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February 15, 2017


Southeast Valley
wrestlers advance
to state meet
Lawrence and Fisher...
Two Jaguar wrestlers, 132 lbs. junior Trey Law-
rence and 170 lbs. sophomore Kyler Fisher punched their
tickets to the Big Dance, the Iowa High School State
Wrestling Tournament held at Wells Fargo Arena, Feb-
ruary 16th-18th. Trey earned his first trip by defeating
Braxton Doebel(Clear Lake) 6-4 in the first round. In
the finals Trey lost a hard fought battle 5-3 to Carson
Hartnett(Webster City) finishing as a runner up. Kyler
defeated #2 ranked Conner Shaw(Garner-Hayfield) in
spectacular fashion by securing a takedown in the last
two seconds of the match, winning 6-5. In the finals, Ky- Xi Eta Sigma donates $600 to Loral Park in Gowrie. . .
ler fell to Zane Williams(Webster City) in a bit of a con-
troversial ending 5-4, also advancing as a District runner The ladies of Xi Eta Sigma have contributed $600 to the Gowrie Parks Board. The Parks Board will
up for his second trip to the State Tournament. Class 2A be using the money towards purchasing playground equipment for Loral park in Gowrie. Pictured left to
first round begins Thursday night at 6:00 P.M. right are Krystal Steck, Parks Board; Greg Hiesgterman, Parks Board; Neeley Hanson, Xi Eta Sigma; Stacey
In other action 106 lbs. sophomore Coledon Hay, Xi Eta Sigma; Bruce McCormick- Parks Board; and Phil DeCastro- Parks Board. This will help enhance
Bethel and 160 lbs. Kaelan Lundberg both lost tough Loral Board this year.
wrestle back opportunities finishing in third place. 120
lbs. sophomore Sam Hemmestad and Heavyweight soph-
omore Clayton McFarland finished in fourth place.
Southeast Valley Schools receive
The coaching staff was extremely proud of the
District Qualifiers. Overall, they wrestled better com-
pared to last week at Sectionals. Trey wrestled his match
Iowa School Report Card ratings
against a dangerous Clear Lake opponent in the first By Tamara Hanson, College and Career Readiness: The percentage
round and battle hard against the Webster City kid that Leadership Coordinator/Instructional Coach of students who score at or above a level of performance
pinned him last Saturday. Trey(38-9) opens with Jr. Jar- The Iowa Department of Education (DOE) re- on reading and mathematics assessments that predicts a
ret Miler(35-8) of Ballard-Huxley. Kyler wrestled an cently published the state-wide report card for public higher probability of postsecondary success. (Middle/
incredible match against Shaw, showing his strong will schools across the state which was developed in response high schools only.)
to win a close match. Kyler(45-3) opens with Sr. Drake to a 2014 legislative requirement to develop a web-based Graduation Rate: The percentage of ninth-grade
Roller(47-4) of Atlantic. system that evaluates and rates public schools based on students who finished high school within five years.
their performance on a required set of measures. All four (High schools only.)
schools within the Southeast Valley district were rated Attendance: The average daily attendance of
according to these measures. students, which is the total number of days students were
Although the rating can be seen as a useful tool in enrolled and present divided by the total number of pos-
identifying and addressing both growth and challenges, it sible attendance days.
is important to understand how the ratings are calculated Staff Retention: The percentage of teachers,
in order to put these ratings in perspective with the goals school administrators and other licensed staff members
of the district. According to the DOE, the Iowa School who remained employed in a school over consecutive
Report Card ratings do not school years.
represent a complete pic- Scores are determined by
ture of a school. Instead, multiple sources of data, such as
it should be seen as one graduation rates, attendance
of many tools to assess the rates, and staff retention,
educational process in the with the majority of the
district. scores based on the Iowa
The ratings are made Assessment tests given
up of a weighted combination mid-year. A major draw-
of scores over a 2 year period on back to the scoring is its
up to eight educational measures. heavy reliance on Iowa
These measures include: Assessment scores, which is a one-time
Proficiency: The percentage of students scoring profi- assessment of student ability and growth that can be eas-
cient or better on reading and mathematics assessments. ily skewed by outside factors such as environment, ill-
College and Career-Ready Growth: The percentage of ness, or emotional states.
students who are making the year-to-year growth neces- Once a schools overall score is calculated from
sary to be ready for college and career training by the end the educational measures, the schools are assigned one
of high school. of the following ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing,
Annual Expected Growth: The percentage of Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and
students making a year of academic growth in a years Priority.
time on reading and mathematics assessments. In 2015, Southeast Valley High school scored a
Closing Achievement Gap: A measure that re- commendable rating at 66.9 pts. In 2016, the high school
flects a statewide goal of narrowing the gap in achieve- scored acceptable at 64.1 pts. Scores increased in the ar-
ment for students with disabilities, students who are eas of closing the gap for low SES students and IEP stu-
eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and English dents and staff retention. Scores remained steady in the
Language Learners. SV report card continued on page 12...
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2 February 15, 2017

Iowa Conservation Farmer months or 200 hours of use. The prize, valued at more
than $12,000, is once again donated by the Farm Bureau
partner Van Wall Equipment of Perry and John Deere.

of Year nominations sought The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land

Stewardship is responsible for a wide range of programs
that affect the quality of life of all Iowans, including those
Protecting soil, water. . . living on the farm and in our towns and cities. The De-d
partments mission is to provide leadership for all aspectsi
of agriculture in Iowa, ensure consumer protection andB
Nominations are now being sought to find the The award, co-sponsored by the Iowa Depart- public health, and promote the responsible use of our7
2017 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year, a presti- ment of Ag and land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa natural resources.
gious honor with a substantial prize; the winner receives p
Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honors the Iowa farmer
use of a new John Deere 6E utility tractor for a year. who has a proven track record of excellence in soil con- Confinement manure b

Card of Thanks!
servation and water quality improvements and is commit-
ted to continuing efforts that continuously improve the
land and water.
training workshop a

Thank you to all who showed

Iowa farmers continue to take on the challenge
of better protecting their soil and improving water qual-
Feb. 27 for two hours E
your support at the fundraiser for our ity. This award is an opportunity to highlight and rec-
ognize a farmer that has gone above and beyond in their
8 year-old daughter, Elayna Sandeen on conservation efforts and serves as a model of land stew- State law requirement. . . w
Saturday January 28th. We are e
ardship in their community and across the state, Iowa
so blessed by your kindness and S
Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said. Confinement site manure applicators should
generosity. The award, which got its start in 1952, is de- plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State

Sincerely, signed to help raise awareness about the importance of University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Depart-
Jake, Lucy and Elayna Sandeen caring for Iowas fertile lands and vital waterways and to ment of Natural Resources to maintain or renew their
acknowledge those who accept the challenge of continu- confinement site manure applicator certification.

ously working to improve conservation. The Calhoun County workshop will be offered
Leading by example is so important, because on February 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the ISU Extension and Ou-
everyone has a role to play in protecting our soil and water reach- Calhoun County office located at 325 Court Street,
quality. Over the years weve proudly honored incredible Rockwell City.
Wednesday, Feb 15
Iowans who lead by example and have made incredible Iowa law requires confinement site manure
Prairie Valley School Board, 6:00 p.m. R
progress in conservation and their efforts encourage oth- applicators to attend two hours of continuing education
Thursday, Feb 16 m
ers to step up to the plate, says IFBF President Craig each year of their three-year certification period, or take
Gowrie Fire Dept., 7:00 p.m. at the fire station. i
Monday, Feb 20 Hill. Our role as farmers is to do more than grow food; and pass the exam once every three years, said Dan An-

Gowrie City Council, 6:45 p.m. at the we must all work towards leaving the land and watershed dersen, assistant professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems En-
community center. better for the next generation. gineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certi-
Callender Lions, 7:00 p.m. at the community A farmer can apply or be nominated for the fication program.
center. award by sending a brief letter summarizing the nomi- If applicators fail to attend the two hours of
Harcourt TOPS, 8:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran nees conservation efforts to the local Soil and Water continuing education each year, they will be required
Church Harcourt. Conservation District (SWCD) by May 1. The local SD- to pass a written exam to be eligible to recertify. Each
Tuesday, Feb 21 WCD will choose one nomination to advance for consid- year nearly 200 confinement site applicators fail to attend
Gowrie Library Board, 7:00 p.m. eration for a regional award, and the nine regional award training and must pass the remedial exam prior to being
Gowrie Pool Board, 7:00 p.m. at the library.
winners then compete for the overall award, which will eligible to renew their certification for the following year.
Wednesday, Feb 22
Farnhamville Fire Dept., 7:30 p.m. at the be announced July 17 at the Iowa Soil and Water Con- The workshop serves as initial certification for
fire station. servation District Commissioners Annual Conference in those applicators that are not currently certified, recer-
To have the date and time of your organizations Altoona. tification for those renewing licenses and as continuing
meeting listed here, call the Gowrie News at 352- As part of receiving the award, the 2017 Con- education for those applicators in their second or third
3325 or email us at gnews@wccta.net servation Farmer of the Year winner will receive free year of their license.
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February 15, 2017
Southeast Valley students compete
at Large Group state Speech
Saturday morning, February 4, 2017, 29 stu- Rees, Ben Peterson, Eva Haub, Vanessa Scott, Zane Geis,
dents boarded a bus to Spencer High School to compete Claire Whalen, Kyle Baird, Caroline Brandenburger, Eb-
in the state large group speech competition. Head coach ony Scott, and Emma Hunter (This group received 1 one
Britney Geisler and assistant coach Brandon Louis took rating and 2 two ratings.)
7 groups to compete in 4 different categories: group im- Group improv - Dan Johnson, Parker Johnson,
provisation, musical theatre, choral reading, and ensem- & Kylie Weiland. Situation: "On a cross country car trip"
ble acting. At the state level, the participants face three (This group received 1 one rating and 2 two ratings.)
judges, as opposed to districts, when only one judge gave Musical theatre - "South Pacific" - Leah Gib-
a rating and wrote comments. bons, Bailey Miller, Patti Snyder, Claire Whalen, Todd
To break down the ratings: Division 1 rating = Hamilton, & Tommy Lennon (This group received 2 one
Excellent; Division 2 rating = Good; Division 3 rating ratings and 1 two rating
= Fair; Division 4 rating = Disqualification because of
constitutional violation
The groups that performed, and their results,
Southeast Valley JV
were as follows: Ensemble - "Auschwitz Lullaby" - Dav-
en Rees, Dan Johnson, Eva Haub, Todd Hamilton, Patti
girls win at home
Snyder, & Leah Gibbons (This group received one rat-
Southeast Valley Junior Varsity girls hosted
ings from all three judges!)
South Central Calhoun Tuesday, January 31st, in Gowrie.
Ensemble - "The Tooth Hurts" - Bailey Miller &
The Jaguars came to play, claiming a victory against the
Tommy Lennon (This group received 2 one ratings and 1
Titans 35-27. Emma Graves is all smiles during senior night in
two rating.) Gowrie. Photo by Lisa Peterson
The Jaguars trailed in the final minute of the first
Group improv - Sam Comp, Drew Lundquist,
quarter 2-6, until Mackenzie Crampton finished a three
Patrick Breitsprecher, & Megan Seil. Situation: "First
point play, to bring the Jags within one. The girls never
date from a dating service" (This group received 1 one
looked back, responding with nine second quarter points.
rating and 2 two ratings.)
Jaguar team defense and rebounding held the Titans to
Group improv - Daven Rees, Katara Jondle, &
six second quarter points. The Jags entered half-time
Rawly Grandfield. Situation: "Filing for the U.S. govern-
leading 14-12. The third quarter tested the young Jaguars
ment" (This group received 2 one ratings and 1 two rat-
when SCC regained the lead. The ladies fought their way
back, clinching the lead to enter the fourth quarter 24-23.
Choral reading - "Ugly" - Kylie Clark, Megan
Digging deep, the Jags pounded out eleven fourth quar-
Seil, Kayla Dolph, Eliza Geis, Allison True, Hannah
ter points, while allowing the Titans to only score four
JVR Jaguar boys play points. The Jags finished with hustle and intensity, seal-
ing the victory 35-27.
defeated Webster City Crampton fueled the Jaguar offense with 11
points. Delaney Conrad dominated the boards and hus-

in overtime thriller tled on defense for the Jags. Offensively, Conrad contrib-
uted a solid 7 points. Viatris Scott went to work, scoring
5 points. Cassi Berglund controlled the basketball very
The Southeast Valley Boy's JVR basketball well and continued to make intelligent decisions for the
team defeated Webster City in an overtime thriller on Jaguars. Berglund produced 4 points for the Jags. Jaynie
2/2/17, with the final score of 52-48. The game was back Ferrari added 4 points and did a great job rebounding the
and forth, with many runs and stops by both teams. basketball. Payton Erritt hit a jumper to end the contest
After trailing by 8 after the conclusion of the 1st with 2 points. Taegen Long got a defensive steal at the
quarter, the Jags put together a strong 2nd quarter and top of the key and cashed it in for a lay-up to finish with
defended Webster City to just 4 points and held a 24-21 2 points.
advantage at the halftime break. In the 3rd quarter, how-
ever, the roles were reversed and the Jags only scored
5 points compared to Webster City's scoring output of
13, as the Jags trailed by 5 at the start of the 4th quarter.
Webster City increased their lead up to 8 points with just
two minutes remaining with the score of 33-41.
The young Jaguars then finished the final two
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were Joel Lambert with 3 points, Lincoln Miller with 2
points, and Gavin Richman with 2 points. Lucas Samu-
elson collected a total of 5 rebounds and Brock Flem-
ing collected 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Jacob Slininger also
added his efforts in the additional two quarters of play.
Jags pick up 5th straight win
Anderson Machinery
against Clarion-Goldfield
The JVR Boys picked up their 5th straight win
on Monday night (2/6/17), defeating Clarion-Goldfield
by the score of 60-43. Leading statistical leaders for
the Jaguars were Hunter Kruse with 22 points, 4 made Wednesday, Feb 15 - COOKS CHOICE
3-pointers, 4 offensive rebounds, and 4 assists, Carter Thursday, Feb 16 - Tater Tot Casserole, California Blend, Fruit Salad, WW Roll
Lane with 10 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals, Chase Swi- Friday, Feb 17 - Crunchy Pollock, Baked Potato, Spinach au gratin, Carrot
eter with 8 points and 5 rebounds, Lincoln Miller with Cake, Mandarin Oranges
7 points and 2 steals, Ross Halligan with 7 points and 3 Monday, Feb 20 - Chicken Rice Broccoli Casserole, Tossed Salad, Garlic
rebounds, Ethan Pliner with 4 points, 4 steals, and 4 re- Bread, Hot Fruit Compote, OJ
bounds, Robert Jepsen with 2 points and 6 rebounds, and Tuesday, Feb 21 - Pork Loin, Baked Potato, Cooked Cabbage & Onions,
Lucas Samuelson with 2 offensive rebounds. Playing and
Cooks Fruit Bar, Tomato Juice
not scoring was Gavin Richman.
End of Quarter Scores for the game are as fol- Wednesday, Feb 22 - Beef & Noodles, Stewed Tomatoes, Broccoli Raisin
lows: Q1- SV 19, C-G 5; Q2- SV 26, C-G 13; Q3- SV Salad, Peach Crisp
39, C-G 26, Q4- SV 60, C-G 43.
The JVR record is now 10-4 on the season.
4 February 15, 2017

SV Middle School wrestlers win matches

in Woodward, Laurens in recent meets
It is an exciting year for Southeast Valley Mid- shedding blood, sweat, and tears on the wrestling mat.
dle School Wrestling. We have a large team of 29 wres- Either in practice or competition they have been working
tlers. The largest team since the two district merger. The hard. This week the Jags had two meets, in Woodward
team consists with experienced and inexperienced wres- and Laurens.
tlers with a wide range in weights, from small to big. In both places they faced opponents they have
Mining towns, hiking, With very few practices do to weather, the Jag- not met yet this season. At Woodward, Monday the 6th,
Kit Carson, mountain scenery. . . uars face tough competition, on last Monday night in the grapplers contended with tough competition end-
Pocahontas. The Wrestlers battled to 28th wins and 39 ing the evening with a 22-33 record. Tre Fisher, Con-
The following column was written in looses for the evening. A respectable record for the be- nor Klingson, Zack Miller, Kaleb Scott, Wyatt Sprecher,
February of 2011. ginning of the year. Carson Suchan, Pierce Woodruff, Jaxon Carlson, Parker
I was driving on a Saturday on Freeway 60 east Many of the schools The Jags faced were end- Garcia, Nobel Nowell, Jonah Siebert, and Hunter Soren-
towards the Superstition Mountains and en route to Per- ing their wrestling season. We had many Wrestler finish son all fought for one win for the evening.
alta Trail, one of the popular hiking trails in Arizona. This the evening with one win; Harley Bryson, Mark Hughes, Aaron Graves, and Lathe Muench both battled
hike showcases some of the scenic back country of the Lathe Muench, Wyatt Sprecher, Jaxon Carlson, and Lo- for two wins for the night. Max Miller and Memphis
central Superstitions and offers one of the best views of gan ONeal. Simpson both had an impressive three wins. Thursday
Weavers Needle, a landmark rock spire in the center of We also had many wrestlers who ended the night the Jags faced opponents at Laurens, Iowa, show-
this mountain range. night with two victories; Rylie Ferrari, Aaron Graves, ing improvement with a 22-22 record.
I couldnt plug the trail into my GPS, but I Max Miller, Carson Suchan, Parker Garcia, Noble Now- Harley Bryson, Rylie Ferrari, Jesse Hansen,
knew Peralta Road was about 8.5 miles beyond Apache ell, Jonah Siebert, and Memphis Simpson. Zack Miller Mark Hughes, Connor Klingson, Dameon Rae, Noble
Junction. In retrospect, I should have penciled in Per- and Hunter Sorenson had three impressive wins for the Nowell, Logan ONeal, Jonah Siebert, and Memphis
alto Road, and not the trail or the park and that would night. Simpson all had one win for the night. Aaron Graves,
have probably worked. On Thursday evening the middle School wres- Zack Miller, Lathe Muench, Wyatt Sprecher, Parker
Traffic on 60 was moving slow this morning, tlers again met tough competition in Jefferson. Many of Garcia, and Max Miller had two superb wins.
mostly because the Renaissance Festival had just begun the school the Jags faced again were finishing their sea-
and there were lane closings and people directing traffic. sons, while the Jags are just getting started.
Harley Bryson, Connor Klingson, Keleb Scott,
Flu deaths total
Somehow, someway I missed the Peralto Road sign and
proceeded east on 60. I was talking with my small group, Carson Suchan, Parker Garcia, and Jonoh Siebert had
one win. Rylie Ferrari, and Late Muench had two wins.
seven in central Iowa
enjoying the scenery and many miles later we were driv-
ing into Superior, which is in the foreground of a steep Memphis Simpson battled for three wins. Southeast Val- The number of influenza-related deaths in Iowa
mountain that just goes straight up vertically. The view ley ended the evening with 15 wins and 35 losses. now stands at 25 since October 2, 2016, including 11
was spectacular. Woodward, Monday Feb. 6 deaths reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health
The drive from Superior to Miami and Globe, Southeast Valley Middle School have been (IDPH) during the week ending January 28, 2017. All
two small towns on the other side of the mountain range, but one of the individuals who have died had underlying
is quite scenic. There are deep gorges in these mountains,
high peaks, and there is a lot of red rock, somewhat akin
Crappie fishing good conditions or contributing factors.
Since October, flu deaths have totaled seven in
to Sedona, a popular resort/tourist destination in Arizona.
Miami is a mining town in the mountains. I stopped at a
at Don Williams Lake; central Iowa.
The deaths include 19 elderly (81+ years of age)
library which was about three blocks off the main drag.
It was housed in a very large building, which was un-
trout fishing good and two older adults (61 to 80 years). While it is never
too late to get a flu vaccination, the time to get the most
usual. Librarian Delvin, a very charming woman, was benefit from one is starting to dwindle, said State Epide-
there and took time to converse with us. miologist and IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quin-
Quite a few years ago she moved back to her
home town and restored an historical building, converting At Ada Hayden Lake. . . lisk.
The flu vaccination takes a few days to reach
it into a bed and breakfast. The mining industry declined, its maximum protection level, so waiting too much lon-
the economy went south, the community lost population Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake--Rainbow ger will mean diminished protection during the peak of
and businesses, and her venture failed. Now she has a Trout - Good: 2,200 rainbow trout were stocked on the season. Another way to prevent influenza spread is
prominent role at the library, which is housed in a former Thursday, Feb. 9th. Use caution around the edges of the to remember the 3 Cs Cover your coughs and sneezes;
school gymnasium. lake and avoid the boat ramp where the car broke through. Clean your hands; and Contain germs by staying home
She loves her home town, but confesses that Try ice fishing jigs and spoons tipped with wax worms or when ill, and especially for at least 24 hours after a fever
there are many trials and tribulations. Mining has re- small live minnows. The trout tend to school around the stops.
sumed, but it will probably will never reach its former perimeter, so it is best to start off fishing within 30 yards Flu activity in Iowa (and most of the nation) is
prominence. During this past decade, the price of copper of the shoreline. widespread, the highest category. Because influenza is
increased 228% to $2.30 per pound, and molybdenum, Don Williams Lake--As of Feb. 9th, Don Wil- not a reportable disease in Iowa, doctors are not required
commonly found with copper, had risen 900% to around liams ice conditions were still favorable for fishing with to notify IDPH each time a case is diagnosed; however,
$30 per pound. This led to Vancouvers Quadra Min- thicknesses from 9-11 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: An- IDPH conducts influenza surveillance that helps identify
ing Ltd. to begin construction of mining facilities which glers are finding a good crappie bite through the win- what strains of flu are circulating, how widespread illness
opened in 2007. There are several other mines operating ter. Use wax worms or minnows. Fish are being caught is, and in what regions of the state illness is occurring. All
in the area. throughout the day, but there is decent sunset to 8 p.m. four flu strains covered by this years vaccine have been
This lady had a quiet elegance and grace, and bite. Targeting the mid-lake section at depths of 15-25 reported in the state.
she was so accommodating. She explained that there were feet, schools of crappie are moving through suspended.
many antique stores operating a block off the main route
in the downtown sector, and I drove down this street years ago) to just 2,000 today. Many big mining towns in
later that morning. There were some very quaint spe- Arizona have completely vanished.
cialty shops and antique businesses, but there were few I drove into Globe (adjacent to Miami) and
customers parked in this sector, perhaps because visitors stopped at the Visitors Center. A wonderful, outgoing
just dont realize these shops exist. When the area popu- woman, Margaret, was there to greet us. Margaret is a
lation was huge, this bad location didnt matter. Now the
shop locations matter.
frequent volunteeer at the Globe-Miami Chamber of
Commerce Visitor Center. She recommended the best
Have you heard that the fountain pen is com-
ing back and is on the market again? After many years
Delvin said that Miamis population has gone places to eat. We dined at one of her highly recommended of ball point pens, fountain pens are once again popular.
from 10,000 during the peak mining days (not many restaurants, Judys Cook House, which has a great view These gems are made of fine materials and usually carry
of the mountains. a high price tag, but they are popular among the well-
I was getting cramped from the driving and I dressed executives of large companies
asked her about local hiking trails. She did provide us But there is something interesting about these
with a brochure and map of Round Mountain. Judy, who fountain pens. They may look great, and work great, but
was probably in her seventies, said that she and her hus- unless they are full of ink they really are not very use-
band wouldnt bother hiking in the foothills of the moun- ful. Without the correct things on the inside the outside
tains, however. They preferred hiking on trails at higher is useless. The same is very true of people.
mountain elevations. These mountains were marked, We spend money and time to make our outside
however, so rather than being adventurous on the more attractive. But looking great on the outside is merely to
scenic trails, we opted to hike in rather ordinary terrain at impress others around us. If there is nothing on the inside
Round Mountain. we are merely covering up our ugliness. You see, only
Judy was very informative and helpful. She God knows what is inside of us inside of our hearts. He
recommended the Boyce Southwestern Arboretum and looks at our hearts and our spirits.
several other attractions in the area. Im intrigued about So, what does He see in us? Is it ugly, or is it
El Capitan Pass, a breathtaking pass a few miles south of good? How do we treat people in speech and in our
Globe on Highway 77. In 1846 Kit Carson led Kearnys actions? The good news is that God offers us a priceless
army through this difficult pass on their march to Califor- gift, His Son, who will make us beautiful from the inside
nia to fight in the Mexican war. out. Yes, our outward appearance is important, but un-
Our hike took three hours and consumed most of less there is something good inside, its merely a covering
the afternoon. Even on marked trails, there was a 15-min- for our ugliness. In this month of love turn to Him and
ute or so lapse where I wasnt quite certain about our di- let Him clean us from the inside out.
rection. But just recognizing the true directions of east Prayer: Lord, Wash me and make me clean
and west, north and south led me the right way. again and then fill me with Your love. In Jesus Holy
There was also a large American flag atop one Name, Amen.
of the peaks. One could always view that flag. It was pa-
triotic, and also a good directional tool. ~ Email your news to gnews@wccta.net ~
Down Memory Lane
February 15, 2017
Southeast Valley
Schedule of Events B Y S A R A D O W N S

Week of Feb 15th to Feb 22nd Exploring Jamaica...

Wednesday, Feb 15
6:00 p.m. SWG School Board Mtg. We never know what new products will be ad- for a long way around. While anchored the boat did rock
7:00 p.m. G Varsity Basketball 3A REGIONAL - vertised these days as seen on TV. In theory many a bit but I thought gently. Returning to shore my room-
@ Cherokee sound great but if you have ever seen any of them that oc- mate said she felt a bit woozy and upon leaving the boat
Thursday, Feb 16 casionally appear on store shelves, they are disappointing felt wobbly also. Arriving back at the hotel she went di-
B V Bask 2A DISTRICT - B V Bask and not well made as TV indicated. Lately I have seen rectly to our room to rest. She hadnt fully recovered at
two products being shown, both of which sound good in dinner time and chose to pass on it and again return to
theory but the material from which they are made, to me, the room rather than joining us at the resorts Chinese
SWG Elementary Spring Picture Day is questionable. One is, of all things, a bra and the other restaurant. I had a plate of food from the regular evening
Friday, Feb 17 a cushion which is supposed to support you while sitting buffet (brought with me to the Chinese place) as, while I
B V Wres STATE WRESTL - B V Wres and protect your back and spine. The material bamboo! like some Chinese, I do not like the ones that do the stir
Saturday, Feb 18 Ouch! fry thing.
UNI Jazz Festival I said ouch because bamboo brings back Of course we all wanted to have some of our
All State Large Group Speech @ Iowa State memories of Jamaica where a lot of bamboo grows. I free time for shopping. I have collected roosters (not
B V Wres STATE WRESTL - B V Wres have mentioned that Mission Jamaica is a Vacation with real ones) for years and have quite a few beautifully
Monday, Feb 20 a Purpose, that is there are a couple free days in our hand carved ones from Jamaica. I found that I had at
PVES - NO AM Preschool package after having done the work at our mission site. least enough so each grandchild could have one and have
4:00 p.m. JH Wrestling @ Gilmore City One of the things one can do in Jamaica is take a bamboo asked them to visit me and make their choice, advising
raft ride down the Martha Brae River. The rafts are made the first ones would be able to choose from all. The other
Tuesday, Feb 21
of large bamboo poles lashed together and a bench that day a granddaughter and her seven year old, Quin, came
B V Bask 2A DISTRICT - B V Bask seats two people. The oarsman stands toward the front by and spent about half an hour just deciding. I asked
6:00 p.m. Local SVMS NHD Fair @ Burnside and guides the raft on the shallow river with a large, long Quin to come back and pick out some more from the rest
Wednesday, Feb 22 bamboo pole. It is a leisurely beautiful trip with many of my collection. I have hundreds!
End of 2nd Trimester different trees, plants and flowers growing along the There are many artists in Jamaica and they can
FFA Leadership Contests @ ICCC banks. The oarsman explains the different sites and tells be found in little crude alley shops, in the stores along
you about their raft building skills they make and use the main thoroughfares, along the country roads ev-
*Schedule is pulled from the SV website for your convenience* several a year. Most of these men are also craftsmen and erywhere. The main ones seem to be carvers (using the
a www.southeastvalley.org
have a product to sell. I have never bought one but unusual, I dont know names of ) Jamaican rain forest
1 ***Schedules are subject to change at anytime***
have given a tip, of course. Along the banks are various woods, artists (picture painters - two roosters done espe-
crafts people and if we so chose the oarsman would guide cially for me), basket weavers (beautiful ones made by a
our raft to the shore for a closer inspection. I have taken man out in his little shack along the forest road on way to
g ARE YOU READY FOR several of the rides and havent been enticed. orphanage allowing him to put several children through
SOME BROADWAY? To go on most Jamaican tours we hire the driv- college0, hats woven out of reeds from the Black River
er and his van from the company that does the Mission and seamstresses, making a dress or some other apparel
transportation to and from the airport and to our mission item for you. Its a beautiful country full of beautiful
sites. We get pretty well acquainted with those drivers people so dont ever go and just sit on the beach but get
and they charge fair prices and are good at suggesting out and explore and get to know them. Ill be coming
various tourist sites and telling us about their country back with more of these memories.
and areas along the way. On our way to our raft rides

we have stopped at one of the first Anglican churches

(still operating) on the island where there is an interest-
Ice condition good
ing graveyard with the cement slab tops. It is a rustic
but sturdy building. A person is usually at the church and
at Black Hawk Lake;
tells of its history and antiquated furnishings. Our driver
thought they still had original pipe organ but we learned vary at Brushy Creek
that it isnt but has been there a long time. The pulpit is
e Brushy Creek Lake--Ice conditions are vari-
very high, much more than any Catholic and older Lu-
r able on Brushy Creek Lake; most ice is 7 to 14 inches.
theran Churches I have been in. Id say their priest has to
have a good set of legs. I had my picture taken standing Warmer temperatures the next few days will degrade ice
in that pulpit but, as the many I have, it is stored away - near inflows and flooded timber. Use caution and check
s STARRING NFL LEGEND way away. Of course there is an alms box prominently ice thickness often when venturing out. Bluegill - Fair:
, EDDIE GEORGE displayed and of course we all put in a few American dol- Use a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Black Crappie
lars, which, by the way, are accepted all over the island - Fair: Try wax worms and minnows fished on a small
FEBRUARY 24 & 25 7:30 PM no need to make an exchange though one can if they want jig.
a few souvenirs. Black Hawk Lake--Ice thickness off Ice House
l FEBRUARY 26 2 PM Point boat ramp was 14 inches on Feb. 9th. There are
Whichever trip or tour that can be taken on the
island, along the routes will be little stands set up with areas of open water in the east basin. The winter aera-
FEBRUARY 24! Dinner tickets are available for various items such as handcrafts of all kinds and food tion system is in operation so expect thin ice and open
purchase at 515-294-2479 or in person at the interesting food and the unusual (to us) fruits of the water in Town Bay. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped
Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office. island. They call several things apples that do not look with a wax worm around the Gunshot Hill and Ice House
like apples as we know them. Most are very good, yet Point areas. Walleye - Slow: A good area to target wall-
in all my trips, the one fruit Jamaica is supposed to be eye through the ice is around Ice House Point and out
noted for, the Ugli fruit, has not been offered, even at from Gunshot Hill. Others have had luck fishing the rock
our hotels eateries. Each time I have gotten home and pile just north of Cottonwood Point. Try fishing with a
said to myself, I forgot to minnow head on a jigging spoon during low light hours.
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Dayton Expo Saturday, Security Savings Bank

Feb. 18, at Dayton plans Christmas in
Community Center London 2017
Welcome Aboard Club at Security Savings Bank

lunch at noon. . . is proudly presenting a very special trip which includes
seven days in London & Oxford, England for only $2899!
The 2017 Dayton Expo will be Saturday, Feb. We hope you will join us on December 6-12, 2017 to kick-
18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dayton Community Cen- off the Christmas season with an international fling! You
ter. will love the charming Christmas Markets with the scent of
There will be a free dinner served at noon until mulled wine and cinnamon while shopping for homemade
it is gone. And there will be free popcorn all day. crafts, artisan goods and the smell of local holiday treats.
There will be many exhibitors and businesses No trip to London is complete without a panoramic
there promoting their products and services. city tour of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St. Pauls
Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and last but not least
a trip to Harrods for their glorious holiday displays! One af-
ternoon will be enjoyed with one of Londons finest theatre
We will travel across the English countryside to the
historic city of Oxford, home the prestigious University of
Oxford for their Christmas Markets and a visit to Blenheim
Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. After a day
of leisure, we will enjoy a dinner inspired by Charles Dick-
ens A Christmas Carol.
This trip has a very nice feature of a one-hotel stay
in London so you only unpack once and you cant beat the
price! Last year we had a complete sell-out on our holiday
trip to New York City and I believe this one might even sell
faster because of the price. So dont delay or it will be full!
If this trip is of interest to you, please attend our
Travel Show at noon on Tuesday, February 28th Security
Savings Bank in Farnhamville. RSVPs are appreciated for
pizza! Call Renae or Dana at 515-544-3281 or stop by any
of our banking locations for reservations.
Brooklyn Miller, right,and Gavin Echelberger,
left, are pictured writing descriptions about their crystal
model. Photo by PV Elemenatry.

Crystal experiments
completed by PV
Elementary students
Last week inMs. Megan Moritzs 3rd gradesci-
enceclassat Prairie Valley Elementary, students com-
pleted a crystal experiment. The experimentis part of a
Rocks and Mineralsunit.
The experiment consistedof four ingredients:
a tin lid, construction paper, Epsom salt,and hot water.
Students first cut out black construction paperto cover
Community Health Center the bottom of the tin lid.
Next, they mixed Epsom salt and hot water to-
has Dayton Expo Booth! gether, and poured that water into the lid coveringthe
construction paper. They left it stationary fora couple
Check out our many services that we days and then observed the outcome. Crystals formed and
provide at our Community Health Center! the experiment was a success!
Medical care, Dentist on Friday,
counseling, Behavorial health, psychiatrist,
preventive therapy
We have the staff and expertise to help your Tommy Lennon performs in pep band before he
family for your medical, behavorial hits the basketball court. Photo by Lisa Peterson.
and dental needs!
Clinic Hours - M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tues. Feb. 21 & 28 - Coffee & Color, 1-5pm

Mon. Feb. 13 & 27 - Knitting & Crochet, 1:30-3pm
Cronell Lowery writes his description about his
Thu. Feb 16 - Phipps, Anderson, Deacon LLP, an ag-
crystal model. Photo by PV Elemenatry.
ricultural law firm. If you are a corn farmer this
Our Saviours Lutheran might be of interest to you. 9-11am. www.justice-

GriefShare Class Thur. Feb. 16 - Lego Club first meeting, 4-5:30 pm. This
will be the first get-together for LEGO Club, Please
bring your own LEGOs if you want or use ours,
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. . . although we do have a limited supply.
Tues. Feb. 21 - Book Club, This months book is Wom-
anizer by Katie Evans 7-8.30pm
Wednesday, Feb. 15 Wednesday Night Supper
& Sunday School will begin at 5:30 p.m. Confirmation Sat., Feb. 25 - Julie Miller discussion/Q&A about Laura
Class meets at the Parsonage at 6 p.m. Bible Study with Ingalls Wilder 10-11:30am
Don Doolittle, will meet in the Fireside Room at 7 p.m. Fri., March 3 - Blank Park Zoo 2-3:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 16 Pastors Conference at Riv- Sat., March 11 - Author David Grindberg returns to in-
erside Lutheran Bible Camp will commence between the troduce and discuss his new childrens book, The
hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. GriefShare Class will meet in the Other Night I Had a Dream 10am
Sat., April 8 - Studio Fusion will be a fun hands-on,
~ Email your news to Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal will begin at
6:30 p.m. take-home project. There will be a slight cost in-
volved varying from $6-18.00 depending of which
gnews@wccta.net ~ Saviour's Lutheran continued on page 9... take-home project you choose. 10am
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u Adam Dellachiesa (BB) Keegan Goodwin (BB) Dakota Jaeschke (BB) Lucas Pontius (BB) Ryan Gustafson (BB) Alex Pliner (BB)
Mary Kay & Doug Dellachiesa Windy Goodwin and Matt Goodwin Amy & Heath Jaeschke Debra Ott and Brian Pontius Rhonda & Steve (absent) Gustafson Sheila Pliner and Chris & Katie
f (absent) Pliner

Kamryn Shady (Cheer) Emma Graves (BB) Meryl Moeller (Dance Team) Nolan Brand (BB) Jaden Cline (BB) Myles Davis (BB)
c Kindy & Nate Monroe Amber & Mark Graves and Kerri Moeller Maureen & Rick Brand Stacey Cline and Curt Cline Tami & Pastor Jim Davis


JV Jags come from behind to beat Manson;
l rout Paton-Churdan in big team victory
Jordan Dutcher
y Jaguar JV boys improve record to 15-3. . . Jordan Dutcher is the
Jaguar of the week for the
r week of February 13th-17th.
y The Southeast Valley JV boys got off to a very able win! Jordan was selected
slow start and were down 21 points late in the third quar- Paton Churdan, Tuesday Feb. 7 because he is a positive force
ter Feb. 6 at MansonNorthwest. This was the first game during the season that in the kitchen in FCS A, he
The Jaguar boys came back in the fourth quarter the boys came out and had good scoring and good de- is patient and kind with his
to win the game by 4 points 69-65. fense the moment they set foot on the court. All the play- kitchen group, and he works
At half time the team had a good talk. One of the ers played well together and the Jags won 57-23. hard in the kitchen to make a
players told coach Gutshall in the 4th quarter we know In the first quarter the Jags went into a 3 2 zone great product.
how much you want this and we are going to make it hap- and got a few quick fast breaks. They led 14 -7. Kenny Jaguar of Week recognition is made by a different
pen! Blunk made some good things happen. With a fast break, staff member on a rotating basis each week at Southeast
In the fourth quarter they came out in a full steal and penetration down the lane scoring he scored Valley High School.
court press causing two turnovers, three travel calls and four points for the Jags.
two charges called on the Manson offense getting them The Jags were playing as a team, great ball
very flustered. movement. Impressive quick feet steals and blocks.
These turnovers led to points for the Jags. The The Jags led 41-9 at the half . They are aware
boys were able to execute the press and get possession of exactly where their teammates were on the court and
leading to scores. anticipated each pass.
The whole team had an outstanding fourth quar- The whole bench participated in the win!
ter especially Kennan Ferry who added 14 pts in the last Coach Gutshall was very happy with the 15 as-
quarter helping the Jags win the game!
Coach Gutshall said this was just an unbeliev- JV Basketball continued on page 8...

SV Varsity seniors
were honored
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Defeated Paton-Churdan...

e The SV Varsity Boys defeated Paton-Churdan
by the score of 61-58 on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The Jaguars were led in scoring by Keegan
Goodwin with 21, Kaleb Jondle 13, Dakota Jaeschke
8, Myles Davis 7, Alex Pliner 4, Lucas Pontius 3, Ryan
Gustafson 3, and Alex Pliner 2. The Jaguars Varsity re-
cord is now 15-5.
During the Paton-Churdan game the seniors
were also honored during Senior night and played their
last home game of the season. The seniors on the South-
east Valley basketball team are as follows: Lucas Pontius,
Jaden Cline, Keegan Goodwin, Myles Davis, Ryan Gus-
tafson, Dakota Jaeschke, Alex Pliner, and Nolan Brand.
Manson-Northwest Webster, Feb. 6
The SV Varsity Boys Basketball team lost to
Keegan Goodwin celebrates senior night and has Manson-Northwest Webster by the score of 75-61 on
an outstanding night scoreing 21 points for the Jaguars.
Photo by Lisa Peterson. Varsity Basketball continued on page 8...

It Pays to Advertise!
8 February 15, 2017

Karl King Concert Sunday, Feb. 19, honors

famous Ft. Dodge conductor 100 years ago
Free, entertaining, historic concert. . .
The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort march composition, Barnum and Baileys Favorite,
The Lonely Sounds of Dusk Dodge, IA will open their 2017 indoor season on Sunday, and an exciting galop, Eclipse.
I have the privilege of living out in the middle February 19th, with a concert beginning at 3:30 pm in the A medley that pays tribute to the most popular
of nowhere 3 miles southeast of Dayton. Literally! Our Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College song of 1917, arranged by Ferde Grofe, is titled Over
house is surrounded by over 660 acres of old pastureland in Fort Dodge. There Fantasie. This medley includes several songs of
and timber. It is a beautiful place to live, and the solitude There is no admission charge, with these con- that year designed to help boost Americas morale during
can bring some unique experiences that not a lot of other certs being provided by the City of Fort Dodge. World War I.
people get to see or hear. Most nights, as the sun is set- This February 19th concert will be the Bands
ting and casting streaks of pink, purple, and scarlet colors
across the sky, a lonely and sometimes eerie tune can be
annual tribute to former Conductor Karl L. King. A spe-
cial afternoon of band music is being planned to include
JV Basketball...
heard from the timber. The howl of a lonely coyote. some of Kings best-known and most popular composi- continued from page 7...
Did you know that coyotes are one of a few spe- tions, along with music that was published 100 years ago sists. Coach Gutshall is a firm believer in playing as a
cies that can be found in 49 of our 50 states of America! in 1917. team and assists mean just as much to him as points.
They also range down in the Central America and up to Karl King was born on February 21, 1891 in The Jags also had an outstanding 18 steals and
Canada. Coyotes are one of the most prolific animals Paintersville, Ohio. After his childhood in Ohio, he left an impressive 27 rebounds!
in the wild and they are neighbors to you and I here in in 1910 at the age of 19 and traveled for 9 years with sev- Kennan Ferry had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steel;
Dayton. On average, a coyote will grow to weight twenty eral different circuses, conducted several of their bands, Max Davis, 10 points, 3 rebounds 3 assists, 2 steals;
to forty pounds and stand roughly twenty-four to thirty and reached the pinnacle of success as conductor of the Other stat leaders were: Kenny Blunk, 8 points,
inches high. They are predators and survive mostly on famous Barnum and Bailey Circus Band during the 1917 3 rebounds, 4 steals; JJ Graves, 6 points, 6 rebound;
a diet of small rodents, rabbits, and upland game birds. and 1918 seasons. Jackson Housken, 6, 3 boards, two steals; Zach Graves
However, coyotes will take larger animals such as deer, The music to be performed reflects a wide va- ,4 points, 2 boards, 5 assists, 3 steals; Mason Ackerson 3
turkeys, calves, lambs, and pigs when traveling in packs. riety of Kings musical styles and tastes, and was influ- points, 2 reb., 3 steals; Kyle Zika, 2 pts 1 rebound; Jaxon
So why am I bringing this up? That is a good enced by his career as a circus musician. When Karl King Meyer, 2 pts, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals; Adam Del-
question and here is an answer for you. As much as na- arrived in Fort Dodge in the fall of 1920 with his wife lachesa, one rebound.
ture has a balance and will do its best to keep things Ruth and young son Karl, Jr., he was already a well-es- The JV Jags currently have a 15-4 record.
that way, we as man sometimes throw off that balance tablished performer, conductor, composer, and publisher
and have to do our part to help maintain it. As beautiful of band music. He continued to write music along with
as a coyote howl may be to listen to, the destruction and directing the local Municipal Band for 50 years, eventu- Varsity Basketball...
damage they cause to livestock, local wildlife, and pets is ally opening his own music store and publishing business continued from page 7...
alarming. here. Monday, Feb. 6.
As an outdoorsman, one of my favorite things to Conductor Jimmerson has drawn music for this Leading scorers for the Jaguars were Dakota
do this time of year is predator hunting. Coyotes, since concert from several of the compositions published 100 Jaescke 26, Myles Davis 14, Keegan Goodwin 8, Nolan
they are so populated, are the one species that the state years ago in 1917, when Karl King was a 26-year old Brand 5, Alex Pliner 4, Nolan Johnson 3, and Ryan Gus-
of Iowa will allow hunting on throughout the year. They young man. He had traveled for four years, from 1910 tafson 1.
literally can be hunted 24-7-365 and thats what we need through 1913, with different circuses and had already Ogden, Feb. 9
to do to keep a good balance in the population. It also of- reached the peak of his playing career as a Euphonium The SV Varsity Boys Basketball team wrapped
fers a huntable quarry during the months where nothing player with the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, the top up their regular season with a 69-64 win over Ogden on
else is eligible to pursue. job of that era. Thursday, Feb. 9.
January through March is typically the breed- The 1914 season found Mr. King being named Leading statistical leaders for the Jaguars were
ing season for coyotes and thats when they are often bandleader on the Sells-Floto/Buffalo Bill Combined Myles Davis with 19 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, Dakota
most active and responsive to calls. When pursuing these Shows, a position he would hold through the 1915 and Jaeschke 15 points and 11 rebounds, Keegan Goodwin 14
predators there are a few things that youll need. First, a 1916 seasons as well. In 1917, John Ringling hired King points and 3 steals, Kaleb Jondle 8 points and 3 assists,
good call. Second, a good rifle or shotgun. And third, to lead the most famous circus band of that era with the Alex Pliner 6 points and 9 rebounds, Nolan Johnson 4
some warm clothes. Once you have those gathered up, Barnum and Bailey Circus. points, and Nolan Brand 3 points.
head out to find yourself some timber, wooded draws in Selections to be performed from 1917 include The Jaguars Varsity Boys finish their regular
fields, or large grassy patches. Setup downwind, and let Kings most famous overture, The Golden Dragon; an season with a 16-5 record and will play the winner of
that call in your hand sing! You might be surprised with intermezzo, Spanish Romance; and two marches, Sir Roland-Story/South Hardin in second round play of the
what comes running! Galahad and The Chevalier. This second King com- storied IHSAA Boys Basketball tournament. The Jag-
If you havent ever tried something like this, I position was originally published using Kings pseud- uars received a first round bye.
would encourage you to do so. If youre not a hunter, Id onym, Carl Lawrence.
challenge you to get outside and listen for the howl of a Opening the concert will be Karl Kings tribute
coyote sometime. Whether you are pursuing them as a to the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, The
quarry, or hoping to catch a glimpse of one in the wilds New Madison Square Garden March. Other selections
around town, being outside and enjoying Gods creation by King on the program will include his most famous
is never a lost opportunity!

Spirit Lake Massacre

Until next time!

Remembrance Tour
The Gowrie News: Ph. 515-352-3325, Fax 352-3309,
Saturday, March 25
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Sponsored by Fort Dodge,
Webster City Historical Societies. . .

Worship Schedule
The Spirit Lake Massacre Rememberance Tour
will be Saturday, March 25, from 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The event is presented by The Fort Dodge His-
torical Foundation and the Webster City Historical Com-
8:30 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. Worship The Spirit Lake Massacre Remembrance Tour
FIRST UNITED CHURCH, FARNHAMVILLE commemorates the 160th anniversary of that tragedy and
heroic efforts made by the rescue expedition of ordinary Lucas Pontius drives toward the basket looking to
10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, 9:45 a.m. Fellowhip Coffee score for the Jaguars. Photo by Lisa Peterson.
OUR SAVIOUR'S LUTHERAN, CALLENDER citizens from the Fort Dodge, Webster City, and Homer
9:15 a.m. Sunday Worhip Other communities involved to some extent Zion Lutheran Church
9:00 a.m. Sunday School; 10:15 a.m. Worship Stops will be made at key locations within this Confirmation Class
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, GOWRIE epic story at Lotts Creek, Emmetsburg and Lake Oko- Wednesday, February 15. . .
boji at the Gardner Cabin and monument.
9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Worship
Interactive experience and box lunch included. Wednesday, February 15 Bingo at the GCC will
A final stop will be at the Grotto of the Redemption begin at 3 p.m. Youth Bells will begin at 4 p.m. Confir-
10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:30 a.m. Fellowhip which will give everyone a chance to reflect on the days mation Class will begin at 7 p.m. Vesper Ringers will
EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH, HARCOURT journey. begin at 7 p.m. Zion WEBS will begin at 8 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Worship; 9:40 a.m. Sunday School Fort Dodge riders will be picked up at the Fort Saturday, Feb. 18 Worship will begin at 5 p.m.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HARCOURT Museum & Frontier Village and Webster City riders will Sunday, Feb. 19 Choir Rehearsal will begin at
be picked up at Wilson Brewer Historicn Park and Muse- 9:15 a.m. Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, SOMERS The cost is $60 (Includes Experience and Box Tuesday, Feb. 21 A GCC taped service will be-
9:00 a.m. Worship Lunch). Tickets are available at the Fort Museums Trad- gin at 10 a.m.
FULTON LUTHERAN CHURCH, ROELYN ing Post (Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm) and Fuller Hall Wednesday, Feb. 22 Youth Bells will begin at 4
9:00 a.m. Worship in Webster City (Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm). p.m. ConFest Event will begin at 5:45 p.m.
February 15, 2017
Webster County Wild org khansen@webstercountyia.org or call the park of-
fice at (515)576-4258 to pre-order your tickets.
Bills had been texting on May 8, 2015, when he
ran a stop sign and crashed his pickup truck into a car,
Game dinner Feb. 18 Colten Bills sentenced
killing David Castenson, 56, of Harcourt, and his mother,
Velma Castenson, 85, of Dayton a few miles from Day-
ton on Highway 175.
For Camp WaNoKi. . .
The Friends of Webster County Conservation
to probation Monday Bills apologized in tears during the hearing to
the Castenson family according to some reports.
have partnered with the Iowa Central Culinary Arts pro-
gram to host the 2nd annual fundraising event featur- in District Court
ing specialty wine and beer sampling, wild game hors Saviour's Lutheran...
douevres, silent auction, and a raffle. Save the date for
Saturday evening, Feb. 18, starting at 6 pm at Willow
After conviction continued from page 6...
Ridge Restaurant, 1788 Madison Ave, Fort Dodge. in Castenson deaths. . . Saturday, Feb. 18 Mens Group will begin in the
Fireside Room at 9 a.m.
The $25 ticket will cover admission, 5 free wine
Sunday, Feb. 19 Worship; Food Pantry; S.S.
/ beer samples, wild game hors douevres, and silent auc- Colten Bills, Dayton, was sentenced to proba-
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Hosts URMED Student
Senator Tim Kraayenbrink District 5 Christian Kladstrup is on a journey. He is seek- emergency department. Its unpredictable. You never
ing the right path as he decides his place in the medical know whats going to happen. However, in the ER you
Week Five - February 9, 2017 field. The junior biology major from Buena Vista Uni- dont get to form long-lasting relationships with patients
Chamber News versity (BVU) recently spent several days with nurses like in a family practice, he remarks. In a rural hospital,
We are coming up on our first funnel week. This means and medical providers at Stewart Memorial Community though, you often get to wear both hats, covering ER and
all bills need to be through committee in order to be con- Hospital to observe different aspects of medicine as part providing care in the clinic setting.
sidered for the rest of the legislative session. The only of BVUs Undergraduate Rural Medicine Education and Christian says, Its been an awesome experi-
exception to the funnel are oversight, appropriations, and Development program (URMED). ence. Im thankful to BVU, BVRMC and SMCH for al-
ways and means bills. The funnel is a deadline to help us The program provides three pre-med students lowing me to observe so many different aspects of medi-
focus on our priorities and move bills through the process each year the opportunity to intern at Buena Vista Re- cine. From nursing to emergency medicine to surgery,
so we can get the work done. gional Medical Center (BVRMC) in Storm Lake and its been helpful to see how each step works in the entire
three other area hospitals during the colleges January in- spectrum.
Senate Considers Collective Bargaining Reform terim. Each student receives a $3,000 stipend to help with The next steps in Christians journey are to take
This week the Senate introduced a bill that costs associated with applying to medical school. the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in April.
would reform collective bargaining in Iowa. This bill will Christians journey began when he was only He will then apply to medical schools this summer. He
change the way Iowa government does business. It em- seven years old. His mother, who is a nurse, had an ana- says the process can be lengthy. I will write basic ap-
powers local school boards and elected officials to pay phylactic reaction in 2004. She was in a coma and spent plications and the schools will then request a second ap-
great teachers and employees more, while also removing time in several hospitals. She emerged from the coma plication which is primarily essay questions. In the fall
the occasional bad employee. It gets the government out with neurological problems, and young Christian became they will then conduct interviews for potential students.
of the business of using taxpayer money to collect union interested in providing care to patients from that experi- He should know where he will study medicine by early
dues and finally gives taxpayers a seat at the bargaining ence. spring his senior year.
table. The URMED program has given Christian the SMCHs role in the program benefits both the
This part of Iowa law has not been addressed for chance to observe in the clinic setting as well as the hos- student and the hospitals efforts to recruit high quality
more than 40 years. In that time, the work force and tools pital. He has shadowed nurses, family practice physi- medical providers. SMCH CEO Cindy Carstens com-
used to complete jobs have changed dramatically. In the cians and surgeons. He says his favorite area has been the ments, As it becomes more difficult to attract provid-
years since that law was enacted, taxpayers have been in- ers to the rural setting I feel that by our participation in
creasingly shut out of the negotiating process, while pub- the URMED program there is a greater opportunity in the
lic sector labor unions gather contributions to curry favor future to recruit individuals similar to Christian to our
with elected officials in order to extract unsustainable pay organization. These individuals are familiar with the ru-
and benefits at the cost of the taxpayer. ral lifestyle and have a greater connection and desire to
Data compiled from the Bureau of Labor Sta- provide medical care in this type of setting. The ability
tistics show public sector employees earn 1.4 times more to showcase our organization, our culture and the excep-
than employees in the private sector. It is not acceptable tional experiences our patients have may make a lasting
for an Iowan making $44,000 per year and paying hun- impact in the future as these students determine where
dreds or thousands of dollars per month for health insur- they may wish to practice.
ance, to pay a heavy tax burden so someone who does For more information about Stewart Memorial
comparable work can earn $62,000 per year and pay $20 Community Hospital and the services it provides, log
per month for better health insurance. onto www.stewartmemorial.org.
Every taxpayer has an interest in this legislation.
It will increase efficiencies at every level of government.
When government gets more efficient, taxpayers get bet-
ter services at a lower cost. These reforms are a better
deal for Iowans. As my colleagues and I work to expand
career opportunities and economic growth in Iowa, it is
this type of legislation that will move Iowa forward to
reach those goals.
Traffic Cameras
Many of you have heard about the traffic camera
debate we are having around the Legislature. We current-
ly have two bills moving through the committee process
that discuss traffic cameras One is SF 3, which eliminates
traffic cameras altogether. The other is SF 196:
This bill regulates traffic cameras rather than removing
them. It does the following:
Requires weekly calibration of speed and traffic signal
Requires that a peace officer review citations issued
Buena Vista University pre-med student Christian
through the use of these systems Kladstrup recently spent a week at Stewart Memorial Com-
Requires that signs be posted in clear and present view munity Hospital as part of the URMED program at BVU.
of passing drivers in advance of the location of the system He shadowed nurses, medical providers and surgeons to
for both fixed and mobile systems help him determine his path in the medical field.
Adds criteria for the DOT to use in determining whether
to approve an automated traffic law enforcement system, of traffic violations, and risk to officers employing tradi-
such as volume of traffic, history of accidents, frequency tional traffic law enforcement methods

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counts used for secondary
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Karri Scully, Dayton, competes in dragster

racing at Iowas Oldest Dragway
Near Humboldt; her husband assists. . .
By Michelle Balke dragway is now over 50 years old.
It started back in high school. Karri Scully, Day- Karri competes in dragster racing. There are
ton, was racing down the streets with friends. pairs of dragsters that race against one another. The win-
Week Five - February 9, 2017
Last year Karri started racing the 8th mile and ners then compete against the other winners until there is
Week five is coming to a close. The tone in the
550s near Humbolt at Iowas Oldest Dragway. This a first place winner and a second place winner.
capitol has become extremely bitter, I am not sure what
Karri is sponsored by Baby Boy Racing. She
has happened that we cannot listen to one another and
took third place in her first race. Karri said, I literally
discuss our views without yelling and becoming angry at
got sick but after that it was smooth sailing.
our colleagues. This week the biggest topic of discussion
Karri also does her own basic mechanics but her
has been Chapter 20, which is the collective bargaining
husband Patrick does all the major work.
bill. I feel there have been an enormous amount of mis-
The racing season begins in late April and con-
conceptions about HSB 84 that is why I want to take this
cludes in October. There are multiple racing categories
entire newsletter to explain at little further.
at the Humbolt dragway including motorcycles, snow-
Let me begin this by saying Chapter 20 has not
mobiles on wheels, and doorslammers.
had a thoughtful review in 40 years. There have been
Karris message to young girls, older ladies, or
a lot of remarks that collective bargaining has worked
anyone is: Do it, Its a rush like no other.
for all of these years and it does not need to be changed.
However, taxpayers aren't protected under the current
system. HSB 84 will give taxpayers a seat at the table
and ensure that they're treated fairly.
After I decided to not seek re-election in 2002
for my Senate seat I still felt I needed to give back to my
community. I choose to run for the local school board and
won. I served for 10 years, many of those years serving as
president. I also served on the school negotiation team for
nine of those ten years, which negotiated with the local
teachers union yearly. We never went to binding arbitra-
tion because we knew the scales were tipped against us.
Currently an arbitrator is required to consider
previous collective bargaining agreements. HSB 84 pro-
hibits that. Currently arbitrators only have to consider
public sector wages; this bill states that they have to look
at both public and private sector jobs. New language in Karri Scully is shown in her dragster sporting a
HSB 84 states an arbitrator shall not choose a wage that winning smile.
exceeds the consumer price index or a 3% wage increase
depending on which is less. This does not prevent school
boards from giving a 4% increase or even a 10% in-
Seed Treatment Course
crease; it only applies if it goes to arbitration.
Arbitrators are not allowed to consider if the
Scheduled for Feb. 22

school or state has enough funds to pay for said wage Calhoun County will host a Seed Treatment
and benefit increases, but they can consider government's Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial
ability to increase taxes in order to generate more funds pesticide applicators, Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
to pay for these benefits. This is unfair to jeopardize The program will be shown at locations across Iowa
our taxpayers by raising property taxes in order meet in- through the Iowa State University Extension and Out-
creased wages. Collective bargaining agreements need reach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).
to live within current financial realities instead of treating The local attendance site is the Calhoun County
taxpayers like an unlimited ATM. I encourage you to talk Extension office at 325 Court St., Rockwell City. Reg-
to one of your school board members or your superinten- istration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9
dents that have been part of negotiations to verify what I to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35. To register or to
am saying rings true. obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the
A significant number of government and school ISU Extension and Outreach office in Calhoun County by
teacher unions were originally certified shortly after phoning 712-297-8611.
chapter 20 went into effect, likely before many current The course will provide continuing instruction
union members were even born. Currently government Karri Scully is pictured with her third place tro-
credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in phy and dragster.
sector unions do not need to recertify before they negoti- categories 4 and 10. Topics to be covered include safe
ate on behalf of workers, this means someone could be handling and storage of seed treatment products and
negotiating your salary for you and you would not even treated seed; laws and regulations; personal protective
get a say in the matter. Government unions should get equipment; and pests, pest management, and pesticides.
permission from the people they claim to represent be- Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Edu-
fore negotiating on their behalf. This bill states that a vote cation Units (CEUs) will be offered. Interested partici-
must occur a year before a union can represent a group pants should bring their CCA number to the program.
in collective bargaining negotiations. The bill also states Additional information and registration forms
that they must obtain a vote from a majority of those rep- for this and other courses offered by the PSEP team can
resented, not just a majority of those whom voted. For be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PSEP/.
example if there are sixty school teachers but only five
are union members, chances are those five will always
represent the other fifty five because they represent the The bill states that health insurance has to be of-
union. Currently if there is a union vote and those five all fered to all employees. There will be a new state pool
vote yes, then they will represent the other fifty five in the to help save money for this, but if employers are self-
collective bargaining process. The bill states that if the insured or have plans they currently like more, they will
union wants to represent the entire sixty, then they need be allowed to keep these plans. IPERS is not affected or
thirty one votes for this to occur. I believe this is impor- even part of this bill.
tant because it is giving a voice for non-union employees. What the bill does not do
Maybe the most important part of this bill is that -The bill does not affect private sector unions.
it gives local control back to our school boards. If they -The bill does not repeal the right to collectively bar-
need to pay more for a teacher in a hard to fill position, gain for government employees.
they can do that. If they want to pay great teachers that go -The bill does not affect pensions in any way.
above and beyond the call of duty, they can do that too. It -The bill does not take away health insurance. Under
does make it somewhat easier to release a teacher that is the bill the state is required to provide a health insur-
just not preforming at a level that the district needs. But ance plan to employees.
-The bill does not mandate that local governments
FRIDAY, MARCH 3 7:30 pm
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that would allow an employee to be released without just must join a statewide health insurance pool.
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areas of proficiency, college and career readiness, gradu-
ation rate, and attendance.
In the categories of college and career ready
growth and annual expected growth, scores dropped.
A concern when speaking about growth is that it often
doesnt account for students who have already hit marks
of proficiency. For example, a freshman student already
reading at a college level may not show growth in subse-
quent years.
An ongoing initiative to increase student 120 lbs. sophomore Sam Hemmestad had a tough
achievement at the high school is the Response to In- night finishing fourth at districts in Webster City. Photo by
tervention (RTI) program. Two days a week during the Lisa Peterson.
20 minute advisory time, students are assigned to class-
rooms in which they are struggling. This gives them time
to work with teachers to improve skills in areas where
they may have deficits. Data shows that there has been Coledon Bethel, 106 lbs., had a tough night finish-
an increase in student GPAs as a result of RTI practices. ing in third place during the District meet in Webster City.
Southeast Valley Middle School was not rated in 2015. Photo by Lisa Peterson.
The rating for 2016 is 56.6 pts, which is .4 pts from being
Acceptable and lies in the Needs Improvement category.
At the middle school level, only four categories are con-
sidered. The proficiency rating for the middle school is
on par with the state average at 79.1%. In the category of
College and Career Readiness, the middle school has in-
creased 5 percentage points from 2015 and is continuing
on an upward trajectory of improvement. Again, growth
measures for annual expected growth and college and ca-
reer ready growth can be subjective, yet still the middle
school continues to address these concerns through RTI
in Seminar daily. Seminar is a block of time at the end
of each day in which teachers at every grade level work
directly with students in regard to homework completion
and academic interventions. Kaelan Lundberg lost a tough wrestle back opportu-
Farnhamville Elementary received an Accept- nities finishing in third place. Photo by Lisa Peterson.
able score in 2016 with 66.9 pts, only .1 pts below the
Commendable rank earned in 2015. Although scores
dropped slightly in the areas of College and Career Ready
Growth and Annual Expected Growth, the schools
scores still remain well above state average. Proficiency
is also a strong score for the school, with 87.4% pro-
ficient. As always, the school is looking toward ways
to improve student achievement. Some of these ways
include a literacy block scheduled everyday from 9:00-
9:20. At this time every staff member and student in the
building are working on reading skills. There are students
working with LEXIA, PALs, and PRESS interventions
at this time. Everyday Math is used school wide and has
components for online lessons and games that increase
math proficiency. Teachers meet twice in a six day cycle
to review student progress and plan for student interven-
tions as well as enrichment.
Dayton Elementary was also not scored in 2015,
but came out with an Exceptional score in 2016 at 84.8
pts. Six categories are considered when scoring elemen-
tary schools. The school was above state average in near-
ly all categories, including 89% proficiency and 95.8%
overall daily attendance. Although the school is proud
of the accomplishment of such a high score, they know
that continued effort is needed to maintain their place
in the top 2% of Iowa schools. As part of this effort,
the Dayton elementary is implementing PRESS reading Heavyweight sophomore Clayton McFarland
interventions, Peer Assisted Learning reading activities, finished in fourth place during the district wrestling meet.
Photo by Lisa Peterson.
and exploring an online reading program called LEXIA.
Everyday Math is a math program that stresses problem
solving and student strategies to solve math problems.
Teachers meet once a week in PLC grade level groups
to discuss student data and plan for student interventions
and success.
Increasing student achievement remains a pri-
ority at all schools within the Southeast Valley district.
More information on the Iowa School Report Cards can
be found on the website http://reports.educateiowa.gov/

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