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The Wright County


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Supervisors commit $4 million to Eagle Grove wastewater treatment Kacey Ginn, editor As per the economic development agreement between Wright County and Prestage Foods of Iowa, Wright County is responsible for assuring Prestage’s access to wastewater treatment. Since the economic development agreement was passed this summer, the City of Eagle Grove and Prestage Foods have been in discussions about how to improve the city’s wastewater treatment capacity to handle both the plant’s needs and the city’s future needs. Now that the project is being planned, an agreement for financial assistance from the county, the Wright County–Eagle Grove Utility Board Financial Support Agreement, has been written. Bryce Davis, economic development director, outlined the financial agreement for the board of supervisors on Monday. The expected cost of the wastewater project is $16.2 million, with the county’s portion under the agreement being $4 million. If costs exceed the $16.2 million, the county will still be responsible for no more than $4 million, but if the costs total less than expected, the county’s obligation would proportionately decrease. The county’s $4 million is expected to be paid back through Prestage’s property taxes. Davis also said Wright County would receive regular updates on progress and costs and would decide which costs are eligible for the county’s support. “We want to know the project’s progressing,” he said. “We want to make sure they have the easements, the right-of-way the ability to receive a construction loan or a state revolving loan.” The financial agreement and Resolution 2016-33 passing it both allow for the county to modify the agreement as needed. The supervisors unanimously voted to approve the resolution. The project will involve building

a sewer force main between the plant site and the city of Eagle Grove. Supervisor Karl Helgevold said he believed the project was going to be built under two different bids. The board discussed no other Prestage-related business, but gave approval for a separate business loan through economic development. Last week after taking time to review the loan material, the supervisors sent the business loan requested by Nu Treatments LLC, producers of CocoRoo products, back to the loan committee with a request for more collateral. “We wish them well, but we think there are some improvements on that loan that could be made,” board Chairman Stan Watne said at the time. Davis brought the proposal back with the news that life insurance payments and personal and business guarantees had been added as collateral, and that the loan committee had now approved it with a 4-0 vote (previously a 3-0 vote). Terms for the $40,000, 5 percent interest loan with a 5-year payback included clarification of obligations which would further protect the county’s investment. Watne said that he appreciated the company’s compliance with the county’s desire for more information. “I think their review, going over it again is positive, and it shows a lot of work on their end,” he said. The $40,000 business loan through economic development was approved. The board also received an update on Iowa Drainage District Association business. John Torbert, Executive Director of the Iowa Drainage District Association, spoke about legislative issues. “It’s really easy to talk in generalities and say, I’m in favor of more money for water quality,” Torbert said. “But when it comes

Gene Ryerson served as auctioneer for the first part of the evening.

The floor was busy with Chappy’s staff serving guests and volunteers showing off the items to be auctioned. All in all, it was a lively night.

Spreading holiday cheer for 73 years Another successful Holmes Christmas Club auction Kacey Ginn, editor Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 21, more than 100 people packed Chappy’s on Main to take part in the Holmes Christmas Club auction, a tradition in Wright County for close to 25 years. Shelley Pohlman, an active member of the Club, said that his year, the auction raised about $22,000. “We’re very fortunate,” she said.

The Holmes Christmas Club has a history stretching back farther than the auction. Since 1943, the club has met annually to do some sort of fundraiser to provide groceries or a Christmas celebration for families in need in Wright County. For the last several years, the event has specifically packed baskets of fruit and treats for the elderly, shut-ins,

and other families who could use some help around the holidays. Excess funds may be used to help with medical bills or heating costs for needy families. In addition to auctioning off donated goods, ranging from fudge and cookies to crafts, home décor, and goods from various businesses, attendees of the auction also entered

a raffle for an iPad Air 2. The auction lasted until about 9:15 p.m. The Holmes Christmas Club anticipates packing about 1,000 baskets this year, again at Chappy’s on Main, on December 8 at 10 a.m. Later that afternoon, volunteer drivers and some middle school Peer Helpers will be making the deliveries all over Wright County.

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Public hearing on agribusiness urban renewal area set for December 19 Kacey Ginn, editor Last week, the county board of supervisors set a public hearing date for December 19 at 10 a.m. For the Designation of the Expanded 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area and Urban Renewal Plan Amendment. Bryce Davis, economic development director, said potential amendments had to do with the land purchased by Prestage Foods of Iowa and with wastewater services. Davis added that the plan should be available to view online before December 19.

Other business at the November 21 meeting included the approval of the Parent Connection Program policy and procedure manual, which will allow the program, directed by Angela Wesselink, to become stateaccredited this spring. The supervisors also approved a new hire in the secondary roads department for the Clarion area after a Clarion employee transferred to an open position in Dows. The new employee’s name was to be released after completing a physical and preemployment requirements.

Remember to touch a child’s heart and feel the ”Spirit of Christmas for 2016” We need your community support! Every year for the Spirit of Giving, children's wish lists are placed on paper ornaments hung on the Christmas trees located at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in the emergency room lobby and at the Clarion Public Library so community members can help out by giving a gift. We continue to have a lot of children's tags on the trees. The last day the tags can be taken will be Wednesday December 7, and the gifts will be handed out on December 10 at the United Presbyterian Church. If you would like to help out with monetary

donations, there are containers at all the banks. Checks can be made out to the CLARION FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT (CFCI). The committee would like to thank everyone for the support.

Photos courtesy of Kim Lee Hundreds turned out for the community Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Clarion Ministerial Association at the high school cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. Guests enjoyed a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pie, as well as a short Thanksgiving service.

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Anderson house: “It needs to come down now”

Kacey Ginn, editor For more than a year, a dilapidated house owned by Roger Anderson at 603 and 605 1st Street SE has been a concern repeatedly brought up to the Clarion city council. Though earlier plans had the house’s removal set for December 2015, it still stands. Judy Haugland, who lives across the street from the property, addressed the council about the property for the third time in the last year. “I’m really disappointed in the council. I really feel if one of you had to live near that property as long as we have, you would have done something about it,” she said. Recently, the council has gone through some of the red tape to go through with burning the house, including asbestos tests. However, not all legal arrangements are

complete. Councilperson Duane Asbe said he had discussed the burn with Gene Rosenbaum, Clarion fire chief. “They’re ready, but there are certain things that have to be in order before they can do that,” he said. The main holdup is ensuring that all personal property has been removed from the house. “If there’s stuff in the house, [aside from] the structure, we can’t technically burn it,” Dustin Rief, city administrator, said. “It adds to the fire.” Rief intended to get final word from Anderson that all property has been removed as soon as possible. The council discussed setting a burn date for December 10 and requiring Anderson to comply, but it was unclear whether the city had a legal

right to do so. The council, however, still hopes to remove the unsightly and dilapidated house before the end of the year. “It needs to come down now,” said Mayor Mike Nail. In other business, the council approved several routine financial arrangements, including the annual Urban Renewal Report, TIF (Tax Increment Financing) certification, a bank depository resolution, a resolution appropriating funds to pay debts, and re-assigning an agreement with the city’s financial management group, which has changed its name from Public Financial Management Inc. to The PFM Group. The council also held a first reading of Ordinance 563, which will change the number of members on the Planning and Zoning

Commission. “Currently we have a seven-member board, and we struggle to meet quorum, so we’d like to move that to a five-member board,” Rief said. Two of the board appointments expired last month, so no person will be cut from the board. The council approved the first reading, waived the second and third readings, and then gave final approval for the change. The council also approved pay request #17 for Grundman-Hicks, LLC, for work on the wastewater treatment plant in the amount of $60,581.50. The city holds $725,000 of the contracted amount for the still-unfinished project, which was originally scheduled for completion at the end of August.

Supervisors continued from page 1 down to the specifics about how you’re going to get to that point that’s an entirely different process.” Options that were discussed by the Iowa legislature last year included a 3/8 cent sales tax increase for conservation programs, the governor’s proposal to use part of the current 1 cent sales tax to go toward water quality, or even adding a surcharge on water bills. Nothing was decided in the last legislative session. Torbert said that with one party controlling both the house and

senate, it’s possible that a consensus may be reached this year. “We will see what happens,” Torbert said. “We can assure that IDDA will be very much a part of those discussions.” Torbert also gave an update on the Des Moines Waterworks lawsuit, and shared some information about state CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Porgram) wetlands.


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Strike Two!

Pandemonium reigns in Valley grudge match It has been 18 years since the unforgettable match between the Valley King Pins and the Pleasant Hill Strike Force and for the life of me I still can’t figure out how they fit 237 fans, plus several infants, into that four-lane bowling alley. I was one of the lucky ones. Mary Ann Tinkersley and I were on our third “official” date that night, and like many others, we were rife with anticipation. My plan had been to buy two chili dogs, chips and sodas before the first game, but the line at the concession stand made that an impossibility. Chester Fleenor, Valley Lanes owner, had anticipated a big crowd, but he never dreamed nearly 200 good folks of the Valley would show up, in addition to more than 30 fans who came to cheer on the Strike Force. He and his daughter, Kari Lynn, manned the stand alone, leaving Chester’s son, Phil, to oversee the equipment. This was no night to have a problem with the pins or scoreboards. Too much was at stake. There were three primary reasons for the huge turnout. First, everyone in the Valley had heard the story of Elbert Lee Jones taking on the entire foursome of Strike Force behemoths in an act of sheer bravery and loyalty to his home town. Even though it had been 20 years, the wounds were still fresh. Second, Raymond Cooper’s return to anchor the bowling team brought out many of his loyal fans, eager to see their champion single-handedly run the evildoers from Pleasant Hill straight back from where they came. To the Valley faithful, the Strike Force team was anything but pleasant. Third, there were those who thought A.J. Fryerson might show up. He was normally the anchor of the King Pins and if he was alive, he would surely make his way to Valley Lanes to lead his team to victory. As the giant clock directly above the dividing line between lanes 2 and 3 struck 7 o’clock, it was clear to everyone A.J. wouldn’t be defending the honor of our town. There was an almost deafening roar as the Lennox Valley squad was introduced. Earl Goodman was the first to wave to the crowd as his name was called and he would be the first to roll for the King Pins. Next was Perry Pratt, owner of Valley General Store. In years past, Marvin Walsh would have been the third bowler introduced, but after his 65th birthday he turned the duties over to Billy Joe Drury. Billy Joe kept to himself mostly and was a bit gruff for someone who grew up in the Valley, but

he was a good bowler and the fans cheered as he painstakingly raised his hand just above his waist. The loudest cheers of the night were reserved for Raymond Cooper, wearing his orange-striped yellow shirt, which happened to be the school colors of the defunct Lennox Valley High School, along with an “aw shucks” smile while soaking in the adulation. The crowd grew silent as Earl Goodman rolled the first ball, a “flat ten.” In bowling lingo, that is a ball which knocks down all but the ten pin, leaving the six pin lying in the gutter. It felt as if the entire Valley cheering squad breathed a sigh of relief. The first bowler for Pleasant Hill rolled a “flush,” meaning all ten pins landed in the pit. Any experienced bowler knows a flush strike is technically perfect. The Strike Force loyals cheered in anticipation of a sweeping victory. What happened next is secondhand information. The line to the concession stand had finally shortened to three deep and I made my way to buy those chili dogs and sodas. Just as I was handing $3 to Mr. Fleenor, I heard a deafening roar. I turned to look, but everyone in the crowd was standing and yelling, keeping me from seeing what was happening. The commotion continued for what seemed like several minutes, but probably lasted no more than 15 or 20 seconds. By the time I made my way close enough to see what was transpiring, Billy Joe was lying flat on the ground and emotions ranged from concern for Billy’s safety, to jubilation among the Pleasant Hill crowd who sensed a forfeit, to bewilderment among the remaining King Pins. Harsh words were being exchanged between the two teams but the roar of the crowd drowned them out. Finally, the Strike Force gathered their equipment and walked out to a chorus of boos from Lennox supporters. Raymond made his way to the concession stand, taking Mr. Fleenor’s microphone in his hand. “Be sure,” Raymond said, “to pick up a copy of the Lennox Valley Patriot this Tuesday for a full report of what just transpired.” Iris Long, still in her seat just behind lane 4, dropped her reporter’s pad, briefly stunned. “Tuesday,” she whispered to herself, “One day before Hometown News.” Learn more about the good folks at

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By Travis Fischer 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 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. 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 counting 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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Legal notices PUBLIC NOTICE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 The Clarion City Council met in regular session Monday November 21, 2016, at 5 p.m., in Council Chambers with Mayor Mike Nail presiding. Councilpersons Duane Asbe, Andy Young, Josh Diamond, Dave Maxheimer, and Barb Mussman. DPW Jon DeVries and City Administrator Dustin Rief were also in attendance. Nail called the meeting to order and asked if there were any conflicts with any of the agenda items. None were reported. Nail inquired if there were any citizens present to address the council. Judy Haugland was present to ask the Council about progress with the Anderson property located in the 600 block of 1st Street SE. The timeline she had previously been presented with had passed and she was requesting a more definitive timeline. The Council told her it was a priority to them. Rief explained that he needed more information from Anderson and wanted a signed statement from Anderson giving the City permission to demolish the home. Haugland also asked the City to look at a property in the 500 block of 1st Street SE as it has been accumulating a large amount of material stored outside on the property. Lindsay German was also present to address the Council with concerns over a property on 2nd Street NW. The property owner has a business operating on the property which is currently zoned residential, the sidewalk is blocked preventing passage and it has a tank he believed holding gasoline stored along the driveway. German asked the Council to address the numerous violations. Rief stated that the property owner has been contacted by Chief Terhark and the concerns are being addressed. Motion by Mussman, seconded by Maxheimer, to approve the consent agenda consisting of minutes from November 7, 2016; financial claims from November 7 to November 21, 2016; revenue report from October, no financial transfers, a building permit for Studer Construction on behalf of Nick McCollough for a storage building; no Beer/Liquor license renewals; no cigarette or street closures. Roll Call Vote taken: Asbe, aye; Diamond, aye; Maxheimer, aye; Mussman, aye; Young, aye;. Consent agenda approved. Motion by Asbe to approve the Annual Urban Renewal Report, seconded by Mussman. All ayes passed the motion. Motion by Asbe to approve the TIF Certification, seconded by Young. All ayes, motion approved. Motion by Maxheimer, seconded by Diamond, to approve Resolution 16-43, Bank Depository resolution. Roll Call Vote taken: Young, aye; Mussman, aye; Asbe, aye; Diamond, aye; Maxheimer, aye. The motion was approved. Motion by Mussman to approve Resolution 16-44, Appropriating Funds for Payment of Certain Financial Obligations. Roll Call Vote

CLARION CITY COUNCIL MINUTES taken: Young, aye; Mussman, aye; Asbe, aye; Diamond, aye; Maxheimer, aye. The motion was passed. The Council was presented with Ordinance 563, Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Clarion, Iowa, 2009, By Amending Section 23.01 to Change the Number of Members Appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion by Young to approve the 1st Reading of Ordinance 563, seconded by Maxheimer. All ayes approved the first reading. A motion was made by Mussman to waive the 2nd and 3rd readings of Ordinance 563, seconded by Young. All ayes passed the motion. Motion by Asbe to Approve Ordinance 563, seconded by Maxheimer. Nail called for the vote. All ayes, and Ordinance 563 was passed and approved. The Council reviewed an assignment of an agreement for financial management services with PFM Group. A motion was made by Asbe to approve the agreement, it was seconded by Mussman, and all ayes passed the motion. A motion was made by Mussman, and seconded by Young, to approve pay request #17 for Grundman Hicks, LLC in the amount of $60,581.50 for work completed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant Project. All ayes approved the motion. DPW Devries informed the Council that the work on the slides at the Aquatic Center had been completed for the winter. The company will be back in the spring to finish up the insides of the slides so they are ready for the next season. Rief told the Council that the tractor and snow blower for the airport will arrive early next week. He had also met with the employees and presented some options for health insurance. Motion by Young, seconded by Mussman, to adjourn. Respectfully submitted, Lisa Hanson, Deputy Clerk City of Clarion Financial Claims Athene Annuity & Life Co., Payroll Deduction.............................................. $9.00 Baker Taylor, Library-Materials............ $980.26 BBJ Law Firm, Services Sept/Oct 2016................................... $925.00 Brown Supply Co., Wall Mount Receptacles...................................... $612.00 City of Clarion, Payroll Deduction........ $354.28 Clarion Health Fitness, October Corporate Memberships................... $180.00 North Central Coop, Fuel Oct 2016.. $3,539.24 Clarion Public Library, Library Postage............................................. $122.49 Clarion Super Foods, Pd/Amb/Fire/Lib/ Streets Mtg Exp................................ $585.09 Culligan, Library-Operations.................. $27.30 Demco, Library-Operations................. $157.42 Fst Ct Nl Bank, Payroll Deduction....... $260.00 Fjetland Pest Control, Library-Maint...... $40.00 Hawkins Water Treatment, Chemicals.. $55.00 MidAmerican Energy, Utility.............. $9,687.13 New York Life Ins., Payroll Deduction..... $6.00

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF CLARION— FEMA-4281-DR-IA & FEMA-4289-DR-IA Printing Services Inc., Library Operations........................................ $237.74 The Trash Man, Street Shed Oct 2016. $150.25 Urness Hardware, Supplies................. $644.03 Wells Fargo Remittance Ce, Police Dept Supplies.................................... $215.14 Arnold Motor Supply, Supplies............ $208.48 Audio Editions, Library-Materials......... $660.59 IAPERS, Payroll Deduction.............. $6,908.10 Fed FICA, Payroll Deduction.......... $10,475.15 Treasurer State of Iowa, October 2016 Sales Tax....................................... $7,919.00 Clarion Locker, Fire Meetings Exp...... $155.60 Eagle Bldg Supply, WWTP Roof Supplies......................................... $2,039.72 Clarion Health Ins., Payroll Deduction. $777.85 Palomino Randy, Translation Services.. $15.00 Mediacom, Library-Internet................... $82.90 FCNB, Payroll Deduction...................... $10.00 Prairie Energy Coop, Indutrial Park Light.................................................... $27.00 Self, Library-Materials........................... $16.00 Clarion Vision Ins., Payroll Deduction. $117.83 Collection Services Center, Payroll Deduction.......................................... $803.74 Jerico Services, Calcium Chloride Pellets............................................ $4,224.00 Aflac Insurance, Payroll Deduction..... $116.88 Capstone Press Inc., Library-Materials. $564.70 Philips Healthcare, Defibrillators...... $6,461.00 Heiman Fire Equip., Fire Dept Supplies. $63.65 Wright County Extension, Ornamental & Turfgrass Class................................... $70.00 Center Point Large Print, Library Materials............................................. $98.00 W.S. Darley & Co., Fire Dept Equip..$1,308.46 Shopko, Library-Materials/Operations. $187.72 Marco, Inc., Library-Operations............. $45.92 T & S Sanitation, October Pd/Amb........ $80.00 Physician’s Claims Compay, October Ambulance Billing................ $562.73 HSA Emp Contrib., Payroll Deduction... $29.16 HSA Emp Contrib., Payroll Deduction... $50.00 HSA Emp Contrib., Payroll Deduction. $100.00 HSA Emp Contrib., Payroll Deduction... $20.00 Lifeline, Library-Operations................... $32.09 Melissa Hansen, Library-Maint............ $500.00 Sampson Construction, Cemetery Garage Door/Keypad..................... $1,000.00 Voltmer, Inc., 15-18592 Pay Certificate #1................................ $35,059.84 Gilliland, Travis, Fire Training 11/5 & 11/6/16................................... $108.00 Payroll Checks Payroll Checks on 11/18/2016..... $30,648.42 Claims Total.............................. $130,334.90 General Fund............................... $57,825.64 Road Use Fund............................ $54,161.19 Water Fund.................................... $9,786.30 Sewer Fund.................................... $5,597.05 Waste Water Project Fund............. $2,039.72 Internal Service Fund Fund............... $925.00 Dustin Rief, City Administrator Mike Nail, Mayor .Wk.48




City of Clarion Ordinance Number 563

SUPERVISORS NOVEMBER 21, 2016 Chairman Watne called the regular meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors to order at 9 a.m. Members present were Rasmussen and Watne, with Helgevold absent. Minutes of the previous regular meeting of November 14, 2016, were read and approved. Approved claims for payment. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Rasmussen, to request the Economic Development Review Committee to review the loan to Nu Treatments LLC (aka – CocoRoo) to see if there can be some more leverage against the loan. Motion carried. Bryce Davis, Wright County Economic Development Director, presented information on the amendment to the Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area and Urban Renewal Plan amendment. Presented was Resolution 2016-32 on the Renewal Area. Accordingly, Supervisor Rasmussen moved the adoption of the following resolution entitled “Resolution setting date for public hearing on designation of the expanded 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area and on Urban Renewal Plan Amendment,” and the motion was seconded by Supervisor Watne. Following due consideration, the Chairperson put the question on the motion and the roll being called, the following named Supervisors voted: Ayes: Watne and Rasmussen; Nays: None, with Helgevold absent. Resolution 2016-32 duly passed and reads as follows: RESOLUTION NO. 2016-32 Resolution Setting Date for Public Hearing on Designation of the Expanded 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area and on Urban Renewal Plan Amendment WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors (the “Board”) of Wright County, Iowa (the “County”), by resolution previously established the 2016 Wright County Agribusiness Urban Renewal Area (the “Urban Renewal Area”) and adopted an urban renewal plan (the “Plan”) for the governance of projects and initiatives to be undertaken therein; and WHEREAS, a proposal has been made which shows the desirability of expanding the Urban Renewal Area to add and include all the property (the “Property”) described on Exhibit A hereto; and WHEREAS, this Board is desirous of obtaining as much information as possible from the residents of the County before making this decision; and WHEREAS, an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Plan has been prepared which covers the addition of the Property to the Urban Renewal Area and updates the description of the Wastewater Treatment Facilities Development Urban Renewal Project which was previously approved by the Board on August 8, 2016; and WHEREAS, the Property meets the definition of “agricultural land” under Section 403.17 of the Code of Iowa and pursuant to said law, a consent agreement (the “Ag Land Consent”) has been prepared for execution by the owners (the “Ag Land Owners”) of the Property; and WHEREAS, portions of the Property lie within two miles of the incorporated limits of the City of Eagle Grove, Iowa (the “City”), and pursuant to Section 403.17, the County

must enter into a joint agreement (the “Joint Agreement”) with such City in order to exercise urban renewal authority over such portions of the Property; and WHEREAS, it is now necessary that a date be set for a public hearing on the expansion of the Urban Renewal Area and on the Amendment; NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved by the Board of Supervisors of Wright County, Iowa, as follows: Section 1. This Board will meet at the Courthouse, Clarion, Iowa, on December 19, 2016, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., at which time and place it will hold a public hearing on the designation of an expanded Urban Renewal Area as described in the preamble hereof and on the Amendment. Section 2. The County Auditor shall publish notice of said hearing, the same being in the form attached to this resolution, which publication shall be made in a legal newspaper of general circulation in Wright County, which publication shall be not less than four (4) and not more than twenty (20) days before the date set for the hearing. Section 3. Pursuant to Section 403.5 of the Code of Iowa, the County Auditor and Bryce Davis are hereby designated as the County’s representatives in connection with the consultation process which is required under that section of the urban renewal law. Section 4. The proposed Amendment is hereby submitted to the County’s Planning and Zoning Commission for review and recommendations, as required by Section 403.5, Code of Iowa. Section 5. The County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to present the Ag Land Consent to the Ag Land Owners for approval, execution and delivery to the County prior to the public hearing on December 19, 2016, and all acting heretofore taken in this regard are hereby notified and affirmed. Section 6. The County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to present the Joint Agreement to the City for approval, execution and delivery to the County prior to the public hearing on August 8, 2016. Passed and approved November 21, 2016. Motion by Watne, and seconded by Rasmussen, to approve the new Standard #17 on Conflict of Interest Policy for the Parent’s Connection program. The Board of Supervisors finds it particularly important that the community have confidence in the management and administration of the Parent Connection’s projects. Motion carried. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Watne, to approve the Parent Connection, Parent Coordinator Policy and Procedure Manual. Motion carried. Adam Clemons, Wright County Engineer, presented a name of a person for Patrol Operator that will be working out of the Clarion Secondary Roads Shed. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Watne, to approve the hire of the presented name contingent on post offer pre-employment testing. Motion carried. Motion by Rasmussen, and seconded by Watne, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Stan Watne, Chairman Wright County Board of Supervisors Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor Wk.48

PUBLIC NOTICE CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS CSD MINUTES OF BOARD RETREAT CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS CSD CLARION, IOWA 50525 MINUTES OF BOARD RETREAT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 The Wright County School Board Retreat was held on Monday, November, 7, 2016, at Hagie Manufacturing—West Campus. In attendance were representatives from CAL CSD Board that included Admin. Rep Steve Lane, Supt. Todd Lettow, Board President Mitch Vanness, and Board Members Rob Peil and Cathy Carlson; Eagle Grove CSD that included Supt. Jess Toliver, Elem. Principal Joe Erickson, ELL Teacher Molly Wilson, Board Members Jon Rowen, Erin Halverson, Elaine Schope and Tracy Crail; Belmond-Klemme CSD that included Board Members Jane Turner, Laura LaRue, and Sharon Barkema; ClarionGoldfield-Dows CSD that included Supt. Dr. Bob Olson, HS Principal Erik Smith, ELL Coordinator Jenny Smith, ELL Teacher Megan Fiscus, Board President Elizabeth Severson, and Board Members Beth Jackson and Clint Middleton, SBO/Board Secretary Anita Frye;

and Prairie Lakes ELL Liaison Kathy Brenny. CGD President Severson called the meeting to order at 7:45 P.M. Motion by Jackson to Approve Agenda. Second by Middleton. Motion Carried. Smith and Fiscus administered a sample test to all present in Spanish as an example as what new students to the district must take within a required amount of time to give the boards an idea of what students face when entering our school systems. The boards then were able to discuss ELL Programs—the structure, state requirements, funding and how they look in each respective district. The schools discussed the expansion of ELL programs in their districts with the opening of Prestige in the Fall of 2018. Motion by Middle to adjourn. Second by Jackson. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:28 P.M. Anita J. Frye Board Secretary Wk.48

ORDINANCE NUMBER 563 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF CLARION, IOWA, 2009, BY AMENDING SECTION 23.01 TO CHANGE THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS APPOINTED TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. WHEREAS, Section 414.6 of the Code of Iowa authorizes local authorities to appoint a zoning commission; and WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 517 of the Code of was enacted on December 21, 2009, requiring that the City Planning and Zoning Commission consist of seven members appointed by the Council; and WHEREAS, a City Planning and Zoning Commission can fulfill its duties and responsibilities as prescribed in this Code of Ordinances and the Code of Iowa with five members; BE IT ENACTED by the City Council for the City of Clarion, Iowa, that: SECTION 1. Ordinance Enactment. Ordinance No. 517, pertaining to the Planning and Zoning Commission, was enacted on December 21, 2009. SECTION 2. Repeal and Enactment. Chapter 23 is hereby amended by repealing Sections 23.01 and 23.02 and enacting new Sections 23.01 and 23.02, requiring that the Planning and Zoning Commission consist of five members appointed by the Council and that not more than two members’ terms expire in the same year, as follows: 23.01 PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. The City Planning and Zoning Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, consists of five members appointed by the Council. The Commission members shall be residents of the City and shall not hold any elective office in the City government. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 414.6 & 392.1) 23.02 TERM OF OFFICE. The term of office of the members of the Commission shall be five years. The terms of not more than two members will expire in any one year. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1) SECTION 3: If the Planning and Zoning Commission has more than five members at the time this Ordinance takes effect as prescribed in Section 5, this ordinance shall not be construed to require any duly appointed member serving on the Commission to vacate his or her seat until his or her respective term expires. SECTION 4: Severability Clause. If any section, provision or part of this Ordinance shall be judged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the Ordinance as a whole or any section, provision or part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional. SECTION 5: Effective Date. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication as required by law. Passed by the Council the 21st day of November, 2016, and approved this 21st day of November, 2016. Mike Nail, Mayor ATTEST: Dustin J. Rief, City Clerk Wk.48

The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse State and local governments and agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations for eligible costs incurred to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding occurring from August 23 to 27, 2016 and September 21 to October 3, 2016. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 USC §§ amended. Under a major disaster declaration (FEMA4281-DR-IA) signed by the President on September 29, 2016, the following counties in the State of Iowa have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and are eligible for PA only: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek (August 23 through August 27, 2016 incident period). All counties in the State of Iowa are eligible for HMGP. Additionally, under a major disaster declaration (FEMA-4289-DR-IA) signed by the President on October 31, 2016, the following counties in the State of Iowa have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and are eligible for PA only: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Wright (September 21 through October 3, 2016 incident period). All counties in the State of Iowa are eligible for HMGP. There are no counties declared for Individual Assistance on either of the two aforementioned disasters (FEMA-4281-DR-IA, FEMA-4289DR-IA). This public notice concerns public assistance activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-Year Floodplain (areas determined to have a one percent probability of flooding in any given year), and critical actions within the 500-Year Floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property, floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage. Such activities may include restoring facilities located in a floodplain with eligible damage to pre-disaster condition. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Non-emergency debris removal and disposal; 2. Non-emergency protective measures; 3. Repair/replacement of roads, including streets, culverts, and bridges; 4. Repair/replacement of public dams, reservoirs and channels; 5. Repair/replacement of public buildings and related equipment; 6. Repair/replacement of public water control facilities, pipes and distribution systems;

7. Repair/replacement of public utilities, including sewage treatment plants, sewers and electrical power distribution systems; and 8. Repair/replacement of eligible private, non-profit facilities (hospitals, educational centers, emergency and custodial care services, etc.). The President’s Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, requires that all Federal actions in or affecting the 100Year floodplain or wetland areas be reviewed for opportunities to move the facility out of the floodplain or wetland and to reduce the risk of future damage or loss from flooding and minimize harms to wetlands. However, FEMA has determined that, in certain situations, there are no alternatives to restoring an eligible facility located in the floodplain to its predisaster condition. These situations meet all of the following criteria: 1. The FEMA estimated cost of repairs is less than 50 percent of the estimated cost to replace the facility and the replacement cost of the facility is less than $100,000. 2. The facility is not located in a floodway or coastal high hazard area. 3. The facility has not sustained structural damage in a previous presidentially declared flood disaster or emergency. 4. The facility is not defined as critical (e.g., hospital, generating plant, contains dangerous materials, emergency operation center, etc.). FEMA will provide assistance to restore the facilities described above to their predisaster condition, and also when measures to mitigate the effects of future flooding may be incorporated into the restoration work. For example, insufficient waterway openings under culverts and bridges may cause water back up to wash out the structures. The water back up could wash out the facility and could damage other facilities in the area. Increasing the size of the waterway opening would mitigate, or lessen, the potential for this damage. Additional examples of mitigation measures include providing erosion protection at bridge abutments or levees, and extending entrance tubes on sewage lift stations. Disaster assistance projects to restore facilities, which do not meet the criteria listed above, must undergo a detailed review. The review will include a study to determine if the facility can be moved out of the floodplain. The public is invited to participate in the review. The public may identify alternatives for restoring the facility and may participate in analyzing the impact of the alternatives on the facility and the floodplain. An address and phone number for obtaining information about specific assistance projects is provided at the end of this Notice. The final determination regarding the restoration of these facilities in a floodplain will be announced in future Public Notices. Due to the urgent need for and/or use of the certain facilities in a floodplain, actions to restore the facility may have started before the Federal inspector visits the site. Some of these facilities may meet the criteria for a detailed review to determine if they should be

relocated. Generally, facilities may be restored in their original location where at least one of the following conditions applies: 1. The facility, such as a flood control device or bridge, is functionally dependent on its floodplain location. 2. The facilities, such as a park or other open-use space, already represent sound floodplain management and, therefore, there is no need to change it. 3. The facility, such as a road or a utility, is an integral part of a larger network that could not be relocated economically. 4. Emergency action is needed to address a threat to public health and safety. The effects of not relocating the facilities will be examined. In each case, the examination must show an overriding public need for the facility at its original location that clearly outweighed the requirements in the Executive Order to relocate the facility out of the floodplain. FEMA will also consult State and local officials to make certain that no actions taken will violate either State or local floodplain protection standards. The restoration of these facilities may also incorporate certain measures designed to mitigate the effects of future flooding. This will be the only Notice to the public concerning these facilities. The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register, and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only public notice. FEMA also intends to provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding under Section 404 of the Stafford Act to the State of Iowa for the purposes of mitigating future disaster damages. Hazard mitigation projects may involve the construction of a new facility (e.g., retention pond, or debris dam), modification of an existing undamaged facility (e.g., improving waterway openings of bridges or culverts), and the relocation of facilities out of the floodplain. Subsequent Notices will provide more specific information as project proposals are developed. Information about assistance projects may be obtained by submitting a written request to the Regional Director, DHS-FEMA Region VII; 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 300; Kansas City, MO 64114-3372. The information may also be obtained by calling: (816) 283-7061, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Comments should be sent in writing to the Regional Director, at the above address, within 15 days of the date of publication of this notice. Wk.48


IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION DECEMBER 6, 2016 IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT in the counties of Boone, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Greene, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa. Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Iowa Central Community College District in the counties of Boone, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Greene, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright, State of Iowa, that a Special Election will be held on December 6, 2016 for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the Merged Area the question of authorizing Public Measure A as set forth on the ballot that is included as a part of this notice. The polls will be opened at 12:00 noon and will close at 8:00 p.m. Voters with questions about this election or where to vote should contact the Wright County Auditor’s office at (515) 532-2771. The precincts and polling places for this election are as follows: Those residents living in the following School Districts: Clarion-Goldfield-Dows School District Wright County Courthouse 115 North Main Clarion, IA 50525 Eagle Grove School District

Eagle Grove Memorial Library 101 S. Cadwell Eagle Grove, IA 50533 Please contact the County Auditor’s Office for information on absentee voting at the following: Telephone: 515-532-2771 Email: Regular Mail: 115 North Main Street, Clarion, IA 50525 Dated at Clarion, Wright County, Iowa, and given under my hand and seal on this 23rd day of November, 2016. Betty Ellis, Wright County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections

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CHERYL A. HARDY REVOCABLE TRUST NOTICE IN THE MATTER OF THE TRUST: THE CHERYL A. HARDY REVOCABLE TRUST NOTICE TO ALL PERSONS regarding CHERYL A. HARDY, deceased, who died on or about the 23rd day of October, 2016. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Paul K. Hardy is the Successor Trustee of the Cheryl A. Hardy Revocable Trust dated November 19, 2012. Any action to contest the validity of the trust must be brought in the District Court of Wright County, Iowa, within the later to occur of four (4) months from the date of second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice to all heirs of the decedent settlor and the spouse of the decedent settlor whose identities are reasonably ascertainable. Any suit not filed within this period shall be forever barred. Notice is further given that any person or entity possessing a claim against the trust must mail proof of the claim to the trustee at the address listed below via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the later to occur of four (4) months from the second publication of this notice or thirty (30) days from the date of mailing this notice if required or the claim shall be forever barred unless paid or otherwise satisfied. Dated this 17th day of November, 2016. The Cheryl A. Hardy Revocable Trust Paul K. Hardy, Successor Trustee 1839 Quincy Avenue Belmond, IA 50421 BRINTON, BORDWELL & JOHNSON BY: Richard E. Bordwell Attorney for Trustee 120 Central Avenue West, P.O. Box 73 Clarion, IA 50525 Date of second publication: 1st day of December, 2016. Wk47,48

Courthouse news PUBLIC NOTICE CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS CSD MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING CLARION-GOLDFIELD-DOWS CSD CLARION, IOWA 50525 MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 The Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School Board of Education held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. In attendance were Board Members Beth Severson, Clint Middleton, Troy Seaba, Superintendent Dr. Olson, Board Secretary Anita Frye, and by phone Board Member Beth Jackson. President Severson called the meeting to order at 12:03 P.M. Motion by Middleton to Approve the Agenda. Second by Seaba. Motion Carried 4-0. No one addressed the board during Open Forum. Old Business – None Consent Agenda – None New Business Motion by Middleton to Approve Open Enrollment Application to Clear Lake under Special Consideration Circumstances. Second by Seaba. Motion Carried 4-0. Motion by Middleton to Adjourn. Second by Seaba. Motion Carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 12:05 P.M. Anita J. Frye Board Secretary Wk.48

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Mother of child found in Galt arrested and charged The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged Ysable Ceplecha, age 24, of Eagle Grove with Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person based on their investigation related to the 2-yearold girl who was found outside in the rain in Galt early afternoon of Tuesday, November 22, 2016. At the time she was found, the child was wearing only pink pajamas and no shoes and was transported by Clarion Ambulance Service to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. At that point, authorities also began searching for a blue Honda minivan seen in the Galt area shortly before the child was found. The van was reported to have been occupied by two persons. With the help of the public, the child was quickly identified

and authorities made contact with Ceplecha. During that contact, law enforcement also took Ceplecha’s 1-year-old child into protective custody and both children were placed in the care of the Iowa Department of Human Services. “We appreciate the public’s response and assistance in this incident,” said Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer. “The calls and information provided by the public helped in identifying the girl and her family.” The charge filed against Ceplecha is a Class C Felony. Ceplecha is being held in the Wright County Jail on a $10,000 bond. It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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 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 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 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 4selfgovernment@gmail. com would be welcome. Also, you can view my blog here: www.

Births Ethan John Dominick, born on November 14 to Matthew and Letitia Dominick, Humboldt. Robert Matthew Schnabel, born on November 20 to Matthew and Krystal Schnabel, Kanawha. Zimena Azeneth Pelico Calel, born on November 20 to Pablo and Wendy Calel Pelico. Deaths Daniel Meade, 56, Belmond, died on October 21. Alene Wilson, 81, Clarion, died on November 7. Robert Thelke, 85, Blairsburg, died on November 9. Alfonzo Rodriguez, 94, Clarion, died on November 10. Albert Kollasch, 75, Belmond, died on November 11. Debra Senger, 62, Clarion, died on November 13 Marriage License Kory Horton, Eagle Grove to Melody Starbuck, Eagle Grove on November 18. Civil Court Wright County Area Landfill Authority vs. Corn LP. Case dismissed with prejudice on November 16. District Courts The court handled five probation revocations. Brian Basinger, 58, Goldfield, pled guilty on November 16 to Trespassing (pled from November 16). Basinger was fined $150 plus 35% surcharge, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative, and $100 in costs. Eric Hefty, 48, Renwick, pled guilty on November 16 to Improper Rear Lamps (pled from Possession of Drug Paraphernalia). Renwick was fined $20 plus 35% surcharge and $60 costs. Waylon Robb, 37, Clarion, pled guilty on November 17 to Assault (pled from Domestic Abuse Assault 1st Offense). Robb was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended), placed on one year probation, fined $65 plus 35%, and $75 in costs. Julie Gates, 43, Renwick, pled guilty on November 18 to Assault.

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Deer hunting enthusiasts, this fall the Wright County Conservation Board will again be collecting deer hides during the months of December and January. Collection boxes will be located at Bomgaars in Eagle Grove, Urness Hardware in Clarion and True Value in Belmond. Hides must be folded fur side out, relatively clean of all meat and fat and in good condition. The sale of the hides will help to promote the hunter education program in Wright County. Donations received will go towards new equipment to be used in the class and meals for the students. Please consider doing your part to help recruit and promote hunting in Wright County and consider donating your deer hides to the program. If you have any questions or have a large quantity of hides to pick up, please contact Eric Rector or Jacob Schaben at the Wright County Conservation Board, 515532-3185.

Gates was fined $65 plus 35% surcharge and $87.02 in costs. William Gross, 58, Interference with Official Acts, pled guilty on November 17 to Interference With Official Acts. Gross was fined $250 plus 35% surcharge and $60 in costs. Eugene Harty, 32, Belmond, pled guilty on November 18 to Nuisances Prohibited. Harty was fined $65 plus 35% surcharge and $85 in costs. Cory Schultz, 34, Eagle Grove, pled guilty on November 17 to Assault (pled from Assault Causing Bodily Injury or Mental Illness). Schultz was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended), placed on one year probation, fined $65 plus 35% surcharge, and $60 in costs. Traffic Court Speeding 55 or under zone (1 thru 5 over): Amber Bilyeu, Clarion; Zachary Myers, Des Moines; Speeding 55 or under zone (6 thru 10 over): Donald Struchen, Webster City; Patricia Aviles, Eagle Grove; James Conn, Ames; Joline Reyes, Fort Dodge; Leatha Haynes, Ottumwa; Speeding 55 or under zone (11 thru 15 over): James Fox, Maxwell; Holly Anderson, Goldfield; Taylor Jurgens, Omaha, NE; Speeding 55 or under zone (21 or over): William Speirs, Clarion; Speeding over 55 zone (6 thru 10 over): Jeanne Raushel, Palisade, MN; Andrew Leizens, Minneapolis, MN; Ryan Johnson, Council Bluffs; Speeding: Michelle Gorman, Belmond; Todd Baker, Fort Dodge; Failure to Reduce Speed: Taylor Johnson, Stratford; No Valid Drivers License: Carmen Ramos Rodriguez, Webster City; Alex Hernandez Blanco, Webster City; Nery Gomez, Clarion; Joaquin Arteaga Villanunea, Webster City; Melvin Ixcopal, Clarion; Hector Quinteros Saceno, Webster City; Jaime Alberto, Lincoln, NE; Daniel Gamboa, Eagle Grove; Sandra Dominguez, Clarion; DJ McMillan Eagle Grove; Robert Bass, Clarion; Pamela Reyes, Hampton; Financial Liability Coverage Violation: Deysi Murillo Estrada, Belmond; Daniel Gamboa, Eagle Grove; Fraudulent Use of Registration:

Small Claims Hauge Associates Inc. vs. John Meyer, Belmond. Judgment for the plaintiff on November 17 in the amount of $1,510.14 with .262% interest from October 21. H&R Accounts vs. John Meyer, Belmond. Case dismissed without prejudice on November 16. Property Transfer Warranty Deed: Julie Glessner to Wright Rentals LLC; Clar Eastmans’s Addn Blk 11 Lot 1; Clar Eastman’s Addn Blk 11 Lot 2; Clar Eastman’s Addn Blk 11 Lot 5; Clar Eastman’s Addn Blk 11 Lot 6; Clar Eastman’s Addn Blk 11 Lot 7; Clar Eastman’s Addn Blk 11 Lot 8; 162338. Warranty Deed: Gwendolyn Johnson to Eagle Grove Community Development Corporation; EG Wright’s 3rd Addn Blk 4 Lot 7; EG Wright’s 3rd Addn Blk 4 Lot 8; EG Wright’s 3rd Addn Blk 4 Lot 9; EG Wright’s 3rd Addn Blk 4 Lot 10; EG Wright’s 3rd Addn Blk 4 Lot 11; EG Wright’s 3rd Addn Blk 4 Lot 12; 162343. Warranty Deed: Bruce Archer and Liesa Thill to Victor Ruthart; 28-91-26 SE Tract Supplemental Deed; 16-2345. Warranty Deed: Jane Dettman Trustee and Phyllis Borel Family Trust to Mary Hocraffer; Clar Original Addn Blk 2 Lot 3; Clar Original Addn Blk 2 Lot 4; Clar Original Addn Blk 2 Lot 6 N 2’; 162356. Warranty Deed: Michael and Barbara Mikesh to Michael and Barbara Mikesh;l 2-93-24 NE Tract; 16-2360. Warranty Deed: Turnwal Enterprises LTD to City of Belmond; 30-93-23 NW Parcel F; 16-2361. Quit Claim Deed: Stacey and

Matthew Corbin to Allen Loux; Dows Schultz’ First Addn Blk 3 Lot 1; Dows Schultz’ First Addn Blk 3 Lot 2; 16-2367. Warranty Deed: Lyon and Debra Anderson to Jason Philbrook; Clar Railroad Addn Blk 3 Lot 9 1479239287117 1479239287117-1; 16-2368. Warranty Deed: Timothy and Lynnda Purcell to Carrie Iafoski; Clar McCay’s Addn Blk 8 Lot 7; 162372. Warranty Deed: Cahalan Investments LLC to Thomas and Michele Cooper; EG Orig Addn Blk 7 Lot 10; 16-2377. Warranty Deed: Laura Kiefer to Steve and Marilyn Janssen; Belm Barry’s Addn Blk 3 Lot 13; Belm Barry’s Addn Blk 3 Lot 14 N 5’; 162383. Warranty Deed: City of Renwick to Pogge Estates; 20-93-26 SW S ½ of NE ¼ of SW ¼;’ 16-2384. Warranty Deed: Brent and Sally Morrison to Morrison Wright LLC; 28-93-26 SW Tract 3006918-0001 Wright 000005250001293986; 162387. Warranty Deed: Phyllis, Thomas, Michele, Joseph, and Julianne Cooper and Constance and Richard Wilson to Alan Breceda; EG Hewett’s Second Addn Blk 3 Lot 2; 16-2393. Warranty Deed: Carrington Mortgage Services LLC to C&C Properties LLC; EG Orig Addn Blk 14 Lot 1 W 50’; EG Orig Addn Blk 14 Lot 2 W 50’; 16-2405. Warranty Deed: Gerald Vote to Terry Reed; EG Wright’s Addn Blk B Lot 3 W 1’;’ EG Wright’s Addn Blk B Lot 4; EG Wright’s Addn Blk B Lot 5; EG Wright’s Addn Blk B Lot 6; EG Wright’s Addn Blk B Lot 7; 16-2407. Warranty Deed: Jodie Lee Trustee and Lee Family Trust to Mark and Tracey Wigans; 32-93-25 NE Tract; 32-93-25 NE Parcel D; 16-2409. Quit Claim Deed: Emilio and Ramirez Duran to Victoria Duran; 6-91-24 SW Tract; 1-90-24 SW Parcel C in SW ¼; Clar Original Addn Blk 12 Lot 5 W ½ and Tract; Clar Sturgeon’s Second Addn Lot 8; Clar Sturgeon’s Second Addn Lot 9; 16-2411.

Review gear before shotgun deer seasons begin The first of Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons begin December 3, giving hunters ample time to get their gun, cleaned, oiled and patterned before heading to the timber. “Most hunters want their guns sighted in for deer season. We suggest they come to a shooting range and begin at 25 yards and work out distances where they feel comfortable taking a shot in the field,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Practicing and knowing how the gun will perform before opening day is a good way to prepare for a successful hunt.’ Ranges managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources can be found at http://www.iowadnr. gov/Hunting/PlacesToHuntShoot/

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Church Directory Clarion Area FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 3rd Ave. NE, Clarion, IA 50525 Rev. Mike Gudka 515-532-2845 • • “Like” us on Facebook! • Thursday, December 1 5:00p.m. 2nd year Webelos, 6:00p.m. 1st year Webelos • Sunday, December 4 8:30a.m. Traditional Service, 9:40a.m. Sunday School/Confirmation, 10:45a.m. Contemporary Service • Monday, December 5 3:30-5:00p.m. Hiz Kidz • Tuesday, December 6 5:30p.m. Tigers • Wednesday, December 7 8:30a.m. Bibles and Bikes, 3:30p.m. Chicks, G3, 5:30p.m. Wolves, 5:30-6:30p.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal, 6:00p.m. Praise Team Practice, UMW Christmas Dinner, 7:00p.m. Chancel Choir Practice, Education Team Meeting

Heart, EG) • Wednesday, December 7 6:30p.m. Family Advent Program • Thursday, December 8 – Immaculate Conception 9:00a.m. Sewing Mission (Sacred Heart, EG), 12:15p.m. Mass (Sacred Heart, EG), 5:30p.m. Mass (St. Francis, Belmond), 7:30p.m. Mass UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 219 First Street N.W., Clarion Bill Kem, Pastor 515-532-2709 • Sunday, December 4 9:00a.m. Worship THE LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Dana Wendel, Pastor 1010 2nd Street SW, Clarion 532-2330 • Sunday, December 4 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Worship Service (FREE Lunch following Service, First Sunday of the Month Only)

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 420 1st Street N.W., Clarion Pastors: Grant and Nicole Woodley • www. 515-532-3440 • Sunday, December 4 9 a.m. Worship/Communion, 10 a.m. Fellowship, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School/ Confirmation (assemble Lutheran World Relief Kits during Sunday School)

THE DWELLING PLACE Pastor Kim Lee 1204 Central Ave East 515-293-2822 • Sunday, December 4 10 a.m. Church Services, Children’s Ministries: Little Lights (0-2 years); Kids Alive (3-7 years) • Wednesday night services will resume January 2017.

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL 121 3rd Avenue N.W., Clarion Pastor Bill Kem 515-532-2269 • Sunday, December 4 10:00a.m. SS (Lutheran Church), 10:15a.m. Fellowship, 11:00a.m. Worship • Wednesday, December 7 1:30p.m. WF Dessert Luncheon, 6:00p.m. Choir

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CHURCH OF CHRIST 420 North Main, Clarion Pastor Warren Curry 515-532-3273 • Thursday, December 1 10:00a.m. Women’s Bible Study • Saturday, December 3 A.M. – Leave church for Bible Bowl competition in Fort Dodge, 10:45a.m. Meet at church, team leaves for Mason City – Salvation Army bell ringing • Sunday, December 4 9:00a.m. Sunday School (All Ages), 10:00a.m. Worship Service, 5:00p.m. 100 year Church Celebration • Monday, December 5 3:30-6:30p.m. Hiz Kidz (k-5th grades – Methodist Church) • Tuesday, December 6 6:00a.m. Iron Men, 7:30a.m. Elders’ Meeting • Wednesday, December 7 10:00a.m. Weekly Prayer Time (Sandy Stephenson’s), 3:45p.m. Bible Bowl Practice, 6:00p.m. Women’s Christmas Party, 8:00p.m. Iron Men 2 (Josh Diamond’s) ST. JOHN CATHOLIC 608 2nd Ave. N.E., Clarion Father Jerry W. Blake, pastor 515-532-3586 • Thursday, December 1 6:00p.m. Cluster Liturgy Meeting and Potluck • Friday, December 2 7:40a.m. Rosary/Mass • Saturday, December 3 – Food Pantry Weekend 4:00p.m. Mass, 8:00p.m. Spanish Mass • Sunday, December 4 – Food Pantry Weekend 8:00a.m. Mass (Sacred Heart, EG), 10:30a.m. Mass (St. Franics, Belmond) • Monday, December 5 7:00p.m. RCIA • Tuesday, December 6 6:00p.m. Knights of Columbus (Sacred

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 220 E. Oak St., Goldfield, IA 50542 515-825-3581 Reverend Sara Sutter • “Like” us on Facebook • Thursday, December 1 9:00-10:30a.m. TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) #IA 1348, Goldfield, weigh-in and meeting (Fellowship Room), New members always welcome! • Sunday, December 4 9:15a.m. Sunday School (All Ages), 9:45a.m. Choir Practice, 10:30a.m. Worship Service, Communion, 11:30a.m. Fellowship Coffee, 6:00p.m. Liberty Pathfinders 4-H Club meeting • Wednesday, December 7 12:00 Noon – Presbyterian Women Christmas Lunch. Hostesses: Sandy Stevenson and Carol Helmke. Devotion: Carol Ganzevold. Program: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Diane Kraft, 4:00p.m. Afterschool Story-time, 6:00-7:0p.m. Confirmation Class, 6:30p.m. Friendship Circle Christmas get-together. Salad supper. Devotion: Diane Kraft. Bring 5 dozen cookies for cookie plates LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Goldfield Pastor Truman Larson • Sunday, December 4 9 a.m. Worship Service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Confirmation

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UNITED CHURCH OF ROWAN Pastor Nancy Hofmeister 811 Pesch St., Box 38, Rowan • Sunday, December 4 9 a.m. Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship, 11 a.m. Fellowship Coffee IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod Jct. Highway 69 & 3 Pastor Mark Peterson • Sunday, December 4 10:30 a.m. Divine Services, 11:45 a.m. Bible Study

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ABUNDANT LIFE CHAPEL 202 Fairview St., Dows 515-852-4520 • Bruce Klapp, Pastor • Sunday, December 4 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Nursery and Children’s Ministry available, 5:30 p.m. (3rd Sunday of the month except February) Adult Bible Study with childcare available. Food and fellowship follows SOVEREIGN GRACE CHURCH 109 N. Eskridge St., Dows Dows / Doug Holmes, Pastor • Sunday, December 4 10:15 a.m. Sunday School, Coffee, 11:15 a.m. Worship at First Presbyterian in Dows

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH Dows Pastors: Grant and Nicole Woodley • Saturday, December 3 6:30a.m. Men’s Bible Study • Sunday, December 4 9:00a.m. SS/Coffee, 10:30a.m. Worship w/ Communion • Tuesday, December 6 1:00p.m. FLCW Workshop • Wednesday, December 7 7:00p.m. Joint Council (Clarion) UNITED METHODIST & PRESBYTERIAN Dows / Alexander Shawn W. Hill, Pastor • Sunday, December 4 8:45 a.m. Alexander Methodist Worship, 9 a.m. Dows Sunday School, 10 a.m. Dows Joint Worship at Presbyterian Church (First two Sundays each month and at Untied Methodist Church on remaining Sundays) FIRST REFORMED 214 Brown St., Alexander Pastor Phillip Arnold • Sunday, December 4 8:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School (Sunshine Room), 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday School, 6:30 p.m. HS Youth Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Pastor Phil’s Radio Ministry on KLMJ IMMANUEL U.C.C. 204 E. South St., Latimer Diane Friedericks, Interim • Sunday, December 4 9:30 a.m. Worship ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 304 W. Main, Latimer Travis Berg, Pastor • Sunday, December 4 9 a.m. Worship, 10:15 a.m. ABC/Sunday School UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Morgan, Lee Center, Bradford Erling Shultz, Pastor • Sunday, December 4 8:30 a.m. Worship (B), 9:30 a.m. Worship (LC), 10:30 a.m. Worship (M) MISSIONARY ALLIANCE CHURCH 3rd & Lake Streets, Blairsburg, IA 50034 Ron Lotz, Pastor • Sunday, December 4 8:00-9:30a.m. The Café is Open, 9:00a.m. Sunday School (Adults, Jr & Sr. High Youth), 10:00a.m. Worship • Tuesday, December 6 6:00a.m. Men’s Bible Study • Wednesday, December 7 – Family Night 6:00p.m. Pizza Supper, 6:00-7:00p.m. Café is open, 6:25p.m. Awana (3 yrs – 5th grade), 6:30p.m. Jr. High Youth, 7:00p.m. Sr. High Youth, Adult Bible Study (Family Life Skills Class)

1981 and 1946 35 Years Ago November 25, 1981 Sports have become a national pastime for many people—young and old alike—whether participating or just watching. The Iowa Special Olympics has made it possible for many people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in sporting events. Both the clients of the Wright County Opportunity Center and the students in the special education classes at the Clarion high School participate yearly. A Sleigh and Hay Parade tops an evening of activities Friday as the Clarion Chamber of Commerce kicks off its annual Christmas promotion. The parade will include hay wagons and sleighs, and anyone interested in participating is welcome to do so. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude at the Wright County Courthouse, where a community songfest will be held. Monday was not exactly the best day, weatherwise, to put up Clarion’s Christmas decorations, but Don Sadler, who works for IPS, didn’t seem to mind the job too much. Clarion has seen its share of winter this past week as cold and snow moved in.

70 Years Ago November 28, 1946 Clarion felt the first effects of the miners’ strike, when the Chicago Great Western announced curtailment of two trains through here Monday in compliance with the government’s 25 percent coal-saving order. Train No. 31 from Minneapolis to Omaha only and Train No. 32 is from Omaha to Minneapolis are being discontinued. Train No. 31 is due out of Clarion at 2:50 p.m. daily and No. 32 Is due out at 1:00 p.m. daily. Almost any morning before school, after school and on Saturday, mothers and fathers who cannot locate their son or daughter, may find them sitting on the bottom of the magazine rack at any Clarion drug store delving into the latest comic book. Comic magazines have become one of the most popular selling magazines of the twentieth century. Stamping of the 100,000 Iowa centennial 50-cent pieces started Wednesday, No. 20, at the Philadelphia int. Officials of the bureau of the mint said the half dollars, authorized by congress last summer, would be turned over to the state for sale. Ralph Evans, Davenport, chairman of the Iowa centennial commission, was to receive the coins.

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Yet another successful year of great participation and donations from the Wright county communities to help raise money for the Holmes Christmas Club. Also, thank you to Ryerson Auction, Deann Kluss, and Gary Garst for always keeping the crowd bidding and having a wonderful time. Without your generous contributions and hard work, this tradition could not continue. To all of the wonderful volunteers that helped with the preparation of the fruit baskets and to CGD Peer Helpers for helping with the deliveries, we thank you for your time helping a wonderful cause. Thanks again for all of your support! We couldn’t do it with out you! Fruit Basket Assembly Chappy’s on Main December 8 at 10:00 a.m. Delivery of Fruit Baskets Peer Helpers at 2:00 p.m. Holmes Christmas Club Board Members

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WRIGHT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 1730 130th Street, Kanawha 641-762-3947 • Sunday, December 4 9:30 a. m. Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m. Fellowship, 11 a.m. Sunday School, 6 p.m. Evening Worship

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

PARK CHURCH OF CHRIST 422 North Washington St., Goldfield Bob Dishman 515-825-3911 • Sunday, December 4 9:15 a.m. Bible School, 10:15 a.m. Worship Service – Communion observed weekly; Childcare available and Children’s Church, 11 a.m. WWE/Jr. Worship

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Remembering our loved ones... Lowell James Christensen Lowell James Christensen, 97, of Iowa Falls, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Scenic Manor Nursing Home in Iowa Falls. Funeral services for Lowell James Christensen will be held 1:30 pm, Thursday December 8, 2016 at the First Church of God; 115 Indiana Ave.; Iowa Falls, Iowa, 50126. Visitation will be an hour and a half prior, from noon until

1:30 pm Thursday December 8, 2016 also at the First Church Of God. Memorials may be directed to: First Church of God; c/o Linn’s Funeral Home; 1521 Washington Ave.; Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126. The Linn’s Funeral Home is helping the family with arrangements. To leave online condolences and view the full biography please visit

Kevin Anthony Simons Services are pending at this time. Ewing Funeral Home in Clarion is assisting the family.

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Lorene Renie Simmons Lorene Renie Simmons, nee Raders, 61 of Swansea, Illinois, was born Thursday, June 2, 1955, in Sioux City, Iowa, and died Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. Lorene was a consummate, meticulous librarian, who carefully curated a loving home and marriage, spanning 39 years and almost as many addresses. She was an avid crafter, a creator and collector of memories, a generous friend, and a fiercely dedicated wife, mother, and granmother. Her life

will be celebrated and dearly missed by her husband, Rick, her daughters, Erin (Ryan) Brennan and Megan Simmons, her granddaughters, Clara and Rosie Brennan, and all the friends and family whose lives she touched. Condolences may be expressed online at . Memorials may be made to or Services: A celebration of her life will be held for her birthday, the first weekend of June 20117, in Swansea, Il.

Birth Announcements Baby Boy Reichter Jordan and Brooke Reichter, Eagle Grove, IA would like to announce the birth of their son, Maddox Asa Reichter. Maddox was born on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion, IA. He weighed 8 pounds 4.9 ounces. Proud grandparents are LuAnne and Jeff Pedersen, Eagle Grove, IA, Lisa and Jeff Mericle, Humboldt, IA and Ron and Kathy Reichter, Clarion, IA. Proud great grandparents are Mike and Pat Pedersen, Humboldt, IA, Beryl Reichter, Goldfield, IA, and Marie Kemna, Bancroft, IA.

Baby Boy Schnabel Matthew and Krystal Schnabel, Kanawha, IA would like to announce the birth of their son, Robert Matthew Schnabel. Robert was born on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion, IA. He weighed 8 pounds. He joins his sister Lillian (2). Proud grandparents are Lester and Eva Schnabel, Sheffield, IA and Karen Anderson, Albert Lea, MN. Proud great grandparents are Glenn Schnabel, Sheffield, IA and Paul and Leola Anderson, Albert Lea, MN.

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Clarion Church of Christ celebrates 100 years in their current building, Sunday, December 4 Current Clarion Church of Christ minister Warren Curry invites the public to celebrate with the current congregation on Sunday, December 4, as together they reflect on 100 years in its building on North Main Street. The cornerstone has the date 1916. “We will be looking back on the last 100 years at this location,” Curry said, “ and we will be looking forward toward the next 100!” The event begins with a catered meal in the church fellowship hall at 5 p.m. At approximately 6 p.m., the worship service will be held in the church sanctuary. Curry hopes that it will be a night of worship together. Coming back for the celebration are former ministers Mark Young and Tim Platt; also attending will be Dorothy

Wilmot (wife of former pastor Owen Wilmot). “We have asked Doris Andrews to play a couple of hymns for us,” Curry said. “She was our church organist for 55 years.” Current musicians are also part of the program. He also hopes to be able to record some memories of long-time members of the congregation for those in attendance to enjoy. “It’s hard to believe but one of our members remembers coming to the church when it was first built!” said Curry. “Gladys Woodley who will be 105 in March remembers. She plans to be here!” While it is a service to celebrate the heritage of the building, Curry said more importantly it is about the ‘people’, both those from the past and those attending now and in the future.

Youth Drug and Alcohol Awareness Event The Franklin County Alcohol Service Center and the United Methodist youth group are presenting a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Event for junior and senior high students are their parents. Presenters will share their own stories of addiction and recovery and the real life and death consequences

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involved in drugs and alcohol. Following the presentation, there will be question and answer forum with the presenters, one group for students and one group for adults. The event is Wednesday November 30, 6:30 p.m.—8 p.m. at the Clarion United Methodist Church.

Iowa Specialty Hospital is very excited to announce the birth of the 300th baby of 2016, Robert Matthew Schnabel, born on November 20 at 5:28 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds 0.3 ounces and is 20 inches long. Proud parents are Krystal and Matthew Schnabel of Kanawha. Robert joins a very proud big sister, Lillian. Dr. Emily Hill Engstler from the Gabrielson Clinic for Women was the delivering provider and is very excited to be the one to deliver the 300th baby of 2016 and is eager to surpass last year’s total. “It is wonderful to see the progress the obstetrical department has made over the years. It is clear to see patients are happy with the care they receive at Iowa Specialty Hospital based on how the numbers are rising!” In 2015, 311 newborns were delivered at Iowa Specialty

Community caroling is set for Monday, December 19 A night of community caroling is set for Monday, December 19. Everyone interested in caroling should meet at the ClarionGoldfield-Dows Middle School circle drive at 5:45 p.m. Groups will leave and return to the middle school at approximately 8 p.m. when caroling is complete. For more information, please contact Tom Simmons at 532-2482.

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We would like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, food, and prayers in remembrance of Stan. Thank you to Dr. Junge and the staff of Iowa Specialty Hospital and Dr. Dustin Smith and staff at Unity Point Clinic in Eagle Grove for their wonderful care over the years. Thank you to Kindred Hospice and Foust Funeral Home for their kindness. Pastor Sara Sutter for the wonderful service, Dawn Smith and Marie Neshiem for the great music. UPW ladies for the delicious lunch. Thank you to the Class of 1963 and the Class of 1965. Thank You, Linda Ganzeveld, Ernie & Michelle Ganzeveld and Family, Tracy Ganzeveld and Family, Bill & Lindsey Ganzeveld and Family, and Jennifer & Greg Johnson and Family

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Current pastor of the Clarion Church of Christ Warren Curry stands by the cornerstone of the church which opened its doors in 1916. The congregation will celebrate the milestone on Sunday, December 4 with a catered meal at 5 p.m.; worship service beginning approximately 6 p.m. “We will be looking back to the past,” said Curry, “and we also be looking forward to the next 100 years.”


Kevin Anthony Simons age 55, a long time Wright County resident, passed away Thursday November 24, 2016 after a hunting accident at Wall Lake.

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History from Heartland – Early Settlers in Wright County – Thomas Thompson By: Mary Tesdahl Thomas Thompson was born in Norway. His last name was Hus before he changed it. In 1905, he came to the United States and Holmes where his brother Nels lived. Norway was so poor he was unable to make a living there. He stayed in Holmes for a couple of years. Then he went to Illinois; then to the Dakotas until he was forced to leave because of the drought, and finally came back to the Holmes area. Thomas never owned a corn picker, so always picked by hand. If both parents were picking, children too young to help might be put in the front of the wagon to ride. They had to be careful that they didn’t get hit in the head by a flying ear. Early

mornings made for cold hands, but if you complained, you might hear, “just pick a little faster.” Although it was three and a half miles, Holmes was still the closest town. Livestock would be driven down the road to Holmes to the stockyards. Corn would be hauled to town in a triple box wagon. In the winter time, there were so many sloughs in the area that one could skate all the way to Holmes. Thomas put over 200,000 feet of tile in to improve the farm. When the threshing machine came, it was important to have a calm team. The Thompson team of strawberry roan mares was such a team. The owner of the threshing machine recognized them as

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exceptional and offered to buy them. Mr. Thompson said they weren’t for sale at any price. When tractors were available, some families made the switch to tractors right away, while others were skeptical and preferred horses. In 1937, the Thompsons traded a team of horses for an F-20, and only had to give a little to boot. Children started helping on the farm as soon as they were old enough and had to be creative when challenges arose. If you couldn’t reach the levers on the tractor, you could pop the clutch to bring the front end of the tractor up so you could reach the lever or fasten a rope to the clutch to help pull it if you weren’t strong enough. If you broke something, you would help fix it. If the plow got plugged, you would dig it out, burn the stalks out, or use a screw driver to get them out one stalk at a time. During the War, the government would give credit for tractors so at a sale, those who had tickets for a tractor would put their names in the hat. The government had established the price for the tractor, so the auctioneer just pulled a name out of the hat, and that lucky person got the tractor. Families like the Thompsons helped to deepen the roots of farming in Wright County. As told by: Richard Thompson

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by David Voigts December will be a very interesting month in the sky. During the month, brilliant Venus will continue to brighten and move higher in the southwestern early evening sky, and by the end of December it will set almost 4 hours after sunset. It is a bright beacon that can be used to find other stars and planets. During the first three weeks of December, look to its lower right for fleet Mercury. Look farther to its upper left for Mars. The distance between them will decrease dramatically during the month. Although Mars is dimming as Earth leaves it behind, it is the brightest star-like object (except for Venus) in the southern sky. The only bright star in the southern sky is Fomalhaut in the dim constellation Piscis Austinus (the Southern Fish). Look for it to the lower left of Mars and farther to the left of Venus. These three celestial objects will form a triangle that will continually change during December as Venus and Mars move eastward when compared to the background stars like Formalhaut, while Formalhaut will appear to drift westward as Earth leaves it behind. The only other easily visible planet will be bright Jupiter that will rise at about 2:30 a.m. during early December and at about 1:00 a.m. at the end of the month. Look for it high in the southeastern sky before dawn early in the month and almost straight south as dawn brightens during the final days of December. As a sign that the seasons are Moon Phase First quarter Full moon Last quarter New moon

Date Dec. 7 Dec. 13 Dec. 20 Dec. 29

changing, the Summer Triangle of three bright stars that was in the eastern evening sky all summer will now be in the western evening sky as it prepares to leave us. The three stars are Vega in the constellation Lyra (the Harp or Lyre) that forms the lower right point, Altair in the constellation Aquila (the Eagle) that forms the lower left point, and Deneb in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) that forms the upper point. While Vega appears to be the brightest of the three, Deneb has the greatest true brightness or luminosity. It only seems dimmer because it is so much farther away. In reality, Deneb is a blue-white, very hot supergiant that is so large that its diameter is approximately the size of Earth’s orbit. It is reaching the end of its life and will someday explode as a supernova. Highlights: Dec. 1 The thin crescent Moon will be above Mercury low in the southwestern sky. Look about 30 minutes after sunset. Dec. 3 The Moon will be above brilliant Venus and farther to the lower right of Mars. Mercury will be far to the lower right of Venus. Dec. 4 The Moon will have moved in its orbit and will be to the right of Mars and farther to the upper left of Venus. This is the time of the earliest sunsets of the year, so you can observe the night sky early (even before supper).

Rises Noon Sunset Midnight Sunrise

Highest point Sunset Midnight Sunrise Noon

Sets Midnight Sunrise Noon Sunset

When visible P.M. All night A.M. Not visible

1 Dates and times are approximate. Sources: StarDate, Jan/Feb. and Nov/Dec 2016. Vol. 44, Nos. 1 and 6. Sky and Telescope, Dec. 2016. Vol. 132, No. 6.

Lake Clovers 4-H Club Meeting Minutes The meeting of the Lake Clovers 4-H club was held on November 13 at 4:30p.m. The meeting was at the Clarion Public Library. There were 11 members and 6 guests. The President was absent, so Vice President Kara Legleiter was President. The 4-H pledge was led by MacKenna Hasty and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Emily Kapka. The roll call was: Are you ready for the holidays? Following

the roll call was a secretary report by Emily Kapka. The installing of officers was held after the reports. The new officers were nominated in the last meeting. After that we reviewed the 4-H newsletter. We discussed the workshops and weighins that were in the letter. We talked and planned our 4-H Fun Nite booth and we voted on a nominee for queen candidates. Cheyenne Harle was nominated. We talked about the

Christmas party which will be held at our next meeting on December 11. It was decided that we will do a cookie exchange and do a passing around of food gifts. Then we talked about the fair theme (Fair Strong) and shared our ideas for logos. We signed up for Host/Hostess and presentations. We wrapped up our meeting with making wreaths which was shared by Harley Charlson and the wreaths were then taken to the care center.

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Public Notice The Wright County Area Landfill Authority will be accepting sealed bids for a 2004 Volvo semi tractor with 355,000 miles. The semi tractor is a 9-speed, 6 cylinder with 400 horsepower. The semi tractor can be seen at the Wright County Transfer Station located at 2251 O’Brien Avenue, Clarion, between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (M-F). The Wright County Area Landfill Authority will be accepting sealed bids until 11:00 a.m. on 14 December 2016. The winning bidder will be notified before 2:00 p.m. on 14 December 2016. Payment will be required, by certified check, before 2:00 p.m. on 15 December 2016, unless other arrangements are made in advance. The Authority reserves the right to refuse any and all bids.

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Carmen’s Supermarket celebrates its first year of business in Clarion By Karen Weld, Monitor contributing writer On November 22, Carmen’s Supermarket celebrated its first anniversary in business on Clarion’s East Central Avenue. The grocery which specializes in Mexican and Central American food fare, also stocks some more traditional American food. Carmen admits they have never had a business venture like this one in the past. “We like to listen to our customers and fill their shopping needs if they ask us for something we do not have available,” she said. Business cards list goods and service shoppers can expect:  fruits and vegetables; money services; cell phone recharges; fax and  email service; meat and seafood. Fresh baked goods are delivered two times each week. Hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. It was about three months ago that a second portion of the market opened to the west. The Gomez family has added a meat counter featuring steaks, ham, cheeses, lunch meats, seafood and shrimp. In the coming months, area residents can expect a Mexican restaurant featuring some of the foods carried in the grocery store. “We are pretty close to being ready to open it, said Carlos. “We need

Carmen Gomez is pictured with her son Carlos inside Carmen’s Supermarket on 1218 Central Avenue East in Clarion. The family business recently celebrated its first anniversary. Workers include Carmen, her mother, husband, son and young daughter. They also employ a family friend. another door installed, but most of our equipment has been installed.” The restaurant will be located in the south portion of the existing grocery.

Carmen said, “We have really enjoyed the opportunity to have this business here. It has really helped our family a lot.”

Prestage Foods of Iowa to hold subcontractor and vendor outreach fair for new Wright County facility Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC today announced that it would be holding a subcontractor and vendor outreach fair. Prestage Foods of Iowa, in conjunction with Epstein Global will hold the subcontractor and vendor outreach fair on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Iowa Central Community College Bioscience and Health Science Building. Potential subcontractors and vendors wishing to bid for construction elements, supply systems, materials, or services for the new project will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Epstein and Prestage as well as be provided with pre-qualification and project information. Prestage Foods’ investment in Iowa includes the desire to involve as many Iowa contractors, subcontractors, vendors and service providers as possible. “This is an opportunity for local Iowa companies to get information about certifications, insurance, and other things that will be required in order to submit proposals for this project,” said Jere Null, Chief Operating Officer of Prestage Foods of Iowa. All interested subcontractors are invited to visit the public project website: www.prestagefoodsofiowa. com. This website is designed to serve as a communications hub for current and potential subcontractors, vendors, craftsmen, and project

communication venue for interested local subcontractors and vendors to get the information they need to be able to participate in the bidding process so that as many local contractors as possible can ultimately participate in the building of this state-of-the-art facility,” saidJohn Prestage, Sr. Vice President of Prestage Farms, Inc. Prestage Farms, Inc. is a multigenerational family-owned and operated business started by Bill and Marsha Prestage in 1983. Mr. and Mrs. Prestage, along with their three sons, still own and actively operate this multifaceted business. Today, Prestage Farms, along with its affiliates, is a Top 5 producer of quality pork and turkey that employs more than 2,000 people companywide, contracts with more than 450 farm families in seven states, and produces more than 1 billion pounds of meat annually. Prestage Farms, Inc. is headquartered in Clinton, NC, and has operations in Iowa, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma. If you would like more information about this project, please contact Terry Friesth at (515) 603-6464 – no voicemail or email at prestagefoodsofiowa@

team members seeking up-to-date information related to the Prestage Foods of Iowa in Wright County project. The website also includes a Prequalification Checklist as well as an Alternative Subcontractor Form that can be completed and submitted online. Once submitted, the information will be stored in a database for the project. All subcontractors will be required to provide a Prequalification Form prior to receiving an Invitation to Bid. Prestage Foods has also worked with Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) in advance of the fair and requested that ICCC act as a resource for training and certification programs that local contractors may need in order to prequalify as a vendor. Information on available certification programs will be available at the event and can also be accessed via the project website. Prestage Foods of Iowa’s oneshift plant will employ as many as 1,000 Iowans within the first year of operations. The project represents a capital investment in excess of $250 million. The new facility has an estimated size of 600,000 SF and will be state-of-the-art, utilizing the newest technologies available. The project will break ground in spring 2017 and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2018. “We hope this fair will provide a

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Jake Haberman Finishes Football Career At Wartburg Over 1,250 rushing yards, 13 TD’s in four years

Haberman carries the ball for Wartburg in a game this past season. The senior compiled 413 yards this year with three touchdowns in helping the Knights to a winning season. By Les Houser During the four years that Jake Haberman, son of Steve and Michelle Haberman of Clarion, was a member of the Cowboy varsity football team he was a big part of a nice run of success. That included 23 total team wins over that time, with three playoff appearances including the quarterfinal round in 2011. Haberman was the leading tackler that year, and then was the featured back in 2012 when he compiled over 1,000 rushing yards. He finished his high school career with over 2,040 yards and nearly 200 tackles, showing his tremendous ability on both sides of the line of scrimmage. In the fall of 2013, Haberman took his talent for the game to Wartburg College in Waverly. After only seeing action in two games his first year, he played in 32 games over the

final three seasons and culminated his senior year with 413 total rushing yards and three touchdowns after gaining 448 yards with four scores the previous year. He helped the Knights to a winning season, at 6-4, this year and finishes his college career with just over 1,250 total rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. For Haberman, the choice he made to pursue his degree at Wartburg came easily. “I knew I wanted to pursue a pre-med, with the goal of being an eye doctor,” said Haberman. “Wartburg is one of the top schools in the state for biology, so the opportunity was good. They also have a 96 percent placement rate for medical school graduates. I also knew about the winning tradition for the program. Once I came to see the facilities and meet the coaches, I felt

it was right for me.” Going into his freshman season, he quickly found out what this next level of the game he loved would be like. “In reporting for my first camp, it was a totally different atmosphere,” said Haberman. “It’s 9-10 hours a day for football, from workouts to watching film. The coaching staff made the progression easier. The speed of the game is the big difference, and you always need to study film (on your next opponent). At this level, you’re not going to be as successful without doing the homework (preparation).” During his junior year, he was one of two backs and feels he learned the most that year about playing the college game. While he anticipated being the starter his senior year, he ended up as part of a three-back rotation. “I knew I had to embrace a leadership role my senior year, so I started helping out the younger guys on the team,” said Haberman. “That turned out to be rewarding for me.” Now that his football career is over, Haberman admits he found out that hard work does pay off. “I worked up from just getting into a game to being a dependable, productive back for the team,” said Haberman. “The relationships I built with my teammates and coaches was rewarding. Some of my best friends were made through football.” Haberman feels these past four years have given him even more time management skills than in high school. “In trying to balance academics and athletics in college, you have to make sacrifices,” said Haberman. “Also learning how to adapt to different situations on the fly.” It has also totally reinforced his choice to come to Wartburg in the first place. “I have no regrets with my decision to come here to continue my education and athletics,” concluded Haberman. “I made great relationships along the way, and could always find someone to talk to on campus. It’s turned out better than I could have imagined.”

Cowgirls Suffer Season Opening Loss To West Hancock Hannah TerHark hits double figures By Les Houser The Clarion-Goldfield-Dows varsity girls basketball team traveled to Britt last Tuesday to open their season against West Hancock. The home Eagles took a 72-37 win, taking a 35-20 halftime advantage followed by outscoring the Cowgirls 37 points to just 17 to take the win. “The girls had a rough time handling their pressure,” stated head coach Kevin Kakacek. “When you are starting your first varsity game, and with most of them playing in their first varsity game ever, we expected this. The Eagles are a good team that likes to put pressure on. We came out a little slow and unsure of what we wanted to do. Some of them responded to the pressure well and others stepped back.” Hannah TerHark banked in 13 points, including a trey, to lead the scoring column while Mikayla Hennigar tossed in six points and Chloe Johnson six points on a pair of three’s. Lauren Odland and Megan Askelsen both added three points apiece, with Sid Magee, Mariah Frye and Vanessa Kolb all sinking a basket for two points each. Hennigar was a force on the boards in grabbing 13 rebounds including 11 on the defensive side. TerHark snagged six caroms, with both Frye and Kolb getting in on five each. Johnson and Askelsen both had two, with Magee, Jackson and Cyndi Fregoso all finishing

Returning letterwinners for the Cowgirl basketball team this season are, from left; Hannah TerHark and Sydney TerHark. with one rebound each. TerHark dished the pumpkin for three assists, with Johnson handing out two and Magee, Odland, Frye, Askelsen and Kolb all credited with one each. Kolb swiped two steals, with Magee, Odland and TerHark all making one theft of the ball each. TerHark nearly had a double-double in the blocks column, going vertical to swat down nine of them for the night. “When we got the ball into a half-court game, we did a great job of getting it into the middle and working off our posts,” continued Kakacek. “When you give up 15 offensive rebounds that lead to 13 points, and 33 turnovers that lead

to 26 points, any team will struggle. The Eagles also got off 40 more shots than we did. We need to learn to take care of the ball and battle on the boards for rebounds to give us a shot at winning games. These are the things we will work on, and hopefully see some improvements in, throughout the season.” The red and black travels to St. Edmond this Friday, then is off until next Friday when they go to Iowa Falls. “We need to look at this first game as our starting point, and make sure we use it as a learning experience,” concluded the head coach. “I have confidence that the girls can keep making improvements and grow throughout the season.”

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CGD Middle School Music Department Holiday Concert Set for Dec. 6

Returning letterwinners for the Cowboy basketball team this season are: First row, from left; Rhett Darland, Sam Urness, Ryan Darland, Derek Conlon. Second row, from left; Zack Leist, Will Weidemann, Chase Harker and Jacob O’Connor.

The CGD Middle School Music Department will present their Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the CGD High School Gym. Featured groups are the 6th grade chorus, 6th grade band, 7th/8th grade chorus, and the 7th/8th grade band.  All participating students should report to the high school at 6:30 p.m.   6th graders go

the the high school vocal room while the 7th & 8th graders go to the high school band room. Please wear dress clothes for this concert.   (No jeans and t-shirts, please.)   This concert is open to the public, and there is NO admission charge.  The CGD Music Boosters plan to serve refreshments at the concert.

CGD High School Music Department Holiday Concert Set for Dec. 5 The CGD High School Music Department will present their Holiday Concert on Monday, Dec. 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the CGD High School Gym. Featured groups are the high school concert band and the high school concert choir.  All choir members need to report for vocal warm-ups at 6:15 p.m.  (Boys wear choir robes, black pants, black shoes, black socks.  Girls wear choir robes, nude hose, black shoes.) Returning letterwinners for the C-G-D wrestling team this season are: First row, from left; Reymundo Vasquez, Julian Cortez, Tanner Abbas, Connor Johnson, Dakota Hennigar, Chance Konopasek, Kamren Jergenson. Second row, from left; Sam Wigans, Carter Dietz, Dylan Jackson, Mason Carpenter, Spencer Trenary, Trent McAtee, Salvador Fregoso and Colby Lienemann.

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Wrestling @ Independence Tourn. JV Girls Basketball vs. St. Ed. JV Boys Basketball vs. St. Ed. V Girls Basketball vs. St. Ed. V Boys Basketball vs. St. Ed. Wrestling @ Independence Tourn. 9th G/B Basketball @ Humboldt Wrestling vs. Clear Lake, IF-A 9th G/B Basketball @ Web. City

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All band members should report in concert band uniform at 6:45 p.m. Band members, who are also involved in choir, should get into their concert band uniform PRIOR to 6:15 p.m. so they are not marked late for vocal warm-ups.   This concert is open to the public, and there is NO admission charge.  The CGD Music Boosters plan to serve refreshments at the concert.

Turkey Spot Shot Contest The City of Clarion Recreation Department is sponsoring a Turkey Spot Shot Contest for boys and girls ages 9-14. The contest will be held at the high school gym on Tuesday, December 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (The doors will open at 12:30 p.m.) In case of snow, the date will be Wednesday, December 28. Boys will compete against boys and girls against girls. Each participant will get 45 seconds to make as many baskets as they can from a selected location on the

floor. The winner in each category (age 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14) will receive a medal. Second and third place winners will receive a ribbon. Please wear clean basketball or tennis shoes. Participants must complete a registration form (available at the schools or from Tom Simmons) and turn it in to the elementary or middle school office. Please contact Tom Simmons, Clarion Recreation Director, at 515-5322482 with questions.

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From the Korner

By Marillyn Korth In case you don’t know, I am no longer on the Korner; I am a city slicker, residing at Leahy Grove in Hampton. I moved in November 19 and am adjusting well. It is a lovely place with lovely residents—and me. The week of the move was a hard one, as we had to have Bear put to sleep. He was getting so stiff and sore and was so deaf. He had stared to wander and I believe he knew something was going on. It was a very sad day, as he was a very good friend. Saturday, the troops came and moved me out and then into Leahy Grove. They started at 9 a.m. and by 12:30 everything was in its place. After lunch they came back and hung my pictures. My nieces and nephews, Ben and Lu, Les and Alana and grandson Michael and his friend Nick. Jon was called into work and came when he could. These dear ones were so good and had me comfortable in no time. Delores B. and Paulette came over Thursday and hung my clothes up and put away some things. Jean came on Thursday after the move and did

some shopping for me. Norma brought cookies for the movers. What a bunch of great relatives and friends. I can’t thank them enough. Saturday evening, Don and Sandy invited me for supper. I should say dinner, now that I am a city gal. We had a good visit and good food. We get breakfast and lunch and make our own dinner. I went to bed at 7:30. Was up, ate breakfast and went to church with Don and Sandy. Oh, yes, it seems I have to cause a commotion wherever I go. Saturday evening the police came to visit with me. A man had been arrested in Mason City and had my AARP card and a bankcard with my name on it. I didn’t recall having a bankcard, but he was going up to interview him. He came back Monday evening and the AARP card was several years old, and there was no bankcard. So I was relieved. Officer Kelly was very kind and told me to keep my ear locked, etc. I guess one can’t be too careful. I told him I had just moved in and the police came right away. He laughed and promised to tell them he wasn’t going to take me away. Ha!

The week sped past and I got ready to go to Jon’s for Thanksgiving. I drove out and had a great meal and got to see the kids and visit with E’s nieces and nephews and sister and her great niece. The food and fellowship was wonderful. I left about 4 p.m. and made it home before dark. Haylee and her friend Joe came later and brought my tree and some decorations. They didn’t find the top of my tree, so I have a Christmas bush. Ha! I will find it later. I am not going to make it for lunch with Jane today. I am too tired but next week will be to Dudley’s. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We do have lots for which to be thankful. We had an announcement that our Lilyanne is going to be a big sister next year. That will be five greats for me. What joy! My heart overflows with love and joy for all the people in my life who mean so much to me. A truly Thankful time! Hope you don’t shop too much on Black Friday. Till next time. MK

page @ ** Goldfield Women’s Club & Bayview Study Club are hosting a “CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES” on Saturday, December 3 from 3 - 7 p.m. Tours and refreshments will be served at all five participating homes. Tickets & home tour maps will be available at Goldfield Cheesemart; $20. For more information, contact Maureen Cameron - 1-515-8253394. Proceed $$ will be used for upgrading playground equipment at Goldfield’s City Park. ** Celebrate Christmas in Rowan: Saturday, December 3 with Christmas tree lighting and caroling at 5:30 p.m. with Santa visiting about 5:45 or so. Soup supper in the community room to follow. Free will offering. ** Spirit of Giving Trees returns to Clarion for the Christmas season. Christmas tags will be at the Clarion Public Library and at the ISH Emergency Room Entrance until Wednesday, December 7. There is a tremendous need--the biggest demand ever--this year. Organizers hope individuals, families, organizations and business will consider ‘adopting’ area children from the trees this holiday season. ** “Tech with Teens” will be held at the Eagle Grove Memorial Library on Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30 7 p.m. ** Holmes Christmas Club basket assembly at Chappy’s on Main Thursday, December 8 beginning about 10 a.m.; volunteers welcome. Do you know of people who would enjoy receiving a fruit basket, contact Chappy’s - 1-515-532-2727 or one of the Club volunteers. ** Edward Jones, 108 Central Avenue East in Clarion, invites everyone to its Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. Come hungry and bring a friend. Some of the menu items include, chili, pulled pork and chicken noodle soup. Everyone is welcome. ** Christmas Open House on

Thursday, December. 8 at the Bradford on North Main in Clarion from 11 am till 1 pm. Stop in and meet the Bradford team and enjoy a holiday treat. ** All in Eagle Grove: Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 9:30 or 10:00 am at the Eagle Grove Memorial Library. Reservations are required; call 1-515-448-4115. Security Savings Bank, Eagle Grove, hosts pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m.-Noon. Also on that same day, ‘Sip & Stroll’ from 1 - 3 p.m. Enjoy a sip of wine and a treat or two as you stroll from store to store. Local merchants welcome shoppers to stop by; see the latest in holiday gifts, home, and food ideas. ** Note from the Mosaic gang: “We will be having a holiday Open House (210 North 2nd Street in Clarion) on Saturday, December 10 from 1- 3pm. We will have food, drinks and fun as well as some crafts on display and for sale. Open to public; we hope many people can join us. ** Join the Dows Lions Club for its annual Soup Supper on Saturday, December 10 from 5 - 7 p.m. Vendors & crafters will also be on hand for the same time period; raffle drawing at 7 p.m.; Santa arrives at 6 p.m. ** EAGLE GROVE CHORALE CONCERT is Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. - United Methodist Church in Eagle Grove. ** Wright County Extension office in Clarion offers ‘Ag in the

Northey encourages Iowans to consider an Iowa grown Christmas Tree this holiday season Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey again encouraged Iowans to consider choosing a fresh, Iowa grown Christmas tree to decorate their home this holiday season. “Selecting a fresh Christmas tree can be part of a great family tradition and is an opportunity to connect with an Iowa farmer and support the local economy,” Northey said.  “Iowa is fortunate to have more than 100 Christmas tree farms in all parts of the state, so everyone has the opportunity to get their own fresh tree to help celebrate.” A directory of tree farms across Iowa is available on the Iowa Christmas Tree Association website at  On the site there is a “Find a Farm” link on the top left-hand corner of the page.  Besides the location of the farms, the directory also includes a phone number and hours of operation for each farm to assist in planning. These farms devote over 1,500 acres to Christmas tree production in Iowa and as a result harvest

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By Karen Weld ** Holmes Christmas Club organizers are once again pleased with the success of their annual club auction. Thanks to those contributing items, those who purchased items or supported these efforts in any way. ** Tip of the hat to businesses and shoppers who took advantage of the 2016 Small Business Saturday in Clarion last Saturday, November 26. I participated and was one of the first shoppers at Clarion Super Foods; not only did a Small Business bag it was filled with several store brand CSF items. ** Iowa Specialty Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Department is hosting a Heart Health Hour on Friday, December 2nd from 3 - 4 p.m. in the lower level conference room of the Belmond Campus. Licensed psychologist, Jennifer Blacksmith, PhD, with Iowa Specialty Hospital, will discuss “The Impact of Mental Illness on Your Heart”. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Wednesday, November 30th by calling 1-515532-9351. ** Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove hosts its ‘Christmas Bazaar’ on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. ** Clarion Chamber’s Annual JINGLE JAM returns to the Clarion Public Library on Saturday, December 3 from 9 - 11 a.m. Kids can shop for parents, guardians, grandparents; all gifts $5. Decorate a gift bag. FREE Christmas movie at the Clarion Theatre beginning at 11:30 a.m. “King Fu Panda 3” (family friendly). No tickets needed; no reserved seating. Shop Clarion all day; regular business hours. ** Anthony Murga Benefit/ Medical Bill Relief (Get on the Bus) will be Saturday, December 3. Registration-$30 for the Bus Run 10:30-11:30 am at Fuel. Bus Leaves at 11:45 am. Silent Auction, Raffle and 50/50 (must be present to win) drawings will be held at Fuel between 8-9 pm. Raffle and Bus tickets available at Fuel or contact Kaysie King 1-515-851-8666. GoFundMe

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Community’, a monthly program series featuring current issues in agriculture and local agricultural enterprises. Sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at noon. The first session is Tuesday, December 13. Dr. Kapil Arora, Extension Agricultural Engineer will discuss the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as a new trend that is taking root in Iowa’s agricultural operations. Look to explore the potential agricultural uses of drones; information derived for different imagery by a UAS user. Attendees are asked to bring their own brown bag lunch; extension will provide dessert/drinks. No charge to attend; open to all. Call 1-515-532-3453 with questions. ** Heartland Museum will be hosting a ‘Christmas Bake & Craft Sale’ on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.. Anyone interested in selling, contact Melanie; 1-515689-9102. ** AT THE MOVIES: Showing at the Clarion Theatre “Doctor Strange” (PG-13). Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday on December 2 - 4; and Wednesday, December 7. Also Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 p.m. For current shows/view previews - ; phone 1-515-602-6606. ** FOCU$ ON BU$INE$$: Christmas is a season to shop at local, small businesses as much as possible. Dollars spent here help to assure businesses will be remain open and viable into the future.

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Christmas Open House/Lions Club Soup Supper December 10 Make plans to be in town on Saturday, Dec. 10 as the Lions Club holds their annual Soup Supper and Raffle at the Dows Community Convention Center from 5-7 p.m. The Lions are serving chili, oyster stew and broccoli and cheese soup, along with sandwiches and bars/cookies. They are also raffling off a $1000 grand prize that night, along with $250 for second prize and then five more lucky tickets will be drawn for $50 worth of Dows bucks each. The drawing will be held at 7 p.m., after the soup supper. You need not be present to win the prizes. Tickets

are $10 each, and may be purchased from any Lions Club members, at Muhlenbruch Insurance, and will still be available the night of the supper. Santa will also be on hand at 6 p.m., passing out bags of goodies, so bring your kids and camera. There will be craft vendors with booths set up in the front part of the Dows Community Convention Center, so you can get a good start on your Christmas shopping. Head on down town on December 10 for great shopping and a great meal.

Tables will be set up in the Dows Community Convention Center on Saturday night, December 10, from 5-7 p.m. for vendors, crafters or anyone who has something that they would like to sell as Christmas gifts.

The tables will be set up on Friday, and rent is $10. To make a reservation, please call SheRee at Dows Community Grocery at 515-852-4303.

Drawings to be held at six downtown businesses through the Christmas season

Drawings will be held on December 17, but boxes will start to appear in all businesses on Black Friday. You may register as you shop in these businesses: Dows Community

Grocery, Down Home Restaurant, Down to Earth, Mercantile/Crème, New Images and Second Chances. Each store will draw for various denominations of gift certificates on December 19.

Dows Lions Club blood drive scheduled for December 14 Any blood donor who makes a lifesaving gift during the month of December can receive a pair of festive holiday socks. Every time a LifeServer gives blood, up to three hospital patients’ lives are saved, and online store reward points are earned. Between December 1 and 31, striped holiday socks with blood type patterns will be available in our online store for just 100 points – the same amount a regular donation earns. Show off your commitment to saving lives with our festive holiday socks. Earn those reward points at an upcoming blood

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Dows Community Calendar Thursday, Dec. 1 • JV/Var wrestling at St. Edmond, 6 p.m. • 9th grade basketball at Clarion, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 • Wrestling at Independence, 3 p.m. • JV/Var basketball at Clarion, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 • Wrestling at Independence, 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 • Dows City Council to meet at City Hall, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 9th grade basketball at Humboldt, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 • Preschool story time, ages 3-5, at the Dows Library, 9:15-10 a.m. Contact the library with questions. Thursday, Dec. 8 • JV/Var wrestling at Clarion, 6 p.m. • 9th grade basketball at Webster

The final Texas Style Jam of 2016 will be Friday, Dec. 9, at the Dows Community Convention Center from 6 to 9 pm. Join in the jamming, dancing, eating, and socializing, as they get

City, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 • Texas Style Jam from 6-9 at the DCCC. Bring a snack to share. • JV/Var basketball at Iowa Falls, 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 • Christmas Open House in Dows at the DCCC. Vendors will be in the front part of the building, while the Lions Club has their Soup Supper/Raffle there, too. Santa will make an appearance at 6, raffle drawing at 7. • JV/Var wrestling at Parkersburg, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 • JV wrestling tournament at Clarion, 5 p.m. • 9th grade basketball at Algona, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 • JV/Var basketball at Clear Lake, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 • Lions Club Blood Drive at DCCC from 2 p.m.-6:30.

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