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145th year Number 15

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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First White Fox Landing Holy Family Cluster takes Medical Mission number four Auction Sells 2 Lots By Kim Demory

By Matt Voigts

Non-profit developer i2i sold two White Fox Landing lots for $38,000 each at their April 5 auction. A third lot will be sold at market rate to local contractor Todd Studer for the purpose of constructing a spec home. “We’ve begun the neighborhood,” Bud Young, i2i member and auctioneer, enthusiastically told the Clarion City Council at their April 7 meeting. This issue’s story on the Council meeting contains more information on the City’s role in the project and their recent related financial approvals. Twenty lots in the development’s first phase are still available. i2i will soon price the lots at market rate for individual sale. The winning bidders faced no competition as they bid the minimum opener, $36,000, on lots 4 and 5, the largest lots adjacent to the Landing’s planned retention pond. They were subsequently informed that their chosen lots had a lower minimum sale price, and given the option to either select a cheaper lot or pay the higher cost of $38,000. Both opted for the latter. One member of each bidding household is an employee of Iowa Specialty Hospital, and all members of both households are currently Clarion residents. “I was impressed with the crowd,” said David Maxheimer of i2i, who estimated that around 40 people attended, including members of i2i. “From the i2i standpoint, we’re excited to have the first two lots sold,” Young said, citing additional interest from people who did not attend. “Some were there out of interest in lots, but were uncomfortable bidding at a public auction,” he also noted of the process, with Maxheimer concurring. Discussions Monday

at the Supervisors and a local civic club’s meetings were also optimistic that upcoming infrastructural development will continue and heighten interest. Estimates voiced at pervious Clarion City Council meetings had suggested as many as 8 people may have been interested in opening-day bids. “We have a perfect stepping stone for the rest of the development,” wrote Carol Haupt, owner of Town and Country Realty and President of i2i. “We had people that didn’t want to bid on Saturday, so the remaining lots will have prices put on them and will be available for purchase.  i2i will be meeting again on Friday to finalize the purchase prices and begin our next marketing segment. We will publicize details in next week’s Monitor.” The properties will be officially conveyed to their purchasers around May 31. The Landing’s infrastructure construction is scheduled to begin around May 1, and is expected to be completed by August 31, excepting a pumping station, which should be finished by October 31. “Depending on the contractor, someone might be able to be in a home by Christmas,” Ron Fiscus of Planscape Partners, the project’s legal advice, told the Clarion City Council. The auction follows months of discussions and speculation on Clarion’s housing, especially prompted by the expansion of local businesses, many employees for which live out of town. Issues related to local housing have been – and will continue to be – discussed extensively in the Monitor’s pages and website. Recent developments related to a proposed systematic housing study can be found in this week’s story on the April 7 Wright County Supervisors meeting.

Students, Seniors “Bridge the Gap” with Fun, Food, and Games By Matt Voigts

“Everybody place your third bet!” declared eighth-grader Max Powers to the room, as a dozen of the town’s elders wagered pennies at the Clarion-Goldfield Middle School Library and (for the evening) Casino. Other activities at “Bridge the Gap” night April 3 included a meal, nail-painting, Bingo, sing-alongs, a seminar on Hispanic culture, and crafts. “This is your captain speaking – you should all be moving to your next session,” was representative of middle school Principal Steve Haberman’s intercom joviality throughout three hours of early evening events. “Where you coming from – cupcakes?” Haberman asked some participants while walking through the halls. “You guys been to Zumba yet?” “I just got done there!” jokingly protested a man walking past. “Bridge the Gap” was put on by 75 middle school students in Peer

Helper and 15 adult volunteers, the largest contingency of which were from First State Bank/Town & Country Insurance. An estimated 200 area residents over age 55 attended, most of whom came from Clarion (though at least one grandmother came from as far away as Alta). Transportation was organized for the Meadows and Clarion Wellness & Rehab. Margaret Askelson, coordinator for Peer Helper, said the annual event has been running for close to a dozen years. “Just like going to Prom,” joked organizer Tom Simmons, who helped raise funds to cover expenses and provide giveaway gift bags. “Someday, they’re going to be senior citizens,” he also noted of the students in the room. “The food’s good, the kids seem to enjoy it, and when we’re elderly we appreciate spending time with young people,” said Fayne Szabo, who has been attending the event since 2006. “They’re a fun group of kids.”

How far would you be willing to go to help someone in need; someone whose poverty level is so great they can’t afford regular medical attention; to support a child in school who could learn for a year for only $120, including tuition, uniform, and one hot meal a day? For 12 members of the Holy Family Cluster, of St. John Parish of Clarion; Sacred Heart of Eagle Grove; and St. Francis Xavier of Belmond; they would go 1,999 miles, or at least that’s how far they had to go to reach their Sister Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, located in Anse Rouge, Haiti. March 11 - 18, 2014, Dr./ Deacon Mike and Pam Whitters, Monica Staudt, Monica Siemens, Deacon Jerry Temeyer, Perry Brown, Mickey Cooper and daughters, Kate Legvold and Leslie Cooper, Louis Shriver, Dr. Tim Nagel and daughter Clare, made the journey to the third-world country to offer medical assistance.  Each carried the airline-allowed maximum of 49 pounds of supplies.  Throughout the week, they provided basic medical care, check-ups, de-wormings, and vitamins to the residents of the area. The group also hired three local translators to assist in communication in the French and Creole-speaking country. The local Holy Family Cluster has been partnered with the Anse Rouge parish since 2003 as part of the “Parish Twinning of the Americas.” According to Staudt, 17 parishes in Iowa have sister parishes through the program, most in Haiti. The local Cluster provides the primary financial support for Anse Rouge’s five area schools, attended by 682 students.   “I just feel like we’re doing the right thing,” said Monica Staudt of Clarion, who went on this and the previous three missions., citing the Pope, Mother Teresa, and the Bible. “This is the Christian thing to do, to help our brothers and sisters in need. It’s primarily a yearly maintenance.  We’re trying each time we go to make them more self-sufficient.” She added that it is also fun to see them wearing the clothes and pillowcase dresses they’ve given, even farm caps like Broshar’s John Deere,” Staudt noted of the visible impact of the trips over time. “I was nervous about going to a different country…but I really wanted to go to see the progress that has been made (since the earthquake and since the medical mission trips),” Leslie said. Knowing that her mom, and

sister, Kate, had been there before, however, gave her the peace of mind she needed to look forward to the trip, rather than worry about it. The part of the experience that most touched Leslie was watching the people of Haiti. “They are so happy there…and you never see anyone just sitting around. They are always doing something,” said Leslie.   Her sister, Kate (Cooper) Legvold said “After my third trip to Haiti, I was delighted to see donated items from years past being used and appreciated. It made me feel more connected. I also felt we were uniting with old friends, seeing and recognizing many of the parishioners. We are very blessed to have this experience.” The memorable moments for Monica Siemens was a 124-year-old female patient she saw. “Her only complaint was knee pain!” She also noted the positive changes in the country; uplifting, joyful Masses; the trip back to Port Au Prince when a riot broke out, and roads were blocked in many places, making travel impassible. There were many UN and police officials with rifles and gear. Dr. Tim Nagel was emotionally touched by a barefoot young man, carrying his fishing gear running along his side during one of his morning runs.  He is also proud to have witnessed Clare giving up her eyeglasses, and Mike and Perry giving up their inhalers to help others.  “I’ve been to other third-world countries, and am inspired to live with what you have. I enjoyed being the optical technician, giving over 300 pairs away. We’re trying to change their lives, sharing  faith, hope, and love,” said Clare. “The night we were to leave for the trip, my daughter and I went to the pharmacy to make prescription cards for the doctors,” said pharmacist Mickey Cooper.  “I reviewed my list of drugs.  Last year we rarely used antibiotics, so I did not choose to take as many this year.  As I stood there and looked at my inventory, I decided to grab five bottles of Azithromycin liquid.  On our second clinic, Dr. Whitters wrote a prescription card for Azithromycin for this lethargic child who had major lung problems.  I thought “Man I am so glad I packed that!’  Later he shared with me that they had prayed over the child as he was concerned that possibly the child would not make it.  Just a reminder of why we are there- our FAITH with the help of the HOLY SPIRIT to

guide us.” Seeing the children’s little smiling faces, so innocent, not knowing how little they have, and curious of them, in so many ways, was priceless for Brown. Shriver got a kick out of playing soccer (and got beat!) with the little kids, plus the language barrier, until he said ninja. “Next thing I know, they are chanting “Ninya, Ninya, Ninya,” said Shriver. In all, the Holy Family Cluster group treated 600 patients for things like high blood pressure (because of the lack of water to drink and nearby salt plantations that make it a highly used item), fungus, malnutrition, etc. In addition, the group saw an additional 600 children for deworming.  Vitamins were also left for the children to take each day at school.   Staudt said that while health care is available locally in Anse Rouge, the clinic’s cost is prohibitive and thus residents are only likely to visit it in an emergency.  The Holy Family Cluster also ships supplies to Anse Rouge, most recently over 800 dolls for the boys and girls at the schools, donated by local businesses and individuals.  The Clarion-Goldfield Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club (FCCLA) made 100 dolls and Mosiac made 76. This year, the missionaries also took 100 dresses made locally in Wright County. On the weekend of March 30, they packed this yearly sea container,

containing 80 totes, two sewing machines (bringing the total contributed to 15), the remainder of the dolls, school supplies, clothes, flip flops and more. “The community has been very supportive and we are very grateful,” Staudt concluded. “A Special Thanks to the Whitters and Tew families for hosting and caring for Addianninie (a 15 year old native, needing several surgeries in Rochester, Minn.).  We are also grateful to “Healing the Children” and Mayo Clinic for their donations and care. She returned home with us,” said Dr. Mike and Pam Whitters.   “One of our most joyful and emotionally draining moments was when we returned Adianninie to her parents.  There was a lot of crying and joy sitting in their three-room hut/home sharing her surgery and faith in Iowa for five+ months.”  Exactly when medical mission number five will occur is yet unknown.  But one thing is for certain, the people of Anse Rouge are grateful for the support they receive from the Holy Family Cluster and the people of Wright County.  With their continued help, progress will continue to be made in Haiti. Staudt has written a book from the Cluster’s first three mission trips, “Reflections from Haiti”, available at That Iowa Girl in Clarion and the Eagle Pharmacy in Eagle Grove. 

Supervisors Express Support for Housing Study by Maxfield by Matt Voigts At their April 7 meeting, the Wright County Supervisors agreed with a recommendation by Brad Hicks, Economic Development Director, that the county pursue Maxfield Research to study its housing needs. At meetings during the past several weeks, Hicks and White Fox Landing developer i2i had requested a housing study to better understand what homes Wright County residents and potential residents want and can afford. “There’s different data in the Maxfield research, and it’s probably more relevant to what’s being done in the county,” Hicks said, who at the Supervisors’ meeting the week before had offered to review sample reports from the Mid-Iowa Development Association (MIDAS) and Maxfield. He also noted that Troy Schrom of Schrom Construction, a developer with interest in Wright County, has worked with the company in the past, and that the company was quoted in an April 6 story in the Des Moines Register on the rural communities’ housing challenges. The Register story by Joel Aschenbenner, “Shortage of Market-Rate Homes Plagues Rural Communities,” discussed Grinnell, and suggests that the housing issues faced by Clarion are similar to those of many regional towns. Mary

Bujold, president and director of Maxfield, is quoted in summary as saying that “finding a place to live has been particularly hard in small college towns and communities with manufacturing jobs,” in part due to rural incomes being lowerthan-average and the fact that “home prices in rural areas haven’t risen high enough to attract builders.” A Maxfield study of Wright County is estimated to cost around $15,000, of which $4,500 has already been raised. Wight County Economic Development committed $2,000 of their marketing budget to the project, which is formed from contributed funds (not taxes). Hagie Manufacturing pledged $1,000 and developer Troy Schrom offered $1,500. The Supervisors expressed support for the study, and offered to make up the difference after Wright County’s city governments state their contributions. The Supervisors and Hicks agreed that the county’s city governments would benefit from the studies and that their involvement in supporting the study is important. The Supervisors also decided to televise the entirety of tile in Drainage District 131, at an estimated cost of $51,000. The new decision expands on the Supervisors’ March 17 vote to selectively televise the

line. According to Supervisor Stan Watne, fully exploring the line will reveal the extent of repairs necessary and make sure no problem areas are missed. At meetings February 17 and March 17, million-dollar-plus proposals on laying new tile in the district proved controversial, with the majority of attending landowners expressing opposition. A remonstrance against building was expected; however, in the meantime, several landowners changed their minds on the project. Larry Jacobson had previously expressed concern that proposed tile work would go through 20 acres of his land that had been restored as a CRP wetland. After talking with the Farm Service Agency, however, he was told that the land would remain in wetland status despite potential construction. “Let’s televise it and see where the heck we’re at,” he told the Monitor. The next hearing on DD 131 is set for April 14 at 10:00 a.m. The Supervisors also: - Approved the detour agreement for Highway 17, which will run from C-70 to R-17 into Eagle Grove for seven days in September. A 20-mile detour for C-70 began April 7, and is expected to last 60 to 75 days. The detour route

runs C-70 to Highway 69 to D20 and will be shortened to around 15 miles following the completion of construction projects in Hamilton County. - Approved quarterly revenue reports for the Wright County Sherriff and Auditor. - Approved the canvass of votes for the renewal of Belmond’s Physical Plant & Equipment Levy, the Special Election on which was held April 1. The vote passed 88-13 in support of a ten-year renewal of a property tax not to exceed $0.67 cent per $1,000 of assessed land value, with revenue going for building projects related to BelmondKlemme School District. - Commended Andy Yackle, director of buildings and grounds, for his work on renovating the Court House’s second floor women’s restroom, and for saving the County money by conducting winter snow removal with inhouse staff. The Supervisors also requested a new clock for their meeting room.

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Clarion City Council Hears Updates, Makes Approvals Related to White Fox Landing By Matt Voigts

April is National Sexual Assault Awarenss Month. Local help is available.

Abuse hurts everyone

By Kim Demory April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Are you or someone you know in a bad relationship? Do you feel scared or threatened? Did you know there is help for you; that you have options? Crisis Intervention Service (CIS) started providing services in Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster and Wright counties on October 1, 2013. Prior to that time, the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center provided comprehensive services in the community. This change in service provider is the result of a statewide restructuring of victim services. D/SAOC and CIS worked together to ensure a smooth transition for victims, survivors and the community. The two organization continue to work closely as D/SAOC focuses on shelter and housing, while CIS concentrates their efforts on outreach services and prevention. Accoriding to Mary Ingham, executive director of CIS, in Wright County, there is a Sexual Assault Response Team. This is a group of professionals that work together to provide a coordinated community response to individuals reporting a sexual assault. The team is comprised of individuals from the county attorney’s office, sheriff’s office, police departments, hospital and CIS. “In addition to providing services immediately following an assault, CIS also works with individuals disclosing abuse days, weeks, months and even years after a sexual assault,” Ingham said. “Some clients leave (their homes/relationships) with literally nothing,” said Lindsay Kerch, abuse advocate for Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties. While some clients only need the services of CIS once, others contact the advocates multiple times a week. “I just try to give them their options,” said Kerch. “I don’t tell them what to do, but rather lay out their options for them and answer their questions (about the help that is available).” She added that her job as an advocate, along with Becky Phipps (another advocate out of the Clarion office), is to give abuse victims the power to make their own decisions before something major happens (like the police or ambulance have to be called in) and a decision is made for them. “Lots of people are afraid to go to the courthouse or police…it’s an intimidating thing,” said Kerch. That’s where she and Phipps come in; they can tell victims exactly what their options are and how the process will work. They are there on the victims behalf, to help them navigate the system and what comes next. “It’s a hard thing (to make the

decision to get out of the abusive relationship) because life as they know it will change,” Kerch said. They are not only thinking about getting themselves and their children to a safer living atmosphere, but they are worried about how they will pay the bills. How will they buy groceries, or gas? The advocates at Crisis Intervention Service can answer these questions. They know who to put them in contact with for help; how to apply for Food Stamps; and how to get Title 19. It may not be the chosen option, but Kerch encourages there is no shame in using these services to help get you out of a bad situation. They don’t have to be permanent solutions, only temporary until you can stand on your own two feet, and that’s what these programs are for. “Not every client needs the same thing,” said Kerch. “I do what they need me to do. I can be a friend when they are having a bad day, or I can be someone who goes to court with them to provide moral support.” In March alone, Kerch said she herself assisted more than a dozen people seeking help from all three of the counties serviced. Sadly, those numbers seem to be going up. “As word gets out that we’re here, the numbers have been steadily growing,” said Kerch. It’s sad that the service is needed, but it’s good that they are there to offer guidance and support for those in a bad relationship/ situation. Since Crisis Intervention Service is a non-profit organization funded through a grant, they always welcome donations to benefit their victims. They encourage you not to drop off your left-over garage sale items, but rather think about what a victim who has left her home with nothing might need - pots and pans, paper products, hygiene products, furniture, etc. Most importantly, Kerch stresses that these services are not only free, but confidential. “Nobody will ever know about your visit or what happened from us,” she said. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, help is available 24-hours-aday; seven-days-a-week, by calling the hot line number at 1-800479-9071. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, 24/7 help is available by calling 1-855-4249133. If you would like to reach someone at the Crisis Intervention Service in Clarion, you may call 515-851-1208. There are many forms of abuse - verbal, physical, sexual, intimidation, emotional, isolation, economic, male privilege…and more. If you are dealing with abuse, call for help today.

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At their April 7 meeting, the Clarion City Council heard updates on the April 5 White Fox Landing lot auction (discussed elsewhere in this issue) and made several approvals related to the project. The Council: - Awarded the contract to build infrastructure at the Landing to Wicks Construction Co. of Decorah for the apparent low bid of $1,622,907.75. - Approved the purchase of utility easements for three properties for the purpose of re-routing the sanity sewer across them, so that “if anything were to happen, you could go in and fix it,” according to engineer David Doxtad of the I&S Group. The easements had no cost, though a right of way purchase from the property owners was approved at the Council’s previous meeting for $37,744. - Approved refundable advance agreements between the City of Clarion and MidAmerican Energy for a gas main extension at $31,407.20 and electric distribution system at $87,719.90. Shelly Pohlman, City Administrator, told the council that under the agreements, the City will receive a refund that homeowners would otherwise typically receive at a house’s construction. The non-profit developer i2i – to whom the City sold the lots to in turn sell to individual purchasers – will receive the first funds from

property sales, towards $60,000 they borrowed for the project. The City of Clarion will manage maintenance and lawn care on lots until they are sold. “We can’t accurately predict how fast lots will sell, so we’ve tried to stay on the conservative side of lot sales,” said Ron Fiscus of Planscape Partners, the project’ legal advisors, about the long-term Tax Increment Financing (TIF) repayment for the project. TIF projections are a means that allowed the City to bond money for White Fox Landing based on projected future property tax revenue. Planscape’s conservative estimates factored in the construction of six homes for Financial Year End 2017 and four more in 2018, with all lots having buildings by 2022, at which point the properties would generate $89,390 in revenue annually. The estimates figured a $225,000 average property value, $75,000 below the Monitor’s estimated probable baseline cost to buy and build on a lot. By these numbers, the TIF would be cleared and the property’s tax revenue allocation would revert to normal after 16 payments that would end in June of 2032. By the same numbers, the City would receive $1,344,916 in TIF revenue by 2033. The next hearing on the project – to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purchase Loan Agreement

Clarion-Goldfield to Celebrate Prom “Mardi Gras” Style on April 26 By Matt Voigts Clarion-Goldfield’s “Mardi Gras”-themed spring Prom will be April 26. The community is invited to the Grand March, which officially begins at 6:30, though students are expected to begin arriving around 6:00 p.m. Monte Leichsenring will emcee and LifeTouch will take photos. “I just wanted to make sure it looked different from what it’s ever been before,” said Celeste Swanson, one of five juniors on the prom committee, about choosing the theme. As is tradition, the junior class plans Prom. Hailey Anderson, another committee member, said her main goal was “to make it fun for the seniors.” For the first time in many years, the school will not host a dinner beforehand and After Prom will be held off-site, which students and administrators felt would save planning time, allow students greater freedom, and make for an overall

for an amount less than $3 million to cover the cost of constructing White Fox Landing’s infrastructure – was set for 5:15 at the Council’s next meeting on April 21 in the Council Chambers. Two citizens addressed the Council during its open forum: - Ted Brigger expressed concern about nuisance properties, and inquired with Clarion Chief of Police Steve Hennigar as to legal repercussions. “They are giving out notices, and after that they’re issued citations,” Hennigar said of violating properties, stating that those who were notified often were given between 10 and 30 days to clean their properties. Brigger stated that he planned to return at the next meeting with a list of 20 more concerned parties. - Dave Mcollough requested “credit for bad water” that resulted from the pull of water needed to fight the March 30 fire at Centrum Valley egg facility. “I lost quite a bit of clothes through this process,” Mcollough said of washing items with the water. Jon Devries, Director of Public Works, noted that rust remover is available at City Hall. The Council also: - Heard reports on changes in local ambulance services. Dows’ service will no longer be a transport service – rather, ambulance crew “will go to the house and render care until a transport ambulance will get there,” according to Hennigar, who estimated Dows’ ambulance service receives around 50 calls





per year. Clarion’s service will be re-classified “advanced,” rather than “paramedic.” The largest practical change, according to Pohlman, is that ambulances will no longer carry various drugs, saving the City an estimated $20,000 annually. Approved $19,569.90 to Sande Construction for electrical service upgrade and ceiling fans at the Clarion Airport hangar under construction. The funds are covered from a 90/10 cost share grant from the FAA, with the City and Hagie Manufacturing matching funds to cover 10% of costs, and Hagie gaining use of the hangar. Approved a permit for a Dollar General retail store, to be build on the 1000 block of Central Avenue E. Approved three requests for street closings related to Festival in the Park: one for Thursday, June 13, on 2nd Ave NE for a Clayton Severson concert at Fuel; one for Friday night; and one for the 200 block of Main Street on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a car show. Approved a request from a local business for a reduction in sewer charges. The business’ water bills are usually around $30 per month, but became $169.51 after it had let its water run as recommended by the Council to prevent pipes from freezing. Water bill costs are split roughly half and half between charges for the water itself and sewer charges. Pohlman estimates the reduction will be around $50.

Calendar of Events exciting evening. Erin Halverson, high school nurse and prom advisor, wrote that she hopes “this will allow the students to support many local establishments by eating and showing off their formal attire to the public!“ She also re-iterated the school’s commitment to making the event “safe, drug and alcohol free.” Members of the junior class raised $3,000 throughout the year by volunteering at the concession stand at school sporting events, funds which go to support the Prom event itself and its decorations, refreshments, and D.J., Dave Stein. In support of After Prom, juniors and junior parents raised $10,500 from over 100 area civic organizations, individuals, and businesses, and through events such as a pie sale and raffles. Participants in 2014’s postProm event will spent two hours at Fort Frenzy in Fort Dodge – the activities at which include bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, and go-carts – followed by a buffet at Perkins.

Thursday, April 10 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masterson Personnell Job Fair at the Depot, 302 S. Main 4 p.m. Boys and Girls Golf at Eagle Grove with South Hamilton 6 to 7 p.m. 3 Year Old and 4 Year Old Preschool Round-up 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group at Clarion Wellness and Rehabilitation Center in Room 304. Friday, April 11 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wright On Toastmasters Meeting in the Board Room at Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion. 4:30 p.m. Cowboys Relays 4:30 p.m. Girls Track at Hampton Monday, April 14 4:30 p.m. CG Boys Track at Forest City 6 p.m. CG Board Meeting 7 p.m. CGD Transition Board Meeting Tuesday, April 15 4:30 p.m. Cowgirls Relays 4:30 p.m. CG Boys Track at Clear Lake 4:30 p.m. CG Boys Golf at Humboldt 4:30 p.m. C Girls Golf vs. Humboldt Wednesday, April 16 7 to 9 p.m. Clarion Cross-Culture

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As we approach the end of the session, I find the tone in the Senate a bit tenser. Even my Administration and Regulations committee got more exciting recently. This committee oversees the budgets of 15 state agencies and is usually just about numbers. Recently, we have had all kinds of conflict over hastily patched together bills whose purpose appears to be more political than practical. I will be glad to have that part of the session behind me soon. I am glad to see a bill, concerning human trafficking and sexual exploitation, moving forward. This bill still has a few details to be worked out, but would essentially put bigger penalties on perpetrators and give more support to the victims. Many Iowans are not aware of how prevalent this problem is in Iowa. I would like to make Iowa a state that human traffickers avoid. Wednesday was a special day in the Iowa Senate. It was a privilege for me to join the Senate body in congratulating my Senate Republican colleague, Senator Nancy Boettger. She was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award. I have great respect for the dedication, vision and service Senator Boettger has offered our great state for the past 20 years. I

was saddened to learn last summer she would not be seeking re-election this year—instead choosing to retire. She is a wonderful individual who works tirelessly for her district and all Iowans. She has been outstanding in promoting the pro-life agenda and in her support of traditional marriage. She and her husband, Dave (her clerk for the last 14 years), also have modeled a successful 49 year marriage to those of us in the Senate chambers. Best wishes to Senator Boettger! Thursday, the 8th grade class from Estherville toured the Capitol. They asked some good questions. I hope I encouraged them to study well, especially in history class. I urged them to do so keeping in mind what Edmund Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.� Each of us can make a difference right where we live. Consider these thoughts from Robert Kennedy, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.� It’s a privilege to serve you at the Capitol. Feel free to contact me at dennis. or call me at 641-430-0424.

Our vendor of Christian fiction was in last week. We have three dozen new titles for those who enjoy this genre. If you don’t like explicit gore or language you may want to check out this section in the library. One of the books that peaked my interest was The Auschwitz Escape. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now holds Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans, Jews like Jacob and his family, are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during a night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp. As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his “final solution� to exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz. One of readers of inspirational fiction has become hooked on Terry

Blackstock. His latest is entitled, Distortion. When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned attack. Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal? Melody Carlson writes Christian fiction for both teens and adults. Her latest book is, Dating, Dining and Desperation. Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column. But then a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, whom Daphne soon discovers is very handsome and single. Come in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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When is a gaming console not a gaming console? That’s the question I, and many others, have been asking about the Amazon Fire TV. According to Amazon, the Fire TV is a “tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment.� It offers an easy way to stream Netflix and YouTube to your television. Its comparison chart puts it up against other streaming devices like the Roku 3, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast. The biggest difference between the Fire TV and its competitors? The processing power of the system and the number of games that can utilize it. The Fire TV brags that it supports more than a hundred games, including its own version of “Minecraft,� “Sonic CD,� and “The Walking Dead.� It even supports a fully fledged game controller with a layout familiar to anybody that has owned any incarnation of the Xbox. With that in mind, the Fire TV looks less like a buffed up streaming device and more like an underpowered video game console. A view that Amazon is reluctant to embrace. In spite of the fact that it is a device with a library of games that you hook up to your TV and play with a dedicated controller, an Amazon VP has expressly stated that the Fire TV is “absolutely not a gaming console.� It just goes to show how much the lines have been blurred when it comes to the devices we use to absorb media. That’s not to say the Fire TV

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should actually be considered a competitor to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Wii U. The games you see on the Fire TV will be much closer to the kind of games you see on your tablet computer or smart phone than the latest AAA title. It looks like the Fire TV wants to bring everything you love or hate about the mobile gaming market to your television. Don’t look for “Titanfall� or “The Last of Us� here. It appears that the Fire TV’s gaming library is going for the quantity over quality approach, releasing thousands of games at $2 a pop and letting the market sort things out. I would expect “Candy Crush� and “Flappy Bird� clones to be readily available. The thing about trying to find something to compare with the Fire TV is that there really isn’t anything else out there that does what it does. No... that’s not exactly true. There are a lot of things out there that does what it does. There are literally a dozen devices in my apartment that can stream Netflix. In fact, most dvd/blu ray players come with streaming apps nowadays. You can even buy smart TVs that cut out

the middleman and do it themselves. Likewise, it’s not hard to find cheap games. There’s no shortage of disposable titles on the Xbox Marketplace, Steam, or Google Play Store, but they’ve never been a selling point until now. This makes Amazon’s reluctance to own-up to the fact that the Fire TV is a video game system somewhat understandable, but still begs the question of what they were thinking to begin with. Why make your games library your only unique selling point and then run away from that fact? Especially since, if the Amazon Fire TV truly does have a competitor, it would be the OUYA, which absolutely does market itself as a video game console. Right now we’re in a weird spot. There’s potential for a new market to develop that bridges the gap between casual and hardcore games, but Amazon is unwilling to develop it and the OUYA is unable. I suppose I can wait for Google to throw their hat into the mix. Travis Fischer is a news writer for Mid-America Publishing and already has a Chromecast anyway.


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Wright County Courthouse Marriage Licenses Jason L. Marvets, 27, and Kari L. McCutcheon, 22, both of Eagle Grove, April 1, 2014. Lonnie L. Whipple, 50, and Christina L. Loux, 46, both of Eagle Grove, April 1, 2014.

Death Certificates James A. Skiff, 91, of Eagle Grove, March 15, 2014. Myrtle B. Reed, 100, of Eagle Grove, March 26, 2014. Property Transfers C – City of Eagle Grove to Iowa Central Community College, Merged Area V Community College District, SE 27-91-26, Letter L, as desc. 3/25/14. WD – Kent L. Anderson, Kent Anderson, Kimberely D. Anderson, Kimberely Anderson to Kent L. and Kimberely D. Anderson Revocable Trust, Kent L. Anderson Trustee, Kent L. Anderson Revocable Trust, Kimberely D. Anderson Trustee, Kimberely D. Anderson Revocable Trust, NW 5-91-24, as desc. 3/26/14. QC – Robert D. Wisecup to Lori Wisecup, City of Eagle Grove, Cadwell’s First Addition, Block 37, Lots 7,8,9. As desc. 3/26/14. QC – Kendall R. Meyer Trust, Kathleen Meyer Trustee, Meyer, Kendall R. Trust to Kendall R. Meyer Family Trust, Kathleen Meyer Trustee, Meyer, Kendall R. Family Trust, SE NE 24-91-24, as desc. 3/26/14. QC – Stewardship Fund, LP to ER, LLC, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 5, N 54’ of Lot 5, as desc. 3/27/14 QC – ER, LLC to Transportation Alliance Bank, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 5, N 54’ of Lot 5, as desc. 3/27/14. C – Stewardship Fund, LP to Anthony K. Gatton, Angela A. Gatton, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 5, N 54’ of Lot 5, as desc. 3/27/14. WD – Brian K. Norris to Jerry M. Norris, Janice M. Norris, SE N 300’

of E 900’ of NE 14-90-23, as desc. 3/28/14. WD – Kenneth A. Morris, Theresa A. Stephenson, Theresa A. Morse to Rick A. Lee, Kim L. Lee, City of Clarion, Sheldon’s Addition, Block 18, Lot 17 and the N 26’ of the W 120’ of Lot 18, as desc. 3/28/14. WD – Hagies Hybrids Inc, Hagie Hybrids Inc to John R. Hagie, Barbara A. Hagie, NE 36-92-25, as desc. 3/28/14. WD – John R. Hagie, Barbara M. Hagie to Elizabeth M. McCollough, Nicholas R. McCollough, Parcel H, 36-92-25, as desc. 3/28/14. QC – Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Trustee, Ameriquest Mortgage Securities Inc, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC PGA to CR Capital Group LLC, NE 31-90-25, as desc. 3/31/14. WD –Rachel E. Umthun to Rachel E. Umthun Trust, Umthun Rachel E. Trust, SE 16-92-24, as desc. 3/31/14. WD – Rachel E. Umthun to Umthun Rachel E. Trust, Rachel E. Umthun Trust, NE 34-91-26, as desc. 3/31/14. WD – Rachel E. Umthun to Umthun Rachel E. Truct, Rachel E. Umthun Trust, NE 34-91-26, as desc. 3/31/14. WD – Schimp Nancy L. Trustee, Schimp Nancy L. Trust, Nancy L. Schimp Trust to Yvonne E. Williams, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 12, Lot 8, as desc. 3/31/14. WD – Wright County to Mid-Iowa Development Association Council of Governments, City of Clarion, Walnut Grove Addition, Block 10, as desc. 3/31/14. AT – Diane E. Jessen to Bradley K. Jessen, SE 19-91-26, NE 34-9126, City of Eagle Grove, Wright’s 3rd Addition, Block 12, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, as desc. 3/27/14. AT – Heinz W. Schmid to Lauralee L. Schmid, City of Belmond, O’Larry Second Addition, Lot 9, as desc. 3/28/14. Clerk of Court Speeding over 55 zone (6 thru


Board of Supervisors - March 24, 2014 Wright County Board of Supervisors March 24, 2014 Chairman Rasmussen called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9:00 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen and Watne with Helgevold absent. Minutes of the previous regular meeting of March 17, 2014 were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. In open session, Gene Pals met with the board to give his input about the Rock Island Clean Line that is looking to cross the northern part of Wright County. He is not in favor of this company and their contract. Robert Olson and Terry Utech met with the board to give update on the Clarion Housing project. They are looking to do a county-wide housing study. The Supervisors found this as a positive concept in helping to figure out what type of housing and price points that residents or potential resident would want to purchase in Wright County. Adam Clemons, Wright County Engineer, presented the bid for project L-232708-73-99, Bridge #113 in section 27, T-92, R-23 located on Uptagraph Ave north of Rowan. Motion by Watne and seconded by Rasmussen to approve the low bid of Rognes Brothers Excavating, Lake Mills of $199,541.05. Motion carries. Motion by Watne and seconded by Rasmussen to approve Resolution 2014-10 on setting a hearing on the transfer of real property to MIDAS within the city limits of the City of Clarion. By roll call vote: ayes- Watne and Rasmussen; nays – none with Helgevold absent. Resolution 2014-10 duly passes and reads as follows. RESOLUTION NO. 2014-10 A RESOLUTION SETTING A HEARING ON THE TRANSFER OF REAL PROPERTY TO MIDAS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF CLARION, IOWA. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF WRIGHT COUNTY,

IOWA, THAT: 1. The Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa shall consider adoption of a Resolution transferring real property to MIDAS within Clarion, Iowa, said property described as follows: A parcel of land located in Block Ten (10) Walnut Grove Addition to the City of Clarion, Wright County, Iowa, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of said Block 10; thence North 00°20’02” West, 96.75 feet along the West line of said Block 10; thence North 89°43’46” East, 149.33 feet; thence South 00°20’02” East, 96.75 feet to the South line of said Block 10; thence South 89°43’46” West, 149.33 feet along said South line to the point of beginning, containing 0.33 acres total. 2. The hearing of the Board of Supervisors at which the adoption of said Resolution is to be considered shall be on March 31, 2014, said hearing to be held at 10:00 A.M. in the Board Chambers, Wright County Courthouse, 115 North Main Street, Clarion, Iowa. 3. Notice of said proposal be given by publication once but not less than four (4) nor more than twenty (20) days before the date of the hearing, all as specified in Section 331.305 of the Iowa Code, 2013. 4. The Notice above referred to shall be in the form heretofore mentioned. 5. The County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to publish the notice above referred to in Paragraph 4. Dated this 24th day of March, 2014. Motion by Watne and seconded by Rasmussen to adjourn the meeting. Motion carries. Rick Rasmussen, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, 2014


Board of Supervisors - March 25, 2014 Wright County Board of Supervisors March 25, 2014 Chairman Rasmussen called the special meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 2:00 p.m. Members Contractor Jensen Buildings, Ltd. Fort Dodge Kolacia Construction Inc. Fort Dodge Larson Contracting Lake Mills Sadler Construction, Inc. Eagle Grove Sande Construction & Supply Co., Inc. Humboldt Kingland Construction Forest City Discussion followed. There will be time allotted for the Architects to review the bids and the Board of Supervisors will meet on Thursday, March 27 at 9:00 a.m. to accept the bid as recommended by Allers Associates Architects. Motion by Watne and seconded by

present were Rasmussen and Watne. Terry Allers and Jim Hosek, Allers Associates Architects, PC opened each bid and verified that the bid bond was correct. Results are listed below: Base Bid

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Rasmussen to adjourn the meeting. Motion carries. Rick Rasmussen, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Colleen A. Bartlett, Administrative Assistant Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, 2014


Board of Supervisors - March 27, 2014 Wright County Board of Supervisors March 27, 2014 Chairman Rasmussen called the special meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9:00 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen and Watne with Helgevold absent. The special meeting was called to review and award bid for the Wright County Transit Facility as recommended by Allers Associates Architects, PC. After reviewing the bids and the bid security received on March 25, 2014, Allers recommended the project be awarded to Jensen Buildings of Fort Dodge, Iowa at a base bid of $445,700.00 and also recommended not accepting the deduct alternates for the Water Softener system and the accent masonry veneer. There was then a motion by Rasmussen

and seconded by Watne to approve the contract to Jensen Builders of Fort Dodge for the Transit Building located at 415 6th Avenue, SW in Clarion, Iowa with a base bid of $445,700.00 and not to accept the deduct alternates, pending approval by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). Motion carries unanimously. The board reminded those present that this is an 80-20% cost share with the IDOT with Wright County paying only 20% of the cost. Motion by Watne and seconded by Rasmussen to adjourn the meeting. Motion carries. Rick Rasmussen, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 over): Bryan M. Anderson of Minneapolis, Mn., $60; Tanner J. Hull of Newton, $40; Speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 20 over): Christian R. Henry of Minneapolis, Mn., $135; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Taylor S. Lehman of Clarion, $40; Isidro Z. Gonzalez of Clarion, $40; Speeding: Marcus P. Barkema of Clarion, $20; Speeding in business district: Tamra L. Richardson-Colby of Ankeny, $40; No valid driver’s license: Christian R. Henry of Minneapolis, Mn., $300; Violation-Financial liability coverage: Christian R. Henry of Minneapolis, Mn., $375; Ronald L. Hanus of Woolstock, $250; Failure to dim: Walter C. Roque of Clarion, $30; Failure to obey traffic control device: Daniel O. Carrillo of Belmond, $100; Failure to obey stop sign: Victoria C. Johnson of Granger, Mn., $100; Driving while license denied, suspended, cancelled or revoked: Angel P. Ambrocio Cordova of Clarion, $250; Small Claims Angie M. Spangler and Scott W. Spangler, 1203 290th Street, Eagle Grove, vs. Anthony C. Powers, 217 NW 8th St., Eagle Grove. Defendant pled guilty by default on April 3 to charge of dog attack, and paid a fine plus court costs. The case was originally filed January 10. Hauge Associates, Inc. Sioux Falls, SD vs. Hollie S. Nickell, 303 E. Chestnut, Goldfield. Defendant pled guilty by default April 3 and was ordered to pay $1,626.48 plus court costs. The case was originally filed on February 28. Portfolio Recovery Association, Des Moines, vs. Sara F. Gabrielson and Shane A. Toftenberg, 1115 S. Main, Clarion. Judgement for plaintiff April 3 of $978.84 plus court costs. The case was originally filed March 6. Midland Funding, LLC (no address available) vs. Tamara S. Gladue, 601 2nd St. SE Apt. 105, Clarion. Judgment for plaintiff April 3 of $1,452.19 plus court costs. The case was originally filed March 11. Hauge Associates, Inc. vs. Tony Gatton, 308 2nd Ave. NE, Belmond.

Case dismissed without prejudice April 3. Case was originally filed March 31. Civil Court The court handled five child support cases. District Court State of Iowa vs. Michael D. Hanus, Jr., 1660 255th St., Eagle Grove. Defendant pled guilty April 3 to amended charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $65 plus the usual surcharge and court costs. He was originally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. The original complaint was investigated November 5, 2012 by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Dustin D. Harris, 2006 1st Ave. N, Fort Dodge. Defendant pled guilty by default March 28 to charge of driving while barred and being a habitual offender, and was fined $625 which was then suspended. He was sentenced to two years in prison which was suspended, and was placed on one year probation. He also paid court costs. The sentence is the result of an investigation on February 21 by the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. State of Iowa vs. Devon R. Miller, 307 W. Shepard, Dows. Defendant pled guilty by default April 3 to a charge of violation of a no contact order. He was originally charged with Third degree sexual abuse. Defendant paid court costs. The case was originally investigated June 10 by the Clarion Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Shain C. Arne, 315 NE 4th St., Eagle Grove. Defendant pled guilty by default April 3 to an amended charge of disorderly conduct, and was fined $65 plus the usual surcharge and court costs. He was originally charged with assault causing bodily injury. The sentence is the result of an investigation November 2, 2013 by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Miguel LopezLopez, 508 1st St. NW #4, Clarion. Defendant pled guilty by default April 3 to First offense OWI, and was fined $1,250 plus the usual surcharge and court costs. He was also sentenced to serve two days in jail. The sentence is the result of an investigation on November 23, 2013 by the Clarion Police Department.


Toresdahl Trust Notice TRUST NOTICE IN THE MATTER OF THE TRUST: THE DOROTHY FERN TORESDAHL SEPARATE PROPERTY REVOCABLE TRUST DATED OCTOBER 31, 2011 TO ALL PERSONS regarding Dorothy Fern Toresdahl, deceased, who died on or about the 20th day of August, 2013. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Jeffrey Toresdahl is the Trustee of the Dorothy Fern Toresdahl Separate Property Revocable Trust Dated October 31, 2011. Any action to contest the validity of the trust must be brought in the District Court of Wright County, Iowa, within the later to occur of four (4) months from the date of second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent settlor and the spouse of the decedent settlor whose identities are reasonably ascertainable. Any suit not filed within this period shall be forever barred. Notice is further given that any person or entity possessing a claim against the trust

must mail proof of the claim to the trustee at the address listed below via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the later to occur of four (4) months from the second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice if required or the claim shall be forever barred unless paid or otherwise satisfied.

Dated this 3rd day of April, 2014.

The Dorothy Fern Toresdahl Separate Property Revocable Trust Dated October 31, 20111

Jeffrey Toresdahl, Trustee 1922 N. Bullmoose Drive Chandler, AZ 85224

Date of Second Publication 17th day of April, 2014 Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, and Thursday, April 17, 2014


Drainage District No. 131 NOTICE OF HEARING DRAINAGE DISTRICT NO. 131 WRIGHT COUNTY, IOWA April 14, 2014 TO: All lien holders or encumbrances of any land within said Drainage District No. 131 and to all other person who it may concern, including actual occupants of lands in said Drainage District No. 131. You and each of you are notified that the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, acting as trustees for Drainage District No. 131, have received a petition for improvement on said Drainage District No. 131. Said petition was filed due to lack of drainage that resulted in frequent flooding within the south half of Section 27 Dayton Township. The Board appointed McClure Engineering to investigate said improvement. You are further notified that the engineer has filed his original report dated December 24, 2013 on January 6, 2014 in the office of the Wright County Auditor with three options and two sub options. Option 1 is to televise the entire existing main tile. Option 1 has an estimated cost of $51,503.00. Option 2A consists of installing a relief tile line parallel to the existing main. Option 2A has an estimated cost of $962,320.00. Option 2B consists of replacing the existing main with a larger pipe that would follow the existing main grade and alignment. Option 2B has an estimated cost of $1,221,449.00. Both options 2A and 2B will increase the tile capacity from 1/8” coefficient to 1/4” coefficient. Options 3A and 3B consists of mimicking options 2A and 2B with increasing the tile capacity to 1/2” drainage coefficient. Option 3A has an estimated cost of $1,339,950.00 and Option 3B has an estimated cost of $1,587,005.00. Subsequently, at the continuation of the February 17, 2014 hearing on March 17, 2014, the Board of Supervisors directed Kieth Hubbard with McClure Engineering to prepare a report detailing the option of installing different types of waterways through sections 34 and 35

of Dayton Township. The Board of Supervisors also, on motion directed McClure Engineering to televise segments of the main tile and gave landowners 2 weeks to submit in writing a valid concern to televise additional segments. The engineer has filed his amended report dated March 31, 2014 in the office of the Wright County Auditor with three additional options. Option 4A is to install a grassed waterway through Section 34 of Dayton Township and acquire rights of way. Option 4A has an estimated cost of $76,852.00. Option 4B is to install a grassed waterway through Section 35 of Dayton Township and acquire rights of way. Option 4B has an estimated cost of $94,188.00. Option 4C is to install a non-grassed waterway through Section 34 of Dayton Township. Option 4C has an estimated cost of $24,770. The engineer’s amended report in full is on file in the office of the Wright County Auditor for your information. Said report has been reviewed and considered by the Wright County Board of Supervisors and has determined that the repairs and improvements recommended in the engineer’s report are feasible. You are further notified that the Board of Supervisors acting for and on behalf of Drainage District No. 131 have set a hearing on said engineers report for April 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Supervisor’s Room at the Courthouse in Clarion, Iowa. All objections to the improvements or to any matter connected with this hearing must be in writing and filed with the County Auditor of Wright County at or before the time fixed for hearing. Any interested party may be heard in argument by himself or by counsel. This notice is published and mailed as provided by law at the direction of the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, acting on behalf of Drainage District No. 131. Deb Lukes Wright County Drainage Clerk Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) By Connie Roys, DC The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy. CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts: annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and supplemental payments for adopting a resourceconserving crop rotation. Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the

initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year. Applications are evaluated and ranked relative to other applications that address similar resource concerns in the State. In the ranking process, producers get credit both for conservation measures they have already implemented and for new measures they agree to add. Agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land applications are ranked separately. A person or legal entity may have more than one CSP contract but, for all CSP contracts combined, may not receive more than $40,000 in any year or more than $200,000 during any five-year period. For more information, contact the local NRCS office, at 1133 Central Ave. W, Clarion, Iowa 50525 or phone 515-532-2165, ext 3.


City of Clarion Loan Agreement Notice NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION TO INSTITUTE PROCEEDINGS TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT AND TO BORROW MONEY THEREUNDER IN A PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,000,000 (GENERAL OBLIGATION) The City Council of the City of Clarion, Iowa, will meet on April 21, 2014, at the Council meeting, Clarion, Iowa, at 5:15 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of instituting proceedings and taking action on a proposal to enter into a loan agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $3,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs, to that extent, of constructing street, water system, sanitary sewer system, sidewalk and storm water drainage improvements. The Loan Agreement is proposed to be

entered into pursuant to authority contained in Section 384.24A of the Code of Iowa and will constitute a general obligation of the City. Some or all of the payments to be made under the Loan Agreement may be made subject to annual appropriation by the City Council. At that time and place, oral or written objections may be filed or made to the proposal to enter into the Loan Agreement. After receiving objections, the City may determine to enter into the Loan Agreement, in which case, the decision will be final unless appealed to the District Court within fifteen (15) days thereafter. By order of the City Council of the City of Clarion, Iowa. Shelley Pohlman City Clerk /Administrator Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, 2014


Drainage District No. 33 DRAINAGE NOTICE NOTICE OF HEARING DRAINAGE DISTRICT NO. 33 WRIGHT COUNTY, IOWA TO: Mechem, Susan L.; Woodley, Gary D. & Sally L.; Woodley, Grant; Poncin, Beverly A.; Poncin LE, Beverly & Nathan; B & E Development, Inc; Anderson, Maylene K., % Murray Wise Associates; Peterson Revocable Trust %Laurel James; Allen Revocable Trust %PDS Tax Services; Wright County Roads TO: All lien holders or encumbrances of any land within said Drainage District No. 33 and to all other person who it may concern, including actual occupants of lands in said Drainage District No. 33. You and each of you are notified that the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, acting as trustees for Drainage District No. 33, have received a petition for improvement on said Drainage District No. 33. Said petition was filed due to lack of drainage within Sections 9 & 10 of Lincoln Township. The Board appointed McClure Engineering to investigate said improvement. You are further notified that the engineer has filed his report on February 12, 2014 in the office of the Wright County Auditor with two options. Option 1 is to replace the existing tile to increase the drainage coefficient to ½”. Option 1 has an estimated cost of $238,346.00.

Option 2 consists of replacing the existing tile to increase the drainage coefficient to 1”. Option 2 has an estimated cost of $254,692.00 The engineer’s report and recommendation in full is on file in the office of the Wright County Auditor for your information. Said report has been reviewed and considered by the Wright County Board of Supervisors and has determined that the repairs and improvements recommended in the engineer’s report are feasible. You are further notified that the Board of Supervisors acting for and on behalf of Drainage District No. 33 have set a hearing on said engineers report for April 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Supervisor’s Room at the Courthouse in Clarion, Iowa. All objections to the improvements or to any matter connected with this hearing must be in writing and filed with the County Auditor of Wright County at or before the time fixed for hearing. Any interested party may be heard in argument by himself or by counsel. This notice is published and mailed as provided by law at the direction of the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, acting on behalf of Drainage District No. 33. Deb Lukes Wright County Drainage Clerk Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10, 2014


Russell Probate Notice NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTORS AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR WRIGHT COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BERNARD RUSSELL, Deceased. PROBATE NO. ESPR016396 To all persons interested in the Estate of BERNARD RUSSELL, deceased, who died on or about March 17, 2014: You are hereby notified that on the 21st day of March, 2014, the Last Will and Testament of BERNARD RUSSELL, deceased, bearing the date of the 29th day of November, 2010, was admitted to probate in the above-named court and that Norma G. Russell was appointed Executors of the estate. Any action to set aside the Will must be brought in the District Court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this Notice or one month from the date of mailing of this Notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the Will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make

immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the Clerk of the abovenamed District Court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this Notice or one month from the date of mailing of this Notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred.

Dated this 24th day of March, 2014.

Norma G. Russell Executor of the Estate 3096 Dows-Williams Road Dows, IA 50071

John E. Coonley, ICIS PIN No: 00007542 Attorney for Executor Firm Name: Coonley & Coonley Address: 121 First Ave. N.W., P. O. Box 397, Hampton, IA 50441 Date of Second Publication 10th day of April, 2014 Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 3, and Thursday, April 10, 2014


Toresdahl Probate Notice NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR WRIGHT COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY FERN TORESDAHL, Deceased. PROBATE NO. ESPR016399 To all persons interested in the Estate of Dorothy Fern Toresdahl, deceased, who died on or about August 20, 2013: You are hereby notified that on the 2nd day of April, 2014, the Last Will and Testament of Dorothy Fern Toresdahl, deceased, bearing the date of October 31, 2011, was admitted to probate in the above-named court and that Jeffrey Toresdahl was appointed Executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the Will must be brought in the District Court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this Notice or one month from the date of mailing of this Notice to the surviving spouse and all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the Will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and

creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the Clerk of the abovenamed District Court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this Notice or one month from the date of mailing of this Notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred.

Dated this 3rd day of April, 2014.

Jeffrey Toresdahl Executor of the Estate 1922 N. Bullmoose Drive Chandler, AZ 85224 Address BRINTON, BORDWELL & JOHNSON LAW FIRM BY: Richard E. Bordwell Attorney for Executor 120 Central Avenue West, P.O. Box 73 Clarion, IA 50525 Address Date of Second Publication 17th day of April, 2014 Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, April 10 and Thursday, April 17, 2014

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A history Lesson on Soil Conservation Holy Week Events planned at area Churches

By Vince Sitzmann Hugh Hammond Bennett, otherwise known as the “father of soil conservation” was a soil surveyor with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 1928 Bennett co-wrote a publication, titled, “Soil Erosion: A National Menace” which helped establish scientific credibility about the repercussions of erosion and inspired others to take initiative on the erosion problems within the United States. In 1937, Bennett was presenting to a congressional subcommittee in Washington D.C. and timed his presentation to coincide perfectly with the arrival of a severe dust storm. As Bennett flung open the window he shouted “Gentleman, get ready because here comes Oklahoma” so the story goes. Soon thereafter the Soil Conservation Service was established as a permanent agency within USDA,

with Bennett as its director. This was the first constitutional act in the history of this or any other nation that sought to control and prevent soil erosion, flooding, and other threats to our natural resources. Not long after, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a letter to all the governors recommending that each state adopt their own laws. Iowa’s Governor Wilson adopted the law and by 1940 Iowa’s first Soil and Water District was formed by three townships in Marion County. Today we have 100 SWCDs in 99 counties, that are represented by 500 Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners. Five nonpartisan Commissioners are elected from each district and are entrusted with many responsibilities including the prevention of excessive soil erosion and conservation of our soil resources. No small task considering Iowa has 36 million acres, 92,300 farms and 25 million acres of crop

land. Iowa also ranks number one nationally in the production of corn, soybeans, pork and chicken. In 1973, the Iowa legislature enacted the cost share program for to help promote conservation. Throughout the past 40 years, over 254 million dollars have been leveraged with funds from private landowners and farmers through the SWCDs to conserve and protect our soil resources. Hundreds of thousands of acres are now protected with no-till and strip till, terraces, waterways, grade stabilization structures, buffers, cover crops, and other practices that save millions of tons of soil from washing off our fields and into our waterways. Who could have imagined that one man’s passion for soil conservation, along with a little dust in the wind in the 1930’s, could have spurred a conservation ethic that spans the world and touches each and every acre of our farms?

What Does it Mean to Put Conservation on the Land?

By Jim Gillespie I believe that we have some of the best farmers and ranchers in the world right here in Iowa. We also have some of the best soils that make Iowa an agricultural leader. These two things are very important to Iowans and people worldwide. We need to continue to work together to help preserve them. When using the land for agricultural production, we must have a plan to protect the resources needed to make the operation successful and the land sustainable. When conservation practices are needed, we are here to provide the best technical assistance and financial assistance if available, to put them in place. This will insure that the soil stays healthy and productive and our waters are protected for use by crops, livestock and people. We need to protect the soil from erosion and degradation and prevent sediment and nutrients from reaching the water. Exemplified by the progress shown at the local, state and federal levels, Iowa has always been a leader in conservation efforts. Now our challenge is that we need to do more. With agriculture always changing, we need to be willing to change with it. Putting conservation on the


land should always be one of our biggest priorities as we go forward. We should all be the best stewards of the land and resources that we can be. Conservation should be part of everyone’s farm or business plan and we should work together to implement that plan. Many have heard the new buzz phrase, “CONSERVATION MAY

BE VOLUNTARY, BUT IT IS NOT OPTIONAL”. I believe that we can achieve soil quality, safe food and clean water by working together voluntarily to put the best conservation practices on the land. For the best assistance in continuing conservation implementation, please contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)

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

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

Holy Week is celebrated from Palm Sunday, April 13, to Easter Sunday, April 20. The area churches will hold special events during this week. Below is the schedule of events which some of the churches shared with the Monitor. UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 219 First Street N.W., Clarion Bill Kem, Pastor 515-532-2709 and UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL 121 3rd Avenue N.W., Clarion Pastor Bill Kem 515-532-2269 •Sunday, April 10 9 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m. Sunday School •Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 18 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Journey to the Cross each day at the Presbyterian Church. This will be a guided time of personal reflection with statins designed to help us examine our Easter experience. •Tuesday, April 15 10 a.m. Prayer Group •Wednesday, April 16 6 a.m. Early Risers, Confirmation Class •Thursday, April 17 - Maundy Thursday 10 a.m. Friendship Ministry, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at UCC •Friday, April 18 – Good Friday 7 p.m. Good Friday Service at UPC •Sunday, April 20 12:01 a.m. Resurrection Celebration at UPC with a plethora of music. Easter breakfast will follow the service; 10 a.m. Easter Morning Celebration at the UCC with refreshments and fellowship following the service. ST. JOHN CATHOLIC 608 2nd Ave. N.E., Clarion Father Nils Hernandez, Pastor 515-532-3586 Baby Needs Weekend - Palm Sunday •Saturday, April 12 3:40 p.m. Rosary at St Francis at Belmond, 4 p.m. Mass at St Francis, Belmond, 8 p.m. Mass in Spanish at St. John, Clarion •Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday 7:40 a.m. Rosary at St. John, Clarion; 8 a.m. Mass at St. John, Clarion; 10:10 a.m. Rosary at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove; 10:30 a.m. Mass at Scared Heart, Eagle Grove; Catholic Daughter of American Bake Sale after Mass at Eagle Grove, Sacred Heart; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Knight of Columbus Omelet Breakfast at St Francis, Belmond •Monday, April 14 6:15 p.m. RCIA/ Adult Catechesis at St. John, Clarion; 7 p.m. Hispanic Pre-Baptism Class at St John, Clarion •Tuesday, April 15 2 p.m. Chrism Mass at St John Church in Independence, Iowa •Wednesday, April 16 No Youth Formation Classes; No Mass •Thursday, April 17 - Holy Thursday Cluster Office Closed -7 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart •Friday, April 18 - Good Friday Holy Land Collection - 1 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena at St. John, Clarion; 5:30 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy at St. John, Clarion; 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy in Spanish at St. John, Clarion •Saturday, April 19 - Holy Saturday Haiti Collection – 8 p.m. Easter Vigil at St. Francis Xavier, Belmond •Sunday, April 20 - Easter Sunday Haiti Collection – 8 a.m. Mass at St. John, Clarion; 10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart, Eagle Grove

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 3rd. Ave. NE, Clarion Rev. Don Morrison •Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service, 10 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. Contemporary Service – Confirmands recognized with luncheon following. •Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service •Sunday, April 20 7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service, 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service, 10 a.m. Sunday School, 11 a.m. Contemporary Service HOLMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor 515-825-3660 •Thursday, April 17 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service at Samuel •Friday, April 18 7 p.m. Community Good Friday Service at Evangelical Lutheran •Sunday, April 20 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at Holmes Lutheran Church; 9:30 a.m. Easter Service at Holmes Lutheran Church UNITED CHURCH OF ROWAN Pastor Nancy Hofmeister 811 Pesch Box 38, Rowan •Sunday, April 13 9 am. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Special Palm Sunday Worship •Thursday, April 17 2 p.m. Women’s Group; 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service and Communion •Sunday, April 20 7 a.m. Sunrise Service with Continental Breakfast; 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Easter Worship Service FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH Dows Pastor Ron Nelson •Thursday, April 17 5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship •Friday, April 18 7 p.m. Good Friday Worship Saturday, April 19 6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study at Rick’s •Sunday, April 20 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast; 9 a.m. Easter Worship

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Church news Clarion Area FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 3rd. Ave. NE, Clarion Rev. Don Morrison •Thursday, April 10 10:00am Lenten Bible Study at the Meadows •Saturday, April 12 7:30am UMM •Sunday, April 13 8:45am Traditional Service with Confirmands recognized with luncheon following, 10:00am Sunday School, 11:00am Contemporary Service •Monday, April 14 3:30 to 6:00pm Hiz Kidz •Tuesday, April 15 12:00noon Book club at the Clarion Public Library, 1:30 – 3:30pm Bible Study in Fireside Room •Wednesday, April 16 2:00pm Grace Stockwell, 2:00pm Isabella Thoburn at the Meadows, 3:30-5:00pm G3 (Boy’s Group), 6:00pm Praise Team practice, 7:00pm Chancel Choir practice •Thursday, April 17 10:00am Lenten Bible Study at the Meadows, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday service FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 420 1st Street N.W., Clarion Rev. Ronald Nelson 515-532-3440 •Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday 9:30am Sunday School, 10:00am Reception honoring Confirmands, 10:45am Worship Service and Rite of Confirmation •Monday, April 14 9:15am WIC, 3:30pm Hiz Kids at Methodist Church •Tuesday, April 15 9:15am WIC, 1:00pm Pastors’ text study in Jewell •Wednesday, April 16 7:00pm 5th grade Communion Class UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL 121 3rd Avenue N.W., Clarion Pastor Bill Kem 515-532-2269 •Sunday, April 13 10:15am SS at UPC, 10:15am Fellowship at UCC, 11:00am Worship CHURCH OF CHRIST 420 North Main, Clarion Pastor Warren Curry 515-532-3273 •Thursday, April 10 No SHINE (4th – 6th grade girls), 7:30pm Stepping Up for Men •Friday, April 11 Church office closed Sunday, April 13 9:00am Sunday School, 10:00am Worship Service, 5:30pm Bible Bowl Practice, 7:00pm IMPACT at church (7th – 12th graders) •Monday, April 14 3:30 to 6:00pm Hiz Kidz at Methodist Church, 5:00 to 8:00pm M & Ms at Pizza Ranch raising money for pool passes •Tuesday, April 15 6:00am Iron Men – Community Men’s Group at church office, 6:00pm Easter Egg Hunt at the church for the entire family •Wednesday, April 16 10:00am Prayer Time at Sandy Stephenson’s home, 3:45pm Bible Bowl Practice, 5:00pm God’s Team (4th – 6th grade boys), 6:00pm Bible Study – Daniel – at church office ST. JOHN CATHOLIC 608 2nd Ave. N.E., Clarion Father Nils Hernandez, Pastor 515-532-3586 • Thursday, April 10 No Mas at Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove, 9:00am Sewing Circle at St. John in Clarion, 5:30pm Stations and Soup Supper and Lenten Activity at St. John in Clarion •Friday, April 11 7:40am Rosary at St. John in Clarion, 8:00am Mass Adoration, Benediction at St. John in Clarion •Saturday, April 12 – Baby Needs Weekend – Palm Sunday 3:40pm Rosary at St. Francis in Belmond, 4:00pm Mass at St. Francis in Belmond, 8:00pm Mass in Spanish at St. John •Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday 7:40am Rosary at St. John in Clarion, 8:00am

Mass at St. John in Clarion, 10:10am Rosary at Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove, 10:30am Mass at Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove, Catholic Daughters of America Bake Sale after Mass at Eagle Grove, 9:00am to 12:30pm Knights of Columbus Omelet Breakfast at St. Francis in Belmond, 6:30pm Cards at Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove •Monday, April 14 6:15pm RCIA/Adult Catechesis at St. John in Clarion, 7:00pm Hispanic Pre-Baptism Class at St. John in Clarion •Tuesday, April 15 9:30am Rosary at North Rotary Senior Living in Eagle Grove, 10:00am Rosary at North Rotary Senior Living in Eagle Grove, 2:00pm Chrism Mass at St. John Church in Independence •Wednesday, April 16 No Youth Faith Formation at St. John in Clarion, No Mass •Thursday, April 17 – Holy Thursday Cluster Office Closed, 7:00am Mass at Sacred Heart UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 219 First Street N.W., Clarion Bill Kem, Pastor 515-532-2709 •Thursday, April 10 5:00pm UPW •Sunday, April 13 9:00am Worship, 10:00am Sunday School •Monday, April 14 Journey to the Cross, 11:00am to 6:00pm Church open for personal time of reflection •Tuesday, April 15 10:00am Prayer Group, 11:00am to 6:00pm Church open for personal time of reflection •Wednesday, April 16 6:00am Early Risers, Confirmation Class, 11:00am to 6:00pm Church open for personal time of reflection •Thursday, April 17 10:00am Friendship Ministry, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service at UCC, 11:00am to 6:00pm Church open for personal time of reflection THE LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Dana Wendel, Minister 1010 2nd Street SW, Clarion 532-2330 or 532-6686 •Sunday 9:30 am - Sunday School, 10:45 am - Worship Service free lunch following service •Tuesday 11:00 am - Prayer (Hiemstra’s) •Wednesday 7:00 pm - Adult Bible Study THE DWELLING PLACE Pastor Kim Lee 912 Central Ave East 515-293-2822 • Sundays 10:00am Services, 10:00am Kids Alive Ministry • Wednesdays 7:00 pm Corporate Prayer

Goldfield Area

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 220 Oak Street, Goldfield Rev. Sara Hill, Pastor 515-825-3581 •Thursday, April 10 9:15am TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh in and meeting. Use north door. New members always welcome, 5:30pm Support and Recovery for Youth, 7:00pm Support and Recovery for Adults •Sunday, April 13 9:15am Sunday School for all ages, 9:45am Choir practice in east basement, 10:30am Worship Service with Communion, 11:30am Free-Will donation Brunch •Monday, April 14 1:30pm Stewardship, Mission and Finance Committee Meeting in Rose Room •Wednesday, April 16 4:00pm Story-time in Rose Room, 6:30pm Session Meeting in Rose Room LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Goldfield Pastor Truman Larson •Sunday 9:00 am Worship Service, 10:15 am Sunday School and Confirmation.

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PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST 422 North Washington St., Goldfield Bob Dishman 515-825-3911 •Sunday 9:15 am Bible School, 10:15 am Worship Service-Communion observed weekly; childcare available and Children’s Church, 11:00 am WWE/Jr. Worship GOLDFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH P.O. Box 190 Pastor Christina Perkins Craig Carlson, Youth Minister 515-825-3754 •Sundays 10:30 am – Worship HOLMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor 515-825-3660 •Friday, April 11 9:00am The Joy of Discovery Bible Study at Samuel •Sunday, April 13 9:45am Sunday School, 10:45am Worship •Tuesday, April 15 May Newsletter Items Due •Wednesday, April 16 2:30pm Worship at Rotary South, 3:00pm Worship at Rotary North, 5:30pm Confirmation at Samuel •Thursday, April 17 10:00am Pastors’ Pater, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service at Samuel HOLMES BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Zach Fischer 2137 Hancock Avenue 515-825-3110 •Sunday 9:30 am - Sunday School, 10:30 am - Worship Service, 6:00 pm - Evening Service •Wednesday 7:00 pm - Prayer meeting; Souled Out Group, Kids Club for ages 4 years to 6th grade WRIGHT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 1730 130th Street, Kanawha 641-762-3947 •Sunday 9:30 am - Morning Worship, 10:30 am Fellowship, 11:00 am - Sunday School, 6:00 pm - Evening Worship

Rowan Area

UNITED CHURCH OF ROWAN Pastor Nancy Hofmeister 811 Pesch Box 38, Rowan •Thursday, April 10 7:00pm Women’s Bible Study •Sunday, April 13 9:00am Sunday School, 10:00am Special Palm Sunday Worship •Tuesday, April 15 4:00pm Kids’ Club •Thursday, April 17 2:00pm Women’s Group, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service with Communion IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod Jct. Highway 69 & 3

Pastor Mark Peterson

•Sunday 10:30 am - Divine Service 11:45 am - Bible Study

Dows Area

ABUNDANT LIFE CHAPEL 202 Fairview St., Dows 515-852-4520 / Bruce Klapp, Pastor • Sundays 9:30 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages including adults; 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service with Nursery and Children’s Ministry available; 6:30 p.m. - Adult Bible Study with childcare available • Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. - Adult Bible Study with Nursery, Children and Youth Ministry SOVEREIGN GRACE CHURCH 109 N. Eskridge St., Dows Dows /

Doug Holmes, Pastor • Sundays 10:15 a.m. - Sunday School/Coffee;11:15am Worship at First Presbyterian in Dows FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH Dows Pastor Ron Nelson •Saturday, April 12 6:30am Men’s Bible Study at Rick’s •Sunday, April 13 9:00am Worship with Communion, 10:00am Sunday School and Coffee •Wednesday, April 16 5:00pm First Communion Class UNITED METHODIST & PRESBYTERIAN Dows / Alexander Shawn W. Hill, Pastor • Sundays 8:45a.m. - Alexander Methodist Worship; 9:00a.m. - Dows Sunday School; 10:00a.m. Dows Joint Worship at Presbyterian Church on first two Sundays each month and at United Methodist Church on remaining Sundays • Thursdays 9 a.m. - Presbyterian Women FIRST REFORMED 214 Brown St., Alexander Pastor Phillip Arnold • Sundays 8:30 a.m. - Adult Sunday School in the Sunshine Room; 9:30 a.m. - Worship; 10:45 a.m. - Sunday School; 6:30 p.m. - HS Youth Group Meeting; 7 p.m. - Pastor Phil’s Radio Ministry on KLMJ • Wednesdays 4:00p.m. - Catechism, Grades 1-8; 7:00p.m. - High School IMMANUEL U.C.C. 204 E. South St., Latimer Pastor Lindsey Braun • Sunday 9:30am - Worship •Monday 7:00pm - Pastor Lindsey back from vacation ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 304 W. Main, Latimer Travis Berg, Pastor • Wednesday 6:30pm - Elders • Saturday 7:00pm - Vespers • Sunday 9:00a.m. - Worship; 10:15 a.m. - ABC / Sunday School UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Morgan, Lee Center, Bradford Erling Shultz, Pastor • Sundays, 8:30 a.m. Worship (B); 9:30 a.m. Worship, (LC); 10:30 a.m. Worship (M) • Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m. NA/AA Bible Study; 7:30 p.m. (B) Bible Study MISSIONARY ALLIANCE CHURCH 3rd & Lake Streets, Blairsburg Ron Lotz, Pastor 515-325-6210 •Saturday, April 12 8:00am to 10:00 MAC Fit fitness class for women of all ages • Sunday, April 13 8:00 to 9:30am Café open, 9:00am Sunday School for all ages, 10:00am Worship service, 5:00 to 9:00pm The Café is open, 6:00pm Casual Worship •Monday, April 14 7:00am Sr. High students meet Pastor Jim for coffee at the Morning Glory in Webster City, 6:00pm Elders Board Meeting, 7:00pm Governing Board Meeting •Tuesday, April 15 6:00am Men’s Bible Study at MAC •Wednesday, April 16 7:00am Senior High students coffee with Pastor Jim at grounded in Clarion, 6:00 to 7:00pm Café open, 6:00pm Pizza Supper, 6:30pm Awana, Jr. High, and Women’s Bible Study, 7:00pm Senior High Youth, Men’s Study NAZARETH LUTHERAN Coulter Pastor Dave Bernhardt • Sunday 10:00am - Coffee, 10:30am - Joint Worship Service

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35 Years Ago April 12, 1979 Champion Bowlers in the Saturday Junior Bowlers League were Joel Rohrer, Don Skinner, Jamie Bierl, Steve Bierl, and Tim Barz. These young bowlers received a trophy and a patch for their efforts. Other Junior Bowlers recognized for bowling achievements Saturday morning were Missy Lindstrom, most improved girl bowler; Glenda Ofsterthun, high girls’ game; Louise Lester, high girls’ average and high girls’ series; Rich LaRue, high boys’ average, sportsmanship award and perfect attendance; Steve Bierl, most improved boys’ average; Troy Sego, high boys’ series; and Brian Haugland, high boys’ game. Kevin J. Bernhardt and Charles P. Kelch have been selected to attend the 1979 American Legion Boys State to be held at Fort Dodge, northwest of Des Moines. Charles Kelch is being sponsored by the Clarion Post American Legion and Kevin Berhardt by the Clarion Jaycees. Both are juniors in the Clarion High School. Alison Arends has returned form an 11 day study tour, “Geography of the Bible” during Spring Break at UNI. The tour of the Holy Land was led by Dr. Jonathan J. Lee, associate professor of Geography at UNI in Cedar Falls and included a 1,250 mile bus trip through Isreal.

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70 Years Ago April 13, 1944 The brooder house and 350 chickens weighing over a pound each were destroyed by fire at the Mrs. George M. Nelson farm two miles southwest of Goldfield early last Wednesday morning. The house, which was located south of the buildings and the chickens were discovered completely destroyed when the Nelson family arose to do the morning chores. IT is thought the fire occurred about 5 o’clock in the morning. Prof. O. H. Moore will head Goldfield High School for another two years. Eight of the faculty will return again in the fall, having returned their signed contracts, leaving only three vacancies to be filled before the opening of school this fall. C. C. Woodin and family and Miss Eleanor Mechem were Friday supper guests at the Earl Tice home. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lamb of Belmond were Friday evening visitors at the Harry Daggett home. Mrs. John Fenninger, Mrs. Melvin Taylor and Miss Irene Peck were business callers in Fort Dodge Saturday.

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Remembering our loved ones....

Mabel Ladene Ackerman Mabel Ladene Ackerman, age 93, of Dows passed away Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Mary Greely Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services for Mabel were held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church in Dows. Pastor Shawn Hill officiated. Burial took place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows. Visitation was from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows. Mabel, the daughter of George “Bert” and Stella Wescott Watt, was born in Morgan Township near Dows, Iowa, on September 27, 1920. She was baptized in and was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church in Dows. She married Francis “Pete” Ackerman on Aril 1, 1951 at the United Presbyterian Church in Dows. Mabel and Pete were blessed with two children, Patti Jo and Danny. Mabel started school in Hansell, then moved to Rockford where she attended country school. At the age of nine, they moved back to near Popejoy where she attended Sunny Corner country school. She attended high school in Popejoy, where Mabel graduated in the class of 1937. After high school, Mabel went to Chillicothe, MO, and attended business college for one year. In the

fall of 1938, she returned to Dows, where Mabel worked for Rummel Drug for 14 years. Her other jobs included five and one half years as a clerk at the Iowa Liquor Store in Dows, the Dows Creamery Office until it closed in 1965, five and one half years for Glade Market, and three years as co-owner of the thrift store. Mabel’s proudest career accomplishment was her time as manager of the Iowa Liquor Store in Dows until she had to give that up due to health reasons. She was very proud of her Liquor Store Manager of the Month Award given to her in February 1977 by the Iowa Liquor Control Commission. Mabel was always a great supporter of Dows where she was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and Kensington Club. She enjoyed reading, watching television, especially Iowa State Cyclone sports and her St. Louis Cardinals, and anything that made her laugh. She was known for her great sense of humor and always had a joke or story to share. Mabel was also quite the social butterfly. You would often find her at the Texas Jams on Friday nights at the Dows Convention Center showing off her love for dance. Mabel dearly loved her grandchildren and the time she spent together with her whole family. She could always be counted on to be there for all of their school activities. Mabel is survived by her two children, Jo Spotts and Dan Ackerman both of Ames, three grandchildren, Ryan Spotts of Scottsdale, AZ, Sarah Spotts of Ames, Leah Ackerman of Des Moines, a brother, Robert Watt of Milford, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Pete, infant brother, son-in-law, Carl Spotts, sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Fred Granau, and a sister-in-law, Irene Watt. In lieu of flowers the family will direct gifts towards a memorial fund to be given to Mabel’s favorite organizations.


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William Michael Gannon William Michael Gannon, 54, from San Diego, Calif., died on Sunday, February 9, 2014, peacefully at his home. Bill was born on April 7, 1959, in Clarion to Bernard (Bud) Gannon and Marian Gannon. He graduated from Clarion

Harriett Ann (Nubby) Woodin

Harriett Ann (Nubby) Woodin, 82, of Belmond passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Funeral services for Harriett Woodin were held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the First Lutheran Church, 420 1st Street North West in Clarion with Pastor Ron Nelson officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion. Harriett was born September 21, 1931, in Des Moines, daughter of Hubert and Faye Ferris Colby. She

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Leyton Tytus Smith, 19 months. Proud grandparents are Theresa Dilliner, David Smith, and Chris and Steve Bollig, all of Stanhope. Greatgrandparents are Lunda Dillner of Stanhope, Audrey and George Bollig Jr., and Lillian Busch.

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married Richard Woodin on May 8, 1949 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Harriett graduated from Clarion High School, Clarion. She was employed as the Belmond public librarian and she also worked at Eaton’s Manufacturing. She helped Richard on the farm and was a homemaker. Harriett is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard; three daughters, Carol (Byron) Boyce of Dysart, Paula (Gary) Werner of Buckingham, and Terri (Tim) Atkins of Buckingham; six grandchildren, Jodi (Joel) Noble, Cindy Boyce (Neil Lemke), Jacob (Karen) Werner, Amanda Werner, Ashley Werner, Amber (John) Van Eaton; eight great grandchildren and brother, David (Kay) Colby. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Christopher Tourtelotte. Memorials may be directed to the family. Nubby’s greatest love was for her family. They were the entire focus of her life. She also loved fishing and taking care of any animal without a home, especially cats. Ewing Funeral Home, Clarion, was in charge of the arrangements.

Thank you friends for the cards, phone calls and visits to the hospital. A big thank you to my family for getting me home and making sure I’m comfortable. Special thanks to Arnold for filling in the gaps if the family is busy. Last but certainly not least thanks to Iowa Specialty Hospital doctors, nurses and staff in both locations. Belmond gets an A+ from me and their food is so good! Mary Lou Holley

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High School in 1977 and from Cal Lutheran majoring in Journalism 1983. He continued to receive his masters in business. He enjoyed sports, music, movies, and writing. The highlight of his life was two daughters and granddaughter. He so enjoyed sharing stories of their humor and personalities. He was survived by his daughter, Rachel Gannon and Megan Gannon, both from California, his life partner LaDonna Gannon and his granddaughter Kylee. He was also survived by his sisters, Julie (Mike) Sheriff of Flower Mound, Texas; Kathy (Bob) Deimerly of Clarion; Laurie LaRue of Des Moines; his brothers, Tim Gannon of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Scott (Tina) Gannon of Valencia, Calif.; along with many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Marian. He was loved by many and his memory will carry on for many years.

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March was a busy month at the Meadows Submitted By: The Meadows Assisted Living Well March reared its ugly head Iowa state Department of Inspections and the weather was cold, snowy, and Appeals. They come to observe and yep… more cold. We did have a our staff, check our charts, and spend few nice days sprinkled in there but time with the tenants. We work very very far and few between. hard here to make this as close to We took it all in stride and kept home and as safe as possible. We busy with many fun filled activities. received a nice round of applause We started off the month with a Dr. from our tenants and their families. Suess Day, complete with books, Barbie had a birthday, and of trivia, and many fun items. We course we cannot let that go by served up blue Jello with red fish in without talking about the history of it. You know: “one fish, two fish, red a well loved doll! Cathy brought in fish, blue fish.” Our residents thought her vintage Barbies and the ladies it was fun that they had read these spent an afternoon chatting about the stories to their kids and grandkids, changes of the doll over the years. and they are still favorites today. The tenants broke out all the green We rolled right into the Mardi Gras they could find and we celebrated St. mood with our own Mardi Gras- Patrick’s Day in fine tradition with themed party, compete with masks, punch and green Jello cake. music, and some fun snacks. Some Our Peer Helpers came on the of our tenants had been to New 12th, and Evelyn led them in making Orleans and shared stories from their bead necklaces with the tenants. We had a nice group show up, and the visits. We must thank Pastor Don girls had as much fun as the tenants. Morris for once again having our To bring in spring, we had a Lenten services every Thursday in rousing game of spring bingo with our lounge, and we are so grateful the cards full of spring items and for the large crowds we have every many fun spring prizes. We spent an afternoon chatting week. Daylight saving time came about things found in the ocean and through, and we didn’t even bat that lead to conversation about cruise an eye. Things ran smooth and trips some had taken, to the sharing everyone kept on schedule, even the of sea shells from another country. help remembered to set their clocks For our birthday party, we decided to break out the ice cream ahead. At the Resident’s Council maker and Bev whipped up some Meeting on Tuesday, Stacey Cayler, tasty, homemade ice cream that was RN Leader of Assisted Living was enjoyed by all. Happy Birthday to proud to announce that we were Mary Lester and Ivy Beckett! found ‘VIOLATION FREE’ in our Three of our talented cooks state visit. We are checked by the

{tenants} showed Bev how to make homemade noodles for our Oodles of Noodles Day. We must thank Lorraine Hertema, Helen Hilpipre, and Gladys Mitchell for coming down and showing us younger ladies how it is done. Homemade chicken and noodles will never be the same. We have had a few brave-hearted women out bundled up walking the courtyard, I think they feel they can force out old man winter and bring on spring. We continue to have Marilyn come and share fun facts on chosen topics. She joins us every Wednesday and Friday, besides doing her job at Independent Living and the gift shop. It is always a joy to have her here. We had to order a new DVD player, and we have really enjoyed having movies on alternate Saturdays and a place to do exercise tapes. I have to admit many of our sports buff tenants have been caught up in the March Madness, and we are so proud to have a team go so far. It was hard to pull some of them away from the TV. Well I am sure we will be onto April showers and hoping for some warm weather and before long we will be planting flowers and enjoying the great outdoors. Once again I would like to express my congratulations to the staff of Assisted Living on their Violation Free Survey. These girls work hard and enjoy what they do and it shows!

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Iowa Specialty Hospital is pleased to welcome Amy Tesar, D.O. to Iowa Specialty Hospital. She will be filling a new role for their facilities as a hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of patients in the hospital and has completed medical school and a residency, usually in internal medicine. As a hospitalist, Dr. Tesar will not be taking appointments to see patients. Instead, she specializes in the care of patients who have been admitted into the hospital and works directly with primary care physicians to coordinate each patient’s care. She will see hospital patients at both

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Wright County Health Department (WCHD) started in the 1940’s doing Public Health programs. In 1984, this agency became Medicare certified and began with home care to individuals needing assistance in their homes. WCHD vision statement is “Dedicated to Improving quality health care with integrity” and mission statement is: “Promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease and provide quality care.” Currently WCHD offers skilled nursing services with registered nurses working closely with your physician to provide health care in your home. Their nurses are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week with staff who live and work in your community. Services include but not limited to: injection/blood draws, ostomy therapy, wound care/certified wound care nurse, diabetic teaching, medication management, post-surgical care, health teaching for clients and families, IV therapy, tracheotomy care, and physicatric nursing. Hospice services include Medicare certified, grief support and bereavement, social work services, spiritual services, nursing, home care aides, and volunteer services. Home Care Aide Services and Homemaker services also available to assist with personal cares such as bathing, skin care, hair care, and exercises. Services can also provide light housekeeping, home management, meal planning, and budgeting. Other community services provided by WCHD include: adult health clinics, community health education, screening clinics for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, immunizations clinics, communicable disease investigation, follow-up and prevention, prenatal/post-partum education and home visits, Maternal Health, Child Health, Women Infant and Children (WIC), Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Achieve Success (HOPES), Early Head Start (EHS) programs, environmental health services, case management and waiver services. . Currently WCHD has 2 psychiatric nurses on staff, 2 social workers (1 master’s prepared), 1 wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOCN), 1 certified wound ostomy nurse (CWON), 2 Hospice certified nurses, 23 RNs, 2 family support workers, 11 HCAs and 7 office support staff. Cost of services may be paid for by Medicare or Medicaid, Medicaid waiver programs, private insurance, Eldebridge Area Agency on Aging, Veterans Administration, State or Federal Grants, and Private pay (sliding scale). Referral or requests for services may be made by physicians, nurses, social and health agencies, families, individuals, and friends. Please contact Wright County Health Department and Hospice for Wright County at 515-532-3461 or 1-800-9441713 with questions or referrals.

Spring Coin Show coming to high school in Clarion Clarion’s annual free, spring coin show is Saturday, April 12, at the Clarion-Goldfield High School at 1111 Willow Drive in Clarion. Watch for the signs. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch, served by the Clarion Boy Scouts, will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be three-dozen tables of coins, stamps, tokens, silver, gold,

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currency and collectibles. Dealers from several states will be present. Dealers will be buying and selling. Free appraisals will be given. Collectors of all ages are welcome. There will be merchandise in all price ranges. The show is organized and conducted by the members of the 50-year-old Clarion Coin Club, one

of the oldest and most active coin clubs in Iowa. For more information contact Boyd LaRue, club president, at 515-532-0056.

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Seeking hands on Soybean Seed Operations/Production Plant Manager that will be strong on the operations side of the business. Soybean Seed Plant experience very helpful! The ideal candidate will be familiar with the North Central Iowa area, and have experience in conditioning, bagging, testing, and warehousing of soybean seed. This position requires a “Take Charge” type person that can think on their feet and make decisions. A mechanically inclined individual for maintenance purposes is a plus. This person does not need past seed production experience, but must have seed processing plant experience, with the capability to understand seed cleaning. A farm background is preferred. This position will hire, train the new hire. BS in Agriculture a plus but not required. Benefits: Expenses, Health Insurance and retirement match after probation period. Please submit your resume to JOBS, P.O. Box 153, Clarion IA 50525

Wright County Secondary Road Department has an opening for a full-time road maintenance employee at the Eagle Grove Maintenance. Primary job classification is Patrol Operator. Application form and job description is available at the Wright County Engineer’s Office, 416 5th Ave SW, PO Box 269, Clarion, IA 50525, telephone 515-532-3597 or at , click on “Employment” and then “Application Form.” Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 18th at 3:30 pm. Wright County is an equal opportunity employer.

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Clarion-Goldfield fifth graders show off their marketing plans. Left to right: Ashley Sorio, Nicole Waters, Brenna Cross, Elias Cortez.

Clarion-Goldfield 5th Graders Participate in Entrepreneurship Workshop The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center conducted an Entrepreneur for a Day program (E4D®) at the Clarion-Goldfield Elementary School on Thursday, March 27, in Clarion and at NIACC on April 2 for the Clarion-Goldfield 5th grade students. Over 70 students participated in the two-session program sponsored by Wright County Economic Development through a $1,400 grant from the Wright County Charitable Foundation. The Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D®) program is dedicated to teaching 5th grade students the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and how to start a business. The program encourages them to view entrepreneurship

as a viable career pathway and understand that passions can become vocations. During this two session program, participants experience business planning, financial literacy, marketing concepts, work place concepts, social responsibility and team-building skills. This marks the first step in getting entrepreneurship education into the schools. During the first day, trained facilitators visit the students’ classroom and get them excited about the program by introducing terms and concepts of entrepreneurship. The second day, students are invited to visit the NIACC campus where they choose a product, borrow money from a bank, buy resources they will need, make the product, then sell the product and determine if they made a profit. The visit concludes

with a tour of NIACC which offers students a sense of campus life, diversity and validates college. Many of these students may be the first generation in their families to attend college, and the campus presence enables the students to make a post-secondary connection. Nineteen school districts and over 1,500 5th grade students in North Iowa will participate in E4D this school year. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is located on the North Iowa Area Community College campus in Mason City and provides college level courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North Iowa region.  

Chorus Division I Winners

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2014 Clarion-Goldfield Instrumental Music Department Results

Saturday, April 5, several CGHS instrumental music students competed at Solo/Small Ensemble State Contest at Manson NW Webster High School in Manson, Iowa. The instrumental music department received 6 Division I (Superior) ratings, 7 Division II (Excellent) ratings, and 4 Division III (Good) ratings. The students represented CGHS very well and performed to the best of their abilities. Thank you to Monte Leichsenring and Jennifer Littlejohn for rehearsing with the students and accompanying them at contest.

6 Division I (Superior) Ratings Elizabeth Lockwood flute solo Michael EnTin.......................................................................percussion solo Michael McHale.......................................................baritone saxophone solo Trey Jackson.........................................................................percussion solo Elizabeth Lockwood, Kaitlynn Fields, Sierra Dirksen ......... flute ensemble Noah Maxheimer, Colten Langfitt, Cody Kapka, Michael McHale................................ saxophone ensemble 7 Division II (Excellent) Ratings Adam Keller................................................................ tenor saxophone solo Lydia Schroeder........................................................................ trumpet solo Cody Kapka...................................................................alto saxophone solo Brian Dean................................................................................ trumpet solo Eveie Sherman...................................................................bass clarinet solo Michael EnTin, Kirby Simmons, Trey Jackson, Colten Langfitt percussion ensemble Jarrod Littlejohn, Tyler Steiner, Briannan Purcell....... percussion ensemble 4 Division III (Good) Ratings Colten Langfitt...............................................................alto saxophone solo Jamiin Braadland...................................................................... trumpet solo Zach Frye.................................................................................. trumpet solo Hannah Kapka, Angelica Nunez, Noah Maxheimer.... saxophone ensemble

Band Division I Winners

1st Row (l to r) Kaitlynn Fields, Trey Jackson, Michael EnTin, Noah Maxheimer 2nd Row (l to r) Michael McHale, Sierra Dirksen, Elizabeth Lockwood, Cody Kapka, Colten Langfitt Not pictured, Jenna Kraft, Brogan Avery

2014 Clarion-Goldfield Vocal Music Department Results

Saturday, April 5, several CGHS vocal music students competed at Solo/Small Ensemble State Contest at Manson NW Webster High School in Manson, Iowa. The vocal music department received 12 Division I (Superior) ratings, 9 Division II (Excellent) ratings, 5 Division III (Good) ratings, and 1 Division IV (Fair) rating. The students represented CGHS very well, performed to the best of their abilities, and were complimented at contest for a job well done. Mr. Ackerman was very appreciative of the efforts from Jenifer Littlejohn who helped the students in Mr. Ackerman’s absence. She also accompanied 8 groups at contest.

12 Division I (Superior) Ratings ***The group listed below received a perfect ballot and an outstanding performer award*** Megan Hoing, Amanda Nerem, Elizabeth Lockwood, Brogan Avery, Jossie Sann, Kirby Simmons, Trenton Sann, Colten Langfitt, Evan Ulven............................................mixed ensemble . ***Mikaela Livengood received a perfect ballot for her solo performance*** Mikaela Livengood.........................................................................vocal solo Elizabeth Lockwood.......................................................................vocal solo Alexis Harrington............................................................................vocal solo Colten Langfitt................................................................................vocal solo Michael McHale..............................................................................vocal solo Elizabeth Lockwood, Kirby Simmons........................................... vocal duet Mikaela Livengood, Alexis Harrington......................................... vocal duet Kirby Simmons, Trenton Sann....................................................... vocal duet Amanda Nerem, Samantha Nerem................................................ vocal duet Celeste Swanson, Mikaela Livengood, Jenna Kraft, Melissa Fregoso, Alexis Harrington, Rilley Ring-Foss.........................treble clef ensemble .

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Mikaela Livengood, Alexis Harrington, Colten Langfitt, Michael McHale..............................................................mixed ensemble 9 Division II (Excellent) Ratings Kirby Simmons...............................................................................vocal solo Amanda Nerem...............................................................................vocal solo Megan Hoing, Jossie Sann............................................................. vocal duet Amanda Nerem, Elizabeth Lockwood, Jossie Sann.......treble clef ensemble Megan Hoing, Amanda Nerem, Elizabeth Lockwood, Brogan Avery, Jossie Sann, Breckie Clark, Frances Kem.................treble clef ensemble Kennedy Goodell, Lydia Schroeder, Samantha Nerem, Claire Davis, Mekenzie Alberts, Brittany Boeset......treble clef ensemble Jordan Hennigar, Taylor Hagie, Tabetha Waller, Briannan Purcell, Cierra Milner, Jenna Kraft, Chloe Johnson, Emma Konvalinka, Chelsie Dow..............................................................treble clef ensemble Kirby Simmons, Trenton Sann, Colten Langfitt, Ryan Basinger, Michael McHale, Jacob Harvey, Evan Ulven, Dustin Weist........................................... bass clef ensemble Amanda Nerem, Samantha, Kirby Simmons, Trenton Sann...................................................................mixed ensemble 5 Division III (Good) Ratings Amanda Nerem, Colten Langfitt.................................................... vocal duet Elizabeth Lockwood, Jenna Kraft.................................................. vocal duet Trenton Sann, Jossie Sann............................................................. vocal duet Kennedy Goodell, Claire Davis..................................................... vocal duet Jenna Kraft, Kennedy Goodell, Claire Davis..................treble clef ensemble 1 Division IV (Fair) Rating Jordan Hennigar, Eveie Sherman................................................... vocal duet

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Local Girls Recognized for writing efforts Caylee White and Emma Conlon were recognized by the Iowa Mothers Association for their entries in the 2014 “What My Mother Means to Me”, writing contest. Winners were announced at the state meeting held in early April. Caylee, daughter of Misty and Mike White, and Emma, daughter of Nikki and Tom Conlon, both of Clarion were honored for their 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the statewide contest. It is open to all 5th grade students and must be less than 150 words. Caylee’s essay: My family includes one older brother, two older sisters, my twin brother, me and my dad and dad. My mom always did things for us like getting up and making breakfast and getting us kids on the bus for school. Sometimes she’d say, “Pack

a few clothes, we’re going to Adventureland” or “We’re going to the county fair.” How she always says, “I love you and I don’t want you to get hurt.” She compliments me and makes me feel better. Now she is sick with cancer. She can’t do as much as she did. We have to get our own breakfast and other things. It makes me sad to see her and not know what might be next. When she can’t come to me as fast, I feel lonely. She still supports us by having others help. She’ a really nice mom who loves all of our family. I love you, MOM! Emma’s essay: Every mom has a purpose in life, loveliness, daring, and so on. But my mom is outgoing, outstanding, and unbelievably fun. My love

for her is as hot as the sun’s core, colder than the lowest temperature, louder than a lion’s roar, and quieter than a creeping mouse’s tip toe. I hug her when I ‘m able, sometimes even snuggles (you’re never too old to snuggle!). I’ve written her two poems that she still loves, and last but never least, I tell her every day that I love her. So what does my mother mean to me? Well, everything. Anything that says, ‘I love my mom’, has my name written all over it. She means the WORLD to me. So sorry moms everywhere, my mom is just truly the best! The top state winner received a gift certificate from the state group and her entry will advance to the National Competition.

Simmons Part of Grand March

Clarion’s own Tom Simmons (center) was honored to be part of the Grand March leading the medal winners into the arena on Saturday, Feb. 22. The 25 men and women who work as scorers and timers are a critical part of the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament. Tom has helped out for the past 8 years as a time keeper for the tournament. Assistant Executive Director and State Tournament Manager Alan Beste was quoted in the program as saying “Our scorers and timers are the mainstays of the tournament. Their dedication and hard work allows them to do a difficult job and endure long hours with little pay. We are extremely proud of them.” (Photo courtesy of MugShots by Jim)

Clarion-Goldfield Middle School releases

Writing Winners

Caylee White and Emma Conlon, both 5th graders at Clarion-Goldfield School, were awarded 2nd and 3rd placings respectively in a state of Iowa Contest, sponsored by the Iowa Mothers Association (IMA). Their essays were under 150 words, handwritten on notebook paper on the topic of “What My Mother Means to Me”. It was open to 5th graders across Iowa. Pictured (from left) Carter Bridges, TAG instructor; Emma Conlon; Elementary Guidance Counselor Sarah Kakacek; Caylee White; and Miriam Jensen of the IMA who presented both girls with a small gift for their writing efforts.

The Clarion-Goldfield Middle School has released the honor rolls for the Hex 4 honor roll for the Clarion, Goldfield and Dows community school students. A Honor Roll Sixth grade: Cael Ahrends, Kaden Bricker, Lacy Buchanan, Elissa Dames, Drake Green, Malena Grummitt, HannahJo Gustafson, Quinn Hansch, Courtney Harle, Remi Johnson, Kylie Klaver, Caleb Krueger, Alexa Krukow, Maya LaRue, Cole Lindaman, Maximus Pamperin, Hannah Perkins, Blaire Rasmussen, William Stuck, Hannah Tew and Paige Willey. Seventh grade: Megan Askelsen, Derek Bell, Christian Dames, Matthew Jacobsen, Emily Kapka, Vanessa Kolb, Jade LaRue, Colby Lienenmann, Makena Marker, Ava Meek, Sarah Seaba, Chloe Stevenson, and Cayla White. Eighth grade: Tanner Abbas, Angela Castro, Makenzie Goodell, Brenna Harklau, Cheyenne Harle, Connor Johnson, Meleah Johnson, Hayden Klaver, Abigail Kraft, Faith Nelson, Karlie Sellner, Riley State, and Bryce Tegtmeyer.

Wendel receives Racing season underway, accounting Palmer takes second at Algona Despite the recent snow that the area Mason City were postponed. award at AIB Sara Wendel of Clarion has received an Accounting Academic Achievement Award at AIB College of Business. To be considered for the recognition, Wendel and 43 other honorees were required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher in all their classes – not just accounting – through the Winter 2013-2014 academic term. Eligible students were reviewed by the Accounting faculty. Wendel is earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting at AIB.

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Grant Van Der Linden a sophomore from Belmond has achieved academic ranking in the top 2 percent of students in the College of Business at Iowa State University.

received, the Algona Speedway held their Frostbuster special as scheduled last Saturday, April 5. Chad Palmer of Renwick was the only Wright County area driver taking part, and drove his #14 stock car to second place in the evening’s feature event. A couple of other tracks were not as fortunate, as openers at Britt and

Hancock County Speedway will try again this Friday, April 11, to open their season schedule, with the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City set to start this Saturday, April 12. The I-35 Speedway in Mason City will also attempt to get their first program in on Sunday.

Time to get your bucket/bottle calf The Wright County Cattlemen’s Association and Wright County Farm Bureau are again sponsoring a bucket/bottle calf show to encourage and promote future participation in 4-H. The show will be held at the Wright County Junior District Fair in Eagle Grove on Sunday, July 13 at 1 p.m. The show is open to any Wright County youngster who has completed kindergarten through age 12, based on age as of Sept. 15 of the previous year. Participants do not have to currently belong to a 4-H club. Interested youth need to select any newborn or orphan calf (steer or heifer, beef or dairy) born between March 1 and June 1. The calf

must be identified before June 1 by filling out an identification form and sending it to Kathy at Wright County Farm Bureau, Box 347, Clarion, IA, 50525. The bucket/bottle calf show will be divided into classes based on the age of the exhibitor. Each exhibitor will also be interviewed in regard to the management and care of the calf as part of the judging process. Identification and entry forms have sent to last year’s participants. If any youth is interested in this project and needs more information, please contact Shorty or Larry Anderson at 515-532-2912. You may also pick up entry and identification forms at the Farm Bureau office in Clarion.

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By Karen Weld **Congratulations and thanks to the C-G Middle School Peer Helpers and staff for another successful “Bridging the Gap Night” for seniors, retirees, and grandparents in our area. ** Note from IRP group: “Iowa River Players offers a new opportunity to support the theatre, as we come into our 15th year. “Patrons” is an exciting level of support for the theatre and its work. For a $50 contribution, patrons receive 5 tickets to any performances; gala kick-off celebration; listed names in programs & newsletters; PatronOnly Opening Night Reception, to mention but a few. Memberships may be ordered by calling Shannon Walker at 1-515-851-8487; Pam Townsend at 1-515-851-1047, or stop at Steve’s PC Clinic on Main Street in Belmond. ** Saturday, Apr. 12 - Eagle Grove Citywide Garage Sales, all over town. Call 1-515-448-4745 for more information. ** Clarion Coin Club Spring Show at the C-G High School on Saturday, Apr. 12 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call Boyd LaRue for more information 1-515532-0056. ** “Sister City” Pancake Dinner on Saturday, Apr. 12 from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Woolstock Community Hall. Join them. For more information, call Bryan Claude 1-55-839-5677. ** Join Clarion M & Ms as they work to raise money for Aquatic

Center passes for others at “pizza night” - Pizza Ranch on Monday, Apr. 14 from 5 - 8 p.m. Dine in or carryout; bussing tables for tips plus a percentage of the gross proceeds. ** From Wright County ISU Horticulture department: “Attracting Birds & Butterflies to the Home Landscape”, on Thursday, Apr. 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Clarion office. Call to RSVP or for more information - 1-515-532-3453. ** Lots of Easter Egg Hunts in Wright County; all on Saturday, Apr. 19. Clarion’s begin at 9 a.m.Aquatic Park (CGHS in case of bad weather (call 1-515-432-2482 for more information); Belmond’s at City Park - 9 a.m. (call 1-641-4443041 for more information; Dows at Dows School at 10 a.m.; Eagle Grove at Greenwood Park in Eagle Grove (weather permitting) for kids 10 and under; Goldfield’s at Old School Park beginning at 9 a.m. Come and enjoy the fun. ** The 14th annual Clarion Fitness Center/C-G Schools 5K ‘Fun Run’ at Lake Cornelia is coming Saturday, Apr. 19th - 10:30 a.m. Registration forms at Clarion Fitness Center, clarionfitnesscenter@gmailcom or call 1-515-532-3500 to request forms. Packet pick up will be the day before, between 7-10 a.m. or 2 - 5:30 p.m. Early registration is over. Day of event: $25/individual or $35/ family. Fee includes one free t-shirt; additional shirts: $9 each. ** From Diane at Security Savings

Wright County Charitable Foundation spring granting period open until Tuesday, April 15 Wright County Charitable Foundation will grant approximately $50,000 to qualifying non-profit projects in the spring of 2014. Wright County non-profit organizations still have time to submit grant applications for funding to help complete their dream projects. Application forms have been simplified to make it even easier to apply. The Wright County Charitable Foundation 2014 Spring Granting Period opened on
 March 14, and applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. 

Late applications will not be considered. Each grant applicant is required to match a portion of the funds nec-

essary to complete the project; volunteer labor hours can be considered as match, along with the funds needed to complete each project. For more information, contact the office of Wright County Economic Development in the Courthouse. You can reach Brad or Colleen at 515-532-6422 or wced@co.wright. 

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during bloom, lightly rake the mulch over the strawberry plants. Should I fertilize my strawberries in spring? Established plantings of Junebearing strawberries should not be fertilized in spring. Spring fertilization stimulates foliar growth, produces softer berries and increases disease problems. Lush, vegetative growth may make picking difficult. Also, soft berries are more likely to be attacked by fruit rots. As a result, a spring fertilizer application may reduce fruit yield. Fertilizer should be applied to June-bearing strawberries during the renovation process immediately after the last harvest of the season. Apply approximately 5 pounds of 10-10-10 or a similar analysis fertilizer per 100 feet of row. Everbearing and day-neutral strawberries can be fertilized in early spring and again in early August. Apply 5 pounds of 10-10-10 or a similar analysis fertilizer per 100 feet of row. When is the best time to plant strawberries? Early spring (April) is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa. Apply and incorporate the recommended type and amount of fertilizer (based on soil test results) into the top 6 to 8 inches of soil prior to planting. If the fertility level of the soil is unknown, apply and incorporate 1 pound of 1010-10 or a similar analysis fertilizer per 100 square feet.

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Dows Community Calendar Thursday, Apr. 10 • Golf at Eagle Grove, 4 p.m. Friday, Apr. 11 • Girls’ track at Hampton, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 14 • Senior Dinner at Senior Center at noon. Call for reservations. • Boys’ track at Forest City, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 15 • Boys’ track at Clear Lake, 4:30 p.m. • Golf at Humboldt, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 17 • Girls’ track at North Iowa, 5 p.m. Friday, Apr. 18 • Good Friday. No school. Saturday, Apr. 19 • Harmony Club Bake Sale at DCCC from 9-11 a.m.

• Commercial Club’s Easter Egg Hunt at the school grounds, beginning at 10 a.m. If the weather is bad, the hunt will be moved indoors. Two age groups. Monday, Apr. 21 • Girls’ golf at Clarmond, 4:30 p.m. • Boys’ track at Hampton, 4:30 p.m. • Dows School Board to meet at Superintendent’s Office, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 22 • Girls’ golf at Clarmond, 4:30 p.m. • Boys’ golf at Clear Lake, 4:30 p.m. • Girls’ track at Garner, 4:30 p.m. • Boys’ track at Belmond, 5 p.m.

The Dows Harmony Club will hold a Bake Sale & Coffee at the Dows Community Building on Saturday, Apr. 19, from 9 – 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to fund the Dows Library’s Summer Reading Program for local children. The Summer Reading Program will be held at the Dows Library on the first four Wednesdays in July from 10 a.m.-noon. All children from 5 – 11 years of age may attend. Preregistration is required. The theme this year is FIZ BOOM READ. Watch for more information on the library webpage dows.lib. or stop in the library.

By Marillyn Korth No writing last week. It was a pretty quiet time, but we seem to be having lots of friends in the hospital or very ill. Then we have several who have died. Our friend, Chuck Holmes and a Coulter neighbor, Harlan Abbas. I had Chuck’s daughter Sherry in first grade and Till and Terry were in the same grade. He was a fine man and was a good community man. Also a good family man. His wife, Leola, is a Morgan girl. Harlan Abbas lived near Coulter and was also a very good man. I didn’t know him as well as Chuck, but I know some of his family and they are very nice. Today, we heard that Margret Ellis passed away. She had some health problems and finally succumbed. Our sincere sympathies to the Ellis, Abbas and Holmes families. Losing a husband, wife or a parent is never easy, but the concern of friends and families is a great help. This is a busy week. I have an eye appointment in Ames, Marlea has a doctor’s appointment in Ackley and we are going to the Alden Tea on Saturday. By next week I should be able to drive. It has been good to have Marlea to drive me around. The birds are going nuts around here. They fly into the yard and then up into the trees and screech their

Tigerette track starts the season strong-April 16, 1981 By Rob Ahrens The Dows Tigerettes opened dash, running 70.6. their track season with a good effort In the mile relay, the same at the Queens Relays at NESCO last team placed 6th in 4:57 which was Monday, April 6 against ten other a disappointment to the girls. “I teams in their division. This year’s think this shows that we don’t quite members are Jenny Houck, Nicole have enough of the conditioning Muhlenbruch, Lori Patterson, Kris that we’ll need to run well in three Ritter, Lori Sharar and Lavonne events,” said Coach Don McCurley, Wenzel. “This was a good effort and I think Nicole opened Dows scoring the girls can see the potential they with a fourth place finish in the shot have, now it depends on how hard put with a toss of 30’8”, a personal they are willing to work to develop record by over a foot. Lori Sharar that potential.” picked up a point with a sixth place Rob is compiling a look back at inin the high jump, clearing 4’4”, well teresting happenings from old issues below her potential. Kris Ritter won of the Dows Advocate on a weekly her preliminary heat in the 100 yard basis. If you have any ideas of the dash but the time did not place her in timing of interesting occurrences the finals. from years past that you would like The Tigerettes started off well in to read about, contact Rob at rothe finals, taking second in the two mile relay. Nicole Muhlenbruch led off with a solid 2:52 for the first 880 leg, followed by Lori Patterson and Lavonne Wenzel who moved the Tigerettes into second place. Anchor Join the Dows Senior Citizens runner, Jenny Houck, took the baton out very quickly and held off a strong when they meet at noon at the Dows challenge at the wire to preserve the Senior Center on Monday, Apr. 14. Their menu will be ham balls, scalsecond place finish, in 11:58. The sprint medley relay team loped potatoes, green beans, assorted of Wenzel, Patterson, Muhlenbruch salads, and dessert. If you don’t get a call and want to and Sharar placed sixth in 2:12 with another good finish. Lori Sharar come, call Pat at 852-3557, or Jan at also placed fourth in the 440 yard 4491.

heads off. They aren’t big enough for blackbirds, so I think they are starlings. They dive bomb each other and are lots of fun to watch. My little boys were here yesterday. Justin was busy drawing and writing. Emmett was tired and sat on my lap and went to sleep. There is nothing that warms your heart more than that little body curled up on your arm. The boys have birthdays this month. Justin will be six and Emmitt three. My little boys will be big boys before I know it. Then look out! We will soon have a little girl in the family, so that will be fun. Easter will soon be here. It is late this year, but it is sneaking up on me. My March was spent in the hospital the last two years. This last one was short and sweet, but I still am pretty slow. By the time I get my lovely white socks and clothes on, it is time to get ready for bed! Not really, but it seems like it. The snowbirds are coming home. It will be good to see them again. They surely missed a long old winter this year. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I know spring is really going to be here and I look forward to seeing my friends at the care facilities soon. Till next time. MK.


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Iowa Legislators Discuss Economic Development By Travis Fischer Five Iowa Legislators came together Friday to meet with North Iowans about the state’s economic development plans. Sen. Amanda Ragan (D) invited her colleges, Sen. William Dotzler

updating the audience about the work he has been doing with his counterpart in the House, Rep. Dave Deyoe (R). Together, the two leaders of Iowa’s Economic Development committees have been working on a

Recognizing that high speed Internet access has become a necessity in many aspects of modern life, including businesses both big and small, Sen. Steve Sodders explained his work towards getting

(D) and Sen. Steve Sodders (D) to the meeting at NIACC’s Muse Norris Conference Center. Dotzler is the chair of the Senate’s economic development committee and Sodders is the chair of the economic growth committee. Also at the meeting was Majority Leader Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R) and Rep. Josh Byrnes (R), who joined their senate counterparts to offer first hand information of what is happening in the Iowa House of Representatives. The meeting, originally scheduled for February but delayed due to winter weather, was a rare occasion to have so many visiting legislators available in one place outside the capitol. Local government leaders, economic development directors, and otherwise interested citizens attended to ask questions and provide feedback about the state’s economic policies and how they are formed. The visiting legislators began the meeting by thanking their hosts, Sen. Ragan and Rep. Upmeyer, for their work both in and out of session. “This is the first time I’ve had Leader Upmeyer and Senator Reagan together to really thank them for their work last year to get us out of the session,” said Dotzler. “The men that were down there couldn’t come to an agreement and it was strong women leadership that got us out of there.” Contrary to the popular perception of constant conflict between rival political parties, Dotzler emphasized how well the legislators in the House and Senate have been able to find bipartisan compromises. “A lot of the times you see that we’re fighting all the time or we’re not getting along,” said Dotzler. “But to tell you the truth, we are working together.” Economic Development Senator Dotzler spoke first,

joint budget. “Although we wish the leaders would have given us a little more money to work with, we’re making that work,” joked Dotzler. Dotzler says that the state is focusing money into small business developer centers and apprenticeship programs to help provide better access to training and education for Iowa workers. “Businesses around the state have said pretty much consistently that we need a skilled workforce,” said Dotzler. Dotzler also provided information about a new Enterprise Zone bill, as current legislation is scheduled to expire. The legislation provides tax credits and other forms of economic relief to areas of Iowa that are considered economically depressed. Dotzler says that there are currently about 20 Enterprise Zones in the state. The new legislation will expand the program to 31 areas and allow the entire county of a selected area to qualify for benefits. As part of an overall economic development package, the Enterprise Zone legislation is being combined with a High Quality Jobs Program and housing incentives. Housing developments in Enterprise Zones will qualify for a tax credit, however there is a $200,000 cap per unit for new developments. When asked why the cap was set so low, Dotzler explained that it was to protect the state’s ability to afford the tax credits and pay them out in a timely manner. “I think the reason they put the cap on there, and it’s something we can still discuss, is that there’s an overall cap on the amount of tax credits we can redeem in a given year,” said Dotzler. “In fact, in creating this program, there’s kind of a backlog already. Broadband Expansion

more Iowans sufficiently connected to the World Wide Web. Sodders was placed on a task force by Governor Branstad to expand high speed Internet access across the state. That task force developed recommendations that have become bills in both the House and Senate. “We’re trying to get it to every Iowan,” said Sodders. “We’ve got tons of fiber out there. What we don’t really have is that last mile from this piece of fiber to your house.” The “last mile” problem is the largest hurdle for providing high speed Internet throughout the state. Like electricity, water, gas, or any other utility, building the infrastructure to provide broadband access to every individual house is an expensive endeavor that will need government assistance to complete. “At some point we all decided that was a good thing to get out and at some point we helped,” said Sodders. “This is the next thing.” Expecting a three year process, the legislature will develop programs and seek federal money to aid in expanding high speed Internet access to rural areas. One option that has been discussed is using funds from Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) to pay for broadband infrastructure going to school buildings. Originally the bill Sodders worked on included utilizing the ICN, the state operated fiber optics network created for public access. However, other legislators have been reluctant to allow the public network to compete with private Internet Service Providers. The INC

provisions were pulled from the House bill and are expected to be removed from the Senate bill. “Right now it’s too big of a stumbling block,” said Sodders, who is still hopeful that ICN policy can be modified in the future. “Because this is a two or three year process, we have time that we can go back and see if there’s a better way of using the ICN than we’re using it now.” Quality Of Life It’s no secret that Iowa’s young leave the state in droves, taking their talent and economic potential with them. Senator Dotzler emphasized that Iowa is in a “War for Talent” and that making the state a place young people want to live in is essential to the economy. “Businesses usually follow the talent, so it’s important that your communities really do things to renovate and upgrade quality of life initiatives,” said Dotzler. “One of the things I think is real key to economic development, even more important that the incentives that we give to businesses, is really trying to develop our communities to make them an attractive place for Millennial workers.” Dotzler related a story about how a seemingly frivolous program promoting water activities has succeeded in providing entertainment for the younger generation and that recreational trails and programs to emphasize arts and culture are key to economic growth. “We need to continue to put resources into those programs that weren’t traditionally looked at as economic development, but they really are,” said Dotzler. “Don’t brush off our community tourism and recreational stuff as not being economic development because it really truly is.” One of the biggest challenges Dotzler has faced is convincing the more practically minded legislators that economic development cannot have an all work and no play philosophy. “It’s been a long process to try and educate legislators to understand the real value of it,” said Dotzler. “I know some of my rural colleagues who work hard out there in agriculture have a hard time visualizing spending tax dollars on a bike trail because they view that as being a little bit of fluff that we don’t need, but really those are the kind of things that help determine who is going to stay in a community.” Economic Development Authority Created in 2011 when Governor Branstad returned to office, the Economic Development Authority Board is a board of appointees from private businesses designed to replace Iowa’s Department of Economic Development. Senator Dotzler expressed his thoughts on the program throughout its development. “Quite frankly, I had kind of As you are spending this Shabbat with your family or fellowship, we’d like to invite you to visit us online 24 hours a day for valuable Trusted Torah Teachings.

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a negative opinion of it when it first started,” said Dotzler, who conceded that it was only fair to support Governor Branstad’s efforts upon his election, noting that the Republican controlled legislature allowed Governor Tom Vilsak to run with his signature piece when he was in office. “When Governor Branstad got re-elected back into office, he really worked hard on this. As Senators, we felt we ought to let them run with their idea.” In spite of his initial reservations about the program, especially with the problems of cronyism found in similar programs around the country, Dotzler is happy with the work Iowa’s Economic Development Authority and Innovation Council has done. “I gotta tell you,” said Dotzler. “What we put together and what the governor worked on, I think is pretty successful.” One of the successes has been putting together a plan for the state to help purchase one of the largest 3-D printers in the world for the University of Northern Iowa. “This thing has the capability of making a mold the size of a Volkswagon Beetle,” said Dotzler. With 3-D printing rapidly becoming an important part of the manufacturing industry, putting printers in Iowa universities gives local students the best chance of being involved as the technology develops. “They’re excited that we’re training the next generation of students that can run these machines,” said Dotzler. “Our universities are so important to training the future work force and I think this innovation council is really pushing people in that direction.” Gas Tax and Infrastructure Sometimes in politics, the biggest obstacle isn’t a rival political party, but your own constituents.

Legislators from both sides of the aisle expressed frustration in the difficulty of trying to maintain Iowa’s roads and bridges with an insufficient gas tax. Rep. Byrnes expressed his perpetual optimism in getting a gas tax increase, but admitted that the situation did not look good. “I think it’s sad that politics is interfering with something as important as infrastructure,” said Byrnes. “I think it’s sad there are so many folks who are worried about re-election next year that we can’t be getting this done this year, because the longer we wait, the more expensive this gets.” The argument made by the legislators is that bridge and road repairs will have to be done one way or the other. With approximately 25% of the fuel tax money coming from out-of-state drivers, it is less expensive for Iowans in the long run to raise the gas tax than it is to pay for repair work through property taxes. “The public needs to understand that some of these roads and bridges are going to get fixed,” said Saddler. “The Supervisors don’t want a dangerous bridge out there, so they’re going to fix it. They’re going to bond and that money gets paid back on your property tax, not on fuel.” Dotzler said he has also felt pushback from his constituents about his support of a gas tax increase, but remains convinced it is the best course of action. “As individual legislators, we need to get out there and continually try to educate the public about how important this is,” said Dotzler. “If you talk about bonding, we’re 100% paying for it. But if you add it to the fuel tax, people traveling through Iowa use our roads too and they should have a little more responsibility.”

A Few More Details on the Centrum Valley Fire By Matt Voigts

As reported last week, on March 30, 150,000 chickens died from fire and its resulting effects at a Centrum Valley egg processing facility near Galt. Following concerns about the facility and changing winds, the Clarion Fire Department was called out to the barn’s smoldering wreckage on Monday, April 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. “We dumped a bunch more water on that, but couldn’t penetrate [the tin remains],” said Brian Marker, chief of Clarion’s Fire Department. According to Marker, the burned barn – the northernmost of 14 – was the final stop in the

facility’s internal conveyor and packaging network, which is currently in operation. Marker said that he has not personally entered the facility, and no firefighters entered during the fire. Any potential external inquiries into the fire and its causes would be conducted by state agencies. “When you have no smoke or no flames there’s pretty much no life to it,” Marker said of further danger. Centrum Valley issued a statement the night of the fire, but has thus far declined to comment directly to the Monitor.

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