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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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FFA has outstanding State Convention 

The Lennox Sundstrom FFA Chapter traveled to Brookings on April 6 for the 87th State FFA Convention. Along with the highlights listed below, the chapter participated in sessions of the convention to hear motivational speakers and see results from competitions. The main speaker for this year’s convention was Holly Hoffman. Katelynd Whitehead leads state degree winners This year Katelynd Whitehead led the senior FFA state degree winners as a finalist for the Star in Placement Award. At the Monday evening session she was named one of the four finalists and received $75 and a plaque. Along with Whitehead, the following members received their State FFA Degree: Kale Bossman, Jessica Herrboldt, Brianna Johnson, Ellie Klock, Tara Kuper and Jacob Schneiderman. Chapter recognized as one of the best in the state Tuesday morning the chapter was recognized as being one of the top chapters in the state for their overall program. The chapter was named a gold level chapter and will be submitted for national consideration in the National Chapter Award. This award looks at all aspects of the chapter’s program of activities and rewards them for overall excellence. The chapter also placed third in the community development award program. 

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Top students recognized at LHS Honors event 

Audra Meyer, Katelyn Hinker, Ellen Renz, Mikala Fjerstad, McKenzie Kjose, Taylor Anderson, Geneva Petrich, Tara Kuper, Joshua Friese, and Halie Mechels were named the 2014 Academic Top Birds at Lennox High School at the annual Honors Recognition Night held on April 14. Honors Recognition Night is held each year to give recognition to the top students in Lennox High School and present scholarships and awards for academic achievement. LHS Academic Letterwinners recognized during the event included the following: Seniors—Taylor Anderson, Shannon Clay, Travis Cownie, Mikala Fjerstad, Joshua Friese, Trey Furgeson, Katelyn Hinker, Jessica Jellema, McKenzie Kjose, Elizabeth Klock, Tara Kuper, Miranda Letze, Matthew Mazourek, Halie Mechels, Audra Meyer, Geneva Petrich, Ellen Renz, Courtney Rippentrop, Brady Rupp, Katelynd Whitehead, Kali Wipf; Juniors—Alyssa Becker, Harlie Breck, Kaylee Cartner, Adam Decker, Oliva Grave, Autumn Haan, Samantha Hagedorn, Karisa Hagena, Brianna Homelvig, Samantha Hyronimus, Emma Lang, Stormie Nice, Nathan Timmerman, Jordan Wittrock; Sophomores (2013-2014)—Keely Anderson, Abigail Beach, Samantha Dlugosh, Hailey Hagedorn, Jacob Hinker, Brady Jandl, Kayla Johnston, Brady Klock, Molly Kroeger, Catlynn Lee, Madison Marquardt, August Meyer, John Steever, Mahli Strasser, Holly Voges, Kayle Waldner, McKenzie Weeldreyer, Taylor Weeldreyer, Traesha West; and Sophomores (2013)—Taylor Dubbelde and Collin McEntee.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Radical brain surgery gives local boy new lease on life

by Erica Gaspar
A life dictated by seizures
Kade Klinghagen was three years old when the seizures started. At first, it was only bad a few days out of the year, mostly in the winter time. Doctors traced the source of the trouble to a birth defect—a previously undetected malformation was causing seizure activity within the right hemisphere of Kade’s brain.
As he got older, the seizures worsened. Kade’s parents, Brian and Kenna, of Lennox, shuffled him from doctor to doctor in search of answers. Testing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN showed that Kade was experiencing about 300 seizures a day at the peak of his illness. Doctors tried a litany of medications to control the disorder, even resorting to ones with black box warnings, which can be fatal. 
Brian and Kenna tried to maintain as normal of a life as possible for their family while praying for a miracle for Kade. They monitored their son’s movements carefully throughout each day and became keenly aware of subtle signs he showed just before a seizure would strike. 

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Phillip Fett to become new Lennox councilman

Phillip Fett will be the new Lennox Ward 1 councilman. He ran unopposed for the position previously held by Glenn Nelson.
When asked why he decided to run for council, Fett replied, “I’ve been here all my life, and it just seems like the last few years we’ve kind of gotten bogged down on issues that maybe weren’t as important as some of things we’ve been bypassing or putting off to the side.”
 Fett believes that all the time spent on rezoning of properties, bike trails, tree trimming, and similar issues, would be better spent on major issues affecting the City.
“I feel we need to get back to a City Administrator that has control of the day to day stuff, so the council can just give him some direction and not be so personally involved in the day to day stuff, whether it’s dealing with employees or residents,” said Fett.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Four candidates vie for three school board seats

On Apr. 8, Lennox School District residents will go to the polls to elect three people to serve on the Lennox School Board for the next three years. Four candidates will be on the ballot—challenger Laura Marquardt and incumbents Mary Peters, Sandra Poppenga and Dawn Wolf. Meet the candidates in this week's Lennox Independent. 

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Lennox ISO rating improves; new rates could lower insurance premiums

In a letter recently received from The Insurance Services Office (ISO), Mayor Wiebers was informed the city’s fire classification rating improved by two points to a 4 classification.
ISO thanked Roger Almond, city water superintendent; Todd Baldwin, 911 director; Earl Fischer and Scott Timmerman, from The Lennox Fire Department, for their excellent cooperation during The Public Protection Classification (PPC) Survey.
The City of Lennox has been aggressive in past years by erecting two new water towers, and improving water flow through upgrades to their water delivery system.  The city portion of the survey comprises 40% of the total score.  The 911 Center accounts for 10% of the score.  They are evaluated on their capability to answer 911 calls, gather initial information, notify first responders, and give support throughout an incident.  The fire department is evaluated on fire-fighting capabilities such as pumping capacity of engines, amount of hose available for water delivery, and accurate training records. The 100 foot platform was a great addition to the department.  The fire department evaluation comprises 50% of the rating.

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