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SHORT Shelter project proposed for park TAKES Milliman Park trail proposal met with opposition TOBACCO PREVENTION COALITION The Harrison County Tobacco Prevention Coalition will meet at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Courthouse Annex Meet-ing Room, Logan. Anyone interested in tobacco prevention and education in Harrison County, is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Julie at (712) 644-2220.

posed project is the construction of a shelter on the north side of the City Park. At the March 12 meeting, the Park Board discussed building a 43-foot pavilion such as the one at Crossroads in Missouri Valley. The estimated cost of construction was $17,500. On March 13, Park Board Members Nikki Al-

Mary Darling Editor Park Board projects, mixed in with a little controversy, were on the Logan City Council Agenda March 12. Logan is joining with nine other communities in Harrison County, in a Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant Application. Logan’s pro-

The Harrison County American Legion Birthday Potluck will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. Post Everlasting/POW/MIA will be at the Missouri Valley Legion Hall. Please contact Ada Isom for more information.

The Logan-Magnolia Baseball and Softball Teams will host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser from 11 a.m. -2 :30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, at the Lo-Ma High School Commons. The menu includes spaghetti, salad and a drink. There will also be raffle prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are being sold by the players and also will be available the day of the event.

WRESTLING AWARDS NIGHT The Logan-Magnolia Wrestling Awards Night is set for, Tuesday, March 27, at Lo-Ma High School. There will be a pizza dinner for wrestling team mem-bers at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the awards and highlight video for the public. A dessert potluck will conclude the evening.

Fourth of July Carnival. It will have electricity and lights in the roof and eventually have bricked pillars. Nordby estimated this structure would be less expensive than the pavilion style. Winther said the park board hoped to have it in place by the Fourth of July. The park board is SEE COUNCIL Page 2

Mary Darling Editor The Logan Kiwanis Club hosted Pancake Day March 17 at the Logan Community Center. Pictured at right, Russ Kurth and Harriett Brust dish up some pancakes to those waiting in line; below left, Cody Carritt, left, and Gordon Fliehe served as two of the cooks; and at right Ben Kelley, 2, digs in to a plate of pancakes. Photos: Mary Darling

PARENTING SEMINAR The Woodbine Community School is hosting a free Parenting Seminar from 6:30-8:30 p.m., March 27. It is called, “Smart Discipline Parenting Seminar,” with speaker Jim Garnett, a Nationally Certified Parent Trainer. To register, call (712) 647-2440. The first 60 families to register re-ceive an $18 book voucher. Childcare will be available.

ter similar to the one presently in the park without the center kitchen area. They estimated the size at 32-feet by 20-feet with a 36-foot by 24-foot concrete pad. It will be placed parallel to the sidewalk in the park in the corner of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street, close to where the Veterans of Foreign Wars sets up its bingo tables during the

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len and Gary Nordby, Logan City Administrator Angela Winther and Logan Maintenance Supervisor Scott Muxfeldt, met at the park to discuss possible locations for the structure. It was decided at that time, the pavilion style shelter was not a fit for the area of the park they wanted to place it in. They decided to return to the original idea of a shel-

According to the proposed $10.1 million, 201213 Logan-Magnolia School Preliminary Budget, the levy for school district residents will drop to $17.67 from $17.71 last year. The board approved the budget for publication at the March 14 meeting. The various levies included in the total levy amount are: General Fund Levy $15.17; Management Levy, $1.06; Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, $.33 and Debt Service Levy, $1.10. According to Supt. Jim Hammrich, the taxable valuation for 2012 has increased to $140,893,537 from $129,108,009 last year. Hammrich also reported the annual revenue generated through the penny sales tax to the district is estimated at $525,000. SEE SCHOOL BOARD Page 6

TSO lends support at Lo-Ma Mary Darling Editor Everyone can use a little support now and then, and that is just what the organizers of the Teacher Support Organization (TSO) had in mind in 2005 when the group was formed. Lisa Fisher and Fran Hutson were both trying to think of ways to help the elementary teachers and Elementary Principal Jim Makey connected them and the result was the TSO. Since that time, the group has met monthly and held a two-hour help night each month working on projects teachers have left for them to complete. According to president Julie Witte, one of the goals of the organization is to reimburse teachers for any out-of-pocket expenses they may have throughout the year as well as provide support for the teachers. S EE TSO Kala Wingert, one of the members of the Teacher Support Organization, double checks the baskets prior to Photo: Mary Darling Page 6 the Pops Concert March 13.

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COUNCIL: Projects FROM PAGE 1 applying for approximately $4,500 in grant funds, and already has $12,000 budgeted to use for the project. According to Allen, Midwest Mechanical will install the concrete and construct the steel brackets. “The Logan Kiwanis Club has offered to put up the structure,” Allen said. “We will try to purchase supplies locally, such as the shingles.” Bob Dean, representing the American Legion, said his group would also like to add a memorial of some type to the city park. He said they would like to relocate the flagpoles and add some type of memorial stone walkway. “There are endless possibilities,” Dean said. “We offered to fund a piece of the project. We are working hard to be good citizens with the city.” The Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant Applica-tion has to be submitted the week of March 19. The City Council approved moving forward with the application for the grant. Matt Pitt, Logan Kiwanis President, discussed a proposed trail project at Milliman Park the Logan Kiwanis Club would like to move forward with. Pitt showed a GIS map of two possible trails that would be constructed by the Logan Kiwanis Club and the Boy Scouts. The trails would be five-to six-feet wide so two people could walk side by side, he said. According to Pitt, there would initially be no cost to the city for the project. It would be completed through volunteer labor. “It disheartens me to see the park lay there and not be used,” Pitt said. Samantha Johnson, whose property would be surrounded on two sides by the proposed trails, reminded the council of the heated discussion held on the same topic three years ago. “We have rights as private citizens for privacy,” Johnson said. “When we bought this property we had expectations of privacy. People won’t stay on the trail, they are going to be coming through my yard.”

According to Johnson, Monte and Laurie Storm, other property owners bordering the proposed trails, also are not in favor of the trail. Johnson told the council she would fight hard against the project. Johnson disagreed with Pitt that there would be no cost to the project. “First, the land needs to be surveyed,” Johnson said. “As a private property owner, I’m not going to let someone come through without a survey. We would also need a privacy fence.” Pitt told the council he respected what Johnson said, but totally disagreed. “The park is for public use,” Pitt said. “As hard as you are going to fight, I will fight to oppose you.” Allen said what she envisioned for the area, including flower gardens, was not what Johnson was envisioning. “There has to be a medium meeting point somewhere,” Allen said. “Look at some projects the Park Board has done in the past. Our Board isn’t going to let this be a Mickey Mouse project. I

think we proved ourselves before. We wouldn’t sit here and let a project not be viable for the community come this far.” Mayor Randy Fetter said he felt more work needed to be done and that he would like to see a solid plan at the next meeting and suggested using the smaller proposed trail that is not near any of the properties as an example. Pat Dague met with the council regarding water charges at one of his rental properties and a bill he was contesting that he owed the city for water. After discussion, the council sent the matter to the water committee for review. In other action, the Council approved a Class C Liquor and Sunday Sales Permit for the Beaver Hut Pub. This new business is in the former Spiel’s Pub building on Seventh Street. Prior to the regular council meeting, a public hearing was held regarding the FY 2012-2013 city budget. No comments were received for or against, and the Council approved the budget.

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Tomatoes As mid-March has arrived, I think it is a good time to highlight a few things about choosing growing tomatoes in the garden. Whether you have started (or are yet starting) them or will purchase plants for transplanting, remember that like nearly all other things we grow outside, the most important day in the life, and success, of that plant is the day you first put them in the ground. The first and foremost consideration is choosing an appropriate variety or varieties for your garden. Different varieties can have considerably different flavor profiles and that coupled with consideration of the time from transplant to harvest is a solid factor as well. Tomatoes in many ways are a forgiving (that means easy) garden plant to grow. Tomatoes are actually perennial, but they will not tolerate frost. But they grow rapidly, so it is easiest to treat them as annual plants. When you look at a seed packet or look at a label on a pack of transplants, there should be information that can help you know variety and expected time to maturity. But there often is one to several letter codes that can be a great help for the

home gardener. Next time you are in the store, look at a seed pack or pack of transplants for these disease resistance codes. A common combination is “VFN.” What that means is the tomato breeders have selected for resistance to three common disease problems. Although there may be additional disease resistance issues, here is a list of some common codes, and what disease resistance they represent: “V” – represents resistance to the fungi that can cause Verticillium wilt of tomato. Verticillium is a very common soil-borne organism, and the wilt begins as yellow V-shaped lesions that narrow toward the leaf margins. Those legions grow and spread, causing the leaf to brown and die. Often the lower leaves will be progressively lost while upper branches will continue growing, albeit stunted. “F” – represents resistance to Fusarium wilt, which shows up as nonuniform yellowing on one side of the leaf, or even plant. It also tends to start on older, lower leaves, and the stem usually gets infected, causing the plant to wither.

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“N” – represents nematode resistance. Nematodes are parasitic roundworms that live in the soil and infest roots, leading to galls that can be up to an inch across. Affected plants tend to be less vigorous, and are more prone to summer dryness. The “VFN” coded varieties have resistance to all three of these. I would strongly recommend choosing varieties with at least the VFN designation, to cover your bases. Additional codes are also available now, such as “A” for Alternaria resistance (Alternaria infection causes stem cankers that spread to

leaves and fruit); and “T” which indicates resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus that causes mottled leaves and messes up tomato size and numbers that reach maturity. Some resistant varieties may still be infected, but the infections are generally milder. Good gardening practices including cleaning off plant material at the end of the year and keeping an eye out for problems so you can control them early. For additional information, please contact Rich Pope at the Harrison County Extension Office at ropope@iastate.edu or (712) 644-2105.

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session of alcohol and released to their parents. •Deputy Sieck and Deputy Denton responded to Interstate 29 for a report of a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane of travel. The vehicle was located and stopped at the 83-mile marker. The driver was an elderly man that was confused and lost. He was transported to the hospital where he was checked out and family members were called. •Deputy Cohrs is investigating the dumping of tires on Geneva Place. A vehicle description was given. •Deputy Heffernan is investigating a theft from a bin site on 305th Street. •Deputy Klutts was called to a burn site off Liberty Avenue. The subject was found to be burning a brush pile. •Deputy Cohrs responded to a semi that was stuck on Loess Hills Trail south of Missouri Valley. The trucker advised he was trying to turn around after seeing he could not get under the underpass. A wrecker was called and the driver cited and released. •Deputy Knickman and Deputy Killpack responded to a subject on 170th Street, threatening to hurt himself. The subject was found and transported to Alegent Health for treatment. No bed space was found in Council Bluffs so the subject was transported to Cherokee Mental Health Institution. •Deputy Klutts is investigating a burglary of a residence in Mondamin. A suspect has been developed. March 13 •Deputy Killpack is investigating reports of

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Early Access services CMH Lab accredited Childhood IA accepting available from Green proposals Hills Education Agency Early Access Services are available from the Green Hills Area Education Agency for children with special needs. To be eligible, a child must be younger than age 3; have a health or physical condition that affects his or her growth and development; or have a delay in his or her ability to play, hear, see, talk or move. Anyone having questions about their infant or toddler’s growth and development may call Early ACCESS. A local service coordinator will contact the family to listen to their concerns, answer questions about available supports and services and help guide them through the next steps to get the help they may need.

Many supports and services are available at no cost to families, with support by Green Hills AEA. Others may have a cost and the service coordinator will help identify those costs and potential funding sources. The Harrison, Shelby, Monona Early Childhood Area provides funding for an Early ACCESS service coordinator in Harrison and Shelby Counties. Ruth Rust may be contacted at the Harlan Area Education Agency office at (712) 7553896. To make a referral to Early ACCESS, please contact Sheryl Fritz at the Halvorson Center at (712) 366-0503, or the local Green Hills AEA regional office.

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Lo-Ma has three chosen for All-State Speech festival

Logan-Magnolia High school speech students took part in the Iowa High School Individual Speech Contest March 10 in Ames. Three of those performances were chosen to continue on to perform at AllState Speech March 26, at the University of Iowa, Cedar Falls. They included, Cade Bolte, prose; Daniel Norton, original oratory; and Sam Thompson, poetry. Other results included: •Sam Thompson, Acting (Division II), Poetry (Division I). •Kendra Holcomb, Acting (Division I), Expository (Division I). •Brad Benson, Storytelling (Division I), After Dinner Speaking (Division John Killpack II). been an active volunteer at •Savannah Sheets, LitThe Bridge in Storm Lake, a erary Program (Division Christian-based service or- II), Musical Theatre (Diganization. “Serving others is a passion of mine that I will carry throughout my life, Killpack said. “One of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill said, ‘We Piano students of Anne make a living by what we Stoner participated in the get, but we make a life by Federated Music Club Piwhat we give.’ I strive to ano Festival March 10 at improve my servant leader- Lo-Ma High School. Stuship on my campus and dents earned the following within the community of ratings: Storm Lake.” Katie Diggins: Solo, The Newman Civic Felsuperior; Hymns, superior. low Award is named for Dr. Ellis Johnson: Solo, Frank Newman, one of the excellent; duet, superior. founders of Campus ComVictoria Johnson: Solo, pact, who dedicated his life superior; duet, superior. to creating opportunities Daniel Norton: Solo, for student civic learning superior; hymns, superior. and engagement. Robert Davies: Solo, superior; hymns, superior. Abi Rosengren: Solo, superior; hymns, superior. Savannah Johnson: Solo, superior. Music will be by Kalle Kennedy: Solo, “Roadhaus.” A raffle is also being held for a 55-inch Toshiba LED TV and an Ipad 2. Tickets are available from members of the Department.

Killpack awarded national honor for volunteer service John Killpack, a Buena Vista University (BVU) junior biology major from Logan, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of his exemplary volunteer service. He is one of 160 students nationally who were selected for the honor by the service organization Campus Compact. He was nominated by BVU President Fred Moore. “John invests multiple hours into serving the Storm Lake community and beyond and is a dedicated student,” said Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement at BVU. “Since John has stepped foot on campus, we have seen nothing but exceptional dedication to make an impact on campus and in the world.” Killpack’s civic engagement activities that have been recognized through this award include his work with Student MOVE (Mobilizing Outreach and Volunteer Efforts), the student advisory board to the Office of Civic Engagement at BVU; AWOL (Alternative Week of Offsite Learning), BVU’s service focused spring break program; and AmeriCorps. He also has

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McElwain students take part in festival Piano students of Loie McElwain, Woodbine participated in the Federated Music Club Piano Festival March 10 at Logan. Superior ratings in piano solos and hymn playing went to: Abbie Carlson, Alex Knauss and Jenny Stueve.

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vision I). •Parker Bolte, Radio News Announcing (Division I). •Brett Rosengren, Radio News Announcing (Division I). •Sydney Pickle, Acting (Division 2), Prose (Divis-

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ion I). •Denisha Dobbs, Poetry (Division I). •Alex Knauss, Storytelling (Division I). Logan-Magnolia •Cade Bolte, Prose (Di- Elementary School will vision I). hold its annual Kinder•Daniel Norton, Orig- garten Roundup April 12 inal Oratory (Division I). and 13 at the elementary school. This is for children who will be aged 5 prior to Sept. 15, 2012. There will be a Parents’ Night at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in the Elementary A Superior rating in School Commons. Please piano solo went to, Sarah call the Elementary School Stueve and a superior rating at (712) 644-2168 to prein piano duet to Alex register your child for Roundup. There are regisKnauss. An excellent rating in tration forms on the webhymn playing went to Sarah site,www.lomaschools.org that may be filled out and Stueve. to Students earning gold emailed schase@lomaschools.org, cups were: Abbie Carlson, three year piano solo; and or mailed to the school at Alex Knauss, nine year 1200 N. Second Ave., piano solo and piano duet. Logan, IA 51546.

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Logan’s Firemens Ball The Logan Fire and Rescue Department will celebrate its 123rd annual Firemen’s Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 7. Tickets are $10 per couple.

Lo-Ma Speech students chosen to participate in the AllState Speech Festival include, from left to right, Cade Bolte, Sam Thompson and Daniel Norton. Photo: Mary Darling

The Harrison, Monona, Shelby Early Childhood Iowa (HMS ECI) Board is accepting proposals for the 2013 fiscal year from each county on projects that serve and meet the needs of youth-pre-natal to five years of age. The purpose of Early Childhood Iowa is to create a partnership between communities and state government. Each local community is encouraged to focus on improving the quality of life for families with young children. Primary emphasis will be to assist families with children from pre-natal to five years of age. It is encouraged to build on existing relationships and focus upon evidenced-based or promising practice programs that support early childhood services and school readiness. HMS ECI supports opportunities to have a safe, nurturing environment for children and to ultimately prepare for entry into school with the abilities to be successful. To request an application or for more information, please contact the HMS ECI office at (712) 4339553. Applications are due by noon on Thursday, April 19.

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Paul Hutson - Junior “Paco” has been a joy to have in Spanish class. He always asks questions that other students think about, but don’t ask and consistently maintains one of the highest grades of all the students in class. He walks in first hour with a smile, never complains about assignments and is overall really “emocionado” to learn Spanish. It has been a pleasure to have such a positive influence in my classroom. Congratulations to the Lo-Ma/Harrison Mutual Student of the Week! ATTENTION TEACHERS!

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Kody Kersten AHCMH Auxilary donates new tub completes final season

The Auxiliary of Alegent Health Com-munity Memorial Hospital, recently provided nearly $10,000 for the purchase of a new Apollo Advantage Bathing System. The tub provides front entry and exit with a userfriendly door. This system allows bathers to enter in a comfortable and secure chair without the danger of traditional lifts. The whirlpool action of the tub also provides a gentle massaging Pictured from left to right are Auxiliary members, Marilyn Tamisea, Marge Sass, Kathy motion that soothes and Kellogg, Sherry Kleveter, Carole McCurley, Kathy Brandon (in tub), Judy Ruffcorn, Barb nurtures skin while the Guinan, Evelyn Fairchild and Fran Dvorak. Submitted photo thermometer monitors water temperature to ensure a safer bath. With less likelihood of a pain- assist the hospital and more than $6,000 in local Harrison County Alegent scholarships annually. To the system’s ergonomic ful injury. The Auxiliary spon- Health Clinics with join the Auxiliary, call design, bending and back strain are reduced for the sors many fundraisers equipment needs and up- (712) 642-9213. provider, which means throughout the year to dates. They also provide

Kody Kersten Kody Kersten’s senior wrestling season for Midland University came to a close with a loss to number two ranked Brian Block of Morningside College. Kersten surrendered a 6-7 loss in the All-American Round when he turned Block for a two-point back exposure in the third period, but failed to get the three-point near fall and force the match into an overtime. Kersten’s outstanding sen-ior season included a third place finish in the Iowa State Open; first place in the Midland Open; first place in the Missouri Valley University Invitational; First Team All-Conference

in the GPAC; 5-0 performance in National Duals; and a second place finish in the Northern Regional. Kersten was twice named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week in the 2012 season by the National Office and held the number one national ranking for a fourweek period. Kersten finished the season with a 29-9 record, recording 21 pins, a technical fall and three major decisions, giving his team bonus points in 25 of his 29 wins. Kersten will graduate this spring with a major in criminal justice and a minor in psychology and coaching.

DeSoto hosting Migratory Bird Day

A scene from last year at DeSoto Refuge. Submitted photo

TSO: Lending support to Lo-Ma Teachers FROM PAGE 1 “Supportive parents, grandparents and other members of the community meet once a month to take part in finishing projects for teachers on designated teacher help nights,” Witte said. “We also provide meals for the teachers during parent-teacher conferences twice a year. We actively participate in fundraising in order to be able to reimburse the teachers each year.” The teacher help nights usually consist of cutting out projects, coloring projects or assembling packets. “We also reimburse teachers for items used within their classroom that they have to pay for them-

selves,” Witte said. “Typically, this is prizes and awards for the students.” Past fundraisers for the group have included concessions at movie nights in the park, Fourth of July sales and the school carnival. They decided this year to hold the carnival every other year instead of yearly. “This year, we had our annual Teacher Appreciation Tailgate in the park where any school staff could come and eat for free,” Witte said. “We also had a McTeacher Night at McDonald’s, which was very successful. A lot of Lo-Ma families came out to support the teachers and school. We also have our basket sale again this year. Themes include,

camping, movie night, and a games basket that includes a Wii system and games.” Witte said future plans include a craft fair/vendor fair in the fall, as well as the yearly activities like the McTeacher Night and the Teacher Appreciation Tailgate. The themed baskets the classrooms have created were on display at the Pops Concert and will be on display at parentteacher conferences and at Grandpar-ents Day, April 5. Tickets may be purchased for $1 at these events and placed in the box for the basket of choice. Winners will be drawn during the Grandparent’s Day Celebration.

Presently, the group includes about 15 active members as well as numerous supportive parents, grandparents and other members of the community. “Any parent, grandparent or other interested adults are invited to join TSO,” Witte said. “Please feel free to contact any member or attend a meeting. We are on the Lo-Ma website as well as on Facebook.” The next meeting will be April 12 and next help night is March 22. Officers include: President, Julie Witte; VicePresident, Kala Jo Wingert; Secretary, Sarah Moss and Treasurer, Diane Wiener.

SCHOOL BOARD: Budget shows drop in levy FROM PAGE 1 The budget hearing will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, prior to the regular meeting. The Board approved a contract for Tricia Marcum as a cook for the food service, and a contract for Loftus Heating and AC to install a humidifier in the auditorium for $4,271. The resignation of Debbie Leonard as Hot Lunch Coordinator, effective March 30, was approved by the Board. Leonard has served the district for 20 years. Several open enrollments were approved including: •Josh and Alisha Knauss, one kindergarten student, West Harrison to Lo-Ma. •Brenton and Linda Saron, one third grade and one fifth grade student, TriCenter to Lo-Ma. •Kari Hyme, one ninth grade student, Lewis Central to Lo-Ma. •Jackie and Damon Marcum, one fifth grade student, Missouri Valley to LoMa. •Larry and Jackie Albert, one tenth grade student, West Harrison to Lo-Ma. Due to Junior-Senior Principal, Christi Goch-

enour’s conflict with the 2013 graduation date, (her son is also graduating that same time) she spoke with 2013 Lo-Ma graduation class members regarding changing the date. They agreed to Saturday, May 11. The Board approved the date change. Gochenour and Elementary Principal Jim Makey discussed the annual improvement goals and recent test results. According to Makey, their biggest area of concern is when students get into the sixth grade. “They seem to slip,” Makey said. “We are still getting a high percentage of our kids in the high category, but the middle category is slipping down.’ Elementary results of the Iowa Assessments included: Math Proficiencies: Third Grade: Non-Proficient - 5 percent; Proficient - 95 percent. Fourth Grade: Non-Proficient - 6 percent; Proficient - 94 percent. Fifth Grade: Non-Proficient - 8 percent; Proficient - 92 percent. Sixth Grade: Non-Proficient - 26 percent; Proficient - 74 percent.

Reading Proficiencies: Third Grade: Non-Proficient - 10 percent; Proficient - 90 percent. Fourth Grade: Non-Proficient - 16 percent; Proficient - 84 percent. Fifth Grade: Non-Proficient - 12 percent; Proficient - 88 percent. Sixth grade: Non-Proficient - 30 percent; Proficient - 70 percent. Gochenour and Makey said this seemed to be a strong, disturbing trend and cited it was part curriculum and part instructional strategies. “I think we have good teachers,” said Board member Shelley Foutch. “The kids just don’t have time to become proficient.” Makey told the board they may visit some schools that have turned the drop in proficiency around. Gochenour said she is impressed with the hightened rigor of classes in the high school and the scores that have come up, but there is still a decline coming from sixth to seventh grade, she said. Makey said Kindergarten Round Up will be held April 12 and 13 and Pre-school Signup

April 19. “The preschool program will change a little next year,” Makey said. “If a child is eligible for kindergarten, but the parents want their child to attend preschool again, the student will have to attend longer hours each day, in order for the district to get funding.” The board approved the audit and for Piper Jaffray to handle the refinancing of the General Obligation Bonds. Electronic bidding was set for April 11. Jack Winther asked the board for permission for the Loess Hills Shooting Course Team, A Scholastic Clay Target Program, to compete in the high school tournament this year and represent the school district. “There would be no cost to the school,” Winther said. “So far there are 30 kids involved with one coach per three kids. It’s a sport everyone can compete in and might be a nice niche for the kids that don’t fit into the other sports. ”Board members said they would consider Winther’s request.

Spring has sprung and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will host a “Spring Migratory Bird Day,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 24. View a variety of bird species at a Refuge established as a sanctuary for migratory birds. Come drive or bike through the Refuge’s roadways that lead to a variety of habitats. Refuge staff and volunteers will be stationed at active wildlife sites along the Refuge drive with spotting scopes and binoculars to help visitors find and identify the birds of the spring migration. Stop at the Visitor’s Center for viewing

station locations. In late March, you may see wood ducks, blue winged teal, pelicans, shorebirds and other migrants. Family-based activities will take place in the Visitor Center throughout the day. You may play the migration game, enjoy wildlife videos and participate in a Junior Refuge Manager Program and other children’s wildlife activities and crafts. Educational programs and activities March 24, are part of the refuge’s annual celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

Seeking poets for National Library Week To wrap up National Library Week, April 8-14, at the Woodbine Carnegie Library, a poetry reading featuring award winning author, Mary Helen Stefaniak, will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Woodbine Carnegie Library. Poets are being sought to read their original works for the event. Stefaniak, 2011 winner of the Anisfield Wolf Book Award for Fiction for her book, “The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia,” will offer a silent critique to poets who wish to participate. Stefaniak has also received the Independent Booksellers’ Indie Next Great Read from the Wisconsin Library Association

and Outstanding Achievement from W.W. Norton & Company. Stefaniak has also authored, “The Turk and My Mother, A Different Plain, Self Storage and Other Stories” and more. More on the author is available online at www.maryhelenstefaniak.com. Coffee and appetizers will be served during the free event and the public is encouraged to attend and support the Woodbine Carnegie Library and local poets. The event will conclude with a book signing by Stefaniak. If you would like to read, or for more information, contact Nikki Davis at wannabriter@yahoo.com, or (712) 310-6314.

Southwest Iowa Beekeepers to meet The Southwest Iowa Bee-keepers Association will meet at 7 p.m., Friday, March 23 at the Feedlot Steakhouse and Lounge, 1904 E. Seventh St, Atlantic. A Dutch treat meal will be ordered off the

menu. The Program will be regarding Spring Colony Management. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Don-na or Mike at (712) 778-4256 or email mbrahms@netins.net.


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Church Obituaries were born. Linda later divorced and went on to attend Iowa Western Community College and earned an Associate’s Degree. She enjoyed working for Smith, Peterson, Beckman and Wilson as a probate specialist in Council Bluffs from 19771984. In 1984, she moved to Logan and opened up, “Linda Lou’s,” which she owned and operated up until her death. It was in Logan that she found great people and continued to build lifelong relationships with friends and customers. Linda never met a stranger. Linda is best known for great food, fine spirits and enjoying life. In July of 1994, she married Merrill Gardner and they built and shared a beautiful

LINDA LOU LEGG Linda Lou Legg, 65, Logan, passed away March 11 at her home in Logan. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., March 17, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Logan, with Father Mike Berner officiating. Organist was Judy Dinkel. Musical selections included, “Ave Maria,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Burial was held at 2 p.m., March 18, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Atlantic. Linda was born Aug. 27, 1946, in Anita, to Bernard and Muriel (Spies) Legg. She graduated from Anita High School. After graduation, she married Francis Marnin of Anita and from this union, three children

home together, enjoying coffee, warm companionship and the daily crossword puzzle. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Aaron Bell and brother Teddy Legg. Survivors include her husband Merrill Garner, Logan; children, LeeAnn Ullsperger and husband Scott of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mike Marnin, Logan; John Marnin and wife Kimberly, Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren, Nina Ullsperger, Brittany Marnin, Clayton Marnin, Maddison Marnin and Mason Marnin; brothers, Richard Legg (Jan), Griswold, Bernard Legg (Marge), Ames, John Legg (Joyce), Tama and sisterin-law Lindy Legg, Ames. Logan Memorial Chapel 215 North Fourth Avenue Logan, Iowa 51546 712-644-2929

HARLAN COLLINS Harlan Eugene Collins, 80, Logan, died March 14 at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley. Memorial services were held at 5:30 p.m., March 18, at Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine with Roger Seeley officiating. Committal services will be at a later date at the Greenwood Cemetery near Logan. Harlan was born April 23, 1931, to Theodore and

Agnes (Rief) Collins in Council Bluffs. He was raised in Logan and graduated from Logan High School in 1949. On Aug. 6, 1952, Harlan married Marilyn Michael. The couple made their home in Mondamin. Harlan worked for the telephone company from August 1954 through August 1991. After his retirement from GTE, he enjoyed helping his good friend, Skip Leonard, with cattle feeding as well as the spring and fall fieldwork. Harlan enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid gardener, canned many quarts of vegetables and shared fresh produce with his family and friends. Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jacob Leonard; and brother, Kenneth Collins. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, Logan; sons, Michael Collins and his wife Cindy, Logan, Randy Collins and his wife Sharon, Armstrong, Iowa; daughters, Linda Muell, Omaha, Neb., and Vicky and her husband Steve Earlywine, Logan; seven grandchildren, Scott, Jason, Brent, Jessica, Christin, Kylee and Annie; four great grandchildren, Hailey, Hunter, Jaxen and Jude; sister, Rosalie and her husband Merlin Jor-gensen, Omaha, Neb.; sister-in-law, Myrna Collins, Logan; and many other relatives and friends. Fouts Funeral Home 501 Normal Street Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2221

Herman earns award at Harrison County Farm Bureau meeting The Harrison County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting March 14 at Shadow Valley Golf Course near Woodbine. At the meeting, the Farm Bureau presented Linda Herman, Pisgah, with the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award. The award was presented by County President Russ Kurth. Herman is a long-long farmer in Harrison County and has served in various organizations, contributing many, many hours of volunteer time to the community. Her volunteer activities have included, the Harrison County Extension Council (County and State Levels), Commissioner of the Soil and Water Conservation District, committee member for the Harrison County Farm Bureau, Town and Country Arts, and Shadow Valley Players. She was a successful Farm Bureau Insurance Agency for many years and currently

Linda Herman works with the Loess Hills Hospitality Organization, promoting tourism. She is an avid biker and member of the Huff’n Puff Bike Club and has participated in RAGBRAI for many years. Herman has consistently supported agriculture in her farming practices, in her conservation and stewardship of the land and in her dedication to the rural community and way of life.

Family Planning Clinic scheduled for March 21 Harrison County Public Health (HCPH) will offer Family Planning Clinics to guide client’s important health decisions via well women exams, counseling, STD screenings and birth control supplies.

A clinic will be from 2-5 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at Alegent Health Clinic, Woodbine. Call HCPH at (712) 6442220 with questions or to schedule an appointment. All services are confidential.

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THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Modale and Missouri Valley Pastor Kim Crummer 642-3168 or 642-2464 Modale Worship, 9:30 a.m. Missouri Valley Sunday School during church services Missouri Valley Worship, 10:30 a.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Logan Branch Pres. - Wayne Kennedy Sunday Sacrament, 10 a.m. Sunday School, 11:20 a.m. Primary 11:20 a.m. Priesthood and Relief Society, 12:10 p.m. Seminary and MIA, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays Mutual/Scouts, Wed. 7 p.m. LITTLE SIOUX CHURCH OF CHRIST 403 Mulberry Little Sioux, Iowa 51545 (712) 646-2644 Wayne Bahr, pastor Youth Pastor, Joey Norton Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Kirk Parsons Youth Leaders Kirk and Pam Parsons Sunday School 9:30 Worship Service 10:30 First Sunday of every month, 9:30 worship followed by fellowship LIFELINE ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH Pastor Hank Gruver Co-pastor Suzi Peterson 1207 Harrison St., Dunlap, Iowa - 6435475 Sun.: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:30 a.m., Morning Worship; Thurs.: 7 p.m., Intercessory Prayer. PERSIA TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH Vacancy Pastor: Rev. Merlene Ostebee Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. Communion the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month GRACE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP of the

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Nursery and children’s church provided during worship - infants through 3rd grade. Wed., 7 p.m.,men’s and women’s fellowship study and prayer MONDAMIN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Harley Johnsen Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday - Youth Group “Magnolia Fire Escape” 7:30 p.m. at Magnolia Fire Hall Wednesday Family NIghts 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. (during school year) LOGAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH Minister Ron Riley Associate Pastor John Sievering, 644-2642 www.loganchristianchurch.org Saturday Service - 7 p.m. Sunday Worship, 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. 6th - High School Youth, 6-8 p.m.

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PERSIA METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Orris Drake Sunday Worship, 8:45 a.m. ST. ANNE’S Logan Rev. Michael Berner, Pastor 644-2535 • 644-2092 Saturday Mass, 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass, 8:00 a.m. ST. PATRICK’S Dunlap Saturday Mass, 5:45 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. SACRED HEART Woodbine Sunday 9:30 a.m. HOLY FAMILY Mondamin 645-2683 Saturday Mass, 4 p.m. Sunday Mass, 8 a.m. ST. PATRICK’S Missouri Valley Rev. Michael Berner, Pastor Saturday Mass, 5 p.m. Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pisgah

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MONDAMIN CHURCH OF CHRIST (Christian) 207 Noyes Mondamin, Iowa 51557 (712) 646-2644 Wayne Bahr, pastor Jeff Bierbrodt, Youth Pastor Worship – 9:00 a.m. Sunday School – 10:15 a.m. ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH Honey Creek 545-3022 Pastor David Kuhnle Bible Study, 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class - 9 a.m. Children’s Church in 10 a.m. service ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Magnolia -Sunday Worship at Immanuel Lutheran Church Logan

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PERSIA ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Duane Anunson Sunday Worship, 8:30 a.m. PISGAH COMMUNITY OF CHRIST Pastor Terry McHugh Co-Pastor Ralph Hussing Sunday School, 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Mondamin Lay Pastor Pam Schwertley Sunday School, 10:30a.m. Sunday Worship, 9:45 a.m. THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Little Sioux Lay Pastor Pam Schwertley Sunday Worship, 8:45 a.m. Fellowship Hour, 9:30 United Methodist Women, 3rd Wednesday Every Month LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH Logan Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m. and

Sunday night 6:30 p.m. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Missouri Valley 642-2538 Rev. Barbara Todd firstpresbymvmsn.com Adult Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, 11:15 a.m. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Logan Pastor Jerald Firby 644-2384 • 642-2842 Sunday Worship, 9:00 a.m. Fellowship: 10:00 10:15 a.m. Sun. School, 10:15 11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 10:15 0 11:00 a.m. LOGAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Jack D. Hofmockel Worship, 9:30 a.m. Contemp. Sun. School, 9:30 NEW LIFE CHURCH Logan Comm. Center Pastor Stan Udd 642-9363 Small Groups Opening Contact Nathan 402-253-0642

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LAND D AUCTION 200 ac. m/l • Jefferson & Cass Townships • Harrison County, Iowa

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Thursday,, Marchh 29,, 2012 The Twisted Tail Steakhouse, Beebeetown, Iowa

OPENN HOUSE: Home will be open for viewing Sunday, March 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 25th from 1 to 3 p.m., or by appointment by contacting Ed Spencer at 402-510-3276. DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM: From the east edge of Logan, Iowa, south on Overton Ave., 1 mile, then left (east) on Reading Trail approximately 41⁄2 miles, then left on 270th St. approximately 21⁄2 miles. Signs posted.

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TRACT T 1: 178.09 taxable acres, 100% tillable. Legall Description: The Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, The Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, and the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 25, Township 79N, Range 42 West of the 5th PM; and the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter and the North one-half of the Southwest Quarter Southwest Quarter of Section 30, Township 79N, Range 41W of the 5th PM, Harrison County, Iowa except the W1/2 SW1/4 SW1/4 25-79-42, Harrison County, Iowa. Taxes: $3,434 for 2010 tax year, prorated to March 1, 2012. Tillablee Acres: 100% tillable. TRACT T 2: 3311 270th St., Logan, Iowa. 21.4 taxable acres w/home & improvements. Legall Description: The South 1/2 of SWSW, 30-79-41, Harrison County, Iowa. Taxes: $2,414 for 2010 tax year, prorated to the date of closing. Tillablee Acres: 8.08 tillable acres m/l. Improvements: Home: Remodeled 2400 sq. ft. home features 2 bedrooms on main level, 2 bedrooms on the upper level, 2 bathrooms, home office, formal dining room, play room and gas fireplace. New hardy board siding and 30 year roof in 2002. New windows throughout the home. New furnace/heat pump 2009. New water heater. Newer flooring. Newer wiring. Dishwasher, range and refrigerator. Shop: 48'x48' equipment bay plus heated interior workshop and toilet room. Loft storage with 20' high ceilings. Machine Shed: 90'x54' enclosed Morton building that is currently set up with 3 horse stalls. Grain Storage: Aprox. 43,000-bu. grain storage consisting of: 19x24 Shivers drying bin, 24x36 bin, 21x24 bin, 18x24 bin, 18x18 bin, cross augers. Other buildings: 108'x48' Pole Shed open to one side with auto waterers. 90'x54' Pole Shed. Two Run Out Sheds. 24x40 Shed. 190x100 Riding Ring w/Footing. Garden Shed. Note: Water and electric is run to all buildings. FSA A Information,, Entiree Farm: Farm#: 4339 Tract#: 4484 Cropland: 190.8 See Reverse For Plat & FSA Maps. Corn Base: 134.2 DY: 93 CCY: 93 Bean Base: 55.9 DY: 33 CCY: 33 CSR Estimated at 62 per Harrison County NRCS Soil Survey. Note: If Tracts 1 & 2 are sold to different buyers, farm bases will be split by the Harrison County FSA. Possession: Buyer will have farming rights on day of the auction upon signing of purchase agreement and payment of earnest deposit. Buyer will receive full possession of residence on August 1, 2012. Buyers will have full farming rights on both parcels for 2012. Methodd off Auction: Tract 1 will be sold on a dollar per taxable acre basis. Tract 2 will be sold on a total dollar basis. Terms: 10% down on each tract day of auction, with balance due on or before April 27th, 2012. Buyer accepts the property in its as-is condition. Buyer will enter into a purchase agreement immediately following the auction. Bids are not subject to financing, so your financing must be arranged prior to the auction. Acceptancee off Bids: Final bids are subject to the seller’s approval. Title: Sellers will provide abstract and clear and marketable title on Tract 1 at closing. Seller will provide clear and marketable title and title insurance on Tract 2 at closing, with the cost of the title insurance being split 50/50 between the buyer and the sellers. Auctioneer’ss Note: This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a highly productive hill farm and/or a fully equipped home base farming headquarters. Amenities include a very nice remodeled farm home with numerous outbuildings for both livestock use and equipment storage, 48x48 farm shop, heated with a 16’ overhead door and attached workshop. There are approximately 43,000-bu. of grain storage. Jim & Luanne have decided to retire, are moving to Vermont, and are selling their farm and homestead at public auction. Home and buildings will be open for viewing Sunday, March 18th and Sunday, March 25th from 1 to 3 p.m., or by appointment ONLY by contacting Ed Spencer at 402-510-3276.

Agency: Ed Spencer Real Estate and Associates are agents for and represent the seller. All bidders will be considered customers, not clients. Disclaimer: Announcements made by the auctioneer at the time of the sale will take precedence over any previously printed material or any other oral statements made. All information contained in this brochure and all related materials are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement to purchase. The property is being sold on an as is where is basis, and no warranty or representation either expressed or implied concerning the property is made by the seller or the Auction Company. Each potential bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own independent inspections, investigations, inquiries and due diligence concerning the property. The information contained in this brochure is believed to be accurate but is subject to verification by all parties relying on it. No liability for its accuracy, errors or omissions is assumed by the seller or the Auction Company. All sketches and dimensions in this brochure are approximate. All acreages are approximate and have been estimated based on aerial photographs. Conduct of the auction and increments of bidding are at the direction and discretion of the auctioneer.

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10 March 21, 2012

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HCHPH offering half price flu shots to county residents After weeks of low influenza levels in Iowa, Harrison County Home and Public Health (HCHPH) reports statewide surveillance indicates increasing flu activity. To fight this upward trend, and to protect the health of more people during flu season, HCHPH is offering the flu vaccine for fifty percent off - $12.50 – to encourage people who are not yet vaccinated to finally get the shot. “The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May,” said BJ Abrams, HCHPH public health nurse. “It’s never too late to get vaccinated and getting the shot now will offer protection throughout this flu season. It also will-

help keep those healthy that are traveling over spring break as they visit areas where flu levels may be higher.” The offer expires Friday, April 6. HCHPH asks that you please call (712) 644-2220 to make an appointment. Abrams recommends that if you have flu symptoms, to help out your family, friends and coworkers by staying home to avoid spreading the virus. Additionally, she said it is important to cover coughs and sneezes and clean hands frequently to help yourself and others stay healthy. The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that all Iowans age six months and older receive the flu vac-

cine. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses and is among the top 10 causes of death in Iowa. It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness and complications in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. For more information about the flu, please visit www.flu.gov, or call (712) 6442220.

Logan Kiwanis inducts new members

The Logan Kiwanis Club inducted three new members during the March 15 meeting at the Logan Community Center. Pictured, from left to right are, Pete Colpitts, Kevin Brown and Cody Carritt, who were inducted by Roger Ploeger, Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis IowaNebraska District. The Logan Kiwanis Club now has more than 30 members. Photo: Mary Darling

Legal Notices PUBLIC NOTICE LOGAN CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS March 12, 2012 At 6:55 p.m., immediately following the public hearing, Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson called the meeting to order. Those present were Council Members Clark, Johnson, Greve, Lefeber and Crum. Mayor Fetter arrived at 7:10 p.m. Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson asked if there were any additions or deletions to the agenda. Agenda items 10 and 11 were deleted because the Clerk had not received the information needed to proceed with these items at the time of the meeting. Motion was made by Greve and seconded by Clark to approve the agenda. 5 ayes. Motion was made by Crum and seconded by Lefeber to approve the consent agenda which consisted of: approval of the minutes from the 221-12 council meeting, set a date of Monday, March 26, 2012 for a regular council meeting, approve the Claims Register, Treasurer’s Report, and Revenue Report, and no building permits. 5 ayes. Item 6 on the agenda was to approve a Class C Liquor and Sunday Sales license for the Beaver Hut Pub. Motion was made by Crum and seconded by Lefeber to approve a Class C Liquor and Sunday Sales license for the Beaver Hut Pub. 5 ayes. Item 7 on the agenda was to approve the Keep Iowa Beautiful grant opportunity for the Park Board by writing a letter of intent. Motion was made by Clark and seconded by Crum to approve the Keep Iowa Beautiful grant opportunity for the Park Board. 5 ayes. Next on the agenda was the Park Board to discuss the park pavilion project and the trail project at Milliman Park. Park Board Members Nikki Allen and Gary Nordby, presented the Council with ides of constructing a pavilion in the park. They discussed its shape and size, where it would be located, the cost of it and donations that would help pay for it. In addition to donations, the Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant would help fund it. A portion of this grant would also be for landscaping the project. Bob Dean of the Logan American Legion stated that the Legion would also like to donate funds to help build the pavilion. In addition, the Legion would like to do something in the park to recognize our veterans and possibly repair the flag poles near the band shell. Matt Pitt, president of the Logan Kiwanis Club, presented maps of Milliman Park with proposed walking trails to the Council on the recommendation of the Park Board. Trees would be cleared to make these trails, and they would be five to six feet wide so that two people could walk side by side on them. Primitive trails would be no cost, but if wood chips are put on them there would be some cost involved. The Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Boy Scout Troop No. 85 and the Park Board would construct and maintain these trails he stated. Citizen Samantha Johnson spoke in opposition of a portion of these trails. She and her husband, Stewart Johnson, have land that borders this park. She stated that privacy cannot be taken away from a landowner, and that the IDOT says the City has to work with the landowners. The first thing that needs to be done is have the property line established. Mrs. Johnson said that the State of Iowa requires a privacy fence or a foliage berm between the property and the trails. She said it will not be a cost free project because of these items. Another concern of hers if that people won’t stay on the trail and may cut through her yard and let dogs run on her property. Liability and privacy issues are also concerns. She states that Mr. Pitt did not work wit the adjacent property owners because he has never been to their house or their neighbor’s, and he is not respecting their personal property rights. She also stated that she is tired of property taxes going up and the City being in the hole for the pool. The City Clerk said that property taxes dropped about two and a half dollars per thousand dollars of valuation the night of the meeting, and the citizens of Logan voted to approve a bond for the pool five years ago. She said the citizens were aware what the pool project would entail and that money is in the budget. Park Board Member Nikki Allen asked Mrs. Johnson what she would do with this park if money were not an object. Mrs. Johnson said she would like to see it maintained as a natural green

area, like a forested area. Allen asked how she would propose the people enjoy this property. Boy Scout Leader Jack Winther asked Mrs. Johnson if she wanted a privacy fence or a landscape. She said it depends on how long it takes for a hedge to grow. Because of devaluation of her property, she does not want the trail to go near her house. Mrs. Johnson feels it is unsafe for the trail to come out on 4th Street. She is afraid that someone might walk out of the trees and get hit by a car. Pitt suggested not putting an exit at 4th Street. He also said he has people who could do a survey for minimal or not charge to establish the boundary lines. He said he respects the right to privacy but the City has the right to make use of this park. Mrs. Johnson stated that she understands the City has rights, but the City needs to understand that they also have rights. The City needs to meet them somewhere in the middle. Mrs. Johnson reiterated that they are totally committed to this community because they love it here. She invited the Council to visit them and walk their backyard with them to see what their concerns are. Mr. Pitt stated that the Council has his proposal, and he respects what has been said but totally disagrees with it. He said that a park is established for public use, and he feels that is how it should be used. Nikki Allen said she thinks she has a different vision of the park than Mrs. Johnson does. Nikki envisions it as a place with trails and beautiful flower gardens where people want to go spend time. The City Clerk said she believes that these trails can be made while respecting the privacy of the property owners. Council Member Johnson expressed his concern about how they would come in and do this quick little trail, a nickel and dime thing, instead of doing it right. He doesn’t think the volunteer groups are looking at doing it right. Johnson said that people aren’t envisioning it the same and is afraid it is going to come out a Mickey Mouse little project. Nikki Allen said that their previous projects should give them credibility because of the way they were done. She said the Park Board wouldn’t allow it to be a Mickey Mouse project because they don’t work that way. The City Clerk said that this project would take some time to complete, and it would be done in phases. Mayor Fetter stated that there’s probably more work to be done on both ends. He said we might want to do the trail closest to Glen Avenue first because it doesn’t go by any houses. People could see what it looks like and then decide if the trails should be expanded to other areas of the park. At the next meeting, Mayor Fetter would like to see a detailed plan for how the trails will be made. Nikki Allen suggested having a public Park Board meeting that citizens could attend. Item 9 on the agenda was for Pat Dague to discuss his water account. Pat felt his water bills were unreasonable for the length of time that the water was in his name on his rental property. This matter was turned over to the Water Committee for review. Next on the agenda was to approve Resolution 12-03: A resolution to set a date for a public hearing on the proposed vacation of Kole Drive and Jacob Avenue in Country Lane Estates. Motion was made by Johnson and seconded by Clark to approve Resolution 12-03: A resolution to set a date for a public hearing on the proposed vacation of Kole Drive and Jacob Avenue in Country Lane Estates. 5 ayes. Citizens questions and comments: None Chamber upate: None CLAIMS Agriland FS, fuel..........$1,388.85 Michelle Clauges, deposit Refund..............................25.93 Community Bank, prin. 1.5 Mill. Loan..................57,105.00 Data Technologies, onsite Training..........................540.34 First Natl. Bank, payroll Taxes ..........................2,681.13 G&M Refrigeration, replace Ballasts...........................999.60 Gary Nordby, snow Removal ........................105.00 Galls Inc., flashlight/ Battery............................209.97 Lois Hall, contract service 459.74 Harr. Co. Landfill, assmt. Tipping .......................3,233.00 Harr. Co. REC, utilities......305.23 Kim Hawkins, water refund113.26 IA Asso. Of Municipal Utilities, dues..................463.18 IA Dept. of Pub. Hth., pool/ Slide reg. ..........................70.00 Iowa One call, locates ........25.60 Loftus Htg., filter maint. ....433.75

Logan Auto Supply, hitch/ Chains/tools ...................372.75 Logan Do It Best Hdw., UPS/Toner, bulbs ...........676.14 Logan Herald Observer, Pool ad/publish...............234.86 Logan Pub. Library, Reimburse..................4,725.00 Logan Super Foods, office Supplies ..........................22.38 Logan Water Dept., deposit Refund..............................99.63 MidAmerican Energy, Utilities.........................5,379.72 MJP Design Concepts, WEB maintenance .........100.00 Papillion Sanitation, trash Removal ..........................68.50 Pryor Kerry, dep. Refund ....74.44 SWIPCO, admin. CBBG Housing .......................8,105.00 Tennant Sales & Service, Brushes/filters ................988.02 The Office Stop, Off. Supp., Envelopes.......................177.94 Thompsen Irrigation, sprinkler Maint. ............................234.00 Treas. State of IA, sales Tax...................................57.94 Verizon Wireless, cell Phone...............................89.34 W. Central IA Clerks Asso., 2012 dues ........................10.00 Windstream, telephone ....304.92 TOTAL .........................94,955.96 PAYROLL THRU 3/12/2012 ...................9,770.29 PAID TOTAL...............104,726.25 Motion was made by Clark and seconded by Johnson to adjourn. 5 ayes. Randy Fetter, Mayor Angela Winther, City Clerk/Administrator 12-1

PUBLIC NOTICE THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT HARRISON COUNTY PROBATE NO. ESPRO14357 NOTICE OF PROOF OF WILL WITHOUT ADMINISTRATION IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NAOMI I. FRAZIER, A/K/A IRENE FRAZIER, Deceased To All Persons interested in the Estate of NAOMI I. FRAZIER a/k/a/ IRENE FRAZIER, Deceased, who died on or about August 22, 2011: You are hereby notified that on the 5th day of March, 2012, the last will and testament of NAOMI I. FRAZIER a/k/a IRENE FRAZIER, deceased, bearing date of the 16th day of March, 1987, was admitted to probate in the above named court and there will be no present administration of the estate. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the district court of the county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable or thereafter be forever barred. Dated this 6th day of March, 2012. Fred C. Frazier, Proponent Allen K. Nepper, ICIS PIN No. AT0005821 ATTORNEY FOR ESTATE 1312 First Ave. South, Denison, IA 51442. Date of second publication 21 day of March, 2012. 11-2

PUBLIC NOTICE LOGAN CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING March 12, 2012 ......At 6:45 p.m., Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson called the public hearing to order. Those present were Council Members Clark, Johnson, Greve, Lefeber and Crum. Mayor Fetter was absent. Motion was made by Clark and seconded by Greve to approve the agenda. 5 ayes. The Mayor Pro-Tem asked if there were any comments for or against approving the FY 2012-2013 City Budget. There were no comments. Motion was made by Crum and seconded by Clark to approve Resolution 12-02: A resolution approving the FY2012-2013 City Budget. 5 ayes. Motion was made by Clark and seconded by Crum to adjourn. 5 ayes. Stewart Johnson, Mayor Pro-Tem Angela Winther, City Clerk/Administrator 12-1

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR HARRISON COUNTY PROBATE NO. ESPRO14359

NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL, OF APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTOR AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HERBERT L. BROUGHTON, DECEASED To all persons interested in the estate of Herbert L. Broughton, Deceased, who died on or about March 5, 2012: You are hereby notified that on March 12, 2012, the last will and testament of Herbert L. Broughton, deceased, bearing the date of November 4, 2003, was admitted to probate in the above named court and that William Kirlin was appointed Executor of the estate of Herbert L. Broughton. Any action to set aside the will must be brought in the District Court of said county within the later to occur of four months from the date of the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice to all heirs of the Decedent and devisees under the will whose identities are reasonably ascertainable, or thereafter be forever barred. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned, and creditors having claims against the estate shall file them with the clerk of the above named District Court, as provided by law, duly authenticated, for allowance, and unless so filed by the later to occur of four months from the second publication of this notice or one month from the date of mailing of this notice (unless otherwise allowed or paid) a claim is thereafter forever barred. Dated March 12, 2012. Executor of Estate: William Kirlin 505 N. Main St. Modale, Iowa 51556 Attorney for Estate: Judson L. Frisk Judson L. Frisk Law Office 207 E. 7th St., P.O. Box 128 Logan, IA 51546 P01113681 Date of second publication, March 28, 2012. 12-2

PUBLIC NOTICE PERSIA COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS MARCH 12, 2012 The Persia City Council met in regular session with the following members present: Council persons, Ronfeldt, Flaharty, Jenkins, Bradley, Ellsworth and Mayor Kosmacek. Feb. 13, 2012 minutes were unanimously approved on a motion by Ronfeldt, seconded by Flaharty. Financial report for February was unanimously approved on a motion by Ronfeldt and seconded by Bradley. The following fills were unanimously approved for payment on motion by Ellsworth, seconded by Ronfeldt. Matheson, fire ..................$46.45 Mr. Ed’s Flagpole Co. .........68.80 Menards, gen. ....................16.35 Emergency Vehicle sales And service, fire ..............24.41 SWIPCO, gen................2,500.00 MidAmerican, gen., road, park, Fire ................................990.48 Harr. Co. Landfill, gen.......665.00 Neola Tire, road..................15.00 Counsel Off. & Doc., gen,...20.00 Walnut Comm., gen............66.91 Regional Water, gen., road, Park, fire........................120.00 R&S Waste Sys., gen....1,200.00 Wright Express, road........200.68 Paynes Auto Truck & Tractor, fire ....................269.13 Heiman, fire ......................282.00 NAPA, fire ...........................23.09 Heiman, fire ......................115.80 EMS, gen............................12.14 Logan Herald Ob., gen.....202.84 DDCC Co., gen. .................22.50 Henningsen Const., road .265.00 After discussion with Sheriff Pat Sears about the E28 Agreement, the Law Enforcement E28 Agreement was approved with the fee increase on a motion by Ellsworth, seconded by Flaharty. The vote was four approved and one against. It was reported to the council that a fireman was injured on a call this month. The discussion was unanimously tabled until the people involved arrived on a motion by Jenkins, seconded by Bradley. The council found out that the Fire Hall Building lock was changed, discussed it with the firemen that were present. The firemen were instructed that if it needed to be changed again to let the Mayor or council know. The people involved with the work comp claim arrived and the council

was given their account of what happened. They signed a written statement for the clerk’s files. The insurance agent was in attendance and was asked if he had a form that could be kept on hand for situations like this. He said he would get the clerk something as soon as possible. It was unanimously agreed to apply for the Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant and to get a quote for landscape wall and flowers by the Fire Hall and by the flag poles along highway with a budget no more than $6,600 with the city and any participating business paying for 1/3 of it on a motion by Jenkins, seconded by Bradley. The council was given a copy of ordinances to review and a special meeting will be set at April’s regular meeting to discuss the suggestions from SWIPCO. The maintenance man informed the council of a quote for moving the emergency siren switch to the new fire hall building and that wiring will need to be replaced to get the second siren to work. After discussion, the council decided it was necessary to replace the wire and instructed maintenance to get a couple quotes on replacing the wire. It was unanimously approved on a motion by Jenkins, seconded by Ronfeldt, that the Mayor has authority to approve the electrical bid to replace the wire between the prices of $1,500 to $2,000. It was asked if the city was planning a citywide clean up day. The council will think of dates and the clerk was instructed to add it to April’s agenda. Adjournment on unanimous motion by Flaharty, seconded by Bradley. Tim Kosmacek, Mayor Jill Ronfeldt, City Clerk 12-1

PUBLIC NOTICE HARRISON COUNTY LANDFILL COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES March 14, 2012 The H.C.L.C. regular meeting was called to order at 6:58 p.m., March 14, 2012 by Chairman R. Smith. Roll call showed Representatives: C. Carrigan, R. Fetter, M. Rhoten, S. Struble, K. Breyfogle, S. Clark, C. Chlupacek, P. Marshall, and Solid Waste Mgr. D. Barry. There were no changes to the agenda. S. Struble motioned to accept the agenda, as presented. M. Rhoten seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. There were no changes to the February, 2012 meeting minutes and directors memos. S. Struble motioned to approve the meeting minutes and directors memos. K. Breyfogle seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. Dan reviewed the budget and claims: The CD’s were reviewed with no changes from last month’s report. The February sales, along with the checking and savings accounts were reviewed. There were no questions or discussion on the account balances. The budget was reviewed with February being the 8th month of the fiscal year. All group totals were looked at with no questions/discussion. The representatives reviewed the claims that were being presented. Dan went through each line-item of the claims. After general discussion, S. Struble motioned to approve the budget and pay the claims. P. Marshall seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. Item #5 was to review and vote on a Behind-the-Wheel policy for all employees. After reviewing the policy, and discussing the reason(s) for having the policy, S. Struble motioned to approve the Behindthe-Wheel policy for all employees. S. Clark seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. Item #6 was for questions/concerns/misc. information that the representatives or Dan had. The representatives had no questions/concerns at this time. Dan had some items to discuss. (A) Dan requested a donation to the Harrison County Conservation Board for educational work that they do for the HCLC at the Schools. After discussion, P. Marshall motioned to donate $800 to the HCCB. The motion was seconded by K. Breyfogle. All yeas. Motion passed. (B) Dan discussed a letter that was sent to the Audubon County Transfer Station in regards to issues that they are having. This information is for the Representatives to be kept informed. No action is required regarding this issue. (C) Dan presented information regarding possible “new” income that was dis-

cussed at the past two meetings. General discussion was had and Dan was told how to proceed with the Garbage Hauler, in regards to this new income opportunity. The representatives turned to discussions and voting action(s) on the FY2012/2013 HCLC Budget: (A) The Auditing Firm’s price quote for audit years 2013-20142015 was looked at. After general discussion, P. Marshall motioned to accept the three year audit contract. S. Struble seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. (B) Barker Lemar Engineering had a contract for consideration regarding the HCLC permit renewal, which must be presented to the IDNR in 2012, for approval in 2013. This is now a 5 yr. Permit, which used to be only a 3 yr. Permit. General discussion centered on IDNR regulations, and a future expansion which is anticipated in 2018. Representative S. Clark motioned to accept the Permit Renewal contract. S. Struble seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. (C) Health insurance rates were reviewed. The HCLC offers a high deductible insurance plan for the employees. Dan presented the new rates, which were obtained with only a 2.5% increase for next year. The representatives were happy with these rates and no voting action was required. (D) Employee wages and benefits were reviewed and discussed. The representatives looked at the same worksheet which had been presented in February. Dan reported on information which he had gathered from some of the City Member, in regards to what they were considering, along with information on last year’s numbers. Again, four (4) wage options were considered and discussed. After considerable discussion, S. Struble motioned that the wage option which is a 3.3% line item increase be approved. C. Carrigan seconded the motion. After more discussion, a roll-call vote was taken. 6 yea and 3 nay. Motion passed. (E) The yearly Financial Assurance Mechanism (F.A.M.) deposit was reviewed. Dan again quickly reviewed what this process and money is for. Dan’s worksheet showed what this year’s numbers are, and the amount which we already have, from the CD’s interest, and what remaining funds must be deposited into the account. Dan also showed some extra funds which he feels can be paid into the account. This extra deposit helps lower the HCLC members debt on the fund. Also it can be considered a prepaid deposit for next year’s calculations on the budget. P. Marshall motioned that the required deposit, from general funds of $25,918.31 for this year, along with an extra deposit amount of $40,740.79 be put into the FAM account. C. Carrigan seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. The month-end reports: Manager’s Activities Report; Membership Assessment Report; Landfill Activity Report; Drop Box Recycling Reports; Misc. Information/News Articles were looked at. There were no questions. The next regular meeting will be held on April 11, 2012. With no further items to discuss, M. Rhoten motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m. S. Struble seconded the motion. All yeas. Motion passed. Robert Smith, HCLC Chairman Attest: Dan Barry, HCLC Mgr. CLAIMS BILLS PAID SINCE FEB. 2012 MEETING Health Equity ...............$1,322.64 IPERS............................1,706.41 IRS ................................2,639.53 Lincoln Financial ..............300.00 MidAmerican Energy........331.89 Petty Cash..........................35.92 Thompson Welding.............39.44 US Postmaster ...................90.00 TOTAL ...........................6,465.83 BILLS SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL MAR. 14, 2012 Barker Lemar.................4,694.75 Bill’s Water Cond. ...............49.25 Chase Card ......................350.48 Crossroads ....................1,300.00 Dunlap Reporter.................63.50 Farm Service Co. .............291.04 Logan Auto Supply .............39.10 Logan Do It Best ..................2.49 MidAmerican Energy........365.02 Missouri Valley Times.......178.50 Omaha World Herald..........37.83 Power Plan ....................6,448.00 Principal Mutual................364.50 Red Giant Oil Co. ..........1,508.78 United Western Coop ....5,180.82 Wellmark BCBS of IA ....2,640.12 Windstream ......................237.59 Woodbine Twiner ..............230.25 TOTAL .........................23,982.02 12-1


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FOR RENT: 3 Bedroom house in Woodbine, gas heat, central air, no pets. Ph. 647-3044.

Tract 1 • 178.09 Taxable Acres Tract 2 • 21.4 Acres w/Home & Improvements Cass Township, Harrison County, Iowa

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OPEN HOUSE: Home will be open for viewing Sunday, March 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 25th from 1 to 3 p.m., or by appointment by contacting Ed Spencer at 402-510-3276. DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM: From Logan, Iowa, east on Hwy. 30 to Overton Ave. South on Overton Ave. to Reading Trail. East on Reading Trail approximately 41⁄2 miles to 270th St. Left on 270th St. approximately 21⁄2 miles to the property. TRACT 1: 178.09 taxable acres, 100% tillable. TRACT 2: 3311 270th St., Logan, Iowa. 21.4 taxable acres w/home & improv. and approx. 7 acres tillable. IMPROVEMENTS: Home: Completely remodeled 2400 sq. ft. home features 2 bedrooms on main level, 2 bedrooms on the lower level, 2 bathrooms, home office, formal dining room, play room and gas fireplace. New hardy board siding and 30-year roof in 2002. New windows throughout the home. New furnace/heat pump 2009. New water heater. Newer flooring. Newer wiring. Dishwasher, range and refrigerator. Shop: 48'x48' equipment bay with heated interior workshop and toilet room. Loft storage with 20' high ceilings. Machine Shed: 90'x54' enclosed Morton building that is currently set up with 3 horse stalls. Other buildings: 108'x48' Pole Shed open to one side with auto waterers. Two Run Out Sheds. 24x40 Shed. 19x24 Metal Shivers Drying Bin. 24x36, 21x24, 18x24, 18x18 Metal Bins. Cross Augers. 190x100 Riding Ring with footing. Garden Shed. Note: Water and electric is run to all buildings. FSA INFORMATION: Farm# 4339. Tract# 4484. Cropland: 190.8. Corn Base: 134.2 DY: 93 CCY: 93 Bean Base: 55.9 DY: 33 CCY: 33 METHOD OF AUCTION: Tract 1 will be sold on a dollar per taxable acre basis. Tract 2 will be sold on a total dollar basis.

NOTICE NOTICE: LoganM a g n o l i a Community School District Book Sale: April 2 through 5, 8

James and Lucy Ann Nickerson, Owners

Spencer Auction Company 322 E. 7th St. — Logan, IA. 51546 712-644-2151 Office 402-510-3276 Mobile www.edspencer.com

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BUILDING WORLD PEACE ONE FAMILY AT A TIME. 421 E. Erie, Missouri Valley, IA For information on all area listings go to: www.npdodge.com

NEW LISTING!

REDUCED

2030 Oak Dr.

418 N. 4th St.

223 W. 10th St.

2.44 Acres, 4 bdrm, 3 bth, 2,796 fin. sq. ft.

3 bdrm, 1 bth, 1,156 sq. ft. ranch home

3 bdrm, 1 bth, 1200sq. ft. 1 Acre m/l

Mo. Valley $37,500

Logan $49,900

REDUCED!

REDUCED

NEW LISTING!

Mo. Valley

$229,500

NEW LISTING

601 N. Main St.

129 N. 9th St.

2277 Minot Pl.

3 bdrm, 1 bath, 1 car gar. on 1/2 acre lot 1,368 fin.

40x63’ Bldg, 2 AC, 3 bdrms, 1 bth, 1,152 sq ft.

Modale $47,500

Logan $109,000

3 bdrm, 1 bth, 2 car gar., cornerlot, 1,098 sq. ft.

Mo. Valley

$54,900

REDUCED! 2161 Westridge Dr. 4 bdrm, 3 bth, 2 car, 2770 sq. ft. 1.18 acres, 20’x40’ inground pool

Mo. Valley

a.m. to 4 p.m. in the high school media center. CHILD CARE: Monday-Friday, in Logan. Call Shelly at 712-592-0361

CARD OF THANKS CARD OF THANKS: The family of Irene Jacobsen would like to express our heartfelt thanks to United Methodist Church, all those who prepared and served lunch and Logan Memorial Chapel. A special thanks to Westmont Care Center and Myrtue Memorial Hospice for the excellent care and Pastor Jack Hofmockel for being with us during her illness. We appreciate all the

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

Publisher’s notice:

All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Fair Housing Act and Iowa Civil Rights Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or familial status or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

NEW LISTING!

1152 Cameron Ave. 3.59 Acres ml, 2,712 fin sq. ft. 50x100’, 32x72’, 24x36’ buildings

Little Sioux $229,000

402-639-6106 • www.chucksmallwood.com

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Open 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. *Happy Hour* Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m. 644-6100 ANTIQUE & HOUSEHOLD AUCTION 1:00 p.m.

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CARD OF THANKS: On behalf of the fam-

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NOTICE The City of Missouri Valley is accepting applications for poollifeguards and counter help for the 2012 pool season. Lifeguards must have lifeguard and CPR certification, WSI preferred. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 223 E. Erie, Missouri Valley, IA 51555 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., M-F. Application deadline is April 06, 2012 EOE

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402-238-8744 712-216-2024 Now Accepting Applications For: 1 bedroom apartment at Boyer View Apts., Logan, IA. Quiet complex, stove & refrigerator furnished. Rent based on income. 62 years or older or persons with disabilities of any age. Call 1-712-647-2113 or 1-800-762-7209. Boyer View is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Beautiful refinished country home on 4.4 acres with a view for miles. Spend evenings on the wraparound porch or relaxing on the deck. Warm and inviting home with 3, bathrooms, 5 true bedrooms and the master on the 2971 Price Place • Logan, IA main. Gorgeous woodwork throughout, central air, heat $225,000 pump, and a walkout finished lower level. This a beautiful Call Sandy at 402-210-3845 home and move-in ready.

or Derek at 402-981-8833 for more information

Sunday, March 25th

CARD OF THANKS: Thank you to all who showed concern over my recent accident. Your thoughts, cards and acts of kindness were greatly appreciated. A special thanks to Mike and Mike for doing chores and to my brother, Ron. Randy Koenig.

ily of Frances Niedermyer, thank you to everyone who sent cards, flowers, plants and memorials. Also, many thanks to Longview Assisted Living Facility for their love and support, as well as the Missouri Valley Christian Church for all of their services. Arlene Murphy

STATEWIDES ADOPTION A happily married couple seeks to adopt. Financial security. Expenses paid. Christa & Paul. 1-800-936-1631. (INCN) ADOPT - Art * Love * Adventure! Financially secure, happily-married Artists (film/music) wish to share extended family, home, and joy with baby. Expenses/supp o r t . Http://www.eandtadopt.com. 1-(800)959-2103. (INCN) PREGNANT? Consider ing Adoption? Call us First! Living expenses, housing, medical and continued support afterwards. Choose adoptive family of your choice. Call 24/7. Adopt Connect. 1-866-7439212 (INCN)

$184,900

Chuck & Ravae Smallwood

Missouri Valley City Park

prayers, visits, food, cards, memorials and phone calls. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful support form the community, family and friends. Cecile HIller and family, Janice Griffith and family, Gene and Karen Jacobsen and family, Bev and Steve Jorgensen and family, Virgene and Rick Ohl and family.

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Missouri Valley, IA

HELP WANTEDEDUCATION Half-Time Custodian with the potential to be full time. Position starts June 1, 2012. Send application to Nevada Community Schools, 1035 15th Street, Nevada, IA 50201. 515-3822783 (INCN) HELP WANTEDTRUCK DRIVER Drivers – Regional/OTR. IA, NE, SD, MN, WI, IL. Weekly home time, practical mile pay, $.99 fuel for lease ops. 2011 & 2012 trucks. 888-514-6005 The LoganMagnolia Community School District has an immediate opening for a Hot Lunch Coordinator. If intrested in the position, applications are available in the high school office. If you have any questions contact Supt. Jim Hammrich at 712644-2250. Closing date March 30.

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Having sold my home and moving, the following will be sold: ANTIQUES 3 piece bedroom set full bed; dresser and dressing table Highboy bed - full Wrought Iron Flower cart Preachers bench School desk with bench Wood hall tree Antique pictures Blue Boy/Pink Lady/Commode Spindle leg table Printers drawer Redwing Crock #4 Kerosene Lamps LOTS of white enamelware Cast Iron Stove HOUSEHOLD 5 Piece bedroom set, queen bed, dresser, chest, 2 night stands Entertainment Center Kitchen table & 4 chairs on rollers

Microwave cart Quilt rack/wood shelves Dishes, Utensils Baseball bats & balls Binoculars/birdhouses Lawn furniture/whiskey barrel Craftsman bench top belt/disc sander Craftsman 1/4” Bench grinder/dual wheel Craftsman router with table Hand Miter saw 12” 2 speed Band Saw 1 1/8HP with built in light Bookcases Kenmore microwave Lamps & Wall hangings Bedding/linens/Jewelry boxes Christmas Decorations Lawnmower Scotts Spreader/levels/squares Craftsman 16” variable speed Poulan Chainsaw/Craftsman blower

Portable Workmate Bench Sorting bins/wood clamps Hand tools, Scroll saw Electric Planner/yard bench LOTS OF MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO LIST COLLECTIBLES Small Pewter animal collection Chess sets (several of them) full Avon set as well Sandra Kucks collection Angels Among Us collection Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Pieces Service for 8 Bavaria Schumann Arzberg,Germany Service for 8 Crown Potteries Co. made in USA Little Bits Collection (complete) Miniature Tea Set collection Angel collection Bird Collection/Pill Boxes Hankies/Doilies

AUCTIONEERS NOTE: This sale is very clean and has nice quality antique furniture on it.

Missouri Valley, Iowa Rex Gochenour 642-3370 Craig Gochenour 256-4897 Terms: Cash or good check day of sale. Proper I.D. required to register.All items sell where is/as is. All items must be paid for before being removed. No guaranties implied by auctioneers or owners. Any announcements made day take precedence over printed matter. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS OR THEFTS.

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11 Newly Renovated Apartments 1 Bedroom • 1 Bath All Appliances included!!! $415/month + Utilities Contact Aaron, (712) 592-1844 318 N. 3rd Avenue, Logan,IA

$64,900 420 E. Erie Missouri Valley, IA Lary Clark, Broker/Owner Rod Foutch, Associate Broker Auctioneer Search all area MLS listings from our site.

3 bdrm, 1 bth, updated 1 1/2 story home. This home has new roof, newer furnace and C/A. 2 bdrm, on main, 1 bdrm up, main floor laundry, eat-in kitchen. Bathroom recently updated. 1 car det. gar. Close to Downtown.

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12 March 21, 2012

Community

How to . . .

... choose a home improvement contractor If you own a home, business or some form of rental property, you have had a need for a contractor to improve or repair you investment. Contractors and home improvement companies can be plentiful and ALL will guarantee the success of your project. Choosing a contractor does not have to be a difficult process. Most of us prefer to do business with companies that we know, like or are located in our community. We have favorite places to shop and not all of them are based on the price of the goods or services. Choosing a professional to work for you is the same. Here are a few tips to follow while contracting a company for your project! DO YOU NEED A GENERAL CONTRACTOR? Typically, if your job requires multiple trades, a general contractor may be a good idea. A general contractor can free you from such burdens as maintaining a work schedule, obtaining necessary permits, and resolving disputes with suppliers. He or she will have more leverage than you do with subcontractors, since you're only a one-time job. In a tight labor market, that could be important. A general contractor may get better discounts

supply houses. DOES YOUR CONTRACTOR HAVE AN OFFICE OR SHOWROOM? Most of us would not purchase our groceries from the back of a pickup truck. We like to shop where we can look over what is available and compare our choices. A retail office space shows a commitment to the community as well as a demonstration of professionalism. Does your contractor have affiliations, insurance, or certifications associated with the work to be preformed? Certain trades require extensive training and renewable licensing and some states require certifications associated with lead abatement and or asbestos removal. Affiliations with local or national organizations with in the trades related to the work you are doing. Ask whether the contractor is insured. If for example, someone gets hurt or your property or if your neighbor's property is damaged by an unlicensed or uninsured contractor, you could wind up paying. Can your future contactor provide you a list of references? Previous customers and records of the completed projects such as before and after pictures are helpful in

understanding what your project can look like when completed. You might also ask the contractor for a list of his or her building-material suppliers. Call them to see if the contractor has an account or pays for items upon delivery. Most suppliers are willing to extend credit to financially reliable contractors. EVALUATING BIDS The cheapest bid isn't always the best. Homeowners who accept a rock-bottom bid may wind up less satisfied overall than those willing to pay more. Make sure all bidders are bidding on the same specifications and job description. One bidder may be using thinner siding panel found at a big box home improvement store vs. premium siding found at specialty supply houses. He or she may also be bidding on exactly what you say you want, without making it clear that your project requires special removal or clean up conditions. Take the time to understand the grades of materials and the installation process. The term "comparing apples to oranges" may well have been invented during the bidding process. NEGOTIATING A FAIR CONTRACT A contract spells out all the terms of the work, helping

you and the contractor minimize misunderstandings and wasted effort caused by poor instructions. It should include the contractor's name and address, a timetable for starting and finishing the job, a payment schedule and the scope of work to be done. Other basic items include a specification of materials and equipment needed, demolition and clean-up provisions, approximate start and finish dates, terms of the agreement, and room for signatures and the date. Watch out for binding arbitration provisions that limit your right to sue in the event of a dispute. Do your homework and specify the materials and brand names of all the products, appliances, and fixtures to be used. The contract should also give the contractor the burden of obtaining all building permits. Most municipalities have a building code; the person who obtains the permit is usually liable if the work doesn't come up to code. It's common to pay for a project in stages over the course of the work, especially as key materials and supplies are delivered. Try to limit the down payment to 25 percent or less. Contractors who ask for a substantial

amount up front may use your money to hire help to finish their previous job, leaving you to fume at delays. In some states, it's illegal to require large deposits. Some projects, however, require deposits on components that have to be made to order—custom windows for instance. In such a case, a higher down payment may be required and justified. Your contractor should agree to resolve problems that arise during the course of work rather than afterward. They might readily fix sloppy plastering as soon it's pointed out but be less willing to fix it later on. That's a good reason to hold back part of the final payment until after a job is completed. You can negotiate such terms and include them in the contract. SPOTTING A QUESTIONABLE CONTRACTOR A warning signal should sound in your head if you encounter any of the following: • A contractor who makes unsolicited phone calls or visits. Be especially wary of people who offer a bargain price, claiming that they're doing a job in the neighborhood and have leftover materials. • A contractor whose address can't be verified, who

uses only a post office box, or who has only an answering service. • A contractor who isn't affiliated with any recognized trade association. • Insurance information you can't verify. • A contractor who can't (or won't) provide references for similar jobs in your area. • The promise of a hefty discount— but no mention of the total cost of the job. • The promise of a deep discount if the contractor uses your home as a "demo." • High-pressure sales tactics or threats to rescind a special price if you don't sign on the spot. • A contractor who tries to scare you into signing a contract by claiming that your house puts you at peril (i.e., "Your electrical wiring could start a fire if it isn't replaced.") DO NOT RELY ON PRICE ALONE While it may be tempting to choose the cheapest bid, you should know why it is significantly less than the competition's price. Ask for explicit reasons why their price is significantly lower than their competition's price. Compare written estimates side by side to understand exactly where the difference is coming from.

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