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Vol. 36, Issue 16

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

P.O. Box 507, Calmar, IA 52132 | | (563) 562-3488 | | USPS: 335-690

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Inventor is Spillville native By Joyce Meyer Spillville native and inventor, John Shindelar has had a great learning experience the last five years transforming ideas into viable products with two inventions that have evolved from prototypes to ready-to-sell items called Rhino Tuff Cart and Cap. John and two partners have been issued two patents within the last eight months for a collapsible cart and a cap that is widely used in electrical applications with PVC pipe and sales on their website out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has been very good. As a electrician by trade he explains how the invention came about, “The cart was created due to a wish that I had on jobsites to haul around electrical items, have a work surface to keep job items in order and then easily collapse down the cart to fit it in the small space available in the back of the work truck. After

Ambriehl Klimesh wore a sunset orange dress matching her date Dalton Koch with yellow flowers and his camo vest.

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Olivia McGee was decked out in deep pink, black and silver with lots of fun frills while her date Nick Buchheit matched her dress with his tie and ball cap.

Kendal Kubousek picked a beautiful light blue umpire style dress and was all smiles with her date Michael Foster.

Annie Stenseth wore a deep purple late 1800’s ball gown type dress and was escorted by Ryan Guyer who looked the part in all gray with his boots and cowboy hat.

Left: Rhino Tuff Caps are widely used accessories in electrical application with PVC pipes. Right: The Rhino Tuff Cart is a collapsible cart to aid in electrical jobs as a portable, sturdy workspace. (Photos courtesy of John Shindelar)

Logan Brincks looks relaxed as he carries Monica Schwartzhoff down the first section of red carpet during SW’s grand march. Schwartzhoff had a knee injury fixed and cannot walk without crutches yet.




TV stundents enjoy the many science places of Chicago, especially Shedd’s aquarium.

The top three winners of the 5th grade flag essay contest at Turkey Valley were awarded by Post 279 Veterans on Friday, April 11.

Luther College hosted their annual Peep-O-Rama Contest— creative dioramas made with the marshmallow candies.




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45 Turkey Valley juniors and seniors participated in the two-night Chicago science trip from April 4 to April 6.The students are pictured in front of Shedd’s Aquarium. (Submitted Photo)

Turkey Valley science trip to Chicago successful Turkey Valley hosted one of its largest Chicago science trips in recent years. Due to the smaller class sizes at Turkey Valley, the trip is only hosted every other year. Another change is that juniors are invited to participate instead of only seniors. This year, a total of 45 junior and senior students participated in the trip. To be eligible, students had to maintain a grade of C- or better in 2 semesters of a post-biology science class. The trip was from April 4 to April 6 and included 2 overnight stays and a Hawkeye Stages bus. The Turkey Valley Education Foundation funded the Shedd

Aquarium portion of the trip. At the aquarium, students got to view aquariums full of many aquatic species from all over the globe. They also had an inclusive pass for Jellies—the jellyfish exhibit— and the wild reef exhibit. They had a chance to watch an aquatic show in Shedd’s Oceanarium and learn about a variety of different aquatic animals too. The students also viewed a 4D movie about sea monsters. Besides the Shedd Aquarium, students got to visit many other places including: the Museum of Science and Industry, the Willis Tower Observation Deck, Navy

Pier, the Field Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo. The students watched an Omnimax film of butterflies and a comedy routine at Comedy Sportz. They ate Chicago style pizza at Gino’s East, as well as at Ed Debevic’s. They rode around on a Jelly Belly Warehouse Tour too. Students participating in the trip were: Leo Balk, Reece Barloon, Andrea Baumler, Izaack Best, Johanna Blazek, Liz Bruess, Riley Buchheit, Jacob Buss, Blake Busta, Riley Busta, Selena Carlson, Eric Drilling, CJ Eichenberger, Josie Einwalter, Sara Fisher, Josine Gossling, Jacob Hackman,

Justin Hackman, Nathan Herold, Ryan Izer, Kelsey Jencks, Megan Jencks, Seth Jencks, Justin Kime, Haley Klimesh, Allison Kuennen, Ashley Kurash, Steven Landa, Cole Langreck, Nick Meirick, Nicole Meirick, Riley Meirick, Taylor Novotny, Allie Rausch, Arianna Rausch, Kyle Reicks, Tom Reicks, Travis Reicks, Nicole Schmitt, Cassandra Schnidler, Sarah Stahley, Nathan Suell, Ethan Throndson, Jenna Winter, and Jensen Winter. Chaperones included: Jeremy and Caroline Scheidel, Scott and Linda Jencks, Tammy Vrzak, and Jackie Novotny.

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Spring showers bring April flowers. Crocuses from my garden emerged after a rainfall last week. (Photos by Joyce Meyer)


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SW Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll The 3rd nine weeks grade point averages have been calculated for the South Winneshiek Middle School. All students who earn straight A’s will be on the Special Honor Roll. Those who achieve a grade point of 3.7 to 3.99 will be on the A Honor Roll. Those who achieve a grade point of 3.0 to 3.69 will be on the B Honor Roll. Students who receive any grade below C- were not allowed consideration for honor rolls. 3rd Quarter Honor Roll 6th Grade A Honor Roll: Leah Cullen, Luke Davis, Kale Euans, Anthony Hanson, Zachry Poshusta, Mackenzie Schirmer, Kaitlyn Theis B Honor Roll: Henry Castro, Christian Fisher, Seth Greve, Dallas Hageman, Quentin Hageman, Kody Kleve, Gabe Sadler, Brianna Sim, Liz Tieskoetter, Rachel Uhlenhake, Carter Wenthold

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month Join Iowa CASA’s commitment to helping victims of child abuse and neglect heal, and making sure all children feel safe and loved Anytime a child is abused or neglected, it’s a tragedy – one that all too often scars victims for a lifetime. The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are sobering: Child Protective Services agencies across the United States received some 3.4 million referrals of abuse or neglect involving 6.3 million children in 2012. An estimated 1,640 children died from child abuse or neglect in 2012, nearly three-quarters of them younger than age 3. 4,296 Iowa Children Need Your Compassion, Confidence, Motivation and just 2 hours of your time each week! Studies have shown that children who have suffered abuse or neglect are more likely to struggle in school, have run-ins with law enforcement, experience homelessness or abuse drugs or alcohol.

Research also shows that abused children are more apt to grow up to abuse their own kids. At Iowa CASA, we help abused and neglected children heal so they can live happier, safer lives. Our CASA volunteers – court-appointed special advocates – make sure kids don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in unsupportive foster homes. CASA volunteers stay with children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we invite our community to learn more about the work we do and consider becoming a CASA volunteer. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer please e-mail kerry.brennan@dia.iowa. gov or call at 563-538-4649. You can also learn more about CASA and how to apply at Not everyone can be a CASA volunteer, but everyone can be an

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well as an Import/Export Coach to teach us how to safely buy parts from China. We made the rounds to the manufacturers in our area and learned which ones could make particular parts to help us in our endeavor to make our products not only in the USA, but close to home so we could keep our quality at the very high standard we demand. The process of applying for a US Patent started in 2010. After many years of revisions, new drawings, clarifying words, etc., we were issued a U.S. Patent on the cart in August 2013 and our patent on the caps came through recently this February 2014.” Through their process of learning, reading, meetings and a very worthwhile time of displaying their great products at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas last May they were featured in a Florida magazine who took Rhino Tools at a hardware show this past May. notice at the show. John and his wife, Cristie, are on the far right. The company Little (Photo courtesy of John Shindelar) Giant (a huge ladder manufacturer) met for sale to the public was a whole with them a few times and was new facet of manufacturing and quite impressed with our cart at the marketing for me to learn. My two hardware show. partners and I have had a Business “We realized that we needed a Coach we meet with frequently, as Licensing Agent to assist us with

the maze of complicated connections needed to get our products out for mass distribution. We are currently working with a gentleman at a Licensing Company located in Massachusetts that has the connections we do not. These connections let our Licensing Agent talk to multiple manufacturers all over the United States. We’ve made a great website complete with pictures and videos to show these prospective manufacturers the myriad of uses that our products perform. Our comprehensive website has also drawn interest from many of the trades as it is easy to see how helpful our products will be to them. We set up an impromptu PayPal link and were pleasantly surprised with the number of sales we made this year just through our website with absolutely no push-advertising on our part. Since there are no other items like our Rhino Tuff Cart and Cap for sale on the market, our internet sales has shown us that there is definitely is a need for our products!” Check out our website at: John’s wife Cristie says, “A patent issued to you can sound like quite the accomplishment. Our extensive reading, meetings and business coaches have all taught us, however, that only 6-7 percent of patents ever make any money. The rest just sit and collect dust on the owner’s shelves. So we are

hoping we are using all resources available to see if we can be part of that 6-7 per cent!” And it’s looking very promising with companies interested in them, a magazine article, and great sales already on their website! Cristie talks about their life together, “John teases that he had to go all the way to California to find his Iowa girl as we met in CA in 1988. I was from the Davenport area. We have now been married for 21 years and have lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for over nine years and just love it here. It gives us the four seasons that we crave without the wicked winters that you still have in Iowa and our neighborhood, friends and church here are just amazing. John finished electrical college and his training about three years ago and is currently working as an electrician at a saw mill. We still come to visit Iowa regularly and help set up a bi-annual get-together with friends and family that really celebrates his Norwegian mom’s side of the family. We make lots of lefse, do many crafts over the three day weekend, sing, play games and eat entirely too much yummy food. This is our year to come visit and we are already making plans for our June visit and reunion!” Our community is proud to have ties to such a intuitive thinker and we wish the couple great success!

7th Grade Special Honor Roll: Allanda Kriener, Sadie McGee A Honor Roll: Sierra Breitsprecher, Sarah Cullen, Ashley Davis, Mariah Durham, Mia French, Shira Hageman, Cole Klimesh, Josie Lennon, Levi Lukes, Dahlyn Ott, Kaylie Rommes, Melissa Ward B Honor Roll: Ayden Broszeit, Jerrett Euans, Brady Hageman, Vanessa Hageman, Abby Manning, Carter Meyer, Brekin Tigges, Dalyn Wurzer, Cassidy Young 8th Grade A Honor Roll: Noah Faldet, Taylor Numedahl, Madisen Ondrashek, Jaden Schweinefus, Felicity Taylor, Kerrigan Upton B Honor Roll: Kaelan Boe, Lexi Bohr, Taylor Buchheit, Allison Dunlavey, Eric Franzen, Jackson Lukes, Steven Moore, Tiffany Riehle, Brandi Schneider, Danae Taylor, Austin Tieskoetter, Tanner Tollefsrud, Andrew Wagner, Allison Walz

SHINDELAR from front page much research on the internet, I found that there was no such cart available. Hence, the Rhino Tuff Collapsible Cart was born. The electrical cap had the same thought process; I wished for some way to mark the conduit and keep it together temporarily during electrical layout without the use of sticky duct tape and messy spray paint. The Rhino Tuff Cap was created that saves over 50% labor time while keeping the conduit clean and dry and easy to mark for connections and is lightweight and reusable as well.” With his wife Cristie they began their journey, “The process of getting that ‘cool’ idea transferred into CAD drawings, plastic molds, proprietary extruded aluminum pieces, lots of prototypes, countless meetings with manufacturers, mentors and our attorney has been a journey I’ll never forget! This thought-process of thinking of the idea and then starting the ‘tinkering’ around process was the easier part.” John is the son of Beulah and the late John Shindelar, Sr. who farmed by Spillville for many years. His father was also a forward thinker and had been told a few times that he should look into getting a patent for some of his creations. His dad had also been told that he would be a good design person for some type of manufacturer since he was creative with

thinking up new items. “I come from a family that was always ‘tinkering’ with farm equipment and household items and thinking of better ways to make/utilize them. My dad, John Sr., created some very helpful items that we used daily on the farm that in retrospect now would likely be so helpful to many people! My grandfathers had this same mind-set of changing common things for the better for their use also. However, creating one item for your use and creating multiple items of the same product



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Negativity seems to spread quickly in today’s world with technology changing and the world moving at a much faster pace. Reality shows have become abundant letting the world into several different lifestyles, some teaching anyone watching how the level of basic human respect seems to be dwindling in our world. There are local people trying to change these things, one young person at a time. Two years ago, Teresa Martin and Sara Schmitt, along with their daughters Katie and Hanna, were brainstorming about starting a youth group for junior high aged people with the goal of creating a strong community in our rural area. In September of 2012, their idea became a reality when they had a kick-off gathering at Sara and Hanna’s home. 22 young people with their parents attended to learn about the youth group that would be geared toward the idea of a non-denominational group that would teach the members the love of Jesus through Bible lessons as well as social, service and spiritual events. From this meeting, Brothers and Sisters in Christ was born and is known as B.A.S.I.C. Training. For the first year, the group was for 6-8th grade students but expanded to 6-12th grade students in 2013 although many of the community events that B.A.S.I.C. hosts, is geared toward younger children in mind such as Trunk or Treat, which is held in the parking lot by the park in Fort Atkinson and is open to any child that would like to donate a non-perishable food item. Other events the group does that are meant for younger children are Jesus’ Birthday Party and the Easter Extravaganza. Every year the faces of the group members change. Some leave or graduate, some join because they crossed into the appropriate age or they just heard about what B.A.S.I.C. has to offer. “B.A.S.I.C. Training will provide an opportunity for tweens and teens to learn about God’s love through fun activities, music, scripture and games,” said B.A.S.I.C. co-founder Sara Schmitt. “We also want the children to learn to reach out to our community through service.” Some of the community service projects B.A.S.I.C. has recently run include, a Winter Coat Drive for Adults and Children; a Food Collection for the Fayette County

Food Pantry; a Children’s Book Collection and a Preemie Project clothing collection for University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Other fun events held for the members of the group include the Junior High Fall Dance; attending a Christian Concert in Charles City and the Junior and Senior High Retreats at Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing. Although the members of the youth group do a lot of the work that it takes to do the community service events and the fun events for the group, there are adults who play a big part in the group as well. Brittany Schmitt and Marea Baker teach most of the lessons, Nena Winter helps with the events and keeps track of all of the paperwork and Sara Schmitt plans events and coordinates the team meetings. There are other adults as well, most of them parents of the members who help with anything extra that the group needs to get done. As a group, the long-term goal of B.A.S.I.C. Training is to reach out to as many students as possible and invite them to participate. There are always service projects that need extra hands. Bigger service projects have been talked about as well such as mission trips in the United States and abroad as well as hosting a ‘Fields of Faith’ retreat. The membership list totals over 30 young people but each meeting varies for attendance but the activities are always between 20-30 kids and the junior high dances have been filled with 70-90 kids so the group is well on its way toward being a household name in our area. “No one is required to participate, we want this to be something your son or daughter wants to be involved in,” said Schmitt. “We know everyone is busy and it is not possible to make it to all of our gatherings.” B.A.S.I.C. Training invites young people from all towns and schools to join and participate in their activities. “If anyone is interested in joining us, please contact one of us! We meet only once a month in Fort Atkinson for a couple hours. We welcome new people and new ideas for our activities,” finished Schmitt. Up coming B.A.S.I.C. Training events, one for each age! Saturday, April 19th – *Easter Extravaganza at the Fort Atkinson Community Center for children of all ages. There will

be an Easter Egg Hunt, separated by age group, and the Easter Bunny will be present for photos from 2-4 pm! *Speaker Kay Shindelar will speak about her experiences as a missionary in Haiti from 5-6 p.m., *Potluck supper from 6-7:30 p.m., *Dance for ALL 6th-8th grade students and high school BASIC students from 8-11 p.m. with DJ Power Jam Productions ***$5 admission plus one box of Mac & Cheese Saturday, May 3rd – *Spring Fling Vendor & Craft Fair at the Fort Atkinson Community Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. hosted by BASIC Training. 25+ vendors and crafters; concessions stand; Moo Mobile; children’s crafts- just in time for Mother’s Day!

Lawler Irish Festival Parade- June 2013.

BASIC Fall Kick-off at Carl & Terry Schmitt’s Farm August 2013.

Above: Winter Jam Concert in Des Moines January 2013.

Above: Cheerios collected for the Backpack Program at a junior high dance. Right: Jesus’ Birthday Party at NH Roller Skating Rink December 2013. L-r : Emily Luzum, Amy Schmitt, Hanna Schmitt

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Special Speaker, Pastor Keith McCray, at gathering in November 2013.


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Worship Schedule ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC Little Turkey Father Nicholas March Friday, Apr. 18: 7 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 10:30 a.m. Mass

ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC Calmar Father Donald J. Hawes Saturday, Apr. 19: 4:30 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 10:30 a.m. Mass

BETHANY LUTHERAN Rural Ossian Sunday, Apr. 20: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service

ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC Fort Atkinson Father Nicholas March Sunday, Apr. 20: 8 a.m. Mass

CALMAR COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST Calmar Pastor Linda Thompson Sunday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Worship

ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN, STAPLETON 2271 Windsor Ave., Waucoma Rev. Wayne T. & Irmagard Ellingson, Supply Pastors Sunday, Apr. 20: 10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

CALMAR LUTHERAN & SPRINGFIELD LUTHERAN Pastor Phil Olson Thursday, Apr. 17: 6:30 p.m. Worship at Calmar Friday, Apr. 18: 6:30 p.m. Worship at Calmar Sunday, Apr. 20: Holy Communion 6:30 a.m. Sunrise at Calmar 9 a.m. Calmar 10:30 a.m. Springfield DE SALES CATHOLIC Ossian Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes Thursday, Apr. 17: 7 p.m. Mass Friday, Apr. 18: 1 p.m. Mass Saturday, Apr. 19: 8 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 10 a.m. Mass LIVING HOPE BAPTIST Ossian Sunday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Worship HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC Protivin Father Nicholas March Friday, Apr. 18: 1 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Mass MT. CARMEL CATHOLIC Lawler Father Nicholas March Thursday, Apr. 17: 6 p.m. Mass Saturday, Apr. 19: 8 p.m. Mass OSSIAN LUTHERAN Ossian Sunday, Apr. 13: 8:30 a.m. Worship OUR LADY OF SEVEN DOLORS CATHOLIC Festina Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes Friday, Apr. 18: 3 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 8 a.m. Mass

ST. LUKE’S CATHOLIC St. Lucas Father Nicholas March Wednesday, Apr. 16: 8:30 a.m. Mass Friday, Apr. 18: 3 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 10:30 a.m. Mass ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC Waucoma Father Nicholas March Sunday, Apr. 20: 8 a.m. Mass ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN, RICHFIELD 24126 220th St., Rural Sumner (8 miles SW of Waucoma) Rev. Wayne T. & Irmagard Ellingson, Supply Pastors Sunday, Apr. 20: 9 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion ST. WENCESLAUS CATHOLIC Spillville Father Donald J. Hawes Saturday, Apr. 19: 7 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 20: 8:30 a.m. Mass STAVANGER LUTHERAN Sunday, Apr. 20: 10 a.m. Worship

Tenebrae Services The Christ Our Hope parishes and Christ Our Hope Chorale will hold a “Tenebrae” service on the evening of Good Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Assumption Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Little Turkey. “Tenebrae,” meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” is a devotional service which commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Father Nicholas March, pastor of the cluster, will be the presider. The service has been practiced since medieval times. It was once a service for the monastic community and later became an important part of the worship of common folk during Holy Week. Through the singing of psalms and motets and the reading of lessons, and the power of silence and darkness, candles are gradually extinguished until the candle representing Christ is the only one left. At the conclusion of the service, we experience the “strepitus” or “noise” which occurs until the persistent flame of Christ returns. Assumption Church in Little Turkey is part of the cluster of parishes which form the Christ Our Hope group. The Christ Our Hope Chorale is a choir formed of members from all of the member parishes. The parishes include: Holy Trinity, Protivin; St. Luke, St. Lucas; St. John Nepomucene, Fort Atkinson; St. Mary's, Waucoma; Assumption, Little Turkey and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lawler.

The top three winners of the flag essay contest are pictured with the Post 279 Veterans. Front row(l-r): Norbert Shileny, Raegan Kime (1st place), Kylie Wurzer (3rd place) and Rory Kuennen (2nd place); Back row: Len Cutsforth, Jack McKone, Don Blazek, Sr., David Bryne, Alvin Vsetecka and Fred Bohaty. (Submitted Photo)

Lawler Veterans Post 279 award flag essay contest winners at Turkey Valley On April 11, members of the Lawler Legion Post 279 came to Turkey Valley to award this year’s 5th grade flag essay contest winners. Students were given the opportunity to research flag code and then write an essay no more than three hundred words stating what the United States flag represents to them based on facts from the United States Flag Code. Each of the veterans also shared what the flag signifies in their life and how being a member of the Legion is important. First place went to Raegan Kime, daughter of Dan and Annette. Second place recipient was Rory Kuennen, daughter of Scott and Jenae, and third place went to Kylie Wurzer, daughter of Brad and Jeanine. Congratulations to all the fifth graders for their efforts. Members agreed that picking a winner was not easy this year. All of the students should be proud of what they learned and then shared. The Legion gave all participants a ruler with the current and past presidents. Thank you Veterans for coming in and connecting with our students again.


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TRINITY LUTHERAN Calmar Pastor Glenn Smith Sunday, Apr. 20: 11:30 a.m. Worship Service ZION LUTHERAN Castalia Pastor Dave Lenth Sunday, Apr. 20: 8:30 a.m. Adult Class 9:15 a.m. Sunday School

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The Veterans are pictured with all of the contestants and their teacher. Front row (l-r): Kylie Wurzer, Raegan Kime and Rory Kuennen; Second row: Norb Shileny, Emma Hanson, Hunter Bramow, Zack Glass and Mrs. Leslie Raymond; Third row: Len Cutsforth, Jack McKone, Aleah Hackman, Don Blazek, Sr., David Byrne, Jaycie Byrne, Sayler Drilling, Alvin Vsetecka , Cael Wickham and Fred Bohaty.



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Upcoming Events April Happy Feet Clinic available The Winneshiek County Public Health has announced its Happy Feet Clinic schedule for April 2014. The clinic is by appointment only. The following dates and times are currently available: Thursday, April 17: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22: 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29: 1-3 p.m. For more information or to schedule your appointment call the clinic at 563382-4662 or visit their website at www. The clinic is located at 305 Montgomery, Suite 3, Decorah.

Free poetry contest Poetryfest announces that $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded this year to amateur poets. Poets, especially beginners, are encouraged to enter for their chance to win. To enter send one poem of 21 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 3561, Ashland, OR 97520. Or enter online at A winner’s list will be sent to all entrants. The deadline for entering is on Good Friday, April 19, 2014. “Any poet, published or not, can be a winner,” says Executive Director Mark Schramm. “When people learn about our contest, they suddenly realize that their own poetic talent can win cash prizes, as well as garner national recognition.” You may email your poem to Mark directly at As Mark says, “I trust this contest will produce exciting discoveries!”

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Fort Atkinson upcoming blood drive The LifeServe Blood Center will hold the Fort Atkinson Blood Drive at the Community Center on Monday, April 28 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. 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 20 pounds and should be in general good health. For more info or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 800-287-4903 or visit Woody's Bar & Grill is furnishing sandwiches for the canteen.

Easter egg hunt The Eden Outer Limits 4-H Club will host an Easter egg hunt on April 19 at the Waucoma City Park. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the hunt will start at 10. There will be lots of fun for ages 12 and under. Cookies and prizes for everyone! New Easter Egg Hunt Rules: • All participants need to register upon arrival and receive a wrist band. • Age groups: Age 1 – 3 (must be able to walk on their own); Age 4 – 6; Age 7 – 9; Age 10 – 12 • Only participants with wrist bands are allowed in the egg hunt area. • No parents – if a child needs assistance, a 4-H member/leader will help them. The rain location will be at the Waucoma Legion Hall.

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Thursday, April 17 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ Elkader 4 p.m.: Trap Team Event @ Osage 5 p.m.: G Varsity Track @ Decorah

Thursday, April 17 2:15 Early Dismissal 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ MFL/ MarMac Hs 4 p.m.: G/B MS Track @ Clayton Ridge HS 5 p.m.: G/B Varsity Track @ New Hampton HS

Friday, April 18 NO SCHOOL Monday, April 21 4 p.m.: B Varsity Golf @ MFL/ MarMac HS 5 p.m.: B Varsity Track @ Decorah 5 p.m.: G Varsity Track @ Hudson Tuesday, April 22 4 p.m.: B MS Track @ NFV HS 4 p.m.: G MS Track @ SumnerFredricksburg HS 4 p.m.: G Varsity Golf @ Silver Crest CC, Decorah 6 p.m.: Preschool Spring Concert

Friday, April 18 NO SCHOOL Monday, April 21 NO SCHOOL Tuesday, April 22 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ Decorah 4 p.m.: B MS Track @ North Fayette 5 p.m.: B Varsity Track @ Charles City

Several new items have been added this past winter to the Fort Atkinson City Museum for the public to view. Viewing hours are in conjunction with the Fort Public Library hours or by private showing by contacting board members Marie Riha @ 534-7141; Al Becker @ 5347502; Myles Kupka @ 534-7397 or Mary Moser @ 534-7449. The City Museum is a non-profit organization and is free of charge to view.

4-H bake sale

The Eden Outer Limits 4-H Club will be holding a bake sale Friday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Bank Iowa in Waucoma. Come and join them for delicious baked goods and fun raffle prizes! The event is sponsored by the Eden Outer Limits 4-H Club. Raffle tickets are available from any 4-H member.

April 16 — April 23 • $6 Specials Wednesday: Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn Thursday: Taco Salad Friday: Fish or Shrimp, French Fries, Side Monday: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Lettuce Salad Tuesday: Ham & Cheese Casserole, Green Beans, Pears Wednesday: BBQ Ribs, Baked Potato, Peas

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2014 All Iowa Reads author, Thomas Maltman, at Dragonfly Books Dragonfly Books is pleased to host an evening with this year’s All Iowa Reads author Thomas Maltman and his new book Little Wolves on Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm. Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s, Little Wolves is a penetrating look at a town reeling from a heinous murder. Following the intertwining stories of a young pastor’s wife and a father searching for answers, Maltman teases apart the traditions, assumptions, and stories that make up small-town life. Weaving together elements of folklore and Norse mythology, Little Wolves is a powerful murder mystery and a pageturning literary triumph. Little Wolves is the All Iowa Reads selection for 2014. Established in 2003 by the Iowa Center for the Book, the All Iowa Reads program encourages Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book to foster a sense of unity through reading. Libraries, book clubs, school, and communities are encouraged to sponsor discussions and host events. Past All Iowa Reads selections have included Driftless by David Rhodes, The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich, and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. An MFA graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Maltman’s essays, poetry and fiction have been published in many literary journals. His first novel, The Night Birds won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” Maltman has taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area. Little Wolves is his second novel. Join us to talk with Thomas Maltman and learn more about Little Wolves on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books. This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water Street, Decorah and is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.


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Roger Thomas State Representative District 55 Representing Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek Counties

In the House this week, we passed a bi-partisan budget bill to improve the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. The transportation budget bill, Senate File 2130, also addresses the problem of distracted driving in Iowa. In 2012, there was an estimated 421,000 motor vehicle crashes that involved a distracted driver, compared to 387,000 in 2011, a 9% increase. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will be required to establish educational programs to raise public awareness of the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. Also in the House this week, we passed a bill related to underage possession or consumption of alcohol. Under the bill, Senate File 2310, a person who is the owner, lessee, or has control over property that is not a licensed premises, shall not knowingly permit an under legal age person to consume or possess an alcoholic beverage on such property. The bill provides that a person who violates this provision commits a simple misdemeanor for a first offense, punishable as a scheduled violation with a fine of $200, a simple misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense, punishable by a $500 fine. The bill amends current Iowa Code section 123.47 to specify that a person under legal age (under 21) in Iowa is prohibited from consuming alcoholic liquor, wine, or beer, subject to certain exceptions if consumed in a private home with the knowledge, presence and consent of the underage person’s parent or guardian. If you have questions on these issues or other legislative concerns, feel free to contact me at or 515-281-3221.

Neighbor to Neighbor By Sharon Busch Easter, is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave His life to die for our sins. On the third day after He died -- the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday -- His friends went to His grave, and found that He had risen from the dead. They saw an angel who told them, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen.” Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins. Easter is also a time when families not only attend church together, but also share a special meal. Use the following recipes as ideas for your special meal. Bourbon-Glazed Ham By Sue Schiller 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (8 to 10 pounds) 3/4 c. bourbon, divided 2 c. packed brown sugar 1 tbsp. ground mustard 1 tbsp. orange marmalade 1/8 tsp. ground coriander Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Score the surface of the ham, making diamond shapes 1/2 in. deep. Brush with 2 tablespoons bourbon. Bake uncovered, at 325° for 2 hours. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, marmalade, coriander and remaining bourbon; spoon over ham. Bake 30 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 140°. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Yield: 16 servings.

3 tbsp. light corn syrup Apple-Green Bean Sauté By Kimberly Ronio 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed 1 large apple, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp. canola oil 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 1/2 c. honey 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted In a large skillet, sauté the beans and apple in oil for 3 minutes. Add walnuts; cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in honey and sesame seeds; heat through. Yield: 5 servings. Escalloped Potato Casserole By Janaan Cunnungham 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream 1/2 c. chopped green pepper 1/4 c. chopped onion 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 pkg. (30 oz.) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed 1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley Paprika 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; stir in the potatoes. Transfer to a greased 13in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with parsley, paprika and cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and golden brown. Yield: 10 servings. White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars By Kraft foods

12 Oreo cookies, finely crushed (about 1 cup) 2 tbsp. butter, melted 3 oz. White Chocolate, divided 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened ½ c. sugar 1tsp. vanilla 2 eggs ¼ c. red raspberry preserves Heat the oven to 350ºF. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch square pan. Melt 2 oz. chocolate as directed on package. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust. Bake 25 to 28 min. or until center is almost set. Cool 5 min.; spread with preserves. Melt remaining chocolate; drizzle over cheesecake. Cool cheesecake completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Make up some scrambled eggs to serve piping hot and then add some fresh fruit and whipped cream to the following recipe of French toast This will make a filling and delicious brunch. Baked French toast By All recipes 1 (1 lb.) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices 8 eggs 2 c. milk 1 1/2 c. half-and-half cream 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 3/4 c. butter 1 1/3 c. brown sugar

Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread slices, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup; heat until

bubbling. Pour over bread and egg mixture. Bake in preheated oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Till next time… Have a blessed and happy Easter.

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Turkey Valley Linksters Compete In 1st Meet, Ladies Win by 2 After rescheduling several of their early season games, the Turkey Valley golf teams were finally able to get out on a course and brush the rust off. Last Thursday they traveled to Backbone Country Club near Strawberry Point to square off against new UIC team Starmont. Lady Trojans The ladies started off their season in a tight round against the Stars, unsure of their golfers as the two teams had never competed before. TV pulled out a very narrow win of 206-208 with junior Nicole Meirick leading the way. Meirick marked a 48, just 12 over par and the top score for the ladies overall. Also recording scores for the team total were juniors Josie Einwalter who finished with a 51, Jensen Winter came in with a 53 and Taylor Novotny shot a 54.

“I was very pleased with the way the girls opened the season. The layout was shortened for the girls so a greater number of golfers could be on the course, so the score are a little misleading, but the TV girls did a great job for the first meet of the year,” stated Coach John Reicks. “Both our veterans and our new comers played well and it was good to see some smiling faces on the course after the long, brutal winter.” Other scores for TV were Abbey Ott, 67; Nicole Schmitt, 68; Ari Rausch, Josine Gossling, 69; Jenna Winter, Allie Rausch, 73. Scores for Starmont were: 49, 49, 50, 60, 62, 63. Trojans On the boys’ side, the Stars out played the Trojans by 20 strokes with a final tally of 191-171 with the top golfer finishing with a 41, five strokes over par.

Top golfer for the boys was junior Tom Reicks who finished with a 45 followed by Seth Jencks who recorded a 46. Newcomer Riley Busta tallied a 49 and two seniors, Jacob Hackman and Ryan Busta, shot 51 each. “It was a typical first meet for the boys, as they were a little nervous off the tee,” said Reicks. “I was happy to see them settle down after the first few holes and start to play the golf I know they are capable of playing.” “Backbone CC is a mature course with a lot of big trees, narrow fairways, and undulating greens,” continued Reicks. “We left a lot of shots out there and all facets of our game need to improve. Starmont always has a good team. Nonetheless, it was just nice to finally get outside and play some golf.” Other TV scores were Riley Meirick, Justin Kime, 55; Justin Izer, 57; Travis Reicks, 59; Mike Novotny, CJ Eichenberger, 62; Jacob Buss, 68; Evan Busta, 72. Scores for Starmont were: 41, 43, 43, 44, 45, 47.

Turkey Valley Trap Team Shooting Consistently TV Trap 4/10 The Turkey Valley Trap Team was back on the range last Thursday with three five-shooter teams and three individuals competing at Nashua. The three teams posted scores of 195, 168 and 124. Junior Levi Klimesh lead team #1 by posting the top score of the day for the Trojans with a 45 after rounds of 22 and 23 with Leo Balk in a close second shooting 21 each round for a 42, Jacob Vsetecka scored a 40 after hitting 19 and 21, Cole Langreck had a 35 from rounds of 17 and 18 and Brogan Mihm hit 13 and 20 to tally 33 for a team total of 195. Team #2 finished with a 168, lead by Kyle Reicks who hit 37 rounds of 19 and 18 followed by Nick Njus who shot 21 and 14 to score a 35, Andrea Baumler and Amber Barloon both had 33 with 16/17 and 17/16 rounds respectively and Sydney Kuennen finished with a 30 from rounds of 12 and 18. Garrison Kruse lead team #3 with a score of 33 after hitting 16 and 17 with second place going to Kayla Gebel with rounds of 15 and 12 for a total at 27, Emily Luzum totaled at 25 shooting 15 and 10, Cassandra Schindler hit 13 and 10 to finish with a 23 and Sloan Huinker hit 16 from rounds of 9 and 7. Shooting as individuals, Dakota Rush finished with a 26 after rounds of 16 and 10; Izaack Best hit 10 and 14 to tally 24 and Blake Kruse finished with a 22 after shooting a 15 and a 7.

TV Trap 4/12 Turkey Valley’s trap shooters went back to Nashua on Saturday for another shoot out with 14 Trojans competing. The Trojans made two teams of five, ending with totals of 183 and 130 and four individuals competed as well. Nick Njus lead team one with a total score of 42 after shooting rounds of 23 and 19; Jacob Vsetecka wasn’t too far behind hitting 21 and 16 for a total of 37; Levi Klimesh and Amber Barloon both ended with 35 after having rounds of 18 and 17 for Klimesh and 19 and 16 for Barloon; Leo Balk rounded off the first team adding 34 after hitting 18 and 16 points in his two rounds to have a team finish of 183. Team two ended with 130, lead by Garrison Kruse who shot 18 and 16 for a total of 34; Dakota Rush hit 33 total with rounds of 14 and 19; Izaack Best ended with a 27 after hitting 10 and 17 point rounds; Blake Kruse finished with 20 after shooting 12 and 8 and Sydney Kuennen totaled 16 after shooting 6 and 10. Cassandra Schindler and Kayla Gebel both hit 26, shooting as individuals with rounds of 14/12 and 11/15 respectively; Emily Luzum tallied a 25 after shooting 15 and 10 and Sloan Huinker had rounds of 9 and 11 to finish with 20.

Trojan linksters will lean on 7 returning letter winners this season The Turkey Valley boys’ golf team has officially started their season, golfing one meet last week after having to reschedule the meets of the first few weeks of the season. The Trojans didn’t lose any team members to graduation last year so they return seven letter winners and seven seniors to build a strong team around. Third year Head Coach John Reicks will be helping the golfers shave strokes off of their game again this season and has a good outlook for the year. “We had several boys spend a lot of time on the course over the summer. I am very excited about this group of young men and their potential,” stated Coach Reicks. “They are a very coachable group with a trio of promising freshmen.” Letter winners returning to lead the way include seniors Jacob Hackman who had a 49.4 stroke average last season and was the top golfer on the team; Justin Izer was one of the 2nd slot golfers who averaged 49.7; Ryan Busta brought an average of 51.8 to the team to hold the

4th spot and Riley Meirick had a 48.3 average in 2012 and juniors Tom Reicks was also one of the 2nd slot golfers with a 49.7 average; Travis Reicks held the 5th spot with an average of 57.4 and Justin Kime fit into the 6th spot at 57.4. Filling in the rest of the leadership roll are seniors Jacob Buss and Riley Busta. “Our strengths are our senior leadership with seven returning letter winners. They have a strong work ethic and really enjoy the sport,” said Reicks. “New comers Jacob Buss and Riley Busta will add depth and the return of Riley Meirick gives us an added boost. I see 8-10 golfers capable of shooting bogey golf or lower.” The rest of the roster includes juniors CJ Eichenberger and Seth Jencks and freshmen Evan Busta, Scott Kime and Kelby Reicks. “We need someone to step up their game and take on the challenge of shooting low scores on a consistent basis. Course management skills need to be developed especially on unfamiliar courses,” ended Reicks.

Lady Trojans look to younger and new golfers to fill in the gaps

Kayla Gebel takes aim during the meet at Nashua. Gebel totaled a 27 with rounds of 15 and 12.

Nick Njus stays focused during last Thursday's meet. Njus tallied a 35 after shooting 21 and 14.

The Turkey Valley girls’ golf team has started their season but have only been able to get one meet in due to typical Iowa spring weather, which they won by two strokes. After graduation, the Lady Trojans will have to replace three of their top six golfers, which will require the younger and new ladies to step up and take initiative. Four returning letter winners will be the nucleus the team will work around to build a stable team this season. Top golfers from last season including Nicole Meirick who averaged 60.9 a round was the 2nd golfer on last year’s team, Josie Einwalter held the 3rd slot with an average of 61.7, Taylor Novotny had an average of 62.2 and was the 4th linkster in 2013 and Jensen Winter had an average of 66.5 in 2012. “Three veterans, Nicole, Josie and Taylor, look to build on solid sophomore seasons. We have good depth with 11 golfers

on the roster who have an excellent work ethic, and are a very coachable close knit group,” Reicks commented about the team’s strengths. “We have a good group of new comers eager to learn as well.” Filling out the rest of the roster for the season are juniors Arianna Rausch, Jenna Winter, Nicole Schmitt, Josine Gossling and Allie Rausch; sophomores Kennedy Balk and Emily Dietzenbach and freshman Abbey Ott. “With no seniors and inexperience among the new comers will be our main weakness,” continued Reicks. “We need Mother Nature to cooperate.” “Our veterans need to continue their improvement and develop the play of our new comers. We need our golfers to learn course management skills while we wait for the weather to cooperate. We need to find our #4-6 golfers as the season progresses,” finished Reicks.

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Turkey Valley Varsity Golf Preview

Above: The 2014 Turkey Valley Boys Golf Team hit the course for the first time last week to finally start their season.This year’s team includes front row l-r: Michael Novotny, Ryan Busta, Justin Izer, Jacob Hackman, Riley Busta and Jacob Buss. Back row: Kelby Reicks, Travis Reicks, Justin Kime, Tom Reicks, Seth Jencks, Clayton Eichenberger, Scott Kime, Evan Busta and Coach John Reicks. Not pictured: Riley Meirick. The Turkey Valley Returning Letters Winners for the 2014 team include front row l-r:Tom Reicks, Justin Kime and Travis Reicks. Back row: Justin Izer, Ryan Busta and Jacob Hackman. (Photo by Leah Kruse)

The 2014 Turkey Valley Girls Golf Team has finally gotten to swing in their first meet of the season. Members of this year’s squad are front row l-r: Jensen Winter, Josie Einwalter, Nicole Meirick and Taylor Novotny. Back row: Coach John Reicks, Emily Luzum, Allie Rausch, Kennedy Balk, Arianna Rausch, Nicole Schmitt, Jenna Winter and Josine Gossling. (Photo by Leah Kruse)

2014 Turkey Valley Girls Golf Returning Letter Winners includ l-r: Jensen Winter, Josie Einwalter, Nicole Meirick and Taylor Novotny. (Photo by Leah Kruse)

Sports Editor Notice: Seniors Right: 2014 Turkey Valley Boys Golf Seniors l-r : Jacob Buss, Justin Izer, Michael Novotny, Ryan Busta, Riley Busta and Jacob Hackman. Not pictured: Riley Meirick. (Photos by Leah Kruse)

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Warriors race at Decorah early bird meet; win Foster Kiesau Relays SW BT 4/7 South Winn was able to get outside and compete in the fresh air last Monday at a six-team meet in Decorah placing 4th with 78 points. The Warriors garnered four 1st place finishes, seven top three placements, double placed in two events and scored in 11 events. Final team standings were: 1. Decorah 130; 2. Dbq Hemstead 109.5; 3. Charles City 91; 4. South Winn 78; 5. New Hampton 74.5; 6. Waukon 69.

SW senior Chris Brincks sails over a hurdle during the 110m Hurdle event. Brincks won the event with a time of 16.83. Photo by Sherri Lensing.

Trojans compete outside in two meets; struggle to find a team rhythm TV BT 4/7 Turkey Valley was finally able to compete outside last week after running one indoor meet this season and patiently waiting for the weather to cooperate so they could hit an oval outdoors. The Trojans traveled to Sumner last Monday for a five-team co-ed meet on the 8-lane oval with Sumner-Fredericksburg hosting. Only 10 events were completed due to the weather and team standings after 10 events included: 1. Sumner-Fredericksburg, 91.5; 2. Clayton Ridge, 61; 3. Turkey Valley, 60; 4. Tripoli, 46.5; 5. Wapsie Valley, 32. TV had one first-place finish, five top three placements and double placed in five events. Of the total ten completed events, the Trojans placed in seven events. Boys’ final results Discus: Buchheit, 3rd, 92’ 1”; Kuhn, 6th, 77’ 4” High Jump: Landa, 3rd, 5’ 4” Long Jump: Blazek, 5th, 16’ 4”; Hackman, 8th, 14’ Shot Put: Buchheit, 3rd, 40’ 10”; Kuhn, 6th, 35’ 1.5”, 100m: Denk, 3rd, 11.93; Hackman, 5th, 12.17 400m: Landa, 5th, 59.23; Drilling, 6th, 60.0 3200m: R. Izer, 1st, 10:40.66

Boys final results Discus: Lensing, 6th, 120’ 5” High Jump: Brincks, 1st, 6’ 1”; Rommes, 3rd, 5’ 8” Long Jump: B. Meyer, 1st, 20’ 3”; Ward, 5th, 18’ 2.5” Shot Put: Lensing, 6th, 44’ 5” 200m: Schroeder, 4th, 24.03 110m Hurdles: Brincks, 4th, 16.43 400m Hurdles: B. Meyer, 2nd, 59.57

4x100: Schroeder, Jacobsen, Shatek, Rommes, 1st, 45.56 4x200: Schroeder, Jacobsen, Shatek, Rommes, 1st, 1:35.22 4x800: J. Uribe, Bohach, N. Meyer, Fisher, 4th, 9:03.25 Distance Medley: Shatek, Brincks, Bohach, N. Meyer, 2nd, 3:53.61 SW BT 4/10 The Warriors traveled to Postville last Thursday to finish their week of with a 10-team meet including several UIC teams. South Winn posted eight 1st place finishes, had 15 total top three placements, double placed four events and scored in 16 events. Final team standings included: 1. South Winn 139; 2. Waukon 134.5; 3. Postville 64; 4. Clayton Ridge 54; 5. Turkey Valley 44; 6. Central 34; 7. MFL-MM 32.5; 8. West Central 22; 9. Kee 19; 10. Tripoli 14.

Boys final results Discus: Lensing, 6th, 122’ 1” High Jump: Brincks, 1st, 6’ 2”; Rommes, 2nd, 6’ Long Jump: B. Meyer, 2nd, 19’ 7.5”; Ward, 6th, 17’ 3.5” Shot Put: Lensing, 5th, 44’ 5” 200m: Shatek, 2nd, 24.3; Schroeder, 3rd, 24.42 400m: Bohach, 3rd, 55.48; Ward, 5th, 56.9 800m: N. Meyer, 1st, 2:11.13 1600m: N. Meyer, 1st, 5:02.20 110m Hurdles: Brincks, 1st, 16.83 400m Hurdles: Faldet, 6th, 1:05.59 Shuttle Hurdle: Faldet, B. Meyer, Jacobsen, Brincks, 2nd, 1:09.17 Sprint Medley: M. Holthaus, A. Holthaus, Ward, Bohach, 1st, 3:58.12 4x100: Schroeder, Jacobsen, Shatek, Rommes, 1st, 44.87 4x200: Schroeder, Jacobsen, Shatek, Rommes, 1st, 1:35.36 4x400: Herold, Brincks, Franzen, B. Meyer, 1st, 3:39.76

SW’s Carson Lensing spins in preparation to hurl his disc out into the field at the Postville meet last Thursday. Lensing took 6th place with a throw of 122’ 1”. Photo by Sherri Lensing.

TV BT 4/10 On Thursday, the Trojans competed in Postville against nine other teams placing 5th with 44 total points, 10 points below 4th and 10 above 6th. The Trojans scored in nine events with one 1st place finish and five top three placements. Final team scores included: 1. South Winn, 139; 2. Waukon, 134.5; 3. Postville, 64; 4. Clayton Ridge, 54; 5. Turkey Valley 44; 6. Central 34; 7. MFL-MM 32.5; 8. West Central 22; 9. Kee 19; 10. Tripoli 14. Boys final results Shot Put: Buchheit, 6th, 41’ 10” 100m: Denk, 3rd, 12.22 800m: Izer, 3rd, 2:14.09 1600m: Izer, 2nd, 5:03.82 3200m: Izer, 1st, 10:45.06; Meirick, 6th, 12:14.29 4x100: Denk, Drilling, Hackman, Blazek, 4th, 48.07 4x200: Denk, Drilling, Busta, Mohlis, 6th, 1:42.73 4x800: Blazek, Mohlis, Landa, Bruess, 3rd, 9:51.52 Sprint Medley: Bruess, Gossling, Kuhn, Herold, 6th, 4:31.85 TV’s Jacob Kuhn releases the shot put during one of his three attempts at last week’s meet in Postville. Photo by TV senior Riley Buchheit releases the discus at the Postville meet last Thursday. Sherri Lensing.


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Lady Trojans showing sparks in their first two outdoor meets TV GT 4/7 For the first time this season, the Lady Trojans stepped onto an outdoor eight-lane oval to compete in a co-ed meet last Monday night in Sumner. With several teams present, TV got off to a great start leading the pack with 83 points after 10 events but Iowa spring weather shut down the meet early. “The girls were outstanding tonight!” complimented Coach Brian Schmitt. “We placed in every event before the meet was called due to weather.” The Lady Trojans had racked up seven 1st place finishes including the 100m, 400m shot put, discus, long jump, shuttle hurdle relay and 4x800 relay with Johanna Blazek winning the 100m and the long jump. TV also had 13 total top three placements and double placed, in the top three, in four events. “Tonight was the first time competing on a 400 meter track due to the wet weather. We have not been on our track for practice this year yet,” Schmitt continued.

“I was extremely proud of our TEAM effort tonight as we were on our way to win this meet for the 3rd time in a row.” Schmitt continued, “If the girls continue to work hard with the season we have left, I think we can all expect great things.” “Sumner-Fredericksburg did a great job of conducting the meet and making a sound decision for calling the meet due to weather. I think this is the first time the girls have ever run in hail before. Iowa weather….nice on minute and nasty the next,” Schmitt ended. Girls Final Results Discus: C. Reicks, 1st, 112’ 5.5” Long Jump: Blazek, 1st, 15’ 5”; Njus, 3rd, 13’ 5” Shot Put: C. Reicks, 1st, 32’ 8.75”; Lensing, 2nd, 31’ 1.5” 100m: Blazek, 1st, 13.3; S. Reicks, 2nd, 14.2 400m: S. Reicks, 1st, 1:06.2; Stahley, 3rd, 1:12.1 3000m: Herold, 3rd, 15:55 Shuttle Hurdle: Busta, Kuennen, Njus, Schaufenbuel, 1st, 1:26.94 4x200: Blazek, Huinker, Nymey-

er, Martin, 3rd, 2:01 4x800: Nymeyer, S. Reicks, Martin, Huinker, 1st, 10:51.1 Distance Medley: C. Reicks, Schmitt, Kuennen, Herold, 5th, 5:58.08 TVGT 4/8 On Tuesday, the Lady Trojans traveled to Postville to compete with 10 other teams in an all girls meet on the six-lane all-weather track. TV fought hard all night placing in 10 events. Of those 10, they double placed in five, had 9 top three finishes and three 1st place events. “I was excited to see the way the girls competed tonight,” Schmitt commented. “We competed well in back to back meets and I am starting to see that competitive spirit come out in the girls.” “We had a few PR’s on the night with our senior leader, Chloe Reicks, getting one in the shot put with a throw of 35’ 5.5”,” Schmitt stated. Girls Final Results **Personal Record Discus: C. Reicks, 1st, 114’ 9” Shot Put: C. Reicks, 2nd, 35’ 5.5” **PR; Lensing, 6th, 31’ 1” 100m: Blazek, 2nd, 13.3 200m: Blazek, 4th, 28.47; Huink-

er, 6th, 29.93 800m: S. Reicks, 2nd, 2:33.24 **PR; Martin, 4th, 2:43.28 400m Hurdles: Schaufenbuel, 4th, 1:23.32 Shuttle Hurdle: Schaufenbuel, Njus, Kuennen, Busta, 5th, 1:25.46 4x400: Nymeyer, S. Reicks, Blazek, Huinker, 1st, 4:24.56 4x800: Nymeyer, S. Reicks, Martin, Huinker, 1st, 10:36 Sprint Medley: S. Reicks, Nymeyer, Njus, Stahley, 6th, 2:10 TV GT 4/11/14 The Lady Trojans finished up their first outdoor week last Friday with an 8-team meet in Decorah. Final team placements were: 1. Decorah 202; 2. Cresco 90; 3. South Winn 85; 4. Waverly 65; 5. New Hampton 52; 6. Turkey Valley 48; 7. Waukon 32; 8. MFLMM 4. Despite their 6th place finish, Coach Schmitt complimented the team, “I couldn’t be happier with the way we competed tonight. I saw a lot of competitiveness from the kids.” TV was by far the smallest school at the meet but still pushed hard for placements and points. They had no 1st place finishes but racked up 5 top three finishes and double placed in three events.

Junior Johanna Blazek had two individual 2nd place finishes marking personal records in each and one individual 3rd place while sophomore Stephanie Martin garnered three person records. “We were shorthanded tonight due to kids on the Washington D.C. trip. We had 10 girls competing tonight but I couldn’t be happier with their efforts.” Girls Final Results: **Personal Record Discus: C. Reicks, 2nd, 112’ 10”; Lensing, 7th, 87’ 1” High Jump: Martin, 6th, 4’ 8” **PR Long Jump: Blazek, 2nd, 15’ 6.75” **PR Shot Put: C. Reicks, 4th, 34’ 4”; Lensing, 5th, 33’ 1” 100m: Blazek, 3rd, 13.44 200m: Blazek, 2nd, 27.75 **PR 400m: Huinker, 5th, 64.67; Martin, 7th, 67.07 **PR 1500m: Martin, 4th, 5:31.82 **PR Shuttle Hurdle: Busta, Stahley, Huinker, Njus, 4th, 1:29.98 4x100 Throwers: C. Reicks, Busta, Lensing, Schmitt, 2nd, 62.26 4x100: Blazek, Huinker, Stahley, Njus, 8th, 55.96

Lady Warrior harriers run at Jesup SW GT 4/7 The Lady Warriors were finally able to step onto an outdoor track and compete in fresh air last Monday when they competed in the Varsity Division A bracket of the Jesup girls track meet. Competing against seven other teams, SW placed 6th with one 1st place finish, five top three placements and double placed in three events. Final team standings were: 1. CascadeWD 147; 2. Union-LPC 93; 3. Independence 77; T4 Dike-NH, Vinton-Shellsburg 69; 6. South Winn 61.50; 7. Center Point-Urbana 59; 8. Denver 12.5. Girls Final Results High Jump: Phillips, 3rd, 4’ 10” Long Jump: Warth, 3rd, 15’ 6.5”; Phillips, 5th, 15’ Shot Put: Humpal, 4th, 32’ 1.5”; Shindelar, 6th, 31’ 8” 100m: Shindelar, 5th, 13.98 1500m: Josie Kriener, 5th, 5:28.46 100m Hurdles: Warth, 1st, 16.86 400m Hurdles: DeVilbiss, 2nd, 1:11.68; Brincks, 4th, 1:15.94 Shuttle Hurdle: 4th, 1:17.02 4x100: DeVilbiss, Shindelar, Warth, Phillips, 4th, 54.7 4x200: Fosaaen, Budde, Martin, Boe, 5th, 2:12.29 4x400: Hertges, Klimesh, Ke. Kuboushek, Hageman, 6th, 4:48.85 4x800: DeVilbiss, Kriener, Bullerman, Klimesh, 3rd, 10:42 SW’s Kennidee DeVilbbis and TV’s Kirsten Huinker stay together as they step out their 400m race. DeVilbiss finished 3rd with a time of 1:04.03 while Huinker took 5th at 64.67

SW GT 4/10 South Winn wrapped up their week in Decorah last Friday in an 8-team meet. As a team, the Lady Warriors took 3rd place with a total of 85 points just five points out of 2nd and 20 points over 4th. Decorah won their meet with 202 points. The Lady Warriors put up four 1st place finishes, had nine total top three placements and double placed in two events. Junior Lexie Warth grabbed gold in the long jump and in the 100m hurdles while Abby Phillips took 1st in the high jump and the 4x800 relay also put up a 1st place finish. Final team standings included: 1. Decorah 202; 2. Crestwood 90; 3. South Winn 85; 4. Waverly-SR 65; 5. New Hampton 52; 6. Turkey Valley 48; 7. Waukon 32; 8. MFLMM 4. Girls Final Results High Jump: Phillips, 1st, 4’ 10” Long Jump: Warth, 1st, 16’ 1.25”; Phillips, 3rd, 15’ 3.25” Shot Put: Shindelar, 6th, 32’ 7” 400m: DeVilbiss, 3rd, 1:04.13 800m: Kriener, 2:38.59; Klimesh, 4th, 2:45.73 1600m: Ke. Kuboushek, 6th, 5:53.28 100m Hurdles: Warth, 1st, 17.00 400m Hurdles: DeVilbiss, 5th, 1:13.99 400m Shuttle Hurdle: 2nd, 1:13.03 4x100: DeVilbiss, Phillips, Warth, Shindelar, 3rd, 54.16 4x200: Fosaaen, Budde, Nesvik, Boe, 6th, 2:10.99 4x400: Hertges, Klimesh, Kriener, Bullerman, 5th, 4:40.42 4x800: Kriener, Klimesh, Bullerman, Ke. Kuboushek, 1st, 10:57.88


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The senior girls of the 2014 South Winneshiek ‘Hollywood Prom’ included front row l-r: Mikayla Lien, Amber Cole, Alexis Patterson, Christina Wagner, Heidi Vsetecka, Micole Lansing, Megan Hageman, Megan Bushman, Kendal Kuboushek, Abby Phillips, Kate Schroeder, Megan Moudry, Kayla Stammeyer, Carlee Knutson and Kennidee DeVilbiss. Back row: Leah Elsbernd, Bailey Timp, Desiree Benda, Sadie Gibson, Kendra Fosaaen, Jordan Reisner, Courtney Humpal, Monica Ryant, Megan Elsbernd, Andrea Zweibahmer, Sarah Meyer, Halley Roy, Kim Albertson, Erica Henning,Courtney Bohr, Elizabeth Hemesath and Taylor Claman

Seniors Jared Schroeder (l) and Trevor Schweinefus pose for a quick shot while the rest of the senior boys get into place for the senior boys photo.

The senior boys of the 2014 South Winneshiek ‘Hollywood’ prom include front row (l-r): Garrett Bohach, Devin Franzen, Lucas Brincks, Danon Hageman, Logan Brincks, Alex Shatek, Nathan Meyer, Brendan Hageman, Jared Schroeder and Trevor Schweinefus. Middle row: Wyatt Opperman, Brian Kleppe, Jon Barness, Alex Upton and Brendan Hageman. Back: Daniel Cullen, Mitchell Bohr, Matthew Bushman, Brennan Malanaphy, Kevin Hageman, Isaac Schmitt, Ryan Guyer, Derek Poshusta, Josh Jacobs (guest of Megan Bushman), Adam Lensing, Chris Brincks and Caleb Monroe.

Seniors Micole Lansing and Trevor Schweinefus paired black and light gray together for a classic look to go with their fantastic smiles.

Payton Poshusta (r) dances with her youngest brother Zac while her younger sister Jordan (c) dances with their dad Chad. The eldest child of the Poshusta family, Darrik (l) patiently waits for his mom, Sherry, to finish taking a photo so he can dance too.

Carlee Knutson sparkles in her aqua dress Adam Lensing and Megan Hageman Heidi Vsetecka chose gray with a silver bodice and big shiny jewlery while her date, next to her date Dominic Hayek in all white. looked stunning in all black. Jon Barness wore all white and chose red Converse shoes.

Mikayla Lien was elegant in her red with silver stones dress especially next her date, Jared Schroeder, in all black.

Riley Ott and Ethan Kipp both look like they’re having a great time.

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PEEPtacular contest held at Luther College April 4 Story & Photos by Joyce Meyer The season of marshmallow glory arrived Friday, April 4th during PEEPtacular Day at the Luther College Book Shop, as the winners of the Annual Peep-O-Rama Contest was announced. Each contestant created a diorama using PEEPS marshmallow candies and props. With the help of glue guns and plenty of imagination, entries were brought into the book store from students and faculty alike for that fun annual rite of spring, the Marshmallow Peeps Diorama contest in Decorah. First produced in 1953, Peeps marshmallow candies come in a variety of colors and shapes, including the popular bunnies and chicks. Everyone who came and voted received refreshments of Peeps candies, Rice Krispie treats (for the non-Peep eating friends). The thoughtful and clever winners this year are: Don’t Worry, Peep Happy by Luther Career Center who won second place in the group category, March Peep Madness by Ruth Berger won second place in the individual category, Perry’s Peeps by Ale Halse and friends won first place in the individual category, Wizard of Peeps by Luther Registrar Office won first place in the group category. Some of the prizes were given by the Peeps Company themselves. The peeps contest is also held worldwide, inspiring hundreds of people to conjure up their corn syrup muse and create art out of squishy chick- and bunny-shaped candy and if you are looking for ideas for your own Peeps Diorama you can check out “Pinterest” on the web. The popular candy has been made for over 60 years, with generations growing up with Peeps



Perry’s Peeps by Ale Halse and friends won first place.

Wizard of Peeps by Luther Registrar Office won first place.

March Peep Madness by Ruth Berger won second place.

Don’t Worry, Peep Happy by Luther Career Center won second place.

brand candy in their Easter basket, thus making the Peeps brand almost iconic. Since Peeps beginning in 1953, their popularity had increased so fast that by 1955 an automated system was introduced to handle the workload. Today, the Just Born Inc. plant in Bethlehem PA churns out five million peeps a day. That’s a whole lot of peeps, my peeps friends!

City discusses Calmarʼs Capital Improvement Plan By Mary Welch Calmar City Council had their meeting on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. All Council members were present: Larry Huinker, Dave Zweibahmer, T. J. Schissel, Linus Sabelka and Dennis Kleve. Prior to the meeting, the Council and others present listened to a presentation by Richard Kettelson, NE IA RC&D Forester and Invasive Species Monitoring Specialist about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. Mr. Kettelson discussed what areas in the nation and in Iowa have already been identified has having infestation problems, and these include Allamakee County. Due to the expected spread of this problem, Mr. Kettelson said Winneshiek County is expected to have this problem in

the future. Calmar had a tree inventory done in 2010 to identify the trees in the community that might be affected. These insects cut off the vascular system of the tree, making them brittle and killing them. In the past, the only solution was removing the trees, but now there are treatments that can be done that are 99% effective in saving trees. There is no need to treat the ash trees in Calmar yet, but this is something for the City to consider for the future. Treatment costs money, but mature trees help runoff, save energy costs and add beauty to our community, and this is also worth dollars to us. The meeting was opened at 7:10 p.m. by Mayor Keith Frana with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by all present. Schissel

moved and Sabelka seconded approval of the Consent Agenda (Agenda, including additions, Minutes of March 3, 2014 meeting, Clerk/Treasurer Reports and Claims for March 2014). Motion carried. Kleve moved and Schissel seconded setting the Public Hearing for Calmar’s Capital Improvement Plan for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at the Fire Station in Calmar. The projects outlined in this plan include a sewer project north of the railroad tracks, expansion/ improvement of City Shop building, street repair project, updating the city dump truck, replacing the plow and pickup and purchase of a new police vehicle. The Capital Improvement Plan is a five-year plan, that includes a timeline for

each project. Fire Department Chief Chad Schissel presented a report on that group’s March activities. There were 70 hours of volunteer community service work and training from the members. They had 2 fire calls in March and one medical assist call. Their training was with a guest speaker from Agvantage FS about the subject of Anhydrous Ammonia safety, since the busy season with this dangerous product in use is approaching. Officer Lance Peterson presented the report for the Calmar Police Department. Officer Peterson reported that March continued to be a busy month, including arrest warrants served, a public intoxication arrest and a citation issued for allowing dogs to run loose after

several warnings to the owner had been issued. Officer Peterson and Chief Ward will take part in various safety and training classes in upcoming months in order to stay current with changing Iowa laws. Junior Boyer presented his list of work done by the Street Department in March, 2014. These activities included two classes attended, work in the city parks, work on the streets, snow plowing and hauling, and assisting with various waterrelated problems in town. He also presented an estimate of $45,500 on improvements for the city shop building that included enlarging the heated area, improvements in the lighting system, insulation and some construction due to water CALMAR to page 14

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Clovers give bake sale donations to library and fire department at April meeting The Turkey Valley Clovers 4-H Club held its April meeting at the Fort Atkinson Fire Station. The meeting was called to order at 3:10 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Logan Manderfield and Nathan Herold. 4-H Pledge was led by Marcus Herold and Allie Rausch. Checks for $208.25 each were presented to the Fort Atkinson Fire Department and the Fort Atkinson Library from proceeds made at the club’s Benefit Bake Sale. Fort Fire Department members and First Responders then gave 4-H members a tour of the fire station and explained how they use some of their equipment. The business meeting was held with discussion on all the upcoming county 4-H

events. Lunch was served by Sue and Amy Schmitt. Below: Ron Franzen and members of the Fort Fire Department receives check for $208.25 from members of the Turkey Valley Clovers. (Submitted Photo)

Above: Fort Fire Department and First Responders gave 4-H members a tour of the fire station and explained the equipment. (Submitted Photo)

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leakage problems. Council members were invited to visit the shop building to see what needs to be done there. Matt Bullerman presented his report for the Water/Wastewater Department, which included documentation that all testing had been done and was within normal levels. He also talked about the Slip Lining sewer line project in the Maryville block north of the railroad tracks, and they have an estimate for this project of $17,000. Prior to this work starting, a D & R Permit is needed, so that process needs to be started. Matt also reported that Marv Smith Electric had provided quotes on costs for installing a furnace and air conditioning unit at the depot building, and those quotes total $14,128. Mary Welch stated that the operators of Whistlestop Antiques would be willing to provide part of the cost for this, and will be re-contacting the City with the amount they would provide. IT IS SAFE TO TURN YOUR FAUCETS OFF-there is no more danger of pipes freezing-was the other good news reported. The City Clerk stated that they will NOT continue to discount bills after April 14. The City’s Spring Newsletter was included in meeting information, and this reminded everyone about the Calmar Commercial Club’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the South Winneshiek Football Field. Donations are being accepted for flower baskets/pots that the City plants, maintains, and waters at local businesses. These really add a lot to our community and donations help the town to provide this for all our enjoyment. Donations are acknowledged in Calmar newsletters. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. by Mayor Frana.

Gerry Schmitt, representing the Fort Atkinson Library receives a check for $208.25 from members of the Turkey Valley Clovers. (Submitted Photo)

council minutes Calmar City Council Minutes and Claims April 7, 2014 Prior to the meeting Richard Kittelson from Resource Conservation & Development for Northeast Iowa spoke and gave a slide presentation on the Emerald Ash Borer. The presentation included the life cycle of the Emerald Ash Borer, symptoms of the Emerald Ash Borer and possible ways to save our trees from the Emerald Ash Borer. Richard had done a tree inventory for the City of Calmar in 2010 and there are 60 public ash trees in Calmar. He stated most of these trees were in good condition and could be saved. No treatment is recommended until the insect is discovered within a 15 mile radius of Calmar. After it is found then the tree can be injected with a chemical that is proven over 99% effective to prevent against the EAB. This method would require treatment every two years. He encouraged the city to determine which trees, if any they would like to save from the EAB so as not to delay when the insect arrives in the area and the trees need to be treated. He also stated that spraying and soil drenching are methods also used to fight the EAB but have not proven to be as effective as the injection method. Mayor Frana called the regular meeting of the Calmar City Council to order at 7:10 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Calmar Fire Station. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were: Kleve, Schissel, Sabelka, Huinker and Zweibahmer. Motion by Schissel, second by Sabelka to approve the consent agenda (agenda, minutes of March 3, 2014, clerk/treasurer reports and claims for March 2014). Aye: Kleve, Sabelka, Huinker, Zweibahmer and Schissel. Motion carried. Motion by Kleve, second by Schissel to set the date for a public hearing regarding adoption of Calmar’s Capital Improvement plan for May 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at the Calmar Fire Station. Aye: Huinker, Zweibahmer, Sabelka, Schissel and Kleve. Motion carried. Fire Chief Chad Schissel presented the Fire Department report for the month. They had 2 fire calls and one medical assist call. They held their meeting and training nights. They held their Texas Hold-Em tournament and will have their annual fundraising dance in conjunction with Trail Days in June. Officer Lance Peters presented the police department report. He reported a busy month with several arrests, two accidents, and dog complaints. Lance reported he will be attending training this week and they plan to attend other training classes to stay current with changing state laws. Lance reported that new tires were installed and the wheels aligned on the Charger. The street department report was discussed. Junior reported he is waiting for a part for the sweeper and as soon as it comes he will be sweeping streets. The pool renovations were discussed briefly and also the possible renovations and upgrade to the city shop. The shop estimate is approximately $45,500. This will be done in stages as fund permit. Matt obtained an estimate for a furnace and air conditioning of the depot building was $10,426 for furnace/ducting and installation and an additional $3,701 for the air conditioning. Mary Welch stated that they, Tom & Mary Welch, operators of the Whistlestop Antiques would be willing to provide part of the cost. They will get back to the city with an amount they would be willing to provide. After this amount is received the city council will review to see if funding is available for the balance. Matt Bullerman presented the water/wastewater report. He stated he had received an estimate to slip line the defective sewer line in the amount of $17,000.00. A permit from the DNR will be needed. Council agreed to have the city engineer apply for the needed permit and to proceed with the project to determine if this will be an effective way to correct the problem. Matt also stated that residents NO LONGER need to run their water as there is no longer a threat of freezing water lines. Notice will be posted on Facebook and other city locations. Mayor Frana brought up the issue in the personnel policy manual regarding residency requirements. The manual will be updated at the May meeting to the 30 minute response time requirement rather than a residency requirement. Employees will still be encouraged to live in

Calmar but it will not be a requirement. Motion by Kleve, second by Sabelka to adjourn. Aye: Kleve, Huinker, Sabelka, Schissel and Zweibahmer. All ayes. Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. ATTEST Keith Frana, Mayor Michele Elsbernd, City Clerk Claims Ahmed Alkhalili, internet, ipad etc .......................342.50 Alliant, electricity................................................7378.16 Aramark, uniform .................................................123.52 Barnes & Noble, books ..........................................95.10 Black Hills, gas ...................................................2978.15 Book Look, books ................................................223.78 Calmar Motors, service, parts .................................96.98 Center Point Lg. Pnt, lp books ...............................41.94 Centurylink, phone ...............................................357.91 Culligan, seas service fd ..........................................38.00 Data Tech, reg. meeting...........................................95.00 Decorah Elec, sewer plant ..................................7528.50 Delta Dental, insurance ........................................148.00 Don’s Trucking, motor sweeper ...........................736.01 Farmers Union, fuel .............................................468.37 HD Supply, hose nozzle nicc ................................115.60 Heying Lbr, supplies ..............................................12.34 IAMU, dues ..........................................................474.77 IAMU, registrations ................................................80.00 ICAP, ins. Renewal .............................................3762.26 Ingram, books .......................................................194.84 IRS, taxes ............................................................4462.68 IA. Dept. Revenue, water taxes ..........................3061.00 Iowa Police Officers Assn, reg Lance .....................75.00 Iowa Workforce, unempl .........................................57.32 Ipers, ipers ...........................................................2868.41 Iroc Web, services ................................................720.00 JD Financial, supplies ..........................................420.48 Kwik Star, fuel ...................................................1827.62 Lance Peters, reimburse gas ....................................30.05 Linda Crossland, reimburse .................................140.22 Malcolm Enterprises, garbage service ...............6132.08 Marv Smith, supplies .............................................66.30 Matt Parrott, check blanks ....................................194.70 Micromarketing, books ..........................................77.97 Mid American Publishing, publishing ..................233.05 Midwest Geographical, mapping .........................192.50 Napa, supplies ......................................................404.55 New Hampton Red Powe, parts ............................368.19 Postmaster, mail water bills ..................................154.71 Rite Price Office Supply, copier contract ...............30.00 Sam’s Club, dues ....................................................45.00 Sim’s TV, phone/supplies ...................................1020.91 Sunset Law Enforc, ammo ...................................135.49 Treas State IA, taxes..............................................708.00 Upper Explorerland, CI plan ...............................1500.00 US Cellular, phone bill ..........................................411.06 Utility Equip, repair clamp ....................................458.32 Walmart, supplies .................................................209.11 Wellmark, premium.............................................3300.85 Wiltgen Const, move snow, sand ..........................290.14 Payroll, March...................................................13406.22 Total ..................................................................68293.66 Expense by fund General ..............................................................34239.80 Road Use .............................................................4213.11 Benefits ...............................................................2612.45 Water .................................................................11576.60 Sewer.................................................................15651.70 Total ..................................................................68293.66 Revenue by fund General ..............................................................17167.15 Road Use .............................................................9176.32 Benefits ...............................................................4524.99 Emergency ............................................................334.22 Lost .....................................................................7607.53 Water .................................................................12244.58 Sewer.................................................................21885.49 Total ..................................................................72940.28 Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.


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board minutes Turkey Valley Community School Minutes April 3, 2014 The Turkey Valley school board met in special session on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The meeting was held in the elementary media center at Turkey Valley School, Jackson Junction. IA. This was a joint board meeting with the South Winneshiek school board. Jody Steinlage called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. The following board directors answered roll call: Ernie Schmitt, Don Blazek Jr., Renee Throndson, Leon Shatek, and Jody Steinlage. Visitors were welcomed. Moved by Ernie Schmitt and seconded by Leon Shatek to approve the agenda as presented. Carried unanimously. Mrs. Steinlage opened the meeting up to discussion. All items were discussed before any motions were made. Moved by Ernie Schmitt and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to share the superintendent position with South Winneshiek CSD. Carried unanimously. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Renee Throndson to hire an Interim. The interim will have a one year contract and will be shared with South Winneshiek CSD. Carried unanimously. Moved by Ernie Schmitt and seconded by Leon Shatek to approve that the superintendent contract will be held by Turkey Valley. Carried unanimously. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Leon Shatek to approve that the superintendent contract will be a 50/50 split between Turkey Valley CSD and South Winneshiek CSD. Carried unanimously. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Leon Shatek to form a search committee with 2 board members from South Winneshiek CSD and 2 board members from Turkey Valley CSD. Carried unanimously. The two boards will go back to their own boards and discuss who will be the representatives from each school. The position will be posted until it is filled. The committee will review applications. They will set up interviews and make recommendations to the boards. May 1 is a tentative deadline to begin the interview process. Moved by Ernie Schmitt and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to adjourn at 6:32 p.m. Carried unanimously. ATTEST President Secretary Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

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public notice Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors Resolution 14-55 for the Destruction or Control of Noxious Weeds April 7, 2014 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of Winneshiek County, Iowa. That pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 317 of the 2013 Code of Iowa, it is hereby ordered: I. That each owner and. each person in the possession or control of any lands in Winneshiek County shall properly spray, cut, burn or otherwise destroy or control all noxious weeds thereon, as defined in this chapter, at such time in each year and in such manner as shall prevent said weeds from blooming or coming to maturity, and shall keep said lands free from such growth of any other weeds as shall render the streets or highways adjoining said land unsafe for public travel. Noxious weeds shall be cut or otherwise destroyed or controlled on or before the following dates and as often thereafter as it is necessary to prevent seed production. PRIMARY NOXIOUS WEEDS: June 15, 2014 for musk thistle, quack grass, perennial sow thistle, Canada thistle, bull thistle, field bindweed, horse nettle, leafy spurge, perennial pepper-grass, Russian knapweed and buckthorn. SECONDARY NOXIOUS WEEDS: June 15,2014 for butterprint, cocklebur, wild mustard, wild carrot, buckhorn, sheep sorrel, sour dock, smooth dock, poison hemlock, multi-flora rose, wild sunflower, puncture vine, teasel and shattercane. II. That each owner and each person in the possession or control of land in Winneshiek County infested with any noxious weeds including perennial sow thistle, bull thistle, field bindweed, horse nettle, quack grass, leafy spurge, perennial pepper-grass, Russian knapweed, poison hemlock, wild sunflower and teasel, shall adopt a program of weed destruction, described by the Weed Commissioner which in five years may be expected to destroy and will immediately keep under control such infestations of said noxious weeds. III. That if the owners or persons in possession or control of any land in Winneshiek County fail to comply with the foregoing orders, the Weed Commissioner shall cause this to be done and the expense of said work, including cost of serving notice and other costs, if any, be assessed against the Land and the owners thereof. IV. Quack grass, where acting as soil binder, may be eliminated from the above regulation, per section 317.13. V. The multi-flora rose won’t be considered a noxious weed when cultivated for use understock for cultivated roses or as Ornamental shrubs in gardens, per section 317.1(2). VI. That the County Auditor be and is hereby directed to cause notice of the making and entering of the foregoing order by one publication in each of the official newspapers of the county. Dated this 7th day of April, 2014. ATTEST Benjamin D, County Auditor John Logsdon, Chairman Board of Supervisors Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

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public notice City of Fort Atkinson Notice of Public Hearing: Amendment of Current City Budget May 1, 2014

Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors Minutes March 31, 2014 The Board met as per adjournment all members present. Lee Bjerke, county Engineer, met with the Board to discuss road matters. Sally Leibold, Riverview Center, met with the Board to present a proclamation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Moved by Ashbacher and seconded by Karlsbroten to adopt resolution 14-54 proclaiming April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Winneshiek County. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote. Tony Phillips, county Planning and Zoning Administrator, met with the Board to give an update on the March Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Moved by Kuhn and seconded by Karlsbroten to approve the Class C with outdoor and Sunday sales liquor license for Randy’s Bluffton Store. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Thompson and seconded by Kuhn to appoint Ben Harman, Rick Burras, Renee Wagner, Loyal Rue, Alan Sand, and David Stanley to the Compensation Commission for Eminent Domain. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Karlsbroten and seconded by Thompson to approve the minutes for the Monday, March 24, 2014 meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Kyle Sorenson, organizer of Adventure Music Camp, met with the Board to discuss his Zoning infraction fine from last summer. He asked the Board why nobody else has ever been required to obtain similar permits for similar events in the past. He also asked how these types of events would be treated between now and when the Zoning Ordinance update is adopted. His concern was that he felt targeted and that the Zoning Ordinance penalties were not being enforced uniformly. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, met with the Board. He expressed concerns that the Board was only being presented one side of the issue in regards to frac sand mining. He also reiterated that he was not opposed to zoning changes that would regulate frac sand, but hoped such regulations wouldn’t affect other open pit mining. He said the Winneshiek Protectors had told him that current producers would be invited to participate in their discussions, but as of this time had not been contacted. He and the Board agreed that whatever changes were implemented would have to balance current production with effects of future mining in the County. Bruce Frieden, operator at the Freeport Water District, met with the Board to discuss an access route through County land to the water district’s storage tank on the hill above the Freeport county shop. The Board asked him to discuss possibilities with Lee Bjerke and come back if they could find a solution that worked for both of their operations. Moved by Kuhn and seconded by Thompson to adjourn to 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014. Motion carried unanimously. ATTEST Benjamin D, County Auditor John Logsdon, Chairman Board of Supervisors Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The City Council of Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County, Iowa will meet at 302 3rd St. NW – in library basement at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 2014, for the purpose of amending the current budget of the city for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 by changing estimates of revenue and expenditure appropriation in the following programs for the reasons given. Additional detail is available at the city clerk’s office showing revenues and expenditures by fund type and by activity. Total Budget as certified or last amended

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Explanation of increases or decreases in revenue estimates, appropriations or available cash. Revenue increases were the result of water and sewer improvement fees and a transfer of funds. Expenses included street maintenance, wages, property maintenance and building repairs. There will be in increase in tax levies to be paid in the current fiscal year named above. Any increase in expenditures set out above will be met from the increased non-propery tax revenues and cash balances not budgeted or considered in the current budget. This will provide for a balanced budget. ATTEST Joyce Bakewell, City Clerk Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

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FY 2014 MILC Production start month selection relief period announced On February 7, 2014, the President signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) into law and continued the MILC program from September 1, 2013, through the earlier of September 1, 2014, or the date on which the Dairy Margin Protection Program provisions take effect. Because the 2014 Farm Bill was signed after the start of FY 2014, producers were not able to make timely start month selections for FY 2014, according to normal start month selection provisions. Therefore, a relief period has been

authorized to allow MILC participants to make start month selections for FY 2014 during the authorized relief period. MILC contracts are automatically extended for FY 2014, so there is no need for producers to re-enroll in MILC. The production start month previously selected by an operation is applicable for FY 2014. However, a relief period has been authorized to allow MILC participants to change their start month selections because producers were not able to make timely start month selections for FY

Northeast Iowa Sales Commission Waukon, Iowa | (563) 568-4501 Thursday, April 10, 2014 207 Head

High Yielding Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs


Choice Beef Steer & Heifers


Select & Choice Beef Steers & Heifers

147 & down

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers


Choice Holstein Steers Select & Choice Holstein Steers Cull Cows 20% sold from

133-137 133 & down 138 Head


20% sold below

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Cull Bulls Most Bulls (Thin, full, and bulls over 1 ton discounted) Calves 80% of Holstein Bull Calves brought from Light and Poor Quality Calves Feeder Cattle

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April 9, 2014 150-250 150 & down 691 Head NO TEST 225-235

5Beef Steers 400 to 500 lbs


Beef Steers 500 to 600 lbs.


Beef Steers 600 to 700 lbs


Beef Heifers under 300 lbs. Beef Heifers 300 to 400 lbs.


190-222 190-199 182-198

Beef Heifers 600 to 700 lbs.


Beef Heifers 700 to 800 lbs.


Holstein Steers 400 to 500 lbs.


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Holstein Steers 700-800 lbs


Holstein Steers 800-1000 lbs


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Straw Big Squares Holstein Steers 500 to 600 lbs.

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Beef Heifers 500 to 600 lbs.

Holstein Steers 300 to 400 lbs.


Students from across the state of Illinois swarmed through the hallways of the John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL on March 7 as they learned how “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture� might impact their lives. They visited with professional women representing 45 companies, industry associations, colleges and government agencies that are passionate about their careers and the agriculture, energy and food industry. These women wanted to share with the over 500 high school and college students the vast opportunities that await them following graduation. All enjoyed a delicious pok lunch sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers and Western Illinois Pork Producers and cooked by Lynch BBQ and Richard Myers of Lynch Livestock. Professional women and Illinois Agri-Women volunteered their time and talents to show the all-female participants that many careers in the agriculture, energy and food industry may be considered non-traditional, but there are women that have successfully entered these career tracks. Research has shown that role models are

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Beef Heifers 400 to 500 lbs.

Beef Heifers over 800 lbs.

84 consignors | 118 loads

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Beef Steers 300 to 400 lbs.

Beef Steers over 800 lbs.

Decorah, IA (563) 382-4203

20 Head

Beef Steers under 300 lbs.

Beef Steers 700 to 800 lbs

Sale Results for April 7, 2014 High Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs........... 149; 152 Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs.................... 145; 149 Select & Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs ..... 138; 145 High Choice Hlstn Strs & Hfrs.......... 139; 142 Choice Holstein Strs & Hfrs.............. 135; 139 Select & Choice Hlstn Strs & Hfrs .... 125; 135 Market Cows ....................................... 83; 100 High Dressing Market Cows .......... 100; 113.5 Market Bulls.................................... 115;130.5 Choice Hlstn Spring Heifers ..... up to 1700.00 Gd Tk Hm Hlstn Calves .................... 185; 300 Colored Veal Calves .................... up to 330.00


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During the authorized relief period, the production start month selected may bee any month in FY 2014 and start month selection provisions do not apply. Dairy producers with questions may contact the Winffice by neshiek County FSA Offi calling 563-382-8777 or stopping by our office located at 2296 Oil Well Road, Decorah, IA.

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2014, according to normal start month selection provisions. Dairy Producers may make FY 2014 production start month selection changes during the period beginning April 14, 2014, through COB May 30, 2014. MILC contracts may also be accepted during the relief period for producers with new dairy operations that began operation before April 14, 2014. The relief period is limited to FY 2014 production start month selections only, and new producers that started a dairy operation since October 1, 2013.


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Iowa State University crop notes from April 8 and upcoming area events CLIMATE Soil Temperature Current soil temperature at 4 inches is averaging in the 40’s. The ISU Research Farms have automated weather stations online that provide soil temperatures at various depths. As I write this Crop Notes right now (1 p.m., Tuesday, April 8) the 4-inch soil temperature for Nashua is 46°F, the 12-inch temperature is 40°F, the 24-inch temperature is 39°F, and 50-inch temperature is 38°F. Degree Days It’s been a cold spring so far, but air temperature degree days (DD) are basically running about average. How cold it was earlier doesn’t count. For example, DDs (base 48, starting Jan. 1) used to determine scouting time for alfalfa weevil is currently at about 30 DD for northeast Iowa. For many insects and corn, we don’t start counting degree days for some time yet. Drought Monitor Northeast Iowa is not in a drought, but many in the state still complain about dry conditions. FORAGES “Team Forage” Web Site This is a repeat message from the previous Crop Notes about this web site. This site provides comprehensive information on forage production including fact sheets, videos, presentations and more. The site is at: forage/. Two short videos of relevance at this time are: 1. “How to Start a Good Alfalfa Stand” 2. “Alfalfa Stand Assessment: Is this stand good enough to keep?” Early Assessment of Alfalfa Stands It’s basically still too early assess stands. While some like to get a jump on evaluating alfalfa stands for winter survival, most

agronomists agree that we need at least 3 inches of growth to attempt this. This is why the UW video mentioned above had significant alfalfa green-up before creating the video. With 3 inches of growth we start to see green-up patterns across fields. We can also start to evaluate plants for symmetrical growth (shoot development all the way around the plant, not just on one side of the plant) and crown health. Slow to green up areas may still be fine given more time, which is why we really like to wait for about 6 inches of regrowth across much of the field to provide an accurate assessment. By then it’s easy to see field patterns, and it allows use of the Stem Count Method to assessment of yield potential of the stand for the season. Planting Alfalfa Alfalfa germinates at about 48°F. Alfalfa is planted in the upper one-half inch of soil. Current daytime temperatures can cause the upper inch of soil to reach and exceed germination temperatures for alfalfa. Once alfalfa germinates, it doesn’t take long for it to emerge its cotyledons above ground, which would then be susceptible to freezing air temperatures at night. However, it would probably take temperatures into the teens to kill exposed cotyledons, in turn killing the plant. This usually doesn’t happen from mid-April on. Planting tips are provided in the video mentioned above at the UW web site. Planting Small Grains Plant small grains as soon as soil conditions are fit to plant. For grain production, preference is to plant before mid-April. On average in Iowa, after mid-April average yield reduction is about 10% yield per week, and after

May 1 about 15% per week. The basic trend is, the earlier the small grains are planted, the better the test weight and yield. This is in response to plants flowering prior to the hot part of summer. Small grains germinate just a few degrees above freezing, but development is slow at those temperatures. If plants develop leaves above ground, the leaves may be frosted, but the growing point is protected below ground. However, if soil temperatures fall into the 20’s after plants have germinated, significant damage can occur. Seeding rates should be about 30 seeds per square foot, which is about 90 to 100 lbs/ac, about 3 bu/ ac for oats and 2 bu/ac for barley. Adjust the rate upwards based on % germination and planting conditions. COVER CROPS Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Crop Insurance 2014 Cover Crops Crop Insurance, Cover Crops and NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines FAQs were posted last week. It is available at: http://www. About 15 questions down the page is the one on “Can I graze or harvest hay or silage from my cover crop prior to termination?” I don’t fully understand all of this jargon myself. And as it says on the bottom of the page, “interested producers should consult their Special Provisions and for more information contact a crop insurance agent.” For the tough questions, you could also go directly to the source: Mark Gutierrez, Deputy Director, St. Paul Regional RMA Office, USDA (651) 2903304 Ext. 233, (651) 395-0063 cell. WINTER WHEAT Assess Winter Survival and Timing

of Spring N Application There is very little winter wheat production in northeast Iowa, but for those few, here are evaluation and assessment tips from the University of Wisconsin on winter survival and the timing of spring N applications to maximize grain production. WEEDS Palmer Amaranth Management Plan The University of Illinois provides a rather detailed and sobering assessment on what it will take to manage Palmer Amaranth. Check it out at: http://bulletin.ipm. The essential steps of this management are summarized on an Iowa Soybean Association check-off dollar funded 2-page fact sheet available at: uploads/2014/03/PalmerAmaranth-2.pdf . Biennial Thistles Bob Hartzler wrote an article on this a few years ago. It is certainly still relevant, although additional product choices may be available now. The main point is timing, and if you forgot to treat biennial thistles last fall, an application now can still do the trick. See the article at: http://www. CORN STOVER BIOMASS Fact Sheets on Harvest, Storage Transport & More ISU Extension just posted a new series of fact sheets about corn stover for cellulosic ethanol and related needs. They cover engineering, agronomic and financial issues including benefits and constraints of harvest and sustainable management within Iowa corn production. The 21 fact sheets produced with the help of the Iowa Energy Center are available

at: http://www.extension.iastate. edu/stover/content/factsheetscorn-stover-harvest-released. FARMER DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Sign-Up begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee and Fruit Grower Programs. Details are provide in the following USDA news release: wps/portal/usda/usdamediaf b?contentid=2014/04/0054. xml&printable=true. EVENTS April 10 The Calf Information Meeting in Dyersville is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Farm-Tek, 1440 Field of Dreams Way, Dyersville. Join the Extension Dairy Team for a roundtable discussion surrounding calf health, nutrition, and facilities. Producers will be able analyze and compare their current feeding program to a targeted calf feeding program using partial budgeting tools created by the ISU Extension Dairy Team. This will include the use of automatic calf feeding systems, pasteurizer feeding systems, retrofit or new calf housing ideas and costs, and the benefits of early life nutrition. This information meeting is sponsored by ISU Extension and North Central Risk Management Education Center. Contact Jenn Bentley at jbentley@iastate. edu or 563-382-2949 for more information. making-changes-your-dairy-calfprogram-informational-meetingapril-10th-dyersville June 25-26 The Hay & Forage Expo in Boone. The Hay Expo location has been announced for 2014. See details at: marketing/hay-forage-expo-setjune-25-26-boone-ia.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we were not able to get each individual identified before press time on April 8. Here are the identified photos from the 2014 Dairy Banquet Awards Night. g

Outstanding Low Somatic Cell Count Fr Front (l-r): Daryl & Michelle Humpal, Donna & Kevin Carolan; Back: K Knutson Family Farms-Charles, Ron, & Mark Knutson, Tanner Mashek. (P (Photo courtesy of Patty Lien)

Top Ten Herds Front (l-r): Peter Elsbernd, Brian Bigler, Glen Schmitt; Back: Bruce Buddenberg, Tanner Mashek, Garret Hackman, Lynn Hageman for NICC Dairy, and Mike Einck of Einck Dairy. (Photo courtesy of Patty Lien)



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The Cyrilla Krivachek family would like to thank family, friends and neighbors for the kind words, memorials, flowers and food during our time of sorrow and loss. Special thanks to Rev. Nick March, musicians, pallbearers and servers for the funeral service at St. John's. Also a special thank you to St. Ann's Circle, the food committee, U2 Catering and Kathy Riehle. Thanks to the First Responders, Winneshiek County Ambulance, the American Legion Auxilary and St. Mary's Court #657. Also a very special thanks to Karen, Mark and Scott of Schulter-Balik Funeral Home.

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Is Spring finally here? After Mother Nature’s Monday snowfall, spring is arriving late this year. Here are a few photos from past April as we wait for the arrival of spring here in Northeast Iowa. Photos are by Joyce Meyer. She recently has two spring photos in the spring issues of Our Iowa Magazine and a full page photo in Inspire(d) Magazine. If you would like to see more of Joyce Meyer’s work, visit her gallery showing photos on canvas for two months at Rubaiyat in Decorah beginning April 23 and check out her website at

Double Rainbow

Calving Season

After a spring shower, this double rainbow was spotted gracing the sky.

With spring comes the bellows of mother cows to their newborn calves.

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What Does the Fox Say?

Morsel Hunting

We don’t know, but with warm spring weather, many critters and creatures can be found.

With the snow gone, hunting for morsels is a springtime tradition for many.





Turning the Dirt

Out on a Limb

Keith Elsbernd was busy tilling the land in preparation of the upcoming planting season.

One of the first signs of spring is the abundance of robins that have migrated back north.





Home Sweet Home

May Flowers

A pair of bluebirds begin making their new home for the months ahead.

April showers bring May flowers, like this field of fresh tulips opening toward the sun.

You can see this photo in the newest issue of Our Iowa Magazine along with bluebells.





Bluebell Landscape

Spread Your Wings

Bluebells, with their sweet, dusty blue and lavender flowers produce pink buds in spring which bloom into blue, bell-shaped flowers soon after. Fort Atkinson

A monarch caterpillar prepares for a time when he will spread his wings and fly.

9 Brand New


10 The Flowing Mississippi

Mother goose shows her little ducklings that the water isn’t bad after all.

The banks for the mighty Mississippi were over flowing after the many rains during April.


Pike’s Peak



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