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Looking forward to 2018

Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm

A new year is full of possibilities. According to numbers from Statistic Brain Research Institute and published on, 41 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, with 44 percent of them setting self-improvement or education-related resolutions. Money-related resolutions are expected to be set by 42 percent, weight-related resolutions by 32 percent and relationship-related resolutions by 22 percent.

While not everyone sets an actual New Year’s resolution, the changing of the calendar from one year to the next is an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and consider what may be to come. A few people shared

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    Police chief of WG pleads not guilty to sex sting charges

    Reprinted by permission of the author and Marshall Independent.

    The Walnut Grove police chief accused of soliciting sex with a minor has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.

    Pre-trial hearing and trial dates for Michael Robert Zeug have been set for this summer, court administrators said.

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    2017 ends in the deep freeze

    Special — Wacky winter weather appears to have taken over much of the lower 48, with all but one state having below freezing temperatures. Several states in the northeast not only had cold weather but in Erie, Pennsylvania they had over 60 inches of snow in just four days.

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    Find of the century…millennium…or…

    Storden residents Diane Rose and Mike Sullivan take their rock hunting seriously, and they have a collection of valuable rocks found in unexpected places. Last July 4 weekend, they found what might be their find of a lifetime, especially for our area, when they set out to search for agates along the Des Moines River flood plain south of Storden.

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    County discusses lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

    Following President Donald Trump’s declaration in October calling the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the Iowa State Association of Counties is requesting that the 99 counties in Iowa consider taking part in a class action lawsuit concerning this epidemic and the cost incurred by each county. Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer presented the option to join this litigation to the Lyon County Board of Supervisors and county departments this month.

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    Calling all dancers

    Youngsters in Inwood and surrounding towns will have an exciting new extracurricular activity available to all ages. Just For Kix Dance Co. will be opening a location in Inwood. The lessons are set to start in February 2018 and class times will be offered for all age groups.

    Please see

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    School board holds the line on levy

    WWG — Previously Superintendent Loy Woelber indicated, despite passing an increased levy referendum, they might not need to levy the full amount the first year. As it turns out the audit showed a much smaller budget short-fall than expected. Thus the board was able to reduce the levy significantly. With an increased enrollment of 15 students, the board approved the levy at $267,000 lower than the authorized levy authority of $407,000.

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    Jim Patterson retires from Westbrook Post Office


    December 31, 2017, will be a red-letter day for Jim (JP) Patterson. Not because it’s the end of another year. The date falls on Sunday, so there will be no mail delivered, but the last day of 2017 is also the end of JP’s 26 years as a mail carrier and the beginning of his retirement.

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    Walnut Grove Meadowland Expands


    Monday, December 18, Walnut Grove’s Meadowland grain storage plant held Open House from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of giving area people the opportunity to see the new facility.

    Joe Doubler, the first employee greeting visitors, was quick to remind them, “Safety is really a big thing around here.” He made that statement

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