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Restoration begins on Westfield City Hall

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Ballard: Fireman of the Year

    by Steve Peterson

    The Hawarden Fire Department held its 124th Annual Fireman’s Dance Jan. 30 at The Other Bar.

    Randy Ballard was presented the 2015 Firemen of the Year Award by last year’s winner Jamie Bushby.

    Ballard has had a 30-year career with the Hawarden Fire Department. He was also presented with a golden axe by Fire Chief Jon Strong.

    “It was a big surprise,” said

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    Community Health Partners offers radon test kits

    Radon testing kits are available for the public through Community Health Partners (CHP) at Hawarden City Office, 1150 Central Ave.

    CHP of Sioux County is committed to promoting and protecting the health of all Sioux County residents.

    Winter is a great time to test your home for radon, the CHP stated.

    “Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that can build up in the lower levels of any home, especially during winter months.

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    WS Speech team gears up for state competition

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Speech Team will be well represented at state competition this Saturday, Feb. 6 at Le Mars Community High School.

    Qualifying for the state tournament from the Sheldon High School district competition Jan. 23 with I ratings were:

    Group Improv: Kezden Blankenship, Kailey Bak, Allyson Westra and Jonathan Petersen.

    Ensemble Acting: Moises

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    Councilors learn details on street light project

    By Steve Peterson

    The look of Hawarden street lights on 10th Street may be changing.

    At the Jan. 27 Hawarden councilors’ meeting, Dennis Hasselhoff, of DGR Engineering of Rock Rapids, presented councilors a proposal with four different options for lights. No action was taken by councilors but there will be further discussion at the Feb. 10 councilors’ meeting and to allow for public input.

    Administrator Gary Tucker explained the funding for the street

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    WS Teacher Leader role suggested for Ireton

    by Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Grades TK-5 Principal Carrie Thonstad wishes to have more administrative support for students in Grades K-1 at Ireton Elementary School in 2016-2017.

    Thonstad presented the West Sioux School Board a plan to have someone be named a Teacher Leader, who will likely be part of the Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) grant-funded staff.

    No action was taken by the school board as they will consider staffing requests at the

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    Feenstra to come to Hawarden

    Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) will hold a public forum to discuss legislative issues in Hawarden.

    It is scheduled for noon on Friday, Feb. 26 at Hawarden City Offices.

    Vande Slunt excited for role of caucus organizer

    By Steve Peterson

    Not only is Tina Vande Slunt, of Hawarden, a rookie voter at the Iowa Caucus system but she, as temporary chairperson, helped organize and set up the Republican Caucus for the Feb. 1 votes.

    “I’m very excited with so many candidates in the running. It’s up for grabs more than anytime in history. There is no defined winner yet. This is the first time people in the nation will get to hear their voices heard,” said Vande

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    Ireton GOP leader happy to participate in caucus

    By Steve Peterson

    Tammy Kobza, of rural Ireton, was the temporary chairperson for the Republicans from Ireton and she had an additional task Feb. 1.

    “I made a lot of calls to people to tell them about the switch in caucus site to West Sioux High School,” said Kobza before the Caucus Day.

    “I think it will be a good turnout statewide, and Ireton won’t be an exception. I’ve worked pretty hard on

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    Commissioners appoint Fair Board members

    At their Jan. 8 meeting, the Union County Commissioners made their annual appointments, including those to serve on the Union County Fair Board.

    Those appointed for 2016 were Mark Dykstra, City of Alcester representative; Margaret Gillespie, Alcester Chamber of Commerce representative; Rachel Bonine, Beresford; Debbie Boone, Elk Point; Bruce Ericson, Akron; Gene Ericson, Alcester; Angela Peirce, Elk Point; Trisha Rasmussen, Elk Point; Marcy Stene, Beresford; Paulette Vanderham, Akron; Dan Wibert, Alcester.

    Non-voting Commission representatives are Commissioners Bob Ballard and

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