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Announcement is being made on the engagement an approaching marriage of Anna Krug of LaPorte City, IA, and Dan Delagardelle of Jesup, IA.
The bride-elect is a graduate from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiation Sciences. Anna is employed at Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA as a PET/CT Technologist. Her fiance’ is self-employed as Owner/Operator of Delagardelle Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, and AIR-PRO [Duct Cleaning] in Jesup, IA. Parents of the couple are Dan and Colleen Krug of LaPorte City, IA, and Mike and Barb Delagardelle of Jesup, IA.
The couple will exchange vows on January 9th, 2016 at Jesup Bible Fellowship in Jesup, IA. Formal reception will follow the ceremony.

Meditations – October 28, 2015

By Christopher Simon
Tithing and the Secret of Living Abundantly
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” ~ Malachi 3:10 NIV
Abundance and synergy are built into the very fabric of our world. Put a small seed into the earth and with the addition of a bit of rain and sunshine it returns a hundredfold. The energy stored within every atom manifests a similar superabundance.There is much to be said for giving and living abundantly. When we do so we almost always reap more than we sow.
We may not understand the secret connections and mechanisms underlying abundance, who but the botanist and the Creator really understands how the tiny acorn becomes the mighty oak? But we can trust that it is there.
Perhaps nowhere do we see this more clearly than in those who give of themselves unselfishly. These saintly people who give it all away are from all appearances the happiest people in our midst, while the misers who can’t bear to give anything away often seem small, petty, and unhappy by comparison. So give and live abundantly, and most of all, do not skimp in your giving back to God. It will return to you many times over, though the riches you reap may be spiritual rather than material.

Letter to the Editor: Roark Horn

To the Editor:
We appreciate that the importance of school leadership has been recognized by the State of Iowa with a proclamation signed by Gov. Branstad declaring October as Principals Month. It takes great leaders to get great results, especially during difficult times.
As Iowans, we appreciate a good value when we see it, and the education that Iowa children are getting in their local schools is one of the best values in the country. In comparing important data such as Iowa’s first-in-the-nation graduation rate and year after year top-tier ACT scores, Iowa students consistently achieve at the highest levels nationally. This is accomplished in spite of the fact that 70 percent of states fund their schools with greater resources, according to the Iowa Legislative Services Agency FACTBOOK published last February. Simply put, Iowa’s local schools consistently provide a combination of effectiveness and efficiency not found anywhere else — a great value indeed.
A key, but sometimes overlooked, component of this success are the people who lead our schools — those superintendents and principals who work with all involved to create effective and efficient learning environments that stimulate high-quality education.
An important point to note is that today’s school leaders are asked to assume ever-increasing duties and responsibilities, as well as additional roles. In fact a recently released national study by The Wallace Foundation found that school leaders “appear to be bearing more and more weight as old responsibilities persist and … new ones are layered on top of them.” In the face of these mounting and increasingly complex demands, coupled with stagnant or decreasing resources, it takes great leadership to continually find ways to help keep the focus where it should be — squarely on the children and their learning. Superintendents and principals provide this leadership and keep all parts of the education system working together seamlessly.
This amazing combination of efficiency and effectiveness is an example of the Midwestern values and work ethic we as Iowans are proud to embody. Those values also include a high-quality education and the recognition that it is the greatest gift states can give their children. By creating and maintaining school communities that nurture student growth, helping children learn from both success and failure, and showing them what it means to be a contributing citizen, we are working together in the best interests of our children, providing them a path to do whatever it is they choose to do with their lives. Superintendents and principals provide the leadership needed to keep all parts of the learning community working together for this most valuable and precious purpose.
As we recognize principals and superintendents, I encourage you to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thanks to the school leaders in your community for their dedication and hard work!
Roark Horn
School Administrators of Iowa

Meet the Candidates

La Porte City voters will go to the polls on November 3rd to elect three members to serve four year terms on the City Council. The Progress Review invited each declared candidate to share their reasons for seeking office. Their responses are printed below.
Kristi Harrill
Age: 48
Family: Married
Occupation: Legal Assistant – Peter Gartelos Law Office
Other Information:
Graduated from La Porte City High School in 1985, Graduated from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in 1986 from the Medical Secretary Program, Employed in the legal field since 1996 and with current employer since 2005, La Porte City Soccer Board since 2011 having served three seasons as the Fields Director/Secretary and currently in second season as the Registrar/Secretary/Treasurer
Why are you seeking to serve on the City Council?
I am at a place in my personal and professional life where I am able to dedicate the appropriate amount of time to the duties associated with being a member of the City Council.
My parents came to La Porte City in 1965 when my Dad was offered a job at John Deere. I have lived in La Porte City my entire life and cannot imagine living or raising my kids anywhere else. I would like to be involved in keeping this tradition and feeling alive for our community’s future generations.
I would consider it an honor to be a member of the City Council. I believe the purpose of the City Council is to serve the citizens of their community, not each other or the other way around, and I look forward to being given that opportunity.
Mike Johnson
Family: 3 sons
Occupation: Operations Manager, La Porte City Utilities
Other Information:
Current La Porte City Council member
David Williams
Age: 44
Family: Ann Williams, mother
Occupation: E-Merchandise for Goodwill
Other Information:
BA in IT Management, Commander of the American Legion
Why are you seeking to serve on the City Council?
I have been a lifelong resident of La Porte City. I served my country for 10 years in the United States Army. I am the current Commander of the American Legion. Now I have a desire to serve my community as a council member. My father served for many years on the City Council. I believe that our city has a lot to offer and I would like to be a part of the future of it. I think we should do whatever we can to encourage any businesses that we can get to come to the city, as growth is the future. We have places for new homes to be built and would like to see that addition full. We have some areas in town that need to be cleaned up which will make our city more inviting. The city offers great services to the community and we need to maintain those. I don’t have all the answers but would work hard to do what I could to make our fine community even better. I understand that it’s going to take a lot of learning and listening and I have the desire for that.

Hawkins’ Happenings – October 28, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel
Order your fresh greenery for the holidays locally! Decorated wreaths, 25’ outdoor garland, and wreath door hangers can be purchased from Hawkins Memorial Library. The order deadline is November 4, with items available before Thanksgiving. Stop in the library, or order your fresh greenery online at https://www.theprogressreview.co/. All proceeds benefit the library.
Halloween craft projects can be created Wednesday through Saturday, October 28-31. Creep into the library to create festive Halloween bags, hanging bats, cards, ghosts, and to master puzzles.
There will be excitement downtown for the annual Story Time Trick-or-Treating event on Thursday, October 29. At 10:30 AM adorable costumed preschoolers parade to businesses and trade a trick for a treat. They will march for goodies whether it is rain or shine.
Anyone clad in a costume garners a treat when they drop in on Halloween. The library is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters on Saturday, October 31, from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Bring non-perishable food and personal care items to the library to pay fines during the month of November. Your fine total will be reduced by $3.00 for each item brought in during Food For Fines Month. Distribution of donated goods will be local through The Lord’s Food Pantry.
You should elect to attend LEGORAMA on Tuesday, November 3, from 4 to 5:30 PM.
Children will read about pumpkins at Story Time on November 5. It will be a pumpkiny morning for preschoolers who join us at 10:30 AM.
Bring any craft project you are working on and join other crafty people at the library for Hawkins’ Handcrafters. This group meets on Thursday, November 5, from 1 to 3 PM.
The next afternoon movie is Inside Out on Wednesday, November 11, at 1:15 PM. Plan on joining us for the afternoon.


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