One WS IE Speech student receives All-State honors

Posted March 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux Individual Events Speech members competed at state at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School March 14.

“We are losing a lot of great seniors this year,” West Sioux Individual Events Speech Coach Melinda Bak. “They are going to be missed. I’ve had the honor of coaching most of them for the last three years.”

Next year will be a year for us to recruit new faces and build the team’s numbers back up, she said.

At state West Sioux had 11 performances.

Shania Marienau earned straight Superior “I” ratings on both her Poetry and Solo Musical pieces.

“She has never

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    News from Alcester-Hudson by Tim Rhead

    It looks like we picked a good time for spring break this year. Spring break is always a hard time to pick because you want the weather to be nice but you also don’t want to wait until the end of the school year. With temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s this was about as nice as you could ask for. Like many people I have talked to, I agree that it would be nice to see some rain sometime soon. It seems like spring kind of drags its heels until the first

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    Legislators give General Assembly update

    By Steve Peterson

    Topics ranged from land conservation to education funding and turtles at a forum conducted by Iowa Representative John Kooiker (R-Boyden) and Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) March 20.

    A gathering of about a dozen residents attended to learn about the General Assembly’s current session. This forum was hosted by the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce.

    Kooiker’s District No. 4 includes Hawarden and Ireton.

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    Community Garden sign-up held

    Tom Chapman, left, chats about the Hawarden Community Garden with Dave Harry. Residents had a chance March 14 to buy a plot to work on this spring. Chapman said work will begin in early May at the garden located at American Lutheran Church in Hawarden. There are 24 slots available for 2015.


    Middle schoolers perform at choir festival

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Middle School hosted its annual Vocal Festival March 3.

    Adam Orban, chorus teacher at Sheldon Community Schools, was the clinician. Jim Gullickson, West Sioux Choral Director, organized the event.

    West Sioux Sixth Grade Choir sang “Happy” and “YMCA” to begin the show.

    Akron-Westfield’s Sixth Grade Choir, under the direction of Ryan Schuknecht, performed “Let There

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    WS hosts Quiz Bowl

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux High School hosted the War Eagle Conference Quiz Bowl March 7 featuring eight teams.

    Gehlen Catholic beat South O’Brien for the championship. Gehlen Catholic beat Unity Christian in one semifinal, and South O’Brien beat Remsen-St. Mary’s in the other semifinal.

    West Sioux’s varsity squad of Shania Marienau, Taylor Lauters, Logan Veen-Stege and Nathanael Bunge had two wins and 940 points. Tom Dorhout

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    Students enjoy Read Across America Carnival

    Hawarden Public Library held its Read Across America Carnival for West Sioux Grades TK-5 students on March 10 and 11 at Hawarden Community Center. Students earned points to participate by reading books, explained Library Director Val Haverhals. About 30 volunteers pitched in for the two days, with Grades 2-5 on the first day and TK, Kindergarten and first graders the second day. The carnival was sponsored by the library, Peoples Bank and Hawarden Community Foundation. Tom Nabity was in costume as the “cookie mouse” and three West Sioux

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    Hillcrest hosts Winter Ball

    Hillcrest Health Services and Mica Hill Estates held a fun annual Winter Ball on March 6. Queen Eldora VanDenBerg and King Earl Kooi reigned.


    New Life Christian Bookstore celebrates 25 years

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce congratulated New Life Christian Book Store on its 25th year of business in downtown Hawarden. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 12.

    “It was a dream my patents, Larry and Peg Nelson, had,” said manager Lynn Van Ballegooyen, a West Sioux High School alum.

    The store opened in 1990.

    Store hours are,

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