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WF Fall Vocal Variety show is tonight The choirs of West Fork High School will present their Fall Vocal Variety Show on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., in the north gym of the Sheffield Campus. Enjoy an evening of great music and dancing. ABOVE: The barn has gone through a lot of renovations since West Fork started renting it. LEFT: The West Fork FFA has their very own barn to get hands-on experience with animals.

Zion Bazaar is Nov. 5 Zion Reformed Church will host their “Bizarre Bazaar” on Saturday, Nov. 5. The bazaar will be open from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., with a live auction to follow. Silent bids will be accepted throughout the day on all auction items. Great tasting, homemade food will be served all day. The shops include: bakery, crafts, pantry (featuring home-canned meat), cards/napkins and Trashn-Treasure. Zion is located at 2029 Jonquil Ave., in rural Sheffield; five miles west of Chapin and onehalf mile north on Jonquil Avenue.

Senior Health Clinic & Blood Pressure Clinic Schedule The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Heath offers Senior Health Clinics to county residents age 55 and older. There is no charge. However, contributions are encouraged in order to keep the clinic running. Blood pressure clinics are also available free of charge. The Senior Health Clinic is an annual health screening and does not replace a physician’s care. To make an appointment, Cerro Gordo County residents may call the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health: (641) 421-9316 or Toll Free: 1-888-264-2581 ext. 9316. SENIOR HEALTH CLINICS • Nov. 2 - Rockwell Rockwell Community Center, 114 3rd St. N. • Nov. 14 - Mason City St. John’s Episcopal Church, 120 1st St. NE • Nov. 21 - Clear Lake First Congregational Church, 205 W. 10th Ave. N. • Nov. 30 - Mason City Mason City Senior Activity Center, 326 4th St. NE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS • Nov. 8 (8:15-9:00 a.m.) First Citizens National Bank Heritage Club Movie, Cinema West, 4710 4th Street SW, Mason City • Nov. 10 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Mason City Senior Activity Center, 326 4thSt. NE, Mason City Senior Health Clinic and Blood Pressure Clinic schedules are also posted on the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health web site: http://www.

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West Fork Ag teacher Kaitlyn Bonzer discusses winterizing the barn with students. ZACH CLEMENS PHOTOS

Farm life during school hours The West Fork FFA gets hands-on experience at the Animal Learning Center BY ZACH CLEMENS West Fork agricultural students are getting hands-on experience with raising livestock and learning about agriculture at the Animal Learning Center in Sheffield. The school is renting an old barn to educate students on different aspects of farm life. The barn once was the home of horses, and is owned by the Sukups. The family has been letting the FFA rent the barn since 2014, and the group has performed a number of upgrades to the property. “We did all the interior work, you could see through the walls,” said Christian Ames, a West Fork senior and member of FFA. “We stuffed it with insulation, put up plywood on the walls, put up gates, heaters and reinforced the ceiling.” Ames has been a part of FFA since he was a freshman and has been the president of the chapter for two years. “I like it because I can raise animals and show them at the fair,” Ames said. Kaitlyn Bonzer, the agriculture teacher at West Fork, said the animal Learning Center is a great way for kids who may not live on a farm, like Ames, to get real life experience with livestock. She started at West Fork in June, and chose the district because it was very similar to where she grew up in Nashua. Plus, she thought it was a good facility for the size of the district, with two green houses and the barn,

which was a huge draw for her. “I teach animal science, we can actually work with them because we have the barn,” Bonzer said. “I can talk about animals all day long but if they can actually see them; that hands-on experience is so important.” The West Fork community is very supportive of FFA, knowing the great learning opportunities the barn and other facilities offer. Bonzer believes FFA is very important to rural communities. “I think one of the biggest things is we live in Iowa, and some people have never seen a pig, but it’s the culture that we live in,” Bonzer said. “I think it’s important for people who live in a rural state to see where their food actually comes from.” There are plans to have chickens over the winter, and more pigs next spring. With the fenced in area, goats are a possibility as the FFA continues to expand its learning. The West Fork FFA is heading to the national FFA convention in Indianapolis this week to learn and interact with other FFA chapters throughout the country. The convention is expected to attract over 64,000 visitors this year. The group is also raising funds to attend the state FFA convention in April. At West Fork, ag students can interact and learn from live animals and get real life hands-on experience.

PIgs are raised in the barn before they are sold.

West Fork Board of Education discusses security Community members voice concern over school security BY ZACH CLEMENS The West Fork Board of Education discussed the district’s emergency management with members of the community during its monthly meeting at the Rockwell campus. Members of the Sheffield Fire Department, Sheffield EMS, Rockwell-Swaledale EMS, and the Rockwell Police Chief were all in attendance to discuss the district’s plan for an emergency, from a tornado or fire, to an active intruder in the school. Abbey Pitzenberger, a member of the Rockwell-Swaledale EMS, said she wanted to call attention to the lack of emergency planning at West Fork. “I am disappointed in the lack of security and emergency planning in this district,” she said. Pitzenberger asked the Board if they could name anything that had been in the past 2-to-5 years with little answer from the Board. “I have dropped in multiple times in the last month,” Pitzenberger said. “There are unlocked doors that are supposed to be monitored, but that’s not the case. This poses a huge security problem at West Fork.” She said there are one dozen doors at each campus and it appears that zero doors are monitored. Pitzenberger said she has spoken to parents from Mason City, Rockford, Northwood and other towns and that those schools are better secured and policies are in place. She referenced the Iowa School Safety

Alliance that has a large list of things schools can do to make sure students are safe and secure during school hours and that the West Fork handbook has little to nothing in it in regards to emergency preparedness. West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike noted that on October 24 there would be a training called “I love you guys” for all teachers that would deal with an active intruder in the school. Adam Wedmore, service director of the Rockwell-Swaledale EMS explained that “I love you guys is a framework, not a specific plan, we have to make it district, building and classroom specific.” He said the Board has to make this a priority, and to work with each group, from fire departments, EMS, and police to formulate a plan to best keep students safe. “I go to Kraft Foods [in Mason City] and I get escorted around the building,” Wedmore said. “I hold a higher standard for our school district.” The Board all agreed that the discussion on safety will continue and they would all work together to get set plans on emergency situations. In other news, the Board heard a presentation about teacher leadership from a number of West Fork teachers. They discussed the multitiered system of support the teachers have been using to make sure students get the support they need. Teachers are now using data walls to track student performance and make sure they get the support they need.

Data walls help teachers track students progress throughout the year. ZACH CLEMENS PHOTO

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BY ZACH CLEMENS The Iowa Department of Education rolled out a new program last year to assess the level of achievement for each school across Iowa, and with these results, school officials can make determinations on what is or is not working, and take steps to improve student scores. Each school receives a report card and score, based on a 100-point scale that denotes where the school is in relation to the state average on multiple measurements. Each school is given a rating and about 76 percent of schools fall under acceptable or commendable. The West Fork High School and Middle School were


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Election is not rigged The 2016 presidential election is not rigged in Cerro Gordo County, County Auditor Ken Kline said today. Kline said concerns over centralized hacking of voting systems are unfounded. “Our election equipment is not connected; not to another state, another county, or even another precinct in Cerro Gordo County�. Kline added that all Iowans cast their votes on paper ballots, unlike some states where voters cast their votes on electronic voting machines. “If there is any question as to the accuracy of the count, we can unseal the ballots and count them by hand. In past recounts we have had increased confidence by the candidates, the political parties, and the

public in the election system�, Kline said. “We also have a bipartisan group of election officials appointed by the Democratic and Republican Parties and by myself�, Kline said. “These are your friends, neighbors, and relatives, and they take their role seriously in assuring a fair election�. “We go to extraordinary lengths to administer a fair and honest election. We are committed to assuring each eligible voter is allowed to vote and to effective and lawful qualification of voters�. Kline added if someone has specific evidence of a problem to report it to himself, the County Attorney, or the Iowa Secretary of State.

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Friday, November 11th

after 69 years in business

As I retire I would like to thank all our customer/ friends in the Rockwell area and surrounding communities. I’m sure my father Harold would agree it was a privilege to serve you.

Thank you so much - Gary Haugen

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rated as acceptable and the Elementary School was commendable for the 2014-2015 school year. “The state report card is a one-day snapshot of the school,� said West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike. “There are a lot of variables that can impact the student’s performance on a given day.� Strike said that the day-to-day assessments and how well students are mastering the Iowa Core Standards on a daily basis weigh much heavier than the Iowa School Report Cards. The district does value the tests, but long term monitoring of groups of students is a more accurate picture of improvement. According to the report card, the high school students had a 10-point percentage drop from 2014 to 2015. However, each grade scored a higher reading percentage than the state and the AEA in all grades except 11th, which scored 18 percent less than the state and AEA. This is one of the reasons for a low reading score, Strike said. “There are a number of variables that can come up with [those scores],� Strike said. There are five different programs and tools that West Fork is using to combat those scores and raise the comprehension and reading levels of all students. For kindergarten through 8th grade, there is a new literacy curriculum. It is a workshop model and a research-based program that was designed by Lucy Calkins, with leveled reading supports and a strong writing component. “We feel that will be valuable down the road once the legislature adopts [a new assessment program],� Strike said. Each student gets a “What I Need Time� (WIN Time) built into their day as part of the school’s multi-tiered system of support program. “The focus of WIN Time is on literacy, and students focus on specific targeted needs during that time,� Strike said. Students who are labeled at-risk will get extra support during the Success Classroom. There was also a summer school pilot program ran a week in June and a week in August. It was optional and about 20 students attended each session. “The summer school provides extra support to get the students on grade level,� Strike said. Teachers at West Fork are now using data walls that will track every student in the district and their progress throughout the year. These assessment measures help teachers and administration identify specific skills students may be lacking in a particular area so they can get the specific supports they need throughout the day. There is also a reading buddies program where retired seniors come in and read to some of the younger students at West Fork. While some of the scores at West Fork were lower than state averages, each school in the district was acceptable or better. According to Superintendent Strike, the report cards are a one-day snapshot of each school with a lot of variables that could affect the outcome. West Fork is committed to improving student comprehension and retention.


West Fork High School is in the midst of preparing for its fall production of “Shrek the Musical.� The show, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, will feature a large cast of talented WFHS students. Auditions for the musical were held in late August, and students have been rehearsing lines, music and choreography since then. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, “Shrek The Musical� is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (“Thoroughly Modern Millie�; “Caroline, or Change�) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. “Shrek� brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek....� and thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey (Travis Russell) and a feisty princess (Lauren Dohlman) who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy (Zayne Kelley), a cookie with an attitude (Ben Nelson) and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand... and his name is Shrek (Devin Ridgeway). Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. For cast members, learning their roles in this lighthearted tale has been both fun and challenging. “There are several components to a successful musical, and putting together the music, acting, and choreography together can be difficult,� said director Shelby Wilson. “The students are doing a wonderful job.� Performances are set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, at 7 p.m., in the north high school gym in Sheffield. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased through Oct. 27 at the West Fork High School office in Sheffield.

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Absentee voting activity for 2016 General Election With the 2016 General Election three weeks away, 4,493 voters have requested absentee ballots in Cerro Gordo County, compared to 4,248 requests at the same point in the 2014 gubernatorial election and 5,483 requests in the 2012 presidential election. 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 Governor President Governor President Governor # Requests 3 Weeks Prior to Election 2,733 4,035 2,979 5,483 4,248 Total # of Absentee Ballots Counted 4,689 8,808 5,288 9,471 6,703 Total Voter Turnout 17,298 24,293 17,492 23,938 17,238 Percent of Absentee to Voter Turnout 27.1% 36.3% 30.2% 39.6% 38.9% Percent of Registered Voter Turnout 53.8% 74.5% 57.1% 72.9% 53.5% An eligible voter may submit a written request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to the voter, or may cast an absentee ballot in-person at the county auditor’s office or satellite absentee voting station. Requests should be addressed to the County Auditor, 220 N Washington Ave, Mason City IA 50401, and must include the voter’s name, date of birth, address, signature, and the name or date of the election. Requests should be mailed soon enough to allow the voted ballot to be received back in the county auditor’s office by the election date. Regular weekday courthouse hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The county auditor’s office will be also open on Saturday, October 29th and Saturday, November 5th. Persons with questions about the 2016 General Election may call the county auditor’s office at (641) 421-3041, or visit the county website at

No good choice 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 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


Fritz Groszkruger 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

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Super Hero Rundown 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 is 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 spin-off series, but this show has already failed to launch a spin-off once so I wouldn’t hold my breath. 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


Travis Fischer 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 super-hero? In the third season of The Flash, it seems that Barry Allen is still messing around with alternate realities. No telling yet who the big-bad 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 and struggling to get even faster. D.C.’S LEGENDS ORROW OF TOMORROW Being super-hero shows, “The Flash” and “Arrow” havee built up quite the roster of secondary characters. Rather than shelve them in limbo, The CW has given some of pular the more popular how characters a show of their own. (Ina’s cluding Iowa’s on own Brandon Routh, who once played Superman and is currently The Atom.) to It’d be easy ends of Towrite off “Legends -Team show, morrow” as a B-Team but their timee travel high etty entertainjinks were pretty st season and I ing for their first don’t see them slowing down for the second. ERGIRL SUPERGIRL “Supergirl” had a solid first seaut it apparently wasn’t son on CBS, but ings it needed. Forgetting the ratings

tunately, 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, 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. 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” Lucifer and “iZombie” iZo drawing inspiration from ccomic books. Later this season w we’ll also see “Powerless,” an N NBC comedy about insurance adj adjusters in the DC universe; and ““Riverdale” a CW teen drama based on “A “Archie Comics.” Not a bad line-up, all things considered. The inner kid in me will neveer stop being aamazed that th there’s a supe per-hero show for every night of th the week.

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8QGHUWKH*ROGHQ'RPH7RR By State Representative Linda Upmeyer House District 54 (515) 281-4618

Budgeting principles protect taxpayers Farmers are spending hours in their fields, the leaves are changing colors, and the temperature outside continues to cool. Fall is certainly here! The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met last week to issue their latest revenue projections for the current budget year as well as the next. The REC is made up of three members, one from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, one from the State Department of Management, and David Underwood (of Clear Lake) who represents the private sector. The REC reviews several economic indicators like the agricultural economy, the labor market, consumer spending, and many other factors. After reviewing this data, the REC projects how much revenue the state stands to collect in tax revenue. At their meeting, the REC made revenue projections for the current fiscal year (FY17), which began on July 1, and the next fiscal year (FY18) which begins July 1, 2017. The REC revised the FY17 forecast down by $71.9 million compared to the March estimate, projecting that the state will collect $7.308 billion this fiscal year. FY18 also saw a reduction, though slightly smaller, of $52 million, projecting total revenue of $7.607 billion next year.

The REC largely attributed the reductions to the weakening state of the agricultural economy. Commodity prices are significantly lower than the cost of production, and that has caused many farmers and small businesses to reevaluate their spending plans for the coming year. This has caused a ripple effect in many other industries that rely on the agricultural economy to perform well. Going forward, we will need to find ways to make our REC forecasts more reliable. For the past few years, the REC has made revenue estimates that end up being revised upwards or downwards quite dramatically. The legislature needs data that we can depend on when putting together the state’s budget to guard against dramatic cuts when the economy isn’t growing as fast as projected. Fortunately, Iowa has been able to weather unreliable budget forecasts over the last few years thanks to House Republicans’ responsible budgeting principles. Over the last six years, House Republicans have built the state budget using four common sense principles: We will spend less than the state collects We won’t use one-time funding to pay for ongoing needs

We won’t balance the budget by intentionally underfunding state programs We will return unused tax dollars back to the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa These are the same budgeting principles that Iowa families and businesses use every day. Government should be no different. Had the Legislature spent to the levels that Democrats were pushing last session, the state would be in a very difficult financial position. We all remember the days of Chet Culver where state spending wasn’t in line with ongoing revenue for a number of years. Those days culminated with across-the-board cuts to education and many services that Iowans count. House Republicans’ responsible approach to budgeting has allowed us to invest in Iowa’s priorities. We’ve been able to put more money into our K-12 schools, Regent universities, and community colleges. We’ve invested in public safety, courts, and healthcare. We’ve also been able to return more money back to the pockets of Iowa’s taxpayers through a handful of tax relief packages over the last six years. House Republicans will continue a path of responsible budgeting so that small businesses have certainty and families can keep more of their hardearned money. As always, please keep in touch. I look forward to traveling the district and much of the state continuing to visit with Iowans over the coming months. If you would like to touch base in the meantime, you can reach me at or 515-281-3521.

Cowboy up In the words of the venerable Jimmy Johnson, how ‘bout them Cowboys? The faithful in big D were doom and gloom after their quarterback and leader Tony Romo went down with another injury in the preseason, having visions of Brandon Weeden flashing in their heads. Yet Dak Prescott is no Brandon Weeden. Prescott threw for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Packers on Sunday, on the way to a dominating 30-16 victory. He did throw an interception, yet it was his first of the year to go with 7 touchdowns. He is poised, athletic and only getting more confident from week-to-week. Prescott might not even be the best rookie Dallas has. If you haven’t heard, the kid Ezekiel Elliott is pretty good. The rookie leads the league in attempts and rushing yards, with 137 carries for 703 yards. Zeke rushed for 157 yards against a Packers defense who had allowed just 171 yards in their previous 4 games combined. The Cowboys are 5-1 and atop the NFC East going into their bye week. Owner Jerry Jones has stated in the past that once Tony Romo is healthy, he will be returning to the starting lineup. If Romo does, I think it would be a big mistake. Dallas has won 5 in a row behind their stellar rookies. Dak and Zeke are the future in Dallas, and it would be a disservice to them and the team to insert Romo back into the starting lineup. Prescott has earned his place. Let’s be honest, I don’t think anyone would consider Romo elite anyway. He has exactly two more playoff victories than I do, and seemingly can’t stay healthy. If the Cowboys keep Dak as their starter, they can always go back to Romo if he struggles for an extended time, but once Romo is in, there is no going back to Dak.

PIGSKIN PONDERING:: Zach Clemens Who are the Pittsburgh Steelers? After two impressive wins to start the season, the Steelers got embarrassed by the Eagles. Then Steel Town had two more nice wins before getting dominated by the lowly Dolphins 3015. I can’t figure them out, and with Big Ben having surgery on Monday for a torn meniscus and the Patriots, Ravens and Cowboys coming up, it might be time to get worried if you are a Steelers’ fan. Once again Cam Newton showed his maturity after the Panthers 41-38 loss to New Orleans. During his post game press conference, and after speaking for only 90 seconds, Cam stormed out after not liking a question posed to him. Cam is the supposed leader of the team, yet acts like a petulant child who didn’t get his way. He has immense talent and physical ability, is the reigning MVP and was in the Super Bowl last year, yet can’t be mature enough to last a press conference? We all thought this behavior was behind him last year, but a team that goes 15-1 doesn’t get very many hard questions. The Panthers are 1-5 and not going to make the playoffs this year unless Cam Newton steps up and becomes as good a leader as he is a football player. Zach Clemens is the Regional New Editor of the Sheffield Press and Pioneer Enterprise. Any comments or questions can be directed to


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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 121 2nd St., N., Rockwell Phone 822-4919 Pastor Ken Livingston Sundays 8:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Coffee Time 10 a.m. Sunday School FIRST REFORMED CHURCH 620 2nd St., Meservey Phone 358-6151 Rev. Rodney Meester Sundays 9:30 a.m. Worship FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 404 Maple St., Thornton Phone 998-2004 Pars. 358-6107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sundays 9 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Wednesdays 5:45 p.m. Confirmation HANFORD COMMUNITY CHURCH 12411 Spruce Ave, Mason City Phone 423-7376 641-822-4657 Pastor Scott Sokol Sundays 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sun. Worship HOLY NAME CHURCH 507 1st Ave NW, Rockford Phone 822-4950 Fr. Walter Brunkan Saturdays 5 p.m. Mass

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, WELS 670 12th St. NE Mason City IA 50401 Phone: (641) 424-3503 Pastor Robert Harting Pastor’s cell: 641-455-3562 Sundays: Feb.-July - Worship: 11 a.m. Aug.-Jan. - Worship: 9 a.m. Wednesdays: Bible Study 7 p.m. RICHLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELS 300 Elm St., Thornton Phone 998-2642 Pastor’s cell: 641-455-3562 Pastor Robert Harting Sundays Feb.- July: Sunday School/ Bible Class: 8 a.m. Worship: 9 a.m. Aug.- Jan.: Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday School / Bible Class: 12 p.m. SACRED HEART CHURCH 305 Elm St., E., Rockwell Phone 822-4950 Fr. John Gossman Sundays 8 a.m. Mass SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 810 First St., Meservey Phone 358-6277 Pars. 358-6107 The Rev. Crystal Oberheu Sundays 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sun. School 9:45-10:15 a.m. Coffee 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. Confirmation ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH 1001 9th Ave. S. Clear Lake Phone 357-3214 Msgr. Lilip Saturdays 4 p.m. Mass Sundays 9 a.m. Mass

ST. PETER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA 502 2nd St., S., Rockwell Phone 822-3101 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sundays 10:30 a.m Worship Service ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 400 Larch St., Thornton Phone 998-2632 Home 998-2631 Pastor Rhea Evanson Sundays 9 a.m. Worship Service SWALEDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Main St., Swaledale Phone 995-2252 Rev. Travis Stedick Sundays 8:10 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday School UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 303 Monroe St., Rockwell Phone 822-4833 Rev. Travis Stedick Sundays 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 10:25 a.m. Worship ZION REFORMED CHURCH 2029B Jonquil Ave. Sheffield Phone 579-6186 The Rev. Arthur Zewert Sundays 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School Tuesdays 9 a.m. Sewing Group Thursdays 9 a.m. Bulletin Deadline

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Think Pink Night raises funds for Mercy - North Iowa supporting breast health The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) volleyball team will host its 8th Annual Think Pink night on Thursday, October 27. The Trojans will host the Waldorf Junior Varsity team at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 (free for cancer survivors). The NIACC Softball team is join-

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ing forces with the Volleyball team this year and will host an event in the Spring of 2017. The Think Pink match is an annual fundraising event to raise money for breast cancer awareness. All of the proceeds will stay local and will be donated to Mercy-North Iowa and used for Breast Health (a department of Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa) to provide support, testing, and other needed services to their patients. “This is a very exciting time of year for our volleyball program as we are in the heart of our season, but it is also the time we get to start Thinking Pink!� said Chris Brandt, head volleyball coach. “Our event provides a wonderful opportunity for our players to get involved in breast cancer awareness, education and at the same time provide an exciting

volleyball match for the community. We are also eager to be playing another North Iowa team for the event and hope that playing Waldorf will spark additional interest in our fundraising efforts.â€? The community can support this cause in several ways: ¡ Attend the volleyball match ¡ Donate ¡ Purchase or participate in any of the activities the night of our event. Any remaining t-shirts or socks will be sold at the door of the match. The NIACC Nursing Department will be sponsoring the activities at the match to educate people on breast cancer and will sell pink-themed treats, such as cupcakes and cookies. “We are also very happy to remain a partner with Mercy–North Iowa so that our funds stay local and we can continue to help spread the mes-

sage that mammograms save lives,� Brandt said. “Our mission is to raise awareness for breast cancer but it also serves as a way to get our young adults involved in the world and to find a larger purpose once they leave NIACC.� For more information, the public may contact Chris Brandt, NIACC Volleyball Head Coach at 641422-4373 or by email at Christine. Find complete details on our athletic website: www. The 2016 Think Pink major sponsors are Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Cornish Family Chiropractic and Flooring America. Additional sponsors include Central Park Dentistry, Elwood Construction, and Mason City All Risk Insurance.


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Parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepare their teens to drive as well as they did a decade ago. According to an AAA survey of 142 driving instructors across America, 65% said the decline in quality parental involvement has added to the challenges facing young drivers. They also reported that parents often set a bad example through their own behaviors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With all the other challenges teens face learning to drive, it is critical for parents to re-engage in the process,â&#x20AC;? said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Auto Club

Group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teens canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t succeed safely on the road unless those closest to them make proper training a priority and set a good example behind the wheel.â&#x20AC;? In the survey, Skills of Novice Teen Drivers, driving instructors also revealed the top three mistakes teens make when learning to drive: Speeding - Traveling over posted speed limits or too fast for road conditions. Distraction - Interacting with a cell phone, talking with passengers or looking at other objects in the vehicle. Poor Visual Scanning - Driving with tunnel vision and not properly scanning the road for risks or hazards. Past research shows that teens with parents who impose stricter driving limits reported fewer crashes

and traffic violations. AAA recommends parents stay actively involved in coaching their teens through the learning-to-drive process by: Having conversations early and often about the dangers of speeding and distraction Taking the time to practice driving with their teens in varying conditions Adopting a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that takes the learning to drive process in stages and sets family rules for the road Setting a good example by minimizing distractions and speeding when driving AAA also recommends that teens preparing for the responsibility of driving should enroll in a driver education program that teaches how to avoid driver distraction and other safety skills.

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Opportunity Village Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autism Center hosting sensory-friendly trick-or-treating The Opportunity Village Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autism Center will host its second annual sensory-friendly trick-or-treating and Hallow-â&#x20AC;?tismâ&#x20AC;? party on Oct. 28. The event will be held from 5:307 p.m. at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autism Center, located at Opportunity Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clear Lake campus, 1200 N. Ninth St. W. The event is designed for children with disabilities and their families, who may participate in Halloween crafts and games, as well as enjoy snacks and other activities. Costumes are welcome but

not required. W hat does sensor y-f riendly mean? There will be no loud noises or scary decorations at the party. In lieu of candy, sensory-friendly toys and other items will be provided. Also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;trick or treatâ&#x20AC;? picture cards and speech-generated devices will be available for children with communication difficulties. Families should direct questions to Christina Maulsby, director of family supports, at 641-355-1217 or No pre-registration is required.

Public Forum at NIACC on October 31 About American Policing The NIACC Criminal Justice Club will sponsor a presentation and public forum on the current state of American policing on Monday, October 31, at 6:30 pm in the Beem Center Auditorium (BC 200) on the NIACC campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. The keynote presenters will be Garry F. McCarthy, former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department and Robert J. Tracy, former Chief of Crime Control Strategies, Chicago Police Department. Garry McCarthy is currently the President and CEO of GFM Strategies, a law enforcement and security consulting firm in Chicago. He is the former Police Director for the city of Newark, New Jersey. He began his law enforcement career with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and retired from the NYPD in 2006 as Deputy Commissioner of Operations. Robert Tracy is currently a Senior

Vice-President at United Security Services in Chicago. He also began his career with the NYPD, retiring as a Captain and Commanding Officer of the Firearms Suppression Unit. In the private sector, he has been a Vice-President and Global Crisis Manager for the Office of Business Continuity for Citigroup. McCarthy and Tracy both have extensive experience in the internationally acclaimed CompStat process and initiated violent crime and crime reduction strategies that resulted in a 37 percent decline in overall crime and made significant strides in reducing the murder rate during their tenure with the Chicago Police Department. Please contact George Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, NIACC Criminal Justice Instructor, at 641-422-4119 or with any questions.

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Reporting from the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse Marriage License Taylor Frerichs, Mason City to Christopher Holt, Mason City on September 24. Vanessa Keeling, Fort Worth, TX to Breilen Bauer, Fort Worth, TX, on September 30. Rachel Messenger, Clear Lake to Adam Beller, Clear Lake on October 1. Elizabeth Jacobs, Mason City to Jesse Lambert, Mason City on October 1. Brian Stevens, Mason City to Nichole Mereness, Mason City on October 1. Brittney Pannhoff, Clear Lake to Dakota Back, Clear Lake on October 5. Lisa Hadlock, Grafton to Jason Hunter, Mason City on October 8. Civil Court The court handled four child support matters. Wells Fargo Bank vs. Giner Peterson, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 16 in the amount of $8,880.62. Discover Bank vs. Kimberly Noland. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 14 in the amount of $6,360.69. Capital One Bank vs. Robert Ransom and Ransom Cigar Store. Case dismissed without prejudice on September 15. District Court The court handled eleven probation revocation and one case of contempt. Ryan Swanson, 32, Garner, pled guilty on September 20 to Driving While Barred. Swanson was sentenced to 30 days in jail and $196 in costs. Robert Jones, 36, Mason City, pled guilty on September 16 to Theft in the Fifth Degree (pled from Theft in the Third Degree). Jones was sentenced to two days in jail, assessed a $125 Law Enforcement Initiative surcharge, $18.63 in restitution, and $100 in costs. Jody Whitehill, 33, Mason City, pled guilty on September 20 to OWI First Offense. Whitehill was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge (half waived), $10 DARE, and $100 in costs. Andrew Lauritson, 26, Mason

PUBLIC NOTICE City of Thornton PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF THORNTON, IOWA Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Thornton, Iowa, will conduct a public hearing amending the City Code by adding to Title VI, Chapter 3, Article 13 installation of service pipe and Article 14 responsibility for service line. Said hearing will be held on November 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Thornton City Hall, Thornton, Iowa, at which times arguments for or against the additions to said Code of Ordinances as proposed will be heard and considered. Comments, oral, or written may be submitted to the City Clerk prior to the public hearing. Any comments received will be included in the minutes of the public hearing as part of the permanent record. ATTEST Michelle Duff Thornton City Clerk Published in The Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2016

City, pled guilty on September 15 to OWI Second Offense. Lauritson was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, $10 DARE, and $100 in costs. Richard Payer, 55, Mason City, received a deferred judgment on September 20 to OWI First Offense. Payer was placed on one year probation, assessed a $1,250 civil penalty, and $140 in costs. Austin Hasfjord, 21, Clear Lake, pled guilty on September 20 to OWI First Offense. Hasfjord was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, $10 DARE, and $100 in costs. Brandon Ward, 32, Mason City, pled guilty on September 20 to Driving While License Denied or Revoked. Ward was sentenced to 60 days in jail, fined $1,000 plus 35% surcharge, $10 DARE, and $100 in costs. Ryan Aastrup, 29, Manly, pled guilty on September 19 to OWI Second Offense. Aastrup was sentenced to seven days in jail, fined $1,875 plus 35% surcharge, $10 DARE, and $160 in costs. Spencer Schroeder, 38, Clear Lake, pled guilty on September 19 to Public Intoxication. Schroeder was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $65 plus 35% surcharge, and $912.25 in costs. Kimberly Wolcott, 47, Mason City, pled guilty on September 14 to OWI First Offense. Wolcott was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $1,250 plus 35% surcharge, $10 DARE, and $100 in costs. Small Claims Midland Funding LLC vs. Michael Lee, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 15 in the amount of $4,423.88 with 2.57% interest from September 15. Dalayne Germundson, Mason City vs. Keith Messenger, Mason City. JCase dismissed with prejudice on September 15. Brian Diehl, Mason City vs. Kimberly Loomis, Nora Springs. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 19 in the amount of $1,050 with 2.57% interest from July 7. First National Bank of Omaha vs. Collette Bieber, Clear Lake. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 20 in the amount of $3,097.85. Cavalry SPV vs. Amber Whipple, Mason City. Case dismissed without prejudice on September 14. Scribbins Family Dentistry vs. Anne Bagby, Clear Lake. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 15 in the amount of $5,000 with 2.57% interest from September 15. Yunek Law Firm vs. Shannon Furst, Clear Lake. Case dismissed

without prejudice on September 20. Hardy Rentals vs. Vanessa Fandohan, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 19 in the amount of $703 with 2.57% interest from August 9. Hardy Rentals vs. Shenque Thurman and Trapp Trotter, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 19 in the amount of $1,129.47 with 2.57% interest from August 9. Capital One Bank vs. James Erickson, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 14 in the amount of $4,267.66. Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company vs. James Crooks, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on Spetember 16 in the amount of $2,230.95 with 5% interest from September 10. Capital One Bank vs. Ruth Crotty, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 14 in the amount of $2,424.41. Midland Funding LLC vs. Brenda Holzerland, Mason City. Judgment for the plaintiff on September 15 in the amount of $583.58. Capital One Bank vs. Ransom Cigar Store and Robert Ransom, Mason City. Case dismissed without prejudice on September 15. Green Meadows Mobile Home Park vs. Tiffany Hughes, Clear Lake. Case dismissed without prejudice on September 16. Property Transfer DAJT: Clement and Elizabeth Herman to Elizabeth Herman; Highlands, The Blk 3 Lot 1 MC; 2016-5721.DQC: James and Jane Ollenburg to James Ollenberg Revcoable Trust, Jane Ollenburg Revocable Trust, James Ollenburg Trustee, and Jane Ollenburg Trustee; Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge Condominium Bldg Unit 2210 MC Undivided 1/2 Int to Each Trust; 2016-5720. DQC: Michaela Dohlman to Daniel Dohlman; Pine Brooke First Subdivision Lot 16 CL; 2016-5718. DWD: Jessie Oelkers to Rick Axelsen, Knappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd Add T Blk 17 Lot 1, Blk 17 Lot 2 TH; 2,000; 2016-5704. DWD: Marie Nannenga to Janelle Ham; Lakeside Condominium Bldg Unit 6, Bldg Unit Garage C MC; $107,000; 2016-5702. DWDJ: Chris and Julie Rye to Danny and Sandra Rohr; Lakeview 2nd Add Lot 13 MC; $235,000; 2016-5700. DWDJ: MCLDNI LLC to Brock and Heather Cookman; Asbury Farm 9th Subdivision Lot 10 MC; $38,000; 2016-5697. DWDJ: Angel Garcia and Diana Delach to Brock and Heather Cookman; Asbury Farm 8th Subdivision Lot 7 MC; $350,000; 20165696.

Janet A. Connell Lovell and Marcia A. Connell, Trustees of the Marcia A Connell Revocable Trust. Motion passed unanimously. Dougherty made a motion, with Urdahl seconding, to approve reports from the Zoning Director and Environmental Health Service Manager concerning the Manure Management Plan filed by B&S Farm Corp. Site 3 #64431 and forward them to the DNR. Motion passed unanimously. Urdahl made a motion, with Dougherty seconding, to approve the exchange of digital data with Bolton and Menk. Motion passed unanimously. Urdahl made a motion, with Dougherty seconding, to authorize the chairman to sign agreement of services with Sky Blue for long distance service. Motion passed unanimously. Urdahl made a motion, with Dougherty seconding, to proclaim October Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. Motion passed unanimously.

Dougherty made a motion with Urdahl seconding, to acknowledge receipt of Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016. Motion passed unanimously. Urdahl made a motion, with Dougherty seconding, to adjourn at 10:23 a.m. Various tabulations, reports, correspondence and other documents that were presented at todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting are placed on file with the supplemental minutes. ATTEST Chairman Casey Callanan Board of Supervisors Kenneth W. Kline, County Auditor Cerro Gordo County Published in The Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2016

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the General Fund to the Public Health Fund; and, Whereas, it is desired to transfer monies from the County TIF Fund to the General Basic Fund; and, Whereas, said operating transfers are in accordance with Section 331.432, Code of Iowa; and, Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Board of Supervisors of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, as follows: The sum of One million 00/100 ($1,000,000.00) dollars is ordered to be transferred from the Rural Services Fund to the Secondary Roads Fund, effective October 11, 2016. (Transfer #1359). The sum of Eight hundred sixty-five thousand five hundred thirty five 00/100 ($865,535.00) dollars is ordered to be transferred from the General Fund to the Public Health Fund , effective October 11, 2016. (Transfer #1360). The sum of Fifteen thousand seven hundred nine 40/100 ($15,709.40) dollars is ordered to be transferred from the County TIF Fund to the General Basic Fund, effective October 11, 2016. (Transfer #1361). The Auditor is directed to correct his books accordingly and to notify the Treasurer of this operating transfer. Motion passed unanimously. Urdahl made a motion, with Dougherty seconding, to approve the Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly

report of fees and the Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterly report of fees. Motion passed unanimously. Dougherty made a motion, with Urdahl seconding, to approve reports from the Zoning Director and Environmental Health Service Manager concerning the Manure Management Plan filed by Indigo Family Farms (Ashleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm) #59284 and forward them to the DNR. Motion passed unanimously. Dougherty made a motion, with Urdahl seconding, to approve exchange of digital data with I & S Group (ISG). Motion passed unanimously. Dougherty made a motion, with Urdahl seconding, to adjourn at 10:09 a.m. Various tabulations, reports, correspondence and other documents that were presented at todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting are placed on file with the supplemental minutes. ATTEST Chairman Casey Callanan Board of Supervisors Kenneth W. Kline, County Auditor Cerro Gordo County Published in The Pioneer Enterprise on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2016




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West Fork teams third in TIC East MASON CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A runner-up overall finish for Kenna Weaver paced the West Fork girls to a third place team finish in the Top of Iowa East Conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 13. Weaver completed the race in 20 minutes, 00.9 seconds, six seconds back of overall champion Megan Mooberry of Osage. Talia Rowe also earned a conference medal by finishing ninth in 21:12.1 as the Class 1A No. 10 Warhawks scored 80 points behind Class 2A No. 6 Osage (38) and 1A No. 8 Mason City Newman (65). Rounding out team scoring for coach Mark Twedtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team were Maddison Shupe (17th), Miranda Dixon (22nd) and Kennedy Maske (30th). The boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team also scored a third place team finish in the East behind a fourth place overall finish by Jake Hansen, running to 16:58 behind two TIC West runners, overall champion Reece Smith of G-H-V, his teammate Logan Dalbeck and TIC Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Riley Bauer of North Union. Osage also claimed the East boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; title with 45 points, followed by Newman (50) and the Warhawks (53). Earning top-10 finishes in team scoring among the boys were Josh Stevens and Zach Martinek. Also included in team scoring were Conner Schulz and Jonah Van Horne 2016 Top of Iowa East Conference Girls Team Scoring 1. Osage 38; 2. Mason City Newman 65; 3. West Fork 80; 4. St. Ansgar 104; 5. Nashua-Plainfield 116; 6. Rockford 165; 7. Central Springs 173; 8. North Butler 217. West Fork (80) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2. Kenna Weaver 20:00.9; 9. Talia Rowe 21:12.1; 17. Maddison Shupe 21:54.8; 22. Miranda Dixon 22:59.3; 30. Kennedy Maske 23:59.7; 36. Rachael Hubka 24:40.7. Boys Team Scoring 1. Osage 45; 2. Mason City Newman 50; 3. West Fork 53; 4. St. Ansgar 125; 5. North Butler 138; 6. NashuaPlainfield 144; 7. Rockford 173. West Fork (53) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1. Jake Hansen 16:58.0; 3. Josh Stevens 17:36.3; 7. Zach Martinek 18:17.9; 15. Conner Schulz 18:56.6; 27. Jonah Van Horne 19:32.9; 28. Austin Larson 19:34.1; 29. Brett Barkema 19:37.0.

ABOVE: West Forkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noah Sparks (66) pursues Rockford quarterback Zach Bushbaum for a sack in the second half of the Warhawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 34-16 win over the Warriors on Friday, Oct. 14. LEFT: West Forkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cole Hall works around the outside as Rockfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weston Engels closes in during the second half on Friday, Oct. 14. RYAN HARVEY PHOTOS

West Fork wins third straight SHEFFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cole Hall had a big offensive night for the West Fork football team which won its third game in a row for the first time in six years with a 36-14 defeat of Rockford on Friday, Oct. 14. The Warhawks enjoyed a 22-6 halftime lead to post the three game win streak â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the last time West Fork did so was twice in the 2010 season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when Seth Tuttle was quarterbacking the team. Hall amassed more than 200 yards rushing, including a big 42yard touchdown run early in the third quarter that gave coach Eric Gabeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team a 28-6 advantage. Officially, Hall had 226 yards

and three touchdowns, the biggest a 42-yarder in the first half. Quarterback Jarel Arbegast added 101 yards on 16 rushing attempts, a 6.3 yards per carry average. After Rockford cut the lead in half at 28-14 with 8 minutes, 10 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warhawks capped off the night with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lukas Wogen to Rylan Fleshner with 1:18 to go. The West Fork defense got to Rockford quarterback Zach Bushbaum for six sacks, including three by Ian Gonzalez, two by Noah Sparks and one by Fleshner. The Warhawks also intercepted him four times â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one

Peterson nabs UMAC Player of the Week award The University of Northwestern womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team clinched two Upper Midwest Athletic Conference weekly awards Monday afternoon. Lindsey Peterson, native of Sheffield and West Fork, posted her fourth nomination on the season, as teammate Shanay Gonder, of Cedar

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each by Christian Ames, Arbegast, Jesse Chibambo and Kyle Rooney â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to take control of the contest. Rooney also tallied five and a half tackles as did Mitchell Halloran to lead West Fork. Rockford managed to come with a pair of West Fork fumbles that led to one of the Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scores. West Fork will go have a tough task in order to end the season on a four-game win streak as it travels to Grundy Center (5-3, 4-2) this Friday night as the Spartans are trying to keep their Wild Card hopes alive in Class A. The Spartans currently sit third in the district.

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Youth movement West Fork, Clarksville shuffle underclassmen in at triangular BY KRISTI NIXON SHEFFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Both West Fork and Clarksville volleyball coaches used the triangular at Sheffield on Monday, Oct. 10 as a chance to bring in some younger players for experience. The Warhawks had posted a 2512 win in the opening set against the Indians, so West Fork coach Abbee Dickman wanted to see what her team could look like in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important, I think,â&#x20AC;? Dickman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our first match we had a second set and we took out our libero (senior four-year starter Madison Patten). Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of been our God-send in our back row, so just to probably see what she has done and how much it will be removed from next year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a big spot to fill.â&#x20AC;? The result was some extended statistics for reserves Rachael Jones, Sarah Dusold, Megan Jones, Madisyn Ries and Emily Caspers, younger sister of starter Jacqlyn Caspers. West Fork went 2-0, defeating the Indians in the second set, 25-21 for the sweep. In the second match for the Warhawks, they topped Belmond-Klemme 25-17, 25-14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(An) ugly 2-0, but with homecoming last week, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t practiced a whole lot,â&#x20AC;? Dickman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expecting anything great, so we have to get back into volleyball mode, to be honest it was okay. It was the seniors last time on this court, so I was a little bit hard on them.â&#x20AC;? Clarksville coach Heather Petersen saw her team play a better second set in both matches despite going 0-2. The Indians also lost to the Broncos 25-12, 25-21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The second set we were moving our feet and talking more and that is something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been talking to our girls about in practice,â&#x20AC;? Petersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we do situational games in practice where we always score to hit, once you hit, you always score for your team. It was all about getting fast on the net and we finally got around to doing it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our serves were a lot better today. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been missing a lot of serves and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been our downfall. We served a lot better. It was just little mistakes, miscommunication in the first game. We had a couple of blocks and dug well.â&#x20AC;? And the Indians were coming off a 2-2 weekend at the Riceville tournament, something that aided their performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That helped,â&#x20AC;? Petersen said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normally, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a tournament before this since it is a Monday game right off the bat. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hard thing to get into when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have practice or anything and then have two matches right in a row, so it did help to have that tournament on Saturday. We have our last conference match, a makeup, that will help, also. Game-by-game we improve.â&#x20AC;? Also benefiting from a call up to the varsity at Riceville was sophomore Mallory Hoodjer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a middle and some right side (hitter),â&#x20AC;? Petersen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming around a lot for us; tonight we put in the back row to give her a chance there. We were missing Miranda (Vance, who was out sick) or else we would have been front row. She played well.â&#x20AC;? Both teams only have a few matches left before regional play. Clarksville is at AGWSR and West Fork heads to play Central Springs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we play our game, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anyone take our confidence,â&#x20AC;? Dickman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to be our night, everybody on the same page. Girls will be girls.â&#x20AC;?

TOP: West Forkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kaitlyn Liekweg receives a serve against Clarksville in the Warhawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sweep of the Indians during their home triangular. West Fork was 2-0 for the night. ABOVE: West Fork libero Madison Patten sets the ball during the Warhawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; match against Belmond-Klemme on Monday, Oct. 10. KRISTI NIXON PHOTOS

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