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Thursday, March 27, 2014

One mission, two brothers, three Boyd, Torkelson climbers, success for all discuss future direction of Park and Rec program Two Goldfield firefighters and a former resident make “The Climb” to breath easier

BY KIM DEMORY Some people climb so there’s clean air for children to breath. Some climb because no one deserves to die of lung cancer. Some climb for those who can’t breath on their own. Still others climb for those who have asthma. On March 16, 2014, Troy Schermer and Mark Lenning, members of the Goldfield Fire Department, and Matt Lenning, a former Goldfield resident/firefighter, climbed for the first time ever, to challenge themselves in the name of a good cause. The American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb, held in Des Moines on March 16, drew hundreds of people, like the Lennings and Schermer, who were willing to climb to the top of three buildings - the EMC Insurance Companies (16 floors), Hub Tower (18 floors), and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown (32 floors) in the name of raising money and awareness of a diagnosis that makes breathing difficult. For the less seasoned climber, options were also available to climb only one or two buildings. No matter how many steps each person took, giant strides were made in the Fight for Air for people who need it most. Mark, Troy, and Matt participated in the Firefighter Relay Challenge during the climb. This had Mark and Matt climbing all

three buildings in full firefighter gear. Troy climbed one building since he only began training with the Lennings not long before the event. To make it more of a challenge, the three men rolled up 100 foot hoses and stuffed them in their back packs, carrying an approximate 100 pounds of gear each. “The more of a challenge, the better! You’ll never know how far you can push yourself until you try,” said Mark. “To make it even harder, my brother (Matt) and I were going to tie ourselves together, Mark Lenning, Troy Schermer, and Matt then Troy suggested Lenning, members of the Goldfield Fire we all carry hoses, Department, were proud to participate in 100 foot hoses! We all the 2014 Fight for Air Climb. Photo submitted thought that sounded great.” the Goldfield boys,” he said. Mark continued that while lots Mark admitted, however, that of firefighters did the relay challenge, what was a good idea before the not all of them did it like they did. climb, quickly turned very scary. Some would have one person run “Breathing was the most up a building then pass the baton to challenging part of the climb,” another. he said. “Immediately, once you “We were the only ones crazy started climbing, your heart rate enough to up the challenge with hoses! Guaranteed they’ll remember Continued on Page 3

EGHS graduate has lead role in world premiere opera BY KIM DEMORY Have you ever thought about former classmates, old friends, or co-workers and wondered, “Where are they now?” Eagle Grove has had some outstanding young students go on to accomplish great things, like Sarah (Moklebust) Ballman, daughter of David and Cathy Moklebust, and a 2005 graduate of Eagle Grove High School. Those who are familiar with Sarah know that she was blessed with the same musical talents as her mother and father. Her love of performance, along with her hard work and dedication, recently earned her the lead role as Thi Kinh in the world premier opera The Tale of Thi Kinh. The opera is based on an old Vietnamese story about a kind, beautiful, young woman who had some misfortune in life. She is

banished from her husband’s home because he thinks she is trying to kill him. So Thi Kinh disguises herself as a man to join a monastery. There, a young girl by the name of Thi Mau falls in love with the “monk” and blames “him” for her pregnancy. Thi Kinh is banished from the monastery. After Thi Mau has the baby, she ends up abandoning him, which Thi Kinh finds and cares for even though she is alone, has no home, and no money. Eventually, Thi Kinh ends up leaving the baby with a letter outside of the monastery before dying, finally finding peace. While this was not Ballman’s first title role in an opera (her first was in Der Rosenkavalier as Octavian), this was her first major world premier. Continued on Page 3

Enter your DIY projects for a chance to win

BY KIM DEMORY Pinterest is all the rage these days, and the Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce is getting on board with all the fun. They are challenging all you Pinterest fans who have caught the DIY bug to show off your creations - good or bad. This year’s theme for the Annual Ladies Night Out event is “Wine, Dine, and Design.” During the April 22 gathering, Lisa Knigge, Eagle Grove Chamber Director, is hoping all of you women out there who love tackling the “Do-It-Yourself” projects will share your successes…and your failures. She, along with the Eagle Grove Ambassadors, would like to display your creations during the Ladies Night Out event. Projects will be judged (no names will be shown until after judging) and prizes will be given for the best, and the least successful projects. In addition to being fun, it will also be inspiring for other women to not only get ideas, but maybe feel a little bit more comfortable about trying a DIY project, knowing it’s okay if it doesn’t turn out just right. “We would like to see anything that you have tried to do at home along with a picture of the project you were trying to replicate. We will be voting on best project and best failure, because let’s face it - they don’t all turn out like the example,” said Knigge. Please drop off your DIY project at the Chamber office no later than Friday, April 18.

Sarah (Moklebust) Ballman portraying Thi Kinh in her first world premier opera The Tale of Thi Kinh. While opera is her preferred performance style, but she also enjoys art song, folk song, and musical theatre styles as well. Photo provided

Both admit it’s still a work in progress BY LES HOUSER

With a number of questions on citizens’ minds, along with several rumors floating around, Eagle Grove City Administrator Mike Boyd and Park Board President Bob Torkelson both agreed to sit down for an interview to discuss the future of the Park/Rec program for the City and to hopefully provide a clearer picture of what they would like to do. While they admit the program is still evolving, one thing is already at the forefront of that future. “It’s a work in progress, with the Board’s goal to do what’s best for the kids,” said Torkelson. “If anyone in the community has any ideas, we’ll take them and see if we can make it happen.” According to Boyd, each new budget starts by looking at the past year’s numbers. “Our big change, with Park/Rec, was the salary change,” said Boyd. “There was no director for the coming year, and although it was still a possibility, it didn’t even look like a part-time director would be hired. We threw $5,000 into the budget, and then were waiting to see what the Board would do.” Torkelson wanted to start by clarifying something in regards to how the Board handled former director Dave Carr’s leaving. “We didn’t fire him, he resigned on his own,” said Torkelson. He then touched on what he thought was an impressively run basketball program this winter. “We had an awesome bunch of community involvement with that,” said Torkelson. “However, that left our part-time director with not as much to do. So the Board needed him to do more things to fulfill his position. The Board felt that a part-time director was not needed as badly.” “More people have stepped up,” added Boyd. “I think the volunteer effort helps spur people to get involved. We know it’s hard for them to find the time to be involved.” Another area that was addressed concerned a question about the registration fees. According to Boyd, the fees generated in each

sports season go back into the City’s general fund and are then allocated back to Park/Rec in the new budget year. “The $5,000 budgeted for this year will be for salaries, with most of it spent on baseball and softball,” said Torkelson. “Logan Willard will coach the baseball kids, and McKristie Jeske the softball kids, and both will be paid out of that money.” He also wishes to thank Rod Middleton, who has already volunteered enormous time to get the programs set up and registration information out to the community. And so, with that money already used up, we wondered about what they would do the rest of the year. “We are going to try to run it strictly with volunteer coaches and helpers,” said Torkelson. He then mentioned that, for example, the past youth basketball program brought in about $700 in fees, which went back to Mickey Cooper for her time. “We hope we can use those fees again next year to pay our volunteer,” said Torkelson. He feels the Park Board’s role is to organize the volunteers, and then have them determine what they need financially with the Board trying to secure those funds. “We’ll help facilitate the programs,” said Torkelson. He wants citizens to know that if anyone is interested, they would love to see you at a future Board meeting. If you can donate any equipment, that would also be greatly appreciated to hold down the costs of buying new items. Torkelson then looked ahead towards next fall’s football program. “We have been using Youth Sports Foundation, which charges a town fee ($700 to $800), furnishes all the equipment and takes care of the scheduling,” said Torkelson. “We add on an individual fee which is now at $140 to $150 per kid.” The Board wonders about staying in that program, citing concerns over increasing injuries from cities fielding what they believe are overly aggressive teams. “We’re looking into scheduling our own games and just playing teams in the area,” said Torkelson. “The only thing is we would have to buy our own equipment, and make sure the coaches are well trained. We want them to have fun, but be safe.” Continued on Page 3

Meeting being held on possible Community Garden

A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Grove Public Library. It will serve as an informational gathering meeting, by the Parks and Recreation Board, to see if there is sufficient public interest in forming a community garden. The possible location will be at Trailhead Park. There will be area Master Gardeners in attendance, along with an Iowa State horticulturalist, to answer any questions the public may have. The meeting is free, and you may contact Bob Torkelson for more information.

Daddy/daughter dance Jocelyn and Kevin Schmauss danced the night away at the daddy/daughter dance held Saturday, March 22 at Eagle Grove High School. Photo by Kim Demory




Soil and Conservation Special Insert Inside One mission - Goldfield firefighters tackle Fight for Air Climb Page 1 EGHS graduate has lead role in world premiere opera Page 1 Supervisors hear more of need for housing Page 2 Working Woman of the Year nominations saught Page 2 2nd and 3rd Grade concert Page 5 Wright County K-9 places first in regional contest Page 8 Eagle Grove Girls Scouts celebrate 102 years Page 14 Eagle track team competes at Buena Vista Page 15 New owner/manager luncheon Page 16


Elementary Pals Night Monday, March 31 6:30 p.m. Eagle Grove Elementary _______________________ 6 - 8 Grade Concert Thursday, April 10 7 p.m. RBMS Auditorium _______________________ EG Garage Sale Day Saturday, April 12 Eagle Grove area Advertising deadline April 3 _______________________ Ladies Night Out Tuesday, April 22 5:30 p.m. Watch for more details in an upcoming issue of the Eagle _______________________ Kindergarten Round-Up Friday, April 25 Students during regular school hours and parents in the evening. Eagle Grove Elementary _______________________ 4th & 5th Grade Concert Monday, April 28 7 p.m. RBMS Auditorium _______________________ EGHS Band/Choir Concert Thursday, May 1 7 p.m. RBMS Auditorium _______________________ EGHS Prom Saturday, May 3 Eagle Grove High School _______________________ Little Eagle Relays Saturday, May 10 9 a.m. Eagle Grove track


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Supervisors hear more of Nominations being accepted for 2014 Working Woman of the Year need for housing study By MATT VOIGTS

On March 24, Dr. Robert Olson, superintendent of Clarion-Goldfield Schools, submitted a request for a county-wide housing study to the Wright County Supervisors. Olson acted on behalf of i2i, the non-profit developer of Clarion’s White Fox Landing development. Stan Watne and Rick Rasmussen, the Supervisors present, expressed positivity that the study would support the interests of the entire county, and concurred that the absent Karl Helgevold had expressed interest in similar measures. Olson said that the assessment would address topics that include “where we are, what kinds of dwelling we could put in place, and what the demand would be.” He said that a company interested in developing multi-family units in a designated section of the Landing had suggested the study, which would provide hard data useful for recent housing discussions. Stories on Clarion and Wright County’s housing situation have recently run – and will continue to run – in the Wright County Monitor in the coming weeks. “It’s something that could really do a good job of cross-sectioning other studies that are going on,” Olson said. “The school’s doing an enrollment study, and part of that does cross over into housing.” “I think there’s some good momentum right now to pursue that,” said Brad Hicks, Wright County Economic Development Director. Hicks made plans to contact the eight other counties in the Mid Iowa Area Growth Partnership (MIGP), the organization on whose behalf last week he had submitted a suggestion for a similar needs and market assessment. Both MIGP and

i2i had received quotes from the same company, Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, of approximately $10,000 to perform the study. Hicks suggested a final report could be had within 90 days of authorization. Previously, i2i had petitioned the reluctant Board for funds to help cover a previously un-estimated $100,000 required to remove telephone poles from the area of the development’s retention pond. Subsequently, at their March 17 meeting, the Clarion City Council heard that the apparent low bid for the development’s infrastructural development came in $477,000 lower than the estimated $3 million. Harder to estimate, Watne emphasized, is whether new housing will attract residents to Clarion and Wright County. Area employees are “driving in from all over the place,” Olson acknowledged, admitting that “it doesn’t mean they might move here,” while suggesting that the time to make homes available is as new businesses are hiring, lest potential residents settle elsewhere. Also at the meeting: In the Board’s open forum, area landowner Gene Pals expressed concern about power line construction slated for his property. “I’m not against windmills, I’m not against power lines, but I am against this company,” said Pals of Rock Island Clean Line, arguing it was “not taking into account farmers’ interests.” Pals expressed concern that the power lines – which are planned to run along 18 miles in the north of Wright County – would go through central areas of his farmland rather than along the line fence; that a proposed contract with Clean Line did not potentially cover yield loss due to construction damage; and that the lines would devalue his

property “at least as much” as the payment he would receive. He cited the opposition group “Block RICL.” Pals requested to be notified if representatives from the company were speaking to the Supervisors, who, along with Hicks, agreed he had a right to have his voice heard. According to Shari Plagge, Wright County Assessor, the lines are expected to bring $7,000 in tax revenue to the County per mile per year, totaling around $126,000 yearly. The controversial line will run 500 miles total, bringing 3,500 megawatts of power from wind farms in northwestern Iowa to Illinois. The Supervisors also approved the apparent low bid for construction on Uptagraph Avenue, creating a smoother curve on the road to bypass bridge #113, which has a posted weight limit. The apparent low bidder was Rognes Brothers Excavating of Lake Mills at $199,541.05, significantly below the $281,000 estimate for the project. The bridge will be left intact during construction. “We are going to be very busy this summer,” Wright County engineer Adam Clemons said happily of the status of projects at the change of seasons. Betty Ellis noted that the county received 30 applicants for assistant attorney position, the number and quality of which the county attorney is pleased. Shari Plagge, Wright County Assessor, said that all assessment change notices for properties in Wright County have been sent. If you have any questions, please contact the Assessor’s office at 5323737 in time for the office’s April 1 correction deadline. Final reminder: Taxes must be filed with a postmark of no later than March 31.

By Kim Demory

We all know a woman who does it all: works (whether inhome or out of the house), helps out at the church, volunteers in the community, lends a hand at school, or is the first person you know you can count on when you need a little extra help. Many of these women start their day before 8 a.m. and don’t quit just because the clock says 5 p.m. They volunteer on committees for community events, church functions, and class reunions. They donate time to help at the school, serve on a volunteer board, and still make time to deliver Meals-onWheels or make a meal for a sick friend. Somehow, some way, young women, middle-aged women, and women in their golden years alike all have one thing in common they are born nurturers and have a desire to give of themselves freely to others. Each year, the Eagle Grove Ambassadors, a division of the Chamber of Commerce, honors one of these women in our community who has worked hard to make a difference. In order to present this honor, however, they need the help of the community. They need to know who you think is the most deserving of this award. Men,

PAST WORKING WOMAN AWARD RecIPIeNTS 2013: 2012: 2011: 2010: 2009: 2009: 2008: 2007: 2006: 2005: 2004: 2003: 2002:

Barb Dooley Wyn Ann Allen Janice Bartley Jan Rowen Lois Barnes Melanie Olson Blanche Bosteder Barb Johnston Ann Shriver Shirley Ramaeker Ellen Hackbarth Myrt Thielen Colleen Bartlett Elaine Kay 2001: Jana Amdahl

2000: Molly Burke 1999: Kit Myers Peggy Burres 1998: Sue Erickson Marla Lorenzen 1997: Connie Wilson 1996: Teresa Sadler 1995: Terri Spangler 1994: Opal Gibson 1993: Roi Anne Gearhart 1992: Gwen Amonson 1991: Annabelle Tomke 1990: Mickey Cooper 1989: Louise Russell

women, students, friends…anyone can nominate their favorite working woman from the Eagle Grove area. In fact, everyone is encouraged to make a nomination. It only takes a few minutes. If you have nominated a woman in the past, but she has not ever received the award, be sure to nominate her again as names from past years will not automatically be considered. Only each of the names received this year will be eligible. Nomination forms can be picked up at any Eagle Grove Bank or the Chamber office. Entries

should include name, address, and occupation of nominee; why they deserve the honor; as well as nominoator name and contact information. . All forms need to be returned to the Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce absolutely no later than Friday, April 18. Don’t delay! Don’t assume someone else will nominate your candidate. Don’t let someone who deserves this award go unrecognized. Fill out and return your nomination form today!

Environmental Quality Incentive Program By cONNIe ROyS, Dc Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented.

NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract. Cost share assistance includes, but not limited to: Nutrient management, Pest management, bioreactors, drainage water management, waterways, strip till/ no-till, waste storage facilities, windbreaks. New this past year is energy efficient practices such as farm energy audits and improving energy efficiency on the farm. EQIP applications will be ranked based on a number of factors, including the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of the proposal. For more information, contact the local NRCS office, at 1133 Central Ave. W, Clarion, Iowa 50525 or phone 515-532-2165, ext 3.

A special night out Dads, grandpas, and other special male figures had some very special dates this past Saturday evening. They went out dancing with their favorite little girls. The Eagle Grove High School cheerleaders held a daddy/daughter fundraiser dance and more than 50 families signed up in advance to enjoy a night of dancing, snacks, balloons, and giggling (at least for the girls) with their friends. Photo by Kim Demory

What does it mean to put conservation on the land?

By By JIM GIlleSPIe I believe that we have some of the best farmers and ranchers in the world right here in Iowa. We also have some of the best soils that make Iowa an agricultural leader. These two things are very important to Iowans and people worldwide. We need to continue to work together to help preserve them. When using the land for agricultural production, we must have a plan to protect the resources needed to make the operation successful and the land sustainable. When conservation practices are needed, we are here to provide the best technical assistance and financial assistance if available, to put them in place. This will insure that the soil stays healthy and productive and our waters are protected for use by crops, livestock and people. We need to protect the soil from erosion and degradation and prevent sediment and nutrients from reaching the water.

Exemplified by the progress shown at the local, state and federal levels, Iowa has always been a leader in conservation efforts. Now our challenge is that we need to do more. With agriculture always changing, we need to be willing to change with it. Putting conservation on the land should always be one of our biggest priorities as we go forward. We should all be the best stewards of the land and resources that we can be. Conservation should be part of everyone’s farm or business

plan and we should work together to implement that plan. Many have heard the new buzz phrase, “CONSERVATION MAY BE VOLUNTARY, BUT IT IS NOT OPTIONAL”. I believe that we can achieve soil quality, safe food and clean water by working together voluntarily to put the best conservation practices on the land. For the best assistance in continuing conservation implementation, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.



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— One mission… — EGHS graduate has lead role in world premiere opera Continued from Page 1

skyrocketed, and with all the gear on, there was no way for your body heat to escape. It was actually very scary. Mentally, you just wanted to quit so you could breathe, but that is what the challenge is all about. After the second building we dropped the hoses, high fived each other, and started our final climb. Definitely one of the hardest races I’ve done yet, mentally and physically.” Mark said that while finishing was “awesome enough,” what made it even better was that they all beat their individual goals they set for themselves. “That felt pretty good,” he said. Matt finished three buildings in approximately 24 minutes, Mark finished three buildings in 26 minutes, and Troy finished one building in seven minutes. The winner of the firefighter challenge finished in only 12 minutes. There were about 1,200 people in all that raced, raising more than $245,500 for the Lung Association. The Goldfield boys raised nearly $500 of that. “Pretty cool,” Mark said. He and Matt have been traveling the country for a couple years now running triathlons, marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks, and recently discovered obstacle course racing, or mud running. “When Troy suggested that we try the Fight for Air Climb for a good challenge, I told him we’d do it if he did it with us. This was (Troy’s) first

race ever, so he started training with me immediately,” Mark said. “My brother and I love encouraging and motivating people to exercise, so to make it fun, Troy and I worked out at the fire station every morning at 5 a.m. Who says you need a gym to exercise?” He added that when you do things like the Fight for Air Climb, you meet so many great and inspiring people. “That’s part of the reason my brother and I enjoy traveling and doing all these races. Everybody is always so positive and encouraging! We’re always trying to get more people out and involved in these races. They are life changing. Its not about winning. Its about getting out of your comfort zone and pushing yourself. The only way you can fail is to not try.” Troy has been on the Goldfield Fire Department for five years, and Mark for two years, Matt isn’t actually on the department anymore as he now lives in Lamberton, Minn., but grew up in Goldfield, so he wanted to come back and help represent the department. “We have to thank all that donated (to our cause),” said Mark - Bob and Lynn Malloy, Craig Carlson, Craig Bard, Shawn Miller, Chuck Lenning, Sue Girard, Marylin Wilson, Scott Nelson, Boyd and Del Crees, Royster Trucking and Jeff Slakieu for paying our entrance fees! Your donations will go to a great cause. This was our first Fight for Air Climb, but definitely not our last.”

Park and Rec program Continued from Page 1 He did add that flag football would still be offered for the younger kids. “It’s all still on the drawing board, so any community input would be appreciated,” said Torkelson. The two were then asked about the future of the concession stand at the Eagle Grove Aquatic Center, and the situation with the stand losing money while pool patrons bring their own food and beverages along. “I feel it’s a gray area,” said Torkelson. “It hurts our revenue, but with the state of our economy and people trying to make ends meet, do we make them stop bringing it in or let them save some money. My thoughts are that we don’t stop that, but leave it as an option for those parents that need to do it.” Boyd then cited figures showing that the pool costs the city about $100,000 to operate last summer, and lost about $58,000 with $4,200 of that just in concession sales alone (compared to the previous year). “Putting in vending machines would at least give us a little profit back,” added Boyd. Boyd specifically was then asked that, at a time when they want to cut spending on the pool, they also wish to purchase additional software and accounting programs for City Hall. How do they justify that? “Our current software is so old it’s actually costing us money,” said Boyd. “The utility software is 15 years old. We’ve been looking into this idea for the last three years, and the Water Board approved the idea and not the Council. Utility accounting is important, and it’s easy to have errors. We want it accurate and right for our residents, and it

also helps for financial planning and for the Council to understand the financials better. Handling finances is a key component to running a city.” Boyd also said the money for this software comes out of both the water, and wastewater, revenues. “A lot of our administrative costs are passed on to that,” said Boyd. He explained that, previous to the current software, the City did a lot of things by hand for the quality checks needed. “There’s a lot of jockeying around involved with fees,” said Boyd. “We can track water use better, but there’s still a lot of water unaccounted for. Most cities lose from 20-30 percent of their volume. It either goes down the sewer as leaks, or people are not paying for it.” Both of them feel that, with the Board’s direction and community volunteer help, the Park/ Rec programs will continue and hopefully even improve as new ideas and offerings come along. “I think Bob is doing a great job in getting the volunteers in place,” said Boyd. “We would like to build and grow our past relationships in the community, to help improve and sustain our programs. It would be a nice shot in the arm for the whole community.” “Park/Rec is still alive and kicking,” said Torkelson. “The Board plans to be way more active than in the past. A lot of things are coming that we’re excited about, like the free swimming at the Wellness Center, Movies in the Park this summer, Community Gardens and the new shelter. We want to work with all the volunteers to keep our programs going strong. It will be a change, but sometimes change is a good thing.”

Regular blood donations help prevent blood shortages Approximately 150,000 units of blood are needed annually in order to meet the needs of hospital patients in our communities. In order to meet these needs and help a child or adult in their critical time of need, volunteer blood donors are needed on a weekly basis to make life-saving donations. While the demand for blood generally remains the same from week to week, the number of blood donors can vary significantly during various times of the year. LifeServe blood donors are encouraged to make blood donations as frequently as possible to guarantee blood is available to hospital patients when it is needed. Make a difference in your community and give a life-saving gift to someone in need by giving blood at an upcoming blood drive. • Clarion Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 1-6 p.m., at the United Presbyterian Church of Clarion, 219 1st Street NW.

Sign up to save a life today! Scheduleablooddonationappointment online at or call 800-287-4903. The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center. As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800-287-4903 or visit www.

Continued from Page 1 “I enjoy everything about being on stage. But mostly, I love becoming a new character. It is really enjoyable to play someone completely different,” said Ballman. “The opera world is a very scary and competitive place, but the outcome is always worth it in the end. Opera can be so fulfilling as a performer, but you need to have a thick skin to do it!” Ballman auditioned for the role of Thi Kinh at the beginning of fall semester (2013). Nearly 250 SARAH students auditioned for a role in this opera, which is (MOKLEBUST) the average number for each of the six fully staged BALLMAN opera productions put on every year at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana. “I was thrilled to be cast as the title role in this brand new opera,” said Ballman. She spent the next two months preparing for the role before formal rehearsals even began. When she returned from winter break in January, the cast officially began working on the opera. They rehearsed music and staging for a month, rehearsing each weeknight from 4 - 10 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shut-in finally arrived on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, and ran through Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. “Having the leading role in this opera was exciting and completely nerve-wracking all at the same time. This role was one of the most difficult opera roles I have ever performed, vocally and emotionally,” Ballman said. “The vocal side of it was especially difficult because the music is written in a much more Vietnamese style. As singers, we are very accustomed to the Western music practice, so this being very Eastern music threw us through a loop! Emotionally, this role was very difficult because the story is so heartbreaking. Playing a character who is constantly being thrown to the wolves is difficult. When Thi Kinh finally reaches Nirvana, I would always get a little choked up!” Ballman began her college career at South Dakota State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance in 2009. She went on to Indiana University where she received a Master of Music in vocal Performance in 2012. Currently, she is continuing her education at IU, pursuing her Doctor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. “I was drawn to Indiana University because it has one of the most prestigious music schools in the country - the Jacobs School of Music,” said Ballman. While studying at IU, Ballman has been cast in five operas, including: Una Conversa in Giacomo Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” (2010), Octavian in

Conservation Stewardship Program

BY CONNIE ROYS, DC The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy. CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts: annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and supplemental payments for adopting a resourceconserving crop rotation. Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year. Applications are evaluated and ranked relative to other applications that address similar resource concerns in the State. In the ranking process, producers get credit both for conservation measures they have already implemented and for new measures they agree to add. Agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land applications are ranked separately.

A person or legal entity may have more than one CSP contract but, for all CSP contracts combined, may not receive more than $40,000 in any year or more than $200,000 during any fiveyear period. For more information, contact the local NRCS office, at 1133 Central Ave. W, Clarion, Iowa 50525 or phone 515-532-2165, ext 3.

The Tale of Thi Kinh was the fifth opera Sarah (Moklebust) Ballman (left) has been cast in while studying at Indiana University. This was her first world premier opera role. Photo provided

Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” (2012), Prince Charmant in Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon” (2012), Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” (2013), and Thi Kinh in P.Q. Phan’s “The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh” (2014) “At the beginning of my college career, my future goals were to perform for different opera companies around the country, but now, my goals have been leaning more toward teaching at the university level,” said Ballman. “I love teaching private voice lessons and I will be in search of a position at a college or university when I am finished with my doctoral degree. I would still like to perform as well as teach in the future.” For now, however, Ballman is still in school and plans on auditioning for another role by the end of this semester. She is also serving as the associate instructor coordinator for the secondary voice department at Indiana University. “I am basically in charge of the voice associate instructors (there are about 20 of them). Associate instructors teach voice lessons to non-voice majors and non-music majors at Indiana University. Being an associate instructor has really instilled so much passion for teaching in me,” she said. As Ballman’s passion for music continues to grow and flurish, she said she has her mom and dad to thank for that. “My parents have, of course, been a huge inspiration to me in my musical career. They have always been supportive of my goals and helped mold me into a great musician at an early age. I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me from the very beginning. I have to say...Mom and Dad, thank you so much for making me practice as a kid,” she said.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Death Certificates Donovan R. Rink, 76, of Clarion. March 8, 2014 Cheryl M. Bard, 52, of Eagle Grove. March 7, 2014 Birth Certificates Female, Shea L. Tautges born Feb. 12, 2104, to Katie A. Tautges and Joseph M. Tautges of Wright County. Female, Sophie J. Siebersma born Feb. 18, 2014, to Tami J. Siebersma and Jeffrey R. Siebersma of Wright County. Male, Lane R. Jefson born Feb. 19, 2014, to Jessica R. Jefson and Samuel K. Jefson of Winnebago County. Male, Mason D. Zatloukal born Feb. 22, 2014, to Brittany M. Mass of Hamilton County. Male, Elijah C. Washington born Feb. 19, 2014, to Elizabeth M. Altman of Humboldt County. Male, Brian O. Tello Delgado born Feb. 23, 2014, to Martha T. Delgado Tepole of Wright County. Male, Sterling A. Heid born Feb. 24, 2014, to Miranda J. Heid and Stephan A. Heid of Webster County. Female, Jaylee F. Mendoza born Feb. 24, 2014, to Cassie L. Maley of Cerro Gordo County. Female, Sheyla M. Guzman Lopez born Feb. 26, 2014, to Rebeca B. Lopez Jimenez of Wright County. Male, Carter M. Chambers born Feb. 27, 2014, to Emily A. Helvick of Hamilton County. Male, Axton P. Moore born Feb. 27, 2014, to Angie L. Moore and Taylor L. Moore of Cerro Gordo County. Female, Alexis J. Luft born March 2, 2014, to Bounsou Luft and Anthony J. Luft of Hamilton County. Dissolution LeRoy A. Wicks vs. Lisa A. Wicks. Court decree filed March 20, 2014 Property Transfers WD – Candace E. Fjetland and Ronald G. Fjetland to Michael A. Trees, 17-92-23 and 18-92-23, as desc. 3-13-14 WD – Diane L. Reed to DNC Properties Inc., City of Clarion, Tyrrell’s Addition, Block 15, Lot 2, as desc. 3-13-14 Clerk of Court Operation without registration: Heather L. Mettler of Huxley, $75; Max hours of service violation: Florentino Duarte of Lathrop, Calif., $75; Speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over): Sean P. Maynard of Minneapolis, Minn., $40; Juan Miramontes of Des Moines, $40; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Pedro M. Garcia-Martinez of Clarion, $40; Fail to obey traffic control device: Lillian S. Gomez Hernandez of Clarion, $150; Fail to maintain safety belts: Alex Redondo Hernandez of Clarion, $50; Pedro B. Tijull Avila of Clarion, $50; Mark R. Bernhardt of Clarion, $50; Dennis Sporaa of Clarion, $50; Failure to comply with safety reg. rules: Ryan L. V. Poncin of Kanawha, $50; Fail to use headlights when required: Natividad Perez-Santiago of Clarion, $30; No valid drivers license: German Hernandez-Guinca of Clarion, $200; Adalberto J. Sepulveda of Belmond,


$200; Ismael T. Arenas of Belmond, $200; Fail to maintain registration plate: Douglas D. Fuhr of Clarion, $20; Traffic control device: Thomas J. Williamson of Fort Dodge, $150; Douglas B. Waltzing of Belmond, $100; Failure to prove security against liability: Adalberto J. Sepulveda of Belmond, $250; Ismael T. Arenas of Belmond, $250; Operators licensed: Veronica Sanchez Rodriguez of Eagle Grove, $200; Small Claims Midland Funding LLC vs. Janet S. Reisner, 2763 Dows Williams Rd, Dows. Case was dismissed March 14 with prejudice. Case was originally filed Feb. 4, 2014.

District Court The court issued two arrest warrants. State of Iowa vs. Taylor M. Berhow, 128 W. 1st Street, Kanawha. The defendant pled guilty to theft in the fifth degree and was sentenced to a $65 fine plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative surcharge, 14 days in the county jail, one year probation to the Sheriff, and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Nov. 7, 2013, investigated by the Belmond Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Corey V. Putney, 943 Boone Street, Webster City. The defendant pled guilty March 17 to the charge of operating while intoxicated and the charge of eluding. The charge of driving while barred was dismissed. He was sentenced to the following for the OWI charge: a $1,250 fine plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. surcharge, restitution to be determined at a later date, court costs, 180 days in the county jail with all but 7 days suspended in lieu of one year probation to the Department of Correctional Services and credit for time served, must complete and follow all recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation, and must complete Drinking Driver’s School. This jail time is to run concurrent to the other charge. For the count of eluding he was sentenced to a $315 fine plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, court appointed attorney fees, restitution to be determined at a later date, court costs, 180 days in the county jail with all but 90 days suspended in lieu of one year probation with the Department of Correctional Services and credit for time served. The jail time is to run concurrent with the other charge. This sentence is the result of an incident Aug. 2, 2013, investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Kevin C. Hinkel, 602 N. Lincoln Ave., Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty to operating while intoxicated – third or subsequent offense and was sentenced March 14 to a $3,125 fine plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. surcharge, restitution to be determined at a later date, court costs, a prison term not to exceed 5 years, must complete and follow all recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation, must complete Drinking Driver’s School, and driver’s license was revoked for 6 years. This sentence is the result of an incident Aug. 11, 2013, investigated by the Eagle


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Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Mitchell S. Weland, PO Box 1332, Eagle Center. The defendant received a deferred judgment for the charge of operating while intoxicated on March 14. He was ordered to pay a $1,250 civil penalty, restitution to be determined, court costs, one year probation to the Sheriff, must complete and follow all recommendations of substance abuse evaluation and must complete Drinking Driver’s School. This sentence is the result of an incident Aug. 18, 2013, investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Sharon K. Skrovig, 907 4th Ave NE, Belmond. The defendant pled guilty March 14 to operating while intoxicated and was sentenced to a $1,250 fine plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. surcharge, restitution to be determined at a later date, 30 days in the county jail with all but 2 days suspended in lieu of one probation to the Department of Correctional Services, must complete and follow all recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation and must complete Drinking Driver’s School. This case is to run concurrent to another case. This sentence is the result of an incident Oct. 23, 2013, investigated by the Belmond Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Rory A. Johnson, 719 3rd Street NE, Belmond. The defendant received a deferred judgment for the charge of operating while intoxicated on March 14. He was ordered to pay a $1,250 civil penalty, restitution to be determined, court costs, one year probation to the Sheriff, must complete and follow all recommendations of substance abuse evaluation and must complete Drinking Driver’s School. This sentence is the result of an incident Dec. 25, 2013, investigated by the Belmond Police Department State of Iowa vs. Sharon K. Skrovig, 907 4th Ave NE, Belmond. The defendant pled guilty March 14 to operating while intoxicated and was sentenced to a $1,250 fine plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. surcharge, restitution to be determined at a later date, 60 days in the county jail with all but 7 days suspended in lieu of one probation to the Department of Correctional Services, must complete and follow all recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation and must complete Drinking Driver’s School. This case is to run concurrent to another case. This sentence is the result of an incident Jan. 13 investigated by the Belmond Police Department. Wright County Sheriff *Any criminal charge is merely an accusation and any defendant is

presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Feb. 28 – 3:15 a.m. – Rudy F. Estrada of Clarion was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am owned by Mariana Vazquez Santiago of Clarion, south on Madison Avenue when it crossed the center line and entered the east ditch facing south. Estrada was taken to the Iowa Specialty Hospital by the Clarion Ambulance Service. Once the hospital cleared the driver he was transported to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department where he was charged and arrested for operating while intoxicated. Damages were estimated at $1,500. March 5 – 3:30 p.m. – Elias Magallones of Clarion was driving a 1993 Toyota truck southbound on Jackson between 110th and 120th streets. Witnesses reported that the vehicle went into the ditch and driver left the scene of the accident. Magallones was cited for no valid drivers license. Damages were estimated at $5,000. March 8 – 2:30 a.m. – Mark A. Alcorn of Fort Dodge was driving a 2007 Chevrolet south on R-38 and crossed the center line left and continued to travel southeast into the east ditch where the vehicle rolled and came to a rest on its wheels. Driver claimed he lost control while reaching for a cigarette. He was cited for fail to maintain control and later arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. Damages were estimated at $8,000. March 9 – 3:04 p.m. – David M. Stein of Dows was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe westbound on C-54 when a ball joint broke, causing the driver to loose ability to steer the truck. It entered the south ditch and rolled onto its top. Stein was transported to Iowa Specialty Hospital by his family. No citations were listed in the report. Damages were estimated at $5,000. March 11 – 5:17 p.m. – David P. Bonin of Belmond was driving a 1997 Ford F250 southbound on Washington, he stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded to go when he saw Anthony P. Ennis driving a 2001 Ford. Bonin slammed on his brakes. Ennis tried to avoid the Bonin vehicle but hit the left rear of the truck he then struck the stop sign and came to rest in the ditch. Bonin was cited for failure to obey stop sign right of way. Damages were estimated at $3,000 for the Bonin vehicle, $2,000 for the Ennis vehicle and $100 for the stop sign owned by Wright County. March 13 – 4:35 p.m. – Report of deer vs. vehicle near Belmond. March 19 – 5:55 p.m. - Report of deer vs. vehicle on Highway 3.

Weekly Log

Wednesday 3/12/14 3:14 PM to 4:16 PM Served papers at several residences regarding junk notice. 5:45 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 11:03 PM Patrolled Goldfield. Thursday 3/13/14 8:39 AM Welfare check at residence on Park Avenue. Friday 3/14/14 12:00 PM Welfare check at residence on North Cadwell. 3:00 PM Patrol at middle school. 6:10 PM Investigated complaint of truck squealing tires between church and Hewitt Park. 6:38 PM Investigated burglary at residence on North Wright. 9:45 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 10:22 PM Issued citation to Heather Perez for no drivers license. 11:10 PM Issued warning for brake light out. Saturday 3/15/14 8:18 AM Conducted seatbelt survey Southwest 10th and Commercial. 9:19 AM Patrolled Goldfield and conducted seatbelt survey Highway 3 and Pine. 12:36 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 3:20 PM Issued warning for seatbelt. 3:48 PM Patrolled Goldfield and ran radar Highway 3 and Main. Sunday 3/16/14 3:01 PM Investigated report of fight at residence on South Commercial. Family dispute over civil and dependent adult issues. Made referral to DHS. Did civil standby while property was moved. 7:54 pm Issued verbal warning for faulty equipment. 11:01 PM Patrolled Goldfield. Monday 3/17/14 10:03 PM

Investigated suspicious person at Broadway and Lucas. Tuesday 3/18/14 12:02 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 1:53 AM Door checks on businesses. 3:59 AM House watch. 4:32 AM House watch. 1:00 PM School patrol at Elementary. 2:59 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 4:13 PM Investigated complaint of someone with bb gun on Northeast Third. 5:49 PM Issued warning for improper parking. 7:29 PM Investigated complaint of someone revving engine at residence on North Blaine. 7:45 PM Issued warning for improper parking. 8:27 PM Checked on complaint at elementary school of kids on moped. Unable to locate. 8:35 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 10:03 PM Issued warning for headlight out. Wednesday 3/19/14 12:53 AM Patrolled Goldfield. 3:57 AM House watch. 3:30 PM Patrolled Goldfield. 6:37 PM Issued warning for brake light. 10:06 PM Patrolled Goldfield and investigated noise complaint on East Cedar. Unable to locate. Thursday 3/20/14 12:34 AM House watch. 12:49 AM Responded to dog complaint on Northwest First. Returned dog to residence. 2:20 AM Conducted door checks on businesses. 3:10 AM Patrolled Goldfield.

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It’s a Boy!

Orlando Melendrez and Jackie Zeiger of Clarion are happy to announc the birth of a son, Markus William Melendrez-Zeiger, on March 20, 2014 at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces. H joins Orlando 9, Dominick 7, Natalie 7, and Lola 22 months. Grandparents are Milissa Zeiger and Larry McAtee of Clarion, Jerry an Lynn Zeiger of Clyde, Mo., and Jose and Maria Melendrez of San Diego Calif. Great-grandparents are John and Shirley Lager of Clarion.

Brad Grandgeorge named as District Sales Manager Brittany Elizabeth livengood and Brien James Scandridge

Engagement announced Mack Morgan (left) and Jonathan Olson show their instrumental skills while the rest of the second grade class behind them sings Land of the Silver Birch. Also playing instruments during this number were Connor Christopher, Jaclynn Demory, Reese Ettinger, Addison Hindt, and Grace Johnston. Photo by Kim Demory

Chris and Brenda Livengood of Eagle Grove announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Brittany Elizabeth Livengood, to Brien James Scandridge, son of Jim and Jeannine Scandridge of Victor, Iowa. Brittany, a graduate of AIB College of Business is an office administrator employed by Bruce Cook & Associates in Clive. Brien, also a graduate of AIB College of Business, works as an individual investor specialist for Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. He also runs his business, Kustom Klean Auto Detailing, on the side. A May wedding is planned at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.

Brad Grandgeorge has been named a district sales manager for Wyffels Hybrids, working with corn growers in north central Iowa. In his new position, he will work directly with corn growers, helping customers place superior genetics with the most advanced traits on their farms. Grandgeorge most recently served as superintendent of a 6 million bushel ADM grain elevator in northeast Nebraska. He also is involved with his family’s row crop farm and cow-calf operation in Woolstock, Iowa. Grandgeorge earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies with a minor in agronomy from Iowa State University. About Wyffels Hybrids Wyffels Hybrids, headquartered in Geneseo, Ill., is one of the nation’s largest independent seed corn companies. Focusing strictly on developing and marketing elite corn

hybrids, the company is dedicated to providing corn growers in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Ohio River Valley with exceptional products, the latest agronomic information, and unmatched customer service and product support. To learn more or request information, visit or call 1-800-369-7833.

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The second graders loved every minute of their first-ever Eagle Grove Elementary evening concert they performed Thursday, March 20. They entertained with five musical numbers under the direction of Karla Tweeten. The students also had artwork on display they made in art class with their teacher, Abby Butson. Photo by Kim Demory

Manda “Sue” Shehan

Shehan to celebrate 70th birthday

Eagle Grove Elementary third graders celebrated Music in Our Schools Month, taking to the stage on Thursday evening after the second graders. Above, they rub their eyes as one of the actions to their five musical numbers. They also had artwork on display. Photo by Kim Demory

Manda “Sue” Shehan, of Eagle Grove will celebrate her 70th birthday on Monday, March 31. Her family includes husband, John, Kathy and Dennis Eastin (Cale and Joel) of Ankeny, Erin and Terry Halverson (Sean and Nick) of Eagle Grove, Kelli and Lanny Stiles (Grace) of Palymyra, Mo., and Patrick and Tabitha (John Patrick J.P. and Julia) Shehan of Eagle Grove. Please help her family celebrate this day with her by sending her a birthday wish to: 516 5th Ave. SE, Apt. #9, Eagle Grove, IA 50533. Thanks for all you do, we love you!

Men’s City Bowling Tournament

Ella Jensen, Havana Anderson, Madi Axtell, Tate Richardson, Abby Smith, Braxton Steil, and David Varland all played some type of musical instrument during their performance of Cumerland Gap. Elise Olson and Noah Rethman were featured soloists in One Small Voice. Photo by Kim Demory

The Eagle Grove Men’s City Bowling Tournament was held on Thursday, March 6, and Sunday, March 9, with the following results: Team: 1st Place – Lyle’s Ford; 2nd Place–Hennigar Construction & Excavating; and 3rd Place–Lawson Auto Singles: 1st Place–Chuck Nine; 2nd Place–Derek Hungate; and 3rd Place–Mike Hirsch. Doubles: 1st Place–Jerry Schultz and Mel Randall; 2nd Place–Jeff Neighbors and Todd Swalin; and 3rd Place–Rick Reiland and Jordan Hansen. All-Events: 1st Place–Chuck Nine; 2nd Place–Andy Miller; and 3rd Place–Rick Reiland.

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April 7, 2014 • 6 PM On Commercial 7 PM On East Broadway All items shall be removed with in 14 Days of Auction. Call auctioneer for viewing Terms: Cash or Good Check. Not responsible for Accidents or Thefts.

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Michael Ryerson & Assoc. Auctioneers, Eagle Grove, Iowa 515-689-3728

Afternoon estAte Auction Located at the Memorial Hall 200 South Park Eagle Grove, Iowa

Tuesday April 1, 2014 • 4 p.m. MINI VAN: (Sells at 6 pm) 2001 Pontiac Montana 110,000 Mi. Leather interior GUNS: (Sell at 6:15) (Gun Permit Required) Model 24 Savage 410 22 cal. Over & under, Remington model 514 22cal. Bolt action, old Spencer double barrel 20 gauge MUSICAl INSTRUMENTS: Miniature wood banjo w/wood case, Gibson J50 adjustable bridge w/case & strap, violin in case, Mandolin in case, Gibson guitar w/case, American Conservatory Mandolin double string, violin pearl inlaid w/case, violin in wood case, Honor Constanta HUMMElS (Email for List) FURNITURE: oak 4 section barrister case w/new doors (Globe Wernicke) Maple deacons bench, sm. drop leaf table, Oak round table w/chairs, 1930’s 3 pc. bedroom set, Oak commode w/ towel bar, Oak parlor table, large Oak 3 section entertainment center(2 sections are curio cabinets), La Z-boy tan suede cloth chair, Lane green recliner, Childs sets of dishes, small handmade Oak child’s china closet, Oak library table, camel back trunk, 4 drawer chest, night stand, roll top desk,4 drawer file cabinet, metal bookcase, floor lamps, Walnut dresser, work benches, metel shelves ANTIqUES & COllECTIBlES: 1909 Hoosier green swirl canister set, Pink Pig collection, big regular pig collection, Cookie Jars, Irish Beleck, Franklin Mint Harley motorcycle tin, Friar Tuck Salt & Pepper, top hat, Iris glass ware, Piggy banks, egg basket, 10 gallon Ruffles crock, Gibson dehumidifier, Aladdin chrome lamp, Pink Pig tooth pick holder, Hubley Ducsenberger metal car model kit, Christmas Town cross stitch, Collection of Teapots, Green Depression cameo Dancing Girl dishes. Harley Davidson collection, old Martin fish reel, Country Classic Oliver 70 Made in Dyersville, McDonald lunch box, Moorland Grain Co. wood needle holder, A&W root beer mugs all sizes. Iris dishes many different sizes TV & MISC.: 2013 32” flat screen TV, Dell computer & printer, Bread Machine, Dishes , silverware, Crock pot, Pots & Pans, 2 wheel chairs, Brother sewing machine, yarn, crochet books, New Home Treadle sewing machine, console phonograph, 4’ metal work bench, 6’ windmill TOOlS & MACHINES: LX 185 J.D. Rider mower w/48” deck, snow blower for John Deere, chains, Tool Kraft drill press, lawn trailer Terms: Cash or Good check

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Eagle Grove Pastor Mike Agnew 448-4701 DIAL-A-DEVOTION: 448-3355 SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Fellowship WEDNESDAY: 5:30 p.m. Junior High S.L.A.M. youth group 6:15 p.m. S.L.A.M Meal 6:45 p.m. reCharge Worship Service 7:30 p.m. Senior High S.L.A.M. youth group 7:30 p.m. Praise Band Practice

GOLDFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Christina M. Perkins Goldfield, Ph: 515-825-3754 THURSDAY: 9-11:30 a.m. Pastor at Goldfield 11:30 a.m. Soup and Scripture 6-8 p.m. Support/Recovery Group at Crossroads SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 5:30-7 p.m. CHAOS MONDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Goldfield TUESDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Renwick WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m.-Noon Pastor Christina at Renwick

GOLDFIELD UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Rev. Sara Hill, Pastor 220 E. Oak St. Goldfield, Ph: 515-825-3581 THURSDAY: 9:15 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in and meeting (Use North Door). New members always welcome! 5:30-7 p.m. Support & Recovery for Youth, Crossroads 7-8 p.m. Support & Recovery for Adults, Crossroads SUNDAY: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m. Choir Practice, East basement 10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Communion

11:30 a.m. Fellowship Coffee WEDNESDAY: 9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women meeting, Rose Room 4 p.m. Story-Time, Rose Room 6:30 p.m. Friendship Circle meeting, Rose Room FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Dr. Fran Pettigrew Eagle Grove, Ph: 448-4612 SUNDAY: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Fellowship 10 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY: 10 a.m. Bible Study HOLMES BAPTIST CHURCH 2137 Hancock Ave. Holmes, Iowa Zach Fischer, Pastor SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 6 p.m. Evening Service WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Prayer Meeting 7 p.m. Souled Out - Youth Group 7 p.m. Kids Club for ages 4 to 6thgrade NEW HAVEN ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 322 S. Commercial Church Phone: 448-5219 Todd J. and Deborah Benjamin, Pastors SUNDAY: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages 10:30 a.m. Church Service 5 p.m. Home Bible Studies—Contact Church if interested. WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Bible Study EAGLE GROVE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (CONGREGATIONAL) Ph: 448-3584 Everyone is Welcome! Building fully Accessible to the Disabled Pastor Jim Cunningham 1THURSDAY: 10:30 a.m. e Cluster NW Ass’n—UCC Noon Lenten Luncheon at United Methodist Church SATURDAY: 5 p.m. New Hope Lutheran Church at UCC SUNDAY: FOOD PANTRY 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship—Special Offering



536 N. Main Goldfield, IA 50542 515-825-3996

- One Great Hour of Sharing 11:30 a.m. Fellowship THURSDAY: Noon Lenten Luncheon at Sacred Heart GRACE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Ph: 448-5414 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Sunday School - 10:45 a.m. SOUTH ENES LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Susan Stone 205 Johnson Street Vincent 515-293-2965 FRIDAY: 9 a.m. Gather Bible Study at the Family Table (3rd Friday of the month) SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH Eagle Grove, Ph: 603-4765 Fr. Nils Hernandez THURSDAY: NO MASS 9 a.m. Sewing Mission at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 5:30 p.m. Stations, Soup Supper & Lenten Activity at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 7 p.m. Cluster Pastoral Council at St. Francis, Belmond SATURDAY: 4 p.m. Mass at St. Francis, Belmond 8 p.m. Mass in Spanish at St. John, Clarion SUNDAY: 8 a.m. Mass at St. John, Clarion 10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 2 p.m. Communal Penance at St. John, Clarion 4 p.m. Communal Penance at St. Thomas Aquinas, Webster City MONDAY: 6:15 p.m. RCIA/Adult Catechesis at St. John, Clarion TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m. Rosary at South Rotary Senior Living, Eagle Grove 10 a.m. Rosary at North Rotary Senior Living, Eagle Grove 6 p.m. Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 6 p.m. Cluster Liturgy Meeting at St. John, Clarion

WEDNESDAY: 8 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 6 p.m. Choir Practice at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove 6:30 p.m. Youth Faith Formation at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove SAMUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor Eagle Grove, Ph: 448-5038 FRIDAY: 9 a.m. The Joy of Discovery Bible Study at Samuel Lutheran SUNDAY: 9 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School WEDNESDAY: 5:45 p.m. Confirmation THURSDAY: 10 a.m. Pastors’ Prayer Noon Lenten Luncheon at Sacred Heart HOLMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor - Holmes FRIDAY: 9 a.m. The Joy of Discovery Bible Study at Samuel Lutheran SUNDAY: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship WEDNESDAY: 1:30 p.m. Home Circle 5:45 p.m. Confirmation at Samuel THURSDAY: 10 a.m. Pastors’ Prayer Noon Lenten Luncheon at Sacred Heart NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Susan Stone 1115 SW 2nd, Eagle Grove 515-603-6151 FRIDAY: 9 a.m. Gather Bible Study at the Family Table (3rd Friday of the month) SATURDAY: 5 p.m. Worship A Congregation of ELCA ULLENSVANG LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Darryl Landsverk - Thor THURSDAY: 9 a.m. Sewing 5:30 p.m. Lenten Supper 6:30 p.m. Lenten Service SUNDAY: 11 a.m. Worship WEDNESDAY: 2 p.m. ULCW Meeting

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jay M. Zigrang, 53, Eagle Grove

Jay Michael Zigrang, the son of James and Jacquelyn (Sadler) Zigrang, was born August 22, 1960, in Clarion, Iowa. Jay passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa, at the age of 53 years. He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Zigrang; and a niece, Grace Brunkhorst. Survivors include his mother, Jacquelyn Zigrang of Eagle Grove; nine brothers and sisters: Denis Zigrang (Jenny) of Eagle Grove,

Denise Nelsen (Craig) of Clarion, Suzanne Zigrang of Eagle Grove, Therese Martin (Doug) of Goldfield, Robert Zigrang (Lisa) of Dayton, Mary Brunkhorst (Al) of West Des Moines, Nicole Wanger (David) of Mesa, Ariz., Margaret Koeller (Kevin) of West Des Moines, and Jean Zigrang (Becky) of Clarion; and 21 nieces and nephews: Joshua, Jessica, Isaac and Jo Zigrang; Dani (Lawton) and Kate Nelsen; Beth Schares (Cory); Sara Seward (Jake) and Andrew Martin; Anthony and Jonathan Zigrang; Isabella and Ava

Brunkhorst; Hanna, Grace, and Anthony Wanger; Alex and Hannah Streitilmier; Kyle and Drew Koeller; and Brandon Zigrang. A Memorial Mass was held on Monday, March 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Foust Funeral Home of Eagle Grove was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia A. Hotz, 49, Bartlett, Ill.

Patricia (Patty) Ann Hotz, 49, of Bartlett, Ill., formerly of Herscher, Ill., passed away on March 9, 2014, at her home. Private interment will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eagle Grove, Iowa, at 11 a.m., on Monday, March 31. An open gathering in memory of Patty was held Saturday, March 22, in Kankakee, Ill. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. (Tribute to begin at 3 p.m.), at the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard, Ill. Patricia Hotz was born September 8, 1964, in Kankakee, Ill, to Robert

Patricia Hotz

Oxbows: What they are, and how (and why) you can restore them BY MATT VOIGTS

Before modern agriculture, most of where we now live were wetlands, a common feature of which were twisting river bends known as “oxbows.” Part of the consequences of the current agricultural landscape – and how it interacts with the old geographic one – is extensive nutrient runoff, which can be reduced by bringing oxbows back. Partners associated with the Boone River Nutrient Management Initiative (discussed in the Monitor’s March 6 issue) have secured funding for restoring five. “Basically it’s where the river used to flow, but the river changed course and a channel was cut off,” said Karen Wilke, Boone River project director with the Nature Conservancy in Webster City. “We re-connect it a little bit to make a wetland that provides a year-round wildlife habitat, water filtration of pollutants, and floodwater storage.” Quantifying a lost landscape, The Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other partners have identified 158 potential oxbow restoration sites in the nine sub-watersheds they’ve thus far explored of the Boone River’s total 29. “The first step is looking at GIS aerial photos to identify those old meanders that were lost,” she said. “Then we go out and ground-truth it. “ The Conservancy and partners have acquired grants to fund restoration of five oxbows over the next two years, four through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and one through CocaCola’s Replenish program. The restoration efforts are related to the larger Boone River Watershed Nutrient Management Initiative – which held a kick-off meeting at Hagie Manufacturing Feb 28 – one of eight statewide grant-funded programs with a goal of reducing

nitrogen and phosphorous runoff by 45percent. Restoration involves digging to the original riverbed, a mix of gravel and groundwater about three to five feet underground. The old bends were lost to deliberate re-channeling, indirect consequences of agriculture, and natural shifts in the river’s flow. Five previous oxbows constructed along White Fox Creek with the help of the Conservancy and its partners can hold 3.7 million gallons of water, and have reduced the nitrates that flow through them by an average of 45 percent. “The landowner does not need to fund anything up front,” Wilke said of the current opportunities through the grant. “The only thing they need to take care of is all the soil being excavated, and to write an agreement that they’re not going to do anything different with that land for 10 years. Typically, the oxbow restorations are in marginal lands not producing corn or soybeans.” It costs between $10,000 and $12,000 to restore a half-acre-sized oxbow. Sites that would be strong candidates for restoration funding: - Have landowner willingness. - Preferably, but not necessarily, are located near a tile drain outlet. - Do not have many trees, as the biodegradation of fallen leaves depletes oxygen in the water. Similarly, the decay of algae blooms – facilitated by Midwestern runoff – has created a fish-free “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico thousands of square miles wide, one of the main impetuses for nutrient reduction programs. Those interested in more information on grant-funded restorations and oxbows in general may contact Emily Funk, coordinator for the Boone River Initiative at Prairie Creek, at 295-5156, ext 199,, or Wilke at 832-2916,

An area oxbow under construction, November 2013. Photo by Matt Voigts.

Hotz and Betty Jean Ryan. She graduated from Herscher High School and the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She was an Expressive Therapy Director at the Glen Oaks Hospital and Therapeutic Day School, and was a co-founder of the Expressive Arts and Learning (SEAL). She is survived by one son, Evan Larson-Hotz of Wauconda, Ill.; two sisters, Marie Thiesen of Kankakee, and Robin Hartley of Kanawha, Iowa; and one brother, Douglas Hotz of Eagle Grove, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Flashbacks Week of March 27

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50 Years Ago Cathy Engels, Bonnie Helgevold, Stanley Olson, Vicky Voigt, Barbara Lichliter, Nancy Allen, Linda Smith, and Arnold Spangler all achieve 4.0 GPA at EGHS during the third nine weeks of the 1963 - 1964 school year. Girls, Girls, Girls, staring Elvis Presley shows at the Princess Theater in Eagle Grove. Jell-O costs 5¢ a 3 oz. package at Cal’s. 25 Years Ago Senator Charles Grassley visits Eagle Grove, discusses issues facing Iowa and nation. Eagle Grove CDC reaches 1989 fund drive goal of $12,000. Equality Club Bookworms meet at the Eagle Grove Memorial Library to enjoy coffeee, fellowship, and the sharing of a good book. The 34th running of the Umstead Relays held at the Eagle Grove track. An estimated 120 people attended Bosses’Night sponsored by the Eagle Grove Jaycees. The 1989 event was

the biggest to-date. Jack Henry was honored as the Boss of the Year by the Eagle Grove Jaycees. Dr. John Korslund was presented with the Farmer of the Year Award. Rick Woodley received the Jaycee of the Year Award. Hal Kamm received the Citizen of the Year Awrad, Mike Woodall was named teh Eduator of the Year. 10 Years Ago Shelby Spencer chosen to be People to People Student Ambassador. City Council approves revised junk ordianance, raising the first offense from $150 to $500. Repeat offenses will be $750. ICCC Eagle Grove center temporarily closed due to a petrolium odor problem. RBMS Destination ImaginNation® team advances to Iowa Affiliate Finals. Team members include: McKristie Jeske, Kizzie Ryerson, Derek Stensland, Jared Gambrill, Derek McCart, and Rebekah Stephas. RBMS Principal Lori Phillips

Jennifer’s Produce Tidbits

It’s hard to believe that spring is finally here (according to the calendar that is). It doesn’t always mean that it is going to feel like it arrived though. I am sure that we will see snow again once more before it’s completely gone. I wanted to share with you that I got to help two very special people in my life celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary last week. Bill and Hope Kuecker have become good friends of mine for many years, through dealings with all their produce items at Fareway. It was great fun having lunch at Grounded in Clarion on Saturday and seeing their children, too. Then on Thursday, March 20, I went for cake and coffee at the nursing home in Clarion. Bill and Hope looked so happy together, and he even sang to her. It was wonderful! I hope God gives them many, many more years of happiness together. This week I decided to write about another favorite of mine that has been really good so far this year and that is watermelon. The texture, taste, and quality have been remarkable for this early in the season. They are still coming out of Mexico, but if you haven’t tried them you are missing out. Watermelon is very low in calories and high in vitamins A and C, as well as beta-carotene and the antioxidant Lycopene (also found in tomatoes). It also contains magnesium and potassium, and add in the fact that it tastes delicious, you just can’t go wrong eating it! The cultivation of watermelon can be traced back at least until 2000 B.C., as seeds were found in the tombs of many great Pharaohs. Some interesting facts that I read about watermelon is, of course one we all know, that they contain about 92 percent water, thus how they get their name WATERmelon. Did you know that there are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon? Or that in Israel or Egypt, watermelon is eaten with Feta cheese? Or that the largest watermelon grown (according to the Guinness Book of Records) tipped the scales at 262 pounds and was grown in Arlington, Tennessee? That’s a lot of watermelon! When choosing your melon, choose one that is dark in color and feels heavy for its size. Look for the yellow spot on the bottom, which indicates that it ripened on the ground naturally. If that spot is not there, it probably was picked early and then ripened artificially. When in doubt, ask a produce worker to assist you in picking out the perfect watermelon, including a sample taste if you wish. Don’t forget to check out the great price we have on seedless watermelons this week in our Produce Department at Fareway, where we are Always Best At Fresh! Have an awesome week and until next time, good-bye!


One of the first schoolhouses. Photo provided.

served pancakes to students reaching thir personal Read-AMillion-Minutes goal. Wright Medical Center announces they have new radiology equipment. Celebrity bartenders work at B&S Crossing, raising money for the Wright County Fair, Jeans for Charity, Jaycees for the Skate Park fund, and the Eagle Grove Sports Boosters for the weight room project. As the presidnet of the Clive, Iowa Jaycees, Melissa Sampson, Eagle Grove native and daughter of Mel and Marilyn Samspson, has led her her chapter to some of the best rankings in the state, region, and nation for outstanding community work. 5 Years Ago Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce is under the new leadership of Janine Nance. Manie and Elmarie Nel reopen Clarion Locker.Opportunity Village’s Golden Heart Award given to Louise Dvorak. Eagle Grove residents encouraged to sign up for Code Red weather warning system. Mezzo-soprano vocalist Sarah Moklebust, a South Dakota State University music major, perfroms her senior recital in the Peterson Recital Hall in Lincoln Music Hall. City Council passes final ordinance on swer/waste water - Mandatory compliance states that all homes and businesses in Eagle Grove must be inspected for sump pump downspout and area drainage. Humane Society of Wright County looking for forever homes for animals. Eagle Grove Scouts participate in Pinewood Derby event. Fareway teams up for 19th year with MDA.



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WATER BOARD MEETING MINUTES March 12, 2014 The meeting was called to order with trustees Peterson, Neighbors, Molitor, Helgevold, and Rethman in attendance. Also present: Superintendent Baker and City Administrator Boyd. Neighbors made a motion, and Molitor seconded, to approve Feb. 12, 2014, minutes and claims. Vote: All ayes. Ben Franklin, Computer, laminating machine ............................................ 771.71 Brown Supply, coupling, washers ........ 241.67 Ciara Loux, met. dep. refund .................. 66.79 City Clerk, met. dep. to finals ............... 581.24 Elizabeth Santos, met. dep. refund ........ 77.34 Ferguson, meters, parts .......................809.27 Fidencio Lopez, met. dep. refund ......... 142.05 Hach, supplies ......................................253.57 Hawkins, chlorine, sulfuric................. 3,511.00 UA Assoc. of Mun. Utility, water dues ..604.08 Mississippi Lime, pebble quicklime ... 3,635.15 State Hygienic Laboratory, testing ......... 19.00 Treasurer, State of IA, sales tax ........2,875.00 Vah-Hoff Trucking, hauling quicklime 1,649.75 Vanessa Davis, met. dep. refund ........... 45.47 Previously Written: Postmaster, postage UT bills................386.36 Further discussion and review was held on Engineering Proposal for meters at AGP. City Administrator Boyd will discuss with AGP Management. Shady Meadows Trailer Court representative Baack requested account review and adjustment for ESTIMATED Dec. and Jan. billing. Water Line Leak was found and fixed prior to meter repair. A motion was made by Helgevold, and seconded by Rethman, to give a total of $475.40 credit to account. Roll Call Vote: All ayes. Les and Barb Ainger requested Sewer adjustment to March 2014 billing. Leak was found and repaired. Per Barb Ainger leak did NOT go thru sewer line. A motion was made by Neighbors, and seconded by Molitor, to grant a “ONE-TIME” adjustment to sewer portion of water bill due to no sewer usage. Roll Call Vote: All ayes. Discussion was held on FROZEN SERVICE LINE issues in town. Department reports were given. Meeting adjourned. Bryan Baker, Secretary Wk.13

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR WRIGHT COUNTY PROBATE NO. 02991 ESPRO16393 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CHERYL MAE BARD, DECEASED. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF CHERYL MAE BARD, DECEASED, WHO DIED ON OR ABOUT THE 7TH DAY OF MARCH, 2014: You are hereby notified that on the 17th day of March, 2014, the undersigned was appointed Administrator of the estate. Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the Clerk of Court of the abovenamed District Court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the latter to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of the mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 17th day of March, 2014. Diane Jean Mrazek 12224 NW 111th Ave. Granger, IA 50109 Administrator of the Estate Lynn Collins Seaba 503 N. Main St. Goldfield, IA 50542 Attorney for Administrator Date of second publication: 27th day of March, 2014. Wk.12,13

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NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT WRIGHT COUNTY PROBATE NO. ESPR016394 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY ANN BECK, DECEASED TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF SHIRLEY ANN BECK, DECEASED, WHO DIED ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 8, 2014: You are hereby notified that on the 13th day of March, 2014, the last will and testament of SHIRLEY ANN BECK, deceased, bearing date of the 27th day of June, 2012, was admitted to probate in the above-named court, and that Shelby Pedersen was appointed executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of said county within the latter to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will, whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate must file them with the clerk of the above-named court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the latter to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of the mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated this 13th day of March, 2014. Shelby Pedersen Executor of estate 1014 NW 1st St. Eagle Grove, IA 50533 Dani L. Eisentrager, ICIS PIN No: AT0008960 Attorney for Executor Eisentrager Law Office P.O. Box 346 Eagle Grove, IA 50533 Date of second publication: 3rd day of April, 2014. Wk.13,14

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Hearing

NOTICE OF PROPOSAL FOR THE TRANSFER OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY TO MIDAS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF CLARION, IOWA. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, shall consider the transfer of certain real property to MIDAS within the City Limits of the City of Clarion, Iowa, located on the following property described as follows: A parcel of land located in Block Ten (10) Walnut Grove Addition to the City of Clarion, Wright County, Iowa, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Block 10; thence North 00°20’02” West, 96.75 feet along the West line of said Block 10; thence North 89°43’46” East, 149.33 feet; thence South 00°20’02” East, 96.75 feet to the South line of said Block 10; thence South 89°43’46” West, 149.33 feet along said South line to the point of beginning, containing 0.33 acres total. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, shall be held at 10 A.M. in the Board Chambers, Wright County Courthouse, 115 North Main Street, Clarion, Iowa, on March 31, 2014, and the Board of Supervisors shall consider the adoption of said proposed resolution. Wk.13

SUPERVISORS March 17, 2014 Chairman Rasmussen called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen, Helgevold, and Watne. Minutes of the previous regular meeting of March 10, 2014, were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. Adam Clemons, Wright County Engineer, gave an update on the county roads and their preparation for the frost boils that are sure to come on the gravel roads. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Helgevold, to approve the contract of $4,125.00 with Cost Advisory Services Inc. for local administrative expenses. Motion carried. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Watne, to approve the 28E agreement with County Social Services in adding the 22nd county and incorporates the updated rule changes. Motion carried. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to approve the liquor license for the Boone River Grill & Catering for the Goldfield golf course pending dram and also Boone River Grill and Catering for the Eagle Grove golf course pending dram. Motion carried unanimously. Continued hearing on DD #131 from February 17th hearing. David Johnson, Wright County Drainage Attorney, began the meeting with an explanation of the remonstrance process and what entails figuring the number of landowners in the district. He then let Kieth Hubbard of McClure Engineering present cost estimates for a grassed shallow waterway across sections 34 and 35. There was then much discussion with the landowners present. After discussion, there was a motion by Watne, and seconded by Rasmussen, to proceed with Option 1A, to televise certain segments of the main tile line and give landowners two (2) weeks to submit a valid concern for televising additional areas. Motion carried. Motion by Watne and seconded by Helgevold to have Kieth Hubbard with McClure Engineering explore options of installing different types of waterways throughout sections 34 and 35 of Dayton Township. Motion carried. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Helgevold, to continue this drainage public hearing to Monday, April 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors room. Motion carried. Public Hearing for DD #131 was adjourned. Amanda Baker with Wellmark presented the new health insurance rates for Wright County. She was pleased to announce that there will be a decrease in premiums. Wright County is in the Iowa State Association of Counties group. Even though premium rates for the ISAC group increased overall, the county usage of insurance went down. Wright County will see a decrease in premiums and will also get an additional decrease for employees participating in the Wellness program. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Helgevold, to renew health insurance with ISAC/Wellmark. Motion carried. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Watne, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Rick Rasmussen, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Wk.13

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Storm Water Discharge The City of Clarion plans to submit a Notice of Intent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be covered under the NPDES General Permit Number 2, “Storm Water Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity for Construction Activities.” The storm water discharge will be from site clearing and grading for the White Fox Landing Phase 1 Residential Development, an extension of Willow Drive east of 11th St. and 14th St. North of HWY 3, the construction of White Fox Drive and 2nd Ave., excavation and grading of a retention basin, and the installation of storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main. The site is located in the southwest quarter (SE ¼) of Section 31, Grant Township, T-92N, R-24W and (SW ¼) of Section 32, Grant Township, T-92N, R-24W of Wright County, Iowa. Storm water from the site will freely discharge to the agricultural land east of the development into a drainage tile system which outlets to White Fox Creek. Comments may be submitted to the Storm Water Discharge Coordinator, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, Environmental Protection Division, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034. The public may review the Notice of Intent from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the above address after it has been received by the department. Wk.13


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SUPERVISORS March 10, 2014 Chairman Rasmussen called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen, Helgevold, and Watne. Minutes of the previous regular meeting of March 3, 2014, were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. Adam Clemons, Wright County Engineer, presented the bid plans for Project BROSCO99(72)-8J-99 RCB Culvert Replacement. This will be a single box on Baxter Avenue in Section 6 of Troy Township. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Watne, to approve the apparent low bid of Weidemann Inc. of $109,091.07, and have the Chairman sign. Motion carried unanimously. Review the bids for project – BROSCO99(73)-SF-99 RCB culvert replacement – twin box on 150th Street in Section 36 of Norway Township. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Watne, to approve the apparent low bid of Peterson Contracting of $283,185.88, and have the chairman sign. Motion carried. Peggy Schluttenhofer, Wright County Treasurer, presented the 28E agreement with the City of Eagle Grove. This 28E agreement provides that the Treasurer will be allowed to collect delinquent parking tickets for the City of Eagle Grove. Monthly, the City will certify a list to the Treasurer of delinquent parking tickets, the Treasurer shall refuse to renew the registration of a vehicle registered to an applicant who has one or more uncontested, delinquent parking tickets owed to the City of Eagle Grove. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Helgevold, to approve the 28E agreement with the City of Eagle Grove on collection of traffic fines. Motion carried. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Watne, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Rick Rasmussen, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Wk.13


Housing meeting in Wright County Wright County Economic Development has revamped its housing assistance programs and will be presenting them to local bankers, realtors, landlords, and community leaders at an event in Clarion. The meeting is Tuesday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hagie Manufacturing. RSVPs are due by the end of the day Tuesday, April 1. The purpose of the meeting is to give information regarding WCED’s programs, and to give a platform to three other organizations which offer housing assistance programs in the county–Homeward Inc., Iowa Finance Authority, and USDA Rural Development. RSVPs are being requested by Tuesday, April 1, by calling WCED at 515-532-6422, or emailing wced@ Questions may be asked through either of those contacts as well. If you want more information, you can refer to the invitation below or call me. If you wish to send a representative to the program, you are welcome to do so – all we ask is that you RSVP.

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Guests: Iowa Finance Authority, Homeward, USDA Rural Development & You Tuesday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Hagie Manufacturing, Clarion – West Campus Meeting Location Courtesy of Hagie Manufacturing Lunch at the Hagie Dining Center Courtesy of First Citizens National Bank, Clarion Please RSVP by returning this email or calling 515-532-6422 by Tuesday, April 1 Please forward to your local landlords, city council members, chamber members, school boards, business leaders, or other interested parties. What’s the Agenda? - Brad Hicks: Presenting information on Wright County Wright Economic Development’s revamped housing assistance programs, targeting single-family and multi-family units, as well as rehabilitation for owner-occupied and rental units. - Deb Prehm: Presenting on programs offered by Homeward, Inc., to assist local buyers. - Beth Mahaffey: Presenting on programs offered by the Iowa Finance Authority. - Randy Hildreth: Presenting on programs offered by USDA Rural Development. - Your Questions - WCED’s Questions Regarding Future Housing Assessments & Studies PUBLIC NOTICE

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Deputy Adam Nerlien and K-9, Ali, participated in the United States Police Canine Association annual Certification Trials last week in Marshalltown. Ali was one of 46 other K-9s to participate in the annual event. The seven year old Dutch Shepard and her handler of four years, Deputy Nerlien, brought home 1st Place honors in the Vehicle Search category. Ali was the only dog to score a perfect 100 percent in the vehicle search for illegal narcotics. The Certification Trials are held each year and certifies that the handler and canine are certified and tested under the standards of the United States Police Canine Association, Inc. “Deputy Nerlien and Ali are a great team and we’re very pleased with their accomplishments at this year’s Certification Trials” said Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer.

Goldfield Special Meeting Goldfield City Council March 17, 2014 Special Meeting Mayor Tom Stevenson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Council members present: Sorensen, Frakes, Reed, Sampson, and Schermer. Also present: Lynn Seaba, Malloy Law Firm, and Barbara Jergenson, City Clerk. Mayor Stevenson opened the Public Hearing for the FY 2014-15 Budget at 5:35 p.m. There were no written or oral objections presented. Discussion followed. Motion made by Sorensen, second Sampson, to close the Public Hearing at 6 p.m. All ayes. Motion carried. Introduced and moved by Sampson, second Sorensen, to approve Resolution #610, adopting the FY 2014-2015 Budget. Approved with a roll call vote of all ayes. Carried. Motion Frakes, second Schermer, to adjourn at 6:05 p.m. All Ayes. Motion carried. Tom Stevenson, Mayor Barbara Jergenson, City Clerk Wk.13

Who Should Attend? - Bankers - Realtors - City Managers, Mayors, Council Members - Chamber & Development Boards - Landlords Please forward to local landlords, city council members, chamber members, school boards, business leaders, business associates or other interested parties. Why Should You Attend? You will receive a folder containing information about the programs presented at this meeting. You can then use that information to promote the use of the programs in your communities to address housing concerns. Communities in Wright County with their own programs who want to share information should contact WCED to have information included! Wright County Economic Development is in the planning stages of conducting a housing study and you will be asked to provide the types of questions you would like answered by the survey. Your leadership is vital in addressing housing needs in the coming decade in Wright County. Here’s More to Know Wright County Economic Development Commission has revamped its housing assistance programs to address more current needs. The commission identified single-family home purchase assistance, rehabilitation for owneroccupied and rental housing, and assistance for multi-family development as areas to assist. At the meeting, information about these programs will be shared and questions answered. Homeward, Inc., offers housing assistance programs in Wright County. Deb Prehm will present information about those programs and take your questions. The Iowa Finance Authority has a wide range of programs available to lenders and communities. Beth Mahaffey is scheduled to attend and present information regarding those programs and take your questions. USDA Rural Development has a great interest in providing assistance for affordable housing in rural Iowa. Randy Hildreth will be on hand to talk about those programs and take your questions. We expect this to be a fast-moving 90-minute meeting, with time at the end for further questions. One of those will be from WCED regarding your input on the types of information that should be gathered for a future housing study in the county. Housing is a critical component of the future of economic development in Wright County and rural north central Iowa. New home development - whether it is subdivisions or infill lots in existing neighborhoods - is important, but so is rehabilitation of the existing stock. Please come to help be part of a solution and offer your input and expertise.

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USDA encourages early registration for FSA programs The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014. Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will begin by April 15, 2014. “We expect significant interest in these programs,” said Garcia. “Early registration should help improve the sign-up process and allow us to expedite implementation of the programs. I strongly encourage producers to complete their paperwork ahead of time.” Examples of updates or changes to report include: • New producers or producers who have not reported farm records to FSA. • Producers who have recently bought, sold or rented land. Those producers need to ensure that changes have been reported and properly recorded by local FSA county office personnel. Reports of purchased or sold property should include a copy of the land deed, and if land has been leased, then documentation should be provided that indicates the producer

had/has control of the acreage. • Producers that have changed business structures (e.g. formed a partnership or LLC) need to ensure that these relationships and shares are properly recorded with FSA. Even family farms that have records on file may want to ensure that this is recorded accurately as it may impact payment limits. Farm records can be updated during business hours at FSA Service Centers that administer the county where the farm or ranch is located. Producers can contact their local FSA Service Center in advance to find out what paperwork they may need. In addition, bank account information should be supplied or updated if necessary to ensure that producers receive payments as quickly as possible through direct deposit. While any producer may report farm records and business structure changes, it is especially important for producers who suffered livestock, livestock grazing, honeybee, farmraised fish, or tree/vine losses for 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014, and may be eligible for assistance through one of the four disaster programs. For further information about our disaster programs and USDA’s Farm Bill implementation plan, visit FSA’s 2014 Farm Bill Web page. FSA Service Center locations can be found on the FSA website.

Wright Medical Foundation scholarships

The Wright Medical Foundation and Iowa Specialty Hospital - Clarion will be awarding scholarships to seniors in area high schools who are planning to enter higher education for training in the health care field. Four $400 scholarships are offered to seniors in the schools systems of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, West Hancock, and Eagle Grove. Interested seniors should contact their high school guidance counselor’s office or the Wright Medical Foundation for applicant information. Completed applications need to be postmarked by April 11, 2014. The following are the eligibility requirements for the scholarship: 1. Area of study must be a health career. 2. High school grade point must be 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. 3. Applicant must be of good character. 4. Applicant must have participated in high school and extracurricular activities. 5. Complete a 200-word essay. For further information about the scholarships, contact Lisa Hagie, Foundation Director, at 515-532-9325.

Iowa River Players offers new opportunity to support the theater IRP has launched a new and very exciting Patron program for the 2014 season. Benefits of the program include the following: • Patron-only Opening Night Reception in Gold Room. Our first reception is Friday, April 25, before the hilarious comedy, “Contempt of Court”. It will be catered by “That Iowa Girl” and will feature made in Iowa wine and food tastings. • 5 Tickets to any IRP performance (may be used all at one play or spread out as you wish) • Annual Gala Kickoff Celebration • Name in Spotlight email newsletter • Recognition in play programs • Reserved seating and parking

The Patron program may be ordered by calling Shannon Walker at 515-851-8487 or Pam Townsend at 515-851-1047, or stop at Steve’s PC Clinic on Main St. in Belmond.

UDMO spring planting! Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. is preparing for spring planting through our Annual Garden Program. This program offers seeds, plants, educational literature and garden tools to low-income individuals and families living in Wright County. Our Garden Program is an inexpensive, healthy and nutritious way people can add to their own source of food. In 2013, UDMO assisted 269 low income individuals in 99 Wright County homes through our Garden Program. This year, we would like to reach out to more low income individuals in the community but we need your help. There are two ways the community can get involved in helping us with this year’s Garden Program. First, we are in need of monetary donations to help purchase items for the program. The second way is to donate garden seeds, tomato and pepper plants, onion sets and new garden tools such as gloves, trowels, watering cans, etc. Donations can be either mailed or dropped off at our office which is located at 221 W. Broadway Eagle Grove, IA 50533. Our office hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 AM to Noon and 1 to 4 PM—closed on Wednesday’s.

A history lesson on soil conservation

BY VINCE SITZMANN Hugh Hammond Bennett, otherwise known as the “father of soil conservation” was a soil surveyor with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 1928 Bennett co-wrote a publication, titled, “Soil Erosion: A National Menace” which helped establish scientific credibility about the repercussions of erosion and inspired others to take initiative on the erosion problems within the United States. In 1937, Bennett was presenting to a congressional subcommittee in Washington D.C. and timed his presentation to coincide perfectly with the arrival of a severe dust storm. As Bennett flung open the window he shouted “Gentleman, get ready because here comes Oklahoma” so the story goes. Soon thereafter the Soil Conservation Service was established as a permanent agency within USDA, with Bennett as its director. This was the first constitutional act in the history of this or any other nation that sought to control and prevent soil erosion, flooding, and other threats to our natural resources. Not long after, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a letter to all the governors recommending that each state adopt their own laws. Iowa’s Governor Wilson adopted the law and by 1940 Iowa’s first Soil and Water District was formed by three townships in Marion County. Today we have 100 SWCDs in 99 counties, that are represented by 500

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Income eligible individuals and families may come to our office to pick up packets of seeds starting on April 21st. If you have questions about the Garden Program, please feel free to contact the Wright County UDMO office at (515) 4483704. Thank you in advance for helping to make a difference in our community! Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(C)3 organization and one of 19 community action agencies in Iowa. UDMO’s service area includes these 12 Northwest and North Central Iowa counties: Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright. The agency helps prepare children for life-long learning, helps families become more self-sufficient, helps communities improve and expand housing opportunities and helps local governments by working in conjunction with general relief offices to provide emergency assistance programs and services to residents in need. Our Central office is located at 101 Robins Street in Graettinger. Please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Jamey M. Whitney, at (712) 8593885, Ext. 125.

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Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners. Five nonpartisan Commissioners are elected from each district and are entrusted with many responsibilities including the prevention of excessive soil erosion and conservation of our soil resources. No small task considering Iowa has 36 million acres, 92,300 farms and 25 million acres of crop land. Iowa also ranks number one nationally in the production of corn, soybeans, pork and chicken. In 1973, the Iowa legislature enacted the cost share program for to help promote conservation. Throughout the past 40 years, over 254 million dollars have been leveraged with funds from private landowners and farmers through the SWCDs to conserve and protect our soil resources. Hundreds of thousands of acres are now protected with notill and strip till, terraces, waterways, grade stabilization structures, buffers, cover crops, and other practices that save millions of tons of soil from washing off our fields and into our waterways. Who could have imagined that one man’s passion for soil conservation, along with a little dust in the wind in the 1930’s, could have spurred a conservation ethic that spans the world and touches each and every acre of our farms?

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ATTENTION ALL EAGLES… Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough? Or, maybe you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall? All of these things can happen to us at some time in our life, and it seems like they happen all too often. And if you’re anything like me, then you tend to feel these things all happen around the same time. As the old quote goes, “when it rains, it pours.” Whether it’s in our workplace, our homes, or community that we are trying to make a difference it can sometimes seem like our difference making doesn’t really matter. And when that happens, our self-esteem dips a little low. Sometimes, its the differences we can’t see which make the biggest impact. Maybe it’s the kids whom you gave an umbrella, or the single mother at the food pantry who will pass on the favor, and bring light to the world one small difference making at a time. So, don’t give up hope when your big plans fall through. Even the small things make a world of a difference. — A message from The Nice Guy

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— Girl Scouts Celebrate 102 Years — Meet the Eagle Grove Girl Scouts

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Wright County farmer Tim Smith received national recognition earlier this month for his conservation practices. At the 2014 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, held in San Antonio, Smith was recognized as the first honoree in the Good Steward Recognition Program, sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. He lives near Eagle Grove and farms 820 acres, land on which he has implemented strip-tillage, cover crops, a bio-reactor, and an overall nutrient management plan. Smith described the recognition as an honor “to be chosen out of thousands of people doing similar things.” He was nominated by the Nature Conservancy. The Wright County Monitor ran a story on Smith and his conservation practices in our November 27, 2013 issue. Below is a public letter he recently penned entitled, “Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy: A Farmer’s Perspective”

BY LES HOUSER The Eagle Grove boys track & field team took quite a few events to their final indoor meet last Friday at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. The Eagles did well in several of those, and head coach Ben Demuth was pleased with the effort shown by his team as they ready themselves for their first outdoor competition. I was pleasantly surprised by our performances last Friday,” said the coach. “We started out a little slow, due to the fact that we had guys competing for their first time and the facility was full of people which I think intimidated us a little. However, once we got over this we started to do some good things.” In the field events portion, Brian Gonzalez leaped to a fine mark of 18’ 3.25” for eighth place out of 35 entries in the long jump. Darin Grandgeorge took 24th with a best of 16’ 3.25”, with Dylan Huse finishing 27th with a 15’ 8.75” mark. In the high jump, Graeham Schope went up to 5’ 8” for ninth place. In the shot put, it was Dylan Thielen 20th out of 51 entries with a best effort of 39’ 10.50”. Preston Jacobson was 41st with 32’ 5.50”, while Jorge Gomez finished 48th with a 29’ 3.50” toss. “I was happy with all our long jumpers, as we were able to work on our steps on the runway this past week,” said Demuth. “All three had good jumps instead of scratches. Brian’s distance puts him on pace for where he was last year at midseason, and Darin just missed 17 feet but they only measured one jump. His longest came on his last jump so that helped his confidence a lot. Dylan continues to improve with the shot, but he is also so important to our relays that he doesn’t get enough time to work on his form yet. We will need to balance his workouts to allow him to get to the mid-40’s.” Individual performances saw Miguel Pacheco finish 12th out of 61 entries in the 60-meter dash, crossing the line in 7.62. David Morrison was 47th in 8.73. Josh Morris takes 14th in the 60-meter hurdles with a 9.60 clocking. Thielen was 21st in 9.95, and Devon Omvig 27th in 10.54, in the same event. Ben Thompson was 16th out of 42 in the 800, finishing with a 2:26.05 time. Colton Pickering took 20th in 2:27.12 in that event. Gage Behnkendorf took 18th place in the 1600, coming home in 5:27.00, which got the notice of his coach. “Gage continues to improve as he dropped almost 25 seconds off his mile time,” said Demuth. “He is such a quiet kid, but goes out and does what you ask of him. He is also beginning to understand the details of running the mile by pacing himself, which is really important for a freshman, and so we expect

even bigger things from him this year.” Karter Johnson was also 18th, this coming in the 400 as he posted a time of 59.64. Andrew Ramsey came in 33rd in 1:10.78 in that event. Huse managed a 27.32 for 24th in the 200, with Kaden Helmke 29th with a 32.63. The purple and gold also took a full complement of relay teams on Friday, and were able to put multiple combinations together in some of those events. The 4x4 ‘A’ group finished sixth out of 33 entries in a time of 3:49.22. That consisted of Pacheco, Morris, Thielen and Zach Ploeger. The ‘B’ group of Johnson, Noah Stephas, Julian Calderon and Samuel Johnson was 20th in 4:05.03, and the ‘C’ team of Logan Toillion, Tyler Kendrick, Braden Cahalan and Matt Fransen came home in 4:25.33 for 31st overall. “This event was fun to watch,” said the coach. “We had three teams of runners competing so that we could get some time trials in, and all three teams ran well. Now we just have to see who is going to step up and fill out the varsity.” The shuttle hurdle ‘A’ entry of Morris, Jeremy Weber, Omvig and Thielen crossed in 39.07 for eighth place, while the sprint medley ‘A’ group of Huss, Gonzalez, Calderon and Ploeger toured the track in 4:12.56 for 11th place. “Our shuttle continues to improve their times and form up as they’ve had more time outdoors to work on the event,” said Demuth. The 4x8 ‘A’ entry of Pickering, Brett Maier, Thompson and Jacob Wesselink finished 13th in 10:28.67. “We had a mix up, and our time is deceiving as one athlete ran an extra lap,” said the coach. “Our individual times were down, and now that we are getting our base built we will start working on our speed for these young men.” Three different groups of runners entered the 4x2 event, with the ‘A’ foursome of Pacheco, Weber, Gonzalez and Schope finishing 17th out of 47 in 1:44.08. Mike Dicke, Tyler Vorrie, Phillip Moritz and S. Johnson comprised the ‘B’ entry, finishing in 1:57.47 for 39th, while the ‘C’ grouping of Morrison, Fransen, Cahalan and Carlos Lobato took 43rd in 1:57.02. “All on all, I was happy with the way things turned out,” concluded Demuth. “We had over 30 kids compete in the various events and anytime you can get these guys some competition it will just make them that much better. They all ran well, and now we just need to start focusing on the outdoor season and working hard in practice. These guys never complain. They show up, do their work and move on, which is a great attitude to have. We will need to ramp up our performances in practice to see some results at our meets.”

Lady Eagles travel to Buena Vista Indoor Christensen 2nd in 1500 BY LES HOUSER The Eagle Grove girls track & field team competed at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake last Friday, in their final competition prior to the outdoor season opener on April 7. Field events were only represented by the long jump, with Dru Boatner 59th with a 12’ 5” best mark. Chloe Sunde was 73rd with a 10’ 10” effort. Tiffany Christensen took second place, out of 85 entries, with a 4:46.33 in the 1500. Sam Helmke finished 40th out of 96 in the 800 in 2:47.59, while Samantha Simons took 70th place in 3:08.01. Jarika

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BY TIM SMITH In recent years, I have become acutely aware of the role agriculture plays in the nutrient loading of Iowa’s waterways. Throughout my 35 years as an Iowa grain farmer, I had wondered what the source of nitrate was that affects the Gulf of Mexico so adversely. I thought I was doing everything “right” on my land. I learned that I wasn’t after I participated in an Iowa Soybean Association on-farm drainage tile water monitoring program. The project demonstrated to me through monitoring that the tile water that passes through my farm and drains into the stream was considerably higher than the 10 mg/L standard the EPA deems as safe drinking water. After that, I started following other sources of nitrate monitoring Eagle Grove Garage that are available to the general public through online USGS (United Day Survey) is coming! StatesSale Geological real time nitrate monitoring stations located Apriland12. in 15 ofFriday, Iowa’s streams rivers. Tracking nitrate levels from my own Submit your levels ad by farm and those nitrate both upstream and downstream in the Thursday, foris Boone River, I have April to agree3 there strong reason for alarm. special In May ofone-time-only 2013, nitrate levels in the Boone River at Webster City, Iowa, peaked pricing. at nearly three times the safe EPA level for drinking water. From April 1 through July 3, 2013, over 157,000 tons of nitrogen entered into nine of Iowa’s


watersheds according to USGS nitrate data. These nine watersheds represent about half of the land in Iowa. It was clear that Iowa’s agricultural lands were the primary source of nitrogen found in our waterways. What I was doing on the land was a part of the problem. However, sounding the siren does little good without offering farmers viable solutions to help clean Iowa’s waterways. We need look no farther than the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). The strategy offers multiple solutions for helping farmers like me solve these decades-old problems. This science-based strategy demonstrates how individual farmers can collectively help reduce the nitrate load in our waterways, benefiting not only Iowans but also those affected by the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Being silent on this issue, or pretending that farmers are doing everything they can, would be a Eagle Grove area farmer, Tim Smith spoke during Field Day last disservice to fellow Iowans who August. Photo by Matt Voigts may not have a grasp of the problem. If farmers don’t decide to reduce nutrient losses under their own levels were half of the stream’s peak erosion is considerable. In that light, volition, people outside of agriculture nitrate levels when comparing to I view cover crops as a type of “soil will choose not to be silent and push upstream and downstream sampling insurance.” Farmers protect many hard for unproven regulations that points for two successive years. The areas of production with insurance, will affect farming in adverse ways cereal rye, while adding a living crop insurance, liability, fire and we haven’t yet imagined. plant in my fields for additional wind, etc. Why not use cover crops While multiple commodity and months, also sequesters nitrates that to protect our most valuable asset— agricultural groups have come to would otherwise leave the fields. The soil—from loss due to erosion? farmers’ defense against regulations, woodchip bioreactor further reduces The same degree of widespread nothing will defend farmers as much nitrate leaving the farm. efforts that were made 40 years ago as their meaningful widespread The benefits of the Iowa NRS to curb soil erosion by leaving more participation in adopting the various go far beyond water quality. The residue on the surface must now practices in the Iowa NRS. practices I have implemented on my be made in order to keep valuable Through a Mississippi River farm will conserve soil, improve soil nutrients from leaving our farm Basin Initiative program offered health, and restore wildlife habitat. fields. Farmers, landowners, farm to growers in the Boone River An added benefit is that farmers will managers, agricultural suppliers, Watershed, I have implemented be recognized as real stewards of the agricultural equipment companies, several of the practices that are land! and legislators must all push, outlined in the NRS. Through The non-farming population and push hard, for our Nutrient strip tillage, nutrient management, expects us to do our part to protect Reduction Strategy to succeed. over-wintering cover crops and our precious waterways. They Right now the choice is in the Pressure Washer a woodchip bioreactor, I’ve seen are doing their part by tax dollar- hands of the farmers. If we do little firsthand that the goal of reducing supported funding of conservation or next to nothing, it is clear that REPAIR nitrates by 41 percent in Iowa’s practices. We need to do our part: new regulations will take away our • Most All Brands waterways is attainable with produce food in a choices. There are many who don’t • Hot or Cold Units widespread farmer participation. positive sustainable manner. We think farmers and the agricultural • Large Parts Inventory That first year in the program, should do that, not just because it is industry will voluntarily implement New • Used • Rentals the tile water leaving my farm had expected, but because it is the right the practices we need to reach that higher nitrates than the stream where thing to do for the health and long- 41 percent reduction of nutrients it drained. This was my baseline term viability of Iowa’s land. in our waterways. I think we can if 103 W. Hwy. data. 3, Goldfield, Additionally, IA measurement to compare future farmers and everyone does their part. What do It’s always worth the drive! There were no practices in place landowners must not ignore the you think? on my farm prior to the515-825-3777 first year economic costs of erosion to Iowa’s Tim Smith is a farmer partner in of nitrate data. After using cereal valuable farmland. In a 2012 study, Wright County with Iowa Learning rye cover crops and delaying my The Value of Soil Erosion to the Farms. nitrogen application to springtime Land Owner, by Dr. Mike Duffy, one or sidedress time, my peak nitrate can see the accumulated toll of soil


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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports BY KIM DEMORY Just think how much easier things would be if we all played by the same rules and were held to the same expectations no matter where we were. In the Eagle Grove Area School District, students are, and it’s changing they way children react to situations and the way they behave on a daily basis. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, better known as PBIS, has been in Eagle Grove schools for several years now. It is a school-wide model for developing positive social surroundings that uses common language, sets common expectations, and develops students expect appropriate behavior from themselves and others. In an effort to reinforce the expectations they are learning in school, preschool staff held an Open House on Tuesday, March 18, to teach their parents about it as well. The idea is that if kids as young as three and four are being taught at a preschool level about choices about how to handle situations that make then unhappy, if the same principals are applied at home, it makes it all the more likely for the child to develop skills of how to handle emotions. If they hear about good choices and bad choices at school, when a parent uses the same language at home, the child knows exactly what is meant. Preschool teachers Kate Porter Julie Davis, and Brenda Stevens, along with DLC/Head Start teacher Laura Smith agree that enforcing the same rules and suggesting the same solutions both at school and home can help a child succeed in developing good behavior and problem solving skills. Elementary Principal Mike Kruger told parents at the Open House that he has heard numerous comments from others how well behaved our students are. He is proud to hear such positive feedback and believes PBIS has played a role in encouraging the behavior.

DLC/Head Start teacher, Laura Smith showed parents a video some of her students had helped her make about the importance of not running in the halls or classroom. She said since then, many of the students remind each other about the dangers of running when you’re not outside instead of her having to constantly remind them. Photo by Kim Demory

Students wrote good messages in Julie Davis’ classroom as she spoke to their parents. Photo by Kim Demory

Brenda Stevens helps in the three-year-old preschool room. The kids enjoyed listening to her read a story while Kate Porter introduced the parents to the PBIS program.



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Eagle Grove’s newest owners and managers honored Each year, the Eagle Grove Ambassador’s, an arm of the Chamber of Commerce, holds a new owners/managers luncheon to honor those who are new to a position in the area. This year’s event was held Wednesday, March 19 in the United Methodist Church basement. Present this year were, front row, from left: Kit Stevensen of Security Savings Bank, promoted to executive secretary; Tracy Douglas of Security Savings Bank, promoted to real estate loan officer; and Lisa Knigge, executive director for the Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce. Back row, from left: Brett Legvold of Arends, Lee & Emick who opened a satellite office in Eagle Grove; Janell Roe of AGP; and Regiie Kock of AGP. New owners/managers unable to attend the event included: Laura Dicke of The Green Impact Co., Jacci Hindt of Urban Images Photography, Mike and Amy Wilson of MA’s Crafts, Lara Bartusak of the Eagle Grove Police Department, Brian Dayton of the Eagle Grove Police Department, Stephen Cran of the Eagle Grove Police Department, Sam Boeke of Rotary Senior Living, Sherri O’Brien of First State Bank, and John Dugger of AGP. Photo by Kim Demory

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