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***UPDATED - With Photos***Record Crowd for Calkins Nature Area Halloween Hike

10/20/2014 - This year's Halloween Hike at the Calkins Nature Area southwest of Iowa Falls had nearly double the participants as in past years.  Lucas Wagner, Interpretive Park Ranger tells KLMJ News that the turnout and weather for the annual event was awesome.  He estimates over 5-hundred people turned out for the Halloween Hike last week to participate in not only the Hike, but pumpkin carving; stargazing; hayrides; face painting; a bon fire; contests and more.  Wagner says particpants enjoyed the new costumed characters along the hiking trail and making smores around the bon fire.  Wagner says they also held a chili supper as a fundraiser and ran out of everything.  Donations were used towards the Barlow Community Foundation Challenge.

Photos Courtesy of the Calkins Nature Center.

Troy Feldman Resigns From North Butler School Board

10/24/2014 - North Butler School Board member Troy Feldman has resigned his position.  According to Superintendent Joel Foster, the board will be appointing a replacement for Feldman at an upcoming school board meeting.  Anyone interested in serving out the remainder of his term which expires in 2015 is asked to contact Superintendent Foster by Monday, November 3rd.  Feldman's director district, District 1, encompasses the northern part of the North Butler School District.  Foster says that any and all candidates may be asked to come speak with the board in open session prior to any appointment and deliberation on the appointment will take place in open session.

North Butler Informational Meeting 7PM Monday

10/24/2014 - The North Butler School Board will hold the second of two public meetings Monday(Oct 27) night in Allison.  The meetings are being held to receive public input on potential budget cuts that could affect staff and or closing the Greene Elementary Building.  The financial situation the North Butler School District is facing this year, stems from issues that took place a few years back.  Foster says fiscal year 2013 ended with negative 43-thousand dollar budget - fical 2014 a negative 213-thousand dollar budget.  Monday's public meeting begins 7 o'clock in the North Butler Middle School Auditorium in Allison.  All interested district residents are encouraged to attend.

Cash and Gun Among Items Taken in Burglary at Westy's in Thornton

10/24/2014 - Yesterday (Thu.) morning the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office received the report of a burglary at Westy's Sports Bar and Grill from the 300 block of Main Street in Thornton.  Items reported stolen included 14-hundred dollars in cash, a 9 millimeter Beretta Hand Gun valued at $600 and different types of alcohol having a total value of $150.

Hardin County Collections Supervisor Begins Monday

10/24/2014 - Monday (Oct. 27th) the finance and collections supervisor based at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office will begin her new duties.  Last (Sept.) month the Hardin County Board of Supervisors hired Jacki Michael to take on the job.  Other counties around the state of Iowa have a finance and collections supervisor who handles such items as seizure funds, bonds, court fines and inmate funds.  Michael will make just over 40-thousand dollars a year.

Last Day to Vote in Celebrate My Drive Contest

10/24/2014 - Today (Fri. Oct 24) is the last day to vote in the State Farm "Celebrate My Drive" contest.  The leaderboard has been taken down from the website, but as of last (Thu) night, Iowa Falls/Alden remained in the top 30 of the small school division.  Although IF/A Principal Clyde Terrance didn't have to honor his commitment to camp on the school's roof by hitting the top 15, Iowa Falls Alden is still in good shape to win another 25-thousand dollar grant if they remain in the top 50 after voting has closed.  The public can cast one more vote - that's today (Fri) - for their favorite school district by visiting or the Celebrate My Drive's Facebook page and commit to driving safely.  In addition to Iowa Falls/Alden, A-G-W-SR; B-C-L-U-W, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Hampton-Dumont and West Fork signed up for the contest. Winners to be announced later in the year.

Latimer Community Grocery to Open Monday

10/24/2014 - Latimer's new grocery store will open for business on Monday (Oct 27).  Landon Plagge and Travis Pralle announced this past August that they had purchased the former Latimer Cafe Building after the Corner Market closed.   Plagge tells KLMJ News that he and Travis along with Darwin Pralle, Kurt and Gary Plagge didn't want to see Latimer without a grocery store and invested in the business.  Plagge says hours will be 7am until 6pm Monday through Friday, 7am until 2pm Saturday and 10 til 2 on Sunday.  Latimer Community Grocery will offer patrons grocery items, deli sandwiches as well as beer and liquor.  The building has been completely remodeled with Larry and Anita Parks hired to manage the business manager.  Plagge says there are 5 full and part time employees.

Photos Courtesy Craig Donnelly.

City of Iowa Falls No Longer Marketing Old Hospital Building

10/24/2014 - The City of Iowa Falls is no longer marketing the old Ellsworth Municipal Hospital Building.  This week, the Iowa Falls City Council instructed City Manager Jody Anderson to contact the owner of the hospital to inform them the city is no longer looking for propsects to purchase the hospital/clinic buildings and that they should begin the process to remove them.  The City will also discontinue paying utilities on the buildings October 31st.  The City of Iowa Falls had been trying to find a buyer for the buildings since the new Hansen Family Hospital opened this past April.  There were a couple of potential buyers, but nothing panned out.  The city had also considered moving city office's to the facility, but that idea was not well received by residents.  The Ellsworth Municipal Hospital Building was built in 1902.  Photo KLMJ News

No Injuries Reported in School Bus Accident Wednesday Near Whitten

10/23/2014 - Yesterday (Wed), the Grundy County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a school bus that had gone into the ditch on County Road S-75 north of Whitten.  According to Chief Deputy Tim Wolthoff, a semi leaving a business pulled onto S-75 when the bus driver 71-year old Robert Kruse of Conrad, who was northbound on the S-75, felt the semi was not going to stop prior to entering the roadway.  Kruse took evasive action and swearved, ending upright in the west ditch.  No injuries.  Some damage was reported to the bus owned by the B-C-L-U-W School District.

Sheffield Care Center Celebrates 35 Years Sunday

10/23/2014 - Sunday (Oct 26), the Sheffield Care Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary with an open house for the public.  David Dannen is one of the founding father's of the facility and has served on the board for all 35 years.  He tells KLMJ News that the first resident entered the facility on October 27th, 1979.  Milestones over the eyars have included installing airconditioning throughout the facility, adding a physical therapy department and a new assisted living addition that opened at the Sheffield Care Center on December 7th, 2009.

Sunday's anniversary open house at the Sheffield Care Center runs 2 until 4pm.  Refreshments will be served. The Sheffield Care Center is a 501-3-C non-profit organization with all proceeds going back into the operation of the facility.



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