Strike Out PWS effort marks decade

Posted June 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

By Eden Hemmingson

As summer heats up in the Midwest, Hillbillys Bar, Grill, and Casino continues to cool it down after a fire started in the smoking room.

It took only two months of restoration after the fire, before Hillbillys Bar, Grill, and Casino in Alcester, SD reopened on June 1, with cold drinks and fire themed karaoke songs, according to their Facebook page.

Hillbillys, which has been in Alcester since 2006, is owned and operated by Bob Nyreen. They host karaoke nights and gaming events indoors, and bands at their outside venue when weather is warm.

The fire was located in the room that is attached to the west side of the bar.

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    WS staff received honors before summer vacation

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux’s teachers received honors at the annual end-of-the-school year luncheon held June 9. After the luncheon summer vacation was officially under way.

    Honored for 15 years of service were teachers Linda Hann, Grades 2-5 At-Risk staff member at Hawarden Elementary and Melinda Bak, High School English teacher.

    For 20 years of service, Connie Anderson, an associate at Hawarden and Ireton elementary schools; Becky Klaus, custodian and bus driver at

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    Wheeler, 23, wins D-4 Primary: General Election next

    By Steve Peterson

    Skyler Wheeler of Orange City, age 23, won the Republican nomination for Iowa House District No. 4 and will be on the General Election ballot Nov. 8.

    Wheeler, of Orange City, won the Republican nomination for Iowa House District No. 4 sea in the June 7 primary. He had 1,870 votes, 44.66 percent, compared to Kevin Van Otterloo of Rock Valley, 1,425 votes, 29.84 percent; VanDerWerff of Orange City’s

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    Craft evening at Hawarden Public Library

    The Hawarden Public Library invites you to take part in a craft evening on June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

    Rather than throwing away very old books, we will be making planters from them. The library will furnish the books, and some other supplies. The cost is $3.00 per participant to help cover the cost of the plants.

    The idea for this event came from Pinterest. If you are interested in trying this, please call the library at 551-2244 by

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    On your mark, get set, READ!

    The Hawarden Public Library invites everyone in our community to participate in this summer’s program—“On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” Library staff have been busy planning activities for all ages. From preschool through adults, you will find a reading program just right for your reading needs.

    Preschoolers will be invited to “read” with their parents. We will have a once a week story hour for preschoolers. We also ask parents to read a book a day to their child. We will furnish a booklet for you to

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    Remembering those who served – Honoring Korean veterans

    Seven Korean veterans received war medals at a special Memorial Day ceremony May 30 at Alcester-Hudson High School in Alcester, S.D.

    Those receiving Korean War Medals from Union County Veterans Service Officer Susan Irons were:

    • Robert Berg;

    • Daryl Fickbohm;

    • Dennis Hultgren;

    • Lowell Pearson;

    • CJ Rolfes;

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    West Sioux Class of ‘16 awarded scholarships

    West Sioux High School Class of 2016 members received $27,306 in local scholarships at the May 29 graduation ceremony.

    “West Sioux High School would like to thank the community for its generous scholarship support to the graduating Class of 2016,” said counselor Jim Hansen in the program.

    The scholarships were awarded to:

    American Legion Bertam Post No. 276: $500 awarded to Isabella Banda and Justin Negaard.

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    Foot Care Clinic

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran Church in Alcester, S.D. Monday, June 13. 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. The cost is $25.00.

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

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    School fun in the sun

    West Sioux second and third graders and teachers do the “chicken dance” at the Field Day event held at West Sioux High School’s track May 26. West Sioux High School seniors helped out as well as community volunteers.

    WS school board discusses long term planning

    By Steve Peterson

    At the May 26 meeting, West Sioux School Board members heard a report on a long-term planning proposal from TSP Architect of Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Shawn Urban, of TSP, made the presentation to the school board, and Mike Jamison of the firm was also on hand.

    “We have been having some great conversations with (Shared Superintendent Randy Collins) for about three years now,” said Jamison.

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