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Northern-Sun Print Highlights of 2012 March-April

January 11, 2013
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March 2, 2012 The GMG High School Dorothy Heiberger Chapter of the National Honor Society held the annual tapping ceremonies on February 23. Fifteen students were selected to join the group.  The process to being tapped includes a grade point average of 3.25, a letter of application, being at leat a second semester sophomore, and evaluation by a faculty panel of five. Induction ceremonies will take place on March 6 in the High School Cafeteria.  GMG Students tapped include: front row - Sarah Hinson, Noah Schediel, Dillon Slingluff, Logan Burt, Austin Vaughn, Chris Everts and Shannon Fleming. In back are: Jennifer Borota, Allison STemann, Peyton Mannan, Abigail Duden, Mackenzie Burt, Caitlin Appelgate, Codi Groth and Mickalea Koster. Tama County’s large-scale wind energy farm is moving forward. The Tama County Board of Adjustment approved plans for the Vienna Wind Energy Project on Friday, Feb. 24, according to Bill Christensen, county zoning administrator. Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board approved the school district calendar for 2012-13 with classes starting on August 15th and the last day of school being May 22nd. Graduation will be Sunday, May 19th. Supt. Tim Kuehl said he anticipates in 2013-14 school will start after the State Fair. Kuehl said other schools in the consortium weren’t willing to change this year. Early outs will continue on the 1st Wednesday. Jason & Janell Boldt of Reinbeck are pleased to announce a new addition to their family. They welcomed Dalton Theodore into the world on February 15, 2012 at 1:34 in the afternoon. He weighed 8 lbs. 13.4 oz. & was 21 inches long. Big brother, Devin, is excited to have a buddy to play with soon.  Proud grandparents are Jerry & Jan Schultz of Gladbrook and Terry & Mary Boldt of Traer. Great-grandparents are Arlene Wrage of Traer & Bev Schultz of Marshalltown. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bremer County held their annual Big Night Out on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Waverly Country Club. The night was to honor Bigs for all they have done. There were 23 people in attendance, who enjoyed a good time and good food. Abby Johnson and Shari Anderson were awarded Bigs of Year 2012 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bremer County. Abby Johnson won the School-Based Plus Program Big of the Year, and Shari Anderson was named the Community Based Program Big of the Year. Abby is the daughter of Gary and Deb Johnson of Gladbrook. Roberta Jayne Verwers, 75, of Gladbrook, died Feb. 25, 2012 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Elmer “Doc” Thurman, 93, of Grundy Center, IA, formerly of Gladbrook, IA, took his final flight on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Arlington Place, in Grundy Center, IA. March 9, 2012 Marshalltown – Jane Jech, a community leader and 34 year citizen of Marshalltown, officially filed her statement of candidacy and nomination petitions with Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz this week to run for Senate District 36, a seat which includes all of Marshall and Tama Counties and a southern portion of Black Hawk County in east central Iowa. Message from our Mayor-As we enter the month of March, we will be like a bunch of bears coming out of hibernation.  We will be able to go to the Memorial Building every week end in March for a fund raising meal.  Starting with the Corn Carnival kick off and ending with the Noah Ohrt fundraiser on March 31. Lindi Roelofse, who quit the executive director position of the Tama County Economic Development Commission effective March 1, was awarded a $3,359 bonus during the commission’s monthly meeting on Feb. 28. In addition, Roelofse will be paid $3,454 to reimburse her for what were described as software investments made. Both motions to pay Roelofse passed on 6-4 votes. Commissioners voting in favor were Keith Sash, Gladbrook, Dwayne Luze, Dysart, Midge Horton, Vining, Arlene Vondracek, Clutier and Carl Zoffka, Garwin. Opposed were commissioners Brian Sokol, Toledo, Jill Van Dee, Vining, 1st District Supervisor Larry Vest, Dinsdale and 2nd District Supervisor Kendall Jordan, Toledo. Tyler, Melissa and Tyson Blohm of Reinbeck are happy to announce an addition to their family. Dustin Paul Blohm was born on February, 16th and weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. Grandparents are Mark and Diana Volkens of Gladbrook, and Tom and Jane Blohm of Reinbeck. Great-Grandparents are Richard and Romagene Volkens of Gladbrook. Steve Sodders of State Center, a Marshall County Deputy Sheriff, coach and community activist, has filed a nominating petition for Senate District 36. District 36 covers all of Marshall and Tama Counties and two precincts in southern Black Hawk County, including La Porte City. Carol Marie “Mathern” Sanders, 63, went to be with the lord on May 6, 2011. Burial date: March 17, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at the Garwin Cemetery. Anna Mae (Roger) Rohweder, 75, of rural Gladbrook, died Sunday, March 4th, at her home with her loving family at her side. Charles William Townsley, 57, of Toledo passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his home under the care of Mercy Hospice. Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School Honor Roll 2nd Trimester 9th Grade Adair, Nicole Berendes, Amber Christopher, Hanna Edler, Margaret Evenson, Bailea Hatch, Shelton Hoeppner, Moriah Kickbush, Camden Kuehl, Brady Lott, Austin Martin, Hannah Moore, Ashley Pierce, Zachary Rose, Cydney Schildroth, Jenny Schwartz, Kelsey Tscherter, Jeffrey Wild, Maddison 10th Grade Boyle, Brooke Christopher, Alyssa Easthom, Haley Evenson, Krayton Foos, Danyelle Franksain, Rachel Franksain, Rebecca Goodenbour, Emily Greiner, Tanner Meyers, Peter Mohlis, Kaitlin Price, Jayde Shouse, Aaron Stoakes, Ellissa Walton, Sadie Wilson, Karen Wrage, Tyler Yates, Shelby 11th Grade Biggs, Sabrina Corwin, Madison Crozier, Cortney Dilly, Sidney Etringer, John Flamme, Taylor Fobian, Kayla Folkerts, Kayli Heise, Allen Kern, Colin Koester, Logan Kromas, Paige Kuehl, Callie Schlichtmann, Breanna Snider, Emily Street, Taylor Trunck, Trevor Walton, Abbie Wentzien, Erin White, Allysen 12th Grade Allen, Caitlin Billerbeck, Brady Bird, Cobren Bolt, Parker Dinsdale, Emily Dugan, Tori Foos, Brittany Goodenbour, Kayla Heithoff, Caleb Holbach, Kayla Johnson, Samuel Kickbush, Addison Ljubanic, Stanko Luethje, Colby Mason, Brittany McCarthy, Shaun Meyers, Andrew Oelschlager, Shelby Osborn, Sierra Peters, Angela Reinhard, Claire Rickert, Jordan Roeding, Jenna Ryherd, Kathryn Scarf, Shelby Schmidt, Bradley Shinn, Brittany Shoaf, Malinda Shouse, Carrie Smith, Austyn Smith, Keya Stoakes, Emily Tessau, Kristen Thesing, Justin Thompson, Paige Trobaugh, Kevin Vieth, Tanner Volkens, Ryan Walker, Tara Widdel, Collin Winkowitsch, Trey March 16, 2012 GMG High School students will present the musical, “Annie” on March 16 and 17. Morgan Burt and Dillon Slingluff head the cast as Annie and Mr. Warbucks. Siera Richter, Madisun Van Gundy, Austin Groth and Caitlin Appelgate all have major supporting roles. Co-directors Alan and Sheryl Mullikin did a fantastic job of casting the musical with all performers giving of their talent. Pianist for the musical is Mrs. Helen August. Julie Upah found costumes appropriate to the 1930’s era. This reporter spent two evenings watching the rehearsals and this musical is one you do not want to miss. GMG students are offering an evening of memorable entertainment. Don’t pass on this one. Tama County Supervisors voted 2-1 to approve the 2012-13 budget totaling $18,035,882 on Monday. 2nd District Supervisor Kendall Jordan, Toledo, and 1st District Supervisor Larry Vest, Dinsdale, voted in favor. Dan Wilkens, 3rd District supervisor, Montour, voted no. The vote came following a public hearing. Harvin Langenbau, rural mail carrier, who resides in Garwin, Iowa, has reached a big milestone in getting the mail out to the residents south of Garwin. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stayed this courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds of one million miles. Harvin, who was a part-time driver for five years and a full time carrier for 22 years has really enjoyed all those miles. Harvin says he does like the office work, but, “when I get out on the road, that is what I really enjoy. I have a very scenic route south of Garwin, and I enjoy traveling it everyday.” GMG High School Speech Team brought home eight I Ratings at State Individual Contest in Clinton on March 10. Four students also brought home four two ratings. It was a fantastic day for the team. Gavin McTurk, 79, of Gladbrook, died early Monday morning, March 12th, at the MMSC in Marshalltown. Bessie Mae Gary, age 93, of Toledo and formerly of Montour, passed away, Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Carrington Place of Toledo. The Gladbrook Auxiliary hosted a 93rd birthday party for the American Legion with a 6:30 pm potluck at the Memorial Building on Monday March 12, 2012. Special guests were: Max Morrison of Traer, Tama County Commander along with Bob Mohr and Leland Staker recognized for 65 and 60 years of Legion membership. The first Gladbrook Senior Citizen luncheon of 2012 was held March 9, at the Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall. Jeanne Paustian, National Security Chairman for the Gladbrook Auxiliary and a member of the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service, visited the G-R School at Gladbrook. She passed out safety books entitled “EMTS Volunteers- Neighbors Helping Neighbors” to the K-2nd graders. March 23, 2012 Chad and Karen Mussig of Gladbrook are the very proud parents of their new daughter, Catherine (Kate) Virginia Mussig, born February 28, 2012, 1:30 p.m. at the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. MIss Kate was welcomed home by sisters, Madeline and Anna; brothers, Thomas, Samuel, and Henry. Proud grandparents are Marshall and Diane Mussig of Gladbrook. Kate’s great grandfather is Elmer Mussig of Gladbrook. Brityn Blaine is pleased to announce the marriage of her parents. Haley Winkowitsch and Duane Blaine. Haley and Duane were united in marriage February 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Parents of the couple are Kenny and Laura Young of Grundy Center, Dave Winkowitsch and Kathi Knaack of Reinbeck and Cindy and Larry Blaine of Traer. Area student ranks in top 2 percent in agriculture and life sciences at Iowa State University AMES, Iowa - Taylor Petersen of Gladbrook, daughter of Bill and Crystal Petersen of Gladbrook, has achieved academic ranking in the top 2 percent of students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. GMG’s Caitlin Appelgate has been selected as Outstanding Performer in the area of Prose during Iowa High School Speech Association State Individual Events Contest. This is a very prestigious honor as very few performers receive the nomination to participate at All State. Caitlin will perform the selection, “Bye, Bye Baby”. The selection is about a teen who makes the choice of adoption for her newborn. Rose Bruene, 88, of Marion, IA formerly of Gladbrook, IA passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at her home in Bickford Cottage, in Marion. Willys W. “Bud” Goos, 88, of Cedar Falls, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Western Home Communities Martin Center. Kandace “Kandy” K. Stirler, 62, of Reinbeck, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center while under the care of the Cedar Valley Hospice. March 30, 2012 The GMG Dorothy Heiberger Chapter of the National Honor Society held induction ceremonies for fifteen new members. Strong winds on Tuesday, March 27, hampered the efforts of firefighters near the Marshall/Tama County line. Nearly 20 firefighters from the towns of Green Mountain, Garwin, and Gladbrook, operating 12 fire apparatus, worked for more than two hours trying to contain and extinguish the blaze. As firefighters thought they had it out, wind gusts would help build smoldering piles into flames, and drive more fire across the field. It was determined that trees that had been damaged in last year’s wind storm were cleared, a hole dug, and a portion of the trees pushed in and ignited. The winds carried an ember into the corn field and ignited the stalks, burning approximately 30-40 acres. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from jumping the road into Tama County. Wind gusts and sustained speeds are unknown at this time. There were no injuries reported, and no structures were threatened. Alice Hamann of Gladbrook celebrated her 94th on March 20th. The Tama County FSA Office is pleased to welcome Matthew Kemp as the newest member of their staff. The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans. Matt’s duties will involve: cost share for the Conservation Reserve program, enrolling producers in DCP, ECP and assisting with other duties. Matt will work directly with the famers of Tama County. Thursday evening the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board accepted the resignation from Bill Parker as administrator/teacher at the Gladbrook campus and baseball coach, effective June 30, 2012. Mary Ann Howard, 84, of Cascade, formerly of Traer, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa. April 6, 2012 Last Saturday, March 31, 2012, the community of Gladbrook proved how wonderful it is to live in small town Iowa. The Support Ohrt Fundraiser was held at the Gladbrook Memorial Building. The fundraiser consisted of a free-will offering meal, furnished by Hometown Foods, a silent and live auction, with over 200 hundred items donated for the two auctions. The live auction was led by our esteemed mayor and auctioneer, Keith Sash. Sixteen new members were inducted into the Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School National Honor Society on Tuesday, March 27. Lisa Reinhard, Auxiliary Americanism chair, assisted in presenting a February story hour to youth at the Gladbrook Library. In recognition of Presidents Day, a discussion was held about the presidents of the United States and in particular, children living in the White House. The GMG Anatomy II class sponsored the annual blood drive for the area. The drive was held in conjunction with the Blood Center of Iowa. In 2010 the units of blood donated were128. In 2011 the total grew to 141 units and the total for 2012 is an amazing 174. Gladbrook-Reinbeck alum Lauren Bengen has been honored with a selection to the 3rd Team Region XI team. She is a freshman player for the Iowa Central Tritons in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Tritons finished second in the Regional tournament. They ended the 2011-12 season with a 27-6 mark. April 13, 2012 Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Kevin Trobaugh signed his letter of intent on Wednesday, April 4, to golf next year for NIACC . It was a cool morning on Saturday, April 7, for the Gladbrook Young Women’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Gladbrook City Park, but that didn’t stop the many egg hunters that gathered to hunt up the hundreds of eggs left by the Easter Bunny the night before. The 2012 Confirmation Class at Peace Church were confirmed on Palm Sunday. The new members are:  Hunter Wegner, son of Joey & Michele Wegner, Kainen Hendricks, son of Tim & Kandi Hendricks, Eric Stoakes, son of Jim & Jodee Stoakes and Sherri Stoakes, and Madison White, daughter of Pat & Amy White. Lorna A. Ehrig, 82, of Gladbrook, IA entered into eternal life Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Villa Del Sol, in Marshalltown. By Margaret Thomsen The GMG Junior High Solo Contest was held with a variety of vocal and instrumental entries. Junior High Band activities are directed by Mr. Dan Lastovka and Mrs. Sheryl Mullikin. The vocals were in charge of Mrs. Sheryl Mullikin. Judge for the event was Mary Potter, East Marshall Band Director. A number of students were photographed and their rating is listed with their photo. The following students are listed with the rating they received. Jasmin Deal – Vocal Solo – II+; Bryce Bartel – Trombone Solo – I; Dalton Schmidt – vocal Solo – I; Jasmine Deal – Alto Sax Solo – I-; Bryce Bartel – VocalSolo – II-; Nick Stegmann – Alto Sax Solo II-; Josh Welton – Bass Clarinet Solo I+; Alex Sealman – vocal Solo – I-;Stone Schossow – Snare Drum Solo – I+; Shawna Hughes – Clarinet Solo – I-; Kyle Borota – Trumpet Solo – II; Korey Sederburg – Trumpet Solo – II-; Chelsea Hurd – Tenor Sax Solo – I; Tristan Danner – Trumpet Solo – II; Vocal Ensemble – McKayla Conaway, Katie Airey, Taija Williams, Emily McDowell, Kaitlyn Gill, Sydney Sorem and Carrie Soukhavong – I; Hannah Hinson- Alsto Sax Solo – I-; Cole Langenbau – Baritone Solo – I-; Kaitlyn Gill – Clarinet Solo – II; Blayne Koster – Baritone Solo – I-; Michael Tichy – Trumpet Solo – I- and Shayne Gohring – Trumpet Solo – II. The students did a very nice job and it was a great learning experience. The rating scale is from a I+ through III. April 20, 2012 The Gladbrook Community Blood Drive held on Tuesday, April 10, sponsored by the Gladbrook United Methodist Church, LifeServe Blood Center, and organized by June Klinefelter of Gladbrook, was a great success. Special recognition goes out to the total of 22 people who made the decision to make a life-saving blood donation. 16 whole units of blood and four double-red units were collected at the blood drive putting them two over their goal. On Sunday, March 11th, Katie Ryherd was honored in Des Moines at the Iowa History Museum for a painting that she did for Youth Art Month. Ryherd was honored alongside sixteen other students from the AEA 267 region. All students received a YAM medal along with a certificate. For the 58th straight year, Tama County high school students had the opportunity to learn about local county government up close. On Wednesday, April 11, at Government Day in Toledo, a total of 167 students from five high schools were welcomed by the sponsoring Tama County American Legion and Auxiliary. Nick and Josey Vasquez became the proud parents of Ezra Andrew Vasquez on March 21st at 7:12 a.m.  Ezra was 9 lb. 6.8 oz and 21 inches long.  Ezra’s grandparents are Daniel and Sally Vasquez of Newton and Andy and Jenny Bledsoe of Gladbrook.  His great Grandparents are Gerald and Beth Johnson of Marshalltown.  Ezra will join his brother Carver in Newton. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Young, Van Meter, and Mr. and Mrs. John Plett, Gladbrook, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Kassaundra Marie Young and Matthew John Plett. The couple will exchange vows on September 8 at the Faith Lutheran Church in West Des Moines. David and Frances Bacon of Garwin, IA are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Cory Jean Bacon to Aaron Christopher Steenhoek, son of Randy and Melissa Steenhoek of Pella, IA. The couple will exchange vows on June 9th at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. Who’s Who Among Students honors 64 from Wartburg College WAVERLY, Iowa —Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities has honored 64 Wartburg College students as outstanding campus leaders. The award recipients cited for their scholastic and community achievements include: Abby J. Johnson, senior, daughter of Gary and Deb Johson of Gladbrook. Jim and Deb Osborn of Gladbrook were winners in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organization. In 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3.1 million in local communties. America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make everyday to our society by helping them grow their local communities. Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools, and other civic organizations. The 2012 3rd District Jr. Auxiliary Conference was held on April 15th, at the Conrad Legion Hall. The following officers were elected for the 2012-2013 year: President Kendra Vavroch, Gladbrook; V-P; Hailey Clemons, Conrad; Secretary Danyelle Foos, Gladbrook; Chaplain Hayley Feldhouse, Conrad, Historian Sasha Nagle, Gladbrook; Sgt-at-Arms Abby Smith, Gladbrook & Skylar Feldhouse, Conrad. They were installed by the 3rd District President Kelly Elliot. The annual Garwin Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Garwin Ambulance Service with donations from area businesses and the community. The GMG High School new gym floor was ablaze with color as the hundreds of eggs awaited the children. Inside the eggs were an assortment of candy and coins. Sherry Parks and Steve and Karen Boege were in charge of the event. April 27, 2012 Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School held their prom “Fire and Ice: Melt the Night Away” on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Lincoln Amvet Hall. As you entered the hall you were amazed by the pillars of fire and flames on the walls. The fire theme was used on the dinner tables as well. The dance hall was turned into a winter wonderland and decorated in blues, sliver and white with an ice castle, a frosty mountain waterfall, sleigh in the snow, and snow covered trees. Falling from the sky were many snow flakes. Janet and Melvin Schildroth of Reinbeck were host and hostess for the Open House that was held for the public to come and view the lovely decorations. The rain the afternoon brought gave way to some sunny skies for the traditional walk-in of the prom attendants. The junior and senior classes and parents did an outstanding job once again for prom 2012. Dr. L. G. Schaeferle was honored Saturday, April 21, by the Board of Directors of Lake and Park Holding Corp., Union Grove Lake. Dr. Schaeferle was presented with a plaque which read: “Dr. L. G. Schaeferle-Celebrating Your 60+ Years of Serviceto the Board of DirectorsLake and Park Holding Corp.” Leroy Block 92, of Reinbeck, Iowa, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Grundy Center, Iowa while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. Alexandra, Jessica, and Alayna Reynolds of Newton, granddaughters of Gladbrook librarian Karen Collins, helped celebrate National Library Week at the Gladbrook Public Library by providing some great music. The Firday coffee group throughly enjoyed their entertainment. Our Mayor, Keith Sash spent time at the library on Wednesday answering questions and updating us on what is going on in Gladbrook. The jar of M & M’s was won by Hailey Lyon who guessed 1074. The correct amount was 1212. The April Senior Citizens Dinner was held Friday, April 13, at the Gladbrook memorial Building. The event was hosted by the Gladbrook Women’s Club. Thirty-eight seniors were served a delicious meal of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and onions, coleslaw, and Black Dirt cake. After the meal Janet Buls of the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging presented a short program on the agency. Entertainment was provided by the G-R Middle School 7th & 8th grade chorus and their instructor Amanda Bridges. Pat & John Clausen of Gladbrook received the 2011 Tree City USA Growth Award for the City of Gladbrook at the 22nd Annual Community Forestry Awards luncheon on April 17. Gladbrook was one of 24 Iowa communities to qualify for Tree City USA Growth status. To receive the award a city must meet four minimum requirements in the following categories: 1) Education and Public Relations, 2) Partnerships, 3) Planning and Management, and 4) Tree Planting and Maintenance.   



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