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January 15, 2020

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Church Repairs Go to Great Heights

    On Sunday, January 5th parishioners from St. Mary's in Danbury took down the Christmas decorations. And the missalettes. And the music. And anything that wasn't secured to the building.
    On Monday, January 6th the statues in the church disappeared. Well, not completely disappeared. They were removed so that they could get some TLC. Pews were covered with plastic. Scaffolding went up. And the renovations began.
    After years of "patiently" waiting, the renovations at St. Mary's have begun. The parish board needed the thumbs up from the diocese before work could begin. The church now will receive fresh paint, repairs to cracks, new flooring to replace the orange that was screaming the 70s, and other renovations which are aimed to restore the church to its original form as much as possible.
    While the work is being done, Danbury's 5:00 Saturday mass is being held at St. Mary's in Mapleton. The usual 8:30 Sunday mass is also in Mapleton. It is anticipated that work will continue through April.
    Please refrain from going into the church during the renovations. It is a construction zone. We have received the okay to stop in the church each Monday to provide pictures of the work.
    To the left, one of the workers prepares the archway at the ceiling for its new color.
    Below, the church filled with plastic to protect the woodwork and scaffolding to bring the brave workers to the top of the church.
    We will print a picture each week in the Review. All pictures taken during that Monday session will also be published on the church's Facebook page. To check them out, like the page at

MVAO Middle School Spelling Bee Friday

    On Friday, January 17th approximately 40 students will compete in a spelling bee during a middle school assembly at 8:45 A.M. in Anthon.
    Spellers are fifth-eighth grade students who volunteered in their grade. Each grade then had a contest to pick ten students to be in the spelling bee. The winning contestants received a multi-grade list before the winter break and were encouraged to review it. On Friday the students will show off their spelling in front of all 5-8th grade students and any parents or community members that attend.

Monona County Cattlemen Banquet Saturday

    The Monona County Cattlemen's Association will be holding their annual banquet on Saturday, January 18th at Ute Town & County. Social hour will begin at 5:30 with a steak dinner catered by Staley's beginning at 6:30. Entertainment will be provided by comedian Lee Cole with a trophy auction, raffle drawing and door prizes following.
    Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from one of the following directors. 2019 Directors, Ron Hausman, Bob Otto, Keith Zediker,Barry Erickson, Michelle Kane, Dave Bruning, Ron Amunson, Alan Cumming, Gale Miller,Jeff Mordhorst, Joel Bubke, Pete Alexander, Patty McCall and Dave Jensen.

The Empty Bleacher Seat

    It's been a mournful week at MVAO Schools. On January 7th, Lawrence Nelson, a former principal and faithful Ram fan passed away. On January 8th, Steve Stodola, a former teacher and grandpa for current students along with a substitute teacher in the high school passed away. Bad things come in three, and so it was. On January 12th, Ann Cox, current TAG and math teacher passed away.
    The three deaths have touched people in the district at all levels. Current and former students and teachers, parents of students, friends.
    The school district is mourning these deaths the best way they can. On Tuesday people were asked to wear green, Ann Cox's favorite color. At a basketball game last week an empty bleacher seat was set up at the location that Lawrence Nelson regularly sat. Tributes were given about all three people online.
    Our condolences to all affected by these three deaths.

Fundraiser Supports Your Back and MVAOCOU Music

Music Program Hosts 2nd Annual Mattress Fundraiser

    MAPLETON, IA - If you are you looking to replace a bed in your home, now is the time. MVAOCOU Music is excited to announce they will be hosting their 2nd Annual


Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Minutes

    The Mapleton Starspinners held their monthly meeting on December 7th at 9:00 a.m. at the Mapleton Community Center. The meeting was called to order by President Grace Smith and "The Pledge of Allegiance" was led by Lydia


Starspinners Receive Grant to Help Community Center

    The Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Club recently received a matching grant from the Monona County 4-H and Youth Committee to add new supplies to the Mapleton Community Center. Some of the items include three


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