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December 21, 2016


VOL. 126 NO. 51

Gowrie Development
Commission Holiday
Lighting Contest
Winners Announced

The Gowrie Development Commission Holiday Lighting Contest judging was on Sunday, December

There were three categories again this year, each
with 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners.

Winners for the Religious category were first
place Shawn and JoAnn Anderson at 1209 Riddle St.;
second place Dave and Annette Kruse at 1107 3rd St. and
thrid place Travis and Bethany Nuss at 1002 Sunset Dr.;

Winners of the Novelty category were first place
Dale and Kay Miller at 801 Market St.; second place Jim
and DeeDee Hunter1at 404 Park St.; and third place Pete
and Cheryl Jorgensen1011 Country Road.

Winners of the Best use of lights category were
first place Kenny and Sue Smith at 1311 Pleasant St.;
Second place Randy and Staci Halligan at 1002 SunriseDr..; and third place Brian and Aimee Jackson at 1413
Park St.

Holiday Lighting Contest

continued on page 3...

Pictured from left to right are Dean Erb, Gowrie Community Foundation; Daryl Promes, Greg Benson and Chad
Loseke with the Gowrie Volunteer Fire Department; along with Phillip DeCastro, Gowrie Development Commission President; and Randy Kulhman, Fort Dodge Community Foundation.

Community Fund Donates to Gowrie

Volunteer Fire Department
$18,200 grant received...

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation has
made a grant to the Gowrie Community Foundation Fund

permit requiring equipment. Concrete Machinery Inc.

of Iowa was nominated for the Iowa Venture Award by
Midland Power Cooperative.

The Iowa Venture Awards Luncheon provides
a forum to celebrate the courage, contribution, innovation responsibility and vision of Iowa entrepreneurs,
said IADG President Rand Fisher. IADG, on behalf of
our sponsors, is proud to recognize these seven outstanding companies for their contribution to their community,
region and state.

Five additional businesses were recognized with
an Iowa Venture Award for their significant contributions
in diversifying and strengthening Iowas economy.

These 2016 Iowa Venture Award recipients in-

of $18,200. The Gowrie Development Commission then

donated these funds to the Gowrie Fire Station Fund.

This $18,000 grant was received by the Fort
Dodge Community Foundation from the Grow Greene
County Gaming Corporation, which has made a commitment to provide charitable support to counties contiguous to Greene County. The purpose of these funds is to
enhance the quality of life in these counties.

Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, the
local non-profit license holder for the Wild Rose Casino
in Jefferson, has developed operational plans for distribution of casino grant funds. Under the agreement between
Wild Rose and Grow Greene, five percent of the adjusted
gaming revenue from the new casino in Jefferson will go
to Grow Greene County to distribute to worthwhile civic
organizations and projects. Up to $270,000 each year is
expected to be designated for organizations in the six
counties contiguous to Greene County, in keeping with
the agreement. Grow Greene County works with the
community foundations of the six counties for the distribution. Its a unique arrangement in Iowa no other
casino agreement explicitly provides for sharing grant
money with neighboring counties.

Randy Kuhlman, C.E.O. of the Fort Dodge
Community Foundation stated: When we received the
Grow Greene County grant, our board wanted to use these
funds to support an important project in the southern part
of Webster County. When we learned about the Gowrie
Fire Station project, it was unanimous that this was the
project to support.

Kuhlman went on to say, Public safety is a
crucial concern of all Iowa communities. Having a good
and effective volunteer fire department is very important
to the health and viability of smaller Iowa communities
like Gowrie. This important project has received amazing
support from the Gowrie community, so this is a fantastic
way to use these grant dollars in support of such a significant project.

Kuhlman contacted Kevin Black to discuss the
grant and to use the Gowrie Community Foundation fund
as the vehicle to make it happen. The grant was used as an
incentive to match other contributions to the Fire Station

The Gowrie Community Foundation fund was
established in 2015 by the Gowrie Development Com-

Concrete Machinery continued on page 3...

Fire Dept. donation continued on page 5 ....

nt and Webster Street
At the corner of Pleasa

is presented
beautiful light display

Concrete Machinery, Paton, honored;

employs 40, expects to hire more staff
WCCTA serves new expanding plant. . .

Concrete Machinery Inc. of Iowa is being recognized for their new 185,000 sq. ft. facility, located on a 42
acre site, in Paton, Iowa. Concrete Manufacturing already
employs 40 people, expecting to reach 60 soon.

The company will ultimately produce over 17
pieces of cement road construction equipment, including
road mills, slip form pavers, compactors, and portable
and stationary mixing equipment. Many pieces of equipment weigh as much as 14 tons, and can cost upwards of
$1 million per unit.

With this new facility, and their former facility
(Bauer Built, Mfg. Inc., sold to John Deere,) Paton, Iowa
now boasts over 500,000 sq. ft. of world leading manufacturing space. The Bauers have also started a restaurant, gas and convenience store, and a trucking company
specializing in the shipping and delivery of oversized,

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Farnhamville Lunch Bunch childrens

group plans annual Christmas program
Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5:45...

The Lunch Bunch childrens group will present
its annual Christmas program on Wednesday, December

Zion Lutheran Church

Christmas Morning Worship
Sunday, December 25. . .

21st at 5:45 PM at the Farnhamville First United Church.

The group has been practicing to portray the
most exciting story ever, the birth of Jesus. Everyone
is welcome to attend and stay for supper and fellowship
following the presentation.

The children shared songs from the program
with residents of the Gowrie Care Center on December

It Pays to Advertise!

Wednesday, December 21 Youth Bells will

meet at 4 p.m. confirmation Class will begin at 7 p.m.
Zion WEBS will begin at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion will begin at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 25 Christmas Morning Worship will begin at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, December 27 Church Council Meeting
will begin at 7 p.m.

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1136 Market St., Gowrie

Stewart Memorial
Community Hospital

serving the
communities of

Gowrie, Lake View,

Rockwell City,
and Lake City

Attorneys and
Counselors at Law
1004 Market St., Gowrie

Ph. 515-352-3111

Gowrie Tire
& Service
Tom Larson and
Ryan Larson

Ph. 352-3525


Monument Works

Creators of
Distinctive Memorials

1016 E. Lincolnway
Jefferson, IA 50129
515-386-2652 - 800-397-9344
Stewart Memorial
Community Hospital

McCrary-Rost Clinic

Ph. 352-3867

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1800 Main Gowrie, IA 50543


December 21, 2016


Concrete Machinery...
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clude: Bratney Companies of Marshalltown; Christensen
Farms & Feedlots, Inc. of Garner; Great Lakes Communication Corp. of Spencer; Maassen Dairy Farms of
Maurice; and Mogler Farms/Pig Hill West of Alvord.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship,
Bill Northey, assisted in presenting the Iowa Venture
Awards and honoring the Iowa companies and their leaders.

The 2016 Outstanding Business of the Year
Iowa Venture Award was presented to Iowa Fertilizer,
located in rural Lee County, near Wever, Iowa. Iowa
Fertilizer is historic in many ways, including being the
states largest single-site construction project spanning
500 acres with capital investment of $2 billion.

This is the first greenfield nitrogen fertilizer facility constructed in the United States in 30 years. The
plant is expected to deliver 1.5 to two million metric tons
of fertilizer products annually to farmers in Iowa and the

During construction, Iowa Fertilizer utilized
more than 3,000 construction workers and created more
than 700 ancillary jobs that helped revitalize the economy of the surrounding region. It is expected that the number of permanent employees will exceed 200 and have
a lasting positive impact on the region. Iowa Fertilizer
was nominated for a Venture Award by Access Energy


For 29 years, IADG has presented Iowa Venture
Awards to individuals and organizations, both large and
small, in recognition of their significant contributions to
Iowa's economy through entrepreneurial leadership, innovation and the creation of job opportunities.

History has demonstrated that these are among
the most accomplished and successful companies in the
state. Together they are helping to sustain and grow Iowas economy. The Iowa Venture Award Hall of Fame
showcasing these 248 companies can be found at http://

IADG is the business and community development leader for Iowas rural electric cooperatives,
municipal utilities and independent telecommunication
companies. Since 1985, the Powerful Partnerships and
economic development efforts of IADG and their sponsors have assisted with more than 2,000 projects, generating in excess of $10.15 billion of capital investment and
over 51,500 new or retained jobs for Iowa.

"It was exciting to note that this year all the
award winners were serviced by local Rural Electric Cooperatives and Independent Telephone Companies," said
Marcie Boerner, Office Manager WCCTA. "We're very
happy to see the Bauer family continue to reinvest in the
Paton community."

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is located at 1106 Beek Street, Gowrie, IA
50543. It has a Fiber driven network and provides landline telephone, Internet and digital television service to

the Iowa communities of Gowrie, Pilot Mound, Vincent,

Thor, Churdan, Knierim, Somers, Barnum, Duncombe,
Farnhamville, Badger, Clare, Moorland, Boxholm, and

Card of Thanks!

Special thanks to the
Angle Tree Committees at SWG and
PV schools, the WEBS at Zion Lutheran
Church, Holy Trinity Church in
Farnhamville and everyone who bought
gifts and donated their time to help make
the children in our communities
have a very Merry Christmas!
Security Savings Bank

Card of Thanks!

Thanks to everyone that
helped me celebrate my Birthday and so
sorry for the ones that took the bug home
with them, my prayers have
been with all of you!
Melvin Seil

50 Years Ago...

The colorful outdoor illuminated Christmas

display at the Edwin Dean residence won first place in
the Christmas Lighting contest sponsored here jointly by
the Gowrie commercial club and the Gowrie Municipal
Utilities. The first place exhibit was awarded $50 in cash,
while prizes of $30 and $20 went to Rex Van Vleet and
Jack Shaw for second and third places. The winning display featured a group of carolers under a stained-glass
window, Santa and his reindeer, Evergreen roping and
lights also encircled the picture window and entrance to
the home, and during the evenings organ music featuring
Christmas carols flowed out from a loudspeaker to greet

A Christmas Day Family gathering was held
in the Emma Nelson home. Those who attended were Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Nelson and Bruce of Ft. Dodge; Mr. and
Mrs. Franklin Larson of Burnside; Judy Larson of Des
Moines; Mr. and Mrs. David Kling and Bob, Mr. and Mrs.
Lloyd Nelson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elery Engstrom
and family, Emma and Kenneth Nelson, all of Harcourt,
and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Elkin and Steve of Cresco.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Rohden and Debbie of
Des Moines were holiday visitors in the Charles Peterson

A Christmas Eve Dinner party was held in
the Lawrence Engquist home. Those who attended were
Mr. and Mrs. Don Engquist and children, Mary Jean and
Jimmy, Michael Engquist of Ames and Mr. and Mrs. Bob
Engquist and Scott.

Holiday visitors in the Marlin Hade home were
Mr. and Mrs. Don Hauglie and family of St. Joe, Mr., and
Mr. and Mrs. Reynold Hade and family of Ft. Dodge.

A Christmas Eve Dinner and gift exchange
was held in the Ted Swanson home. Those who shared in
the event were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sandeen and children, Kathy and Steven, of Callender, and Mr. and Mrs.
Bob Swanson and children, Sharon and Doug.

Acting - Corporal Gary Wiklander arrived
Thursday to spend Christmas here with his wife, the former Nancy Rasmussen, and with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Kenton Wiklander. He returned Monday to Camp
Polk, Louisiana, where he is undergoing warrant officer
flight training.

A New Years Eve square dance will be held
by the Town and Country Twirlers Friday night, December 31, at the Callender school gymnasium.

Dancing will begin at 9:00 p.m. with Mickey
Thomas of Osceola doing he calling Members are asked
to bring two dozen cookies.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Johnson and family and
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Johnson and Lori were Christmas
Eve guests with Mrs. Mildred Johnson.

40 Years Ago...

Three Gowrie girls sold 126 boxes of candy

each to win honors as the top sales girls in the annual
Campfire Girls Candy sales here.

They were Debbie Patton, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Harley Patton; Cindy Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Gary Schmidt, and Patsy Pedersen, whose parents
are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pedersen.

Both Debbie and Cindy are 4th grade Campfire Girls, while Patsy is a Bluebird 2nd grader. All three

earned $40 toward summer camp as well as a Campfire

Girls mascot and pillow.

The 4th grade group under the leadership of
Almeda Gordon was first among all groups, selling a total of 412 boxes of candy. Second place went to Dorothy
Bankens 2nd graders who sold a total of 370 boxes.

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Piltingsrud and Kathy,
Miss Darlene Piltingsrud of Perry and Neil Piltingsrud
of Minneapolis were Christmas Day dinner guests in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Smith at Fort Dodge.

Christmas Day Dinner guests in the home of
Mrs. Viola Lowry were Mr. and Mrs. Dale Reichert of
Emmetsburg, Mr. Samuel Evanson, Mrs. Marie Cochran
and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Evanson, all of Fort Dodge.
Other guest were Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Bryson of Fort
Dodge and Mr. and Mrs. Valden Nerhus of Badger.

Guests on Christmas Day in the home of
Mrs. Mae Larson and Mrs. Gwen Bailey were Mr. and
Mrs. Walt Petersen, Carl and Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Jorgensen, Kris and Mike and Mrs. Mattie Brundage,
all of Callender; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Petersen, Spokane,
Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Swanson and Jason,
Highland Park, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. William Alford,
Amu and Susan, Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. jack Fritts,
Cedar Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Bailey, Gowrie, Mr.
and Mrs. Ernie Alford, Fargo, North Dakota, and Mr. and
Mrs. Bruce Oren, Kirby and Scott, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd L. Sundell will celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House
Sunday, January 4, 1976 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boxholm.

Hosting the event will be the Sundells four
children and families: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Scheetz (Gwen),
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Stark (Donna), Mr. and Mrs. Junior
Sundell and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sundell. There are 8

Emma Peterson and Cloyd Sundell were married Jan. 1, 1926 with Rev. Joseph A. Anderson of the
Lutheran church, performing the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hicks, Sherri, Diane and
Patti were among the Saturday dinner guests in the Mrs.
Walter Jacobson home at Jefferson.

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Wednesday, Dec 21 - Crunchy Pollock, Baked Potato, Spinach au gratin,
Carrot Cake, Mandarin Oranges
Thursday, Dec 22 - Salisbury Ground Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Peaches, OJ
Friday, Dec 23 - Autumn Chicken, Creamed Asparagus, Quinoa, Plums,
WW Roll
Monday, Dec 26 - Turkey Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Pumpkin
Tuesday, Dec 27 - Beef Stew, Coleslaw, Crunchy Cranberry Salad, WW Roll,
Wednesday, Dec 28 - Crab Cake, Roasted Potatoes, Creamed Peas, Bananas
& Oranges, Grape Juice

December 21, 2016

In The Spirit
Of The Season..

Wed like to extend our sincere appreciation

to our many valued customers.
Without your support we wouldnt be a part of
this wonderful community nor have the opportunity
to wish every one of you a happy, healthy and
memorable holiday season.

State Bank
Your Full Service Bank


Southeast Valley High School teachers

attend Professional Development
By Tamara Hanson, Leadership Coordinator

On December 7, 2016, Southeast Valley students were released early so the teachers at all sites could
attend professional development. At the high school,
teachers attended two sessions on the topics of student
engagement and technology and were given time to meet
with their Professional Learning Communities (PLC).

One of the districts goals is to improve student
collaboration and engagement in higher order thinking
skills. This goal was developed by the joint School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) in conjunction
with school board members and administration.

For the past year and a half, district schools
have been exploring student engagement and use of higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, critical thinking,
problem solving, strategizing, and synthesis, through the
Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI).

The IPI process, developed by Jerry Valentine
of the University of Missouri, involves trained teachers
visiting the classrooms of colleagues and collecting data
to reflect the activity in which the students are engaged.
This data is then compiled and shared with staff to inform
practice and spark discussion.

The high school staff spent time on the 7th
exploring and discussing the data from their recent collection. The data shows a 3% increase in students and
groups involved in higher order/deeper thinking when
compared to the first collection in October of 2015. In
addition, teachers feel they are benefiting from the opportunity to go into each others classes to observe new
and different teaching strategies.

In an effort to involve all staff in this benefit,
a goal was put in place to share out strategies to elicit
higher order and deeper thinking in the classroom at least
one time a week at high school staff meetings throughout
the rest of the school year. The IPI process takes place
in a 3-year cycle, in which the district is about half way
through. There will be continued follow-up and discussion for the high school staff after each of the next two
collections in the 2016-2017 school year.

Another district goal focuses on digital literacy.
The high school is supporting the development of digital
literacy through the building goal of increasing teacher
use of technology from emerging to beginning for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity as measured by the Clarity survey which has been administered for the past two years and will be administered
again in the Spring of 2017.

Professional development was designed to train
teachers in the use of Google Classroom and Google
Forms, which are both part of the G Suite for Education
platform used by the district.

Travis Nuss led a hands-on workshop on how to
set up and utilize Google Classroom, which is a blended
learning platform for schools that allows teachers to create, distribute, and grade assignments in a paperless way.

The Spirit Is Building!

Wednesday, Dec 21
Prairie Valley School Board, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 26
Harcourt TOPS, 8:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran
Church Harcourt.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Farnhamville Senior Citizens (cards), '
1:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Wednesday, Dec. 28
Farnhamville Fire Dept., 7:30 p.m. at the
fire station.
To have the date and time of your organizations meeting listed here,
call the Gowrie News at 352-3325 or email us at gnews@wccta.net

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Of all the big and

little jobs we do, our
favorite is giving
thanks to you.
Merry Christmas!


Ron Roper - 515-352-5282

Devon Walker led a separate workshop demonstrating

how to create graded tests and quizzes using Google
Forms, a survey tool. Both experiences gave staff members useful skills to build their practice and support digital literacy in an ever-changing technological world.

The skills and knowledge gained at this months
professional development will be revisited throughout
the school year and further developed on future in-service

Des Moines Register

named Jaeschke 1st
Team All State WR

Congratulations to Dakota Jaeschke on making
the Des Moines Register 1st Team All State as a Wide

Coach Swieter said he is very happy for Dakota
to make this list because there is only a 1st team offense
and a 1st team defense so this is a very big honor and well
deserved achievement.

Gowrie Garbage will be

as usual during holidays

The garbage will be picked up on Monday,
December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017 as usual during
these next couple weeks.

Late muzzleloader season begins

now in Webster County, Iowa

Iowas late muzzleloader deer season begins Dec. 19, which is the final season
that any-deer licenses are available.

Nearly 30,000 hunters participated in the late muzzleloader season in 2015 and
the DNR expects similar numbers again this year. Archery season also re-opens on Dec.
19 so bow hunters with unfilled tags will likely be heading back to their tree stands as

Hunters are required to wear blaze orange during the late muzzleloader season
but party hunting is not allowed.

If hunters are seeing fewer deer where they
hunt they may want to refrain from harvesting extra does. Hunters should
check with landowners to
see if deer numbers are
at an acceptable level and
tailor their harvest accordingly.

Hunters are reminded to report their
harvest within 24 hours of
recovering their deer. This
information is an important
part of the data needed to
manage Iowas deer herd.

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needs to be
submitted by
Fridays @ Noon!!


Southeast Valley
Schedule of Events

Week of Dec 21st to Dec 28th
e Wednesday, Dec 21
- 6:30 p.m. SWG & PV Joint School Board Mtg. @
s 6:30 p.m. PV Regular School Board meeting
t Thursday, Dec 22
e 4:00 p.m. JH Girls Basketball vs. SCC
4:00 p.m. JH Boys Basketball @ Rockwell City
7:00 p.m. FFA Winter Dance
Friday, Dec 23
Early Dismissal @ 1:20PM
PVES - NO PM Preschool
Monday, Dec 26
NO SCHOOL - Dec 26 thru Jan 2 - Winter Break
Tuesday, Dec 27
NO SCHOOL - Dec 26 thru Jan 2 - Winter Break
Wednesday, Dec 28
NO SCHOOL - Dec 26 thru Jan 2 - Winter Break
*Schedule is pulled from the SV website for your convenience*
***Schedules are subject to change at anytime***

Gowrie Fire Dept. donation

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mission as a means for citizens to support projects and
programs in the Gowrie community. Community-minded
citizens can donate to this tax deductible fund and can
specify how they want their donation used or they can
make the donation unrestricted and allow the Gowrie Development Commission decide how to use the funds in
the most impactful way. The Gowrie Community Foundation Fund is affiliated with the Fort Dodge Community Foundation. All of the funds invested in the Gowrie
Community Foundation Fund are used to enhance the
quality of life in Gowrie. For more information on the
Gowrie Community Fund, the public can contact Dean
Erb in Gowrie or contact Randy Kuhlman with the Fort
Dodge Community Foundation (515-573-3171).

Holiday lighting contest

continued from front page....

Honorable Mention goes to Landus Cooperative
for the star and green and red lights on top of the grain

The Gowrie Development Commission would
like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank the
gracious and anonymous judges for taking time to judge
all the wonderful lighting displays around town!

The judges said it was a hard task as there were
so many fabulous designs!

The winners will each receive Gowrie Bucks
that can be used at any business in Gowrie.

Funds for the Lighting Contest were sponsored
by Gowrie Development Commission and Gowrie Municipal Utilities.





Janice Birkland, Bartley Black
Matt Carstens, Shanda Donahe
Kendall Sandgren, Amy Jaeschke
Angie Sandberg
Breck Imhoff, Ellie Nolte
Dianna Birkland, Frank Morgan
Leola Mundt
Danny Trott
Eula Mae Clutter, Mike Ewing
Jodi Kopecky, Kendall Seil
Sarah Erritt
Harley Ball, Mike Reutzel,
Kendall Shaw

22 - Dec Morry and Betty Brain.
27 - Dec Steve and Jan Carlson

Down Memory Lane

December 21, 2016


How will you spend Christmas?

Where will you be spending or where did you
spend Christmas this year? If you are like me, when growing
up Christmases were pretty traditional and celebrated pretty
much the same each year and in the same surroundings.

When smaller I remember getting up on Christmas
morning and Santa had been to my house and I had slept
through that visit. The stocking was one of my little long winter brown cotton ones and it had a peppermint stick of candy,
maybe a big apple or orange and some peanuts in the shell.
These were depression times and pretty much the same for
the haves and have nots. There was usually just one big
gift from Santa but it was always great. The year I got the big
baby doll I named her Yvonne for one of the Dionne quintuplets. When we travelled to Winterset to be with an aunt and
uncle and family Yvonne went along wrapped in one of my
old baby blankets Mom had saved. When we walked in my
Aunt looked surprised and exclaimed, I thought for a minute you had a real baby! Other years we went to Grandma
Downs and most of the Downs kids and families showed
up bringing their pots of good food and baked goods.

When we moved to Boxholm Christmases were
held with my aunt, uncle and cousin on Christmas Eve, especially after Santa quit bringing me gifts (though strangely
there was still some small item from him for my cousin and
me). Sometimes on Christmas Day Moms Marshalltown
relatives would come to either our house or my aunt and
uncles and occasionally we would go over there. The St.
Charles treks were usually made a week before or a week after on a weekend since all the Downs siblings families were
growing. This continued as long as my Grandma was alive.

Strangely, all we cousins liked these gatherings
and really had always accepted that we did not get Christmas or birthday gifts from Grandma. I remember Dad saying
Christmas was when he and his six brothers and sisters got
their new winter underwear and socks.

Eventually all we cousins made it to adulthood with
families of our own and those gatherings ceased after Grandma was no longer with us. But new traditions sort of fell into
place. When my children were younger we always went to
Grandma and Grandpa Downs on Christmas eve and had a
big meal with my aunt, uncle and cousins family and one
of the Boxholm places. This meant a late night for us as the
children had to be settled down and put to bed and then Santa
had to come. We learned one year never to have Santa select
items that had to be assembled. Ever try to be quiet while
arguing on how this should be accomplished. Tired as we
would be Christmas morning we had to pack up right after
breakfast and head out for either Ames or Marshalltown to
be with Dads side of the family on Christmas Day. In later
years when all cousins were getting older we opted for family
gathering on a different day and reserved Christmas for our
own growing families. Of course after Grandma was put in a
nursing home we stopped it altogether and had our own family times and visiting Grandma.

It has come to the place where my immediate family has grown and each of my children are grandparents and
so changes have been made. We make an effort to have a
family gathering near Christmas with as many as possible
attending. I no longer have the space but this year two of
the boys have graciously offered two different options. Each
family does their own thing too and have to make concessions for the kids in-laws too. Such it is when families
grow and change and as they marry have to entwine new
holiday traditions while making some of their own. I am so
fortunate that they all want to be sure to include me and I am
thankful for that.

I think of my Boone County days and friends talking about Grandma making the lutefisk and oostekaka (how



do you spell that?) and lingonberries and spritz and rye

bread and potato baloney and brown beans and all that good
stuff (maybe with the exception of the lutefisk and oostekaka). There are no more pre-Christmas Swedish suppers and
I enjoyed going to them and eating especially the brown
beans, rye bread and spritz. My mom made some of the best
Swedish rye bread and spritz around and neither I nor my
girls could do the bread but I used to make spritz. Today my
daughter makes really good Norwegian kringla so I let her.
None of us mastered lefsa and can no longer find it in local
markets. Too bad as most of us like that too.

As I write this, I am not positive exactly what all
Ill be doing or where all Ill be going but I know I will not
be neglected or overlooked on Christmas. And there will
be plenty of food and love to go around. I do know my plans
are to go to the early church service on Christmas Eve and
then spend that evening with my youngest daughters family. Christmas day will be spent with family, maybe several
of them. Wherever you spend Christmas and whatever family traditions I trust you have created, I hope you will have
a wonderful enjoyable time. I also hope that no one will
be alone during this season and knowing the people I am
around and the people in your communities, they will not be
A most Blessed and Happy, Merry Christmas to all!

Childlike Faith

Parents pushed and shoved their children, hoping the famous man would touch them. This famous man
had 12 assistants and they were trying to keep the crowd
away from Him. They felt the people probably only wanted something from Him, like healing or a blessing. They
tried to shoo the kids away, but the man was irritated with
his chosen 12 helpers. He said to them, let the little children come to Me. And He took them in His arms and He
hugged them, and the little ones loved Him.

The important mans name was Jesus. He showed
His assistants and those around Him how important children are to God.
Question for Moms & Dads...do you make time for your
kids like Jesus did? Do you hug them and tell them you
love them? You are thinking that maybe you are too busy
for that kind of thing but Jesus lived an incredibly busy
life, but He was not too busy for the children.

Very often, a childs importance is shown when
we give a them a hug, when time is what they really want
and need. When it comes to your kids, ask the Lord to help
you be like Jesus. No job is more important than that.

December 21, 2016


Mrs. Walsh 2 Grade

Christmas brings joy,
but tragedy can strike anytime. . .

Merry Christmas to everyone! This is the season for great joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

This is the season for giving and for humility.
The wise men came and brought gifts to Jesus and Christ
was born in a manger since there was no room in the inn.

For most of us Christmas is a warm, wondrous
season as we indulge in the holiday spirit. We attend
Christmas programs at our churches and schools, we send
and receive Christmas cards, and we get together with
family members. Presents are given and received.

For others, Christmas is a sad time because of
unpleasant memories in the past. These bitter experiences can cause some emotional pain that can last for years.

We need to forgive. We need to love and help
others, and if we do that we will help ourselves in return.
This is easier said that done of course.

I am a member of a wonderful Christian family
and my memories of Christmas are truly fond memories
of happy moments. But last week our family experienced a painful, tragic event.

My first cousin Tracy drove herself to a Twin
City hospital. She was so ill that she was soon taken to
the Intensive Care Unit, ICU. She was there for several
days before anyone even knew what happened.

Tracy went into a coma but was able to regain
consciousness as some family members arrived. She
couldnt talk, but she seemed to understand conversation.
A physician told family members that Tracys liver had
shut down and her kidneys were functioning at only 20%.
There wasnt much hope.

Over several days out of state family members
were called. We were all talking with one another, and
we were all in shock.

Tracy was only 51. She was a nurse and she
owned two homes, inheriting one from her deceased
mother. How could this happen?

Doctors advised family members that Tracys
chances to live werent good. If she did live she would
probably spend her remaining life in a nursing home.

And then a few days later my cousin Nina called
me. Tracy had died that afternoon she said.

Through several days of discussions with family
members I learned that Tracy had a drinking problem.
She had been a nurse all her adult life but the hospital
advised her to get help. Apparently she didnt follow this

Earlier this year Tracy was terminated at the
hospital. Her drinking problem continued and even got
worse. It was said that Tracy really missed her mother
who died in 2012, and her mother Esther had drinking/
alcohol problems also.

Indeed, the entire family suffered. Her father
died early in life, and he had an alcohol problem. I had
always liked Rod (her dad) and I remember at family
gatherings he would be drinking screwdrivers (vodka and
orange juice) while telling my grandmother that he was
drinking orange juice. My grandmother at one time was
president of the WTCU. We snickered at that Rodneys
joke on Grandma, but now it doesnt seem so humorous.

Thankfully my aunt Ruth, her husband Bill, and
two of her children were with Tracy when she died. Tracy had no siblings, her parents had died, and she wasnt
very close with any other family members.

Somehow our family should have helped her
more during her tragic life, especially after her moms
During this glorious holiday season lets all
pause to think of family members and friends who may
need an encouraging word, a thoughtful gesture.

Quite often a small deed does wonders. And
please pray for our loved ones and give thanks to God for
all of our blessings.

Farm ponds in central

Iowa are freezing over

Central Iowa ponds are beginning to freeze over
as of Dec. 8th. Anglers looking to get some ice fishing in
before the larger lakes are ready will likely be able to get
out by the end of the weekend or early during the week of
the 12th.

Farm ponds and small lakes are beginning to
freeze over in central Iowa. Larger lakes are all open as
of Dec. 8th. More fishing reports will become available
when the ice fishing season gets under way. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Dear Santa

I want an xbox one and a fourweller. Thanks for
the Basketball hoop. How are your Reineer and elves?
Thanks for candy. Thanks for the Basketball. How are
ou? I am grat. I want a drone! I like you are the best!
Thanks for the mony! How is Mrs. Claus. What Candes
of Cookies. I want a bone for my dogs!
From, Karson Roper
Dear Santa,

How are you doing? I will have food I would
like for Christmas is a shotgun and a Gator! And I will
have cookies and carrots for your Reindeer and I want a
From, Spencer Dale Peterson

Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas to Mrs. Claus

too! Thanks for showing us the Christmas spirit. My favorite holidays are Christmas and thanks giving
From, Ava
Dear Santa,

How are the reindeer? I bet their good. What I
really want for Christmas I want Lego dimensions thats
what I really want for Christmas. But I want a ipad. But
what is your favorite kind of cookies? The End.
From, Alex
Dear Santa,

Can I have a Ipad this Christmas? Can I see a
picture of your reindeer? Can I see a picture of you?
From Jacelyn

Letters to Santa contined on page 11...

Dear Santa

The only than I want is a Ipod. And same Christmas stuff to decorrat, and maybe a bell from a reindeer!!
Plese and wher is my elf coming.
From, Ileigh Taylor
Dear Santa,

I hope Mrs. Claus is happy. I dont know how
tomake reindeers food. Ok now I am going to start on my
three things I want a Reading pillow, and Big Bear. The
last thing is for my dog. Please bring her a stocking.
The End, Liberty Suchan
Dear Santa,

Can you send me your picture to me on your
ipad? I want over board please and a yo yo.
From, Jaxson Simson
Dear Santa,

How are the reindeer doing? What kind of cookies do you like? Will you please get me a skate brd.
From, Nevean

Dear Santa,

How are your reindeers? My dog wants a bone.
Can you bring a stoking for my elf! Will you bring me a
remote controll copter?
from, Evan Kuhn
Dear Santa,

How are the reindeer? My Elf is being good but
he has is in my tactor. Can you get a bone for my dog? I
want a Nerf machine gun.
from, Caleb

Hunter Echelberger - 4th Grade

Mrs. Brandes's Class

Dear Santa,

How are your reindeers? My dog wants a bon?
Rc car and now shos and a drtbike and pokemonb cards
are things I would like for Christmas.
from Obin
Dear Santa,

How meny reindeer do you have? What kind of
icing do you like? What I want for Christmas is a pottery
cool and candy. I want to go to the North Pole. I want my
family to have a happy Chrismas.
from, Mae
Dear Santa,

How are you doing? I hope you get my letter.
Here is a few things I want. A hachamil and pokemon
stuff and a hoverbord with handles. You are so kind. Do
you love my elf Jingle?
from, Ellie

Baileigh Elmore - 4th Grade

Mrs. Kruse's Class

Dear Santa,

How are you? How are the reindeer? I want a
gasw dirt bike. I want a Ipod and a basketball and a cliptrart. Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks,
from Hayden Greene
Dear Santa,

How are you? Can I have a hovertracks and bati
bots. Can I have more Pokemon? And nrff gun.
from, Casey Hanson
Dear Santa,

I hope your reindeer are realy! I want a hoverboard. What kind of cookies do you like? How is Mrs.
Claus. I have been very very good this year.
from, Mason
Dear Santa,

How are you? How are your reindeer? Can I
have a zoomachime and a Jewelry Box? Could I please
have pain is too? What is your favorite kind of cookies?

Hayden Ball- 4th Grade

Mrs. Kruse's Class

December 21, 2016


Kaelan Lundberg finished 2-1 for the Jaguars Thursday, Dec 15 at the Panorama Wrestling Meet. Photo by
Emilea Lundberg.

Jaguar Wrestlers tangle with three

respectable wrestling programs
Panorama, AC-GC and Ogden...

On Thursday, December 15th, the Jaguar wrestling team traveled to Panora to tangle with three respectable wrestling programs, the host team Panorama Panthers, AC-GC Chargers(Guthrie Center), and the Ogden
Bulldogs. In the opening dual, the Jags were defeated by
Panora 48-27. In the second dual, the Jaguars clipped
AC-GC in a nail biter, 42-33. In the final dual, the boys
downed Ogden 45-24 ending the night with two wins
against one loss. In individual competition Trey Lawrence, Kyler Fisher, and Clayton McFarland finished 3-0.
Colden Bethel, Mason Goodwin, Carter Fluckiger, and
Kaelan Lundberg, finished 2-1. Sam Hemmestad, Calvin
Williamson, and Xavier Nichols won one match. Colton
Klingson and Jake Peterson faced tough opponents finishing 0-3

Its always a good night if the team can defeat
Guthrie Center, which is now sharing with Adair Casey
forming AC-GC and Ogden, two well established wrestling programs in the state of Iowa. Trey, Kyler, and
Clayton led the way for the Jags going undefeated for
the night. All three of them wrestled tough. Carter Fluckiger came through in a close match at 160 after moving
him up from 152 to defeat his Ogden opponent. Clayton McFarland continues to improve as he pinned a good
heavyweight wrestler from
Panora in the first dual of
the night.
Southeast Valley vs.
P a n o r a m a
(PANO) 48.00 Southeast
Valley (SEVA) 27.00
- 285: Clayton McFarland (SEVA) over Dalton
Bennett (PANO) (Fall
1:06) 106: Colden Bethel
(SEVA) over (PANO)
(For.) 113: Mason Goodwin (SEVA) over (PANO)
(For.) 120: Danny Nordquist (PANO) over Sam
Hemmestad (SEVA) (Fall
1:55) 126: George Appleseth (PANO) over Colton
Klingson (SEVA) (Fall
1:11) 132: Jacob Holwegner (PANO) over Calvin
Williamson (SEVA) (Fall
3:07) 138: Trey Lawrence (SEVA) over Noah
Kirtley (PANO) (Fall
3:56) 145: Kaleb Stogdill
(PANO) over Jake Peterson (SEVA) (Fall 0:38)
152: Tyler Van Houten
(PANO) over Carter
Fluckiger (SEVA) (Fall
3:26) 160: Ondrej Komora
(PANO) over (SEVA)
Grunsted (PANO) over
Kaelen Lundberg (SEVA)

(Dec 4-2) 182: Kyler Fisher (SEVA) over Trevor Carey

(PANO) (Dec 8-3) 195: Dalton Holmes (PANO) over
(SEVA) (For.) 220: Brady Howard (PANO) over Xavier
Nichols (SEVA) (Dec 1-0)

Wrestling results continued on page 12...

Sam Hemmestad came up with a win on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Panorama Wrestling Meet. Photo by
Emilea Lundberg.

We will be closed
Sat., Dec. 24th and Mon., Dec. 26th
We wish everyone a very Merry
Christmas from all of us at
Heartland Bank!


December 21, 2016


Former Residents perform in The

Nutcracker Ballet at Iowa State Center

Two former Gowrie residents performed in the
36th annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet earlier this month in Ames. This year marked the 9th time
that Madaline Patton has held roles in the classical holiday ballet. It was the 7th season for her sister, Haileigh

Madalines 5 roles were the Fairy Godmother,
Snowflake, Flute, Dew Drop Fairy, and Irish. Haileighs
roles were as a Chinese dancer and an Irish dancer. All
of their dances were performed en pointe except for the
Irish number.

Through the years both young ladies have held
many different roles, advancing each year to more difficult responsibilities. After auditions earlier last fall,
many hours were spent perfecting their talents to each
character they portrayed.

The Iowa State Center on the ISU campus hosts
3 performances each December at Stephens Auditorium.
The holiday ballet features 240 dancers of all ages, from
young dance students to the adult members of the cast.

Other dance styles are included besides ballet and are always well received by the audiences.

Haileigh and Madaline are the daughters of
Scott and Deb Patton of Nevada. In attendance this year
was their aunt, Janelle Willis of Aplington and their cousins, Allison, Makenna, Colin, and Kyla from Boone.

Madaline Patton (15) is shown performing in the
Dance of the Snowflakes in Ames earlier this month.

Haileigh Patton ( 12) performed as a Chinese en
pointe ballet dancer in The Nutcracker at Stephens Auditorium on the ISU campus.

SSB Kid's Club winner...

Beau, son of David and Kari Lenning from
Harcourt, is the lucky Kids Club winner of the gigantic
panda bear, Perry. We hope you enjoy your new friend!
Photo by Security Savings Bank.

December 21, 2016



Happy 80th Birthday

Happy 80th Birthday to the Best Dad Ever,
Bob Craigmile!!!
Love, Diana

Christmas Concert...

The Southeast Valley High School vocal group
performed during their Christmas Concert in the gym in
Gowrie on Monday, Dec. 5. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Merry Chrsitmas 2016!

Julia Eastman- 4th Grade

Mrs. Brandes' Class


December 21, 2016


SV eighth grade girls

win, 7th graders now 2-2

The Southeast Valley JH Girls Basketball Team
traveled to Woodward-Granger Monday night. The 7th
grade came out very flat and suffered a 45-13 defeat at
the hands of a very talented WG squad.

Bright spots on the night was the hustle play of
Teighan Osborne off the bench and the defensive effort
of Haylee Welter despite battling early foul trouble which
was in part to coaching errors for failing to recognize the
number of fouls right away.

This was a good learning experience for the girls
which shows they need to continue to bring their A game
to every game as they have done for every game up until
tonight, however the sun will come up and this is still a
very talented squad that no doubt will rebound from this
tough loss. The 7th grade is now 2-2 on the season.

The 8th grade played probably the best complete
game of the season and coming away with a 44-19 victory. Emily Jaeschke led the way with 9 pts with Emily
Hemmestad right behind with 8.

The Jags received outstanding guard play from
the duo of Sydney Carlson and Chloe Hicks. The Jags
also received outstanding post play from the trio of Morgan Farnham, Brielle Haub and Kiersten Fisher. The
Jags also received quality minutes off the bench from Allison Bethel and Addie Corell. The 8th grade is now 3-1
on the season.

Jags also received outstanding guard play from Hayley

Welter and outstanding defense from Madison Doyle and
Sadie Nelson. The Jags also received very solid post play
from Kyleigh Erritt and great hustle off the bench from
Ryann Shipley and Teighan Osborne. The 7th grade is
now 2-3 on the season.

The 8th grade came away with a 41-38 victory
however the score is no indication how in control the Jags
were for most of the night. Emily Jaeschke led and outstanding effort with 17 points on the night. Emily Hemmestad was right behind with 10.

The Jags received outstanding effort in the post
from the trio of Morgan Farnham, Brielle Haub and Kiersten Fisher. The Jags also received outstanding guard
play from the duo of Sydney Carlson and Chloe Hicks
and outstanding defense from Allison Bethel. The Jags
are now 4-1 on the season.

Jaguar seventh, eighth

grade girls win games

The Southeast Valley JH Girls basketball team
played East Sac at Burnside Thursday night. The 7th
grade could not overcome foul trouble and dropped a 4132 decision to the Raiders. However as coaches we could
not be more proud of the effort and teamwork of these
young ladies tonight.

Laney Clancey led the way with 15 points. The

Nolan Johnson gets some air as he puts in a nice
jump shot. photo by lisa peterson.

Double win for Jaguar

boys basketball team

Haylee Kraft dripples around the defence Thursday, Dec. 15 in Gowrie. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

~ Email your news to gnews@wccta.net ~

The SV Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated
South Central Calhoun by the score of 58-43 on Monday,
Dec. 12.

Leading statistical leaders for the Jaguars were,
Kaleb Jondle 19 points, Myles Davis 11 points, Keegan
Goodwin 9 points, Dakota Jaeschke 4 points and 12 rebounds, Nolan Brand 4 points and 8 rebounds, Alex Pliner 4 points, Nolan Johnson 3 points, Tommy Lennon 2
points, and Keenan Ferry 2 points.
Manson Northwest-Webster

The Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated
MNW by the score of 81-37 on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Leading statistical leaders for the Jaguars were
Dakota Jaeschke, 21 points and 14 rebounds; Keegan
Goodwin, 12 points and 3 assists; Tommy Lennon, 9
points; Kaleb Jondle, 7 points; Nolan Brand, 7 points;
Myles Davis, 6 points; Jaden Cline, 6 points; Keenan
Ferry, 5 points; Lucas Pontius, 3 points; Nolan Johnson, 2
points; Alex Pliner, 2 points and 7 rebounds; Carter Lane,
1 point.

The Jaguars Varsity record is 6-0.

December 21, 2016





There are more than 100,000 lights at a Dakota City mans residence and on adjacent lots. Dakota City is west
and adjacent to Humboldt. The huge display includes a nativity scene, merry-round inside a large gazebo, a large Merry
Christmas greeting, and many other displays. It is all free and the same many has been doing this huge project for 52 years.

Dear Santa,

Thank you for this dinner. Thank you for these
presents. Thanbk you for showing us the Christmas spirit.
How is Mrs. Claus and the reindeer? What kind of cookies do you like? For Christmas I want my family to be
safe and have a good Christmas. And you to oh and save
some treats for the Elvs.
From, Morgan
Dear Santa,
What kind of cookies do you like? Will you please get
me a hoverboard? This is what I want for Chrismas. I
want a hatchamai and a Bunny and please put coal in my
brothers stocking please can you please get me those?
Merry Chrismas to all. Oh and I frgot a lap top.
from, Regan
Dear Santa,

I want a laptop, street rollers and a xbox. I hope
your reindeer dont get tired after Christmas. Whut kind
of cookies do you like? Whyt kind of milk do you like? I
think your reindeer eat hay. I dont know. Are your elves
working hard this year?
From, Owen
Dear Santa,

Can you send me a picture of your reindeer!
Santa, I bet you aret picky like me. Santa can you please
give me but you dont haft to but I really want to have a
yoyo! and I really would want a Guitar I would really like
and santa this is the last thing I want is tuff for Mom and
Connors and me it is horse stuff. We wod want blankets
for are horses Santa and I wish you have a holly jolly
Christmas! Can you please give me the stuff plese! I relly
wont to see the reindeer picture ho ho ho!
From Caitlyn
Dear Santa,

How are the reindeer and your sleigh and your
work shop! Can you send me a picher of the randeer and
rudof and a picher of you? I want you to get me a Butterfly bed set and a warm Butterfly Blakit and owl cloths.
Have a holly jolly Christmas. I also want to see a pichers
marry Christmas.
From, Kalli

Mrs. Samuelson 2nd Grade...

Dear Santa,

How are your elves doing. Can I have a sled. An
suff animal elf. Can I please have a bungee chair! please.
Can I have a basket ball. A soccedr ball. Can I have a new
Thanks, Ella
Dear Santa,

Have you been good today Santa? Can your
reindeer fly to Heaven? Are the reindeer are good today?
I giver you good cookie? I want x box 360 right now! I
want 10000 I shopoo.. I want Us30s I want some books.
From, Neuein
Dear Santa,

How are your reindeer? Whats your favoret
cind of cookies? What does Mrs Clos wont for Chrismas? How or your rander I wont a doll and a foot miker
for orismiss wont a snow bord. I wont four my Mom I
wont a reng for my Momy and I wont an if a nife for my
DaDy,. I wont a kendal fires.
From Hailie
Dear Santa,

I need a new basket ball hoop and an elf on the
shelf and an automatic hoop and a would bunch of sled
and a remote controlled car.

thanks, Logan

Dear Santa,

How are you and the Raindeer? What list am I
on Bad or Good? And how is misses class? Also how old
ar eyou? And formy Mom I whant a necklis and for myu
Dad a knife. xbox with some games . Please and thank
Thanks, Wyatt
Dear Santa,
I want a five night at Freddy figurine. I want Batman
Lego. I want a sled are the reindeer ready to fly. I will
give you cookies I want a electric scooter.
From, Dakarie
Dear Santa,

How is your day I am good. How many elves do
you? have do you have an elf named Jerry? For Chrismas
can I please have Captain Planka Blaster and the lego Star
Wars U-wing. Ho Ho Ho have a great rest of the night.
See you next year.
From Owen
Dear Santa,

I have some question for you. How many eves
do you have? Can I have your sleigh and reindeer. How
many cookies and mild do you eat and drink? How many
kids are on the naughty and nice list? Can I have a Ipad
miny four, Star wars Rouge one Legos, Rouge one star
wars figures, Minecraft legos, erory Minecraft book.
From Kyle
Dear Santa,

How are your reindeer? How old are you? I am
7 I need a hat. I want a fitbit my mom needs a warm hat.
I need Gloves.
Dear Santa,

How are the reinders? What do the reinders eat?
How old are you? What is your favoret cookie? Who is
Miss Claus? How many houses do you have to go to? I
want a ipad and a ipad and a headband maker and earrings and makeup and a snow con maker and headbands
and a neckles and a coton candy maker. and a teal waterbotel.
From Kayla
Dear Santa,

I wont to know how you are doing? How many
houses do have to go to? How is Miss Claus doing? i
wont a hatchimal and I wont a orbves and a phone and
a wortr bottle and a phone cover and a stress ball and a
From Devon
Dear Santa,

How are the reindeer? Do you like ckookies?
How many Ckookies do you eat in a day? How is Mrsiss
Clos? Can you give my dad a new bow and arow? And
my mom a new phone cover? I would like a Qyuad Cpter.
My brother a wilu, and my babby brother some snow
pants, and boots, and I wold like a new xbox. and Disny
infinety 2.0 and a I pad.
From, Noah
Dear Santa,

How are you doing? I wunt a scatbord and a
struft animal I will leave you cookies.
From Bryce
Dear Santa

How are your reindeer? I hope you feed them. I
will leave you cookeis and milk! Merry Christmas!
From Atreyu



December 21, 2016


Christmas Eve Dinner for a Train Crew

Memories of a young girl growing up in Gowrie...


We wish you peace and
happiness at Christmas and
throughout the New Year.
508 2nd St. NE Dayton, IA 50530


Worship Schedule


8:30 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, 9:45 a.m. Fellowhip Coffee
9:15 a.m. Sunday Worhip
9:00 a.m. Sunday School; 10:15 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:30 a.m. Fellowhip
8:30 a.m. Worship; 9:40 a.m. Sunday School
9:00 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Worship
10:00 a.m. Worship; 11:00 a.m. Sunday School

Clarice (Carlson) Burkgren grew up in
Gowrie and her husband Robert grew up in Dayton.
Both Graduated from their respective schools in 1953
and were married in 1957.

She and her husband now live in La Porte
City and have lived there for over 50 years. Robert
was a teacher their for 30 years while Clarice taught
for 7 years and subbed for 13 additional years.

They both have continued to read their
hometown papers. Roberts the Dayton Review and
Clarices The Gowrie News. They enjoy reading their
own paper and then discussing the various articles.

They still have close ties to both their communities. They return yearly for the Gowries 4th of July
parade and have rarely missed any Alumni banquets
in both communities.

Clarices Dad was well known county supervisor in the 1950s and even now she has only to mention her dad as Cash Carlson and most people will
know her family.

This is Clarices story as told by her about a
very special Christmas that will forever stand out in
her mind.

My intense interest in trains began around 1940
when in my kindergarten class had a model train (made
up of an engine, coal car and caboose) which became a
centerpiece of our classroom as we studied various kinds
of transportation. It was big enough to hold an engineer,
the brakeman and in the caboose 3 or 4 passengers could
be seated.

We also had a two-passenger airplane with a
working propeller as part of our study. I probably didnt
get to enthused about an airplane as I didnt travel by air
until well into my 60s.

As part of the unit on Trains the class rode the
train on its westward journey one day to Farnhamville.
A school bus returned us to school. But my love for trains
didnt end there.

My home was located on an acreage that had a
Chicago and Northwestern railroad track bordering on
our land that was basically an east-west route.

There was a daily freight train, as well as a passenger train that traveled twice daily through town. It was
the afternoon freight train that I took a special liking.

I would leave anything I was doing and run to
the fence to wave at the crew. They would wave and blow
the loud horn and occasionally really scare me when they
released a blast of steam (but I loved it)!

I had a lantern to wave if it was after dark when
they made their run past my house. My Mom promised
to wave the lantern if I had to be in bed before their night
run. I never missed a day it seemed, because in those days
one didnt go far from home.

Once in a while I would go with my Dad when
he went to the local elevator for his afternoon gossip/
coffee session with the men. If the train was coming in
soon Id go to the train station and talk to the depot agent
working there.

When the train arrived I got to visit with the conductor in the caboose. Sometimes I even got to ride in
the engine as the engineer and brakeman switched cars
or watch the fireman fill the coal car so they would have
plenty of coal and water (for steam) to fire up the train
on the rest of their journey.

Occasionally the train crew checked with my
Dad and I was allowed to ride either in the engine or the
caboose to the next town (in this case it was Harcourt)
and my Dad would drive over to bring me back home.

Their stop in Gowrie was always in the late afternoon and often I got to join them in the caboose as they
ate their supper. Food was often delivered by the Depot
Agent from a cafe in town.

Christmas Eve was coming and I suddenly wondered were the train crew would be for their Christmas
Eve dinner. Cafes close early in small towns on Christmas Eve!

I had an idea! My Mom could prepare a Christmas Eve Dinner and Dad and I would take it to meet
the train on Christmas Eve! Dad checked with the depot

Clarice talks with her friends by one of her beloved trains. Clarice is near the front facing away from the

agent and with the train crew, and everything was made

On December 24th my Mom fixed a roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, scalloped corn,
Jell-O salad, and pie.

That afternoon when the train pulled into the
station Dad and I were there waiting. They enjoyed the
meal in the caboose. It made me very happy, but little did
I know or realize that I really was only delaying them in
getting them home to their families on Christmas Eve.

Imagine my surprise though, when on Christmas
morning the depot agent from in town came to our house
with a present for me!

A beautiful doll and a card signed by every
member of the train crew: Ralph Wood, engineer; Hugh
O. Clay, fireman; L. P. Baker, conductor; Francis Ryan
and J. M. Crandall, brakemen.

The card envelop read Miss Clarice Carlson;
also Mom and Dad Carlson; Thanks a million; from The
Train and Engine Crew. Seventy-five years later I have
the card! I couldnt have had a happier Christmas, along
with a very special new doll.

This love of trains gained in kindergarten continued with the train crew for at least 3 more years, including the Christmas Eve Dinner until we moved out to
a farm east of Gowrie. By then, some of the original crew
had also left.

This one particular Christmas is still in my
memory, each and every time we drive by the house just
north of the railroad tracks on the east edge of Gowrie...
my hometown.

This is the kindergarten train that started Clarice
(Carlson) Burkgrens love for trains. Clarice is seated in the
caboose, second child from the right.

Wrestling results...
continued from page 7...

Southeast Valley vs. Ogden @ Pan/ACGC/Ogden/SEV

on 12/15/2016.

Southeast Valley (SEVA) 45.00 Ogden (OGDE)
24.00 - 113: Mason Goodwin (SEVA) over (OGDE)
(For.) 120: Sam Hemmestad (SEVA) over (OGDE)
(For.) 126: Austin Flynn (OGDE) over Colton Klingson
(SEVA) (Fall 0:31) 132: Taylon Engleen (OGDE) over
Calvin Williamson (SEVA) (Fall 1:50) 138: Double Forfeit 145: Trey Lawrence (SEVA) over Jacob Kathman
(OGDE) (Fall 1:19) 152: Zachary McCloud (OGDE)
over Jake Peterson (SEVA) (Fall 1:54) 160: Carter Fluckiger (SEVA) over Garrett Bales (OGDE) (Dec 2-1) 170:
Kaelen Lundberg (SEVA) over Blake Haub (OGDE)
(Fall 0:23) 182: Kyler Fisher (SEVA) over (OGDE)
(For.) 195: Double Forfeit 220: Trent Ganoe (OGDE)
over Xavier Nichols (SEVA) (Fall 2:10) 285: Clayton
McFarland (SEVA) over Parker Stoneburner (OGDE)
(Fall 1:27) 106: Colden Bethel (SEVA) over (OGDE)
Southeast Valley vs. AC/GC @ Pan/ACGC/Ogden/
SEV on 12/15/2016.

Southeast Valley (SEVA) 42.00 AC/GC
(ACGC) 33.00 - 106: Easton Benson (ACGC) over Colden Bethel (SEVA) (Dec 7-1) 113: Blaine Beeler (ACGC)
over Mason Goodwin (SEVA) (Fall 2:49) 120: Zachary Fees (ACGC) over Sam Hemmestad (SEVA) (Fall
3:16) 126: Gabe Rowley (ACGC) over Colton Klingson
(SEVA) (Fall 3:50) 132: Calvin Williamson (SEVA)
over (ACGC) (For.) 138: Trey Lawrence (SEVA) over
Hunter Lynch (ACGC) (Fall 1:46) 145: Logan Scheurmann (ACGC) over Jake Peterson (SEVA) (Fall 3:00)
152: Carter Fluckiger (SEVA) over (ACGC) (For.)
160: Double Forfeit 170: Kaelen Lundberg (SEVA) over
(ACGC) (For.) 182: Kyler Fisher (SEVA) over Cole
Stetzel (ACGC) (Fall 3:54) 195: Ben Kingery (ACGC)
over (SEVA) (For.) 220: Xavier Nichols (SEVA) over
Spencer Grove (ACGC) (Fall 47:00) 285: Clayton McFarland (SEVA) over (ACGC) (For.)

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December 21, 2016


Lehigh Council hires City Clerk;

Sonya Bailey has roots in Lehigh


Council members assist Bailey. . .

Sonya Bailey, Lehigh, has been hired as the new
City Clerk in Lehigh. Sonya started her training on Dec.
7 and her first official day was Monday, Dec. 12.

Sonya was born and was raised in Lehigh, but
left her high school days and graduated from a Colorado
high school.

She attended Northwest State University in
Maryville, CO.

She came back to Iowa and was employed
at Electrolux in Webster City for 22 years. Later she
worked at Hach Chemical in Ames for five years.

Sonya will work out well for our city of
Lehigh, stated Mayor Phil Richardson. She has done
well so far. She is a good worker.

Sonya was trained by Catherine Thomas who is
the city clerk in Grand Junction. Catherine worked a few
afternoons each week in Lehigh to assist the city. Lehigh
was without a full-time city clerk for about one month.

Sonya has had good assistance from the Lehigh
City Council including Dave Hrubes who is retired and
has been in the office several times.

But everyone has helped including council

members Paula Martin, Doug Dellachiesa, and Melissa

Rude. And on Monday of last week the Lehigh City
Council appointed Charles Gilliand to the council.
Sonya enjoys
her horses, dogs. . .

Sonya Bailey is an avid horse enthusiast. She
currently has four horses on her acreage. She enjoys
horseback riding and corgi dogs.

She often does horse riding in Brushy Creek
State Park.

Sonya is a past member of the Dayton Wranglers and she has been a member of the Iowa Associated
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Farnhamville City Council
Regular Meeting Minutes
December 13th, 2016

The Farnhamville City Council met on Tuesday December 13th,
6:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, called to order by roll call by
Mayor Frank Morgan, with council members Alex Farley, Barb Gregg, Troy
Jepsen, Rita Kail and Jeff Kicklighter. Others present were Roger Kopecky,
Bruce McCormack.

Motion by Gregg, seconded by Farley to approve the December
agenda and the meeting minutes from November 14th meeting. Motion

Following discussion motion by Kicklighter, seconded by Jepsen to
approve the payment of the bills presented at the meeting. Motion carried.
Motion by Gregg, seconded by Jepsen to approve the monthly finance
report as presented. Motion carried.

Verbal Police Report was given by McCormack.

Motion by Farley, seconded by Kicklighter to repair the City Hall
steps and sidewalk at 375 Garfield Avenue with the bids of $1000 .00 and
$400.00 respectively with the bids received from Willison Concrete.

Motion by Kicklighter, seconded by Jepsen to transfer to the
Farnhamville Community Betterment Club $1000.00 towards the new
basketball hoops and poles.

Motion by Gregg, seconded by Kicklighter to approve the Second
Reading of Ordinance No 6-2016 Electric Rates and waive the third
reading with the rates to be effective January 1, 2017. Motion carried.

The Council will be holding a work session on January 4th, 2017 to
work on the Budget.
Motion by Kail, seconded by Gregg to approve the CDBG
reimbursement request one for the amount of $3880.00 . Motion carried.

Next council meeting will be Monday January 9th, 20 I 7 at 6:30 pm.

Motion by Jepsen, seconded by Kicklighter to adjourn the meeting.
Motion carried .
Emily Bendickson
City Clerk

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The Southeast Valley Pep Band does a great job entertaining the crowds during the half time of the ball games in
Gowrie. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Jaguar JVR boys

host Carol Kuemper

On Thursday, December 15, the Jaguar JVR
Boys Basketball team hosted two basketball games
against the JVR teams from Carrol Kuemper.

In the early game, the Jaguars were defeated
by the total score of 45-27. Leading scorers for the Jags
were Ross Halligan with 10 points, Adam Dellachiesa
with 5, Dillon Systma with 4, Lucas Samuelson with 4,

Lincoln Miller drives past the Caroll Kemper defense as he gets a fast break down court. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Kyle Zeka with 2, and Brock Fleming with 2.

Playing meaningful minutes for the Jags and not
scoring for the Jags were Jacob Slininger, Lincoln Miller, and Gavin Richman. After trailing at halftime by the
score of 32-8, the Jaguars continued to battle, and closed
the second half on a 19-13 point advantage.

In the second game of the night, the Jaguars lost
to Carrol Kuemper by the score of 45-50. Leading scorers for the Jaguars were Carter Lane with 19 points (5
3s from beyond the arc), Hunter Kruse with 19, Robert
Jepsen with 4, and Ross Halligan with 3.

Playing meaningful minutes and not scoring for
the Jags were Ethan Pliner, Joel Lambert, and Lincoln
Miller. After trailing at half by the score of 25-16, the
Jags were able to win the second half and worked hard
defensively to disrupt passing lanes and causing deflections. The JVR is now 3-3 on the early season.

Robert Jepsen goes up strong for a short jump
shot for the Jaguars. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Jaguar JV boys
edge MNW 41-36

The Jaguar JV Boys defeats Manson Northwest
Webster Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Manson 41-36. The Jaguars
got off to a good start and was up 17-10 in the first quarter. Scoring for the Jaguars were: Jackson Housken, 6;
Kenny Blunk, 2; Max Davis, 4; Jaxon Myers, 4; Nyles
Johnson, 6; Zach Graves, 8; and J.J. Graves, 6.

The boys defense was tremendous in the fourth
quarter holding the Manson offense to only two points,
said Coach Gutshall The offense passed the ball really
well in the first and fourth quarters.

The Jaguar JV team is now 5-0 for the season.

December 21, 2016



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Members of the Stewart Memorial Community Hospital obstetrics department were honored to receive the Womens Choice as one of Americas best hospitals to receive obstetric care. Staff shown with the award are (seated) Katie Riehl,
Lara Cornelius, (standing) Jenni Macke, Ashley Mork, Director of Nursing Zacharina Winker, Laura Roberts, Megan
Grodahl, PA-C, and Dr. Derek Duncan.

SMCH Receives 2017 Womens Choice Award

one of Americas Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital
(SMCH) recently earned the 2017 Womens Choice
Award as one of Americas Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This places SMCH among the top 15 percent of
hospitals considered the best in which to have a baby.
Approximately 400 hospitals nationwide met the awards
robust evidence-based criteria that consider female patient satisfaction data, clinical excellence and feedback
from women about what they want from a hospital.

We are pleased to receive this award, said
Jenni Macke, SMCH Manager of Obstetrics. Birth is a
celebration of life and our staff understands and anticipates the needs of moms-to-be. We partner with them to
support their birthing choices and women can trust that
our caring hands will deliver their miracles in a healing,
family-centered environment.

SMCH is known for its family focus, which encourages family members to participate in the birthing
process. As part of this approach, exclusive breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact are promoted, enhancing the
bond between mother and child.

New moms have many choices when it comes
to having their baby, so choosing the best birthing experience is right up there with choosing the best doctor.
Weve made it easy for moms to select a proven hospital
to deliver an outstanding experience, says Delia Passi,
CEO and Founder of the Womens Choice Award.

In 2015, the hospitals auxiliary raised funds
to purchase two new labor and delivery beds for the obstetrics department. The new beds are designed with the
safety of expectant moms in mind. Ergonomic features
of the new beds help the mom with multiple positions for
comfort during labor and delivery. The dollars raised by
the Auxiliary represent a commitment to provide an ex-

ceptional experience for moms and babies, says Macke.

We are grateful to the Auxiliary for its efforts in ensuring our patients continue to receive the best care possible.

According to the Womens Choice Award organization, award winners offer exceptional obstetric services which ranked above the national average for patient
safety. The scoring process is also unique in that it is the
only national list that is evidence-based and focuses on
female patient satisfaction. Awarded hospitals ranked
above the national average for patient recommendations,
as indicated by the data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
(HCAHPS) surveys. Additional considerations included
having a NICU on-site and a low early elective delivery

SMCH has been serving the patients since 1962.
To learn more, visit www.stewartmemorial.org, call 712464-3171 or follow us Facebook.

GUMC Christmas
Eve Service
Saturday, Dec. 24...

Friday, December 23 Community Connection
Group will begin at 9 a.m. Quilters will meet at 1 p.m.

Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve Service
will begin at 5 pm.

Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day Worship
will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 27 Quilters will meet at 1

Wednesday, December 28 Prayer Group will
begin at 6 p.m.

Yuletide Greetings
Were hoping your holidays are
light and carefree this year. Thank you
for your kindness throughout the
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December 21, 2016


The Southeast Valley High School Band performed during their Christmas Concert in the gym in Gowrie on
Monday, Dec. 5. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Mr. Hyland presents Southeast Valley band in his
first Christmas concert. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Mary Eager narrates twas the night before Christmas as the music played during the Southeast Valley High
School music program at the high school Monday. Dec. 5.
Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Our Saviours Lutheran Christmas Eve Service

Saturday, Dec. 24...

Wednesday, Dec. 21 Wednesday

Night Supper & Sunday School, will begin in the Fellowship Hall.
Christmas Caroling will meet in the Fireside Room at 6

Thursday, Dec. 22 Chimes Rehearsal will begin
at 5:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Worship will

begin at 4 p.m. Christmas Candlelight Service will begin

at 10 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Worship with
Holy Communion will begin at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 Womens Evening Bible
Study will begin in the Fireside Room at 7 p.m.

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