Phillip E. Peterson 90


Callender – Phillip E. Peterson 90, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge. Funeral Services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Callender, with Pastor Greg Stano and Pastor Deb Stano officiating. Burial was at the Callender Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Phillip is survived by his daughters, Sonja (Dann) Johnson of Thompson, and Heidi (Tim) Parcel of Norwalk; son T.J. (Dianne) Peterson of Callender; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul (Betty) Peterson of Callender, and David (Evelyn) Peterson of Lafayette, IL; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn; infant daughters, Kristine and Nina; and his parents, Percy and Inger (Heggen) Peterson.  

Phillip E. Peterson was born July 16, 1929 in Callender, Iowa. He was raised and educated at Callender and graduated from Callender High School, with the Class of 1948. On April 29, 1951 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Pearson. The couple established their home on a farm near Callender. Phillip farmed and operated a dairy for most of his life. Phillip also had a passion for flying. He received his pilot license and owned his own plane for over 40 years. Phillip was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, and the Holstein Association.

Kay F. Learned, 79


Gowrie – Kay F. Learned 79, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing at Gowrie. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Susan Rohden officiating. Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. 

Kay is survived by her husband Richard Learned of Gowrie; daughters, Crystal (Mike Krayenhagen) Wilks of Gowrie, Cathy (Rick) Miller of Gowrie, Caryl (Dean) Cleveland of Badger, and Carrie (Bergan) Dalley of Gowrie; son Charlie Learned of Fort Dodge; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Judy Allgood of Gowrie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Nina (Cooklin) Otto; sister Peggy Otto; and brother Richard Otto. Kay was known as “BBG”. 

Kay F. Otto was born August 24, 1940 at Fort Dodge and graduated from Gowrie High School, with the Class of 1958. On November 24, 1958 she was united in marriage to Richard Learned at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie. The couple established their home in Gowrie. Kay worked at the Gowrie Care Center and Casey’s. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Marie Bloomquist, 104


Marie Bloomquist, 104, former Gowrie resident, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at her son Roger’s home in Federal Way, Washington.

Marie Charlotte Cecile Burger was born January 3, 1916 on a farm near Lohrville, Iowa. She was the second of four children born to Paul and Anna (Larson) Burger. Her mother passed away in1927 and the family subsequently moved to Gowrie. Marie married Victor Bloomquist in 1931 and except for a very short period when they moved to Minnesota, lived in Gowrie. Victor managed the Gowrie Co-op Creamery before they moved to Washington State in 1960. He passed away in 1983.

Marie’s life centered on her family. They came first with little room for herself or anything else. Known for her sweet smile and kindness, she found satisfaction in life by doing for others. An excellent cook and meticulous housekeeper, she was dearly loved by everyone who knew her.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vic, sisters Emma Cline and Lorraine Heine, brother Paul Burger and infant great-granddaughter Melisa Weidert. She is survived by her sons Roger Bloomquist and Terry (Bonnie) Bloomquist, grandchildren Holly (Jerry) Conklin, Tyler (Tracy) Bloomquist, Signe (Lindy) Lippert and Joshua Bloomquist, great-grandchildren Paul (Heather) Weidert, Chad (Jessica) Weidert, Angela (Darren) Friesen, Abbegail Bloomquist, Nykailah Bloomquist, Blaike Bloomquist, great-great grandchildren Olivia, Allysa, Logan and Carter, sister-in-law Myrtle Eyestone plus numerous nephews, nieces and other extended family.

Marie was an exceptionally kind and sweet person who only saw the good in people and never said anything negative about others. She was truly a beautiful person inside and out who will be missed by all who knew her. When informed of her passing, a nephew described her as a one of a kind saint.

Local News

Winter Weather Slams Into the Area This Past Weekend


By Shari Everhart

The first major snowstorm of the winter season blasted into the state and this area last Friday, after several days of weather forecasters predicting the massive storm’s arrival. It gave residents time to prepare for the rain, ice, snow, wind and frigid temperatures that were to accompany the weather event. The storm lived up to its expected arrival time and also the potential of hazardous weather.

The storm grew from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning on Friday, and finally to a full-blown blizzard warning that was issued for most all day Saturday for the northwest counties in the state, including Webster, Calhoun, Greene, and Hamilton. The blizzard warning began at 6:00 a.m. and lasted through 6:00 p.m.

It was suggested residents not travel unless absolutely necessary. No-tow bans were put in place for several areas and visibility issues became a problem. Many activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday were cancelled or postponed with most area schools, including Southeast Valley/Prairie Valley, cancelling classes for the day on Friday.

Residents were cautioned there was a potential for possible power outages due to the extreme wind and ice build-up on electrical lines. It appears the southern part of Iowa caught the brunt of the freezing rain and drizzle contained in the storm. Forecasters predicted several rounds of nasty weather with the winter storm, which was to leave behind plunging temperatures in an Arctic blast. Read More...

Hummingbird Confections to Have New Location


By Shari Everhart

According to Kaitlyn Stewart, it was something that just happened to “fall into her lap” when it was least expected. Obviously when this happens, it is pre-ordained and meant to be. It was the beginning of the establishment of a brand new venture for her, “Hummingbird Confections”.

In 2012, she was working part-time and attending college full-time. On occasion, she would bring treats to work, which were a big hit. They were such, that casual orders for the goods were being placed. After filling these orders, Kaitlyn found she really enjoyed creating new desserts and decorating cakes. Deciding she needed a name for this impromptu sideline business which provided a little extra income, she came up with the name, “Hummingbird Confections”.

The unusual name came about as something meaningful to her, paying tribute to her grandmothers, both having played important roles in her life. The word ‘hummingbird’ was chosen to honor her Grandma Espeland. Although she had passed away early in Kaitlyn’s life, she still had an impact on Kaitlyn and is remembered as a very loving and caring person.  Read More...

Grocery LLC Moving Forward; Timeline of events


By Shari Everhart

It began on November 21, 2018, when Nick Graham purchased Gowrie Jamboree Foods from long-time owners, Jeff and Julie Petersen. The grocery store came under the operation of General Manager Aaron Bradley, up until recently, when Bradley took a position with the local school system and began employment at the Prairie Valley Elementary School north of Farnhamville. 

The Graham grocery store chain, which in addition to the Gowrie business, consisted of stores located in Rolfe, Rockwell City, Manson, Ackley, Manning and Jewell, began to crumble as he closed several locations in those Iowa towns and as close and just recently in Rockwell City and Manson.

Local Gowrie city leaders convened to discuss the possibility of a Gowrie closure of Jamboree. The group, the newly-formed Gowrie Grocery LLC, discussed potential ideas, deciding to schedule a January 6, 2020, public meeting to share dialogue, concerns and discussion with area residents. Talk of the Gowrie Grocery LLC committee offering everyone the opportunity to purchase stock priced at $2,500 was presented. The reason for the LLC over a non-profit status was explained. The set goal of raising $250,000 was needed to buy the building, equipment and the store’s current inventory. Residents were welcome to ask questions and to decide if the LLC was a viable option for the local area. The date of Janaury 15, 2020, was set as a deadline to raise the $250,000. Read More...


Jaguar Wrestlers Held Senior Night on Thursday, Jan 16


By Jeff Miller

The Jag wrestlers capped off a successful Sr. Parent night with two dual meet victories against Sioux Central and West Bend-Mallard on Thursday, Jan. 16 in Gowrie. The Wolverines and Rebels opened the first round of wrestling with West Bend-Mallard getting the win. In the second match of the night, the Jags flexed their muscles a bit nailing down a 59-22 victory. In the final dual of the night, the Jags edged the Wolverines in a tight contest 42-40. Both seniors went out in style with Mason Goodwin going 2-0 for the night, including a first period fall against his Sioux Central opponent. Zane Geis made it exciting with a nice headlock against his West Bend opponent, pinning him right before the first period ended. 

Southeast Valley, Gowrie (SEVA) 42.0 West Bend-Mallard (WBM) 40.0

182: Harley Bryson (SEVA) over Ethan Zaugg (WBM) (Fall 3:21) 195: Jaxon Carlson (SEVA) over  (WBM) (For.) 220: Mark Hughes (SEVA) over  (WBM) (For.) 285: Logan Studer (WBM) over Gavin Weier (SEVA) (Fall 0:23) 106: Lucas Fehr (WBM) over  (SEVA) (For.) 113: Donavon Hanson (WBM) over Caelan Oakes (SEVA) (MD 13-1) 120: Garrett Fehr (WBM) over Connor Klingson (SEVA) (Fall 1:27) Read More...

JV Boys Basketball Team Advance Their Record To 10-1


By Ryan Dahlstrom

The SV Boys’ JV basketball team defeated the Norsemen of Roland-Story by the score of 39-27 on Monday, January 13th. The Jags held the lead the entire game, holding their largest lead at 28-14 at the start of the 4th quarter. The Norsemen, however, did cut the deficit to only 6 points with two minutes remaining in the game before the Jags could execute offenselviy, outlasting the Roland-Story full-court defensive pressure implemented in the final two minutes of the contest.  

 Sam Hanosn scored 13 points to lead the Jaguars in scoring. Hanson also collected 4 defensive rebounds in the game. Tre Fisher scored 6 of his 9 points in the 4th quarter, while also adding 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in the game. Kaleb Scott chipped in with his 8 points (4-4 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, and 2 steals. The duo of Hunter Sorenson and Rhett Grandfield each scored 3 points in the matchup. Grandfield added 5 rebounds and 2 steals, where as Sorenson totalled 4 caroms off the glass and 1 steal. Sammy Sytsma made both of his FT attempts, scoring 2 points and 1 steal in the game. Braeden Johnson rounded out the SV offense, adding 1 point, 1 rebound, and 1 steal. Carson Lambert tallied 6 total rebounds, 4 of them on the offensive end of the floor. Lambert also blocked 1 Roland Story shot attempt in the contest. Parker Garcia earned 1 rebound for his efforts on the hardwood. The JV record is now 10-1 on the season.

 End of Quarter Scores: Q1: SV 8, R-S 2; Q2: SV 19, R-S 8; Q3: SV 28, R-S 14; Q4: SV 39, R-S 27.