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One injured in Hawarden accident

Posted October 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

Hawarden fire, police and ambulance personnel, and Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a one-vehicle accident in Hawarden on Oct. 16.

Virgil McKee, age 79, of Hawarden, was driving a 2014 Ford F-150 truck. He hit a tree at Avenue D and Seventh Street at about noon. McKee was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

The accident remains under investigation.

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    Historic Hawarden home torn down

    By Steve Peterson

    For the Haines family, the address 908 Avenue F in Hawarden was more than just another house address in the city of Hawarden.

    For almost 125 years, someone from the family called it home.

    On Monday morning, a wrecking crew demolished the home as family and friends looked on, including three sisters, Dolores Westcott, Barbara Kelley and Donna Peterson.

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    Auxiliary donates to hospital project

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare Auxiliary members presented a check for $325,000 to HRH Foundation and hospital officials for the expansion project.

    A community fundraising campaign kickoff was held Oct. 9.

    “We have $2.1 million of the $2.4 million that we need to raise locally,” said HRH CEO Jayson Pullman. The Auxiliary celebrated its 50th year in 2013. It members operate the Thrift Shop in Hawarden

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    Oak Hill marks fourth year

    By Steve Peterson

    Oakhill Assisted Living marked its fourth year anniversary with a Hawarden Chamber of Commerce coffee on Oct. 9.

    Owners Dan and Jan Cain welcomed guests to the 12-room facility.

    “Our goal is (to provide a home) for people who need assistance with living such as remembering to take medications, perhaps with bathing,” said Dan Cain, noting the facility passed its Inspection and Licensing Department visit.

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    Bid phase for hospital’s expansion begins

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare (HRH)’s expansion plan gained support of the HRH Board of Trustees, which approved a resolution by a 3-0 vote Oct. 10 after a public hearing was held.

    There were no written objections given for the $11.3 million hospital expansion plan.

    This public hearing was the last chance for objections to be aired to the hospital board at a trustees’ meeting.

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    Residents may apply for city council slot

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors opted for the appointment process to fill an open spot on the city council.

    Joel Fluit, who was elected in 2013, resigned as of Sept. 25. The councilors have 60 days from then to appoint someone after deciding to go that route at the Oct. 8 meeting.

    There is a deadline of the Nov. 10 meeting, though, unless a meeting is held Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving.

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    Trunk-and-treat set for Oct. 31

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce is planning its Trunk-or-Treat for Halloween night, Friday, Oct. 31.

    People may participate by decorating their car trunk or pickup bed, and pass out treats to children passersby, following the Halloween parade.

    Treats are the responsibility of the participants.

    The Halloween Parade will begin with lineup at 5:15 p.m. and start at 5:30 p.m. at Hawarden Post Office. The parade will travel south to the end of Central

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    Fluit leaves city council

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors received a resignation of a member prior to the Oct. 8 meeting.

    Councilor Joel Fluit turned in his letter of resignation Sept. 25, said City Administrator Gary Tucker.

    Councilors can either vote to appoint someone in 60 days from Sept. 25 or set a special election.

    Fluit was elected to a four-year term in November 2013 after being appointed as a

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    Hospital officials seek community’s support of $11.3 million expansion project

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare (HRH)’s expansion plan will be presented to the public at an open house at the hospital from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9 in the hospital’s lower level, 111 11th St.

    HRH Auxiliary members will present the HRH Foundation with a check at 6 p.m.

    “This is the community kick-off. We will also have an employee kickoff on Monday, Oct. 10, and will be sending letters

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    Hawarden names new finance director

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden will have a new city Director of Finance in early November.

    City Administrator Gary Tucker announced that following a search, Brenda Koopmans of Ireton was hired. Her start date is Nov. 3 at a salary of $41,000.

    She replaces Sherole Rens, who is retiring.

    Koopmans is a graduate of Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing

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