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                                Laurens Iowa                                                                ober
                                                                                                          Oct 1, 2008

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Laurens Firefighter’s
Annual Pancake
The Laurens Volunteer Firefighter
Association would like to invite
you and your family to visit the fire
station on Sunday, October 5th for
our Annual Pancake and Sausage
Breakfast. We will be serving pan-
cakes and sausages from 8:00a.m.
to 12:00 p.m.
    As our environment and tech-
nology is always changing, so must
the way we approach fires change
too. It is important that out-dated
equipment be replaced, in order to     Front Row: Tim McKiernan (Safety), Denny Sandvig (Captain), Brad Tendal, Marc Stewart,
keep both our community and our        Brian Hoffman, Julian Johnsen, Denny Leuer (Captain), Pat Murray (Assistant Fire Chief) Back
firefighters safe. Most of our equip-    Row: Clarence Siepker (Fire Chief), Mike Sangwin (Captain), Scott Bortscheller, Al Sandvig, Ben
                                       Storms, Jake Graff, Matt Tate (Truck Captain), Tim Hawley, Dave Bailey, Troy Stockwell. Absent
ment is purchased through dona-        from photo: Pete Runneberg & John Runneberg
tions. Our community has been
very generous with donations in the        lot of the equipment that the fire                 about each other makes it much
past, and it is very much appreci-         department uses was purchased                     easier to be a volunteer. Thank you
ated. Come and visit the fire sta-          using the community’s generous                    for your continued support and we
tion on October 5th, visit with our        donations. We would love to have                  hope to see you on Sunday.
volunteers, see the equipment that         you visit the fire station on October
we use and enjoy a good breakfast.         5th.                                              Clarence Siepker
    As with all things, our equip-             Our Annual Pancake Breakfast                  Fire Chief
ment needs to be updated from              has always been a big success thanks
time to time so we are asking for          to the wonderful support of our                   ...Photos from Homecoming
donations. Any donation you can            community. Living in a commu-
                                           nity where people respect and care
                                                                                                Week Activities Inside...
give will be greatly appreciated. A

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Free Ride For
The Pocahontas Community Hospi-
tal and the Trimark clinics in Poca-
hontas and Laurens have sponsored a
new MIDAS Transit bus to transport
patients that are anywhere in the
county, a ride to either facility and
home again. Rides to these three
county medical facilities will be free
of charge, thanks to the funding by
both the hospital and Trimark. "The
hospital board recently set a goal of
providing better access to our facility
for our patients.”
    Over two-thirds of the people
who use the hospital are over 65, and
we know that getting to the doctor
or hospital can be difficult for them,"
noted James Roetman, Administrator        Andrew Gerodias                              Tickets are $3. Reservations are
                                                                                   not required, but can be made by
of Pocahontas Community Hospi-
tal. One advantage of using the ride      is Cast Member                           calling 712-274-5196.
                                                                                       Approximately 2,200 students
service is the assistance offered by
trained drivers, they will help people    in“Rapunzel”                             and teachers from area pre-schools
                                                                                   and elementary schools will attend
on and off the bus and can securely
                                                                                   special weekday performances of the
handle wheelchairs also. The new          Andrew Gerodias, son of Ellen Hol-
bus is equipped with both seats and       mberg of Laurens, Iowa, and Roland
                                                                                       Morningside’s theatre department
wheelchair spaces.                        Gerodias of Storm Lake, Iowa, is a
                                                                                   produces four plays a year, includ-
    Patients needing a ride should call   member of the cast for the upcoming
                                                                                   ing its fall children’s plays, which
the MIDAS transportation system           Morningside College children’s musi-
                                                                                   have entertained more than 42,400
at 712-335-3704 a day in advance if       cal theatre production of “Rapunzel.”
                                                                                   elementary school students and their
possible. Service will be available 7         Gerodias will play the role of the
                                                                                   teachers since 1987.
a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the week,     prince. Geordias, a sophomore who
Monday through Friday, excluding          is majoring in psychology counseling,
holidays. "The new bus is owned           is a 2007 graduate of Laurens-Mara-
and operated by MIDAS. The hos-           thon High School.
pital paid $7,500 and Trimark paid            Performances are scheduled for
$2,500 to MIDAS to provide service        Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5,
to patients.                              at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters
    “Instead of charging the patients     Avenue. Show times are 1 p.m. and 6
getting rides, the cost will be deduct-   p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sun-
ed from the account established by        day. The performances are sponsored
the hospital and Trimark," Roetman        by Morningside’s Academic and
said.                                     Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
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Emily Lampe
Recently Named to
Emily Lampe, daughter of Tom and
Nancy Lampe of Havelock, was
recently named to the NSCS in a cer-
emony held on Sunday, September
21 in the Sunroom of the Memorial
Union on the Iowa State University
campus. A reception honoring the
new members was held following the
    Emily is a sophomore at Iowa
State University, majoring in Animal
Science/Pre-Veterinary.                                                         Emily Lampe
    The National Society of Col-
                                       Meridian Manufacturing Group is North America’s industry leading manufacturer of
legiate Scholars (NSCS) is the         heavy gauge welded hopper bottom bins for the agricultural, commercial and industrial
nation’s premiere organization for     markets. Meridian is a member of The Westman Group of Companies; a dynamic entre-
                                       preneurial group who values safety, health, community, relationships, growth and scal
high achieving students. Founded
                                       responsibility. Progress creates a career opportunity in Storm Lake, Iowa.
in 1994 at The George Washington
University in Washington, D.C., the                                      DRAFTSPERSON
                                          The successful team member will create detailed drawings from discussion, rough sketch and/or
NSCS is the only honor society to      build history utilizing specialized software systems.
recognize outstanding achievement         The ideal candidate has a minimum of one to three years experience in a lean manufacturing
                                       environment. MRP, AutoCAD, Inventor and Microsoft Of ce experience is a must. Knowledge of
among first-and second-year college     materials for sheet metal manufacturing is a de nite asset. Interpersonal, communication, con ict
students. Membership is by invita-     resolution and problem-solving skills are necessary. Attention to detail, time and priority manage-
                                       ment and mechanical aptitude skills are required.
tion only and is offered to those
freshmen and sophomore students                                 2nd SHIFT MAINTENANCE
                                          The successful team member will have experience and knowledge in electrical, hydraulics, elec-
who carry a 3.4 grade point aver-      tronic and a good mechanical background. Knowledge of sheet metal manufacturing an asset. Prob-
age or higher and rank in the top 20   lem solving and trouble shooting skills are necessary.

percent of their college class.                                                WELDERS
                                          Meridian Manufacturing Group is currently hiring full-time skilled wire welders. Must be at least
    Those attending the ceremony       18 years of age and legally able to work in the U.S. Excellent wages and bene ts. Apply in person
were Emily’s parents, Tom and Nan-     at Iowa Workforce Development in Storm Lake.
cy Lampe of Havelock, and Shane
                                       WGI Westman Group, Inc. offers a total rewards package including professional growth,
Braunschweig of Laurens.               career development, learning and fun. Apply online via Careers at www.westmangroup.
                                       com or send resume and cover sheet to:

                                                     Meridian Manufacturing Group, Attn: HR Manager
                                                2897 Expansion Blvd, Storm Lake, IA 50588. May also apply in
                                                    person at Iowa Workforce Development in Storm Lake.

                                                         We thank all applicants for their interest.
                                                 WGI Westman Group Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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At the Library                                  ing often as the kids get more projects
with Glenda Mulder                                 New in nonfiction this week we re-
                                                ceived: The Forever War by Dexter Filkins,
October 1, 2008                                 Guinness World Records 2009, Sarah:
                                                How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political
I’ve got a couple dates for your calendars.     Establishment Upside Down by Kaylene
Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m. the Car-        Johnson, Snowball: Warren Buffet and the
roll Area Paranormal Team will present          Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, and 10
a program at the library. I was checking        Conversations You Need to Have with your
out their website the other day and got a       Children by Shmuel Boteach which was
little freaked out, so their program should     donated by Bob & Connie Dallenbach in
be fabulous. Not for the faint of heart, I      memory of Vera Brackey. In fiction we
believe!                                        received The Letters by Luanne Rice, Heat
     On Friday, October 31st @ 6:30 the         Lightning by John Sanford, Lucky One by
Halloween tradition of Magician Larry           Nicholas Sparks, Hot Mahogany by Stuart
Dunbar continues. This year, financial           Woods. Home by Marilyn Robinson was               Mandy Olson
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support for this event comes from friends       donated by Joyce Rigby in memory of Vir-
and family who sent memorials for Vera          ginia Hodges. New DVDs include Iron               Mandy Olson
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Brackey. Vera loved kids and holidays, so       Jawed Angels and Oklahoma!                        Independent Beauty Consultant
this seems to be a very fitting tribute.                  Our book discussion group will 
     L-M’s new Art teacher, Mr. Thomas          be reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.           (712) 845-4203
Gary brought us a big stack of his student’s    Pick up a copy today and get in the spirit
projects to display at the Library. Stop in     of Halloween!
to look at our colorful bulletin boards to
see some of the talent developing in our        Stop at the Library and check it out!
community. These boards will be chang-

Wacky Wednesday at the
Laurens Public Library
brought out the monster
in all of us. Golden Ho-
rizons 4H Club members
Megan Jensen and Addy
Boettcher are shown
reading the story “Two
Monsters.” We had such a
monstrously good time we
decided to have a monster
theme again next time!

                                     The children enjoy a story being read by Megan Jensen and Addy Boettcher on Wacky Wednesday!
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From the Family of                     Local & School Calendar
Melvin Runneberg                       Oct. 2 ~ JH Football with Graettinger/Terril at Terril at 4:00 p.m.; Northern
                                       Lights Concert at 7:00 p.m. (Vocal fundraiser).
A huge and sincere thank you to
all for the many kindnesses shown      Oct. 3 ~ Football with Graettinger/Terril at Graettinger at 7:00 p.m.
Melvin during his illness and to us
following his death. The expressions   Oct. 4 ~ Estherville Invitational Volleyball, varsity at 9:00 a.m.; PAC Invitation-
of sympathy, cards, memorial gifts,    al Cross Country meet at Pocahontas, boys & girls JV & V at 9:00 a.m.; Algona
food, generous help from friends,      Band Day.
our church family, caring EMT and
Pocahontas Hospital staff, and the     Oct. 6 ~ Volleyball with Ruthven/Ayrshire at Ruthven, JVR, JV & V at 5:30
Smith-Loterbour-Powers group made      p.m.; JV Football at Aurelia at 6:30 p.m.; JH Football at Aurelia at 4:00 p.m;
a difficult time much easier.           LifeTouch Fall school pictures will be taken.

Dorothy Runneberg                      Oct. 7 ~ Volleyball with St. Mary’s at Storm Lake, JVR, JV & V at 6:00 p.m.;
Jim and Mary Runneberg                 JH Volleyball with St. Mary’s at Laurens, 7th & 8th at 4:00 p.m.
Mary and Steve Korrect
Janis and Dana Ragaller                Oct. 8 ~ Professional Development from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m., school will dismiss
David and Cheryl Runneberg

                                       LSB Realty
                                       at 1:30 p.m.; No Early Childhood Classes.


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From the Heart                                    you have been procrastinating about for
                                                  years! It is a disease!
                                                                                                       But apparently it just needs to be done.
                                                                                                       I re-organized all of my piano music. I
                                                      We have lived in the same home for               have been cleaning out underneath beds.
As stated in previous articles, my hus-           19 years. There are projects around the              At the store I cleared out shelves that I
band and I are some of the delegates              house that need to be done but aren't                have been intending to do “when I get a
going to Laurens, France. The departure           on the “high priority” list. And yet now,            moment” for years. There they sit...bare.
date is arriving very quickly. Bill and I         of all times, I feel compelled to do them            Almost mocking me at the craziness that
haven't traveled since 2002 – and that            all. When we moved in we cleaned the                 this all is.
was for a “forced” vacation that the              kitchen and painted the walls. I have re-                Now I understand why people who
company he worked for then paid for.              painted the walls since then many times.             are on the go all of the time seem like
I don't believe before that time we had           But it seems (that after 19 years) only              the most organized. They can't help
been gone for more than an overnight              days away from leaving, I must re-paper              themselves! It actually reminds me of
stay since 1997. So this planning to leave        the kitchen cabinets! This hasn't both-              the “nesting” stage of being pregnant.
is somewhat a new experience.                     ered me before. The compulsion is so                 At some point I hope to get the neces-
    I am discovering a few new things.            strong that I actually have purchased the            sary work packing! So if you
When I mention these new things to                rolls of paper. Of all things that could be          have projects around the house that you
people...they simple nod their head and           done...AND RE-PAPER THE CABI-                        can't seem to get yourself to do...plan a
say “oh, yes!”. Why aren't we warned              NETS is one of them? The insanity of                 vacation!
about such things? What am I talking              it all!
about? The need to completely clean,                  I am now mending and sewing but-                 From the Heart,
organize, and finish all the projects that         tons on clothes we aren't even taking.               Julie Wurr


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                                                setting, with warm and friendly teachers,      line Cooney is the latest in for teens. We
Albert City Public                              what the world wide web is all about, how      have a number of great new Disney chil-
                                                to do e-mail and just how does this box        dren’s books: Mulan, Pixar Monsters, Inc.,
Library News                                    work anyway!
                                                    Classes will be Tuesday mornings start-
                                                                                               Sleeping Beauty, Atlantis- the Lost Empire,
                                                                                               Pocahontas, Dinosaur, The Lion King II
The Albert City Public Library Board            ing October 7th from 10-12. We have            Simba’s Pride, Babies Bedtime Stories, The
unanimously voted to have flavored coffees       only 6 computers, so it would be a limited     Emperor’s New Groove, The Hunchback of
and teas in the library for adult patrons,      class, first come, first served, unless you      Notre Dame, Tigger’s Family and Anytime
engaging the community with the library         have a laptop handy. We will charge $5         Stories Collection.
to make it a social gathering spot. The         per class per person, all proceeds going           Other new children’s books include:
Board felt that this would be a wonderful       to the library. Please call 843-2012 if        How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?,
addition and turned this endeavor over to       interested or come into the library to sign    Charlie Brown’s Two-Minute Stories, The
the Friends of the Library to move ahead,       up for the class.                              Tale of Peter Rabbit, It Takes Three, Cool
using the proceeds to enhance the library.          We have quite a list of new fiction book    Time Song, The Brave But Gentle Shep-
    We were just notified that the Albert        offerings for September with more on the       herd, Jimbo Comes Home and Other Sto-
City Public Library has been awarded the        way. The Cleaner by Brett Battles, Final       ries, Our Library, ABC, Clifford’s Puppy
Libri Foundation Grant for Children’s           Justice by Fern Michaels, The Distance         Days, Big Sister-Little Sister, The Beren-
books for November, which is considered         Between Us by Bart Yates, Silks by Dick        stain Bears at Camp Crush, Blue’s Big
a 2009 grant since Libri’s 2009 fiscal year      Francis, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian     Book of Stories, Woolly Has Two Dozen
begins October 1st.                             Barry, Being Elizabeth by Barbara Brad-        Sisters!, Strawberry Shortcake Dream Big!,
    This is a 2-1 matching grant, which         ford, Deep Dish by Mary K. Andrews,            Gonzo and the Great Race, Mother Goose
means that for the $350 being raised,           Damage Control by Judith Jance, The            Favorite Rhymes Treasury, Leo the Lop,
our library will receive $1050 worth of         Turnaround by George Pelecanos, Death’s        Mother Goose Counting Rhymes Treasury,
new children’s books. The Lions Club of         Half Acre by Margaret Maron, Into the          The Pencil, and Xavier’s Fantastic Discov-
Albert City has donated $200 specifically        Fire by Suzanne Brockmann, Made in             ery.
for this project and a special “thank you”      the USA by Billie Letts, Rules of Decep-           New movies in our library are: Maid
goes out to them for their generosity and       tion by Christopher Reich, Moscow Rules        of Honor, Saving Sarah Cain, Barbie
interest in the community.                      by Daniel Silva, The Guernsey Literary         and the Diamond Castle, Son of Ram-
    The State Library of Iowa is starting       and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary A.         bow, Over Her Dead Body, Nim’s Island,
to collect stories from our patrons for a       Shaffer, Fade Away by Harlan Coben,            Married Life, The Painted Veil, License
folder on the “Telling the Library Story”       White Mountain by Dinah McCall, The            to Wed, and Bratz. Coming soon: The
website. We are asking our patrons to jot       Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen, Silent Witness     Lake House, Away from Her, The Great
down their story about our library and the      by Leona Karr, The Face of Deception by        Debaters, Mad Money, and The Kingdom
importance of the library to our commu-         Iris Johansen, Colorado Love Carves Out        of Heaven. Don’t forget you can rent our
nity and bring it in sometime soon to be        a Home on the Mountains by Rosey Dow,          movies for free!
sent to the State Library. We also have         Tom Clancy’s Endwar by David Michaels,             Children’s magazines have been ordered
a sheet at the circulation desk to write a      Loving the Enemy by Pat White, I’ll Be         for the library...National Wildlife Federa-
short note.                                     Watching You by Tracy Montoya, 72              tion’s Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard and
    Story Hour is in full swing for pre-        Hours by Dana Marton, Downtown Owl             Baby Animals, so be looking for those to
school children, with Nola Josephson,           by Chuck Klosterman, and The Longing           arrive in the coming weeks. EveryDay with
every Friday morning from 10:00 to              by Beverly Lewis.                              Rachel Ray is a new home cooking maga-
11:00. Nola engages the children in sto-            Our non-fiction new books include:          zine that we feature to help bring some
ries, fingerplays, music, nursery rhymes,        Catherdrals Among the Cornfields by             pizzazz to your mealtime. Be looking for
coloring and treats. We have new animal         Marilyn Setzler, Measure of the Heart (a       a couple of new additions to our magazine
hand puppets for the children to have fun       father/daughter relationship dealing with      rack in the near future. I’ll let you know
with made and donated to the library by         Alzheimer’s) by Mary Ellen Geist, The          next time! Teenager’s, remember that we
Mauricia Proper. Thank you, Mauricia!           Last Campaign (Robert F. Kennedy and           carry Lucky, Glamour, Fashion, Self and
So bring your preschoolers to the library       82 days that inspired America) by Thur-        People magazines that may be of
to enjoy story hour and to learn to love        ston Clarke, The Last Lecture by Randy         interest for you. Come and check us out!
reading for a lifetime!                         Pausch, After the Fire (A true story of            We are open now on Saturday morn-
    Plans are in progress for computer          frienship and survival) by Robin G. Fisher,    ings from 8:30 -11:30. Enjoy this
classes for the adult that is scared, intimi-   Forever Mame (The life of Rosalind Rus-        wonderful Indian Summer we’re having
dated, and clueless when it comes to www.       sell) by Bernard F. Dick, and Murder by        and check out your local public library for
com! Let’s find out in a non-judgmental          Family (the incredible true story of a son’s   all it has to offer.
                                                treachery and a father’s forgiveness) by
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                                                                                          Murder in
                                                                                          Saturday, September 20th, eight people
                                                                                          gathered in the home of Dennis &
                                                                                          Chantelle Slattery in Laurens to discover
                                                                                          who out of the group of eight, was the
                                                                                          murderer of a 1920’s Chicago Crime
                                                                                          Boss. The game from How to Host a
                                                                                          Murder was the first that Chantelle has
                                                                                          thrown. Throughout the night, as ac-
                                                                                          cusations flew, the details of the murder
                                                                                          and murderer were revealed over drinks
                                                                                          and a 5-course meal. With the help of
                                                                                          their daughter Kelsey as the wait-staff, it
                                                                                          was a great night enjoyed by all.
  Front Row: Jamie Brazel, Kelly Vaudt-Reese, Kelsey Slattery, Nathan Brazel. Back Row:
     Nanci and Mike Slattery (of Spencer), Chantelle and Dennis Slattery, Justin Reese

   FLU VACCINATION CLINICS                                                  COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN
                  Protect Yourself                                             POSITION AVALIABLE:
                      Provided by:
         Pocahontas County Health Department                                    Laurens Municipal Power &
                     (712) 335-4142                                         Communications has an opening for
                                                                                a full-time Communications
 10/15/08      12:00-1:30       LAURENS City Hall Meal Site
                                                                             Technician. This position involves
 10/21/08       7:30-9:00       POCAHONTAS Court House
                                                                             construction and maintenance of
 10/29/08      8:30-9:30        ROLFE     Rolfe State Bank
                                                                            communications distribution system.
 10/29/08      10:00-11:00      HAVELOCK Methodist
                                         Church-Mealsite                     Qualifications for this position are:
 11/05/08      8:00-9:00        PALMER   St. Paul Lutheran                   CDL, High School Diploma, 2 years
 11/05/08      10:00-11:00      FONDA    City Hall                            experience or Technical School
                                                                             Graduate. Salary DOQ. Excellent
   Immunizations will be given as long as supplies of
 vaccine are available. FEE: $25.00 OR MEDICARE PART B
                                                                              benefits. Pre-employment drug
     (If eligible we will bill) BRING YOUR MEDICARE CARD!                    screening and post-offer physical
 All children 6 months through 18 years of age should                         required. Must reside in service
  receive influenza vaccine annually, beginning in the                      area. Position open until filled. EOE.
          2008-2009 influenza season if possible.
                                                                             Send resume to: General Manager,
  In addition to flu clinics, Pocahontas County Health                          Laurens Municipal Power &
    Department also provides; In-home Home Health
 Care Services, including nursing and home care aide
                                                                               Communications, PO Box 148,
                               service.                                             Laurens, IA 50554.

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Sights from the
Five County
Democratic Rally
Photo Below: Becky Greenwald, candi-
date for the U.S. House of Representa-
tives, speaks at the Five County Demo-
cratic Rally in Emmetsburg.
    Photo to Right: State Senator Jack
Kibbie addresses the crowd at the Five
County Democratic Rally in Emmets-

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Keegan Geisinger Arrives
Pictured is Donna Wood holding her third Great grandchild, Keegan
Allen Geisinger. Keegan was born September 15 at 12:15 PM weigh-
ing 6 lbs 13 oz. and 19 in. long.
    Heather and Todd Geisinger are the proud parents. Grandparents
are Rex & Gail Heckert of Peterson and Kurt & Deb Geisinger of Linn
Grove. Verna Heckert of Peterson and Donna & Robert Wood of
Marathon are Great grandparents.

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                                                                   King Tyler & Queen Jordan ride down 3rd Street during the Homecoming

         Queen Jordan Sundblad and King Tyler Smith.

                                                                                          Coach Kerry Feekes was the speaker at
2008 Royal Court by Couple L to R: Haley Lind & Adam Woodin, Zach Lovin & Nikki
                                                                                                  coronation activities.
  Cox, King Tyler Smith and Queen Jordan Sundblad, Chelsey Anderson & Ryan
                 Stumbo and Gary Brechler & Tatum Luchsinger.

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     Many L-M students await the start of coronation activities.
                                                                           The Senior pyramid team celebrates a victory.

                                                                   The Pep Band entertains the crowd at coronation activities.

 Jake Frye, Holly Hofmaster and Grace Christensen plot their
       strategy for the Junior three legged race team.

                                                                              Seniors vs. Juniors in the tug of war.

   The Senior pop bottle race team works hard to get first place.

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     High School Marching Band in the Homecoming parade.

                                                                                 Y-Teen Float.

                   L-M FFA Float.

                                                               L-M High School boys football team float.

                                                           The L-M Football Cheerleaders led the crowd in a cheer.

      Laurens residents enjoy the Homecoming parade.
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L-M Middle School Football
The Laurens-Marathon Middle School Football team has a record of 2-0 so far this season. On September 8th, they defeated Remsen
St. Mary 42-6. On September 22nd, they defeated Clay Central-Everly 52-12. The team’s next competition is scheduled for October
2nd at 4:00p.m. when they will travel to Terril to face the Graettinger/Terril Knights.

Front L-R: Dalton Arends, Levi Bechtel, Thomas Erickson, Brandon Brazel, Chase Oehlertz, Justin Valentine, Ben Arnburg. Middle L-R: Devin
Bringleson, Jake Simpson, Collin Lind, Justin DaSilva, Will Cleveland, Cory Schossow, Matt Cleveland. Back Row L-R: Josh Martin, Dalton
Lappegard, Ben Fuchs, Tyler Stockwell, Brady Bailey, Seth Hersom, Cam Graff. Not Pictured: Ben Mahoney

L-M Cross                                       44th; David Jones, 18:14, 29th; Trent Kis-
                                                cher, 17:54, 19th; Chad Kischer, 18:30,
                                                                                                 14th; Case Bieri, 18:32, 19th; Justin
                                                                                                 Depew, 18:30, 16th and Mark Griffin,
                                                33rd; Case Bieri, 19:08, 46th; Justin            19:02, 24th.
Country Results                                 Depew, 19:26, 55th and Mark Griffin,                 Varsity Girls: Kolesa Herrig, 21:47,
                                                19:58, 80th.                                     48th; Megan Hertz, 22:02, 47th; Kayla
The L-M Cross Country teams partici-               Team Scores were as follows: Algona,          Josephson, 23:00, 53rd; Kelsey Fredricks,
pated in the Humboldt Invitational on           40; GHWH, 93; Boone, 105; Eagle                  20:47, 44th and Destiny Wiley, 22:28,
September 22nd, finishing 6th in the             Grove, 141; St. Edmonds, 145; Laurens-           52nd.
team standings out of 18 teams.                 Marathon, 169; Clear Lake, 227.                     Girls Team Scores were as follows:
   Individual finish results are as follows:        The L-M Cross Country teams then              Sioux Central, 35; HMS, 63; South
JV Boys: Carleton Tapley, 21:57, 53rd and       traveled to Alta on September 29th where         O’Brien, 104; BCIG, 131; Alta, 137;
Damion Wilson, 21:29, 41st.                     the boys came out on top and the girls           Hinton, 168 and Laurens-Marathon, 244.
   Varsity Girls: Kolesa Herrig, 21:32,         finished seventh.                                    Boys Team Scores were as follows:
114th; Megan Hertz, 21:54, 117th; Kayla            Individual finish results are as follows:      Laurens-Marathon, 55; BCIG, 76; Sioux
Josephson, 23:51, 122nd; Destiny Wiley,         JV Boys: Damion Wilson, 20:15, 1st and           Central, 78; South O’Brien, 119; MMC,
24:17, 124th and Nikki Cox, 29:28,              Brandon Johnson, 24:24, 21st.                    133; Sibley Ocheyedan, 135; Alta, 176
126th.                                             Varsity Boys: Trent Kischer, 17:53,           and MNW, 182.
   Varsity Boys: Bennett Barglof, 19:07,        6th; David Jones, 18:08, 11th; Bennett              The Boys Cross Country team is cur-
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Charger JV Team                               In the run game, Kolby Joynt
                                          again led the team, racking up 190
                                          yards rushing on 12 carries for 3
Records Fourth                            touchdowns. Kolby had touchdown
                                          runs of 8, 60, and 65 yards. Devin
Victory                                   Lind rushed for 80 yards on 10 car-
On Monday, September 22nd the                 In the passing game, Austin
Charger JV football squad maintained      Stumbo caught four passes for 125
their perfect record running their        yards and two touchdowns. Josh Ser-
record to 4-0 on the season with a        nett caught 6 balls for 125 yards and
decisive victory over the West Bend-      two touchdowns. Josh also returned a
Mallard JV football squad.                kickoff 65 yards for touchdown.
    In a hard hitting game, the Char-         Defensively, the team was again
ger team battled back and forth in the    led in tackling by Andrew Olson
first half of play, taking a 28-20 lead    (10) and Travis Frerk (8). Kolby
into halftime. To open the second         Joynt, Devin Lind, and Phil Thomas
half, the Chargers gave up a quick        each had five tackles. Other defensive
touchdown to let West Bend-Mallard        highlights include Devin Lind with
narrow the score to 28-26 before they     the night’s only interception, and            Evan Johnson was responsible for many
stormed through the second half to a      fumble recoveries by Phil Thomas and           key blocks this week helping the Char-
final score of 64-26.                      Josh Sernett and a fumble recovery for       gers rack up seven offensive touchdowns.
                                                                                        Evan's solid play has kept him very busy
    Enroute to victory the Chargers       a touchdown by Travis Frerk.                during JV games and earned him some key
racked up some impressive stats. As a         The JV squad will next be in                        varsity playing time.
team, the Chargers amassed 553 total      competition on October 6th when
yards of offense. On the ground the       they face the JV squad of the Aurelia
team rushed for 303 yards, and in the     Bulldogs in Aurelia-start time 6:30.
air the receiving core combined for
250 yards. The team scored 9 total
touchdowns (7 offensive , 1 defensive
and one special team). Defensively,
the team forced four turnovers (3
fumbles and 1 interception) and only
gave up six points in the second half
of play.
    Alex Runneberg and Bryce
Maschino again shared quarterback
duties. In the first half, Bryce was 8
of 9 passing for 215 yards, includ-
ing three touchdown passes and one
2pt. PAT pass completion. Bryce
also racked up 8 rushing yards on 3
carries. In the second half, Alex was 2
for 2 passing for a total of 35 passing
yards and one touchdown. Alex also                                                     Travis Frerk continues to be one of the
carried the ball 7 times for 25 yards                                                  JV squad's leading tacklers. This week
                                                                                        he had 8 solo tackles and a fumble re-
including two 2pt. PAT conversions.       Austin Stumbo had four catches this week
                                                                                       covery in the endzone for a touchdown.
                                           for 125 yards receiving including touch-
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Chargers Devour                          Joynt scoring the final two points of
                                         the game, leaving the Wolves shell-
                                                                                   Brechler each caught a pass for 72
                                                                                   and 26 yards respectively. Sandvig
the Wolves!                              shocked, 61-0.
                                             The Chargers are now 5-0 on the
                                                                                   and Brett Wollum each collected a
                                                                                   pass for 6 and 4 yards respectively.
                                         season and as of September 27th,          Punting: Kolby Joynt had one punt
The Chargers capped off a spirit-
                                         moved up to the eighth spot in eight-     for 50 yards.
filled Homecoming week with a
                                         man football rankings. They will          Kickoffs: Joynt had a great night,
61-0 win over the Harris/Lake Park
                                         have a true test facing them this week    kicking 9 times for 424 yards.
Wolves. It was a beautiful night
                                         as they travel to Graettinger on Fri-     Punt Returns: Zach Lovin returned
for the fans to fill the bleachers and
                                         day night to take on the Graettinger-     one for a 62-yard td.
cheer for the Blue and Gold. The
                                         Terril Knights. Kick off will be at       Defense: Philip Thomas was the
Charger defense held the Wolves
                                         7:00 p.m.                                 tackle leader with eight. Ryan
to just 71 yards of offense for the
                                         Rushing: Gary Brechler rushed for         Stumbo recorded 6.5, Gary Brechler
evening. Most of the L-M squad had
                                         120 yards on 15 carries. He had           and Tyler Smith each recorded five.
playing time as the continuous clock
                                         two touchdowns and a two-point            Seventeen Chargers made tackles for
rule took over in the beginning of the
                                         conversion. Devin Lind gobbled            the night.
second half. Gary Brechler scored
                                         up 46 yards on his way to a td while
the first touchdown on a 4-yard run
                                         Bryce Maschino gained 29 yards on
with Adam Woodin kicking the extra
                                         6 attempts. Tyler Smith gained 28
point. Tyler Smith was next in line,
                                         yards on 4 tries. Kolby Joynt gained
scoring on an 11-yard run with Woo-
                                         10 yards on 4 carries. Zach Lovin
din scoring the PAT. Smith scored
                                         gained 3 yards.
again on a 72-yard pass from Zach
                                         Passing: Zach Lovin completed 7
Lovin to end the first quarter 20-0.
                                         of 9 passes for 180 yards and three
    Brechler opened up the second
quarter getting into the end zone
                                         Receiving: Adam Woodin caught
on a 26-yard pass from Lovin. He
                                         3 passes for 72 yards. Smith and
also scored the two point conver-
sion. Tyler Sandvig caught a 6-yard
pass from Lovin with 6:50 on the                      Team Stats                  Laurens         Harris Lake Park
clock. Brechler scored his third td                                               Marathon
on a 31-yard run before the half and      First downs                                 14                   6
Woodin made the PAT, sending the          Rushing yardage                            236                  12
Chargers into halftime with a 41-0        Pass completions – attempts                7 10               11 17
lead.                                     Passing yardage                            180                  59
    The second half was soon over         Pass touchdowns interceptions               30                  00
with the continuous clock “mercy”
                                          Total plays                                 42                  48
rule. Most of the starters stood on
the sidelines smiling and relaxing
                                          Total offense                              416                  71
while watching their teammates fin-        Fumbles – lost                              00                  00
ish out the game. Lovin scored twice      Penalties – yards                          2 20                6 34
– once on a 1-yard run and later          Defensive sacks – yards lost                00                  00
scored on a 62-yard punt return.          Time of possession                        19:49               28:11
Devin Lind scored the final touch-         3rd down efficiency                       4 for 7            3 for 14
down on a 46-yard run with Kolby          4th down efficiency                       1 for 2             0 for 2
                                          Punts – average                          1 – 50.0           9 for 28.0
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 The Charger football team is welcomed by many young fans on Friday night.

                      Kolby Joynt kicks off to the Wolves.
                                                                                Adam Woodin preparing to run his route.

                               Charger defense at work.

                                                                             Reuben Wenell attempts to deflect a pass.
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             Adam Woodin kicks the extra point for the Chargers.
                                                                           This Wolf was quickly engulfed by the Charger defense.

Andrew Olson and Devin Lind help a fellow Charger take down the                    Evan Johnson tackles a Wolf.

 Reserve QB Bryce Maschino (#11) takes over the helm in the second half.
                                                                            Charger fans watch as their team rips through the
                                                                            competition at Friday night’s Homecoming game.
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                                                    Outpa ent Clinic Schedule
                                                    Cardiology                        Foot & Ankle
                                                    Iowa Heart - Oct. 21st            Dr. Dayton - Oct. 1st, 8th,
   M & M’s                    Hershey’s                                               22nd & 29th
       Halloween            Halloween               Cataracts
                             Bagged Candy           Dr. Bligard - Oct. 9th            Urology
                            Selected Varieties                                        Dr. Christ - Oct. 20th
     $2.49 Valid

                             $2.29                  Dr. Kahanic - Oct. 13th           Diabetes Ed
                                                                                      Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
    14oz. Reg 3.19                                  Orthopedics
                                                    Dr. Frushour - Oct. 10th & 31st   NW IA Surgeons
                                                    Dr. Wilkerson - Oct. 17th         Weekly
   New Hours               All Halloween
    Beginning              Items On Sale            Mental Health                     Ear, Nose & Throat
                                                    Chris Carr - Oct. 6th, 13th,      Dr. Wood - Oct. 6th & 20th
   October 6th -
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                                                    20th & 27th
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 Hy-Vee Ressler Clinic Pharmacy, Downtown Laurens

                                                      Come and wish Joel Reese & Elizabeth Canby
                                                         all the best in wedded bliss this Friday.
                                                      Joel’s band “The Yellow Notebook” will begin
                                                                   playing at 7:00 p.m.

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         Announcements                           Announcements                            Help Wanted

Laurens Golf & Country Club             ATTENTION: It's time to start          Laurens Marathon Community
Thursday Night Special will be          thinking about winter snow removal!    School has the following position
potato bar with all the fixings for      Call Brian Slama at (712) 841-7229.    available: Junior High Girls Basket-
Thursday, October 2nd. Public                                                  ball Coach. Please pick up an ap-
Welcome!                                Fall Craft & Bake Sale at the Lau-     plication at: Laurens Marathon CSD
                                        rens First Christian Church. Thurs-    (main office) 300 West Garfield,
Thank you, Laurens, for supporting      day, Oct. 9th. Open 9:00 a.m. for      Laurens, Iowa 50554. Phone: (712)
our farmstand. We have enjoyed serv-    coffee & sales. Lunch service begins   841-5000.
ing you. Some garden produce is still   at 11:00 a.m.
available. Give us a call. 845-2003                                            City of Marathon needs a part
Stoner’s Prime Produce                                                         time city maintenance person for
                                                                               inside and outside duties. Must be 18
Heart ‘n Home will be closed from                                              years of age or older and have a valid
October 5th to October 18th.                                                   drivers license. Are subject to pre-em-
Check out www.heartnhomeonline.                                                ployment drug testing. Equal Oppor-
com for more details!                                                          tunity Employer. Apply at City Hall,
                                                                               306 W. Attica in Marathon Monday-
Looking for a hauntingly good                                                  Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
time? Carroll Area Paranormal Team
will be at the Laurens Public Library
on Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

                  Fire Prevention Week is
                    October 5 - 11, 2008

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This Week at First                    This Week at                            This Week at
Christian Church                      Bethany                                 Laurens United
Wed. Oct. 1                           Wednesday October 1st                   Methodist Church
1:00 p.m. ~ Willing Workers           9 AM - 12 Noon
3:30 p.m. ~ ChiRho Kids & Friends     ~ Pastor’s Office                        Wed. Oct. 1
7:00 p.m. ~ Mission Council Meet-     Hours                                   6:30 p.m. ~ UMW Exec
ing                                   10 AM ~ Staff                           7:30 p.m. ~ UMW General
Thur. Oct. 2                          4 - 5:30 PM ~                           Fri. Oct. 3
2:00 p.m. ~ General CFW Meeting       Affirmation of                           7:00 a.m. ~ Men’s Bible Study
                                      Baptism Classes                         Rehearsal Canby/Reese
Sun. Oct. 5                           7 PM ~ HS Bible
9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School             Study                                   Sat. Oct. 4
10:30 a.m. ~ Worship-World Com-                                               Wedding Canby/
munion Sunday, Warren Hartley-        Saturday, October 4th                   Reese
Guest Musician                        9 - 10:30 AM ~ 9th Grade Affirma-
4:00 p.m. ~ Good Samaritan Service    tion of Baptism Classes @ Grace         Sun. Oct. 5th
6:30 p.m. ~ CYF                                                               World Commu-
                                      Sunday, October 5th                     nion Sunday (Of-
Wed. Oct. 8                           9:15 AM ~ Sunday School Hour            fering)
1:00 p.m. ~ Willing Workers           9:15 AM ~ Coffee Fellowship             9:00 a.m. ~ Sun-
1:30 p.m. ~ ChiRho Kids & Friends     10:30 AM ~ Morning Worship w/           day School
7:30 p.m. ~ Lydia Circle Meeting      Communion                               9:30 a.m.~ Fellowship Coffee
                                      7:30 PM ~ National Youth Gather-        10:30 a.m. ~ Worship
                                      ing Youth Metting @ Our Saviors’        11:30 a.m. ~ Potluck for Dr. Carl &
                                      Lutheran Church, Albert City            Sharon Klein

                                                                              Mon. Oct. 6
Sacred Heart                                                                  7:00 p.m. ~ Quilt Club
                                      Rosary Society Soup
Church - Laurens                      and Pie Supper
                                                                              Wed. Oct. 8
                                                                              7:00 p.m. ~ Christian Ed
Mass Times ~ October - December
Saturday - 5:00 PM Laurens            The Sacred Heart Rosary Society         Fri. Oct. 10
Sunday - 9:00 AM Sioux Rapids         will hold their annual Soup and Pie     7:00 a.m. ~ Men’s Bible Study
Confessions 1/2 hour before masses.   Supper on Wednesday, October 15th       Rehearsal Rubicam/Roenfeldt
Laurens Daily Mass as scheduled in    at the Parish Center from 4:30 p.m. -
bulletin.                             7:00 p.m. Broccoli Cheese, Chicken      Sat. Oct. 11
                                      Noodle, or Chili and Pie/Bars.          7:00 a.m. ~ UM Men
Wednesday, Oct. 1st                   Adults $5.00 12 & under $3.00 Pre       Wedding Rubicam/Roenfeldt
7:00 p.m. ~ CCD Classes               School - Free

Monday, Oct. 6th
7:00 p.m. ~ Rosary Society Mtg.
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