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See the 9/11 tribute section inside. SENIOR SPELLING BEE

A “Senior Spelling Bee” will be held for those 55 and older at 3 p.m. on Applefest Day, Sept. 24, at the Merry Brook School House. A study list of words are available for contestants. Please register by Sept. 15. Contact Jodi for the list or to register at 647-2288.

The Woodbine Twiner The Official Newspaper of Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa September 7, 2011

Volume 133, Issue 36


School Board elections slated for Sept. 13 Five candidates vie for three seats; includes two incumbents The Woodbine Community School District will be hosting their regular school election from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 704 Normal St., Woodbine. Five candidates are seeking three available seats. Two candidates, Todd Heistand and current School Board

President Amy Sherer are seeking re-election, while the third current member, Amber Nelson, is not. Also vying for a spot on the council are Karen Lantz, who has recently spent two months on the board, filling in for Joanna Shaw after she resigned, Beth Fouts and Norma Coret.

Official candidates were asked to fill out a short questionnaire to give the Woodbine public a better idea of why they are running. Amy Sherer Four year incumbent Current president Why are you running for school board? I have enjoyed my term on the school board and would

like to continue to work to give our students the best learning environment possible. I have learned a lot from conventions, trainings and my time serving on the school board and hope that my knowledge and experience can continue to be beneficial to Woodbine Schools. What do you see as the school’s current, most pressing issue? Providing a curriculum, course offerings and staffing levels that benefit our students in the 21st cen-

Getting ‘around’ to the dedication

tury amidst budget challenges. In what areas would you like to see improvement? Student Achievement, Gifted and Talented program, and Communication and cooperation among parents, teachers and administration. In what areas do you believe the school to be strong? We have a dedicated staff, great facilities in a central campus, growing student population, stable financial picture and solid test scores

and academic performance. What makes you most qualified to sit on the school board? I have a Masters Degree in education, 10 years teaching experience, I have served four years in the capacities board member, vicepresident and president and have a growing understanding of how the school board operates, and I have six children who are or will be students See BOARD Page 6

Council Special Meeting highlights three agenda items Aug. 29 NIKKI DAVIS Editor Three items stood out on the Woodbine City Council’s agenda at a special meeting on Aug. 29. An update was given on the current façade renovations in Woodbine’s downtown district by project manager, Arch Icon’s Darin Smith. Final numbers were discussed as well as the allocation from See KNIT Page 5

Darrell Hansen had his work cut out for him in restoring this windmill. The windmill came from the family of Gerald Custer and Hansen spent approximately a month restoring the pile of pieces back to its original grandeur. Photos: Nikki Davis NIKKI DAVIS Editor The idea was floating around – but the impending question was how on Earth it was going to get done. That’s how Darrell Hansen wound up with several, random pieces of Gerald Custer’s windmill on the floor of his garage. He almost didn’t know where to start, the poor windmill was so dilapidated.

“Originally someone else was going to redo it,” Hansen said. “When that didn’t happen, I was asked if I’d look at it and I said, ‘I’ll look at it.’ I never said I’d do it … but I wound up doing it.” But Hansen took it in stride and began making repairs – or rather rebuilding – the once grandeur, mini, wooden windmill. “It was repaired two or three times over the years that I remember,” Hansen said. “The arms were breaking off.” See WINDMILL Page 6

Knit-Wits to begin NIKKI DAVIS Editor Knit-Wits, originally a fourth through sixth grade knitting club, began last year with low attendance numbers. However, it didn’t deter Angela Doyel and Ali Glackin, Woodbine fifth graders and the club’s founders. See GOOGLE Page 6



Locals remember the day: Looking back 10 years on 9/11

AFTER PROM CAN COLLECTION SITE MOVED W o o d b i n e Community School junior class has moved their After Prom Fundraiser Can Collection site to behind the recycling bins

At left, Joe Meyer, Woodbine, resided in Hoboken, N.J. the day of the 9/11 attacks. This picture was taken from his truck on the New Jersey Turnpike on Sept. 11, 2001. Meyer claims the attacks were part of the reason he and his family moved to Woodbine. Photo: Joe Meyer

Nikki Davis Editor Almost everyone remembers where they were when an American Airlines Boeing 767 out of Boston, Mass. bound for Los Angeles, Calif. was hijacked shortly after take-off and made a wide turn and slammed into the north tower of

in the alley behind T h o m s e n Chiropractic/Karon’s Beauty Shop building. TIRE AND BATTERY DRIVE W o o d b i n e Community School’s “Team Awesome” will

be hosting a “Tire and Battery Drive” from 811:30 a.m. Sept. 17. The public is encouraged to drop off all unwanted tire and batteries at the Woodbine Community School blacktop. Contact

the World Trade Center in New York, N.Y. at 8:45 a.m. If not aware of the situation at that moment, many radios, TV’s, computers, cell phones and other receiving devices were tuned when at 9 a.m., United Airlines flight 175, also leaving Boston and bound for Los Angeles, collided 592-0049 with questions. 9/11 ALL-SCHOOL PROGRAM SET SEPT. 9 An all-school program will be held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 at 2:40 p.m. Sept. 9 in the

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The Woodbine Twiner

September 7, 2011


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There is a plan: Stumps to streetscapes You may have wondered about the stumps on Walker Street. Maybe you questioned where the trees went, why they were cut down and what will be put in their place. Well, the good news is there is a plan formulating in a collaborative effort between the City of Woodbine and the Main Street Design Committee. Where did they go? City crews cut them down. Unfortunately, the trees just had to go and, surprisingly, for several reasons. So, rather than a few there and a few here … and in fairness to all, every one of the trees needed to go. In a Pilot Green Community, we just hate to cut trees down, but, in a downtown district, trees can have a disastrous effect. Why did they go? The extremely large trees on the north end of Walker were destroying the infrastructure under the sidewalk and street, wrapping roots in and around electric and sewage lines – not a good thing for anyone in that neighborhood. The birds were roosting in the dense foliage of the trees there, leaving behind unpleasant signs of their avian presence on cars and on sidewalks. Some of the trees were too large, or too droopy for downtown plantings. Some of the trees were girdled and dying a slow death from the iron grates cutting into their trunks. It was just a matter of time before several of them died from the inside out. Not a safe proposition. Other trees leaned into the walkway, not growing in an upright fashion, but out into the pedestrian pathways instead. Still more trees were so large they were obstructing the facades of buildings … in the way for repair work and maintenance. The professional arborist from DNR reported that trees in any downtown districts generally have about a 10 year life span … that is it. Who knew? Okay, so now what? The committee has done onsite and online research, taking a look at some sustainable ways to improve our streetscapes while keeping our sidewalks clear and the storefronts visible for retail and service traffic. The Main Street District needs upgraded benches, new energy efficient street lights that match the period ones on Lincoln Way, trash and recycle bins and attractive planters to complement the historic downtown district. The cost of the proposed plan is around $100,000, so the next step is to search out funding sources. It takes time, research and creative (and stubborn) people to search, write, land and then implement any grant. If you have specialized training in this area or simply an interest in helping with the tasks inherent in the project, please call the Main Street office, 647-3434, or email We need you. And remember to bear with the volunteers (and cheer them on) as they turn stumps into streetscapes … it’s in the works. We promise.

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Two topics of importance


ell … there are two different topics I’d like to touch base on, and in no way are they related. However, I believe both are impor-

tant. First, please don’t forget to get out and vote. School board elections are just a mere week away (or less, depending on when you’re reading this). It’s important that you get out there and help determine who will be leading the school. Who is making the decisions that will affect your children. Or your grandchildren. Or your nieces/nephew. Or, if you don’t have any relation at the school, who will be leading your community in the future. It’s not just a privelage … it’s your right. And, putting this as nicely as I can, if you don’t go and vote, then please don’t complain about it later. If you don’t take a few minutes out of your day to make the choice you want to make, then you have no right in December to complain about a decision the board made. So, please. Go vote. My second passing thought is one that I’ve had all week. It’s been rattling around as I worked on the 9/11 remembrance special section in the paper this week. I had asked for feedback via my personal and the Twiner’s Facebook pages. I received an array of answers from an array of people – some as young as fifth graders at the time and some already grandparents at the time. The answers are interesting. The thoughts and feelings – resounding. And I remember that day. Clearly. Which is amazing considering by dinner time I rarely remember what I had for lunch the same day. I was working at PayFlex Systems U.S.A., Inc. and, much like here, I wore several different hats in several different departments. That particular day, I was working on accounts payable stuff until the clock struck 8 a.m. Grace, the switchboard operator, was late. Again. And I was furious. I had to stop in the middle of a check run I was getting ready to print and go open up the switchboard. Grace had a habit of coming in late for random reasons … one time she actually told me she spilled a cup of coffee on her linoleum, kitchen floor. That’s why she was over an hour late.


Anyway … I opened up the switchboard, bringing some accounts payable work with me. The phones weren’t really ringing, so I was plugging right along. Grace strolled in about 45 minutes or so late. I just glared. However, our boss asked her, in his joking, but ‘you-know-when-you’re-supposed-to-be-here’ tone, “So, where were you, Grace?” She calmly replied, “I was watching the TV. There’s been a huge plane crash in New York. I simply rolled my eyes – not understanding the scope of a “plane crash in New York.” Don’t get me wrong, plane crashes are tragic. Any of them. All of them. But she was late. Again. But then she talked a little more. And more. And soon, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with my boss, John, officemate Roxy, the CEO Mark and Grace as we stood in the conference room, staring at the smoke billowing from the Twin Towers. Watching people jump from the top floors. Watching the terrified people run. Watching as the buildings collapsed with firemen and business employees and family members and ….. trapped. No way out. The switchboard was buzzing. The checks were on the printer. And I was standing there, dumbfounded. It was the CEO that broke the silence in the room with a simple, “We still have a business to run. Let’s get back to work …” And away we scuttled. Roxy and I listened in on a radio in our office and I periodically checked the internet for updates and footage. And it was a strange feeling. A horrid feeling. And I can still feel it. And I still remember. So you’ll have to let me know … do you remember where you were when the world stopped turning that September day?

Mold: It isn’t just for the flooded


he floods of 2011 have left a (hopefully) temporary legacy for some here in western Iowa this summer. Some people who have returned or are returning to homes that have been vacant and sealed up, whether flooded or not, are facing the unpleasant prospect of cleaning up some serious mold issues. The mold itself is nothing new. Multiple species of mold fungus spores are constantly moving around in the air. With any disease organism, we make reference to understanding the “disease triangle” of proper environment, infectious organism and appropriate host. Though it isn’t really a disease per se, mold works the same way. Control or limit one of the three elements, and you control the problem. Because mold spores are everywhere, and the host is anything organic (paper, wall board, wood fibers, etc.), we are left with controlling the environment. Mold only is an issue in damp places. When very humid air like we have had this summer is trapped in areas with

limited air circulation and warm temperatures, organic material in the home will get wet and mold can grow. That is the clue for dealing with minor to massive mold issues in the home. But before I go any farther, let me highlight a few important points for you to know and consider if you are confronted by a household mold issue: • Don’t worry about the distinction of black mold! There are many species of “black molds” just like there are gray molds and reddish molds and white mold. All are problematic, and all are dealt with the same way. • The first step, which is an on-going step, is to dry the area and keep it dry. That stops mold in its tracks. • That leads to the second point; do not worry about testing for specific types of mold. Spend the effort cleaning up and washing to remove mold. • Wear a well-fit respirator to avoid inhalation of spores and fungal hyphae. The minimum is a type N-95 facemask respirator. Wear solid shoes and goggles. • Ventilate! The key

EXTENSION OFFICE RICHARD POPE Harrison County Extension Program Coordinator is to reduce moisture content of materials. That applies as well if you are using any gasfueled generators in the work environment. • Remove and replace mold-infested porous materials like carpeting, ceiling tiles, etc. Sheet rock, insulation and wall board that are involved should be removed as well, and let the inner walls dry out followed by cleaning. • Thoroughly clean non-porous surfaces (dimension lumber, linoleum, etc.) with hot water and detergent to remove the mold on the surface, cleaning in cracks and joints. • Biocides like chlorine bleach or quaternary ammonium chloride or alcohol may be used, but use them last and use them carefully. Remember these are deactivated by organic debris, so the area must be cleaned thoroughly first. If your home was not actually flooded,

you could even dispense with the biocide treatment, but it isn’t a bad idea in flooded area recovery. Do not use Chlorine bleach with ammonium ever, and use diluted material. Mix ¾ cup bleach to a gallon of water, and wet non-porous surfaces for five to 10 minutes and then dry them. Do not use undiluted bleach! Finally, we have a moisture meter available for check out in the Harrison County Extension office for use to determine moisture content of wood or concrete. Wood moisture needs to be under 13-15 percent to inhibit mold. If you want to use the meter, I will give you five minutes training on its use; just contact us at (712) 644-2105! Oh yes, and good luck! For additional information, contact Rich Pope at the Harrison County Extension office at or (712) 644-2105.


The Woodbine Twiner

September 7, 2011

Church OBITUARY LAURETTA ROBERTSON and Funeral service for Lauretta Robertson was held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at Community of Christ Church, Woodbine. Priest Cindy Whitmer, Elder Kirk Petersen and Elder David Whitmer served as clergy. Musicians were Kathy Waite, Kris Petersen and Jordyn Petersen with selection “On Eagles’ Wings” and congregational hymn “My Times are in Thy Hand” #137. Pall bearers were Kirk Petersen, Jeff Petersen, Kris Petersen, Kevin Osbahr, David Whitmer and Mitchel Petersen. Lauretta Jean (Nuzum) Robertson was born Aug. 18, 1920, to Caleb Jefferson and Arietta (Shortridge) Nuzum in Missouri Valley. Lauretta died on Sun., Aug. 28, 2011, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine at the age of 91 years and 10 days. She was raised in the Woodbine area and graduated from Woodbine High School in 1937. Lauretta married Lafe Roundy Robertson on Aug. 1, 1937, in Council Bluffs. The couple farmed in the Woodbine and Dunlap area where Lauretta helped with the farm work. In the 1950s Lauretta was employed at the Woodbine Telephone Office, Farm Service

the Soil Conservation in Logan. In January of 1959 she started to work for the S t e p h a n y - C o e Insurance Agency until her retirement in 1986. Lafe and Lauretta celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 1987. Lauretta became a member of the RLDS church in her adult years and was a faithful member and volunteer. She volunteered on the Rose Vista Care Review Committee for several years. Lauretta was a member of P.E.O., the Neighborhood Club and a pinochle card club. She also enjoyed sewing and embroidery work. Lauretta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lafe Robertson in 1995; and daughter, Sylvia Robertson. She is survived by her two daughters, Jacqueline (Karl) Petersen of Logan, Carolyn Peterson of Council Bluffs; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Phyllis (Noran) Davis of Council Bluffs; brotherin-law, Glennie Waite of Woodbine; and many other relatives and friends. Final resting place was Woodbine Cemetery in Woodbine. Fouts Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Fouts Funeral Home 501 Normal St. • Woodbine Ph: (712) 647-2221

9/11 Woodbine Honor and Remembrance ceremonies Woodbine Community All-School Concert

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Woodbine Community School will be hosting a kindergarten through 12th grade 9/11 Remembrance program at 2:40 p.m. Sept. 9 in the high school gym. In honor of the tragic anniversary of 9/11, students will be making a red, white and blue memory chain, making one link for each life lost that day. The chain will then be displayed at the program. On the opening of the program, the Cub Scouts will present the colors and be followed by the singing on The National Anthem. Student Council President Victoria Thompson will preside over the program and Tony Smith will serve as the guest speaker. Woodbine Music Teacher Mary Beth Gergen will direct an all-school assembly in singing “Remember You” by Teresa Jennings. A special, 9/11 commemorative flag is being donated by the Sherer families and Rose Vista Nursing Home which will be presented to the school. Mikey Barrett will also be reading a poem, “September Eleventh” by Roger Robicheau. A moment of silence followed by the retiring of the colors will bring the program to a close.

On Sept. 11, Woodmen of the World Lodge 647 of Woodbine, in cooperation with the City of Woodbine, will participate in an Honor and Remembrance ceremony at the White Floral Gardens. “Woodmen of the World Members and associates nationwide organize in Honor and Remembrance ceremonies each year,” President of Woodmen of the World Lodge 647 Kristine Gash said. “These ceremonies give members, family and friends a chance to grieve over the lives lost that tragic day and to pay respect to the

St. Patrick’s is hosting its annual Fall Dinner on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Parish Center Dunlap. A broasted chicken dinner catered by Staley’s of Charter Oak will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner tickets for adults are $10, children 10 & under are $4.50. Other activities planned during the festival include bingo, children’s games, cake walk, country store, raffle items, cash drawings and a silent auction. Please come and enjoy the day with us. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Main Street Cakes and Gifts, Wendt’s Pots and Posies and the Town and Country Store in Dunlap.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Rev. J. Samuel Subramanian, Ph.D. 647-2304 647-2347 Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship9:30 a.m. Sunday School Summer June 12, July 10 and August 14 at 9:30 a.m. 7-8 p.m. Key Club Meet Tues., Thrift Shop 9 - 2, 6: p.m.- 7 p.m. Wed., 6 p.m. Prayer Group; 1 & 3 Thurs. 7 a.m. Weight Loss Group; 6:00 p.m. Tae Kwon Do. Ushers: 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: RTBD Elders: Jenny Hall & Dencil Hammack Deacons:Peter Ryerson, NOrma Rock, Fred McBath, Tom & Judy Erlewine and Joe Book Deaconess: Sherrill Lubbers Song Leader: Dencil Hammack Greeters: 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.

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644-3297 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.

SAINTS 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 Communion and baptism of Abbigale Cripps 9:30 Care Center Worship 9:45 a.m. Fellowship Coffee Hour BETHESDA LUTHERAN CHURCH, E.L.C.A. Moorhead, IA Carla Johnsen, Pastor 10:30 AM Worship with Holy Communion 11:30 AM Fellowship/Coffee Hour 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.

MISSOURI VALLEY SUNRISE COMMUNITY Rev. David McGaffey Church of the Nazarene 2225 Hwy. 30, Missouri Valley, IA 712-642-3708 0Sunday School; 10:50 a.m.noon, 6-7 p.m., Celebration Service. Wednesday: 7 p.m. - ?, Prayer Service. MOORHEAD CHRISTIAN CHURCH Pastor Mike Brown Sun., Worship 9 a.m., Coffee Hour 8 a.m. Sunday school 10:00 Elders: Nancy Meadows, Steve Houston, Phil Meadows, Judy Houston Deacons: Mary Cumming, Dave Nelson, Frank Archer, Joyce Harris Deaconess: Noreen Miller Greeters: MONDAMIN BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Harley Johnson Mondamin, IA Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday Worship Service 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. FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Missouri Valley, IA Rev. Barbara Todd Sun.: 9:00 a.m.Adult Sunday 10:00 a.m.,Worship


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heroes who responded.” The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. with a Color Guard presentation by the local American Legion and Boy Scout Troop 51. Participating in the event are members of the City of Woodbine, representatives of Lodge 647 and guests from the home office of Woodmen of the World. Handheld flags will be given to all in attendance. Second only to the United States government in volume of flags purchased each year, Woodmen of the World celebrates and honors the American flag throughout the year. Woodmen of the World was founded in 1890 as a fraternal benefit organization. Today Woodmen of the World offers insurance, annuities, mutual funds and 529 College Savings Plans. More than 730,000 members across the country share a commitment to family community and country. For more information contact Mary Jane Foutch, FICF, Woodbine.

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By Sheriff Pat Sears Aug. 26 • Deputy Cohrs transported a subject from the Missouri Valley Hospital to Mercy Hospital for a mental health evaluation. • Deputy Cohrs took a report from a subject in Modale who reported an argument with a city official. The subject wanted to tell his side of the story. No further action was taken. • Deputy Denton assisted with a child custody issue on 335th Street. The subject was referred to an attorney. • Deputy Cohrs talked to a subject reporting a neighbor dispute on 260th Street. The subject wanted to report the incident but will contact the neighbor and talk to them about the problem. Aug. 27 • Deputy Killpack assisted Missouri Valley Police with a foot pursuit that occurred north of Missouri Valley. The subject was later found and transported to jail. The subject was charged with several offenses by Missouri Valley Police. • Deputy Clemens responded to Sunnyside for a domestic situation. No one wanted to pursue charges. One of the parties left the house for the day.

• Deputy Killpack took a suspicious vehicle report from a subject in Magnolia. The area was checked but the vehicle was not located. • Deputy Klutts responded to the 89 mile marker of Interstate 29 for a vehicle fire. Mondamin fire units also responded and put out the fire. The driver said he thought the fire started due to a mechanical problem. Aug. 28 • Deputy Killpack took a report of a subject riding an ATV on Liberty Avenue. The subject was identified and charges are pending. • Deputy Killpack took a complaint from a subject in Mondamin. The subject reported being assaulted by his landlord who wanted him off the property. The subject will consider filing assault charges. • Deputy Clemens assisted with a child custody dispute on State Highway 127. Arrangements were made to keep the child home for now. • Deputy Clemens assisted a subject with questions involving property in Little Sioux. A relationship has ended and property is being disputed. Both parties were referred to an attorney.

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COURTHOUSE • Deputy Doiel stopped a vehicle in Pisgah for expired registration. The subject was found to have a revoked driver’s license. Further investigation showed the driver to be intoxicated. Shane Weifenbach of Little Sioux was arrested and transported to jail. Weifenbach was charged with OWI third offense, driving while revoked, no insurance, no registration and open container. Aug. 29 • Deputy Clemens is investigating the theft of copper wire from a bin site on Loess Hills Trail. Aug. 30 • Deputy Doiel checked on a suspicious subject walking on U.S. Highway 30. The subject was located and checked and given a ride to Logan. The subject said he had gotten into an argument with the person he was staying with and was out walking. • Deputy Killpack assisted a subject in Pisgah with some mental health questions. A family member has been committed but is now home and having problems. The subject agreed to return to the hospital. Any criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until ad unless proven guilty.

MARRIAGES • Kyle Lee Bartels, Woodbine and Kathryn Ann Heistand, Woodbine • Derrick Lee Mether, Logan and Corrie Ann York, Logan • Matthew Ryan Williams, Woodbine and Regina Lynn Dunlop, Woodbine SMALL CLAIMS • Asset Acceptance LLC vs Donald Kain, Missouri Valley • Capital One Bank, NA vs George M. Csipkes, Missouri Valley • Jackie Nixon, Rick Erwin vs Paula Mausbach, Logan • Brenda Wallis vs Edward Callor Jr., Little Sioux • General Service Bureau, Inc. vs Joseph Basch, Missouri Valley • Ernest Wede Jr. vs Thurman Harvey, Woodbine, Beverly Harvey, Logan SPEEDING • Scott Ford, Missouri Valley • Jonathan Feddelke, Logan • Joshua Boruff, Missouri Valley • Jill Jensen, Underwood • Alex Clausen, Logan • Dustin Seabury-Meyer, Woodbine • Dennis Frank, Carroll SEAT BELTS • Steven Olson, Persia • Robert Meyer, Magnolia • Robert Stoffel, Honey Creek

VIOLATIONS • John Heim, Persia, financial liability • April Armstrong, Little Sioux, operation without registration • Timothy Watson, Missouri Valley, dark window/windshield • Benjamin Kill, Magnolia, handicap parking DISTRICT COURT • State of Iowa vs Isaac Myers, OWI, second. 180 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended; $1,875 fine plus costs; unsupervised probation for two years; ordered to obtain drug and alcohol evaluation and to complete drinking driver’s course; driving privileges suspended for six years. • State of Iowa vs Wendy Redding, OWI, first. 30 days in jail with 28 suspended; $625 fine plus costs; unsupervised probation for one year; ordered to obtain alcohol and drug evaluation. • State of Iowa vs Michael John Eason, OWI, second. 100 days in jail with all but 10 suspended; fined $1,875 plus costs; supervised probation for one year; ordered to obtain drug and alcohol evaluation; complete drinking driver’s course. • State of Iowa vs Eufracio C. Resendiz, assault on police officer. 14 days in jail plus court costs.

AAUW to meet Sept. 10 Webinar to address flood recovery for cropland The American Association of University Women profits from local, state and national affiliation. Denison Area Branch, AAUW, formed in 1941, begins its program year at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Holdsworth Antiques, 2650 Donna Reed Rd., Denison. The public is invited. Reservations may be made by calling Judy lee, (712) 676-3444. A short meeting and lunch will follow at Boulders Conference Center. Beth Long, 50year member, will outline provisions for the Education Foundation and Legal Advocacy Fund. Sandy Sharp and Phyllis Lewis, Membership Chairs, note that membership is open to all persons holding a bachelor of arts or higher, an associate degree or registered nurse degree. “Persons committed to promoting

the advancement of all women that face bias, inequality, prejudice, fear and lack of educational or employment opportunities will find that their efforts are magnified because of AAUW’s local, state and national affiliation,” incoming president Norma Coret said. “Denison Area Branch program includes two effective biennial programs, ‘Formulas for Successful Girls’ and ‘Woman of Distinction.’ This year, we will also promote the Iowa Initiative, a program designed to address prevention of unwanted teen pregnancies, and we will work to create gender balance on county commissions and boards (as required by Iowa law in 2012). We promote pers o n a l enrichment and fun, too, as in the case of the Holdsworth Antiques Tour, Sept. 10. Come get acquainted.”

As waters recede from farmland that has been covered for several months by Missouri River flooding, Iowa State University Extension and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are jointly planning a workshop for Sept. 12 to address cropland issues. The workshop is free and will be conducted via webinar at the Harrison County Extension office in Logan, Monona County Extension office in Onawa, the Fremont Co. Extension office in Sidney, Mills County Extension in Malvern, the Lied Multipurpose Center in Council Bluffs (Iowa School for the Deaf) and at the Blair, Nebraska City Hall, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Extension agricultural staff will host the workshop sites and pass audience questions to the panel. For other host sites Nebraska and South Dakota, contact your extension office Topics to be covered during the webinar and extension presenters include: sedimentation and debris removal, ISU Extension ag engineer Shawn Shouse; managing post flooding soils: flooded soil syndrome, ISU Extension soil specialist Mahdi AlKaisi; cover crops for soil health, UNL Extension engineer Paul Jasa; and leases and crop insurance on flooded land, ISU Extension farm management spe-

cialist William Edwards. UNL associate dean of extension Rick Koeslsch will moderate the panel. “It is important for us to share information with those tasked with caring for farmland post flooding, but it is also important for Extension to hear the concerns and specific issues these folks have on their land,” Shouse said. “There is science that we can apply to this situation, but there is much that comes from farmer experience.” Physical damage to farm ground may include obvious things like erosion and sand deposition. But some effects are invisible, having to do with the loss of soil microbes and soil structure. Land managers need to start planning and acting as the waters recede so that the soil can be productive again for next year. “Using webinar technology helps us reach the most people on both sides of the river without having them travel great distances,” UNL Extension educator and event co-chair John Wilson said. “It also allows for informal discussion at each site among those who have been most affected by the flood and with extension staff.” See topic/recovering-disasters and for more information.

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Wed., Sept. 7: Hoagie sandwich, veggies/dip, chips, fruit. Thurs., Sept. 8: Barbecue pork sandwich, tri tater, broccoli/cauliflower, fruit. Fri. Sept. 9: Spaghetti, lettuce, fruit, bread snacks. Mon., Sept. 12: Chicken wrap, lettuce, broccoli, fruit, sandwiches. Tues., Sept. 13: Crispito, green beans, fruit, yogurt, sandwiches Wed., Sept. 14: Popcorn chicken, tri tater, peas/carrots, fruit.

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Community Locals remember the day: Looking back 10 years on 9/11

Joe Meyer snapped this photo on Sept. 13, 2001. Photo: Nikki Davis From 9/11 Page 1 Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., dove through three rings of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. at 9:43 a.m. A fourth airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, retaliated against their hijackers, and crashed about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburg. Whether near or far from the horrific scenes, the acts of terrorism touched the nation. Many stood in shock,

watching the events unfold – learning the truths of what happened. And almost everyone, including those in and from Harrison County, remember where they were. Louretta Waite, Woodbine: I was in the car listening to the car radio. I remember thinking it was a hoax at first, but then I heard how the news commentator’s voice was shaking and realized it was really

happening. Staci Meyer, Woodbine: I was at work in a doctor’s office in Omaha, Neb. The phones did not ring all morning – it seemed there were no sick people. I think everyone was glued to the television. Debbie Straight, Logan: John and I were having breakfast that morning and watching Good Morning America when they broke in with the news and coverage. Our first thought was

that it had to have been an accident; that nothing like that could happen in the United States. I was on my way to Boone, to our daughter’s, when I heard on the radio about the second and third attacks. I felt sick to my stomach to think people could do that to other human beings. I was stunned and almost numb. John watched the second tower being hit and watched them both collapse. John watched the coverage on TV all morning. Alyssia Mensching, Missouri Valley: I was in fifth grade and we were having quiet reading time when the teacher told us to stop and watch the TV. Some of the kids started crying. Most of us didn’t know what to do or think! Jim Perley, Little Sioux: My brother had scheduled a day off so we could hike around the Loess Hills. As I waited for him to come, I turned on the Today Show and watched the hosts wonder what was happening at the World Trade Center. Communications were bad, they relied on viewers to tell what was happening. Then, the second

plane crashed into the tower. I turned on the VCR. It was almost like watching a movie. My brother arrived and we decided to continue the hike. The beauty of the Monarch butterflies we saw was in extreme contrast to people jumping from burning buildings. We took a transistor radio with us and kept it on as we hiked. My brother called his wife who had been evacuated from her building at work. That evening we watched the accounts of the attack. Marilyn Boustead, Woodbine: I was walking across Walker Street to my office when Pat Kelley stopped me and asked if I had a TV at the office. I had a little portable that I could only get channel 7 on, and I remember that Deb and I just sat there watching the horror of it all. Jon’s dad was at the med center and I went down late in the day, about the time President Bush was flying into Omaha, but all other air traffic was shut down. My cousin’s husband rented a Ryder panel truck to drive back to Omaha...that was all that was available.

Strange I should remember THAT... LuAnn Kahle, Logan: I was working at Longview Home, heading to East Court to a residents room, there was already a buzz about a plane hitting the towers. When I got to the room, the TV was on and I witnessed the second plane hitting the towers. I just stood still because I thought that it was the first plane and they were showing a replay. Then the announcer started to yell and freak out...all we could do is watch the horror that was in front of us and couldn’t believe that it could happen in the USA! To read more, please see the “A Changed America” special section inside this week’s edition of The Woodbine Twiner, a tribute to events and effects of Sept. 11, 2001. Local ceremonies include an all-grade school program at 2:40 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Woodbine Community School high school gymnasium and a Woodmen of the World and City of Woodbine Remembrance Ceremony at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at White’s Floral Garden.

Knit-Wits, youth knitting club, to begin Sept. 10 From KNIT Page 1 They have plans to start the club again on Sept. 10 and have made some changes, hoping for higher participation. “The most we ever got to come last year was five,” Ali said. “It was pretty sad.” They had even spoken to their class last year about it and 18 students said they would be interested. Despite the low numbers, they have set a new goal this year. “Even on the first day, only two people came,” Angela added. “That’s why this year, we’re hoping to see more people. Our goal is to at least have 10.” In order to help pull in higher participation numbers, the pair made the choice to open their club to third graders this year, knowing there were younger siblings of the few that came that wanted to participate last year, but were too young. They

also expanded it up to sixth grade, hoping to gain one or two more participants. And they stressed the fact, regardless of age or experience level, they are ready to help teach – and have all the supplies to do it. “Last year we had so many donations, we received four tubs of stuff,” Angela said. “We have needles and yarn and crochet hooks.” Which is another way the dynamic duo hopes to expand their group. They both learned how to crochet over the summer – Ali’s cousin Taylor taught her and Woodbine Public Librarian Rita Bantam (who participates in the Woodbine Public Library’s Knitting Club) taught Angela. “I like crocheting, but I still think knitting goes faster,” Angela said. Ali didn’t quite agree. “I can knit better, but I think that crocheting goes

Angela Doyel and Ali Glackin pose with boxes of donated yarn. Doyel and Glackin are the founders of KnitWitts, a third through sixth grade knitting club. Photo: Nikki Davis faster when you’re making something,” Ali said. Since their knitting talents were discovered, Angela’s developed through her mentor, Dottie, and Ali’s through her mentor, Laura, they

have been able to complete some high-quality projects – especially for fifth graders. Angela’s most prized project are two pairs of slippers. Ali is proud of a teddy bear T-shirt she fabricated last year. But both admit they didn’t knit all summer – because they were focused on learning how to crochet. Regardless, their enthusiasm of the needle arts is contagious and

they are looking forward to seeing some new (and the old) faces this year. “We will even start beginners on just some little, tiny squares,” Ali said. “But all levels of experience are welcome to join us,” Angela said. The group will meet each Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Woodbine Public Youth Library beginning Sept. 10. No supplies are needed, so

Angela and Ali are just encouraging any third through sixth grader to attend. “We just want to teach a whole bunch of people how to knit – and crochet,” Angela said. “And we hope to see it get a lot better.” If anyone has any questions about KnitWits, they are asked to contact Woodbine Youth Librarian Wendy Doyel at 647-2750.

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School Board elections slated for Sept. 13 From BOARD Page 1 in our school. Any closing comments or something you feel Twiner readers should know about you and why you’re running? I believe in community service and hope that my dedication and service as a Board member will encourage voters to enable me to serve another term. Todd Heistand Three-year incumbent Why are you running for school board? I feel all boards need to be represented by the tax payers that provide the funding. There is a gap of representation from farmers and business owners that I am trying to fill. What do you see as the school’s current, most pressing issue? To keep the school in a sound financial position. In what areas would you like to see improvement? To finish some of the delayed exterior improvements such as playgrounds and paving repair. In what areas do you believe the school to be strong? Our strength is we are one of the few single town schools left in Iowa and our Community Spirit is proving to be the strongest in the area. We are the only school with growing numbers in Harrison and many new young families want to live here. The School Staff and Administration have built a strong foundation for us to grow. What makes you most qualified to sit on the school board? I am able to help with the financial issues and building cost. I also

have many friends, family members and grandchildren associated with the school to help me keep up on the issues. Any closing comments or something you feel Twiner readers should know about you and why you’re running? I volunteered for this position 3 years ago after some pressure because no one was filling the vacancy. I do enjoy helping out and realize the importance of having knowledgeable committed board members. This is not a good fit for someone that has an ax to grind with a short term commitment. We will need a strong unbiased board to keep our school growing in the future. Please consider running in the next elections. Karen Lantz Filled empty seat, serving for five months I have lived in Woodbine for 10 years, married to Chad for nine years and we have one daughter, Sierra, who is a first grader at WCS. I have a bachelor of arts in communication studies and a minor in journalism from The University of Iowa. Why are you running for school board? I am first and foremost running because I care about the students. These children and young adults are our future and if I can help them or even one of them meet their future goals by occupying a seat on the school board, I would be happy. What do you see as the school’s current, most pressing issue? I believe that communication is the biggest obstacle the

school has to overcome. I have mentioned the need for communication efforts at several board meetings as I see parents and staff struggling to understand the direction the school is taking. These communication gaps range from public perception of the schools much healthier bottom line to something as simple as playground equipment and salad bar requests from the students. In what areas would you like to see improvement? I would like the school to continue to build an even healthier bottom line, forge better working relationships with the staff and listen to the students needs. In what areas do you believe the school to be strong? I very strongly believe our school is headed in the right direction when it comes to fiscal matters. I also believe that the school has a staff that cares very much about the students, their education and their individual needs. What makes you most qualified to sit on the school board? I don’t believe than any one person out there is the most qualified to be on the board. Our board consists of five members and I believe the right mix can lead to a great school board. I hope that I can be of help as one of those members. Any closing comments or something you feel Twiner readers should know about you and why you’re running? As a current board member, I am not afraid to ask questions as well as give my opin-

ion of what I feel is best for our school. Beth Fouts Why are you running for school board? I am running for school board simply because I care very much about our school. My three children graduated from Woodbine High School and I felt they got a wonderful education and had many opportunities made available to them. I would like to see that continue. What do you see as the school’s current, most pressing issue? The most pressing issue, in my opinion, is the amount of funding to the school that continually gets cut. We need to get creative with ideas on how to offer things to our students so that they stay involved in school and competitive when they enter college or the work force. In what areas would you like to see improvement? No matter how good a program is, there is always room for improvement. There isn’t one thing that stands out to me. As with every job, communication can always be improved. Not only from the school to the community but from the community to the school. In what areas do you believe the school to be strong? I think we have many strong areas. Our testing scores are the highest in the county. This is a wonderful testament to our dedicated staff as well as the students that take pride in their work. The fact that we have such a strong preschool will be very

beneficial to the students as they go through school. We have many teachers that have obtained their Master’s degrees. Again, this is a testament to a dedicated staff that wants the best for the students in the Woodbine School. I feel we offer a nice variety of extracurricular activities for our students to participate in as well. What makes you most qualified to sit on the school board? As I said earlier, I’ve had three children go through the school, I was active in PTA/PTO when my kids were in elementary, I served three years on the Black and Gold Club, I was an aide in the high school for a few years, and I currently substitute teach when I can. Therefore, I think I have a good feel for the school and what currently goes on. I’m also a business owner so I see the importance of the combined effort of the business community and the school community. Any closing comments or something you feel Twiner readers should know about you and why you’re running? I’ve thought about running for school board for a long time. Now that my kids are through with school I thought it would be a good time to try and offer my help in keeping our school strong. I really do care about this school and, if elected, I will do my best to work with the administration, staff, community and students. Norma Coret My decision to run for Woodbine School Board is based on, as I see it, the

need, more than ever, for qualified, professional board members. In Iowa, public education has major problems; i.e., (1) a Governor who wishes to do away with preschool and (2) certain legislators and presidential hopefuls who believe all K-8 students should be home-schooled; but, most importantly, the concern that Iowa students no longer rank at the top, achievementwise, in the nation. If elected, I hope to work toward a balanced curriculum for Woodbine students…a better balance between Liberal Arts and the Sciences. The Liberal arts teach problem-solving, creativity and the development of personal resources; thus equipping the student to more adequately address whatever he may encounter in adult life. Woodbine school has an attractive well-maintained facility that citizens are justly proud of. However, I believe there needs to be more collaboration and interaction with the community. My resume’ includes 22 years as 7-12 teacher in the Woodbine school system plus 18 years at the college/university level. I possess a permanent Iowa teaching certificate and a PhD from UNL in Curriculum and Instruction. Areas where my qualifications may be inadequate will surely come to light but I believe I have the capacity to research and acquire whatever information is needed. I believe I would be a plus for the Woodbine School Board.

Getting ‘Around’ Council meeting highlights from Aug. 29 to the dedication, slated for Sept. 11 From WINDMILL Page 1 And he learned a little bit about the windmill’s origin as he plugged away, fixing this and fixing that. “I was talking to Art Dorland one day after I found out he had done some of the repairs. Then he said, ‘No, I didn’t do the repairs. I built it,’” Hansen said. “Art had built it for Gerald Custer. He wanted it, so Art designed it, built it and made it work. And I didn’t even know it until I was halfway through the project.” Hansen also noted that Dorland can see the windmill at White’s Floral Garden. And, always the engineer in his own right, found himself staring at his own creation, and Hansen’s recreation. Then he realized what he had done wrong all those years ago. “It’ll only go so fast,” Hansen said. “Art said he couldn’t’ ever figure out why it would only go so fast. Then watch-

SHORT TAKES From SHORT TAKES Page 1 APPLEFEST 5K The Woodbine Community School Activities Department is hosting an Applefest 1 Mile Walk/5K Fun Run Sept. 24. The run begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Woodbine City Park and follows the same route as 2010. Contact sharris@woodbine.k12.ia

ing it from the window, he figured it out. It had to do with the direction the wind would hit it and the shaft and propeller having to be certain lengths for the blades to miss the base of the windmill. I just put it back together the best I could.” The majority of the windmill is all new, aside from the topper and tail. Hansen spent a few days shaping all new boards, putting it back together and … his least favorite … painting it. “I don’t really like to paint in the first place,” he said. “But I figured that was the only way I could get it out of the shop.” Now that all is said and done, a dedication ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at White’s Floral Garden on the north side of the garden. The public is invited to attend the brief dedication ceremony on behalf of Pearl Custer and family.

From COUNCIL Page 1 the CDBG grant monies. “At this point, the grant is pretty much all allocated,” Woodbine City Administrator Joe Gaa reported. Recently, Thomsen Chiropractic and R.L. Barry Accounting’s renovations were completed while Swain, the Woodbine Carnegie Library and Foodland all remain either under construction or with plans on the agenda. “Swain is nearing completion and the library will only include minor masonry work,” Gaa said. “Foodland is looking at some painting and perhaps some new windows.” While phase two nears completion, projects for phase three were approved at the meeting. Among those approved for round three include The Hair Zone, Stephany and Coe, the Artisan Building (Zell Millard’s former building located at 63 Fifth St.), Woodbine Farm Supply, the former Woodbine Twiner building and Match It Auto Body. “These have already been approved and have gone out for bid. Final work with the property managers and owners

will still determine what needs to be done,” Gaa said. Also on the agenda was the topic of a potential funding source to generate new, downtown housing. Three to four buildings have been identified as having the potential to provide housing in the downtown district. “We’re looking to add new apartments to underused facilities – to buildings that have apartments and haven’t used them for a number of years or just plain don’t have them,” Gaa said. The Iowa Department of Economic Development had invited the city to submit an application for potential funding, which the council approved at the meeting. “This is in the early, preliminary stages right now. The amount of funding available and the scope of the project will be determined later. This is very preliminary,” Gaa said. “This could have the potential to lead to the development of other, rental units in the residential district, such as multi-family dwellings like duplexes. We are really thinking

about the whole town as things move forward downtown. The goal is to have a whole town with quality housing options and is aesthetically pleasing. Right now, we’re working to bring in new businesses and new residences to downtown … and we want to see the same thing happen in our residential district.” A third point of interest included an update on the city’s ampitheater project which is already underway. “There has been funding allocated from IDED and some of the dirt work has already been done,” Gaa shared.

.us for a registration form. Registration deadline is Sept. 16. CITY COUNCIL PETITIONS Nomination Petitions and Affidavits of Candidacy are available at the Woodbine City office. Two council positions and the mayoral position are up for reelection. Petitions require 10 signatures from eligible electors within the city limits and must be delivered to the city office no later than Sept. 22. General elections will be held Nov. 8. BOOK CLUB Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the

Woodbine Public Library. SENIOR SPELLING BEE A “Senior Spelling Bee” will be held for those 55 and older at 3 p.m. on Applefest Day, Sept. 24, at the Merry Brook School House. A study list of words are available for contestants. Please register by Sept. 15. Contact Jody for the list or to register at 6472288. BIKE-A-THON The 22nd annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Woodbine BikeA-Thon will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 10. See press release, page 8, for

more information. DAR TO MEET Current and prospective members of the Council Bluffs Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are invited to attend a noon, Sept. 17 meeting at Harmony Court, 173 Bennett Ave., Council Bluffs. Potluck lunch, please bring a dish/dessert. For more information on DAR, membership or general questions, contact Membership Chairman Mary Foutch at TAE KWON DO TOURNEY

The Woodbine Martial Arts Sixth Annual Tae Kwon Do Tournament will be held Oct. 1 at Woodbine High School. Double Elminiation, light controlled contact, all age divisions (5 and up), all belt ranks and first place trophies that are four feet tall. Early registration deadline is Sept. 23. Contact Scott Thompson at 592-7321 for cost and registration forms. CUBS TO MEET CUBS will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Woodbine Community School media room. DEER HUNT CANCELLED The Iowa Department

Upcoming weeks will see the ampitheater take place with block retaining walls and more. Green space will still be abundant around the structure, hoping to add beauty to the newly named Millard Park. “The project is all about cleaning up that area down there and it’s all been done without any local funds. No city funds are being used for it. And it will provide an appealing space to gather downtown,” Gaa said. Questions regarding the projects or council meeting may be directed to the City of Woodbine offices at 647-2550.

Construction to the Thomsen Chiropractic/Karron’s Beauty Shop building is complete. Photo: Nikki Davis of Natural Resources has cancelled the special deer hunt in Lake Manawa State Park, scheduled to begin Oct. 1. An estimated 90 percent of the area in Lake Manawa where the hunt was planned is still under several feet of water. DESOTO CANCELS HUNTING SEASONS Due to long term impacts resulting from severe area flooding, all archery and muzzleloading deer hunting seasons on DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges for the fall of 2011 and early winter 2012 have been canceled.

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Community Foreign persons must report Crossroads U.S. agricultural land holdings announces new Harrison County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Pat Warmbier reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction,” Warmbier said. Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports for the county where the land is located. “Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair

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market value of the agricultural land,” Warmbier said. For AFIDA purposes, agricultural land is defined as any land used for farming, ranching or timber production, if the tracts total 10 acres or more. Disclosure reports are also required when there are changes in land use. For example, reports are required when land use

changes from nonagricultural to agricultural or from agricultural to nonagricultural. Foreign investors must also file a report when there is a change in the status of ownership such as owner changes from foreign to non-foreign, from non-foreign to foreign or from foreign to foreign. Data gained from these disclosures is used to prepare an annual

report to the President and Congress concerning the effect of such holdings upon family farms and rural communities in the United States. For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact the Harrison County FSA office at (712) 6442040 or visit the USDA website at

Crossroads of Western Iowa is pleased to announce the selection of Jamie Barnum to Director of Residential services and will lead our residential services programs company-wide. Barnum is a 17 year employee of Crossroads company, and has an extensive training and work experience in the delivery of excellent Home and Community Based Services in a residential setting. She will provide a strong client focus, sound judgment, commitment to motivating and coaching staff and overall leadership to the residential services team her new role will require. Kelly Smith has been promoted to Director of Program Services and will lead our LINKS and work programs at our Missouri Valley site. Smith is an 11 year employee and has extensive training and work experience in the delivery of excellent services in various programs serving person with disabilities. She has gained the respect and trust of many over the years. Additionally, she is a master of Crossroads’ processes and a leader of several employee recognition programs benefiting our entire workforce. Crossroads encourages the public to congratulate Barnum and Smith in their new roles. Since 1975, Crossroads of Western Iowa has provided services that empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to actively seek out opportunities for an enhanced quality of life. Today, the Mission of Crossroads touches the lives of more than 300 individuals, their families and their communities through residential, work and day services. Crossroads is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. To learn more, visit

Council Bluffs Chapter National Society DAR celebrate Constitution Week Sept. 17 begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to: emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; inform the people the Constitution is the basis for America’s great her-

itage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. “We must remember and teach that those who wrote the Constitution believed that no government can create freedom, but that government must guard freedom rather than encroach upon the freedoms of its people,” President General of the DAR Merry Ann T. Wright said. “The Constitution by itself cannot guarantee liberty. A nation’s people can remain free only by being responsible citizens who are willing to learn about the rights of each arm of government and require that each is accountable for its own function. Therefore, Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties. We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to guard that which is committed to us by our forefathers...our freedom.” DAR has served America for 120 years as

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design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of

America. Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 for-



its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to


Celebrating Our Flood Fighters Sunday, September 11, 2011 Harrison County Fairgrounds • Missouri Valley, Iowa Join us as we celebrate OUR flood fighters - those people in our communities that have fought the 2011 Missouri River flood for each of us! Show your appreciation to friends, family, neighbors and organizations that worked so hard to support the families and businesses impacted by the flood declaration and its aftermath. A National Day of Service flag ceremony will occur in rememberance of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

JULY 20 - Aug 30

Schedule of Events

11 Days

(Rick & Harriet Andersen - Greta Elkin - Jackie Shewey)

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12:30 pm • Entertainment begins 1:00 pm •

Free Meal, Refreshments & Dessert available +T-shirts offered

2:00 pm • Program Begins Welcome, Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, Invocation, National Day of Service Flag Ceremony, Acknowledgements, Telling the Tale, Concluding Remarks

3:00 pm • Entertainment continues until 3:30

eign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs v i s i t or call (202) 628-1776. The Council Bluffs Chapter of the Iowa State Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on June 26, 1897, only seven years after the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized and six years after the Iowa DAR was organized. Its mission is to keep the spirit of the DAR through historic preservation, education and patriotism. It strives to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence. For information on the local DAR chapter, contact Mary Foutch, membership chairman, at


September 7, 2011

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Legals MCC Taxidermy Exhibit Calling all poets Bike-A-Thon Sept. 10 Poets of all ages and stages of expertise are invited to register for a poetry-reading, review and critique at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Everything Ellen, 413 Walker St. The event is made possible by Humanities Iowa and sponsored by Boyer River Arts. Reading his own poetry and contributing positive criticism for that of others will be Phil Hey, Briar Cliff College, Sioux City. Hey described “Calling All Poets” as an “exploration of the sense of place in the work of

Iowa poets in the hope that we can all recognize the value of our particular place in the world and show it through writing and reading.” There will be time allowed for questions, discussion and an invitation for poets in the audience to share their own work. Hey is a popular listing on Iowa Humanities’ “Speakers Bureau.” There is no charge, but Boyer River Arts is asking participants to please register by telephoning Jody Hickey at 647-2288.

The 22nd annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Woodbine Bike-A-Thon will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 10. Individuals of all ages are invited to ride a bike, trike, scooter, skateboard, stroller, roller blades or anything with wheels around the Woodbine Community School to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The street will be blocked off to keep Bike-A-Thon participants safe. Drinks and cookies will be provided for all riders and each rider will receive a prize. All money raised goes to St. Jude. Pledge forms are currently available at the Woodbine Public Youth Library or by calling Barb Steppuhn at 647-2486.

Statewide sign classes The Taxidermy exhibit is finished and the Moorhead Cultural Center is gearing up for “Celebrate the Hills.” Running Sept. 9 through Oct. 23, the Moorhead Cultural Center will be open for viewing each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Late entries will still be allowed. The show is sponsored by United Western Coop. Mark your calendars now for Oct. 28 when the MCC’s next exhibit will open. The exhibit will consist of a family of photographers that see the Loess Hills from a different point of view. More on that show in the weeks to come. For more information on this and following exhibits call (712) 886-8718.

Residents of Iowa and especially families and professionals working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing are invited to register for free sign language classes offered by Iowa School for the Deaf. The classes will be held via the Iowa Communications Network at statewide sites convenient to students. Classes begin Oct. 13 and run until March 28. Participants may choose either the 6-7:15 p.m. or 7:308:45 p.m. class. Both classes are beginner level and cover the same content. Register for courses at (click icon on lower left) or request a brochure through the mail by calling (712) 366-0571. Deadline to register is Sept. 9. Iowa School for the Deaf continues to provide individualized programming for school-aged residents as it has since 1855. The school emphasizes a language-rich experience and offers speech therapy as well as sign language instruction.

LEGAL PUBLIC NOTICE HARRISON COUNTY SUPERVISORS PROCEEDINGS August 4, 2011 The Board of Supervisors met in session with all members present. The current agenda was approved on a motion by Pitt, second by Utman. Unanimous approval. Flood Flight Coalition ....Those in attendance included: County Attorney Jennifer Mumm, John McCurdy (SWIPCO), David Hansen, David Bentsen, Larry Buss, Rick Shearer, Warren Christy, Larry Meyer, Norm Wallis, Bruce Thomas, Lyle McIntosh and Dan Brosnahan. .The Flood Flight Coalition would like to establish one levee district along the west side of the County. Mrs. Mumm explained that at least two landowners would need to sign the petition to establish the levee. A bond would need to be given to the County to cover the preliminary expense. The Board would review the petition and appoint an engineer. .QUESTIONS: Could the County post the bond? How much in the bond? Mrs. Mumm didn’t see where the County could post the bond, but would do further research. The amount of the bond would need to be sufficient to pay for notices and the initial engineer’s report. As soon as the expenses reached the bond amount, the process would stop until another bond is secured. Discussion took place about combing the current levees into the proposed new levee, but Mrs. Mumm was concerned about rolling debt over into the new levee. Again, more research is needed. .QUESTION: Could the engineer use the inundation maps as a condition of determining benefits? Mrs. Mumm felt that would be up to the engineer. The board invited the group back

next week for further discussion on this subject. CTI Contract ..Kris Pauley presented a maintenance contract with CTI in Missouri Valley. The contract is for four hours per week and is initially for two months. CTI will come into all the county buildings and help get all workstations working properly, cleaned up, set up backup schedules and check for viruses and spyware. They will also maintain the Courthouse and Public Health servers and set up permission and policies. The contract will be $550 per month and will be paid out of data processing. Additional emergency services will be billed to individual offices and will be at $30 per hour. At the end of the two months, the IT Committee will evaluate the service and the number of hours needed for a future contract. Motion to approve the contract was made by Pitt, second by Utman. Unanimous approval. Engineer Tom Stoner, Engineer, met with the Board. Three people have been interviewed for the new truck driver position. A decision should be made next week. Kelly Lane Bridge Mr. Stoner announced that the next bridge project would be the Kelly Lane Bridge. This would be 80% federal funding and 20% farm-tomarket. Sundquist Engineering is preparing the engineering work. Mowing The county has started mowing the road ditches. Mr. Stoner stated that under the Iowa Code, no mowing can take place until July 15 or after. Claims .........Claims, as presented, were approved for payment. With business of the day completed, the board adjourned on a motion by Pitt, second by Utman. Unanimous approval. ATTEST: Susan Bonham, Auditor Robert V. Smith, Chairman

August 11, 2011 The Board of Supervisors met in session with all members present except Pitt. The current agenda was approved on a motion by Utman, second by Smith. Unanimous approval. Engineer Tom Stoner, Engineer, met with the Board. Chairman Smith showed a letter to Mr. Stoner that the Board had received regarding someone had placed dirt on 295th Street creating a levee to keep water on farms to the south. Mr. Stoner didn’t know who did the work. Handwritten warrant A handwritten warrant to US Bank in the amount of $4,797.39 was approved on a motion by Utman, second by Smith. Unanimous approval. Flood Flight Coalition ....Those in attendance included: County Attorney Jennifer Mumm, Attorney Ashley West, Elizabeth Lenz, Drainage Clerk; Susan Bonham, Auditor; David Hansen, Mason Hansen, David Bentsen, Rick Shearer, Warren Christy, Larry Meyer, Bruce Thomas, Kent Thomas, Lyle McIntosh, John Doty and Dan Brosnahan. The Flood Flight Coalition met to discuss the establishment of one levee district along the west side of the County. At the last meeting several questions were asked to Mrs. Mumm with her explaining that more research was needed before she could answer. The answers to those questions are given below. Mrs. Mumm also reiterated that the first step in establishing the levee would be to have at least two landowners present a signed petition and a bond covering preliminary expenses to the County. The Board would then review the petition and appoint an engineer. QUESTIONS: 1. Could the County post the bond? How much is the bond? The County cannot post the bond and as noted

before the amount of the bond would need to be sufficient to pay for notices and the initial engineer’s report. As soon as the expenses reached the bond amount, the process would stop until another bond is secured. 2. Can debt be rolled from an existing district that has been dissolved into a new district? A drainage district cannot be dissolved if it has debt and debt cannot be rolled into a new district. Mrs. Mumm suggested to the coalition that a way to expand districts and cover the area where there are no levees would be to annex and reclassify the existing districts. There are Iowa codes to follow for this procedure also, but no bond would be required. If the annexation would fail, the district would be responsible for any costs, but not a bonded individual as with the creation of a new district. ...The Board stated that they are behind the efforts of the Flood Flight Coalition and the coalition is welcomed to meet with the Board again if necessary. Mrs. Mumm also stated that if anyone has any questions, to feel free to call her office. With business of the day completed, the Board adjourned on a motion by Utman, second by Smith. Unanimous approval. ATTEST: Susan Bonham, Auditor Robert V. Smith, Chairman 36-1

PUBLIC NOTICE WOODBINE CITY COUNCIL August 29, 2011 Special Minutes Mayor William H. Hutcheson called a special meeting of the Woodbine City Council to order Monday, August 29, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., in the City Conference Room. Councilmembers Nancy Yarbrough, Brenda Loftus, Jim Andersen, and Noel Sherer answered roll call. Others in attendance were Tammy

Barrett, Deb Sprecker, Darin Smith, Mindy Crook, Courtney Harter, Joe Gaa and Lois Surber. Project Manager Darin Smith updated the Council on the Façade Master Plan Project. He noted a point of concern is the potential to exceed the $500,000 CDBG Fund grant. It was the consensus of the Council the remaining funds be allocated on a “First Come, First Served” basis. Bids for Façade Master Plan round 3 were opened August 25, 2011. Crown View Development submitted a bid in the amount of $133,883.20 for improvements to The Hair Zone, Stephany & Coe Insurance, Artisan Building (635th), Farm Supply, Artisan Building (509 Walker), and Match-It Auto Body. The funding is provided as follows: 50% CDBG funds, 25% property owner and 25% downtown revitalization fund. Moved by Sherer, seconded by Loftus, to approve Resolution No. 11-8-2 “A Resolution Authorizing The City Of Woodbine To Enter Into A Construction Contract With Crown View Development For Façade Master Plan Improvements.” This resolution authorizes the Mayor to sign any and all required documents related to the construction contract. 4 ayes. Iowa Department economic Development (IDED) recently acquired funding for multi-family housing through a claw back from unused grants. IDED invited Woodbine to participate in a downtown housing plan. They asked Woodbine to create an inventory of available space for new housing units. After reviewing the inventory, IDED authorized Woodbine to submit an application. Included in the funding would be a Local Match of 20%. This match is generally done through TIF. Based on an initial budget of $1,140,000, the Local Match would be $228,000 with $114,000 coming from TIF, leaving

$114,000 of other Local Match. Moved by Andersen, seconded by Yarbrough, to approve submitting a pre-application to IDED on downtown housing. Sherer stated he did not support the Local Match of $114,000 not covered by TIF. Councilmember Loftus, Andersen and Yarbrough echoed Sherer’s concern. The City Administrator acknowledged their concerns and stated that having a firm financial plan that includes securing all required matching funds would be in place before the project becomes a reality. The motion carried with 4 ayes. Main Street Program Director Deb Sprecker presented a progress update on the Amphitheater Project. Work is underway with Phase 1 to be completed by September 15. This includes concrete/permeable paver platformstage; interlocking limestone-simulated retaining wall/center steps system; excavation, grading & leveling, fill dirt, grass seeding, box drain and tile work, electric to area, concrete walk out area at adjacent building. Ordering and installation of other components; upper tier shade structures, outdoor speakers, native plantings/trees, complementary design elements. Funding for the amphitheater came from unused funds from the IJobs grant for the grain elevator, along with inkind donations of volunteer labor and expertise. Phase 11 is in the process as material ordering, etc. is carried out, with target completion date by October 1. Meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m. The next regular Council meeting will be 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 6. The meeting will be held on Tuesday due to the Monday Labor Day holiday. William H. Hutcheson, Mayor ATTEST: Lois Surber City Clerk 36-1

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Classifieds SBA Disaster Assistance available to Iowa Private Nonprofit organizations Low-interest disaster loans are now available to certain private, nonprofit organizations in Iowa following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the flooding that occurred beginning May 25, announced Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Karen G. Mills. Only PNPs that provide essential gov-

ernment services are eligible for assistance. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the Iowa counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, M o n o n a , Pottawattamie and Woodbury. All interested PNPs should begin the process by registering with FEMA. At the time of registration, FEMA will initially determine if the PNP

qualifies to immediately apply for a grant from FEMA’s PA program. All other eligible PNPs will be referred to the SBA for a lowinterest disaster loan to cover property damages. If SBA cannot approve a lowinterest disaster loan or meet all of the PNP’s needs, SBA may refer the PNP back to FEMA. SBA may lend PNPs up to $2 million to repair or

replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. For certain private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA also offers

Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the PNP suffered any property damage. Interest rates are as low as 3 percent with terms

up to 30 years. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at Disaster loan information and applications are also available by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing, or on the SBA website at Individuals

who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 21. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 22, 2012. For more information, visit SBA’s website at SBA Field Operations Center West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841.

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September 7, 2011

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Sports Lady Tigers take down Lady Panthers in season opener

Kaitlyn Pulscher reaches for the set during the Justina Royer goes for the kill against Lo-Ma. Royer Lady Tigers season opener Sept. 1 against Lo-Ma in tallied 14 kills during the Sept. 1 game. Logan. Photo: Judy Adair Photo: Judy Adair

The Woodbine High School volleyball team opened the season Sept. 1 by taking no prisoners in a 3-set win over neighbor and rival Logan-Magnolia in a 4-set game. All four games proved back and fourth with tight scores with no more than three points separating the first three sets. The Tigers opened strong, taking the first set 25-23 and the second 25-22. The Tigers found themselves in trouble in the third set, though the score still reflected only that three point difference as the Tigers lost 25-22. The third set loss was enough to reenergize the Tiger team as they put everything they had into the game, and took the Lo-Ma Panthers out of the contest for good with almost double the points in the final set at 25-14. Shelby Vandemark served up the team’s high of two aces on the evening while Justina Royer, Kaitlyn Pulscher, Taylor Barry and Tiffany Vasquez each served one. On the net for kills was Royer with a high 14, followed by Samijo Klaahsen with eight, Pulscher and Barry with two and Cydney Meeker and Vandemark with one each. Pulscher led in assists with 25 while Brittany Nelson, Vasquez and Lauren Dubas added one a piece. Vandemark led the team in defense with 10 digs, while almost every team member added their own numbers to keep the ball from hitting the floor: Klaahsen, one solo block, two block assists, one dig; Meeker, three solo blocks, two block assists and digs; Royer, two solo blocks, four digs; Pulscher, two solo blocks, four block assists, one dig; Taylor Barry, two each of solo blocks, block assists and digs; Vasquez, five digs; and Dubas, four digs. The Lady Tigers travelled to Missouri Valley on Sept. 3 for their first season tournament and played AHST in a home game Sept. 6. Due to an early press deadline, coverage of these events will follow in the Sept. 14 edition of The Twiner. The team’s next contest will be Sept. 8 against West Monona at home, followed by a 9 a.m. Sept. 10 tournament in Onawa and a contest against Boyer Valley at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at home.

Woodbine gears up for boys and girls cross country NIKKI DAVIS Editor The Woodbine Cross Country teams started practice on Aug. 22, and it’s shaping up to be a good year for both the girls’ and boys’ teams with a lot of depth. The boys’ team can boast 13 runners, four of which are returning letter winners Levi Brown, Davis Hackman, Trevor Barnum and Jameson Delaney, with Brown and Hackman leading as seniors. Brown can also add to his repertoire being a 2009 participant of the cross country squad that participated in State, bringing his knowledge and experience to the runners – new and old. Aside from returning letter winners, the squad will see some depth with additions of Hunter Probasco, Chris Andersen, Logan Worth, Tristan Hatterman, Drew Radloff, Colten Hicks, J.C. Probasco, Zeb Schwery and Daniel Willis. Good things are expected. “Levi should be leading the pack for us,” head coach Rod Smith said. “But Jameson has been doing very well for us in practice. Davis should be able to give us the senior leadership we need. Trevor ran varsity last year and should be back in there again this year. We also have some new ones – not necessarily freshmen, just new that can up us this year like Hunter Probasco. He hasn’t participated since junior high. And Drew Radloff just came out and he’s looking pretty good in practice. I also think Zeb and JC could help us quite a bit. There are five that ran varsity last year that returning this year, so we should be pretty deep varsity wise.” The girls can boast some high numbers as well, with 10. That number includes Smith’s last year team members. “I’m kind of excited. Basically, they’re all back this year,” he said. That team includes seniors and returning letter winners Shelby Dick, Shelby Hall and Emily Schwery and

returning letter winners Alyssa Blum, Claire Probasco and Ellen Cox. Rounding out the team is Megan Pauley, Natasha Maron, Megan Maaske and Sara Marsh. “Shelby should lead the way for us and Ellen went to state in track in the 3,000 last spring and Emily Schwery went to state as a freshman in the 3,000 as well. Alyssa Blum attended a cross country camp this summer and Shelby Dick has always been a leader for us,” Smith said. “Megan Maaske competed in the junior high cross country state meet and we have some good freshman coming in. We have a good, deep squad of girls to help us out this season. Cross country is scored similar to golf, with the team always aiming for the lower number. Seven members of the team can compete with only five scoring and the sixth serving as a tie breaker. The seventh runner maintains importance, as well, though. “The seventh runner can get ahead of other school’s runners to force their scores to be higher,” Smith said. “I’ve been at meets before where the seventh runner on the team places

higher than the fourth runner on another team, so all the runners count.” The boys run a 5 km course, or approximately 3.1 miles and all on natural terrain which includes hills, grass and natural obstacle courses. The girls tally a 4 km course, or about 2.4 miles. A good time for a boys’ run would be around 18 minutes and girls generally aim for 17 or under. However, the course, dependant upon the weather, the hills and other varying aspects that come with cross country, will yield different times. With the depth both teams have this year, Smith is looking forward to being able to replace in the case of illness or injury. “Of course if Shelby or Levi don’t run, that will be harder to replace,” he said. “But everyone else will be vying for a spot to run varsity – they all run very close. So if we do see an injury, we should be able to fill the void.” As far as competition goes, the boys are looking for some stiff competition in St. Albert and Riverside/Oakland. MVAO and OABCIG have been listed as the “to beat” teams in the

conference. A clear goal hasn’t been set yet, but the hope is to have them finish in the top three in the conference. The girls have a different goal – set in stone. To be the first squad to earn a trip to State. If they accomplish it, they will be the first squad from Woodbine since 2003. Tough competition for them has been

named as Griswold and Tri-Center, as well as IKM-Manning in their own conference. The girls tallied a second place finish last year, with IKM-Manning barely beating them out of the title. It was a team they had beat just a week prior to the District meet. “We’re hoping if we play our cards right,

they have a good shot at State,” Smith said. “And if the boys come along and there are a lot of new faces there, they could have an outside shot of making it to State and I think Levi has a shot of qualifying for State since he missed it by one place last year.” The team’s first meet begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 in Holstein.

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LOCAL CONNECTION Two, Logan-Magnolia graduates share their story about living in New York on the day of the attacks




he day began in crystalline sunlight and endlessly blue skies, but soon whipsawed into a decade of war, economic meltdown and deep political division. Ten years after Islamic terrorists hijacked passenger jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the America that emerged from the smoke and rubble was in some ways a very different country. How different? First, a story: It’s said that when President Richard Nixon made his groundbreaking visit to Communist China in 1972, he asked Premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution. It’s unclear if Zhou thought Nixon was asking about the political upheaval of 1789 or the Paris student demonstrations just four years earlier. In any case he replied: “Too soon to tell.” It might be too soon to fully understand the impact of 9/11 as well. Did it somehow help spark the Arab Spring because our response unleashed so much upheaval in the Middle East? Or the Tea Party, which harnessed an anxiety that America had lost control of events and turned that into an intimidating political force? It was easier to gauge the fallout on the day itself. From the moment of impact, the terrorists struck not only concrete and steel, but the very notion of American might and invincibility. From crowded cities to one-stoplight towns, from farmsteads to factories and across the rugged spaces where the singular character of America has been mythically chiseled and shaped, the nation held its collective breath. Perhaps we still do. Don’t many of us pause when we hear the unmistakable scream of a jet engine in downward flight — and wait? “I think 9/11 and its aftermath years later were a shock to our national consciousness because of the way we thought about ourselves and our place in the world,” said Nicholas Burns, the American ambassador to NATO at the time and a top State Department official during the Iraq War. “It has been a much more difficult, much more fearful time for us.” Historian Douglas Brinkley said 9/11 put America into an unfamiliar “defensive crouch.” It triggered a mad rush to protect ourselves. We endorsed government measures that pierced the privacy of email and telephones, and created a mammoth security bureaucracy that frisked nuns at airports — but, two Christmases ago, missed a would-be bomber with explosives tucked into

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his underwear. In the relentless search for security, we’ve wrestled with questions that go to the heart of who we are. Have warrantless wiretaps made us safer or just chipped away at the wall that protects the public from overzealous authority? Has torturing suspected terrorists saved American lives or undermined the values we trumpet around the world? Photographs from Abu Ghraib, the infamous Baghdad prison where Americans abused and tortured Iraqis, then put them on display, shocked the world. Is that who we’ve become? “I don’t think America ever lost touch with the good part of itself,” said former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a member of the 9/11 commission and a Congressional Medal of Honor winner who lost part of a leg during combat in Vietnam.

Casualties, cynicism mount Nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that followed have so far claimed 6,000 American lives and tens of thousands of civilians in each country. Military suicides are at record levels. Another 45,000 U.S. troops have been wounded, some in devastating ways, and will forever bear the scars of their service. Troops are coming home, but “there are no victory parades,” Burns said. The country is spent — emotionally and fiscally. The wars have cost us more than $1 trillion, all on credit, and that’s come back to haunt us. “Lots of kids ran down to the recruiting office,” said Paul Rieckhoff, who led an infantry pla-

toon in Iraq and now is executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a nonpartisan activist group. “I don’t think they thought they’d do five tours and come home to find an unprepared VA (Veterans Administration) and unprepared work environment.” The wars took their toll in other ways as well. The invasion of Iraq became shrouded in a fog of questionable motives. The war in Afghanistan, where the 9/11 plot was hatched, turned into a sideshow. Then just months after combat in Iraq began in 2003, former President George W. Bush declared “mission accomplished.” Yet the fighting continued for years. Casualties mounted, as did mistrust and cynicism over the entire undertaking. How different was his quick claim of victory from what President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Americans in 1942 about the rough going yet to come in World War II? “Your government has unmistakable confidence in your ability to hear the worst, without flinching or losing heart. … In a democracy there is always a solemn pact of truth between government and the people.” Was there any wonder when support for the war, if not the warriors, began to slip? “When there are wars being fought and a sense of purpose has not been clear to the public, with problems being so complex, people do lose their trust in leadership,” said presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Cultural division progresses Though the dots didn’t all con-

nect, 9/11, for many, became a lens for viewing everything that came after: The wars, a sagging economy, the social and cultural rancor. They provided coherence to the notion that the day was a point of demarcation. America has long been “deeply divided on who it is and where we should go and what our priorities should be,” said Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. “I think 9/11 has probably sharpened it and perhaps revealed those divisions.” Resentments festered. Fringe issues became mainstream. Decorum disappeared. “You lie!” a congressman shouted at President Barack Obama during a speech. Critics questioned the president’s citizenship and warned that “death panels” in his health reform plan would decide the fate of the elderly. Lawmakers worried inexplicably that Islamic religious law, or Sharia, might gain a foothold. “It just seems as if the post-9/11 world has been a world in which our country seems to show itself as not very good in solving problems anymore,” said historian Michael Kazin of Georgetown University. “Both parties reflect this sense that America is not working very well, that we’re not able to set goals and achieve them.” A brief moment of national unity did occur in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The country became a tapestry of shared grief. Leaders spoke with one voice. “There was this sense there would be this profound change for the better,” said documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. “Americans were coming together in an unusually powerful way … in the ashes. We live in a bittersweet memory of that collective tragedy and collective possibility. It hasn’t been the same since.” Abraham Lincoln talked about the power of shared national sorrow and sacrifice at his first inaugural when he spoke of the “mystic chords of memory stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave.” They bind us to our past, he seemed to be saying, and we will best weather whatever befalls us together. Sept. 11, was that kind of common moment. When it was over, the Earth still turned in its usual orbit and the stars in the nighttime sky burned like a billion distant campfires. But the universe had shifted somehow. “The moment before the towers fell and the moment after feels to me absolutely like a hinge moment in world history,” said playwright Tony Kushner. Though we’ve felt the impact of 9/11, more will yet unfold. Ten years on, it still might be “too soon to tell.”


INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM ON 9/11 Former staff members recall their experiences in the heart of the presidential nerve center on Sept. 11

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WHERE WERE YOU? Harrison County residents and former residents share their memories from the day of the attack

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EFFECTS IN ARTS AND CULTURE A decade later, American culture is still grappling with life after Sept. 11

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NEWS BECOMES HISTORY Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. reflects on how 9/11 continues to shape American life


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Tales of terror; lives lost Two, former Lo-Ma students tell their tale from New York MARY DARLING Herald-Observer Editor


he news that hit the television and radio stations the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 stunned a nation. American Airlines flight out of Boston and bound for Los Angeles, was hijacked shortly after take-off. At approximately 8:45 a.m., the Boeing 767 made a wide turn and slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Minutes later, what was thought at first to be a horrific accident, was proven to be an intentional act. At 9 a.m., another hijacked plane, United Airlines flight 175, also out of Boston to Los Angeles, dove into the 90th floor of the south tower. Less than an hour later, at 9:43 a.m., American Airlines flight 77 out of Dulles, crashed through three rings of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. A fourth airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburg. Two former Lo-Ma graduates, Christy and JoDee Johnsen, living in New York City at the time of the terrorist act, gave eyewitness accounts of that day to the Logan Herald-Observer which was printed in the Sept. 19, 2001 edition. The girls are the daughters of Vicki Cunard and the late Rex Johnsen. Christy still has vivid memories from that day and the following weeks. One thing she said never crossed her mind at the time was to take pictures. “Technology was so different back then. Now there would be pictures plastered all over Facebook,” Christy said. She remembers that day and the days after were “like I was living in a movie.” She said it really hit home when the pictures of those missing were plastered all over the city. “Every where there was an empty spot, there was a poster. They all had information about the people missing on them, which made it even harder,” Christy said. “It seemed like the posters stayed up forever, no one wanted to give up hope their loved one would be found.” Christy said she returned to work later in the week to her office near the Empire State Building. “Everywhere there were bomb threats, you just didn’t know what was going on,” she said. She remembers threats in the following days and weeks to the Empire State Building, the subways and Grand Central Station.

“There were police everywhere there,” she said. They said it was surreal. It was like watching a movie. Christy worked in production for Tommy Hilfiger at the time, in midtown Manhattan. She was at her desk when JoDee called to tell her that both towers had been hit. “No one in my office knew about it at the time,” Christy said. “I went down to the street and saw all the smoke.” She went back up to her office and by then everyone was watching TV or listening to the radio. After the first tower went down, she went back down to the street. The president of the company called soon afterwards and told the employees what was happening. The streets were packed with people. “It was surreal to see. I think everyone was in shock,” Christy said. Her building was about 20 blocks from where the Towers once stood. She said she didn’t feel anything when the first crash occurred, but may have been in the subway underground at the time. She said there was lots of soot in the air as well as things flying around. Christy said a lot of people she worked with lived in New Jersey or Queens, so they were pretty much stuck. She left about 11:30 a.m. to walk home. It was pretty calm on the streets. People were about 10 deep at the pay phones because the cell phones were jammed. They were also gathered around radios and around vehicles listening to the car radios. She walked by a hospital on her way home and there were lots of people lined up to give blood. The Twin Towers were on 14th Street and the sisters lived on 88th and by that evening the smoke had drifted that far. JoDee, a 1991 graduate of LoMa, worked at New York and Co., as a clothing buyer on 33rd Street between Ninth and 10th Streets. She said she arrived at work about 8:50 a.m. and had just gone to the ninth floor. Her assistant’s phone rang and it was her boyfriend who worked at the Towers. He told her what was going on and not to be alarmed. JoDee said everyone in her office was crying – it was like watching a movie. “Everyone was on the phone trying to reach people,” she said. Her assistant’s boyfriend managed to get out of the building safely, but his father, a fire fighter for the city, was caught in the rubble and had both feet broken. JoDee said at a company meeting about 10:15 a.m., they were

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told what was happening. She walked about three to four miles home and said the streets were very busy. There were lots of people walking. They bought and were listening to radios. There were clouds of smoke and lots of ambulances going by her and traffic was in gridlock. Hospitals had lines and it was about a six-hour wait to give blood. The grocery stores she walked by were also filled with people. JoDee said that the next day they saw Army fighter planes overhead a few times. Christy returned to work Thursday following the Tuesday attacks, but her building was evacuated when a bomb threat was received at Grand Central Station. She worked only about two blocks away. Christy said she thought it was crazier Thursday than Tuesday in the city. Everyone was out on the streets concerned about the threats. She said one time when they were evacuated, her first thought was to call her mom because you just never know. Everyone was shaken up and it was hard to imagine that many people were gone. They said there were posters hung up all over the city with the photos of those missing and a fire department near their home was flooded with cards and flowers thanking the firefighters for their

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help and mourning their losses. People in Logan reacted the only way they could…with offers of help. So many people donated to the Red Cross that it announced the nation’s blood supplies were at capacity and asked residents to wait to donate more. Super Foods in Logan began a “round-up” campaign and businesses collected medical supplies for the Red Cross. Logan and Magnolia Fire Department personnel took to the street on U.S. Highway 30 in a “boot campaign” raising approximately $9,300 that went directly to the New York Disaster Relief Fund for firemen’s families. Students and staff at Lo-Ma held a program Friday of that week in memory of those affected by the tragedies. The District FCCLA students banded together to raise $4,600 for the 9/11 Emergency Fund for families of New York Police and Fire Fighters by providing full service at area service stations. The date of Sept. 11, 2001 will forever be memorialized as the day America and its citizens lost innocence and lives would never be the same. It was also the day the American people came together in an outpouring of faith, sympathy and service to those in need.

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Lemack said she’s trying to “make sure that others don’t suffer the way that (her mother) and thousands of others have.”

C. LEE HANSON Lost his son, daughter-in-law and 2-and-a-halfyear old granddaughter on United Airlines Flight 175

“Life changes,” Hanson said. “You’re doing things you never thought you’d be doing.”

CHRISTIE COOMBS Lost her husband aboard American Airlines Flight 11

Her tragedy, Coombs said, has “changed my appreciation for what other people go through on a daily basis.”

‘A life my mom would be proud of’ BY GREG GORDON McClatchy Newspapers


hen her mother, Judith Camilla Laroque of Framingham, Mass., died on American Airlines Flight 11, Carie Lemack, then 26, lost “my best friend and confidante,” she later wrote. Something clicked when Lemack read a newspaper story quoting survivors of those killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They lamented the failure of their 13-year campaign for tighter airline security to prevent the 9/11 hijackings. “I talked to my sister and said we need to make sure mom’s murder is enough,” Lemack said. A novice on terrorism and politics, she co-founded Families of September 11, one of the largest survivor organizations, and was a vice president of another group spearheading the push to create the 9/11 commission. Her height — 4 feet 103/4 inches — belied steely determination as she strolled the halls of Congress with other survivors to push for implementation of the panel’s key recommendations, including overhauling the intelligence community. She showed tenacity again by foreswearing rights to compensation from a $7 billion federal victims’ fund and joining 94 other families in suing American Airlines and United Airlines over alleged security lapses. Lemack’s family and all but one other have accepted settlements. By 2008, Lemack had graduate degrees from Stanford and Harvard and represented the United States at a United Nations symposium for terrorism survivors. A year later, in Amman, Jordan, scene of a horrific 2005 hotel bombing, she co-founded the Global Survivors Network. The group is circulating her award-winning short film, “Killing in the Name,” which sends a powerful message about terrorism’s impact on victims’ families. The Rand study hailed Lemack as a “truly inspirational figure.” Now 36, Lemack said she’s only trying to “live a life my mom would be proud of, and to make sure that others don’t suffer the way that she and thousands of others have.”



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JOHN SHERMAN A National Imagery and Mapping Agency duty officer in the White House Situation Room on 9/11

“We were pretty keen on recognizing an event early,” Sherman recalled. “But we had no thoughts that morning about an attack on the homeland.”

Former staff members share their recollections of the White House Situation Room on 9/11 BY MICHAEL K. BOHN McClatchy Newspapers

I ROB HARGIS A senior duty officer in the White House Situation Room on 9/11

Hargis took a call from a National Security Council official, who urged the team to leave. He turned to the others in the room and said evenly, “We have been ordered to evacuate. If you want to go, go now.” The room fell silent. No one moved. “We’re staying.”

BOB RILEY A State Department duty officer working in the White House Situation Room on 9/11

In Crystal City, Va., Riley felt his apartment shudder when American 77 hit the Pentagon, about a mile away. Riley hopped on his bike and rode into the District. Stopped by police near the Washington Monument, he showed his badge to a uniformed Secret Service officer. “He told me to follow him and then got in his car. With his flashing light and siren on, he drove slowly to the White House and I pedaled along behind.”

n the minutes following the extraordinary assault on New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, horrified air traffic controllers tracked another plane, this one headed for Washington, D.C. — American Flight 77. Victor Padgett, a supervisor at Reagan National Airport, called the Secret Service command center at the White House at 9:33 a.m. He urged an evacuation and then punctuated the call with a warning. “What I’m telling you, buddy, if you’ve got people, you’d better get them out of there. And I mean right goddamned now!” President George W. Bush was traveling in Florida. Secret Service agents rushed Vice President Dick Cheney through a tunnel to a bomb shelter under the White House’s East Wing. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and other senior staff members also dashed to the bunker. In the White House Situation Room, the nerve center of presidential crisis management, the on-duty staff stuck to their stations. For the rest of the day, even as fears of more attacks spread through Washington, a dozen men and women would work feverishly to keep information flowing to Bush, Cheney and key White House personnel. Theirs is an untold story of dedication, professionalism and courage on one of America’s darkest days. At 9:37 a.m., just as Cheney reached the shelter, American 77 crashed into the Pentagon. As people streamed even faster out of the White House, Cheney’s press secretary, Jennifer Millerwise, said a Secret Service agent yelled, “Women, drop your heels and run!” In the Situation Room, a less frantic air prevailed. The senior duty officer, Rob Hargis, took a call from a National Security Council official, who urged the team to leave. Hargis turned to the others in the room and said evenly, “We have been ordered to evacuate. If you want to go, go now.” The room fell silent. No one moved.

“We’re staying,” Hargis said on the phone, and moved to another call. With Bush in Florida and Cheney in the bomb shelter, Hargis thought, the White House would be disconnected from the crisis if the Situation Room didn’t keep operating. Stephen Hadley, Rice’s deputy, confirmed Hargis’ decision. “I guess we’re expendable,” Don Gentile, the Situation Room’s senior analyst at the time, joked darkly. Senior White House staffer Frank Miller quietly collected everyone’s names and gave them to the watch team’s communications technician, Scott Heyer, for transmission to the CIA operations center. If an aircraft hit the White House, the agency would know everyone who was in the Situation Room. The duty officers called it the “Dead List.” ••• President John F. Kennedy created the Situation Room in 1961 to gain control over his national security apparatus. Hostage to a glacial information flow from the Pentagon, CIA and State Department, Kennedy and his advisors wanted to receive important information in near real time. Unlike the popular perception, the Situation Room isn’t one room but a multi-room facility, and isn’t a bunker but sits on the ground floor of the West Wing. The Sit Room, as the staff calls it, quickly became indispensable as the president’s alert center and intelligence hub, and is staffed around-the-clock by a rotating cast of personnel from each military branch, the State Department and intelligence agencies. On Sept. 11, the director was U.S. Navy Capt. Debora Loewer, but she was absent, accompanying Bush on his visit to a Sarasota, Fla., elementary school. In the months leading up to 9/11, the Sit Room had been extra vigilant because of increased reporting of a possible terrorist attack on U.S. interests in the Middle East. At 6:30 a.m. that day, Hargis, a civilian Pentagon employee, held an impromptu drill. “OK,” he said. “There’s been a large bombing in

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Yemen. Who does what?” “We were pretty keen on recognizing an event early,” recalled John Sherman, one of two assistants to Hargis and a senior executive at what’s now called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. “But we had no thoughts that morning about an attack on the homeland.” The first airliner hit the Trade Center’s north tower at 8:46 a.m., and the Sit Room learned of the attack on cable TV news. Hargis immediately called Loewer’s cell phone and passed along the scant available information. When live TV captured a plane hitting the south tower, the Sit Room rapidly transitioned to what Hargis called “controlled chaos.” Gentile, who now works as a staff assistant to the director of national intelligence, later described the next five hours as “the most intense experience of my life.” Phones rang constantly as the team answered urgent questions, supported Bush’s traveling party and participated in conference calls with other operations centers. In Florida, Loewer also saw the second aircraft on TV. She slipped into the back of the classroom and told White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card that the nation was under attack. Card then whispered the same message to Bush with cameras running. ••• While tens of thousands rushed out of Washington, D.C., off-duty Sit Room personnel pushed against the tide to get to the White House. Clark Lystra, an Army Special Forces officer, lived in southwest

Washington and was due to relieve Hargis at 5:30 p.m. “When the second plane hit, I ran to the metro station,” Lystra recalled. After a short subway ride, he cautiously approached a Secret Service barricade. “I raised both arms in the air, holding my White House badge as high as I could get it.” In Crystal City, Va., Bob Riley a duty officer from the State Department, felt his apartment shudder when American 77 hit the Pentagon, about a mile away. Riley hopped on his bike and rode into the District. Stopped by police near the Washington Monument, he showed his badge to a uniformed Secret Service officer. “He told me to follow him and then got in his car. With his flashing light and siren on, he drove slowly to the White House and I pedaled along behind.” Senior duty officer Ed Padinski donned his naval officer’s uniform before driving in from Virginia. “It helped get me through all the traffic checkpoints,” he said. Richard Clarke, the senior director of the NSC counterterrorism office, also rushed to the Sit Room. From a small conference room in the rear of the complex, he and several of his staff began a daylong secure videoconference among key federal agencies. Anxiety peaked as the hijacked United Flight 93 appeared headed for Washington. Rumors flew that the Capitol or the White House might be the plane’s target. Cheney and Bush quickly authorized U.S. fighter aircraft to engage the hijacked aircraft. By that time, however, the courageous passengers had rushed the terror-

ists, preventing the need for an unthinkable air-toair encounter. The plane crashed at 10:03 a.m. near Shanksville, Pa. ••• For hours, Hargis and his team had constant contact with Cheney and Rice, who struggled with limited communications in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, and with Air Force One. Calls streamed in from members of Congress, evacuated staff and one agitated aide to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose thick accent challenged Sherman, a Texas native. “Everyone viewed us as the only all-source center,” Padinski said. “We saw most everything, whether classified or media reporting.” Some of the early calls reflected the fog of uncertainty that day. False alarms had a car bomb exploding at the State Department, a fire on the National Mall and an unidentified aircraft bound for Washington — none of which materialized into major threats. Hargis fielded a call about a reported fire in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, an aging granite edifice next to the White House. Hargis asked Sherman if it was true. Sherman, with a phone on one ear, calmly stood up and pulled aside the window’s curtains behind his workstation. Seeing no smoke, he dryly reported, “If it’s on fire, it’s not serious,” and went back to his phone call. “That was one of the moments when I thought we might make it,” Hargis recalled with a smile. ••• Bush made a brief See Page 5

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From left: Scott Heyer, a White House Situation Room communications technician, and John Sherman, Rob Hargis and Bob Riley, Situation Room duty officers, were members of the staff working on 9/11 when highjacked airplanes struck the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, just outside Washington D.C., and crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

From Page 4 statement at the Sarasota school about the attacks, and at 9:54 a.m. Air Force One hurtled into the air. They were initially bound for Washington, but Bush’s advisers soon urged the president to change course. One reason was the direct threat to Washington, the seat of government, which had caused Cheney and other officials to initiate Continuity of Government measures. A Cold War legacy, the procedures provide for the continuing functioning of national authority and safe refuges for top leaders, such as the “undisclosed location” that Cheney would occupy over the following weeks. The other reason was more immediate: A threat to “Angel,” the Secret Service’s code word for Air Force One, arose at about the same time. It added to the urgency surrounding Bush’s safety, but later the threat was determined, like so many others, to be unfounded. Bush ended up flying to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Crews refueled the aircraft and removed some passengers, and Bush taped a video message to the country. The party then departed for Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where an underground shelter provided protection and a videoconference capability for the president and his advisers to talk to officials in Washington. Back at the White House, the Sit Room faced another anxious moment when Clarke’s team had sent for a few gas masks. When it became clear that there weren’t enough masks for everyone, some questioned the apparent lottery, while others wondered what they didn’t know. ••• Minutes after American 77 hit the Pentagon, officials in the Federal Aviation Administration Command

Center in Herndon, Va., ordered all aircraft aloft in U.S. airspace to immediately land. Unable to link directly with Herndon, and getting little operational information from FAA headquarters, the Sit Room relied on the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Pentagon’s command center for details. As the day progressed, another dimension of Sit Room responsibilities intruded into the “professionally managed din,” as Sherman described the buzzing atmosphere in the facility. Foreign governments began calling their oft-used number for the Sit Room, where duty officers handle all calls for the president from foreign heads of state. It’s a well-orchestrated minuet of diplomatic protocol and communications wizardry that took on added seriousness on 9/11. “The calls poured in,” Lystra said. Calls expressing concern and solidarity came from Germany, Belgium, Argentina, France, Brazil and other countries. A more substantive call involved Russian President

Vladimir Putin. At 10:45 a.m., Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered the U.S. military to assume Defense Condition 3, a heightened state of readiness last implemented during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Within minutes, the U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Vershbow, called the Sit Room, saying that Putin wanted to speak with Bush. After a few more calls, the Sit Room arranged for Rice to speak with Putin at 11:50 a.m. When she told the Russian president that U.S. forces had gone on alert, Putin responded, “I know, I’ve seen them.” Each country had been engaged in military exercises that day, but Putin understood that the U.S. DefCon 3 status wasn’t a threat to his nation. He told Rice that Russian forces were standing down, forestalling any tensions between the two countries, and offered his country’s help. Rice acknowledged later in a TV documentary that the conversation truly marked the end of the Cold War. ••• Between official calls,

the duty officers tried to contact their spouses with quick words of reassurance. Loved ones at home suffered agonizing hours of uncertainty, as many did across the country. Fueled by adrenaline, the Sit Room crew worked without a break throughout the day and into the night. Two cooks from the White House staff dining room, who also stayed behind, kept the staff in sandwiches. Lystra, who now works as a defense consultant, would end up staying on for most of his own 12-hour night shift. At 9 p.m. Loewer sent Hargis, now a defense contractor, home to get four hours of sleep before returning. As Hargis and Sherman left, each man paused as he crossed the Potomac River into Virginia to reflect on the burning Pentagon. They grieved for colleagues lost there and considered the impending global response to the terrorist attacks. Bush returned to Washington at 6:42 p.m. Loewer rode with the president in his helicopter to the White House, with a brief in-flight detour to the

Pentagon. “It was a horrible sight,” she said. Loewer arrived at her ninth-floor apartment in Crystal City at midnight, exhausted. She opened the door to her home and found the room filled with acrid smoke. It had blown in from the burning Pentagon, which she could see glowing a half-mile away. She had left her balcony door ajar the day before, and the soot and smell triggered her pent-up emotions. “That’s when the enormity of the attacks really hit me,” said Loewer, who retired as a rear admiral and now works as a research fellow. “I had seen so many things that day, but I had been working the whole time. This was more personal.” Moved as so many other Americans were that day by the enormity of the nation’s loss, Loewer went to her balcony and draped an American flag over the railing in tribute. Bohn is an author and former director of the White House Situation Room. His most recent book is “Heroes & Ballyhoo: How the Golden Age of the 1920s Transformed American Sports.”

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Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day? Woodbine Twiner and Logan Herald-Observer readers were asked to share their memories and thoughts from Sept. 11, 2001. These are their answers to where they were and how they felt when they first heard of the attacks ... Kaitlin Gaiser Cleveland, Woodbine: y mom always turned on the news while we got ready for school and I was getting ready for my first day of junior college. It was California time so it was a two hour difference from here so I remember it was early. We all sat and watched in horror on my mom’s bed, next to my sister who was on leave from the army. I just kept watching and all day I would walk from class to the commons area to watch more thinking about her.


Diane Haubold, Missouri Valley: n bed, until Christine called me. Was shocked and felt sick.


Pat Diggins, Lo-Ma Teacher: remember I was ready to chew out the student who was tardy to my class that morning. He had been home watching the first reports coming in. I felt utter disbelief and could hardly focus on the day. I pretty much abandoned my lesson plans and let the students watch the news reports. The second strong memory that I have involves the students themselves. In each and every class, as the students watched the coverage, there was complete silence in the classroom. You could have heard a pin drop. Towards the end of the each period, I encouraged the kids to talk and ask questions and express concerns. I wanted them to understand the gravity of the event but I didn’t want them to be so fearful that it caused harm. I also remember doing a mental check to make sure I didn’t have immediate or extended family members traveling that day. My nephew, Joe Diggins, happened to be in New York and helped some police carry in relief supplies from a river barge to Ground Zero. He has vivid memories of the day.


Betty Leonard Ringstad, Missouri Valley: was at work in Florida. Michael was in DC. Never forget this day.


Brenda (Boustead) Gaskell, Rochester, Minn.: had just returned from walking my children to school on a beautiful sunny day; received a prayer message to pray for our country so I turned on the TV to see what was going on. One of the first things I did was put my flag out.


Tara Ganzhorn-Plambeck, Woodbine: was at home with a baby that was born a month before when I heard it.


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e were cooking lunch in the school cafeteria. Marlee came in to tell us and we had an 8 inch TV that we turned on and, for the most part, kept up with what was happening. Some things you never forget. Terri Lyn Harper-Ronk, Woodbine: hitney, Justin, Alan and I were in San Diego, Calif. for our son, Josh’s, Marine Boot Camp graduation. We had just arrived the night before the attack and were staying in our motorhome in at park by the interstate. I remember it was like a ghost traffic. The rest of our family was in St. Louis, Mo. on their way to the graduation as well. Their flight was canceled so they rented a car and returned home. We were unsure if we would be allowed to attend the graduation Sept. 14 due to heightened security. I remember everyone was flying their American Flag, so much so that when we attempted to purchase one to display in our motorhome, they were sold out. We found out on Thursday when our son called that they were going ahead with the graduation. There was much security to get on the military base. I most remember the emotion at that graduation and the uncertainty we felt regarding the future service of our young men and women that were graduating that day. I also remember the emotion I felt when I saw and heard the powerful voice of a Marine in full dress uniform sing I’m Proud to Be An American at the worship prior to the graduation. What an emotional and uncertain time for us as a family and our country.


Matthew Ronk, San Antonia, Texas: was in flight … On the way to san Diego to watch Josh (brother) graduate from Marine Corp boot camp. I never made it to see him graduate.


Jon Freihage, Council Bluffs: was in my fifth grade classroom at West Harrison. At first I didn’t really know what was going on, all the teachers were going to eachothers rooms, turning on every TV in sight. We as a class watched the plane hit the second tower live on CNN I believe. My first thought was wow, what are the chances of a plane crashing into a big building? We didn’t do a whole lot at school that day, besides watch the news. I still didn’t understand. We got out of school early, I was pretty excited. It wasn’t until I got home that my parents actually explained to me what was going on. I was shocked. In the world of a


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fifth grader, evil doesn’t exist. Nor does terrorism. It was eye-opening. I wish I had been just a few years older, to understand it better. So I could remember more surrounding the days of 9/11. In a way I almost feel like it was a blessing to be so young, so I didn’t have to be so scared, and stressed. Like everyone else seemed to be. Can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Melissa Barry Mullock, Kirksville, Mo.: y dad was flying that day, can’t remember where to, but he was rerouted/grounded in Minneapolis and I believe rented a car to get home.


Angie Pryor, Woodbine: was in my computer applications class at Iowa State. I remember our TA, who taught the class, to tell us to leave, go straight to where we lived and turn the news on....history, as bad as it was, was happening and we needed to make a mental note of things that were happening around us. I did and I remember a girl on my floor, who had a sister in the Twin Towers...she was running around, frantic, to find out if she was alright. Turns out, she had made it out, uninjured, but I will never forget that.


Karen Mullinnix Lantz, Woodbine: was driving a port-apot truck for Terry Moores.


Jacob Hedger, Lo-Ma Teacher: remember that I was teaching during the first hour and had to go into the library to get some papers and saw that Mrs. Hinsdale had the television on CNN and they were reporting about the first plane that had flown into the Twin Towers. I remember thinking to myself, “Is this real?” I went back to class and told my students about it and from that point on in the day we did not do much but watch the report on CNN and FoxNews. It was amazing how attentive the students were and how much they really seemed to be engaged. I remember vividly the picture of the second plane flying into the building. I still have several newspapers stored away from that event.


Jody Madsen, Woodbine: had to put down a pony...just got done burying it.


Kim Fisher, Logan: was at work at Woodmen in Omaha. Employee’s family members that heard the first plane ran into the tower were calling to see if we had heard and if we were going to be sent home (as we were also in a tower). We thought how terrible that a plane crashed, and then we heard about another one and had a sinking feeling it was no accident. We heard the president would be flying into Omaha. They closed our building for the

day and let everyone go home. I stopped to get groceries on my way home and realized how quiet it was with no airplanes going over. Very eerie. So sad to watch as it unfolded and the more details we got. Laura Kelley, Woodbine: was walking into my high school in Sierra Vista, Ariz. the TVs were on and I was entering my physics class as the second plane hit. We all sat in silence. I then began searching for my dad through phone calls, I did not get to speak to him for 30 days after. He was able to let us know he was alright...


Ed Gambs, Former Lo-Ma Superintendent: t is hard to believe it has been 10 years since that terrible day. I was in my office talking with some people before school began. Teachers were arriving and Patti Diggins came in to ask me if I had heard about the plane hitting the World Trade Center. At that time I have a 13-inch TV in my office that we used to follow weather situations. I turned it on and that event was all over the news. (It is important to remember that the pace and amount of information available was different then than it is now.) They replayed the plane hitting the tower several times. The true nature of the event was not known at that time. Perhaps 10 minutes later we saw a plane hit the other tower. It was all so unbelievable. Of course, there were things to do, so I was unable to watch it continuously, but then the first tower collapsed. My reaction was one of shock and disbelief that something like this could be happening. I had a niece who was working on her PhD in New York at the time, so I immediately was concerned for her safety. It turns out she apparently suffered no ill effects. It may be many years before we know whether that is really true or not, but the emotional effects remain with all Americans who remember.


Chris Hartwig, Logan: lived in Missouri Valley at the time and heard about a fire at the World Trade Center on the radio on my way to work in Logan. When I got to work, the second plane hit. I was amazed and went


into Jim Wood’s office to see if he had heard what was happening. He hadn’t and we went back to where we kept a TV for training and watched the news. We were shocked about what was happening. When the towers started crumbling, we were pretty much stunned to realize it was happening and it was happening here. It was an awful day. When I heard about the passengers bringing down the one flight before it could get to its destination I thought that was a very heroic act. Pat Sears, Harrison County Sheriff: remember I was working nights. I got up anturned the TV on and saw the Trade Center building burning shortly after the first plane hit. I checked and saw the coverage was on all the channels. I called Carol [his wife] to see what was going on. I remember that I could not believe what was going on and then the frustration and anger. I could not stop watching the coverage. Only bad memories that day. I think we did get some information on some likely targets that terrorist would be interested in, so we did keep an eye on them, such as bridges, highways and the railroad, but I don’t remember anything specific.


Bob Smith, Harrison County Supervisor: remember I went to the feed store for coffee that morning like I always do. The little TV was on and showed the plane hitting the first tower. The guys there got pretty alarmed. I went home where Cheryl was and turned on the TV and we watched it all morning. I just couldn’t bring myself to get away and go farming. It was like watching a bad movie that was on all channels. It was very upsetting to watch. It was a very unsettling time. We talked in our staff meetings after that what we needed to do for security at the courthouse. It basically changed the way we do routine business.


Renea Anderson, Director, Harrison County Development Corporation: was on my way to work that day and the news was breaking in on the radio. I just stopped in dis-


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Amanda Knauss, Nurse: was at work at Jennie Edmundson doing my morning assessments and handing out medicine. One of my patients told me to look at the TV and see what was going on. We were talking about the possibility of what could have happened. As we were talking we watched the second plane hit the second toward and both looked at each other and said “terrorists.” I don’t remember much else from the day other than it being the topic of conversation in all the patients’ rooms and at lunch.


Laura Muxfeldt, Lo-Ma teacher: n Sept. 11, I was at school teaching when an eighth grade student walked into my classroom and told me that the towers in New York had been hit by a plane. My immediate reaction was thinking to myself…that isn’t funny one should never joke like that. The students insisted I turn on the television and that was when the reality of the situation hit home. I wondered how the elementary was handling the situation, but knew Mr. Makey would have everything under control as he did.


Jeana Royer, Woodbine: was is Mrs. Paskert’s (Harris) fifth grade classroom at the time. I didn’t really know what was going on, except that something really bad had happened.


Jennifer Piper Ersland: was just getting ready for the day, had late classes. My brother called me and told me what happend so my husband and I went over to my mom’s and watched the news. Was sooo sad and unbelieveable at the same time! Then I helped my mom plan a prayer service at church that evening at 6 p.m.


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Construction crews work on the footings for the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero in August 2006 in New York. Clearing the site of wreckage, controversies of the memorial’s final design and property disputes slowed progress at the site. To fill the emotional void, the Brooklyn Arts Council organized an annual arts memorial to commemorate the event.


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o many artists, as the years passed, the lack of a 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center site felt nearly as big an absence as the gaping maw left at Ground Zero. “There was so much trauma, and there was just nothing there except this big old hole,” said Kay Turner, a folklorist at the Brooklyn Arts Council. “It was disturbing, and I think that artists also felt that.” The council filled that void, organizing an annual arts memorial that every year

has focused on a different medium: photography, film, songs, poetry. Like the wider artistic output since 9/11, the work was burdened with the question Bruce Springsteen asked in “The Rising,” his 2002 rock album that served as the soundtrack for how Americans grappled with the attacks: “How do you live brokenhearted?” It’s a question that’s been asked repeatedly in the arts and popular culture over the past decade, often without satisfactory answers. Television shows like “24” reflected the daily fear that permeated ordinary life, even if they didn’t outright mention 9/11. Even films that weren’t specifically about the terrorist attacks were suffused with a sense of loss, including Spike Lee’s “25th Hour,” released 15 months after the terrorist attacks and widely considered the first — and so far, best — film with 9/11 in its soul. The film opens with a shot of the Manhattan skyline at night, bracketed by the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty. Two beams of blue-white light — from the annual “Tribute in Light” memorial — shoot from lower Manhattan, underscoring what’s missing. As the decade moved on, the collective artistic reaction to the shocking events of a

single day became less about memorials and more about weaving the everyday reality of a post-9/11 world into the fabric of American arts and popular culture. Now we are turning a corner. With the capture of Osama bin Laden this spring, and the opening of a permanent memorial on the site of the former World Trade Center this year on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, it also may be that enough time has passed for artists, filmmaker, television writers and novelists to create work that makes better sense of what the past decade means. But 10 years away from the event, the work that’s emerging has a new theme: reflection. In 2004, Peter Tolan and actor Denis Leary created “Rescue Me,” a television show about New York City firefighters struggling with life after 9/11. They had no idea that the show would become such an iconic representation that seven years later they’d be asked to donate props to the Smithsonian’s 9/11 collection. “The thing that I wanted to portray more than anything was what brave men are like, especially ... after a catastrophe,” Leary said. “We looked at it through that sort of hallway, without thinking about the broader things. That would be too

much. But we knew it was the shadow of 9/11.” Their show, which Leary called a “smudged version of reality,” crossed several boundaries. It was the first about 9/11, specifically the people left behind. It also dared to be funny at a time when the wounds of 9/11 were still raw. “If we thought it was going to be groundbreaking, boy, it would have sucked,” Tolan said. “Nothing kills entertainment like saying, ‘Hey, this is important.’ Then you’re going to do something preachy, and certainly without humor.” Humor would have been unthinkable early in the decade after 9/11. Novelist Rebecca Johns was in graduate school at the University of Iowa at the time of the attacks and recalls discussions among fellow aspiring writers about whether they were witnessing the death of irony in literature. At the time “it seemed impossible we would ever be able to talk about the attacks with anything less than complete earnestness,” Johns said. “Would anyone be able to write about the attacks as a human event rather than a terrorist one? Would we ever regain our national sense of humor?” “Of course it turns out we have, not so much about the attacks themselves but in our national reaction to them,

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and in our reaction to everything that came after,” she said. Her choice of sudenisbject matter in her first novel, “Icebergs,” was “directly influenced by the attacks,” Johns said, as was the decision to write a multigenerational book that spans World War II and the Vietnam War. “I doubt I would have chosen the pattern of repeating wars in ‘Icebergs’ if it weren’t for the things that were on my mind in those days: destruction, survival,” she said. “It helped me, too, to remember that those other wars, and those other terribly uncertain days, also eventually came to an end.” It was much the same for artist Andrea Arroyo, who in early 2002 struggled to find inspiration for a show that sought reaction pieces from artists. Arroyo, a Mexican artist who lives in the United States, drew something much more textual and graphic than her usual figurative style. Her silkscreen image of the Twin Towers was represented in rows of type forming the word “UNREAL.” Clouds of black, red and yellow at the top of the text evoke the points of impact and the fires.

When the piece was featured in the New York Times, families of victims contacted her for copies. It also became part of the National Museum of American History’s “Bearing Witness to History” exhibit on the first anniversary of 9/11. Arroyo hasn’t created anything directly inspired by the attacks since then, but she believes the exercise of creating her 9/11 piece may have indirectly influenced some of her subsequent work. That includes a series of portraits of women who’ve been killed in the drug violence of Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez. “My work is always celebratory, but I went deeper into the feminism, the gender, the social justice and the gender justice,” she said. “It definitely influenced my work and my point of view.” She’s currently curating a 9/11-themed show for New York’s Grady Alexis Gallery. Arroyo expects their work, too, has moved on from the raw reactions first seen after the attacks. “I know that many artists are going to be, even if not thinking about it, it’s going to be in the general consciousness of New York,” she said.

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uddenly, it has been 10 would build it a hundred and one. years. There is something of that in That’s an amazing real- human beings. Indeed, it may be ization when you rememsome of the best of what is in us. ber how it was back then. Call it stubbornness, call it Calendars still counted off days; resilience, call it faith, but we our eyes told us this. Clocks still always defy the random cruelties ticked off seconds; intellectually, of life, always dig ourselves out, we knew. But time — I would bury our dead, mourn our losses, have sworn this in a court of law rebuild, find a way to move for— did not move. ward. We did it when fire burned I remember, in those awful down Chicago, when an earthdays of aftermath, asking my colquake leveled San Francisco, league, Dave Barry, then the when broken levees drowned New Miami Herald’s humor columnist, Orleans. if he thought he would ever write And we did it when terror jokes again. “For the last astonished and devastated week,” he told me, “I us on Sept. 11. haven’t even tried to write Granted, we emerged anything funny, and for a from that crucible changed while I thought maybe I in ominous ways. We find never would, or should.” ourselves at war on three He had it; we all had it fronts, government more — that sense of being secretive and invasive than LEONARD stuck, unable to find your it has been in years. We PITTS JR. way back to the life you are running a prison McClatchy had lived before. I wrote beyond the reach of Newspapers 10 columns in a row habeas corpus on the about the horror I had seen, the island of Cuba. The government planes crashing, the lives lost, the may not let you fly and will not buildings melting, the people cov- tell you why. ered in dust. Finally, I had to Yes, Osama bin Laden is dead, force myself to write a column and experts tell us the terror about something else, had to force group he led is weakened and myself to care about something may soon follow. But terrorism that was not terror. That lasted itself remains alive and well, as one column. Then I went right does a fervent bigotry against back to what was now the norm. I Muslims that has seeped into the was all terror, all the time. mainstream of American political Now, somehow, that moment is thought where it exhibits itself a decade past. In measuring the with a shamelessness that once distance, perhaps it is enough to would have been unthinkable. note that today’s college freshman So there is reason to be conwas a third grader then. Thus do cerned at the place to which we the clock and the calendar do have moved. But, having felt their work. Thus do today’s terstuck inside a nightmare, I know rors become tomorrow’s memothere is also reason to be grateful ries. Thus does news become hiswe moved at all, that clock and tory. calendar did their work and that And I find myself rememberthere resides in us the stubborn ing how I used to torture ants as a resilience of ants. child, the happy hours I spent It felt as if we might never go flooding their nests with water, forward from that moment. But watching them grab their larvae we did. and run for safety. The thing that struck me, that earned my childLeonard Pitts Jr., winner of the ish wonder and respect, was that 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commenthey always came back. Destroy tary, is a columnist for the Miami their world a hundred times, they Herald.

New York NOW: Above, con-

struction continues on Freedom Tower, center, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero in New York in this May 2011 photo. Freedom Tower is expected to be completed by January 2014. Constuctution of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is expected to be finished by September 2012. THEN: Left, a New York City firefighter looks at the ruins of the World Trade Center at dawn on Sept. 12, 2001, a day after the terrorist attacks.

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family still place tributes to loved ones lost on the fence overlooking the Flight 93 site in Shanksville, Pa., on July 31, 2011. Phase 1 of the permanent memorial is scheduled to open Sept. 11, 2011.

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