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Matching grant provides for emergency radios Kacey Ginn, editor Early this summer, difficulties communicating during the county tornado drill scenario at the Fairgrounds proved that emergency radio updates were needed. This week, Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer was able to announce that the county has secured a $200,000 matching grant from the state to go toward 66 radios for emergency vehicles. “It’s probably the most important tool we’ve got,” the Sheriff said of radio communication. Last year, the county was able to replace radios for the communication center. The Sheriff said the next step will be to improve tower coverage for dead spots, either by putting up a new tower or working with U.S. Cellular to share a tower. “We’re probably a year out from that,” he said. The $400,000 cost includes a 55 percent price reduction on the new radios, installation and programming for all the services that will use them. “It is a lot of money, but you’ve got to speak to people,” Supervisor Karl Helgevold said. At the latest, the new radios will be in use by next July, though Schluttenhofer said he hoped to have everything installed by December. With the matching grant, the cost to the county will ultimately be $200,000. However, Schluttenhofer said the county would need to initially pay $400,000, half of which would be reimbursed. The supervisors approved the matching grant costs for improved 911 communication. Other business at Monday’s supervisors meeting included managing some internal funds, a funding request, and drainage. “We had a petition filed on August 8 to create better drainage up in Boone Township, section 23,” said Deb Lukes, drainage clerk. “It was originally requested by Bob Engh.” Lukes said Ryken Engineering had come up with three options to improve drainage in the district, which currently has a drainage coefficient of less than a quarter inch. The first option would increase the coefficient to a half-inch, today’s standard, and extend county tile 3,150 feet with a cost of $209,286. The second option would extend the same distance, but increase the drainage coefficient to a full inch for $230,604. Last, for a less expensive option, improvements could be made for 2,600 feet with a half-inch

coefficient for $169,072. Lukes said there were currently no problems with the petition, with about 90 percent of landowners having signed it, but thought some might be less willing once they saw the potential cost compared to landowner benefit. The supervisors moved to accept the petition and set a public hearing for December 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. “This will give time for the landowners to come in and look at the report, and we’d like them to do that,” Board Chairman Stan Watne said. The motion was approved. Auditor Betty Ellis brought Resolution 2016-29, forward which would transfer money from three inactive funds. Two of the funds were very small—$2.97 left untouched in federal forfeiture funds and $30 for unlimited options loan repayments. A larger amount, $26,826.78, had been left unused for the urban renewal plan for the wind farm. Ellis said those funds would be transferred to secondary roads. “This is just a resolution giving me permission to move it from that fund to the most closely related,” Ellis said. Though the resolution was passed with a motion by Supervisor Rick Rasmussen and a second by Helgevold, Peggy Schluttenhofer, treasurer, said that the urban renewal funds were collecting interest and they should consider moving those after a quarterly or monthly interest payment. Last, Deb Prehm with the Homeward Housing Trust Fund requested a commitment from the county for $5,000 to go toward matching grants for housing improvements and repairs for lowincome county residents. “Homeward over the years has gotten their funding over the years from different federal grants and state grants,” she said. Homeward typically covers one-fourth of the cost of each grant. “We’re finding that our financial stability is being compromised a bit with this grant match we’ve been providing.” Prehm said that if the counties they cover do not assist with funds, they might decide to dissolve. “There’s so many things it benefits,” Helgevold said. “We need it,” Rasmussen agreed. A final decision for funding will be made by January.

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Benefit dinner will help Crossroads Youth and Family Center expand Kacey Ginn, editor “People come and go in kids’ lives,” said Craig Carlson, executive director of Crossroads Youth and Family Center. “One of our goals is to get adults in their lives constant.” Crossroads got its start in 1995. The brick building on Main Street in Goldfield has seen some renovations over the years, including to the apartments on the second floor that partially fund the center. Now that it’s been cleaned up, the building is rented out for events, and yoga and exercise classes take place there throughout the week. Its main activity, however, is hosting close to 30 kids and teens every Friday and Saturday evening in a supervised, safe environment where they can have fun. Carlson and Tammy Thomas are the longest-serving workers in the organization, with up to two additional volunteers helping out with the kids who come to the center each weekend. “The kids don’t just need something to do, they need adults to do it with them,” Carlson said. In addition to serving as Crossroads Executive Director for the last eight years, Carlson is a substitute teacher for both the C-G-D and Eagle Grove school districts and volunteers for middle school youth group Hiz Kidz. The center has a pool table, ping-pong, radio, and some board games, but Carlson said mostly, kids come up with things to do together. Teenagers will play word games and younger kids pretend—they call a recent favorite game “jail.” “They use their imagination, and they play,” Carlson said. “Through relationship, they devise their own entertainment, and that’s really cool to see.” Eventually, a kid who didn’t do much but look at his phone might start to put it away. For the teen or adolescent who spends most of their time alone playing video games, having a place for activities with other kids can make a big difference. “There’s a lot of angst, a lot of anxiety,” Carlson said. “As their social world expands, they see hope.” Developing healthy relationships between kids is another major goal of the center. Carlson observed that both kids and teens tend to dislike being around younger age groups, and without some interaction, those attitudes can carry over into adulthood. Carlson likes to have teens volunteer behind the counter with the middle-school kids,

preparing snacks and sometimes helping out with other tasks. One of Carlson’s rules is “no yelling.” Kids displaying problem behavior are asked to stop, and if problems persist, they are sent home. If there’s consistent trouble, Carlson meets with parents to see how the center can help them, and in some cases gets them connected to county resources like Bee Inspired and Children and Family resources. The Center has also done programs designed to meet the needs of the community it serves. Carlson said they recently wrapped up a support and recovery group for teenagers. For some, just the feeling of being listened to, seen, and understood can be life changing— something Carlson said he wished he had when he was younger. “The need is great in small rural communities,” he said. “The kids need to be seen.” Now, Crossroads plans to create another youth center to help fill that need. Carlson said that in five years, they want to be in both Eagle Grove and Clarion, but they’re looking at Clarion first simply because he has more connections there. Carlson said the center has six months of expenses saved up for a new location, but they want to wait until they have a full years’ worth to start looking for a building. He doesn’t want to be unable to sustain a new center once they find a location. “That would be doing the town a great disservice,” he said. On Tuesday, November 1, Grounded in Clarion will host a benefit dinner and silent auction. The benefit will raise money for a new center, but Carlson said building relationships is the more important thing. “We’re accomplishing the major feat we want to accomplish— awareness,” he said. For auction items, Carlson said they didn’t want to compete with charities who would be collecting items from businesses this time of year. They chose to have the kids get involved by having them donate their time. Attendees will bid on three hours of work—say, for shoveling snow or raking leaves—to be done by a pair of kids who regularly go to the center. “Especially the middle school kids, they’re excited. They’re more than willing to get involved,” Carlson said. Tickets for the benefit can be purchased at the Security Savings Bank in both Clarion and Eagle Grove, and are also available at the

The Crossroads Youth and Family Center also has an outdoor area for kids to play during nice weather.

A few years ago, the Center stopped selling candy bars and sodas and started serving healthy snacks instead. Carlson was happy to report that the kids still enjoy the food.

All photos courtesy of Crossroads. C-G-D high school and elementary school offices. Some of the Crossroads kids will also be visiting businesses this week to sell tickets. The dinner includes steak or chicken breast, potato, salad and fruit. It may be a year or two before another Crossroads Youth and

Family Center can be established, both for funds and volunteers. In the meantime, Carlson said they hope to connect with people who have a passion for helping youth. “I need people to help me cast the vision to the community,” he said.

Totally Gross-Out party at the library

The Clarion Public Library’s Totally Gross-Out Party had more than 30 kids playing with, smelling, and touching, some weird and wacky stuff. Here, children’s librarian Melissa Hanson helps mix up some blue slime.

Some kids were more lucky than others when blindfolded for “Pin the Booger on the Nose.”

Kids had to pick up gummy worms from their dirt pudding without using their hands.

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Clarion’s ordinances need Clarion Grower Wins Real Yield Sweepstakes work, city attorney says Kacey Ginn, editor Rich Bordwell, attorney to the City of Clarion, made an appearance at Monday night’s city council meeting to speak to the council about troubles with the city’s ordinances, particularly with how nuisances, abandoned properties, and junk are defined. “They leave a lot to be desired,” Bordwell said. “Some of these look like they were drafted in the 1800s.” Bordwell pointed out that “junk cars” are hard to prove by the ordinances. Even vehicles with broken windows that don’t run can legally be kept in a yard if their licenses are kept current. Bordwell thought there were better ways to address the problem. “You have to come up with something about parking vehicles on lawns,” he said. City Administrator Dustin Rief said they were working on drafting a new code for parking. Once it’s enacted, cars will only be able to park on “improved” (graveled or paved) sections of yard, and those sections will not exceed more than two thirds of a property’s total area, and no more than half of a front yard. Bordwell also said the city should improve their definitions for abandoned and dangerous housing so the city will have clear legal reason to take action on abandoned properties. “My recommendation— if it’s been abandoned for at least 6 months, and it has no electricity or water service, I think we’re in a stronger position at that point,” he said. This discussion took place after the open forum portion of the meeting, where the council went over some related issues with Clarion resident Jeff Hamilton. Hamilton wanted to address citations he had received for junk vehicles at his residence. “The vehicles I’ve got the notice for have been moved off the property,” Hamilton said. The council and Hamilton also had a difference of opinion on piles of lumber and metal Hamilton said he was keeping for building materials. Since they’ve been untouched for some time, the council was ready to consider them junk. Hamilton said that when he is in a financial position to do so, he would us the materials to complete the garage he was issued a building permit for last year, and then he would be able to move many of the vehicles he stored on his property inside. Council members said they were disappointed that the permit had not yet been fulfilled, but encouraged Hamilton to keep working with the

Bayer impacts the future of agriculture with Real Yield city to meet ordinance requirements. “I know the council and the city and the community would appreciate it,” Councilperson Andy Young said. There was also some confusion over whether Hamilton’s permit included the addition of a deck, which he has completed. Rief said the version of the permit that passed did not include the deck, though Hamilton had a letter from the city where the deck was mentioned as part of the permit. Hamilton said he would be pursuing another building permit for the garage when first permit’s year is up in November. The permit will be voted on by the council at that time. In other business, the council approved a change order for an increase in $985 to the price agreed on with Voltmer, Inc. for the traffic signalization improvement project for the lights at Main Street and Central Avenue. “This is to change the lights to LED so it will use a lot less electricity. It’s something that should have been caught at the beginning, but was not,” Rief said. The council also approved pay certificate #16 for GrundmanHicks, LLC for $107,597 to cover the purchase of mulch and some electrical controls for the wastewater treatment plant. Public works director Jon DeVries said the SAGRs should be filled this week, and that barring sudden freezing weather they should begin working well enough to meet state requirements for effluent by spring. Still, other portions of work are still far behind. “We’ll be talking about this still next spring,” he said.

Notice The Wright County Auditor’s

Office will be open on Saturday, October 29, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the purpose of pre-registering voters for the November 8 General Election and absentee voting. The Auditor’s office is located in the basement of the courthouse due to a remodeling project.

The results are in and you might know the July winner of the Real Yield Sweepstakes, sponsored by Bayer. Waylon Keller of Clarion, IA, will take home 200 acres worth of Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink® soybean seed. Thanks to Bayer and LibertyLink, growers are winning the battle against herbicide-resistant weeds and supporting the future of agriculture through FFA. Growers who enter the Real Yield Sweepstakes have the opportunity to win free seed and Liberty herbicide; local FFA foundations earn donations from every grower entry. Keller entered the Real Yield Sweepstakes after learning of the contest through an ad on Facebook. Keller is the first winner in 2016. As a confirmed winner, Keller is looking forward to 2017 planting. “We’re excited to see how the LibertyLink system stacks up against what we’ve been using. We have been using RoundUp Ready and have not seen the control we want on our soybeans. Resistant waterhemp is becoming a bigger problem,” he said. “We’re excited to try it, and we’re hoping it will give us control of weeds and provide good yields.” Between now and December 31, six more growers will be named Real Yield winners. The prize package includes: • Material to treat 200 acres with Liberty herbicide, the working solution for weed control and real yields, and • FiberMax or Stoneville cotton seed with the LibertyLink trait to plant 200 acres, or • Any brand of soybean seed with the

LibertyLink trait to plant 200 acres. One grand prize winner will receive 500 acres of the LibertyLink system. Bayer will announce the grand prize winner in San Antonio, Texas, at the 2017 Commodity Classic, the largest farmer-led, farmerfocused convention in the U.S. Additionally, $50,000 in prize money will be distributed to the 10 state FFA organizations with the most grower submissions. Bayer equips each participating FFA with material to promote grower submissions. Every sweepstakes entry gains a point for the respective state FFA. The state with the most points will win the largest donation. The announcement of the winning state takes place during Commodity Classic. Real Yield Sweepstakes drawings are held monthly through December. To participate, growers simply enter at www.RealYieldSweepstakes. com. Learn more about effective weed control and optimizing yield with Liberty and the LibertyLink System at Bayer is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer representative, or visit Crop Science, a division of Bayer, online at www.cropscience. Visit the Bayer Connect - Social Hub for social media, recent news, blog posts, videos and more from Crop Science, a division of Bayer.

Trees Forever officially working with Clarion Kacey Ginn, editor At the Clarion city council meeting on Monday, City Administrator Dustin Rief was happy to announce that Clarion has been officially selected to work with Trees Forever for community visioning. Next month, Clarion’s steering committee will meet with members of Trees Forever to start generating ideas for projects to improve Clarion’s public spaces. Rief said that Councilperson Barb Mussman helped select a varied representation of Clarion’s population for the steering committee. “Not the regular faces we see on a lot of organizations,” he said. The committee is made of 24

members. Trees Forever started in 1998. Since then, they’ve planted 3.4 million trees in Iowa and Illinois. Though planting trees is a big part of their mission, Trees Forever also works with designers and architecture students at Iowa State University to help cities with projects like walking paths, curb designs, memorials, and gardens.

Former Clarion resident pens novel Iowa native and former Clarion resident Bill Freeman has written a book. Written under the pen name Myrle Clarkson, he has penned “The Bastard Son.” It is a story of the challenges and triumphs of a young boy and the many hardships he faces growing up. Many of the towns chronicled in the book are small Iowa towns, with the family eventually settling in Clarion. Freeman began working for the Chicago Great Western Railway

when the depot was located in Clarion, where he and his wife raised four children. He has since retired and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. The book is available through most major bookstores, including Barnes and Noble and Books-aMillion, and is also available on Amazon. According to Freeman’s daughter Roxy Gadzicki, it’s a great read for people of all ages and backgrounds and for anyone struggling with obstacles in their life.

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A.J.’s Enemies

The list keeps getting longer Yes, A.J. Fryerson complained about everything, and the number of folks on his “bad list” increased by the week. There’s a funny thing about collecting such a long list. Chances are, a lot of those folks included A.J. on their bad lists as well. Sooner or later, people would say, something bad was going to happen to A.J. The September 8, 1998, edition of The Hometown News included A.J.’s latest discourse. Not a week went by that Fryerson didn’t write a letter to the editor, and on slow news weeks, they often found their way onto Iris Long’s opinion page. His latest rant had to do with the only gas station in town, Buford Levitt’s Sinclair Oil. The problem with complaining about Levitt’s was obvious to anyone in the Valley. Along with Perry Pratt, Buford was just about the most liked and respected merchant in the community. A.J. wasn’t going to attract many allies. His latest diatribe had to do with the way the gas pumps kept track of his purchases. It started when Buford introduced “self-service” pumps at his station in 1997. Prior to that, customers would pull into the station, order their gas, and pay the attendant. More times than not, the rotating cylinder would turn over by a penny or two, but the attendant always charged only what the customer ordered. Buford replaced his old gas pumps during the same period he introduced self-service. Instead of the old cylinder models, Levitt’s now had electronic pumps with digital displays that indicated the amount of gas purchased. This apparently upset A.J. to no end. He penned his letter on Monday, September 7, and dropped it off at the newspaper office, saving him the cost of a 32-cent stamp. Unlike most Valley residents, Iris

saw A.J.’s rantings as harmless. She figured she was doing the Valley a favor by letting him blow off steam in the paper rather than finding a more violent method of expressing himself. And sometimes, as was the case with this letter, she found A.J.’s thought process rather amusing. “Dear Hometown News,” he began. “I have been a customer of Sinclair Oil for more than 30 years. When I purchased my first car in 1963, I bought my first tank of gas from Buford Levitt himself.” Like many of A.J.’s letters, this one started out peacefully enough. But as was often the case, his tone quickly changed. “What I want to know is,” he continued, “when gas pumps went from calculating the cost of your gas to robbing you like a slot machine in Las Vegas?” The crux of the matter came down to the precision of those new pumps. “Before Sinclair got those new pumps, you knew what your gas was going to cost. Now, you might as well close your eyes, because those numbers keep on rolling until they decide to stop on their own!” He went on to call Buford the worst kind of thief: one who would steal from his neighbors and friends. Yes, A.J. Fryerson made a lot of enemies, and as his list got longer many folks figured it was only a matter of time before he complained about someone who wouldn’t take it as calmly as Buford Levitt. The letter to the editor on September 8 would be the last anyone would hear from A.J. in 1998. Yes, he liked to complain. But as the good folks of Lennox Valley would soon discover, A.J. had just complained for the last time. Learn more about the good folks of Lennox Valley at lennoxvalley. com.

Nancy’s Notes Last week after school we had three dozen students enjoy “A Totally Gross Party.” There was a lot of energy in the room as they enjoyed a short film, popcorn, and many crazy games. We will be having a Halloween party on Wednesday, October 26 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. It is open to the first 24 students, grades 1-5, who sign up. Danielle Steel’s latest is entitled, “Rushing Waters.” More than one patron has recommended this novel. It begins as Hurricane Ophelia is bearing down on New York City. In a matter of hours, six people, along with their families, friends, and millions of other New Yorkers living around them, will be caught up in horrific flooding. Ellen Wharton has flown into New York from London intent on seeing her mother, Grace Madison. Despite Ellen’s urging, when the storm hits, seventy-four-year-old Grace refuses to leave her Tribeca apartment in the midst of the evacuation zone. They must eventually wade through chest-high water to the police boats outside. British investment banker Charles Williams is traveling on business but is also eager to see his young daughters, who live with his estranged ex-wife in SoHo. Desperate to find them, he checks the shelters where thousands have taken refuge and runs into Ellen and her mother. Juliette Dubois, a dedicated ER doctor, fights to save lives when the generators at her hospital fail. NYU students Peter Holbrook and Ben Weiss, living in a shabby downtown walkup, are excited by the adventure of the approaching hurricane, refuse to evacuate, and settle in with junk food and beer until their building

threatens to collapse. A day of chaos takes its toll. Lives, belongings, and loved ones are swept away.         Fern Michaels has now written “Crash and Burn,” number 27 in her Sisterhood series. The women of the Sisterhood are united by their mission to help those unable to help themselves. But now they’ve encountered opponents who share a unique bond of their own. The law firm of Queen, King, Bishop & Rook the Chessmen, has been a formidable force in Washington, D.C., for decades. And Sisterhood member Nikki Quinn’s new case has made her their prime target. Nikki has agreed to represent Livinia Lambert as she files for divorce from her domineering, greedy husband, Wilson “Buzz” Lambert. Buzz, currently Speaker of the House, fears the scandal will ruin his presidential plans, and intends to make life extremely difficult for Livinia, with the Chessmen’s help. The law firm may play dirty, but the Sisterhood play smart.           Stop in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Age of The Geek

Travis Fischer is a writer for Mid America Publishing

Super Hero Rundown By Travis Fischer I was planning on doing a column of the noteworthy new shows on the air for this fall’s television season, but having already looked at “MacGyver,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “The Exorcist,” there honestly aren’t enough new arrivals left to make a column out of. So instead, let’s check in on the state of comic book adaptations this week. It’s hard to believe that less than a decade ago superheroes on television were a rarity. For the longest time, the closest we had was a Superman series that refused to put Superman in a costume. Now look at the TV landscape. Four color characters as far as the eye can see. Starting with… Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After years of holding back, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has finally started doing what people expected them from the start. They’ve got Marvel super-heroes on the show. Not long ago Marvel Studios regained the rights to Ghost Rider from Sony. After two failed movies with Nicholas Cage starring as Johnny Blaze, the most famous incarnation of the character, people have been waiting to see what Marvel Studios would do with the property. (My money was on a Netflix original) The TV version of Ghost Rider isn’t Johnny Blaze, but is instead Robbie Reyes, a very recent addition to the lore. (And I only just now realized those names rhyme.) With only a single 12 issue run to his name, there isn’t a lot to the character, making it easier to flesh out on-screen. There’s already talk of Ghost Rider getting his own spinoff series, but this show has already failed to launch a spin-off once so I wouldn’t hold my breath.

and struggling to get even faster. D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow Being super-hero shows, “The Flash” and “Arrow” have built up quite the roster of secondary characters. Rather than shelve them in limbo, The CW has given some of the more popular characters a show of their own. (Including Iowa’s own Brandon Routh, who once played Superman and is currently The Atom.) It’d be easy to write off “Legends of Tomorrow” as a B-Team show, but their time travel high jinks were pretty entertaining for their first season and I don’t see them slowing down for the second. Supergirl “Supergirl” had a solid first season on CBS, but it apparently wasn’t getting the ratings it needed. Fortunately, Greg Berlanti, who is the show runner for three previously mentioned shows, found a home for Supergirl on The CW. Moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver might have cut costs, but it also comes with a price. Specifically, the downgrading of Calista Flockhart from the main cast to a recurring character. Still, there is an upside. After a season of off-screen teases,

Gotham Over on Fox, “Gotham” remains the most interesting show with the least interesting main character on TV. The drama around Jim Gordon’s journey to becoming the Police Commissioner we know and love isn’t particularly compelling, fortunately the wacky antics of the Penguin, Riddler, and the increasing number of super-criminals more than makes up for it. Outside of super hero fare, there’s also “Lucifer” and “iZombie” drawing inspiration from comic books. Later this season we’ll also see “Powerless,” an NBC comedy about insurance adjusters in the DC universe; and “Riverdale” a CW teen drama based on “Archie Comics.” Not a bad line-up, all things considered. The inner kid in me will never stop being amazed that there’s a super-hero show for every night of the week. Travis Fischer is a news writer for Mid-America Publishing and picked a bad time to start up a Netflix subscription.

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Arrow Time has not been kind to “Arrow.” It may be the progenitor of the CW’s DC’s television universe, but the show has been in a perpetual identity crisis since its second season. Once upon a time, “Arrow” was about a lone vigilante facing off against corrupt businessmen and realistically re-imagined Batman villains. Lately though, nearly everybody on the cast is either a vigilante or working with one. This season there appears to be a shake-up with the cast, introducing a new wave of vigilantes to the mix. I’m not sure that’s what the show needs, but I’ll keep watching anyway. The Flash “The Flash” may be a spin-off, but it’s safe to say that it’s surpassed “Arrow” in quality. Who would have thought that The Flash would become TV’s most popular superhero? In the third season of The Flash, it seems that Barry Allen is still messing around with alternate realities. No telling yet who the bigbad of the season is going to be, though one can hope we won’t have three consecutive seasons of Barry going up against another speedster

Superman has finally made a full appearance. The new location will also make crossovers with other CW shows easier, so expect fair number of team-ups in the future.

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NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION Tuesday, November 2, 2010 I, Betty Ellis, Commissioner of Elections in Wright County, Iowa, do hereby proclaim that the General Election in Wright County, Iowa, will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from seven o’clock a.m. until nine o’clock p.m., Central Standard Time. All qualified electors will elect certain federal, state, county, and township officers, and also to act upon retention of certain judges in office. The polling places in each precinct are as follows: VOTING PRECINCTS. The County shall be divided into precincts as required by Chapter 49 of the Code of Iowa in the following manner: 1. The first precinct called “Belmond” in Wright County shall consist of all of Belmond, Pleasant, and Iowa Townships, including all of the City of Belmond and City of Rowan will vote in the Belmond City Hall, 112 2nd Ave. NE. 2. The second precinct called “Clarion” in Wright County shall consist of all the incorporated area of the City of Clarion and will vote in the Courthouse Basement, 115 N. Main Street. 3. The third precinct called the “Big 6 Townships” in Wright County shall consist of the unincorporated areas of Norway, Lake, Lincoln, Grant, Dayton, and Wall Lake and will vote at the ISU Extension Office, 210 1st Street SW, Clarion, IA. 4. The fourth precinct called “Dows” in Wright County shall consist of all of Blaine and Vernon Township, including all of the City of Galt and that portion of the incorporated area of the City of Dows lying in Wright County and will vote in the Dows Convention Center/City Hall, 119 E. Ellsworth, Dows, IA. 5. The fifth precinct called “Goldfield” in Wright County shall consist of all of Boone and Liberty Township, including all of the incorporated area of the City of Goldfield and will vote in the Goldfield Legion Hall, 505 N. Main, Goldfield, IA. 6. The sixth precinct called “Rural Eagle Grove” in Wright County shall consist of all of Woolstock, Troy, and Eagle Grove Townships, including all of the incorporated area of the City of Woolstock and excluding the incorporated area of the City of Eagle Grove, and will vote in the Memorial Hall, 200 South Park Ave. 7. The seventh precinct called “EG Ward #1” in Wright County shall consist of Ward #1 in the City of Eagle Grove and will vote in the Memorial Hall, 200 South Park Ave. 8. The eighth precinct called “EG Ward #2” in Wright County shall consist of Ward #2 in the City of Eagle Grove and will vote in the Memorial Hall, 200 South Park Ave. 9. The ninth precinct called “EG Ward #3” in Wright County shall consist of Ward #3 in the City of Eagle Grove and will vote in the Memorial Hall, 200 South Park Ave. 10. The tenth precinct called “EG Ward #4” in Wright County shall consist of Ward #4 in the City of Eagle Grove and will vote in the Memorial Hall, 200 South Park Ave. If you are still unsure of where to vote, please call the Auditor’s office at 515-532-2771 VOTER ACCESSIBLITY All voting sites are fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Each site also has a voter assist ballot marking device which allows persons with sight disabilities to vote independently. Voters may also choose another person to assist them to vote, except their employer, employer’s agent, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. If you have any questions about the voter accessibility at a polling site, please feel free to call the Auditor’s office at 515-532-2771 for more information. Betty Ellis Wright County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections



WRIGHT COUNTY SUPERVISORS MINUTES SUPERVISORS OCTOBER 3, 2016 Chairman Watne called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9 a.m. Members present were Watne, Helgevold, and Rasmussen. Minutes of the previous regular meeting of September 26, 2016, were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. Peggy Schluttenhofer, Wright County Treasurer, presented two tax sale certificates to be canceled. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to approve the assignment of two tax sale certificates and remove penalty and interest due to error in transfer of property by county. Motion carried. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Rasmussen, to approve the fireworks permits


NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE The following real estate located in Franklin County, Iowa, and locally known as the “Musehl Farm,” will be offered for sale to the highest bidder for cash on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of Coonley & Coonley at 121 First Avenue Northwest in Hampton, Iowa 50441. The property offered for sale is described as follows: The Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of Section Sixteen (16), Township Ninety-one (91) North, Range Twenty-one (21) West of the 5th P.M., Franklin County, Iowa EXCEPT a tract commencing at the South Quarter Corner of Section Sixteen (16), Township Ninety-one (91) North, Range Twenty-one (21) West of the 5th P.M., Franklin County, Iowa; thence East 515 feet along the South line of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of said Section Sixteen (16) to the point of beginning; thence East 584 feet along the South line of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of said Section Sixteen (16); thence North 00°30’ West 408.88 feet; thence West 564.96 feet; thence South 02°10’ West of 409.15 feet to the point of beginning AND EXCEPT the North 100 acres of the Southeast Quarter (SE1/4) of Section Sixteen (16), Township Ninety-one (91) North, Range Twenty-one (21) West of the 5th P.M., Franklin County, Iowa. This property is located approximately 1.5 miles East and 2.5 miles South of Coulter, and approximate 5 miles West and 3 miles South of Hampton, and consists of approximately 52 total acres. Sealed written bids will be accepted at the law offices of Coonley & Coonley, 121 First Avenue Northwest, P.O. Box 397, in Hampton, Iowa, up to the time of sale. All bids should state “Musehl Farm Sale Bid” on the outside of the envelope. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Coonley & Coonley law office and thereafter, anyone having placed a sealed bid will be permitted to bid further. The above real estate is being sold on the following terms: 1. Ten percent (10%) down at the time of contract, immediately following the bidding. 2. Balnce due in full at closing to be held as soon as reasonably practical. 3. Full possession available March 1, 2017. 4. Real estate taxes will be prorated to March 1, 2017. 5. Good, clear and merchantable title with abstract showing the same will be conveyed by Warranty Deeds at time of final settlement and performance by the Buyer. 6. Property is being sold “AS IS.” 7. Seller reserves the right to reject any or all bids. 8. 2016 rents and related farm payments are retained by seller. 9. Announcements made at time of sale take precedence. For an information packet or further information, contact John E. Coonley, 121 First Avenue Northwest, P.O. Box 397, Hampton, Iowa 50441. Telephone number (641) 456-4741 and E-mail: WK42,43,44,45

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for Virginia Hoversten. Motion carried. Bruce Lindner, Conservation Director, presented two names to replace a board member on the Conservation Board. Jake Johnson has resigned from the Board. The Board of Supervisors were very impressed with the two interested candidates and the backgrounds of each. In order to have members of the board spread out across the county, they chose a person further to the north of the county. There was then a motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to appoint Donna Brown to Conservation Board with her term ending June 30, 2020. Motion carried. Courtney Stewart, Wright County Transit Coordinator, presented a 28E Agreement with the City of Eagle Grove to administrate

the Transit program in Eagle Grove. This Agreement is very similar to the City of Clarion. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Helgevold, to approve the 28E with the City of Eagle Grove to provide transit service. Motion carried. Courtney then updated the Board on new employees that were hired from the city transit programs of Melvin Schnell and Constance Ann Linn to drive in the City of Eagle Grove, and Ashley Keeling to drive in the City of Clarion. Motion by Helgevold, and seconded by Watne, to adjourn the meeting. Stan Watne, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Wk.42

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PUBLIC NOTICE CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS CSD MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS CSD CLARION, IOWA 50525 MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016 The Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Board of Directors held a Regular Meeting on Monday, October 10, 2016. In attendance was Beth Severson, Beth Jackson, Troy Seaba, Clint Middleton, High School Principal Erik Smith, Elementary Principal Tricia Rosendahl, Superintendent Dr. Robert Olson, Wright Co. Monitor Reporter Kasey Ginn, and Board Secretary Anita Frye. President Severson called the meeting to order at 5:05 P.M. There was no one to address the board during Open Forum. Motion by Middleton to Approve the Agenda. Second by Jackson. Motion carried 4-0. Old Business: TAP Report – None Sports Boosters Report – None Principals’ Reports – Elementary Principal Rosendahl informed the board that her preliminary count for 3-year-old preschool through 5th grade was up compared to last year. They have made final selections in their “Leader in Me” positions. There were twenty-five applications, they interviewed all twenty-five, the committee then selected twelve students for this year’s “Leader in Me” positions. High School Principal Erik Smith shared with the district that the high school preliminary enrollment counts are also up compared to last year. The official count date is October 15th. New Business: Motion by Seaba to Approve Consent Agenda. Second by Jackson. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting held on September 12, 2016; Approve Monthly Bills; Approve Additional Bills; Approve Work Agreement for Stan Busick – Bus Driver, Kaia Anderson – ESL Para Educator, Approve Contract Amendment for Shannon Leist as NHS Sponsor; Review of Board Policy 300 – Statement of Guiding Principles, Policy 301 – Superintendent of Schools, Policy 301.1 – Superintendent Qualifications, 301.2 – Superintendent Appointment, 301.3 – Superintendent Duties, First Reading Policy 800 – Purchasing Policy, Second Readings Policy 403.5 Early Retirement, Policy 204.2 – Regular Board Meetings, Policy 503.9 Student Good Conduct Rule. Motion Carried 4-0. The Board directed Dr. Olson to get samples of District Facility Study & Subsequent Comprehensive Plans from Struxture Architects before moving ahead with the study so they see what is provided for the fee charged. Renovation continues at the new district office location with target finish date of December 1st. Motion by Seaba to Approve the purchase of wrestling mat from Resilite for $12,148.36. Second by Middleton. Motion carried 4-0. Wright County Board Retreat will be held on Monday, November 7, 2016, beginning at 6:30 P.M. with meal served at 7 P.M. The meeting will be held at Hagie Manufacturing West Campus, with boards from Clarion-GoldfieldDows, Belmond-Klemme, Eagle Grove, and CAL CSD attending the retreat with focus on ESL. Dr. Olson informed the board that Middle School Language Arts Teacher Missy Springsteen-Haupt has received the honor of being selected as Middle School Level Language Arts Teacher of the Year. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, November 14th, 2016, at 5 P.M. in the ICN at the High School. Motion by Middleton to adjourn. Second by Jackson. Motion Carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 6:13 P.M. Anita J. Frye, SBO/Board Secretary OCTOBER 10, 2016—CLAIMS Airgas USA LLC, Supplies..................... $48.87 All About Learning Press, Inc, Supplies.......................................... $106.85 Aramark Uniform Services, Supplies... $792.84 Arnold Motor Supply, Supplies............ $179.38 Bakker Jon, Reimbursement................. $35.00 Band Shoppe, Supplies......................... $73.80 Carson-Dellosa Publishing Co.,LLC, Supplies............................................ $25.94 Central Iowa Distributing, Supplies..... $829.70 City of Clarion, Water....................... $3,767.89 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows CSD PP, Base Connections.................................... $732.07 Control Installation of Iowa, Inc., Service............................................ $127.37 Cornwell, Frideres, Maher & Associates PLC, Service......................................... $4,380.00 Deb Hennigar, Reimbursement............. $70.00 DeMoulin, Supplies............................... $87.90 Department of Education_OIAS, Inspection Fees................................................ $200.00 DHS Cashier 1st Fl, Medicaid.......... $6,370.03 Don’s Pest Control, Pest Control......... $118.00 Doors Inc., Supplies............................ $519.00 Eagle Building Supply Cl, Supplies....... $13.22 EF Educational Tours, TAG Trip.......... $503.81 Follett School Solutions Inc., Books.... $202.36

Goldfield Access Network, Phone.... $1,493.41 Goldfield Telephone Co., Phone.......... $144.70 Hansch, Danielle, Mileage..................... $28.00 IASB, Testing......................................... $36.00 Iowa Central Community College, Textbooks..................................... $1,723.51 Iowa Division of Labor Services, Boiler Inspection....................................... $360.00 Iowa Scale Co., Service........................ $92.00 Iowa School Finance Information Services, ..... Inc., Service.................................... $210.00 ISCA Registration, Membership Renewal............................................ $80.00 IXL Learning, License............................ $30.00 JW Pepper & Son Inc., Supplies......... $273.72 Kugel Electric Motors Inc., Service...... $460.50 Lexia Learning Systems LLC, Software License........................................ $9,000.00 Malloy Law Firm, Service.................... $645.75 Martin Bros., Food/Supplies.................. $83.86 Menards FD, Supplies......................... $158.61 MidAmerican Energy, Electricity.......... $165.71 O’Halloran International Inc., Service.. $588.22 Per Mar Security Services, Service..... $130.00 Rieman Music, Repair......................... $151.00 Scholastic Book Clubs Inc., Books...... $151.00 School Bus Sales, Parts...................... $218.08 School Health Corp., Supplies.............. $14.81 School Nurse Supply, Inc., Supplies...... $99.10 School Specialty Inc., Supplies........... $162.09 Taylor Music, Inc., Repair.................... $524.00 Teacher Created Resources, Supplies.. $83.95 U.S. Postal Service (CMRS-FP), Postage........................................... $100.00 UI Center for Conferences, Registration Fees................................................ $199.00 Urness Hardware, Supplies................. $211.47 W & H Cooperative Oil Co., Propane.. $191.00 Westone Laboratories, Inc., Supplies.. $103.00 WoodRiver Energy LLC, Natural Gas.. $216.27 Wright County Motors, Service......... $1,126.97 Access Systems, Supplies.................. $215.98 Airgas USA LLC, Cylinder Rental........ $332.00 Align, Assess, Achieve, LLC............... SINA K-5 Reading Math.............................. $1,198.80 Bomgaars, Supplies............................ $549.50 Business Card Bank of America, Fuel... $89.48 Card 2 Bank of America, Classroom Supplies.......................................... $643.50 Card 3 Bank of America, Fee Adjustment...................................... $(80.40) Card 3 Bank of America, Membership Fees.................................................. $25.00 Card One Bank of America, Professional Development................................... $187.88 City of Goldfield, Water.......................... $99.83 Clarion Postmaster, Postage................. $41.20 Clarion Super Foods, Supplies............. $111.94 Davis Ruth, Supplies............................. $48.00 DeMoulin, Supplies............................. $204.64 Double M Signs, Supplies................... $162.00 Follett School Solutions Inc., Books...... $20.00 Hennigar’s Wrecker Service, Service.. $325.00 Iowa State University_2, Registration Fees................................................ $100.00 ITEC Conference, Conference Fee..... $200.00 Klaver, Jay, Reimbursement.................. $13.25 M J Care, Inc., Service........................ $239.74 Menards FD, Supplies......................... $128.62 Menards MC, Supplies.......................... $13.62 Mid-America Publishing Corp., Ad....... $341.57 MidAmerican Energy, Electricity.......... $216.58 Midwest Wheel Companies, Supplies. $164.58 North Central Cooperative, Fuel....... $9,687.94 O’Halloran International Inc., Parts..... $588.22 Oldson’s Inc., Service.......................... $455.07 Prairie Lakes AEA FD, IPI Training...... $580.00 RevTrak Inc., Service.......................... $267.73 Rieman Music, Service........................ $332.37 Rosendahl, Tricia, Reimbursement....... $65.81 Sadler Power Train Inc., Credit........... $239.45 Sam’s Club MC/SYNCB, Supplies... $3,943.45 Sarah Kakacek, Reimbursement........... $51.32 School Bus Sales, Parts/Supplies....... $690.92 Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC., Supplies.......................................... $100.68 Sparetime Lanes, Admission................. $60.00 T & D Service, Service..................... $1,399.00 The Trash Man, Garbage................. $1,016.25 Thomas Bus Sales, Supplies................ $60.00 Urness Hardware, Supplies................. $562.28 Verizon, Phones.................................. $758.71 Wesselink, Kent, Reimbursement......... $47.52 Wright County Motors, Service.............. $73.80 Total General Fund.................. $65,012.59 Ackerman, David, Reimbursement........ $25.00 Adolf Kochendorfer, Official................... $70.00 Charles Fowler, Official......................... $70.00 Christensen Tim, Official..................... $170.00 Clarion Super Foods, Supplies.............. $68.00 Crescent Electric Supply Co., Supplies. $95.11 Diane Borcherding, Official.................... $95.00 Don Boercherding, Official.................... $95.00 Graphic Edge (The), Supplies............. $231.72 Harding Duane, Offcial........................ $100.00 Humboldt Community School, Entry Fee.................................................... $40.00 ICDA INC., Registration Fees............. $232.50 John Zahn, Official.............................. $100.00 Kappel Mitchell, Official....................... $100.00 Lang Matt, Official................................ $70.00 Mark M Yates, Official.......................... $215.00 Martin Bros., Supplies...................... $1,015.29

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McMahon Dick, Official.......................... $65.00 Nalan Mark, Official............................... $65.00 O’Connor Andrew, Official..................... $65.00 Pepsi Beverages Co., Supplies........... $306.24 Perkins Fred, Official............................. $70.00 Sankey August, Official........................ $75.00 Stover Curtis, Official............................. $75.00 Weisberg Victor, Official/Mileage........ $110.00 Anderson’s, Supplies........................... $131.24 Andrea Accola-Sabin, VB Official ......... $95.00 Bartolo John, Official............................. $70.00 Borcherding Dennis, VB Offical .......... $100.00 Card 2 Bank of America, Supplies....... $494.78 Card One Bank of Ameica, Supplies... $256.36 Charles Fowler, Mileage...................... $120.00 Charlson Angie, Reimbursement........... $81.32 Christensen Tim, 9th Grade FB Official. $70.00 Christiansen, Gary, MS FB Official ....... $90.00 Clarion Super Foods, Supplies............ $397.86 Daisy’s On Main, Supplies..................... $35.00 David Nitz, FB Official/Mileage............ $157.50 Decker Sporting Goods, Supplies....... $260.00 Gatekey Manufacturing Inc., Supplies. $144.95 Hewett Wholesale Inc., Supplies......... $521.96 ISDTA, Supplies.................................. $576.00 ISDTA, Fees........................................ $373.00 Jay Freese, FB Official ....................... $100.00 Jerry Witt, V FB Official ...................... $100.00 Kory Staff, V FB Official . .................... $100.00 Lacey Bryan, Official............................ $70.00 Lacey Brandt, Official............................ $70.00 Mark M Yates, 9th FB Official ............... $70.00 Martin Bros., Supplies........................... $73.64 Nalan Mark, Official............................... $65.00 National FFA Organization, Supplies... $226.00 O’Connor Andrew, Official..................... $65.00 Pepsi Beverages Co., Supplies........ $1,376.40 Perkins Fred, Official............................. $70.00 Pizza Ranch, Supplies........................ $486.24 Ryan Fredin, 9th Grade FB Official....... $70.00 Sam’s Chinese Kitchen, Meals.............. $88.50 Sam’s Club MC/SYNCB, Supplies... $1,916.49 Sankey August, Official........................ $70.00 Sports Graphics, Equipment............... $205.81 Tom Kemper, V FB Official ................. $100.00 Verizon, Phones.................................... $52.35 Total Activity Fund................... $12,974.26 Sumners Insurance Agency, Ins.......... $957.00 SU Insurance Company, Premium Installment................................. $14,390.00 Total Management Fund.......... $15,347.00 Aspen Tree Service, Service............ $3,300.00 Doors Inc., Supplies......................... $1,847.00 Printing Services, Inc., Tables.......... $1,255.06 Ron’s Roofing/Gutters, Service...... $53,813.57 Adams Concrete & Construction, Service......................................... $4,412.58 Card 3 Bank of America, Building Supplies.......................................... $588.07 Impact7G, Service............................ $1,702.50 Maasdam Construction Company, Service......................................... $5,598.83 Oaks Garden Spot, Dirt Work/Seeding.$640.00 Oldson’s Inc., Service....................... $9,892.00 R W Sound, Service............................ $917.85 Ruba Kitchens, Baths N More.............Cabinets District Office............................... $3,800.00 Total Capital Projects Fund..... $87,767.46 Taylor Music, Inc., Band Equipment. $1,734.00 Wright County Motors, Service......... $7,350.99 Access Elevator & Lifts Inc., Vertical Platform Lift.................................. $5,668.50 Access Systems, Contract.................. $335.41 School Bus Sales, Bus Purchase. $155,234.00 Contract Specialty, LC, Equipment... $2,395.00 Iowa Communications Network, Service......................................... $2,147.85 Sports Graphics, Equipment............... $500.00 Total PPEL Fund.................... $175,365.75 Bankers Trust Company, Bond Interest....................................... $26,856.25 Total Debt Service Fund.......... $26,856.25 Anderson Erickson Dairy Co., Dairy Products....................................... $4,656.94 Earthgrain Baking Co’s Inc., Bread/ Rolls................................................ $511.32 Goldfield Access Network, Phone....... $121.90 Heidi Messer, Reimbursement.............. $14.75 Keck, Inc., Commodities...................... $473.60 Martin Bros., Food/Supplies............. $8,228.87 School Nutrition Association, Fees........ $42.50 Mario & Raquel Lopez, Refund Lunch Account............................................... $6.05 Martin Bros., Food/Supplies............. $3,926.75 Mathew & Amanda Dames, Reimb....... $34.75 Rapids, Supplies................................. $301.04 Tim Nagel, Refund Lunch Account...... $124.15 Verizon, Phones.................................... $44.18 Total Nutrition Fund................. $18,486.80 Total Claims............................ $401,810.11 September Payroll First Citizens National Bank, Payroll Taxes................................... $782.11 IPERS, Payroll Taxes.......................... $506.25 Treasurer State of Iowa, Payroll Taxes.$106.00 AFLAC, Sept. Payroll.......................... $612.79 Choice Financial, H.S.A.................... $1,449.16 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows CSD, Car Allowance....................................... $100.00 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows CSD, HRA.. $2,640.00 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows CSD, Flex Account........................................ $2,752.00 First Citizens National Bank, H.S.A. $12,288.82 First Citizens National Bank, Payroll Taxes............................ $129,120.77 First Citizens National Bank, 403B...... $900.00 Group Benefit Fund, Insurance.... $173,417.06 Iowa Central Community College, Ins.. $490.00 IPERS, Payroll Taxes..................... $78,114.35 New York Life Insurance, Sept. Payroll. $50.00 Security Savings Bank, H.S.A.......... $3,887.50 Treasurer State of Iowa, Payroll Taxes.............................. $22,580.00 Total September Payroll........ $429,796.81 Anita J Frye SBO/Board Secretary Wk.42


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Births Michael James Gunter, born on September 24 to Brenda Garza, Belmond. Dalia Jarmar Lopez Perez, born on September 26 to Benigno Lopez Hernandez and Dalia Perez Gomez, Clarion. Melany De La Cruz, born on September 26 to Jose De La Cruz and Teresa Nava Cardona, Clarion. Cielo Alondra Reyna Pineda, born on September 26 to German Reyna Alvarez and Norma Pineda Mora, Eagle Grove. Madelyn Marie Cahalan, born on September 27 to Kevin and Rachel Cahalan, Eagle Grove. Kyler James Reysack, born on September 29 to Marci Chaney, Hampton. Jonson Abner Romero Ordonez, born on September 29 to Vilma Ordonez Lopez, Clarion. Freya Jo Eastwood, born on September 29 to Chase and Alexa Eastwood, Fort Dodge. Owen Michael Freie, born on October 1 to Michael and Brandy Freie, Hampton. Catherine Elizabeth Maldonado, born on October 2 to Wilson Maldonado Gonzalaz and Marta Lima Maldonado, Clarion. Nile David Nielson, born on October 3 to Paula Yackle, Hampton. Theodore James Kilpatrick, born on October 5 to Eric and Lori Kilpatrick, Lorimor. Charlotte Marie Lewis, born on October 5 to Brett and Sarah Lewis, Clear Lake. Kruz Thomas Marker, born on October 5 to Kyle and Skylar Marker, Clarion. Bailey Ann Ramos, born on October 6 to Kimberly Van Houten, Webster City. Myles Benjamin Weller, born on October 7 to Benjamin and Jill Weller, Humboldt. Sofia Anayeli Poac Gerardo, born on October 8 to Ismael Poac Ochoa and Maria Gerardo Garcia, Clarion. Deaths John Harlan, 61, Eagle Grove, died on September 24. Iris Sturtz, 86, Clarion, died on October 5. Marriage License Ashley Lalor, Goldfield to Adam Lewis, Goldfield, on September 24. Jordan Rohrer, Johnston to Stephanie Herrington, Johnston, on October 1. Timothy Neubauer, Clarion to Jessica Timm, Clarion, on October 1. Queenly Paculanang, Eagle Grove to Jeremy Soesbe, Eagle Grove, on October 6. Elizabeth Acat, Clarion to Francisco Bernal Martinez, Clarion, on October 8. Civil Court The court handled one child support matters. Hauge Associates vs. Joel Prescott. Judgment for the plaintiff on October 7 in the amount of $8,338.41 with 2.57% interest from June 27. District Courts The court handled two probation revocation. Jeremy Scheffers, 21, Lake City, pled guilty on October 7 to Theft in the Third Degree. Scheffers was sentenced to two years in prison (suspended), placed on two years probation, fined $625 plus 35% surcharge, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, and $100 in costs. Eugene Harty, 32, Belmond, pled guilty on October 7 to Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Offense. Harty was sentenced to one year in jail (363 days suspended), placed on two years probation, fined $625 plus 35% surcharge, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, and $100 in costs. Ronnie Guerin, 58, Burt, pled guilty on October 7 to Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense. Guerin was sentenced to 30 days in jail (28 days suspended), placed on one year probation, fined $315 plus 35% surcharge, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, and $100 in costs. Diane Johansen, 59, Carroll pled guilty on October 6 to Public Intoxication (pled from OWI First

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Offense). Johansen was fined $200 plus 35% surcharge and $100 in costs. Traffic Court Speeding 55 or under zone (1 thru 5 over): Bryan Davis, Needville, TX; Charles Gatewood, Clarion; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Jeremy Henson, Waterloo; Teresa Olson, Kanawha; Speeding 55 or under zone (11 thru 15 over): Dominic Debban, Belmond; Christian Sanchez Rosales, Rockford, IL; Speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over): Reggie Smith, Des Moines; Speeding over 55 zone (11 thru 15 over): Valerie Lock, Lakeville, MN; Speeding over 55 zone (16 thru 20 over): Ethan Morris, De Pere, WI; Speeding over 55 zone (21 or over): Chanda Lankey, Anoka, MN; Excessive Speed 6 thru 10: Celestino Agustin Pedro, Eagle Grove; Mary Hein, Osage; Melanie Mayberry, Hampton; Tyler Zeman, Livermore; Excessive Speed 11 thru 15: Shirley Smith, Webster City; Terri Vanhemert, Ogden; Speeding: Chase McCurdy, Grafton; Robert Deibler, Garner; No Valid Drivers License: Dario Chavez, Clarion; Yoban Peres Guerras, Eagle Grove; Carlos Osario Villagres, Eagle Grove; Celestino Agustin Pedro, Eagle Grove; Ernesto Guzman, Clarion; German Gonzaled, Clarion; Damacio Reyes Hernandez, Clarion; Luis Coloradograjales, Eagle Grove; Martha Acosta, Webster City; Luisa Roque Castro, Corwith; Violation of Gradulated License: Briannan Purcell, Clarion; Operation Without Registration: Edgar Fonseca Yepez, Dows; Fred Gaines, San Antonio, TX; Financial Liability Coverage Violation: Yoban Peres Guerras, Eagle Grove; Samuel Cabrera, Ottumwa; Carlos Osario Villagres, Eagle Grove; German Gonzaled, Clarion; Failure to Maintain Control: Dario Chavez, Clarion; Failure to Maintain Safety Belts: Corey Jurgensen, Scranton; Open Container - Driver over 21: Dario Chavez, Clarion; Small Claims LVNV Funding LLC to Penelope Mohr, Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff on October 11 in the amount of $1,242.04 with 2.57% interest from April 26. Sterling Jewelers Inc DBA Jared Galleria of Jewelr vs. Jay McMillan, Eagle Grove. Judgment for the plaintiff on October 11 in the amount of $3,373.45 with 2.57% interest from July 15. Property Transfer Warranty Deed: Bailey and Steven Bailey to Tyler and Alicia Tegtmeyer; Clar Evans Second Addn Lot 16 N 10’; Clar Evans Second Addn Lot 17 S 64’; 16-2027. Warranty Deed: Lori, Dion, Brenda, Marilyn, Terry, and Jennifer

Whipple to Tim and Tami Marienau; 16-92-24 SW Tract Marieanu 2 000007529001257551; 16-2031. Quit Claim Deed: Lori, Dion, Brenda, and Marilyn Whipple to Tim and Tami Marieanu; 16-92-24 Tracts Marienau 2 000007529001257568; 16-2032. Warranty Deed: Betty and Rick Manning to Torkelson Properties LLC; EG Orig Addn Blk 13 Lot 7; 16-2036. Quit Claim Deed: Julie Mayo to John Mayo; 10-93-24 NE Tract; 162037. Warranty Deed: Carol Goeman Trustee and Carol Goeman Trust to Samuel Leinbach; 22-93-24 NW Parcel D; 16-2043. Warranty Deed: Robert and Nancy Leinbach to Samuel Leinbach; 2293-24 NW Parcel D; 16-2044. Warranty Deed: Joan Leinbaugh and James Carver to Samuel Leinbach; 22-93-24 NW Parcel D; 16-2045. Warranty Deed: Samuel and Patricia Leinbach to Carol Goeman Trustee, Carol Goeman Trust; 1693-24 SE Parcel C; 16-2046. Warranty Deed: Robert and Nancy Leinbach to Carol Goeman Trustee and Carol Goeman Trust; 16-93-24 SE Parcel C; 16-2047. Warranty Deed: Joan Leinbach and James Carver to Carol Goeman Trustee and Carol Goeman Trust; 16-93-24 SE Parcel C; 16-2048. Warranty Deed: Samuel and Patricia Leinbach to Robert Leinbach; 16-93-24 SE Parcel B; 12-93-24 NE Parcel B in N 1/2; 162049. Warranty Deed: Carol Goeman Trustee and Carol Goeman Trust to Robert Leinbach; 16-93-24 SE Parcel B; 21-93-24 NE Parcel B in N 1/2; 16-2050. Warranty Deed: Joan Leinbach and Joan Carver; Robert Leinbach; 16-93-24 SE Parcel B 21-93-24 NE Parcel B in N 1/2; 16-2051. Warranty Deed: Samuel and Patricia Leinbach to Joan Leinbach; 21-93-24 NE Parcel C in N 1/2; 2293-24 NW Parcel C; 16-2052. Carol Goeman Trustee and Carol Goeman Trust to Joan Leinbach; 2193-24 NE Parcel C in N 1/2; 22-9324 NW Parcel C; 16-2053. Warranty Deed: Robert and Nancy Leinbach to Joan Leinbach; 21-93-24 NE Parcel C in N 1/2; 2293-24 NW Parcel C; 16-2054. Warranty Deed: Rose Draheim to Rose Draheim Trustee and Rose Draheim Revocable Trust; 7-91-23 SE E 1/2; 29-92-25 SW W 1/2; 162058. Warranty Deed: Chester Isenberger Testamentary Trust and First Citizens Bank Trustee to Sea View Investments LLC Farm Series; 8-91-25 SW SE Tract; 16-2060. Quit Claim Deed: Ilo Schutt and Marlo Bough to Ilo Schutt Revocable Trust and Marlow Bough Trustee; Wool Orig Addn Blk 10 Lot 3; Wool Orig Addn Blk 10 Lot 4; 162065. Quit Claim Deed: Kimberlee Fletcher and Gumphrey Brian to Leigh and Sherry Banwell; EG Fitzmaurice’s Fist Addn Blk 5 Lot 5 E 60’; 16-2068.

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Church news Clarion Area FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 3rd Ave. NE, Clarion, IA 50525 Rev. Mike Gudka 515-532-2845 • • “Like” us on Facebook! • Thursday, October 20 5:00p.m. 2nd year Webelos, 6:00p.m. Q&A session on Malawai Mission Trip • Friday, October 21 5:30-6:30p.m. Girl Scouts • Saturday, October 22 7:30a.m. His Men • Sunday, October 23 8:30-9:30a.m. Traditional Service, 9:4010:40a.m. Sunday School & Confirmation, 10:45a.m.-Noon Contemporary Service, 7:00p.m. Charge Conference • Monday, October 24 3:30-6:30p.m. Hiz Kidz • Tuesday, October 25 5:30p.m. Bears • Wednesday, October 26 8:30a.m. Bibles & Bikes, 2:00p.m. Outreach (The Meadows), 5:30p.m. Wolves, Finance Team Meeting, 6:00p.m. Praise Team Practice, 6:00-8:00p.m. Youth Group, No Church Council Meeting • Thursday, October 27 6:30p.m. Pack Meeting FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 420 1st Street N.W., Clarion Pastors: Grant and Nicole Woodley • www. 515-532-3440 • Thursday, October 20 9:00a.m. Sew Ladies (Everyone Welcome!) • Sunday, October 23 9:00a.m. Worship (Kids Sing at First Lutheran), 10:00a.m. Fellowship, 10:15a.m. Sunday School/Confirmation • Monday, October 24 Newsletter Articles Due! 7:00p.m. Bible & Brew (Chappy’s on Main) UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL 121 3rd Avenue N.W., Clarion Pastor Bill Kem 515-532-2269 • Sunday, October 23 10:00a.m. SS (First Lutheran), 10:15a.m. Fellowship, 11:00a.m. Worship • Wednesday, October 26 6:00p.m. Choir Practice CHURCH OF CHRIST 420 North Main, Clarion Pastor Warren Curry 515-532-3273 • Sunday, October 23 9:00a.m. Sunday School (All Ages), 10:00a.m. Worship Service, 4:30p.m. Bible Bowl Practice, 6:00p.m. Impact Youth Group (7th – 12th Grades) • Monday, October 24 3:30 – 6:00p.m. Hiz Kidz (K – 5th Grades) – Methodist Church • Tuesday, October 25 6:00a.m. Iron Men, 7:30a.m. Elders’ Meeting • Wednesday, October 26 10:00a.m. Weekly Prayer Time (Sandy Stephenson’s Home), 3:30p.m. Chicks (Girls 6th – 12 Grades) – Methodist Church, G3 (Guys 6th – 12th Grades) – Methodist Church, 6:00p.m. Women’s Bible Study, 8:00p.m. Iron Men 2 ST. JOHN CATHOLIC 608 2nd Ave. N.E., Clarion Father Jerry W. Blake, pastor 515-532-3586 • Thursday, October 20 Cluster Office Closes at 10:00a.m., 7:00p.m. Finance Meeting • Friday, October 21 7:40a.m. Rosary, 8:00a.m. Mass • Saturday, October 22 4:00p.m. Mass, 8:00p.m. Spanish Mass • Sunday, October 23 8:00a.m. Mass (Sacred Hear, EG),

10:30a.m. Mass (St. Francis Xavier, Belmond) • Monday, October 24 7:00p.m. RCIA • Wednesday, October 26 6:30p.m. Youth Faith Formation, Adoration • Thursday, October 27 9:00a.m. Sewing Circle, 7:00p.m. Cluster Pastoral Council Meeting UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 219 First Street N.W., Clarion Bill Kem, Pastor 515-532-2709 • Sunday, October 23 9:00a.m. Worship THE LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Dana Wendel, Pastor 1010 2nd Street SW, Clarion 532-2330 • Sunday, October 23 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Worship Service (FREE Lunch following Service, First Sunday of the Month Only) THE DWELLING PLACE Pastor Kim Lee 1204 Central Ave East 515-293-2822 • Sunday, October 23 10:00 a.m. Church Services, Children’s Ministries: Little Lights (0-2 years); Kids Alive (3-7 years)

Goldfield Area UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 220 E. Oak St., Goldfield, IA 50542 515-825-3581 Reverend Sara Sutter • “Like” us on Facebook • Thursday, October 20 9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) #IA, 1348, Goldfield, Weigh-in & Meeting, New Members Always Welcome! • Sunday, October 23 9:15a.m. Sunday School (All Ages), 9:45a.m. Choir Practice, 10:30a.m. Worship Service, 11:30p.m. Fellowship Coffee • Wednesday, October 26 2:00p.m. After-school story-time, 6:007:00p.m. Confirmation Class LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Goldfield Pastor Truman Larson • Sunday, October 23 9:00 a.m. Worship Service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Confirmation PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST 422 North Washington St., Goldfield Bob Dishman 515-825-3911 • Sunday, October 23 9:15 a.m. Bible School, 10:15 a.m. Worship Service – Communion observed weekly; Childcare available and Children’s Church, 11:00 a.m. WWE/Jr. Worship

Rowan Area UNITED CHURCH OF ROWAN Pastor Nancy Hofmeister 811 Pesch St., Box 38, Rowan • Sunday, October 23 9:00a.m. Sunday School, 10:00a.m. Worship, 11:00a.m. Fellowship Coffee IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod Jct. Highway 69 & 3 Pastor Mark Peterson • Sunday, September 25 10:30 a. m. Divine Services, 11:45 a.m. Bible Study

Dows Area ABUNDANT LIFE CHAPEL 202 Fairview St., Dows 515-852-4520 • Bruce Klapp, Pastor • Sunday, October 23 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Nursery and Children’s Ministry available, 5:30 p.m. (3rd Sunday of the month except February) Adult Bible Study with childcare available. Food and fellowship follows SOVEREIGN GRACE CHURCH 109 N. Eskridge St., Dows Dows / Doug Holmes, Pastor • Sunday, October 23 10:15 a.m. Sunday School, Coffee, 11:15 a.m. Worship at First Presbyterian in Dows FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH Dows Pastors: Grant and Nicole Woodley • Saturday, October 22 6:30a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rick’s House)


UNITED METHODIST & PRESBYTERIAN Dows / Alexander Shawn W. Hill, Pastor • Sunday, October 23 8:45 a.m. Alexander Methodist Worship, 9:00 a.m. Dows Sunday School, 10:00 a.m. Dows Joint Worship at Presbyterian Church (First two Sundays each month and at Untied Methodist Church on remaining Sundays) FIRST REFORMED 214 Brown St., Alexander Pastor Phillip Arnold • Sunday, October 23 8:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School (Sunshine Room), 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday School, 6:30 p.m. HS Youth Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Pastor Phil’s Radio Ministry on KLMJ IMMANUEL U.C.C. 204 E. South St., Latimer Pastor Lindsey Braun • Sunday, October 23 9:30 a.m. Worship ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 304 W. Main, Latimer Travis Berg, Pastor • Sunday, October 23 9:00 a.m. Worship, 10:15 a.m. ABC/ Sunday School UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Morgan, Lee Center, Bradford Erling Shultz, Pastor • Sunday, October 23 8:30 a.m. Worship (B), 9:30 a.m. Worship (LC), 10:30 a.m. Worship (M) MISSIONARY ALLIANCE CHURCH 3rd & Lake Streets, Blairsburg, IA 50034 Ron Lotz, Pastor • Sunday, October 23 8:00a.m. – 9:30a.m. The Café is Open, 9:00a.m. Sunday School (Adults), 10:00a.m. Worship • Tuesday, October 25 6:00a.m. Men’s Bible Study • Wednesday, October 26 6:00p.m. Harvest Party & Box Maze! Games, Contests, Wear fun NOT scary costumes. Free hot dogs, tortilla chips & cheese. NAZARETH LUTHERAN Coulter Pastor Dave Bernhardt • Sunday, October 23 10:00 a.m. Coffee, 10:30 a.m. Joint Worship Service

Monitor Memories

From the archives oF the Wright county monitor

1981 and 1946 35 Years Ago October 15, 1981 There will be a Self-Help Tractor demonstration held Saturday, October 17, on Don Shillington land located five miles south of Clarion on R-38 (known by many as County K), on the west side of the road. The Self-Help Tractor is manufactured in Waverly, Iowa, for use on land in small developing countries. SelfHelp is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the improvement of the problem of World Hunger. Bob Brand had a featured role in the opening of the 1981-82 season of the Department of Theatre of Northwest Missouri State University. The three-act play was ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas and was presented October 2, 3 and 4. Bob is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Brand. Computer technology has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years and it is no longer limited to large companies, but has sifted into the smaller businessman’s domain and the family household. Larry Stock, owner and pharmacist for the Clarion Pharmacy, and Stephen Hinman, who has a farming and hog operation, have discovered the advantages of having a computer system with their businesses.

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70 Years Ago October 17, 1946 The War Department suspended Friday any further draft calls for the remainder of the year because of “favorable results” of the army’s intensive volunteer recruiting campaign. Local selective service officials said that the last induction call for Wright county was in September and included four men. They were Robert G. Middleton of Clarion, Melvin Lloyd Peddle of Dows, Bernard D. Miller of Williams and Lyle C. Stromquist of Clarion. Don Goslin and Arthur “Newt” Draheim are co-producers of “Homecoming Follies”, which will be presented Saturday morning as a part of the homecoming celebration at Iowa State Teachers college this week end. In it, GI collegians will tap-dance, do a “can-can” dance, sing, act out skits, and generally depict “how it feels to be a civilian.” Although temperatures skidded into the freezing levels with rain turning into light snow, the biggest homecoming celebration in the history of the Clarion Public schools was held Friday with parade, football game, alumnae dance, and coronation of the queen as outstanding attractions. “The Hopes of Iowa Falls Lie Buried Here” was selected by five business men as the winning float.

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WRIGHT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 1730 130th Street, Kanawha 641-762-3947 • Sunday, September 25 9:30 a. m. Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m. Fellowship, 11:00 a.m. Sunday School, 6:00 p.m. Evening Worship

• Sunday, October 23 9:00a.m. Sunday School, 10:30a.m. Worship w/ Communion



HOLMES BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Zach Fischer 2137 Hancock Avenue 515-825-3110 • Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, 6:00 p.m. Evening Service • Wednesday’s Prayer Meeting, youth group, kids club (1st – 6th grades – during school year)

HOLMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Rich Taylor 515-825-366 • Sunday, October 23 9:00a.m. Worship w/ Confirmation, 10:15a.m. Sunday School (All Ages) • Tuesday, October 25 9:30a.m. Newsletter Assembly • Wednesday, October 26 6:00p.m. Confirmation • Thursday, October 27



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Joy Grandgeorge Family Benefit to be Held Sunday, October 30

On October 30, a benefit will be held for the Joy Grandgeorge family at the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School starting at 11:30 a.m. with a freewill donation meal that will be followed by both a silent and live auction.

In June of this year, Joy Grandgeorge was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that had already reached her liver. Though she fought courageously, the disease was already too advanced, and sadly Joy lost her battle on September 30.

In addition to the loss of their loved one, the Grandgeorge family has been hit hard financially due to treatment expenses and lack of income. Joy was no longer able to continue her Bundles of Joy daycare services, and her husband, Keith, took a leave of absence to be with Joy during treatments and to be her primary caregiver. Joy’s friends and family have decided to hold a benefit for the Grandgeorge family with all proceeds helping to pay for medical treatments and her funeral expenses. The Joy Grandgeorge Family Benefit has been approved to receive a matching fund donation by Thrivent Financial. In addition, the benefit committee has been encouraged by the community’s support through their generous donations of items for the meal and auctions. Just a short list of auction items includes: makeup and other beauty supplies, handmade furniture, crafts, décor, paintings, baked goods, jewelry, and many gift certificates for local businesses and restaurants. The event also has a few, fun surprise items that have yet to be announced. On behalf of the Grandgeorge family, the committee encourages you to please plan to attend on October 30. For further information about The Joy Grandgeorge Family Benefit and/or to make a donation, contact Raejean Chapman at 515689-8134. You can also find more information about the event on the Joy Grandgeorge Family Benefit Facebook page.

KJYL Christian Radio to host annual “Share-a-thon” fundraiser November 2 thru 3 This year’s theme is “Everyday Heroes!” KJYL Christian Radio will broadcast its annual Share-a-thon fundraiser November 2 and 3. Under this year’s theme of “Everyday Heroes,” the Share-a-thon fundraiser will feature interviews with local listeners, special guests and music. Share-a-thon will also provide listeners and friends the opportunity to share a tax-deductible donation with the listener-supported ministry of KJYL. KJYL is a part of the nonprofit and listener-supported ministry of “Minn-Iowa Christian Broadcasting”

which has grown to serve most of Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota through its eight full power stations and 14 “translator” (repeater) stations. From the KJYL broadcast studios in Eagle Grove, KJYL’s goal is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through its 24-hour daily presentation of Christian Bible teaching programs, music, news and information. KJYL can be heard across the region at 100.7 FM. In the Newell-Storm Lake area, KJYL can also be heard at 96.3 FM. And, in the Story City area, you can tune


in to KJTT at 88.3 FM. In addition to the Share-a-thon broadcast, the two days of celebration will feature a fun event for the whole family: a BBQ Cook-out from 5:30 until 7pm on Wednesday, November 2! It all takes place at the KJYL studios at 103 W. Broadway in downtown Eagle Grove. For more information regarding the KJYL ministry and Share-a-thon, please visit or call the KJYL studios in Eagle Grove at 515448-4588. Now celebrating over 20 years of broadcasting, KJYL began its 24-hour Christian radio broadcast ministry in February of 1994.

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Lucy Standish Newcastle Chapter met October 6 The Lucy Standish Newcastle chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met October 6 at 9:30 A.M. at the home of Iris Eriksen in Dows.  After a morning coffee served by the hostess,  the meeting was called to Order by Regent, Trudy Larson.      Question of the day:  “Does anyone know a HODAR”?    Marjorie Moore gave the Invocation.  The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States followed by the American’s Creed  were recited by the members in unison.     Ten members answered roll call with a total of One Hundred Thirteen volunteer hours for September.  One Guest,  Francine Lemke, a member of the Artesia Chapter of Belle Plaine, was welcomed.     The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read, and the treasurer reported twenty one members had paid their dues,  with nine unpaid.  There were no bills presented at this time.     The President Generals message from the Spirit Magazine was read by Dalene Schlitter.  The Restoration of old buildings such as the Washington D.C.’s Union Station was the topic.         The Defense Report was given by Iris Eriksen.  All members were

Catholic Daughters of the Americas held their October 11, 2016 meeting at St. John’s Faith Formation Bldg. in Clarion.  JoAnn Kramer led the Rosary.  A delicious meal was prepared by the Clarion/ Dows members. Sixteen members were present with 2 guests, Deacon Pedro and Bea Garcia. Guest speakers for the evening were the Garcias who told of their work with marriage encounter starting in Peru and continuing here in the United States.   Deacon Pedro told of his experiences in

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projects.   Communications report was given by Blanche Michener.   JoAnn Kramer gave the legislative report and encouraged members to exercise their right and responsibility to vote in November election.   Nancy Strub reported on the CD of A retreat at the Am. Martyrs Retreat House near Cedar Falls. October 16 will be Catholic Daughter Sunday and members will sit as a body at Sacred Heart Church for the 8 a.m. Mass.

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Be a LifeServer! Give blood at an upcoming drive in your area. • Clarion Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, November   1, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at United Presbyterian Church of Clarion, 219 1st Street NW. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at or call 800.287.4903.

Cyday Celebration

Wright County ISU Extension & Outreach office will be celebrating CyDay in Belmond at Sugar Pie Kristina Degroot & Bakery and Cafe from 9-10 a.m. & Lewright Deli 2-3:30 p.m. on Sam Moore Thursday, October 27, Stop by and Wedding: June 18, 2016 see us, have a sweet treat, learn about our upcoming programs and sign up for the ISU gift basket. The drawing for the ISU gift basket will


be on Friday, October 28th. For more information call us at 515-532-3453.  

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who remembered us on our 60th Wedding Anniversary with cards, gifts and phone calls. You made this special day even more special. Gary and Diane Dahlgren



108 North Main St. • Clarion, Iowa

the deaconate program and the importance of the support of his family.  When preparing for liturgy, he strives to live what he will share with his listeners.  He is very thankful that God has made it possible for he and Bea to have this ministry. The business meeting was conducted by Regent Miriam Hart.   The memorare and Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the members.   The secretary, treasurer and financial secretary’s reports were given.   The bake sale netted $537 for the chapter’s charitable

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urged to remember ways to aid our Veterans. In November members will bring items to be donated to the Veterans Home in Marshaltown.      Linda Anderson has helped with the revision of our By-Laws.  She presented the Chapter with changes needed in wording of Section II, Article 3.  It was moved by Amy Kleckner to approved the revisions, seconded by Trudy Larson, and passed.  New Chapter By-Laws booklets will be printed.      The next meeting will be held at Cattleman’s in Belmond, Iowa at 11:30 A.M.on November 3.  Note the change of time.     Answer to Question of the Day.  HODAR  is an acronym for “Husband of DAR”.     The meeting was closed by the Daughter’s Pledge.     The Program was given by hostess, Iris Eriksen.  “The President’s House, Its Famous Secrets”  by Margaret Truman.  Many interesting stories from all the President’s and their wives that occupied this building,  as well as those living in the “Front Stairs and Back Stairs”.  Ending with the query,  “What will the next elected family change?” Respectively submitted Iris Eriksen  Secretary.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas met October 11

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questioned as to how they would prepare for defending their homes in a hurricane (such as Matthew) warning.   Linda Anderson presented newspaper articles from the Constitution Week celebration.  The Mayor’s of Webster City, Kamrar and Dows all signed the proclamation for remembering The Constitution.  Regent Trudy Larson “rang her bell”, as did others.     The Conservation Minutes were read by Lois Lesher.  Diane Hobson, State Conservation Chairman, recommended that we all rebycle our bottled water bottles, using tap water, and not filling our landfills with tons of empty water bottles.     Business:  Linda, Dalene, Iris and Trudy attended the North East District Meeting in Cedar Falls.  Jodi Fleet, State Registrar gave a program on how to enlist new members by learning more about our DAR. It is called RED WHITE AND BLUE,  and involves a detailed computer course study.  All who are interested are urged to go to www. ISDAR.ORG, Members Education Resourses.   The State Regent,  Cindi Carter,  issued an invitation to “Meet and Greet”, with her. October 8th is designated as DAR Day of Service.  All members are

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Page 8 The Wright County Monitor • Thursday, October 20, 2016

History from Heartland: Wright County is Born Wright County is a little north of the center of the state of Iowa and is composed of 576 square miles. Originally, it had only 8 townships, but now it has 16. It was named for Governor Silas Wright from New York and many early settlers came from the state of New York. The Boone River borders Wright County on the west and the Iowa River is on the east. Wright County is relatively flat – only ranging from an altitude of 1,100 feet on the west to 1,200 feet on the east. Rock formations show that this county was underwater long after other parts of the state. The rich, black prairie soils lend themselves to productive farming, but adequate drainage was and continues to be a problem. The high hills around Dows are attributed to the pause of a glacier as are the lakes of the county. Twin Lakes, Lake Cornelia, Elm Lake, and Wall Lake are marshlike, shallow, and are in a straight line from north to south. In spring and autumn, the area was filled with swamps and marshes and these were full of waterfowl. Trees only grew along the rivers. The ground between the sloughs was covered with prairie grasses that could grow up to 7 feet in height, and there were flowering and nonflowering plants and shrubs. Initially Wright County was part of the huge Webster County which included Yell, Risley, Webster, Hamilton, and Humboldt. One group in the area proposed the county seat be Homer but another group promoted Fort Dodge. To settle the matter, John D. Maxwell, representing the Homer area residents and John E. Duncombe representing Fort Dodge agreed to

a wrestling match. In April, 1855, the two wrestled for over an hour in the square in Homer with spectators from all over the county. Duncombe triumphed with a “scissors-hold” or a “half-nelson” and for a time Fort Dodge provided judicial oversight. Residents of the area were

dissatisfied with having their taxes spent to promote the interests and welfare of Fort Dodge. Citizens met in August of 1855. They adopted a resolution to secede and organize a separate county. Wright County was born.

As you drive west on Highway 3 past Heartland Museum check out the new quilt block .  It was made possible through a grant written for Hotel/Motel tax money. Heartland had over 300 visitors in August during summer hours.  Now Heartland is happy to greet visitors, but they need an appointment.

Former Clarion Airport Operator Carter Receives Alumni Award  

Waldorf University honored Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation of the Quad City International Airport, Moline, IL, with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award at their annual homecoming celebration held Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Forest City, Iowa.  The Alumni Distinguished Service Award recognizes Waldorf alumni who have performed distinctive and meritorious service in areas such as public affairs, education, church, business and government and have demonstrated their Christian faith in service to community and church. Professor of Communications David Damm ’73 introduced and read the citation for Bruce Carter ’73 who was being honored for outstanding service and leadership to the aviation industry and commitment to serving both profession and church with integrity and faith. Carter was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and moved to Kanawha, Iowa, when he was in 4th grade.  After graduating from Kanawha, Carter attended Waldorf College where he met his future wife, Faith Griffith ’74. Carter’s passion for flying began at a young age as he started taking flying lessons when he was 14 years old and soloed when he was just 16. Following his graduation from Waldorf, Bruce entered the aviation program at Mankato State. In 1977 he was hired by the FAA Central Region to attend the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City for a grueling five-month school to be an air traffic controller. Throughout Carter’s 40-year career he has served as the airport operator in Clarion, Iowa, and as the airport director in Waterloo, Iowa.  After leaving Waterloo, Bruce held the aviation director position in Springfield, Illinois, for three years and then Peoria, Illinois, for five years before joining the QuadCity International executive team in Moline, Illinois, in 1999. In 2012, Bruce was elected Chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the world’s largest professional organization with over 5,300 members who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. Prior to that, Bruce served as president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the organization, chaired the National Airports Conference and the Airport Ground Handling Association. He also served on the International Association of Airport Executives. In 2014, Bruce was honored with AAAE’s Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually to accredited airport executives for accomplishments in their

Bruce is presented with his award by 
Waldorf University President Robert Alsop. Photos Courtesy of Waldorf University Marketing Department. professional and personal lives; for their service to AAAE, its chapters and organizations; and participation in civic and community affairs. In addition, Bruce was recently recognized by the Illinois State Legislature for his service to Illinois aviation. Waldorf University is a four-year liberal arts college that

has been serving students since 1903. Providing quality education residentially in Forest City, Iowa, and also online, Waldorf delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction and offers associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs.          

The Iowa River Players will be presenting M*A*S*H The Iowa River Players in Rowan, Iowa will be presenting M*A*S*H begining on Veteran’s Day, November 11 at 7.30 pm.  Area Veterans are invited to apply for a free ticket for that date by calling 515 532 2565 or writing to 728 Maple Lane, Clarion Iowa 50525 for a reservation.  Please include your name and address.  Requests

may be made until November 8.  There is a fee for regular tickets for friends and family of the veteran at the door. Other performance dates incude Nov 12, 18 and 19 at 7.30 p.m. and November 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. when regular prices will apply  Please watch for more info about M*A*S*H  in the upcoming weeks. 



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The Wright County Jail currently has an opening for a full time jailer. Requirements for this position include a valid driver’s license, ability to pass an extensive background check, a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as the willingness to work multiple shifts. Experience in the criminal justice system is preferred but not required. Competitive benefits and IPERS come with full time employment upon hire. If you meet the above criteria please submit your application with a resume to: Wright County Jail Attn: Lynn Morris 719 SW 2nd St Clarion, Iowa 50525 Applications may be picked up at the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Jail, or can be found online at http://www.wrightcounty. org/wrightcounty/uploads/Job_Application.pdf Resume will be required upon interview. 42-44

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Positions currently available: Egg Processing Plant/ Clarion: Meat Packaging in Webster City: • Packing • Bagging • Processing • Packing • Production • Shipping • Assembly • Sausage Casing • Leads • Bacon Press • 2nd Shift • Conveyor Lines • Mechanic • Package and Sealing Smoke Rooms • Maintenance Contact ASI @ 515.233.4333 • Machine Operators Advancement Opportunities Starting at $12.00 per hour Contact ASI @ 515.532.2240 Advance Services is a full-services staffing company with over 15 years of experience helping individuals find the right position! Be sure to ask about our referral bonus! At Advance Services we offer: Weekly Pay via Direct Deposit or Pay Card AND Weekly Safety Incentives! EOE Vist our website at or call 515-233-4333

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BELMOND BARIATRIC PROGRAM NURSE COORDINATOR: Full-time position available in Belmond. Will require frequent traveling to West Des Moines office. Mon.–Fri. day shift hours but will require some evenings hours for Iowa Weight Loss Specialists. This position is accountable for the management of all components of the Bariatric Surgical Program. The Coordinator assists in the center development, managing the accreditation process and ensuring continuous compliance with MBSAQIP requirements, maintaining relevant policies and procedures, patient education, outcomes data collection, quality improvement efforts, and education of relevant staff in the various aspects of the Bariatric surgery patient with a focus on patient safety. Requires current license in the State of Iowa as an RN. Will be required to work in all Iowa Specialty Hospital locations as needed. MEDICAL RECORDS CLERK: Full-time position available in Clarion/Belmond. Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Responsibilities include answering phones, scanning and analysis of medical records and release of information. This position required excellent communication and customer service skills in a fast paced environment. Candidate must also have excellent computer skills, be detail oriented, organized, and able to multi-task. Will be required to work at both Clarion and Belmond locations as needed. UNIVERSAL WORKER: Part-time position is available in the Assisted and Independent Living. 24 hours per week, varying in day and evening hours. This position also includes working every other holiday and weekend, shifts primarily being in the evening. Ideal candidate must enjoy working with the elderly. Candidate must be Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant or a License Practical Nurse. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH/ORTHOPEDICS MEDICAL SECRETARY: Full-time position in Clarion Specialty Clinic. Hours are primarily 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Mon.–Fri., but requires flexibility. Responsibilities include scheduling Occ Health and Ortho Pre-op appointments, receiving prior-authorizations, maintaining relationships with Occ Health employers, case managers, and insurance carriers. Position requires excellent computer and office skills, exceptional phone and customer service skills. CMA/LPN/RN: Full-time day shift position in the Belmond Clinic. Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. This position will require flexibility and includes a Saturday morning rotation every 4-5 weeks. This position will work with a provider in the Family Practice Clinic who has full scope. Requires current license in the State of Iowa as an RN or LPN, Certified as a Medical Assistant. Will be required to work in all Iowa Specialty Hospital locations as needed. CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT: Full-time night position in Clarion. This position is 7 p.m.–7:30 a.m. (36 hours per week). Position requires working every third weekend and holiday rotation. Experience preferred. Will be required to work at all Iowa Specialty Hospital locations as needed.

Positions offer outstanding wages & fringe benefits. Please stop by and pick up an application, apply on-line at or contact the Human Resources Department at 515-532-9303 to receive an application by mail. All positions are subject to criminal/dependent adult abuse background checks, pre-employment physical and drug testing.

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4th District State Senate Seat

Dennis Guth Occupation: Farmer 1 Why are you running for (re)election to the District 4 State Senate seat? I am running for re-election because I desire to defend our Federal Constitution by promoting religious liberty and championing our Second Amendment right to protect ourselves. I believe in and want to defend the right to life of all innocent human beings from conception to natural death. I feel strongly in reducing the size of government to protect our tax dollars as well as eliminating the red tape that kills jobs and hurts small businesses. I believe it is essential to protect our state’s rights from an increasingly powerful, invasive, and out-of-touch government. I want to defend Iowa’s “Right to Work” law to keep our economy moving and to protect jobs. What are your qualifications? I have been married to my wife Margaret for 38 years. We have five adult children and 9 grandchildren, seven of which live in this district. I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Mechanization have farmed outside Klemme for 39 years. I served in many local organizations and the state board of The Family Leader prior to running for the Iowa Senate in 2012. I was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012 and have enjoyed serving four years in that position. 2. What do you believe should be the goals and/or priorities for the 2017 legislative session as they pertain to: •Agriculture and the environment Agriculture is the backbone of Iowa’s economy. The environment affects us all so we must find

responsible ways to enable Agriculture to do its part in improving water quality while allowing responsible production on our farms. University research can identify methods that make a positive impact on nutrient loads in our waterways. Some of those are more expensive than a farmer can afford. That is when government may step in with cost-share funds. Farmers should be able to choose what works for their farm. They know their farms best, and we want them to strive to make water quality improvements rather than just complying with the mandate. •Funding for education Funding education should be established in a timely fashion. I cosponsored SF 2041, a bill that would default State Supplemental Aid (SSA) to the average of the previous three years of inflation according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) when SSA isn’t set on time. To ensure responsible budgeting under the bill, SSA would be limited to no less than zero percent and no more than three percent. In years when the legislature is unable to come to agreement on what SSA should be, schools would automatically receive between zero and three percent SSA, allowing them to move forward with their own budgeting decisions. I also believe we should reduce inequities in funding across the state. SF 2104, which I co-sponsored, is an attempt to remove two of the largest inequities in school funding: cost per pupil and transportation costs. This legislation would allow any student to experience equal academic opportunities regardless of where they live. •Medicaid/health care/mental health issues The recent privatization of Medicaid has been difficult and many have had trouble getting services. Many of these difficulties could have been avoided by: a slower transition to MCOs; moving the healthiest group to private first; working out the program bugs before including another group. I support the privatization of health care and mental health as a necessity to reducing abuse and contain costs. •Jobs and economic development incentives A robust economy is the best and the only engine to drive growth in rural Iowa. We have many excellent businesses providing great jobs in this district. We must not encumber them with more regulations that do nothing but create unproductive

paperwork and expense. When businesses flourish, they invest in the community they are a part of and everyone benefits. I will strive to reduce the tax burden on the engine that drives our economy and eliminate as much of the red tape as I can. I also see Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as a tool that fits our area well. TIF allows the new tax revenue generated by a new business to be invested in infrastructure to support that business. I will support the continuation of TIF. •Eminent Domain Property rights are a key element of our society and our nation’s exceptional success in the world. Property rights give the citizen an incentive to work and invest in infrastructure for the future. The taking of property through Eminent Domain should only happen when the greater good of the community is clearly at stake and the large majority of property has been voluntarily offered. Private entities should have very limited access to Eminent Domain. •Public Safety It has been said that he who gives up some of his liberty in exchange for security will soon find he has neither. Public safety requires participation from all of us. The Second Amendment was written for this purpose and I am committed to defending it. 3. Other comments you may want to share: I am running for a second term because I want to represent Biblical values in state government. My intent as a legislator is to propose or support legislation that will go to the root of our society’s woes rather than waste time and money on BandAids for the symptoms. I believe that when we encourage personal responsibility, we will have less need for government. For example, let’s give farmers the opportunity to decide how to best improve water quality on their farm rather than stifling initiative by forcing regulations on them. University research can help identify various methods that reduce nutrient loads on our waterways. Government can help fund the more expensive applications. Farmers chose what fits their farm and they have a stake in the outcome. When we take away responsibility for the outcomes of our actions, there can never be enough government to care for the needy or to punish those who take advantage of others.

PRO-AG MEETING -Management Options for Lenders and Agri-businesses set for November 17


The annual Pro-Ag Outlook meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, starting at 4 p.m.  The first presenter will be Dr. Wendong Zhang. Dr. Zhang is the leading researcher for the Iowa Land Value Survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, as well as the ISU Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference. His land value model predicts future land prices, so he will be sharing where land values are headed and how quickly they will bottom out.  The second presenter is Dr. Chad Hart, Extension Crop Economist, from Iowa State University. Dr. Hart will discuss the market outlook for corn and soybeans. Current production has driven prices to recent lows, while input prices have only moderated slightly. You won’t want to miss the information on the production and demand for corn and soybeans in the coming months and how managing price risk and yield risk is critical as profit margins have evaporated for many.

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Susan Bangert Occupation: Speech language pathologist 1 Why are you running for (re)election to the District 4. State Senate seat? I’m running because I want to make life better for my fellow Iowans. I want to restore common sense to state government and work collaboratively with other lawmakers. I’d like to focus on bringing more good paying jobs to Iowa and supporting education: K-12, community colleges, and our state universities. What are your qualifications? I’m running because I want to make life better for my fellow Iowans. I want to restore common sense to state government and work collaboratively with other lawmakers. I’d like to focus on bringing more good paying jobs to Iowa and supporting education: K-12, community colleges, and our state universities. My qualifications: I worked full time as a speech language pathologist for the area education agency for 30 years, currently work part time. I also worked part time as speech pathologist for Kossuth Regional Health Center. I was a small business owner for five years. These experiences taught me the importance of working together to achieve our common goals and provided me with the skills of problem solving in a collaborative manner. 2. What do believe should be the goals and/or priorities for the 2017 legislative session as they pertain to: •Agriculture and the environment One of the biggest issues facing farmers and the entire state right now is water quality. If we want Iowa to continue to be a beautiful and healthy state to raise our kids and grandkids, we need to protect our natural resources. When I get to Des Moines, I want to sit down with Democrats, Republicans, farmers, environmentalists, and everyone else involved with this issue to come up with a bi-partisan, long-term solution that works for everyone and doesn’t place undue burden on our farmers. •Funding for education Giving our kids a great education

should be one of the most important functions of government. Iowa has been a leader in public schools, but if we don’t support them, we can’t keep it up. The state legislature must start paying schools the money they need to operate on time. By not allowing the districts to know when or how much they will be paid, it makes it more difficult to plan effective programs for their students. We need to increase funding in order to support vital programs. 1.25% increase in allowable growth is enough to keep our schools open this year, but in five years , many schools in District 4 will be bankrupt. As State Senator, I will fight to support our schools, our students, and our teachers, so that we can prepare the next generation of Iowans for life and give them the skills they will need to get good jobs. •Medicaid/health care/mental health issues Both Medicaid and our mental health system are in crisis, and both are examples of Governor Branstad putting the cart in front of the horse. With the Governor’s unilateral privatization of Medicaid, we have seen the makings of a disaster. This process was done without legislative approval, and was rushed into reality. Now we have patients having trouble getting the healthcare they need, and medical providers (doctors, clinics, and others) having to close because the corporations running the program aren’t reimbursing them. With the closing of two of the state’s four mental institutions, Governor Branstad again acted without legislative involvement. As a result, Iowa now ranks 49th in the country in mental health beds. This is leaving vulnerable Iowans out in the cold, because the alternatives the Governor has proposed aren’t actually available today. As a State Senator, I will fight to make sure the legislature has a stronger voice, so that no Governor can cause these kinds of problems to Iowa’s healthcare system, or anything else. Every Iowan deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare, whether they face mental or physical illness. I will fight to fix these two broken systems, so that this can be a reality. •Jobs and economic development incentives Iowa has a great opportunity to be a leader in the 21st century economy. Our clean energy industry is already leading the way. We produce more wind energy per capita than any other state – 30% of our power comes from wind, and we also lead the way in ethanol production. We are an innovative, hard working people-the envy of many states. The key to bring great jobs to our region is by making sure Iowans are prepared to take the jobs. We need to invest in job training programs and expand public-private partnerships, like the programs offered at Iowa Lakes Community college that train Iowans for good –paying jobs in its wind energy program. This is what we need more of: common sense programs that benefit Iowa

businesses, Iowa students and Iowa taxpayers. Another way to create jobs is to support our Iowa entrepreneurs with their start-ups through mentorship and education programs that provide advice, guidance and venture capital. We also have to make companies want to come to Iowa. Providing them an educated workforce is one the biggest parts of that, but we should also focus on building our communities so that companies want to be here. That means providing a healthy environment, with clean water and air, recreational trails, arts and culture, good schools and health care. •Eminent Domain Far too often, eminent domain is used by private companies to enrich their company’s bottom line, instead of following the original purpose to use it only when it truly benefits the majority of people. The use of eminent domain needs to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that it is truly in the public interest. •Public Safety I know how important it is to keep our communities safe. My husband was an Algona police officer for 30 years and Chief of Police for 25 years. My son has served in the River Falls, WI Police Department for 6 years. Both of them are avid hunters and sportsmen-when my son was home last weekend he hunted in the morning, came back and hunted in the evening. My sister-in-law is also an avid hunter and an expert skeet shooter! A number of years ago, while on our way to celebrate Christmas with family in Kansas, my husband received a phone call that every police officer dreads: there was a fatal shooting in Algona and we needed to get back immediately. It turned out to be worse than that. A family member murdered his entire family with a carbine semi-automatic weapon. I am in favor of second amendment rights, but understand that sometimes it endangers public safety. This problem should not be a partisan issue, but a public safety issue that needs careful consideration on both sides as to what is best for the majority of Iowans. Law enforcement will have no bigger champion than me in Des Moines. I will also make sure they have all of the resources they need to keep us safe. 3. Other comments you may with to share: There are a lot of issues that require us to come together in order to find solutions. As your State Senator, I will be an advocate for programs and policies that will solve problems. I want to be a State Senator who gets things done and makes the lives of my fellow Iowans better. It is not about what is best for my party or me--It is about what is best for IOWANS! I want to work across the aisle and come up with bi-partisan solutions to the challenges we face. Should you wish to discuss any issues, feel free to contact me at: or bangertforsenate@

of stolen goods,” as H.L. Mencken describes elections. People seem flabbergasted that out of 320 million Americans we are now faced with choosing between The Donald and Hill. There are actually 1,910 people (I assume they are people) who have filed with the Federal Election Commission. But the media only sees fit to present two for our perusal. I guess there might be one out of the 1,910 who is literate and would stand by his oath, but with all the loot that’s at stake in this auction there is not much chance we will ever know who that is. Since government has evolved into a force of theft (democracy), the good people have decided to stay out of it. They are productive in the private sector instead of sticking their noses into other peoples’ business. They don’t see a need for forcing people to buy “alternative” energy that the market has determined to be

too expensive. They don’t see a need to tell other countries how to run their own affairs and they don’t see a need to tell people here at home how to live their lives either. But politicians truly believe that bureaucrats and committees can manage society better than an aggregate of millions of personal choices. They believe totalitarianism can provide greater prosperity than freedom. That ignorance of economic principles is what drives them to seek public office. And the belief that productive endeavors further the good things in society better than government edict is what keeps the good people out of the political realm and on the job. I haven’t watched any of the “debates” because my time is too valuable, but the word is that a school yard brawl is more civil and productive and the debates only reflect on the unsuitability of the candidates and the so-called moderators. But maybe these people are exceptionally suited to an office that has evolved from executing constitutionally legislated law to crime boss. Please feel free to contact me at Or through a letter to this paper. Remember letters in the paper are one of the most popular features. Also visit my blog at www.

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also highlight strategies to deal with declining margins. The meeting will be held Thursday, November 17, at the Webster County Extension Office which is located at the southeast corner of the Crossroads Mall between Younkers and Sears in Fort Dodge.        There is a registration fee per person or couple and includes dinner.  Registration will be from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Registration is due by November 14 to the Webster County Extension Office.      

I’d hate to own a bumper sticker company right now. “None of the above” just doesn’t cut it when we are struggling to be positive. I’ve shied away from the presidential election in this column because my optimistic side wants to believe it doesn’t matter. If you’ve used my short reading list (The Law, 1850) you’ll know that Frederic Bastiat rightly points out that in a nation with law, elections should be of little consequence because law applied in its proper use restricts government to preserving the rights of individuals as long as there is no right taken from someone else to that end. All the other functions of society can best be guided by free association in a free market. The reason the presidential election has become so prevalent in the news is because there is so much at stake in this “advance auction sale

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8th District House Candidates

Representative Terry Baxter

job income increases.  We should also implement a mandatory drug testing program for assistance recipients similar to random workplace drug testing.  Unfortunately, our welfare fraud investigation process in Iowa is also hampered because much of the entitlement funding comes from federal money. There is an intentional effort to give away more entitlements each year to justify a higher budget request for the next fiscal year. This is counterproductive and contributes to a shrinking workforce. •Eminent Domain I am opposed to eminent domain being used against the will of the clear majority of the people of Iowa to push a corporate project like the Clean Line which only had 15% support.  I joined the fight to stop that abuse. However, I don’t want to take it totally out of the tool box if a development project is clearly in the best interests of Iowa and has the support of the majority of the people.  I do believe that affected landowners should should be compensated at or above fair market value.  I am equally opposed to using eminent domain for a “possible future project” that has not been viewed and approved by the public with specific target dates and funding in place. •Public Safety Our number one public safety issue in Iowa relates to our shrinking State Trooper numbers.  We are now down to the smallest force in many many years and face a huge retirement rate in the next several years. We seldom have new academies and our training facility at Camp Dodge is infested with black mold.  This is only one example of the state neglecting timely maintenance and repair on state facilities because of budget shortfalls only to cost more in the long run.  As mentioned earlier, we also have a huge drug and alcohol addiction problem in Iowa.  Prevention and rehabilitation needs to be addressed. It is a big public safety and mental health care issue in Iowa.   Finally, Iowa needs to continue proactive programs to identify and weed out homegrown terrorist threats.   We are safer than other states, but the danger is still present. 3. Other comments you may wish to share: I want to thank the people of District #8 for their vote of confidence in me as a public servant.  I am constantly learning and willing to discuss issues that affect my constituents whether we agree or not.  I am a fiscal conservative and will work to protect our taxpayers money and not spend more than we take in each year. I will also work to get rid of unnecessary programs and modernize existing services and send the savings back to our taxpayers.  I will fight to ensure that we fulfill our budget commitments to the people of Iowa while not burdening them with unnecessary trivial new taxes that are clearly against the will of the majority of the people. If I ever do support a tax increase no matter how small, it must clearly be demonstrated that it is the will of the majority of the people of Iowa and even then I will first look for alternative ways to fund the initiative.  I believe in small and limited government.

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Occupation: I am the co-founder of GoServ Global.  I come from a ministry and humanitarian service background and have served as a pastor, interdenominational speaker, world missions leader, small business owner and writer.  I have also served one term in the the Iowa Legislature as a Representative.  1. Why are you running for (re) election to House District 8? I have lived and worked in rural Iowa for over 26 years. As a pastor and special events speaker, I have worked around the entire state of Iowa and gotten to know people and issues on a grass roots level.  My first term in office has been a huge learning experience and provided much personal growth and relational connection across the state and in both parties in the House and Senate.  I look forward to building on this foundation and making a difference for my constituents and for all of Iowa. What are your qualifications? Apart for being a long term public servant in pastoral ministry, I am also an avid outdoorsman and very connected to rural Iowa. This past session I sat on five committees in the legislature.  They were the Judiciary Committee, the Environmental Protection Committee, the Local Government Committee, the Public Safety Committee and the Economic Development Appropriation Subcommittee.  These committees have given me extensive insight into the needs and challenges of Iowa moving forward.  I have been named by Farm Bureau as a “Friend of Agriculture”, endorsed by the NRA and named a “Friend of Business” by the ABI. I am a broad based conservative and not focused on only one or two issues. I have a track record of working with legislators from both parties to get things done. 2. What do believe should be the goals and/or priorities for the 2017 legislative session as they pertain to: •Agriculture and the environment:   Our biggest challenge we face in the next session is coming up with a reliable and ongoing revenue source for water quality.  I am open to look at all of the idea’s, but am protective of education funding.  Iowa has been making measurable progress in recent years, but we have much work to do.  Our farmers have cut down the amounts of herbicides and pesticides do to new GMO’s and innovative farming techniques.  Iowa is leading the way with voluntary new

practices of grass waterways, buffer strips. cover crops and bio-reactors. More farmers need to participate in these voluntary measures.  Toward the end of last session we also had a presentation on a promising new municipal nitrate reduction treatment technique that is being refined.  We have a problem, but science, technology and our great Iowa universities are focusing on this issues. Behind every problem is an opportunity for innovation and new economic development.  I expect Iowa innovation and technology to will lead the way in developing effective ways to clean up Iowa and the environment around the world. •Funding for education Education funding will be my top priority for new money spending for the 2018 budget.  We have a great education system in Iowa and statistics do not tell the full story.  For example, Iowa tests every student while some states test only their top tier students.  That is not a fair comparison.  We need to address transportation costs in our rural districts and move to an equal per student allowance in all districts.  Many rural school districts are struggling with declining enrolments while at the same time getting up to $175 less per student in supplemental school aid than larger urban schools.  I believe in equal aid for all districts.  •Medicaid/health care/mental health issues The Governors Managed Health Care rollout has had a shaky start, but is making steady progress.  Prior to his program, medicaid in Iowa was growing at 16% annually and was unsustainable.   Within a few short years it was going to bankrupt the state leaving no money for education, the criminal justice system, maintenance and repair or infrastructure rebuilding.  The challenge now is improving services, reeling in the Obama Care mandates and addressing our mental health care system in Iowa.  There is no doubt that closing down two of our older mental health care facilities in Iowa left us with a bed shortage.  I was very concerned about the timing.  Looking ahead,  I believe we can stream line the system, work with local hospitals and possibly build new regional facilities that have less maintenance costs and offer better services.  We also need to focus on addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs.  Addictions left untreated add substantial new caseloads annually to the already overloaded mental health care system.  Unfortunately, our current system dumps many people with mental health care issues into our prison system.  We have a lot of work in front of us to fix this problem. •Jobs and economic development incentives Many regions in Iowa have adequate jobs.  The big lack is a willing workforce and suitable entry level housing.  Unfortunately, our over generous government entitlement programs in Iowa have put a lot of able workers on the sidelines rather than in the work force.  This needs to be addressed and changed!  I beehive in helping people do and become their best.  We need a graduated system of entitlement reform that diminishes assistance as career development and

Nancy Paule Huisinga    Occupation: Registered Nurse 1. Why are you running for election to the District 8. State House seat? Successfully running for the 8th District House seat will afford me the opportunity to serve the people in my district in an advocacy position. Advocacy has been a central theme of my nursing career and has been quite a natural quality to extend into my personal and volunteer realm of life.  I look forward to giving voice to my friends and neighbors in the district and those I have yet to meet. Representing the interests of the people of the district  is of utmost importance, as well as bringing our share of state monies to the district to ensure we provide the supports and services needed in this rural area in which we live.   What are your qualifications? I am known as a problem solver and a hard worker with an ability to produce solutions that may not  occur to others. My talents include combining elements and individuals in order to produce a completely different slant on an idea or product or use.  I have a wide range of experience in the workforce and have advocated for people all of my life in many areas and stages of life. I was reared in the district, have lived in several other places, returning to my home area 30+ years ago. I  bring  a wide perspective, having been influenced by experiences and places quite different from my home. I have volunteered all of my life and attempted to use any talents that I was given for the greater good. I have been a public health and hospice nurse for most of my thirty year career  in nursing with a deep interest in mental health. 2. What do believe should be the goals and/or priorities for the 2017 legislative session as they pertain to: •Agriculture and the environment It is imperative that we continue to develop clean, renewable

energy in Iowa, decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, and protect our environment.  We are leaders in wind energy and should continue our efforts to be leaders in our commitment to energy efficiency.    We need to increase consumption of and investment in locally grown foods. Encourage crop diversification and maintain leadership in ethanol production. •Funding for education Education is the number one priority and needs to be funded as such. Iowa’s status as number one in education has plummeted to 26th -36th, depending on what is being measured. Our schools need to be fully funded and the legislature needs to be compliant with their own laws regarding the funding time table. Districts are anywhere in size from two to five hundred-fifty-five square miles. Rural Iowa schools need a funding mechanism that does not reduce funding for the educational programs.  Supplemental State Aid needs to be granted 14 months prior to certification of a school district’s budget  and at the rate of state growth. We need to trust the administrators to have local control of their budgets.  Currently administrators have control over 8% of their budgets. We need to invest in our community colleges and work to freeze tuition at state universities and should make available increased grants for private colleges while supporting any effort and / or plan for school loans to be refinanced. The rate of interest on education loans is exploitive. •Medicaid/health care/mental health issues The changes to Medicaid~ Managed Care Organizations or MCOs~ have been an abysmal failure and have created havoc for patients, providers and agencies who need to do business with them. Many smaller service providers have had to close their doors due to inefficiencies and failure of the MCOs to pay their bills on a timely basis. Patients’ choice for providers is reduced, reimbursement is decreased such that many providers opt out , placing a larger burden and decreased funding to those agencies that continue to do business with the MCOs. There is no explanation for adding a layer of administration across the entire spectrum of what was formerly known as Medicaid in Iowa, and expecting to save money in the delivery of care. The state run Medicaid program was efficient . It was not without room for improvement, but was far superior and less expensive than the MCOs.

Mental Health Care~ That we have cut our psychiatric bed availability in the state is deplorable. It is inexcusable that two of the four MHIs in the state were closed without offering increased community supports or access to and coordination with evidence based programs for self care. This leaves patients and their families in vulnerable positions, in crisis and becomes a law enforcement issue rather than a health care issue. We need local care for emergent situations of all types in all areas of the state. For the chronically mentally ill, we need to encourage availability and coordination of programs that focus on teaching self care and maintenance to strengthen our communities. •Jobs and economic development incentives We need to work to raise the minimum wage. No one who works forty hours per week should live in poverty. Women make $0.77 for every dollar that men make, and is worse if you are a woman of color. We need equal pay for equal work. It is the right thing to do. Iowa companies should have first option at state contracts to keep business in the state. Corporations that fail to pay their workers need to be prosecuted and small businesses should have state’s protection from unfair competition. •Eminent Domain We need refrain from using eminent domain as a means for usurping land owner’s rights for anything other than an imperative project for the public good. We need to absolutely stop using eminent domain for private profit. Currently the Bakken pipeline is being built diagonally  through 18  Iowa counties without the company having obtained all permits, using eminent  domain and will necessitate building the pipeline under major rivers including the Mississippi, placing our rich land , arguably the richest in the world , and our water in jeopardy. •Public Safety We need to teach our communities “emotional CPR” and Mental Health First Aid so that mental health patients do not become law enforcement issues. We need to support our law enforcement officials with the equipment they need both practical and educational to support the services that communities expect to keep them safe, including adequate training and education to ensure quick response times for first responders.

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Bottlenecks in the mental health system create costly and dangerous problems across the state By Travis Fischer Everybody has had a bad day. Some people’s bad days are worse than others. Some people react to their bad days worse than others. Sometimes people react to their bad days so poorly that law enforcement has to step in. When a person has become a danger to themselves or others, they can be ordered by the court to be taken to a mental health facility where they can get the care and attention they need. This may mean a couple days of observation for them to calm down and get their head on straight, or it may mean addressing some long term issues. But in either case, finding a place for people who need mental health care has become a difficult and time consuming task in recent years as mental health resources have declined across the state, creating a variety of problems for everybody involved in the system, particularly when it comes to emergency committals. The emergency committal process begins with a call to law enforcement. Perhaps the subject just went through a bad break-up and is acting destructively. Perhaps they have had a little too much to drink at a family gathering and things are getting out of hand. It could be an individual in the middle of intense crisis or somebody with a history of issues that has finally gone too far. Whatever the reason, when an emergency committal is requested a sheriff’s deputy will escort the subject to the nearest emergency room where they can be checked out. From that point on, that deputy is legally bound by Iowa code to remain with the subject until they can be placed in the custody of a hospital with a mental health unit. While the subject is being examined by the emergency room staff, the paperwork for emergency committal begins. Details of the case are given to the magistrate judge for review and, if they agree that the subject is in need of mental health treatment, an order is given for the deputy to transport them to the appropriate facility. However, that order cannot be completed until there is a facility willing to accept the subject. This is where law enforcement

runs into the bottleneck. “We run into a problem when it comes to looking for bed space,” says Franklin County Chief Deputy Linn Larson. “The system is not staffed. It does not have enough beds to adequately care for those that are in need.” Bed space, in this case, doesn’t merely refer to an available room with an unoccupied mattress. It means that the hospital is staffed with nurses and psychiatric professionals capable of evaluating and caring for somebody with mental health needs. In a perfect world, when a deputy brings a subject into the emergency room for committal, the hospital would call the nearest mental health unit and ask them for a bed for the patient. During this time, the appropriate magistrate judge would be contacted to sign off on the court order for committal. Once a bed for the subject is found, the court order would be finished and hand delivered to the deputy, who would then transport the subject to that location and resume his normal duties. However, with the scarcity of available beds for mental health patients, every step in that process is extended. A deputy may have to wait several hours for a hospital to find an available bed. If the nearest mental health unit has nothing available, emergency room staff must go down the list of the next closest options, making phone calls until a bed can be found. Inability to find a bed quickly not only consumes the attention of hospital staff, but extends the time it takes for the deputy to complete their duty. Moreover, the longer it takes to find a bed, the more likely it is that the bed will be a considerable distance away. Larson says that it’s not uncommon for deputies to transport subjects as far as Davenport or Council Bluffs, each three hours away from Franklin County. This becomes a six hour round-trip for not just the deputy, but also the ambulance and crew required to transport them. “When one of our two ambulances in the county are out on a transfer, that’s a problem,” says Larson. Once at the receiving hospital, deputies can face additional delays

as some hospitals won’t accept mental health patients without doing in-house examinations, even if the subject was already examined. Depending on how busy the hospital is, these additional tests can take several more hours. In addition, if the subject has committed a crime during their mental health crisis, a deputy will be needed to transport the subject back for their hearing, adding another multi-hour round trip to their duties down the line. The time it takes to process an involuntary committal from start to finish often consumes the bulk of an eight hour shift. In more extreme cases, it has taken as long as 59 hours to get somebody the care they need. The difficulties in finding bed space for mental health patients isn’t just a logistical issue for the Sheriff’s department, but a financial one as well. Needlessly tying up a deputy for six or more hours means not only does the Sheriff’s department pay for an otherwise out-of-commission deputy, but they must also bring in an off-duty officer to fill in for the occupied deputy. If no replacement officers can be found, that leaves a gap in the protection of the rest of the county. Every hour spent sitting in a hospital or driving halfway across the state is an hour that a deputy is not available to respond to other emergencies. “It becomes a nightmare issue for us,” says Larson. “We can have a lot of people on the road. But even fully staffed we can run out of people.” Adding to the frustration is the fact that hospitals are not obligated to take committals. Larson says that it is difficult to find beds for subjects that are belligerent, which can often be the case when handling an involuntary committal. “Not everybody is happy to go to the hospital,” says Larson. “Sometimes it does require people to physically restrain them.” Subjects that have been drinking can also be difficult to find beds for. Larson says that hospitals will sometimes make his deputies wait until the subject’s blood alcohol level has dropped before accepting them. “A lot of medical facilities pick and choose who they take,” says Larson. “We have no recourse.

There’s no way to check that. We have to keep going down the list.” The difference in acceptance policy is different from hospital to hospital. Where some are particular about which patients they accept, others have become a reliable resource for law enforcement. Larson sings praises for Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames as an example of a mental health unit that works with law enforcement to get people the care they need quickly. “Ames is a shining light,” says Larson. “The only time that they’ve turned us down is when they are full.” Some steps have been taken to speed up the committal process. Last year the state launched the CareMatch database, which syncs up the state’s mental health units to show in real time how many beds are available and where they are. However, Franklin County Magistrate Andrea Miller says that hospitals either aren’t using the system or don’t update it frequently enough for it to be useful. As the magistrate that signs off on mental health committals, Miller shares the frustration that law enforcement has with finding beds for patients and she is far from the only one. “That is the frustration throughout the state. There just aren’t enough beds available,” says Miller. “I know that the legislature has tried addressing this issue, but nothing that they have changed has made a dent in the issue of not having beds.” The number of available beds in the state has been on a steady decline for years, but a recent push by the state government to close state-run facilities has exasperated the issue. In a 2016 study from the Treatment Advocacy Center, Iowa ranks 51 in the nation for state hospital beds. Since 2010, the state has gone from 149 state hospital beds to 64, leaving two beds for every 100,000 people. “Those beds are gone and we don’t have fewer people,” said Miller. “Iowa somehow needs to attract more professionals in the line of mental health.” In 2015, Governor Terry Branstad unilaterally shut down two state hospitals, one in Mount Pleasant and another in Clarinda. The decision resulted in a bi-partisan attempt

from the state legislature to re-open the facilities; however, that bill was vetoed by the Governor, anticipating that private organizations and community services would pick up the slack. “Not only did they close beds, they closed the only facilities that specialized in psychogeriatrics and substance abuse,” says Russell Wood, Community Services Director in Franklin County. Wood says losing mental health care for the elderly and substance abuse specialists affects two large Iowa demographics, resulting in an increased strain on hospitals that are less equipped to effectively treat those specific needs. Instead, the state is continuing to shut down mental health units. Earlier this year the governor ordered the closure of 15 beds at the Independence Mental Health Institute. These beds were part of the Psychiatric Medical Institution for Children unit. Juvenile cases are even more complicated than normal committals. With fewer facilities staffed to handle juvenile committals, Larson says that his deputies can often spend twelve hours just finding a bed for a juvenile subject. Like law enforcement, the strain that the lack of state beds has on the mental health system is also a financial issue for hospitals, particularly if the subject is on Medicaid. Once accepting a patient, hospitals are legally required to keep them, but Medicaid will only pay for medically necessary treatments. This leaves hospitals effectively eating the cost of caring for patients for weeks or even months at a time. It’s not all bad news for the state’s mental health system though. In place of hospital rooms, community based alternatives are cropping up to handle acute and long-term needs of people who need help. Wood says that Hope Wellness Center in Woodward is developing a Crisis Stabilization Unit where people in need of mental help can stay for up to five days for no charge so long as they aren’t in imminent danger. For people capable of realizing that they need some help, it is a resource they can use before a bad day becomes a dangerous one.

On the other end, Wood says that transitional living centers are being established in Iowa Falls, Newton, Norwalk, and potentially in Ames. For people with nowhere to go, these facilities will help arrange low income housing, therapy, benefits, job placement, and community placement to get people back on their feet. “It costs a lot less and it’s more therapeutic to provide services in your community than in an institution,” says Wood. It is hoped that these kind of resources can alleviate the demand for bed space, either by giving people a place to go before intervention is needed or reducing the time they spend in a mental health bed. By expanding community based resources, it is hoped that the stigma of mental illness may fade away as well, encouraging people to get help before they run into a crisis. “People, unfortunately, make a lot of poor choices when they’re in crisis,” says Wood. With little hope of reopening the state-run beds, a focus on community based preventative measures seems to be the direction that the state legislature is moving as well. “I think the goal is that we ultimately have more beds throughout the state at the sub-acute level for intervention,” says Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer. “Then hopefully it won’t rise to the level where law enforcement has to take care of them.” At the legislative level, Upmeyer says one of the biggest challenges is the lack of mental health providers. A variety of strategies have been attempted to attract mental health professionals to the state, but few seem to work. “It’s a tough one, and I think it’s shared in many states across the country,” says Upmeyer. “We’re very interested in trying to find solutions.” For Deputy Larson, he’s hopeful that more preventive measures will help alleviate the demand for bed space, but he’ll believe it when he sees it. Regardless, he still insists that more attention should be given to increasing the number of beds. “I hope it works,” says Larson. “But there needs to be more beds in the state.”

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Rural School Advocates Set 2017 Legislative Agenda FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Campus, Ankeny, Iowa October 12, 2016 Representatives from member school districts of the Rural School Advocates of Iowa convened their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Oct 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. RSAI is beginning its fourth year of advocacy on behalf of the students, parents and communities in rural Iowa, to ensure that all students have access to a great Iowa education, regardless of where they live. RSAI members include 69 Iowa school districts, ranging in enrollment from 97 to nearly 16,000 students. As Dr. Bob Olson, Chair of RSAI and superintendent of the ClarionGoldfield-Dows school district reminded the members, “this is an organization of rural schools with a common mission of equality, not an organization of small schools.” School transportation costs were a key focus of the group. Kevin Fiene, Superintendent from I-35 Community School District, and at-large representative on the RSAI Leadership Group, shared statistics of the miles traveled getting to and from school. “For us, those route miles we run to get students to school take away from the instruction we could provide. This is an equity issue. Our students are disadvantaged because of the funding we must spend getting them to the door. Isn’t their education just as important as all other Iowa students’ education?” Duane Willhite, Superintendent from North Fayette Valley Schools, NE representative on the Legislative Group, weighed in on the priority of extending the state penny sales tax for school infrastructure and property tax relief. “We buy our 1-1 computers out of our sales takes fund. A lot of districts have elevated student learning out of this fund. Because our buildings are in good shape, we’re going to drop our physical plant and equipment levy property tax (PPEL) and our taxpayers will appreciate that.” But he also expressed concerned for districts with unmet infrastructure needs. “The sunset restricts our ability to borrow. Schools that need to borrow to do work in the district, need that sunset repealed.” Another key priority for rural schools was extending the operational sharing incentives, which Kerry Phillips, Superintendent,

Harmony School District, explained. He shared that 160 school districts, mostly rural, obtained efficiencies or expanded opportunities for students in the prior year. “As the final year of the incentives nears in 2018-19, it’s critical for rural schools to advocate for an extension this (legislative) session,” Phillips emphasized. Despite being one of the most complicated school finance issues discussed, student equality of Iowa’s school finance formula rose to a level of top priority for RSAI members. Olson explained, “This $175 difference per pupil has no rational explanation, other than the history of what schools spent when the formula was created in the early 1970s.” “This is a moral issue for us,” added Dr. Arthur Tate, Superintendent from Davenport Community Schools. “We are short $145 million since its inception. Our kids deserve this and we need it.” The group stressed the importance of education for local economic development. Paul Croghan, Superintendent of East Mills and new RSAI Vice Chair stated, “We are eager to cut taxes to help out local businesses in the community, but what businesses are going to want to hire uneducated students?  There will be no businesses remaining in Iowa if we don’t have educated workers.” Sandy Dockendorff, Board member, Danville, also weighed in on the impact of education job cuts in all communities.  “Teachers are losing their jobs, but while we’re more than willing to subsidize local business to ensure jobs are not lost or moved from the community, why aren’t we viewing teaching jobs in the same way as we view jobs in business? They live in our communities, buy things in our communities, pay taxes in our communities.” RSAI members discussed the resources needed to provide a good education for students, including a 6% increase in the state cost per pupil to make up for lost ground and resurrect education as the number one priority of the legislature. They call on state lawmakers to set the amount quickly as the 2017 session convenes, explaining this funding as a survival issue for rural schools. If the legislature does not meet their legal deadline, the rural schools

group is advocating for an automatic increase based on economic factors. RSAI members also included the following issues as additional priorities for the 2016 Legislative Session: • Funding equity and flexibility for students at-risk of not succeeding in school • Aligned assessment, high standards and the technology required to administer the tests on line • Funding for 3- and 4-year old preschool at a 1.0 weighting, to help provide full day and cover transportation costs in rural schools • District flexibility, known as home rule, for authority to make decisions that best meet the needs of students and the community • Rural teacher quality incentive program, to help attract, retain and reward great teachers in rural districts • Local flexibility to provide costeffective and research-based interventions rather than summer school if barriers to providing a good summer school program exist (such as transportation costs or inability to recruit qualified teachers in the summer.) Position papers on key issues and a Digest of the 2016 Legislative Session are available on the RSAI legislative web page, http://www. or by contacting Margaret Buckton, Professional Advocate, RSAI 515.201.3755 Contacts: Dr. Robert Olson, Superintendent, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Chair, RSAI Leadership Group, Robert., (515) 532-3423 Paul Croghan, Superintendent, Essex and East Mills, Vice Chair, RSAI Leadership Group (712) 624-8700 Kevin Fiene, Superintendent, Interstate 35, Secretary/Treasurer, RSAI Leadership Group (641) 7654291 Joshua Hughes, Board Member, Interstate 35, Chair, RSAI Legislative Group

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Career Academy students look at the future of manufacturing By Kim Demory Juniors and seniors across the nation are starting to think about their future. Will they go to college? Is a training program more what they’re looking for? Maybe they should go straight to work? Those are the questions they are looking for answers to, and for many, they are finding those answers at the North Central Iowa Career Academy in Eagle Grove. This facility, a branch of Iowa Central Community College, offers high school students the opportunity to take college level classes, earning them credits for both high school and college - free of charge. Not only does it save them money, but it also gets them into course study of fields they think they might be interested in, and into the doors of businesses and talking with people who actually do their potential job for a living. For some, it gives them the confidence to know they are headed in the right direction. For others, they discover a field perhaps isn’t for them and can change course before they spend time and money in college. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, students in the manufacturing strain at the Career Academy had the chance to learn first hand about their field from David McQuaid, president of the American Welding Society. McQuaid started his career in welding in 1970 and has since dedicated his life to the field. “The sky’s the limit,” he told the students. “Welding has been good to me.” You may not realize it, but McQuaid pointed out to the students just how many things around us on

David McQuaid, president of the American Welding Society, spoke with Career Academy students on Wednesday, Oct. 12 about job opportunities in the field. Photo by Kim Demory a daily basis are in some way the result of welding - chairs, bridges, you name it. “Welding is a part of your life, way more than the average person knows. Welding is no longer considered a dirty job. You’re more than just a’re a skilled craftsman,” McQuaid told the students. In fact, the Boy Scouts even introduced a welding Merit Badge in 2012 with nearly 15,000 badges since having been awarded. It’s a useful skill to know. McQuaid went on to tell the students that there area variety of careers available in the manufacturing field - you can be a welder, inspector, supervisor, trouble shooter...whatever you desire. He really captured their attention when he told them that by the year 2020, it’s estimated there will be a shortage of 200,000 welders. If interested in the welding field, McQuaid recommends the students belong to the American Welding Society. It’s a professional

organization of 70,000 members around the world dedicated to advancing careers in welding. David J. Landon Elected 2015 President and Chair of the Board of AWS, also captured the attention of the students when he told them his career in welding has taken him all over the world - “to more countries than he can name.” Landon also gave the students some important advice - no matter what their field or what their path of training is, the top three things employers look for when hiring is integrity, communication skills, and team work. “Be proud of what you do...I don’t care if you sweep the floors,” McQuaid said. “Don’t ever let anybody tell you it can’t be done, but stick to the details.” McQuaid and Landon were at the Career Academy by the invitation of the Career Academy welding instructor and industrial trainer Brandon.

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Students and faculty of the North Central Iowa Career Academy and Iowa Central Community College welcomed guest speaker David McQuaid, president of the American Welding Society, to the Eagle Grove facility last week. Photo by Kim Demory



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Cowboys Drop 20-14 Game At Forest City In Overtime Cowgirl Volleyball Team Splits Final Two Matches Braun provides 200-plus yards of offense By Les Houser In an exciting and well-played game by both teams, the Forest City Indians got the best of ClarionGoldfield-Dows/CAL 20-14 with it taking one overtime period to do it. The Indians struck first on a 12yard touchdown pass at the 5:48 mark of the first quarter. The try for two points failed. That lone score stood up all the way to the third quarter, and with 4:11 remaining in that period Braun rocketed off to a 58-yard touchdown run. Brendon Boyd’s PAT attempt was no good, leaving the game tied at 6-6. Forest City scored first in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard run to the end zone. A two-point conversion pass was good. With 6:27 left, the Cowboys answered on a drive culminated by a one-yard touchdown run by Reymundo Vasquez. Braun took it in for two points to tie the score and eventually send it into overtime. The Indians scored on a one-yard run in the extra period. “This was a great game by both teams,” stated head coach Newt Lingenfelter. “We had our chances

to win, driving down to the ten-yard line to end regulation then fumbling the ball in overtime. I was especially proud of our defense in allowing only a 25 percent third-down conversion rate.” The red and black finished with 322 yards of total offense on 65 snaps, compared to 300 yards on 62 plays for the Indians. They averaged 5.0 yards per play, and had five penalties for 50 total yards compared to four flags for 35 yards on the Indians. The Indians had the edge in time of possession, 24:43 to 23:17. The Cowboys had 10 first downs compared to 14 for the Indians, and converted six of 16 third-down attempts and one of seven fourth-down tries. Braun finished with 103 yards on the ground on 23 carries and a score. Vasquez had 67 yards on 11 attempts with a score, and Nate Rapp added 44 yards on 13 carries. Braun was five of 17 for 108 yards through the air with a pick. Chase Harker caught two passes for 48 total yards, Rapp two passes for 47 yards and Vasquez one ball for 13 yards.

Athlete of the Week Lili Swanson Lili had 16 total kills in two matches last week, and made three solo blocks and a block assist versus Hampton-Dumont

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Athlete of the Week Zack Leist Zack made two solo tackles and assisted in three others in last week’s loss to Forest City.

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Athlete of the Week Logan Robertson Logan finished 51st for the Cowboy JV at the conference meet, putting up a 22:56.32 finish time

Boyd punted three times for a 40.3-yard average. Harker returned one punt for 48 yards and Braun fielded a punt for no gain. Israel Rivera returned a kickoff for 14 yards. Salvador Fregoso finished with five solo tackles and two assists. Rapp, Braun and Will Weidemann all had four solo stops each, with Rapp adding nine tackle assists, Braun six assists and Weidemann five assists. Harker and Boyd each had three solo tackles, with Harker adding three assists. Zack Leist, Vasquez, Alex Machuca, Max Weidemann and Avery Harrington all finished with two solo stops each. Leist also had three tackle assists, Vasquez and Machuca two each and Weidemann one. Trent McAtee had one solo tackle and two assists, while Rivera made two assists and Jonathon Aalfs one. This week the Cowboys (4-4. 2-4) host Hampton-Dumont (0-8, 0-6) in their final game of the season. The Bulldogs come off a 34-22 loss to Osage.

By Les Houser Finishing their season schedule with two matches last week, the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows varsity volleyball team went 1-1 in defeating Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in three sets while losing to Hampton-Dumont in five. Versus the Cardinals, scores were 25-20, 25-13 and 25-14. Team serving was just over 94 percent, with Megan Askelsen 33 of 33 with five aces. Kenna Kruger was 10 of 12 (one ace), Ana Johnson and Sydney TerHark both 7 of7, Haley Nerem 5 of 6 (one) and Cassy Mendoza 4 of 5. Kruger set for 22 assists, with Johnson pounding nine kills and Nerem, Lili Swanson and TerHark all swatting five each. Nerem led the digs column with nine, with Askelsen making seven saves of the ball. Kapka went vertical for three solo blocks, with TerHark adding two. “Coming out back to back was a little bit of a struggle to start,” stated head coach Katrina TerHark. “Once we got in the flow and got going, it was much better volleyball. After we won the first set, we gained confidence in our serving and kept them out of their

system most of the night. Coming out strong and playing consistent was one of our goals. We maybe gave a few little runs, but didn’t let them back in the match. We were able to mix up our offense, with all of our hitters having success, which is hard to defend.” A marathon five-set home match on senior night result in a loss to HamptonDumont. Set scores were L29-27, W25-23, L25-23, W25-17 and L15-13. Team serving was at 87.5 percent, with Johnson 25 of 25 (one ace). Mendoza was 18 of 20 (two), Nerem 16 of 18, Askelsen 14 of 17 (two), Kruger 14 of 19 and TerHark 11 of 13 (two). Nerem made 20 kills, with Johnson getting 16 and Swanson 11. Askelsen and Nerem both finished with 10 digs each, while Swanson had three solo blocks and Johnson one. “We did some nice things against the Bulldogs in spurts, but our serving is what kept us from getting the win,” said the head coach. “It was a bit of an emotional loss, with it being senior night, and having played three matches in the week. Moving on from it is something we need to do to get ourselves ready for regionals.”

Sydney TerHark serves up another point versus the Bulldogs. The senior was 11 of 13 with two aces, and helped the offensive attack with seven kills.

Cross Country Teams Run At Conference Meet Boys varsity sixth, boys middle school third

By Les Houser All of the Clarion-GoldfieldDows/CAL cross country teams took part in the North Central Conference Meet last Tuesday in Hampton. The girls varsity team title went to a strong Humboldt squad with 33 points, followed in order by: Clear Lake 69, St. Edmond 75, Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR 86, Algona 97, Webster City 167 and C-G-D/CAL with 203. Cowgirl finishes were as follows: Katherine Lopez 38th in 26:01.30; Maya Jackson 41st in 26:33.03; Kylie Klaver 43rd in 26:40.38; Brenna Harklau 44th in 26:47.74; Angela Castro 47th in 27:21.42; Sid Magee 49th in 27:53.28 and Kayleen Johnson 50th in 28:02.05. The Cowgirl JV were fifth as a team, with that title also going to Humboldt. JV finishes were as follows: Myriam Carrillo 18th in 27:50.37; Jade LaRue 26th in 29:19.18; Maya LaRue 29th in 29:30.64; Ami Martinez 31st in 30:03.22; Alondra Aragon 32nd in 31:03.01 and Evelyn Tevalan 35th in 33:24.35. Finishes for the Cowgirl middle school team were as follows: Kaylynn Nelson 32nd in 17:29.85; Lexy Lilly 45th in 18:40.25; Joanna Duran 49th in 19:59.97 and Nicole Lorenzo 54th in 24:22.40. The Cowboy varsity took sixth place, with Humboldt making a

clean sweep of the varsity divisions with 39 points. They were followed by: Clear Lake 59, Webster City 61, Algona 102, Iowa Falls-Alden/ AGWSR 110, C-G-D/CAL 163, St. Edmond 205 and Hampton-Dumont 229. Max Powers posted a 20th place finish in 18:48.88, followed right behind by Alex Rosenbaum in 21st in 18:49.99. Behind them on the team were: Luke Rapp 34th in 19:18.58; Vegard Lauritsen 40th in 19:56.62; Hayden Klaver 48th in 20:58.30 and Dakota Hennigar 51st in 22:26.63. The boys JV portion was won by Humboldt, with the Cowboys not having enough runners for a team score. Finishes were: Logan Robertson 51st in 22:56.32 and Cristian Tamayo 74th in 25:06.25. Webster City won the middle school portion with 55 points, followed by St. Edmond with 71 and the Cowboys with 86. Finishes were as follows: Jamie Castillo fifth in 12:33.59; Kaeden Langfitt sixth in 12:34.14; Derrick Lee Harms 11th in 13:17.63; Jorge Casterona 21st in 14:08.30; Eugene Rosenbaum 52nd in 15:42.64; Nick Carpenter 55th in 15:48.88; Thomas Klaver 59th in 16:03.38; Max Smith 71st in 18:00.16; Caleb Jacobsen 77th in 20:06.72 and Athan Sikyta 78th in 22:59.00.

Emily Kapka gets the ball over the net versus the Bulldogs. The sophomore had five kills and three assists for the night.

Megan Askelsen bumps the ball to the front row. The sophomore had 10 digs and was 14 of 17 in serves with two aces.

Photos courtesy of Lifetouch

Athlete of the Week Kylie Klaver Kylie finished 43rd for the varsity at the conference meet last Tuesday, posting a 26:40.38 finish time.

Athan Sikyta was 78th in 22:59.00 for the Cowboy middle school team.

Nicole Lorenzo was 54th in 24:22.40 for the Cowgirl middle school team at the conference meet.

Eden Polzin bumps the ball in last week’s home match.

Cassy Mendoza makes this servereceive in the home match with Hampton-Dumont. The junior was 18 of 20 in serving with two aces.

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Cheerleader of the Week

Clarion-goldfield-dows sports notes October 21 October 21 October 25

Kayleen Johnson Kayleen is in her third year of cheerleading for football, and plans to cheer for wrestling this winter. She also is on the track team in the spring, and participates in FFA.

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Derrick Lee Harms took 11th in 13:17.63 for the middle school team at the NCC cross country meet last Tuesday. The team took third place.

Evelyn Tevalan finished 35th in 33:24.35, while Maya LaRue was 29th in 29:30.64, at the conference meet.

4:45 p.m. 9th/10th Football vs. Hampton-Dumont 7:30 p.m. Varsity Football vs. Hampton-Dumont 7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball-3A Regional @ Forest City vs. TBD

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Mikaela Livengood Named Golfer Of The Week Mikaela Livengood of Eagle Grove, a sophomore at Morningside College in Sioux City, has been recently named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week. She carded a 77 at the Northwestern College Red Raider Fall Invite in Orange City, tying for the top individual score and creating a sudden death playoff for medalist honors. Mustang teammate Anjana Cordes defeated Livengood in that playoff. The team easily win the Invitational, shooting a school record 315 total to win by 19 strokes over Briar Cliff.

Music Boosters Group Supports Local Music Programs The C-G-D Music Boosters is a local organization which supports the music programs in the ClarionGoldfield-Dows schools.  The Music Boosters Board is run by volunteers from the C-G-D community who are passionate about furthering the music programs and assisting the music

teachers in helping our students develop their love of music.  Music Boosters operates entirely on the contributions of area residents.  Your donation will help them purchase items for the C-G-D music teachers, provide refreshments at the Middle School and High School music

concerts as well as the High School Variety Show, and make other things possible for our students such as graduation gifts for seniors, two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors, music awards and band camp reimbursements, just to name a few.

  If you would like to make a contribution, please contact Music Boosters President Julie Klaver at or any other member of the Music Boosters Board.  Thank you for your continued support of the C-G-D Music Boosters!

 Ornamental And Turfgrass Applicators Course Offered Nov 9 These C-G-D Elementary students are enjoying learning to play the recorder as part of their music class.  The recorders were provided by the Music Boosters organization.

All-State Chorus Auditions On Saturday, October 22, four C-G-D high school vocal students will audition for the All-State Chorus in Hampton: Amaya Watne, Katherine Soenen, Max Powers, and Faith Nelson. The

Wright County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team. The local attendance site is 210 1st Street S.W., Clarion. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  There is a registration fee on or before Nov. 2. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Wright

four students will audition as two duets. These students have been rehearsing every morning before school with Mr. Ackerman. However, All-State is an individual procedure, which means students

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By Karen Weld ** Humane Society of Wright County held a ‘Fill Up the Truck’ event on Saturday. The event netted 130# of cat food; 9 bags of kitty litter; 200# dog food plus other pet care items. Also area residents contributed $583 to care for pets in the humane society’s care. Anyone wanting to make a donation to future care, mail it to P. O. Box 296, Eagle Grove 50533. * *Clarion’s VFW is having its annual chili supper on Friday, October 21 from 5 to 6:30 PM; Multi-purpose room of CGD Middle School. All you can eat chili, corn bread, dessert & drink for $7 for adult and $4 for children and 6 and under are free. ** “Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women,” will be offered in Clarion beginning Tuesday, October 25, sponsored by ISU Extension & Outreach; series continues weekly through November 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Topics will include such things as Reaching Financial Goals and Financial Security. Registration fee (normally $75) has been reduced to $40, thanks to generous. ** It’s MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY! Once again Clarion’s Marys & Marthas (M & Ms) are organizing this event locally. Calling clubs, organizations, volunteers: ‘make a difference’ between Sunday, October 16 - Saturday, October 22, let Karen Weld know what you have done and how many volunteers

helped: If you or someone you know needs something done, let Weld know; we will add it to our list of possible things which could be done to make a difference. ** “Zombies Are Coming. 3rd Annual Parent Connection Zombie FUN RUN to prevent child about Hamilton, Humboldt, & Wright Counties is set for Saturday, October 22. It’s a two-mile run at the Eagle Grove Golf Course (1127 270th Street, Eagle Grove) from 1-3 pm. Fee is now $30; fee includes a t-shirt and a medal for finishing. Visit for registration, event, and program information. ** Getting your garden ready for winter will be the topic of a program to be held Monday, October 24, at the Wright County ISU Extension Office, 210 1st St. SW in Clarion, starts at 6:30 pm. Free of charge and open to the public. Learn how to properly prepare your landscaping and garden beds for the winter. Discussion will include general clean-up and pruning, cover crops, fall bulb plantings, mulching and more. Bring your gardening questions to this meeting. ** “Halloween Party” (limit to 24 kids in grades 1 - 5) - Clarion Public Library on Wednesday, October 26 from 2 - 3 p.m. (early out day). Decorate pumpkins, eat some spooky snacks, play haunting games.

Call for a reservation at 1-515-5323673. Don’t forget “Kids’ Adventure Time” with a new adventure each Thursday and the library for kids from 2 - 5 (younger is okay, too) from 10:30 - 11 a.m. ** ‘HOUSE OF GRACE WORSHIP NIGHT’ for women is set for Thursday, October 27th @ 7 pm; location Clarion Church of Christ on North Main. Please join us for a night of worshiping God through music, prayer & His word. Childcare will not be provided. For more information contact: Kara Curry at 1-515-851-1071 or Kelly Kirstein at 1-515-851-8332. Email: • Facebook page: House of Grace. ** “Spooktacular Nights Haunted House”, Thursday, October 27 from 7-9, Friday, October 28 from 7-midnight and Saturday, October 29 from 7-midnight at Lion’s Park in Clarion. Thursday the 27th will be Broo’s & Brew’s night, get a wristband with your entrance to the Haunted House then go uptown to Fuel, Grounded or Chappy’s for featured specials. Friday the 28th from 5-7 (before the Haunted House) will be “The Enchanted Family Fun Night” sponsored by Peer Helpers and will feature activities for the younger kids (13 and under). Price of admission is $15, with coupons available at Urness Hardware, the Zombie Run in Eagle Grove and online at our Facebook page (Clarion

Spooktacular Nights, Haunted House) and at www.clarioniowa. com. ** Make plans to attend the Joy Grandgeorge Family Benefit on Sunday, October 30. Free-will offering meal @ 11:30 a.m.; silent & live auctions to follow. Lots of great donations have been received; more are promised! Organizers are excited to announce benefit has been approved to receive a matching donation by Thrivent Financial. Anyone wanting to contribute or get more information, contact Raejean Chapman at 1-515-689-8134. ** Mark your calendars: Clarion’s Trick’n’Treat Night is Monday, October 31. ** ‘2016 Eagle Grove Annual Halloween Walk’; annual downtown Halloween Walk on Monday, October 31 from 4 - 6 p.m. Kids will start from the library at 4 p.m.; beggars night from 5 - 7 p.m. throughout Eagle Grove. ** On Tuesday, November 1st, Crossroads will be hosting a Steak Dinner Benefit and Silent Auction at Grounded in Clarion at 6 pm. Proceeds will go toward expanding our Youth & Family Centers into the Clarion community. Meal includes Steak or Chicken Breast, Potato, Salad and Fruit, $30 per ticket Please RSVP by October 24th, via mail (502 N. Main Street, PO Box 191, Goldfield) or call Craig Carlson at 1-515-293-2767 for more

Yard and Garden: Storing Fall Garden Produce By Richard Jauron, Greg Wallace While farmers work in the fields to harvest their crops, home gardeners can do the same. With luck there’s more than anyone can use in a week or two, which means storage is needed. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about storing produce and maximizing its potential. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or How do I store winter squash? After harvesting, cure winter squash (except for the acorn types) at a temperature of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 80 to 85 percent. Curing helps to harden the skin on winter squash and heal any cuts and scratches. Do not cure acorn squash. The high temperature and relative humidity during the curing process actually reduce the quality and storage life of acorn squash. After curing, store winter squash in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location. Storage temperatures should be 50 to 55 F. Do not store squash near apples, pears or other ripening fruit. Ripening fruit release

ethylene gas, which shortens the storage life of squash. When properly cured and stored, the storage lives of acorn, butternut and hubbard squash are approximately five to eight weeks, two to three months and five to six months, respectively. How do I store sweet potatoes? After harvest, cure sweet potatoes for one week at a temperature of 80 to 85 F and relative humidity of 90 to 95 percent. Curing promotes healing of minor cuts and bruises, prolonging the storage life of the sweet potatoes. Curing also improves the flavor of sweet potatoes as starches are converted to sugars during the curing process. After curing, store sweet potatoes at a temperature of 55 to 60 F and relative humidity of 85 to 90 percent. Storage temperatures above 60 F may stimulate sprouting. Sweet potatoes may develop an off-flavor and the flesh may become discolored when stored at temperatures below 55 F. If properly cured and stored, sweet potatoes can be stored for four to six months. How do I store parsnips? Harvest parsnips in mid- to late

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of the elementary students. A dinner for veterans will be provided from Wholly Smoke of Dows following. ** Iowa River Players in Rowan will be presenting “M*A*S*H” beginning on Veteran’s Day, November 11 at 7.30 pm. Area Veterans are invited to apply for a free ticket for that date by calling 1-515-532-2565 or writing 728 Maple Lane, Clarion 50525 for a reservation; include name and address. Requests may be made until November 8th. Regular tickets for friends and family of the veteran are $10 at the door. Other performance dates include Nov 12, 18 and 19 at 7.30 pm; November 13 and 20 at 2pm when regular prices apply . ** Registration is now open for the 57th Annual Holiday Craft Fair in Eagle Grove. The Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information visit our website www.eaglegrove. com or call 515-448-4821. ** AT THE MOVIES: Showing at the Clarion Theatre “Miss Peragines Home for Peculiar Children” (PG-13). Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday on October 21 - October 23; and Wednesday, October 26. Also Sunday, October 123at 2:30 p.m. For current shows/ view previews - www.clariontheater. com ; phone 1-515-602-6606.

Senior Dinner Monday, October 24 Join the Dows Senior Citizens when they meet at noon at the Dows Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 24. Their menu will be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans,

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Getting your garden ready for winter Getting your garden ready for winter will be the topic of a program to be held October 24, at the Wright County ISU Extension Office, 210 1st St. SW in Clarion.  The program will start at 6:30 pm and is free of charge and open to the public. November as cool fall temperatures convert starch to sugar and give parsnips their distinctive flavor. After harvest, trim the foliage back to within 1 inch of the roots. Store parsnips at a temperature of 32 F and a relative humidity of 95 to 98 percent. Small quantities can be placed in perforated plastic bags and stored in a refrigerator. A basement storage room or root cellar



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Dows Area News

Northey comments on Iowa crops

Dows Community Calendar Wednesday, Oct. 19 • Preschool story time, ages 3-5, at the Dows Library, 9:1510 a.m. Contact the library with questions. • Volleyball at Forest City, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 • Cross country districts at Garner, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 • 9th/10th football at Clarion, 4:45 p.m. • Football at Clarion, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 • Senior Dinner at the Senior Center at noon. Call for reservations.


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “Iowa’s corn and soybean harvest is moving forward, but remains fairly slow due to the damp weather and periodic rain,” Northey said.  “The 33 percent of corn and 62 percent of beans that have been combined remain behind the 5-year average. Several days of dry weather would be very helpful and allow farmers to make significant progress on both corn and bean harvest.” The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture. gov or on USDA’s site at www.nass.  The report summary follows here: Crop Report Fieldwork was slowed by damp, foggy conditions but farmers were able to make some harvest progress during the 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 16, 2016, according the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Many farmers reported waiting for crops to dry

Tuesday, Oct. 25 • Volleyball regionals at Forest City, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 • Cross country state meet, Ft. Dodge, all day. Monday, Oct. 31 • Halloween party and Trickor-Treats in Dows, 4:30-6 p.m. with party at the Legion Hall to follow. • Volleyball regionals at Hampton, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 • Preschool story time, ages 3-5, at the Dows Library, 9:15-10 a.m. Contact the library with questions.

down in the field before harvesting and concentrating on corn rather than soybeans. Other activities for the week included fall tillage, manure and fertilizer applications, and seeding of cover crops. Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent

the Korner Halloween party and Trick-or treats From By Marillyn Korth The middle week of October from 4:30-6 in Dows October 31 already. A fairly quiet week. Last Trick-or-treat time in Dows is set for Monday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-6 p.m. Ghosts, goblins, and many other costumed young ones will be roaming the streets after school,

and will finish their routes with a visit to the Dows Legion Hall for a Halloween Party, sponsored by Dows Commercial Club members. The Kensington Club will be serving snacks for the party.

Chili Dipper at Dows Golf Course The DGC hosted their final tournament of 2016 on Sunday, Oct. 9. The weather and chili were great, and the winners are: Championship Flight: First place: John Ressier, Jeff O’Toole, & Dan, 60; second place: Carey French, Chris Phipps, & Jay Herter, 61. First Flight: first place: Jim, Weldin, & Brent Buhr, 71; second

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somewhere and now he is waiting for popcorn. Keeps me pretty busy!!! Sunday we had word that an old The crops are coming out in friend, Richard Fibikar had passed pretty good shape except for the wet away. I had Richard and Betty’s spots, but the yield has been pretty daughter, Bonnie in first grade. good. The weather is cooperating Then when I got married and had also. Till, Betty also had another little It won’t be long till the election girl. Gloria, and our girls became is over. I am applying for my best friends. I got to see and visit absentee ballot so I can ponder it with the girls at visitation. Many awhile. We will all be glad when it is good memories of days gone by. My over. I think! sympathies to the family. I have several errands this Got new ears this week. They are week. Hope all you farmers are nice, but must be revved up a little. resting when you can. We have to Also got my driver’s license. What be patient. My news is not much a joy that was. Have to wear my this week. Maybe I will ask Emmett glasses, but that is not a problem. to write some. He makes up good Today after church, Emmett stories. Till next time, be careful and wanted to stay with me while his be happy. MK mom and Justin went to the movie. So far I have been married to Santa Clause and ridden a train to

short, 80 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop was mature or beyond, 3 days behind last year, but 1 day ahead of the five-year average. Thirty-three percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, 4 days behind last year and almost one week behind average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested was at

18 percent. Corn condition rated 82 percent good to excellent. Ninety-six percent of soybeans were dropping leaves or beyond, equal to the fiveyear average. Sixty-two percent of soybeans have been harvested, 6 days behind last year’s pace. Pasture condition was rated 62 percent good to excellent. Livestock conditions were described as good.

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Make a Difference Week

The residents of the Meadows Senior Living spent the afternoon putting together Halloween treat bags for the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Backpack Program. Staff and residents were asked to “Make A Difference” and donate small items that would fit into the treat bags. The families will receive the special bags during Make a Difference Week.

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1400+ sq. ft, central air, zoned B-1, office, business, or apartments! $75,900 409 4th st. Nw ~ ClarIoN 2BR, 1 bath, 2 car garage, perfect for first home or income property $34,500 Darren Robinson ~ 515-293-1207 Kurt Knudsen ~ 515-293-2000 Alec Amonson ~ 515-851-8049

lakE CorNElIa - Choice bldg. lot w/ lake access. EaglE grovE - 120’ x 156’ lot on NW 4th St. adj. athletic field goldfIEld - Choice corner bldg. lot in Sunnyside addition. CommErCIal sItE - 9.18 A corner lot w/ approx. 700’ Hwy 17 front, zoned industrial, City sewer/water.

HomeLand Realty 201 S. Commercial, Eagle Grove - 448-3717

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