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Serving Cerro Gordo County and the communities of Rockwell, Swaledale, Meservey, Thornton & Dougherty

Vol. 123 No. 15 • Thursday, April 10, 2014

P.O Box 203, Rockwell, IOWA 50469 •

Rockwell meets with mosquito control By Travis Fischer Rich Welter, owner of, Mosquito Control of Iowa visited with the council during their meeting on, April 2 to update the new council members about his service. Beyond simply spraying pesticides, Mosquito Control operates an inhouse lab for analyzing different types of mosquito, which identifies if the insects are disease carrying and allows them to take appropriate measures against them. The chemical they use is a synthetic insecticide that eliminates insects but has a low toxicity to mammals, similar to the active ingredient in lice shampoo. Based on a natural pyrethroid, the synthetic chemical retains its insect killing potency while reducing the toxic elements that pose a risk to humans. “The man-made chemical is actually safer than the natural is,” said Welter. Welter says that his company tries for 10 to 12 sprayings a year, which could range from storm sewer treatment to aerial sprays to barrier control. “To me, it’s some of the best money we can spend,” said council member Mike Flatness. The council passed a motion to accept Mosquito Control’s bid for another year of treatment, which Welter set at an even $6,000. Moving on to the Madison Street Bridge, the city has signed the necessary contracts and mailed them back to the Department of Transportation. All that is left for the council to do is prepare for construction to begin. In other business, the Rockwell Public Library will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m.—Noon. This year’s Easter Egg hunt will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Ziedler Park. Finally, council member Tim Brown noted that Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread across the state, now found as close as Waterloo, and that the city should be prepared to remove and replace infected trees with a variety of other species. “More than likely it’s already here,” said Brown. “Rockwell has a lot of ash trees and it could get expensive.”

Thornton reviews housing program; seeks mosquito control By Travis Fischer The Thornton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, night at City Hall. Dana Heimbuch of NIACOG was present at the meeting to update the council about the results of the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation program. The city applied to the program in 2010, asking for funds to renovate eight houses in Thornton. More than $200,000 was awarded, with the city throwing in matching funds of $16,000, to renovate selected homes in the city, including a ninth house that was renovated with the leftover funds. “That’s kind of a freebie almost,” said Heimbuch. Completed last year, the nine renovated houses boosted the housing stock of the city by $180,117. “It was a good deal,” said Mayor Brian Crowell. Steven O’Neil of Emergency Management attended the meeting to introduce himself to the council and inform them about his organization. Emergency Management is there to help cities establish emergency plans and navigate the legalities of emergency financial services from departments like FEMA. O’Neil cited cases where FEMA has unexpectedly asked communities to return emergency funds that they’ve deemed excessive. “My job is to see that if something happens to Thornton, or any of our other cities, you don’t get stuck like that,” said O’Neil. In old business, council members Shelby Steenhard and Michael Younge reported their findings while shopping for a new lawnmower for the city. After examining their options, the council settled on a John Deere mower, but then debated the merits of a standard discharge mower or paying an additional $1,000 for a rear discharge mower. Noting the advantage of saving mowing time and reducing the risk throwing rocks, the council approved the purchase of the rear discharge mower from Phelps Implement for $15,413.51. The council also discussed pest control for the summer, as Mosquito Control of Iowa has yet to contact the city about paying for last year’s services, much less arranging a new contract. Looking for alternatives to Mosquito Control, the council discussed options for purchasing their own spray equipment and either hiring a qualified person to spray or training a city employee to do the job. In other business, City Clerk Michelle Duff reported that the city now has its own Facebook page, which already has more than 50 followers. The city is also still working on establishing official email addresses for council members and the mayor. The council also determined that, with the weather warming up, the city would not be extending the $20 water bill credit through April and that residents who run a constant stream of water to avoid frozen pipes must do so at their own expense. Water mains are scheduled to be flushed on April 14 and the first tornado siren test of the year is scheduled for April 21.

Dougherty farm receives Golden Silo Award

This massive 40’x140’ barn stands on the Tyden Farm No. 6. (Submitted Photo) Presented by Silos & Smokestacks Trustee Doug Reimer, Director of Land O’Lakes of Guttenberg. The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture. This year’s award recipient was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 as a farmstead historic district with 10 contributing buildings and structures. This farmstead was originally owned by Emil Tyden, a Swedish immigrant and mechanical genius holding 200 patents during his lifetime. One of those patents was for a metal seal to lock boxcar doors and ensure they weren’t tampered with. They’re still being used by railroads and trucking companies today. With his profits from his industrial empire, Emil established eight model farms in Floyd and Butler Counties. They weren’t just any farms; they were the most modern farms of the day. “Look to the future. Build not for next year, but for 50 years from now,” was Emil’s mantra, always insisting that any investments in the farms turn a cash profit. With that philosophy in mind, Emil invested first in soil with good drainage and fertility, then modern machinery, followed by the most modern livestock

buildings and grain storage. As a result, Tyden Farm No. 6 in Dougherty features a massive 40’x140’ barn and a 26,000-bu concrete block corncrib, both an unheard of size at that time. Tyden No. 6 was developed from 1915 to 1939 and still is in used as a working farm, today, by the Pitzenberger family. Ted & Judy Pitzenberger began their labor of love in 1994, when they bought the 10-acre farmstead site from Tyden’s descendants while a cousin bought the cropland. Ted

grew up surrounded by Tyden’s legacy to agriculture. His dad even rented one of the Tyden farms back in the 1960s. Today, Ted and two of the Pitzenbergers’ four children, sons Phil and Ian farm 3,100 acres and use the farmstead as their base of operations. More than that says Ted, “It’s been our pride and joy ever since we bought it.” After years of thoughtful restoration and renovation, the Pitzenberger family has opened up their farm for public tours and received designation as a Silos & Smokestacks Partner Site in 2011. Not only are they telling the story of Emil Tyden, they are also sharing their modern family farming story with visitors. Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, says, “Tyden Farm No. 6 of Dougherty has done a tremendous job of preserving the rich history of Emil Tyden and his passion for innovation that made him a leader in his time and someone we still recognize today.” A list of all the winners can be found on page 8

Ted and Judy Pitzenberger (center) and the Tyden Farm No. 6 received the Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture. (Submitted Photo)

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 (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 sched-

Rep. Josh Byrnes, Sen. Amanda Ragan, Rep. Linda Upmeyer, Sen. William Dotzler, and Sen. Steve Sodders visited NIACC on Friday to meet with North Iowans about economic development legislation.

Friday, April 11

Tuesday, April 15

Blood Pressure, 8:30—9:30 a.m., Franklin County Public Health, walk-in

AA meeting, 8 p.m. at Zion St. John

Monday, April 14

Thursday, April 17 Foot Clinic, 9—11 a.m. Franklin County Public Health, 641-456-5820 Immunization Clinic, 2:30—4 p.m. Franklin County Public Health, 641-456-5820

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Rockwell Public Library Open House The Rockwell Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - noon. Sandy Karabatsos will be honored at the open house. Sandy is retiring from the board after serving for 21 years. Most of the time as board president. The board and staff would like to encourage as many of the former employees and board members to attend the open house. We would like to thank you in person for your service to the library and the community. Refreshments will be served.

Easter egg hunt set for April 19 This year’s Easter egg hunt will be located at Zeidler Park in Rockwell on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. In previous years, this event was held at Linn Grove Park and the location will be changed to Zeidler Park this year. Those in Pre-K through 3rd grade are encouraged to submit a colored drawing for this year’s 5th Annual West Fork Family Medicine Easter Coloring Contest. The official coloring pages can be picked up at the Rockwell Public Library or at West Fork Family Medicine. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

39th Annual Quodlibet Variety Show

uled 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, updating the audience about the work he

The 39th annual Quodlibet variety show, Rewind, presented by North Iowa Area Community College Vocal Music Department takes place April 11-12, 2014. Performances will be held April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus. “This year’s show is a classic rewind. Each half of the show starts with 2014 and turns back the clock through the decades into the 1950’s,” said NIACC Musical Director Jayson Ryner. Modern day features of Royals, Say Something and Let it Go are balanced with classic hits from Sinatra, The Doobie Brothers, Ben E. King, the Dixie Cups, Peggy Lee and many more. The show even reaches back into the vault to include the opening number from the first Quodlibet productions. “We really strive for a balanced show where everyone will find something they enjoy,” Ryner said. “This year’s program fits that standard. Whether you are a fan of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s or current music, we have found classic music to turn back the clock.” Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets are available at either Hy-Vee grocery store in Mason City, at the door before the show or by calling the NIACC Box Office: 641-422-4188 or toll free at 1-888466-4222, ext. 4188.


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Iowa legislators discuss economic development

Fair queen contestants needed

City of Sheffield council meeting, 7 p.m. Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting, 8:30 a.m., Franklin County Courthouse, basement level

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The Franklin County Fair Queen contest needs contestants between ages 16 and 21.

Distracted driving demands immediate attention to keep roadways safe for all drivers.

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

Sing-along set for April 13 Spring is finally here and we have lots to sing about. Please join Dawn Groszkruger for an hour of community singing at the Windsor Theatre April 13, from 4-5 p.m. Ali Holmes, Coulter, will accompany a wide variety of songs and The Franklin Chorale will perform a song called “Gonna Build A Mountain” as a sneak preview of their upcoming concert. Last month’s sing-along was lots of fun with Melba playing some familiar Irish tunes. Also, Dawn traveled with the lyric books to Latimer one afternoon and led songs for the Over 60’s Club. Hopefully we’ll have lots of new people joining us at the theater. It’s truly amazing how much talent we have in our area. There is no admission charge, however if you wish to donate to the theater, a basket is provided. Bring your children, the neighbors and your grandparents. We promise a good time!

Bird watching at Lime Creek April 12 An Iowa Young Birders program is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m.-Noon at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Iowa Young Birders is a notfor-profit organization that engages young people and families with the outdoors and conservation issues through the study and enjoyment of birds. Participants will enjoy a morning searching for spring migrants on the trails of the Lime Creek Conservation Area with experienced bird watchers field trips are a great way for young birders to visit Iowa’s birding hotspots, meet other young birders, and learn from experienced leaders. All trips are open to young birders ages 8-18 and parents are encouraged to attend. Participants will receive an autographed copy of “Field Guide to Bird’s of North America” by Kenn Kaufman (funded by River City Kiwanis). Register online at:, or call 423-5309.

Drama students to present spring play The West Fork drama students will present their spring play, The Last Gladiator, on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the North Gym. Price of admission will be $4 for adults and $2 for students. The Last Gladiator is a two-act comedy written by Martin Follose. While the emperor is away at war with almost all the senators and other men of the city, the princess searches almost in vain for a husband. If she can’t find a suitable match, her father has decreed she must marry the last gladiator standing in the upcoming games. Being headstrong and very intelligent, this is the last thing this feminist leader wants. In addition, top-ranking (and draft dodging) Senator Altilis is breathing down her neck to choose him as the one lucky senator to manage the government on the home front. He schemes to get her out of the empire’s affairs by moving the date of the gladiator games up making the princess plan her dreaded wedding. Meanwhile, three peasant thieves sneak into the royal palace disguised as handmaidens, almost becoming lion food until the princess gets an idea. If she can train a fool to compete in the games, she can avoid a marriage to a brainless brute who is favored to win. The cast includes Seamus Sullivan, Devin Ridgeway, Sam Hanig, Briana Carroll, Brittany Starr, Melanie Van Horn, Alex Jirak, Tori Hurley, Celeste Staudt, Sydney Kingery, Britta Becker, Keylie Weydert, Hayley Baker, Ethan Meints and Collin Schoning. Please join us on April 11 to find out who is left standing and who goes down during the Roman gladiator games. There is marriage for the lucky winner.

DUI course offered April 19 & 20 Iowa Valley Continuing Education offers the Driving Unimpaired (DUI) classes monthly in Iowa Falls. This course is required for anyone convicted of driving under the influence, and it is authorized by the State of Iowa. The next course is Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., on the Ellsworth Community College campus, 1100 College Avenue, Iowa Falls. Attendance on both days is required. The cost is $115 for the 12-hour class. To register contact Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 641-752-4645 or 1-800-284-4823 or online at www., where the complete schedule for Marshalltown classes and Spanish DUI can also be found.

winners, Dillin Hofmeister, Grant Lehmann and Ethan Meints. Guest speakers included Britta Becker, 2013 Youth Tour participant; and Karen Mitchell, executive director for the Franklin County Development Association. At the close of the meeting the following members won $25 cash awards: Marlyn Balvanz of Iowa Falls, Lester Corporon of Dougherty, Jim Quinlan of Swaledale; VanWert Farm of Hampton, and Leland Wickwire of Aredale. Names were drawn to award two couples free Energy Trail Bus Tours to Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Bismarck, N.D. Winners were Tamra Kjormoe and Ted Vosburg of Ackley, and Lester and Linda Corporon of Dougherty. Following the annual meeting, the board of directors held an organizational meeting and elected the following officers: Marvin Janssen, president; Gordon Greimann, vicepresident; and David Keninger, secretary-treasurer.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month With ever-increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today’s busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks is something we all face daily. As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America’s and Iowa’s roadways that demands immediate attention: distracted driving. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. According to a Carnegie Mellon study, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. And a report from the National Safety Council found that people talking on cell phones or sending text messages cause more than one out of every four traffic collisions. Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group in which 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. Of those drivers involved in fatal crashes who were reportedly distracted, the 30 to 39-year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement. So the next time you are pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember those 3,328 lives that were taken because someone decided they could do two things at once. A text or call is not worth your life, or anyone else’s.

Clear Lake Earth Days seeking volunteers The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) is seeking volunteers to participate in its portion of the Clear Lake Earth Days Trash Bash. On Saturday, April 26, immediately following the 5K and 10K, INHF will host a trash pick-up at Ventura Cove woods. Volunteers are asked to meet and park just south of Ventura, in the parking lot along Balsam Ave (S-14), north of the fishing jetty. “We’re excited to have our first Clear Lake event near Ventra Cove, a place we protected some time ago,” says Mary Runkel, INHF Volunteer Coordinator. The Ventura Cove project was completed in 2006 and provided Clear Lake residents with 26 acres and an additional 1,000 feet of shore-

line to use and enjoy on the west end of Clear Lake. More information about the volunteer day and the history of the project can be found online at Registration is preferred. For more information or to register, contact Mary Runkel at 515-288-1846/ or by going online to INHF is a private, nonprofit conservation group that works with private landowners and other partners to protect Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 130,000 acres of Iowa’s natural resources.

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Clear Lake blood drive Generous volunteer blood donors are the foundation of a stable community blood supply. In fact, more than 38,000 volunteers are needed to give blood to ensure an adequate blood supply for local hospitals and patients. Giving blood is safe, simple and saves lives. Make a difference in your community and give a lifesaving gift to someone in need by giving blood at an upcoming blood drive. • Clear Lake Community Blood Drive, Saturday, April 26, from 8 - 11 a.m., at Clear Lake Christian Church, 302 Hwy 18 West. Sign up to save a life today! Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call 800.287.4903. The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center. As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit www.

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Contestants between the ages of 16 and 21 are being sought for this year’s Franklin County Fair Queen Contest. Organizations, schools, churches and individuals are being asked to nominate a young lady for the competition. Contestants must be active in at least one worthwhile organization in their community, such as a church group, girl scouts, 4-H, etc. Eligibility is not limited to 4-H or FFA membership. A county fair queen candidate must reside in the county, or if she lives in an adjoining county, the majority of her activities must be in Franklin County. The queen will reign over Franklin County Fair, July 16-20, and also represent Franklin County in the Iowa State Fair Queen competition in August. A crystal trophy will be presented to the queen sponsored by Phelps Implement, Hampton. Other prizes for the queen at the county level include a $500 scholarship sponsored by First National Bank, Franklin County Farm Bureau Insurance Agents, Franklin REC, Hauser Financial Group, and North Central Millwright, all of Hampton. The queen will also receive a crown donated by Christensen Jewelry, one dozen long stemmed roses from Carol’s Flower Box, Hampton, $100 spending money for the state contest donated by Steven Pearson, CPA, Hampton, a gift certificate and a gift from Orange Possom, Hampton, a gift certificate from Studio 13, Hampton, and a portrait from Creation’s by Doug, Latimer. The First Runner–up will be presented a gift card from Greenbelt Bank and Trust, Iowa Falls, and a gift from Christensen Jewelry, Hampton. The second runner-up will receive a gift from Christiansen Jewelry. Miss Congeniality will be presented with a gift card from Greenbelt Bank and Trust and a gift from Christensen Jewelry. A Miss Photogenic will be chosen and presented a portrait from Creations by Doug, Latimer. A complete list of queen contest rules and a ballot can be obtained at the fair office, or the name and address of nominees can be called to the fair office at 641-456-2049. Nominations must be made or postmarked by April 30, 2014.

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A crowd of 300 people, including 107 registered co-op members, attended Franklin REC’s annual meeting April 1 at the Franklin County Convention Center in Hampton. Registered members in attendance re-elected incumbent director, Gordon Meyer of Latimer, to serve a three-year term on the board of directors. During the business meeting, Fran Buckel, general manager, thanked members for supporting their cooperative. Buckel announced that Franklin REC has received a customer satisfaction score of 95 on the national American Satisfaction Customer Index survey conducted in December and January. A group of 250 randomly-selected co-op members participated in the phone survey. “This score places Franklin REC in the top nine percent of co-ops in the country,” said Buckel. Marvin Janssen, board president, introduced the 2014 Youth Tour winner, Cody O’Donnell, a sophomore at Hampton-Dumont High School. Janssen also recognized scholarship

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Sportsmanship award well-deserved I have been a West Fork cheerleader for three years, two of which I have cheered for our boys’ basketball team at state. I have also been able to watch the boys play at state as a spectator, so I have observed the tournament games and crowd involvement from two viewpoints. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) awards a sportsmanship trophy every year at the boys’ state basketball tournament. Sportsmanship is not solely dependent upon the fans, but the players, coaches/administrators, and cheerleaders as well. This year, West Fork Community School District was the recipient of this prestigious award. Richly deserved. Fan support in the community and school is very strong at West Fork. After qualifying for the state basketball tournament, West Fork Community School District sold 1,500 state basketball T-shirts in less than twenty-four hours. While competing in the tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, West Fork community was represented well with over 1,000 people in attendance. The fans were as respectful of the opponents as they were of their own coaches and players and participated in positive cheers that encouraged the team. The team demonstrated good sportsmanship through their character. Involvement in the classroom and extracurricular activities contributed in the development of the players’ lifetime values: the trustworthiness, citizenship, fairness, and respect that they demonstrated on the court. When bad calls were made, the players never acted out or talked back to the referees. Even amidst the competition, the West Fork boys’ basketball team’s spirit thrived: courteous relations and

humble acceptance of the results. Coaches and administrators demonstrated ethical behavior as well. They encouraged respect, promoted sportsmanlike-crowd behavior, and displayed modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat. No matter the outcome of a game, they congratulated all the players. Sideline benches were in control at all times, and any frustration over the outcome was refrained. Crowd behavior was well-disciplined and they participated in the sportsmanlike cheers and chants led by the cheerleaders. Their applause was given as encouragement to the team or tribute to the opponent without haste. Cheerleaders promoted good sportsmanship by cheering positive cheers that developed crowd involvement and boosted school spirit. Applause and cheering was timed appropriately: introductions made, players substituted, fine plays made, and team encouragement whether on offense or defense. No derogatory or vulgar remarks, chanting, or distractions were made. Each aspect of the people who make up the West Fork Nation played a crucial role in the awarding of the sportsmanship trophy; support and respect were displayed by all fans. Similarly, the team demonstrated astounding character and cordial relations. The coaches kept great control over the bench, administrators over the crowd and the cheerleaders cheered positive cheers at appropriate times. As well-determined by the IHSAA, West Fork fans, players, coaches, administrators and cheerleaders exercised representative behavior and displayed great respect for opponents, officials, coaches, and players. Allison Novotey, Rockwell

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 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

Creating jobs growing middle class with clean energy As a leader in wind energy and ethanol, Iowa is showing the nation that clean energy works. Bipartisan support for expanding production is helping Iowa create good jobs that strengthen our middle class. This session we approved three bills to build on Iowa’s reputation for clean energy and renewable fuels, plus the good jobs these industries create: • Senate File 2340 triples the amount of solar energy tax credits available to Iowa farmers, homeowners and businesses. It builds on the success of Iowa’s 2012 tax credit, which encourages Iowans to install solar energy systems. Jobs were created and many Iowa businesses became skilled at installing and operating solar systems. By tripling the solar tax credit, Iowa is responding to the growing demand for solar power and maximizing the benefit for Iowans from federal solar tax credits, which expire at the end of 2016.


By State Representative Linda Upmeyer House District 54 (515) 281-4618


Busy week in the House lies. The bill passed the House 95-0 and has been sent to the Senate for their consideration. The House also passed a bill that increases the tax credit for volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical services personnel. The tax credit was established by the legislature last year and currently equals $50. HF 2459 increases the credit to $100 and also includes reserve peace officers to those eligible for the credit. Our volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel bravely offer to serve and protect our communities. They volunteer their time and efforts to keep our friends and families safe around the clock, and for that, I am grateful. After passing the House 98-1, HF 2459 has been sent to the Senate for their consideration. To learn more about qualifying for the existing Volunteer Firefighter/ EMS tax credit, visit the Iowa Department of Revenue’s informational page. During the remaining weeks of the 2014 legislative session, you can be certain we will continue our commitment to passing policies that are in the best interests of Iowans and sticking to our core budgeting principles. If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at linda.upmeyer@legis. or 515-281-4618. I look forward to hearing from you.

Spring coin show in Clarion Clarion’s annual free spring coin show is Saturday, April 12, at the Clarion-Goldfield High School at 1111 Willow Dr. in Clarion – watch for signs. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch will be served by the Clarion Boy Scouts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be 36 tables of coins, stamps, tokens, silver, gold, currency and collectibles. Dealers from several states will be present, and 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.

• Senate File 2343 extends the deadline to complete wind and other projects using Iowa’s Renewable Energy Tax Credits. It also allows landfill gas to be used as fuel for innovative cogeneration projects. By adding cogeneration processes to the mix, Iowa will produce even fewer greenhouse gases. • Senate File 2344 strengthens and diversifies Iowa’s leadership in biofuels. It increases the tax credit for E15 during the hot summer months; extends Iowa’s biodiesel production tax credit for five years to retain and attract biodiesel producers; and adds an advanced biofuel, biobutanol, to Iowa’s renewable fuels industry. Encouraging the production of new fuels that take advantage of Iowa’s agricultural strengths pays off in good jobs, technology investment, and cleaner air and water.



This past week was a productive one in the House. In addition to passing numerous policy bills, we also began the process of passing this year’s budget bills off the floor. As we continue to work toward adjournment, we will remain focused on passing a responsible budget with the taxpayers of Iowa in mind and returning more of your hard earned tax dollars to you. Last week the House passed legislation that continues our focus on strengthening Iowa’s middle class. HF 2452 would help Iowans interested in purchasing their first home, save money in order to do so. The bill establishes a new home buyers savings account program that will help first-time home buyers save money for a down payment and other costs related to buying a new home. HF 2452 would allow first-time home buyers to set up a savings account in order to finance the purchase of a home and allows them to deduct a portion of that savings, $3000 per person or $6000 per married couple, from their state income taxes for up to 10 years. If the funds are withdrawn from the account for any purpose besides the purchase of a home, the account holder is subject to a penalty. By providing a pathway and incentive for saving, HF 2452 will increase home ownership in our state, reduce foreclosures, and increase financial security for Iowa fami-

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.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 121 2nd St., N., Rockwell Phone 822-4919 Pastor Ken Livingston Sundays 8:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Coffee Time 10 a.m. Sunday School FIRST REFORMED CHURCH 620 2nd St., Meservey Phone 358-6151 Rev. Rodney Meester Sundays 9:30 a.m. Worship FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 404 Maple St., Thornton Phone 998-2004/Pars. 3586107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Apr. 13 9 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School Wednesday, Apr. 16 5:45 p.m. Confirmation Class HANFORD COMMUNITY CHURCH 12411 Spruce Ave, Mason City Phone 423-7376 641-822-4657 Pastor Scott Sokol Sundays 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sun. Worship HOLY NAME CHURCH 507 1st Ave NW, Rockford Phone 822-4950 Fr. Walter Brunkan Saturdays 5 p.m. Mass RICHLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELS 300 Elm St., Thornton Phone 998-2642 Pastor David H. Locklair Sundays 9 a.m. Divine Service

SACRED HEART CHURCH 305 Elm St., E., Rockwell Phone 822-4950 Fr. Rodney Allers Sundays 8 a.m. Mass SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 810 First St., Meservey Phone 358-6277/Pars. 3586107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sunday, Apr. 13 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Wednesday, Apr. 16 4:30 p.m. Confirmation Class ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH 1001 9th Ave. S. Clear Lake Phone 357-3214 Msgr. Lilip Saturdays 4 p.m. Mass Sundays 9 a.m. Mass ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 Larch St., Thornton Phone 998-2632 Home 998-2631 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Apr. 13 9 a.m. Worship 10-10:45 Sunday School Thursday, Apr. 17 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service Friday, Apr. 18 6 p.m. Good Friday Service

ST. PETER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA 502 2nd St., S., Rockwell Phone 822-3101 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sunday, Apr. 13 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee before Worship 10:30 a.m. Worship Thursday, Apr. 17 7:18 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service Friday, Apr. 18 7:15 p.m. Good Friday Service SWALEDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Main St., Swaledale Phone 995-2252 The Rev. John P. Scherb Sundays 8:10 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 303 Monroe St., Rockwell Phone 822-4833 Rev. John P. Scherb Sundays 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:25 a.m. Worship ZION REFORMED CHURCH 2029B Jonquil Ave. Sheffi eld Phone 579-6186 The Rev. Arthur Zewert Thursday, Apr. 10 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline Sunday, Apr. 13 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:30 a.m. Junior Choir 7 p.m. RCYF Tuesday, Apr. 14 7 p.m. Vesper Circle Wednesday, Apr. 16 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline 7 p.m. RCYF


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Reporting from the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse Marriage License Ronald Marzen, 48, Green to Heidi Rooney, 38, Green. Civil Court The court handled six child support matters. Cavalry Spv I, LLC vs. Rita Demaris. Case dismissed without prejudice on March 31. Green Tree Servicing LLC vs. Tina Cullinan and Mark and Shelly Good. Case dismissed without prejudice on March 29. District Court The court handled four probation revocations and one case of contempt. Sarah Reckner, 36, Mason City, pled guilty on March 31 to Drug Distribution Violation. Reckner was placed on three years probation in lieu of five years in prison, fined $750 plus 35% surcharge (suspended), $125 law enforcement initiative, $10 DARE, and $180 in costs. Robert Klimesh, 23, Mason City, pled guilty on March 31 to OWI Second Offense. Klimesh was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,850 plus 35% surcharge, and $441 in costs. Kyle Ricke, 33, Algona, pled guilty on March 28 to OWI First Offense. Ricke was placed on one year probation, sentenced to one year in jail (all but seven days suspended), fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $100 in costs. Jason Chmielewski, 35, Clear Lake, pled guilty on March 28 to OWI First Offense. Chmielewski was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $214 in costs. Brandon Moore, 19, Mason City, pled guilty on April 1 to OWI First Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Moore was

sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $160 in costs. Todd Dyslin, 42, Mason City, pled guilty on March 28 to OWI First Offense. Dyslin was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, and $220 in costs. Small Claims Dons Auto Service vs. Chad Simmer, Rockwell. Judgment for the plaintiff on March 31 in the amount of $577.45 with $146.28 in prejudgment interest and 2.12% interest from March 31. Mercy City Lehigh Family Credit Union vs. Angelina Conti, Mason City. Case dismissed without prejudice on March 31. H&R Accounts Inc. vs. Paul Maskarina, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on April 1 in the amount of $1,032.39 with 2.12% interest from April 1. Property Transfer MCON: David and Linda Hopper to David and Mary Hopper; 10-9621 Sub. Of S1/2 SW1/4 Lot 2 Tract in Containing 2.76 Acres & A Tract in Containing 1.51 Acres; 15-96-21 NW NW Tract in Containing 2.97 Acres & A Part of Containing 1.49 Acres; $180,000; 2014-1558. MCON: Robert Smalley to Carlos and Juana Morales; 18-96-20 Auditor’s Plat of E1/2 NE1/4 & Lot 14 E1/2 SE1/4 Blk 3 Lot 13, Blk 3 Lot 14, Blk 3 Lot 15, Blk 3 Lot 16, Blk 3 Lot 17 MC Lot 13 Exc N 9’ & W 1/2 of Alley Adjoining Lots on the E (Said Alley Being Marked as Lot 17); $75,000; 2014-1524. DWD: Myron and Janet Destival to Jim and Shiela Luiken; 17-9420 NE NW, SE NW; $950,000 and $1,519.20; 2014-1591. DWDJ: Ellsworth, Karen, and

Public Notice NOTICE OF FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS IN THORNTON The City of Thornton will be flushing water mains on Monday, April 14, 2014. You may notice discoloration (rust) in the water during this time. Please plan accordingly. Tom Janeka, City of Thornton – Maintenance Published in the Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Proceedings: Rockwell CITY OF ROCKWELL COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS UNAPPROVED MINUTES APRIL 2, 2014 Mayor Sheldon called to order the regular meeting of the Rockwell City Council at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. All Council members were present. Also present were Travis Fischer, Rich Welter and Chief Whitney. With no additions or corrections Mayor Sheldon stated the agenda stands as presented. Wentz moved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion seconded by Worley, carried unanimously. The following bills were presented for approval: PUBLIC SAFETY Electronic Engineering, Radio service/ Equipment/transfer ................................. 9.90 Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Monthly Service March/April .............................. 50.00 Rockwell Coop Telephone Assn., Monthly billing .................................................. 317.33 Wellmark Blue Cross, Monthly premium health insurance ............................... 1238.86 Cartersville Elevator, Gas ...................... 275.59 Postmaster, Mail certified letters .............. 32.45 TOTAL ................................................. 1924.13 PUBLIC WORKS Mid American Energy, Monthly billing .. 1138.33 Rockwell Coop Telephone Assn., Monthly billing .................................................... 29.37 Wellmark Blue Cross, Monthly premium health insurance .......................................... 1705.90 Wright Express, Gas .............................. 149.07 Absolute Waste Removal, Monthly billing ................................................ 3794.40 Tractor Supply, Supplies .......................... 21.98 Dugan’s, Supplies .................................... 72.98 O’Reilly, Supplies ..................................... 94.39 TOTAL ................................................. 7006.42 PUBLIC WORKS ROAD USE Cartersville Elevator, Gas ...................... 239.39 Wright Express, Gas .............................. 449.28 Cerro Gordo County Road Dept., Snow/Sanding Elm St ............................................... 1264.19 Frank Dunn, Street patch....................... 699.00 Postmaster, Postage ................................. 3.22 Jay Siefken, Cell Phone........................... 30.00 TOTAL ................................................. 2685.08 HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES Mid American Energy, Monthly billing/ Clinic ................................................... 199.92 TOTAL ................................................... 199.92 COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Rockwell Public Library, Monthly payment ............................................ 3541.66 Mid American Energy, Monthly billing/ Memorial ............................................... 40.67 TOTAL ................................................ 3582.33 GENERAL GOVERNMENT Mid American Energy, Monthly billing .. 1254.58 Rockwell Coop Telephone Assn., Monthly billing .................................................. 101.38 Dugan’s, Supplies .................................... 15.66 Net INS, Monthly billing ........................... 12.99 Mid-America Publishing, Publications ... 158.36 Rockwell Chamber, Dues ........................ 50.00 Total General Government .................. 1592.97 BUSINESS UTILITY WATER Mid American Energy, Monthly billing .... 536.36 Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Annual dues .................................................... 511.99 Plumb Supply, Supplies/repairs ............. 165.24 Menards, Supplies/repairs ....................... 76.43 Midwest Pipe Supply, Supplies/repairs .. 119.93 Municipal Supply, Inc, Supplies/repair ... 294.00 Hawkins Inc, Chemicals....................... 1499.31 Postmaster, Fluoride letters ................... 166.11

Postmaster, Mail water bills ................... 140.76 TOTAL ................................................. 3510.13 SEWER BUSINESS UTILITY UPS, Waste Water Samples .................... 11.75 Wellmark Blue Cross, Monthly premium health insurance .......................................... 1210.36 TOTAL ................................................. 1222.11 Flatness moved to approve the bills as presented. Motion seconded by Brown, carried unanimously. March Receipts: General $11110.43; Road Use $9748.67; Water Utility $7628.56; Sewer Utility $5134.43; Local Option $11611.78; Debt Service $2081.70. Wentz reported that the Linn Grove Rec board is getting ready for opening, applications are being taken for guards, and they have a few minor repairs. Worley noted that they are applying for some grants to help with some expenses. Bills asked to have a budget for the upcoming season. Wentz noted that they are trying to work with the $28,000 City funds that are in the budget. Rich Welter was present on behalf of Mosquito Control of Iowa and explained their services to the Council. Welter noted that the cost for the upcoming season will be about three percent more than the prior year. Flatness moved to have Mosquito Control of Iowa spray the City for the upcoming season for $6,000. Motion seconded by Bills, carried unanimously. Mayor Sheldon reported that the contract for the construction for the Madison Street Bridge have been signed and sent into the DOT. Worley asked about access to the South side of the camp ground during construction. Weier noted that she would contact the County Conservation Board to let them know about the construction and any questions. Mayor Sheldon noted that the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, the 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Zeidler Park. Mayor Sheldon also noted that the Rockwell Public Library will hold an open house for their 100th anniversary on Saturday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Flatness asked about the tornado siren test. Weier noted that Siefken has stated he will do the regular tornado siren test on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. for the season, weather permitting. Mayor Sheldon discussed with the Council some ideas on the Elm Rock Addition with the sale of lots and combining lots to allow for a larger home and buildings. Flatness noted it is a private developer. Mayor Sheldon noted that trees were taken down on Third and Washington that were spilt and a hazard. Brown reported that he had attended the meeting about the Emerald Ash Bores that is affecting the Ash trees. Brown noted that the State of Iowa has reported bores and the City may want to be prepared to take action. Flatness noted that Chief Whitney needs a place to wash the patrol car during the winter months. Council agreed to allow Chief Whitney to be reimbursed for cleaning the car at the car wash. Flatness also noted that Chief Whitney needs a new safe for storage of evidence and guns. Bills asked to have Whitney get cost and information to bring back to the Council. With no further business, Bills moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Wentz, carried unanimously. William Sheldon, Mayor Lorna Weier, City Clerk Published in the Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Clarence Clark and Clifford Pedersen Attorney in Fact to Myron and Janet Destival; 17-94-20 NE NW, SE NW Fulfillment of Contract B11 P4706 Assign of Cont B12 P1482 Assign of Cont B12 1481 Deed B13 P1744; $439,840 and $703.20; 20141590. DCD: Larry and Duane Alphs Executor and Gladys Alphs Estate to Marvin Alphs Trust; East Park Place Add Blk 12 Lot 6 MC; 2014-1589. DWDJ: Allen Flickinger to Lloyd and Sandra Flickinger; Law’s 2nd Add Blk 1 Lot 6 MC; $87,048 and $139.20; 2014-1588. DSD: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Cerro Gordo County, and Randy Damm to US Bank Trustee and Truman 2013 SC4 Title Trust; Brice & Ong Land Co.’s Street Railway Add Blk 7 Lot 15 MC; 2014-1587. DSD: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Mark and Shawna Servantez, and State of Iowa to Dean and Tracy Schaefer; Home Park Add Blk 4 Lot 16, Blk 4 Lot 17 MC; 2014-1586. DWDJ: Daniel and Monica Robeson to Kyle Huebner and Amber Myers; South Carolina Acres Add Lot 43 MC; $81,500 and $129.60; 20141581. DAJT: Harley and Iris Alitz to Harley Alitz; Fairview Add Blk 4 Lot 19 MC; 2014-1579. DWD: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Alle Properties LLC; St. Francis Park Blk 2 Lot 11, Blk 2 Lot 12 MC E 4’ of Lot 11 Exc Portions Desc & Depicted in Survey B09 P4328; $22,500; 20141578. DWDJ: Richard and Bonnie Martin and Lois Juenger to Grant and Dawn Cunningham; 21-97-19 Sub. of NE1/4 SE1/4 Lot 4, Lot 9, Lot 5, Lot 3 RF Part of Lots; $39,000 and $61.60; 2014-1573.

DWD: Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Lehigh 2nd Add Blk 5 Lot 16 MC; $33,477.87 and $52.80; 2014-1572. DWDJ: Paula Solano to Paula Solano and Charles Thomas Stalker; Patton’s, W.L., 4th Add Lot 5 MC; 2014-1571. DWDJ: White Star Investments LLC to Scott and Jaylin Anderson; Oak Park Add Blk A Lot 1, Blk A Lot 2 MC Part of Lots; $49,888.08 and $79.20; 2014-1569. DAJT: Bruce Gettman to Marlene Kruger; Willowgreen 1st Add Blk 3 Lot C MC; 2014-1567. DQCJ: Jan and Rebecca Tvedt to Audrey Tvedt and Patricia Schultz; Home Park Add Blk 8 Lot 27 MC; $20,000 and $31.20; 2014-1566. DWD: Scott and Vickey Durham to Scott and Vickey Durham Living Trust; Outlet Park Add Blk 1 Lot 16 Undivided 1/2 Interest to Scott Living Trust undivided 1/2 Interest to Vickey Living Trust; 2014-1564. DWDJ: Randall and Diana Bloom to Daryl and Kimberly Ruter; 23-9622 Sub. Of SW1/4 SW1/4 Lot 3; $425,000 and $679.20; 2014-1562. DWDJ: Joseph Paulsen to Scott and Jaylin Anderson; Oak Park Add Blk B Lot 1, Blk B Lot 2 MC Lots 1 & 2 Exc E 70’ & Exc S 35’ of Lot 1; $58,000 and $92; 2014-1560. DWD: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Micah Sinnwell; Hoyt’s 1st Add Lot 122, Lot 109 MC Exc S 10’ of Lot 122 & Exc S 10’ & S 20’ of Lot 109; $51,000; 2014-1557. DWDJ: NSB Bank to Michael and Judith Wollner; 18-96-20 Auditor’s Plat of E1/2 NE1/4 & Lot 14 E1/2 SE1/4 Blk 20 Lot 5, Blk 20 Lot 6, Blk 20 Lot 7 MC S 4’ of Lot 5; $51,000; 2014-1535. DWDJ: Jason and Vanessa Whitinger to Steven and Jami Yoder; Har-

bourage Condominium Bldg B-1 Unit 12 CL; $335,000 and $535.20; 2014-1534. DWDJ: William and Doris Heimer to David and Maureen Wolf; Fieldstone 2nd Add Blk 1 Lot 6 CL; $276,000 and $440.80; 2014-1532. DQC: Brent and Michelle Luscombe to Luscombe Enterprises 3195-22 SE SE; $400,000; 2014-1531. DWD: Ryan and Collin Caffrey to Douglas Caffrey; 25-94-22 NW SW Exc S 450’ of W 193.6’; 35-94-22 SE SW, SW SW; 2014-1529. DQC: Nathan Pope to Rolland Pope; 18-96-20 Auditor’s Plat of E1/2 NE1/4 & Lot E1/2 SE1/4 Blk 17 Lot 12; 2014-1526. DQC: Alisher Muhammadiev to Nilufar Izzatullaeva; Midland Heights Lot 283, Lot 284 MC; 20141522. DQC: Julie Tichy to Mark Tichy; Clear Lake Camp Meeting Association Grounds, Resub. Of Blk 8, Lots 23 to 26 Blk. 9 & 10 Lot B CL (Resub of Lots 5-10 in Blk 10); 20141520. DCT: Barbara Wilhite Estate and Wendy Wilhite to Debra Judge; Hollister’s J.H., Add Blk 1 Lot 2 CL; 2014-1519. DAJT: Darla Haag and Norman and Julane Boelman to Julane Boelman; Meservey (Original Town) Blk 29 Lot 7 MV; 2014-1518. DCD: Raymond Lindloff Administrator and Linda Lindloff Estate to Raymond Lindloff; Parker’s 5th Add Blk 1 Lot 8 MC Undivided 1/2 Interest; 2014-1512. DWD: Sinning Farms Inc to Hangar One LC; South Mason City (Original Town) Blk 21 Lot 1, Blk 21 Lot 4 MC & E 1/2 of N/S Alley Abutting Lot 4 & Part of Lot 1; $62,000 and $98.40; 2014-1508. DWDJ: David and Michelle Jack to Nathan and Katelyn Froehner;

Pine Brooke First Subdivision Lot 20 CL; $252,500 and $403.20; 20141506. DWDJ: Kay and Merald Kiewatt to Maryon and Mary Lue Barnekow; Briarstone Lake Condominium Bldg B Unit 15, Bldg Garage 4 Unit Garage 15 MC; 2014-1504. DWD: Andrews Prestressed Concrete Inc to Dale Kjellsen, Todd Hall, and T&D; 08-96-21 SW NW, SE NW, NE SW, NW SW Parcel “F” in part of (Containing 25.96 Acres) as Desc in survey B13 P6434 Personal Property in AMT of $500,000.00 is exempt from Doc Revenue Stamps; $3,000,000 and $3,999.20; 20141503. DQC: Louanna Lahner to Stephen Lahner; Roger’s & Sandry’s Add Blk 9 Lot 6, Blk 9 Lot7 CL; 2014-1497. DQC: Louanna Lahner to Stephen Lahner; 07-96-21 NW SW W 270’ of a Strip of Land 8 1/2 Rods Wide on S Side of N 1/2 NW 1/4 SW 1/4; 20141496. DAJT: Phyllis and Ronald Peterson to Phyllis Peterson; Venice Harbor 4th Add Lot 15 VT Nely 1/2; 2014-1490. DWDJ: Marvin and Linda Betels to Marvin and Linda Betels; 18-9621 Auditor’s Plat of NW1/4 NW1/4; Sub. Of Lot 17 & Lot 4 of 12 Lot C S 132’; 2014-1489. DSD: Cerro Gordo County, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff, Marie Neuhring Estate, and State of Iowa to Wells Fargo Bank; Forest Park Add Lot 111 MC; 2014-1486. DWDJ: Steven Krogh to Adam and Angela Vaske; 16-96-21 SE NE Part of as Desc & Depicted in Survey B99 P8105; $75,00 and $119.20; 2014-1483. DAJT: Bette and Arnold Hejlik to Bette Hejlik; Polsdofer’s 1st Add Lot 1 RW; 2014-1482.

ture 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

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 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 Univer-

sity 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-ofstate 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.”

LEGISLATORS from front page 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 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 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 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 infrastruc-

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

Photo: Senator William Dotzler (front) and Representative Linda Upmeyer (back) met with community leaders on Friday to discuss Iowa economic policies.


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NIACC hosts Senior All-Star games Sunday MASON CITY - The NIACC girls and boys basketball high school all-star games are set for Sunday in the NIACC gym. The girls game starts at 1 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 3 p.m. Girl’s Gold Roster Madison Wood (Rockford), Rachel Boekelman (North Iowa), Allison Scott (Mason City), Nicole Behr (Bishop Garrigan), Emily Carroll (Rockford), Paige Hassebroek (North Iowa), Kayla Branstad (Northwood-Kensett), Maddie Tusha (GH/V), Bri Bier (GH/V), Lexy Pederson (Mason City), Taylor Hovey (Bishop Garrigan), Shelby Rayhons (GH/V). Coach - AJ Ellingson (KIMT).

Girl’s Blue Roster Logan Anderson (Clear Lake), Bailey Kibsgaard (Clear Lake), Liz Shaw (Osage), Savannah Lentz (Crestwood), Sarah Orban (Lake Mills), Ema Anderson (Lake Mills), Tessa Anderson (Crestwood), Trudy Peterson (Clear Lake), Jadee Walsh (Osage), Liz Springer (Forest City), Channing Wunsch (North Butler). Coaches - Tim Fleming (KGLO-AM 1300) and Amy Fleming (KIMT).

Boy’s Gold Roster Sam Amsbaugh (West Fork), Will Bird (Central Springs), Trevor Haaland (Osage), Kyle Hanson (St. Ansgar), John Jones (Rockford), Tyler LaBarge (Charles City), Shaylon Lahr (North Butler), Pete LaPointe (Newman Catholic), Chase McCurdy (St. Ansgar), Hunter Myers (West Fork), Thomas Patterson (Central Springs), Ryan Turner (Rockford), Justin Zimmerman (Osage). Coaches - Blake Schultz and Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette).

West Fork Warhawk AAU volleyball team wins state tourney in Marshalltown Submitted Article The West Fork Warhawk volleyball team qualified for the state tournament by finishing in 3rd place in Osage on March 8, 2014. This achievement earned the team an opportunity to play in the State AAU Volleyball Tournament held on March 22 in Marshalltown. The Warhawks finished second in their pool winning two sets against South Tama and Black Attack from Sergeant Bluff, but losing to the Denver Broncos in two sets. The Warhawks advanced into final round play and defeated Osage in three sets, Ridgeview Raptors in two sets, Crossfire in two sets, and Nevada Cubs in two sets to win the Championship. The seven girls participating in this year’s 10th grade State Tournament are made up of five freshman and 2 sophomores.

WF Warhawk AAU volleyball team (l-r): Teya Adams, Kaitlyn Liekweg, Madison Patten, Jacy Guerrero, Hattie Davidson, Lexi Bray and Maddison Shupe. The team is coached by Denae Liekweg. (Submitted Photo)

West Fork senior track members honored

Boy’s Blue Roster Tate Corporon (North Iowa), Davis Dieken (Clear Lake), Colin Lane (Belmond-Klemme), Jared Lichman (Mason City), Hunter Kingland (Lake Mills), Elijah Kinseth (Belmond-Klemme), Braden Meints (GH/V), Matt Meyer (Mason City), Mateo Pena (Lake Mills), Joel Toppin (GH/V), Caleb Torkelson (Belmond-Klemme), Cole Weiland (West Hancock), Logan West (Forest City). Coach - Karl Wooldridge (KIOW Mix 107.3).

Former preps compete at collegiate level

The West Fork Warhawks girls and boys track team members were honored Thursday, April 3. Members include (l-r): Hiina Domae, Lindsey Peterson, Anne Jorgensen, Markus Wogen, Zach Greimann, Ethan Meints and Collin Sconing. Not pictured are: Taylor Logan, Spencer Halloran, Hunter Myers, Colton Rowe and James Vestweber.

Bayley Fleshner, Simpson College

West Fork girls win at Osage

INDIANOLA – Bayley Fleshner, who prepped at West Fork High School, is in her third season on the track team at Simpson College, competing in the hurdles/ sprints. Fleshner just completed the indoor season, gaining six topfive finishes in the 55/60-meter hurdles for the Storm. She won back-to-back meets in the 60 hurdles at the 2014 Hilltop Invite and the Grinnell College Indoor. She also was a member of the winning 4x200 team at the Hilltop and scored in every event she competed in (long jump, 55-meter hurdles, 4x200 and 4x400) for the third straight season at the Iowa Conference Championships. She also set a career indoor best (8.97 seconds) in the 60-meter hurdles at the UW-Platteville Final Qualifying meet as well as recorded a top-five finish in her first-ever indoor distance medley relay.

By Kristi Nixon OSAGE – Five wins and seven runner-up finishes bolstered the West Fork girls track team to the Osage team title on Tuesday, April 8. The Warhawks outscored Charles City for the team win 129-115. Earning individual victories for coach Jill Rowe’s team were Anne Jorgensen in the shot put, Courtney Larson in the high jump and Madison Shreckengost in the 200-meter dash. Teaming up for relay triumphs were the shuttle hurdle team of Lindsey Peterson, Jordan Jackson, Larson and Taylor Logan while Peterson, M. Shreckengost, Larson and Logan put together a winning 4x100 team. Jorgenson also scored a runnerup finish in the discus while Logan was second in the long jump. Other individual runner-up places went to Peterson in the 100 hurdles and Maddison Shupe in the 800 and 1,500.

Taylor Twedt, University of Wisconsin MADISON, Wis. – After competing unattached in 2013, Taylor Twedt, the freshman from Rockwell, West Fork High School, had a busy indoor season for the Badgers. Twedt has already had a few favorable outdoor results so far. Among her top finishes at UW during the indoor season was a runner-up finish in the high jump at the Red & White Open on Feb. 21, another second in the 60-meter hurdle prelims at the same meet, a third in the high jump at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational on Jan. 25 and a second in the 60-meter hurdles at the Badger Indoor Open on Jan. 17. Her outdoor efforts so far have included a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.21 seconds at the Walt Disney Open in Florida March 21-22, third in the javelin (123 feet, 7 inches) and seventh in the 200, all at the Walt Disney Open. Compiled from information on 4-year college web sites. If someone is missing from this list, please contact the sports desk at 641-456-2585 or chroniclesports@iowaconnect. com.

The 4x800 team of M. Shreckengost, Taylor Rooney, Sydney Shreckengost and Shupe were runners-up as was the 4x400 team made up of S. Shreckengost, Larson, M. Shreckengost and Peterson. Meanwhile, the West Fork boys team was third in the eight-team meet with 102 points, finishing behind the host school (132) and St. Ansgar (128). Earning individual titles for the Warhawks were Peyton Twedt in the high jump and 3,200, Drew Engebretson in the 400 and 800, Monty Dye in the shot put and Spencer Halloran in the 110-meter high hurdles. The West Fork medley relay was the only runner-up finish among the boys’ squad. West Fork girls travel to Hampton for the H-D Lady Bulldog Classic on Friday while the boys travel to Clarion-Goldfield, also on Friday.

Osage Coed Girls Team Scoring 1. West Fork 129; 2. Charles City 115; 3. St. Ansgar 103; 4. Osage 100; 5. Nashua-Plainfield 49; 6. North Iowa 37; 7. Riceville 33; 8. Rockford 20. Individual Results (Champion, West Fork top 3 finishes) Shot put – 1. Anne Jorgensen (WF) 33-3. Discus – 1. Paige Salz (SA) 108-0; 2. Anne Jorgensen (WF) 93-2. High jump – 1. Courtney Larson (WF) 5-0. Long jump – 1. Hali Hillegas (CC) 15-3.25; 2. Taylor Logan (WF) 14-4.75. 3,000 – 1. Megan Mooberry (O) 11:08.11; 3. Maya Rowe (WF) 11:56.76. 4x800 – 1. Charles City 10:35.84; 2. West Fork (Madison Shreckengost, Taylor Rooney, Sydney Shreckengost, Maddison Shupe) 11:11.67. Shuttle hurdle relay – 1. West Fork (Lindsey Peterson, Jordan Jackson, Courtney Larson, Taylor Logan) 1:12.98. Distance medley relay – 1. Charles City 4:35.01. 400 – 1. Natalie Halfman (SA) 1:00.28. 4x200 – 1. Charles City 1:55.06. 100 hurdles – 1. Ashley Vance (CC) 15.59; 2. Lindsey Peterson (WF) 16.60. 800 – 1. Natalie Halfman (SA) 2:29.79; 2. Maddison Shupe (WF) 2:37.14. 200 – 1. Madison Shreckengost (WF) 27.60. 400 hurdles – 1. McKayla Heczko (Rice) 1:14.21. Sprint medley relay – 1. St. Ansgar 1:59.15. 1,500 – 1. Megan Mooberry (O) 5:22.99; 2. Maddison Shupe (WF) 5:25.35. 4x100 – 1. West Fork (Lindsey Peterson, Madison Shreckengost, Courtney Larson, Taylor Logan) 53.44. 4x400 – 1. Charles City 4:18.72; 2. West Fork (Sydney Shreckengost, Courtney Larson, Madison Shreckengost, Lindsey Peterson) 4:30.11. Boys Team Scoring 1. Osage 132; 2. St. Ansgar 128; 3. West Fork 102; 4. North Iowa 72; 5. Crestwood 60; 6. Nashua-Plainfield 34; 7. Rockford 17; 8. Riceville 12. Individual Results (Champion, West Fork top 3 finishes) Shot put – 1. Monty Dye (WF) 43-6.5. Discus – 1. Sam Heimer (SA) 152-1. High jump – 1. Peyton Twedt (WF) 5-8. Long jump – 1. Justin Zimmerman (O) 18-5.25. 3,200 – 1. Peyton Twedt (WF) 10:29.17. 4x800 – 1. North Iowa 9:03.57; 3. West Fork 9:14.85. Shuttle hurdle relay – 1. Osage 1:04.15; 3. West Fork 1:06.30. 100 – 1. Kyle Hanson (SA) 11.30. 400 – 1. Drew Engebretson (WF) 55.72. 4x200 – 1. North Iowa 1:39.61. 110 hurdles – 1. Spencer Halloran (WF) 15.69. 1,600 – 1. Connor Smith (NI) 4:52.52; 3. Jacob Hansen (WF) 5:09.61. 200 – 1. Kyle Hanson (SA) 23.20; 3. Spencer Halloran (WF) 23.80. 400 hurdles – 1. Collin Havel (O) 59.71. Medley relay – 1. Osage 4:04.48; 2. West Fork 4:10.16. 800 – 1. Drew Engebretson (WF) 2:12.03. 4x100 – 1. St. Ansgar 46.23. 4x400 – 1. North Iowa 3:43.70.

Silos & Smokestacks honors those telling America’s Agricultural Story Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area’s best during their 10th Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 2. Golden Silo Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story, both past and present. The following individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions: Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson: Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary Honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local government who has shown sustained support for the Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage development, and provided leadership in the heritage development movement. Named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service, whose vision was so critical to Silos & Smokestacks very creation as National Heritage Area. Jasper County Historical Society, Newton: Outstanding Interpretation Honors a Silos & Smokestacks’ Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture. Tyden Farm No. 6, Dougherty: Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture Honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture. Growmark, Bloomington, IL: Outstanding Partner Honors an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and partnered with Lanny Haldy, Amana Heritage Society Museums, Amana: Outstanding Volunteer Recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Vesterheim Norwegian – American Museum, Decorah: People’s Choice “Site of the Year” A traveling award that honors a Heritage Area Partner Site who has been voted for by the public as the “Site of the Year.” Finalists included Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa; and Living History Farms, Urbandale. The keynote “Telling Today’s Story of Iowa Agriculture” was presented by Laurie Johns of the Iowa Farm Bureau, who shared what she has learned from 25 years as an Emmy-winning TV and radio news anchor and reporter. Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Iowa Pork Producers Association for their support of this year’s awards luncheon. For detailed presentation notes or photos of the event, please email or call 319-234-4567.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Iowa turkey season preview By Joe Wilkinson, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources The electrifying gobble of wild turkeys will grip hunters, beginning with youth season hunters, who head to the woods as early as Saturday in pursuit of Iowa’s big game bird. “It should be a great year. We had an excellent turkey reproduction during the 2012 drought year. There should be quite a few two year old gobblers out there, this spring,” forecasts Todd Gosselink, wild turkey research biologist with the Iowa DNR. Iowa’s youth season runs April 5-13; allowing an under 16 hunter and a licensed, adult mentor, first crack at a spring tom. The first of four regular seasons dawns April 1417 across the state. Ensuing seasons are April 18-22, April 23-29, and April 30-May 18. Paid combination gun/bow tags are valid statewide in the season selected. Archery-only tags are valid statewide, throughout the four regular seasons. A late bonus for youth hunters was approved by the Iowa Legislature several weeks ago, allowing that hunter to hold on to an unfilled youth season tag, to utilize it in one of the later seasons. The hunt on that youth tag is still to be treated as a mentored hunt; just as through the earlier youth season. “Last year we went with the longer ‘two weekend’ youth hunt and set a record for the number of hunters,” notes Gosselink. “This year, we should see another good jump in young hunters who want to pursue turkeys.” As Iowa slips slowly away from the long winter, hunters should look for active birds. Toms will gobble year round, but that intensity turns up as the calendar gets closer to breed-

ing season. “You will see a lot more strutting turkeys; more gobbling. They will be ready for spring,” emphasizes Gosselink. For many of the 40,000 or so spring hunters, that will mean being in the woods well before dawn, to gauge turkey roosting spots and flydown locations to get their decoys out and to start the day. “I suggest a variety of calls; the box call is easy; but slate calls and mouth calls provide a variety out there,” suggests Gosselink. “Use a mouth call and one of the others and you can create the sound of a couple hens calling over each other.” Heading into the later seasons, strategy can change; maybe hunting through midday or into the evening, especially as hens become less responsive and move off to nest. Still, there’s no guarantee that any of that will lure in love struck gobblers. Most turkey experts urge hunters to try a variety of calls, and at various times of the day. Keep in mind safety through the turkey hunt, where hunters are in full camouflage. Setting up with your back against a wide tree provides good concealment, but also a safe seat in the woods. Avoid any red, blue or white clothing showing; the shades found on a tom’s head and neck in the spring. And never shoot at a movement in the brush. Identify your target as a bearded turkey, and know what lies beyond the path of your planned shot. And after taking your turkey, have a blaze orange vest or other item to display, on your way out of the woods.

Iowa trout stocking began April 1 More than 350,000 rainbow and brook trout will be heading to streams in 12 northeast Iowa counties over the next six months. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources began its weekly stocking runs last Tuesday. The three trout hatcheries – Decorah, Big Spring and Manchester – spend one and a half years to grow the fish to stocking size of one-half pound. “Our stocking trucks will be going to different streams each day until the end of September when the announced stocking period ends,” said Mike Steuck, supervisor for fisheries in northeast Iowa. “We will hit as many locations as possible but not likely all because some of the stocking trails are too soft for our trucks.” Trout will be stocked through October, but when and where is not announced. Many anglers have already been out pursuing trout that spent all winter in the streams eating bugs and sharpening their survival skills making them more difficult to catch. For the angler who is more novice than expert, Steuck said the key is to use light line and small tackle and to

try to blend in to the background. “These fish come off the stocking truck hungry and ready to bite, but trout have really good eyesight so you don’t want to announce your presence by wearing bright clothes or by using large tackle,” he said. “Toss your lure upstream and allow the current to bring it to the hole. Try a #4 spinner in gold, silver or black. For live bait, I would use a red wiggler or wax worm on an ice fly.” There are other commonly used baits, like corn, marshmallows or scented baits. • Required licenses and fees Anglers age 16 and older will need to have a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Children under 16 years of age may fish for and possess trout if they fish with a licensed adult who has paid the current trout fee and they limit their combined catch to the daily limit of five trout. If the child wants to fish for and keep their own limit, they only need to purchase the trout fee. Funding to support the stocking program comes from the sale of fishing licenses and trout fees.

Anglers trashing shoreline causing problems Littering is not only an eyesore; it shows a lack of respect someone demonstrates by leaving their trash behind for others to clean up. And that reputation as litterbugs nearly cost the Des Moines fishing community the opportunity to fish along the new Des Moines River Walk. “Anglers nearly lost the opportunity to fish a premier location because of litter. This should serve as a wakeup call to take better care of our resources and clean up after ourselves,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We are using a lot of energy and resources to get people fishing and when they come out to a shoreline they see all this trash on shore. That’s pretty disappointing.” A number of civic and conservation groups spend countless hours volunteering their time to clean the shorelines of the empty bait contain-

ers, old fishing line, pop and beer cans, chips and candy wrappers and so on. “Just about anything you can carry with you fishing, we’ve probably cleaned it up,” Larscheid said. The solution, he said, is not that difficult. Anglers should tuck a few plastic grocery sacks in their tackle bag and use it for trash. “When you’re done fishing, carry the sack out with you. Pretty simple,” Larscheid said. “It’s our resource and we need to do a better job of keeping it clean, and that includes not throwing rough fish on shore. That leaves a terrible, smelly mess. “If you don’t want to eat the fish, either throw it back to the water or give them to someone who does. Don’t leave it to rot on the bank; that makes the area less family friendly and a rotting mess. And, it’s littering,” he said.

Trees and shrubs available through state forest nursery The State Forest Nursery has a great selection of quality trees and shrubs for sale to improve your property. These conservation seedlings are fantastic for aiding in erosion control, improving wildlife habitat, establishing food plots for you or wildlife, and for creating personal timber/forest area. Nursery manager Aron Flickinger said the nursery has been accepting orders since August 1, 2013. “We sell two different sizes for each of our 50 types of trees, and much of our smaller, lower priced seedlings are still available for most species,” Flickinger said. A diversity of plant species in combination with a variety of vegetation types (trees, grass, wetlands) increases the amount of wildlife a property can support. “If your goal is to improve wildlife habitat on your

property, keep in mind which shrubs and trees can provide not only shelter, but also foodstuffs to get them through the winter,” Flickinger said. For help planning the latest cost-sharing opportunities and/or to plan a successful personalized tree/shrub planting, contact your local forester or wildlife biologist. For more information n on ordering trees or seedlings lings available, contact thee State Forest Nursery at 1-800-865-2477 or go to

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