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Jasper County has new royalty. Libbie Keith was crowned Jasper County Fair Queen while Meredith Chipps earned the title of Jasper County Fair Princess at the annual contest June 15 at the YMCA Theater in Newton.

‘(The candidates) have been preparing for the last month,” organizer Codi Holdeman said. “They have been nervous, they have been excited. Today, they’ve cried, they

Libbie Keith named 2024 Jasper County Fair Queen, Meredith Chipps fair princess

made friendships, they’ve made memories and they’ve gained skills that will last them a lifetime.”

Six girls competed for the crown, all 4-H or FFA members throughout the county. Along with Keith and Chipps, Trinity-Ann Hanson, Rylee DeHaai, Lexi Kephart and Cadie Horn took the stage in hopes of being selected to represent the county.

MCing the event were 2023 Queen Jocelyn Harder and Princess Hope Bonham. The candidates started the contest by in-

troducing themselves and their escorts who helped them to the stage. They then showed off a casual clothing ensemble they put together while the explanation of why they selected the pieces was shared.

Working with the 2024 fair theme, the candidates shared what “Stars, Stripes and Jasper County Fair Nights” means to them. Whether it was through dance, song or just their own words, each

Verbal altercation almost turns deadly in rural Colfax

Sheriff’s office alleges man violated no-contact order while the other fired a gun

Two men have been arrested following an incident on June 5 in rural Colfax that escalated to the point where one of the individuals allegedly fired a handgun at the other. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release today that both men are facing charges and that the incident is under investigation.

At 4:50 p.m. on June 5, the sheriff’s office received a call about gunshots fired at an individual during a domestic altercation. The reporting party indicated they had fired shots at another individual who fled the scene on foot.

It was later determined by law enforcement that Ryan Doty, 42, of Altoona, came to the address of Norm Hopkins, 69, of rural Colfax. The two men allegedly had a verbal altercation. The sheriff’s office said Hopkins then

fired his handgun into the vehicle Doty was operating on Hopkins’s property. Doty backed down the driveway and fled on foot. He was later located at another nearby residence. Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Colfax Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol all responded to the area and assisted in the investigation. Doty was located and then transported to a medical facility with minor injuries. Upon his release, Doty was taken into custody and transported to the Jasper County Jail and charged with two counts of violation of a no-contact order, which are simple misdemeanors. He was also charged with an arrest warrant for first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor. Hopkins was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony.

Summer market success

Dozens of tents lined downtown Baxter filled with goods from makers to take part in the first Baxter Summer Market June 15


The grandstands were packed for three days of racing, culminating in the first NASCAR Cup Series race in Iowa Speedway history

History was made this past weekend as race fans finally got what they had always been asking for: a NASCAR Cup Series race at the Iowa Speedway. A sold out crowd watched the Iowa Corn 350 on June 16 at the Newton-based racetrack, which had previously held the Hy-Vee Perks 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on June 15 and the Atlas 150 Menards ARCA Series race June 14.

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Phil Clevenger

June 4, 2024

Dr. Phil Clevenger, 76, of Newton, died Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at his residence in Newton after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Philip Lloyd Clevenger was born to Lloyd and Jane Clevenger on February 18, 1948, in Newton, Iowa. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1966 and the University of Iowa in 1970 with a degree in Finance. He was a Federal Bank Examiner before he changed career paths. He spent several years working part-time jobs while attending Eastern Michigan University to fulfill science requirements and then was accepted to medical school at C.O.M.S. (Des Moines University). He graduated from medical school in 1981 and did a 2-year Family Practice Residency at Des Moines General Hospital. He spent the majority of his 32 years of practicing medicine in Jasper County. Upon retirement, he spent his time volunteering at free medical clinics in the Des Moines area.

He was the Jasper County Medical Examiner for 13 years. Phil had four children with Susan Karr: Mia (Bill) Hoeft of Coralville, Greg (Teresa) Clevenger of Solon, Drew (Gretchen) Clevenger of St. Ansgar, and Jason (Alicia) Clevenger of Johnston. Phil later married his best friend, Caren DeVoe and became stepdad to Cassie (Travis) Cook of Colfax and Justin (Sierra) DeVoe of Prairie City. Phil and Caren spent the last 25 years of his life together in Newton.

Dr. Clevenger’s life was a testament to compassion, dedication, and service to his community. While practicing medicine, Phil left an indelible mark on the lives of countless patients. Known affectionately as “Doc” to many, his impact extended far beyond the confines of his office. In the last 20 years of his life, Phil and Caren helped many people achieve the dream of home ownership. Whether it was treating a common cold or providing comfort in times of crisis, he approached every patient with empathy and unwavering care. His commitment to healing went beyond the clinic walls; he was a familiar face on the sidelines of high school football games in Monroe and St. Ansgar, offering his expertise and support to the teams he cherished.

Phil enjoyed traveling with his wife, Caren. The

Baxter Garden Club

Baxter Federated Garden Club met on June 13 at Betty Nikkel’s. Twelve members were present.

Program presentation was given by member Betty Nikkel. Betty shared her knowledge on drying flowers and gave us a tour of her many beautiful creative gardens providing the names of the flowers blooming. Betty also served snacks to the members.

Meeting called to order by co-president Macy Lisk. For roll call members named the flowers that were blooming in their gardens.

Secretary report was given by secretary Deb Krampe. Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer report was given by treasurer Janet Damman. Janet presented a written report showing our income, expenses, and balance. Macy presented a bill for the paper products from the district meeting breakfast.

Correspondence/announcements there were none.

Old and New Business

Beth made a motion for our

adventures on which they embarked ranged from helping serve in healthcare in El Salvador and most recently to the pyramids of Egypt. He was always eager to share pictures and stories of their travels. In addition to traveling, Phil was an avid golfer who greatly enjoyed spending time on the course with his children and his brother-in-law, Dean. What Phil enjoyed most of all though, was family. Nothing lit up his eyes more than spending time with his family. He made a conscious effort to see his 21 grandchildren participate in activities and traveled all over the state to support them up until his death. All who knew him will miss him tremendously.

Even as he was battling cancer, he always found something to enjoy each day. He fought with dignity and grace, inspiring all who knew him with his resilience. While the family deeply mourns his passing, they find comfort in knowing he is now at peace, free from pain and sickness, and surrounded by the eternal love and grace of God.

He is survived by his wife, Caren; children and step-children, Mia and husband Bill Hoeft and their children, Morgan, Rachel, and Will; Greg and his wife Teresa Clevenger and their children, Jarod, Katy, Jackson, Walker, and Carter; Drew and his wife, Gretchen Clevenger and their chil-

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club to contribute to the State Garden Club scholarships for Horticulture and Landscape Design. After discussion the club decided to donate $30 to each after the motion was seconded by Betty Nikkel.

Macy announced that the garage sale was a success with a good variety of items to sell. Leftover items were taken to The Well a thrift store in Newton. Barb will send thank you’s to nonmembers who donated items to the garage sale.

Macy reported that the district meeting went well. Our club received $80 for doing the breakfast. Our club won Blue Ribbon Book Club Award and Blue Ribbon Club Award. Beth had written a report for Plant It Pink and it won. The district made $476 from the silent auction in which Macy made a succulent planter from our club and $474 on the plant sale that we contributed plants from our garage sale.

Macy will be attending the state convention June 24-25.

Members discussed the water

dren, Hannah, Joe, Matt, and Lauren; Jason and his wife Alicia Clevenger, and their children, Henry, Mira, and Maggie; Cassie and her husband Travis Cook and their children, Emma and Emily; and Justin and his wife, Sierra DeVoe and their children, Quinton, Braxton, Kinley, and Jayda; his sister, Barbara DeHaai and her husband Dean; brother-in-law, Bill Robson and his wife RuthAnn; brother-in-law, Joe Robson and his wife Joy; one sister-in-law, Jan Keenan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Jane Clevenger; sister, JoAnn Justmann and her husband Herb; parents-in-law, Wilber and Coleen Robson; brother-in-law, Ray Smothers; and nephew, Wesley Robson.

The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. Following the service, there will be a reception at 1611 1st Ave. W., in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation which can be directed to the Wallace Family Funeral and Home and Crematory and will be dispersed to local charities according to Phil’s wishes.

Wing promoted to engineering manager for LeMar Industries

Christian Wing has been promoted to engineering manager for LeMar Industries, a division of CTB Midwest Inc., according to Nicholas Kiederlen, plant manager for the CTB, Inc. business unit. In his new role, Wing will oversee all engineering personnel duties. He will also lead the quoting and designing of all LeMar’s structural products.

A CTB employee since 2016, Wing previously held the positions of senior structural engineer and structural engineer. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University, as well as a professional engineer license for the state of Iowa.

A native of Colfax, Wing currently resides in Marshalltown.

Academic Achievement

Northwestern College

ORANGE CITY — Mikayla McKnight of Baxter, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, earned a spot on the academic dean’s list for the spring 2024 semester. The dean’s list is comprised of students who have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above. With a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, this student is considered Collegiate Scholar.

Iowa State University

AMES — More than 4,450 graduates received degrees from Iowa State University this spring including: Emma Hay of Maxwell, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies; Rachel Kenney of Mingo, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies, Magna Cum Laude.

More than 10,600 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2024 dean’s list. Students named to the dean’s list must earn a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale. The following students from the local area include Baxter students Caitlyn Bruntz, Cody Damman, Will Hitchler, Sophie Meyer, Cael Shepley; Colfax students Jacob Dunsbergen, Isaac Ensminger, Kirsten Frier, Reghan Robinette, Kira Warrick, Korinne Jansen, Sydney Jansen, Hallee Rainsbarger, Noah Shepardson, Ashlee Staerk, Madison Taylor, Lauren Zaabel Loras College

and fertilizer schedule for the main street planters. Peggy now has a water tank with a pump on her golf cart to help with the watering and fertilizing. Cemetery and sign garden beds are doing well but members need to continue to maintain them as they have time.

Baxter Garden Club T-shirts will be ordered for members who need them.

Peggy and Betty Damman will be continuing selecting Yard of the Week. They will select two yards every four weeks.

Macy announced the Baxter Farmers market is Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Flags will be put in the main street planters for July 4th and left in for Baxter Fun Days since the theme is Red, White & Baxter.

Members enjoyed a sharing time before meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting will be July 11. Members will meet at 6 p.m. to travel to the Enabling Garden in Altoona.

DUBUQUE — Loras College has announced Rory Heer of Mingo, has achieved dean’s list status for the 2024 spring semester. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average to be recognized.

Graceland University

LAMONI — The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2024 spring term have been announced, and Holly Jessen of Baxter, has been named to the president’s list. Graceland University students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average are named to the president’s list.

Clarke University

DUBUQUE — Clarke University in Dubuque, announced the following Class of 2024 May graduate Olivia Uecker of Mingo, BS, Psychology.

Upper Iowa University

FAYETTE — Upper Iowa University has announced the dean’s list for the 2024 spring semester. To be honored, a student must have earned a minimum 3.50 grade point average. Area students included on the list are: Avery Fried of Mingo, Kaiden Martin of Maxwell.

University of Iowa

IOWA CITY — More than 7,650 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the dean’s list for the 2024 spring semester. Students from the local area include: Avery Fricke of Maxwell, Eli Steenhoek of Mingo.

More than 1,200 of these students also qualified for Iowa’s president’s list. Those students are: Mandee Selover of Baxter and Abigail Shepley of Baxter.

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girl had a unique take on how those words applied to their lives.

The evening gown portion was accompanied by a different random question answered by each of the candidates. Without prior knowledge of what they would be answering, each contestant had to be quick on their feet to give precise answers to the best of their ability.

Then it was the hardest part: the wait. As the judges gathered to make a decision, friends and family in the crowd greeted their candidates to help make the time go a little faster.

About 30 minutes later, the work was done and the girls gathered

backstage to find out who would be the next queen and princess. Harder and Horn said a few final words about their time with the titles, each getting choked up as they reflected on what it meant to them to wear the crowns.

To begin the awards, DeHaai was selected as Miss Congeniality for the contest, an honor voted on by the contestants. The time had finally come with Bonham going first, walking back and forth behind the line of candidates before reaching up to place the princess crown on Chipps. Next, Harder followed the same path, working to keep the crowd guessing before she crowned Harder as the newest fair queen.

“This means a lot to these girls,” Jasper County Fair President

Roger Zaabel said. “You’re all winners ... this is our future in Jasper County.”

Get to know the 2024 Jasper County Fair Queen and Princess Libbie Keith — Newton Libbie Keith is a 2024 Graduate of Newton High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Angel Keith. During high school, Libbie was on the bowling team, both football and winter varsity cheer teams, played the flute and piccolo in concert and marching band, and was involved in FFA and National Honors Society. Outside of school, she danced in InMotion and is involved in Sherman Sunbeams 4-H Club. Some of her achievements include graduating with highest honors, valedictorian, 4.0 GPA, All-American Cheer and being the first four-time state bowling qualifier in her school’s history. Some of her best memories and friends have come out of being a part of the Jasper County Fair and camping on the grounds. She also enjoys being a role model to the younger kids and influencing them to want to stay active in

FFA and 4-H.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of being the role model that all the little girls, including myself, looked up to,” Harder said. “I am very excited for all the adventures this year brings. It’s a dream come true!”

Meredith Chipps — Monroe

Meredith Chipps is the daughter of Mitch-

ell and Melissa Chipps. She is currently about to go into her senior year at PCM High School. Some activities she is involved in are golf, FFA, 4-H, FCA and National Honor Society. Meredith is excited to serve as princess because she wants to meet more people from the county and express her love for our county fair to others.

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Jamee A. Pierson/Jasper County Tribune Meredith Chipps, left, was crowned Jasper County Fair Princess and Libbie Keith, right, took home the title of Jasper County Fair Queen at the annual contest June 15 at the Newton Community Theatre.

The 80th anniversary of D-Day

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, it’s essential to pause and reflect on the profound significance of this historic event.

On the 6th of June 1944, Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s rallying cry echoed across the shores of Normandy: “The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere

march with you.” These words encapsulated the spirit of bravery and sacrifice that defined the Allied troops who embarked on that fateful mission.

Imagine the scene: 160,000 Allied troops, including 73,000 Americans, braving the unknown as they stormed the beaches of Normandy. Each step forward was a testament to their unwavering dedication to upholding liberty in the face of tyranny. It’s a reminder of the extraordinary courage

Saving yields: Replant coverage offers a second chance for crops

As planting season winds down, farmers impacted by adverse weather events this spring may find themselves concerned about future crop yields.

According to the National Weather Service, May 2024 had the most severe weather in more than a decade, with thousands of thunderstorms and hundreds of tornados reported across the country.

Because newly planted seeds are vulnerable until the plant has emerged and is well established, operations hit by severe weather could incur a significant loss of income before their crops have a chance to grow. When these situations happen early in the season, farmers may have the opportunity to replant affected areas, but that adds unexpected expenses.

Farmers who have purchased Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) won’t bear the expense on their own. Replant coverage for annual crops, with the exception of industrial hemp, is included in WFRP, a crop insurance program that allows farmers to insure multiple crops and even livestock under a single policy. If seeds or seedlings are lost due to severe spring weather, the farmer can file a claim to cover the cost of replanting, or 20% of the expected revenue from that crop, whichever is lower.

Unlike other types of crop insurance that provide payments after crops are lost to adverse weather, pest infestations, or disease, replant coverage allows farmers a second chance at recouping their yields.

While the window for replanting is narrow, WFRP helps farmers protect their yields in the earliest stages of development.

To learn more about the program, view and download a copy of WFRP fact sheet at cfra.org/publications/whole-farm-revenue-protection.


Make our voices heard

I, like most others in the area, was shocked and angered by the news that we were losing yet another source of local news, and that those who worked hard to bring us that news had been fired. Newton needs our local radio the same way we need our YMCA and local library. All serve a community need. I know nothing about this Alpha Media Group who are responsible for this action, but I do know that money talks and it’s time we all used the power of our voices to show these new owners they have made a terrible mistake. I have reprogrammed the radio tuner in my car to delete the Newton station that I had preset and would encourage all others to do the same. No listeners means no ratings, and advertisers will not spend money to advertise with a station that has no listeners. Tell any businesses that advertise with this group that you no longer listen to these stations.

Maybe when these new owners realize no one is listening any longer, they might decide to cut their losses and sell back the stations to a local investment group who can then restore a great source of local news, community activities, and sports coverage. How about it, this is our chance to channel our outrage into action. Let’s come together to make our voices heard and keep our precious dollars from those who advertise with these stations.

displayed by ordinary individuals in the pursuit of a noble cause.

The bravery exhibited on D-Day transcends the battlefield; it serves as a timeless example of human resilience and determination in the face of adversity. These soldiers fought not for personal gain or recognition but for the principles of freedom, democracy, and justice. Their sacrifice was not in vain; it paved the way for a world free from oppression and tyranny.

As we commemorate the bravery of those who fought on the beaches of Normandy, it’s crucial to consider the broader lessons of their sacrifice. Their courage serves as a reminder of the values embodied in our constitution that define our nation: freedom, equality,

and justice regardless of station. We must honor their memory not just with words but with actions that uphold these principles. Furthermore, we must never forget the sacrifices made by those who served honorably on that fateful day. Their legacy lives on in the freedoms we enjoy today, reminding us of the debt of gratitude we owe to those who came before us.

On this anniversary of D-Day, may we unite as one nation, proud of our history and resolute in our commitment to a brighter tomorrow. As President Ronald Reagan said, “We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared so we may always remain free.”


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Youth For Understanding student returns to Mt. Pleasant for a visit

In 1978 Mike and Marilyn Vincent of Mt. Pleasant welcomed their second-of-five Youth For Understanding students (Foreign Exchange Students). This one from Finland. Her name is Outi (pronounced “Otie”) Svinhufvud. She was 17 and a senior in high school. Mike and Marilyn’s only disappointment was that Outi had black hair. They had pictured a Scandinavian blonde. But Outi soon warmed their hearts. She was outgoing, smart and had a deep, resonating voice — but it’s easy to understand, even when she whispers. She’s been told her hertz, or voice wave length in cycles per second, is ideal for hearing. Outi would spend the year with the Vincents and graduate from Mt. Pleasant. She would then return to Finland for a second graduation. Her mother had wanted Outi to be in the Youth for Understanding program so that she would learn to speak English. Although extremely smart in mathematics, physics and chemistry, Outi struggled with foreign languages.

As luck, or Divine Providence, would have it, Marilyn just happened to be a high school English and speech teacher. Much to Outi’s terror, Marilyn pushed Outi to take speech. In Finland, there was no such course. Marilyn was patient and taught Outi composure, eye contact and tricks to overcome nervousness, like deep breathing. Most

importantly, Marilyn taught Outi how to make each individual in the audience feel like she was talking directly to them.

Outi credits the speech training she received at Mt. Pleasant Community High School as a key ingredient for the successful career she would have. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Finland, and worked in computer sales, and international banking management, positions that required much public speaking.

Why is Outi back in the U.S.? Her 28-year old son, Öjvind (pronounced “Ovind”), is a world class Pokemon Cards player. The North American Championship for Pokemon Cards is being held in New Orleans. He has played in 11 World Championships. Outi and Öjvind decided that since they were coming to the United States anyway, they would drop by Mt. Pleasant to visit with Mike and Marilyn Vincent. They all have such fond memories of the year they spent together. The Vincents had no other children at the time, so Outi had the Vincents and their

home all to herself.

Outi comes from some royalty. Her Great Grandfather was the third president of Finland from 1931 - 1937. His name was Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, and was known by friends and family as Ukko-Pekka, which translates to “Friendly Old Man” or just plain “Friendly Dude.” According to Outi, her son, Öjvind looks a lot like her Great Grandfather.

BTW: Finland is known as the happiest country in the world. They received their independence from Russia in 1917 during the Russian Revolution. According to Öjvind, Russia was too busy with the Revolution to worry about Finland. Finland joined NATO after Russia attacked Ukraine, because Finland has an 800-mile border with Russia. All males in Finland are required to serve in the military, with nearly half of its population of five-million people involved with the military. From Tuusula, Finland, both Outi and Öjvind say that compared to the United States, the politics in Finland is boring. Big news in Finland might be what the President had for breakfast. Outi says that when she was here in 1978, the United States was much more united. She sees a lot of division now and what she calls, “nonsense news.”

Contact Curt Swarm at curtswarm@yahoo.com

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Yard and Garden: Strawberry Care

Few can resist the allure of fresh strawberries — they’re an early summer treat for many. Luckily, cultivating these delectable fruits is relatively easy. With full sun, well-drained soil and just a little bit of attention, you can reap the rewards of a tasty harvest. In this article, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about strawberry care in the home garden.

When should strawberries be harvested?

Harvest strawberries when the fruit are uniformly red (fully ripe). Strawberry cultivars can differ on what shade of red indicates they are fully ripe. A substantial white ring inside of the berry usually indicates when a berry is not fully ripe. Taste each cultivar to see what color indicates the optimal flavor for you.

Harvested ripe strawberry.Pick the berries with the caps and stems attached to retain firmness and quality. Pinch off the stem about 1/4 inch above the cap. Don’t pull them off. Pulling them off can create a wound, which can decrease the berry shelf-life. Strawberries should be picked about every other day in warm weather and every three to four days in cool weather. The harvest period for some June-bearing varieties may last three to four weeks. Strawberries can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five to seven days. Ideal storage conditions are 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 90% to 95% relative humidity.

How often do I water my strawberries?

Strawberry plants need 1 inch of water per week for adequate growth. Water the strawberry plant once a week during dry weather. Water in the morning to allow for the foliage to quickly dry. The use of drip irrigation systems or soaker hoses is also beneficial for keeping the foliage dry and reducing issues with diseases.

Controlling weeds is important to maintain healthy, productive strawberry plants. Weeds compete for water, nutrients and sunlight, while also increasing the risk of diseases by allowing moisture to stay on the leaves and fruit.

For home gardeners, hand-weeding and frequent shallow cultivation is effective, taking special care to avoid damaging the strawberry plant’s shallow root system. Utilize the mulch that covered the plants in the winter as a mulch between the rows. This also helps reduce the amount of mud created when harvesting strawberries when the soil is wet.

When should I fertilize my June-bearing strawberries?

Established plantings of June-bearing strawberries should not be fertilized in spring. Spring fertilization stimulates foliar growth, produces softer berries and increases disease problems. Lush, vegetative growth may make picking difficult. Also, soft berries are more likely to be attacked by fruit rots.

Fertilizer should be applied to June-bearing strawberries during the renovation process immediately after the last harvest of the season. Apply an all-purpose fertilizer at a rate of a half pound of actual nitrogen per 100 feet of row.

Some of the strawberries in my garden are covered with a gray, velvety growth. What is it and how can it be controlled?

The gray, velvety growth on your berries may be gray mold. It is also known as Botrytis fruit rot. This fungal disease thrives in humid conditions and poor air circulation. It often affects berries touching the soil or other infected ones.

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keep berries dry and off the ground. Irrigate in the morning during dry spells to promote quick drying. Harvest ripe berries frequently, handling them gently to prevent bruising, and refrigerate immediately. Remove and discard any berries showing signs of gray mold promptly. While fungicides are an option for commercial growers, focusing on cultural practices is the best approach for home gardeners to combat Botrytis fruit rot.

There are small, black, yellow-spotted beetles feeding on my strawberries. What should I do?

The small, black beetles are likely sap beetles. They are also known as picnic beetles or picnic bugs. Sap beetles commonly feed on overripe or damaged fruits and vegetables in the garden.

overripe fruit. Insecticides are not a viable option for gardeners as few insecticides are labeled for use on strawberries in home gardens.

My strawberries aren’t as sweet as normal. Why?

Weather significantly impacts the flavor of fruits and vegetables. For strawberries, warm, sunny days and cool nights during fruit development produce the most flavorful berries. Cool, cloudy weather in May and June reduces sugar content, resulting in less sweet berries. Extremely hot weather can lead to slightly bitter-tasting berries.

My strawberries are small and dark maroon color, but don’t taste ripe. Why?


• Mingo Men’s Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of month at the Mingo Community Center


• Colfax Historical Society Museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day.


• Baxter School Board meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of month

• C-M Food Pantry meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Monday of month at the Food Pantry

• Colfax Park Board meets at 6 p.m. the last Monday of month in the library meeting room


• Colfax Farmers Market is open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Mineral Springs Park

• C-M Education Foundation Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of month in Central Office


• AMVETS meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of month at the Colfax Fire Station.

• Mingo Park & Recreation regular meeting meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of month at City Hall

Need Jasper County volunteers for hunger relief

How do I control weeds in my strawberry patch?

Leather rot, a common fungal disease in wet conditions, causes fruit rots in strawberries. Berries infected before they are ripe may not size up and are maroon. Despite a dark color they are low in sugar and off-flavor. Minimize soil contact and remove infected fruit to control leather rot. Harvest strawberries when the fruit are uniformly red

Cultural practices can help minimize damage. Avoid spring fertilization for June-bearing strawberries to prevent excessive foliage growth, which creates a favorable environment for gray mold. Weed control and mulching with straw


(Disciples of Christ)

Pastor Tom Burns Howard & Locust St., Colfax Office - 674-3746 Church Cell - 971-0569

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Adult & Wired

Word Adult Sunday school classes; 10 a.m. Fellowship

Time;10:30 a.m. Worship, in person or online via YouTube

MONDAY - Tom’s day off

TUESDAY - 9:30 a.m. Coffee

Time/Fellowship; 2 p.m. Easy Yoga

WEDNESDAY - 3:30 p.m. After school elementary youth; 6:10 ChiRho and CYF youth supper/ youth group


- Marathon Sunday includes elders, board, potluck and food pantry

FIRST MONDAY of monthWIC appointments


Rev. Michael Omundson

Sanitation is the best management strategy for sap beetles in home gardens. Keep the strawberry patch as clean as possible through timely picking and removal of damaged, diseased and

Church Schedules



3253 W. 62nd St. S., Newton Pastor David Rex 641-521-4354

First Christian Church will host the Jasper County Hunger Relief (formerly Jasper County Take Away Hunger) meal packaging event in onehour slots beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20. The Jasper County Hunger Relief Board is excited to partner with The Outreach Program and introduce new meals to offer. Each team participates in an assembly line that packages simple nutritious meals following safety and health guidelines. Volunteers are asked to form a team of 12 people for one hour time slots, and a donation of $35 per person or $420 per team. All donations help cover the costs for the ingredients of the meals packaged for local families with food insecurity. Everyone is encouraged and invited to participate in this community service event. This includes youth groups, service clubs, businesses, church groups and individuals. Contact Bill Bennett by email at jaspercohunger@gmail.com or by phone at 515-257-6460 to reserve a one-hour time slot for your team. The deadline to register is Sunday, July 14.

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Sunday school; 10:10 a.m. Worship Last Saturday of month - 8 a.m. Men’s Breakfast



Minister, Pastor Cody Dyer Church Office 674-4165

SUNDAY, June 23 - 9 a.m. Fellowship; 9:15 a.m. Bible Education Classes; 10:25 a.m. Message by Pastor Cody Dyer; 6 to 8 p.m.

Vacation Bible School

MONDAY, June 24 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Vacation Bible School

TUESDAY, June 25 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Vacation Bible School

WEDNESDAY, June 26 - 6 to 8

p.m. Vacation Bible School SUNDAY, June 30 - 9 a.m. Fellowship; 9:15 a.m. Bible Education

SUNDAY - 9:30 a.m. Church service; 10:15 a.m. Sunday school (communion first Sunday)


Classes; 10:25 a.m. Message by Pastor Cody Dyer


SATURDAY - 4 p.m. Mass

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Mass


S. Locust & W. Division St. Office - 674-3782

Rev. Phil Dicks pastor

SUNDAY - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School; Family Worship


126 E. Howard

Rev. Paul Avery, pastor Church: 674-3700 hopeassemblyofgod@yahoo.com

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Sunday school; 10 a.m. Worship

WEDNESDAY - 7 p.m. Evening Service



302 E. Howard St., Colfax Fr. Ron Hodges


SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Mass

DAILY MASS - 8 a.m.



SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship ser-

vice (Sunday school not meeting at this time)


8887 W. 122nd St. N., Mingo

Pastors: Larry Craig & Mark Eddy

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Sunday school; 10 a.m. Worship

BETHANY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 5627 N. 95th Ave. W., Baxter 641-227-3402

Pastor Chris Hayward

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Sunday School (Sunday after Labor Day to second Sunday in May); 10 a.m. Sunday Worship. First Sunday communion. All are welcome. baxterbethanyucc.org


Mike Mclintock, Pastor

SUNDAY - 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship; 6 p.m. Awanas WEDNESDAYS - 1st & 3rd6:30 p.m. Mens Bible Study 2nd & 4th - 6:30 p.m. Men’s and Womens Bible Study

THURSDAYS 10 a.m. - Womens Bible Study




218 S. Main, Baxter Pastor Ben Spera

Church: 641-227-3382

SUNDAY - 10 a.m. Worship

WEDNESDAY - 6 p.m. Bible Study

THIRD THURSDAY of month - 6:30 p.m. Theology on Tap at Bea’s Place on Main Street Check us out on Facebook and baxtercongregational.com


1000 E. 12th St., Newton Rev. Josh Farver, pastor Phone 641-792-4650

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Sunday school; 10:15 a.m. Worship

WEDNESDAY - 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study; Youth Group

HERITAGE WORD OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 102 Second St. NW, Mitchellville Pastor Dave Adams 515-967-3330

SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Bible classes; 10 a.m. Worship service; 6 p.m. Evening service

WEDNESDAY - 7 p.m. Evening activities

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HOPE Capitol II Theatre in Newton SUNDAY - 9:30 a.m. Livestream Worship Service

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Baxter baseball scores season sweep of conference rival BCLUW

BAXTER — A seven-run first inning is all the Baxter baseball team needed against BCLUW on June 14.

The Bolts jumped out to an early lead at the plate and Colton Moffit did the rest on the mound during an 8-2 home victory in Iowa Star Conference action.

Baxter added one run in the second for its eight runs. BCLUW scored once in the third and once in the seventh against Moffit, who went the distance on the mound and improved to 6-0.

BCLUW out-hit the Bolts 7-6, and Baxter was plagued by two errors. Neither run against Moffit was earned.

He allowed six hits and one walk and struck out seven in seven innings. He threw 92 pitches in the complete-game win and lowered his earned run average to .98.

The six Baxter hits came from six different players and they all were singles.

Cael Wishman led the Bolts (9-7, 7-4 in the conference) with one hit, two runs, one RBI, one walk and two steals and he was hit by a pitch.

Ben Richardson added one hit, one run, two RBIs, one walk and one steal, Hayden Burdess chipped in one hit, one run, two RBIs and two steals and Liam Trent added one hit, one run, one walk and two steals.

Cody Spurgeon walked once scored one run, stole one base and was hit by one pitch, Aiden Johnson tallied one hit, one run and one RBI, Perrin Sulzle collected one hit and James Esqueda walked once and stole one base. Grayson Scroggins also stole one base in his varsity debut.

Cael Keller led BCLUW (410, 4-8) with two hits, two runs and two steals. Daniel Zoske pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief and allowed one earned run.

The win completes the season sweep for Baxter over BCLUW. The Bolts have won four straight in the series.

BGM 7, Baxter 4

The Bolts led after two innings, but BGM broke a 2-all tie with a four-run fifth during a 7-4 non-conference road win on June 13.

Baxter scored twice in the first and twice in the seventh and out-hit the Bears 11-10 in the loss. Each team committed two errors.

Wishman led the Bolts with three hits, two doubles, two runs and one RBI and Trent

had three hits, one double and three RBIs. Trent leads the squad with 17 RBIs.

Sulzle had two hits, one double and one run and the other hits came from Richardson, Johnson and Spurgeon. Johnson also scored one run and Spurgeon was hit by a pitch.

Sulzle leads the Bolts with 18 runs. Moffit and Burdess each walked once.

Johnson (1-2) took the loss on the mound as he allowed five earned runs on nine hits and two hit batters in 3 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out two.

Wishman tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed no earned runs and one hit. Sulzle and Nolan Hill each pitched one inning. Hill allowed one hit and Sulzle struck out one and hit one.

Tucker Wright led BGM (12-6) with three hits and two steals, while Dominic Coleman tallied two hits and three steals.

Mason Maschmann had two hits and two steals and pitched a complete game. He allowed two earned runs and struck out five in seven innings.

Riceville 6, Baxter 2

The Bolts scored first and had their ace in line for another win, but Baxter decided to keep Moffit at 65 pitches so he could

be used later in the week, and Riceville took advantage with a four-run sixth inning during a 6-2 road win on June 11.

Baxter led 2-0 after two and the Iowa Star Conference game was tied after two. Moffit left the game with the bases loaded and one out, but Johnson got out of the jam when he got John O’Donnell to bunt into a double play.

That kept the game tied, but the Wildcats scored four unearned runs in the sixth to win.

The hosts scored in the first and second to take an early lead. Richardson led off the game with a walk but was retired at second on a fielder’s choice.

Sulzle stole second and went to third on a single by Wishman. Wishman also stole second and then Sulzle scored on Johnson’s RBI sacrifice fly.

In the second, Moffit singled and his courtesy runner Hill stole second and scored to make it 2-0.

O’Donnell went the distance on the mound for Riceville and allowed no runs the rest of the way. He had 1-2-3 innings in the third, fourth and fifth.

In the sixth, Sulzle was hit by a pitch and Wishman walked. O’Donnell though got out of the jam when Johnson lined into a double play.

Colo-NESCO edges Baxter softball to earn season sweep

MCCALLSBURG — Kendall Brummel and Holly Zahurones each had two hits, but the Baxter softball team couldn’t hold down a narrow lead during a 10-8 road loss to Colo-NESCO on June 7. The Bolts led 6-5 after three innings, but the Royals plated two in the fifth and three in the sixth to win the Iowa Star Conference matchup.

Colo-NESCO out-hit the Bolts 12-5 and the Royals committed five errors.

Baxter led 2-1 after the first and both teams scored four in the second. The Bolts (0-11, 0-8 in the conference) plated one run each in the fifth and seventh but came up short of getting their first win.

Zahurones had two hits, four RBIs and one stolen base, Brummel collected two hits, three runs, one walk and two steals and Caydence Sulzle doubled, scored two runs, walked twice and stole three bases.


The Bolts got a one-out single by

Wishman, Burdess and Moffit had the team’s only hits. Wishman, Burdess and Richardson all walked once, Wishman, Sulzle and Hill all stole one base and Johnson had one RBI.

Sulzle was hit by a pitch and scored one run. He leads the Bolts with 18 steals. Moffit started on the mound and did not factor into the decision. He allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits, one walk and one hit batter in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out six. Johnson took the loss after surrendering four unearned runs on one hit, one walk and two hit batters. He struck out one in 2 1/3 innings. Wishman pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on two hits and three strikeouts.

Aidan Ebert led the Wildcats with two hits and two RBIs and Andrew Pridgen had one hit and two walks.

Riceville (10-9, 7-4) scored four runs in the sixth on three hits, one walk, one hit batter and one two-out error. The Bolts got two of the first three batters in the frame, but the Wildcats sent nine batters to the plate.

L-S rallies past Colfax-Mingo softball

COLFAX — The Lynnville-Sully softball team lost a small lead early in its South Iowa Cedar League matchup with Colfax-Mingo on June 14. But a five-run sixth inning helped the Hawks rally back from a narrow deficit and the visitors edged the Tigerhawks 9-7. Both teams scored once in the first, L-S led 3-1 after two and Colfax-Mingo went in front 4-3 with a three-run third. The Hawks went in front for good when they scored five in the sixth and added one in the seventh after C-M got within one run following a two-run sixth.

L-S (7-11, 4-7 in the SICL) out-hit the Tigerhawks 15-10 and both teams committed four errors. The win for the Hawks was their fourth straight and the Tigerhawks have dropped 12 in a row. Six L-S players had at least

Hyde/Jasper County

two hits. Morgan Jones and Peyton Sharp contributed three hits, while Alexy Conover, So -

phia Squires, Kate Harthoorn and Jakiera Hay all had two hits. Conover (5-9) earned the win in the circle despite allowing seven runs. Only four of the runs were earned and she surrendered 10 hits. Brianna Freerksen, Dakota Allen and Victoria Woods all had two hits for the Tigerhawks (2-13, 1-11). Allen led Colfax-Mingo with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Allen is tied for the team lead with 10 RBIs. Freerksen scored one run, Olivia Rausch had one hit, three runs and three steals and Macie Porter, Brooklyn Yanske and Sydney Veasman each had one hit and one RBI. Porter scored one run and was hit by a pitch and Emma Cook walked once. Rausch scored her team-best 14th run.

Karlee Koehler walked once, scored one run and stole two bases, Avery Wonders had one run, one RBI and two steals, Camden Moffit was hit by a pitch and scored one run and Emie Tuhn walked once.

Mallory Bottorff also stole two bases.

Wonders (0-8) started in the circle and took the loss after allowing seven runs — four earned — on seven hits and two walks. She struck out two in four innings.

Zahurones allowed three earned runs on three hits, three walks and two hit batters and she struck out one in two innings.

Molly Angell led the Royals (3-13, 2-8) with three hits, three runs, two RBIs and two steals.

Annabelle Nessa struck out 15 batters and allowed two earned runs in seven innings.

Dunkerton 14, Baxter 4 DUNKERTON — The Bolts were limited to two hits and committed six errors in a 14-4 road loss to Dunkerton on June 5.

Baxter fell behind 8-0 after one and never recovered during the Iowa Star Conference game.

Huffaker and Tuhn both doubled, scored one run and had one RBI, Moffit, Zahurones and Koehler each walked once and Sulzle scored one run and stole one base.

Klaire Shanks and Koehler had one RBI, Zahurones scored one run and Brummel stole one base.

Wonders took the loss in the circle after allowing eight runs — three earned — on five hits and one walk in 1/3 of an inning.

Zahurones pitched four innings and surrendered three earned runs on six hits, four walks and one hit batter. She struck out two.

Kylee Pexa led Dunkerton (4-12, 2-6) with three hits, two runs and four RBIs. The Raiders stole eight bases, walked seven times and had four doubles but also committed three errors.

The game ended in five innings after Dunkerton scored four runs in the fifth. Baxter scored once in the second and fourth and twice in the third.

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Jasper County Tribune Burdess in the but fell short of the win. Jasper County Tribune Troy Hyde/Jasper County Tribune Baxter junior Aiden Johnson attempts a pick off at first base during the Bolts’ home game against Riceville on June 11. Johnson was the losing pitcher after the Wildcats scored four unearned runs in the sixth to win 6-2. Jasper County Tribune Troy Tribune
Colfax-Mingo freshman Katelyn Steenhoek throws the ball back to the infield during the Tigerhawks’ home game against Iowa Valley on June 12.

Tigerhawk baseball edged twice in conference play

COLFAX — Blake Van Wyk and Cael Bracewell pitched six innings for their respective teams on June 14, but the Lynnville-Sully baseball team had more offense during a 6-2 win over Colfax-Mingo in South Iowa Cedar League action.

The Class 1A No. 5 Hawks scored once in the first, four times in the third and once in the sixth to hand Bracewell his first pitching loss of the season.

Van Wyk improved to 5-0 after he struck out eight and allowed just one earned run over six innings.

Lynnville-Sully (18-3, 11-0 in the SICL) out-hit the Tigerhawks 9-5 and both teams had two errors.

Carson Maston and Van Wyk each had two hits to lead L-S at the plate, while Corder Noun Harder, CJ Nikkel, Lucas Sieck, Davis Utech and Jaiden Richards all had one hit.

Van Wyk (5-0) allowed five hits and walked three.

Samuel Philby pitched one inning and surrendered one walk and struck out one.

The Tigerhawks’ five hits came from Bracewell, Donnie Baucom, Logan Exley, Konner Dalton and Camden Cunningham.

Cunningham added one run, one walk and one steal, Dalton doubled and had one RBI and Exley, Kaden Dalton and Joe Earles all walked once. Xavier Woods scored one run and stole one base.

Bracewell (4-1) took the pitching loss after surrendering six runs — three earned — on eight hits and he struck out seven.

Cunningham pitched the final inning and allowed one hit and one walk and struck out one.

Iowa Valley 7, Colfax-Mingo 3

Bracewell was limited to 39 pitches on the mound to allow him to pitch again on June 14, and the Tigerhawks fell to Iowa Valley 7-3 after the Tigers scored four runs in the fifth on June 12.

Colfax-Mingo had a 7-6 advantage in hits, but the Tigerhawks committed four errors.

The hosts led 1-0 after three, but Iowa Valley plated two in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull ahead

for good.

Colfax-Mingo scored two runs in the sixth to close the gap to 5-3, but stranded the bases loaded in the inning.

The Tigerhawks (5-9, 4-7) put two runners on again in the seventh, but the game ended with a double play.

Earles, Baucom, Exley, Woods, Konner Dalton, Alex Teed and Wyatt Jay all had one hit.

Earles walked twice, scored one run and had one RBI, Baucom doubled, walked once and had one RBI and Jay walked once. Baucom leads the team with eight RBIs.

Exley doubled and scored one run, Woods scored one run and stole one base and Teed walked once and stole one base.

Kaden Dalton was hit by a pitch and Bracewell stole his team-best 11th base of the season.

Bracewell started the game on the mound and allowed no runs, one hit and one hit batter in 2 2/3 innings. He stayed under 40 pitches and struck out five.

Bracewell lowered his earned run average to 1.34 and his 87 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings leads all of Iowa.

Jay (0-2) pitched the middle innings of the game and took the loss after surrendering five runs — three earned — on four hits and one walk. He struck out two in 2 1/3 innings.

Kaden Dalton tossed two innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit, one walk and one hit batter.

Nolan Kriegel (3-2) earned the pitching win for Iowa Valley (86, 7-3) after he surrendered one earned run on four hits. He struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings and tossed the maximum 92 pitches for a freshman. Owen Bral earned a four-out save.

earned — on seven hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings. She struck out one.

Riceville 15, Baxter 1

BAXTER — Shanks had the Bolts’ lone hit and walked once, but Riceville scored five runs in the second and seven in the fourth during a 15-1 road win in Iowa Star Conference play on June 11.

Sulzle walked once, Moffit and Koehler were each hit by a pitch and Blaire Jutting walked once and scored one run.

Wonders suffered the pitching loss after allowing nine runs — two

Jutting surrendered six earned runs on four hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings. She struck out one.

Kylie Dvorak laced three doubles, scored two runs and had three RBIs to lead Riceville, which improved to 7-14 and 5-7 in Iowa Star Conference play.

Madrid 6, Baxter 2

BAXTER — Brummel, Tuhn and Shanks had the team’s lone hits against Madrid on June 12, but the Bolts fell behind in the third and never recovered during a 6-2

Yanske (1-8) took the loss in the circle after she allowed eight runs — five earned — on 10 hits, one walk and one hit batter in 5 2/3 innings. She struck out two.

Freerksen tossed 1 1/3 innings and surrendered no runs, two hits and one walk and fanned two.

Iowa Valley 8, Colfax-Mingo 5

COLFAX — The Tigerhawks were out-hit 6-5 and committed six errors during an 8-5 home loss to Iowa Valley on June 12.

The Tigers led 4-3 after two and added three in the fourth and one in the seventh. Colfax-Mingo scored three in the third and then plated two in the seventh, but it was not enough.

Freerksen led the Tigerhawks with two hits and two RBIs and her 10 RBIs are tied for the team lead this season.

Rausch, Allen and Katelyn Steenhoek had the other hits. Rausch finished with two RBIs, two walks and one steal, Allen and Porter scored two runs and Steenhoek scored one run.

Porter, Woods and Veasman walked and Cook was hit by a pitch. Rausch leads the team with nine steals.

Freerksen (1-5) took the pitching loss after allowing eight runs — four earned — on six hits, three walks and one hit batter. She struck out 11 in seven innings.

Iowa Valley is now 8-7 and 5-6 in the conference.

Colo-NESCO 5, Colfax-Mingo 0

MCCALLSBURG — The Tigerhawks were held to one hit and the visitors committed two errors during a 5-0 road loss to Colo-NESCO on June 11.

The Royals scored once in the first, three in the third and once in the sixth to improve to 3-13 this season.

Freerksen had the one hit and now leads the team with 20 total bases. Porter was hit by a pitch.

Yanske started in the circle and took the loss after allowing four runs — three earned — on three hits and three walks. She struck out two in three innings.

Allen tossed the final three innings and surrendered no earned runs and two hits and fanned three in three innings.

Annabelle Nelson had two hits and Molly Angelo walked twice and scored two runs for the Royals.

Nelson also got the pitching win after surrendering one hit and striking out 11 in seven innings.

non-conference home loss.

The Bolts scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was not enough.

Brummel and Tuhn had one hit and one run, Shanks contributed two RBIs, Sulzle walked once and stole one base and Brummel swiped one base.

Wonders took the loss in the circle after allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks in seven innings. She struck out two. Claire Knudsen had two hits and three RBIs to lead Madrid (9-15). Brooklyn Murry struck out eight and allowed one earned run in seven innings.

Baxter sophomore Cael Wishman leads the baseball team with an on-base percentage of .536. Wishman is tied for the team lead with four doubles and 11 walks and also has totaled 14 runs, 13 RBIs, 23 total bases and five hit by pitches.

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Cael Wishman Jasper County Tribune Troy Hyde/Jasper County Tribune Colfax-Mingo sophomore Alex Teed gets a force out at second base during the Tigerhawks’ 7-3 loss to Iowa Valley last week.
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Troy Hyde/Jasper County Tribune Colfax-Mingo senior Kaden Dalton pitches against Iowa Valley during the Tigerhawks’ home loss on June 12.
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Troy Hyde/Jasper County Tribune Colfax-Mingo junior Kaylee Collins, left, throws the ball to freshman Dakota Allen at second base during the Tigerhawks’ loss to Iowa Valley on June 12.

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Learn to perform various quality control functions $25.46 $27.21 EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT SALES-REPAIR-INSTALLATION Call us at (641) 792-9655 or 1-800-722-9655 www.ineedthedoordoctor.com NATIONW IDE NATIONW IDE SERVICE DIRECTORY CONCRETE DOORS RENTALS FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE AUTOMOTIVE EL IMINATE GUTTER cleaning forever! LeafFilter the most advanced debrisblocking gutter protection. Schedule a FREE LeafFilter estimate today 20% off Entire Purchase. Plus 10% Senior & Military Discounts. Call 1-855-9131560 EL IMINATE GUTTER cleaning forever! LeafFilter, the most advanced debrisblocking gutter protection. Schedule a FREE LeafFilter estimate today 20% off Entire Purchase. Plus 10% Senior & Military Discounts. Call 1-855-9131560. SA FE STEP. North America's #1 Walk-In Tub. Comprehensive lifetime warranty Top-of-the-line installation and service. Now featuring our FREE shower package and $1600 Off for a limited time! Call today! Financing available. Call Safe Step 1-844-376-415 TH E BATHROOM of your dreams in as little as 1 day. Limited Time Offer - $1000 off or No Payments and No Interest for 18 months for customers who qualify. BCI Bath & Shower Many options available. Quality materials & professional installation Senior & Military Discounts Available. Call Today! 1-888-708-4754. PRECISION Concrete , Inc. Residential Commercial Agricultural Your Investment, Our Pride. 641-510-0115 Driveways | Patios | Sidewalks | Foundations | Floors | Decorative Concrete | Retaining Walls | Excavation | Demo & Removal FOR RENT: 9' X 15' storage units availa ble immediately, located in Lynnville 641-780-6683 FOR SALE: 3 yr old Toro mulching mower, RWD, personal pace. Asking $150 641-792-7923 FOR SALE: 4' Table of assorted Christmas Decorations consisting of 6 Strings of clear lights, tinsel, 2 Wreaths, other decorations - $10.00. 15 Picture Frames 5 X 7, 1-8 X 10, 1-19 X 12$5.00. 4 1960's tin Coffee Cans 3- 1 LB Butter-Nut, 1- 1 LB Chase Sanborn, 4@ $10 00. Table top ironing Board$3.00. 641-792-8017 Newton FOR SALE: riding lawn mower, Craftsman YTS 4500, 26hp, Kolher new air, fuel oil filter plugs, deck belt, has 20x10-8 rear tires, sharp blade, 54in deck, rear end does not engage, have inner tubes for rear tires, also bagger $500. 641-521-5141 FOR SA LE: White shutters: 4 pair, 14”x46”, new price $43, asking price $20 per pair. One pair 14”x76”, new price $79, asking $45 cash French wrought iron wall décor, has space for flowers, $35 cash 641792-5506, ask for Kathy FOR SALE: 2013 Black Mustang Convertible. 33,000 miles. New battery new tires. $14,500 no tax. You can view at 1715 N. 8th Ave. E. Newton. Please call: 641-521-8512 Services 180.00 Mike Hoover Reimbursement 26.80 Motorola Solutions Inc Services 4,571.66 Murphy Tractor & Equipment Supplies. 6,834.21 Napa Auto Parts Supplies. 93.73 Neapolitan Labs Services 750.00 New Century FS Inc Supplies. 1,601.93 News Printing Company Publication. 44.15 Owens-King Company Services 463.50 Patrick J Edwards Services 150.00 Phelps Uniform Specialists Inc Services 172.80 Pitney Bowes Global Financial Services 275.35 Polk County Treasurer Services 184.77 Prairie Ag Supply Inc Supplies. 330.00 Premier Office Equipment Inc Services 924.92 Premier Real Estate Management Rent.. 1,265.00 Professional Court Reporters Services 112.00 Purchase Power Services 12.01 RJ Powersports Services 677.60 Royal Plumbing LLC Services 1,550.00 Sadler Power Train Truck Parts Supplies. 506.54 Skold Door & Floor Inc Services 564.50 Snap-On-Tools Company LLC Supplies. 478.00 Spahn & Rose Lumber Co Supplies. 43.96 Spire Property Management LLC Rent.. 500.00 Stacey Von Dielingen Reimbursement 320.66 State Steel of Des Moines Supplies. 1,179.66 Stephen McBride Reimbursement 114.57 Superior Welding Supply Supplies. 22.30 Team Services Inc Services 6,080.00 The Duerson Corporation Project. 210,720.00 The Schneider Corporation Services 2,700.00 The Shredder Services 54.00 Titan Machinery Inc Supplies. 3,572.43 Truck Center Companies Supplies. 36.11 UMB Bank NA Fees 600.00 UMB Bank NA Bonds 1,612,633.50 Unifirst Corporation Services 140.17 US Bank Equipment Finance Services 1,000.00 US Cellular Services 3,063.96 Utility Billing Utilities. 876.23 Valsoft Corporation Inc Services 1,565.00 Vandiest Supply Company Supplies. 4,597.65 Verizon Connect Services 939.02 Verizon Wireless Services 40.01 Watson & Ryan, PLC Legal. 4,435.33 Willson & Peckacek PLC Legal. 2,565.95 Windstream Services 328.28 Woodstyles LLC Goods 1,380.86 Ziegler Inc Supplies. 185.71 Grand Total 2,10 3,988.71 June 20 PU BLIC NOTICE The Jasper County Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 at 6 P.M. in the large conference room at the Jasper County Administration Building located at 315 W 3 rd St N, Newton, IA 50208. The purpose of this hearing will be to review and act upon a rezone request (R-2024- 005) by Jeff and Kimberly Light on behalf of JKL Properties LLC are asking that the property described below be rezoned from Rural Residential Large Lot “RR5” to Rural Residential “RR1”: Parcel #06.07 351.024 / 14606 N 51st Ave W, Mingo, IA 50168 Please call our office with any questions Kevin Luetters Director of Community Development June 20 PU BLIC NOTICE The Jasper County Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 26th of 2024 at 6 P.M. in the large conference room at the Jasper County Administration Building located at 315 W 3 rd St N, Newton, IA 50208. The purpose of this hearing will be to review and act upon a rezone request (R-2024-006) by Donna J Smith on behalf of Home Key LC asking that the property described below be rezoned from Agricultural "A" to Rural Residential RR1": Parcel # Please call our office with any questions Kevin Luetters Director of Community Development June 20 Thursday, June 20, 2024 JCTribune Page 9 Public Notices Everybody’s talking about what’s in the classifieds.
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