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Firemen save Hospital Auxiliary store

Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:24 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

A fire in downtown Hawarden downtown didn’t destroy the Hawarden Regional Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store, according to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen.

Hawarden firefighters responded to the 3 p.m., Sunday afternoon call, discovering the fire was isolated to the store’s drop-off area. Firefighters were able to get the fire put out before it burned into the actual building.

“There was no severe damage to the building,” said Schiefen, who thinks the fire was electrical in nature.

He anticipates the store will only be closed a few days — until after the State Fire Marshal completes his investigation.


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    Hawarden’s administrator retires

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For more than three decades, an Akron native has spent his time in government, creating budgets and making municipal improvements.

    On Friday, Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker will officially pass the municipal reins to former Hawarden Police Chief Mike DeBruin, and begin a new life’s chapter — retirement.

    “It’s been a difficult decision to retire but there comes

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    West Sioux wrestling team makes State Team Duals

    For the first time in school history the West Sioux wrestling team has advanced to the State Team Duals. To achieve this feat, the team defeated Graettinger Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, 34-33, and Emmetsburg, 42-33, in Emmetsburg Feb. 6 to become regional champs.

    The Falcons are seeded No. 8 and will face the No. 1 seed Don Bosco of Gilbertville in the first round which takes place Wed., Feb. 14, 9 a.m., at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Winner of the

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    Beresford man recognized in Corn Yield Contest

    Daryl Akland of Beresford, S.D., recently won state first place in the A Non-Irrigated division of the 2017 National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest. Akland won with Pioneer(r) P1197AM(tm) brand corn, which yielded 267.88 bushels per acre.

    Akland earned one of the 191 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer(r) brand products. DuPont Pioneer growers took home nearly 50 percent of the state awards. Pioneer(r) brand products continue to shine throughout the nation.

    “Our 2017 NCGA winners

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    Audit Report released for HRH

    For public record, the accounting firm of Seim Johnson, LLP released an audit report on Hawarden Regional Healthcare, Hawarden, Iowa on September 27, 2017.

    The Hospital’s unrestricted operating revenue totaled $9,650,577 for the year ended June 30, 2017, a 14.2% increase from the prior year. Total revenue included $7,731,352 in net patient service revenue and $1,919,225 in other revenue. Net nonoperating revenues were $71,032, which was comprised of $15,095 in investment income; $358,841 in sales tax revenue; $15,999 in noncapital grants and contributions; $184,896 loss on

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    Fundraiser for West Sioux football successful

    A burger feed and auction fundraiser was held Jan. 7 in Ireton to raise funds to purchase championship rings for the West Sioux football team. Around 160 items were auctioned off with the top bid of $2,200 going for a West Sioux autographed football. Above, auctioneer Doug Houlton is auctioning off Hunter Dekkers’ jersey (No. 8) which brought $1,000. Four other jerseys from Darlyn Marquez, Zach McKee, Jake Lynott, and Chase Koopmans, were also auctioned off ranging from $700 to $1,000. The West Sioux

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    Driver loses control of vehicle on Hwy 12 near Chatsworth

    According to Sioux County sheriff’s reports, on Nov. 27, at 11:47 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 12 in Chatsworth.

    Adelina Lira, age 43, of Hawarden, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada northbound on Iowa Highway 12 when she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to enter the west ditch, reenter the roadway, enter the east ditch and roll.

    Lira became trapped in the vehicle and was extricated with mechanical tools

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    Hawarden Chamber hosts Festival of Trees

    The Hawarden Chamber Retail Community Events Committee hosted the 2017 Festival of Trees Dec. 9 at the Hawarden Community Center. The Festival of Trees Luncheon was held Dec. 8. Over 20 trees were decorated and on display with several wreaths and decorations up for silent auction.

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    Ribbon cutting held for Hawarden Library

    The Hawarden Library held an Open House and ribbon cutting Nov. 30 in honor of the new shelving in the kids area and new carpet all over the library. Members of the West Sioux third grade classes of Mrs. Engleman and Mrs. Buryanek had the honors of cutting the ribbon. The librarians also hosted the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce Coffee. Director Lori Juhlin welcomed and thanked all for attending.

    Oak Grove Nature Center campaign is in full swing

    The Sioux County Conservation Foundation campaign to fund a new nature center at Oak Grove Park has surpassed more than $2.3 million in local fundraising.

    “The support we have received is really incredible,” said Campaign Chairman Gordon Pottebaum of Alton. “We are so grateful for the support of our friends and neighbors who know the difference this facility will make in the programs that shape young people’s understanding of the natural world around us.”

    “This is a smart investment,”

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