Klocke begins as Chamber President

Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

By Steve Peterson

Michelle Klocke is the new president of the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce.

“I have been a member of the Economic Development Committee for two years now and I knew there was an opening and a chance to step up my role,” said Klocke, whose term as president will be from 2015 to 2017. She succeeded Travis Olson.

Klocke’s first event as Chamber president is nearing: the Chamber of Commerce Home Show is set for March 14.

“There are a lot of activities of the Chamber and they go on all year long. I’ll work with the subcommittees and the board of directors,” said Klocke.

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    Kooiker is unofficial District 4 winner

    By Steve Peterson

    John Kooiker, a Boyden Republican, beat out two other challengers to win the Iowa State House of Representatives seat for District No. 4 on Jan. 6.

    Kooiker, in unofficial tallies, had 2,064 votes, or 61.23 percent. Write-in Candidate Dennis Wright of Hull was second with 840 votes. 24.92 percent. Democrat John Buntsma of Orange City had 456 votes.

    Kooiker was expected to be sworn in when the legislature reconvenes Monday,

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    Ponca’s early lead too much for WS girls

    West Sioux’s girls’ basketball team lost for the third time this season as powerful Ponca, Neb. led 24-9 at halftime and never looked back in a 53-32 win. The contest Jan. 17 was played at Briar Cliff University’s Newman Flanagan Center as part of the CNOS Classic.

    West Sioux had a 10-3 overall record after the loss.

    Taylor Rodenburgh scored 14 points to lead the way for West Sioux. She made five of 10 field goal attempts and four

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    Olson: Chamber had successful 2014

    By Steve Peterson

    After four years as Hawarden Chamber of Commerce president and five years of service total, Travis Olson looked back in remarks at the Chamber of Commerce’s 96th Annual Banquet held Jan. 10.

    “Five years ago when I joined this post, even after being involved in different committees, I had yet to understand the level of activity generated by the Chamber of Commerce office, said Olson. “Countless hours are spent by one staff person and a handful of

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    Bright Energy Solutions offers rebate to Hawarden residents

    Bright Energy Solutions is offering municipal utility customers who buy Energy Star lighting products a rebate program.

    Energy Star qualified lighting products: use about 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs; last 10 to 25 times longer; and produce about 70 to 90 percent less heat so they are safer to operate, can cut costs associated with home cooling; and meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party.

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    Rens thanked for Finance Director work

    Sherole Rens, retiring City of Hawarden Finance Director, was thanked for her 15 years of service at an open house Dec. 29 at Hawarden Community Center. Surrounding Sherole are her grandchildren, (l-r) Gemma and Gibson and in back, Gracie, Sharole and Gillian Rens.

    Chamber honors Food Pantry, Daale

    By Steve Peterson

    Even a blizzard warning that happened when Hawarden Community Food Pantry was scheduled to organize its monthly packages could not stop those who have been gathering at American Lutheran Church in Hawarden to do just that for more than a decade.

    That service by the Hawarden Food Pantry organizers Jan Cain and Ron and Ruth Zwart was honored by Hawarden Chamber of Commerce members as winners of the Chamber’s annual Citizen of the Year honor at the

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    Ambulance director job remains unfilled

    By Steve Peterson

    For the second straight meeting, Hawarden councilors denied a request from the Hawarden Ambulance Association/EMS to hire a full-time director.

    The vote was the same at the Dec. 10 meeting as it was the Nov. 22 session.

    Councilors Monte Harvey and Travis Olson opposed the hiring while Councilors Tim Kurth and Larry Bauder were in favor of it, for a 2-2 tie.


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    WS works on SINA designation

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Dec. 11 West Sioux School Board meeting, the elementary school’s School in Needs of Assistance (SINA), school funding from Des Moines and professional development time were topics handled by board members and administrators.

    In a monthly school board report, West Sioux Elementary Principal Carrie Thonstad said that other districts are contacting her about the school’s Schools In Need of Assistance Plan, which the staff continues to work very hard.

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    Business manager’s shared time continues

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Dec. 11 West Sioux School Board meeting, board members decided West Sioux Business Manager Danielle Gradert will continue to work with her counterpart at Akron-Westfield until late February 2015.

    The West Sioux School Board voted 4-0 to approve an agreement that allows Gradert to work at A-W one day a week to help new A-W Business Manager Cari Brodgen. The vote was 4-0 due to the absence of School Board Member Dawn Hummel.

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