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Legionnaires host waffle fundraiser

Posted January 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Hawarden American Legion Post No. 254 hosted a Dad’s Belgian Waffle fundraiser supper Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Dad’s Belgian Waffle owner John Morgan turns some waffles.

    WS agrees to refinance bond

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board met in a special meeting Dec. 19 and unanimously approved a resolution for the refinancing of bonds totalling $2,817,000.

    The winning bidder was Iowa State Bank of Hawarden. The vote was 3-0 as members Gary Witt, Russell Coons and Ken Koch voted in favor of the resolution. Members Larry Gregg and Tom Sellers were absent.

    Piper Jaffrey Inc. will act as placement agent for the 2017

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    Chamber’s banquet set for Jan. 28

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce will host its 98th annual Chamber Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Hawarden Community Center.

    Ticket cost is $25 in advance.

    The social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

    Guest entertainer will be comedian John DeBoer.

    For more information, call the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce at 551-4433.

    Councilors opt for lower nature center contribution

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Dec. 14 meeting, Hawarden Councilors denied a request of a voluntary $150,000 donation to the nature center at Oak Grove State Park, which was proposed by the Sioux County Conservation Foundation (SCCF).

    The vote was 3-2 but councilors stressed they were in favor of the project at a lower amount.

    Councilors Monte Harvey, Payne Allen and John Feldhacker voted against the $150,000 contribution and Councilors Travis Olson and

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    WS School Board hears financial report

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board heard the November monthly financial secretary’s report from Superintendent Ryan Kramer, and the school chief said there needs to be a reduction of $100,000 in the FY 2018 Budget.

    School finances were also discussed from the state and national perspectives.

    At the Dec. 12 meeting, Kramer explained the status of various funds with seven months left in the current fiscal year.

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    WS Board hears teams’ reports

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board met in regular session Dec. 12 and received reports from the Prosper Team and Family Engagement Group Home Visit Team.

    PROSPER Team

    Prosper (PROmoting School community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) Team Leader Donna Mills of Iowa State University Extension – O’Brien County spoke to the school board.

    “I love working with families,” said Mills who works with the Prosper

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    Councilors meet new library director

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Dec. 14 Hawarden Council meeting, Hawarden Library Board of Trustees President Larry Gregg introduced new Library Director Lori Juhlin.

    Other topics covered were winter reminders and Hawarden Regional Healthcre (HRH) expansion transition dates.

    “I am originally from Norfolk, Neb.,” said Juhlin, telling the council she had completed a Masters (degree) in Library Science at the University of Missouri and worked at both Columbus and Lexington Public Libraries in

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    WS needs more substitute teachers

    By Steve Peterson

    Does West Sioux School District have enough substitute teachers?

    That question was discussed by school board members and administrators at the Nov. 14 meeting.

    “Substitute teachers, I know we have had to do some additional advertising, said WS Board Member Larry Gregg. “Do we have a pool of substitute teachers available?”

    “Since we instituted APL (from APL Associates), it is an extensive training,”

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    Prosper holds Middle School fun night

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux’s Prosper Strengthening Families program offered a Family Fun Night preview of its program Nov. 7 at Hawarden City Life Teen Center.

    The event was open for all Middle School families.

    The full seven-week program will be held on Thursday evenings starting March 16.

    The Strengthening Families Program, for parents and youth ages 10 to 14,

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    WS School board talks about finances

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board met Nov. 14 and discussed Students of the Month honors; an upcoming spring musical; and the district’s financial information.

    “Do students of the month receive any other recognition,” asked Member Larry Gregg.

    “They receive a certificate and their names are read at the announcements,” said Middle/High School Principal Heidi Vasquez. “At the Middle School and High School, students are recognized for various reasons, it may

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