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Volunteer labor donated to Wilder Park in fiscal 2016 totaled 1,635 hours, Editor The Allison Public Library has rethe report stated. Projects sorted from In 2016, the Allison Park Board gen- most volunteer hours to least were: ceived official notification that they erated $13,000 in profit, Dr. George the cabin (lodge) which received 500 will be serving as a North Pole satellite location for Santa Claus while he GrundyNorth Registertold Allison City Council on Whathours Cheerof Paper work; woodland management, conducts his Midwest tour. Plan to atMonday, Nov. 14, in delivering the 350 hours; the pickle ball court, 300 tend the Holiday Open House Saturboard’s annual report. hours; tree planting and mulching, 225 day, Dec. 3. Santa is planning a sleigh “As far as the Park Board is con- hours; concrete pad and deck for host full of holiday fun for young and old cerned — it’s been an incredible year,” site, painting (original toilets and two Hampton Chronicle alike! North said. picnic) shelters (to match), cleaning jet Play Bingo at 9 a.m. hosted by the This amount returns to the city’s gen- ties (around the ponds by the Bristow Allison Public Library, the Rehabilieral fund, by accepted accounting prac- church camp) and pond management, tation Center of Allison (owned and tices, North said in an interview. operated by ABCM Corporation), at 50 hours each; repairing tables, and and your local Allison businesses. Handbell soloist, Aaron Hansen, will perform seasonal music from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At noon the Allison Commercial Club will hold a drawing for Turkeys, Hams, and Allison Bucks. Santa’s Workshop will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children may work in Mrs. Claus’s bakery, craft a Christmas ornament, The Allison Tree Board has been re- eliminate diseased and dangerous trees see the Christmas Train, and share moving dead and dying trees regularly from city property, North said in an intheir wishes with Santa. from city right-of-way along residential terview. Cities were allowed to budget Every child will receive a free phostreets, but replacement is lagging. for this by Iowa law after Dutch elm tograph with Santa courtesy of the On Nov. 14, Dr. George North, for the disease struck and resulting confrontalibrary. The library is decked with board, addressed Allison City Council tions had arisen when property owners festive holiday decorations and deliabout budgeting plans for street tree re- were forced to take trees down. cious refreshments will be served. placement. “This strategy is to minimize the im The library appreciates the generous support of its patrons and invites In Allison’s city budget, $6,000 has pact of a catastrophic disease situation,” the public to share in the Christmas been budgeted each year for four years North said. “If we take out 30 or 40 of spirit at the Allison Public Library. including the current fiscal year, only to those trees, the economic impact down Graphic-AdvocateMira


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kiddie basketball at 15 hours each; and building the horseshoe area to new regulations, the free Littlefield Library (book box), and a toy shed, at 10 hours each (for storing frisbees, soccer balls, etc.). “Without the volunteers, the report following this would not be the same,” North said, referring to the grants section. “We had $8,300 in grants, including the Eagle project (which) was a gift. The Eagle (candidate Michael Shafer) PARK to page 12

Park Board seeks funds to replace removed trees Ash, dead, dying trees being removed

the road is going to be less than if this strategy wasn’t in place.” Bremer County has had a confirmed emerald ash borer infestation for some time. “Where they’re taking out all the ash in Waverly, they’re splitting it (the cost of the new tree),” North said. “The city’s paying for half, and the property owner’s paying for half.” “Because emerald ash borer is pretty rampant over there, they’ve had to take TREES to page 12

Allison Variety hosts Holiday Open House

Allison Variety, Hardware and Floral will host a Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up for door prizes, enjoy homemade bars, cookies and hot cider; and take advantage of 20 percent off all purchases — except for fresh floral and computers.

Dralle’s Dept. Store to host Christmas Open House

Dralle’s Department Store will host a Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up a 2017 Dralle’s calendar. Take advantage of 15 percent off gifts, and cash discounts on La-Z-Boy items — see ad.

Pearl Harbor Day Service set Dec. 4

Clarksville’s Pearl Harbor Day Service will be Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Clarksville AMVETS Hall. It will honor five deceased veterans: 1. Don Rottink. 2. John “Jack” Smith. 3. William “Bill” Kadous. 4. Leland “Red” Metz. 5. Walter “Wally” Wilkin. The public is welcome!

Community Christmas Chorus set Dec. 4, Greene

Annual Community Christmas Chorus will perform “The Christmas Story – A Classic Carol Celebration” on Sunday Dec. 4 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene at 2 p.m. The concert will end with Hallelujah Chorus with audience participation welcome. Refreshments following.

N. Butler 1st, 2nd Concert set Dec. 12

The North Butler Elementary First and Second Grade Concert will be Monday, Dec. 12 at North Butler Elementary in Allison. First grade Continued on page 12.

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County workers install the lighted “Seasons Greetings” decoration on the front of the Butler County Courthouse in Allison Tuesday. (Contributed by Jerry Platter)

Writer Carson Ode and editor and wife Connie Ode pose for a photo after speaking at the Clarksville Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 17. They were promoting the book, “Iowa Cutlure Past and Present,” which includes a segment on Butler County. (Clarksville Star photo)

Odes to Iowa Mira Schmitt-Cash Editor

Carson Ode has reported and written, wife Connie has edited, and Carson has designed three coffee-table style travel books about Iowa. They spoke Thursday, Nov. 17 to nearly 20 attendees at the Clarksville Public Library. Ode logged 15,000 miles for the first book, “Iowa—Spaces, Places, Faces”; 20,000 miles for the second book, “Celebrate Iowa,” because he said he was unable to travel systematically; and for the third, “Iowa Culture Past and Present,” 15,000 miles. “Don’t ask me what is my favorite part of Iowa, because all I’ll do is ask you where you’re from,” he said. The recent book, “Iowa Culture — Past and Present,” features, as part of the Butler County section, the Clarksville Library’s Mark Pulis History Room and Francis Edeker’s Trains on the Farm (east of Clarksville). Carson Ode writes: “Upon his passing in 2013, Mark Pulis left a generous donation to the Clarksville Public Library in appreciation of its contribution to the community. Born in 1915, Mark was Clarksville High School’s oldest [alumnus] from 2010 to 2013. […] “The donation was used to create a small museum in the library’s lower level named the Mark Pulis

History Room. All items are limited to a Clarksville connection. They are arranged in four categories, military, business, school and country school.” The library staff directed Ode to the private collection of Francis L. Edeker, Trains on the Farm. Edeker also helped set up the History Room. “The outdoor railroad display had a small, depot-like building bracketed with railroad crossing lights. A [...] crane rested on a short track. “[T]he outbuildings […] were filled with railroad artifacts, railroad signs, model and toy trains, toy farm machinery, real farm machinery, vintage toys, a doll house city, Walt Disney World model and more.” (315). Ode had a quiet manner that stood out in a few of his comments. In discussing Iowa festivals: • The Cherokee, Iowa Jazz and Blues Festival. Ode observed an extended jam session. In the evenings, there was a pub crawl and a concert at one of the auditoriums downtown. It will be Jan. 20-Jan. 21, 2017; details at http://cherokeejazzbluesfestival. com or phone 712-225-6414. • “Eagles and Ivories” in Muscatine — “Eagles” indicates the birds. The “Ivories” part consisted of a ragtime music festival held at a church (and a supper). Ode described it as: “One of the few places you can listen to ragtime without having to drink.” The ODES to page 12

Giving thanks Mira Schmitt-Cash Editor

Front and center at the Thanksgiving Eve community worship of all the Clarksville churches, held this year at St. John Lutheran, were the Psalms, especially verses about giving thanks. The word “thanks” appears 89 times in the King James Bible out of 788,258 words, King James Bible Online states. The pastors didn’t plan with each other before the service, it just turned out that the Psalms featured prominently, the Rev. Charlie Underwood said. The Rev. Peter Wenzel spoke first. “1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord [… ] 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us […] 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise […] 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth[...]” (KJV) “A lot of noise goes on which is anything but joyful,” Wenzel said. “We make noise which divides us and tears

us apart…” The good noise, he said, is “the sound that reminds us of God’s blessing.” The Rev. Linda Myren also read from the 150th Psalm, which lists places and ways to praise God: “in his sanctuary, […] in the firmament of his power […] for his […] acts [… and] greatness […] with the sound of the trumpet [… and] harp […] with […] dance […] with stringed instruments and organs […] praise him upon the loud cymbals […] Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.” (KJV) Often the first thing heard in church is ‘shh,’ said the Rev. Linda Myren. She said congregations should blend the secular holiday of Thanksgiving and the joyful noise of giving thanks that the Bible advocates, into church. “We are called on to raise our voices,” Myren said, “and I can’t find a single verse that says you have to do it on key.” Myren shared “Pastoral Prayer” by Barbara Sargent. “Almighty God, Whose breath quickened us, Whose tongue named us,

The Revs. Peter Wenzel, Linda Myren, Val Swinton and Charlie Underwood listen to the organ music (off camera) before the start of the community Thanksgiving eve service Wednesday, Nov. 23 at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville. A collection of food shown in front of the altar will go to the Clarksville Food Pantry. The offering taken that night went to the Good Samaritan Fund, a collective of the Clarksville churches that is helping people in need of recovery from the floods. (Clarksville Star photo) Whose language we are: Grant us grace to be true words – Not gentle when it is in anger that we live, Not smooth when

it is desperation that we know, Not patient when time has narrowed down to now, Not wise, not neat, not all our

fences mended, But words, broken yet honest words, and lost, Stumbling their THANKS to page 12


2 • Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 Images of Christmas 2016—

‘Christmas Season Memories’

Images of Christmas 2016 “Christmas Season Memories will be this Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4-6 p.m. The Events Committee is Dawn Bruhn, Karen Kielman, Joyce Hinders and Lola Clark. Sponsor is Clarksville Commercial Club. North Entrance to Town • Schmadeke Feed Mill “Welcome to Clarksville” from family and crew • Car Wash “Christmas Wreath,” Rex Knapp, manger • Corner Baking Memories “Santa’s Bake Shop” Jessi Dietz and Tammy Krull North corner of K & S • K & S Grocery, “Putting For A Cause” Purple and Pink Tractors, Karen Miller, owner • Redline Auto, “Creative Christmas Memories,” Lee Richardson and crew • Clarksville Lumber Co. and Eric’s Auto Body, “Mistletoe and a Holly Jolly Christmas” • Jeff and Gay Hempen Families and Eric and Cindy Wedeking • Sinram Home “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas • Iowa State Bank “Local Quilters Christmas Gifts” • Bank Parking Lot “Digging for Christmas” Greg Barnett crew • Butler County State Bank Antiques “Winter Wonderland,” Lee and Kent Jenison • Butler County State Bank Antiques corner, Clarksville Community School Drill Team perform • Opportunity Therapy “Snow Flake Express,” Teresa and Mike Negen and staff • Open Door Youth Center and Lions Club members, “Old Fashioned Christmas Caroling” to feature live music, and serving fry bread and cider • Clarksville Chiropractic “Mrs. Santa Claus and Santa at the North Pole,” Dr. Alex Anthofer, building owner • Clarksville Child Development Building North Window, “Christmas Memories Are Homemade” with Leanne Coonley painted gifts • Clarksville Child Development South Window “Magic of Christmas,” Jessi Reints, director • Anna Lee’s “Winter Wonderland,” Lee and Kent Jenison, owners • Apartment Building “Splash Pad Christmas,” Committee Chair Cindy Wedeking • Gutter Pro Lot, Dan Wordes, across street from AMVETS building, “Away In A Manger.” Five churches of the community to lead half-hour presentations. “Nativity Star” furnished by David Wilken Welding. — 4 p.m. Immanuel United Church of Christ and United Church of Christ Pleasant Valley — 4:30 p.m. Church of Christ — 5 p.m. Clarksville Community U.M.C. — 5:30 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church • AMVETS Building “Red, White and Blue Christmas.” Serving hot chocolate and cookies. • AMVETS Building “Decorating the

Dear Santa,

Welcome to Images of Christmas 2016 Christmas Tree” Clarksville Westside Living and Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center residents. • AMVETS Building at 5 p.m. Chime Choirs of Immanuel United Church of Christ • Casey’s “Christmas Greetings From Casey’s” South Entrance to Town • “Headed Home for the Holidays” Lights and decorations at the three sites — South Main Auto David Johnson — Clarksville Auto Don Kielman — Clarksville Auto Repair Stacy Ragsdale • Baker Service Station “Winter Sled Ride,” Backer Family • Clarksville Veterinary Office “All Wrapped Up for Christmas,” by doctors and staff. Downtown Main Street • MidAmerican Energy Office “Lighting Up The Holiday.” Trent Poppe, manager. • Clarksville Public Library Three windows of “Christmas Season Memories, Kristen Clark, library director; staff Sara Jordan and Cindy Wedeking • Band Stand, “Music for the Holiday.” • City Hall, Clarksville Food Pantry Committee, “Bringing Home the Christmas Tree” • City Hall, office staff, “Oh What Fun It Is To Ride” sleds and sleighs • Farm Bureau Financial Services, Mike and Char Clark, south window, “A Warm Greeting for Christmas.” Refreshments. • Farm Bureau Financial Services, north window, “Treasured Feather Trees” and homemade candy by Cedar Ridge, Scott and Ginger Shield Family. • People’s Clinic “Decorating for Christmas,” by clinic staff. • Open Lot “Lighting of Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” at 4 p.m. — Miss Clarksville Emily Doty, Mayor Val Swinton and City Council — Guests: Charlie Brown, Frosty the Snowman, Penguin Wilhelmina and Denali the Eskimo. • Empty Building, Head Start Students prepared window decoration “Precious Gifts • Empty Building, “Angels” collection of Dawn Bruhn • Empty Building, “Nut Cracker On Parade” collection of Lola Clark • Empty Building, “Snowflakes” • Insurance Associates-Bill Tjaden, “The Stockings Were Hung,” L. Clark and Tjaden.

• Studio 104 Photography, “Christmas Photo Memories” April Hoodjer, photographer. • Popcorn Stand, “Popping In for Christmas” with Santa’s helpers Joyce, Sandra and Becky. • Pioneer Park, “S’mores” prepared and served by Butler County Conservation Crew Pioneer Park. — “Melodies of Christmas.” Karaoke available. • Clarksville Star Office “Mailing Letters to Santa.” Bring a Letter to Santa. Host group Butler BB’s 4-H and Star Office Editor Mira Schmitt-Cash. • “Surprise Christmas Treat,” The East Butler Ramblers 4-H

Club • “Caroling on the Corner,” Jackson Lucky Clovers 4-H Club • Orly’s main window, “Rocking ‘Chapter IT’ for Christmas,” P.E.O. Sisterhood • Orly’s little window, “Living Angel Statue,” Josie Forry. • Iowa State Bank Insurance, Tom Clark’s window, to feature Dave Clark’s “Creating Pheasant Feather Art For Christmas” • Prairie Rose Fabrics and Fokkena Law Office, “German Christmas” serving Hot Wine Punch Hosts Holly and Habbo Fokkena • Pete and Shorty’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Kendall and Karen Kielman owners • Ivan Ackerman Building, “Looking Back on Christmas Morning,” window arranged by Karen Kielman • Lodge Machine “What Christmas Memories Mean to Me,” Bruce and Sue Lodge • Express Mart Manger Vickie Chesnut’s “Family Favorite Snowmen Figures” • Huisman Auto, “Kathy Decorates the Window” Huisman Building • Doc’s Restaurant & Lounge “The Night Before Christmas,” Keith Hinders and staff • Tom Mitchell Accounting, building staff and from Doug’s Heating and Cooling, Doug and Pat Schmidt and family, “Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.” Tom Mitchell and Sherri Wilken. Credits: Christmas Tree lights, gift from Butler County REC. Tree lights arranged by City’s Matt Kampman and Ryan McCully Away In a Manger arrangement by Dan Forry and friends. Lighting at Nativity site by Clarksville MidAmerican Energy Office Guests: Miss Clarksville Emily Doty Charlie Brown Jordan Foster Snowman Terry Roose Penguin Karen Kielman Eskimo Conner Freerks Santa and Mrs. Claus from the North Pole Images Committee: Dawn Bruhn, Karen Kielman, Joyce Hinders and Lola Clark

Jeff Kolb updates Lions on Butler County Economic Development

Jeff Kolb, who directs the Butler County Economic Development Corporation, spoke to the Allison Lions on Nov. 16. Among those listening were Lions Greg Graser and Dale Thoreson, who started the first Butler County Economic Development Corp. when he was ISU Butler County Extension Director in about 1986. Kolb emphasized that creating and retaining high quality jobs was his main focus. To accomplish this he and the Cedar Valley Marketing Region continuously contact prospective employers for Butler and other counties in the area. According to Kolb, employers look at a ”broad area” for their labor, transportation and other needs. They are not concerned about county lines. Recent job creations in 2014 and ‘15 include: • In 2014, $40 million in new capital investments resulted in 40 high quality jobs. • In 2015 the Sinclair Elevator Pellet Mill invested $16 million with the result of 21 more jobs. Menards CrossDock Distribution Center, near Shell

Pictured is Jeff Kolb, center, of the Butler County Economic Development Corporation, who was guest speaker at the Allison Lions Nov. 16. Also pictured are Lions, from left, Greg Graser and Dale Thoreson, who started the first Butler County Economic Development Corp. when he was ISU Butler County Extension director in about 1986. (Contributed by Allison Lions/Duane Feltz) Rock, invested $4 million for 30 jobs. VT Industries as Creative Composites, expanded and with a $5 million investment there are 16 more jobs in Clarksville. Other focus areas of the Butler County Development Corp. are:

Small business assistance, tourism and recreation marketing, and the Butler County Community Foundation that awards about $115,000 in grants to communities in Butler County.

Butler 4H/FFA Beef Weigh-In set Dec. 17

The 4H/FFA Market Beef weighin date for Butler County youth is set for Saturday morning, Dec. 17. Butler County raised forms must be turned in also that day. 4-H/FFA youth are to bring their market beef animals to the Waverly Sales Barn, Waverly, from 7 – 9 a.m. This will be a joint weigh-in with Bremer County. All beef market animals MUST come to Waverly in order to be eligible for the 2017 Butler County Fair. This weighing and tagging process qualifies market beef animals so entry can be made for the Butler County Fair. Identification report forms will be at the weigh-in site for youth and parents to complete. Butler 4H/FFA youth interested in showing at the Iowa State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben must bring their market steers and heifers to this verification site. Market beef will be weighed, tagged, and retinal imaged and for those who are going to Ak-Sar-Ben, a hair sample will be collected. Retinal scanning will cost $5 per animal and will nominate the animal for State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben. All 4-H members must be currently enrolled in 4-H, either by paper copy or online. Members will be notified when data has been entered for verification. Any steers intending to show as a breed steer must bring their sire information to complete the verification form and have the registration tattoo in the animal’s ear at verification time. Limit of eight head may be verified. If any of the above require-

2016 Football Contest continues this week

The annual Clarksville Star/Butler County Tribune-Journal/Parkersburg Eclipse News-Review football contest continues with a slate of high school, college and NFL games. The contest will run for 11 consecutive weeks during the football season. This week, Nov. 23-24, featured college and professional games. This week there was one perfect entry, Jim Blockhus of Allison, who wins 35 football bucks. Allison’s David Thorne was one of three entries that missed one game. He missed the tiebreaker by just four points and wins 15 football bucks. Football Bucks can be spent just like cash at any of the participating contest sponsor businesses. The games, entry form, sponsors ads and official rules are inside each issue during the contest. The deadline to submit entries is 5

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p.m. on Friday. Entry forms can be emailed to com, or or dropped off at the Clarksville Star, Butler County Tribune-Journal or Parkersburg Eclipse News-Review office. Mailed entries should have a postmark no later than Friday. With the regular season complete, each week’s first-place winners will now have the chance to complete for a grand prize of 500 Football Bucks. The winners will be sent an entry form to make their choices on the college bowl games. The year’s contest sponsors are: Butler Bremer Communications, Coonrandt Ford, Cooper Motors, Grant Insurance Agency, J & C Grocery, The Mill, JBL Rentals, and K & S Grocery.

ments are not met on weigh-in date, the animals will not be eligible for the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Listen to KLMJ or KQCR for weather related announcements if

necessary. If you have questions, please contact the Butler County Extension office at 319/267-2707.

Allison Meals on Wheels Menus are subject to change.

Monday, Dec. 5: Salisbury pepper steak, parsley buttered noodles, glazed baby carrots, cherries Tuesday, Dec. 6: Pork chop, sweet potatoes, broccoli cuts, raspberry crisp Wednesday, Dec. 7: Baked scrod cod, macaroni & cheese, garlic but-

tered vegetables, apricots Thursday, Dec. 8: Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, buttered corn, mini cream puffs Friday, Dec. 9: BBQ ribs, party potatoes, French green beans, pumpkin dessert

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging Menu

Meals are served at the Greene Community Center (202 West South Street) Monday through Friday, for reservations call 641-823-4422. Meals are also served at the Dumont Legion Hall on Wednesdays, for reservations call 641-857-6231. Home delivered meals are also available. For more information call 319-272-1767 or toll free at 877-538-0508.

Monday, Dec. 5: A: Lemon Pepper Fish with Tartar Sauce, Cheesy Rice, Lima Beans, Multi Grain Bread & Margarine, Mandarin Oranges & Cottage Cheese; B: Mushroom Chicken, Cheesy Rice, Lima Beans, Multi Grain Bread & Margarine, Mandarin Oranges & Cottage Cheese Tuesday, Dec. 6: A: Pork with Supreme Sauce, Roasted Potato Medley, Green Beans, Wheat Bread & Margarine, Cookie; B: Mixed Bean Soup, Sliced Roast Beef and Swiss Cheese, Wheat Bread & Margarine, Coleslaw, Cookie Wednesday, Dec. 7: Birhday Meal: Roast Beef with Gravy, Mashed Po-

tatoes, California Vegetable Blend, Wheat Roll & Margarine, Birthday Cake, Milk Thursday, Dec. 8: A: Turk Ham & Beans, Green Peas, Glazed Carrots, Multi Grain Bread & Margarine, Pineapple Tidbits; B: Chef Salad with Dressing, Carrot-Raisin Salad, Crackers, Pineapple Tidbits Friday, Dec. 9: A: Country Fried Steak, Country Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Whole Kernel Corn, Multi Grain Bread & Margarine, Fresh Seasonal Fruit; B: Baked Chicken with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Whole Kernel Corn, Multi Grain Bread & Margarine, Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Community Home Meals December 4-10

Contact the office at Clarksville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 278-4900, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday if you are interested in having Home Meals delivered to you.

Sunday: Herbed Pork Loin, Cheese Potatoes, California Veggies, Cream Pie Monday: Turkey Tetrazzini, Asparagus, Apple Pear Walnut Crisp Tuesday: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Creamed Spinach, Pineaple Cake Wednesday: Hot Turkey Sandwich

with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Wax Beans, Plums Thursday: Pork Fritter on Bun, French Fries, Squash, Jell-O Cake Friday: Pizza, Lettuce with Dressing, Lemon Coconut Bar Saturday: Chicken Casserole, Butter Beans, Cheesecake

North Butler Community School District Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Lunches include milk and salad bar and whole wheat white bread/marg. Menus are subject to change.

Monday, Dec. 5: Breakfast: Pretzel cinnamon stick, cereal, mixed fruit; Lunch: Beef gravy/mashed potatoes, corn, pineapple chunks Tuesday, Dec. 6: Breakfast: Pancake/sausage stick, mandarin oranges; Lunch: Beef burgers, tater tots, peaches, broccoli, baby carrots Wednesday, Dec. 7: Breakfast: Cereal, bread; Lunch: Creamed chicken

on biscuit, peas, pears, baby carrots Thursday, Dec. 8: Breakfast: Waffle/syrup, peaches; Lunch: Chicken nuggets, brown rice, southwest blend, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges, baby carrots, ranch dressing, sweet & sour sauce Friday, Dec. 9: Breakfast: Ring donut, mixed fruit; Lunch: Pizza with cheese, green beans, applesauce, yogurt

Hampton-Dumont Schools

Breakfast & Lunch Menus Summer Food Program/H-D High School Cafeteria

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Served Free for ages 1 to 18! There is a charge for all adults: Breakfast $2.50/Lunch $4.00. All meals include milk and are subject to change. Salad Bar will be offered every day. Breakfast includes peanut butter & jelly offered with toast. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads & pastas are used whenever possible. Please Note: There is a 50¢ charge for lunch seconds for all students.

Monday, Dec. 5: Breakfast: Sausage gravy/biscuit (4-12) Egg & Cheese biscuit (K-3), peaches; Lunch: Chicken strips, broccoli Normandy, jelly sandwich, pears Tuesday, Dec. 6: Breakfast: Breakfast bites, mandarin oranges; Lunch: Hot pork sandwich, mashed potatoes/ gravy, green beans, applesauce Wednesday, Dec. 7: Breakfast: Sau-

sage, cheese biscuit, pears; Lunch: Corn dogs, baked beans, peanut butter sandwich (9-12), apple wedges Thursday, Dec. 8: Breakfast: Long Johns, banana; Lunch: Creamed chicken/biscuit, carrots, cottage cheese, fruit cocktail Friday, Dec. 9: Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, applesauce; Lunch: Pizza, corn, peanut butter sandwich, peaches

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Bulletin Board TINY TIM CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 WHERE: Clarksville Public Library DETAILS: Themed miniature trees on display during library hours. THE JOHNSON STRINGS CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT WHEN: Saturday, December 3, from 7 – 8 p.m. WHERE: First Congregational Church, 401 Third St, Parkersburg DETAILS: Kick off the holiday festivities with an evening of music! During this special Christmas concert, a free-will offering will be taken to help support their upcoming music missions trip to Guatemala. CONTACT INFO: Karen Johnson,; about — CLARKSVILLE AMVETS PEARL HARBOR DAY SERVICE WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. WHERE: Clarksville AMVETS Hall, east/across South Main Street from Post Office. DETAILS: Honoring five deceased veterans: 1. Don Rottink. 2. John “Jack” Smith. 3. William “Bill” Kadous. 4. Leland “Red” Metz. 5. Walter “Wally” Wilkin. IMAGES OF CHRISTMAS “CHRISTMAS MEMORIES” WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4-6 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Clarksville DETAILS: Business window decorations and live nativity scene. CLARKSVILLE ELEMENTARY CHRISTMAS CONCERT WHEN: Thursday, Dec 8, 7 p.m. WHERE: Clarksville Schools N. BUTLER ELEMENTARY FIRST, SECOND GRADE CONCERT WHEN: Monday, Dec. 12, first grade starts at 6:30 p.m.; second grade about

7:10 p.m. (Makeup if dangerous weather would be Dec. 19 or 22) WHERE: North Butler Elementary, Birch Street, Allison. CLARKSVILLE JUNIORSENIOR HIGH CHRISTMAS CONCERT WHEN: Thursday, Dec 15, 7 p.m. WHERE: Clarksville Schools N. BUTLER GRADES SEVEN THROUGH 12 MUSIC CONCERT WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: North Butler Junior-Senior High old gym, back entrance is at approximately Fourth Street and Dow, Greene (Makeup if dangerous weather would be Dec. 19 or 22) N. BUTLER FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE MUSIC CONCERT WHEN: Friday, Dec. 16, fifth grade starts at 6:30 p.m.; sixth grade at 7:10 p.m. (Makeup if dangerous weather would be Dec. 19 or 22) WHERE: North Butler Elementary Auditorium, Birch Street, Allison N. BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL SWING SHOW WHEN: Monday, Feb. 6, starts at 7 p.m. WHERE: North Butler Jr.-Sr. High, Greene N. BUTLER JR. HIGH VARIETY SHOW WHEN: Friday, Feb. 10, starts at 7 p.m. WHERE: North Butler Elementary, Birch Street, Allison CLARKSVILLE VOCAL/ JAZZ BAND CONCERT WHEN: March 2, 7 p.m. WHERE: Clarksville Schools CLARKSVILLE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL WHEN: May 2, 6 - 8 p.m. WHERE: Clarksville Schools

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SOCIAL N. BUTLER FRIENDS OF MUSIC WAFFLE BRUNCH WHEN: Sunday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: North Butler High School commons N. BUTLER FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE OPERETTA WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m. WHERE: North Butler Elementary auditorium, Birch Street, Allison N. BUTLER GRADES FIVE THROUGH 12 PARADE OF BANDS WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. WHERE: North Butler Jr.-Sr. High new gym, Greene N. BUTLER SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE SOLO MUSIC FESTIVAL WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 8-11 a.m. WHERE: North Butler Jr.-Sr. High, Greene N. BUTLER THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE MUSIC CONCERT WHEN: Thursday, March 30, third grade starts at 6:30 p.m.; fourth grade

about 7:10 p.m.; fourth grade band parent info night about 7:30 p.m. WHERE: North Butler Elementary, Birch Street, Allison

500 CARD PARTY SET FRIDAY, DEC. 2 The 500 Card Party will meet Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Clarksville Public Library. The public is welcome. JACKSON LUCKY CLOVERS 4-H, SUNDAY, NOV. 13 MEETING REPORT The Jackson Lucky Clovers 4H club met on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the basement of the Clarksville Public Library. The Club officers were installed. Sydney Lovrien presented on Salute Our Soldier Pins. She is selling them, for anyone to buy, to raise money for homeless veterans. You can contact Jessica or Ben Lovrien if you would like to buy some. We talked about service projects we could do. The club decided on having a Secret Santa gift exchange again this year. The club enjoyed snacks provided by Justine and Kyler Grummitt. — Submitted by the reporter of the Jackson Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, Rachel Borchardt



NEARBY COUNTIES KARL KING MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR BAND WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14 WHERE: St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge DETAILS: Area students may be participating. DORIAN HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL FESTIVAL WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14-Monay, Jan. 16 WHERE: Luther College, Decorah DETAILS: Area students may be participating. MEISTERSINGER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 22-Monday, Jan. 23. Finale on Jan. 23. WHERE: Wartburg College. DETAILS: Call 319-352-8743 for details or visit Area students may be participating.

Clubs & Meetings WRITERS GROUP TO MEET DEC. 13 Writers Group will be meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13 (a week later this month) at 7 p.m. at the Community Room of the Allison Public Library. Anyone who loves writing is welcome. Writing challenge for this month: All I Want for Christmas. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Robyn Mulder at 319-267-2982.

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GERMAN CLUB TO MEET DEC. 10 The Ostfriesen Heritage Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Wellsburg Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 10. We will be entertained by a group of AGWSR Middle School music students. Their teacher, Amanda Lee, said the students are busy preparing for their Dec. 5 concert, and they will be sharing some of the Christmas Carols that they will perform at that concert. Notice the regular meeting time and date have been changed. The meetings in December, January, and March have been changed from the usual second Monday evenings to the Saturday afternoon before starting at 2 p.m. This time change is hoped to accommodate those coming from a distance in the cold weather. Come and enjoy reminiscing about Christmas traditions of our Ostfriesen ancestors, and a little Platt Deutsch speaking. Bring Christmas goodies to share over a cup of Ostfriesen Tea.

Robert and Joyce Fenneman

Card shower planned for Fenneman 60th anniversary Robert and Joyce Fenneman were married Dec. 2, 1956, at Pleasant Valley Church. They will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Cards may be sent to PO Box 271; Clarksville, IA 50619-0271. Joyce and Robert Fenneman


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BUTLER COUNTY BULLETIN Nancy Jensen Butler County Program Coordinator

Get prepared!

Who ordered this “brisk” weather? I can’t believe how quickly we went from shirt sleeves to winter coats! The Cyclones must have liked the change. What a game! (Maybe they were just staying on the move to stay warm!) We’ve waited a long time for a game like that! We all knew it was coming; I think I was in denial because I left flowers and flags out to get all I could from their colors. Now it’s time to throw the flowers away and put out my Christmas and winter flags. Wonder where I stored them? It is definitely time to get your car ready for the winter. Here are some things to consider: 1) Have the radiator checked for antifreeze and if it’s low, add some. 2) It’s a good time to change or fill the windshield-wiper fluid. The days of slush are ahead and it’s not good to be out of fluid when meeting a car or truck on a slushy street! 3) Check your tires: a) is there adequate tread left or should you get new tires; b) are they inflated to the correct level. Traction relies on adequate tread. 4) Check the heater to make sure it’s working properly. 5) Check your emergency flashers. (I finally found these in my new

car!) 6) Other things to check are; oil level, brake fluid and the exhaust system. It’s also a good idea to assemble a Winter Survival Kit for your car. The Iowa State Patrol suggests keeping the following items in your car, especially at this time of year; 1) Warm winter clothing for everyone (coats, hats, gloves, boots) 2) Warm blankets or sleeping bags 3) Flashlights with fresh batteries 4) First aid kit 5) Red flag or Send Help sign to attract attention 6) Sack of dry sand or cat litter 7) Booster cables 8) Cell phone with car charger 9) High energy food like candy bars and beef jerky Plan ahead and watch weather reports. Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota have websites available to check on road conditions. Drive at a safe speed for current weather conditions and maintain a safe following distance, wear seat belts and put those cell phones away. Be safe this winter and prepared for bad weather! We know it will come; it’s just a matter of when!

Under the Golden Dome Too By State Representative Linda Upmeyer House District 54 / Speaker of the House (515) 281-4618

A time to be thankful

With the Thanksgiving weekend come and gone, we all had an opportunity to reflect on what we’re thankful for this year. I hope you all had a great holiday and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. This past Election Day, I was elected to serve my eighth term in the Iowa House. I want to thank the citizens of House District 54 for the honor of representing you in the House as your State Representative. It is a humbling experience and a privilege to receive your continued support. I was also recently re-elected by the House Republican caucus to continue serving as the Speaker of the House. It’s a great honor to serve in this role as it gives me the opportunity to hear from a variety of Iowans from all across the state and provides a stronger voice for our communities. Now that the elections are over, it’s time to put politics aside and put the needs of Iowans at the top of our minds. With a little over a month to go before the 2017 legislative session begins, House Republicans will continue listening to Iowans and begin putting together a pro-growth

agenda to move our state forward. We’ll likely continue our work on several issues like funding for water quality and flexibility for schools districts, among other items. As always, we will also be tasked with constructing the state’s budget by living within our means and making investments in the priority needs of Iowans in a responsible way. I’m also looking forward to working with the Senate’s new Majority Leader, Bill Dix. While a new Republican majority in the Iowa Senate gives the House a partner to enact bold reforms and initiatives that were previously blocked, some things won’t change. Things like responsible budgeting practices, giving taxpayers a seat at the table, and investing in the priorities of Iowans will continue under a unified Republican state government. I’m excited for what’s to come next session and eager to get back to work making Iowa the premier place to grow a business or raise a family. As always, please keep in touch. With session fast approaching, I want to hear your thoughts and ideas for how we can grow our state. You can reach me at or 515-281-3521.

Windmills make us poor

For years, alternative energy development was stifled by petroleum subsidies; among them military protection rackets and depletion allowances. The subsidies were touted as a way to prop up national security and help low income people get around. But if the cost of oil was realized at the pump instead of hidden in tax breaks and subsidies, investment in other forms of energy would have been more attractive. Any government-forced transfer of wealth results in misdirected economic decisions. The only way to know which form of energy is best is to let millions of consumers decide without interference. The market is already full of products that we’ve shown we want through purchase. So in order to cash in on a way to compete with proven goods and services, a crisis is used. In the history of Earth, we are now in the lower one quarter of the range of Earth’s temperature, yet there is some serious money to be made. In spite of the fact that nature has provided us with the ultimate storage vehicle for solar energy, fossil fuels, we are to believe that these tiny objects (relative to Earth’s surface) such as

President-Elect Donald Trump is a busy guy. Too busy for things like taking the stand in a court trial for defrauding students of Trump University. Instead, the man that bragged about not settling lawsuits, settled, paying out $25 million to make the problem go away. That makes sense. Such things can be distracting. Heck, Trump even got ahead of the game by pre-emotively announcing that he wouldn’t use funds from his charitable foundation to pay the settlement. Because using charity funds to pay off his personal debts is something everybody would expect Donald Trump to do. In the end though, $25 million is a small price to pay to free him up so he can get down to business. And by business, I mean his own private business. Because while Trump is reportedly ducking out of intelligence briefings in the ramp-up to his Presidency, he is spending a lot of time talking to his new peers in the World Leaders Club. Leaders of countries that Trump happens to be doing business in. And sometimes his daughter, who is running his company in the most keenly sighted “blind trust” in history, is present during these conversations. It’s okay though, because according to Trump, “The President can’t have a conflict of interest. Which is a sentence I think most people would agree with if said in a different context. But even if he isn’t directing 100% of his attention towards his Presidency, that’s what delegating is for. Trump can look after his business and delegate the rest to his trusty cabinet. After all, he hires the best people. People like the new White House

The Alternative Fritz Groszkruger power plants and cars can drastically change the climate. In the early 1980’s when we started farming, I dug tunnels to the hog water tanks through drifts of snow the pigs would walk over as if there was no fence at all. We hung a curtain to cordon off the kitchen because the wood cook-stove was the only way to keep us warm. Now I only use insulated coveralls for ringing the Salvation Army bell at Fareway. The climate is warmer. The climate science debate is focused on whether the climate is warming and laws to fix the problem, while ignoring the consequences of those laws and the benefits they will bring. Susan Solomon (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), one of the world’s top climate scientists, and her colleagues issued a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It states that eliminating carbon dioxide

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emissions from human activity would be offset by natural processes and not slow the trend toward a warmer climate. On the other end of the scale is the most optimistic estimate of the results of a world totalitarian dictatorship (Invade China?). If we are all controlled to such an extent, the temperature of the earth would be reduced by less than one tenth of one percent of a degree F in a hundred years. We are presently spending $1.5 trillion per year on the global warming industry and according to the alarmists that is still not enough. Imagine how lifestyles would change if we were doing “enough.” This cloudy, windless day would have me huddled by a window with pencil and paper, not at this keyboard and search engine. (Google, by the way, is a joke, controlled by climate change industry tax feeders.) The bottom line is that we should tell the bio-fuel and windmill scam artists to take a hike. We should be

It has begun Age of The Geek

Travis Fischer is a writer for Mid America Publishing

Chief of Staff, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. I guess “draining the swamp” of Washington D.C. corruption doesn’t mean what I thought it might. For a guy that ran on a distrust of Washington insiders, his White House is going to be run by a guy who is as inside as you can get. On the other hand, even if Trump did drain the swamp, he’s still bringing in scum of his own. Steve Bannon, founding member of Breitbart News, will move from his position as Trump’s campaign manager to Counselor to the President. Under Bannon, Breitbart became Gawker for the alt-right, a haven of sensationalistic garbage journalism that would make Fox News look fair and balanced by comparison. This is the man who will have the ear of the President. It gets better though. Trump’s National Security Advisor will be Michael Flynn, a former Lt. General who was forced into early retirement and spent a good chunk of the last year trying to out-inane Trump on Twitter. According to some of Colin Powell’s leaked e-mails, Flynn was effectively fired because he was a pain to work with and had only a casual relationship with facts. This is the guy in charge of delivering intelligence reports to President Pence… I mean Trump. Meanwhile, the CIA is going to be directed by Representative Mike Pompeo, which is good news if you’re a fan of torturing inmates at Guantanamo Bay.

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For Attorney General, Trump has picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, a man who voted against prohibiting torture of prisoners, supports civil forfeiture, is strongly anti-immigrant, and who literally said he could not comprehend the fact that Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. Thankfully, rumors that Ben Carson would be named the Secretary of Education did not come to pass. To dispel such rumors, Carson, a man who ran for President of the United States, announced that he was not qualified to run a federal agency. Instead, the Secretary of Education will be Betsy DeVos, a woman who has made a political career out of advocating for charter schools over public schools. She’s all about choice, so when she slashes federal funding for public school programs, you’ll still have the choice to drive your kid to Dubuque every day as an alternative. These are the people Trump thinks will make America great again. In the meantime though, he mostly just seems to be making America hate again. This month the FBI released a statistics report showing that hate crimes in general increased by 7 percent from 2014 to 2015. Getting deeper into the numbers, religiously motivated hate crimes saw a 24 percent increase, a healthy chuck of which can be attributed to the 69 percent spike in hate crimes against Muslims, reaching their highest rate since 2001. And that’s without count-

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skeptical when a crisis is touted as a way to fight a market that is truly our friend. The market makes us wealthy. Government control makes us poor. Those of us who are concerned about income inequality, the cost of medical care, and the cost of living in general should reject the idea of punishing the productive class to reward opportunistic snake oil salesmen. I can’t imagine self-described constitutional conservative, Representative Steve King, and the taxpayers’ watchdog, Senator Charles Grassley actually believe the windmill subsidies are constitutional or a moral alternative to freedom. Bringing home the bacon to Iowa costs someone else, somewhere. On this Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful we have none of these monuments to stupidity within sight of our farm. A note on The Alternative from two weeks back: Brett Pharo wrote about the election, not me. A letter to the editor, or directly to me at would be welcome. Also, you can view my blog here:

ing the hate crimes against Sikhs, who occasionally get targeted by people not smart enough to tell the difference between them and Muslims. With hundreds of reports of harassment being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center in just the first week since the election, I’d say odds are better than average we’ll be seeing new records next year. Of course that’s not to say that Trump supports such actions. After all, he looked right into a “60 Minutes” camera and said “stop it.” That’s enough right? After all, it’s just hate crimes committed in his name. It’s not something serious, like getting booed at the theater, which inspired Trump to go on yet another Twitter tirade. Unless of course that was really just meant to distract attention away from the previously mentioned fraud settlement. All of this and he’s not even President yet. It hasn’t even been a month since the election. He’s still nearly two months away from being sworn in and already his administration is a cesspool of corruption and cronyism, flavored with the ever present hint of white nationalism. This weekend, after protesting the Green Party’s recount, Trump alleged that millions of illegitimate votes were cast. That sounds like a good reason to do a full audit, just to double check everything. Or even better, let’s just do the whole thing over again. Travis Fischer is a news writer for Mid-America Publishing and doesn’t expect the recount to change anything, but is crossing his fingers anyway.

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Washington Reformed Church

28182 Birch Ave Phone # 641-847-2817 The Rev. Jack D. Ritsema, Pastor Service Times: 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Morning Worship; 7 p.m. Evening Worship. ALLISON-

Allison Bible Church

108 Pfaltzgraff St. Sunday, December 4: 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Wednesday, December 7: 7:30 p.m. Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship

Allison Congregational Church

Craig Harris, Pastor 508 N. Main St. 319-267-2333 Elevator Handicap Accessible Sunday, December 4: 10 a.m. Worship Service

New Life Lutheran Congregation Allison Congregational Church

NALC Iowa Mission Pastor Jean Rabary 1st, 2nd and 5th Sundays; Galen Eiben, Lay Pastor 3rd and 4th Sundays 319-267-2860 Sunday, December 4: 8:30 a.m. Worship Service

St. James Lutheran Church

Saturday, December 3: 7 a.m. Women’s and Men’s Bible Study at Elm Springs Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Worship Service; 10 a.m. Sunday School

Trinity Reformed Church

Pastor Gary Mulder 614 Cherry St. 319-267-2982 Note: Handicap Accessible Services are broadcast live on Dumont Cable Channel 998. On demand at Thursday, December 8: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness Friday, December 2: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Worship; 10 a.m. Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School Monday, December 5: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness Tuesday, December 6: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness Wednesday, December 7: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness; 2-5 p.m. Community Closet; 7 p.m. High School Youth Group Thursday, December 8: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness Friday, December 9: 5:30 a.m. Holy Fitness APLINGTON-

Hitesville Gospel Hall

R.R., Aplington Sunday, December 4: 10 a.m. Ministry of the Word; 11 a.m. Worship; 7 p.m. Gospel Service Wednesday, December 7: 7:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study AREDALE, BRISTOW AND DUMONT-

New Hope Parish United Methodist Churches

Pastor Ann Donat Aredale Sunday, December 4: 8 a.m. Worship Service Dumont Sunday, December 4: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service.


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Church Directory

Sunday 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday, December 2: 6 p.m. Assumption for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday, December 3: 4:30 p.m. Reconciliation; 5:15 p.m. Mass/ Children’s Liturgy/Peanut Butter Collection. Sunday, December 4: 8 a.m. Mass/ Children’s Liturgy; 10 a.m. Mass/ Children’s Liturgy

Bristow Church of Christ

Dick Burlingame, Minister Ph: 641-775-3222 Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Coffee and goodies; 9:30 a.m. Bible School for all ages; 10:15 a.m. Worship Service; 6 p.m. Evening Worship. Wednesday, December 7: 6:30 p.m. Youth Group for kids aged 4 to high school. Please contact Sharron Meyer, 641-425-8856, or Trisha Boos, 641-330-5601 if you have questions. Learning and snacks provided.

Reformed Church, Bristow Kesley Presbyterian Church

Pastor Tamara Entin Cell: 515-293-0928 Home: 515-532-2274 Sunday, December 4: 9:30 a.m. Worship at Kesley CLARKSVILLE –

St. John Lutheran Church

204 N. Washington Pastor Charles R. Underwood 278-4765 Handicap Accessible Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Book Study, Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion; 3 p.m. Bell Choir and Sunday School Concert Monday, December 5: 7 p.m. Bell Choir practice Wednesday, December 6: 9:30 a.m. Meet to Greet Meeting; 10:30 a.m. Communion at Clarksville Skilled Care; 6 p.m. Confirmation; 7 p.m. Sewing Group; 7:30 p.m. Dartball: St. John Lutheran at Nashua Lutheran

Community United Methodist Church

You are always welcome! 309 W. Superior Street Pastor Dan Fernandez Community-Shell Rock UMC Office 885-4554 Pastor Dan cell: 515-729-7079 Handicapped Accessible Sunday, December 4: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School. 10:30 a.m. Worship Service.

Immanuel United Church of Christ

The Rev. Linda Myren 203 S. Mather Street 319-278-4224 Thursday, December 1: 12 noon Women’s Fellowship potluck Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Confirmation, Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion, Dorcas Sale; 1:30 p.m. Kids program at NH; 4-4:30 p.m. Nativity presentation Monday, December 5: 1 p.m. Dorcas Sewing Wednesday, December 7: 9 a.m. Bible Study Group; 6 p.m. Council; 7:30 p.m. Dartball Saturday, December 10: 11:30-3 p.m. Confirmation at Wal-Mart to ring bells for Salvation Army

Church of Christ

302 S. Elizabeth Street Val Swinton, Pastor 278-4416 Sunday, December 4: 8:45 a.m. Coffee & Donuts; 10 a.m. Worship Service; 6:30 p.m. Bible Study. Wednesday, December 7: 10:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study; 7 p.m. Sonbeams PK-5th Grade and Adult Bible Study. DUMONT-

Dumont Reformed Church

Pastor Chris Meester (641) 857-3514 Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Sun-

Peace United Church of Christ

day School; 10 a.m. Worship Mondays: 1st Monday of the Month: 1 p.m. Reformed Church Women (RCW) Wednesdays: 7 p.m. RCYF (High School Youth Group for 8th-12th grade) GREENE-

First Presbyterian Church

319 East Traer Streets P.O. Box 160 Greene, IA 50636-0160 Cathy Belles, Pastor Sunday, December 4: 10:30 a.m. Worship, All are welcome!

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

105 N. Main St., Greene Msgr. Walter Brunkan, Pastor Sunday, December 4: 10 a.m. Mass

St. Peter Lutheran Church

324 E. Traer, Greene Daniel Flucke, Pastor 641-816-5531 Saturday, December 3: 6 p.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion by Intinction Sunday, December 4: 8:30 a.m. Worship Service with Traditional Communion; 9:45 a.m. Fellowship, Sunday School Christmas Program Practice, Luther League make and deliver shut in plates; 11 a.m. Praise Worship with Holy Communion; 2 p.m. Christmas Cantata Monday, December 5: 7 p.m. Worship Committee meeting Wednesday, December 7: 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study; 5:15 p.m. Soup Supper; 6:15 p.m. Advent Worship; 7 p.m. 7th and 8th grade confirmation; 8 p.m. Church Council meeting Thursday, December 8: 11:30 a.m. Faith, Vision, and Glory Circle Holiday potluck Saturday, December 10: 6 p.m. Worship Service NASHUA-

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Pleasant Hill

10009 Union Ave. Nashua, IA 50658 Like us on facebook: St. John’s UCC-Pleasant Hill (641) 435-4998 Sunday, December 4: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service Wednesday, December 7:30 p.m. Dartball at home; Hosts: Tom and Merlin PLAINFIELD –

First Baptist Church

809 Main Street 319-276-4889 Pastor Shawn Geer Sunday, December 4: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School – all ages; 10:30 a.m. Worship.

United Methodist Church

404 2nd Street Pastor Catherine Orth Church - 319-276-3195 Cell – 319-231-2117 Office Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Worship.


First United Church of Christ

31015 150th Street, Clarksville 319-276-4443 The Rev. Peter Wenzel, Minister Sunday, December 4: First Sunday in Advent; 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship Service ROSEVILLE-

St. Mary Church

2397 Highway 14 Roseville, IA Msgr. Walter Brunkan, Pastor Sundays: 8:30 a.m. Mass SHELL ROCK –

1800 11th Street SE 319-352-3151 Pastor Jonathan Hennings Sunday, December 4: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Worship Service.

St. John Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod “Church of the Lutheran Hour” On radio stations WMT, 600 AM at 6:30 a.m.; KXEL, 1540 AM at 7 a.m. & KWAY, 1470 AM at 8 a.m. Every Sunday 415 4th Street SW The Rev. Matthew Versemann & The Rev. Keith Brustuen Sunday, December 4: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class. Wednesday, December 7: 5:30


p.m. Confirmation; 6 p.m. Midweek Classes.

Open Bible Church

Pastor Matt Miller 1013 E. Bremer Ave. Ph: 319-352-2038 Sunday, December 4: 9:30 a.m. Donuts & Fellowship; 10 a.m. Morning Worship.

Believers Baptist

Lee Hutchison, Pastor P.O. Box 102 Waverly, IA 50677 319-559-0811 Independent, Fundamental King James Bible Services Sundays: 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Location: Waverly Senior Center, 506 E. Bremer Ave.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Pastor Nancy Larson 2001 W. Bremer Ave. (319)352-1325 Wednesday – 5:30 p.m. Saturday – 5:30 p.m. Sunday – 9:30 a.m. Coffee & Cappuccino | Fellowship 9-11 a.m. Holy Communion is served at all services.

United Methodist Church

204 S. Prairie Street Pastor Dan Fernandez 319-885-4554 Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Worship Service.

First Baptist Church

223 W. Washington Street Shell Rock, IA 50670 Pastor Alan V. Dicks Sunday, December 4: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service; 6 p.m. Sunday Evening Service Wednesdays: 6:30-8 p.m. AWANAS-Bible Verses, Stories, Refreshments

Peace Lutheran Church

(LCMS) 121 East Washington Pastor Michael Knox 319-231-9761 Saturday, December 4: 6 p.m. Bible Class; 7 p.m. Worship.

Faith Lutheran Church

422 N. Prairie Street Pastor Kim Smith 319-885-4547 Email: Sunday, December 4: 9 a.m. Worship Service; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 10:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service. Wednesday, December 7: 7 p.m. Evening Worship Service. VILMAR-

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s is Handicap Accessible. Wednesday, November 30: No Little Lutherans after school Saturday, December 3: 7 a.m. Bible Study at Elm Springs Sunday, December 4: 8:45 a.m. Sunday School (Christmas program practice); 10 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion; Coffee and Fellowship to follow. Wednesday, December 7: 7 p.m. Choir practice Saturday, December 10: 7 a.m. Bible Study at Elm Springs WAVERLY-

St. Mary’s Catholic Church 2700 Horton Road Fr. Dave Schatz 319-352-2493 Eucharistic Liturgies: Saturday 5:15 p.m.

Jesus Christ, the Church, and the State

Pastor Jean Rabary New Life Lutheran Church, Allison The presidential election is over but its aftermath is still reverberating. We are hearing all kinds of comments from various factions in the political spectrum. People are exercising their first amendment rights. I let those comments speak for themselves and allow you to examine them for what they are worth. Be at ease, I am not going to add my voice to the “political comment chorus.” I don’t know the tune! Besides, I did not study Political Science; so, it is wise to leave that up to those who have expertise and experience in the political domain. This article is a pastoral letter aimed at shedding some light on the relationship between the Church and the State. It uses the Holy Scriptures in general, and Christ’s teaching in particular, as a lens through which to view the subject matter. Jesus Christ encountered the harsh reality of human power when he was just a baby. At the time, Herod the Great ordered the killing of the baby boys in Bethlehem (Mathew 2:13-18). God distanced Himself from Herod’s wicked way and had the holy family flee to Egypt. Later on, some Pharisees warned Jesus that Herod Jr. wanted to kill him (see Luke 13:31). Luke writes that Jesus reacted boldly against the threat and said, “Go and tell that fox for me,” ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work” (Luke 13:32). Herod may be threatening to people, but not to Jesus. Jesus made it clear that he is from above and Herod has no authority over him. Furthermore, Jesus cleared his ministry from any political connection. He was (and still is) in the business of freeing people from the power of sin, death, and evil. No doubt, Jesus’ public ministry impacted (and still impacts) all areas of life, including politics. Yet, it goes above and beyond the political sphere. Christ Jesus told Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36a). It is a kingdom that transforms the human heart to love God and the neighbors by seeking the common good. While Jesus did not come to establish a political kingdom, his teaching about God’s Kingdom had profound consequences for the political order. For instance, when Jesus was asked about paying taxes he replied, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Luke 20:25). St. Paul’s upholds Christ’s teaching in Romans 13:1-7 and outlines what believers ought to believe and do: 1) all authorities come from God, 2) we obey the law and pay taxes, and 3) we respect authority but worship God alone. The Church was called to proclaim God’s Kingdom through word and deeds of love; while the State restrains evil by the rule of law and administration of justice. The late Chuck Colson put it this way, “Jesus did not give the sword of justice to Peter but to the Caesar. And Jesus did not give the key of the kingdom to Caesar but to Peter.” While the State and the Church fulfil two different functions in God’s design, both the Church and the State are accountable to God. Christians are citizens of the State and St. Paul urges the Church to pray for all those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-2). It does not matter if they are Democrats or Republicans. We pray for them out of obedience to God. We do so with the firm belief that “our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). May the Lord bless both the State and the Church to accomplish God’s purpose in history!


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• Clarksville Star • Butler County Tribune-Journal •

Butler County Courthouse News TRANSFERS Nov. 2-Nov. 8 Release: Quicken Loans Inc., Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. To Kevin A. And Samantha Fauser; Parcel A N.W. N.W. 15-93-18; 2016-2432. Release: Quicken Loans Inc., M.E.R.S. To Benjamin L. And Catherine A. Dewitt; Shell Rock Williams 2nd Add. Lot: 10 Block: 3; 2016-2433. Mortgage: Victor P. And Cathlyn M. Junker To Veridian Credit Union; N. 1/2 New Hartford Roots Add. Lot: 2 Block: 7; N. 1/2 New Hartford Roots Add. Lot: 4 Block: 7; 20162434. Mortgage: Brent A. And Janelle A. Ballhagen To Midwestone Bank; S.W. S.W. 28-90-15; Exc. N.W. N.W. 28-90-15; 2016-2435. Mortgage: David J. And Shelly D. Penn To M.E.R.S., Veridian Credit Union; Parkersburg Knocks Add. Lot 6; 2016-2436. Mortgage: Julie K. And Thomas L. Hoodjer To Veridian Credit Union; Beg. N.W. Cor. S.W. N.E. N.E. 2992-15; 2016-2437. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Scott A. Brandhorst To St. John Lutheran Church Of Clarksville; S. 44 Ft. Clarksville Poisals Add. Lot: 8 Block: 5; 2016-2438, G.W.H.160304. Court Off. Deed: Faye I. Jordan, Est., Roxann Geelhoed Ex. To Cindy Hunt; Exc. Parcel G Clarksville Mathers Add. Block: 6; 2016-2439. Release: M.E.R.S., Veridian Credit Union To Brett A. And Heather M. Harms; 2016-2440. Release: Lincoln Savings Bank To Anthony C. Gansen; 2016-2441. Agreement: Dale And Daleth Pothast To Iowa D.O.T.; Parcel B N.E. N.E. 23-92-17; 2016-2442. Mortgage: Douglas K. And Delores I. Severs To First National Bank; Exc. N.E. N.E. 36-93-16; W. 1/2 Exc. N.E. 36-93-16; 2016-2443. Survey Plat: Ted C. Hoodjer, Hoodjer Surveying To Jake Huff, Steven M. And Angela M. Koop; Parcel D S.W. 29-90-15; 2016-2444. Mortgage: Samantha J. Schmidt To Cedar Falls Community Credit Union; Shell Rock William Adairs Add. Lot 41, Shell Rock William Adairs Add. Lot 42; 2016-2445. Mortgage Subord.: Cedar Falls Community Credit Union To Iowa Northland Regional Council Of

Governments; Shell Rock William Adairs Add. Lot 41, Shell Rock William Adairs Add. Lot 42; 2016-2446. Af. Surv Spouse: Dennis Rawdon To Teri Rawdon; Beg. E. 1/4 Cor. 24-90-16; 2016-2447. Mortgage: Thomas L. And Julie K. Hoodjer To First National Bank; S.E. S.E. 19-92-15; 2016-2448. Release: First Security Bank & Trust Company To Duane K. Rademaker; 2016-2449. . Power Of Attorn.: Meta M. Wiegmann To Glenn H., Warren And Larry Wiegmann; E. 30 Acres N.W. N.W. 23-92-18; N.E. N.W. 23-9218; N. 1/2 S. 1/2 N.W. 23-92-18; 2016-2450. Mortgage Modify: Michael Arnold And Mary Elizabeth Sell To Farm Credit Services Of America; E. 1/2 Exc. N.E. 9-91-16; 2016-2451. Mortgage: James L. Miller, Trustee, Shirley A. Miller, Trustee, James L. Miller Living Trust, Shirley A. Miller Living Trust To Farm Credit Services Of America; Exc. S.E. 2291-16; Exc. N.W. S.W. 23-91-16; 2016-2452. Mortgage: Jessica L. And Ricky Lee Clay Jr. To Veridian Credit Union; Parkersburg Wemples Add. Lot: 26; S. 1/2 Vacated Alley Adjoining Parkersburg Wemples Add Lot: 26; 2016-2453. Af Surv Spouse: Vern Poppen To Vera Poppen; W. 63.5 Ft. Clarksville Community Homes Add. Lot: 2 Block: 2; Clarksville Community Homes Add. Lot: 3 Block: 2; S 7.58 Ft. Clarksville Lot: 4 Block: 2; W. 63.5 Ft. Clarksville Lot: 5 Block: 2; 2016-2454. Af. Surv. Spouse: Marlene Sidmore To Darold Dean Sidmore; Bristow South Add. Lot: 7; S. 109 Ft. Bristow South Add. Lot: 8; Bristow South Add. Lot: 6; N. 41 Ft. S. 150 Ft. Bristow South Add. Lot: 8; 2016-2455. Mortgage: Tammy And Gary L. Brocka To First Security Bank & Trust Company; Dumont T.A. Dumont 2nd Add. Lot: 82; 2016-2456. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: John L. Mcroberts, Trustee, Pearletta Mcroberts Trust To Joy A. Dralle; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 5 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 6 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 7 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 8

Block: 2; Part Of Water Street Now Vacated Greene Traers 2nd Add. Block: 2; Part Of Block Greene Traers 2nd Add Block: 1; 20162457; G.W.H.160305. Affidavit: John L. Mcroberts, Trustee, Pearletta Mcroberts Trust To The Public, Joy A. Dralle; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 5 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 6 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 7 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 8 Block: 2; Part Of Water Street Now Vacated Greene Traers 2nd Add. Block: 2; Part Of Block Greene Traers 2nd Add. Block: 1; 2016-2458. Affidavit: Joy A. Dralle To The Public; John L. Mcroberts, Trustee, Pearletta Mcroberts Trust; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 5 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 6 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 7 Block: 2; Beg. N.W.’Ly Cor. Greene Traers 2nd Add. Lot: 8 Block: 2; Part Of Water Street Now Vacated Greene Traers 2nd Add. Block: 2; Part Of Block Greene Traers 2nd Add Block: 1; 2016-2459. Affidavit: H. Raymon Terpstrah II, Midwestone Bank, H.S. Investments Inc. To The Public; Parkersburg Ind. & Comm. Park P.H. 1 Lot: 9; Unit A Park Plaza Parkersburg Lot: 9; Comm. 72 Ft. E. N.E. Cor. Parkersburg Tammens Add. Lot: 7 Block: 2 S.E. S.W. 30-90-16; Auditors Subd. N. 1/2 Lot: 22 29-90-17; Exc. S. 22 Ft. Allison Lot: 548; 2016-2461. Joint Ten Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Robert W. And Margaret S. Gorter To Randall G. And Janelle J. Gorter; E. 35 Ft. Aplington Harken’s Add. Lot: 4; W. 52 1/2 Ft. Aplington Harkens Add. Lot: 3; 2016-2462, G.W.H.160306. Af. Surv Spouse: Leroy J. Luhring To Judy K. Luhring; E. 74 Ft. N. 1/2 Auditors Sub. Div. Lot: 29 29-9017; S. 1/2 Lt. 30 Subd. N. 1/2 29-9017; S. 1/2 Aplington Lot: 11 Block: 38; S. 1/2 Aplington Lot: 12 Block: 38; 2016-2463. Release: Cedar Falls Community Credit Union To Albert T. And Donna D. Osborn; 2016-2464. Quit Claim Deed: John R. And Jo Ann Sherburne To John R. Sherburne; Parcel N. 2-91-15; 20162465.

Mortgage: Aaron And Jenna Wedeking To First National Bank; Clarksville Community Homes Add Lot: 6 Block: 4; 2016-2466. Warranty Deed: Lyle R. Leeper, Trustee; Doris J. Leeper Life Insurance Trust To Paul W. And Karen J. Miller; E. 1/2 E. 1/2 Exc. 36-92-16; 2016-2467. Release: Iowa Workforce Development To G 3 Golf L.L.C., Legend Trail Golf; 2016-2468. Release: Iowa Workforce Development To G 3 Golf L.L.C., Legend Trail Development; 2016~2469. Release: Lincoln Savings Bank To Robert W. And Margaret Sue Gorter; 2016-2470. Tax Liens: Galen C. Hoodjer To Internal Revenue Service; 20162471. Release: Ditech Financial L.L.C., Green Tree Servicing L.L.C. To Jeffrey J. Burak; 2016-2472. Release: Veridian Credit Union To Justin Dilger; 2016-2473. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Jace M. And Bethanne M. Schroeder To Loretta M. Miller; Exc. S.W.’Ly 55 Ft. Greene Schroeders Add. Lot: 3; Exc. S.W.’Ly 55 Ft. Greene Schroeders Add. Lot: 4; 2016-2474; G.W.H.160307. Mortgage: Loretta M. Miller To First Security Bank & Trust Company; Exc. S.W.’Ly 55 Ft. Greene Schroeders Add. Lot: 3; Exc. S.W.’Ly 55 Ft. Greene Schroeders Add. Lot: 4; 2016-2475. Release: M.E.R.S., Wintrust Mtg., Barrington Bank And Trust Co. N.A. To David W. And Rachelle M. Kelm; 2016-2476. Mortgage: Jarred And Amy J. Frey To Green Belt Bank & Trust; Comm. N.E. Cor. 31-90-18; 2016-2477. Survey Plat: Thomas L. Hoodjer, Hoodjer Land Surveying To Jake Huff, Leona J. Freese; Parcel D N.E. 30-92-15; 2016-2478. Affidavit: Richard W. Vickers And St. Mary Church To The Public; N.E. 16-93-18; N.W. S.W. 15-93-18; 2016-2479. Affidavit: St. Mary Church, Walter Brunkan To The Public; N.W. S.W. 15-93-18; 2016-2480. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: St. Mary Church, Michael Jackels, Pres., Walter Brunkan, Treas. To Teresa A. Sido, Sheryl L. Frascht, Kathy J. Stiles; N.W. S.W. 1593-18; 2016-2481, G.W.H.160308. Affidavit: Kyle Family Trust, Wal-

Monday, November 21: • Officers executed four traffic stops, assisted with three medical calls, assisted a motorist, and received reports of six controlled burns. • 8:41 a.m.: Officers were called to an alarm in the 400 block of Parriott St. • 10:08 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 21500 block of Highway 57. • 10:48 a.m.: Officers received a forgery report in the 16600 block of Vine Ave. • 10:51 a.m.: Officers were called to an alarm in the 100 block of S. Cherry St. • 11:12 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 400 block of N. 4th St. • 12:36 p.m.: Officers received a report of the theft of a motor vehicle in the 200 block of E. Grove St. • 4:38 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block of 6th St. • 5:28 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block of E. Jackson St. • 6:12 p.m.: Officers received a harassment report in the 900 block of McManus St. • 6:57 p.m.: Officers were called to a property damage accident near the intersection of Highway 57 and Keystone Ave., Parkersburg. • 8:09 p.m.: Officers were called to a property damage accident near the intersection of Highway 3 and Cedar Ave., Dumont. • 9:44 p.m.: Officers received a missing person report in the 400 block of W. Washington St. Tuesday, November 22: • Officers executed 13 traffic stops, assisted with eight medical calls, and assisted a motorist. • 5:41 a.m.: Officers were called to a property damage accident near the intersection of Highway 3 and Birch

Ave., Dumont. • 12:01 p.m.: Officers were called to a family domestic matter in the 14700 block of 290th St. • 3:36 p.m.: Officers were called to an alarm in the 29400 block of Hickory Ave. • 4:59 p.m.: Officers received a report of the theft of a motor vehicle in the 800 block of West St. • 5:09 p.m.: Officers were called to a property damage accident near the intersection of S. Cherry St. and W. Main St., Shell Rock. • 8:29 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity near the intersection of 160th St. and Hickory Ave. Wednesday, November 23: • Officers executed 18 traffic stops, assisted with two medical calls, assisted a motorist, and received a report of a controlled burn. • 4:26 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity near the intersection of 160th St. and Newell Ave. • 4:29 p.m.: Officers were called to a property damage accident near the intersection of 10th St. and Parriott St., Aplington. • 8:51 p.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 700 block of S. Cherry St. • 8:51 p.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter near the intersection of Highway 57 and W. Brook St. • 9:10 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block of Hickory St. • 11:06 p.m.: Officers were called to an alarm in the 200 block of 3rd St. Thursday, November 24: • Officers executed eight traffic stops and assisted with four medical calls. • 6:28 p.m.: Officers were called to a family domestic matter in the 400 block of Courtland St.

• 10:11 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity in the 33000 block of Highway 57. • 11:23 p.m.: Deputies received a harassment report in the 400 block of Locust St. Friday, November 25: • Officers executed seven traffic stop, assisted with three medical calls, assisted two motorists, and received reports of seven controlled burns. • 12 a.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity near the intersection of Highway 57 and Orchid Lane. • 4:46 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter near the intersection of Holly Ave. and W. Brook St. • 8:55 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter near the intersection of Highway 14 and W. Brook St. • 10:23 a.m.: Officers received a burglary report in the 400 block of S. Ely St. • 2:29 p.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 2200 block of 170th St. • 3:54 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity in the 30000 block of 110th St. • 3:59 p.m.: Officers received a burglary report in the 400 block of 10th St. • 4:58 p.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 32000 block of Highway 3. • 8:50 p.m.: Officers received a report of suspicious activity near the intersection of Highway 188 and Highway 3. Saturday, November 26: • Officers executed two traffic stops, assisted with four medical calls, and received reports of five controlled burns. • 9:21 a.m.: Officers were called to an alarm in the 15800 block of Main St.

• 10:44 a.m.: Officers were called to a possible burglary in the 1000 block of Parriott St., Aplington. • 11:38 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 1000 block of Beaver Ave. • 3:44 p.m.: Officers were called to an alarm in the 700 block of S. Pearl St. • 10:03 p.m.: Officers received a suspicious activity report in the 900 block of McManus St. Sunday, November 27: • Officers executed three traffic stops, assisted with a medical call, and received reports of two controlled burns. • 5:52 a.m.: Officers were called to a property damage accident in the 25700 block of Martin Ave. • 10:19 a.m.: Officers received a suspicious vehicle report near the intersection of Evergreen Ave. and Highway 3. • 11:08 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter near the intersection of 280th St. and Butler Ave. • 2:17 p.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 30400 block of Superior Road. • 5:09 p.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter near the intersection of 180th St. and Forest Ave. • 10:37 p.m.: Officers were called to a property damage near the intersection of Diagonal Road and Vail Ave. Officers arrested Troy Steven Gersema, 32, for third offense operating while intoxicated. He was held to appear for court. Monday, November 28: • Officers had three calls for service prior to 8:29 a.m. • 5:40 a.m.: Officers transported a prisoner. • 7:31 a.m.: Officers were called to a dog/deer/livestock matter in the 200 block of S. Church St.

Butler County Sheriff’s Report

ter Brunkan, Cotr., Daniel Castle, Cotr. To The Public; N.W. S.W. 1593-18; 2016-2482. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Kyle Family Trust, Walter Brunkan, Cotr., Daniel Castle, Cotr. To Teresa A. Sido, Sheryl L. Frascht, Kathy J. Stiles; N.W. S.W. 15-93-18; 2016-2483, G.W.H.160309. Affidavit: Teresa A. Sido, Sheryl L. Frascht, Kathy J. Stiles To Kyle Family Trust, Walter Brunkan, Cotr., Daniel Castle; N.W. S.W. 15-93-18; 2016-2484. Affidavit: Marissa J. Crimmins, Trustee, Constance M. Rossol Trust To The Public, Chase William Capper; Beg. S.W. Cor. S.W. S.W. 1492-15; 2016-2485. Affidavit: Chase William Capper To The Public, Marissa J. Crimmins, Trustee, Constance M. Rossol, Trust; Beg. S.W. Cor. S.W. S.W. 14-92-15; 2016-2486. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Midwestone Bank To Jon R. Zierath, E. 10 Ft. Aplington Lot: 11 Block: 72; Aplington Lot: 12 Block: 72; 2016-2487; G.W.H.160310. Mortgage: Jon R. Zierath To M.E.R.S., Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation; E. 10 Ft. Aplington Lot: 11 Block: 72, Aplington Lot: 12 Block: 72; 2016-2488. Affidavit: Todd A. Geer, William Heath To The Public, Mitchell And Jennifer Cashatt; Greene Lot: 4 Block: 20; 2016-2489. Affidavit: Ross Hawker, Mitchell Cashatt To The Public; Greene Lot: 4 Block: 20; 2016-2490. Mortgage: Shandy L. Oldenburger To Iowa State Bank; Subd. A Parkersburg Taylors Add. Lot 17; 20162491. Nov. 9-Nov. 15 Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Kathy J. And Blake J. Simon, Candy M. And Calvin D. Voss To Kayleigh Cuvelier; New Hartford Roots Add. Lot: 2 Block: 13; Tr. Comm. 4 Rds. W. S.W. Cor. New Hartford Roots Add Lot: 2 Block: 13; 2016-2492, G.W.H.160311. Mortgage: Kayleigh Cuvelier To First National Bank; New Hartford Roots Add. Lot: 2 Block: 13; Tr. Comm. 4 Rds. W. S.W. Cor. New Hartford Roots Add. Lot: 2 Block: 13; 2016-2493. Release: Iowa State Bank To Henry G. And Callie J. Vance; 29162494. Mortgage Association: Iowa State Bank, Shandy L. Oloenburger To M.E.R.S.; Subd. A Parkersburg Taylors Add. Lot: 17; 2016-2495. Mortgage: Randall D. And Ranae D. Krull To M.E.R.S., Subd. A Parkersburg Taylors Add. Lot: 17; 20162496. Finance Statem.: Wells Fargo Financial Leasing Inc. To Langfritz Seed Inc.; Parcel A S.E. 28-92-16; 2016-2497. Mortgage: John J. And Jennifer Duffield To First Security Bank & Trust Company; N. 20 Ft. Greene Original Town Lot: 8 Block: 9; Greene Original Town Lot: 9 Block: 9; 2016-2498. Mortgage: Bradly D. Graham To BankIowa; Comm. N.W. Cor. N.E. S.E. 28-90-15; 2016-2499. Af. Surv Spouse: Dennis A. Degroote To Mary L. Degroote; N.W. Fr. 1/4 19-91-15; 2016-2500. Af. Surv Spouse: Dennis A. Degroote To Mary L. Degroote; Parcel

D S.E. S.W. 18-91-15; Parcel D S.W. S.E. 18-91-15; 2016-2501. Af. Surv Spouse: Janice M. Schmall To Anton L. Schmall; Lt. A Shell Rock P F A Add. Lot: 6 Block: 3; Lt. A Shell Rock P F A Add. Lot: 7 Block: 3; 2016-2502. Mortgage: Pork Housing Development L.L.C., Stanley A. Mehmen, Pres., Patricia R. Roach, Treas. To First National Bank; Parcel B S.E. N.E. 5-92-17, Parcel C N.W. N.E. 36-93-17; 2016-2503. Mortgage Modify: Pork Housing Development L.L.C., Stanley A. Mehmen, Pres., Patricia R. Roach, Treas. To First National Bank; Parcel B S.E. N.E. 5-92-17; Parcel C N.W. N.E. 36-93-17; 2016-2504. Re-Contracts And Groundwater Hazard: Lawler & Swanson P.L.C. To Emily Deetz; Greene Original Town Lot: 11 Block:13; N.W. 14 Ft. Greene Original Town Lot: 12 Block: 13; 2016-2505, G.W.H.160312. Mortgage: Gary Pashby, Beth Speer To Farm Credit Services; Tr. W. Of S.E. Cor. S.E. 31-91-15; 2016-2506. Mortgage: William E. And Marilyn K. Hardee To U.S. Small Business Administration; Exc. S.E.’Ly 3.58 Ft. Shell Rock Original Town Lot: 10 Block: 22; 2016-2507. Sheriff’s Deed: Butler County Sheriff, Site Maintenance Solution Inc., Kerry And Anthony J. Nicolaus To Iowa State Bank; Comm. 329 Ft. E. 33 Ft. S. N.W. Cor. 31-90-16; 2016-2508. Tax Liens: Shane Ragsdale, A&R Construction To Iowa Workforce Development; 2016-2509. Release: First National Bank To Delores I. And Douglas K. Severs; 2016-2510. Release: M.E.R.S., Veridian Credit Union To David J. And Shelly Penn; 2016-2511. Joint Ten Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Timothy M. And Alison A. Schechterly To Bryan And Michaeleen Golay; Parcel A N.W. N.E. 33-93-15; 2016-2512, G.W.H.160313. Mortgage: Bryan And Michaeleen Gerken Golay To First National Bank; Parcel A N.W. N.E. 33-93-15; 2016-2513. Joint Ten Deed: Fred And Christina Johnson To Themselves; E. 1/2 S.W. 3-91-16; N.E. N.W. 10-91-16; E. 1/2 S.E. 3-91-16; W. 1/2 S.E. 3392-16; Comm. N.E. Cor. Subd. Lt. 2 W. 1/2 Lot: 13 25-92-17; Comm. N.E. Cor. Subd. Lt. 3 W. 1/2 Lot: 13 25-92-17; 2016-2514. Mortgage Assign: First National Bank, Bryan And Michaeleen Gerken Golay To M.E.R.S.; Parcel A N.W. N.E. 33-93-15; 2016-2515. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: William B.Jr. And Sheryl C. Butcher To Jian Gao; Comm. E. 1/4 Cor. 13-90-15; 2016-2516, G.W.H. 160314. Warranty Deed And Groundwater Hazard: Dean And Lois Kramer To Robin A. And Kevin J. Angstman; Parcel B N.E. N.E. 9-92-17; 20162517, G.W.H.160315. Mortgage: Kevin J. And Robin A. Angstman To Great Western Bank; Parcel B N.E. N.E. 9-92-17; 20162518. Mortgage: Susan M. And Robert A. Peterson To Navy Federal Credit Union; Clarksville Londons Add. Lot: 2 Block: 1; Clarksville Londons COURTHOUSE to page 7

Proceedings: Butler Co.

MINUTES AND PROCEEDINGS OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BUTLER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HELD ON NOVEMBER 15, 2016. Meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Rusty Eddy with member Tom Heidenwirth present. Member Rex Ackerman was absent. Also present were Engineer John Riherd, Director of Public Health Jennifer Becker, Conservation Director Mike Miner, John Jensen, Parkersburg Eclipse News-Review, Lyle Huisinga, Parkersburg, Iowa, Greg Barnett, Plainfield, Iowa, Jim Norton, Clarksville, Iowa and Fern Myers, Allison, Iowa. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as read. Board met with Lyle Huisinga, Huisinga Fertilizer, Parkersburg, Iowa regarding an expansion of 30,000 gallons anhydrous ammonia. Mr. Huisinga was directed to meet with Zoning Administrator Mitch Nordmeyer before returning to the Board for approval. Board reviewed report of the Weed Commissioner and ordered placed on file. Also present were Supervisor Rex Ackerman, Assessor Deb McWhirter, and Weed Commissioner Calvin Steere. Moved by Ackerman, second by Heidenwirth to approve easement request with Landus in Bristow along the bike trail. Motion carried. Moved by Eddy, second by Heidenwirth to approve new Family Farm Applications for 2016. Motion carried. Moved by Eddy, second by Ackerman to accept the recommendation of Engineer Riherd and approve a Utility Permit for Century Link to install phone service line at 24413 Westbrook near Parkersburg. Motion carried.

Moved by Ackerman, second by Heidenwirth to authorize Chair to execute copier contract between Butler County and Ricoh for 48 months at $52.55 monthly. Also present was Sheriff Jason Johnson. Motion carried. Public comment: Jim Norton, Clarksville, Iowa inquired as to the necessity of the field driveway on C33, three quarters of a mile west of T63 where a fatal accident occurred. Engineer Riherd responded that options for removing the driveway had been discussed with the landowner. Norton further opined that the flooding in Clarksville could be mitigated by lowering the elevation of the bike trail. Conservation Director Mike Miner responded that they were working with mitigation professionals from University of Iowa and partnering with the City of Clarksville regarding the several issues involved. Possible funding for such improvements remains a challenge. Mr. Norton also questioned the action of pumping water into the cemetery, and asked if there were better options. Fern Myers, Allison, Iowa commented that consideration needs to be given to the big picture when making repairs and/or improvements. Staff meeting was held. Board approved claims as submitted. Board canvassed the results of the General Election held on November 8, 2016. Moved by Eddy, second by Ackerman to adjourn the meeting at 12:00 P.M. to Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. Motion carried. The above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes and proceedings of a regular adjourned meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Butler County, Iowa on November 15, 2016. TJ/CS 48-1


• Butler County Tribune-Journal •

Thursday, December 1, 2016 •


Clarksville Police help sweep after a two-vehicle crash occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 9, shortly after 4 p.m. Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Shell Rock Police, Clarksville Fire and Ambulance responded to the call, the BCSO call log said — as well as Iowa State Patrol, two parties on scene said. Plainfield Fire and Waverly Health Center Ambulance were dispatched by Bremer County. The vehicles involved in the accident were a light truck, a Ford F150 belonging to Jeremy DeBoer of Shell Rock and a light official vehicle registered to Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District. The ambulance made a trip to the Waverly Health Center Emergency Room, but number and names of patients are unconfirmed. An early verbal report put the number of people evaluated for injuries at three. COURTHOUSE from page 6 Add. Lot: 3 Block: 1; 2016-2519. Release: Midwestone Bank, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company, Mahaska State Bank, Central Valley Bank, Pella State Bank, Midwestone Bank & Trust, First State Bank To Jonathan E. And Michelle J. Arkulari; 2016-2520. Release: Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative To K & S Grocery L.C.; 2016-2521. Warranty Deed: Douglas, Karen, C. Dale And Nancy Jane Boelman To C. Dale And Nancy Jane Boelman; Exc. S.E. 15-91-16; 2016-2522. Joint Ten Deed: C. Dale And Nancy Jane Boelman To Joshua D. And Elizabeth A. Boelman; Parcel C S.E. S.E. 1591-16; 2016-2523. Quit Claim Deed: Donn S. And Sharon R. Harris To Themselves; N.E. S.W. 6-92-15; N.W. S.E. 6-92-15; 2016-2524. Release: Small Business Administration To Derrick And Natalie Rogers; Parkersburg Savages Add Lot: 9 Block: 6; 2016-2525. Joint Ten Deed And Groundwater

Hazard: Derrick And Natalie Brocka Rogers To Klayton A. And Mindie S. Hoppenworth; Parkersburg Savages Add Lot: 9 Block: 6; 2016-2526, G.W.H.160316. Mortgage: Klayton A. And Mindie S. Hoppenworth To Midwestone Bank; Parkersburg Savages Add. Lot: 9 Block: 6; 2016-2527. Af. Surv Spouse: Dennis Rawdon To Teri Rawdon; Beg. E. 1/2 Cor. 24-90-16; 2016-2528. Release: Veridian Credit Union To Darrell L. And Carol Heidt; 2016-2529. Release: Veridian Credit Union To Thomas L. And Julie K. Hoodjer; 20162530. Release: Marty T. And Jennifer J. Monaghan To Veridian Credit Union; 2016-2531. Release: Lincoln Savings Bank To Paula D. And Daniel J. Sherman; 20162532. Miscellaneous: Iowa Department Of Natural Resources To The Public; 20162533 Through -2535. Tax Liens: James J. Hansel To Iowa Department Of Revenue; 2016-2536.

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IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR BUTLER COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HAROLD D. BROWN, Deceased. CASE NO. ESPR016618 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS To All Persons Interested in the Estate of Harold D. Brown, Deceased, who died on or about November 12, 2016: You are hereby notified that on November 16, 2016, the last will and testament of Harold D. Brown, deceased, bearing date of June 10, 2014, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that John D. Brown was appointed executor of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the dis-trict court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertain-able, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons in-debted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authen-ticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated: November 17, 2016. Date of second publication: December 1, 2016 John D. Brown Executor of the Estate 411 S. Walnut St. Shell Rock, IA 50670 Lana L. Luhring, #AT0004830 Attorney for the Executor Laird & Luhring 124 1st St. SW, PO Box 177 Waverly, IA 50677 TJ 47-2

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IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR BUTLER COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GLADYS M. WUBBENA, Deceased. CASE NO. ESPR016614 NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR, AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS To All Persons Interested in the Estate of Gladys M. Wubbena, Deceased, who died on or about October 26, 2016: You are hereby notified that on November 14, 2016, the last will and testament of Gladys M. Wubbena, deceased, bearing date of December 18, 2013, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that Beryl Wubbena and Barbara Wagner were appointed executors of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named district court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated November 15, 2016. Date of second publication: December 1, 2016. Beryl Wubbena and Barbara Wagner Executors of the Estate 17778 Ivy Ave., Bristow, IA 50611 and 23592 160th St., Greene, IA 50636, respectively. Richard W. Vickers, #AT0008113 Attorney for the Executors Vickers Law Office, 118 First St. South Greene, IA 50636 TJ 47-2

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A case manager has been hired by Iowa Department of Human Services to cover the 19 counties affected by the flooding that started Sept. 21, 2016. This follows the Presidential Declaration for Public (government) Assistance issued for Iowa for this disaster. The case manager is set up at the North Iowa Community Action Organization Office, located at 219 N. Mather in Clarksville, and is assisting to manage cases, including by phone (319-2784606, 1-800-873-1899), Butler County Emergency Management staff confirmed on Nov. 29. “This case manager for the flooding disaster is going to focus on unmet needs of flood victims,” Butler County Emergency Management Director Mitch Nordmeyer said in an interview earlier in November. “Rehabbing their home, furnaces, hot water heaters, volunteers to help with reconstruction, et cetera… That will run through NICAO” or North Iowa Area Community Action Organization. “We will probably be the county that uses it the most,” Nordmeyer said. The case manager will be tasked with identifying the unmet needs of flood victims, and matching available resources to those needs, Nordmeyer said. Resources could be volunteers to help at a residence such as hanging sheet rock (drywall), or maybe financial assistance or resources for stress-related mental health issues caused by the flood, “just figuring out unmet needs and matching resources to them,” he said. Butler County had $1.5 million in preODES from page 1 festival will be Jan. 27-Jan. 29, 2017, states • The Hobo Convention in Britt. — Ode discovered: “There’s still some old hobos, and they were there. A couple were crowned king and queen. It was quite authentic.” The convention occurs the second Saturday of August, according to Facebook. • Antique Airfield, near Blakesburg, population 300 — There is a grass field for landing. The landing is “see and avoid,” Ode said. According to Wikipedia, Antique Airfield in Blakesburg is the home of the Antique Airplane Association, Inc., the Airpower Museum, Inc., and the APM Library of Flight. On museums: • Visiting museums was complicated because many were only open a couple of hours and many didn’t respond to their contact addresses or numbers. In some cases Ode called chambers

liminary estimated damages, including $750,000 damage estimated by County Secondary Roads for related infrastructure and $500,000 damage estimated by County Conservation, including the bike trail. The Clarksville City Hall is handling claims of over $1 million as well, between $780,000 in Operations and Threats block grant housing assistance for those wishing to rebuild, an estimated $250,000 in governmental expenses, and potentially more for buyouts. Department of Human Services, Community Action, Butler and other counties met Nov. 10 in Waverly to discuss the Case Management program. Case Management and Human Services personnel met Nov. 11 to finalize details. “Our biggest obstacle right now is trying to obtain financial assistance,” Nordmeyer said in an interview on Monday, Nov. 14. “I’ve reached out to a number of places about fundraising, grant opportunities. We’re literally looking everywhere to come up with some money so we can help some of these people.” “Once we have the case management program in place, we will send out information to everyone affected by the flood so they can take advantage of the program,” Nordmeyer said. He said the Butler County Long-Term Recovery Coalition has already sent out flyers requesting unmet needs from all the flood victims. “That information is so when we get Case Management in place we can let these people know how to access that system” and receive assistance, he said. “We want the case management office to have varying hours so people don’t have to take off work,” Nordmeyer said. of commerce, and chamber staff were able to reach the museum contacts, who would then apologize profusely. • Sigourney, in southeast Iowa, houses the Dumont Museum. Ode described “the most elaborate model train setup I’d ever seen” in the second room. The museum includes a chariot used in the movie Ben Hur and a collection of Oliver tractors, which he said all look brand new. “The place is immaculate, well done-up.” • The Glenn Miller Museum and Birthplace Home, in Clarinda. Tuesday - Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. (There would seem to be some local interest as the orchestra has played repeatedly at Wilder Park in Allison.) The 42nd Annual Glenn Miller Festival has yet to be announced on for 2017. (In 2016, it was held the second weekend of June, coinciding with Clarksville Pioneer Days.) For more information, a mailing address is made available: 122 W. Clark St., Clarinda, IA 51632.

N. Butler 7th-12th Concert set Dec. 15 Continued from page 1 starts at 6:30 p.m. Second grade starts about 7:10 p.m. Makeup date, in case of inclement weather, could be Dec. 19 or 22, according to the music departments’ calendar.

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If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. Mark the calendar for a Basics of Alzheimer’s program, set Thursday Dec. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksville Public Library. The Alzheimer’s Association is presenting this program, which will provide information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more. This program is free, and lunch will be provided. Please register by Monday, Dec. 12 by calling the library at 319-278-1168.

After Prom Soup Supper set Dec. 1, auction Dec. 13

North Butler After Prom will host a Soup Supper on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the North Butler High School Cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. for a free-will donation. North Butler Wrestling will host Mason City/Newman, Nashua-Plainfield and Cresco/Crestwood at 6 p.m. A silent auction will be Tuesday Dec. 13 during the High School Basketball games against Osage, with great items from area businesses. JV girls start at 4 p.m, JV boys 5 p.m, varsity girls, 6:15 p.m., and varsity boys 7:30 p.m.

Scouts Selling Christmas Trees Dec. 4

North Butler Boy Scouts will be selling Christmas trees and greenery from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Last year this was held at the Tree Farm on North Fourth Street in Greene. All proceeds go to the Boy Scouts.

The North Butler Seventh through 12th Grade Music Concert will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 at North Butler High School’s old gym, Greene. Makeup date, in case of inclement weather, could be Dec. 19 or 22, according to the music departments’ calendar.

The NB 5th-6th Concert set Dec. 16

The North Butler Fifth and Sixth Grade Music Concerts will be Friday, Dec. 16 in the North Butler Elementary Auditorium in Allison. Fifth grade starts at 6:30 p.m. and sixth grade at 7:10 p.m. Makeup date, in case of inclement weather, could be Dec. 19 or 22, according to the music departments’ calendar.

New event, ‘Christmas at Wilder’ to decorate RV park

The Allison Park Board will sponsor a Christmas event, “Christmas at Wilder.” The project consists of inviting families, businesses and organizations decorating at an electric site in the RV park for the holidays. The park will then be open for automobile touring from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 16, 17 and 18. To participate, a family, business or organization can sign-up at Allison City Hall to reserve the site they intend to decorate. All decorations must be in place by Dec. 15, 2016. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. The winners will be determined by a vote of each car that views the displays. Prizes will include weekend stay in the Lodge at Wilder, weekend in new cabin, camping gift certificates plus additional prizes to be awarded. Go to Allison City Hall to get registered for this exciting event!

Monday coffee at The Corner to start Dec. 5

Starting Monday, Dec. 5, coffee will be served at The Corner in Allison on Mondays from 8-10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to come and bring friends.

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PARK from page 1 had earned $1,800, which he plowed into that project.” Shafer’s project was the pickle ball court, North said. It was done in June and completed by July 1. The court is located in front of the storm shelters between the shelter house and the volleyball court. (A scout project committee approved for Shafer to change the scope of his project from eight fitness stations and a $10,000 price tag, as announced in spring 2015, to the $1,800 pickle ball project, according to North, who added that the pickle ball project is likely delivering more bang for the buck.) In addition, Lincoln Savings Bank gave $1,500 toward the cabin (lodge), MidAmerican Energy gave $1,000 toward trees and the Community Foundation gave $4,000 (for the cabin). “We had an income of $68,323,” North told the council. “When you add that with the grant money, $8,300 and $68,000, you end up with $76,000 available to the park this year. To put that into perspective, the park’s budget … is $63,000 (budgeted by the city — not including grants)” and has been for the last few years, he said, “so the park actually generated ($13,000-plus) over budget” referring to anticipated income the city budgeted. “The excess that the park produces goes into the general fund,” North said in a phone interview. “That $63,000 (budget) accounts for not only operation of the park,” North said, “but it accounts for salaries … against the park, equipment … against

the park, and other things that are semipark-related,” such as electrical and mowing. “The bottom line as far as I’m concerned — and I know this happens because it happens to me — when someone comes up to you and says the park is costing taxpayers a lot of money, they’re wrong, they’re dead wrong,” North told the council. “The park this year created $13,000 profit — pure profit. “Here, six months ago somebody came in and complained about another issue, and I was standing there — and he said ‘and that damn park is costing me money too.’ — And I said, ‘Not true. Sorry, but not true. The park is not costing you one blessed nickel.” “A couple things happened to us this year that created that” profit, North said. “We had an average of about five contractors for the full year. There was a point in time for a couple weeks where there were actually 10 contractors out there. That’s the only exception we make to the two-week rule, and we have done that since the tornado” most likely a reference to the 2008 tornado in Parkersburg. “The other thing is, the late fall flood helped us because, well, all the campgrounds around here were flooded, within this county and (he said) all the parks in Black Hawk except for Hickory Hills, were all closed. We had people this year from as far as Washington State, Quebec, Pennsylvania. North Carolina Kansas Colorado (and) Texas. So we’re getting usage from a broad

area.” Mayor Henrichs asked why camping receipts were accounted as $49,000 last year, whereas one line on this year’s account said the “camping total” was $38,000. North replied that the $38,000 accounted does not include $26,239 in “other income” such as gift certificates, paid-in-advance camping reservations and grants, including the Eagle Scout pickle ball court; nor does it include the $3,920 from lodge or cabin rentals, the packet shows. “The total amount the RV park (and lodge) produced this year was $68,000,” North said. Wilder Park use is up by one-third this year, North said. “We’re just getting more usage,” he told the council. “We had 10 weekends this year that we were full. Ten. Up until this year, the only weekends we were full were holiday weekends. We always had a few spaces. When I say full, I mean, we have 60 sites there, and several of those weekends, we had 63, 64, 65 units, so that’s the reason. Henrichs asked whether the rates had increased. “No rate change (this year),” North said. “They went up in 2014.” The board held rates the same in 2015, 2016 and recently voted to keep them the same in 2017. North said there could be an increase the following year. “We’re one of the cheapest… Most places now (charge) $20 minimum, some of them are $25.”

TREES from page 1 out a lot of trees,” North said. “Proximity to Butler is why we think it’s eminent at this point in time that we’ll have a serious issue.” “We’re trying to get some of those big ash gone before we have a real problem…. “When we started out there were probably about 168 ash trees on public property in Allison” and now there are about 150, he said. “We’ve taken about 18 or 20 out at this point. The ’16-’17 fiscal year will be the fourth year of the program… Our strategy is to get rid of as many of these as we can before we have a real issue.” A few big, soft silver maples have been taken down in addition to the ash — he noted one silver maple with a hollow trunk that is planned to come down this spring. “If you have less than a third of the trunk that’s sound, they need to be removed. This (maple) tree we’re looking at this year probably has less than a fourth of a solid trunk if that.” Homeowners are notified by letter when they have a dangerous tree on

city property abutting their lot, North said. “I’m hoping to get eight, maybe nine (trees removed) this year, because three of them are smaller,” North said. The removal work is slated for late February or early March. “Along that line, we’ve taken these trees out and we really should be figuring out a way to replace them,” North said. “We’re looking at about $35 a tree,” North told the council. Of the backlog, “We’re looking at maybe 24, 25 trees, maybe $875 to catch up. Once we catch up, we’re looking at … $250 for seven or eight trees in a year ($245 to $280).” MidAmerican Energy tree grant funds have been ruled out because they are restricted to use for new plantings on municipal properties such as parks and cemeteries, as well as schools, North said. These grants cannot be used for new trees in city right-of-way that is residential. “Regardless of who owns the property, you cannot use those funds for residential planting.

“The bottom line is we really need (the council) to budget some funds for replacement, either moving or planting,” North said. Mayor Scot Henrichs asked North about potentially moving trees from Wilder Park. “We could move trees from Wilder to these sites, but we’re talking $50 (a tree) then” to move them into the city of Allison. “Absolutely could do that … We’re talking about $15 a tree more but you’d end up with a bigger tree.” The trees, if moved from Wilder Park would likely be seven or eight years old, North said. “The south woods right now is 10 years old, it was planted in 2006, and we’re moving trees out of there now, because they’re too close together.” “Here again because of grant restrictions, we can’t sell those trees but we can give those trees away,” North said. “Hopefully the recipient can give us a donation… A few people have taken advantage of that but a lot of them have not…. The greater distance you have to move (trees), the more costly. People

THANKS from page 1 way toward silence. Take us back. Recall us. Then speak us once again. Set us in order. Mend our shattered syntax. Set all our commas straight. Imbue in us a power that keeps company with pain, Then march us across the pages of this beautiful, fragile, tormented, and perishable earth to sing the songs of Zion.” Clarksville Mayor Val Swinton gave thanks for the peaceful transition of power even with the marked difference of leadership style in the November presidential election, noting that peaceful transition was the hallmark of a great democracy. He gave thanks for the city employees, noting he didn’t realize how hard they worked until he got to be mayor. He gave thanks for the local bakery and fitness club providing for good food and a gym locally. Swinton gave thanks for the community-minded people in town, who have helped committees raise funds to light

the Clarksville Volunteer Park south ball diamond and are helping close in on the dream of a town splash pad. Finally he have thanks for the Clarksville Church of Christ where he has been preaching for 19 years, and to his wife of 41 years. “You know you’re old when those number start getting big,” Swinton said with a grin. The Rev. Charlie Underwood shared a story about heaven and hell. A person dies and he goes “down there.” There are tables of the most beautiful food but each person is forced to sit three feet away from the table with three-foot-long utensils. They cannot get the spoons to their mouths, and they are hungry. Another person dies and St. Peter shows the same scene as the first, with the table full of mouth-watering food and everyone sitting three feet away with three-foot-long spoons. But in heaven, the people are well fed and happy: They are feeding each other. Underwood shared something “re-

ally important,” he said, from Philippians 4 (NIV). “ 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. […] 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Underwood shared a verse of utmost importance to a teacher he had in chaplain school at Fort Pope Air Force Base, Manchester, N.C. Hebrews 12 (NIV) “12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw

A walk a day keeps the doctor away.

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Other Council News—

Man takes steps to sell ammo

Ryan Roepke of Aplington, as Iowa Armament Supplies, is going through the steps to retail and wholesale guns and ammunition at 120 S. Railroad, Allison. He told the Allison City Council on Nov. 14 that he would be importing guns and ammo components and would have the lower parts stamped with his logo and may be assembling some guns. After no written or oral comments were received before or at a public hearing at the Nov. 14 meeting, the council approved for him to do those things and agreed to provide him with a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirming this. All city councilors present voted in favor. HWY. 14 TURN LANE COMING Highway 14 was recently redone from Parkersburg to Charles City. The Iowa Department of Transportation will be making a right hand turn lane along Highway 14 going north, right before (south of) Seventh Street, Allison City Council heard on Nov. 14 by way of the city clerk. LIGHT REPLACEMENT TO SAVE MONEY Replacing all 130 bulbs in Allison City Hall and the upstairs community center would cost the city of Allison $910, after a $1,950 rebate from MidAmerican Energy ($2,860 at first), Jesse Winter of Sitler’s LED Supplies told City Council on Nov. 14. With an estimated energy bill savings of $745 per year, the new lights would pay for themselves in 14 months. City Council approved the decision with all present voting in favor. really need to take advantage of that ability” to transplant young trees being thinned from nearby Wilder Park, North said. When the Tree Board pays for removal of a tree, the property owner is responsible to take care of the stump, North said, in response to the council. “The bulk of them (stumps) have been taken out.” “If we get some funds available,” North said young trees from Wilder Park probably would be transplanted as well as others being planted directly, depending what species and size of tree residents selected. off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” He spoke of a monk who gave a TED talk (these are supposed to be some of the smartest people” he said) about the difference between happiness and mere pleasure. He paraphrased the monk as saying, one can surf on a wave or crash on the rocks but true happiness is in the depths of the ocean. For those in the depths of a relationship with Jesus Christ, the storms will flow over and away. • The offering taken that night went to the Good Samaritan Fund, a collective of the Clarksville churches that is helping people in need of recovery from the floods. A collection of food that was in front of the altar will go to the Clarksville Food Pantry. “As a group of churches together, we can do so much more than each could do on our own,” Underwood said.

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Dawn and Matt Jacobson of Sparta, Wisconsin, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carver Matthew Jacobson. Carver was born on Oct. 13, 2016. He weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Carver is welcomed by his grandparents, Eric and Cindy Wedeking of Clarksville and Gene and Marcia Jacobson of Wausau, Wisconsin. Carver’s great-grandparents are Gay and Carol Hempen, also of Clarksville. This is being run to correct an incorrect header in the Nov. 24 issue. The Clarksville Star team apologizes for the error.

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Selecting and caring for Christmas trees By Richard Jauron and Greg Wallace, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach AMES, Iowa – The holiday season is here, and with it comes Christmas tree season. Having a fresh-cut Christmas tree is a popular tradition, but it can come with some issues regarding proper selection and care. Matching the right tree to the right home environment is crucial. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about Christmas trees and how to handle them this holiday season. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or What decisions should be made before purchasing a Christmas tree for the holidays? A few decisions should be made before going out to purchase a Christmas tree. Decide where you are going to place the tree in the home. Be sure

to choose a location away from heat sources, such as a fireplace or radiator. Also, decide on the size (height and width) of the tree that you want. Finally, decide where you are going to purchase the tree. Christmas trees may be purchased from cut-your-own tree farms or as cut trees in commercial lots. A list of tree farms in your area can be found at the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association website. What types of trees are available? Tree species commonly available at tree farms and commercial lots in Iowa include Scotch pine, white pine, red pine, Fraser fir, balsam fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, white spruce and Colorado spruce. How can I determine the freshness of a cut Christmas tree? Freshness can be determined with a few simple tests. Gently run your hand over a branch. The needles on a fresh tree will be pliable. Those on a dry tree

will be brittle. Another test is to lift the tree by the trunk and lightly bounce the butt on the ground. Heavy needle drop indicates a dry tree. A fresh tree will drop only a few needles. What is the best way to store a cut Christmas tree? If you don’t intend to set up the Christmas tree immediately, place the tree in a cool, sheltered location. An unheated garage or shed is often a suitable storage site. The sun and wind dries out trees stored outdoors. Put the butt of the tree in a bucket of water. Remove an inch or more from the bottom of the trunk before bringing the tree in the house. A fresh cut facilitates water uptake. Should I add any material to the water to prolong the freshness of my Christmas tree?  Do not add molasses, sugar, soft drinks, aspirin or commercial products to the water. Additives provide no real benefit. The keys to keeping a Christ-


mas tree fresh are to place the tree away from any heat source (fireplace, heater, radiator, etc.) and keep the tree reservoir full of water. Check the tree reservoir at least once or twice a day. Fresh trees absorb large quantities of water (especially in the first few days). If the water level drops below the bottom of the trunk, water uptake will be drastically reduced when the reservoir is refilled. As a consequence, the tree will dry out more quickly because of poor water uptake. How long can a cut Christmas tree remain in the house? The length of time a cut Christmas tree can remain in the home is determined by the tree species, the freshness of the tree at purchase, and its placement and care in the home. In general, a fresh, well-cared-for Christmas tree should be able to remain in the home for three to four weeks.  Remove the tree from the house when its needles become dry and brittle.

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