Auction to benefit Ireton firefighters

Posted September 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm

By Steve Peterson

The Ireton Fire Department invites community residents to attend an Auction and Open House fund-raiser for its new fire engine purchase.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Ireton Community Center with sandwiches and refreshments served until 7:30 p.m.

The auction with Ireton auctioneer Doug Houlton calling for bids will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Fire department equipment will be on display during the open house.

“We are receiving a lot of good support. So far we have 80 items. These include a new lawn mower from Siouxland Outdoor Power; a diamond necklace from Center Stone in Sioux Center; one side of

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    For Board of Supervisors District No. 3: Republican Al Bloemendaal; Democrat

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