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August 16, 2017

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What Did You Do Over Summer Vacation?

For Some Kids, Charitable Giving Was Included in Activities

    The end is near! The end is near! The end of summer vacation, that is!
    School will be in session in the MVAO school district on August 23rd. The summer was filled with many activities for the kids - little league, camps, fairs just to name a couple day-filling events. Many children stayed busy being kids. However, some kids took a vacation from summer vacation to help perfect strangers. Here are the stories of two of those kids, Joey Koithan and Mya Boyle. Photos were submitted. Thanks, guys!

    Nine-year-old Joey Koithan, son of Carol and Dan Koithan of Mapleton had a full schedule with little league, tae kwon do, swimming, and being a kid. It was the back half of July and activities were ending. The summer heat gave Carol a perfect idea to cool some strangers and let Joey unleash his caring side at the same time. She discussed handing bottled water out to the homeless in Sioux City, and Joey loved the idea.
    Carol went forth with the project, and through generosity from many, many others, The Koithans we able to take 55 cases of water along with 300 packs of crackers and granola bars to the needy.
    Joey, Carol and Dan loaded the truck and met their daughter, Alisa. With temps nearing 100°, the four looked for areas where the homeless would be and walked the sidewalks handing out water and snacks. They also went into the library downtown and the bus station. They donated several leftover cases of water to the Gospel Mission, Soup Kitchen and Warming Shelter, locations where homeless would go for a meal.
    "Sometimes I was sad because I felt sad for the people, but I loved giving and receiving hugs from them and hearing some of their life story," said Joey. "Once I was a little scared because we saw a very angry man acting strange, then he walked down the alley where we were unloading and Mom asked him if wanted water. He wouldn't take any until he helped us unload. Then he accepted the water and snacks and was so grateful! We talked about how he just needed love, like everyone else. That especially made me so happy!!

    A large number of families spent the summer vacation working with 4-H and FFA projects for their county fairs. Especially the livestock projects, the children have had to work with their projects daily to produce their best entry they could. Their sweat and hard work is converted into premium money once the fair is over.
    This is the story of Mya Boyle, daughter of Mindy and Duane Boyle of Danbury.
    Nine year old Mya exhibited a bottle lamb and bottle calf which, because of her age, didn't get any premiums. She did, however create projects which she placed in the open class exhibits and did earn premium money. She had a good fair, and was awarded thus.
    The problem with having animals at the fair means things at home - such as the mail - get ignored. Well, after settling back into the regular routine, Mindy dug into the mail. Mya gave her mom a hand, checking out everything including the junk mail. Among the envelopes was one from St. Jude. Mya took the time to read the letter, and thinking of children needing medical help struck a chord in Mya's heart. She asked her mom if she could donate her premiums to St. Jude. Of course, Mindy was not about to quelch her daughter's desire to give.
    "I felt sad that the kids that are sick with cancer can't go do fun things like go to fairs, see the animals and ride the rides," said Mya. "Maybe my money will help find that cure for cancer and make everyone that's sick with cancer happy, like as happy as me when I go to the fair!"

Gem City Royalty Voting Has Begun

    The polls are now open to vote for the 2017 Gem City royalty!
    Anyone with a Danbury address and/or phone number or who works in Danbury and is at least 18 years old may vote at either the C-Store or Colbert's Market during their business hours. Voting will end at noon on Friday, August 25th. Ballots will be at both precincts by the time you read this (unless the ballot lady is distracted). The ballot in this Review may also be used.
    If you would like to vote but cannot get to the precincts or wish to remain a little more anonymous than filling out the ballot in front of others, you may call Lynn Buth at 893-2160 (leave a message if I don't answer) or email
    The new royalty will be crowned on Friday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Pancake Feed at the fire station.

Goslar Resigns as Danbury Maintenance

    A little over a year ago Sean Goslar drove the Danbury city truck as the new city maintenance man. In a year he has cleaned up from a couple storms which caused lots of tree damage and damage to the ballpark, woken people up in the wee hours of the morning as he cleared snow from the streets, and done what was asked and needed to keep Danbury going.
    And now, he's leaving.
    Goslar has accepted a position in Mapleton's city maintenance department. The position allows him to work in his hometown and gives him extra money in his pockets, the reason he is moving on.
    "I love working for Danbury, but I need to think of my family, and this opportunity is too good to pass up," commented Goslar. "People here have been great."
    Goslar and his fiancee, Makayla Smith have a little girl, Kinley and a baby due in November.
    While he will be done with his job here before Corn Days arrives, he has said that he will help out if need be.
    The search for a replacement has begun. Applications are due to City Hall by August 31st. For more information check out the help wanted ad in this week's Review.

It Shouldn't Take A Tragedy

Danbury Blood Drive August 23rd

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (July 31, 2017) –  It shouldn't take a tragedy for blood donation to become a priority.
    Following catastrophic events, the community response is often to line up and donate blood for victims. In reality, it's the blood already on the shelf that was given days before that is utilized in these situations! That's why it's critical that LifeServe Blood Center has a stable supply of all blood types at all times.
    Do your part to put blood on the shelf for your community! Give at an upcoming blood drive in your area.
    •Anthon Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, August 23 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM at Heritage Bank.
    •Danbury Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, August 23 from 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Fire Hall.
    Sign up to save a life today online at or by calling 800.287.4903. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Softball Games, Chicken Dinners Served Up Over the Weekend

    The quiet town of Danbury wasn't as quiet over the weekend as people paid a visit to the ballpark on Saturday and the school on Sunday.


Sohm Hits 25 Gallon Blood Donation

Seuntjens Reaches 2 Gallon Donation

    The summer is a busy time for people running here and there, working in the fields, and getting in a little vacation time. However, on June 28th twenty-four people found time


Koenigs Named to Central College Dean's List

    PELLA, IA (08/09/2017)-- Central College student Morgan Koenigs of Mapleton earned a spot on the dean's list for spring 2017.
    The honor is awarded to full-time students


Random Thoughts

    The two most prominent questions I heard last weekend - don't you have a wedding this weekend and what car did you get? It was a toss up which I was asked more. Well, here are your answers.


Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

A Return to Reality

    Ever noticed that returning from vacation creates a need for vacation?
    First off, let me say that vacations are the best, or at least better than a regular day not on vacation.


Matter of Balance Class Held at Horn Memorial Hospital

    Ten participants recently completed a Matter of Balance Class.  Matter of Balance is an evidence based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels


Burgess Health Center Supports National Effort to Raise Awareness of Prediabetes

    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes,


Get Help to Pay Your Medicare Costs

    Des Moines - Many Iowans, especially those living on a fixed income, may be in need of help paying for their Medicare premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and drug costs.


School Board Election Registration Deadline Information

    Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is reminding Iowans about the deadlines to request an absentee ballot by mail and to register to vote using normal procedures


Master Gardener Class Coming to Ida Grove

    AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested


Healthiest State Initiative Annual Walk Registration Now Open

Iowans encouraged to Walk more. Connect more.

    DES MOINES, IA – The Healthiest State Initiative's 7th annual state-wide walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa,


Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam

    The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office is experiencing an increase in phone scam complaints where the caller(s) are stating the recipient of the call has a warrant


Fair Issue Next Week - Maybe

    Pictures of champion and reserve champion winners from the Monona, Ida and Woodbury County Fairs will be printed after the Woodbury County Fair is over and those pictures


Iowa Preliminary Weather Summary

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

    It was a cool and mostly dry week across Iowa. Temperatures were below normal throughout the week excepting portions


Iowa Crops and Weather Report

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


Women Managing Cattle Series Coming to Ida Grove

    Ida Grove, Iowa – The Ida County office of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-session course designed for women cattle operators during August



Date: Monday, August 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Middle School Library, Anthon, IA
Present: Wimmer, Pierce, Kennedy, Flanigan and Clausen
Absent: None



    The Danbury City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, August 08, at 7:00 PM in council chambers with Mayor David Colbert presiding


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