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La Porte-Dysart FFA to host pancake breakfast

The La Porte-Dysart FFA chapter will sponsor a pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 17, from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM at the FFA Historical and Ag Museum located at 408 Main Street, La Porte City.
The amazing breakfast will feature fresh off the griddle pancakes and sausages, along with a yogurt bar, orange juice and coffee. A freewill donation will be collected. Purchase chances ($1 each or 6 for $5) to win a large harvest-themed basket featuring Kramer’s meats, Iowa popcorn, Iowa wines and Single Speed beers, salsa, jams and jellies, Iowa olive oil and balsamic vinegars, honey, apples, a homemade pie and goodies. All proceeds will go to the Museum’s Future Fund endowment.
Questions can be directed to Jan at 319-215-0257.

Enrollment time for Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is now open for Iowans purchasing or changing their ACA individual health coverage to become effective January 1, 2020.
“As the open enrollment season begins, Iowans considering individual plans should talk with a licensed insurance agent to thoroughly research all coverage options to determine the best plan for themselves and their families. The ACA-compliant insurance market is available to Iowans, however, many Iowans have been priced out of that market,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “Changes made at the Iowa state legislature and by the federal government have provided a few more options in addition to ACA-compliant coverage for Iowans to review as they plan out their health needs for 2020.”
Iowans who wish to purchase ACA-compliant coverage need to complete enrollment between November 1, 2019, and December 15, 2019, to have coverage effective by January 1, 2020. During open enrollment, Iowans may call 1-800-318-2596 or visit for information regarding enrollment and to calculate applicable tax credits.
Local insurance agents, assisters and Iowa’s navigator are available to help Iowans review which insurance plan may best fit their needs. Iowans can find local help by visiting
Important information about individual coverage for 2020:
Medica, Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and Wellmark Value Health Plan will be offering ACA-compliant individual health insurance plans to Iowans for plan year 2020. Iowans in every county will have a choice of at least two carriers.
If you currently have coverage through the exchange and do not choose a plan for 2020 by the end of open enrollment, you will be re-enrolled into the same or similar plan.
If you are considering changing insurance carriers, double-check to ensure your preferred healthcare provider(s) are in-network and your prescription drugs will continue to be covered.
Changes in federal and state regulation are opening other options for Iowans to find health coverage through a health benefit plan sponsored by a non-profit agricultural organization or through short-term limited-duration plans.

Consolidated election offers no local surprises

Despite Iowa legislators’ efforts to increase voter participation by consolidating municipal and school board elections in 2019, turnout in Black Hawk and Tama counties remained relatively low in last week’s election, registering at about 19%.
A pair of contributing factors offers possible explanations for the lack of voter participation locally. Each of the seven seats available, three on the La Porte City City Council and four on the Union Community Schools Board of Directors, saw races where candidates ran unopposed. Incumbents Jasmine Gaston, Brett Hakeman and Kristi Harrill easily retained their City Council seats, with no challenges offered from other candidates. Four seats on the Union School Board were also filled in races that saw incumbents Corey Lorenzen, Brandon Paine and Jenna Scott, along with newcomer Ben Schimmel, running unopposed. Incumbent Cathy Niebergall did not seek reelection.
Perhaps the lack of candidates was an indicator of another reason for low voter turnout- a general lack of controversial issues before each of the governing bodies.
Once the election canvas has been completed and the election results are certified as official, the new school board members will be sworn in and begin their service immediately. Each of the City Council members elected officially begin their terms on January 1, 2020.

Robin Hood on trial: “What shall we do?”

A band of outlaws have tried to disrupt Prince John and his cohorts’ evil plans. With the return of King Richard, it must be decided who is telling the truth . . . Robin Hood? Maid Marian? The Sheriff of Nottingham?
So sets the scene for the Union Drama Department’s Fall Play, “The Trials of Robin Hood,” which will be November 9th and 10th at Matt Auditorium at Union High School. The play, a comedy, focuses on the stories of three different individuals to discover which story is the truth. Audience participation at the end, decides which story is more believable.
“Having to learn three different endings to a show is something the actors and actresses have not done before,” said director Dean Bostian. “Having to be ready at a moment’s notice, once the audience has reached a decision, keeps them on their toes and ready for anything,” he added.
Leading the charge in this show are seniors Noah Damro (Robin Hood), Jasmine Hickok (Maid Marian), and Bradyn Abe (Sheriff).
“The group of seniors we have this year are amazing. Many of them have been with the program since their freshman year, and it is great to see how far they have come,” said Bostian.
Others seniors performing their final Fall Play are Gracie Hall, Tyler Barthelmes, Jon Bronner, Emma Harris, Tessa Pearson, Megan Van Hauen, and Gabe Hines.
“I also have four seniors (Maddy Bonner, Brisen Brodigan, Emma Hansen, and Hailey Bathen) who have been my backstage workers for the past years. I will miss them dearly,” quipped Bostian.
“The Trials of Robin Hood” will be performed at 7 PM on November 9th and 2 PM on November 10th. Admission will be $5, and activity passes will be accepted.

LPC Specialty Care receives top rating from state

Staff at La Porte City Specialty Care are celebrating a perfect survey administered by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. They received zero deficiencies. There are 439 nursing facilities in Iowa. Generally, only 5 percent are found to be deficiency-free.
Skilled nursing facilities are inspected annually to evaluate services and renew state licensure. Unannounced, state surveyors arrive to interview, observe, and check records for several days. Surveyors determine compliance with regulations governing areas such as quality of care, residents’ rights, confidentiality and quality of service. If each of the many applicable regulations is met, the nursing home is awarded a “deficiency-free” survey.
“Receiving a deficiency free rating requires a great amount of attention to detail in all areas,” says Administrator Pam Tallman. “With the intention of always thinking of ‘residents first’ we are committed and able to provide a safe, comfortable, loving home for all those who live here with us.”
“We have worked hard as a team to achieve this result,” Tallman added.


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