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Vol. 36, Issue 17

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

P.O. Box 507, Calmar, IA 52132 | | (563) 562-3488 | | USPS: 335-690 Top Left: Hospice resident Esther Reckward enjoys a moment with E.B. Bottom Left: A happy Anthony Elsbernd shows off his candy from the Easter egg hunt. (Photos by Joyce Meyer)


Bill Burke (right) from Waucoma with his Irish cousin John Heffernan (left). (Photo by Joyce Meyer)

Irish relative finds Burkeʼs

Once again gain it’s Easter time! The Ossian ssian Crown Club hosted an Easter ter egg hunt this past Saturday ay at the Ossian Hospice. Many y kids came to the event, and d scrambled to be the one to find d th the mostt candy d and d prizes among the hidden eggs! The kids were also able to meet the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him. Mr. E.B. was a big hit for the young and the old alike. The iss event was a great success this peed year. Thanks to all who helped out in any way!

Above: The Easter Bunny poses with Alyssa Holthaus at the Ossian Hospice. (Photo by Joyce Meyer)

By Joyce Meyer John Heffernan from Clonmel in Tipperary County, Ireland stayed at Bill and Carole Burke’s in Waucoma recently for a family reunion after finding their long lost relatives in the 1970’s. John was a school principal (here he would be known as a superintendent), and after retiring he gave himself this gift to come back again to visit his relatives in Iowa. For his fourth trip to America, he left his wife who is still teaching and children at home. Over the Easter weekend the Burke’s hosted a big family reunion at their home. The first time John was here was after finding his relatives in 1978, then he came back again in 1982, in 1998, and now in 2014. Since the guys came to our little Czech community in Spillville to pick up kolaches, we did the interview at my home. I have to admit as much as I loved listening to John’s brogue, sometimes I had a hard time understanding all his words and he would have to repeat

his sentences slowly, even spell out the word slowly or Bill who was used to his accent, interpreted. Though, hearing how John found the Waucoma Burke’s first hand in John’s beautiful Irish brogue is something I wish you could hear rather than read. John and Bill are cousins; their grandfathers on the Burke side were brothers, born and raised in Ireland. As John and Bill arrived at our home, the resemblance struck me as a bit uncanny. They could have been brothers with about the same height, build, looks, mannerisms, quick wit and other characteristics that must be in the Burke genetics. How they found each other all began when John found an old letter in his aunt’s attic in Ireland while cleaning out the house in the 1970’s. Always a history buff, he had heard stories of the pioneers in his family who took off for America to make a new life. He became curious of the American relatives, trying to fill in part of his BURKE to page 3

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Therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for persons with disabilities.

Turkey Valley Blood Drive was successful with 92 donors giving 85 pints of blood. 20 of the donors were current TV students.



MIGRATION Many birds have flown back to Iowa from their migration last fall. PAGE 13

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Iowa College Aid seeks candidates for AmeriCorps VISTA Member Positions

Left to right: Volunteer and board member, Cosette Goetsch of Decorah; rider, Kamryn Leuenberger, daughter of Brian and Wendy Leuenberger of Ft. Atkinson; and volunteer physical therapist Leslie Sand of Decorah. (Submitted Photo)

Great Strides to hold volunteer training This spring begins the 18th season for Great Strides of Northeast Iowa, a non-profit, volunteerrun program for therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for persons with disabilities. New volunteers are needed and welcomed – participation is fun and rewarding! Each rider in the program requires three volunteers: a horse-experienced person to lead the horse and two sidewalkers to walk along each side of the horse to assist the rider as needed. Sidewalkers do not need to be experienced with horses. A training session for volun-

teers who are interested in being sidewalkers or horse leaders will be held Wednesday, April 30, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Casper Arena, 201 Meadow View Dr., Decorah. Both new and former volunteers are encouraged to attend the training, but if unable to do so are still welcome to volunteer this season. To get to the Casper Arena, take Locust Road to Highland Dr., turn right on Highland Dr. and go east past the KDEC radio station. When the paved road turns to gravel, turn right on Helena Ave. Go one block and the arena will be

on your left at the corner of Meadow View Dr. For more information about the Great Strides program, and for this year’s schedule, go to On the website, you will find a link to the forms that all volunteers are required to complete annually prior to participation. You may bring your completed forms to the training; or, forms will be available at the training. For further information, call Barb Kellogg at (563) 382-5733, or Eunice Veeder at (563) 419-1621. You may also send an e-mail to gstrides@gmail. com.

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) is leading the movement to increase educational attainment, community by community, through the launch of College Changes Everything™. With the launch of this initiative in select Iowa communities comes a variety of partnerships, as well as six new AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the effort. These AmeriCorps VISTA positions will be embedded in college settings and organizations in the cities of Burlington, Council Bluffs, Marshalltown and Waterloo. Each AmeriCorps VISTA Member will be responsible for building momentum for the College Changes Everything™ initiative by coordinating local College Application Campaigns, organizing FAFSA completion projects, bringing together local partners and handling other responsibilities based on his or her respective community’s needs. “College Changes Everything is based on the idea that sustained change is only possible through cross-sector coordination,” says Karen Misjak, Executive Director of Iowa College Aid. “Relationships based on shared responsibility and trust, development of a common agenda, shared measurement of goals, effective communication and mutual AMERICORPS to page 12

South Winn 5th grade class presented Wax Museum Submitted by Madison Kriener & Becca Farrell We, the 5th graders, at South Winneshiek Elementary School are currently studying the Revolutionary War in social studies class. Our social studies teacher, Mrs. Nolte, thought we would learn more if we did a hands on project about somebody who was alive during that time period. We were able to choose anybody that played an important role in the War. We were also able to learn more about the War from somebody else’s point of view, which was a surprise because some people chose a rebel while others chose a loyalist. This wax museum took place on April 17, at our school, South Winn. Front row (l-r): Emma Houdek, Jason Kuhn, Dalton Headington, Tonya Schirmer, Becca Farrell, Ethan Luzum, Jacob Carnesi, Jerome Sargent and Hannah Franzen; Middle row: JT Monroe, Aidan Tollefsrud, Rebecca Wagner, Zachary Taylor, Cody Hageman, Briar Tigges and Carter Taylor; Back row: Damon Meyer,Ali Hoffert, Emmaleigh Ohrt, Presley Bushman, Madi Quanrude, Kenzi Feran, Madison Kriener, Owen Larson and Veda Gerleman. (Submitted Photo)

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WMC and Mayo Clinic Health System announce new Chief Medical Officer

BURKE from front page lost Burke heritage. Knowledgeable John researched the Burke history, and found it interesting that the families kept close contact with each other until the 1930’s. Bill’s grandfather John had a daughter who was a nun in BVM Order (Blessed Virgin Mary). The letter in the attic Irish relative John Heffernan found was an old letter the niece had sent from Butte, Montana to Ireland to his aunt’s house and was kept along with other keepsakes in the attic of the home. Because the letter had been type written it was very faint, but readable. If it would have been handwritten, it might not have been readable so many years later. After finding the first link to his American relatives, John wrote to Dubuque Catholic headquarters and they sent back a copied document that was filled out by the niece when she entered the convent listing her place of birth and in case of emergency listing a brother, sister and a niece on the document. Since the nun who wrote the letter to his aunt was already deceased, and a good chance the brother and sister were too, John wrote to the niece in the 1970’s, the now late Margaret Hagenstein. John smiles as he says, “Margaret wrote back and the rest is history. After the Burke’s again found each other, scores of Burkes have been to Ireland. These American Burkes are lucky to be conscious of where exactly in Ireland they came from; most people only have a general idea of the region of where their ancestors lived.” The story goes that John Burke, Bill’s grandfather, came to America in 1862 and worked in New York for awhile, then moved to Rockford, Illinois, most likely worked on the railroad on his way out. John married around 1868

Bill Burke and John Heffernan (back row l-r) with their first cousins seated in the front row: Margaret Steinlage, Agnes Meyer and Mary Ambrose. (Photo courtesy of Shari Burke Schultz) and had three children while living in Rockford. In 1875 or 76 Bill’s grandfather moved to Waucoma because an old friend from Ireland, John Farrell, was farming there and told John there was farmland available. If John could get there in time he could have a free strip of land. John Burke took haste to get the available land and the homestead is not far from where Bill and Carole live now off of B66 south of Waucoma, about one mile out. John is buried in the St. Rose Cemetery. John finds that the people here are similar in many ways to where he lives in Ireland, from the small town friendly people, community spirit, and supportive helping neighbors. He says Europeans are fascinated by how the Amish in America live beside the modern day Americans. They are almost obsessed with watching the many programs on television about how they practically live as pioneers from the 1880’s, yet live alongside us and work so well with each

other. He was thrilled to go to the Amish haystack supper in Waukon and meet and talk to them and he thought it was wonderful what a big community crowd came to the event. He also loved how people stayed around to talk, the fellowship of the big event. John also mentioned that the small individual farmers are doing great and can still farm due to contractors who help them. John said when he was younger he had this image of brave pioneers setting off on their own to America, wondering how they first survived in their new world. Now he realizes, they knew where they were going, they already had contacts, and a support group waiting for them like when he visited Morristown, New Jersey and Rockford, Illinois in the 1970’s researching his family tree. He found communities of all Irish still there today, and other nationalities too-each living in their own area support group.

Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System leaders recently announced Robert T. Flinchbaugh, D.O., has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Medical Officer at Winneshiek Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Flinchbaugh practices family medicine in Kasson, MN, and holds the position of Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, MN. He served as the program director for Mayo Clinic’s Family Medicine Residency Program for more than 10 years. Tim Johnson, M.D., CEO and president of Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, says, “Dr. Flinchbaugh’s extensive experience, both in leadership and patient care, will be an asset to Winneshiek Medical Center and to our region of Mayo Clinic Health System. We look forward to continued collaboration in providing exceptional health care to the people we serve.” Rick Burras, president of the Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees, says, “The Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Flinchbaugh to our medical center and community. His experience will help WMC continue its century-long mission to provide quality care to the people of our community and region.” Dr. Flinchbaugh is a graduate of Baylor University, obtained his medical degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency with the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Flinchbaugh is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He will begin his new administrative role on a part-time basis in May; his start date for seeing patients in Decorah will be announced at a later time. “Winneshiek Medical Center has a record of providing excellent care for the people in the northeast Iowa/southeast Minnesota area, and I look forward to joining this outstanding staff,” says Dr. Flinchbaugh. “At Winneshiek Medical Center, patients have access to high-quality medical care, including full-time local specialty care, surgical care and advanced diagnostic testing. My family is excited to become part of this community.”

Robert T. Flinchbaugh, D.O., has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Medical Officer at Winneshiek Medical Center. He will begin his new administrative role on a part-time basis in May. (Submitted Photo) Dr. Flinchbaugh succeeds WMC Interim Chief Medical Officer, Steven Davis, M.D., in assuming the CMO responsibilities in Decorah. Dr. Davis will continue full-time as a general surgeon in Decorah and Waukon. “We are very grateful to Dr. Davis for taking on the responsibilities of CMO in addition to his Medical Director role,” says Gretchen Dahlen, WMC Chief Administrative Officer. “His leadership has been valuable to this organization, and he has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We thank Dr. Davis for his service as we welcome Dr. Flinchbaugh into the leadership team at Winneshiek Medical Center.” Winneshiek Medical Center is an accredited, nonprofit community health system serving northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota since 1914. WMC is the third largest Critical Access Hospital in Iowa, and provides hospital, clinic, rehabilitation, home health and hospice services to the region. Physician services at Winneshiek Medical Center are provided by Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo Clinic Health System is a family of clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities that serves 69 communities in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic Health System links the expertise of Mayo Clinic in practice, education and research with the health-delivery systems of our local communities.

News & Advertising Friday @ 12 p.m. Calmar Courier A family photo was taken at a recent Burke family reunion. (Photo courtesy of Shari Burke Schultz)




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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

Letter to the Editor To the Editor: The Community Rights movement is gaining more national attention these days than ever before. This is an exciting and democratic response to powerful industries that claim a corporation’s right to make millions of dollars trumps our right to a healthy environment and democracy. Community Rights is working in places like the quaint college town Oneonta City NY, metropolitan Pittsburgh PA, and rural Mora County NM. During a recent County Board meeting, Supervisor Thompson was quoted as saying “claiming a right doesn’t make it a right.” But if we don’t, who will? Our most basic rights as Americans have been enumerated by people standing up and claiming them. The U.S. Constitution of 1787 did not contain the Bill of Rights. These first 10 amendments were added 4 years later in 1791 due to intense unrest and pressure by the citizenry. We certainly don’t want to give up now the right to freedom of speech, press, religion, association, arms-bearing militias, and others claimed in service to future generations. Abolitionists found it was their duty to claim that blacks had the right to exist free from bondage of white masters. Woman suffragists claimed their right to vote was inherent. If these brave souls

had not claimed rights that then did not exist, we would still live in a nation where only propertyowning white men could vote; where blacks could be born into and die in slavery, where women were seen by law as the property of their husbands, and blacks as the property of their masters. The 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Our Board of Supervisors are elected by and represent the people of Winneshiek County. They have constitutional authority to claim basic rights when they are not yet recognized. Therefore, it is our neighborly obligation and patriotic responsibility to once again step forward and claim basic rights for We the People, here in this beautiful and prosperous place where we live. If you have not yet read the Winneshiek County Bill of Rights laid out in the ordinance to ban frac sand extraction, please do. ( Our Supervisors need to know that citizens support this effort to expand fundamental rights for living, breathing citizens. Sincerely, Liz Rog, rural Winneshiek County

Neighbor to Neighbor By Sharon Busch If you find yourself with leftovers from celebrating Easter, it can be a good thing. There are many new meal ideas that can be made from those leftovers. We like to make egg salad or deviled ham sandwiches. My family always requests deviled eggs. If you don’t want to go to all the work of making biscuits for the following recipe, make toast. Another way of using up Easter candy is to make the chocolate chip cookie dough, but instead of chocolate chips use cut up chocolate eggs or cut up chocolate bun-

nies for the chips. After-Holiday Ham on Biscuits

1-3/4 c. milk 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley

1 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 3 tbsp. cold butter 1/2 c. milk Cream Sauce: 1 c. cubed fully cooked ham 1/4 c. chopped onion 3 tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/8 tsp. pepper 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Pat or roll out to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a large skillet sauté the ham and

The Rural Caucus has been meeting weekly since January to discuss ways to improve rural Iowa and specifically ways to reduce nutrient pollution in Iowa’s rivers and lakes. As we enter into the final days of this year’s Legislative session, I would like to give you an update. It is my hope, as the Legislature works on next year’s state budget, we will continue to fund Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Progress has been made, but a lot of work is still to be done. Last session, we appropriated $22.4 million in new money to create a new water quality initiative and for soil conservation and watershed protection initiatives to help clean up Iowa’s lakes and rivers. Some highlights from last year’s funding, to date: Last fall, in just two weeks, over 1,000 farmers signed up for cost share funding to help implement new nutrient reduction practices on their farm. Eight watershed demonstration projects were selected for grant funding to showcase and familiarize farmers with effective means to curb the excess of nitrogen and phosphorus. It is very important to improve the quality of our land for the next generation. By using the science and technology based framework to assess and reduce nutrients entering Iowa’s waters, farmers are improving their land practices. This is the time to make sure that the Iowa Legislature does its part by providing the additional resources to address our water quality issues. Working together we can meet our goals of improving Iowa’s water quality. If you have questions on rural issues or other legislative concerns, feel free to contact me at or 515-281-3221.


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There have been hearings the past couple of weeks on the so-called “secret settlements” approved by state government officials. Governor Branstad issued an executive order to forbid such payments going forward and fired Director Mike Carroll of DAS. An executive order is not binding on future governors and I feel it is important that we bring sunshine to state government by passing a law that would bind all future administrations making public any such payments. The Iowa House has passed this legislation in HF 2462. To date it would appear senate leadership would rather talk about the settlements rather than pass legislation to prohibit it. I encourage Senator Gronstal to pick up the House Bill and bring this bill to the floor for a vote before the end of the session. It appears some in the senate would rather “make hay” with this issue rather than find a solution to the situation. The Iowa State Men’s Basketball team was honored at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday for its season that included a Big 12 Championship and a fourth Sweet 16 appearance. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting three public meetings in Allamakee and Clayton counties to update the public on chronic wasting disease and seek public input on partnering with hunters, taxidermists and lockers to increase surveillance on the area’s deer herd. Meetings will be April 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Monona Community Center, 104 South Egbert Street, in Monona; April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Harpers Ferry Community Center, 238 North Fourth Street, in Harpers Ferry, and from 6-8 p.m., at the Waukon Banquet Center, 612 Rossville Road, in Waukon. Please feel free to share your opinions with me at onion in butter for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is crisp-tender. Stir in the bouillon granules, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Gently stir in eggs and parsley. Split warm biscuits in half horizontally; top with ham

mixture. Yield: 4 servings. Creamy Ham ‘n’ Egg Casserole 2 medium cooked potatoes, peeled and sliced 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 1 c. diced fully cooked ham 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper NEIGHBOR to page 16

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opinion calmar courier According to an article in the Calmar Courier in early 1929, styles of that year would feature color. Bare heads were out. Garters were in (this referred to garters for stockings for men). Sweaters and socks should match. Warm browns and tans and grays were the colors. Coats had but two buttons. Blazers were blazing away louder than ever with checks. Trousers were trimmer, but still looser than grandfather’s. The old “collegiate style” was out, with no stockings wrinkled up around the ankles—but tautly held up with garters (yes, this referred to men). Men’s sports outfits also featured knickers. For women, ensembles seemed to be the only style, and it is wondered if any female would have dared to appear on the street in a dress without a matching coat. Tans and grays and orchids were big colors, and tinted furs and close fitting hats also matched the costume. Even bathing suits were done with matching capes or coats. There were also striped “shorts” and silk vests for women—the latest flapper craze in lingerie. Schemmel & Boettcher’s ad in the Courier said they had just received a shipment of wash dresses and smocks, with the latest styles and materials. These dresses featured lots of color, and every garment was guaranteed not to fade! The article in the Calmar Courier about this business said that Mr. Schemmel and Mr. Boettcher established their general merchandise business several years before 1929. Due to courteous treatment, high class merchandise and fair prices, they had been increasing their business in the expanding Calmar trade territory. They had adopted a slogan “Schemmel and Boettcher, The Store on the Square”. This slogan had two meanings, since their store was actually located on the north side of the fine paved public square and they were also trying to operate their store in a square and honest manner for their patrons. As a general merchandise store, they had fancy and regular groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables, dry goods and clothing for men, women and children. While attending a mock criminal trial at West Union Presbyterian Church in February of 1929, Clifford Bishop, a young farmhand employed at the Max Saltsgiver farm, had his Ford car stolen. The trial was staged by the anti-saloon league in the interests of prohibition, and Sheriff A. A. Robertson was one of the actors. The car was a very old one and Mr. Bishop thought no one would take it when there were better cars around. It was located the next day on Highway No. 18 with only two tires and the storage battery missing. Calmar Study Club’s March meeting was held at Mrs. Ralph Weselmann’s home, and the topic for study was aviation. Two papers: Well Known Aviators and Aerial Navigation were read. This was a women’s study group, whose serious topics ranged from politics to customs in other countries. Calmar Community Church’s Sunday School pupils performed a pagent at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday in 1929, entitled “The Garden of Glory”. This pageant portrayed the awakening of the flowers by the Spring Fairy in honor of the Rising of Christ. Cast of characters were: Messenger, Jean Conover; First Child, Warren Millard; Second Child, Ivan Mincks; Third Child, Richard Mincks; Fourth Child, Eugene Eppens; Spring Fairy, Dorothy Meyer; Life and Death Angel, Alice Sanders;

Angel, Lois Hazelton; Pussy Willow, Max Buck; Crocus, Olive Houdek; and Tulip, Betty Mayo. The Frana Store was one of the enterprises entered upon by L. J. Frana, and this was a popular combination of everything a person might want (cosmetics, patent medicines, cigarettes, cigars, stationery, school supplies, novelties, candies, a soda fountain, Victrola phonographs, RCA Victor records and recent popular magazines). He also was the proprietor of the Olympic Theatre, that had the best of pictures for theatre goers. The theatre also had a cooling system for summer weather comfort. The theatre was open 3 nights a week: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. In March of 1929, he installed a new marble soda fountain, of the iceless type, with a Frigidaire compressor attached. With this new equipment, fruits and syrups could be kept in better condition and the customers were assured of much colder drinks. The fountain also had capacity for 30 gallons (6 varieties) of ice cream! Beginning February 20, 1929, the Olympic Theatre said that with each adult ticket purchased, you would receive a 25-vote ticket. The person who received the most votes by April 24 would win a beautiful decorated breakfast set, consisting of 4 chairs and table in ivory and blue—retail value of $27.75. This set was on display on the stage of the theatre for all to see. A later Courier reported the results: Mrs. Peter Graf, 7100 votes; Viola Broihier, 6000 votes; and Betty Mayo, 5000 votes; so Mrs. Graf was the winner. In April of 1929, the Calmar High School baseball team had a game at West Union. The score was 4 to 4 in the 7th inning, when the game had to be stopped due to rain and the extremely bad roads the Calmar team would have to travel to get home. On the way, all 3 cars got hopelessly stuck in the mud and had to be abandoned. The boys walked to Postville and caught the early morning train home. The next day, they secured help to go and get their cars out of the mud. The Inwood Pavillion in Spillville was opening the 1929 season on Tuesday, April 30 with Clyde Grant’s Iowans, that ever popular orchestra. The bands scheduled for May of 1929 were: Al Olson’s, Brandt’s Hot Points, Hunt’s Novelty Band and Little Benny. In early May of 1929, Miss De Sales Poshusta went to Mason City to attend a nurse’s banquet. While there, she had the misfortune of breaking her wrist while cranking a Ford car. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway was making plans in May of 1929 to operate buses between Decorah and Calmar and operating trains only at night. The schedule was for two buses each day going each way. In the evenings, there would still be 3 trains leaving Calmar that would go to Decorah, the earliest evening train left at 8:45 p.m. and the latest (or earliest) at 3:15 a.m. The following appeared in the Calmar Courier in the spring of 1929: “Late in November and early in December and on through the months, many faltering and clumsy fingers started fashioning the little red poppies for the annual sale done by the Legion Auxiliary. The department has paid out $4,250 to the disabled men who have been making poppies, which means that the disabled veterans of Iowa, who are not receiving much compensation and are not able to take up heavy labor have made 425,000 poppies. The public must understand that the poppy sale is not just a “tag day” for in wearing the poppy we honor the dead and serve the living”. May 23, 1929 was the actual dedication of the new St. Aloysius Church in Calmar. This warranted a big front page story complete with photographs of the church.




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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 date and time is currently available: 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.

Caregiver Support Group The Caregiver Support Group will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 701 Iowa Avenue, Decorah, Friday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Individuals providing care to an older adult are invited to come to discuss the many challenges and rewards of care giving in a confidential supportive environment. Sponsored by Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. Contact Barb Labosky at 800-233-4603 for more information. RSVP is not necessary.

Democratic meeting

Winneshiek County Democrats will hold their monthly Central Committee meeting on Thursday, April 24 at the Oaks Steakhouse in Decorah. Those who wish to dine together will begin ordering individually at 5 p.m. At 6:30 Lyle Luzum will give a presentation called “Money Matters” in an adjoining meeting room. The business meeting will convene at 7 p.m. in the same room. All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

Little League Registration 2014 Ossian Little League season is about to begin. The Ossian Little League registration will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 4:30 in the multi-purpose room at the South Winn Elementary School. The Ossian Little League is open to those going into preschool through going into 8th grade. If you are not able to make it please contact Laura Greve at or Kerra Hageman at kerhage@yahoo. com before April 27th.

Veteran Heritage Day The 7th annual Veteran Heritage Day at the St Ansgar American Legion will be Saturday, April 26. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. It is free to Veterans, spouses and the public. Char’s Polka Band will play. Lunch will be served by Paradise Pizza. Bring your photos and memorabilia to share with others. Veteran Heritage Day is alcohol and smoke free. There will be 3 discussion groups: WWII, Korean War-Era and Spouse’s. The Master of Ceremonies will be 94-year-old WWII WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilot) Liz Strofus of Faribault, MN. Liz was the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. Liz is also featured on the front cover of the

Winter 2014 edition of GIRLFRIENDS Magazine. There is a DVD available telling Liz Strofus’s unique life story too. The DVD is produced by Nellis AFB, NV- the birthplace of the WASP’s. Veteran Heritage Day is not sponsored by any Veteran’s organization. It is sponsored by SSG(R) Phil Fleischer USA, Box 253, St Ansgar, IA 50472; phone, (641)736-2346. Every Veteran has a story to tell. Many Veterans never get asked what they did in the service unless they are with their buddies. Veterans and spouses from all over north Iowa and southern Minnesota attend regularly. Come and meet them and hear their unique stories.

Decorah Chorale spring concert The Decorah Chorale will say farewell to its retiring founder and director, John Bay, at its spring concert at Decorah Lutheran Church, on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. A reception honoring Director Bay’s 18 years of service will be held immediately following the concert at Decorah Lutheran Church. Special features of this concert include a wide range of musical selection highlighting the versatility of the Chorale as well as small group selections, audience favorites over the years, soloists and lighter music from movies and Broadway. Admission is complementary with free-will offerings welcomed. The audience is invited to join John at the post-concert reception. The Decorah Chorale is a non-profit community choir.

south winneshiek Thursday, April 24 4 p.m.: Trap Team Event @ Boyd/ Fredericksburg 4:15 p.m.: G MS Track @ Crestwood 4:30 p.m.: G/B Varsity Track @ NFV 7 p.m.: 3rd-5th Grades Spring Vocal Concert @ Ossian Center Friday, April 25 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ SWCC 4 p.m.: G/B MS Track @ Oelwein Saturday, April 26 8 a.m.: Trap Team Event @ Boyd/ Fredericksburg 9 a.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ New Hampton HS Monday, April 28 4 p.m.: Trap Team Event @ Boyd/ Fredericksburg 4:15 p.m.: B MS Track @ New Hampton Tuesday, April 29 4 p.m.: B MS Track @ Postville 4 p.m.: G MS Track @ NFV HS 4 p.m.: Trap Team Event @ Osage 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ Silver Springs 4:30 p.m.: G/B Varsity Track @ Clayton Ridge HS

turkey valley Thursday, April 24 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ Clayton Ridge HS 4:30 p.m.: B Varsity Track @ NFV 4:45 p.m.: G Varsity Track @ Nashua Plainfield HS Friday, April 25 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ TV HS 4:30 p.m.: G/B MS Track @ Oelwein Monday, April 28 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ Tri-City 4:30 p.m.: G/B Varsity Track @ Sumner-Fredericksburg HS Tuesday, April 29 4 p.m.: G/B Varsity Golf @ TV HS 4 p.m.: B MS Track @ Cresco 4 p.m.: G MS Track @ NFV HS

Second Annual STEM festival with hands-on fun and exploration Families from school districts throughout Northeast Iowa will be making their way to Calmar on Thursday, April 24, to drive robots and pilot flight simulators at the second annual Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival. This free event, which takes place at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Wilder Business Center from 4-7:30 p.m., will offer students a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through handson experiments and activities provided. The 40-plus exhibitors include STEM community champions across Iowa. Hosted by the Northeastern Iowa Regional STEM Hub at the University of Northern Iowa, the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a free event for students and their families from Allamakee, Central, Clayton Ridge, Decorah Community, Eastern Allamakee, Edgewood-Colesburg, Fredericksburg, Howard-Winneshiek, MFL Mar Mac, Nashua-Plainfield, New Hampton, North Fayette, North Winneshiek, Oelwein, Postville, Riceville, South Winneshiek, Starmont, Turkey Valley, Valley and West Central community school districts. “We are so excited to be able to offer this second annual STEM festival for our families in Northeast Iowa,” said James Hoelscher, Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Hub Manager. “These festivals have reached out to upper elementary and middle school students and opened their eyes to the world of possibilities that STEM can bring them.” “I really loved participating as an exhibitor in the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival last year,” said Darian Everding, a student at the University of Northern Iowa. “It was really inspiring to see how involved the kids would be trying to learn how to fly a plane on the flight simulator we had. They had such a sense of wonder and curiosity that is just heartwarming.” The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a collaborative partnership between NICC, Winneshiek County Development, Inc., Keystone Area Education Agency, Iowa Works, Upper Explorerland Regional Council of Governments, Iowa State Extension, the Northeast Iowa Business Network and the Northeast Iowa Regional STEM Hub at the University of Northern Iowa. Headquartered at UNI, the Northeast STEM Hub joins the university’s STEM education community in supporting STEM programs for teachers and students in Iowa. For more information about this or other STEM events, visit or call 319-273-7398.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Veteran Family Fun Day Hamre Giesen Chapter 8, the northeast Iowa Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, is co-hosting its fifth Veteran Family Fun Day with Thunder Rode, a therapeutic horsemanship program for individuals with special needs. Veteran Family Fun Day is an invitation for Veterans and their families to experience camaraderie with each other through horse activities. Free lunch and free horse rides will be offered on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a .m. to 1 p.m. at 1957 Meadowlark Road, Decorah. This event is part of Tri-State Thunder Vets, which is a Thunder Rode service of Veterans helping Veterans. During this event, there will be an informational session about the Veterans National TEE (Training, Exposure, Experience) Tournament in Riverside, that takes place in September. Thunder Rode will provide horse rides for disabled Veterans from all over the United States for this event and is seeking Veteran volunteers that would be willing to assist. For further details regarding Tri-State Thunder Vets or for need of a ride to Veteran Family Fun Day, please contact Michelle at 563-419-8318.

Veteran Family Fun Day Photo from 2013, front row (l-r): Bob Leppert, Lansing; Bernard Neuzil, Fort Atkinson; Second row: Dick Newcomer and Sam Fox, Harpers Ferry; and Larry Schilling, Decorah.


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Worship Schedule ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC Little Turkey Father Nicholas March Wednesday, Apr. 23: 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 10:30 a.m. Mass BETHANY LUTHERAN Rural Ossian Sunday, Apr. 27: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship Service CALMAR COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST Calmar Pastor Linda Thompson Sunday, Apr. 27: 9 a.m. Worship

Ossian Lutheran's Confirmation was held April 13 at the 8:30 service. Those confirmed were (l-r): Kerrigan Upton, Brandi Schneider, Taylor Buchheit, Pastor Dave Lenth, Jaden Schweinefus and Dawson Huinker. (Submitted Photo)

Riverbank art fair and wine tasting The UI Fine Arts Council welcomes spring with the annual Riverbank Art Fair and Wine Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge on the University of Iowa campus. Ceramics, glassworks, paintings, jewelry, metal works, fiber, mixed media and photographs will be among the works featured by more than 75 professional artists from the Iowa City and Coralville communities, and across the Midwest. The art fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The wine tasting—open to all patrons 21 years and older—will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Both events are free and open to the public. Among the wineries appearing are Ardon Creek Winery and Fireside Winery, both vendors with Iowan roots. According to organizers, the fair will also boast live music and a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. “Spending a weekend afternoon at the show promises an aesthetically and culturally enriching weekend,” say members of the Council, noting that community members will have the unique opportunity to support local artists. The Fine Arts Council is a self-supporting, student organization that places the utmost value on support and promotion of art within the Iowa City and Coralville communities, as well as throughout the state of Iowa. Strengthening the connection between local arts and the community through free, public events remains inherent to the organization that has been active since the 1970s. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact the UI Fine Arts Council in advance at 319-335-3393 or at

Calmar Community Meal In case you haven’t heard, volunteers from Calmar and the area provide a free community meal to anyone that wishes to attend every 4th Thursday of each month. The meal is at the Calmar Lutheran Church facilities from 5 to 6 p.m. Various groups from the area provide the main dish, salads and bars for the meal. This is an opportunity for you to come and have supper and socialize with other area residents. Watch your church bulletin and look for posters to see who is providing the meal and what menu is planned. If you haven’t been there, please come! You are sure to have a pleasant social dining experience.

CALMAR LUTHERAN & SPRINGFIELD LUTHERAN Pastor Phil Olson Sunday, Apr. 27: Holy Communion 9 a.m. Calmar 10:30 a.m. Springfield DE SALES CATHOLIC Ossian Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes Saturday, Apr. 26: 4 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 10 a.m. Mass LIVING HOPE BAPTIST Ossian Sunday, Apr. 27: 9 a.m. Worship HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC Protivin Father Nicholas March Thursday, Apr. 24: 8:45 a.m. School Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 8 a.m. Mass MT. CARMEL CATHOLIC Lawler Father Nicholas March Sunday, Apr. 27: 8 a.m. Mass OSSIAN LUTHERAN Ossian Sunday, Apr. 27: 8:30 a.m. Worship OUR LADY OF SEVEN DOLORS CATHOLIC Festina Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes Sunday, Apr. 27: 8 a.m. Mass ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC Calmar Father Donald J. Hawes Saturday, Apr. 26: 4:30 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 10:30 a.m. Mass

ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC Fort Atkinson Father Nicholas March Thursday, Apr. 24: 9 a.m. Mass Saturday, Apr. 26: 6:10-6:20 Reconciliation 6:30 p.m. Mass ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN, STAPLETON 2271 Windsor Ave., Waucoma Rev. Wayne T. & Irmagard Ellingson, Supply Pastors Sunday, Apr. 27: 10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion ST. LUKE’S CATHOLIC St. Lucas Father Nicholas March Friday, Apr. 25: 8:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 10:30 a.m. Mass ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC Waucoma Father Nicholas March Saturday, Apr. 26: 3:30-3:50 Reconciliation 4 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 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. 27: 9 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion ST. WENCESLAUS CATHOLIC Spillville Father Donald J. Hawes Saturday, Apr. 26: 7 p.m. Mass Sunday, Apr. 27: 8:30 a.m. Mass STAVANGER LUTHERAN Sunday, Apr. 27: 10 a.m. Worship TRINITY LUTHERAN Calmar Pastor Glenn Smith Sunday, Apr. 27: 11:30 a.m. Worship Service ZION LUTHERAN Castalia Pastor Dave Lenth Sunday, Apr. 27: 8:30 a.m. Adult Class 9:15 a.m. Sunday School



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calmar courier AMERICORPS from page 2 reinforcement of activities among all participants are key to successfully increase college attainment at the community level.” By creating and strengthening collaborative partnerships, College Changes Everything™ seeks to leverage the strengths and long-term plans of each participating organization to meet the community’s higher education goals and raise educational attainment statewide. For more information about Iowa College Aid, the College Changes Everything™ initiative and to apply for the available AmeriCorps VISTA positions, visit In addition, more information to help Iowa families plan, prepare and pay for college is available on Iowa College Aid’s website or call 877-272-4456.

Turkey Valley gets a lesson in the consequences of drunk driving On Monday, April 14, Mark Bigler came to Turkey Valley to talk with the 7-12th grade student body about how a fatal drunk driving accident struck tragedy on his family. On a Saturday night in July 2012, a drunk driver swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a car carrying his son Brad Bigler, Southwest Minnesota State University’s men’s head basketball coach, Brad’s wife Heather, Heather’s mom, Sharon, and Brad and Heather’s 5-monthold son, Drake. Sadly, Drake lost his precious life in this accident. Mr. Bigler spoke to the students about his story, the effects of drunk driving and about having times in life when you may need to have courage. He noted that we often do not know the impact our decisions can have on someone’s life. Had someone had the courage to stop that drunk driver from driving the TWO miles to his home, his grandson might still be here today. Mr. Bigler’s speech was sad, true and very impactful. For more information about the Brad Bigler Family please watch EPSN’s E60 “Bigler’s Way” at To show appreciation for Mr. Bigler taking time to speak to us, the Turkey Valley National Honor Society and Student Senate donated $100 to the Drake Bigler Memorial Scholarship Fund/SMSU Men’s Basketball.

Calmar Library News The Calmar library staff is pleased to announce that we have been awarded two grants recently. The first grant was funded by the Depot Outlet in the amount of $1,000. It will be used to install new window treatments in the front windows and two windows in the upper portion of the library. These window treatments are designed to provide protection

from sun damage to displays and books, as well as enhance the appearance of the library. They should be installed soon. The second grant has been awarded to the library from the Winneshiek County Community Foundation in the amount of $2,800. It will be used to upgrade the current automation software to Apollo Automation Systems, plus cover the cost of annual support for two years.

We should be able to migrate to Apollo very soon, providing library staff and patrons with a more user-friendly product with enhanced features. As always, we are regularly adding new titles to each section of the library and continue to expand the DVD collection to offer patrons a wider variety of items available for check out. Come in and browse the newest selections.

Turkey Valley Education Association hosts another very successful blood drive The American Red Cross was at Turkey Valley School on Wednesday, April 2, for the 38th annual blood drive sponsored by the Turkey Valley Education Association. This year’s blood drive coordinators were TVEA members Mindi Watters, Karen Suddendorf and Amanda Wiger. Former TVEA member Nancy Cuvelier and Pat Lynch volunteered to oversee the blood drive. This year’s blood drive collected 85 pints of blood from 92 potential donors, with 20 of those donors being current Turkey Valley students. Fifteen donors gave a double donation by donating two units of red blood cells each. Because the Turkey Valley Education BLOOD DRIVE to page 14 Top Right: Arianna Rausch sits with blood donor Jim Schmitt at the April 2 blood drive. Right:Volunteers Barbara Jirak, Darlys Rausch and Ann Herold helped out at the event. (Submitted Photos)

Top: Tierney Lensing, Mr. Mark Bigler, Steven Landa and Mrs. Natalie Schneiter, nurse. Bottom: Mr. Bigler speaks to the 7-12th grade students and staff about the tragedy of drunk driving. (Submitted Photos)

A few TV students who attended the blood drive, front row (l-r): Claire Achen and Nathan Herold; back row: Johanna Blazek,TV faculty member Deb Langreck, Josie Einwalter, Nicole Schmitt and Ashley Kurash. (Submitted Photo)


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South Winn Trap Team shooting consistently SW @ Osage 4/17 The Warrior trap shooting team traveled to Osage last Thursday for the second time last week, with better weather than they had to deal with on Tuesday, and made a very big mark on the final outcome. With six full teams competing, the Black Team took 2nd place with a team total of 209 with individual scores of, Joseph Buchheit, 46; Dallas Bohr, 43; Ben Hanson, 42; Josiah Baker, 41 and Nicole Kuboushek, 37. There was a three-way tie between one Osage shooter, Derek Emerson, and two South Winn shooters, Joseph Buchheit and Cole Phillips, for the top spot for the boys. The Osage competitor was pushed out with Buchheit taking first and Phillips earning second in the first round. A sudden

The top spot for the boys came down to a three-way tie with final scores of 46. Derek Emerson (l), of Osage, Joseph Buchheit (c) and Cole Phillips had to compete in a shoot-off to find 1st place. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Riehle) death shoot-off had to be done between the two SW shooters and ended with Buchheit holding onto first and Phillips at second. Other teams and their scores: Kylee Riehle, 35; Kyle Woodson, 32; Walker Hotvedt, 34; Ryan Guyer, 20; Mitchell Fadness, 37 for a total of 158. Ryan Dietzenbach, 26; Blain Lennon, 38; Cole Phillips, 46; Colton Goza, 36; Logan McConnell, 40 for a total of 186. Shaun Dehning, 41; Trey Baures, 40; Leah Elsbernd, 40; Landers Kuboushek, 40; Collin Monroe, 29 for a tally of 190. Joclyn Bushman, 32; Kaitlyn Imoehl, 34; Alex Hertges, 31; Kevin Ward, 30; Luke McCasland, 29, totaling 156. Josie Buddenberg, 34; Morgan Bohr, 31; Ivy Karnik, 26; Libby Manning, 16; Luke Massman, 30, tallying 137.

Joseph Buchheit (l) and Cole Phillips (r) talk about strategy and get advice from Coach Kevin Buchheit. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Riehle)

TV Trap Team still shooting high scores TV @ NH 4.17 Turkey Valley’s trap shooting team competed at the New Hampton Invite held at the Fredericksburg Sportsmen’s Club last

Thursday with three full teams competing and three individuals shooting for themselves. The Trojan shooters looked good and shot consistent or better than their normal averages. Team #1 tallied a score of 217 with Leo Balk hitting 25 and 22 for a 47; Cole Langreck ended with 46 after two rounds of 23; Nick Njus and Brogan Mihm both had a 42 total with rounds of 22/20 and 20/22 respectively and Jacob Vsetecka shot 40 with rounds of 21 and 19. Kyle Reicks was the top shooter for Team #2 with a total of 43 after rounds of 22 and

Sydney Kuennen stands ready for her shot at the NH Invite. Kuennen totaled 25 in two rounds.

21; Amber Barloon was close behind Reicks with a 41, hitting 20 and 21; Andrea Baumler shot 18 and 15 for a tally of 33, Sydney Kuennen hit 13 and 12 for a 25 and Izaak Best ended with a 24 from rounds of 14 and 10. Team #2 ended with a total of 166. Team #3 marked 113 total with Kayla Gebel leading with a 30 from rounds of 14 and 16; Emily Luzum and Cassandra Schindler both ended with 27 after hitting 16/11 and 12/15 respectively; Kandace Engelhardt had rounds of 10 and 12 for a 22 and Sloan Huinker hit 4 and 3 to tally 7. The three individual shooters included: Jake Leibold who hit 21 and 17 for a total of 38; Dakota Rush had a 37 with rounds of 17 and 20 and Blake Kruse shot 6 and 14 for a tally of 20.

Brogan Mihm aims at his target at last week's meet in Fredericksburg. Mihm finished the meet with a 42.

South Winn Lady Warriors battle cold, wind and other competitors SW GT 4/17 The Lady Warriors had just one meet scheduled last week and despite the cold temps and wind, they competed at the Decorah Girls Relays last Thursday against seven other teams. As a team, SW scored in eight events with one first place finish, four top three placements and double placed in two events to finish with 48 total points and in 7th place. Final team standings were: 1. Decorah 188; 2. DBQ Wahlert 110; 3. Charles City 71; T4. Central, Clayton Ridge 50; 6. Waterloo East 49; 7. South Winn 48; 8. Waukon 16. Girls Final Results High Jump: Phillips, 1st, 4’ 10” Shot Put: Shindelar, 2nd, 35’ 4”; Humpal, 4th, 34’ 2” 200m: Shindelar, 5th, 28.62 3000m: Kriener, 4th, 11:52.59 400m Hurdles: DeVilbiss, 3rd, 1:12.20; Brincks, 4th, 1:17. 61 4x200: Fosaaen, Budde, Martin, Boe, 5th, 2:08.25 4x400: DeVilbiss, Kriener, Klimesh, Hertges, 5th, 4:34.06 Distance Medley: DeVilbiss, Shindelar, Hertges, Klimesh, 3rd, 4:42.97

Mahogani Boe steps out her leg of a relay race at the Decorah meet held April 11. (Photo courtesy of Deb Warth)



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South Winn Golf Team 2014 Previews The 2014 Warrior and Lady Warrior golf teams are ready to get back out on the fairways and greens to get started on their season and their campaign toward State. With both coaches from last season, Paul Jungblut and Doug Schweinefus, all of this year’s linksters will have a strong coaching platform to start off of. In 2013, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams finished 2nd in the UIC and will be looking for the top spot this year as both teams have strong players back from last year’s teams. “Our top golfers are back for both the boys and girls,” stated Coach Schweinefus. “So we have team leaders that have varsity experience. We need them to push each other and stay mentally strong. We have a lot of talent and a lot of experience.” Good Luck to both South Winn golf teams!!

The 2014 South Winneshiek Boys Golf Team includes front row l-r: Lee Kipp, Ryan Bullerman, Alec Quandahl, Blake Kuennen, Brendan Hageman, Hunter Leibold and Alex Kuennen. Back row: Coach Paul Jungblut, Anthony Emanuel, Nathan Winter, Logan Schweinefus,Trevor Schweinefus, Jerod Heying,Tanner Kuennen and Coach Doug Schweinefus.

Lady Warriors This season starts with a strong core of four returning letter winners who have been playing together for the last few years. Megan Hageman and Caitlin Holien both earned All-UIC honors last season and Megan Bushman and Megan Elsbernd are also returning letter winners. All four of these ladies will provide leadership and will be in the top 5 golfers this season. Although the Lady Warriors lost two of their good golfers from last season, newcomers to the team will fill in the roster to help cover the score. New to the varsity team this season are Skyler Luzum, Bailey Timp, Christina Wagner, Jordan Reisner and Taylor Claman. Filling in the rest of the roster are Jamie Elsbernd, Alyssa Timp and Hattie Frana. Warriors The three top golfers from last season return to this year’s squad including Trevor Schweinefus who placed second a year ago at UIC and tied for 17th at the State Meet, Logan Schweinefus was third at UIC in 2013 and Tanner Kuennen earned All-UIC honors last year. These three golfers will be a very strong force on this year’s team. The 2014 squad lost the #4, #5 and #6 golfers from last year but have varsity newcomers to fill in the spots including Nathan Winter (10th @ UIC), Anthony Emanuel, Jerod Heying, Brendan Hageman and Hunter Leibold. Completing the rest of the roster are Lee Kipp, Ryan Bullerman, Alec Quandahl, Blake Kuennen, Hunter Leibold and Alex Kuennen.

The 2014 South Winneshiek Girls Golf Team includes front row l-r: Skyler Luzum, Jordan Reisner, Jamie Elsbernd, Alyssa Timp and Hattie Frana. Back row: Coach Paul Jungblut, Caitlin Holien, Christina Wagner, Megan Elsbernd, Bailey Timp, Taylor Claman, Megan Bushman, Megan Hageman and Coach Doug Schweinefus. The 2014 South Winneshiek Boys Golf Returning Letter Winners are l-r: Trevor Schweinefus, Tanner Kuennen and Logan Schweinefus.

The Returning Letter Winners of the 2014 SW Girls Golf Team are l-r: Caitlin Holien, Megan Elsbernd, Megan Bushman and Megan Hageman.

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South Winn golfers start year off with two wins SW G 4/10 In their first meet of the year, the South Winn golf teams competed at Silver Springs Golf Course in Ossian hosting Waukon on Thursday, April 10. SW had previous meets scheduled but Mother Nature caused those to be rescheduled to later dates. The Lady Warriors earned the win by almost 50 strokes with final scores of 208-255. Caitlin Holien earned the top spot for the girls’ teams with a 44 and Megan Hageman was the runner-up after marking a 52. Megan Elsbernd carded a 54 and Skyler Luzum tallied a 58 to fill in the team score. For the Warrriors, Trevor Schweinefus took first place in the meet with a tally of 38 while Nathan Winter and Logan Schweinefus both ended with a 41 with Nathan taking the runner-up spot from a card-off and Jerod Heying marked a 44 to fill in the team

score at 164 helping SW top Waukon 164-216. “It was nice to see some first time varsity players play so well,” said Coach Schweinefus. “Good start to the season.” SW G 4/17 After more snow, ice and wind at the beginning of last week, the South Winn golf teams were able to compete on Thursday in Elkader against Central for their second meet of the season. “As the weather improves, our team scores will drop, so we’re very excited with where we are at this early in the season,” said Coach Schweinefus. “Multiple kids have stepped up and are challenging one another for a varsity roll.” The ladies garnered the top two spots in the meet and won as a team with final scores of 207-216. Megan Bushman took 1st with a round of 49,

Megan Hageman was the runner-up carding 51, Caitlin Holien came in with a 52 and Skyler Luzum finished with a 55 to fill in the team score. Other golfers for the ladies were Megan Elsbernd, 59, Bailey Timp & Jamie Elsbernd 64 and Taylor Claman, 66. “We showed a little improvement today, both teams are hitting the ball well. The greens are still very slow so the feel of putting is still a struggle for them all,” ended Schweinefus. The Warriors picked up their second win of the season as well beating Central 161178 with Trevor Schweinefus and Tanner Kuennen sharing the top spot with a score of 38, Logan Schweinefus marked a 41 and Nathan Winter added a 44 to finish off the team score. Also golfing for the Warriors were Blake Kuennen, 44 and Jarod Heying, 48.

Trojan Ladies win New Hampton meet, Trojansʼ Relays showing strength TV GT Mother Nature changed plans for several athletes last week with cold temps, strong winds and snow! The weather didn’t clear up much toward the end of the week but with no snow on the ground, TV was able to compete in one meet last Thursday in New Hampton. The Lady Trojans competed against four other teams and dominated the meet taking 1st place by almost 20 points. TV placed in 18 events, racked up six 1st place finishes, had 18 top three placements and double placed in nine events. Shelby Reicks garnered two 1st place finishes and Delaney Lensing had two personal records at the meet. “The girls were outstanding tonight! I couldn’t – Coach Schmitt be happier with the team effort,” stated Coach Schmitt. “This is a great team win. The field events really started us strong and put us in great position to win the meet.” Final team standings were: 1. Turkey Valley 170; 2. North Fayette Valley 152; 3. New Hampton 135.5; 4. Sumner-Fredericksburg 63.5; 5. Tripoli 59. “I love coaching this group of girls; despite the cold temperatures, I never once heard it become the excuse for the night,” Schmitt ended.


I love coaching this group of girls; despite the cold temperatures, I never once heard it become the excuse for the night.

Girls Final Results *Personal Record Discus: C. Reicks, 2nd, 107’ 9.5”; Lensing, 4th, 89’ 11” *PR High Jump: Martin, 2nd, 4’ 6”; Schaufenbuel, 3rd, 4’ 6” Long Jump: Blazek, 2nd, 15’ 1.75” Shot Put: C. Reicks, 2nd, 33’ 11”; Lensing, 4th, 33’ 10” **PR 100m: Blazek, 1st, 13.30; S. Reicks, 5th, 14.00 200m: Blazek, 2nd, 27.98; Nymeyer, 4th, 29.25 400m: Huinker, 1st, 65.77; Nymeyer, 2nd, 66.48 800m: S. Reicks, 1st, 2:35.26; Martin, 2nd, 2:40.03 1500m: S. Reicks, 1st, 5:26.76 3000m: Martin, 2nd, 12:22 100m Hurdles: Schaufenbuel, 4th, 19.30; Busta, 6th, 20.55 400m Hurdles: Huinker, 2nd, 1:15.33; Schaufenbuel, 6th, 1:22.01 Shuttle Hurdles: Busta, Stahley, Huinker, Njus, 4th, 1:29.98 Sprint Medley: Njus, Lensing, Busta, Stahley, 4th, 2:16.34 4x100: Stahley, Njus, Kuennen, C. Reicks, 3rd, 59.90 4x200: Njus, Stahley, Herold, Kuennen, 3rd, 2:07.71 4x400: Blazek, Martin, Huinker, Nymeyer, 1st, 4:27.16 4x800: Stahley, S. Reicks, Nymeyer, Huinker, 1st, 10:38.31

Above: The 2014 South Winneshiek Golf Seniors include front row l-r: Bailey Timp, Jordan Reisner, Taylor Claman, Caitlin Holien and Christina Wagner. Back row: Megan Elsbernd, Brendan Hageman, Megan Bushman, Trevor Schweinefus and Megan Hageman. (Photo by Leah Kruse) Right: Megan Bushman watches her ball fly down the fairway at last Thursday’s meet. Bushman was the top golfer for the ladies’ meet with a final total of 49. (Photo courtesy of Shanna Schweinefus)

Left: Five South Winn golfers earned medals at the Central meet. For the boys, Tanner Kuennen (l) and Trevor Schweinefus (m) tied for 1st place with a score of 38 and Logan Schweinefus (r) earned the runner-up spot at 41. Megan Bushman (l) took first for the girls with a tally of 49 and Megan Hageman (r) was the runner-up with a score of 51. (Photo courtesy of Shanna Schweinefus)

TV BT The Trojans had to deal with the wrath of Mother Nature last week as well but were able to participate at last Thursday’s meet in New Hampton even though they had to participate in some cold temperatures. TV competed against five other teams, placing 5th with 41 points by placing in 9 events including marking 1st in one event and having four top three placements. Final team standings were 1. North Fayette Valley 171.50; 2. Waukon 134; 3. New Hampton 116; 4. Sumner-Fredericksburg 66.50; 5. Turkey Valley 41; 6. Tripoli 25. Boys Final Results 100m: Denk, 6th, 11.96 400m: Meirick, 5th, 58.15 800m: Herold, 5th, 2:25.73 3200m: Izer, 2nd, 10:24.31 4x100: Denk, Drilling, C. Hackman, Busta, 3rd, 48.90 4x200: Denk, Drilling, C. Hackman, Blazek, 5th, 1:39.9 4x400: Blazek, Landa, Meirick, Izer, 4th, 3:51.97 4x800: Meirick, Landa, Herold, Mohlis, 3rd, 9:26.18 1600 Medley: Denk, Drilling, Landa, Izer, 1st, 3:56.75


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calmar courier EASTER from front page

Left: Adrienne, Matson and Levin Winnings were excited to meet the Easter Bunny at the Ossian Hospice. Right: E.J., Julissa and Jessalyn Strickler pose with E.B. (Photos by Joyce Meyer)

Above: Hospice resident Cyril Holthaus gets in on the fun as Tony Greve watches from the background. (Photo by Joyce Meyer) Left: Seraphia Uhlenhake, resident at Ossian Hospice, walks through the Easter egg hunt with her great nephew Ryder Uhlenhake. (Photo courtesy of Ossian Hospice)

Helping the Easter Bunny were Cub Scout Pack 3088 members Tony & Seth Greve. (Photo by Joyce Meyer)

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WMC hosts community picnic to celebrate Centennial year The community is invited to gather on the Winneshiek Medical Center campus for a picnic! In celebration of its Centennial year, WMC is hosting a Grand Picnic on the Green as a way to say thanks to the community for 100 years of support. The Grand Picnic on the Green will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus. WMC will provide a free BBQ pork sandwich (catered by U-2 Catering), chips and a beverage. Moo-mobile shakes will be available for $1, and the Lion’s Club will provide free popcorn. Entertainment for the entire family includes: trolley rides by Decorah Trolley Company, face-painting by the Fort Atkinson 4-H club, music by local band Homeward Bound, magic shows by Bruce Wulfsberg, M.D., historical displays, caricature drawings by Maxxx Madcap, and the WMC ambulance and a medical helicopter on display. Additionally, Red Wing Pottery commemorating WMC’s Centennial year will be for sale. Three different (numbered) pieces are available: Mini-crock (quarter-pint size) - $12; Beater jar (quart size) - $25; and Pitcher (30 ounce size) - $35. Proceeds from crockery sales fund Centennial events. The WMC Auxiliary will also be selling their cookbooks for $5 each. “The Grand Picnic on the Green is a way for the entire community to celebrate WMC and the rich heritage of our community medical center. From when the hospital first opened its doors in 1914 to today – we are committed to this region and serving the people who live here,” says Gretchen Dahlen, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center. Throughout 2014, Winneshiek Medical Center has been celebrating its anniversary year with events to honor their founders, celebrate the changes and growth over the past 100 years, and look to the future of local health care. “We hope people from all area communities join us for the picnic,” says Joetta Redlin, chair of the picnic planning committee. “It is a fun way for families to usher in springtime while celebrating the hospital’s heritage – a history that everyone in our county shares and benefits from.” The public is encouraged to attend WMC’s Grand Picnic on the Green and no RSVP is necessary. Convenient parking will be available, with regular trolley rides running from the lots to the event site, which includes a tent and tables for the meal, entertainment in the courtyard, and historical displays in the indoor conference rooms. Fans of Winneshiek Medical Center’s Facebook page enjoy frequent posts on historical stories and Centennial events: WinneshiekMedicalCenter. Information on the WMC Centennial is also available at For additional information on the Grand Picnic on the Green or other Winneshiek Medical Center Centennial activities, please call the WMC Community Relations department at 563-382-2911 or email

In celebration of its Centennial year,Winneshiek Medical Center is hosting a Grand Picnic on the Green on Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus. The picnic planning committee is pictured (l-r): Elly Lensch, Renee Olson, Max Klotzbach, Dawn Blocker, Mary Lou Hackman and Joetta Redlin. Not pictured: Frank Riha, Pat Carey and Jean Irvin. (Submitted Photo)

Spring bird migration has begun Story & Photos by Joyce Meyer We are all awaiting signs of spring, especially after getting a taste of warm weather and then an unwanted spring snowfall lately! The bluebirds arrived with the robins. They say to expect to see snow on the robins tails three times before spring, we have had at least that many. We are starting to see great blue herons migrating back also in groups around here, but of late have not seen any on the marshes by La Crosse, WI. What surprised us immensely this spring as we journey about was to find a large group of pelicans migrating as far north as Lansing on the backwaters of the Mississippi already on April 9th during our travels. We expected to see them yet in southern Iowa, as indeed thousands are still on the large lakes south of us. As north at La Crosse on April 16th in the marshland we did not spot any Great Blue Herons, but found a mass of American coots on the Black River, a few Canada geese nesting, and a variety of ducks the day after snowfall. Close to home we found migrating trumpeter swans, Canada geese, and ducks on a small pond by Fort Atkinson for the first time. Also, we noticed that the male American Goldfinch, our State bird, has changed to a bright yellow color in honor of summer. Our crocuses had a chance to bloom a week before the surprised snowfall Monday, April 14. Soon the wild bluebells will be a sea of blue along the Turkey River and the tulips will be in bloom, though with the cold spring everything might be a couple weeks later than usual. Many people have remarked that the cold April will probably turn quickly to a very hot summer, causing us to wonder if Mother Nature has become “bi-polar” lately. Being an optimist, every morning as I wake up, I anticipate seeing beautiful Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, iridescent indigo buntings, rubythroated hummingbirds and more spring migrations along our Wonder Creek in Spillville. One spring we had a rare turtle that is on the threatened list called a Blanding turtle visit. In 2011 we were delighted to have two unusual migrating birds come to our spring feeders of or-

anges, grape jelly and nectar. One was the Cape May warbler, and another was a first spring summer tanager that had so many colors and the male juvenile was molting that first we thought someone lost their caged tropical bird! Let’s all keep a look out for migrating birds this spring and see if you see anything unusual. I always report any unusual birds to Conservationist Larry Reis at Lake Meyer, he can record it and may want to come out and see it in person. You might want to check out a website migration tracking map as a family to see how far away those tiny birds still are. You can search the map website http://www. html for information on all kinds of migration in Iowa this spring. Looking at the Ruby Throated hummingbird map each spring we can see how the migration is coming for the tiny flying flowers. It looks like by the third week in April they have been sighted as far north as mid Missouri, probably due to the colder than usual April we are having, they are much later than normal. Then get out your oriole and hummingbird feeders soon, along with grape jelly and orange slices to entice them to your backyard. In the last few years, the accommodations at our certified wildlife habitat must have agreed with them because the orioles and indigo buntings stayed and nested in our yard. Take time during this spring to get back in touch with nature, either on the trails or fishing in our rivers and lakes while enjoying spring migration time! I have included photos from the start of this year’s migration with this article. If you like nature and wildlife photos, stop by the Rubiayat restaurant at 117 West Water Street in Decorah from April 23 until the end of June for my gallery showing or visit my website,, to see more of my nature photography. Happy spring!

Photo 1: An American Coot swims towards the reeds near La Crosse, WI. Photo 2: A great blue heron prepares to take flight out of the marshes near Lansing. Photo 3: Mallard ducks were caught napping in the marsh near La Crosse, WI. Photo 4: Migrating Trumpeter swans have been found around the Fort Atkinson areas recently.

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calmar courier BLOOD DRIVE from page 8 Association reached their goal of 85 units of blood, two Turkey Valley seniors, Noelle Berst and Claire Achen, will be awarded $500 scholarships. Steven Landa, Tierney Lensing, Allison Kuennen and Chloe Reicks will be awarded $250 scholarships. All of these scholarships are from the American Red Cross. The following blood donors received pins because they reached gallon milestones during this blood drive: Steve Baumler- 2 gallons, Len Cutsforth- 7 gallons, Jenae Kuennen- 2 gallons, Gerald Busta- 4 gallons, Roger DeSloover- 11 gallons, Wilma Meyer6 gallons, Ann Herold- 12 gallons, and Randy Kuennen- 9 gallons. The TVEA would like to acknowledge Mrs. Nancy Cuvelier, Mrs. Pat Lynch, the members of the Turkey Valley National Honor Society, and the Jackson Homemakers Club for helping with the

Left to right: Ben Wilkerson, Blake Kruse, Levi Klimesh and Jordan Klimesh gave blood at the drive. (Submitted Photo)

Left to right: Allison Kuennen donates blood, while Ari Rausch, Mackenzie Straw and Tierney Lensing (front) watch. (Submitted Photo)

blood drive. Thanks also to the students in the Turkey Valley foods classes who helped bake cookies and kolaches for the canteen area of the blood drive as part of their learning experience. Volunteers Mrs. Becky Neuzil from Spillville, Mrs. Sharla Fencl from Protivin, and Mrs. Betty Hadacek from Protivin helped the students make the kolaches. Special thanks are extended to Prairie Farms Milk for their donation

of chocolate milk, and to the local businesses that donated meat and cheese trays, including Lynch’s BBQ of Waucoma, Huber’s Store of Fort Atkinson, Polashek’s Locker Service of Protivin, and Fareway, Inc. of New Hampton. But most importantly, thanks to the 92 blood donors who gave of themselves that day to give the most precious gift of all, the Gift of Life.

Waucoma Event Center received $12,600 grant

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The Fayette Co. Community Foundation awarded $96,970.67 in grants to 18 different organizations. The Waucoma Event Center received $12,600.00. The total amount requested in 2014 was $265,053.18 from 40 different applicants. The total amount of money funded throughout the Fayette County Community Foundation competitive grant process since 2006 is $710,594.75.

Dave Wenthold of the Waucoma Event Center accepted the $12,600 check on behalf of the center. (Submitted Photo) Organization West Union Recreation Foundation Williams Center For The Arts City Of Arlington City Of Hawkeye City Of Hawkeye City Of Maynard City Of Oelwein City Of Waucoma

Program Festival of Lights Hearing Loop and Lighting Enhancement Community Center Hauth Park Ice Rink Liner Hawkeye Library Update Final Stage Community Hall Renovation Upgrades To Oelwein Aquatic Center and Wings Park Waucoma Event Center

Fayette Co. Economic Development Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission West Central Comm. School District Good Samaritan Society (W.U.) West Union Lions Club Fayette County Historical And Genealogical Society Cedar Valley Friends Of The Family City Of Arlington Helping Services of NE Iowa, Inc

Market Fayette County Magazine Northeast Iowa Safe Routes To School Program West Central Music Dept. Sound Shell Whirlpool Bathing Spa Lions Digital Screening Camera Historical Building Restoration Shelter And Housing Assistance Arlington Fire Department Addition Project HSNEI Domestic Abuse Resource Center

Amount no listing 14,370 15,000 1,875 6,150 9,000 7,000 12,600 2,800 3,500 297 6,000 no listing 1,750 1,500 1,750 4,200


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board minutes and claims Turkey Valley Community School Minutes & Claims April 9, 2014 The Turkey Valley school board met in regular session on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The meeting was held in the elementary media center at Turkey Valley School, Jackson Junction. Ernie Schmitt called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. The following board directors answered roll call; Ernie Schmitt, Don Blazek Jr., Renee Throndson, and Leon Shatek. Jody Steinlage was absent. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Leon Shatek to approve the agenda with the following additions: board minutes from April 3, 2014 special meeting, 8C Approve and sign Casper Plumbing and Heating contract for boiler project, and 8D school bus purchase. Carried unanimously. A revised agenda was posted 24 hours prior so these additional items can be moved on as needed. Moved by Leon Shatek and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to open the budget hearing FY15 at 6:02 p.m. Carried unanimously. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Renee Throndson to open the budget hearing for amending FY14 at 6:03 p.m. Carried unanimously. Moved by Leon Shatek and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to approve the consent agenda items as presented including the additional April 3, 2014 special meeting minutes. Carried unanimously. Minutes from special board meetings: February 10, 2014, March 14, 2014, March 24, 2014, March 27, 2014 and April 3, 2014 and regular board meeting, March 17, 2014. Financial Reports and Bills: General Fund Bills ................... $69,654.71 Capital Bills.............................. $24,245.68 Hot Lunch.................................. $ 5,530.24 PPEL.......................................... $ 2,184.90 Clearing Acct............................. $ 7,660.34 5C Appointments: Jackie Novotny –volunteer golf coach for 2014 season, and Garrett Crandall- special education position. Resignations: Orlo Njus – retiring bus driver, Thank you to Orlo for his years of service. Public forum – None Spotlight on Education. Mrs. Raymond gave the board a brief overview of the History Fair project. Turkey Valley 6th grade students work on History Fair projects every year. Kade Kruse shared a portion of his state qualifying presentation with the board. The board asked him questions about his project. The board thanked him and Mrs. Raymond for their time and wished them good luck at state. The board discussed options for the custodian house. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Leon Shatek to accept sealed bids to sell the house and have it removed. The house will be sold by sealed bids. An advertisement with details will be sent out soon. Yeas-Don Blazek Jr., Ernie Schmitt, and Leon Shatek. Nays-Renee Throndson. The board discussed the superintendent search committee. Leon Shatek and Ernie Schmitt volunteered to be the Turkey Valley representatives for the committee. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Renee Throndson to approve Casper Plumbing and Heating contract for the boiler project. Carried unanimously. Moved by Don Blazek Jr. and seconded by Leon Shatek to approve a 2015, 77 passenger bus purchase from Hoglund Bus in the amount of $76,779 which includes trade in of a spare bus, 2003 Bluebird with lift. Carried unanimously. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to approve 29 seniors be tentatively approved for graduation on May 18, 2014, pending the completion of all their requirements and that the administrators be authorized to exclude any seniors from graduation exercises who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or whose conduct is unsatisfactory. Carried unanimously. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to approve the annual goals – Reading, Math, and Science as presented. Carried unanimously.

Due to time requirements for the public hearing to be open for 1 hour, the board will move ahead to item 9H-Approve the negotiated certified contract settlement for the 2014-15 school year. This item however has been tabled until the May regular meeting. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Leon Shatek to accept the receipt and filing of termination recommendations. Carried unanimously. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Leon Shatek to close the public hearing for amending the FY14 budget at 7:14 p.m. Carried unanimously. Moved by Leon Shatek and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to approve the amended FY14 Budget. The noninstructional programs amount will be increased as published from 250,000 to 550,000 due to the boiler replacement project. Carried unanimously. Mr. Hoover gave a presentation in regards to the FY 15 budget. He explained that most items are generated or pre-populated by the CAR report. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Leon Shatek to close the public hearing for the FY15 budget hearing at 7:44 p.m. Carried unanimously. Moved by Leon Shatek and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to adopt the FY15 Budget as presented with the change of 450,000 in the management fund. This change will put the tax rate at $13.09. Carried unanimously. Mr. Hoover excused himself from the meeting. He is leaving for Des Moines so that he can present in the morning. Ms. Knoll stated that the Washington DC trip leaves on Thursday morning and will return on Wednesday next week. She also said that she does not have final numbers for the Gala but she again thanked everyone for their support. Moved by Renee Throndson and seconded by Don Blazek Jr. to adjourn at 7:55 p.m. Carried unanimously. The next regular board meeting will be held on May 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. ATTEST President Secretary General Fund ACT Finance, PLAN ..............................$323.75 Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., professional services .................................................$47.00 Auditor of the State, audit billing fee .....$425.00 Barnes & Noble, library books ..............$278.07 Carquest of New Hampton, supplies ...$1,452.77 Decorah Community Schools, 3rd qtr Spec Ed, Feb Crossroads ..............................$13,586.30 Decorah Mobile Glass, Inc., 2 tempered clear ......................................................$82.20 Department of Education, video class ....$107.20 Fareway, Home Ec supplies ...................$225.60 Farmers Coop, diesel/gasohol .............$8,548.06 Fencl Oil Company, lp-boiler room .......$414.88 HD Supply Facilities Maint., lighting ....$151.87 Huber’s Store Inc., transp supplies...........$38.35 Huinker, Robert, piano tuning ................$120.00 IA Dept of Human Services, non-fed share Medicaid ........................................$26,212.13 IASBO, spring conference .....................$203.00 IASB , district meeting .............................$50.00 Iowa Communications Network, Mar network services ...............................................$335.62 Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, background cks x 3 .......................................$45.00 Iowa Testing Programs, Iowa Assessments .....................................$1,439.96 Iowa School Finance, budget wkshp ......$200.00 K & M Metal Designs, sheet metal ........$210.00 Kabel Business Services - Flex, monthly flex fees ........................................................$57.40 Kephart’s Music Center, folio x 20 ........$390.00 L&R Manufacturing, sheet metal .............$72.27 Lakeshore Learning, preschool supps ....$206.94 Wendy Leuenberger, mileage .................$106.40 Malcom Enterprises, Inc., garbage service .................................................$350.00 MARCO, printer staples ........................$179.40 Martin Bros. Distributing Co., supls ......$566.42 Midamerica Boods, library books .........$194.50

public notice Mid-America Publishing Corp, mimutes/bills/ ad ........................................................$233.48 Myers, Janice, mileage, mtg exp ..............$30.00 NAPA Auto Parts of Decorah, supplies ....$41.46 J.W. Pepper of Minneapolis, music ........$188.72 Pitney Bowes, pstge meter rent ..............$135.00 Postville CSD, Feb ICN, NA lab ............$800.72 Presto-X Company, pest control...............$31.12 Promevo, LLC, Spec Ed chromebooks....................................$3,119.00 Quill Corporation, supplies ....................$162.65 Racom Corporation, FCC license app ......$75.00 Riley’s Inc, supplies .................................$77.88 Sam’s Club, membership renewal ..........$630.00 Schilling Supply Company, supplies......$133.79 Schmitt, Brian, AD mtg exp .....................$11.21 School Bus Sales, cross arm.....................$59.09 Secretary of State, notary - Prehm............$30.00 Marv Smith Electric, flash lights batt .......$96.04 South Winneshiek, PLC conf Hoover 1/2 .......................................................$314.50 Superior Welding Supply, ind tech supplies ...............................................$427.05 TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc, wastewater sample ...................................................$42.00 Thompson Truck & Trailer, Inc, vehicle maint supplies .................................................$18.34 TigerDirect, cables/firewire-inst music ....$33.89 TVAB, bd mtg supplies ............................$16.00 West Music, insr supply/repair .................$79.54 Windstream, local phone service............$148.65 Winter, Tammy, mileage - Spec ed ...........$24.50 Total ..................................................$63,579.72 General Hand Payables DeLageLanden, copier lease ..................$699.00 Hawkeye REC, electricity ...................$4,444.67 John Deer Financial, bus shop supllies ....$34.31 NOS Communications, long distance phone ..................................................$182.78 Marv Smith Electric, re-issue pmt..........$714.23 Total ....................................................$6,074.99 TOTAL GENERAL FUND.............$69,654.71 Capital Bills for Approval A&J Associates , fee per contract......$24,245.68 Total ..................................................$24,245.68 PPEL Bills for Approval JMC Computer Service, Inc, Elem/HS Software License .............................................$2,184.90 Total ....................................................$2,184.90 Hot Lunch Fund Salvador Uribe, refund .............................$35.10 Allamakee New Beginnings, yogurt, pork .....................................................$341.12 EMS Detergent Service, detergent, etc ..$141.00 Martin Bros. Dist Co, food/supplies....$4,423.02 Pan O Gold, bread ..................................$590.00 Total ....................................................$5,530.24 Clearing Account Comedy Sportz Theatre, Student trip .....$510.00 Samuel French Inc, drama supplies........$141.85 Comedy Sportz Theatre, final payment ..$510.00 WalMart, drama supplies .........................$73.18 Beaver Creek Graphics, play/trap shirts ................................................$1,593.74 Jake Bohlken, musical supplies................$87.04 Central High School, FB dues ................$100.00 Decker Sporting Goods, supplies .............$39.50 Decorah High School, entry fees............$120.00 Hermitage Art Company, senior class ......$52.88 Hotel Fort Des Moines, State wrestling lodging .............................................$1,773.76 Hubers Store , drama supplies ..................$28.99 IGHSAU, membership .............................$50.00 Iowa HS Music Assn, large group fee ....$110.00 JM Pepper, supplies..................................$40.88 Martin Bros Dist Co, science club supplies .................................................$13.64 Neff Company, athletic supplies ............$438.51 Roger Pollock, drama supplies .................$45.53 Postville CSD, athletics..........................$108.50 Prairie Farms, science club supplies ......$327.17 Quill Corp, jr class supplies .......................$7.25 Brian Schmitt, TVAB supplies .................$19.51 Stumps, prom supplies ...........................$293.91 Sumner Fred HS, track meet fee ..............$60.00 Tams-Witmark Music Library, drama supplies ............................................$1,114.50 Total ....................................................$7,660.34

City of Calmar Special Meeting Notice May 5, 2014 Public Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Calmar, Iowa will meet at the Calmar Fire Station, on the 5th day of May, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at which time the City Council will consider the proposed Capital Improvements Plan of the City of Calmar for the fiscal years 2015-2019. The proposed Capital Improvement Plan is on file and available for inspection at the City Clerk’s Office in Calmar, Iowa. At the above time and place any interested persons may appear and file written or oral objections to the proposed Capital Improvement Plan. ATTEST Michele Elsbernd, City Clerk Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

public notice Citizens Savings Bank Notice Of Application To Establish A Bank Office April 22, 2014 Citizens Savings Bank, 101 Church Street, Spillville, IA, is submitting an application to the Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri, for authorization to establish a Bank Office at 109 N Main Street, Protivin, IA. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with the Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at its regional office located at 1100 Walnut Street, Suite 2100, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. Comments by interested parties must be received by the appropriate Regional Director not later than May 10, 2014. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file in the regional office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the non-confidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. ATTEST David J. Rhia, President and CEO Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

public notice Waukon Feed Ranch Public Notice Of Storm Water Discharge April 22, 2014 Millenium Ag plans to submit a notice of intent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to be covered under the NPDES General Permit Soil Unit. The storm water discharge will be from General No. 2 located in NW ¼ of SW ¼ Sec. 17 T100 R7W. Storm water will be discharged from 3 point sources and will be discharged to the following streams: ditch to waterway to Beaver Creek. Comments may be submitted to the Storm Water Discharge Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, lA 50319-0034. The public may review the Notice of Intent from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the above address after it has been received by the department. ATTEST Troy Peterson, Waukon Feed Ranch Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors Minutes April 7, 2014 The Board met as per adjournment, all members present. Lee Bjerke, county Engineer, met with the Board to discuss road matters. Moved by Kuhn and seconded by Ashbacher to enter into federal aid agreement HSIP-SCO96(127)-6C-96, lighting projects using safety improvement funding. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Thompson and seconded by Karlsbroten to approve $2000 for right-of-way acquisition from Tade Kerndt for the Freeport Trail project. Motion carried unanimously. Jon Lubke and Chopper Albert, IT department, met with the Board to discuss MetroNet updates and the Voice over Internet Protocol System. Moved by Karlsbroten and seconded by Kuhn to adopt resolution 14-55, for destruction of noxious weeds. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote. Resolution is on file in the county Auditor’s office and the county Weed Commissioner’s office. Moved by Kuhn and seconded by Ashbacher to accept and file the quarterly report of the county Auditor. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Ashbacher and seconded by Kuhn to accept and file the monthly report of the county Recorder. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Karlsbroten and seconded by Ashbacher to approve the minutes for the Monday, March 31, 2014 meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Andy Van Der Maaten, county Attorney, met with the Board to discuss county matters. Moved by Karlsbroten and seconded by Ashbacher to enter into well protection easement agreements with Sharon Zeisler, Marlin Hertrampt, Francis Livingood, Christopher Crawford, and Craig Livingood; for the Frankville water project. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Thompson and seconded by Kuhn to adjourn to 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014. Motion carried unanimously. ATTEST Benjamin D Steines, County Auditor John Logsdon, Chairman Board of Supervisors Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

public notice Citizens Savings Bank Notice Of Application To Establish A Bank Office April 22, 2014 Citizens Savings Bank, Spillville, IA, has submitted an application to the Superintendent of Banking, State of Iowa, for authorization to establish a bank office at 109 N Main St, Protivin, lA. The application was accepted for processing by the Superintendent of Banking on April 21, 2014. Any interested person may submit written comments concerning the application within ten days of this publication. Comments shall be addressed to: Superintendent of Banking, 200 East Grand Avenue, Suite 300, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. ATTEST David J. Riha, President and CEO Published in the Calmar Courier on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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SCHOOL LETTER JACKETS Northeast Iowa Sales Commission Waukon, Iowa | (563) 568-4501 Thursday, April 17, 2014 Fed Cattle

133 Head

High Yielding Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs


Choice Beef Steer & Heifers


Select & Choice Beef Steers & Heifers

148 & down

High Yielding Choice Holstein Steers Choice Holstein Steers

135 & down

Cull Cows

174 Head

20% sold from


60% sold from


20% sold below

80 & down

Cull Bulls

Ossian 563-532-9483 800-477-4668 NEIGHBOR from page 4

139-143.5 135-139

Select & Choice Holstein Steers


Sale Results for April 14, 2014 High Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs........... 150; 153 Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs.................... 146; 150 Select & Choice Beef Strs & Hfrs ..... 135; 146 High Choice Hlstn Strs & Hfrs.......... 137; 140 Choice Holstein Strs & Hfrs.............. 133; 137 Select & Choice Hlstn Strs & Hfrs .... 128; 133 Market Cows ....................................... 83; 100 High Dressing Market Cows ............. 100; 107 Market Bulls.................................... 116;136.5

4 Head

Most Bulls

Decorah, IA (563) 382-4203


(Thin, full, and bulls over 1 ton discounted) Calves

118 & down 55 Calves

80% of Holstein Bull Calves brought from Light and Poor Quality Calves

190-335 500-580

Feeder Cattle

691 Head

Beef Steers under 300 lbs.


Beef Steers 300 to 400 lbs.


5Beef Steers 400 to 500 lbs




# loads sold

Beef Steers 500 to 600 lbs.


2nd Crop Small Squares



Beef Steers 600 to 700 lbs


3 Crop Small Squares



Beef Steers 700 to 800 lbs


Grass Small Squares



Beef Steers over 800 lbs.

180 & down

1st Crop Big Squares




2nd Crop Big Squares




3rd Crop Big Squares



Beef Heifers 400 to 500 lbs.


Grass Big Squares



Beef Heifers 500 to 600 lbs.


1st Crop Rounds



Beef Heifers 600 to 700 lbs.


2nd Crop Rounds



Beef Heifers 700 to 800 lbs.


3rd Crop Rounds



Grass Rounds

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

April 16, 2014

75 consignors | 107 loads





New Seeding Rounds



Holstein Steers 400 to 500 lbs.


Straw Small Squares



Holstein Steers 500 to 600 lbs.


Straw Big Squares

Holstein Steers 600 to 700 lbs.


Straw Rounds

Holstein Steers 700-800 lbs


Corn Stalk Rounds

Holstein Steers 800-1000 lbs


Beef Heifers over 800 lbs.

165 & down

Holstein Steers 300 to 400 lbs.

Holstein Steers 1000 & Up


Utility up to $100

Fair $100-150







Good $150-230

1 egg 1-1/2 c. (12 ounces) sour cream 1/4 c. dry bread crumbs 1 tbsp. butter, melted In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, ham, salt and pepper. Combine the egg and sour cream; add to potato mixture and gently toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake the casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until done. Yield: 6 servings. Meat Wraps 1 (10 in.) flour tortilla 4 slices roast beef or lamb 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar/ Monterey Jack cheese blend 1/2 c. shredded lettuce 1/2 c. chopped tomato 1/4 c. chopped onion 4 black olives 2 tbsp. Italian salad dressing Place tortilla on a plate. Cover tortilla with roast beef or lamb, then cheese. Microwave for 45 seconds, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with lettuce, tomato, onion and olives. Top with 3 or 4 splashes Italian dressing. Roll up.

The Calmar city-wide spring clean-up day will be Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Let us help you clean up your property! The City of Calmar will sponsor a city-wide clean up day. This year we will have a large roll off dumpster at the city shop site. The site will be monitored by city personnel. Only items from residential homes in Calmar will be accepted. The dumpster will be removed at 1 p.m. During spring clean up the following items can be brought to the dumpster with no cost to the homeowner: Furniture and household items without limit. (Excluded TV’s, computer equipment and major appliances) Minor home remodeling debris, provided it is bagged, boxed or bundled. It can not be longer than 4 feet and can’t weigh more than 50 pounds. Paint cans containing dry paint with the lid removed. The following items can be brought to the city shop site for disposal for a fee of $20 each: Washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces, refrigerators, trash compactors, stoves, microwave ovens, freezers, humidifiers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, televisions, computer monitors, computers, printers. (Questions about other items, please call) The city will also pick up items for people unable to haul these items to the city shop, we will pick them up at the curb of your residence. To have these items picked up call the city clerk at 562-3154 to make arrangements. The following items will not be accepted at all: vehicle tires, hazardous waste materials such as liquid paint, solvents, pesticides or herbicides. The City of Calmar reserves the right to reject any items brought to the site for disposal.

Lamb, Ginger and Broccoli Stir-Fry Cooking spray Lean lamb, all visible fat removed, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced Ginger root, peeled, finely sliced 6 spring onions, shredded 3 tbsp. sweet chili sauce 1 tbsp. tomato ketchup 3 tbsp. light soy sauce A pinch of dried red chili flakes 1 red pepper, deseeded, cut into very thin strips Broccoli Spray a non-stick wok or large frying pan with cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the lamb, in batches, and stir-fry

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for 3 minutes. Remove the lamb with a slotted spoon, set aside and keep warm. Add the garlic, ginger and spring onions and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the sweet chili sauce, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, chili flakes and a little water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper and broccoli to the sauce and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes then return the lamb to the wok and cook for another 2-3 minutes to heat through before serving. Till next time‌ some words to ponder from the “Family Circus Cartoonâ€? on Sunday, April 13, 2014. “Grandma says this is where our religion begins—when we come out of church.â€?

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Iowa State University crop notes for April 15 and area events WEATHER Soil Temperature at 4 inches Yesterday’s average daily soil temperature at 4 inches was 38°F, but a warm-up is on the way, expecting above normal temperatures most of next week. CORN Recommended Plant Population On average, maximum grain yields in Iowa occur between 34,500 and 37,000 plants per acre (ppa), although there is significant variation across locations and years. This population range is 2,000-3,000 ppa greater than what was found in plant population research 5 to 10 years ago. However, when does the yield responsiveness to increased seeding rates plateau or stop? If we consider net return, we arrive at this point once increased seeding rates no longer cover the additional seed cost. On average, the best net returns occur with plant populations at harvest between 30,000 and 35,000 ppa. Not every seed that is planted develops into a plant. Our recorded losses from seeding to plant survival range from 4 to 7%. So, on average, increasing seeding rates by 5% will insure that the proper plant population is achieved. We recognize that plant survival depends on many factors and may vary from field to field. Seed Survival & Influence on Seeding Rate A recent summary of research over the last 5 years from the University of Wisconsin commented on what percent you should increase corn seeding rates to obtain a desired population. The complete article is at: http://wisccorn. html Their recommendation used to be to increase seeding rates 8 to 9%, and is now 5 to 8%, compared to Iowa’s recommendations of 4 to 7%. For organic corn production where no seed treatments are used, their recommendation is 18%. Of course, there are numerous exceptions due to seed quality, planting date, tillage system and hybrid. Anhydrous Ammonia & Corn Planting If you want to plant corn soon after spring anhydrous (NH3) applications, apply the anhydrous deep enough. The following is a summary of research results from the University of Illinois examining this issue. Corn was planted at a depth of 2 inches on a silt loam soil on top of NH3 injection bands. There were three NH3 injection depths (4, 7 and 10 inches), three dates of planting (0, 1 and 2 weeks after NH3 application), and two N application rates (100 and 200 lb N/a). There was also a control treatment where no NH3 was applied. The 100 lb

n/a rate showed no reduction in stand compared to the control 27 days after planting for any injection depth or date of planting. The 200 lb N/a rate showed significant stand reduction at a 4-inch NH3 injection depth, but no stand reduction at the deeper depths when planted the day of NH3 injection. Plant height was slightly stunted 41 days after planting when 100 lb N/a was injected the same day as planting at a 4- or 7-inch depth; if injected at 10 inches there was no stunting apparent. While the 200 lb N/a showed severe, slight, and no stunting for the 4, 7, and 10 inch NH3 injection depths, respectively. Overall, depth of NH3 injection was more important in reducing injury than was the amount of time between NH3 application and planting. To prevent or minimize injury when planting corn a few hours after NH3 application: (1) Inject NH3 at least 7 inches deep and perhaps as deep as 10 inches if possible. (2) Do not plant the corn row directly on top of the injection bands. If possible, apply NH3 at an angle relative to the corn rows. (3) Ensure that the soil closes behind the knife openings to limit N loss and movement upwards towards the seed. NITROGEN FERTILIZER Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate & Maximum Economic Return to Corn ISU Extension has an excellent research database (and continues to add to it) to calculate the Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) for corn production. Go to the website and select crop rotation, nitrogen price and source of nitrogen for a rate recommendation soilfertility/nrate.aspx If you have some spare time and are curious about this research and supporting information, it is available in a 28 page publication at: https://store. Concepts-and-Rationale-for-Regional-Nitrogen-Rate-Guidelinesfor-Corn My point being that there is a lot of research supporting these recommendations with more production data added every year. INSECTS Alfalfa Weevil The degree day (DD) development of this pest is progressing at about average even though we have had a very cold winter. Degree day tabulation starts on Jan. 1 with a base temperature of 48 degrees. So colder winter or not, unless a “warm” winter has temperatures above 48 degrees it doesn’t change the calculations very much. The mapping of DD days base 48 can be followed at: data/summary/gdd48_jan1.png Once the region reaches about 250

DD, it is time to scout for larva presence in alfalfa fields This pest is often not much of a problem, but with insect development running close to the long-term average, and alfalfa development running behind normal, this may be a spring where insect pressure becomes a problem before we are ready to harvest first crop. Then again, the cold winter may have significantly reduced this pest’s overwintering population. Armyworm Maybe next year Iowa will also monitor Armyworm traps, but at this time we look to Illinois to get an idea of Armyworm migration from south to north. The University of Illinois maintains a trapping website at: pipe/?c=entry&a=view&id=92 Probably the greatest importance to northeast Iowa on monitoring for Armyworm is the increased use of winter small grain cover crops. Most Armyworm migrate into Iowa in April. The moths prefer dense vegetation for egg laying such as grass pastures, weedy fields, and winter small grain cover crops. They are an easy insect to scout for and to kill if necessary, but should be included in everyones crop scouting program to achieve timely control if necessary. The University of Illinois website includes a Fact Sheet on Armyworm at the bottom of their page. Bean Leaf Beetle The pest is not expected to be a problem this spring. Colder winters cause high mortality of the overwintering beetles. This winter was one of the hardest ever on this pest. A detailed explanation was posted in a recent ICM News article at: http:// w w w. e x t e n s i o n . i a s t a t e . e d u / CropNews/2014/0409hodgson. htm. Black Cutworm ISU Extension staff, Ag Providers and Farmers are monitoring a 100-trap network across the state for Black Cutworm migration into Iowa. Once significant flights migrate into the state, we will start tracking degree days to predict when to scout corn for the pest. The migration monitoring website is at: pipe/?c=entry&a=view&id=88. There are no significant flights at this time. Corn Flea Beetle This is an infrequent pest problem in field corn, but more critical for those producing seed corn or sweet corn. The main concern is that the beetle may be a carrier of a bacterial disease called Stewart’s Wilt. The bacterium survives the winter in the gut of hi-

bernating Corn flea beetles. Mild winters allow for greater survival of the beetle. In the spring, adult flea beetles transmit the bacterium while feeding on corn. The bacteria are unable to spread from plant to plant without the beetle. An Iowa State Model predicting the prevalence (whether or not Stewart’s disease occurs) of Stewart’s disease considers the mean monthly air temperatures for December, January and February. If they are each above 24 F, we could be in for significant problems with this pest. Our 2013-2014 cold winter had mean monthly temperatures in northeast Iowa for December, January and February of 14 F, 8 F and 9 F, respectively. Therefore, the it is a low risk for Stewart’s disease to occur in northeast Iowa in 2014. Corn Rootworm The 2013 ISU research trial summaries on corn rootworm and other soil insects was recently posted at the ISU Corn Rootworm website at: http://www.ent.iastate. edu/dept/faculty/gassmann/rootworm. The report is on the far right side of the page along with other reports going back to 2005. COVER CROPS Termination in Spring The following is a link to a webcast sponsored through the American Society of Agronomy regarding “Cover Crop Management and Termination”. The video is available to view through May 4 before it is taken off line. https:// videos/play/certified/education/ cover-crops-management-andterm.flv. It provides tips on best herbicides for various cover crops like winter rye, hairy vetch, annual ryegrass and others. LAWNS Crabgrass Control Crabgrass is an annual, warmseason grass common in many lawns. Germination of crabgrass seeds usually begins about midApril in southern Iowa, early May in northern parts of the state. Germination begins when soil temperatures reach 55 to 60 degrees F. Crabgrass seeds continue to germinate over several weeks from spring into summer. The best way to prevent crabgrass infestations in lawns is to maintain a thick, healthy lawn through proper mowing, watering and fertilization. Crabgrass has a difficult time germinating and surviving in thick turf. Lawns with crabgrass infestations can use pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides to help control the problem. The key to success with a preemergence herbicide application is timing. Preemergence herbicides must be applied before the

crabgrass seeds germinate. If the material is applied too early, crabgrass seeds that germinate late in the season will not be controlled. If applied too late, some crabgrass will have already germinated. Preemergence herbicides should normally be applied in early to midApril in southern Iowa, mid-April to May 1 in central Iowa, and late April to early May in northern areas of the state. Using natural sequences in nature, the preemergence herbicide should be applied when the Eastern redbud trees are blooming. Crabgrass seed germination typically begins after full bloom of redbud trees. An “organic” control option for a preemergence herbicide is to apply corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal is a byproduct of the corn wet-milling process. It inhibits the root formation of most germinating plants. If it does not rain within 5 days of application, water it with approximately ¼ inch of water. It will usually work for about 5 to 6 weeks following germination. Rates are generally 20 lbs product per 1000 ft2. This also provides about 1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 ft. If preemergence strategies fail, crabgrass can also be controlled with postemergence herbicides. Postemergence herbicides are effective when applied to small, actively growing plants within the 3 to 5 leaf stage of development. Postemergence herbicides are not effective against large, well established crabgrass plants. EVENTS June 4-6: World Pork Expo, Des Moines Hosted at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Expo website is: June 11-12: 4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Dubuque Hosted at the Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. The conference website is: http://wiagribusiness. org/fourstate.php June 19: Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairies (STRIPs), Elkader Details to be provided in a later Crop Notes. June 19: Cover Crops, Rowley Details to be provided in a later Crop Notes. June 24: ISU Northeast Research Farm Field Day, Nashua Details to be provided in a later Crop Notes. June 25-26: Hay & Forage Expo, Boone Hay Expo website is: http:// June 26: Weed Science Field Day, Nashua



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FOR RENT Two bedroom home located at 208 E North Street in Calmar. Appliances furnished. NP NS. Call 563419-3763 or 563-534-7701. tfn Spillville Senior Housing: 1 bdrm apt—available 5/1; convenient location, garage available; For information call: 563.562.3691 tfn

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Accepting bids until May 16 Clayton County Business For Sale Metal Manufacturing/Good Reputation Price $350K; On May 19, owner will choose the best proposal that meets minimum seller requirements Offered by: Lingate Financial Group More Information:


CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES ST. WENCESLAUS PARISH ANNUAL GARAGE SALE Saturday, April 26, 2014 7 a.m —2 p.m. St. Wenceslaus School Gym (Chihak Hall) Spillville



118 E Main St (lower level of South Winn Insurance, use alley entrances). Thursday 5—7 p.m., Friday 3—7 p.m. China hutch, entertainment center, twin mattress & box springs, upper kitchen cabinets, apartment size stove, wall and household décor, kitchen items, canister set, JJ Cole Diaper bag, men’s & women’s Harley Davidson clothing & jackets, men’s size 11 puma golf shoes, size 2-8 formal/prom dresses, infant-toddler boys clothing, men’s, women’s & young women’s clothing & shoes, many miscellaneous items. 17p Roll top desk, dresser drawer with book shelf top, vanity with corian top and sink, couch, recliner, swivel rocker, desk chair, wooden frame for twin bed, laundry cart with wheels, exercise equipment, 4’ fluorescent lights, little Sears cut-off saw, saw horses, garbage cans, lawn sprayer, dog feeder, bike trailer, child’s rocking horse, hundreds of matchbox cars, Little Tyke’s playset, lots of toys, infants, girls, boys and adult clothing. Lots of miscellaneous items. Friday 12—7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Gerald Langreck residence- 2403 Hwy 24, Calmar. Phone # 563-3791315 or 563-419-3631. 17p Multifamily Garage Sale 401 W Main St- Baby/Girls Infant-4T clothes (lots of Carters brand), shoes, toys, blankets, bibs, etc. Juniors and Women’s clothes XS-L shirts/sweaters, sweatshirts, dresses, dress pants, jeans, shoes, Columbia Coats, scarves, purses and other miscellaneous items. Women’s maternity shirts. Men’s L-XL clothes. Men’s golf clubs. Ariens 24” snowblowerlike NEW. Miscellaneous décor and household items. Thursday 3:30—7 p.m.; Friday 7—11 a.m. & 5—7 p.m.; Saturday 8—11 a.m. 17p 301 Hancock St., Calmar- Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 4-piece wicker patio set, 7ft Christmas tree, large place setting of dishes, doll collection, black shelf mirror….. and much more 17p

Saturday, April 26 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Wellington Place 2479 River Road (Freeport area)

Saturday, April 26 9 a.m.—4 p.m.

5 Luncheon:

✓Court Yard Fencing

✓Deck Lok System

✓Ranch Fence

✓Royal Decking

✓Westbury Railing



Sloppy joe, potato salad, bar & beverage Proceeds will be used to buy new furniture for the Activity Room. Supplemental funds have been applied through Thrivent Financial

✓Recycled Patio Furniture

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FOR SALE Turkey Valley is selling a 1982 house (currently the head custodian’s house) including attached garage. Turkey Valley will accept sealed bids until Thursday, May 8, 2014 @ 12:00 PM (noon). Bids can be sent to Turkey Valley School, 3219 State Hwy 24, Jackson Junction, IA 52171 or hand delivered to the superintendent’s office at Turkey Valley. Call Turkey Valley Community School @ 563-776-6011 with questions. Turkey Valley reserves the right to refuse any and all bids. thru18d

A Very Special Thank You! We would like to thank all of the area businesses, community and church groups and parents who so generously donated to our post prom event. Your gifts of cash, merchandise, gift certificates and time provided our students withh a fun, memorable and safe evening. The generosity of our community is unsurpassed.

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The family of Norbert Hackman wishes to invite relatives and friends to an Open House in honor of Norb’s 80th Birthday on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Festina Parish Hall, Festina, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Norbert requests no gifts please. His birthday is April 28. If you are unable to attend and wish to send a birthday card, you may send it to: PO Box 206, Fort Atkinson, Iowa 52144.

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Bridget Sandra Meyer arrived March 30, 2014 at 3:45 a.m. She weighed 5 lbs, 13 oz and was 18 inches long. Parents are Chris Meyer and Anntonette Solheim. She joins a sister Savannah. Grandparents are James and Janice Meyer, Fort Atkinson; Bruce and Sue Anderson, Decorah; Randy and Leilani Strempke, Sumner. Great-Grandparents are Elvin Anderson, Castalia; Janet Givens, Sumner; Magdalen Wieling, New Hampton.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Senior thesis art exhibition:

Upper Iowa University senior art major, Daphne Barness, of Ossian, is part of a gallery showing which opened April 14. A reception will be held on April 24 at the Bing Davis Gallery on the Upper Iowa campus in Fayette from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Artist Talks at 4 p.m. More about Daphne will be in next week's issue. (Photo by Joyce Meyer)

EllieRose is a first grader at CFS and has been growing her hair out since she was born. She was a little nervous to cut her hair for the first time but excited that another first grader may be able to enjoy her dark red hair. EllieRose is the daughter of Leah Knutson and Joe Knutson; granddaughter of Roger and Lori Shatek of Spillville and Denny and Jo Knutson of Jerico. Thank you to Tim Weiand of Today's Headlines for cutting her hair. EllieRose Knutson, 7, of Spillville recently made a 10-inch donation to Locks of Love. (Submitted Photo)

B.A.S.I.C Training Easter Extravaganza

Locks of Love donation

Above: Several children of all ages gathered with their parents to partake in the B.A.S.I.C. Training's Easter Extravaganza at the For t Atkinson Community Center. Right: Searching in numbers makes easy work. (Photos by Leah Kruse) Below: Children run and search for eggs in the Fort Atkinson Community Park during the B.A.S.I.C. Training Easter Extravaganza event. (Photo by Leah Kruse)


S’more. Beat the heat this summer with some cool, refreshing credits at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Learn s’more during any of these convenient sessions: • May 19 - August 13 • May 19 - June 4 • June 9 - July 11 • July 14 - August 13 There’s plenty of courses to choose from and credits transfer easily... leaving s’more time for summer fun! Search courses and apply online today!

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