Lifestyle Fitness opens in Hawarden

Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux High School alumnus Jarod Vlotho has opened Lifestyle Fitness at a formerly closed workout location on Central Avenue.

“I want a place where everyone can feel good about coming and having a workout,” said Vlotho.

Vlotho graduated in December 2012 from the University of Sioux Falls, where he was a standout football player.

He will be putting his business degree lessons to his new business venture.

“One difference is that we’ve put a wall between those working out in weights and those who want to use the treadmills,” said Vlotho. “Gyms can be an intimidating place. I want to

Read Full Story…


    WS Vocal Jazz: runner-up state champs

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux High School’s Vocal Jazz Choir finished second at the Class 1A state competition held April 1 at Ballard High School in Huxley.

    West Sioux won the state Jazz Vocal championship in Class 1A the last three years and has been selected for state competition the last seven years.

    But Audubon Community School’s Voices Only group won the title in Tuesday’s

    Read Full Story…


    Crooked Fence hosts grand opening

    By Steve Peterson

    One of Ireton’s newest businesses, the Crooked Fence, held a Grand Opening April 4 and 5.

    Owner Diane Burns has operated The Crooked Fence since Nov. 19, 2013.

    It is adjacent to Ireton City Offices in the 306 Main St. building. The Hawarden Regional Healthcare Community Clinic is also located in the building. The building had previously been home to an American Legion Hall and a bowling

    Read Full Story…

    Union County property owner gets message without opening mail

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Union County Commissioners were set to take nuisance abatement action at their March 18 after a property owner refused to pick up his mail.

    When the 30 days the commission had planned to give Jeff Potratz had passed, Planning Director Dennis Henze informed the commissioners he hadn’t responded to either the mailed notice to meet with Henze or the certified letter notifying him he had 30 days to remove the concrete rubble and tree

    Read Full Story…

    Board member reports on staff attendance

    By Steve Peterson

    At the March 17 West Sioux School Board meeting, a member shared with his colleagues his findings regarding staff attendance.

    “I have been curious for years about how many people have been absent from work, not by name but by number,” said Board Member Ken Koch. “Some of the information might be interesting to you or to the staff members.”

    “I always keep a running total and

    Read Full Story…


    WS celebrates ‘Candyland’ prom

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux‘s Junior Class hosted the Junior-Senior Prom April 5, with the Grand March before Prom and Post-Prom afterward.

    “Candyland” was the theme.

    Emcee was Denise Salker, Middle School and High School secretary, who was dressed up in a candy-themed outfit.

    “I got it off the Internet,” said Salker of her Candyland dress.

    Read Full Story…

    Hawarden Library begins celebrating Saturday

    By Steve Peterson

    “It’s that time of year again when libraries all over the world celebrate National Library Week, which is scheduled for April 13 through 19,” said Hawarden Library Director Val Haverhals. “Your Hawarden Public Library is no exception to this.”

    “We have several activities planned for the upcoming week,” she said. “

    “We are kicking off Library Week a bit early with a Spring Book Sale on April

    Read Full Story…

    Feenstra, Alons host forum in Hawarden

    By Steve Peterson

    State legislators Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull) and Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) fielded a wide variety of area issues at a forum at Hawarden City Offices March 21 as the current legislative session winds down in Des Moines.

    “An issue this session was medical marijuana. You have to be careful not to go down that path and become like Washington or Colorado,” said Senator Randy Feenstra.

    “There is

    Read Full Story…


    Girl Scouts donate cookies

    Hawarden Girl Scouts (l-r:) Josalyn Van Egdom-Briggs, Sydney Stattleman and Madison Kennedy sold Girl Scout Cookies at the Hawarden American Legion Post No. 254’s fish fry. The girls are part of Troop 30058 of Hawarden. The extra boxes of cookies will be sent to those serving in military service abroad.


    Fish fry attracts hundreds

    Hawarden Legion Auxiliary members are busy serving at the fish fry held March 14 at Hawarden Community Center. It was a “packed house” from the time the event began to its closing.