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2014 Festival of Trees Luncheon

Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

Many view the Hawarden Area Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of Trees this past weekend, including Arlo Van Beek of Orange City and his daughter, Jenn Bergsma of Hawarden. They are looking at the Western Christmas display created by the Hawarden business, CC Trucking & Longhorn Llamas. Festival proceeds go to the Hawarden Food Pantry.

    Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve hosts winter programs

    Children of all ages will enjoy these winter programs at Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve near McCook Lake, S.D.

    Little Naturalist Program: This is free fun for toddlers. Children, ages 2 to 4 years, will learn about each theme through games, crafts, stories and songs. Each class starts at 10 a.m., and there are three programs on Fridays: Dec. 19, Jan. 9, and Feb. 20. Preregister by calling 605-232-0873.

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    Graphic arts: From school to career

    By Steve Peterson

    Several West Sioux High School students recently had a college visit to see the graphic arts program in Omaha, Neb.

    Students were given a guided tour of the Creative Center Art College and had the opportunity to shadow first-year graphic arts students working in their studio areas.

    Students also saw firsthand the progression and application of artistic skills displayed by second-year graphic art students as they learn to infuse their

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    WS students enjoy Fall Festival

    West Sioux Teacher Katie Pick’s second-and-third-grade combined class makes place mats for residents of Hillcrest and Micah Hill Estates nursing home. West Sioux Elementary School had a “Fall Festival” on Nov. 24, including fifth graders reading to younger students and a “Thank it Forward” exercise in class. Students in Hawarden went home from school an hour early on Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Sheriff receives K9 protector kit

    On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Sonny, the newest member of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office K9 team, was given a life-saving medical bag called,“The Buddy Bag.”

    The kit was donated by K9 Defender Fund, Inc. of Lambertville, Mich. K9 Defender Fund is a non-profit organization that supplies military and law enforcement service K9s with lifesaving medical equipment and supplies.

    Each Buddy Bag contains: Elasticon Bandages, petrolatum pads, bandage scissors, eye saline drops, triple antibiotic ointment, side pocket No. 2, slip leashes,

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    Thanksgiving: Great food and fellowship in Beresford

    The Community Thanksgiving was a huge success in Beresford thanks to so many willing volunteers who gave of their time and numerous local businesses that donated needed supplies. Such giving added up to a wonderful recipe of great food and fellowship.

    “Volunteers and businesses are what make this Thanksgiving dinner successful,” said Deb Bontje.  “Their contributions are so appreciated.”

    Greeters were Bill and Fern Vermillion, Don and Dione Young, David and Bonnie Bogue, Larry and Lois Lounsberry, and Ed

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    West Sioux students named to honor bands

    by Steve Peterson

    Approximately 180 high school musicians from 43 high schools will combine their talents for the 61st Annual Northwest Iowa Honor Band Festival set for 7 p.m., Jan. 10 in Eppley Auditorium in Sioux City. Membership was chosen through auditions held Nov. 1 in Storm Lake.

    West Sioux High School will be represented by Hailey Pullman playing the flute. It was the same day as the State Cross Country Meet that Hailey Pullman participated in Fort Dodge and

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    State mourns loss of State Rep. Alons

    By Steve Peterson

    Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released a statement regarding the death of area legislator Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull) on Nov. 29. Alons, 68, died after battling cancer.

    “As a retired Brigadier General in the Iowa National Guard and a member of the Iowa legislature since 1998, Iowa lost a true statesman with the passing of Representative Dwayne Alons. I offer my deepest condolences to Dwayne’s wife, Clarice, children, family and friends,” said

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    Ryan gains Mustangs’ wins mark in playoff ‘w’

    Morningside College Head Football Coach Steve Ryan broke the record for career football coaching victories at Morningside when the fourth-ranked Mustangs defeated No. 13 Ottawa University 42-21 Nov. 22 in the first round of the 2014 NAIA Championship Series at Morningside’s Elwood Olsen Stadium.

    The victory puts the Mustangs, this year’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) co-champion, in the Nov. 29 NAIA Championship Series Quarterfinals. The Mustangs will host Missouri Valley College at noon Nov. 29 at their Elwood Olsen Stadium. Morningside, 10-1 record, was ranked

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    Foot Care Clinic at Nathanael Lutheran December 8

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran Church in Alcester, S.D. Monday, December 8. Anyone needing foot care is welcome to come. Professional screening, assessment, education, and treatment will be provided by Faith Kinkner, RN, who is trained and certified in foot care. Treatment includes toenails clipped and filed, electric grinding of thick nails, corns; and calluses buffed, plus blood pressure.

    To register for the Foot Care Clinic, sign up on the sheet at the message board in the fellowship hall at

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