A Soldier Remembers

Posted August 26, 2015 at 12:11 am

By Julie Ann Madden

You’re life changes,” said Kenton Anderson, of Hawarden, who served with the U.S. Navy Special Marine Forces, patrolling the rivers of Vietnam. “It was 40 some years ago but you never forget.”

Anderson was one of many who walked to The Moving Wall to find a comrade’s name: Larry Ray Dameron, who was Killed In Action on Dec. 11 by an RPG rocket.

We were checking identification cards on the river during day patrols and at night, we did ambush patrols.

At night when they thought the enemy, Charlie, was near, they peppered the area trying to do as much damage as possible. They’d go up

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    School board OK’s revised MS, HS handbook

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Aug. 17 regular meeting, West Sioux School Board members voted 3-1 to approve a revised Middle School and High School Student Handbook for the 2015-2016 school year.

    Middle/High School Principal Ryan Kramer presented three options to the school board.

    “I had a number of conversations regarding the Homecoming Court. Now if a violation occurs, any year, freshmen through senior, then the student is ineligible the rest of their

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    Street lights to be replaced in Ireton

    Mid-American Energy will be replacing the nine street lights in downtown Ireton.

    City councilors voted 4-0 at the Aug. 17 meeting to agree to the project.

    It will be done this fall, said City Clerk Carol Liston. The cost will be $100 per street light.

    In other city action:

    Councilors voted to set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21, to consider an

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    Short-term outage notice

    The City of Hawarden has advised residents that during the next several weeks they may experience short-term phone, cable and Internet outages between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. while city staff installs new system hardware.

    For questions or more information call Hawarden City Offices at 551-2565.

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    WS has new playground equipment in Ireton

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When Ireton elementary students come to school next week, they are in for a great surprise.

    On Aug. 11, West Sioux’s custodial crew, the two school principals and community volunteers assembled and installed new playground equipment, which includes a racing slide, spiral slide, bridge, monkey bars and ring, and much more.

    One of the community volunteers was this year’s

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    Army Corps of Engineers to fix Dry Creek

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Aug. 12 meeting, Hawarden councilors unanimously approved an agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Army Corps of Engineers for rehabilitation work on Dry Creek.

    Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker said this agreement is for work needed due to damage from the June 2014 flooding. The work was approved by the U.S. Department of Army District Commander Joel Cross in Omaha, Neb., in April.

    “An estimated

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    Tractors rest at Hawarden’s on Craig ride

    By Steve Peterson

    The Fourth Annual Craig Tractor Ride took place Aug. 15 and included a stop at West Sioux Elementary School’s parking lot in Hawarden.

    “I’ve put on 1,000 miles on tractor rides,” said Ron Brink of Orange City who drove a Farmall.

    The ride was held in honor of the memory of Jim VanderMolen of Struble and Leonard Kruse of Le Mars.

    Organizer Lloyd

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    Youth for Christ sells peaches

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden-based Youth for Christ is conducting a fundraiser and people can buy peaches grown in Colorado.

    Call Tom Cook at 1-712-269-6259 for more information. Delivery will be about Aug. 10 and another later in the month.

    When the center on 23rd Street reopens, it will be called City Life Teen Center and open for Grades 6-12, said Cook.

    Cook began his duties as

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    ‘Pinkie Square,’ Bible School come together

    By Steve Peterson

    More than 80 youngsters participated in the annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), which was held last week at Hawarden Community Church. Hawarden churches take turns hosting the late July event for Grades 2 through 5.

    “Jesus’s love is unconditional,” was the theme for July 30. The next night family members were invited to watch presentations by VBS participants.

    “I have to hold back the tears when I see the kids

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    Tri-Valley Men’s Chorus performs

    Tri-Valley Men’s Barbershop Chorus from Viborg, S.D., gave the performance at Hawarden Community Church’s Sunday Night Summer Drive-in religious music event July 26. Allen Ward is the director and Cliff Huot served as emcee. The church hosted Vacation Bible School in Hawarden, “Bible Blast from the Past” which ended July 31. The group, Kempers Quartet of Sioux Center, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9 at the church.