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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
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TALE OF TWO ... STORMS: IOWA POLITICAL STORM ENDS JUST BEFORE SNOW SETS IN
As the sun set on the Iowa caucuses, winter set in just hours later – even before some of the candidates could escape the clutches of the long-predicted wintry weather.

Attendance at Madison County caucus sites did not disappoint. Experts had predicted record turnouts for both Democrats and Republicans.
CORKREANS RECOGNIZED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to a couple whose “hands, lives and hearts” have touched many people, businesses, organizations and landmarks in Madison County.

Pat and Nancy Corkrean were honored with the award for their many years of making the community attractive for both residents and visitors.
ASSESSOR PROPOSES TO BOOST TAX LEVY TO 40 CENTS
Higher crop prices has driven the number of acres in ag-land up slightly over just the past couple of years, according to the latest figures from the Madison County Assessor’s office annual growth report.

There are now an estimated 331,335 acres listed as ag-acres in Madison County. That’s up about 313 acres – or less than one-tenth of one percent from two years ago.
DEMOGRAPHER: WINTERSET SCHOOLS NOT GROWING FAST ENOUGH TO MERIT EXPANSION ... YET
Some good news, for now, for the Winterset school district.

Projected school district student enrollment for the next few years, according to a Kansas City-area demographer, is not enough to begin planning for an expansion of school facilities.

That is according to the early findings of a preliminary report that will be delivered to the school district later this month.
WINTER STORM DELAYS EARLHAM SPECIAL SCHOOL VOTE
Tuesday’s winter storm delayed the scheduled school bond vote for one week.

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office allowed the postponement due to the blizzard emergency – snow plows had been taken off of the gravel roads, and travel was not advised in Madison County.

Voters may continue to cast absentee ballots though Monday. The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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The ice fishing clinic at Criss Cove drew a crowd to the county park on Saturday. Hosted by the Madison County Conservation Department, the annual event included some basic instructions for the kids, as well as safety tips for ice fishing, not to mention the chance to try some cooked fish at one of the nearby shelters.

According to Naturalist Molly Hanson, only about four fish were caught during the three-hour event, but the number of kids that came out and enjoyed the day in nature made the event an overall success.