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Volume 134, Issue 4


Keeping it Brief Bring your blades: Ice skating rink open Kaitlyn Neligh, left, tries her luck with ice skates for the first time. Her sister, Kylie, was there to offer moral support ... with her tennis shoes on. The Neligh sisters were enjoying the Woodbine Ice Skating Rink, now open on the corner of Fourth and Walker Streets. Photo: Nikki Davis

Soccer Registration

HCCB offering guided tours The Harrison County Conservation Board (HCCB) will offer a guided tour March 25-26 to Kearney, Neb., to see Sandhill cranes and prairie chickens. The tour will be aboard a Windstar bus and make stops at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Rowe Sanctuary to view cranes, Funk Lagoon for other migratory birds, Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center and Taylor Ranch to see prairie chickens on their leks. The cost for the trip is $175 per person and includes transportation, lodging and entrance fees. It does not include meals. To register, or for more information, please contact Connie Betts at 6472785, ext. 12.

Republican Party will not meet in January Having already convened for the Iowa Republican Party Precinct Caucuses in January, the Harrison County Republican Party will not meet again until Thursday, Feb. 16. The meeting place will be announced at a later date. Anyone wanting more information should contact Harrison County GOP Chair Sheila Murphy, or at (712) 642-2849.

American Legion Auxiliary to meet Jan. 26 The American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at Rose Court. Hostesses will be Zola Leonard, Janet Mether and Lois Schraeder. Program will be on National Security and a presentation from last year’s Girls State.

Woodbine Soccer Registration will be 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, and 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. There is no registration fee. Depending on weather, practice will beginMon., March 19. If you cannot make either registration, please contact Mary Plowman, 647-8818, and checkout Woodbine Soccer on Facebook.

After Prom Soup Supper Jan. 27

RADON: The odorless danger

An After Prom Soup Supper fundraiser will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, before and during the home game. Soups being served include chilli and cheesey potatoe, plusbars, cinnamon rolls and more . Free will offering.

MARY DARLING For The Twiner There’s a silent, odorless, colorless killer on the loose in Iowa. And, five of 10 Iowa homes are at an elevated risk of falling “victim” to it. Harrison County homeowners have a possibly greater risk of exposure than other areas of Iowa. “It” is radon – and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers. “Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally,” Harrison County

P u b l i c H e a l t h Administrator Brent Saron said. “It enters homes through openings in basement walls, crawl spaces and floors. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (behind smoking), but it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.” And, a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows Iowa has relatively high levels of radon. Radon is measured in picocuries See RADON Page 6

Student enrollment trends on the rise; utility bill increases hit budget KEVIN BROWN General Manager

Wanda Moores

The Woodbine Optimist International Club has done it again this winter: Just a little bigger and at a new location. Which is what Optimist Glen Leaders, ice skating rink organizer, wanted to see happen last winter. “Originally, we wanted to have it where the old ‘Bar’ used to be, over by the REC,” Leaders said last winter. This winter, the want became a reality. The Woodbine Ice Skating Rink used to be hidden on Sixth Street. It was 51 Sixth St., to be See SKATING Page 6

After a decade, Seymour to retire TIM ROHWER OWH News Service

Moores retires An Open House was Jan. 20 for Wanda Moores who retired as manager of Harrison County Title and Guarantee after working there for 30 years. She became manager around 1985. “I’m going to miss the people the most,” she said. “The attorneys, people from the bank and courthouse. I’ll miss the social aspect of it. All the people have been very nice to work with.” She plans to fill in part-time when needed and use her free time for her love of sewing and crafts and spending time with her 12, and soon to be 13, grandchildren.


The good news for the Woodbine Community School District keeps rolling in. The district is only one of three in the area to record an increase in student counts for the academic years 2007 to 2011. The district showed a growth of one percent – or three stu-

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dents. Other districts showed large declines (see chart). Superintendent Tom Vint told the district’s Board of Education Jan. 12 Woodbine reported 439 students in 2007 and 442 in 2011. The number is important because it is another sign the district is stabilizing. “Boyer Valley was

down 20, West Harrison, 80, Logan-Magnolia, 90, and Missouri Valley, 93 students,” Vint said. Vint also said the district’s General Fund is more than $419,000. The PPLE fund is at $200,000 and the Building Fund stands at more than $375,000 – more signals the district is moving forward financially. See SCHOOL Page 6

When Steve King won election to Congress in 2002, it was Jim Seymour, a Republican from Woodbine, who won King’s vacated seat in the Iowa Senate. Now, 10 years later, Seymour is calling it a career. He plans to retire after this year’s Legislative session, though officially he’ll still represent the people of Senate District 28 until the end of the year. “I feel I’ve made a contribution,” Seymour said Jan. 12. “I have been fortunate to be a part of something great and am thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of western Iowa. I came into the Senate wanting to make a difference in Iowan’s lives and feel that I’ve done that.” District 28 covers all of Harrison, Monona and Ida counties, plus the northwest portion of Pottawattamie County, the southern half of Woodbury County and the western portion of Crawford County. Because of redistricting from the 2010 See SEYMOUR Page 6

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Proposed reform policies for education; know when it snows Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Announces Education Reform Plan he 2012 Legislative session began Jan. 9, and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is proposing a wide range of reform policies for education to be debated by the legislature. Some of those reforms include: • Third Grade Retention: Students finishing third grade who do not meet basic literacy requirements would be retained and provided intensive reading assistance. • Students wishing to be trained as teachers must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average to be admitted into an education program. • Teachers must pass a test on specific content knowledge and teaching knowledge prior to licensure. • All teacher evaluations will be annual rather than a three year cycle. • Seniority will become a secondary factor for reducing teaching staff. • A kindergarten readiness assessment will be applied to all voluntary preschool programs. • High school students will have end-of-the-course assessments as requirements for English, math and science. • All 11th grade students will be required to take a college entrance examination such as the ACT or SAT. • Less restrictions for starting Charter schools in Iowa. • A task force will be formed to study teacher compensation and leadership roles with recommendations for the 2013 Legislative Session. Gov. Branstad has said the cost of the recommendations to the state will be approximately $25 million, of which $17 million would be new appropriations and $8 million would be reallocation of existing resources. He did not specify the source of the reallocation. We always are looking for ways to improve our educational program for our students and welcome the discussion the new proposals will initiate. The future of education in our state will be a major focus of this year’s legislative agenda. Weather Alert Notification he Woodbine Community School District subscribes to a weather alert notification service known as Snowcap. When the decision is made to cancel school or have a late start, Snowcap is notified and a notification is sent to area television and radio stations. This service is utilized by many western Iowa school districts. You can receive an electronic alert when school alerts are issued. Simply go to the Snowcap Alert link on our website and click. This will take you to the registration site. You can have an email alert and/or text alert to your cell phone. As always, thanks for your continued support of the Woodbine Schools!



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Airport Etiquette Pat Nowak lives in Perrysburg, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. She is the Executive Director of the Sylvania (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce and a popular news, radio and TV personality in that area. She has worked as a fashion designer for two regional department store chains and has produced fashion and runway shows in partnership with New York City designers. She also is a published author and owner of her own public relations agency.


just returned from a trip to Florida and, while waiting for the flight, I began to look around at my fellow passengers. I was shocked … do people really think it is OK to fly wearing tank tops, daisy dukes, bare skin or other improper attire? Additionally, because it was an early morning flight, several people looked like they showed up in their pajama bottoms with a T-shirt to make it legal. The worst offenders were those who were wearing a size six when the last time that was feasible was when they were 6! But there was one woman who absolutely stood out: She looked amazing. Her clothes reflected quiet refinement in a sea of anarchy. What has happened to dressing appropriately in the airport? There have been recent stories about a college student being arrested for refusing to hike up baggy pants, but a man wearing bright blue women’s underwear and black stockings was allowed on the airplane. Should there be a required dress code for flying? Is it time to say enough is enough? There is a dress code for schools, businesses and life in general. Why then, do people lose their minds when traveling, choosing to embarrass themselves rather than using good judgment? It seems in our ongoing quest to be comfortable we have forgotten how to be courteous. Top of Form It is hoped we, as individuals, use good judgment when interacting with each other. We are certainly aware when our skirts are too short or our pants are saggy. Perhaps it is time for the airlines to take a consistent stand on what is acceptable. If that happens, passengers will be encouraged to dress

PAT NOWAK FASHION acceptably and not torture other passengers with their outrageous ensembles. Is there a way to dress for a flight? There most certainly is. Not too many years ago, people looked stylish on flights; polo shirts, khakis and even jeans with a smart sweater. While you need to dress comfortably, you do not have to wear clothing you paint the garage or run to the store in. Choose clothes that are comfortable and tasteful. Additionally, these days you never know what is going to happen. From security nightmares to long delays. Be prepared to breeze through security by being ready with slip-off shoes and a minimum of accessories and useless items in your pockets. If a delay or lost luggage might be in your future, always be prepared with an extra shirt and toiletries in your carry-on. Since airlines no longer hand out blankets readily, be sure to carry a sweater or coverup for sudden temperature changes. The next time you fly, take a moment to choose your wardrobe to reflect classic refinement, comfort and flexibility. The skies might be friendlier if we can get all people to think that way. Please feel free to email me with questions or comments me at

Houseplant care during winter


ast month, ISU Horticulturalist Richard Jauron posted an article about houseplant care in the winter. Richard is the talented guy who staffs the Extension Horticulture Hotline, (515) 294-3108, at Iowa State, and can occasionally be heard on various radio programs in Iowa. I am sharing this article from the Yard and Garden Online postings at Iowa State, with a few added comments from me. Dust and grease accumulate on my houseplants. How should they be cleaned? Dust and grease often accumulate on the leaves of houseplants. The dust and grease not only make them unattractive, it may slow plant growth. Cleaning houseplants without damaging the foliage improves the plant’s appearance, stimulates growth and may help control insects and mites. Large, firm-leafed plants may be cleaned with a soft sponge or cloth. Wash the foliage using a very diluted solution of dishwashing soap and tepid water. Another method is to

place the plants in the shower and give them a good bath. Be sure to adjust the water temperature and force of the stream before placing the plants under the shower head. The leaves on my houseplant are covered with a black, sooty material. What is it and is it harming the plant? The black, sooty material is likely sooty mold. Sooty mold is caused by several different fungi. The fungi don’t infect plants, but grow on the sugary substance (honeydew) excreted by scales, mealybugs, whiteflies and other sap-sucking insects. Sooty mold itself causes little harm to houseplants. The damage is mainly aesthetic; the black, soot-covered leaves aren’t very attractive. However, the sapsucking insects may seriously harm houseplants. Scales, mealybugs and whiteflies are very difficult to control. Discard the pest-infested plant or follow recommended control measures that may include insecticidal soaps or “washing” the plants (see the comment

EXTENSION OFFICE RICHARD POPE Harrison County Extension Program Coordinator above). Control efforts will require patience and persistence. There are some white blotches on my African violet leaves. What are they and how can the problem be controlled? There are a couple of common causes of the white blotches. First, the white material on the foliage of your African violet may be powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that is common on indoor plants, such as African violets, begonias and poinsettias. Outbreaks on houseplants typically occur in winter or early spring when high relative humidity and poor air circulation favor powdery mildew development on houseplants. If only a few leaves have powdery mildew, pinch them off and discard them to keep the fungus from spreading. Humidity levels can be

lowered by increasing the spacing between plants. Moving plants out of rooms with high humidity (kitchens and bathrooms) is another option. While fungicides are available for use against powdery mildew, cultural controls are the preferable way to control powdery mildew on plants in the home. Severely infected plants may need to be discarded. The other cause of white spotting on leaves is spilling cold water on foliage during watering followed by exposure to light. This is a cosmetic problem that won’t hurt the plant other than to make the leaves less attractive. Be more careful watering and use tepid water. For more information, contact Rich Pope at the Harrison County Extension office at or (712) 644-2105.


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January 25, 2012

Church OBITUARIES DON PATRICK ROCK Sept. 6, 1935-Jan 13, 2012 Omaha, Neb.; born in Woodbine. After a battle with cancer and Don Rock bone marrow disease, Don passed away peacefully. Survived by daughter, Linda Rock-Paul and husband Vic Paul; sons, Dan Rock and wife Susan, Larry Rock and wife Melissa Garner Rock; sisters, Pat Rock and Betty White; motherin-law, Agnes Stoolman; sister-in-law, Norene Stoolman; brothers-inlaw, David Stoolman and wife Sue, Dan Stoolman; grandchildren: Stephanie, Jon, Nick, Jake, Gabi, Grace, Becca, Katie and Owen; nieces: Sharon Stoolman and husband Rodney Olden, Sara Faye and husband John Doerfler, Rachel Stoolman; neph-ews: Jason Stoolman, Matt Stoolman and wife Catina, Chuck Stool-

man, Andy Stoolman and wife Sara; faithful golden retriever, Trigger. Preceded in death by father, Daniel Rock and mother, Thelma Rock; wife, Donna Rock; father-in-law, Don Stoolman; sister-in-law, Sheryl Stoolman. Born in Woodbine, Don attended Woodbine High School. He served in the Air Force, and received a degree from Omaha University. In 1998, he retired from Union Pacific Railroad. He was married to Donna for 45 years. Very active in Boy Scouts, Don attended many National Jamborees in Fort A. P. Hill, VA, as the “bike guy.” He also attended international jamborees in Australia, Holland and Chile. He was Wood Badge trained and earned both the Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. He was actively involved in his neighborhood and children’s school activities. He and Donna served as PTA presidents for Dundee Ele-mentary School and earned the State Life Award. Don was active in the Dundee

Celebrates First Birthday Jaelynne Marie Nelson celebrated her first birthday May 17. She is the daughter of Derek and Jennifer Nelson, Woodbine. Jaelynne’s grandparents are Dennis and Charme Nelson, Len-ox; and Ralph Jr. and Shelli Pauley, Woodbine. Her great-grandparents are Mike and Arlene Pauley, Portsmouth; Veronica and the late Ralph Pauley, Sr., Woodbine, and the late Lyle and Irene Nelson and the late Carmen O’Brien, Lenox.

N e i g h b o rh o o d Association, especially with the Flower Basket Project. In retirement, his bikes were his life anyone who was part of Don’s life was either asked to be in, or has ridden in, a parade with his bikes. He collected bicycles from many eras and liked showing them in parades and shows throughout the country. Vigil Service was Jan. 15 at the West Center Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 16 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Omaha, Neb. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Omaha, with military rites by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials to Boy Scout Camp Cedars Improvement. Heafey-HeafeyHoffmann-DworakCutler West Center Chapel 7805 W. Center Rd. Omaha, NE 68124 Ph: (402) 391-3900

MILES JAMES BARNHART Miles James Barnhart was born Sept. 22, 1928, to Miles Glenn and Kathryn Dorothea (Siebels) Barnhart in Council Bluffs. He died on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, on his farm near Magnolia, at the age of 83 years,

three months and 24 days. Miles grew up in Magnolia and attended country school and graduated from Magnolia High School in 1947. After graduation, Miles started farming and continued to farm all of his life in the Magnolia area. Miles was a member of the Magnolia Masonic Lodge that merged with the Missouri Valley Ma-sonic Lodge for more than 58 years. Miles en-joyed being on the farm and going to the Logan Meal Site. Miles raised cattle and hogs while farming. After retiring from farming, Miles stayed active with buying and raising feeder calves. Miles was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Alice Mae Barnhart. He is survived by his brother, Donald Barnhart and his wife Alice, Missouri Valley, and other relatives and friends. Graveside Masonic Services for Miles J. Barnhart were held at 2 p.m., Jan. 20, at the Magnolia Cemetery. Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine is in charge of the arrangements. Fouts Funeral Home 501 Normal St. • Woodbine Ph: (712) 647-2221

JIMMY “JIM” DALE SOETMELK Jimmy “Jim” Dale Soetmelk, 62, Greybull, Wyo., passed away in a one car motor vehicle accident south of Basin, Wyo., Jan. 15, 2012. Jim was born March 6, 1949, in Logan, to Carl George and Eleanor Inez (Probasco) Soetmelk. Jim grew up in Iowa and graduated from high school. He grew up working on the family farm with his brother and parents in Woodbine. Jim met Diane K. Peterson when he was 12, and their love grew. They were married on Aug. 16, 1969, in Woodbine. In 1976, Jim and his family moved to Wyoming to be closer to the mountains he loved. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping in the Big Horn Mountains with family and friends. They spent many years traveling in their fifth wheel camper to many different states. He always looked forward to spring and paddlefish fishing in Montana with his family. After moving to Wyoming, his love for farming continued for several years until he decided to further his education and change careers. Jim attended Montana State University in Billings, Mont., where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in social work. At the time of his death, Jim was working for Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center as the Admissions and Social Services Director where he

looked forward to going to work every day. He absolutely loved working with patients and their family members on a daily basis. Jim was a member of the Greybull Elks BPOE Lodge #1431, and the Peace Lutheran Church of Basin, Wyo. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Diane Soetmelk; his daughter, Andrea (Mike) Laird, grandchildren, Brianna and Brendon of Greybull, Wyo.; his son, David (Jill) Soetmelk, granddaughter, Desiree Young of Basin, Wyo.; his brother, Lloyd (Rilla) Soetmelk of Logan; his nieces, Vickie (Casey) Speake, Laura (Shawn) Pavlik, nephew, Jeff (Laura) Soetmelk; sisterin-law, Judy (Terry) Hamer of Sioux City, niece Emily (Jeremiah) Foose, nephew, Andy (Teresa) Hamer; with several great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Jan. 20, at the Atwood Family Chapel, Greybull, Wyo., with Pastor Tim Trippel as officiant. Memorials in Jim’s name will be received at: Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. A beneficiary for the memorial fund will be decided at a later date. Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. P.O. Box 460 419 W. C St. Basin, WY 82410-0460 Ph: (307) 568-2041

Community Memorial Hospital FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. J. Samuel Subramanian, Ph.D. 647-2304 647-2347 Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and Sunday School 8:45 a.m. Confirmation Tues., Thrift Shop 9 - 2, and 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. UM Service on Access Channel Wed., 6:00 p.m. Prayer Group; 6:30 p.m. Youth Group: 6:45 p.m. Choir Practice. Ushers: Larry Ramsey & Larry Rutledge FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Disciples of Christ Pastor Mike Brown 647-3078 647-2761 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m.Worship Service Worship leader: Don Clark Elders: Cheryl Book and Lloyd DeForest Deacons: Jamie & Lynee Metzger, Ronda & Kim Schramm, Mary Clark and Cara Brown Deaconess: Mary Lantz Song Leader: Karen Ryerson Greeters: Rod & Teresa Smith FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Pastor Steve Wiemeyer 46 Fifth St. Woodbine, IA Sun.: 10:30 a.m.,Worship. FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST 77 Fifth Street Woodbine, IA Church - 647-2006 Richard Tiffey, Jr. 644-3297

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Sun., Early Worship 9:15 a.m. 9:30 Sunday School 10:30 Worship Service 6:30 class. Wed. 7:00 p.m. prayer service SACRED HEART PARISH CATHOLIC CHURCH Felix Onuora, CSSP 647-2931 643-5808 Masses: Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Sacred Heart, Woodbine. Saturday 4 p.m. at Holy Family in Mondamin. Saturday 5:45 p.m.,Sundays 8:45 a.m. at St. Patrick, Dunlap COMMUNITY OF CHRIST Noel Sherer, Pastor 647-2014 647-2695 Wed.: Zion’s League. Sun.: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:15 a.m., worship; 10:30 a.m., worship. IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Logan, IA Jerry Firby, Pastor 644-2384 642-2842 Sun: Worship; 9 a.m. Fellowship; 10 - 10:15 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study - 10:15 - 11 a.m. LIFELINE ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH Assoc. Pastor Hank Gruver 1207 Harrison St., Dunlap, IA - 643-5475 Sun.: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:30 a.m., Morning Worship; Thurs.: 7 p.m., Intercessory Prayer.

Logan, IA Vance Gardiner, Branch Pres. 644-3495 646-2310 Sun.: 10 a.m., Sacrament meeting; 11:15 a.m., Sunday School; 12:10 p.m., Priesthood and Relief Society. Wed.: 7:00 p.m., YM/YW Scouts ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A. Dunlap, IA Carla Johnsen, Pastor 643-5495 643-5575 8:45 a.m. Worship 9:45 a.m. Fellowship/coffee hour 10:00 a.m. Sunday School BETHESDA LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A. Moorhead, IA Carla Johnsen, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

REMNANT CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Missouri Valley, IA Terry Patience, Pastor Sun.: 9 a.m., Church School; 10 a.m.,Worship Service. THE BELIEVERS TRAINING CENTER Carmen Goodrich, Pastor 647-3233 647-2223 Wed.: 7:30 p.m., Bible Study and Youth. Sun.: 9:30 a.m., Worship; 7 p.m., Evening Service.


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By Sheriff Pat Sears Jan. 13 •Deputy Knickman is investigating the theft of power poles from a residence on Reading Trail. Jan. 14 •Deputy Klutts is investigating the damage done to a vehicle while parked on Main Street in Persia. •Deputy Cohrs is investigating reported horse neglect on State Highway 44. The horses will be checked regularly. •Deputy Denton stopped a vehicle east of Mondamin for a traffic violation. The driver was found to be drinking. Scott Costanzo, Little Sioux, was arrested and transported to jail. Costanzo was charged with OWI, open container in a vehicle and stopping on the traveled portion of

the roadway. Jan. 15 •Deputy Clemens transported a subject from Alegent Health to Mercy Hospital for a mental evaluation. •Deputy Doiel, Deputy Clemens and Sheriff Sears responded to a residence on Minot Place. Magnolia and Logan Fire had responded to the residence for a reported grass fire. A subject was found deceased on the property. Miles Barnhart, 83, fell while trying to put the fire out. The fire started at a burn barrel on the property. Jan. 16 •Deputy Cohrs responded to a residence on 204th Lane for a dispute over property ownership in a pending divorce. They were referred to their respective attor-

COURTHOUSE neys. Jan. 17 •Deputy Sieck and Deputy Klutts responded to a residence in Sunnyside. The call was that a subject was there and would not leave. The subject left when the deputies arrived. Jan. 18 •Deputy Denton was advised of suspicious activity in Sunnyside. The area will be patrolled. •Deputy Killpack responded to a domestic situation in Sunnyside. Lanaya and Jay Mahoney were arrested and transported to jail. Both were charged with domestic assault. Any criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS •Larry and Barbara Warner to Larry and Barbara Warner, Trustee, warranty deed, NW1/4NE1/4, SW1/4NE1/4, N1/2SE1/4, SE1/4SE1/4 20; NE1/ 4NE1/4, 29-79-41; E1/2SW1/4, W1/ 2SW1/4 25-78-43; W1/2NW1/ 4&NW1/4SW1/43 31079-41. •Janet and John Mock to Samantha & Clinton Fitchhorn, warranty deed, Lts. 6 and 7, Blk. 24, Woodbine. • Debra Jo and Michael Krmpotic to Samantha and Clinton Fitchhorn, warranty deed, Lots. 6 and 7, Blk. 24, Woodbine. • Amy and Davis Sanders etal to Samantha & Clinton Fitchhorn, warranty deed, Lts. 6 and 7, Blk. 24, Woodbine. •Arnold and Marlene Park etal to Samantha & Clinton Fitchhorn, warranty deed, Lts. 6 and 7, Blk. 24, Woodbine. •Margaret Mindrup to Suzanne Slaby, warranty deed, Pt. Lt. 5, Blk. 7, Logan. •Cecil E. Branstetter to Cecil E. Branstetter, Trustee, warranty deed, Lt. 16, Blk 14, Logan. •John Finken to Mark Guinan, warranty deed, Lts. 1 and 2 Blk. 1, Williams Add., Missouri Valley. •Terrie L. Pinkerton to Joseph B. Pinkerton, quit claim deed, Lt. 3, Blk. 31, Logan.

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•Tommy and Sandra Robbins to Scott Gebel and Carla Lesline, warranty deed, Lts. 1 and 2 Blk. 8, Magnolia City. •Zola Beth and Robert Leonard, Trustees to Clark A. Mikels, warranty deed, Parcel A, S1/2SE1/4 Pt. E1/ 2SW1/4 8-79-41. •Zola Beth, Trustees, etal to Clark A. Mikels, quit claim deed, Parcel C&E, SE1/4SW1/4 8-79-41. •David and Chung Bringman to Danny Cohrs etal, warranty deed, NE1/4SE1/4 and E1/2SE1/4SE1/4 1380-43; N1/2NE1/4SW1/4, SW1/ 4NE1/ 4SW1/4, NW1/ 4SW1/4, W1/2SE1/ 4SW1/4,SW1/4SW1/4 1880-42. •Edna Berg to William and Debra Berg etal, warranty deed, Pt. NE1/ 4SW1/4andNW1/4SE1/4 and Pt. SE1/4NW1/425-78-42. •Jackie Dollen, Trustee to Scott and Kelly Dollen, warranty deed, Pt. SW1/4NW1/4 28-78-41. •Estate of Eric Lewis to Brian Helmers, court officer’s deed, Pt. SE1/4SE1/4 21;NE1/4 28-78-41. •Brian Helmers to Fletcher Lewis and Carlyn Knowles, quit claim deed, Pt. SE1/4SE1/4 21; NE1/4 28-78-41. •Sec. Of Veteran’s Affairs to David and Barbara Staben, warranty deed, Lot. 4, Blk 76, TLC 4th Add., Missouri Valley.

SMALL CLAIMS •Credit Management Services, Inc. vs Michelle Hatcher, Logan •Merchants Credit Adjusters, Inc. vs Mandy Iverson, Modale •Merchants Credit Adjusters, Inc. vs Ben Kannedy, Missouri Valley •Logan-Magnolia Community School vs Beverly Harvey, Logan, Thurman Harvey, Woodbine •Logan-Magnolia Community School vs Jason Winchester, Jessica Winchester, Logan •Logan-Magnolia Community School vs Jay Mahoney, Logan, Lanaya Mahoney, Missouri Valley •Razor Capital LLC vs Tammera Gruber, Missouri Valley •Daniel Pierson vs Desiree Edwards and Eugene Edwards, Mondamin •Food Land Supermarket vs Tim Dooley, Logan, Kris Reisz, Missouri Valley SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS •Tylor Wallis, Missouri Valley •John Petersen, Missouri Valley •Briar Jones, Mondamin •Brenton Ohaver, Pisgah •Kristofer Erlabacher, Woodbine VIOLATIONS •Priscilla Dick, Pisgah, failure to yield to vehicle on right •James Cox, Little Sioux, dark window/windshield •Pamela Woodward, Shelby, registration violation •Angel Nies, Missouri Valley, financial liability coverage •Brenton Ohaver, Pisgah, failure to maintain control •Steven Dupass, Missouri Valley, speeding •Daniel Yates, Woodbine, careless driving DISTRICT COURT •State of Iowa vs Brent Leonard, OWI. Sixty days in jail with all but two days suspended; $1,250 fine; ordered to obtain drug/alcohol evaluation; complete drinking driver’s school. •State of Iowa vs Jeffrey Alan Janssen, OWI. Deferred judgment for one year; $625 civil penalty; unsupervised probation for one year; ordered

to obtain drug/alcohol evaluation; complete drinking driver’s school. •State of Iowa vs Anthony Cortez Francis, possession of controlled substance. Deferred judgment for one year; $315 civil penalty; unsupervised probation for one year; ordered to obtain drug and alcohol evaluation. •State of Iowa vs Travis Greer, contempt of court for violation of probation. Twenty days in jail. •State of Iowa vs Travis Greer, driving while barred. Sixty days in jail with all but two suspended; placed on unsupervised probation for one year; $625 fine. •State of Iowa vs Corey W. Ring, OWI. Sixty days in jail with all but two suspended and placed on unsupervised probation for one year; $1,250 fine; ordered to complete drinking driver’s school. •State of Iowa vs Mauro Garcia Silva, OWI, second offense. Sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but 30 suspended and placed on unsupervised probation for two years; $1,875 fine; ordered to obtain drug/alcohol evaluation; complete drinking driver’s school. •State of Iowa vs Jonathan C. Kohl, possession of controlled substance. Deferred judgment for one year; $315 fine; unsupervised probation for one year; ordered to obtain drug/alcohol evaluation. •State of Iowa vs Nicholas Day, driving while barred, habitual offender. Deferred judgment; placed under supervision of drug court team for two years; $1,000 civil penalty; ordered to Zion Recovery Center when bed available; ordered to provide DNA sample. •State of Iowa vs Kristopher Wright, possession of controlled substance, second offense. Sixty days in jail with all but four suspended; $315 fine; unsupervised probation for one year; ordered to obtain drug/alcohol evaluation. •State of Iowa vs Erik Smith, OWI. Deferred judgment for one year; $1,250 civil penalty; ordered to obtain alcohol evaluation; complete drinking driver’s school.

Tri-Star Basketball Competition results

Golden Age Center Meal Menu Wed., Jan. 25: Taco salad, taco meat, shredded lettuce and cheese, tomatoes, kidney beans, sour cream, taco sauce PC, tortilla chips, cinnamon apple raisin cake. Thurs., Jan. 26: Turkey roast in gravy, baked potato, sour cream PC/margarine, California blend veggies, Oroweat fiber bread/ margarine, strawberry short cake with whipped cream. Fri., Jan. 27: Asian beef and rice casserole, Japanese vegetables, apple juice cup, fortune cookies, fruit cocktail. Mon., Jan. 30: Barbecue pork

rib patty, mini wheat hoagie bun, sliced red onions, half baked sweet potato, corn, applecrisp or applesauce. Tues., Jan. 31: Italian goulash, Italian vegetables, shredded lettuce salad/dressing, Oroweat fiber bread/margarine, diced peaches. Wed., Feb. 1: Corned beef brisket or chicken breast, baby red potatoes, seasoned cabbage, Oroweat fiber bread/margarine, banana. All meals served with 2 percent or skim milk and coffee.

The Woodbine Chapter of Optimist International held a Tri-Star Basketball Competition on Optimist Tri-Star Jan. 15 for students ages 8-13. Both boys and girls participated in a day full of competition, including skills such as dribbling, shooting and passing. First through third place winners were presented with certificates between the boys’ and girls’ basketball game on Jan. 17. Winners included: Front row, left to right, Jamie Plowman, first place, ages 8-9 girls; Clair Staben, second place, ages 10-11 girls; Hailey Ryerson, first place, 10-11 girls; Morgan Baxter, second place, 12-13 girls; Carlee Nelsen, first place, 12-13 girls; back row, Adam Sherer, third place, 8-9 boys; Clay Schmidt, first, 12-13 boys; Wyatt Pryor, third, 10-11 boys; Seth Gruver, second, 10-11 boys; Garrett Reisz, first, 10-11 boys; and Layne Pryor, first, 8-9 boys. Not pictured: Geanna Davis, third place, 10-11 girls; and Austin Davis, second, 8-9 boys. Photo: Nikki Davis

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January 25, 2012


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Community Woodbine Dance Team performed Jan. 17 Woodbine Honor Roll Woodbine Community School District students listed to the second quarter Honor Roll include: Seventh Grade: Jacob Ahrenholtz, Breanna Bak, Morgan Baxter, Sonya Baxter, Ashlee Christo, Samantha Hazen, Michaelia Hesman, Chelsea Klaahsen, Katelynn Malone, Sierra Marshall, Sara McLarty, Carlee Nelsen, Alexis Sherer, Faith Spencer, Erica Vogel and Trent Willis. Eighth Grade: Michael Barrett, Caleb Goodrich, Steven Grothe, McKenna Hamblen, Kaylynn Jensen, Krysta Jensen, Kara Koke, Kevin Lee, Jacob Liston, Imani Nelson, Katherine Payne, Emma Probasco, Bruce Tremel, Amanda Trierweiler, Morgan Trierweiler, Kendra Vogel, Matthew Waite and Shane Wingate. Freshmen: Talon Delaney, Shelby Doyel, Karlie Heffernan, Caitlyn Jensen-Biehl, Bethany Kirby, Megan Maaske, Sara Marsh, Dashia Nuzum, Whitney Ronk, Zebadiah Schwery and Daniel Willis. Sophomore: Meagan Andersen, Shelby Behrendt, Paige Hackman, Rebecca Hanson, Lucas Hedstrom, Tanner Hedstrom, Colton Jensen, Christopher The Woodbine Community School District Dance Team performed at half time of the boys’ game on Jan. Johnson, Annie Klein, Allison Lee, Malachi Mentick, 17. Team members performing included, from the left, Sarah Probasco, Stevi Newton, Emma Allen, Emily Bailee Meyer, Lydia Payne, Lane Pitt, Craig Royer, Schwery (center front), Caitlyn Jensen Biehl, Miah Coleman (in far back), Dashia Nuzum, Claire Probasco Courtney Schlinz, Mitchel Schwery, Melissa Sherer, and Lauren Dubas. Karlie Heffernan is behind Probasco and Dubas. Photo: Nikki Davis Heather Smith, Nathaniel Thompson, Mark Tremel, Erick Whitney, Seth Willis and Rachel Zach. Junior: Jessica Allen, Christopher Andersen, Kenneth Barnum, Taylor Barry, Alyssa Blum, Jesse Dick, Skye Garmann, Patrick Glackin, Daniel Grothe, Malyssa Jablonski, Mason Mentink, Matthew Monahan, Brittany Nelson, Shelby Nelson, Stevi Newton, Megan Pauley, Kaitlyn Pulscher and Logan Worth-Hurley. Effective Jan. 17, Taxpayers can reach fillable. Senior: Emma Allen, Jordan Barry, DeAnn Woodbine taxpayers may the department by email• Request a form by efile their income tax ing, calling mail at IowaTaxForms Breeling, Marcus Brogan, Shelby Dick, Alton Dickinson, Lauren Dubas, Davis Hackman, Shelby returns online through (515) 281-3114 or toll free the department’s e-File (800) 367-3388 (Iowa, • Request a form by Hall, Brandon Hardy, Chelsea Helwig, Hayley website. Om-aha, Rock Island and mail - Iowa Department Kerger, Samijo Klaahsen, Cydney Meeker, Hunter When filed electroni- Moline) or by addressing of Revenue; P.O. Box Probasco, Sarah Probasco, Justina Royer, Emily cally, refunds are issued questions to 1305 E. Wal- 10460; Des Moines IA Schwery, Melissa Smith, Victoria Thompson, Shelby Vandemark and Tiffany Vasquez. in days, compared to nut, 4th Floor, Hoover 50306-0460. • Pick up a booklet at The Harrison County weeks for returns filed on State Office Building, Des the IDR office on the 4th Sheriff Department paper. Join 85 percent of Moines. Telephone and e-mail floor of the Hoover State reported Miles Barnhart, Iowans who filed this service hours will return Office Building,1305 E. 83, was found dead at way in 2010. Denison Area Branch, need not be a college Visit to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. Walnut, Des Moines, or American Association of graduate. It is the goal of the scene of a grass fire call the forms order line University that occurred at his resi- /tax for details, and 1. Women AAUW to encourage With the continued at (800)532-1531. dence on Minot Place, check eligibility to file (AAUW), has announc- and recognize selflessfederal and Iowa income growth of electronic filDue to limited avail- ed its biennial upcoming ness in order to enhance about 6 p.m., Jan. 15. According to the tax returns together for ing, the Iowa Department ability, only one booklet Woman of Distinction its communities. of Revenue (IDR) will no will be provided to each award slated for May 12. report, it appeared free. Women learn to recTo help filers, the longer automatically mail customer. Barnhart had fallen Members encourage ognize integrity and For more information organizations, business- courage by hearing the down while trying to put department has expand- paper income tax forms the fire out, that originat- ed telephone and e-mail and instruction booklets contact Victoria L. Dan- es and community vol- stories and experiences iels, Public Information, unteer groups to nomi- of other women. Aled in a burn barrel at his customer service hours to individual taxpayers. If filers would still like Officer, Iowa Department nate a female volunteer though stories of those residence. The Logan during January to 7:30 of Revenue, (515) 281- or employee who has role models have been and Magnolia Fire a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to paper, options include: • Forms and instruc- 8450 or Victoria.Daniels@ gone beyond her job told in each generation, Departments were able Friday. Walk-in custo extinguish the fire tomers will continue to tions are available online responsibilities. She there has seldom been a with no damage to any be accepted Monday to at way to publicly recogFriday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Many online forms are structures. nize the influence such

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January 25, 2012

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Bring your blades: Ice skating rink open After a decade, Seymour to retire From SKATING Page 1 exact, in a lot between two homes. While driving by, it was easy to miss. This year, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Opti-mists, the City of Woodbine and the Harrison County REC, things have stepped up a notch. The Harrison County REC owns the land at the corner of Fourth and Walker Streets. At approximately 40 feet by 80 feet and covering virtually the entire lot where “The Bar” used to stand, it’s hard to miss. “We wanted to relocate

it so it was downtown to make it more visible and to make it larger,” Woodbine Main Street-Chamber President Lynn Clark said. Despite the larger dimensions, the rink was constructed utilizing the same materials from last year. The Optimists had dropped around $1,400 on the reusable, plastic liner. Once the liner was laid out, there was quite the delay. Water was poured, just a few inches to start with, but unusually warm temperatures in December, 2011, kept the water

from freezing. So the rink was sanctioned off … and volunteers who diligently worked to lay it out had to wait. Thanks to the cooperation of Mother Nature the past few weeks, the water finally froze, and more was added. Those filling the rink don’t know exactly how thick the ice is, but estimate it at around two feet at the south end to four inches towards the north. “And the extreme northeast corner will never be completely covered due to the lay of land,” City of Woodbine

Administrator and volunteer on the project Joe Gaa said. The rink is considered an “enter at your own risk” rink and skaters must have their own skates. Aside from those two facts, the rink is open to anyone. There has even been talk about a possible skating clinic for Woodbine children, but as of this publication date, a date has not been set. “We did it for cheap, fun entertainment for anybody and everybody to use, open whenever they want to use it,” Leaders said.

From SEYMOUR Page 1 census, that district will change next January to include all of Shelby County. State Sen. Nancy Boettger, R-Harlan, who currently serves District 29, will assume that new district. Seymour, 72, said he just didn’t want to make another four-year commitment. Though he’ll miss serving the public, he won’t miss the traveling back and forth to Des Moines each weekend during the four-month Legislative sessions. Throughout his Senate career, Seymour focused on healthcare, veterans affairs and senior citizen issues, as well as economic development and tax reform. “This year, we’ll be working on mental health reform and I’m proud to be a part of that as well as working to ease the burden on Iowans by reducing taxes.” He’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Dottie, and their nine grandchildren, Seymour said.

RADON: The odorless danger From RADON Page 1 per liter (pCi/L). The EPA strongly recommends that home’s rating a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more be repaired immediately. For homes rating between 2 and 4 pCi/L, homeowners may consider mitigation measures. “The Iowa Radon Survey has indicated that Iowa has the largest percentage of homes, 71.6 percent, above the EPA action level,” Saron said. “It is more than any other state in the United States. Harrison County’s average level is 8.6pCi/L.” In Harrison County, 66 percent of the homes are above 4 pCi/L; Monona County has 66 percent of the homes above; Crawford, 70 percent and Shelby 75 percent above. Joe Stroeher, the Environmental Health Administrator in Shelby County, sells test kits for radon. “You can call 712-755-

2609 to order a test kit,” Stroeher said. The cost, $8 plus postage, includes the analysis.” Stroeher also owns a business that has been performing mitigation procedures on homes for the past 10 to 12 years. He advises to perform one radon test and if the results are below 10 pCi/L, to test again. The test kit needs to be placed in the lowest level of your home and stay for five days. “If the results are above 4 pCi/L, you should test a second time to make sure the test was accurate,” Stroeher said. “Radon infiltrates up through the house. It has a decay factor after so many hours so the levels stay pretty much the same. There is fresh radon coming in while the old dies off. The only way to get rid of radon is through the installation of a mitigation system,” he said. According to Stroeher, the most common and usu-

ally the most reliable method of mitigation is active subslab suction. Suction pipes are inserted through the floor slab into the soil underneath. A fan connected to the pipes acts like a vacuum cleaner and draws the radon gas from below the building and releases it into the outdoor air above the roof line. Depending on the type of mitigation procedures required, costs can run from $900 to $3,000, but the average cost is $900 to $1,100, he said. If mitigation procedures are required, Iowa requires that the business doing the work be certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Stroeher is certified. He also advises if you have a room above a crawl space to test that room. “We fix a lot of homes that are being sold,” Stroeher said. “I’d say 40 percent of our business is real estate transactions. We

are a lot busier now than 12 years ago. More people are becoming aware of the problem,” he said. Shelby County is one of eight in Iowa that have radon regulations above and beyond the state requirements and require testing prior to sale of a home. Saron recommends some easy steps in radon awareness and mitigation. •Don’t panic. It can be dealt with over a period of time without great expense. •Test in winter. The best time to test radon levels is during the heating season, although you can test during any season. •Arrange for radon detection. When testing for the purpose of buying real estate, contact a certified radon measurement specialist for performing this test. Call (800) 383-5992 for a list of Iowa radon measurement specialists. For testing your own

home, you can purchase an approved radon detector from a retail store or call the Iowa Radon Control Program at (800) 383-5992. Or you can call Shelby County at (712) 755-2609. •First conduct a shortterm test. Follow the directions for setting up the detector and conducting the test. This will give you results in a fairly short period of time •Follow-up measurements are the tests used to determine if you need to lower radon levels in your home. The higher the average the sooner you should take corrective measures. •If the result of the shortterm measurement is between 4 Picocuries per liter (a standard measurement for radioactive gas) and 8, do follow-up measurements with a long-term detector available from sources at the Iowa Radon Control Program. Generally this should

remain in place for about a year. •If the result of your screening test is greater than 8 pCi/L, do a followup measurement with a short-term detector following the same test procedures used before and average the two results together. •If the result of your screening test is greater than 80 pCi/L, immediately contact the Iowa Department of Public Health at (800) 383-5992. •Corrective measures are usually not as simple as filling cracks in basement walls. You may need the help of a professional to work on the more complex aspects of stopping radon seepage into your home. •Be sure the professional is certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health,” Saron said. For more information,, you may call the Iowa Radon Line at (800) 3835992.

Student enrollment trends on the rise; utility bill increases hit budget From SCHOOL Page 1 The superintendent also acknowledged the Woodbine Education Association for its realistic approach to contract negotiations. “We are off to a good start – a win-win situation,” Vint said. (For an overview of district negotiations, please see the Jan. 11 edition of The Twiner.) Not all of the news was good, however, with Vint telling the board the district’s utility bills are increasing dramatically – even during the relatively mild winter. “Our utility bill was $18,330 this year,” Vint told the board. “Last year, it was $15,490 or up close to $3,000 and it’s been fairly mild. We are already $9,064 ahead of last year – a 13.2 percent increase. We are going to keep an eye on the energy use. Next month is usually our highest bill for the district – it was $18,156 last year.” The board also discussed a request by teacher Maureen Allen to explore the creation of an “EduPups” program – similar to

one once operated in the West Harrison School District. Allen told the board, with its okay, she would plan to take classes on administering the program this summer in Omaha and initiate it next fall. She told the board studies indicate student learning may be enhanced with the use of dogs in the classroom because they are calming and can be viewed by the student as a reward from good behavior or academic performance. “Pets have a calming effect on students,” Allen said. “It also can help a student improve reading. Reading to a dog allows the student to remain calm, not anxious. Studies show they will try more with a dog than with a person.” She said reading can be improved in comprehension, competency and confidence. “You use the dog as a positive reward,” Allen said. “Students will sit and read with the dog. This program has the potential to raise test scores.” Allen stressed parents would be informed of the

use of the dog in the school and will have the option to have their child opt out of the program. Permission slips also would be required by district officials per child utilizing the therapy dog. The program will require Allen to successfully earn certification and a $2 million liability insurance program would need to be arranged. The board agreed the program sounds like a good one. In other action, the board: •Received a PowerPoint presentation from teachers Julie Coffey and Shawna Harris on the Seventh Grade 21st Century Skills Class. The overall skill sets include civic, technology, health, employability and financial literacy. Twentysix students have been studying the financial literacy class since August. There are no textbooks; the teachers research the material from a number of resources and are working closely with a bank in Treynor that has successfully partnered with a school district there. Locally, students are learn-

ing about how to start a business project, how to cost compare prices, research on careers, salaries and benefits, and interviewing community members. The teachers said the students learn about values, needs and wants and the financial implications of each on a budget. •Heard the district is preparing for a verification visit by the state Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. •Learned the Black and Gold group has turned over the milk machine to the district with the agreement the monies will be directed to the activity fund. •Received a $3,874 dividend check from EMC insurance. •Heard Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has initiated a proposal on educational reform. (Please see column by Vint on this week’s Twiners editorial page). •Okayed a request by Rod Smith to move forward on forming a committee to begin fund raising work for a new all-weather high school track and other improvements including naming the new facility after long-time Coach

Hummel. •Approved the fee for Driver’s Ed students inside the district at $200 with outside district students charged $400. Also approved an increase in instructor pay to $165. •Updated a protocol for donations to the district. •Outlined the school calendar for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. •Okayed the purchase of 25 new computers and monitors to replace those in one of the district’s computer labs. The computers being replaced are eight years old and are beginning to have problems. Server hardware and networking infrastructure also are being updated. Some of the

money used for this purchase is from the Microsoft settlement the district received. •Had a short discussion about One-to-One School programs in Iowa and if it might be a program model for Woodbine. District staff will review the program and the trend in education technology. •Agreed to attend a meeting of school board presidents for Jan. 26 at the ISU Extension Office, Logan. •Adjourned at 8:23 p.m. The School Board will meet again at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Board Room. The meetings are open and public is encouraged to attend.

Jan. 21 Legislative Coffee draws lively discussion on taxes, issues KEVIN BROWN General Manager About 30 Harrison County area residents attended the first Legislative Coffee of the new session Jan. 21 in Logan. The coffees are hosted at the Logan Commun-ity Center by the Logan Kiwanis Club and Logan Chamber of Commerce. Matt Windschitl, Missouri Valley, R, State Representa-tive for District 56, was the only official attending the meeting. James Seymour, Woodbine, R, State Senator for District 28, was unable to attend due to a similar event in Denison. Windschitl, who has served for six years in the Iowa House, said he has hit

the bricks running this legislative session with 14 bills submitted and setting up 16 meetings on issues he believes are important to his constituents. He began the coffee with a short update on the new redistricting map that will split Harrison County – with the eastern half of the county in House District 16 and the western half in House District 17. He said the maps are the result of population requirements specified under Iowa law. The map established districts with 30,000 in population with a variance of plus or minus 200. Windschitl said he will run for election to the House District 17. He also said Branstad released his new budget the first week of the Legislative

session. “He could’ve waited until the last week of January,” Windschitl said. “We have more time now to review it. It has a spending increase which I don’t agree with; just because we have the money doesn’t mean we have to spend it.” Windschitl told the attendees a potential rise in the fuel tax, commercial and other property tax reform, and education reform will be key topics for this year’s lawmakers. On the proposed Road Use or Fuel Tax increase Windschitl said is being driven by the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, he believes both Republicans and Democrats are concerned about the lack of funds to repair

Iowa’s aging roads and bridges. “There might be an opportunity to move forward on this issue,” Windschitl said. Windschitl said he also will introduce a Constitutional Amendment to strengthen Iowa’s guarantee of Second Amendment Rights (the right to bear arms) because Iowa is one of six states not to specifically mention those rights in its Constitution. (Windschitl and his family own a gun shop in Missouri Valley). “We need to have the strongest language possible in the Iowa Constitution,” he said. Attendees asked questions ranging from the impact of high income

taxes on the “productive people,” requiring drug testing for Iowa’s Welfare recipients, the negative impacts of the growing amounts of mon-ey on campaigns and effective governance, the impact of regulations on small businesses, the trend to-wards corporate farming at the price of independent family farms, the potential influx of cheaper immigrant labor forces as the agriculture economy consolidates, and the federal government’s interference on citizens’ ability to be self-sustaining. Windschitl ended the meeting noting the state’s Taxpayers Trust Fund will probably reach its mandatory cap of $60 million during this legislative session.

He said the fund is made of up of unspent money by the state during a number of years. By law, the fund must be used for tax relief, he said. Windschitl asked the attendees how they would like to see the tax money returned to the state’s residents. “What is the most equitable way to do that?” he asked. While there was no clear consensus, most indicated property tax relief. The next Legislative Coffee is 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. The Coffees are organized by the Logan Kiwanis Club and The Logan Chamber of Commerce. Matt Pitt is president of the Logan Kiwanis Club this year.

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January 25, 2012

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Sports Lady Tigers take three losses on the week Jan. 16 Charter Oak-Ute: 13, 15, 12, 7: 47 Woodbine: 6, 11, 16, 9: 42 Despite the Woodbine Girls Basketball Team’s efforts to drive in the last quarter of the Jan. 17 game against Charter Oak-Ute (COU), the team ran out of time with their rally falling short as the game ended in favor of the Bobcats, 47-42. “The girls did a much better job in the second half defending COU and forcing them into shots that were in our favor and keeping them out of the lane,” Woodbine Head Coach Ryan Coenen said. “We were above 50 percent for the first time all year at the foul line, 16-of26.” The Lady Tigers pulled the game close when a COU player received a technical foul on a shooting foul, allowing the Tigers to sink three freethrows and regain position without losing seconds on the clock. “But we just couldn’t knock down the big one to get it within one possession in the final two minutes,” Coenen said. Shelby Hall and Alyssa Blum offensively carried the team. Blum had a rough night from the field sinking only two of 20 two-point attempts, but gained 12 points for the Lady Tigers through two three-pointers and seeing a perfect night on free throws at 6-of-6. Hall led the team in points with 13, including 5-of-9 from the foul line. “We did a much better job adjusting to the varying defenses COU threw at us throuout the game, and our ability to break the press effectively forced COU out of the full-court trapping defense they like to utilize,” Coenen said.

Also adding points to the board for Woodbine were: Shelby Behrendt, six; Allison Lee, four; Paige Hackman, three; Melissa Sherer, two; and Bailee Meyer, two. Defensively, Behrendt led in rebounds, pulling in 12, seven defense and five offensive. Hall led in steals with five. “We really composed ourselves well on the court. The game had its rough stages for us, scoring-wise,” Coenen said. “But we really did a good job not getting into the verbal issues with the opponents. We played with a lot more intensity in the second half. We’re starting to see more and more of that out of our girls, and I hope this is something the fans can start hanging their hats on when they come and watch the kids play.” Jan. 17 West Monona: 20, 10, 13, 9: 52 Woodbine: 16, 3, 8, 18: 45 The Lady Tigers kept it close at home during the West Monona game Jan. 17, narrowing the gap in the score to 44-40 with 1:43 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. However, foul trouble proved to be what shut the Lady Tigers down, ending the night with a 52-45 loss to the Spartans. “Those silly fouls caused us some problems, and forced us into a style of play that doesn’t really fit our team. We need to do a better job of understanding where we are at in relation to the ball and the hoop at all times,” Woodbine Head Coach Ryan Coenen said. “This court awareness is something our girls have really had to focus on this year, and is definitely a learned from experience trait. I’m happy we’re learning them now, instead of in

February, but I hope we can start to see it click for more of our girls.” Paige Hackman led in points for Woodbine with 12, followed by: Shelby Hall, 11; Alyssa Blum, Melissa Sherer, Shelby Behrednt, six; and Allison Lee, three. But the 45 weren’t enough. “We ran the court so well in the first and fourth quarters, putting up a combined 34 points. We just had a very sour patch in the middle,” Coenen said. Hackman and Sherer led in rebounds with nine, the team tallying 53 rebounds on the night. Something Coenen was proud of. “We rebounded better than we had all season,” he said. “Unfortunately, we missed a lot of good, open shots that allowed us so many opportunities to get those rebounds. But anytime you walk off the gym floor with 29 offensive rebounds, you can’t fault the kids’ work ethic or desire.” The sour drive in the middle, including the low points, is what Coenen hopes to eliminate, but was impressed with the drive the team exerted in the final quarter of the game. “We made a great run near the end to pull it close. The game was out of hand for much of the middle segment, but our girls did a great job of upping the pressure, creating timely turnovers and pushing the pace near the breaking point of the opponents. I never knew we had that type of run in us,” Coenen said. “It will be nice to fall back on that experience if we find ourselves down, heading into the fourth quarter in the future.” Jan. 21 Riverside: 8, 23, 17, 11: 59

Woodbine: 6, 10, 7, 8: 31 The Jan. 21 Woodbine girls basketball game against Riverside-Oakland eerily resembled their Jan. 17 game, considering the “sour patch” in the second and third quarters, with the Lady Tigers putting up 17 and Riverside, 40. The game ended in a 59-31 loss for Woodbine. But the score doesn’t say it all. “We played better than what the score shows. We just threw the ball away so many times, which led directly to Riverside layups that the game got pretty far out of hand,” Woodbine Head Coach Ryan Coenen said. “But I thought the girls did a better job with their shot selection and playing pressure D out on the perimeter. We’ve just got to do a better job of handling the ball and the pressure as we try and transition from defense to offense.” Shelby Hall led in points with 10, hitting only 4-of-11 field goal attempts, but nailing 2-of2 from the foul line. Alyssa Blum followed in points with seven including a lone three-pointer on the night. Also contributing points were: Paige Hackman, six; Megan Maaske, Allison Lee and Shelby Behrendt, two; and Emily Schmidt and Bailee Meyer, one. “Shelby Hall played a nice game for us at the point guard position. She had four steals, one assist and only two turnovers. She was very efficient and composed throughout the game,” Coenen said. “I thought our reserves did a nice job stepping up and filling in with some quality playing time. Megan Maaske had her best performance of the year and Allison Lee also did a really nice job helping us

Allison Lee battles for the rebound Jan. 17 against Charter Oak-Ute. Lee had four points and three rebounds on the night. Photo: Nikki Davis break the press and getting active on defense.” Hackman led in rebounds with seven, followed by Behrendt with six. Blum and Hall both tallied four steals on the night. Behrendt threw in two blocks on the night. The Lady Tigers began Conference Tourney play

at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24. “We start our Conference Tournament with ArWe-Va at West-side. We look to improve on our last trip up there, and hopefully our girls show up ready to play four quarters against a quality team like Ar-We-Va,” Coenen said.

Tiger grapplers tally 13th at Herb Irgens Invitational The Woodbine Tigers Wrestling Squad saw a rough time at the 42nd Annual Herb Irgens Invitational in Ida Grove Jan. 20-21, finishing the two-day tourney 13th with 54 points. “Ida Grove is one of the toughest tourneys in the state,” Woodbine Head Coach Matt Mentink said. “Some even consider it tougher than State, so I think we had some guys do very well at that caliber of a tourney.” Mason Mentink, 145, finished the highest for the Tigers in fourth, beginning with a 13-9 decision over Cherokee’s Rick Weaver, but OABCIG’s Pat Billings knocked him out of the championship running with a 7-3 decision. He finished up the day with a 52 second pin over Tyler Hubrich from Pocahontas/Pomery-Palmer, a 4:39 pin over Woodbury Central’s Schuyler Rilling and a 7-5 decion over Sargent Bluff-Luton’s Braden Christensen. In the battle for third, Riley Rittgers of Prairie Valley put Mentink on his back in the second, taking a 3:12 pin, leaving Mentink fourth. “Mason had one of his

best tourneys this season. He really wrestled aggressively and offensively,” Mentink said. Four Tigers finished seventh: Lucas Hedstrom, 126; Matt Monahan, 170; Blake Barnum, 195; and Gabe Shafer, 220. Hedstrom won his first round with a 4:27 pin, but fell in a 19-4 technical fall to a Sargent Bluff-Luton opponent. He took out Storm Lake’s Sergio Lopez in an 8-0 major decision before falling in a brief, 28 second match to South Central Calhoun’s Logan Peed. He pulled out a narrow, one point win against Cherokee’s Hunter Morrow, 5-4, to finish seventh. Monahan started the day with an easy 1:05 pin, only to fall in 2:53 to Marcus-MeridenCleghorn’s Jacob Pearson. A battle back gave him a 16-3 major decision win over Cherokee’s Blake Booth, but South Central Calhoun’s Cody Schoop ended his drive by taking a 39 second pin. Storm Lake’s Mitchell Sandbulte was last on Monahan’s agenda for the two-day tourney, which he took out with a 16-5 major decision to finish seventh.

Cade Meeker, 120, wrestles on Jan. 19.

Photo: Nikki Davis

“Matt is so close to being able to beat any and all opponents. We just have to speed up his feet and hips a little more, and work on his sprawls, and he’ll be ready for post season competition,” Mentink said. Barnum lost his first two matches of the tourney by fall, the first in 46 seconds, the second in 1:53. He battled back for seventh place finish, driving OABCIG’s Payton Klinger to his back in the second period, taking a 4:48 pin. Gabe Shafer battled pins and falls throughout the tourney, first taking a 27 second pin over Alex Rath of Kingsley-Pierson, only to follow it with a 52 second fall to Pocahontas/Pomery-Palmer ’s Tyler Schneidmiller. A 2:23 pin over a Prarie Valley opponent was only to be followed by a 1:37 fall to a Sioux Center opponent. In Shafer’s

final match of the day, vying for seventh, he pulled out a 13-2 major decision over MarcusMeriden-Cleghorn’s Tyler Schuck. Sophomore Malachi Mentink tallied an eighth place finish for Woodbine, beginning the tourney with a 9-0 decision over Ridge View’s Tylar Hansen. A 1:01 fall plagued him his second time on the mat, to Don Bosco’s Scott Weber. Malachi Mentink followed the loss up with a 5:17 pin over Drake McArther of LawtonBronson, only to be narrowly defeated by Cherokee’s Jack Letshe, by a 1-0 decision. He ended the tournament with a 12-2 major decision loss to Moises Castro of Storm Lake. Also competing for Woodbine were: Alex Whiteing, 106, 16-2 major decision loss, 1:02 fall; Cade Meeker, 120, 2:20

fall, 1:45 fall; Tanner Hedstrom, 132, 8-3 decision loss, 1:49 fall; Josh Matusik, 152, 14-1 major decision loss, 7-0 decision loss; and Nate Rudd, 160, 2:25 fall, 16-4 major decision loss. “Every wrestler in the tourney was capable of beating each other differently on any given day. In every weight class, there were probably 10-12 wrestlers with 20 plus wins and less than eight losses. On any given day, it could be eight different wrestlers placing in dif-

ferent order,” Mentink said. Darin Peterson, 182, also began the tourney, but was seriously injured in his first match against Josh Van Natta of Don Bosco, and was forced to default his matches. An accidental head collision led to Peterson’s losing consciousnous. For precautionary purposes, he was taken by ambulance to the Ida Grove Hospital, where he remained overnight, being discharged the following morning.

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