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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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IT’S TIME
It’s finally here.

The grand opening of the Winterset John Wayne Birthplace Museum is scheduled for this weekend, coinciding with annual birthday bash for beloved Winterset native and actor John Wayne – born May 26, 1907, as Marion Robert Morrison.

The 6,100-square-foot museum, theater, gift shop and gallery features John Wayne memorabilia and movie artifacts in three distinct display areas: John Wayne the family man, John Wayne the actor, and John Wayne the patriot.
UTILITY MOVE REALLY A CALL FOR NEW CITY HALL?
City Hall is just too small.

The Winterset utilities department wants out of the building.

“We have not come to this decision lightly,” the utility board chairman wrote in a May 11 memo to the Winterset Mayor and City Council.

“... understand that we have reached out to city administration for input prior to making our decision. We feel it is time for our organizations to stand on their own,” the memo went on.

Staffing is an issue, but so is space in the building.
RESIDENTS QUESTION WHY ‘A FORD’ SHOULD REPLACE DAMAGED BRIDGE
Nearly a dozen county residents jammed the county supervisors office Tuesday, waiting to hear about plans to replace the old 1909 Jurgensen Bridge east of Patterson.

Most showed up prior to the 9 a.m. meeting start time.

The issue was not on the agenda as an item of discussion, so the group patiently waited nearly 90 minutes to weigh in on the proposal – during the public comment period – to replace the old bridge over the Middle River with a ford, in an area where the Middle River runs quite deep.
ANOTHER PAYMENT MADE ON $3.9 MILLION CEDAR LAKE SPILLWAY PROJECT
Water is flowing over the new $3.9 million spillway at Cedar Lake, finally putting a near end to two major lake renovation projects.

Dredging of Cedar Lake, Winterset’s primary drinking water supply, concluded earlier this spring. The dredging efforts more than doubled the capacity of the lake with removal of tons of silt from the bottom of the lake.

The lake is deeper than it has been in decades, and in some locations, is deeper than it has ever been.
PUBLIC REVIEW TIME FOR THE WINTERSET COURTHOUSE SQUARE HISTORIC DISTRICT
Downtown Winterset property owners are being encouraged to review the final draft of a proposal to make a 10-block area of downtown a part of the National Register of Historic Places.

The area is being called the Winterset Courthouse Square District. The project is being undertaken by the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission.

It has taken more than two years, and two separate grants, to identify and document the buildings in the downtown commercial district, the center of which is the historic limestone Madison County Courthouse.
NEW HOTEL SCHEDULED TO OPEN FRIDAY
Officials with the Cobblestone Inn say that with a round of finishing touches yet this week, the new hotel on Winterset’s north side should be open on Friday, just in time for this weekend’s John Wayne festivities.

Officials with the Winterset Hotel Group, LLC were at the city council Monday, as the Hotel sought a Class B liquor permit to serve alcohol at the facility.
LIBRARY PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION
All that remains on the Winterset Public Library project are items on a punch list, city council members were told Monday at the council’s second regular meeting of the month.

Council members were urged to make a close inspection of the project, but not to look too close.

Although Mayor Jim Olson doesn’t have a city council vote on the library project, he did say that he is not impressed.
... FROM OUR ARCHIVES
Last week’s archive photo selection was Drew Featherstone, who worked several years in the Madisonian circulation department.

He also was VFW commandant for a number of years.

Many readers were initially stumped, saying the photo looks like a younger Don Pettit.
Jim Nelson of Winterset wrote, “That picture is Drew Featherstone – fellow Master Gardener and an expert on hostas.”
AREA RESIDENTS URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE SURVEY
The Madison County Conservation Board will be conducting a feasibility study to determine public support for a proposed fund raising campaign to build a nature center.

An online survey has been established. The survey will be online until June 3. You can find it on the web at madisoncountyparks.org.
CELEBRITIES, VIPS TRICKLE IN TO VIEW NEW JW MUSEUM
The list of VIPs, dignitaries and celebrities planning to visit the new John Wayne museum is growing.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has purchased a pair of tickets for the grand opening. Word is that Iowa Third District Congressman David Young will tour the facility on Friday.
TWO DOZEN GROUPS TO RECEIVE 2015 FOUNDATION GRANTS
A total of 24 of the 36 groups and organizations which applied for grant money through the Greater Madison County Community Foundation (GMCCF) will be receiving funds this year. The groups requested nearly $242,000 in grant applications. Only about $80,000 was available.
WINTERSET STUDENTS SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAVEL, EDUCATION
Crossing an ocean
Gracie Daniels will be a freshman at Winterset High School for the 2015-2016 term. She is certainly looking forward to the coming year, however, big things are happening this summer as well.

Daniels has the distinct honor of traveling as a student ambassador with the People to People program this June and July.
BUSINESS BYTES
The community is buzzing about Rodell’s Smokehouse, soon to open in Winterset.

The name “Rodell” apparently is a blend of names, of Lisa Rodriguez, who will be running the restaurant, and Jim Eller, who bought the place.

Eller purchased the building back on March 25 for $70,000, according to records from the county recorder’s office.
BACK FROM MONTANA, THE BAG LADY TELLS ALL
Readers of the Madisonian may remember the story of Linda Duff and her frightening but triumphant battle with breast cancer.

They may also recall her “tattoo fund”, with proceeds donated to Madison County Hospital’s radiation department in order to help women who cannot afford mammograms.

Duff also received some notoriety in October 2014 when two gals, Nancy and Judy from Montana, stopped into her Bag Lady shop on their way back from a quilting retreat in Hamilton, Mo.

What happened next is why Duff has adapted “It’s a God thing” as one of her favorite sayings.
WHITE CROSSES AROUND WINTERSET
Dozens of families across the area have graced their front lawns with white Christian crosses. These crosses are made of flexible metal, and are about three feet tall. Several have been placed among flower gardens and some amidst decorative rocks.

What is the significance of these crosses? Jake and Carol Jacobs explained it this way.
RAISED AT FULL DRAW BOW HUNTING CAMP JUNE 18-21
Raised at Full Draw bow hunting camps are a non-profit organization looking to promote not only archery, but hunting as well.

Organizers with Raised at Full Draw feel strongly that kids today could use the type of direction that is learned from time spent with relatives and mentors that teach deeper lessons than math and English – more like the lessons that define one’s character such, as ethics, values and morals.

“We want to see kids get up from the couch and away from television and smart phones, to spend time outdoors with other kids, partaking in a camp that will build outdoor skills, but also send them home with pride and respect for hunting and the outdoors in general.”
TRIBUTE TO WINTERSET’S NATIVE SON
Folks have begun trickling into Winterset to catch a glimpse of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, which will formally open Saturday with a noon ribbon-cutting ceremony. The museum has been years in the planning and preparation stage and features a movie theater, gift shop, exhibit areas and more.