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WS musicians selected for BV Honor Band

Posted February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

West Sioux students Logan Veen-Strege and Hailey Pullman will be part of the Honor Band in Storm Lake Feb. 28.

    Nature Center plans in works for Oak Grove

    By Steve Peterson

    Sioux County Conservation Board would like to have a headquarters for environmental education programs, and work has begun on a nature center.

    “There is a five-member Sioux County Conservation Foundation. The Conservation Board has approved it, and we’re working on plans and getting ideas and touring other nature centers in the area,” said Sioux County Conservation Board Naturalist Sunday Ford.

    The Foundation Board meets monthly to discuss the project.

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    Sioux Conservation schedules classes

    Sioux County Conservation Board (SCCB) is planning several events this winter.

    They include the following, with registration at www.mycountyparks.com/County/Sioux/aspx. SSCB asks that participants please preregister.

    • Owl Prowl at Oak Grove will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. February is a great time for hearing owls during courtship and egg-laying. Let’s take a night hike to call owls from 6 to 7 p.m.

    Meet at the Oak Grove Lodge parking

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    Hawarden firefighters battle garage fire

    By Steve Peterson

    The Hawarden Fire Department with assistance from Sioux Center and Ireton departments battled a fire on County Road B-46 in rural Hawarden Feb. 10.

    “It started in the garage and spread to the house. In the country, water source was a problem so we called Ireton and Sioux Center’s tankers,” said Hawarden Fire Chief Jon Strong.

    Residents all got out of the home safely.

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    WS students have PBIS dance party

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Elementary students celebrated their Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) successes with a dance party Feb. 12.

    Paul Miller played the tunes. West Sioux High School Dance Team members and staff members also participated. Second and third graders had their party followed by fourth and fifth graders for meeting Beehive expectations, the mascot for PBIS.

    Dance Team members helping were Amber Harry, Callie Schmidt, Jenna Rehder, Amanda Mace, Allyson

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    Vang drama comes to community center Feb. 21

    Hawarden Arts Council and Hawarden Public Library will present Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Hawarden Community Center.

    The drama was written by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

    There is no admission charge for this event. For more information, call the library at 551-2244.

    Candidates file for election

    Hawarden voters will have a choice of three candidates for the special city council election on Tuesday, March 3.

    Candidates who filed paperwork by the Feb. 6 deadline with Sioux County Auditor are Payne A. Allen; James Feldhacker and Rodney Matz.

    The council term will expire this November when the next city council election takes place.

    Councilors talk land options, budget

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Jan. 28 regular meeting, the city sale of land near the Soo Motel site off Avenue F in Hawarden was a topic for councilors.

    “I talked with an interested individual on the property the city owns at the Soo Motel site, and he is not sure on how much he wants to buy, based on cost, and the direction I am seeking is do you want to provide a number for an asking price or

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    WS: Two veteran staffers retire

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board members approved two teachers’ applications for Early Retirement at their Jan. 19 meeting.

    Special Education teacher Denise DeWeerd and First Grade Teacher Donna Jans were granted Early Retirement. They both work at the Ireton Elementary School.

    They will join Hawarden Elementary Teacher Larry Gregg, who started teaching third grade in 1976, in taking Early Retirement in June.

    “It has

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    Sack Pack program needs volunteers

    West Sioux staff members Brenna Dekkers (l) and Jackie Larson work on assembling Sack Packs of food for students. Sack Packs are distributed Fridays to West Sioux students who may not have enough food when school is not in session. This assembly is done every other week. Sunshine Foods supplies the food.

    “We could use some more volunteers, even for 30 minutes, just call the school,” said Dekkers.

    Both said they find helping out

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