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May 13, 2015


WCCTA holds
annual meeting

VOL. 125 NO. 19

Updates members on 2014...

The Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) Annual Meeting was held March 17
for the members. Updates on the financials, election of
board members and door prizes were all on the agenda
for the meeting.
Living in rural Iowa is full of many opportunities
to thrive and grow including high-speed service to every section with Fiber to the Home technology. Marcie
Boerner told the members of WCCTA
Officially organized in 1954, the Webster-Calhoun
Cooperative Telephone Association Annual Meeting provides a first hand opportunity for all the members of the
cooperative to elect board members and hear about their
ownership in WCCTA.
This year the Annual Meeting theme was #Rural Is
Cool. The decor for the Annual Meeting and the presentation all focused on the rural communication network of
Attendees heard the financial report provided by Jeff
Naig of Kiesling Associates LLP. General Manager Daryl
Carlson followed with some of the highlights from 2014
along with 2015 and future projects.
It was a very successful year and we are pleased to
be able to present a very positive financial report to our
WCCTA members, stated Daryl Carlson.
WCCTA Annual Meeting continued on page 2...

WCCTA door prize winners....

Congratulations to door prize winners at the Annual Meeting of Members, Corrine Bancroft, Paton, Blooming Plant;
Sam Johnson, Badger, Blooming Plant; Jenny Lane, Gowrie, Blooming Plant; Dan Larson, Vincent, Beef Certificate Basket; Marjorie Wooters, Farnhamville, Gift Basket of Iowa Products from Community Orchard; Julian Swanson, Boxholm
exchange, Gift Basket of Iowa Products from Community Orchard; Dale Insko, Knierim exchange, 24 TV; Irene Van Patten, Farnhavmille, 32 TV; Morgan Fredrickson, Gowrie, 47 TV; Greg Anderson, Gowrie, 55 TV.

Left to right are WCCTA office staff Miste Hansch,

Linda Lawrence, Renee Robertson, Kim Klingson and Lauri McIntire.

Wednesday, May 13
Farnhamville Fire Dept., 7:30 p.m. at the
fire station.
Gowrie Municipal Utilities Board, 5:30 p.m. at the light

Thursday, May 14
Gowrie Parks Board, 6:45 p.m. at the civic
Gowrie Jaycees, 7:30 p.m. at Marvs.
Monday, May 18
Prairie Valley School Board, 6:00 p.m.
Gowrie City Council, 6:45 p.m. at the
community center.
Callender Lions, 7:00 p.m. at the
community center.
Harcourt TOPS, 8:00 a.m. at Faith
Lutheran Church Harcourt.
Tuesday, May 19
Gowrie Library Board, 7:00 p.m.
Gowrie Pool Board, 7:00 p.m. at the library.
To have the date and time of your organizations
meeting listed here,call the Gowrie News at
352-3325 or email us at

Southwest Webster Ambulance receives donation....

The Masons of Rose Lodge #506 of Gowrie held a Chicken Noodle Supper April 10, 2015. The net proceeds of
$692.22 were donated to Southwest Webster Ambulance. Presenting the check are Lyle Barkley, left and Ned Palmer, far
right of the Rose Lodge. Accepting the check in the middle is Terry Towne, Director of Southwest Webster Ambulance.

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May 13, 2015


Garbage Service in Gowrie...

Willison Concerte runs a new sidewalk outside of WCCTA Friday morning.

Dear Editor,
I want to start by saying that Tim and I were quite
humbled by the show of support from the community at
Mondays council meeting.
Before the meeting, Tim and I agreed in prayer that
the truth would be revealed and I believe it was. Although
Tim wasnt allowed to finish his question to the other
hauler about his $11 per house claim, the residents and
business owners were able to conclude on their own that
eventually he would have to raise his prices to meet his
costs. While saying that he could pick up each home at
this costs because he was more efficient, Tim and I would
have been able to dispute this with a simple break down:
These costs are broke down per month and would
only be for the town of Gowrie.
1. Landfill charges approximately $900 (6.5 ton of
garbage at 35.00 per ton)
2. Diesel charges (now 2.70 per gallon) Average
2.8 4 mpg. I will give them the 4 mpg for 176 miles
round trip once per week would equal approximately
$120 (4) $480 per month. Most garbage haulers would
say this is a conservative estimation. As I stated, this price
is for once per week for one garbage truck. Carroll Refuse would have to bring two garbage trucks, one for the
residential garbage and one for the containers at the local
businesses. Tim currently picks commercial accounts up
twice per week. CR would also have to bring a recycling
trailer and large truck to pick up the recycling. Because
I know you can all do the math on those, I will not insult
your intelligence by walking you through each step.
3. The upkeep on a garbage truck can be figured at
approximately $3.00/mile, and again, that is conservative
at best. This would equal $528 per month for one garbage

4. For one employee, if you only paid them $10/F
hour the cost would run $280 per month. Breakdown of
wages: 3 hours in the town, 3 hours of road time, .5 hour2
at landfill.
5. General bonding insurance for one garbageB
truck: $18.00
6. Garbage truck insurance: $400
7. Work comp (one garbage man, rated at 10thF
most dangerous job): $24.00
8. Roll box container investment: $75 per houseC
(their cost)
Keep in mind that I didnt include any taxes in thee
above charges and was considerably conservative with
all costs. Leaving out two trucks, another employee, andt
increased landfill charge for rain and snow. This bringsm
their total costs, just to run the town to, $2715. That
brings their profit margin to a little less than $1.00 perb
week per house. How long do you all think they will beE
able to service Gowrie at this price?
Thank you,
Staci Hansen-Blair - TCB Sanitation


By Gordy Stull

The first half of the track season for the ladiesg
junior high Jags has been a success. The girls have in-a
creased their total points in every meet they have com-
peted in, and continue turning in personal bests.

After a 32 point start and a seventh place finishi
in Ogden to start the season, the girls finished a strongS
third Monday night in Rockwell City, scoring 98 points. p

First place finishes in that meet included Madyp
Jaeschke in the open 400, then teaming up with Shelby
Cummins, Sierra Keller, and Emma Hunter to win thea
shuttle hurdle relay in a school record time of 1:18.69.

The Sprint Medley relay team made up of Cum-c
mins, Kenzie Crampton, Hailey Tuel, and Delany ConradC
also garnered a blue ribbon. Emma Hunter also broughtC
home top honors in the 200 meter hurdles.

The 4x200 meter relay team of Morgan Casten-C
son, Cummins, Laine Nelson, and Conrad nabbed a sec-l
ond place finish. The long jumping duo of Jaschke andK
Cummins finished first and third respectively, and Jaidynn
Rowley and Crampton went second and third in the high

Im very happy with where the girls are at this
point, commented Coach Gordy Stull. The conference
meet is a week away, and I think were in a position to
make a good showing.

The girls finish the season with meets in Manson, Gowrie and the conference tilt in Sac City on May

Jags win invitational,

2nd in TLC Tournament
Still somewhat recovering from the long and tough
Twin Lakes Conference two nights before the Southeast
Valley boys track team was able to muster a 2nd place
team finish at the Jim Yunek relays at Lake City scoring
109 points. South Central Calhoun won the meet with
118 points and IKM - Manning was third with 102 Points.

The Jaguars were able to win 5 events on Thursday night at the meet. Cade King claimed gold in the
110m highs while Shane Promes won gold in the 400m
lows. Cade and Shane also teamed up with Carter Steck
and Jalen Fuss to win the 4 x 110m shuttle hurdle. Freshman Nolan Johnson ran a season best 2:04.00 to win the
800m run while Skylar Warehime won the discus with a
throw of 144 6

A young 4 x 800m relay team of Todd Hamilton,
Patrick Breitsprecher, Brent Nelson and Lucas Pontius
was able to finish 3rd (9:29.93). Also finishing third was
the quartet of Keaton Jondle, Carter Steck, Cade King
and Caleb Hemmestad in the 4 x 100m relay.
Individually finishing third for the Jaguars were Jalen
Fuss and Noah Tucker who ran career PRs in the 110
highs (17.61) and the 1600m run (4:59.73) respectively.

Jalen Fuss high jumps for the Jaguars. Photo by Lisa

Keaton Jondle also finished 3rd in the 200m dash (24.87)

and 4th in the 100m dash (12.39).
Bryce Gustafson (1600m run - 5:07.58) and Carter
Steck (200m dash - 24.99) finished 4th and helped the
Jaguars double up points in those events. Malachi Swanson and Josh Carlson doubled up in the 3200m run finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Improving their season bests in the meet were
Keenan Ferry (discus - 109 9), and Cameron Anderson
(400m lows - 1:03. 68). The Jaguars will use the East Sac
County meet on Monday, May 11th as a final tune-up before their state qualifying meet at Holstein on Thursday,
May 14th.

Junior High Track Girls

continually improve

New Casey's Scheduled to open

Freshman Nolan Johnson ran a season best 2:04.00

to win the 800m run Thursday at South Central Calhoun.
Photo by Lisa Peterson.

The current Gowrie Casey's Store is scheduled

to close on June 3 and the new store located at 3418
Market St. will be opening its doors June 4.

David D. Castenson, 56

David D. Castenson, 56, of Harcourt passed away
Friday, May 8, 2015 at Trinity Regional Medical Center,
Fort Dodge as results from a car accident.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14,
2015 at Southeast Valley Middle School, Burnside with
Rev. Dale Harlow and Rev. Arhiana Shek officiating.
Burial will follow at Lost Grove Township Cemetery,
Harcourt. Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday
at Southeast Valley Middle School, Burnside. Palmer
Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family.
Dave Castenson entered this world on October 5,
1958, the son of Don and Velma Castenson. He attended
Central Webster and graduated in 1977. Dave was a selfemployed farmer who sold seed for Kaltenberg, LG,
eMerge, and Syngenta.

There are no words that can fully capture this man and
the life he led. Dave was a simple, self-less, respectable
man who understood purpose and priorities in life.

For Dave, God came first, family second, followed
by fellowship with others. He was a member of the
Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton and was involved
in church councils and committees. He adored worship
and that feel good feeling he received after hearing The

Dave was a family man; a husband, father, brother
and son. To his family, Dave was the the glue, the rock,
the go-to. He had a calming presence about him and
always had just the right words to soothe frustration or
lighten ones day with a laugh.

He had a way of bonding with anyone and everyone
he met. Dave loved his time spent with others; whether it
was a silly wave from a distance, the warm tight hugs he
gave his family, fist bumps, or the goofy faces hed make
-at children just to see them smile.
Although his humility wouldnt have allowed, one of
his most memorable accomplishments was participating
hin the state basketball tournament in 1976 and 1977. Dave
enjoyed watching his kids play sports, the Cyclones, the
gSimpson Storm, mowing, 100% cotton button up shirts,
playing catch, coaching basketball, dancing, making
ypeople laugh, and his daily coffee dates.
Daves coffee cup along with his outlook on life was
ealways half full.

Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Kristi; his
-children, Kelsey (John) Wolfe, un-born grand-daughter,
dCouncil Bluffs; Renee (Nate Sedlacek) Des Moines,
tCurt, and Morgan, Harcourt. Sister, Barb (Lonny)
Cummins, Fort Dodge, Father and Mother In-law, Paul
and Bev Kehoe, Callender, Brother in law, Steve Kehoe,
-Callender, Pat (Christi) Kehoe, Fort Dodge, Sister in
-law Paula (Karl) Arnold, Norwalk, Brother in law, Mike
dKehoe, Humboldt. Followed by his aunts, uncles, cousins,
nnieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
h Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.


May 13, 2015


Velma June Castenson, 85

Velma June Castenson, 85, of Dayton went to be with
the Lord on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Iowa Methodist
Medical Center, Des Moines as results of a car accident.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14,
2015 at Southeast Valley Middle School, Burnside with
Rev. Dale Harlow and Rev. Arhiana Shek officiating.
Burial will follow at Lost Grove Township Cemetery,
Harcourt. Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday,
May 13, 2015 at Southeast Valley Middle School,
Burnside. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara and her
husband Lonny Cummins of Fort Dodge; daughter-inlaw, Kristi Castenson of Harcourt; six grandchildren;
ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild;
brothers, Virvel (Rosemary) Chase of Pahrump, NV;
Vearl (Marilyn) Chase of Oxnard, CA; Vernon (Merna)
Chase of Lincoln, CA; sisters, Vera Hrabak of Topeka,
KS; and Vivian Jacobson of Basehor, KS.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald;
parents, Elijah and Lillian (Dobson) Chase; son, David
Castenson; brother, Victor Chase and sister, Verna Florea.
Velma Chase was born northeast of Gowrie, Iowa. She
attended grade school at the Clay Township Country
School in Webster County. Velma started high school in
Burnside but then moved with her folks in 1945 to the
Harcourt Lanyon area, graduating from Lanyon High
School in 1948. Velma was baptized and confirmed in
the Harcourt Methodist Church in 1946. She joined the
Harcourt Lutheran Church in 1957, where she married
Donald Castenson at that time. The couple made their
home on the family farm by Harcourt for 26 years before
retiring and moving into the town of Harcourt in 1984.
Donald died in 1991. Velma then moved to Dayton in
2001 and was active in the Dayton Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed reading, doing cross word puzzles, playing
bridge, and doing her daily devotions to God. Love of
God and family were her life.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.


Dayton authors
move to Arizona

David and Diana Satterlee...

Local authors David and Diana Satterlee, of

Dayton recently sold their home and moved to Sierra
Vista, Arizona.

Diana instructed piano for many years and has
published a childrens book. David has self-published
many books and continues to write daily.

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Down Memory Lane

May 13, 2015





Week of May 13th to May 20th

Strike up the band....

On leaving church one Sunday I got into my car and the
radio was broadcasting Garrison Keelers weekly program. I never heard what city they were visiting this
time but was caught up in his conversation with a fellow
who said his band played circus music. I did not get that
mans name nor the name of the band but was brought
back many, many years when they began to play. Too
soon I reached my destination of the restaurant the
girls and I had chosen for our usual Sunday lunch.

Upon starting the car to head for home I heard
that familiar band music again. It did take me back,
back, back to those days I attended the big circus with
my Dad. I could imagine the opening parade with the
girls on horseback and the elephants
Ringling says they are giving up), then the various acts
accompanied by that music. Each piece seemed to enhance the particular act, the clowns and their antics, the
jugglers and various others. Cant you just see and hear?

The band was very quiet during the tense producing atmosphere of the performances of the aerialists,
tight rope walkers, lion tamers, etc. However when those
acts were successfully completed the band would loudly
strike up the appropriate song and the crowd clapped and

The sounds that were coming out of my speakers brought me back home too. Karl Kings band
played a lot of those circus type songs. There was the
blare of the trumpets leading the melody, the tootle of
the clarinets and other reed instruments, the euphonium
(baritone) or trombone taking over the melody and the
tuba or Sousaphone giving the body with its deep keeping of the beat and the horn section (altos, French horns,
mellophones) doing the after beat , giving the perfect
timing. The drums added their fancy rat-a-tats and boom
booms. It was rousing and amazingly I did not try to
keep the beat with either of my feet.

Then came the rush of memories of times past
at Boxholm Consolidated and the summer town band
concerts. I doubt if I could even do the proper pucker on
the mouthpiece of my old mellophone or have enough
lung power to do the pah pahs anymore but I remember.

I could imagine Clair Reynolds and his baritone
and how Miss Bartlett may have chosen those marches
which did feature baritone solos. Lee Jacobson blared

Southeast Valley
Schedule of Events

out many leads on his trumpet. The 1940 picture in

Daves school history book indicates that the favorite
instruments apparently were clarinet or trumpet. Darlene Freeman, Twyla Bakley and Vida Weiner became
quite good on the trumpets in high school but then a
baritone was needed and Darlene became quite adept
on that instrument. Vern Lehman could tootle out some
pretty mean tunes on the clarinet. Many of our numbers featured clarinet solos, especially Clarinet Polka.
The 1940 picture shows Violet Widen as the one playing Sousaphone. I didnt know her very well. Most
of us who were in sixth and seventh grade at the time
stayed with the band. There are always a few drop outs.
Moms and Dads liked for their children to be musicians but then let them drop out when the kids realized
it wasnt really for them when they found other interests. Many of us also participated in the town band
that played on the old bandstand during the summer.
Now, while I remember a lot of things, I cannot remember when the town band ceased to exist. I know it was
before I got into high school. That poor old bandstand
was the venue for some good home town entertainment
for a number of years.

Clair Reynolds, as an adult, was in a polka
band, a very good one. Sorry its name is not among my
instant memories but it seems that Polka was a part of
the name. Somewhere in one of my garage memorabilia bins is an eight track tape (do you remember them?)
I wish I had had it transferred to a cassette and then CD
and then?? I played it a lot on Saturday mornings while
doing my weekly cleaning.
I do remember that when the town band played some
hand clapping, foot stomping polkas, especially if they
featured the clarinet, baritone or trombone, there would
be cheering, whistling and horn honking. We got the
same response when we played the old Sousa or Karl
King pieces, many of which I am sure had been written
as circus songs. Always the favorite, however, were
the polkas. To this day I feel fortunate to come across
good brass band and polka music. I thoroughly enjoy
it. Its hard to find polka CDs these days. I havent
searched the net recently but I know the music still
exists for if you are unable to sleep some nights and do
the TV clicker search you sometimes run across a polka party where they are playing the music and couples
are dancing up a storm. And, you know what? Most are
older couples.
Who remembers the good circus band and polka music? I do. There!! I dated myself again!!

Wednesday, May 13
Senior Scholarship Awards Night -TBD
Thursday, May 14
Preschool Parent Meeting 2015-16
Iowa Bandmaster Convention (May 14-16)
(A) B/G V Track 2A Boys State Qualifying Meet
Friday, May 15
(A) B V Golf 2A SECTIONAL - @ Carroll Golf &
Country Club
4:00 p.m. JH Coed Conference Track @ Sac City
Sunday, May 17
Monday, May 18
(A) G V Golf 3A REGIONAL @ Clarmond
Country Club

Wednesday, May 20
6:00pm PV School Board Mtg
6:30pm SWG School Board Mtg
6:30pm Little Jaguar Booster Club Mtg.

*Schedule is pulled from the SV website for your convenience*
***Schedules are subject to change at anytime***

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Brent and Sheri Monson.
Ron and Lori Prince.

Congratulations to the first graduates

of Southeast Valley High School!

Congratulations to the Southeast Valley High
School graduating class of 2015! This is the first graduating class for the two schools districts (Prairie Valley and
Southeast Webster Grand) who are completing their first
year of whole grade sharing.

This is a special for all the grads to enjoy their
high school friends and family members. Most high
school grads stay relatively close to their hometown in
their early years, while some venture far away. Just remember your roots, your special friends, favorite teachers. The Gowrie-Dayton area will always be your home.

While there is great opportunity for our first
graduating class, there are also major problems. Tuition
and college costs in general have risen sharply the past
10 years, much of it caused by the severe recession that
started in about 2007. Almost all states have experienced budget problems and consequently stated funding
for higher education was reduced. And that resulted in
gigantic tuition increases. Many universities have doubled their tuition rates in the past 10 years or so.

Community colleges remain a good bargain and
we are fortunate to be located so close to Iowa Central
Community College. There are good two year degree
programs that are offered and students can also transfer
credits to four year state universities. Starting a college
education at a community college like ICCC definitely
needs to be considered.

That being said, this is a good time for some
students to do some unconventional things that will help
them achieve their goals. Dont be afraid of considering
some unorthodox methods to attain your goals. Be sure
to consult with your parents, peers, adult mentors, teachers and school counselors. People really want to help you
achieve your goals!

Enjoy these precious moments at graduation.
You will always remember this time and you will always
cherish your high school memories.

Pictured are members who attended the 2015 WCCTA Annual Meeting.

WCCTA Annual Meeting...

continued from front page ...

Board President Alan Jacobson added to the program
as well as announcing the results of the Election of Board
Members. Elected board members included Jim Peterson
for District 1 Gowrie, Alan Jacobson for District 2 Farnhamville and Richard Allen for District 3 Clare.
#RuralIsCool and the story behind the hashtag were
presented by Marcie Boerner, Office Manager at WCCTA. Marcie told the members that it is the best of both
worlds. Living in rural Iowa is full of many opportunities to thrive and grow including high-speed service to

every section with Fiber to the Home technology.

Winners of door prizes that included TVs, gift baskets, gift certificates and blooming plants were Corrine
Bancroft, Sam Johnson, Jenny Lane, Dan Larson, Marjorie Wooters, Julian Swanson, Dale Insko, Irene Van patten, Morgan Fredrickson and Greg Anderson.
The evening ended with members enjoying doughnuts, refreshments and great conversation.

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May 13, 2015


Boys 5th at TLC

Conference Track Meet

Original Engquist Lumber Building...

This is the original Engquist Lumber building which was situated along the railroad tracks. It was later
moved to its current location. Harcourt Engquist Lumber is celebrating its 125th anniversary on June 2.

SV Girls Track Team places 5th at conference

The SV Girls Track Team placed 5th at conference
out of 11 teams. The Distance Med and 4x400 relays
were crowned conference champions and so was Erica
Rittgers in the 800.
Natalie Lambert was 2nd in the 400 hurdles and 3rd
in the 100 hurdles. It took every point the team could
score to get into the top half but the girls pulled it off.
It was a very long night, with two rain delays and
a scoring system problem, so the times were not what
Coach Swieter and the team wanted but the girls hung
it out and finished their last race around 11:30 p.m. and
finished with the 4x400 winning it.
The boys and girls teams got home around 1:30 so it
was a very long day for the athletes.
Varsity Results...

Shot put - Jaiden Ackerson, 33 1/2, 6th; Discus Jaiden Ackerson, 98 9, 5th; High Jump - Cassie Zinnel,
4 4, and Claire Whalen 4 4; 3000m run - Sarah Nahnsen
16:10.17; 4x800m relay - placed 7th it consisted of Micaela Fevold 3:14.59, Emma Graves 3:09.87, Hannah Fiala
3:14.13, and Gina Gillespie 3:08.79; Shuttle Hurdle Relay
- placed 6, 1:21.46 it consisted of Leslie Housken 20.95,
Anna Heatherington 19.87, Kanyon Pepples 18.71, and
Karissa Hiesterman 21.79; 100m run - Tessa Berg 15.90,
and Cassie Zinnel 15.47; Dist. Med - placed 1, 4:30.76 it
consisted of Natalie Lambert 27.20, Josie Breitsprecher
28.87, Angela Dopita 1:04.71, and Erica Rittgers 2:29.52;
400m run - Kanyon Pepples 1:06.20, 6th and Gina Gillespie 1:14.34; 4x200 - 1:59.06, placed 5 it consisted of
Karissa Hiesterman 30.13, Josie Breitsprecher 28.96,
Angela Dopita 28.18, and Nicole Williams 31.44; 100H
- Natalie Lambert 17.02, 3rd, and Leslie Housken 20.13;
800m run - Erica Rittgers 2:34.91, 1st and Hannah Fiala
3:13.96; 400H - Natalie Lambert 1:10.29, 2nd and Kanyon
Pepples 1:16.17, 7th; Sprint Med relay - 2:10.18 it consisted of Anna Heatherington 15:40, Cassie Zinnel 15:10, Kraissa
Hiesterman 29.05, and Nicole Williams 1:10.30; 1500m run
- Emma Graves 6:41.10; 4x100 - 58.58 it consisted of Nicole
Williams 16.18, Tessa Berg 15.88, Karissa Hiesterman 13.05,
and Kanyon Pepples 13.53; 4x400 - 4:20.00 placed 1st it consisted of Natalie Lambert 1:03.41, Josie Breitsprecher 1:04.88,
Angela Dopita 1:06.17, and Erica Rittgers 1:04.81. The team
standings where, 1 Pocahontas Area/LM with 168 points, 2

Karissa Hiesterman shows great determination as she
finishes the 400 hurdles. Photo by Lynn Rittgers.

Besides competing against the normal teams at this

years Twin Lakes Conference track and field meet, the
teams had to battle two lightning delays, technological
issues and dense fog to see who could not only physically
but mentally last the longest and come out on top. It took
7 and a half hours, but Pocahontas Area/LM 117.5 points
had topped Alta-Aurelia by point for this years conference championship. 3rd place Manson NW scored 103
to edge SCCs 102.5 and Southeast Valleys 100 points.

The Jaguars were lead by three individual meet
champions. Spencer Warehime was a double gold medalist winning the 3200m run and the 1600m run and finished 5th in the 800m run. Shane Promes won the 400m
low hurdles with a time of 57.85 and finished 5th in the
110m high hurdles. Skylar Warehime took home runnerup honors in the discus throw with a throw of 138 6.
Cade King was able to claim conference runner-up
honors in the 110m high hurdles running a 16.68. Cade
also claimed a 4th place finish in the 400m low hurdles.
Shane and Cade teamed up with Carter Steck and Jalen
Fuss in the 110m high hurdles to claim a second place finish and season best time of 1:04.11. Shane and Cade also
helped the 4 x 400 to a 4th place finish along with Carter
and Nolan Johnson.
Nolan was able to claim a pair of individual 6th place
finishes in the long jump (18 5) and 400m dash (53.10)
before anchoring the 1600m Medley relay to a second
place finish. He joined Keaton Jondle, Carter Steck and
Cameron Anderson to run a 3:55.13. Keaton and Carter
along with Aaron Swieter and Caleb Hemmestad were
able to run a 47.68 in the 4 x 100m dash to finish 5th.
Jacob DeBaun, Bryce Gustafson, Noah Tucker, and
Malachi Swansons 9:00.51 was good enough for 4th in
the 4 x 800m relay while Zeke Miller, Aaron Swieter,
Tom Nahnsen, and Caleb Hemmestad took 6th in the 4
x 200m relay. Freshman Patrick Breitsprecher stepped
up and ran a season best of 11:20.00 in the 3200m run to
finish 8th and earn a team point.
The Jaguars will conclude the season with their state
qualifying meet at Holstein on Thursday. May 14th and
then the state track meet in Des Moines on May 21st May 23rd.

Nicole Williams runs the open hundred for the Jaguars.
Photo by Lynn Rittgers.

Sioux Central with 130 points, 3 Alta-Aurelia with 94 points, 4

South Central Calhoun with 90 points, 5 Southeast Valley with
67.50 points, 6 East Sac County with 64 points, 7 Manson NW
Webster with 54.75 points, WB-Mallard/TRV with 32 points,
9 Newell-Fonda with 15 points, 10 Storm Lake St. Marys with
12 points, and 11 Graettinger with 9 points.
South Central Calhoun
Varsity Track Results...

Shot put - Jaiden Ackerson, 32 3, 4th; Discus - Jaiden
Ackerson, 97 9.5; High Jump - Cassie Zinnel, 4 4, and
Claire Whalen 4 4; Long Jump - Tessa Berg 12' 1"; Shuttle
Hurdle Relay - placed 5, 1:18.34 it consisted of Leslie Housken
20.51, Anna Heatherington 19.71, Kanyon Pepples
18.30, and Karissa Hiesterman 18.87; 100m run - Tessa
Berg 15.05; Dist. Med placed 1, 4:35.88 it consisted
of Natalie Lambert 27.91,
Josie Breitsprecher 27.67,
Angela Dopita 1:04.50,
and Erica Rittgers 2:35.58;
4x200 - vvv1:58.46, placed
4 it consisted of Karissa Hiesterman 29.88, Cassie Zinnel 29.87, Nicole Williams
30.21, and Kanyon Pepples
28.13; 100H - Natalie Lambert 16.78, 2nd, and Anna
Heatherington 19.96; 200M Leslie Housken 32.17; 400H
- Natalie Lambert 1:08.97,
1st and Kanyon Pepples
1:19.96, 5th; 4x100 - 56.97
placed 4th it consistedof Tessa Berg 14.67, Karissa Hiesterman 14.08, Cassie Zinnel
14.02, and Nicole Williams
14.45; 4x400 - 4:14.28
placed 1st it consisted of
Kanyon Pepples 1:05.12,
Josie Breitsprecher 1:02.66,
Angela Dopita 1:03.98, and
Erica Rittgers 1:01.87.

Malachi Swanson placed in the 3200M run for the
Jaguars Thursday evening at South Central Calhoun. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

May 13, 2015


INS represenative Kent Atha and Daryl Carlson presented the check to Judy Harvey.

WCCTA representative Marcie Boerner presented the check to Candy Bilstad, Colleen Goodwin and Judy Harvey.

WCCTA helps Somers Library purchase computers

Somers Public Library, Somers, Iowa, is the recipient of a charity grant from The Iowa Network Services
and a supporting grant from Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.
The fund raiser by the library used the grants to purchase more computers for the communitys patrons of the
Library Board Members Candy Bilstad and Colleen
Goodwin along with Librarian Judy Harvey proudly accepted the check from Marcie Boerner, Office Manager
with WCCTA.
In a separate ceremony, accepting the check from
INS representative Kent Atha was Judy Harvey, Somers
Public Library Librarian and Daryl Carlson, General
Manager with WCCTA.
It is so important that we are able to provide easy
access to computers for our patrons, states Librarian
Judy Harvey.
The Somers Public Library has been conducting a
funding raising campaign to add new computers for their
patrons to utilize. Librarian Judy Harvey applied for
grants to Iowa Network Services and Webster-Calhoun

Cooperative Telephone Association and was successful in

receiving their financial support.
There are so many times that a computer is required
in our daily lives and we are so proud to be able to provide them in our community, stated Harvey.
The INS Charity Grant Program is offered to more
than 300 communities in Iowa served by 142 rural independent telephone companies. An independent Charity
Grant Committee is responsible for evaluating the applications and establishing awarded dollar amounts awarded
on a quarterly basis. There are no restrictions as to the
type of charity; however, the program must benefit and be
made available to everyone in the community. INS Charity Grant applications are available from Webster-Calhoun
at the office in Gowrie or on the website at http://www.
WCCTA also makes donations to help various projects within their 16 service area communities. The Somers
Public Library fund raiser is an excellent opportunity to
extend the communications services of WCCTA along
with computers for the community.

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seeks parade entrants

Lehigh River Days will be held June 19-21 We are

currently seeking parade entries The parade will be Saturday at 10 a.m. starting on the East Green by the elevator.
There is no entry fee and cash prizes will be awarded. For
further info call Doug at 359-2545 or Dan at 359-2502
Lehigh River Days are seeking flea market vendors
for Saturday. the 20th The flea market will be on the East
Green. There is a $10 setup fee but limited electricity is
available. For further info call Dan at 359-2502

ICCC basketball
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Mindy Swieter and Charlotte True from Security Savings Bank visited the 3rd graders at Prairie Valley and
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Education Foundations annual Teach the Children to Save Day.

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The Iowa Central Mens Basketball program will be

starting a two day a week camp for high school, 9th -12th
grade, boys and girls wanting to improve their individual
skills. The camp will incorporate all the basic fundamentals of the game.
The camp will cost $10 per session and no sign up is
necessary. Each session will run for one hour in length.
Each individual can come one time or as many times as
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May 13, 2015


Bob Dickkut, physical therapist at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, is trained by Laura Hejtmanek in wrapping
the legs of his wife, Carol, which helps treat her lymphedema.

Ryan True, Southeast Valley Senior, shakes Gov.

Brandstads hand at the Thirteenth Annual Governors
Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 26.

SV student recognized
by Gov. Brandstad

Ryan True, a student at Southeast Valley High

School, was recognized by Gov. Terry Brandstad for outstanding academic achievement at the Thirteenth Annual
Governors Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 26 at
Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governors Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association
(IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau
Federation (IFBF), honored 436 high school seniors from
across Iowa.
Iowa Farm Bureau members believe that by investing in our youth and communities, were investing in the
future of Iowa, said IFBF President Craig Hill. We are
so proud to honor such exceptional students and proud to
be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth.
Each high school was invited to select their senior
student or students with the highest academic ranking,
based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite/most influential teacher
and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with
Governor Brandstad.
The principles learned through academic success,
like those learned from participation in education-based
activities, help develop outstanding leaders and citizens,
said IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste. The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau,
along with the great cooperation of the Governors Office
has made this prestigious event possible for many years.
Ninety-eight percent of those recognized also participate in extra-carricular school activities, with more than
80 percent participating in at lease one interscholastic
sports. Nearly 60 percent of the group plan to continue
their education in Iowa.

PV fourth grade
talent show

Prairie Valley Fourth Grade will be presenting a talent show Friday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m.
Mrs. Brandes class and Mrs. Bells class will be performing.
Performers for Mrs. Brandes class are: Elias Field,
Elvis Presley Report; Leon Cook, God Bless the Broken
Road, Rascal Flatts; Haley Posey, Show you, Shawn
Mendez; Anna Martinez, Elizabeth Burger, Ally Grady,
Abby Zoll, and Paytin Dorsey, Lips are Moving Kidz
Bop by Megan Trainer; Drew Corell, Elias Field, Ethan
Ackerson, Ryan Carter, Logan Songer (Mrs. Bells class),
and Teagan Sweeny, Uptown Funk Kidz Bop; and Copper Nuss, Lego Band online.
Performing for Mrs. Bells class are: Nathan Roberts,
Little Einstein Remix; Althea Ball, Girl Almighty by One
Direction; Cecilia Redman, I Really Like You by Carly
Rae Jepsen; Corrie Warner and Jared Cloud, Home Sweet
Home country version; Jaedan Castillo and Max Hollman, Centuries; and Justin Loseke, Eli Johnson, and Shay
Saxton, Shell Shocked, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Lymphedema treatment puts spring

into Lake City womans step
Carol Dickkut and her husband Bob, a physical therapist at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, are active
in their retirement. Carol substitute teaches and Bob fills
in part time at the hospital. Their schedules leave them
lots of time to spend with their family and each other, in
addition to volunteer work, reading, and golf. The funloving pair excitedly plan get-away trips with friends and
Enjoying each moment life has to offer was a lesson
learned after health issues for Carol began. In September 2012, Carol opted to have her ovaries removed as a
preventative measure after discovering she was at high
risk for developing ovarian cancer. At that time, lymph
nodes were also removed. After microscopic testing of
the removed organs, it was revealed that she had stage
2 ovarian cancer. Additionally, after this second ordeal
with cancer, the first occurring in 1984 when a mastectomy was performed after Carol discovered a lump in her
breast, she decided to have her other breast removed in
2013 for preventative measures.
Nearly three months after her chemotherapy ended,
Carol noticed her left foot and ankle was swollen. An

Heather Baird of Duncombe

Baird awarded E.
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The GFWC/Iowa Federation of Womens Club has

awarded Heather Baird of Duncombe the E. Lucille Miller Music Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year
for $1,000. Heather was sponsored by the local GFWC/
Iowa Lehigh Federated Womens Club. She will be attending The University of Iowa.
Heather is a student at Southeast Valley High School,
Gowrie where she has earned the following honors and/
or accomplishments: Honor Roll, all four years; Lettered
in Band and Vocal four years with several awards at contests; Outstanding Soloist award at the State
Jazz Band Festival and was in the musical all four
years of high school.

ultrasound scan was prescribed to check for blood clots.

When none were found, Carol and her oncologist opted
to do nothing and see if the swelling resolved itself. In
2014 she saw her surgical oncologist who, after seeing
the swelling had not reduced, ordered another ultrasound.
Again finding no blood clots, Carol received a prescription for lymphedema treatment.
Lymphedema is defined as swelling that results from
the inability of the lymphatic system to remove water and
protein from the tissues of certain parts of the body. It
can affect the arms, legs, trunk/abdomen, head and neck,
or external genitalia. Lymphedema will continue to progress if it is left untreated, and there is no cure.
Causes of lymphedema include surgery and/or radiation therapy for various cancers, especially with lymph
node removal or damage; infection, trauma, deep vein
thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, heredity, or
parasites (usually in developing countries). In Carols
case, the removal of lymph nodes during her surgery in
2012 is the likely cause.
Laura Hejtmanek, a physical therapist on the team at
SMCH, graduated from Des Moines University in 2006
with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). She began
working at SMCH in 2012 and recently became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) through the Norton
School of Lymphatic Therapy, a member of the North
American Lymphedema Education Association (NALEA). Ive been very excited to begin a lymphedema
treatment program here at SMCH to bring a new level of
specialized care to the area, she says.
Prior to treatment Carol had difficulty finding shoes
that would fit. Her feet and legs felt heavy and the swelling was noticeable. Treatment can help reduce the swelling and maintain swelling reduction. Methods of treatment can include manual lymph drainage, compression
bandaging, skin care, therapeutic exercise, and compression garment fitting. For Carol, treatment meant undergoing daily manual lymph drainage followed by daily
wrapping with compression bandages on her affected
limb by Laura every day for two weeks. The goal was
to reduce the swelling by at least 60 percent and allow
Carol to move on to wearing specially fitted compression
garments all day. At night she wears a custom fitted night
sleeve to help manage the swelling. I feel fortunate that
I sought and received treatment before the condition got
too bad. The best thing about treatment is that I now have
a choice of shoes and a lightness in my step! Maybe Bob
and I can enjoy dancing during our next vacation! Carol
says with a twinkle in her eye.
To learn more about lymphedema treatment at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, please contact Laura
Hejtmanek at 712-464-4244. Stewart Memorial Community Hospital requires all patients coming to physical therapy have a referral from a medical provider. The
State of Iowa does have Direct Access to PT.

Castenson, Harcourt,
dies from Friday wreck

Dave Castenson, Harcourt, died Friday, May 8

in a vehicle accident south of Dayton on Highway 175.
His mother Velma, passed away Saturday, May 9 following the accident. She was the passenger in the vehicle
when they were t-boned by 19 year old Colten Bills.

Criminal charges are pending. The funeral for
David Castenson and Velma Castenson will be held at the
middle school in Burnside Wednesday, May 13.

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The Webster County Board of Supervisors will hold a PUBLIC
HEARING on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 10:30a.m. in the Board of
Supervisors Room, Webster County Courthouse, Fort Dodge, Iowa,
regarding the above caption amendment.
The PUBLIC HEARING will be the first consideration of Amendment
001to Ordinance # 051 as follows:
SECTION 1 PURPOSE. This Ordinance shall designate the County
secondary roadways upon which all-terrain vehicles and off-road utility
vehicles may operate.
3) Reasonable Distance. In order to determine whether a particular
distance of travel on a paved County Roadway is reasonable, the
following factors may be considered: a) the operators starting location;
b) any planned course of travel by the operator and/or any other
individuals the operator is riding with; c) the operators destination; d)
the operators place of residence. The above list is not exhaustive,
other factors may be considered by law enforcement.
SECTION 3 operation oN COUNTY roadways. A registered all-terrain
vehicle or off-road utility vehicle may be operated on unpaved roadways
in Webster County pursuant to the restrictions in this ordinance and
those restrictions imposed by the Iowa Code. An operator otherwise in
compliance with the terms of this Ordinance and any other applicable
ordinance, regulation or laws may operate a registered all-terrain
vehicle or off-road utility vehicle on paved County owned roadways for
a reasonable distance, in order to permit the operator to freely traverse
the Countys system of unpaved secondary roadways without interruption.
Such operation may begin one hour after sunrise and must cease one
hour before sunset.
11) On privately owned land without the express consent of the property
owner. A violation of this section may be prosecuted under Section 7
of this Ordinance below; however, such a violation may also constitute
a violation of Iowa Code Section 716 and may be prosecuted
Copies of the full text of said Ordinance No. 051 are available at the
County Auditor's Office and may be obtained there.
Carol Messerly
Webster County Auditor


The Region V Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA) will hold a public
input meeting on the draft FY 2016-2019 Regional Transportation
Improvement Program (2016-2019 RTIP).

The RTIP is a document produced annually that identifies all
transportation projects member governments of the Region V RPA plan to
implement using federal funds over the next four years. Region V includes
the following counties: Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas,
Webster and Wright and the cities within these counties.

Project funded with regional Surface Transportation Funds or regional
Transportation Alternative funds added to the 2016-2019 RTIP include:
Fort Dodge/Webster County Des Moines River Valley Trail (South
Extension Phase 1) project at $550,000 in FY 2017 and $150,000 in
FY 2018.
Hamilton County Lake Path Trail project at $331,808 in FY 2016.
Humboldt Countys P33 resurfacing project at $1,000,000 in FY 2019.
Wright Countys R33 resurfacing project at $1,600,000 in FY 2019.

The Draft FY 2016-2019 RTIP is available on the MIDAS website or by contacting Shirley Helgevold at MIDAS
Council of Governments, (515) 576-7183 ext. 212 or e-mail at shelgevold@

Written comments should be received by May 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM.
Please submit all written comments to:
Region V Regional Planning Affiliation
602 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Or e-mail to:
May 27, 2015
2:00 PM
MIDAS Building
602 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

If you have any special needs pertaining to this meeting, or have
any questions, please contact Shirley Helgevold, MIDAS Council of
Governments, (515) 576-7183 ext. 212.

A Special Gowrie City Council Meeting
Held on May 6, 2015

A Special Gowrie City Council meeting was held on May 6, 2015
at 6:30 p.m. at the Gowrie Civic/Community Center with Mayor Dave
Stokesbary in the chair and the following Council members answering roll
call: Petersen, Redman, Jackson, Willardson arrived at 6:37 and Harrison
arrived at 7:04.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss subjects that were tabled
at the Regular Council meeting.

Rock for Semi Parking was tabled.

Redman moved to approve $900.00 for a Tool Chest Purchase
second by Jackson. Motion carried by roll-call all ayes.

Employee Raises was Tabled.

Redman moved to approve Dual Membership for the Golf Course
$100.00 for singles and $125.00 for couples. Second by Willardson.
Motion carried-all ayes.

Jeff Strutzenburgs Insurance / wage adjustment was tabled.

Redman moved to donate the $300.00 credit with Digity Radio
Station to GDC for the 4th of July advertisement. Second by Petersen
motion carried-all ayes.

Discussion was held on the lawn mower for the Golf course.

Discussion was held on 4-way stop signs.

Clerks hours were tabled.

Fort Dodge Asphalt Crack and Seal was tabled.

Dave Hoover from Parks Board reported the signs are posted for
garage bids. Bids are due in by May 12th.

Harrison moved to approve the Golf Board Appointments: Vance
Bauer, Doug Johnson, Kathy Carlson, Jason Nelson, Gayle Redman,
Neeley Hanson, and Kevin Black. Second by Willardson, motion carriedall ayes.

Redman moved to adjourn at 7:30 p.m., second by Harrison. Motion
carried-all ayes.
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Jaguar boys golf team wins invite,

takes 2nd in TLC Tournament
Friday May 1, the Jaguar boys golf team hosted their
own invitational at Dayton golf course. The Jags blew
away the six team field with a score of 159, and claimed
the title by 32 shots.
Logan Boerner paced the team with a fine 37. Teammate Keegan Goodwin finished 2nd overall with a 39.
Josh Johnsons 40 earned him a third place finish, and
Conner Conrads 43 brought home the 5th place medal.
Ogden finished second at the invite with a 191. Other
teams competing were Woodward-Granger, GliddenRalston, Sioux Central, and Greene County.

Lady Jaguars
defeated by East Sac

On the following Monday the team traveled to Lakeside in Fort Dodge to play in the 11 team Twin Lakes
Conference tournament. The Jags played very good golf
as a team, but it was not good enough to beat Pocahontas
Area/Laurens-Marathon, who shot a very impressive 309.
The Jags brought home second place in the tournament, but it took the use of a fifth score to break a tie with
East Sac County as both team ended with 319s.
Josh Johnson finished in a three way tie for 6th place
overall to lead the Jags with a 79. Conner Conrad, Keegan
Goodwin, and Spencer Johnson all tied for 9th place with
80s. Logan Boerners 83 then was used to break the tie
with East Sac and give the Jags the 2nd place finish.
The team now looks on to the Kuemper Invite, and
then Sectional play. Great playing Southeast Valley.
Keep it going.

SV at Gowrie vs. East Sac: The Lady Jaguars were

defeated by East Sac County 230-225. Kennedy Gallentine earned runner up medalist honors with 55. Sage Michalski also shot 55, Tiffany Blunk 59 and Abby Anderlik
61. Marydith Barkley carded 62 and Courtney Shirbroun
66. Coach Blunk commented we didnt play as well as
we can. We need to get more consistent. The Lady Jags
are 2-3 in conference play and 4-4 overall.
SEV at Manson vs. Manson and Newell: The Lady
Jags finished 3rd in a conference triangular at Manson.
The Jags shot 225, Manson 211 and Newell 205. Sage
Michalski leds the Jags at 53. Kennedy Gallentine shot
55 and Courtney Shirbroun 58. Marydith Barkley and
Abby Anderlik shot 59 while Tiffany Blunk carded 60.
Coach Blunk commented I know we can play better. A
few of the girls played well so Im optimistic we will put
it together soon.
SEV at Lake Creek Storm Lake Conference Tournament: The Lady Jags finished 7th in 18 hole Conference
play at Storm Lake with a team total 470. Only 4 shots
separated 4th and 7th. The Jags were led by Kennedy
Gallentine at 113. Sage Michalski carded 114, Tiffany
Blunk 119, Abby Anderlik at 124 and Marydith Barkley
133. Coach Blunk commented we played OK but not
what I think we can shoot. We just need all the players
to shoot to their potential. I know we can do it, its just
a matter of when. Hopefully it will be in Regional Play.
We just need to keep working hard at practice and stay
positive. I thought the best we could finish was 4th and
we were very close, only 4 shots.

30 Years Ago, May 22, 1985

The Prairie High School Girls track squad finished
4th in the Twin Lakes Conference Track Meet. The members of the team were, Patsy Pedersen, Brenda Dean,
Jolene Jensen, Karen Sandberg, Carolyn Cronin, Kari
Olson, Helen Hiracheta, Tyra Jaeschke, Sara Warrick,
Kim Fiviker, Michelle Borgen, Kin Hammen, Jori Ekis,
Angel Doster ,Connie Auxier, Janice Hammen, Heather
Swenson, managers,; Rachel Lawrence, Holly Samuelson, Melissa Fisher, Kristi Wells, and Julie Hall. Dave
Lathrop was the girls coach.
F.F.A. members were presented with Honorary
awards at teh Prairie chapters annual banquet. Duane
Nelson, Distinguished Service Award; Jay Anderson,
Overal Top Salesman; Richard Phillips, present the Iowa
FFA Assn. Distinguished Service Award for school administration; Phil Fevod, Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree; Keith Peterson, Star Chapter Agribusiness award,
and David Anderson, Star Chapter Farmer.
The Cedear Vally Community School class of 1985
included, Ryan Moore, Jody Seil, Paige Ulstad, Valorie
Vote, Michele Lusman, Todd Bird, David Kuebler, Angie
Johnson, Ryan Warbis, Richard Goszczynski, Todd Pterson, Brenda Moeller, Marci Henderson, Scott Ryan, Scott
Little, Kane Martens, and Donna Lantz. The principal
was Marvin Ryan and the superintendent was Leland E.
Morrison. The class motto was Do not go where the path
leads. Rathe rgo where these is no path and leave a trail.
Gowrie Swimming Pool season tickets were on sale
for $42.00 for a family and $21.50 for individuals.

20 Years Ago, May 10, 1995

Gowrie was selected as one of the towns to take part
in an Iowa State University study of small town businesses. A team of researchers were in town visiting businesses
and interviewing managers and owners.
Robert Ewing, Farnhamville received his 50-year
membership certificate and pin as a memver of the Masonic Lodge from his brother, Hollis Ewing, also of Farnhamville.
The third annual Celebrate America...Red, White,

Meredith Barkley

and Brass drum and bugle corps contest date was announced and would be held at teh Prairie Valley athletic
complex in Gowrie.
Rev. Steve Ward, son-in-law of Harold and Lois
Lambert or rural Dayton, spoke at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Lanyon on Mothers Day May 14. His
son Ben played the piano for a special music number
with Nathan and Ashleigh reciting from memory the first
Tina Schieuer thanked everyone that attneded her
Spring Open House. The door prize winners were Paulette Green, DeVonne Kopecky, Jodi Tossmanith, Opal
Wright, Lori Jacobson, and Emily Bendickson.
Stephen Dick, son of Mike and Pam Dick, Gowrie
was recognized for being one of 30 students in the to
10% of the freshman class at Buena Vista College. Nathan Niceswanger, son of Alan and Mabel Niceswanger,
Somers, was recognized for being one of the 23 students
in the top 10% of the junior class at Buena Vista College.

American Sniper
by Chris Kyle

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle
recorded the most career sniper kills in United States
military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he
protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth
positions during the Iraq War, called him The Legend;
meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named
him al-Shaitan (the devil) and placed a bounty on his
head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of warincluding the deaths of two
close SEAL teammatesand in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the
strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyles masterful account of his
extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the
great war memoirs of all time.

May 13, 2015


what is going on in other lands across this world where you

do not have the chance to express your feeling or thoughts
with out fearing for your life. Agree or disagree your input
helps me in making decisions on legislation. Please do not
hesitate contacting me just because you think Im not going to agree with you.



Mike Sexton State Represenative

Minute with Mike...

Week 17 is over. We are now one week past our scheduled ending date. We are working very hard to close this
place down so we can go home. If we have a good week
next week and everything falls into place I think we could
be done by the end of the week. But if things get held up
at any point along the way I think it will take at least two
weeks for us to get done. As I try to recall I think the longest I was here when I was in the Senate was about a week
past the ending date. That was just one year. If I remember,
the other years it seems we adjourned right around the ending date.
I want to take this time to tell you I truly enjoy working for you in the Iowa House. I want you to know how
much it means to me that you have entrusted me to represent you in Des Moines. I take this job very seriously and
always try my best to represent the interests of the people
of House District 10. I know there are those of you out
there that do not agree with my political philosophy or the
roll that government plays in our lives. But I will always
listen to you and let you explain your view points even
though at the end, chances are we will have to agree to
disagree. But that is what representative government is all
about and I think we are lucky to have it. When you look at

I want to start out this news later with the Eminent Domain bill SSB 1276. The Dakota Access Pipeline (Bakken
Pipeline) cuts right down the middle of Calhoun County.
I want all land owners to please do not throw in the towel
and sign papers thinking there is nothing you can do. This
is not a done deal. We are working on legislation that will
protect property rights. The bill requires that 75% of the
affected land owners would have to sign easements before
they can use the eminent domain process. Im working on
adding an amendment that would require the line to go under your existing tile lines and also give land owners legal
protection if there ever was a break in the line and the oil
followed your drainage lines to a water source. Please tell
your neighbors not to give up. Also please contact me if
they are using strong arm tactics to get you to sign their
State Revenue
Projected Ending Balance at the end of FY 2015 on
June 30: $420 million
Current Cash Reserve: $522.2 million
Current Economic Emergency Fund: $174.1 million
FY 2015 Revenue Estimate: $6.767 billion
FY 2015 Actual Spending Amount: $6.994 billion
FY 2016 On-Going Revenue Estimate: $7.175 billion
FY 2016 New Revenue: $180.9 million (2.6%)
According the non-partisan LSA, actual state revenue
growth is 2.6%, not 6%. In actual dollars, growth is $180.9
million, not $408.1 million. According to LSA the $408.1
million figure represents the growth between estimates not
the growth between actual spending and the FY 2016 estimate.
According to the non-partisan LSA, actual state spending last year was $6.995 billion. The new revenue estimate
is $7.175 billion. The difference is 2.6% or $180.9 million.
It is simple math.
Some folks down here insist there is 6% growth or
$408.1 million. They are ignoring actual state spending
in doing so. They take the latest estimate on final FY 15
revenue ($6.767 billion) and subtract it from the latest estimate on FY 16 revenue ($7.175 billion). The difference is
6% or $408.1 million. But those numbers are irrelevant as
long as actual spending is higher than the estimate.
School Funding
The first bill House Republicans approved in 2015


was school funding. This could have been solved in February. Schools are getting the first bite of the apple when
it comes to state spending. The problem is the apple, due
to falling revenues, is not as big as many had hoped. Other
important responsibilities such as funding Medicaid, economic development and public safety still have to receive
funding in addition to education.
The House position continues the legislatures trend of
providing significant increases to the states K-12 system,
bringing the 5 year total increase to over $570 million, a
nearly 22% increase.
According to the Department of Educations Allocation Summary documents, Iowa will spend $10,231 per
student in FY 15. That means in a classroom of 20, Iowa
spends just over $200,000.
Because we need to get this issue settled before we
can get out of here. There are talks going on to keep the
Supplemental State Aid at 1.25% but then to add some one
time money to that to reach a compromise. This will be
much like what the legislature did two years ago. But I
want all of you to know that we will be taking this additional money out of the ending balance. This will be the
same place we will take the money that may be needed to
help with the cost for the Avian Flu Pandemic. This cost
could very easily be in the hundreds of millions. So if we
have a bad financial year in Iowa and we spend all of the
ending balance we could show up next year and have to do
an across the board cut to balance the budget. I just want
you all to know that.
For those of you receiving this news letter if you have
friends that you think would enjoy it please forward this
on to them so they can receive these newsletters as well, I
would appreciate hearing from them too.
Back at home in District 10
The big news is that I was able to finish planting corn
Sunday night before I had to head back to Des Moines on
Monday. That was a big load off of my shoulders.
If you should want to look up any of the Bills mentioned in my newsletter:
Go to the following link:
In the box titled BILLS / Quick Search, enter the
Bill Number Ex. HF490 for the Anti-Bullying bill and
click on GO
Sometimes the bills can be difficult to read but there
usually is a summary statement near the end of the bill.
Thanks for your time and please keep me and my family in your prayers,
Mike Sexton
Iowa Representative District 10
712-830-3960 cell





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May 13, 2015


Kensington Club met

Tuesday May 5, 2015

Kensington Club members met on Cinco de Mayo at

Mulligans in Gowrie.
The guest speaker was Marcie Boerner, office manager at Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association. She spoke to the group about media communication. Co-hostesses for the month were Maureen Rittgers
and Andrea Kuhn.

SV High School students performed for Gowrie UMC. Pictured left to right in the front row are Ebony Scott, Vanessa Scott, Megan Seil, Mueeze Al Mushabbir, and Roslyn Redman. Pictured left to right in the back row are Mrs. Hanna,
Allison Carlon, Hannah Peterson, Ramona Thompson, Danielle Border, Daniel Johnson, and Mr. Louis. Photo by Amanda

Southeast Valley students perform for Gowrie UMW

By Amanda DeVries

Thursday, May 7, nine Southeast Valley students

performed for the Gowrie United Methodist Womens
meeting. Performances included Daniel Johnson with
his improvisation act, Mueeze Al Mushabbir, with his
speech, Nicole Williams and Roslyn Redman each doing
solos, and the saxaphone choirs performing.

They were accompanied by Mrs. Hanna, Mr.
Louis, and Danielle Border who is currently a Student
Teacher attending Luther College and will be the new
Middle School Band Instructor starting this fall for
Southeast Valley.

The Gowrie UMW meeting took place after the
performance with a dessert of angel food cake, strawberries and ice cream at the end.

Co-hostesses of Kensington and guest speaker Standing from left to right are Maureen Rittgers, Marcie Boerner,
and Andrea Kuhn.


Great accomplishments are the
result of hard work. The kind of
work that every student puts in.
POET Biorefining Gowrie
congratulates the seniors
at Southeast Valley
High School.


Bakken Oil debacle...

I am certain
that no one in this town
or county has spent more
time researching: Energy
Transfer Partners, Kelsey
Warren, Pipeliners Union
Local 798,the Bakken oil
fields, this particular type
of crude oil, tax implications, etc., than I have. I
attended the first Dakota
Access Meeting in Fort
Madison and asked public
Now, with eminent
domain legislation (Iowa
House Bill 247 and Iowa
Senate Bill 1276) headed
for a showdown, its time
to wake up if you care
at all about your generation farms. Ive done way
more than my share: its
time to contact Kraayenbrink, Sexton, and Bobby
Kaufman one of the subcommittee leaders. Their
emails follow: (
( mike.sexton@legis.iowa.
gov.) (bobby.kaufman@ ).
Disclaimer: I dont
know everything possible
about this issue but I am
open to questions and discussion. I am NOT open to
blather or uninformed vitriol because I passed that
threshold a long time ago.
Linda Sorenson
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