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WS grad sings National Anthem at Cardinals game

Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

West Sioux grad Adriana Van Wyk had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona Nov. 9. The Arizona Cardinals were hosting the St. Louis Rams.

Adriana was told by her section chief shortly after arriving at Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, that the Wing protocol was having tryouts for National Anthem singers. Adriana is at the top level of the protocol list, so she is able to sing for any event off-base and any event for the 56th fighter wing.

Since February, she has sung the National Anthem at two military funerals, three promotion ceremonies, 15 retirement ceremonies, two charity events, and the PGA tour.


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    Community Church hosts Pork Loin supper

    Hawarden Community Church (Reformed Church of America) hosted an Election Night Pork Loin supper Nov. 4. From left: Mason Ericson, Allison Westra, Jake Van Noort and Avery Underwood helped serve pork loin sandwiches, potato salad and beans.

    Councilors award TIF funds

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Nov. 12 meeting, Hawarden councilors approved Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for 2015-2016 for Coilcraft, Inc. and Bomgaars Inc, both by 4-0 votes.

    Coilcraft receives $10,037 and Bomgaars receives $26,000.

    In other business, councilors:

    • Approved authorizing $250,000 be transferred from the TIF Urban Renewal Fund to pay for the 16th Street Improvement Project work.

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    Porter thanks all who help make city strong

    By Steve Peterson

    At the regular city council meeting Nov. 12, Hawarden Mayor Ric Porter thanked all who contribute to the city.

    “I’d like to thank the city staff who work hard and represent the city very nicely,” said Porter. “The city council members, I appreciate all the time and energy you put in.”

    “Hawarden has many people who volunteer to give their talents and help many others to make Hawarden a better

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    City offices receive tuck pointing

    Crews from Mid-Continent Inc. of Parkston, S.D., continue the tuck pointing project at Hawarden City Offices. An inspection of the project was expected on Nov. 3. “They had a great crew to work with,” said City Administrator Gary Tucker. The last portion of the building, the entrance, was done Nov. 2.

    Chamber sets holiday events

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce will offer several activities on Saturday, Nov. 29, including breakfast and photos with Santa, sleigh rides, and Small Business Saturday shopping.

    They will also have their 12th annual Festival of Trees events Dec. 5 and 6.

    Here are the details:

    Breakfast With Santa program, from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29. The

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    Council officially OK’s selling site to EDC

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors Nov. 12 voted to approve a transfer of a sale of property from the city to Hawarden Development Corporation (EDC) of the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce.

    Casey’s General Store Inc. donated a former store site to the city, its old building on Avenue E.

    Councilors voted 3-0 for a resolution which transfers the site to the EDC. The council has four members now and Councilor Monte Harvey, who

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    Elementors claim second PLUS volleyball title

    By Steve Peterson

    For the second straight year Elementors won the Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) volleyball tournament held at West Sioux High School.

    The Elementors, one of two teams with that name of the field of 24, beat Old School, 2-0 in the final match of the evening.

    Winning team members were Laura Allison, Steve Wieseler, Molly Koopmans, Ross Koopmans, Coach Sharilyn Buryanek, Paul Brown, Kaitlyn

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    WS student readies for All-State Chorus

    Jonathan Peterson, a student at West Sioux High School, has attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2014 All-State Chorus.

    Jonathan is the son of Mike and Kristyn Peterson of Hawarden and is a vocal student of teacher Jim Gullickson.

    The 2014 Festival will celebrate the 68th anniversary of this prestigious event. District Auditions for the 281-piece All-State Band, 201-piece All-State Orchestra and 601-member All-State Chorus were

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    Gregg thanks supporters after election loss

    By Steve Peterson

    The statement of Hawarden native Adam Gregg, Republican candidate for Iowa Attorney General, who lost to Tom Miller in the Nov. 4 General Election:

    “I have called Tom Miller to congratulate him on his victory tonight. I wish him all the best as he continues his service to Iowans as Attorney General.

    “I want to mention my sincere and heartfelt thanks to my wife, Cari. She has been beyond supportive

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