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Union’s Michael Ahrendsen to Play in Iowa Shrine Bowl

Michael Ahrendsen, stand-out lineman from Union High School who has been recruited to play at NCAA Division II powerhouse, Northwest Missouri State, has been selected to participate in the 45th Iowa Shrine Bowl Classic football game to be played in the UNI-Dome on July 29.
Prior to the game, a giant Shrine Parade will be held. Kickoff for the game is slated for 4 PM.
Filled with practices and other special activities, the week leading up to the game promises to be a busy one for the game’s players, cheerleaders and coaches.
While every Iowa high school is eligible to submit senior player candidates to participate in the game, only 88 of the finest are selected to play in the game.
Ahrendsen, who will play for the North squad, recorded 57 tackles for the Knights in 2016. He also had a hand in 7.5 quarterback sacks.
The Shrine Temples in Iowa have sponsored the annual Shrine Bowl for 45 years. As a result of the game, more than $2 million has been raised for the Shrine Children’s Hospitals.

2017 Senior Spotlight – Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown
Parents’ Name: Dwaine and Kari Brown and Teresa Mether
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: May 18, 1999
Favorite color: Red
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite Movie: The Final Season
Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse
Favorite class: Band
Hobbies/Activities: Tennis and Fine Arts
What is your favorite memory from high school? Jazz Band.
My biggest pet peeve is: Hypocrites.
Who are the most influential people in your life? My family.
What will you miss most about high school? Friends and band.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I see myself being married with kids and a good career.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Having the respect of the teachers.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend Iowa State for Mechanical Engineering.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Get involved and try new things.

Burkgren – 60

Robert and Clarice Burkgren will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this week.
The couple was married at Zion Lutheran Church at Gowrie, lA on March 9, 1957.
Clarice graduated from Iowa State College in 1957 with a degree in Home Economics Education. Teaching experience included one year (1958) in La Porte City.
Robert graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1959 with his chosen profession in teaching Industrial Arts. In 1959 both found employment at Sentral of Fenton, IA in their respective fields. Clarice taught two years there while Robert taught for six years. After the family
moved back to La Porte City in 1965, Clarice also taught halftime in the junior high for a total of four years, while Robert completed an additional 30 years. He also taught driver’s education for many years before retiring in La Porte City. Clarice served as the American Lutheran Church secretary from 1987-2006.
Their family includes Barb who lives in Hendersonville, TN, along with her son Rob, his wife and three children. Brenda and her husband Wayne Kirk and their children, Michael and Madelyn live in Bowling Green, KY. Their youngest daughter, Beth, has lived in a Comp System group home in Cedar Falls since 1992. They enjoy six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Brad’s wife still lives in Groton, NY; their three daughters live in Virginia, Idaho, and North Carolina. Son Brad, passed away in 2009 and one great grandson, Logan Wiebbecke died in 2016. Logan would have celebrated his 1st birthday on March 16, this year.

Citizens Speak Out Against Dog Park

At the February 27 City Council meeting, several La Porte City citizens made their feelings about a proposed dog park known- they don’t like the idea.
Carolyn Schmitz stated that she did not see the need for a dog park and asked if a waste receptacle would be provided. She also questioned the City’s liability, as well as extra work for Public Works in maintaining the property and keeping their equipment clean. She indicated that the money should be spent on streets before it is spent a dog park.
Chad Van Dyke also voiced his opposition to the dog park. He questioned who would police the facility and questioned how many dogs are in the community.
JoLisa Stoneman indicated that she would rather see money go toward improving the City’s ball diamonds and the park near the aquatic center.
In response, Council member Brent Sadler agreed that there would be some additional maintenance time. He also reminded the citizens present that when the City outsourced the garbage collection two years ago, a conscious decision was made not to lay off any Public Works employees, thereby gaining nearly 60 additional hours per week for workers to address other needs. He added that in terms of liability, it is the owner of the dog who is responsible for its actions, not the City.
Council member Kristi Harrill indicated that she had researched dog parks in the area and only larger communities typically have them. In addition, she reported issues with waste containment, worn grass areas, gates large enough to accommodate mowers and ADA-compliant entrances. She also requested more research from the Parks & Recreation Commission before projects are presented to the Council for approval.
Following discussion of the project, the Council took no action regarding the dog park.

Anything Goes: Get a Kick Out of UHS Musical

By Tim J. Mitchell
Are you ready for a get-away? Not just any trip, but a luxurious, leisurely ocean cruise to London….possibly with slapstick comedy, mistaken identities, gangsters, stow-aways and classic American music by the iconic Cole Porter? Well if so, you won’t want to miss Union High School’s production of “Anything Goes”.
Since its 1934 debut at the Alvin Theatre (now known as the Neil Simon Theatre) on Broadway, the musical has been revived several times in the United States and Britain. It has also been produced as a major motion puicture twice.
Four versions of the libretto of Anything Goes exist: the original 1934 libretto, the 1962 revival libretto, the 1987 revival libretto, and the 2011 Beaumont revival libretto. The story has been revised, though all involve similar romantic complications aboard the SS American and feature the same major characters.
The score has been altered, with some songs cut and others reassigned to different scenes and characters, and augmented with various Porter songs from other shows.
Union High School will present the most updated 2011 Beaumont revival version. The show is filled with one incredible iconic song after another such as “Friendship”, “It’s De-Lovely”, “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “You’d Be So Easy To Love”, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and of course “Anything Goes.”
A cast, crew and pit of 45 will bring this delight to the stage on Friday, March 17th and Saturday March 18th at 8pm at Union High School in La Porte City. All seats are reserved and are $5.00 each. You can order tickets by contacting the Union High School office at 319-342-2697 during regular school hours.

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