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  • Toy stuffed animals: Good medicine for anxious kids
    Looking to dry a few eyes and turn frowns upside-down on the faces of the youngest patients seen at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Carroll kicked off its fifth annual toy-stuffed-animal drive last month.

    The congregation hosts the toy-stuffed-animal collection to help children who are seen and treated in the emergency room at the hospital. 
  • Church youth group lends a 
helping hand to Convoy of Hope
    While other teenagers were fast asleep on a recent Saturday, a youth group from Carroll First Assembly of God made its way to Des Moines on Nov. 12, where thousands of Iowa families lined the streets awaiting their help. 
  • All aboard! 'Pumpkin Vine' travels back to pioneer days
    DENISON — It all started from word of mouth.

    Denison native Suzi Barnes’ ears used to perk up the minute her grandfather, father or mother would begin to recall for her what life was like in her hometown in the early 1900s. 
  • Baumhover embraces 
assault victims with quilts
    Giving comfort in a time of need, Mary Baumhover of Carroll provides the security of a hug to victims of domestic violence with her handmade quilts. 
  • Riesselman: Award received at Food Prize ceremony awesome
    Adam Riesselman went into his work as a Borlaug-Ruan International intern to be part of the solution combating world hunger.

    Because of that work, Riesselman, son of Kim and Mark Riesselman of Manilla, became the latest recipient of the John Chrystal Award at the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony on Oct. 13 in Des Moines. 
  • Ward leads IKM-Manning in era of new consolidation
    MANILLA — Reorganized and ready to move forward as one district, Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla-Manning School District will go into the upcoming school year led by new superintendent Thomas Ward.

    “I saw during the interview process how supportive the community is of the school district,” he told the Daily Times Herald last week at the superintendent’s office in Manilla. “The people take a lot of pride in the school, and I already feel like I’m a part of the community and school. My office is always open, and I want people to feel free to contact me. 
  • iPad use to grow in CCSD's classrooms
    The iPad may be a small device.

     But by Tuesday, Carroll Community School District teachers saw that it could make for a mighty classroom resource, which made their two-day iPad training at Fairview Elementary all the more important. 
  • RAGBRAI experiences spur hope that exercise can stave off Parkinson's
    The tick-tock of the clock on the Pedal for Parkinson’s webpage counting down the minutes until RAGBRAI stopped Sunday when Dr. Jay Alberts and his crew set off on this year’s route, educating the public on Parkinson’s disease.

    “I do this because I want to get the information out about exercise and Parkinson’s disease, and what better place to do that than in rural Iowa where I grew up,” Alberts told the Daily Times Herald Monday during the overnight stay in Carroll, where he presented his only formal talk during RAGBRAI for the Carroll Area Parkinson’s support group at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. 
  • Online service expanding
promotion of Iowa-made goods
    Carroll native and self-taught artist Pam McGinnis has sold her artwork at area art galleries and shops.

    But McGinnis, who works full-time doing accounting at American Home Shield in Carroll, turned to online shoppers in 2009 when she began selling her artwork at http://www.buyiowaonline.com — a website launched two years ago by the Rural Development Resource Center, Iowa State Extension, Grow Iowa Foundation, Southwest Iowa Coalition and the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development. 
  • New DMACC counselor helps students make successful steps
    Jennifer Wollesen was busy before the Des Moines Area Community College Carroll campus opened its doors for the 2011-12 school year.

    Her main focus as the new counselor and successor to Richard Hogan, who retired after last school year, is on the best ways she can help students take next step after DMACC. 
  • G-R teacher learns latest about ag-based renewable energy
    Glidden-Ralston Community School District’s fifth- and eighth-grade science teacher Angela Lensch is thinking up new ideas to incorporate into her classes after the five-day Agriculture-Based Renewable Energy Professional Development Workshop last month. 
  • Carroll First to celebrate expansion-project success
    Maybe it was just an accident, or maybe it was a sign from God.

    No matter what was behind the reason Carroll First Assembly of God Church, also known as Carroll First, Pastors Julie and David Schaal’s decision to embark on a much-needed renovation at the church, the updated space will be a sight for sore eyes when the church holds a public dedication at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 18632 U.S. Highway 71 North. 
  • Brothers achieve dream: Open Klocke Custom Cabinets
    TEMPLETON — Under the roof of the big red barn at 18602 Highway 141 in Templeton, Ryan and Jason Klocke are hard at work launching Klocke Custom Cabinets.

    The brothers and Kuemper Catholic High School graduates joined forces last month to start their first woodworking business, which includes laminate and solid-surface custom cabinetry and trim work. 
  • Quilter uses talent to thank troops
    LIDDERDALE — Ruby Wiederin has quilted for a lifetime, producing handmade throws for family and friends.

    Now, this one-time stay-at-home mom and waitress from Lidderdale uses her retirement years and knack for quilting to bring smiles to the faces of the nation’s heroes who have come home from war with battle scars. 
  • G-R graduate Stork takes long way to medical career
    Last month, in a cap and gown, she was “Angela Stork — the graduate with an M.D.”

    Stork, a 1999 Glidden-Ralston High School graduate and May 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, headed to Phoenix, Ariz., following graduation. 
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