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Mount Ayr
Volume 148, Number 51 • Thursday, February 14, 2013 • Mount Ayr, Iowa 50854 • USPS No. 365-120 •
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On to state
 Handshakes and high-fives from coaches Eric Ehlen (left) and JohnFord greet Erik Freed as he walks off the mat after his first-place finish at the district wrestling tournament at Corning Saturday. The Raider 132-pounder will open state tournament action Thursdaymornng. More details about the district tournament can be found on page 8 of today’s Record-News. A pleasant surprise awaited players, parents and fans who attended the final home game of the basketball season Tuesday, Feb. 5. In connec-tion with the annual Parents’ Night recognition, a banner hung on theeast wall of the gymnasium to congratulate this year’s seniors as theyapproach graduation. Similar in design to the banner dedicated to therecent Ron Scott Duals wrestling tournament, the banner was designed by Podium Ink and sponsored by the athletic department. Mount Ayractivities director Delwyn Showalter said he hoped to have a numberof banners available to display on a rotating basis throughout the year.The current banner will remain in place through graduation. Brad El-liott of Podium Ink said the space on the wall had seemed bare since thesilhouettes of athletes had been painted over a few years ago, and thebanners seemed perfect for that location. More details about Parents’ Night can be found on page 8 in this week’s Record-News.
Honoring the seniors
BY MADISON HOSFIELDThe life span of a sniper in theRussian army is extremely unpre-dictable. But to have that life endup in a small town in southwestIowa was even more unpredictablefor one Russian girl in particular.The roots of some familiesbranch farther than you wouldthink; this is true for one family es-pecially. Dr. Daniel Weddle and hisfamily have an interesting back-ground that will leave you wantingto learn more.Angelina Gritsenko, mother of Dan Weddle of Mount Ayr, wasborn in Mariupol, Ukraine in 1923where she grew up as a Russiangirl. Around the age of 16, Ange-lina started attending the Univer-sity of Kiev in Ukraine. During herfourth year of college, the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II brokeout and she became part of theRed Army. Along with about 2,000others, Angelina was trained to bea sniper, a person who picked off 
enemy officers.The Russians tried to fight the
Germans before they reached Stal-ingrad, but they were out-mas-tered. The Russians were campingin a low valley when the Germanssurrounded them with their tankson an early, wet, rainy morning.The Germans started shooting, andmany Russians were wounded andlost their lives. One of the manyinjured was Angelina Gritsenko.She was knocked unconscious andlay in her spot for hours, not ableto get away.While the Germans continuedon in the valley to gather survivors,Angelina had woken up and col-lected herself. She knew when theGermans came back and discov-ered she was a sniper, she wouldhave no life to look forward to.She soon encountered a Sovietnurse who had lost her life. With-out second thought, she traded pa-pers with the nurse, attempting tosave her life. Angelina Gritsenkowas now Angelina Sorochenko.The Germans gathered the sur-vivors and started them on theirmarch from west of Stalingrad tonearly Poland to reach the prisonercamp. This was close to a deathwalk as they had little to noth-ing to eat. When they got close totown, the guards let them scroungefor food in trash cans or wherever
they could find. Although Ange-
lina did not, some of the prisonerseven took place in gathering foodfrom a deceased horse carcass andbecame very sick. As long as shecould keep up on the walk, she wasokay.One particular encounter Dr.
 Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series focusing onthe issue of infrastructure main-tenance in Ringgold county, spe-cifically roads and bridges. Thisweek’s subject is extraordinarilycomplex issue of road funding com-ing to the county. Regardless of thecomplexity, an understanding of the sources of revenue available tothe county is crucial to any plan toaddress the county’s deterioratinginfrastructure.
For fiscal year 2013, Ringgold
county engineer Zach Gunsolleyreported a budget of $2.956 millionfor the county road department, andlike all other Iowa counties, Ring-gold county relies overwhelminglyon state funds to construct, repairand maintain its roads and bridges.In fact, 79 percent of the second-ary roads budget come from a va-riety of state sources. The other 21percent comes from local propertytaxes.State funds coming to the county
flow from the Road Use Tax Fund
and the Time-21 Fund. All moneyreceived from the state, with theexceptions of “farm-to-market”dollars and proceeds from localproperty tax, are held in the countyaccount under the direction of theboard of supervisors and comprisethe county’s road budget.The Farm-to-Market Fundalong with some federal funds areunder the control of the state de-partment of transportation and fed-
eral officials and are not figured in
the county budget.
Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF)
The RUTF was established bythe Iowa legislature in 1949 at thebeginning of the heyday of roadconstruction in Iowa. As time haspassed, however, a larger shareof the RUTF has gone to the stateand the cities and less has gone tocounties.The state legislature has es-tablished the current formula bywhich funds are to be distributed:47.5 percent to primary roads (un-der state jurisdiction), 24.5 percentto secondary roads (under county jurisdiction), 20 percent to citystreets and eight percent to farm-to-market roads, also under county jurisdiction.
 A visual representation of the various state transportation funds is available on the Iowa Department of Trans- portation website. While the fine print is obviously too difficult to read in this small space, the complexity of thestate’s funding system is quite apparent.
School board learnsof bus grant, adopts2013-2014 calendar
The Mount Ayr Communityschool board of directors receivedword of the awarding of a federalbus grant, adopted the 2013-2014school calendar and covered awide range of other items at itsregular meeting Monday, Feb. 11.
Bus grant
The Mount Ayr district hasbeen chosen as a recipient of aClean Diesel School Bus RebateProgram rebate from the Envi-ronmental Protection Agency. Thedistrict now has 90 days to sub-mit a purchase order for two newbuses with delivery between Julyand October. During that time thebuses to be replaced by the newones must be scrapped. Mount Ayrwas the only Iowa school districtgranted such a rebate from over1,000 applications nationwide.The rebate is $30,000 each fortwo buses with capacity of at least65 passengers. Each bus costs ap-proximately $95,000, so the dis-trict is still responsible for roughly$65,000 for each bus. Superinten-dent Joe Drake explained districtbuses are purchased through thePhysical Plant and EquipmentLevy (PPEL) fund. The fund hasa current balance of $10,000, butanother $70,000 will come into thefund in the spring when the dis-trict receives its tax revenues. The$80,000 total in PPLE combinedwith the $60,000 in grant moneyleaves a balance of roughly $55,000for the district to fund from othermeans. Drake presented a coupleoptions to the board including us-ing its unspent balance authority tofund the one-time expenditure.
School calendar
The board approved the schoolcalendar for the 2013-2014 schoolyear.Under the calendar, studentswill begin school Tuesday, Aug.20 and get out Friday, May 23.Christmas break will run for twofull weeks from Monday, Dec. 23to Friday, Jan. 3. As in years past,the week-long spring break coin-cides with the Southwestern Com-munity College break and willrun from Friday, Mar. 14 throughFriday, Mar. 21. Makeup days forinclement weather are May 27, 28,29, 30, March 21 and March 20 inthat order. Parent-teacher confer-ences are set for November 5 and 7in the fall and March 11 and 13 inthe spring.The number of days in each se-mester is unbalanced for the com-
ing year. The 86-day first semester
will end prior to Christmas break.The second semester will total 94days. Superintendent Drake saidthe decision was made to end thesemester prior to Christmas be-cause students would have onlythree days of school prior to se-mester tests in January if the twosemesters were equal. He and sec-ondary principal Lynne Wallaceagreed that arrangement would not
benefit students.
Teachers will have full-dayprofessional development runningAugust 13, 14, 15 and 19 prior tothe beginning of school. January 3and February 21 are also set asideas full professional developmentdays. Early-dismissal professionaldevelopment days are set for Sep-tember 18, December 13, January17 and April 18.
Personnel
The board accepted the early re-tirement request from high schoolsocial studies teacher Pam Cross.They also accepted the resigna-tions of Joe Catanzareti as middleschool boys basketball coach,Mark Budach as assistant girls bas-ketball coach and Jackie McVey asa food service employee.The early retirement policy
for classified employees was ap-
proved. Under the policy classi-
fied employees age 55 or older on
or before June 30 of the currentyear and who have completed 15years of service to the district areeligible to receive an early retire-ment incentive. The incentive will
be figured at 10 percent of the em-
ployee’s current year’s salary lesssupplemental pay or extendedVan Maanen, Sietstra &
Meyer, P.C., Certified Public Ac-
countants recently released anaudit report on the Mount AyrCommunity school district.The district’s revenues totaled$9,587,432 for the year endedJune 30, 2012, a 0.2 percentdecrease from the prior year.Revenues included $4,157,311in local tax, charges for serviceof $1,020,488, operating grants,contributions and restricted in-terest of $1,651,996, unrestrict-ed interest of $11,766 and othergeneral revenues of $2,745,871.Expenses for district op-erations totaled $9,438,512, a0.7 percent increase from theprior year. Expenses included$5,277,988 for instruction,$2,584,052 for support services,$1,135,210 for other expendi-tures and $441,262 for non-in-structional programs.A copy of the audit report isavailable for review in the dis-
trict secretary’s office, in theoffice of the auditor of state and
the auditor of state’s web site athttp://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/reports.htm.
Annual auditreleased forMAC schools
Local connection to WWII Russian sniper, Dachau prison camp 
The Clearfield Lions Club will
host representatives from LionsInternational leading up to publi-cation of a feature story in the or-
ganization’s official magazine.The Clearfield Lions plan a
community celebration to wel-come the visitors Saturday, Feb. 16beginning at 11 a.m. According to Gaylen Bell,president of the local chapter, hereceived a call from Lions Inter-national asking how such a small
town as Clearfield could have the
largest Lions chapter in the state.After a number of phone con-versations and exchanged pictures,
the organization officers decided tovisit Clearfield to see the chapter
for themselves. A feature story inthe Lions International magazinewill chronicle their visit.“This is truly a great event forthe entire area,” said Bell. “Ap-proximately 1.4 million Lionsmembers worldwide receive thismagazine.”As part of the celebration, the
Clearfield Lions will serve a free
soup dinner that Saturday. Bellsaid his chapter hopes to host atleast 100 visitors that day, and heextends an invitation to all Lionsand area residents to be part of the
Clearfield event. A community pic-
ture will be taken on Main Streetduring the celebration.
Clearfield Lions to be focus
of national publication
Weddle’s mother had on the march
was with a German officer. While
they were resting, a couple of SSsoldiers came upon the group andwhispered something in the guard’sear. While doing so, they pointedtowards Angelina, and she startedbecoming a bit nervous. The guardapproached her and told her there
was a wounded German officer,
and due to the fact that she was
identified as a nurse, she needed to
take care of him. She did so, thebest she could, and went withoutbeing questioned.They had walked as far as theyneeded and were put on a train toride the last little way to their workcamp in Poland. Here, they workedproducing ammunition for the Ger
Funding for county roads complex topic
Second part of series explains sources of county road money 
Money collected in the RUTFcomes from a number of sources.Governor Branstad’s Transporta-tion 2020 committee estimatedrevenues for Fiscal Year 2011 at$470 million (39 percent) in annualvehicle registrations, $430 million(36 percent) in fuel tax, $240 mil-lion in new vehicle registrationsand $70 million in drivers’ licensefees, title fees, trailer registrationsand other minor sources.Registration fees are based uponvehicle type, weight and modelyear, so estimating a “typical” fee
for a resident is difficult. However,
other taxes and fees can be brokendown more easily. Motorists cur-rently purchasing fuel at an Iowapump pay 21 cents per gallon infuel tax for regular gasoline, 19cents per gallon for ethanol-blend-ed gasoline and 22.5 cents per gal-lon for diesel. (The Iowa fuel taxhas remained unchanged since1989, when gas prices hoverednear one dollar per gallon.) Driv-ers’ license fees range from $20 to$65, title fees are $25 and trailerregistrations run from $20 to $30.The state divides RUTF moneycoming to the county into two dif-ferent funds.
Secondary Road Fund
(24.5percent of RUTF)Nearly two-thirds of the sec-ondary roads budget for Ring-gold county comes from the state
Secondary Road Fund. For fiscal
year 2013, this fund accounted for____________________________
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The Ringgold county board of supervisors covered a number of 
financial and transportation items
during its meeting Monday, Feb.11.The supervisors voted to in-crease the surety bond for thecounty treasurer’s and extension
offices. Bonds were increased
from $50,000 to $300,000 for thetreasurer and from $50,000 to$250,000 for extension. Suretybonds help insure for losses due to
official malfeasance.
 County engineer Zach Gunsol-ley gained board approval to seekbids for one culvert project oncounty road P33. The board alsoapproved a Transportation SafetyImprovement Program grant fromthe Iowa DOT to educate the pub-lic about weight limits and otherrestrictions on county roads andbridges. The amount of the grant is$37,080.As part of Gunsolley’s time withthe board, Sgt. Rod Riner was onhand to discuss Iowa Departmentof Transportation vehicle enforce-ment. He answered supervisors’questions about posted weightlimits on county bridges and otherissues related to county roads. Ri-ner informed the board any vehiclethat violates a posted weight limitis subject to citation for a movingviolation.
Supervisors raise surety bond, talk roads
 
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Mystery dinner for Valentine’s Day
THOUGHTS
& other things
BY ALAN SMITH
Valle and I had fun Sunday night getting in theValentine’s Day mood with a Valentine MysteryDinner put on by the youth of our church group.The event was held at my brother Ron’s home inLamoni where the youth had decorated the big room
on the second floor of their modified A frame for the
occasion.They had made homemade valentines for eachof those attending, the tables were decorated withValentine’s Day decorations and they had even madespecial pink mints as appetizers on the table.A large pink sheet, however, separated the tablesfrom the food preparation area.After a prayer, the youth, who were our servers,presented us with the mystery dinner menu. There
were 15 numbered items and we were to choose five
at a time to be served.Using some puns, the group had come up withthe names for the items to be served, but they wereobscure enough that it wasn’t easy to guess what was
coming -- especially the first round.
I thought I would try the shotgun method for my
first choice, so I put down 1, 4, 8, 12 and 15. I figured
I would catch something I liked with that approach.I was soon served Cupid’s Arrow (a knife), LittleGirl Scouts (a Brownie), a Slobber Robber (napkin),Cupid’s Wings (potato chips), and Invisible Love (anempty glass).Sticking to my diet was out of the question, butI did just take a nibble of the potato chips, knowingtheir sodium content. I picked up the brownie and ateit and waited for the next round.What I didn’t realize was that they took away ev-erything you had been given before moving on to thenext round.
I thought I would stick with my first plan, so or-
dered 2, 5, 9 and 13 for my next round. I realized Ionly had listed four things as I mistakenly put down12 again.My order of Popeye’s Delight (three olives),Love Potion (a dip of ice cream), The Joker (a hamand cheese sandwich) and Wiggley’s Dream (a pieceof red jello) was served up, along with another serv-ing of potato chips that I couldn’t eat. I picked up onthe joke about Popeye’s valentine (Olive Oil) but ittook a little longer to catch that hamming it up was a joke.This time I did not have any plastic ware to eatwith. That was not a problem for the olives, sand-
wich or the stiff slice of jello. They were all finger
food.Not so much so with the ice cream, since my nap-
kin had been taken away after the first course. Since
my hosts knew I couldn’t have a great amount of ice
cream anyway, I finally decided to just pick up the
plate and slurp it up. Valle said that wasn’t any dif-ferent than licking my ice cream bowl, which I havebeen known to do to get the last drop. It might not bethe kind of activity one would think of on a specialValentine’s Day “date,” but everyone was havingone kind of a challenge or another.I had passed off most of my potato chips to aneighbor’s plate by this time, but I did make sortof a mess with the leftovers when I picked up myplate to eat the ice cream.When I was ready for the third course, I chose3, 6, 7, 10 and 11. I chose not to take 14 since I hadmessed up and taken 12 twice.I received a Young Lover (a spoon), DiamondStuds (carrots), Puppet Potion (red punch), PureLove (water) and Sour Love (pickles). You might
have to be a little older to catch the significance
of spooning and change the spelling of carrots tocatch the diamond reference. But I accomplishedeach of these.The spoon wasn’t much help with the carrots
or pickles, but I managed to finish off the banquet.
I missed out on Hay Maker, the fork, but by thenthat wouldn’t have helped much.Everyone was a good sport and once we were
all served, there was the opportunity to help finish
up the leftovers after our servers took the time tostop and have the meal as well.The tables were cleared away and it was timefor the “Newlywed” Challenge. None of the cou-
ples fit that bill but it was fun to find out about eachother as first the husbands and then the wives were
asked to give answers to a series of questions thatthe other spouse then tried to match.Questions were asked about what the couples’
first date was, what kind of vehicle they drovewhen they were first dating, what the husband’s
favorite food was, what the wife’s favorite colorwas, and so on.For the most part Valle and I had the answers
match up. Our first date was a barn party when we
were at Graceland College, I didn’t have access to
a vehicle when we first started dating and Valle’s
favorite color is red. Valle had to pick between EggFu Yung and Egg Plant Parmesan for my favoritefood and picked Egg Fu Yung instead of my eggplant answer.The youngest couple seemed to have the leadearly, but my brother and his wife Di came onstrong in the end to take the prize -- a movie, MilkDuds and popcorn. Valle and I came in second, butpassed our prize of M&M’s and microwave pop-corn on to add to the haul of the third place team.We didn’t want the temptation.All in all it was a fun evening celebrating Val-entine’s Day. The youth were each appropriatelythanked for their efforts in getting the Valentine’sseason kicked off on a great foot.
Fifty Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 7,1963.)Mount Ayr has been selected as asite for one of the 64 girls sectionalbasketball tournaments, the datesfor which will be February 12, 14and 16. Six teams entered for com-
petition will be Clearfield, Lamoni,
Grand Valley, East Union, Diagonaland Mount Ayr.W. T. Timby of this city willbe honored at a dinner and 50-yearmembership presentation ceremonytomorrow (Friday) evening. Mr.Timby completed 50 years of Ma-sonry as an active member of FaithLodge, No. 179, A. F. & A. M. onJanuary 24. He has also been amember of the York Rite Bodies fora number of years and is a memberof the Shrine.Four 4-H leaders, who repre-sented Ringgold county at the annualLeaders’ Recognition Day in Ames,on January 28, are Helen Streebin,county extension assistant, Mrs.Lloyd Goins, Mrs. George Vicker,Raymond Umbarger and D. H. Al-len.
Numerous flowering plants and
artistically arranged bouquets addedto the beauty of the Clearview Homeon the occasion of its formal openingon Saturday and Sunday. Approxi-mately 2,000 persons visited thehome.Fire of unknown origin com-pletely destroyed the two-storyhome of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew So-botka, located three miles southeastof Diagonal, while the Sobotkaswere in attendance at morningchurch services.An all-expense-paid trip to thenation’s capitol city will be awardedthe winner of an essay-writingcontest, announcement of whichwas made this week by Eldon L.Main, manager of Rideta ElectricCooperative. All high school juniorsin the area whose parents are mem-bers served by the cooperative areeligible to enter the contest.Births reported at RinggoldCounty Hospital this week were adaughter, born Jan. 30, to Mr. andMrs. Merl Drake of Mount Ayr anda son, born Feb. 2, to Mr. and Mrs.Larry England of Mount Ayr.Obituaries this week wereCorydon Minor Anderson, J. W.Farrington, Owen Emery Laird,Vivian Mae Carter and Evan GrantCulver.
Twenty-five Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 18,1988.)
What do the new SeaWorld parkbeing built in San Antonio and MountAyr have in common? All the seatingin the three restaurants that will bepart of the new sea life park is beingconstructed by the new Setmakersplant in Mount Ayr. The contract forthe project, the largest single one eversigned by Setmakers or its predeces-sor here, Miracle Recreation Corp.,calls for the construction of solidoak furniture for the seating in therestaurants.
The Ringgold County Hospitalboard of trustees voted to ask thecounty supervisors for a levy for the
fiscal year July 1988-June 30, 1989that would assist with financing the
ambulance service. This action wastaken at a re-scheduled meeting heldFebruary 11 at the hospital confer-ence room. It was explained at the
January board meeting and affirmedat the February one that staffing of 
the service is a problem.Dagmar Becker, a 25-year-oldveterinary medical student fromWest Germany, is spending a six-week work period working at HilltopVeterinary Clinic in Mount Ayr. Shewill be making her home with theWeddle family while here. She chosethe United States for her practicumafter visiting as an exchange studentwhen in high school.Members of the Mount AyrCommunity high school academicdecathlon team this year includedBecky Hannasch, Eric Moe, JamieJones, Brent McClure, JenniferSchaefer, Janell Freihage, AngieElliott and Jackie Faris.Three seventh graders at GrandValley Community school toppedthe junior high spelling bee heldthere Thursday, Feb. 1. Nicole Stucktook second place, P. J. Munyonwas third place and Stacey Foland
was first in the contest held between
seventh and eighth graders. Thetop spellers advance to the AreaEducation Agency spelling bee inCreston February 27. Area busi-nesses donated prizes which wereawarded to the top spellers at theend of the contest.As part of the celebration of Valentine’s Day at the Mount Ayrmeal site, a Valentine’s king andqueen were named by popular vote.Reigning through the meal at he mealsite Friday afternoon were Guy andOpal Dugan of Mount Ayr.Mount Ayr Community’s Raider-ettes and the Murray Lady Mustangswill square off for the girls Class1A sectional championship Satur-day night in a 7 p.m. contest in theMACHS gymnasium.Diagonal’s Maroons had a suc-cessful busy week of action, pickingup victories over Lenox and Lamoniwhile dropping another close battlewith Murray in the lone conferencematchup which meant a tie for theloop title.Jeff Scott, Scott England, CodyShay and Joe Love advanced on thetournament trail to state at the Class1A Sectional Wrestling Tournamentat East Union Saturday, Feb. 13.The Raider team placed third in theeight-team sectional with 122 1/2points.Andrea Still, a Mount Ayrcommunity eighth grader, was therunner-up in the 12 and 13-year-oldage group at the district free throwshooting contest in Red Oak spon-sored by the Elks Clubs Saturday.Still advanced to the district by doingwell at the area contest in Crestonearlier in the year. She made 17 of 25 free shots in the competition,
tying with two others for first place.
Through a series of shoot-offs sheended up in the runner-up spot,which does not advance to statecompetition. Her good free throwshooting ability has been a help to theMAC eighth grade girls basketballteam during the season.The Bluegrass Quail Unlimited
chapter, the first Quail Unlimited
chapter in Iowa, has recently beenorganized for upland game enthu-siasts in Adams, Ringgold, Taylorand Union counties. Randall Lynchof Kent, a Ringgold county native,is serving as chairman of the newchapter and helped get it organized.There are currently 28 members of the chapter.Obituaries this week were Bert
T. Butterfield, Jenne Maye Lesan,
Willard F. “Bill” Ruby and GoldieMarie Smith Hammer.
Ten Years Ago
(From the Mount Ayr Record-News, Thursday, February 6,2003.)Budgeting for the state for the
coming fiscal year, supplemental
appropriations already passed andinformation on bills on which ac-tion is eminent were among topics
for the state legislators at the first
of the Ringgold county legislativecoffees for the year. State senatorJeff Angelo of Creston and staterepresentative Cecil Dolecheck of Mount Ayr shared information andthen answered questions from thearea residents who attended the ses-sion Saturday afternoon at PheasantRun Steakhouse in Mount Ayr. Ses-
sions will be held the first Saturdayin March and the first Saturday in
April as well.Mount Ayr Community highschool’s MathCounts team broughthome the trophy for the best score bya small-school team at the regionalMathCounts competition held atIowa Western Community Collegein Council Bluffs. Teams of juniorhigh students from 17 schools par-ticipated in the regional competition.The Mount Ayr Community teamincluded Zach Lynch, Lucas Smith,Brian Inloes and Grant Larsen. TheRaider team will advance to the statecompetition to be held at Drake Uni-versity on March 14. James Smithwas sponsor for the team.Plans for the Register’s An-nual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa(RAGBRAI) are being made for asouthern Iowa route which couldtake riders through Mount Ayr thisyear. That was another bit of infor-mation shared at the Mount Ayr citycouncil meeting Monday night. Theriders would be traveling throughMount Ayr, not making an eveningstop here, so one regulation wouldbe that entertainment and boothswould be asked to close by 1:30 p.m.to encourage riders to move alongthe way to the next overnight stop.Dr. Peggy Whitson had come to
her parents’ home near Beaconsfield
Friday to be here for the public af-fairs visits to area sites beginningMonday. Her visits to schools inMount Ayr, Bedford and Lamoniwere postponed this week by theshuttle disaster which took placeSaturday morning. All NASA publicaffairs events for astronauts werepostponed for the week. With theloss of the Shuttle Columbia andits seven crew members Saturdaymorning, Whitson returned to Hous-ton Sunday.Mount Ayr Chamber of Com-merce members held a ribbon cuttingceremony Tuesday morning at Ring-gold County Chiropractic Clinic,located at 116 W. Adams Streetin Mount Ayr. Cody Woodward,owner and licensed chiropractor,has remodeled the building.Obituaries in this issue wereEva Maye Waddell Deemer andKatheryn Janiece Weigart Glenden-ning. mans. The prisoners of war weregiven little food; soup twice a dayis what their meals usually con-sisted of, if it could even be calledsoup. It contained water, a couplepieces of potato and cabbage. Dueto working so hard and not havingenough food to keep her strengthup, Angelina got rundown andcould no longer effectively work.She was sent to Dachau, a concen-tration camp in southern Germany.Dr. Weddle’s father, VictorWeddle, was part of an artilleryunit where he drove a truck haul-ing ammunition. He was originallyfrom Worth County, MO when hewas drafted to become an Ameri-can GI in 1942. His travels tookhim to southern Germany, whichwas in the same proximity as An-gelina at the time.After the Americans eventuallyliberated Dachau, Angelina andVictor came in contact while theywere both staying at Tell Am See,a lake near Munich. “There was alot of stuff to be done, but there wasalso a quite a bit of leisure time.That’s when my parents met,” saidDr. Weddle with a chuckle.The war ended in 1945, and An-gelina and Victor started their lifetogether. The two got married in
Munich in 1945 and had their first
child in March 1946. That summer,Victor was to be sent home. Beinga part of the motor pool as a GI,Victor stole a jeep for a short whileand drove his wife and son to Le-Havre, France. Here, Angelina andher son boarded a boat to NewYork City.Without knowing any Eng-lish, besides the form of Englishthe American GIs used, Angelinaspent a few days in New York Citywith her son before her husbandreached them. Angelina was in aweby New York City and couldn’t be-lieve all of the food and people.
Her husband finally reached them
in New York after about a week,and the three of them headed forthe midwest.She kept the name of AngelinaSorochenko, the identity of thenurse, until she got married, evensigning her marriage papers asAngelina S. Weddle. Dr. Weddleadded his mother never referred toherself as a sniper, but as a sharp-shooter. If anyone ever complainedabout life as an American, Angeli-
na was the first to get after them
after living in harsh conditions forthree years as a prisoner of war.Angelina passed away in 1974,leaving behind a great story to tell.
More on Russian sniper connection
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Frustration with the politics of and the lack of progress on a 2012Farm Bill is leading to creative
flows of juices within the farming
community -- and beyond. Whilethe latest bill remains stalled in theSenate and the stop-gap extensionpassed earlier does real damage tothe spirit of the bill, a group at theInstitute for Agriculture and TradePolicy, based in Minneapolis (andWashington), has begun discus-sions on ways to have an entirelynew federal agricultural policy,one that transcends the old modelof a farm bill.The ITATP said the farm billconcept has become an impotenttool, that instead of addressing thechallenges of the modern food sys-tem, it has become a “patchworkof programs that not only fail tosupport each other, but often con-tradict and undermine each other.”In addition, ITATP believes that
corporate influence (money) keeps
real reform in Washington at bay.The group believes that can beended by adoption of a new wayforward.ITATP said that absent a “largerdiscussion about overarching goalsfor (the) farm and food system wewant, this failure is no surprise.”“In fact, said ITATP, the FarmBill largely ignores the deep sys-temic challenges plaguing ourfarmers and food system: wild
fluctuations in agriculture prices
that hurt farmers and consumers,skyrocketing land prices that keepbeginning farmers off the land,
Why farm bill? Another way may lurk in the wings
the exploitation of farm and foodworkers, the growing market pow-er of big corporations who over-whelm local food systems builtto connect with their community,and rising income inequality thatkeeps healthy food out of reachfor many, despite its availability.”Now, the group said, is the time to“think differently.”The ITATP is launching a newinitiative designed to work withpartners and experts to “identifynew policy proposals that go Be-yond the Farm Bill” to build an al-ternative to it. They want to create apublic policy agenda that supports,they said, as “a fair and sustainablefood and farm system groundedin the values of resiliency, justice,health and sovereignty.The ITATP is not grounded intraditional farm bill aspirations. Ittends to look at farm policy moreas social policy than as broader-based economic policy. Whilemost farming interest groups asso-ciated with the traditional farm billprocess represent farmers, com-modities and corporate agriculturegroups, the ITATP is looking atexploitation of farm workers, thehealth of those workers and work-ers in packing plants and the ideaof breaking the perceived corporatestranglehold on U.S. ag policy.If their collaboration sup-planted traditional farm bill policydevelopment, it is possible thedeadlock in Washington would bebroken, and needed reform in howwe treat workers and who controlsag policy might take place, but isalso likely that farm policy would
no longer be closely influenced by
farmers and their direct interests.Remember, the lion’s share of anyfarm bill is social policy, i.e. foodstamps and school nutrition pro-grams. We might break the dead-lock, but would we break the backof production agriculture whilstwe do it?I’ll see ya!
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Ringgold CountyCourthouse
News &
Notes
NOTICE
The Decatur/Ringgold CountyChild Abuse Prevention Councilhas been established.
If anyone is interested in beingon the council, please contact:
 Julie Neas • Ph. 641-784-5401
NOTICE
• Now accepting bids for sidewalk repairs atthe Ringgold County Courthouse.• Now accepting bids for commercial airconditioner replacement at the RinggoldCounty Courthouse.
 All inquiries should be submitted to the Ringgold County Auditor’s Office.
Ringgold County Auditor109 W. Madison StreetMount Ayr, Iowa 50854Ph. 641-464-3239
NOTICERinggold County Fair 
…is accepting bids for the construction of the ceilingand side walls of the 4-H Exhibits building on thefairgrounds.
Please contact Keith Miller after 6 p.m. at 641-464-0746.
North Side of the Square in Mount Ayr 
Ph. 641-464-2900 • Connie Ph. 641-344-0586
 
Starting
 
StartingFebruary 17
we
February 17
wewill be open
Sundays
will be open
Sundays11 a.m. - 2 p.m.11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday Night
Thursday Night
February 21February 21is
Mexican Night
is
Mexican Night
Thursday Night
Thursday Night
February 28February 28
is
Chinese Night
is
Chinese Night
SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR ANDTRAFFIC CONVICTIONS
January 31- February 7, 2012
Omar Rodriguez-Gutierrez,Des Moines, $114.00, speeding6-10 m.p.h. over the speed limit.Omar Rodriguez-Gutierrez, DesMoines, $330.00, no valid driver’slicense.Omar Rodriguez-Gutierrez,Des Moines, $397.50, violation of 
financial liability coverage.
RINGGOLD COUNTYSHERIFF’S LOG
(Call Origination Code: MA= Mount Ayr; KE = Keller-ton; EL= Ellston; TI = Tingley; DI = Diagonal; DE =
Delphos; MO = Maloy; BE = Beaconsfield; BO = Benton;
SC = Shannon City; BL= Blockton; RE = Redding; SV= Sun Valley; CO = In County; OC = Out of County; OS= Out of State)
January 31-February 6, 2012Thursday, January 31
8:07 a.m., message for sheriff.(OC)9:30 a.m., caller with questionsabout deputy schedule. (MA)9:35 a.m., caller wanting tospeak to the sheriff.11:44 a.m., person checking in.1:36 p.m., caller advising thatthey are leaving the county now.3:20 p.m., caller requesting thata welfare check be done. (MA)4:08 p.m., caller with questionsregarding an inmate. (OC)4:24 p.m., REC call, caller willcall back during business hours.
Friday, February 1
9:26 a.m., call for jail. (MA)9:28 a.m., caller reporting ascam. (DI)9:41 a.m., call for sheriff re-garding a gun. (MA)10:29 a.m., call about vehiclehold.10:52 a.m., call for sheriff.(OC)11 a.m., call for sheriff. (MA)11:25 a.m., call for dispatch.(RE)11:34 a.m., call for jail. (OC)
Saturday, February 2
3:20 a.m., call from collegekids who were lost, cold, out of gas and stuck in the snow. (CO)8:35 a.m., sheriff checking in.(CO)11:41 a.m., caller returningsheriff’s phone call. (CO)3:43 p.m., alarm going off -false alarm. (MA)3:59 p.m., report of cows and amule out. (CO)6:50 p.m., report of peoplecamping under a bridge. (CO)9 p.m., request for an ambu-lance. (MA)
Sunday, February 3
10:45 a.m., report that mulewas out again. (CO)11:09 a.m., report of a dogchasing cows and caller wanting to
speak to an officer. (CO)
12:42 p.m., caller wanting
an officer to stop by their house.
(MA)
1 p.m., caller needing officer to
return his phone calls. (MA)2:55 p.m., caller needing to
speak to officer. (MA)4:33 p.m., caller reported find-
ing a hunting dog. (MA)10:07 p.m., caller needing to re-turn property. (CO)10:40 p.m., report of a horserunning loose. (CO)11:14 p.m., 911 call.
Monday, February 4
12:33 a.m., fire alarm.
7:31 a.m., call for dispatch.(OC)8:08 a.m., caller setting up in-mate visitation. (OC)8:18 a.m., individual checking
in with sheriff’s office. (CO)
8:33 a.m., individual dropping
off items at sheriff’s office. (MA)
8:50 a.m., caller setting up pris-oner visitation. (RE)9:04 a.m., call for dispatch.(MA)9:07 a.m., call for jail. (OC)9:27 a.m., individual needing toregister. (MA)9:43 a.m., call for sheriff.(MA)9:53 a.m., caller setting up in-mate visitation. (OC)9:58 a.m., caller needing sher-
iff’s office mailing address. (OC)
10:16 a.m., call for jail. (OC)10:37 a.m., 911 call, false alarm.(MA)11:04 a.m., individual needingto see clerk. (MA)11:20 a.m., call for dispatch.(MA)11:33 a.m., call for jail. (MA)
11:43 a.m., call for officer.
(MA)11:55 a.m., sheriff checking in.(OC)12:02 p.m., call about visita-tion. (OC)1:04 p.m., dog complaint.(MA)1:25 p.m., caller needing inmateinformation. (OC)1:51 p.m., call for sheriff.(KE)
3:43 p.m., caller returning offi-
cer’s call. (MA)
6:14 p.m., caller needing offi-
cer. (KE)6:47 p.m., caller needing to
speak to officer. (MA)
Tuesday, February 5
8 a.m., call for officer. (OC)
8 a.m., caller checking on in-mate. (OC)8:19 a.m., call for clerk. (OC)9:54 a.m., call for jail. (MA)10:46 a.m., report of a con-trolled burn. (CO)11:01 a.m., call for dispatch
about fire. (OC)
11:08 a.m., attorney calling forinmate. (OC)11:23 a.m., call for sheriff.(OC)11:34 a.m., call for sheriff.(OC)11:39 a.m., call for jailer. (CO)11:57 a.m., civil issue. (CO)8:30 p.m., report of a car/deeraccident. (MA)11:23 a.m., 911 call. (KE)
Wednesday, February 6
11:59 a.m., report that con-trolled burn is over. (CO)12:05 p.m., call for inmate fromtheir attorney. (OC)12:15 p.m., call for jail. (OC)12:28 p.m., wrong number.
1:03 p.m., officer checking in.
(MA)1:06 p.m., report of a break-in.(MA)2:02 p.m., 911 call, request foran ambulance. (MA)2:30 p.m., call for dispatcher.(OC)2:53 p.m., call for jailer. (OC)3:16 p.m., call for sheriff. (OC)3:24 p.m., call for jail. (OC)3:41 p.m., 911 test.3:50 p.m., call for jail. (OC)
4 p.m., call for officer. (OC)
4:38 p.m., caller requestingwelfare check. (OC)6:03 p.m., caller needing pagedone. (MA)6:25 p.m., caller requestingpage. (CO)7:10 p.m., caller requesting of-
ficer call them back. (OC)
COURTHOUSE NEWS
Ringgold County Courthousehours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise.Ringgold county now has awebsite at www.ringgoldcounty.us.
• Assessor:
Neil Morgan, 464-3233.
Auditor:
Amanda Waske,464-3239.
Board of Supervisors:
DavidInloes, chairman, Royce Dredgeand Kraig Pennington, members,464-3244.Supervisors meetings are opento the public and are held in the su-pervisors conference room located
on the second floor between theclerk of court and auditor’s office.
On days the board is not sched-
uled to be in office, please directall inquiries to the auditor’s office.
To schedule a meeting time withthe supervisors, contact the audi-
tor’s office.
Regular board meetings are
held on Mondays with official
public notice of the meeting agen-das posted at the Ringgold countycourthouse, Mount Ayr Record-News, Sun Valley Lake and Diago-nal city hall the day before.
Clerk of Court (a state of-
fice):
Jackie Saville,
 
464-3234; fax:
464-2478. Office hours: Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. tonoon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. andTuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. -noon and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The clerk’s office handles ali-
mony and child support payments,
probates, civil and criminal filings,
magistrate’s court and records andservices of adoptions, conservator-ships, court proceedings, divorces,estates, grand jury, guardianships, judgments, juvenile proceedings,mechanic’s liens, mental healthadmissions, petit jury, surety
company certificates, state hospi-tal, traffic violations, trust funds,trusteeships. Certified copies can
be made of above listed records.Court records are also available atwww.iowacourts.gov.
• County ConservationBoard:
Kate Zimmerman, phone:464-2787, email: rangerkate@io-watelecom.net.Please contact for informationon rules and regulations, parks,trail ways, camping, shelter reser-vations, environmental educationand more. Parks are open March
15 - November 15. Walk-in traffic
is allowed year round.
• County Weed Commission-er:
Brenda Adams, 641-344-9629.
Development and Tourism:
Karen Bender, Coordinator, 464-3704. If anyone has any calendarevents, please contact the develop-
ment office at 641-464-3704.
• E-911 Service Board:
MerleWalter, 307 N. Webster St., MountAyr, 464-3311.
Emergency Management
Agency:
Teresa Jackson, Coordi-nator, 109 W. Madison St., Suite105, cell: 641-202-9671; phone:464-3344; fax: 464-0663, email:tjackson@iowatelecom.net. Hours:Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m.The tornado sirens in Mount
Ayr will be tested the first Tuesday
of each month unless there is se-vere weather.
Engineer:
Zach Gunsolley,P.E., 464-3232. 707 South Hender-
son Drive. Office hours: Monday -
Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
General Relief:
Teresa Jack-son, 109 W. Madison St., Suite
105, 464-3344. Office hours: Tues-
day and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon orby appointment. For emergenciescall 641-344-9767.
Recorder:
Karen Schaefer,464-3231. Passport applicationsare taken daily from 8 a.m. - 11
a.m. and noon - 4 p.m. Certified
vital records can be obtained from8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The recorder’s office serves as
a passport agent. Items needed to
apply are: certified copy of birth
contract pay. In addition, any em-ployee with 10 continuous years of service and who has accumulateda minimum of 105 sick days bythe end of the retirement year willbe reimbursed at minimum wagefor the balance of the unused sickdays. Part-time employees willhave their sick day pay proratedto regular working hours. Underthe policy eligible employees mustsubmit their requests on or beforeFebruary 28 of this year.
District study committee
The board formally approvedthe list of members comprisingthis year’s District Study commit-tee. They include Brenda Adams,Stacy Andresen, Joe Drake, PattyEaton, Chris Elwood, Jess Frost,Jodie Geist, David Greene, Chan-telle Jennett, Marcy Bjustrom, Ra-nae Klinkefus, Jeremy Larsen, KimLutrick, Leslie Murphy, JeremyNewton, Angela Reynolds, MarthaRicker, Skip Rushing, Kristi Sack-ett, Duane Schafer, Brandie Shay,Delwyn Showalter, Valle Smith,Alan Smith, Michelle Sobotka,Carroll Taylor, Lynne Wallace,Allison Wallace, Morgan Weeda,Aaron Riley and Matt Poore.
Superintendent’s report
Superintendent Drake dis-
cussed two financial items as part
of his report. First he reviewed thespending reduction plan by whichthe district’s unspent balance re-mains just over $1 million. Herecommended the district keep itsunspent balance authority between$1-1.1 million to cover unfore-seen emergencies or appropriateone-time expenditures. Dependingupon the percentage the state setsfor allowable growth, Drake saidhe could not accurately predict anybudget adjustments for the comingyear to maintain the unspent bal-ance.Drake explained the effect the
allowable growth figure wouldhave on district finances. Drake ex-
plained the district is already com-mitted for an additional $156,976
in certified staff salary and benefits
and another $30,000 and classi-
fied salary staff and benefits for
the 2013-2014 school year. He
said those numbers could fluctu-
ate based upon resignations andthe number of employees signingup for district health insurance. If the state would agree to provide afour percent increase in allowablegrowth, the district would receive$189,208, more than enough tocover the approximate $187,000
in salaries and benefits. On the
other hand, if the state would ap-prove only two percent allowablegrowth, new money coming tothe district would total $115,168,nearly $72,000 short of the sal-
ary/benefit amount. Any shortfall
in new money, Drake said, wouldrequire cuts to the district budget.He recommended not only boardmembers but also all communitymembers contact their legisla-tors to lobby for higher allowablegrowth.Drake also presented his pre-liminary budget for the coming
school year. Again, he cannot fi-nalize the budget figures until state
money is set, but he said he doesnot plan to increase the tax levyfrom its current $16.57 level.Drake also reported districthealth insurance premiums de-creased two percent for the comingyear.
Other business
The board approved a numberof resolutions pertaining to the is-suing of $6,615,000 in general ob-ligation school refunding bonds.The resolutions approved thepaying agent, bond registrar andtransfer agent; the tax exemption
certificate; continuing disclosurecertificate; and authorization of the
issuance of bonds.A request from the 2014 juniorclass parent committee to use thehigh school gym, auditorium andcommons area for prom activi-ties was approved. In addition, theboard approved the committeerequest to use a school vehicle toaccompany buses to Omaha forthe after-prom celebration. Thevehicle would be used in case of the need to return anyone to MountAyr because of illness or otheremergency.The board approved the postingof no parking signs adjacent to thebus loading lane running the lengthof the west side of the high school.Drake said patrons have gotteninto the habit of parking in the laneduring evening events. Vehiclesparked in this lane would preventaccess for emergency vehicles tothat side of the building.
More on school board meeting
 Afton police chief John Coulter and Jake Hubbard explain their roles as incident managers to members of thevolunteers of the Community Emergency Response Team.
Ringgold county’s Commu-nity Emergency Response Team(CERT) consists of 35 volunteerswho are trained to assist local re-sponders in emergency situationsand to inform the public aboutemergency preparedness.At a recent training session,county emergency manager TeresaJackson spoke to the group about
Volunteers receive CERT training
upcoming CPR/first aid training,
water rescue shoreline training andpets in disaster training.Afton police chief John Coulterexplained his role as incidentmanager at the search for a miss-ing Ringgold county woman lastfall. He discussed things that wentwrong as well as the things thatwent right, especially the success-ful location of the woman. Assitantincident manager Jake Hubbardadded his perspective to the inci-dent.Ringgold County Extension di-rector Judy Hensley demonstratedthe importance of teamwork withthe presentation using buttermilk,food coloring and dish soap.
certificate, driver’s license or state
issued ID, two-inch square pass-port photos and passport applica-tion (both available at recorder’s
office) and fees. Allow four to six
weeks from date of application toreceive passport book or card fromthe passport agency. Expeditedservice is available for an addi-tional fee.Individuals with recent namechanges can get their passportbook/card updated without a feewithin one year of issue. Formsmay be obtained at the recorder’s
office. For additional informationcall the recorder’s office or go to
www.travel.state.gov/passport.Avoid a $5 penalty by renew-ing boat registrations by April 30,2013.
Sanitarian:
Ringgold CountyPublic Health Agency, 464-0691.Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to4:30 p.m.
• Public Health Agency:
119 S.Fillmore, 464-0691. Hours: Mon-day - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sheriff:
Mike Sobotka,
 Emer-gency Only 911,
Non-Emergency(Available 24/7) 464-3921 or 464-2911.
 New location at the Ringgold County Law Enforcement Center,801 West South Street.
Hours are8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Road Conditions- dial 511 or online at www.Io-waRoadConditions. org.
Treasurer:
Debbie Cannon,464-3230.Property taxes can be paid on-line at www.iowatreasurers.orgwith Visa, Master Card and Dis-cover credit cards or e-checks.
Payments made in the office may
be with cash, checks or with a Mas-ter Card, Visa or Discover credit ordebit card.All documents conveying realestate need to have the name andaddress of the person to whomthe property tax statement is tobe mailed. Please check renewalnotices and tax statements for thecorrect information. If the infor-mation is wrong, contact the trea-
surer’s office.
Motorists can now renew mo-tor vehicle registrations online atwww.iowatreasurers.org if a re-newal notice is received throughthe United States Postal Service
that contains a personal identifica-
tion number (PIN). Please be awarethat the PIN can only be used one
time. Contact the treasurer’s office
for more information.Those with January birth datesare reminded to register their mo-tor vehicles by February 28, 2013.Bring in the renewal statement re-ceived in the mail so renewals canbe quickly processed.
• Driver’s License Office:
Lo-
cated in the Treasurer’s Office.
Driver’s licenses may be re-newed any time during the period of 30 calendar days before
and 
up to 60 calendar days after thedriver’s birth date.
The driver’s license stationhours are Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30p.m. Phone 464-3230 with ques-tions.
Veterans Affairs:
Gary Smith,464-2397. Mondays and Thurs-days, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8a.m. - noon; Closed Wednesdaysand Fridays. In case of emergency641-464-2397 or 641-202-1199.
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