Recent Posts by LeAnn Hjelmeland

Sevcik’s service experience spans from Africa to Hawaii

By LeAnn Hjelmeland If 2015 Lynnville-Sully alum Katy Sevcik had followed her original plans after high school, she’d just be starting her sophomore year of college. Get a “normal” education and then become involved with missions, she thought. Plans changed, however, when the Searsboro native felt God telling her to do something different. She decided to...
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Luke Jones returns to country where he was adopted

More than 16 years ago, Julie Jones and her husband, Eric, made a trip halfway around the world to meet their future son, one-year-old Luke. Last month, Julie made the same journey – this time with 17-year-old Luke by her side. The Joneses, of Sully, adopted Luke from Romania through Bethany Christian Services Adoption Agency in...
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Maddison Jansen’s medicine bottle drive far exceeds expectations

When Maddison Jansen, a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, was pondering what to do for her honors thesis last year, she knew she wanted to do something different – something that would go beyond academics and make a difference. She’d noticed that even though students pour hours of time into their thesis...
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Diamond Trail Golf Club offering new student pass this summer

Hoping to draw in younger people for the life-long game of golf, the Diamond Trail Golf Club (DTGC) in Lynnville is offering student passes for the first time. The $150 passes will give students ages 14-23 unlimited play throughout the summer months. On behalf of the DTGC Board, Sully resident Brad Zegers said they feel offering...
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Recognizing the unsung students who serve L-S sports

By LeAnn Hjelmeland and Kasiah Ehresman They’re at almost all L-S athletic events but never see playing time. They dedicate hours to Hawk sports but never get paid. They help L-S sports programs function better but are never in the limelight themselves. And that’s exactly how they want it. They are the Hawk athletic managers. From filming games and...
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Dancing to make a difference

A 2012 Lynnville-Sully graduate has found a way to combine her love of dance with her love of people. Through the annual Luther College Dance Marathon, Cierra Stafford is raising money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and having a blast while doing it. The daughter of Phil and Lynn Stafford of Lynnville, Stafford is...
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Small changes lead to big results in Agan’s weight-loss journey

Alison Agan knows success doesn’t happen on accident; it’s the result of daily choices made. Choices like: Hitting the snooze at 4:36 a.m. or getting up for a fitness class; saving time by eating processed food, or taking time to prepare healthy meals; keeping treats stocked in the cupboard, or buying them for special occasions. Making...
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