Rural Elgin resident Mona Benson displays the topper for her third Quilt of Valor that will soon be quilted, bound, labeled, and placed in a presentation bag for wartime veterans in Germany. Benson has already sent one quilt overseas and said that it’s just a small gift to soldiers to honor them for their courageous service. (Becky Walz photo)
Hageman Christmas (either one): (l-r) Francis Hageman, Helen (Hageman) Dietzenbach, and Marie (Hageman) Brincks are all children of August and Theresa Hageman. They grew up together on a farm between Festina and Calmar and celebrated many memorable Christmases together as a family.
One of the best things about Christmas is the memories we have from Christmases past. Whether it was a special toy that we received as a child, a tradition we participated in with our family, or a gift that we were able to give someone else, there are certain things that just seem to stand out to us around this time of year.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Calmar native Daniel Frana of being center stage as a comedian.
His passion for comedy came soon after his parents, Paul and Jeannie Frana, installed cable TV in their home.
“I was introduced to the Comedy Central station and would fake being sick so I could stay home and watch stand-up all day,” admitted the genetics major at the University of Iowa.
While in high school, Frana had been involved in the annual South Winn variety show for four years, performed in the high school play his senior year and participated in improvisation in large and small group speech for three years.
The late Marvel Alber Sauerbrei loved Christmas more than anything. One of her favorite movies was “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The movie has become an inspiration in so many lives today, much like Marvel was to people who knew her best.
As Marvel Alber, she would start a Christmas collection that would become like no other. Family members stopped counting as her different Santa Clauses swelled to over 114 in number. She had 40 angels in her collection, and her dolls numbered 70.
First-time author Carol Jensen displays her soon-to-be released book “College Financial Aid: Highlighting the Small Print of Student Loans.” The West Union woman hopes the publication will help past, future, and current college students protect or regain their financial independence. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
‘Tis the season for high school and college counselors to discuss financial aid and student loans with graduating seniors and their families. Any future college student and/or his or her parent(s) who have attempted to interpret pages upon pages of financial aid loan documents are familiar with the confusion and related questions that quickly arise.
A West Union woman recently completed a five-year examination of the student loan process, which included putting the results of the study into her own words over the past year. In January, Carol Jensen will release her recently published book “College Financial Aid: Highlighting the Small Print of Student Loans.”
Alco has an exciting event going on this Friday & Saturday December 22nd / December 23rd…on two of our biggest sales day of the year. Alco is donating 2% of total purchases back to the local public school district in each town we serve.
Loren Hageman and Nancy Kovarik stand in the main staircase that leads to the upstairs of the Shady Rest Guest House. After taking possession of the home Oct. 1, the couple, along with many family members and friends, managed to make many updates to the home. (Becky Walz photo)
When rural Ossian resident Loren Hageman saw that his old neighbors, Dave and Pat Lien, had their acreage for sale over a year ago, he knew he didn’t want to see a stranger buy it.
His father, Delbert, had helped the Liens work the land for many years, so when Dave Lien decided to rent out the land, it was to the Hagemans he turned first, and they agreed to keep working the 150 acres.
Elgin Mayor Bill Pfister, who was sworn in earlier during the Elgin City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, watches as Councilmembers Sara Strong and Sarah Schori (l-r) take their oaths. Strong and Schori will both begin their third terms in January.
Elgin Mayor Bill Pfister and Councilmembers Sarah Schori and Sara Strong were sworn in during the Elgin City Council meeting Monday night, Dec. 16. Pfister, who was re-elected as mayor, has served in that capacity since January 2004. Schori and Strong were also re-elected to their council positions and will begin their third consecutive terms in January.
After serving as a member of the Clermont council of 22 years, Jim Matt is stepping into a new role as the community’s mayor on Jan. 1, 2014. Matt’s vacant seat will be open for an individual to petition for the position or someone will be appointment by the council. (LeAnn Larson photo)
Not once in his 22 years of service has Clermont mayor-elect Jim Matt regretted being a member of the city council that serves the small northeast Iowa community.
“When I started, we didn’t have the budget we have now,” noted Matt, who has been employed at Bodensteiner Implement in Clermont since 1974. “And nowadays budgets are more detailed than ever with various categories to be accounted for.”