James E. Sawdy, 78


Gowrie – James E. Sawdy 78, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at Shady Oaks Care Center, Lake City. Memorial Services were held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial was at Gowrie Township Cemetery with Military Rites by the Iowa Army Honor Guard and VFW Post #1856 of Ft. Dodge.

Jim is survived by his sons, Fred (Kathy) Sawdy of Urbandale, and Jim Sawdy of Gowrie; daughter Deb Skow of Humboldt; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna Weibusch of Coon Rapids, MN, Violet Weibusch of Shakopee, MN, Carol DeMarais of Coon Rapids, MN, and Betty Baham of Walker, LA; brothers, Harvey Harmsen of Brainerd, MN, and Robert (Rose) Harmsen of Cushing, MN; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James P. and Frances S. (Puelston) Sawdy; stepfather Harvey Harmsen; and sisters, Edna Schirmers, and LaVerne Gramm.

James E. Sawdy was born November 25, 1940 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. On June 23, 1961 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Elaine Richeson at Anoka, Minnesota. They established their home in Gowrie in 1963. Jim was employed for Buske Industries for many years. Jim was a member of VFW Post #1856 of Ft Dodge and Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Betty Jean Lingren, 93


Services for Betty Jean Lingren were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Pilot Mound United Methodist Church. Visitation was after 1:00 p.m. Thursday with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. also at the church. Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson was in charge of the arrangements. Rev. Phillip Berger officiated the service. Honorary casket bearers were: Stan Jones, Gene Crouch, Rich Larson and Steve Smith. Casket bearers were: Alan Lingren, Darrell Lingren, Tom Good, Randy Good, Deck Crouch and Sean Whalen. Musicians were: Cheryl Lingren, Allison McGuire and Carol Shivers. Songs chosen were; There Is A Savior, The Lord’s Prayer and I’ll Be Seeing You. Interment took place at Lawn Cemetery in Boxholm, Iowa. Following the services at the cemetery was a luncheon at the church. Betty Jean Lingren, daughter of Marion Merkle Wirtz and Mildred Violet Williams Wirtz, was born February 17, 1926 in Boone County, Iowa, and died November 18, 2019, at the Israel Hospice House in Ames, Iowa at the age of 93 years. She attended and graduated from the Jordan Consolidated School in 1943. She then attended the Boone Junior College for one year. During World War II, Betty worked for 18 months in the Signal Corps of the War Department in Washington, DC, translating code from the Pacific. From December of 1945 until April of 1947, Betty worked as secretary to the superintendent of Jordan Consolidated School. On November 8, 1946, Betty was united in marriage with Earl Floyd Lingren at the Prairie Center Church north of Jordan, Iowa. To this union, five children were born: Steven, Stanley, Melinda, Machelle, and Lorna. After their marriage, the couple lived in Betty’s Grandma Williams’ apartment in Boone, Iowa, later moving to their own apartment. In 1948, they moved north of Boone to start farming, and moved to rural Pilot Mound in 1953. In 1969, they moved to their present farm, and in 1996, the couple built their retirement home on the farm, though they never really retired. Two years ago, Betty moved to the Grand View Care Center in Dayton, Iowa. Betty was a member of the Pilot Mound United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was awarded the Honorary State 4-H Member Award in 1988, and she, Earl and Stanley were honored as Master Pork Producers in 1994. Betty was also a 4-H leader and Sunday School teacher for many years. In 1983, Betty, Earl and their sons were given the Meritorious Service to 4-H Award. Betty worked side-by-side with Earl on the farm as well as caring for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also maintained all of the bookwork for the farms and livestock. She proved to be a wonderful role model, having always been a guiding hand in the lives of her grandchildren. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and she didn’t miss an opportunity to brag about them. Her hobbies included baking pies, overseeing the grandchildren’s 4-H projects, sewing, flower gardening and canning vegetables from her numerous gardens. Betty was preceded in death by husband Earl on November 21, 2008; her father Marion in 1975; her mother Mildred on January 14, 2000; a daughter Machelle Peggy, in infancy; her brother Bill Wirtz; sisters Ruth Swanson and Kay Richards, and her brother-in-law Kenny Richards. She is survived by two sons: Steven (Chris) Lingren of Ogden and Stan (Cheryl) Lingren of Pilot Mound; two daughters: Melinda (Tom) Heater of Jefferson and Lorna (Rob) Scott of Pilot Mound; sixteen grandchildren: Jenifer (Brent) Badger of Bagley; Jessica Savits (Mark Hamilton) of Jefferson; Jessica Bruere (Jason Lemmert) of Bondurant; Nicole (Jay) Shearer of Bettendorf; Rick Geisler (Kelly McElwee) of Sheridan, Wyoming; Emily (Ben) Shivers of Bondurant; Brooke (Dana) Vote of Denton, Nebraska; Allison (Andy) McGuire of Oskaloosa; Alexa (Tyler) Pickering of Kansas City, Missouri; and Bryce, Aaliyah, Vanessa, Ebony, Viatris, Kaleb and Nate Scott all of Pilot Mound. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Kamden, Abigail, Brock and Elise Badger; Ty and Lily Shearer; Briana Bruere, Tinley and Sutton Vote, and Brody Shivers; two sisters: Joan McDonald and Judy (Gary) Calsyn; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Memorials in her name may be sent to Hastings Funeral Home - Box 204 - Perry, IA 50220

Marvin M. Fiala, 87


Marvin M. Fiala, 87, of Moorland passed away Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.

A visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Elkhorn Township Cemetery south of Fort Dodge.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou of Moorland; son Mark (Teresa) Fiala of Oskaloosa, daughter Anne (Bruce) Kofta of Waterloo, son Ted (Sandy) Fiala of Moorland and son Chris (Kristi) Fiala of Granger; grandchildren Matthew (Anne Marie) Kofta, Sarah Kofta, Michael (Shannon) Kofta, Adam Fiala, Branden (Becca) Fiala, Hannah Fiala, Kelsey Fiala, and Kyle Fiala; great- grandchildren Mason, Olivia, Cohen and Walker; sister Earlene Reeves of Fort Dodge and brother Irv (DyAnn) Fiala of Callender.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vic and Clara (Jondle) Fiala; grandson Alex Fiala; and brother-in-law, Larry Reeves. 

Marvin M. Fiala was born November 24, 1931 on the family farm south of Moorland. He graduated from Moorland Consolidated School in 1950. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. On April 27, 1957, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Macken. Marv farmed in the Moorland and Otho area most of his life and ran a corn sheller for over 16 years. He served on the Roberts COOP Board. Marvin enjoyed fishing, hunting, bird watching, gardening, playing cards, and gambling. Most of all he loved family get togethers and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be left to family discretion.

Local News

Southeast Valley R botics Team Sets World Record for Most Points


By Parker Johnson

Southeast Valley Robotics competes in a program called FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Each year, FTC has a new task for students to try and accomplish in an alliance format, meaning it’s two teams against two other teams. Because of this, students need to be prepared to work with people they’ve never met before. This makes FTC a very unique competition, especially in high schools. The new game this year is called Skystone, and has alliances competing to stack the most stones on different foundations.

The Southeast Valley Robotics teams are having great success this year. After making the decision to split into a freshman-sophomore (the Gear Heads) and junior-senior team (the JagWires), both teams are still seeing great success. Last Friday, on November 22nd, the Southeast Valley Robotics teams traveled to Waukee for their third meet of the year. 

The matches started off great: both teams were in the same alliance! They won the first match 54-17. After that, the Southeast Valley teams were pitted against each other, and the JagWires came out on top. Throughout the whole day, the JagWires only dropped one match (5-1), and the Gear Heads lost four (2-4). The big story, however, was at the end of the meet. The JagWires were matched with the Circuit Breakers from Waukee, one of the best teams in the world. Together, the Circuit Breakers and JagWires won their match 118-17. 118 is the current world record for the most points scored in a Skystone match!

After the updated league standings came out, the JagWires are now in 6th, and the Gear Heads in 10th of their 27-team league. Looking forward, the JagWires have one more regular season meet in Humboldt on the 14th of December, and have their first postseason meet, their League Championship, in Fort Dodge on January 18th. Come support Southeast Valley Robotics and see this unique competition for yourself!

Southeast Valley Middle School Mock Trial Teams Compete at Regional Contest


By Janet Wills

On 6th November, three Middle School Mock Trial teams competed at the regional event in Mason City. The teams have been practicing for the competition since early September.

To participate in Mock Trial, a team must have a minimum of eight members who argue a court case from both sides. This year’s case was a criminal case. The fictional case revolved around a murder at a performing arts center in, of all places, Stratford. The defendant, Pibb St. Clair, was accused of murdering her business partner, Pepper Albertson. The case included six witnesses including the defendant.

To effectively participate in mock trial, team members play parts on both the prosecution and defense sides of this case. They learn correct protocol for courtroom behavior and have to be prepared to be challenged by the opposing team. Witnesses learn detailed statements. In this case, the witnesses varied in age and character. The challenge is for students to portray these witnesses and be in character throughout the trial.

Since the fictional murder happened just down the road from the school, the teams participated in an Amazing Race-style field trip early in October to “visit the scene of the crime.” The fictional case referenced real places in Hamilton County and the teams visited all of them.

At the regional competition a number of SV students received recognition as Outstanding Attorney or Outstanding Witness by the judges in their rooms. 

All-District Witness

Makenzie Coleman as Greer Guffman

Makenzie Coleman as Pibb St. Clair

Kannon Lynch as Shawn Schuyler

Lydia Bair as Greer Guffman

All-District Attorney

Rian Schlief on Prosecution

Rian Schlief on Defense

Oscar Hanson on Prosecution

Madelyn Farley on Prosecution

Webster County 4-Hers Hold 2019 Awards Banquet


The annual Webster County 4-H Awards & Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held Sunday, November 24th at the Starlite Village in Fort Dodge with over 200 in attendance. The banquet is sponsored each year by the Webster County 4-H Foundation and the Webster County Extension and Outreach Office. 

The 4-H County Council introduced special guests and 4-H supporters. They then introduced the 4-H leaders year who presented awards to their club members for Junior, Intermediate and Senior Achievement and Outstanding Club Officers.

C/C Sidekicks: Officer Awards: President – Andrew Creger; Vice President – Ignatius Kirby; Treasurer – Sylvia Wacholtz; Historian – Fisher Novencido; Photographer – Paige Lewis; Recreation Leader – Aianna Kirby & Sydney Novencido.

Dayton Tigers: Junior Achievement Awards: Aleah Anderson, Hayden Butrick, Nolan Eslick, Nathan Graves, Alex Lambert, Luke Muench, Mekenah Osborne, Brookelynne Peterson; Cale VanSickle, Ryan Wicklein. Intermediate Achievement Awards: Brylie Butrick, Jace Hanson, Rozalyn Osborne, Paige Weiland. Senior Achievement Awards: Carly Davis, Taegen Long, Teighan Osborne, Kylie Weiland. Officer Awards: Secretary & Reporter – Avery Anderson; Treasurer – Taegen Long; Recreation Leader – Lauren Eslick.

Douglas Dreamers: Junior Achievement Awards: Evelyn Arens, Josie Harvey, Alexa McHone, Nora Kate O’Connor. Intermediate Achievement Awards: Katie Delaney, Kara McGonegle. Senior Achievement Awards: Emma Alstott, Morgan Border, Jaedyn Condon, Gracie Harvey. Officer Awards: President -- Morgan Border; Vice President – Peyton Hays; Secretary – Emma Alstott & Victoria Pavik; Treasurer – Dalton Lowry; Recreation Leader – Sam Guddall.

Elkhorn Eagles: Junior Achievement Awards Logan Jaeschke, Eli Johnson, Ella Johnson, Owen Pudenz. Intermediate Achievement Awards: Lilly Johnson, Abbi McKinney. Senior Achievement Awards Emily Jaeschke, Madyson Jaeschke. Officer Awards: President – Madyson Jaeschke; Vice President – Emily Jaeschke; Treasurer – Logan Jaeschke; Secretary – Ella Johnson; Historian -- Lilly Johnson; Photographer – Abbi McKinney; Reporter – Owen Pudenz; Recreation Leader – Eli Johnson.

Elkhorn Earlybirds: Junior Achievement Awards: Julia Eastman, Kyle Eastman, Emma Gernhart, Lyra Lane, Caleb Shirbroun. Senior Achievement Awards Nathan Rethwisch. Officer Awards: President – Julia Eastman; Vice President – Jess Shirbroun; Secretary & Historian – Nathan Rethwisch.

Gowrie Groundbreakers: Junior Achievement Awards: Aiden Anderson, Riley Carlson, Hadley Cox, Grant Farnham, Hanna Hicks, Addison Larson, Ryan Stewart, Tyler Wanat. Read More...


Lady Jaguars win Season Opener against Bulldogs


By Kevin Mills

Ogden - The lady Jaguars traveled to Ogden, Iowa for a JV/V double header against the Bulldogs. The varsity team established a 14-3 lead in the first 6 minutes of play and never looked back.  

Leading scorers for the Jaguar were Emily Hemmested and Emily Jaeschke both with 15 points. The team provided a balanced scoring attack with 7 players contributing points. Hicks with 7 points, Welter with 7 points, Carlson with 5 points, Ferrari had 4 points, Mills with 3 points.

Other notable stat lines were Hemmested with 7 rebounds and Welter with 5. Jaeschke with 4 steals and Hemmested with 3.  

“The girls were excited to get the season started and it showed with the energy from the team in the first quarter.  It was truly a team effort from all 9 athletes. Everyone contributed through the whole 32 minutes of play. “, Coach Mills.

The JV team started the season off on fire winning their opener against Ogden 45 - 10. Athletes contributing to the team score were Bethel 7 points, Carlson 5, Erritt 2 Hansen 3, Millls 4, Welter 2, Dorsey 13, Lane 9.

Upcoming games are at home Monday, December 2nd against Madrid and Friday, December 6th against Westbend Mallard.

Aaron Graves Named to 1st Team All-State


By Shari Everhart

Aaron Graves, a sophomore at Southeast Valley High School and a standout Jaguar football player has received all-state football honors by being named to the All-State Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) 1st Team. 

This distinction is the third he has gotten listing two all-state nods listed on his resume already. Last year he was named to the All-State 3rd Team. His record as a Jaguar player is 55 tackles and 10 sacks.

In addition, Aaron also made the First All-District Football Team and was named to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Line.

Aaron was among the local players making the list of all state honorees that include Nick Lawler of St. Edmond, Kadin Birkey of Manson-Northwest Webster, and Wyatt Wegener of Algona who earned 2A team captain status.

Aaron is congratulated on this well-deserved honor! He has verbally committed to the University of Iowa, Iowa City.