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The Grundy Register


Serving Grundy County since 1928

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Volume 90 – Number 14

School Board approves agreement with YMCA By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Center School Board unanimously approved a new agreement with the Grundy Center YMCA, continuing a partnership that has been in place for more than four years. After discussing the agreement extensively at the February meeting, the Board passed the newly-created agreement without comment. The new agreement changes language in four paragraphs of the agreement, noting specifically when the School District has priority use of the equipment in the fitness center, which will remain in the secondary building. The new agreement states that “The YMCA understands that the facilities are owned by the school and the school shall have priority access to all facilities at all times as determined by the school administration and coaches.” It also states that the parties acknowledge that coach-supervised designated programs and students and athletes will have priority use of the school’s facilities and that high school inseason sports have the right and authority to have “priority access to all said facilities, at any time, even if the YMCA scheduled with Superintendent’s office.” The agreement also notes that the “school administration, coaching staff and PE instructors have complete discretion on the type of equipment and arrangement of equipment in the school fitness facility located at the secondary building and may remove or re-arrange any and all YMCA equipment.” Lisa Zinkula, a member of the Grundy Family YMCA Board, said during the public comment period of the meeting that the YMCA Board is fully in support of the agreement. “We wish to see the school and community move past this,” she said. “Grundy Center is truly known for being a community of wellness and fitness, and we need to do that together.” In other business, a pair of individuals spoke about possible budget cuts proposed by Superintendent Cassi Murra at the March 13 Board meeting. Paul Hamann made several suggestions for cuts, including starting the incoming secondary principal at a

lower salary than that of outgoing principal Steve VanderPol. He also suggested mothballing the school administration building and moving the administrative offices elsewhere. Laura Hummell asked the District to keep its student:teacher ratio as low as possible and that the District keep its options open regarding sharing positions with other school districts. Keith Oltragge presented the District’s Fiscal 2013 audit report, noting that the School District has a strong solvency ratio and had no major issues of being out of compliance. “Basically everything was in good shape,” he said. “You got off to a late start due to a change in business manager.” Gary Sinclair of the Iowa Association of School Boards spoke to the Board about its financial situation, noting that the district has enough cash on hand but is running into issues with its spending authority. District Technology Director Bob Munson presented the District’s five-year technology plan, outlining timelines and recommended action through the year 2019. The Board also approved an agreement with UNI that allows practicum teachers to come to Grundy Center and renewed an agreement with Gladbrook-Reinbeck and North Tama for a shared wrestling program. It approved three open-enrollment requests, two from Gladbrook-Reinbeck and one from AGWSR, but could not legally act on a fourth. Brent Thoren was hired as an assistant junior high track coach due to a high number of boys running this year and approved hiring Terra Walbaum as a preschool associate to work with a special needs child. It also accepted the resignation of associate Rachel Granzow and of cheerleading coach Shalane Peterson. The Board also set a timeline to review applications for Superintendent and interview finalists. Applications will be reviewed April 16, with the first round of superintendent interviews set for April 21 and 22. Final interviews will be held April 29 and 30. A special Board meeting will be held April 7 for a hearing on the Fiscal 2015 budget.

What’s Happening

Thursday, April 3 Crafts with Brenda Kling Memorial Library • 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 Grundy Center Methodist Church Rummage Sale • 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. DCBA Sandwich Day Dike Community Building

Free sandwiches, kids crafts, Easter Bunny

11 a.m. -1 p.m.

2Coats Community Night of Prayer Farm Bureau Building • 6 p.m.

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Monday, April 7 Board of Supervisors Grundy County Courthouse 9 a.m.

Kaffee Klatch Kling Memorial Library • 10 a.m.

Pulmonary Support Group Grundy County Memorial Hospital 5 - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 Kling After School Time (KAT) Henna Tatoos • 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 10 Friends of the Library Book Sale Kling Memorial Library 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Grundy Players to present murder mystery By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Players will present “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery,” a one-act play Friday and Sunday at the Grundy Center High School Auditorium. The performance comes a year after the Players produced “Dearly Undeparted.” This year’s play, again directed by Steven Brunk, sees many key players from that performance return. The play, written by Brian D. Taylor, is set in a Murder Mystery Playhouse where the cast is rehearsing for its new show, “Putting a Little English on It.” At the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies on stage. When another character dies under similar circumstances minutes later, the players find themselves replaying the death scene, with one more person ending up with a fire poker in their chest at the end of each scene. The play culminates with a surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all. Key roles are filled by Abbey Harberts, who plays Scarlet Mays, a diva actress who demands that things go her way and does not get along with the director, Jack Beck Brunk as Richard Green, an experienced actor who tries to direct and has some good ideas, and Aaron Beck Brunk as Brett Donahue, the director who has lost all control.

Richard Green (played by Jack Beck Brunk) attempts to awaken the recently-murdered Tom Bains (Seth Van Wert) during The Grundy Players’ portrayal of “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery.” (John Jensen/The Grundy Register photo) Other actors appearing include, Issac Beck Brunk, Emilee Johnson, William D. Kirchman, Brett Mast, Garrett Nibbelink, Abrina O’Rourke, Harper Wells, Shana Sanderson,

Seth Van Wert, Jacob Waltersdorf and Chloe Wiltfang. Show times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Senate candidates woo Grundy County Republicans By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register DIKE — Three of the five candidates vying for the Republican nomination to face Bruce Braley (D - Waterloo) in the upcoming race to replace the retiring Tom Harkin in the United States Senate wooed Grundy County Republicans last Saturday at the annual Republican fundraising dinner. Sam Clovis, Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker alternatively took shots at President Barack Obama’s policies while touting why voters should choose them to run against presumptive nominee Braley. “We need a senator who is not only up to the fight of taking on Bruce Braley, but also to take on Obama,” Whitaker, a former United State Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa said. He spoke at length about freedom and how it contracts as the government expands. He said the United States needs freedom from Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and economic freedom. “The United States has fallen to 12th (worldwide) in economic freedom due to debt, tegulation and taxation,” he said. Whitaker added that he feels President Obama is against religious freedom and that the Second and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution are under attack. Clovis, an Air Force veteran and former businessman, college professor and radio talk show host,

Senatorial candidate Sam Clovis (right) speaks to an attendee at Saturday’s Grundy County Republican fundraising dinner. (John Jensen/ The Grundy Register photo) said it was time to elect a senator national debt and the importance of who represents Iowa values. He working with others. talked about term limits, balancing “We need to understand our role the federal budget and repealing the as a senator,” he said. “There are 99 16th Amendment. other people we have to work with.” “It’s time we get back on the Schaben said he would push for trajectory that Ronald Reagan gave a federal concealed-carry firearms us,” he said. permit and that the Affordable Care Schaben, a U.S. Navy veteran Act needs to be completely scrapped. and former car salesman, said it is He also said veterans should know important for Iowa Republicans what government benefits they to reward Senator Chuck Grassley will receive on the day they are (R, New Hartford) with a second discharged rather than having to fill Republican senator. He talked about out paperwork and find out weeks the importance of lowering the later.

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Could Main Street Iowa program thrive in Grundy Center?

By JOHN JENSEN The Grundy Register GRUNDY CENTER — More than 60 local business owners and interested individuals attended a meeting last Tuesday (March 25) to learn about the possibility of Grundy Center applying for the Main Street Iowa program. Michael Wagler, the State Coordinator for Main Street Iowa, explained what the program is, what it could potentially bring to the city and what the requirements to apply and participate would be. Using data from previous Main Street programs, Wagler projected that the program could bring up to 56 businesses and 84 jobs to Grundy Center. He said it could also bring up to 128 building rehabilitations and 41 buildings sold. “This is happening in communities across the state,” Wagler said. The Main Street program uses a specific formula tested over the past 30 years. It includes downtown revitalization and economic development. There are currently 52 Main Street Iowa programs in communities as small as 430 people to cities as large as Des Moines. Conrad, in southwest Grundy County, was one of the first Rural Main Street communities and was the first to bring the entire community into the Main Street program rather than only the downtown area. Shane Tiernan, who was part of Conrad’s Main Street program when it started in 1989, said Grundy Center would be an ideal fit for the program. “I’ve always felt Grundy Center would be a prime candidate for the program,” he said. “You have the core. You have to be committed to it.” Wagler talked of a downtown area being a symbol of a community’s health, including its industrial and commercial development. He said a healthy downtown is an incubator for small businesses and reduces urban sprawl. He also presented before and after photos from several similarsized towns to Grundy Center including State Center and Belle Plaine. The Main Street program does not initially provide money to communities for improvements. Wagler explained that it provides technical assistance and partners with communities in development. It also provides recognition and marketing for communities which can in the long run apply for grant funding. Requirements for the program include a commitment of a partnership for the three-year startup period as well as an adequate local budget and funding for the program. The city would be required to hire a paid director for the program. Wagler said the minimum program budget for a town Grundy Center’s size is $30,000, with the average budget closer to $73,000. On average, the city government provides between 20 and 30 percent of that funding. The next step in the process could be for an interested group of individuals to visit three or four area Main Street communities and talk to them about the process. From there a second town meeting would be held to discuss the findings of those visits and decide whether the community wishes to move forward with the program. The earliest Grundy Center could be accepted into the program would be spring 2015.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Grundy NEWS Register

Farmer’s Market Notes

Plans for the 2014 season of the Grundy Center Farmers Market are well underway. The season will be starting mid-May. If you are interested in becoming a vendor please

contact Darwin or Elaine (319-8246075) for more information. The market will again be Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. courthouse square. Shoppers, be sure to watch this

spot for more details and plan to visit the market to see the fresh produce, baked good, and crafts. Then catch up with your favorite vendors!


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Isabelle Nuckolls

Isabelle Nuckolls, the daughter of S Elias and Clara (Thompson) Moats, was born November 29, 1917, in Grundy County, and passed away surrounded by her family on March 24, 2014, at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived a full life to the age of 96 years, 3 months and 25 days. A celebration of Isabelle’s life was held Monday, March 31 at the Salem United Methodist Church in Paton with Rev David Arulnathan officiating. Musical selections at the service were “How Great Thou Art” sung by the congregation and accompanied by organist, Janice Tilley and “He Touched Me” and “Fill My Cup, Lord” sung by soloist, Doyle Carlson and accompanied by pianist, Danille Curtis. Burial was made at the Paton Township Cemetery. Serving as casket bearers were Jennifer Hoskins, Brian Happe, Mike Happe, Aaron Hoyt, Ryan Hoyt and Tyler Happe. Honorary bearers were Community State Bank Directors and employees. Isabelle attended and graduated from the Conrad High School in 1935 and later attended the Marshalltown Business College; graduating in 1937. After college, Isabelle worked for the Marshall County Engineer’s office where she met Denver Nuckolls. On November 10, 1940, Dorothy Isabelle Moats was united in marriage to Denver L. Nuckolls at her parent’s home in Grundy County. Three daughters were born to this union; Janine Birch of Paton, Janet Sabus of Jefferson and Jennifer (Mrs. Chuck Hoyt) of Creston. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Paton where Denver managed the Paton office of the Home State Bank. During the time Denver was serving in WWII, Isabelle served as manager of the bank from 1942 to 1945. Upon Denver’s discharge from the service, he returned to the bank and in 1951, the family moved to Stratford. They returned to Paton in 1963 and Denver served as President of the Community State Bank until his death in 1986. Isabelle worked at the bank from 1970 and became President of the bank in 1986 following Denver’s death. Isabelle was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Paton and of the U.M.W. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Greene County Historical Society and a past member of Order of Eastern Star and Greene County Arts Council. Isabelle received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1995, being nominated by the Paton-Churdan School. As an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Isabelle was instrumental in developing the “Avenue of Flags” in the Paton Township Cemetery. She was also bestowed a “Friends of 4-H” Award. Never wanting accolades for her generosity, she always gave wherever there was a need in Paton, Greene County and all of the surrounding area. Isabelle is survived by her three daughters, five grandchildren; Jennifer (Korey) Hoskins of Ogden, Brian (Jana) Happe of Cherokee, Mike (Nikki) Happe of Jefferson, Aaron (Lindsay) Hoyt of Hoboken, N.J. and Ryan (Jennifer) Hoyt of Creston and twelve great-grandchildren; Tyler Happe, Kody, Kacie, Denver and Quintin Hoskins, Jaylee and Colton Happe, Jaislynn Baugh, Mason, Elyssa, and Wilson Happe and Cameron Hoyt, a sister-inlaw, Betty Phillips and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers; Edgar and Glen Moats, a sister, Cecel Ferguson and son-in-law, David Birch.

Lavern “Vern” D. Van Heiden

Lavern “Vern” D. Van Heiden, 79, of Wellsburg, passed away March 26, 2014, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. A memorial service was held on March 31 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Wellsburg. Inurnment followed at the church cemetery. Memorial visitation was held March 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be left for the family at www. Vern was born on February 5, 1935, on the family farm in Butler County, the son of Ben (Anna) Harken Van Heiden. He attended Butler County country school, attended Bristow High School and graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1954. On June 14, 1956, Vern was united in marriage to Beverly Kay Weichers at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wellsburg. Vern lived and raised his family in Wellsburg. He worked as a drainage contractor after establishing Ross-Van Heiden Tiling Inc. in 1970 with his then partner Willard Ross. He retired in 2007. He was a longtime member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wellsburg where he served on the church council, was a former Cub Scout leader and served on the Wellsburg City Council for a number of years. Vern enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and always looked forward to deer hunting with his friends. Gardening was also a pleasure and at times, frustration. Vern was a hardworking man with a strong work ethic. He took great pride in his family. His family wanted those who knew him to know that he was a big strong man with a soft, gentle heart. Vern is survived by his wife, Kay of Wellsburg; children, Marcia Van Heiden of Wellsburg, Paula (Larry) Klosterboer of Newton, Lance (Cindy) Van Heiden of Wellsburg and Sara Van Heiden of Iowa Falls; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Denise) Van Heiden of Holland, Erin Higgins of Grundy Center, Devin Higgins of Eldora, Kayla (Kyle) Simpson of Newton, Evan Klosterboer of Newton, Chelsea (Cory) Voyek of Alden, Ethan Wagner of Eldora and Madison and Cassidy Van Heiden of Wellsburg; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Jeanette Merrill of Bristow, Jerald (Connie) Van Heiden of Kinsman, IL, Benjamin (Judy) DeVries of Colorado Springs, CO, Richard (Vickie) Van Heiden of Steamboat Rock, Merna (Larry) Lovell of Waverly, David (Diane) Van Heiden of Reinbeck, Laurie (Don) Diehm of Reinbeck, Kenneth (Barb) Van Heiden of Cedar Falls; sister-in-law, Caroline DeVries of State Center. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Alice Van Heiden; daughter, Stacey Van Heiden; brother, Jerry DeVries.

Grundy Family YMCA Notes THE YMCA MENTORING PROGRAM began this week! Our mentors are high school students from grades 9-11 who will come meet with the kids in our after school program. They will spend time working on homework, reading books, working with one of our science kits, or doing puzzles. Through this mentoring program, we hope to foster new relationships between the mentors and mentees, develop life-long social skills, and increase kids’ abilities to

interact with other social and cultural groups. If you are interested in joining our Mentoring program, either as a mentor or mentee, please contact Audrey at the Y. LATE REGISTRATION FOR THE GRUNDY CENTER Live Healthy Iowa 5k & 1k walk/run ends on April 7th. Guarantee your t-shirt for the event by registering before April 7. Online registration is available at http://events.clearthunder. com/LHI5K. The 5k will begin at 8 a.m. and the kids 1k will begin at 9 a.m. Registration will be available the day of the event at the Grundy Center High School Track from 7:00-7:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014



News from the Kling Memorial Library in Grundy Center

Please stop by the Kling Memorial Library next week to visit the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and Membership Drive! There will be a wide variety of gently used books for sale, and all proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to renew annual memberships to the Friends of the Library. Last year, the Friends of the Library provided financial and volunteer support for the library. They provided movies and books for the library’s collection, landscaping for the library, a new TV for the library, support for youth programming including KAT, LOL, and the Summer Reading Program. The library team is very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Friends of the Library Group! Like on on Facebook at

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Wolverine Express will also be there feature Jerico, a Christian clown, as Grundy Center 2Coats to host guest speaker at its Sunday, April 6 to give rides to children. service. Easter Egg Hunt community night The service begins at 10 a.m. All Pulmonary are welcome. set for April 19 of prayer GRUNDY CENTER — The All are welcome to the Farm Grundy Center chapters of Kiwan- Bureau Building in Grundy Center Support Group Date set for is, Beta Sigma Phi and the Masons on Saturday, April 5 for a commuto meet April 7 will host Grundy Center’s Easter nity night of prayer. Dinner will be GRUNDY CENTER – Grundy Hershey Track Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at served at 6:00, music begins at 6:30 County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) 10 a.m. at Liberty Park (behind the followed by a time of fellowship aquatic center). and prayer ministry. Contact Steve will host the Grundy Area Pulmo- and Field Meet Marked sections will be set up for toddlers, pre-schoolers and elementary students in grades K-4. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Grundy Center Community Center,

@ 319-215-8628 for more information or to find out how you can help, serve, or volunteer. The Community Night of Prayer is sponsored by 2Coats, Inc.

Friends of Kling Rummage sale Memorial Library set for Methodist to host spring Church GRUNDY CENTER — The book sale Grundy Center United Methodist GRUNDY CENTER — Friends of the Library are excited to host another spring book sale on April 10 - 12 during normal library hours. Come enjoy some refreshments while searching for that ‘right’ book or books to take home. Memberships are available for new or renewals. Come join the Friends of the Library on a special membership drive evening on April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Renew or sign up for a Friends of the Library membership. As an ‘early bird’ renewal or new membership to the Friends of the Library, you have an opportunity to purchase books from the book sale.

Church will host a rummage sale Saturday, April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church (606 Seventh Street). Money raised will be used to meet local Grundy County needs.

DCBA to host sandwich day

DIKE — The Dike Community Betterment Association (DCBA) will host Sandwich Day Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dike Community Building. A free pork loin sandwich is being offered while kids can meet with the Easter Bunny and do crafts. The

nary Support Group on Monday, April 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Education Room. Please use Entrance No. 3 on the west side of the hospital. Join us for a time to share information and experiences with others who are also on this journey. The Grundy Area Pulmonary Support Group will meet quarterly on the first Monday of the month (April, July, October, and January) in the Education Room of the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, 201 East J Avenue, Grundy Center. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Brandy Tripp, Cardiac Rehab Coordinator, at (319) 8245097 or Brandy.Tripp@unitypoint. org.

Bethany church to host Jerico, a Christian clown

GRUNDY CENTER — The Bethany Presbyterian Church will

GRUNDY CENTER — The fourth annual Hershey Track and Field games will be held Sunday, May 4 beginning at 2 p.m. a the Grundy Center High School track. The event is held in honor of former Grundy Center High School boys’ track coach Clint McMartin. It was McMartin’s dream to host an event such as this. The event begins with a 5K walk/ run open to both adults and children at 2 p.m. The youth Track and Field Games begin at 4 p.m. Registration deadline is 3:30 the day of the event. The final event of the day is the “Any Way Relay,” which serves as a fundraiser for the games. This 1,600-meter event is open to youth and adults and can be any combination of up to eight runners. Team members may run multiple legs. For more information about the 5K, including fees, contact Brian or Janet Buhrow at 319-824-5575 or For more information about the Youth Track and Field games

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Memory Lane A Look back through The Grundy Register

Compiled by Lisa Kanagy 10 Years Ago This Week - 2004 • Members of the Grundy Center Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors are pictured during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the opening of Subway restaurant in Grundy Center • Phillip Hawk has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers, The Eagle Award, his service project was to plan and supervise construction and installation of a sign marking the Holland end of the bike trail • Kathy Eilers is honored for 30 years of service to Grundy County as First Deputy County Treasurer • Max & Ruth Paige celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 6th. Also, to celebrate 60 years married are Cletus & Phyllis Decker on March 25 • The 6th grade boys who won first place in their basketball tournament are Taylor Appel, Trevor Hook and Nathan Lyman • Kraft cheese slices - 99¢ • Center Theatre-’Jersey Girl’ 25 Years Ago This Week - 1989 • Pictured is Robyn Hippen receiving a $100 scholarship from the Iowa Farm Bureau women • The owners of the newest retail store in Grundy Center, ‘The Niche’ were pleased with the welcome they received from all the shoppers who came to their opening this weekend • There has been a one third increase over the last year for the junior swine show for the 1989 Grundy County Fair in July • Darrin Folkerts & Brian Van Hauen have been chosen to attend Hawkeye Boys State • Gene and Jeanne Plager share six of their family’s favorite recipes with Mary Hopp • Ground Beef - $1.18 per lb. • Center Theatre -’Leviathan’ 50 Years Ago This Week - 1964 • The architect Van Buskirk Co. of Sioux City, has been hired to design the community’s proposed new golf course. • Glenn Brown, Palermo township farmer, has been selected as one of five Iowa Master Farmers, and he was presented with a Master Farmer Award by Wallace’s Farmer at a luncheon in Des Moines on Monday • 250 attend GOP County gathering here on Saturday • Dr. & Mrs. Delbert Freuh moved to Grundy Center Saturday from Davenport. Dr. Freuh plans to open a chiropractic office in town soon • Although snow covered the ground for the annual town’s Easter egg hunt on Saturday, the older children still came to hunt • Zestee spread- qt. jar is 39¢ • Center Theater -’The Comedy Of Terrors’ 75 Years Ago This Week - 1939 • The canning factory at Reinbeck are preparing for handling their usual volume of asparagus this year • H.O. Larsen, the Holstein breeder, has been selected as the Third District member of the Iowa Dairy Industry Commission • Stout school board re-elected the same teachers they have now for next year • There will be 35 students from the county who will participate in the annual county spelling contest. • Ham for Easter 25¢ per lb. • New Grundy Theatre ‘Wings Of The Navy’

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Cheap Seats

It’s Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and your’s truly doesn’t have a column written yet. That’s a bad thing ... and even worse that I truly have no idea what I want to write about. So I have decided to write about ... nothing. The process of writing this weekly column isn’t all that glamorous. While I usually pick between one and three usually unrelated topics to touch on (someone once referred to it as a newspaper blog), it sometimes isn’t that easy to pick things worth writing about. I look for topics that not only will people enjoy reading about, but also things that I know enough about to sound intelligent. And I like this to be a light read more often than not. Yes, I have written about some heavy topics such as my own insecurities and even my battle with depression, but most By JOHN JENSEN of the time I hope you leave the few minutes you spend reading this with a smile on your face. With a small town newspaper, I also have to be careful about the local topics I pick. Sometimes there is something I might like to write, but I think better of it because it might hurt somebody and in turn hurt the paper. At times it’s truly a bit of a balancing act. To write well, I need a very specific environment — with a little ambient noise, but not so much that it distracts me. So much as a conversation in the next room can throw me off. If there’s ever a time when I’m going to get grumpy with the people I work with, it’s when I’m writing and trying to think. I prefer to write in my office at work because that’s where I have all the right tools, though I often write at home when I can create a similar environment to that I have here. I’ve always liked to tell stories in my column, and those seem to be the columns that you respond to most. And I enjoy writing about my family, though as a single guy most of my life there really aren’t that many good stories to tell. And for the most part I’ve used up every family story there is

You never know where things will take you

By KEVIN WILLIAMS Grundy County Conservation Director This week’s column started out one way and took a couple twists and turns before it was completed. Funny how it works that way sometimes. During the process, it became one of those where I chased around leads and in the end, I used everything from old newspaper archives to the internet search engines to gather the information. And in the end, I found I had too much info for just one column. It all began with a couple of newspaper accounts in the Reinbeck Courier. The first was in the July 24, 1958 edition. The title caught my eye “Live Snakes Wanted, Call Bill Boswell”. Now, many of you know my love of snakes as I have written about snakes numerous times over the years. The gist of the article was that State Conservation Commission Officer Bill Boswell was looking for specimens to exhibit at the Iowa State Fair coming in just a few weeks from then. It seems that the previous year’s exhibit contained many snakes borrowed from adjoining states. Boswell

thought this was unnecessary as Iowa had plenty of snakes to choose from. It ended with the instructions to place the snakes in a corrugated cardboard box with air holes in it or in a grain sack and contact Boswell. I should interject at this point that I have heard people talk about the Game Warden that lived in this area. For the most part they have been very positive accounts of the man and his work. I am sure there are people reading this column who have memories of Bill Boswell. Which brings me to the second newspaper account that I discovered. This second account was found in the October 18, 1956 edition and the title that caught my eye: “Dean Snow Finds 18 inch Albino Snake”. Why wouldn’t that catch my eye given my love of snakes? And Dean Snow – I know Dean Snow. The article relates the story of Dean Snow, then 18 years old, traversing the family farm. What he thought was a white stick instead turned out to be a pure white garter snake. He boxed it up and called Conservation Officer, Bill Boswell, who placed the snake in a burlap bag that then went into Boswell’s car.

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to tell. I hesitate to write a lot about politics simply because I don’t understand everything that goes on in either Washington or at the state capitol in Des Moines. And politically I try to position myself as a centrist — I don’t agree with everything either the Republicans or Democrats do. Those who know me will say I lean toward one party, and they’re probably correct, though that party has a few issues that I feel strongly enough against that I don’t wish to be lumped in with them. And being a centrist makes it a lot easier to write about both parties. As a former sports writer, I have lots of stories I can tell about high school athletics. But many of those stories involve kids you most likely have never heard of and most certainly don’t care about. And though From the Cheap Seats originated as a sports column, here it’s much more of a hodge podge. One of the greatest radio commentators of all time, Paul Harvey, used to host “A Little Chat about This and That” ... that’s what I like this to be. I confess that I am extremely envious of metro columnists who find something unique to write about if not daily, at least a few times per week. The difference between they and I, in addition to a much broader audience, is that in many cases their column is all they do — that’s anything but the case at small newspapers. Thirty-two minutes have now passed since I started writing about nothing ... and I still feel like that’s what I have. • • • The visitor guide that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago should be nearly done by the time you read this. It’s been an exciting project and one that I hope you enjoy when it comes out this May. Something I’ve discovered as I’ve put the guide together is that there really is a lot to see and do in Grundy County. Yes, we are a land-locked rural county without a railroad or navigable waterway (except during high water), but there are an incredible amount of places to visit and see without driving more than 20 miles from home. I’ll highlight a few of those in a few weeks when the project is back from the printer and in your hands. As always, thanks to our local businesses for supporting this project. • • • My NCAA bracket is officially busted. After leading or being in second place in our Mid-America office pool throughout the tournament to this point, it will now take a minor miracle (a Connecticut victory over top overall seed Florida) for me to win. I felt great about where my bracket was heading into Sunday’s games. All I needed was the two Michigan schools to win games they were favored in to take a nearly insurmountable lead in the race to be able to brag uncontrollably for the rest of the year. Unfortunately somebody forgot to tell both Kentucky and Connecticut that they weren’t supposed to win. The Michigan State loss hurts worse than the others, in that I had the Spartans winning it all.

By SUE ECKHOFF Grundy County Heritage Museum Iowan Milt Blanc’s wife needed to get rid of her potato peelings, so she flushed them down the toilet. For a time she got by with her little caper until one day the drain failed to live up to its name. The drain was chock full of peelings, so Milt called his dad Sam Blanc over. Several years before Sam had tried unsuccessfully to sell hand augers made by a firm in Chicago. The devices were known as “snakes”, and one still hung in Sam’s garage. Milton remembered that, and so he and Sam labored all of one afternoon augering the potato peels out of the sewer line. With that job done, Sam went home and told his wife Lettie that there had to be a better way. Being the resolute kind of man, Sam was not easily dissuaded from whatever he set his mind on achieving. For months he labored on the sewer problem he sought to solve. Finally in 1934, he hooked up his wife’s Maytag washing machine motor to a spiraled cable armed with cutting augers on one end, and mounted on wheels from a child’s wagon. Sam was now ready to root out the cause of clogged sewers well ahead of the rest of the world. Lettie, being duly impressed with Sam’s idea, she volunteered one of the most popular names of all times to label the invention “Roto Rooter”. Even though the mid thirties were the toughest of depression times, Sam advertised he could not merely open drains, but clean them out like never before. It wasn’t long before people came to Sam saying they would like to use his machine in their cities. Sam obliged, and soon the Roto Rooter businesses sprang up across the land. In the early 1950’s, the jingle was written “Call Roto-Rooter, That’s the name and away go troubles down the drain”. The nation adopted the song so well that 96% of the American public recognized the name of Roto Rooter. Today almost every city over 50,000 people in the United States has Roto-Rooter service, making the company the far biggest American drain cleaner. Not bad for an Iowa based company, who keeps singing their jingle, all the way to the bank.

When Boswell arrived home in Reinbeck, he found that the snake had escaped through the bag and was somewhere loose in the car. The article ended with the word that at the printing of the paper the snake was still loose and might not come out of hiding until spring. I found the articles so interesting because just last summer, I received a request from the IDNR for snakes to be exhibited at the Iowa State Fair. And my column written May 26, 2013 was about a rare red garter snake that I had received and added to the displays at the museum. But even more interesting to me was the experience with the escaped snake. It brought back all sorts of memories from a very similar experience that I had back in about 2006 or so. In my case, I was answering a “rattlesnake” call in Wellsburg. It was the 4th of July weekend and a resident had discovered a snake in his garage. The dispatcher said that the snake was reportedly striking, hissing, and rattling its tail. Knowledge and experience has taught me that there was a slim to none chance of it being a rattlesnake

but I never say never anymore. When I arrived at the residence, I was greeted by the owner and a deputy, both whom were standing outside the garage. I entered the garage and found the snake right where the owner said it would be. It was very nonvenomous fox snake but it was rather irritated. Acting just like rather irritated snakes will do, it was vibrating the end of its tail simulating the rattling noise in the papers surrounding it. The instinctive action will many times cause predators to turn away. I gathered this 18 inch snake up in my hands and used the moment as a teaching moment for the several people gathered outside the garage. I also told them that I was in need of a fox snake for the museum displays and that I would take the snake along. The only bag that I had along in the truck was a burlap sack. I placed the snake in the bag and secured the end with a wire. Onto the floorboards it went and I was off to home and finally the completion of my shift. I left the snake bag for the night. As I headed up to work the next day, I discovered that the snake had wiggled and worked the loosely knit strands

of the burlap bag open and escaped through the resulting hole. This was just like Boswell’s experience and likewise, it too was somewhere in the vehicle. Upon reaching Morrison, I did a quick snake search around and under seats, dash, etc with no luck. Then I hit on the idea to lure it out with a mouse. Now, I will say that I like the idea of snakes loose in my vehicle a whole lot better than a mouse loose in there. So, I fashioned a quick wire mesh cage and put the mouse in the vehicle. Every hour or so I would make a snake run out to the truck and check. About the third trip, I had a snake wrapped around the box looking for a way into the cage and the tasty mouse snack in side. It had worked! The snake became a museum display rather than the unwelcome rider in my truck. Now I find myself way over my word restriction for the column (sorry editors) so I’ll end here and wait until next week to finish my whole twist and turns part of things that I eluded to at the beginning. It involves wolverines so don’t miss it!

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I want to thank everyone for the cards, prayers and Pastor Robby Grames for his visit and prayers and the Grundy County Memorial Hospital for their care. George Schmidt

Thursday April 3

Friday April 4

I would like to say a big Thank You to all my family and friends for the cards, phone calls, flowers and gifts that I received on my 85th birthday. God Bless each one of you. Adele Pruin

Our sincere thanks for all the prayers, calls, cards, visits, food and other expressions of sympathy we received in the recent loss of our mother, Donna Arends. We certainly appreciate everyone’s concern and thoughtfulness. Leland Arends Steve and Cheryl Strohman and family Roger and Janet Arends and family The family of Kenneth L. Janssen would like to express our appreciation to everyone for the many acts of kindness since his passing. Thank you for the cards, calls, food, flowers, memorials as well as your kind words and prayers. Isle Kay Saathoff-Janssen Karen and Mark Erickson Keela and Rick Stegen Kevin Janssen Kelli and Jeff Nehring And all our families

To celebrate 85th birthday

Arnold Schaap of Ackley, will be 85 on April 6. His children would like to encourage you to send him a card to help him celebrate this special day. The greetings can be sent to his home. Arnold Schaap, 401 Butler St., Ackley, Iowa 50601.

Nutrition site menu

Friday, April 4 — Chicken Cacciatore, Roasted Potato Medley, Spinach, Multi Grain Bread/Margarine, Creamsicle Pudding Monday, April 7— Pork Loin with Gravy, Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Club Spinach, Wheat Roll/ Margarine, Pineapple Tidbits Tuesday, April 8 — Turkey Breast with Gravy, Baked Sweet Potato, Green Peas, Wheat Bread/Margarine, Fresh Fruit Wednesday, April 9 — Roast Beef with Gravy, Whipped Potatoes, California Vegetables, Multi Grain Bread/Margarine, Frosted Cake Thursday, April 10 — Mushroom Chicken, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts with Cheese, Multi Grain Bread, Mandarin Oranges, and Margarine For more information, to reserve a place or order a meal, call the Grundy Center Senior Center at (319) 824-3843.

Local student to receive Electric Coop Scholarship

GRUNDY CENTER — Electric power suppliers to Grundy County REC have selected Espen Cleveland, Holland, as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Humboldt, power supplier to Grundy County REC, along with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, N.D., awarded the scholarship to Cleveland, whose parents are members of Grundy County REC. Cleveland plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, where he will major in mechanical engineering. A senior at Grundy Center High School, Cleveland has served as FFA vice president and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has participated in track and field, cross country, concert and jazz band and 4-H. Cleveland is the son of Ole and Kristin Cleveland, Holland.

Engagement announced

Kaitlin Scheidel and Joseph Hall, both of Davenport, are announcing their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the couple are Ted and Mary Scheidel of Shell Rock, Valinda Hall of Grundy Center, Jeff Hall of Grundy Center, and Angela Hall of Davenport. The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of La’ James International College and is employed as a Hairstylist for Regis Corp. The groom-to-be is employed as a Loss Prevention Supervisor for Kohl’s Department Stores. Vows are planned for June 14th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

• Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wilts Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m., Wilts Room Healthcare Awareness Clinic, 7 p.m., Legion Room • Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wilts Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m., Legion Room

Sunday April 6

• Grundy Comm. Center – Orchard Hill Church, 9:45 a.m., Legion Room

Monday April 7

• Grundy Comm. Center – Walking, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wilts Room Exercise, 9 a.m., Wilts Room Congregate Meals, 11:30 a.m., Wilts Room


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Center theatre’s Reel-to-Reel Beginning at the Center Theatre on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. will be the adventure/book adaptation Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence, running approximately 160 minutes in length. At 7:30 will be the animated/family The Lego Movie 3D. This movie is rated PG, running approximately 100 minutes in length. There will be 2 pm weekend matinees of both shows on Saturday, April 5. Divergent is based on the extremely popular young adult novel of the same name, written by first time author Veronica Roth and topping the New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in May of 2011. Divergent is an exciting adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Divergent is currently the #2 movie in the nation at the box office!

The Lego Movie 3D, from Warner Brothers Pictures, is the first ever full length theatrical lego film. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rulesfollowing, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. The Lego Movie 3D has been a box office hit with a long list of stars lending their voices including Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell. Don’t miss the exciting family fun in THE LEGO MOVIE 3D at the Center Theatre! For the most up-to-date movie information, please check out our new website at If you are interested in gift certificates to the Center Theatre, they may be purchased at GNB bank locations during the day or at the Center Theatre during evening business hours.

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Youth Activities Plan to attend a potato bar sponsored by the youth group on April 13 at noon prior to the Forum. Youth will also serve breakfast on Easter, April 20 following the sun-

rise service at Camp Pine Lake. Both events will use the freewill offering for expenses for travel to National Youth Conference this summer in Colorado. Eight youth are registered to attend.


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So, how has your winter been? Cold? Snowy? Yes, mine, too. Well, cooking and baking are sure ways to warm up the house and fill up your family. Although, lately it is taking more and more food to fill up my family. Ah, the joys of growing children. Love them! Well, I was excited to receive another recipe. This comes from a former co-worker and someone with a husband and three growing kids and she said this is a family favorite. Thanks for sharing, Amber! Following that yummy dish is a very good chocolate cookie recipe for your enjoyment. Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole Amber Sly, Grundy Center

1 tube cresent roles 1 LB bacon 2lb hamburger Tater Tots 1/2-3/4 C Ketchup Onion 1T yellow mustard Salt 2 1/2 C cheddar cheese Pepper Press cresent roles in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. I browned my hamburger onion, salt, and pepper. Drain and add ketchup, mustard, and about 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Put the meat mixture on top of the cresent roles. Cut bacon in small pieces and cook in pan. Drain bacon pieces and put on top of meat mixture. Then I added the rest of my cheddar cheese and topped with tater tots. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees

Double Chocolate Chipper Crinkle Cookies Lisa Kanagy, Grundy Center

6 Tb. butter 1 1/2 C. flour 3/4 C. sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 C. dark chocolate chips 1 C. dark chocolate chips 2ish Tb. powdered sugar Melt the first cup of chocolate chips until smooth. Allow to sit on the counter to cool down, just a little bit (you don’t want to scramble the eggs!). While this cools, in a separate bowl cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs mixing well, add vanilla. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients (not the choc. chips). Preheat the oven to 350º. Then add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture, when combined add in the flour mixture. Blend well then add in the 1 c. chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto a plate with the 2ish Tb. of powdered sugar and roll around to cover and into a ball. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for approx. 10 minutes or until the edges are set. The center will still be slightly soft, that’s ok, let them sit on the pan for about five minutes, don’t over back these cookies.

You could have the next featured Culinary Corner Recipe, just send them on in. Stay safe and warm ~ Lisa K.

Hospital MRI services expand GRUNDY CENTER — Expanded services are available at Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) for patients in need of advanced imaging exams. The hospital now has Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) available five days a week for convenience in scheduling and faster turnaround of results. “Everyday access to MRI has been a goal of the hospital and the Radiology Department,” said Craig Buskohl, Radiology Manager. “Patients are accustomed to seeing us for routine x-rays, ultrasound, and mammography each weekday, and we’re excited to offer the same advantages to patients in need of MRI.” Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides detailed views of internal organs, soft tissues, bones, and other structures in the body using a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and state of the art computer software.

MRI images are much clearer than other radiologic exams, and assist physicians in accurately assessing injury or disease. Buskohl said the large size of the machine and the noise it makes while processing images may be intimidating for patients, and that’s why GCMH offers a clear advantage over larger hospitals or radiologic clinics. “We take pride in thoroughly explaining the MRI procedure and allowing patients to take time to relax before the exam,” Buskohl said. When your provider refers you for MRI, you may request GCMH as your preferred exam location. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday. For more information, visit To schedule MRI, please call GCMH Scheduling at (319) 824-5081 or (888) 824-5081.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wellsburg News Wellsburg Library news

By KAREN MENNENGA Story time has been a busy place on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. We have studied cowboys & cowgirls, mud puddles and babies in our latest sessions. I think we are all very anxious for spring and warm weather, the children and the librarians alike! W.O.W. for April will feature Tammy Jurchen from the Caring Hands Massage right next door to the library. Join us at 2:00 p.m. on April 2 to hear her speak! We have many of the Oscar nominated movies at the library for checkout. 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and Nebraska are some of the selections. Stop in and take home one to see what the buzz was about! Upcoming Events: April 1 – Story time at 10 a.m. April 2 – WOW – Tammy Jurchen –Caring Hands Massage at 2 p.m. April 3 – Pepper April 8 – Story time at 10 a.m. April 10 – Quilting w/Dorothy 1-3 & 6-8 p.m. April 10 – Book Club at 6 p.m. – Discussion on The Good House by Ann Leary April 11 – Crochet & Knitting at 1 p.m. New on the bookshelf: The Finisher by David Baldacci, Once in a Lifetime by Kim Vogel Sawyer, That Dog Won’t Hunt by Brandilyn Collins, Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen, Missing You by Harlan Coben, Water Walker by Ted Dekker, Stone Cold by C.J. Box, Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber, Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts and a large selection of Amish books.

AGWSR Middle School Honor Roll

"A" Honor Roll 3rd Quarter (A = 3.668 - 4.000) "*" = All A's Seventh Grade: Sam Bachman, Josh Bartling, Tori Brandt, Zach Crain, Aubrie Fisher, *Alex Hames, Carrinton Hunt, Abby LaVelle, *James Macy Eighth Grade: *Daniel Cordova, *Brady Fisher, Sawyer Heitland, Emily Henning, Devon Miller, Paris Opperman, Brayden Penning, Aaron Roelfs, Olivia Schatzle, Taylor Sicard, *Liam Stubbe, Mandy Willems, Hannah Woerner

"B" Honor Roll 3rd Quarter (B = 3.250 - 3.667) Seventh Grade: Hanna Benning, Alyssa Blackburn, Trevor Clawson, Julia Grummitt, Mackenzie Kielty, Christie Mucino-Baca, Emily Rieken, KaiCee Rotgers, Autumn Ubben Eighth Grade: Mollie Abkes, Alicia Barnes, Sadie Clark, Melissa Garibay, Keon Huffman, Chase Humke, Kristen Huttinger, Jaden Johnson, Dalton June, Isabelle Norton, Joe Wiarda

Public invited to Wellsburg Health Event WELLSBURG — Two health care providers with Wellsburg connections have recently started practicing locally, and a community open house is planned to welcome them. Grundy County Allison Schoolman Memorial Hospital and UnityPoint Clinic are inviting the public to attend the event on Tuesday, Lindsay Vogel April 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Wellsburg Memorial Building to welcome Allison Schoolman, ARNP, and Lindsay Vogel, ARNP. Allison Schoolman is now seeing patients at UnityPoint Clinic in Parkersburg, practicing with Dr. William Durbin. She is a Wellsburg native, and graduated from Allen College. She worked five years as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Grundy County Memorial Hospital. After taking coursework to earn her Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner degree from St. Louis University, Schoolman joined UnityPoint Clinic in February. She and her husband Todd and their twoyear-old son live in Wellsburg. Lindsay Vogel is a native of Ackley. She graduated from AGWSR schools and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master's degree in Nursing Education from Allen College. She taught at Allen College for seven years before pursuing her nurse practitioner degree. She was a provider at an area Endocrinology clinic where she gained experience in diabetes management before joining Grundy County Memorial Hospital as its hospitalist, focusing care on patients who are hospitalized. Lindsay and her husband Nate and two children live in Holland. In addition to greeting the two local health care providers, community members may take part in free health screenings at the April 8 event. Blood pressure checks, glucose screening, and a heart disease risk assessment will be offered. Information on nutritious snack choices will be available. Face painting will be offered for children by Make It Up Face Painting and refreshments will be served.

Community Gardens to host ‘Share Your Interest’ events Need a free raised garden plot this season? Never garden before? What to begin gardening? Need a gardening space? Want to try organic gardening? The Grundy Center Community Gardens will host three Share Your Interest events to talk about the garden, show you around and invite you to join us this garden season. It will only be necessary to attend one of the three meetings. However, due to varied and busy schedules, we are offering the three meetings on different days - Sunday, April 6, Monday, April 7, or Thursday April 10 all from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Community Garden (206 G avenue east - directly south of Fredrickson Furniture warehouse on Highway 175). In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church, 707 6th Street. These Share Your Interest events will allow any new gardeners a chance to connect with our gardeners from last year and tour the gardens. Persons who are interested can then register for one or several free raised garden plots. This season, we will be pairing up gardeners to help one another and to learn new ways of gardening by simply growing organic in easily accessible raised plots (even waist-high elevated plots for those who find this more convenient). Ten water spigots will be available to afford gardeners easy access for watering throughout the season. One of the highlights of our gardens are the “Giveback” areas where gardeners can help grow and harvest produce for those in

need in our community or give back through agencies such as Operation Threshold each week. Come help us build community as we team up to talk about new gardening and seed ideas. We will be talking about composting in one of our newly constructed composting bins at the site, starting seed in our new greenhouse and even learning about bees and pollination from our own bee colony. The free gardening plots are available to any and all persons in our community – you can be any age, someone who has never gardened, a Master Gardener or anything in between. Together we are here to help one another to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Social events at the gardens will highlight the 2014 season. “The gardens can help some to save money on their food bills or the freshness, flavor and wholesomeness of homegrown produce.” shared Pastor Phil Dicks. “For those who do not have a place to garden, would like to meet new friends or simply have coffee in the new gazebo and watch their gardens grow ... this Grundy community garden may be the answer for people.” A highlight this year will be the expansion of the flower gardens on the site. Share your interest, share questions or learn more by contacting the community gardens or phone: 515418-0807 (Rev. Phil Dicks) or 319269-5030 (Darrell Shuey). Drop-ins are welcomed.

GCHS to host re:Voiced April 14

GRUNDY CENTER — Grundy Center High School will host re:Voiced, an a cappella quintet Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. According to its Web site, the group performs a combination of classic oldies and newer pop hits designed to appeal to a variety of audiences. The group makes its music without use of instruments — all of the sounds, including those normally made with instruments, come from their mouths. The group has performed with many top individuals and groups, including Maroon 5, Rascal Flats, Ben Folds, Chubby Checker, Ludacris, Montel Jordan and Rockapella. They have also appeared on NBC’s “The Sign Off.” They have performed at many well-known venues, including the Nokia Theater and Lincoln Center in New York City. The group’s current “Music in

Schools Tour” is taking them around the country. Their current Midwest swing is taking them to schools in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Grundy Center is one of seven Iowa schools they will be visiting this spring. In addition to putting on a show, the group works with local vocal music students, teaching them technique and answering questions while also attempting to inspire students. GCHS Vocal Director Emily Boquet said they will be coming to Grundy Center around noon the day of the concert and will work with the boys’ group and madrigal singers as well as the larger high school and middle school choirs. They will also try to have a short assembly for the elementary students. Tickets to the show may be purchased at the high school office or at local businesses. Samples of re:Voiced music can be found on YouTube.

Mayor Brian Buhrow (center front) visits Miss Kruger and Mrs. Droll’s afternoon preschool classes commemorating the Week of the Young Child, which is celebrated this year April 6-12. (Courtesy photo)

Week of the Young Child

The Grundy Community Preschool and Childcare Center is observing the Week of the Young Child during the week of April 6-12. This week is celebrated nationally with the theme, “Early Years are Learning Years.” The Week of the Young Child honors more than 35 million children from birth through age eight in America, and the families, teachers and other adults who help children make the most of the opportunities of their early years. Pictures and projects constructed by the children attending the Center will be on display in the window of Video Place during the Week of the Young Child. Finding quality care for our community’s children is a major concern. Our community is very fortunate to be able to provide childcare that meets the needs of a number of families. The Grundy Community Preschool and Childcare Center is just one source of the quality care offered in Grundy Center and surrounding areas. At this fully licensed center, the children participate in the important job of “play.” You may find them involved in an art, music, games, or a cooking activity along with free play indoors or outdoors. Nutritious meals and

snacks are also provided at no cost to the families. During the 27 years that the Center has been operating as a non-profit organization, hundreds of young children and their families have been served. Currently there are 118 children enrolled in the preschool or childcare. The programs at GCP&CC are designed to meet the unique developmental needs of the children birth to school age. Maintaining quality services for children is never financially easy. Anyone wishing to make a taxdeductible donation to help support the Grundy Community Preschool & Childcare Center is invited to do so. Community support and interest is vital to ensure that quality early childhood programs will continue in our community. Week of the Young Child is a chance to celebrate the learning opportunities of young children and to recognize the responsibilities we share for helping them make the most of their early years. During this week you are encouraged to spend some quality time with your child and perhaps show appreciation to those important people that spend a part of the day caring for your child.

Local NAPA manager honored

Cherry Getting, manager of NAPA Auto Parts in Grundy Center, has earned a trip to Phoenix, Ariz. for the 2014 NAPA EXPO by being part of a group earning Five-Star Champion status by achieving all the goals set by NAPA in Iowa. There were only five qualifiers. Cherry and her husband, Marty will be spending close to a week at the JW Marriott Desert Resort Spa in May. (Courtesy photo)

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The Grundy Register Diane Paige, Correspondent Phone: (319) 989-2163

Thursday, April 3, 2014 Volume 90 – Number 14

D-NH school board, teachers exchange contract proposals DIKE — The Dike-New Hartford teacher’s union and school district exchanged contract proposals during a School Board meeting last week. The Dike-New Hartford Education Association, which represents teachers, proposed a contract with a total package increase of 7.86 percent while the School Board coun-

tered with an increase of 3.3 percent. The teachers’ proposal would raise the generator base from $28,715 to $30,735 while the Board’s proposal would raise the generator base to $28,770 while adding $500 to the teacher salary supplement. The next meeting for negotiations is set for April 7.

Dike Notes



Casey's takes over former Curve gas, convenience store NEW HARTFORD — New Hartford is seeing a change at the pumps. The former Curve gas and convenience store closed its doors last Thursday (March 27) only to reopen the next day as a Casey's General Store. Reaction to the change was immediate, with 40 pizzas sold by the

end of business Friday. Casey's representative Mary Eilbert, who oversees nine stores, will be on location in New Hartford for approximately the next month and will conduct interviews for a new manager. Other former Curve employees will retain their positions. New signs have already been

posted at the area's newest Casey's. The building is expected to receive new paint that will give it the traditional Casey's look in the near future. Casey's General Stores, Inc. is based out of Ankeny and owns more than 1,700 stores.

Dates for Dike Tyler Laube qualifies for State Georgray Bee

Congratulations to Dike-New Hartford's fifth grader Tyler Laube, son of Irvin and Jennifer Laube, who was our local Geography Bee champion. The local Geography Bee took place at the Dike-New Hartford Junior High location in December. The competition included students fifth through eighth grade. After winning, Tyler took an exam and was one of 100 students in Iowa who qualified for the State Geography Bee. The State Geography Bee will be taking place April 4 at the University of Northern Iowa. Good luck Tyler.

Kaitlyn Sharp named to Central College Dean List

PELLA — Kaitlyn Sharp, a native of Dike, is a senior at Central College, majoring in English and Spanish. Sharp earned a spot on the fall 2013 dean's list for Central College after studying with Central College Abroad. Sharp is the daughter of Ron and Sherree Sharp. The honor is awarded to full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale while taking 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester.

Thursday, April 3 5 pm Track at Waverly 6:30 DFS Meeting at Dike Peoples Bank Friday, April 4 5 pm Boys track at Marshalltown 5:30 -8:00pm DEPO Carnival Saturday, April 5 730 am State Music Festival Ensemb/Solo at Dike Sunday, April 6 Dollars for Scholars Dinner 1130-130 Pie sale Local church services Monday, April 7 Ia assessment begins for 3rd - 8th grades Tuesday, April 8 4:15 tennis 430 Boys track at Marshalltown 5 pm Girls track at Jesup Wednesday, April 9 Early dismissal 4:30 school board budget hearing work session

Church Worship Services


American Lutheran Church Luther Thoresen Pastor 319-824-3557 8:45 a.m. Worship Service Bethany Presbyterian Church Tom & Jean Bower, Pastors 319-824-5471 10:00 a.m. Worship Service First Baptist Church Nathan Barkley 319-824-3324 9:15 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Service 6:30 p.m. Evening Service First Presbyterian Church Rev. Mike Campbell, Pastor Rev. Sheryl Campbell, Parish Associate 319-824-3152 9:00 a.m. Worship-Kids of The Kingdom 10:30 a.m. Adult Study in Chapel • Teens lead worship 3rd Sundays United Methodist Church Phil Dicks, Pastor 319-825-5408 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:15 a.m. Adult Study at AP 10:15 a.m. Pastor led Bible Study in FH Orchard Hill Church (Center Theatre) 319-824-3039 9:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Worship Service Orchard Hill - Lincoln Center Jesse Henkle, Host Pastor 319-824-6178 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School

HOLLAND Colfax Center Presbyterian Robbie Grames, Pastor 319-824-5231 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday School Pleasant Valley Reformed Church Rev. Rick Vollema 319-346-1090 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Discussion Group

WELLSBURG East Friesland Presbyterian Lynn Arends, Supply Pastor 641-847-2896 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Faith Presbyterian Church 641-847-3188 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School First Christian Reformed Thomas Vos, Pastor 641-869-3305 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 7:00 p.m. Evening Worship

Pleasant Valley United Methodist Dot Geersema, Pastor 641-869-3637 8:45 a.m. Morning Worship Reformed Church 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Evening Bible Study St. John Lutheran Church Intern - Kristen Briner-Whipperman 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 9:45 Sunday School & Bible Class St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran 641-869-3992 8:15 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service St. Peter’s Country Church Rev. Michael McLane, Pastor 563-581-2866 8 a.m. Morning Worship United Reformed Church Matthew Nuiver, Pastor 641-869-3633 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 Sunday School 7 p.m. Evening Worship Steamboat Rock Baptist Church Harrison Lippert, Pastor Bryce Roskens, Associate Pastor 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Contemporary Service

DIKE United Methodist Church Dan Ridnouer, Pastor 319-989-2535 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship Service Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Mark Decker, Pastor 319-988-3967 9 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School Fredsville Lutheran Church Rev. Lisa Dietrich, Pastor 319-989-2065 8:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School

Liberty Baptist Church (GARBC) Dennis Sanders, Pastor 319-989-2141 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship 6 p.m. Evening Praise Service

BEAMAN United Methodist Church 641-366-2142 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship

CONRAD Alice Church of God James Snare, Pastor 641-623-5641 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service First Presbyterian Church Kerry Carson, Pastor 641-366-2342 8:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Fellowship United Methodist Church Jennifer Daniel, Pastor 641-366-2325 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Worship

AREA CHURCHES Holy Family Catholic Parish Rev. David Kucera 319-345-2006 Mass: 5:30 p.m., Sat. - Parkersburg 9:30 a.m., Sunday - Reinbeck Salem Church of Lincoln Rev. Barb Muhs, Pastor 641-473-2450 9:25 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Bethel Reformed Church 319-347-6219 9 a.m. Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday School Ivester Church of the Brethren Co-Pastors Parker & Katie Thompson 641-858-3879 9:30 a.m. Christian Education 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Noon potluck Reformed Church of Stout Stephen and Olga Shaffer, Pastors 319-346-1487 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Time 10:45 Sunday School

April ers

April showers, brings May flow-

But if all the showers turned to flowers We'd have quite a colorful day. April says she's tired of being cold, May says she can't wait . April melted all the cold and ice, May thought that was pretty nice. April waltzed with Lions, May's never seen a lion yet. April showers, brings May flowers.

Thursday, April 3: Carol Andersen, Gary Borwig, Larry Rittgers, Bernie Weber Friday, April 4: Dawn Meester Saturday, April 5: Casey Mommer, Kristin Mommer, Jack Mommer Sunday, April 6: Isabella Norton, Addyson Joslin Monday, April 7: Stacie Dudden, Jamie Jones, Nathan Hinkle Tuesday, April 8: Richie Menken, Darci Graves, Jim Doorley, Duane Oltman Wednesday, April 9: Deb Knudsen, Art Beem

D-NH school lunch menu

Thursday, April 3: pizza burger , baked beans , cheesy broccoli, applesauce Friday, April 4: quesadilla, carrots, sherbet, strawberries Monday, April 7: grilled chicken sandwich, french fries, broccoli, mixed fruit Tuesday, April 8: walking taco, refried beans, rice, pineapple Wednesday, April 9: chinese stir fry veggies, rice fortune cookie, peaches Thursday, April 10: turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, carrots, juice


Extension Week Celebrated

Iowans care about each other and their communities. That’s why they have invested in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. We put the university’s research to work throughout the state by providing ongoing access to education by anticipating issues, acting in catalytic ways and staying for the long haul. We are committed to Iowa’s future. We hold a variety of programs to meet the needs of our community including youth summer camps, pesticide applicator trainings, manure applicator trainings, healthy foods programs, daycare provider trainings and much, much more! Please contact us with any needs you may have and we would love to help put together a program to fit those needs. Program focus areas are: Economic Development, Health & Wellbeing, Food and the Environment and 4-H and Youth Outreach. Every county extension district in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how local tax dollars are spent to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level. Grundy County Extension members are: Glenn Johnson, Chairperson; Janelle Koenigsfeld, Vice Chairperson; Dorothy Sheller, Secretary; Linda McMartin, Treasurer; Ryan Bakker, Christine Tobias, Vernon Johnson, Brandon Sowers and Bonnie Shinn. Grundy County Extension Staff are: Ashley Kitzman, Office Assistant, Andrea Traeger, County Youth Coordinator and Shari Sell-Bakker, Grundy County Administrator.

Konken Electric, Inc. Since 1973 Farm, Residential, Commercial

Grundy CEntEr 319-824-3150 dIKE 319-989-2155 rEInbECK 319-788-3150

Admit When You’re Wrong One of the barriers to good relations is when people dig their heels in and refuse to admit when they are wrong. Many an argument could be shortened by the offending party simply admitting his offense and sincerely asking for forgiveness. In fact, many arguments could be avoided by apologizing or admitting ahead of time that you might be wrong. It is always a good disarming tactic to let people know that you could be wrong about something, or to offer your apologies in advance for what you are about to do. Moreover, people who refuse to apologize even when they know they are wrong, or who offer insincere apologies are seen as pride-filled, dishonest, and not interested in smooth relations. If you want to get along with your family, friends and colleagues, be quick to admit when you’re wrong. This advice also applies to your relationship with God. That is, admit to God when you have sinned and accept His forgiveness just as readily. –Christopher Simon

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Proverbs 28:13 ******************************************************************************************

Space for this series of religious messages for all faiths is provided by The Grundy Register and these community-minded business and professional people: GRUNDY CENTER

Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home & Monument Co. GNB Bank Grundy Center Municipal Light & Power Dept. Grundy County Rural Electric Cooperative The Grundy Register Heartland Cooperative Richelieu Foods Inc. Rouse Motor Co.


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Beninga Sanitation Dike Funeral Chapel & Monument Co. The Dike Register Ubben Building Supplies, Inc.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Grundy NEWS Register


Can anyone tell us anything about this picture? When and where was this picture taken? What was the occasion? Who are any of the people? If you have any answers to the above questions, send an email with “From the archives” in the subject line to, or drop by our offices during business hours and share them with us (please remember to include your name and location in any email). We’ll publish whatever we can learn in next week’s paper (space allowing), as well as select another photo from the archives to share with you. Keep the memories! Photos from the Register’s “From the Archives” series are now available for purchase! The cost is $5, and the photos are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We received a phone call from Marilyn DeLange about this picture at the left that was in our March 6 edition. This is the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Metropolitan Chorale. She is the fifth one from the right in the front row. She believes this was probably 1978 or 1979. She sang in this for about 20 years. Thanks, Marilyn.

Teacher of the Week

Abby Hendershot, Kindergarten teacher at GC Elementary, was named Teacher of The Week by radio station 93.5 the Mix. She was nominated by a parent of one of her students.She is pictured accepting a plaque from representatives from 93.5. (Courtesy Photo)


Specialty Shops

Grundy FOR THE RECORD Register

Grundy County District Court John Michael Hamlin, 25, Reinbeck, Public intoxication (first offense). $100 fine, $35 court surcharge, $60 court costs; Amanda L. Nielson, 31, Grundy Center, Simple assault. Seven days jail, $65 fine, $22.75 court surcharge, $76.50 court costs; Andrew Lee Slifer, 27, Reinbeck, Public intoxication (third offense). 365 days jail (suspended), 1-2 years formal probation, $625 fine (suspended), $218.75 court surcharge (suspended), $100 court costs, Pay court-appointed attorney fees; Cameron Steven Hayden, 23, Waterloo, Third-degree harassment. $100 fine, $35 court surcharge, $60 court costs; Nicholas Joseph Itzen, 21, Grundy Center, Operating while intoxicated (first offense). Seven days jail (suspended except two

days which can be served in the Hawkeye Community College twoday OWI program), 1 year informal probation, $1,250 fine (half waived upon proof of restricted driver’s license), $437.50 court surcharge, $116.50 court costs, $10 DARE surcharge, Complete substance abuse evaluation and follow recommendations, Complete course for drinking drivers, Driver’s license revoked, Related case dismissed at defendant’s cost; Aaron P. Woodman, Fort Dodge, Fifth-degree theft. $65 fine, $22.75 court surcharge, $60 court costs, $227.10 victim restitution, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge; Kelli Morgan, 54, Beaman, Dog at Large. $150 fine, $52.50 court surcharge, $60 court costs; Jason Edward Haddeman, 36, Holland, Possession of methamphetamine with intent to

deliver. 10 years prison (suspended, credit for time served), $1,000 fine, $350 court surcharge (fine and court surcharge suspended), 2-5 years formal probation, Driver’s license revoked 180 days, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge, $10 DARE Surcharge, Submit specimen for DNA profiling, Related charges dismissed at defendant’s cost; Ralph Michael Kothenbeutel, 52, Grundy Center, Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). 1-year informal probation, $200 fine, $125 surcharges, $100 court costs, Complete substance abuse evaluation, Related case dismissed at defendant’s cost. Dissolution Meghan F. Clime, Aplington (Petitioner), Bradley A. Clime, Waterloo (Respondent); Married Aug. 10, 2007 in Iowa City.

Grundy County Magistrate Court Sarah Marie Jones, Clinton, Driving while license denied, suspended, canceled or revoked, $397.50; Clayton Jeffrey Stoehr, Beaman, Driving while license denied, suspended, canceled or revoked, $397.50; Kaza Naomi Yantis, Beaman, Driving while license denied, suspended, canceled or revoked, $397.50; Boyd Hugo Meyer, Holstein, Driving while license denied, suspended, canceled or revoked, $402.50; Jordan Ray Simon, Parkersburg, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $141; Tina Louise Torgerson, Waterloo, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $155.10; Heather Marie Sloan, Palo, Speeding over 55 zone (6-10 over), $155.10; Kelly Jean Cooper, Grundy Center, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $141; Phillip Andrew Zimmerman, Traer, Failure to maintain control, $270; Phillip Andrew Zimmerman, Traer, Operation without registration card or plate, $168.75; Skye Antoinette Brown, Carlisle, Speeding over 55 zone (6-10 over), $114; Megan O’Connor Averill, Fort Dodge, Operation of motor vehicle with expired license, $127.50; David Burt Welk, Marion,

Operation without registration, $177.38; David Burt Welk, Marion, No valid driver’s license, $511.50; Aaron Scott Lucas, Eldora, Failure to maintain control, $200; Casey Ann Schares, Cedar Falls, Speeding over 55 zone (11-15 over), $168; Brittany Renee Meyerhoff, Grundy Center, Speeding over 55 zone (11-15 over), $168; Dennis Carl Plain, Webster City, Speeding over 55 zone (11-15 over), $173; Debra Ann Heil, Haverhill, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $114; Timothy Roy Schmidt, Waverly, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $114; Tracy Rose Van Winkle, West Des Moines, Registration violation, $87; James Wade Funcke, Jamaica, Iowa, Speeding over 55 zone (6-10 over), $163.35; Jesse Lee Kinzebach, Cedar Falls, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $119; Andrew Scott Nicholson, Scarville, Speeding over 55 zone (6-10 over), $119; Jamie L. Prather, Oshkosh, Wis., Speeding over 55 zone (16-20 over), $186.50; Jordyn Michelle Schreiber, Cedar Falls, Speeding 55 or under zone (610 over), $119; Brett Jay Huffman, Parkersburg,

Speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over), $87; Kirk O. Abkes, Ackley, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $114; Zachary David Wells, Marshalltown, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $114; Robert Edward Lee, Traer, Speeding over 55 zone (6-10 over), $114; Andrew Harvey Catherwood, Union, Speeding 55 or under zone (11-15 over), $173; Scott William Langton, Reinbeck, Failure to yield upon entering through highway, $200; Clifford E. Harms, Wellsburg, Speeding 55 or under zone (1-5 over), $87; Harvey C. Eiklenborg, Dike, No valid driver’s license, $335; Abbie Truth Weikert, Ackley, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $114; Samantha Sue Burke, Waterloo, Speeding 55 or under zone (11-15 over), $173; Janelle E. Eddy, Parkersburg, Registration violation, $87; Eric Allan Shaw, Cedar Falls, Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $119; Kurtis J. Muller, Sun Prairie, Wis., Speeding 55 or under zone (6-10 over), $119; Cade Cory Groenveld, Parkersburg, Seat belt violation, $127.50; Jennifer Christian Roghair, Ankeny, Speeding over 55 zone (6-10 over), $119;

Jeralyn’s spring Dance recital Presenting: “the Dancing calenDar”

Friday, April 4 • 7:00 p.m. • Reinbeck High School & Satuday, April 5 • 2:30 p.m. • Wieting Theatre, Toledo

Free Admission!

HALLOWEEN MEGA-MIX: (Bk. row L-R) Maia McLean, Kristin Schick, Laura McCarthy; (Fr. row L-R) Madison Westwater, Brooke Peterson, Ava Wyatt

EASTER BUNNIES: (Bk. row L-R) Makenly Kuester, Sydney Camp, Kianna McWilliams, Ava Heeren, Jordann Van Wechel, Chloe Slinker, Sophia Nuiver, Sophie Oetker; (Fr. row L-R) Gracyn Lynch, Lohgan Lauterbach, Anna Meyers, Adalynn Van Zuuk

Grundy Center Community School District Regular Board Meeting Wednesday, March 26, 2014 President Johanns called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM. Roll Call: Present: Administration/Directors: Ackerman, Lebo, Miller, Murra, VanderPol Visitors: Amber Greiman, Addie Johnston (FFA Creed Speaker), Dan Bangasser, Keith Oltrogge, Mary Doak, John Gordon, Andrew Peters, Laura Hommel, Erika Allen, Amber Sly, Rick Schupbach, Keely Harken, Jenn Venenga, Jamie Sadler, Jim Langel, Gary Sinclair, Julianne Johnston, Lisa Zinkula, Chris Bangasser, John Jensen (Grundy Register). Addie Johnston recited the FFA Creed. Motion was made by Director Mackie, seconded by Director Mathews to approve the Agenda. Motion carried unanimously. President Johanns welcomed visitors from the public and read the public comments statement prior to hearing from Paul Hamann, Lisa Zinkula and Laura Hommel. Motion made by Director Saak , seconded by Director Mackie to approve the Consent Agenda approving the minutes from the 2-19-14 Regular Meeting, 2-24-14, 3-4-14 and 3-13-14 Special Sessions along with bills presented for payment. Motion carried unanimously. NEW BUSINESS: The board reviewed a letter from the Grundy Center Wellness Committee The board was given an opportunity to ask questions from Mrs. Miller, Mr. VanderPol, Mrs. Lebo, Mr. Ackerman and Ms. Murra regarding their monthly board reports. The board heard the FY13 Audit from Keith Oltrogge, CPA. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Mackie to accept the audit as presented. The board listened to a presentations on the IASB Financial Status Report from Gary Sinclair and the District's 5 year Technology plan by Mr. Munson. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Ascher to approve the early graduation request for Cody Monaghan. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mackie, seconded by Director Ascher to approve the Open Enrollment request for Ava & Olivia Maddux. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Mackie to approve the Open Enrollment request for Gavin Decker. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mackie, seconded by Director Mathews to approve the resignation of Cheerleading Sponsor Shalane Peterson. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Ascher to approve resignation of Rachel Granzow as middle school associate effective April 11. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Saak ,seconded by Director Mathews to approve the hiring of Tera Walbaum as part time elementary associate effective April 7. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Saak, seconded by Director Mackie to approve the hiring of Brent Thoren as Assistant JH Boys Track Coach effective immediately. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Saak to approve the 28-E with Grundy Family YMCA. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Mackie to approve the 28-E with University of Northern Iowa. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Saak, seconded by Director Ascher to approve the 2014-2015 Wrestling 28-E with North Tama and Gladbrook-Re-

inbeck. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Ascher to set a Certified Budget hearing and Special Session for Monday, April 7 at 5:00 PM at the Administration Building. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Ascher, seconded by Director Mackie to move the April regular board meeting to Wednesday, April 23 at 5:00 PM at the Administration Building. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Ascher to set a Work Session to select Superintendent interview candidates for Wednesday, April 16 at 4:00 PM at GNB Bank. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Mackie to set April 22 at 4:00 PM and April 21 at 5:00 PM (if needed) for the Superintendent 1st round interviews at the Administration Building. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Mathews, seconded by Director Mackie to set April 30th at 5:00 PM at the Administration Building for the Superintendent final interviews. Motion carried unanimously. Motion made by Director Ascher, seconded by Director Mackie to set April 29th at 5:00 PM at the Administration Building as a second optional day for Superintendent final interviews. Motion carried unanimously. The board discussed items to be placed on upcoming board meeting agendas. The meeting was adjourned at 7:24 PM. The board went into exempt session to discuss teacher negotiations. GRUNDY CENTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ATTEST: Robert L. Johanns, Board President Christel Kellar, Board Secretary

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCEEDINGS The Grundy County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on March 24, 2014, at 9:00 A.M. Chairperson Riekena called the meeting to order with the following members present: Schildroth, Smith, Bakker, and Ross. Motion was made by Ross and seconded by Smith to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Carried unanimously. Motion was made by Schildroth and seconded by Bakker to approve the low bid of PCI of Reinbeck, Iowa, for granular surfacing of Farm-toMarket roads Project No. FM-CO38(94)—55-38 for its bid amount of $118,625.00. Carried unanimously. Motion was made by Bakker and seconded by Smith to approve the 2014 low quote from Jerico Services of Indianola, Iowa, for providing two applications of calcium chloride dust control 20 ft. by 400 ft. for Grundy County rural residents in the amount of $394.00 including tax. Carried unanimously. Motion was made by Ross and seconded by Schildroth to approve Utility Permit Application No. 3-24-14 to REC of Grundy Center, Iowa, on installing temporary overhead service drop at 22478 D Avenue and to authorize the chairperson to sign said application. Carried unanimously. Motion was made by Bakker and seconded by Schildroth to table action on the bids for a pickup for the Secondary Road Department pending further review by the County Engineer. Carried unanimously. Gary Mauer, County Engineer, reviewed department matters with the Board. Motion was made by Smith and seconded by Schildroth to authorize the chairperson to sign the Grundy County Community Foundation acceptance of grant for the Grundy County Cemetery Project and for the Grundy County Agricultural Society. Carried unanimously.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Motion was made by Bakker and seconded by Ross to accept the resignation of Lawrence Beving as German Township Trustee and to appoint Rick Kuper of Ackley as German Township Trustee for an unexpired term ending December 31, 2016. Carried unanimously. Motion was made by Ross and seconded by Bakker to set the time and date for the public hearing regarding the amendment to the FY2014 county budget for April 14, 2014, at 9:00 A.M. Carried unanimously. The Board of Supervisors agreed that the request of Desiree A. Gremmel, Regional Field Director, PMA USA, to contact county employees regarding supplemental insurance options is denied. Motion was made by Smith and seconded by Bakker to approve the renewal worksheet for fiscal year 2015 with Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association and to authorize the chairperson to sign the same. Carried unanimously. Motion was made by Schildroth and seconded by Bakker to approve payment of the following bills: (Carried unanimously.) A-Kleen, service .................................... 80.20 ACES, service ..................................... 334.00 Agvantage FS, fuel .......................... 14519.71 Alliant Energy, service ....................... 3993.17 Glen Bakker, twp mtg ............................ 25.00 Bankers Leasing, lease ....................... 200.00 Black Hawk Co Sheriff, services............ 21.06 Black Hills Energy, service ................ 5918.78 Fred Bolhuis, twp mtg ........................... 25.00 BSNB Sales, tools ............................... 189.95 Cedar Falls Utilities, service .................. 47.13 Central IA Detention, services ............. 240.00 Central IA Distributing, supplies........... 112.50 Central Iowa Water, service ................... 20.36 Century Link, service ........................... 191.85 Certified Laboratories, parts ................ 372.23 Chemsearch, parts ................................ 83.02 Charles Christiansen, twp mtg............... 25.00 Cooley Pumping, services ................... 200.00 Cooley Sanitation, services ................... 70.00 Mary Corwin, mileage ............................ 11.60 County Social, services ................. 154782.00 Frank Dargan, twp mtg .......................... 25.00 Depos by Daria, services..................... 144.00 Rhonda Deters, mileage ........................ 65.60 Ecolab, services .................................... 64.00 Ed Stivers Ford, vehicle................... 32355.00 Election Systems, supplies ................. 285.33 Farmers Feed/Supply, supplies ............. 58.54 Kenneth Fogt, twp mtg .......................... 25.00 GCMU, service .................................... 238.03 Grundy County Engineer, fuel ............. 746.65 Grundy County REC, service ............ 1669.21 Hardin County Sheriff, services ........... 245.00 Heartland Co-op, fuel ........................ 4638.14 Darwin Heltibridle, twp mtg ................... 25.00 H S & Allen, co atty exp ..................... 4134.08 Bob Hogle, twp mtg ............................... 25.00 Holiday Inn Airport, mtg exp ................ 376.32 Brad Hooper, twp mtg ............................ 25.00 Jesse Huisman, reimb exp .................... 30.00 ICIT, mtg exp ....................................... 500.00 Iowa Chapter of APCO, mtg exp ........... 75.00 Iowa Chapter of NENA, dues ................ 75.00 Iowa Diesel Injection, repairs............. 3409.06 Iowa State Assoc, mtg exp .................. 280.00 William Janssen, twp mtg ...................... 25.00 Jerico Services, supplies ................. 13117.20 Jesco Welding & Machine, parts ........ 803.65 John Deere Financial, parts............... 1539.08 John Deere Financial, supplies ............. 22.86 John Deere Financial, supplies ........... 263.76 Edward Juhl, twp mtg ............................ 25.00 Jim Kadner, twp mtg .............................. 25.00 Donald Kampman, reimb exp .............. 104.80 Vern Knaack, twp mtg............................ 25.00 Konken Electric, services ...................... 56.04 L J Kopsa, twp mtg ................................ 25.00 Charles Kruse, mtg exp ....................... 128.61 Mobile-Vision, supplies ...................... 4595.00 Lawson Products, supplies ................ 2062.94 Magellan Health, services ....................... 2.30 Marshall Coy Sheriff, services ............... 46.00 Mastercard, supplies ........................... 388.91 Matt Parrott/SK, supplies ..................... 152.32 Gary Mauer, mtg exp ............................... 6.94 McDowell & Sons, services ................. 350.00 Menards, supplies ............................... 193.95 Menards, supplies ................................. 41.42 Mid American Energy, service ................. 8.36 Mid-America Pub, publication ................ 32.10 Moeller & Walter, supplies ..................... 40.82 Monkeytown, supplies ......................... 456.72 Napa Auto Parts, supplies ..................... 31.35 Kevin Nederhoff, twp mtg ...................... 25.00 Stanley Neff, twp mtg ............................ 25.00 Andie Nichols, mileage ........................ 101.20 North American Salt, supplies ......... 34949.81 John Oltman, twp mtg............................ 25.00 P & K Midwest, supplies ...................... 393.41 Petco Animal, supplies .......................... 81.69 Postmaster, supplies ........................... 196.00 Joseph Rich, mileage ............................ 22.80 Rickert Law Office, services ................ 506.30 Ricoh USA, supplies ............................ 415.35 Lary Riebkes, twp mtg ........................... 25.00 Rural Iowa Landfill, services ................ 425.70 Mary Schmidt, twp mtgs ........................ 50.00 Schumacher Elevator, maint ............... 156.25 Rodney See, mileage .............................. 7.20 Spahn & Rose Lumber, supplies ........... 27.39 Spangenburg Inc, services .................. 425.00 Michael Steinmeyer, mtg exp .................. 8.98 Wallace Stensland, twp mtg .................. 25.00 Bradley Stevens, twp mtg ...................... 25.00 Cathy Storjohann, twp mtg .................... 25.00 Terry Stukenberg, twp mtg..................... 25.00 Tama/Grundy Pub, publication .............. 74.32 The G-S Co, supplies .......................... 333.08 Mike Thede, twp mtg ............................. 25.00 Times Republican, subscription ............. 78.00 Lori Tollagson, mileage ........................ 101.23 Treasurer State of Iowa, fees .......... 12746.00 True Value Hardware, parts ................... 15.48 Trunck's Foods, supplies ..................... 714.68 Tyson Communications, service ............ 50.00 US Cellular, service ............................. 343.55 Union Auto, services .............................. 58.59 Van Wyngarden, etal, services .............. 36.32 Visa, supplies ...................................... 801.10 Shawn Weber, mtg exp ......................... 10.48 City of Wellsburg, service ...................... 33.68 Wellsburg Ag, supplies ...................... 5679.00 Charles Wildman, labor ......................... 16.00 Windstream, service .......................... 1508.61 Zee Medical, supplies ............................ 69.50 Motion was made by Ross and seconded by Bakker to adjourn. Carried unanimously. Harlyn Riekena, Chairperson Rhonda R. Deters, County Auditor

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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently all rivers and streams are experiencing elevated flows and turbid water conditions due to recent snow melt and runoff. Fish activity is picking up on area lakes. Watch ice conditions as they can change rapidly with warmer temperatures and increased flows. Urban ponds are now being stocked with trout. Please go to http://www. to find out when and where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-3828324. 03/26 09:28 Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Ice fishing season is nearing its end as we head into spring, ice fishing is not recommended on most area lakes. Interior river fishing for walleye should really heat up as we near the walleye spawn and river levels recede. Trout stocking season begins next Tuesday for all of N.E. Ia. trout streams, stocking schedules are available on the DNR website. For further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 03/27 10:08 Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is mostly ice free now. As the spring spawn nears in April, walleye will move out of over-wintering holes and feed very aggressively. Jigs tipped with a

minnow fished slowly off of the bottom is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. 03/27 10:08 Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - No Report: A jig tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. 0 3 / 2 7 10:08 Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Ice fishing season is nearing its end as we head into spring, ice fishing is not recommended on most area lakes. Interior river fishing for walleye should really heat up as we near the walleye spawn and river levels recede. Trout stocking season begins next Tuesday for all of N.E. Ia. trout streams, stocking schedules are available on the DNR website. For further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 03/27 10:08 Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been no angling success stories on walleye yet from the Shell Rock River but the river is beginning to open up. Take advantage of the great walleye fishing as the interior rivers begin to de-ice. 03/27 10:08 Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Ice fishing season is nearing its end as we head into spring, ice fishing is not recommend-

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ed on most area lakes. Interior river fishing for walleye should really heat up as we near the walleye spawn and river levels recede. Trout stocking season begins next Tuesday for all of N.E. Ia. trout streams, stocking schedules are available on the DNR website. For further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 03/27 10:08 Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The Wapsipinicon river at Independence is slightly on the rise again today and currently at 6.54 feet. As the spring spawn nears in April, walleye will move out of overwintering holes and feed very aggressively. Jigs tipped with a minnow fished slowly off of the bottom is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. 03/27 10:08 Big Spirit Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 03/26 03:54 Big Spirit Lake Northwest Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recomended and Walleye season is closed. 03/26 03:54 Big Spirit Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: 03/26 03:54 Big Spirit Lake Northwest Ice conditions are deteriorating foot travel is recomended and Walleye season is closed. 03/28 11:25

Big Spirit Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 03/28 11:25 Big Spirit Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: 03/28 11:25 Bluebill Lake Northwest Most of the area lakes have plenty of ice yet but access might be getting tough. Some of the small ponds and pits are melting near the shorelines. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/25 04:02 Clear Lake Northwest Most of the area lakes have plenty of ice yet but access might be getting tough. Some of the small ponds and pits are melting near the shorelines. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/25 04:02 Clear Lake Northwest Ice thickness is still probably 28+ inches on the main lake. Shoreline ice is starting to melt some. Access is difficult to the lake with snow and ice melt making it tough to get on the lake. Limited to foot travel, snowmobile, or atv. Fishing activity has been minimal this past week. Some activity yet on the North Shore

and on the Little lake. 03/25 04:02 Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Fair: Some fishing activity near the Babtist camp and out from the MacIntosh boat ramp. Sounds like the bite is best early in the morning and late in the day. 03/25 04:02 Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: No reports this week for crappies. Angler activity is limited. 03/25 04:02 Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - No Report: 03/25 04:02 Crystal Lake Northwest Most of the area lakes have plenty of ice yet but access might be getting tough. Some of the small ponds and pits are melting near the shorelines. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/25 04:02 Crystal Lake Northwest Ice thickness is maybe 28 inches but the edges are start-


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Seniors to lead the charge for Wolverine boys’ track

New coach, new talent join G-R girls’ track By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent As the first competition of 2014 draws near, the new head coach of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ track program has set some goals for himself as a coach, as well as for the Rebel team. “I want to improve on each athlete’s abilities and help each athlete find purpose and meaning behind what we do in track and field every day,” Coach Tristan Switzer said. Despite being small in numbers, with just 11 girls participating in track and field this year, Switzer remains excited about the makeup of the Rebel team in terms of both work ethic and talent. “My team is hard-working and dedicated despite many injuries we are trying to work through,” he said. Switzer looks to the two senior members of the team, Ellie Stoakes and Lauren Gauthier, to provide good leadership throughout the season. “Ellie will definitely be one of our team leaders,” Switzer said. “She works extremely hard in practice every day. If I can keep her healthy throughout the season, I expect to see great things out of her this year.” “Lauren is a great kid and will be

a strong leader for our team given her experience and athletic abilities,” he said. There are also some Rebel newcomers who will likely provide some excitement at the track this season. Freshman Katy Thompson recorded one of the fastest times in the state in the 100-meter dash as an eighth grader, clocking a 12.92 despite struggling with injuries. “I expect great things out of her this year and look forward to watching her progress through the season,” Switzer said. In addition to Thompson, freshmen Kathryn Wild and Hailey Stickfort will play important roles in the G-R line up this season. “Kathryn was a strong runner in the 800-meter run in eighth grade,” he said. “I see great things in her future if she sticks with that event and strives to excel in it. Hailey and Kathryn are also respectable hurdlers and they will be utilized a lot to help us score points in the hurdle events.” The Rebels kicked off their 2014 season at the NICL Indoor meet at Wartburg College on Thursday, March 27. This week they were scheduled to compete at BCLUW on Monday, March 31

Veteran tracksters to pace Rebel boys in 2014

By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent Coach Andy McQuillen and the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ track team will rely on their experienced team members to set the pace for the 2014 season. “We have some experienced runners, jumpers, and throwers this year,” McQuillen said. “We return state qualifiers in the distance, middle distance, hurdles, and throwing events.” This year’s Rebel team is comprised of seven seniors, 11 letter winners, and a number of state qualifiers from last season. Coach McQuillen will look to veteran team members Tyler Bovy, Chase Clark, Pete Meyers, Jeff Tscherter, and Wyatt Swanson to provide leadership to this year’s team. “Tyler is a four year runner and works as hard as anyone,” Coach Mcquillen said. “Running the two mile and mile can be lonely. But he has taken on those races and puts a ton of miles in out of season and during the season to be the best that he can be.” “Chase is a three year trackster and one year state qualifier,” he said. “He is a great example of a student and an athlete. Chase is a hard worker and does what is asked.” “Pete is a four year trackster and always comes to practice/meets will-

ing to do whatever is asked of him,” McQuillen said. “He has been a thrower and sprinter, and has never complained about doing both.” “Jeff is a two year trackster, but has really developed into a nice sprinter for G-R,” McQuillen said. “He sets the tone for that group of athletes and works hard to get better every day.” “Wyatt has been a four year trackster and two year state qualifier,” he said. “He is a great example in school and out of school. He is a great leader of our middle distance group.” Newcomers McQuillen expects to make an impact include Erik Knaack in hurdles, Parker Bown in both hurdles and middle distance, and Jacob Walters in throwing events. As a team McQuillen expects the Rebels to be strong in the middle distance events, hurdles, and the shot put. “We use the regular season as a guide for conference and the state qualifying meets,” McQuillen said. “As always, we want to qualify as many events as possible to compete at Drake in May.” The Rebels saw their first competition of the season on the indoor track at Wartburg College on March 27. This week they were scheduled to compete at BCLUW on Monday, March 31.

Members of the AGWSR girls’ track and field team include, front row (left to right): Paola Cordova, Jessica Lippert, Anna Jaspers, Addison Johnson and Sophie Stahl. Second row (l-r): Abbie Young, Mel Morones, Bethany Lippert, Reagan Rathe, Katie Gast and Eri Siems. Back row (l-r): Taylor Risius, Morgan Kappel, Maddie Brandt, Rachel Frazier, Kaylynne Huttinger and Jillian Shipley. (John Jensen/The Grundy Register photo)

Cougar girls’ track program enjoys growth By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent AGWSR girls’ track coach Laurie Gann is excited to see an increase in numbers on the track team this season, and the fact that there is a good mix of sprinters, distance runners, jumpers, and throwers among those numbers makes for a promising 2014 Cougar season. “We expect to be strong in long distance and middle distance,” Gann said. “Our sprints will be much approved. Shot put and discus will also compete well.” Two seniors and eight letter winners return from the 2013 team, including Katie Gast, Jessica Lippert, and Eri Siems who were part of last year’s state qualifying distance medley team, and Taylor Risius who was an alternate. Incoming freshman Bethany Lippert has also proved to

be a strong distance runner. “The Lippert sisters, Jessica and Bethany, will make a lot of noise in distance and middle distance,” Coach Gann said. “Taylor Risius will be a strong presence as a senior leader in whatever event she is called upon to do. Paola Cordova will be the other senior to lead our team.” “Rachel Frazier just missed qualifying for state in the shot put and is much stronger this year, hoping to achieve her goal of qualifying this season,” Gann said. “We also have several other freshmen joining us that had lots of success at the junior high level,” she said. Newcomers likely to make an impact include Maddie Brandt, Abbie Young, Addison Johnson, Anna Jaspers, Sophie Stahl, Mel Morones,

Morgan Kappel, Jillian Shipley, and Kaylynne Huttinger. “Brandt, Young, Johnson, Jaspers will make an impact in the middle distance races and sprints, Stahl in sprints, and Morones in hurdles,” Gann said. “Kappel will contribute in jumps and hurdles, Shipley in discus, and Huttinger in shot put.” Team goals include landing in the top half of both the conference and the district. Additionally, the Cougars will aim to qualify more events for state competition this season. “We hope to get stronger and in better track shape as the season goes along, having personal bests by district time,” Gann said The Cougar girls open their season on Friday, April 11, at South Hardin.

Balanced Wolverine girls’ team ready for 2014 season By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent One word that comes to the mind of Dike-New Hartford girls’ track and field coach Diane Harms when she thinks of this year’s Wolverine team is “balanced”. “We have a good mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen,” she said. “I think we will be balanced across the events.” The Wolverines will field a team this season that includes 16 returning letter winners, twelve of those with state meet experience. Megan Andersen, Carolyn Bolhuis, Sadie Eden, Kristi Koch, and Anna Poyner are the senior members of the team. Andersen and Poyner were part of last year’s state qualifying shuttle hurdle team, Koch ran a leg of the distance medley relay at the state meet, and Eden was a mem-

ber of the 4 x 800-meter relay. Lizzy Blough and Brooke Morgan, both junior returning letter winners, also represented the Wolverines at the state meet last season. Blough was part of the distance medley relay, and Morgan was district champion and state qualifier in the high jump. Sophomores Claire Folkerts, Taylor Hedges, Josie Hill, and Kadi Wright return to the team after earning state meet experience as freshmen. Folkerts and Hedges were both members of the shuttle hurdle team, Hill and Wright the distance medley relay, and Hedges and Wright the 4 x 800-meter relay. With nine freshmen on the team, Coach Harms is also looking for a contribution from the newcomers. “It is early for the freshmen, but they are definitely going to help


add depth to our running events and provide some assistance in the field events,” she said. As far as team goals, Harms is counting on the good work ethic of the team to help them achieve some general key objectives. “They are a good group of young ladies who work hard,” she said. “We would like to see improvement throughout the season and to be competitive runners at each meet.” After opening their season with an indoor meet at Wartburg College last week, the Wolverines were looking forward to moving to the outdoor track at BCLUW on Monday, March 31, followed by a road trip to Waverly-Shell Rock on Thursday, April 3. “We are excited to get the outdoor season underway,” Harms said.

By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent As Dike-New Hartford boys’ track coach Barry Cuvelier pauses to share a few thoughts about year’s Wolverine team, his enthusiasm for the sport and attention to each young person under his watch makes it evident how he’s managed to build a program that is 60 athletes strong. “I look forward to watching as each of them grows in their abilities,” he said. “Track is a unique sport in which each person can find success every time they step onto the track. It will be a fun spring.” Seven Wolverine seniors returning from last year’s squad are expected to provide leadership for the younger members of the team. Ben Cuvelier, Gabe Eiklenborg, Carson Parker, and Cody Snider all return with state meet experience. Grant Bossom, Kyle Corwin, and Jake Mulder round out the group of senior leaders. “Like with all the sports this year,” Cuvelier said, “they have chosen to lead by example and work together as a team.” Sophomore John Crew also returns after gaining state meet experience as a freshman last season. “We hope to lean on our middle distance runners this year as well as the hurdlers and field events,” he said. “We have athletes that have performed well in the past, so hopefully they will be able to lead the charge.” Finishing well in the conference and earning the right to compete at state again this season remain at the top of the list of Wolverine team goals for 2014. Cuvelier believes the team will be able to hold their own in a very competitive conference, despite having a lot of holes to fill from the loss of last year’s seniors. “We have a number younger kids that I believe will help us this spring,” he said. “There will be some opportunities for a lot of kids to contribute this year. It will be time for some of the athletes to look at themselves and their abilities and see how they chose to compete.” “As in most years we would like to contend for the conference championship and hopefully have the opportunity to have some kids qualify for state,” Cuvelier said. “As always, there are so many good 2A schools; we will have to wait to find who has what this spring.” The Wolverines got off to an early start with indoor meets at Wartburg College on March 11 and March 27. They were scheduled to compete at BCLUW on Monday, March 31, followed by meets on the road at Waverly-Shell Rock on Thursday, March 3 and Marshalltown on Friday, March 4.

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Piper Johanns runs a leg of the 4 x 800-meter relay at the state track and field meet last year. (Grundy Register file photo)

Mix of experience, new talent characterize 2014 Spartan girls

BYyPATTI RUST Sports Correspondent As Coach Todd Rohler and the Spartan girls’ track team prepare for the 2014 season, they find themselves with a good blend of returning, experienced athletes and some talented newcomers. “There are seven girls returning this year who were able to be a part of the teams that we qualified for state last year,” Rohler said. “We expect these girls to continue to improve and form a strong core of our team this season.” Seniors Jessica Ackerson, Allison Jansen, and Hannah Stumberg, as well as sophomores Kaitlynn Ehrig, Katie Lindeman, Piper Johanns, and Kayla Mathews make up that core. This group of athletes helped the Spartan team qualify five relays for the state meet last year. Other seniors returning for their final season with the Spartans include Carli Bowen and Kennedy Buss. In all, 13 letter winners return, and five freshmen newcomers will help the Spartans round out the team this season. “We will have a lot of question marks in the early part of the season because we still need to fill in for the

seniors we lost from last year, and that always leaves some uncertainty,” Rohler said. “We have the same lofty goals that we have every year as far as trying to finish at the top of our conference, as well as qualifying as many events as possible for the state meet,” he said. As in past years, the Spartans are likely to be strong in the middle distance races and relays. The changes in personnel will likely bring about some changes in the makeup of the relays, providing some athletes the chance to compete in different events than in the past, according to Rohler. With the level of competition high, the Spartans will be put to the test right out of the blocks. “We hope to be very competitive in meets this season, even though we run against some of the most talented girls in the state of Iowa,” Coach Rohler said. “Some of our early meets will tell us a lot about our team and what we will need to work on to be the best that we can be once May rolls around.” The Grundy Center girls were scheduled to open the season at BCLUW on Monday, March 31.

By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent In preparation for a new season, Grundy Center boys’ track coach Chris Henely has found great potential in key returning letter winners, as well as the incoming freshmen on this year’s Spartan squad. “With several incoming freshman and returning sophomores, we have a younger team,” Henely said. “I would also say we are a hardworking team. Our practices have been very challenging.” Similar to last year, Coach Henely has his sights set on qualifying a couple of events for the Drake Relays, as well as seeing several events compete for a spot at the state meet. With some state meet experience under their belt, the chances of reaching those goals are looking good. Two seniors, Espen Cleveland and Bryce Moats, will lead the young Spartan team toward their pursuit of those goals. “Both are team leaders,” Henely said. “I rely on them to help motivate their fellow athletes and push practice to another level. Each has a future in running and will be a huge impact on our team this year.” Cleveland, who just missed qualifying for the state meet in the 1,600-meter run last season, has previous state meet experience and plans to continue training with the Hilltoppers, a Cedar Valley running group, during the summer. Moats, who competed at the state meet as part of both the 4 x 100-meter relay team and the shuttle hurdle relay two years ago, will lead the Spartan sprints this season and plans to join the Wartburg College track team next year. Other returnees expected to have an impact include juniors Brock Rohler and Jordan Stoner. “Brock shows a lot of hard work and determination,” Henely said. “I look for him to lead our throws and contribute in relays this year.” “Jordan returns as a state qualifier in the hurdles,” he said. “I hope to see him repeat.” Stoner was a state qualifier in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. In addition to the veterans, Coach Henely expects some newcomers to make a significant contribution in

Grundy Center junior Jordan Stoner was a state qualifier in the 110-meter high hurdles last year. (Patti Rust/ The Grundy Register photo) 2014. “Bryce Flater and Chase Boren have impressed me greatly in these first few weeks,” he said. “Bryce is a very talented athlete and will see a lot of success this year. Chase has shown me great work ethic and has

shown a lot of talent in the middle distance. Both have potential to be All-State athletes for Grundy Center.” Finn Cleveland is another freshman member of the team who showed strength in distance running

during the cross country season. “He’s going to push his brother a lot,” Coach Henley said. The Spartans were scheduled to open the season at BCLUW on Monday, March 31.

Strong contingent returns for Cougar boys’ track season

Kayla Mathews competes in the state track and field meet last year. (Grundy Register file photo)

By PATTI RUST Sports Correspondent The AGWSR Cougar boys’ track and field team finished the season strong last year, taking the team runner-up spot at both the conference and district meet, and qualifying eight events for the state meet. With a team 34 strong including eight seniors, 10 returning letter winners, and six state qualifiers, the 2014 season holds promise for continued success. “We should be pretty solid in the sprint events, sprint relays, distance events, as well as field events,” AGWSR coach Jason Berkey said. “Team depth and senior leadership should also be strengths.” This year’s group of seniors includes Austin Heitland, a member of the distance medley and 4 x 200-meter relay state qualifying teams a year ago. Other senior letter winners returning to the track this season include Trevor Bakker, Evan Janssen, Alex McCready, and Jacob Starr. Patrick Bierman and Valentine Bourgois round out the senior group leading this year’s squad. Additional returning letter winners include juniors Sully Hofmeis-

Members of the AGWSR boys’ track-and-field team include front row, left to right: Cody Lyons, Dylan Heetland, Miguel Reyes, Brandon Johnson, Sully Hofmeister, Cody Williams, Jonah Mazoway, Austin Rekward. Second row (l-r): Jose Nunez, Valentin Bourgois, Ryley Rieken, Eonn Springer, Jacob Starr, Cruz Vera, Tery Rummans, Josh Balvanz, Josh June, Landon Sanders, Cameron Johnson. Third row (l-r): Mason Eilderts, Travis Pfaltzgraff, Caleb Meinders, Alex McCready, Nathan Karsjens, Austin Heitland, Evan Janssen, Trevor Bakker, Travis Haupt and Michael Youtng. Not pictured are Patrick Bierman, Levi Stockdale and Caleb Bartling. (Photo courtesy Roger Lugo/Iowa Falls Times-Citizen) ter, Clay Meinders, Miguel Reyes, and Cody Williams, and sophomore Dylan Heetland. Meinders was district champion and state qualifier in the shot put in 2013. Hofmeister and Reyes were part of the 4

x 800-meter relay team earning a trip to the blue oval. Heetland ran a leg in the state qualifying distance medley, and Williams was a member of the 4 x 200-meter relay team. The Cougars enter the 2014 sea-

son with clear cut goals: win the conference, qualify one event for the Drake Relays, and qualify five events for the state meet. Coach Berkey feels there are a number of teams who will contend for the conference title. “West Marshall and South Tama are the early favorites with BCLUW and AGWSR close behind,” he said. “We have excellent runners coming back and I think how we finish the conference depends on how well the younger runners come along throughout the year.” The first competition of 2014 for the AGWSR boys is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, at Hudson.



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