Ice fishing at Big Sioux Rec Area

Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

The Sioux County Conservation Board held an ice fishing event at Big Sioux Recreation Area (BSRA) Jan. 21 and a good-size crowd attended. Participants drop their lines in the BSRA lake in hopes of a bite. The next program will be an Owl Prowl at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at Oak Grove State Park near Hawarden.

    Community Meal is Feb. 21

    The Hawarden Free Community Meal will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Associated Church of Hawarden.

    WS State Large Group Speech results

    Under the direction of Head Coach Melinda Bak, five teams of West Sioux students competed at State Large Group Speech on Feb. 4 in Spencer.

    Their results were:

    • Choral Reading received “Straight I” in their performance of “No doesn’t Mean YES.” Members are Kailey Bak, Madison Aldrich, Rylee Bakker, Esperanza Lopez, Shayden Blankenship, Jadilyn Vargas and Perla Muro.

    • Group Improv with Jonathan Petersen, Kailey Bak, Madison Aldrich, and Rylee Bakker

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    Eagles fundraiser held at Community Center

    by Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Eagles Aerie Chapter officials were pleased with the crowd for a fundraiser the organization hosted Feb. 4 on behalf of ESKO Bionics.

    “We had about 110 people here,” said Eagles President Randy Klaus. “We decided to have it at the Hawarden Community Center for the first time due to space (limits) at our club.”

    Klaus explained funds will be donated on Friday, Feb. 17 to Eagles State officials from

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    ‘Gitchie Girl’ authors at Alcester Public Library

    Phil and Sandy Hamman, co-authors of the book ‘Gitchie Girl’, will be coming to the Alcester Public Library on February 16 at 6:30 p.m. to do a presentation for the public about their book.

    ‘Gitchie Girl’ is the true story about a 13 year-old girl who was the lone survivor of a mass murder in a northwest Iowa state park in 1973. Four teenage boys were killed that night in what became one of the Midwest’s most horrific mass murders. All are invited to attend this

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    Union County 4-H’ers’ 2016 Achievements

    Dakota Kids 4-H Club Leaders Appreciation
    Marcy Thompson & Janelle O’Connor

    Union County 4-H club members and leaders completed the 2015-2016 club year with the Annual 4-H Recognition Event. Congratulations to all 4-H members on a successful 4-H year!

    The event started off with the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge. Up next was the 4-H slide show featuring all Union County 4-H clubs, summer 4-H events, the county and state fair. 4-H members spoke about different

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    WS OK’s At-Risk funds

    West Sioux School Board met in special session Jan. 24.

    Board members Larry Gregg, Ken Koch and Tom Sellers were present and members Gary Witt and Russell Coons were absent.

    The board voted 3-0 to approve the Spending Authority of $232,502 for the funding of the West Sioux At-Risk program.

    About 130 students are in the program.

    This was the only item on the public

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    Wheeler outlines priorities in first legislative term

    By Steve Peterson

    Newly-elected freshman Iowa House of Representatives Member Skyler Wheeler outlined his priorities as the 87th Iowa General Assembly began this week.

    Wheeler, of Orange City, was elected to represent Iowa House District No. 4. The 23-year-old took the Oath of Office Jan. 9. His district includes Hawarden and Ireton.

    “I am excited to be sworn in and am ready to do the job the people of House District No. 4

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    Fun in the snow

    Alyssa Kennedy was one of many students to enjoy the snow days off from West Sioux Jan. 25 and 26. She takes a rest on a hill at West Sioux High School. Hawarden received about 14 inches of snow. School “snow” days will be made up on Feb. 20 and March 9.


    No hoops for a while

    Basketball will probably not be played at the West Sioux Elementary School any time soon thanks to Hawarden’s 14 inches of snow on Jan. 24 and 25. However, a dry week with temperatures in the 30s was expected this week. Above, West Sioux Buildings and Grounds Director Brad Hofland clears the snow Jan. 26.