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00ittle ]loe]00 P00om Flysti00e" President Obama to Travel to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa, Calling on Congress to Prevent Student Interest Rates from Doubling On April 24-25, President Obama will travel to North Ca- rolina, Colorado and Iowa to launch an effort to get Congress to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. More than 7.4 million students with federal student loans will see their interest rates double on July 1 un- less Congress steps in to keep them low. For each year Congress allows the rate to double, the average stu- dent with these loans racks up an additional $1,000 in debt. At a time when Americans owe more on stu- dent loans than credit cards, Presi- dent Obama believes we must re- ward hard work and responsibility by keeping interest rates on student loans low so more Americans get a fair shot at an affordable college education, the skills they need to find a good job, and a clear path to middle class. On Tuesday, President Obama will visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder. On Wednesday he will visit the University of Iowa. At each stop he will speak with students about the critical need for Congress to act. The White House will also kick offa social media effort using Twit- ter, Facebook, and Google+, cen- tered around the hashtag #Don't DoubleMyRate. The President's student loan in- terest rate efforts will continue throughout the spring and early summer until Congress passes le- gislation to keep interest rates low and continue to give students the chance to get the college education they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Lyon County News Photos and Sibley Fire l Bob Dreke a¢ tick re: rose wor can | 712-472-3863 | our gratitude and / Stump removai | THANK YOU Thank you to the George, Little Rock, Ashton Departments for their quick response to the fire at our farm. Words can not express appreciation to everyone who was services also. there. (c) John & Arlyce Elias WANTED Farm Drainage Call us for all your farm tiling needs! • Guaranteed Work .Competitive Prices RUSSELL TILING, LLC Bigelow, MN • 507-683-2917 We use Prinsco corrugated polyethylene pipe. Healthy Conversations with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Get Out and Move The Advantages of Exercising Outside Winter drear is now behind us, and pleasant temperatures have coaxed people out of the gym and into the great outdoors. Whether you exercise regularly or recently mustered up the drive to get back in shape, here are some tips and health benefits for additional motivation to get out and move. Exercising outdoors not only improves your physique but can also give your mood and self-esteem a significant boost. According to the Environmental Science and Technology Journal, doing as little as five minutes of a light workout outside can do the trick. The ideal exercise regimen is 30-60 minutes a day and three to five times per week, but hectic work and family schedules don't always allow for it. Fortunately, dividing this routine into smaller increments has proved to be just as effective. Try. taking a brisk walk over your mid-morning and mid-afternoon work breaks, or grab a friend to join you for some light exercise over lunch. Sometimes a breath of fresh air is just what the doctor ordered. Participating in additional cardiovascular activities like those mentioned below can actually help bum off fat during inactivity as well. ¥ minting ¥ walking Y jogging ¥ bicycling ¥jumping rope ¥ swinmfing ¥ gardening ¥ rowing vitamin D. Studies have shown that people who are overweight are almost twice as likely to be deficient in vitamin D. Be sure to be mindful of the difference in how the sun's rays affect you compared to the fluorescent lights at your gym. It's important to always drink enough water when exercising ontside--8 to 10 ounces about 30 minutes before you begin your activity should be enough to keep you hydrated for a half hour workout. Protecting your skin from the sun is also a good idea---cover yourself with good sunscreen, wear sunglasses and a brinmmd hat. If you're looking for an organized fitness activity to mark the beginning of your fitness plan, consider joining thousands of others for the Drake Relays and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield third annual Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines on April 24. The community fitness event consists of a one-mile street ran/walk for both recreational and competitive participants. Experienced athletes will race to beat last year's time, while area residents will take the first step toward greater fitness as part of the statewide goal of a healthier Iowa. While any type of exercise is good for you, the best part about being active outside is that it is just plain fun. For more information on health and health insurance, call the Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Personal Health Assistant 24/7 at 1-800-724-9122, or visit WWW.wellmark.coln, Page5 April26,2012  k , i GARAGE SALE: 310 LaCour St. Friday, May 4, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon - children's books and toys, desk, recliner and many miscel.: laneous items. 17t2p WANTED: House to rent or rent- to-own in or near GeOrge. Phone 712-449-5400, leave a message. 16tfc MCCARTY MOTORS "The Place To Go" for outdoor power equipment, sales, parts, service, engines. Country Clipper and Snapper lnowers. Now offering automotive service and repair. 509 1 st Ave., Rock Rapids, IA 712-472- 3257. 43ffc DENNY'S SANITATION is the one to call for all your lrash hauling needs - garbage removal - residential dumpster rental rubbish removal commercial rolloff. Call Denny's at 472-2293. 15ffc WORK WANTED Kruger Painting: Exterior/Interior painting of steel, wood, cement. Water blasting. 36, 46, and 58 aerial trucks. Taping texturing and wall- papering, and wood refinishing. Thirty. (30) years experience. Fully Insured. Call 507-967-2496 or cell 712-470-5711. 52tfc Exercising outdoors is also an excellent way to soak up some The George City Council met in Special Meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Room, 120 S. Main Street. Mayor Pro-tem Russ Hopp called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Calling the roll were Gerald Grave, Russ Hopp, Angie  McConnell, and Norm Riemersma. Kary Conaway was absent. • Grave made a motion to approve the agenda. McConnell seconded the motion. All cast aye votes• Motion carried. • Grave made a motion to appoint Gary Siebring to fulfill the Mayor's term until the next City election in November 2013. McConnell seconded the motion. Roll call vote - all cast aye votes - Grave, Hopp, McConnell, Riemersma. Motion carried. Grave made a motion to adjourn at 7:05 p.m. Riemersma seconded the motion• All cast aye votes. Motion carried. LE LOCALLY GROWN BEDDING PLANTS • Flowers .Wave Petunias .Tomatoes • Various Peppers -Other Vegetable Plants • Hanging Baskets GARDEN TREASURES Harold Ernst 1808 Nest Ave. • Sibley, IA Lcoated 3 miles west of Sibley Cemetery., 1/10 mile south. 712-461-1361 Give The Gif# Of Ma00sage For Mother's Day Haley Neal, Massage Therapist Monday - Thursdays 2-7 pm & Saturday mornings by appointment dl|ll lHlb OCHtlw Sibley, IA ° 712-754-9260 114€£1Dlc.a$[Rhab www.ochwellness.org Custom Maintainer Custom (Rock Rapids, IA) • designs and custom-builds rescue vehicle truck bodies, communication vehicles and emergency response vehicles. We have several full-time, day shrift job openings: * ASSEMBLY * WELDER * PAINT TECHNICIAN * FAB TECHNICIAN Benefits include: *Health Insurance *Paid Time Off ,Paid Vacation and Holidays-Dental Insurance ,Life Insurance -Retirement Plan 909 South East Street Rock Rapids, IA 51246 * Phone 1.800-843.4288 www.maintainercustombodies.com -ost-offer, pre-ernployment drug screen and physical required. Equal Opportunity Employer George-Little Rock Board of Education met in regular session April 11 The George-Little Rock Board of Education was made by Krull, seconded by will be cut. Krull made a motion to table this Martin Bros.. Custodial supplies ....... 41.99 met in regular session on April 11, 2012 in the Superintendent's Office at George. Board president Amy Jurrens called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. Present were board members Ryan Klingenberg, Doug Krull, Terrence Clark, and Curt Fiedler. Also attending were Superintendent Janel Guse, Principals Mike Munson and Molly Schilling, Secretary Delinda Kruger, and guests Geoff Kruse, Melinda DeLeeuw, Nyla Hellinga, Paula Maxwell, Melia Winter, Valecia West, Lori Fiedler, and K.C. Fiedler. The public hearing for the proposed 2012-13 budget was held. Ms. Guse noted that the tax rate will be $13.63 for next year. Under board recognition, Colin Sandbulte and Dawson DeBoer were chosen as students of the month at the high school. Mallory. Post and Ashley Stueven were selected as April Character Counts students in the George Elementary. Congratulations were extended to Mariah Terhark, who placed 13th out of 90 participants in the Geography Bee held at Grirmell College, and thanks to Mr. Fluth for his guidance and support. A motion was made by Kmll, seconded by Clark, and carried 5-0 to adopt the agenda with the addition of two resignations. A motion to approve the minutes of the March 12 meeting was made by Clark, seconded by Klingenberg, and carried 5-0. A motion was made by Krull, seconded by Klingenberg, and carried 5-0 to approve the financial reports and pay all bills as presented. Mrs. Guse reported that the district has applied for the Monsanto Grant, which could include the purchase of equipment in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She updated the board on miscellaneous summer projects at George and Little Rock. and the list of items that were noted on the fire marshal's report. Mrs. Schilling reported that the attendance at parent-teacher conferences at Little Rock was 50% at the middle school, and 100°6 at the elementary. Her report also included information regarding Kebecca, a new behavioral option program Ibr students. Mr. Munson reported on several items. Attendance at parent-teacher cord'erences at George was 100% at the George Elementary., and 41% at the high school• Upcoming events include Prom, Awards Night, and Graduation. He also discussed the key pad door system allowing the public access to the weight room. Due to recent vandalism, he is recommending that a card system be installed, to provide a record of who enters or attempts to enter the building. The tbllowing resignations were submitted for approval: Sarah Skoglund, Assistant Cook; Kennis Peters, Bus Driver; and Melia Winter, Rec Director• A motion to approve Klingenberg, and carried 5-0. The board extended thanks and appreciation to them for their y ears of service and dedication to the students and the district. A motion was made by Clark, seconded by Klingenberg, and carried 5-0 to approve the following contracts: Morgan Dreesen - MS Softball Coach @ $1,300, and Brittany Kla'ahsen - HS English @ $28,586. The list of potential casino revenue uses was reviewed. The district received an additional $44,501 from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation last month. The board discussed the 1:1 laptop proposal. A motion was made by Krull to approve the bid from WebClimber Services for the lease/purchase of 155 high school units at a cost per unit of $755 (4-year lease), and 115 middle school units at a cost per unit of $700 (3-year lease). The total cost would be $60,587.44 per year for three years, with the tburth year to be determined. The motion was seconded by Klingenberg, item until more information is made Martin's Flag Co., US & Iowa flags available. Fiedler seconded, and the motion ........................................................... 172.09 carried 5-0. Another meeting will be NASCO, Ag. Ed. materials ............. 324.30 scheduled before April 30 if cuts are NCC, PSEO classes/2nd semester/textbooks necessary ....................................................... 5,558.00 The next meeting is scheduled tbr May 14 Peters, Kirk, Snow removal ............ 585.00 at 7:00 p.m. in Little Rock. Pizza Ranch, PT Cord'erences/teacher meal A motion to adjourn was made by Fiedler, . ............................................. ............... 86.00 seconded by Clark, and carried 5-0. Premier Communications, Cable/Internet/ GENERAL FUND: Consulting fee ................................ 1,862.40 AFLAC, Flex plan fees ................... $65.00 Really Great Reading, Instructional supplies Alliant Energy, Electricity/natural gas ........................................................... 273.70 ....................................................... 8,897.95 Sanlbrd Health, Bus driver physical Apple Inc., I PADS ...................... 3,192.00 .............................................. i ............ 149.00 Baker & Taylor, Library books.....i. 374.52 School Bus Sales, Parts/supplies ..... 282.50 Capital One FSB, Cell phone Seminole Energy., Natural Gas ........ 370.83 service/travel/software ....................... 347.41 Siebring Mfg., Welding snow blower/UPS Casey's, Gasoline .......................... 1,799.68 charges ................................................. 19.60 Children's Care Hospital, Feb. Sp. Ed. Sturdevant's Auto, Transportation supplies tuition .............................................. 3,780.00 ........................................................... 459•41 City of George, Water/sewer ........... 325.13 Timmer, Joseph, Feb/March mileage City of Little Rock, Water/sewer.... 306.03 reimbursement .................................... 117.00 Coop Energy Co., Gasoline/diesel Total Stop, Misc. supplies ............... 240.06 and they aye votes were Krull, Klingenberg, ......: ................................................. 1,480•14 Town & Country., Garbage removal Clark, and Jurrens. Nays: Fiedler. Motion Dermy's Sanitation, Garbage removal ........................................................... 148.25 carried ............................................................ 196.21 United Farmers Coop, Diesel/tires/AC A letter was received from Jenna Noble Direct Digital Control, Labor/network repairs .............................................. 4,254.37 requesting the board's sponsorship for half ............................................................. 82.00 USI Lamination, Laminator parts ... 147.21 the cost for the science students' trip to the Francotyp-Postalia, Postage meter/scale Van Voorst, Taylor, Custodial services Lakeside Lab on West Lake Okoboji. The rental ................................................... 123.00 ............................................................... 6.00 approximate cost would be $45 per student Frontier Communications, Telephone Warntjes Paint & Body, Install door handle for a total of $315. A motion to approve was service ................................................ 303.70 ............................................................ 84.00 made by Fiedler, seconded by Krull, and Gander Publishing, Sp. Ed. materials carried 5-0 ............................................................ 607.09 A motion was made by Clark, and George OfficeProducts. Printer toner seconded by Klingenberg to approve the ........................................................... 510.96 proposed 2012-13 budget. A roll call vote Guse, Janel, Mileagecell phone was taken with the lbllowing voting aye: reimbursement .................................... 142.70 Terrence Clark, Ryan Klingenberg, Doug Health Services-Lyon County, March Krull. Curt Fiedler, and Amy Jurrens. Nays: contracted services ............................. 945.60 none. Motion carried. Heyer, John, March mileage WebClimber services, Notebook computers/ repairs/supplies ............................. 43.629.50 West, Valecia, March mileage reimbursement ...................................... 81.90 Whorley, DeHoogh & Schreurs, Negotiation expense ............................................ 1,452•25 TOTAL GENERAL FUND ... $90.302.63 MANAGEMENT FUND: EMC Insurance Co., Work Comp. Claim Discussion was held regarding the polycom reimbursement ...................................... 62.40 ........................................................... 500.00 system. It would allow increased course Hope Haven, Sp. Ed. serx'ices ......... 241.56 TOTAL MANAGEMENT FUND:500.00 offerings through Boyden-Hull and Rock Inland Truck Parks, Bus repair parts 605.51 PERL FUND: Valley. The approximate cost would be Ja.vmar Business Forms Gen. Fund checks Donaker, Kristi, Blanket project/supplies $13,451. and would qualil' for supplemental ........................................................... 291.52 ..........................................  ................ 121.31 sharing. " A motion was made by K & M Music, Guitar repairs ............ 32.20 Klingenberg, seconded by Clark, and carried Krull, Kim, Tuition reimbursement 5-0 to approve ....................................................... 2.250.00 The first reading of Board Policies Series Kruse, Marcus, Custodial services ...... 6.00 900 was presented tbr review• Included in Lichtenberg Hardware. Misc. supplies this series is 905.01 Community Use of ........................................................... 211.43 School District Facilities and Equipment. Lindamood-Bell Learning, Sp. Ed. The board again discussed having the Registrations ....... '. ............................ 1,698.00 building re-keyed using a card system. They Little Rock Comm. Foods, Misc. supplies also recommended that the hours and rules .......................................................... 113.18 for the weight room be changed. A motion Little Rock Free Lance, Publications was made by Krull, seconded by Clark, and ........................................................... 291.07 carried 5-0 to table these policies until the Luenberger, Brian, Feb./March mileage TOTAL PERL FUND: ................ $121.31 PPEL FUND: Ben's Plumbing, Misc. repairs/water heater/ motor .............................................. 1.178.99 CDWG Gov., Security software. 20.910.02. Century Business Products, Copier maintenance fee ............................... 1.036.86 CNH Capital America, Tractor lease payment ......................................... 10.429.12 GE Capital Corp., Copier lease payment ........................................................... 741.75 M & D Electric, Labor .................... 172.09 United Farmers Coop, Supplies for track May meeting, reimbursement .................................... 159•90 ........................................................... 108.94 Mrs. Guse presented several potential cuts. Lyon County News, Publications.... 355.38 Value Inspired Products, Stage curtains @ due to decreased enrollment. Teachers need Mai Welding Suppl.,,, Welding supplies LR .................................................... 4.689.71 to be notified by April 30, if their position ......................................................... 160.00 TOTAL PPEL FUND: ........... $39.267.48