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June 21, 2017

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Doty Swims With DolphinsThrough Make-A-Wish

Kylee Doty enjoys a peck on the cheek from a dolphin.
Photo submitted by Megan Doty. Thanks, Megan!
    In 2013 Kylee Doty's life turned upside down.  The then-4 year old was diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhoboid tumor, an aggressive, malignant brain tumor which was beginning to attach to her brain stem.  While family and friends rallied around the Doty family which included Kylee, her parents Megan and Jeremy, and her siblings Brayden, Ainslee, and Annika, Kylee received aggressive treatment to destroy the cancer.  The treatment was a success, and Kylee is in remission.
    While the young girl was at her worst medically, her doctor, Dr Rao from Mayo Clinic in Rochester submitted an application to Make-A-Wish on her behalf.  Make-A-Wish's vision is to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.  Kylee's tumor was indeed life-threatening, and thus she wished she could swim with the dolphins and attend a luau in Hawaii.
    In May, her wish was granted.  While their classmates were in school studying, the Doty kids and their parents were enjoying the land and water in Hawaii.  They played on the beach, swam in the ocean, checked out Pearl Harbor, and, of course, attended a luau and swam with the dolphins.
    "My favorite part was swimming with the dolphins," exclaimed Kylee who is now 7 years old.
    Make-A-Wish grants a wish in the US and its territories on average every 34 minutes, according to their website.  Donations for the most part make these wishes come true.  So far this year more than 285,000 have had their wishes granted.
    "We are so grateful to Make A Wish," added Megan.  "They made sure we didn't have to worry about anything, and we had a wonderful family vacation."  
    Kylee receives follow-up testing every 6 months to make sure all is well with her.  Hopefully she continues on the healthy track and may someday return to Hawaii, not as a wish granted, but simply as a tourist.
    Incidently, Make-A-Wish volunteers live in all parts fo the country. Make-A-Wish volunteer and Danbury's own Katherine Dirksen was one of the volunteers who assisted the Dotys.

Girl Scouts to Establish Free Little Library in Danbury

    Reading is a fundamental need for people of all ages. A group of young ladies and their leaders want to ensure people have access to reading material outsdie Cord Memorial Library's hours.
    The Mapleton Junior Girl Scout troop has been approved by the Danbury city council to build and place a free little library by the circle sidewalk in front of the rec center. The library will be set up and ready to go by the middle of July.
    The concept of a free little library is very simple. People are welcome to take a book out of the libary to read. In exchange, they are encouraged to leave a book they feel others would enjoy. While the swap isn't required, it is encouraged so that all may enjoy the free little library. This is not an expansion of Cord Memorial Library; please do not leave Cord's library books in the little library.
    The Girl Scouts are collecting appropriate books for all ages to place in the library to get it started. If you have any books that you would like to donate, that are NOT library books, please place them in the donation box at Colberts Market. You can also give them directly to a Girl Scout. All books collected will be added to the library, when books are running low.
    If you have questions or want to contact a Girl Scout, contact Molly Petersen at 712-420-0954.
    To the left, Paige Schmidtg (daughter of Sarah and Kurt Schmidt of Mapleton) holds one of the donation boxes which the scouts are using to collect books.
    Photo by Sarah Schmidt. Thank you!

It Doesn't Take A Disaster - Give Blood

Danbury Blood Drive Next Wednesday

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (June 6, 2017) –  It doesn't take a disaster for someone to need blood.
    One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood to survive. Cancer patients, premature babies, mothers after delivery, trauma and burn victims, those undergoing transplants and so many more people will require a blood transfusion this week alone.
    Do your part and give back to the community at an upcoming blood drive in your area.
    • Correctionville Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, June 20 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Community Center
    • Anthon Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, June 28 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Heritage Bank
    • Danbury Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, June 28 from 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Danbury Fire Station
    • Mapleton Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, July 12 from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM at Community Center.
    Sign up to save a life today online at or by calling 800.287.4903. Walk-ins are also welcome.
    LifeServe Blood Center was established in April, 2010 when The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank.  As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients.  For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit

Calling All Girl Scouts

    The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and this year the Girl Scouts are celebrating their 105th birthday. To celebrate the Maple Valley Girl Scouts would like to invite all past and present Girl Scouts


Morningside College Students Named Roadman Scholars

    SIOUX CITY, IOWA (June 5, 2017) - A total of 337 students were named Roadman Scholars and Dimmitt Scholars at Morningside College in recognition of high academic distinction


Morningside College Students Named to Dean's List

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Morningside College Provost Dr. William C. Deeds announced the students who were named to the Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year.


Pulford Awarded Scholarship from Iowa 4-H Foundation

Pulford is awarded $500 from Iowa Bankers Association Northwest Scholarship

    Ames, Iowa – Alexandria Pulford, from Woodbury County, was awarded the $500 Iowa Bankers Association Northwest Scholarship


Green attends ISU and College of Human Sciences Orientation

    AMES, IA (05/31/2017)-- Lauren Green of Mapleton participated in orientation at Iowa State University and the College of Human Sciences on the Ames campus, May 31-June 1.


New Fireworks Law Goes Into Effect July 1st

    The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone of the changes that are occurring in the State of Iowa's Fireworks Laws.
    July 1, 2017, the new laws go into effect.


Bill Riley State Fair Contest to be Held at Woodbury County Fair

    The Woodbury County Fair will sponsor a Bill Riley Iowa State Fair Contest at Moville. The contest dates are Thursday, August 3, and Saturday, August 5, at 7:00 PM.


Cookout Contest at Monona Co. Fair

    An outdoor cooking contest designed to promote Iowa meat is being planned by the Monona County Farm Bureau. Contest chairman Sharyl Bruning says that you don't have to be an expert chef


Code Club Clues Kids Into Computer Programming

    Twelve participants have joined the Code Club at the Mapleton Public Library. These students are following a self-paced course to learn how to create games, apps and webpages.


4-H Family Fishing Event Held at Gray's Landing

    "Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it."  -Harry Middleton
    A group of youngsters were able to experience how the great outdoors


Iowa Preliminary Weather Summary

By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

    The week began with unseasonably hot weather with temperatures averaging ten or more degrees above normal


Woodbury County Farm Bureau to Hold 1st Annual SAITC Tractor Ride

    In honor of past Woodbury County Farm Bureau board member Joe King, a tractor ride will be held July 8, 2017. The ride will assemble and begin at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds


Iowa Crops and Weather Report

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. 



    The Danbury City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:00 PM in council chambers with Mayor Pro Tem David Colbert


Mapleton Starspinners Minutes

    The Mapleton Starspinners had their 4-H meeting on June 3. This was their last meeting until after the fair. The members enjoyed a game of "Telephone" before the meeting started.



Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Superintendent's Office, Mapleton, IA
Present: Wimmer, Pierce, Flanigan, and Kennedy
Absent: Clausen


Burgess Implements UV Technology to Fight Infection

    Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)


New PET/CT Technology at Horn Offers Improved Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

    Horn Memorial Hospital will offer patients a powerful new diagnostic imaging system known as PET/CT. This hybrid technology combines the strengths


Koenigs Receives Central College Women's Track and Field Honor

    PELLA, IOWA— Morgan Koenigs, daughter of Carol and Jerry Koenigs of Mapleton was among those receiving postseason honors for the Central College


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