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Year in Review

January 5, 2011
Traer Star-Clipper

June 3

Lynn Gurchow speaks at the Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 30 at the Traer Memorial Building; Traer Chamber welcomes Fox Ridge Winery; Benefit planned for family of Chuck Kahler; Free tutorial class offered on new and updated; Out of town visitors paid tribute to their loved ones on Sunday, May 30 at the Buckingham Cemetery; Schedule Announced for ACS Relay for Life.

Occasions: Kevin and LeaAnn Cluts will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary June 23 with a family dinner.

Deaths: Michael J. Tarrance, 41.

June 10

Celebrate More Birthdays at the Relay for Life, Friday, June 11; B.A.S.I.C Presents S.O.S; Traer Community Foundation Announces Grants;North Tama Elementary Students demonstrated an act of character when they decided to raise money to sponsor a hole at the Traer Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament to raise money for three "Welcome to Traer" signs. The elementary students collected 2, 342 cans, and donated $117.16 to the effort; "Sunny D" informs the kids about Make A Splash at the Traer Library; Clutier Fun Days celebrates 110th birthday; Clutier annouces summer band schedule.

Births: Mike and Alicia Jacobs of Cedar Rapids are the parents of their first child, a boy. Urijah Steven Tiberius Jacobs was born May 13; Jaxon Jean and Alivia Anne Woodring were born May 18 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Occasions: Roger and Jan Corbin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Memorial weekend; Arnold J. Vileta will be 101 years old on June 19, 2010; Milo Dvorak will be celebrating his 95th birthday on June 16; Richard Linhart was surprised by his children at a birthday dinner at the Colony Inn, Main Amana on Sunday, May 23.

June 17

City Council approves cameras; TMU receives wind turbine update; FCCLA raises money at Farmer's Market; North Tama FFA held annual banquet; Dorothy Thorne delegate from Chapter EC, Traer attended the 118th annual Convention of Iowa State Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood held June 5-6 in Des Moines.

Births: Rose Caroline weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 20 inches long.

Occasions: Dr. Rudy Kubik retires from MHI; Len and Darlys (Offt) Sifrit are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 18.

Deaths: Laurene W. Knaack, 96; Cecil "Razzy" Rasmussen, 89; Fidelis L. Frideres, 88; Ardella A. Schlotfelt, 78 Wayne Philip, 83.

June 24

Get the Scoop at the "The Scoop"; Cody Hamilton of Traer, caught this four foot grass carp, Saturday, June 19.

Occasions: Elsie Tams formerly of Dysart, now residing in Traer will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 2; Command Sgt. Major Michael W. Roberts ends 30 year Army career with Second Legion of Merit; Jennifer Votrobeck and Christopher Epperly are planning a July wedding.

Deaths: Donald Louis Beck, 77; Ada J. Niedermann & Elmer A. Niedermann; Grace Elizabeth Rosauer, 5 days; Eugenia M. Sears, 88.

July 1

Tama County Fair Queen Candidates: Corissa Rowe, 17, Holly Ledvina,18, Michelle Dvorak, 18, Rachel Bearden, 18, Tabitha Dengler, 18; The Traer Star-Clipper starts new TV book today; Traer family has exciting trip to the top of the Willis Tour; The Traer American Legion held a Flag Disposition Ceremony July 21.

Occasions: Kelsey Upah has been awarded the 2010 Christina Hixson Award; Helen Logan will be celebrating her 90th birthday on July 9.

Deaths: Dr. Harry S. Bezman, 100; Nicholas W. Irvine, 15.

July 8

Foam MD helps area residents go green and save green - For the last four months, two Traer residents have been busy with their new business, Foam M.D. Duane Suess and Marvin Boldt have been helping people "be green and save green".

Births: Ryan and Karina Cooper are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cayd A.H. Junior Cooper. Cayd was born Thursday, June 3; D.J. and Jodi Opdahl, Waaukee, were proud to welcome home their first child, Ryan Daniel, born May 31, 2010.

Occasions: Joe Pokorny and Amber Freeman are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding in February.

Deaths: Helen Janssen, 98; Bessie Margaret Novotny, 95; Elsie E. Popelka, 84; Joyce E. Wiese, 76.

July 15

North Tama sees new elementary prinicipal, Josh Youel; Clutier Fun Days will open on Friday, August 6, 2010, at 6:00 pm with the Veterans Parade.

Occasions: Luann Jackson and Gene Slingluff of Beaman are announcing their engagement; Harry Thoms will be celebrating his 85th Birthday on July 22.

Deaths: Gilbert Niedermann, 89; Helen Janssen, 98; Marjorie Wegner, 79.

July 22

Baseman turns hobby into artwork; Larry Manfull returns to coaching and writing; Dinsdale High School class of 1960 held their 50th school class reunion on July 9.

Deaths: Ann L. Brackett, 79; Esther Nelson, 90; Jarold Lee Lister, 83; Verne Paustian, 92; Blanche Marie Rebik, 99.

July 29

School Board votes to charge contractors for missing deadline on construction project; Cardboard Boat Races to be held at festival; One thing that Clutier is known for is good cooks and good food; BBQ Cook-Off Contest to Be Held at festival.

Occasions: Dave and Joann Beran of Victor, Iowa and Larry and Lisa Formanek of Belle Plaine, Iowa would like to announce the engagement of their children, Lindsay Irene and Joel William; Dale and Priscilla Strohbehn will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary; Roger and Peggy Drinovsky will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 31.

Deaths: Esther Leona Early, 94.

August 6

Industrial Park sees new illuminated sign; Deferred sentence for Dysart woman on child endangerment count; Adult Monster Trike Races at Festival; Auction during Clutier Fun Days benefits Library; Fun things and free stuff at Clutier Fun Days; FCSLA W130 Holds Annual Picnic; Tama County Democratic Party to re-convene it's County Convention; Kubik-Finch Post Newsletter Receives First Place Award from Iowa America Legion Press Association.

Births: Josh and Kirstie Seda are proud to welcome home their new baby girl, Brynley Khloe Seda. Brynley was born June 30, 2010.

Occasions: Nicole Marie Rohach and Travis Michael Ledvina are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding; Berdeene Thiesen will be celebrating her 90th birthday on August 7, 2010.

August 13

Alumni to gather this weekend for reunion; Minute to Win Games held for teens at festival; Court grants temporary injunction to stay condemnation process; Bob and Marcella Caslavka are Grand Marshalls of Clutier Parade; Little Miss or Mr. Talent Show to be held; Movie Under the Stars at festival; School to Start on August 18; Traer Historic Town Walk planned for Saturday Morning.

Births: Brayden Thomas Powers born on Thursday, July 22, 2010; Luke Elliott, who was born at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo on July 21, 2010.

Occasions: Helen Kokesh of Newhall will celebrate her 80th birthday; Tiffany Miller and Dirk Dinsdale are happy to announce the approaching wedding on August 28; Beverly Vojtech celebrates her 80th birthday.

Deaths: Clifford L. Hauschildt, 90; Viola V. Knapp, 92; James P. VanVeghten, 67.

August 19

Serving as Grand Marshall of the Winding Stairs Parade was former Mayor Russell Drinovsky who recently retired after 32 years of service to the Traer community; Benefit Dinner planned for Duane Suess; Class of 1975 held reunion; Brad Rund accepts a check for $1000 from Lions Club Member, Jeff Jacobs for winning the Cow Chip Bingo; Winners of the BBQ contest served onions on the BBQ and double black and blue steak. Perry Daugherty took first place and Jo Sienknecht took second place in the competition; TMU was on hand to give bucket rides to children at the Winding Stairs Festival; Rachel Bearden crowned the 2010 Tama County Fair Queen.

Occasions: John and Betty Hayek of Clutier, together with George and Lois Drey of Carroll, are excited to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Sarah Hayek to Nicholas Drey; Michelle Renee Jolly, St. Louis, Mo., and Casey Michael Clark, Manhattan, Ks. are engaged to be married; Ed and Irmgard Kadner of Conrad will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22; Fred and Adaline Hushak of Traer (formerly of Clutier) will observe their 72nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, August 25, 2010; Arlene Wrage will be celebrating her 75th birthday with her family and friends on August 29.

Deaths: Joseph (Joe) W. Seda, 82; Coy E. Shinn, 83; Betty J. Keese, 70.

August 26

Tmu responds to injunction; Addition to school gets new signage; Crocheting comfort- Patients at the North Tama Vet Clinic in Traer have the comforts of life thanks to retired, 72 year old, Jo Augello of Traer; Local Resident Barb Strohbehn Publishes Cookbook.

Births: Shane and Jeni DeGeeter are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Sylas James DeGeeter; Axel Wayne Russell Rodman was born Monday, June 28, 2010.

Occasions: Michelle Renee Jolly, St. Louis, Mo., and Casey Michael Clark, Manhattan, Ks. are engaged to be married; oEllen Kubik, Traer has recently cetified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Pauline Howard will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on August 30; Bill and Donna Hansen of Vinton formally from Traer, will be celebrating 45 years of marriage on August 28, 2010; Blanche E. Mannel will be turning 95.

Deaths: Gretchen Dahms, 90; Darla D. Dinsdale, 54; Fern E. Stamp, 92.

September 2

The Traer Chamber of Commerce held their annual car cruise this past Sunday and many spectators enjoyed seeing all the classic cars, trucks and motorcycles in Taylor park; North Tama School Board receives construction update; United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor; Traer

Firefighters are "Fired Up to help MDA; Traer Public Library holds preschool story hour; Kevin Herink Elected to GROWMARK Board of Directors.

Occasions: Anne Elizabeth McGivern and Travis Ray Turner celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage July 17, 2010; Candidate Brad Zaun to hold open house.

Deaths: Darrellene Kay Sivertsen, 68; Margaret Ailene Jenkins Pemberton, 98; Loretta Lorraine Busch, 87.

September 9

Champion Enterprises joins the Traer business roster; Chelsea Savings Bank soon located in Traer; Electrical fire causes minor smoke damage, The Traer Fire Department responded to a call on Tuesday, August 31 at the Carroll residence at 621 First St. in Traer. The fire was caused by a malfunction in the dryer. The house suffered minor smoke damage; In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 29, the Wind up in Traer was broken into that resulted in the owners, Cathy and Darin Jacobs loosing hundreds of dollars in money and property; Benefit planned for Barb (Raum) Guillory.

Births: Kayla Watts is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Gabriel Allen Watts born on August 18, 2010.

Deaths: Gretchen Dahms, 90; Marvin B. Williams, 70.

December 16

Veterans Richard Beecher and Lester Sevcik were among the Tama County Veterans that left on Tuesday, Sept. 14 on the Honor Flight from Cedar Rapids to Washington DC to visit the World War II Monument; Traer will acquire new ambulance; Rick Vesely helped out the Traer FIre Department Friday, September 3, collect money for Muscular Dystropy; On Saturday, Sept. 11 the City of Traer held a Flag Pole Dedication ceremony to honor the former Mayor Russell Drinovsky for his many years of service to the Traer Community. The American Legion participated performing a flag raising ceremony. Pictured (l to r) Greg Drahos, Mayor Pete Holden and former Mayor Russell Drinovsky; Wind energy project moving forward; Tama County Republicans to hold

General Election Candidate forum; Boy Scouts collect DVD's for Iowa's Bravest; Welcome to Traer sign Fundraiser golf outing winners announced; For the month of Septembers shoppers can fill a grocery bag for just $1.00 at THE CLOSET; North Tama Homecoming candidates are: Alyssa Sickel, Nicole Jensen, Lillian Howard, Erin Herink, Amanda Howard, Brendon Boerm, Tyler Zook, Lucas Hefty, Nathan Jones and Jon Koob.

Occasions: Amber Ingle and Jeremy Monat, both of Traer are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding; Keith and Larabeth Bader to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Lorraine Marie Zmolek, 80; Mayme Georgia Jacobi, 75.

September 23

Lillian Howard, center was crowned the 2010 North Tama Homecoming queen at halftime during the footbal game; Lucas Hefty receives congratulations from Mr. Moss on being selected the 2010 Homecoming king at the pep rally, Friday, Sept. 17; Traer has a new and improved website; The Traer Post Office has welcomed new Postmaster, Kaylene Orr; Traer Lions invite you to the club's 80th anniversary celebration; Two Tama residents are facing a battery of charges including possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment after a traffic stop by Toledo Police on Sept. 5.

Births: Cody and Calie Van Zwol of State Center are the parents of a son, Kyle Lee. Born at 10:46 pm on August 25.

Deaths: Richard B. Taylor, 71.

September 30

Traer Lions Club to celebrate 80th birthday; Certificate of completition finalized for school addition; A lightning strike was to blame for a house fire on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the home of Mark and Shelby Dinsdale. Neighbors noticed the smoke and fire coming from the chimmney and called the Traer Fire Department; An Evening of Music featuring Kevin Wood will be held in the Kupka Culture Center in the Traer Public Library; North Tama Basic to host Harvest Festival; Tenants and staff from Sunrise Assisted Living celebrated Assisted Living Week (September 12-18) listening to music with Lucy Shipper from West Music; Tama County Republicans open campaign headquarters.

Births: David and Sandra Strohbehn became parents of their first child, Jacob Caleb Strohbehn at 1:26 a.m. on Monday, Setember 20, 2010.

Occasions: Laurie Susan Roberts and Gaylen John Adam were united in marriage August 20th, 2010; Janeen Rojas and Paul Donald, both of San Francisco, were married August 29, 2009.

Deaths: Norman Ted Knoop, 74; James B. Stokes, 62.

October 7

Local mushroomhunters find a large haul of goatsbeard mushrooms; Tama County receives Water Report; Tama County Democrates open Campaign Headquarters; The Tama County Democratic Party is sponsoring two opportunities to meet local candidates; On Sunday evening, September 24, a local youth bagged his first deer of his life. Noah Franklin,13.

Occasions: Pat Harford to marry Misty Kvidera

On October 16th at 4pm at the United Presbyterian church; Richard and Elaine Albertsen of Dysart will be observing their 60th wedding anniversary on October 15; Katie Best and Weston Wrage, both of Peoria, IL will be married on Nov 6, 2010.

October 14

Fire prevention poster winners were announced Wednesday, October 6th during an assembly at North Tama Elementary by the Traer Fire Department. First place poster winners were Tanner Calderwood 6th grade, Carlie Johanningmeier 5th grade, Parker Hulme 4th grade, and Hannah Hendricks 3rd grade. Their posters will be sent to the state level to be judged there. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received t-shirts and the top two places also received cash prizes; Traer Public Library Story Time Children enjoy pumpkins Traer resident Lee Seabach donated; Candidates at the Tama County Farm Bureau forum at the Tama civic Center on Thursday nigth, Oct. 7 (l-r) incumbent 1st District Supervisor Larry Vest R-Dinsdlae), incumbent Tama County Recorder Deborah Kupka (R-Clutier), Michelle Yuska, R-Toledo, candidate for Tama County treasurer, Richard Arp (D-Clutier) candidate for 1st District supervisor, Marilyn Svoboda (D-Clutier), cadidate for Tama County recorder and Mary Jo Cherveny (D-Toledo) candidate for Tama County treasurer; Fundraiser to be held at Kupka Culture Center; Tama County Democratic Party to hold open house.

Occasions: Denny and Jill Berger of Traer and Tom and Carolyn Peterson of Cedar Falls are proud to announce the marriage of their children, Scott Eric Berger and Alana Lynn Peterson; Richard and Phyllis (Dunning) Hosek of Elberon, will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010; Dick and Nancy Baker celebrate 50th wedding anniversary; Evelyn G. Noe will be celebrating her 92nd birthday on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Deaths: Julia "Jill" Bauch, 79; James Don Blankenship, 92; Marjorie A. Magnussen, 87; Marjorie A. Magnussen, 87; Celestine Joseph "C.J." Wobeter, 96; Irene M. Nekola, 83.

October 21

North Tama School staff moves into new central office, The secretary staff of North Tama and Mr. Janssen, Superintendent, have moved into the new central office in the new addition of the school; Max Markussen to receive Eagle Scout Award; Tama County Pioneer Cemetery

Association wins the State Carter Award.

Births: Lucy Elizabeth Monat is welcomed home by her big brothers, Case and Maxon. Lucy was born on Sept. 2, 2010.

Occasions: Jaime Dinsdale & Chad Miller of Oak Creek, Wis., are proud to announce their upcoming wedding that will be held October 30, 2010; Kevin and Vicki Pecenka, of Traer will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary; Alvin and Martha Plucar are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on October 24th.

Deaths: Alvin and Martha Plucar are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on October 24th; Alvin and Martha Plucar are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on October 24th; Helen Maxine Posusta, 83; Merlyn "Mert" Wrage, 68; Celestine Joseph "C.J." Wobeter, 96.

October 28

Attempted murder trial underway - Jason Harriman, 36, is accused of attempting to kill his ex-wife as the result of a heated custody dispute between the couple in September 2009; Chelsea Savings Bank now open in Traer; UPS hosts "Women of Faith" Trip.

Births: Paige Evelyn Merrill born to the family of Doug and Gina Merrill, born October 18.

Occassions: Patty Guzman and Duane Suess exchanged vows in an afternoon ceremony in Taylor Park.

November 4

Jury acquitted Harriman of charges; State audit finds unpaid taxes, improper spending at Country Living Care; Traer Chamber of Commerce held annual Halloween Costume Contest Winners were Drew Beenken, Brynley Seda, Makenzie Parizek, Briar Blake, Mya Sierra, Olivia Ketter, Isabella Sierra Levi Beenken, Lucy Panfil, Olivia Schrier, Lydia Ketter, Lydia Schafer and Tanner Calderwood; A Tama County appeal on a Meskwaki land issue was rejected by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals last week; The North Tama Football game against Mason City Newman will be in the UNI Dome on Friday, Nov. 5. Game time is 8:45. North Tama will be the home team and spectators should sit on the East side of the UNI Dome; The Traer American Legion Auxiliary will celebrate their 90th birthday with a dinner meeting at Silver Streak Lanes on Tuesday, November 16

Births: Gavin Watterson welcomes his 6 pound 13 ounce baby sister, Ava Grace home. Ava was born on October 10.

Occasions: Kassidy Lyons and Wei-erh Chen announce their engagement.

Deaths: Mirvin Ross Dalbey, 68; Paul Luckinbill, 83; Harold Merlin Roszell, 82; Gabriel Dostal, infant.

November 11

Redhawks to play in semi-final game in the UNI Dome; Traer Chamber of Commerce welcomes Chelsea Savings Bank to Traer; "Cindy Ella" hits the stage at North Tama; No. 3 North Tama knocks off No. 2 Newman in UNI-Dome rematch, North Tama didn't forget the past, but also didn't let it impact the present.

Births: Keegan Douglas Knoop was born on September 27, 2010.

November 18

North Tama didn't forget the past, but also didn't let it impact the present, North Tama reaches Class A finals again by blanking WACO, 28-0; Cookie Mom Cookies to re-open in Traer; There will be a community pep rally for the State Bound North Tama Football Team on Friday morning promptly at 10:45 am in the North Tama Gym; The North Tama Redhawks will be traveling to the UNI-Dome once again to take on Madrid for the State Championship title on Friday, November 19 at 2:05 PM.

Births: Luke and Sarah Foster are delighted to announce the birth of their second child, Clara Elise was born on October 29, 2010.

Occasions: Robert and Lorraine Hilmer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary; Paul and Mary Hulme to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary; Terry & Janet Trunck and Don & Raea Struve will be celebrating their 50th anniversaries together.

Deaths: Stanley Goos, 63; Ardis Harmsen, 84; Ed Krezek, 82; Thelma G. Hallberg, 99.

Occasions: Berniece Frahm of Reinbeck celebrated her 90th birthday.

Deaths: Joyce Adel Hosek, 83.

November 24

Sweet Success Class A State Champs; Redhawk Country - North Tama achieves championship dream; Annual lighted parade planned during Holiday Happenings; City Council discusses weekend ambulance staff.

Occasions: David and Sharon Kremenak of Marengo celebrated a belated 40th anniversary on October 30; Ashton Bandy and Chris Wilson, both of Traer, are announcing their upcoming wedding; Mary and Ivan Stansbery will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Edwin Kladivo, 79; Ryan M. Weatherill, 31.

December 2

Chamber hangs new "Welcome" banners on Traer street lights; No changes in Tama County election returns in canvass; Traer Community to hold blood drive.

Occasions: Ruby Rhoades and Ruth Rasmussen of Traer will celebrate their 87th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Deaths: J. Earl Bicknell, 90; Mamie D. Kucera, 95.

December 9

The Traer Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and meeting on Thursday, November 11. As part of its annual meeting, the chamber awards an individual for outstanding service to the Traer business community and the community as a whole.This year's recipient was Ellen Young; Clutier sees new business, Burrell's Thrift and Gift; Traer Chamber held annual lighted parade; Children enjoy making ornaments at the Traer Historical Museum; There will be Christmas Caroling in the town of Clutier on Sunday, December 19.

Births: Ali Ann and Ava Mae were born Wed., Dec. 1, 2010, to the proud parents of Cory and Jody Hosch, Fairfield.

Occasions: Nicole Nieciak and Tim Yuska of Oak Park, Illinois wish to announce their engagement and approaching marriage; On Nov. 27, Vernon and Leona Krezek celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Viola Jackson, 92.

Traer Chamber has many volunteers to help decorate Taylor Park; Supervisors ask state investigation of the Tama County Sheriff's Office; Advertising for emergency management - 911 position; City of Traer receives audit report.

Births: Tyler and Cindy Shaver of Vinton became the parents of their first child, a son, Wyatt Joseph Shaver, born November 3, 2010.

Occasions: Brian McKenna and Christina Edwards, both of Des Moines, were married November 27, 2010.

Deaths: Franklin A. Lundak, 76.

December 23

The North Tama Girls High School basketball team is going down the same road with their 7-0 record that has never happened on a five on five team at North Tama before; North Tama Art Club visits Salt and Pepper Museum at Christmas. After a nice tour by Ellen Young and museum staff they presented The Museum with a donation; Ronda Posusta, Chamber Board Member, donates her time every year to replace bulbs in downtown wreaths.

Occasions: Lily Sell to celebrate first birthday.

Deaths: Kenneth E. Paulsen, 82; A.H. "Junior" Cooper, 92; Susan G. Witwer, 71; John D. Robeson, 91.

December 29

Iowa land values report; Meskwaki Tribe receives grant from Iowa Arts Council.

Births: Ryan and Margie (Jennings) Meier would like to announce the arrival of their first child, Cecilia Jo Meier was born November 15, 2010.

Deaths: Gerald L. Degner, 83; Richard A. Mask, 61; Carol Ann Zimple, 47.



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