(LE MARS)–Citizenship is the focus of a trip northwest Iowa 4-H Youth will make in June. According to Plymouth County Youth Coordinator Ann Schoenrock, senior 4-H members from 15 northwest Iowa counties will participate in the Citizenship Washington Focus trip. The 110 4-H Youth and adult chaperones will spend nine days seeing the sights of the nation’s capital and working on legislation with delegates from across the U-S. Schoenrock describes the trip as an experience and an opportunity for 4-H members to explore leadership and their role in citizenship in their local community. The eight Plymouth County 4-Her’s include Kristen Ahlers of Le Mars; Matt Albert of Le Mars; Alexis Becker of Hinton; Katie Connor of Le Mars; Katie Ferichs of Le Mars; Ross McNaughton of Kingsley; Stephany TenNapel of Le Mars; and Isaac Wodtke of Sioux City. Extension program coordinator Carol Schneider of Le Mars will be one of the chaperones traveling with the group June 4th-12th. They’ll stay at the National 4-H Center, hear motivational speakers, serve on committees, establish community action plans and socialize as well as tour sights in the nation’s capitol.
(SIOUX CITY)–Reservations are being accepted for new camping cabins at the Woodbury County Conservation Board’s Synder Bend Park. Four large, two-bedroom housekeeping cabins are under construction at the south end of the park and are expected to be completed for use by May 28th in time for the Memorial holiday weekend. The cabins will be available for rent through October 31 each year.
The cabins are furnished with the exception of bedding, towels and personal toiletries. Two cabins are A-D-A accessible. A public open house is planned for early May after the park road paving project is completed. The road is presently closed. Reservations may be made by calling or visiting the conservation office in the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.
(SIOUX CITY)–An award-winning children’s author will read and discuss his books at noon April 21st in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center on the Morningside College campus. Norton Juster is known for his books “The Phantom Tollbooth” and “The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.” Both books were made into movies. Juster has recently written, “The Hello, Goodbye Window” and “Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie.”
(SIOUX CITY)–Commencement for Briar Cliff University will be celebrated for the 79th time May 15th at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees will be presented with University president Beverly Wharton conferring the degrees and delivering the presenting the charge to graduates. The 2010 valedictorian is Tara Brockman who is a double major in chemistry and psychology. She plans to attend Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine next fall. Tamara Landon is the 2010 salutatorian. Landon is a Missouri Valley native who is double majoring in business and marketing. She plans to pursue a career in the Midwest. Both a traditional and non-traditional student will be the commencement speakers. They are Jason Bring from Lyons, Nebraska and non-traditional student Charles Sellers of Sioux City. Bring plans to pursue a law degree at the University of Nebraska. Sellers will pursue a graduate degree in human resources at Briar Cliff after his undergraduate degree is completed.
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