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February 13, 2019

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A Dream Becomes a Sweet, Successful Reality

    Janelle Clausen had a dream. A sweet, healthy dream. A dream which could make some money for someone or something.
    Clausen's dream came true last week.
    On Father's Day in 2017 Janelle received a heart and liver transplant. The community was ecstatic that she was receiving this gift. So was Clausen and her family. The transplant meant that for a year, Nellie needed to stay away from people who might have illness which could tamper her recovery. While she didn't remain a recluse, when wearing her mask to help avoid the germs wasn't an option, she would just stay home.
    During this down time, Janelle had lots of time to think. She thought of things she was doing and things she wanted to do. Some were simple and some more complicated.
    Enter her dream of selling caramel apples.
    "I just really had a desire to sell caramel apples," said Nellie while washing apples last Wednesday. "It sounded like something really fun to do."
    Late last year, Janelle decided to go through with her plan. She found volunteers willing to help on Friday afternoon and made plans. She practiced perfecting the apples. She ordered caramel apple sticks, boxes, huge cans of caramel, and apples. Lots of apples. Four hundred to be exact.
    "I was hoping we would sell maybe 150 apples," said Clausen." The orders came in, and I couldn't believe it! People ordered 30 apples at a time! When the deadline to order came, we had almost 400 apples ordered! I've had people calling to see if they could still order apples after the deadline. I had to turn them away because I simply didn't have enough supplies."
    Wednesday, February 9th Janelle started preparing apples. Along with help from CCD students and parents, the apples were inspected, washed and dried and carefully boxed up for Friday's caramelizing. Individual boxes were folded and ready to be used. Friday morning, Janelle's husband, Mark helped her get the caramel heating so that it was ready by the time the volunteers arrived. That time was the afternoon after lunch was cleaned up. Each apple was carefully dipped in the caramel and placed on waxed paper to cool. Once cooled, the smooth, hardened caramel apple was placed in individual boxes complete with holes for the stick. Patrons picked up their apple treats Saturday morning and enjoyed.
    "I am so glad I decided to go through with this fundraiser," concluded Clausen. "It was a lot of fun, and I had so much support. Maybe next year we can do 500 or 600!"
    Proceeds for this project has been eartagged for replacing the 30-year old stage curtains at Danbury Catholic School.
    Above, Diane Shea carefully coats an apple with caramel before adding it to the line up of apples in the foreground.

Funding for Spring Windbreaks Available Through Woodbury County Soil and Water Conservation District

    The Woodbury County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) administers cost share funding through the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) for windbreaks. The District also sells bare root windbreak trees (evergreen and deciduous), and shrubs in bundles of 25 or 50 plants, most ranging in price from $2-$3 for each plant. The proceeds go toward conservation education such as the 5th grade trees for schools program.
    Funding for farmstead windbreaks is available to all eligible landowners, even if they are not involved in agriculture. Landowners can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of eligible or estimated costs, not to exceed $1,500 per windbreak for either a newly established or renovation of an old windbreak.
    Applications are accepted and approved on a first come, first served basis. For more information contact the Woodbury County SWCD office at 712-943-6727 extension. 3, and located in the USDA Service Center in Sergeant. Bluff.

Book Club to Begin at Cord Memorial Library

    Are you an avid book reader? Would you like to get together with other book readers and discuss books? Perhaps the Cord Memorial Friends of the Library have a club for you!
    A book club will be beginning soon at Cord Memorial Library in Danbury. An introductory meeting will be held on Monday February 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the library. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Books will be handed out, and a meeting schedule will be established.
    The first book selection is: The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson (2012). A New York Times bestseller, The Year We Left Home is National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson's mesmerizing, decades-spanning saga of one ordinary American family that captures the turbulent history of the country at large. Stretching from the early 1970s in the Iowa farmlands to suburban Chicago and across the map of contemporary America, The Year We Left Home follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change. Ambitious and richly told, this is a vivid and moving meditation on our continual pursuit of happiness and an incisive exploration of the national character.
    Mark your calendar! If you cannot attend but are interested, please contact Lucy Cameron at 712-371-9861 or Mary Cameron at 712-880-7096.

Roll Up a Sleeve to Save Local Lives

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (January 29, 2018) – 90% of the population will experience a need for blood at some point during their lives. Whether it's a trauma victim, surgery patient, cancer fighter, premature baby or mother


Open Cupboard January 16th

    The Open Cupboard & Food Bank of Siouxland Inc. Mobil Food Pantry distribution will be Wednesday, January 19th. at the Mapleton Community Center. Sign in begins at 3:00 with distribution at 4:00. Bring your own bags,boxes,clothes


Friends of the Library Meeting Feb. 20th

    The Cord Memorial Friends of the Library will meet on Wednesday, February 20th beginning at 6:30 at Cord Memorial Library in Danbury. Anyone interested in helping plan and implement events for the library are welcome


Community Club Meeting March 6th

    The next Danbury Community Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at Dana Hall. Happy hour begins at 7:00; the meal is served at 7:30; and the meeting will begin at 8:00.
    Current and potential


Bomgaars Presents Donation for Cancer Education and Screening

    Horn Memorial Hospital and Horn Physicians Clinic participated in the Bomgaars Ladies' Night this past December. Although the weather took a toll on store sales this year, Horn is happy to received


George Schuyler Memorial Scholarship Available for MVAOCOU District Seniors

    They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well, in the Review's fifth annual George Schuylar memorial scholarship contest, we challenge MVAO seniors to use 500ish words to earn


Monona County Cattlemen Scholarship Available

    The Monona County Cattlemen's Association will once again be offering $1,000.00 scholarships for high school seniors.
    To be eligible to apply, the student's parents/guardians must have


Monona County 4-H Leader/Volunteer Banquet Held

    The annual 4-H Volunteer/Leader's Recognition Banquet was held on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the Christian Church in Whiting with around 70 4-H volunteers, leaders and spouses attending. Special recognition


Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Club Holds Awards Ceremony

    The Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Club recently held their end-of-the year awards ceremony during our family potluck. Club members completing their 4-H recordbook and turning them in for evaluation receive


What's Cookin' in the Cooking Club

    The monthly meeting of 4-H Cooking Club was called to order on Saturday January 12, 2019 in Mapleton. Five members were present with one leader. The topic was superbowl snacks! The kids enjoyed making enchilada appetizer


Woodbury County Extension and Outreach personnel receive awards and honors

    PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Woodbury County Extension staff and council earned two awards at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Multi-Regional Awards on January 23rd


A Review of the Weather in Photo

    It's taken all winter, but we FINALLY got more than a couple of inches of snow in one shot. Monday afternoon the snow began and continued into the night. By dusk we accumulated around 6" of snow. Another inch or so fell during



6:00 PM

Present: Wimmer, Flanigan, Kennedy, Mead, and Clausen
Absent: None
Others: A representative from Grundmeyer Leader Search Firm

Wimmer called the meeting


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