Success Stories . . . .

Success Stories . . . .

A Journey Brings Minister To Lenox

For City Administrator To Withdraw

Library Attempts To Untangle Web

Of Invoices, Statements, Credits

Library Attempts To Untangle Web

Of Invoices, Statements, Credits

Lenox School Board Accepts Bids For Upcoming Year

Phone Problems Solved

Primary Election results

Primary Election results

Quiet Town Comes Alive

With Annual Celebration

A Journey Brings Minister To Lenox

 

By Ben French Brian Kleinschrodt is the Lenox Christian Church Minister. He only traveled about 64 miles from Lacona Christian Church in Lacona, Iowa to the Lenox Christian Church in Lenox, Iowa. But, his journey took years and he is still traveling. “After High School, I said ‘no more church, I’m done with church’” said Pastor Kleinschrodt. “I graduated from High School in 1974. My parents took me to church every Sunday. I had my fill of church.” Then something happened. “My wife, Cheryl took me to an Assembly of God church in Ames, Iowa,” Brian said. “I found out that church could be fun. After Cheryl passed away, I went from church to church, sort of drifting away again.” Brian remarried in 1982. He and his wife Cindy had four children, Jason, Justin, Vanessa and Amanda. Though Brian and Cindy divorced in 1995, during those last years of their marriage, he started back to church. Brian also became interested in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church history, beliefs and to increase his knowledge of God’s word. He enrolled in the Commissioned Ministry Education Program. “I read the books and studied more for my personal enrichment than to prepare for pastoral leadership,” Brian said. “I was shy and didn’t feel I had anything to say, so I didn’t think about becoming a minister.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported by Ben French

The Lenox Board of Education met Monday, June 18, 2012. School Superintendent, David Henrichs reviewed several bids for the 2012-2013 school year for vehicle repair, gasoline, diesel, tires, bread and milk. Mr. Henrichs and the board stressed the desire to “go local” as much as possible. Lenox Tire Center was selected for Tires/Tire Repair; Lenox Tire Center and Sweeney Repair were selected for Oil Changes; Sweeney Repair was selected for towing of light vehicles; Motor Inn Repair was selected for Bus Towing; Sweeney Repair was selected for Light Vehicle Repair; Motor Inn Repair was selected for Bus Repair; Anderson Erickson was selected for Milk supply; Sara Lee was selected for Bread supply; MFA was selected for Gasoline/Diesel by contract, using Casey’s when appropriate or necessary. Sara Lee was selected over a local bread supplier. Board member, Gary Tullberg expressed his concern saying “I hate not going local”. However, a review of last year’s bread orders indicated that it would cost the school approximately an additional $2,000 per year to go with the local supplier.

 

 

by Bethany Goodman Clearfield may be a small town, but the annual Fourth of July celebration is anything but. Organized in 1954, the Clearfield Lions Club put together the first arrangement of what was to become the well-known celebration of the Fourth of July. Consisting of a community baseball game and fireworks, the community was very responsive, compelling the Clearfield Lions to expand on the festivities. In the first year, admission to the ballgame was charged to fund the fireworks show later that evening. Over the years, the Clearfield Lions have kept in pursuit of a celebration that would appeal to all members of the family. A couple of years after the first celebration, a parade was added to the list of activities, as well as a tractor pull. “Tractor pulls were becoming very popular and the tractor pull consisted mostly of farmers and their tractors, unlike the high-powered engines and trucks we see today,” said Dale Juergens, long-time member of the Lions club. Next year, 2013,will be the 60th year for the Fourth of July celebration in Clearfield, and it is apparent that the festivities have only grown in size and quality since the beginning. “The thing that made the Fourth of July in Clearfield so successful is we catered to the kids. Rides are priced at $0.25per ride so even large families can enjoy the celebration at an affordable price,” Juergens also added that what brings in the biggest crowd are the activities geared for the children. “We’ve had a bigger crowd with every passing year and it’s mostly because of our catering to the kids- making sure they can come play and have a good time.”