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6, 2016


VOL. 126 NO. 1

Webster County has much higher rate

of youth drinking than state average
County gets grant, youth drinking meeting Jan. 12. . .

A grant secured for Webster County on youth
drinking (ages 12-20) will be discussed Tuesday, Jan.
12, from 4-6 p.m. at Community and Family Resources,
1506 31st Ave. North, Fort Dodge.

Webster County was identified as one of 12
Iowa Counties as having higher than average alcohol use
rates according to an Iowa Youth Survey.

The grant is funded for five years and there is a
goal to reduce alcohol and binge drinking among underage Iowa youth in Webster County.

Community and Family Resources (CFR), as
the Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention service
provider for Webster County, has received the Iowa Partnership for Success (IPFS) grant, to help reduce underage
drinking and youth binge drinking (ages 12 to 20).

This is a five year grant, ending September 29,
2019, through the Iowa Department of Public Health
funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance
Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Webster County received
this grant due to being identified as one of 20 counties
meeting the highest need criterion through epidemiological data.

According to the 2012 Iowa Youth Survey,
Webster County rates are often nearly double that of the
State, on questions pertaining to underage alcohol use
and binge drinking.

Responses for the following questions demonstrate that large numbers of youth in Webster County are
engaging in the use of alcohol. Webster County is equal
to, or higher than, the State rate for nearly all age categories for the question, How old were you (if ever) when
you drank (more than a few sips) of alcohol (beer, wine
or liquor)?

In response to the question In the past 30 days,

have you had at least one drink of alcohol (glass, bottle,

or can of beer, glass of wine, liquor, or mixed drink)?
Students as young as 8th grade reported significantly
higher rates than the State, 12% and 7% respectively;
again we see a large increase for the 11th graders with
33% of Webster County students and 26% for the State

Webster County youth have a gradual increase in
8th grade which exceeds the State rate, and a significant
increase in those binge drinking on 1 day, in response to
the question During the last 30 days, on how many days
did you have 5 or more drinks of alcohol (glasses, bottles
or cans of beer, glasses of wine, liquor, mixed drinks) in
a row, that is within a couple of hours?

CFR urges local businesses, community organizations, colleges, schools, administrators, and government agencies to get involved. Join us as we continue our
efforts to reach out to those who are most vulnerable and
to help the next generation avoid the many problems that
alcohol abuse and dependence can bring.

Please come to our Webster County IPFS meeting to be part of the solution in reducing underage drinking and youth binge drinking in Webster County. Our
meeting will be held at Community and Family Resources, 1506 31st Avenue North, Fort Dodge, on January 12th
from 4PM 6PM.

We encourage everyone to come to our meeting
to find out more information about this project and how
you can become involved! We need your help to make
this a success for Webster County!!!

To learn more about the Webster County IPFS
grant in Webster County, call Mickie Shubin, IPFS Coordinator at Community and Family Resources, (515) 5767261 or (866) 801-0085 ext 1405, or by email at

Burn pile, housing rehab loans,

city clerk compensation discussed
At Gowrie City Council meeting. . .

Issues regarding Gowries burn pile were discussed at the Dec. 21 Gowrie City Council meeting.

Gowries burn pile is located on a gravel road
east of the Gowrie. It was suggested that the dumping of
tires, in particular, has been a source of concern.

People think its a dump! Daniel Mc Cubbin
offered angrily. Its a privilege for us to even have it.

It was noted that Farnhamvile only operates its
burn pile on certain days. Additionally, someone watches the area to identify episodes of illegal dumping.

However, councilmember, Terry Willardson,
questioned the validity of this type of intervention.

It doesnt matter what we do, people are going
to do it anyway, said Willardson.

The city council wishes to emphasize what is
allowable at the site: leaves, grass clippings, sticks and
branches, and even trees, so long as its understood
theres a limit on grind size.

Next, Randy Hildreth, area Director of Rural
Development, addressed the council. He advised the
council on progress related to a sewer lagoon project under orders from the DNR. It was noted the lagoon contains too much ammonia in addition to requiring disinfec-

tion. A time line has been set up and sent to the DNR. A
facility plan is being developed at this time.

Hildreth suggested that the Department of Agriculture is offering grants and loans. Its a great time to
take advantage of loans as they are being offered at an
historically low fixed rate of 1 7/8 %. Hildreth explained
that these loans may be used for other purposes than what
one might expect.
Housing rehab loans
in Gowrie available

For example, these low interest loans could be
utilized to assist those considering housing rehabilitation.
The grant Gowrie is requesting for housing rehabilitation
projects is available up to $24,999.

Additionally, the grant stipulates that the rehabilitation of the house must be completely finished in order for the homeowner to be eligible to receive a grant.
This means that in some cases, a homeowner may need to
secure a loan in order to complete the project.

Hildreth suggested that these very low interest

Gowrie City Council continued on page 3...

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Heartland Bank gives back to local


Berna Tucker, Marketing Director and Kevin
Black, President/CEO of Heartland Bank presented a check
in the amount of $1,542.00, funds which were raised by bank
employees to give back to their communities this December.

Heartland Bank
donates to
local families

Santas elves worked extra hard at Heartland
Bank to help bring Christmas Joy to our little towns this
December! Throughout the month, our elves raised money for some less fortunate families in our communities.

The elves were scared they might be on Santas
Naughty List so they tried very hard to stay on the the
Nice List. Some made contributions to the Salvation
Army and Christmas Light displays. Others paid it forward by paying for someones pizza, haircut, and coffee.
Elves even shoveled snow, took treats and calendars to
the care center, helped out with Meals on Wheels delivering lunches to the elderly. To raise money, each elf also
donated money to purchase a badge so that they could
wear jeans on different occasions.

Then there was an Ugly Christmas Sweater and
Tie Contest! Each elf made an attempt at making the ugliest sweater or tie. Santa took their pictures and posted
them on Heartland Banks Facebook page. With each
like, Heartland Bank donated $1 to the cause. The elves
raised a total of $541 which was matched by Heartland

In the end, all the little elves were able to raise
a total of $1,542 that was shared between our four communities. This money helped purchase gift cards to local
grocery stores for local families. Heartland Banks elves
helped make this a December to Remember and brought
Christmas Cheer to those that needed it most.

Jan. 6, 2016


Iowa Utilities Board expected to make

decision on oil pipeline in February
Proposed project would run through Webster County. . .

The Iowa Utilities Board concluded its proceedings on a state permit to construct a crude oil pipeline
through 18 Iowa counties, although a final decision isnt
expected until at least early February.

The Bakken pipeline, if approved, would be
constructed in Webster County, one of the 18 counties.

The three-member state panel finished hearings
on the proposed Dakota Access pipeline in Boone. Iowa
law does not set a deadline for the board to make a decision, and the board and its staff are currently reviewing
all the evidence received in the case.

More than 200 people testified at a public hearing on the pipeline project in November. The board then
conducted an evidentiary hearing (akin to a trial) at
which dozens of witnesses, including pipeline officials
and Iowa farmers who own land along the route, testified under oath. Lawyers and others involved in the case
were then allowed to file written arguments that will be
reviewed by the board.

The utilities board may schedule a public meeting to discuss its decision, or it may simply issue a written

The pipeline project would cost $3.8 billion.
The project is being proposed by Dakota Access LLC, a
unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. It would

City of Gowrie
Correction to City
Council Minutes

There is a correction to be made to the Gowrie
City Council minutes. It was written that Golf members
will receive 25% discount before April 1, 2016 when it
should have been written Golf members will receive a
$25.00 discount before April 1, 2016.

transport up to 570,000 barrels of light sweet crude oil

daily from North Dakotas Bakken pil patch through
South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution hub at Patoka,

The oil could be transferred to railroad tank cars
or linked to another pipeline for shipment to refineries in
the Gulf Coast area.
Some farmers support
project, others oppose it

Solid support was voiced by union construction
workers who would help build the pipeline, and by Iowa
business interests who see the project as contributing
to the nations energy independence and a robust state
economy. There were farmers who said transporting oil
by pipeline would help ease congestion on railroads, expediting shipments of Midwest grain at harvest.

Several farmers along the route were opposed to
the pipeline passing through their land. They expressed
fear about damage to agricultural drainage lines and reduced crop yields. Many farmers also strongly objected
to eminent domain being authorized to gain easements
for the pipeline route.

Environmentalists were also opposed to the
pipelline, expressing worries about pipeline spills and
objecting to developing infrastructure to transport fossil
fuels. The Meskwaki Indian tribe also expressed their
opposition to the project.
Corps of Engineers must
approve; DNR reviews pipeline

The project must comply with requirements of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. South Dakota officials have already approved the pipeline project, while
requests to proceed are pending in other states.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is
reviewing the environmental permit application and expects to make a decision later this winter. The public input will be considered.

According to one unofficial report, eminent domain would be involved in 25% of Iowa farmers owning
land needed for the pipeline.

Stocked Moorland Pond

on Jan. 23. . .

Trout will be released Saturday, Jan. 23, at Moorland Pond near Moorland in Webster County.

Morgan Castenson drives past the Clarion Goldfield defence Tuesday, Dec. 22. Photo by Lisa Peterson.

Thursday, Jan 7
Gowrie Fire Dept., 7:00 p.m. at the fire station.
Friday, Jan 8
GDC, 12:00 p.m. at the WCCTA conference room
Sunday, Jan 10
GYC board, 5:00 p.m. at the skating rink.
Monday, Jan 11
Farnhamville City Council, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Gowrie Municipal Utilities Board, 4:30 p.m. at the light plant.
Harcourt TOPS, 8:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church
Tuesday, Jan 12
Farnhamville American Legion Auxiliary, 9:30 a.m.
Farnhamville Senior Citizens (cards), 1:00 p.m., Holy
Trinity Lutheran Church.
American Legion Peterson Post #431 and Sons of the
American Legion, 6:30 p.m. social time and meal,
8:00 p.m. meeting, Gowrie Legion building.
Callender City Council, 6:30 p.m. at the community center.
Wednesday, Jan 13
Farnhamville Fire Dept., 7:30 p.m. at the fire station.
Gowrie Parks Board, 6:45 p.m. at the civic center.
To have the date and time of your organizations
meeting listed here, call the Gowrie News at
352-3325 or email us at

Trout released
Saturday, Jan. 23,
at Moorland Pond
In Webster County. . .

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will
release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that
would not support them during warmer months.

Trout will be released Saturday, Jan. 23, at
Moorland Pond near Moorland in Webster County.

The popular program is supported by the sales
of the trout fee. Anglers need a valid fishing license and
pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily
limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession
limit of 10.

A family friendly event is paired with the stocking to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout
with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their
catch to one daily limit. The child can purchase a trout
fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

Winter stocking events are based on favorable
weather conditions.

Missionaries Gene and Inga Whitehead...

Lanyon Covenant Church is privileged to partner
with missionaries Gene and Inga Whitehead in a here and
back there again sort of ministry.

Swedish supper
at Lanyon Church
helps missionaries

Jan. 10 event for unique

missionary work in Sweden. . .

A Swedish Supper Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Lanyon Covenant Church will help support two missionaries.
in Sweden. The event starts at 4 p.m.

The church will serve traditional Swedish food
and hear from Gene and Inga Whitehead about the Mission they will be serving in Sweden later in 2016.

Lanyon Covenant Church is privileged to partner with missionaries Gene and Inga Whitehead in a
here and back there again sort of ministry. Central Iowa
benefitted greatly from immigration from Sweden in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The revivals that sparked the beginnings of
many churches in our area have almost completely died
out back in Sweden, but there is hope. After 3 years of
successful ministry in Eastern Europe with Greater Europe Mission, Gene and Inga have been reappointed
to Sweden. According to the World Research Center,
Swedes are the worlds least responsive people to the

From Ume, Sweden, Gene and Inga Whitehead
will focus on learning the Swedish language while assisting the indigenous church in renewal and in implementing disciple-making efforts. In the words of one Swedish
leader, The Swedish church has already collapsed and
were in need of foreign workers to bring a boldness for
the Gospel and a doctrinal conviction the Swedish church
no longer has.

To accomplish this, Gene and Inga have been
praying for connections with new, strategic financial and
prayer partners among believers and churches in North
American that have the desire to partner in Kingdom
building work with the Nordic church.

Our evening together will consist of a presentation by the Whiteheads, a meal of traditional Swedish
fare and great conversation. Gene and Inga will be sharing the vision God has given them of being a part of a
new revival in Sweden and also how those in attendance
can become involved. The event begins at 4 pm and there
will be a freewill offering.

For more information about Gene and Inga
Whitehead or to make direct contact with them go to
Greater Europe Mission: Contact
them at:; You may follow them on their blog:

Our Saviours Lutheran

Churchs schedule of
events for the week

Wednesday, Jan. 6 Confirmation Class will
meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 7 Chimes Practice will be at 6:00
p.m. GriefShare Class will be in the Fireside room at 6:30
p.m. Choir Practice will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9 Mens Group will meet in the
Fireside room at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 11 Sewing Day will meet in the
Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. There will be a Council
Meeting in the Fireside Room at 6:30 P.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12 Sewing Day will meet at 9:00

Wednesday, Jan. 13 Confirmation Class will
meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Bible Study
with Don Doolittle will meet in the Fireside Room.

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Jan. 6, 2016


Gowrie City Council...

continued from front page...
loans may be just what Gowrie needs to pursue a successful housing rehabilitation endeavor.
Payment for assistance
in city clerks office

Next, it was suggested that the city approve payment for Patrice Klingons many hours of assistance in
the city clerks office.

We certainly couldnt have survived the last
few months without her, said Redman.

It was suggested that compensation for Klingsons many hours may reach $10,000, but the council
agreed she is due this compensation, no matter what the
final figure turns out to be. Additionally, the council voted to offer a $500 bonus to Klingson.

New rates at the golf course were discussed. It
was noted that the rate for singles will be raised from
$300 to $325, the rates for families, from $400 to $425,
and that for students from $90 to $100. Discounts will be
offered if memberships are purchased before January 1st.

Finally it was noted that those who have purchased real Christmas trees will be responsible for dis-

51 Years Ago...

A former Gowrie girl Florence McCracken of

Forestburg, S. Dak. is now reigning as National Shorthorn Lassie Queen.

Miss McCracken, the daughter of Harold McCracken, won the national honor at the International
Livestock Exposition in Chicago while competing as the
South Dakota Shorthorn Lassie Queen.

Twenty-two states have Lassie queens. Iowas is
Linda Struve of Manning.

Florence is a freshman at the University of South
Dakota and is majoring in speech therapy and minoring in
English and music.

Airman Robert M. Riehl, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John A. Riehl of RFD-1 Paton, has completed Air Force
basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Airman Riehl has been selected for technical
training as a supply specialist at the Air Training Command (ATC) school at Amarillo AFB, Texas. His new
unit is part of the vast ATC system which trains airmen
and officers in the diverse skills required by the nations
aerospace force.

The airman is a 1964 graduate of Churdan Community School.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mallinger and two sons,
Mr. and Mrs. Clair Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Foster
and Alan of Fort Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Foster and
Gail, were New Years Day supper guests in the Charlie
Foster home.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Day of Stanhope were
Sunday afternoon callers in the Charlie Foster home.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Peterson and family, and
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Peterson were New Years Day
guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Peterson.

Mr. and Mrs. Anton Rasmussen were Sunday
dinner guests in the Edward Rasmussen home. Cynthia,
who is a student at the State College of Iowa at Cedar
Falls, was home during the holidays.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hall were Sunday
dinner guests in the Dave Maples home in Odeboldt. That
afternoon Mrs. Hall helped with a bridal shower for her
niece, Lonna Albers, at the Odeboldt Lutheran Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jorgensen, Karen and
Mary, returned Saturday after a two weeks vacation in
the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, the McAllen area. During their stay, Rev., Donald and Mrs. Lee and Mark, who
are staying at Pensacola, Florida, were also visiting in
that area. Dr. and Mrs. Ray Fox of Charles City, are also
spending the winter months in Texas.

Sandra Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don
Prokop, was baptized Sunday morning at Our Lady of
Good Council at Moorland. The Don Prokop family, Mr.
and Mrs. John Prokop, and Miss Mary Prokop of Fort
Dodge, had Sunday dinner at the Joe Rusnak home.

Ronald Lusman of Farnhamville was a Thursday visitor in the Henry Mosel home.

41 Years Ago...

Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Fiala and family and
other members of the Croonquist family were holiday
guests in the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Selander at
Noroaks in Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs.. Selander is the former Gladys Croonquist.

Christmas Eve Supper guests in the Kurt
Schmidt home were Karolyn and Konnie Schmidt, Rick
Culver of Gowrie, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kaufman, Mr.
Harry Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Schmidt of Grundy

posal of trees. The city will not be coming around to pick

up trees.

Our Saviours
Lutheran Church
showing free movie

Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Callender
will be showing the Christian based Pure Flix movie
Running Inside Out in the Church Fellowship Hall on
Sunday, January 10th at 6:30 p.m.

This is a passionate film about one womans
search for a love that will last and the people who make a
difference through ordinary acts of kindness.

Free admission and refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to bring your lawn chairs for
comfortable seating; otherwise folding chairs will be provided.

Zeke Miller finished 2-1 for the Jaguars on Dec.
17 at their final home dual of the season. Photo by Emilea

It Pays to Advertise!

Mr. Roger Tasler of Melvin is spending the
holiday vacation with his mother, Mrs. Atha Tasler.

Darin Moore of Fairmont Minnesota is spending Christmas vacation with his grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Verle Warbis.

Mrs. Marie Rossmanith, Mr. and Mrs. Phil
Rossmanith and Tom, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rossmanith and
Traci, Gary Rossmanith of Fort Dodge, Barbara McCluckie and Sheila of Fort Dodge, Mrs. Pauline Newkirk
and Amy of Gowrie, were all Christmas night guests in
the Henry Rossmanith home.

The Tasler Family Christmas dinner was held
in the Community Hall in Churdan. Those attending were
Mrs. Atha Tasler, Roger Tasler of Melvin, Mr. and Mrs.
Dennis Tasler and family of Webster City. Mr. and Mrs.
Ron Black and family of Rinard, Mr. and Mrs. Duane
Tasler and family, Gowrie, Mrs. and Mrs. Don Tasler and
family, Churdan and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Griffith and
family of Audubon.

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Patton were honored on
their 55th wedding anniversary at a Christmas Eve family
dinner at their home. Attending were Mr. and Mrs.. Jerry
Patton, Mr. and Mrs. James Patton and Scott, Mr. and
Mrs. Jimmy Wooters and Jennifer, Alan Wooters, Darin
and Beth, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Bailey, all of Gowrie, and
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Brandt, Troy and Tracy, Callender;
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Willis, Aplington, and Brett Patton, of

Christmas Day Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peterson and Richard were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Peterson, Nancy and Katy of St. Louis, Mo., Mr. and Mrs.
Gene Schaeffer, Tom and Mary of Story City, Mr. and
Mrs. John Schaeffer of Forest City, Mr. and Mrs. Jim
Sandberg, Karen and Mike of Paton, Mrs. Erma Shaneyfelt of Hastings, Neb., Mrs. Alice Howell of Kearney ,
Neb. and her daughter, Mary of Boulder, Colorado.

Christmas Dinner guests at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Verne Eklund were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dettmann and Ricky. Terry Dettmann, Des Moines; Roxanne
and Dan Eklund and Angelo Pagoulatos, Ames, Mr. and
Mrs. Ray Eklund, Dayton and Mrs. Vernie Johnson,

A miscellaneous shower for Mrs. Darrell Hawthorne (the former Jan Ellwanger) will be held Sunday
afternoon, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church in Farnhamville. All friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend.

On December 17, Colton Klingson capped off a
successful night of wrestling in their final home dual of the
season. Beating Guthrie Center, Panorama, and Ogden,
Coltan Klingson went 3-0 for the night. Photo by Emilea

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Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Beef & Noodles, Stewed Tomatoes, Broccoli Raisin
Salad, Peach Crisp
Thursday, Jan. 7 - Pork Loin, Baked Potato, Cooked Cabbage & Onions,
Cranberry Orange Bar, Tomato Juice
Friday, Jan. 8 - Chicken Rice Broccoli Casserole, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread,
Hot Fruit Compote, OJ
Monday, Jan. 11 - Scalloped Potatoes & Ham, Broccoli, Cranberry Pear
Crisp, OJ
Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Crunchy Baked Fish, Tatar Sauce, Sweet Potato, Creamed
Peas, Orange/Banana/Pineapple, Tomato Juice
Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Swedish Meatballs, Baked Potato w/ Sour Cream,
Harvard Beets, Mixed Fruit, Raspberry Lemonade

Jan. 6, 2016

10 second rule, Roger Brown,

Better Dayton Board, park routine

This special column was written in 2010 and
includes two paragraphs near the back on Roger
Brown who was murdered in late September, 2015.

One of my new roles at the Dayton Review has
been taking Amanda Schwerings children to the school
park, Oak Park, or Skillet Creek for a little fun during
our work days. This has really worked out great for me,
because Im assured that Im getting a little exercise and
Ive made it part of my routine. And I think the children
have enjoyed it a little also.

On Friday afternoon it was sunny, but very humid. I took Jonathon (Amandas youngest child) and Natasha (neighbor girl) to the school park. Dillon and Chelsea were at camp that week and Randy, the oldest, was on
his own. It was muggy and also muddy on the grounds,
since there had been heavy rain that morning. Its amazing the mud that Jonathon collected in just a few minutes.

We didnt stay at the school park very long,
walking back to the office. Jonathons mud-riddensandals were removed and we went to Skillet Creek. Because
of heavy rains, the creek was murky, very fast, and also
high. It was a high humidity day and conditions werent
the best for doing things outside, but it was still fun. We
marched back to the office-- where Amanda works and
its my base for youth excursions. (small joke). Amanda
usually is done at 3 p.m. on Fridays, so she took along the
muddy items and Jonathon and Natasha.

I needed to cool off, so I walked over to Community Grocery. The soft serve was chocolate, so I had
a chocolate cone. I was thirsty, and I walked back to the
coffee shop with my cone, licking it all the way. The
Better Dayton Board was there, sitting around the table
sipping coffee. I sat down with a glass of water and my

By this time the soft serve was dripping a little
too fast. Board members were giving me all their expert advice.....Lick around the edges. . .Get a spoon. . .
. .Get a napkin. . .Open your mouth wider . . .swallow
faster and so forth. It was truly helpful advice.

Daryl Haub tossed over a spoon, which bounced
off the table onto the floor. I retrieved the spoon, put it on
the table. The spoon survived the 10 second rule, but I
didnt observe this very cherished custom. As explained
by Harold Rentschler, if a spoon or piece of silverware is
dropped on the floor and is recovered within 10 seconds,
it is still good and can be used. Naturally, the group
keeps very accurate time of these spills. We could really
use this group in the Gulf.

Daryl wanted his spoon back, Don Grow passed
it to him. Daryl put some sugar in his coffee, stirred his
coffee with the spoon, and all is well in Dayton. The hot
coffee sanitized the spoon. Its always fun to attend these
board meetings because there are mini press conferences and everyone can be the subject of some pun or friendly board humor, including Don Grow. I had to vouch for
Don, noting that as Legion Commander he has the Firing
Squad behind him.

But they cant shoot straight, said Dick Sonquist. Harold offered, Maybe they should use the guns
that project a flag like bang when they are fired. Everyone laughed, including Don of course. Jerry Blair and
Chuck Danielson offered their advice too. Jerry reminds
me that his sister Donna is married to Daryl, and so often
I forget, or dont know, how people are related in our
area. Ah, the class of 57 ( D & D), had its dream, and
they are living it every day. Thats a lot of Ds by the
way....Daryl, Donna, Dayton, Dream.

Emory Hansen was also in attendance that afternoon. Its quite a group. The women are always at another table dealing with matters of all sorts. On Wednesday of last week I attended the City Council meeting. The
council was meeting with the engineer on the water main
project, and progress is being made, but there are also
big problems. It was an interesting dialogue, but several
times I found myself getting up, and walking outside
where it was much cooler and pleasant. Outside I talked
with Pam Constable, who has purchased the former Gaylord Carlson building downtown. Her friend will have an
auto repair business in back and she will have clothes/
miscellaneous consignment business in front. As we talked, Roger Brown approached us.

Roger is well known in Dayton and he has contributed to our community in many ways. He has done a
lot of small repair/maintenance jobs over the years and
hes part of the fabric of our small town life. We all know
him, value him, and appreciate his presence here.

Roger is upset because he has been getting a bill


from the city for sewer and water and electricity. He lives
in a small camper on the edge of town. I dont use water
or sewer, he explains. He often dines with Dennis Esperson (and Jennifer), and he often uses Oak Park facilities. He has a very small camper, and he doesnt really
have garbage either. His needs are small, but he got a bill
from the city he doesnt think is fair. I promised Roger I
would check it out this week. The city has its job to do, of
course, so well see what can be worked out.

In general, life is good here in Dayton. We have
a very good council, and other boards are working on

American Red Cross

Taking Nominations for
Heroes of the Heartland

As a community leader in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, the American Red Cross
honors those making an impact through their courageous
and compassionate actions, demonstrating a true commitment to creating safer, stronger communities.

Each year, the Red Cross in Iowa recognizes
individuals whose actions make them someones hero Heroes of the Heartland honors those whose heroic acts
mirror the daily accomplishments of the American Red

Heroic acts born in the simple yet powerful process of one person putting his or her needs aside to help
another. In recent years, heroes have been recognized for
saving their neighbors during house fires, performing
CPR to strangers in stores or for their outstanding work
in their communities.

This unique program is also the primary fundraising event to support the mission of the Red Cross in
North and Western Iowa, and it will also celebrate the
100 years of Red Cross service in Iowa.

The Red Cross of North and Western Iowa is
looking for people who have made an extraordinary difference in their communities through service to others.

By showing your support in nominating a hero
or through sponsoring this event you are not only honoring Heroes, but you are helping support the services of
the Red Cross in your community.

Please take a moment to complete the nomination form and share it with your friends. Heroism need
not involve the direct saving of a life. If nominating for a
heroic event, the event must have occurred between February 1, 2015 and January 21, 2016.

Submit your nomination form by January 22,
2016 via the avenue easiest for you: Online: Heroes
Nomination Form, Email:, Fax:
(515) 244-8012, or Mail: American Red Cross, Attn:
Heroes of the Heartland Nomination, 4200 War Eagle
Drive, Sioux City, Iowa 51109.

Your nomination should include: All of the requested contact information. A description explaining
why your hero deserves to be recognized. Supporting
documents such as news articles and photographs.

Start your New Year

off right with Cardio
Dance or Morning
Groove Classes

Darwin B. Peterson, 79

Darwin B. Peterson, 79, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in his home.

Funeral Services were held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie,
with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial was in Gowrie
Township Cemetery. Military rites were by American
Legion Peterson Post #431, Gowrie.

Darwin was born in Fort Dodge on December
29, 1936 to the late Bert and Gladys (Lauver) Peterson.
He graduated from Farnhamville High School in 1955.
Darwin graduated in 1957 from the National School of
Meat Cutting in Toledo, OH where he learned the skill
of butchering. Darwin served in the United States Army
Reserve for six years. He married Betty Carlson on June
9, 1962 and lived on the farm in Slifer until January, 2009
when they moved into Gowrie.

Darwin spent the majority of his life farming his
familys farmland. Additionally, he was a Webster County Farm Bureau board member, a member of the Gowrie
Golf and Country Club, and a lifetime member of Zion
Lutheran Church. Some of Darwins favorite activities
were watching baseball, golfing, storytelling, socializing,
and making those around him laugh.

Darwin is survived by his son, Steven Peterson of Slifer; granddaughter, Allie Quinn of West Des
Moines; and brother, Dennis (Kathy) Peterson of Gowrie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; and
parents, Bert and Gladys (Lauver) Peterson.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the

Start your New Year off right with a Cardio
Dance or Morning Groove Class at Vicky's Dance and
Tumbling Academy. These classes are tought by Tiffany
DeCastro. The Cardio Dance class is every Sunday from
6:00 to 6:45 pm and costs thirty six dollars for a six week

Cardio Dance is a high energy dance fitness
class incorporating cardio moves and lively choreography.

The Morning Groove class is every Tuesday
and Thursday from 8 to 8:45 AM and costs sixty dollars
for a six week session that meets twice a week.

The Morning Groove calss pairs low impact cardio combinations with strength exercises and stretching
to provide a total body workout. light weights are recommended to bring but not required.

If you have any questions you can contact Tiffany by emailing her at vickysdanceandtumbling@gmail.
com. Come join the fun!



The Gowrie News: Ph. 515-352-3325, Fax 352-3309,


Katrina Nelson and team members did a flag performance during a home basketball game in Gowrie. Photo
by Lisa Peterson.

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Southeast Valley
Schedule of Events
Week of Jan 6th to Jan 13th

Thursday, Jan 7
4:00 p.m. (A) JH Girls BB @ Woodward
4:00 p.m. (H) JH Boys BB vs. Madrid
6:00 p.m. (H) B JVR-2 Games Bask GAME Webster City @ Southeast Valley-AUX GYM
6:00 p.m. (A) B JV-Var Wres GAME - Southeast
Valley @ West Central Valley
6:00 p.m. (H) B&G JV Bask GAME - GliddenRalston @ Southeast Valley
Friday, Jan 8
4:00 p.m. (H) JH Girls BB vs. Ogden
4:30 p.m. (A) JH Boys BB @ Ogden
6:00 p.m. (A) B&G V Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ Alta-Aurelia
Saturday, Jan 9
NCIBA Honor Band @ NIACC
9:00 a.m. (A) B JV Wres OGDEN JV INV - B JV
10:00 p.m. (A) B V Wres ST. EDMOND D - B V
4:30 p.m. (A) B&G JV Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ Greene County
6:00 p.m. (A) B & G JVR Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ Greene County
6:00 p.m. (A) B&G V Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ Greene County
Monday, Jan 11
4:00 p.m. (A) JH Boys BB @ Barnum
4:00 p.m. (H) JH Girls BB vs. East Sac
5:00 p.m. (A) B JVR Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ East Sac County
6:00 p.m. (A) B&G JV Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ East Sac County
Tuesday, Jan 12
Early Dismissal 2:20pm
Grades 5-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8pm
4:30 p.m. (A) B JV Bask GAME - Southeast Valley
@ Paton-Churdan
6:00 p.m. (A) B&G V Bask GAME - Southeast
Valley @ Paton-Churdan
7:00 p.m. PVES PTA Meeting
Wednesday, Jan 13
TRI-M Induction Ceremony

Down Memory Lane


If you are like me you probably saw your share
of Christmas movies during the days prior to the holiday,
many of which were re-runs and most of them were the
same story, just a slightly different twist and cast of
characters. At least they had different names and might
be in a city other than New York , L.A. or fictitious versions. Many have snow scenes and a busy urban shopping area. Amidst all the crowding and noise and people
bumping into one another is a Santa ringing a bell trying
to solicit funds for his collection pot or kettle. This is
something I dont recall seeing here in Des Moines or at
least for a long time. Does anyone else remember The
Volunteers of America?

They are the ones with the Santa collectors. Salvation Army uses ordinary volunteers and has been at
it for a long, long time too. In my research the Volunteers are still very active in helping the down trodden
too but apparently operate more like a regular business
now. I dont recall the simple bell ringer kettle people
being portrayed in any movie. Perhaps the Santa thing is
more colorful and non-sectarian or the producers dont
want to appear to be supporting a particular denomination. Who knows? Ah, how something current can drag
those memories to the surface.

This year continued with more memories being made. Suddenly it was Christmas Eve and we had a
White Christmas after all. It was only a skiff compared
to the counties up Boxholm, Dayton, Gowrie way and
beyond but it was white. The shopping and wrapping had
been done, the Christmas meals planned -- at least we
hoped all was done. I talked on the phone with son number three, Rex, who had missed our big family gathering
due to be called to make a run in his choo choo train.
We exchanged greetings and a promise to get together
in the next day or so. He would be spending Christmas
with his family. After having celebrated the BIG family
get together the previous weekend, my youngest daughter, Sally, and I decided to go to the 6:00 Christmas Eve
candlelight service and thus not have to rush the family
time at her house with her and Ricks family of three
daughters and spouses and four grandchildren. It turned
out to be chaotic fun with eating, talking, laughing, interacting with the kids, especially the little ones, four to
nine, eating, laughing, wading through the ripped off paper and mutilated boxes, eating. What a wonderful time.

War in Iraq changed me;

Get involved in Iowa caucus. . .




- 9-Jan

Kaylah Brandel, Marvin Coon
Adam Towle
Cassidy Carstens, Kimberly Kopecky
Paul Lusmann
Allen Johnson, Rita Kail
Norman Peterson
Chyann Hicks, Chloe Hicks
Kyle Wooters
Chrissy Willison
Larry Nolte
Brian Bird
Charlotte Thornburgh


A Christmas Saga...

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

Jr. 170 pounder Kaelan Lundberg(16-4) won his
first tournament title of his career in fashion by also pinning his way through the Roland Story Invite tournament
on Dec. 19. Photo by Emilea Lundberg.


Jan. 6, 2016

Im not really the type of person to get hung
up on dates but January 3rd is difficult. On January 3rd,
2008, after already spending 28 years on this planet, I
became a very different person. I watched my best friend
and battle buddy, Tom Casey, fall down to a sniper bullet.

I was in a vehicle with a mounted machine gun.
The team leader, Major Olmsted, was lying motionless
in the field in front of us. Will Beaver was above me on
the gun bleeding from a bullet wound to his face. He still
managed to to keep the snipers heads down with sustained fire.

I passed him up a gauze pack to hold against his
cheek. He jumped down quickly to get on our communication computer and called for medical evacuation.

Our interpreter was pinned down outside. He ran
under sniper fire to the Iraqi Army vehicle we had been
escorting and moved them to pick up Andy Olmsted. It
was one of the bravest things Ive ever witnessed. We
circled our gun trucks around Tom. Tom was a tall and
strong man. He was not easy to load into the truck.

I had tunnel vision as we drove away from the
battlefield. After traveling a few miles, a helicopter got
to us and picked up Andy. Will got out and jumped in
the bird. Another teammate replaced Will in my truck
and told me that Andys body was cold when they loaded

That night a helicopter landed in the middle of
a base-wide ceremony. I escorted Tom on a stretcher underneath an American flag. The ride to Balad was maudlin and long. When we landed I saluted Tom one last time
and hitchhiked to the field hospital to see Will.

Will smiled when I came in. His face was swollen and wrapped in foam tape. We joked around a little
bit until I knew he was in good spirits. I then thanked him
for keeping us alive and told him he is the bravest man
Ive ever met. I left his room and wouldnt see him again
until months later when we returned to Fort Riley and the
division pinned a Silver Star to his chest.

The service had been so beautiful with the telling of the

story, the childrens message with so many gathered on
the steps near the altar, singing many familiar hymns,
especially the lump in the throat ones, Let There Be
Peace, Silent Night and Pastor singing Shalom. For
a little while one could put aside any worries, hurts, sadness and relax in the glory of the moments. Then for our
family to top it off with the joy of the laughter and love
and the screams and excitement of little ones was, to use
a familiar clich WONDERFUL!

Christmas morning dawned in Des Moines with
gray skies and yet the Son was shining. There were some
phone calls exchanged and I found time to relax. I talked
by phone to my son, John, in Washington and learned of
his plans and got family news. Meanwhile at my oldest
daughter, Terrys home, there was the usual chaos and
more to come. I was told their meal would be mid to
late afternoon and that was fine with me. A phone call
from Terry advised that the nearby parking areas in her
condo complex were overflowing and she would pick
me up. On schedule I gathered my purse and satchel
with goodies and we were off. I was right! Chaos but
happy chaos with munchies laid out and I added more.
I got to meet the little girl, eight year old Dulce, who will
be my great granddaughter Devins sister in law, and
Devin and Reubens mini white poodle, Chewy. After
presents were unwrapped Chewy was prancing around
in his new sweater just like the other sweater recipients.
Of course there was too much food but few protests to
that fact and again it was laughter, eating, talking, hugging, eating, laughing, picture taking, eating, laughter. It
was a great time and made special before the meal for all
to hold hands and give thanks to God for having sent His
Son so we could and should celebrate this day. We did
not forget in all our revelry why we were so privileged
to have such a family time. I was happy to go to all the
festivities but admittedly, rather happy to get back to the
solitude of my easy chair to relax a bit before bedtime.

So, this is the 2015 Christmas Saga of a very
blessed Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. I hope
the memories of these times will go into my childrens,
grandchildrens and great grandchildrens memory
banks. I also hope those reading this will have had some
of that blessedness also. And now I wish one and all a
great 2016.

I am glad we live in a country where those experiences are rare. Before that day I had been an affable
young military officer looking to prove myself in combat.
After that day I wanted nothing more than to ensure my
son would never have to experience the same thing.

I became mortal. I became serious. I had
watched my friends give their lives for something greater
than themselves. I was proud to have known them and I
was sad to have lost them.

I dont think about Iraq every day but its
changed who I am everyday. It made it more important
to me to follow the campsite rule. Leave it better than
you found it.

I am very worried about the direction of our
county. In one month, Iowa has a very important duty to
this nation. We will select the finalists that will lead our
nation for the next decade. Please participate. Dont just
caucus. Do your homework. Find the bold leader that will
actually make a difference. Recruit supporters and help
them get elected.

On January 20, 2017 a new president will take
the oath of office. Lets elect one that we know honors
and understands the sacrifices of our nation. One who has
the forethought to actually prioritize our children against
the political expediency of right now. One who will leave
our nation better than they found it. Find your caucus
location at

John Thompson, Jefferson

John is a graduate of West Point and Harvard
University. He serves on the State Central Committee
for the Republican Party of Iowa. Opinions are his own. or FB at John Thompson for Iowa

2015 Hunting,
Fishing Licenses
Expire Jan. 10

All 2015 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2016.

All hunters and anglers will need a 2016 license
to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.

Jan. 6, 2016


is giving away

two tickets

to the 2015
Dayton Rodeo
for a relaxing
night out for the
new parents!


Jan. 6, 2016

McCrary Rost
Clinic Boasts New
X-ray Equipment

McCrary Rost Clinic recently installed new radiology equipment at its Gowrie location.

The new equipment replaces a machine that was
purchased in the 1980s, for which updates were no longer

Starting in July, the radiology department began
looking at equipment that would fit the needs at the clinic.

The machine they chose has several benefits.
Physically, it fits into the space the clinic provides. It
provides better image quality which leads to more accurate readings. It accommodates patients of all sizes.

Looking to the future, it can also be upgraded to
fully digital. Currently, it is considered partially digital
because images are burned to cassettes.

Radiology technologist Jessica McGuire is excited about the increased power the machine utitilizes.
Were now able to offer a wider range of exams. Previously, we couldnt take images of thicker parts of the
body, like the back and abdomen. Now we can do that
with even safer radiation levels.

Patients receiving x-rays will see a remodeled
room as well. Jenni King, radiology technologist at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) who managed the project, explains, We removed a wall to expand
the space into our old darkroom thats no longer used to
expose images. Electrical was upgraded and the carpet
will soon be replaced.

Improving the patient experience made this an
important priority for SMCH. King comments, Because
the old equipment could no longer be serviced, we knew
that when it stopped working, it would take three to six
months to replace it.

During which time, patients in the community
would have had to drive a distance to have x-rays taken.
We decided to be proactive and replace the equipment
before there was a problem.

Getting the new equipment will be better for patient convenience since they wont have to leave town.
It will improve care and lead to faster treatments since
there will be reduced wait time for image results.
Our number one goal is provide our patients with the best
possible experience.

Jessica McQuire, radiology technologist, left, and

certified family nurse practitioner Rochelle Guess, right
whose patients will benefit from the new machine, pose next
to the x-ray equipment installed at McCrary Rost Clinic,

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Jan. 6, 2016

Red Cross Provides

Critical Assistance
Across Multiple States

After Tornadoes, Flooding Force

Thousands from Homes...

On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, The American
Red Cross launched a massive relief response across multiple states in the wake of the deadly storms which have
been hammering communities across most of the country
since before the Christmas holiday.

Red Cross disaster workers have been helping
people affected by these storms since before Christmas
and will continue to help them as long as needed, said
Leslie Schaffer, Regional Executive for the Iowa Region.
We ask everyone to remember these families who have
lost everything and had their holiday celebrations tragically interrupted by giving to Red Cross Disaster Relief.
We depend on generous financial donations to provide
comfort and hope to people in need.

Several days of tornadoes, flooding and winter
storms left behind damaged homes, downed power lines
and closed highways. Red Cross and community shelters
are open in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Illinois,
Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Red Cross
is also supporting families in Arkansas, Tennessee and
Mississippi due to severe weather and flooding.

More than 1,100 homes have been damaged by
storms across the affected areas and the number could
increase. Hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster workers left their loved ones and homes over the holiday and
opened shelters for those affected, providing meals, distributing comfort kits and clean-up supplies and meeting
with those affected to help them plan their next steps.

The storm is expected to continue to affect people over the next several days with flash flooding, heavy
snow, ice and freezing rain. The Red Cross urges people
in the path of these storms to get ready now. Information
about what people should do to prepare their household
for possible flooding, tornadoes, winter storms and other
weather emergencies is available at

The Red Cross will be helping people affected
by this storm for weeks and months to come, while at
the same time responding to other emergencies, including
helping people whose homes are destroyed by fires. The
Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year
in the United States the vast majority of which are home

People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the
word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization
that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the
American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at

Hunting Seasons
starting to close

Iowas pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery
deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.

Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and
grouse remain open until Jan. 31.

Rabbit season is open until Feb. 28. Crow season
is Jan. 14 to March 31.

Beaver trapping season closes on April 15.

For waterfowl, the north zone Canada goose season closes on Jan. 1, and the light goose season closes on
Jan. 10. The south zone for Canada goose season closes
Jan. 8 and the light goose season closes Jan. 15. The Missouri River zone Canada goose season and light goose season both close on Jan. 15.

The light goose conservation order season is open
Jan. 16 to April 15 statewide; additional regulations apply.


Webster Township, scenic hills and

timberland inhabited with much wild life
Vegors Cemetery donated in 1949...

Webster Township is bounded on the west by
the town of Lehigh, north by Washington Township, east
by Hamilton County and the south border is the meandering Des Moines River. The whole township is approximately 20 square miles. The north and east portions are
flat and tillable, mostly Clarion-Webster soil, the west
and south are scenic hills and timberland inhabited by
deer, fox, squirrel, several species of wild birds and many
varieties of wild edibles.

Webster Township is the site of Vegors Cemetery which was given to the county by the Vegors family
in 1949. At that time there was a need for a place to bury
Mrs. Lott, the first white woman to die in the county. She
died from exposure after the Indians had raided the Lott
cabin. The Vegor family owned a scenic hilltop overlooking the meeting place of the Boone and Des Moines
rivers. On this hilltop were also found 5 Indian mounds
and here Mrs. Lott was buried.

In 1960, the bones of eleven prehistoric people
were discovered by State Archaeologists in a digging
near here. They were classified as Middle Woodlands-people who lived between 500 BC and 500 AD. Their
bones were buried in the Vegors Cemetery with a headstone explaining the story. Government and Department
of Interior had a ceremony with an Air Force Military
plane flying overhead. It is a scenic and historic site,
peaceful and nostalgic. This writer wonders who financed
the large spiraling marker, as part of her family had died
shortly after the raid.
Lehigh Sewer pipe and Tile company starts in 1907

Discovery of coal in the area brought in influx
of miners from states as far away as Pennsylvania, it was
a group of miners from this state who suggested that the
two villages of Vesper and Lackawanna unite under the
name of Lehigh and then incorporate. A brick factory was
built here in the early days to take advantage of the plentiful supply of coal for heating the kilns and also the excellent quality of the clay. Later the Lehigh Sewer pipe and
Tile company was constructed in 1907 and operated until
recent years.

The firm was purchased in 1964 and was then
operated as the W. S. Dickey Manufacturing Company.
Principal products are clay sewer pipe and flue liners for

Standing well up the hill east of the Des Moines
River is a large brick house which has been a community
landmark since the turn of the century. It was owned by
the Steven Rhodes family. Mr. Rhodes was the director of
Blanden Gallery in Fort Dodge.

It was built by George Wellington Post who
came to Lehigh in 1872. He was born in 1845 in New
York and migrated to Lehigh. Construction of this elegant
house was begun in 1899 and was completed in 1901.
The brick came from the former Corey Brick and Tile
Co. of Lehigh. Some of the stone over the windows and
doors was shipped out from Pennsylvania. There were
parquet floors and ornate balustrades and much intricate
woodwork. Despite all these features the house is said

to have cost only $4,000.00. The sad part of this story is

that George Post died September 17, 1900 at the age of
55 years and never did have the pleasure of living in his
Dream House. Emma Post and her son Archie moved
into the house in 1901. George and Emma Posts tow
great-grandsons, Richard and John Swanson are married
and are farming the original Post farm located east of

Webster Township is historic with old history
but will also be important with the new. In 1969 the State
Conservation Commission started buying land to establish a 1000 acre state park. The site is 5 miles directly
east of Lehigh. At the time of this writing no construction has been started. It is proposed to dam Brushy Creek
to make a recreational lake for boating and swimming.
The north part is to be reserved for wild life and hunting.
There will be camper facilities, a swimming pool and a
golf course. At this time it is an improved park with a
Ranger in residence. Most of the residents of Webster
Township are in farming and there are mixed emotions
about the proposed State Park. There is some enthusiasm about recreation seekers coming into the are and the
effect it will have on their lives, land values, population
and privacy.

Vegors Cemetery

In Webster Township is an old Indian burying
ground, which was taken over by the earliest pioneers
and it is now know as Vegors Cemetery.

Here is buried Benjamin Bell (1751-1853) a
Revolutionary War soldier who served under General
George Washington.

Also nearby is a Memorial shaft to the first pioneer woman to die in what is now the county of Webster.
The inscribed on the tombstone is Lott and the date is
1849. The shaft was dedicated in September 1911. The
dedicatory address was given by Ellsworth School Superintendent, Fred Runkle, who is probably responsible

for the date of 1849. In his speech he acknowledged that
many old-timers insisted that the historic Indian raid
occurred in 1846. He, however, accepted the date of a

so-called authority as 1849. The shaft was unveiled by
Rebecca McQuire, a younger sister of Mrs. Jemina Mc
Quire Lott, the second wife of Henry Lott.

Mrs. Huntington Lott died of exposure folR
lowing the Indian raid by Chief, Two-Fingers Sidominadota, a Sisseton Sioux. The date of this raid being a
point of contention among historians for over a century.
Now my research: In retreat from the raiders a Lott son,
12 year old Milton died trying to reach the settlement in
Boone County. The date on his grave N. W. of Boone
being December of 1846. His burial was described by an
able local historian, C. S. Lucas, who was present when
the grave was marked along with some of the old pioneers who had assisted in the burial.



Worship Schedule


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

Grave of Mrs. Lott (on top and below)

Jan. 6, 2016


ISU Extension plans

Gardening in the Old
Northwest, Jan. 14

Your Local

1850s Iowa Soldier Style...

1850s Iowa Soldier Style will be the topic of a
program on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This will be held at the Webster Co. ISU Extension & Outreach Office, 217 S. 25th Street, in Fort Dodge.

Presenters will include John Bonner, Webster
Co. Master Gardener and 4-H members: Brooklin Border,
Caryn Dawson and Olivia Mitchell.

They will discuss their project work with the Soldier Garden at the Fort Dodge Historical Fort Museum.

The girls will also give their county and state fair
presentation on three sisters gardening.

Joining them will be Dave Carlson who will address historical aspects of the Fort Gardens.

Carlson has been reenacting since 1961 and will
present on Soldier Gardens including information on the
agricultural officer who would have been in charge of the

The Soldier Garden helps to enhance the visitor
experience at the Fort and also provides service to help
maintain the Fort decorum.

The project is planned to continue in 2016 as a
joint 4-H/Master Gardener project.

This workshop is free and open to the public. For
more information please contact Yvonne McCormack, Region 7 Extension Horticulturist,

Zion Lutheran
Churchs schedule of
events for the week

On Wednesday, Jan. 6 Beginner and Sonshine

Bells will meet at 4:00 p.m. Confirmation and Vesper
Ringers will meet at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 7 there will be a Womens Bible
studay at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13 Beginner and Sonshine
Bells will meet at 4:00 p.m. Confirmation and Vesper
Ringers will meet at 7:00 p.m.

Rochelle Guess,
Adam Swisher, DO
Kari Swisher, ARNP-C
Hours: Monday-Friday
1800 Main, Gowrie, Iowa

Alex Pliner looks around the Clarion Goldfield defense for a quick pass.

Phone 352-3891

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organizational and problem solving skills.
Two weeks paid vacation after first year,
health insurance and 401(k).
Contact: Oberg Freight Company
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
515-955-3592 ext. 5

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The City of Gowrie, Iowa, is hereby serving as Public Notice that on
January 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., the City Council will hold a public hearing
at City Hall to consider the submission of a Housing Fund Application. The
grant application will request funding assistance for an owner-occupied
housing rehabilitation program in a target neighborhood from Riddle Street
east to Pleasant Street, and from Webster Street south to Union Street.

This meeting will be held to give residents information concerning
the proposed project. Citizens are encouraged to attend and express
their preferences about the proposed activities. Anyone having questions
about this project, or if you require special accommodations to attend the
Hearing such as handicapped accessibility or translation services, you
may contact City Hall at 515-352-3999.
Danielle Clancy
City Clerk
City of Gowrie

Iowa Wages Publication Report
Reported Wages: Gross
Reporting Period From 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2015
Employee Name
Albrecht, Jesse
Alexander, Brandi
Alvarez-boothby, Joann
Anderson, Dale
Anderson, Katherine
Anderson, Michael
Anderson, Mindy
Anderson, Robert
Andrews, Kim
Angstrom, Brenda
Bahr, Jason
Baker, Brittany
Baldridge, Ryan
Becker, Hans
Becker, Jesse
Been, Allyson
Benson, Jennifer
Benton, Kevin
Berglund, Mark
Berglund, Philip
Birdsell, Tamara
Boeckman, Lindsay
Brackey, Jordan
Brown, Keane
Campbell, Mark
Carlson, Jenna
Carnelley, Ivy
Carpenter, Brent
Casey, Catherine
Chalstrom, Gordon
Chalstrom, Patsy
Chance, Jennifer
Chase, Dennis
Chernik, Brent
Christie, Derek
Clark, Carolyn
Claude, Vickie
Cloud, Anthony
Conrad, Mackenzie
Cooper, Dennis
Cooper, Nancy
Copper, Chance
Cosgrove, Judy
Cosgrove, Matthew
Cramer, David
Daniels, Jolene
Darrah, Douglas
Dencklau, Keith
Dencklau, Shawna
Dolata, Michael
Durschmidt, Keith
Edman, Alisha
Eldal, Paul
Eldal, Tina
Elifrits, Steven
Elkin, Emily
Escobedo, Shelly
Estergaard, Scott
Feldmann, Sarah
Ferrari, Troy
Fevold, James
Fisher, Ron
Fleener, Luke
Fletcher, Clark
Forbes, Scott
Ford, Erin
Friedrich, Galen
Frye, Sherri
Gadbury, Janet
Gaillard, Thomas
Gansz, Kenneth
Gehlhausen, Dawn
Geist, Laura
Gernhart, Mary
Gillespie, Gary
Gillette, Carol
Gimer, Peggy
Goodner, Brenda
Gordon, Mason
Grady, Kay
Grady, Tom
Gregory, Joseph
Grell, Melissa
Greve, Dolores
Grossnickle, Ronald
Guddall, David
Gurnett, Laura
Guthrie, Ashley
Halfwassen, Angela
Hamilton, Monica
Hammersland, Danny
Hanna, Laura
Hansen, Karen
Hanson, Earl
Hanson, Georgene
Hanson, Marty
Haraldson, Tracy
Harrison, Angela
Hauser, Alison
Hay, Kathleen
Hays, Kenneth
Hearn, Shelly
Heatherington, Lyle
Heesch, Jayson
Henderson, Brian
Herrington, Joel
Herzog, Darren
Heun, H
Heun, Jeffrey
Hickey, Emaria
Hicks, Chad
Hofbauer, Daniel
Hofbauer, Randolph
Householder, Elizabeth
Housken, Dana
Housken, Daniel
Housken, Duane
Howell, Haley
Howell, Julie
Howell, Kristine
Hubbell, Luke
Iles, Dale
Jacobs, Malinda
Janssen, Bradley


Johll ii, Brian

Johnson, Emily
Johnson, James
Jones, Amy
Jones, Erline
Jones, Mackenzie
Jones, Rebecca
Jorgensen, Michael
Jorgensen, Tony
Josten, Kathleen
Junkman, Rick
Kaufman, Bonnie
Kavanaugh, Lindsay
Keller, Paul
Kenyon, Michael
Kerwin, Linda
Kilen, James
Kinne, Janet
Kist, Thomas
Kittleson, Valerie
Knickerbocker, Cindy
Knippel, Brett
Kraft, David
Kraft, Stacy
Kruse, Kevin
Larson, Daniel
Larson, Donald
Lauer, Robert
Lee, David
Leffler, Merrill
Leffler, Theresa
Legvold, James
Lentsch, Nicolas
Lewandowski, Daniel
Lewis, Sara
Lewis, Trinity
Licht, Scott
Liska, Laccey
Lizer, Sheilah
Ludwig-payer, Karli
Markert, Steven
Martinson, Tanya
Mcgill, Andrew
Mcintyre, Brad
Mentzer, Bret
Merrill, Richard
Messerly, Carol
Messerly, Jan
Miller, Geoffrey
Minikis, Julie
Moeding, Adam
Moenck, Darrell
Montgomery, Laura
Murray, April
Nahnsen, Colleen
Napier, Shelley
Nellis, Brian
Nellis, Ricke
Nelson, Christy
Nelson, Melissa
Nichols, Tricia
Nickelson, Sonya
Nielsen, Natasha
Nowell, Tanner
Nyren, Donald
O'brien, Christopher
O'connor, Barbara
Owen, Lori
Palmer, Katherine
Patz, William
Paullin, Joseph
Perry, Heather
Peterman, Jennifer
Peterson, Cody
Peterson, Daymon
Peterson, Dean
Peterson, Jeffrey
Peterson, Joseph
Peterson, Patrick
Pliner, Doreen
Pohl, Austin
Porter, Amy
Powers, Tyler
Prescott, Kari
Pringle, Lavonne
Pyle, Joshua
Rial, Kristine
Riley, Kelsey
Ripperger, Allison
Roderick, Angela
Rogers, Ben
Rogers, Phyllis
Roosa, Donald
Rosado, Leann
Royster, Dwight
Royster, Marsha
Ruge, Ashley
Runyon, Harold
Ryan, Renee
Sams, Ladon
Samuelson, Marsha
Sandgren, Carl
Saxton, Jamie
Scherff, David
Schmehr, Deborah
Schoon, Karen
Schreiber, Michael
Shaw, Martha
Sheda, Jennifer
Shehan, Patrick
Sheker, Randy
Shelledy, Nannette
Sibbitt, Danielle
Simpson, Cory
Singer jr, Robert
Smith, Kim
Soole, Michael
Sparks, Alyssa
Spencer, Brad
Stanberg, Bobby
Stanberg, James
Steck, Krystal
Steinberg, Caroline
Stewart, Jacob
Stoneburner, Kathleen
Strait, Rodney
Stringer, Amy
Struecker, Dale
Stubbs, James
Taylor, Christopher
Teske, Wendy
Thanupakorn, Jeanette
Timmerman, Susan
Tofilon, Joseph
Ubben, Courtney
Underwood, Stacy
Utley, Lacey
Van waes, Joshua
Vandi, Michael
Vannoni, Timothy
Vasquez, Nancy
Vinson, Angela
Vote, Marcia
Walstrom, Anita
Walter, Anthony
Warehime, Rodney
Weidemann, Ryan
Westergaard, Benjamin
Wicklein, Allan
Wicklein, April
Will, Randall
Will, Steven
Williamson, Michael
Winninger, John
Witte, Joel
Wood, Austin
Wood, Corey
Wood, Randy
Woodruff, Margaret
Wuebker, Jennifer


Zakeer, Jayci
Zimmermann, Ricky

Total Wages: 9,013,987.29

ISU Extension plans to

hold Crop Advantage
Series meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20...

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a Crop Advantage Series meeting in Fort
Dodge, Iowa on Jan. 20, 2016, at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration will
begin at 8:15 a.m. Angie Rieck-Hinz and Mark Johnson,
extension field agronomists with Iowa State University
Extension and Outreach, will host the meeting.

ISU Extension and Outreach will present the
latest crop production research and information for the
upcoming growing seasons, said Angie Rieck-Hinz.
Each location features key statewide topics in addition
to a program developed by your local ISU field agronomists for north central Iowa.

Keynote speakers Chad Hart, Extension economist; Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist; and Mahdi
Al-Kaisi, Extension soil management specialist, will discuss crop market outlook, corn rootworm management
and soil health.

Jamie Benning and Liz Juchems, will lead the
discussion on economic benefits of cover crops; Bob
Hartlzer will explain weed management strategies, and
Antonio Mallarino will outline a plan to evaluate soil fertility inputs with tight crop production margins.

Chad Hart, will wrap up the day talking about
managing margins in 2016.

Advance registration for each location is $50,
which includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments.

Registration is $60 after Jan. 13 or at the door.
Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) can obtain up to five continuing education credits.

The fee for the CCA credits is included in the
registration cost.

Private pesticide applicators will be able to obtain their continuing instructional course credits at this

The cost for the private pesticide applicator certification is included in the registration fee.

Please note, you must attend the entire day to
receive your private pesticide recertification.

Additional information and online registration is
available on the Crop Advantage Series website at www.

Ice Fishing Clinic

on Saturday, Jan. 9
at Don Williams

Adult and youth are invited to learn the basics
of ice fishing on Saturday, January 9 at Don Williams
Lake. Instructors, Mike Sawyer of Boone and Emily
Klein, Boone County Naturalist will talk about ice fishing tackle, bait, where and when to fish, ice safety, and
drilling holes in the ice.

The class will start inside the Lodge by the Lake
at Don Williams Lake (enter park and take first left turn)
at 9 am. Participants will have time to fish if the ice conditions are safe. Poles and equipment will be provided.
Participants should dress warmly in layers and may bring
a bucket or folding chair to sit on. Participants age 16 and
over should have a fishing license.

The course is made possible by Boone County
Conservation (facilities and supplies), Boone County
4-H Foundation (ice fishing poles), and Bob Mattingly
Memorial (ice auger.)
If weather is questionable, listen to KWBG 1590AM for
a change of plans.

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Jan. 6, 2016



Levi Harmon utilizes string and yogurt lids to explain Einsteins Entanglement Theory.

Steven R. Lane, right, President-CEO of Security Savings Bank, will be retiring after 39 years of service to his
Bank and community on January 13. In July of 2014, Steve was the recipient of the Robert D. Dixon Founders Award
above. Robert Dixon, left, presented the award.


Bradley S. Lane is the new President-CEO of Security

Savings Bank.

Martin Viles takes 2nd place (Bears Division) in
the Twin Lakes Regional Pinewood Derby.

Board certified physician, Dr. Adam Swisher described

the benefits of osteopathic manipulation to a large group
attending Stewart Memorial Community Hospitals Lunch

Students evaluating soils at Iowa Lakes Community
College in Emmetsburg, Iowa are Collin Nordin, Ryan Collen, Jaden Cline and Travis Jones, right.

Daryl Vangilder, right presented a flag to the Southeast Webster-Grand Dayton Elementary in memory of
Kevin Vangilder, a retired military graduate of Dayton
High School, and on behalf of the Vangilder family. They
presented the school with Kevins burial flag. The school
will purchase a display case to hang in the front entry of the
school to display the flag. The flag was donated in memory
of Kevin. Accepting the flag on behalf of SWG Elementary
is Principal Dan Grandfield.

Taylor Willardson works diligently to uncover a
treasure in her rock as archaeologists do.

Logan Boerner enjoys a few jumps before the Marlin Benson Poker Run Saturday morning. Photo by Marcie


Jan. 6, 2016


Bird flu cases

could reappear:
Ag Secretary Vilsack
Many cases occurred
in area counties. . .

The Reading/Cedar Fire Station contruction is underway....

The Reading/Cedar Fire department located in Farnhamville is constructing an addition to the original Fire Station.
Inside the new building will be a meeting room with bathroom, kitchen, closet, and office. This will free up space in
the old building for the trucks. Willison Concrete did the cement work earlier this fall. Vote Construction is in charge
of construction while Tim Olson Plumbing will finish the heating and cooling and Jacobson Electric will be doing the
electricity. No due date is set as of now. Donations are always welcome. Photo by Renae Lane.

Union Pacific train derails in Ogden Dec. 28

Railroad track crossings were blocked Monday,
Dec. 28, after a train car derailment in Ogden south of

Union Pacific officials reported a train car derailed about 11:30 a.m. and was drug through the town,
ripping up the crossings.

At least four crossings in Ogden were damaged.

The train was parked east of Ogden early last
week. Signs and barricades have been placed at the crossings.

No injuries were reported.

The deadly bird flu virus that devastated Iowas
poultry industry in the spring of 2015 and sent egg prices
soaring could reappear, even though no new cases have
been detected for months, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

There were many area bird flu cases including
cases in Pocahontas and Wright counties.

It can happen at any time, Vilsack was quoted

Its been more than six months since the last
case of avian influenza was found in a commercial flock.

But Vilsack said there are concerns that the bird
flu could reappear next spring.

Earlier this year, the disease destroyed nearly 50
million farm birds. Iowa, the nations largest egg producer, lost 31.5 million birds across 18 counties, including
about 30 million laying hens and pullets and 1.1 million

The virus cost the states economy $1.2 billion
through lost egg, chicken and turkey production, lost
wages and tax revenue, according to a study commissioned by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

USDA and state officials struggled to quickly
dispose of dead birds in the hardest-hit areas. Some poultry operations failed to closely follow biosecurity measures intended to help curtail the spread of the disease.

Officials have studied what worked during the
outbreak and what needs improving. Biosecurity efforts have been strengthened at poultry facilities, and the
USDA has stockpiled vaccines.

The USDA spent about $1 billion on the outbreak. That included costs for surveillance, testing, cleaning, disinfecting and disposal as well as $200 million in
indemnity payments helping farmers cover their losses.

The train derailment didnt result in any injuries in Ogden.

Advanced beekeeping
class Jan. 30; regular
class starts Jan. 9
In Webster County. . .

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encouraged Iowans interested in beekeeping to consider enrolling in one of the beekeeping schools in 2016.

Beekeeping courses will run four Saturdays
in Fort Dodge from Jan. 9-30 from 9-12 p.m. at the
Webster County Extension office. To register call
YVonne at 515-835-9326 or e-mail Yvonne@iastate.
edu. The cost is singles, $35; or $45 for a family. An
advanced class is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1-4
p.m. The contact information is the same.

We continue to see interest grow in bee keep-

ing, both among hobbyist who might just have a hive or

two and commercial producers who can have 1,000s of

These courses provide an excellent opportunity
for new beekeepers or those who are interested in getting
started to learn from experienced Iowa beekeepers who
understand our seasons and environment how to successfully raise bees, Northey said.

There are currently about 4,500 beekeepers in
Iowa that manage more than 45,000 colonies of honey
bees. These honey bees produce about 4 million pounds
of honey annually, valued at over $8 million.

Honey bees are also responsible for the pollination of many Iowa crops. Field and horticultural crops,
home gardens and plants eaten by wildlife are dependent
on bee pollination for the production of their fruits, nuts
and seeds. The economic value of honey bees as crop pollinators in Iowa has been estimated at $92 million annually.

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Tomorrow's Leaders

The state of Iowa has made progress in the bird flu
outbreak. But an outbreak in 2016 in still possible.

First United Church

Activities for the week

On Wednesday, Jan. 6 the Lunch Bunch will
meet in Farnhamville from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
Bell Choir will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 9 UWF will meet at 10:00
a.m. in Farnhamville.

Pictured from L to R are, Brodie LaVine, four, son of Stacey Hay; JaiCe, eight, and
Camryn, three, daughters of JD and Corinne Jackson; Jezika, thirteen, Carson, ten, children
of Emily Joyce.