Army Corps of Engineers to fix Dry Creek

Posted August 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

At their Aug. 12 meeting, Hawarden councilors unanimously approved an agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Army Corps of Engineers for rehabilitation work on Dry Creek.

Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker said this agreement is for work needed due to damage from the June 2014 flooding. The work was approved by the U.S. Department of Army District Commander Joel Cross in Omaha, Neb., in April.

“An estimated $15,000 in damage was done to a channel about 600 feet from Iowa Highway 12. We hope the work will be done this fall,” said Tucker.

The councilors voted 5-0 in a separate measure to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to

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    WS has new playground equipment in Ireton

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When Ireton elementary students come to school next week, they are in for a great surprise.

    On Aug. 11, West Sioux’s custodial crew, the two school principals and community volunteers assembled and installed new playground equipment, which includes a racing slide, spiral slide, bridge, monkey bars and ring, and much more.

    One of the community volunteers was this year’s

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    Tractors rest at Hawarden’s on Craig ride

    By Steve Peterson

    The Fourth Annual Craig Tractor Ride took place Aug. 15 and included a stop at West Sioux Elementary School’s parking lot in Hawarden.

    “I’ve put on 1,000 miles on tractor rides,” said Ron Brink of Orange City who drove a Farmall.

    The ride was held in honor of the memory of Jim VanderMolen of Struble and Leonard Kruse of Le Mars.

    Organizer Lloyd

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    Youth for Christ sells peaches

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden-based Youth for Christ is conducting a fundraiser and people can buy peaches grown in Colorado.

    Call Tom Cook at 1-712-269-6259 for more information. Delivery will be about Aug. 10 and another later in the month.

    When the center on 23rd Street reopens, it will be called City Life Teen Center and open for Grades 6-12, said Cook.

    Cook began his duties as

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    ‘Pinkie Square,’ Bible School come together

    By Steve Peterson

    More than 80 youngsters participated in the annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), which was held last week at Hawarden Community Church. Hawarden churches take turns hosting the late July event for Grades 2 through 5.

    “Jesus’s love is unconditional,” was the theme for July 30. The next night family members were invited to watch presentations by VBS participants.

    “I have to hold back the tears when I see the kids

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    Tri-Valley Men’s Chorus performs

    Tri-Valley Men’s Barbershop Chorus from Viborg, S.D., gave the performance at Hawarden Community Church’s Sunday Night Summer Drive-in religious music event July 26. Allen Ward is the director and Cliff Huot served as emcee. The church hosted Vacation Bible School in Hawarden, “Bible Blast from the Past” which ended July 31. The group, Kempers Quartet of Sioux Center, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9 at the church.

    WS school board candidates file nomination papers

    By Steve Peterson

    The candidates’ filing deadline for the Tuesday, Sept. 8 West Sioux School Board Election was July 30.

    Candidates on the ballot will be Russell Coons of Ireton for District No. 1 and Danielle Gradert of Hawarden for District No. 4.

    Larry Gregg of Hawarden is a write-in candidate for District No. 3.

    There is no Ireton candidate for District No. 3.

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    Lincoln’s Legacy event to raise funds for FOP

    Six years ago Lincoln Wheelock, 9, of Des Moines, was diagnosed with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a very rare disorder, believed to occur in approximately one in two million people worldwide.

    FOP causes muscle tissue and connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments to be gradually replaced by bone, forming bone outside the skeleton that limits movement. This process generally becomes noticeable in early childhood, starting with the neck and shoulders and proceeding down the body and into the

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    Bolluyt to give speech at Moving Vietnam Wall event

    By Steve Peterson

    Retired West Sioux educator Dean Bolluyt will give the keynote address at the Welcoming Ceremony for The Moving Vietnam Wall when it is in Hawarden.

    The Moving Wall will be in Hawarden Aug. 13 – 17. Bolluyt will speak at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 at the site, near the Hawarden Community Center Pavilion and West Sioux Elementary School.

    The Sons of the American

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    School board names Aldeman to coach girls’ hoops

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux elementary teacher Mark Aldeman was awarded the contract to be the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach by a 4-0 vote. Board member Dawn Hummel was absent at the July 20 board meeting.

    Aldeman teaches fifth grade and has been an assistant coach for football and Middle School boys’ basketball.

    “We had two candidates in-house and I interviewed them both. I think Mark will do a fine job,” said Bouza.

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