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Klocke begins as Chamber President

Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

By Steve Peterson

Michelle Klocke is the new president of the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce.

“I have been a member of the Economic Development Committee for two years now and I knew there was an opening and a chance to step up my role,” said Klocke, whose term as president will be from 2015 to 2017. She succeeded Travis Olson.

Klocke’s first event as Chamber president is nearing: the Chamber of Commerce Home Show is set for March 14.

“There are a lot of activities of the Chamber and they go on all year long. I’ll work with the subcommittees and the board of directors,” said Klocke.

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    Kooiker is unofficial District 4 winner

    By Steve Peterson

    John Kooiker, a Boyden Republican, beat out two other challengers to win the Iowa State House of Representatives seat for District No. 4 on Jan. 6.

    Kooiker, in unofficial tallies, had 2,064 votes, or 61.23 percent. Write-in Candidate Dennis Wright of Hull was second with 840 votes. 24.92 percent. Democrat John Buntsma of Orange City had 456 votes.

    Kooiker was expected to be sworn in when the legislature reconvenes Monday,

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    Ponca’s early lead too much for WS girls

    West Sioux’s girls’ basketball team lost for the third time this season as powerful Ponca, Neb. led 24-9 at halftime and never looked back in a 53-32 win. The contest Jan. 17 was played at Briar Cliff University’s Newman Flanagan Center as part of the CNOS Classic.

    West Sioux had a 10-3 overall record after the loss.

    Taylor Rodenburgh scored 14 points to lead the way for West Sioux. She made five of 10 field goal attempts and four

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