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Luella Driscol – 70

Luella Driscol will celebrate her 70th birthday with a card shower and Birthday Party. The Birthday Party is open to the public and will be held at the La Porte City Golf Club on Saturday, November 30. The evening will start out with a social hour from 6-7 PM, followed by a live band from 7-10 PM. Cards may be sent to 220 Valley Drive, Apt. 6A, La Porte City, IA 50651.
Her children are Anita Kowalsky, Missy Lauterbach and Susie Mangrich. There are eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Luella is the daughter of the late Arnold and Darlene Driscol.

Artifacts: La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum

Museum Set to Close for  2013 Season
The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum will close for the 2013 season on Thursday, November 21st.  This year marked several milestones: the completion of the installation of heating and cooling in the historic Fire Station and Jail House as well as the installation of UV protection on the windows; the creation of exhibits for the Fire Station and Jail House; and the installation of the cement pad in preparation for the relocation and restoration of the historic 1861 log cabin.
Two successful fundraising events, the Garden Walk and Hot Soup…Cool Bowl were held to support the restoration of the log cabin and the creation of a pioneer education center.  “This whole process to restore the Fire Station, Jail House and log cabin, plus create a pioneer education center will have taken almost ten years when it all comes to fruition,” noted Jan Erdahl, Museum Manager.  “We owe a great debt of gratitude to the community, the City of La Porte, and of course our volunteers who have supported our efforts, not just in the short term but for the entire duration of this massive project.  We cannot thank them enough for the support they have shown us in our efforts to make the Museum a place to be proud of.”
The Museum will open for the 2014 season on Thursday, May lst. Watch for information about our new season on our web page (www.lpcmuseum.com) or visit us on Facebook.  Mark your calendars for the 2014 Garden Walk and the return of Fall Festival….a family favorite!  Groups wishing to book tours for 2014 season may contact us via our web page, Facebook,  or call us at 319-342-3619.
An interactive display of life on the farm, complete with a milking the cow station, was among the many successful programs hosted by the museum in 2013. Photo courtesy of Jan Erdahl.

Meditations – November 20, 2013

By Christopher Simon
Laughter
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushedspirit dries up the bones.”  ~ Proverbs 17:22
Why do we laugh? To say that we laugh because we find something funny begs the question why we find things funny. We may laugh for a variety of reasons, and not always because something is funny, since we laugh sometimes when we are nervous or in other situations where we are essentially “breaking the ice.”
Plato and Aristotle thought that we laughed because we felt superior in some way to the object of our laughter, whereas Kant thought that we laughed when something seemed incongruous. A good joke, according to Kant, raises certain expectations and then dashes those expectations at the punch line. Modern theories of humor tend to side more with Kant, some of them speculating that when social norms are violated in a way that isn’t overly threatening we find it funny. And indeed, most jokes break some rules of propriety and if we don’t find that violation too offensive, we’re likely to laugh. We are wise to think carefully before telling a joke, making sure it doesn’t make someone in the audience the object of ridicule.
In any case, we ought not take ourselves too seriously, and should take every opportunity to laugh.

Weigh Options Before Purchasing Health Insurance

While the newest way to purchase health insurance may be the federal health insurance exchange, or Marketplace, it is not the only way consumers can get coverage. Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant plans are available by purchasing through an agent, broker or direct from an insurance carrier, like Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
While some consumers will qualify for subsidies through the ACA, many will not. For those who earn too much to qualify for subsidies, weighing their insurance options both on and off the Marketplace should be a priority. According to a CNN Money article, posted on Sept. 5, there are several reasons consumers might consider looking outside of the Marketplace for their health coverage:
Additional advantages OFF the exchange
Insurers off the exchange may offer richer policies, more comprehensive networks or lower drug costs to retain their customers. On-exchange policies may be more restrictive (offer less) in order to control premium costs and keep plans attractive.
Less paperwork OFF the exchange
Those who are eligible for subsidies on the exchange face considerable proof-of-need paperwork. They are required to set up online accounts; gather pay stubs or W2 forms; and present official verification of income and citizenship. When purchasing off exchange, income verification is not necessary and you are able to shop for carrier products using a broker, calling the carrier directly or using the carrier websites to compare and enroll in plans.
Less government involvement OFF the exchange
CNN-Money reported some of those they interviewed oppose government interference in their lives, have political differences with the current administration, or resist government assistance programs.
All health insurance plans are required to have the same ACA-compliant protections, regardless of whether they are purchased within or outside the Marketplace, to ensure consumers have access to the health care they need. Many times, off-exchange plans provide broader choices for consumers—especially those who will not benefit from subsidies or tax credits. ACA-compliant plans purchased outside the Marketplace will also avoid the 3.5 percent exchange user fee and other ACA taxes.
Wellmark’s enrollment website, Wellmark.com, launched on Oct. 1, and offers consumer the freedom to shop and compare without registering personal or financial data.  For consumers who need more guidance, agents and brokers are the best resource to get your questions answered and to ensure that you choose the best plan for you and your family.

Layla Ranae Karr

Chad and Annie Karr are proud to announce the birth of their daughter. Layla Ranae was born Sunday, November 3, 2013. She weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21” long. She joins big sister Mallory (5) and big brother Anderson (2) at home in La Porte City.
Taking great joy at her arrival are Layla’s maternal grandparents, Janet Liming of La Porte City and Dennis Dirks of Morrison; and paternal grandparents, Craig Karr and Pat Karr, both of Dysart.
Great-grandparents are Colleen Liming of Janesville; Marv and Darlene Monroe and Marjorie Karr, all of Dysart.

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