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Owl comes to library program

Posted June 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Dave Ford of Great Plains Zoo staff in Sioux Falls, S.D., shows an Eastern Screech Owl to youngsters at a Hawarden Public Library program June 4. “Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme for this summer’s program. The same sessions are offered on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Children should be between the ages of 3 – 5. Parents can call the library at 551-2244 to register their children. Class size is limited

    Wading pool is closed

    Hawarden city officials announced the wading pool has been closed until further notice at Hawarden Swimming Pool.

    The notice was effective last Friday, June 12.

    City Administrator Gary Tucker said the reason is due to a sand filter malfunction. The rest of the pool’s operation will remain the same.

    Hawarden staff receives salary increases

    By Steve Peterson

    At the June 10 meeting, Hawarden Councilors approved a resolution regarding setting salaries for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 per a collective bargaining agreement.

    The raise is 46 cents per hour and a 2.25 percent increase for non-union personnel, effective July 1.

    The vote was 4-1 with Councilor Monte Harvey dissenting,

    “This is the fourth year of a four-year agreement and we will have to

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    Hawarden community rallies around tot

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden residents will come together to support a two-year-old and his family.

    Tyson Strong, two-year-old son of Kaylee and Jonny Strong, suffered a fall on May 11.

    Tyson is recovering at home from after emergency brain surgery –the result of injuries which included a fractured skull with a skull piece severing a brain artery.

    A fundraiser, called

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    Hawarden continues Rides transportation service

    By Steve Peterson

    At the May 27 meeting, Hawarden councilors approved renewal of the contract with Rides for 2015-2016.

    The city’s cost will be $8,000. The previous contract was a $6,000 city contribution.

    Councilors voted 4-1 with councilor Monte Harvey dissenting.

    The transportation service is offered Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Family Fun Night fundraiser set for June 18

    Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society will host a Family Fun Night fundraiser at Calliope Village from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.

    There will be basketball, frisbee toss, horseshoe toss, croquet, archery, ring toss, fun races and more games. Prizes will be awarded.

    There will also be a food stand. Cost is 25 cents per ticket for games.

    The rain date is June 25 at the same time.

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    Hawarden adds municipal internet service

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden residents will soon be able to obtain internet access through the City of Hawarden.

    Sept. 1 is the hoped-for start-up date.

    At the May 27 meeting City councilors voted 4-1 to approve recommendations to implement the products suggested for HiTech by Larry Butler of Oakhill Consulting of Burnsville, Minn. Councilor Monte Harvey dissented.

    Pioneer Technologies LLC of Sergeant Bluff will do the

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    WS hosts Art Show

    by Steve Peterson

    West Sioux High School art students showed off their work at the 2015 Celbration of Excellence Art Show.

    Best of Show Award was won by Raquel Flores.

    People’s Choice Award was won by Camyron Ballard.

    First, second and third place finishes were awarded to the following:

    For Pencil Drawings, first place, Adrian Topete; second place, Taylor

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    Hawarden nursing home facility wins prestigious award

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Less than 10 percent of the Ensign Group’s 143 facilities earn the flagship Ensign Award, and there has never been a Midwest facility that earned it, according to Ensign Group CEO Christopher Christensen.

    Until now.

    On May 29, Ensign Group officials celebrated with Hillcrest Healthcare Services & Mica Hill Estates employees who won this prestigious award for 2014.

    “This is a very

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    WS soccer outlasts Unity for playoff win

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux boys’ soccer team advanced to the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs with a 3-2 win over Unity Christian May 26 in Orange City.

    WS played Sioux Center at home May 28. After a second round playoff win, the Falcons were ousted by MOC-Floyd Valley.

    Joel Topete scored the match winning goal for the Falcons

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