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Barry Motor Company Earns President's Award

Mike and Brian Barry display their President's Award.
    On behalf of Ford Motor Company, we are pleased to recognize the Barry Motor Company team for your tremendous achievements in the 2023 President's Award program. This honor signifies your dealership team's exceptional performance and outstanding accomplishments.
    The President's Award is only presented to top-performing Ford Dealerships that exhibit quality business practices and Ford's core principles. Dealerships nationwide competed for this honor, but only 10% of all dealerships achieved the President's Award.
    The letter received by Barry Motor stated, "Our admiration and appreciation goes out to everyone on the team for their outstanding efforts and for their continuing dedication to building a strong reputation for the Ford brand. Your success embodies the founding principles of our Ford plan."
    Barry Motor has been exhibiting these founding principles for 113 years when it was founded. Patrick and Mike Barry rented the former Castle House Hotel in 1904 and operated a Livery. They sold feed, rented rigs and horses, bought and sold livestock and held sales. In 1906 they bought the building. In 1908 they bought their first Ford. In 1910 they built a cement block building to the west of the Livery. On May 23, 1911, Pat Barry attended the auto show in Sioux City and signed a contract with the Ford Motor Co. to sell Fords. The first carload of cars arrived by train in 1914. In 1915 the Livery Barn was torn down and a new two story brick building was built on the comer lot. Pat and Mike dissolved their partnership on February 28, 1928, with Pat sticking by the Fords and Mike taking to farming and horses. Pat's other son Vincent started at the business on June 1, 1930. The Danbury Garage now became Barry Motors Co. Pat retired in 1941. Vincent Barry took over the management of Barry Motors in 1937 after his father retired. On Friday evening January 13, 1950, the Barry garage caught fire and was nearly destroyed. It was a large fire with $125,000 loss. Pat and son announced immediately that they would rebuild. In 1956 Vincent announced he was quitting the business and held an auction. Two of Mike and Nellie Conway Barry's sons, Bob and Bill purchased much of the merchandise sold at the auction. They then rented the building and took over the Ford contract from Vincent. In 1960 they purchased the building. They called their business Barry Brothers. In 1958 Bob and Bill applied for the Ford Super Duty/Ford Heavy Truck Franchise. Mike "Chops" Barry, Bill's son joined the business in May of 1966 as a Car/light Truck/Heavy Truck Salesman. In 1972 Mike's wife Jean started to join the family business as part-time secretary. Bob Barry passed away in 1975, and that was when Mike took over owner/partnership with his dad Bill. Mike's son Brian joined the Barry Motor Co. after his graduation from high school in 1996. Mike and Brian now share ownership/partnership.
    "Your success embodies the founding principles of our Ford plan," continued the letter from corporate. "As always, thank you for your business and continued support."
    Congratulations to Barry Motor Company and to the Barry Motor team.

Poker Run Covers Nearly 70 Miles

    Somewhere around 70 or 80 vehicles parked briefly at Dana Hall before taking to the road and covering 70 miles in Woodbury and Monona Counties for the first annual poker run to benefit Dana Hall's renovation project. The poker run began in Danbury, went to Oto, Smithland, Whiting, Castana, Mapleton, and back to Danbury where supper and music were waiting. The fundraiser which benefited the Dana Hall renovation was deemed a huge success and plans to return next year.
    There has been an inquiry on how to donate to the Dana Hall renovation. If you would like to help out, please send donations to Carlson Frum Legion, C/O Tom McBride, Box 314, Danbury, IA 51019.
    The legion and renovation committee members appreciate the support.

Woodbury County Conservation Parks Updates

    Sioux City - As of Friday, June 28, 2024, the Woodbury County Conservation Parks are open as follows. Please be aware that some roads leading to our parks may be closed due to the ongoing floods and do not drive around barricades. Check your route before traveling.
    Little Sioux Park, Correctionville, IA – The cabins, shelter, and beach are open as normal for rentals and usage. Bellamy campground and Riverside campground are both open as normal. The Union Bridge Trail between the park and Correctionville is closed indefinitely due to flood damages. – To access Little Sioux Park from Hwy 20, travel 3 ½ miles west of Correctionville, IA to Minnesota Avenue/L25 and head south to 160th Street/D22. Follow this east to Hwy 31 and head south to the park.
    Southwood Conservation Area, Smithland, IA – Normal operations. Campground and cabins are open, as well as trails and ponds for fishing.
    Snyder Bend Park, Salix, IA – The cabins and boat ramp are closed until further notice. The campground is open for camping.
    Brown's Lake/Bigelow Park, Salix, IA – Normal operations. Campground, beach and shelter are open.
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Adventures With Lynnie

    I have space for an Adventure, but I don't really have an adventure to share, at least from last week. We didn't go anywhere as a couple, and I didn't go anywhere that I can tell you individually. Cleaning the house is downright boring,

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A Salute to Vietnam Vets

    Bruce Burton sent this picture of him saluting the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC. Thanks, Bruce!

Boyer graduates From The University of Iowa

    IOWA CITY, IA (06/20/2024)-In May, more than 6,500 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students received their degrees, a group that included Cierra Boyer, daughter of Charlene and Randy

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Yockey Hits 16 Gallon Blood Donation Milestone

Reimer, Oberreuter Reaches Blood Milestones

    For over 15 years, Danbury and surrounding communities have supported the local blood bank, LifeServe Blood Center, with at least four blood donation opportunities per

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Krohn, Wooster Named to UNL Deans' List

    LINCOLN, NE (06/21/2024)-More than 6,600 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have been named to the Deans' List for the spring semester of the 2023-24 academic year. Included on the Dean's list are Junior Katy Leigh

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Quilts, Please

    The Corn Days committee is pleased to announce that the quilt show will return, but this year it will be held on Saturday, August 24th only.
    If you have quilted items to display at the quilt show, please contact Lynn

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Weather Summary

Provided by Justin Glisan, Ph.D., State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
    While many rivers and inland streams continue to crest from record rainfalls, June's final reporting period was

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Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report

    DES MOINES, Iowa (July 1, 2024) – 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 released

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All Flood Volunteers Need To Check In

    A Volunteer Reception Center has been active in Correctionville with the help of Sunnybrook Community Church. All volunteers are required to check in and out of the town's high school.
    If Woodbury

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Meet the Monona County Fair Little Princess Candidates

    The 2024 Monona County Fair Queen & Little Princess and their Court will be crowned on Tuesday, July 9th at the fair's opening ceremony in Onawa. This year's little princess contestants are the following:

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Woodbury County Bill Riley Contest

    The Woodbury County Fair will sponsor a Bill Riley Iowa State Fair Contest at Moville. The contest dates are Thursday, August 1, and Saturday, August 3, at 7:00 PM. Prizes of $75, $50, and $25 are being awarded each day

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Meet the Monona County Fair Queen Candidates

    The 2024 Monona County Fair Queen & Little Princess and their Court will be crowned on Tuesday, July 9th at the fair's opening ceremony in Onawa. This year's queen contestants are the following:

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NEW Cooperative Foundation Donates to Local 4-H Clubs

    The NEW Cooperative Foundation continues their commitment to supporting local 4-H youth. Recently, the Foundation donated $94,520 to 35 county extension and outreach offices, which will support 4,929 individual

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Woodbury County Board Update

By Matthew Ung
Funding Legal Claims After Jail Project
    It was both unfortunate and necessary that Woodbury County and the Law Enforcement Center Authority (governing board) entered into

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

    Two more children have completed the task of reading 1,000 books before kindergarten. Merryn and Eilidh Moffat, daughters of Dave and Chrissi Moffat of Mapleton, read 1000 books. Merryn said, "I love to read books!" They got

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