VanDerWerff begins race

Posted September 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

By Steve Peterson

Jeff VanDerWerff hosted a kickoff rally for his Iowa House District No. 4 seat bid for the Nov. 8 General Election on the steps of the Sioux County courthouse Sept. 6.

VanDerWerff is opposing Republican nominee Skyler Wheeler on the ballot. There is not a Democratic Party candidate. Current Representative John Kooiker chose not to seek reelection. Wheeler won the GOP Primary, beating Rock Valley Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo and VanDerWerff in June.

The District includes Hawarden and Ireton areas.

VanDerWerff, a Northwestern College professor, is on the ballot as Nominated by Petition.

He stressed he remains a Republican, “as much as I was three months

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    Sioux County ballot names listed

    Sioux County’s General Election Nov. 8 ballot will have the following candidates listed:

    County offices

    For Auditor, Republican Ryan Dokter; Democrat, no candidate.

    For County Sheriff: Republican Dan Altena; Democrat no candidate.

    For Board of Supervisors District No. 1 Republican John Degen of Hawarden; Democrat no candidate.

    For Board of Supervisors District No. 3: Republican Al Bloemendaal; Democrat

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    Hawarden Labor Day holiday activities

    By Steve Peterson

    Wednesday marks the start of three events over five days for Hawarden and area residents and school alumni.

    The three events are the West Sioux Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, All-Class Reunion and the annual Big Sioux River Days.

    Sports Hall of Fame

    Events begin Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hawarden Community Center, when the West Sioux Booster Club will host a

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    New hours at Hawarden Public Library

    The Hawarden Public Library announces revised hours beginning on Monday, August 29. The library will be open from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, the library will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday’s hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday will remain the same–10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Hours are revised to reflect traffic flow at the library and to be cost effective in the operation of the library.

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    Ireton Habitat for Humanity house relocated

    By Steve Peterson

    Sioux County Habitat for Humanity officials coordinated a successful move of a home from Boyden to a lot in Ireton Aug. 15 and 16.

    “Berghorst And Sons Moving Company set the house down and we worked to frame the walls and the stairs Aug. 15. On Tuesday Berghorst came back and pulled their beams out (from under the house),” said Sioux County Habitat for Humanity Director Kurt Franje. “We will be

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    WS approves changing content-blocking software

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux School Board members, at the Aug. 8 meeting, voted unanimously to approve content blocking package for the school district’s computers from Securely Inc., for $10,080.

    Information Technology Director Bob Bak gave a report on the topic, adding the original content blocker broke down and its replacements were causing the computer system slowed data.

    “The firewall then can go back to being the firewall and not a content blocker.

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    Meal prices adjusted by school board

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Aug. 8 meeting West Sioux School Board members voted to set new breakfast and lunch prices.

    “The State of Iowa Department of Education told me you have to have an average price of $2.30. Breakfast price and the adult price will not change. Elementary price will be $2.25 for lunch and Middle School and High School lunch will be $2.40,” said Board Secretary Tami Degen.

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    Pedestrian crossing resolution OK’d

    By Steve Peterson

    Hawarden councilors met in regular session Aug. 10 and voted unanimously to approve a resolution for a pedestrian crossing at Iowa Highway 10 and Avenue H.

    This is required by Iowa Department of Transportation.

    Revenue Refunding Loan

    In addition, councilors voted unanimously to approve a public hearing for 5:30 p.m., Aug. 24 to enter into an electric revenue refunding loan agreement and to

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    Big Sioux River Days features Calliope Village

    Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society (BSRVHS) will host three days of fun at Calliope Village as part of Big Sioux River Days.

    Saturday, Sept. 3

    Events begin Saturday, Sept. 3 with the Sons of the American Legion Tractor Pull at 8:30 a.m.;

    Buildings are open at Calliope from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    A Quilt Show will take place at Calliope Community Church in

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    Dutch Oven Gathering on Saturday, Sept. 24

    A Dutch Oven Gathering will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Oak Grove Park, Turkey Ridge Campground at 4051 Cherry Ave., Hawarden.

    Dishes to include breads, appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. Dishes will be judged at 6:00 p.m., with prizes awarded and a potluck meal to follow.

    Call Sunday Ford to sign up as a cooker at 712-552-3057. The first 10 cookers to register will receive a free campsite at Turkey Ridge for Saturday night, Sept. 24.

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