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View Point – Keep Iowa Beautiful: An Impressive Piece of Granite!

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 By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director
Granite, Iowa that is! If we were being precisely accurate – I think we would need to say Sioux Quartzite. That is the underlying bedrock in the area around Granite, Iowa (the Sioux Quartzite is often called Granite). It is the only area in Iowa where this stone comes to earth’s surface. It is about five miles from the community of Granite, Iowa and in a State area – Gitchie Manitou State Preserve. The community of Granite is near the Big Sioux river and also sits at the doorstep of the 3,000-acre Blood Run National Historic Landmark area.
Granite is the most northwest town in Iowa. You can’t find it on an Iowa highway map. It is a small unincorporated village. Small might be an overstatement. Granite has a population of nine people. It is located about six miles west of Larchwood, Iowa. Granite has never been a big town and probably never will be, but, it is solid as a rock. In 2012 the community celebrated its 125th anniversary – Quasquicentenial.
We could spend a great deal of time on the interesting history of Granite, how it began with the name of “Luka” and the early residents – the Pettigrew family, but, this article is more about the community’s future than its past.
This little community even has its own industrial park with a recent business development called Miller loaders. This company makes loader attachments for tractors and other machinery. It is a clean and attractive facility. There is a re-created country store, restaurant, streets and other historical structures, tractor parts center and a collection of tractors stored and displayed for the public.
Granite has gained a reputation for running a unique threshing bee in July. During the month – particularly on weekends there are various activities. This year marks its 32nd anniversary. The main festival is on July 16 and 17. There is no admission fee and the event will draw over 3,000 people. A demonstration of Wheat Threshing, a kids’ tractor pull, a lunch, and a parade featuring old tractors and cars are the highlights of the Bee.
Other activities occur on the site throughout the spring, summer and fall all coordinated by over 300 volunteers from the region. The key to Granite’s future is the stimulus and spark that the nine residents provide – solid as a rock! Pack up the family and travel northwest Iowa to see one of Iowa’s beautiful small towns with a future – say “hello” to a great small town group of citizens.
P.S. While you are there, take in the adjacent National Historic Landmark site of Blood Run. Soon to be Iowa’s newest State Park and possible joint venture with South Dakota.

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Area Students Earn College Degrees

Graduates from the University of Iowa following the Spring 2016 semester include:
Dysart: Bobbi Fischels, BSN-Nursing.
La Porte City: Tasha Arhart, BA-Asian Languages and Literature with Distinction; Victoria Beebout, BBA-Accounting; BBA-Management.

Wartburg College awarded diplomas to 331 students during Spring Commencement Sunday, May 22. Area graduates include:
Dysart: Andrew Heckroth, History; Cole Hinders, Business Administration
La Porte City: Rick Bauer, Cum Laude-Biology; Brittany Frush, Biology; Kamryn Kronschnabel, Magna Cum Laude-English and Spanish

Buena Vista University conferred diplomas in May 2016. Among the students awarded degrees was Logan Sallee of Garrison, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 13, 2016

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 By Jolene Kronschnabel

The Adventures of Milo and Otis is the movie at 1:15 PM on Wednesday, July 13. Follow the adventures of a young cat and a dog. Rated G, adventure/drama/family, plays 1 hr. and 16 min.
Hawkins Handcrafters get to work on Thursday, July 14, from 1 to 3 PM.
Make and take crafts for our Summer Reading Program are Friday, July 15, from 1 to 5 PM. Complete a poster, paint a picture, decorate a medal, or bead a sports key chain.
Groups will design a diver and compete to see which diver makes the biggest splash for the STEM Olympic Challenge on Monday, July 18. The Black Hawk County Extension Service runs sessions from 1-2 PM for Preschool-2nd grade and 2:30-3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade.
Adults can relax and color at Color and Connect on Monday, July 18, from 6 to 8 PM. Coloring pages, markers and pencils are provided.
The Summer Reading Program takes a trip to Double Lung Archery on Tuesday, July 19. Kids learn safety, equipment and get shooting experience. The program begins at the library at 6 PM.
Emma’s Chance shows on Wednesday, July 20, at 1:15 PM. Emma forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch. Rated PG, drama/family/sport, plays 1 hr. 33 min.
Be a brilliant builder at LEGORAMA! The theme will be birds from 2-3:30 PM on Thursday, July 21.
Color your own pennant, make a sports magnet, and complete other crafts between 1 and 5 PM on Friday, July 22, at our Summer Reading Program craft day.
Parachuting is the Olympic challenge on Monday, July 25. Students will design a parachute that will hold an egg, and then compete in the egg-drop challenge. Sessions run from 1-2 PM for Preschool-2nd grade and 2:30 -3:30 PM for 3rd-5th grade.
Discuss the book Secretariat by William Nack when the Book Club meets on Tuesday, July 26, at 1 PM. When Meadow Stables is faced with closure following her father’s illness, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.
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From the Iowa Public Information board – July 13, 2016

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 Question: Are the names of individuals volunteering for a government body confidential pursuant to Iowa Code section 22.7(18)?
Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board.
ANSWER: No. The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) ruled on June 16, 2016, that a government body cannot claim under Iowa Code section 22.7(18) that records listing the names of volunteers are confidential records.
The IPIB reviewed two complaints filed against a public hospital. The hospital had declined to release the names of its volunteers, citing Iowa Code section 22.7(18) as grounds for determining the records were confidential. This section protects “communications not required by law, rule, procedure, or contract that are made to a government body … by identified persons outside of government” if the government body could “reasonably believe that those persons would be discouraged” from making such communications if made public.
In discussing the issue, members of the IPIB noted that this section continues to state that “persons outside of government” did not include persons who communicate with respect to a contractual relationship. In this instance, the hospital required certain written agreements from the volunteers and maintained records of such to ensure that each volunteer met health, safety and training requirements prior to allowing a person to volunteer.
Discussion also touched upon the provisions of Iowa Code section 22.7(11) which allows employee personnel records to remain confidential. That code section specifically directs that certain information must be released, including the names and dates of employment. The IPIB determined that volunteer records should be disclosed in a similar manner.
Lawful custodians of a record or any person who would be aggrieved or adversely affected by the release of a volunteer record may still seek an injunction restraining the examination or copying of the record through an action pursuant to Iowa Code section 22.8.
Opinions, rulings, FAQs, monthly columns, and training documents are available on the IPIB website – www.ipib.iowa.gov. Questions for the IPIB can be posted on the website or by calling 515-725-1781.
IPIB Facts and Figures
During the month of June 2016, 72 contacts were made with the Iowa Public Information Board office.
TYPE                        JUNE 2016   2016 YEAR-TO-DATE
Formal complaints      10                      63
Advisory opinions        2                        10
Declaratory orders       0                          1
Informal complaints   8                        47
Informal requests      52                     320
Miscellaneous              0                          4
TOTAL:                      72                       445
Who can contact the IPIB and how long does it take? Any person can contact the IPIB for assistance by telephone (515-725-1781), by email, or on the website. So far, in 2016, 445 identifiable people have contacted the IPIB. Of these, 45% were private citizens, 42% were government offi cials or employees, and 13% were members of the media.
In the month of June 2016, 67% of the incoming contacts were resolved the same day, 14% were resolved in one to five days, and 19% were resolved in six or more days.

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