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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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FROM WINTERSET TO HOLLYWOOD ... AND BEYOND
David Lantz was home recently, spending time with his family and friends, taking a respite while staying employed working as an illustrator.

Lantz, 22, graduated from WHS in 2011, finishing his high school senior year with a summer studying at the San Francisco Academy of Art University.

You might even remember back when he was a junior, he designed the cover for the Madisonian’s 2010 Covered Bridge Festival informational flyer, the Sojourner.
STATE TAX CREDIT FOR COURTHOUSE PROJECT NOW BEING TERMED A ‘SETTLEMENT’
The long-awaited tax credit Madison County Supervisors have been counting on to help pay for 2010 and 2011 courthouse work still isn’t here. State officials are saying things should be resolved soon.

But it won’t be a tax credit per se. State officials are now terming it as a “settlement”.

Local officials say they continue to be confident the county will see money, perhaps around $383,000, by the end of the year.

“I’m very optimistic,” said former Madison County Supervisor Joan Acela. “I know how the red tape works with government.”
WINTERSET NATIVE HELPS PLAN HUGE DENTAL EVENT
If you would have asked this 2000 WHS alum whether he would be planning a huge event – where attendees would literally camp out for a place in line – Cary Jackson, son of Winterset’s Vince and Vicki Jackson, probably would have said ‘no’.

But 15 years later, there he is. Now a dentist in Council Bluffs, Dr. Jackson is organizing what has come to be known as Iowa’s biggest dental event.
FINAL SCHOOL LOT UNDER CONSTRUCTION; FUTURE OF BUILDING/TRADES PROGRAM IS UNCERTAIN
Don’t look for the Winterset School District to purchase any more property on which future students of the building and trades classes would build homes.

The last of five lots just west of the high school is being built this school year. It is the fifth home on the five lots the school district purchased six years ago.

The district bought five lots in the subdivision just west of the high school. Four of those lots now have homes on them, and the fifth lot is being built on this year.
2 SENTENCED IN SEPARATE SEX ABUSE CASES, ONE APPEALS
Two Madison County men were sentenced last week on sex abuse charges following their separate convictions on separate cases and separate charges in Madison County District Court.
One has appealed.

Appealing his sentence is a former Winterset Methodist youth pastor who was convicted of committing sex acts with a minor.

District Court Judge Gary Kimes found Brian James Maxwell guilty of lascivious conduct with a minor in connection with a mid-March 2014 incident following a three-day bench trial earlier this year.
Officials argued Maxwell persuaded or coerced his female underage victim to disrobe or partially disrobe.
COUNTY AWARDS BID FOR BRIDGE MOVE
Following a recommendation by the county attorney, county supervisors Tuesday rejected a late bid and selected a local contractor to proceed with work to remove the 30-ton Jurgensen Bridge over the Middle River near Patterson.

There were three bidders, but one was late.
PAWN STAR HOST TO CAMPAIGN FOR RUBIO
The star of the History Channel’s TV show “Pawn Stars” is planning a Saturday visit to Winterset’s Northside Café to campaign for one of the GOP presidential hopefuls.

History buff Rick Harrison won’t be appraising of antiques and relics. Instead, he’ll be talking about his endorsement of Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for President.
... FROM OUR ARCHIVES
Last week’s mystery archive photo selection was long-time Winterset educator Molly Clark. She also was Middle School and Junior High principal.

Who have we chosen for this week?
NO WINTERSET WONDERLAND FOR 2015 HOLIDAY SEASON
Unless something changes, and quickly, organizers of the annual Winterset Wonderland at Winterset City Park have announced that the program will be discontinued, at least for this year. Backers say they have had a difficult time organizing sponsors for the holiday displays.
HUNTRODS INDUCTED INTO 2015 4-H HALL OF FAME
Rita (Marquardt) Huntrods was named as Madison County’s 2015 4-H Hall of Fame Honoree. She was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Iowa State Fair.

As a youth, Huntrods was a nine-year member of the Lee Stars 4-H Club in Madison County. She was a very active 4-H’er, participating as an elected officer in her club numerous years. She participated in a variety of project areas, including sheep, clothing, style review, home furnishings, and food and nutrition. Huntrods played on the Lee Stars Basketball Team during the County 4-H Basketball Tournament, where her team won the championship several years consecutively.
DOCTOR, BABY REUNITED
On most days, Ramona Dillinger can be found at her desk at City Hall, handling many of the affairs that come with working as recreation specialist for the Winterset Parks and Recreation Department.
Not long ago, however, she was astounded when a gentleman of senior age approached her desk, asking to purchase a season pass to the Winterset Aquatic Center.

“It wasn’t his age that surprised me,” she said, “it was his name. I recognized the name ‘Dr. Stanley Haugland’ as that of the doctor that delivered me 46 years ago.”
GET YOUR BRAS READY ...
One Saturday a month motorcycle enthusiasts from points near and far flock to Winterset Bike Night; from April through September that is. Along with ‘cycles of every size and shape, many vendors are on hand.

Recently, one tent in particular was impossible to miss. The Bras for the Cause display, manned by Debbie Field, was colorful and cleverly put together, all for an excellent cause: Breast Cancer awareness.
SURE SIGNS OF APPROACHING AUTUMN
Each and every year at this time there are sure to be both subtle and not-so-subtle indications of a change in the air. Many are self-evident, such as all of those great back-to-school deals at just about every shop in town.

However, for those people that not only reside in rural areas but are almost one with nature, their astute observations go to the flora and fauna.
ASB WELCOMES RITCHEY, CARMAN AS BANK EXECUTIVES
American State Bank has announced that Matt Ritchey has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, for the bank.

Matt grew up on a local dairy farm where he continues to be active and involved in the family farm. He graduated from I-35 high school and attended Simpson College, receiving a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration while participating as a double sport athlete in baseball and football. Matt spent eight years in accounting audit before joining the bank twp years ago.
CERTIFIED TRAINERS AND MORE AT MILLENNIUM THERAPY
“We treat our patients like family.”

Millennium Therapy clinic manager Brad Earp says they strive to progress their patients to accomplish optimal function and goals.

“We really care about good outcomes for our patients,” said Earp. “We want our patients to meet their goals and get back to the things they want to do as quickly and safely as possible”.

When asked why he chose a career in physical therapy, Earp’s answer is inspiring.
ROTARY SCHOLARS NAMED
Ayden Pugh and Kira Carver have been named as Rotary scholarship winners. Carver and Pugh each received a $500 scholarship from the Winterset Rotary Club at a recent meeting. Rotarians Dr. Jim Pottebaum and Joyce Kooker presented the scholarships to the students.
OCHILTREE ATTENDS NFDA CONFERENCE
Lynn Ochiltree of Winterset, the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) Policy Board Representative, accompanied an Iowa delegation to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Leadership Conference held earlier this summer in Florida.

Ochiltree was joined by President Marty Rieken, President-Elect Pat Leonard, Secretary-Treasurer David Fry, Immediate Past President Jayme Lentz, and Executive Director Suzanne Gebel.
RE-PURPOSED REPLICA
Rescued from storage. This replica of one of the Madison County covered bridges was discovered in storage at AgriVision building, covered in dust. Folks at Covered Bridge Realty agreed to take it. It was re-purposed and painted, and placed over the east door. Robert Duff of Covered Bridge Realty says the replica was ‘remarkably heavy,’ and the doorway had to be strengthened to support the model’s weight. The scale-replica bridge was constructed by a gentleman who was enamored by Madison County’s covered bridges. He finished the model while in a nursing home in Fort Dodge. After he passed away, the local chamber of commerce was contacted, asking if it would be interested in the model. It got brought to Winterset and was on display at the chamber before it was tucked away in storage after a while. When AgriVision purchased the Clark Building on the northeast side of town, company officials re-discovered it and began trying to find it a new home. Don’t be surprised if it shows up on a scavenger hunt list some day.
A MULTITUDE OF VISITORS
It’s been a busy year already. Officials at the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum have already filled two guest books with names of visitors. Not everybody signs in, but most do. During the first full month after opening, for June of 2015, there were 6,193 visitors. That compares to 3,205 in June of 2014. During July this year, there were 7,033 visitors, compared to 3,698 in 2014 during the same month. Birthplace Director Carolyn Farr says the museum is averaging about 250 visitors per day, up markedly over previous years at the birthplace and John Wayne gift shop. For this month, through Aug. 18, over 4,000 visitors have signed in. A charter bus is already scheduled for September. It won’t be long until officials fill their third book of names, from people all over the world. Visitors are asked to sign in when they enter the museum, before they get tickets to the attraction.
CBF ad sighted in Kansas City. Winterset Bakery owner Marcia Sparks submitted this photo of the sighting of a semi outside of Kansas City, Mo. Her son snapped the picture as the 18-wheeler rolled down the interstate.
NOW THAT’S MY KIND OF SIGN
No political comment is intended, but one could argue it might be ... Yet another item to place on a local scavenger hunt list.