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The Wright County


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145th year Number 18

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Official newspaper of Wright County

“Hats Off to Spring”: Ladies Night Out Set for May 8 Thursday, May 8, grab a hat and head uptown for Ladies Night Out! Stores will be open until 7 p.m., with home-based businesses at the Depot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to wear conspicuous headwear for the theme “Hats Off to Spring.” To celebrate, Lifetouch will be taking photos at its studio, and Studio Portraits will be at the Depot and taking informal shots throughout Main Street. Photos taken by the studios will be put on Facebook, where the two participants receiving the most ‘likes’ during following week will be given gift baskets. A third gift basket will be awarded in a drawing Thursday night at the Depot from stamped participation sheets. Collectively, the gift baskets are valued at $500. Among local businesses’ promotions: Wright Eyes is holding a trunk show, with discounts. Dr. Gildner is offering hat-wearing customers 15% off lenses and frames. Larry Guth encouraged the wearing of “old time hats, new hats, something fun!” citing

precedent in last winter’s ugly sweater contest. Appearances will be showing off its new spring line of cosmetics, including new make-up and sprayon tanning. “The tans look really natural now!” Kathleen Watts enthused. “They don’t look orange!” Main Street Style and Tanning will be offering products up to 40% off. Envy will be offering free massages and a 30% discount to women with hats, and a 15% discount to those without one – though Donna Perrett of the salon argued that the salon’s haircuts are “so good you don’t need a hat!” For more information, see the Ladies Night Out page in this week’s Monitor!

Hagie Manufacturing to hold 4th Annual Health and Safety Fair Hagie Manufacturing Company will hold its 4th Annual Health and Safety Fair on Wednesday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Over 40 exhibitors will display their health and safety-related products/services in an effort to create awareness, provide information, and showcase valuable

resources available within our community. The fair will be held in Hagie’s West Campus showroom (formerly EDS) at 200 8th St. NW, Clarion, Iowa - please follow the signs for parking and entrance to the building. The event is free and open to the public!

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Clarion Celebrates Retiring Police Chief By Travis Fischer After more than thirty years of service to his community, Police Chief Steve Hennigar retired on Friday, April 25.

Police Chief Steve Hennigar Although Hennigar tried to quietly sneak out without much fanfare, his wife and staff wouldn’t hear of it. Hennigar’s last day was celebrated with a party in his honor on Friday as friends and colleagues came to congratulate and reminisce with the retiring peace officer. “It was nice to see the community come out like that,” said Hennigar. A life long resident of Clarion, Hennigar’s love of law enforcement was developed as a child. Along with a positive relationship with Police Chief Doug Dean, Hennigar was influenced by his police officer neighbor, Cliff Downing. Initially working for several years as a mechanic, Hennigar jumped at the opportunity to join the police department when a position opened in 1981. After

ten weeks at the academy, Hennigar became a patrolman and started his climb up the ranks, eventually becoming police chief in 1993 following the retirement of his predecessor, Bob Shaw. His first year as chief was an eventful one. Not only did Hennigar have to perform double duty as the ambulance director, he had to organize law enforcement for the city as it hosted thousands of RAGBRAI riders overnight. “I got initiated pretty quickly,” said Hennigar. “That was quite an event.” From managing crowd control for visiting bicyclists to working with dogs to cut down on drug activity, Hennigar has enjoyed his experience with the wide spectrum of police work over the years. Especially working out the puzzle of crime scene investigation. “I enjoy the investigation part of law enforcement,” said Hennigar. “Of course when I became chief I didn’t get to do as much investigation work, but I liked to do it when I could.” Hennigar has seen many changes over the years in law enforcement. When he started the job, a radio was the pinnacle of police technology. Since then computers have taken over and record keeping requirements have grown with the technology to keep them. “There’s a lot more paperwork than there used to be,” said Hennigar. “I thought it was bad when I started.” The decision to retire was a simple one for Hennigar. With his wife also retiring from her home daycare business and his IPERS benefits maxed out, Hennigar and his wife decided it was time to enjoy

Retiring Police Chief Steve Hennigar (right) will pass on his position to officer Steve Terhark. the freedom of retirement. “We just decided we could go camping or on a motorcycle ride,” said Hennigar. “We’re planning on doing more of that.” Along with the puzzles of police work, Hennigar will miss the people he’s worked with over the years. Not just among his own staff, but the community and government as well. “I’ve had a good run because we’ve had excellent council and mayors in the past,” said Hennigar. “They are very supportive of the police, the ambulance, and fire departments.” Hennigar will be succeeded by Steve Terhark, a twenty year veteran of the police department., and is confident he will do well in his new role. “The people know him and he’s

well liked,” said Hennigar. “He’ll treat people fairly and that’s what I’ve always told my officers. Treat people the way you would like to be treated.” Although he has no specific plans for his retirement beyond enjoying an excess of free time, Hennigar is committed to staying in the community. He will miss the people and the police work, but is satisfied with the way his career unfolded. “It’s been a wonderful thirtythree years and I wouldn’t change jobs for anything,” said Hennigar. “We have a great bunch of officers and that makes it really easy for me to step down and retire because I know they’ll keep the county safe.”

Author Julia Cook Shares Creative Process Supervisors Approve Drainage District 33 with Clarion-Goldfield Elementary Improvements, New Motor Grader By Matt Voigts Children’s author Julia Cook spoke to all students at ClarionGoldfield Elementary School during her visit April 22, with special encouragement for “kids who are verbs” – the active kind. As a kid herself, Cook didn’t like to read –she once invented stories to make book reports on rather than review published literature. She is presently the author of 63 children’s books, with eight more coming. Most run 32 pages and are written in the voice of children or objects, often offering gently instructional advice on difficult topics like tattling, bullying, cliques, and divorce. “I write to get better,” she noted of her prolific output. “If I write a book that’s not as good as the ones I’ve written, then it’s time to stop.” “I have 20 of her books,” said Sarah Kakacek, CG elementary school guidance counselor. “When she was a guidance counselor herself, she was looking for resources that weren’t there. A lot of her books bring up those issues in a nonthreatening way. Kids are hooked on them.” Cook was invited to CG Elementary after Kakacek and several parents in the Teacher and Parents group (TAP) heard her speak at education conferences. TAP raised funds to support Cook’s visit from its own members, First State Bank, Town & Country Insurance, and the CG school district. A Wright County Charitable Foundation grant gave the group $1,000 to purchase her books. The author met with elementary school students throughout the day and their parents in the evening. In the morning, she read her poetic

Cook introduces her dogs, Jake and Angus, to CG second grader Paige Brooks. text in rapid-fire delivery. In the afternoon, she discussed the writing process with the young readers. Students listened when she spoke, and eagerly raised their hands when she called for questions. “Love and acceptance for some/ until it’s for all, our work’s not done” she read to the students from her work-in-progress, “I’m Your Flag, Please Treat Me Right.” Discussing the creative process, Cook said she chose the topic because she thought the flag was an important topic and fit with her writing style, noting she had encouraged proper treatment of a much less glamorous topic in her first book, “I’m a Booger, Treat Me with Respect.” She told of changing a line about not flying the flag upside down because an upsidedown flag is used to signify distress, a fact which she discovered during her “lengthy research period.” The

books themselves take “a couple of days to write” and a few minutes to read. When publishing with Scholastic, a book typically takes three years from idea to shelf. Cook also noted that she insists on reading her text to potential illustrators before they read it themselves. “I don’t want anybody reading my stories [to my illustrator] except me,” she said, encouraging kids to take authorial ownership. “You know how your characters sound and don’t sound – they’re your characters.” Cook concluded by showing her dogs, Jake and Angus, which she takes with her on her travels. She encouraged the kids to approach daily tasks – whether writing or chores – in terms of “get to” rather than “have to.” “You get to do it,” she said. “Take an order and turn it into an opportunity!”

By Matt Voigts At their April 28 meeting, the Wright County Supervisors approved a bid letting for new tile construction in Drainage District 33 in Lincoln Township, southeast of Clarion. Keith Hubbard of McClure Engineering presented an assessment of the current tile, installed in 1908, that showed “portions in poor condition” and a history of several repairs over the last 13 years. The line is 5,321 feet, serves 494 acres, and currently drains at a quarterinch co-efficient, meaning it drains a quarter-inch of water per acre in a 24-hour period. The Supervisors approved the construction of a line with a 1” coefficient at a cost of $254,692, or around $70 per acre per year for ten years. They declined an alternate presented plan, for a line with a onehalf inch co-efficient at a cost of $238,346. Of four present interested members of the public, three spoke in favor of the improvements. The Supervisors had received one letter of objection. Hubbard encouraged farmers with land in the district to promptly get wetland assessments through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Bid letting for the project is scheduled for the Supervisors’ May 27 meeting at 10:00 a.m. In other business, Shari Plagge, Wright County Assessor, noted that Monday, May 5, is the final day to request reviews of assessments, which may be done by 4:00 in person, or in writing by 11:59 p.m post-marked or faxed. Informal reviews must be agreed upon by Friday, May 2. The Supervisors also: - Approved an equipment purchase presented by Adam Clemons, Wright County Engineer, of a 12M2 all-wheel drive motor grader from Caterpillar for $236,000. Clemons favorably cited the vehicle’s overall reliability, joystick control, and high-resale value,



noting that the County will be re-selling a Caterpiller 140G at $63,000 that they purchased in 1994 for $216,000. Wright County maintains a fleet of 12 motor graders, which are used for general maintenance and snow removal. The new grader will be purchased in August. Approved revised crop damage payments from last summer’s construction for Drainage District #176-31, along Highway 3 east of Clarion. Hubbard reported that a surveyor was sent out to re-adjust, resulting in two more acres being assessed for damages, bringing the total payments up to $27,000. Approved two joint drainage agreements with Franklin County, who has the controlling interest in both. For 4 - 11B, Franklin will pay $11,945 and Wright will pay $1,725. For 85 – 228 Main, Franklin will pay $3,863 and Wright will pay $2,636.


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Despite reservations by all present, the Supervisors agreed that a payment of $774 to Planscape Partners would go forward. The bill was for five hours’ work plus travel expenses reviewing Ryken Engineering’s zoning plans for the Wright County transit shed, and previously had been discussed at the Supervisors’ April 14 meeting. “Some towns have staff who can review [plans],” noted Brad Hicks, Wright County Economic Development Director. “The ones that don’t hire someone from the outside.” Accepted the quarterly revenue report presented by Betty Ellis, Auditor. Noted that Gov. Branstad had approved latitude for counties to decide for themselves whether to keep offices open on the Saturday before Memorial Day, which Ellis said has usually been a low-traffic day for Wright County’s courthouse.

Peer Helper Holds Can Drive to Support Service Trip Clarion-Goldfield Middle School’s Peer Helper will be holding a can drive on Thursday, May 15, to support 8th grade Peer Helper’s service trip to Minneapolis. The trip will take place June 9 and 10. On June 9, the students will package meals at Feed My Starving Children, serve meals to the homeless and work with families living on-site at Mary’s Sharing and Caring Hands, and do further work at the Salvation Army. On June 10, the students will meet up with other

Peer Helpers from C-GMS and go to Valleyfair amusement park. If you have cans to donate, please call the Clarion Goldfield Middle School at 532-2412 and leave your address to have them picked up. You may also bring bagged cans to the middle school office. Pickup will take place on May 15 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

”Thank you for helping our kids!”

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Autism Awareness Month: Education which is communicated through a combination of words, images of her teachers, and cards she carries with her. Zoe also uses a tablet computer to hear “social stories,” simple animations with narration recorded by Lori that discuss class, school, and what she can do there. Lori wrote the poem below to help other teachers who work with Zoe, and decided to also share it with the Monitor. “It’s based on what I perceive, and what I’ve learned working with her,” Lori said.

Through the Eyes of Zoe by: Lori Swanson I’ll tell you my world is a puzzle. The pieces scrambled a bit. From the words of my teacher, to help make the pieces fit.

I will communicate my best. You may not understand my chatter, but don’t stop talking to me. My words do matter.

I may repeat your questions, or not answer you right away. Just say my name and I will try to listen. This will surely help me with my day. I am a visually oriented person, so pictures will help me learn. Give me a structured schedule. It’s routine that I so yearn. A sudden change in my routine, might be very hard for me. Give me a social story to work through, and I will definitely show you glee. Social stories don’t just help me with my routine, They prepare me for all situations in the day. Like preparing me for PE or church, probably situations that cause me dismay.

I may chatter about things from my past, happy memories I’m thinking about. Be patient and redirect me. I’ll listen when I’m ready, please have no doubt. Don’t give up on me, and build on what I can do, Counting to ten helps me relax when I get stressed, especially when attempting something new. I will show you my feelings, sometimes with a whine or cry. It’s what I know, I’m so sorry, but keep your expectations high.

You might think I’m not putting forth effort some days, and I don’t try to upset you. Some days are better than others for me, and it’s something I always have to work through. Engage me with music and word cards. Don’t ever stop trying to make me learn. I will teach you about my life. I’ll forgive you if you’re stern. Tools that help me work quickly, and independently, too. Assistive technology will help improve my life. Modify for me, and I’ll thank you!

I am a person that can teach you. I won’t give you an exam... My autism is a part of me, but not all of who I am! I am definitely unique. And this is my teacher’s insight of how I live. Yes, I think so differently, but I have so much to give.

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Please bring your favorite beverage, snack and a friend! 5 p.m. Girls Track at Mason City Wednesday, May 7 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 4th Annual Hagie Health and Safety Fair. 4 to 5 p.m. Golden Apple Open House at High School 7 to 9 p.m. Clarion Cross-Culture Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation, will offer FREE English and/or computer classes to our surrounding area residents. Hosted at the United Presbyterian Church and taught by Tamara and Robert EnTin. For more complete information, contact the EnTins at 1-515-293-0928 or 1-515293-0927. Thursday, May 8 8:15 a.m. 4th grade Field Trip to Humboldt 8:40 a.m. 5th grade Field Trip to Eagle Groev Environmental Ag Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masterson Personnell Job Fair at the Depot, 302 S. Main 7:30 p.m. High School Concert 4 to 7 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Downtown Clarion. Friday, May 9 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wright On Toastmasters Meeting in the Board Room at Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion. 5 p.m. Boys Track at Osage Saturday, May 10 State Large Group Music and Vocal Contest at Pocahontas * To have your event added to the calendar call 515-532-2871 or email

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Thursday, May 1 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masterson Personnell Job Fair at the Depot, 302 S. Main 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 2nd – 3rd grade musical concert 5 p.m. Boys Track at Roland-Story Friday, May 2 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wright On Toastmasters Meeting in the Board Room at Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion. 4:30 p.m. Boys Track at South Hardin 4:30 p.m. Girls Golf at Eagle Grove 4:30 p.m. Boys Golf vs. Eagle Grove 5 p.m. Girls Track at Ballard Saturday, May 3 8 a.m. Boys Golf at West Hancock Tournament 8 a.m. Girls Golf at Bishop Garrigan Tournament 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FFA Chapter Meeting at Lake Cornelia Saturday, May 3 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drink for Pink Vendor Show at the Depot. 12 vendors will be on hand at the Clarion Depot. Raffle tickets will be sold all day and drawn around 130. Need not be present to win. Art U Creative will also be holding a painting class at their Main Street location. Class will begin at 1pm. $35.00 per person (all supplies included) Call 515-602-6446 or email to sign up. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Drink for Pink! For more information, contact Chappy’s on Main.   Tuesday, May 6 1 to 6 p.m. Blood Drive at United Presbyterian Church of Clarion, 219 1st St. NW 4:30 p.m. Boys Golf vs. HamptonDumont and Bishop Garrigan 4:30 p.m. Girls Golf at Bishop Garrigan 4:30 to 7 p.m. Live Your Legend at Spinning Wheels. Contact Teresa

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April was Autism Awareness Month. According to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, 1 in 68 children nationally are born with the condition. Two current students at Clarion-Goldfield Middle School are diagnosed with the condition. Lori Swanson, special education teacher at CG MS, notes that autism’s symptoms manifest across a spectrum, and what works well for one student may not work for another. One of her autistic students, Zoe, learns best when she is presented with a clear schedule (pictured),

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Nancy’s Notes

The report module on our circulation system was recently revamped. While I was trying to figure out how to run different reports I found one that may be of interest to you. Here are the top 25 books checked out at our library since last July: The Husband’s Secret, The Highway, Accused, The Heist, Winners, Takedown Twenty, Deadline, Big Girl Panties, The First Phone Call From Heaven, Robert B Parker’s Wonderland, A Tap on the Window, Lethal, Necessary Lies, Hotshot, The Outcasts, Declan’s Cross, Gone, Thankless in Death, The English Girl, Mistress, Standup Guy, Whiskey Beach, and Sycamore Road. If you are at a loss for a title to read this list may help you out. Audio books have increased in popularity over the past years. They are very popular with travelers and those who want to read and get their work done at the same time. Linda

recently put in a big order to expand our collection. The following may be of interest to you: The Husband’s Secret, I’ve Got You Under my Skin, Insurgent, Forget Me not, Return to Sullivans Island, Fatally Flaky, We are Water, Starry Night, Missing You, Power Play, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Christmas in Bliss, Be Careful What You Wish For, The other Story, Life After Life, Moving Target, Her last Breath, Keep Quiet, The Target, Allegiant, and Divergent. If you want free downloads for ebooks, just stop in and we’ll tell you what you need to sign up. We also have a site for free audios, magazines and music downloads. Stop in and see us for these or our other services: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Letter to the Editor Good morning, I am going to take a few minutes to tell my fellow Democrats that you can be proud to be called liberal. We, and our president, Barack Obama, must remind the people of Wright County the things that have changed for the better! 1. Farm land prices at an all time high - $10,000 per acre 2. Farm income at an all time high! 3. Dow – 2008 - $8,000 now over $16,000 4. Obama stimulus money for new airport hangar. 5. Highway 3 improvements, including new sidewalks, (Thanks to Sen. Harkins disability act.) 6. 2 new banks in Clarion. 7. Business expansion at several companies, including Hagie Mfg., Sports Graphics, Hanson and Son’s Tire, Mussman Snow Shovel Mfg., Drain Tile Co. in Eagle Grove, Trucking Co. expanding. Plus others expanding their work force.

8. New library in Clarion and Rowan. 9. New buildings and combining our hospitals into one. (Iowa Specialty Hospital) I could list other things but I will stop here. And tell you that I am proud to be a Democrat. We have elected people to office before and we will do it again! Please come to the Democrat County Convention on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. a the Clarion Pizza Ranch. We will introduce you to Nancy Huisinga, Democrat candidate for State Rep. We will also be electing new leadership, discuss our party platform, and other business. Thank You, I am Jimmie Johnson of Clarion, Iowa P.S. Most Republicans call me a liberal, like it is a vile swear word. But the man I admire most, (the true liberal) rode a donkey, not an elephant! J.J., a proud liberal Democrat.

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threshold for first magnitude stars, but to the casual observer, they make a wonderful pair. This is the only place in the sky where there are two bright stars close together. Next in the zodiac parade will be the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo (the Lion). It will be high in the western sky during May evenings. Regulus will be followed by the bright reddish planet Mars that in will be followed closely by the bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo (the Maiden). You can find Spica by extending the curve or arc of the Big Dipper’s handle, first to bright Arcturus in the constellation Bootes (the Herdsman) and then on to Spica. Notice how far Mars is westward of Spica. They were very close at the start of April when Mars started its retrograde or western motion. Mars will be nearly motionless during May before it restarts its regular eastward motion. It will again pass close by Spica in July. Mars and Spica will be followed by Saturn, which will be unmistakable as the only bright “star” in the eastern evening sky. The final member of the zodiac parade will be the bright star Antares in the constellation Scorpius (the Scorpion). It will rise in the southeastern sky at about 11:30 as May begins and about when it is getting dark at the end of the month. Although not a part of the evening zodiacal parade, brilliant Venus will be unmistakable in the eastern sky before dawn. Highlights: May 3 - The Moon will be below very bright Jupiter. Above Jupiter Rises

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look for the bright twin stars Pollux (on the left) and Castor (on the right) in the constellation Gemini (the Twins). On the 4th, the Moon will have moved in its orbit and will be to the left of Jupiter and to the lower left of Castor and Pollux, and to the upper right of Procyon, the brightest star in the constellation the Little Dog (Canis Minor). May 7 - The Moon will close below Regulus, the bright star that represents the heart of Leo (the Lion). May 10 - Celebrate National Astronomy Day with a star party at the Hoover Middle School Observatory, 630 Hillcrest Rd, Waterloo. Activities begin at 7:00 p.m. with observing at 9:00 p.m. The Moon will close to the right of Mars. May 11 - The Moon will be to the upper right of Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo (the Maiden), and farther to the lower left of Mars. May 13 - The Moon will be to the upper right of Saturn in the eastern sky during the early evening. On the 14th the Moon will have moved and will be to the lower left of Saturn. May 24 a.m. - There may (or may not) be a new, short but intense, meteor shower at about 2:00 CDT (plus or minus a half hour). If it happens, the meteors will seem to have originated from a point low in the northern sky, but they will be seen all over the sky. May 25 a.m. - The crescent Moon will be spectacularly close above Venus. Look about an hour before sunrise.


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By David Voigts May will be a very interesting month with much to enjoy in the night sky. Although the Sun will be setting later, the nights should finally be warmer, which will make for more enjoyable observing. During the evening this month there will be a parade of four bright planets and five bright stars that will be spread out from the western horizon to the eastern horizon along the zodiac, the narrow pathway where the wandering planets and the Moon are found. The centerline of the zodiac is the ecliptic, the path that the Sun follows as it crosses the sky. Fast moving Mercury will lead the parade. Although during the first days of March binoculars will probably be needed to find it near the western horizon, Mercury will climb higher in the sky each day. From May 16th to 28th, it should be easy to spot above the northwestern horizon about 45 minutes after sunset. It will reach its highest point on May 22nd when it will set almost 2 hours after the Sun. This is about the longest interval possible, so it will be a very good opportunity to find Mercury. The very bright planet Jupiter will follow Mercury, and it will be the brightest “star” in the western sky. Jupiter will start the month about half way up in the evening sky, but by the end of May, it will be only about half as high. Jupiter will be below the twin bright stars Pollux (on the left) and Castor (on the right) in the constellation Gemini (the Twins). If you look closely, you might be able to tell that Pollux is slightly brighter. Castor is slightly below the

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Wright County Courthouse Birth Certificates Male, Alexander C. McLaughlin born March 13, 2014, to Kacie W. McLaughlin and Chase A. McLaughlin of Wright County. Male, Layne W. D. Burger born March 17, 2014, to Lashelle L. Quintus of Wright County. Male, Markus W. MelendrezZeiger born March 20, 2014, to Jacqueline N. Zeiger of Wright County. Male, Miguel E. Chavez born March 21, 2014, to Kendra L. Chavez and Jose M. Chavez of Wright County. Male, Jackson C.-R. Haack born March 22, 2014, to Tricia S. Peters of Webster County. Male, Luciano Enrique Ruiz born March 20, 2014, to Doris Ruiz and Carlos Ruiz of Wright County. Female, Arabella A. Thompson born March 6, 2014, to Andrea C. Lee of Wright County. Marriage Licenses Micky E. Boyington, 63, and Vicki K. Knutson, 63, both of Eagle Grove. April 17, 2014. Joshua C. Krull, 31, and Jennifer L. Hartfield, 35, both of Clarion. April 21, 2014. Russell D. Stevens, 54, and Kathleen M. Wilson, 56, both of Clarion. April 22, 2014. Ronald A. Reichter, 53, and Kathleen D. Steffenson, 48, both of Clarion. April 23, 2014. Dissolution Blake J. Sadler vs. Jayme C. Sadler. Court decree filed on April 22, 2014 Death Certificate Harriett A. Woodin, 82, of Belmond. April 6, 2014. Property Transfers WD – Eugene D. Strub and Nancy Strub to Leonard B. Steig and Cheryl M. Steig, City of Eagle Grove, Cadwell’s First Addition, Block 37, Lots 11 and 12, as desc. 4-14-14 WD – John R. Bancroft Revocable Trust, Virgie J. Bancroft Trustee, and Bancroft John R. Revocable Trust to Virgie J. Bancroft, 14-90-26 and 15-90-26, as desc. 4-14-14 WD – Virgie Bancroft to Virgie J. Bancroft Revocable Trust, Virgie J. Bancroft Trustee, and Bancroft Virgie J. Revocable Trust, 14-90-26 and 15-90-26, as desc. 4-14-14 COD – Donald E. Sandry Executor, Estate of Sharon C. Sandry and Sharon C. Sandry to Donald E. Sandry, City of Belmond, Railroad Addition, Block 10, Lot 8, as desc. 4-14-14 COD – Phyllis I. Woodley, Estate of Phyllis I. Woodley and Gary D. Woodley Executor to Gary D. Woodley, 4-91-24, 3-91-24, 1091-24, and City of Clarion, Original Addition, Block 2, Lot 6, as desc. 4-15-14 REC – Wright Rentals LLc to Lilian Gomez Hernandez, 6-91-24, as desc. 4-16-14 QUIT – Robert D. Campbell and Sandra L. Campbell to Julie M. Baluczynski, City of Eagle Grove, Northwestern Addition, Block 6, Lots 8, 9, 10, and 11, as desc. 4-1614 QUIT – James R. Storr, Sheena Lynn Jensen, and Sheena L. Storr to James R. Storr, 13-92-23, as desc. 4-16-14 WD – Carroll L. Eide to Eide Carroll L. Life Estate, Kimberely S. Mithcell, Cherie J. Peters, Kelly L. Eide, and Amie A. Carfrae, 31-9323, as desc. 4-16-14 WD – Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association,

and Servicelink POA to Willard P. Lancaster, City of Clarion, Railroad Addition, Block 2, Lots 13, 14, and 15, as desc. 4-16-14 COD – Estate of Marjorie Christians, Marjorie Christians, and Michael Christians Executor to Michael Christians and Margaret Pringnitz, 9-93-23, as desc. 4-16-14 WD – William A. Long Trustee, Derscheid Ronald R. Family Trust and Ronald R. Derscheid Family Trust to Derscheid Farm Two Inc., 7-90-26, as desc. 4-17-14 WD – Derscheid Farm Two Inc. to David Derscheid, 7-90-26, as desc. 4-17-14 WD – David Derscheid to Derscheid Farm Two Inc., 7-90-26, as desc. 4-17-14 QUIT – Transportation Alliance Bank Inc. to Home Opportunity LLC, City of Belmond, Original Addition, Block 5, Lot 5, as desc. 4-17-14 WD – Craig R. Classon, Cinda M. Classon, and Craig R. Classon Sr., to Craig R. Classon Trustee, Classon Craig R. Sr. Revocable Trust, and Craig R. Classon Sr. Revocable Trust, 13-90-23, as desc. 4-17-14 WD – David E. Anderson and Cynthia S. Anderson to Alvin J. Pamperin and Clinton E. Pamperin, 2-90-26, as desc. 4-17-14 WD – Patrick J. McMickle Sr., Patrick J. McMickle, and Sharon McMickle to Dale R. Smith and Sara J. Smith, 16-92-24, as desc. 4-18-14 QUIT – Pauline M. Turner and Pauline Turner to Thomas L. Schroder and Judith A. Schroder, 3192-24, as desc. 4-18-14 WD – Brian C. Oliver and Jill M. Harrington to Barrin D. Hanson, 6-91-24, as desc. 4-21-14 WD – Colleen M. Grandgeorge, Collette Renee Grandgeorge Pohlman POA, and Collette Renee Pohlman Grandgeorge POA to Michael L. Olmstead and Lori B. Truckenbrod, City of Eagle Grove, Wright’s 3rd Addtion, Block 29, Lots 5 and 6, as desc. 4-21-14 WD – Richard J. Loux to Willard Dora, Gil Loux, Terry Loux, and Loux Richard J. Life Estate, 27-9125, as desc. 4-21-14 Clerk of Court Operation without registration: Carlos Leyva Jr. of Clarion, $75; Violation – financial liability coverage: Carlos Leyva Jr. of Clarion, $375; Halie K. Peterson of Belmond, court costs only; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Dova Vang of Denison, $40; Leroy A. Wicks of Kanawha, $40; Pauline L. Lund of Ankeny, $40; Natalie M. Iverson of Flanagan, Ill., $40; Richard L. Bruns of Huxley, $40; Speeding 55 or under zone (16 thru 20 over): Douglas J. Hansen of Ankeny, $90; Speeding: Matthew D. C. Robertson of Mason City, $20; No valid drivers license: Jose R. Lopez of Webster City, $200; Failure to yield right of way: Lori L. Meints of Goodell, $100; Driving while license denied, suspended, cancelled: Haso Muratovic of West Des Moines, $250; Alexander J. Dloughy of Belmond, $250; Timothy D. Johnson of Eagle Grove, $250; Civil Court The court handled one child support case. Bank of America vs. Ryan L. Terwilliger, Spouse of Ryan L. Terwilliger, and Parties in Possession, 801 S. Lucas, Ave., Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $30,

787.53 plus interest at a rate of 5.75 percent per annum from April 3, costs, attorney fees, and accruing costs. The plaintiffs have chosen foreclosure and sheriff’s sale of the property. Portfolio Recovery Association vs. Gregory G. Schoo, 221 N. Lincoln Ave., Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff April 23 in the amount of $6,690.70 plus court costs. Small Claims Mort’s Water Company, Latimer vs. Jacqueline N. Zeiger, 2830 Nelson Ave., Clarion. Case was dismissed April 18 with prejudice. Case was originally filed Aug. 21, 2013. Hauge Associates Inc., Sioux Falls, vs. Craig Wenzel and Kimberly A. Wenzel, 1825 120th Street, Kanawha. Judgment for the plaintiff April 21 by default in the amount of $3,662.40 plus interest at a rate of 2.12 percent per annum from March 25 and court costs. District Court State of Iowa vs. De Ann J. Ramirez-Trujillo, 1441 1/2 First Street, Webster City. The defendant pled guilty April 18 to driving while barred and was fined $625 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, court appointed attorney fees, restitution to be determined at a later date, court costs, and two days in the county jail with credit for time served. This sentence is the result of an incident Jan. 13 investigated by the sheriff’s office. State of Iowa vs. Rusty Ayers, 403 1st Ave SW, Clarion. The defendant was found guilty April 21 of the charge of harassment in the third degree and fined $65 plus the 35 percent statutory surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident Feb. 19 investigated by the Clarion Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Stephanie R. Nelson, 210 N. Locust, Goldfield. The defendant pled guilty April 24 to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $65 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident April 7 investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department. State of Iowa vs. Antonio Milla, 201 SW 1st Street #1, Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty April 21 to public intoxication and was fined $100 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge and court costs. This sentence is the result of an incident April 19 investigate by the sheriff’s office. State of Iowa vs. Caitlynn P. Eger, 615 SE 1st, Eagle Grove. The defendant pled guilty to the amended charge of operating while intoxicated and was fined $1,250 plus the statutory 35 percent surcharge, $10 D.A.R.E. surcharge, restitution to be determined at a later date, court costs, 30 days in the county jail with all by 2 days suspended in lieu of one year probation to the Department of Correctional Services and credit for time served. The defendant was also order to obtain and follow all recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation and to complete Drinking Driver’s School The original charge was operating while intoxicate – second offense. The sentence is the result of an incident Jan. 25 investigated by the Eagle Grove Police Department.


Providing hope by Kim demory Sarah Heaton was only 14 years old when she found out she was pregnant. She was just starting her freshman year of high school, and instead of worrying about new classes and new teachers, she was concerned with how she was going to handle being a mother. Now, three years later, with the help of the HOPES program, she is proof that a good support system can help make a difficult situation more manageable. She’s sharing her story with other teens to educate them what can happen, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes in the best interest of her son, Dominic. That’s why she was named this year’s HOPES Family of the Year in Des Moines recently. Heaton’s HOPE journey began just shortly after she found out she was expecting in February of 2012. She went to a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) appointment in Wright County and that’s where she met Alexis Morgan with the HOPES (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success) Program. Being a young, confused mom, Heaton said she wasn’t sure how to feel, but agreed to at least find out what the (free) program

I wouldn’t change my life for the world, but I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else, either.

Goals of the HOPES Program: * Promote optimal child health and development * Improve family coping skills and functioning * Promote positive parenting skills and family interaction * Provide families with referrals to outside resources when necessary * Promote parent education, support and responsibility

had to offer. “I figured there was no harm in trying it…and after I got involved, I thought it was wonderful,” she said. The HOPES Program was able to provide Heaton with both emotional and physical support, as well as a vast array of parenting tools. There was encouragement to take care of herself in order to be a loving, nurturing, happy parent. Morgan even helped her set goals, actually writing them on paper so when Heaton doubted herself, she could look at her paper to remind herself why she was doing the things she was doing, no matter how difficult they seemed. “When you have your goals written down, it gives you a sense of “I made these goals for a reason,’” she said as her motivator to keep trying her best. One of those goals included finishing her high school education. She admitted that it was tough returning to school, but Morgan assisted with that too. Heaton said she felt like Morgan helped ease her back into the process rather than just pushing her back. When she did return, she wanted her peers

to know the truth, how one decision changed her life; how information you find on the internet or get from your peers isn’t always accurate; how hard it can be to be a teenage mom. “I didn’t want to sugar coat (my experience of being a young mother). I wanted to do what I was able to do to educate the other teens,” Heaton said. That’s when she got the idea to use the classroom as her own educational tool to teach other teenage boys and girls about teen pregnancy, STDs, and more. With the approval of her teacher, Heaton has since spoken to roughly eight different health and child development classes, sharing her own first-hand experiences, struggles, and the importance of communication. “I try to get my message so it hits home for them,” she said. She continued by saying that one thing she has learned through her connection with service centers is that kids are Googling and getting false information about these topics. She wants them to know where they can get the facts. Heaton would also like to reach out to other teen moms. “I want them to know that it’s okay to talk about the sturggles… otherwise you’re giving a false impression (to other teens what it’s like to be a young mom),” she said. She also wants other teens, boys or girls, to know that she is willing to share her experiences, answer their questions what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, and tell them where she received help. “I know I’m just another teenager, but I will help you in every way possible,” she said. “I wouldn’t change my life for the world, but I wouldn’t want this (being a teenage parent) to happen to anyone else, either. I can sit and hide away like it never happened, or I can tell girls and guys ‘this is what it’s like.’” Heaton is grateful for the services offered by HOPES and gives Morgan and the program much credit for how far she has come today. “It’s amazing. It’s hard to put into words how amazing the resources that are available to you,” she said. She values everything from

the little printouts Morgan gives her for activities to do with her son (some that she admits she would have never thought of on her own), to the moral support. “In my moments of doubt, Alexis has been there to say, ‘You’re doing fine,’” said Heaton, addressing how important that’s been for her to have. “This is what our program is all about - helping parents lay a strong foundation for their children, while reaching personal life-long goals,” Morgan said. “Sarah is very determined to be a strong advocate for herself, her son, and her peers. She is a resilient crusader who will be able to reach any goal in life that she sets her mind to. The HOPES Program has been involved in Sarah’s life since prior to the birth of her son, promoting positive parent child relationships, connecting her to community resources, and providing parent education and overall support. A big thank you to Sarah for being open to this support and paves the way to long-term success.” Heaton has taken her lifechanging event and used it to hopefully help the lives of other teenagers. Her hope is that other teenagers will listen to her message more openly because she has experienced the consequences of not saying “no,” and because she is someone of their own age. It’s not another adult telling them what to do. She’s simply telling them what can happen, and does happen. Being named HOPES Family of the Year is an honor for Sarah. She is proud of how far she has come and appreciative of HOPES for helping her get there. One day, she could see herself taking what she has learned from this experience, and using it in her career of helping others. “What I love about the HOPES Program is that they don’t just drop you off at the end. They stay with you and help you,” Heaton concluded.

Families are considered eligible for the HOPES program if they are expecting a child, or have a child between the age of zero to three months and when they score a five or more on the HOPES screening assessment. Families may be accepted with a child up to the age of three, with these exceptions to age being made by the Program Manager.

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Church news FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 3rd. Ave. NE, Clarion Rev. Don Morrison •Sunday, May 4 8:45am Traditional Service, 10:00am Sunday School, 11:00am Contemporary Service – Teacher Appreciation and Memory Work Awards •Monday, May 5 3:30 to 6:00pm Hiz Kidz •Tuesday, May 6 1:30 – 3:30pm Bible Study in Fireside Room •Wednesday, May 7 9:30am May Breakfast, 3:30-5:00pm CHICKS, 3:30-5:00pm G3 (Boys’ Group), 6:00pm Praise Team practice, 7:00pm Chancel Choir practice, 7:00pm Missions Committee meeting, 7:00pm Education Committee meeting, 8:00pm Worship Committee meeting FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 420 1st Street N.W., Clarion Rev. Ronald Nelson 515-532-3440 •Sunday, May 4 9:30am Sunday School, 10:45am Worship Service •Monday, May 5 3:30pm Hiz Kids at Methodist Church •Tuesday, May 6 1:00pm Pastors’ text study in Jewell UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL 121 3rd Avenue N.W., Clarion Pastor Bill Kem 515-532-2269 •Sunday, May 4 10:15am SS at UPC, 10:15am Fellowship at UCC, 11:00am Worship CHURCH OF CHRIST 420 North Main, Clarion Pastor Warren Curry 515-532-3273 •Thursday, May 1 11:00am – 1:00pm National Day of Prayer at Lighthouse Center of Hope (come and go as schedules allows), 3:45pm Shine Girls (4th -6th grades) at church office •Friday, May 2 5:30pm Adult Fun and Fellowship at Fuel – go to movie “God’s Not Dead” following Sunday, May 4 9:00am Sunday School, 10:00am Worship Service, 11:00am Missions Meeting at Snack Village, 4:00pm Adopt-A-Highway Road Ditch Pick up with lunch after at Weld’s •Monday, May 5 3:30 to 6:00pm Hiz Kidz at Methodist Church •Tuesday, May 6 6:00am Iron Men – Community Men’s Group at church office •Wednesday, May 7 10:00am Prayer Time at Sandy Stephenson’s home, 3:45pm Bible Bowl Practice, 5:00pm God’s Team (4th – 6th grade boys), 6:00pm Bible Study – Daniel – at church office ST. JOHN CATHOLIC 608 2nd Ave. N.E., Clarion Father Nils Hernandez, Pastor 515-532-3586 • Thursday, May 1 6:00pm Cluster Liturgy Meeting at St. John in Clarion, 7:00pm Cluster Fall Festival Planning Meeting at St. John in Clarion •Friday, May 2 7:40am Rosary at St. John in Clarion, 8:00am Mass at St. John in Clarion •Saturday, May 3 – Food Pantry Weekend – May Crowning 9:00am – 5:00pm Cluster Confirmation Retreat at St. Francis Xavier, 3:40pm Rosary at St. Francis in Belmond, 4:00pm Mass at St. Francis in Belmond, 8:00pm Mass in Spanish at St. John in Clarion •Sunday, May 4 – Food Pantry Weekend – May Crowning 7:40am Rosary at St. John in Clarion, 8:00am Mass at St. John in Clarion, 10:10am Rosary at Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove, 10:30am Mass at Sacred Heart in Eagle Grove

•Monday, May 5 6:15pm RCIA/Adult Catechesis at St. John in Clarion •Wednesday, May 7 6:30pm Youth Faith Formation at St. John in Clarion

515-825-3911 •Sunday 9:15 am Bible School, 10:15 am Worship Service-Communion observed weekly; childcare available and Children’s Church, 11:00 am WWE/Jr. Worship

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 219 First Street N.W., Clarion Bill Kem, Pastor 515-532-2709 •Thursday, May 1 No Friendship Ministry •Saturday, May 3 2:00pm Bridal Shower for Britanny Grage in Fellowship Hall •Sunday, May 4 9:00am Worship, 10:00am Sunday School •Tuesday, May 6 to Thursday, May 8 Pastor Bill out of the office •Tuesday, May 6 10:00am Prayer Group •Wednesday, May 7 6:00am Early Risers, No Confirmation Class •Thursday, May 8 5:00pm UPW

GOLDFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH P.O. Box 190 Pastor Christina Perkins Craig Carlson, Youth Minister 515-825-3754 •Sundays 10:30 am – Worship

THE LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Dana Wendel, Minister 1010 2nd Street SW, Clarion 532-2330 or 532-6686 •Sunday 9:30 am - Sunday School, 10:45 am - Worship Service free lunch following service •Tuesday 11:00 am - Prayer (Hiemstra’s) •Wednesday 7:00 pm - Adult Bible Study THE DWELLING PLACE Pastor Kim Lee 912 Central Ave East 515-293-2822 • Sundays 10:00am Services, 10:00am Kids Alive Ministry • Wednesdays 7:00 pm Corporate Prayer

Goldfield Area UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 220 Oak Street, Goldfield Rev. Sara Hill, Pastor 515-825-3581 •Thursday, May 1 9:15am TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh in and meeting. Use north door. New members always welcome, 9:30am Goldfield United Methodist Church Women Guest Day, 5:30pm Support and Recovery for Youth, 7:00pm Support and Recovery for Adults •Saturday, May 3 1:00 – 4:00pm River Park clean up •Sunday, May 4 9:15am Sunday School for all ages, 9:45am Choir practice in east basement, 10:30am Worship Service, 11:30am Fellowship Coffee, 6:00pm Liberty Pathfinders 4-H Club in East Room •Wednesday, May 7 9:30am Presbyterian Women Guest Day, here, in East Room. Hostesses: Committee Two – Jayne Schipull and Carol Helmke. Devotion: Sonna Johnson. Guest Speaker: Mickey Cooper on mission trip to Haiti, 2:00pm Story-time in East Room, 6:30pm Friendship Circle in Rose Room. Hostess: Diane Kraft. Devotion: Les Poutre. Lesson: Video and discussion

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Rowan Area UNITED CHURCH OF ROWAN Pastor Nancy Hofmeister 811 Pesch Box 38, Rowan •Thursday, May 1 7:00pm Women’s Bible Study •Sunday, May 4 – Food Pantry Sunday 9:00am Sunday School, 10:00am Worship Service with Communion, 11:00am Coffee Fellowship •Tuesday, May 6 4:00pm Kid’s Club •Thursday, May 8 7:00pm Women’s Bible Study IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod Jct. Highway 69 & 3 Pastor Mark Peterson

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LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Goldfield Pastor Truman Larson •Sunday 9:00 am Worship Service, 10:15 am Sunday School and Confirmation. PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST 422 North Washington St., Goldfield Bob Dishman

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HOLMES BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Zach Fischer 2137 Hancock Avenue 515-825-3110 •Sunday 9:30 am - Sunday School, 10:30 am - Worship Service, 6:00 pm - Evening Service •Wednesday 7:00 pm - Prayer meeting; Souled Out Group, Kids Club for ages 4 years to 6th grade

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

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HOLMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor 515-825-3660 •Friday, May 2 9:00am The Joy of Discovery Bible Study at Samuel •Sunday, May 4 9:45am Sunday School, 10:45am Worship with Communion •Wednesday, May 7 1:30pm Home Circle •Thursday, May 8 10:00am EGAMA

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

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35 Years Ago May 3, 1979 Larry E. Olson was appointed on April 27 by Wright County officers; Recorder, Clerk of Court and Deputy Auditor to fill the vacancy in the 5th Supervisor District created when Olson was appointed to the local board of health. This practice of serving on both boards simultaneously was permitted for many years, but a recent Attorney General’s opinion found membership of the county supervisors to be incompatible and that upon accepting the appointment to the board of health the previously held position of county supervisor was vacated. Olson resigned his appointment to the local board of health when learning of the incompatibility and on April 30 was sworn in as provided by law and was seated as a member of the county board of supervisors until the general election in 1980. Daryl Watts, Eagle Grove, was appointed to the unexpired term on the local board of health with the term to expire December 31, 1981. A 1914 movies showing Clarion Main Street scenes, a movie which was re-discovered as recently as 1965, was shown in the Clarion Theatre Monday evening as preliminary of announcing a theme for the redevelopment of downtown Clarion. Dr. Richard Young announced the theme which is proposed for Clarion. He recalled that Clarion has been a railroad town and that it is basically an agrelated community. It was proposed that Clarion adopt a turn-of-thecentury motif in any remodeling of retail and professional places; something reflecting the lively years between 1890 and 1920. Part of this remodeling is underway, with the rebuilding of the bandstand in the downtown city park. The bandstand is slated for completion in time for a Clarion Music Day on June 30. A small story on the front page read as follows: “Do you have a piano for sale? If you do, why not advertise it in The Monitor. Last week Richard Beckett did just that and received 15 inquiries. He sold his piano, so there are probably 14 folks still looking for a piano!”

70 Years Ago May 4, 1944 The fire department was called to the W. F. Boggs home in the west part of Walnut Grove Wednesday evening at 10:30 to keep a chimney fire under control. No damage was reported. Irvin Harmon of Northwood has purchased the Phillips 66 station and bulk plant formerly operated by John Sheffield. Mrs. Harmon and their two daughters are here and plan to make their home in the Harstock house which is being remodeled for them. Mr. and Mrs. Vern P. Allan, Joyce Sanders and Patricia Carr attended the Iowa Press Association annual meeting held in Des Moines April 28 and 29. Mr. Allan appeared on the program as discussion leader on advertising for the larger newspaper conference. Other members of the panel were Howard Wilson, editor of the Bloomfield Democrat; Paul Blakemore, president of the Coolidge Advertising agency; and Don Eck, manager of the National Editorial Association from Chicago. Wright County cattle were among the good sellers reported in the past week’s trade at the Chicago Stock Yards. Grant Jennings, of this county, was represented on last Monday’s market by a 44 head drove of yearling steers that sold without sorting at $15.85 per cwt. They averaged 1065 pounds each. ($15.85 in 1944 is equal to $211.44 in 2014 money.)

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Remembering our loved ones...

Carolyn Sue (White) Adams Carolyn Sue (White) Adams, 70, of Clarion passed away April 24, 2014, at the Clarion Wellness and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services for Carolyn Adams were held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Clarion Church of Christ, 420 North Main Street, in Clarion with Pastor Warren Curry officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Eagle Grove. Visitation was held Monday, April 28, 2014, at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East,

Clarion. Carolyn Sue White was born on August 10, 1943, in Keokuk, Iowa. At the age of three she was adopted by Lawrence and Hazel White of Clarion. In 1962, she graduated from Clarion High School and then attended Junior College. Carolyn continued her education in Ashland, Oregon, where she received her Master’s degree in teaching in 1967. That year she began a 25 year teaching career at the Eldora Training School. Throughout this time she began taking computer classes and after years of training started writing computer programs. On September 20, 2003, she married Duane Lee Adams at the Clarion Church of Christ. The couple made their home in Clarion. Carolyn loved scrapbooking and was a volunteer at the hospital gift shop and Relay for Life. She was also an active member of Clarion Church of Christ. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Duane; step-daughter, Sherlene (Russell) Washington of Eagle Grove; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sister, Linda Engesether of Bemidji, MN; brother, Tim White of Mason City and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Hazel; parents-in-law, James and Viola Adams and brother, Kenneth R. White.

Beverly Ann Ahrends Sims Beverly was born September 25, 1933, on the farm at Dows, Iowa, to Anna and Orville Ahrends. Her childhood was spent living on the farm and attending country school Lincoln #6 in rural Clarion, where the family had moved. She was a member of Wright County 4-H. The family was involved in horse activities and rode with the local saddle club during the summer. She was confirmed at the Congregational Church at Galt. After 8th grade she attended Clarion High School until the family moved to the Dows School District her junior year. She graduated from Dows in 1951. Beverly furthered her education at the University of Iowa where she earned her bachelor of nursing degree. She met her future husband, Paul Sims, at the U of I and they lived in various parts of the country such as: Fairfield, Iowa; Louisville, Kentucky; Greensboro, NC; and Erwin, Tenn. Beverly worked at various jobs and eventually became a stay at home

mom. To this marriage a daughter was born. They were licensed foster parents and later got an infant boy whom they adopted. Beverly died of a recently diagnosed cancer of the spine. She died in her home under the care of devoted son Charlie and Maggie on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Beverly is survived by her son, Charlie and his beloved Maggie; her son-in-law, Michael Wilson of Erwin, Tenn,; two sisters, Mary Louise Swanson and Elizabeth Lyons, both of Clarion; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding Beverly in death is her husband, Paul Sims; daughter, Patricia Wynn Wilson; parents, Anna and Orville Ahrends; and stepmother, Dorothy Ahrends; brother, Arthur Ahrends; sister, Audrey Ahrends Erickson. Services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Wilson officiating.

Frank W. Middleton

Frank W. Middleton, 96, of Clarion passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Funeral services for Frank Middleton were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue North East in Clarion with Pastor Don Morrison officiating. There was a private family burial prior to the services at the church. The family greeted friends on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the church. Frank Warnes Middleton was born on April 30, 1917, the second of four sons to Guy and Hettie (Warnes) Middleton in Clarion. He was raised and educated in Clarion and graduated from Clarion High School in 1936. Frank was captain of the Clarion Cowboy undefeated football team of 1935, where he played right guard and was named second team “All-State.” Frank spent one year at Iowa State University playing football before enlisting in the army during World War II. He attended basic training at Camp Funston, Kansas, where he was assigned a horse in the U.S. Cavalry. Frank always remembered his “Marie” and had a fondness for horses his entire life. He then transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he served in Brazil for two years assigned to troop deployment. When home on leave, he met Jane Brooks who was also home on leave from the Army. On September 1, 1946, they were united in marriage at Jane’s home in Eagle

Baby Boy Allen Danielle Plotrawska and Jeremy Allen of Coulter are pleased to announce the birth of their son Abel James Allen on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Abel weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces at birth. He was welcomed home by siblings, Braelynn, 3, and Emerson, 2. Proud grandparents are Todd and Lori Mensiny of Coulter, Deb and Jr. Allen of Coulter, Jeanne and Lee Kahl of Belmond, and Ken and Missy Plotrawski of Wisconsn. Great-grandparents are Sharon and Rodger Modderman of Belmond, Norman Allen of Latimer, Al Mensung of Coulter, and Fran Plotrawski of Rapids.

Engagement Announcement Arleen Nagell and Edward Mullenax, both of Eagle Grove, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Arleen is the daughter of Arleen and Gary Nagell and the sister of Kammy Nelson. She is a graduate of South Hamilton High School, Rogue Community College, and

Iowa Central. Arleen is employed as a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office. Edward is the son of Fred Mullenax of Clarion. He is a graduate of Iowa Central College. Edward is employed as a welder with Hagie Manufacturing. The couple will be married in an October 17, 2014, ceremony.

Caregivers’ Support Group to meet Thursday, May 8 Caregivers’ Support Group will meet Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Clarion Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, 110 13th Avenue S.W. This month’s topic Improving Communication presented by Jodi Ricklefs of Iowa Hospice. This month’s entertainment during the support group is Music with Betsy

McGlynn. Bring your loved one to enjoy the music during the support group. The support group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Clarion Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, Iowa Hospice and Wright County Public Health & Hospice. Questions call Carla Kem, LBSW, 515 532-2893.

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Birth Announcements Baby Girl Daniels Jamie Daniels of Belmond is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Brooklyn Dahlia Daniels, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Brooklynn weighed 7 pounds, 13.2 ounces at birth. She was welcomed home by brother Nicholas John Paul. Proud grandparents are Cheri and Tom Comstock and John Nerrig. Great-grandparents are Barb and Larry Jacobsen. Baby Boy Wilburn Racheal and Smokey Wilburn of Eagle Grove are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Reddison Andrew-Clair Wilburn on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Reddison weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. He was welcomed home by siblisngs Traysion Wilburn, 13, and Octavian Wilburn, 2. Proud grandparents are Greg and Kathy Stiltz of Eagle Grove and JoeAnna Inva-Chaplain of New Orleans.

Grove. The couple spent their entire married life in Clarion. Frank was employed by his father on the farm and then in June of 1950, he started as a car salesman for Cambier Chevrolet, and later for Charlie Gregg. He spent his entire career selling cars. Frank was active in Lions’ Club, V.F.W., Masons, Shriners, and was captain of the motorcycle group that paraded for 30 years. He was an avid golfer, president of the board of Clarmond Country Club, and held many offices in all his organizations. Frank is survived by nephews: Marc Middleton and wife Nancy, Tom Middleton and wife Vicki, Ron Middleton and wife Cheryl; greatnieces and nephews Vicki Wilkerson and husband Lee, Rick Middleton and wife Tiffany, Nicki McMurray and husband Chris and family, and Andrea Thompson and husband Logan and family. He cherished the love and support of the Jack and Beth Row family: Jack Row II and wife Annette of Tennessee, and their two sons; Valerie (Row) Watson and her husband George of Arkansas; Jeff Row and his wife Kathy and their daughter and three sons; Barbara (Row) Moore and her husband Jim of Clarion; Frank’s honorary grandchildren, Elizabeth (Moore) McOllough and husband Nick, and Samuel Moore of Clarion. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jane in 2005; brothers David and wife Helen, and twin brothers Dick and Bob and their wives Alberta and JoEllen.

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Stockdale completes basic training

Traveling back in time....

Clarion’s Playwright

by Judge Newt Draheim

Maurice Fred Birdsall, Jr. Clarion’s Playwright, Maurice Fred Birdsall, Jr started writing plays at the age of four. He was the son of lawyer Maurice Fred Birdsall and Nell Birdsall. His paternal grandfather, Judge B.P. Birdsall, published the “Wright County History” and was elected to the U.S. Congress. During the 1920’s Maurice Fred’s father and Leslie Archerd formed a partnership in a law practice in Clarion. On January 1, 1957, Leslie Archerd, Ben Birdsall and Newt Draheim formed a law firm that included Maurice Fred’s father and Cory Nagle, both former partners. From 1928 to 1931, Maurice Fred, manager, director and writer, formed a group of classmates and friends to act his plays. At first, his company of players went under the name of “The Little Theatre Company.” Since many of performances he directed were in neighborhood yards, the name of the troupe became the “Neighbor Players.” The young thespians fascinated by acting were Irene and Catherine Shannon,

Janie Storer, Amy Austin, Melvene Draheim (my sister), Arthur Nagle, Ed Lundy, Kay Nagle, Jean Hansen, Roslyn Rohrback, Alre Watts, Ralph Austin, Jeanie Strom, Jack and Dick Ashpole, Connie Bent, Irene Walsh, Frances Ross and Agnes Norris. Over 20 young people took an active part in the organization. Responding to the theatrical outpouring, productions were moved to the garage of Dr. Frederick Thornley, dentist, located at 416 2nd Ave NE. Years earlier Dr. Thornley had constructed a turntable in his garage. The invention avoided backing his car out of the garage. Using the turntable as a stage permitted the stage crew to change sets without delay or confusion. The first revolving stage in the western world was built in 1896 in Munich, Germany. It was later referred to as a Shakespearean stage. At a young age, Maurice Fred was ahead of times by using the Thornley turntable. It was a point of interest for theatre “goers!” The price of admission was 10 cents. Within a short time, the Thornley Theatre could not accommodate the large number of drama enthusiast. Prior to showing of movies at the Colonial Theatre at 114 South Main, the Neighborhood Players would present one act plays on the screen stage. After the movie theatre run, the Players would perform three act plays in the library basement, Congregation and Methodist Churches. Finally, plays were moved to the high school gym. On July 31, 1929, three one-act plays were presented written by Maurice Fred. They are “Meet the Duke” and a mystery play, “M.” The last play, “Home Again, Soldier” required three different stage sets. There were three different vaudeville numbers between the plays. The Players were sponsored by the drama committee of the Clarion

CGHS Graduation Concert Set for Thursday, May 8 On Thursday, May 8, the Clarion-Goldfield High School Music Department will present the Graduation Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the CGHS gym. It is called the Graduation Concert because they honor the seniors who have been involved in music. Featured groups are: concert band, jazz band, treble clef choir, bass

clef choir, mixed choir, and select choir. A brief awards ceremony will take place after the band and choir performance. Also, the CG Music Boosters will serve refreshments immediately following the concert. The public is invited to attend the concert, and there is no admission charge.

Iowa State Fair Entries Available Online Beginning May 1 Premium books and entry forms for competitive events at the 2014 Iowa State Fair will be available at beginning Thursday, May 1. The “Amazingly Amusing” Iowa State Fair will run August 7-17. Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at www. categories. Entrants in competitive events may enter online or may submit their entry by mail. While most entries are due July 1, deadlines do vary by department. Check for specific deadlines. Fine arts and photography

entrants in particular should note that their deadline is earlier than most other divisions as materials must be submitted by June 14 and 15, respectively. The Iowa State Fair accepts entries in a variety of categories, including the largest Food Department of any state fair, the state’s largest art show, one of the largest livestock shows in the world and Iowa’s finest exhibits of agricultural commodities. For more information regarding entry deadlines, competitions or the online entry system, contact the Competitive Events Department at 515/262-3111 ext. 207.

Woman’s Club, which received half the proceeds of the small admission charge. Over 150 persons greeted the Neighborhood Players as the curtain went up. It was said, a great deal of humor was derived from certain high points in the various acts. Always, the spectators were impressed by the seriousness exhibited by the Players. Maurice Fred was noted for his clever characterization, catchy dialogue and appropriate costuming. The ticket receipts amounted to $29.55. Another time sales totaled $40.00. The plays were so successful the cast thought of “going on the road.” From the first yard play to the last performance, the Neighborhood Players, Stage Crew and Maurice Fred repeatedly received tremendous standing ovations! In the 1932 Legion Day Parade, Dick Ashpole drove a1924 Model T touring car overloaded with the Neighborhood Players showing “Hollywood Bound” signs. The careers of several Players were extraordinary, e.g. “Whiz Kid” and Vice President of Ford Motor Company; Author and Professor of graduate college at Florida State University; Concert Pianist in Washington, DC; Operator of a Title company in Denver; WWII Army Nurse; School Teachers; Catholic Nun; Corporate Chemist; Lawyer; RR Conductor; and Court Reporter, my first Court Administrator. Maurice graduated from Clarion High School in the Class of l930. He received a B.A. degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell and his M.A.degee from Drake University in Des Moines. During the summer of 1937, Maurice Fred spent six weeks attending a summer course at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He had the unusual experience of writing, directing and acting in a play which centered on the current revolution in Spain. His play was

“Drums Over Spain.” He played the part of a Priest. In writing the play, three persons were called to lecture to the playwright. One a sympatric Fascist, one a “neutral” to the cause and the last was a writer leaving to join the Loyalist fighters in Spain. Also, Maurice Fred visited with many Hollywood stars. In 1938, Maurice taught five years at Pella High School. During WW II, he served almost four years in the U.S. Army. In 1947, Maurice became Professor of Speech and Drama at Central College at Pella, Iowa. He taught for 31 years and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1977. He directed over 150 plays and musicals that included a number of U.S. and Midwest premieres. His students contend it was Birdsall’s untiring commitment to education and theatre to know how to live one’s life, deal with mistakes and always think through problems. He was founder of the theatre’s “Keep Your Head Screwed On” tradition, which still exits! At his presentation of “Mr. Roberts” at the Central College Chapel, Maurice Fred gave my wife and me front row seats. His clever substitutions for the alcohol and the profanities used in the original script nevertheless presented an entertaining dramatic production. We witnessed the “striking of the set.” Maurice made several trips to the Netherlands and became a collector of antique Delftware. The collections are now on display in the Birdsall Room at the Historical Village in Pella. In 1975, he received Pella’s Community Service Award. Maurice Fred Birdsall’s final curtain call occurred on October 2, 1994. He was 82 years of age. From Shakespeare, thespians often quote …”Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Large Group Contest for Band and Chorus at Emmetsburg

On Saturday, May 10, the Clarion-Goldfield High School band and chorus will compete at Large Group Contest at Emmetsburg. All performances will take place at the high school. The high school concert band will perform at 11:45 a.m. All bands perform in the high school gym. The treble clef choir performs at 1:15, the bass clef choir performs at 1:45, and the mixed choir performs at 2:15. All choirs perform in the high school auditorium. Parents, relatives, and friends are encouraged to attend and applaud after each group performs. Admission will be charged for this event.


The following students were omitted from the Clarion-Goldfield High School Honor Roll List: Juniors: Elliott Ahrens, Mikaela Livengood, and Trenton Sann. Seniors: Maycie Rector, Brook Boyd, Frances Kem, Angelica Nunez-Padilla and Spencer Peterson.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Gunnar D. Stockdale graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Stockdale is the son of Wendy Weidemann and stepson of Larry Weidemann, both of Clarion. He is a 2010 graduate of Airman 1st Class Gunnar Stockdale Clarion-Goldfield High School.

American Legion Auxiliary to send greetings to active service personnel The Clarion unit of the American Legion Auxiliary wants to send active servicemen and women a greeting from home. If you have a child, niece or nephew, grandchild or know someone who is serving in the military at this time, please let them know. They will be sending cards

Lockwood accepted for admission to Luther College

Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Elizabeth Lockwood of Dows, has been accepted for admission for the 2014-15 academic year. Lockwood has received the Founders Scholarship for the amount of $18,000. Luther is a selective four-year college located in northeast Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,500 students and offers a liberal arts education leading to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs.

to reach them for Memorial Day, to show appreciation for their service to America. Please send their name and address to Jo Ann Kramer, American Legion Auxiliary President, at 714 3rd St NE, Clarion, IA 50525 by May 10.

Beekeeping 101

“Beekeeping 101” is the title of a workshop to be held at the Wright Co. ISU Extension Office in Clarion on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Goldfield resident Roy Kraft will share tips and techniques for beginners to beekeeping. He also will cover some of the challenges facing the bee industry today. Attend this workshop to have your beekeeping questions answered! To register, call the Wright County ISU Extension office at 5323453. This program is free and open to the public.

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Karl Ahrendsen from Clarion appeared in BVU Theatre Production

Buena Vista University students rehearse “Three Sisters”. From left: Austin Delp as Vershinin, Karl Ahrendsen as Baron Tuzenbach, Hannah Anderson as Irina Prosorov and Kadie Dennison as Masha Prosorov. The (BVU) theatre department presented a version of Anton Chekhov’s play, “Three Sisters” April 23-26 at Anderson Auditorium in the Siebens Forum on the campus of Buena Vista University. Karl Ahrendsen from Clarion was a member of the cast and played the role of Nicolai Tuzenbach. Ahrendsen is a physics and computer science – math major at BVU.

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Cowgirls finish busy week with four meets in seven days Win team titles at Garner, Belmond By Les Houser The Clarion-Goldfield girls track & field team had a busy week as the weather finally cooperated enough to allow for more meets to be completed. They started off by winning class A of the Cardinal Relays hosted by Garner-Hayfield/ Ventura last Tuesday. The Cowgirls compiled 107 points, finishing just one ahead of Lake Mills with 106 and four ahead of the home team with 103. Following them were: Hampton-Dumont 91, Forest City 54, North Union 47, Central Springs 43, Eagle Grove 26 and Clear Lake 12. “There was a lot of tough teams and good competition at this one,” said head coach Monty Harker. “The weather was okay with no wind. We’ve never really been about winning meets, but this group had never done that before as a team. They were pretty excited.” Harker felt that his field event entries got the team off to a good start. “Hennigar made one of her better throws in the discus,” said the coach. “Disney took second in the long jump, and Swanson third in high jump. She was disappointed, but she looked good.” Both Maci Konopasek and Sierra Milner posted their fastest times of the year in the 3000 to gain double points. He liked Davis in the 400, Disney in the 800, Alberts in the 200 and both his runners finishes in the 400 hurdles and the 1500. “Davis is really coming on now, and this was an outstanding race for her,” said Harker. “Disney set one of her fastest times of the year. I was very happy with that. Alberts had never run this event before, but I knew she could place. Both Sann and Nerem put up outstanding times in the 400 hurdles. It was huge for us to get second and third. Both Warnke and Engh scored points in the 1500, and neither had run it before.” The head coach was also happy about his relays at Garner. “Nerem had a fast split in the 4x8 for no one pushing her,” said Harker. The shuttle is a good group, and set their fastest of the year. We haven’t had a shuttle team place that high in awhile. They looked pretty good. The distance medley was a surprise,

with Broe posting a good time on anchor. Our 4x4 dropped a lot of time.” Algona ran away with the team title at the Lady Lynx Relays in Webster City, scoring 204 points with the host Lynx finishing with 133 points for second. Following them were Iowa Falls-Alden with 95, ClarionGoldfield with 69, AGWSR with 61, Southeast Webster with 13, Eagle Grove with nine and Northeast Hamilton with one. “It was not an ideal night, with cloudy, windy and chilly weather,” said Harker. “It was our first look at some conference schools that we hadn’t seen yet this year.” Disney posted her best mark yet in the long jump, with Hennigar throwing her farthest in discus. Davis posted a good 800 time, and Harker felt good about his relay teams. “The 4x8 finally had someone to chase us,” said Harker. “We set our fastest time and stuck with Algona, but their anchor runner beat us to the line. We finally put together all four with their fastest times. We were nudged out of second at the finish of the shuttle, with still a decent time. The distance med ran one of their fastest times. Algona was right on us in the 4x4 but couldn’t catch us.” The red and black then took the team title at the Bronco Relays hosted by Belmond-Klemme on Friday night. The Cowgirls finished with 148.5 points, followed by Lake Mills with 143, West Hancock with 118, Central Springs with 86, B-K with 41 and Hampton-Dumont with 40.5. “We finally had a nice night, warm with no wind,” said Harker. “This was going to be a six-team meet, but then they added Hampton and West Hancock. We went with a different lineup in some events.” Disney posted a good mark to win the long jump, with Konvalinka third for extra points. Feller and Hennigar did the same in the shot. Hennigar and Swanson were both fifth in the discus and high jump, respectively. “We came out of the field events in good shape point-wise,” said Harker. Coach felt Milner posted a good 3000 time to take third. “She ran a great race,” said Harker. He liked

that fact that Kapka placed sixth in the 100 dash. “We don’t normally do that,” said Harker. She also went on to take fourth in the 200. “She helped place us in both sprint events,” said the coach. He felt that Broe was the surprise of the night. “She led most of the way in the 1500, and did a

in the top 15 in 2A. The 4x1 set their fastest time of the year ( for 2nd), and even though we were tired by the time we got to the 4x4 we still won easily.” The Cowgirls go to Ballard this Thursday. “We had an outstanding week, running some fast times,”

Mara Warnke makes the handoff to Kenzie Alberts during the running of the 4x8 relay. Alberts anchored the group to a win in 10:36.93, helping the team pick up more points as they went on to win the meet. great job in taking second,” said Harker. “With Milner fourth we had another double placing.” He also felt good about his relays again. “Two of the girls in the 4x8 were new to the event, but all four ran really good splits,” said Harker. “Sann had a great anchor run in the 4x2. That is now one of our fastest in a few years. The sprint med is now

concluded Harker. “Now we need to see more consistency.” Results-Cardinal Relays in Garner Long jump-Disney, 14’ 1” (2nd); Mikayla Konopasek, 75’ 3” (10th) High jump-Swanson, 4’ 8” (3rd) Discus-Hennigar, 75’ 3” (10th); Feller, 67’ 1” (12th) Shot put-Feller, 27’ 3.25” (8th); Hennigar, 26’ 3” (10th)

Cowgirl golfers defeat Iowa Falls By Les Houser On Friday night on the Meadow Hills course at Iowa Falls, the red and black varsity easily defeated Iowa Falls-Alden 237-291. Livengood carded a 45 for medalist honors, with teammate Shanee Tate firing a round of 50 for runner-up. Other counting scores were Cassie Hanson with 55 and Hope Polzin with 56. Other rounds were played by Jenalee Hinkle and Kaylee Smith, with both turning in identical 59 total’s. “It was another beautiful day with perfect conditions,” said Smith. “It

was nice to get our first conference win on the year. We had nine scores (including JV) of 60 or lower out of 11 golfers. That is very good to see. Even with that, we still have several girls that are not satisfied with their game or scores right now. Hopefully, we can get some of those things figured out in the next week or so. With three meets next week again, there just isn’t a lot of practice time to work on the little adjustments. It is nice to see Shanee coming in with the low scores she has been throwing

out. Hanson came thru with a better day, and Hope bounced back after her last meet. Mikaela is getting closer to where she should be now.” The Cowgirl JV also defeated the Cadets 243-291. Hannah Leist was medalist with a 57, and Maycie Rector runner-up with 58. Other scores were Ashley Keller with 60, Paeten Schultz with 68 and Taylor Hagie with 78. “Hannah, Maycie and Ashley really impressed me with their scores,” said Smith. “The course was not long, but did have several hills, a creek that ran through many of the holes and some difficult greens with some tricky pin placements. It was nice to play at this course since the conference tournament will be played there on May 12.”

Maci Konopasek comes down the track at Garner during the 3000. The freshman would finish third, with teammate Sierra Milner right behind her in fourth. 4x2-2:09.06 (2nd) 800-Frerichs, 3:28.33 (3rd); Reddy, 3:29.33 (4th) 200-Mikayla K.,32.12 (5th); Harrington, 33.14 (7th) 1500-Milner, 6:14.29 (2nd) 4x1-58.35 (3rd) 4x4-5:16.18 (2nd) Bronco Relays at Belmond (placings only) Long jump-Disney, 14’ 7” (1st); Konvalinka, 13’ 2.5” (3rd) High jump-Swanson, 4’ 8” (tie-5th) Discus-M. Hennigar, 78’ 9” (5th) Shot put-Feller, 28’ 4.75” (3rd); Hennigar, 27’ 6” (5th) 3000-Milner, 13:31.00 (3rd) 4x8 relay-11:07.97 (1st) Disney, Nerem, Engh, Warnke Shuttle hurdle relay-1:13.46 (1st) Johnson, Osterman, Hoing, Disney 100 dash-Kapka, 14.21 (6th) Distance med relay-4:36.08 (1st) 400 dash-Warnke, 1:06.93 (3rd); Engh, 1:11.12 (5th) 4x2 relay-1:57.15 (1st) Johnson, Disney, Hoing, Sann 100 hurdles-Zwiefel, 17.85 (4th); Osterman, 17.88 (5th) 800-Alberts, 2:40.55 (2nd) 200 dash-Kapka, 29.87 (4th) 400 hurdles-Nerem, 1:14.23 (2nd) Sprint med relay-1:58.26 (1st) Osterman, Sann, Alberts, Davis 1500-Broe, 5:55.23 (2nd) 4x1 relay-55.84 (2nd) Osterman, Hoing, Zwiefel, Swanson 4x4 relay-4:23.20 (1st) Nerem, Alberts, Davis, Sann

Tulp wins, Campbell third in racing results

Mikaela Livengood watches her shot from the number one tee at Oakridge in an earlier meet this season. The junior led the Cowgirls with a 45 in a win last Friday over Iowa FallsAlden on the Cadets home course.

The weather finally cleared enough to allow at least a bit more action at area race tracks last weekend. Things kicked off on Friday night at Hancock County Speedway in Britt, with Heath Tulp of Belmond taking the stock car feature. Chad Palmer of Renwick was 11th and Craig Berhow of Belmond 12th at the finish. Eagle Grove’s Kyle Schmauss took 22nd in the hobby stock main. The Algona Raceway at the

fairgrounds got another Saturday show in, with Palmer the only area driver in taking sixth place at that track’s stock car main event. The Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City was finally able to open after two weeks of delay due to spongy track conditions. John Campbell of Belmond piloted his machine to third place in the stocks, with Schmauss ninth in the hobby class.



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Maddie enjoyed some good performances on the track this past week. She won the long jump at Belmond and finished second at Garner, along with running a leg of a couple winning relays. The sophomore is the daughter of Mark and Janet Disney.

Trenton fired the low round for his team (40) in last week’s meet with Webster City and Clear Lake. The junior is the son of Dwight and Patty Stockman-Sann.

Hope Polzin makes a putt at Oakridge earlier this season. The junior scored a 56 as a counting score to help the Cowgirls defeat Iowa FallsAlden.

3000-Maci Konopasek, 13:33.85 (3rd); Milner, 13:38.35 (4th) 4x8 relay-10:36.93 (1st) Davis, Nerem, Warnke, Alberts Shuttle hurdle relay-1:13.33 (2nd) Johnson, Osterman, Zwiefel, Disney 100 dash-Kapka, 14.38 (13th); Gatewood, 14.71 (15th) Distance med relay-5:07.54 (5th) Keller, Mikayla K, Maci K, Broe 400 dash-Davis, 1:00.98 (1st); Alberts, 1:03.74 (4th); 4x2 relay-1:59.38 (3rd) Johnson, Zwiefel, Hoing, Sann 110 hurdles-Disney, 18.90 (11th); Osterman, 19.11 (13th) 800-Disney, 2:43.34 (3rd); Milner, 2:58.70 (9th) 200 dash-Alberts, 28.44 (4th); Hoing, 29.70 (8th) 400 hurdles-Sann, 1:13.23 (2nd); Nerem, 1:13.39 (3rd) Sprint med relay-2:08.46 (7th) Johnson, Swanson, Hoing, Zwiefel 1500-Warnke, 6:04.37 (3rd); Engh, 6:05.34 (4th) 4x1 relay-57.49 (6th) Osterman, Kapka, Zwiefel, Swanson 4x4 relay-4:18.22 (1st) Davis, Alberts, Nerem, Sann Lady Lynx Relays at Webster City Long jump-Disney, 14’ 7.75” (6th); High jump-Swanson, 4’ 8” (tie-3rd); Keller, 4’ 2” (tie-8th) Discus-M. Hennigar,79’ 6” (6th); Feller, 72’ 10” (11th) Shot put-Feller, 27’ 5.25” (7th); M. Hennigar, 26’ 3” (8th) 3000-Milner, 13:44.18 (6th); Reddy, 15:44.19 (10th) 4x8 relay-10:27.78 (2nd) Davis, Nerem, Warnke, Alberts Shuttle hurdle relay-1:13.71 (3rd) Johnson, Osterman, Hoing, Disney 100 dash-Kapka, 14.40 (7th); Konvalinka, 14.41 (8th) Distance med relay-4:50.27 (1st) Johnson, Hoing, Sann, Disney 4x2 relay-2:02.19 (3rd) Konvalinka, Engh, Kapka, Swanson 110 hurdles-Johnson, 18.15 (6th); Osterman, 19.41 (9th) 800-Davis, 2:35.93 (2nd); Broe, 2:54.84 (9th) 200 dash-Kapka, 31.10 (10th); Gatewood, 31.40 (11th) Sprint med relay-2:04.77 (2nd) Hoing, Swanson, Sann, Disney 1500-Engh, 6:04.97 (7th); Warnke, 6:11.91 (8th) 4x1 relay-56.54 (4th) Osterman, Hoing, Zwiefel, Swanson 4x4 relay-4:19.30 (1st) Davis, Nerem, Sann, Alberts JV results Discus-Sherman, 68’ 11” (5th); Karaba, 55’ 6” (9th); TerHark, 53’ (11th); Dow, 51’ 10” (12th); Waller, 45’ (13th) Shot-Dow, 25’ 3” (5th); J. Hennigar, 23’ 10” (7th); Sherman, 22’ 9.75” (8th); TerHark, 22’ 1.25” (9th); Waller, 15’ 5.5” (11th) 100-Gatewood, 14.72 (2nd); Harrington, 15.22 (5th)

Trenton Sann

Maddie Disney

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Cowboys tie for team title at North Iowa Bison Relays Seven first place finishes highlight night By Les Houser

It was a busy week for the ClarionGoldfield boys track & field team, as they attended three meets including making a late entry into the Indian Relays at Forest City on Friday. Starting last Tuesday, they were at the Bronco Relays hosted by Belmond-Klemme. West Fork was champion of class A with 102 points, followed by the Cowboys with 86, Lake Mills with 85, GarnerHayfield/Ventura with 81 and West Hancock with 18. Mason Willey took gold in both the long jump and 100 dash, while Spencer Peterson also doubled up with wins in both the 400 dash and 400 hurdles. Mitch Gambrill won the discus, with both the 4x2 and 4x4 relays also breaking the tape first. “That was Mason’s best time (11.39) of the year in the dash,” said head coach Craig Warnke. “Zach Pogge got second for double points in that event. Peterson had a decent time in the 400 (57.67). We need him in the low 50’s. The 4x2 turned in their best time of the year (1:34.30), and the 4x4 won with a different lineup.” On Thursday night, the red and black won the Bison Relays hosted by North Iowa. Actually, they shared the title with conference rival Bishop Garrigan with both teams finishing with 170 points. They were followed by North Iowa with 98, NorthwoodKensett with 64 and Mason City Newman with 32. “This was a back and forth duel all night long between the two teams,” said Warnke. Highlights were topped by Peterson doing a trifecta with wins in the 400 dash, 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles. Willey won again in long jump, with Cesare Leonardi taking the 100 dash. The distance med and 4x1 relays were also victorious. “Mason had a new personal best (PB) by a bunch,” said Warnke. “The medley posted their best time of the season, with Bryce Hamilton doing a nice job in filling in a spot in that lineup.” Warnke then took a limited number of events to a Friday night meet at Forest City, with Willey picking up his third win of the week with a 19’ 6” best effort in the long jump. Peterson won the 100 dash again, and the 4x4 took another win. “We got into this meet late, and I saw a couple of things to help determine my district lineups,” said Warnke. “We were hoping to use this meet to drop some times. Mason is

now in the top 10 in 2A. I was also pleased with Chase Harker placing in the high jump (5’ 4”). Crees set a PB in the 110 hurdles (18.12), and Ulven also had a new PB in the 800 (2:11.73). The 4x4 dropped two seconds to win the annual trophy, and that was with no one pushing us.” Results-Bronco Relays at Belmond Shot put-Gambrill, 40’ 9” (4th) Discus-Gambrill, 120’ 3” (1st) Long jump-Willey, 19’ 4.50” (1st) 3200-Schulz, 11:53 (6th) 4x8 relay-8:54.53 (3rd) Vatne, Conlon, Eberhard, Ulven Shuttle hurdle relay-1:15.54 (5th) Hamilton, Crees, Carrillo, S.Powers 100 dash-Willey, 11.39 (1st); Pogge, 11.71 (2nd) 400 dash-Peterson, 52.07 (1st); Simmons, 59.01 4x2 relay-1:34.30 (1st) Pogge, Hamilton, Willey, Leonardi 110 hurdles-Crees, 18.64 1600-EnTin, 5:14.53; Portillo, 5:27.20 200 dash-Pogge, 23.72 (2nd); Basinger, 26.1 400 hurdles-Peterson, 57.67 (1st); Crees, 1:03.84 (4th) Distance med relay-3:59.81 (2nd) Conlon, Simmons, Eberhard, Ulven 4x1 relay-47.97 (3rd) Peterson, Hamilton, Willey, Leonardi 4x4 relay-3:40.34 (1st) Conlon, Vatne, Leonardi, Pogge JV Results 100 dash-Summers, 12.45; Basinger, 12.65 4x2-1:46.72 (4th) Summers, Konvalinka, Littlejohn, Harker 200 dash-Konvalinka, 26.53 (3rd); Carrillo, 27.20 4x1 relay-54.1 (4th) Engh, Mewes, Summers, Gambrill Bison Relays at North Iowa Shot put-Gambrill, 43’ 3” (2nd); Mewes, 34’ 2” (6th) Discus-Gambrill, 129’ 6” (2nd); Simmons, 99’ 11.5” (5th) High jump-Harker, 5’ 4” Long jump-Willey, 20’ 9.5” (1st); Hamilton, 17’ 4” (6th) 3200-Schulz, 12:02.76 (5th); Portillo, 12:15.26 (6th) 4x8 relay-9:09.74 (2nd) Vatne, Conlon, Eberhard, EnTin Shuttle hurdle relay-1:12.66 Hamilton, Crees, Carrillo, S. Powers 100 dash-Leonardi, 11.54 (1st); Willey, 11.71 (3rd) 400 dash-Peterson, 54.39 (1st); Pogge, 54.53 (2nd) 4x2 relay-1:36.52 Simmons,

Hamilton, Willey, Leonardi 110 hurdles-Peterson, 16.40 (1st); Crees, 18.98 (3rd) 1600-Ulven, 5:07.36 (5th); Portillo, 5:56 200 dash-Leonardi, 23.91 (2nd); Pogge, 24.02 (3rd) 400 hurdles-Peterson, 59.83 (1st); Crees, 1:03.03 (5th) Distance med relay-4:02.35 (1st) Simmons, Hamilton, Eberhard, EnTin 800-Vatne, 2:12.02 (3rd); Basinger, 2:14.27 (4th) 4x1 relay-45.63 (1st) Pogge, Peterson, Willey, Leonardi 4x4 relay-(3rd) Conlon, Crees, Eberhard, Pogge JV Results Discus-Mewes, 100’ 3” (2nd); S. Powers, 74’ 9” (4th) 100-Konvalinka, 12.49; Gambrill, 13.4 400-Schulz, 1:03.14 (1st); Mewes, 1:09.50 (3rd) 4x2-1:47.57 (2nd) Summers, Konvalinka, Littlejohn, Basinger 1600-S.Powers, 6:35.15 (5th) 200-Harker, 26.39; Konvalinka, 26.64 400 hurdles-Carrillo, 1:07.39 (1st); Engh, 1:14.57 (3rd) Distance med-4:31.66 (2nd) Littlejohn, Basinger, Schulz, Loux 800-Schulz, 2:19.08 (2nd) 4x1-52.00 (3rd) Summers, Konvalinka, Basinger, Gambrill 4x4-4:25.4 Mewes, Harker, Littlejohn, Carrillo Indian Relays at Forest City Long jump-Willey, 19’ 6” (1st) High jump-Harker, 5’ 4” 100-Peterson, 11.45 (1st) 4x2 relay-1:36.26 (3rd) Peterson, Pogge, Willey, Leonardi 110 hurdles-Crees, 18.12 (6th) 200-Hamilton, 24.06 (2nd); Simmons (4th) 400 hurdles-Crees, 1:04.41; Eberhard, 1:05.5 800-Ulven, 2:11.73 4x1 relay-47.47 (3rd) Simmons, Hamilton, Willey, Eberhard 4x4 relay-3:34.63 (1st) Pogge, Conlon, Leonardi, Peterson JV Results 100-Hamilton, 11.83 (1st); Conlon, 12.47 (2nd) 400-Carrillo, 1:01.06 (2nd); Mewes, 1:09.43 200-S. Powers, 28.32 (5th) 400 hurdles-Carrillo, 1:07.60 (4th)

Cowboys finish third in tri-meet By Les Houser Last Tuesday at Clear Lake, the Clarion-Goldfield boys golf team played in a tri-meet versus the Lions and Webster City. The Lynx took the varsity portion with a 156, just edging out the home team with 156 as the Cowboys finished with 171. Medalist was Dane Waldos of Clear Lake with 36, and runner-up was Alec Fuhs of Webster City with 37. For the Cowboys, counted varsity cards were turned in by Trenton Sann with 40, Chris Staudt and Michael Schaffer with identical 43’s and Kenton Waters with 45. Other rounds were played by Grant Sebby (52) and Ben Jacobsen (53). The Lynx also took the JV meet

with a 172, with the Cowboys and Bears in a tie at 215 each. Cowboy JV scores were: Brendon Boyd 50, Khayman Reyna 53, Dylan Pate 56, Eryn Ulven 56, Brett Osterman 59 and Trevor Peterson 60. “We didn’t show our best,” said head coach Pat O’Brien. “These are two of the top teams in the conference, and yes we could shoot a 155 if we put it all together but that is not the biggest goal we have. We want to reach our personal potential and see where it gets us. We didn’t do that in this meet and that is disappointing. We have to make better decisions and recover after a bump in the road. We are a good team, and we know

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located in marginal land anyway.” Iowa streams often change course, mainly during large floods. When a stream bend or meander gets cut off from the main channel, a small lake is formed. These disconnected segments are called oxbows, and they provide an important ecological function. If possible, field tiles are routed into the oxbow to process nutrients before water enters the adjacent stream. Currently, many oxbows have filled with sediment and no longer hold water for extended periods. Thus, much of the benefits these systems could provide are gone. The ISA, along with farmer and organizational partners, is working to restore this habitat. If interested, contact Kult at (515) 334-1036 or Sites are identified through aerial imagery. If the landowner is receptive, a restoration plan is developed and permits are obtained. Then, funding mechanisms are established so there is little or no

cost to the landowner if possible. Sediment is removed from the oxbow down to the native sands and gravels of the old streambed. Groundwater almost always fills the oxbow quickly. The sides are re-vegetated with native grasses to create prime habitat for birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Cool groundwater seeping in maintains fish populations during harsh summers and winters. “We’ve done fish surveys and found a few thousand,” said Kult, including the endangered Topeka Shiner. Other conservation practices embraced by farmers include cover crops, no-till, strip till, terraces, grass waterways, buffer strips and others. Studies show soil erosion per bushel of soybeans has decreased 66 percent since 1980. More than 95 percent of U.S. soybeans are grown on land that follows government conservation requirements. To learn more about ISA, go to

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the possibilities and are determined to reach our goals. We need to find other teammates that will push us to go low.” Last Saturday, the red and black took part in the Algona Invitational Tournament. Bishop Garrigan won the team title with 348, followed by the Cowboys with 360, Eagle Grove with 379, Algona with 382 and Forest City with 402. Individual scores for the 18-holes were as follows: Staudt 42-42 for 84; Jacobsen 45-42 for 87; Schaffer 46-48 for 94; Waters 5045 for 95; Sebby 57-50 for 107 and Reyna 55-57 for 112.

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Pictured are Senator Dennis Guth, Margaret Guth of Klemme and Representative Henry Rayhons of Garner whom were recognized as legislative leaders of 2013 by the national group SAOVA - Sportsmen and Animal Owners Voting Alliance based out of North Carolina. Donna Rayhons was unable to attend.

Guth and Rayhons honored at reception in Garner Senator Dennis Guth of Klemme and Representative Henry Rayhons of Garner were recognized as legislative leaders of 2013 by the national group SAOVA - Sportsmen and Animal Owners Voting Alliance based out of North Carolina. The awards were presented at a reception held at the Garner Inn & suites, Garner, on April 18. Margaret Guth, whom clerks for her husband, and Donna Rayhons were recognized for their

contributions and support they give their legislator husbands. SAOVA is a national all volunteer group that works to recognize those legislative leaders that oppose the animal rights threats to any animal producer, farmers, and ranchers. Sen. Guth, said, “I am proud to stand with our small animal breeders. As farmer, I understand the importance of fighting for producers who earn their living raising animals, both companion and production.”

Rep. Rayhons said, “I am very honored to receive this legislator leader award from SAOVA. I understand the importance of advancing legislation to protect the rights of animal owners and sportsmen. I look forward to working with SAOVA on these important issues in the coming years.”

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By Karen Weld ** “It’s a HIT.” with great applause and laughter. You, the audience, are the jury. 2nd & final week of the spring production by Iowa River Players, based in Rowan: “Contempt of Court”, an interactive courtroom comedy, Friday & Saturday, May 2 & 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee - May 4 at 2 p.m. Come and join in the fun. ** Per Belmond Chamber of Commerce: “Thanks with Franks” promotion - Saturday, May 3. Join them for FREE hot dogs and other ‘stuff’. In conjunction with Belmond’s community Garage Sale Day and the B-K Junior & Senior Prom. ** Iowa River Players are getting ready for its next production: “PETER PAN”, the boy who can fly. Auditions are Monday & Tuesday, May 5 & 6. Big show with needs for pirates, mermaids, Indian chiefs, & lost boys as well as the ‘stars’. At the Rowan Theatre - 7 p.m. ** Community Blood Drive Tuesday, May 6 from 1 - 6 p.m. Clarion United Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Mary Goemaat - 1-515-532-9332. ** Hagie Manufacturing’s 4th Annual Health & Safety Fair Wednesday, May 7 between 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. More than 40 exhibitors; the FREE event is open to the public. ** Mark your calendar for “Ladies Night Out” in Clarion - Thursday, May 8. Stores open until 7 p.m.; Depot Shoppe of home businesses is open from 5 - 8 p.m. Wear a hat to celebrate “Hats Off to Spring”; be eligible for special promotions at participating businesses. Studio Portraits & Lifetouch Studio will be taking photos of groups/individuals in their hats. 3 gift baskets (valued over $500) will be given away in a

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Franklin County Democratic Central Committee meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of May, June, July at United Bank and Trust in Hampton. Corner of Hwys 65 & 3, East Door. For information: (641) 640-0598. These are Public Meetings. Any Democrat encouraged to attend.

hat contest. Join the fun. ** Monthly Caregivers’ Support Group - Thursday, May 8 - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Clarion Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, 110 -13th Avenue S.W. Topic: “Improving Communication” by Jodi Ricklefs of Iowa Hospice. Questions? call Carla Kem, 1-515-532-2893. ** “Kids’ Theatre Day’, 15th annual at Iowa River Players Theatre on Saturday, May 10 for 5th - 6th graders from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; bring a sack lunch. Family & friends are invited at 3 p.m. to see their live ‘production’. For more information or to register, call Luanne - 1-641444-4220, leave a message. ** Benefit for Bill & Justin Frakes (lost home/belongings in a house fire) is set for Saturday, May 10 at the Goldfield Fire Station. Meal from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; auction begins at 2 p.m. Donations: Security Saving Banks in Eagle Grove, Clarion & Goldfield. Some additional funding from Thrivent Financial. ** Wright County Fair is just around the corner; note from Jolene Rasmussen: “The fair quilt block contest packets are available -- only a few left. Quilt blocks will be on display at this year’s fair & will be made into a quilt for auction at the 2015 fair Pick a packet up at Art U

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Franklin County Extension is looking for youth interested in livestock production to participate in the 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team. Students that work with beef, sheep, meat goat, or swine and are at least 10 years old as of January 1, are qualified to participate on the Franklin County 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team. Youth will learn, about the breeds, nutrition, digestion, reproduction, genetics, body parts, and current events involving these four species. Those youth interested should meet at the 4-H Food Stand, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hampton, 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 5. For more information call Jackie Dohlman at the Franklin County Extension Office, 641-4564811, or e-mail

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Creative, 104 N. Main in Clarion; 1-515-602-6446. ** AT THE MOVIES: Showing at the Clarion Theatre on Friday Sunday, Apr. May 2 - 4 - “God’s NOT Dead”, rated PG. Show times nightly at 7 p.m., plus Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.; again on Wednesday, May 7 - 7 p.m. Join your friends at the movies. For current shows/more information/view a preview(s), go to ; phone 1-515-602-6606. ** MONEY SAVING TIP: Enjoy the Wright County District Jr. Fair from July 9 - 14; best vacation bargain of the summer. Fair books are now available at many places around the county - “Having a BLAST.” is this year’s theme. ** FOCUS ON BUSINESS: It’s a ‘STAY-CATION’ in IOWA for 2014: order a copy of the IOWA tourism catalog/magazine. FREE call 1-800-345-IOWA to have one delivered to you.

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It’s a Hit! “Contempt of Court” Iowa Rivers Players first play of their 15th season opened last Friday night to great applause and much laughter as the audience participated with court proceedings of 3 “trials”. Contempt of Court” is a hilarious combination of “Judge Judy”, “Night Court” and “Family Court” and will keep you laughing and involved, as you are the jury. “Contempt of Court” features some of your favorite IRP actors with some fresh faces. Directed by Zach Reed and Karen Smith, you’ll enjoy

the many antics of: Jordan LeClere, Brittany Loux, Jon Ahrendsen, Judith Peterson, Paul Bamford, Brady Winter, Reid Peterson and Terry Buseman. The show runs for another 3 performances: Friday, May 2 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain; Saturday, May 3, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain; and Sunday, May 4 with a 2 p.m. c.urtain Call Shannon Walker at 515851-8487 or stop in at Steve’s PC Clinic in Belmond for your ticket to an exciting season.

More News from Iowa Rivers Players You will believe that a boy can fly! Live the legend of “Peter Pan”! Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6 at 7:00.

It’s a big little show with pirates and mermaids, Indian chiefs and lost boys, and the most famous fairy of them all, Tinker Belle! Oh, yeah. And Captain Hook. (Boo. Hiss. Boo) Both kids and adults are needed to bring this tale to life. Tall or short, come one, come all!


They’ve set the date for their 15th annual Kid’s Theater Day. If you know a person in 5th or 6th grade who shows imagination or is “star-struck” send them Iowa Rivers Players way on Saturday, May 10. They will have fun getting on the stage from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). At 3 p.m. friends and family are invited to cheer them on in their Drama-palooza Stage Show. For more information or to register, call Luanne @ 641 444 4220 and leave a message.

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By Marillyn Korth I could easily get my dates mixed up. Been sounding like the fourth of July the past few nights and some days. There is lots of thunder and lightning. I seem to be able to sleep through it all. Maybe it’s cause I take off my hearing aids and can’t hear it. Ha! There is plenty of light though. I need to get a rain gauge up. Had my appointment with Dr. Li this week. He says all is well. I shouldn’t be in a hurry to do without my walker and I agree, but it was good to hear that all was well. Our Alex is back home. He and his mom drove home last week. He is done with school and has accepted employment in Indianola, IA. Hurrah! Thursday, I rode with him to Des Moines to return his U-Haul trailer. We went out to Till and Tosha’s and then we all went to Prairie Meadows for dinner and saw the horses run. We made a few wagers and I managed to make a little money. Alex had never been there, so we all led him down the path. How wicked! It was such a joy for me to spend some time with my oldest grandson. Those times are so special to grandmas. Another special day was Sunday when I went to Cassandra’s baby shower. It was a lovely party and she got lots of lovely things. One special gift was three onesies crocheted by great-grandma Marlea. She also is making a lovely baby blanket. How very special that is. I can do nothing very creative, so I guess I will just have to love her a lot. She is already named. Little Miss Lilyanne Elizabeth will be with us in about a

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4-H rabbit and poultry workshop

Franklin County 4-H members that would like to learn more about the rabbit or poultry projects are invited to a workshop, Saturday, May 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m., at the 4-H Food Stand at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hampton. Members will learn more about raising broilers and layers, how to wash and prepare birds and rabbits for showing, tattooing your rabbits, and see a rabbit hopping demonstration! Members may bring rabbits to the workshop. Please pre-register by calling 641-456-4811 or e-mail jackied@

state at area competitions. Join us Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m., at 1211 Hwy 3, west of Hampton. Bring your bunny and an “H” style harness with leash. Call Aimee Reichenbacher for more information at 641-430-4862. For more information on joining 4-H or volunteering, contact Jackie Dohlman, Franklin County Extension County Youth Coordinator at 641-456-4811 or jackied@iastate. edu Information can also be found at: http://www.extension.iastate. edu/4h/

4-H shooting sports in Franklin County

Franklin County 4-H Shooting Sports Archery will meet Sunday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the west parking lot at Maynes Grove Park. A parent or guardian must remain on site during the session. For more information contact Project Leader Joel Vinson at or at 641-751-5572. 4-H Shooting Sports is open to youth currently in grades 4th through 12th. For more information contact the Extension office today at 641-456-4811!

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committee could get ahold of, so they are hoping for an outstanding crowd of alumni, teachers and staff. So talk to all your friends/ classmates, and make sure they know and are planning to come back for the reunion. After the get-together in the park, there will be a tour of the school one last time for anyone who would like to go. The building will be open for a couple of hours for self-tours. K e e p reading the paper for further information and the latest on entertainment for this Corn Days. Check for updates also on Facebook, at Dows Corn Days. If you have any questions about Corn Days, you may call or email Bev Lange, Corn Days Chairman, at, or call her at 515-852-4623.

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Most of the lineup is set for the 2014 Corn Days, and it promises to be packed with fun and interesting things for everyone. The theme this year is “All School Reunion”. With the Dows Community School building closing after this year, and the school district consolidating w i t h ClarionGoldfield, this will be the y e a r that we celebrate the school, and most notably, the 100-year anniversary of the 1914 building. Saturday of Corn Days in the park, there are a couple of hours set aside for alumni to meet up in the shelter, reminisce, and be able to catch up with all your school mates who are able to come back for the celebration. Letters have been sent to all the alumni, teachers and staff that the

Come and Go Birthday Bash

The Kensington Club will meet Friday morning at 9:30, May 2, 2014 at the Creme in Dows. Hostess are Carolyn Jacobson and Lolaraye Wiarda.  Roll call:  What is your “Hobby”? If you are unable to attend,  please call Carolyn Jacobson,  or the Dows Mercantile.


month. Boy! Times have sure changed. I don’t know how our babies survived. Ha! But it is all good, but really different. Being an only child, I didn’t grow up with babies around so I was pretty green. Poor Till! She had to be tough to survive me. Ha! The days are getting busy with Mother’s Day and graduations coming up. I have several and they are far away, so I might not get to them, but can send cards. Jon just stopped. He needed a fuse. We used to be the warehouse for fuses and batteries. Not so much anymore. I don’t stock up on those like grandpa did. I want to get some things done around here this week. I always have big plans, but don’t often get things done. But those little times with family and friends are much more important than all those things I think I must do. So I will close and see what I can accomplish today. Have a great week! Till next time. MK. P.S. Almost forgot. My angel and mailman, Donnie, is having a birthday this week. He will be 79 on the 29th. Happy Birthday, Donnie! I also forgot that we had Red Hats Thursday at noon. It was good to have our snowbirds home. But we missed LolaRay, who has been experiencing health problems. Get well, girl!

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Shellabration’s Long Wait Rewarded Lynyrd Skynyrd to headline 2014 summer event Five months, two weeks, four days, multiple offers and many sleepless nights later, Shellabration finally has a band for Shellabration 2014. In the words of Shellabration President, Jim Reed “Is it ever a good one. It is with high excitement and a sense of relief that we announce Lynyrd Skynyrd as headliner”, said Reed. This year represents the latest date the organization has ever confirmed their headliner. Prior to 2014, March 6, had been the previous latest they landed a band when booking Foreigner in 2012. “It’s not a record we aspired to break, added Reed. That said, we never wavered. We stayed the course, worked our pecking order

and here we are, having booked one of the top artists on our list. Life is good”. With the band booking part of the process behind them, Shellabration now goes into high gear recruiting sponsors for the event. Lynyrd Skynyrd is credited with bringing vast popularity to the southern rock genre. They are best known for their driving live shows and most identified by their signature songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”. Other notable Skynyrd standards include “What’s Your Name”, “Gimme Three Steps”, “Saturday Night Special”, “Call Me the Breeze”, Tuesday’s Gone” and “That Smell”. The Rock n’ Roll Hall

of Fame band has a catalog of over 60 albums, over 30 million units sold worldwide with their classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over 2 million ring tones. Tragedy beset the band in 1977 in which a plane crash claimed the lives of three of its members including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. After a 10 year absence from touring, the band reformed in 1987 including Gary Rossington with Johnny Van Zant, younger brother of Ronnie, stepping in to the lead vocal role that his brother once held. Currently led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke


(guitar), the band recently recorded a new studio album entitled “Last of a Dying Breed” continuing the legacy that started over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Tickets for Lynyrd Skynyrd at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge go on sale Saturday, May 17. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (866) 468-3401. Tickets will also be available for purchase at local Fort Dodge ticket sales locations including Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Drug Store. Kids 12 years of age and under are admitted free and all tickets are general admission with festival style seating.

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Excerpts from the “McCurry’s in Mission” Blog:

Feb 23: The amount of death and despair here on the mission field can be quite overwhelming. It forces me to look at life with an eternal perspective. Ultimately the only thing that will matter is our faith in Jesus Christ. He is our savior and through him lies the only way to inherit eternal life. This world is full of pain and our physical bodies are weak and flawed, but we have a father in heaven that longs to give us victory over death. 1 Corinthians 15:53 “Where O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I am happy to report that Baby Sharon is doing very well. She currently weighs 1.01kg (2.22 lbs). She is being fed breast milk through a nasogastric tube. She is breathing on her own and is even off oxygen at this time. She still has a long way to go, and isn’t out of the woods yet. Please pray for Sharon, pray for strength as she continues to grow, pray for her family, especially her mama who stays in the hospital with her 24 hours a day. March 16: My actual call shift started at 5pm. I had just gotten home for dinner when a nurse who we will call “B” called from the Female Medical Ward. There was an admission for me. I got to the ward to find a very thin, very ill appearing middle aged female. I had never known an African woman to be pale, but this sweet lady was very pale. She had a known history of gastric cancer, she came in earlier in the day because she was feeling weak and tired. Her hemoglobin was checked and it was 3.7 (12 is normal)! Hard to believe she was still alive. Unfortunately our hospital did not have any blood available to give her, and a donor wasn’t immediately available for her blood type. So, she was referred to a hospital 3 hours away. Her family loaded her up and made the exhausting trip to the other hospital where they were turned away. The other hospital refused to admit her. I do not know with any certainty why she was refused, but I can only speculate it had something to do with money. The other hospital was kind enough to sell her 4 units of her specific blood type. The family brought her back to Kapsowar hospital where I admitted her and gave her the transfusion. It’s only a temporary fix, but at least she will get some strength back and be able to enjoy the time she has left on Earth. After this admission I went home where Mike had dinner ready, what a guy huh?! I ate with my family and then received a phone call from the Out Patient Department. They were admitting a 5 year old boy who we will call “V”. The mid-level provider explained that V had pneumonia and he was treating him with Ceftriaxone, an IV antibiotic. It all sounded appropriate to me, so I was wondering why he was calling me. He then asked me to go and look at the kiddo because he was concerned there was something else going on. I walked back up to Children’s Ward. I was expecting to see a sick looking child on his mother’s lap with some IV fluids running. What I saw was an emaciated 5 year old boy who was completely unresponsive on the hospital bed. I tried to get more history from the family, but unfortunately the mother could not accompany her son to the hospital, she had to stay home with a younger sibling. This child had been ill for several years, but all of the sudden became unresponsive about 9 hours prior to arriving at the hospital. The family denied any possibility of head trauma. I quickly performed a lumbar puncture to check for meningitis. I could tell by the look of the fluid that it wasn’t meningitis and the lab confirmed that. I also had the lab check his blood sample for malaria, that too was negative. I did a thorough neurological exam and came up empty handed. I had no idea why this kid was unresponsive. As I monitored his vitals I reviewed the causes of altered mental status in my mind. Metabolic causes ran through my mind; I can’t check electrolytes, no liver function tests available either, but I can check a blood sugar. The nurse poked his finger and his blood sugar was 30 (80 to 100 is normal) ! We quickly gave him some sugar in his IV and then started a slow drip of sugar solution in his IV fluids. Unfortunately this did not seem to make any change in his mental status. About this time I was called for a C Section. I am still learning to do sections alone, so the OB Gyn doc and the other FP doc call me when they have a case and I do it with them supervising me. This particular case was a mama with twins, both with breech (bottom first) presentation. The OB Gyn doc met me in Children’s Ward where we prayed over V and then headed up to theatre to do the section. I was able to perform the section from skin incision to closure with a little help from the OB doc. I was even able to get both babies out on my own, that’s quite a feat for breech/breech twins! Two vigorous, healthy appearing baby girls were born, praise God! After finishing up the C section I went back to Children’s Ward to check on V. While I was away he had begun to have seizure activity. I witnessed one such event, treated him with some seizure medication and monitored his response. He seemed to be responding to the medication and his vitals were stable so I decided to head home. It was roughly 1am now. I got home and started looking through my pediatric books. I was searching for anything that might help me to care for V. I was praying for God to open my eyes to any details that I might be missing. I hadn’t been home for long when I was called back to Children’s Ward because V was having more seizures. I examined him again and made some changes to his medications and IV fluids. I had the nurses inquire the family about the possibility of “medications” that he may have been given by a traditional doctor in his village. They said that he had not been given anything in over a year. I continued to search my brain and pray in my heart for answers. I prayed for V again. I didn’t stay on the phone long enough to hear the rest of the story, I threw on my shoes, and ran up to the ward. When I got there V had all ready passed. The nurses told me that he was breathing fast and then about 20 minutes before they called me he stopped breathing. His heart stopped beating shortly after that. There was nothing I could do, V had died on my watch. Tears streamed down my face as I broke the news to the GoGo (grandmother) and other relatives. Our chaplain came and we talked with the family explaining what had happened. The family had been at the bedside all night. They explained to the chaplain that they watched me care for V all night long, and they wanted to thank me for my efforts. The GoGo even told the chaplain that if God wanted to call V home, who were we to fight the will of God. Such faith! April 14: Saturday was a heartbreaking day. We lost a young mother who struggled to the end for her life. Even more tragically, she left behind 3 little boys, one of whom was only 3 days old, and a husband with no means to care for these kids. It’s a complicated story, but the father needed to search for the wife’s distant family in order to give her a proper burial. He had no relatives to care for the 3 kids, especially a new born baby. As is my usual nature, I offered to care for the kiddos while he sorted things out. I wasn’t alone in this, one of my colleagues offered to care for the newborn and we took in the two toddler aged boys. We have welcomed these boys into our home and we will care for them as long as the Lord leads us to. Our Swahili has been pushed to its limits and we have instantly been thrown into a world much like our friends who recently adopted from Ethiopia with the HUGE exception that we know this is for the short term. We have been so encouraged by the laughter and giggles that have filled our home; and we are so blessed to have a front row seat to witness the resilience of these kids.

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Notes from the McCurry’s Medical Mission in Kenya Editor’s note: Ashley and Mike McCurry are 2002 graduates of Clarion-Goldfield High School. They and their three children are currently spending 2014 and 2015 on a medical mission in Kapsowar, Kenya. Ashley maintains a blog about the family’s experiences, especially the minutia of hospital life, and generously accepted the Monitor’s offer to introduce their project to their hometown audience. Below is a piece they wrote for the paper and excerpts from their blog, available in its entirety online at McCurrysInMissions.wordpress. com. A Message from Ashley: Where you were raised shapes who you are. Mike and I spent our adolescent years in Iowa, and our current address in Kapsowar Kenya could not be further from home. Mike and I are serving with

Samaritan’s Purse World Medical Mission Post Residency Program; the goal of this program is to send young physicians to mission hospitals to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people who would otherwise be without care. (...he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick. Luke 9:2). I completed my family medicine residency training in June 2013 and Mike and I, along with our three children, landed in Kenya in January 2014. Being raised and trained in rural Iowa has prepared us in many ways for what we are doing today. There are even many similarities between rural Iowa and rural Kenya. I trained in Iowa at a county hospital that stereotypically cares for an underserved population; the people most needing quality medical care. The same is true in rural

Kenya, Kapsowar hospital cares for people who otherwise would have no accessible health care. In many ways, training in a hospital without multiple specialty teams readily available prepared me for working in rural Africa. Much like in rural Iowa, here being a family doctor means caring for all ages from the premature babies to the elderly. While attending high school in Clarion, Mike enjoyed working on the farm, doing construction projects, and riding four-wheelers. Life in Kenya requires a strong work ethic as does working on a farm. The skills Mike learned while working construction are invaluable here, and driving the roads in Kenya is much like a motocross race in terms of terrain and aggressive drivers around you!

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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Fish activity has slowed over the past week as water temperatures have declined. Trout hatchery folks are stocking streams where they can. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers were doing well on catfish and walleye before this latest cool down. Fish activity should improve over the weekend with rising temps. Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye on artificial jigs tipped with twistertails. Use a slow retrieve as water temperatures are still cool. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river walleye fishing has been good in areas where both water levels and clarity have been good. Heritage Pond will be stocked with 1800 catchable trout this coming Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 am. Trout streams in the Manchester District have been in excellent condition, for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been good reports of walleye being taken on the Cedar River, a seven pound walleye was taken in Black Hawk Co. a few days ago. Decorah District Streams Northeast Fish activity has slowed over the past week as water temperatures have declined. Trout hatchery folks are stocking streams where they can.

Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Decorah District Streams Northeast Spring mayfly hatches have been light. Very few Hendricksons have been reported. There have been reasonably good Blue Wing Olive & Baetis hatches in sizes #18-#24. Midge hatches have been productive in sizes #24 and smaller and nymph fishing with very small patterns has been good. Streamer fishing has been decent in deeper water. Heritage Pond Northeast Interior river walleye fishing has been good in areas where both water levels and clarity have been good. Heritage Pond will be stocked with 1800 catchable trout this coming Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 am. Trout streams in the Manchester District have been in excellent condition, for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond will be stocked with 1800 catchable trout this coming Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 am. This event is sponsored by both the Dubuque Fly Fishers and the Dubuque County Conservation Board, prizes may be available for children of all ages. Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish activity has slowed over the past week as water temperatures have declined. Trout hatchery folks are stocking streams where they can. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few anglers are catching largemouth bass along the shoreline using a jig and twistertail retrieved slowly.

Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers can catch a few hungry catfish using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or a piece of cut bait. Lake Meyer Northeast Fish activity has slowed over the past week as water temperatures have declined. Trout hatchery folks are stocking streams where they can. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Lake Meyer Northeast Few people have been out and fish activity is slow. Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river walleye fishing has been good in areas where both water levels and clarity have been good. Heritage Pond will be stocked with 1800 catchable trout this coming Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 am. Trout streams in the Manchester District have been in excellent condition, for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. Maquoketa River

(above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of walleye and northern pike being caught in Delaware County. Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: A jig and twister tipped with a minnow or half a night crawler has been good. Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast A spring pulse of high water is beginning to recede this week and the fish will soon settle back into their normal feeding routines. Water temperatures are on the rise again into the upper 40’s. Expect the walleye and sauger bite to pick up again post spawn. Call ahead, as many ramps are still closed due to high water conditions. Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 22.7 and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 40’s. Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Some good catches of sauger reported with a lot of short fish released. Mississippi River Pool 10

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Page 4B The Wright County Monitor • Thursday, May 1, 2014

Security Savings Bank Wessels Named One of welcomes Brian Greving the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Kent Rutherford, President/CEO

MCCURRY continued from 1B The sense of community here in Kenya strongly resembles the community in Iowa. The difference is that Kenyans call communities tribes and the mayors are called chiefs. Even so, the community members are loyal to each other, everybody knows everybody, and when one community member is needing help, they all step up to assist. Much like Clarion, Kapsowar is a farming community. Just like back home, this is planting season and corn is a staple crop. The farmers

have just planted their crops, by hand, and will now wait to see what the weather brings. Just like the farmers in Iowa they will hope for the right amount of rain and shine to bring a bountiful harvest. As teenagers in rural Iowa, Mike and I would never have guessed that we would be where we are today. Even so, we are very thankful for our roots in Iowa that have given us the ability to serve half way around the world. If you want to know more details about our ministry check out our blog: McCurrysInMissions. Ashley McCurry, D.O.

grade the field for a waterway. The C54 culvert is lower than the field to the south. Connie Roys stated that any improvement will need to have a wetland determination. Motion by Watne and seconded by Rasmussen to urge the landowners to get their wetland determinations done and have the entire length of DD #131 tile televised. Motion carries. Motion by Watne and seconded by Helgevold to set May 19th at 10:00 a.m. to set the bid letting for televising DD #131. Motion carries. Motion by Watne and seconded by Rasmussen to request the Engineer to submit a report concerning the benefit of the waterway south of C54 as to whether the waterway will benefit only the landowner or the entire district. Motion carries. Motion by Helgevold and seconded by Watne to adjourn the meeting. Motion carries. Rick Rasmussen, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, May 1, 2014


Clarion-Goldfield and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Boards Middleton, Beth Jackson, Missy Schultz, Beth Severson, by telephone Dr. Robert Olson and Anita Frye. Motion by Schultz to Approve Agenda. Second by Jackson. Motion carried 4-0. Motion by Jackson to Approve Consent Agenda: Approve Calendar Start Date Waiver; Approve FY15 School Calendar with start date of Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Second by Jackson. Motion carried 4-0. Motion by Jackson to Approve CGDEA Tentative 2 year Agreement. The first year total package increase of 4.44%, and second year total package increase of 4.0%. Second by Severson. Motion carried 4-0. Motion by Severson to Approve Issuance of Teacher Contracts. Second by Jackson. Motion carried 4-0. Motion by Jackson to Adjourn. Second by Schultz. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 P.M. Anita Frye Board Secretary Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Clarion-Goldfield Community School District Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Transition Board Unapproved Minutes Monday, April 21, 2014 The Clarion-Goldfield Community School District and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Transition Board held a special meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014. In attendance were Clint Middleton, Beth Jackson, Missy Schultz, Beth Severson, Cindy Schaffer, by telephone conference was Dr. Robert Olson and Anita Frye. The Clarion-Goldfield CSD meeting was called to order by President Middleton at 6:45 P.M. Motion by Jackson to Approve Agenda. Second by Schultz. Motion carried 4-0. Severson to Approve Motion by Resignations of Gary Olsen, High School Social Studies teacher, and Michelle Haberman, Kindergarten teacher. Second by Schultz. Motion carried 4-0. At 6:46 P.M. the Regular Clarion-GoldfieldDows CSD meeting was called to order by President Middleton. In attendance were Clint

of Security Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Brian Greving has joined Security Savings Bank as Vice President. Brian will assist in growing the Eagle Grove, Goldfield and Clarion markets and surrounding areas by working with business and ag clients. He brings more than 17 years of expertise in banking. He has a thorough understanding of commercial real estate, working capital and equipment financing. Brian currently resides in Urbandale and will be relocating with his spouse and family to Clarion in midMay.


PUBLIC NOTICE Board of Supervisors April 14, 2014 Chairman Rasmussen called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9:00 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen, Helgevold, and Watne. Minutes of the previous regular meeting of April 7, 2014 were read and approved. Approved claims for payment with one claim denied #41174. Motion by Watne and seconded by Helgevold to approve the joint drainage district assessments with Hamilton County being in control, with allowing a 3 year waiver on one district and one joint drainage district that Wright County is control of with Hamilton County. Motion carries. Held continuation hearing on Drainage District #131. Engineer, Kieth Hubbard with McClure Engineering, presented cost estimates for the main tile improvements. He then presented information on the grassed waterway through section #34 and #35. It was suggested that from C54 and south, it would benefit to

Mandy Wessels, RN at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond, has been named one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2014. Wessels has been employed with Iowa Specialty Hospital since August of 2004. She spoke about being overwhelmed by the honor: “When I was notified that I was selected, I immediately cried and then had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to everyone who nominated me. There isn’t a better feeling in the world knowing that you personally have touched someone’s life, enough so that they took time out of their lives to write a nomination letter about you! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” Nurses selected for this honor are nominated by their peers and leaders, and these nominations are sent to a panel of reviewers who are all past honorees from around the state. Reviewers look for very specific examples of qualities that demonstrate efforts beyond those expected of normal duties such as concern of humanity, contributions to the nursing profession, and leadership and mentoring roles. The nominated nurses represent all sectors of health care, including

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ORIGINAL NOTICE IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR WRIGHT COUNTY Phh Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff, Vs. Alan K. Wobbeking, And Spouse Of Alan K. Wobbeking, Defendants. EQUITY NO. EQCV024013 TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT(S): You are notified that a petition has been filed in the office of the clerk of this court, naming you as a defendant in this action, for foreclosure of the property legally described as: A TRACT LYING IN THE SOUTH ½ OF THE NE ¼ OF SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 90 NORTH, RANGE 23 WEST OF THE 5TH P.M., WRIGHT COUNTY, IOWA, FURTHER DESCRIBED AS THE WEST 275.9 FEET OF THE EAST 1,868.4 FEET OF THE NORTH 478.5 FEET OF THE SOUTH 3,356.4 FEET AND THE WEST 111.5 FEET OF THE EAST 1,592.5 FEET OF THE NORTH 211.9 FEET OF THE SOUTH 3,264 FEET OF SAID SECTION 5, INCLUDING A ROAD EASEMENT FROM THE COUNTY ROAD LOCATED TO THE EAST UTILIZING THE EXISTING ROAD (Mortgaged Premises) due to a default in making contractual payments on a promissory note; for judgment in rem against the mortgaged premises for the principal amount of $24,934.45 plus interest as provided in the Note and as may have been subsequently adjusted thereafter, fees, costs, and attorney’s fees, for a declaration of the sum due as a lien on the premises, a declaration that the mortgage is prior and superior to all of the other liens on the property, for a special execution to issue for sale of the Mortgaged Premises at sheriff’s sale, for the issuance of a writ of possession, for a appointment of a receiver upon plaintiff’s application, and for such further relief the Court deems just and equitable. FOR FURTHER PARTICULARS SEE THE PETITION NOW CONTAINED IN THE COURT FILE NOTICE THE PLAINTIFF HAS ELECTED FORECLOSURE WITHOUT REDEMPTION. THIS MEANS THAT THE SALE OF THE MORTGAGED PROPERTY WILL OCCUR PROMPTLY AFTER ENTRY OF JUDGMENT UNLESS YOU FILE WITH THE COURT A WRITTEN DEMAND TO DELAY THE SALE. IF YOU FILE A WRITTEN DEMAND, THE SALE WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL SIX



Dows Community School Board of Directors Dows Community School Board of Directors Unapproved Minutes Monday, April 21, 2014 The Dows Community School Board of Directors held its Regular Meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014. In attendance were Marty Osterman, Kristi Hinkle, Betty Ellis, Dr. Robert Olson, and Anita Frye. The meeting was called to order at 7:01 P.M. by President Marty Osterman. Motion by Ellis to Approve Agenda. Second by Hinkle. Motion carried 3-0. Cindy Ingebritson arrived at 7:02 P.M. Motion by Hinkle to Approve Consent Agenda: Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting held on March 17, 2014; Approve Payment of Monthly Bills; Approve Payment of Additional Bills; Approve Secretary’s Financial Report. Second by Ellis. Motion carried 4-0. Corey Jacobsen arrived at 7:04 P.M. Dr. Olson shared with the Board the Dows building will officially close June 30, 2014. There will be a Public Hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 6:30 P.M., at the Clarion-Goldfield Board Room to sell the building. At this time the building is having an asbestos detailed analysis completed; this is a requirement for selling the building. Dr. Olson attended a City Council meeting in Dows and the City showed interest in receiving the playground and sport court areas to be used as a city park. The board directed Dr. Olson to start the process of getting the building and its contents in order for closing of the building and the sale of the building. Set Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8:00 P.M. as the next Regular Meeting. Motion by Ingebritson to Adjourn. Second by Hinkle. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 P.M. Anita Frye Board Secretary DOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL April 2014 Claims Rural School Advoactes of Iowa - Dues................................. $1,000.00 Access Systems Copier Maintenance.......................... $50.40 Alliant Energy - Electric....................... $931.80 Bakker, Jon L - Reimburse Mileage Asbestos Class.................... $65.25 Central Iowa Water, Inc. Boiler Water Test............................ $125.00 City Of Dows - Water/Sewer................ $256.85 Clarion-Goldfield Community Purchased Services..................... $6,684.60 College of Education Diebels Testing.................................. $38.00 Countryside Turf and Timber Repair Equipment............................ $558.82 Des Moines Stamp Manufacturing Co. -

CGDStamper.................................... $59.42 Dows Community Grocery Inc. Supplies FFV.................................. $351.46 Engel Law Office - Legal Fees.............. $74.38 Farmers Co-op LP Diesel Gasohol...................... $10,009.45 Group Benefits - Insurance................. $961.73 Hardin Co. Tire & Service Center - Tires................................... $346.20 Iowa Central Community College - Insurance......................... $254.00 Iowa Falls Glass, Inc. - Repair.............. $50.00 Iowa Schools Employee Insurance...................................... $8,170.19 Maximum Overdrive Snow Removal............................... $480.00 Mid-America Publishing Corp. Legal Publications.......................... $128.12 Myriam Carrillo Conferences Translator.................... $60.00 Nesbit, Amy L - Reimburse Mileage.... $115.20 Postmaster - Postage............................ $98.00 School Bus Sales Co. - Switch.............. $19.39 Sprain, Craig L - Reimburse Supplies.... $6.59 Staples, Shanda - At Risk Mileage........ $57.60 West Fork CSD Open Enrollment Tuition............... $6,001.00 Central Iowa Distributing Gloves/Cleaner................................ $101.00 Down To Earth - Flowers....................... $70.00 Fred Hoiberg’s Clarion Auto Center Service Van..................................... $139.48 Iowa Testing Programs Testing Fee...................................... $171.21 School Bus Sales Co. - Repair.............. $23.42 Per Mar Security Services Alarm System............................... $1,359.47 Anderson Erickson Dairy Co. Dairy................................................ $427.55 Isaacson, Dawn L - Reimburse FFV...... $53.11 Martin Bros. Distributing Co. Food/Supplies................................. $344.20 Alliant Energy - Electric....................... $988.51 Collection Service Center April Payroll....................................... $10.00 Dows Education Association April Payroll.................................... $343.90 Dows General Fund April Payroll.................................. $8,170.14 IPERS - April Payroll........................ $9,461.03 Treasurer State of Iowa April Payroll.................................. $2,767.00 UBT-TSA - April Payroll....................... $275.00 United Bank & Trust Co. April Payroll............................... $15,937.44 Total Claims.................................... $77,595.91 Anita Frye, Board Secretary Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Notice of Public Hearing “NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR DISPOSITION OF REAL ESTATE” Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of the Clarion-Goldfield Community School District will take action to approve a Resolution for the disposition of real property by the granting of a deed from the Clarion-Goldfield Community School District to the City of Clarion, Iowa for street right-of-way purposes for following described real estate: A TRACT OF LAND FOR STREET RIGHTOF-WAY PURPOSES LOCATED IN THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER (N½ SE¼) OF SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 92 NORTH, RANGE 24 WEST OF THE 5TH P.M., WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF CLARION, WRIGHT COUNTY, IOWA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: Beginning at the Northwest (NW) corner of Lot One (1), Block Two (2) of Evans Kay Addition to the City of Clarion: Thence North 00°14’16” East, 381.00 feet; Thence South 89°52’49”West, 1147.48 feet; Thence South 00°19’08” West, 70.00 feet; Thence North 89°52’49” East, 936.64 feet; Thence along the arc of a 150.00 foot radius curve concave

southwesterly, 236.56 feet, said curve having a chord which bears South 44°56’27” East, for 212.79 feet; Thence South 00°14’16” West, 160.06 feet to the South line of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE¼ SE¼ ); Thence North 89°52’49” East, along said South line, 60.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Tract contains 2.38 acres and is subject to all easements of record. This property is locally known as a portion of Willow Drive and 11th Street. Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Education will meet in the Board Room of the ClarionGoldfield Community School District on the 12th day of May 2014, at 6:00 o’clock p.m., at which time and place a hearing will be held and proceedings will be instituted and action taken on the Resolution for granting of a deed of the above described real property to the City of Clarion for Street Right of Way. At the aforementioned time and place, oral or written objections may be filed or made to this disposition of real property by the ClarionGoldfield Community School District. By order of the Board of Education of the Clarion-Goldfield Community School District.” Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, May 1, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE City of Clarion

City of Clarion Unapproved Minutes Monday, April 21, 2014 Clarion City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm, Mayor Mike Nail presiding with Councilpersons Barb Mussman, Lindsey German, Duane Asbe, Steve Evans and Dave Maxheimer present. Also present City Administrator Rochelle Pohlman, Chief of Police Steve Hennigar, Assistant Chief Steve Terhark and Director of Public Works Jon DeVries. Mayor Nail called meeting to order and asked council if they had conflicts with any agenda items, none reported. Ted Brigger, Terry Hilpipre were present to address the council on properties in Clarion they feel are not being taken care of by the property owners &/or renters and feel the city is not enforcing the ordinances on the books that addresses junk, dangerous buildings, mowing and snow removals. Che Hanson owner of Hanson Tires was also present; he gave a report to the council from the DOT that allows him to store 500 passenger tire equivalents without a permit. Councilperson Mussman reported that she as ex-officio of the Clarion Chamber has been asked to sit on a committee to review City ordinances with other chamber members. Motion Evans seconded German to approve the minutes of April 1, 2014 as written, ayes all carried. Motion German seconded Maxheimer to approve the financial claims as presented, ayes all carried. Motion Asbe seconded German to approve Resolution No. 14-22 approving Contract, performance and/or payment bonds for the White Fox Landing (Phase 1) Improvement Project to Wicks Construction, roll call Evans, aye; Maxheimer, aye; German, aye; Mussman, aye; Asbe, aye; carried. Paul Donna of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated was present to discuss the G.O. Annual Appropriation Bonds, Series 2014 Taxable $1,210,000.00 and Tax Exempt Bonds $1,520,000.00 totaling $2,730,000. 00 for the purpose of paying costs for White Fox Landing (Phase 1) Improvement Project. 5:15 pm, Motion Evans seconded German to open a Public Hearing to take additional action on the proposal to enter into a G.O. Annual Appropriation Loan Agreement with Robert W. Baird & Co Inc., in a principal amount not to exceed $3,000,000.00 for the purpose of paying costs associated with the White Fox Landing (Phase 1) Improvement Project. There were no written or oral comments received, ayes all carried. Motion German seconded Mussman to close the Public Hearing, ayes all carried. Motion Mussman seconded Asbe to approve Resolution No. 14-23 taking additional action with respect to a G.O. Corporate Purchase Loan Agreement, roll call vote Maxheimer, aye; Evans, aye; Asbe, aye; Mussman, aye; German, aye; carried. 5:30 pm, Motion Evans seconded Maxheimer to open a Public Hearing on the proposed plans, specification for of contract and estimate of costs for Traffic Signalization Improvements at the intersection of IA HWY 3 and 2nd Street, there were not written or oral comments received, ayes all carried. City Administrator Pohlman informed the council that on April 17, 2014 held a bid opening for the project; three bids were opened with KW Electric being the apparent bidder at $98,785.00. Motion Mussman seconded German to close the Public Hearing, ayes all carried. Motion Maxheimer seconded German to approve Resolution No. 14-24 Awarding Contract for Traffic Signalization Project to KW Electric in the amount of $98,785.00, roll call Asbe, aye; Mussman, aye; Maxheimer, aye; German, aye; Evans, aye; carried. Motion German seconded Evans to approve the financial support of $2,000 for a County Wide Housing Needs Assessment, ayes all carried. Motion German seconded Mussman to approve a Sign Permit to Soft Serve Station, deck permit to Thomas Frantz and Garbage Haulers Renewal to The Trashman, ayes all carried. The council thanked Chief Steve Hennigar for 33 years of service to the City of Clarion and City Administrator Pohlman invited the council to an open house honoring Hennigar on Friday, April 25th at 10:00 am at the Police/Ambulance Building. Motion Mussman seconded Evans to adjourn, ayes all carried. Rochelle E. Pohlman, City Administrator Mike Nail, Mayor City of Clarion Financial Claims April 9, 2014 - April 17, 2014 AIRGAS NORTH CENTRAL -OXYGEN.........................................$448.59 AVIVA LIFE ANNUITY CO - AVIVA LIFE ANNU..............................$9.00 BLACKTOP SERVICE CO - COLD PATCH.................................$514.50 BBJ LAW FIRM - EASEMENTS/ TRANSFER DOCS........................$3,166.80 CASEYS - PD FUEL MARCH 2014.....$826.76 CENTRAL IOWA DISTRIBUTING - SUPPLIES......................................$340.00

CITY OF CLARION PAYROLL DEDUCTION.....................$25.00 CLARION WTR SWR CLARION WTR DPT........................$811.67 CLARION NC ELEV COOP FUEL MARCH 2014......................$3,572.96 CLARION SUPER FOODS MEETING SUPPLIES......................$282.12 CLARION HARDWARE HANK SUPPLIES.......................................$112.80 CULLIGAN - SUPPLIES.........................$10.00 DEVRIES,JON - PARTIAL CELL PHONE REIMB........................$75.00 FST CT NL BANK PAYROLL DEDUCTION...................$415.00 FOSTER COACH SALES INC SUPPLIES-INVERTER....................$997.57 HACH COMPANY - CHEMICALS..........$97.16 HAWKEYE WEST PEST CONTROL QUARTERLY SERVICES..................$35.00 HAWKINS WATER TREATMENT - CHEMICALS..............................$2,638.45 HENNIGAR,STEVE - PARTIAL CELL PHONE REIMB........................$75.00 HOLIDAY INN - IMFOA SPRING MTG 2014..........................$224.10 IOWA CODIFICATION ORDINANCE 553...............................$57.00 MID AMERICAN ENERGY UTILITY.......................................$13,891.34 NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE NEW YORK LIFE#1..........................$53.73 AGVANTAGE FS INC PROPANE-AIRPORT.......................$913.21 PIZZA RANCH OF CLARION MEETING EXPENSE.......................$228.42 BUSINESS CARD - HEART MONITOR/AMB FAX............................$9.95 POHLMAN SHELLEY CAR ALLOWANCE..........................$388.00 THE TRASH MAN SERVICES MARCH 2014................$271.00 URNESS HARDWARE - SUPPLIES......$97.48 VERIZON WIRELESS FEB/MAR 2014................................$240.06 WELLS FARGO REMITTANCE CE - MEETING EXPENSES/SUPPLIES...............$1,444.27 WRIGHT COUNTY MOTORS POLICE/AMB REPAIRS................$1,725.60 IAPERS - IPERS...............................$7,125.56 FED FICA - FED/FICA TAX.............$10,260.44 TREASURER STATE OF IOWA 3RD QTR SALES TAX..................$5,897.00 CARPENTER UNIFORM POLICE VEST..................................$800.59 EAGLE BLDG SUPPLY - SUPPLIES.....$81.83 CLARION HEALTH IN HEALTH INS.................................... $611.11 TIFFON WILLEY - PARTIAL CELL PHONE/MILEAGE REIMB.....$133.00 ARAMARK SERVICES MARCH 2014................$231.25 BELTECH SOLUTIONS INC POLICE COMPUTERS....................$737.50 MEDIACOM - APR/MAY SERVICE......$116.63 THOMPSON, BRET - PARTIAL CELL PHONE REIMB........................$20.00 AGSOURCE LAB WATER TESTING............................$727.90 PRAIRIE ENERGY COOP INDUSTRIAL PARK LIGHTS..............$27.00 BOUND TREE MEDICAL LLC SUPPLIES.......................................$100.46 STEVE TERHARK - PARTIAL CELL PHONE REIMB........................$20.00 HENNIGAR,SHAYNE - PARTIAL CELL PHONE REIMB........................$20.00 ANDERSON,LYON - PARTIAL CELL PHONE REIMB........................$20.00 AFLAC INSURANCE - AFLAC...............$51.06 JACKSON HEALTH SERVICES HEARING TEST................................$25.00 FLEENER LARRY COMPUTER SERVICES..................$572.88 DEPT OF INSPECT & APPEALS FOOD SERVICE LIC #12726............$67.50 MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY SERVI SUPPLIES.....................................$1,265.58 BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORP - INF PUMPS/SOFTWARE LEASE..........$251.88 SHOPKO - SUPPLIES...........................$31.36 EDWARD R JONES PAYROLL DEDUCTION...................$100.00 BOONE VALLEY IMPLEMENT - SUPPLIES..................$43.06 HENNIGARS WRECKER SERVICE SERVICES MARCH 2014................$410.00 WOOD, ANDRUE METER REFUND..............................$61.84 ODB COMPANY - SUPPLIES STREETSWEEPER BRUSHES.......$734.57 GRINNELL VOL FIRE DEPT FIRE RESCUE TRAINING..............$150.00 PAYROLL CHECKS - PAYROLL CHECKS ON 04/11/2014............$31,212.26 CLAIMS TOTAL...............................$95,904.80 GENERAL FUND............................$52,385.13 TRANSIT FUND...................................$586.22 ROAD USE FUND.............................$9,864.50 LOCAL OPTION TAX FUND.............$1,342.59 TIF FUND..........................................$3,152.00 WATER FUND.................................$23,403.69 SEWER FUND..................................$5,128.87 WASTE WATER PROJECT FUND.........$41.80 CLAIM TOTAL.................................$95,904.80 Published in the Wright County Monitor on Thursday, May 1, 2014

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