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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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FRIDAY BIRTH OF TRIPLET CALVES A STUNNER
 Twin calves in cows are uncommon, but do occur fairly frequently.
 Triplet calves are another thing altogether. Almost unheard of. A rarity of rarity.
 Dan and Lori Ryner of rural Winterset had a cow that gave birth to triplets – two bulls and a heifer – last Friday.
 The cow, Lori Ryner’s Angus cow, was showing last Thursday night, and Dan decided to pull the cow into the barn. She was big, Dan Ryner recalls. But that big? Uh, no.
 She had a calf almost right away, so Dan decided to leave the pair in the barn overnight.
 When he stopped in to check on them first thing in Friday morning, he was shocked to see three calves: triplets.
CH: CHANGE THE LOCKS AND GO TO NUMBERED KEYS
 With the increased focus on courthouse security in Madison County of late, members of the courthouse security committee are pondering what more can be done to beef up security there.
 The matter was brought to the fore after a man being sentenced on a drug charge pulled a gun in court. It turned out he had two guns.
 He escaped from the courthouse, but law enforcement authorities nabbed him within 10 minutes. When they searched for his weapon, two were found in a downtown trash bin.
 After the incident, judges with the Fifth Judicial District demanded that the county institute new security precautions at the courthouse.
BOARD DELAYS DECISION ON TECHNOLOGY RESTRICTIONS
 An attempt to restrict where electronic technology can be used hit a temporary stumbling block Monday, as some members of the Winterset School Board expressed concern on how the policy might be enforced.
 The policy would restrict the use of cellular phones, laptops, smart phones, iPads and the like in sensitive areas within the school.
 The sensitive areas include restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms or in “similar situations or locations” around school.
COUNCIL GIVES THE GO-AHEAD TO WINTERSET AIRPORT PROJECT
 After a rather lengthy discussion at its Apr. 7 meeting, the Winterset City Council gave the go-ahead for the Winterset Airport to pursue a grant to help with airport safety issues.
 The safety issues involve the purchase of land and other changes around the ends of the runway to make the runway safer.
 The safety upgrade is needed if the airport is to receive federal funding for an expanded runway, and the eventual designation as a regional airport.
 The approval also is seen as a buy-in by the council of the regional airport concept, as the council will have to allow the airport to borrow money.
SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO INCREASE LUNCH FEES
 The Winterset School Board Monday voted to increase meal prices for the next school year.
 The increases are seen as modest, and will be ten cents per meal.
 When compared to meal prices in other area school districts, Winterset’s fees will be competitive.
 The breakfast fee will increase from $1.50 to $1.60 while the elementary lunch fee will go from $1.90 to $2.
 That compares ADM of Adel, which charges $2.50 for an individual elementary meal ticket. The same meal is $2.45 in Earlham, $2.30 in both Dallas Center-Grimes and Waukee and $2.25 in Norwalk.
CELL TOWER FOR SECONDARY ROADS YARD?
 They’re not quite sure where it would go, but a cellular telephone company says it believes the county secondary roads yard would be a great spot for a cell tower. 
 Officials with Verizon aren’t saying where it might go, or how tall it might be, but says they’d like to have a chance to bring in some equipment to do some reconnaissance work.
FIRST BIKE NIGHT IS SAT.
 The first Winterset Bike Night of the season is this Saturday.
 The Winterset City Council voted at its Apr. 7 meeting to issue a beer permit to bike night through September. Bike Night will be the third Saturday, monthly.
WINTERSET BAND DIRECTOR RESIGNS
 Just days after the Winterset High School jazz band finished as state runner up at the Class 3-A jazz band championships, high school band music instruct Dameon Place has resigned.
 Place says he has accepted a position with the Pella School District. He will serve out the remainder of the school year in Winterset.  The school board accepted his resignation Monday.
SCHULTZ PLANS WINTERSET STOP
 Secretary of State Matt Schultz will be in Winterset Wednesday, Apr. 23, 3-4:15 p.m. at Northside Cafe. Schultz is one of six Republicans seeking the right to face former State Senator Staci Appel in the Iowa Third District U.S. House race this fall. He recently relocated to the Truro area.
 The Third District seat is being vacated by Republican Tom Latham, who is retiring.
CELEBRATE THE CHILD, MAKE A COMMUNITY KEEPSAKE
 The Madison County Child Abuse Prevention Council will be hosting a joint event with the Dream Big Dreams project on Apr. 24 at the Library. The month of April is National Child Abuse Prevention month and to culminate a spree of activities, CRISP will be hosting what is called Pizza for Prevention from 6-8 p.m. at the Library. Yes, there will be pizza. And it will be free for families who attend. Leaders from CRISP will inform parents on what is going on with child abuse prevention in the county as well as inform parents on ways to manage stress in their own families.
 While parents are learning, kids can have fun making a ceramic tile for the George Washington Carver memorial public art mural in the works by the Dream Big Dream project.
AREA STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL LITERACY
 April is financial literacy month, and some Winterset Middle School students are getting a taste of the financial world, with special courses for sixth-graders.
 The experience was offered by a local Winterset bank, the American State Bank.
 The Winterset Middle School was one of six area schools that were provided with learning programs.
THE MAKING OF AN HISTORIC DISTRICT: 59, 61, 63 EAST JEFFERSON
 This week, we journey to the north side of the Winterset town square, looking at the space in the middle of the block, where the Northside Cafe is now a focal point.
 Plans were announced in 1874 for the construction of one building for two businesses on the north side of the square. The business bays would be constructed in the spring of 1875 and was to be called City Hall Block of business. What was referred to as a city hall, or opera house, was announced for the second floor of the building, over both business bays. The planned opera hall would be a gathering area which could comfortably seat 275 at lectures, or about 225 people when there was an event that required platforms and staging. As plans for the two-bay business unfolded, it was determined a second building should be added, so that the planned second-floor opera hall could be even larger, seating up to 500 people. The third business bay, to be located in a separate building to the east, was part of the Jones & Tidrick building. With the construction of the Jones & Tidrick building, the expanded opera house could be located over all three business bays of the two buildings.
IT ADVENTURES INSPIRES UNIQUE NICHE OF STUDENTS
 Trevor Kems, Daniel Milligan and Becca and Katelyn Bonham caught the eyes of big technology gurus in the state of Iowa earlier this month.
 Several of them had enough courage to rise to the podium to speak, their faces broadcast on a giant television screen for the more than 800 people in attendance to see and hear. If their nerves were on edge, no one could have guessed as Trevor, Daniel and Becca’s voices carried confidently through the large, renovated room in the top floor grand ballroom of the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
CHASING RAINBOWS
A good haul. No sooner than they were stocked, anglers were trying to catch them. County conservation officials stocked Criss Cove with over 1,200 rainbow trout on Saturday. About 50 anglers were on hand to watch, and then try their hand at catching the morsels. Officials stocked three sizes of fish, all of which would be considered ready to catch and eat. Officials say they expect most of the fish will be caught over the course of the summer. While survivors will overwinter, officials say they don’t expect the fish to breed. It takes a trout stamp to legally catch a trout. That is on top of a regular fishing license. Perseverance paid off, the anglers limited out at 25, their daily limit.
FIRST 2014 CAR SHOW
The first car show of 2014 took was this past Saturday with a host of classic cars, most with hoods and trunks open. From old to older to oldies, cars and their proud owners sat on the Jefferson side of the Winterset square. Overhead, cumulonimbus clouds gathered and threatened to spot the washed, waxed and polished surfaces with rain. Local residents slowly milled about, enjoying the cool off from the warm 80-degree-plus day. Movie goers passed through on their way to the Iowa Theatre to see the showing of “Rio 2”. The clouds brewed, and by 9 p.m., the rains came. The following day nearly four inches of precipitation was reported around town.
PROMISE FROM MOTHER NATURE?
Monday morning surprise. After an 80-degree-plus day on Saturday, and nearly four inches of rain Sunday, area residents got a reminder of what we hope will be the last reminder from the winter of 2013-14.
65TH LIONS SHOW
A look at the 65th annual Winterset Lions Show, in pictures. (Click for more.)