Anderson elected NW Iowa Development chairperson

Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

On May 13, Patty Anderson of Hawarden, was elected the Chairperson of the Northwest Iowa Development organization. Anderson was elected to a one year term on the Board.

The Northwest Iowa Development is a group of six counties creating a unified, targeted approach to developing and branding/marketing the Northwest Iowa region to attract quality new corporate locations and expansions and to attract skilled talent to support business growth. The counties that encompass Northwest Iowa include: Cherokee, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux.

Northwest Iowa is now a foreign-trade zone. The six-county Northwest Iowa Economic Development organization received a grant of authority from the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This is only the fourth foreign-trade zone established in Iowa and the first in a

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    Chamber plans golf outing

    Hawarden Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Golf Tournament fundraiser will be Saturday, June 6 at Hawarden Golf Course. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

    For more information, call Hawarden Chamber of Commerce, 551-4433.

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    West Sioux holds 56th annual commencement

    By Steve Peterson

    The West Sioux community congratulated 37 of its newest alumni, the Class of 2015, at its 56th Annual Commencement May 17.

    The 90-minute ceremony was concluded with the traditional tossing of motor-boards and the band playing of the Falcons’ fight song.

    Class members are Cole Matthew Clarey, Maribel Curiel, Felicia M. DaCosta, Luis M. Dominguez, Jonathan Nazareth Duenas, Grace Ann Egenes, Ashlyn Kathleen

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    Spring Concert presented by WSMS

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Grades 5-8 presented its Spring Concert performance May 11 at the high school gym.

    Directors are Gillian Heirigs for Grades 5-8 Band and James Gullickson for Grades 6-8 vocal.

    First to perform was the Seventh and Eighth Grade Vocal Jazz group, who sang, “One Note Samba;” “Blue Skies” with soloists Payton Schwiesow and Matthew Cobb; and “Drive My Car.”

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    WS Board approves Day Care rate changes

    By Steve Peterson

    At their April 20 meeting, West Sioux School Board members approved new rates for West Sioux Day Care participants effective July 1.

    The new rates had been approved by the Day Care Board of Directors following discussion, said Grades TK-5 Principal Carrie Thonstad, who is the Day Care Administrator.

    The school board vote was 4-0 as Board Member Dawn Hummel was absent.


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    Concert Band performs Spring Concert

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Grades 7-12 presented their Instrumental Spring Concert May 13 at the high school gym.

    The concert was directed by West Sioux Band Director Gillian Heirigs.

    The Combo Jazz Band performed “Nicobe” with soloists Kailey Bak and Evan Jahn; “Pure Imagination” with soloist senior Shania Marienau; and “Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.”

    The High School Band

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    Councilors set budget hearing amendment date

    By Steve Peterson

    At the May 13 meeting, Hawarden Councilors unanimously approved setting a public hearing for May 27 for a 2014-2015 Budget Amendment. The vote was 4-0 with Councilor Tim Kurth absent.

    The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. during the next council meeting at Hawarden City Offices.

    “Every year we go through this process, and we only amend the expense side,” said City Administrator Gary Tucker.

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    Safety measures brought to life at 20th Safety Day

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux Grades 2-5 students learned various ways of staying safe in the 20th Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day , sponsored by Hawarden Regional Healthcare May 7.

    West Sioux FFA chapter members Jaylee Schreiner, Jacob Grubb, Jakob Van Noort, Sydney Stock, Jett Boyer and Advisor Tom Chapman participated.

    Boyer and Van Noort showed the safety measures of using a four-wheeler with Boyer’s vehicle.

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