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Wednesday, July 29, 2015|
|HISTORICAL VISIT TO WINTERSET: DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS CLINTON, O’MALLEY SHOW UP AT LOCAL THIRD DISTRICT EVENT|
| It was a sylvan setting under a sycamore tree on the southwest side of the Bevington-Kaser House at the Madison County Historical Society in Winterset that lured two Democrats to town.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said he appreciated Iowa’s role in the presidential selection process, while Hillary Clinton said she was reminded of her many past campaign speeches “under a tree” and obviously felt at home, and was made to feel at home by the 70 or so central Iowa Democrats gathered at the event, many of whom were local.
A live band provided entertainment prior to the Third District event.
|SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATION DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 P.M.|
| Voters in the Winterset, Earlham and Interstate 35 school districts will go to the polls in September to elect school board members for the next four years.
Elections are now held in odd-numbered years.
Three positions are available in each of the three school districts.
In Winterset it takes a petition containing 50 signatures to be placed on the ballot, in Earlham 21 signatures, and for I-35, a total of 14 signatures.
|LIFEFLIGHT RESPONDS TO SUN. LOCAL MOTOCROSS MISHAP|
| A 16-year-old motorcyclist was injured in a collision at Riverside Motocross Speedway on Highway 169 South on Sunday afternoon.
Carter Comstock was participating in an event called Open C Class, 2nd Moto, Motocross Race when his motorcycle collided with another.
|MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION DREAM COMES TRUE|
| The restoration of a 1979 Suzuki RM400 was recently completed with the help of local cycle shop Country Cycle.
The restoration was a special project by DJ and Eric Downey, who wanted to find a way to thank their dad, Dave Downey, for supporting them in motorcycle racing over the years.
According to DJ, their father always supported the pair in their racing efforts, keeping the bikes maintained and making sure they were at the track on time, every time. Those efforts went unnoticed until the boys were old enough to race on their own and realized how much time and money their father had invested for them.
|MCHCS TO HOST SPORTS INJURY VIDEO CONFERENCE|
| In conjunction with the start of another school year and the pre-season training for a variety of contact sports, the Midwest Rural Telemedicine Consortium of Mercy Health Network will be presenting “Sports Related Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: How to Recognize, Diagnose and Treat,” a live video conference with Dr. Mary Russell of Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines’ Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Community members are welcome to attend the presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-7 p.m. The presentation will be by video conference in the nurse education room in the Chesnut Building. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. For more information, please contact Madison County Health Care System at 515-462-9749.
|FARMLAND LEASING MEETING AUG. 21|
| Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings across 11 different sites in central Iowa. The meeting in Winterset will be held on Friday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jackson Building on the fairgrounds.
Contact the Madison County Extension office at 515-462-1001 to register. Pre-registration is required at least two days before the leasing meeting.
|... FROM OUR ARCHIVES|
| Last week’s mystery archive photo selection was Bob Kuhns.
Jayne Kuhns of Castro Valley, Calif., called to say she was proud to identify our selection as her uncle, Bob (Robert) Kuhns. She went on to share that Bob does bridge tours – “I couldn’t think of a better guy to do it – someone who really knows the area. … Love ya, Uncle Bob.”
| Kiburz Produce has Iowa sweet corn for sale. Nothin’ tastes better in the summer than Iowa sweet corn. Stop by the Kiburz Produce vendor on John Wayne Drive and pick up a dozen for dinner. The peaches & cream corn is fresh-picked guaranteed – and goes for $5 per dozen. Kruise Kiburz is usually set up along the road near Dollar General.
Kiburz Produce can be reached at 515-462-2123.
|LOCAL CHEF TO BE JUDGE AT STATE FAIR|
| As the Iowa State Fair approaches, Lisa Alessandro of Anything Sweet and More Café in Winterset is getting more and more excited.
No, not about the cotton candy or deep-fried pickles, but because this year she has the honor of judging the “It’s a Panini” contest.
| DON HENSON RECEIVES QUILT OF VALOR|
| The Jackson Building was the location for the Henson/Harrell reunion last Saturday. There was plenty of food and reminiscing going on between cousins and grandparents and aunts and uncles.
As some folks began to leave, Liz McCullough, sister of Don Henson, was happily buzzing around, getting everyone’s attention, and asking them to “stand by for a surprise.”
Things quieted down just in time for her to take the stage and, through tears, pronounce, “I am deeply proud of my brother Don. He was severely injured in Vietnam back in 1970 and later received a Purple Heart.
|STORM BRINGS RAIN, SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPS|
| A Monday storm brought wind, rain and a short bout of much needed cooler temperatures. Tuesday evening’s stormy weather sprinkled power outages and flooding to many around Madison County.|
|A DILLY OF A TURNIP ... FROM PERU|
| Maybe I should have taken it to the fair: 10 pounds of turnip. Richard Dillinger of Peru grew this 10-pound turnip this year. Dillinger said he has one that’s even bigger still growing in the garden.|
|O’MALLEY SINGS WOODY GUTHRIE|
| Chuffed to be singin’ and speakin’: After a brief speech, former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley picked up a freshly-tuned guitar and broke into song, singing and playing three short pieces with a small band, thrilling a crowd of Democrats gather at the Madison County Historical Museum at and Iowa Third District meet the candidates event Saturday in Winterset. O’Malley and Hillary Clinton were the only Democratic presidential hopefuls to attend, although several other Democrats were represented.|
|WELCOME, MADAME SECRETARY|
| Creating a first impression. Curator Jared McDonald of the Madison County Historical Museum was the first local resident to greet former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she caravaned into Winterset Saturday for a Democrat event. McDonald walked Clinton to an awaiting crowd, where it took about five minutes for her to make her way to a shaded area. She signed books, shook hands and posed for photos, spoke for about 30 minutes, posed for still more photos, and answered questions from journalists from across the nation.|