History in the making

Posted December 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

For the past 90 years, Parker’s water tower, which has sat in the city park, has served the town sufficiently with its 60,000 gallon tank.

But, as time has gone on, both repairs and the need to a new tower became evident.

For months now, crews have been working on installing the new 250,000 gallon tank, and last Tuesday, installation was complete. A 350 ton crane from Minnesota came to town to erect the giant tower.

Although the tower is up, it is not yet functioning. The old tower will continue to serve the town until spring or summer, according to Bryan Lipp, engineer with Banner. He noted that all of the painting and electrical work

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    Christmas spirit in Parker


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    For any Scrooges who are not fond of this time of year, Parker was not the place for them on Saturday, because the Christmas spirit was in abundance.

    The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Hometown Christmas took place over the weekend, and although a parade was not held this year, there was plenty of events and activities

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    Six Western Christian students to have poems published

    Six Western Christian students

    to have poems published

    Once each year, the Iowa Poetry Association has a contest. They choose the best poems from Iowa residents of all ages and the poems are published in “Lyrical Iowa.” This year, there were six students from Western Christian High School whose poems were selected as winners and are published in the 69th edition of “Lyrical Iowa 2014.”

    The winning

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    The North Place hopes to become home for many

    Dan and Laurie Buyert of rural Hull have created a “haven” for people needing a quiet, serene place to stay for a while. One of Laurie’s dreams has always been to transform the farm place, known to her family as The North Place, where she grew up as a child into a relaxing place for others too. She and her family have been making plans for many years to build a home and use re-purposed items to decorate it so others can enjoy the

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    Voters approve funding for West Lyon addition

    On Tuesday, Dec. 2, West Lyon residents went to the polls and approved a physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) funding measure that will be used to add four early elementary rooms as well as a secured entrance to the school.

    Of the 3,509 registered voters in Lyon County, 522, or 14.87 percent cast ballots in one of the five West Lyon voting districts. Unofficial results show that out of the 522 ballots cast, 411 were in favor of the levy while 111

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    A pipeline runs through it

    A crowd filled the Inwood Community center on Monday, Dec. 1, to hear information regarding a proposed Dakota Access pipeline that would run 1,134 miles, from northwestern North Dakota to the Patoka Hub in Patoka, Ill., carrying around 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

    According to the proposed plan, the 30-inch buried pipeline will operate at a maximum pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch. Of the 1,134 miles it is planned to run, 343 would go through Iowa, and 10.55 would run through Lyon

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    Boyden-Hull STORM team visits elementary

    students during ‘Red Ribbon Week’

    In the spirit of “Red-Ribbon Week,” the Boyden-Hull STORM team visited elementary classrooms Wednesday, Oct. 22. The STORM team is a peer helper organization whose mission is to talk about drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc. The team helps out the school in a positive manner and teaches younger students about appropriate behavior. Interactive games were played and the kids were shown various demonstrations. Each classroom was involved in a different activity with different STORM team members.

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    Construction efforts continue at Hull Christian

    It has been a busy week at Hull Christian School with painting and putting together playground equipment. The construction has been on-going and the kids have adjusted quite well. Although the noise and activity does sometimes affect the students’ day-to-day work, they are learning to cope. The worst part is that things have been moved around. Some things are in really odd places, but they are all adjusting pretty well.

    “I think the faculty

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    Good weather helping harvest progress

    With mostly warm sunny days for two weeks, area farmers were able to complete soybean harvest. Some rain last Wednesday evening provided a welcome help in lowering fire danger in fields. Now the continued sunshine and above-normal temperatures are allowing farmers to make considerable headway on the corn.

    While moisture levels on the soybeans were less than ideal at 14 percent early, said Lonn Kellenberger, manager of Farmers Elevator Cooperative at Lester, as time went on that dropped and about

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    Making cents of the addition

    West Lyon voters will be heading to the polls more than once in the coming months with the mid-term election in November and now the Dec. 2 special election. During the special election, voters will decide whether to approve a 67-cent, 10-year Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and, in turn, approving a nearly $2 million expansion to the school and all-day, every-day kindergarten.

    The Plan

    After deciding to move forward with the expansion project, West Lyon school board

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