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Sheffield native becomes Oscar—winning animator By Travis Fischer It’s a long road from rural Iowa to the red carpet of the Academy Awards, but Ryan Hobbiebrunken has made the journey while working on some of the world’s most beloved modern films. A native of Sheffield, Hobbiebrunken’s family eventually moved to Hastings, NE, where he finished school before leaving for Denver, CO where he attended the Art Institute of Colorado. As a lifelong fan of animation, Hobbiebrunken developed his artistic skills while in high school, but wasn’t sure what direction he should take until he was exposed to the inner workings of the film industry. “The main inspiration which catapulted me to give feature film animation a try was when I actually drew my first character on several pieces of paper,� said Hobbiebrunken. “What Sheffield native Ryan Hobbiebrunken stands with his Academy Award for the emerged was a fresh new character- work he did as an animator on Disney's "Frozen." emoting life and I was hooked!� After three years of formal schooling, Hobbiebrunken dropped healthy competition and keep up-to- the character inside the computer. out to enroll in an online program, date on what others are doing.� Animation is exaggerating life so we AnimationMentor.com. Rather than While visiting some of his friends don’t usually like to copy verbatim the general art education he had been in California, Hobbiebrunken our real-life performance but it does receiving, the program focused more learned that Disney was looking to give us a foundation to start from and on the character animation he was in- hire. Appreciating the climate of Cal- then we push that performance to a terested in. ifornia more than the cold weather of higher level of exaggeration.� “The Art Institute helped me New York, Hobbiebrunken took a The animation process itself can to get my feet wet in different ar- shot at applying. be incredibly time consuming, takeas, but by my third year I knew “I shared my work, they liked it, ing as long as three weeks to animate what area I wanted to focus on and my friends vouched for me, and they ten seconds of footage. Out of his six I needed something more beneficial brought me on board,� said Hob- years in the industry, Hobbiebrunken for growth in that area of focus,� biebrunken. estimates he’s personally responsible said Hobbiebrunken. “AnimationHobbiebrunken moved from New for about seven minutes of actual Mentor provided professional in- York City to Los Angeles and joined footage. struction from Programming every moveanimators that ment, frame by frame, Hobwere workbiebrunken and his fellow ing on the best animators work extremely inanimated films tensive schedules in order to out there.� reach their movie deadlines, The move sometimes working 60 or 70 paid off and hour weeks. Hobbiebrunk“That can result in very en was able to tired people, but when we see do more than the final product and the re– Ryan Hobbiebrunken, animator just learn anisponse from the public, we mation techcount it worth the time investniques. The reed,� said Hobbiebrunken. “That lationships he built with his teachers Walt Disney Animation Studios dur- is, if the movie does well.� opened the doors that would start his ing the development of “Wreck-It “Doing well� is an understateanimation career. Halfway through Ralph.� ment for the most recent movie Hobthe program, Hobbiebrunken was Two years later, Hobbiebrunken biebrunken worked on. Disney’s invited to join Blue Sky Animation is still hard at work at Disney creat- “Frozen� has earned more than a bilStudios for a four month trial period. ing their latest feature length films. lion dollars worldwide and won two Hobbiebrunken put his skills to Every day he goes into the studio to Academy Awards, including Walt use for the first time on the movie ad- bring the House of Mouse’s newest Disney Animation’s first award for aptation of “Horton Hears a Who.� creations to life. “Best Animated Feature� since the Then Blue Sky Studios brought him “Starting from the director’s vi- category was created in 2001. on again as a temp animator for “Ice sion, each of us are informed of what “What an amazing project to be Age 3� before hiring him full time. needs to be expressed in each of our a part of,� said Hobbiebrunken. “It Living in New York, Hob- assigned scenes, whether it’s a som- was actually my favorite movie to biebrunken worked for Blue Sky ber moment or a funny moment. We have been a part of even before we Studios for four years as an anima- then step into the shoes of the char- found out it’s one of the world’s fator for “Rio� and “Ice Age 4.� At the acter and act it out so we not only vorites!� same time he continued to develop understand the mind of the character Today, Hobbiebrunken is working and maintain his professional rela- but how they are to emote physical- on Disney’s next film, “Big Hero 6,� tionships within the industry. ly,� said Hobbiebrunken. “Most ani- a comedy adventure that mixes Japa“Since the animation industry is mators like to capture their physical nese and American style comic book a small world I have friends almost performance on camera to study the action. everywhere,� said Hobbiebrunken. mechanics and the emotions so they “I believe it will be another one to “We keep each other inspired by can translate that performance onto be excited about.�

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Swaledale offers running water discount, sets burning policy At the meeting, Library Director Heather Jones reported that the library had been closed for several days due to severe weather and that the library’s weather closing policy is being reviewed by the board of trustees. Fire Chief Blaine Wilson reported that the fire department will be performing a controlled burn on the former Catholic Church on Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting. Public Works Director Greg Meier reported that the DNR has conducted their inspection of the city’s water system. The DNR suggested that an alarm be installed to dial out in case of a power outage and recommended that the fertilizer and other chemicals be kept 200 feet away from the system. In other business, the council approved a 20% discount for February

and March’s water usage over the minimum amount due to the need for running water during the cold weather. Getting ready for Spring, the council discussed the need for large item pick-up. A letter will be sent out to city residents to ask who is in need of this service. The council also approved a resolution to approve times for burning yard waste. Grass, leaves, brush branches, and other organic materials may be burned from sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the year. However, burning damp yard waste material, which results in a smoldering fire, is not permitted at any time. Finally, the council has decided to move their regular meeting to the second Monday of the month in order to better prepare financial statements. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 7.

Meservey to average water bills Meservey residents concerned about a high water bill need not worry about running water to keep their pipes unfrozen. The Meservey City Council discussed the issue during their regular meeting on Monday,

March 10. It was decided that the residents who took advice by Mayor Richard Miller to keep their water running will not be charged for the excess over their average monthly usage.

Meints lands scholarship from Iowa Bankers Association award Ethan Meints, a senior at West Fork High School in Sheffield, was recently honored as the 2014 recipient of the Iowa Bankers Association’s Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Award during the Iowa high school state basketball championships March 14-15 in Des Moines. This award recognizes a graduating

senior student athlete who not only excels on the court, but also in the classroom and the community. John Trewin, President and CEO at United Bank and Trust Company, presented Meints with a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his choice. “This scholarship is a great way MEINTS to page 2

“As enrollment goes down, our ability to spend becomes less,� said Superintendent Darrin Strike. This drop almost completely negates the district’s 4% allowable growth increase, leaving the district with $8,850 in new money for the year. The tax rate for 2014-15 will see

an increase to $11.91 per thousand this year, up from $11.31. Some of this increase is the result of the district phasing out of the tax incentive program that started when SCMT and Rockwell-Swaledale consolidated into West Fork. 2013-14 was the last year of the tax incentive, which took 25 cents off of the tax rate. WF BOARD to page 2

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

4-H Mock Interviews,1:30—4:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo Co. Extension Office

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, Mason City Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting, 6:30—8:30 p.m., Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City

Thursday, March 24, 2014 CG Co. Extension Council Meeting, 7—9 p.m., Cerro Gordo Co. Extension Office

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Certified Handlers Pesticide Applicator Training, 9—11:30 a.m., Cerro Gordo Co. Extension Office Ag Fair, 9 a.m.—1 p.m., North Iowa Events Center, Mason City

The West Fork High School Pops Concert scheduled for last Thursday was postponed to Tuesday, March 25, 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. Also join the West Fork Elementary as they present their spring program, “A Musical Roadtrip Across America,� on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The students will be traveling across the U.S., making several stops to explore the musical styles that the major cities helped make popular.

Live animals at Lime Creek March 24 A live animal program will be held at the Lime Creek Nature Center on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Pella Wildlife Company of Des Moines will present this program featuring a LIVE lynx and bobcat! Learn all about the success and failure of two of Iowa’s native wild cats. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required – call 423-5309. This program is sponsored by the River City Kiwanis.

Deer antler workshop Saturday An “Antlers and Aging� workshop will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 1-3 p.m., at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Bring in new or old white-tailed deer antlers to get them measured and officially scored by an Iowa DNR Conservation Officer. The basic guidelines and antler measuring techniques will be explained oneon-one with the scorer. Deer aging techniques will also be demonstrated (bring the lower jawbone of the animal). A presentation on finding shed antlers will also be provided. After the presentation a mock shed antler hunt will be held on the nature center trails, where tips and techniques on finding sheds will be shared. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required by calling 641-423-5309.

Hoedown set for April 7 at Windsor

West Fork Approves 2014-15 Budget By Travis Fischer The West Fork Community School Board approved the budget for 2014-15 at their meeting Monday night. Predicting an enrollment drop from 709 to 680, the district’s spending authority will fall approximately 3.9% for next year.

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Pictured are John Trewin, left, of United Bank and Trust Company and Iowa Bankers Association Scholarship Winner Ethan Meints, right, of West Fork High School in Sheffield. (Submitted photo)

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The reward for Ethan Kazmerzak was renewed late Friday afternoon, the six-month anniversay since he went missing. PAGE 2

“Now that it is officially spring, I’m hopeful that the weather won’t keep any musicians or audience members away from April’s Old Time Country Music Hoedown,� observed event organizer Don Wrolson. “So mark your calendar for Monday, April 7, and get ready for some great music from the Windsor Theatre stage in downtown Hampton. “We always appreciate everyone who makes the effort to turn out in support of live music.� Wrolson continued. “ The public may not realize it, but many of our musicians are EVENTS to page 2

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The Jewell Lions Club will host their 33rd annual Central Iowa Toy Show on Sunday, March 30. Exhibitors from Iowa and throughout the Midwest annually attend this large show. More than seven hundred spectators surveyed treasures shared by 55 collectors last year. People may buy, trade, sell or just look at the large variety of farm toys and collectibles. Agricultural displays, a model railroad, hand crafted items, works by a local artist, NASCAR racing items, cast iron and die-cast farm toys, Hot Wheels cars, Beanie Babies, trains, and dolls compliment the surroundings. Several 1/64th scale diorama displays depicting past, present, and future-farming methods will highlight the show. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the South Hamilton High School gymnasium, Jewell. Admission is $5.00 with high school and under youngsters admitted free. Net proceeds from the event help the Lions Club fund many local, State and International projects. Lunch complete with homemade pie will be served all day.

St. Jude’s fundraiser at Windsor Theatre April 14 The documentary film “Why We Ride� will be shown at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted at the door, with all proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Dan Rodemeyer, Hampton, spearheaded efforts to bring the movie to the Windsor. “Why We Ride� is a documentary film about motocyclists and their passion for their bikes, and it’s won many awards since its release in 2013. Copies of the movie will also be available in the lobby after the showing. “If enough bikers want to see it, we can always do a second one,� said Rodemeyer. “Why We Ride� is rated PG and suited for audiences of all ages.

By Nick Pedley A $20,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of missing Hampton man Ethan Kazmerzak was renewed late Friday afternoon. Kazmerzak, 22, has been missing since he was last seen at various local bars on the night of Sept. 15, 2013. Investigators have followed up on numerous leads since his disappearance, but came up emptyhanded in every instance. They’ve scoured fields and ditches, done aerial searches, and sent dive teams to the bottoms of area lakes and ponds searching for potential evidence. “There isn’t a whole lot more to do,� said Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer. “We’ve done everything we can think of.� Local residents pooled together a $20,000 reward in late October for any information leading to Kazmer-

zak’s return. The group had hoped to have him home safely by Thanksgiving, but nothing panned out. Schaefer said investigators received only a few weak leads before the reward expired on Dec. 2, 2013. “I don’t think we’ve had any [leads] since that December 2 date,� said Schaefer. On Friday, the $20,000 reward previously offered was renewed for any relevant and useful information that leads to the location and/or safe return of Kazmerzak. Five anonymous local donators pooled together the money. “We just want to keep the thing out there in front of people. Hopefully it might strike the right person,� Schaefer said. Friday marked the six-month anniversary since Kazmerzak was last seen or heard from. Records show he

last used his cell phone around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 15 near the intersection of 190th Street and Olive Avenue northwest of Hampton, and his debit and credit cards haven’t been used since that evening, either. Kazmerzak has dark blonde hair, a beard, and wears glasses with thick black frames. He is 5-foot, 5-inches tall, about 185 pounds, and was last seen wearing peach-colored shorts and a white/teal printed shirt. He has a Grateful Dead tattoo on his upper left arm. Kazmerzak drives a silver 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI with Iowa license plate AUZ382. If you have any information about Kazmerzak’s whereabouts, please call North Iowa Crime Stoppers at 800-383-0088 or the Hampton Police Department at 641-456-2529.

WF moves toward unified elementary classes By Travis Fischer Big changes may be coming to West Fork next year as the school board decided to push for a restructuring of how classes are divided between the Rockwell and Sheffield campuses. Currently, elementary students up to the third grade attend either the Sheffield or Rockwell campus. On Monday, the school board decided to move forward with a plan to teach all of the district’s kindergartners and first graders at the Sheffield campus, and teach all of the district’s second and third graders in Rockwell starting next school year. The issue was pressed due to continued differences between class sizes between the two campuses. The current way classes are split has put West Fork in the position where they would need to hire an additional teacher that would

otherwise be unnecessary were the students evenly distributed. “It makes no sense for one West Fork teacher to teach 25 kids in a classroom and have another West Fork teacher with 14 kids in their’s,� said Superintendent Darrin Strike. Differences in curriculum between the two campuses were also cited as a reason for the merger. While the board commended the work that teachers have done to bring the two schools closer together, differences still remain in resources and learning programs. The board believes that putting teachers of the same classes in the same building would facilitate easier sharing of both resources and teaching methods. Likewise, it’s also thought that the students themselves would benefit socially from being united in kindergarten rather than fourth

grade. “I think this is one more step toward being one district,� said board member Mary Beth Sukup. That’s not to say the board thought the transition would be without problems. With the new school year only five months away, that leaves little time for the teachers to move to a new building and prepare a year’s worth of coursework. Additionally, shuttle bus routes and times may need to be adjusted to account for the increase in students moving from one campus to the other. Still, the board was unanimous in the opinion that this is the best option for the district. “I think the better quality amongst the grades far outweighs the transportation issues that may come up,� said board member Rob Heimbuch.

Boehmler named director of SBDC at NIACC Hampton Mayor Brook Boehmler joined the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center as the new Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on March 3. Boehmler comes to NIACC after serving Franklin County as the Director of the Chamber, Main Street and Tourism organizations. While there he led multiple community events and consulted with numerous profit and non-profit entities. Before he settled in Iowa, he started, managed, purchased and sold multiple companies throughout the Midwest and Southwest. His background is from the technology and legal segment, building service and sales organizations regionally, nationally and internationally. Boehmler has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with an

emphasis in Computer Science from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. “We are extremely pleased that we could attract and retain the services, experience and skills that Brook brings to the College and our clients,� said Jamie T. Zanios, Director of the Pappajohn Center. “Brook has strong business and consulting experience. He will be visiting communities across North Iowa to introduce himself to our banking and economic development partners. He has already hit the ground running with client business consulting.� “I am excited to work with such a high caliber of professionals whose mission is fostering solutions and helping the business community in north Iowa grow,� Boehmler said. “Opening and managing a business in today’s world is a herculean task. People are taking a risk by moving into unguaranteed environments to seek a better life. My experience in private and public sectors has given

me the insight and experience to help in a confidential setting to work one-on-one with owners to move them into the next step of opening, expanding or transitioning their business. Many area economic development corporations and chambers leverage our services to help their local community. I know as the Chamber Director, the SBDC served a pivotal role at no cost to our businesses and community. We are here to help.� The national NACCE Innovation Award winning NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center provides college level courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North Iowa region. Space is available for start-up businesses in the North Iowa Business Incubator. For more information, contact the NIACC JPEC at 641-422-4111.

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Ragan lone Democrat to file in District 27 By Nick Pedley Three-term Iowa Senator Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City) is hoping to make it four following the announcement of her re-election campaign last week. Ragan, 59, was the lone Democrat to file for the June 3 primary election in Iowa Senate District 27. Her announcement expanded the total field of District 27 candidates to three, with Republicans Shawn Dietz, Hampton, and Tim Junker, Allison, both filing papers on March 12 for their partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary election. Ragan said she plans to ramp up campaign efforts in District 27 soon, which includes portions of Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Butler counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My intention is to get out there and meet as many people as possible,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of different people in the district, but really weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all north Iowans.â&#x20AC;? Ragan said education would be one of her main focal points during her re-election bid. She attended NIACC and graduated from Buena Vis-

ta University with a B.A. in Human Services, and she felt creating equal education opportunities for Iowans was important for both job growth and the economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter where you start, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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been a good thing for the people of Iowa,â&#x20AC;? she said. Ragan sits on many committees, subcommittees and boards in the Senate. Most notably, she serves as chair of the Human Resource Committee, and also sits on the Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, Rules and Administration, and Veterans Affairs committees. Ragan lives in Mason City with her husband, Jim. She was raised near Rockwell and graduated from Rockwell-Swaledale High School before attending NIACC and Buena Vista. She currently serves as executive director of the Community Kitchen of North Iowa and Mason City Meals on Wheels. Ragan said she she planned to hit the campaign trail hard after the 2014 General Assembly convenes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working for the State of Iowa, so you want to make sure your efforts benefit everyone involved,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to get out there and meet new people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for me to get new ideas.â&#x20AC;?

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked on some things on a bipartisan level and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really been a good thing for the people of Iowa

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Amanda Ragan, Iowa Senator so important you have that support,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether we hear from educators or employers, they want someone coming into the work environment that is capable and ready to go.â&#x20AC;? Ragan said she looked forward to the opportunity to continue her work in Des Moines. A series of bipartisan agreements between Republicans and Democrats has allowed the Senate to progress on things like health care and tax reform in recent years, and Ragan wanted to keep the ball rolling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked on some things on a bipartisan level and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really

Fred Phelps is dying. What do we do about this? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean, â&#x20AC;&#x153;what do we do to save him?â&#x20AC;? of course. As former leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, Phelps and his few dozen followers have already wasted too much of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precious oxygen shouting obscene things at grieving funeral-goers. I mean, how should a civilized society react to his death? After all, for a man who has caused such anger and pain, certainly his passing should invoke some sort of reaction. Right? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a lot of suggestions in the comments section of various news articles on the subject. Granted, Internet comments frequently display a level of humanity barely above the people of the WBC, but more often than not you can pull a few good ideas out of the rabble. The most obvious one of course is to do unto Fred Phelps and his family the same thing they did to so many others. One has to admit that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be no small amount of poetic justice to picket and protest the funeral of Fred Phelps, returning to him all the hate he created.

That said, revenge is rarely productive and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like members of the WBC are capable of feeling shame anyway. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gain anything by crawling down in the mud with the Phelps clan. A similar, but opposite, suggestion I saw was to overwhelm the funeral with forgiveness. Go in with signs that say â&#x20AC;&#x153;We forgive you,â&#x20AC;? and whatnot. That, to me, seems like an equal waste of effort. Not to mention insincere. Phelps wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be forgiven, his family wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look at an outpouring of good will and change their ways, and at the end of the day passive aggressive is no better than open aggressiveness. The problem with either of these suggestions is that whether you shower Phelps with hate or love, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving him attention, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever wanted. Phelps may have brainwashed members of his congregation into actually believing the things they put on those picket signs, but personally I doubt he drank a lot of his own Kool-Aid. The WBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign of hate was

Dietz files nomination forms for Iowa Senate District 27 Former Hampton Mayor Shawn filed nomination forms with the Iowa Secretary of State's office to have his name placed on the June 3 primary ballot in Iowa's 27th Senate District. Dietz, a Republican, has spent the weeks since his caucus announcement gathering signatures at meetings and events in all three counties of the district. "I've been inspired by the number of conservative Republicans who have reached out to our campaign over the past few weeks who are excited to see this area represented in the Iowa Senate by someone who is passionate about spreading a positive pro-life, traditional marriage, small government, and an overall conservative message." Dietz said in a press release. "We've spoken with many folks in all three counties, but particularly Cerro Gordo County who want to see someone take a firm stand based on these core Iowa values." More meet and greet events are being planned for the Dietz for Iowa campaign that will be announced in the coming weeks. Tim Junker, of Allison, also filed nomination papers for the June 3 primary election. The winner of the GOP primary will face Sen Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City), who filed for re-election last week and is running uncontested in the Democratic primary.

Upmeyer only candidate to file in District 54 By Nick Pedley Longtime Iowa State Representative and House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running for a seventh term last week. Upmeyer will run unopposed in District 54, which includes territory in portions of Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Butler counties. No other Republican or Democrat filed paperwork to get their names on the June 3 primary ballot. Upmeyer made her re-election campaign official on March 10, and said she was motivated by recent bipartisan progress in Des Moines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes us different from Washington, is that we enjoy working with each other,â&#x20AC;? Upmeyer explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue working on some of the things we can agree on, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to be times where we butt heads and have completely different perspectives.â&#x20AC;? Upmeyer believed economic growth, education reform and discussion about Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fuel tax would continue to top the Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda next year. She was relatively positive that the state would remain on solid economic footing in the near future, but she wanted to see more business growth and job creation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will continue to be pro-jobs and push a pro-jobs attitude,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best way to grow business around the state is by focusing on growing the businesses that are already here by creating opportunities for them and the workforce.â&#x20AC;? Upmeyer said legislators would continue investigating ways to im-

prove Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure to foster growth. A 10-cent gas tax increase has been proposed by some policymakers to generate revenue that would help repair the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crumbling roads and bridges. The idea has drawn many proponents and detractors, and Upmeyer expected a drawn out debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand it has to be addressed. Whether or not itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this year or later, we need to find a way,â&#x20AC;? she said. Challenges exist, but Upmeyer welcomed them with open arms. The seasoned political veteran has navigated through numerous issues in Des Moines since winning her first election in 2002. She gradually worked her way up the Republican Party ladder and was elected the House Majority Leader in 2010 by her peers. It marked the first time in state history a woman had been named to the position, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s held it ever since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the job is listening to people and setting priorities,â&#x20AC;? Upmeyer said about the majority leader job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a great opportunity to hear different opinions and broaden my perspective on things.â&#x20AC;? Upmeyer, 61, lives in Clear Lake with her husband, Doug. The couple has five children and three grandchildren. She works as a cardiology nurse practitioner and has a BS in nursing from the University of Iowa and a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in nursing from Drake University. Though this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Assembly has been marked with bipartisan compromise and few controversial issues, Upmeyer admitted lawmakers could pull a complete 180 next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a better picture about where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going after this sessionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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never designed to win over hearts and minds. From the start it was designed for maximum shock value. Phelps was a disbarred lawyer and a failed politician. He couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get anybody to pay attention to him by being their hero, so he pushed the First Amendment to its limit and became their villain instead. And to his credit, he was a great villain. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one positive thing that Fred Phelps accomplished, it was that he united virtually everybody in the nation against him. Whether you are liberal or conservative, religious or not, or prefer Pepsi or Coke, virtually everybody across all spectrums could agree that Fred Phelps was a terrible human being. Even the Klu Klux Klan, the former standard in villainous bigotry, denounced Phelps and his organization. Ironically, his almost cartoonish portrayal of a homophobic bigot probably did a lot to further the acceptance of gay people. After all, nobody looks at members of the WBC and says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, I want to be like those guys.â&#x20AC;? So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I guess. But back to the topic at hand. In the end, I think the best thing we can do in regards to Fred Phelps is to forget about him. Let him die alone and miserable and give him no more of the attention he hurt so many others in his quest to obtain. Travis Fischer is a news writer for Mid-America Publishing and is well aware of the irony in that last paragraph, but he needed a column topic.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s a Final:

West Fork reaches state championship game again By Kristi Nixon DES MOINES – With one heave into the rafters after intercepting the ball Sam Amsbaugh and the West Fork boys basketball team celebrated another trip to the Class 2A state basketball final. The official scorer called it a turnover, but the point was moot – the Warhawks earned a 51-46 victory over Treynor to face top-ranked Western Christian. Trailing 37-36 heading g into the final quarter, Drew w Engebretson hit a big three-pointer er and after a layup by Trey Castlee tied the score, seemingly the forgotten man, Hunter Myers, made some backdoor cuts to the basket untouched for three straight lay-ups to give coach Frank Schnoes’ team the lead for good at 45-39. “They were playing a triangle-and-two and they were just after our main scorers and they completely forgot about me, so those guys did a great job of finding me and giving me easy lay-ups,” Myers said. “I know I couldn’t have made those without great passes. “I was just lucky, anyone could have made those, but I ended up be-

ing the guy – it was a great find by my teammates.” In fact, West Fork trailed until the fourth quarter, down 26-23 at the half and 14-12 after the first eight minutes. Junior 6-foot-6 post player Evan Sprung said that fourth quarter turnaround began with Engebretson. “Huge shot by Drew,” Sprung said. “That really got the momentum on our side.” y woes came when Sam The early Amsbaugh picked up his second foul early in the second quarter

and had to go out. His replacement, Jacob Kuhlemeier, had troubles also, finishing with four fouls – all in the first half. Schnoes said he emphasized defense at the half. “They were hurting us in the transition game, beating us down

the floor, so we said at halftime, ‘we have to get back.’ They were getting too many transition points and too many easy looks at the basket and we had a lot of foul trouble,” Schnoes said. “Amsbaugh picking up a couple of quick ones, had to sit down, but we kept watching the score and kept it close.” And, although Myers and Spencer Halloran, who suffered a torn ankle ligament in Tuesday’s quarterfinal ggame,, didn’t practice Wednesday, it didn’t look the case especially in the fourth quarter. “I ttold my parents all the time that this was mo more nerve-wracking thi this year than last year bec because senior year is a lo lot scarier since once you’re done, you’re done for the rest of the time,” Myers said. “I’m not going on to college basketball like Sam is, so I’m trying to take advantage of it and leaving everything out on the court. “It’s all paying off because I’m playing in the state championship.” It was the fifth straight game that the Warhawks faced a close game headed into the final eight minutes, but Myers said there was no panic about he and his teammates. “We’ve had five straight close games now and it’s just something

we’ve come accustomed to,” Myers said, “and we all trust in each other and know we can play good games in close games and I don’t think anyone was under pressure or scared.” Schnoes talked about the key difference for his team in the second half and its turnaround. “In the second half, it was just focusing on making plays and the kids are very unselfish,” Schnoes said. “They trust in themselves and I think they trust their teammates. They looked for Hunter Myers to cut on the weak side, he had a couple of lay-ups there and Evan Sprung took advantage of a couple of doubleteams on Sam. We had some nice looks inside and we just had to keep the team trusting in each other.” He added that he was a little disappointed in the team’s free throw shooting, but did enough to win. Sprung reflected on what it would be like to be playing in his first state title game. “It’s going to be a different atmosphere,” Sprung said, “especially when they announce the starting lineups, it’s just going to be a moment I’ll never forget.” And he showed a tremendous amount of emotion in the final minutes of the semifinal. “I knew with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter we had it,” Sprung said. “Momentum, it wasn’t going to stop. We kept going to the free throw line and they weren’t going to stop us. “We could say it’s a legacy, but we just want to play good ball.”

Above: West Fork's team celebrates after winning the Class 2A state semifinal, advancing to the title game. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

West Fork 51, Treynor 46 Treynor (24-2) – Nick Paulsen 2-8 4-5 8; Jacob Flathers 5-11 2-2 12; Trey Robinson 4-6 1-3 9; Nolan Chapman 3-7 1-2 8; Trey Castle 2-5 0-0 4; Ben Chapin 1-2 0-0 3; Michael Wesley 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Dietchler 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 18-41 8-12 46. West Fork (25-1) – Hunter Myers 5-8 0-2 8; Spencer Halloran 4-10 1-3 9; Sam Amsbaugh 4-8 5-6 13; Drew Engebretson 1-3 0-0 3; Evan Sprung 6-9 2-3 14; Austin Neff 1-2 0-0 2; Markus Wogen 0-0 0-0 0; Jacob Kuhlemeier 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 21-41 8-16 66. Treynor West Fork

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Three point goals – Treynor 2-13 (Chapin 1-2, Chapman 1-5, Flathers 0-1, Paulsen 0-5); WF 1-6 (Engebretson 1-1, Neff 0-1, Myers 0-2, Halloran 0-2). Rebounds – Treynor 24, 6 off., 18 def. (Robinson 12, Flathers 6, Chapman 2, Paulsen, Chapman, Dietchler, Team); West Fork 27, 8 off. 19 def. (Amsbaugh 5, Sprung 5, Halloran 5, Kuhlemeier 4, Myers 3, Engebretson 3, Team 2). Assists – Treynor 5 (Castle 2, Paulsen, Flathers, Dietchler); WF 13 (Halloran 4, Myers 4, Amsbaugh 3, Sprung). Steals – Treynor 4, (Chapin 2, Paulsen, Robinson); WF 4 (Sprung, Engebretson, Myers, Amsbaugh). Blocks – Treynor 3 (Robinson 2, Paulsen); WF, None. Total fouls – Treynor 16, WF 13. Fouled out – Treynor, Robinson.

Left: West Fork's Spencer Halloran gets fouled in the paint as a pair of Treynor defenders reach in against him during the Class 2A state semifinal at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Right: Austin Neff of West Fork drives the baseline around Treynor’s Matt Deitchler during the Class 2A state semifinal game. (Photos by Kristi Nixon)

Two Warhawks earn unanimous first team conference honors By Kristi Nixon SHEFFIELD – Reaping the rewards of another unbeaten conference season, West Fork’s boys basketball team gained a pair of unanimous first team all-conference picks, announced recently. Seniors Sam Amsbaugh and Spencer Halloran were the overwhelming unanimous choices, who not only ran the table this year but also led West Fork to a second straight Class 2A runner-up finish. They were two of five unanimous players chosen to the first team. Although not unanimous, coach Frank Schnoes’ squad also had another pair of first team selections in junior post Evan Sprung and senior guard Hunter Myers. The Warhawks’ junior guard Drew Engebretson was a second team selection while sophomore post Jacob Kuhlemeier was placed on the honorable mention team.

Top: West Fork's Hunter Myers releases the ball to score between three different Treynor opponents during the Class 2A state semifinal. Bottom: West Fork’s bench, from left: Tanner Tuttle, Jacob Kuhlemeier, Markus Wogen and Austin Neff react in the final moments of West Fork’s state semifinal win over Treynor. (Photos by Kristi Nixon)

‘Fan of the Game’ Award

2014 Corn Bowl All-Conference Boys Basketball First Team Sam Amsbaugh, Sr., West Fork*; Spencer Halloran, Sr., West Fork*; Ryan Turner, Sr., Rockford*; Shaylon Lahr, Sr., North Butler*; Jordan Klingman, Jr., Nashua-Plainfield*; Evan Sprung, Jr., West Fork; Hunter Myers, Sr., West Fork; John Jones, Sr., Rockford. * denotes unanimous selection

Second Team Drew Engebretson, Jr., West Fork; Logan Johnson, Sr., Rockford; Reid Lammers, So., North Butler; Seth Harrington, Sr., Nashua-Plainfield; Thomas Patterson, Sr., Central Springs; Will Bird, Sr., Central Springs; Josh Einertson, So., Northwood-Kensett; Kyle Hanson, Sr., St. Ansgar; Emilio Gomez, Jr., Riceville.

Honorable Mention Jacob Kuhlemeier, So., West Fork; Nate Engels, Sr., Rockford; Brandon Heuer, Jr., North Butler; Philip Lines, Jr., Nashua-Plainfield; Brandon Hebel, Sr., Central Springs; Brandon Brockman, Sr., Northwood-Kensett; Chase McCurdy, Sr., St. Ansgar; Ryan Shedenhelm, Sr., Riceville.

West Fork's Jo Hafermann, second from right, accepts a basketball from Iowa High School Athletic Association assistant executive director Todd Tharp prior to Tuesday's Class 2A state quarterfinal game against West Marshall for being the team's fan of the game.

West Fork Warhawk Cheerleaders accept the Iowa Basketball Class 2A Sportsmanship Award at the State Tournament held in Des Moines. Shown above are, left to right: Paige Conklin, Andrea Reed, Allison Novotney, Lea Johnson, Gina Jochimson, Coach Amanda Dannen. (Photo by Dallas Slagle)

Amsbaugh named to first team all-state

Amsbaugh earns all 2A sub-state honor

By Kristi Nixon DES MOINES – West Fork senior Sam Amsbaugh added another honor to his final season after helping lead West Fork to its second straight state final by being voted to the Iowa Newspaper Association first team all-state basketball squad. The 6-foot-5 front line player averaged 19 points per game while shooting nearly 70 percent from the field and 6.2 rebounds a contest. “Sam stepped up his game from last year with defenses focusing on him this past year,” West Fork head coach Frank Schnoes said. “(He’s a) very intelligent player who led by example, very unselfish, excellent team player. He really worked hard to improve his skills the past two years. His defense and rebounding really improved this year.” Amsbaugh impressed with his ability to move well in the post and his quickness away from the ball, finishing with an average of 2.76 steals per game. He added 28 blocks and 46 assists for the season. Also, he was the only Warhawk to be voted to the Class 2A all-tournament team at the end of the West Fork run on Friday night after finishing the tournament with 41 points and 21 in all three games. Joining Amsbaugh on the first team front line were Iowa Falls-Alden’s Casey Schlatter and Reed Tellinghuisen, both returning first-teamers, although Schlatter was first team in Class 3A a year ago. Amsbaugh is undecided on what college he’ll attend, but plans on playing basketball after being heavily recruited throughout the season by several schools.

By Kristi Nixon SHEFFIELD – Sam Amsbaugh of West Fork was one of eight players voted to the Class 2A sub-state 3 team by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association announced recently. Amsbaugh, a 6-foot-5 senior forward/post, averaged 19 points per game and helped lead the Warhawks to their second straight Class 2A state final. Also voted to the sub-state team were Carson Parker of Dike-New Hartford, Casey Schlatter of Iowa Falls-Alden, Forest City’s Erich Erdman, Kyle Smith and Ryan Kriener of New Hampton, Antwain Strong from Hudson and Osage’s Trevor Haaland.

2014 Class 2A INA All-State Boys’ Basketball First Team Front line – Casey Schlatter, 6-8, Sr., Iowa FallsAlden; Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-6, Sr., East Sac; Sam Amsbaugh, 6-5, Sr., West Fork. Back court – Carson Parker, 6-1, Sr., Dike-New Hartford; Haris Takes, 6-1, Sr., Cascade; Erich Erdman, 5-11, Jr., Forest City. Utility – Andrew VanGinkel, 6-4, Sr., Rock Valley; Duncan Ferch, 6-3, Sr., West Marshcall.

Second Team Front line – Robby Burke, 6-6, Sr., Fort Dodge St. Edmond; Drew Cook, 6-5, Jr., Iowa City Regina; Cole Neary, 6-6, Sr., Carroll Kuemper. Back court – Matt Baker, 5-8, Jr., Albia; Cody Mason, 6-2, Sr., MFL, MarMac; Tyler Hetzler, 6-3, Sr., Wilton. Utility – Jayden Johnson, 6-4, Jr., North Cedar; Andrew O’Donnell, 6-4, Sr., Sioux Center.

Third Team Front line – Sam Brincks, 6-6, Sr., Carroll Kuemper; Taylor Feenstra, 6-7, Sr., Western Christian; Jacob Flathers, 6-6, Jr., Treynor. Back court – Trevor Haaland, 6-0, Sr., Osage; Sawyer Herman, 6-1, Sr., Monticello; Jake Petzenhauser, 5-11, Sr., South Central Calhoun. Utility – Colten Connelly, 6-3, Sr., Clayton Ridge; Stephen Folkerts, 6-5, Sr., Van Meter.

2014 Class 2A Sub-State 3 IBCA Team Carson Parker, Dike-New Hartford; Casey Schlatter, Iowa Falls-Alden; Erich Erdman, Forest City; Sam Amsbaugh, West Fork; Kyle Smith, New Hampton; Antwain Strong, Hudson; Trevor Haaland, Osage; Ryan Kriener, New Hampton.

West Fork's Sam Amsbaugh, right, draws a blocking charge against Treynor's Jacob Flathers during the Class 2A state semifinal. Amsbaugh was voted first team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association, announced Tuesday. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)


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The Pioneer Enterprise

Thursday, March 20, 2014

West Fork senior Tanner Tuttle accepts the Class 2A state runner-up trophy after the Warhawks lost to Western Christian 48-38 on Friday night. (Kristi Nixon photo)

Just out of reach:

Back-to-back runner-up finishes for West Fork boys basketball squad utes to go before pulling within four Myers was crouched by the bench By Kristi Nixon DES MOINES – So close they at 1:38 remaining on a three-pointer with his jersey covering his face in the final seconds. could taste it, the third-ranked War- from Hunter Myers. “We were struggling the whole “We focused in on blocking down hawk boys basketball team were held off by No. 1 Western Christian in the on the inside,” Schnoes said. “They time shooting with them (in the Class 2A title game on Friday night, gave us the outside shots and that first half),” Myers said. “We hadn’t was the difference (on rallying), played a team that big all year and it 48-38. It was the second year in a row finding the kids with the hot hand to kind of showed up there. We started knock down some shots and that is hitting our shots – we only shot like West Fork finished runner-up. An inconsolable Sam Amsbaugh how we worked our way from 12, 30 percent or something – something expressed that it was a bitter pill to 11 or 10 down, whatever it was, to terrible. We started getting confident, but then they’d hit a basket and we four.” swallow. But Western Christian answered couldn’t stop them. “A huge disappointment...every “When we were down...with 17 year,” Amsbaugh said. “That (No.) on the other end, blocked a Spencer 40 (Taylor Feenstra) did a good job Halloran shot and after trading turn- seconds left, I was hurting.” Both players and Schnoes were of contesting shots. They did a box- overs, a foul on Adam Heynen turned and-one on me and I just didn’t step into a pair of free throws that extend- appreciative of the Warhawk fans, which were awarded the sportsmaned the lead back to eight. up. ship trophy. “They were good guys; “Like I said yesterday, it they were a good team. We takes a lot of luck and a lot didn’t do what we should of work from everybody,” have.” The kids. They worked hard and Myers said. “It just sucks, I Head coach Frank bad for everyone who Schnoes said, “It’s disapthey practiced hard. We get so feel came and supported us. We pointing to lose the chamwrapped up in wins and losses, we just couldn’t pull it out the pionship two years in a row, but we’ll look back on just don’t appreciate all the hard last few years and I feel sorry that. Runner-up is not terit and see how tough that is work. These guys were team-first for rible two times, but it should and what it took to get to the final; it says a lot about kids; that’s what sticks in my mind have ended up a different way.” our seniors and juniors the most: the unselfish team. Amsbaugh added, “I love who stepped up this year. I – Frank Schnoes, Head Coach the fans for their support and just think we played really I love my teammates. I’ll well this year.” A couple more missed three- miss every minute of it.” When the skeptics said that the The back-to-back title games game wouldn’t be close, the War- point shots and a Wolfpack rebound hawks kept it close to the end despite resulted in more free throws after a and three title chances in four years falling behind by double-digits in the Warhawk foul that made the final dif- couldn’t have been done without hard work, Schnoes said, adding that third quarter and as late as five min- ference.

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Halloran was a part of each run. “Spencer was actually on varsity all four years,” Schnoes said. “He was part of the state championship, the runner-ups and (when the team) lost in the sub-state final, so his career was very valuable as a basketball player, even though he’s known as a football player and baseball player. “Sam and Hunter, those guys have been together from youth basketball to AAU ball, they just committed to try to be the best they can. They both strived to win a state championship last year and this year and were in a position to win, but this is the next best thing.” Myers, who had already said he won’t continue to play basketball in college, summed up his career. “With the help of Schnoes and my teammates I got more confident in myself playing. By my sophomore year I got more confident in myself playing and I had a great time,” Myers said. “It’s great playing basketball with all of your friends and getting to the state championship twice in a row is a ... fun time.” Schnoes ended by saying what he’ll remember most about this season. “The kids,” he said. “They worked hard and they practiced hard. We get so wrapped up in wins and losses, we just don’t appreciate all the hard work. These guys were team-first kids; that’s what sticks in my mind the most: the unselfish team.”

Western Christian 48, West Fork 38 West Fork (25-2, final) – Hunter Myers 3-4 1-2 8, Spencer Halloran 3-15 1-2 9, Sam Amsbaugh 4-7 4-4 12, Drew Engebretson 0-7 0-0 0, Austin Neff 1-3 0-0 3, Evan Sprung 2-5 2-2 6, Zach Greimann 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Tuttle 0-0 0-0 0, Markus Wogen 0-0 0-0 0; Cody Wegner 0-0 0-0 0; Jacob Kuhlemeier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 8-10 38. Western Christian (27-0, final) – Taylor Miedema 2-16 2-2 8; Adam Heynen 1-1 2-2 4; Jeffrey Granstra 1-1 0-0 2; Josh VanLingen 6-10 0-0 12; Taylor Feenstra 9-16 2-3 20; Joey Horstman 0-3 2-3 2; Ben Gesink 0-0 0-0 0; JOrdan Folkerts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-47 8-10 48. West Fork Western Christian

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Three-point goals – WF 4-20 (Myers 1-1, Halloran 2-9, Neff 1-3, Greimann 0-1, Engebretson 0-6); WC 2-18 (Miedema 2-13, Feenstra 0-2, Horstman 0-3). Rebounds – WF 24, 8 off., 16 def. (Amsbaugh 12, Halloran 9, Myers 8, Sprung 6, Neff 3); WC 35, 13 off., 22 def. (Feenstra 20, VanLingen 12, Miedema 8, Heynen 4, Granstra 2). Assists – WF 6 (Myers 3, Engebretson 2, Halloran); WC 11 (Granstra 4, Miedema 3, Heynen 2, Feenstra, Horstman). Steals – WF 11 (Amsbaugh 4, Myers 3, Halloran 2, Neff, Kuhlemeier); WC 10 (Heynen 4, VanLingen 2, Horstman 2, Granstra, Feenstra). Blocks – WF 2 (Amsbaugh 2); WC 5 (VanLingen 4, Feenstra). Total fouls – WF 17, WC 12. Fouled out – None.

Drew Engebretson of West Fork tries an off-balance shot over 6-foot-6 Taylor Feenstra of Western Christian during the Class 2A state final game. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)

Left: West Fork's Sam Amsbaugh, second from right, poses with his medal and certificate for being voted by sports writers as a member of the Class 2A state all-tournament team. Also, pictured, from left: Western Christian's Taylor Feenstra, Treynor's Jacob Flathers, Haris Takes of Cascade and Josh VanLingen, also of Western Christian. Above: Ethan Meints of West Fork accepts the studentathlete achiever away from John Trewin, President and CEO of United Bank & Trust prior to the Class 2A title game Friday night. (Photos by Kristi Nixon)

Gunnar Myers, right, consoles his older brother Hunter in the final seconds of the Class 2A state final game at Des Moines on Friday. (Photo by Kristi Nixon)


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The Pioneer Enterprise

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reporting from the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse Marriage License Shonta Boykins, 26, Mason City to Bernard Davis, 24, Mason City. Penny Portis, 50, Mason City to Wendell Willand, 48, Mason City. Civil Court The court handled five child support matters. District Court The court handled eight probation revocations and two cases of contempt. William Wilson, 51, Mason City pled guilty on March 5 to Driving Without A License (pled down from Driving While Barred Habitual Offender). Wilson was fined $200 plus 35% surcharge and $140 in costs. William Fetner, 25, Mason City pled guilty on March 5 to Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana - Third or Subsequent Offense and Driving While Barred, Habitual Offender. Fetner was placed on two years probation in lieu of two years in prison, 180 days at a residential facility, 30 days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge (suspended), $125 Law Enforcement Initiative,

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guilty on March 10 to OWI First Offense. Samyoa was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $306 in costs. Mitchell Roerig, 30, Des Moines, pled guilty on March 11 to OWI Second Offense. Roerig was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, and $100 in costs. Darick Wooldridge, 45, Mason City, pled guilty on March 5 to OWI Second Offense (pled down from OWI Third or Subsequent Offense). Roerig was placed on two years probation in lieu of two years in jail, fined $1,850 plus 35% surcharge, and $100 in costs. Haley Karsjens, 21, Cedar Falls, pled guilty on March 10 to OWI Second Offense. Karsjens was placed on two years probation in lieu of 180 days in jail, fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, and $200 in costs. An additional charge of contempt was dismissed. Joseph Allie, 30, Ventura, pled guilty on March 11 to OWI Second Offense. Allie was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, and $233 in costs. Heather Jones, 34, Swaledale, pled guilty on March 11 to OWI First Offense. Jones was sentenced to two days in jail or two days at OWI program, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $166 in costs. Wayne Lones, 34, Mason City, pled guilty on March 5 to OWI Third Offense. Lones was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $3,125 plus 35% surcharge, and $220 in costs. Additional charges of Eluding and Driving While Revoked were dismissed. Jesse Marzen, 35, Clarksville, pled guilty on March 10 to OWI First Offense. Marzen was sentenced to two days in jail or two days at OWI program, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge (half suspended), and $100 in costs. Monte Neubauer, 51, Mason City, pled guilty on March 10 to OWI First Offense and Driving While Barred Habitual Offender. Neubauer was placed on four years probation in lieu of three years in prison, 180 days at a residential facility, fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, and $414 in costs. Bradford Huso, 61, Mason City,

received a deferred judgment on March 5 to OWI First Offense. Huso was placed on two years probation, ordered to pay a $1,250 civil penalty, and $100 in costs. Gunnar Clark, 18, Fort Dodge, pled guilty on March 11 to OWI First Offense. Clark was sentenced to two days in jail or two days at OWI Program, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge (half waived), and $100 in costs. Small Claims AAA Collections vs. Terri Watts, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on March 5 in the amount of $2,780.75 with 2.12% interest from March 5. H&R Accounts vs. Jacob Jensen, Clear Lake. Judgment for the plaintiff on March 7 in the amount of $782 with 2.12% interest from March 7. Mercy Medical Center vs. Michelle Fredricks, Mason City. Case dismissed with prejudice on March 10. Mercy Medical Center vs. Jennifer Fredrickson, Northwood. Judgment for the plaintiff on March 7 in the amount of $1,453.40 with 2.12% interest from March 5. Washington Charlie Brown vs. Kurt Bell. Judgment for the plaintiff on March 10 in the amount of $250 with 2.12% interest from March 10. AAA Collections vs. Stacie Busch, Ventura. Case dismissed without prejudice on March 10. H&R Accounts vs. Susan Olson, Clear Lake. Judgment for the plaintiff on March 10 in the amount of $4,207.24 with 2.12% interest from March 10. Property Transfer MCN: Kris Rachut to Kathleen Holt, 18-96-20 Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plat of E1/2 NE1/4 & Lot 14 E1/2 SE1/4 Blk 16 Lot 13 MC; $25,000; 2014-1177. DWD: Hoa Luong and Ngane Lai to N2 Investments LLC; Lindonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, J.G., Add Blk 3 Lot 1, Blk 3 Lot 2 CL N 42â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Lots 1 & 2 Exc W 50 of Lot 2; $30,000 and $47.20; 2014-1262. DQC: Cathy Hsu to Stephen Baker; Robertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, T.S., Add Blk 4 Lot 1 MC Exc E 1/3 & Exc W1/3; 20141259. DQC: Cathy Hsu to Stephen Baker; Home Park Add Blk 4 Lot 10 MC;

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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently all rivers and streams are experiencing turbid water conditions due to recent snow melt and runoff. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Watch ice conditions as they can change rapidly with warmer temperatures. Urban ponds are now being stocked with trout. Please go to http://www.iowadnr. gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to ÂżQGRXWZKHQDQGZKHUH)RUPRUH information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast  ,FH ÂżVKLQJ UHPDLQV VORZ DFURVV the district, not many anglers reportHG ÂżVKLQJ %H VXUH WR FKHFN RWKHU reports around the state for potential â&#x20AC;&#x153;hot spotsâ&#x20AC;?. The best success conWLQXHV WR EH RQ 3ODLQÂżHOG /DNH DQG 0DUWHQÂśV /DNH LQ %UHPHU &RXQW\ Trout streams in N.E. Ia. should remain in good conditions as long as evening temperatures drop below freezing. For further information FDOOWKH1('LVWULFW2IÂżFH# 927-3276. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast As the interior rivers begin to â&#x20AC;&#x153;open upâ&#x20AC;? from ice conditions, take the opportunity to hit the deeper holes for overwintering walleyes. As the spring spawn nears in April, walleye will feed very aggressively up until that time. Jigs tipped with D PLQQRZ ÂżVKHG VORZO\ RII RI WKH bottom is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - No Report: A jig tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Decorah District Streams Northeast Currently all rivers and streams are experiencing turbid water conditions due to recent snow melt and runoff. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Watch ice conditions as they can change rapidly with warmer temperatures. Urban ponds are now being stocked with trout. Please go to http://www.iowadnr. gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to ÂżQGRXWZKHQDQGZKHUH)RUPRUH information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Decorah District Streams Northeast  %H SUHSDUHG WR SDUN DORQJ URDGV

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Collin Schoning and Cody Grant became Eagle Scouts on Sunday at a ceremony in Sheffield. (Photo by Travis Fischer)

Bowhunter Ed offers new Iowa online-only course A new online bowhunter education course is designed to help Iowa bowhunters improve their skills and stay safe in the woods. Bowhunter Ed, which is an official course of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, teaches safe in-the-field practices, bow shooting basics, different methods of bowhunting, and shot placement and recovery techniques. By completing this Bowhunter Ed course, students satisfy bowhunter educational requirements for the state of Iowa, with no field day required. “The bowhunter-ed.com course is Iowa’s official online bowhunter education course. The training is a great idea for new or experienced bowhunters because they learn safe practices and study information that will truly help them in the field,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The new online bowhunter education course allows students to study for free, paying only when they pass the course. The course is mobile friendly so students can take the course on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device. It features easy-tounderstand information, instructional videos, plus detailed illustrations and animations to help

students become better, more prepared bowhunters. To take the Iowa-approved bowhunter education course, visit http://www.bowhunter-ed. com/iowa/. Students must be at least 18 years of age to register for and complete the online course. While bowhunter education isn’t required in some states, several states and provinces do require bowhunter education. The Iowa Bowhunter Ed course will satisfy the bowhunter education requirements mandated by Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Nova Scotia and Quebec Canada. “Bowhunting seasons will be here before you know it so there’s no better time than now to complete your education,” said Marilyn Bentz, executive director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation. For more information regarding the NBEF or becoming an instructor, contact the National Bowhunter Education Foundation at info@nbef.org or visit http://www.nbef.org/. To take an online bowhunter education course, visit http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/.

Grundy Center to host Live Healthy Iowa 5K in April Live Healthy Iowa has selected Grundy Center as a host site for the inaugural year of Live Healthy Iowa’s 5K run/walk and 1K kid’s run. Grundy Center was chosen as one of 10 communities throughout the state to host the event on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The run/walk serves as a finale celebration for the nearly 28,000 Iowans participating in the 2014 10-Week Wellness Challenge. All Iowans are welcome to participate in this family-friendly event and enjoy the refreshing spring weather! “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with these 10 local communities and co-host these events,” commented Live Healthy Iowa director, Nicole Bruce. “These events not only serve as a sense of accomplishment and celebration for challenge participants, but as a way for Iowans to come together in support of the local wellness coalitions and their communities.” The 5K run/walk will start at 8 a.m., and the kids’ run will begin at 9 a.m. All participants will receive a Live Healthy Iowa 5K T-shirt, race number, finisher medal and the opportunity to win age-group awards. The cost for the 5K is $20 through March 31 and $25 up until race day. Adult 10-Week Wellness Chal-

lenge participants can use the discount code found in their challenge confirmation email to receive $10 off registration. The 1K kid’s run for youth ages 12 and younger is $5. Onsite registration will be available and adult 10-Week Wellness Challenge participants can present their Access Card to receive their discount. For local event details and to register online, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org. In its’ inaugural year, the Live Healthy Iowa 5K will be held in Atlantic, Bondurant, Britt, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Grundy Center, Hiawatha, Mount Ayr, Storm Lake and Waukon. Host communities were selected based on historically strong participation in Live Healthy Iowa challenges and the enthusiasm of the community wellness coalitions. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local wellness coalitions in each community, as well as Adaptive Sports Iowa’s veteran outreach efforts. Live Healthy Iowa and Live Healthy Iowa Kids provide challenges and events throughout the year to promote healthy and active lifestyles. To learn more about these programs and find more information about the Live Healthy Iowa 5K, please visit their website or contact them directly by phone at 888-777-8881.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Get tested Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The number of colon cancer deaths could be cut in half if Americans followed recommendations for early detection. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the message that regular screening can often find colorectal cancer early, when it is most likely to be curable. In many cases, screening can prevent colorectal cancer altogether because polyps, or growths, can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer, thus preventing the disease from ever occurring. Even if cancer is found, when detected early, colon cancer has a 90 percent survival rate. “Many people 50 and older do not know they are at risk for colon cancer and need to be tested,” said Dr. David Dennis of Franklin Medical Center in Hampton. “Colon cancer testing is as important as mammograms. If we can get people to recognize that, we will have tremendous opportunity to save lives through the prevention and early detection of colon cancer.” According to the American Cancer Society, cancer screening is the process of looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. Tests are divided into two main groups. Noninvasive tests, like the fecal occult blood test, examine the stool to look for signs of cancer. These may be easier and can often be done at home, but they are not as good at detecting polyps as some of the other tests. Tests like sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy that can find both polyps and cancer are preferred because they can find polyps so they can be removed before they become cancerous, thus possibly preventing colorectal cancer. • What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer? A risk factor is anything that affects one’s chance of getting a disease. Having risk factors does not mean one will get the disease, and some people who get the disease may not be aware they have any risk factors. Some risk factors for colorectal cancer are beyond one’s control. They include: • Age: About 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50 years old. • Personal history: Those with a history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. • Family history: As many as 1 in 5 people who develop colorectal cancer have other family members who have been affected by this disease. Those who have a family history of polyps or colorectal cancer should talk with a physician about the possible need for screening before age 50. • Type 2 diabetes • There are also lifestyle-related factors linked to colorectal cancer. Those include: • Certain types of diets, including a diet high in red meats and processed meats. A diet high in fruits and vegetables, as well as calcium, may reduce risk. • Physical inactivity • Obesity • Smoking • Heavy alcohol use Anyone with a family history or anyone age 50 or older, even with no family history of the disease, is at risk for colon cancer and should visit with a physician about getting tested for colorectal cancer. Make an appointment with a Franklin Medical Center provider by calling a scheduler at 641-456-5062 or 5065.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Don't forget to buy your tickets to West Fork High School's performance of Footloose, which is Thursday and Friday of this week at 7 p.m., in the North Gym of the Sheffield campus. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the high school office, middle school office, Dugan's Supermarket (SheffieldRockwell), and United Bank and Trust (Rockwell-Sheffield). A Spaghetti Supper is set for Friday, March 21, from 5-6:30 p.m., before Footloose Musical in WFHS Lunchroom. Cost is $6 and all proceeds go toward the band and choir trip to New York. (Submitted photo courtesy of Shelby Wilson)

Drum and bugle corps competition returns to north Iowa North Iowa will once again enjoy the thunder of drums, the power of brass, and the pageantry of the color guard as North Iowa’s Festival of Brass comes to Forest City on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. The competition happens under the lights at the Forest City High School Stadium. Tickets went on sale March 14 at www.northiowamusicarts.org. They may also be purchased at the gate on the date of the show. Prices are $10 for adults and $5

for students. Children 6 and under are admitted free. “These groups will be at their performing best coming into our competition. Five days later they will compete for the Open-Class World Championship in Indiana.” said Dr. John Aslakson, event chairman. The action packed line-up includes 10 drum and bugle corps featuring Gold and Blue Devils B (CA), the Blue Saints (Canada), Colt Cadets (IA), Governaires

and Minnesota Brass (MN), Racine Scouts (WI), Spartans (NH), and Thunder (WA). “The Festival of Brass is an exciting opportunity to introduce local bands to the thrill of Drum and Bugle Corps,” said Dr. Josh Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, Waldorf College. This night of music and visual pageantry on the football field is perfect for all ages. Bring the family and be inspired by what these young people do.

It’s time to think about your summer plans! College courses can really pile up, so why not lighten your load by taking a summer class at NIACC? Summer classes are condensed so you’ll get the same credits in less time.

Check out the class list at www.niacc.edu. Many online courses are available.

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