rotary Senior Living south building Valentine’s Day King and Queen. Each of the Kings were presented with a corsage. Moklebust and Kepler were each presented with a long stem rose. All royalty enjoyed wearing a crown. Look for more photos from Valentine’s Day at Rotary Senior Living on page 3. Photo provided
Right/Left Hand Academy returns to EG Page 14 Banding together Page 16 Sixth Annual Aaron Eilerts’ Day Page 16
Tournament team plays well
A group of Eagle Grove fourth and ﬁfth grade school boys loaded up on February 1 and drove to Jefferson, Iowa for three games at the Green County basketball tournament. The team left Jefferson with a 2 – 1 record and ﬁnishing in a tie for ﬁrst place. The Eagles tied with Humboldt for a 2-1 record and the tournament’s tie-breaker system gave the Eagles a runner-up ﬁnish. Tyler Hanson, Brady Beck, Adam Herrington, Enzo Gebara, Anton Martz, Jake Darling, and Thomas Matthes competed against Humboldt, South Central Calhoun, and Green County. The boys were coached by Mike Herrington, Keith Mathis, and Bruce Rahl. The team also traveled to Albert City on February 8 for the Sioux Rapids Sports Boosters tournament. The Eagles had a great day competing in pool B against South O’Brien, Okoboji, and Cherokee. The Eagles ﬁnished ﬁrst in pool B with 2-1 record advancing to the championship game against pool A winner Alta-Aurelia. The tournament’s format forced the Eagles to play back-toback-to-back games including the championship game. The Eagles ﬁnished the tournament with a 2-2 record and the runner-up medal. “Thanks to all the parents and family members for traveling and supporting the young Eagles,” said Coach Herrington.
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Aaron Eilerts’ Day Food and Paper Goods Collection Monday, Feb. 24 Throughout the school day Door-to-Door in Eagle Grove Items given to local Food Pantry _______________________ RBMS Band Concert Tuesday, Feb. 25 7 p.m. RBMS Auditorium Free and open to the public
Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Shooting Contest
Pictured above, ﬁrst row: Tyler Hanson, Brady Beck, and Adam Herrington. Second row: Enzo Gebara, Anton Martz, Jake Darling, and Thomas Matthes. Third row: Mike Herrington, Keith Mathis, and Bruce Rholl. Photo submitted
The Knights of Columbus district free throw contest was hosted in Humboldt, Iowa on February 2. The Eagles were represented by Thomas Matthes (not pictured) in boys 10 year old age group, Adam Herrington (left) in boys 11 age group, Enzo Gebara (center) in boys 12 age group, and Mariana Gonzalez (right) in girls 13 year old group. Winners of their age division and advancing to Regional competition in Clarion, Iowa and competing against district winners are Adam Herrington and Mariana Gonzalez. Winners at the regional level will move on to compete at the State competition on Clarion. Good Luck to Adam and Mariana!!!! Photo submitted
_______________________ Golden Stars Drill Team Night Saturday, March 1 7 p.m. Eagle Grove Elementary Gym _______________________ 4-H Fun Night Saturday, March 15 Evening Clarion-Goldfield HS Gym Open to the public
_______________________ Eagle Grove Girl Scout Cookie Sale Now thru Sunday, March 16th Call 293-2321 if not contacted _______________________ New Owner/Manager Luncheon Wednesday, March 19 11:30 a.m. TBD _______________________
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Landowners skeptical of proposed tile improvements to Drainage District #131 BY MATT VOIGTS email@example.com
At the Wright County Supervisors Meeting February 17, farmers expressed concern toward proposed tiling improvements to Drainage District #131. Keith Hubbard of McClure Engineering – who presented the project – said the district’s current tile is showing signs of age and will require replacement at some point, a better picture of which would be gained by televising the present tile. The land that would be affected is in sections 26, 27, 34 and 35 of Dayton Township and sections 1 and 2 of Woolstock Township, east of Eagle Grove and southeast of Clarion. The current line serves 22,120 acres, was built in 1917, and is made of 22,000 feet of clay tile. “By doing the calculations, comparing it to a modern system, we would say this is undersized,” said Hubbard, who proposed three plans: - Sending a televisual probe through the existing tile to determine its condition – including if it has collapsed tile or sedimentation – at a cost of $51,000 - Laying new quarter-inch tile, at a cost of $962,000 for a relief line or $1.2 million for a full replacement. - Laying new half-inch tile, at a cost of $1.3 million for a relief line or $1.6 million for a replacement line. Hubbard then proceeded to read “a stack of objection letters” numbering 18 from district landowners. Some objecting opinions expressed beliefs that the current drainage system was adequate, and that drainage could be better accomplished with open waterways. Around 15 interested individuals attended the hearing. Laying tile would disrupt land productivity during one season, and be paid for by taxes from the landowners “When farmers do this with their own land, each farmer has to see whether they will see a return on their investment,” Hubbard said. “With this, it’s a long term question. Every district’s going to have to go through this. It was a burden back when they put it in 1917… Eventually this tile will stop working. Until you’ve televised it you don’t really know when.” “I don’t want to spend any money I don’t have to, but I think there’s a lot of denial in this district,”
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said farmer Brian Wagner, with carefully-considered words. “I’ve seen a lot of ﬁelds damp off and I know with proper drainage that doesn’t happen. I think there’s a lot of false information spread on this.” Wagner also suggested it may be better to build the tile under current regulations than after potential future changes. “I also know that despite all the negative comments, there are 6 landlords who can see some beneﬁts to it, who are not ﬁghting putting in a bigger tile,” he continued. “That’s kind of where I am.” Among the more speciﬁc concerns was voiced by Larry Jacobson, who has farmed south of Clarion since 1958. The tiling project would upset his land during nesting times, he said, and he would consequently lose Conservation Preserve Program beneﬁts he received for implementing wetland sustainability programs he implemented there. According to David Johnson, drainage district attorney, a remonstrance can be made to stop the proposed tile projects if 51% of the people in the area owning 70% of the land submit a formal request in favor of halting the project. Current records list 36 parties with land in the affected area, the relationship to number of individuals involved and overall land percentage owned will be calculated as the project progresses. The televisual scope could not be halted by a remonstrance, as it is considered a repair rather than an upgrade. “Don’t be bashful – we need to know what you have to say,” Johnson said, encouraging landowners to put into writing their opinions on the project. A follow-up meeting on drainage district 131 will be held Monday, March 17. A public hearing with the Supervisors is scheduled for Monday, April 7, at 10:00 a.m. for plans related to drainage district 33: sections 9, 10 and 16 of Lincoln Township, southeast of Clarion. The Supervisors also held a completion hearing on drainage district 176/31: sections 32, 33 and 34 of Dayton Township and sections 3, 4 and 5 of Lincoln Township, located directly east of Clarion near Highway 3.
Every day this winter that Eagle Grove has had a two-hour late start to the school day meant no morning preschool, which meant it took them a couple more weeks to be able to celebrate their ofﬁcial 100th Day of School. The big day ﬁnally arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Kate Porter’s four-yearold-preschool class at Eagle Grove Elementary observed the event by enjoying a number of activities, like making crowns and making the number 100 out of carrot sticks and plastic cups. Pictured directly above: Holly Anderson is proud to be 100 days smarter. Pictured top right: Grayson Chamberlin ﬁnds how many different ways he can make the number 100 using his snacks. Instead of plastic cups for zeros, he also used two Cherrios. Pictured bottom right: Trenton Robinson and Jamie Steffenson use their hands to show what they are smiling about - 100 days of school in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Photos by Kim Demory
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Wright County approves loan for potential purchase of Stronghold At its meeting on Monday, Feb. 17, the Wright County Board of Supervisors approved issuing a loan to Brad Mills, of Houghton, Iowa, with the proceeds to be used toward activities related to the potential purchase and ongoing operation of Stronghold Manufacturing in Clarion. The ﬁnancing is $80,000 from the county’s economic development revolving loan fund. The term is for ﬁve years at 4.9 percent interest. The sale of the company has not yet been executed, and the issuance of the ﬁnancing is pending the closing of the purchase. Stronghold is a long-time Clarion business. It manufactures cattle chutes and gates, portable sale rings, cattle equipment alleys and tubs, calving
pens, horse equipment, fencing and corrals, cattle ties, and other related items. There are currently 20 employees at Stronghold and Mills plans to expand employment by 5 to 10 employees over the course of the next couple of years. Mills is the owner of Washington Machining Company, based in Washington, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, and the owner of Mills Manufacturing, another manufacturing company based at Earlville, between Waterloo and Dubuque. “Wright County Economic Development (WCED) has been working with Mr. Mills for about nine months to assist in putting together a plan that would retain the Stronghold operation in the county,”
said Brad Hicks, director of WCED. “The county’s loan committee and economic development commissioners were unanimous in their support for his application, and recommended it to the supervisors.” WCED was involved in assisting Mills in obtaining a $120,000 loan from the Mid Iowa Development Association (MIDAS) Council of Governments, of which Wright County is a member. For more information about the Wright County Intermediary Revolving Loan fund, contact Brad Hicks at 515-532-6422, or see the description on the county’s website at http://www. wrightcounty.org/departments/ economic_development/finance_ your_business.php#W.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Library Board questions City Council on funding By Les houser email@example.com
Mark Ketchum, representing the Eagle Grove Library Board, along with Director Jan Grandgeorge and other members, appeared before the City Council this past Monday night to present their concerns on funding in the upcoming budget. “The finance committee is recommending no increase in library funding by the City,” said Ketchum. “That is what brought us here tonight.” Ketchum reminded the Council that 70 percent of the voters approved the levy for increasing the annual operating expenses. This would give the Board an additional $19,000 in funding. “We fund the library now at a higher percentage than the state-wide dennis vandewaTer average,” said Councilperson Dennis Vandewater. Ketchum feels that the Council should find other ways to balance the budget while still upholding the will of the voters from the election. “We cannot maintain our current standard of service, even without
raises for staff, without the additional funding,” said Grandgeorge. City Administrator Mike Boyd responded that the City is trying their best to at least maintain essential services (police protection, s t r e e t s , utilities,etc.). In response to a question, he did state that the new budget proposes a Mike Boyd $5,000 reduction in funding but Mayor Sandra McGrath has recommended leaving them at the same amount of $165,800. “That’s $24,000 less as far as I’m concerned,” responded Ketchum. “You’re still getting full revenue,” said Vandewater. The Council also heard a brief report from the Museum Board. A lot of the items in the building are completed, with electrical work nearly complete. There is a large amount of donated items to go through and catalog, and they could use some volunteers for cleaning the place up prior to opening. They are looking at a late spring or early summer opening, hopefully by the Summerfest celebration. In department reports, Police
Chief Beltran stated that his officer evaluations went well with good feedback. Boyd told the Council that the visit to the Statehouse in Des Moines went well, and it was interesting seeing state government in action. He also commented to the Council about the budgeting process. “I appreciate the Council for working hard on this budget to help keep the community fiscally strong,” said Boyd. Mayor McGrath stated that there is some confusion on the word ‘abutting’ in the revised ordinance. “It’s your own sidewalk only,” said McGrath. Inotheraction the Council: sandy McGraTh -approve d pay estimate #3 for V & K, Inc. of $26,272.75 for work on DD#94; -accepted, and placed on file, the yearly audit report as completed and presented by TP Andersen & Company of Humboldt; -set the date of Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. for the public hearing to hear comments and approve the FY14-15 city budget; -approved a beer/liquor license renewal for the Smoke Shop.
Rotary Senior Living celebrates Valentine’s Pictured at left: Rotary Senior Living South staff prepared a special Valentine’s Day dinner for residents, family, friends, and guests, on Thursday, Feb. 13. In addition to good food, they appreciated the time to be together with loved ones, talking about holidays past as well as the current day’s events, like the crowing of the south home Valentine’s Day King and Queen, Carl Olson and Elizabeth Moklebust. A good time was had by all. Photos provided
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Marriage License Jorge L. Alvarez-Covarrubias, 42, and Sarah K. Surber, 24, both of Eagle Grove. Feb. 6, 2014 Death Certiﬁcates Dale B. Thomason, 87, of Eagle Grove. Jan. 25, 2014 Mary L. Middleton, 71, of Clarion. Feb. 1, 2014 Birth Certiﬁcates Male, Garrett M. Wilson born Jan. 2, 2014, to Amy E. Kofron of Wright County. Female, Holdyn G. Pliester born Jan. 3, 2014, to Kathleen A. Pliester and Chad R. Pliester of Wright County. Male, Wyatt M. Smith born Jan. 3, 2014, to Heather N. Durham of Wright County. Male, Jaden Duran born Jan. 6, 2014, to Miosotis Flores Dones of Wright County. Female, Emma L. Sowle born Jan. 6, 2014, to Amanda S. Sowle and Andrew W. Sowle of Hamilton County. Female, Jordan J. Sowle born Jan. 6, 2014, to Amanda S. Sowle and Andrew W. Sowle of Hamilton County. Male, Jaxson K. Vankham born Jan. 7, 2014, to Toy Phetxoumphone of Hamilton County. Female, Jaylyn R. Bear Don’t Walk born Jan. 9, 2014, to Alexandra P. Bear Don’t Walk and Nathan D. Bear Don’t Walk of Hancock County. Female, Shailhanna R. Bifano born Jan. 6, 2014, to Sasha R. Winishut of Hancock County. Male, Merrick H. Freeseman born Jan. 11, 2014, to Sarah K. Freeseman and Kyle R. Freeseman of Hancock County. Male, Cashton D. Nielsen born Jan. 13, 2014, to Natosha M. Nielsen and Clayton C. Nielson of Humboldt County. Female, Raevyn L. Mericle born Jan. 13, 2014, to Abbeni K. Mericle-Davis of Wright County. Female, Dayana A. Perez Perez born Jan. 16, 2014, to Heribertha Perez Martinez of Wright County. Female, Jazmin Jimenez Alegria born Jan. 17, 2014, to Janette O. Alegria Sanchez and Leonzo Jimenez Torres of Wright County. Female, Rylynn L. Barrick born Jan. 20, 2014, to Lindsey A. Crawford of Hardin County. Female, Madison N. Brinkman born Jan. 20, 2014, to Jessi L. Miller of Hamilton County. Female, Soﬁa R. Lodin born Jan. 27, 2014, to Alexa M. Aleman of Hancock County. Female, Addison L. Benz born Jan. 29, 2014, to Johna C. Benz and Cory M. Benz of Humboldt County. Property Transfers WD – St. Ansgar Mills Inc to Jeffrey Buseman, City of Belmond, First Addition, Block 29, Lots 8 and 1 and 25-93-24, as desc. 2-5-14 WD – Annette A. Wolf to Kay Barkema, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 5, Lots 1 and 2, as desc. 2-5-14 WD – Marjorie A. Larson to Shannon S. Muhlenbruch and Carla
J. Muhlenbruch, 36-91-23, and City of Dows, Original Addition, Block 1, Lots 16 and 17, as desc. 2-5-14 QUIT – David A. Baker and David Allen Baker to Valerie Kim Baker, City of Eagle Grove, Parkview Addition, Lot 33, as desc. 2-5-14 WD – Joseph Umthum, Rachel Umthum, and Betty Umthum to Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., 34-91-26, as desc. 2-6-14 WD – Ruth E. Bohy to I2I Clarion Corp, 32-92-24, as desc. 2-6-14 WD – Majernick Revocable Trust, Mahernick Revocable Trust, Jason M. Marjernick Trustee, and Susan E. Majernick Trustee to I2I Clarion Corp, 32-92-24, as desc. 2-6-14 WD – Rachel Freeman and Rae Jean Freeman POA to Rachel Freeman LE, Rae Jean Freeman, and Randall Freeman, 28-91-26, as desc. 2-6-14 WD – Ronadl G. Fjetland and Candace E. Fjetland to Hawkeye West Pest Control LLC, 9-92-24, as desc. 2-7-14 QUIT – Michael D. Anderson and Angela M. Anderson to Cefernio A. Perez, Isavra Mancel Castro, and Isavra Castro Mancel, City of Clarion, Sturgeon’s Addition, Block 16, Lot 6, as desc. 2-7-14 QUIT – Sandra J. Cherry to James A. Cherry Jr., 32-91-26, as desc. 2-10-14 QUIT – Ryan J. Edwards to Brittany D. Loux, City of Eagle Grove, Hewett’s Second Addition, Block 2, Lot 6, as desc. 2-10-14
Clerk of Court Permitting unauthorized person to drive: Leticia Hernandez of Belmond, $200; Speeding 55 or under zone (1 thru 5 over): Harry G. Berg of Fort Dodge, $20; Troy A. Westrum of Stratford, $20; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Jill M. Newton of Humboldt, $40; Jose L. SalazarRolon of Clarion, $40; Speeding over 55 zone (1 thru 5 over): Xi Chen of Roseville, Minn., $30; Speeding over 55 zone (over 20 mph over): Adam J. Freeman of Burnsville, Minn., $110; Dark window/windshield: Michael D. Mazza of Johnston, $75; Violation – ﬁnancial liability coverage: Francisco C. Chipahua of Hampton, $375; Susan J. Gantriis of Webster City, $375; Operation without registration card or plate: James R. Batton of Eagle Grove, $50; Susan J. Gantriis of Webster City, $75; No valid drivers license: Leobardo G. Fuentes of Clarion, $200; Maria Sanchez of Eagle Grove, $200; Failure to obey trafﬁc control device: Leobardo G. Fuentes of Clarion, $100; Failure to obey stop sign and yield right of way: Maria Sanchez of Eagle Grove, $100; Failure to comply with safety reg. rules: Patrick S. Dolan of Owatonna, Minn., $50; No drivers license: Bryant Bowdry of Belmond, $200; District Court
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The court issued two search warrants. State of Iowa vs. Belinda J. Monley, 201 N. Cadwell Ave., Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty Feb. 7 to the amended charge of assault and was ﬁned $65 plus the 35 percent statutory surcharge, court appointed attorney fees, restitution to be determined, court costs, and 48 hours in the county jail with credit for time served. The original charge was assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. This sentence is the result of an incident Nov. 1, 2013, investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. City of Dows vs. Nathan D. McGrane, 208 W. Sheppard Street, Dows. The defendant pled guilty Feb. 7 to failure to comply with order of mayor and was ﬁned $250 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Oct. 25, 2013, investigated by the Dows Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Bradley D. Allen, 614 SE 1st Street, Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty Feb. 13 to disorderly conduct – ﬁghting or violent behavior and was ﬁned $65 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Nov. 5, 2013, investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Douglas R. Humphrey, 715 2nd Street NW, Clarion. The defendant was found innocent Feb. 13 to the charge of
violation of a no contact order. Case was originally ﬁled on Dec. 23, 2013. State of Iowa vs. Mario R. Landeros, 709 1st Street NW, Clarion. The defendant pled guilty Feb. 13 to domestic abuse assault and was ﬁned $100 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Jan. 14 investigated by the Clarion Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Homer A. Martz, Jr., PO Box 101, Dickens. The defendant pled guilty Feb. 7 to the amended charge of driving while suspended and was ﬁned $250 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, court appointed attorney fees, restitution to be determined at a later date, and court costs. The original charge was driving while revoked. This sentence is the result of an incident Oct. 18, 2013, investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Zebulun T. McFadden, 302 W. Train, Dows. The defendant pled guilty Feb. 7 to driving while revoked and was ﬁned $1,000 plus the 35 percent statutory surcharge, court appointed attorney fees, $10 D.A.R.E. surcharge, restitution to be determined at a later date, court costs, and 14 days in the county jail with credit for time served. This sentence is the result of an incident Dec. 12, 2013, investigated by the Dows Police Department.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month Because developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February. Wright County Health Department works with I-Smile™, a partnership with Webster County Health Department to provide dental education and screenings. If you need help ﬁnding a dentist, please call the I-Smile™ Coordinator, Angie Halfwassen, at 515-574-3815 or Tifﬁni Toliver, Wright County Health Department Administrator at 515-532-3461. Did you know that poor oral health can lead to the following? • Heart disease: the bacteria found in gingivitis (red, swollen & bleeding gums) can be released into the blood stream with brushing, allowing the
bacteria to travel to the heart • Preterm, low-birth weight babies in pregnant women • May be a precursor in colorectal cancer • Can increase the risk for becoming infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) ( S o u r c e s : w w w. h e a r t . o r g , science daily.com/releases/2013/08, BBC14August2013, businessweek. com/news/2013-08-21) To help prevent these disease factors: • brush twice daily, after breakfast and before bed • use dental ﬂoss to clean between your teeth where brush bristles can’t reach • rinse with mouthwash to help reduce bacteria below the gumline • visit your dentist for a checkup twice per year or as often as recommended.
Friday 2/7/14 7:00 AM Patrolled Goldﬁeld and ran radar. 3:00 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld and ran radar. 7:33 PM Investigated a possible prowler at residence on South Jackson. Found no tracks in area. 8:29 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld and stopped at Crossroads. 9:40 PM Responded to a ﬁght at Kirkwood Apartments. Verbal argument with one of the parties leaving before arrival. Saturday 2/8/14 1:31 AM Watched stop lights and ran radar on Broadway and Commercial. 4:09 AM Patrolled Goldﬁeld and ran radar. 5:29 AM Watched stop signs Southwest 2nd and Lincoln. 8:00 AM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 1:01 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 1:45 PM Investigated report of man down in alley. Gave ride home. 3:35 PM Issued warning for poor driving in winter road conditions. 3:57 PM Investigated accident at Western and Second. 7:49 PM Issued warning for headlight out. 9:10 PM Issued warning for speeding. 9:48 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld and ran radar. Sunday 2/9/14 12:00 AM to 4:24 AM Issued citations for snow ban parking at various locations-Eagle Grove & Goldﬁeld. 7:29 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 8:43 PM Made trafﬁc stop. Driver wanted on warrant. Vehicle released to valid driver. 9:09 PM Issued citations for no proof of insurance or valid registration. 12:52 PM Assisted another agency at residence on North Wright. Unable to locate subject. Monday 2/10/14 2:54 PM Investigated a driving complaint at post ofﬁce. Tuesday 2/11/14 1:11 AM Conducted door checks downtown. 2:20 AM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 7:24 AM Investigated complaint of vehicle parked illegally in handicapped spot with no permit. Made contact
with driver, told him not to park there anymore. 7:58 AM Patrolled at middle school. 8:14 AM Issued citation for no drivers license. Has to bring proof of insurance to police department ofﬁce. Also warning for brake light out. A valid driver took vehicle home. 1:54 PM Assisted with a funeral. 2:16 PM Responded to student being uncooperative at middle school. Put him in a ‘quiet room.’ 8:14 PM Issued warning for headlight out. 11:15 PM Issued warning for taillight out. Wednesday 2/12/14 1:15 AM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 2:18 AM to 3:05 AM House checks at various locations. 4:23 AM Conducted door checks downtown. 8:26 AM Responded to complaint of vehicle blocking driveway at residence on South Lucas. Unable to contact owner. Citation issued. 1:15 PM School patrol. Thursday 2/13/14 6:10 AM Found water leak on South Cadwell. 7:08 AM Issued warning for headlight out. 8:40 AM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 9:14 AM Issued warning for speeding. 9:54 AM Visited elementary school. 1:48 PM Issued warning for seatbelt. 3:13 PM Investigated accident on Second and Jackson. 4:47 PM Investigated complaint from residence on North Cadwell. 4:02 PM Served papers at a residence on South Jackson. 6:29 PM Conducted civil standby at residence on North Wright. 6:45 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 6:53 PM Patrolled Goldﬁeld. 7:35 PM Conducted house watch. Friday 2/14/14 5:23 AM to 5:33 AM Issued citations for snow ban parking to various vehicles on North Lucas. 5:53 AM Issued snow ban citations in Goldﬁeld.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rotary Senior Living Auxiliary celebrates birthdays
The February Rotary Senior Living Auxiliary birthdays were celebrated on February 10. The entertainment was provided by Anita Idio playing beautiful piano songs. Birthdays celebrated in the South Building were Marlys Fisher and Margaret Sundberg. In the North Building, Phyllis Sholly celebrated her birthday. Auxiliary members in charge of the parties were Betty Davis, Jean Lehman, Georgiana Bruhl, Gwen Amonson, Laura Olson, and Lois Thul. Everyone enjoyed coffee, cake, and visiting.
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Southfield Wellness Community residents, families, and staff in Webster City, selected Palma Holding to reign as their 2014 Valentine Queen. Holding was crowned during the Valentine party which featured musical entertainment and a festive dessert buffet. She is shown surrounded by her family from Eagle Grove, Rachel Meyer, Larry Holding, Terry Meyer and Brad Holding. Photo submitted
Jennifer’s Produce Tidbits Welcome back to Produce Tidbits.I don’t know about you, but I am really getting tired of this cold weather! The older I get the more I dislike it, I can hardly wait for Spring to get here. This week I would like to talk a little about asparagus. Asparagus just happens to be one of my personal favorites, not only because I know it’s good for me, but because it is so delicious tasting. Asparagus can be traced back to the first century in Rome and Greece. Egyptians used asparagus for medicinal purposes well over 2,000 years ago. There are really two different kinds of asparagus. There is the kind you find growing wild someplace and the kind you see in the grocery store. Wild asparagus is usually very thin like a pencil, while the grocery store asparagus has a much thicker stalk, and more edible flesh. Through time it has been referred to as many things, including “asparag” or “sparagus,” and even “sparrow grass.” Today we know it as “asparagus.” Asparagus is actually planted up to three years before it can be harvested for the first time. Asparagus can sometimes actually grow up to seven inches in one day? There are actually three different colors of asparagus—green, white and purple. Normally we see green asparagus. When it pops through the soil the sun turns the stalks green. If you gently mound up the soil so that the plant grows totally under dirt, when you remove the soil the stalk will be white because it hasn’t seen the sun. Purple asparagus originated near Italy. The spears are purple, but the ferns are green. Purple asparagus is sweeter and more tender. Asparagus is packed full of protein, vitamins A and C, and iron, as well as calcium. It also full of folic acid, which helps lower your risk of liver and heart disease, colon cancer, and even spinal bifida. When you’re choosing your asparagus, make sure that it is crisp, green, and sounds juicy when you snap it. Store asparagus either in your crisper, or place the stalk ends in a container of cold water in your refrigerator for keeping fresh before use. Next time you are in our Fareway produce department (where we are ALWAYS BEST AT FRESH!), don’t forget to check out the awesome asparagus, (the price is great, too!) You can find a recipe for Garlic Roasted Asparagus that even my son, (who doesn’t like asparagus) ate and thought tasted wonderful! Have a super fantastic week, and until next time, good-bye!
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The Eagle Grove chapter of P.E.O. met at the home of Linda Shutt on February 11, at 2 p.m. President RoiAnne Gearhart called the meeting to order. Ten members answered roll call. Minutes were read and approved. The first meeting in February, March, April, and October will be held at 2 p.m., instead of 7 p.m. A report was given on the silent auction that was held in November. The program was given by RoiAnne Gearhart on the chapter and state projects.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas meet
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas met Tuesday, February 11, at the Sacred Heart parish center. The rosary was recited followed by a potluck meal and a meeting. Marlena Fisher, grand regent, conducted the meeting. Minutes from the previous meeting were read and a financial report given. An update from the Iowa Catholic Conference was given by JoAnn Kramer. The memorial for Helen Arndorfer has been given to domestic abuse. We will assist the Knights of Columbus at the potato bar meal which will be February 22, at 5 p.m., following the 4 p.m. Mass. Gift bags were filled and will be delivered to the homebound and nursing home residents in Clarion and Eagle Grove. The next meeting will be March 11. We are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the food pantry. Loretta Moon will give a program about St. Therese, the Little Flower.
UI students receive degrees after 2013 fall session The University of Iowa in Iowa City awarded an estimated 1,500 degrees at the close of the 2013 fall session. Those students who graduated from Wright County include: Belmond:Christa Marie Knoll received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; Clarion: Allison Cramer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management, and
Alison Rae March received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; Eagle Grove: Mary Elizabeth Choquette received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdepartmental Studies, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management, and Amanda LeeAnn Elston received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; and from Goldfield: Emily Weets received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Haiti Medical Mission Trip #4 The Holy Family Cluster, which includes St. John Parish in Clarion; Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove; and St. Francis Xavier in Belmond; have a Sister Parish located in Anse Rouge, Haiti. This bond with “Parish Twinning of the America’s” was started in 2003. The Cluster supports seven parishes and five schools, one of which they completed in 2012. Medical Mission #4 is planned for mid-March, the fourth visit since the devastating earthquake in 2010. The 2014 Medical Team includes: Dr. Mike and Pam Whitters; Monica Siemens; Monica Staudt; Mickey Cooper and her daughters, Katie Legvold and Leslie Cooper; Louis Shriver; Perry Brown; Jerry Temeyer; Dr. Tim Nagel and his daughter, Clare Nagel. Because we are blessed to have our own Pharmacist on the team, Mickey Cooper, who is able to get medicines at cost. Donations toward these are appreciated, and also assures us that we have the right quantities and medicine with us. We are very anxious to return and offer our basic medical assessments and support. We are also excited to see a Sewing Trade School that started this past fall, thanks to the 13 treadle sewing machines that have been donated and shipped by sea
container! In April, we will be sending numerous items by sea shipment again, including school and sewing supplies, eyeglasses, playground equipment, small toys, and handmade dolls. Since last years’ visit, we have collected 500 dolls through the www.dollydonation.com website and are hoping for 100 more, so that each of the 600 students in our schools can receive a cuddly doll. These have arrived from Oregon to Pennsylvania, and the countries of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada! Clarion-GoldfieldDows FCCLA members, led by Shannon Leist, are in the process of sewing dolls to help, too! Anyone wishing to donate above items may contact any team member or drop off at the three parishes or Eagle Pharmacy. “Reflections from Haiti,” a book written by Monica Staudt, includes stories and photos from the first three medical mission trips. It can be purchased at “That Iowa Girl,” “Eagle Pharmacy,” or by contacting Staudt at 515-825-3809, or staudt5@ wmtel.net. We appreciate all the community support. Together, we are making a difference! Please pray for the team for a safe and successful mission.
Wright Co. Farm Bureau donates to Eagle Grove Food Pantry To join in promoting the new Farm Bureau “Our Food Link”, Wright County Farm Bureau has made a $200 donation to the Eagle Grove Food Pantry. In accepting the donation, Food Pantry Coordinator Marcella Johnson (right) told Farm Bureau President Matt Siefker (left) that the food pantry helps on average 80-90 people per month. Donations come from organizations, churches, businesses and indivduals from Eagle Grove, Thor, Goldfield and Woolstock. Due to the harsh winter, a larger than number of families are using the food pantry this year. “Wright County Farm Bureau is happy to be able to support the work done by the local food pantries,” stated Siefker. “As we help provide meals for those in need, Farm Bureau reminds consumers that most of the food and fiber we use each day begins with farmers. American farmers produces the safest and most abundant food in the world.” Photo submitted
Winner news in Wright County
Lottery players continue to win large prizes across the state. Robert Trausch of Webster City was the latest big instant-scratch game winner in Wright County during calendar year 2013, winning $50,000 in the Super Crossword game with a ticket purchased at Kum & Go in Eagle Grove. Kristy Chapman of Eagle Grove was the county’s latest and biggest lotto winner during the same period, winning $3,250 in the Pick 4 game with a ticket purchased at Smoke Shop in Eagle Grove. Iowa Lottery players won a total of $200.8 million in prizes in fiscal year 2013, the latest complete year for which the lottery has records. However, there are a significant number of prizes that expire each year without being claimed. The lottery reminds its players to doublecheck their tickets. In fiscal year 2013, more than $1.3 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed. Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those particular prizes that have expired. On the lottery’s website at www.ialottery.com, there is a current list of unclaimed lotto prizes of $10,000 or more. Claiming Prizes Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Hot Lotto® and All or Nothing™. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Iowa’s Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. (Note: The final drawing in Iowa’s $100,000 Cash Game occurred on Jan. 25, 2014; prizes in that game are valid for 90 days after the drawing in which they were won.) If the expiration date for a particular prize falls on a weekend or
holiday when the lottery’s offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to claim the prize. Prizes in instant-scratch and pulltab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retailer where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased. Players also may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery’s offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes. Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 3234633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Frequently Asked Question Q: How are lottery proceeds in Iowa used? A: Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools. In fiscal year 2013, the lottery generated a record $84.9 million in proceeds to state causes, the highest annual total since the lottery’s start in 1985. Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.2 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Eagle Grove Pastor Mike Agnew 448-4701 DIAL-A-DEVOTION: 448-3355 http://www.eaglegroveumc.org SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Fellowship WEDNESDAY: 5:30 p.m. Junior High S.L.A.M. youth group 6:15 p.m. S.L.A.M Meal 6:45 p.m. reCharge Worship Service 7:30 p.m. Senior High S.L.A.M. youth group 7:30 p.m. Praise Band Practice
GOLDFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Christina M. Perkins Goldﬁeld, Ph: 515-825-3754 THURSDAY: 9-11:30 a.m. Pastor at Goldﬁeld 11:30 a.m. Soup and Scripture 6-8 p.m. Support/Recovery Group at Crossroads SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 5:30-7 p.m. CHAOS MONDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Goldﬁeld TUESDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Renwick WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Renwick
GOLDFIELD UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Rev. Sara Hill, Pastor 220 E. Oak St. Goldﬁeld, Ph: 515-825-3581 goldpres@goldﬁeldaccess.net www.goldﬁeldupc.com THURSDAY: 9:15 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in and meeting (Use North Door). New members always welcome! 5:30-7 p.m. Support & Recovery for Youth, Crossroads 7-8 p.m. Support & Recovery for Adults, Crossroads SUNDAY: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m. Choir Practice, East basement 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Coffee
WEDNESDAY: 2 p.m. Story-Time, Rose Room 6 p.m. Supper’s On! A FREE meal for the community! FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Dr. Fran Pettigrew Eagle Grove, Ph: 448-4612 SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m. Bible Study HOLMES BAPTIST CHURCH 2137 Hancock Ave. Holmes, Iowa Zach Fischer, Pastor SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 6 p.m. Evening Service WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. Souled Out - Youth Group 7 p.m. Kids Club for ages 4 to 6thgrade NEW HAVEN ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 322 S. Commercial Church Phone: 448-5219 Todd J. and Deborah Benjamin, Pastors SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages 10:30 a.m. Church Service 5 p.m. Home Bible Studies—Contact Church if interested. WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Bible Study EAGLE GROVE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (CONGREGATIONAL) Ph: 448-3584 Everyone is Welcome! Building fully Accessible to the Disabled Pastor Jim Cunningham SATURDAY: 5 p.m. New Hope Lutheran Church at UCC SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 11:30 a.m. Fellowship MONDAY: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. WIC at UCC THURSDAY: 10:30 a.m. E Cluster NW Association Clergy Meeting at UCC 6 p.m. Alpha Delta Kappa
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GRACE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Ph: 448-5414 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Sunday School - 10:45 a.m. www.graceefc.com SOUTH ENES LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Susan Stone 205 Johnson Street Vincent 515-293-2965 FRIDAY: 9 a.m. Gather Bible Study at the Family Table (3rd Friday of the month) SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH Eagle Grove, Ph: 603-4765 Fr. Nils Hernandez THURSDAY: 8 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove SATURDAY: 4 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 8 p.m. Mass in Spanish at St. John, Clarion SUNDAY: 8 a.m. Mass at St. Francis, Belmond 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John, Clarion MONDAY: 6:15 p.m. RCIA/Adult Catechesis at St. John, Clarion TUESDAY: 10 a.m. Mass at Rotary Senior Living, Eagle Grove 5:30 p.m. Finance Council at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove WEDNESDAY: 6 p.m. Choir Practice at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 6:30 p.m. Youth Faith Formation Classes at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove SAMUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor Eagle Grove, Ph: 448-5038 FRIDAY: 9 a.m. The Joy of Discovery Bible Study SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship with Installation of Ofﬁcers 10:15 a.m. Sunday School TUESDAY: 9 a.m. Quilting WEDNESDAY: 5:45 p.m. Conﬁrmation
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m. Newsletter Assembly at Samuel 10 a.m. Pastors’ Prayer HOLMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor Holmes FRIDAY: 9 a.m. The Joy of Discovery Bible Study at Samuel SUNDAY: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship with Communion WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m. Sew Day 5:45 p.m. Conﬁrmation at Samuel THURSDAY: 10 a.m. Pastors’ Prayer NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Susan Stone 1115 SW 2nd Eagle Grove 515-603-6151 FRIDAY: 9 a.m. Gather Bible Study at the Family Table (3rd Friday of the month) SATURDAY: 5 p.m. Worship with Bishop Rodger Prois A Congregation of ELCA ULLENSVANG LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Darryl Landsverk Thor SUNDAY: 11 a.m. Worship with Food Pantry Ingathering LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH GOLDFIELD LCMC Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Pastor Truman Larson SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School MT. CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH—LC-MS EAGLE GROVE Pastor Mark Peterson Ph: 515-448-4668 SUNDAY: 8:30 a.m. Worship Service
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EAGLE GROVE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 615 SW 2nd Street Eagle Grove, Iowa Pastor Jason Cooper Phone: 515-448-3697 www.eaglegrovelutheran.com THURSDAY: 10 a.m. Pastors’ Prayer 1:30 p.m. ELCW Bible Study 4:30 p.m. Weblos Scouts SATURDAY: 9 a.m. Men’s Bible Study at EGELC 5:30 p.m. Worship SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Fellowship Coffee 10 a.m. Altar Guild 10:20 a.m. Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Financial Peace MONDAY: 4:30 p.m. Wolf Scouts 5:30 p.m. Worship on Cable-Channel 12 TUESDAY: 9 a.m. Small Group Bible Study at Family Table 4:30 p.m. Tiger and Bear Scouts 7 p.m. Evangelism/Social Ministry WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m. Bible Study at EGELC 3:30 p.m. Shine 5:30 p.m. Conﬁrmation CROSSROADS Christian Youth Center Corner of Chestnut and Main, Goldﬁeld 515-825-3383 FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 7 - 9 p.m. 8th-Grade and Under 7 – Midnight - 9-12th Grade and College EAGLE GROVE MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION FOOD PANTRY 510 S. Jackson Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 1 – 3 p.m. Helping Families in Need!
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Fri., Feb. 21: Stuffed pepper casserole, green beans, garlic bread, fruit compote, and orange juice. Mon., Feb. 24: Ham and bean soup, cheese bread, green beans, strawberries and bananas, and orange juice. Tues., Feb. 25: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry Brussels sprouts, and cinnamon applesauce. Wed., Feb. 26: Beef and noodle casserole, stewed tomatoes, broccoli raisin salad with walnuts, and peach crisp. Thurs., Feb. 27: Roast pork, baked potato, cabbage and onion, oatmeal fruit bar, and tomato juice. NOTE: Please return plastic dishes if you have meals delivered. If there is no school due to inclement weather, there will be NO meals.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Dorothy M. Kvale, 85, Eagle Grove
Dorothy Marie (Coddington) Kvale, the daughter of Burdette and Francis (Maier) Coddington, was born on September 10, 1928, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. She was raised in Eagle Grove and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. She was baptized and conﬁrmed in the church. On October 4, 1946, Dorothy was united in marriage to Kenneth Kvale. Together they farmed and raised livestock. Dorothy loved playing the piano, gardening, and entertaining. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren. Dorothy took great pleasure in making and giving May Baskets to family and friends. Dorothy was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Dorothy passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014, at the Marian
Home in Fort Dodge, at the age of 85 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; and siblings: Clara Smith, Eugene Kist, Leonard Kist, and Charles Kist. Dorothy is survived by her
daughter, Marcia Dach and husband, Brad, of Lexington, N.C.; son, James Kvale and wife, Nicky, of Goldﬁeld; ﬁve grandchildren: Casey Kvale of New Orleans, La., Jacob Kvale of Renwick, Andrea Reisma of Garner, Stacee Lundstrom of Finley, N.D., and Lora Petersen of Danbury, Conn.; and twelve greatgrandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove with Father Nils Hernandez ofﬁciating. On Friday, a Rosary and Vigil Service was held at the Foust Funeral Home in Eagle Grove. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Foust Funeral Home of Eagle Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Flashbacks Week of February 20
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50 Years Ago Twenty-eight EGHS high school students and a one-act play with a cast of approximtely 40 students, will compete among 247 contestants at the District Speech Contest Rev. H. W. Schiller installed as the new Pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove. Council considers garage for city street equipment Polio Sunday held where Wright County physicians of the Wright County Medical Society give the second dos of oral polio vaccine which will give protection against polio for about three years James Willore, president of the Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce, honors Charles A. Kastler for his 50 years in business in Eagle Grove. Arlo Reichter of Goldﬁeld is awarded ﬁrst place in Wright County in the Speech Contest for Teenagers spoosred by the Iowa Council of Republican Women.
His original speech was “The Supreme Court and the Prayer Ban” Eagle Grove wrestlers Don Miller and Kent Spangler earn trip to State tournament 25 Years Ago EG City Council proposes a $2,177,142 1989 - 1990 total budget Jim Zigrang of Eagle Grove receives second place in Kossuth County corn growers contest Kermitt Knutson signs over papers of Knutson Ready Mix Plant to Bill Giese Eagle Grove wrestlers qualify for state dual tourney. Qualifying individually are Dave Vrba, Denny Asche, Jessie Whitmer, Chris Mickelson, Don Schmanke, and Heath Chelesvig Marv Reiland named to IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame Announcement comes that Wright County opens 28 new businesses in 1988
10 Years Ago Eagles go bald for inured teammate, Daniel Lesher EGHS Jazz Band receives Division II rating at state competition Rotary Club donates $1,000 to new high school weight room project 5 Years Ago First annual Aaron Eilerts’ Day of Service and Giving held Wright County Health Department ranked in top 25 percent USPS announces a two-cent increase, increasing the price of a ﬁrst class stamp to 44¢ Boys’ Basketball Team wins ﬁrst round district game at home Jerry Becker and Justin Daggett will be the new EG Boys’ Track Team coaches Bryce Olson is the lone qualiﬁer to advance on to the state wrestling tournament
More of the same City street crews were out again early Monday morning clearning the streets of Eagle Grove as yet another snow system passed through. Although the morning started off cold and snowy, by lunchtime temperatures were in the 40s, helping to melt away what Mother Nature had left behind only a few hours before. Photo by Kim Demory
MidAmerican Energy announces Trees Please! Grant awards
Through its Trees Please! energy efﬁciency program, MidAmerican Energy Company is providing $219,000 to 75 cities and community organizations promoting energy efﬁciency throughout its Iowa service territory. “MidAmerican Energy is pleased to offer the Trees Please! program to promote energy efﬁciency and environmental beautiﬁcation through the planting of trees,” said Tina Yoder, energy efﬁciency manager, MidAmerican Energy. Trees improve energy efﬁciency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shade to homes and businesses. Trees beautify parks,
roadways and other common spaces within a community. Planting trees also improves air quality and helps protect and nourish the soil. Each city and community organization has been awarded at least $1,000. The grants are based on the individual merits of the project, the beneﬁt to the community, and the ability to obtain matching funds. Communities were notiﬁed in December 2013 that they would receive a grant, and checks are being delivered to winning communities. For more information about Trees Please!, call 800-434-4017. The Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce will receive a $1,000
Grant from the Trees Please! program. About MidAmerican Energy Company MidAmerican Energy, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 734,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website and its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.
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PETITION FOR FORECLOSURE IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT OF WRIGHT COUNTY EQUITY NO: EQCV023998 ORIGINAL NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION MIDFIRST BANK Plaintiff VS. SUSAN R. KEMNITZ a/k/a SUSAN KEMNITZ; DANIEL R. KEMNITZ a/k/a DANIEL KEMNITZ; PARTIES IN POSSESSION; U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; US. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; STATE OF IOWA - CHILD SUPPORT RECOVERY UNIT; TRACY KEMNITZ; STATE OF IOWA - CHILD SUPPORT RECOVERY UNIT, ET AL. Defendants You are notified that a petition has been filed in the office of this court naming you as a defendant in this action. The petition was filed on December 26, 2013, and prays for foreclosure of Plaintiffs mortgage in favor of the Plaintiff on the property described in this notice and judgment for the unpaid principal amount of $119,669.71, with 6.5% per annum interest thereon from May 1, 2013, together with late charges, advances and the costs of the action, including (but not limited to) title costs and reasonable attorney’s fees, as well as a request that said sums be declared a lien upon the following described premises from March 26, 2007, located in Wright County, Iowa: The East 2/3rds of Lot 1, 2, and 3 and all of Lots 4, 5, and 6, all in Block 7, Broadway Addition to Eagle Grove, Wright County, Iowa, commonly known as 1002 Southwest 2nd Street, Eagle Grove, IA 50533 (the “Property”) The petition further prays that the mortgage on the above-described real estate be foreclosed, that a special execution issued for the sale of as much of the mortgaged premises as is necessary to satisfy the judgment and for other relief as the Court deems just and equitable. For further details, please review the petition on file in the clerk’s office. The Plaintiffs attorney is Katie McKain, of South and Associates, P.C.; whose address is 1245 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120, West Des Moines, IA 50266. NOTICE THE PLAINTIFF HAS ELECTED FORECLOSURE WITHOUT REDEMPTION. THIS MEANS THAT THE SALE OF THE MORTGAGED PROPERTY WILL OCCUR PROMPTLY AFTER ENTRY OF JUDGMENT UNLESS YOU FILE WITH THE COURT A WRITTEN DEMAND TO DELAY THE SALE. IF YOU FILE A WRITTEN DEMAND, THE SALE WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL TWELVE MONTHS (OR SIX MONTHS IF THE PETITION INCLUDES A WAIVER OF DEFICIENCY JUDGMENT) FROM THE ENTRY OF JUDGMENT IF THE MORTGAGED PROPERTY IS YOUR RESIDENCE AND IS A ONE-FAMILY OF TWO-FAMILY DWELLING OR UNTIL TWO MONTHS FROM ENTRY OF JUDGMENT IF THE MORTGAGED PROPERTY IS NOT YOUR RESIDENCE OR IS YOUR RESIDENCE BUT NOT A ONEFAMILY OR TWO-FAMILY DWELLING. YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHT OF REDEMPTION AFTER THE SALE. THE PURCHASER AT THE SALE WILL BE ENTITLED TO IMMEDIATE POSSESSION OF THE MORTGAGED PROPERTY. YOU MAY PURCHASE AT THE SALE. You must serve a motion or answer on or before 25th day of March, 2014, and within a reasonable time thereafter file your motion or answer with the Clerk of Court for Wright County, at the county courthouse in Clarion, Iowa. If you do not, judgment by default may be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. If you require the assistance of auxiliary aids or services to participate in a court action because of a disability, immediately call your District ADA Coordinator at 641-494-3611. If you are hearing impaired, call Relay Iowa TTY at 1-800-735-2942. By: Janelle Groteluschen CLERK OF THE ABOVE COURT Wright County Courthouse 115 N. Main St., PO Box 306 Clarion, IA 50525-0306 IMPORTANT YOU ARE ADVISED TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE AT ONCE TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS. Wk.8,9,10
PUBLIC NOTICE Public Input Meeting
The Region V Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA) will hold a public information input meeting, to receive input and comments on amendments to the FY 2014-2017 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). Region V includes the following counties: Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster, and Wright, and the cities of Fort Dodge and Webster City. The FY 2014-2017 RTIP is being amended to update the following projects: - Add Eagle Grove bridge project on SW 9th Street in 2014. - Amend Pocahontas County bridge project on 190th Ave in FY 2014 to change funding amounts. - Amend Pocahontas County bridge project on C-56 to move to FY 2015 and change funding amounts. Copies of the FY 2014-2017 RTIP Amendment are available by contacting Shirley Helgevold at MIDAS Council of Governments, (515) 576-7183 ext. 212, or e-mail at email@example.com Written comments should be received by 12 PM, February 25, 2014. Please submit all written comments to: Region V Regional Planning Affiliation 602 1st Avenue South Fort Dodge, IA 50501 Or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLIC INPUT MEETING February 26, 2014 2 PM MIDAS Building 602 1st Avenue South Fort Dodge, IA 50501 If you have any special needs pertaining to this meeting, please contact Shirley Helgevold, MIDAS Council of Governments, 515-5767183, ext. 212. Wk.8
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FY 2014-2015 Budget Workshop FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Mayor Tom Stevenson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Council members present: Sorensen, Frakes, Reed, and Schermer. Absent: Sampson. Also present: City Attorney Robert Malloy and City Clerk Barbara Jergenson. Motion made by Sorensen, second Reed, to approve a $100 contribution to Upper Des Moines Opportunity. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Schermer, second Sorensen, to approve a $1250 contribution to the Goldfield Community Charity Fund for them to disperse to the different organizations specified in their budget. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Frakes, second Reed, to budget $500 to the Wright County Economic Development. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Sorensen, second Frakes, to budget $500 to the Wright County Visitors Bureau. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Reed, second Schermer, to contribute $200 to the Clarion Goldfield DowsAfter Prom for 2014. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Frakes, second Sorensen, for Rasmussen Lawn Care to apply Spring fertilizer/crabgrass control and Fall broadleaf control in 2014. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Sorensen, second Schermer, to approve the monthly insurance reimbursement of $500 less taxes for each full time city employee. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Sorensen, second Schermer, to approve the final FY 2014-15 Budget with Council approving the same. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion made by Reed, second Sorensen, to set the Public Hearing for the FY 2014-15 Budget for Monday, March 10, 2014, at 7 p.m., at Goldfield City Hall. All ayes. Motion carried. Motion Frakes, second Reed, to adjourn at 6:55 p.m. All ayes. Motion carried. Tom Stevenson, Mayor Barbara Jergenson, City Clerk Wk.8
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IN THE MATTER OF THE TRUST: The Opal L. Jones Trust, dated November 7, 2008 To all persons regarding Opal L. Jones, deceased, who died on or about the 21st day of September, 2013. You are hereby notified that F. Gaylord Jones is the trustee of the Opal L. Jones Trust, dated the 7th day of November, 2008. Any action to contest the validity of the trust must be brought in the District Court of Wright County, Iowa, within the latter to occur of four (4) months from the date of second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent settlor and the spouse of the decedent settlor whose identities are reasonably ascertainable. Any suit not filed within this period shall be forever barred. Notice is further given that any person or entity possessing a claim against the trust must mail proof of the claim to the trustee at the address listed below via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the latter to occur of four (4) months from the second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice if required or the claim shall be forever barred unless paid or otherwise satisfied. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. THE OPAL L. JONES TRUST, dated November 7, 2008 F. Gaylord Jones 3116 Eagle Ave. Eagle Grove, Iowa 50533 Dani L. Eisentrager, ICIS PIN#: AT0008960 Attorney for Trustee P.O. Box 346, Eagle Grove, IA 50533 Date of second publication: 20th day of February, 2014. Wk7,8
Eagle Grove Water Board WATER BOARD MEETING MINUTES February 12, 2014 The meeting was called to order with trustees Peterson, Neighbors, and Rethman, in attendance. Absent: Molitor and Helgevold. Also present: Superintendent Baker and City Administrator Boyd. Neighbors made a motion, and Rethman seconded, to approve Jan. 8th minutes. and claims. Vote: All ayes. Brown Supply, Full Circle Clamp ..........348.78 Cahoy Pump, Well #4 liner, pump, & etc ........................................... 43,322.00 Central IA Dist., Lime-off descaler ....... 107.20 City Clerk, Deposit to final bills..............577.18 Donald Aldridge, Meter Dep. refund ...... 41.59 Hach, Solutions..................................... 377.23 Hawkins, Chlorine & etc ....................6,336.50 IA Assoc. of Mun. Ut., Reg.–Stockdale 150.00 J&J Sports, Uniforms – Reiland .............95.00 Jeremy Denahey, Meter Dep. Refund .... 23.79 Jordan Jacobson, Meter Dep. refund .....72.54 Mississippi Lime, Lime.......................3,584.40 Oldsons, Parts ........................................ 25.19 Smith & Loveless, Pit rebuild .............6,843.52 State Hygienic Laboratory, Testing ........ 19.00 Treasurer, St. of IA, Sales tax ........... 2,749.00 Van-Hoff Trucking, Hauling quicklime ............. 1,600.99 Vanessa Davis, Meter Dep. Refund .......82.48 Walmart, Distilled water ..........................52.80 Fund Totals: Water Utility......................................15,446.09 Meter Deposit........................................ 797.58 Water Capital Improvement ............. 50,165.52 A discussion was held on Engineering Proposal for meters at AGP. A motion was made to table request from V&K until further discussion is held. A motion was made by Neighbors, and seconded by Rethman, to approve the estimate from Lalor Construction for the replacement of tin on the upper level at the water plant. Roll call vote: All ayes. Department reports were given. Meeting adjourned. Bryan Baker, Secretary Wk.8
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Eagle Grove Community School District Minutes of Regular Meeting EAGLE GROVE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT EAGLE GROVE, IOWA 50533 MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 CALL TO ORDER: The Eagle Grove Community School District Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, February 10, 2014, in the Board Meeting Room at the Emerson Building. The meeting was called to order by President Jon Rowen. Members present were: Directors Crail, Halverson, and Manues. Director Schope was absent. Others present: Principals Siebersma and Kruger; Superintendent Toliver, Secretary Pohlman, Kelly Williamson; and Les Houser with the Eagle Grove Eagle. COMMUNICATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS: Reports were given from building principals regarding past and upcoming school events, testing, and training/staff development sessions. Mr. Kruger announced a community meeting for youth program development will be held February 24th at 6:30 PM in board room at Emerson Building. PUBLIC COMMENT CARDS: No cards were received. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Motion by Director Manues, seconded by Director Halverson, to approve the proposed agenda. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Manues. Nays: None. APPROVE CONSENT ITEMS: Motion by Director Halverson, seconded by Director Crail, to approve the minutes of meeting on 1-13-14, the monthly bill lists and financial statements for all district funds with one noted change, and an open enrollment application for one student from Webster City. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Manues. Nays: None. UPDATE ON CONTRACT COSTING INFORMATION PUBLIC HEARING–2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR START DATE PRIOR TO THE EARLIEST STARTING DATE AS SPECIFIED IN THE IOWA CODE APPROVE W&H MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION: Motion by Director Halverson, seconded by Director Manues, to approve membership in the W & H Cooperative Oil Company for $10. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Manues. Nays: None. APPROVE ADDITIONAL ALLOWABLE GROWTH: Motion by Director Manues, seconded by Director Crail, to approve the request to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for Modified Allowable Growth for 20132014 for LEP Instruction Beyond 5 Years of $27. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Manues. Nays: None. 2014-2015 BUDGET TIMELINE FIRST READING TO AMEND BOARD POLICY 504.11 WELLNESS: Motion by Director Halverson, seconded by Director Crail, to approve the first reading to amend Wellness Policy 504.11. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Manues. Nays: None. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS: President Rowen reminded board members of IASB District meeting to be held on Feb. 18th in Algona. He was also with other school board members around the state who spent time at the Iowa State Capitol Jan. 18 as participants in the Iowa Association of School Boards’ “Lobby Day” to visit with senators and representatives about issues pertinent to school districts and improved teaching and learning. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Superintendent Toliver informed the board of several items including his views on legislation dealing with school budgets, and moving forward with the ICCC Regional Career Academy that will begin this fall.
ADJOURN: Motion by Halverson, seconded by Director Crail, to adjourn. The motion carried. Ayes: Crail, Halverson, Rowen, Manues Nays: None. GENERAL FUND BILLS FOR APPROVAL FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Airgas, supplies .................................. 2,852.00 Amazon, supplies .................................. 506.42 Ames Environmental, refresher course . 100.00 Archer Manuf., supplies ......................... 324.00 Arnold Motor Supply, repairs ................. 557.75 Baker, Dave, reimb. for supplies.............. 31.00 Baluczynski, Diane, supplies reimb. ...... 135.89 Bomgaars, supplies ............................... 233.93 Campbells, supplies ................................ 55.55 CDW, toner ......................................... 2,083.31 Central Iowa Dist., supplies ................ 1,452.85 Clarion-Goldfield Schools, special educ. tuition ........................................... 10,184.40 Cummins, parts ....................................... 23.31 Dept. of Admin Services, TSA annual administration fee.............................. 350.00 Eagle Building Supply, supplies for class & maint....................................... 85.59 Eagle Grove City of, water & fingerprinting .................................. 1,054.20 Eagle Grove Eagle, legals publications . 209.72 Eagle Grove Schools, wires .................... 30.00 Eagle’s Wings, adult meals for DLC/ Headstart .......................................... 173.55 Eldora New Providence, special education tuition ............................. 1,509.60 Engel Law Office, legal services.............. 42.50 Fareway, supplies .................................. 166.37 Fort Dodge Schools, special education/ open enroll tuition......................... 24,004.00 Godfathers, meeting expense ................. 21.55 Goldfield Access Network, phone service............................................ 2,312.46 Hawkeye West Pest Conrol, monthly service............................................... 115.00 Humboldt Schools, open enrollment & special education tuition............... 30,734.45 IA Division of Criminal Investigation, background checks ............................. 84.00 IJUMP, utilities .................................... 6,093.37 Iowa Div. of Labor Services, boiler inspection .......................................... 100.00 Iowa One Call, locating notices ............... 36.90 Iparadigms, license................................ 300.00 Kruger, Mike, travel expense ................... 13.03 Lennon, Lance, reimb. for membership . 153.00 Mackin, library books ............................. 319.12 MidAmerican Energy, utilities ........... 21,618.01 Midwest Fire Sprinker, inspection .......... 183.00 MNJ Technologies, supplies .................. 663.35 Mrs T’s Merchantile, supplies .................. 18.90 Neopost, rate change protection ........... 319.92 Northwest AEA, supplies ......................... 42.03 Pagel Repairs, supplies ......................... 164.50 Pelham Waters, supplies ......................... 58.20 Quill, supplies ........................................ 105.80 Ricoh, supplies ........................................ 75.84 Rieman Music, supplies & repairs ......... 250.80 SAI, law conference registration .............. 95.00 School Bus Sales, repair parts ................ 80.54 School Specialty, supplies ..................... 314.18 Schumacher, annual safety test ............ 154.27 Security Bank, safety deposit box ........... 40.00 Siebersma, Jeff, expense reimbursed ..... 77.99 Spencer Steel, supplies ........................... 46.44 T & D, repairs ..................................... 1,404.13 Teachers School Supply, supplies ........... 41.48 Tierney Brothers, supplies .................. 1,793.00 Toliver, Jess, meeting expense................ 90.41 Trash Man, monthly garbage service .... 693.00 Unitypoint Clinic, bus driver physical ..... 147.00 W & H, fuel & membership fee ........... 6,185.69 Walmart, supplies .................................... 41.91 Webster City Medical Services, bus driver physical ............................ 105.00 Williamson, Kelly, meeting expense _____9.58 $121,268.79 MANAGEMENT FUND BILLS FOR APPROVAL - FEBRUARY 10, 2014
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Goldfield City Council Minutes GOLDFIELD CITY COUNCIL February 10, 2014 Mayor Tom Stevenson called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Council members present: Sorensen, Frakes, Reed, and Schermer. Absent: Sampson. Also present: City Attorney Robert Malloy ; City Clerk Barbara Jergenson; Greg Soenen; Fire Chief Jeff Slaikeu and Eagle Grove Police Chief Ray Beltran. Motion made by Sorensen, second Schermer, to approve the January 13th minutes. All ayes. Motion made by Frakes, second Sorensen, to approve the February claims. All ayes with Reed abstaining. Motions carried. Payroll............................................. 12,675.47 City Contributions ............................. 3,349.15 Goldfield Post Office, postage ............... 99.96 Century Link, non emergency police line 43.73 The Trash Man, Feb. ........................... 77.00 Mid-America Publishing, legal’s ............. 72.76 Malloy Law Firm, legal fees .............. 1,456.88 AgSource Laboratories, testing ............. 36.00 Goldfield Telephone Co., telephone & fax ................................................... 172.12 Mid American Energy, gas & electric 2,741.69 Mary Schnobrich, clean City Hall ........... 43.50 W & H Co-op, gas & diesel .................. 502.53 Bomgaars, supplies ............................. 280.62 Brown Supply Co., water supplies ........ 111.32 Security Savings Bank, safe deposit box40.00 Printing Services, office & janitor .......... 55.97 Prairie Energy Cooperative, RLF Loan 748.13 Tony’s Tire Service, maintainer tires . 2,214.42 L&L Service, plaque ............................... 45.00 City of Eagle Grove, Ambulance ....... 3,043.12 Goldfield Commercial Club, 2014 Dues . 40.00 Cheese Mart, Commercial Club ............. 10.00 Equimco, sand ..................................... 261.18 Reed Construction, Overhead door repairs ............................................... 40.00 Central IA Dist., ice melt ..................... 542.50 Safeguard Business Systems, Utility bills .................................................. 501.59 Barbara Jergenson, Meeting Exp/ Norton Antivirus ................................ 57.27
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EMC, work comp claims ..................... 1,000.00 State of Iowa, unemployment ............. 5,205.68 $6,205.68 PPEL FUND BILLS FOR APPROVAL FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Oldson’s, repairs............................... 27,595.76 Ricoh, copiers ..................................... 1,977.23 Sadler Const, electrical work .............. 7,146.59 Woodman Controls, repairs .............. _1,113.19 $37,832.77 ACTIVITY FUND BILLS FOR JANUARY, APPROVAL FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Amazon.com, Supplies .......................... 626.98 ASPI Solutions, Inc., Supplies ................. 75.00 Bartolo, John, BB Official......................... 90.00 Bec Food, Fundraiser .............................. 24.85 Becker, Jerry, BB Official ....................... 260.00 Bob Rogers Travel, Music Trip Deposit ......................................... 15,618.00 Brooklyn Publishers, LLC, Supplies ........ 66.50 Carson, Terry, BB Official ........................ 90.00 Cheer Zone, Supplies .............................. 93.98 Coca-Cola Bottling, Supplies .............. 1,175.44 Cochrane, Nick, BB Official ..................... 90.00 Daktronics, Supplies .............................. 175.00 Dehrkoop, Michael, BB Official ................ 90.00 Eagle Grove CSD, Cash for Activities 3,733.09 Fan Cloth Products, LLC .................... 4,322.00 Fareway Store, Supplies ....................... 852.93 FBLA-PBL, NLC, Dues ............................ 60.00 Frommelt, Julie, Reimb. Supplies ............ 28.98 Fuller Hall, Field Trip.............................. 120.00 Graphic Edge, Supplies ...................... 2,170.93 Gtm Sportswear, Supplies ....................... 68.00 Hicok, Rob, BB Official .......................... 130.00 Iowa Sports Supply Company, Supplies 913.54 J & J Sports, Supplies ............................. 40.00 J Galt Enterprises, Supplies .................. 190.75 Lewright Meats, Inc., Concessions ........ 504.90 Long, Billie, Reimb. Supplies ................... 76.18 Maeder, Derek, WR Official ................... 100.00 March Of Dimes, Fundraiser ................. 364.00 Martin Bros., Vending Supplies ............. 416.94 Meyer, Brain, BB Official.......................... 90.00 Moklebust, David, Accompanist.......... 1,030.00 Nee, Dave, BB Official ............................. 90.00 Nhd, Llc, Supplies............................... 1,220.00 Paulson, Terry, BB Official ....................... 90.00 Perkins, Fred, BB Official ........................ 90.00 Rahe, Jared, BB Official .......................... 90.00 Rial, Mike, WR Official ............................. 90.00 Richardson, Reggie, BB Official ............ 260.00 Slagle, Chad, BB Official ......................... 90.00 Sunflower Wrestling, Inc., Supplies ....... 274.90 Suntken, Chris, BB Official ...................... 90.00 Thirty-one Gifts, Fundraiser ................ 1,000.00 Thompson, Sean, WR Official ............... 100.00 Trophies Plus, Supplies ........................... 81.36 Wal-mart Stores, Inc., Supplies ............. 308.56 Wartburg College, Honor Choir ............... 75.00 Williamson, Kelly, Reimb. Supplies ........... 8.03 Woodin, Tim, WR Official......................... 75.00 Zahn, John, BB Official .......................... 130.00 Zevenbergen, Mel, BB Official ........... ___90.00 $37,940.84 NUTRITION FUND BILLS FOR JANUARY, APPROVAL FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Coca-Cola Bottling, Supplies ................. 494.62 Eagle’s Wings Preschool, DLC lunches 360.45 Earthgrains Baking Company, Bread Products ............................................ 787.80 Fareway, Supplies ................................. 141.64 Feld Fire, Inspection .............................. 200.00 Hiland Dairy Foods Company, LLC., Milk Products ................................. 2,930.05 Hobart, Michael, Lunch Refund ............... 82.15 Martin Bros. Dist. Co., Supplies........ 17,828.53 $22,825.24 Reports and documents considered by the Board at this meeting are on file in the Board Secretary’s office, 448-4749, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m - 4 p.m. Jon Rowen, Board President Teresa Pohlman, Board Secretary Wk.8
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Duane Sampson, Landfill Mtg ................ 14.00 Kevin Reed, Emergency Mgmt. Mtg .......11.20 Eagle Grove Police Chief Ray Beltran gave his police report and discussed the snow ban parking tickets with the Council. The Council will leave the ticket fine at $15.00. Motion made by Frakes, second Reed, to accept the bid from L & L Service to replace the city’s pickup intake gasket. All ayes. Motion carried. Greg Soenen gave the Council an update on the River Dam Project. June 15 – Oct. 31st to get project done. He asked for city employee and backhoe help to clean all other debris from the rock that was brought in. Mayor Stevenson and Council approved. Motion made by Sorensen, second Schermer, to approve the purchase of a 4-drawer file cabinet for the City Hall office. All ayes. Motion carried. The City Clerk was given the okay to do a Community Development Block Grant for 2015. Motion by Frakes, second Schermer, to adjourn at 7:30 p.m. All ayes. Motion carried. REVENUE & EXPENSES FOR MONTH OF JANUARY 2014 FUND REVENUE EXPENDITURE General 3,072.62 42,835.20 Corn LP 4,166.66 0.00 Fire Department 0.00 264.79 LO Tax 4,935.04 0.00 FEMA 0.00 0.00 Road Use Tax 4,957.71 3,941.09 Employee Benefit 107.90 1,119.63 Emergency Fund 29.98 0.00 TIF 367.35 0.00 Water Fund 10,829.22 6,415.95 Sewer Fund 5,490.99 5,850.18 Agency Funds 8,750.00 0.00 Totals 42,707.47 60,426.84 Tom Stevenson, Mayor Barbara Jergenson, City Clerk Wk.8
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Iowa KidsNet to hold information session 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, March 6, 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 Youth and Shelter Services. For more information, call 1-800-2430756, or visit www.iowakidsnet. com. Join us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/iowakidsnet.
Pictured above is one of two Safe T Homes® built in Haiti for the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village. Photo Provided
GCN breaks ground on Widows & Infants Village in Haiti The ground-breaking on the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village— Global Compassion Network’s latest project in Haiti—has begun. A team from the First United Methodist Church in Algona helped build two Safe T Homes® this past week in Les Cayes. GCN, along with Laborers With Christ, initiated this project after learning about an unspeakable experience that GCN’s Haitian Directors Eddy and Djoune Constant had while visiting a friend in the Les Cayes Hospital. While in the OB ward, the Constants learned that far too many babies are abandoned at the hospital because their parents are unable to care for them. Unfortunately, the medical staff doesn’t have the means to care for them either, so many end up dying. “This heart-wrenching story gave us a wake-up call to an incredible need,” explained GCN Co-Founder Ken DeYoung. “This project will provide homes for the widows so they can care for babies who don’t have mothers.” Widows—like these abandoned newborns—are also overlooked in the Haitian culture. If a widow has a family, then she is usually cared for, but if she doesn’t, she is left on her own to survive. “Just imagine widows feeling useful and finding a place of purpose helping in the care of these precious preemies/babies whose parents have abandoned them,” shared Les DeRoos of the Laborers With Christ, an Iowa missionary who works with GCN in Haiti. “Nearest to the heart of God and pure religion is to care for the orphan and the widow.” The James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village is being built near GCN’s other projects in Les Cayes, including the Consolation Center—an orphanage for 54 girls; the Medical Clinic; the Centre Educatif le Reconfort School; and the Community Center. To support the James 1:27 Widows & Infants Village, donate online at www.globalcn.us/donate.html or send a check to Global Compassion Network, PO Box 193, Eagle Grove, IA 50533.
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Seed Treatment Course scheduled Wright County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, Feb. 26. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment program (PME). The local attendance site is 210 1st Street S.W., Clarion. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11 a.m. There is a registration fee. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Kelly at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Wright County by phoning 515-5323453.
The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 4 and 10. Topics to be covered include effects of pesticides on groundwater and other nontarget sites; pesticide stewardship; and pests, pest management, and pesticides. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) also will be offered this year. Interested participants should bring their CCA number to the program. Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered by the PME program can be accessed at www.extension. iastate.edu/PME/.
Beginning farmers: Get paid farming experience Are you a beginning or aspiring farmer looking for paid work opportunities that will offer realworld insights into the business and life of farming? If so, consider applying to Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Labor4Learning Program. The program, now entering its second year, seeks to give beginners who are considering a farming career paid on-the-job experience while helping established farmers attract high-quality, motivated farm employees. This season, 11 selected PFI trainer farms around Iowa are hiring for the 2014 growing season. Applications are encouraged by Feb. 28, and should be made directly to the participating farms. Employment opportunities on these farms range from three to 24 months. A list of participating farms is available, and specific farm needs and job descriptions can be found at http://practicalfarmers. org/programs/youth-and-nextgeneration/Labor4Learning.html. Benefits: In addition to oneon-one time gaining practical farm management skills from an experienced farmer, trainees in the Labor4Learning Program will learn about farm business planning and financing – knowledge that’s vital for future success. Trainees also: • Are eligible for a day of paid time off to attend a PFI event during their term of employment • Receive a discounted rate to attend the 2015 PFI Annual Conference (a $100 value)
• Receive preference toward eligibility for free home-stay lodging during the 2015 conference • Have opportunities to connect with other PFI trainees Experienced farmers benefit from having an employee who is highly motivated and committed to working on a farm for a complete season. Rory Van Wyk, who was a trainee with Cory Family Farm in 2013, says the program experience was “wonderful,” and that even after the term officially ended he has continued to be mentored by Tom and Mary Cory. “Having this chance to get hands-on experience and mentoring has been a tremendous blessing as my family and I seek an opportunity to begin farming in the future.” Qualifications: To become a trainee, applicants must apply to and be hired by a training farm; have a strong desire to learn about the business of farming; and be a current member of Practical Farmers of Iowa (individual or whole-farm membership types both qualify). Those who want to apply but aren’t currently PFI members can sign up at www.practicalfarmers.org/joinpfi.html or by calling Erica Andorf at (515) 232-5661. For questions about the Labor4Learning Program, contact Luke Gran, PFI’s member and sponsor coordinator, at luke@ practicalfarmers.org or (515) 2325661.
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Yard and Garden: Plants affected by frigid temperatures By Richard Jauron and willy Klein
Winter can be tough on Iowa’s trees and shrubs. Low temperatures, rapid temperature changes, winter desiccation, and the weight of ice and snow can damage vulnerable trees and shrubs. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about the effect this winter’s frigid temperatures will have on landscape plants. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515294-3108, or firstname.lastname@example.org. This winter temperatures have dropped to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. What effects will the cold temperatures have on my fruit trees? The cold temperatures may have damaged peach and sweet cherry trees. Peach trees are not reliably cold hardy in much of Iowa. Temperatures below -18 F will destroy the flower buds on peach trees. Temperatures of -25 F or below may damage or destroy the peach trees themselves. The flower buds on sweet cherries are slightly more cold-hardy than those on peaches. The flower buds on some sweet cherry cultivars can survive temperatures of -20 F. Iowa gardeners should expect poor crops on peaches and sweet cherries this summer. It also is possible that the trees themselves may have been damaged. Damage may vary from dieback of twigs and branches to complete death. On a brighter note, the cold winter temperatures should not have damaged apples, pears, and sour (tart) cherries. What effects will this winter’s cold temperatures have on my trees and shrubs? Trees and shrubs that are native to Iowa (or similar regions of the world) are well adapted to our climate and should have suffered little or no damage. However, marginally hardy plants, such as Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), and Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus serrulata) may have sustained damage. (The
maximum cold hardiness of most Japanese maple, flowering dogwood ,and Japanese flowering cherry cultivars is -20 F.) Damage may vary from the dieback of twigs and branches to complete death of the tree. This winter’s cold temperatures also may have destroyed the flower buds on flowering quince (Chaenomeles spp.) and some forsythia cultivars. Temperatures of -20 F or below likely destroyed the flower buds on flowering quince and ‘Lynwood Gold’ and ‘Spring Glory’ (two popular forsythia cultivars). As a result, these shrubs likely will produce few, if any, flowers in spring. Fortunately, the cold temperatures should not have any long term effects on the shrubs. The leaf buds on flowering quince and forsythia are hardier than their flower buds. The shrubs should leaf out normally in spring. This winter’s cold temperatures should have little impact on the flowering of forsythia cultivars ‘Meadowlark’ and ‘Northern Sun.’ The flower buds of ‘Meadowlark and ‘Northern Sun’ can tolerate temperatures to -30 F. Deer have eaten all the foliage on the bottom portions of several arborvitae. Will the bare areas green back up in spring? This winter’s prolonged period of snow cover has deprived deer of food on the ground. As a result, deer have been feeding on trees and shrubs in woodlands, windbreaks, and home landscapes. Among evergreens, arborvitae and yews are most susceptible to browsing by deer in winter. The extent of damage to the lower portions of the arborvitae will be determined by the presence or absence of buds (growing points). If buds are present, the lower branches will produce new growth in spring. The new growth should be apparent by early summer. The lower portions of the arborvitae will remain bare and likely never develop new growth if no buds are present.
Iowa’s cattle producers are asking their fellow Iowans to help them find Iowa’s Best Burger in 2014. In this year’s quest, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are encouraging you to nominate your favorite burger, whether it’s a gourmet or downhome style. This is the fifth year the two groups are holding the annual Iowa’s Best Burger contest, which officially kicked off Feb. 12. All nominations must be in the IBIC office by 5 p.m. on March 17. “We’re looking for the best burger served in an Iowa restaurant,” says Bedford cattle producer Roger Brummett, who is also chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Brummett says the entries need to be 100% beef burgers. “Although burgers are often standard fare, we know from experience that the winners of this contest serve outstanding burgers.” In order to recognize these great burgers, IBIC and ICA are asking Iowa consumers to nominate their favorite burgers for the award, and those nominations can be made in the mail, online, or by texting. Details about the contest rules and nomination forms and options are
on the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s website, http://www.iabeef.org/. Burger lovers can also find a link to the online nomination form at the Iowa Beef Council Facebook page; or text BEEF to 313131 and receive information about submitting a nomination via text. Brummett noted that restaurants are a valuable partner to the beef industry. “They do a tremendous job of preparing and serving our beef products in delicious and creative ways. The burger is the all–American classic, and restaurants have done an excellent job in giving customers lots of choices when they order it.” The more nominations a burger receives, the better are the chances that it will be on the ‘Top Ten’ list announced in late March. Finalists will receive a certificate and be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges. The winner will be announced the first week of May to kick-off Beef Month. Last year, 6,320 nominations for 349 restaurants were received in the contest. The final winners in previous years are: 2013 – 61 Chop House Grille, Mediapolis; 2012 – Coon Bowl III, Coon Rapids; 2011 – Rusty Duck, Dexter; 2010 – Sac County Cattle Company, Sac City.
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dakota City demolition Crew has big win The Dakota City Demolition Crew traveled to Grand Island, Neb., on Saturday, February 1, 2014, to battle the Platte Valley Roller Vixons in the Fonner Park Swine Building. DC/DC won by a big margin of 262 to PVRV only scoring 51. Skaters for this bout were McNothing (Jenny Randlemancaptain), Redneck Wildthing (Shiliah Spaulding-co-captain), Livid Red GRRL (Heather Kimbroughvice president), HAVOC (Jessica Schade-president), MINNESOTA (Abbi Telford-secretary/treasurer), Sin Schadey (Ashley Schade), Ida Hitter (Megan Millang), Megnificent (Megan Wuebker), Taria Brandt, Rhonda Freeman, Bee’s Knees (Kirsten Penberthy), and Quadratic EquAsian (Kelli Martino). MVP Blocker was Redneck Wildthing (Shiliah Spaulding), and MVP Jammer was McNothing (Jenny Randleman). The Coach and bout coordinator is El SuperBeasto (Eric Schade). Referee is McSomething (Garrett Bottorff). The designated charity for this bout was the Crisis Center of Nebraska.
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National FFA Week
National FFA Week is February 15-22. Activities include: Member luncheon, Degree Ceremony followed by an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. for all members and families, Recruitment with the 8th graders, and Faculty Breakfast.
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Pictured above are: Front Row (LtoR): Kacee Irle, Dru Boatner, Shelby Axtell, Jarika Eisentrager, Tiffany Russell, and Sam Johnson; Middle Row (LtoR): Katrinia Morris, Christine Strickland, Kara Anderson, Kennedy Evans, and Raechel Spangler. Back Row (LtoR): Tyler Kendrick, Kent Jorgensen, and Jacob Grandgeorge. Photo submitted
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School FFA members Members pictured above are: Front Row (L to R): Grant Sebby - Treasurer, Bret Crees- Assistant to Officers, Ben Jacobsen-Sentinel, Breanna Ellis-Vice President, and Sam Jergenson- Secretary; Second Row (L to R): Shanee Tate, Bret Crees, Katie Molloy, Alexis Gatewood, Emma Konvalinka, Matt Magee, Zack Leist, and Cassie Hanson; Third Row (L to R): Filip Vatne, Sarah Lund, Megan Lund, Dylan Pate, Brandon Hagie, Tyler Steiner, and Gavin Disney; and in the Back Row (L to R): Tristan Mewes, Max Weidemann, Megan Christensen, Alexandra Keller, Megan Zwiefel, Clay Ellis, Brendon Boyd, and Eryn Ulven. Not Pictured: Nathan Anderson, Ryan Anderson-Reporter, Lucas Clagett, Brandon Hagie, Austin Keller-President, Lucas Lienemann, Chris Staudt, Tyler Steiner, and Brandon Zwiefel. Photo submitted
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Movie coming to Clarion exposes how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women Miss Representation will be showing at the Clarion Movie Theater this coming Monday evening, February 24, at 7 p.m. Sponsorship is by the Clarion Branch of the American Association of University. Admission is free to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The concession stand will be open. Miss Representation is the award-winning documentary film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Following the completion of the film, there will be a brief community conversation about how we can make a positive difference in the lives of the young people in our county. Parents and grandparents are encourage to bring a young person with them to begin the discussion in your home or youth group. American teenagers spend 31 hours a week watching T.V., 17 hours a week listening to music, 3 hours a week watching movies, 4 minutes a week reading magazines and 10 hours a week online. That’s 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day, more than the time they spend in the classroom. Fifty-three percent of 13 year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78 percent by the age of 17. It is estimated that out of the eight million people with an eating disorder, seven million are women. Sixty-five percent of U.S. women and girls report disordered eating behaviors. Seventeen percent of teens engage in cutting and selfinjurious behavior. Depression in women has doubled since 1970. US advertisers spent $35.6 billion in 2009. Eighty percent
of the countries in the world have GDP’s less than that. U.S. women spend $12,000 to $15,000 a year on beauty products and salon services. The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth under 19 has tripled in the last 30 years. Women make up 51 percent of the US population. However,
women comprise only 20 percent of Congress. Thirty-five women have served as U.S. governors compared to 2,319 men. Seventy-one of the countries in the world have had female presidents or prime ministers. The U. S. is not one of them. U.S. women continue to earn 79 cents compared to a dollar by a man.
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The Eagle Grove Lions Club is proud to welcome four new members. Pictured above, from left to right, is Amy Varland, Donna Madson, Sara Ell, and Maureen Thielen, all of Eagle Grove. There are many fun and worthwhile projects being planned for the coming spring and summer. (Keep your eye out for an Easter Bunny, or maybe even a big, furry Lion—They could be seen at any time now!) You are invited to come and be a part of a team who works hard for your communities. Meetings are every fourth Tuesday, at 6 p.m., in the Emerson Building (formerly ICCC). A table is always set up with projects for kids, as we are a “family-friendly” organization. Lions Club International is the world’s largest service organization. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 25. Photo submitted
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Free basketball camp for Hampton man named president kindergarten through fourth grade of Iowa State Fair Board students returns to Eagle Grove
BY BY NICK PEDLEY Fairs have always been more than just food, rides, and attractions for Alan Brown. “It all started with my involvement with the county fair – that’s when my love for fairs really began,” said the Hampton man. “I was a 4-H’er ever since I was old enough to be one. Then as I got older I was involved with showing animals and the FFA.” That childhood passion kept burning within Brown right into his adulthood. He gradually took on more administrative roles and joined the Franklin County Fair Board in the late 1980s, which eventually led to his election to the Iowa State Fair Board in 2010. His dedication paid off recently when he was elected as president of the state fair board by his fellow directors in Des Moines. “It’s a true honor to be in that position, because it’s Iowa,” said Brown. Brown said the road that led him to state fair board was a relatively long one. It all began with the Franklin County Fair Board more than 20 years ago. He enjoyed serving at the local level to help build the fair, and eventually his peers took notice. The fair boards that comprise the 19-county North Central District voted for Brown to represent the region in Des Moines four years ago and he’s remained
ever since. Twelve directors from Iowa’s six districts make up state fair board, Brown said, and he was humbled his district would pick him for such a lofty position. Brown admitted a bit of adjustment was needed when he made the jump from county to state. He said booking the entertainment, lining up vendors and maintaining facilities were similar at both levels, but there were vast differences. “The first thing you realize that’s different is the size of the state fair,” he explained. “At the county level, you’re more of a post-pounder and gate-dragger – hands on stuff. The state board deals more with management duties and is more of a PR role.” The state fair board meets 11 times a year, and meetings usually last two days depending on the month. October is the group’s biggest session, Brown said. The board goes over the previous fair and sets tentative goals for the next one. Brown said a majority of the board’s focus has been on facility renovations this year. The bulk of the work gets handled by the nearly 60 full-time employees in Des Moines, and the board just approves decisions and oversees general operations. Brown, who’s only missed one state fair his entire life, was excited to get his feet wet in his new position. He said the biggest change
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ALAN BROWN from being an ordinary director to president was more speaking commitments, but he said he didn’t mind. He was ready to lead and felt the biggest responsibility of the fair board was to keep the focus on kids and educate the public about agriculture. “I don’t think anyone can compare to the overall experience at the Iowa State Fair,” he said. “A good day for us directors is when we have to park the golf carts when driving from building to building because it’s so packed – it’s just faster to walk than drive. That’s what we love.”
Healthy resolutions for the year ahead As the calendar turns to a new year, the focus of men and women often shifts as well. After the hectic holiday season has come and gone, many people re-dedicate themselves to their personal health and wellbeing. That renewed dedication might be thanks to all those big holiday meals or it might just be a result of the new calendar year being symbolic of a fresh start. Regardless of the reasons behind this renewed vigor, the opportunities to make the next 12 months a healthier 12 months abound. While losing weight might the most popular resolution, there are a host of other health-related resolutions individuals can make to improve their lives over the next 365 days. Resolve to reduce stress Stress is a major part of most adults’ lives, and that’s especially so after the hectic holiday season when men and women are pulled in so many different directions. Work is a common cause of stress, but family and personal finances, especially nowadays, are big sources of stress as well. This year, resolve to reduce stress in all aspects of life. At the office, analyze ways in which you can manage time more effectively, including how to best prioritize work projects so you don’t always feel as if you’re up against a wall. Outside the office, recognize the importance of maintaining a personal life and its relation to reducing stress. Spending time with friends and family can relax you and provide a welcome respite from the stress of the office.
Resolve to eat better Losing weight and adopting a healthier diet are not necessarily the same thing. While a healthier diet might help you lose weight, the goal of adopting a healthier diet is to improve overall health. A healthy diet can strengthen the body’s immune system, making it easier to fight cold, flu and other ailments. A healthy diet can also help in the battle against any preexisting conditions. For example, replacing salt with healthier and flavorful herbs can help reduce high blood pressure, and many people cannot even taste the difference once they start eating. Resolve to exercise more Much like changing a diet, exercising more is often seen as a means to weight loss. While that’s a positive side effect of daily exercise, the goal should not be to lose weight. Instead, the goal of daily exercise is to get healthier. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, exercise helps lower the risk of heart disease and hypertension by 40 percent while lowering the risk of depression by 30 percent. In addition, men and women with a family history of diabetes should know that regular exercise lowers their risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. So while exercise is a great means to losing weight, it’s even better at helping reduce the risk for serious disease. When incorporating exercise into a daily routine, start slowly and gradually work your way up to
more vigorous exercise regimens. Going full speed from the outset is a great way to increase risk of injury, which could actually restrict your ability to exercise for some time. Resolve to quit smoking To nonsmokers, keep up the good work. For smokers, perhaps some statistics are enough to get you on the path toward quitting smoking: * More than 150,000 Americans were projected to succumb to lung cancer in 2011, according to the National Cancer Institute. * The Canadian Cancer Society estimated that 20,000 Canadians would lose their lives to lung cancer in 2011. * More than six percent of all deaths in the United Kingdom in 2011 were related to lung cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. If those statistics aren’t enough to get men and women serious about quitting smoking, consider the negative effect secondhand smoke has on your loved ones. The American Cancer Society notes that roughly 3,000 nonsmoking adults experience lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke in the U.S. each year. When making a resolution this year, smokers’ top priority should be to quit smoking. When making resolutions at the start of a new year, men and women often focus on healthy resolutions. But healthy resolutions go beyond losing a few extra pounds, and many involve dedication throughout the year to improve overall health this year and for years to come.
Go green in the kitchen Adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle is a great way to protect the planet for future generations. As the “go green” movement continues to grow in popularity, men and women are realizing more and more ways to reduce their carbon footprints. While some might still associate making green strides with carpooling and changing light bulbs, those are not the only ways men and women who want to be more eco-friendly can accomplish their goals. One method to find new ways to be more environmentally friendly is to examine a favorite hobby and think of ways to enjoy that hobby in a way that also benefits the environment. Foodies, for example, can take a look around their kitchens to find ways where their love of cooking and food can be joined together with their desires to be more eco-friendly. The following are just a few ways to go green in the kitchen. * Banish bottled water in favor of filters. Bottled water can be very wasteful, even when bottles are made from recycled materials. Energy is necessary to produce, ship and dispose of plastic water bottles. But bottled water can be easily replaced with water filters,
which filter contaminants, such as lead, from tap water to create a refreshing beverage that’s readily available at any home connected to a water supply. Water-filtering pitchers are inexpensive, which cannot always be said about bottled water that needs to be periodically restocked. Faucet-mounted filters can be directly attached to the faucet to make the process of filtering water that much easier. * Reconsider how you store leftovers. Many people store their leftovers in plastic containers. While such containers might seem convenient, even ones made from recycled plastic are not necessarily as eco-friendly as consumers may think. That’s because plastic containers are made from petroleum, a nonrenewable resource. Instead, eco-conscious foodies can opt for glass or ceramic containers rather than the more popular plastic alternatives. * Feed your lawn after you feed yourself. Many people don’t like to throw away food, but it’s not just leftovers that can be repurposed. Coffee grounds and eggshells can be put to use in the garden. You can add them to the compost pile in your yard, where items you would otherwise discard can help enrich
the soil, making for healthier lawns and gardens. * Fire up the dishwasher only when it’s full. Dishwashers are typically more eco-friendly than washing dishes by hand, but only when the men and women loading those dishwashers refrain from running them until they are entirely full. Once the dishwasher is full, choose an efficient setting and let the dishes air dry rather overnight instead of drying them with heat. If you need the dishes for hosting duties, dry them by hand with a towel instead of drying with heat. * Rely on smaller appliances. Many home cooks rely on large appliances when working in the kitchen. But unless you’re cooking for a big group, use smaller, more efficient appliances to save energy. For example, when cooking for one or two, use a toaster oven instead of a stove. The toaster oven won’t use the same amount of power as the stove, and the smaller appliance may even cook the food faster. In addition, when heating water for tea, hot chocolate or coffee, use an electric kettle to heat water instead of the oven cooktop. The smaller appliance is more efficient and won’t consume as much energy.
BY KIM DEMORY email@example.com Mickey Cooper, along with the Eagle Grove Parks and Rec Department, are excited to announce the second annual Right/ Left Hand Academy, coming to Eagle Grove every Saturday in March, beginning March 1. Last year, the Academy was offered for students kindergarten through second grade. This year, they are excited to announce that the program has been expanded to include third and fourth graders as well. The Academy is specifically designed to introduce could-be upand-coming basketball stars to the sport of basketball. It will take place over four days, in a series of one-hour sessions. Offering the Academy free of charge makes sure that any child, boy or girl, who wants to give basketball a try has that opportunity, without monetary restraints. The event was such a huge success last year, with more than 50 kids participating from three grades, that the volunteers are excited about what this year might hold since it has been extended to student up to fourth grade. Another goal of the Academy volunteers is to continue instilling Eagle Grove needs to fostering purple pride in our youngest students. Money isn’t a concern, the volunteers are in place, and the coaches are enthusiastic. That doesn’t mean, however, that parents aren’t welcome to attend this clinic with their children and lend a hand. In fact, they are encouraged to be there, whether they are cheering them on from the sidelines or helping them make a basket. No help will be refused. After all, Right/Left Hand Academy is about more than sparking an interest in the kids, it’s also about sparking an interest in volunteers.
Scenes from the 2013 Right/Left Hand Academy. Kindergarten through second graders at Eagle Grove Elementary enjoyed spending an hour on Saturday mornings in March to learn about the sport of basketball. Sign-up for the 2014 Academy is going on now. The clinic is free of charge. Photo by Kim Demory “Parents are essential in getting their kids enthused,” said Ploeger at the implementation of the Academy last year, whether it’s about sports, music, or academics. “Kids are so impressionable at this age. They want to see their mom and dad on the sidelines clapping.” For those parents out there who say they would love to get involved with their kids’ activities, but don’t feel qualified to coach, you are encouraged to not let that stop you. “At this age (elementary), it’s not about winning, it’s about learning the basics and having fun…getting them interested in something,” Ploeger added. Through the Academy, kids get involved at a very young age, which means the basics will already be there and middle school and high school coaches can start fine-tuning skills and work on other elements instead of starting back at the basics. Practice makes perfect. There will be two separate sessions of the Right/Left Hand Academy, depending on your child’s age. Kindergarten through
second grade students will meet in the Eagle Grove Elementary gym on Saturdays in March from 9 - 10 a.m. Each child who participates in the Academy, according to Ploeger, will receive a free basketball. Students in grades three and four will play Saturdays in March at the Eagle Grove Elementary gym from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. The participants will receive a free t-shirt. If your child is interested in attending, please fill out the registration form that was sent home in your student’s Friday folders. If you did not receive a form, please pick one up at the Elementary office or at Eagle Pharmacy. It is not mandatory that your child be at every practice, but you are reminded that in order to get the most benefit, every effort should be made to be at all practices. This clinic isn’t about constant drills and hard coaching tactics, it’s about getting the kids together, playing with friends, and learning what it’s like to be part of a team. It’s about fun.
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It might be a few years before these young Eagle Grove athletes are ready to take the court on the varsity team, but practice does make perfect. That’s not the only reason, however, that Right/Left Hand Academy basketball is being offered free of charge for kindergarten through fourth grade students. They also did it to instill Purple Pride in their school; introduce them to the sport and foster their love of the game if they enjoy it; give them the opportunity to play with the varsity teams; and of course, just get them out trying new things and having fun with friends. Photo by Kim Demory
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CLASS 1A DISTRICT WRESTLING @ CLARION
Ploeger scores 17, almost has double-double BY LES HOUSER firstname.lastname@example.org The St. Edmond Gaels came into Eagle Grove last Tuesday night for the final game for both teams prior to district play. The Gaels went out to a 19-11 lead after a quarter. They would build on that for a 39-23 halftime advantage, and then really turned it on in the third in going up 53-28 which ultimately became a 69-47 final. Zach Ploeger fired in 17 points on 7 of 14 from the field, and also
had a bucket from downtown. Dylan Thielan finished with nine points, including a trey, and Maxx Asche had five points including a trey. Jake Wilde, Graeham Schope and Brian Yackle all finished with four points apiece, while Jordan Wieth and Josh Morris each added two points. Wilde dished up four assists, with Ploeger and Yackle credited with two apiece. Wieth, Morris, Thielan and Asche all had one each. Wilde, Morris and Asche all had a steal each on their final line.
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HUSE TAKES THIRD Photo by Les Houser
Junior Dylan Huse represented the Eagles at the Class 1A District wrestling tournament last Saturday in Clarion. Huse would finish third, just one spot from advancing to state. He lost a technical fall 20-5 to Bratrud of Northwood-Kensett, but came back with a 6-4 win over Peters of South Hamilton to put himself in position for a wrestleback. It was not to be, as he had already lost to Bratrud who was beaten by Taylor Lehman in the finals. Huse finishes the season with a respectable 22-18 record. He is the son of Fernando and Lora Calles.
Lady Eagles season ends in loss to Belmond-Klemme Three seniors play final game
Zach Ploeger fires away on this little jumper from in close in the home game last week with the Gaels. The senior led the team with 17 points, and almost had a double-double in grabbing nine boards.. Photo by Les Houser
BY LES HOUSER email@example.com The Eagle Grove varsity girls basketball team gave a great effort last Saturday night in Belmond, but in the end the home Broncos prevailed 45-40 to end the Lady Eagles season at 2-19. The purple and gold stayed right with the home team early, with the score knotted at 12-12 to start the second period. That quarter would prove to be their undoing, as the Broncos went on a 12-0 run through the quarter to go up 24-12 at the break. Sam Helmke led the team with 11 points, which included two buckets from long range. Megan Crail fired in nine points, with a trey, while Leslie Cooper scored eight points (also with a trey) and Kylee Almond seven
Jeff Coltvet going into Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame The Iowa High School Athletic Association will be inducting five new members into their Wrestling Hall of Fame in a ceremony this coming Saturday night during the state finals. It will be broadcast live on IPTV. Eagle Grove High School is represented in this year’s group of four former wrestlers by Jeff Coltvet, who was a two-time state champion in 1982 and 1984. Following his graduation in 1984, he turned down appointment to the Naval Academy to wrestle at the University of Nebraska. He was on varsity all four years for the Cornhuskers, as well as
Brian Yackle goes strong to the rim in the game with St. Edmond. The junior had four points, three rebounds and two assists for the night.
points including two baskets from downtown. Desira Shivers and Katie Blasi both hit a bucket for two points each, while Allison Purcell completed the scoring with one point from the line. Cooper grabbed six boards, with Almond and Crail getting their hands on five apiece. Blasi finished with four rebounds, Helmke three and Purcell, Shivers and Stephanie Martin all two apiece. Almond and Martin each grabbed three steals, with Cooper and Helmke credited with two each. Crail and Shivers both made one theft each. Martin also had a blocked shot. Playing their final game in an Eagle Grove basketball uniform were Almond, Crail and Martin. Be watching a future issue of the Eagle for a complete rundown of the season stats.
being an Academic All-American that entire time. He graduated from there with 113 wins, the second most in history for the university’s wrestling program. Other former wrestlers in the Class of 2014 are Pete Bush (Davenport Assumption), who went on to be an NCAA Champ and threetime Big 10 champ at Iowa under Dan Gable, Joe Corso (West DM Valley) and Jeff Harrison (SloanWestwood) who was a three-time state champion. Former Morning Sun head coach John Segel is the final member of the class from the coaching ranks.
DESirA SHivErS Desira scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and made a steal as the Lady Eagles nearly won their first round regional game at Belmond. The sophomore is the daughter of Treasa Throntveit.
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DylAn tHiElAn Dylan scored nine points, grabbed two rebounds and had an assist in his final home appearance versus St. Edmond. The senior is the son of Mark and Deb Thielan.
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WED., FEB. 19: TBA Varsity Wrestling at State Dual Tournament THURS., FEB. 20: 6 p.m. 4th & 5th-Grade Basketball 6:30 p.m. Dodgeball TBA Varsity Wrestling at State Wrestling Tournament
SAT., FEB. 22: 8:30 a.m. 6th-Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice 9:30 a.m. 4th & 5th-Grade Basketball SUN., FEB. 23: 5 p.m. Coed Volleyball MON., FEB. 24: Aaron Eilerts Day 5:30 p.m. 6th-Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice THURS., FEB. 27: 6 p.m. 4th & 5th-Grade Basketball 6:30 p.m. Dodgeball FRI., FEB. 28: Snow Day for Aaron Eilerts Day 4 p.m. Drill Team Clinic
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CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS SPORTS EVENTS WED., FEB. 19: NO SCHOOL 10 a.m. Wrestling State Duals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines THURS.-SAT., FEB. 20-22: State Wrestling
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Banding together More than 100 fifth through 12th grade band students combine for an instrumental performance on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
If you haven’t yet heard one or more of the the breathtaking performances by the combined bands of fifth through 12th grade Eagle Grove students, chances are, you’ve at least heard about it. Now, here’s your chance to hear it for yourself, or in the case of many, enjoy yet another unbelievably moving experience. There will be 104 band students on stage, playing together on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Robert Blue Middle School auditorium. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is open and free to the public. In addition to the group performance, each band will also play individually. The fifth through eighth grade bands are under the direction of Alison Anderson-Kahl. The high school band is under the direction of Luke Snyder. Pictured top left: Dallas Hammitt (seventh grade). Pictured top right: Kayne Carlson (seventh grade) and members of the french horn, trumpet, and percussion sections. Pictured bottom left: Andee Brekke (junior). Pictured bottom center: Katelyn Gilbert and Waylon Burgwin (seventh graders). Pictured bottom right: Middle school clarinets and trumpet players; middle school and high school percussion section.
Kindergarten masterpieces Some of a mother’s favorite pieces of artwork come from her young children. For those with a student in Abby Butson’s kindergarten art class, this one will likely go into the list of favorites. After reading a corresponding book, the kids had to create three mice out of construction paper and then place each on a color block. Photo by Kim Demory
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Sixth Annual Aaron Eilerts’ Day of Service and Giving by Kim demory firstname.lastname@example.org For the past five years, students in the Eagle Grove Area School District have been paying it forward in memory of Aaron Eilerts, a middle school-aged boy scout who lost his life in the June 11, 2008 tornado that touched down at Little Sioux Scout Ranch. Word spread quickly after the tornado that Aaron had lost his life while trying to save others. This was no surprise to the students and teachers who knew him best. In fact, there were many strangers out there who probably weren’t surprised by this news either, as Aaron touched the lives of many people, whether he knew them or not. Aaron was perhaps best known for his love of sewing pillowcases. While it’s not your typical hobby for a young middle school boy, Aaron loved making and donating them to those who were sick or injured. He enjoyed making others happy, and pillowcases was only one way he did that. This young man was also known for his compassion towards animals, his willingness to help a neighbor in need without even being asked, and giving away gifts to friends and strangers alike. So when school went back into session, and the kids returned to the hallways without their former classmate, the school decided to do something to honor his memory, and carry on the good deeds Aaron had taken so much pleasure in doing. Then came the first annual Aaron Eilerts’ Day of Service and Giving, in 2009, held on his birthday, February 24. The middle school students dedicated their entire day to service projects that benefitted a wide variety of people, communities, and organizations, and it all started with the inspiration of one little boy who set an example that will carry on his legacy. This year marks the sixth anniversary of Aaron Eilerts’ Day, and once again the middle school has organized a variety of activities. Any and all community members are invited and encouraged to get involved - while it may be held at the school, it’s a great way for others to get involved as well. You can donate your time to help the students, supplies, or cash (or perhaps support their cookie dough fundraising coming up) to help offset the cost of materials, which is currently funded though the middle school student government. A kick-off assembly will begin at 8:15 a.m. In addition to a short commentary and video, others will be encouraged to share their memories of Aaron or their thoughts on the day ahead. Pay It Forward, a movie about thinking of others before yourself, will be shown to all students at some point in the day. If you have never seen the movie, you should come and watch. It will really leave you with something to think about and leave you feeling appreciative for all you have. The movie will be shown to seventh and eighth graders from 9 - 11:30 a.m. while the fifth and sixth graders work on their chosen projects. Later in the day, the seventh and eighth graders will work on their projects while the fifth and sixth graders view the movie
from 12:15 - 2:45 p.m. At 2:45 p.m., a Closing Assembly Program will be held in the middle school auditorium. In addition to project show-and-tell, there will also be a slide show from the days events, featuring the students working on their projects. Events throughout the day include: — Sewing pillowcases - As mentioned earlier, this was one of Aaron’s favorite things to make and give away to people. He was known for sending them through the mail to complete strangers whose stories he had heard about through television, newspapers, or word of mouth. The pillowcases that are made this year by the RBMS students will be sent to area hospitals, care centers, and families in need. — Cambodia Safe House packages - This session is new to the list of activities this year. Packages for 120 girls that were saved from trafficking in Cambodia will receive these boxes. — Cards for soldiers - No explanation needed - soldiers love receiving mail from home, be they friends or strangers. — Chemo-Care Packages Also new to the list of events this year. Students will be making hats, cards, and coloring books for children receiving Chemotherapy treatments. — Rainbow Loom bracelets Yet another new and exciting activity this year. These 120 bracelets will go into the Cambodia Safe House packages. — Tye-dye shirts- Also new, and also going into the Cambodia Safe House packages. Birthdays-in-a-box - In this session, students decorate shoe boxes and fill them with all the supplies needed for a fun birthday party. There is cake, frosting, decorations, and other goodies for children whose families can’t afford to purchase the supplies on their own. — Decorating pillowcases for soldiers - Plain white pillowcases will become works-of-art during this session. Students will use markers to create something special for a soldier they have never met - just like Aaron touched the lives of people he never met. — Building greenhouse tables - Which will be used in the new RBMS greenhouse that is nearing completion.
— Pet Tie Blankets - Small fleece blankets will be made by students and donated to the Leader Dog Program, which raises dogs for the visually and hearing impaired. — Crayons/Coloring Pages Packages - Children in Haiti will love getting these packages from RBMS. — T-Shirt Dresses and Dolls These, too, will be sent to the children in orphanages in Haiti. This session was new last year and is back by popular demand. — Window Washing - If your vehicle windows need washing, and whose don’t after this long winter, swing by one of the local gas stations and student volunteers will be happy to clean them for you. While you’re there, let them pump your gas as well. Students will be available between the hours of 9 - 10:45 a.m. and 1 - 2:45 p.m. — Food Collection - Students will be bundled up and traveling around town between the hours of 9 10:45 a.m. and 1 - 2:45 p.m. to collect food that will be donated to the local food pantry. If you are not home, please consider leaving nonperishable items on your front step for them to pick up. — Crafts - In this session, students will make holiday/seasonal craft that will be used at the Eagle Grove Senior Center and Rotary Senior Living. — Music at Rotary Senior Living - Select students from the Robert Blue Middle School instrumental program will be traveling to RSL to perform several musical selections for the residents’ listening enjoyment. Aaron was the kind of young man who thought more about helping others than helping himself. He was known for his random acts of kindness to friends, family, and complete strangers. What made him happiest was making other people happy. How about you? Will you do something today, tomorrow, regularly to make someone else’s life better/ happier? Whether you do something on February 24 or you do it next week, one small act of unexpected kindness can impact someone’s life forever. The beliefs and acts of one small boy, Aaron Eilerts, have left this town, this state, and this country with one big lesson on how to pay it forward. If school is delayed or cancelled on Monday, then the activities will be held on Friday, Feb. 28.