Folksingers entertain at end of hot summer’s day

Posted August 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

By Steve Peterson

The duo Hungrytown, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, brought their folksinging show to the Hawarden Public Library Aug. 3.

The couple has been singing folk music for 13 years full-time, 22 years total, and hails from West Townsend, Vt.

Hall and Anderson were on a summer tour, which includes their talents on the guitar, mandolin and harmonica. Their songs have been featured on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” and Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite” programs. “Further West” is their latest CD with the theme of travel.

“We started with mini tours, singing in northeast Maine and seaside villages,” said Hall in her introduction. “The songs we write are really inspired by folk tradition.”

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    Family Canoe Float is August 13

    The Sioux County Conservation Board will offer its annual Family Canoe Float down the Big Sioux River from Oak Grove State Park to Carr’s Landing in Hawarden, starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.

    There is a limited number of canoes and kayaks available, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Please let SSCB know if you are planning to bring your own vessel.

    Participants must pre-register online. For more information call Sunday Ford at 712-552-3057.

    WS Community track bid OK’d for improvement

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board members approved authorization that the high school track have some improvements to it for the 2017 track season.

    A second bid on resurfacing work, from Midwest Tracks, Inc., was received, for a total of $83,600. The other bidder was Fischer Tracks, for a cost of $59.939. Fischer won the bid by unanimous school board vote.

    Also, a Long Jump pit area move to the north side

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    WS serves yummy meals twice daily

    By Steve Peterson

    Cooks arrive at West Sioux elementary schools in Hawarden and Ireton as early as 6:30 a.m., ready to serve breakfast and lunch each day as the summer program continues.

    Hours of Fuel Up for Summer Fun program are 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and 11 to 1 p.m. for lunch. The program continues through Friday, Aug. 12.

    At lunch time, Laura Mora and

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    Legion Corn Feed draws many

    Hawarden American Legion Post No. 254 hosted its annual Corn and Hamburger Feed July 14 at Memorial Park. Photo, Joe Orlander helps out with the corn.

    Pullman: Hospital addition nearly on-time

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare CEO Jayson Pullman and Jason Steinke, project superintendent for Samuels Group, gave a tour of the hospital’s expansion project and two city councilors, John Feldhacker and Tim Kurth, attended as well as city officials.

    Construction of the 20,000 square feet remodel and expansion has been under way since May 2015. The project’s budget is nearly $14 million, including an $8.8 million loan from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

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    Carnival concludes summer reading with bang

    by Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Public Library concluded its summer reading program for Grades K-5 with games at a carnival on July 14 at Hawarden Community Center.

    The theme this year was “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

    About 20 community volunteers staffed the games. Students had to read for 90 or 180 minutes to participate in carnival fun.

    Librarian Val

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    Author describes book process at library talk

    By Steve Peterson

    On July 27, Hawarden Public Library’s monthly book discussion group members heard from published author Heather Gudenkauf who discussed the writing and publishing process.

    The group just read Gudenkauf’s latest novel, “Missing Pieces.” Her other works have included “Tender Mercies,” “The Weight of Silence” and “These Things Hidden.” “Missing Pieces” is a novel which was published last winter by Mira Books, Inc., — her only publisher to date. “The Weight of Silence” was named a New York

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    Hawarden councilors award 10th street light bid

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors met in regular session July 13 and approved the low bid from Voltmer Inc. of Decorah for the Iowa Highway 10 street light project.

    Voltmer’s bid was for $157,339.03. The other bidders were Dave’s Construction of Sioux Falls, S.D., for $217,725 and K & W Electric of Cedar Falls for $323,350.

    The winning bid was about $70,000 under the engineering estimate of $240,000, said City Administrator Gary Tucker.

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    Former Beresford resident killed July 14 in Wyoming ranching accident

    On July 14, a former Beresford, S.D. man was killed in a four-wheeler accident while moving cattle on a ranch north of Gillette, Wyo.

    According to the Gillette News Record, Troy Mader, age 60, and his wife, Cindy, were herding cattle at about 8 p.m. that Thursday evening when he was thrown from the ATV after one of the cattle strayed from the herd.

    The Maders had lived in Beresford, S.D., for about a decade before moving back to

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