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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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CATTLEMEN’S BANQUET RAISES THE BAR: 2015 TROPHY AUCTION SETS RECORD, GENERATES MORE THAN $32,400
Unlike those December days when it seems the sun has forsaken us, the money flowed like abundant sunshine at the annual Madison County Cattlemen’s Banquet, even though it was held after 9:30 p.m.
This year’s trophy auction generated over $32,400. That outpaced the nearly $24,000 that was raised from the 2014 trophy auction.

Trophies which are distributed during the county fair beef show are sponsored by groups or individuals. There are 21 trophies in all, which are given to 4-H and FFA youth who show champion or reserve champion animals.

The $32k that was raised is more than twice as much as was raised back in 2010, when $14,962 was generated through auction premiums.
BUDGET SESSIONS BEGIN FOR WINTERSET
A host of city and private groups brought their budget concerns to the Winterset City Council, as city officials began to try to get a handle on the city budget for the budget year which begins July 1, 2015.

The city, along with cities and towns and other government entities statewide, are under pressure to hammer out their budgets by March 15 and get them certified with the state. Department heads submitted their budget requests first, followed by representatives of various civic organizations. A couple requests could put some pressure on the next city budget.
AGENT JERRY MEASE IS HONORED FOR A LIFETIME OF SERVICE
It’s a portent of spring, or of those oft-looked-forward-to January thaws.

The awards circuit begins in Madison County. It helps take our minds from cabin fever some years. It gets everyone out and about, and looking forward to the better weather that’s coming.

The annual January award season began last Thursday with the local Chamber of Commerce banquet. It was followed by Monday night’s annual Cattleman’s Banquet. That will be followed by Saturday’s Soil and Conservation award banquet in Truro.

At last Thursday’s Chamber ceremonies, area businessman Jerry Mease was honored with the lifetime achievement award.

He grew up on a farm just outside of Winterset until the family decided it was time to move to town and start “something new”.
THOSE LITTLE GREEN RIBBONS
Perhaps you’ve noticed. They’re everywhere – displayed in storefronts, lawns and car windows.

They’re those green ribbons in the shape of the ever-famous yellow ribbon, which has been welcoming home the troops from all over the world, ever since the song “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” became a big hit for Tony Orlando and Dawn back in 1973.

In the decades since, the familiar shape of the yellow ribbon – akin to the Susan G Komen pink ribbons – has continued to be seen in many venues.

There’s a colored ribbon for just about everything these days. Each color can represent one, or dozens of diseases, social issues, etc, for which someone believes deserves a heightened awareness.
UTILITY BOARD APPROVES ROUND OF PAYMENTS FOR LAKE PROJECTS
The Winterset Utility Board has approved one of the final payments to dredge Cedar Lake, a project that has been in progress for a year.

The board voted, 2-0, to approve a payment of nearly $238, 112. the payment is to the Kansas City, Missouri-based Dredge America for work completed on the project. One of the next steps will be install a course of rip-rap around the shore of the lake.
EXPECTED, BUT LIBRARY REPAIR FIX JUMPS ANOTHER $25K
Winterset Public Library repair costs jumped another $25,000 last week, as the Winterset City Council approved three separate change orders for the project. Part of the change orders were expected, but part of it wasn’t. Well, sort of.

There is that unexpected cost for having to drill a hole in the new roof for a vent pipe. Somehow, the need for a hole for the vent wasn’t caught in the plans. But the bulk of the expenses, about $20,809, was to replace some stonework.
OFFICIALS MOVE TO CAP DEFENSE ATTORNEY FEES IN MENTAL HEALTH CASES
Saying the county has been paying too much for defense attorneys who work with mental health cases, county attorney Matt Schultz Tuesday asked supervisors to cap the compensation rates for those attorneys.

Schultz says it appears the county has been paying an average fee of $800 per case for defense attorneys who deal with clients with mental health-related issues – involuntary commitments and the like. Schultz said those numbers are just for November and December.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES BEGIN
Grace Baptist Church will begin Sunday School classes for children, teens and adults at 10 a.m. on Sunday Feb. 1.
Morning worship services will follow Sunday School, at 10:45 a.m.
1ST LEGISLATIVE FORUM IS SAT. IN WINTERSET
The first legislative public forum of 2015 is scheduled for Saturday in Winterset. It will be held in the community room of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank at 9 a.m.

Wondering how lawmakers are making progress on roads, bridges and infrastructure, or how a proposed fuel tax might work? Perhaps you are concerned about Iowa’s school districts and what they might facing for educational funding. Or perhaps you are concerned about the Affordable Care Act, or how Iowa is going to deal with a projected revenue shortfall this year.
4 NEW MEMBERS TO CATTLEMEN’S BOARD
The Madison County Cattlemen, which is one of the largest county organizations, if not the largest county cattlemen’s group in the state, elected four new members to the director’s board Monday.
New members named to the board, included Chip Boston, Dr. Jason Hall, Dr. Skylar Speer and Justin Sullivan.

Re-elected were Bob Bowman, Dave Boyle, Tom Bradley, Tom Christensen, Matt Deemer, Lou Erpelding, Duane Fry, Chuck Hochstetler, Dana Hoeness, Duane Honnold, Edna Honnold, Shane Jones, Willis Jones, Carl Kirkland, Drew Van Laar, Chris Nehring, Dennis Schrodt, Isaiah Shnurman, Tim Strain, Jeff Thompson, Dylan Wagener, Ben Yetter and 2015 Cattleman of the Year Don Brownlee.
GARDENING 101: RAISE YOUR OWN VEGETABLES
Many people might think early February is an odd time to be talking about gardening, but not Master Gardeners Jim Nelson and Deena Hoeness.

As a matter of fact, they are busy planning a free seminar on how you, too, can successfully grow your own ... vegetables that is.

Like most farmers or even just “farmers at heart”, Jim Nelson sees an empty plot of land and wonders how it can be put to good use. In 2010 some of those dreams came to fruition.

“It was right there in our back yard!” Nelson says.
STAGE SETS SIGHTS CLOSER TO HOME
It was countdown to curtain time. Amazing talent was what the audience expected, and that is what they received. The theatre quickly filled to standing room only for The Winterset Stage’s first Open Mic Night on March 8, 2014.

They did it again Jan. 23, this time while celebrating a landmark: one year into their home at 405 East Madison.

According to Producing Artistic Director Cindy Stanbro, 2014 was an amazing year.
BUSINESS BYTES
No longer dormant, the winter break at Applehurst ends Thursday, Feb. 5, when the store reopens. During the month of February, consumers may shop at Applehurst Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fairy gardens and terrariums will help you feed the need for spring, and you may choose from a huge selection of the sweetest miniature accessories and plants you’ll find anywhere.

Regular hours for the year return on March 1, when Applehurst will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
2014 COUNTY FAIR WAS ONE OF BEST FOR MC CATTLEMEN
The Madison County Cattlemen almost made a little money at the Madison County Fair, treasurer Eric Hollen reported Monday at the annual Cattlemen’s banquet and trophy auction.

2014 was a good year all around for the county fair, which is bringing relief to fair backers, after many years of flagging attendance and revenues.

At the fair, Cattlemen sold 1,500 steaks, 2,000 hamburgers, 135 pounds of roast beef, 400 pounds of beef brisket, and 600 beef hot dogs, raising $29,322.
QHC FACILITY OF YEAR
QHC Winterset South was presented the coveted “QHC Facility of the Year 2014” award by owners Jerry and Nancy Voyna. The criteria for the award was to demonstrate excellence in the results of the state and federal surveys, staff and family satisfaction surveys, low employee turnover and fiscal management.
PARTIAL REVEAL
Glimpse of things to come. The new look for the Winterset Public Library is beginning to appear – almost enough to provide a sense of what it will look like when it is done. Old stone was removed from the library exterior as part of the remodeling, and that stone is being used where possible. After the old stone was removed, the building was sealed with a vapor barrier. A course of plywood had to be placed on the library so that the new stonework could be mounted and supported. The face lift is approaching the $1.16 million mark, and includes a new HVAC system to keep the library cool in the summer, and warm in the winter, and at a humidity level which will be beneficial for the library collection.
TO BE RAZED
Winterset’s old drinking water treatment plant at Cedar Lake is scheduled to be demolished later this spring. First, the plant, phased out more than a decade ago, had to go through asbestos abatement, which cost about $3,500. Now the building is scheduled to be torn down by P&P Contractors of Winterset. P&P was the low bidder of two bidders. The low bid was $42,500. The high bid, submitted by the Elder Corporation of Des Moines, was nearly $10,000 higher.