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Making the Grade – July 12, 2017

Area Graduates – Spring 2017
University of Iowa
La Porte City – Brady Petersen, BA-Health and Human Physiology; David Snook, PHD-Teaching and Learning
University of Northern Iowa
Dysart – Will Crees, BA-General Studies
La Porte City – Haley Dietrick, BA-Psychology; Grace Oppermman, BA-Accounting; Kylie Powell, BA-Communication
Area Dean’s List Honorees – Spring 2017
University of Northern Iowa
Dysart – Courtney Cayton, Emily Cayton, Jace Hadachek, Jonathan Hellman, Savannah Jensen, Nicole Lowe, Abigail Ollendieck
La Porte City – Samantha Barz, Jessica Bohnstengel, Kortney Brustkern, Jacob Clark, Elias Hug, Emily Johanningmeier, Jess Larison, Grace Opperman, Max Thomsen, Trevor Weber, Morgan West
Western Illinois University
Dysart – Trev Hadachek

Trash to Treasures – Create a Recycled Critter Home

Waste Trac presents Trash to Treasures – Recycled Critter Homes on Tuesday, July 18, beginning at 6 PM, at Hawkins Memorial Library. Learn about recycling from the Waste Trac Education Team, then get creative using recycled materials, like fabric, trims, old buttons, crafts supplies, lids, trinkets, items from nature, AND your imagination to build a Toad Abode, Gnome Home, Fairy House, or hideaway for your favorite tiny creature. All ages are welcome to attend this free program.

Adventures at the Museum – July 12, 2017

EEK!  OOOOOOOH! WOW!  DISGUSTING!   These were cries echoing from the lower level of the Museum from kids and adults as they saw hissing cockroaches, spiders, tarantulas, and scores of other critters at the ISU Bug Zoo during the Festival of Trails.  Our heartfelt thanks to the La Porte City Council on Aging for sponsoring all the smiles and excitement it brought. Thanks also to Aureon/LPC Connect for sponsoring the firefighter hats and activities for kids at our Rural Iowa Heritage Center. (In addition the grant also provided for a plexiglass cube for use in securing valuable items on display.)
If you would like another opportunity for fun at the Museum our summer enrichment class “Imagine This!”  is scheduled for Thursday, July 13th from 10-11 at the Museum for students K-3rd grade.  Terri Klockner and Cherri Whittington will help students learn some basic painting techniques and then students will be given the opportunity to create their own masterpieces to take home. (Paints will be washable but students should dress appropriately.) A snack will be provided. Cost of the class is $10.00.
On Thursday, July 20th we will take a turn to the ‘60’s and host a macramé party. Students will learn to macramé a bracelet. This class is from 10-11:30 at the Museum. It is for 5th-8th grade students. Class cost is $10.00. You may register for either class by calling the Museum at 319-342-3619. 
Our last summer enrichment activity is our annual FREE family event with the Library. This year it will be Tuesday, August 1st at 6 PM. The ‘60’s will be alive and well as participants will try their hand at tie dying a t-shirt. Everyone should bring a white COTTON prewashed t-shirt. The class will begin at the Library and then continue at the Rural Iowa Heritage Center. 
The museum will be closed to the public on Wednesday, 12 July for an all day Ag in the Classroom Workshop.

Classifieds – July 12, 2017

AG SERVICES
Got Land? Our Hunters will Pay Top $$$ To hunt your land. Call for a Free info packet & Quote. 1-866-309-1507 www.BaseCampLeasing.com (INCN)
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
If you or a loved one were prescribed and took INVOKANA and then suffered kidney, heart, or amputation side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney C. J. 1 (888) 609-4664. www.kishishlaw.com (INCN)
FOR SALE
Union Community School District has for sale and is accepting sealed bids for miscellaneous ink cartridges. Bids will be accepted for one bid of all the ink cartridges until noon on July 24, 2017 in the District Office at 200 Adams, La Porte City, IA 50651. A listing of all ink cartridges may be obtained in the Union CSD District Office. 319-342-2674
HELP WANTED
CNA, LPN and RN local and travel positions available in a variety of specialties. Competitive wages and benefits. Apply at www.A1CAREERS.com or call 1(800)365-8241. (INCN)
Class A CDL Drivers/Tankers. Great Pay, Home Weekends, and Benefits like no other. We haul our own products! Contact Tony 608-935-0915 Ext 16 (INCN)
SPORTING GOODS
GUN SHOW – July 21-22-23, Waverly, IA, Centre Hall. Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Large selection of guns & ammunition for sale. 563-608-4401 www.marvkrauspromotions.net (INCN)
WANTED TO BUY
Books Wanted! $Cash$ for old books: Americana, Hunting & Fishing, Vintage Children’s, Scholarly Press, Military, Leatherbound, many other topics. Call 800-823-9124 or e-mail osnbooks@gmail.com (INCN)

Simply Put – July 12, 2017

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Iowa legislators certainly did no favors to cities throughout the state with the quick turnaround time associated with the new fireworks law. Senator Jake Chapman, R-Adel, who helped guide the bill to passage in the Senate said, “We’re eliminating an 80-year ban that’s been put in place and Iowans are now going to be able to celebrate the Fourth of July just like many other American citizens across the country are able to celebrate by using fireworks.  When then Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law on May 9, municipalities had just a few weeks to determine where they would allow the sale of fireworks to take place during the legally established sales period that ran from June 1 to July 8. 
During those 38 days, tents sprouted up in Iowa cities large and small throughout the state, much like early corn plants enjoying the warm and humid weather of early summer. These “temporary structures” were a source of conundrum for cities because tents where fireworks are sold are not subject to certain building codes, such as fire supression measures, that are required for the licensed retailers selling from a permanent structure. Imagine if a fire broke out in downtown La Porte City. Because of their close proximity, the consequences could be devastating for neighboring businesses and buildings. 
It’s no surprise selling from a tent quickly became the preferred option for fireworks retailers. They could avoid expenses associated with meeting the more stringent building codes required of permanent buildings by waiting just three days, June 13, as opposed to June 10, to sell from temporary locations.
Commercial grade fireworks can be a source of great stress for individuals suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, as well as pets, whose hearing can be more sensitive than their human owners. Unfortunately, complaints during the recently concluded summer fireworks season were not limited to just those special populations. The most common fireworks complaints related to when and where they were being set off. 
Over the past three weeks, users of social media could find a myriad of references related to fireworks. Whether in favor of pyrotechnics or against, common sense would dictate that the simple act of respecting where and when fireworks are used would eliminate many of the conflicts reported. Yes, it’s legal to shoot off fireworks on your property. When said fireworks land on someone else’s property, though, cleaning up the resulting mess is the only right thing to do. 
There’s no doubt that ripping off a good rant on one of the many social media platforms can feel refreshingly good at times. Just know that those complaints are not likely to be seen or responded to by local authorities. It’s not their job to monitor social media posts made by local citizens. “The City” isn’t friends with anyone on Facebook. It doesn’t follow anyone on Twitter, nor does it send out or receive photos on Instagram. In La Porte City, seeking a response from Public Safety or City Hall requires a willingness to identify yourself when contacting authorities so the complaint can be properly investigated.
Now that the 4th of July has come and gone, expect the fireworks controversy to begin to fade. If you haven’t already, though, mark your calendar for Sunday, December 24. Much like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Terminator, fireworks will be back for another limited run.
 

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