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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Feb. 6

This week’s column begins on a somber note for our community, one, thankfully, rarely seen here. The last couple weeks. Huh. No words. My heart heavy. My thoughts anxious. For those mourning, for those hurting, for those supporting, for those overcoming, please join me in prayer, my humble attempt anyway. Dear Heavenly Father, As our world feels as...
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Simon Heath

Jordan and Tara Vos of Urbandale are the parents of a son, Simon Heath, born Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds. His siblings are Elise, 3; Reuben, 5; Audrey, 6- 1/2; and Jonah, 8-1/2. Grandparents are Gary and Becky Vos of Newton, Sheila Van Wyhe of West Des Moines, and Harlan Van Wyhe of...
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Accident north of Sully Saturday

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Sully, Lynnville, and Newton Fire Departments were dispatched shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, to a two-vehicle accident two miles north of Sully at the intersection of highway E. 124th Street S. and gravel road S. 68th Avenue E. According to Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy Ian Winfield's report,...
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Arrests made in Star Auto theft cases Friday

On Jan. 31, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office completed an investigation of reports of theft at Star Auto in Sully, the City of Kellogg, and Todd's Tire of Kellogg. That investigation led to the arrest of Randy Birkenholtz, 40, and Christian Wolfe, 20, both of Newton. Birkenholtz is charged with three counts of second-degree theft...
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Macy Belle Bruxvoort, 4

On Dec. 9, 2009, a beautiful blue-eyed daughter, Macy Belle Bruxvoort, was born to Lucas and Lanae Bruxvoort from Goodyear, AZ. In May 2010, she was diag-nosed with a mitochondrial disorder. In accordance with God's plan, she never walked or talked, but she did impact many lives. Macy enjoyed many snuggles and kisses, music, and...
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Janice Vande Voort, 69

Funeral services for Janice Vande Voort, 69, of Pella and formerly of Sully, were held Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Covenant Reformed Church in Pella. Burial took place at the Peoria Cemetery. She passed away Monday, Jan. 27, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House. Janice Diann Van Zee Vande Voort was born on Feb....
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Jan. 30

How about that wind, ‘ey? Wind makes me hungry. Cold makes me thirsty. Actually, just thinking about wind makes me hungry; thinking about the cold makes me thirsty. This week was full of cold and wind. What did we do? We ate. We drank. A lot. Probably too much. You’ll see what I mean. There are...
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