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WBM Summer School Reading Program

Made possible by a grant from the PACGDC.

 Thirty-three kindergarten through third graders had the opportunity to enhance their reading skills by attending the West Bend Mallard summer school reading program. Because of a grant received from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation, the school was able to purchase books with reading levels suited to students’ individual needs. Each day that the students attended, they were able to choose a book to take home and add to their personal libraries. The students worked on enhancing their reading strategies through the 12 sessions that were offered. Now they are ready to tackle reading with the tools needed for a successful school year!

 

 Construction Of The New West Bend Fire Station On Schedule

  Construction of the new West Bend Fire Station is progressing and is on schedule with a projected completion date of November 13th.  Sande Construction and Supply Co., Inc. of Humboldt was awarded the contract for the project.  With change orders included, the new contract sum totals $709,454.  The new building is located at the corner of 1st Street NE and Hwy 15. The structure will be 140’ by 60’ and will house a kitchen, office space, conference room, storage rooms, restrooms, shower room along with the station portion housing all trucks and equipment.  The West Bend Fire Department is still doing fundraising to assist with the expenses of the construction of the new station.  Donations may be dropped off at City Hall.   

 

Whittemore Library Celebrates 75 Years 

Whittemore Library News From Sandy Long, Library Director

The Whittemore Library celebrated the 75th anniversary of serving patrons in the area Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

The planning of the library began when a petition was presented to the City Council in 1940 by H. E. Woodward to establish a free public library. The Whittemore Public Library opened it’s doors for the first time on Saturday, June 28, 1941 in the old town hall north of the current City Hall. Mary E. Woodward, wife of Dr. H. E. Woodward, had much to do with the organization of the library and was the first librarian. Most of the books were donated at the time the library started. The State Traveling Library also loaned one hundred books for three months at a time.

In 1964 the town purchased the old Lutheran school building located at 5th and Palo Alto and the Library was moved to this new location. In 1968 the Library was extended to include the west room and occupied the entire top floor of the building. In 1984, a lot was purchased for a new Library from Maynard and Lida Roeber, owners of the Hiway Inn at the corner of 4th and Broad. The building was torn down in June of 1984 and construction on a new, modern Library began in October. The Library moved into it’s new building on April 8, 1985. Since 1985, the staff has continued to modernize and update the Library to keep up with the technical aspect of the Library World!

Library Directors over the years included: Mary Woodward from 1941-1949; Lois R. Zimmerman 1950-1953; Neva Barber from 1953-1965; Lois R. Zimmerman 1965-1974; Gladys Ostwald 1974-1986; Myrna Meyer 1986-2000; and Sandy Long from 2000 to the present day. Current Assistant Director is Joy Metzger, Library Clerk is Judy Erdman, and Summer Library Clerk is Deb Kollasch. Library Board of Trustee members are Bruce Ostwald, Judy Haag, Pam Kollasch, Elise Vaske, Ron Askland and just retired Board Member Bob Meyer. The Friends of the Library Board members are Laurie Dahlhauser, Marcia Wilsey, Marie Elbert, Mary Gerber and Jennifer Allen. Please join the Friends of the Library! Only $5 annual dues per person!!

Displays of pictures and news articles are still on display in the Library reflecting the history of 75 years. 

Magician Jonathan May began our celebration by presenting his Magic Show to both children and adults. The show was enjoyed by 100 people. This was followed at 6:00 p.m. by our BBQ. It was wonderful to see so many people lined up to eat! We served 165 people all they could eat! Gary Person and Bob Meyer sliced the pork loin right there so it was as fresh and tasty as it could possibly be!

Our sincere “Thanks!” to all of you who celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Whittemore Public Library with us. And for those of you who insisted on giving us a donation, we appreciate your generosity. Your donations will help defray the cost of the program and the meal. The pork loin grilled by Gary Person was absolutely mouth-watering delicious! Thank you to Mary and Manuel Gerber for baking 600 delicious Monster cookies and Sugar cookies and delivering both the cookies and the buns to the Library! Special thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Library Board of Trustees for helping to serve and supporting us along the way. A very special “Thank You” to our City Council, the Community of Whittemore, and of our Patrons through the years for supporting the Library and making it possible to be a part of the Whittemore community for the past 75 years.We invite you to stop in and view our displays! Some of the pictures are guaranteed to give you a chuckle!

 

Mindy’s Miles of Smiles Bike Giveaway

by Karen Schwartzkopf

You could see smiles, excitement, and surprised expressions from recipients following the Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway during the West Bend 4th of July Celebration.  Proceeds from the 8th Annual Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride were used to purchase bikes for children and adults from West Bend, Algona, Whittemore, Emmetsburg, Cylinder, Bode, Ottosen, Bancroft, and Des Moines. 

The Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride,  was held on Saturday, June 18th.  The event has grown over the years, and this year there were 350 bicycle riders that participated in the ride that took them from West Bend to Whittemore, Ottosen and Bode.  Once again it was a record year for the ride and thirty-eight bikes were given away, before and during the 4th of July celebration.  

This year the Bruellman family had a special helper to assist in awarding bikes, Lella Young.  Lella was the recipient of Mindy Bruellman’s liver in 2008. The Young family resides in Colorado and currently are very active in promoting Organ Donation.  The communities were first introduced to Lella and her family at the Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride in 2012 after both the Bruellman and Young families had become close friends.

 Recipients of bikes this year were: Nash Banwart, West Bend; Shay Montag, West Bend; Levi Zaugg, West Bend; Payton Essary, Algona; Cole Fehr, West Bend; Charlie Wickman, Emmetsburg; Addison Opheim, Emmetsburg; Kaden Knapp, West Bend; Jayden Bollig, West Bend; Alan Schneider, West Bend; Kayla Banwart, West Bend; Noah Gilbert, Des Moines; Noah Schafer, West Bend; Tanner Boevers, Bancroft; Shia Metzger, Algona; Gary Weishaar, Algona; Aidan Opheim, Emmetsburg; Harper Nelson, Cylinder; Anthony Santiago, West Bend; Scarlett Olsen, West Bend; Clint Fehr, Whittemore; Brittany Gambell, West Bend; Ava Girres, Bode; Jan Brown, Ottosen; Lily Morey, West Bend; Addy Laubenthal, West Bend; Taylor Fogarty, West Bend; Ila Biswall, Aysa Lyons, Cylinder; Jameson Fehr, Emmetsburg; Cole Gilbert, Des Moines; Lucas Fehr, Mallard; Emma Nessen, Emmetsburg; Keaton Helleseth, West Bend; Jacob Reding, Ottosen; McKenzie Thilges, West Bend; Andy Virkler, West Bend, and Anthony Laubenthal, West Bend.

Nominations for bike recipients were taken from community members, WBM School staff, and Facebook followers.

Over the past eight years organizers of the Mindy’s Miles of Smiles Bike Giveaway have awarded more then 229 bikes to people who reside in communities throughout Iowa and Minnesota.

 

Celebration of Community ~ Grant Money Awarded From The Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund

A “Celebration of Community” was held at the American Legion Hall in Whittemore on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.     Grant monies were awarded from the Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund of the Kossuth Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast, Iowa.

The Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund was established in May of 2009 as a result of the generosity of the Kossuth County Community Foundation, and with the idea of establishing a charitable organization that would benefit the town of Whittemore.  This non-profit charitable organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Whittemore for both now and in the future, by awarding grant monies to support local non-profit organizations and projects.  The fund has grown since its inception to be the fourth largest endowment fund in Kossuth County.

 Donations to an endowment fund stay in the fund and only the earnings from the fund are granted out...thus for good, for Whittemore, forever.  Grant applications from Whittemore qualified Non-Profit Agencies excluding religious organizations and schools are accepted. The applications are available on the Whittemore Iowa website under COMMUNITY - GRANTS. 

In 2014, the grants awarded from the Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund totaled $3,177.  For the 2015 grant cycle, eight grant applications were submitted totaling $7,821.69.  Each grant application did receive 81% of their requested amount, with the exception of the Whittemore Fire Department and EMS, which received 100%, totaling $6,757 in awards.  In 2016 grant amounts requested totaled $12,475 and $7,371 was awarded Tuesday evening.

Organizations receiving grant funds last week included: $500 to the American Legion Post 425, Clay Target Team, $900 to the American Legion Post 425 for tin roof, $2471 to the Whittemore Fire Department for Grain Bin Rescue Equipment; $2000 to the Whittemore Public Library for exterior building remodel project; $1000 to Whittemore City Parks for Trash Containers; $500 to Whittemore City Parks Signs, grass fertilizer and spray.

WBM/GCB Students Earn Honors at Twin Lakes Conference Art Show

WBM/GCB was well represented at the Twin Lakes Conference Art Show at the Iowa Central Community College Campus in Fort Dodge on March 22nd.  Three students came home with honors, Rachel Hoffman, Megan Garrard, and Mara Clark.

Rachel Hoffman earned the top award given at the show, Best Artwork of the Show, with her Firelight Dreams Project.  The award was presented to Hoffman at the conclusion of the show and was chosen by the judge. This project is a sculpture made of multiple materials, including PVC pipe, spray foam, Papier-Mâché, Plaster of Paris, an umbrella, cardboard, Styrofoam blocks,  and candle wax. It took Hoffman the better part of seven months to construct. “I was still adding finishing touches as we loaded my project onto the trailer for the trip to the art show,” commented Hoffman.

During the process of creating the sculpture, Rachel learned many things, like how to carve Styrofoam with a hot knife, make plaster look like tree bark, and build a single art project in multiple different pieces.  “The hardest part of the entire process was painting the tree and the people.  Each area took more coats of paint then I had counted on,” commented Hoffman, “Overall, this project was a lot of work, but I am proud of what I have accomplished, and I am happy that all of my hard work paid off in the end. I would also like to recognize my teacher, Sandy Leonard, for all of her help and the extra time she spent with me. It made a huge difference!” 

This was the second year for Megan Garrard to have a project at the art show, earning an award in the Photography and Digital Media Division with her Fallen Angel photo.  Garrard manipulated a photo of herself taken at Meredith Park.  

A “Celebration of Community” was held at the American Legion Hall in Whittemore on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.     Grant monies were awarded from the Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund of the Kossuth Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast, Iowa.

The Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund was established in May of 2009 as a result of the generosity of the Kossuth County Community Foundation, and with the idea of establishing a charitable organization that would benefit the town of Whittemore.  This non-profit charitable organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Whittemore for both now and in the future, by awarding grant monies to support local non-profit organizations and projects.  The fund has grown since its inception to be the fourth largest endowment fund in Kossuth County.

 Donations to an endowment fund stay in the fund and only the earnings from the fund are granted out...thus for good, for Whittemore, forever.  Grant applications from Whittemore qualified Non-Profit Agencies excluding religious organizations and schools are accepted. The applications are available on the Whittemore Iowa website under COMMUNITY - GRANTS. 

In 2014, the grants awarded from the Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund totaled $3,177.  For the 2015 grant cycle, eight grant applications were submitted totaling $7,821.69.  Each grant application did receive 81% of their requested amount, with the exception of the Whittemore Fire Department and EMS, which received 100%, totaling $6,757 in awards.  In 2016 grant amounts requested totaled $12,475 and $7,371 was awarded Tuesday evening.

 

Organizations receiving grant funds last week included: $500 to the American Legion Post 425, Clay Target Team, $900 to the American Legion Post 425 for tin roof, $2471 to the Whittemore Fire Department for Grain Bin Rescue Equipment; $2000 to the Whittemore Public Library for exterior building remodel project; $1000 to Whittemore City Parks for Trash Containers; $500 to Whittemore City Parks Signs, grass fertilizer and spray.

Mara Clark earned the Students’ Choice Award with her The Heart of the Sea 3D Sculpture.  This was her first entry in the show.  The sculpture was made from multiple items: foil, cardboard, wood sticks and yarn.

 

The Beginning of a New Era

 Moving into the future is sometimes a challenging task.  The future holds the promise of new adventures, and one can choose to move with change or choose not to move ahead.  

All subscribers of the Whittemore Independent were mailed a letter explaining why the Whittemore Independent will be combined with the West Bend Journal, and the Journal will be serving the area as the community newspaper effective April 1st, 2016.

This is a busy time for everyone involved.  Customers will not see a change in the newspaper offices in Whittemore and West Bend.  All staff will remain the same, and office hours will also be the same so we can continue to assist our customers.

One change we are excited to mention is about the West Bend Journal website.  Plans are underway to build upon the current site to help move the Journal into the future.  

With the announcement of the City of Whittemore naming the West Bend Journal their official publication, the Journal looks forward to serving the area as the community newspaper.  Whittemore will have a page in the West Bend Journal featuring Church News, Around Town News, Library News, and Reflections of the Past.  All legal publications will be included in the Public Notices section of the paper.   The only difference our subscribers will notice is the name on the publication they receive each week.

West Bend Journal

 Serving West Bend, Whittemore, Mallard, and Surrounding Communities

 

WBM Achievement Foundation

Will Celebrate WBM Programs

Discover Your Treasures at WBM

The West Bend- Mallard Achievement Foundation would like to invite you to the 6th annual celebration of achievements that our students and district have accomplished this past school year.  

Foundation members will host an evening with a dinner and entertainment. This year’s theme, “Discover Your Treasures at WBM” will feature entertainment by WBM Students.  

This Celebration of Achievements is scheduled for Thursday, March 17th in the West Bend gymnasium.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an “Achievement Stroll” through a variety of projects our students will have on display.  A roast beef dinner with all the trimmings will be served.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased from any foundation member or at either school building. Mark your calendars today to join us for an evening of entertainment!  

West Bend Pool Fundraising Event March 11th

The West Bend Pool Fundraising Committee would like to invite everyone to the pool fundraising dinner Friday, March 11th beginning at 5:30 PM.  A pasta meal will be served followed by an informational presentation at 7 PM.  There will also be a silent auction 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The auction items list is growing  due to the many generous donors for this event.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at West Iowa Bank and Farmers State Bank in West Bend, or from any committee member.

This committee is dedicated to the future progress and vitality of West Bend as a whole and believe a new pool will  not only keep the residents we have, but encourage more families to move to West Bend, as well as keeping our residents supporting all local businesses and our school. The committee has been meeting every two weeks for the past few months gathering fund-raising ideas, data, and volunteers to help them through this journey.  

 

Humboldt County Farmer and a Palo Alto County Farmer Direct Donations to the WBM Achievement Foundation

West Bend, IA – The WBM Achievement Foundation has received two $2,500 donations from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by  local farmers Melissa Zaugg of Humboldt County, and John Zaugg of Palo Alto County. The donations will help the organization continue their mission of investing in the future, offering additional opportunities for greater learning for all students. 

Melissa Zaugg commented, “I have children in the WBM School District, and the Achievement Foundation does a good job supporting the students and staff.”    John Zaugg stated, “My family is active in the WBM School District and I wanted to help the foundation fulfill their mission in supporting the school.”   Mark Collins WBM Achievement Foundation President added, “These donations are greatly appreciated, and will assist us with our mission of helping students succeed through our scholarship programs, and also assist in our grant process for the WBM staff.”

For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more. 

 

Support A Star Educator

 sponsored by WBM Achievement Foundation

 By Karen Schwartzkopf

The communities of the West Bend Mallard School District once again demonstrated that they truly care about their school.  “Support A Star Educator” sponsored by the WBM Achievement Foundation received an overwhelming amount of donations consisting of cash and items from the staff’s “Wish Lists”.

During the months of November and December trees were located throughout the communities of West Bend and Mallard, and the West Bend-Mallard School buildings decorated with the stars.  The stars each contained a list of items from the wish lists written by staff members.   Stars were placed on the trees for people to take and purchase the items.  

Wish list items may have included paper products, wipes, markers, rulers, calculators, glue sticks, gift cards, books, scissors, stickers, notebooks, and batteries, just to name a few items.

Foundation members collected all the items donated and packaged them according to the staff member’s lists.   

Some items  were  delivered to the classrooms just before the Winter Break. Donations are accepted throughout the year by the WBM Achievement Foundation and a brochure can be downloaded at www.west-bend.k12.ia.us or picked up at either school building and local businesses.

Members of the WBM Achievement Foundation are Luan Montag, Don Banwart, Ken Bollig, Mark Collins, Kevin Fehr,  Peggy Kenyon, Karen Schmidt, Gary Schneider, Judy Miller, Jenny Gambell, Karen Schwartzkopf and Amanda Schmidt, WBM Superintendent.  

Luan Montag will be retiring from the board.  The board members thank Luan for her outstanding service the past six years, and welcome Gary Yoch to the board in 2016. 

The WBM Achievement Foundation would like to say a BIG Thank You to everyone who continues to support the WBM School, staff, and students.  

 

Beware of Phone Scams During the Holiday Season and All Through The Year

 Phone scams are an ongoing challenge these days.  Especially scams that tend to involve your emotions.  During the holiday season there seems to be more and more incidents reported.   Callers will be very quick in conversation to grab your attention and catch you off guard.  If you are uncomfortable, tell the caller to call back at a more convenient time.  Then you can collect your thoughts, if they call back.

People who call and immediately ask for financial information, just hang up. DO NOT give financial information out over the phone.  This would include, but not be limited to, Social Security number, bank account numbers along with routing numbers, credit card numbers.  When in doubt, just hang up.  

Do not send money to anyone that calls and demands it.  There have been scams that the caller pretends to be from the IRS and you owe taxes.  Do not give any information out over the phone, because the Internal Revenue Service will not contact you by phone.   Check your tax returns, and check with your accountant for information about your taxes.  If you file your own returns, go to IRS.Gov for information.  The IRS website also has valuable information about scams that you can read.

Another scam that keeps resurfacing is that you have a family member in jail over seas and you need to send bail money.  The caller plays upon the emotions of whom they are calling, and tell you not to tell anyone you received this call.  

A way to protect yourself is ask them a very personal family question that you know this family member would know the answer.  If they are unable to answer, hang up.  Also, never give out the answer of the question you have chosen.  That should be kept confidential.  These callers are very quick to turn the conversation around and get the information they want.

There has also been reports of a scam that companies  you may do business with are calling for bank information.  Again, do not give out any information over the phone, and call that company’s customer service number to check on your account.   

You can contact the West Bend Police Department, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office if you need to speak to law enforcement about a scam call that you received.

 

Celebrate the Holiday in West Bend

December 11th, 12th and 13th Sponsored by the West Bend Chamber of Commerce

 Celebrate the Holiday in West Bend sponsored by the West Bend Chamber of Commerce begins Friday, December 11th.

A weekend filled with activities, and of course holiday shopping, is in store for everyone Friday, December 11th, 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, December, 12th, 9 AM to 1 PM.  See individual stores for discounts. 

 Friday will be the Tour of Lights, a group of people will tour the community and judge the light displays.  Meet at Kampen Foods at 6:30 PM if you would like to participate.  

Saturday morning the WBM/GCB After Prom committee will be serving breakfast from 8 AM to 10:30 AM at the Community Center. Then beginning at 8:30 AM will be the Cookie Walk at the Villager until all the cookies are gone.   Don’t forget from 9 AM to 11 AM children can visit Santa at the West Bend Library.  Crafts and cookie decorating will also be offered.  New this year, a Vendor Fair from 10 AM to 2 PM at the West Bend Country Club.  Stop by the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption from 6 to 8 PM for lighted Christmas Tours.

Sunday, December 13th features the West Bend Historical Society’s Tour of Homes from 1 to 5 PM, and lighted Christmas Tours at the Grotto from 6 to 8 PM.

Come out and enjoy the weekend in West Bend. Please check the WBM School website for holiday programs at both the Mallard and West Bend Schools this month.

 

Palo Alto County Sheriff Warns Residents of a Mail Scam

From Palo Alto County Sheriff, Lynn J. Schultes

  The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert area residents about a mail scam concerning Social Security and the Seniors Center.  A West Bend resident received a letter in the mail concerning the Palo Alto County Referendum on Social Security.  This letter requested a cash donation or donation by credit card in support of protecting the Social Security Trust Fund.  Checks were to be made payable to The Seniors Center and sent to an address in Washington D.C.

Local Palo Alto County officials were contacted and are not aware of the Palo Alto County Referendum on Social Security.  Contact was also made with the Multipurpose Center in Emmetsburg; also known as the Senior Center, and they are not soliciting funds at this time.  Phone calls were made to the numbers listed on the back of the mailing and none of the numbers were working phone numbers.

 

The Sheriff’s Office wants to warn residents of this request for money and urges them to discard the mailing.  Skepticism should be used in any request for donations when sought after through the mail, electronic means or by phone.  If one wishes to donate, there are many worthwhile local charities to contribute to.

 

WBM School Administration and Board continue to look at possible plans of a multi-purpose building

By Karen Schwartzkopf

The West Bend Mallard School Board will be facing  challenging decisions in the next few months.  The board has been exploring the possibility of a new multi-purpose building to be built in West Bend southwest of the high school.

Allers Associates Architects, PC of Fort Dodge, IA has proposed a plan for a building that would house gym space that could be used for wrestling practice, basketball practice, softball and baseball practice, and PE classes during the day, women’s and men’s locker rooms, referee offices, weight room and restrooms.  The proposed plan would ease up the space in the lower level of the main building, then remodeling of the cafeteria, which now is a very cramped space during the lunch periods, could be a possible future project.  The women’s locker room is crowded, and visiting teams are using classroom space when at WBM for games. 

The proposed plans have also been shared with the SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Committee) group, and that committee did vote for the administration to move forward with the planning process for this multi-purpose building.  The information from the SIAC group will be shared with the School Board at their next regular meeting.

Funds are available for this project to be paid for from the PPEL Fund.  That is the fund that is used strictly for buildings and repairs.  This money is not used for the day to day operations of the district, which is the General Fund.  The SIAC group did share their opinion on paying for the new multi-purpose building with this money or borrowing against the PPEL Fund.  But either way, there will not be bonds issued for the possible project.  The plans drawn up by Allers Asssociates Architects, PC are now owned by the WBM District and can be used at a later date if this opportunity is not in the near future.

Questions have been directed to the WBM School, School Board, and SIAC group.  We have less students now than we did when I was in school, why do we need more space?  One needs to remember that students are instructed in a totally different manner today, even more so then twenty or thirty years ago.  Students move about the buildings for classes now, and the space for the required courses and elective courses has become a premium. ­­­

The WBM Administration has also made a wish list that included wants/needs for the near future of building projects and rated them from the most important, to projects that can wait for the time being.  Projects rated from 1 to 6 include: Lunchroom remodel, tear down portable building and build new girls locker room, re-purpose old gym, air conditioning along with air conditioning in the gym, baseball/softball complex updates, updating the track, updating the Family Consumer Science room, paving the parking lot, and updating vehicles such as the cars and vans.  Other projects also mentioned that will need attention sometime in the future include: new furnace boiler for the old building.

Please keep in mind everything listed this far would be paid from the PPEL Fund, not the General Fund.  As explained to the SIAC group, the money in that PPEL Fund can not be moved to another fund, it is strictly ear marked for buildings and repairs to buildings.

The board will keep reviewing the plans and decide if they would like to receive bids for consideration of this project.  This project is viewed as adding space, and the administration is trying to be proactive for the future needs of the district.

 

WBM/GCB Homecoming 2015

WBM/GCB students celebrated homecoming Friday, September 25th.

The Homecoming activities were held in the WBM High School gym beginning at noon on Friday with the Jersey Auction, which raised money  for the Student Council.

The activities continued with the class skits, followed by the introduction of the Homecoming Court.   Anna Zaugg, daughter of David and Melissa Zaugg was crowned Queen, and Harmon Atwood, son of Tom and Barb Atwood  was crowned King.

The Homecoming parade then featured the entire student body of the West Bend Mallard School District.  The Spirit Stick was awarded to the Senior Class during the Pep Rally which followed the parade.The 2015 Homecoming Court was introduced during the half-time of the football game Friday evening.  The court included: Freshman attendants, Leah Fehr and Hunter Origer, Sophomore attendants, Mara Clark and Dexter Knobloch, Junior attendants, Taylor Fogarty and Gustave Taljegard,  Seniors: Taylor Elbert, Rachel Hoffman, Felicia Fehr, Makayla Myers, Travis Fehr, Jack Banwart, Dalton Knobloch, Queen Anna Zaugg and King Harmon Atwood. The Wolverines had a Homecoming victory over Harris Lake Park 21-14 Friday evening.  

West Bend Health and Rehab and Prairie Creek Assisted Living recognized for outstanding employee satisfaction

 Excellence in Action award recognizes exemplary commitment to quality

August 31, 2015 — Today West Bend Health and Rehab and Prairie Creek Assisted Living both received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long term care and senior living organizations that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database.

West Bend Health and Rehab and Prairie Creek Assisted Living received the workforce satisfaction award. 

"The Excellence in Action award isn't just any quality performance award," said Jason Stevens, Senior Vice President of Business Development at National Research. "Rather, it's an award that defines what it means for providers to provide the right kind of care—patient-centered care—for their residents, families, and employees. It's an honor and well-deserved accomplishment for repeat winners and new organizations alike."

The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients that use My InnerView products. Client facilities must have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey during calendar year 2014. Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” or “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.”

The Nursing Home opened in 1969 and the first wing of the Assisted Living opened in 2003. The big recent changes have been in the increase of short term rehab and all of the outpatient therapy that is provided to the community and the surrounding area.

“Receiving this recognition is quite an honor. Only 3 facilities in Iowa were recognized for having superior employee satisfaction and to think that two of the three are West Bend Health and Rehab and Prairie Creek Assisted Living,” said Pat Zaugg, Administrator, “We feel that we have the very best staff in the whole world. We also know that satisfied staff goes hand in hand with having satisfied and contented residents. We certainly appreciate all that each employee does every day”.

To honor the wonderful staff we are planning a fun day on October 12th and we will have a pulled pork supper that evening from 5:00 to 6:30 that all are invited to attend.

About National Research Corporation For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders. My InnerView programs are the 

West Bend Chamber Of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting for the Gift Shop at The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

The West Bend Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption Gift Shop’s new location.  The Grotto Gift Shop moved to a different location on the Grotto ground this spring and has many things in store for visitors.

The Gift Shop is located in the old museum building on the west side of the Grotto grounds.  This was the location for the gift shop from 1973 to 2000 before moving across the street to the east of the Grotto grounds.  The museum has moved into the old café building by the pond.  

Moving the gift shop back to this building, that Father Greving built  in 1973; gives the gift shop more room to showcase items for visitors.  This building also houses the offices for Gift Shop Manager, Ann Fickbohm and Andy Milam, Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing for The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption.  “This move is better economy of space, and will better serve pilgrims that visit the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption,” commented Andy Milam, “our intention is to expand the footprint of the gift shop.”  Grotto Gift Shop Manager, Ann Fickbohm also added, “My goal for the gift shop is to carry unique and artistic items that you may not find anywhere else.”

The gift shop building features rocks that were hand cut and placed by Father Greving, along with a mural by Beverly Carroll of Fort Dodge. Future plans include having statue busts of Saints Mathew, Mark, Luke and John added to the scenery of the building.

 Currently the Grotto Gift Shop staff includes: Manager, Ann Fickbohm, Carol Ulses, Sheri Fuoss, and Rose Schafer.

 

Beware of Phone Scams 

 

Phone scams are an ongoing challenge these days.  Especially scams that tend to involve your emotions.  The West Bend Journal has received calls about many different phone scams, and with that in mind, has contacted the West Bend Chief of Police, Anthony Laubenthal for some tips and information to protect yourself.

Scam callers will be very quick in conversation to grab your attention and catch you off guard.  If you are uncomfortable, tell the caller to call back at a more convenient time.  Then you can collect your thoughts, if they call back.

Scam callers who immediately ask for financial information, just hang up. DO NOT give financial information out over the phone.  This would include, but not be limited to, Social Security number, bank account numbers along with routing numbers, credit card numbers.  When in doubt, just hang up.  

Do not send money to anyone that calls and demands it.  There have been scams that the caller pretends to be from the IRS and you owe taxes.  Do not give any information out over the phone, because the Internal Revenue Service will not contact you by phone.   Check your tax returns, and check with your accountant for information about your taxes.  If you file your own returns, go to IRS.Gov for information.  The IRS website also has valuable information about scams that you can read.

Another scam that keeps resurfacing is that you have a family member in jail over seas and you need to send bail money.  The caller plays upon the emotions of whom they are calling, and tell you not to tell anyone you received this call.  

A way to protect yourself is ask them a very personal family question that you know this family member would know the answer.  If they are unable to answer, hang up.  Also, never give out the answer of the question you have chosen.  That should be kept confidential.  These callers are very quick to turn the conversation around and get the information they want.

Another scam that was brought to our attention this past week, companies that you may do business with are calling for bank information.  Again, do not give out any information, and call that company’s customer service number to check on your account.  You can contact the West Bend Police Department at 515-887-7000 if you need to speak to law enforcement about a scam call that you received.

 

2015 Palo Alto County Fair

By Karen Schwartzkopf

Another year for the county fair is in the record books, as the Palo Alto County Fair concluded on Sunday, July 26th with the Pony Express Open Class Horse Show, 4-H County Council Kiss the Swine, and All Premium Livestock Auction.

It was a busy week for 4-H and FFA® Members and their families with the Exhibit Building judging taking place on Tuesday July 21st.  Exhibitors brought their projects for conference judging in the morning, and then the Iowa State Fair selection was held in the afternoon.  Volunteers then displayed the club booths, and exhibits that qualified for the State Fair.

Thursday, July 23rd was the opening day with all livestock exhibits being brought onto the fairgrounds.  Shows that day included: Dog Obedience, Rabbit, Dog Agility, and Dairy Show.  People attending the fair could also visit the Old Schoolhouse for programs.  

The evening program consisted of the Queen Contest, 4-H Style Show, Awards Program, and County Council Installation.  Cassy Olesen, of Graettinger was crowned the 2015 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, and will represent Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair August 13th – 23rd.  First Runner-Up was Rachel Hoffman of West Bend.

Friday brought more shows for 4-H and FFA® exhibitors with the Swine Show beginning at 8 AM.  The Meat Goat Show, Bucket Bottle Calf Show, and Bucket Bottle Lamb Show were also held in the pavilion.  Children enjoyed face painting, balloon artist, games, watermelon eating contest, and the LEGO® Movie sponsored by FUEL.  The Horse Game Classes were held Friday evening, followed by the Bill Riley Talent Show in the open air pavilion. 

Saturday morning, beef exhibitors rose early for the Beef Show that began at 8:00 AM, while the Horse Show continued during the day.  The craft show was held in the Commercial Building along with kid’s games, comedy Juggling Show, face painting.  Saturday evening Neil Hewitt, country music artist, was featured on the open air pavilion stage.  

The Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo was featured at the horse arena. A Miniature Rodeo World Tour stop, Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo featured Mini Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Mini Bronc Riding, and Wild Pony Races.  Youth competed in categories: Tiny Toys ages 4 and under, Pee Wee ages 5 & 6; Juniors ages 7 - 10; Seniors ages 11 - 14; Super Seniors ages 15-18; Open Division was held for Barrel Racing.

It was a family event that also included area youth that had signed up in advance to participate.  

Sunday rounded out the fair events with Pony Express Open Class Horse Show, 4-H County Council Kiss the Swine, All Premium Livestock Auction, and Go Cart Races.

 

Fair Queen Coronation Opens 2015 Palo Alto County Fair

by Karen Schwartzkopf

In the next few days 4-H and FFA members of Palo Alto County will be preparing to exhibit their projects at the 2015 fair.  Four young women are also preparing with hopes of being the 2015 Palo Alto County Fair Queen.

This year’s queen contest will take place Thursday, July 23rd.   The 2015 queen will be crowned during the evening festivities at the fairgrounds.  Contestants are Rachel Hoffman, of West Bend, Kelli Klepper, also of West Bend, Cassy Oleson, Graettenger, and Emily Park of Graettinger.

Rachel Hoffman is the daughter of Steve and Martha Hoffman, of West Bend.  She is a member of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers and the Palo Alto County Council, and currently serves as the Youth Representative on the Palo Alto County Fair Board.  Hoffman will be a senior at WBM High School this fall.  During her school career she has been active in TAG, Quiz Bowl, HyperStream, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Choir, Cornbelt Conference Art Shows, Twin Lakes Conference Art Show, Yearbook, Advanced Placement Class, and a member of the National Honor Society. Rachel is currently employed at Kampen Foods in West Bend, and also has volunteered countless hours for various organizations in West Bend.  Hoffman’s future plans include attending Iowa State University majoring in graphic design.

Kelli Klepper is the daughter of Jim and Pennie Klepper of West Bend.  She is a member of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers and the Palo Alto County Council.  Klepper will be a Senior this fall at WBM High School.  During her school career Kelli has been active in Drill Team, Golf, Football Cheerleading, Basketball Cheerleading, Softball, Quiz Bowl, Drama, and HyperStream.  Kelli currently is employed at Kampen Foods in West Bend, and has also volunteered for various organizations in West Bend.  Klepper’s future plans include attending Iowa State University to major in elementary education.

Cassy Olesen is the daughter of Steve and Ronda Olesen of Graettinger.  Cassey is a member of the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club, and the Palo Alto County Council.  Olesen will be a Senior at GT/RA High School this fall, and during her high school career she has been active in Football Cheerleading, Volleyball, Basketball, Speech, Student Council, National Honor Society, and FFA.  Cassy is currently employed at Fareway in Emmetsburg, and has been very active in her community through 4-H and her church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Future plans Cassy has are to attend Iowa State University or South Dakota State University to major in Agricultural Communications or Agricultural Business.

Emily Park is the daughter of Scott and Lynn Park of Graettinger.  She is a member of the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club.  School activities Emily is involved with include: FFA, Track, National Honor Society, Football Cheerleading, and Student Council.  Emily currently works at the Graettinger Pool and Graettinger Grocery Store, and has been active in the community through her church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Future plans Emily has is to attend a university to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  

The fair opens Thursday, July 23rd with lots of activities for the entire family.

 

Four Seats to be voted upon in upcoming School Board Election 

Prospective candidates may file papers until July 30th

 

The 2015 school board election will be September 8, 2015.  The West Bend Mallard School district has four seats to be voted upon that are currently held by John Zaugg, Dawn Schmidt, Mark Collins, and Dr. Jillian Hansen. Prospective candidates can file papers until Thursday, July 30, 2015.  

The West Bend Mallard School District has 1,403 registered voters.  The minimum number of signatures needed on the nomination petition is fifteen. 

The following website provides all the information for candidates guide, nomination papers, and affidavit of candidacy.  www.sos.state.ia.us Click on Voter/Elections, information for Candidates and then School Elections.  Prospective candidates may also contact the WBM School Office at 515-887-7821.  

 

Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway

by Karen Schwartzkopf

You could see smiles, excitement, and surprised expressions from recipients following the Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway during the West Bend 4th of July Celebration.  Proceeds from the 7th Annual Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride were used to purchase bikes for children and adults from West Bend, Algona, Whittemore, Dakota City, Ottosen, Storm Lake, Humboldt, Rolfe, Bancroft, Fenton, Fort Dodge, Emmetsburg, and Blue Earth, MN.    

The Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride,  was held on Saturday, June 20th.  The event has grown over the years, and this year there were 310 bicycle riders that participated in the ride that took them from West Bend to Whittemore, Ottosen and Bode.  Once again it was a record year for the ride and forty bikes were given away, before and during the 4th of July celebration.  Nominations for bike recipients were taken from community members, WBM School staff, and Facebook followers.

 Recipients of bikes this year were: Sully McGuire, Blue Earth, MN, Morissa Hoch, Emmetsburg, Erinn Studer, West Bend, Jacki Peralta, West Bend, Ethan Schulz, West Bend, Mercy Thilges, Olin Link, West Bend, Addy Banwart, Ottosen, Shianne Reiss, Colleen Slaikeu, Dakota City, Kaitlyn Weir, Algona, Caleb Fuerstenau, West Bend, Megan Montag, West Bend, Austin Gerber, West Bend, Mason Benedict, Storm Lake, Teagan Schneider, West Bend, Beau Laubenthal, West Bend, Marisa Frideres, West Bend, Tyra Schupbach, Ottosen, Lydia Howe, West Bend, Bailey Fowler, Ottosen, Garrett Wirtz, West Bend, Tammy Kuker, Fort Dodge, Yurel Gallegos, West Bend, JD Ackerman, West Bend, Chris Resner, Whittemore, Lealah Crawmer, West Bend, Jaelyn Zaugg, West Bend, Chris Gambell, Emmetsburg, Emily Weig, Algona, Salem Bonnstetter, Humboldt, Graclyn Eastman, Rolfe, Kinley Eastman, Rolfe, Isley Veon, West Bend, Steph Veon, West Bend, Carter McGregor, Algona, Dylan Wickman, Bancroft, Lamorn Ulfers, Fenton, Abby Hefty, West Bend, and Karen Schwartzkopf, Whittemore.

 

West Bend’s 4th Of July Celebration  Full Weekend of Activities

The West Bend Fourth of July weekend kicks off tomorrow morning with activities all weekend along.   Volunteers have been working many hours to make this a great event for West Bend and the surrounding area.

The fun begins Friday, July 3rd with the Hawkeye FFA Alumni Antique Tractor Ride leaving from West Bend Red Power.  Registration begins at 7 AM and the first group of tractors will leave at 8 AM.  

On Main Street Friday evening will be the Palo Alto County Cattlemen BBQ, Pedal Tractor Pull, and Street Dance.   The street dance featuring MOJO Productions will be 9 PM to 1 AM.

Saturday, July 4th is a full day of activities.  Start your day with the 5K Fun Walk/Run.  Everyone is welcome for this free, family-friendly event. What a great way to start the celebration.  Many thanks to Palo Alto County Health Systems  for sponsoring this event!  Registration for the 5K Walk/Run begins at 8:30 AM at Peace Lutheran Church, with the route for the walk/run going throughout West Bend.

The annual parade begins at 11 AM. Line up for the parade will will start at 9:30 AM, with judging of entries at 10 AM.  The parade committee is asking everyone to stay with their entry during the judging, in case there is a question concerning your entry.  Grand Marshals for this year’s parade will be the Hawkeye FFA Chapter and Alumni.

 Then there will be activities down at the WBM School grounds following the parade.  You can enjoy the Fern Valley 4-H Petting Zoo, and many activities and games, along with FREE swimming at the West Bend Pool.  West Bend Fire Department will host water fights in front of the WBM School, with registration for the water fights being held on the east side of the school. The Liberty Games will begin at 4 PM on the school grounds.  

The West Bend Mallard Drill Team will give a performance, followed by the announcement of the Cow Pie Bingo winner, auction, and then the Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway.  

Then make sure you have your lawn chair and blanket in place to enjoy a performance by Comedian, Tim Gabrielson at 8:30 PM, and another awesome fireworks display beginning at dusk.   Sunday morning July 5th the West Bend Chamber will be serving a Breakfast Buffet from 8:00 AM to Noon at the West Bend Community C­enter. 

Complete schedule of events and times can be found at www.westbendiowwa.com.

 

Smile  7th Annual Mindy’s Miles Bicycle Ride June 20th  Smile

Registration Begins at 8 AM - Ride Begins at 9 AM

The family and friends of Mindy Bruellman are making the final plans for the 7th Annual Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride. This annual event has grown in numbers each year, and continues to be a fun filled day to enjoy a bike ride to the communities in the area.  

There will be three routes available that vary in length.  These routes (depending on which one you choose) will take you through West Bend, Whittemore, Ottosen, and Bode.  There will be many stops along the way so everyone can enjoy what the country has to offer.  This is not a race, and the family does encourage people of all ages, riding abilities, and strengths to participate. 

Young riders can also enjoy a kid friendly ride around West Bend where the children can decorate their bikes and ride a shorter route through town.  The Fern Valley 4-H Club will be on hand to assist the younger riders throughout the day.  The  kid friendly ride is free, but a waiver must be signed by a parent for the children to participate. Waivers can be signed that morning and a t-shirt may be purchased for $12.

Start time on Saturday, June 20th will be at 9 AM with the registration table opening at 8 AM at the Grotto Park.  Registration will be $25 which includes a Mindy’s Miles T-shirt, sag wagon, and BBQ in the park.  

Profits from the ride will once again be going towards “Mindy’s Miles of Smiles Bike Giveaway”.  The giveaway will take place during the West Bend Fourth of July festivities. Last year 35 bikes were given away and this year the committee is hoping to give away even more bikes. Other profits will be donated to organizations to be announced at a later date.

  Helmets are advised for the ride.  A waiver is required to be signed by each rider participating in the Mindy’s Miles 7th Annual Bicycle Ride.  Bring your rain gear because the ride will take place rain or shine.  Pre-registration forms can be printed off of the Bike Iowa Website at www.bikeiowa.com e­­­nter Mindy’s Miles into the search tab.  Print the flyer and send to the mentioned address or register the day of the ride.  For more information contact Meredith Vonnahme at 515-577-4436 or Cindy Bruellman at 515-887-2957.

 

 

 West Bend - Mallard High School Commencement 

Twenty-Four WBM/GCB Students Receive Their Diplomas

Twenty-four students received their diplomas in Sunday’s WBM Graduation ceremony. WBM MS/HS Principal, Paul Peppmeier, announced that the 2015 Class Valedictorian was Derek Metzger, and the Salutatorian was Brooke Schmidt.  Derek is the son of Duane and Ruth Metzger, Brooke is the daughter of Wendell and Karen Schmidt.   Principal Peppmeier then recognized fifteen students as Honor Graduates.  These students had a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher during their high school career: Jack Fehr, Taylor Fehr, Trevor Fehr, Madelynn Gehrt, Corbin Knobloch, Tong-Yang Lee, Courtney Mader, Derek Metzger, Alicia Mogler, Daniel Phillips, Brooke Schmidt, Aubryana Wilkinson, Carson Wirtz, Kylie Wirtz,  and Rachel Wirtz. Seven students were members of the National Honor Society: Taylor Fehr, Trevor Fehr, Lauren Link, Derek Metzger, Brooke Schmidt, Carson Wirtz, and Kylie Wirtz.

Fifteen students were recognized for their Community Service hours during their high school career: Kylie Hoch, Courtney Mader, and Rachel Wirtz for 25 hours of community service; Taylor Fehr, Samuel Frieden, Madysen Gardewine for 50 hours or more of community service; Jack Fehr, Trevor Fehr, Corbin Knobloch, Derek Metzger, Alicia Mogler, Daniel Phillips, Brooke Schmidt, Carson Wirtz, and Kylie Wirtz each had 100 hours or more of community service.  

Annie Dahlhauser delivered the Commencement Address.   Annie Schmidt, at the time, was a 2001 graduate of West Bend-Mallard. After high school she married Jay Dahlhauser, started a family and continued to pursue her education. She currently has an MA in Teaching Languages, including English and Spanish. She and her husband are founders of a ministry called The Bridge. 

Dahlhauser spoke to the graduates about owning their future and taking responsibility, whether attending college or joining the workforce.  Because their story, of what they do with their life, begins with graduation.

 

METZGER RECOGNIZED BY GOVERNOR BRANSTAD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA-May 7, 2015 - Derek Metzger, a student at West Bend-Mallard, was recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad for outstanding academic achievement at the Thirteenth Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 26 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 436 high school seniors from across Iowa.

"Iowa Farm Bureau members believe that by investing in our youth and communities, we're investing in the future of Iowa," said IFBF President Craig Hill. "We are so proud to honor such exceptional students and proud to be a leading contributor to educational programs and annual scholarships for our youth."

Each high school was invited to select their senior student or students with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite/most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with Governor Branstad.

"The principles learned through academic success, like those learned from participation in education-based activities, help develop outstanding leaders and citizens," said IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste. "The partnership between the IHSAA and the Iowa Farm Bureau, along with the great cooperation of the Governor's Office has made this prestigious event possible for many years.”  

Ninety-eight percent of those recognized also participate in extra-curricular school activities, with more than 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. Nearly 60 percent of the group plan to continue their education in Iowa.

Relay for Life Benefit Luncheon Monday, May 18th in West Bend

 

It is time once again for the West Bend and Rodman communities to come together in our fight against cancer.  Almost all of us have personally been touched by this disease, by fighting this battle ourselves or helping a loved one or friend go through treatments or even death.  

The Palo Alto County Relay for Life event will be held this year on Saturday, June 27th from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Emmetsburg.  Anyone is welcome to participate in the activities.  West Bend and Rodman will show their support with funds presented from the luncheon.  

The annual noon luncheon will be on Monday, May 18th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the West Bend Community Center.  The tasty meal will consist of hot maid-rite sandwiches, salads, bars and drink.  The many people who have personally been involved with cancer will provide the good food.  Mark you calendar now to attend!

Luminary sacks can be purchased at the luncheon for $5.00 and then decorated with names and messages to honor someone who is living with cancer or remember someone who has lost the battle.  The sacks will be on display and lighted at the Relay for Life.

If you have question or would like to participate, you may contact Mary Dawson.  

 

 

April is 9-1-1 Education Month

9-1-1, what is your emergency; are the words you hear when dialing 911. This call launches a series of events:

First: The dispatcher will collect information needed to send the right services to assist you. This includes basic information regarding the problem and an accurate location of where you need help.

Your Role: Stay calm, answer questions clearly and give an accurate location of where the emergency is. Some things you can do to help the emergency responders find you are: know where you are at (911 calls are not always made from home and cell phone tracking is not always accurate).  Insure your 9-1-1 address numbers are visible, in the country watch for grass and branches covering the numbers, and in town make sure that your numbers are clearly visible from the street.  Sometimes this means turning or leaving on the porch light. 

Second: The dispatcher will page the needed services such as fire, ambulance and law enforcement.

Your Role: Support your local services. The West Bend Ambulance and West Bend Fire Department are volunteer services. This means when the page goes out they respond from wherever they happen to be at the time, such as work, with family, sleeping, etc; to meet your needs.

That support can come in the form of financial, respecting the emergency response (i.e. yielding the right away) or considering becoming a service member.

There are two (2) ways to volunteer for the West Bend Ambulance. First is to become a driver, the second is to become a certified EMT. We encourage individuals to come on as drivers to experience what being an EMT means with the choice then to take the necessary certification classes. The training needed for drivers and EMT’s is arranged through the service. If becoming part of the service appeals to you please contact Angie Thilges at 515-200-9277 or Sheryl Darling at 712-852-5464 to discuss more specific information.

For information regarding volunteering for the West Bend Fire Department please contact West Bend City Hall at 887-2181.

 

West Bend Health and Rehab Recognized as a 

Five Star Facility for Three Consecutive Years

 

The staff of the West Bend Health and Rehab Center was recently honored for the third consecutive year at the Ensign Annual Meeting in California. The recognition came from the fact that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rated West Bend Health and Rehab to be a 5 Star facility for the third year in a row. CMS looks at three criteria: survey results, staffing, and quality measures when deciding what star rating should be given to each nursing facility in America. Surveys for the last 36 months have some bearing with the most recent one given the most weight.  For staffing CMS looks at total nursing staffing, nurses, and CNAs with particular importance placed on the number of hours of RN coverage per resident each day.  Quality measures include the occurrence of falls with major injury, residents with pain, and percentage of residents with pressure sores, and other quality measures. 

After giving a star rating of one to five stars for surveys, staffing, and quality measures, an over all quality star rating is given, and the staff of the West Bend Health and Rehab Center was recognized for being a five star facility. It takes a great team working together very well to receive and maintain a Five Star rating. Tania Wiltgen commented, “We have a great staff, they are the ones that make us a Five Star facility.” 

 

“Feeling Groovy for the Future”  a celebration of all good things at West Bend Mallard School

  The WBM Achievement Foundation’s annual spring fund-raiser grows in popularity as the foundation continues to support the staff and students.  One hundred ninety four tickets were sold for this year’s event held Thursday, March 19th at the WBM High School.  The crowd came again this year to stroll the halls of WBM High School and view special projects of different programs in the district. Everyone enjoyed the dinner catered by Kampen Foods, and served by the members of the WBM/GCB High School Choir. Betty Lappe’s piano students entertained guest with piano solos, during the meal.

This annual event is planned to celebrate West Bend-Mallard student’s achievements. Foundation President, Luan Montag spoke how the communities of West Bend and Mallard have been very involved with the school and the foundation.

Following the dinner portion of the evening, West Bend Mallard Superintendent, Amanda Schmidt addressed those gathered about the many accomplishments by the students with a year in review.  Schmidt commented that all things are possible with the support of the parents and the communities of West Bend and Mallard.  “We want to thank you all for your support throughout the year.  You are always welcome in the building to participate in your child’s education,” stated Schmidt. 

The program this year was special music by the WBM/GCB High School Choir, and ensemble groups.

Two recognition awards were presented during the celebration.  The foundation will be presenting these awards on a yearly basis, the Best Supporting Business and Outstanding Educator of the Year. The Best Supporting Business was nominated and voted upon by foundation members.  The Outstanding Educator of the Year was nominated by the WBM Staff members and the WBM Student Council members, and then final vote was cast by the foundation members.

The West Bend Journal was the recipient of the Best Supporting Business Award.  “The West Bend Journal, Karen Schwartzkopf, is always willing to promote the foundation with no questions asked,” stated President Montag.

Mark Johnson was presented the Outstanding Educator of the Year award.  Support staff nominated Johnson commenting his work ethic is over the top, and his passion for teaching makes Mark the #1 choice for Outstanding Educator.  Johnson also shows leadership in every area, when he coaches MS Football he shows respect to each and every one of his players, and the players also show him respect.

President Montag closed the program  by thanking the businesses and members of the community for their continued support of the foundation’s spring fund-raiser. 

 The last piece of the old gym floor was auctioned off during the evening with proceeds going to the foundation.  Ann Grimm was the winner, and for now plans on displaying the “Wolverines” portion of the floor at the school.

The WBM Achievement Foundation members meet once a month and continue to build awareness about the foundation in the communities of West Bend and Mallard.

Activities that have been a success for the foundation include: Scholarship awarded each spring to a graduating senior;  float in the West Bend 4th of July parade, starting a grant application process for teachers of the district; organizing the “Support A Star Educator” program which the communities donate items from wish lists of WBM teachers. 

The WBM Achievement Foundation members include: Luan Montag, President; Kevin Fehr, Vice President; Karen Schmidt, Secretary; Don Banwart, Treasurer; Mark Collins, serving as the WBM School Board Liaison; Ken Bollig, Jenny Gambell, Peggy Kenyon, Gary Schneider, Judy Miller, Karen Schwartzkopf, and Amanda Schmidt, WBM Superintendent, who serves as a non-voting member.   

 

West Bend Historical Society Prepares for Tourist Season

The members of the West Bend Historical Society have been busy preparing for the 2015 tourist season.  The group is anticipating another busy year.

During the fall and winter months the Historical Society received donations from community members, which they are very appreciative.  The Brown family gave the group a pump organ that belonged to, and was played by Tassie Brown.  Paul and Donna Dorweiler gave a working rug loom from their family.  The society hopes to demonstrate the weaving of rugs in the future.  Don Miller donated a ringer style wall phone.  You will find it displayed on the wall in the kitchen of the museum, as it would have looked years ago.  Memorial donations have also been received, which will help with the upkeep of the Historical Site.  

The society is making plans for an event in connection with Iowa Museum Week, the second week in June.  Watch the Journal for more details as time draws closer.  The group continues the computerization of the artifacts in the buildings.  This will be a good asset to the society and others.

This summer, the society will be doing some repair on the Sod House.  Some structural reinforcement, and also adding sod.

The Historical Society meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from May to November.  May 21 at 1:30 PM will be the first one for the 2015 season.  All are welcome to attend.   Summer hours for tours are: Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM,  Memorial Day through Labor Day.  To arrange a tour call (515) 200-9234.

 

 

West Bend Firefighters Recognized for Years of Service

By Karen Schwartzkopf

A special banquet held on February 21st, 2015 at the West Bend Golf and Country Club, recognized members of the West Bend Fire Department for their years of service to West Bend, and the surrounding communities.

Scott Hagenson, a past President of the Iowa Fire Fighters Association, Fire Chief Evan Winkelhorst, and Assistant Fire Chief, Clinton Schneider presented plaques and awards to firefighters during the banquet.  

Hagenson stated he was glad to return to West Bend to recognize all the firefighters, along with presenting special awards.  Hagenson said,  “There is very few firefighters in the state that have 35 and 40 years of service within their community’s department, like the two firefighters here in West Bend.  West Bend is definitely in the minority.”

Hagenson also updated those present on developing legislation, and the effects it may have in the West Bend Fire Department.

West Bend Firefighters recognized for 35 and 40 years of service were: Gary “Doc” Lauck, 35 Years of Service, and Mark Laubenthal, 40 Years of Service.  These firefighters received a special clock or trophy, and certificates for their service. 

Other West Bend Firefighters recognized for their years of service were: Tim Bruns, 15 Years of Service; Curt Dykstra 20 Years of Service; Todd Thilges, 20 Years of Service; Jeff Bonnstetter, 25 Years of Service; Don Thul, 30 Years of Service.  These firefighters received certificates and pins.

 

Successful Blood Drive in West Bend

Thank you to donors, and everyone that helped in any way.

On one of the coldest days of the year, some of the warmest hearted people came to the Community Center to help strangers recover from surgeries, illnesses, or accidents.  On February 5th, more than sixty prospective donors came to donate blood.  Of that number, there were fifty-three successful donors; nine gave doubles, which amounts to 62 total units of blood which will be used in area hospitals.  Each unit can help three patients.

Many thanks to all who gave up time to come to the Blood Drive. Thanks to all who made appointments, and thanks to those who had to wait a while because of the many walk-ins.  Walk-ins are always welcome and appreciated.  This time they were backed up for a while.  Thanks for your patience.  One of the crew stated West Bend people are the most patient of all the places we go.

The West Bend Drama Club planned the drive and prepared a meal for the crew.  The Fern Valley 4-H Club members provided cookies for the donors, and helping to unload and load were Larry, Jim, Charlie, and Don. 

Because of all the cooperation it was a successful day.  Next Blood Drive will be held on April 2nd.  Save the date!

  

Ice Skating Season Going Strong and

West Bend Fitness Challenge Continues with Ice Hockey

If you haven’t had a chance to go ice-skating this year, there is still plenty of time.  The skating season is well underway, and will continue at the Grotto pond as long as the ice conditions remain ideal, such as it was Saturday morning Feb. 7th.

Skating was held in the morning, as the forecast was to be mild for the afternoon.  The February West Bend Fitness Challenge event, ice hockey, was also held.  Participants were given instructions before they began the challenge of Shoot, Puck and Skate.

Only two women were on hand to participate in this event, Liesel Schwartzkopf and Jessi Hermsen.  Schwartzkopf won the event with 32 points, while Hermsen scored 31 points.  On the men’s side, Jason Crouch took first place with 92 points, Ross Winkelhorst and Danie Riesenberg both with 88 points, Winkelhorst won the tie breaker for 2nd place; with Adam Thilges taking 4th place with 67 points.

Overall leaders, after two challenges of basketball and hockey: Liesel Schwartzkopf with 16 points and Brandon Banwart with 9 points. 

 If you haven’t had a chance to participate, you still can by showing up at the events.  The next event will be Cross Fit at Broadway Fitness Center in West Bend, March 7th beginning at 2 PM.  The challenge will consist of pushups, squat exercises, sit-ups, and jump rope.  You do not have to participate in all 12 challenges; entry fee to participate is $20, that money goes towards the final awards to those that win the overall 12 month challenge.  For more information contact Tim Fogarty at 515-341-1785 or tim.m.fogarty@monsanto.com.

 

WBM Achievement Foundation

Will Celebrate Programs

 

The West Bend- Mallard Achievement Foundation would like to invite you to the 5th Annual Celebration of Achievements that our students and district have accomplished this past school year.  

Foundation members will host an evening with a dinner and entertainment. This year’s theme, “Feeling Groovy for the Future” will feature entertainment by WBM/GCB Students and an Alumni Choir.  Watch for information about tickets, and where to purchase them in upcoming issues of the Journal.  This Celebration of Achievements is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th in the West Bend gymnasium.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an “Achievement Stroll” through a variety of projects our students will have on display.  Mark your calendars today to join us for an evening of entertainment! 

 

Guardians of the Grotto Banquet Slated for February 14th

Join the Grotto of the Redemption for their banquet fund-raiser Saturday, February 14, 2015 beginning at 6 PM at the St. Michael’s Parish Hall in Whittemore.

Come and enjoy and elegant dinner, music and fellowship.  Horsd’oeuvres will be served at 6 PM with dinner and dancing to follow at 7 PM.  There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Grotto from 6 PM to 9:30 PM. 

Tickets for the event are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Andy Milam at the Grotto office, 515.887.2371.  If you would like to make a donation to the auction please contact the Grotto office.

 

New Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief in West Bend

The City of West Bend and the West Bend Fire Department are pleased to announce that Even Winkelhorst is now serving as the Fire Chief, and Clinton Schneider will now be serving the community as Assistant Fire Chief.  Winkelhorst has served as a Firefighter for twelve years, while Schneider is a thirteen year veteran of the department, serving the past four years as Fire Chief.  Brian Bormann has stepped down as Assistant Fire Chief, but will continue to serve with the department. Bormann has been a Firefighter for twenty-seven years, serving as Chief for sixteen years, and Assistant Chief for four years.  Evan looks forward to serving the residents of the community and bringing them the trusted service they are accustom.  Both firefighters took the Oath of Office during the city council meeting on December 8th.

  

Skating Season Underway at the Grotto Pond

Large Turn Out for Family Fun Night

The Grotto Skating Rink is now open for the skating season.  A late start for this season, the ice was ready for skaters December 31st.  Hours for skating will be Saturday and Sunday afternoons and early out days from school.  Call 887-RINK(7465) for announcements and up to date skating hours.

Family Fun Night was enjoyed by one hundred seventy-one skaters Friday, January 2nd.  As temperatures dropped everyone warmed up with games on the ice and hot chocolate inside the warming house.  

Prizes given out during the evening were made possible by the following sponsors:  Hansen Chiropractic, Banwart Trucking, Pam’s Final Touch, West Bend Ford, Kampen Foods, Miller Freightlines, Classen Clippers, Creative Ends, NAPA, Security Insurance, Country Maid, Inc., Linda Kay’s, Ellie’s on Main, Skoglund Meat and Locker, the Villager Flower and Gifts, West Bend Red Power, Chuck & Beth Mogler, MaxYield Cooperative, Banwart Tax Service, Collision Center, Protein Resources, LLC, Signal Inc., Madsen’s Greenhouse, West Bend Journal, Northwest Communications, Grotto of the Redemption, City of West Bend, West Iowa Bank, Farmer’s State Bank, Mike and Esty Steil, Friends of Skating, Madden/Mallory Foundation, Federal Hybrids, Casey’s General Store, Homestead Country Store, CB Studio, LLC., Community Lumber, Inc., The Perfect Touch, Gearhart Heating/AC., Morey Trucking/Welding. 

Thank You to these sponsors for the continued support of the Grotto Ice Rink and Family Fun Night.    Of course thank you to all the  skaters that joined us for Family Fun Night it is truly rewarding to host this event for so many.   

 

Fitness Challenge  “Female Fitness Champion” and 

“Male Fitness Champion” Title to be Awarded

From Tim Fogarty

Who would like to have the title of the Fitness Champion?  If you think you have a chance at the title or just need something to motivate you each month, or something to just be more active, this might be for you.  We have decided to hold an event each month in a variety of ways to diversify routine and have fun with different activities. There will be 12 fitness events that will tie to the time of the year. Each event would allow you to score points for that month. 1st place would be awarded 8 points, 2nd = 6 points, 3rd = 4 points, and 4th= 2 points.   To encourage participation each person who completes the event will get 1 point. At the end of the year whoever has the most points from the 12 separate events will be awarded the title of Female Fitness Champion and Male Fitness Champion.  There will be a female and male category and any age can participate. Entry fee will be $20 and 1st through 5th will receive a percentage of the pot.   The $20 is a one time entry fee for the entire year.  Events will be set up to demonstrate skills in that sport.  However the focus will be on completing the tasks and that will be easier if you try to stay in shape. The events include basketball, hockey, cross fit, 5K run, biking, softball, golf, swimming, volleyball, football, 5k walk and soccer. If you are like most, you likely would not consider yourself the best at some of these events. Remember, most of these we will pick out a skill and develop a game around it. You can participate in all 12 events, some of the events or just specialize in 1 event if you choose to claim those points.  The more events you participate in the better chance to accumulate points.

Here is an example.   In basketball you will have 5 minutes to score as many points as you can. You will start on the far end of court in the out of bounds area. You will dribble to the other side of the court and have 3 options. You can go for layup for 1 point, behind free throw for 2 points, or behind 3 point line for 3 points. You get one shot each trip down the court.  If you make it you get points, if you miss it you don’t get any points on that trip down.   Either way you grab your rebound and dribble back to other side of court behind out of bounds line and do it again until your 5 minutes are up. You will get 2 five minute chances to score. Whoever scores the most points gets 8 points and on down to 2 points and one if complete task. Each month there will be different rules but that is the base format. 

Here is another example.  In hockey you will have 5 minutes to score as many goals as you can.  You will start at 10 yards from the goal.  You will shoot the puck, if it goes in the goal you get 1 point, if it misses you get zero points.  Either way you skate down and retrieve the puck and then move to 20 yard shot spot.  If you make it you get 2 points, retrieve again and then move to 30 yards, if you make it you get 3 points, retrieve and move back to 10 yards again.  You do this until your 5 minutes are up.  You will get 2 five minute chances to score.  Whoever scores the most points gets the event points from 8 points, down to 1 for participating.  

This is designed to keep you motivated each month and keep you active and try new things that will get you in better shape and improve your mental and physical well being.   The title would be nice but if you participate, you will have already won by improving your fitness level and overall health.

 The first event of basketball is set for January 17th in WB gym at 2:00 PM.  The 2nd event Hockey is scheduled for February 7th at 10:00 AM.   Look in the West Bend Journal for times and location of events.  I will try and schedule these far enough out that everyone can try and schedule around them.  We will be on the schedule of the facilities we are using.  Please contact Tim Fogarty at 515-341-1785 or tim.m.fogarty@monsanto.com if you have questions.  

 

West Bend Mallard National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

During a ceremony held in West Bend November 25th, the West Bend Mallard Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted fourteen students into the chapter.  

2014 inductees included: Travis Fehr, Larae Knobloch, Fransisca Falcon, Jack Banwart, Nolan Robert Dahlhauser, Tayla Banwart, Megan Garrard, Anna Zaugg, Kylie Wirtz, Felicia Fehr, Dalton Knobloch, Rachel Hoffman, Trevor Fehr, and Taylor Elbert. 

Membership into the National Honor Society is earned by the demonstration of the four qualities held in high esteem by the Society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.­­  Scholarship is a commitment to learning, while leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school.  Character is the force within each individual which distinguishes one person from another, and service can be described in various ways from the routine of the day’s work to opportunities that arise to help others. 

Other National Honor Society members include: Lauren Link, Brooke Schmidt, Taylor Fehr, Carson Wirtz, Derek Metzger,  WBM National Honor Society sponsor is Mrs. Cassidy  Peppmeier.

 

CITY OF WEST BEND 

ADOPTS HOUSING INITIATIVE GRANT PROGRAM 

RULES

Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation has pledged funds for grants of up to $15,000 for applicants who intend to purchase new, mid-range personal residences in a Participating City in Palo Alto County.  These grants will be awarded and administered by the City of West Bend.  An additional $5,000 Demolition Grant may be awarded to be used solely for the demolition of any residential structure or any structure on city property deemed necessary to demolish by the City.

Grant Conditions:

Grants are only for the acquisition of a new (not previously occupied) primary personal residence/single family home within the corporate limits of the City of West Bend, Palo Alto County, Iowa, that was completed by 7-01-14 or after.

The appraised value or actual cost of the home and land shall be not less than $110,000 and not more than $210,000.  Appliances shall not be included in the valuation.

The City of West Bend, will issue a Grant Commitment to the Applicant and the Applicant’s Lender.  This Commitment is to be accepted in writing.  If a Lender is involved, the Lender shall confirm an adequate construction or purchase loan commitment to the Participating City.  After the Grant is accepted and any necessary loan verified, Grant funds will be allocated prior to the closing date.  

It is recommended to use local contractors whenever possible.

Grant funds will be disbursed by the City of West Bend to the Lender at the closing of the purchase, or at the closing of permanent financing following completion of the newly constructed residence, or to the Applicant upon occupancy if no Lender is involved.

Grant Commitments will be issued on a “first-come, first-served” basis, contingent upon approval by Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation until funds are exhausted.

An Applicant may withdraw a Grant Application at any time prior to funds’ disbursal.

An Applicant household may be awarded a Grant only once in the life of the program.

An Application may be denied for any reason. 

The City of West Bend also has a utility incentive for new housing and tax abatement programs available.  Contact the City Clerk if interested in applying.

 

 

Ford® Drive 4 UR School Event

Raises Money for West Bend-Mallard School

 

West Bend Ford held their Drive 4 UR School event and open house on August 14th at the Robert Cast Memorial Shelter House.  

The Drive 4 UR School program is a fun, engaging way to help high schools raise money to support classroom and extracurricular activities. Ford® dealerships partner with a local high school to conduct a test-drive fund-raising event. For every valid test-drive completed, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the participating high school, up to $6,000! So, the more people who test-drive a Ford® vehicle at the event, the more money can be raised!  

One hundred fifty-three people test drove a Ford® vehicle the day of the event.  After each patron test drove a vehicle they could enjoy a meal served by West Bend Ford.  The event raised $3060 for West Bend-Mallard High School this year.  Jeff Montag, West Bend Ford, presented the check to Principal Paul Peppmeier and students on November 10th.  

“We would like to thank the community again for their strong support for this event.  This year we saw a nice increase in the number of test drives which increased the benefit that the High School received over last year.  We look forward to holding the event again next year with new vehicles coming from Ford that we are excited for people to see and drive,” stated Jeff Montag, West Bend Ford.

 

 

West Bend Chamber Holiday Lights Contest

On December 12th West Bend Chamber will judge holiday light displays throughout town.  No need to register, if you have lights up you are eligible.   If you live outside the city limits of West Bend and would like to be a part of the contest please email: kampenfoods@gmail.com and  the committee will add you to the list of contestants.  Winners will be posted on the sign on main street and in the Journal following the contest.

Categories and Prizes:

• 1st place winner will receive $100 in chamber bucks

• 2 place winner will receive $50 in chamber bucks

• 3rd place winner will receive $25 in chamber bucks

• Most Eye Catching display of lights will receive a Free Turkey 

   from Kampen Foods

      • Most Unique will receive a free turkey from Kampen Foods

Also businesses in town will be judged as well if they decorate but they need to email Chris at Kampen Foods as well if they want to be included:

• One prize will be given to the business with the best store front display, a large meat/cheese tray and crackers to be delivered to the business donated by Kampen Foods.

 

Support a Star Educator

organized by the West Bend Mallard Achievement Foundation

The WBM Achievement Foundation was formed in 2000 as a fundraising organization to support the school. “As state and federal funding shrinks,” Dawn Schmidt, a WBM board member, explains, “it is critically important for a quality public school to broaden the base of its support.” 

All individuals serving on this committee are volunteers. Current officers are Luan Montag, President; Kevin Fehr, Vice President; Karen Schmidt, Secretary; and Don Banwart, Treasurer. Other members include Paul Lauck, Judy Miller, Gary Schneider, Jenny Gambell, and Karen Schwartzkopf. School representatives presently on the committee are Peggy Kenyon (teacher), Mark Collins (school board member), and Amanda Schmidt (administrator).

Continuing their efforts to enrich WBM’s educational environment, the Foundation will once again be heading up a project called “Support a Star Educator”. This initiative provides teachers with supplies and tools needed for their classes and will save money that the school would need to spend from the general fund.

Teachers were asked to submit wish lists containing items that would strengthen their students’ learning levels or improve classroom surroundings. These requests can cover a wide range of items, large or small, or even requests for money to buy materials. The wish lists will be attached to yellow star ornaments and hung on Christmas trees throughout the communities of West Bend and Mallard. In West Bend, trees will be located at Farmers State Bank, West Iowa Bank, and the school lobby. In Mallard, a tree can be found at the Laurens State Bank.  The evening of the elementary Christmas concert a tree will be located at the school as well.

The trees will be in place by the first part of December. Community members, businesses, or organizations may take as many stars as they like off the tree(s) and purchase the items to give to the school. Items do not have to be gift wrapped.  The amount spent or donated is tax deductible. All items, including cash donations, must be submitted to either school office by  December 19th. Stars that have been left on the trees will be collected by the Foundation, and if the Foundation has sufficient funds, it will fulfill these requests. 

Although the wish list program is an exclusive opportunity to support the school, the WBM Achievement Foundation encourages charitable giving year-round. Here are some suggestions:

Make a cash/check donation

Establish a memorial - a gift in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one

Donate gifts of property or stock

Name the WBM Achievement Foundation as a beneficiary in a will, trust, insurance policy or annuity

Make a grain donation through your local grain elevator

Setup an automatic monthly, bi-annual or annual withdrawal from a bank account

Because the Foundation is a non-profit group, all contributions to them are tax deductible. For questions, call Carla Montag at the school business office (515-887-7821) or email her (montag@west-bend.k12.ia.us).   

Brochures for the Foundation are available at local area businesses or at the following web site: http://www.west-bend.k12.ia.us/wbmnew/achievementfoundation/achievement.html.

 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a great program offered by our community.  If you or a loved one is interested in having meals delivered to your home, please contact Yvonne Bruellman at 515.887.3258.  Meals on Wheels is also a great way of being involved through community service.  If you or your business would be interested in delivering meals, please contact Yvonne Bruellman at 515.887.3258.

 

What is Iowa KidSight?   FREE Vision Screening November 19

IOWA KidSight is a vision screening project where Lions Club volunteers throughout Iowa organize and conduct vision-screening sessions in local communities. The results are interpreted by trained staff in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and returned to families.

This voluntary program is open to children between the ages of 6 months to 48 months. Younger children will not be screened. Children who are older can be screened, but other tests are available for the verbal child who can communicate specific vision problems.

Why should my child’s vision be screened?

The first few years of a child’s life are critical in the development of good vision.  

A child’s vision should be checked for conditions such as: misaligned eyes, cataracts, and problems that need correction with eyeglasses.

These problems are not always evident by simply looking at a child. Each day that eye problems go undetected and untreated, a child’s vision may deteriorate to the point of irreversibility. The earlier these conditions are detected, the more easily and successfully they can be treated.

How much does this cost?

The screening is free, thanks to the support and volunteer efforts of Iowa Lions Club.

My child already had a vision screening.   Should my child be re-screened?

Some vision problems begin as a child grows older. It is a good idea to have your child’s vision checked regularly.

How is the vision screening done?

It is as simple as having your child’s picture taken. Local Lions Club volunteers are trained to use a special camera which takes an image of your child’s eyes to detect eye problems in children who are too young to communicate possible vision problems.

What happens if a possible problem is detected in my child’s vision?

The results of your child’s vision screening are evaluated by specialists in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. You will receive the results two to four weeks after the screening. If a possible vision problem is detected, you will also be given a letter of referral for your child and a list of ophthalmologists and optometrists in your area.

Will insurance or Medicaid cover follow-up exams if my child is referred?

Individual health insurance or Medicaid should cover most exams; however, plans vary and you may need to contact your child’s primary care provider for more information.

Vision Screening will be conducted November 19th at the Wolverine Den Child Care Center in West Bend  9 AM to 10 AM and at the

West Bend Public Library 10:30 AM to Noon for walk-ins.

 

Notice to the Families of the West Bend Township Cemetery

In the past few days there has been a misunderstanding with fall clean up of the West Bend Cemetery, and flowers being removed that should not have been removed.

We are truly sorry for this inconvenience. It does become difficult to decide what should be removed, especially if the weather has played a role, and items have blown away.  Patrons can pick up flowers at the maintenance shed, if they were removed in error. The community does take pride in the appearance of the cemetery and has received numerous comments about the beauty of the cemetery.

 

 

West Bend Fire Department Prepares For Annual Fund-raiser Barbecue and Announces Plans for New Fire House 

Thank you to the community and the PACGDC for your support.

The West Bend Fire Department is busy with preparations for their Annual Fall BBQ Fund-raiser set for this Saturday, November 1st at the West Bend Community Center.  Patrons of the department received a letter and tickets for the annual event.  This is the department’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, and they will be serving from 5 to 7:30 PM.

The department wishes to thank the Community for their support and the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation for grant funds received in the past three years.  Funds were used to purchase station lights, 2 ½ inch hose, boots, helmets, thermal imager, grain bin rescue system and the new attack pumper truck.

The West Bend Fire Department is also announcing the plans to build a new firehouse located on the corner of Hwy 15 and 1st Street Northeast in West Bend.  The project will be completed in phases and Fire Chief Clinton Schneider hopes completion of the project will be in 2018.  The department plans on applying for grant monies, and also fund-raising to complete this project.

The proposed project, which Chief Schneider says is a ‘Wish List and Not Set In Stone’ will feature a 60’ X 132’ building with 16’ side walls and seven 14’ overhead doors facing the south, with one door facing the east.  The meeting and office area will be 40’ X 40’ with 12’ side walls.

 

 

WBM/GCB Homecoming 2014

WBM/GCB students celebrated homecoming October 10th. This was the first year featuring a new schedule for the events due to the new conference. 

The Homecoming activities were held outdoors at the football field  beginning at noon on Friday with the Jersey Auction, which raised over $2000 for the Student Council, followed by the center of the old gym floor being auctioned off, Ann Grimm was the winning bidder at $525.  That money will go towards the new basketball hoops.  

The activities continued with the class skits, followed by the introduction of the Homecoming Court.  Lauren Link, daughter of Paul and Kim Link was crowned Queen, and Jack Fehr, son of Cory and Jennifer Fehr was crowned King.

The Homecoming parade then featured the entire student body of the West Bend Mallard School District.  The Spirit Stick was awarded to the Junior Class during the Pep Rally. The 2014 Homecoming Court was introduced during the half-time of the football game Friday evening.  The court included: Freshmen attendants, Megan Studer and Tanner Bachman, Sophomore attendants, Laura Fehr and Mitchell Lee, Junior attendants, Rachel Hoffman and Parker Thompson.  Seniors: Derek Metzger, Sam Frieden, Carson Wirtz, King Jack Fehr, Queen Lauren Link, Madelynn Gehrt, Kylie Wirtz, Kylie Hoch.  The Wolverines had a Homecoming victory over St. Mary’s of Resmson 55-12 Friday evening.

 

SATELLITE ABSENTEE VOTING 

General Election, November 4, 2014

There will be satellite absentee voting in Palo Alto County on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the following locations: 

Mallard Community Center-EM Ward 4/FV/FF/FR/IN/VN/pt. EM &      WB/EL/RL/BO/GO/NV

Ayrshire Community Center-EM Ward 3/SL/pt. HL,pt.WL, pt. EM & WB/EL/RL/BO/GO/NV

Ruthven Social Center-EM Ward 3/SL/pt.HL,pt.WL, pt. EM & GR/RV/LI/pt.HL,pt.WL

Satellite absentee voting will be open from 2:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. 

Voters may also vote by absentee at the Courthouse Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The County Auditor’s Office will be open on Saturday, November 1, 2014, for absentee voting from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Voter registration forms will be available to make changes to your current voter registration.  If you are not registered in Palo Alto County, you will need to do Election Day Registration before you can satellite vote.  In order to complete this process you will need to provide proof of residency, proof of identity, and sign an oath. You can call the Auditor’s Office for more information on this process.

The last day to file for an absentee ballot by mail is on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  

Carmen Moser, Palo Alto County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

 

66th Annual Algona Band Day Festival

West Bend-Mallard Earns Honors in the Parade Competition 

The 66th Annual Algona Band Day Festival was celebrated on a sunny day Saturday, October 4th.  Twenty-four middle school and  high school bands participated in the parade competition,  while twenty-two high school bands competed in the field contest Saturday evening.  

Area schools finished in good standing in the parade competition.  In the Middle School Division, Class 1 A: West Bend Mallard Middle School took home 1st Place,  Bishop Garrigan Middle School finished in 2nd Place, in 3rd Place was West Hancock Middle School.  In Class 2 A: 1st Place went to Sheldon, 2nd Place to Pocahontas Area; Class 3 A: 1st Place went to Humboldt Middle School, 2nd Place to Algona, and 3rd Place to Clear Lake Middle School, and 4th Place to Ventura/Garner-Hayfiled Middle School.

 In the High School Division, Class 1A: Bishop Garrigan High School won the 1st Place trophy in the parade, with West Hancock placing 2nd.  In Class 2A: Sheldon 1st Place, Eagle Grove 2nd Place, Clarion Goldfield Dows 3rd Place, Manson Northwest Webster 4th Place, and North Union High School 5th Place.  Class 3A: Algona High School winning 1st Place, Storm Lake 2nd Place, Forest City 3rd Place, Charles City 4th Place, Humboldt 5th Place, Bishop Heelan 6th Place.  Schools were judged and ranked in three areas which included Musical Performance, Marching and Maneuvering, and General Effect.

The field competition was held Saturday evening at the Algona High School.   In Class 1A, Bishop Garrigan was the winner of the First Place trophy. In Class 2 A: 1st - Sheldon HS, 2nd - Lake Mills HS, 3rd - West Lyon HS.  Class 3A: 1st- Crestwood HS, 2nd- Algona HS, 3rd- LeMars HS, 4th - Estherville Lincoln Central HS, 5th - Forest City HS, 6th - Humboldt HS, 7th - Charles City HS, 8th - Garner Hayfield Ventura HS, 9th - Clear Lake HS, 10th - Bishop Heelan HS. Special awards given at the Field Contest were: Best Winds - LeMars HS, Best Percussion - Crestwood HS, Best Color Guard - Crestwood HS, Best Marching & Maneuvering - Algona HS, Best Drum Major - Sheldon HS. 

The Sweepstakes Trophy Winner was Algona High School.

 

WBM/GCB Homecoming Auction, Coronation Schedule

There will be a new schedule this year for the WBM/GCB Homecoming activities. All activities will be held on Friday, October 10th.  

 • 12:20-12:40 PM Jersey Auction,

The center circle of the old gym floor that has been removed will be auctioned off at this time.  Other pieces of the gym floor are available if you would like to take them, they are located behind the school.

•  12:40-1:40 PM Skits and Coronation

• 2:00-2:30 PM Parade (Includes all grades)•2:40-3:30 PM Community and PreK-12 Pep Rally

Skits, Coronation and Pep rally will be outside weather permitting.  

Updates can be found at www.west-bend.k12.ia.us.  

 

New Gym Floor to be Installed at the WBM High School

 

After weeks of research, appointments, and meetings the WBM School board has voted to replace the gym floor in the West Bend building.  The gym floor was damaged during the summer months while the ceiling was being replaced, and new lights installed.  Water from that project leaked below the plastic covering causing damage to the floor.

Superintendent Amanda Schmidt, Principal Paul Peppmeier, and board members John Zaugg and Dave Bruellman have spent many hours meeting with the insurance adjuster and flooring companies trying to reach the best solution for the district.

Many options for the gym floor, including repairing the floor, were presented to the WBM Board for their consideration during their regular monthly meeting.  Then Superintendent Schmidt recommended replacing the floor using FLR Floors of Des Moines at a total cost of $92,253.   This quote would include new volleyball sleeves. Schmidt has spoken to colleagues who have used this company, and FLR Floors comes highly recommended.  After a lengthy discussion by the board, they voted unanimously to replace the floor instead of repairing, feeling this was the best and safest solution.  Board members Zaugg and Bruellman will continue to work with the insurance company to the end of this project.  

Plans are to have the floor completed by the first home basketball game on December 5th.  The administration and staff have been working together to keep schedules moving forward during this project, and will continue to work together as the next phase begins. 

The board also discussed replacing the basketball hoops, adding two additional hoops to the north end of the gym, and additional electrical outlets in the gym floor.  Following discussion, the board voted unanimously to replace the four existing basketball hoops, and add two new ones, along with adding electrical outlets at a total cost not to exceed $25,000.   This will allow more basketball practice space, and electrical outlets always seem to be in short supply for special events held in the gym.

In other business, the board voted unanimously for Wendell Schmidt to serve as Board President, John Zaugg to serve as Vice President, and Carla Montag as Board Secretary for the 2014-15 year.  The oath of office was given to these people.  The board goals were also discussed and voted upon for the upcoming year, while the list of SIAC Committee members was also approved.

  

 

Laughing  Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway During 4th of July Celebration  Laughing

by Karen Schwartzkopf

Nothing but smiles following the Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway during the West Bend 4th of July Celebration.  Proceeds from the 6th Annual Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride were used to purchase bikes for children and adults from West Bend, Algona, Whittemore, Ankeny, Bancroft, and Rochester, MN.   

 

The Mindy’s Miles Bike Ride was held on Saturday, June 21st. More than 365 bicycle riders participated in the ride that took them from West Bend to Whittemore, Ottosen and Bode.  Once again it was a record year for the ride and thirty-nine bikes were given away during the 4th of July Celebration.  Nominations for bike recipients were taken from community members, WBM School staff, and Facebook followers.

Pick Up The West Bend Journal for Celebration Photos and List of Winners

 

West Bend Celebrates the 4th of July

by Karen Schwartzkopf

The day was threatened with storms, but clear skies prevailed for West Bend to celebrate the 4th of July holiday with activities being held this past weekend. Volunteers worked many hours to make the celebration for West Bend and the surrounding area a success.

Thursday kicked off the weekend activities with the Hawkeye FFA Antique Tractor Ride, and ninety-nine drivers participating.  The ride ventured 55 miles from West Bend to Ottosen, Bode, Livermore, and Humboldt before returning to West Bend.  That evening the Palo Alto County Cattlemen held their annual BBQ at the Robert Cast Memorial Shelterhouse while softball and baseball games were being played on the WBM Softball field.

The street dance was held on Friday evening with music by the Road Hard band.  

Saturday morning was the First Annual Family 5K Run/Walk.  The event began at Peace Lutheran Church and embarked on a course through West Bend before concluding back at the church.  Seventy adults and children were registered for the 5K.

The crowd gathered later Saturday morning for the annual parade down Broadway Avenue with entries from West Bend and the surrounding communities.  More then sixty-six entries were enjoyed with prizes being awarded in various categories.

Then it was on to the WBM School grounds for carnival games, inflatable rides, Fern Valley 4-H petting zoo, Liberty Games, and the West Bend Fire Department Water Fights.

Many enjoyed the Saturday evening attractions consisting of the auction, Mindy’s Miles Bike Giveaway, a performance by Tonic Solfa, and the fireworks display.  Sunday the Chamber Breakfast, which featured Chris Cakes, was held at the West Bend Community Center.

4th of July Committee Chairpersons, Craig and Tina Banwart, Jillian and James Hansen commented, “We felt as a whole the celebration went well, and we’d like to thank the West Bend Chamber members, City of West Bend employees, the West Bend Fire Dept., and all those that volunteered in any way to make the celebration a success.”  

Pick Up The West Bend Journal for Celebration Photos and List of Winners

 


 

“Blooming With Possibilities”

a celebration of all good things at West Bend Mallard School

 

The WBM Achievement Foundation’s annual spring fund-raiser continues to grow in popularity.  Two hundred forty-five tickets were sold for this year’s event held Tuesday, April 15th at the WBM High School.  The crowd came again this year to stroll the halls of WBM High School and view special projects of different programs in the district. Everyone enjoyed the dinner catered by Kampen Foods and served by the members of the Hawkeye FFA Chapter. Betty Lappe’s piano students performed piano solos during the meal, while power point presentations of the WBM/GCB Spanish Trip and the Little Rines Early Childhood Program played in the background.

This annual event is planned to celebrate West Bend-Mallard student’s achievements. Foundation President, Luan Montag, welcomed everyone before dinner was served.  Montag spoke about the displays in the school lobby, and how the communities of West Bend and Mallard have been very involved with the school and the foundation.

Following the dinner portion of the evening, West Bend Mallard Superintendent, Amanda Schmidt addressed those gathered about the many accomplishments by the students with a year in review.  Schmidt commented that all these things are possible with the support of the parents and the communities of West Bend and Mallard.  “We want to thank you all for your support throughout the year.  You are always welcome in the building to participate in your child’s education,” stated Schmidt. 

The program this year was changed up a bit from previous years. Carlene Heschke, WBM/GCB Quiz Bowl Coach, and the current Quiz Bowl team presented a quiz bowl presentation with a competition against a team made up of community members: Philys and Grant Gearhart, Cassidy Peppmeier, and Mike Thatcher.  WBM/GCB Quiz Bowl members included: Rachel Hoffman, Derek Metzger, Cassie Gearhart, and Kelli Klepper.  “The Quiz Bowl team has had a successful season this year,” commented Heschke, “the team was even featured on KCAU-TV in Sioux City.”

This year two new recognition awards were presented during the celebration.  The foundation will be presenting these awards on a yearly basis, Business of the Year and Outstanding Educator of the Year.  President Montag spoke of how the casting of votes was done by the foundation for both awards.  The Business of the Year was nominated and voted upon by foundation members.  The Outstanding Educator of the Year was nominated by the WBM Staff members and the WBM Student Council members, and then final vote was cast by the foundation members.

Protein Resources, LLC was the recipient of the Business of the Year Award.  They have always been willing to donated when approached, and even giving above and beyond in their donation.  Protein Resources, LLC has been there supporting the foundation since it’s inception. Bill Newhouse, Manager of Protein Resources, LLC and Heather Studer, Office Manager accepted the award.

Lori Kerns, WBM Third Grade Teacher, was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.  Kerns was nominated by fellow staff members.  Some of the words that staff members used to describe her were: positive and open minded.  Kerns is wonderful for giving advice and for teaching not only core curriculum but incorporating life lessons into her daily lesson plans.

President Montag closed the program by thanking the businesses and members of the community for their continued support of the foundation’s spring fund-raiser.  

The WBM Achievement Foundation members meet once a month and continue to build awareness about the foundation in the communities of West Bend and Mallard.  Activities that have been a success for the foundation include: $500 Scholarship awarded each spring to a graduating senior; float in the West Bend 4th of July parade, starting a grant application process for teachers of the district; organizing the “Support A Star Educator” program which the communities donate items from wish lists of WBM teachers. 

 

The WBM Achievement Foundation members include: Luan Montag, President; Kevin Fehr, Vice President; Karen Schmidt, Secretary; Don Banwart, Treasurer; Mark Collins, serving as the WBM School Board Liaison; Jenny Gambell, Peggy Kenyon, Paul Lauck, Gary Schneider, Judy Miller, Karen Schwartzkopf, and Amanda Schmidt, WBM Superintendent, who serves as a non-voting member.

 


 

Whittemore Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

 

The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held at Noah’s Park Saturday, April 19th.   Approximately 110 children attended the event to gather eggs, and then receive a bag of goodies.  The committee chairpersons Janie Eischen and Rose Walker wish to thank the community of Whittemore for their tremendous support of the event.  Walker commented without the support of the community along with the Whittemore Women’s Club, Sherrie Wagner (Sher in the Moments), Moe and Eileen Bormann, MaxYield Cooperative, Eugene and Janice Harig, Sons of the Legion, and Farmers State Bank the annual Easter Egg Hunt would not be possible.  This year more then 1800 eggs were placed throughout Noah’s Park for children to gather.  Children could also have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny during the event.

 


 

A Musical Tapestry performed by WBM/GCB Students 

 

  An evening filled with music was enjoyed by many at the WBM Middle and High School as the 5 - 12 Music Department presented their spring concert “A Musical Tapestry.”  Concert attendees were greeted with Pre Concert performers in the lobby before the program began with the 5th Grade Band.  Throughout the evening Ensembles also performed their entries for the IHSMA Solo/Ensemble Contest that was held April 12th at Bishop Garrigan High School.  The students are under the direction of Christina Tait, and accompanied by Dawn Schmidt.  

 

 


 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Held at Grotto Park

 

 

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Northwest Communications was held at the Grotto park Saturday, April 12th.  Three sections of eggs were laid out for ages Infant to 4 years old, 5 to 7 years old, and 8 years old and up.  Children dashed for the eggs filled with candy or a slip that stated “You Have Won A Chocolate Bunny”.  The Wolverine Den held their Annual Easter Basket raffle at the conclusion of the egg hunt.  Twenty-four baskets were given away to lucky winners.  

 


 

Calico Country Quilters Complete Community Service Projects

The Calico Country Quilters display some of the quilts made during their sewing work days in January, February, and March at the West Bend Community Center.

Members chose a pattern to make as a charity project of twin or full size, and then the quilts were tied as a group.  After the quilts were bound, they will be donated to local agencies: CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault) of Spencer, The Care Team of Algona, Child Assistance Resources and Education, Fort Dodge Community Foundation. 

Thirty quilts were made this past season.  The group will be going to Fonda in May to help Betty Nielsen with the March on Freedom Quilts.

A fund-raiser is being planned to help with the purchase of supplies.  The group created a quilt of pastel flower block, which is 94” by 110”.  Watch for more information on this project. 

 

 

Calico Country QuiltersCalico Country Quilters, Donated Quilt

Seated L-R: Darlene Bernhardt, Karen Bachman, Nancy Wiuff, Ellen Streit, Donna Waechter, Cheryl Larson, Karen Seegebarth, Judy Hefty.  Back L-R: Jeff Preebe, Karen Bonnstetter, Joan Montag, Marj Schoon, Marlene Banwart, Margot Helleseth, Deb Hughes.  Not pictured: Bev Bolte, Janet Bolte, Kay Hefty, Nancy Schafer, Ruby Hundertmark, Ellie Mann.                                                         ~ Karen Schwartzkopf Photos


 

Relay for Life "Team Angels Among Us" Fund-raiser

Team "Angels Among Us"

 

 

 

Relay for Life Team “Angels Among Us”  would like to thank everyone who attended our breakfast fund-raiser as well as the Whittemore American Legion Post 425, who so graciously donated use of the hall, food, and supplies, as well as several Legionnaires to do the cooking.  We would also like to thank Bill & Cathie Richter, Whittemore Frozen Foods, Farmers State Bank, Sparboe Eggs, and the Sons of the Legion  for all their donations. Because of everyone’s generosity our team will be donating a significant amount to Kossuth County Relay for Life on June 6, 2014. 

 

 

 


 

Hawkeye FFA 81st Annual Parent-Member Banquet

        Tuesday, March 24, 2014 marked the 81st year the Hawkeye FFA Chapter of West Bend-Mallard High School has held their Annual Parent-Member Banquet.  Hawkeye FFA members, parents, FFA Alumni, and special guests were on hand to celebrate this occasion.  

Opening ceremonies were conducted by the Hawkeye FFA Officers.  President, Jack Fehr welcomed all those in attendance.  Luke Nielsen then gave the invocation before the meal was served by Kampen Foods, and the awards were presented to the members.
2014 Awards: Most Improved GPA: Felicia Fehr, Corbin Knobloch, Alicia Mogler, Tyler Schmidt;

Highest GPA, 3.75 and above: Travis Fehr and Carson Wirtz;

Chapter Awards: Soils Team: Dalton Knobloch, Felicia Fehr, Luke Nielsen, Travis Fehr, Bronze Medal at State Soil Contest; Corbin Studer, Bronze Medal at Sub-District;

Palo Alto Corn Growers Quiz Bowl:

2nd Place - Braden Knobloch, Carson Wirtz, Evan Fehr, Jack Fehr, Travis Fehr; 

Chapter Service Pin for Fruit Sales Awards: $1,000 in Sales - Corbin Studer, Colton Wickman, Felicia Fehr;  $2,000 in Sales - Garth Fehr;

FFA Star Farmer: Carson Wirtz;

Star Greenhands:  Dalton Knobloch, Corbin Studer;

Mother of the Year: Trela Wirtz;

Honorary Chapter Member: MaxYield Cooperative, accepted by Chris Montag;

Robert Cast Leadership, Sponsored by MaxYield Cooperative: Evan Fehr;

Greenhand Degrees: Charlie Fehr, Felicia Fehr, Garth Fehr, Michael Fehr, Travis Fehr, Adam Gambell, Kylie Hoch, Corbin Knobloch, Dalton Knobloch, Alicia Mogler, Luke Nielsen, Josh Origer, Tristen Ruppert, Corbin Studer, Colton Wickman;

Chapter FFA Degrees: Jack Fehr, Braden Knobloch, Tyler Schmidt, Carson Wirtz, Evan Fehr. 

Key Note Address was given  by Troy Leininger, KICD Associate Farm Director.  Leininger is familiar with the area and Palo Alto County.  

Leininger’s message was to “Love What You Do”.  That is the foundation for what you learn in school and will be with you the rest of your life.  He commented that only one person will hold you back - you.

       Leininger also spoke about a strong FFA Chapter is important because the ag field needs you (students) and rural Iowa needs you.  “You have the foundation in this room, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Be an advocate for agriculture.  The communities of West Bend - Mallard are very loyal,” stated Troy Leninger at the conclusion of his address.

 

 


 

West Bend Care Center a 5 Star Facility

WB Care Center Staff

 

The staff of the West Bend Care Center was recently honored at the Ensign Annual Meeting in California. The recognition came from  the fact that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rated the West Bend Care Center to be a 5 Star facility. CMS looks at three criteria: survey results, staffing, and quality measures when deciding what star rating should be given to each nursing facility in America. Surveys for the last 36 months have some bearing with the most recent one given the most weight.  For staffing CMS looks at total nursing staffing, nurses, and CNAs with particular importance placed on the number of hours of RN coverage per resident each day.  Quality measures include the occurrence of falls with major injury, residents with pain, and percentage of residents with pressure sores, and other quality measures. 

After giving a star rating of one to five stars for surveys, staffing, and quality measures, an over all quality star rating is given, and the staff of the West Bend Care Center was recognized for being a five star facility. It takes a great team working together very well to receive and maintain a Five Star rating. Pat Zaugg, West Bend Care Center stated, “I feel very privileged to work with this great group of individuals. Each one pours their whole heart into the care that they give every day. That is why we have the Five Star rating.”
  Congratulations to the great staff at the West Bend Care Center.

 


 

Knights of Columbus hold 25th Annual Fish Fry

 

KC Fish Fry, West Bend

 

 

 

The West Bend Knights of Columbus held their first fish fry of the Lenten season Friday, March 14th at the West Bend Golf and Country Club.  Over one thousand people were served at the event. The Knights of Columbus cooked 1200 pounds of fish throughout the evening.  The next fish fry will be held Friday, March 28th at the West Bend Golf and Country Club with serving times from 4:30 PM to 8 PM.

The West Bend Knights of Columbus will also be cooking fish in Mallard, Friday, March 21st, at St. Mary’s parish hall.  Karen Schwartzkopf Photo 

 

 

 


 

Achievement Night to be held at the WBM School

 Spring is just around the corner and the West Bend Achievement Foundation has been finalizing all the details for their annual fund-raiser dinner. 

“Blooming with Possibilities” is the theme this year for the achievement celebration slated for Tuesday, April 15th.  The evening will begin with a stroll through the school lobby to view projects by students.  Dinner will begin at 6:30 PM with chicken breast and all the trimmings prepared by Kampen Foods, and served by WBM students.

 This year, entertainment will be done by the WBM Quiz Bowl Team, along with a Hyper-stream Presentation.  Betty Lappe’s piano students will once again be providing background music during the meal.

 Tickets are currently being sold by WBM Achievement Foundation Board members for $25.00.  Contact any board member to purchase your tickets.  Plan to attend this year’s event and celebrate all the good things at West Bend Mallard School.

 2014 board members are: Luan Montag, Kevin Fehr, Don Banwart, Paul Lauck, Gary Schneider, Peggy Kenyon, Karen Schmidt, Jenny Gambell, Judy Miller, Karen Schwartzkopf, and Mark Collins as WBM School Board Liaison. 

 


 

WBM School Board Sets Paramaters For Mallard Building

by Karen Schwartzkopf

The Mallard facility will remain open, that was the decision of the WBM School board Monday, February 24, 2014, as long as the guidelines established by the board are met.

The topic that most people where interested in was on the board agenda for the meeting, discussion and approval of the future of the Mallard facility.  Superintendent Schmidt began with a power point outlining options.

• Option 1 - Leave everything, as is, Preschool/Pre-K, 5-12 in West Bend, K-4th grade in Mallard. We would not talk about this again.

• Option 2 - Close Mallard for the 2014-15 school year, move K-4th grade to the West Bend building, keep the Mallard gym for middle school volleyball practice and games.

• Option 3 - Close Mallard for 2015-16 school year move K-4th grade over to the West Bend building, keep the Mallard gym open for middle school volleyball practices and games.  Update spaces in West Bend such as another gym, classrooms, and lunchroom.  Tear down the Mallard building.  This option would give everyone time to plan.

• Option 4 - Putting parameters in place to close the Mallard facility, only when all or a few parameters listed are met: enrollment drops between 300-320 students served, elementary class size drops consistently to under 20 students, unspent balance falls $100,000 in one year, unspent balance falls between $300,000-400,000, if our open enrollment out becomes more than open enrollment in, building upkeep expenses rise drastically, district expenses are more than district revenues.  This option allows for community involvement.  Would allow time to plan for updating of the spaces.  Parameters are set, and we would revise it at board meetings.

Superintendent Schmidt’s recommendation was Option 4.  Her reasons: the district would be crowded in West Bend, with no extra room available for AEA services, working 1 on 1 with students outside of the classroom, and small group work outside of the classroom.  “I believe we have too many students currently to serve them well in one building.  We need to continue to monitor our enrollment and budget each year, and have the option to make a decision when needed,” stated Schmidt, “We need to take time to plan for the future - tearing down the Mallard building, possibly building another gym/community area in West Bend to use, upgrading our facility to become ready for the extra space needed such as lunch room, gym, classroom space, etc.”  Schmidt also commented that the district could make everything in West Bend work, but the district would have to make changes.

Superintendent Schmidt said the focus for this recommendation is on WBM, even though Gilmore City Bradgate has said they would continue the whole grade sharing agreement with West Bend-Mallard.  Board President, Wendell Schmidt commented the parameters could be fine tuned as the board proceeds.  

Following questions, John Zaugg made the following motion; If one or more of these criteria are met the board should close or consider closing the Mallard building: certified enrollment drops to 320, elementary class size K-4th grade is an average of 20 students, the district’s unspent balance falls $100,000 in one year, unspent balance falls to $450,000, when open enrollment out becomes more then open enrollment in, building upkeep expenses rise drastically, district expenses are more than district revenues.  Dave Bruellman second the motion

The board then discussed possibilities of unexpected expenses, enrollment figures, and what to do with the Mallard building.  Superintendent Schmidt shared options for grants that would assist in the demolition of the Mallard building.  She has been looking into options because patrons of the district expressed opinions at the public hearings that the building should be torn down if the board voted to close the facility.  

Discussion was also held about community involvement, and how patrons of the district could possibly increase enrollment by encouraging students to come back to the WBM district that currently open enroll out of the district. 

Following discussion, a roll call vote was taken, and the board unanimously approved the motion.  

The WBM Board plans to keep an eye on the guidelines at their monthly meetings in the future.

 

 

 


 

Voter Turn Out Low for West Bend Mallard School District Special Election

 

Voters went to the polls Tuesday, February 4, 2014 to approve the Revenue Purpose Statement specifying the use of the one cent sales and service tax for the district.  The Public Measure A would allow the district to use the revenue received from the statewide sales tax for infrastructure purposes and/or property tax relief, specified by the school district.  Fifty-one voters cast a ballot in the election, with polls located at the West Bend Public Library, and the Mallard Public Library.  Fifty voters approved the Public Measure A, with one voter casting a no vote.    

Unofficial results as of 8:20 PM CST 2.4.2014

 


 

Hawkeye FFA celebrates National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22, 2014

The Hawkeye FFA Chapter in West Bend will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22. This year’s theme is Ignite and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture. 

Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday. FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture.

During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education. Hawkeye FFA will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities: Hat Day, Seed Guessing Contest, a day to serve the WBM staff appreciation treats, and other surprise activities for the students. Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. 

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. 

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

 


 

West Bend Mallard School Board Continues To Look At Data

    The future of the Mallard facility discussed during the regular monthly meeting.

 

Further discussion was held during the regular monthly meeting of the WBM School Board about the future of the Mallard building.  The board met Tuesday, January 21st in the high school gym.  The administration had prepared power point presentations, and handouts that helped answer questions raised during the recent public hearings.  

Superintendent Schmidt began with covering the Chapter 12 Requirements, which covers regulatory guidance for meeting accreditation standards.  Some of the key points in the Chapter 12 Requirements include: equity, graduation requirements, and required personnel, course offerings required in each grade level, professional development, and community involvement.  This document does come from the Department Of Education.  Schmidt also covered an enrollment table that included student numbers as of January 17, 2014.  This document covered potential loss of students, and the projected enrollments.  The staff has also visited with the Wolverine Den and Public Libraries to obtain information on future students that may be a part of the district.  

Paul Peppmeier, Principal, spoke about the use of space in the West Bend building, if the decision was made to use only that building.  Peppmeier addressed how the lunch room schedule would be handled, along with use of both gyms for sports, PE classes, and recess periods.  “We will also be evaluating additional rooms to be used for tornado shelter to accommodate all the students,” commented Peppmeier.

Transportation of Mallard students was another concern of the public.  “I recommend a pick up and drop off point in Mallard.  This would be a specified location to be determined later, such as the Mallard Public Library or Mallard Community Center,” stated Superintendent Schmidt, “I also recommend that the district bus Mallard students back after games.”

Principal Peppmeier made the announcement that West Bend Mallard School is once again going to be awarded the US News Best High School Bronze Medal award for 2013.  This award is based on data collected that includes: 2013 Academic Indicators, College Readiness Index (WBM 6.0), Percentage of students who take AP courses (WBM 12), Students/Teacher Ratio which is 7:1 for WBM, and Test Scores: Proficient in Reading (WBM 96%) and Proficiency in Math, which WBM is 88%.  A handout was given covering this data along with our neighboring school’s data.  This information can be found at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/iowa

The WBM Board will continue to study data supplied to them.  At their regular meeting in February Superintendent Schmidt will make a recommendation.  The board can choose to make a motion on that recommendation, or at that time make a different motion as to the future of the Mallard building.  The regular meeting for February is currently scheduled for Monday, February 24th in the West Bend building.   

In other district business, the board approved the hire of Amanda Bruhn as a paraprofessional in the Mallard building, and the hire of Liesel Schwartzkopf as Asst. Varsity Softball Coach.

 


 West Bend’s New Chief of Police Is On Duty
by Karen Schwartzkopf

After a year and a half, citizens are happy that a new Police Chief is on duty.  Anthony Laubenthal began his new position as West Bend Police Chief on December 16th, 2013. 

West Bend Police Chief

Following being hired on September 1, 2013 by the West Bend City Council, Laubenthal attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA.  He graduated from the academy on December 13, 2013. “The academy prepared me for my new position with class room hours taught by ILEA Instructors, present and former police officers, and other experts in different fields,” stated Chief Laubenthal, “I also had many hours of hands on training, including driving, firearms, and defensive tactics to name a few.”

Laubenthal is no stranger to the West Bend area.  He is the son of Mark and Janet Laubenthal of West Bend, and a 2004 graduate of West Bend Mallard High School.

Following graduation from high school, Anthony attended Iowa Central Community College graduating in 2006 with his AS Degree in Criminal Justice.  He then attended Iowa State University graduating with his BA Degree in Criminal Justice.  While in college Anthony worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Parks).  Following graduation from Iowa State University he worked for Scheels in West Des Moines, IA, as a Loss Prevention Officer until he accepted his position with the City of West Bend.

When asked what are your plans for West Bend and the area as Chief of Police,  “I plan to have a good working relationship with all Law Enforcement agencies in the area, West Bend citizens, West Bend business owners, the City of West Bend, and those who visit the City of West Bend,” commented Laubenthal, “I am here to help, protect, and serve all citizens of West Bend and the surrounding area.”

Laubenthal, his wife, Ashley and their son, Beau are happy to have moved back to the West Bend area.    Chief Laubenthal would like to give a friendly reminder to citizens.  Please make sure you wear your seat belts, and make sure all children are properly secured in car seats designed for them, or a seat belt, if they are of age for wearing a seat belt.  Remember to always have a designated driver. We want to keep everyone safe on the roadways.