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Gov. Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Masks Required When Unable to Distance 15 Minutes or Longer

The Ram stands were full for this game from the previous basketball season. This year when
Chase Pester commands the ball, only 24 fans will be in the stands.
    DES MOINES - Gov. Reynolds signed a new public health disaster proclamation that imposes a number of additional public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These new measures became effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2020.
    The proclamation requires that when people are in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn. The same requirements apply to visitors and employees inside state buildings. Additional mask requirements are imposed for certain specific establishments and gatherings.
    The proclamation also limits indoor social, community, business and leisure gatherings or events to 15 people. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, family gatherings and conventions. But it does not restrict gatherings that occur in the workplace as part of normal daily business or government operations.
    With the exception of high school, collegiate and professional sports, all organized youth and adult sports activities of any size are suspended. This includes basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, dance, and group fitness classes at gyms. While high school sports and extracurricular activities are not prohibited, spectators at games or events are limited to 2 per student and are required to wear a mask.
    Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, arcades, pool halls, bingo halls, and indoor playgrounds are required to close at 10 p.m. and cannot host private gatherings of more than 15 people. Masks must be worn by staff who have direct contact with customers, and customers must wear masks when they are not seated at their table to eat or drink. The proclamation also requires masks inside casinos.
    The proclamation also requires hospitals to ensure that inpatient elective procedures are reduced by 50%.

School to Offer Free School Meals Through Remainder of the Year

    MVAO Community School is now able to extend offering free meals to all students through the remainder of the school year. This extension will include free meals during the second semester. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
    If MVAO must move to virtual learning for any period of time, meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:
        Mapleton 7:30-8:20, 10:50-1:10
        Anthon 7:45-8:15, 10:50-12:45
        Danbury Catholic 7:30-8:00, 11:30-12:30
    This announcement is an extension of the free meals currently provided this semester by MVAO through the FDA program.

Council Approves Plan to Update Lagoons

    Citizens of Danbury take advantage of the sewage lagoons every day. We expect them to be there helping with the breakdown of our sewage, a natural part of life. For most citizens, the lagoons are one of the last things in their minds. For the city's employees and the council, this part of the city's infrastructure have been a very frequent discussion topic at council meetings.
    A sewage lagoon is a large pond into which the sewage flows. The sewage are broken down by germs in the lagoon. The sun and wind play an important role in the working of the lagoon. They provide light, warmth and oxygen to the water. This is necessary for the growth of the bacteria to break down the sewage and effluent. The wind helps with the evaporation of the water and serves to get oxygen into the water. It also creates waves which help stop insects from breeding and living in the water.
    For over 5 years the DNR has had the city of Danbury along with many other cities on the hot seat for their wastewater lagoons. The aging lagoons contain 1-2' of sludge, an issue which needed to be addressed per DNR orders, or fines would be assessed. Previous councils and maintenance employees had discussed the problem, but there hadn't been a viable solution to the issue. Enter ISG, an engineering firm from Storm Lake.
    The City of Danbury has been working with C.J Gross and Tom Grafft from ISG to put together a Facility Plan, recommended improvement options, and provided funding options for the project. Along with the sludge, the main concerns are a leak in the second lagoon, and the fact that the plant lies in the flood plain and would need to be raised by 1 foot. ISG also recommends UV disinfection after discharging the lagoons to aid in killing E-Coli. At the November council meeting, the council approved the Facility Plan and the submission to the DNR as provided by ISG.
    This project will not come cheaply, but it is a much needed project for DNR compliance and for the safety of the citizens of Danbury. In 2018 the council raised the monthly water fees to begin saving for these improvements. City Clerk Stacy Rockdaschel has been working on several grant applications and looking into other funding options to update the lagoons without needing to make more assessments to the citizens.

Council Checking Feasibility of E-Billing

    The economy has most people looking for options to save their households money without cutting corners. The Danbury City Council, responsible for the finances for the household we call Danbury, is also looking into a simple option to save some money and combine a convenience for citizens.
    E-Billing is a very simple concept. For no additional cost to the residents, the monthly utility bill and monthly newsletter will be emailed to the resident. The bill will not be mailed under this optional program.
    The program is a win/win to residents who check email on a regular basis and to the city. Residents will not have to worry about a bill lost in the mail or on a countertop and will be reminded to pay before a late fee can be assessed. The city, if enough people sign up, will save in postage fees more than enough to counteract the cost of the program.
    In order to implement this program, the council wants to make sure there are enough residents interested to pay the start up and annual fees. Please let the city know if you are interested in this program. Please call Stacy at City Hall at 883-2431, email her at, or drop a note in the green box outside City Hall if outside hours.
    Remember, this is only a survey to see if the program is feasible. The council will discuss the matter at their December council meeting and may make a motion for or against the program.

Weather Summary

Provided by Justin Glisan, Ph.D., State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
    After the driest reporting period since mid-September, wetter than normal conditions returned to Iowa with above

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Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions Report

    DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 16, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County is offering a free virtual course in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The course is being offered on two separate dates; Wednesday,

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Students Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

    Students in the Faith Formation classes at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury and at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton studied for two years in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Club Minutes

    The Mapleton Starspinners held their split monthly meetings on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Community Center. Members attended one of two separate sessions. Roll call was answered by members from the question, "What

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Protecting Your Personal Information

Treasurer Fitzgerald's Warning of Unclaimed Property Scam Messages

    DES MOINES, IA (11/17/2020) (readMedia)-With the holiday season in full swing, scammers are looking to separate people from their money. State Treasurer

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Date: Monday, November 9, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Board Room, Mapleton, IA
Present: Wimmer, Kennedy, Schram, and Mead. Streck via Zoom
Absent: none
Others: one guest. Due to technical difficulties

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    The regular November meeting of the Danbury City Council was called to order by Mayor Buth at 7:06PM on November 10, 2020. Mayor Buth, Council members Simmons, Boyle, Scholl, Allen,

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Blood Donations Needed This Holiday Season

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (November 17, 2020) –LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive.
    Besides COVID-19, this

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Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers

    Connections Area Agency on Aging is pleased to offer Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers, which is an evidence-based class starting on January 12, 2021 to benefit Family Caregivers:
    Powerful Tools

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