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West Fork offering pep bus to state tournament

Late 3-pointer in overtime lifts Warhawks to back-to-back state trips By Kristi Nixon MASON CITY – With a rainbow three from the left corner, West Fork junior Drew Engebretson made sure the Warhawks would make another stab at the Class 2A state basketball field. In an incredible comeback effort, the third-ranked West Fork boys basketball team downed previously unbeaten and No. 2 New Hampton at Mason City High School 53-50 in overtime on Monday, March 3. It wasn’t the drawn-up play, but nothing was as it was supposed to be. “This was the time to make one,� Engebretson said were his thoughts on the shot. “This is the time to do it.� “It (the play) was actually a layup to Sam Amsbaugh. But I was all alone in the corner and he (Spencer Halloran) got it to me and I got it done.� The game was originally supposed to be played in Cedar Falls on Saturday, but Mother Nature had other ideas, postponing it until Monday at Mason City. “I don’t know what to say, we just found the open guy and Drew hit a huge shot and I can’t say enough about it,� Amsbaugh said. The Warhawks trailed 44-36 with 6 minutes, 4 seconds left in regula-

tion when coach Frank Schnoes’ team started to rally. West Fork was 6-of-8 from the free throw line from that point with Engebretson hitting a pair, Jacob Kuhlemeier with two and Amsbaugh was 2-of-4. “Our kids don’t give up and they started to play to win,� Schnoes said, “and one of the things we did was give the ball to Spencer at the wing and start to clear out the baseline, go 1-on-1...and he got some shots.� Three straight Warhawk timeouts in regulation garnered no score and a breathtaking full-court shot by New Hampton that hit the rim and bounced away. The Chickasaws took the lead in overtime on a pair of Kyle Smith free throws, but Amsbaugh had a put-back that tied the score at 50. Tucker Tenge missed a couple of big free throws with 1:29 left, and despite trying to hold on to the ball for a last shot, Smith stole the ball away only to get called for a charge with Amsbaugh taking it. “I knew we had to do something because if they made that lay-up, something bad was going for us,� Amsbaugh said. “I set my body up there and was hoping t o get

Members of the West Fork boys basketball team pose with the Class 2A state-qualifying banner on Monday, March 3, at Mason City. (Photo by Kristi Nixon) the call.� Schnoes called timeout with 11.4 ticks to go, setting up the frantic finish. “We were trying to draw up a play where we got it to Sam and he could draw a foul,� Schnoes said. “Spencer drove in and they collapsed on him, Drew is our best 3-point shooter and he saw him open and Spencer found him and kicked it out to him and he had a good look. When he let it go, it looked pretty good from where I was sitting.� The ball swished through with 1.7 seconds remaining and another fullcourt shot by New Hampton hit the rim only to fall short again. The shot set off a wild celebration and Engebretson was mobbed by teammates and, later, fans. “It was awesome,� Engebretson said. “West Fork community always supports the basketball team.� Engebretson, who was a manager Spencer Halloran, back, lifts teammate Drew Engebretson off the floor after he hit the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime to propel West Fork to the Class 2A state boys basketball tournament next week. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

for the team for three years when he was younger, as well as played a small role in last year’s state runnerup finish, said he felt the shot was going in all the way. “We knew it was going to be a great match-up, we knew they were going to give us a tough battle,� Engebretson said. “We just knew we had to come out on top if we wanted to go to state.� The game was a re-match in which the Warhawks lost by eight to the Chickasaws in mid-January in which they played five games in a row while New Hampton was playing its first game in a week’s time. In that game, New Hampton was

a gazebo for the community as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award. A final location has yet to be determined and Moore will have to raise $7,500 to complete the project, but the city gave Moore the go ahead to start raising funds. In other business, the council reviewed bids for a new commercial lawn mower. Bids from Hansell Ag Repair and Brakke Implement were discussed, with options ranging from $10,598 to $14,500. Wanting to get a hands-on opinion, council members Shelby Steenhard and Mike Younge agreed to visit the dealers and report to the council with a recomendation for the next meeting. In an unusual twist, the city hasn’t been unable to pay last year’s bill to Mosquito Control for their spraying services. The city requires a W9 from the company before they can pay their bill, but has been unable to contact the company since October. Without being able to pay last year’s bill, much less make an appointment for the upcoming summer,

the city will be looking into other options for managing the mosquito population. Finally, the council discussed how to handle the issue of extra water charges from people keeping their water running through the winter. It

West Fork (23-1) – Austin Neff 0 0-0 0; Hunter Myers 1 1-2 3, Spencer Halloran 6 0-0 12, Sam Amsbaugh 6 5-7 17, Drew Engebretson 4 2-2 11, Evan Sprung 3 0-1 6, Jacob Kuhlemeier 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 8-12 53. New Hampton (22-1, final) – Marshall Sinnwell 0 0-0 0, Cole McDonald 1 0-0 3, Tucker Tenge 3 4-8 10, Tanner Rentschler 6 4-6 12, Jared Nicolaisen 0 0-0 0, Kyle Smith 6 4-4 19, Ryan Kreiner 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 12-18 50. West Fork 11 12 11 14 5 - 53 New Hampton 11 15 13 9 2 - 50 Three-point goals – WF 3 (Halloran 2, Engebretson); NH 4 (Smith 3, McDonald). Fouled out – None.

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North Iowa Home Show, 12–5 p.m., North Iowa Events Center, Mason City

North Iowa Home Show, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., North Iowa Events Center, Mason City

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Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors meeting, 9 a.m. Low Income Tax Preparation, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Cerro Gordo Co. Extension Office

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Thornton City Council meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall Meservey City Council meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall Healthy Harvest Steering Committee Meeting, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo Co. Extension

Wednesday, March 12 4-H Teen Council Meeting, 6–8:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo Co. Extension Office

has been recommended that people run a continuous trickle of water to keep pipes from freezing during the extreme cold weather. Following the example of other communities, the council agreed that some sort of credit should be given to those who keep their water flowing. “I think it’s being done for the city and the people,� said council member Barry Groh. “It’s just good public service.� The council discussed what sort of compensation would be fair, who would get it, and how far the city should go to subsidize people’s water bills. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,� said Public Works Director Tom Janeka. “So if you can encourage people to run their water, you’re better off.� Eventually, the council decided that people who have called in to confirm that they are running their water will receive a $20.43 credit to their bill, which amounts to roughly 3,000 gallons. This credit will run for both March and April.

World Day of Prayer A Community World Day of Prayer Service will be hosted by St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Chit Chat CafĂŠ in Thornton, on Friday, March 7, at 9 a.m. Everyone welcome.

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Thornton agrees to water credit at Monday’s meeting By Travis Fischer The Thornton City Council approved the annual budget and passed a water subsidy plan during their meeting Monday night. Following a public hearing, the council approved a budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The regular property levy for the new budget will be 13.92 per $1,000 valuation, up .35 from the previous year due to increases in insurance and workers comp costs, and a drop in the city’s property values. The agricultural land levy remains the same at 3.00375. Total revenues for the year jumped considerably, from $531,866 to $1,101,842, due to the pending lagoon project. In a related matter, the council approved Dorsey & Whitney to act as the city’s bond agents in financing the lagoon. The lagoon itself is still on hold because the EPA has yet to provide the city with the language for new building regulations. Girl Scout Lauren Moore was at the meeting to review plans to build

8-of-16 from beyond the 3-point line. “If I thought anyone was going to win the game on a 3 it was going to be New Hampton because they shoot an awful lot of them,� Schnoes said. “I don’t know if he (Engebretson) has made a game-winner yet for us, but he’s capable of doing that.� The Warhawks earned the No. 2 seed and will face seventh seed West Marshall (20-4) on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. “It’s pretty great, it’s great tradition here,� Amsbaugh said. “(It’s) indescribable.�

West Fork will be offering a pep bus to Des Moines on Tuesday, March 11, provided a minimum of 40 people sign up by 3:15 p.m., Thursday, March 6. This bus will be made available to students in grades 6-12 and community members. Students in grades K-5 will need to be accompanied by an adult if they choose to ride. Sign up sheets will be located in the high school and middle school offices. The cost will be $3 per person and payment must be made when individuals sign up. Transportation to the games will be on a first come first served basis until the bus reaches capacity. The bus to Des Moines next Tuesday, March 11, will leave the middle school in Rockwell at 7:50 a.m., and stop by the high school in Sheffield at 8 a.m. The game between West Fork and West Marshall begins at 10:30 a.m. Students are reminded that admission to the game ($8.00) will be an additional cost they will need to pay.

Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa‌ Now what?

West Fork to present concert West Fork High School will present its annual Pops Concert on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the north gym at the Sheffield Campus. The concert will feature the bands and choirs of WFHS, including the barbershop group the Forkapellas, performing a variety of popular tunes.

Quilters to meet March 6 The Lake Area Quilters Guild will meet at 7 p.m. in the Clear Lake City Hall Community Room on Thursday, March 6. March’s program will be Joyce from the new, not yet open, Wash Tub Quilts quilt store in Klemme. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a small beetle that kills all species of ash trees, including green, white, black and blue. This federally regulated insect has been found in eight Iowa counties and has the potential to spread across the state. A public meeting directed toward homeowners and other concerned citizens will be held at 6:30-8 p.m. on March 25 at the Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd., Mason City, to provide information concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Iowa. “This meeting is designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades,� said Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Entomologist. The meetings will be presented by

American Legion Post 354 in Dougherty will be sponsoring the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Soup Contest and Supper on Monday, March 17, at the Dougherty Town Hall. Judging begins at 6 p.m. with supper to follow the contest. This year one of our “Celebrity

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Ragan, Upmeyer visit Hampton Friday

NIACC offers welding course

Farm Bill adds to pheasant habitat

Locals were informed about upcoming legislation and voice issues that concern them.

A 45–hour, non-credit course offered due to high demand for production welders in the area.

Iowa has 50,000 acres of top quality winter habitat and food for pheasants available.

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Two Juhls and a Gem to perform March 16 Two Juhls and a Gem will be sharing their music at the West Fork United Methodist Church, rural Sheffield, on March 16 from 2-5 p.m. Please join us for some old-time country and gospel tunes, a sweet snack and a cup of coffee. Included in the afternoon program will be music by Annie and Terri Avery of Dows and a veteran tribute. There is no admission charge, however, a freewill offering will be taken and the money will be given to “Imagine No Malaria.� West Fork United Methodist Church 2220 Tulip Avenue Rural Sheffield For more information contact Sandi Gobeli 641-430-8995 or Dawn Groszkruger 641-425-8716.

Community sing-along set for March 9 Head on over to Hampton’s Windsor Theatre on Sunday, March 9, and join in the fun for an hour of community singing. Come early enough to enjoy a free bag of popcorn before the music begins at 4 p.m. Dawn Groszkruger hosts the event and leads a variety of songs. This month Melba Muhlenbruch, who plays by ear, will accompany. February’s sing-along was on a cold and windy day but 33 folks participated and we sang songs to celebrate Valentine’s Day and more snow! Glenda Green played the theater’s keyboard and kept us all in tune. We encouraged Maynard Koenen to play his spoons and someone let in a bird and a dog! Because of the blustery day, we shortened the hour a bit; much appreciated by the loyal Dumont ladies. Three new songs have been added to the lyric books. Bring a carload. All ages are welcome. There is no admission charge. Freewill donations to the theater are accepted. For more information, contact Dawn @ 641-425-8716.

Full house greets Ragan, Upmeyer at Friday meeting By Travis Fischer State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Linda Upmeyer visited Hampton last Thursday to update local constituents about upcoming legislation and hear about the issues that concern them. Ragan reported on a bill in the Senate aimed at making it easier for working students to qualify for childcare support. One of the qualifications for childcare assistance is working twenty hours a week or going to school for twenty hours a week, however these hours do not work toward each other. “We’re trying to change it so you can have twenty hours or a mix, so you don’t have to have just one or the other,� she said. Ragan also said that the Senate is working a bill to combat the financial exploitation of senior citizens, particularly in care centers. “We’re concerned about that and working in a bi-partisan way to make sure we move something forward.� Linda Upmeyer, who serves as Speaker of the House, said that the House of Representatives is getting close to finishing next year’s budget. “We’ve focused a lot on the budget and we’ve talked about the fact that we aren’t going to spend more money than we take in,� said Upmeyer. “We’re not going to use one-time dollars for ongoing expenditures, and we’re not going to intentionally underfund promises that we’ve made.� In both houses, legislators are working on kidnapping bills, informally known as the “Kathlynn Shepard Bill,� a response to last year’s kidnapping of two teenage girls. “What it does is make sure that we have increased penalties for people who are abducting children and not allowing time off for good behavior,� said Upmeyer. In a similar vein, both legislators are working on bills intended to crack down on human trafficking and to provide aid to human trafficking victims. With the floor open to questions and comments, Larry Olk asked the legislators about Homebase Iowa, a veterans program that provides tax benefits to veterans and invites veterans to move to Iowa. “What I’d like to know is what’s the financial impact of the things you’re bringing about when you start bringing in veterans from out-ofstate,� said Olk, who voiced a concern about adding additional workload to the already strained Veterans Affairs office. “Part of it is the workforce, and we want to encourage people to come back and be a part of our workforce,� said Ragan. “We’d also like them to come back and be residents.� The second question of the meeting dominated the bulk of discus-

Local attendees discuss Iowa's broadband Internet capabilities, veteran affairs, and Iowa's eminent domain process with House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R–Clear Lake, and Senator Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City. (Photo by Travis Fischer) sion as Ryan Koenen expressed his concerns about Iowa’s eminent domain process and a proposed bill that would eliminate eminent domain laws. Upmeyer said that she was aware of a bill in the House, but that the bill never got out of committee. While Upmeyer said she doesn’t know which way she would vote on such a bill, she did reaffirm her support for the Iowa Utilities Board’s process. “I don’t mean to be evasive, but I honestly don’t know how that bill was going to be implemented,� said Upmeyer. Koenen did not share Upmeyer’s trust of the Iowa Utility Board and asked about the amount of oversight on the board, which is made up of Governor appointees. “They all have laws they have to work within,� said Upmeyer. “This is not an easy process at all. We’re watching closely. The IUB is going through the process.� Koenen, among others at the meeting, was specifically concerned about the business plans and practices of Rock Island Power Co. It is feared that the company will use the eminent domain process to forcibly purchase land under value. Upmeyer empathized with the concerns, but said that it was too early in the process to take action as Rock Island Power hasn’t filed for eminent domain yet. “Not only is it not passed,� said Upmeyer. “It’s not even filed.� Moving on to other topics, Franklin County Development Association Director Karen Mitchell asked what the state is doing to improve Iowa’s broadband Internet capabilities. “It’s a serious impediment to our growth here,� said Mitchell. “Our local companies are reluctant to ex-

pand and add jobs because of this encumbrance.� Upmeyer said that the legislature has been working on the issue, but the ICN program has complicated matters. Iowa has a network of fiber optics that serves schools, hospitals, and other public facilities, but opening it for personal use has complicated matters. “There’s lots of independent telephone companies that have made big investments,� said Upmeyer. “We don’t want to create a playing field where they can’t compete anymore because somebody like Qwest can come in and lease the ICN.� Wrapping up, the legislators discussed education with CAL Superintendent Dwight Widen, who had a suggestion for how the state could use some of their “one-time money.� “We’re always looking for resources in people,� said Widen. “People that volunteer in our schools, give them a tax credit. Give something back.� Noting that one year of rewards for volunteers was better than 20 years of no volunteers, Widen suggested it as a way to encourage people to contribute to their community. The common core curriculum was also discussed, as the legislature is working to allow greater freedom in text book choice for schools. “We need to figure out, with school boards, how to actually address this issue,� said Upmeyer. With time run out for the regular meeting, Ragan and Upmeyer stuck around for several minutes to continue to discuss issues with constituents, one-on-one. “We always learn a whole bunch when we do this,� said Upmeyer. “It’s very helpful.�

NIC and CBC agree to proceed with new super conference With a goal of creating long term partnerships and stability, superintendents from the Corn Bowl Conference and North Iowa Conference met Tuesday morning to discuss the creation of a new super conference made up of 18 school districts from across the top of Iowa. The concept has been in discussion mode for a little over a year, but it took less than two

hours for the superintendents of both conferences to reach consensus that a 2-division concept with some flexibility for scheduling was the go-ahead plan. Pending approval of the local school boards, the new super conference of 18 schools will take effect fall of the 2015-2016 school year. Although this new union may be referred to as an “athletic

conference�, it is the intent of the superintendents to create more opportunities for combined fine arts activities and student leadership events as well. Districts in the 2015-2016 merger include Algona Garrigan, Belmond-Klemme, Central Springs, Eagle Grove, Forest City, Garner-Hayfield- Ventura, Lake Mills, Newman Catholic, NashuaCONFERENCE to page 4

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In response to the high demand for production welders in the area, North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is offering another 45â&#x20AC;&#x201C;hour, non-credit Production Welding course. This course, which is being offered for the third time this year due to high demand, will provide participants with the skills necessary for entry level manufacturing welding with the Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) process. According to employment trends, the state of Iowa is expected to see a 14 percent increase of welding positions available through 2020. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is another option for those interested in a career in welding to quickly get the skills they need to land a good job,â&#x20AC;? Terry Schumaker, NIACC Dean of Continuing Education and Economic Development said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program also provides someone the opportunity to gain exposure to the welding field and then decide if they want to make the transition to NIACCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credit welding program for additional training.â&#x20AC;? Participants will gain an understanding of proper welding techniques and procedures for welding structural carbon steel with the MIG process. Skills will be developed in flat, horizontal and vertical position welding of fillet welds. Welder qualification testing is an available option and will be attempted at the level where success can be attained. Students will also complete the National Career Readiness Certificate to certify their skills for employers. Personal protective equipment will be provided to students. This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 18 and will be offered at times conducive to people who work during the day. This class is scheduled to meet on these dates: Tuesdays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 Thursdays: March 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17 All classes meet on the NIACC campus from 5- 9 p.m. in the Buettner Careers Building, room 164. For more information and to register, call the NIACC Continuing Education Division at 1-641422-4358. Course #93044. Tuition assistance is available to those who qualify.

Memorial Day weekend campsites going quickly Another polar vortex has the Midwest in its crosshairs but Iowansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention is focused squarely on spring and going camping. The reservation window for the Memorial Day Weekend campsites for a Friday arrival opened on Sunday. By 9 a.m. Tuesday, six state parks had filled all reservable campsites for Memorial Day Weekend that offer electricity or full hook ups. Camping options for the big holiday weekend in a state park are quickly shrinking. Campers wanting to spend the holiday weekend at Elinor Bedell, Lake of Three Fires, Lewis and Clark, Pleasant Creek, Viking Lake, and Waubonsie should plan to arrive a few days early for one of the walk up sites with electricity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all the reservation sites have been taken. Other parks are close to hanging up the no reservations sign. Ledges, Green Valley, Prairie Rose, Lake Anita and Rock Creek state parks only have the handicap accessible site available. Brushy Creek had one equestrian site; Backbone, McIntosh Woods and Walnut Woods have three; Fairport, Maquoketa Caves and Union Grove have four; Dolliver, George Wyth and Wapsipinicon have six and most include a handicap accessible site. Lake Geode is not taking reservations until construction on the wastewater system is complete. The park is open and accepting campers while the work is underway. Most parks will have nonelectric sites available for the Memorial Day Weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a flurry of reservations when campers began getting their sites for a two week stay that includes Memorial Day Weekend,â&#x20AC;? said Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. Campers can make reservations for a site three months ahead of their first night stay. Not every campsite is available on the reservation system. Parks maintain between 25 and 50 percent of the electric and non electric sites as nonreservation sites, available for walk up camping.

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A safer Iowa for our young people The Iowa Senate unanimously approved legislation to increase penalties for child kidnapping in response to the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard of Dayton last year by Michael Klunder. Our goal is to deter others from perpetrating such horrible crimes against Iowans in the future; it was a solemn time in the chamber, as Senators recalled what happened to Kathlynn, a high school freshman. We approved a 25-year prison sentence for kidnapping a person under the age of 18. This recommendation came to us from the Public Safety Advisory Board, a group of experts in criminal law, and is supported by the Iowa County Attorneys Association. We also voted to allow the courts to review juvenile convictions of sexual predators and place them indefinitely in detention for treatment upon release from prison if the circumstances warrant. We will work with the Iowa House to find common ground on this issue and come up with the best possible solution. No child should ever have to endure what Kathlynn

experienced, and no family should ever have to live through what the Shepards did last year. In other legislation to better protect children, Iowa schools will become safer and more secure if Senate File 2136 becomes law. The bill creates a â&#x20AC;&#x153;School Infrastructure Safety and Security Fundâ&#x20AC;? to provide grants to school districts for installing and operating basic security measures. Fear and confusion can quickly ensue when school buildings do not have basic security equipment that many large private employers have in place. During a school lockdown, for example, teachers often have no immediate way to access official information about the threat. Under SF 2136, $10 million in state funds would be available to purchase and install entry control devices, door locking hardware, two-way doors and glass, alarm communication systems, glass-break sensors, two-way radios and other equipment that reflect school safety and security best practices. Local schools would match the state investment on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Kayla Watson, a native of Rockwell, IA, has been named to the University of Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List for the 2013 fall semester. Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List for that semester. Undergraduate students in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine may qualify for the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List with fewer than 12 semester hours of graded credit if deemed appropriate by the college. College of Nursing students participating in clinical courses must have a total of 12 semester hours of earned credit, with eight semester hours of graded credit with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Okay, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back up a bit. Fox Studios, desperate to keep their hands on the few comic book licenses they have left, is rebooting their Fantastic Four movie franchise. And playing Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, is Michael B. Jordan. In the comics, Johnny Storm is white. Michael B. Jordan is not. One can easily see how this would become a source of contention. And while a certain number of the complaints spawn from nothing more than pure racism, many come from people who are less malevolent but equally stubborn. Source material purists. And I get it. When it comes to adaptations, I want the movie to be as faithful to the source material as possible. Not just out of reverence to the original story, but because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rare for an adaptation to diverge from the source material without undermining the story in some way. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ever watching a movie based on a book and something seems out of place or contrary to the rest of the story, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a safe bet thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the

movie changed something from the source material. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done out of necessity, sometimes it happens because movie makers want to stamp their mark on something, and sometimes it feels like the director just wanted to do it that way. No matter the reason, it rarely works out well. But while I understand the kneejerk reaction against these kind of changes, in the case of race-bending, I just cannot bring myself to care. Johnny Storm is a brash teenager with a smart mouth. Michael B. Jordan played a brash teenager with a smart mouth in 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chronicle.â&#x20AC;? He did it quite well in fact. Considering the director of the new Fantastic Four movie, Josh Trask, also directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chronicle,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to assume thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason Jordan was cast for the role. Now, would I have cast Jordan for the part? Probably not. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even cross my mind to cast anybody other than a white guy. But it did cross Traskâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine with me. There have been worse casting decisions. Jordan is far more suited to play the Human Torch than Tobey Maguire was to play SpiderMan. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a good choice because representation matters and white

guys shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the only demographic that get to see super heroes that look like them. In a perfect world, new characters would be created and rise up to better reflect demographic changes over the decades. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in a perfect world. We live in a world where the foundation of popular culture was laid in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and that foundation was made up almost exclusively of straight white guys. New characters rarely manage to get enough traction to maintain their own comic book, much less get movies made about them. Out of Marvel and DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire history of movie adaptations, 24 characters have been put in starring roles. Only two of those characters were created after 1976. Once you resign yourself to the fact characters created after the 70s arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be commercially viable on the big screen, the only black characters left on the list come from the same era that brought us the Blaxploitation film genre. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not acceptable. So you cheat, do a little racebending, and Michael B. Jordan joins Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba, and Michael Clarke Duncan on the list of black actors playing white comic book characters. All of these guys were awesome in their roles and I expect Jordan will be the same. Not because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black, but because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good actor that is right for the part. And besides, who honestly expected a source-faithful Fantastic Four movie anyway? Certainly nobody that saw the last two. Travis Fischer is a news writer for Mid-America Publishing and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother with race unless it involves go-karts.

Candidate filing starts for 2014 primary election Monday, March 3, was the first day for candidates to file nomination papers for elected county offices for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election. The deadline for candidates to file is Wednesday, March 26. The Primary Election is held for the Democratic and Republican Parties to nominate candidates to partisan federal, state, and county offices. Cerro Gordo

County offices to be filled this year include county supervisor district two, county treasurer, county attorney, and county recorder. Nomination papers for the above county offices are required to be filed with the county auditor. Persons wanting information regarding candidate filing requirements and forms should contact the county auditor at (641) 4213041 or visit the website below.

Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional election and voter registration information can be seen at the Cerro Gordo County website: www.co.cerro-gordo. ia.us. Kenneth W. Kline, Cerro Gordo County Auditor and County Commissioner of Elections

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe we have completed the seventh week of the legislative session. We saw a great deal of floor action this week, including passing legislation that better protects Iowans and makes our state an even safer place to raise a family. The tragedy that occurred last summer in Fort Dodge involving Kathlynn Shepard and Desi Hughes highlighted areas where we could strengthen Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laws in regards to kidnapping. This tragedy resulted in the murder of Kathlynn, who was 15 years old. This week we passed legislation which toughens penalties for individuals convicted of crimes against children, specifically kidnapping. HF 2253 gives our county attorneys the tools they need to appropriately prosecute these cases. The bill makes the crime of kidnapping a child 15 or under, a class B felony and lengthens prison time for those who are convicted of this crime. In the Shepard case, the murderer was a convicted child kidnapper who was freed due to good behavior. This bill would have ensured he stayed in prison. The bill passed the House 94-3. Over the past several months, concerns regarding human trafficking have greatly increased in our state. This week legislation was passed to protect underage Iowans who have been forced into prostitution. HF 2254 would ensure minors involved

in human trafficking are provided the necessary protection and services needed for recovery. The bill also makes trafficking a person under the age of 18 a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and makes the solicitation of a prostitute under the age of 16 a felony. We are serious about ending human trafficking in our state. Iowans will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of minors, and this bill directly addresses the issue. HF 2254 passed the House with a unanimous vote of 98-0. Protecting Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children is one of my top priorities as your State Representative. One of the greatest things about Iowa is our safe and friendly communities. We can never take that for granted and must always fight to preserve this tremendous quality of our state. HF 2253 and HF 2254, both having received overwhelming bipartisan support, have been sent to the Senate for their consideration. Next week promises to be another busy week in the Legislature. Our committees will be reviewing and discussing legislation passed to us by the Senate and we will continue our debate on the floor. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to contact me at linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa. gov or 515-281-4618 with any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding proposed legislation. I look forward to hearing from you!

EAB from front page a panel of Experts: Greg Heidebrink and Jason Walker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Foresters; Mike Kintner EAB Outreach and Regulatory Coordinator with Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Mark Shour Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Entomologist; Trivon Feeley, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forest Health Program Leader. They will share EAB and ash tree information to help you learn: How to identify EAB, How to identify an ash tree, Signs of EAB infestation, If the tree is safe, If a tree is a candidate for treatment, EAB treatment Options, How the spread of EAB is be-

ing restricted, Ash Tree replacement options. EAB has been found in Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Cedar, Des Moines, Jefferson, Union and Wapello Counties. All 99 counties in Iowa have been quarantined by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to slow movement of this destructive pest. The meeting is FREE and no registration is required. If you have questions, call ISU Extension and Outreach Cerro Gordo County at 641-423-0844 or visit the website www.extension.iastate.edu/cerrogordo or email sjolinde@iastate.edu.

5HJ0RUWRQ ´9LVLWDQXUVLQJKRPHIULHQGWRGD\¾ ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 Larch St., Thornton Phone 998-2632 Home 998-2631 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Mar. 9 9 a.m. Worship 10-10:45 Sunday School

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 121 2nd St., N., Rockwell Phone 822-4919 Pastor Ken Livingston Sundays 8:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Coffee Time 10 a.m. Sunday School

HANFORD COMMUNITY CHURCH 12411 Spruce Ave, Mason City Phone 423-7376 641-822-4657 Pastor Scott Sokol Sundays 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sun. Worship

SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 810 First St., Meservey Phone 358-6277/Pars. 3586107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Mar. 9 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Wednesday, Mar. 12 2:30 p.m. Bible Study @ Parsonage 4:30 p.m. Confirmation Class

ST. PETER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) 502 2nd St., S., Rockwell Phone 822-3101 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Mar. 9 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship

ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH 1001 9th Ave. S. Clear Lake Phone 357-3214 Msgr. Lilip Saturdays 4 p.m. Mass Sundays 9 a.m. Mass

HOLY NAME CHURCH 507 1st Ave NW, Rockford Phone 822-4950 Fr. Walter Brunkan Saturdays 5 p.m. Mass SACRED HEART CHURCH 305 Elm St., E., Rockwell Phone 822-4950 Fr. Rodney Allers Sundays 8 a.m. Mass

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 404 Maple St., Thornton Phone 998-2004/Pars. 3586107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Mar. 9 9 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday School Wednesday, Mar. 12 2:30 p.m. Bible Study @ Parsonage 5:45 p.m. Confirmation Class

FIRST REFORMED CHURCH 620 2nd St., Meservey Phone 358-6151 Rev. Rodney Meester RICHLAND LUTHERAN Sundays 9:30 a.m. Worship CHURCH 300 Elm St., Thornton UNITED METHODIST Phone 998-2642 CHURCH Pastor David H. Locklair 303 Monroe St., Rockwell Sundays Phone 822-4833 9 a.m. Worship Rev. John P. Scherb Sundays 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:25 a.m. Worship

ZION REFORMED CHURCH 2029B Jonquil Ave. Sheffi eld Phone 579-6186 The Rev. Arthur Zewert Thursday, Mar. 6 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline Sunday, Mar. 9 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Junior Choir 6 p.m. Bible Study 7 p.m. RCYF Monday, Mar. 10 1:30 p.m. Vesper Circle Tuesday, Mar. 11 9 a.m. Sewing Group 7 p.m. Joy Circle Wednesday, Mar. 12 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Circle 7 p.m. RCYF, Deacons/ Elders 8 p.m. Consistory SWALEDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Main St., Swaledale Phone 995-2252 The Rev. John P. Scherb Sundays 8:10 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School


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use the money to purchase things like books, magazines, movies, office/ cleaning supplies, etc. Want to support the library but not sure how? Volunteers do light cleaning such as vacuum, dust, and clean bathroom. The easiest way to support the library is by donating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we accept (and need) things like bathroom/ kitchen cleaners, paper products, office supplies, craft supplies, program prizes, books, DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, popcorn & butter. Full list available in the library. A volunteer is needed for for one hour per month to serve on the Swaledale Public Library Board of Trustees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; see Heather. Free magazines: all 2013 magazines are available for free in the library. Our 2014 summer reading program will begin in the spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we could use some incentives for our youth to keep them engaged in reading. Popular incentives are movie passes, Roller City passes, Adventureland tickets, zoo tickets, and gift cards. Or you may donate cash for Heather to purchase incentives with. Thanks! Iowa Public Televisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dan Wardell and his Reading Road Trip will be coming to visit this summer! More details to comeâ&#x20AC;Ś

Additional winter pheasant habitat available with new Farm Bill Iowa has 50,000 acres available under a new Conservation Reserve Program called Iowa Pheasant Recovery SAFE. This new CP38 practice requires top quality winter habitat and food for pheasants. That top quality winter habitat and food is in demand after last Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blizzard devastated pheasant habitat across central and north central Iowa. About half of Iowa received 3 to 10 inches of wet heavy snow that collapsed most grassy cover. Falling temperatures then turned the wet snow into a white layer of ice. The cover that did not collapse was drifted full of snow from the high winds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a bad storm for upland game birds,â&#x20AC;? said Todd Bogenschutz, state upland game biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very likely we saw some bird mortality with this bliz-

zard, birds likely trapped under the frozen wet snow.â&#x20AC;? For much of northern Iowa most waste grains are now frozen below the snow and birds will be very visible searching for food which will increase their predation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a 50 degree thaw to reduce the ice layer but the forecast calls for fridge temperatures for the next week,â&#x20AC;? said Bogenschutz. Landowners have the opportunity to enroll in this program first come first serve until the acres are gone. For more information click on the Iowa Pheasant Recovery link on the DNRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.iowadnr.gov/ habitat.

1(:6 Garden Club looks forward to spring The Swaledale Federated Garden Club met for the start of the 2014 year Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Swaledale Community Center. In spite of the cold weather and snow drifted roads, seven members met in anticipation of warmer weather and the new growing season. With that in mind, roll call responses were our favorite seed catalogs and websites. Extra catalogs were also shared along with upcoming plans for this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gardens. The theme for this year is â&#x20AC;&#x153;May the Forest Be With You, Honoring our Treesâ&#x20AC;?. After a short business meet-

ing, reports were delivered on native Iowa white pine and oak (Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state tree) and native shrubs/bushes serviceberry and flowering crab (the club flower). The meeting concluded with refreshments. The next meeting is March 22 with David Hopper from Natural Plus Nurseries as guest speaker. We welcome any guests and interested members! Contact Pam Carlson, 358-6149 or bbbcarlson@gmail.com if interested. Look for some gardening tips in future editions of the paper. Spring is coming!

CONFERENCE from page 2 Plainfield, North Butler, North Iowa, Northwood-Kensett, North Union, Osage, Rudd-RockfordMarble Rock, St. Ansgar, West Fork, and West Hancock. Changes are already in place to the 8-school NIC beginning fall of 2014 with the addition of three new partners Algona Garrigan, Eagle Grove, and North Union. Riceville will no longer remain a member of the current 8-school Corn Bowl Conference, having submitted a request to opt out earlier this year. The athletic directors from each school are scheduled to attend a joint meeting on March 5 to review the 2-division concept, discuss important details, and begin the scheduling and contracting of games and events. The super conference concept will allow

for some cross-over games within the 18 schools, and several â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of conference options. This was important to the athletic directors not only for scheduling, but for keeping relationships with schools played in the past. A list of ideas for a possible new name for the conference was generated at the meeting, but it was determined that students from each of the schools should be tapped for their suggestions as well. At some point in the future, a new name will be offered for approval by the 18 superintendents. The next step in the process is for the 18 local school boards to approve a resolution at their March meeting calling for the creation of the merger.

Northern Iowa Research Farm sponsors educational meeting Farmer experience with cover crops, Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nutrient loss strategy and a grain marketing outlook will highlight the annual meeting of the North Iowa Research Farm. The annual meeting and educational program of the North Iowa research Farm will take place on Thursday, March 13 at the Heartland Museum in Clarion. Registration and refreshments will be at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will be start a 9. The meeting will adjourn at 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Persons who are attending are encouraged to pre-register by Friday, March 7. Pre-registration is needed to plan for meal numbers and handout materials. Please call the Hancock County Extension office at 641-923-2856 or the Wright County Extension office at 515-532-3453 to register for this meeting. Micah Smidt, ISU North Iowa Research Farm Superintendent will lead the morning program. Smidt will provide a season review from the North Iowa Research Farm at Kanawha and also will discuss some results from the ISU FARM project. Matt Helmers, ISU Extension Ag Engineer, will discuss Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Helmers will talk about practices that farmers can use to reduce the losses of nitrogen

and phosphorus from northern Iowa farm fields. Helmers will also lead a farmer panel that will discuss the use of cover crops. Tim Smith and Arliss Nielsen, who farm in north central Iowa, will talk about their experience with cover crops. Bruce Voigts, Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS), will talk about cover crop termination. Voigts will discuss cover crop species, cover crop seeding and management of cover crop seeding to prevent corn and soybean yield competition. Dennis Schwab, President of the North Iowa Research Farm association will conduct the annual meeting of the Association. Field day activities and a financial status of the Association will be discussed by Schwab. Chad Hart, ISU Extension Economist, will provide an outlook for grain markets in 2014. Hart will also discuss crop insurance decisions for the 2014 crop. First Citizens National Bank of Clarion will provide the morning refreshments. Lunch is sponsored by Gold-Eagle Cooperative, MaxYield Cooperative and North Central Cooperative. The meeting is open to the public.

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CONNECT Conference: Community Foundation 2014 Networking Summit The Iowa Council of Foundations held its sixth annual CONNECT Conference: Community Foundation 2014 Networking Summit on Feb. 11, at The Hotel Fort Des Moines. Representing the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation (CGCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, was Marcie Andrews, Development Associate for the CGCCF. The CONNECT Conference allows Iowa Community Foundation leaders to come together and explore ideas around growing assets and increasing the impact of local community foundations. Sessions throughout the day focused on topics such as making local wealth stick, a review of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program and its impact over the past 10 years, taking steps to shape the future of Iowa counties, and community foundation public policy and legal issues.

The Ten Tenors to perform at NIACC The Ten Tenors will take the stage at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16. The producers of The Ten Tenors have put together a special treat for Broadway fans for the 2013-2014 season. This will be a limited run opportunity to present a wonderful collection of Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest hits sung by 10 of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest tenors. Amidst incredible international success, this Australian troupe has become known as one of the hardest working touring acts, performing an average of 250 shows a year across seven continents. They have sold more than 3.5 million concert tickets, have four gold CDs and two platinum; two gold DVDs and one platinum DVD. They continually strive to challenge themselves and their audience. The Ten Tenorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique approach to opera has powered their rise to the top. Bringing rock and classical music together, kicking and screaming, they have created a sound that is uniquely theirs. Expect them to bring the same contrast of raw power and soothing beauty to this special evening of the best of Broadway. For more information: www.thetentenors.com. For tickets to the show, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-4664222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at www. niacc.edu/boxoffice.

All CONNECT Conference participants were invited to attend a legislative reception at Finkbine Mansion, home of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, to encourage Iowa legislators to continue to support the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program. Last year, this program allowed Iowa taxpayers who donated to qualifying community foundations to benefit from the $6 million available in tax credits. Unprecedented giving caused these tax credits to become exhausted in late 2013, resulting in the carryover of applications into 2014. Legislators are being encouraged to support this program in 2014 and to vote to keep the available amount to at least $6 million. For more information about the CGCCF, contact Marcie Andrews, Development Associate of the CGCCF at 641-330-5181 or cerrogordoccf@gmail.com.

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The Pioneer Enterprise

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pled guilty on February 24 to Controlled Substance Violation. Stull was placed on three years probation in lieu of five years in prison, fined $750 plus 35% surcharge (suspended), $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, and $617 in costs. Justin Hanna, 19, Clear Lake, received a deferred judgment on February 24 to Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree. Hanna was placed on the sex offender registry for 10 years, sentenced to 999 days probation, assessed a $1,000 civil penalty, and $661.50 in costs. Peter Veal, 27, Mason City, pled guilty on February 29 to Domestic Abuse Assault Impeding Air/Blood Flow, False Imprisonment, and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. Veal was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $1,690 plus 35% surcharge ($1,375 suspended), $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, $770.05 in restitution, and $342.98 in costs. Additional charges of Burglary in the 1st Degree and Domestic Abuse Assault 2nd Offense were dismissed. Jeremy Birchem, 21, Riceville, received a deferred judgment on February 24 to Theft in the Third Degree. Birchem was placed on one year probation, assessed a $625 civil penalty, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, $1,254.08 in restitution, and $180 in costs. Anthony Stokka, 40, Rudd, pled guilty on February 19 to OWI 2nd Offense. Stokka was placed on two years probation, sentenced to one year in jail (all but seven days suspended), fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, and $150 in costs. John Murphy, 22, Mason City, pled guilty on February 24 to OWI First Offense and Eluding. Murphy was sentenced to 14 days in jail, fined $1,565 plus 35% surcharge, and $185 in costs. Katie Lewis, 25, Mason City, received a deferred judgment on February 24 to OWI First Offense. Lewis was placed on one year probation, assessed a $1,250 civil penalty (half may be satisfied by community service), and $220 in costs. Small Claims Mason City Country Club vs. William Mason, Mason City. Case dismissed without prejudice on February 24. Capital One Bank vs. Jessica Royse, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 24 in the amount of $917.37 with 2.13% interest from February 24. AAA Collections vs. Keith Bell, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 25 in the amount of $2,674 with 2.12% interest from February 25. H&R Accounts vs. Cassaundra

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Loers, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 19 in the amount of $542.24 with 2.12% interest from February 19. Mercy City Lehigh Family Credit Union vs. Judeen Kalsa Homan, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 21 in the amount of $138.17 with 2.12% interest from February 21. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Service to Ben Cahill, Rockwell. Case dismissed with prejudice on February 21. AAA Collections vs. Leslie and Diane Holt, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 25 in the amount of $395 with 2.12% interest from February 25. Mercy Medical Center vs. Kristen Etten, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 24 in the amount of $1,050.65 with 2.12% interest from February 24. Mercy Medical Center vs. Jason Joyner, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 24 in the amount of $1,717.15 with 2.12% interest from February 24. Mercy Medical Center vs. Jeffrey Baker, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on February 24 in the amount of $1,166.15 with 2.12% interest from February 24. Washington Charlie Brown vs. Jesse Gonzalez, Mason City. Case dismissed with prejudice on February 20. H&R Accounts vs. Ryan Willis, Mason City. Case dismissed with prejudice on February 21. Mason City Country Club vs. Jon McCuskey, Mason City. Case dismissed without prejudice on February 24. Property Transfer DWD: Todd and Donna Ott to Todd and Donna Ott; 11-94-19 NE NE, NW NE, SE NE, SW NE, NE SE, SW SE, NW SE, SE SE; 08-9419 NE NW, SE NW Exc Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? as Desc & Depicted in Survey B99 P6764; 2014-990. DAJT: Judy and Duane Robinson to Judy Robinson; Allynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, W.H., Sub of Lots 6 & 12 & W11/16 of Lot 9 in NW/4 NE/4 10-96-20 Blk C Lot 3 Exc N 16 1/2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;; 10-96-20 Sub. Of NW1/4 NE1/4 Lot 11 E 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of S

100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;; 2014-982. DCDJ: Michael Blackmore Executor and Alice Blackmore Estate to Mary Hardin and Daniel Cullen; Blackmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st Sub Lot 1; $66,060 and $105.60; 2014-981. DWDJ: Jennifer and Edward Mikkelsen to Jennifer and Edward Mikkelsen; Broadlawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Add Blk 1 Lot 1, Blk 1 Lot 2 MC E 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Lot 2; 2014-979. DWD: Irene and Daniel Schrage and Vikki and Matthew Abbas to Jennifer Niedermayer; Broadlawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Add Blk 1 Lot 1, Blk 1 Lot 2 MC E 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Lot 2 Fulfillment of Cont B09 P7070; $105,000 and $167.20; 2014-978. DCD: Russalyn Davis Executor and Evelyn Gaetzke Estate to Johnathan Keeling; Meservey (Original Town) Blk 10 Lot 10, Blk 10 Lot 11 MV S 1/2 of Lot 11; $38,500 and $60.80; 2014-976. DWD: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Trustee, Morgan Stanley Abs Captial I Inc Trust 2004 HE6, and Ocwen Loan Servicing LC Attorney in Fact to Tri Ventures LLC; 3-96-20 Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plat of E 132â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lot 10 & Lot 11 Except E 5.94â&#x20AC;&#x2122; NW1/4 Lot 3, Lot 4 E22.92â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of N 165â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Lot 3 & W 12.92â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of N 165â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Lot 4; $7,924 and $12; 2014-975. DQC: Billie Kellogg to Dennis Kellogg; Highlands, The Blk 12 Lot 12 MC; 2014-973. DWD: Bank of America to Secretary of Housing & Urban Development; 10-96-20 Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plat of Lot 1 of 13 SW1/4 NE1/4 Lot 8; 2014963. DQC: Mary Butz to Karen Jordan Trustee and Mary Butz Irrevocable Trust; Knappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Add CL Lot 7 CL; 2014-961. DSD: Cerro Gordo County, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, and Sylvia Colman to Nationstar Mortgage LLC; Highlands, The Blk 10 Lot 14 MC; 2014-956. DSD: Cerro Gordo County, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Crystal Cary, and Capital One Bank to JPMC Specialty Mortgage LLC; Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, James, Add Blk 4 Lot 8 MC; 2014955. DWD: Wells Fargo Bank and Norwest Mortgage Inc to Steven

Ruehlow; Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, H.E., 2nd Add Blk 1 Lot 8 MC; $25,000 and $39.20; 2014-953. DWDJ: Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association, Servicelink Attorney in Fact, and Chicago Title Insurance Company Attorney in Fact to Douglas Dowe and Nancy Chodur; Emsley & Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sub. Of Emsleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sub. Of Lots 3,8,14&15 NE1/4 SW1/4 Sec. 9-9620 Lot 8, Lot 9 E 1/2 of Lots 8 & 9 (Sub of Lot 8); $29,500; 2014-950. DWD: St. Patrick Church Dougherty Iowa to Society to Preserve Antiquated Town Structuers, and STPATS; 25-94-19 Sub. of S1/2 SE1/4 Lot 10 Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? in part of Lot 10 as Desc & Depicted in Survey B13 P5753; 2014-934. DQC: St. Patrick Church Dougherty Iowa to St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery Association Dougherty Iowa; 25-94-19 Sub. Of S1/2 SE1/4 Lot 9, Lot 10, Lot 11 Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;? in Part of Lots 10 & 11 as Desc & Depicted in Survey B13 P5754; 2014933. DWDJ: Dickson Industries Inc to Arthur and Sharon Dickson; Tanglefoot Lot 4, Lot 5 W 1/2 of Lot 4; 2014-932. DWDJ: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and Chicago Title Insurance Company Attorney in Fact to Adam and Ashley Kingery; Midness, Raymond O., Add Lot 3; $160,000; 2014-926. DWD: Sibyl Jorgensen Cotrustee, Jennifer Russell Cotrustee, and Alvin Aastrup Trust to Sibyl Jorgensen, Jennifer Russell Trustee, and Jeffrey and Timothy Russell Trust; 35-94-22 NE SW, NW SW, NE NW, NW NW, SE NW, SW NW Undivided 1/2 Interest Exc Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? in part of NE NW (50% Jorgensen) (25% Jefrey J Russell Trust) (25% Timothy J Russell Trust); 36--94-22 SE SE, SW SE, NE SE, NW SE Undivided 1/2 Interest S 3/4 of SE 1/4 (50% Jorgensen) (25% Jeffrey J Russell Trust) (25% Timothy J Russell Trust); 2014-923. DWDJ: Kathy and Kathryn Oulman to Emily and Nicholas Crimmins; Brice & Ong Land Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street Railway Add Blk 8 Lot 6 MC; $55,400 and $88; 2014-921. DWD: Hosmer Properties LLC

to Hosmer Properties LLC; Hosmer Park Sub Lot 1, Lot 2 MC Parcel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? & Bâ&#x20AC;? as Desc & depicted in Survey B13 P8738; 2014-917. DQC: Joan and Raymond Beebe to Joan and Raymond Beebe Trustee and Joan Beebe Revocable Trust; Feltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Paul, Plat of Mason City, Sub. Of Lot 7 Blk. 5 Lot 2 MC; 2014-912. DWDJ: Robert and Shirley Ingersoll to Gregory and Kathleen Peterson; 18-96-21 Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plat of NE1/4 NW1/4 Lot 2 Part of; $52,500 and $83.20; 2014-905. DWDJ: Bryan and Tamara Williams to William and Jennifer Heller; Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Sandryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Add Blk 1 Lot 10 CL; $62,000 and $98.40; 2014904. DWD: P&B Rental Corporation to Sinning Farms Inc; South Mason City (Original Town) Blk 21 Lot 1, Blk 21 Lot 4 MC Part of Lot 1 & E 1/2 of N/S Alley Abutting Lot 4; 2014-902. Kelly and Susan Junge to Glen 204 LC; Clear Lake Camp Meeting Association Grounds Blk 11 Lot 21, Blk 11 Lot 22, Blk 11 Lot 23 CL That Part of Glen Cove Park Lying Between Sly Lines of Lots & Nly Line of Glen Cove Dr; $75,750; 2014895. DWD: Alroy and Audrey Hanna to Audrey Hanna Trust; Brookview Add Blk 1 Lot 5 MC 1/2 Interest; 2014-884. DWD: Alroy and Audrey Hanna to Alroy Hanna Trust; Brookview Add Blk 1 Lot 5 MC 1/2 Interest; 2014-883. DWD: Secretary of Housing & Urban Development to Danielle Naumann; East Park Place Add Blk 4 Lot 6 MC; $30,000; 2014-881. MCON: Lisa and Leslie Jellum to Victoria Ballantyne; Grand View Blk 12 Lot 7, Blk 12 Lot 6 MC E 45â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Lot 7 & Part of Lot 6; $60,000; 2014985. MCON: CAM Property Holdings LLC to Alexis Koster; Lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Add Blk 7 Lot 7 MC Exc W 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;; $87,000; 2014-983. MCON: Jeffrey and Jessica Tierney to Josey Mary; Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, C.H., Sub of NW/4 SW/4 & N/2 SW/4 in S/2 3-96-20 Lot 12; $49,000; 2014-960.

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West Fork works to down Wolverines as star goes for 47 By Kristi Nixon PARKERSBURG – Apparently, word got out that West Fork was having a costume night in the Class 2A district final. Dike-New Hartford senior Carson Parker went as his own One-Man Army. The senior for the Wolverines single-handedly tried to take down the third-ranked Warhawks, scoring all but two of D-NH’s 31 points at half and finished with 47 in an eventual 66-64 victory for coach Frank Schnoes’ West Fork team on Tuesday, Feb. 25. “The Parker kid is better than he was last year,” Schnoes said. “Spencer (Halloran) is as good a defender as there is around and he got in foul trouble, so we put Hunter (Myers) on him and I thought they both actually did a good job on him. He’s just one real good player, if he’s in a groove there’s not much you can do. “You say, ‘well, if he’s scoring, you have to make sure no one else is.’” It was the third straight season West Fork eliminated Dike-New Hartford from the post-season, including last year’s first round state match-up. Parker scored 23 of the Wolverines’ points in that one in which he came back from injury for a good chunk of the 2012-13 season. Parker had some help in the second half, but it was still his show. “In the second half I know they tried to get some more players involved,” Schnoes said, “and with decent success, too, so we’re just happy to win.” West Fork senior Sam Amsbaugh added, “It doesn’t get much better than that – a two-point district final game. Carson Parker is a heck of a player, with a player like him it will come down to who has the final possession…we had to make every sure every rebound was ours. “Well, he had 47 points and he’s a great player. They (Halloran and Myers) did a good job, he was just making contested shots, and that one on

the baseline…I don’t know how you play any better defense than that.” While Amsbaugh was scoring 27, he had plenty of help from his teammates. In fact, six out of the seven other Warhawks who saw playing time scored at least four points. “I was actually surprised, I thought we’d have more trouble getting the ball inside than we did,” Schnoes said. “I thought it was easier tonight than it was against Hampton the other night. Sam is just a player, he just doesn’t want to lose and he’s just hard to defend – he’s got that extra move – it’s difficult.” Uncharacteristically, however, West Fork was 17-of-28 from the free throw line, missing four straight to start the second half. “We had a chance to open it up on the free throw line and we missed four or five in a row there,” Schnoes said. “Our kids don’t give up, they battle back. Everyone who played contributed and did a good job on the boards. A good team effort.” Amsbaugh corralled 19 of the team’s 35 rebounds. Drew Engebretson added 15 points on five 3-pointers. “That’s a good basketball school with great basketball tradition,” D-NH coach Greg Moore said. “They’ve had some good players there. We knew that is was going to be a battle coming in – the Amsbaugh kid is a great player, the Engebretson kid stepped up and his some big threes all night…” The win set up the sub-state game against the Warhawks’ only loss this season, against second-ranked New Hampton (22-0). “It feels good (the win over D-NH), but our final goal is not yet accomplished,” Amsbaugh said after the win. “I remember the state championship game and how bad that sucked losing that. We’ve got to get back down there and accomplish what we didn’t last time. “It should be a good rematch and we can avenge our (only) loss.”

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West Fork's team reacts after the final buzzer sounded on the Warhawks' 53-50 Class 2A sub-state overtime victory over No. 2 New Hampton on Monday night. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Left: Austin Neff of West Fork (11) shoots over New Hampton's Ryan Kreiner during the first half of Monday's Class 2A sub-state game at Mason City. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

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Three point goals – D-NH 9-16 (Co. Wildeboer 1-1, Parker 6-10, Fritch 2-4, Neuroth 0-1); WF 7-14 (Neff 2-2, Engebretson 5-9, Myers 0-3). Rebounds – D-NH 21, 6 off., 15 def. (Parker 8, Co. Wildeboer 5, Cuvelier 4, Neuroth 2, Fritch, Latusak); West Fork 35, 14 off. 21 def. (Amsbaugh 19, Myers 6, Halloran 4, Sprung 4, Engebretson, Kuhlemeier). Assists – D-NH 4 (Parker, Fritch, Neuroth, Cuvelier); WF 14 (Myers 8, Halloran 3, Amsbaugh, Kuhlmeier, Engebretson). Steals – D-NH 10 (Parker 3, Cuvelier 3, Eiklenborg 2, Ca. Wildeboer, Co. Wildeboer); WF 8 (Amsbaugh 3, Myers 2, Engebretson 2, Kuhlemeier). Blocks – D-NH 2 (Parker, Latusak); WF 1 (Amsbaugh). Total fouls – D-NH 18, WF 11. Fouled out – None.

Above: Drew Engebretson of West Fork (with ball) is fouled on the way to the basket by New Hampton's Keaton Tolliver during the first half of Monday's Class 2A sub-state game. Left: West Fork senior Sam Amsbaugh reacts after the Warhawks pulled out the Class 2A sub-state overtime victory over second-ranked New Hampton on Monday night. (Photos by Kristi Nixon)

Jacob Kuhlemeier of West Fork looks for his shot over Dike-New Hartford's Zach Nicholson on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Aplington-Parkersburg High School. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)


March 6, 2014