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January 22, 2020

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Are They Out? Or Are They In?

Cold Weather Keeps the Kids in at Recess

Posey Ortner, daughter of Jillian and Steve Ortner, and Sadie Cameron,
daughter of Lucy and Adam Cameron play with hula hoops during the
morning recess on Tuesday.
    A cold spell has kept people longing to stay in the warmth of their homes. However, that isn't always possible. Work and school prompt youth and adults to leave the warm confines to go to their warm jobs or schools.
    While "recess" for many adults along with middle and high school students is called "lunch break," elementary children have recess built into their schedules. Most days, the kids look forward to being able to go outside and get some running in or just to catch some vitamin D from the sun.
    But then again, there are days like Monday.
    On Monday the temperature reached a whopping 8.9°. The wind chill tipped the thermometer at -8.9°.
    Monday was a no-brainer when it came to recess. There was no doubt that the elementary kids would be staying inside. Catching some fresh air and plyaing in the snow which fell since their last school day was not an option. Running in the gym and playing board games were on the agenda for recess.
    However, how do the schools decide if it's an "out" day or an "in" day?
    "If the temperature and wind chill are above 10°, the students will be outside for recess. Anything below 10°, they will be inside," said Amy Seuntjens, principal at Danbury Catholic Elementary School. "Of course, there are some days where it is too icy for them to be outside, and we will keep them in."
    Shari Blake, principal at MVAO Elementary School, Mapleton campus, reiterated those guidelines. A weather app gives Blake and the teachers an easy way to measure the heat - or lack of heat - in the air.
    What do the students prefer, inside or outside recess? Well, Vivian Scholl, daughter of Kathy and Jordan Scholl of Danbury and a preschooler at MVAO in Mapleton, was very confident in her answer to that important question. In her months of school experience, Vi likes staying in for recess.
    "I like inside recess because it's more warm and we don't have to put our coat on and our hats on," she said. "We run and play and do stuff like that inside."
    Mandy Shea, a third grader at Danbury Catholic and daughter of Nicole and Sean Shea of Danbury picked the great outdoors as her favorite.
    "I can't quite choose because I like both, but I like outside because I can play in the snow," Mandy said. "In the spring I can pick flowers for the teachers."
    And then there are those rallying for more indoor recesses. A couple 6th graders at DC are petitioning to have indoor recess if the temperature is 20° or lower instead of 10°. Their reasons? Well, they are working on them, but they have to submit three valid reasons using science to their principal before she will decide. As a parent would say to their children, we will see.

It's Bingo Time!

    Two main sounds will resound from Danbury Catholic School on Sunday, January 26th: A single "Bingo!" and a chorus of "aw!"
    The staff at Danbury Catholic School is holding their annual Bingo night. Supper consisting of taverns, nachos hot dogs, chips, bars and beverages will begin at 5:00. The Bingo games will start at 6:00. At least 25 games of regular Bingo will be followed by a blackout game worth $100 are currently scheduled. Bingo cards will be $5 each, with blackout 50¢ per card.
    All are invited to join the fun on Sunday.

Soup Luncheon Tuesday

    Hey, baby, it's chilly outside. Maybe it's time to find a nice warm building where you can join others for a nice bowl of chili or another type of soup served in an edible bowl!
    Maple Heights Nursing Home will hold their annual bread bowl soup luncheon on Tuesday, January 28th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Mapleton Community Center. Chili, Chicken Noodle Soup and Cheesy Potato Soup coupled with a salad bar, dessert and a drink can be enjoyed for just $8 per person.
    Please join the Maple Heights crew for a warm meal and some socializiation.

Human Trafficking Presentation Mon.

    Picture this - you are shopping in Anytown, USA, and notice someone watching you. You figure he is just security "shopping" while he watches you. You see young children in the area and notice he is also watching them. Hmmmmm. Your gut tells you that perhaps he isn't security and that these children are in danger of kidnapping. You see the parents for these children nearby and quietly whisper that the man is watching her children. They gather their brood and quickly leave. The children are safe, but are you? If he isn't security but a human trafficker, who is his target exactly - you or the children?
    Human trafficking has become a huge market. Human trafficking slaves range in age from young children to senior citizens and both men and women. This is no longer a crime focusing on young girls.
    The Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Shared Hope International will be presenting the documentary "Gridshock" on Monday night, January 27th at the Willow Vale Golf Course. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.   A question and answer period with Kim Smith, Volunteer Regional Coordinator for Shared Hope International and Starla Rook, Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Contact Kim Smith at 712-363-2153 or the Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking,, for more information.
    This documentary, presented for free to all adults in the area, is specific to Iowa and details the reality of sex trafficking of 3 survivors.  This particular documentary is well done, but more suited for adults.
    There are many free tools and great materials available online for parents and others to use. Check out for help with the everchanging world of apps and other online services frequented by both children and predators and to see how you can become involved in the fight against sex trafficking.

Radon Test Kits at Cord Memorial Library

    You can't see it. You can't smell it. You can't taste it. But it may be in your home.
    Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. The only way to know if radon is in your home is to test for it.
    The Siouxland District Health Department sells short term radon test kits year-round for a nominal fee. The cost of the kit includes the testing, postage and receiving of results. Testing is recommended every 2 years for homes with or without a mitigation system.
    The Siouxland District Health Department will be selling short term radon test kits at Woodbury County Libraries in January. The schedule is as follows:
        Wednesday January 29, 2020: Pierson Library 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
        Wednesday January 29, 2020: Woodbury County Library (Moville) 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
        Thursday January 30, 2020: Cord Memorial Library (Danbury) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
        Friday January 31, 2020: Hornick Library 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Woodbury Cattlemen's Banquet Saturday

    The Woodbury County Cattlemen's Association. Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 25th at the Anthon Community Center. Social Hour will begin at 5:30. A steak dinner catered by Staley's will begin at 6:30. Entertainment will be provided by Prairie Thunder.
    Tickets for the evening are $25.00 per person. The tickets may be purchased either from any director or at the door.
    The public is welcome to attend the event.

MVAO Middle School Spelling Bee Friday

    On Friday, January 24th approximately 40 students will compete in a spelling bee during a middle school assembly at 8:45 A.M. in Anthon. The bee was rescheduled due to the funeral of TAG teacher Ann Cox.


Ehlers Makes St. Luke's College Chancellor's List

    Riley Ehlers, a 1st student at St. Luke's College — UnityPoint Health in Sioux City, made the Chancellor's List for the fall semester 2019. Ehlers did so by achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or


Morningside announces Dean's List

    Sioux City, IA (January 9, 2020) - Morningside College Provost Dr. Chris Spicer recently announced the 403 students named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year.


Iowa Bishops Meet With the Pope in Rome

Story credit to Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, Posted January 16, 2020.

The Iowa bishops at the Vatican. The bishops were making their "ad limina" visits


George Schuyler Memorial Scholarship Available for MVAOCOU District Seniors

    They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well, in the Review's fifth annual George Schuylar memorial scholarship contest, we challenge MVAO seniors to use 500ish words to earn


Radon Awareness

    Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that affects indoor air quality in every state. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is responsible for 21,000 deaths annually in the U.S.


Blood Drive Brightens Holidays For Those Needing Blood

    During the Christmas season, the Danbury blood drive was held, and people stepped up and donated. Holidays can be the hardest time of the year for blood collections since everyone is busy with family,



Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Superintendent's Office, Mapleton, IA
Present: Wimmer, Mead, Kennedy, Streck, and Schram
Absent: none
Others: 4 guests
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Educational Farm Bill Meeting to be hosted Jan. 27 in Sioux City

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is partnering with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide an education farm bill meeting on Jan. 27 from 9:00


St. Mary's Church Renovation Update

    A lot happened in a week! The sacristy (below) lost its ceiling and the closet has turned which opened up the room.
    The church is losing the green paint, being covered with a nice brown color. A


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