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GARNER - Hancock County Extension is offering a program on agricultural profitability, market outlook and risk management on Wednesday, March 12, from 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. at the Garner Education Center, 325 W. 8th Street, Garner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next few years could be very challenging for some crop producers,â&#x20AC;? according to Kelvin Leibold, area farm management field specialist with Iowa State University Extension. Leibold will discuss grain price outlook, farm profit margins, risk management, and agricultural finances in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing world. To register, call the Hancock County Extension Office at 641-923-2856.

Hancock County Wellness Coalition BRITT - The Hancock County Wellness Coalition will meet Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 a.m. at the Hancock County Health System Board Room. Agenda topics will include substance abuse prevention, community gardens, 10-Week Wellness Challenge (Live Healthy Iowa).

Transition to high school GARNER - Eighth graders and parents/guardians in the Ventura/Garner-Hayfield Schools are encouraged to attend the Transition to High School Program, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 3 at the high school auditorium in Garner. Informational items, tours of the building and handouts on the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Curriculum Guided and Fall Course Registration will be provided. For more information Contact Stan Newton, middle school guidance counselor - 641829-4484, Angie Bierle, high school guidance counselor - 641-923-2632.

Fifth grade concert GARNER - The Garner-Hayfield fifth grade class invites parents, family and friends to a band and vocal music concert, Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. The band will perform Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cave, Mojo, Conquest and We are Fine Musicians. The fifth grade vocal music students will explore the faces of the men on our U.S. currency. Styles will include a march, lively pop/rock theme, and calypso.

Community Calendar Wednesday, Feb. 26 Britt Methodist Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pancake Supper from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Dave Boelman will speak at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Klemme Library. A free-will donation meal of scalloped potatoes and ham will be served at 6 p.m. Monday, March 3 Britt Council - 1st Monday of Month, 7 p.m. at City Hall. LuVerne Council - 1st Monday (or Thursday) of month. Wesley Council - 1st Monday of month. Tuesday, March 4 Klemme Council - 1st Tuesday of month. Kanawha Community Blood Drive from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Kanawha Fire Station, 104 South Main Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Pot Karaokeâ&#x20AC;? directed by Karen Peters at the Clear Lake Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection at 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall, 511 1st Avenue North, Clear Lake Monday, March 10 GH School Board - 2nd Monday of month. Tuesday, March 11 Corwith Council - 2nd Tuesday of month. Garner City Council meeting at 7 p.m. City Hall. (2nd & 4th Tuesday each month) Wednesday, March 12 Kanawha Council - 2nd Wednesday of month. Thursday, March 13 Friends of the Garner Library will be hosting Master Gardener Patricia Fencl at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15 Garner Park & Recâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin Fever Chaos 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 16 St. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ham Dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 Ventura School Board meeting at 7:15 p.m. WH School Board meeting at 7 p.m. at Britt. )HE0DUFK

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Winter storm creates power outages By Rebecca Peter North Iowans dug from under 6 inches or more of heavy, wet snow from a winter storm that the started late Thursday morning and lasted until the early morning hours of Friday at most residences. High winds from the storm created hundreds of power outages overnight in rural areas and in a number of North Iowa communities including Garner, Ventura and Miller. Justin Foss, spokesperson for Alliant Energy said crews were going non-stop Thursday night into Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were some unique things about it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a lot of damage but there were still a lot of outages.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the outages were due to the severe wind that came up later in the evening. The wind blows so hard that the lines start to bounce and dance. When they do that, they hit other things and caused our breakers to open so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an outage,â&#x20AC;? Foss said. Most communities in the Alliant Energy service area that experienced an outage, had power restored

by the early morning hours on Friday or shortly after day break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We brought in 32 staff from different areasâ&#x20AC;Śbecause when you have a 150 different stops [to repair the power grid], you have to get some extra crews in there pretty quick,â&#x20AC;? Foss said. There were a couple instances were Alliant Energy trucks became stuck in a drift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have too many storms, just the record cold,â&#x20AC;? Foss said. While last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm created one of the larger outages seen in a while â&#x20AC;&#x153;it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compare to the ice storm of that we had further Northwest that we had last year.â&#x20AC;? Staff at the Garner Inn & Suites hotel were busy as motorists sought shelter Thursday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were pretty much full,â&#x20AC;? said manager Tim Veach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We enjoyed that, but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy being without electricity.â&#x20AC;? Extra blankets were handed out to guests for the evening. There were no serious incidents involving vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just had basically vehicles in the ditches,â&#x20AC;? Hancock County Deputy Cory Leerar

Hancock County dug out from Rebecca Peter) reported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as I know there were no accidents with injuries.â&#x20AC;? Darcy Eisenman, deputy city clerk at Britt, said to her knowledge there

under six or more inches of snow on Friday. (Leader photo by were no reports of stranded motorists at Britt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A police officer was in this morning and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk of any either, so I think we did pretty

good here.â&#x20AC;? Had the need arisen, motorists would have been taken to the Britt STORM to page 16

Rayhons, Guth meet with constituents By Rebecca Peter GARNER - State Representative Henry Rayhons (R-Garner) and State Senator Dennis Guth (R-Klemme) heard comments and answered questions from Hancock County constituents at meetings held in Garner, Kanawha and Britt on Friday. Guth sits on the Agriculture, Appropriations and Local Government Committee and on the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee. Guth sits on a study committee for the Department of Inspections and Appeals. The Department handles inspections of restaurants, hospitals, schools etc. for food safety. Currently the State is doing inspections in about 55 to 60 percent of Iowa counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the other counties have consolidated into groups of 9, 10, up to 13.â&#x20AC;? Guth said an individual who is doing inspections for a group of 13 counties is approaching retirement.

Hancock County Economic Development Director Ed Berg introduced State Rep. Henry Rayhons and State Sen. Dennis Guth at a legislative forum in Garner. (Leader photo by Rebecca Peter) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spent a couple hours going that are being charged.â&#x20AC;? sources, Public Safety, and Transthrough what our alternatives are In the House of Representatives, portation Committees. and how we can make that system Henry Rayhons is a member of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the of end of the first â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;funwork. We may have to raise the fees Local Government, Natural Re- nel weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; where you have to have

bills out of the House or the Senate. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree on them then they go to the conference committee. If they agree, then they go straight to the governor,â&#x20AC;? Rayhons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have what we call real major issues coming up. We did change the formula for schools a little bit, because allowable growth wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gave the schools 4 percent last year in 2 percent blocks. When school superintendents say, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever cut our budgets in the center of the year, we had to do something.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now the allowable growth for the coming year is going to be set 30 days after the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget is approved,â&#x20AC;? Rayhons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the governor sets his budget like he did this year, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change a whole lot.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revenues to the state right now are fairly good, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already seen a dip with livestock and grain prices and price of land. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cautious on what we have to do.â&#x20AC;? FORUM to page 16

VGH students explore Spanish language

Left to right: Madison Taft, Deserae Clevenger, Colton Schroeder, Summer Eenhuis, Kaylee Mahlstedt, Adyson Hook, Jillian Heitland, Jack Van Dusseldorp, 7th graders in June Bahnsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spanish class at Ventura/ Garner-Hayfield, record pronouncing South American countries and capital cities in Spanish to a hip-hop beat. (Leader photo by Rebecca Peter) By Rebecca Peter with another section on who can say The kids at Ventura/Garner-Hay- it all the years in high school.â&#x20AC;? He see the benefits of speaking Spanish VENTURA - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clase, ÂĄBuenos it the best.) field Junior High choose to take also thought it could useful if he today!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? dĂ­as!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;ÂĄFeliz lunes!â&#x20AC;? (Class, good â&#x20AC;&#x153;ÂĄMuy bien! ÂĄExcelente!â&#x20AC;? said Spanish for variety of reasons. ever travelled to Mexico. Bahnsen continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking morning! Happy Monday!) their teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I signed up for Spanish because â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking a foreign language at an Spanish will help our students beWith that enthusiastic greeting One-hundred-one 7th and 8th grad- I want to know more about other early age is definitely the best way to come more employable and will from teacher June Bahnsen, another ers are enrolled in Spanish language countries and this will be big boost learn a language!â&#x20AC;? said June Bahn- also help to break down barriers. adventure in Spanish language and class, which is offered as an elective in my career,â&#x20AC;? said Colton Schro- sen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We acquire language more Spanish is a language that is becomculture begins at Ventura/Garner- at Ventura/Garner-Hayfield. Classes eder, an eighth grader. easily the younger we are, so the ing more and more prevalent in our Hayfield Junior High. country. Outside of Mexico, the Jillian Heitland also thought learn- younger the better!â&#x20AC;? meet every day and are divided into The class of eighth graders two sections of 7th and 8th grade ing a foreign language will help her â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we all know, Spanish is a lan- United States is home to the largest launched into a recitation of South each. Classes are currently a year with future job opportunities. guage that is spoken more and more Spanish speaking population in the American countries and capitols to a long for 7th graders and one semester Seventh grader Justin Reding everyday. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you how often world.â&#x20AC;? hip-hop beat. (Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a competition long for the 8th grade. signed up â&#x20AC;&#x153;so I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard people say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I can really SPANISH to page 16

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SERVPRO earns fifth consecutive year on Top 10 list Entrepreneur magazine recently announced its annual Franchise 500 rankings, naming SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, to its Top 10 list for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the rankings, SERVPRO earned the No. 7 spot overall and the top spot in its own industry for the 11th consecutive year. According to Entrepreneur, the Franchise 500 selection process is driven by â&#x20AC;&#x153;objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation, with some of the most important factors being financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the SERVPRO Brand in the Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Hancock, Franklin and Butler county area,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas Teggatz, owner of SERVPRO of Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Hancock, Franklin and Butler counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a leading cleaning and restoration brand in America, we have a responsibility to serve each and

every customer with excellence.â&#x20AC;? SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies. From small one room home disasters, to large commercial facilities, or statewide storm response situations, SERVPRO helps make property damage like it never even happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day, every SERVPRO franchisee is an individual small business owner who lives and works in the community he or she serves,â&#x20AC;? said Teggatz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the unexpected happens, local home and business owners know that they can turn to us to help them put their lives back on track as quickly and painlessly as possible. As this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entrepreneur rankings demonstrate again, this is both a responsibility and a privilege that each SERVPRO franchisee takes very seriously.â&#x20AC;?

Donations by Communications 1 in the Year 2013 Over the years, Comm1 has proudly supported the communities we serve through the Communications 1 Network Charity Fund (501 c 3), the Communications1 Community Fund and matching the Iowa Network Services (INS) Charity Grant donations. These donations totaled $19367.00 for the year 2013. The following is a summary of donations made by Communications 1 for the year 2013. For the year 2013, Communications 1 Network Charitable Fund (501 c 3) donated 10,641.00. The following is a list of donations made for 2013: $500 to Pony Express Riders of Iowa; $500 to West Hancock Scholarship; $300 to Britt Fire Association; $300 to Do Right Inc.; $500 Avery Theatre; $500 to Mars Foundation; $500 to Britt Hobo Foundation; $500 to Waldorf College; $1005 to NIACC; $500 to Camp Hertko; $500 Belmond Arts Council; $1,000 Kanawha Fire Association; $500 Kanawha Christian School; $500 Britt Area Food bank; $500 City of Corwith; $500 Wright County Fair; $500 West Hancock Jr High; $500

Little Lamb Preschool; $536 City of Klemme and $500 StreetLight USA. The Communications 1 Community Fund donated $8726.00 for the year 2013 to local organizations. The following donations were made in 2013: $250 Wright County Relay for Life; $700 Holmes Christmas Club; $596 Kanawha Youth Activity; $75 NRA Foundation; $60 Home School Works; $100 Liberty School Museum; $500 Hancock County Relay for Life; $400 Wright County Fair; $600 Hancock County Fair; $100 Kanawha Fire Department; $475 Britt Draft Horse Show; $500 Klemme Public Library; $100 Corwith Community Club; $25 Britt Chamber of Commerce; $600 Hancock County Memorial Hospital; $250 West Hancock Schools; $250; $ 50 Little Eagles Wrestling; $250 West Hancock Athletic Boosters; $200 Cody Schmit Scholarship Fund; $25 West Hancock Education Association; $500 Garner Duesy Days; $20 Garner Chamber of Commerce and $2,100 for INS Charity Grant Match.

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Prairie Energy crews battle weather The storm which hit North Central Iowa on Thursday caused hundreds and hundreds of outages ranging from: substations, three phase lines, single phase lines and individuals, Darrell Goff of Prairie Energy Cooperative reported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were fortunate in that we did not lose any poles,â&#x20AC;? Goff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This winter, Prairie Energy has experienced some of the coldest weather (temperature with wind) on record with few if any outages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that ice (heavy, wet snow) and wind are a terrible combination.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our line crews, operations department and those answering phones gave it a valiant effort on Thursday afternoon and into the evening hours trying to keep our member-owners warm,â&#x20AC;? Goff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We called it a day around 8:00 on Thursday night as visibility became a safety issue. We had linemen holed up in Webster City, several slept in their line trucks and four or five employees spent the night at the headquarter of-

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abilities. â&#x20AC;˘County Environment and Education - $547,303. Budget includes the conservation department and recycling program for the rural area. This area also includes expenses associated with county parks, recreational services, zoning, environmental improvement, economic development, public libraries, the county fair and historic preservation. â&#x20AC;˘Roads and Transportation $5,181,300. This budget area includes costs associated with the Secondary Road Department such as a maintenance, equipment, administration and engineering. The Roads and Transportation budget also reflects an increase in anticipated State and Federal aid for bridge construction projects. â&#x20AC;˘Government services to residents - $442,228. Includes expenses for many state mandated services such as elections, motor vehicle registration, recording public documents, salary of the recorder and staff meeting costs for township officials. Computer software purchases are included in the budget. â&#x20AC;˘Administration â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $1,159,674. Administrative expenses include the salary and wages for the board of supervisors, auditor, treasurer and their respective staff as well as data processing costs, operational costs of county offices, general liability insurance expenses and salaries for township trustees and clerks. The cost of computer software updates. The Government Services and Administration portions of the county budget cover the daily operation of the courthouse. â&#x20AC;˘Capital Projects ($10,466,343) and Non-Program Current service areas ($11,200). This includes road construction projects, conservation land improvement projects and miscellaneous county farm expense.

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Taking the integrity of Iowa’s voting process seriously Maintaining the integrity of Iowa’s voting process is a responsibility Senate Republicans take seriously. Senate Republicans have made numerous attempts to have this discussion with the majority party in recent years. It is likely we will have floor debate on the voting process in the coming weeks especially since the State Government committee passed Senate File 127 – restoring felon voting rights – on a 9-6 party line vote. Under Senate File 127, a felon’s voting rights would be restored after they are discharged from a criminal sentence, parole, probation or supervised release. Restitution would be required to be paid, but not before the voting rights are restored. Senate Democrats have said “money” should not be the reason the voting rights are not restored. Senate Republicans take a different view regarding restitution. When a judge orders restitution to be paid to a victim at the conclusion of a criminal case, it is part of the sentence. In that event, restitution is not merely a matter of money; it is just as much of the sentencing process as incarceration. Senate Republicans do not believe that should be taken lightly. Senate Republicans stand with Governor Branstad in keeping the current system in place. Through this process, felons can petition the Governor to have their citizenship rights restored. Under this system, the Department of Corrections notifies the Secretary of State when the felon is released from the sentence. When it comes to the voting process, Senate Democrats are focused

The View from Here by Dennis Guth

Iowa State Senator District 4 dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov • 641-430-0424 more on restoring felon voting rights. Republicans favor Voter ID, which is an issue an overwhelming majority of Iowans want to see the Legislature address. Asking those who cast a ballot to show a picture ID ensures Iowans our elections are efficient, effective and free of fraudulent practices. This is the conversation a majority of Iowans want us to debate at the Statehouse. Senate Republicans are eager to discuss Voter ID if voting rights comes to the Senate floor for debate. With the first funnel date behind us and as the 2014 Legislative session moves forward, Senate Republicans look forward to bringing this conversation to the forefront. A growing number of Iowans and Americans favor a Voter ID process. After all, it has become standard practice to show a picture ID for certain purchases, to fly on an airplane, use a debit or credit card. Shouldn’t such an important right and privilege carry the same responsibility? Michael and Denise Shepard of Dayton have urged legislators to enhance penalties for those who kidnap children. They are the parents of Kathlynn Shepard, who was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013 after getting off a school bus. Senate Republicans support this legislation in the hope to help prevent similar crimes from occurring

in the future. Kathlynn’s parents urged lawmakers to increase penalties and oversight for sex offenders who attack children. The proposed legislation has survived the first funnel. The bill adds kidnapping of a person 16 or younger to the definition of 2nd degree kidnapping (provided it does not meet the fact pattern of child stealing). This would make the crime a class “B” felony. The bill also makes a second count of 3rd degree kidnapping a class “B” felony. Michael Klunder, who was considered the suspect in the case, had been released early from prison after serving time in a different kidnapping case. Klunder was sentenced to 41 years in prison for an unrelated kidnapping case. The storm of Feb. 20 caused many legislators to hustle home early last week. Such an event helps us all remember that despite man’s (especially legislators’) efforts to be in control, God will always have the final say. Representative Tedd Gassman and I will be having a town hall event in Estherville on Saturday March 1. This will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Regional Wellness Center. I hope to see those from Emmet County there. You can always contact me at dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov

I attended the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura and Clear Lake girls basketball tournament game in Clear Lake on Feb 19th. Both teams came into this game just finishing excellent regular seasons, so it appeared it would be a close game. It was a great environment with both sides of the gym filled with very supportive fans. It was a very exciting and great game to watch – the game went back and forth with both teams having a chance to win with the game being tied with 30 seconds to play. I was impressed with both teams and how hard and well the girls played! I want to applaud both teams for a great game! Congratulations to GHV on a great season and good luck to Clear Lake in their upcoming games. What really impressed me about the evening were the student sections of both GHV and Clear Lake. They were loud during the game in support of their respective teams without any derogatory actions against the opponent. At half time both student sections played a Red Rover Red Rover game where

they took turns calling kids over to join their respective student sections. Then both student sections ended up switching places in the bleachers (in orderly fashion). It was so fun to watch this display of great sportsmanship! At the end of the game as the teams were shaking hands the students from each school also stood in line and shook each others hands also. I have been to many ball games over the years but I have never witnessed anything as neat as that before! I was totally impressed with the outstanding and positive behavior between these 2 groups of students who cheered mightily for their teams to win but at the same time demonstrating great sportsmanship! It was so much fun to watch these students enjoy the moment and it sure made the evening fun for me. We are in good hands in the future with how these young adults behaved in a competitive environment! Tim Esbeck Clear Lake

Iowa Health and Wellness Plan The Iowa Health and Wellness Plan that was passed last year addressed &DSLWDO5HSRUWV not only the physical health but also

To the Citizens of Garner: Winter has been long, cold and has given us every reason to anxiously anticipate and welcome the arrival of Spring and green grass. During the past several months there have been many meetings regarding the future of the Garner Golf & Country Club. During these meetings the existing Club Stockholders voted overwhelming to pursue the sale of the Garner Golf & Country Club to the City of Garner. Effective January 2014, the City of Garner acquired ownership of this facility. It was the Councils general consensus that this facility is a vital part of the amenities that have made our community and continue to make Garner a desirable place to live. The City of Garner’s acquisition of the physical property, consisting of land, buildings and equipment, will greatly enhance the stability of this facility. The change of ownership results in a change in the management and operational side of the new, “Garner Golf Course.” The Garner Golf Course will be operated by a Non-Profit Foundation. Foundation Memberships are open to all who are interested in the continued success of this facility. The Foundation Board consists of 6 members. This Board includes 2 City Officials, 1 vot-

ing and 1 non-voting. Note: Contributions to this Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation Board has set the “new” fee structure for 2014. We are sure you will be pleased with the variety of golfing opportunities offered. In most categories the fees have been reduced for 2014 and several “payment” opportunities are offered. As the Golf Season fast approaches we encourage everyone to check out your outstanding facility, be it as a “season member,” or as an “occasional player,” take advantage of the Green Fee options. Life can be hectic and everyone is busy but Golf is a lifetime activity and what better place to join friends and family than at your Garner Golf Course. If you have questions please visit the Garner Golf Course website: www.Garner Golf Course. Thank you. Hope to see you at the Garner Golf Course. Ken Mick Mayor City of Garner

otherwise not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. As of now, Delta Dental of Iowa is the only identified carrier of dental benefits for the Dental Wellness Plan though other providers are being recruited. The Department of Human Services has been working with key stakeholders and Delta Dental of Iowa to design the plan which: • Addresses low reimbursement: There have been some challenges to the access of dental care for those Medicaid patients. Rates have been consistently low, far below commercial dental reimbursements. This new plan will reflect a more PPO commercial rate structure which will be significantly higher than current Medicaid rates hopefully encouraging more dentists to accept this population. •Addresses Medicaid Administrative concerns: By contracting with Delta Dental, a commercial dental carrier that has experienced working with more than 90% of the dentists in Iowa, we will be making the program easier to administer. Dentists have never had issues with Delta Dental processing their dental claims. I think the past experience of our dental community will find this program comparable to the com-

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the dental health of the individual. The Legislature developed a two-tiered approach to addressing health coverage for those single individuals earning between 0% and 133% of poverty. Those at 100% and below of the federal poverty level (earning $11,490 or less) will be covered by Iowa’s current Medicaid plan. Iowans whose income is between 100% and 133% of the poverty level will be offered dental services that will be provided by a comprehensive commercial-like dental plan. Up to now, Iowa has been the only state to offer a dental plan in their Medicaid program. This Legislature felt very strongly about providing for the total health of the individual. By addressing not only the physical and mental health of the individual but also the dental health, we choose to recognize the impact untreated dental care can cause including heart disease. Neglected teeth can literally kill a person, and because of this health risk we gladly included it in the Health and Wellness Program. The Department of Human Service will be offering, effective May 1, 2014, a new dental program called the Dental Wellness Plan (DWP). It is being created to provide comprehensive coverage for a currently uninsured population. This program will cover adults 19 to 64 with income up to the 133% of the poverty income level and for those

State Representative Henry Rayhons House District 8 henry.rayhons@legis.state.ia.us / (641)430-2863

mercial plan. • Focuses on responsible population health: The plan provides incentives for additional dental care services and improved member awareness about the importance of oral health and compliance with dental plans. • Uses Risk Assessment Tool: Each individual dental treatment will be based upon a risk assessment performed by the dentist to determine the best treatment plan for each individual member in the DWP. This risk assessment will assure adequate and comprehensive care under the plan. • Provides outreach and referral services: The difference between the regular Medicaid plan and the Dental Wellness Plan is the use of coordinating assets and assuring individuals make their appointments to assure they receive their care. In addition, educational material will be provided to promote the importance of preventive dental care. Up to now, dental care has been available to our Medicaid population, but with very limited benefits. The new plan is more comprehensive and it encourages dental health wellness for everyone. By addressing the issue of wellness and promoting the importance of preventative care, we are hoping that those who are eligible will approach their dental care to improve their overall health. I continue to encourage you to contact me if you have any issues or concerns. Be sure to include your name and address with any communications to my office. henry.rayhons@legis.iowa.gov.

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opathy, a reduction in the pumping capability of the heart. Both binge drinking and long-term heavy drinking can also affect the electronic system of the heart. The heart depends on an internal pacemaker system to keep it pumping consistently and at the right speed. Excessive amounts of alcohol disturb this pacemaker system and can cause the heart to beat too rapidly or irregularly, otherwise known as arrythmias. Two common arrythmias induced by alcohol are atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia – the latter often times lethal. Drinking to excess on a particular occasion, especially for those who rarely drink, can trigger either of these arrythmias. This problem is nicknamed “holiday heart syndrome”. Your medical provider can help you determine if moderate alcohol consumption may provide any benefit, or if it would actually be harmful to you taking into account your individual medical risk factors, illnesses and medications. If you would like to submit a healthcare question, visit www.trustHCHS.com and select Contact Us at the bottom of the home page or call 641-843-5150.

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Kirkendall, Deibler announce engagement Carl and Margie Henschen

Henschens celebrate 50th anniversary Carl and Margie (Katuin) Henschen of Forest City will celebrate their 50th anniversary at the Garner VFW with an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a dance to follow from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Their children Jackie (Steve) Lunning, Rick Henschen (Sue Smith), Lori

(Max) Smith, and Dawn (Doug Mitchell, along with 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren will host the event. The couple requests no gifts. Carl and Margie were married on March 1, 1964 at the Reformed United Church of Christ in Klemme, Iowa.

International Festival of Owls trip offered The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center are sponsoring a motor coach trip to the International Festival of Owls in Houston, Minn. on Saturday, March 8. The festival features internationallyknown speakers, live owls, and a variety of owl programs and activities for children and adults. For more information on the festival visit their website at: http://www.festivalofowls.com/. The trip will depart from the Lime

Creek Nature Center parking lot at 7 a.m. with a stop at the Houston Nature Center at 9:30 a.m., the festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; returning to Mason City at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost for the trip is $30 for adults (18 and over) and $15 for youth (17 and under), which covers transportation and entrance fee to the festival. Lunch and dinner is not included in the fee. To register for this trip, or for more information, please call the Lime Creek Nature Center at 641-423-5309.

Clear Lake Area Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea Pot Karaokeâ&#x20AC;? directed by Karen Peters will be the Special Feature for the Clear Lake Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection on Tuesday, March 4, at 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall, 511 1st Avenue North, Clear Lake. The program will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just How Many Husbands Should A Gal Have?â&#x20AC;? As if fifty-one years with her first husband wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, our speaker faced choices that she never thought were possible. One offer stood out from the rest, an offer that promises assurance

and hope for a future beyond description, will be presented by Liz Boman from Forest City. All area women are invited and encouraged to this lunch. Price of the lunch is $8, all inclusive. Reservations and cancellations are essential and can be made by calling 641-357-5755 or 641-923-3305 no later than Saturday evening, March 1. Any woman attending a Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection for the very first time will receive a complimentary lunch.

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available to Hancock County residents who own at least 10 acres and produce at least $2500 worth of agricultural commodities. Practices available for cost share through this fund are: no-till and/or strip till tillage ($10 per acre one time per person incentive), cover crops ($25/acre one time incentive per person), field windbreaks, waterways, pasture and hayland, terraces, conservation cover and tree plantings. Cost share rates of 50% are available for installation of these practices. To be eligible for any of the above cost-share programs, NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) specifications must be followed. These programs are administered on a first-come first-serve basis. Funds for this spring are still available. If you are considering installing any of the above practices this spring, stop by the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District office located in the USDA Building at 255 Hwy 69S in Garner ASAP to sign an application form. If you have any questions, please call 641-9232837 extension 3 and talk to Darla.

Genealogical Society MASON CITY - Karen Van Deest, Information Literacy Coordinator and Network Analyst for the Waterloo Public Library will present a program on Social Networking for Genealogy, Facebook, Pinterest and Blogs, Oh My! Please join the North Central Iowa Genealogical Society for this free program on March 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm at the lower level of the Clear Lake Public Library at 200 North 8th St in Clear Lake.

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Notice - World Day of Prayer will be held at St. John Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. on March 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Streams in the Desertâ&#x20AC;? is the name of the program. All women in Corwith are invited to attend. *** Corwith Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club will meet March 11 at Sharon Gourleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home at 2 p.m. The program will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharing School Memories.â&#x20AC;? *** Rick and Cheryl Hauswirth and Bunny Hauswirth met Julie and Noel Stiller, Ryan, Kami, and Brodie of Victoria, Minn. on Sunday Feb. 16, in (DES MOINES) - Recently, Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R- Clear Lake) and Rep. Henry Rayhons (R- Garner) welcomed members of the American Cancer Society from north Iowa to the capitol. Pictured here are Rep. Rayhons, Steve Lavik, Linda Webrer, Carl Webrer Carolyn Sundae, Heather Englin, and Rep. Upmeyer in the well of the Iowa House. (Submitted photo)

(DES MOINES) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rep. Henry Rayhons (R-Garner) welcomed three REC associates to the rostrum in the Iowa House of Representatives this week at the Capitol. Pictured here is Rep. Henry Rayhons (Garner), Ted Hall (Forest City), Donald Christopheson (Duncombe), and Jim Wellick (Woden). (Submitted photo)

Mankato, Minn. to celebrate Brodieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5th birthday. *** Rich and Shirley Hankom returned home Monday, Feb. 17 from a 2-week trip to Florida. *** Jane Eischen came to take her mother, Betty Shipman, to Tom and Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in Algona on Feb. 18, where she stayed overnight. After going to an appointment in Algona, Wednesday, the 19th, Jane brought Betty back home. They were glad they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be on the roads on Thursday, when the wind and snow came blowing in.

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The Winnebago County Conservation Board is once again working with Alliant Energy and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to host an Operation ReLeaf event. Operation ReLeaf allows people to purchase high-quality, potted trees for a greatly discounted price. The WCCB is now taking Operation ReLeaf orders for an April 23 distribution date. This year, the WCCB will be offering eight different species of trees, including river birch, serviceberry (Autumn Brilliance), northern red oak, flowering crabapple (Purple Prince), burr oak, Kentucky coffeetree, American hophornbeam, and edible cherry (Northstar). The trees will be 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; tall, except for the berry trees, which may be a bit shorter. Normally, these trees would sell for $65-$75 a piece, but each tree only costs $25 through the Operation ReLeaf program. To order trees, people must first obtain an order form. Forms can be

picked up at Thorpe Park or downloaded from the WCCB web site (www.winnebagoccb.com). They can be also be found at some city clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices, as well as the Winnebago County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. If people would like a form mailed to them, either through the postal service or by e-mail, they can contact the WCCB at 641-565-3390 to request a form, as well. Trees will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be a two-tree limit per person. Everyone who orders a tree will receive a confirmation card, which then must be brought to the tree pick-up at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds in Thompson on Wednesday, April 23. The trees 3

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*** The Corwith Community Club will be sponsoring a Chili/Soup Cook Off Contest on Saturday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corwith Community Center. Cash prizes will be awarded. Please contact Judy Nall @ 641-430-3099 or Ryan Wagner 515341-2882 for details on the contest. They need your entries by March 10th. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for kids under 10 yrs. All proceeds will be going to local food banks and Corwith Fire Dept. and Corwith EMS. (Men/ women/children are eligible to participate.) Call now.

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5 p.m. Mass Sundays 8:30 a.m. Mass Church of Christ IMMANUEL REFORMED UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST North Fourth & Elder, Klemme Phone 587-2462 Pastor Donna Buckmann Sunday, March 2 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Coffee Fellowship *Dorcas 1st Wednesday each month. *Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fellowship 2nd Wednesday. Evangelical Free EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 810 Second Ave SW, Britt, 50423 Pastor Stan Johnson Pastor Mark Stevens Phone 843-3861 Sundays 9 a.m. Services 10:15 a.m. Sunday School EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 502 Reed St., W., Wesley, 50483 Phone 515-679-4460 Jason Boomgarden, Pastor Sundays 9 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 6 p.m. Evening Service (1st & 3rd Sunday) GARNER EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 580 Hwy 18 E., Garner, 50438 Phone 923-6092 www.garnerefree.org Haddon Anderson, Pastor Thursday, Feb. 27 6:30 a.m. Prayer/Bible Study 6 p.m. Young Families Group Friday, Feb. 28 6:30 a.m. Prayer/Bible Study Sunday, March 2 8 a.m. Worship Team Practice 8:30 a.m. Prayer Meeting 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship 6 p.m. WIRED (Jr High) 7 p.m. SOJOURN (High School) Monday, March 3 6:30 a.m. Prayer/Bible Study Tuesday, March 4 6:30 a.m. Prayer/Bible Study 7 p.m. General Board Meeting 7 p.m. Woman Bible Study Wednesday, March 5 6 a.m. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outreach & Bible Study 7 p.m. Teen Small Group Lutheran

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 707 4th St. SW, Britt Phone 843-3523 The Rev. Robert Dodge Sundays 9 a.m. Worship

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 70 5th Ave, NW, Britt, 50423 Phone 843-3172 Pastor Lee Nelson Thursday, Feb. 27 6:30 p.m. Bible Study Sunday, March 2 9 a.m. Sunday School/Confirmation 10 a.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. AA Meeting Monday, March 3 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Do-Day/Potluck Dinner Tuesday, March 4 12-1 Community Prayer Wednesday, March 5 11 a.m. Text Study 5:45 p.m. Confirmation 6 p.m. Luther League 6 p.m. Praise Team 7:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Communion Service

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 214 Clinton St., Box 217, Corwith, 50430 The Rev. Beatrice Kinzler Sundays 10 a.m. Worship Food Pantry by Appt.

ST. JOHN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 2405 260th St., Garner Phone 829-4493 The Rev. Carl Hedberg Sunday, March 2 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH PO Box 212, 517 SE Elm St., Corwith, 50430 Barbara Chapman, Pastor Sundays 9:30 a.m. Worship ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) and Little Lambs Preschool 810 State Street, Garner Phone 923-2261 The Rev. Scott A. Kozisek 641-923-2261, Email: stpauloďŹ&#x192;ce@ mchsi.com OďŹ&#x192;ce Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 Service may be heard at 12:30 p.m. on 107.3 KIOW-FM 9 a.m. Worship /Communion 10 a.m. Fellowship Time 10:15 a.m. Sunday School & HS 10:15 a.m. Know Your Bible 10:15 a.m. James & Other Stuff Monday, March 3 5:30 p.m. Deacons 7 p.m. E-Team Tuesday, March 4 1:30 p.m. Prairie View Services Wednesday, March 5 5:15 p.m. CE Meal 5:45 p.m. CE Classes 5:45 p.m. Love Languages 6 p.m. Lenten Meal No choir practice 7 p.m. Lent I Methodist

you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 885 Maben, Garner Phone 923-2191 Pastor Paul Evans Thursday, February 27 9:30 am Bible Study at Concord Care 1:30 pm Esther Circle 4-6 pm Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry 7:00 pm Disciple II Sunday, March 2 8:45 am Cookie Club 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Worship Celebration No Hospitality & Fellowship 12:00 pm UMW-UNIT Potluck 6:30 pm Disciple I Monday, March 3 9-11 am Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pantry 10:00 am Staff Meeting 1:00 pm Quilters 5:30 pm Sarah Circle Fellowship Hall 6:00 pm UMM Fellowship Hall Tuesday, March 4 1:45 pm Bingo Concord Care (Joy Circle) Wednesday, March 5 1:00 pm Quilters 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service Fellowship Hall UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 Willow St., Goodell Phone 641-495-6102 Pastor Michael ShaďŹ&#x20AC;er Sunday, March 2 Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service Tuesday, March 4 1:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sundays 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. Sunday School Wednesdays 7 a.m. Prayer Breakfast Non-denominational OPEN ARMS CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CHURCH Garner Ed. Center, 325 W. 8th Street Church OďŹ&#x192;ce: 425 State Street, Garner Phone 641-425-4095 Email: oacmc@live.com Pastor Keith Hood Thursday, Feb. 27 7-9 p.m. Pastorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Hours Sunday, March 2 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Praise & Worship 11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Coffee Monday, March 3 Bible Study @ Maxine Upmeyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesday, March 4 7-9 p.m. Pastorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Hours Wednesday, March 5 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service Presbyterian UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 475 Maben Ave., Garner Phone 923-2274 Justin Asche, Pastor www.facebook.com/GarnerUPC Thursday, February 27 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pastor Justin in Office Sunday, March 2 8:30 a.m. Adult Study 9:00 a.m. Youth Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Choir Practice 10:00 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. Fellowship Tuesday, March 4 Pastor Justin @ Cedar Falls Wednesday, March 5 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Pastor Justin in Office

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Klemme Phone 641-587-2540 Pastor Michael ShaďŹ&#x20AC;er Sunday, March 2 9:30 a.m. Worship Service Sunday School Tuesday, March 4 10 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday, March 5 4-5:30 p.m. Confirmation UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 306 3rd St., LuVerne, 50560 Phone 515-882-3509

6:00 p.m. Bible Study Reformed At the Crossroads Ministries BRITT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 569 Main Ave. N, Britt, 50423 Phone 843-3308 Pastor Joel De Boer Sundays 10 a.m. Worship Service 11:15 a.m. Sunday School PEACE REFORMED CHURCH 3 mi. S. Hwy 69, Garner, 50438 Phone 923-3060 Pastor Harvey Opp www.peacereformedchurch.com Wednesday, Feb. 26 4 p.m. Catechism Thursday, Feb. 27 7 p.m. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Study Sunday, March 2 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship ZION EVANGELICAL & REFORMED CHURCH 760 W. 8th, Garner Phone 923-3152 Brian Lund, Pastor www.zionerchurch.com Sunday, March 2 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Tuesday, March 3 9 a.m. Prayer Group Wednesday, March 5 Ash Wednesday 2:30 p.m. 7/8 Confirmands 5:30 p.m. New Life Supper 6 p.m. New Life Kids Club 6 p.m. 9th Gr Confirmands 6:15 p.m. Sr. High/Adult Bible Study *To have your church calendar published in The Leader please email Kelly. map@qwestoffice.net, fax 923-2685, or bring a copy to the Garner office by noon on Friday. Schedules are printed one week in advance.

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Peace Reformed Church, Garner, will host the spring meeting of the Covenant East Classis of the Reformed Church of United States (RCUS), March 3, 4, 5. The public is welcome to attend the pre-classes fellowship from 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, March 3. The Rev. Jeff DeBoer, a former pastor at Peace Reformed Church, will be teaching on the Book of Titus. The public is also invited to attend the 7 p.m. worship service on Tuesday, March 4. The RCUS Covenant East Classis includes congregations at Bentonville, Ark.; Eden Prairie, Minn.; Golden Valley, Minn.; Garner, Iowa; Hamburg, Minn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Manitowac, Wis.; Napoleon, Ohio; and Waymart, Penn. Peace Reformed Church is located 3 miles south of Garner on U.S. Hwy. 69. The Reformed Church in the United States is a communion of Protestant Christian churches in the Reformed tradition. The denomination stands on the great Reformation principles of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to the Scriptures alone, to the glory of God alone.

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This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter storm did not hinder the good work being accomplished in the Iowa House. We successfully concluded the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;funnel,â&#x20AC;? which is a deadline for legislators to pass bills out of their respective policy committees in either the House or Senate, in order to remain eligible for further consideration. Appropriations, Ways & Means, and Government Oversight bills are exempt from the funnel rules. In preparation for the storm, our committees worked hard to complete their work early. I am excited about a number of bills that passed out of committee that will strengthen and protect Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families, as well as promote greater opportunities for Iowans. Legislation to augment our community collegesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to reach out and train Iowans where there is a worker shortage was passed by the House Economic Development Committee. HSB 541 is a bill that encourages apprenticeship opportunities and ensures Iowans are getting the job training they need to access good careers. It also builds upon the skilled worker initiative passed last session. In an effort to eliminate fraud and the misuse of Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicaid program, the House Human Resources committee passed HF 2275, a bill that would modernize the process used to apply for the program. This bill would require a new, more efficient and expedited Medicaid

application process to verify income, assets, and identity of the applicants prior to approval. A bill that would help Iowans attend school and continue to work without losing child care assistance was passed out of the Human Resources Committee. HF 2070 would allow Iowans to receive child care assistance if they work and go to school for a combination of 28 hours per week. Currently to receive assistance, a parent must work or go to school 28 hours per week. The Home Base Iowa plan also made it through the funnel. This is a package of legislation to attract veterans back to Iowa and ensure they have the opportunities they need to be successful when they return. The House Education committee approved HSB 525, an anti-bullying proposal aimed at keeping up with changes in social media activity and ensuring a system is in place for parental notification if an incident occurs. The Kathlyn Shepard tragedy last year highlighted areas where we could strengthen Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laws in regards to kidnapping. HF 2253 elevates penalties for kidnapping and eliminates the earned time credit for some offenders. In response to growing concerns over human trafficking, legislation was passed to protect underage Iowans who have

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passed out of committee. Suppressors are a safety device that can help prevent hearing damage for gun owners. Currently, Iowa is one of only 11 states that does not allow for the purchase and use of suppressors. If you have feedback or questions on these proposals, or any piece of legislation we are considering, please do not hesitate to contact me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear from you. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like more information on the legislation being considered in the House, please visit www.iowahouserepublicans.com. As always, I can be reached anytime at linda.upmeyer@ legis.iowa.gov or 515-281-4618.

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GHV Boys Fall in District Semi Final

Nelson Barranca goes for the points, facing off against BishopGarrigan last week. (Photo by Michelle Kronemann)

West Hancock concludes basketball season The West Hancock boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team concluded their 2013/2014 season this past weekend with a regional loss to Algona-Bishop Garrigan 72-36. The Eagles wrap up the season with an overall winning record of 13-9. West Hancock tied for fourth place with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in the North Iowa Conference 7-7. This marks the Eagles first winning season over the past three years, improving on a 9-15 overall 2012/2013 season and 8-15 2011/2012 season. As a team, the Eagles scored 1440 points on the season, averaging 68.6 points per game and ranking them fourth in the NIC. West Hancock stole 191 times for a second place NIC ranking, while coming in third both in assists and blocks with 299 and 57 respectively. The Eagles earned the fourth most rebounds in the conference with 633, while ranking third in defensive rebounds at 446 and sixth offensively with 187. Individually, West Hancock was led by Nate Paulus with 335 points on the season, averaging 16 points per game and ranking him fifth overall in the NIC. Paulus also sunk the second most three-point shots in the conference and led the Eagles with 63. Connor Sonius was just behind Paulus in scoring with 329 and a seventh place ranking, while Trevor Nalan earned 290 points, Ricardo Ibarra 148 and Jordan Savoy 133. Sonius not only led the Eagles but also the NIC in assists with 140. Paulus followed with 48 and Savoy 30. Sonius finished third in the conference with 52 steals, Nalan reached for 35, Paulus 32 and Savoy 24. Jacob Hejlik led the Eagles in blocks and was third in the NIC at 23. Nalan led the way under the boards for West Hancock this season with 191 total boards (59 offensive/132 defensive), earning him a second place finish among fellow NIC players. Sonius recorded 91 rebounds (15/76), Hejlik 82 (17/65), Savoy 72 (25/47), and Paulus 63 (20/43). The Eagles will say goodbye to seniors Jacob Hejlik, Robert Goerisch and Cole Weiland.

Basketball teams are supposed to be peaking around tournament time and the results of GHVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first game of Class 2A district play indicated that the Cardinals may be hitting that mark. On Monday, the Cards played perhaps their best game of the season in a 79 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 33 drubbing of Saint Ansgar in the Class 2A District quarterfinals. GHV played a strong first half against second-ranked New Hampton in the district semifinal, but the Chickasaws used a near-perfect performance after halftime to end the Cardinalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season. GHV looked like a machine on Monday on their home floor against Saint Ansgar. A distinct size advantage allowed the Cardinals to outscore their guests 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 in the first quarter on the way to a 50 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18 halftime advantage. GHV looked equally impressive in the third quarter while building their lead to 70 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 heading into the final period. With the mercy rule in effect, the running clock slowed the pace some in the fourth quarter as GHV rolled to a 79 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 33 victory. Joel Toppin eclipsed the 1000-point milestone for his career with a 20-point performance that included four assists and five rebounds. Braden Meints followed with 13 points, five boards and four assists followed by Jake Wolf with 12 points and six rebounds. Spencer Shaw was the fourth GHV player to reach double figures, scoring 10 points with four assists. Luke Wolf came off the bench to score eight points and grab five rebounds while Adam Monson also scored eight points. Completing the scoring total for GHV were Holden Hutcheson with four points and two points apiece from Logan Ryerson and Teddy Zrostlik. Cardinal coach Joe Albertson commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was hoping to see us flying around making plays from the start, and I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappointed. The guys did a great job moving the ball and finding open teammates, and the results were six guys scoring eight points or more.

It was great to start the second season off with a win, but it was also great to witness Joel Toppin scoring 1,000 points. He has worked very hard on his game over the years, and it has paid off. Hopefully, hard work and unselfish play will help us win in the next round.â&#x20AC;? All of the Cardinal coaches, players and fans knew heading into Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s District Semifinal game against second-rated New Hampton that GHV would need a flawless effort in order to compete against the Chickasaws. The game had been scheduled for Thursday evening, but last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blizzard forced a two-day delay of the meeting. New Hampton entered the game with a perfect 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 0 record, so when GHV pulled ahead 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 after one period of play Cardinal fans were no doubt encouraged. The Chickasaws made an offensive run in the second quarter but the Cards were still clinging to a one-point, 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 lead at halftime. The third quarter was the difference in the game as New Hampton outscored GHV 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 in that period to pull ahead 43 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28. The Chickasaws did not let up in the final quarter on the way to a 68 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 42 win. Braden Meints and Joel Toppin each scored nine points with four rebounds to lead GHV in the game. Spencer Shaw added six points followed by Holden Hutcheson and Jake Wolf with four points apiece. Jimmy Ermer and Adam Monson chipped in three points each while Harley Forry and Luke Wolf both scored two points. Logan Ryerson and Teddy Zrostlik were credited with four and three rebounds respectively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a tough task to knock off a very talented New Hampton team,â&#x20AC;? noted Coach Albertson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to play hard, smart, and unselfish basketball to stay with them. Early on I thought the boys were doing some nice things. They were forcing turnovers, moving the ball, and making shots. Spencer Shaw hit a couple shots in the first quarter to help us build a six-point lead going into the second quarter. Even

GHVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luke Wolf drives to the hoop during the Cards 68-42 loss at New Hampton. The Cards finished their season with a 12-11 record. (Photo by Rick Ermer) though New Hampton made a run prior to half, I was proud of how the boys did not quit and found a way to go into half with the lead. Through most of the third quarter each team had trouble scoring, but New Hampton started getting hot at the end of the third quarter. We could not match their run, and we began to

force things offensively and gamble on defense. The boys gave it a shot, but it was not our moment. In the end the seniors taught the underclassmen a lot, and they will be missed.â&#x20AC;? GHV completed their season with an overall record of 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11.

CWL boys wrap up seaseon The CWL boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team concluded their final season in school history with an overall record of 5-15 and 2-8 in the Cornbelt Conference. As a team, the Panthers scored 869 points for a fourth place conference ranking. CWL led the conference in blocks with 55, while ranking third in assists with 240 and fourth in steals at 173. Under the basket, the Panthers earned the second most offensive rebounds in the conference with 184, while ranking fourth in both defensive (391) and total rebounds (575). Jared Haler led the Panthers in scoring with 243 points on the season, ranking him 10th in the Cornbelt. Esden Carroll followed with 237 points, Grant Carroll 182, Sam Ludwig 107, and Stefan Chambers 97.

Grant Carroll sank the second most three-pointers in the conference and led the Panthers with 38. Esden Carroll followed with 32 for an overall sixth place ranking. Haler led the team in assists at 67 for fourth in the conference, Esden dished out 65 assists (fifth in the conference), Grant 48 (ninth), Ludwig 33 and Chambers 27. Haler also led the Panthers in steals with 58, which was good for second in the Cornbelt. Esden stole 48 times for CWL (fourth), while Grant added 25, Ludwig 24 and Chambers 18. Esden, Haler and Chambers all found themselves ranked in the top five in the conference in blocks with a third place performance from Esden at 21, fourth from Haler at 17 and fifth from Chambers with 15 blocks.

Haler not only led the Panthers, but also led the conference in total rebounds with 219 (73 offensive/146 defensive) on the season. Esden rebounded for 157 total boards (44/113) and a sixth place ranking, while Chambers grabbed 105 total rebounds (36/69) for ninth place. Ludwig added 72 rebounds on the year (26/46), and Grant 20 (5/15). Three Panthers played their final high school basketball season this year, Sam Ludwig, Jared Haler and Stefan Chambers, while nine others played their final season for CWL; juniors Esden Carroll, John Genrich, Johnathan Hinz, sophomores Grant Carroll, Micah Meyers, and freshmen Blake Teepe, Gavyn Gronbach, Dawson Anderson, and Luis Roque.

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West Hancock girls conclude season The West Hancock girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team recently concluded their 20132014 season with a second round loss to Clarion-Goldfield 65-72. The Eagles finish with a record of 6-16 overall and 4-10 in the NIC. As a team the Eagles recorded 1053 points on the season, averaging 47.9 points per game for sixth in the conference. Together the girls earned the third most assists in the NIC with 219, along with the fourth most steals at 268. The Eagles also earned 27 blocks on the season. West Hancock led the NIC in total rebounds with 793 (291 offensive/268 defensive) for an average of 36 boards per game. Maria Gonzalez led the Eagles in scoring with 329 points (15 points per game), which ranked her third in the conference. Emma Chizek followed with 135 points, Cara Francis 119, Faith Hammer 118 and Kealey Johnson 102. Hammer led the Eagles and was seventh in the NIC in 3-point shots made at 23. Gonzalez sank 20, while Francis and Emily Leerar each put in 13. Bailey Eisenman dished out the most assists for the Eagles with 77 to rank her second in the conference. Gonzalez added 37, Hammer 36, Whitney Burgardt 24 and Francis 18. Gonzalez earned the third most steals for the North Iowa Conference at 93, while Eisenman added 37, Hammer 31, Francis and Leerar each stole 27 times, while Chizek snatched 23. Francis landed herself in the top ten in the NIC with 17 blocks, which was good for ninth. Chizek grabbed the most rebounds for the Eagles on the season with 174 (68 offensive/106 defensive), averaging 7.9 per game and ranking her sixth. Francis earned another ninth place ranking in the NIC with 136 total rebounds (45/91). Johnson secured 99 total boards (30/69) for the Eagles, while Gonzalez had 91 (49/42) and Leerar 85 (38/47). The Eagles will return the entire roster for the 2014/2015 season, as there were no seniors on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster. Considering nine of West Hancockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s losses came by a margin of 10 points or less, this young Eagle team has an abundance of potential that should only continue to improve in the upcoming seasons.

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Maddie Tusha 1st Team, MVP

Emily Spillman 1st Team

Shelby Rayhons 2nd Team

Mackenzie Haag Honoralble Mention

All-conference listings for the North Iowa Conference have been released and league champion GHV was well represented on those rosters. Four Cardinals earned post-season recognition, including a pair of first team selections along with a second team and an honorable mention. Heading the list of Cardinals on the NIC elite rosters was senior forward Maddie Tusha. Tusha was named as the North Iowa Conference Player of the Year after finishing her high school career with an outstanding season. Maddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defensive play has gained the attention of opposing coaches in previous seasons and that aspect of her game was again her forte. Tusha led the league in steals with 105 while also finishing third overall in assists with 69. Maddie was the eighth-ranked of-

fensive play with a scoring average of 10 ppg and was also among the top rebounders in the league with 124. Also named to the NIC First Team roster was junior guard Emily Spilman. Emily was a consistent scorer for the Cardinals, averaging nine points-pergame to rank tenth overall in the NIC. Spilman finished sixth overall in assists with 54 while picking up 67 rebounds and 51 steals. Named to the NIC Second Team list was senior forward Shelby Rayhons. Shelby led the North Iowa Conference in field goal percentage while averaging seven points-per-game. Shelyb was also a consistent player on the boards, finishing the conference season with 67 rebounds. Junior forward Mackenzie Haag earned Honorable Mention recognition.

Mackenzie played a solid season for the Cards after finishing with a five pointper-game scoring average in league play. Haag was a consistent player on both ends of the floor, grabbing 58 rebounds on the year while picking up 38 steals and dishing out 32 assists. A complete listing of all-conference rosters for the NIC Girls follows. NIC Final Standings GHV 13 1 Osage 11 2 Forest City 10 4 North Iowa 9 5 Lake Mills 4 9 Belmond 4 10 West Hancock 4 10 Newman 0 14 NIC First Team Maddie Tusha GHV Emily Spilman GHV

Liz Shaw Osage Jadee Walsh Osage Sarri Happel Forest City Paige Hassebroek North Iowa NIC Second Team Shelby Rayhons GHV Jamie Jacobs Osage Maria Gonzalez West Han Rachel Koch Forest City Rachel Boekelman North Iowa Sarah Orban Lake Mills NIC Honorable Mention Mackenzie Haag GHV Cassidy Mohl Osage Amanda Wilson Forest City Mica Johnson North Iowa Mary Evans Lake Mills Jackee Meyer Belmond Cara Francis West Han Hannah Fischer Newman

GHVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes of advancing to the Class 3A State Basketball Tournament were crushed last week in their regional semifinal game at Clear Lake. The Cardinals saw their 15 game win streak come to an end at the hands of the third-rated Lions in what realistically was the game that decided the state tournament qualifier. In a perfect world, the matchup between Clear Lake and GHV would have been the regional final played on a neutral court, but when the tournament pairings were decided almost a month ago the IGHSAU didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how competitive this game would be. After narrowly escaping GHVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upset bid, the Lions went on to post a lopsided victory in the regional final to earn a trip to the State Tournament. The first quarter was a defensive battle between the two evenly matched teams with GHV pulling ahead 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 after eight minutes of play. The Cardinals then began to pull away in the second quarter, eventually building their lead to nine points in spite of the Lions scoring six points at the free throw line. At halftime, the Cards had managed to maintain their advantage 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21. GHV maintained control through the beginning of the third quarter, edging ahead 34 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 26 at one point. The Lions then chipped away at the deficit to make the score 34 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 32 heading into the final period. Two Lion free throws early in the fourth quarter followed by a threepointer put Clear Lake in the lead for the first time since the beginning of the game. The two teams battled through the rest of the contest, with Clear Lake scoring what proved to be the winning basket late in the game and then iced it with two more free throws to make the final 43 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 39. GHV beat Clear Lake in almost every statistical category except the final score. The Cardinals finished the game with more field goals, more rebounds, more steals and fewer turnovers while also shooting perfectly at the free throw line. Unfortunately, GHV made only three trips to the line during the course of the game compared to 17 for the Li-

ons. Emily Spilman carried most of the offensive load for the Cardinals, finishing the night with 19 points. Maddie Tusha played another complete game for GHV, scoring six points with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Hannah Lau added six points and five rebounds while Mackenzie Haag and Mackenzie Van Gerpen finished with four points apiece. Cardinal coach Matt Erpelding commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did a great job defensively taking away Clear Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three point shooting but the other area of concern heading into the game was containing their dribble penetration and as it turned out that was the area of the game that ended up being the difference. I felt we did an adequate job of controlling that but by getting the calls at the rim they were able to outscore us 12 to three at the free throw line as a result of shooting 17 attempts to our three. We played very well on the offensive end in the first half and were able to pull ahead by nine with less than two minutes to go in the first half. We needed to finish the half with the momentum but instead we allowed them to grab the momentum at half by cutting the lead to five. We struggled the entire second half executing what we were trying to run offensively. Give their defense credit as they caused us trouble getting into sync. It seemed like we just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that one break that we needed to get us back into a flow.â&#x20AC;? The Cardinals have relied on their team defense to carry them through tough spots in recent weeks, and Erpelding saw that effort again in this game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Again late in the game our defense turned what seemed like a slim chance of victory into a certain possibility as we came up with a couple steals and a three-point play by Maddie to tie the game at 39. I made a very poor decision defensively on their next offensive possession that ended up costing us the ball game. Give credit to Logan as she is an outstanding guard and she stepped up and made a big play. We still had a chance to tie it up again but

unfortunately turned the ball over and they were able to ice the game at the free throw line.â&#x20AC;? Coach Erpelding had plenty of praise for the Cardinal girls and fan base in spite of the loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emily Spilman had a tremendous game for us as she made her first nine shots and finished with 19 point on nine-of-ten shooting while having the difficult task of guarding Logan on the other end of the floor. I am very proud of the effort from my girls as we did exactly what we needed to do to give us a chance to pull off the upset. Our defense was outstanding as it has been all season long. We just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish off the game in a hostile environment. I want to thank the GHV fans for their tremendous support all season and especially at this game. Our side of the gym was absolutely packed and their support was a big factor in our play. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to give special thanks also to the student body as their enthusiasm

in the two tournament games was awesome!!â&#x20AC;? After losing three of their first six games this season, the Cardinals assembled a great season with an impressive winning streak. Prior to the Clear Lake game, GHV hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suffered defeat since December 19 as the Cardinals finished the season at18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 overall. Selected individual statistics from the Class 3A Regional Semifinal game follow. GHV 10 16 8 5 39 CL 8 13 11 11 43 Individual stats (FGM-A, FTM-A, P, F): Emily Spilman: 9-10, 0-0, 19, 4; Hannah Lau: 2-6, 2-2, 6, 2; Maddie Tusha: 2-9, 1-1, 6, 2; Mackenzie Haag: 2-7, 0-0, 4, 2; Mackenzie Van Gerpen: 2-4, 0-0, 4, 0; Bri Bier: 0-6, 0-0, 0, 2; Shelby Rayhons: 0-2, 0-0, 0, 3; Courtney Younge: 0-0, 0-0, 0 3.

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Achievements in Education Riverland deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list Riverland Community College is pleased to announce the students whose academic achievement placed them on the fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lists. Locally, Autumn Glidden, of Garner was one of the students named to the list. To be eligible for the deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list students must have completed 12 credits per semester with letter grades and have earned a grade point average of 3.25 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale.

Hawkeye Community deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list WATERLOO - Hawkeye Community College announces the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List for Fall Semester. The Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List is official recognition of outstanding academic accomplishment by full-time students. To qualify for the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List, full-time students must have successfully completed 12 or more credits in the given semester with a major GPA of 3.50 or better for courses taken at Hawkeye Community College. The following area students are on the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List for the Fall Semester: Carlee Christianson, Britt; Katelin Willert, Britt.

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VHG Seventh Grade Basketball Roundup

After dropping their first two games of the season, the VGH seventh grade girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team completed their schedule with an eight game winning streak. The Vikings looked strong in their final four games of the season, picking up two wins over Newman along with victories over Belmond and Lake Mills. VGH hosted Newman on February 10 where the Vikings used a strong defensive effort in the second half on the way to a 32 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 win. VGH led 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 at intermission and then allowed the Knights only two field goals in the second half. Maddie Williams led VGH in the scorebook with 11 points followed by Nicole Upmeyer with seven and Mara Anderson with six. Jayden Hughes and Hannah Whelan chipped in three points apiece while Jade Hanson and Jenna Hanson each added a free throw. In their first meeting of the season, VGH handled Belmond with a lopsided win at Ventura. Their second meeting on February 11 was equally lopsided in spite of the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to be friendly. After leading 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 at halftime, VGH went on to post a 47 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 win. Audrey Casperson scored a dozen points to lead the Vikings followed by Mara Anderson with 10 and Jayden Hughes with eight. Jade Hanson chipped in six points while Maddie Williams scored five and Nicole Upmeyer scored four. Brett Carolus rounded out the VGH scoring with two points. The Vikings traveled to Lake Mills on February 14 where the Bulldogs

Members of the seventh grade girls basketball team at Ventura/Garner-Hayfield include (front row, left to right) Maddie Williams, Brielle Smeby, Macey Spilman, Hannah Whelan, Hayley Frascht, (middle row) Jayden Hughes, Megan Eastman, Nicole Upmeyer, Sadie Oulman, Ashley Lincicum, Leah Johnson, (back row) Mara Anderson, Bretta Carolus, Jenna Hanson, Audrey Casperson, Jade Hanson, and Emma Frohling. (Photo courtesy of Madsen Photo & Design) played VGH in a very close game. The first half was a defensive battle with the score being tied 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 at intermission. The Vikings outscored their hosts in the second half for a 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 17 win. Maddie Williams scored 10 points to pace VGH followed by Nicole Upmeyer with four. Audrey Casperson, Jade Hanson, Jayden Hughes and Brielle Smeby all added two points in the win. VGH played what proved to be their final game of the season on February 18 at Newman. The Vikings took control of the game early,

building a 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 halftime advantage. VGH then cruised through the second half on the way to a 33 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18 victory. Maddie Williams again led the Vikings with 10 points and Audrey Casperson netted six. Mara Anderson followed with five points while Jade Hanson, Jenna Hanson and Nicole Upmeyer all scored four. The Viking reserve team did manage to get in a couple of games between cold weather and snowstorms. On February 11 the Vikings hosted the Forest City B team where the Indians posted a 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 win. Ashley

Lincicum scored six points to lead VGH followed by Brielle Smeyby with four, Hannah Whelan with three and Sadie Oulman with two. The Viking reserves played what proved to be their final game of the season on February 14 at Lake Mills. VHG pulled ahead 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 in the first half on the way to a 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 win. Macey Spilman led the way with six points for VGH followed by Brielle Smeby with four. Hannah Whelan chipped in three points while Megan Eastman, Emma Frohling and Sadie Oulman all scored two.

VGH Eighth Grade Picks up Two Wins Thanks to the constant barrage of cold and wintry weather, the VGH eighth grade basketball team played an abbreviated basketball schedule this season. The Vikings had a good conclusion to the year, picking up two wins in their final four contests. VGH hosted Newman on February 10 where the Vikings outlasted the Knights for a 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23 win. Jillian Heitland had a big night on the offensive end to lead all scorers with 15 points. Jackie Van Oort added four to the total followed by Taylor Gerdes with three and Bailee Frayne with two. The Vikings traveled to Belmond on February 11 where VGH posted a 34 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 win over the Broncos. Taylor Gerdes scored eight points to lead the Vikings followed by Jackie Van Oort with seven. Jillian Heitland and Ashley Markla scored six points apiece while Morgan Westendorf chipped in three. Bailee Frayne and Tehya Mitchell completed the scoring total with two points each. VGH played their final home game of the season February 14 as the Vikings hosted Lake Mills. The Bulldogs proved to be more than VGH could handle as Lake Mills doubled up the Vikings 38 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 19. Jillian Heitland scored nine points to pace VGH and Jackie Van Oort netted seven points. Ashley Markla completed the score with three points. The season ended abruptly on February 17 at Newman as blizzard conditions forced cancellation of an already rescheduled game with North

Members of the eighth grade girls basketball team at Ventura/Garner-Hayfield include: (front row, left to right) Shelby Scott, Kaitlin Miller, Alaina Scott, Deserae Clevenger, Taylor Boggs, (middle row) Abby Kale, Jackie Van Oort, Maria Devora, Ashley Markla, Morgan Westendorf, Hannah Larson, (back row) Taylor Bell, Jillian Heitland, Tehya Mitchell, Taylor Gerdes, Bailee Frayne, and Emma Whelan. (Photo courtesy of Madsen Photo & Design) Iowa on February 20. The rematch was almost a carbon copy of their first meeting with the lead bouncing back and forth between the two teams for the duration of the game. A Knight basket in the final minute of the game proved to be the difference as Newman won 31 -30. Jillian Heitland poured in 13 points to lead the Vikings and Jackie Van Oort netted 11 points. Bailee Frayne chipped

in four points followed by Morgan Westendorf with two. The eighth grade B team finished their schedule with a pair of games. On February 10 the Vikings posted a 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 home court win over Forest City. Emma Whelan was the offensive leader for VGH, finishing the night with eight points. Abby Kale followed with four points while Taylor Bell and Kaitlin Miller added two

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2014 Iowa crop production cost estimates Crop cost estimates for 2014 corn and soybean production in Iowa are not expected to change significantly from 2013. Profit margins will be tight and final yields and marketing strategies will be critical. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach released its annual publication, Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa – 2014, to help farmers figure their potential crop costs per acre and per bushel for various crops, rotations and tillage practices. Fertilizer costs are expected to drop approximately 20 percent but will be offset by slightly higher seed, crop pro-

tection, energy and cash rental rates. Estimated costs to produce a bushel of corn are expected to be down about 1 percent, while cost to produce soybeans is up 2 percent. Thus, cost estimates for most inputs in 2014 should remain fairly flat, except for fertilizer. That’s good news for farmers, as cash corn prices have dropped by 35 percent from the 2012 average cash price and soybeans are down by more than 10 percent. Land costs for 2014 aren’t expected to drop significantly; however, flexible cash leases (adjusted for yield, price and costs).

Last June the USDA and EPA launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on everyone in the food chain to join the effort to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste. Food waste in the United States is estimated at 30 to 40 percent of the food supply. Some of this food could be going to hungry people rather than filling up landfills and creating greenhouse gases. According to the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project, almost 14% of all municipally-landfilled waste is food waste making it the #1 most prevalent disposed material. What can individuals do? Here is a list of ways to reduce wasted food from USDA. Visit the food waste reduction website for more information. (http:// www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/resources/consumers.htm) 1. Shop your refrigerator first! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more. 2. Plan your menu before you go shopping and buy only those things on your menu. 3. Buy only what you realistically need and will use. Buying in bulk only saves money if you are able to use the food before it spoils. 4. Nutritious, safe, and untouched food can be donated to food banks to help those in need.

5. At restaurants, order only what you can finish by asking about portion sizes and be aware of side dishes included with entrees. Take home the leftovers and keep them for your next meal. 6. Compost food scraps rather than throwing them away. 7. Don’t automatically throw out food that has been in the freezer longer than “recommended”. Food poisoning bacteria does not grow in the freezer, so no matter how long a food is frozen, it is safe to eat. Foods that have been in the freezer for months may be dry, or may not taste as good, but they will be safe to eat. So if you find a package of ground beef that has been in the freezer more than a few months, don’t throw it out. Use it to make chili or tacos. The seasonings and additional ingredients can make up for loss of flavor. 8. Likewise, canned goods will last for years, as long as the can itself is in good condition (no rust, dents, or swelling). Packaged foods (cereal, pasta, cookies) will be safe past the ‘best by’ date, although they may eventually become stale or develop an off flavor. If food appears moldy or discolored, do not eat it. For more information on what the dates on packages mean check out our Spend Smart Eat Smart web page at http://www.extension.iastate.edu.

Eight ways for families to reduce food waste

Managing Family Finances – Emergency Fund By Brenda Schmitt, ISU Extension Family Finance Specialist Only one in four Americans has an emergency fund that meets most experts’ minimum recommendations – one that would cover their expenses for three months if their income was cut off. An emergency fund can help relieve stress and give peace of mind. The recommended minimum goal is to save an amount equal to three or more months of living expenses. You might use this fund for emergencies such as: an unexpected car repair bill; new glasses for your child; or living expenses if you lose your job. Try to save 10 percent of your paycheck. If you save 10 percent each

pay period, it can take up to two years to build an emergency fund. Put your emergency fund into a savings account, so the money will be available when you need it. One way to start is to pay yourself first: think of savings as a bill which needs to be paid. You can speed your progress by saving lump sums of money such as tax refunds, bonus payments, and gifts. Even saving loose change can add up. Keep envelopes addressed to your bank together with your monthly bills. Send money to your savings account when you pay your monthly bills. In this way, you pay yourself first. For more strategies on managing family finances, check out our blog at blogs.extension.iastate.edu/moneytips.

ISUE Weekly Column – Tax Season Update Many of us currently have a desk or kitchen table covered with financial records? You are busy rounding up the receipts, check stubs and other key documents to take to his tax appointment. Eventually we all develop some routine that we repeat annually. Mine usually includes a wish that I had started earlier. The 2013 filing season is a little calmer than past years. No new rules or legislation were passed at the midnight hour to cause computer programmers sleepless nights making changes to calculations and forms. One federal change likely to impact many will be an increase in the amount you have to deduct from medical and dental expenses before you can use them as deductions. The amount increased from 7.5% to 10% of your adjusted gross income. Iowa residents will see an increase in

their state Earned Income Tax Credit. Those who qualify will receive 14% of the federal credit. There is a new $50 tax credit for individuals who are certified EMT’s or volunteer fire fighters. There is also a new Iowa Taxpayer’s Trust Fund Credit. If you file an Iowa return for 2013 you have a $54 credit that will reduce your tax liability. Neither of the new credits are refundable nor carry back or forward to other tax years. If your income is $52,000 or less you might be able to take advantage of free tax preparation assistance at VITA sites and those who are 60 or older can get help at TCE sites. Visit the irs.gov web page and enter the name of the program in the search box to find a location near you.

Iowa Beef Center Seeks Input from Cow-Calf Producers AMES - Iowa cow-calf producers may soon be receiving a survey in the mail from the Iowa Beef Center. As part of its ongoing commitment to providing accurate and timely information to the state’s beef industry, IBC is asking the cow-calf segment for opinions on a variety of topics, according to director Dan Loy. “Growth opportunities and challenges exist in cattle production, and we want to identify both of those so we can assist in profitable, sustainable growth of the industry,” he said. “To do so, we need help from Iowa cow-calf producers and that’s why we developed this survey.” Participation is entirely voluntary and all responses will be kept in strict

confidence, Loy said. Individuals who will analyze the responses will not have access to any identification of survey participants. “We place a high value on the input of producers because their first-hand knowledge and need for information will drive future research, education, and extension and outreach programming from IBC,” he said. “This in turn will assist us in meeting future needs of Iowa beef producers as well.” The survey was mailed Feb. 7, so producers in the selected group should start to receive the mailing soon. A postage-paid envelope is included for convenience, and Loy said anyone with questions should contact him at 515294-1058.

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Workshop Helps Local Livestock Production Program MarketReady Food Producers Extend Reach AMES - While significant opportu- Producers need to attend both days of for 4-H to be Developed AMES — Youth participating in 4-H are the focus of a new Iowa State University livestock education program. Amy Powell was recently hired to help develop an online curriculum to teach youth in 4-H about raising livestock. The new Extension and Outreach position of 4-H livestock specialist will work with Department of Animal Science professors to ensure the information is scientifically sound. “One in every five Iowa youth develops life skills by participating in 4-H programs, demonstrating the importance of providing a research-based education,” said Cathann Kress, vice president for Extension and Outreach. “This new position complements the governor’s STEM Initiative to boost our youths’ knowledge and skills.” Powell is a native of Tennessee and worked as an extension educator there for about 16 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1996 and a master’s degree in agricultural education and extension in 2004, both from the University of Tennessee. “It is exciting for the Department of Animal Science to have someone of Amy Powell’s background and experience to lead a new program working with 4-H and youth livestock programs,” said Maynard Hogberg, chair of the Iowa State animal science department. “Science and technology are becoming increasingly important in the production of animal protein.” Powell said the curriculum that’s developed will be online, making it available to youth outside of 4-H, such as FFA and others who want to learn about animals and the science involved in their production. The exposure to the information might lead youth to further study or to choose a career in science or animal science. “With more than 16,000 4-H youth enrolled in animal projects, we are looking forward to bringing new ways of delivery and educational experiences to both rural and urban youth in the area of animal science and the STEM initiative,” said Mike Anderson, a 4-H Youth Development livestock program specialist who will be working with Powell.

Keep on track meeting new year goals It has been a month since New Year’s. Maybe you set a goal and are well on the way to accomplishing it– if so, Congratulations! Keep up the great effort. On the other hand maybe you have stopped believing in new year’s resolutions, or just never got around to setting one. OR perhaps you are one of many who set a resolution, gave it some real thought, but are finding it’s more difficult than you expected, or perhaps you’ve been so busy you haven’t truly worked on it. Even so, being surrounded by cues that encourage us to improve our lives may lead you to see possibilities. And the lengthening daylight feeds hope and helps you look forward… Here are a few suggestions for renewing efforts toward a goal: 1. Make a clear plan (or fix the plan you had). Include some limits, and a method to hold yourself accountable. Example: if you want to control spending, pull only a certain amount of cash out of your bank account each week, and don’t get any more until next week (and don’t cheat and use plastic or write checks for things the cash was supposed to cover).

2. Do at least one thing every day to move yourself in the direction you want to go. Example: if you want to organize the pile of papers that has accumulated, do one small task each day. You might take the top five items off the pile and put them in their place. Or remove some out-of-date documents from your file cabinet so there is room for new papers to be added! 3. Get help – find a cheerleader. It can be hard to work alone. Find someone who can be in your corner, who will encourage and remind and support you without nagging. 4. Expect obstacles. Things won’t always go right, and a small setback is not the end of the world. Be prepared to move on after a setback. And… if you can avoid situations that might create obstacles, be sure to do so! These suggestions are not big news – you may have heard them before. But we all need reminders of the commonsense steps that can move us forward. For more, go to Small Steps to Health and Wealth, from Rutgers Cooperative Extension at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/ sshw/

nity exists to build on the demand for local products in local markets, many farmers are hesitant or unprepared to meet the transactional requirements required by institutional, wholesale and restaurant buyers to manage food safety, insurance, product quality and traceability risks. Iowa MarketReady, a new program from the Iowa STate University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program, addresses these issues and seeks to educate food suppliers to succeed in today’s markets and continue to be profitable, while utilizing a new marketing stream. The training is based around best business practices identified by buyers in these markets that are actively seeking local suppliers. Iowa MarketReady will help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a better business strategy to succeed. This two-day training will be March 25 and March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in Room 117 of Tama Hall at Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E. Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa.

the workshop. The program will start with registration and lunch on both days. Topics to be covered include communications and relationship building, packaging, labels, supply and delivery, post-harvest handling for produce, grading, insurance, regulatory and marketing. The workshop costs $55 per person or $90 per couple or two employees from the same farm. Fees include training materials, light lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call or email Christa Hartsook at 515-294-4430 or hartc@iastate.edu. Please give the name of the registrant, address, phone number and e-mail address and indicate whether the register is a produce or livestock/poultry/egg producer. Sponsors of the program include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program and Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership.

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Yard and Garden: Plants Affected by Frigid Temperatures AMES - Winter can be tough on Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trees and shrubs. Low temperatures, rapid temperature changes, winter desiccation and the weight of ice and snow can damage vulnerable trees and shrubs. 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 winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold temperatures have on my trees and shrubs? Trees and shrubs that are na-

tive 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 winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lynwood Goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spring Gloryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (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 winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold temperatures should have little impact on the flowering of forsythia cultivars â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mead-

owlarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Northern Sun.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The flower buds of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Meadowlark and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Northern Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. on track meeting new year goals Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about the effect this winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frigid temperatures will have on landscape plants. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

Yard and Garden: Starting Vegetable Plants AMES â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are planted in the garden as small plants (transplants). This practice is becoming more common for cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes and watermelons, because transplants shorten the time by several weeks between planting and harvest. What are some good sources of flower and vegetable seeds? Flower and vegetable seeds can be purchased at local garden centers. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also available from mail-order companies. Mail-order sources include Park Seed, One Parkton Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29647 (www.parkseed.com); Stokes Seeds, P.O. Box 548, Buffalo, NY 14240 (www.stokeseeds.com); Harris Seeds, P.O. Box 24966, Rochester, NY 14624 (www.harrisseeds.com); Johnnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Selected Seeds, 955 Benton Avenue, Winslow, ME 04901 (www. johnnyseeds.com); Seed Savers Exchange, 3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA 52101 (www.seedsavers.org); and many others. What type of germination medium should I use to start seedlings indoors? The germination medium should be lightweight, porous and free of pathogens. Excellent seed-starting media are commercially prepared soilless mixes, such as Jiffy Mix. Use a high quality, well-drained potting mix when transplanting seedlings into individual pots or cell packs. Which types of containers can be used to start seedlings indoors? Various containers can be used to germinate and grow transplants. Gardeners can purchase flats, trays, pots, compressed

peat pellets and other products. Previously used flats, trays and pots should be cleaned and disinfected before use. Wash previously used containers in soapy water, then disinfect them in a solution of one part chlorine bleach and nine parts water. Cut-off milk cartons, plastic jugs, paper cups, plastic food boxes and other containers also can be used to start seeds. Punch holes in the bottom of milk cartons, jugs, paper cups and similar containers to allow for drainage. Can seedlings be grown in a sunny window or is artificial lighting necessary? While plants can be grown in sunny windows, they often become tall and spindly because of insufficient light. For best results, grow seedlings under fluorescent lights. A standard fluorescent shop fixture containing one 40-watt cool white and one 40-watt warm white tube works fine. The fluorescent lights should be no more than 4 to 6 inches above the seedlings. A timer can be used to turn the lights on and off. When should I sow my flower and vegetable seeds indoors? The growth rate of the seedlings and the outdoor planting date determine when to sow seeds indoors. The crop time (number of weeks from sowing to planting outdoors) for several popular flowers and vegetables are: 10 to 12 weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Geranium 8 to 10 weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Petunia, salvia and impatiens 6 to 8 weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Marigold, pepper and eggplant 5 to 7 weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tomato, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and zinnia

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STORM from page 1 Municipal Building, she said. Andy Buffington, Hancock/Winnebago County Emergency Management Director said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The major stuff is the overnight power outages when you have residents who are on oxygen concentrators - just basically getting cold. You start worrying about livestock - the ability to keep them warm and water them. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a lot of different things. Buffington said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear of any dire emergencies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist. I just hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard about them yet,â&#x20AC;? he stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got through it like Iowans in the past.â&#x20AC;? FORUM from page 1 Another bill that is pending bans â&#x20AC;&#x153;telemedication abortionâ&#x20AC;? pills where doctors can prescribe abortion medications via Skype or other on-line conferencing methods. Under the bill, the mother would have to sit face to face with a doctor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically [the mother] Skypes the doctor and he just walks her through it,â&#x20AC;? said Guth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awfully dangerous. A woman can end up bleeding to death.â&#x20AC;? Rayhons and Guth said the proposed bill isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taking away anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightsâ&#x20AC;? but said, rather, it was for their protection. Rayhons said one of the biggest concerns for Natural Resources is the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa. The larva of the borer is destructive to ash trees. To date the Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in six Iowa counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can treat the trees, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very expensive. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re telling the cities and counties to start eradicating those trees and planting some new ones.â&#x20AC;? Other subjects included the gas tax and the price of propane, legislation regulating electronic cigarettes, water quality, agricultural drainage, commercial property tax relief, eminent domain, among other topics. SPANISH from page 1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;While some schools arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t acknowledging this, Garner-Hayfield and Ventura School Districts recognize how this will impact the lives of our students and are providing the education they need to become great global citizens,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bahnsen and Katrina Klooster, who teaches high school Spanish I and II at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, work closely to align curriculum between the two schools. (Bahnsen also teaches Spanish III and IV at GHV.) After two years of junior high Spanish, seventh graders will be prepared to continue on to Spanish II as high school freshman. GHV hopes to offer a college class for students once they have completed Spanish IV at the high school level, according to Bahnsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To supplement the work students do in the classroom, Katrina Klooster and I have also organized and will continue

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to organize international trips,â&#x20AC;? she said. A group of seven high school students, teachers Klooster and Bahnsen, and three parents will be travelling to Spain in June. The Garner-Hayfield Board of Education approved the trip in October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will give students the opportunity to use the Spanish they have learned in the classroom in a real world setting,â&#x20AC;? Bahnsen stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will also open their eyes to how big the world is and how many doors they can open because they learned Spanish.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garner-Hayfield School District and the Ventura community have been extremely supportive of this amazing opportunity for our students,â&#x20AC;? she continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They recognize the importance of travel, specifically when it comes to learning a language, and they have supported us immensely along the way.â&#x20AC;? Tyler Williams, school superintendent, agreed that learning a multiple language is a benefit to any learner as they exit high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Research states that the earlier you start learning a foreign language, the better,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While I am not sure if we are the only school in our athletic conference to offer a foreign language at the junior high level, we know that it is preparing our students well.â&#x20AC;? He continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two excellent Spanish teachers in Mrs. Klooster and Mrs. Bahnsen. Our Spanish numbers have exploded recently, and I credit these two teachers for creating such an exciting environment to a new language and culture.â&#x20AC;?

Prairie Energy crews battle weather The storm which hit North Central Iowa on Thursday caused hundreds and hundreds of outages ranging from: substations, three phase lines, single phase lines and individuals, Darrell Goff of Prairie Energy Cooperative reported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were fortunate in that we did not lose any poles,â&#x20AC;? Goff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This winter, Prairie Energy has experienced some of the coldest weather (temperature with wind) on record with few if any outages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that ice (heavy, wet snow) and wind are a terrible combination.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our line crews, operations department and those answering phones gave it a valiant effort on Thursday afternoon and into the evening hours trying to keep our member-owners warm,â&#x20AC;? Goff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We called it a day around 8:00 on Thursday night as visibility became a safety issue. We had linemen holed up in Webster City, several slept in their line trucks and four or five employees spent the night at the headquarter office in Clarion. Employees continued with the restoration process at 6 a.m. Friday. Our member-owners should be proud of their employees for the effort shown.â&#x20AC;? Prairie Energy service territory ranges from Fertile on the Northeast to Stratford on the Southwest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This particular storm system encompassed most all of the service territory. There were ice/frozen snow and wind issues in all parts of

Heavy snows weighed down power lines in the area. the system but the majority of the snow occurred in the Northern part,â&#x20AC;? Goff said. All Prairie Energy customers were back in service by Friday evening.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prairie Energy employees thank our member-owners for their assistance (help getting coop vehicles out of snow drifts, ditches or acts as simple as a call letting us know where wires were

down, tree limbs on line, etc.), cooperation and understanding while restoring power under extremely difficult working conditions!â&#x20AC;? Goff said.

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