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Parents drum up community support for school levy
Brad Jorgensen
Brad Jorgensen
Carroll Community School District's most recent class of graduating seniors scored on average more than 2 points higher on national college-entrance exams than their peers across the state.

McCartan gives grads life 'cheat sheet'
Now that they'd completed their final tests and were ready to receive their diplomas, Carroll High School guidance counselor, psychology teacher and football coach Dennis McCartan told the 106 CHS graduates, it was OK to share with them his cheat sheet. His cheat sheet for life, that is.
Two dead in Glidden trailer house
A man and woman were found dead in a trailer house on the south side of Glidden late Sunday, the Division of Criminal Investigation said in a press release this morning.
This is where Mark Lee hid
Bibian Curry stepped out onto her front stoop Friday morning to feel the air.
Current Issue: 08-19-14

Give spaghetti sauce a delicious twist
The key to great spaghetti is a delicious sauce that's been allowed to simmer for hours as layers of flavor meld together.
Current Issue: 08-18-14

Heroes hope to see their memorials
"You guys fight wars in the damndest places," said Les Butler, voicing aloud an often recurring thought regarding military superiors.
'This is history'
When she was 17, she watched as American soldiers, their trousers bloused at the bottoms, arrived in her home of Munich, Germany, signaling the end of World War II. Several years later, she arrived in Iowa as a newlywed. In the years that followed, she crafted her experiences into a book.
Alleged cop killer faces September murder trial
The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in September is competent to stand trial even though he suffers from a "paranoid personality disorder," a district judge ruled this morning.
Woman stabbed, police scour city
A 27-year-old man was still at large at about 1 p.m. today after allegedly stabbing a woman in Carroll this morning.

Police believe Mark Lee, who has a prior domestic abuse assault charge, stabbed a woman sometime before 7 a.m. at 1308 N. Main St., where Lee is reportedly living, Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler said.

Coon Rapids-Bayard, IKM-Manning to share superintendent
IKM-Manning and Coon Rapids-Bayard will share superintendent Tom Ward, effective July 1.
Olympic shooters
"Pull!" A neon orange clay pigeon flies into the air at a speed between 65 and 75 miles per hour.
Board refuses to increase fifth-, sixth-grade class sizes
Cheers and applause filled the room as the Carroll Community School District board of education unanimously approved $650,000 in budget cuts - without eliminating any kindergarten through sixth-grade teaching positions.
Current Issue: 08-15-14

Greene County casino deserves state approval, says candidate for Governor
Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch says state regulators should provide an "open market" and a "chance" for Iowa communities to develop casinos - and not analyze the effects on existing gaming complexes when making calls on licensing.
East Sac, South Central will not share superintendent
To avoid any fear of a future consolidation, the South Central Calhoun school board has opted not to share its superintendent with the East Sac County Community School District.
No worries, mon.
No worries, mon. The cliche phrase that elicits images of Jamaica is known for a reason, agree Carroll High School graduates Brittany Holdsworth, Lisa Daringer and Elyse Borchers - it truly is a way of life for the residents of the small island country in the Caribbean. The three women just completed their freshman years at the University of Northern Iowa, which included a "life-changing" spring break trip to Kingston, Jamaica, where they volunteered at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf.
Current Issue: 08-14-14

New residents defend need for school levy
Aubrey Kemerling and her family moved to Carroll in December - a city selected by she and her husband specifically because of the strong school systems.
Speaker emphasizes discipline, perseverance
Presenting the featured speech at the Des Moines Area Community College commencement ceremony Monday night in the Carroll High School gym, DMACC library-media specialist Lisa Dreesman poked a little fun at herself.
Council scraps proposal to change meetings
A push by some Audubon City Council members to scale back their bimonthly meetings to one Wednesday each month at 5:30 p.m. - which some residents said would erode their ability to attend and hold their elected officials accountable - is dead for now, interim City Attorney David Wiederstein confirmed this morning.
Council shelves library lease option
Carroll City Council members deadlocked Monday night with a 3-3 vote for setting a public hearing on a proposed lease for a new public library at the Carroll Depot Business Center.
Current Issue: 08-13-14

Fischbach: Library lease costs exaggerated
Leasing space in the Depot Business Center will not cost the city an additional $23 million in library operations over the course of 20 years, despite Greg Siemann's newspaper advertisements to the contrary, said Carroll Public Library director Kelly Fischbach.
Carroll spared by tornadic storms
Thunderstorms dumped more than an inch of rain in the Carroll area Sunday, but damage from winds was minimal compared to what the storms dealt other Iowa communities.

"We didn't have nothing here, not even a branch down," said Ken Pingrey, chief deputy for the Carroll County Sheriff's office.

'Time to Start Living Out Our Dreams'
Kuemper Catholic High School awarded diplomas to 83 graduates in the school's 60th annual commencement ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
Current Issue: 08-12-14


Red, white and blue - and barbecue
Fireworks and food are the best parts of the Fourth of July. If you're planning a backyard dig out the red and white checkered tablecloth and prepare a patriotic feast bursting with pride. To celebrate America's birthday, be sure to add some red, white and blue to your menu too.
Current Issue: 08-11-14

Part-time art position on chopping block
The part-time art position at Carroll High School - currently held by Dean Kollasch - could be the second, and final, position eliminated in the Carroll Community School District next year.
Sonia Walsh opening Carroll acting studio
Sonia Walsh, a Carroll educator and actor with a resume of commercial and dramatic work, has announced plans to open a private acting studio for children and adults.
Tougher rules for livestock industry supported at Carroll County hearing
A three-strike rule, permit requirements, and water-quality database compilation were strongly supported by regional residents attending an Iowa Department of Natural Resources hearing on new rules for animal-confinement operations at the Carroll County Courthouse Thursday night.

'We err on the side of caution'
The skies were relatively clear in Carroll Thursday afternoon when the town's 12 severe weather sirens sounded, which generally warns residents to immediately take shelter from a tornado.
Current Issue: 08-08-14


Council fires city clerk after long public battle
Lora Hansen spent her last hours at City Hall this morning - where she had worked for more than 30 years - typing a recap of Wednesday's special City Council meeting in which she was fired.
Business students work together across classes
Each Friday this spring semester, Carroll High School business instructor Chelsea Bissen wrote a simple directive on the whiteboard - "Be a problem solver."
Audubon grad travels, teaches in Tanzania
Lions, elephants, black rhinos, water buffaloes and leopards - oh my!
McDermott, Knobbe earn Kuemper academic honors
Aly McDermott is valedictorian and Karla Knobbe salutatorian of the Kuemper Catholic High School Class of 2014.
New DMACC provost enthusiastic about online possibilities
The same characteristics and supporting materials that make an online course successful also strengthen a face-to-face course, said Joel Lundstrom, newly hired provost of Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll.
Deacon Michael Weitl helps celebrate historic Mass
Deacon Michael Weitl of Audubon took part in the Roman Catholic Church's historic day of four popes on Sunday, April 27, when he served as a eucharistic minister in the canonization Mass of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on April 27 at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Ex-councilman accused of pet duck theft, slaying
A former Vail City Councilman allegedly stole a resident's pet duck early Sunday morning, broke its neck and stashed its lifeless body in a refrigerator among other food.
Sixth-grade students raising money for orphans
"For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor.' "

- Deuteronomy 15:11. One 11-year-old from Manilla has taken this command to heart.

Current Issue: 08-06-14

City leaders set to fire city clerk
Audubon City Council members plan to interview candidates and appoint one to replace longtime City Clerk Lora Hansen in a special meeting set for Wednesday.
Kuemper students attend World Food Prize youth institute in Ames
What if wind energy could power wells in Afghanistan? What if families in Bolivian communities were given the tools to plant community gardens? How does North Korea's high military spending impact food security for its residents?
Obstacles going up for weekend 5K mud run in Manning
Roughly 13 feet off the ground, volunteer firefighters and emergency-service workers Ben Lorenzen and Scott Eickman straddle a climbing wall constructed in part from barn-salvaged 2-by-4s, debating where to best place additional climbing ropes.
Current Issue: 08-05-14

Main Street Manning recognized at state award ceremony
In the 28 years Iowa has had a Main Street program, the return on public invest has been 87-to-1 - $87 invested by private businesses and organizations for every $1 of state funding.
Christian radio station coming to Carroll
By the end of the year, organizers of a new nonprofit, low-power FM radio station hope to be broadcasting Christian music and "family-friendly" local programming to Carroll listeners at 102.1 KFIM.
Trial delay likely for alleged murderer
One of the two Denison men accused of shooting, killing and burning two people in March on a Crawford County acreage waived his right to a speedy trial last week, which will likely delay his June trial for the crimes.
Grand Success
The numbers kept rolling to larger and larger.

The crowd's excitement grew. Cheers turned louder and louder as the amounts rolled past $400,000, $500,000, $550,000, $600,000, crescendoing at the grand total - $614,741.

Hurray for summer: Gak, slime, pizza, kabobs
Summer has arrived, and that means kids need things to do. My boys are thoroughly enjoying summertime, and so am I. I don't miss the hurried schedule of the school year and my hectic commute. Instead we are able to relax and make our own schedule each day.
Current Issue: 08-04-14

Truck, tractor in fiery crash
A semi-truck caught fire near Breda Wednesday afternoon after colliding with a farm tractor.
Monday Club women volunteers mark 120 years
Over the past 120 years, the members of the Women's Monday Club in Lake City have completed a substantial amount of achievements. Combined the women reported 771 volunteer hours in the past year, giving their time to Meals on Wheels, Hospital Auxiliary, and Shady Oaks.
Newspaper photos net top national awards
Daily Times Herald photographs and stories won six awards this month from the National Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.
Daily Times Herald buys 3 Guthrie County newspapers, Fontanelle Observer
Herald Publishing Co., the Carroll-based parent company of The Daily Times Herald, on Thursday purchased three newspapers in Guthrie County as well as the Fontanelle Observer in Adair County.
East Sac, South Central Calhoun schools aim to share superintendent
The East Sac County Community School District Board of Education voted Thursday afternoon to pursue a superintendent sharing agreement with Jeff Kruse.
Traveling display kicks off Manning Hausbarn's 2014 season
The Danish-German border wars of 1848 and 1864 helped shape immigration to the United States as citizens fleeing the Schleswig-Holstein Province settled the Midwest.
Psychiatrist: Alleged cop killer competent to stand trial
The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in a September standoff - whose attorney claims he is delusional and paranoid - is competent to stand trial, according to an Iowa City psychiatrist.
Child care murder trial moved to Carroll
Carroll County residents will decide the fate of a 34-year-old Orange City woman who in October allegedly threw a 3-year-old girl to the ground - fracturing her skull - when the girl had trouble removing her jacket and didn't ask the woman for help.
Current Issue: 08-01-14

Man guilty of sex with niece
Steve Thomas Schneider hung his head as a judge read each of the six identical verdicts of guilty this morning to conclude his two-day trial for having sex with his teenage niece in 2009.
Quiet zone upgrades estimated at $370K to $480K
Engineers recommend the City of Carroll close its Maple Street railroad crossing as part of efforts to reduce train horn noise.
Daily Times Herald acquires historic Adair County Free Press
The Carroll Daily Times Herald this morning officially took ownership of one of the more iconic newspapers in the history of the state - the Adair County Free Press, based in Greenfield.
Current Issue: 07-31-14

Parents encourage economic development leaders to support school levy
The average property owner in Carroll would pay only about $2 more per month to fund an instructional support levy for Carroll Community School District next year.
Current Issue: 07-30-14

Glidden grad volunteers in inner-city Denver schools
When Jessica Brandhorst told friends and family in Glidden that she was going to Denver, Colo., to volunteer with AmeriCorps, she was greeted with blank stares.
Love birds?
It will be clear in the next two weeks whether Carroll County's newest trumpeter swan pair might hatch a handful of little cygnets this year.
Kuemper wax museum brings characters to life
Visitors to Kuemper Catholic High School cafeteria last Wednesday afternoon were greeted by Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Joan of Arc -

while she was being burned at the stake, no less.

Current Issue: 07-29-14

For the new school year, meals that get top marks
If you've been out buying school supplies, school clothes, shoes and backpacks, you are getting ready to begin a new school year. The much anticipated school year brings much excitement for children, but a new level of stress for parents.
Council considers ban on parking in yards
Prompted by renewed complaints about vehicles parked in yards - ranging from cars to boats to campers - the Carroll City Council is considering a parking ban.

Local, regional women encourage peers to participate in government
When Mary Ellen Miller first ran for a public office in the 1980s - a trustee position for North Iowa Area Community College - she was told she should not run because she would embarrass her husband's parents when she lost.
CHS students launch benefits through English class project
Each of the 13 groups of students in Becky Boes' spring semester of sophomore English discovered a unique problem and solution for their semester projects - no easy feat, said Boes, who has included the project in her curriculum for nearly 10 years.
Councilman hired, fired as city administrator
City leaders fired their new city administrator Monday - a week after they hired him - amid backlash from residents who claimed the man was not properly vetted.
Secret ingredients add surprise to your foods
Everyone loves the element of surprise, and what better way to surprise your family than with food? If you don't try something new now and then, your family would be stuck eating the same boring food time and time again.
Current Issue: 07-28-14

Carroll school board talks levy
Carroll residents' reluctance to support an instructional support levy is putting the community's students at a roughly 8 percent disadvantage, said Rob Cordes, superintendent of the Carroll Community School District during a board meeting Monday night.
A Burning Achievement
St. John Lutheran Church members had extra reason to rejoice Sunday morning. They made their miracle happen.
Staff cuts start at CCSD
Jill Nehman, media specialist for grades six through 12 in the Carroll Community School District, was informed on Friday that her position will be eliminated next year due to budget cuts.
Carroll historic commission rolls out 2-year calendars
A visual and written history of dozens of buildings, homes and other structures around the City of Carroll - from the Hess House on South Court Street to Heider Manufacturing to much of the central business district - reveals itself month by month in a just-released two-year calendar from the Historic Preservation Commission.
Issue: 7-25-14

Greenhouse manager to pay $60,000 for river pollution
The operations manager of a Jefferson greenhouse was ordered last week by a judge to pay about $60,000 in fines and restitution for the estimated 800 gallons of oil that spilled from his business into the North Raccoon River in 2012.
New Life for an Old Glory
A new life for a rare Old Glory will be celebrated at Carroll County Historical Society's annual museum open house Sunday afternoon.
Hy-Vee director has 'old-school' approach
Each workday morning, Jason Sheridan walks the aisles of the Carroll Hy-Vee store he directs, touching up the shelves, reaching for errant items on the floor if needed, cleaning as he moves through the grocery, mentally running through his busy agenda.
Time Herald Poll: Smoking age should go up to 21
A majority of respondents to a Carroll Daily Times Herald poll say customers should be at least 21 years old to legally purchase cigarettes.
Current Issue: 07-24-13

Segebart supports bill to expand preschool
State Sen. Mark Segebart of Vail was one of two Republican senators last week to vote for a bill to expand the voluntary-preschool program.
Sibenaller admits fraud
A Roselle man accused of depositing a $56,000 bank check addressed to his former employer into his own bank account in 2012 to avoid home foreclosure admitted to the fraud this morning in court.
SunnyBrook of Carroll to add 18 apartments
Planning is underway for expansion of SunnyBrook of Carroll Assisted Living & Memory Care, according to manager Bruce Boehm.
'Intense' summer literacy pilot program to start this summer in Carroll schools
Third grade is the pivotal year for reading skills, said Carroll elementary schools principal Sue Ruch.
Gov demands details on 139 undocumented immigrant kids
Gov. Terry Branstad told The Carroll Daily Times Herald his counterpart in Nebraska is on the right track with a demand to the federal government for identifying details on the unaccompanied, undocumented children who crossed the nation's borders, most from Central America, in the last year and ended up in Nebraska.
Branstad: Carroll County has 'been so good to me'
Gov. Terry Branstad connected with Carroll County before he knew it was even happening.
Current Issue: 07-23-14

Happy hour art
If you like a taste for the finer things in life, a Happy Hour painting class may be for you.
Century-old Templeton bar to be torn down, rebuilt
It has been standing for 133 years, serving as a bar for more than a century, said Shell Irlbeck, co-owner of The Still bar and restaurant in Templeton.
Garst vision emerges in big trail break
The vision of the late Steve Garst, a passionate conservationist and influential agri-businessman, took a giant step forward Tuesday at Whiterock Conservancy in the Coon Rapids area.
Current Issue: 07-22-14

Homemade marinades add tasty, tenderizing touch
A good homemade marinade not only adds flavor to your meat, but it's also healthful. Ditch the bottled stuff and make your own at home. Marinades are simple to prepare, and they will keep your meat moist and tender as you bake, roast or grill.
Carroll schools support staff gets pay bump
Carroll's teacher associates who work with perhaps the most challenging special-education students - those who are so-called "severe and profound" - will get extra pay under a new agreement school leaders approved Monday.
Carroll County knows more about flood plains
Carroll County Supervisors, working with local and state experts, will determine how best to use vast amount of new information on flood plains in the county.
Niles, Neu 'nudge' women to lead
Women may be their own worst enemy when it comes to taking leadership roles, said C.J. Niles, owner of consulting firm C.J. and Company.
Get creative with burger recipes
Burgers taste great any day of the year, but they taste even better in the summer when they're grilled in your own backyard and eaten outside.
Current Issue: 07-21-14

The Plant Nanny: It's more than watering
Karen Boyce says her thriving Carroll-based Plant Nanny business sprouted from a sixth-grade seed.


Kuemper to support BYOD tech initiative - bring your own device
The Kuemper Catholic School System will join the ranks next year of local public school districts that have implemented one-to-one computer initiatives. But rather than dictate a specific laptop or tablet, students will be able to bring their own device.
A walk to change the world
One of the first things Armand Young says is, "Sign this," as he leafs through a bundle of small American flags to find an open spot.
Father Craig Collison to be honored at national Catholic educators convention
Father Craig A. Collison, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Sioux City and former teacher and administrator at Kuemper Catholic Schools, will receive the 2014 O'Neil D'Amour Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his national contribution to Catholic education.
Current Issue: 07-18-14

'Bridge between Old and New Testaments'
"Praised are you, the Eternal One, our God, Ruler of the Cosmos, who has kept us alive, sustained us and enabled us to reach this moment."
Iowa gaming chair: Cedar Rapids, Jefferson casino plans not 'apples to apples'
The chairman of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Thursday said it would be a mistake to scout tea leaves for the future of a planned Jefferson gaming-and-entertainment complex in the five-member panel's rejection of a license for a proposed casino in downtown Cedar Rapids.
Siemann-endorsed library consultant: Leasing 'far better'
A veteran library consultant selected and given a larger contract with the urging of Councilwoman Carolyn Siemann says the city should sign a proposed lease arrangement with Badding Construction for library services instead of adding on to current lending space in the Farner Government Building.

Current Issue: 07-17-14

Absentee voting open for lazy river addition
Absentee voting is underway for City of Carroll voters on a referendum for $1.355 million of the $1.665 million estimated cost to add a lazy river and associated improvements at the Family Aquatic Center.
5th annual Dreams Made True to open Friday
A Carroll beauty pageant that pampers and highlights disabled girls kicks off Friday night for its fifth-anniversary year.
4-year-old with lighter sparks house fire
A 4-year-old girl ignited a small toy tent as she played with a lighter in her grandparents' living room two miles southeast of Carroll on Wednesday, according to Fire Chief Greg Schreck.
Whiterock breaking ground on $4.8 million, 35-mile trail system
Earth Day will be celebrated near Coon Rapids with the groundbreaking ceremony for Whiterock Conservancy's $4.8 million state-of-the-art backcountry trail system.
IKM-Manning to reduce or eliminate principal
IKM-Manning superintendent Tom Ward will recommend that the school board reduce or eliminate the elementary principal position currently held by Wendy Hammrich.
CHS students work with NASA engineers
The mission: Design a space station to house 10,000 people while orbiting the sun to capture, research and mine asteroids throughout the solar system.
Current Issue: 07-16-14

Manning Freedom Rock awarded Rural Art Grant
A Carroll County organization seeking to honor military veterans with public art has received a $3,750 Rural Arts Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the Carroll County Freedom Rock, which will be painted in June in Manning.
Man was shot four times before he was burned
An 80-year-old Maple River man was apparently shot four times by scrap-metal thieves who also shot the man's friend and burned their bodies last month, according to recently unsealed search warrant documents.
Plunge for Landon
The sun was setting, and the temperature falling with it, hovering in the 40-degree range as more than 10 members of the Audubon Police Department jumped into a makeshift pool of cold water, filled in the department parking lot by one of its water trucks.
Current Issue: 07-15-14

East Sac schools looking at options to share superintendent
The East Sac County School Board discussed three option for replacing superintendent Kevin Fiene at a brief special meeting held last week to accept Fiene's resignation.
City clerk will be 'quarterback' of town
City leaders expanded their expectations of the Audubon city clerk Monday when they approved a job description that requires the clerk to be an economic-development leader, state and federal grant writer and city website maintainer, in addition to numerous other day-to-day responsibilities that include bookkeeper and personnel manager and the annual job of preparing the city's budget.
'Timeless' architecture
It was her dream home. Marilyn Setzler grew up on a farm east of Carroll. Every time she drove through town, she wondered what it would be like to live in the house located at 126 W. Eighth St.
SARH rolls out online portal
St. Anthony Regional Hospital patients can now check their medical history, account statements and schedule appointments online.
A big Carroll fight: Say 'library'
Following an acrimonious three-hour, 20-minute discussion Monday - choked with charges, recriminations and audience cat-calls and shout-backs - the Carroll City Council struggled to reach consensus on its No. 1 goal: how to improve public library services.
Make summer sweet, juicy, healthful
The hot temperatures are here to stay. The beginning of summer isn't officially until June 21, but my family has already been enjoying outdoor festivals and swimming in the outdoor pool at our fitness center.
Current Issue: 07-14-14

Princess Prom
More than 100 girls in glittering ball gowns graced the Manning Hausbarn on Saturday, April 5, for Manning Child Care Center's inaugural father-daughter Princess Prom.
Badding expected to present Depot Center library plan
Badding Construction President Nick Badding tonight is scheduled to present plans to the city council for a potential Carroll Public Library in the remaining 23,000 square feet available in the Depot Business Center.
Current Issue: 07-11-14

I recently returned from Egypt where I was an observer of the presidential election held May 26 though the 28th.
Sad, sad swan
One of the trumpeter swans that lived at Swan Lake State Park was likely killed by a coyote in recent weeks, just before it was set to return to the park this week after a two-year hiatus, said Matt Wetrich, a Carroll County Conservation naturalist.
Kuemper to pack meals for poor
Inspired by Mother Teresa, Kuemper Catholic School students invite community members to join them Wednesday, April 16, to help package meals to send to Honduras.
Current Issue: 07-10-14

Current Issue: 07-09-14

Manning eager for start of assisted-living project
Owners of Char-Mac Assisted Living have announced plans to build a 36-unit assisted living campus in Manning, looking for opening late spring or early summer 2015 . Jeanine Chartier and her husband Stan, of Lawton, Iowa, own and operate two facilities in northern Iowa. Char-Mac Assisted-living in Lawton opened in 2000. Char-Mac of Holstein opened in 2005 and was expanded for senior living in 2012.
Iowa National Guard trains at Carroll airport
One by one, seven Black Hawk helicopters touched down on a Carroll airport runway early Friday afternoon.
Carroll school board approves budget
Carroll Community school leaders hope to use 13 teacher early retirements to trim about $340,000 from their budget for next school year, Superintendent Rob Cordes said this morning.
Current Issue: 07-08-14

CHS seeking projects for community service day
Carroll High School students are seeking projects for a community-wide service day slated for Wednesday, April 30.
Charges uncertain for suspect of double-murder
The 36-year-old Denison woman who was an alleged accomplice in a scrap-metal heist and double-murder last month near Deloit has not been formally charged for the crimes, court records show.
Current Issue: 07-07-14

Current Issue: 07-03-14

CRB pursuing three options for superintendent position
The Coon Rapids-Bayard School Board will move forward with three options to replace its superintendent - sharing with Ogden Community Schools, sharing with IKM-Manning Schools or jointly searching with CAM schools in Anita.
Writing workshop
An ancestral curse. A nautical mystery. An enchanted world. Magic.
Current Issue: 07-02-14

CHS junior draws 3D plan of wrestling addition
Brady Bender's 3D drawing of the proposed Carroll High School wrestling addition depicts the 84 by 42 square feet wrestling floor covered in black and orange mats; 88 total feet of window blocks above the mat-covered walls, to take full advantage of natural light; a 3-foot-high dividing wall between the wrestling mats and cardio training equipment; and even a sink - in case someone needs to wash up a little blood, he said.
The Few, The Proud
LEGO bricks lay scattered across the floor of Jen Arkland's first-grade classroom as Pfc. Jana Randleman, in full blue dress uniform, knelt to help Kaleb Sosa and Jackson St. John build a castle.
Census: Audubon County takes 4% population loss
Fresh U.S. Census estimates on population project Audubon County has lost 4 percent of its population since the official 2010 head count. The county's estimated population stood at 5,873 on July 1, 2013, down 246 from 6,119 on April 1, 2010.
Current Issue: 07-01-14

New data: Carroll County's smoking rate dips only slightly
A new county-by-county analysis of federal data shows smoking rate declined in Carroll County and all of it neighboring counties over the past 15 years.
Iowa FFA sets historical membership record
The Iowa FFA Association set an all-time membership record this week at 14,207 students, surpassing the previous 1977-78 school year record by three members.
Kanne enters Carroll County supervisors race
Carroll real-estate broker and appraiser Don Kanne has filed for the 2nd District Carroll County supervisors seat, setting up the lone competitive primary for county offices in June.
No prison for arsonist
The 29-year-old Carroll man who started a fire in his neighbor's apartment in 2012 was sentenced Monday to five years of probation - in lieu of prison - and ordered to undergo drug-abuse evaluation and treatment, according to court documents.
Murder suspect will likely claim self-defense
The man who allegedly admitted he killed Mark Koster in 2009 by striking him in the head and choking him with a wooden baseball bat - and then buried Koster's body in the dirt floor of a basement - will likely claim self-defense if the case goes to trial, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said this morning in a press conference.
Sibenaller might avoid felony conviction
The Roselle man accused of fraudulently depositing a $56,000 check meant for his former employer into his personal bank account might avoid a felony conviction next month as part of a plea deal, according to court documents.
Lake City soliciting bids for new aquatic center
Lake City soon will be diving in construction of a new aquatic center that will open for the 2015 season.
Cooking for a crowd: Delores Schaeuble shares the recipe
The hustle and bustle of a busy household was the norm for the Schaeuble family of Carroll. In the late 1960s they built a house on North Main Street. The doors on their home swung open and closed on a regular basis, as two parents and 10 children went on their way to school, work, errands and activities.
Current Issue: 06-30-14

Sibenaller to plead guilty for forgery case
The Roselle man accused of taking a $56,000 check from his former employer - a West Des Moines company that insures religious institutions - and later making threats to former coworkers will plead guilty next month to an unspecified criminal charge, court records show.
City manager nets prestigious award
Gerald Clausen is a deep-thinker, a compassionate humanitarian and an eager mentor for fellow city managers, according to the Iowa City/County Management Association, which last week gave Clausen its Joe Lukehart Award.
When schools close
Harsh words fly in a packed auditorium.

Fingers point in accusations of bias. Calls for community cooperation are met with bitter dissent. The scene is familiar in rural Iowa as shrinking populations force school districts to make the financial decision to consolidate or close school buildings - often the pride of the small towns in which they reside.

Current Issue: 06-27-14

No prison for beaten man found with drugs
The 28-year-old Lanesboro man who was severely beaten and disfigured in a September brawl in his house - and, after the months-long investigation of that incident, was charged with possession of drugs on the same day the felony assault and burglary charges against his alleged assailants were dismissed - avoided prison this week with a plea deal with the Carroll County attorney.
Donkey basketball raises more than $2,000
The crowd cheered as the donkeys raced down the court, their riders attempting to steer their animals toward a basket.
Current Issue: 06-26-14

Dodgeball glory
A St. Lawrence Center sixth-grade team - dubbed the "Knightmares" - won the annual Carroll Middle School Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, a 3-year-old fundraiser for Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Carroll librarian leaving for Missouri job
Carroll Public Library Director Kelly Fischbach has accepted a middle school position in Missouri, in the Ozarks region, and plans to move from Carroll in mid-July.
Transient arrested in Florida for 2009 death of Sac City man
A transient man who lived for about a month with Mark Koster, 58, in his Sac City house in 2009 allegedly struck Koster in the head and choked him to death with a wooden baseball bat and buried Koster's body in the basement of the house, according to court documents.
Current Issue: 06-25-14

Why are Iowa women behind bars? Drugs, drugs - and bad boyfriends
More than 71 percent of the nearly 600 inmates in Iowa's lone prison for women did not commit a violent crime - and many are there for drug-related offenses.
Carroll Council approves $1.1 million streets project
Carroll City Council members Monday approved a $1.1 million street-resurfacing project for this construction season. It's the largest streets project since 1998, according to Public Works director Randy Krauel.
Superintendent resigns to save district money
Superintendent and elementary principal Rich Stoffers has opted to take an early-retirement package in an effort to save the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District a possible $50,000-plus next year.
Severance payout in the works for city clerk
The Audubon city attorney is negotiating a severance deal with longtime City Clerk Lora Hansen that might finally conclude the months-long, tumultuous effort to remove her from the job, Hansen said Monday.
Current Issue: 06-24-14

Council poised to fire city clerk
The Audubon City Council will vote tonight whether to remove Lora Hansen from her city clerk job, appoint another woman in her office as a temporary replacement and solicit job applications for a permanent one, according to a meeting agenda.
Halfway there
Kumper Catholic Schools have cleared the halfway mark toward their jubilation goal of $6.5 million.
'We've become inundated'
The passenger Friday morning in the back of Sheriff Steve Haupert's patrol truck needed to be transported to Story County, but not to stand trial for any crime.
It's easy to add pizazz to pork chops
Instead of grabbing a package of ground beef or chicken breasts for dinner, reach for pork instead. Pork chops are an effortless way to add pizazz to dinner time. Take the time to add a little flavor to pork, and it will go a long way.
Current Issue: 06-23-14

DMACC hires new Carroll provost
Des Moines Area Community College this morning announced the hiring of Joel Lundstrom, a Perry native and Kansas educator, as provost of the growing Carroll campus.
Work on new Glidden Wellness Center under way
The former Glidden Graphic newsroom is taking on new life as the city renovates the building into a community fitness facility.
DNA links man to murder
A knife that was apparently used to kill at least one of two homicide victims in a Glidden trailer house last month had the blood of a Lake City man who was arrested Thursday for the crimes, according to court records.
Current Issue: 06-20-14


New electronic health-record system is EPIC change for SMCH
Stewart Memorial Community Hospital is joining a network of over 350 health-care locations, many of them Unity Point affiliates, across the Midwest in implementing a new electronic health-record system called EPIC.
CHS hires first female principal
Sitting in her new office, Carroll High School's former assistant principal holds up a bright yellow box of peanut M&Ms - a gift from Kuemper Catholic High School principal Penny Miller - the capital letters perfect vehicles for the personalized message: "McKenize & Miller rule the schools!"
Two arrested for selling 'yellow fish' marijuana
Police officers used a confidential informant to buy marijuana at a Carroll house where two teens were suspected of selling the drug in bags adorned with a yellow fish similar to the Goldfish crackers logo, according to court records.
Current Issue: 06-19-14

Man charged for teen's tattoo
A 34-year-old Coon Rapids man who allegedly tattooed a 16-year-old girl's wrist in January faces a criminal charge for tattooing a minor without a license, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
The 12 percent: Is it politically fatal for Ernst?
Mitt Romney had his 47 percent - the portion of the American electorate he famously dismissed.
Current Issue: 06-18-14

Council plans overhaul of finances, city operation
Audubon city leaders might seek a comprehensive audit of its finances to help reverse the budget deficit they say is unavoidable for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Carroll schools aim to cut nearly $500K
For the second year in a row, general-fund expenditures will exceed revenues, to the tune of more than $1.5 million business manager Gary Bengtson told Carroll Community School Board members during a budget work session Monday night.
Police: Teen had pot in school locker
Law officers found marijuana in a Carroll High School locker on Thursday as part of a routine sweep for drugs.
Current Issue: 06-17-14

Music key for Kuemper grad
Master of the piano, violin, viola and voice, the 2011 Kuemper graduate's musical talents are regularly on display in four area churches - Holy Spirit and St. Lawrence parishes in Carroll, St. Mary Parish in Willey and First United Methodist Church in Carroll - sometimes even twice on the same Sunday.
Alleged murderers jailed with $500K bond
Three Denison residents arrested last week for a double-murder and arson near Deloit will remain jailed for the duration of their court cases unless they each pay $500,000 cash to get out.
Dessert bars: Sweet and easy-to-make
Everyone has a weakness, and one of mine is dessert bars, specifically the corner piece. I love bars because of their simplicity. A pan of bars is much faster and easier to make than batches of cookies. Bars are also easy to slice up and store, and bars are ideal for transporting to potlucks and picnics. Once you're at your destination, just grab and go, no forks needed.
Current Issue: 06-16-14

5 area high schools hit 100% graduation
Iowa's statewide four-year graduation rate has increased for the third consecutive year according to figures released Thursday by the Iowa Department of Education. Simultaneously, the statewide drop-out rate has fallen for the third consecutive year.
Murder in Deloit
Three people, who were caught red-handed stealing scrap metal from a rural Deloit acreage Monday by the landowner and his longtime friend, killed them and set fire to a mobile home - which burned the bodies - and fled, investigators allege.
Current Issue: 06-13-14

Officials: Farm deaths were homicides
The Monday deaths of a Maple River man and his farmhand were homicides, the state Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed this morning.
MSM holds second community input event
"There are no wrong answers and no crazy ideas," Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl told the roughly 50 attendees at Tuesday night's community input event in the VFW Hall in Manning.
McKenzie next CHS principal
Tammie McKenzie will be the next principal of Carroll High School said superintendent Rob Cordes in a phone call with the Daily Times Herald this morning.
Current Issue: 06-12-14

Aces up in Jefferson, regulators approve casino
With freshly minted approval from state regulators this morning, Wild Rose Entertainemnt projected an August 2015 opening for a $40-million Jefferson casino-and-entertainment complex.
Carroll streets project expected to cost $1.5 million
Carroll city officials have expanded an $870,000 street-resurfacing project for this construction into a $1.5 million plan. It's the largest streets project since 1998, according to Public Works director Randy Krauel.
Plans under way for assisted-living facility
Manning could soon have an assisted-living facility, located just south of the school, said Dawn Rohe, city administrator.
Family: Maple River man and farmhand found dead in fire
A 79-year-old Maple River man and his farmhand died Monday at the scene of a fire that is being investigated as a crime on an acreage about three miles northeast of Denison, the man's family confirmed this morning.
Current Issue: 06-11-14

Carroll Council approves $18 million budget
Improvements to the City of Carroll's water collection system and street work emerged as key spending items in a budget council members approved Monday night for the fiscal year staring July 1.
Templeton Rye expects mash-fed pigs to burst with flavor
Templeton Rye Spirits is the company that just can't escape history.
City errs again in clerk replacement
City leaders will advertise a job opening for their city clerk a third time as procedural missteps continue to dog their efforts to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen.
City errs again in clerk replacement
City leaders will advertise a job opening for their city clerk a third time as procedural missteps continue to dog their efforts to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen.
Carroll Council approves $18 million budget
Improvements to the City of Carroll's water collection system and street work emerged as key spending items in a budget council members approved Monday night for the fiscal year staring July 1.
DMACC Carroll provost search narrowed to 3
Des Moines Area Community College officials expect to announce within weeks the hiring of a new provost for the Carroll campus.
Current Issue: 06-10-14

Branstad: Ernst brings 'straight shooter' approach
Just days into her role as one of the more high-profile Republican candidates in the nation Joni Ernst joined the top of the order for a statewide campaign swing.
Dancing with the Stars
Attendees at Manning Rotary Club's fourth annual "Dancing With the Stars" fundraising event saw it all Saturday night, from the tiny tappers who opened the show, to the leotard-clad man who stole it, with ballroom, pleather and cheesecake in between.
Mayor: Cost of living in Carroll 'not a bad price tag'
Commercial property owners could see a 16 percent increase in their city tax bills this coming fiscal year. Meanwhile, homeowners in Carroll would face 6 to 7 percent increases in their city property tax under a draft plan city elected officials appear poised to approve tonight.
Current Issue: 06-09-14


Eggs-cellent choice: Omelets filling, healthful
An omelet makes a filling and healthful meal anytime of the day. There are endless possibilities for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Large omelets can be made to share or individual omelets can be made one at a time.
Ready for duty
Seth Horsley is preparing for the academic and physical-training rigors he will encounter as a plebe at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Current Issue: 06-06-14

Student art empowers cancer patients
In a waiting room in the Cancer Center of St. Anthony Regional Hospital, the bright white letters jump off the canvas covered with brilliant rainbow hues of wax, offering a simple, but powerful, reminder - Hope.
Current Issue: 06-05-14

Current Issue: 06-04-14

Former Marine, St. Louis educator makes cut for top Carroll DMACC post
By perhaps the most crucial measure, community colleges have an edge on Harvard University, says Thomas Walker.
$10K reward for double homicide tips
Any resident with key information that leads to the criminal conviction of whoever killed a 48-year-old Glidden woman and her son last month is eligible for a $10,000 reward, Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass said Monday.
Current Issue: 06-03-14

Phillips retiring from Social Security in Carroll
Phil Phillips, a longtime Social Security Administration employee in Carroll, has announced he will retire March 28.
More Easter treats: Recipes for leftovers
We were fortunate to have absolutely perfect weather for Easter weekend. Our family spent Saturday morning at Living History Farms in Clive for their annual family Easter party. Our boys, Kellan, 6, and Carsten, 3, took part in traditional egg and toy hunts, Easter bonnet races, and egg races. They also visited with the Easter Bunny, rode a horse-drawn wagon and petted bunnies in a historic barn.
Current Issue: 06-02-14

Jefferson casino hearing consumes five hours
More than 500 Greene County residents and other Iowans Thursday afternoon swelled the historic Sierra Community Theatre just a skip from the Jefferson town square to voice varied opinions on a proposed $40-million casino-and-entertainment complex planned for the county seat.
Current Issue: 05-30-14

Current Issue: 05-29-14

Scrappers steal 550 flagpoles
Scrap metal thieves stole a trailer and hundreds of metal flagpoles from the Carroll American Legion just before Memorial Day - a holiday in which the poles are placed with American flags at the city cemetery - and after a failed attempt to sell the poles, the thieves allegedly returned and stole another trailer that contained the remainder of the Legion's poles.
Minnesota DMACC candidate brings community, 4-year college background
Craig Johnson cut to the chase about how he should be measured following a potential first year on the job as leader of the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll campus.
Another banner year for CHS TV news team
With a few changes in cast but the same dededication to excellence, Carroll High School's "Ten at Ten Live" is No. 1 again.
New treasurer proud of community involvement
Travel in and out of the U.S. has made newly appointed Carroll County Treasurer Jean Seidl more fully appreciate her rural Iowa home in Dedham - and recognize the need for community involvement to keep such small towns alive.
New auditor enjoys challenge of new duties
Like many others in Carroll County, newly appointed auditor Kourtney Irlbeck can't wait to kick this winter weather.
Current Issue: 05-28-14

'For tomorrow may not be'
There are times when words seem too thin to express our thoughts and feelings, but I will try.
Current Issue: 05-27-14

School board approves $363K bid to demolish Lohrville school building
The Southern Calhoun school board accepted a $363,056 bid from King Construction of Wall Lake last week to demolish its elementary school building in Lohrville.
Parade rider braves weather
While Carroll Area FFA's annual tractor-and-truck parade on Friday afternoon celebrating National FFA Week featured some impressive behemoth vehicles, standing out in the crowd was Soyer, driving his recently acquired mid-1950s John Deere 60 tractor ... without a spacious, comfy, heated cab ... in mid-30s temperature ... with snow and ice from the previous day's storm lining the route.
Kuemper drops primary school Spanish, adds accelerated class to junior high
Kuemper Catholic Schools will not offer Spanish classes for kindergarten through third grades next year.
Girl injured in 20-foot fall from bleachers
A 9-year-old Creston girl suffered multiple head fractures Saturday when she fell from the top of a set of bleachers in the IKM-Manning High School gymnasium during a basketball tournament.
Unlicensed man allegedly tattooed teen girls
A 34-year-old Coon Rapids man allegedly inked the word "love" on the wrist of a 16-year-old girl at the kitchen table of his house in recent weeks in violation of three state laws, according to court documents.
Double-booked Branstad champions local energy mix
About the only thing Gov. Terry Branstad didn't do Wednesday for energy production in the Carroll area was to check the porch bulbs or flip on the night lights for residents himself in Glidden and Coon Rapids before leaving the region.
Easy recipes give Easter meal extra color, flavor
Celebrate spring with an array of easy recipes that will add plenty of color and flavor to your Easter meal. These recipes won't take your time away from what's truly important: dyeing Easter eggs, filling baskets with jelly beans and spending time with your loved ones.
Murder case suspended for mental evaluation
The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in a September standoff might be unable to defend himself against a first-degree murder charge because he is paranoid and delusional, a district judge ruled Tuesday.
City denies water service to new business
Olsen's Outdoor Power either will have to install a private well or seek annexation of its planned Carroll-area business into the city limits to obtain municipal water service.
'It has to be let go'
She was dismissive at times. Combative. She let out a long, audible sigh.
Kansas candidate for DMACC job stresses Iowa roots, diverse experience
Of the five final candidates for the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll Campus provost position, Joel Lundstrom of Manhattan, Kan., has the closest local tie.
Process to replace clerk plods ahead
Audubon city leaders are expected tonight to schedule a special meeting in which they will set job-performance expectations for the town's city clerk - one of the steps suggested by an interim city attorney as they seek to replace current clerk Lora Hansen.
Attorney says alleged cop killer is paranoid, delusional
The 33-year-old Rockwell City man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during a September standoff is incapable of defending himself against a first-degree murder charge because he suffers from an unspecified mental disorder and "a paranoid and delusional thought process," the man's defense attorney alleges in his request to suspend the case.
Gee emphasizes leading by example
A self-described "quick learner," Doug Gee said he brings something to the table that can't be taught - a strong work ethic.
Current Issue: 05-23-14

Current Issue: 05/22/14

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