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Flushing of city hydrants to begin

La Porte City Utilities will begin its annual spring flushing of the town’s water mains on Monday, April 6, starting on the west end of La Porte City. Hydrant flushing is done to remove rust or sediment present and will continue daily until all city hydrants are flushed. Customers are reminded that some discoloration of the water may occur during this time.

Union initiates free curbside meal program

While COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, continues to rewrite the rules for how citizens can safely interact with one another while maintaining social distance to slow the spread of the virus, the Union Community School District is not going to let the closure of its schools prevent it from fulfilling a critical need- feeding the hungry. To meet this important need, the district initiated a curbside meal program on March 26 that will provide cold breakfasts and lunches to students each weekday during the time schools remain closed during the coronavirus crisis.
Curbside meals will be made available at the main entrances of Union High School in La Porte City and Union Middle School in Dysart between the hours of 11 AM – noon, Monday-Friday. Please note that students must be present when picking up meals. This program is open to ALL students 18 years old and younger. It is not necessary to complete a free/reduced lunch application in order to participate.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Travis Fleshner noted that the district is not delivering meals at this time, as guidance on this possibility is being developed at the state level. More information about meal delivery will be forthcoming as soon as it becomes available. He also commended the staff and students for their efforts to continue teaching and learning online.
“I appreciate your support of the school district during this shutdown. I am proud of the efforts of the teaching staff to transform face-to-face classroom instruction into home educational opportunities for our students. I encourage you to reach out to your student’s classroom teacher and join them in making the most of this unique time,” he wrote.
Thursday, April 2
Cold Breakfast
Chicken Strips w/Tea Roll, Vegetable, Fruit, Milk
Friday, April 3
Cold Breakfast
Cheese Filled Breadstick w/Marinara, Vegetable, Fruit, Milk
Menu is subject to change without notice. Please contact Tina Hanna for special dietary needs:

Main Street reconstruction set to begin April 13

When the reconstruction of Main Street begins on Monday, April 13, tentative plans call for work to begin on the storm sewer near the Main Street bridge. When that project starts, La Porte City residents can expect bridge traffic to be diverted to the U.S. Highway 218 bridge.
Just a few weeks after the Main Street project commences, work is also scheduled to begin on the completion of Wolf Creek Park, located near the intersection of Main Street and Tama Road. The park project includes the creation of a walking trail, pavilion, parking lot and the extension of a recreational trail that will extend from Wolf Creek Park to the 8th Street railroad crossing, effectively connecting the park to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Weather permitting, the Wolf Creek Park project will proceed quickly, with the contractor hoping to have all work with the exception of the pavilion completed in about a month following the May 1st start date.
At last week’s City Council meeting, Council members got a look at samples of the bricks that will be used to resurface the four blocks of Main Street between Locust and Walnut streets. The decision to lay the new bricks in a herringbone pattern with a straight-edge border was made for two reasons- the pattern provides the strongest and most cohesive surface, in addition to being less costly to create.

Hawkins Library joins libraries worldwide in largest digital book club

Hawkins Memorial Library patrons can join thousands of readers around the world in laughter and learning during the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club.
From March 30 to April 13, booklovers can enjoy stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s hilarious yet insightful memoir, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic, as an ebook or audiobook with no waitlists or holds. Hawkins Memorial Library readers can join by visiting or downloading the Libby app, then discuss online at
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s memoir in which he points out that autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.
The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a library card to get started. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

La Porte City Chamber of Commerce seeks Jesse Wasson Award nominations

Do you know someone who has made important contributions to the La Porte City community? The Jesse Wasson Award was established in memory of La Porte City’s forefather, Dr. Jesse Wasson, and is designed to honor a member of the community who has distinguished him or herself as a caring, committed citizen dedicated to community betterment. The award recipient’s involvement in the community may be through school or church, serving on boards in city government, as a member of various service organizations, or through other volunteer service.
Dr. Jesse Wasson is credited with founding La Porte City in 1855. He was the community’s first postmaster, serving from 1855-60. He was also La Porte City’s first justice of the peace, and, for a time, was editor of the local newspaper. Following the Civil War, her returned to Iowa and was a member of the county Board of Supervisors for three years before being elected to the State Legislature, where he served as a member of the 13th General Assembly. Upon his return to La Porte City, he also served as mayor for two separate terms, 1875-77 and 1881.
The La Porte City Chamber of Commerce has supported this tradition with the presentation of the Jesse Wasson Award, established in 1980, during the annual Festival of Trails Celebration. The award recipient is selected by the Wasson Award Committee.
Nomination forms are available at City Hall and the La Porte City Visitors Center. They can also be downloaded from the city website ( and The Progress Review’s website ( The nomination form and the rubric used to score them focus on four main criteria:
Community Involvement:
The nominee’s active involvement in local clubs, organizations, schools, church, local government, volunteer efforts or other community activities.
Community Leadership:
The nominee’s demonstrated leadership in local clubs, organizations, schools, church, local government, volunteer efforts or other community activities.
Community Contributions:
The impact of the nominee’s contributions to activities in local clubs, organizations, schools, church, local government, volunteer efforts or other community activities resulting in the betterment of La Porte City in some way.
Community Cheerleader:
Evidence of the nominee’s willingness to support and encourage others, as well as the positive impact their actions have on how the community is viewed by others.
Completed nomination forms must be returned to City Hall by Friday, May 15, 2020 for nominees to be considered for the 2020 Jesse Wasson Award.
Jesse Wasson Award Recipients
2019 – Jim Bagenstos
2018 – Jan Erdahl
2017 – Phil Winther
2016 – Jon & Heidi Barz
2015 – Mike & Heather Chingren
2014 – Dick & Dee Hutton
2013 – Peggy Mangrich
2012 – Colleen Schulz
2011 – Doris Wagner
2010 – Shawn Mehlert
2009 – Dave Zea
2008 – Norma Hoelscher
2007 – LeAnn Craft
2006 – Gary & Sherry Sheffler
2005 – Ron Crooks
2004 – Wilbur & Betty Engelkes
2003 – Oleen Arenholz
2002 – Dolores Bader
2001 – Duane Slaikeu
2000 – Ken & Pat Benda
1999 – Robert Burkgren
1998 – Marty Deviney
1997 – Junior McBride
1996 – Leona Miller
1995 – Ardie Miszner
1994 – Lydia Taylor
1993 – Keith Kullmer, Sr.
1992 – Robert Hicks, Sr.
1991 – Frank Carlson
1990 – Glen Bader
1989 – Leo Meany
1988 – John Comstock
1987 – Lois Miszner
1986 – John Miller
1985 – Mayme Gill
1984 – Abe Foss
1983 – Ann Estep
1982 – Award not presented
1981 – Ralph Brown
1980 – Bruce Kline


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